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Sprawl made Los Angeles’ pandemic problem worse, not better

In April 2020, a mere month into the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, things were looking pretty good for Los Angeles. As the virus ravaged metropolitan New York City, Los Angeles County went largely unaffected—as of April 24, the City of Angels posted a mere 850 cases, compared to the Big Apple’s 16,646. Anti-urban pundits were quick to claim victory. In the pages of the Los Angeles Times, Joel Kotkin proclaimed: “Angelenos love their sprawl. The coronavirus proves them right.” Fast forward to early January 2021, and the tables have turned. Los Angeles is ground zero for the pandemic, with Los Angeles County posting over twice as many daily new cases as New York City as of January 10. Upwards of 200 Angelenos are now dying every day, and there’s no end in sight. With the benefit of a year of

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San Jose: Police shooting reported in east foothills

SAN JOSE — A police shooting was reported in the city’s east foothills Thursday morning, according to authorities. The shooting occurred at about 10:20 a.m. near La Pala Drive and McKee Road. The person who was shot was transported to a local hospital; their condition was not immediately available. Check back later for updates to this story. Related Articles Northern California sheriff’s deputy killed during shootout identified Family of man shot by police sues Hayward in federal court Northern California sheriff’s deputy, K-9 dog, driver dead following shootout Oscar Grant killing: Civil-rights coalition renews pressure for charges against ex-BART cop BART’s push...

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Ducks lack passion, responsibility, commitment, coach says

ANAHEIM — Dallas Eakins didn’t raise his voice late Wednesday night. He didn’t slam his fist on a table in front of him. He didn’t lace his speech with profanities. He also didn’t hold back during a postgame analysis of what’s been missing from the Ducks’ play in the season’s first four games. “Passion, responsibility, commitment – that’s what this is about,” he said. It was on display only now and then in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Honda Center that dropped the Ducks’ record to 1-2-1, and angered their coach to the point that he benched his second line of Danton Heinen, Adam Henrique and Jakob Silfverberg for an extended stretch. “I have extremely high expectations for ‘Rico,’ Heinen, Silfverberg,” Eakins said, referring to Henrique by his nickname. “There’s probably a couple of

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A more perfect and more lasting Union: Jackie Gingrich Cushman

It was a long 2020. It featured a pandemic, politics and economic hardships. Many of us are tired of the political polarization and the constant spewing of hate. It’s not just that we don’t want to be hated; we also don’t want to hate. We yearn to get along, to make progress and to work together to make our country better for our children. We’re exhausted, frustrated and feeling helpless. We want to make a difference, and I know we can. On the afternoon of Jan. 6, as our nation’s Capitol was under attack, several volunteers (including myself) were involved in a strategic planning session for the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. For me, the chance to participate in something positive, forward-looking and focused on helping our youngest children was a perfect antidote to

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Gigi Hadid celebrates her and Zayn Malik’s daughter turning four months old: ‘The best kid’

Gigi Hadid’s little one is four months old already (Picture: Instagram/@gigihadid)Gigi Hadid has shared a post celebrating four months with her daughter, telling her followers that her baby is ‘the best kid’.  Sharing a photo of her cradling her and Zayn Malik’s daughter, with the baby almost out of shot, Gigi, 25, wrote: ‘my girl. 4 months & THE BEST KID.’ Gigi and Zayn, 28, have kept their daughter’s face off social media, but both have often updated fans about her all the same.  The pair are loving being new parents, and Gigi also shared a screenshot of a message she had sent Zayn, writing: ‘Hey. I’m obsessed w our kid.’  The little one was born on September 20, three days before mum and dad announced the new arrival to the world.  Gigi also revealed that she had wa...

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Biden revokes Trump’s ‘patriotic education’ report that downplays America’s role in slavery

By COLLIN BINKLEY | AP Education Writer President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda. In an executive order signed on Wednesday in his first day in office, Biden disbanded Donald Trump’s presidential 1776 Commission and withdrew a report it released Monday. Trump established the group in September to rally support from white voters and as a response to The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which highlights the lasting consequences of slavery in America. In its report, which Trump hoped would be used in classrooms across the nation, the commission glorifies the country’s founders, plays down America’s role in slavery, condemns the rise of progressive polit

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Kurtenbach: The Warriors are a whole new team — it’s by design

The Warriors have, unquestionably, achieved one of their big goals for this season. They wanted to become a more athletic team, a more dynamic operation. Watching their game against the Spurs on Wednesday, it was clear that they were just that. San Antonio has some athletic players, but the Warriors ran those Clydesdales off the court in their 121-99 win. Related Articles Kurtenbach: What can the Warriors do with James Wiseman? Kurtenbach: Warriors searching for identity — and they need to find it soon Warriors on Sunday: Steve Kerr compares Lakers to Golden State’s 73-win team Steph Curry, Steve Kerr remember Kobe Bryant as anniversary of his death approaches Kurt

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Junior Bake Off star comes to the rescue as fellow contestant breaks down in tears

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A contestant on this year’s series of Junior Bake Off was more than willing to lend a helping hand when one of his competitors broke down in tears. On this evening’s episode, the young bakers taking part in Junior Bake Off – the spin-off of The Great British Bake Off – set about making a variety of sweet treats for Dessert Day. For their technical, in a challenge set by judge and former Bake Off star Liam Charles, they were tasked with following a recipe for a ‘mega choccy stack’, which consisted of a chocolate pudding sandwiched between chocolate brownies and topped with whipped cream. Early on, Maddi, 14, encountered some trouble when she

