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More than 40% of California prisoners, employees vaccinated for COVID-19

More than 40% of prisoners and employees for the state’s prison system have gotten the first round of vaccinations for COVID-19, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said Monday, March 1. As of Sunday, about 43% of the 94,644 in-custody population and about 42% of 61,408 employees have received the first round of COVID-19 vaccines, the CDCR said in an email. Vaccines started rolling out on Dec. 22 and the goal is to offer vaccinations to all employees and inmates, according to the CDCR. Prison advocates and family members of people who are incarcerated have expressed concerns about COVID-19 spreading in county jails, state and federal prisons. Thousands of incarcerated people have been released early from facilities in an effort to increase social distancing e...

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Monday’s high school basketball scores

Lake Forest’s Jack Malloy shoots as the Scouts play St. Patrick. | Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-TimesAll the scores from Monday, March 1, 2021. Please send scores and corrections to preps@suntimes.com Monday, March 1, 2021 BIG NORTHERN Dixon at Genoa-Kingston, 7:00 Mendota at Stillman Valley, 7:00 North Boone at Rockford Lutheran, 7:00 Oregon at Rockford Christian, 7:00 Rock Falls at Byron, 7:00 CATHOLIC - BLUE Brother Rice at St. Laurence, 7:15 Fenwick at St. Rita, PPD Leo at Mount Carmel, PPD Loyola at DePaul, 7:00 CATHOLIC - WHITE Marmion at De La Salle, 7:15 Providence-St. Mel at Montini, 7:00 CENTRAL SUBURBAN - SOUTH Glenbrook North at New Trier, 4:45 CHICAGO PREP Hope Academy at Rochelle Zell, 7:00 Walther Christian at Holy Trinity, 6:30 FOX VALLEY Burlington Central at Crystal Lake...

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Rapper T.I., wife Tiny deny allegations of abuse, rape

T.I. speaks onstage during the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium last February. | Getty ImagesThe attorney for the couple released a statement Monday which read, in part: “Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations.” A lawyer representing 11 accusers is seeking a criminal investigation against rapper T.I., his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris and their associates, saying the accusers were allegedly subjected to “methodical, sadistic abuse” over a period of 15 years. A lawyer for the couple has denied all claims of abuse. Attorney Tyrone Blackburn said Sunday he is representing 11 people who allege ”forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation in at least two states, including California and G

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Two drivers sought following hit-and-run that killed pedestrian in Sun Valley

Police are seeking two drivers after a 60-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Sun Valley. On Friday, Feb. 26, a 2001 Toyota Camry was traveling north on Glenoaks Boulevard, north of Vinedale Street, when it struck a pedestrian crossing east outside of the marked crosswalk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The pedestrian landed in the roadway and was struck by a second and third vehicle, police said. The driver of the Camry immediately stopped and remained at the scene, the LAPD said in a news release. The second and third vehicles involved fled the scene and were described as a dark gray SUV and a dark SUV, police said. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The identity of the victim was being withhe...

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Democrats in a bind over Cuomo allegations

By Steve Peoples | Associated Press NEW YORK — Democrats across the country celebrated New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the face of governing competence as President Donald Trump fumbled his administration’s response to the exploding pandemic last year. Now, the Democratic governor is struggling through a sexual harassment scandal that’s testing the limits of his party’s support as Democrats grapple with one of the first political headaches of the post-Trump era. So far, few Democrats have come to Cuomo’s rescue. But they haven’t explicitly condemned him, either. Both of New York’s Democratic U.S. senators have publicly embraced the state attorney general’s nascent investigation into Cuomo’s behavior. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday described the allegations as “deeply troubling and dee

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Biden says workers in Alabama have a right to vote on union

By Joseph Pisani | The Associated Press President Joe Biden said workers in Alabama and across the country have the right to join a union without intimidation from their companies. His comments come as Amazon workers in the state are voting on whether they should unionize. In a two-minute video posted to Twitter, Biden didn’t mention Amazon by name, or say how workers should vote, but he stressed that they should be given a choice. “So let me be really clear: It’s not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union. But let me be even more clear: it’s not up to an employer to decide that either,” Biden said. At the Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse, Amazon has been holding classes, telling workers that the union will take their money for dues without any benefit. When asked about the vide

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Is it playoffs or bust in 2021 for Fire coach Raphael Wicky?

