The US is seeking a North American Free Trade Agreement overhaul that the three countries and Congress would approve, but President Donald Trump would also consider a "skinny NAFTA" that doesn't require congressional approval, says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have signed a deal with Netflix to produce content, such as documentaries and features, under their newly formed production company Higher Ground Productions. "Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix -- we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world," Barack Obama said in a statement.
A Washington law that will become effective this summer will enable homeowners to remove dated, racist language from covenants without a court order. Many HOAs in the state have unenforceable segregation-era language on their books, which was designed to segregate neighborhoods.
The Ford's Colony HOA in Virginia has opened online voting to residents, who will decide the fate of short-term renting, and it aims to close voting by June. If two-thirds of households vote to ban leases of less than 90 days, the short-term rental ban will become part of the HOA's Declaration of Protective Covenants.
Nevada's Valley Crest HOA has banned bike riding, skateboarding and roller skating in the community, stating that "streets and walkways within the community may not be used as a playground area." The US Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating the rule, which may be unlawfully singling out families with children.
The Buckhorn HOA in Florida has awarded $500 scholarships each to high school seniors Rebecca Burkett and Andrew Kraemer, who are both headed to college later this year. "Our scholarships recognize the hard work and dedication of our high school seniors and their desire to further their education," said Maria Singfield, scholarship chair.
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92nd Street Y in New York City has raised $145 million of its $180 million fundraising campaign and will use the money to completely overhaul its facility. The plan includes the creation of new spaces for its early childhood, senior and Jewish life programming.
An Ohio nonprofit program providing housing security deposits for homeless military veterans is expanding, thanks to proceeds from a University of Toledo fundraiser. The Veterans Matter program, which operates in Toledo, Cincinnati and Dayton, will add Cleveland and Columbus.
College Advising Corps in North Carolina aims to enroll 1 million disadvantaged students in college by 2025, and it has now received a $20 million gift from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie. "A bold gift attracts bold goals, and a bold goal attracted a bold gift, so it was a really nice coming together of our vision and their vision," said founder and CEO Nicole Hurd.
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