Everything You Need To Fix Oily And Dry Skin Once And For All

I think I speak for everyone when I say there’s nothing worse or more embarrassing than visible sweat. It’s obviously gross, very inconvenient, and like, literally so annoying. Sure, maybe it’s a bodily function to keep us from overheating, but it’s really so extra and unnecessary. Like, yes, thank you for letting everyone in my vicinity know I’m fucking hot as balls by making my face melt. Love that. By noon each day, my face is on its way to looking like a fugly greaseball, and although it feels like I’ve exhausted most remedies, I’m running out of patience to deal with this oily face bullshit. As much as it sucks to have the occasional oily face, it also blows to have to deal with dry skin, even after you’ve gone through bottles on bottles of moisturizers. Since winter is coming fast (on the east coast, at least, so don’t jump down my throat, west coast betches), those of you with mostly dry skin will need a savior ASAP, aka me. Below, I give you everything you need to prevent oily hot messes and dry af cracked faces.

If You Have Oily Skin, You Need: A Good Facial Cleanser

Good skin starts with the shit you’re putting on it. Fucking duh. First things first, check to make sure you’re using the right face wash for your skin. If you’re prone to oiliness, be sure to opt for a cleanser with at least 2% salicylic acid, like Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser With Saw Palmetto And Mint. This helps maintain a little oil (but in a good way) so that your skin at least keeps the natural stuff and you don’t end up looking flaky.

If You Have Dry Skin, You Need: Intense Hydrating Masks

Washing your face is great. You’re doing amazing, sweetie, but if you’re prone to ultra flaky skin, you need a hydrating mask to lock in all of that moisture you’re putting on. Not just any hydrating mask, but a super intense one that works immediately and has long-term results, such as Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque. Make sure to focus on extra sensitive and thin areas of your face like the eyes, nose, and chin.

If You Have Oily Skin, You Need: A Cooling Facial Mist

Blotting papers are great and all, but going through millions of packs and growing pissed off at how much oil sits on your face clearly doesn’t actually fix anything. To reduce shine throughout the day without ruining your makeup, buy a cooling facial mist or setting spray like Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray. Cooling your skin down throughout the day obvs minimizes your pores, which results in far less oily grossness.

If You Have Dry Skin, You Need: More Water

And I don’t mean just chugging it on the regular. I mean, more water-based products, too. Since your face is clearly struggling to keep itself hydrated and moisturized, you’ll need products that are full of good ol’ H2O and designed to lock in necessary oils and hydration, like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream so, you’re not cracking say crack again by lunch everyday.

If You Have Oily Skin, You Need: Oil-Free Everything

This is probs the most obvious of the bunch, but you’d be surprised and utterly disgusted to find out how much of your everyday skincare and beauty products rack up on oil. So goddamn rude. These are the reasons I have trust issues. Make sure you’re using oil-free *everything* such as Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, BECCA Cosmetics Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, and Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup to ensure you’re not contributing to the hot mess that is your face.

If You Have Dry Skin, You Need: To Exfoliate Like It’s Your Job

A big reason why your face is probs dry af is because your outer layer sucks, to say the least. All of your time and efforts aren’t actually getting absorbed as well as they should to last, so be sure that you’re exfoliating twice as much as you regularly would with a gentle scrub like the La Roche Posay Ultra Fine Scrub. This healthy route helps uncover new layers of skin and exposes the new, better layer to the much-needed moisture, water, and hydration you’re putting on it.


Read more: http://www.betches.com/how-to-fix-dry-and-oily-skin

South Carolina governor race: Who are the candidates?

President Trump headed to South Carolina Monday where he lent his support for Gov. Henry McMaster’s re-election campaign.

McMaster was elevated to his position after former Gov. Nikki Haley was tapped to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

“He’s a terrific person, terrific man. He works so hard,” Trump said at a closed-door fundraiser for him.

Here’s a look at the candidates for the 2018 gubernatorial race.


Gov. Henry McMaster

President Donald Trump is heading to South Carolina Monday in an effort to boost Gov. Henry McMaster’s reelection campaign.  (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

McMaster, 70, was reportedly the first South Carolina official who endorsed Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. He was the state’s lieutenant governor for two years before he assumed the governorship in January.

McMaster also served as the state’s attorney general – the first attorney general to be appointed by former President Ronald Regan, according to his biography. In that position, he investigated international drug smuggling and domestic violence.

He is married with two children.

Catherine Templeton

Catherine Templeton, 46, is a former state health department director – and she’s never run for office before, she boasts on her campaign website.

Templeton is anti-union and reportedly was considered for Labor Secretary. She ignited controversy in August when she said she was “proud of the Confederacy.”

As governor, Templeton said she would tackle the Palmetto State’s large problem with domestic violence by putting “families first through the church, our schools and our communities.” She also is anti-abortion, a fiscal conservative and will make the state’s infrastructure – which includes fixing the state’s roads – her first priority, according to her campaign website.

Former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill

The state’s former lieutenant governor, Yancey McGill, 65, also is a former Democrat. He told The State newspaper that he switched parties before he announced his bid for governor because he had “backed a lot of conservative issues over the years,” including anti-abortion policies.

He is a former state senator and worked as the state director of the South Carolina Office on Aging for eight months.

As governor, McGill would focus on ethics reform, fixing South Carolina’s roads and the quality of life for senior citizens, according to his campaign website.

McGill is from Kingstree, S.C., where he was once mayor.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, a South Carolina gubernatorial candidate, founded a libertarian caucus when he was a state senator.  (South Carolina Lieutenant Governor office)

Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, 50, managed a family pharmacy with his father and brothers in Anderson, S.C.

As a state senator, Bryant founded the libertarian “William Wallace Caucus,” The State reported. In the senate, he repeatedly pushed for anti-abortion, school choice and traditional marriage legislation.

Should he be elected governor, Bryant has promised to work for health care reform, tax reform and care for senior citizens, according to his campaign website.


Phil Noble

Phil Noble, a longtime Democratic activist, is a business and technology consultant from Charleston.  (Envision SC)

A business and technology consultant from Charleston, S.C., Phil Noble, 66, announced his candidacy last week. He is a longtime Democratic activist and was the president of the nonprofit South Carolina New Democrats, according to Cola Daily.

He also founded three nonprofits in the state, according to his campaign website: The Palmetto Project, One Laptop Per Child South Carolina and World Class Scholars. He has also served on multiple collegiate advisory boards, including Clemson, University of South Carolina and College of Charleston.

