*(Via Culture Banx) – For years the biggest U.S. bank J.P.Morgan (JPM +1.15%) has exemplified the industry trend of cutting back their branches in less affluent areas, now it’s taking a new approach to increase deposits in these communities.
Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban pet rent. Known as House Bill 2683, the bill would prevent landlords from charging their tenants for additional rent if they choose to keep animals in their apartments.
Up to 70% of apartment renters say they own pets, and 44% of U.S. households own a dog. When moving into an apartment, renters often have to pay a pet deposit between $100 to $300 with additional monthly fees known as pet rent.
Pet rent can range anywhere between $10 to $50 a month depending on the size and type of pet. Pet rent for dogs is often higher than rent for cats. Lawmakers say these additional monthly fees are unnecessary and are driving an increase in rent across the state.
*(Via The Conversation) – Increased funding, targeted prevention efforts and better treatment have helped to slow down the HIV epidemic in the United States. The number of new HIV-positive cases has decreased significantly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the number of new HIV diagnoses declining by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014.
This is not the case in many parts of the country, however. As AIDS and public health researchers, we are among those who are alarmed by areas in the southern United States where the numbers of cases have not declined and even more by the areas in which increases have occurred.
*(Via ABC2) – The man who gunned down five co-workers and wounded a sixth at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse before shooting and wounding five police officers brought his gun to a meeting in which he was going to be fired, authorities said Saturday.
Because Gary Martin brought his gun to Friday’s meeting at the sprawling Henry Pratt Co. warehouse in Aurora, he likely knew he might be about to lose the job he had held for 15 years, police Chief Kristen Ziman said at a news conference.
Life often imitates art, but one student attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro didn’t expect her life to turn into a horror movie. Just as movie attendees have been shocked for decades, Maddie was stunned to find a 30-year-old man inside the closet of her off-campus apartment. Continue reading
California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom has named Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as the state’s first-ever Surgeon General.
As a pediatrician, entrepreneur and nonprofit CEO, Dr. Burke Harris has dedicated her professional career to understanding the link between adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress in children, and the effect both have on future health outcomes.
*You can give thanks you’re not one of the people in an Indian village that has to deal with a pissed off Leopard that showed up and wrecking havoc, to say the least.
The animal strayed into a residential area in northern India on Thursday and injured at least six people before it was locked inside a room, a forest ranger said.
*If you haven’t heard, veteran NBC news man Tom Brokaw is sitting in some deeeeep hot water today because of the comments he made Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
Brokaw, 78, has already apologized for saying that Hispanic immigrants need to do a better job of assimilating to the United States and teaching their children to speak English, but as you may have already guessed (our headline’s a good clue), Hispanic groups, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists/NAHJis not satisfied and is not having it, according to Richard Prince’s Journal-isms blog.