Should you add Stock to your portfolio – Jennifer Luzzatto 

RICHMOND, Va. – As you age it’s important to consider different investment strategies. Local money expert Jennifer Luzzatto made a return visit to our studio and passed along her tips on how you should balance stock percentages through the years to make sure your money is working for you. For More Information visitwww.summitfinancialpartnersrva.com

People Are Upset That ‘Today’ Omitted Matt Lauer From Anniversary Montage

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Man Who Took On Westboro Church Just Gave Trans Hero Gavin Grimm A Scholarship

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Woman Named Marijuana Pepsi Earns Ph.D With Dissertation On Uncommon Names

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Marianne Williamson Apologizes For Calling Vaccine Mandates ‘Draconian’

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Hundreds Of Civil Rights Groups Ask Congress To Decriminalize Migration

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Cracker Barrel bans an anti-gay pastor from holding an event in one of its stores

Cracker Barrel says it will not permit a Tennessee pastor who has made death threats against gay people to hold an event in one of its stores.

The company, which is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee, just east of Nashville, said it condemned his “statements of hate and divisiveness.”

Grayson Fritts, the pastor who doubles as a county police detective, had planned an event at a Cracker Barrel in Cleveland, Tennessee, for his congregation, the All Scripture Baptist Church, on June 29.

When the Tennessee Democratic Party caught wind of the event, chairwoman Mary Mancini shared a letter she sent to Cracker Barrel CEO Sandra Cochran asking the company to review the decision based on the pledge of inclusivity and diversity on its website, which calls for “fairness, mutual respect and equal opportunity.”

In an official statement on Twitter, Cracker Barrel denied any affiliation with Fritts or the church and said it wouldn’t allow the Tennessee store to hold the event.

“We take pride in serving as a home away from home for all guests and in showing our communities and our country that the hospitality we practice is open for everyone,” the company said.

It cited its “zero-tolerance” policy for discrimination and a corporate rule that prohibits protests of any kind on its property, and said, “We serve everyone who walks through our doors with genuine hospitality, not hate, and require all guests to do the same.”

Fritts made headlines in early June when he called for the execution of LGBTQ people and said they were “worthy of death” in a sermon posted to the church’s website and later deleted.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, where Fritts is a detective, says they are reviewing all pending cases he has worked on and any complaints about closed cases.

CNN affiliate WATE reported that Fritts is on paid sick leave from the sheriff’s office until July 19, when he will leave the department under a voluntary workforce-reduction buyout program.

Fritts did not immediately respond to a request for comment left with his church.

Cracker Barrel, the breakfast joint and country store frequented by road trippers, serves 217 million guests each year who gobbled up approximately 200 million biscuits, 160 million eggs and 135 million slices of bacon across its more than 640 locations.

Van Damme’s punch goes against the project of reconciliation – Maimane

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane was confronted about DA MP Phumzile van Damme’s recent punching of a man at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, by Independent Online journalist Tshego Lepule, on the red carpet ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s June 20 state of the nation address (Sona).

Van Damme alleged that she acted in self-defence following a racial incident. According to the DA MP, a man swore at her and “was threatening violence”. She also alleges that he said “voetsek you black” to her and threw her cellphone on the ground after she took pictures of him and his family, following another another member of the family taking a video of her without permission.

“Our job must always be to build reconciliation, violence always begets violence,” Maimane said.

“I always regret incidents of racism and condemn racism, but the best way to respond is to seek to reconcile,” he continued.

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“We’ve lost that project as a country, we’ve lost that ability to be able to speak to one another and to hear one another, so that we can ensure that we can not only educate each other about how we feel about acts of racism, but [on how to] build a South Africa for all.”

Maimane drew parallels between the incident involving Van Damme and a recent spate of controversial tweets from an account believed to be that of South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane.

“Whether it’s Zindzi Mandela … or the incident taking place at the Waterfront, I would call upon all South Africans that we need to continue the project of reconciliation,” he concluded.

(Compiled by Daniel Friedman)

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Zwane shrugs off questions about past as he prepares to chair portfolio committee

Former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Thursday shrugged off questions about his nomination as chairperson of the parliamentary committee on transport.

Zwane told interviewers at parliament, ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address, that those from the Zuma administration who were this week tipped to lead key portfolio committees should be given a chance to get on with the job – despite questions over their past records.

“My wish is do your work, be transparent,” he said, adding that they deserved to be scrutinised but also to be congratulated “when we do well”.

The ruling party raised eyebrows on Tuesday by naming controversial figures from the Zuma era, including former communications minister Faith Muthambi, to chair oversight committees. She will head the committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, despite a track record that includes appointing and shielding former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who is widely viewed as having run the public broadcaster into the ground.

Zwane, who was implicated in the state capture scandal that engulfed the previous government, said he still spoke to former president Jacob Zuma but did not think it his place to encourage him to testify before the Zondo commission of inquiry probing the scandal.

“I do talk to the former president but I don’t get involved in his decision making, it is him who is called and it is up to him whether he goes or has his reasons not to testify.”

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Construction worker dies after falling from roof at University of Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — A construction worker has died after falling four stories from the roof of a University of Richmond residence hall on Wednesday morning.

The roofing contractor has been identified as Cristino Santiago Vasquez Clemente, 55, of Richmond.

A school spokesperson said the incident occurred at approximately 9:45 Wednesday morning, when Vasquez Clemente, working at the Lora Robins Residence Hall construction site, fell from the roof of the building.

He was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

University of Richmond President Ronald Crutcher sent the following email to the university community:

“It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you of the passing yesterday morning of an employee of a subcontractor who fell from the roof while working at the Lora Robins residence hall construction site.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Cristino Santiago Vasquez Clemente, 55, of Richmond.  I know our entire community extends its care and concern at this difficult time.

Construction at the site has been halted. Health and safety officials have been notified and University staff will provide them assistance.

I also want to extend my thanks to University public safety officials who responded to the accident yesterday and provided the utmost care and support at the scene.”

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