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Colorado leaders praise guilty verdict in George Floyd death; say more work needed

Colorado’s leaders applauded the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, whose killing of George Floyd sparked a national reckoning for racial and social justice across the country. Mayor Michael Hancock called it the “right verdict.” “This trial, and this guilty verdict, may be just one step toward reconciliation, but it is a powerful moment for the cause of equal justice in our society,” Hancock said in a statement. “We have much work still to do, and that march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge is still far from done, but this is certainly a victory for that mission.” Gov. Jared Polis said the verdict provided a “glimmer of hope” and a “glimpse of justice.” “This verdict does not bring back George Floyd,” Polis said in a statement. “True justice would mean havin

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Mental health services to greet LA County students returning to campuses

As students come back to school campuses throughout Los Angeles County, they will be greeted by an assortment of mental health services and other new resources following a taxing year for everyone, based on a motion unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 20. The motion instructs the county’s director of mental health, in collaboration with the superintendent of schools and the L.A. County Office of Education, to address the mental health needs of students as they transition back to in-person learning. The action came with a recognition that mental health struggles are real among young people just as several studies have shown a surge in anxiety and depression among children and adolescents since the pandemic began. Even prior to COVID-19, mental health disorders ...

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NFL Draft Trivia: Which Team Has Made the First Overall Pick the Most Times?

Being first on the clock is a first for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They’re hoping to choose wisely in the 2021 NFL draft of April 29 and avoid the ignominy of possessing the No. 1 pick again any time soon. A quarterback – Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Joe Burrow – has been the first overall pick in the last three drafts. The assumption all along has been that the Jaguars, who earned the top pick by logging the league’s worst record in 2020, will select Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence as their ticket out of having to worry about picking first on the again for another decade or so. Other NFL teams haven’t been so fortunate in that respect. Five of them have picked first four or more times since the AFL and NFL completed their merger in 1970. 3. (tie) Three NFL teams with four first ov

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Coronavirus: L.A. County reported 360 new cases and 33 new deaths as of April 20

Los Angeles public health officials reported 360 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1,229,641 as of Tuesday, April 20. Officials reported 33 new deaths linked to the coronavirus, for a total 23,668 deaths since tracking began. There were five fewer hospitalizations reported since Monday, lowering the official count of hospitalizations to 465. The California Department of Public Health’s vaccines dashboard said more than 6,565,565 vaccines doses have been distributed in Los Angeles County as of Monday.   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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Biden to America after Floyd verdict: ‘We can’t stop here’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and MICHAEL BALSAMO WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that “it’s not enough.” Biden spoke from the White House hours after the verdict alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, with the pair saying the country’s work is far from finished with the verdict. “We can’t stop here,” Biden declared. Biden and Harris called on Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform, including by approving a bill named for Floyd, who died with his neck under Chauvin’s knee last May. Beyond that, the president said, the entire country must confront hatred to “change

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Oscars 2021: Best Visual Effects Predictions

Thanks to the pandemic and the absence of VFX-intensive MCU or DCEU contenders, this season offers the most wide open race in recent memory: George Clooney’s sci-fi “The Midnight Sky,” Christopher Nolan’s time-inverted “Tenet,” Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan” hybrid zoo drama along with the live-action “Mulan” remake, and upstart monster mashup, “Love and Monsters.” After winning the VES top prize, “The Midnight Sky” is now the favorite. The Framestore team created high-level CG facial replacements, built the Aether ship and interior. To emulate zero-G and help to sell a pregnant astronaut floating in space (Felicity Jones was actually pregnant at the time of shooting), digital face replacements were required for the wide, full CG shots required for the walk in space. For the Arctic obser

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Vallejo woman flees Lyft out window after driver with meth pipe locks doors, lawsuit claims

A Vallejo woman claims in a new lawsuit that her Lyft driver pulled into a dark lane, stopped the car and locked the doors, forcing her to flee out the vehicle’s window. Gsa Gsa Ward said in the lawsuit that she summoned a Lyft car just before 1 a.m. in April 2019 to take her from her home to a convenience store less than a mile away. “Ms. Ward believed hailing a Lyft ride would be safer than walking at night,” according to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court. The legal action comes as the San Francisco ride-hailing giant faces a “mass tort” lawsuit by dozens of women alleging sexual assault by drivers. The firm’s rival Uber admitted in 2019 that thousands of sexual assaults had been reported during rides. Lyft said in response to questions about Ward’s lawsuit that safety is

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Most Wanted: Local Cannabis Retailers Share Their 4/20 Faves

