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25+ Bay Area Juneteenth celebrations for 2023

Every year, communities gather together in honor of Juneteenth, otherwise known as “Freedom Day,” with celebrations of Black culture and heritage. Here’s a sampling of ways you can spend this holiday in the Bay.

Juneteenth at Oakland First Fridays: 5 to 9 p.m. June 2, 2633 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Join the community of Oakland in the celebration of freedom and inclusion through art, music, and dance, and browse the food, drinks and merchandise stalls. Free admission.

Juneteenth – Living It, Learning It, Loving It!: 3 p.m. June 4, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Join educator, speaker and radio personality Faith Alpher as she shares insights about Juneteenth and why we all can love it and learn from it. Celebrate and elevate as Faith shares history through humor and storytelling. Free.

Juneteenth on the Waterfront: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10, Embarcadero Ferry Terminal Plaza, San Francisco. Kick off a month of Juneteenth celebrations with a day of delicious food, community and family fun. The event features 15 Black-owned food businesses, a Black craft marketplace, the SF Black Wall Street lounge and a Black Chefs and Wine Makers Talk. Free admission.

Tabia African American Theatre – Juneteenth Performance: 2 p.m. June 10, Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St., Gilroy. Honor Juneteenth with a performance from the Tabia African-American Theatre Ensemble that combines music, poetry, dance and the distinctive creativity of African-Americans to the stage. Free.

Berkeley Juneteenth Week: June 11-18, various venues in Berkeley. This week of Juneteenth events will include a prayer service, a historic house site visit, a farmers market, several workshops and the 36th annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival. Free admission.

Juneteenth Celebration with OneVet OneVoice and African Art Academy: 6 to 9 p.m. June 15, 1550 Evans Ave., San Francisco. Celebrate Juneteenth and honor black veterans with a panel discussion, an African American fashion designer showcase and a live music performance featuring an African headline band from the Ivory Coast. Free.

Juneteenth Salsa ‘N’ Skate: 5 to 9 p.m. June 16, Liberation Park, 7101 Foothill Blvd., Oakland. Celebrate Juneteenth and embrace Afro-Latin vibes with a night of skating, salsa dance lessons, live music performances and local food vendors. Free admission.

‘Flying to Freedom’ Juneteenth Celebration: 8 p.m. June 16-17, 4705 Third St., San Francisco. Bayview Opera House Inc will celebrate Juneteenth with a collective reflection on liberation created and performed by Bay Area music, theater, dance and aerial artists. Free.

OIGC Juneteenth Concert Series: June 16-25, various venues in the Bay Area. The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will celebrate Juneteenth and the resiliency of the Black community with a series of gospel choir concerts in Berkeley, Livermore and San Francisco. Ticket prices vary according to event.

Freedom Day at the Museum of the African Diaspora: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 17, 685 Mission St., San Francisco. In honor of Juneteenth, MOAD is offering complimentary access to their current exhibitions, Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, David Huffman: Terra Incognita and Sam Vernon: Impasse of Desires. Free admission.

Vallejo Juneteenth Celebration: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17, Downtown Vallejo. Enjoy a joyous parade and festival featuring merchandise and food, kids activities and live entertainment at Vallejo’s 33rd annual Juneteenth Celebration. Free admission.

Sonoma County Juneteenth Celebration: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1671 Hendley St., Santa Rosa. Enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks, basketball, arts and crafts, dominos, spoken word, zumba, health and wellness stalls and kids activities at Sonoma County’s 53rd annual Juneteenth and MLK Celebration. Free admission.

Mill Valley Freedom Festival: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17, Mill Valley Downtown Plaza, 87 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Celebrate African American independence with live music, festivities, food and fun for all ages. Free admission.

Millbrae Juneteenth Celebration: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17, Millbrae Recreation Center and Central Park, Millbrae. Thie Juneteenth celebration will feature food, live music and special performances. Free admission. 

Grace Arms of Antioch Juneteenth Celebration: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 17, 3415 Oakley Road, Antioch. Celebrate Juneteenth and honor cultural heritage with a day of entertainment, art, education, food and drinks and an ever-present, always-developing sense of community. Free admission.

SF Freedom Celebration: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 17, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco. This Freedom Celebration will span eight city  blocks and feature carnival rides and games, live entertainment, a block party, a car show, a fashion show, plus dozens of retail and food vendors. Free admission.

