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Pasadena City College teachers rally to extend remote learning as first day of in-person classes looms

Pasadena City College teachers protest returning to in-class teaching in front of the campus Thursday, January 20, 2021. The teachers are being required to return to in-class teaching on Monday, they are asking for two more weeks to let the Omicron surge levels come down. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Pasadena City College instructors Maria Pehlivanova, left, and Susan Hunkins, PHD, protest returning to in-class teaching in front of the campus Thursday, January 20, 2021. The teachers are being required to return to in-class teaching on Monday, they are asking for two more weeks to let the Omicron surge levels come down. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Pasadena City College teachers protest returning to in-class teaching in front of the...

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Chicago Police Board votes to suspend officer for 2 years over 2018 shooting

The Chicago Police Board moved to suspend an officer for two years without pay following a 2018 incident. | Sun-Times file photoThe Civilian Office of Police Accountability initially recommended Officer Luigi Sarli be discharged from the department, but Supt. David Brown disagreed, calling for a just 180-day suspension.  The Chicago Police Board voted to suspend an officer for two years without pay during Thursday’s meeting, finding him guilty of improperly discharging a weapon toward a moving vehicle during a 2018 incident. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability initially recommended Officer Luigi Sarli be discharged from the department, but Supt. David Brown disagreed, calling for a just 180-day suspension. Police Board members overrode Brown’s decision during an October 2020 m...

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Chelsea enter race to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona

Barcelona are ready to sell Ousmane Dembele before the transfer window closes (Getty)Chelsea are in the running to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, according to reports. Barcelona have made it clear that they intend to offload the French winger before the end of the January transfer window after losing patience during negotiations over a new contract. Dembele’s current deal expires at the end of the season, which would allow him to leave Camp Nou on a free transfer. ‘It is obvious that the player does not want to continue and is not committed to our future,’ Mateu Alemany, Barca’s director of football, said on Thursday. ‘In that scenario, he and his agents have been informed that he should leave immediately because we want players who are committed to our project. Therefo

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‘The Princess’ Review: Chilling Princess Diana Doc Turns Tables on Media Consumption and Complicity

There are no talking heads in “The Princess.” There are no graphs or charts or diagrams or maps. There are no chyrons to tell us dates or names or places. There are plenty of voices, all of them nameless, all of them freely allowed to share their thoughts on a person they (likely) never met. There is plenty of video, some of it shot by everyday people, some by professional news organizations, some of it by paparazzi. People wink and smile and scream, gasp and yell and point fingers. “Is that her?” they whisper. It’s surely someone important, they say. And there: It is her. Princess Diana. And also, somehow, even as we watch her walk across the screen or play with her kids or grimace through a press conference or ever-so-slightly move her chaise lounge away from prying pap eyes, it’s not he

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‘La Guerra Civil’ Review: Eva Longoria Bastón’s Documentary of Rival Boxers Explores Complex Cultural Divide

Scan the title of “La Guerra Civil” and you’d be forgiven for assuming that it’s about a civil war. In some ways, you’d be right. The only difference is that in this lively, zigzagging documentary, which premiered January 20 at the Sundance Film Festival, the battling factions aren’t armies but boxers — and, though they didn’t ask for it, the war they’re fighting is a cultural one that extends far beyond the ring. The directorial debut from “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria Bastón, “La Guerra Civil” is an often entertaining collage of archival footage and contemporary interviews that spins a tale of two renowned rivals: the Mexican boxer Julio César Chávez and the Mexican-American boxer Oscar De La Hoya. Though somewhat straightforward in premise and repetitive in message, the film

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Owner of car painted with swastika allegedly by Torrance police wants $6 million in damages

The owner of an impounded car allegedly painted with a swastika by two ex-Torrance police officers is suing for $6 million in damages, alleging a tow truck yard colluded with the city to hide the police involvement. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, alleges Van Lingen Towing conspired with the city partially so car owner Kiley Swaine would not find out the Torrance department was responsible until after the one year statute of limitations for litigation had expired. The suit contends the statute, which is the deadline for filing civil action, should not have begun ticking until Swaine was officially informed of the department’s involvement in October 2021 — almost two years after the damage to his Hyundai. That was also two months after the Police Department announced at a pre

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Democracy needs votes of support from every American

A television monitor on the back of a vehicle displays U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. D-Ga., as he speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. | GettyEven after voting rights legislation failed in the Senate, the fight for democracy and the right of every American to cast a ballot must go on. The fight for fair and free elections is everyone’s fight, even if they don’t realize it. Anyone who thinks efforts at disenfranchisement will only be directed at others will get a sad lesson on the day they become unhappy with government and find they have lost the democratic tools they need throw the rascals out. That’s why, even after the Freedom to Vote Act and John R. Lewis Voting Rights Amendment Act, key provisions of which were combined into a single bill, fe

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NPR ‘Founding Mother’ Unloads on Public Editor Over SCOTUS Story: ‘She’s Not Clarifying Anything!’