James Smith

South Carolina state Rep. James Smith is a veteran.  (scstatehouse.gov)

State Rep. James Smith, is a major in the South Carolina Army National Guard and a combat veteran.

He also is a small business owner and attorney in Columbia, S.C., his campaign website said.

Smith, 50, worked “side by side with Afghans to enforce the rule of law” and “fought the Taliban head on,” according to his website. He received the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Purple Heart.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/17/south-carolina-governor-race-who-are-candidates.html

What is Joe Biden up to?

Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden is recruiting friends into tough-to-win Southern races, campaigning with Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey and wading into superior court races in Pennsylvania.

He has cast President Donald Trump as racist, told an LGBT crowd that “we have a hell of a lot of work to do” and tweeted at Trump that “this has to stop.”
“Once again, we are living through a battle for the soul of the nation — a battle I thought was done and won,” Biden said in late September in South Carolina.
    It’s all led to questions about whether Biden, who bypassed a presidential campaign in 2016, will seek the Democratic nomination in 2020.
    Increasingly, Democrats have looked to a wide field of younger figures to lead its anti-Trump message and tactics. But among the party’s elders with national stature, Biden has been much more of a presence on the campaign trail than former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and the 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — and a much more direct critic of Trump, particularly on foreign policy.
    Biden is set to campaign for the Democratic candidates in this year’s two governor’s races — Thursday for Phil Murphy in New Jersey, then Saturday for Ralph Northam in Virginia.
    He’s a sought-after surrogate for Democrats in the South. Biden recently visited Alabama to help Democrat Doug Jones launch his Senate campaign against controversial former judge Roy Moore ahead of a December special election. He also campaigned for Archie Parnell in a South Carolina congressional special election.
    Biden also has endorsed candidates in five targeted Virginia delegate races, one state Senate special election in Washington that would flip control of the chamber, one successful state senate campaign in Florida and a number of judges in Pennsylvania.
    And he is crossing party lines. Biden is set to award Arizona Sen. John McCain with the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal next week in Philadelphia. The next day, he’ll join Ohio Gov. John Kasich for a discussion about bipartisanship in Delaware. Both Republicans have been sharp critics of Trump and have called for more bipartisan cooperation — making them natural allies of Biden, who has decried Washington’s partisanship.
    It’s too early to tell, though, whether Biden’s packed political calendar means he’s considering a third presidential campaign in 2020, people close to him said.
    Biden is deeply concerned with the direction of the country under Trump and wants to have a voice in countering Trump, those people said. But, they cautioned, he isn’t yet personally giving serious consideration — as he painstakingly did in the fall 2015, after the death of his son Beau Biden — to whether he wants to run for president in 2020.
    “We take it one day at a time,” Biden’s wife Jill Biden said while in Charleston.
    Biden is “a political animal” and his level of engagement “isn’t more than he’s done in the past,” said former Sen. Ted Kaufman, a close friend and adviser who was Biden’s chief of staff in his Senate office for 19 years.
    “Pick a year at random over the last — what is it now, 40-some years — and you’ll find him involved in appearing for candidate fundraising events, talking to people about whether they want to run, those kinds of things,” Kaufman said. “Frankly, this is way too early to start thinking about what you’re going to be doing — whether he’ll run for president or anything like that.”

    Biden’s post-vice presidential footprint

    These days, Biden works for both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware, heading a center and an institute bearing his name at each university. He is also continuing his work on cancer research, and preparing to roll out a new book.
    He is also traveling for speeches on other issues. He’ll be at Rutgers University on Thursday for a discussion about sexual assault on college campuses — one that comes a day after he sharply criticized Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood executive producer and Democratic megadonor at the Anti-Violence Project Courage Awards in New York City.
    “My father taught me that the greatest sin was the abuse of power: Mental. Physical. Or economic,” Biden said there in his first comments about Weinstein since reports of his history of his sexual assaults emerged six days earlier. “The cardinal sin was for a man to use his power to abuse a woman or a child. It is disgusting. But because of the bravery of so many courageous women speaking up. Putting their careers at risk to save other women from similar abuse, this disgusting behavior — at least on the part of Harvey Weinstein — has been brought to an abrupt and justifiable end.”
    Is the big post-vice presidential footprint a tea leaf to read in terms of Biden’s own political future? Not really, Kaufman said.
    “It’s hard to tell people this, but he’s concerned about these issues,” Kaufman said. “He’s concerned about violence against women. He’s concerned about our foreign policy. He’s concerned about the middle class. He’s concerned about these things.”
    On political matters, the inner circle that speaks to Biden nearly every day includes former chief of staff Steve Ricchetti, now the managing director at Penn’s Biden Center; longtime adviser Mike Donilon; Greg Schultz, a former aide now heading up Biden’s American Possibilities political action committee; and Kate Bedingfield, who was Biden’s communications director in his vice presidential office. His sister, Valerie Biden Owens, is also involved in his day-to-day political activities.

    Taking on Trump in South Carolina

    At recent political events, Biden has raised local Democrats’ eyebrows — and stoked chatter about 2020 — with his aggressive criticism of Trump’s presidency.
    Biden — who has deep Democratic ties in South Carolina, a state that would serve as a linchpin in any potential run — made his second visit to the state of 2017 in late September for a Charleston NAACP speech. He also headlined a Charleston County Democratic Party fundraiser prior to the NAACP event and spoke with big donors and party operatives.
    “We saw the truth of this president when he pardoned Joe Arpaio of Arizona,” Biden said during his remarks at the NAACP dinner. “It’s moments like these that each of us has to stand up and declare with conviction and moral clarity that the Klan, white supremacists, neo-Nazis will never be allowed to march in the main street of American life. That we will not watch this behavior and go numb when it happens.”
    At the dinner, which took place inside a ballroom a mere two blocks from the Mother Emanuel Church where a white supremacists shot and killed nine African-Americans in 2015, he called out Trump’s response to the Ku Klux Klan rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said that Americans have a duty to not tolerate this kind of intolerance.
    “This is a moment for this nation to declare what this president can’t with any clarity, consistency or vision: There is no place in America for hate groups.”
    “This just felt different,” a Democratic operative in South Carolina who was in attendance for the speech said. “He was more outspoken than I’ve honestly ever seen him and also I think he’s … I think the embarrassment and the anger over what Trump is doing while in the White House, he feels it personally. I think having been in the White House for eight years, he knows all that can happen, good or bad. He feels some sense of duty.”
    “I heard from numerous people that they were in awe of the stance he took and the energy he had and the remarks that he made specifically at the dinner,” said Amanda Loveday, the former state Democratic Party executive director. “I got one text from a huge Hillary Clinton supporter saying that he was on fire. He definitely came down here and provided an outlook for Democrats on what could be next.”

