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Police, activists have to work more closely to stop crimes against Black women, girls

Cheretha Morrison disappeared from the Southwest Side last Friday. | Chicago policeYoung activists are again calling attention to missing Black women and girls. We shouldn’t have to live in fear. But for too many of us, fear has become our constant companion, like the mask we grab before we walk out in public. On Wednesday, a reader reached out via email with this sad testimony: “Hi Ms. Mitchell, [I] watch the news and get so disturbed and now another young lady is missing. Why aren’t we talking about the women who are coming up missing in Chicago? It’s scary out here. It’s a feeling of creepiness when [you’re] walking down the street. It’s not safe anymore. Chicago used to be such a cool city to live in... This is the place I grew up in, and I love a lot of things about Chicago. I’m just

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Years after Alameda crash left three dead, alleged driver declared mentally competent to face manslaughter charges

OAKLAND — Nearly four years after he allegedly crashed a car while driving drunk, killing three passengers, a San Leandro man has been found mentally competent to face three vehicular manslaughter counts against him, court records show. Jaime Africano was 19 in July 2017, when he was arrested and charged in the deaths of Hayward residents Sergio Garcia, 28, and Briana Ortega, 17, as well as Simon Sotelo, 17, of Union City. The charges relate to a crash on Memorial Day weekend of that year, in which Africano allegedly ran a red light and crashed into a minivan. Africano spent months in the hospital following the crash, and was released from jail after his arrest. The driver of the minivan was injured but survived. The case against Africano stalled for years, after he was declared mentally ...

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‘Boogie’ Review: ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Creator’s First Feature Is a Victim of Its Own Critique

With his best-selling autobiography “Fresh off the Boat,” chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang eloquently explained the othering of Asian Americans. He’s also a hip-hop and basketball fan. His feature directorial debut “Boogie” concerns a talented Tawianese American high school basketball player, the Queens native Alfred “Boogie” Chin (Taylor Takahashi), and his bid to earn a college scholarship. The road, of course, isn’t easy. The family’s bills pile up. His temperamental father (Perry Yung) is now on parole. His mother (Pamelyn Chee), who mercilessly berates her husband, is verbally and physically abusive. If Huang focused on the trio’s fraught dynamic, this coming-of-age story would elevate to the basket. Huang’s first feature, however, uplifts the Asian American struggle while falling in

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CVS offering virus vaccine to Florida teachers under 50

The CVS Pharmacy chain is vaccinating Florida teachers under age 50, circumventing state orders that continue to limit coronavirus inoculations to those over that age. The chain also began vaccinating day care and preschool teachers Wednesday, even though Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has not yet opened the vaccination program to them. CVS is giving inoculations in two dozen cities across the state. CVS said it is following Biden administration guidelines released this week, which are broader for educators than Florida's. For teachers, Florida limits the vaccine to classroom teachers 50 and older who work in kindergarten through 12th grade. The federal guidelines allow day care workers, preschool teachers and educators in elementary, middle and high schools to be vaccinated with no age limit...

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‘Abbott owned it in 2011. He owns it today’: Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia wants justice and energy solutions after Texas freeze

Summary List PlacementOn Monday morning, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia introduced a resolution at the Commissioner's Court meeting — a meeting of all four of the Harris County's commissioners, the officials responsible for the county's roads, bridges, and policy budget decisions, moderated by County Judge Lina Hidalgo. Harris County encompasses Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US, with over 4 million inhabitants. The Houston Chronicle reported that at least 1.4 million Houston-area households were impacted by Storm Uri and power grid failures, which lasted from February 10 to February 17. In the aftermath of the deep freeze — which incapacitated much of Texas' power grid, left millions powerless for a week, and killed at least 80 Texans — Garcia, the former ...

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Mark Giangreco on his way out at ABC7 after ‘ditzy’ on-air remark

ABC7ABC7 is working on a separation agreement with the longtime sports anchor after he jokingly referred to news anchor Cheryl Burton as “ditzy” on a newscast Jan. 28, according to sources. ABC7 is working on a separation agreement with longtime sports anchor Mark Giangreco after he jokingly referred to news anchor Cheryl Burton as “ditzy” on a newscast Jan. 28, according to sources. Burton complained to station management, which has kept Giangreco off the air and prevented him from making his regular appearances on ESPN 1000. Giangreco isn’t expected to return to either outlet. At the end of his last sports segment, Giangreco, 68, showed a video of a hockey player on roller blades sanding drywall with the butt end of a hockey stick and shooting a puck into a garbage can with the blade en

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Cubs’ lineup under construction as David Ross looks to find the right mix

John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-TimesRoss named Ian Happ as the Cubs’ lead-off hitter, but the rest of the lineup is still a work in progress MESA, Ariz. – Most of the names in the lineup are going to be the same, but the Cubs are hoping this season will bring different results. 2020 wasn’t kind to the Cubs’ offense and with several players suffering down seasons, it put added pressure on the team’s pitching staff to help make up the difference. A common theme during Cubs camp has been position players getting back to being who they are and by doing that, getting back to the things that made them a successful offensive team. One of the things the Cubs did at their best was drive the ball out of the ballpark. Left fielder Joc Pederson and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who both homered in Wednesd

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Google’s move away from targeted advertising threatens to upend marketers’ scramble to save digital ads

Summary List PlacementGoogle sent shockwaves through the advertising industry on Wednesday when it announced that it would stop tracking individual users as they browse the web. Google was already planning to strip third-party cookies from its Chrome browser that advertisers use to target and measure ads by next year. It now plans to wipe out any tracking or tools that identify people that advertisers use to pinpoint ads at specific audiences.  "People shouldn't have to accept being tracked across the web in order to get the benefits of relevant advertising," David Temkin, director of product management of ads privacy and trust, wrote in a blog post. "And advertisers don't need to track individual consumers across the web to get the performance benefits of digital advertising." Google w...

