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Regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
8/25/2021 1:00:38 PM

By Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, a milestone that could boost public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory. The Pentagon immediately announced it will press ahead with plans to require members of the military to get the vaccine as the U.S., and the world, battle the extra-contagious delta variant. The formula made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech now carries the strongest endorsement...

The Child Tax Credit: Making the Right Choice
8/25/2021 12:50:39 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   “Groceries. I am pregnant, and I eat like a teenage boy. We needed more food. So it… it worked out perfectly.” That’s what Endia Villar, a working parent in Texas who is expecting her second child, told a reporter she did with her recent Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment—and she wasn’t alone. Families across the country began receiving their second round of CTC payments on August 13. The American Rescue Plan signed into law in March included a significant, one-year expansion of...

And then there were four
8/25/2021 12:35:32 PM

By Dr. James L. Snyder   Over a year ago, I got out of bed, went to the kitchen for my morning cup of coffee and then I went to the back porch to see if I had any visitors. This morning, as I looked out, I saw a little kitty on the porch. I had no idea where this little kitty came from or how it got to our back porch. I opened the door, stepped out, and the little kitty ran and hid. She thought she was hiding, but I could see exactly where she was So I left her alone and went and got some food for her. I put it in the dish and stood there waiting for her to come over,...

Metro Board considers declaring water supply alert as drought worsens
8/18/2021 8:07:19 PM

LOS ANGELES—In response to worsening drought conditions, the board of Southern California's regional water wholesaler plans to consider declaring a Water Supply Alert Tuesday that calls upon residents to voluntarily conserve the precious resource. According to Metropolitan Water District officials, Southern California's water supply has been severely impacted by extreme drought in both the Northern Sierra and the Colorado River, saying crucial storage reservoirs have never been lower. As a way to safeguard storage reserves, the board will consider declaring a Water...

The California Legislative Black Caucus stands in strong support of Governor Newsom
8/18/2021 8:05:37 PM

SACRAMENTO—The California Legislative Black Caucus strongly opposes the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom and urges all Californians to say “NO” to this unwarranted, ill-advised, and costly recall election. During a global health and economic crisis, proponents of the recall choose to waste more than $200 million tax-payer dollars on this baseless campaign, blaming the Governor for their losses, when in fact, his efforts have been squarely focused on protecting the health of all Californians. The language used in the recall position is reminiscent of the hateful...

California fire threatens homes as blazes burn across West
8/18/2021 8:03:11 PM

QUINCY, Calif. (AP)—Thousands of homes in Northern California remain threatened by the nation's largest wildfire as unstable weather creates a high danger of new blazes erupting across the West. Weekend thunderstorms across the northern Sierra didn't produce much rain, instead whipping up winds and unleashing lightning strikes that that bedeviled the more than 6,000 firefighters trying to contain the month-old Dixie Fire amid temperatures forecast to top 100 degrees (38 Celsius). “We're definitely still dealing with the possibility of lightning. Winds are...

City of LA will offer discounted pet adoptions for vaccinated residents
8/18/2021 8:01:17 PM

LOS ANGELES—People vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to adopt a pet at a discounted rate this Saturday from LA Animal Services. Fully vaccinated people will be able to adopt a dog or puppy at no cost, excluding the $20 license fee, at all six LA Animal Services Centers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Would-be adopters who have received only one dose of the two-dose regimen will receive 50% off their canine adoption fee, excluding the $20 license fee. Adoption fees for cats and kittens will be waived due to an ASPCA grant. For people who have not yet been vaccinated,...

South LA families impacted by fireworks blast rally outside City Hall
8/18/2021 7:54:58 PM

LOS ANGELES—South Los Angeles families gathered Monday outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters and City Hall to demand the city immediately fix their damaged homes and hold officers accountable for a destructive fireworks blast set off by a bomb squad on June 30. A couple of dozen people organized by Union del Barrio and Comites de Resistencia gathered with a letter outlining the families' demands addressed to Mayor Eric Garcetti. The families are seeking: • immediate repairs for their homes; • the names of the officers who gave the order to...

New police use-of-force training focuses on 'moral courage'
8/18/2021 7:52:50 PM

By Dave Collins   HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—A new use-of-force training program that will be required for all police officers in Connecticut will emphasize “moral courage,” empathy and de-escalation in an effort to reduce fatal shootings and other violent acts by officers. Officials believe it is one of the first use-of-force training programs in the country to be mandated across an entire state. Most police departments provide their own such training to officers based on state laws, which can result in patchworks of different standards and...

Indiana church that aided the Underground Railroad turns 200
8/18/2021 6:22:48 PM

By Emily Cox   BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP)—When the Bloomington Reformed Presbyterian Church was founded, Indiana was 5 years old, Abraham Lincoln wasn't a teenager yet, and one year had passed since the state confirmed Bloomington as the site of Indiana Seminary, which later became Indiana University. Now, in 2021, the church is celebrating its 200th anniversary throughout the year with the theme “Growing Under Grace.” Members of the church at 302 E. First St. have been researching its history, digging into its influence on the Bloomington community and...