    Long-lasting South Carolina ties

    The former vice president isn’t a stranger in the Palmetto State. Former Charleston mayor Joe Riley, who held the job for 40 years, withheld his endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2016 until he was sure Biden wouldn’t run. And Dick Harpootlian, a former state party chair, is a close ally who tried to persuade Biden to run in 2016.
    Biden was in South Carolina earlier this year for the unveiling of a statue of former Sen. Fritz Hollings, whom he credited with convincing him to take office at age 29 after his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash and with arranging for Biden’s swearing-in at the hospital where his sons were at the time.
    Then there is Biden’s relationship with another senator.
    “The first time I took notice of him in South Carolina was when he delivered the eulogy of Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond,” said 2015 Draft Biden co-chair Inez Tenenbaum, who was South Carolina’s state education superintendent at the time. “His eulogy was remarkable and extraordinary and people felt such a connection with him at times. That’s how it all began.”
    Biden’s upcoming events with Kasich and for McCain are other examples of the former vice president crossing party lines.
    “Democrats and Republicans alike are fans of Joe Biden,” South Carolina state Rep. Justin Bamberg said. “He is very, very likeable. South Carolinians are old school, it’s all about who you know down here. And he knows a lot of people and a lot of people know and respect him for his good reputation.”
    The Draft Biden group was established in 2015 to get started on the ground should Biden decide to run. Many South Carolina Democrats joined in and played active roles. Several elected officials endorsed Biden even though he didn’t run, and Loveday said that proves what could happen if he were to get into the 2020 race.
    Another South Carolina Democrat, state Rep. James Smith, became close with Biden back in 2009 because both he and Beau served overseas in the military during overlapping time periods.
    Smith, who last week announced he is running for governor, was a “Draft Biden” leader in 2015 and has urged the former vice president to run in 2020. But their friendship goes deeper than that, a source familiar with their relationship said. Biden was looking for elected officials who served overseas to correspond with Beau was about to deploy to Iraq. He was put in touch with Smith, recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The two began speaking on the phone regularly and are still in touch. Biden urged Smith to run for governor.
    In an extensive interview with the Charleston Post and Courier, Biden said he is behind Smith.
    “I have met a lot of guys in my career … but this is a guy, I swear to God, that I would trust with anything. This is a guy who I watched, he never puts himself before anybody else,” Biden said of Smith.
    Many operatives say a James Smith campaign in 2018 could help build lists and an organizing structure that could be turned over to Biden’s camp in preparation for 2020.

    Reasons for skepticism

    If Biden were to run in 2020, Biden would still likely face a packed primary field, and wouldn’t have even South Carolina locked down.
    Bryanta Maxwell, the President of the Young Democrats in South Carolina, said her group has been getting excited for 2020 and throwing around names of people they hope will make a run at taking down Trump.
    “Kamala Harris, of course. Maxine Watters’ name has floated a bit. Cory Booker. Elizabeth Warren. Those are the main names that I’ve been hearing in my circles,” she said.
    “Obama brought something different to the table. He brought diversity. With him being an African-American male who grew up in a single family household and had to rise from the bottom to the top, a lot of young people these days relate to that story more so than they do with an old white man. If we have another candidate who can bring the excitement like that, it could turn things around,” Maxwell said.
    One critical factor is Biden’s age: He is 74 and would be 77 on Election Day 2020.
    Another factor is that he has run for president twice before — and both times he fell short of the Democratic nomination.
    Biden’s calls for bipartisanship — and a past that includes eulogizing Thurmond — could also make him a poor match for an angry Democratic primary electorate seeking a fierce Trump critic.
    “The good news for Biden is that he had a very strong national network when he ran in 1988, and those people have been loyal to him ever since,” one national Democratic strategist said. “The problem for Biden in 2008 was that he didn’t really expand that network: He ran a campaign that time that was basically the same folks, 20 years later.”
    “His challenge is not finding old friends to do events with,” the Democrat said. “His challenge is finding new ones.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/12/politics/joe-biden-politics-2020/index.html

    7 Most Romantic Bed & Breakfasts Across The Country To Get Married At

    One of the first things a bride tends to plan for her wedding is the date and the venue. The tricky thing is, the date often depends on the availability of the venue you choose. Luckily, there are thousands, if not millions, of venue options for brides across the country, including many bed & breakfasts to get married at. These quaint locations offer a more homey atmosphere for an intimate wedding, no matter how many guests attend.

    Bed and breakfasts are popular nearly everywhere in the country, so you’re sure to find a location that fits your wedding needs. It’s worth taking a tour of a few of your favorites to find out what sort of atmosphere you’re looking for. When it comes time to pick a venue, you’ll know what feels just right for your special day.

    Brides are discovering the charm of bed and breakfast weddings, and are kind enough to share photos of their big days online for the rest of us to draw inspiration from. These venues have their own personality in their architecture and overall atmosphere, so not much in the way of decor is required. Here are just a select few of the countless B&Bs across the country that will make a gorgeous location for your wedding ceremony.

    1. Morning Glory Inn — Pittsburgh, PA

    The Morning Glory Inn is a Victorian-style townhouse located in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Its unparalleled location makes it a great venue for anyone who wants to experience the culture or nightlife of the city as well. This B&B has won numerous awards for the dreamy weddings they host, and I can certainly see why.

    2. The Seven Hills Inn — Lenox, MA

    The Seven Hills Inn is a mansion that looks like it popped straight out of a storybook. This countryside gem is filled with antiques and Gilded Age architecture, so it basically comes with its own decor. It boasts a beautiful art collection, in addition to cozy fireplaces, so your guests will have plenty to look at.

    3. Vintage Rose Wedding Estate — Pilot Mountain, NC

    Vintage Rose Wedding Estate shapes each wedding to the desires of the couple, so you know you’ll be getting exactly what you want from this venue. This exquisite estate isn’t just one but separate buildings to accommodate you and your guests. The gardens are just as impressive as the rest of the property, so you have multiple options for your romantic ceremony location.

    4. The Stockade Bed And Breakfast — Baton Rouge, LA

    You’ll instantly fall in love with all The Stockade Bed & Breakfast has to offer you and your SO. The decor throughout the B&B creates a unique yet comfortable atmosphere. It sets an intimate feel that will make you and your guests feel right at home.

