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Sinclair forcing anchors to sign contracts to pay back income for refusing scripted editorials

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Employees could have been required to pay back wages had they resigned in protest over 'fake news' script

Many people working in American cable news pondered the same question this week: Why did hundreds of anchors for Sinclair Broadcast Group all recently agree to read the same editorial on air?

And more specifically, if they were opposed to it — as many were reported to have privately conceded — why didn't they just refuse or quit?

The answer seems to demonstrate how the politicized nature of news in the U.S. has filtered down to local markets, where many journalists have fewer options for career movement. It has also shed light on a rare employment clause in many Sinclair Broadcast Group contracts.

The script, and the dictate to read it verbatim, came from Sinclair's head office last month. The company, which leans conservative, owns nearly 200 local U.S. television stations and reaches about 40 per cent of U.S. households.

Described internally as the company's corporate news journalistic responsibility promotion campaign, it featured on-air news teams reading lines like this, directly into the camera:

"We're concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.

"More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories … stories that just aren't true, without checking facts first.

Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control 'exactly what people think'…This is extremely dangerous to a democracy."

Shortly after the Stepford-like editorials started airing across the country, Trump tweeted out his support.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/sinclair-media-company-fake-news-trump-1.4609024
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nytimes.com - evironment

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>Matter: Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/science/carbon-dioxide-plant-growth-antarctic-ice.html

>The New Threat to Wolves in and Around Yellowstone
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/science/wolves-hunting-yellowstone-national-park.html

>Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/climate/energy-department-climate-trump-budget.html

>A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/health/pesticides-epa-chlorpyrifos-scott-pruitt.html

>A Creationist Wants Rocks to Study. The Grand Canyon Says No.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/us/grand-canyon-study.html

>Mass Die-Off of Whales in Atlantic Is Being Investigated
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/climate/whales-atlantic-mass-dieoff-noaa.html

>We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/science/revive-restore-extinct-species-dna-mammoth-passenger-pigeon.html

>Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/science/climate-change-glacier-yukon-river.html

>Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/climate/arctic-plastics-pollution.html

>Can the Paris Climate Deal Survive a Trump-Style Renegotiation?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/climate/can-the-paris-climate-deal-survive-a-trump-style-renegotiation.html


>The Getaway: Greening Your Summer Vacation
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/travel/eco-tourism-greening-summer-vacations.html

>In Win for Environmentalists, Senate Keeps an Obama-Era Climate Change Rule
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/regulations-methane-climate-change.html

>E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/07/us/politics/epa-dismisses-members-of-major-scientific-review-board.html
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miamiherald.com - environment

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>Harvard says this is how Miami Beach avoids a 'dystopian' future of sea level rise
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article208687504.html

>A lesson from mating birds: The song gets sweeter over time, a Miami scientist finds
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article207286584.html

>Florida has 1,036 animals scientists think could vanish. Will this plan save them?
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article207319639.html

>Florida Fish and Wildlife searching for suspect who poached snowy plover eggs
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article208447339.html

>The future holds twice as many heat waves — all because of us, research shows
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article205848359.html

>Gator takes stroll through central Florida motel
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article209019489.html

>Great white shark spotted off of north Florida coast
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article206817744.html

>County moves toward using wastewater in FPL canals, but won’t set water standards yet
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article208537724.html

>Mount Rainier glaciers in motion
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article205972474.html

>In the Keys, turtles will always have their own hospital
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article208862129.html

>Why is an infamous climate denier speaking at a Miami Beach climate change workshop?
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article206290564.html

>Record rain led to bonanza year for Florida’s wading birds. Just not in the right places
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article207282449.html

>Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article208967284.html
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Missing Person

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Hey guys i never posted on here before. And im not sure if this is the place to go to or maybe its the wrong page. But i stumbled on something on reddit and thought that maybe the guys from 4chan could track this place down if someone got dedicated enough. Ill post the link to the reddit, you guys will find that theyre trying to find a coast line thats what you will see in these links. They think if we can find the coastline, we can find the guy.

