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Democrats’ remaining options for raising the minimum wage, explained

The progressive group Our Revolution holds $15 minimum wage signs outside of the Capitol complex on February 5, calling on Congress to pass a minimum wage hike as part of the Covid-19 relief bill. | Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty ImagesDemocrats haven’t given up on increasing the minimum wage just yet. The Senate parliamentarian on Thursday dealt Democrats a disappointing blow in the fight for the $15 minimum wage — ruling that it can’t be included in a Covid-19 relief package if lawmakers want to use budget reconciliation. That decision likely means that the $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now. As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has said repeatedly, 10 Republican senators are not going to sign on to this type of increase, meaning lawmakers won’t be able to get the 60 votes

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Police Think Lady Gaga’s Dog May Have Been Intentionally Targeted By The Thieves Who Shot Her Assistant

Getty Image Police now believe Lady Gaga may have been the target of the thieves who shot her assistant and stole two of her French bulldogs, according to TMZ. The singer is currently offering a half-million-dollar ransom for the safe return of her pets, which may have been the point all along. Using a neighbor’s security video that caught the robbery in progress, police theorize that the assailants were aware of just whose dogs they were taking. Adding to the fact that the thieves’ white sedan pulls up alongside Gaga’s assistant Ryan Fischer in the video, law enforcement sources told TMZ that Fischer wasn’t exactly secretive about his employer. He told “numerous people” in the neighborhood that the dogs belonged to the singer, so it was seemingly common knowledge. Meanwhile, due to...

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Rockies’ Carlos Estevez says hand injury led to struggles in 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — One of the biggest mysteries of the Rockies’ poor 2020 season might have an answer. Right-handed reliever Carlos Estevez said Friday that his struggles were tied to an injury he suffered Aug. 16 when a comebacker bruised the back of his right hand. The hard-throwing Estevez, who was counted on to be an integral part of the bullpen, finished the season with a 7.50 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. Overall, the Rockies’ bullpen posted a 6.77 ERA, the highest for a single season in franchise history. “I lost my slider and I was getting an impingement in my fingers every once in a while while I was throwing,” Estevez said. “I would throw three good pitches and then the next two I would have, like a shock down my fingers. It was pretty tough.” In the Aug. 16 game at Coors Field against ...

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New York cannabis M&A is already heating up

Summary List PlacementAs New York looks to legalize cannabis, companies are already making deals to enter what could be one of the largest markets in the US. On Thursday, MedMen and Ascend Wellness said that they'd reached an agreement for Ascend to take a majority stake in MedMen's New York operations. Following the $73 million deal, Ascend will hold an 86.7% stake in MedMen's New York assets and have an option to acquire the rest. Struggling companies that operate in New York's medical cannabis market could be attractive acquisition targets for companies looking to enter New York, experts told Insider. MedMen has struggled to turn its operations around in recent years and analysts have pointed to the possibility of such a sale as the company looks for ways to stabilize its balance sh...

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The 12 most prestigious preschools in New York City and how to get in, according to parents and consultants

Summary List PlacementNew York City has arguably one of the most competitive landscapes for private preschools in the nation. Manhattan-based educational consultant Wendy Levey told Insider that a lot of this has to do with what comes after preschool: "In order to get into private school kindergarten in NYC, children must have preschool experience so that they have social skills, pre-reading and math skills, and have the ability to share, be independent, and to be active learners," she said. Levey said that certain preschools in NYC are tougher to get into than others not just because of the amount of applications they get but because of their class sizes, or how many students they allow in each year. Some programs additionally have a legacy policy, much like for colleges, where student...

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Get artistic with the kids and draw these cartoon characters

When the kids want to get artistic, you have to get creative to entertain them, so they don’t draw on the walls. However, thanks to YouTube videos, there are so many fun art projects they can learn that you don’t have to worry about that. What’s something kids love to watch for as long as possible? Probably some of their favorite cartoons. So if you’re looking for a new way to entertain your kids, here are some simple YouTube tutorials from other creators that teach how to draw famous cartoon characters. Bring out the crayons and paper, and let your kids learn how to draw their favorite cartoon characters with these YouTube videos: Baby Yoda Also known as Grogu, Baby Yoda is one of the most known faces on the internet right now! Technically he’s not a cartoon, but fans of The Mandolorian o

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Italian food: Bay Area’s first spizzicheria opens in Berkeley

The owner of Walnut Creek’s 54 Mint Forno Italiano has brought a culinary first to the Bay Area. And we’re sort of losing our minds because there are mozarella-filled risotto croquettes involved. Casa Barotti is a spizzicheria, which co-owner Daniele Carsano defines on the eatery’s website as “a casual place to pop in and enjoy something delicious with a glass of wine or beer.” It is an homage to the regionally-focused street food spots that are found all over Italy, including in Torino, where Carsano grew up with his two co-owners. Located in Berkeley, between La Farine and Boichik Bagels, Casa Barotti offers a variety of handmade eats, including Pizza al Trancio, a light and airy pizza crust baked in a steel pan and topped with fresh, local or imported toppings; Panzerotti, a crispy Pug...

