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Obama was right, Alito was wrong: Citizens United has corrupted American politics

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Puerto Rico fires two more officials after Hurricane Maria aid found unused amid current earthquake aftermath

The pallets of bedding, food and medical supplies sat wrapped in plastic and unused in a warehouse for more than two years while Puerto Ricans suffered through the aftermath of a devastating hurricane and a recent earthquake, and now their discovery has triggered a political firestorm.

Puerto Rico’s Gov. Wanda Vázquez on Sunday fired two more officials in the most recent development since anger broke out over a viral video showing unused emergency supplies allegedly leftover from Hurricane Maria aid sitting in a warehouse in the southern coastal city of Ponce where thousands have been in shelters since a recent 6.4 magnitude quake struck the island two weeks ago.

PUERTO RICO SHOCKED BY MAGNITUDE 5.9 EARTHQUAKE CAUSING FURTHER DAMAGE TO ISLAND

Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar were dismissed a day after the governor fired the director of Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency. Vázquez fired Carlos Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management, hours after a Facebook video showed residents breaking into the warehouse to distribute supplies.

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People break into a warehouse with supplies believed to have been from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017 in Ponce, Puerto Rico on January 18, 2020, after a powerful earthquake hit the island. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)

“There are thousands of people who made sacrifices to bring aid to the south and it’s unforgivable that resources have been kept in a warehouse,” the governor’s initial statement said.

An online blogger, Lorenzo Delgado, posted a live video Saturday showing the warehouse filled with water bottles, cots, baby food and other basic supplies that had apparently been sitting there since Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. territory in September 2017.

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A woman carries boxes of baby wipes she removed from a warehouse filled with supplies, including thousands of cases of water, believed to have been from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017 in Ponce, Puerto Rico on January 18, 2020, after a powerful earthquake hit the island. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)

A group of people then broke into the warehouse and began distributing supplies to those affected by the earthquake that killed one person and caused damage across Puerto Rico’s southern region, The Associated Press reported. More than 7,000 people remain in shelters across the island as strong aftershocks continue.

This comes amid concerns over Puerto Rico’s credibility in Washington. The U.S. had temporarily retained some federal funds for Maria relief amid concerns of corruption and mismanagement. Last week, the Trump administration lifted on month-long hold on $8.2 billion in congressionally approved disaster aid funding to help with earthquake relief efforts, Politico reported.

On Thursday, President Trump declared a major disaster in Puerto Rico, allocating federal funding for repairs, temporary housing and low-cost loans “to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the White House said.

Vázquez has ordered an investigation into the discovery of the supplies. In a press conference Sunday, she said no citizens will be prosecuted for breaking into the warehouse in order to obtain the relief.  She added that she chose to also fire Gil and Andújar after officials were unable to provide further information she requested about other collection and distribution centers in meetings with leaders of her administration that morning.

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A girl cries next to her mother after police evacuated people breaking into a warehouse filled with supplies, believed to have been from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017 in Ponce, Puerto Rico on January 18, 2020, after a powerful earthquake hit the island. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)

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A man pulls a pallet of gas canisters believed to have been from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017 in a warehouse in Ponce, Puerto Rico on January 18, 2020, after a powerful earthquake hit the island. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Acevedo meanwhile has denied he mishandled the emergency supplies, saying in a statement that about 600 pallets of water were distributed when Hurricane Dorian, Hurricane Karen and drought all affected the island last year. He added that the warehouse supplies were expired and no one has ordered for them to be removed or destroyed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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India Targets Jeff Bezos Over Amazon and Washington Post

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MUMBAI, India — Jeff Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post has complicated business for his much bigger company, Amazon, in Trump-era Washington.

Now the same thing could be happening in New Delhi under India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, who has increasingly sought to rein in both the international news media and foreign technology companies.

Last week, a senior official of Mr. Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party criticized The Post’s coverage of the country during a visit by Mr. Bezos to announce new investments in India, one of Amazon’s fastest-growing markets.

The official, Vijay Chauthaiwale, urged Mr. Bezos to return to Washington and “impart some wisdom” to Post employees about the bright prospects for India that Mr. Bezos was touting in New Delhi.

On the same day, Mr. Modi’s commerce minister, Piyush Goyal, dismissed Mr. Bezos’ announcement of a fresh $1 billion investment to help small businesses in the country. “It is not as if they are doing a favor to India,” Mr. Goyal told reporters. He then referred to the antitrust investigation of Amazon and its chief rival that Indian regulators opened the day before Mr. Bezos arrived.

