Complaint alleges campaign finance violations by progressives

The complaints say Denver mayoral candidate Lisa Calderón illegally coordinated with progressive City Council candidates, including Councilwoman Candi Cdebaca.

DENVER — New campaign finance complaints say Denver mayoral candidate Lisa Calderón illegally coordinated with progressive candidates for City Council, including Councilwoman Candi Cdebaca.

The complaints allege the candidates have violated the city’s Fair Election Fund rules and City Code by sharing resources provided by third-party groups.

Cdebaca is running for reelection in newly redistricted District 9, and one of the complaints comes from her opponent Kwon Atlas.

He claimed Cdebaca received unreported polling information from Emerge Colorado, a political nonprofit run by Calderón. 

He also claimed that the two campaigns were part of a progressive slate that collaborated with the group New Day Denver to share resources.

Anonymous claims of illegal coordination by progressive candidates have been aggressively circulated to political reporters for weeks. These formal complaints are the first time someone has put their name to the accusations.

Both campaigns were notified of the complaint. In an emailed response obtained by 9NEWS, Calderón’s team said the claims are “false and overblown” and that the campaign “has never coordinated with the now-defunct New Day Denver slate.”

They said the “baseless attacks” are “an attempt to slow Lisa’s momentum as a lead contender. They also continue an unfortunate trend in which women of color are subject to much higher scrutiny than other candidates in this race.”

Cdebaca’s response echoed the “baseless” argument and followed with a point-by-point rebuttal.

The accused parties have 30 days to respond to or cure the complaint before it can go to a hearing.

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Saint-Gobain to sell its glass-processing business in Switzerland – Chemical Engineering

| By Mary Bailey

Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France) has signed a binding agreement for the sale of its glass processing business Glassolutions in Switzerland to the privately-owned German group AEQUITA. The business generated sales of around €25 million in 2022 and employs approximately 70 people at its production site in Kreuzlingen. This transaction, expected to close by the end of May 2023, is part of Saint-Gobain’s continued business profile optimization strategy, in line with the “Grow & Impact” strategic plan.

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Ministry of the Environment manages to release more flamingos that were rescued

Eight pink flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) have been successfully returned to their natural habitat in Baní, Peravia province by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources as part of the Rescate Rosado project (Pink Rescue Project). This project aims to rehabilitate the healthy species to their distribution areas, after completing the quarantine process. After the first release of 12 specimens in the Montecristi province, these eight birds bring the total of returned flamingos to 20.

Federico Franco, the Vice Minister of Protected Areas and Biodiversity dedicated the release to the late biologist and principal technician of the Ramsar sites, Juana Peña, who was a tireless defender of wetlands and the environment. He emphasized the importance of releasing flamingos back into their natural habitat as captive flamingos do not reproduce and do not contribute to wetlands.

The release was carried out in collaboration with representatives and technicians from the National Zoological Park, Arch. Manuel Valverde Podestá, Grupo Acción Ecológica, the Hispaniola Ornithological Society, and environmental photographer Eladio Fernández. Rescate Rosado plans to conduct awareness workshops in strategic places and launch a large advertising campaign to promote the protection of the species.

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WonkTV: Seems Like A Good Time To Talk About Gun Control

This week, Highland Park mass shooting survivor Ashbey Beasley went viral after interrupting press coverage of the Nashville shooting to talk about our desperate need for gun control so that these things don’t keep happening. By one strange coincidence, she happened to be in Nashville this week — and by another, I’ve actually known her for years, from all the way back in my shopgirl days.

So Ashbey sat down with me to talk some more about gun control, her experiences pushing for background checks and assault rifle bans in DC, and what it’s like to go through a trauma and end up with people calling you a crisis actor or worse.


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Music producer Kaywa loses mother

The CEO of Highly Spiritual record label and renowned music producer, Kaywa, has announced the death of his mother.

Taking to his social media platforms, Kaywa revealed that his mother died on his birthday, Friday, March 31.

The producer, born David Kwadwo Kyei, shared a photo of his mother and called on his followers to celebrate her instead of him.

“Rest in perfect peace mum. You chose the day you gave birth to me to go. I wish my loved ones will post you instead of me, because you’re the reason for my existence,” Kaywa wrote.

The death of Kaywa’s mother occurred on a day a celebratory performance has been prepared in his honour.

Despite her demise, the event is expected to come off at Tema Community 11 on Friday evening. Kaywa noted that he will take the opportunity to pray for her.

Joyce Blessing, MOG music and Sisi Baidoo are some of the musicians who have been billed to share the stage with Kaywa on the night.

