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San Jose Unified sets April target date for reopening schools

Nearly a year after Bay Area schools shuttered in response to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, San Jose’s largest school district has set a target date of April 21 to reopen its schools for all grade levels. The target date is contingent on the county moving into the orange tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening framework and on school staff getting fully vaccinated, according to a district newsletter released Friday evening. Starting Sunday, educators across Santa Clara County are eligible to begin booking appointments to recieve their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. “We made a commitment to our community that we would offer in-person learning when the county was in the orange tier or when our teachers had the opportunity to complete the vaccine process,” Superintendent Nancy Alba...

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LA City Council sends new ‘reimagine safety’ plan back to Garcetti; original plan was vetoed

Two months ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vetoed an $88 million spending plan approved by the Los Angeles City Council aimed at re-directing funding initially proposed for the police department budget into other uses in the community. The mayor said that it fell short and needed to be tweaked. Now, six Los Angeles City Council members say they plan to vote to override that decision next Tuesday. Community activists last December had raised concerns that the spending plan fell short of the initial promise to reimagine public safety and reinvest dollars into Black communities and other populations of color — and the mayor appeared to agree when he issued his veto. In a joint statement Friday, Feb. 26, several council members, including President Nury Martinez, said that the move has re

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Driver busted for using realistic dummy in carpool lane in Glendora

Drivers getting creative when sneaking into carpool lanes is nothing new, but a California Highway Patrol officer thought he’d seen it all until last week, when an official said he pulled a driver over with the “most realistic dummy.” The mannequin looked like an older man with gray hair and wrinkles on his face, wearing eyeglasses and a facemask, sitting shotgun in the driver’s Toyota Tacoma, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said in an interview Friday, Feb. 26. The dummy also donned a Cleveland Indians baseball cap and sunglasses in the shirt’s front pocket. Officer S. Sullinger was the one who found the realistic mannequin while patrolling the eastbound 210 freeway in Glendora, near the Grand Avenue exit, looking for potential carpool violators on Feb. 19, Jimenez said. The officer noticed ...

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Coronavirus: L.A. County reported 1,838 new cases, 144 new deaths and 103 fewer hospitalizations as of Feb. 26

Los Angeles public health officials reported 1,838 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1,189,232 as of Friday, Feb. 26. Officials said there were 144 new deaths linked to the coronavirus, for a total 21,241 deaths since tracking began. According to official counts, there were 1,886 hospitalizations as of Friday. That’s a 76.7% decrease from the Jan. 7 high of 8,098 people hospitalized. A total of 1,960,000 vaccinations have been administered in the county as of Friday. Data posted each day is preliminary and subject to change, officials emphasize. More information may become available as individual case investigations are completed. ...read more Source:: Los Angeles Daily News...

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Chicago has just come out of our fourth-longest stretch with at least 10 inches of snow cover

We weren’t hit with a giant blizzard, but the snow felt relentless from late January on, as Chicago saw one of its longest-ever stretches of days with 10 inches or more of snow on the ground. This was how Pilsen looked at the start of it, on Jan. 31, after an overnight snowfall. | Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times fileIt might not have been forever, but for those of us having to shovel again and again for weeks, it felt like it at times: 25 days, from Jan. 31 through Feb. 24. For Chicagoans whose arms and backs still haven’t recovered from week after week of shoveling snow that seemed never to stop, this won’t ease your aches any, but at least it might confirm what you imagined. We really have had a ridiculous amount of snow on the ground for a ridiculous length of time: 25 days, from Jan. 31 t...

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Westminster police ask for public’s help in locating stabbing suspect

A man was stabbed Friday morning in Westminster in a domestic violence incident, police said. Police are looking for the suspect, identified as 45-year-old James Paul Montoya. He may be driving a black 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck with Colorado license plate QAO690. Please see our facebook page for a press release on an attempt 1st degree homicide. We need the public's help in locating the suspect.https://t.co/wJCS1Gpt9J pic.twitter.com/QJu8rqiJJL — Westminster Police (@WestminsterPD) February 27, 2021 On Feb. 4, officers responded to a stalking incident that escalated into an alleged second-degree assault, kidnapping, felony menacing and a protection order violation related to domestic violence, police said in a news release. Police have been looking for Montoya since the Feb. 4 incid...

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Biden to talk migration with Mexico’s López Obrador, who spent weeks refusing to recognize the president’s 2020 victory

Summary List PlacementUS President Joe Biden will take part in a "virtual event" Monday with his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a center-left populist who worked closely with the Trump administration to stem migration from Central America. The March 1 meeting, announced by the White House, comes after López Obrador spent weeks refusing to recognize Biden's 2020 victory. After his victory was formalized by the Electoral College in mid-December, however, the Mexican head of state sent Biden a letter "to express my recognition of your stance in favor of migrants from Mexico and the rest of the world." The two leaders then agreed on a December 19 call to collaborate on a "new approach" to migration from Central America. They also spoke soon after Biden was inaugurated. A...

