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Ghost Ship master tenant expected to be sentenced, victims families ask for different deal

OAKLAND—There were emotional pleas from parents and family members of the 36 victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire: reject the plea deal for defendant Derick Almena. Almena, 50,  was the master tenant of the Ghost Ship warehouse that caught fire Dec. 2, 2016, taking the lives of three dozen people. Almena pled guilty in January to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in exchange for 12 years in custody. But he’s likely not to serve anymore time in Santa Rita Jail, and will instead serve the remainder of his sentence (1.5 years) on house arrest through an ankle monitor, and three years of probation. The deal has not settled well with most of the family members who spoke during Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, expressing their grief over the loss of their loved ones, but also their displeas

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Stash is an investment app that’s good for beginners who need help finding money to invest

 Summary List Placement Micro-investing app Stash is best for beginners who want automatic investing options with freedom to choose their investments. With fractional share investing, Stash subscribers can invest in thousands of stocks and funds at any dollar amount. Stash's monthly fees start at $1, which may be higher than fees charged by other apps and robo-advisors for small balances. Click here to open an account with Stash Invest » Table of Contents: Masthead StickyIs Stash right for you? Stash is best for beginner investors who want help investing more each month. Investment options don't do you any good if you aren't able to find money in your budget each month to invest. Stash offers tools like Set Schedule, Round Ups, and Smart-Stash to help find extra cash and invest it. Stas...

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Fanning the flames: Jacksonville Historical Society hosts ‘The Great Fire Run’

The Jacksonville Historical Society is hosting the Great Fire Run of 2021. The 5K and 1 Mile race, commemorating 120 years after Jacksonville’s Great Fire, will be held on Saturday, May 1. The event begins and ends at Old St. Andrew’s Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., across from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The 5K will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 1 Mile Run at 8:30 a.m. RELATED | [The Great Fire of 1901 - Full Story] [Great Fire Festival commemorates Jacksonville’s history] To ensure safety during this time of pandemic, the wearing of masks will be required when not running the race, social distancing encouraged, and no post-race congregating. Sign up at runsignup.com and search for Great Fire Run. Runners who register at least two weeks prior to the event are guarante...

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Asian Americans confront a new wave of racial violence

Asian communities are rising up against this new wave of racial violence, writes Jesse Jackson. Activists are organizing self-patrols and community escorts for the elderly. | GettyThe scapegoating of Asian Americans is taking an ugly, violent turn. A new wave of anti-Asian racial violence is sweeping the country. Sadly, racial violence, bigotry and hatred directed at Asian Americans has scarred their history in this country. Nothing is more dehumanizing. Asian Americans come from many countries and many cultures. They have played a remarkable role in building this country. And yet, the violence erases their humanity, identifies them as the other, and ignores their contributions. I remember in May of 1983, I met with Lily Chin and Asian American leaders at San Francisco Chinatown’s Cameron

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Jeff Bezos has been awarded $218,000 in legal fees after fighting off a defamation suit brought by his girlfriend’s brother. Here’s how the Amazon CEO became embroiled in a tangled web of lawsuits and family drama. (AMZN)

Summary List PlacementJeff Bezos has been awarded $218,000 in legal fees, the latest development in the high-profile legal drama surrounding the Amazon CEO.  What began as a tabloid scoop two years ago revealing the relationship between Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, has since resulted in investigations into her brother, Michael, the National Enquirer, and even the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, as well as a protracted legal battle between Michael Sanchez and Bezos. Here's where the conflict began and everything that's happened since.  SEE ALSO: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have weathered a tabloid scandal, a lawsuit, and maybe even interference from a foreign government. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since. I...

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Sharks’ Joachim Blichfeld discusses hit on Nathan MacKinnon, suspension

San Jose Sharks forward Joachim Blichfeld reiterated Monday that he wasn’t intentionally trying to hurt Nathan MacKinnon last week when he was assessed and subsequently suspended for an illegal check to the head on the Colorado Avalanche center. As he was skating toward the Sharks bench for a change, Blichfeld clipped MacKinnon’s shoulder and head with his left shoulder. MacKinnon went down on the ice, where he remained for a few moments as Avalanche players went at Blichfeld. Blichfeld was given a match penalty for the high hit on MacKinnon at the 8:08 mark of the third period, a call that was upheld after officials reviewed the play. MacKinnon left the game to get examined and did not return. In handing Blichfeld the suspension, the NHL ruled that the main point of contact from Blichfeld

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Astou Ndour returns to Sky on 1-year deal

In 2019, Astou Ndour soared to unexpected heights in place of the injured Jantel Lavender. | AP PhotosAstou Ndour will return to the Sky after spending one season with the Wings. Forward Astou Ndour is coming back to Chicago after spending one season with the Wings. The Sky on Monday signed Ndour to a one-year deal, league sources said. The Wings bought Ndour out of her three-year contract last month, paving the way for her to return to the Sky. Ndour is the latest addition to the Sky’s already stacked roster, headlined by Candace Parker, Courtney Vandersloot and Diamond DeShields. Ndour is coming off a challenging 2020 season, during which she averaged just 3.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13 games. Her familiarity with the Sky will likely make for a smooth transition. Last offseason, N...

