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Letters: Inadequate housing | Conservation efforts | COVID quagmire | Racism persists | COVID funds

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Diridon project doesn’t have enough housing San Jose’s Diridon project proposes 14 million square feet of office space, 500,000 square feet  of retail, and 1,100 hotel rooms (“San Jose revamps Diridon area plans,” Page A1, March 4). Just to staff the offices at roughly one office worker for every 200 square feet would require 35,000 homes at 2 people per home. The retail shops and hotel would require more homes for employees. For all of this development, only 13,000 residences are planned. This is no way to solve a housing shortage. Ground-up projects like this should be required to provide enough housing units to meet the expected housing demand created by the project. Jeffrey WattSan Jose Paper should publi

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“Miracle on Ice” star Mark Pavelich dies at treatment home

MINNEAPOLIS — A member of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team has died at a treatment center for mental illness. Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed Friday that 63-year-old Mark Pavelich died at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on Thursday morning. The cause and manner of death are still pending. “We are saddened to hear about the passing of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mark Pavelich,” USA Hockey said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family & friends. (He is) forever a part of hockey history.” Pavelich was undergoing treatment at the home as part of a civil commitment for assaulting his neighbor in Cook County, Minnesota, in August 2019, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Pavelich thought the man had spiked his beer. He...

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Lake of the Ozarks Realtor Offered $1.5K to Have Her Former Mother-in-Law Killed: Prosecutors

Camden County JailA prominent Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent and self-described “cheer mom” has been arrested for allegedly trying to put a hit out on her former mother-in-law. Prosecutors in Camden County say Leigh Ann Bauman, 43, offered to pay $1,500 to people in St. Louis to make her former mother-in-law’s death “look like an accident.” She was reportedly concerned about the woman causing problems with her relationship with her kids. Bauman was recorded discussing the scheme, according to a press release from the Camden County prosecutor’s office. She was given multiple opportunities to change her mind when asked by a witness-turned-informant if she was sure she wanted to carry out the killing, prosecutors said, but she moved ahead with it, at one point acknowledging that she w...

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COVID: California paves way for Giants, A’s to welcome fans at ballparks by Opening Day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The era of cardboard cut-outs lining the stands at Bay Area ballparks is coming to an end. The California Department of Public Health has cleared the way for the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants to welcome back fans to the Coliseum and Oracle Park by Opening Day. Updates to the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” reopening framework made Friday will allow teams to host fans in their stadiums at limited capacities. Stadiums located in counties in the purple tier will have capacity restricted to 100 fans, while capacity will be limited to 20% of capacity in the red tier, 33% in the orange tier and 67% in the yellow tier. “We want to share this experience with the fans and in some ways, we feel like the game is not fully the game without our fans around,” Giants ma

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Breaking Down ‘WandaVision’s’ Thrilling, Easter Egg-Filled Finale

Disney+Kevin: Happy WandaVision Finale Day, Melissa, to you and all who celebrate! Truth be told, I’d never thought I’d find religion this late in life, let alone this late in the Marvel run. Melissa: Hallelujah! Welcome to our coven, Kevin. Kevin: We’ve chatted a lot about how in love I am with this show, a spiritual awakening that’s been most unexpected considering I’ve come to revile most of the Marvel output of late. On my least cranky day, I at least still find the scale and the interconnectedness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be increasingly exhausting and alienating. But what am I doing being negative when today is a day of celebration! That finale! Such fun, such emotion, such corniness, such action, such heart. I’m so excited to talk to you about this because I think we com...

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UC Irvine students step up to help save the state’s wild bees

While four species of California’s bumblebees are tangled in a court battle over whether they should be protected, UC Irvine students are rallying with their own local effort to help ensure these and other imperiled native bees survive. In news stories and research, these indigenous insects are often overshadowed by non-native western honeybees, which are crucial to the pollination of almonds and other crops. That single honeybee species is in such demand by farmers that colonies are trucked into California at the start of each almond season and subsequently shipped to agricultural operations elsewhere in the country, a work migration cycle that plays out each year. But many native bees, crucial to traditional ecosystems, face a more dire situation. Pesticides, climate change, disease and

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‘Miracle on Ice’ star, former Shark, Mark Pavelich found dead

Field Level Media Olympic hockey star Mark Pavelich was found dead Thursday in a residential treatment center, the Minneapolis Star News reported Friday. Police said emergency personnel were sent to the Eagle’s Healing Nest after Pavelich had not been seen for most of a day. There was no initial indication of the cause of death. Pavelich, who turned 63 last week, had been receiving mental health treatment under civil commitment for a violent assault on a neighbor in 2019. A hockey star for Eveleth High School and then the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Pavelich was a key member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team. He assisted on Mike Eruzione’s winning goal in the legendary upset of the Soviet Union, and scored a goal and had six assists in the Olympic tournament, which Team US

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White Sox remain winless in spring games, play to another tie

Eloy Jimenez singles to center field during the second inning Friday. (Daryl Van Schouwen)The Sox hit into a triple play and managed only five hits, all singles. Sox 2, Mariners 2 Another tie Andrew Vaughn drew his fourth walk, stole a base and collected his fourth RBI in four games with a ground single up the middle [he’s 3-for-8], and Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada and Seby Zavala also singled but that was it for a lineup featuring everyone except Yasmani Grandal and Nick Madrigal from a possible Opening Day nine. Wins don’t mean much in the spring but it’s worth a mention that the Sox (0-3-3) are winless in their first week of Cactus League games under Tony La Russa, especially since La Russa plays these games to win. Triple play! Tim Anderson was thrown out at home to complet...

