(ORLAND, Calif.) — Nine people were killed Thursday in a three-vehicle crash involving a bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college.
The crash has shut down north- and south-bound traffic on Interstate 5, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol received a report of the crash at 5:41 p.m. Thursday, dispatcher Curtis Pahlka said.
“At this point there are nine confirmed fatalities,” he said.
Glenn County Sheriff’s Dispatcher Pauline Spooner said that the passengers on the bus were high school seniors on their way to visit the campus of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and that several people were airlifted to local hospitals with injuries.
“The Red Cross has set up a shelter for the ones who had minor” injuries, she said.
Humboldt confirmed in a statement on its website that the bus passengers were prospective students on their way to the college.
“Humboldt State University is getting word of an accident involving a charter bus that was bringing a group of prospective students to the university’s April 12 Spring Preview Day,” the statement said. “The bus collided with a FedEx truck.”
Pahlka said it is not yet clear what caused the crash but that it involved the bus, a FedEx truck and a Nissan Altima.
The northbound lane of Interstate 5 was closed at 5:46 p.m., and the southbound lane was closed at 6:30 p.m.
No further details were immediately available about the identities of the dead.
“I don’t have any details on the individuals yet,” Pahlka said.
Kathleen Sebelius may have launched the Affordable Care Act, bungled its rollout and managed the subsequent repair effort, but she is leaving the Obama Administration long before the full effects of the law are known or felt by the vast majority of Americans. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, is expected to be nominated to replace Sebelius, who will officially resign on Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Burwell will be tasked with turning the page on the Administration’s embarrassing early implementation of the ACA while managing the critical next steps in the effort to reform the U.S. health care system. MoreSebelius Resigns After Botched Obamacare RolloutUninsured Rate Drops to Lowest Point Since 2008Men Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostAmerican Idol: Another Contestant Is Sent Home People
“Secretary Sebelius has soldiered through, but now really is a good time for somebody new who can say, ‘That was then. This is now,’” says Gail Wilensky, an economist, health policy expert and former official under Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. “Now we are really getting ready for round two.” Popular Among Subscribers The Rise of Fake Pot Subscribe Make Like a PandaCrisis in Caracas
The top agenda item for Round Two is preparing for the next open enrollment period on the insurance exchanges, which begins this fall. More than seven million Americans signed up for private insurance during the enrollment period that began in October 2013 and ended in March, but the Congressional Budget Office estimates 24 million Americans will get coverage this way by 2017.
Overseeing the exchange program and the federal subsidies to blunt the cost of coverage for millions of Americans will fall squarely on Burwell’s shoulders. She will need to enforce regulations intended to ensure the networks of doctors and hospitals included in future health plans sold through the exchanges are adequate. And Burwell will be in charge of guiding ACA programs designed to keep insurance premiums stable in the coming years, which is crucial to keeping coverage affordable for Americans who do not receive insurance through employers or government programs.
Burwell’s top priority, says Wilensky, will be “trying to ensure the next enrollment is nothing like the last enrollment period.” Computer software problems with the ACA’s federal exchange hobbled enrollment last fall and drew criticism that Sebelius and the entire Obama Administration were incapable of managing the ACA, the most significant and sprawling piece of health legislation since Medicare became law in 1965.
Also on Burwell’s plate are a number of critical ACA provisions not yet in place. The employer mandate, which was originally supposed to go into effect this year, has been put off until 2015. Insurance exchanges for small business owners, which were also originally planned for a 2014 launch, are still not operational. The so-called Cadillac tax, a fee to be levied against high-cost health plans, is scheduled to fall into place in 2018.
In addition to implementing provisions of the ACA, Burwell will also need to do some finessing and negotiating. The expansion of the Medicaid program, a primary way the ACA was expected to reduce the number of Americans without insurance, has only happened partially—so far. About half of all states have opted not to expand eligibility for the program, forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds, because their political leaders oppose the ACA. But behind the scenes, Sebelius had been cajoling a number of red-state governors to try to get them on board with creative compromises that would allow expansions of their programs without whole-heartedly endorsements of the ACA’s approach.
“There are a lot of Republican governors who have indicated an interest,” says Wilensky. Burwell will no doubt continue this effort and may have more success than Sebelius by the end of this year. “After the 2014 election cycle, it could be a lot easier for some of the state legislatures,” says Wilensky.
Unlike Sebelius, who oversaw HHS while the ACA was being written and debated, Burwell will take the reigns at a time when the health reform policy-making is largely over and pure management experience is more in demand. This is a role Burwell, a veteran of the Clinton administration and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is well suited for, says Jonathan Gruber, a professor at MIT who worked as a paid consultant to the Obama Administration on the ACA.