    5. Palmetto Riverside Bed And Breakfast — Palmetto, FL

    With its pristine riverside location, the Palmetto Riverside B&B offers both an inviting and intimate wedding venue as well as a hotspot for adventurers of all kinds. The location is filled with historical significance, so expect as much vintage coziness as possible. This venue has its own private pier and plenty of riverside space, if you’d rather get married out in the sunshine.

    6. Vintners Inn — Santa Rosa, CA

    Vintners Inn in California spotlights several different locations on their property that you can choose from, and they can host up to 300 people. You can overlook the vineyards at the Wedding Pavillon, or you can take advantage of one of the lush ballrooms inside the B&B. There are several terraces on the property to host your rehearsal dinner or even your reception, so keep an open mind and consider all of the options.

    7. Villa Florentina B&B — Coloma, CA

    Tying the knot at this Tuscan-inspired villa in Northern California will certainly not disappoint. Villa Florentina B&B features the most breathtaking views from their terraces and verandas that will set the perfect scene for your big day. This chapter of your fairytale deserves something as memorable as this destination.

    Read more: http://elitedaily.com/life/romantic-bed-breakfasts-get-married-at/2080344/

    The Company Quietly Making Opioid Addiction Searchable

    It happens all the time at one of Palmetto Health’s five emergency rooms in Columbia, S.C., says emergency medicine physician Tripp Jennings. A patient comes in complaining of pain somewhere, and the attending physician types his name into a computer database and discovers he’s already been prescribed ­opioids—a lot of them. On further questioning, the patient cops to struggling with addiction. So instead of opioids, the patient gets a different kind of medication, or in some cases is sent to drug counseling.

    Jennings, who’s also the health-care network’s technology chief, says that’s been the routine since late 2015, when Palmetto started using database software made by Appriss Inc. The developer bases its analysis of patient behavior on prescription records from 40 state governments (plus the District of Columbia and Guam), which it’s quietly secured access to over the past few years. “There’s probably not a day that goes by in our emergency department where this doesn’t occur,” says Jennings, who’s personally dealt with three such cases in the past six months. “Before that, you really had to have suspicion of overuse or drug-seeking behavior.”

    Appriss, a 600-employee company in Louisville, is working to mitigate a U.S. opioid crisis blamed for more than 20,000 fatal overdoses a year—33,000 when heroin-related deaths are included—and $79 billion in annual response costs and lost productivity. President Trump said on Aug. 10 that opioid addiction represents a national emergency. While privacy advocates worry about misuse of data as sensitive as a person’s ­prescription history, states are pushing to link the information ever more quickly to simplify diagnoses for doctors, who hand out 259 million opioid prescriptions each year and often have little time to question patients.

    The company’s software accounted for 84 percent of U.S. doctors’ 130 million opioid-related queries to state prescription-drug-monitoring programs last year, according to data collected by the American Medical Association. That includes sharing data across state lines. “Our vision was that we want every opiate record looked at every time a doctor considers a prescription and every time a pharmacist dispenses,” says Chief Executive Officer Mike Davis. “We want everybody to see everybody’s data. We built it to do that.”

    Appriss is filling a gap left by Washington. No federal agency synthesizes data from America’s 51 ­monitoring programs, which so far have been left to state-level governments (D.C., Guam, and every state except Missouri). In Missouri, privacy concerns are a central tenet of resistance to even a state-level program. “This is a mandatory, involuntary database,” John Lilly, a family doctor from Springfield, Mo., who’s testified to lawmakers against drug monitoring, says of Appriss’s software. “When you have so many people that could have access to it—­hundreds of thousands—someone is going to go fishing.”

    Davis says states dictate how Appriss is allowed to use their data, and the company works with oversight committees to establish security protocols. “There are really complex issues that you are dealing with,” he says. “That’s all being discussed, and it will be driven by legislation and policy.”

    The son of a General Electric executive, Davis co-founded Appriss in 1994 after getting his bachelor’s in data processing from the University of Louisville. He’d been watching news reports of a local woman murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend she didn’t know had gotten out of jail. That set him to work on software that would alert victims of violent crimes when their assailants were being paroled. Eventually he also began developing databases to track large sales of the cold medicines that can be used to make meth.

    Appriss turned its attention to opioids in 2011 and by 2013 was testing that system in five states. “Everything we did up to this point positioned us to tackle this big national problem,” Davis says. After Insight Venture Partners bought 85 percent of the company in 2014, Davis used the infusion of private equity money to acquire his two leading competitors. Neither Davis nor Insight Managing Director Deven Parekh would disclose the company’s revenue or other funding, except to say that it’s profitable. Public data from contracts in Michigan, Ohio, and Massachusetts show those states paying $1 million to $1.5 million a year for Appriss services.

    Ohio, whose prescribers led the U.S. last year in queries to drug databases, uses Appriss to help spot emerging abuse trends, says state pharmacy board spokesman Cameron McNamee. Since buying the software last year, Michigan has suspended the licenses of 20 doctors the database showed were overprescribing, says Kim Gaedeke, director of that state’s bureau of professional licensing. Queries rose 66 percent last year in states that use Appriss, compared with a 24 percent increase in the nine states using homegrown systems, the AMA’s data show.

    It probably won’t reassure privacy advocates that Davis says he’d like to combine Appriss’s siloed prescription information with data on hospital treatments for ODs and heroin use. He’s hoping to identify people at risk of addiction before they’re ever prescribed an opioid. “We’re spending millions of dollars, on a factor of 10 more than any state could spend, to move this technology to the next level,” he says. “We’ve got lots of road map planned.”

      BOTTOM LINE – Appriss controls the prescription-opioid-monitoring market in 40 states, accounting for 84 percent of U.S. doctors abuse queries, some 110 million last year.

      Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-21/the-company-quietly-making-opioid-addiction-searchable

      Rosewood massacre a harrowing tale of racism and the road toward reparations

      On New Years Day 1923 a white woman was beaten and residents of Sumner, Florida, claimed her assailant was black which sparked race riots where the casualties were mostly black and hate wiped out a prosperous town

      Four black schoolchildren raced home along a dirt road in Archer, Florida, in 1944, kicking up a dust cloud wake as they ran. They were under strict orders from their mother to run not lollygag or walk or jog, but run directly home after hitting the roads curve.

      The littlest, six-year-old Lizzie Robinson (now Jenkins), led the pack with a brother on each side and her sister behind carrying her books.

      And I would be [running], my feet barely touching the ground, Jenkins, now 77, said at her home in Archer.

