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In quiet debut, Alzheimer's drug finds questions, skepticism
10/20/2021 6:11:12 PM

By Tom Murphy   BOSTON, MA—The first new Alzheimer's treatment in more than 20 years was hailed as a breakthrough when regulators approved it more than four months ago, but its rollout has been slowed by questions about its price and how well it works. Several major medical centers remain undecided on whether to use Biogen's Aduhelm, which is recommended for early stages of the disease. Big names like the Cleveland Clinic and Mass General Brigham in Boston say they'll pass on it for now. One neurology practice has even banned the company's sales...

Green thumb versus black & blue thumb
10/20/2021 5:43:31 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   If you came to our parsonage, you would discover all over our property, plants and flowers. Just don’t ask me to identify what they are. I can tell a plant from a flower, but that’s as far as it goes with me. That is not true with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. She gets all the credit for all the plants and flowers on our property. She knows them all by name. Walking up to our house, you will see right next to the door a pineapple plant. I never knew exactly what it was, but my wife kept telling me it was a pineapple. Then...

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune: Honoring a great role model
10/20/2021 5:40:09 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   Growing up in segregated Bennettsville, South Carolina, I was blessed to have parents who always tried to be and expose us to good role models. Daddy believed in learning by example, exposure, and osmosis, and would pile us children into our old Dodge and drive us to hear and meet great Black achievers whenever they came within 200 miles of our hometown. I heard the great Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune speak at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. I remember as if yesterday how she completely commanded the...

Dire warning from Newsom helped turn California recall tide
9/16/2021 10:41:54 PM

By Michael R. Blood and Kathleen Ronayne   LOS ANGELES—An ominous four-word message issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign on the morning of Aug. 5 served as the shock Democrats needed to take seriously a recall election that could remove him from office: “This recall is close.” Newsom’s warning in a fundraising email came just days after a poll indicated the once-popular Democratic governor who was elected in a 2018 landslide was facing the unthinkable prospect of losing his job in a state that hadn’t elected a Republican in...

California moves to return beach seized from Black couple
9/16/2021 10:40:05 PM

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO (AP)—California lawmakers unanimously moved Thursday to allow the return of prime beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who were stripped of their resort for African Americans amid racist harassment a century ago. What was known as Bruce's Beach in the city of Manhattan Beach was purchased in 1912 by Willa and Charles Bruce. They built the first West Coast resort for Black people during an era when racial segregation barred them from many beaches. The couple built a lodge, cafe, dance hall and dressing tents with bathing suits...

‘Miscalculation’ resulted in fireworks explosion in South Los Angeles
9/16/2021 10:38:05 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Police Department miscalculated the amount of fireworks placed into a containment vessel, resulting in a massive explosion that damaged several residences in South Los Angeles, according to a report released Monday evening. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Hoffman told residents Monday night the LAPD's containment vessel was designed to handle repeated detonations of 19 pounds of TNT equivalent at a time or a single detonation of 33 pounds of explosives before being returned to its...

City leaders blast lawsuit's attempt to overturn vaccine mandate
9/16/2021 10:36:00 PM

LOS ANGELES—City Attorney Mike Feuer said Monday that a federal lawsuit brought against the city by a group of Los Angeles Police Department officers demanding that the court toss the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for city employees is "much more political statement than it is sound legal argument" and predicted it would lose in court. The Los Angeles City Council last month approved an ordinance requiring city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early October, unless they are granted an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Under the mandate,...

LA City Council tentatively OKs law prohibiting protests at private homes
9/16/2021 10:33:50 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit protests within 300 feet of the target's residence, a policy developed after activists protesting the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate showed up at two council members' homes late last month. The ordinance received 12 yes votes, with Councilwoman Nithya Raman and Councilman Mike Bonin casting dissenting votes. The ordinance required unanimous approval on its first reading, and will be held until next week, when it will require 12 yes votes to pass. Ordinances...

Out West, Biden points to wildfires to push for big spending
9/16/2021 10:30:36 PM

By Alexandra Jaffe and Darlene Superville   BOISE, Idaho (AP)—President Joe Biden on Monday pointed to wildfires burning through the West to argue for his $3.5 trillion spending plan, calling year-round fires and other extreme weather a climate change reality the nation can no longer ignore. Biden spoke during a briefing in Boise, Idaho, while visiting the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates the government's response to wildfires. Millions of acres of land in several Western states have burned already this year, he noted. “The...

Media outlets recall country's unity after Sept. 11 attacks
9/16/2021 10:26:39 PM

By David Bauder   NEW YORK (AP)—Many of the media outlets that explore the country's differences, pausing Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, recalled almost wistfully the sense of common purpose that united Americans in the aftermath of that day. Television news networks offered wall-to-wall coverage of remembrances in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, that were attended by four presidents. “One should savor these moments of unity this morning—feel how good that feels,” said Fox News...