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Chargers RB Austin Ekeler provides gym for Santa Barbara High

Austin Ekeler’s height and weight on the Chargers’ roster sheet can be deceiving. He stands at 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, but he doesn’t play the role of an undersized running back. Ekeler is known as the strongest pound-for-pound Charger. The YouTube videos of him doing one-arm pull-ups and Instagram pictures of his ripped physique support that claim. But Ekeler doesn’t spend hours in the weight room because he wants to show off his muscles. He needed to outwork the competition because of his stature, and in the process of building the perfect NFL body, Ekeler learned there were other advantages to being in the gym. “I didn’t realize how much it was going to help me,” Ekeler said in a phone interview with Southern California News Group on Wednesday. “It really taught me to work hard. It ta

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“Even As We Hurt, We Grew”: What Vice President Kamala Harris Means For This Country — & Our Future

We all know President Joe Biden and Madame Vice President Kamala Harris aren’t going to fix everything wrong with this country overnight. They are not perfect, nor do we expect them to be. We also know that we can’t just swipe left on the previous administration. It happened and, now, here we are.  But where is “here,” exactly? Let’s be real, the problems we face in America didn’t all originate in the past four years. Discrimination and inequality are woven into our nation’s fabric by design, and the recent violence at the Capitol wasn’t hate’s debut — it was a continuation of a legacy not only of white supremacy, but of an institutional willingness to ignore it until it boils over. Things might have calmed down a bit in the two weeks since that impossible-to-ignore moment, but that

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Lengthy spell of rain is on the horizon for Bay Area

An encouraging development is on tap for the Bay Area following months of mostly dry weather that has been interrupted only on rare occasions. A decent amount of rain is on the way. “We’ve got a conga line of storm systems,” National Weather Service meteorologist Drew Peterson said. That line will begin arriving late Friday and into Saturday and will signal a significant change to the general weather pattern that has brought mostly warm temperatures and, for a couple days, powerful winds. It’s the first of two small systems expected to pass through the Bay Area by the end of the weekend, according to the weather service. The first two systems will bring only light showers. Two bigger ones will follow after that. “The first two that we have on the way are going to be a prelude to the much b

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The ex-leader of Bermuda has been charged with corruption, potentially ending a decade-long mystery about the controversial US ad agency GlobalHue

Summary List PlacementEwart Brown, the former Premier of Bermuda, was charged with 13 counts of corruption by the island's director of public prosecutions on January 20, according to the Royal Gazette newspaper. The charges bring to an end a more than decade-long mystery about the leadership of the Bermudan government between the years of 2006 and 2010: Just how corrupt was Brown, really? The answer, prosecutors allege, is that Brown's graft was routine. He received more than $4 million in bribes that went to him, a business that he owned, or as political contributions to the Progressive Labour Party that he led at the time, according to Reuters. Brown did not respond to two messages sent to his personal accounts requesting comment. Why did the country's leader defend his ad agency so f...

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TikTok Has Spoken — & It Wants More Fashion Looks From The Biden Grandchildren

US President Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden along with their family walk up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House north gate January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images) After sleeping on it, one thing about Joe Biden’s inauguration has become clear: The entire day, from the swearing-in ceremony to the celebrations afterward, will go down in fashion history. Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama were visions in purple, Lady Gaga nodded to The Hunger Games with couture Schiaparelli, and Bernie Sanders went viral for his mittens knit by a Vermont schoolteacher. But while those looks — as well as Jill Biden’s blue Markarian coat and dress and J.Lo’s

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Police find another child allegedly abused by Morgan County man

Deseret News archives MORGAN — Police say they have identified another child allegedly abused by a Morgan County man accused of sexually abusing children in his neighborhood. Jeffrey Curtis Horrocks, 52, of Peterson, is already in custody after being charged in December with sodomy on a child, a first-degree felony; sex abuse of a child and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, both second-degree felonies; and dealing in harmful materials to a minor, a third-degree felony. On Wednesday, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office filed an additional police affidavit accusing Horrocks of aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of dealing in harmful materials to a minor. Horrocks would show a girl under the age of 10 homemade pornographic videos “all the time,” the girl told detectives, acc...

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Here’s how much PepsiCo pays e-commerce experts, data engineers, and designers as it looks to fill hundreds of jobs in 2021

Summary List Placement2020 was a year of layoffs and shedding brands at Coca-Cola as the company instituted a new structure and dealt with fallout from the spread of coronavirus. But PepsiCo, Coke's traditional sparring partner, has so far avoided big changes to its operations. In fact, the company has continued to hire as results soar at some of its divisions, especially those that make snacks and beverages for consumption at home. Read more: Serial food entrepreneur Mark Ramadan secured a $340 million deal with Mondelez for chocolate brand Hu. Here's how he prepped the brand for acquisition in just over a year. Sales to restaurants were still down as much as 40% during the company's third-quarter, which ended September 5. But CEO Ramon Laguarta told analysts during an October 1 earnin...

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Utah unemployment claims continue at historic levels, report shows

The Utah Department of Workforce Services in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, July 16, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of Utahns continue to apply for jobless benefits in the early weeks of the New Year. The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported Thursday total number of new claims filed for unemployment compensation in Utah tallied at 6,814 for the week of Jan. 10 through Jan. 17. There were nearly 31,000 continued claims filed during that same week, the data indicated, up nearly 2,500 from the previous week. The number of individuals who have not requested a benefit for two consecutive weeks as of Jan. 9 was 1,641, down from 2,014 individuals who met the same criteria the prior week. “We continue to see a significant demand for the unemplo...

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