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Naga Muchetty recalls first ever experience of racism at seven years old in Let’s Talk About Race: ‘You never forget’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Naga Munchetty was seen recalling the first ever time she experienced racism as a seven-year-old girl at school in her Panorama episode: Let’s Talk About Race. The BBC Breakfast presenter, 46, was seen taking a deep dive into what race and racism means in the UK, as she met with people across the country to share their own experiences. In the episode, that was widely praised by viewers for highlighting racial inequality within society today, Naga revealed the first time she was subjected to racism as a little girl. ‘You never forget the first time,’ Naga said. ‘I was seven when someone I thought was my friend at school said we could no l

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2 key House Democrats want the IRS to extend tax filing season, citing ‘titanic strain’ on taxpayers

Summary List PlacementTo continue providing economic relief to Americans during COVID-19, two House Democrats called on the Internal Revenue Service on Monday to extend the the 2021 tax filing season past April 15. Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal and Oversight Subcommittee Chair Bill Pascrell, Jr. said in a joint statement that at the end of February, the number of returns filed was down nearly 25% year-over-year, while only 27% of phone calls to the IRS were answered, indicating that a majority of taxpayers weren't getting the help they needed in filing taxes.  "We want to remind the IRS that many Americans continue to face the same health and economic challenges that necessitated an extension last year," Neal and Pascrell said. "Facing enormous strain and anxiety, taxpayer...

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Self-made billionaire Sara Blakely revealed the 4 leadership tactics she’s using to guide Spanx and keep revenues going while quarantined in an RV ‘somewhere in Florida’

Summary List PlacementThe disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has many people working remotely, but Spanx founder and CEO Sara Blakely is taking it a good distance further. "We decided that quarantining with four children under the age of 10 in a home just wasn't enough," she told LinkedIn's Dan Roth. "We had to take it up a notch." Blakely and her husband Jesse Itzler — himself an entrepreneur as well — needed a change of scenery, so they bought a 35-foot RV to escape their home city of Atlanta and explore the quieter corners of Florida. "We don't even have super set plans. We kind of just got in," she said. A post shared by Sara Blakely (@sarablakely) on May 1, 2020 at 5:36am P...

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Democrats turn attention to filibuster changes

By Hope Yen | Associated Press WASHINGTON — With President Joe Biden on the verge of his first big legislative victory, a key moderate Democrat says he’s open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through other parts of the White House’s agenda such as voting rights. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin stressed Sunday that he wants to keep the procedural hurdle known as the filibuster, saying major legislation should always have significant input from the minority party. But he noted there are other ways to change the rules that now effectively require 60 votes for most legislation. One example: the “talking filibuster,” which requires senators to slow a bill by holding the floor, but then grants an “up or down” simple majority vote if they give up. “The fi

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Plans revealed for new Champions League format and when it will start

Bayern Munich claimed the Champions League trophy last season (Picture: Getty Images)Plans have been revealed for a new Champions League format that will see the group stage increased to 36 teams from the current 32 and come into being in 2024. The details have not been finalised but are expected to be completed in the coming weeks, according to European Clubs’ Association (ECA) chairman Andrea Agnelli. Former Manchester United and Netherlands goalkeeper, and current Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar has been given the credit for the idea behind the changes. The group stage of the tournament would look completely different under the new proposal, with teams playing 10 matches agaisnt sides of varying strengths and the results making up one league table. There would be so...

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Who’s ready to return to theme parks? Anti-maskers, COVID-19 skeptics and Trump voters, poll finds

The Americans most comfortable going to a theme park right now are those unconcerned about COVID-19, people who rarely or never wear masks and Trump voters, according to a new poll. A new Morning Consult poll found that 65% of people unconcerned about COVID-19, 66% of those who avoid wearing masks and 40% of voters who backed Donald Trump in 2020 feel comfortable going to a theme park. The poll of 2,200 American adults conducted in late February found that 63% are uncomfortable going to a U.S. theme park compared to 31% who are ready to climb aboard a roller coaster or scream on a thrill ride. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. SEE ALSO: When will Disneyland and other California them...

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Thoughts & Prayers To Whoever Runs Burger King’s Twitter & Has To Clean This Mess Up

Brands and corporations have a history of fumbling holidays and celebrations like International Women’s Day. Two years in a row, fast-food giant McDonald’s received backlash for flipping its logo from an “M” to a “W” without implementing any tangible behind-the-scenes change. But this year, competitor Burger King is under attack for a particularly questionable Twitter joke. “Women belong in the kitchen,” wrote @BurgerKingUK, before adding, only in a follow-up tweet, “If they want to, of course. Yet only 20% of chefs are women. We’re on a mission to change the gender ratio in the restaurant industry by empowering female employees with the opportunity to pursue a culinary career.” The thread closes with a pledge to launch a scholarship program for women chefs at Burger King. The accoun

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These sea slugs can self-decapitate and grow a new body

By Megan Marples | CNN It turns out getting beheaded doesn’t mean automatic death for every animal. Researchers discovered that two species of sea slugs, Elysia cf. marginata and Elysia atroviridis, can regrow their body after cutting off their own head, according to a study published Monday in Current Biology. Some animals like these sacoglossan slugs, also known as sap-sucking sea slugs, can autotomize, which is when an animal sheds a body part voluntarily, said study author Sayaka Mitoh, doctoral student in the department of biological sciences at Nara Women’s University in Japan. She said the research team couldn’t determine why the slugs shed vital body parts, but some animals do it to remove internal parasites that inhibit their reproduction, Mitoh said. Five of the 15 laboratory-bre

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