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'Women Who Rock' docuseries celebrates 'camaraderie and sisterhood' – Oil City Derrick

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Updated: July 7, 2022 @ 3:01 pm

During the lengthy process of interviewing dozens of rock music’s most legendary living players, one of the producers of the new TV docuseries “Women Who Rock” asked a simple and fair question.
“Do you think we need to interview any men for this?”
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The Los Angeles Kings have hired former goaltender Manon Rheaume as a hockey operations and prospect adviser. She’s the latest woman to join or be promoted by an NHL team amid a leaguewide push to increase front office diversity. Rheaume is best known for playing exhibition games for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992 and ’93. She became the first woman to play in one of the four major North American professional sports leagues. She is now among the nearly 100 women working in a hockey operations, player development or player health and safety role for a team.
A massive expansion of Arizona’s private school voucher system awaits Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s expected signature as he faces a signing deadline. Public education advocates are promising to block the bill and want voters to erase it during November’s election. The expansion Ducey is certain to sign Thursday will allow every parent in Arizona to take public money now sent to the K-12 public school system and use it to pay for their children’s private school tuition or other education costs. It’s estimated that over 1 million Arizona students would qualify. Only about 12,000 students now get vouchers.
Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, Elizabeth Holmes’ former partner, found guilty in Theranos blood-testing fraud.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ juvenile detention facilities say staff shortages have forced them to keep youth confined to their rooms for up to 22 hours a day and cut off new intakes.
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A NATO senior official says Western Balkan countries don’t face an “imminent threat” from the war in Ukraine, and are of strategic interest to the alliance. NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana was in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, to meet with local officials and visit the NATO-led KFOR mission. Geoana denounced Russia’s “illogical and brutal war” in Ukraine and its “aggressive and malign influence over the Western Balkans.”
When Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug possession in a Russian court, hopes rose that her months of detention may soon be over, either through a U.S.-Russia prisoner swap or a pardon from President Vladimir Putin. But Russian courts often move slowly, Russian resentment over the high-profile case could obstruct a deal and the fate of an American imprisoned for espionage may be critical to freeing Griner. The standout for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury was arrested in February at a Moscow airport after vape canisters with cannabis oil were allegedly found in her luggage. She faces up to 10 years in prison.
Thursday
The French government has unveiled a 20 billion-euro ($20.3 billion) package of measures meant to help struggling households cope with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, including rising energy and food prices. The proposed legislation was presented at a Cabinet meeting Thursday. The measures are to be debated in parliament later this month. The move comes as France’s annual inflation is estimated at 6,5%, pushed higher by a huge increase in food and energy costs fueled partly by Russia’s war in Ukraine. The measures include increasing pensions and welfare payments, including family benefits. The government also plans to cap rent increases this year.
Two families are suing a southern Indiana funeral home where police found more than 30 bodies, including some that were badly decomposed. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Clark Superior Court No. 6, Cynthia Faye Cook and Jeffrey Lorey allege that Lankford Funeral Home in Jeffersonville gave them misleading information about the remains of their daughter, Nicole Dallas Lorey. They say the funeral home’s director, Randy Lankford, told them the company didn’t have a container in which to send her remains. The family of James “Mike” Settle alleges Lankford gave them similar reasons for not sending them his remains. The families’ lawyer, Larry Wilder, told The Associated Press on Thursday that other families are expected to join the suit.
U.S. prosecutors have announced charges against a government agent and private investigator in a widening probe of an alleged scheme to stalk and harass Chinese dissidents in the United States. Department of Homeland Security Deportation Officer Craig Miller and former DHS worker Derrick Taylor were named in an indictment filed in federal court in New York City on Thursday. According to court papers, a Chinese operative hired Taylor to obtain personal information about several Chinese dissidents living in the United States. Taylor allegedly recruited Miller to provide him records. It was unclear if they had attorneys who could comment on the allegations. A message was left on Thursday with DHS.
Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon semifinal match because of injury; Nick Kyrgios advances to Sunday’s final.
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NEW YORK — James Caan, whose explosive performance as the hotheaded Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather” produced some of the most memorable moments in movie history, died Wednesday at age 82, his family announced Thursday.
The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service has asked the Treasury Department’s inspector general to immediately review the circumstances surrounding intensive tax audits that targeted ex-FBI Director James Comey and ex-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Both men were frequent targets of President Donald Trump’s anger. IRS spokesperson Jodie Reynolds says Thursday that IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig had personally reached out to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The probe comes a day after The New York Times reported that Comey and McCabe were subjected to rare IRS audits of their tax returns. The newspaper said Comey was informed of the audit in 2019 and McCabe learned he was under scrutiny in 2021.
Thursday
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ATLANTA — Republicans filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission late Wednesday alleging that U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock violated campaign finance laws by using political contributions to defend himself against a lawsuit stemming from his work as a pastor.