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CPAC in Orlando Looks to Be the Saddest, Stupidest CPAC Yet

GettyI can’t say for sure that this year’s CPAC is even sadder than previous CPACs because I’m not there in person but it sure seems even more steeped in grievance so far and even less grounded in reality. This is my third year covering the event, but the first year I’ve done so remotely. After last year’s gathering, I had to quarantine for two weeks due to possible COVID exposure. This year, in the midst of canceled weddings, postponed social gatherings and lonely parents, CPAC continues to CPAC while the coronavirus continues to rage. So I should have been grateful not to be there in person after people mostly stared at me in horror last year except for one terrifying blond woman who yelled at me. But I started to feel kind of itchy on Thursday night, like I was missing out after seeing...

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2021 Golden Globes

Awards shows are really back, despite…everything. While the ceremonies may not look quite like they did in past years, Hollywood will still find ways to celebrate its achievements, and we’ll still watch. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Golden Globes. When are the Golden Globes? The telecast will start at 5 p.m. on February 28 on NBC. You can tune in over the air or anywhere you stream NBC content, including YouTube TV and Hulu. Who is hosting the Golden Globes? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the duo that hosted together in 2013, 2014, and 2015, will be back–but not exactly reunited. Fey will be broadcasting from the top of Rockefeller Center in New York City; Poehler will be at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the traditional Globes venue. Presenters will include Awkwafina,

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Clippers’ Tyronn Lue says two-game miniseries present playoff vibes

TELL EM GUARD UP On TV, the limited series is the hot thing these days. It’s the same on the court, during this coronavirus-compacted NBA season. The Clippers’ back-to-back set in Memphis this week is one of six “miniseries” – as Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins characterized them – on L.A.’s schedule this season. Most of them consist of two games in three days, including the Clippers’ first three sets, starting in January, when they split a pair of games against the Warriors and swept Oklahoma City before splitting with Utah this month. The Clippers’ quick two-games-in-two-days stopover in Memphis this week meant they didn’t have much time to stew about Thursday’s 122-94 loss: “Absolutely,” they were looking forward to a next-day shot at redemption All-Star wing Paul George said Thursday ni

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Bronny James’ Status in Limbo After Devastating Knee Injury

Those wanting to watch Bronny James, son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, continue his high-profile high school basketball career will have to wait. Multiple sources have confirmed to The Los Angeles Daily News that Bronny James recently had surgery and is resting comfortably after suffering a knee injury. The incident reportedly took place three weeks ago and his status is up in the air. Bronny James is a rising star RELATED: LeBron James Hired a Security Firm To Follow Bronny James To His Basketball Games Bronny James is in his sophomore year at Sierra Canyon School and has been under a microscope since he walked through the door. Being the son of LeBron James will attract a crowd and Bronny has so far been able to handle what comes with being the son of one of the gr

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House OKs land/rivers bill preserving 1 million acres – much of it in LA County

A bill protecting more than 1 million acres of public lands and 500 miles of rivers in the state — including more than 400,000 acres in three counties in Southern California — was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Friday in a bipartisan vote. Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, or HR 803 was adopted by a vote of 227-200, with eight Republicans voting “yes” along with 219 Democrats. Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, was the lone Republican in the state to vote in favor of the measure. Related Articles 11,000 baby abalone will be planted off the Southern California coast Two local photographers capture stunning images of ‘firefall’ in Yosemite Massive conservation bill would preserve Rim of t

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Rockies’ spring training games have new look, length this year

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Don’t be surprised if the Rockies and Dodgers play only six innings of baseball on Monday. Such is the new world of spring training baseball in the age of the coronavirus. Ahead of the official start of the spring training schedule on Sunday, Major League Baseball on Friday outlined its on-field protocols and modifications to games. Cactus and Grapefruit League games will feature shortened games and relaxed rules as mutually determined by managers. “I’ll be talking to managers ahead of our games and we’ll sort this out,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. Games through March 13 may be shortened to five innings or seven innings if both managers agree. Games that occur from March 14 until the end of spring training on March 30 may be shortened to seven-inning games. In addit

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Impasse on Dixie State name change may be over as Senate sends bill to committee

Dixie State University’s football stadium in St. George is pictured on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. The Utah Senate sent a bill that creates a process to change the name of university to the Senate Education Committee late Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. | Ravell Call, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate moved a controversial bill setting the process to rename Dixie State University to the Senate Education Committee late Friday, after letting the legislation sit in limbo for more than a week. When the committee may debate HB278 has not yet been posted on the Utah Legislature’s website. The legislative session ends at midnight on March 5. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Miles, R-South Ogden, passed handily in the House by a vote of 51-20 on Feb. 10. After it was transmitted to the Senate, som...

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