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Kaiser mental health workers in Bay Area, Northern California plan to go on strike Monday morning

More than 2,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers across the Bay Area and California’s Central Valley plan to go on strike Monday, demanding the health care provider boost staffing and curtail wait times for patients seeking appointments. Therapists and clinicians plan to picket in San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno on Monday and continue in other Bay Area cities later in the week until a deal is reached, according to a statement by the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The planned strike comes after a bargaining session ended Saturday without a deal between the health care provider and its Northern California-based psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and chemical dependency counselors, the union said. “We’ve been telling Kaiser executives s...

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Rams review: Here’s what we learned from the preseason opener

Here’s what we learned from the Rams’ 29-22 preseason victory Saturday night against the Chargers at SoFi Stadium: Lance McCutcheon is a playmaker Rams coach Sean McVay turned to senior offensive assistant Greg Olson and told him he was right after one of McCutcheon’s dynamic plays. McCutcheon, an undrafted rookie, put on a show versus the Chargers with five receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-3 wideout from Montana State connected with quarterback Bryce Perkins for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter that required McCutcheon to track the ball in tight space before breaking multiple tackles. Later in the fourth quarter, McCutcheon had an 11-yard, jump-ball touchdown reception. “We talked about it,” Perkins said. “He was adamant over and over. He’s like, ‘If they’re

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California county sees 11 new dry wells reported in past month

OROVILLE — As summer begins to wind down, the dry weather that has plagued California this year continues, leading to a number of new drought-related issues. Over the course of the past 30 days, 11 new dry well reports in Butte County have been sent to the California Department of Water Resources. That comes out to 39 in the past year and 98 total. Additionally, Glenn County has seen 105 total dry well reports and Tehama County has reported 229, according to data from DWR. A map Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 shows the drought severity in California. (United States Drought Monitor/Contributed) Interactive maps provided by DWR show that the majority of dry wells in the tri-county region center around where the three counties meet, particularly on the northeastern section of Glenn County surroundin

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Most gun deaths in are suicides. Could this law help prevent them?

A Ruger Super Redhawk .44 Magnum sits in a display case at Impact Guns in South Salt Lake on July 6, 2022.Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Suicides account for the vast majority of gun deaths in Utah, and more than half of all suicides in the state are by firearm. A similar trend can be seen nationally with firearm suicides accounting for 54% of gun deaths and 53% of suicides involving a firearm, according to Pew Research Center. In an effort to combat the use of guns in suicides, Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, introduced a bipartisan bill in Congress last month to create a national voluntary “Do not sell” firearms list. The concept of the voluntary “do not sell” list is to allow individuals to restrict themselves from buying or possessing a firearm, the main purpose being to reduce the

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‘Bullet Train’ repeats No. 1; ‘Top Gun’ flies back up ranks

The Brad Pitt action film “Bullet Train” led all movies in ticket sales for a second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, while a quiet spell in theaters and incredible staying power allowed “Top Gun: Maverick” to rocket back into third place in its 12th week of release. After launching the previous weekend with about $30 million at the box office, “Bullet Train” pulled in $13.4 million in its second go-around. David Leitch's assassin-crowded film, made for $90 million, has grossed $54.4 million in two weeks for Sony Pictures. Globally, “Bullet Train” has grossed $114.5 million. Three new films went into wide release but none cracked the top five films. The slowdown — an expected but still acute late-summer downturn in big releases — gave plenty of airspace for the year

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Woman has part of her tongue removed and remade from her leg after mouth cancer diagnosis

‘It looks like a drumstick lolly’ (Picture: Charlotte Webster-Salter / SWNS)A woman who was diagnosed with mouth cancer ended up needing life-saving surgery to take out part of her tongue. The missing part was replaced with muscle from her leg, and now she describes her tongue as looking like a ‘drumstick lolly’. Charlotte Webster-Salter, 27, first started getting recurring mouth ulcers in 2018, but figured it must have been because she was feeling ‘run down’ due to her long shifts working as a flight attendant. But the ulcers came and went for the next couple of years, with the dentist suspecting they were being caused by her wisdom teeth coming in. After her tongue developed sore, white patches, and she took several trips to the dentist and GP, Charlotte was eventually refe

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Salman Rushdie recovering in hospital

In this file photo taken on Sept. 13, 2016, writer Salman Rushdie attends the opening day of the Positive Economy Forum in Le Havre, northwestern France. The author is in the hospital recovering from severe stab wounds sustained in an attack on Friday.Getty MAYVILLE, N.Y. — Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery,” his agent confirmed Sunday, two days after the author of “The Satanic Verses” suffered serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in upstate New York. The announcement followed news that the lauded writer was removed from a ventilator Saturday and able to talk and joke. Literary agent Andrew Wylie cautioned that although Rushdie’s “condition is headed in the right direction,” his recovery would be a long process. Rushdie, 75, suffered a damaged liver and severed nerves

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Paul O’Grady reveals reason behind show departure as he bids farewell to BBC Radio 2 after 14 years: ‘I wasn’t really happy’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Paul O’Grady revealed the real reason behind his BBC Radio 2 exit ahead of his final Sunday show. Earlier in the week, Radio 2 announced that the 67-year-old presenter Paul had decided to leave his Sunday afternoon show on the network, and have stated they are ‘sorry to see him go.’ For years, Paul ‘The Grinch’ O’Grady hosted a Christmas Day special on the network, featuring messages and dedications from listeners all over the world, as well as an eclectic seasonal playlist. Addressing his departure on Instagram, the For The Love of Dogs frontman sent a special shout-out to his adoring fans. ‘I just want to say that tonight is my very l

