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Pro-choice abortion movement: The women left behind.

White arms hold up a "Keep abortion legal" sign in front of the Supreme Court building, amid a crowd of other protesters.
Pro-choice activists demonstrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington on March 4.
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As we watch the Senate rush to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court this week, many people are worried about what her seating on the court will mean for Roe v. Wade and the right to abortion. But reproductive justice activist Laurie Bertram Roberts says we should have already been worried, like, 20 years ago. “I’m serious. We should have been worrying in the ’90s,” Roberts told me on Monday’s episode of What Next.

Laurie Bertram Roberts wasn’t always on this side of the issue. She was raised fundamentalist, but after suffering a miscarriage and later needing an abortion herself (one she was unable to obtain), she became a champion for reproductive rights. She’s spent much of her life straddling the poverty

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  • October 26, 2020
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Coronavirus Safety: Why the Pandemic Baffles America

On a normal day, the White House is one of the safest buildings in the world. Secret Service snipers stand guard on the roof, their aim tested monthly to ensure their accuracy up to 1,000 feet. Their heavily armed colleagues patrol the ground below and staff security checkpoints. Belgian Malinois guard dogs lie in wait for anyone who manages to jump the property’s massive iron fence.

But safety means something different in a pandemic. Over the past few days, several aides to Vice President Mike Pence, including his chief of staff, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak is the second in the White House in a month, after dozens of people, including President Donald Trump himself, tested positive following the apparent super-spreader event hosted by the administration to celebrate the Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The outbreaks have been both utterly predictable and totally shocking.

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  • October 26, 2020
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Trump Plans Battleground Blitz Despite Growing Virus Worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to intensify an already breakneck travel schedule in the final full week of the presidential campaign, overlooking a surge of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and a fresh outbreak in his own White House.

Trump is expected to hit nearly a dozen states in his last-ditch effort to recover ground from Democrat Joe Biden, including Sunday’s trip to Maine and Tuesday’s to Nebraska. Both states award electoral votes by congressional district and could be crucial in a tight election. Trump will hold 11 rallies in the final 48 hours alone.

Biden is staying close to his Wilmington, Delaware, home on Monday. But he plans to pick up his travel schedule later in the week, aiming to hit the six battleground states the campaign sees as key to his chances, some with socially distanced in-person events and others with virtual events. On Tuesday, the

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  • October 26, 2020
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The Answer To This ‘Haunting Of Bly Manor’ Mystery Is At Hand

You have to hand it to “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”

Season 2 of showrunner Mike Flanagan’s “Haunting” series delivered a worthy follow-up, leaving fans looking for hidden ghosts and pondering unanswered mysteries: Specifically, what’s the deal with that ghostly hand at the end?

Things getting out of hand in "Bly Manor."



Things getting out of hand in “Bly Manor.”

In the final scene of the show, an older version of gardener Jamie (played by Carla Gugino) leaves the door open to her room and curls up in a chair in front of it, hoping that her love, Dani (Victoria Pedretti), will return. (Jamie has apparently done some version of this ever since learning Dani would be the new lady of the lake haunting Bly Manor.)

In the last shot, a hand rests on Jamie’s shoulder as she sleeps in the chair.

OK, so what’s up? Is it Dani’s hand? Is it a dream? Is it just

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  • October 26, 2020
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A.R.T. Adds Sara Porkalob’s DRAGON MAMA to Stream in Virtually OBERON Lineup

The virtual premiere will take place Thursday, November 12 at 7:30PM and stream on demand through November 10.

A.R.T. Adds Sara Porkalob's DRAGON MAMA to Stream in Virtually OBERON Lineup

American Repertory Theater at Harvard University announced today that the Virtually OBERON lineup now includes the digital stream of Dragon Mama, premiering Thursday, November 12 at 7:30PM.

