Our country relies on the American people to be able to create and have constructive dialogue. Citizens can get involved in their community through communicating with their elected officials, running for elected office, serving on local governing boards, and protesting the status quo. Minnesotans, like all Americans, have the right to express their opinions freely, with emotion. Recently, however, demonstrations and protests have been moving onto freeways and obstructing other public spaces. This all-too-frequent tactic is designed to attract attention to an increasing number of issues, in part because current penalties don’t seem to be a sufficient deterrent. Rep. Nick Zerwas I introduced legislation that would alter the criminal penalty for blocking public right-of-ways. The bill would not change what actions are already legal under Minnesota law, but it would increase the criminal penalty from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor for those who intentionally obstruct traffic … [Read more...] about Why I want to increase penalties for protesters who block traffic
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By John Hilliard Globe Correspondent May 11, 2018 NEWTON — Even by the admittedly high standards of West Newton Hill, the historic Queen Anne-style home nestled on Chestnut Street looks like a stunner.Listed for sale at just under $2.7 million, the circa-1855 home features 13 rooms, an exterior framed by a piazza, and a central turret offering a wide view of the front yard. The two-and-a-half story home sits on nearly an acre — a rare prize in land-starved Newton.And thanks to sky-high values for residential property, the land may be more valuable if a future owner has the choice to knock it down and build something new. Advertisement The property’s owner, Mordechai Hodis, is close to a deal for the property at 128 Chestnut St., but the deal is contingent on the buyer having the option to alter, move, or demolish the house, said Mitchel … [Read more...] about In Newton, this multimillion dollar home could be worth more as a knockdown
Food writer Cathy Barrow recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat.Q. I typically use romaine for dinner salads. Any suggestions for alternative greens that would give me a similar crunch? I don’t like raw kale but am otherwise open to anything I can find at the store.A. Iceberg lettuce will give you the crunch, and Belgian endive or green leaf lettuce work. Frisée has more texture than crunch, but I always like it in a salad. Boston/butter lettuce is great, too. Not quite as crunchy, but great.Q. This is a problem I often have: I’ll put some kind of oil on something that I’m grilling, and inevitably the oil starts dripping into the coals – either from what I’ve added or the protein itself – and then I’ve got a grease fire putting soot all over everything. What am I doing wrong? I let the fire go down, but sometimes I do want flames to give it a char, … [Read more...] about Food Q&A: How can I get a lettuce crunch without using romaine?
close Video Trump takes to Twitter to blast Mueller probe President says despite 'never ending and corrupt Russia investigation' there's 'no collusion or obstruction'; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.' President Trump is denying seeking to shut down Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, saying Thursday he would have fired the special c ounsel months ago if he wanted him gone. “If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him,” the president tweeted. “Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!” If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him. Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018 Earlier this week, the New York Times published a story with the headline: “Trump Sought to Fire Mueller in December.” That story claimed Trump was … [Read more...] about Trump: ‘I would have fired’ Mueller if I wanted
Manuel Roig-Franzia, The Washington Post Published 10:14 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A former actress who has accused Bill Cosby of rape drew gasps from the courtroom audience Wednesday when she declared, "I want to see a serial rapist convicted!" The blunt statement from Heidi Thomas served as a dramatic exclamation point to a cross-examination that stretched over two days, and escalated from gentle to rough and accusatory in its final stages. The remark was all the more startling because it seemed so out of keeping with the demeanor of Thomas, a cheerful music teacher who had the audience chuckling with self-effacing anecdotes about her youthful ambitions to be a musical theater star. Thomas, who is in her late 50s, is the first of five women prosecutors may call as witnesses in hopes of persuading jurors that Cosby engaged in a years-long pattern of drugging and sexually assaulting women - many of them young, naive strivers who looked up to him. … [Read more...] about ‘I want to see a serial rapist convicted!’ proclaims a prosecution witness at Bill Cosby’s retrial