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Wolde Harris returns to Colorado Rapids as one of two new assistant coaches

Wolde Harris is back with the Colorado Rapids. This time as a coach. The Rapids are adding the former striker and Chris Little as assistant coaches, the team announced on Friday. “We’re delighted to strengthen our technical staff with coaches of Wolde’s and Chris’ quality,” general manager Padraig Smith said in a news release. “Wolde’s experience and familiarity with our club, both as a former Rapids player and as a member of the Switchbacks’ coaching staff, will be a great asset for (head coach) Robin (Fraser) and our technical staff. We’re equally excited to welcome Chris to the club, as he brings a wealth of experience in developing players, which is a key focus for us as we continue to build toward a model of sustainable success.” Harris has been an assistant coach with the Colorado S...

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Author of California bill requiring direct payments to players: “The goal is to compensate the athletes for their work.”

The author of a radical bill that would force California universities to make royalty payments directly to football and basketball players, and transform the Pac-12 in the process, wants the legislation turned into law this year. “I want to have it on the Governor’s desk by September,’’ assembly member Sydney Kamlager told the Hotline on Thursday. If AB-609 becomes law, major college sports in California would cease to exist in their current form, with athletes in the marquee sports potentially receiving six-figure annual payments and becoming de-facto employees. The change would have immense consequences for the Pac-12 and other conferences with members in California. “The goal is to compensate the athletes for their work,’’ Kamlager said. “They aren’t playing college football because it’

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Trouble dumped on the 118 Freeway in Porter Ranch and Pacoima

Commuters on the eastbound 118 Freeway from the Porter Ranch/Chatsworth area to Pacoima had more than one issue to contend with Friday morning as crews worked to clear debris from the roadway. Between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m., the California Highway Patrol ran a traffic break on the eastbound 118 at Topanga Canyon Boulevard to remove a trash bin from the center divider. And around 8:45 a.m., workers had to remove a couch from the No. 3 lane at De Soto Avenue. At 8:54 a.m., a box was blocking traffic in the No. 1 lane at Glenoaks Boulevard. It is unclear if all the items dumped on the freeway were related. Related Articles 2021 Golden Globes are closing these Beverly Hills streets Metro: ‘Congestion pricing’ freeway tolls will be studied in 4 LA areas...

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UCLA gymnastics team finds inspiration in Black Excellence meet Saturday

UCLA gymnastics is riding a wave of momentum, not just because it secured its highest team score of the season one week ago, but also because its upcoming meet against Oregon State has special meaning. The Bruins (4-1) are hosting a Black Excellence meet Saturday in support of the fight against racial injustice. “Even if we did win the Utah meet, we still wouldn’t be satisfied with our performance, and I think that that is something amazing about the team I’m on,” junior Margzetta Frazier said. “We’re just even more fired up on hitting those handstands and sticking those landings, and that’s all we’ve been doing in the gym, because we are finally at that point of confidence that we have been waiting for.” Frazier is one of four Black gymnasts on the team – along with senior Nia Dennis, fre

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Denver will resume vehicle registration enforcement this spring

The City and County of Denver will restart enforcement of vehicle registration laws on April 1. The restart of vehicle registration laws comes because the state has indicated to county motor vehicle offices that it will be resuming timely processing of requests for license plates. They’re expected to completely clear their backlog of work by the end of March. Registration is one of a few things drivers need to look out for if they’re traveling through Denver this spring. Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will begin street paving season in March and once more will enforce posted street sweeping on April 1. Each program requires people to move their cars for crews, thus you’ll want to check that street sign before you park starting next week. Street paving arou...

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Massive fire visible across Los Angeles burns commercial Compton yard, buses

COMPTON  — A huge fire visible across Los Angeles burned material in an commercial yard and parked buses early Friday. The inferno erupted in Compton before dawn and consumed what appeared to be stacks of pallets in a very large industrial yard. Flames then spread to buses parked in a lot next door. About a dozen appeared to be on fire. Firefighters directed streams of water onto the flames as a massive column of smoke rose straight up and then spread widely across the metropolitan area. Units from multiple fire departments were on the scene. ...read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News...

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Coronavirus: California models project record lows this time next month

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to tumble Thursday in California, and state models are increasingly bullish on its outlook in the pandemic. With 5,525 new cases reported Thursday, according to data compiled by this news organization, California’s average over the past week fell to its lowest point since the first week of November, while the number of Californians hospitalized with COVID-19 fell below 6,000 for the first time since prior to Thanksgiving. California’s cases have declined 87% from last month’s peak and been cut by more than half in the past two weeks. Hospitalizations have fallen 73% from last month’s peak and by 43% in the past two weeks, to an active total of 5,934, as of Wednesday, according to state data. By this time next month, according to state models,

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