First woman Doctor Who wants to be a role model to all
By JOHN CARUCCI
Monday, October 8
NEW YORK (AP) — Jodie Whittaker calls being cast as the first woman to portray Doctor Who “a step in the right direction” when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood, but doesn’t feel that she’s broken a glass ceiling because there’s more work to be done.
Moments before the latest season of “Doctor Who” debuted in a global-wide telecast on Sunday, Whittaker was at New York Comic Con with show-runner Chris Chibnall, and Executive Producer Matt Strevens talking about the new season and the historical casting decision.
“Do I think the glass ceiling is broken? No. Do I think that this is a positive step in the direction of equality in the representation on film? Yeah. But it’s not broken,” Whittaker said.
The long-running television series chronicles the adventures of an extraterrestrial time lord who travels to different time periods to help people, without doing anything drastic that may alter the course of history.
Whittaker became the 13th to play the eponymous character, and explains why she hopes to be a role model for everyone, regardless of gender.
“When I was growing up, there was never a question that as a girl you would look up to guys. That’s what you did. Whereas there’s a slight mythology in the sense if you’re a girl, you’re a hero for a girl, which is not the case,” she said. “And so, I think the wonderful thing about this is being a role model for anyone, which the Doctor has always been regardless of gender.”
While Whittaker was honored to get the role, she noted that the casting announcement seemed like a bigger deal than it was because “gender becomes immediately irrelevant within the show because the Doctor is the Doctor.”
The actress calls herself a “New Whovian” that began watching the show after she got the role. What she learned from her binge watching was “how inclusive it is.”
On the floor of Comic Con, fans spoke positively about this Doctor.
Twelve-year old Danielle Nickelson, dressed as Harley Quinn, was glad to see a woman in the role. “I like that they made it a woman, because usually nowadays shows don’t really have girls in them. It’s more like boys, like Spider-Man,” Nickelson said.
And in-between practicing moves from her favorite video game, “Street Fighter,” longtime fan Lia Vanderlinden had her own take on accepting the new Doctor.
“Essentially, every new Doctor is like getting a stepdad. Originally, you’re like, ‘You’re not my dad, I don’t like you.’ And after a while you go, ‘You’re pretty great, too.’” We can share time.”
She added: “It should be interesting.”
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Stéfanie von Hlatky, Ph.D., to Discuss Gender and the Military Oct. 24 at Ohio Wesleyan
DELAWARE, Ohio – Stéfanie von Hlatky, Ph.D., former director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, Ontario, will discuss “Gender Considerations in Military Operations: Mission Critical?” Oct. 24 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
The associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Her presentation is free and open to the public.
In a recent op-ed co-authored for The Conversation, von Hlatky states: “[H]ighlighting the link between gender (as opposed to women) and operational effectiveness is necessary. When soldiers are on the ground, accounting for the roles played by women and men — and their unique needs and power differences — is critical to operational planning and securing lasting outcomes. Understanding how gender intersects with social and cultural factors leads to greater situational awareness.”
von Hlatky’s research focuses on NATO, armed forces, military interventions, and defense policy. She has utilized her research to write books including “American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry.” She also has published two edited volumes: “The Future of US Extended Deterrence” (with Andreas Wenger) and “Going to War? Trends in Military Interventions” (with H. Christian Breede).
She also has published research findings in a number of prestigious journals including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Defence Studies, International Journal, European Security, Études internationales, Asian Security, and the Journal of Transatlantic Studies.
Before joining Queen’s University, von Hlatky held positions at Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dartmouth College, and the Centre for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich. She also was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Southern California.
Her visit is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program. Learn more about the program at www.owu.edu/internationalstudies.
Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.
BBB Scam Spotlight: September 2018
Columbus, OH (October 9, 2018) – Each year, one in four North American households are scammed. Because money loss and identity theft can happen to anyone, BBB encourages community members to protect and inform others by reporting any scam-related experiences to BBB’s Scam Tracker.
In September, Central Ohio consumers reported $1,385 lost to scams.
BBB analyzed 43 Scam Tracker reports from September 2018 to shed a spotlight on four scams affecting our Central Ohio community:
Scam Callers: The most prevalent type of scam in September was scam calls. Learn more about how to avoid scam callers with these BBB tips.
Advance Fee Loan Scam: One consumer reported losing $544 to a loan scam. He looked online to find a place to borrow money, applied, then paid a $100 fee. He was later contacted by a John Williams, telling him his loan was approved and they needed his bank account information. They deposited $754, then withdrew all of the money in his account the next day.
Tips for Advance Fee Loan Scams.
Online Shopping Scam: Three different consumers reported losing money in online shopping scams. One local woman lost $199 through a website using the name “American Online Bankruptcy Center”. The website stated they get documents ready to file bankruptcy, but once you pay, they do not do any of the work. The website has no direct email contacts, and only automated phone messages.
A Columbus, Ohio man bought a version of the NES video game console system for $54 online, and received an email stating he would be sent shipping information shortly. He was never given any valid shipping information, and was told that due to a large amount of orders, they were backed up. Eventually, they stopped responding to his emails and the original links he had to their website no longer work.