Andrew Burton/GettyThe widening controversy over an NPR story on masks in the Supreme Court turned inward as a legendary reporter there blasted the broadcaster’s public editor for critiquing her work. The public editor, Kelly McBride, who operates independently of the newsroom but takes a paycheck from the publication, called for a “clarification, but not a correction” to an article about the Supreme Court written by one of the newsroom’s “founding mothers,” legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. “She can write any goddam thing she wants, whether or not I think it’s true,” Totenberg told The Daily Beast on Thursday night. “She’s not clarifying anything!” at The Daily Beast. Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Bears interview Buccaneers OC and longtime NFL QB Byron Leftwich

Leftwich has been an NFL offensive coordinator the last four seasons. | Michael Reaves, GettyLeftwich has been Bruce Arians’ righthand man with the Bucs the last three seasons. The Bears are slowly working through their long list of head-coaching candidates and interviewed Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich on Thursday. Leftwich, 42, is one of coaching’s rising stars. After nine seasons as a quarterback, most notably for the Jaguars, he began his coaching career as an intern with the Cardinals in 2016. He became their quarterbacks after just one season and took over as offensive coordinator in 2018 before joining the Buccaneers in that role when they hired Bruce Arians in 2019. The Buccaneers have been top-three in scoring all three seasons with Leftwich as offensive coordina...

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‘Fire of Love’ Review: A Molten Love Triangle Between Married Volcanologists and Their Subject

Sara Dosa’s “Fire of Love” is a documentarian’s dream. With a truly amazing trove of archival footage taken by married volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft, the movie is, seemingly, essentially handed to them. However, that surely didn’t make piecing together this vivid and soaringly heart-tugging documentary a simple task. The filmmakers have restored and re-assembled endless reels and dozens of hours of film and video footage dating back to the late 1960s into a witty portrait, aided amply by appropriately monotone and poetic narration from filmmaker Miranda July, and a soundtrack of go-to, let’s-run-toward-our-future pop classics like Brian Eno’s electronic anthem “The Big Ship.” At an economical 90-minute running time, “Fire of Love” packs a visual and emotional wallop, with enough

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Bears interview former Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie

The Bears’ search for a general manager and coach to run Halas Hall is ongoing. | Matt Sisneros,McKenzie’s legacy in Oakland was highlighted by drafting Khalil Mack, but coach Jon Gruden traded him to the Bears in 2018. The Bears interviewed former Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie for that same position Thursday. McKenzie has been a senior personnel executive for the Dolphins under general manager Chris Grier for the last three seasons. McKenzie was an NFL linebacker from 1985 through ‘92 before getting his start in personnel as an assistant with the Packers in 1994. He ascended throughout his 18 seasons with the Packers before getting the job as Raiders general manager in 2012. Over McKenzie’s seven seasons, the Raiders went 40-72 (fourth-worst in the NFL over that span) and appea...

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Rams’ Raheem Morris earns praise as leader; will opportunity follow?

THOUSAND OAKS — Under Raheem Morris’ coaching, Jalen Ramsey has continued to expand his role in the Rams’ defense this season, playing not only cornerback as listed on the roster but slot corner, safety, inside linebacker and outside linebacker at times. Now, add a role to Ramsey’s list: Morris campaign surrogate. Morris, the Rams’ defensive coordinator, is scheduled to interview with the Minnesota Vikings for that team’s head coach opening even as he prepares for Sunday’s divisional round playoff road game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ramsey has been speaking up on Morris’ behalf on social media and in his weekly press conference on Thursday with reporters covering the Rams, all while making it clear he won’t mind at all if “Coach Rah” stays in L.A. “He’s genuinely one

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Jury selection proceeds for Avenatti-Stormy Daniels trial

Michael Avenatti, the once high-profile California attorney who regularly taunted then-President Donald Trump during frequent television appearances, was introduced Thursday to prospective jurors who will decide whether he cheated porn star Stormy Daniels out of book-deal proceeds. Jury selection hit full stride a week after written questionnaires were filled out as U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman introduced over 60 prospective jurors to Avenatti and the lawyers on both sides who will present evidence during a trial projected to last up to a month. He asked Avenatti and the lawyers to briefly take off their COVID-19 masks so prospective jurors could see their faces and make sure they don't know them from their private lives. Some jurors were in a courthouse assembly room while others ...

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Jose Mourinho responds to Everton interest

Jose Mourinho has been linked with a move to Everton (PA)Jose Mourinho insists he is happy to stay at Roma following Everton’s interest. Everton are looking for a new manager after sacking Rafa Benitez and Mourinho is among the candidates being considered alongside Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Fabio Cannavaro. But the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager says he has no plans to leave the Serie A club. ‘In terms of emotion, passion, empathy, of being happy working with Roma, I say I am 11 out of 10,’ Mourinho said on Thursday evening. ‘I am truly, very, very happy to be at a club where I feel the people trust me. I couldn’t be happier than this. Jose Mourinho insists he is happy to remain at Roma (EPA)‘In football terms, playing to finish between four...

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State launches next phase of I-80 corridor construction in Joliet: ‘A game changer for this community’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces that the state is investing $32 million to help rebuild the I-80 interchange during a virtual news conference Thursday. | Provided by Office of Gov. J.B. PritzkerThe state investment in the $200 million public-private partnership is $32 million, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. CenterPoint Properties, an inland port, is investing up to $170 million to build a new toll bridge on Houbolt Road over the Des Plaines River. SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced the beginning of the next phase of construction along the Interstate 80 corridor, a widening and reconfiguring of Houbolt Road in Joliet that an administration official promised would be “transformational.” The state investment in the $200 million public-private partnership is $32 million, Pritzker s

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