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Striking New Jersey Home of a Macy’s Heir Shops for a Buyer for $1.5M

The 4,950-square-foot estate is in Red Bank, NJ, in the township of Middletown. It is situated on 12 acres and was originally built in 1930 for Herbert Straus. He was an heir of Macy’s department store co-owner, Isidor Straus.

Notably, Isidor Straus perished on the Titanic in 1912 with his wife, Ida, who refused a lifeboat seat in order to stay by her husband’s side as the ship was sinking.

As for Herbert Straus, he had the estate built in 1930, with materials transported from Europe. The picturesque place was originally set on 143 acres.

The spread known as Cobble Close Farm today consists of four residences that operate under a co-op model. This listing—for the former dairy barn converted into the main home—is asking $1,575,000 and is being handled by Kate Raftery, of Resources Real Estate/Luxury Portfolio International.

All four residences are built of stucco and cast stone with ceramic-tiled roofs. The property is artfully arranged with fountains, gardens, a pool, expansive lawns, and Greco-Roman statues, which give it an Old World vibe.

Restored residence

In 1953, Fred Century and Woody Browne purchased this French Country-style estate and restored it. They are only the third owners. Their legendary parties attracted actresses such as Nadia Gray and Elaine Stritch.

Its look has made it a favorite spot for fashion, film, and television shoots, the listing notes.

Reportedly, Century and Browne even received a request to film the Francis Ford Coppola-directed crime drama, “The Godfather”on the property.

“And they said no,” Raftery notes.

The home features unique amenities such as a solarium and parlor. Deep-red carpeting and walls in the dining room are a fun accent, while peachy-hued sitting areas showcase the home’s aptitude for entertaining. Stone fireplaces and pointed-arch doorways present a Gothic effect.



Sitting area


Dining room


Stone fireplace




One of the bedrooms


One of the baths




A pond alongside a colonnade with columns add to the property’s regal aesthetic. And charmingly, newly planted lavender fields are expected to burst with fragrance soon.

Browne died in the 1980s and Century passed in 2021, making this an estate sale.

“The property is definitely in need of a modern touch, but it is a period piece—especially in the kitchen,” Raftery says.

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DeBrincat’s overtime winner helps Senators thwart Flyers, keep playoff hopes alive

The Ottawa Senators will continue to have to battle the odds as they have all season.

Alex DeBrincat scored the game-winning goal 1:36 into overtime to halt Philadelphia’s comeback effort and the Ottawa Senators took a 5-4 victory over the Flyers Thursday night. Although the win kept the Senators’ slim hopes of securing the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference alive, they lost both Travis Hamonic and Derick Brassard to injuries in the process.

Ottawa was already without defencemen Thomas Chabot and Jakob Chychrun.

“Yeah, both guys, not good,” said Senators head coach D.J. Smith. “We’ll know more in the morning, but neither were able to return and it doesn’t look like they’ll be able to return anytime soon, but we’ll know more in the morning.”

Hamonic was injured midway through the first period and Brassard late in the second.

Tim Stutzle, with a goal and an assist, Austin Watson, Shane Pinto and Claude Giroux also scored for the Senators (37-33-5). Cam Talbot had a quiet night stopping 7-of-11 shots.

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DeBrincat’s overtime winner gives the Sens a win over Flyers

Alex DeBrincat’s goal in the extra frame gave Ottawa a 5-4 win over Philadelphia Thursday night.

Tyler Kleven, making his NHL debut, picked up his first career assist on Giroux’s goal.

“What a fun game,” said Kleven. “I felt calm out there and felt like I played my game and need to learn the systems a little bit better, but for my first game I thought I did pretty well.”

Tony DeAngelo, Cam York and Noah Cates, Owen Tippett replied for the Flyers (29-32-13). Felix Sandstrom made 41 saves.

Philadelphia was outshot 27-5 after two periods, but found a way to score three unanswered goals in the third to tie the game and send it to overtime.

After Giroux made it 4-1 for Ottawa 2:28 into the third period, York scored an unassisted marker at 5:22 for his second of the season.

Cates then cut the deficit to one at 9:54 with a power-play marker.

Tippett netted his 23rd of the campaign with 2:39 remaining to tie the contest at 4-4.

“I thought we showed a little bit more poise [in the third],” said Flyers associate coach Brad Shaw. “I’m glad it was a pretty upbeat bench. … You look up at the shot clock and it’s kind of demoralizing, but we stayed with it.”

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Ryan Reynolds was seen exiting the building where the National Capital Commission is located on Thursday morning. (Photo: Sannah Choi/CBC)

Despite it being far from ideal, the Senators didn’t seem phased by the comeback effort.