Written and performed by award-winning storyteller, playwright, and activist Sara Porkalob and directed by Andrew Russell, Dragon Mama stands alone as a complete theatrical event while serving as the second chapter of Porklob’s Dragon Cycle trilogy honoring her family: three generations of Filipino Americans descended from gangsters and karaoke singers fighting to survive, thrive, and love. Porkalob received the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script for Dragon Mama, as well as the 2019 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for Dragon Lady and Dragon Mama, which she performed in repertory March 20 – April 7, 2019 as part of the A.R.T. Breakout

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  • October 26, 2020
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Historic roundhouse at Hazelwood Green being transformed into technology center

A 133-year-old railroad roundhouse in Hazelwood is on its way to becoming the Pittsburgh location of a global entrepreneurship platform for economic development.

Leaders of the regional foundations that are working to redevelop the area, known as Hazelwood Green, toured the roundhouse Monday and heard from its designer that the project is on track for completion by spring.

The area on the Monongahela River was once a sprawling steelmaking complex.

“The first ribbon cutting at this site took place 133 years ago … oddly enough at the time of another recession in our nation’s history,” said Sam Reiman, director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

The roundhouse opened to service trains that were used to move steel and steelmaking materials made in Pittsburgh to the rest of the world, Reiman said.

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  • October 26, 2020
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PS5 Launch Title ‘Destruction AllStars’ Delayed to 2021, But It’s Coming to PS Plus

One of the PlayStation 5’s launch titles has been delayed.

Destruction AllStars—the online multiplayer destruction, racing game—will be pushed back to February 2021, from its original release date of November 12.

The news comes via the official PlayStation blog, which also announced that Destruction AllStars will be coming for free to those who subscribe to the PlayStation Plus online service for two months.

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Destruction AllStars is a multiplayer game that’s at its best when you’re competing with gamers online from all around the world,” Pete Smith of Product Development said in the blog post. “We want as many people as possible to experience the mayhem on PS5, and what better way to do that than to provide the game to our PlayStation Plus members?”

A new trailer and more information on the delay and what to expect will arrive in the coming week.

Of course, Destruction AllStars

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  • October 26, 2020
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Best early Amazon Black Friday 2020 deals available now, from Samsung, Shark and Nintendo

Last year the sale spanned 15 days, as the retailer begins its pre-sale weeks before the main weekend (The Independent)
Last year the sale spanned 15 days, as the retailer begins its pre-sale weeks before the main weekend (The Independent)

It may only be October, but Amazon is not messing around this year when it comes to Black Fridayas it’s already begun its sale. Yes, that’s right a whole month early, so you have plenty of time to tick off your present list. 

Originating from America, Black Friday has always taken place every year on the day after Thanksgiving. But since growing in popularity it has expanded beyond the weekend and the following morning, also known as Cyber Monday, and also includes the week before, while some retailers even launched deals earlier than that last year. 

This year the official date is 27 November, and as usual we expect to see big-name brands such as Apple, John Lewis & Partners, Currys and Argos participating, and slashing prices across tech, kids

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  • October 26, 2020
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Borat 2: Rudy Giuliani ‘Tucking Shirt’ Excuse is Irrelevant

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Giuliani attempted to get ahead of the movie when he tweeted, “(1) The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar. In fact, the NY Post today reports ‘it looks to me like an exaggeration through editing.’”

And to be completely fair, his clinging to The New York Post’s reading may not be unfounded. It’s clear in the now widely available film that the moment with his hand in his pants is cut together in a way that extends the length of the scene for dramatic (or comedic) effect. He does, in fact, appear to be tucking his shirt in (at least initially), and the way the story was first

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  • October 26, 2020
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Zeta becomes a hurricane as it nears Yucatan, heading for US

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This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at 2110 GMT (5:10 p.m. ET).

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Zeta strengthened to a hurricane Monday afternoon as it continued on a track for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula resorts and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek.

Zeta — the earliest ever 27th named storm of the Atlantic season — was centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Cozumel island Monday afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph).

The hurricane was moving northwest at around 10 mph (17 kph) after being nearly stationary over the weekend. Forecasters said Zeta was expected to move over the Yucatan Peninsula late Monday before heading into the Gulf of Mexico and then approach the U.S. Gulf Coast

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  • October 26, 2020