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Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Amid gun violence, ATF lacks a leader My heart broke as I read the article entitled, “18 kids killed in school shooting” published in the East Bay Times on May 25 (Page A1). As a pediatrician practicing in the Bay Area, each year I have treated children affected by gun violence. The truth is, over 1,300 Americans were killed in mass shootings between 2009 and 2020. One in four of these mass shooting victims were children and teens. Yet these numbers are just a small portion of the lives forever changed by these events. The last several years, the federal government’s main agency for enforcing gun laws and holding the gun industry accountable has lacked leadership and direction. I plead with our U.S. senators t

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California schools try to outrace COVID outbreaks

A fourth-grade camping trip led to one outbreak, a high school prom to another. But even with covid cases rising as schools head into the final stretch of the academic year, most California districts have not moved toward reinstating mask mandates. That stance has left many parents confused and concerned as they witness or hear about covid outbreaks among students after field trips and proms. Up and down California, school administrators are running out the clock, hoping to outrace the outbreaks. The Berkeley school system and a few others have reversed their mask-optional policies, and the San Diego district sent letters to parents warning that masks could be reinstated if cases continue to rise. But most districts — including those in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland — haven’t rev

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California schools try to outrace COVID outbreaks

A fourth-grade camping trip led to one outbreak, a high school prom to another. But even with covid cases rising as schools head into the final stretch of the academic year, most California districts have not moved toward reinstating mask mandates. That stance has left many parents confused and concerned as they witness or hear about covid outbreaks among students after field trips and proms. Up and down California, school administrators are running out the clock, hoping to outrace the outbreaks. The Berkeley school system and a few others have reversed their mask-optional policies, and the San Diego district sent letters to parents warning that masks could be reinstated if cases continue to rise. But most districts — including those in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland — haven’t rev

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San Mateo: Long-anticipated Lazy Dog restaurant opens with Spacedust Wings, Bacon Candy and a beer club

Three years after announcing that Lazy Dog would be coming to the Peninsula, the restaurant group has just opened its newest, built from the ground up, at Bridgepointe Shopping Center in San Mateo. It’s the fifth Bay Area location for the SoCal-based chain with rustic decor and a comfort menu; the sixth locally is under construction in South San Jose, with an early 2023 opening forecast. Lazy Dog has supplemented the casual American dishes for which its known — pot roast, bison meatloaf, burgers, chicken pot pie — with popular offerings from its virtual concept, Jolene’s Wings & Beer. Think Spacedust Wings, coated in a Szechuan peppercorn, chile and orange dry rub, and Street Corn Fries, with tajin-lime sauce and queso blanco. For weekend brunch, the long lineup includes Cheesy Eggs w...

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NRA kicks off annual convention Friday in Houston

By Juan Lozano and David A. Lieb | Associated Press HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association begins its annual convention in Houston on Friday, and leaders of the powerful gun-rights lobbying group are gearing up to “reflect on” — and deflect any blame for — the deadly shooting earlier this week of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Former President Donald Trump and other leading Republicans are scheduled to address the three-day firearms industry marketing event, which is expected to draw protesters fed up with gun violence. Some scheduled speakers and performers have backed out, including two Texas lawmakers and “American Pie” singer Don McLean, who said “it would be disrespectful” to go ahead with his act in the aftermath of the country’s latest mass

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Ray Liotta Was So Much More Than ‘Goodfellas’

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Grant Lamos IV/GettyFew actors have ever exuded tough-guy menace more than Ray Liotta—a persona solidified by his breakthrough performance in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 masterpiece Goodfellas as real-life gangster Henry Hill, whose love of wealth and power (and its attendant pleasures) drives him to become a made man, and whose ego and fondness for cocaine contributes to his eventual downfall. Nonetheless, there was far more to the acclaimed actor than the iconic role, and it’s that fact which makes Liotta’s sudden passing in his sleep last night at the far-too-young age of 67 such a heartbreaking loss. Tributes will invariably focus, first and foremost, on Liotta’s Goodfellas turn, and with good reason—this side of James Cagney, Marlon Brando, and Al Pac...

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Alan White, longtime drummer for prog rock band Yes, dies at 72

By Chris Grygiel | Associated Press SEATTLE — Alan White, the longtime drummer for progressive rock pioneers Yes who also played on projects with John Lennon and George Harrison, has died. He was 72. White’s death was announced on his Facebook page by his family. The post said he died at his Seattle-area home Thursday after a brief illness. Just days earlier Yes had announced that due to health issues White would not take part in the band’s upcoming tour of the United Kingdom to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic album “Close to the Edge.” White joined Yes in 1972, replacing original drummer Bill Bruford. In a band noted for frequent lineup changes, White was a constant and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Yes in 2017. Though he didn’t play on “Clos

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Texas is latest test for Biden’s long battle over guns

