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Will COVID-19 vaccines be a requirement for going ‘back to work’?

Pharmacist Nicole Mendenhall poses for a photo with a dose of influenza vaccine at the Harmons City Creek pharmacy in Salt Lake City on Sept. 15. With the expected approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, a question arises as to whether an employer can require workers to undergo vaccinations. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — As the nation anxiously anticipates the approval and eventual rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, numerous questions will have to be answered, including how will employers handle bringing people back into the workplace without compromising health and safety? Will they require employees to get a vaccination? Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says that issue will likely be a part of any decision-making process as people return to their normal workplace environments. “From the stan

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New clerk of circuit court eyeing replacement for her former Senate seat

Former state Sen. Iris Martinez, was installed into the office of the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk on Tuesday. | Rich Hein/Sun-TimesIris Martinez was a member of the Illinois Senate until earlier this week, when she resigned to become Cook County clerk of the circuit court. It now falls on Martinez and 10 others to decide who will fill the seat she held for 17 years in the state’s upper chamber.  Newly inaugurated Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Iris Martinez said she’ll likely call a meeting to pick her replacement in Illinois Senate in the next couple of weeks, the end of a process that could result in the successor she’s identified being appointed to the post. A former opponent of Martinez for the Senate seat says he’s been shut out of that process. Martinez was a member of t

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Len Kasper fulfilling childhood dream as White Sox’ radio voice

Len Kasper, with Cubs broadcast partner Jim Deshaies, dreamed as a kid of being like late Tigers Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell. | Marquee Sports NetworkImmediately, fans asked the question: Why on earth would he do that? It’s a valid one. Even his former employers, while supportive, wondered how the move would be received. In a world dominated by video, Len Kasper loves radio. A self-proclaimed “audiophile,” Kasper shocked the sports-broadcasting world with the announcement Friday that he’s leaving the Cubs’ TV booth on Marquee Sports Network for the White Sox’ radio booth on their new flagship station, ESPN 1000. Immediately, fans asked the question: Why on earth would he do that? It’s a valid one. The Cubs’ audience is much, much larger than that of the Sox. The Cubs have a nati

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Officer who pushed older man during riot won’t be charged at victim’s request

Protesters square off with police in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Protesters joined others across the nation to decry the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died while being taken into custody by police in Minneapolis. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake police officer wearing riot gear who pushed an older man to the ground during a downtown riot on May 30 will not face any criminal charges. But Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said Friday that’s only because the victim didn’t want to pursue any charges. “Let me be clear,” Gill said Friday. “Exact same circumstances with another victim, this case gets prosecuted.” On May 30, as police officers emerged from the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East, wearing helmets and

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Coaches, administrators fighting ‘hopelessness’ for concern of high school athletes’ mental health

Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now. A “pain in the butt.” That’s how coaches describe athletes sometimes. Every high school coach has one or two. It’s the athlete who’s a constant disruption during practice, and humorously, never goes missing because he or she is the loudest of the bunch. However, that same athlete is generally filled with energy, always smiling and never stops laughing. Those qualities far outweigh the bad ones. One local football coach misses his “pain in the butt.” “It’s sad not to see that same energy right now,” one local coach said. “No practice or games. It’s as if the inactivity has numbed the athlete. It makes me worry about his mental health and spirit. It’s broken.” Student-athletes’ mental health is a growin

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‘Selena: The Series’ Review: Netflix’s Biopic Fails to Give Star a Voice

Selena Quintanilla Perez is a name etched in pop culture history, known to many as the subject of the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez as much as she is known to several generations of Latinx girls. Her tragic death — murdered at the age of 23 — enhances this mythos, a fact often enhanced by what both the “Selena” feature and Netflix’s new series situate as a “we should have seen it coming” undercurrent. “Selena: The Series” no doubt will inspire a new generation of Selena fans, but the story it tells over its first nine episode is one that feels highly sanitized, controlled and, ultimately, upsetting. “Selena: The Series” certainly knows what it wants to say — that it’s leading lady was a good girl, a brilliant singer, and a woman on the cutting edge of the music scene who would have c

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49ers’ Robert Saleh being courted to coach Detroit Lions, if Michigan politicians have any say

Michigan lawmakers are stumping for 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to come coach his hometown Detroit Lions. That sure is sporty of them, a bipartisan huddle of 36 House legislators who penned a letter to Lions ownership after last weekend’s firings of coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn. What does Saleh think of that paper trail? “I didn’t see or hear anything until coming off practice field,” Saleh said on a video conference call with 49ers reporters after Thursday’s practice in Glendale, Ariz. “I don’t know what to make of it.” What makes Saleh — a Dearborn, Mich., native — so appealing to the Lions and other coaching vacancies next month is how, with his vibrant energy and clever schemes, he’s kept the 49ers defense at a high-ranked level despite players paradin

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Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer’s win record chase takes unexpected turn to Vegas

The No. 2 Stanford women’s basketball team will play its next three games in Las Vegas, the university announced Friday. The Cardinal are scheduled to play the next three games at Thomas & Mack Center, close to University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They’ll play UNLV at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 5. Then they’ll start Pac-12 play against Washington on Sunday, Dec. 6 (2 p.m.) and Washington State on Tuesday, Dec. 8 (1:30 p.m.). The Cardinal will be practicing and hosting home games in Las Vegas through Dec. 21, at least. They arrived on Wednesday. Related Articles Pac-12 preview: Encouraging COVID-19 test results, divisions within reach and a bowl update Stanford football at Washington: What to know before Saturday’s game in Seattle ...