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Victoria Beckham’s high-end fashion company ‘has debts over £53,000,000’

The future of Victoria Beckham’s fashion label is in doubt (Picture: Marc Piasecki / GC Images)Victoria Beckham’s high-end fashion label has debts of £5.3million and doubts have been cast over its future, according to reports. The 48-year-old fashion designer and wife of former England footballer David Beckham first launched her fashion line in 2008. Starting with just a single line of dresses, the brand has now expanded into a range of items with a hefty price tag with products including £400 jeans and £500 jumpers. The designer brand and her new make-up firm lost £6.6million in 2020, and in 2019 it had £15.6m in debts according to accounts filed with Companies House. The company currently has debts of £53.9m, with £29m owed to the Beckhams’ other business ventures. A spoke

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Community ‘relieved’ after millionaire jailed for refusing to tear down ‘Britain’s best man cave’

Graham Wildin has been ordered to remove his huge home leisure complex when he gets out of prison (Picture: SWNS)Neighbours of a millionaire who illegally built ‘Britain’s best man cave’ have told of their relief he’s been jailed. Residents in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, added that they hoped it was ‘the beginning of the end’ of the row over accountant Graham Wildin’s massive home leisure complex. The grandfather-of-five, 70, was jailed on Friday after an eight-year fight over his huge extension, which includes a bowling alley, mini-casino, squash court and cinema. He was told he was being locked up for six weeks after judge Jarman QC ruled Wildin’s attitude showed he had been determined not to comply with repeated orders from the Forest of Dean District Council throughout the pl

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Ronnie O’Sullivan hints at missing more tournaments due to arm injury

Ronnie O’Sullivan has opted out of the European Masters this season (Picture: Getty Images)Ronnie O’Sullivan has been forced out of the European Masters with an arm injury and has hinted that he could also miss other tournaments as he looks to rest the problem. It was announced on Wednesday that the Rocket would not be involved in Furth due to medical reasons, with his management since confirming that the world champion is dealing with tennis elbow and has been unable to practice. The 46-year-old says that the next tournament he is aiming to play in is the Hong Kong Masters, which returns to the calendar this season from 6-9 October. ‘I’ve had an injury for my arm for about the last year,’ O’Sullivan told Eurosport, while attending the FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain in...

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Billy Eichner wouldn’t have signed up for Bros if it wasn’t ‘authentic to gay audiences’

Billy Eichner will star alongside the likes of Luke Macfarlane and Ts Madison in Bros (Picture: Getty Images for MTV)Comedian Billy Eichner has revealed he wouldn’t have signed up for upcoming movie Bros if it wasn’t ‘authentic to gay audiences.’ The 43-year-old was first approached about the movie by producer Judd Apatow and director and co-writer Nicholas Stoller and insisted he was not interested in taking a typical romance tale and making it about two men. In the movie, Billy plays podcaster Bobby, whose anti-relationship stance changes when he meets Aaron, played by Luke Macfarlane. He said that he wanted the story to be accessible to everyone but also realistic to gay audiences. ‘To his credit, Nick immediately said, “Whatever is honest will be best,” he told Esquire ma...

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Radio legend Howard Stern, 68, announces his father has died at the age of 99

Howard Stern has announced that his father recently died at the age of 99 (Picture: Getty Images)Howard Stern has announced that his father, Ben Stern, has died at the age of 99. The outspoken presenter revealed the sad news in a recent interview, where he said the loss has helped inspire new artwork. Howard, 68, is best-known for his radio work, but is also a gifted artist, with much of his work centring on landscape paintings. In an interview with Dan’s Papers about his new series of paintings, Howard discussed his work and said he feels as though his works are ‘honouring’ his father in a way. He explained he was working on a new painting of Corwith Barns, which are ‘no longer there’ but which he has ‘photographed many times.” ‘I’m doing a big painting that hopefully captu

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Petition calls for ‘kebab’ statue to be taken down ‘with immediate effect’

The Earth Goddess piece is supposed to pay tribute to Cornwall’s China clay history (Pictures: SWNS)Hundreds think a statue erected in their town centre should be taken down becuase it looks like a kebab sword, ‘unwanted junk’ or an ‘offence to God’. Artist Sandy Brown was commissioned to design an £90,000 monument paying homage to the history of the China clay industry in St Austell, Cornwall. After three years of construction, an 11.5-metre statue called Earth Goddess went up as the crowning jewel of a ceramic art trail, on June 25. But the piece, as big as two double-decker buses on top of each other, has not gone down well with many locals. At least 460 people have now signed a petition to get the statue removed ‘with immediate effect’. Some said the ’embarrassment’

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For 28 years, volunteers have been painting Jaguars paw prints on the streets of downtown

Large yellow paws were painted on the streets downtown on Sunday. It’s a tradition that’s lasted 28 years. “It’s great to see the huge turnout that’s taken place for downtown,” said volunteer Kenneth McAllister. The paws start from Bay Street to the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, TIAA Bank Field. “We’re going to paint all 94 pawprints that we can between here and the main street bridge,” said Laura Edgecombe, Jax Chamber Downtown Council. JAX Chamber Downtown Council and Vystar Credit Union organized the event. Hundreds of volunteers from VyStar, the Jaguars Foundation and Maxwell House helped paint the paws. McAllister and his 15-year-old daughter joined in on the tradition. “For years and years to come, you’re going to be able to drive down in downtown to see okay, that’s the paw th...

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