“We were a little frustrated, obviously, for letting them come back in the game,” said Giroux. “But it’s a tie game going into overtime so you have a chance to get the two points, so for us, we just had to go out there and play the 3-on-3.”

DeAngelo’s power-play goal 2:51 into the second period came on Philadelphia’s third shot of the game. The Flyers only put two more on net through the end of the period.

“They’re a quick team and they take away chances pretty fast,” said Tippett. “Obviously, we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit there, too.

“We could’ve made some more simple plays and put more pucks on net, but when you get limited to that many shots, it’s something that you have to look at on both sides of it.”

Stutzle restored Ottawa’s two-goal lead scoring on a Nick Holden rebound at 7:43.

DeBrincat then stunned the crowd by dropping the gloves against Joel Farabee and more than held his own.

Listed at five-foot-eight and 178 pounds, DeBrincat isn’t expected to drop the gloves, but his teammates gave him full marks for his tilt.

“People like the fight better it seems like,” said DeBrincat when asked if he got more recognition for the overtime winner or his fight. “I feel like whenever I get in a fight usually I have more texts than if I do something else good in the game. It’s what the people like I guess.”

Pinto made it 3-1 at 16:50 when he tipped a Mathieu Joseph shot in. Moments earlier, Brassard suffered an ankle injury that required him to be helped off the ice.

The Senators outshot the Flyers 17-2 in the opening period and led 1-0 thanks to Watson’s unassisted goal. On the very same play, however, Hamonic suffered a lower-body injury and was done for the night.

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In Your Corner: The best of CBS Philadelphia from March 27-31

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This week, a chemical spill in Bucks County threatened the city’s tap water and sent Philadelphians into a frenzy, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was hurt in a Center City crash and the cleanup continues in West Reading after a candy factory explosion. 

But, this week was also filled with uplifting stories. 

Here’s what our CBS News Philadelphia team has worked on this week:

Philadelphia tap water officially safe after chemical spill, Kenney says

It was a whirlwind of a week for Philadelphia residents. 

A chemical spill in Bucks County last week entered Otter Creek and flowed into the Delaware River – threatening the tap water of Philadelphians. Contaminants from the spill were never found in the city’s water system, with Mayor Jim Kenney declaring Tuesday night that the threat from the spill officially passed. 

“I repeat: All the city’s drinking water is safe to drink and will not be impacted by the spill,” Kenney said. 


But, the initial advisory that went out Sunday about recommending residents to switch to bottled water sent Philadelphians into a frenzy. 

Residents from all across the city went to their closest grocery stores to stock up on bottled water, fearing they wouldn’t be able to use water from their tap. 

The city caught some backlash for the messaging about the water, but Kenney defended it this week and said he would do the same thing again. 

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw involved in accident 

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw was involved in an accident with a rideshare driver Wednesday afternoon. 

Police say Outlaw was a passenger in her city-issued Ford Exhibition when a vehicle sped through a red light and the driver’s side door of her car. 

Outlaw was experiencing some back pain, but she was OK. Her driver was also hurt during the crash. 

Two people inside the rideshare were taken to the hospital and placed in stable condition. 

The incident is under investigation. 

“I cry with them”: Workers mourn West Reading candy factory explosion victims

It was a week of mourning for the community in West Reading after an explosion at the R.M. Palmer Company candy factory claimed the lives of seven people. 

Berks County officials identified all the victims in the tragedy this week. 

The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation into the explosion. Pennsylvania State Police are in charge of figuring out the cause and origin of the explosion, but officials add the investigation includes multiple agencies.

An NTSB spokesperson said the agency investigates all modes of transportation, and “a pipeline is considered a form of transportation that carries products.”

The community in West Reading has come together in the hard times, raising money for the victims and PA Task Force 1 and staff at Reading Hospital were critical in the search and rescue efforts. 

Unusual treatment for Parkinson’s Disease opens in Philadelphia

An unusual therapy for Parkinson’s Disease has arrived in Philadelphia. No doctors are needed for this treatment.

PingPongParkinson opened in Center City Monday. It’s a fun active game that’s showing promise for helping people with the movement disorder.

Stephanie Chen, a neuroscience pre-medical student at Penn, founded the Philadelphia chapter.

“My grandfather had Parkinson’s when I was younger,” Chen said. “That’s when I started becoming interested in neuroscience research.”

Unusual treatment for Parkinson’s Disease opens in Philadelphia


9-year-old HS grad from Bensalem wants to reform U.S. school system

In many ways, David Balogun is a typical 9-year-old, playing with his little sister and cousin. But when once he’s in front of his books and his laptop, you quickly realize this little boy from Bensalem is unique.

