James Murdoch criticizes ‘media property owners’ who have ‘unleashed insidious’ forces with election denialism claims

James Murdoch, the youngest son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, assailed “media property owners” and outlets that have promoted disinformation and conspiracy theories about the results of the 2020 election. Murdoch did not explicitly mention Fox News, which is controlled by his father and his brother Lachlan Murdoch. But it was clear that, even if he had other outlets in mind as well, his focus was on the right-wing cable network when he made those comments in an interview with the Financial Times published Friday. Since the election was called for Joe Biden, some Fox News personalities have amplified President Trump’s false election fraud claims and sowed distrust in the voting system. “The damage is profound,” Murdoch said, referring to the election disinformation that has circulated in the US. “The sacking of the Capitol is proof positive that what we thought was dangerous is indeed very, very much so. Those outlets that propagate lies to their audience have unleashed insidious and uncontrollable forces that will be with us for years.” “I hope that those people who didn’t think it was that dangerous now understand,…

Move of space command out of Colorado considered shocking

Click here for updates on this story     DENVER (KCNC) — Leaders in the metro area business community said Thursday they were shocked to learn this week that the military wanted to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama, when the Space Force was already headquartered in our state and the aerospace industry has such a prominent presence in the region. “Well certainly the announcement was a big surprise, in almost every respect, Colorado’s aerospace economy is top of the nation,” said J. J. Ament, the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, an industry affiliate and founding member of the Colorado Space Coalition. “Make no mistake, Colorado competes in a marketplace with other communities and other cities in the United State and around the world. ” The CSC is made up of aerospace companies, military leaders, and academic organizations working to grow the space industry in Colorado. The trade group along with the EDC worry this decision may not have been based on merit and want to investigate what lead to the decision. Ament says they want to see transparency in the process…

Cathedral City Offering Financial Assistance to Its Small Businesses

Cathedral City is offering financial assistance to its small businesses. City Council voted to create this program for small businesses after being awarded through the CARES act. Here’s how businesses may qualify: – have been impacted by COVID-19 – maintain a physical presence within Cathedral City – have less than 25 full-time equivalent employees  Priority will be given to restaurants, retail stores and personal care businesses. “The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on our small businesses,” said Mayor Raymond Gregory. “These funds are geared to assist hair salons, barber shops, small gyms, restaurants, and other small mom and pop businesses that have suffered the most economically.”  Eligible Cathedral City businesses may choose one of two assistance programs.  These options include: – A micro-enterprise grant — A micro-enterprise is a business with five or fewer employees, including the owner. If selected, a micro-enterprise may be reimbursed up to $7,500 for eligible expenses. – A physical-improvement focused forgivable loan — Forgivable Loans are for businesses with less than 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees looking to make short term or permanent improvements so their business may…

Murder Charge Expected For Indio Resident Accused in Shooting

INDIO (CNS) – A murder charge is expected to be filed Friday against a 39-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a motorist found inside a crashed vehicle in Indio. Miguel Mejia Cazares of Indio was taken into custody on Wednesday, a day after the shooting, and booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio. Police were sent about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday to 82-045 Avenue 44 and found a vehicle crashed into the fence of a business, and the driver suffering from a fatal gunshot wound, according to Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron. The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives determined the victim had been in a “confrontation” with Cazares prior to the shooting, Guitron said, but did not elaborate. Information about the suspect’s criminal record, if any, was not immediately available.

Bonita Fire forces evacuations during winter

The Bonita Fire is giving a whole new meaning to ‘wildfire season’ in California. Often times fire officials have stressed that fire season is year round, but it still is a rarity to see one burning mid-January. The Bonita Fire broke out just after 1 a.m. Friday morning east of Mountain Center and grew to 600 acres by 5:45 a.m. According to Cal Fire, the fire was at 5% containment. An evacuation order was issued for residents of Mountain Center. An evacuation center has been set up at the Banning Community Center on 789 N. San Gorgonio Ave. A cause for the fire has not been released. Road Closures:- Highway 74 at Morris Ranch Rd.- Highway 74 at Strawberry Creek- Highway 243 at Saunders Meadow Coming up we’ll have a live report of the blaze and we’re talking to people who were evacuated. The post Bonita Fire forces evacuations during winter appeared first on KESQ.