“I know lots of people who think incredibly highly of her. She’s not really a health person, but she’s a manager’s manager,” says Gruber. “Right now, we need to just manage that policy and and I think she’s a great choice in that sense.”
And finally, Burwell will walk into her first day of work at HHS surely wanting to improve morale at the Department of Health and Human Services, where bureaucrats have fallen under heavy and relentless criticism in the past six months.
In the summer of 1937, not long before the Nazi annexation of Austria, Adolf Hitler initiated a purge of modernist art, which he had deemed “degenerate” and antithetical to his ideas of German cultural purity. Under the direction of his minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, Nazi bureaucrats and art experts fanned out across the country and confiscated thousands of artworks, including masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse and Renoir. Over the next year, most of the works were sold off at bargain prices in what was likely the largest art sale of the 20th Century. Thousands of these works have since wound up at museums and in private collections around the world, leaving their dispossessed owners little chance of recovering them. MoreMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostAmerican Idol: Another Contestant Is Sent Home PeopleBamberger: Breaking down Day 1 at the Masters Sports Illustrated'Parks and Rec': Talk about Leslie's (SPOILER!) news Entertainment Weekly
Over the past few months, the echoes of this unresolved Nazi crime have emerged through the saga of Cornelius Gurlitt, the 81-year-old son of a Nazi-era art dealer, whose private collection was found to include hundreds of works of “degenerate” art. This week, Gurlitt reached a deal with the German government that will likely allow him to keep nearly all of them. The former owners of these works, including the heirs of Jewish collectors who died in the Holocaust, will only be able to get them back if they can prove that artworks in Gurlitt’s possession were taken from them by the Nazis more than 70 years ago. That is an incredibly heavy burden of proof to lay on their shoulders, especially considering that the contents of Gurlitt’s collection have mostly been kept secret. Popular Among Subscribers The Rise of Fake Pot Subscribe Make Like a PandaCrisis in Caracas
“How can someone file a claim if they don’t even know what Gurlitt has?” asks Steffanie Keim, an attorney and expert on art recovery based in New York City. “This is not much of a solution,” she adds. “It’s still very much in his hands who does research on what works of art and whether he will consider them looted or not.”
So far, German privacy laws have prevented authorities from making public even half of the works found in Gurlitt’s possession two years ago, and according to his lawyers, only about 3% of the roughly 1,280 artworks found in his Munich apartment are suspected of being Nazi loot. The rest, they claim, are clearly his property and will remain that way. “In Germany there are many public and private collections that contain a much higher proportion of potentially stolen art than the Gurlitt collection, but no one appears to be imposing any sanctions on these collections or the gallery directors responsible for them,” Hannes Hartung, one of Gurlitt’s attorneys, said in a statement in February.
Art experts back this claim. Over the years, private collections around the world have come to contain thousands of pieces of Nazi-looted art through auctions, trades or inheritances, and their former owners have almost no way of identifying these works, let alone getting them back. In recent decades, one of the most common channels for this loot to be exposed is through the efforts of major auction houses like Sotheby’s, the world’s largest purveyor of art.
Like some of its peers, Sotheby’s now has an in-house research team devoted to making sure that the art it sells is not Nazi loot. Lucian Simmons, who heads this team at Sotheby’s, says that the Nazis removed about 16,000 works of art from German museums in 1937 and 1938, a process known as “deaccessioning.” Some of the works were destroyed, others were sold abroad, while a large portion went to a small group of art dealers who were approved to trade these works, including Gurlitt’s father Hildebrand, who died in 1956. “These do come up,” Simmons tells TIME. “They come up for sale at auction houses around the world.”
In most cases, a few telltale signs can expose them as works that were confiscated during the Holocaust, such as markings and dates on the back of the canvas or the absence of sales records and provenance documents. The owner will often not know the history of the work, having perhaps purchased it on the cheap at an art sale in the developing world, for instance in India or the United Arab Emirates. To turn a quick profit, the work will then be brought to the auction block at a place like Sotheby’s in New York City. “And the whole scheme would then unravel in a matter of days,” says Simmons, “because major auction houses have due diligence procedures to catch that.”
That does not mean you would automatically end up in trouble. In fact, Sotheby’s does not even have the right to publicize its discovery of art with a tainted history, as that would violate its confidentiality agreements with prospective sellers. The best that Simmons and his team can do is encourage sellers to contact the former owners and inform them that their Nazi-looted property has been found. But their clients always have the option of doing otherwise.
In the Gurlitt case, the octogenarian hid his enormous collection in the apartment where he has lived like a hermit since the deaths of all of his immediate relatives. Under German law, he could have gone on like that until the end of his days. The statute of limitations has long expired on the Nazi crimes of confiscation and art theft, so Gurlitt could simply have refused to negotiate with any of his artworks’ former owners, invoking legal technicalities to fend off their claims for restitution. Instead, according to his lawyers, Gurlitt has said that if any of his works “should be justifiably suspected of being Nazi-looted art, please give them back to their Jewish owners.”
