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As Protests Rage In Multiple U.S. Cities, Don Lemon Goes After Trump: “Nobody Wants To Hear From The White House Right Now”
Large-scale protests again broke out in Minneapolis and (newly) New York's Union Square on Thursday in response to he death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen on video pinned at the neck by a white police officer screaming "I can't breathe!" Floyd later died. Local officials sought to calm the unrest at […]
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MORAGA, Calif. -- It was a high-stakes gamble: a chance to win big at the slot machines but risk getting infected with the coronavirus. Braving a cold drizzle last week, hundreds placed their bet, lining up for hours in front of the Viejas Casino and Resort, a glass-and-stone Indian casino east of San Diego that was reopening despite pleas from California's governor, Gavin Newsom.Fleming Clark, 56, a former manager at a fast-food restaurant, displayed the dedication of many gamblers in line, driving hours to the casino despite health conditions that put him at higher risk of COVID-19 complications."This is my chance to come out, after being locked up in the house," Clark said. "I thought it would be a good time to come out and take a chance."The reopening of the California economy has been a political duel between businesses desperate for income and a governor who warns his constituents at every turn about the dangers of returning to something resembling normalcy too quickly.Churches and beaches have become bitter battlegrounds, pitting conservatives in California against the Democratic governor, but the issue of the state's more than 70 Indian casinos, an $8 billion industry that has been shut down for the past two months, has been a separate contest of wills, both legally and politically.Complicated by the role of Indian sovereignty, the question of who should decide when Indian casinos are allowed to open is shadowed by the legacy of the deadly and degrading treatment of tribal communities for centuries. Under a series of agreements that tribes have with the government, Indian businesses have special status that allows them to operate independently in many areas.More than a dozen Indian casinos across California reopened last week, with Viejas vowing "a hospital-clean environment" and strict limits on the number of people gambling at one time. A majority of Indian casinos in the state have chosen to stay closed and are coordinating their reopening with the governor's office, which has proposed an opening date in early June.The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria runs a casino north of San Francisco that is still shut, but Greg Sarris, the chairman, does not question the right of other tribes to open."I will honor any tribe's sovereignty," Sarris said. "Sovereignty is the only thing we have."In a series of correspondences and video chats with tribal leaders this month, Newsom sought to persuade more than cajole. Referring to the "spirit of sovereign-to-sovereign engagement," the governor requested that the tribes keep their casinos closed until the state's public health office allowed the reopening of similar "high-risk" businesses where large groups gather or people are in proximity."This virus does not recognize jurisdictional boundaries, and it is in the best interest of public health to move toward reopening in concert," the governor wrote in a May 15 letter to tribal leaders.Three days later the Viejas casino opened its doors.The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, the tribe that runs the Viejas casino, did not respond to requests for comment. But John Christman, chairman of the Viejas Band, co-signed an earlier letter to Newsom by casino-owning tribes in San Diego County that was polite but firm in describing their intentions."We fully share and embrace your primary concern for public health and welfare," said the letter, a copy of which was obtained from an industry consultant. "We believe strongly our governments and business operations are ready, willing and able to maintain public health and welfare while we responsibly reopen our gaming operations."Indian casinos say that everyone in the casinos must wear a mask and that both patrons and staff members will have their temperature checked using remote sensing. Casinos have canceled concerts and other performances.California has by far the largest Indian casino industry, with revenues twice those of Oklahoma, which is the second largest, according to a 2018 report by Alan P. Meister, an economist and consultant who specializes in Indian gaming.Indian casinos were authorized under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 and took root in California a decade later when tribes began reaching agreements with the state. The California casinos have been whittling away at the dominance of the Las Vegas gaming industry ever since.Howard Dickstein, a lawyer who negotiated five Indian gaming agreements with the state, known as compacts, says tribal governments vary in their levels of indebtedness and their reliance on gambling for income. For some tribes it was more urgent than others to reopen, Dickstein said.But for all tribes with casinos, the closure in mid-March, which came after considerable haggling with Newsom, elicited fears that the tribes could lose the financial independence that came with owning a successful business."Every single one of them comes out of extreme poverty," Dickstein said. "They don't want to risk going back to that poverty."Indian casinos in California employ more than 60,000 people, and profits are funneled through dividends across Native American communities. The Graton casino underwrites charities in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally, including scholarships for Native American children, a book fair and food bank.Several tribes have sought to diversify into other businesses, but those plans are typically bankrolled by the casino operations. The tribal government that Dickstein currently represents, the United Auburn Indian Community, owns buildings that it rents out to the state of California for offices.A casino outside Sacramento that is run by the United Auburn Indian Community, Thunder Valley, plans to reopen on June 8.Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, says he was very ambivalent going into the casino business two decades ago. Sarris does not gamble or drink."It has its problems like everything else," Sarris said of gaming.According to the latest report by California's Office of Problem Gambling, 2,800 people called the state's hotline in 2017 to report problems related to gambling, more than half of whom reported Indian casinos as their preference.The average annual income of callers was $57,000 and the average annual amount spent on gambling was $33,000. About 10% said gambling had resulted in the loss of a primary relationship and 15% reported problems with creditors. A quarter said gambling had caused them stress, anxiety or depression.Sarris said that before opening the casino he tried to find other businesses for his tribal members, including cheesemaking."There was no economic viability being on these very small isolated plots of land," he said.Gambling, he said, "was the only way anyone would invest in us."Native tribes have a monopoly on operating casinos in California, creating a huge industry that is second only to Nevada.Sarris secured more than $2 billion in financing and the Graton casino, which employs 2,000 people, opened to the public in 2013. It operated nonstop until closing its doors in March because of the coronavirus.Sarris is working with the governor's staff members on the timing of reopening, which he hopes to make happen in June.If the long lines outside the Viejas casino last week are any gauge, other casinos will not have trouble attracting customers back.Daniel Rios, 30, who was still waiting to get into Viejas after 2 1/2 hours in line, said he had struggled with the monotony of sheltering at home after being laid off from his job at a Marriott Hotel in mid-March. Before the pandemic, he used to gamble at casinos about once a week. When he got an email from Viejas announcing the reopening, he knew how he would spend his Monday."I was bored at home," Rios said. "I wanted to do something."Clark, the former fast-food manager, said his doctor had advised him not to go to the casino given his lupus and high blood pressure."I'm not going to tell her, though," he said, laughing.Returning to the casino, he said, was comforting."It just seemed like old times again."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
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Eli Manning has been on Twitter less than a week and he’s already smoking former teammates’ golf games
Here’s a sentence we never thought we’d write: Eli Manning might actually be kind of good at Twitter. This past weekend, the little Manning joined the internet’s favorite cesspool, and wasted no time getting to work, firing off #promotedtweets, beloved gifs, and some entertaining commentary on his Big Bro’s performance during 2 Match, 2 Furious. There were a few growing pains, of course, but in between all that, Eli even found time to ignite his very first Twitter beef with former Giants teammate Shaun O’Hara.
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All her life, 27-year-old Kiah Twisselman believed she just had "bad genetics," which prevented her from losing weight. "I just started showing up and doing it," Twisselman wrote in an Instagram post. In the new issue of People Magazine out this week, Twisselman's incredible weight loss journey -- along with that of several others -- is highlighted.