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Letters: Sharks’ rules | Police vaccinations | County employees | Workers’ comp | Giving back

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Sharks must enforce mask rules for fans’ sake At the Sharks game, we were dismayed seeing so many people not wearing masks. On the rare occasion when a roaming usher told them to mask up, most refused to comply. It was extremely uncomfortable sitting next to an unmasked man who yelled loudly like any fan would and coughed without covering his mouth. Unmasked fans were allowed to ignore the mask policy, so to protect myself I turned my back to him as much as I could while using my scarf to cover my masked face when he was yelling. The Sharks should insert the words “Put your mask on now!” whenever they pan the audience on the large screen and it shows the many unmasked fans. Ushers need the authority to insist

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Teen Mom OG Reunion Taping: Why Did the Whole Cast Snub Mackenzie McKeee?

Well, another Teen Mom OG reunion show is in the can. And as always, the taping involved some ugly drama and a whole lot of surprises. As we reported earlier this week, a feud has erupted between Mackenzie McKee and the rest of the cast, and so the Oklahoma native was shunned by her co-stars. As you may recall, McKee made some insensitive remarks about Kamala Harris, and it seems the rest of the cast feels that her apology to Cheyenne Floyd was insincere. It's a complicated issue, and there's no denying that Mackenzie's remark was truly ignorant. In case you forgot, McKee called Kamala Harris a "colored woman" in an Instagram post  It's to her credit that she called Cheyenne to apologize, but it's important to bear in mind that Cheyenne is in no way obligated to accept s...

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Yosemite Falls is flowing again thanks to that major storm

By Michelle Krupa, CNN (CNN) — Yosemite Falls is again hosting its famous deluge after record-shattering rainfall this week in California following an extremely dry summer and extensive drought. Water surged over the 2,425-foot falls Monday, just four days after the same majestic rock face appeared as only a dry canvas for the sun’s glow, Yosemite National Park’s webcam feeds showed. About 7 inches of rain came down across Yosemite National Park from late Sunday evening through late afternoon Monday — with lower totals in the southern and western sections — said Jerald Meadows, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service office in Hanford, California. “That’s definitely getting into that historical rainfall realm,” he told CNN on Tuesday. “It’s definitely significant.” The con...

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The Best ‘Star Wars’ Gifts for Fans

All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. An epic, generation-spanning saga about defeating fascism is timeless, which is why “Star Wars” has inspired devoted fans of all ages. And the Disney marketing team is highly skilled, which is why the company has made sure that those legions of fans can purchase pretty much any item they’d ever need — from cookware to clothing and everything in between — emblazoned with logos, characters, and other “Star Wars” iconography. The holiday season is quickly approaching, so why not get a head start on your shopping list? While these item...

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Blackhawks add Jonathan Toews, Henrik Borgstrom to growing COVID list

Jonathan Toews missed practice Tuesday due to COVID-19 protocol. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe Hawks now have five players, including Toews and Patrick Kane, and three assistant coaches on the COVID list. The Blackhawks’ apparent COVID-19 outbreak keeps getting worse. Jonathan Toews and Henrik Borgstrom were added to the NHL’s COVID protocols Tuesday and missed practice. Although the news has been drastically overshadowed by general manager Stan Bowman’s departure in the wake of sexual assault cover-up findings, the fully vaccinated Hawks are somehow now missing five players and three assistant coaches due to COVID. Toews, Borgstrom, Patrick Kane, Jujhar Khaira and Riley Stillman are the absent players; Tomas Mitell, Marc Crawford and Jimmy Waite are the absent coaches. Sheldon Bro...

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R. Kelly’s three Grammys will not be rescinded — for now — Recording Academy CEO says

Harvey Mason jr., CEO of The Recording Academy, poses for a portrait at Harvey Mason Media music production studios earlier this month in Burbank, California. | Chris Pizzello/Invision/APDespite the acts attached to Kelly, the singer’s three Grammys will remain with him for the time being. BURBANK, Calif. — Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. says rumors about R. Kelly’s Grammys being rescinded now that the singer has a criminal conviction are just rumors at the moment. R. Kelly might have his freedom taken away after his recent criminal conviction on sex trafficking charges, but the R&B superstar’s Grammys won’t be stripped from him — at least, for now. Mason called Kelly’s actions “disturbing.” The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was convicted last month in New York. He was found gu...

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Pardeep From ‘The Bachelorette’: Instagram, Job & What To Know

Despite not getting a lot of screen time in the premiere episode of Michelle’s Bachelorette season, Pardeep Singh quickly caught the attention of viewers at home. “MORE PARDEEP!!! PLZ ABC IM BEGGING!!!!!” tweeted one particularly enthusiastic fan. One of the reasons viewers may be excited about him is that he’s the first Indian American to ever get a rose on The Bachelorette, a show that has notoriously shut out contestants of color. He also seems like an absolute catch, though: the 30-year-old is a neuroscientist who ABC describes as having the “perfect combo of looks and intelligence.” Here’s everything else to know about the Brooklynite. Pardeep Has A Science Podcast Pardeep’s interest in the cross section between science and inclusion led him to create Deep Thoughts, which he describes

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How To Tell If Someone Deleted Their Instagram