Victor Oladipo went into free agency with his eyes open, determined to find what would be the best place for him. Turns out, he was already there. Oladipo signed his new contract with the Miami Heat on Thursday. It’s a two-year deal with the second of those years at his option. Injuries and recovery have limited him to 12 regular-season appearances out of a possible 110 in his first season-and-a-half with the franchise. Both he and the Heat are banking on him being able to handle much more this coming year.
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North Dakota’s only abortion clinic is suing to block enforcement of a trigger law banning abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo said in its court filing Thursday that the ban violates the rights to life, safety and happiness guaranteed by the state constitution that protect the right to abortion. The suit also questions Attorney General Drew Wrigley’s statement that the ban takes effect July 28. The clinic argues that the Supreme Court has released its opinion but hasn’t yet issued its judgment. The clinic says that’s a separate step necessary to trigger the North Dakota law.
IRS commissioner asks Treasury watchdog to probe audits of ex-FBI Director James Comey, ex-Deputy Director Andy McCabe.
Until last week when he swore in Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, his successor on the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer had a rigorous, intellectually challenging job with the highest of stakes. Now the 83-year-old retiree has no briefs to read and no opinions to write. As a retired justice, Breyer can maintain an office at the Supreme Court if he wants to and also gets a clerk to help him. But like other retired justices he also gets to chart his own path based on his personality and interests. Teaching, writing and even continuing to be a judge are among the things he might do.
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A judge in Atlanta has denied bond for rapper Gunna, who’s charged with racketeering along with rapper Young Thug and more than two dozen other people. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville had previously denied bond for Gunna, and on Thursday held a hearing on his request to reconsider that decision. Gunna’s given name is Sergio Kitchens. Glanville said he worried Kitchens might threaten or intimidate witnesses if he were freed ahead of trial. Prosecutors have said that Young Thug co-founded a violent street gang in Atlanta called Young Slime Life and that Kitchens has a management role within the gang. Young Thug’s given name is Jeffery Lamar Williams.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Kyiv that it should quickly accept Moscow’s terms or prepare for the worst, adding ominously that Russia has barely started its action. Speaking Thursday at a meeting with leaders of the Kremlin-controlled parliament, Putin accused Western allies of fueling the hostilities, charging that “the West wants to fight us until the last Ukrainian.” He added menacingly that “largely speaking, we haven’t even yet started anything in earnest.” He declared that Russia remains ready to sit down for talks to end the fighting, adding that “those who refuse to do so should know that the longer it lasts the more difficult it will be for them to make a deal with us.”
Burkina Faso’s former President Blaise Compaore returned to the West African country Thursday, the first time since being ousted in a popular uprising eight years ago. Compaore, who’s been in exile in neighboring Ivory Coast since 2014, came back to be part of an unprecedented meeting on Friday of former heads of state to discuss Burkina Faso’s future. The ruling junta issued a statement saying that Compaore is to participate in a meeting of past presidents including Michel Kafando, Yacouba Isaac Zida, Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo and Roch Marc Christian Kabore. It’s unclear how long Compaore will stay in the country.
James Caan, the curly-haired tough guy known to movie fans as the hotheaded Sonny Corleone of “The Godfather” and to television audiences as the dying football player in the classic weeper “Brian’s Song” and the casino boss in “Las Vegas,” has died. He was 82. His manager Matt DelPiano said he died on Wednesday. A tweet from Caan’s official account said, “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.” Caan introduced himself to a new generation playing Walter, the workaholic, stone-faced father of Buddy’s Will Ferrell in “Elf.”
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Burkina Faso’s ex-President Blaise Compaore returns from exile for a meeting of former leaders on the country’s future.
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NEW YORK — New York Mayor Eric Adams vowed Thursday to replace his administration’s color-coded coronavirus alert system with a set of “new weapons” in the face of yet another wave of COVID-19 cases descending upon New York City.
Actor James Caan, whose roles included ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Brian’s Song’ and ‘Misery,’ has died at age 82.
Brittney Griner’s guilty plea has not lessened the support the Olympic gold medalist continues to receive from her WNBA peers. The Phoenix Mercury All-Star pleaded guilty to drug possession charges on the second day of her trial in a Russian court in a case that could see her sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. The players union issued a statement hours after the plea was entered, saying that “the WNBPA stands with Brittney Griner. With a 99 percent conviction rate, Russia’s process is its own.” The plea came a day after President Joe Biden had a phone conversation with her wife Cherelle and told her he is working to free the two-time Olympic gold medalists as soon as possible.
Nearly two weeks after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was overturned, an abortion clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana, is still providing abortions. But the Hope Medical Group for Women faces a looming court case on Friday that could spell an end to that. Staff say confused patients are calling trying to get information about whether abortions are still being provided, and what their options are. Nurse Charla Roshto says when the Supreme Court overturned Roe she was shocked. But she’s adamant that each day the clinic remains open and providing abortions is another person they can help.
Thursday
LOS ANGELES — Kenneth Petty, the husband of rapper Nicki Minaj, will not serve prison time for failing to register in California as a sex offender.
A fresh study on the global impact of a nuclear war has concluded that any conflict would plunge the world into darkness, cause temperatures to plummet and wipe out much of the world’s sea life.

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