“I think it’s excellent news,” says Jutta von Falkenhausen, a Berlin-based lawyer who works on art-recovery cases. “To me the most exciting message for the looted art debate is that Gurlitt, as a private individual, has committed to follow his moral obligations.” Around the world, many private collectors and even state-supported museums have refused to take that step, she says. “We have outrageous cases of collections who we know have looted art of the most obvious kind, and who say, ‘Oh, well, we obtained this in good faith, we have no problem here.’”
While his decision has been welcomed, the fact remains that if Gurlitt’s collection had not come to light in the press by accident last year amid an unrelated tax investigation, many victims of these Nazi-era crimes might never have known about the treasures he had stashed in his Munich apartment and the other homes his family owns in Austria. So for the thousands of other collections still tainted with the legacy of Hitler’s purge, the Gurlitt case may offer a different lesson: Guard your secrets well.
Our favorite Pawnee City Councilwoman is with child, which means that Indiana may soon have their very own Chelsea Clinton to fawn over. Here’s what a baby Knope-Wyatt can expect in their childhood:
1) Boundless Optimism: A skinned knee will be an “opportunity to explore inside your leg!” and a lost toy will be a “treasure hunt!”
2) Powerful Role Models: If Baby Knope-Wyatt is a girl, she’ll have Hillary Clinton watching over her instead of a fairy godmother.
3) Every Milestone Would Become a Holiday: Like Toilet Trained Day, First Bike Ride Day, Santa Revelation Day, Acne Day, First Period Day, “I Hate You, Mom” Day.
4) Waffles for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Because of all the vitamins, obviously.
5) Aunt Overload: Aunt Ann will take Baby Knope-Wyatt shopping, Aunt April will always win the staring contests.
6) Lots of Sex Talks:
The White House is promoting the annual Easter Egg Roll with 90s-style neon graphics and music that is bound to make anyone who watched sitcoms in the 1990s extremely nostalgic.
The First Family, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and their dogs Bo and Sunny, all make cameos, as well as Jim Carrey, Cookie Monster and Ariana Grande, who will be performing at the event on Apr. 21.
Now, after watching this latest video, NewsFeed is having flashbacks to the credits from Saved by the Bell.
A federal judge ruled on Thursday that California is violating the Constitution in its treatment of mentally ill patients in correctional facilities. He said that too much use of pepper spray and isolation constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, according to the Associate Press.
U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento said the corrections department would have to update its policies on pepper spray and isolation within 60 days. The ruling came after videotapes were released to the public showing prison guards pumping copious amounts of pepper spray into cells and throwing chemical grenades. Some of the mentally ill patients in the video are screaming. “Most of the videos were horrific,” Karlton wrote in his order. He also concluded that too much isolation can cause ill inmates psychological harm and increase their risk of suicide.
Mentally ill inmates make up 28% of California’s 120,000 total prisoners. The ruling is only one of many changes in the California prison system prompted by a 24-year-old lawsuit.
The cross-promotion of more white male celebrities prove it: The entertainment industry has perfected the development of white, cis, straight, male characters. The marginalization of “other voices” — except when those “others” are brought in only to aid in the cheap punch line of a joke — is complete. This is aggression that we do not have to accept. We will protest this until it ends. MoreThere’s a Reason There’s So Much Rape on Your Favorite TV ShowsThe CultureMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostAmerican Idol: Another Contestant Is Sent Home People
Many dismissed the protest we undertook last month with #CancelColbert, a hashtag we set up in response to a blatantly racist Tweet about Asians from the Colbert show’s account.
We think people are surprised to see that their monolithic view of Asian Americans as a model minority is being challenged. We are not the problem. Your stereotypes and narrow roles for us are the problem.
Some Asian Americans were quick to protect the myth of our being a model minority. They disowned us and said we do not speak for them. We agree. Asian Americans are not a monolithic group, and we do not speak for anyone but ourselves.
Others wanted to silence us immediately. Young Asian American women, with little institutional power, are not supposed to be this loud. Our voices are not expected to be raised — and when they’re raised, they’ve not meant to travel.
Our age and appearance have led to us being infantilized — and therefore our political ideals have been treated as incoherent and immature. We are accused of being ungrateful sidekicks of honorary whiteness. It is baffling that we would reject this role to instead critique white supremacy.
We are supposed to express appreciation for our honorary whiteness by remaining silent and accepting breadcrumbs in return. But accepting the role of model minority only reaffirms the logic of racism. We reject our honorary whiteness.
As women of color, we are rarely heard unless we bend to the conduct codes of whiteness — a way of speaking and operating that massages power. If we reject these politics of respectability, we are easily dismissed and slotted into the crazy/angry Asian archetype.