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Meghan Markle Should Play Herself on The Crown: Here’s Why

If you're a fan of the The Crown, then we probably don't need to tell you that certain members of the Royal Family are less than thrilled with the way they've been portrayed on the series. The first four seasons of the acclaimed Netflix drama offer a fictionalized -- though meticulously researched -- account of Queen Elizabeth II's life from the time of her coronation to the day of Prince Andrew's marriage to Sarah Ferguson. To the delight of viewers, two more seasons are planned, which means the story will likely come very close to the present day. That's unwelcome news for the Windsors, several of whom are reportedly irate over the show's content, particularly its portrayal of Prince Chales' abusive, adulterous marriage to Princess Diana featured in Season Four. The situat...

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Festival Pass: Take your pick of Southern California-based streaming concerts

San Fernando Valley-based punk rock band Bad Religion will stream a four-episode series from The Roxy in West Hollywood starting Saturday, Dec. 12. Each episode will feature live performance footage and interviews that detail a a different decade in the band’s 40 year career. (Photo by Alice Baxley)No moshing in the house, please Bad Religion turned 40 this year and to celebrate, the band put together a four-part series for fans. Each installment focuses on a different decade and features Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. Have you heard of Whamageddon? It’s a game people play every year starting Dec. 1-24 to see how long they can go without hearing Wham’s “Last Christmas.” Being an un

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Letitia Wright Posts Anti-Vaxx Conspiracy Videos, Black Panther Fans Want Her Fired!

After the stunning and tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, it looked like the mantle of Black Panther would fall to Letitia Wright and her character, Shuri. But now she is posting anti-vaxx conspiracy videos about potential COVID-19 vaccines, and fans want her fired. This week, Letitia Wright, best known for playing Shuri in the MCU's 2018 hit Black Panther, posted an anti-vaxx video. Specifically, the video was filled with vaccine hesitancy about upcoming COVID-19 vaccines, through a deeply religious lens.  This kind of nonsense is dangerous even under normal times. Right now, widespread vaccination is our only hope of regaining our "normal" lives. People were absolutely furious, and late this week, Letitia took to Twitter to speak about the controversy that she...

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Betterment and Wealthfront are both top robo-advisors, but the best option for you depends on whether you want access to a financial planner

 Summary List Placement Betterment is a robo-advisor that offers automated management for investing and retirement accounts. The investment app also offers checking and cash reserve accounts. Wealthfront is an automated investment platform offering portfolio lines of credit and investing, retirement, college savings, and cash accounts. Betterment could be a good fit if you're looking for low-cost goal-based investment and retirement strategies with the option of consulting a certified financial planner. Wealthfront is great for investors who don't mind the $500 minimum and want access to wealth-building products such as portfolio lines of credit, college savings accounts, and high-yield cash accounts.  Click here to open an account with Betterment. Click here to open an account with We...

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Bears looking to fill big hole with Akiem Hicks

With Akiem Hicks (96) in the game, the Bears held Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) to 39 yards on 20 carries (2.0 avg.) on Nov. 16 at Soldier Field. After Hicks left with a hamstring injury, Cook gained 57 yards on 11 carries (5.2 avg.). | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesAfter the standout defensive end missed the Packers game because of a hamstring injury, the Bears are expecting him to play Sunday against the Lions at Soldier Field. Hicks is listed as questionable. Akiem Hicks craves recognition and enjoys the attention as the best player on the Bears’ defense — but not quite like last Sunday night, as he tested his sore hamstring prior to the game against the Packers at Lambeau Field. “All eyes are on you,” Hicks said. “Every coach is looking from the side like, ‘Is he goin

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Sources: AG Becerra a contender to lead HHS department

By Jeff Zeleny | CNN California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has emerged as a key contender to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, two people familiar with the matter say, as President-elect Joe Biden weighs who to tap for a role that will be critical to his administration’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The HHS secretary position has been a source of intrigue and confusion this week, with New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo being mentioned as contenders. Raimondo has said she’s no longer a candidate and Lujan Grisham’s status is now unclear. But on Friday people close to the matter said Becerra has emerged as a “contender of interest” for the post. He is also a top candidate for attorney general. Former Michigan Gov. Je

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