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Feds: McDonald’s franchisee fined over child labor violations involving 101 teenagers

McDonald's child labor problems

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Monday said a local franchisee operating 13 McDonalds stores in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area violated child labor laws after investigators found 101 teenagers worked impermissible hours.

Santonastasso Enterprises, owned by John and Kathleen Santonastasso, paid a civil penalty of $57,332 for the violations, DOL said.

The franchisee allowed 14-and-15-year-old employees to work more than three hours per day and after 7 p.m. on school days, when federal law forbids work beyond that time, the DOL said.

Other minors worked later than 9 p.m. between June 1 and Labor Day, more than eight hours on a non-school day or more than 18 hours in a school work week, all in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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White House to address rising anti-Semitism, attacks on Jews

US Second Gentleman EmhoffThe White House will address rising anti-Semitism in a roundtable event with Jewish leaders on Wednesday focused on attacks against Jews across the United States and how to combat hate.

The White House did not say which leaders from the Jewish community would attend the event, hosted by second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, the first Jewish spouse of a president or a vice president.

The move comes as reports of anti-Semitism have increased nationwide. The issue has drawn headlines in recent weeks after former Republican President Donald Trump hosted white supremacist Nick Fuentes and the musician formerly known as Kanye West at his private club in Florida.

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Iran abolishes morality police after months of protests

Iran Iran abolishes morality policehas scrapped its morality police after more than two months of protests triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini following her arrest for allegedly violating the country's strict female dress code, local media said Sunday.

Women-led protests, labeled "riots" by the authorities, have swept Iran since the 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin died on Sept. 16, three days after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran.

Demonstrators have burned their mandatory hijab head coverings and shouted anti-government slogans, and a growing number of women have refused to wear the hijab, particularly in parts of Tehran.

"Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary and have been abolished," Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

His comment came at a religious conference where he responded to a question on "why the morality police were being shut down," the report said.

Update: Officials in Iran now deny this story. Check in for mor updates.

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Racism Backlash Erupts As William And Kate Visit Boston

Prince William in BostonPrince William's office said “racism has no place in our society” as he sought to prevent the backlash over his godmother’s treatment of a Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse from overshadowing his trip to the United States.

Lady Susan Hussey, 83, resigned Wednesday as an honorary member of the royal household after the chief executive of an east London women’s refuge said Hussey repeatedly asked her where she “really came from” after she told the older woman that she was British. The exchange took place at a Buckingham Palace reception for those working to end domestic violence.

“Racism has no place in our society," his Kensington Palace office said. “These comments were unacceptable, and it’s right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.”

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Dozens Of Kids Were Cleaning Midwest Meatpacking Plants, Labor Department Finds

Child labor used in meat packing plants

The Labor Department says a sanitation contractor employed dozens of children in dangerous roles at meatpacking plants in Nebraska and Minnesota.

The agency went to federal court on Wednesday seeking an injunction against Packer’s Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI), alleging at least 31 kids had worked for the company in “oppressive child labor.” Officials say they ranged in age from 13 to 17, and their responsibilities included cleaning hazardous equipment during overnight shifts.

The Labor Department said in its filing that Packer’s violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by employing the minors, who allegedly worked at plants owned by meatpacking giant JBS and the poultry processor Turkey Valley Farms.

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White House vows to condemn fueling of antisemitism in wake of Irving suspension

Karin Jean-Pierre

The White House will condemn anyone who fuels antisemitism, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Friday when asked about Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving’s handling of the backlash over a controversial tweet.

“Anyone, anyone that is fueling hate, fueling antisemitism, we will condemn. We will condemn that type of vulgar, that type of language, because it is incredibly dangerous,” Jean-Pierre said. The press secretary did not comment on Irving directly.

She added she has not spoken to President Biden specifically about the NBA player.

The Brooklyn Nets suspended him for at least five games on Thursday because they were disappointed by the basketball player’s failure to not say he has any antisemitic beliefs.

TVNL Comment:  Yeah, a five day suspension for Irving and a  meaningless press conference comment will do it.  No it won't.  All it does is bring publicity to Kyrie and let the Wh off the hook.  People like this only understand bigotry that is directed at them.  Sad, and dangerous.

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Right-wing groups spend millions of dollars on ads targeting transgender kids

Stephen Miller

Ahead of Election Day in the high-stakes 2022 midterm elections, right-wing groups have spent tens of millions of dollars on anti-transgender ads in battleground states.

America First Legal, an organization launched by former Donald Trump aide Stephen Miller, is behind many of the political ads targeting transgender kids that have run in at least 25 states.

Research from the Human Rights Campaign indicates that "a significant portion" of the ad spending has been directed toward Black and Spanish-speaking voters through radio, mail, TV and digital means. America First Legal spent $4 million to get its ads on Black and Spanish-language radio in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

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