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Act 382: A New Mental Health Law

Act 382 was created to make it easier to detain a person with severe mental illness, requiring many of them to be psychiatrically assessed. Before, people could not be detained against their will unless they were in danger of hurting themselves or others, or gravely disabled. It is hoped that...
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Amid end to COVID help, homelessness surging in many cities

In California’s capital, massive tent encampments have risen along the American River and highway overpasses have become havens for homeless people, whose numbers have jumped a staggering nearly 70% over two years.Among the 9,300 without a home is Eric Santos, who lost his job at a brewery and was evicted from his apartment in July. Now he carries a list of places where free meals are available and a bucket to mix soap and water to wash his hands, and to sit on.“The bucket is part of my life now,” the 42-year-old said, calling it his version of Wilson,...
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Ducks by Kate Beaton review – powerful big oil memoir

Canadian cartoonist Kate Beaton made her name with Hark! A Vagrant, a series of joyously satirical strips crammed with irreverent feminist skits on everything from Jane Austen to Caesar’s pyjamas and ghost-eating ponies. They ended up filling two award-winning books, but they began as webcomics, and Ducks is an account of where Beaton started publishing them from: the oil sands of north-eastern Alberta, where mines cluster atop the largest known reservoir of crude bitumen in the world and you can “see the frozen ground ripple when the haulers go by”.
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Long-term renters evicted during housing boom face homelessness

Andy would rather remain as anonymous as possible because, "it's kind of embarrassing people knowing how little you have." He has been living in his home for 21 years. It is a postwar house in the Greater Hamilton, Ont. area with a covered front porch, postage stamp lawn and plaster that has begun to crack. His cat, who "isn't as friendly as she looks," likes to sleep in his TV chair in the front room. Andy is single and on a fixed income. And his landlord is selling the house.
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LOCALIZE IT: Surveys show city-by-city tally of homelessness

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:Homelessness has been on the rise for several years across the U.S., driven by increases in numbers on the West Coast. Experts expect that the overall trend continued through the coronavirus pandemic.The federal government usually releases nationwide results of the local Point in Time counts between November and January. The counts attempt to tally how many people are experiencing homelessness at a given time. But The Associated Press has compiled the top-line results from local reports as they have been released over the past several months.The preliminary numbers suggest homelessness is increasing overall, but with significant rises some places...
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Number of Ukrainian families facing homelessness in England increases by 22% in a month

The number of Ukrainian families who are presenting as homeless to English councils has increased by 22 per cent in a single month, leading local authorities to demand “urgent solutions” from government. Some 1,915 Ukrainian households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have turned to local authorities for help since 24 February, with 350 families seeking help in the past month alone. Charities have warned that the problem “will escalate in the coming months” as Homes for Ukraine sponsor arrangements come to an end. The Local Goverment Association, the national representative body for councils, said that they...
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GOVERNOR NEWSOM, SENATOR BRIAN JONES AND BIPARTISAN GROUP OF LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCE NEW LWAS TO TACKLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

Jones’s Senate Bill 1421 on homelessness also signed into law. October 6, 2022 (San Francisco) – Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) and several other legislators held a bill signing ceremony in San Francisco at a senior community under construction earlier this week to announce enactment of several housing and homelessness-related measures.
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AP News Summary at 12:14 p.m. EDT

Former cop attacks Thai day care center, kills at least 36. BANGKOK (AP) — A former police officer facing a drug charge burst into a day care center in Thailand, killing dozens of preschoolers and teachers and then shooting more people as he fled. At least 36 people were killed Thursday in the deadliest rampage in the nation’s history. The assailant, who was fired earlier this year, took his own life after killing his wife and child at home. The attack took place in the rural town of Nongbua Lamphu in northeastern Thailand, in one of the country’s poorest regions. A witness said the assailant shot his way in.
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U.S. Senators endorse Bass as polling gap narrows

Thirty-one percent of Los Angeles City registered voters are likely to vote for mayoral candidate and former chair of the USC Board of Trustees Rick Caruso in the upcoming Nov. 8 election, who follows behind Rep. Karen Bass by just three percentage points, according to a late September poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.
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Proposition 27 Explainer

Want to bet on the Rams winning the Super Bowl again? Currently, most sports betting isn't legal in California. But voters will weigh in on two initiatives in November... that could change that. One of them is Proposition 27, which would allow online sports betting. The prop is funded by...
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