Man accused of stealing from multiple tip jars

Click here for updates on this story     OZAUKEE COUNTY, Wisconsin (WDJT) — As essential workers at restaurants and other local businesses struggle to make ends meet, workers in Ozaukee County say someone is stealing their tips. Java Dock employees in Port Washington say a man on Thursday, Jan. 14, walked in and stole the money from their tip jar. They say he was talking with other people when they were busy preparing coffee and food when he stole the money. Photos of the man were posted on Facebook and employees say four of the man’s co-workers identified him. Dockside Deli says they were robbed by the same man. Restaurant workers say it is especially hard for workers during the pandemic. “It’s scary and threatening that somebody would even do that. I mean to have that sort of drive to do something like that is insane to me,” said Terry Vincevinus, who works at Java Dock. Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.…

Brush fire sparks in Mountain Center overnight, prompting evacuations

HEMET (CNS) — A brush fire that erupted this morning scorched about 600 acres in the unincorporated Mountain Center area east of Hemet, prompting officials to order an evacuation and establish an evacuation center. Firefighters responded about 1:15 a.m. to the 28000 block of Bonita Vista Road and found flames burning in heavy vegetation and pine trees, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Shortly after 6 a.m., officials said the fire was about 5% contained. About 3:40 a.m., the department announced the evacuation order for residents of Mountain Center. Residents were asked to use Highway 243 toward Banning and Highway 74 toward Palm Desert to leave the area. According to the California Highway Patrol, the following road closures were in effect in the area:  Highway 74 at Morris Ranch Rd.;  Highway 74 at Strawberry Creek; Highway 243 at Saunders Meadow. An evacuation center was set up at the Banning Community Center, 789 N. San Gorgonio Ave. At least 200 firefighters were assigned to battle the flames, the department said. It was unclear what sparked the fire. Photo in article courtesy of Southern California Edison.

Ex-Obama official who helped fix botched healthcare.gov rollout to join Biden’s Covid-19 team

Andy Slavitt, the former acting chief of Medicare and Medicaid under the Obama administration, is expected to join President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid-19 team in a senior advisory role, CNN has learned. Slavitt’s role is expected to be temporary, sources said, as the incoming Biden administration is days away from inheriting the daunting task of getting the spread of Covid under control and quickly vaccinating the country. The expected hire underscores the all-hands-on-deck approach the Biden team appears to be taking when it comes to the coronavirus, as it looks to meet its goal of administering 100 million vaccine shots during Biden’s first 100 days in office. Slavitt declined to comment. Notably, prior to being named acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Slavitt had been brought on to help the Obama administration fix the botched rollout of its healthcare.gov website. That effort to fix the Obamacare enrollment website was spearheaded by Jeff Zients, who is now Biden’s Covid coordinator. Zients confirmed to CNN Thursday night his decision to bring Slavitt onto the Biden Covid team as a senior adviser. In an interview,…

Fast-moving wildfire burning near Mountain Center

Firefighters were working to contain a fast-growing wildfire burning in the mountains above the Coachella Valley Friday morning. It broke out in Mountain Center Thursday night and grew to 250 acres as of early Friday morning. People were seen driving down the mountain as evacuation orders were issued for residents in Mountain Center. They were being asked to use State Highways 243 or 74. Fire crews were called to the area of Bonita Vista Road at 1:00 a.m. Friday. Approximately 200 personnel were working the fire lines as flames engulfed dry pine trees and brush. There were no immediate details on the fire’s cause or containment. The post Fast-moving wildfire burning near Mountain Center appeared first on KESQ.

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