With many people becoming progressively wary of social media, deleting Instagram might be the hottest social media trend of the year. As more and more of your friends might be crossing over to the dark side (or, the bright side?) and deleting their Instagram accounts, it can be hard to keep track. If an online acquaintance’s IG disappearance has you shaking your head, here’s how to tell if someone deleted their Instagram. Before you worry that your friend might have Irish-exited from the photo- and video-sharing platform, there are myriad reasons why you might not be able to find someone’s account. They might have changed their username, or they they might have deactivated temporarily in order to commit to taking a social media break. In other cases, you might not be able to find someone b

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NYPD cop admits felony charge against Eric Garner after chokehold death was ‘total mistake’

One of the officers who wrestled Eric Garner to the ground during his fatal 2014 arrest testified Tuesday to falsely charging the Staten Island dad with a felony after riding with his lifeless body in an ambulance. NYPD officer Justin D’Amico also claimed he never heard Garner utter his infamous pleas: “I can’t breathe.” The testimony came on the second day of a judicial inquiry into the circumstances of Garner’s fatal arrest on July 17, 2014, and how officials responded to it. Gideon Oliver, a lawyer for Garner’s mother, peppered D’Amico with questions about arrest paperwork the cop filled out after Garner’s death. D’Amico erroneously charged Garner with a tax-avoidance felony that normally applies to people in possession of at least 10,000 cigarettes, 22,000 cigars, or more than 400 poun

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A Familiar Face is Coming Back to Help the Cowboys Unlock Their Full Potential Under Dak Prescott

Although they rank 20th in points allowed, the Dallas Cowboys own a 5-1 record and look poised to make a legitimate run at the Lombardi Trophy. As it turns out, when you have an elite offense with star players at nearly every position, you don’t need an elite defense to consistently come out on top. Of course, no star has shined brighter across the Cowboys’ first six games than Dak Prescott. Fresh off signing a $160 million contract extension, the two-time Pro Bowler has quickly put himself in the conversation for the NFL MVP award by shredding opposing secondaries on a weekly basis. Unfortunately for defenses that still have to face Dallas, a familiar face is coming back to help the Cowboys achieve even greater heights under the direction of their superstar quarterback. Dallas

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Denis Villeneuve Is Here to Explain Why Duncan Idaho Is ‘the Best’ Name, Internet Be Damned

Google the name Duncan Idaho and you’ll get entire articles devoted to fans joking, mocking, and celebrating the character name following the release of Denis Villeneuve’ “Dune” in theaters and on HBO Max. It appears everyone has an opinion on the name Duncan Idaho. The character, played by Jason Momoa in Villeneuve’s movie, is the swordmaster of House Atreides and an essential mentor figure to the protagonist Paul (Timothee Chalamet). Villeneuve got asked about Duncan Idaho’s name in an interview with Vulture, and the director was quick to explain the meaning behind Duncan Idaho’s name and why that makes it so cool. “Personally, I deeply love it,” Villeneuve said of the name. “I love that Frank Herbert gives hints of Earth culture. You have links with the Catholic religion, or Middle Eas

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Chris S. From Michelle’s Bachelorette’ Season: Instagram, Job & What To Know

Michelle Young’s Bachelorette season kicked off with plenty of memorable limo entrances, but one of the most elaborate was Chris Sutton’s. The Los Angeles commodities broker arrived on the show in a school bus before getting out to reveal he was also wearing shorts and a backpack — a nod to Michelle’s job as a fifth grade teacher. “Didn’t you ever learn bus safety? They tell you not to stick your head out the window,” Michelle joked. “I couldn’t help myself,” he retorted. Here’s what else to know about the 28-year-old. Chris S.’ Personal Life Chris was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University in 2015. He’s currently living in West Hollywood, California, where he works as a commodities broker. Despite the buttoned-up nature of his financial jo...

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Larry Bird Knew Adopting the Lakers’ Style of Play Would’ve Changed His Off-Court Habits: ‘I Would Have Gotten a Lot of Sleep’

Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics held numerous memorable on-court battles against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers. The intense rivalry led to sustained success behind their respective playing styles and talent. More than two decades after his last NBA game, Bird revealed that if he had played in the Lakers’ playing style, it would have resulted in a significant off-court life change. Showtime Era Lakers dominated the 1980s Johnson‘s arrival to the Lakers changed the franchise’s course as he elevated it to sustained excellence. Johnson anchored the transformation into the Showtime Era team that thrived on a fast-paced offensive playing style. The Lakers’ identity came through their dominance in transition behind the star point guard’s court vision and passing. Their

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Sir David Amess’ funeral to be held next month at Westminster Cathedral

The MP was stabbed to death at an open meeting for constituents earlier this month (Picture: Getty/EPA/PA)Sir David Amess will be laid to rest at Westminster Cathedral next month. The Conservative MP was stabbed to death on October 15 while meeting people in his Essex constituency.  The violent killing sent shockwaves through the world of politics and triggered an urgent review of the safety of members of parliament.  Sir David’s friends, family and colleagues will gather on November 23 for a service led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales. It has also emerged a priest was denied entrance to the Belfairs Methodist Church, where the devout Catholic lay dying. Father Jeffrey Woolnough rushed to Sir David in order to administer the ...

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