A woman in Columbus, Ohio ordered items for $150 through All Any Mall on Facebook but never received her order. She looked up the registration for the URL and believes the company is fictitious. She has contacted her bank, which shows that her payment went to Asia, and her money was credited back.
Tips for shopping online.
Tech Support Scam: Two years ago, a Columbus, Ohio man lost $200 to a tech scam. He reported his computer freezing, and a pop-up with a 1-800 number showing up claiming he had a virus. He called the number and paid $200 for them to take care of the virus. Later that evening, his daughter experienced the same thing. Since then, the scammers continue to contact him saying that he owes $200 a year. One of the callers is using the name Mark Hunter.
Tips for tech support scams.
Consumers are encouraged to report scams to BBB Scam Tracker to help protect others in the Central Ohio community.
For more information, follow your BBB on Facebook, Twitter, and at bbb.org.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central Ohio, which was founded in 1921 and serves 21 counties in Central Ohio.
CAPA presents PEPPA PIG LIVE! PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE
Wednesday, November 21, 6 pm
Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.)
Peppa Pig Live! is back with an action-packed, live show featuring your favorite characters as life-sized puppets and costumed characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games, and surprises! Tickets are $35-$63 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.capa.com
Trump calls on Chicago to embrace stop-and-frisk policing
By DEB RIECHMANN and MICHAEL TARM
Tuesday, October 9
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of “stop and frisk” policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago to stem violence in the nation’s third-largest city.
“The crime spree is a terrible blight on that city,” he said at a convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Trump said he had ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “immediately” go to Chicago “to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave.” He also encouraged the city to embrace the stop-and-frisk policing method, in which large numbers of people are temporarily detained, questioned and sometimes searched for drugs and weapons. It was used extensively in New York City until it was deemed unconstitutional because of its overwhelming impact on minority residents.
“Gotta be properly applied, but stop-and-frisk works,” said Trump, who had traveled to Orlando with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Chicago police said last week that there have been 102 fewer homicides and nearly 500 fewer shooting victims in the city this year, compared with the first nine months of 2017. The city of Chicago reached an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois in 2015 to curb stop-and-frisk procedures after the ACLU threatened to file a lawsuit over the issue. The ACLU said the police inordinately targeted blacks.
A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Trump for reviving criticism of the city’s homicide rate and the agreement with the ACLU.
“Even someone as clueless as Donald Trump has to know stop-and-frisk is simply not the solution to crime,” Matt McGrath said in an emailed statement.
The ACLU of Illinois’ Karen Sheley said Trump’s comments were neither accurate nor helpful. The Trump administration has consistently “encouraged strong-arm tactics and unconstitutional practices by police,” she said, adding, “The solutions to violence in Chicago are not going to come from Donald Trump.”
The White House and Justice Department didn’t immediately respond to requests for more details on what Trump had asked Sessions to do.
Chicago’s violent crime has repeatedly drawn national attention — and Trump’s — as shootings and homicides climbed to levels not seen in nearly two decades. But the number of homicides has fallen — from 771 in 2016 to 650 in 2017, with a further decline expected this year. The number of slayings still exceeds numbers in Los Angeles and New York combined.
A report last year by former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys to assess how Chicago was compiling with the agreement on stop-and-frisk noted a dramatic decrease in the number of stops since the ACLU lawsuit, but found that officers were still targeting racial minorities. The number of investigatory stops fell from more than 1.3 million in 2014 and 2015 to just over 54,000 in the first six months of 2016, the report said.
Emanuel, who recently announced he will not seek a third term, has clashed several times with Trump over the gun violence.
Soon after becoming president, Trump tweeted, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on … I will send in the Feds!” Emanuel said he welcomed federal help but cautioned against the strictly “tough and rough” approach Trump seemed to advocate.
Trump’s comments came three days after a jury convicted white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Video showing Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times as he walked away from police carrying a knife stoked outrage nationwide and put the nation’s third-largest city at the center of the debate about police misconduct and use of force.
Trump, in his remarks Monday, singled out politicians who have criticized police, often in the wake of shootings of young, black men.
“Politicians who spread dangerous anti-police sentiment make life easier for criminals and more dangerous for law-abiding citizens,” he said.
Just weeks before the midterm elections, Trump accused Democrats of being soft on crime.
“The Democrats fight us at every turn. Whether it’s law enforcement or military. They fight us at every turn. And we win,” Trump said.
And he blamed “evil” people for nearly sinking his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, saying, “It was a disgraceful situation.”
Trump said Kavanaugh would be “a faithful defender of the rule of law.”
Hours before Trump addressed the police chiefs, a handful of protesters outside the Orange County Convention Center waved signs reading “Sexual Predators Belong in Jail Not as President or Supreme Court” and “We Wish You Were Fake News.”
Trump also heralded recent declines in unemployment as a positive step toward lower crime rates. He said he was working hard on the opioid crisis and announced more than $42 million in new grant funding for innovative projects to fight the drug epidemic.
The money will fund more than 50 innovative projects through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program.
