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Placido Domingo’s 2020 Dallas Opera event canceled amid new allegations of sexual misconduct

The Dallas Opera has canceled a 2020 Placido Domingo event due to harassment and groping allegations against the opera superstar.

The opera said Thursday the gala had been set for March 11 but was taken off the calendar due to “ongoing developments regarding allegations made against” Domingo.

PLACIDO DOMINGO ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT, FORCED KISSING BY MORE WOMEN: ‘HE GROPED ME HARD’

Eleven women have come forward in an AP story published Thursday with new allegations of sexual misconduct against Domingo.

In a statement, Domingo’s spokeswoman said the new allegations were riddled with inconsistencies, but she provided no specifics.

Spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer did not immediately respond to an email about the Dallas Opera’s performance cancellation.

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In this Nov. 5, 1994 file photo, Placido Domingo performs in the San Francisco Opera’s production of “Herodiade” in San Francisco. On Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, the San Francisco Opera said it is canceling an October concert featuring Domingo after the publication of an Associated Press story that quoted numerous women as saying they were sexually harassed or subjected to inappropriate behavior by the superstar. (AP)

Nine women previously told The Associated Press that they had been harassed by the star.

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In the weeks since that story was published, the women have shared new stories about encounters with Domingo, currently the general director of Los Angeles Opera, that they said included unwanted touching, persistent requests for private get-togethers, late-night phone calls and sudden attempts to kiss them on the lips.

Several additional backstage employees described for the AP how they strove to shield young women from the star as administrators looked the other way.

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Taken together, their stories reinforce a picture of an industry in which Domingo’s behavior was an open secret and young women were left to fend for themselves in the workplace.

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Green Bay Packers’ Tramon Williams takes shot at Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky after win

The Green Bay Packers put on a great defensive showing to back up quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ lone touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham in the second quarter in their win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday.

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams took a shot at Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after the win and expressed his confidence about his team winning the ball game because of the opponents’ quarterback play.

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“We wanted to make Mitch play quarterback,” Williams told reporters after the game, according to The Athletic. “We knew they had a lot of weapons, we knew they were dangerous, we knew all of those things. But we knew if we could make Mitch play quarterback, that we’d have a chance.”

Trubisky was 26-for-45 with 228 passing yards and an interception. He was also sacked five times.

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Adrian Amos had the one interception for the Packers, while Williams had three tackles.

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Green Bay Packers’ Preston Smith sacks Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. The Packers won 10-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Packers won the game 10-3.

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Williams is in his second season with Green Bay. He played all 16 games last season and had 54 total tackles.

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Environmental Justice Was a Climate Forum Theme. Here’s What It Means.

The presidential candidates at the CNN climate forum on Wednesday repeatedly emphasized how climate change is hurting low-income communities and people of color, reflecting a growing awareness among Democrats that many of the problems they seek to address are inextricably tied to racism, poverty and other forms of discrimination and inequality.

Nine of the 10 participating candidates — all except former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — named or clearly alluded to environmental justice, a framework that calls for environmental policies to explicitly address racial and economic disparities exacerbated by a warming planet.

It was an acknowledgment, as several candidates put it, that decades of racist and classist policies have concentrated people of color and poor people in the most polluted communities, and that those most immediately and severely affected by climate change are often those with the fewest resources to respond.

The environmental justice movement “embraces the principle that all communities and all people have a right to equal protection of our environmental laws,” said Robert Bullard, a professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University who pioneered the movement. “It’s equal access to the good things that make communities healthy, but also making sure that no community is overburdened because of their income or because of their race or their geographic location.”

That overburdening is plain to see. When a storm like Hurricane Dorian makes landfall, the people in its path are generally the ones who couldn’t afford to evacuate or who had nowhere to go. Poor people — a disproportionate percentage of whom are people of color — cannot afford to rebuild the way wealthier people can, and their infrastructure is often less resilient and more prone to damage in the first place. Afterward, communities of color often get less attention and federal aid.

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CNN hosted a climate forum on Wednesday.CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times

Just consider the response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, or to Hurricane Irma in Florida. Then look at Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Climate change is not the only problem. Because of decades of housing discrimination — including redlining, as Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., specifically noted — people of color are much more likely than white people to live in polluted neighborhoods. Their water is more likely to be contaminated, as in Flint, Mich., and Newark. They are more likely to have asthma and other health problems caused or aggravated by dirty air.

Environmental justice involves “connecting the dots of the day-to-day challenges and the decisions we made,” and identifying “the opportunities that we have to make some different decisions so that we can have more equitable outcomes,” said S. Atyia Martin, a distinguished senior fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute and the founder of All Aces Inc.