Our role in mainstream media is the perpetual race commentator — unable to exist in a way that isn’t reactionary and defensive to whiteness. We were only heard when we responded to a beloved white man.
People seem to think that what we’re calling for is fake and overly positive representation of our own minority and others — which would amount to a humorless landscape. That is not what we want.
The irony is that we want complexity, we want nuance, we want critical representations of race, gender, class, sexuality, disability, and more. But we reject the idea of representation being our end goal. We will not mute who we are in order to be accepted into the mainstream. If our liberation is dependent on getting our oppressors to humanize us, then we have already lost.
The main thing we’ve learned from #CancelColbert, and the outcome we now see as Colbert is elevated once again, is that the belittling the voices, activism, and writing of women of color is a profitable venture.
There is so much to gain by correcting us, dismissing us, rewriting our narratives. Duly noted, white, neoliberal heteropatriarchy — we will be sure to march forward with new tactics and strategies. We are not accidental or frivolous; we are intentional and unrelenting. We do not depend on a beloved white man to begin, end, or continue our protest.
This is a distinction between liberalism and radicalism — between reform and the dismantling of structures.
We will never apologize. Apologize for settler colonialism. Apologize for anti-blackness. Apologize for orientalism.
Suey Park (@suey_park) is a writer and activist currently living in Chicago. Eunsong Kim (@clepsydras) is a writer, researcher and educator mostly residing in San Diego.
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A group of chimpanzees made a break from the Kansas City zoo on Thursday. One of the chimps placed a 5-to-6-foot log against the wall, allowing he and six of his compatriots scurried up the log and over the wall. They landed in an area only zookeepers can enter.
Zoo officials evacuated the zoo as a precaution, though zoo director Randy Wisthoff said at no time was anyone in danger, according to the Kansas City Star. They eventually coaxed the animals back into their enclosures using carrots, celery, lettuce and malted milk balls.
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When it comes to mergers and acquisitions in the tech world, there are deals nobody saw coming. And then there are the ones you kind of assumed would happen all along. MoreWith Carousel App, Dropbox Wants to Preserve All Your Photos, ForeverMeet Comic Neue, a Comic Sans-like Typeface Without a Comic Sans-like ReputationMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostMickey Rooney's Burial Fight Resolved; Star to Be Laid to Rest in Hollywood People
Today’s news that Amazon is buying ComiXology, the biggest purveyor of comics in digital form, is that second sort of deal. It’s so natural a business for Amazon to covet that it’s a wonder it took this long. (ComiXology was founded in 2007.)
The prospect of yet another form of digital publishing being dominated by Amazon is not inherently appealing to me. The company has a reputation for playing hardball with the content companies whose work it licenses. Aside from the Marvels and DCs and Dark Horses of the world, comics publishers tend to be small, fragile outfits; if Amazon wants to push them around, it can. And owning ComiXology will only make it more powerful.
Then again, the industry had already largely standardized on ComiXology as its mechanism for getting comics to owners of computers, tablets and phones. Whether owned by Amazon or not, it’s likely to stay digital comics’ 800-pound gorilla for the foreseeable future.
Rather than taking on ComiXology directly, alternative platforms take different approaches: Madefire, for instance, publishes comics with so much animation and audio that they feel like movies that happen to be broken up into panels. ComiXology’s approach has been relatively conservative, giving other companies an opportunity to be innovative, maybe even disruptive.
I chatted about the merger this afternoon with ComiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger and David Naggar, Amazon’s vice president of content acquisition and independent publisher. They both stressed that ComiXology will be operated as a standalone business, with its brand, management team and headquarters in New York City intact.
“Amazon, when it buys a working company that’s doing a good job, tends to let them spread their wings,” says Steinberger. “It gives them resources and lets them go on the same path, only faster, better and stronger.”
Naggar points out some examples of past Amazon acquisitions that followed this model: IMDb, Zappos and Audible. When I heard that last one, I calmed down a little: Similar to ComiXology’s position in the comics world, Audible was the leader in digital audiobooks long before Amazon bought it. And it still retains its own identity after six years of Amazon ownership. If the ComiXology story follows a similar arc, I’ll be happy.
Of course, there are obvious opportunities for synergy: It would be startling if some flavor of ComiXology didn’t wind up as a standard feature of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets, for instance. (Naggar told me that the company will continue to sell comics outside of ComiXology–graphic novels are already a major Kindle category–but that even there, cross-pollination is possible.)
It’s not tough to envision a happy outcome here: If Amazon helps get ComiXology comics in front of more paying customers, it can be a boon for Amazon, ComiXology, comics publishers and comics readers. As a member of that last constituency and a voracious consumer of digital content, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
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