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NFL draft: Rams’ pick of headquarters is a shore thing

Going from lockdown to luxury, the Rams announced they’ll set up their headquarters for this month’s NFL draft at a house in Malibu. General manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay will make picks remotely from the 9,000-square-foot house during the April 29-May 1 draft, and the Rams will host other team business there in May, according to an announcement Monday morning. The announcement called the use of a house with a Pacific Ocean view “a distinctly L.A. spin on the draft.” For the second year in a row during the COVID-19 pandemic, teams will transmit picks electronically to the league’s draft base in Cleveland, others doing it from team facilities.Related Articles NFL draft: Rams could snap up offensive linemen Rams fans get a look inside So...

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Sharks’ Marleau began pursuit of Gordie Howe’s NHL record with a big hit

Patrick Marleau says he doesn’t remember much about his first game — the first of 1,768 — other than then-Oilers defenseman Bryan Marchment trying to level him with a body check early in the first period. It says a lot about Marleau that Marchment remembers it too. Marchment, now a Sharks scout and development coach, was as rough and tough as they come back then. “I can remember just how solid he was back then,” said Marchment. “I ended up getting the worst of it. I thought, ‘this kid must be put together.’” Marchment, who wasn’t aware that it was Marleau’s first game, remembers the play. He hit the then-18-year-old rookie straight on in the neutral zone, “and he basically skated right over me.” Kelly Hrudey had a pretty good career — 15 seasons in the NHL, the final two with the Sharks, —

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Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy an Emergency Survival Bag

Bugout bags are essential when a sudden disaster strikes, and especially one that cripples local emergency response capabilities, like wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes and the like. The current coronavirus pandemic is another good example of a reason to have an emergency survival bag at the ready. No, the virus is not like a tornado or earthquake that ravages the land and sends people fleeing ruined homes. In fact, leaving home is anathema to the advice of healthcare workers trying to beat this thing back. So why a go-bag now? Think of this: what if there’s a fire or flood at your house? Or a carbon monoxide leak in your apartment building? Or what if your roommate gets sick and you need to do more social distancing than sitting on the other couch? In the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, l

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Fall from tree critically injures Discovery Bay man

A 56-year-old man suffered major injuries Sunday when he fell approximately 20 feet from a palm tree in the driveway of his Discovery Bay home, fire officials said. The man was airlifted to the hospital by a medical helicopter. The accident happened in the 5300 block of River Point just after 8 p.m. He landed on a concrete driveway, Battalion Chief Craig Auzenne of the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said. When emergency responders arrived, they found the man with major trauma and provided care, Auzenne said. They moved him to a soccer field nearby, and the medical helicopter picked him up there. There was no immediate update Monday morning on the man’s condition. Please check back for updates. Related Articles Tesla with ‘no one’ driving crashes in Tex...

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Morning Brief: Western States Brace for a Possible Water Shortage

» Western states including California are bracing for a possible official declaration of a water shortage–the first declaration of its kind. New projections could indicate shortages in all seven states that depend upon the Colorado River.  [ABC News] » A recall of Gavin Newsom might provide an unlikely opening for former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He has publicly opposed the pro-recall movement, but won’t confirm that, if it happens, he would sit it out.  [Los Angeles Times] » Only a small number of L.A. County schools have seen large numbers of students return for in-person instruction. Schools with high rates of students coming back to campus appear to be concentrated in higher-income westside neighborhoods. [Los Angeles Times] » West Hollywood officials hope a new “pedestrian zo...

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Anonymous Oscar Ballots 2021: Two Producers Go All In on ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

With final Oscar ballots in Academy voters’ hands as of April 15, we’re moving forward with our fourth annual series of interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued in this odd pandemic year. Producer #1: One of the best things to come out of this challenging awards season has been the Academy Screening Room portal. It’s easy access and works perfectly. No need for screener DVDs! We’re missing the theaters for now, but we are saving the planet from DVD waste! Next: the trades online only, please! The nominations were not shocking. A few surprises in the Best Actor/Actress categories, as there were performances of equal or greater merit that were left out, including Delroy Lindo in “Da 5 Bloods.” I’m disappoi

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Walmart’s healthcare leaders are exiting the company as it taps the brakes on an ambitious clinic rollout

Summary List PlacementAt least eight leaders behind Walmart's push into the health-clinic business have left the company since early 2020, and another is leaving in May. Walmart launched its first comprehensive health center in September 2019 and now has about 20 of them attached to Walmart stores in four states, including Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois and Florida. The clinics were Walmart's attempt to get serious about healthcare, compete with other retailers like CVS Health, and capture some of the $3.8 trillion industry. Some heralded the Walmart Health clinics as a game changer. They sought to disrupt an industry notorious for opaque pricing by offering transparent prices for an array of services, including primary care, dental exams, vision tests, counseling, X-rays, and diagnostics....