Leading candidates like Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts did not mince words in Wednesday’s forum. Climate policies, Ms. Warren said, must be designed to help “people who have been displaced, workers who have been displaced, people in communities of color who have for generations now been the ones where the toxic dumps got sited next to their homes.”

Several candidates proposed a variety of policies related to environmental justice.

  • Mr. Buttigieg promoted his “Douglass Plan” to combat systemic racism, including in housing and health care, and to provide funding for environmentally vulnerable communities.

  • Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, said he wanted to increase funding for the National Flood Insurance Program to help low-income Americans recover from natural disasters.

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota highlighted her carbon pricing proposal, revenue from which would be used to “make sure that people are basically held harmless” when climate change damages their homes or livelihoods, she said.

  • Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas said he would use revenue from his proposed cap-and-trade system to help people in polluted neighborhoods and flood-prone coastal areas.

  • Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur, promoted his $1,000-a-month universal basic income proposal. “That would help citizens of this country protect themselves in a natural disaster, because we all know when Hurricane Dorian or Hurricane Harvey hits, who suffers?” he said. “Poor people, people of color, people who don’t have a car they can get into and just drive to some relative’s house.”

Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California have gone further, making environmental justice a central theme of their overall climate plans. Earlier in her career, Ms. Harris created an environmental justice unit within the San Francisco district attorney’s office, a point she noted on Wednesday. She and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York also introduced legislation in July that would require the government to evaluate environmental policies based on their effects on low-income communities.

The very presence of environmental justice as a topic of discussion in a major presidential forum was noteworthy and reflects broader shifts in the Democratic Party. In many policy areas, from climate change to abortion, candidates have begun to explicitly emphasize socioeconomic disparities — and, in particular, the impact of generations of systemic racism.

But Dr. Bullard said much more was needed.

“The climate proposals that candidates have pushed out are aspirational, and I commend them for doing that,” he said. But, he added: “Breathing clean air should not be aspirational. It should be experiential. Clean drinking water in Flint or Newark — that’s something that should not be aspirational. We should be able to drink clean water right now, not 20 years from now.”

Dr. Martin said that while she was very glad the discussion was happening, it had been oversimplified and, at times, reinforced stereotypes of powerlessness surrounding poor people and communities of color. Environmental justice plans should not only benefit marginalized communities, she said, but also bring them into the policymaking process.

“We have an opportunity to have a more sophisticated and nuanced conversation,” she said.

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Report: White House Official Says Trump Personally Drew Sharpie Bubble On Map

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The week in pictures, Aug. 31 – Sept. 6

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Nuns take photos as Pope Francis presides over a meeting at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Maputo, Mozambique, Sept. 5, 2019. 

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NFL Game Hot Mic Picks Up A Very NSFW Confession

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The Green Bay Packers’ 10-3 opening night victory Thursday over the host Chicago Bears was called boring by Sporting News, but at least the conversation was lively.

A hot mic on NBC’s broadcast captured someone saying, “I’ve never had my butt fingered.” 

The Big Lead and Deadspin reported it was a Packers or Bears player who made the declaration  ― but we won’t point fingers here.

The Packers led the Bears, 7-3, in the second quarter at the time.

The game kicked off the NFL’s 100th season. Maybe those weren’t the typical words to mark such a momentous occasion, but they’ll have to do.

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Trump Plan For Home Loans Rattles Watchdogs

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The Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington. The mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee about half of all home loans in the U.S.

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At its heart the new Trump administration plan for the home-loan market aims to change the rules for the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The two firms are the bedrock foundation for home mortgages in the U.S.

The government created them decades ago to provide a federally backed guarantee on loans to insure that money would always be available for responsible, qualified homebuyers to get mortgages. They later became largely private companies but have been under government control since the financial crisis.

Now the Trump administration says it wants to make Fannie and Freddie private companies again, make changes to the backstop they provide to the mortgage market, and introduce more competition from other private companies as well.

Mike Calhoun, the president of the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending, worries such changes would drive up costs for borrowers and that the administration could impose new rules on homebuyers that would be too strict, for example requiring bigger down payments to qualify for a government backed mortgage.

“For working class Americans who want to buy a house this could make it much more difficult to get a mortgage and make the mortgage much more expensive,” Calhoun says.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin argues the plan will “protect taxpayers and help Americans who want to buy a home.” Mnuchin said in a statement, “an effective and efficient Federal housing finance system will also meaningfully contribute to the continued economic growth under this Administration.”

Whatever happens next, it appears unlikely it will happen quickly. Parts of the plan would require approval by a divided Congress and Democrats will probably not embrace the administration’s housing vision as a top priority.

Other parts of the plan would not require congressional approval, including making Fannie and Freddie private companies again. They were seized during the Bush administration and put into what’s known as government “conservatorship” as part of a roughly $190 billion bailout.