“Depending on the redshift, I would be able to measure the exact wave,” Balogun said. “I would be able to multiply it and find out what the distance would be.”

How did he know that he was different?

“They gave me an IQ of 141,” Balogun said, “and they say I was profoundly gifted, which is even higher than gifted.”

Ring The Bell it’s Opening day for Phillies

After taking a big lead, Aaron Nola’s fourth inning doomed the Phillies in an 11-7 loss to the Texas Rangers in the season opener.

Nola is in the final year of his contract and discussions about an extension ended just before the start of the season.

The Phillies, who last season made it to their first World Series since 2009, took a 5-0 lead when No. 9 hitter Brandon Marsh, the first batter after deGrom departed, had an RBI single off Cole Ragans (1-0).

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Falcons, Panthers, Lions, Seahawks Get Top NFC Grades

Arizona Cardinals

Notable additions: WR Zach Pascal, LB Kyzir White

Notable departures: DE Zach Allen, CB Byron Murphy Jr.

The Cardinals brought in some role pieces, with a few coming from Philadelphia to join former Eagles defensive coordinator and new Arizona coach Jonathan Gannon. The problem? The Cardinals have a bad roster, a brutal schedule and a very inexperienced coaching staff that is likely without Kyler Murray for the first half of the 2023 season. Other than that, things are great.

Grade: C minus

Atlanta Falcons

Notable additions: S Jessie Bates, QB Taylor Heinicke, DT David Onyemata, OLB Kaden Elliss, DE Calais Campbell

Notable departures: T Chuma Edoga, QB Marcus Mariota

It was a great March for the Falcons, which upgraded significantly on defense while adding a quality veteran to the quarterback room in Heinicke. While those moves alone won’t get Atlanta to the playoffs, it crystallizes the draft board for general manager Terry Fontenot, who suddenly has far fewer holes to fill.

Grade: A

Carolina Panthers

Notable additions: WR Adam Thielen, RB Miles Sanders, S Vonn Bell, QB Andy Dalton, TE Hayden Hurst, DT Shy Tuttle

Notable departure: QB Sam Darnold

Few teams were more active in free agency than the Panthers, who signed a litany of big-name free agents. With a first-round quarterback on the way, Carolina loaded up its offense, signing Sanders, Thielen and Hurst. They also got better defensively at two levels, and did all this without giving bad contracts. A job well done by general manager Scott Fitterer.

Grade: A minus

Chicago Bears

Notable additions: LB Tremaine Edmunds, G Nate Davis, DE DeMarcus Walker, LB T.J. Edwards, TE Robert Tonyan

Notable departures: OT Riley Reiff, RB David Montgomery

The Bears got better, but there are a few problems with the moves. For starters, Chicago spent close to $100 million on off-ball linebackers, who between them, have made one Pro Bowl. The other concern is all the premium positions the Bears needed to fix going into free agency—left tackle, corner, edge rusher—are still problems. It feels incomplete.

Grade: C plus

Dallas Cowboys

Notable addition: T Chuma Edoga

Notable departures: G Connor McGovern, TE Dalton Schultz, RB Ezekiel Elliott

It was a relatively quiet free agency for Dallas, which allowed Schultz to leave and released Elliott. The only real addition is Edoga, who will help fortify the offensive line. That said, the grade for free agency is much different than the offseason grade, which is bolstered by the acquisitions of corner Stephon Gilmore and receiver Brandin Cooks.

Grade: C

Detroit Lions

Notable additions: CB Cam Sutton, S C.J. Gardner-Johnson, CB Emmanuel Moseley, RB David Montgomery

Notable departure: RB Jamaal Williams

Nobody has done a better job than the Lions to this point. Detroit ranked 32nd in yards per play against last year, and general manager Brad Holmes went to work, bringing in a trio of quality pieces for the secondary. The Lions also replaced Williams with Montgomery, maintaining a good backfield. And they did all of this without tying up much cap space in future years.

Grade: A plus

Green Bay Packers

Notable additions: None

Notable departures: WR Allen Lazard, DT Jarran Reed, DE Dean Lowry, TE Robert Tonyan

The Packers essentially watched as Lazard, Reed and Lowry left on reasonable deals, while debating what it would take to trade Aaron Rodgers. When Rodgers does get dealt, what exactly does fourth-year quarterback Jordan Love have to work with? Green Bay has cap issues, but the offseason remains a loss for the Packers.

