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Sep 14, 2020

As we begin to enter a new year, there is cause to reflect on all that has taken place in past months.  Most notably, our community like so many across our nation was affected physically, mentally, even spiritually because of the pandemic.  This challenge brought out the worst in some and the very best in most.  Here in our own community, every day people became heroes by stepping forth to help those in need.  Our medical/healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, grocery workers and other essential personnel did not hesitate to provide a helping hand, a shoulder, or a kind word when it was needed.

 


U.S. Congresswoman Veronica Escobar
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El Paso Congresswoman recounts mob attack at U.S. Capitol

EL PASO-- Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) was one of the lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building. In a phone interview with KTEP's Angela Kocherga she talks about the terrifying experience of being trapped inside as Capitol Police tried to keep the violent mob from breaking into the U.S. House Chamber.

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EL PASO – As the Army continues to search for missing soldier Pvt. Richard Halliday, the commanding general at Fort Bliss has ordered an investigation of the soldier’s unit. 

“I directed an investigation into the leadership, climate and treatment of soldiers in the 1st Battalion 43rd Air Defense Artillery Battalion, “said Maj. General Sean C. Bernabe, senior mission commander at Fort Bliss.

Bernabe announced the investigation during an extensive update on the case for handful of journalists on post. 

U.S. Congresswoman Veronica Escobar
Veronica Escobar

EL PASO-- Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) was one of the lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building. In a phone interview with KTEP's Angela Kocherga she talks about the terrifying experience of being trapped inside as Capitol Police tried to keep the violent mob from breaking into the U.S. House Chamber. 

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EL PASO -- The phone is ringing off the hook and people are lined up outside of Bowie Bakery in West El Paso. The shop is only allowing three customers inside at time as a COVID-19 precaution. With Christmas around the corner, the bakery is even busier than usual this holiday season.

“So we’re buying red tamales for the office. We figured we’d spread some holiday cheer for our 14 employees,” Fred Lopez said as he was paying for his order.

Binational voters
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EL PASO --All along the Texas-Mexico border voters with strong ties on both sides are casting ballots.  They’re US citizens whose jobs and families intersect with Mexico, and their political concerns span the border. 

Ana Hernandez grew up on the border in the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. “I like going over there, it’s home,” she said of Juarez where she was born and went to school. “But this is home too,” she said of El Paso, the city where she is building her career.

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Tino Ortega and Paola Martinez are the creative forces behind Walls Without Borders, a grassroots initiative in El Paso that is channeling community donations into murals across the Borderland. 

You may have seen their work on social media, if they look like metallic balloons, odds are these two had something to do with it. 

The pandemic has thrown everyone a curveball, and for the local growers at Calhoun Flower Farms (and a whole lot of us,) it’s meant it’s time for a pivot.

Today’s guest is Susannah Calhoun and she’s here to talk about the Calhoun Farms Apothecary Line, a nice way to keep flowers in our lives as we support local.


  

  In today´s episode of Words on a Wire, host, Tim Z. Hernandez interviews poet Aideed Medina. 

Medina, is a poet from Salinas CA, based on Fresno CA. She attended Fresno State  and has published two pieces with the University journal, including her piece ´Flies, Cockroaches and Poets´

Medina is also a member of the Loud Mouth Poetry Slam Team to The 25th Annual National Poetry Slam in Oakland California since  2014.

  

  In today’s episode of Words on a Wire host, Daniel Chacon, interviews fiction writer  Lorraine M. Lopez on her new book “Postcards from the Gerund State.” Lopez is an associate professor of English teaching in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University.  She is the author of six books of fiction and editor or co-editor of two essay collections.  Her short story collection, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories won the inaugural Miguel Marmól prize for fiction.  Her second book, Call Me Henri was awarded the Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2007, and her novels, The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters and The Realm of Hungry Spirits (Grand Central Press, 2011) were a Borders/Las Comadres Selections

There’s a collaborative called Rio Bravo Post that is making big waves in the film industry.  It’s been around for a little over five years now, and in that time they’ve had a film make it to the Sundance Film Festival.

Mastermind behind this collective, Charles Horak, tells us about this endeavor.  