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SZA Transports To Her Happy Place In The Whimsical ‘Good Days’ Video

Fans have been pressing SZA about the status of her sophomore album ever since the singer’s debut record Ctrl took off in 2017. SZA has said that her next LP is “on the way,” but to appease fans, the singer returned Friday to share a vibrant video alongside her 2020 single “Good Days.” Directed by SZA herself, the “Good Days” visual depicts SZA drifting off in a daydream and transporting herself to two of her happy places. She appears in a whimsical garden, surrounded by moss and life-sized mushrooms, where she lets go of her inhibitions through meditation and dance. Her second happy place is a fully stocked library, where she combs through books while pole dancing. Ahead of the visual’s release, SZA addressed how a snippet of her upcoming song went viral on TikTok. Because the song is u

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles admits he was ‘rotting away’ at Arsenal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined West Brom on loan for the rest of the season (Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles admits he was ‘rotting away’ at Arsenal and believes his move to West Brom was the ‘perfect fit’. The 23-year-old had struggled for minutes under Mikel Arteta this season and had started just five Premier League games before he joined the Baggies in the January transfer window. Maitland-Niles has impressed during his loan spell with Sam Allardyce’s side, who are nine points off safety in the Premier League. And the midfielder says he was keen to leave Mikel Arteta’s side because his career had stalled. ‘It’s another loan deal, you are going to end up going back to the club eventually,’ Maitland-Niles told talkSPORT. ‘It was just more of a chance for me to show what I’m ...

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How to Watch ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ on Disney+

All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. It’s safe to say that Marvel has found a sweet spot in the streaming universe. Now that “WandaVision” has wrapped up a successful premiere season, “The Falcon and the Winter Solider” is next on the landing strip. The highly anticipated superhero series lands Match 19 on Disney+. Helmed by Emmy-winning director Kari Skogland, the six-episode miniseries begins after the events in “Avengers Endgame.” Anthony Mackie returns to his role as Falcon, a.k.a. Sam Wilson, a former airman in the U.S. Air Force. Sebastian Stan stars Winter Soli...

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Documentary featuring Alameda’s Hornet museum role in Apollo to air on CNN

ALAMEDA — A documentary that explores an often overlooked aspect of the first moon landing will air on CNN on Saturday — how the Apollo astronauts were quarantined after they returned to Earth for fear that they may be carrying “moon germs.” Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were picked up from the Pacific Ocean after their historic mission in 1969 by the USS Hornet, the aircraft carrier that is now a floating museum in Alameda. The ship is featured in the 23-minute film. “Apollo 11: Quarantine” will air a 6 p.m. Todd Douglas Miller directed it. The documentary shows the importance of quarantining, a practice that once again has been used during the current pandemics. “Many people don’t realize there is a local tie-in to the lunar landing right here in the Bay Area,” Mark Ep...

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Jeremy Mayfield’s Long List of Problems Included a $1 Million Loss Because of 5 Dogs

Jeremy Mayfield had a promising NASCAR career cut short. Mayfield was suspended from the sport in 2009 for failing a drug test. He vehemently denied any wrongdoing but never returned to racing. The suspension was one of several off-the-course problems for Mayfield. In 2012, he was out a million bucks for a 2011 incident involving five dogs. Jeremy Mayfield’s NASCAR career RELATED: Clint Bowyer’s Dramatic 2007 Daytona 500 Finish Found Him Upside Down and on Fire as He Crossed the Line Jeremy Mayfield began his NASCAR career in 1993 when he took part in the Mello Yello 500, finishing 29th. His Cup Series career began after he was named ARCA Rookie of the Year in 1993. Mayfield won his first Cup Series race in 1998 at the Pocono 500. During his NASCAR Cup Series career that span

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Chase Elliott Takes Shot at Formula 1 and Backs It Up With Specific Details Why NASCAR Is Better

Chase Elliott is the face of NASCAR. In addition to winning the 2020 Cup Series title, he was voted NASCAR’s most popular driver for a third consecutive year. As the sport’s ambassador, his words matter. During a recent appearance at COTA in Austin while running tire tests in preparation for the upcoming NASCAR event in May, Elliott expressed just how much he loves the sport that loves him so much and took a shot at Formula 1 in the process.    Chase Elliott has become the face of NASCAR RELATED: Why the Heck Is Chase Elliott so Popular With NASCAR Fans? Chase Elliott was destined for NASCAR greatness. The son of 1988 Winston Cup Series champion Bill Elliott, Chase has literally been around the race track his entire life. And it shows.  Since he made his NASCAR debut with the

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