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Matthew James Day, pictured in this 2009 booking photo, is serving time in the Utah State Prison in connection with a gang-related freeway shooting. | Salt Lake County Jail

UTAH STATE PRISON — Matthew James Day says he gave up the gang lifestyle eight years ago after arriving at the Utah State Prison.

“It’s been the biggest chip off my shoulder I could ever relieve myself of,” he said in a recording of his parole hearing on Sept. 1. “It’s not conducive to society in my eyes anymore. … They don’t care about me, they only care about how they prosper as a group.”

But whatever strides Day, now 40, has made while in prison is of little consequence to the father of the man Day helped kill.

“Apologies is not going to affect what he did. He hurt us. He changed our lives, bad. Our son is not going to come back. He’s dead,” said the father, only identified as Mr. Contreras. “I don’t care what he’s done in prison helping other people. It’s too late. He should have thought about that before he did what he did.”

On Jan. 9, 2009, Day was driving the vehicle that pulled up next to Cesar Ramirez, 18, on the I-15 southbound collector near 2100 South. A passenger shot Ramirez, who died a week later. Day was convicted of manslaughter and was ordered to serve to up to 20 years in prison.

Despite allegedly giving up the gang lifestyle, Day also hasn’t given up the name of the person he was with that day who shot Ramirez, prompting state officials last year to issue a new reward for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

During his parole hearing, Day said he had no confidence in himself in 2009 and was scared of being hurt by others.

“So I …read more

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Patience Zalanga for TIMEA peaceful gathering early Tuesday near the site where Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., on Sept. 1, 2020.

 

Trump won the presidency in large part due to his success in suburban battlegrounds. In 2012, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney fought to a near-draw across suburban areas; in 2016, Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the suburbs

Rolando Morales is the kind of voter that President Donald Trump is desperate to win. A 41-year-old stay-at-home dad in Racine, Wis., Morales voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and his wife and her family are solid Democrats. But he’s alarmed by the violence that erupted in nearby Kenosha after police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back on Aug. 23.

Before Kenosha, “I would have said I would never vote for Trump,” says Morales, gripping a sandwich outside a Jimmy John’s. “Now, it’s like: Maybe. I saw the city get burned down.”

In the aftermath, Trump visited the city to pose in front of burned buildings, denouncing the “anti-police and anti-American riots.” But his true audience was not necessarily the people of Kenosha: it was the white suburban voters who could make or break his chances at re-election.

Patience Zalanga for TIMEA peaceful gathering early Tuesday near the site where Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., on Sept. 1, 2020.

 

Trump won the presidency in large part due to his success in suburban battlegrounds. In 2012, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney fought to a near-draw across suburban areas; in 2016, Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the suburbs by 5 points. But since then, Trump’s support among suburban voters has dipped. In the 2018 midterms, Democrats made huge inroads in the suburbs, winning districts in red states like Kansas and Oklahoma. According to a New York Times/Siena poll in June, Biden led Trump by 16 points in the suburbs, especially among voters with a four-year college degree. Whether or not the President gets a second term hinges on winning these voters back.

“This fall, it’s entirely possible that a surge in Democratic votes in suburban Wisconsin tips the state and the Electoral College,” says …read more

Source:: Time – Politics

      

Carole Baskin on the Show Tiger King

If you think back to the beginning of this pesky little pandemic we find ourselves in, you might remember a time when we all thought social distancing would last a couple weeks, and the Netflix documentary Tiger King dominated the national conversation.

These days, we have more important matters to argue about than the misadventures of Joe Exotic, but as the world burns, questions remain about the checkered past of Exotic’s number one rival.

Earlier this week, we learned that Carole Baskin has been cast on Dancing With the Stars, but the bohemian big cat enthusiast is back in the news for less innocuous reasons, as well.

Long before she was (allegedly) the target of Exotic’s murder for hire plot, Baskin was suspected of “disappearing” her second husband, Don Lewis.

The rumor that the internet latched onto held that Baskin fed Lewis to tigers to get rid of his remains.

A little far-fetched, perhaps, but an undeniably cool origin story for a woman who could rightly be called the Tiger Queen.

Interest in Baskin’s cold case never really disappeared entirely, even after Tiger King’s popularity waned.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the 1997 disappearance of Don Lewis is once again making headlines amid Baskin’s controversial casting on DWTS.

The issue was explored in depth on an episode of CBS’ 48 Hours earlier this week. 

The segment featured an interview with Trish Farr-Payne, the ex-wife of a man named Kenny Farr, a former employee of Baskin and Lewis’ who worked as a handyman on the couple’s wild life preserve.

Trish says she’s absolutely certain that her ex-husband played a role in the murder of Don Lewis.

She says she began to suspect him when he returned to their house one night with a truck full of Payne’s guns and other belongings.

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At least 75,000 Americans in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have already died from COVID-19—and the devastation is far from over. After a decrease earlier this summer, the death toll is now rising once again, and as the country heads into the fall and then flu season, millions of Americans who require institutional long-term care remain at the greatest risk.

But, so far, the Trump Administration has talked a big talk—and mostly failed to deliver.

The White House trumpeted its efforts to send personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing materials to long-term care facilities, but the supplies that actually arrived have been limited in quantity and sometimes unusable. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ramped up its requirements for how often nursing homes must test staffers and residents, but has so far failed to ensure that facilities will have access to all the test kits they need. And this week, Senate Republicans crowed about their scaled-back version of a coronavirus relief bill, but it did not include any funding specifically for long-term care facilities, among the hardest-hit places in the country.