      Despite strict adherence to their mothers orders, the siblings werent told why they should race home. To the children, it was one of several mysterious dictates issued during childhood in the Jim Crow south.

      As Jenkins tells it, the children didnt know why Amos n Andy was often interrupted by revving engines and calls from her father to Go upstairs now!, or why aunt Mahulda Carrier, a schoolteacher, fled to the bedroom each time a car drove down their rural road.

      Explanations for demands to hide came later, when Jenkinss mother, Theresa Brown Robinson, whispered to her daughter the story of violence that befell the settlement of Rosewood in 1923.

      The town was 37 miles south-east of Archer on the main road to the Gulf. Carrier worked there as the schoolteacher, while living with her husband Aaron Carrier. On New Years Day 1923, a white woman told her husband a nigger assaulted her, a false claim that precipitated a week of mob violence that wiped the prosperous black hamlet off the map, and led to the near lynching of Aaron Carrier.

      Mahulda Carrier, a schoolteacher, fled to the bedroom each time a car drove down their rural road. Photograph: Lizzie Jenkins

      Jenkins now believes that all of it the running, calls to go upstairs, her aunt fleeing to the bedroom was a reaction to a message her parents received loud and clear: dont talk about Rosewood, ever, to anyone.

      But after Jim Crow laws lifted, and lynch mob justice was no longer a mortal threat, survivors did begin to talk. So egregious were the stories of rape, murder, looting, arson and neglect by elected officials, that Florida investigated the claims in a 1993 report.

      That led to a law that eventually compensated then elderly victims $150,000 each, and created a scholarship fund. The law, which provided $2.1m total for the survivors, improbably made Florida one of the only states to create a reparations program for the survivors of racialized violence, placing it among federal programs that provided payments to Holocaust survivors and interned Japanese Americans.


      News of Floridas reparations program ran nationwide when it was passed in 1994, on the front page of the Wall Street Journal among others. Hollywood picked up the tale. Don Cheadle starred in a 1997 film about the pogrom. Several books were written about Rosewood.

      Though the legislation was never called such, the program now represents one of just a handful of reparations cases in the United States, as calls to compensate victims of racialized violence have grown louder in the last two years.

      2015 brought renewed calls to compensate victims of race-related violence from college students, theologians and criminal justice advocates. The city of Chicago started a $5.5m reparations fund for the more than 100 victims tortured at the hands of police commander Jon Burge.

      Last month, students at Georgetown University demanded that the administration set aside an endowment to recruit black professors equal to the profit from an 1838 slave sale that paid off university debt. The 272 slaves were sold for $400 each, the equivalent of about $2.7m today. One day after protests began, students successfully renamed a residence hall named after Thomas Mulledy, the university president who oversaw the sale (it was renamed Freedom Hall).

      At least one progressive Christian theologian is pushing Protestants to reckon their own history with slavery with reparations. In 2014, Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates breathed fresh life into the debate in his widely lauded article The Case for Reparations.

      Rosewood burning

      Where Rosewood once stood is now little more than a rural scrubland along state road 24, a lonely highway in central Florida bordered by swamp, slash pine and palmetto. A placard on the side of the road describes the horror visited upon the hamlet.

      But in 1923, the settlement was a small and prosperous predominantly black town, with its own baseball team, a masonic temple and a few hundred residents. It was just three miles from the predominantly white town of Sumner, and 48 miles from Gainesville.


      A black residents home is shown in flames during the race riots in 1923. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

      On New Years Day 1923, white Sumner resident Fannie Taylor was bruised and beaten when her husband returned home. The Taylors were white, and the residents of Sumner were in near universal agreement that Fannies assailant was black.

      A crowd swelled in Sumner to find the fugitive, some from as far away as Gainesville, where the same day the Klu Klux Klan held a high-profile parade. Over the next seven days gangs of hundreds delivered lynch mob justice to the once-affluent town of Rosewood.

      I blame the deputy sheriff, Robie Mortin, a Rosewood survivor, told the Seminole Tribune in 1999. Because that lady never dropped a name as to who did what to her. Just said a negro, black man. But when the sheriff came along with his posse and everything, he put a name to the person: Jesse Hunter.

      Mortin died in 2010 at age 94 in Riviera Beach, Florida. She was believed to be one of the last survivors of the New Years riots in 1923. After years of silence she became one of the most vocal. Though Florida completed an investigation into the events that took place in Rosewood, some narratives remain disputed.

      They didnt find Jesse Hunter, but noticed that heres a bunch of niggers living better than us white folks. That disturbed these people, Mortin said. Her uncle, Sam Carter, is believed to have taken the man who beat Taylor, a fellow Mason, to safety in Gulf Hammock, a few miles away. When Carter returned he was tortured, shot and lynched by the mob looking for Taylors assailant.

      My grandma didnt know what my uncle Sammy had done to anybody to cause him to be lynched like that, Mortin told the Tribune. They took his fingers and his ears, and they just cut souvenirs away from him. That was the type of people they were.

      Carter is believed to be the first of eight documented deaths associated with the riots that would worsen over the next three days.


      The Levy County sheriff, Bob Walker, holds a shotgun allegedly used by Sylvester Carrier, black resident of Rosewood, to shoot and kill two deputized white men who were at his door in 1923. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

      The settlement itself was wiped off the map. Several buildings were set on fire just a few days after New Years, and the mob wiped out the remainder of the town a few days later, torching 12 houses one by one. At the time, the Gainesvile Sun reported a crowd of up to 150 people watched the dozen homes and a church set ablaze. Even the dogs were burned.

      The burning of the houses was carried out deliberately and although the crowd was present all the time, no one could be found who would say he saw the houses fired, a Sun report said, describing the scene.

      At least two white men died, including CP Poly Wilkerson of Sumner and Henry Andrews of Otter Creek, when they attempted to storm a house Rosewood residents had barricaded themselves in.

      A state report onthe violence identifies murdered black Rosewood residents as Sam Carter, matriarch Sarah Carrier, James Carrier, Sylvester Carrier and Lexie Gordon. Mingo Williams, a black man who lived nearby, was also killed by the mob.

      Aaron Carrier, Mahuldas husband and Jenkinss uncle, was nearly killed when he was dragged behind a truck and tortured on the first night of the riots. At deaths door, Carrier was spirited away by the Levy county sheriff, Bob Walker, she said, and placed in jail in Bronson as a favor to the lawman.

      Mahulda was captured later the same night by the mob, Jenkins said, and tortured before Walker eventually found her.