Although both men later tempered their remarks, the double-barreled assault on The Post and Amazon is reminiscent of President Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Mr. Bezos, The Post’s coverage of his administration, and Amazon — often all in the same tweet.

Amazon filed a lawsuit against the United States government late last year, arguing that a multibillion-dollar federal contract for cloud services had been awarded to Microsoft because of Mr. Trump’s personal animus toward Mr. Bezos. The Trump administration has denied that the president’s feelings influenced the decision.

A Washington Post opinion editor, Eli Lopez, responded to Mr. Chauthaiwale’s comments on Twitter: “Just to clarify: Jeff Bezos doesn’t tell Washington Post journalists what to write. Independent journalism is not about charming governments. But there’s no question the work of our correspondents and columnists fits within India’s democratic traditions.”

An Amazon spokeswoman in India declined to comment.

In an interview, Mr. Chauthaiwale said that India was not trying to link its policies toward Amazon with concerns about The Post’s news coverage. “I don’t think the Indian government will do these things,” he said. “We also know that business is different from journalism.”

But he said that The Post’s coverage of India, particularly in its opinion pages, had been unfairly biased against the government. “The Washington Post does not want to give its readers both parts of the narrative,” he said.

The Post said in a statement that it had “covered India fairly and accurately, even when the government has imposed tight restrictions on the flow of information, as it did with Kashmir.” The news organization added that its Opinion department published a variety of viewpoints from India and around the world.

Over the past year and a half, the Modi government and its B.J.P. allies have grown increasingly strident in their criticism of foreign news media. That criticism swelled into a cacophony over international news coverage of the government’s decision in August to strip away the statehood of the predominantly Muslim region of Jammu and Kashmir, send in troops, shut down the internet and arrest community leaders and opposition politicians.

The Post and other news outlets, including The New York Times, published numerous reports contradicting the government’s claims that all was peaceful and normal in Kashmir.

In response, senior officials like the external affairs minister, S. Jaishankar, have complained in Washington and New York about the reporting. Mr. Jaishankar also canceled a meeting with members of the United States Congress after leaders refused to exclude Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, who has sponsored a resolution urging the Modi government to lift restrictions in Kashmir.

In India, the government has increased limits on foreign news outlets, including shortening the duration of journalists’ visas and preventing them from going to Kashmir and to Assam, the center of a fight over a new citizenship law that is perceived as anti-Muslim.

In the realm of business, the government has also taken a nationalistic approach, seeking to rein in the power of foreign technology giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Flipkart, an Indian e-commerce site purchased by Walmart in 2018.

Some business leaders see the effort as counterproductive as India struggles to reverse a deepening economic slump and rising inflation.

Others suggested that the rhetoric is tougher in public than in private.

“I’ve been in touch with our member companies,” said Mukesh Aghi, the chief executive of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a business group whose members include PepsiCo, Cisco, Mastercard, Boeing and Disney. “Over all, we are not experiencing any change in sentiment with regard to investment in India.”

Mr. Aghi said that the United States and India were working to improve their relationship, with the hope that Mr. Trump and Mr. Modi could sign a long-awaited trade deal during a possible visit by the American president to India at the end of February.

“There will be positive changes for U.S. companies in India,” Mr. Aghi said.

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Obama was right, Alito was wrong: Citizens United has corrupted American politics

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India Targets Jeff Bezos Over Amazon and Washington Post

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MUMBAI, India — Jeff Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post has complicated business for his much bigger company, Amazon, in Trump-era Washington.

Now the same thing could be happening in New Delhi under India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, who has increasingly sought to rein in both the international news media and foreign technology companies.

Last week, a senior official of Mr. Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party criticized The Post’s coverage of the country during a visit by Mr. Bezos to announce new investments in India, one of Amazon’s fastest-growing markets.

The official, Vijay Chauthaiwale, urged Mr. Bezos to return to Washington and “impart some wisdom” to Post employees about the bright prospects for India that Mr. Bezos was touting in New Delhi.

On the same day, Mr. Modi’s commerce minister, Piyush Goyal, dismissed Mr. Bezos’ announcement of a fresh $1 billion investment to help small businesses in the country. “It is not as if they are doing a favor to India,” Mr. Goyal told reporters. He then referred to the antitrust investigation of Amazon and its chief rival that Indian regulators opened the day before Mr. Bezos arrived.

Although both men later tempered their remarks, the double-barreled assault on The Post and Amazon is reminiscent of President Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Mr. Bezos, The Post’s coverage of his administration, and Amazon — often all in the same tweet.

