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» Bus Driver from Heaven (CA fires)

Monday, November 19th, 2018, 9:43 PM - by Newman
From CNN, 'Bus driver from heaven' rescued children from California wildfire
Kevin McKay drove the school bus along gridlocked, dark roads as pockets of fire burned all around. Nearly two dozen elementary school children were on board with him.
Smoke began to fill the bus, so McKay took off a shirt. He and two teachers on the bus tore it into pieces and doused them with water. The children held the damp pieces of cloth to their mouths and breathed through them.
This link features a second account in a video about the harrowing escape of a nurse, Nicole Jolly. Her story is also here, Nurse... [Read More]
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» Saudi women mount 'inside-out' abaya protest

Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 11:31 AM - by Gingersnap
Saudi women mount 'inside-out' abaya protest
AFP AFP•November 16, 2018

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi women have mounted a rare protest against the abaya, posting pictures on social media wearing the obligatory body-shrouding robe inside out.

The conservative petro-state has some of the world's toughest restrictions on women, who are required to wear the typically all-black garment in public.

Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in March said wearing the robe was not mandatory in Islam, but in practice nothing changed and no formal edict to that effect was issued.

Using the hashtag "inside-out abaya", dozens of women have posted pictures of flipped robes in a rare protest against the strict dress code.

"Because #Saudi feminists are
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» Florida recount: Broward misses deadline by 2 minutes, so state rejects new results

Thursday, November 15th, 2018, 7:30 PM - by Michele
By two minutes, the Broward County elections office missed the state deadline to submit recount results — wiping away days worth of around-the-clock work.

“Basically, I just worked my ass off for nothing,” said Broward elections official Joseph D'Alessandro.

“We uploaded to the state two minutes late so the state has chosen not to use our machine recount results,” he said.

In Palm Beach County, outdated vote-counting equipment broke down, causing its elections office to miss the deadline. Only able to count one race at a time, they didn’t even finish the one they started, the Senate race.

“It was a heroic effort and we just completed uploading our Saturday results, as was required by law,” Bucher announced the deadline passed. “If we had three or four more hours, we might have made the time. We got stuck with some mechanical issues.”

Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, also missed the deadline, citing an... [Read More]
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