Los Altos Juneteenth Festival: 12 to 5 p.m. June 17, Hillview Park, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Come out for an afternoon of art, music, food, drinks, dancing and live entertainment at Justice Vanguard’s fourth annual Juneteenth Festival. Free admission.

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 18: Members of the Richmond Steelers football team ride past the new Juneteenth Freedom Underpass mural during the Juneteenth parade along South 37th Street in Richmond, Calif., on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The parade started at Booker T. Anderson Community Center and ended at Nicholls Park where the festivities continued as part of the Juneteenth Family Day and Festival. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 18: Members of the Richmond Steelers football team ride past the new Juneteenth Freedom Underpass mural during the Juneteenth parade along South 37th Street in Richmond, Calif., on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Juneteenth in the Streets: 12 to 7 p.m. June 17, SOFA District, Downtown San Jose. Enjoy food, artwork and more at this annual festival aimed at celebrating African American heritage and community education. Free admission.

Oakland Juneteenth Festival: 12 to 8 p.m. June 17, Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland. Enjoy a celebration of Black/African culture promoting reflection, education, wellness, unity and pride. The festival will feature live music, food, merchandise stalls, wellness workshops, art installations and youth activities. $25 admission.

Juneteenth Paint Night: 7 to 10 p.m. June 17, 1981 Sutter St., San Francisco. Join Honey Art Studio in celebrating Juneteenth and the independence of African Americans with a paint night accompanied by food and live entertainment. $25-$75.

Richmond Juneteenth Celebration: June 17, Richmond. Save the date for Richmond’s annual Juneteenth celebration, featuring a parade beginning at the Booker T. Anderson Center, followed by a festival at Nicholl Park. Free admission.

Suisun City Juneteenth Celebration: June 17-18, Suisun Waterfront, 680 Main St., Suisun City. This memorable celebration of American history and community will feature live music, delicious food, local artisans, shopping and family-friendly activities. Free admission.

Juneteenth Celebration Hike: 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 18, Coyote Hills Visitors Center, Fremont. Celebrate historic Black contributions and achievements in science, conservation and art with a picturesque Juneteenth hike. Explore the wonders of Coyote Hills and acknowledge truth in history. Free.

Antioch Juneteenth Freedom Celebration: 12 to 5 p.m. June 18, Williamson Ranch Park, Antioch. Making Moves and the City of Antioch will host a Juneteenth celebration with live entertainment, food, games and more. Free admission.

Golden Gate Park Juneteenth Concert: 1 p.m. June 18, Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St., San Francisco. In honor of Juneteenth, the Golden Gate Park Band will perform music of contemporary and historical black composers including Kevin Day, Katahj Copley, Omar Thomas, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still. Free.

Celebrating Black Stories: June 18-19, Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Black stories take the spotlight in these seven short films that share the joy, determination, resilience and complexity of being Black and young. $5.

Juneteenth Celebration Walk: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19, 1951 Bailey Road, Concord. Spend Juneteenth on a guided walk in the future Thurgood Marshall Regional Park. Celebrate stories of Black history, civil rights and the fight for freedom on this land. Come prepared for a mostly paved, 2-mile hike with views of Mount Diablo. Free.

Juneteenth Choral Celebration: 4 to 5 p.m. June 19, New Destiny Church, 625 Eighth St., Oakland. Join Amateur Music Network and the New Destiny congregation to sing joyous spirituals for their third annual Juneteenth choral celebration, featuring a new arrangement of “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.” $10-$25.

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Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Wrongful Death Settlement Approved For Late Halyna Hutchins’ Family

By Zach Seemayer‍,

A judge approved a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit between Alec Baldwin and the family of late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The lawsuit — related to the fatal shooting of Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust” in Santa Fe, New Mexico in October 2021 — was approved on Thursday following a sequestered hearing regarding the settlement, according to a statement released by Barry Massey, Public Information Officer of the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts.

The details of the settlement, as well as documents and materials related to the settlement, have been sealed and are not available to the public.

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The lawsuit was first filed in February 2022, on behalf of the late cinematographer’s husband, Matthew Hutchins, and their son, Andros. The following October, Matthew announced that a settlement had been reached, pending approval by the judge.

As part of the settlement, it was noted that “Rust” would resume filming with Matthew joining the production as an executive producer. Baldwin still faces a number of lawsuits stemming from the shooting, including from Hutchins’ family.

