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A New Generation of Chefs Reframes Taiwanese Cuisine in America

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:56
The island’s cooking used to exist under the vast umbrella of “Chinese food” in the United States. A group of chefs and restaurateurs is changing that.

They Hid From the Mob for Decades. Now They Will Surface in a Film.

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:56
The family of Tommaso Buscetta, whose testimony figured in hundreds of Mafia convictions, agreed to appear in a new documentary.

They Hid From the Mob for Decades. Now They Will Surface in a Film.

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:56
The family of Tommaso Buscetta, whose testimony figured in hundreds of Mafia convictions, agreed to appear in a new documentary.

Sen. Harris says her Justice Department would have ‘no choice’ but to pursue obstruction charges against Trump

Washington Post - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:56
“I believe that they would have no choice, and that they should,” the California Democrat said in an interview with NPR.

Houthis Strike Airport in Saudi Arabia, Injuring Travelers

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:36
The Houthis, fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war, fired a projectile that they called a cruise missile. The Saudis said 26 people were hurt.

Rise of e-scooters is busting up a lot of faces

Futurity.org - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:36

Facial and head injuries from riding electric scooters have tripled over the past decade, a new study reports.

Electric scooter use has increased in popularity as a more environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to gas vehicles. However, state helmet laws vary—and many people are injured because they don’t wear appropriate protective equipment.

For the study in the American Journal of Otolaryngology, researchers analyzed records in the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance system between 2008 and 2017 to determine the types and frequency of head and facial injuries resulting from motorized scooters.

The system collates data from about 100 participating hospitals, which is then extrapolated to provide national estimates on injuries related to consumer products.

E-scooters and the ER

Over the decade studied, emergency departments recorded 990 head or facial injuries sustained from electric scooter use—or 32,000 estimated injuries nationwide. The incidences tripled annually from an estimated 2,325 nationwide in 2008 to an estimated 6,947 in 2017.

“Children use motorized scooters marketed as toys, but in reality, certain models can reach speeds of almost 30 miles per hour.”

Most of the people injured were men between 19 and 65, but 33 percent were children between 6 and 12, the research shows.

“Children use motorized scooters marketed as toys, but in reality, certain models can reach speeds of almost 30 miles per hour,” says coauthor Amishav Bresler, a resident at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

The most frequent injuries included closed head injuries, such as concussion and bleeding or bruising of the brain, followed by facial cuts or abrasions. The study showed about 5 percent of the injuries were fractures, most frequently in the skull or nose.

In records that included helmet use, 66 percent of those injured were not wearing helmets. Helmet use increased with age, from about 19 percent in toddlers to about 67 percent in senior riders.

Time for helmet laws?

The study found significant variation in state laws regarding motorized scooters, Bresler says. For example, the District of Columbia classified motorized scooters as “personal mobility devices” that are not subject to inspection or helmet laws; while a new law in New Jersey regulates electric scooters in the same way as a traditional bicycles, requiring helmets only for people younger than 17.

“The United States should standardize electric scooter laws and license requirements should be considered to decrease the risky behaviors associated with motorized scooter use,” says Bresler, who notes the success of such legislation in other countries.

“In 2000, Italy implemented a law mandating helmet use for all types of recreational scooter drivers—legislation that reduced head trauma in scooter riders from about 27 out of 10,000 people before the law passed to about 9 out of 10,000 people afterward.”

Source: Rutgers University

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The infamous Trump baby balloon may fly over Trump's planned 4th of July speech

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:33
It's been seen in the UK and Argentina. Versions of it have flown over border cities and protests around the US. Now, a feminist activist group has announced they are planning to fly a round, diapered Donald Trump baby balloon during the President's 4th of July address at the Lincoln Memorial.

What NFLers are paid

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:30

9/11 responder: Zero tolerance for members of Congress

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:29
9/11 responder John Feal shares how he feels after comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Congress during a hearing for reauthorizing the 9/11 victim compensation fund.

Analysis: Decades of Iowa polling shows there's no current runaway Democrat

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:29
So just how much is a poll lead for the Iowa caucuses really worth at this point? That's the big question after the latest CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was released this weekend.

Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns

NY Times - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:28
The regulator, who sits on a powerful government panel that oversees major financial markets, likened global warming risks to the 2008 mortgage crisis.

Her husband killed their 5 kids. She asked jury for mercy

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:17
The ex-wife of a man who was found guilty of killing their five children in South Carolina took the stand this week to ask jurors not to sentence him to death.