Raphael Wicky is entering his second season coaching the Fire. | Courtesy of the FireComing off a disappointing 2020 season, the Fire’s goal is to make the 2021 MLS playoffs. What happens to Wicky, and his 2022 contract option, if they miss out again? The Fire’s goal is to reach the 2021 playoffs. If they don’t, could that mean trouble for coach Raphael Wicky? Hired Dec. 27, 2019, Wicky signed a two-year deal plus a club option for 2022. His first season in Chicago was not a success, as the Fire found a way to miss the 10-team Eastern Conference playoffs behind two expansion clubs. Wicky’s second began in earnest Monday when the Fire kicked off preseason training in Bridgeview. Whether or not Wicky gets a third year could depend on if the Fire improve, and one indication of progress coul

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‘Batman Beyond’ Director Urges Fans to Demand Revival from Warner Bros: ‘We Would Like to Make It’

“Batman Beyond” voice and casting director Andrea Romano is calling on fans of the animated series to let Warner Bros. know there is a demand for a revival because the team behind the program is more than ready to return with new episodes. The news comes as Warner Bros.’ streaming platform HBO Max is about to world premiere “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” which got greenlit by WarnerMedia after years of fan demand to let Snyder finish his original cut of the 2017 superhero tentpole. Romano sent the message to fans IGN Fan Fest’s “Batman Beyond” table read over the weekend. “It will depend on the fans asking, and asking, and asking for it until [show owner] Warner Bros. would be foolish not to,” Romano said. “So they have to begin a campaign of sorts and just let Warner Bros. know that tha

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Local Florida officials are warning spring breakers to stay away from Miami and ‘go to Vegas’ if they don’t plan on following new rules

Summary List PlacementFlorida's beaches have always been a go-to destination for college students on spring break. But this year, a Miami Beach, Florida official is asking spring breakers to instead head to Las Vegas amid concerns of COVID-19 spread from partygoers.  "If you are coming here with an anything-goes party attitude, change your flight reservation now and go to Vegas," Raul Aguila, Miami Beach's city manager, said during a city council meeting, the Wall Street Journal reported. "Miami Beach is not going to tolerate anarchy." Last year, several colleges were out on spring break when the US started imposing coronavirus-related shutdowns. As a result, Florida's Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach began implementing safety protocols, such as limited gatherings to 250 people and an 1...

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L.A. Set to Cut Street Sweeping in Half: Here’s How to Know When You Need to Move Your Car

Los Angeles is cutting back on weekly street sweeping services, which means that Angelenos who park along the city’s more than 4,700 “curb miles” will soon catch a bit of a break. Areas that previously had weekly street sweeping (and, thus, weekly $73 tickets for parking on the wrong side) will now switch to sweeping and enforcement only every other week. But, as with so many things, there is a bit of a trick. The city is not planning to change posted signage to reflect which weeks are “on” versus “off” for any given block, leaving it up to residents to figure out when and where they can legally park. To determine if your street is now to be swept on first and third weeks or second and fourth weeks, the city has launched an interactive map tool. Plug in addresses of places you typically p

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Oakland A’s spring training takeaways: What we can learn from Matt Chapman, Matt Olson’s return

MESA, Ariz. — The A’s bats were in slumber against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Cactus League opener on Sunday. They woke up, big time, in a 13-2 thumping on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds at Hohokam Stadium. This game had everything uniquely spring training: a handful of “rolled” innings, meaning the Reds opted to end a few innings an out early. Some eye-popping outfield assists, a bevy of loud home runs and some strong comebacks. Here are some takeaways. Matt Chapman looks strong in his return Chapman made his spring debut and saw his first game action since last September, penciled in as the designated hitter batting cleanup. Chapman had a strong three at bats as the designated hitter. He saw seven pitches in his first at bat, grounding out after falling in a quick 0-2. He struck

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Strong winds could bring outages to East Coast

By Brendan O’Brien | Reuters Damaging winds are expected to thrash the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and New England on Monday and into Tuesday, potentially blowing down trees and electrical lines and causing widespread power outages, forecasters said. Some 70 million people living in the region stretching from Maryland into New York and Pennsylvania and north through Maine were under wind warnings as gusts were expected to reach 60 miles per hour Monday evening through Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. The winds could blow down trees and electrical lines and cause scattered or widespread power outages, the service said in several regional advisories. The weather service also warned motorists driving high profile vehicles to use extra caution. Coastal communities were warned strong ga...

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Hendrick Motorsports Is On the Cusp of NASCAR Cup Series History After William Byron’s Win at Homestead

Easily and obviously one of the premier organizations in NASCAR history, Hendrick Motorsports is on the verge of making Cup Series history and moved one step closer on Sunday as one of their young stars, 23-year-old William Byron, took the checkered flag at the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With Byron’s victory, Hendricks has now moved within four victories of tying Petty Enterprises for the most victories in NASCAR Cup Series victory and obviously has a strong chance of breaking the record this season given their strong roster that features Byron, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman. William Byron’s win at Homestead was Hendrick Motorsports’ 264th NASCAR Cup Series victory A 28-1 long shot coming into Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead, William Byron

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LA’s iconic Pinks lets the dogs out anew after weeks of pandemic closure

Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood reopens Monday, March 1, 2021 after closing during the coronavirus surge in January. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Pome, a Pomeranian, waits for its owner at Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood during their reopening on Monday, March 1, 2021 after closing during the coronavirus surge in January. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood reopens Monday, March 1, 2021 after closing during the coronavirus surge in January. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) California Highway Patrol Officer DeShawn Cobbs places his order at Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood during their reopening on Monday, March 1, 2021 after closing durin...

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