Filming on “Rust” resumed in Montana earlier this year, and wrapped in late May.

The fatal incident occurred during rehearsal on set when a revolver Baldwin was holding for the scene discharged, fatally striking Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

In April, special prosecutors dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charges they’d filed against Baldwin in February in connection to the shooting.


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Joana Sanz in Bathing Suit Enjoys “24 Degrees” — Celebwell

Joana Sanz is a model, and she shares a lot of gorgeous posts on social media. Sanz shared a new photo on her Instagram story this week. In it, she sunbathed wearing a black swimsuit. Sanz’s impressive figure was on display. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Joana Sanz stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don’t miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!

Sanz spends a lot of time outside. She loves to spend time by the water. One thing Sanz likes to do to stay in shape when she goes to the beach is paddleboard. She shared this set of photos and videos on Instagram of herself and a friend paddlebording in the Balearic Islands. Sanz captioned the post, “Adding summers together 👯‍♀️ I love you sister 💝Next destiny?”

One thing Sanz likes to do to stay in shape when she goes outside is swim. She shares a lot of posts on Instagram of herself by the pool or at the beach. Sanz shared this photo and video of herself splashing in a pool. She captioned the post, “Officially on vacation 🍹!!! Thank you life for every day.”

Sanz is an optimist. She opened up about this in the caption of these pool photos she posted on Instagram. “Focus on what does you good, what makes you progress. Surround yourself with people who love you well and better. @silviaboschmunoz look at the whatsapp I want to travel.”

Sanz is taking horseback riding lessons. She shared this photo and video on Instagram of herself riding. Sanz captioned the post, “Lucky me to be instructed by a jumping champion.” A study at Texas A&M reports that riding has a lot of benefits. “The study included 20 individuals completing three riding tests: a 45-minute walk-trot-canter ride, a reining pattern and a cutting pattern while wearing a telemetric gas analyzer.  Heart rate, respiratory frequency, pulmonary ventilation, oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production were among several items evaluated. The study revealed energy expenditure and heart rate responses were greater for reining and cutting than for the walk-trot-canter ride. The researchers concluded that the results of the study ‘provide novel information about exercise intensity values for horseback activities and differences among riding disciplines measured in real time using a portable system.'”

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Sanz makes sure to eat healthy. She even has an Instagram story highlight dedicated to some of her favorite healthy meals. One thing she likes to eat is salmon. In one photo, Sanz enjoys a plate of salmon and rice. reports that salmon has a lot of benefits. “Salmon is an excellent food source for the heart and brain. Medical studies have found that taking 0.45 to 4.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids can significantly improve heart function, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. The fish also contributes to cognitive health due to the presence of DHA—a type of omega-3 fatty acid.”

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Cardi B Parties With Latto for ‘Put It on Da Floor Again’ Video – Rolling Stone

The song is a remix of Latto’s recent single, which she debuted at Coachella

Latto and Cardi B have teamed up for a new remix, “Put It on Da Floor Again.” The song arrived with a music video shot in Atlanta featuring surprise cameos from Offset, BabyDrill, and LSU Women’s Basketball star Angel Reese.

The song is a remix of “Put It on Da Floor,” produced by Go Grizzly and Squat & Pooh Beatz, which Latto debuted during the first weekend of Coachella. Latto also dropped the “Put It on Da Floor” music video last month. She teased this remix with Cardi B last week in an Instagram video that literally showed her ripping the fellow rapper out of plastic.

“Big Latto Big Bardi ISSA REAL BTCH PARTY!!!” Latto wrote on an Instagram post showcasing the single’s cover art. The collaboration marks Cardi’s first guest appearance on a song this year.


In April, Latto chatted with Rolling Stone backstage at Coachella, describing her joy at returning to the festival for a second year. “I was fighting tears when I came out on the stage,” she said. “I’ve come so far and I’m so grateful for every step of the way. I feel like I’m my biggest motivation in a way.”

Earlier this year, Latto shared single “Lottery” featuring Lu Kala. Last year, the rapper scored two Grammy nods Best New Artist and Melodic Rap Performance for “Big Energy (Live).” She was also nominated for Best New Artist at the 2022 People’s Choice Awards and the BET Awards.

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Beach in Port Dover still closed as Norfolk politicians, owners continue talks

With lots of sunshine expected this weekend, beachgoers headed to Port Dover will still only have a small area of sand in the town they can actually use.