Amazon filed a lawsuit against the United States government late last year, arguing that a multibillion-dollar federal contract for cloud services had been awarded to Microsoft because of Mr. Trump’s personal animus toward Mr. Bezos. The Trump administration has denied that the president’s feelings influenced the decision.

A Washington Post opinion editor, Eli Lopez, responded to Mr. Chauthaiwale’s comments on Twitter: “Just to clarify: Jeff Bezos doesn’t tell Washington Post journalists what to write. Independent journalism is not about charming governments. But there’s no question the work of our correspondents and columnists fits within India’s democratic traditions.”

An Amazon spokeswoman in India declined to comment.

In an interview, Mr. Chauthaiwale said that India was not trying to link its policies toward Amazon with concerns about The Post’s news coverage. “I don’t think the Indian government will do these things,” he said. “We also know that business is different from journalism.”

But he said that The Post’s coverage of India, particularly in its opinion pages, had been unfairly biased against the government. “The Washington Post does not want to give its readers both parts of the narrative,” he said.

The Post said in a statement that it had “covered India fairly and accurately, even when the government has imposed tight restrictions on the flow of information, as it did with Kashmir.” The news organization added that its Opinion department published a variety of viewpoints from India and around the world.

Over the past year and a half, the Modi government and its B.J.P. allies have grown increasingly strident in their criticism of foreign news media. That criticism swelled into a cacophony over international news coverage of the government’s decision in August to strip away the statehood of the predominantly Muslim region of Jammu and Kashmir, send in troops, shut down the internet and arrest community leaders and opposition politicians.

The Post and other news outlets, including The New York Times, published numerous reports contradicting the government’s claims that all was peaceful and normal in Kashmir.

In response, senior officials like the external affairs minister, S. Jaishankar, have complained in Washington and New York about the reporting. Mr. Jaishankar also canceled a meeting with members of the United States Congress after leaders refused to exclude Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, who has sponsored a resolution urging the Modi government to lift restrictions in Kashmir.

In India, the government has increased limits on foreign news outlets, including shortening the duration of journalists’ visas and preventing them from going to Kashmir and to Assam, the center of a fight over a new citizenship law that is perceived as anti-Muslim.

In the realm of business, the government has also taken a nationalistic approach, seeking to rein in the power of foreign technology giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Flipkart, an Indian e-commerce site purchased by Walmart in 2018.

Some business leaders see the effort as counterproductive as India struggles to reverse a deepening economic slump and rising inflation.

Others suggested that the rhetoric is tougher in public than in private.

“I’ve been in touch with our member companies,” said Mukesh Aghi, the chief executive of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a business group whose members include PepsiCo, Cisco, Mastercard, Boeing and Disney. “Over all, we are not experiencing any change in sentiment with regard to investment in India.”

Mr. Aghi said that the United States and India were working to improve their relationship, with the hope that Mr. Trump and Mr. Modi could sign a long-awaited trade deal during a possible visit by the American president to India at the end of February.

“There will be positive changes for U.S. companies in India,” Mr. Aghi said.

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The next mega disasters that could happen at any moment (and kill us all)

As wildfires so hot that images can be seen from space ravage Australia — creating toxic smoke that clogs the country’s major cities, killing over 25 people, burning 18 million acres and slaughtering up to a billion animals — many around the globe are wondering what catastrophe is next?

Due to climate change, human activity and other factors, “natural” disasters are becoming more common. But some could be worse than others …

The eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano

Yellowstone National Park quietly sits on top of a supervolcano that is 44 miles wide. Even scarier, it’s still active and could blow at any time. Its last big eruption was 630,000 years ago, but as “End Times” author Bryan Walsh wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times, an eruption of this supervolcano “would be like nothing humanity has ever seen“ and be an “ultra-catastrophe” that “could lead to global devastation, even human extinction. … There will probably never be a year in which no one dies in an aviation accident, but there will definitely never be a year in which 10% of the global population dies in a single plane crash. Yet that could happen with a supervolcano.” Walsh wrote. As it’s located in America, we’d be the first to go.

The Lake Toba supervolcano, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra

The land of volcanos, Indonesia is no stranger to eruption — with Mount Merapi last exploding in 2018. But there’s a bigger threat to the countries of Southeast Asia: The Lake Toba Supervolcano — the “forgotten volcano.” Lake Toba is a volcanic lake that sits on top of a huge caldera (a volcanic crater) — which is still considered to be in a stage of “resurgence.” An eruption 75,000 years ago caused a “bottleneck” effect in human development — in which the world’s population dramatically shrank — according to scientists. Conspiracy theorists say this could happen again. To add salt to the wound, as it lies in an island country, any major eruption would also likely cause a mega-tsunami.

