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American Airlines Reverses Policy That Imposed Weight Limit On Wheelchairs

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 3:42pm
American Airlines has reversed a policy that meant some people who use heavy wheelchairs could no longer fly on certain small regional jets. The recent policy banned wheelchairs weighing more than 300 pounds from some of its smaller jets. Many power wheelchairs, with batteries and motors, weigh more than that. The airline had already announced plans to review the new rule earlier this month, following an NPR report . Now American says the review is completed and it will end the weight limit. American initially said it implemented the weight limit as a safety precaution, after Canadian authorities issued new guidance about cargo weight standards. In a statement to NPR on Monday, American said: "After close consultation with our safety team and our aircraft manufacturer partners, we've eliminated the conservative weight limits that temporarily impacted our ability to carry some mobility devices and wheelchairs on our smaller, regional aircraft." The airline said the new guidelines had

Connections: Discussing arts education with leaders from the Memorial Art Gallery

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 3:15pm
The Memorial Art Gallery has a new director of academic programs. Dr. Nile Blunt brings his national and international experience in museum and arts education to Rochester's students. He began his position in late September. We talk to him about his goals for art education in Rochester. We also discuss how the MAG has adapted to the pandemic with director Jonathan Binstock. Our guests: Jonathan Binstock , Ph.D., Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery Nile Blunt , Ph.D., McPherson Director of Academic Programs at the Memorial Art Gallery Robert Snyder , Ed.D., assistant principal at Mary McLeod Bethune School #45

Connections: How is remote learning going for local students and teachers?

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 3:11pm
How is remote learning going for local students and teachers? This hour, we hear from parents and a teacher about how their children and students are adapting to the virtual learning environment this fall. What's working? What are the challenges? What can be done to help keep students engaged and socialized over these virtual platforms? Our guests address these questions are more: Christina Knauf, parent of a pre-K student at CP Rochester, and ELA teacher-leader at East Lower School in the RCSD Kearstin Brown , parent of two RCSD elementary scholars, and host for WXXI's Classical 91.5 Scott Fitzgerald, parent of three students in the Fairport Central School District

CEOs Urge Trump To Concede: 'Not A Moment To Waste' In Fighting COVID-19

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 3:07pm
More than 150 business leaders are calling on President Trump to concede the election, saying the stalled transition is hurting the United States' reputation and impeding efforts to revitalize the pandemic-ravaged economy. "Every day that an orderly presidential transition process is delayed, our democracy grows weaker in the eyes of our own citizens and the nation's stature on the global stage is diminished," said a statement signed by 164 chief executives that was released Monday. "There is not a moment to waste in the battle against the pandemic and for the recovery and healing of our nation to begin," the statement added. CEOs who signed the letter include Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon and Michel A. Khalaf, president and CEO of MetLife. Separately, Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group, also called on Trump to concede. Schwarzman has long been one of Trump's biggest financial backers. "I supported President Trump and the strong economic path

Egypt Defiant As International Criticism Grows Over Arrest Of Human Rights Activists

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 3:06pm
The Egyptian government is facing an international backlash over the arrests of members of a leading Egyptian human rights organization following a meeting with European diplomats Nov. 3. Since last week, authorities have arrested three members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) on charges which include belonging to a terrorist organization, undermining public security by spreading false information and using the Internet to spread false news. The Egyptian government has launched an unprecedented crackdown on civil rights under President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, jailing thousands of political prisoners, imposing new restrictions on freedom of expression and expanding the powers of Egypt's security forces. EIPR executive director Gasser Abdel Razek, 52, appeared in a closed court session Monday. His defense lawyers said Abdel Razek's head had been shaved and he is being kept in solitary confinement without a mattress or blankets and with no heat or warm clothing. Mohamed

Court Considers Whether Woman Who Joined ISIS As A Teen Is Allowed To Return To U.K.

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 3:03pm
Britain's Supreme Court is considering whether a woman who left the country to join ISIS as a 15-year-old should be permitted to return to the country to argue that her U.K. citizenship should not have been revoked. Shamima Begum, now 21, left London with two other schoolgirls in 2015 to join the terrorist group. She is now in a detention camp in northern Syria. She was found in the camp by a journalist in February 2019, nine months pregnant, and said she wanted to come home. She says she married a Dutch ISIS fighter days after arriving in ISIS territory and that she had earlier given birth to two infants who had died of malnutrition and disease. The third baby later died of pneumonia in the camp. Begum has not been allowed to return to the U.K., as then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoked her British citizenship last year and said Begum had a right to Bangladeshi citizenship through her mother. But Bangladesh's ministry of foreign affairs said last year that Begum, who was born in the

Biden Picks Foreign Service Veteran Linda Thomas-Greenfield For U.N. Ambassador

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 2:47pm
Growing up in segregated Louisiana, Linda Thomas-Greenfield says she learned to face adversity. Now, the career diplomat has been tapped to represent the Biden administration at the United Nations in a moment of renewed racial tensions at home. "My mother taught me to lead with the power of kindness and compassion to make the world a better place," Thomas-Greenfield wrote on Twitter following Monday's announcement that she will be nominated to the Cabinet-level job, which requires Senate approval. "I've carried that lesson with me throughout my career in Foreign Service — and, if confirmed, will do the same as Ambassador to the United Nations." Thomas-Greenfield is a 35-year veteran of the foreign service who oversaw the Bureau of African Affairs during the Obama administration. She has served director general of the foreign service as well as ambassador to Liberia. She has written about the need to rebuild the State Department, which has been hollowed out by the Trump administration.