No trespassing signs are still up along sections of the larger beach with privately-owned sections off limits to the public while Norfolk County politicians and landowners hammer out a deal to resume public access.

Much of Port Dover beach is owned by private landowners, with only a small part actually owned by the county from the end of Walker Street to the water.

Local local restaurateur Peter Knechtel, whose company F.W. Knechtel Foods Ltd. owns a section of the beach in question, told Global News large crowds in recent years have left garbage and created liability concerns that he says he doesn’t have the resources to mitigate.

On top of that, many beaches in southern Ontario aren’t free anymore, reducing their crowds via user fees, implementing paid parking and requiring reservations.

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“The other parks and the other beaches have put a lot of restrictions in their locations, which we don’t have in ours,” said Knechtel who also owns the nearby Callahan’s Beach House.

“So we’re working with the county so that we can we can come up with a plan so that we can open the beach.”

Friday is considered an unofficial beach day in Norfolk, on which teens have been known to ditch school and descend on Port Dover, Turkey Point and Long Point.

Knechtel says while they usually don’t see many students at the Port Dover beach, he’s been in contact with the OPP and was told they’ll be patrolling all three beaches.

In mid-May, Norfolk councillors directed staff to start negotiating with the private owners on a solution acknowledging the beach plots are an “important part of our tourism strategy.”

Norfolk County mayor Any Martin says staff are continuing that dialogue and are expected to update council on their progress during a special council meeting next week.

“We remain optimistic and confident that all issues will be resolved soon,” Martin said in an email.

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Just days to spare, Senate gives final approval to debt ceiling deal, sending it to Biden – Marin Independent Journal


WASHINGTON (AP) — Fending off a U.S. default, the Senate gave final approval late Thursday to a debt ceiling and budget cuts package, grinding into the night to wrap up work on the bipartisan deal and send it to President Joe Biden’s desk to become law before the fast-approaching deadline.

The compromise package negotiated between Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy leaves neither Republicans nor Democrats fully pleased with the outcome. But the result, after weeks of hard-fought budget negotiations, shelves the volatile debt ceiling issue that risked upending the U.S. and global economy until 2025 after the next presidential election.

Approval in the Senate on a bipartisan vote, 63-36, somewhat reflected the overwhelming House tally the day before, relying on centrists in both parties to pull the Biden-McCarthy package to passage — though Democrats led the tally in both chambers.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said ahead of voting that the bill’s passage means “America can breathe a sigh of relief.”

Afterward he said, “We’ve saved the country from the scourge of default.”

Biden said in a statement following passage that senators from both parties “demonstrated once more that America is a nation that pays its bills and meets its obligations — and always will be.”

He said he would sign the bill into law as soon as possible. “No one gets everything they want in a negotiation, but make no mistake: this bipartisan agreement is a big win for our economy and the American people,” the president said. The White House said he would address the nation about the matter at 7 p.m. EDT Friday.

Fast action was vital if Washington hoped to meet next Monday’s deadline, when Treasury has said the U.S. will start running short of cash to pay its bills, risking a devastating default. Raising the nation’s debt limit, now $31.4 trillion, would ensure Treasury could borrow to pay already incurred U.S. debts.

In the end, the debt ceiling showdown was a familiar high-stakes battle in Congress, a fight taken on by McCarthy and powered by a hard-right House Republican majority confronting the Democratic president with a new era of divided government in Washington.

Refusing a once routine vote to allow a the nation’s debt limit to be lifted without concessions, McCarthy brought Biden’s White House to the negotiating table to strike an agreement that forces spending cutbacks aimed at curbing the nation’s deficits.

Overall, the 99-page bill restricts spending for the next two years, suspends the debt ceiling into January 2025 and changes some policies, including imposing new work requirements for older Americans receiving food aid and greenlighting an Appalachian natural gas line that many Democrats oppose.

It bolsters funds for defense and veterans, cuts back new money for Internal Revenue Service agents and rejects Biden’s call to roll back Trump-era tax breaks on corporations and the wealthy to help cover the nation’s deficits. It imposes automatic 1% cuts if Congress fails approve its annual spending bills.

After the House overwhelmingly approved the package late Wednesday, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell signaled he too wanted to waste no time ensuring it became law.

Touting its budget cuts, McConnell said Thursday, “The Senate has a chance to make that important progress a reality.”