      They got Gussie, that was my aunts name, they tied a rope around her neck, however they didnt drag her, they put her in the car and took her to Sumner. Dont know if you know a southern tradition is to build a fire and to stand around the fire and drink liquor and talk trash, Jenkins said.

      So they had her there, like she was the [accused], and they were the jury, and they were trying to force her into admitting a lie. Where was your husband last night? He was at home in bed with me. They asked her that so many times so she got indignant with them And they said, Shes a bold bitch lets rape the bitch. And they did. Gang style.

      Sarah Carrier, left, Sylvester, standing and Willie Carrier, right. Photograph: Public Domain

      Another Rosewood resident, James Carrier, was shot over the fresh graves of his brother and mother after several men captured and interrogated him. He was first told to dig his own grave, but couldnt because two strokes had paralyzed one arm. The men left his body splayed over the graves of his family members.

      But despite widespread coverage of the incident the governor was even notified via telegram the state did nothing.

      Not for one month, when it appears a feeble attempt to indict locals was made by a grand jury, after all the residents of Rosewood had long fled into the nearby swamps and settlements of central Florida.

      The oral history of Rosewood was a secret, passed through several families with each recipient sworn to silence, as black Americans endured decades of terror in Florida. When Jenkins was six her parents would have had fresh memories of lynchings.

      From 1877 to 1950, the county where the Robinsons lived, Alachua, had among the largest sheer volume of lynchings of any community in the nation, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. Per capita, Florida lynched more people than any other state. And counties surrounding Alachua were not friendlier.

      Hernando, Citrus, Lafayette and Taylor counties had some of the highest per capita rates of lynchings in the country. By volume, nearby Marion and Polk counties had among the most in the US.

      Legislation, reparations and state reckons with ugly past

      The story only came to light in 1982, after a reporter at the then St Petersburg Times exposed the forgotten riot. The reporter, Gary Moore, had traveled to Cedar Key, 10 miles south-west of Rosewood on the coast, to explore a Sunday feature on the rural Gulf town.

      Like the public at large, I personally had never heard of Rosewood, Moore wrote in a synopsis of research published in the 1993 report that was submitted to the Florida Board of Regents. I held dim assumptions that any such incident would long ago have been thoroughly researched and publicized by historians, sociologists, anthropologists, advocacy organizations, or others.


      A crowd of white citizens of Sumner, near the scene, are shown in 1923. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

      That it wasnt, Moore blamed on psychological denial and blindness.

      There were many things thought better left unquestioned, Moore reasoned.

      By 1993, before the report was issued, Moores story had made a wide impact, becoming a 60 Minutes documentary and earning follow-ups by other news outlets. Moore, however, recounted in detail his struggle for academic and political acceptance of the narrative, and said even 11 years after his story appeared many attempted to deny the massacre occurred.

      One of Moores sources, Arnett Doctor, would later devote much of his life to lobbying for Rosewood reparations. Doctor, a descendant of survivors, spent untold hours eliciting detailed narratives of the event from survivors. He is often cited as the driving force behind the reparations bill, as the man who brought his findings to high-powered attorneys at Holland & Knight, who helped lobby the legislature for reparations.

      Doctor died at the age of 72 in March 2015, in Spring Hill, Florida, a few hours south of Rosewood.

      We deliberately avoided anything but compensation for the losses they incurred, said Martha Barnett, an attorney at Holland & Knight who helped lobby the Florida legislature on behalf of the survivors of Rosewood. Barnett said the term reparations cant be found in the law passed in Florida.

      Instead, attorneys focused on private property rights. She said she and other attorneys needed to make it something legislators could find palatable in the deep south some 20-some years ago.

      Barnett said the then Democratic governor, Lawton Chiles, promised his support from the beginning. By April 1994, the House passed a bill to compensate victims of the attack with a 71-40 vote. Four days later, on 9 April 1994, the Senate passed a matching bill with a vote of 26-14, to cries of Praise the lord! from those Rosewood descendants present.


      Rosewood was 37 miles south-east of Archer on the main road to the Gulf. Photograph: Jessica Glenza

      Its time for us to send an example, a shining example, that were going to do whats right for once, Democratic senator Matthew Meadows said at the time. Chiles died less than four years after signing the bill.

      Now, near Rosewood, Rebel flags are common. Businesses bear the name, and some locals would be as happy to again forget the incident.

      Information on the pogrom is notably muted in some local historical societies.

      What it takes to make someone whole, what it takes to repair the past, is probably different for every person, and some things are more effective than others, said Barnett.

      Many of the survivors invested the money they received into their homes. Willie Evans, 87 when he received the $150,000 payment in 1995, put a new roof, windows and doors on his home. Mortin considered traveling to Greece. Jenkinss mother, who received $3,333.33 from the fund, placed ledgers on the graves of her sister, three brothers and parents.

      The thing that mattered most to [survivors] was that the state of Florida said, We had an obligation to you as our citizens, we failed to live up to it then, we are going to live up to it today, and we are sorry, Barnett said.

      For Doctor, whose own identity seemed wrapped up in the Rosewood story (the license plate on his truck read ROSEWOOD), even the unique success of the legislation was not enough. He dreamed of rebuilding the town.

      The last leg of the [healing process] is the redevelopment and revitalization of a township called Rosewood, Doctor told the Tampa Bay Times in 2004, as the plaque along State Road 24 was dedicated by then governor Jeb Bush. If we could get $2bn, $3bn of that we could effect some major changes in Levy County.

      Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/03/rosewood-florida-massacre-racial-violence-reparations

      Hillary Clinton Wins The Nevada Caucus

      Hillary Clinton handily won the Nevada caucus Saturday, defeating Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a crucial step on the way to the Democratic presidential nomination.

      Nevada was seen as a contest in which Clinton could prove that she can beat Sanders by dominating among racial minorities. That’s also the conventional wisdom on South Carolina, which holds its Democratic primary next Saturday.

      “I am so, so thrilled and so grateful to all of my supporters out there,” Clinton said during her victory celebration Saturday. “Some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other.” 

      Clinton distinguished herself from Sanders by arguing that while she’s also angry about economic and racial inequality, she is the candidate with better solutions to address a broader range of problems. 

      “Americans are right to be angry, but we’re also hungry for real solutions,” she said. “In the campaign, you’ve heard a lot about Washington and Wall Street. We all want to get secret unaccountable money out of politics. That starts with appointing a new justice to the Supreme Court who will protect the right of every citizen to vote, not for every corporation to buy elections. … The truth is, we aren’t a single-issue country. We need more than a plan for the big banks, the middle class needs a raise and we need more jobs.” 