Tarm reported from Chicago. Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in Washington contributed to this report.
What’s Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans?
By Lawrence Wittner
The recent announcementby the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases. In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining.
When justifying the Republicans’ December 2017 $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that it would result, in 2018, in wage gains for American workers ranging from $4,000 to $9,000 each.
But, in reality, nothing like that has materialized. Instead, as the U.S. Labor Department reported, between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, the real wages of American workers actually declined. Indeed, the second quarter of 2018 was the third straight quarter―all during the Trump administration―when inflation outpaced wage growth. The last time wages grew substantially above inflation was in 2016, during the Obama administration. Consequently, by August 2018, as the Pew Research Center reported, the purchasing power of American workers’ wages was at the same level as in 1978.
Why did the Republican promises go unfulfilled? A key reason for stagnating wages lies in the fact that U.S. corporations used their windfall derived from the slashing of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent under the 2017 GOP tax legislation to engage in stock buybacks (thereby raising their stock prices) and to increase dividends to share-holders. This practice produced substantial gains for big corporate investors but did nothing for workers. Although it appears that some workers (a reported 4 percent) did receive pay raises thanks to the tax cuts, it’s estimated that corporations spent 88 times more on stock buybacks than on pay increases for workers.
Another important long-term factor that has depressed workers’ wages is the dwindling membership and declining power of America’s labor unions. Once a force that created a more level playing field between workers and their bosses, unions have been badly weakened in recent years by Republican-sponsored anti-union measures, such as so-called “Right-to-Work” laws and the subversion of the National Labor Relations Board.
The Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage has also undermined wage levels. In the past, numerous Republican Presidents backed legislation that increased the minimum wage. But that position has radically changed as the Republican Party has turned sharply to the Right. Although the federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 for more than nine years, Trump and Congressional Republicans have blocked legislative efforts to raise this pathetically low wage floor, contending that they saw no need for a federal minimum wage. Moreover, Republicans have used their control of state governments, as in Missouri and Iowa, to block cities and counties from raising local wage levels through legislation.
By contrast, Republican policies have done wonders for the wealthy and their corporations. By the fall of 2018, the stock market had reached new heights and the fortunes of the wealthiest Americans had grown remarkably. According to Forbes, the wealth of the 400 richest Americans averaged $7.2 billion each―a hefty increase over the previous year, when they averaged $6.7 billion. Moreover, the ten richest Americans possessed $730 billion among them―an increase in their wealth of nearly 20 percent over the past year. And the very wealthiest American, Jeff Bezos, nearly doubled his wealth during this time―to $160 billion. From the Republican standpoint, their programs had been a great success. Accordingly, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted in late September to make its steep tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy permanent.
So let’s stop saying that Republican rule in the United States―from the White House, to the Congress, to the Supreme Court, and to the states―has been dysfunctional. It’s been very functional―not for American workers, of course, but certainly for those people Bernie Sanders has referred to as “the billionaire class.”
Dr. Lawrence Wittner, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany.
At 5-1, No. 9 Texas going all in on Tom Herman
By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer
Monday, October 8
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Game by game, win by win, Texas is going all in on Tom Herman.
Just check his phone. In the 24 hours after his Longhorns beat Oklahoma 48-45 to rise to No. 9 in the Top 25 rankings , his phone lit up with nearly 200 text messages of congratulations.
Herman remembers how many he got after a season-opening loss to Maryland.
“Nine,” Herman said Monday. “I got nine.”
Everyone loves a winner and Herman has the Longhorns winning at a rate most think they should. And now, a decade removed from its last Big 12 crown and the last time it played for a national championship, Texas (5-1, 3-0) is back on top of the league standings and cast as a favorite to get to the conference championship game.
Do that and there could be national playoff talk in the future.
Herman sought to tap the brakes on that Monday. A five-game win streak earns back respect at a program in need of some, but that’s about it at this point.
“There is no mid season conference championship trophy,” Herman said. “There is a lot of season left. A lot.”
It starts this week against rapidly improving Baylor (4-2, 2-1). Then comes a week off and a road trip to Oklahoma State before Texas hosts No. 6 West Virginia, the only undefeated team in the Big 12.
Herman surveyed his locker room when the team returned Sunday after the big win over Oklahoma. He came away confident the Longhorns are ready to put that game behind them. His players are hungry for wins. Most of his team slogged through a pair of five-win seasons before Herman arrived in 2017. And last year was a 7-6 struggle.
This group won’t get arrogant and assume they’ll win just by showing up to play, Herman said.
“Have you seen the last four years?” Herman said.
Texas fans certainly remember. They remember big wins over Oklahoma in 2015 and Notre Dame in 2016 when then-coach Charlie Strong crowd surfed in postgame celebrations. They also remember seasons that soon collapsed.
Texas has already equaled the wins of Strong’s last two seasons. Herman got a Gatorade bath from his players after beating Oklahoma but kept his feet on the ground.
“I said to them when we lost the opener, this game will not define us. How we respond to it will,” Herman said. “I told them that about this Oklahoma game. That game will not define us. How we respond to it will.”
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