Having remained largely on the sidelines during much of the Biden-McCarthy negotiations, several senators insisted on debate over their ideas to reshape the package. But making any changes at this stage would almost certainly derail the compromise and none were approved.

Instead, senators dragged through rounds of voting late into the night rejecting the various amendments, but making their preferences clear. Conservative Republican senators wanted to include further cut spending, while Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia sought to remove the Mountain Valley Pipeline approval.

The energy pipeline is important to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and he defended the development running through his state, saying the country cannot run without the power of gas, coal, wind and all available energy sources.

But, offering an amendment to strip the pipeline from the package, Kaine argued it would not be fair for Congress to step into a controversial project that he said would also course through his state and scoop up lands in Appalachia that have been in families for generations.

Defense hawks led by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina complained strongly that military spending, though boosted in the deal, was not enough to keep pace with inflation — particularly as they eye supplemental spending that will be needed this summer to support Ukraine against the war waged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Putin’s invasion is a defining moment of the 21st century,” Graham argued from the Senate floor. “What the House did is wrong.”

They secured an agreement from Schumer, which he read on the floor, stating that the debt ceiling deal “does nothing” to limit the Senate’s ability to approve other emergency supplemental funds for national security, including for Ukraine, or for disaster relief and other issues of national importance.

All told, most of the Democratic senators voted for the package, while most of the Republicans opposed it. The tally was 46 Democrats and 17 Republicans in favor; 31 Republicans along with four Democrats and one independent who caucuses with the Democrats opposed.

For weeks negotiators labored late into the night to strike the deal with the White House, and for days McCarthy had worked to build support among skeptics.

Tensions had run high in the House the night before as hard-right Republicans refused the deal. Ominously, the conservatives warned of possibly trying to oust McCarthy over the issue.

But Biden and McCarthy assembled a bipartisan coalition, with Democrats ensuring passage on a robust 314-117 vote. All told, 71 House Republicans broke with McCarthy to reject the deal.

“We did pretty dang good,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said afterward.

As for discontent from Republicans who said the spending restrictions did not go far enough, McCarthy said it was only a “first step.”

The White House immediately turned its attention to the Senate, its top staff phoning individual senators.

Democrats also had complaints, decrying the new work requirements for older Americans, those 50-54, in the food aid program, the changes to the landmark National Environmental Policy Act and approval of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline natural gas project they argue is unhelpful in fighting climate change.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the spending restrictions in the package would reduce deficits by $1.5 trillion over the decade, a top goal for the Republicans trying to curb the debt load.

In a surprise that complicated Republicans’ support, however, the CBO said their drive to impose work requirements on older Americans receiving food stamps would end up boosting spending by $2.1 billion over the time period. That’s because the final deal exempts veterans and homeless people, expanding the food stamp rolls by 78,000 people monthly, the CBO said.


AP White House Correspondent Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

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Bill Cosby Faces New Sexual Assault Lawsuit As Former Playboy Model Comes Forward With New Allegations

By Emerson Pearson.

A former Playboy model has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Bill Cosby.

The lawsuit alleges that the now 85-year-old actor sexually assaulted her after they crossed paths at a Los Angeles restaurant in 1969, claiming she was drugged and raped, according to People.

Victoria Valentino has filed the lawsuit against Cosby in Los Angeles County Superior Court, nearly six months after five women who previously accused the disgraced comedian of sexual assault filed a 34-page complaint against the actor in New York’s Supreme Court.

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These claims were initially brought forward by Valentino in 2014.

Valentino alleges that after noticing her in distress over the death of her 6-year-old son, Bill Cosby approached her and offered a pill, stating, “Here! Take this! It will make you feel better. It will make us all feel better.”

She then alleges that after consuming the pill, she was rendered incapacitated and subsequently engaged in forced sexual intercourse with Cosby.

In a press release shared by her attorney, Valentino expressed that Cosby exploited her during a time of deep sorrow when she was grieving the loss of her son.

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In a statement given to People, Andrew Wyatt, spokesperson for Cosby, characterized the lawsuit as an assault on “the Black men in America.”

“Victoria Valentino has skirted from town to town promoting her alleged allegations against Mr. Cosby to anyone that would give her platform, without any proof or facts,” says the statement. “America is continuing to see that this a formula to make sure that no more Black Men in America accumulate the American Dream that was secured by Mr. Cosby.”

Bill Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2018, and faced allegations from Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Although Cosby served more than two years in prison before his conviction was overturned, leading to his release in June 2021.

