Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn’t breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck dismissed his pleas, saying “it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk,” according to transcripts of body camera video recordings made public Wednesday. … …read more Source:: AOL.com       

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Nearly 10,000 companies backed by venture capital or public equity investors got small-business loans under the PPP

Startups backed by some of the most well-heeled venture firms received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal initiative designed to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus-related shut downs, according to a new analysis by CB Insights. Some 87 portfolio companies of New Enterprise Associates, which has $24 billion in assets under management, were listed in the government’s report as participants in the program. Another 55 companies backed by Andreessen Horowitz, which manages a portfolio of $11.3 billion in assets, were listed as PPP loan recipients. In general, venture firms that have greater numbers of portfolio companies had higher numbers of them participating in the PPP loan program,… Read More

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COVID-19 has fostered ‘perfect storm pushing women out of their jobs’: UBC study co-author

When Deb Perlman wrote in a New York Times oped last week that “In the COVID-19 economy, you’re allowed only a kid or a job,” she didn’t specify that mothers have been particularly hard hit by the catastrophe. She didn’t have to. “It is something everyone has been thinking about,” said Sylvia Fuller, professor of sociology at …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Business       

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Vaughn Palmer: Workplace report reveals legislature a positive, enjoyable environment

VICTORIA — There was no missing the sense of relief last week as the legislature management committee fielded the final report of a workplace review prompted by allegations from Speaker Darryl Plecas. MLAs from all three parties fell over each other in welcoming the mostly favourable findings from a Victoria-based firm with expertise in workplace health and conflict resolution. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth: “I’m encouraged by how people seem to be quite optimistic and looking very much to the future.” …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics       

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Legislature to study systemic racism in B.C. police departments

VICTORIA — Provincial politicians will study how B.C. police departments handle mental health calls, complex social issues and the scope of systemic racism within the policing community. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth struck an all-party special committee of the legislature to investigate the issues Wednesday, which includes MLAs from the opposition Liberal and Green parties. The goal, he said, is to make any necessary changes to B.C. laws that govern the policies, structures, funding, training and oversight of police. “We know many of our institutions have systemic racism built into them, often not by design, but in many cases the form of bias, for example,” said Farnworth. “The committee has wide-ranging ability… Read More

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Ian Mulgrew: Eby struggling to maintain access to justice in B.C.

COVID-19 has ravaged the country’s legal system and precipitated a long backlog of cases that has Attorney General David Eby and his counterparts in other provinces scrambling. The NDP minister has proposed a moratorium on civil jury trials, perhaps even their elimination. He has recommended mandatory arbitration for myriad ICBC claims and is puzzling over accommodating physically distanced juries in criminal trials. “In order to empanel a jury, you have to call about 200 people together and there’s a whole process where social distancing and gatherings of more than 50 people, and the rules around that, are incredibly difficult to follow for the jury empaneling process,” he explained on Wednesday.… Read More

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First virtual expungement clinic helps Utahns toward clean slate

The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City is pictured on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Primarily online clinics here to stay, county says SALT LAKE CITY — Kaemi Bruno would like to find a line of work that allows her to tap into her artistic side, potentially in floral design or photography. Bruno, 32, has long worked in restaurants. But when she has applied for other sorts of jobs, she has found that a remnant from a former life spoiled her chances of getting hired. She pleaded guilty to felony drug possession in 2008. But that was before she moved on from substance abuse,… Read More

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Salt Lake County celebrates opening of new home for young adults experiencing homelessness

Mina Koplin, manager of Salt Lake County’s Milestone Transitional Living Program, takes Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson on a tour of the program’s new house in Sandy on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The four-bedroom house was remodeled in partnership with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and will help provide housing to young adults, ages 18-21, who are experiencing homelessness. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SANDY — When Maygan Martinez, fresh out of the foster care system, set off on her own and started college at Weber State University, she says she soon found herself overwhelmed with work, school and the partying that often comes along with the life of a… Read More

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Will the battle against child pornography close the doors to an open internet?

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Dec. 19, 2018, file photo. Lee voted to move the EARN IT Act to the full Senate last week, but has concerns over the effort to compel internet companies to better police child sexual abuse materials. | Susan Walsh, AP SALT LAKE CITY — Working to control the massive distribution of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet — without trouncing on the very protections that keep the internet an open forum — is proving to be an uphill task for federal lawmakers. Materials related to online child sexual abuse grew by more… Read More

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