Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Liberty Bell HD (2015)

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The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now renamed Independence Hall), the bell today is located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. The bell was commissioned from the London firm of Lester and Pack (today the Whitechapel Bell Foundry) in 1752, and was cast with the lettering “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” a Biblical reference from the Book of Leviticus (25:10). The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations.

No immediate announcement was made of the Second Continental Congress’s vote for independence, and thus the bell could not have rung on July 4, 1776, at least not for any reason related to that vote. Bells were rung to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776, and while there is no contemporary account of the Liberty Bell ringing, most historians believe it was one of the bells rung. After American independence was secured, it fell into relative obscurity for some years. In the 1830s, the bell was adopted as a symbol by abolitionist societies, who dubbed it the “Liberty Bell.” Similarly suffragists adopted the bell as a symbol, calling it the “justice bell.”[1]

The bell acquired its distinctive large crack sometime in the early 19th century—a widespread story claims it cracked while ringing after the death of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835. The bell became famous after an 1847 short story claimed that an aged bell-ringer rang it on July 4, 1776, upon hearing of the Second Continental Congress’s vote for independence. Despite the fact that the bell did not ring for independence on that July 4, the tale was widely accepted as fact, even by some historians. Beginning in 1885, the City of Philadelphia, which owns the bell, allowed it to go to various expositions and patriotic gatherings. The bell attracted huge crowds wherever it went, additional cracking occurred and pieces were chipped away by souvenir hunters. The last such journey occurred in 1915, after which the city refused further requests.

After World War II, the city allowed the National Park Service to take custody of the bell, while retaining ownership. The bell was used as a symbol of freedom during the Cold War and was a popular site for protests in the 1960s. It was moved from its longtime home in Independence Hall to a nearby glass pavilion on Independence Mall in 1976, and then to the larger Liberty Bell Center adjacent to the pavilion in 2003. The bell has been featured on coins and stamps, and its name and image have been widely used by corporations.

The Health 202: Mississippi quietly amends its Medicaid work requirement waiver

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Last month, there was a flurry of headlines when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reopened Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements waiver for public comment after a federal judge sent the state’s proposal back to the agency for further review.

What didn’t get any attention is that on the same day it also quietly reopened comments on Mississippi’s waiver.

Both states are seeking permission from the federal government to require low income, “able-bodied” adults to work, volunteer or train for a job to maintain their health benefits through Medicaid.

What makes these two states different is their Medicaid populations. Kentucky is one of the nearly three dozen states that accepted the Affordable Care Act’s offer to expand Medicaid to cover more people. Mississippi is not.

As we explained recently here at The Health 202, instituting work requirements in non-expansion states means the absolute poorest Americans, who are largely single mothers, would be caught in a catch-22 where working could earn them too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not working would also make them ineligible for the benefits.

The new comment period, which ends when Kentucky’s does on Aug. 18, seems to be a result of Mississippi amending some parts of its waiver application.

Mississippi first submitted its application in January shortly after the Trump administration issued a guidance encouraging work requirements and was waiting for a response. Then, the state recently updated its request with several important changes. Most notably, it extended from one year to two a transitional Medicaid period available for people who comply with the work requirements every month but fall into the catch-22 scenario.

Mississippi also removed language from its waiver related to the state’s desire to save money. These waivers are designed for states to propose new concepts for their Medicaid programs, not as a way for the state to control costs.

Joan Alker, a Georgetown University public-policy professor who follows these waivers very closely, believes the changes are an attempt to make the plan more palatable, so the federal government can reasonably approve it.

“To me,” she said, “the Trump administration is looking for way to get to yes on these proposals.”

If the government struggled to get Kentucky’s waiver past a judge, many assume the challenge for non-expansion states will be much greater. Even those who support work requirements in theory have their doubts. Thomas Miller, health policy expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told MedPage Today this week that “it’s unlikely that imposing work requirements on a non-expansion, ‘old’ Medicaid population can thread the legal needle to withstand a court challenge.”

Alker says giving extremely low-income people an extra year of coverage on the condition they work or volunteer 20 hours a week just delays the problem, but doesn’t fix it.

The state projects the population who will fall into the catch-22 category and be eligible to receive the additional 24 months of coverage is only 1,280 people, or, by Alker’s calculations, 2 percent of the parents or caretakers who have Medicaid. Alker said the administration’s contention has been that Medicaid should be “preserved for the truly needy.”

“That’s exactly who is hit by these proposals,” she told me. “If they were to approve one of these [non-expansion states] it would really lay bare the hypocrisy of what they’re saying.”

Mississippi has some of the country’s most restrictive eligibility for Medicaid already, allowing only families who earn up to 27 percent of the poverty level. For a family of three, that’s an annual income of less than $6,000. Most of those people are African American mothers living in rural areas, data analysis shows.

