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TV's Cartoonito aim: to help tots be 'best humans' possible
9/16/2021 10:24:54 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—It's a good time to be a preschooler with TV privileges. You can watch classics including “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” always worth your attention. And you're the target audience for shows that take a new approach to helping you grow up while being entertained. Case in point: Cartoonito, a programming block of animated shows that debuts Monday on Cartoon Network and HBO Max. It was developed with what its producers call “humancentric learning” at is core. “It really is about leaning...

CDC finds unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die of COVID
9/16/2021 10:22:23 PM

By Lauran Neergaard   WASHINGTON—New U.S. studies released Friday show the COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitalizations and death even as the extra-contagious delta variant swept the country. One study tracked over 600,000 COVID-19 cases in 13 states from April through mid-July. As delta surged in early summer, those who were unvaccinated were 4.5 times more likely than the fully vaccinated to get infected, over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

Crowded stadiums, pandemic create combustible mix this fall
9/16/2021 10:18:56 PM

By Tom Murphy   TAMPA, FL—More than 65,000 fans packed a stadium in Tampa to watch Tom Brady lead the Buccaneers to a win in the NFL's season opener, just hours after President Joe Biden announced a sweeping new plan to slow the latest COVID-19 surge. Most people at the open-air stadium Thursday night didn't wear masks. There was no vaccine requirement for fans, something Biden has urged sports and entertainment venues to impose. Many other football stadiums are taking a similarly lax approach to pandemic measures this fall, and that worries health...

Remembering September 11
9/16/2021 9:56:46 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   It was a gloriously beautiful morning in Atlanta, Georgia on September 11, 2001. I saw a glimpse of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s beloved community in his hometown as I attended the first public event of organizations that had joined together to sponsor a breakfast with several hundred Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, and political and community leaders of every color to affirm our joint responsibility to ensure a safe and fit nation and world for all of God’s children. I was moved...

Are you ready for fall?
9/16/2021 9:09:02 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   With such a tumultuous summer, I’m glad we are now beginning the fall season. There for a while, I didn’t think it was going to come. But, contrary to my negativity, it has arrived, and I’m delighted. Summer wasn’t quite the way summers have been in the past. My family didn’t have many get-togethers and picnics like we normally do. However, we did have one, and that had to do for the summer. I’m hoping next summer we can catch up. During the past summer, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said several...

Actor Michael K. Williams, Omar on ‘The Wire,’ dead at 54
9/7/2021 8:12:59 PM

By Michael R. Sisak and Andrew Dalton   NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up...

Sheriff's official claims retaliation for announcing Villanueva challenge
9/7/2021 8:08:50 PM

LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles County sheriff's official running to replace Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday he is exploring legal options after he was demoted from chief to commander because of his campaign challenging his boss. "What the sheriff did today is not only wrong, it goes against every procedure, and rule, laid out in our department and across the county," Eliezer Vera said during a downtown Los Angeles news conference. "Alex decided to do something unprecedented for what are clear political reasons, this is unfortunate." Vera, a 32-year...

RFK’s widow to board: Sirhan Sirhan should not be set free
9/7/2021 8:05:55 PM

LOS ANGELES—Robert F. Kennedy's widow said Tuesday that his killer, Sirhan Sirhan, should not be freed, despite the recommendation of a parole board last month. "Bobby believed we should work to ‘tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world.' He wanted to end the war in Vietnam and bring people together to build a better, stronger country. More than anything, he wanted to be a good father and loving husband," Ethel Kennedy, 93, said in a statement Tuesday. "Our family and our country suffered an unspeakable loss due to the...

USC football legend Sam ‘Bam' Cunningham dead at 71
9/7/2021 8:00:25 PM

INGLEWOOD—Sam "Bam" Cunningham, an All-American fullback at USC and College Football Hall of Famer who went on to become the New England Patriots' franchise leader in rushing, died Tuesday in Inglewood at age 71, according to the university. A cause of death was not immediately announced. Cunningham helped lead the Trojans to a 1972 national championship, capping his All-America season. He scored four touchdowns in the 1973 Rose Bowl, earning him MVP honors. Cunningham is also credited with helping spark the integration of college football in the Deep South,...

First responders nationwide resist COVID vaccine mandates
9/7/2021 7:53:46 PM

By Stefanie Dazio   Philadelphia—March 11, 2021. It was supposed to be a turning point in the coronavirus pandemic for Erin Tokley, a longtime Philadelphia police officer, Baptist minister and 47-year-old father of three. It was supposed to be the day of his vaccine appointment. Instead it was the date of his funeral. Tokley—“Toke” to his friends and family—died on March 3, becoming the Philadelphia Police Department's sixth confirmed COVID-19 death. Philadelphia officers first became eligible for their shots in late January and...