Jean-Pierre says GOP governors treat migrants ‘like chattel'
On Sept. 16, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a fresh condemnation of a pair of Republican governors — Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas — who have sent groups of migrants to Democratic areas, accusing them of employing “the kinds of tactics we see from smugglers in places like Mexico and Guatemala.”news.yahoo.com
Roanoke wants fewer butts littering its downtown roads, sidewalks
ROANOKE, Va. – Downtown Roanoke is trying to clean up its streets. The city is launching a campaign to get people to stop littering cigarette butts in the Central Business District. Workers noticed a lot of cigarette butts on the city’s streets and sidewalks, which ultimately end up in streams and rivers and can hurt the environment. That’s why the city is starting an educational campaign and plans to add receptacles downtown where people can throw away cigarette butts. This campaign is in partnership with Clean Valley Council, Downtown Roanoke Inc., Roanoke Arts Commission, Keep Virginia Beautiful, and the Solid Waste Division.
Petula Clark shocked and confused after ‘Downtown’ was used in Nashville bombing
Singer Petula Clark has spoken out in confusion about the use of her 1964 song “Downtown” by the man who set off a bomb in an RV on a Nashville street on Christmas Day. “Why this violent act — leaving behind it such devastation?” the British singer said in a statement posted Tuesday on Facebook. “A few hours later — I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement — was me — singing ‘Downtown’! AdvertisementOn Facebook, 88-year-old Clark tried to make sense of why her song was used but didn’t come to a clear conclusion. “Of course, the opening lyric is, ‘When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go Downtown,’” she wrote.latimes.com
Parking tickets return to downtown Roanoke next month
ROANOKE, Va. – If you park in downtown Roanoke, you’ll soon need to keep an eye on the clock because starting in October, the city will resume giving out parking tickets. PARK Roanoke announced that starting on Monday, October 19, it will once again give tickets for parking violations. PARK Roanoke enterprise administrator Brian Mann said if you’re going through a tough time financially and cannot pay a ticket, give them a call. Mann said at first, PARK Roanoke will issue some warnings but then it will start giving out tickets. They also created 15-minute curbside pickup parking spots throughout downtown.