The Hilina slump

On the south slope of Hawaii’s Big Island lies the infamous Hilina Slump — where every now and then there is a landslide that creates horrid tsunamis. According to The Independent, “there is evidence that a similar collapse at nearby Mauna Loa around 120,000 years ago generated a tsunami with a run-up height of over 400 meters. Even as recently as 1975, movement of the Hilina Slump generated a smaller, yet destructive tsunami that reached California.”

Mega hurricanes

Hurricanes Irene, Katrina, Wilma and Sandy did a number on the East and Gulf Coasts of America, causing billions of dollars in damages and claiming countless lives. To make matters worse, due to climate change, the frequency of these monster storms is expected to increase. Once a phenomenon that happened only every so often, they now occur almost every year — with worsening consequences. As coastal cities grow, the devastation is expected to increase and Science Focus cites them as one the “next big natural disasters.”

The Big One in California, Oregon and Washington

The San Andreas Fault has caused havoc and devastation in the past — and it’s predicted to do so again. The United States Geological Survey has increased the probability of the likelihood of a magnitude 8.0 or larger earthquake hitting California within the next few decades — and let’s not forget the volatile Cascadia Subduction Zone that covers most of Oregon and Washington state. Due to massive population increases in these states over the last decade — and a love of highrises in their major cities — when the Big One hits, it’s going to be bad. Real bad.

A Chilean ‘Megathrust’

Another West Coast earthquake disaster waiting to happen is in Chile, on the west coast of South America. According to volcanologist website Temblor, “it is clear to many of us that the Coquimbo region [in central Chile] has an unusual, increasing seismicity that may be preparing the area for a very large earthquake near the end of the present century.” As with the North American quake, scientists also predict the Megathrust would be accompanied by a devastating tsunami.

Rising oceans

As arctic glaciers melt at alarming speeds, scientists have predicted that “some 150 million people are now living on land that will be below the high-tide line by midcentury,” according to The New York Times. Major population areas affected by this direct result of climate change are the East and West Coasts of America, China, Thailand and almost the entire country of Vietnam. The Maldives, an island nation in the Arabian Sea, are also under serious threat as the country comprised of low lying islands is predicted to disappear entirely by 2045.

Caribbean tsunami

An unstable volcano in the Canary Islands, located off the northwestern coast of Africa, is directly threatening most of the Caribbean. According to the BBC: “Dr. Simon Day, of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College London, UK, believes one flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, in the Canaries archipelago, is unstable and could plunge into the ocean.” This is expected to cause a mega tsunami which would wipe out the many island nations.

Major solar storm

In 2012, Earth narrowly missed being hit by a massive solar storm — the most powerful in over 150 years. The last major incident was in 1859, which created “intense geomagnetic storms (and causing) global telegraph lines to spark, setting fire to some telegraph offices and thus disabling the ‘Victorian Internet,’” according to NASA. Daniel Baker, of the University of Colorado, told the organization’s website, “In my view, the July 2012 storm was in all respects at least as strong as the 1859 event. The only difference is, it missed. … If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces.” A similar storm would be “catastrophic” — wiping out the internet and almost all communications — and cause trillions in damages.

Asteroid hits Earth

However the dinosaurs died — they’re gone — and many scientists attribute this extinction to an asteroid striking the earth. If one were to hit us today, it would have similarly devastating effects. According to How Stuff Works, “In 2028, the asteroid 1997XF11 will come extremely close to Earth but will miss the planet. If something were to change and it did hit Earth, what you would have is a mile-wide asteroid striking the planet’s surface at about 30,000 mph. An asteroid that big traveling at that speed has the energy roughly equal to a 1 million megaton bomb. It’s very likely that an asteroid like this would wipe out most of the life on the planet.”

