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More COVID-19 shots, studies offer hope for schools
9/2/2021 4:45:28 PM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Jay Reeves   WASHINGTON (AP)—Officials offered new hope for the safety of U.S. schoolchildren threatened by COVID-19 on Friday as Gulf Coast hospitals already full of unvaccinated patients braced for the nightmare scenario of a major hurricane causing a wave of fractures, cuts and heart attacks without enough staff to treat the injured. The Biden administration said half of U.S. adolescents ages 12-17 had gotten at least their first COVID-19 vaccine, and the inoculation rate among teens is growing faster than any other age...

Video shows police use stun gun on NBA's Jaxson Hayes
9/2/2021 4:42:20 PM

By Stefanie Dazio   LOS ANGELES (AP)—A Los Angeles police officer briefly pressed a knee to the neck of NBA player Jaxson Hayes as the New Orleans Pelicans center gasped “I can't breathe” seconds before another officer used a Taser on him during a struggle, according to body camera video released Friday. The officers went to Hayes' home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood on July 28 around 3 a.m. after his girlfriend's cousin called 911. The cousin said Hayes' girlfriend was sending her text messages saying he had become loud and violent...

California Supreme Court upholds death penalty rules
9/2/2021 4:39:02 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California's top court rejected an attempt to make it harder to impose the death penalty, ruling Thursday in favor of the current system where jurors need not unanimously agree on aggravating factors used to justify the punishment. Jurors already must unanimously agree to impose a death sentence, and to do so must decide that aggravating factors outweigh mitigating circumstances. But they do not have to unanimously agree on each specific aggravating factor, the California Supreme Court said in a 7-0 decision. Those factors...

Honoring Alex Haley and our roots
9/2/2021 2:01:39 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   I feel that [my ancestors] do watch and guide, and I also feel that they join me in the hope that this story of our people can help alleviate the legacies of the fact that preponderantly the histories have been written by the winners. – Alex Haley, from the conclusion of Roots   This August marked the centennial of the birth of Alex Haley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose landmark book Roots opened so many eyes to the harsh truth about American slavery and its aftermath. In an...

Is being sane too much to ask?
9/2/2021 1:10:07 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   When young, I remember my grandfather often saying to me, "the world wasn't like this when I was your age." Then he would go on a long rant about how things were much different when he was my age. Finally, he would conclude by saying, "It's an insane world out there, son." Recently, I caught myself saying the same things to one of my grandchildren, and then it dawned on me, "Have I become my grandfather?" Pondering this a little bit, I thought, is this generation just as insane as my generation? Or, where...

Jesse Jackson and wife remain under observation for COVID-19
8/25/2021 1:29:51 PM

By Sophia Tareen   CHICAGO (AP)—The Rev. Jesse Jackson, and his wife, Jacqueline, remained under doctors' observation Sunday at a Chicago hospital and were “responding positively to treatments” for COVID-19, their son told The Associated Press. The couple, married for nearly six decades, were admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital a day earlier. Doctors were “carefully monitoring their condition” because of their ages, Jonathan Jackson, one of the couple's five children, said in a statement. Jesse Jackson is 79, and Jacqueline...

Years in the making, R. Kelly sex abuse trial gets underway
8/25/2021 1:27:18 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—R&B star R. Kelly  is a predator who lured girls, boys and young women with his fame and dominated them physically, sexually and psychologically, a prosecutor said Wednesday, while a defense lawyer warned jurors they'll have to sift through lies from accusers with agendas to find the truth. The differing perspectives came as the long-anticipated trial began unfolding in a Brooklyn courtroom where several accusers were scheduled to testify in the next month about the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer whose career has been derailed by charges...

Wildfire smoke draws heat from pollution monitor advisory
8/25/2021 1:16:39 PM

DIAMOND BAR—Winds are expected to bring some of the smoke from massive wildfires in northern and central California into portions of the South Coast Air Basin, including parts of the San Gabriel Mountains, prompting an air pollution agency to issue an advisory through at least Wednesday morning. "While smoke will be present in the upper atmosphere across the region, the greatest impacts on surface air quality are expected in mountain areas and (the) Coachella Valley," according to a statement issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which is the air...

Fire Preparedness urged as Southland nears peak fire season
8/25/2021 1:12:22 PM

LOS ANGELES—With hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Northern California and the Southland nearing its peak fire season, Los Angeles officials Monday urged residents to do their part to prevent blazes from starting and spreading. "As we've seen in the news each day, Northern California has multiple large brush fires burning. In fact, the frequency of these fires is outpacing last year's record breaking season, which saw over 4 million acres burned. Therefore, it is now more critical than ever that the people of Southern California become prepared for...

Virus outbreaks force early reversals on in-person learning
8/25/2021 1:05:17 PM

By Jeff Amy   ATLANTA (AP)—A few weeks into the new school year, growing numbers of U.S. districts have halted in-person learning or switched to hybrid models because of rapidly mounting coronavirus infections. More than 80 school districts or charter networks have closed or delayed in-person classes for at least one entire school in more than a dozen states. Others have sent home whole grade levels or asked half their students to stay home on hybrid schedules. The setbacks in mostly small, rural districts that were among the first to return dampen hopes for a...