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Letters: Reopening issues | Lacking facilities | Touched by tragedy | Ban drilling | Biden’s error

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Myriad issues cloud reopening schools With the outcry for schools to reopen there are legitimate reasons why they should open but also legitimate reasons why they shouldn’t. Many teachers are performing multiple tasks — parent, employee and remote teacher. Some have had to quit their jobs to be home with their children to assist with school work. Students have greatly suffered academically and socially, but some education staff are cancer survivors or diabetics, or have heart disease, kidney disease. Somehow the CDC has come to the conclusion that it is alright for these people to work without the requirement of a vaccine. The good news is that some counties have opened vaccines to educators, but many school

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Buckingham Palace to investigate allegations that Meghan bullied staff

Britain’s Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex leaves after attending the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London, in 2020. | APThe Times of London reported allegations that the duchess drove out two personal assistants and left staff feeling “humiliated.” LONDON — Buckingham Palace said Wednesday it was launching an investigation after a newspaper reported that a former aide had made a bullying allegation against the Duchess of Sussex. The Times of London reported allegations that the duchess drove out two personal assistants and left staff feeling “humiliated.” It said an official complaint was made by Jason Knauf, then the communications secretary to Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry. He now works for Harry’s elder brother, Prince William. The palace said it was “clearly very concerned” ab...

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L.A. County detects more UK variant and now Brazil mutation

L.A. County laboratories have identified nine more cases of the U.K. coronavirus variant this week and the first case of the Brazilian variant, according to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Wednesday, March 3. Roughly 400 sequences have been sampled in LA County since Jan. 1. Among them, 27 cases of the UK variant were discovered, no cases of the South African variant, 239 cases of the California variant and one case of the Brazilian variant. The limited number of sequences tested led officials to believe the variants coupled with the steep increase in the U.K. variant — roughly 50% in a week — was an indication the variant could be circulating more broadly. And the Ferrer said. “That just means it’s circulating in larger numbers,” Ferrer said. “That variant, like the Brazil varian

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Machine Gun Kelly’s drummer hospitalised after being ‘attacked, robbed, and hit by car’

Machine Gun Kelly’s drummer Rook shared photos from hospital (Picture: Getty/Instagram/rookxx)Machine Gun Kelly’s drummer has been hospitalised after reportedly being attacked, robbed, and run over by a car. Rook – real name JP Cappelletty – is thought to have been walking down a street in Hollywood Hills on Tuesday night, when two men jumped out of a vehicle to rob him. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources have said that he had thousands of dollars of property stolen, and he was hit by a car, which injured his foot and arm. However, Rook’s been keeping his spirits high, sharing a couple of snaps from his hospital bed and telling fans: ‘Don’t worry I’ll bounce back.’ The drummer could be seen raising his arm, which is in a cast, and posing with his Forget Me Too hitmaker...

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29 Things That Sold Like Hotcakes Last Month

In February, we felt burnt out. Our post-holiday highs had long worn off, we had serious new year's resolution fatigue, and Punxsutawney Phil served us with six more weeks of winter — could you blame him? But, just because the past 30 days were a bit blegh doesn't mean our shopping habits followed suit. The hodgepodge of stuff that sold like hotcakes last month was a timely mix of cross-category comfort material; from many pairs of sworn-by sweatpants to sunset-projection lamps and $5 callus-removing pumice stones. We've yet again returned to the shopping source, anonymously tapping the virtual carts of Refinery29 readers (aka you, us, them) in order to fashion the ahead product culmination. As usual, the goods featured are 29 items that were purchased the most last month — and, in some sm

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Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie calls Steve Bruce a ‘coward’ in training ground bust-up

Steve Bruce was reportedly involved in a row with Matt Ritchie in Newcastle United training (AFP via Getty)Steve Bruce was called a ‘coward’ by Matt Ritchie during a heated bust-up at Newcastle United’s training ground, according to reports. Bruce publicly criticised Ritchie over his failure to pass on instructions to his teammates before Wolves’ goal in the 1-1 draw at St James’ Park on Saturday. ‘The instructions Matty didn’t get on to the team quick enough on how we were doing it,’ Bruce said after the game. ‘When you look at the goal, we should have stopped the cross and when the ‘keeper looks at it, could he have done better?’ According to MailOnline, Ritchie was furious with Bruce’s criticism and demanded an explanation from the Newcastle manager following the match. ...

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Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway ‘hit with 104 Ofcom complaints’ after Gordon Ramsay insults guest’s teeth

Gordon Ramsay caused controversy on last weekend’s show (Picture: ITV)Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway has reportedly been hit with 104 Ofcom complaints after Gordon Ramsay insulted a guest’s teeth on last week’s show. According to The Sun, 68 of those complaints came as a result of Gordon’s ‘savage’ remark, which saw him mock guest Lorna’s teeth during the Read My Lips game. During the section of the show, he was tasked with helping members of the public win big prizes by trying to guess what the callers were saying through lip reading. While playing, Gordon remarked that he found it difficult to understand Lorna because of her teeth. ‘I can’t… It’s the gap in the teeth, I can’t understand what she’s saying,’ Gordon said. Presenters Ant and Dec laughed at the comme...

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