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Senate approves bill to avert national default, sending it to Biden’s desk 

The Senate on Thursday night capped four months of contentious debate and voted to send a compromise bill to President Biden’s desk that extends the government’s borrowing authority until January of 2025 and staves off a potential default next week. 

A large bipartisan majority of the Senate voted 63-36 to approve the bill, which passed the House on Wednesday night. 

The approval came after the Senate clinched an agreement to conduct a series of amendment votes on Thursday night and move directly to final passage. The normally slow-moving chamber raced through a dozen votes in just over three hours.

“By passing this bill we will avoid default tonight. America can breathe a sigh of relief,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared on the Senate floor.  

“From the start, avoiding default has been our north star. The consequences of default would be catastrophic,” he said. “For all the ups and downs and twists and turns it took to get here, it is so good for this country that both parties have come together at last to avoid default.” 

Senate Republican conservatives such as Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Republican defense hawks such as Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in voting against the bill.  

A total of 31 Republicans voted against the measure, including Senate Republican Conference Committee Chairman John Barrasso (Wyo.).

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, weren’t happy about caps on non-defense discretionary spending, tougher work requirements for federal food assistance and approval of a controversial natural gas pipeline — but the overwhelming majority of Democrats voted for the bill to avoid a default.  

Just four Democrats voted against the measure: Sens. John Fetterman (Pa.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), along with Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned congressional leaders that the federal government might run out of money on June 5 and if Congress didn’t raise the debt ceiling by Monday it could cause an economic catastrophe. 

Biden said in a statement Thursday night he would address the country Friday and looks “forward to signing this bill into law as soon as possible.”

“No one gets everything they want in a negotiation, but make no mistake: this bipartisan agreement is a big win for our economy and the American people,” he said.

The bill, which was negotiated between Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), would rescind some of the funding provided to the IRS in last year’s Inflation Reduction Act but otherwise leaves in place many of the Democratic priorities enacted in the last Congress. 

It would not impose tougher work requirements for Medicaid recipients, something Biden said was off limits, though it would expand work requirements for food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. 

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) hailed the legislation as a major win for Republicans.  

“I think Speaker McCarthy should be congratulated on capturing a number of priorities,” he said, noting that Congress enacted approximately $2.7 trillion in new spending on party-line votes when Democrats were in full control in 2021 and 2022.  

“So, we’ve gone from one party spending $2.7 trillion in two years to a discussion about actually reducing government spending. So, I think the American people’s decision to change House has already yielded benefits for our country,” he said.  

The legislation would provide $886 billion for defense, which negotiators described as a 3 percent increase, and $637 billion for non-defense programs, according to a White House summary.  

It would rescind $28 billion in unspent COVID-19 relief funds and enact modest reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act to speed the permitting of energy projects.  

It would impose an across-the-board 1 percent cut on discretionary spending if all 12 annual appropriations bills aren’t enacted by the end of the calendar year. 

But several Senate conservatives panned the bill for not cutting nearly as much off the federal deficit as advertised.  

“When I read the legislation that deals with these provisions, without fail, every one of the major provisions, the things that I thought were significant, didn’t do what they were purported to do, what they were supposed to do and that’s concerning,” Lee told reporters.  

The Utah conservative pilloried the bill this week as a “fake response to burdensome debt” and a “victory of expediency over integrity.”  

Lee last week threatened to use “every procedural tool” at his disposal to impede any debt limit bill that didn’t include “substantial spending and budgetary reforms.” 

But conservatives’ appetite to drag out the debate on the bill over the weekend was dampened by the huge bipartisan vote it got in the House.  

Republican defense hawks had a different set of complaints about the legislation.  

Graham, one of several defense hawks who held the bill up for hours on Thursday in an effort to extract a promise from Schumer and McConnell to safeguard defense spending, slammed the legislation for not funding additional military assistance to Ukraine.  

Graham argued the bill would actually cut the defense budget when measured against the rate of inflation.  

“I’ve heard House leaders suggest this bill fully funds the military. For that to be true, you would have to believe that the military is okay if you cut their budget $42 billion below inflation. The party of Ronald Reagan would never allow inflation to reduce defense capabilities,” he said.  

Graham teamed up with other Republican defense hawks to demand assurances from Schumer and McConnell to move the appropriations bills on time to avoid the potential of a 1 percent recission and to move a supplemental defense spending package. 