      The former secretary of state’s campaign was the first Democratic team to open field offices in the state last spring. In May, Clinton picked Nevada as the place to unveil her plan to reform the nation’s immigration system, which includes pushing for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and protecting them from deportation. Since then, she has held dozens of town hall meetings and organizing events across the state.

      As polls showed a tightening race, Clinton’s campaign had begun to set expectations for a possible Sanders upset in the Silver State.

      “There’s reasons to believe that Senator Sanders should fare well in a state like Nevada,” Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC the day of the New Hampshire primary, which Sanders won by a landslide. “Obviously there’s an important Hispanic element to the Democratic caucus-goer universe in Nevada, but it’s still a state that is 80 percent white voters. You have a caucus-style format, and he’ll have the momentum coming out of New Hampshire presumably, so there’s a lot of reasons he should do well.”

      Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
      Victory is sweet.

      As polls showed a tightening race, Clinton’s campaign had begun to set expectations for a possible Sanders upset in the Silver State.

      “There’s reasons to believe that Senator Sanders should fare well in a state like Nevada,” Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC the day of the New Hampshire primary, which Sanders won by a landslide. “Obviously there’s an important Hispanic element to the Democratic caucus-goer universe in Nevada, but it’s still a state that is 80 percent white voters. You have a caucus-style format, and he’ll have the momentum coming out of New Hampshire presumably, so there’s a lot of reasons he should do well.”

      Clinton herself rejected that Nevada-so-white take after her campaign came under criticism for the messaging. She told the state’s best-known politics reporter, Jon Ralston, that Nevada “was put into this early process because of diversity.”

      According to census data from 2014, about half of Nevada’s population is non-white. Twenty-eight percent of its residents are Latino, 9 percent are African American and 8 percent are Asian American.

      In the 2008 Democratic presidential caucus, Clinton won the popular vote over then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, though he ultimately picked up more delegates because of how his supporters were distributed throughout the state. This time, Clinton’s campaign worked to correct that mistake, pouring resources into rural areas beyond Las Vegas, where a majority of caucus-goers reside.

      While Sanders’ campaign didn’t open field offices in the state or have staff on the ground until months after Clinton’s, it quickly caught up. His campaign eventually had more paid staff on the ground than hers and spent significantly more on television ads. And in a major coup for the senator, the 60,000-strong Culinary Workers Union decided to remain neutral, robbing Clinton of the organizing muscle it had put behind Obama in 2008.

      Two recent TV ads showcase the candidates’ different approaches to winning over Nevadans. Sanders put out an ad highlighting how hard the state was hit by the 2008 financial crisis, pairing Nevadans talking about losing their homes with his usual message about taking on Wall Street, fighting income inequality and breaking up the big banks. Clinton’s ad, in contrast, focused on a conversation she had with a young girl whose parents were at risk of being deported. She tells the 10-year-old that she will “do everything I can so you don’t have to be scared.”

      Clinton’s Latino supporters, like longtime labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, criticized Sanders for voting against a bipartisan immigration reform bill in 2007, with some suggesting that his current immigration advocacy had come late. Sanders, in turn, emphasized Clinton’s ties to Wall Street donors as he campaigned in Nevada, implying that she wouldn’t be as strong an advocate for reforming the financial services sector.

      The race between Sanders and Clinton now turns to South Carolina’s Democratic primary on Feb. 27 and to the slew of states holding primaries and caucuses on March 1, otherwise known as “Super Tuesday.”

      Polls have consistently shown Clinton ahead of Sanders by a large margin in South Carolina, where more than half of the Democratic electorate is black. Before she just barely beat Sanders in Iowa, she told Palmetto State Democrats that they were one of her “first lines of defense.” A big win for Clinton in South Carolina, combined with her Nevada victory, would help make her case that she is the more appealing candidate for a broader cross-section of Democratic voters.

      Sanders could win the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses and the Massachusetts and Vermont primaries on March 1, though Clinton still looks like the favorite in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, which all hold primaries that day.

      One problem for Sanders is that Clinton has built up a huge lead among superdelegates, the Democratic officials and officeholders who do not have to support their state’s primary or caucus winner at the party’s convention this summer. The Sanders campaign’s philosophy is that in states where it can dominate among the voters, the superdelegates will feel obliged to honor the will of the grassroots. Either way, it’s months until the convention.

      Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/02/19/hillary-clinton-nevada-caucus_n_9283132.html

      Fox News Poll: Trump, Clinton dominate primary races in South Carolina | Fox News

      Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have commanding leads in the race for their parties’ nominations in South Carolina, according to the latest Fox News poll.

      Its no wonder Trump is leading.  Hes ahead among both those who prioritize national security and economic issues.  Hes the top pick among voters on the two most important candidate qualities — strong leader and, to a lesser degree, honest and trustworthy.  Plus, hes considered the most electable — by a lot.


      Here are the numbers:

      Trump leads with 35 percent among South Carolina Republican primary voters.  Ben Carson gets 15 percent, and Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio receive 14 percent each.

      All other candidates are in single digits, including Jeb Bush at 5 percent.

      The poll, released Wednesday, was conducted Saturday through Tuesday evenings.  Trump made provocative remarks Monday about barring Muslims from entering the United States. 

      It looks like his comments help him in South Carolina.  Support for Trump increased eight points after his statement — from 30 percent the first two nights vs. 38 percent the last two nights.  The shift is within the margin of sampling error. 

      Republican pollster Daron Shaw says, There are enough people in the last two nights of the sample to question the widespread assumption that Trumps comments will hurt him among GOP primary voters.  Shaw conducts the Fox News Poll with Democratic pollster Chris Anderson. 

      Theres no gender gap in Trumps support, as about a third of men (37 percent) and women (32 percent) GOP voters make him their first choice. 

      Younger voters are less enthusiastic about The Donald.  Twenty-nine percent of those under 45 back him compared to 38 percent of those ages 45 and over.  Moreover, 30 percent of those under 45 say they would never vote for Trump. 

      The favorites among white evangelical Christians voting in the GOP primary are Trump (34 percent), Carson (18 percent), Cruz (15 percent) and Rubio (12 percent).

      South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham gets rough treatment from those who know him best.  Only two percent of his home-state voters support him in the nomination race.  And nearly one in five (18 percent) say they would never support him for the GOP nomination. 

