Eight days into the first wildcat strike by West Virginia teachers in 27 years -- organized by rank-and-file union members in all 55 West Virginia counties -- America's largest liberal cable network, MSNBC, is a virtual no-show in reporting on the momentous labor unrest. Save for one two-minute throwaway report from daytime show Velshi and Ruhle (2/27/18), MSNBC hasn't dedicated a single segment to the strike -- despite the strike's unprecedented size and scope, which garnered major coverage from major outlets like CNN (3/1/18), the New York Times (3/1/18), Washington Post (3/2/18), Vox (2/24/18) and dozens of others. The most glaring omission is from the three highly paid primetime hosts: Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell and former In These Times and Nation writer Chris Hayes. None of the three big hosts have tweeted about it, much less mentioned the subject on air.
Like many NBA players, members of the defending world champion Golden State Warriors have some reservations about the way that the current president, Donald Trump, discusses issues of race and/or retweets Twitter users who use the handle "White Genocide." When star Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said in September that he and his teammates were considering a boycott of the traditional championship-team White House visit, Trump immediately announced that they were not invited. This week, the team is in Washington for a Wednesday night game against the Washington Wizards, and they've now announced what they'll be doing instead of a photo op with the president: Golden State Warriors will celebrate their championship in D.C. today by touring the African American Museum with students from Seat Pleasant, the hometown of Kevin Durant.
Panamanian authorities with helmets and guns entered a Trump-branded hotel in Panama City Wednesday morning, marking another escalation in a hostile, nearly week-long showdown between President Trump's business and a local partner. At the same time, Panama's Labor Minister told CNN that officials from his department were checking on a complaint from some hotel staffers who claim they aren't getting paid. Labor Minister Luis Ernesto Carles said his agency didn't have armed officials at the hotel but cited the possibility that other government agencies were inside the luxury property. CNN has not been able to confirm who the armed officials worked for, but a Labor Ministry spokeswoman says the armed personnel were on site at the hotel for a few hours and left in the afternoon.
Joy Pearl Noel, 85, died on January 31 at a nursing home in Brighton Beach. Ms. Noel, a beloved resident of East 21st Street, died homeless. In fact, her friends and neighbors say, she died because someone took her home. She had been wrongfully evicted from her apartment of over 20 years only 5 months previously. Her only wish during these last months was to be returned to her apartment. She had done nothing wrong. Till the very end, she could not comprehend what happened. "How did I become a bum," she kept asking, half to us, half to herself, in a recent call with Bklyner. The most obvious person to blame for Ms. Noel's death is her landlord, Isaac Jacobowitz of Carnegie Management. Jacobowitz, who owns close to two dozen properties according to city records, had been harassing her in and out of court to get her to move since he acquired the building in 2007.
Kimberly-Clark announced on Tuesday that it would cut between 5,000 and 5,500 jobs, or roughly 12 or 13% of the company's employees. The personal care product company also announced plans to shut down 10 manufacturing facilities. The restructuring program is estimated to save Kimberly-Clark $500 to $550 million by the end of 2021. The company said it plans to use savings from the Republican tax plan to fund the cuts and other restructuring efforts, The New York Times reported. Tax savings would additionally be used for capital investments and to allocate capital to shareholders, CFO Maria Henry said in a call with analysts.