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Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s ‘Winter White House,’ Has Been Cited for Poor Maintenance

Broken staircases, improper food storage and inadequate smoke detectors — President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach was cited for maintenance violations which could have posed a threat to public health, safety and welfare, according to a recent inspection of the 1920s beachfront property.

The bed and breakfast part of the resort required emergency repairs to pass its most recent inspection in November, according to state records reported by the Miami Herald. The B&B was cited for two high priority violations “which could pose a direct or significant threat” to the public, according to the inspection code. Those included the absence of smoke detectors capable of alerting hearing impaired guests through flashing lights, and chunks of missing concrete exposing steel rebar on a staircase.

Meanwhile, the exclusive club’s kitchens were cited for 15 violations. The two main kitchens were written up for improper food storage, including milk that was stored at the wrong temperature and hot dogs stored on the ground floor of the freezer, according to the records. The kitchens passed the inspection, however, and did not need to be rechecked.

This isn’t the first time Mar-a-Lago’s catering services have prompted sanitation concerns. In February 2017, just days before the arrival of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, inspectors found sushi fish that had not been subject to necessary treatment for parasites, and cited the club for storing food in two defunct coolers which reportedly reached temperatures that could spoil fresh food.

Trump, who bought the 20-acre estate in 1985, spent his Thanksgiving vacation at the club, a week after the inspection. The President also spent Christmas and New Year at the resort, which takes a $200,000 membership fee.

Source: http://time.com/5103754/trump-mar-a-lago-poor-maintenance/

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City-owned Internet services offer cheaper and more transparent pricing


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Municipal broadband networks generally offer cheaper entry-level prices than private Internet providers, and the city-run networks also make it easier for customers to find out the real price of service, a new study from Harvard University researchers found.

Researchers collected advertised prices for entry-level broadband plans—those meeting the federal standard of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds—offered by 40 community-owned ISPs and compared them to advertised prices from private competitors.

The report by researchers at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard doesn’t provide a complete picture of municipal vs. private pricing. But that’s largely because data about private ISPs’ prices is often more difficult to get than information about municipal network pricing, the report says.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1244349

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The Person Who Sent Hawaii’s False Missile Alert Has Been Reassigned

The worker responsible for the mistaken missile alert sent to residents of Hawaii has been reassigned.

Richard Rapoza, spokesman for the Hawaii Emergency Management System, confirmed that the employee was temporarily moved to a new role, NBC News reports. However, he declined to say what the worker’s new tasks are.

“All we will say is that the individual has been temporarily reassigned within our Emergency Operations Center pending the outcome of our internal investigation, and it is currently in a role that does not provide access to the warning system,” Rapoza said.

People across Hawaii received an emergency alert on Saturday warning them to seek immediate shelter for a ballistic missile threat coming to the state. “This is not a drill,” the alert said, causing immediate terror.

Authorities said 38 minutes after the warning was sent that it was false and sent out in an error. The mistake occurred after 8 a.m. Saturday when the employee initiated an internal test of the emergency missile warning system — a drill performed regularly by the agency after it reinstated its Cold War-era nuclear warning system in response to North Korea’s ramped up ballistic missile tests. The Washington Post reports that the worker sent out a false warning after choosing “Missile alert” from the dropdown menu that initiated the internal test. He should have chosen the “Test missile alert” option instead.

Source: http://time.com/5103320/hawaii-missile-test-worker-reassigned/

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Violence in Tijuana keeps spiraling: 1,744 homicides in 2017, officials say


After spiking to unprecedented levels last year, the bloodshed in Tijuana has continued at an unrelenting pace in the first days of the new year as two powerful drug trafficking organizations battle for control of the city’s lucrative street drug sales: The long-established Sinaloa cartel and a…

Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/sd-me-homicides-tijuana-20180102-story.html

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Hawaii to blame for false alarm, FCC chief suggests


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Sunday suggested Hawaii’s government leaders are partly to blame for the false emergency alert broadcast and sent to mobile phones Saturday warning about a ballistic missile approaching.

“Based on the information we have collected so far, it appears that the government of Hawaii did not have reasonable safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert,” Pai said today in a statement.

The commission announced Saturday it would launch a full investigation, which the agency chairman today said “is well underway” while referring to “close contact” with federal and state officials. Pai spoke by phone with Sen. Brian Schatz, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee’s telecom panel, Saturday evening.

Schatz, of Hawaii, is “glad” FCC officials “are going to work with us on developing best practices on the communications side for states and municipalities to make sure this never happens again,” he tweeted. “This system failed miserably and we need to start over.”

Pai called for close coordination of federal, state and local officials and said corrections to false alerts must be immediate. One line of inquiry “is looking at what additional safeguards are necessary,” tweeted Matthew Berry, Pai’s chief of staff.

“The false emergency alert sent yesterday in Hawaii was absolutely unacceptable,” Pai said. “It caused a wave of panic across the state — worsened by the 38-minute delay before a correction alert was issued. Moreover, false alerts undermine public confidence in the alerting system and thus reduce their effectiveness during real emergencies.”

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/14/hawaii-false-alarm-pai-fcc-340438

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Bill Murray Surprises as Steve Bannon on SNL

Bill Murray surprised Saturday Night Live viewers this weekend with a guest appearance as former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

Appearing in SNL’s “Morning Joe” sketch with Kate McKinnon playing Mika Brzezinski and Alex Moffat as Joe Scarborough, Murray pulled down the hood of a dark cloak to reveal himself as Bannon. (In the past, the show has portrayed Bannon as a cloaked Grim Reaper character.)

“My god, Steve, I always thought you looked like death but this is death warmed over,” said McKinnon as Brzezinski. Murray’s Bannon was appearing on the show alongside Michael Wolff, the author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, played by Fred Armisen.

Murray’s character denied the statements he made to Wolff that were published in the book — where he said that the meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., along with Trump campaign aides, was “treasonous.” (Bannon has apologized for the statement, calling Trump Jr. “both a patriot and a good man.” Bannon has also stepped down from his role as executive chairman at the Breitbart News Network.)

“The Bannon dynasty is dawning,” Murray said. When asked what he was a working on, he said he has an upcoming web series for Crackle called “Cucks in the Car Getting Coffee”, a line of “wrinkled barn jackets” and a springtime skincare line called “Blotch.”

As for political candidates Murray-as-Bannon said he plans to promote next, those include disgraced YouTube star Logan Paul, former drug company executive and convicted felon Martin Shkreli, and the former “Subway guy” Jared Fogel, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

“It’s time for America to slide down the Bannon-ster,” Murray said.

At that point, McKinnon and Moffat welcomed Leslie Jones playing Oprah to discuss her 2020 plans. “Well, I am a celebrity, so I’m qualified,” Jones as Oprah says. “But I’m different from Donald Trump because I’m actually a billionaire.”

“There’s only one job in the world more powerful than being president,” she continued. “Being Oprah.”

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Source: http://time.com/5102645/saturday-night-live-bill-murray-steve-bannon/

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101 Freeway, overwhelmed by Montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely


As authorities continue to search for those missing in the deadly Montecito mudslide disaster, officials announced that U.S. 101 would remain closed indefinitely.

The 101, a key north-south route in California, was tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, but cleanup efforts have proved more…

Source: http://www.latimes.com/la-me-montecito-mudsides-101-story.html