The government’s failure to prioritize those in need of long-term care has stymied nursing homes and other facilities in the Midwest and South, where infection rates are high. Industry experts say the Trump Administration’s moves are making it more difficult for facilities to implement lessons learned from previous surges in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan, thus failing to prevent a wave of new nursing home deaths and causing some nursing homes to close their doors.

“It’s pretty frustrating and disappointing,” says David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. “We really had many opportunities, and still do, to address COVID in nursing homes, and …read more

Source:: Time – Politics

      

It’s September 2017, and an unnamed middle-aged writer attends a lecture at a college. Her ex-boyfriend, an author, is speaking about the bleak future of humankind. He presents the growing threats to civilization—cyber-terrorism, climate change, global jihadism—and offers no sense of hope. “It was too late, we had dithered too long,” he says. “Our society had already become too fragmented and dysfunctional for us to fix, in time, the calamitous mistakes we had made.”

When the lecture is over, the writer stumbles out of the auditorium in search of a drink, which she finds at a local café. There, she overhears a father and daughter discuss the recent passing of the daughter’s mother. The writer is a fly on the wall, listening closely to their intimate conversation. It’s these moments that fill the first pages of Sigrid Nunez’s new novel, What Are You Going Through, which follows the unnamed writer as she recounts a series of interactions of subtle importance. Among the people she describes are her pretentious ex with the doomsday attitude, the Airbnb host whose cat died before her stay and a woman from her gym who is obsessed with losing weight.

As the novel explores this tapestry of daily life, it comes to emphasize one specific thread: the writer’s friend who is dying of cancer. While sitting at a bar they used to frequent years ago, the friend tells the writer that she dislikes the word terminal. “Terminal makes me think of bus stations, which makes me think of exhaust fumes and creepy men prowling for runaways,” the friend explains. This is when she reveals that she has obtained a euthanasia drug. She wants to die—and she asks the writer to be her companion through her final days.

It’s unsurprising that Nunez’s …read more

Source:: Time – Entertainment

      

MicroProseA screenshot from the original Civilization, released in 1991.

“When we were making games like Civilization or Pirates, we were asking a lot of the player in terms of their imagination and being willing to suspend their disbelief and spend this time with the game,” he says. “It asks a lot of the player to believe that this square thing on the screen is a tank unit, or you’re sailing across the Caribbean, because we couldn’t represent those graphically very well. Now as the technology has evolved, we can add more of those pieces, so it becomes easier to believe, it becomes easier to suspend your disbelief, it becomes more realistic, your imagination doesn’t have to work quite as hard, and you can get engaged in the game more easily. That’s broadened the audience, the accessibility for games. It used to be only geeks and nerds playing games, now the whole word is playing games.”

I read Meier’s book and spoke with him after (finally!) finishing Red Dead Redemption II, a game that utterly blew me away in terms of storytelling, acting and sheer beauty, but which ends with a punch to the gut that I’m still emotionally recovering from even weeks later. The Last of Us II has likewise

It is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an easy time to have fun in the United States right now. COVID-19 has killed nearly 200,000 Americans, and will likely claim many more before the outbreak finally wanes. Wildfires in California and elsewhere in the west are burning out of control, destroying entire towns and leaving cities like San Francisco enshrouded in a terrifying deep orange fog, a preview of what life may be like as our climate deteriorates. Law enforcement continues to shoot and beat Black Americans, despite a greater national awareness of police brutality.

But, for those of us with the luxury to find the time to enjoy ourselves right now, it may be wise to try. Play brings well-documented psychological benefits, and any mental boost could help us better deal with all the trauma of this moment. But how? Many Americans have turned to video games as a safe means of pandemic-era escapism; gaming is up nearly 50% over the last few months, per Nielsen.

“A great way to find fun and escape is to play games,” says longtime games creator Sid Meier. “In fact, there are games about politics, firefighters, and even pandemics. Play the game and you may gain a better understanding of the situation. Stress often comes from fear of the unknown or incomplete knowledge. When life gives you lemons, play the lemonade stand game!”

He’s an authority on the subject, having created or helped to create some of gaming’s most iconic titles, from the much-beloved Civilization series (“Civ” for short) to Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Sid Meier’s Railroad Tycoon. Meier, who’s been making games since the early 1980s, is seen as a father of the industry, a beloved figure among many gamers but especially among people who make games.

Meier’s new book, …read more

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My ninth birthday fell on a school day, a bright and clear-skied Tuesday in September. I expected my mom to bring cupcakes to school during lunch, a tradition I loved because for one day each year, I knew I wouldn’t have to feel like the weird bookworm, the Iranian American, the outsider who couldn’t kick a soccer ball to save his life. I would be celebrated. But that year, no cupcakes. I went home to a dark house, disappointed.

I was too young to know what it meant that my birthday fell on 9/11.

People are always surprised when I tell them my birthday is Sept. 11. They’ll raise their eyebrows, or just flat-out say, “Ouch.” Given that I’m also visibly Middle Eastern, I get it. 9/11 was a day that changed America forever. It changed my life forever, too.

During recess, boys would ask me why “my people” had attacked the Twin Towers. I was taunted and called names, like so many other Muslim and Middle Eastern people at that time. I was already used to feeling like an outsider. Now I was also a “terrorist.”

And there was something else: I’m gay. Growing up in suburban Virginia, I didn’t think I would ever come out. To be Iranian in post-9/11 America was one thing, but to be gay, too? One oppressed identity was enough to make me feel isolated. These two together felt impossible. After all, I had never met a gay Iranian before. The only time I would ever hear those two words together, gay and Iranian, were in articles stating that homosexuality was still punishable by death in Iran. My identity felt like a contradiction. The kind of equation you punch into the identity calculator and get an error message.

When I did finally come out in college, …read more

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