Contagion

It used to be communicable diseases were contained by natural borders of rivers, oceans and mountains. But in the modern age, airplanes have caused these natural borders to become moot. Due to porous borders and airports, the Ebola epidemic of 2014 wiped out as many as 12,000 people and spread to several continents within months. This week, the Coronavirus that originated in China spread to Japan and Thailand. While the world is getting better at containing these outbreaks, it’s only a matter of time before one breaks through and causes global devastation.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

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Youth Teaching Tech To Seniors Fosters Generational Connections

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The United States now has 46 million people age 65 or older. That’s a record number, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

More of these senior citizens are adopting technology, but most also say they need help using new electronic devices such as smart phones. Falling behind on technology puts seniors at risk for social isolation, which makes them vulnerable to poor health and earlier death. It’s also expensive. A study by AARP found isolation is associated with nearly $7 billion in additional annual spending by Medicare.

A startup company in Albuquerque has made matching tech-savvy young people with seniors its mission. Teeniors coaches them on using smartphones, computers and tablets.

Founder Trish Lopez pitched the idea at a startup weekend for women entrepreneurs in 2015 after realizing that her mother needed help.

“She’d lose a password, she’d lose a document and then she didn’t know some simple commands like Control Z that could undo everything she had just done,” Lopez said. “And so she would start all over again.”

As a new mom herself and busy with work, Lopez said she wanted to be able send someone to help her mother.

“But also, I wished I had the patience to help her in the way I wanted to,” she said.

Patience and listening are some of the fundamental skills young people learn as Teeniors, and the program has served more than 3,000 seniors in New Mexico. It added a nonprofit arm in 2018 and has landed grants from Comcast and Facebook to serve those who can’t afford to pay. The mission, Lopez said, is to empower senior citizens.

“I think that’s why we’ve been so successful,” she said. “The intergenerational learning experience is really remarkable and that’s why I always say the main service we provide is not tech support. It is human connection.”

Lopez has seen many Teeniors flourish through those connections. She has also seen many seniors break down when a Teenior helps them understand technology that seemed beyond their comprehension.

That was certainly true for Camilla Dorcey, 76. She was talking to a friend recently in her home in northeast Albuquerque about a new car she was getting that day. But not long ago, that routine task was beyond her, said Dorcey who at one time struggled using her smartphone.

“People would be ringing me and I didn’t know how to answer it,” Dorcey said. “I’d be crying and frustrated and feeling totally useless and old.”

The Pew study found that 4 in 10 seniors own smartphones, but they often lack confidence in learning and using these devices. Dorcey is a retired teacher from Lesotho, Africa, who lived all over the world before moving to Albuquerque with her second husband. When he died suddenly, she was left alone and isolated, too ashamed to admit she didn’t know how to answer her new phone. She tried to get help at stores, but clerks were mystified why she was confused.

“They said ‘Oh a child’ — I hate that phrase — ‘a child could do this,” Dorcey said. “But they never gave me a child.’

Dorcey found a Teenior instead, who helped her download WhatsApp. Now she talks to family and friends regularly in Africa and Europe for free. On the last day of 2019, she greeted friends in England enthusiastically over the app, wishing them a happy new year.

“Oh it’s amazing,” Dorcey said. “I can see them. I can talk to them. It’s really been great. I feel free again.”

Tess Reynolds, 17, is the Teenior who helped Dorcey. Reynolds said she can relate to seniors who may need more time to learn because she has a learning disability and people used to push her to finish her schoolwork more quickly.

“So I know how it feels to be rushed,” Reynolds said. “I want to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

The experience of working for Teeniors has also convinced Reynolds that she wants to become a senior home health aide.

“And this is such a great help to really become what you want to be,” she said.

At a Teeniors event in December at a senior center about 40 minutes south of Albuquerque, 21-year-old Kendra Gonzales was helping Linda Haverty add a photo of a friend to her contacts list.

“I went from a flip top to this. It was like going from a tank to a Ferrari,” said Haverty, who is 81. “And the next time it was Facebook. I’m still struggling with social media. And Kendra’s wonderful.”

Haverty’s family is scattered around the Midwest and she said keeping up on technology is vital to staying connected to them.

“Yesterday I was going through Facebook and found out I have a great-grandson that was born on my birthday…and I didn’t know about it,” she said.

Gonzales has been with Teeniors for four years. It helped her land jobs and decide on a career in public service. She’s working toward a criminal justice degree, and through Teeniors she learned skills such as public speaking and coaching.

“[I learned] things that I don’t think the school system helped me with,” Gonzales said. “This has helped me more, in a great way.”

Trish Lopez never anticipated how Teeniors would affect the young people she employs. It’s not just teaching them tech skills, but also soft skills employers need such as emotional intelligence, problem-solving and communication. Their feedback has surprised her.

