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California’s reopening plan includes no equity benchmarks for hard-hit communities

California began a 10-week countdown to a full reopening last week, with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bold proposal to lift nearly all coronavirus restrictions by June 15. But the ambitious plan contains no specific protections for vulnerable populations, sparking fears the state is about to repeat mistakes that devastated the Latino community last year. The omission was surprising, considering that Newsom’s announcement was triggered by the delivery of 4 million vaccine doses to disadvantaged neighborhoods, a key goal that the state had set to address inequalities in the state’s inoculation efforts. In recent weeks, Newsom and other state officials have referred to equity as the “north star” of the pandemic response. Yet the June reopening plan does not include requirements about how vaccines shou

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Chicago man charged with shooting Oak Park police officer

Authorities investigate on Harlem Avenue over I-290 after an Oak Park police officer was involved in a shooting, Thursday morning, April 8, 2021. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-TimesEnrique Rosa, who was also shot when the officer returned fire, is charged with attempted murder of a peace officer and aggravated battery with a firearm, Oak Park officials said in a statement.   A 27-year-old Chicago man is accused of shooting an Oak Park police officer during a traffic stop last week. Enrique Rosa, who was also shot when the officer returned fire, is charged with attempted murder of a peace officer and aggravated battery with a firearm, Oak Park officials said in a statement. The incident unfolded about 7 a.m. April 8 after Rosa was pulled over on the Harlem Avenue bridge over the Eisenhower ...

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Body of newborn baby found in Morrisons car park

The infant’s body was discovered outside the Wolverhampton supermarket branch (Picture: Google)A newborn baby has been discovered dead in a Morrisons car park. The infant’s body was found by a customer outside the supermarket in Bilston, Wolverhampton, just after 9am today. It is not known how old the infant was or how they came to be in the car park. Police have launched an urgent appeal to find the infant’s mother, who police say they are ‘extremely concerned’ about. Det Insp Jim Edmonds of West Midlands Police said: ‘This is a truly tragic discovery, and we’ve been treating the scene and the baby with the utmost care and dignity today. ‘While we don’t yet know what has happened, what we do know is that there must be a mother out there who is in real need of help − and s...

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Blinken says China ‘didn’t do what it needed to do’ in the early stages of the pandemic

Summary List PlacementSecretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday we need "to get to the bottom" of the origins of COVID-19 in China to prevent a similar pandemic from happening again in the future.  Blinken made the comments Sunday during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."  "Meet the Press" moderator Chuk Todd asked Blinken whether he believed China knew the still unclear origin of COVID-19, noting a recent investigation by the World Health Organisation had been unable to determine the exact origin of the disease. Read more: The Great GOP Migration: How South Florida became a shadow capital for Trump conservatives The WHO issued a 120-page report in March that listed potential scenarios for how the virus originated after it conducted a month-long investigation in China from Ja...

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Fan favorite Andrew Chafin becoming popular option in David Ross’ bullpen

John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-TimesChafin has gained trust with manager David Ross and become one of the Cubs’ primary high-leverage relievers this season. PITTSBURGH – When Andrew Chafin comes out of the Cubs’ bullpen there’s no second guessing who it could be. With his long locks and mustache in full glory, Chafin makes his presence known on the mound. Cubs fans only got a short amount of time to get to know Chafin after he came over from the D’Backs at the trade deadline last season. But this year, the left-hander has become an instant favorite among the fanbase. It’s not uncommon to find a meme of Chafin and his mustache on Twitter. The 30-year-old southpaw has seen fans’ reactions to him on social media over the last few weeks and has really enjoyed becoming one of the fanbase’s favorit...

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Does Theranos founder Holmes’ domestic-violence expert witness suggest a ‘Svengali defense’?

As clues drip out during pre-trial proceedings about Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes’ defense strategy against federal felony charges, a judge’s order has revealed plans for a provocative claim: She suffered from a mental health issue relevant to whether she committed fraud at her failed Palo Alto blood-testing startup. “It’s a rare defense,” said Peter Johnson, a lecturer at UCLA law school. “It’s a difficult defense.” The details underlying Holmes’ potential strategy remain obscured from public view in filings sealed by the court or redacted from Judge Edward Davila’s order. What is known is that she plans to present what federal court rules call “Expert Evidence of a Mental Condition,” and that she plans to call as a witness a psychologist who specializes in relationship trauma. Holme

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The Best Airplane Snack Is Now the Best Hiking Snack

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/AmazonWhenever I have been on a plane and the flight attendant came around with snacks, it was always an easy choice: Stroopwafels. Of all the airplane foods, those were the best, by a long shot. They’re not overly crumbly like the acclaimed biscotti, and they’re not too dry like pretzels either. No, they are the perfect balance of sweet, chewy, and delicious. And somehow, this brand has managed to make them even better by turning them into performance fuel, worthy of being eaten almost every day. Stinger Waffles are my all time favorite snack and I pretty much take them everywhere I go, whether that’s on hikes or just walks around the block— I keep a few in my backpack no matter what. They replace granola bars and trail mix in my mind. They c...