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More than 100 anti-fascist demonstrators in Portland attacked police and vandalized the city's Democratic Party of Oregon building Wednesday afternoon, breaking several windows in the process, according to police.

Before descending on the offices of the Democratic Party of Oregon, the crowd scuffled with police on bikes, who were monitoring the area where the group had told supporters to meet.

The newly inaugurated Biden administration wasted no time in taking two major steps to dismantle much criticized Trump-era immigration policies in their first day in office.

The Department of Homeland Security announced that starting Thursday, it would pause deportations for certain non-citizens in the U.S. for 100 days and would stop new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols policy, also known as the "remain in Mexico" program.

A maskless President Biden addressed the nation Wednesday night standing at the feet of Abraham Lincoln Memorial during a televised and star-studded celebration of the historic inauguration.

"We're good people," he reassured viewers, before picking up the theme of his earlier speech on the steps of the Capitol.

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President Biden plans to sign a series of orders and directives on his second day in office to take charge of stopping the spread of the coronavirus, steps that his advisers say will start to boost testing, vaccinations, supplies and treatments.

The Senate has voted to confirm Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence, making her President Biden's first Cabinet-level official to receive Senate confirmation. The vote was 84-10.

Her confirmation comes after Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., briefly held up the process, asking for a written response from her about a question during her confirmation hearing a day earlier.

"I no longer object," Cotton said Wednesday evening, noting that Haines had provided him with a response.

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A growing number of grocers are adopting a novel approach in the race to get their workers vaccinated against COVID-19: providing pay incentives.

Aldi this week became the latest grocery chain to offer employees compensation for getting vaccinated, saying it would provide workers with two hours of pay for each of the two vaccine doses.

The grocer also promised workers receiving vaccines that they would not lose pay for missed hours from work and that it would help pay for the shots.

Last year, as pandemic lockdowns put travel on hold, wealthy countries reduced their environmentally-harmful emissions in almost every sector of their economies.

There was one exception ... one big, road-hogging, gas-guzzling exception.

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The Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq all hit new records as markets closed on Wednesday afternoon.

The achievement was notched right in the middle of Inauguration Day celebrations, as the Biden administration played a montage of dancing and singing across America. There just may have been some celebratory shimmies on Wall Street, too.

The Dow rose nearly 1% to 31,188. The tech-heavy NASDAQ closing nearly 2% higher at 13,457, while the broader S&P 500 rose 1.39% to end the day at about 3,852.

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Michael Pack resigned Wednesday as the CEO of the federal agency over the Voice of America and other federally funded international broadcasters after a turbulent seven-month tenure. He leaves the U.S. Agency for Global Media with a Trumpian legacy of ideological strife, lawsuits and scandal, his departure effective just two hours after the swearing-in of President Biden, who requested him to leave.

President Biden plans to extend a nationwide pause on evictions through the end of March.

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During the Cold War, the movies we saw from the Eastern bloc were steeped in politics. They critiqued, more or less obliquely, life under communism. More than 30 years later, the Berlin Wall is long gone, but the films from Eastern Europe haven't lost their political edge. These days, they're critical of post-communist societies that remain harsh and oppressive.

When Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet from Los Angeles, took to the stage on Wednesday, it was immediately clear why the new president had chosen her as his inaugural poet.

Gorman echoed, in dynamic and propulsive verse, the same themes that Biden has returned to again and again and that he wove throughout his inaugural address: unity, healing, grief and hope, the painful history of American experience and the redemptive power of American ideals.

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On Jan. 6, rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol building and disrupted democracy in action — in the name of saving the United States of America, so-called land of the free, from an election that was not stolen, as they claimed, but free and fair.

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Two suicide bombers detonated their vests when security forces pursued them through the busy Tayaran square market. An interior ministry spokesman tweeted that the second bomber set off his device after people gathered around those dead and wounded from the first bombing.

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More than 100 anti-fascist demonstrators in Portland attacked police and vandalized the city's Democratic Party of Oregon building Wednesday afternoon, breaking several windows in the process, according to police.

Before descending on the offices of the Democratic Party of Oregon, the crowd scuffled with police on bikes, who were monitoring the area where the group had told supporters to meet.

A growing number of grocers are adopting a novel approach in the race to get their workers vaccinated against COVID-19: providing pay incentives.

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