The Vanished Podcast: http://www.thevanishedpodcast.com/episodes/2018/4/12/jason-mcgrath

https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/8cbz14/unresolved_disappearance_in_july_of_2017_with_a/
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death by seat

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>>Kyle Plush, a 16-year-old Ohio boy, died after being trapped by a seat in his Honda Odyssey minivan in a school parking lot despite two desperate 911 calls asking police to save him.

https://heavy.com/news/2018/04/kyle-plush-911-call-photo-ohio-van/
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Two-year-old girl distraught Target only sells Spider-Man shoes for boys.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/toddler-two-year-old-spiderman-shoes-boys-only-tears-crying-target-virginia-a8294546.html

Sharing her story on Twitter, her father Qasim Rachid explained how upset she had been upon the discovery and expressed his own dismay over the situation.


The father of three said she broke down at a branch of the shop in Virginia.

His two youngest started arguing when his daughter became envious of her older brother’s Spider-Man shoes, he said.

“Hey @Target I bought my four-year-old son Spider-Man shoes and now my two-year-old daughter wants Spider-Man shoes too,” Mr Rashid, an author and attorney, wrote on Twitter. “But you don’t sell Spider-Man shoes that fit two-year-old girls. Even when I search for them - boys shoes are the only result. She’s crying now. It’s heartbreaking.”

There are currently four different kinds of Spider-Man shoes available on the Target website.

However, all four variations are described as “boys” shoes.
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Federal court tosses out Obama-era rule requiring financial advisers to act in customers' interests

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A divided federal appeals court on Thursday tossed out an Obama-era Labor Department rule that required financial investment advisers to act in the best interest of their clients.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said the fiduciary rule bears the hallmarks of “unreasonableness” and constitutes an arbitrary and capricious exercise of administrative power.

The lawsuit stems from a challenge the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and eight other business and financial groups brought against the rule.

The groups argued the Labor Department erased universally recognized distinctions between salespeople and fiduciary advisers and reconfigured relationships among financial and insurance representatives and their customers in setting the new standards of conduct.

In the rule, the Labor Department revised the meaning of an “investment-advice fiduciary” under the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act to include brokers and insurance agents. The change made them subject to new limits on the types of services for fees or compensation they can provide when advising on individual retirement accounts.

“Never before has the mere act of being a salesperson — of recommending the purchase of your company’s product — been deemed an act that marks you as a fiduciary,” the business groups argued in court documents.

In a scathing majority opinion, Judge Edith Jones, a Ronald Reagan appointee, agreed.

“Only in DOL’s semantically created world do salespeople and insurance brokers have ‘authority’ or ‘responsibility’ to ‘render investment advice,’” Jones wrote in the court’s opinion.

“The DOL interpretation, in sum, attempts to rewrite the law that is the sole source of its authority. This it cannot do.”

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/378722-federal-appeals-court-tosses-out-obama-era-labor-dept-fiduciary-rule
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Cambridge Analytica Boasted of Disappearing Emails in Campaigns

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The executive also acknowledged his company used a self-destructing email server to communicate with clients in order to eliminate evidence of their contact.
Cambridge, originally funded by former Renaissance Technologies co-CEO and Trump supporter Robert Mercer, uses data to reach voters with hyper-targeted messaging, including on Facebook and other online services. Cambridge was hired to help with voter outreach by the Trump campaign, whose former campaign manager, Steve Bannon, had been on its board.
In a previous Channel 4 News expose, the undercover reporter filmed Cambridge Analytica executives talking about how the firm could use prostitutes and former spies to ensnare politicians and influence elections. In one video, Nix said the company could “send some girls around to the candidate’s house.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-20/cambridge-analytica-used-disappearing-emails-in-campaign-report
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independent.co.uk - environment

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>Government promises £61m to tackle scourge of ocean plastic pollution with Commonwealth nations
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/theresa-may-commonwealth-plastic-climate-change-ocean-pollution-david-attenborough-blue-planet-a8305721.html


>First Europeans survived climate change following 'super-eruption' by working together, say archaeologists
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-first-europeans-survived-volcano-eruption-work-together-italy-liguria-a8306911.html
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thug wields huge machete

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Brawl erupts as thug wields huge machete in street attack yards from Aston Villa's ground

dont mind the freedom and democracy.. just comming truth!!

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-30s-stabbed-death-brixton-12370783