      The top never support candidates are Trump, who has 24 percent saying they wouldnt back him, and Bush, at 19 percent.

      Among those part of the Tea Party movement, 28 percent say they would never back Bush or Graham.

      National security is the most important issue for GOP primary voters in deciding their vote.  Thirty-nine percent feel that way compared with 24 percent who prioritize economic issues.  Some 16 percent say immigration issues will be most important and 6 percent say social issues.

      Trump holds a wide lead among voters who say national security is their top issue.  He receives 32 percent — twice the support for Carson, Cruz and Rubio, who each get 16 percent among national security voters. 

      And those who prioritize economic issues back the same four candidates:  Trump (32 percent), Rubio (14 percent), Carson (12 percent) and Cruz (12 percent).

      At the same time, the poll shows national security is an area of vulnerability for Trump:  25 percent say he is the most qualified Republican to handle the issue, closely followed by Cruz at 18 percent.  Another 11 percent pick Rubio.  Only 6 percent say Carson.

      Compare that to the 48 percent landslide Trump gets when GOP primary voters are asked which Republican candidate is most qualified to handle the economy.  No other candidate even garners double digits on this measure.  The next closest are Bush and Cruz at 9 percent each, followed by Rubio at 8 percent. 

      Strong leadership is the top trait GOP primary voters want in their partys nominee (26 percent), closely followed by being honest and trustworthy (22 percent).  Those characteristics outrank nominating someone who would shake things up in Washington (16 percent), have true conservative values (14 percent) and beat the Democrat (10 percent).

      Voters who say strong leadership is the most important trait are most likely to support Trump by a wide 23-point margin.  He receives 36 percent among this group, followed by Cruz at 13 percent, Rubio at 12 percent and Carson at 11 percent. 

      While Trump still tops the list among those who prioritize honesty, its by a narrower 4-point margin: Trump (24 percent), Carson (20 percent), Rubio (13 percent) and Cruz (12 percent). 

      GOP primary voters think Trump is the Republican most likely to beat Clinton in the general election next year.  Some 42 percent feel that way.  Next is Rubio at 14 percent. 

      In the race for the Democratic nomination, theres really no competition for the former secretary of state in the Palmetto State.  Clinton trounces Bernie Sanders by a margin of 65-21 percent, while Martin OMalley garners just 3 percent among South Carolina Democratic primary voters.

      Clintons support is highest among women (72 percent) and black voters (82 percent). Just over half of men also back her (54 percent). White voters are about as likely to support Sanders (37 percent) as Clinton (39 percent).

      Overall, there are striking differences in the mood of partisans in South Carolina.

      Nearly 6 in 10 Democratic primary voters are satisfied with how things are going in the country today (59 percent).  Almost all of their Republican counterparts, 89 percent, are unhappy with the way things are going. 

      In addition, a majority of Republican voters (61 percent) says it feels like the economy is getting worse for their family, while over half of Democrats say things are getting better (53 percent).

      The Fox News Poll is conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). The poll was conducted December 5-8, 2015, by telephone (landline and cellphone) with live interviewers among a random sample of 801 South Carolina voters selected from a statewide voter file.  Results for the 364 likely Democratic primary voters have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points and for the 437 likely Republican primary voters it is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.  

      Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/09/fox-news-poll-trump-clinton-dominate-primary-races-in-south-carolina.html

      IT’S A BOY!

      And then there were eight.

      On Easter Sunday, Ivanka Trump announced via Twitter the birth of Theodore James — her third child with husband Jared Kushner and the eighth grandchild of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

      The former model also shared a photograph of her holding the newborn, with the words: “Baby Theodore, my heart is full.”

      For weeks, Trump has teased that Ivanka, who campaigned for her dad during the pregnancy, might give birth on the stump.

      “I said, ‘Ivanka, it would be great if you had your baby in Iowa.’ I really want that to happen. I really want that to happen,” Trump told supporters in Iowa last January. He later told supporters in South Carolina that he hoped his eldest daughter would give birth in the Palmetto State.

      In the end, Ivanka, who lives in Manhattan, had her baby in New York City, Vanity Fair reported. 

      Her dad has yet to comment on the latest Trump addition. 

      Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/03/27/ivanka-trump-baby-boy-theodore-james_n_9555146.html

      2 dead after Amtrak train strikes backhoe on tracks near Philadelphia | Fox News

      Two construction workers were killed when an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Savannah, Ga., Sunday struck a backhoe that was on the tracks about 15 miles south of Philadelphia, Delaware County officials said.

      The crash, which occurred around 8 a.m., derailed the lead engine of Palmetto Train 89, according to a statement by Amtrak.

      “Initial reports are that approximately 31 passengers are being transported to area hospitals, none with life-threatening injuries,” Amtrak said in a statement.

      Reports from witnesses on the train indicate the Amtrak conductor blew the train’s horn, but construction workers were unable to clear the tracks in time.

      Amtrak could not immediately confirm fatalities.

      A passenger on the train described a fireball and windows on the train being blown out upon impact.

      “The conductor did inform us that there was a fatality, that there were people working on the track,” Stephanie Burroughs told Fox News. Burroughs said she was told the death was someone who was “working on the tracks.”

      She also said there were “some injuries” to passengers in the front car, but she had heard the worst injury was a broken arm.

      Linton Holmes was towards the back of the train and described a “rumbling” and “a bunch of dust” when the derailment occurred.

      “There were some people, they were pretty bloody, because it was like an explosion,” Holmes said at a news conference. “We got off track and there was an explosion and there was a big fire.”

      Another passenger, Ari Ne’eman, told Fox News that despite the shock of the crash, passengers evacuated in an orderly manner.

      “The evacuation was not panicked,” Ne’eman said. “The Amtrak personnel told everybody not to take their luggage during the evacuation.”

      The derailed Amtrak train, which was carrying 341 passengers and 7 crew members, forced Amtrak to suspend service on the Northeast Corridor and SEPTA to suspend its Wilmington/Newark regional rail service. New Jersey Transit was not experiencing any delays due to the derailment, a spokesperson said.

      Local emergency responders were on the scene and the crash was being investigated. Federal Railroad Administration officials had also arrived at the scene, said Matthew Lehner, a spokesman for the agency.

      The crash comes nearly a year after the Amtrak Northeast Regional derailed on May 12 in Philadelphia, killing eight and injuring more than 200. That was the deadliest Amtrak crash since a 1987 derailment near Baltimore that killed 16.

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.

      Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/03/amtrak-train-derails-after-striking-backhoe-on-tracks-south-philadelphia.html