“Some of them believe it’s helped them overcome their depression and anxiety and struggles in their personal relationships,” she said. “Just the work of being a Teenior, for the small amount of hours they do it every month, has made an enormous impact on their lives.”

Yannick Hutchinson, 24, just graduated with an architecture degree and said being part of Teeniors will help him learn to communicate better with clients. It also helped when he was struggling with depression.

“It was definitely something that pulled me back from that dark, dark area,” he said. “It was nice, it was a breath of fresh air.”

Lopez had considered dropping him from the coaching pool after he was late several times and that’s when Hutchinson opened up about his struggles.

“We definitely worked it out and I definitely feel I’m more of an asset to this organization now,” he said. “I need to understand I’m being counted on by people and I need to be responsible for that.”

Variations of the Teeniors model exist around the country, according to Generations United, based in Washington, D.C. Executive Director Donna Butts said intergenerational programs offer alternatives to our tendency to segregate people by age.

“We really are much stronger when we’re together and value the wisdom of older adults and the energy and new experience of young people,” she said.

Butts adds that since America’s older generation is disproportionately white compared to the younger population, there are real risks to such segregation.

“And that can be really, really harmful when we have generations that don’t look like each other, they don’t know each other and they don’t understand why they need to invest in each other,” she said.

She said intergenerational programs can overcome those barriers. That was certainly true for Camilla Dorcey.

“I think Teeniors are maybe seeing old people as not totally ready to be put in the grave,” she said. “For me, it’s making me think teenagers should not all be in jail. We’re beginning to see a connection between humans of a different age.”

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SpaceX crews will ride to rockets in the Tesla Model X

Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch pad in Tesla sports cars.

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Elon Musk, who also runs both SpaceX and the electric car company, used Teslas to get around Kennedy Space Center for Sunday’s launch escape test. No one was aboard for the test flight, just two mannequins. But during a launch dress rehearsal Friday, the two NASA astronauts assigned to the first SpaceX crew got a lift to the pad in a Tesla Model X.

The sleek white and black spacesuits worn by astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken for Friday’s practice matched the white Tesla roadster with wing-like doors waiting for them outside Kennedy’s crew quarters. A SpaceX employee drove them to the pad. A second white Model X carried SpaceX support staff.

A SpaceX spokesman confirmed Sunday that this will be the transport for crew missions moving forward. The first SpaceX crew launch, with Hurley and Behnken, could occur as soon as April.

“This is part of the game of us learning to work with a commercial provider,” said NASA spokesman Joshua Santora.

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Shuttle astronauts were driven to their spacecraft in this Astrovan. (STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Boeing, which also aims to fly NASA astronauts this year, is sticking with the vintage look. It plans to use a shiny new Airstream van similar to the astrovans used for decades by NASA.

Two years ago next month, Musk launched his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster on the debut flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The convertible — with a spacesuited mannequin named Starman at the wheel — was placed in an orbit stretching past Mars.

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Off-duty police officer dies in Illinois crash, police say

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An off-duty police officer was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Sunday in Illinois and the woman driving him has been charged with driving under the influence, according to police.

Officer Charles Schauer, 33, was sitting in the passenger seat of a Dodge SUV as Erin Zilka, 35, was driving him on an Illinois highway around 6 a.m.

A box truck had collided with a pickup truck earlier in a separate incident and they collided, according to Fox 32 Chicago.

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Schauer was pronounced dead at the scene and Zilka was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and charged with a DUI, the outlet reported.

“The City of Berwyn Police Department is grieving the loss of a well-respected Police Officer, Charles Schauer, a ten-year veteran,” the department wrote on Facebook.

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Three lanes of the highway were shut down for hours following the incident before reopening around 10:20 a.m, the station said. State police are currently investigating.

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Off-duty police officer dies in Illinois crash, police say

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An off-duty police officer was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Sunday in Illinois and the woman driving him has been charged with driving under the influence, according to police.

Officer Charles Schauer, 33, was sitting in the passenger seat of a Dodge SUV as Erin Zilka, 35, was driving him on an Illinois highway around 6 a.m.

A box truck had collided with a pickup truck earlier in a separate incident and they collided, according to Fox 32 Chicago.

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Schauer was pronounced dead at the scene and Zilka was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and charged with a DUI, the outlet reported.

“The City of Berwyn Police Department is grieving the loss of a well-respected Police Officer, Charles Schauer, a ten-year veteran,” the department wrote on Facebook.

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Three lanes of the highway were shut down for hours following the incident before reopening around 10:20 a.m, the station said. State police are currently investigating.

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