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Metra BNSF trains delayed after vehicle strikes Halsted bridge

Sun-Times file photoThe collision was reported shortly before 8 a.m. Monday by the transit agency. Metra BNSF trains were operating up to 40 minutes behind scheduled Monday morning after a vehicle hit a bridge at Halsted Street near Union Station. The collision was reported shortly before 8 a.m. by the transit agency. Inbound and outbound trains were stopped at Halsted until about 8:20 a.m., and extensive delays were expected, Metra said in an alert. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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Foxconn, Wisconsin agree on scaled-back project

President Donald Trump, along with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, participate in a groundbreaking event for the new Foxconn facility in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, in June 2018. | AP fileThe original deal with nearly $4 billion in state and local tax incentives was struck in 2017 by then-Gov. Scott Walker. MADISON, Wis. — Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, has reached a new deal with reduced tax breaks for its scaled back project in southeast Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers and the the company announced Monday. Details of the new deal were not immediately released. It was scheduled to be approved at a Tuesday meeting of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the state’s top jobs agency that previously negotiated the ini...

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Derek Chauvin trial: Watch live streaming video here

Watch live video of the Derek Chauvin trial and proceedings here. Related Articles Pig’s head left at former Bay Area home of George Floyd trial witness Derek Chauvin opts not to testify. The defense rests its case. Derek Chauvin trial: Watch live streaming video here Part of security perimeter around White House is coming down Derek Chauvin trial: Watch live streaming video here ...read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News...

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After gut-punch of a year, Angelenos eager for dose of hope during Garcetti’s State of City talk

Tricia Helton, who worked as a manager for the homes of affluent Angelenos and celebrities, was hired more than a year ago to oversee the house of a Brentwood family. After COVID-19 pandemic “Safer at Home” rules kicked in, that job went away. Without an income, the 48-year-old Studio City resident scrambled to pay her rent, and keep up payments on her car and credit cards. She was no stranger to tough times; she spent some of her 20s homeless. “So I know how to make a dollar stretch,” she said. “(When times were good) if I had half a bottle of shampoo, I’d buy a new one. But now, I wait until it gets all the way down, and add water to it.” Helton cut way back. She appealed to the car loan and credit card companies for extensions.  But by the end of summer, she’d blown through her savings.

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Q&A: Can you skip the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine?

You dread the prospect of aches and pains. That trip to the clinic is inconvenient and takes time. And that first dose already offers some protection. Tempted to skip that second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine? Don’t do it, experts say. Here’s why. Q: Why do we need two doses? A: A single dose of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine was 80% effective in preventing infections, according to the CDC’s March 29 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The vaccines’ effectiveness jumped to 90% two weeks after the second dose. The second dose is an insurance policy. In the short term, one dose is probably going to be fine. The reason for a second dose is that you’ll have a more durable response. — Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., infectious disease physician and Associate Dean for Regional Campuses, UCSF Q: What i

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Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, April 19-26

  A view from the San Fernando Valley: Fly fishers talk after practicing casting at Lake Balboa Park, Saturday, April 3, 2021. The Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers meet for casting practice the first and third Saturdays of the month at Lake Balboa. Practice rods and reels are available and it is free and open to everyone. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)  Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of online meetings in the San Fernando Valley.   Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting, 9:30 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for every meeting. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link, ID an

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Raiders’ NFL Draft Preview: Ruggs, Edwards get re-starts after learning as rookies

To get a better look at the Raiders’ roster and their NFL Draft needs, we’re taking a daily look at position groups. Today’s offering: Wide receivers WHO’S HERE Starters: Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow (slot). Backups: John Brown, Zay Jones, Willie Snead IV, Marcell Ateman, Keelan Doss, Trey Quinn 2021 OUTLOOK For fans of instant gratification, Ruggs was a letdown as the No. 12 overall pick as each of the five receivers selected after him in the first round had more receptions and all but one had more yards. But the Raiders knew Ruggs wasn’t a finished product when they drafted him because of his speed, and the way he flashed in the first game against the Chiefs as well as his last-second touchdown reception to beat the Jets directly contributed to two wins. Both Ruggs and

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