In honor of 420, we reached out to some of our favorite Los Angeles budtenders to ask about the best products they’re recommending to customers right now. Here are the items they say earn high marks. The Artist Tree Photo: The Artist Tree / CBX CannabiotixWest Hollywood’s largest dispensary is currently hosting a “420 extravaganza” in-store. One of the top sellers is a strain of flower called Cereal Milk by CBX Cannabiotix. “Its high is a mix of the stoniest stone to the happiest high, making it perfect for any occasion,” says dispensary co-founder Lauren Fontein. The Artist Tree, 8625 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. theartisttree.com. DELI by Caliva Photo: Fun Uncle / CalivaDELI by Caliva stocks an array of premium brands created by The Parent Company, a sort of cannabis super-group

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Sports reactions to George Floyd verdict

Justice. Elation. Bittersweet. Accountability. Relief. Skepticism. There were a lot of one-word reactions around the sports world to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin being found guilty Tuesday on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd last year. “Thank God…guilty! Justice has been served!!” Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson tweeted after a jury of six White, four Black and two multiracial jurors rendered their verdict after nine hours of deliberation. ACCOUNTABILITY — LeBron James (@KingJames) April 20, 2021 Thank you JURY!!! ACCOUNTABILITY — Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) April 20, 2021 Yes!!!! — Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) April 20, 2021 Former Giants manager Dusty Baker, in his second year as the Astros manager, was much more hopeful than e

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Judge poised to deal Katie Hill another legal defeat in her revenge porn suit

A judge is poised to deal Katie Hill another legal blow by issuing a tentative ruling Tuesday, April 20, dismissing Salem Media Group as a defendant in the former congresswoman’s revenge porn lawsuit alleging nude photos of her were published without her permission. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco wrote that Salem Media, owner of the conservative blog RedState.com, had shown that the photos were matters of legitimate interest involving a public official because they addressed Hill’s character and qualifications for her position. RedState.com published one article in October 2019 with a link to a photograph of Hill brushing a female worker’s hair. The blog maintained the photo did not depict any “intimate body part” of Hill and argued that Hill’s actions called into question

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Letters: Vaccine misinformation | Righting EDD | Policing template | Botching history | Conservative voices | Dooming GOP

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Vaccine misinformation needs greater exposure The Associated Press article “Artists, barbers help to defy vaccine myths for people of color,” (April 15) by Julie Watson and Anita Snow about and barbers helping to defy vaccine myths for people of color has opened my eyes to see that there is so much misinformation regarding the COVID vaccine. In this article, I wish there were some statistics regarding how these communities are being affected by this misinformation regarding the vaccines that are being produced and the misconception that they have. A surprising number of people believe that the government is planting “tracking devices” in the vaccines, even though it has been proven to be false. Greater analys

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Biden after Floyd verdict: ‘We can’t stop here.’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and MICHAEL BALSAMO WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. Biden spoke from the White House hours after the verdict alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, with the pair calling for Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform. “It’s not enough,” Biden said of the verdict. “We can’t stop here.” Biden spoke after telephoning Floyd’s family, telling them, “We’re all so relieved.” THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. WASHINGTON (AP) — Before Tuesday’s guilty verdicts were read out, President Joe Biden said he was praying for “the right ve

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Red Stars looking for first Challenge Cup win

Chicago Red Stars defender Kayla Sharples (28) will be back in the lineup for the team Wednesday after missing the last match due to Covid-19 protocol. | AP PhotosChicago welcomes back national team players, Alyssa Naeher, Julie Ertz and Tierna Davidson for Wednesday’s match against Kansas City at 5:30 p.m. at SeatGeek Stadium. The Red Stars will be looking for their first Challenge Cup victory when they face Kansas City at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at SeatGeek Stadium, and coach Rory Dames isn’t worried about their ability to get it done. ‘‘I’m not concerned that, when we have everybody and we get going, we won’t be able to score goals,’’ Dames said. Dames might not be concerned, but the Red Stars (0-1-1) are second-to-last in the Western Division of the Challenge Cup tournament. Making up...

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’

As many U.S. politicians expressed their relief Tuesday at the guilty verdict in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanked the man who Chauvin killed, George Floyd. “Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom, how heartbreaking was that, calling out for your mom, ‘I can’t breathe’,” Pelosi said during a press conference held by the Congressional Black Caucus outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. “But because of you and thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.” The press conference was livestreamed on Pelosi’s Twitter account shortly after a Minnesota jury found Chauvi

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