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Kafer: Vaccine passport systems are ripe for abuse and destined to fail

Although New York is the first to implement a vaccine passport, other states are considering similar initiatives and the Biden administration and corporations are working on ways to standardize vaccine verification. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is also exploring the idea as it considers how to work with other government agencies and businesses to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates. The Polis administration says is not pursuing a vaccination mandate and will not give companies access to the state’s vaccine registry data.  Any disclosure by an individual through a passport system would have to be voluntary. Vaccine verification is not a new concept, but that doesn’t make it a good one. In my U.S. passport, I carry a card that provides proof of yellow fever immuni

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Marc Leishman Saw His Wife Just Barely Dodge Death Before Later Contending at the 2021 Masters

Marc Leishman is in a position that he thought he would never be in six years ago. Leishman is among the golfers heading into Sunday at the 2021 Masters still in contention for a green jacket. So, why did Leishman not think this was possible? Leishman actually doubted his golfing future in 2015 after having to leave his preparation for the Masters due to his wife’s near-death experience. Marc Leishman saw his wife nearly die just a few years ago Marc Leishman celebrates with his wife Audrey and his children at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 19, 2017. | Sam Greenwood/Getty ImagesRELATED: Paulina Gretzky Feels ‘Like a Zoo Animal’ When She Watches Fiancé Dustin Johnson Play Golf In April 2015, Marc Leishman was preparing for the Masters in Augusta. However, Leishman had to l

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A millennial who left the corporate world and scaled a 6-figure copywriting business explains how she did it

Summary List PlacementSarah Turner was working as a research associate in 2013 and miserable with her job, when her beloved dog was hit and killed by a car. The accident sparked an "existential crisis," leading Turner to march into her boss's office and quit her job  — dressed in her pajamas.  "I think I was miserable not being my own boss," said Turner, who launched her own copywriting agency the same year. "I learned you can start a business without an MBA."  Sarah Turner Agency offers freelance copywriting for clients in the medical and health sectors, content marketing strategy, and training programs for future copywriters. Last year, Turner booked $2.6 million in revenue, according to documents verified by Insider.  Turner details how she built a copywriting business from scratch, ...

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They said it: California economy to reopen June 15

“The virus will decide when the pandemic is over, not the governor. To try to predict the future months away is foolhardy.” — Santa Clara County Executive Jeff Smith, reacting to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s declaration that on June 15 nearly all the COVID restrictions will end and the state will fully reopen its economy. ...read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News...

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How to build a ‘walk-away fund’ that can set you free from a toxic job

Summary List PlacementDiania Merriam enjoyed her job working at a brand management company in New York City. But soon, the company culture and work dynamic shifted and she began feeling like she was no longer valued, she writes for Insider. By the time she wanted to get out, she had been saving for five years already. She had 12 months' worth of income saved up and another year's worth in investible assets, which allowed her to walk away from a place she no longer wanted to be. Today, she's the founder of EconoMe Conference, an event centered around helping others reach financial independence. Merriam wasn't always an avid saver. In 2015, she had $30,000 worth of credit card debt. But once she made the decision she wanted to be financially free, she paid it off in 11 months. Then, she s...

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The top 9 shows on Netflix this week, from ‘Who Killed Sara?’ to ‘Big Time Rush’

Summary List Placement9. "This is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist" (Netflix original, 2021) Description: "In 1990, two men dressed as cops con their way into a Boston museum and steal a fortune in art. Take a deep dive into this daring and notorious crime." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88% What critics said: "In all, this makes for a fascinating portrait of an incident that lives on in the memory of a city that has both high culture and organized crime encoded in its DNA." — Variety 8. "Worn Stories" (Netflix original, 2021) Description: "In this funny, heartfelt and moving docuseries, real people unpack the fascinating and quirky stories around their most meaningful pieces of clothing." Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 100% What critics said: "Worn Stories, which is adapted fro...

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Paul Gosar is the GOP’s under-the-radar hardcore culture warrior

Summary List PlacementMainstream Republicans desperately want to believe that the QAnon-supporting Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and the performative handgun-toting Rep. Lauren Boebert are anomalies to their party. They see the new upstart GOP members of Congress as part of a fringey runoff leftover from the Trump era — something to be managed, but just a short-term nuisance. But to a substantial extent, Greene and Boebert's paths to Capitol Hill were paved by Rep. Paul Gosar, who's been "owning the libs" and hammering the culture war hits for more than a decade.  The congressman has been ahead of the curve in embracing the most destructive ultra-nationalist elements of the right. And he just recently spoke at a conference hosted by a white nationalist.  He's helped push the Overton Windo...

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