But the path to privatization is not clearly spelled out in the plan. The terms of the bailout were punishing. Essentially, all of Fannie and Freddie’s profits have been flowing to the Treasury Department. And in recent years, their healthy profits have more than paid back the taxpayer money they received in the bailout.

But the companies are still required to keep handing over their profits to the government.

In order to function as private companies, Fannie and Freddie would have to be recapitalized, meaning they need billions and billions of dollars in cash. But the plan doesn’t make clear which approach the administration would use to accomplish that goal. Some options floated in the plan would require congressional approval.

The administration also says in several places in its plan that it wants to avoid “disruption” in the mortgage market. And by definition, any abrupt changes involving Fannie and Freddie would be disruptive. Together the two firms backstop nearly half of the $11 trillion U.S. mortgage market.

With so much at stake, lawmakers, advocacy groups and industry lobbyists could very well fight over the details for months, or years to come.

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Miami Marlins pitcher makes historic debut as he faces off against brother

For a brief moment, Pittsburgh became the city of brotherly love.

Pirates third baseman Colin Moran got the opportunity to go head-to-head with his older brother Brian during a game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.

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This time it was the big brother, Brian, who got the better of Colin. Brian struck him out and became the first player in major league history to make his debut while facing his brother on the mound.

“It’s incredible,” Brian Moran told reporters after the game. “I think the last three days have been some of the most exciting, moving days that I’ve experienced. I don’t think you could dream up a cooler situation. I’m so excited I got to share it with my family. I got to get out on a big-league mound.”

Brian came into the game in the fourth inning and ended up picking up the win in the Marlins’ 10-7 victory over the Pirates.

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His matchup with Colin wasn’t an easy one. Brian fell behind in the count 3-1 before throwing two sliders with the last one hitting 71 mph.

Colin Moran, 26, talked about the experience after the game.

“He’s been my inspiration my whole life,” he said. “He’s never given up. That’s kind of been the theme of his career. I would’ve given up, probably. A lesser man would have given up with the road he’s had to go through.”

It was Brian Moran’s first major league game of his career. He had been a journeyman in the minor leagues for 10 years before getting the call up to the big leagues. The 30-year-old was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

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Miami Marlins relief pitcher Brian Moran finally made his debut Thursday night. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Since then, he’s bounced around each minor league level, the independent leagues and played internationally. He joined the Marlins’ organization in 2019 and had pitched for Triple-A New Orleans all season before being called up.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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China Injects $126 Billion Into Its Slowing Economy

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BEIJING — Beijing has called on banks to open the lending spigots as China’s trade war with the United States rages and its economic slowdown shows little sign of abating.

The People’s Bank of China on Friday lowered the amount of cash that Chinese banks are required to hold in their coffers, freeing up $126 billion to flow into the financial system at an important time politically and economically.

The move indicates that China is willing to ease back some from its broad campaign to rein in excessive borrowing. Years of debt-fueled growth has led to bubbles in the financial system and created worries about hidden bombs deep within the country’s financial system.

By calling on banks to lend more to companies and debt-laden local governments, it is hoping to incite growth. Many businesses are finding it harder to keep their doors open, unemployment is creeping up and families are shouldering higher daily costs.

Still, the move was relatively modest by comparison with the size of the Chinese economy. Meanwhile, a yearlong trade war with the United States has worsened China’s economic predicament.

A growing number of economists have lowered their expectations for economic growth next year as the trade war shows no sign of ending.

“Policymaking in China’s case tends to be behind the curve, which means that in an ideal world the government should do more to support the economy. These policy measures are too mild and too little to stop the slowdown,” said Larry Hu, the chief China economist at Macquarie Group.

Mr. Hu said he plans to revise down his expectations for growth in 2020 from an original estimate of 6 percent to lower than 6 percent. Wang Tao, an economist at the Swiss bank UBS, said she expected growth to slow to 5.5 percent next year.

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Ivanka Trump Travels All the Way to Colombia to Visit a Migrant Camp — What about the immigrant detention camps here in the U.S.?

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It’s more than that. The migrant camps in Colombia are primarily for refugees fleeing the crisis in Venezuela. Ivanka and the Trump administration are trying as hard as possible to push how terrible conditions are in Venezuela under Maduro to try and justify military intervention.

The international response to the crisis in Venezuela has essentially broken down along Cold War lines. The socialist Maduro is supported by Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Cuba. The US and their allies support the opposition candidate, Guaidó, who declared the last election illegitimate.

The Trump administration is trying to instigate regime change in Venezuela, which would turn them into a US-aligned trade partner and be seen as a big foreign policy win. John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor, has suggested US military intervention is an option they are considering.

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