BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The City of Beverly Hills named a new Director of Community Services. Jenny Rogers joins Beverly Hills from the City of Mill Valley in Northern California where she has served as Director of Arts & Recreation since 2012, the City of Beverly Hills press release said. Rogers fills the role vacated by Nancy Hunt-Coffey, who was named Assistant City Manager earlier this year. As Director of Community Services, Rogers will oversee the Department's Administrative Support, Human Services, Library, and Recreation and Parks divisions, the press release said. "Beverly Hills is such a special place and I am thrilled to be selected for this incredible opportunity," Rogers said. "As an artist myself, my passion for my work is personal. I look forward to working with the City Council, incredibly talented City staff, and the community to build upon the world-class legacy Beverly Hills has created with its deep commitment to arts and culture, superior facilities and … [Read more...] about New Director Of Community Services Coming To Beverly Hills
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In 1926, the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected a monument to the Ku Klux Klan in a town just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Though the marker itself seems to have been lost to time—or more precisely, to the urbanization and shrubbery that has sprouted around it—proof of its existence endures thanks to the UDC’s own meticulous record-keeping. In 1941, a local division of the group published North Carolina’s Confederate Monuments and Memorials, a book that handily compiles various tributes to the Confederacy from around the state, many of them the UDC’s own handiwork. Writer Greg Huffman got his hands on a first pressing, in which he noted the monument’s inscription: “In commemoration of the ‘Ku Klux Klan’ during the Reconstruction period following the ‘War Between the States,’ this marker is placed on their assembly ground. Erected by the Dodson-Ramseur chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. … [Read more...] about Time to Expose the Women Still Celebrating the Confederacy
Donald Trump defied expectations and defeated Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election. Trump obtained the 270 electoral votes necessary to become president after the Associated Press declared him victorious in Wisconsin. BREAKING: Donald Trump is elected president of the United States. pic.twitter.com/yJpgfsAbc6— The Associated Press (@AP) November 9, 2016 CNN confirmed at 2:40 a.m. Eastern time Clinton called Trump to concede the presidency. Politico, NPR and the Washington Post all declared Trump the winner before Clinton conceded. John Podesta, chair of the Clinton campaign, addressed Clinton’s Democratic watch party in New York. He told the crowd to go home because Clinton will address the country in the morning. Vice presidential elect Mike Pence introduced Trump to the stage to address the nation for the first time as the next president of the United States just a few blocks away. “This is a historic night, the American people have spoken and … [Read more...] about Donald Trump elected 45th president of the U.S.
In the Middle East, protesters say it started with desperation and anger, and now there is no going back. Ali Shamari was 29 years old when his home in Fallujah, Iraq, was bombed in a battle with Islamic State militants.The roof collapsed and his wife, mother, father, brother, sister, son and two small daughters were all inside. Shamari was the only survivor. Five years later, he is living in a tent in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, protesting full-time against a government he says is so neglectful and corrupt that children are dying. "I have nothing left to lose so I will never leave this protest," he said. "We need security, health care, education, justice and jobs. If they kill us here, we will die, so the next generation can maybe have these basic rights." Hundreds of people have been killed in the Iraq protests that started last month, and thousands more have been injured as clashes continue to break out between protesters and security forces. Fewer than two weeks ago, militiamen in … [Read more...] about Middle East Protests: Why Now and to What End?
Conflicts across the Middle East have had a tremendously adverse effect on children, the most vulnerable members of the population. With the Syrian civil war now in its seventh year and the Iraqi territories retaken from the Islamic State still unstable, millions of children in refugee camps have had to spend their early years dealing with the dire consequences of war.But the American nonprofit behind the popular children's show Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop, says it is sending its lovable and furry Muppets to these countries to help bring laughter and build resilience in the affected kids. In an interview with VOA, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president for international social impact, Shari Rosenfeld, said her organization was teaming up with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide early education to help children and families overcome the trauma of conflict."We will deliver this in two ways: direct, in-person services for 1.5 million of the most … [Read more...] about Muppets Bring ‘Sesame Street’ to Refugee Camps