Clinton Patches Up Relations With Liberals During Beginning Of Campaign
Apr20

Clinton Patches Up Relations With Liberals During Beginning Of Campaign

AP This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals’ good side. As a presidential candidate in 2008, she opposed gay marriage, equivocated on granting driver’s licenses to people who were living in the U.S. illegally and endured heavy criticism from rival Barack Obama over her stance on campaign finance. During the opening week of her second presidential campaign, Clinton showed she had retooled her positions to line up with the views of progressive Democrats. On Monday, she called for a constitutional amendment that would limit “unaccountable money” in politics. Days later, she said through her campaign that she supports same-sex marriage being recognized as a constitutional right in a pending Supreme Court case. After that, her campaign said she now supports state policies awarding licenses to people in the country illegally. Such do-overs are part of an effort by Clinton to rectify past missteps and assure the liberal wing of her party that in 2016, she will be change they’ve been waiting for. While Clinton enters the race in a dominant position, she faces skepticism from some Democrats who question her commitment to tackling income inequality. “Equal opportunity and upward mobility have been very central to her political ideals from the start,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s labor secretary and has known Hillary Clinton since college. “I just don’t know how courageous she will be in fighting for them.” Clinton devoted the first week of her campaign trying to put such concerns to rest. She visits New Hampshire on Monday and Tuesday, returning to the state that handed her a 2008 primary victory early in the bruising nomination struggle won by Obama. Aides spent much of the first 72 hours reaching out to union leaders, party officials and other interest groups. But for some who have met with her campaign staff, they wonder not about whether Clinton will tack to the left, but how far her proposals will go. “There’s a big difference between a $9 or $10 minimum wage versus a $15 wage,” said Adam Green, a liberal activist who has talked with the campaign over the past months. “The big question we anticipate is, will they go big or will they go small?” So far, at least a few are encouraged. At her opening event in Iowa, Clinton took on CEOs and hedge fund managers, saying the “deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top.” At the Statehouse, her support for universal pre-K earned some of the biggest applause from Democratic lawmakers, according to people in the room. When she returned to New York, Clinton had words of...

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Pot For Pets: Marijuana Cookies For Ailing Dogs Hit Market
Apr20

Pot For Pets: Marijuana Cookies For Ailing Dogs Hit Market

  ABC News   With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, and recreational use permitted in four states as well as Washington, D.C., a burgeoning cannabis industry is blooming in America. The latest crop of potentially lucrative products? Pot for pets. Biscuits, edibles and capsules containing cannabis compounds are being marketed to owners of ailing and elderly animals as natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory supplements. But these products aren’t getting Fido stoned, claim proponents. “The cannabis plant has many compounds in it,” said Matthew J. Cote, brand manager at San Francisco bay area edibles manufacturer Auntie Dolores, which launched its pet-focused line Treatibles in 2014. “Most people breed cannabis for the euphoric experience of THC. But they’ve been overlooking cannabidiol — commonly known as CBD — which is non-psychoactive.” Citing studies in Israel that suggest CBD can be used to treat epilepsy, inflammation and pain relief, Auntie Dolores decided to infuse dog biscuits as animals suffer from some of those same ailments, said Cote. Sold online for $22 per bag of 40 treats, Treatibles contain 1 milligram of CBD per treat. The company’s recommended dose is 1 milligram per 20-pound animal. “What we’ve seen is that some of these dogs respond very rapidly,” said Cote. “One woman from Fort Bragg was ready to put down her dog due to how sick and in pain he was, but the day before he was scheduled to go under, she administered our treats and just like that the dog was up, walking around and acting normally again.” Canna Companion, a Sultan, Washington-based producer of pet capsules that combine strains of dried, powdered hemp, received similar success stories and testimonials from its customers. “Just want to say how much this product has helped my animals,” writes one pet owner on the brand’s Facebook page. “Bug, [my] 18-year-old cat, is playing, sleeping next to me at night, being curious and exploring… her back pain is nearly gone. I can pet her all over and she purrs! She has NEVER, until being on hemp, enjoyed being petted.” Co-owner of Canna Companion and licensed veterinarian Dr. Sarah Brandon, developed her product after a decade of trials and formula refinements with her own pets and strays. But that didn’t prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from sending her a notice last month, warning that the capsules were an “unapproved new animal drug and your marketing of it violates the [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic] Act.” Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, veterinarians are not empowered to prescribe cannabis products to pets. Similarly, producers of hemp-based edibles, treats and capsules are limited in how they may advertise the...

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LCC Hosts A Reading Wonderland For UISD Elementary Authors
Apr08

LCC Hosts A Reading Wonderland For UISD Elementary Authors

Special to the Laredo Sun Killam Elementary School fifth-grader Daron Jaramillo receives a little help from Cynthia L. Rodriguez, executive director of elementary education for UISD, as he reads an excerpt from his book The Island before an audience of parents, librarians and staff from the United Independent School District and Laredo Community College. Staff from the Harold R. Yeary Library at the Fort McIntosh Campus hosted an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party on Thursday, April 2 to honor the winners of a district-wide writing contest. Twenty-six students, one from each UISD elementary school, were honored at the event. Each student was presented with a published copy of their work, while the top three winners, including first-place winner Jaramillo, were awarded a tablet. Rounding out the top three were winner Kylee Taylor from Malakoff Elementary and third place winner Daniel de la Peña from Roosevelt...

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Master Performers @ TAMIU Features Guzman  Tonight
Apr08

Master Performers @ TAMIU Features Guzman Tonight

Special to the Laredo Sun Master performer and pianist Christopher Guzman will perform a varied program at the upcoming Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)  Master Performers @ TAMIUWednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Fernando A Salinas Charitable Trust, TAMIU Residential Life and the National Endowment for the Arts. Guzman will perform a varied program which includes the lush and expansive Sonata in G Major by Franz Schubert as well as a short piece by American composer William Bolcom  and Scriabin’s White Mass Sonata. Guzman regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as soloist and chamber musician. He is a multiple prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea. He recently garnered the grand prize and several special prizes at the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans of Orléans, France. As a result, he regularly travels to France to perform in Paris and throughout the Loire Valley. Guzman released a CD of German and Austrian music from the past 100 years, “Vienne et après,” in 2014. He has performed in several venues including Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall and he has performed with members of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. A Texas native, Guzman studied for many years with Kenneth Thompson, of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio. He later worked with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School, Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, and the late Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory. He is currently assistant professor of piano at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information contact Brendan Townsend, assistant professor of music at 326.3039 or btownsend@tamiu.edu. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional information is available at www.tamiu.edu and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube....

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Bobcat Catches Shark Off Florida Beach
Apr08

Bobcat Catches Shark Off Florida Beach

ABC News   “Sharknado” may have met its match. A photographer in South Florida snapped a shot Monday night of a bobcat walking along the beach at Sebastian Inlet State Park with a shark in its mouth, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV in Miami. The photographer, John Bailey, told the television station he spotted the bobcat leaping into theAtlantic Ocean and dragging the shark onshore. “Initially, it was pretty quick,” Bailey told WPLG-TV. “Spotted it, pulled it up (and) the shark floundered for a while.” But the bobcat didn’t end up having shark for dinner. Bailey said he saw the bobcat dropping the shark on the sand and running off. A spokesperson for the Florida Wildlife Commission, Liz Barraco, told WPLG-TV the agency believes the picture is real. The agency posted on its Facebook page that biologists think the shark may be an adult Atlantic Sharpnose Shark, which can grow to a little under 3 feet in length. The FWC also joked in the Facebook post, “There are no shark fishing regulations for bobcats. Just...

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