By Chris Megerian | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Joe Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, surveyed the collection of black, military-style rifles on display in the middle of the room as he denounced the sale of guns whose “only real function is to kill human beings at a ferocious pace.” That was nearly three decades ago, and Congress was on the verge of passing an assault weapons ban. But the law eventually expired, and guns that were once illegal are now readily available, most recently used in the slaughter at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The tragedy, which came less than two weeks after another mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, has refocused Biden’s presidency on one of the greatest political challenges of his career — the long figh

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Downtown San Jose church faces lawsuit over mass stabbing attack

SAN JOSE — More than a year after five people were stabbed there in a brutal attack that sent shockwaves through the community, Grace Baptist Church in downtown San Jose is facing a new lawsuit that accuses it of failing to protect those who worked and took refuge on the property. The lawsuit blames the church and its nonprofit partner, Grace Solutions, for allowing the November 2020 attack that killed two people and injured three more in a homeless shelter that operates out of the church. Fernando Jesus Lopez, who lived in the shelter at the time and now is awaiting trial for the stabbings, had a violent past and should not have been allowed to stay on the property, according to the lawsuit. It also accuses the church and the nonprofit of failing to provide security. The allegations, file

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At National Press Club, Elder Bednar ansers questions about finances, ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on May 26, 2022.Joshua Roberts, for the Deseret News WASHINGTON — Elder David A. Bednar took questions for 22 minutes here Thursday from journalists at the National Press Club, talking about LGBTQ issues and financial reserves and media characterizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Bednar first spoke for 30 minutes. He began by saying that church leaders and members “mourn with those who mourn” over Tuesday’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. It was “a senseless act of violence,” said Elder Bednar, 69, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Related

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UCLA softball leans on experience against Duke in Super Regional

This weekend, 12-time national champion UCLA softball will host an NCAA Super Regional and the Bruins, with storied experience in the postseason, will have a first-time opponent Friday. No. 12 seed Duke is making its first NCAA Super Regional appearance in its fifth year as a program, and it will be doing so at Easton Stadium in Westwood. “Any time we get to play a team that we’ve never played before, it’s fun,” UCLA redshirt senior shortstop Briana Perez said. “In the Pac-12, we just beat up on each other and we play each other so often. So studying a new opponent and seeing some new faces on the field is exciting.” The best-of-three series will feature an 8 p.m. game Friday and a 5:30 p.m. game Saturday. A third game, if necessary, will be announced for Sunday. UCLA wrapped up the NCAA L

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Police: Texas gunman was inside the school for over an hour

By JAKE BLEIBERG, JIM VERTUNO and ELLIOT SPAGAT UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities say the gunman who massacred 21 people at an elementary school was in the building for over an hour before he was killed by law enforcement officers. The amount of time that elapsed has stirred anger and questions among family members, who demanded to know why they did not storm the place and put a stop to the rampage more quickly. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine said 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered Robb Elementary School and began his rampage at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. A Border Patrol tactical unit began trying to get inside an hour later, and at 12:58 p.m., radio chatter noted he was dead. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. UVALDE, Texas (AP

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Uvalde Victim’s Family Mistakenly Told He Was Still Alive

Courtesy of Christopher SalazarJose Flores grinned wide and held up an honor roll certificate as he posed during an academic ceremony on Tuesday morning. The fourth-grader at Robb Elementary School in Texas was wearing a blue T-shirt in the photo, which was snapped hours before a teenager with a semi-automatic rifle entered his classroom and gunned down little kids. That shirt, one relative told The Daily Beast, was later used to identify his body. Jose’s uncle, Christopher Salazar, says that he and the boy’s father searched for hours for his 10-year-old nephew after the massacre at the Uvalde school. Alyssa, Jose’s mother and Salazar’s sister, was away on a work trip when the shooting claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers and chaos unfolded in the tight-knit community. Jose w...

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New Pacemaker Zaps Your Heart Before Melting Away

Northwestern UniversityFun fact: Your heart doesn’t need a brain, or a body for that matter, to beat. That’s because it has its own electrical system independent of your nervous system. However, the heart’s beating can go haywire in certain medical conditions. This is where pacemakers come in. These devices are typically hooked up to the heart and resets it using electrical signals if it ever beats too fast or too slow. Some people need to be on pacemakers for life, while others only need it for short periods of time. For the latter, scientists have created a powerful pacemaker that can vanish without a trace within days. In a paper published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers at Northwestern University have created a smart pacemaker that can give its wearer feedback on their he...

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Leah Remini’s Daughter Stuns In Emerald Green Prom Dress, “You Need Your Own Show”

When not hosting her popular podcast Scientology: Fair Game, two-time Emmy Award winner Leah Remini (The King of Queens) spends time with her family. As seen below, Leah posed with her husband Angelo and their 18-year-old daughter Sofia (in the emerald green dress) at her prom. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Leah Remini (@leahremini) Leah wrote: “Last night was Sofia’s senior prom. Senior year is filled with exciting milestones but it doesn’t make it any less sad for parents when we wonder how time flew by so fast. Angelo and I couldn’t be prouder of the young woman Sofia is becoming. But I need this process to slow down.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Visage (@michellevisage) ...

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