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did CMS.

But shortly after a judge ruled the Kentucky’s waiver did not adequately address the consequences of tens of thousands of people likely losing coverage, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told reporters that her agency was working with Mississippi and other non-expansion states to help them address any potentials issues of adding work requirements to their Medicaid programs.

Yet Roy Mitchell, the executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, said the state and CMS kept the changes to the waiver and the reopened comment period “under the radar.”

“Why isn’t there more transpar

Dennis Quaid Talks About His Inspirational New Film, ‘I Can Only Imagine’ | TODAY

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“I Can Only Imagine” was an inspirational Christian song about MercyMe singer Bart Millard’s relationship with his father. Now it has become a new film in which Dennis Quaid plays the father. “It’s not a Hollywood redemption story,” the actor tells Kathie Lee and Hoda.
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Honoring Amah Mutsun People at Old Mission San Juan Bautista

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Join CMAP and the Historic Amah Mutsun Tribal Band as Bishop Richard Garcia of the Monterey Diocese offers a Mass of Reconciliation in recognition of the tragic history of forced relocations, cultural genocide and violence perpetrated against the Amah Mutsun and never officially acknowledged by the Catholic Church. Featuring native song and dance along with a traditional service, this is a rare view inside one of California’s oldest churches of an historic event for our community.


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Reverend Greg Coleman, 60, of Navarre, Florida, passed away Friday June 24, 2016.

Greg was born October 16, 1955, in Evansville, Indiana, to Norman and Jean Coleman. He grew up with his three older sisters, Sandy Coleman Whitmer, Joyce Coleman (Jim) Miller, and Debby Coleman (Harold) Cypret, and his younger brother, Mark (Kim) Coleman, in Cahokia, Illinois. Greg and his family traveled the country as Assembly of God evangelists for many years. He was an ordained Assembly of God minister and pastored The Harbor at Holley Assembly of God for 19 years. Greg was a Presbyter for District 3 with the Northwest Florida Assemblies of God. He was very active in the Navarre Community with the YMCA and the Navarre Youth Sports Association by hosting the basketball program at the Holley Dome for many years, which helped establish the community’s only youth basketball program. He was a huge supporter to Navarre High School and its many sports programs and clubs. He opened the doors of his church for practices, banquets, and award ceremonies for the entirety of his pastoral career in Navarre. Greg was a member of the Navarre Rotary Club and was a founding co-sponsor of the Interact Club at Navarre High School. He oversaw the development of A.C.T.S. Ministries, one of the largest benevolence programs in Northwest Florida. Greg was a member of ASCAP as a songwriter, he has published numerous Christian songs that have been sung around the world by various recording artists. Greg was an Associate Pastor at Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he sang, played guitar, and preached over the SonLife Broadcasting Network, reaching millions of viewers around the world. Greg was an accomplished studio musician and singer and played on thousands of recording projects for major ministries and recording artists in the Christian Community.

Greg was married to Diane Phillips Coleman for 32 years; and had four daughters, Amber Brooke Coleman, Tayler Coleman(Stuart) Baldick, Abbie Maegan Coleman, and Anna Elizabeth Coleman. He was an amazing Poppy to his grands, Jordyn Avery Baldick and Stuart “Wesley” Baldick IV. Greg has numerous nieces, nephews, and family members that he loved dearly. Greg was an incredible father and husband whose proudest accomplishment was his family. Greg was preceded in death by his father, Norman Eugene Coleman, and his oldest daughter, Amber Brooke Coleman.

Meridian Street Railroad Crossing, Huntsville, AL

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*originally recorded on 10-15-17*

Signal on the left: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, 3 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, a Safetran gate mechanism, and RECO gate lights.
Signal on the right: 2 pairs of Safetran 12×20 inch lights, 3 pairs of Safetran 12×24 inch lights, a Safetran mechanical bell, a Safetran gate mechanism, and NEG gate lights.

This was the other train I caught yesterday. It was NS 736 with a BNSF ES44AC and an NS SD70ACe pulling and a BNSF ES44AC and a BNSF SD70ACe on the DPU.

As you can see, nothing has changed at this crossing since I was last out here.

Reverse Mortgage Lenders Aurora CO – By Kevin Guttman

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Kevin Guttman began his career from the non-profit sector raising money for those in impoverished nations to obtain clean water, medical establishments, schools, and smallloans. After twelve years of traveling and chilling in a few number of nations, he transitioned towards business world in 2004. Growing up in the real estatefamily, Kevin knew that once he joined the business world it will be in real estate as well as mortgage lending. He found his place in mortgage lending, and persists hiswork today as being a trusted and reliable Mortgage Banker.

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