Schumer entered into the official record two statements promising to make every effort to ensure the Pentagon will have the money it needs and to move emergency spending packages if necessary.

“This debt ceiling deal does nothing to limit the Senate’s ability to appropriate emergency supplemental funds to ensure our military capabilities are sufficient to deter China, Russia and our other adversaries,” he pledged on the Senate floor.  

Those assurances paved the way for colleagues to vote on 11 amendments to the bill and then final passage.  

All of the amendments failed as Schumer warned that any changes to the legislation would require it to be sent back to the House and put the nation perilously close to default.  

Kaine, the only Democrat to offer an amendment to the bill, failed to strip language from the deal to expedite the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through his home state.  

Though Schumer and McConnell were able to quell the revolt from Republican defense hawks, it’s uncertain whether they’ll be able to deliver on their promise to get all 12 appropriations bills passed by Christmas or a supplemental spending package to Biden’s desk if necessary. 

Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) said McCarthy didn’t sign off on the agreement between Senate leaders and defense-minded GOP senators. 

“I didn’t have conversations with him about that. I know our goal … was trying to produce a result in the Senate that would help us get an outcome that we could put on the president’s desk without sending it back to the House of Representatives,” he said.  

Asked how confident he is about a defense supplemental spending bill passing later in the year, Thune said, “hard to say.” 

“It was important for some of our members have folks on the record acknowledging there clearly could be a need, will be a need for our national security interests,” he said.   

Al Weaver contributed. Updated at 11:15 p.m.

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B.C., Alberta men face charges in Whitehorse drug raid

Two men, one from Metro Vancouver and another from Alberta, are facing several charges following a weekend drug raid in Whitehorse.

A statement from Yukon RCMP says a search warrant was executed at a Whitehorse home on Saturday (May 27) and a 22-year-old Richmond man and 23-year-old Edmonton resident were arrested.

Charges against them include trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000, and money laundering.

Mounties say more than $130,000 in cash was seized during the bust, along with cellphones, scales and nearly two-thirds of a kilogram of what they believe is packaged cocaine.

A pickup truck that investigators allege was used during the suspected trafficking was also seized.

The two men have appeared in Territorial Court in Whitehorse and have been released on bail under the condition they leave Yukon and only return for court dates, including the next one, set for July 12.

The Canadian Press

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Gabriella Howell in Bathing Suit is “Beautiful” — Celebwell

Gabriella Howell is looking gorgeous in her swimsuit. The Sutton Unified soccer player shows off her incredible body in a pastel bathing suit in one of her latest social media posts. “No it’s not pancake day, it’s just my chest,” she captioned the Instagram snap. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Gabby Howell stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don’t miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!

Clearly one of the ways Gabriella stays is such great shape is by playing soccer. Mercedes Carnethon, MD, told the American Heart Association that soccer is a great workout for many reasons. “It is a game of continuous running and with very little stopping,” said Carnethon, an associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. “It also has anaerobic elements – that high intensity where you’re sprinting and then resting – you’re constantly moving.” Sports researcher Peter Krustrup, who has spent more than 15 years studying the health benefits of soccer, added that recreational-level play and soccer-related exercise drills can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Soccer also can help shift body composition by decreasing fat and increasing lean muscle.

Gabby is no stranger to trolls. “I like to keep [the hateful comments] on my profiles and I don’t delete them,” she told The Mirror. “Young girls think they want to be an influencer but they don’t see the downsides. I like to make people aware.” There was one occasion when trolls “broke her,” but she has vowed that it won’t happen again. “Not everyone’s going to like you. I repeat that to myself when I see these comments,” she said. “You’ve just got to develop a thick skin.”

Gabby drinks a lot of water. According to the Mayo Clinic, hydration is important for a variety of reasons. Water helps get rid of waste through urination, perspiration and bowel movements, keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, and helps protect sensitive tissues.

Gabby can often be found with a glass of white wine in hand. While red wine is slightly healthier than white, the lighter shade of vino generally has fewer calories than the darker shade. “Red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy,” says the Mayo Clinic. “The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks.”

Gabby also loves drinking coffee. Science continues to prove that drinking coffee is great for your health. In fact, a new 2022 study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that drinking two to three cups a day of most types of coffee – especially a mild to moderate intake of ground, instant, and decaffeinated coffee – may protect you from cardiovascular disease and an early death. 

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