Grade: D

Los Angeles Rams

Notable additions: None

Notable departures: K Matt Gay, QB Baker Mayfield, S Nick Scott, LB Bobby Wagner

Between the inactivity in free agency, the release of Wagner and the trade of star cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Dolphins, the Rams appear hollowed out. There’s little reason to think Los Angeles is going to strongly rebound from what was, statistically speaking, the worst Super Bowl defense in league history.

Grade: D plus

Minnesota Vikings

Notable additions: CB Byron Murphy Jr., edge Marcus Davenport, DE Dean Lowry, TE Josh Oliver

Notable departures: DT Dalvin Tomlinson, WR Adam Thielen, LB Eric Kendricks, CB Patrick Peterson

Lots of movement for the Vikings, who lost a stud in Tomlinson but otherwise started to remake what was an atrocious defense. Minnesota did well to bring in Murphy on a two-year deal while taking a chance on Davenport’s talent, but the Vikings are dealing with limited cap space and too many needs to fill. Also, paying Oliver $21 million over three years is steep.

Grade: C plus

New Orleans Saints

Notable additions: QB Derek Carr, DT Khalen Saunders, DE Nathan Shepherd, RB Jamaal Williams

Notable departures: DT Shy Tuttle, edge Marcus Davenport, QB Andy Dalton, DT David Onyemata, OLB Kaden Elliss, WR Deonte Harty

The Saints’ offseason is headlined by the addition of Carr, but they lost a litany of defensive pieces in the front seven. New Orleans is unquestionably worse defensively, but the signing of Carr makes the Saints a more viable playoff team, especially in a horrific NFC South. All told, New Orleans is a more intriguing squad than it was two months ago.

Grade: B

New York Giants

Notable additions: LB Bobby Okereke, DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Notable departures: G Nick Gates, S Julian Love

General manager Joe Schoen didn’t make too many moves, doing most of his work to retain quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley before free agency. Okereke is a nice signing on the second level, but the loss of Love to the Seahawks hurts. New York will need to replace him and find help at corner in the draft.

Grade: B minus

Philadelphia Eagles

Notable addition: QB Marcus Mariota

Notable departures: RB Miles Sanders, DT Javon Hargrave, S C.J. Gardner-Johnson, S Marcus Epps, LB T.J. Edwards, LB Kyzir White, G Isaac Seumalo, WR Zach Pascal

Tough to crush the Eagles, who understood they were going to lose guys after this season. The problem is how many ended up leaving. Philadelphia watched as seven starters left, and in some cases on reasonable deals it could have potentially matched. Still, the Eagles are deep enough to withstand some of these departures while still owning two first-round picks (Nos. 10, 30).

Grade: C

San Francisco 49ers

Notable additions: DT Javon Hargrave, QB Sam Darnold, CB Isaiah Oliver

Notable departures: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, DE Charles Omenihu, S Jimmie Ward, OT Mike McGlinchey, DE Samson Ebukam, OT Daniel Brunskill, LB Azeez Al-Shaair

Hargrave is perhaps the best signing of free agency, giving the 49ers a monstrous trio up front with Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead alongside him. However, that’s where the good news stops for San Francisco. The Niners lost four significant contributors off their defense (along with coordinator DeMeco Ryans) and a couple of pieces on the offensive line.

Grade: C plus

Seattle Seahawks

Notable additions: DE Dre’Mont Jones, S Julian Love, DT Jarran Reed, LB Bobby Wagner

Notable departures: None

General manager John Schneider recognized the defensive issues that plagued Seattle throughout the 2022 season and did well, adding Jones and Reed to the front while sliding Love into a nice tandem with Quandre Diggs on the back end. The Seahawks could still use another linebacker, and the offensive line needs help on the interior, but Seattle had a strong start to the offseason.

Grade: A minus

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Notable additions: QB Baker Mayfield, DT Greg Gaines

Notable departure: DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Not surprisingly, the Buccaneers sat out free agency, allowing their books to settle after the retirement of quarterback Tom Brady. With Tampa Bay in rebuilding mode, general manager Jason Licht made a couple of shrewd, one-year signings in Mayfield and Gaines while retaining corner Jamel Dean before free agency opened.

Grade: B

Washington Commanders

Notable additions: OT Andrew Wylie, G Nick Gates, QB Jacoby Brissett

Notable departures: LB Cole Holcomb, QB Taylor Heinicke, G Wes Schweitzer

It was an offseason of canceling out losses for the Commanders. While Schweitzer and Heinicke left, they were replaced by similar players in Brissett and Gates. The addition of Wylie is a smart one, giving Washington a solid right tackle. Regardless, the Commanders have to find more contributors on both sides of the ball to be a playoff contender.

Grade: B

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