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Coronavirus: Here’s what tier each county in California is on Nov. 16

State officials moved 29 of California’s 58 counties on Monday, Nov. 16, to the most restrictive purple tier of the state’s four-tier coronavirus tracking system. There are now 41 counties in the purple tier after Monday’s changes. Two counties are categorized in the least restrictive yellow tier – last week there were six in the yellow and nine were yellow two weeks ago. Counties are assigned to a tier based on metrics showing the speed and the spread of the virus in their borders. A list of what businesses are impacted by each tier is included below. Note: The state recently added a new metric called health equity. For a county with a population of greater than 106,000, the county must: Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods – the Healthy Places I...

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Rams think Andrew Whitworth can play again this season

Rams coach Sean McVay said Monday that left tackle Andrew Whitworth, safety Taylor Rapp and kicker Kai Forbath will go on injured reserve after getting hurt in Sunday’s victory over the Seattle Seahawks. In Whitworth’s case, the news wasn’t as bad as feared, although it can’t be good for a team to lose the 6-foot-7, 330-pound protector of its quarterback’s blind side at a time when it needs its offense to step up. Whitworth’s left-knee injury, a grade 3 sprain of the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments, is likely to sideline him for six to eight weeks, McVay said in a video press conference. Unlike anterior cruciate ligament damage, Whitworth’s injury does not necessarily put him out for the rest of the season, which has seven weeks left plus playoffs if the Rams qualify. “I

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4 wounded in shooting near Dearborn Homes

A shooting left four people wounded Nov. 16, 2020, on the South Side. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times file photo Shots were fired after an argument in the 2700 block of South Dearborn Street, police said. Four people were wounded in a shooting Monday near the Dearborn Homes public housing complex on the South Side. They were standing outside about 7:23 p.m. in the 2700 block of South Dearborn Street when another group walked up and shots were fired after an argument, Chicago police said. A man 22, was struck in the buttocks and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. Another man, also 22, was shot in the foot and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Both were in good condition. A 29-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg was taken to the same hospital ...

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Gov. Newsom says surge of COVID-19 cases might delay release of new guidelines for high school, youth sports competition

Citing the spread of coronavirus cases as the culprit, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Nov. 16, that California is considering delaying the release of new guidelines for high school and youth sports competition, a development that casts doubt on whether the already-delayed high school season will start on time next month. Speaking during a news conference about the state’s response to the pandemic, Newsom said he reviewed guidelines for high school and youth sports to return to competition and “signed off” on them but added that he is considering delaying their release. Since Aug. 3, high school and youth sports in the state have been limited to physical conditioning and skill training and prohibited from competition because of the coronavirus pandemic. The high school and youth sports comm

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5-year-old boy critically wounded in Roseland shooting

A 5-year-old boy was shot Nov. 16, 2020, in Roseland. | Sun-Times file photo Witnesses told officers the boy was sitting on the couch about 7:30 p.m. when they heard shots go off, and found him with a gunshot wound to his head, Chicago police said. A 5-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head Monday in Roseland on the Far South Side. Witnesses told officers the boy was sitting on the couch about 7:30 p.m. when they heard shots go off, and found him with a gunshot wound to his head, Chicago police said. The boy was rushed from the home in the 200 block of West 115th Street and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was in critical condition, police said. No one is in custody as Area Two detectives investigate. Read more on crime, and track the city’s h...

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In ‘A Promised Land,’ Obama reflects on the ‘issue of Black folks and the police’

Former President Obama, pictured here campaigning for Joe Biden in November, publishes his presidential memoir, “A Promised Land,” on Tuesday. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images Within a few pages of the 700-page memoir the Hawaii born Obama, a young community organizer, is in Chicago, the city that “changed the arc of my life.”  WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump presidency was unfolding as Barack Obama wrote, on a yellow legal pad, his presidential memoir, “A Promised Land,” to be released Tuesday, as his vice president, Joe Biden, is poised to be the next president and restore the norms Trump destroyed. Within a few pages of the 700-page memoi

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Amber Alert issued for 4-year-old boy in vehicle stolen from Bridgeview

Liam Barbarasa | Bridgeview police Liam Barbarasa was sitting in a blue 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette van that was stolen about 5:35 p.m. while the driver went in to the 7-Eleven gas station, 79th Street and Roberts Road, to get food, according to Bridgeview police. An Amber Alert has been issued Monday for a 4-year-old boy who was sitting in a vehicle when it was stolen at a gas station in southwest suburban Bridgeview. Liam Barbarasa was sitting in a blue 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette van that was stolen about 5:35 p.m. while the driver went in to the 7-Eleven gas station, 7901 S. Roberts Rd., to get food, according to Bridgeview spokesman Ray Hanania. The Oldsmobile has a U.S. Marine Corps sticker on the back window and a license plate number of L703520, Bridgeview police said. Bridgev...