Ariana Grande donates Atlanta concert proceeds to Planned Parenthood

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:16
Ariana Grande has made a monetary protest of the recent wave of anti-abortion laws passed in several states.

Powerbeats Pro Launch Postponed Until July in Many Countries

MacRumors - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:12
Apple-owned Beats has delayed the launch of its totally wireless Powerbeats Pro headphones in select European and Asian countries.


Powerbeats Pro orders will now begin in July in Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan, according to fine print on the Beats website. The headphones were initially slated to launch in June in these regions.

As in other countries, the headphones will only be available in black at launch. Ivory, moss, and navy colors will be released later this year.

Powerbeats Pro first launched in the United States and Canada in early May, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, and China. Shipments are already considerably backlogged, with orders placed today on Apple.com estimated for delivery between June 28 and July 8 in the United States.

Powerbeats Pro are Apple's first totally wireless Beats earphones, equipped with the same H1 chip as the second-generation AirPods for hands-free "Hey Siri" and faster connection speeds between the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other devices.


Like the Powerbeats3, the Powerbeats Pro feature adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks and earbud tips with four size options. They're essentially sportier AirPods, complete with a durable design and sweat resistance. They'll last up to nine hours per charge, with more battery life via an included charging case.

Powerbeats Pro are priced at $249.95 in the United States and at €249.95 in most European countries, including Italy and Spain.

The postponed launch in Japan was first reported by Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

Tags: Beats, Powerbeats Pro
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The Energy 202: 'Just do your jobs': Ex-EPA chiefs go off on Trump administration

Washington Post - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:11
They worry politics is being prioritized over good science.

'Chernobyl' producer calls on tourists to respect 'terrible tragedy' when taking photos

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:06
The writer and producer of the hit HBO series "Chernobyl" has called on visitors to the site of the nuclear disaster to show respect, after a series of inappropriate photos were posted online.

Many breakfast cereals still contaminated by weed killer, environmental group says

CNN - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:04
Several popular breakfast foods, including Cheerios and Nature Valley products, continue to test positive for trace amounts of a controversial herbicide that may increase the risk of cancer, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.

If boss shoots down ideas, employees won’t speak up

Futurity.org - Wed, 2019-06-12 07:02

How a manager responds to an employee’s suggestion can influence whether they open up in the future, according to a new study.

Speaking up in front of a supervisor can be stressful—but it doesn’t have to be. A new paper shows how leaders can use language that encourages workers to offer more ideas later, even if the boss doesn’t implement an initial suggestion.

After conducting two studies, researchers found that people who speak up at work only to have a supervisor reject their ideas will nonetheless offer more suggestions later if their bosses respond properly.

“Given that many employee ideas for change cannot be endorsed, our results highlight the practical importance of providing sensitive explanations for why employee suggestions cannot be embraced,” says Danielle King, an assistant professor of psychology at Rice University and lead author of the paper in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

“Specifically, it is critically important for leaders to exhibit sensitivity in their communication with employees.”

Rejected suggestions

The first study, with 197 participants, included a survey asking workers to describe a time when they gave their supervisor a suggestion that the supervisor rejected. They also answered questions about the adequacy of their leader’s explanation, how the experience made them feel, and how likely they were to speak up in the future.

The second study, including 223 students, involved two 30-minute online surveys. In this experimental study, students worked as interns for a marketing firm that was developing advertisements for businesses frequented by other students.

Students who provided suggestions about the marketing materials received one of four responses, all of which indicated their boss didn’t agree with their advice. Those four responses included a variety of answers, from sensitive and well-explained to insensitive and poorly explained. The students then had a second chance to offer suggestions on different material.

Leadership training

King, whose future research will explore other forms of resilience at work, says she hopes this study will encourage more sensitive communication between leaders and employees.

“It would be useful for organizations to offer training and development for leaders on how to let employees down gently while encouraging them to speak up in the future,” she says. “As demonstrated in our study, explanation sensitivity led to employees opening up again.

“In addition, it may be valuable to help employees understand that extenuating circumstances sometimes prevent implementation of potentially good ideas. It also would be useful to provide justification for why complete explanations cannot be revealed for strategic or confidentiality reasons. If such explanations are delivered in a sensitive manner, this should maintain the type of leader-employer relationship that encourages employees to speak up in the future.”

Additional coauthors are from Michigan State University.

Source: Rice University

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