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^Ex-felons allowed to vote? Floridians gave the issue national prominence, but it could be in jeopardy
FELONS-VOTING:LA _ Curtis Bryant Jr. has an evening routine _ he scrolls through the television channels, stopping briefly for headlines on a local station before flipping to the national news.
There’s the back-and-forth impeachment drama and all-too-familiar segments about people working full-time jobs yet struggling to make ends meet. And, since the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, he’s paid close attention to the fight over gun control.
Bryant, 38, says he is more engaged in social and political issues than ever before and that he’s counting down the days until next year’s elections.
“Voting is my voice. It’s a voice I’ve never used, but I’m ready.”
But that might prove difficult.
Bryant is among the roughly 1.4 million Floridians who had their voting rights restored last year by state voters through a ballot measure.
But within months, the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature acted to limit the effect of the initiative.
1550 (with trims) by Kurtis Lee in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^When a state attorney general takes on a national fight, what’s he gunning for?
ATTORNEYS-GENERAL:SH _ When a bipartisan bunch of state attorneys general announced this summer they had cut a deal with phone companies to crack down on infuriating robocalls, Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein of North Carolina led the news conference in Washington.
When four AGs _ two Democrats and two Republicans _ pursued a settlement framework with opioid manufacturers last month, Stein was on board. And when prosecutors decided to investigate Facebook and Google earlier this year, Stein was among the core group of state attorneys general of both parties steering the probes.
Stein, 53, has inserted himself into nearly every high-profile action that state attorneys general have taken since he started the job in North Carolina in 2017.
2250 (with trims) by Elaine S. Povich in Washington. MOVED
^Painting looted by Nazis has a twin at museums in Pennsylvania, Virginia
LOOTED-PAINTING:PH _ When the federal government recently announced that a painting stolen by the Nazis in 1933 from the family of a Berlin publishing tycoon had been recovered from the Arkell Museum in upstate New York, Anna Marley, curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, did a double take.
Yes, she was interested that “Winter,” by American Gari Melchers, was among roughly 1,200 artworks acquired by the leftist Jewish publisher Rudolf Mosse that the Nazis seized from his descendants. His collection may have been the first art stolen from Germany’s Jews by the Nazis.
Yes, she wondered how the painting made its way to a museum in Canajoharie, northwest of Albany. And, yes, she was interested that recovery and restitution efforts on behalf of the Mosse descendants were underway, more than 80 years after the artwork left Germany.
But there was something else. The painting bore a striking resemblance to a remarkable painting in PAFA’s permanent collection _ Melchers’ “Skaters,” purchased by the academy in 1901.
1100 by Stephan Salisbury in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Flavor bans multiply, but menthol continues to divide
McGruder, co-chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, has tried for years to warn lawmakers that menthol attracts new smokers, especially African Americans. Now that more officials are willing to listen, she wants them to prohibit menthol cigarettes and cigarillos, not just e-cigarette flavors, to reduce smoking among blacks.
McGruder and other tobacco control researchers are using the youth vaping epidemic _ and the vaping-related illnesses sweeping the country _ as an opportunity to take on menthol cigarettes, even though they are not related to the illnesses.
1250 (with trims) by Ana B. Ibarra. MOVED
^The tiny plastic packages that are fueling Asia’s waste crisis
ENV-PHILIPPINES-SACHETS:LA _ Two dozen children fanned out along a creek near their elementary school, filling sacks with litter left by residents of the concrete shacks lining the waterway.
When they’d finished the morning cleanup, the students emptied a large garbage bag to study its contents. A stream of shiny plastic scraps spilled onto the school’s driveway.
Bearing the names of familiar international brands of coffee creamer, biscuits, laundry detergent and candy, the discarded packaging illustrated one of the biggest environmental challenges facing Asia’s booming cities. The palm-sized packets known as sachets have exploded in emerging economies, allowing low-income consumers to buy single servings of almost any product.
But the packaging cannot be easily recycled, and in cities like Manila with spotty waste collection, the used pouches have piled up in empty fields, collected in sewers and spilled into rivers and oceans.
1350 (with trims) by Shashank Bengali in Manila, Philippines. MOVED
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