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NCAA looking at Indianapolis for all of March Madness

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off one of the greatest upsets in American sports history at the 2018 NCAA Tournament, knocking off Virginia to become the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1. The madness kept coming that March from Pittsburgh to San Diego. Top-ranked Xavier lost in the second round and so did No. 2 seeds North Carolina and Cincinnati. Two third-seeded teams were bounced early, as were three No. 4 seeds during an opening weekend that epitomized the beloved spectacle the NCAA Tournament has become. That coast-to-coast excitement won’t happen this season: The NCAA announced on Monday it plans to hold the entire 2021 men’s tournament in a single geographic area to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. It is in talks with Indianapolis to serve as the host city. Inste

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Cordarrelle Patterson ties modern NFL mark with 8th kick return TD

Bears kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson runs with the ball Monday night. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Cordarrelle Patterson matched the Bears’ season-long scoring total in the third quarter Monday night when he returned the opening kickoff for a 104-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 13-7 lead. That’s one way to score in the third quarter. Cordarrelle Patterson matched the Bears’ season-long scoring total in the third quarter Monday night when he returned the opening kickoff for a 104-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 13-7 lead. Patterson’s eighth career kickoff return for a touchdown puts him in a three-way tie — along with Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington, who are both retired — for the most in the modern history of the sport. Patterson caught the ball in the north end ...

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Watch it live: SpaceX capsule to dock with International Space Station

The Crew Dragon capsule built by Hawthorne-based SpaceX was poised to dock at the International Space Station on Monday, Nov. 16, and engage in a history-making six-month science mission by its four-person crew, which includes Pomona native Victor Glover. The Dragon capsule’s docking concludes a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Space Station will be home and workplace for the four-astronaut crew until spring. Among the crew is Navy Cmdr. Glover, 44, the first Black astronaut to serve on an extended Space Station Mission. Glover, a Navy commander, aviator and test pilot, is taking his first spaceflight as a Crew Dragon First Mission astronaut. He was presented his gold astronaut pin Monday by Commander Mike Hopkins during an impromptu mid-flight ce...

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Done with Bulls, point guard Kris Dunn will test free agency

The Bulls have opted to allow Dunn and Shaquille Harrison to take a stroll to the free-agent market, while they extended a $4.7 million qualifying offer to 2016 first-round pick Denzel Valentine. Cody White better be ready to be a point guard. If not the Bulls better have big plans on draft night to add to that position. Sources confirmed on Monday night that both Kris Dunn and Shaquille Harrison will be allowed to test free agency, while former first-round pick Denzel Valentine was extended a qualifying offer to stay put. Yes, Tomas Satoransky is still in the mix at that position behind White, but Satoransky’s long-term fit for the Bulls beyond this upcoming season is blurry at best. What isn’t blurry is the Bulls believing that Dunn and Harrison – both defensive-minded guards – are expe...

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4 shot, including 2 teen girls, in Lawndale: police

Four people were shot, including two teenage girls, Nov. 16, 2020, in Lawndale. | Sun-Times file photo All four victims were in good condition, police said. Two teenage girls are among four people who were wounded in a shooting Monday in Lawndale on the West Side. The shooting happened about 4:40 p.m. near Pulaski Road and Lexington Street, Chicago police said. The teen girls, 16 and 17, were grazed on their legs, police said. They were in good condition and refused medical attention. A man and woman, both 25, were also shot in their legs, police said, and were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. Further details about the shooting were not immediately available. Area Four detectives are investigating. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides. ...read more Sou...

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With new-look offense sputtering, Bears trail Vikings at halftime

Bears quarterback Nick Foles throws against he Vikings on Monday night. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The Bears look different through one half Monday night – but the result, ultimately, remains the same. The Bears look different through one half Monday night – but the result, ultimately, remains the same. Playing under new play-caller Bill Lazor, the Bears trail 7-6 at halftime against the NFC North rival Vikings at Soldier Field. While that’s six more points that the Matt Nagy-driven offense produced in the first half last week against the Titans, it still isn’t enough. A mediocre Vikings defense has been in quarterback Nick Foles’ face all night, despite the return of center Cody Whitehair to the Bears’ starting lineup. It’s a small sample size, but Lazor’s play-calling s...

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Newsom pledges another $62M to prop up COVID hotel program

Gov. Gavin Newsom poured another $62 million into his waning Project Roomkey program Monday, part of an ongoing effort to prevent any of the more than 22,000 homeless Californians sheltering in pandemic hotels from ending up back on the street. The money, which comes from the state’s Disaster Response Emergency Operations Account, will go to counties that have put up homeless Californians in hotels during the pandemic. The emergency cash injection comes as the pandemic hotels are starting to close in the Bay Area and beyond. The bulk of the funds — $35 million — will go toward rehousing Project Roomkey residents. That money is for rental subsidies, case management, housing navigation and landlord incentives, and other housing expenses. Another $24 million will help prop up the existing Pro

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