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Nov. 28—When Kris Mallory came to Brookwood in support the unionized coal miners as they prepared to go on strike, he expected there would be a fight. But what Mallory said he didn't see coming was for the fight, from his perspective, to be so unfair. "The law only works one way, and that's against us," said Mallory, the special assistant to the president of the United Mine Workers of America. ...

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Nov. 27—The Astros are in agreement with free-agent reliever Héctor Neris on a two-year contract worth $17 million, according to multiple reports, furthering one of general manager James Click's foremost offseason objectives. Click did not return a message seeking comment. The deal is pending a physical and was first reported by NBC Sports Philadelphia. Neris is a 32-year-old Dominican ...

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Artemi Panarin is down one glove and $5,000. The Rangers’ forward’s late-game tantrum cost him the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. According to the NHL’s release: “New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 304 in Boston on Friday, Nov. ...

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Nov. 27—Fed up with low wages and an hour-long commute to Newtown as a construction worker, Manchester resident Jan Wankowicz decided to quit his job and find a new one instead. "I was doing concrete foundations for houses that were selling for three quarters of a million dollars, and I was getting paid under $20 an hour with no benefits," Wankowicz, 45, said. "So I'm looking at who I'm ...

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Nov. 27—Teenagers are filling the gaps in this year's holiday labor shortage, part of a broad national trend in which 16- to 19-year-olds are entering the workforce in numbers not seen since 2008. They're needed, too: Retailers, grocers, and delivery services are clamoring for more workers. The National Retail Federation anticipates retailers will be hiring from 500,000 to 665,000 seasonal ...

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Nov. 26—ALBANY — Workers for the state Department of Motor Vehicles say the agency has stepped up its enforcement of widespread cheating in an online driver's permit program that was implemented a year ago to allow individuals to take the tests online during the pandemic. The security improvements have included blocking individuals who are outside of New York from taking the online tests. The ...

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Nov. 26—For many people, providing personal care for a loved one is happening at an unprecedented time. This is true for June Miller Ouellette, 64, who has been caring for her husband at their Milford home since he entered hospice care more than a month ago. Ouellette says she appreciates being with her husband in retirement, but caring for him around the clock can be difficult at times. Her ...

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Is there an economic term that strikes more fear into the hearts of consumers than "inflation"? Probably not. When inflation is rising even modestly, it becomes Topic A in the press, on cable news and over the proverbial backyard hedges and dinner tables. Inflation is commonly regarded as a ravager of family budgets, a destroyer of political fortunes and, at its most extreme, a trigger for the ...

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The day before Los Angeles-based art department coordinator Crystal Hopkins voted against her union's proposed new contract, she stepped down as president of Local 871. Hopkins said she was resigning from the post she won in 2018 in part because of concerns about the new agreement negotiated by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. "I couldn't publicly carry, or in good ...

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Is there an economic term that strikes more fear into the hearts of consumers than "inflation"? Probably not. When inflation is rising even modestly, it becomes Topic A in the press, on cable news and over the proverbial backyard hedges and dinner tables. Inflation is commonly regarded as a ravager of family budgets, a destroyer of political fortunes and, at its most extreme, a trigger for the ...