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    He waived his rights, pleaded no contest to three murder counts, and admitted to enhancements for each murder, thus avoiding the possibility of the death penalty or life without parole at trial, the judge then found him guilty, jurors were excused, and the seven-year-old criminal case has more or less come to an end. But Lorenzo Mateo Cortez, 26, of Vallejo, who on Monday entered his no-contest pleas in Department 7 of Solano County Superior Court, will return to Judge Tim Kam’s courtroom for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Justice Building in Vallejo. Court records show that Cortez — charged with three murders, two in late 2014 and one in January 2015, just days before he turned 19 — pleaded to amended charges: one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. By entering his pleas in the high-profile case, Cortez did not admit guilt but essentially stated he would offer no defense in exchange for an 80-year sentence. Lorenzo Mateo Cortez  Chief Deputy District Attorney Paul Sequeira and Deputy District Attorney Mark Ornellas agreed...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson has claimed that President Joe Biden takes 'pills' to boost his cognitive performance before public appearances.  Biden, 79, has strenuously rejected similar allegations in the past, but Carlson claimed on his Friday evening show that he had spoken 'directly' to a witness who saw the alleged medication on the 2020 campaign trail. 'His staff, supervised by Dr. Jill, his wife, was giving him pills before every public appearance. Checking the time, and at the certain hour giving him a dose of something,' said Carlson. 'Before taking the medications, this person said Biden was 'Like a small child.' You could not communicate with him, he changed completely because he was on drugs and he clearly still is on drugs,' the pundit alleged. Fox News host Tucker Carlson (above) has claimed that President Joe Biden takes 'pills' to boost his cognitive performance before public appearances Biden is seen on the campaign trail in Iowa in 2019. He has strenuously denied claims that he takes any cognitive boosters, and his medical report lists no such drugs RELATED...
    Washington (CNN Business)Amazon's smart-doorbell company, Ring, has provided surveillance footage to law enforcement without a warrant or the consent of doorbell-owners 11 times this year alone, according to a letter Amazon (AMZN (AMZN)) sent to Congress earlier this month. The disclosure highlights the degree of Amazon's control over data generated by the doorbells' cameras and microphones, as well as its deepening relationships with thousands of police departments across the country. The July 1 letter responding to questions by Sen. Ed Markey and made public by his office on Wednesday shows that Ring frequently makes its own "good-faith determinations" as to whether to provide surveillance data to law enforcement absent a warrant or the consent of the doorbell owner. Under its policies, Ring "reserves the right to respond immediately to urgent law enforcement requests for information in cases involving imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to any person," the letter read. The company also requires police to fill out a special "emergency request form" if there is an urgent need to bypass the normal law enforcement process, according to...
    Technology giant Amazon has admitted handing over Ring doorbell footage to law enforcement at least eleven times this year without the owners knowledge.  The company was quizzed by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey over its cozy relationship with both law enforcement and government agencies and potential reforms. But Amazon's vice president of public policy admitted that there had been 11 instances of content sharing without a search warrant or owner's permission.  Brian Huseman, Amazon's vice president of public policy, said the shipping giant would not permanently agree to 'never accept financial contributions from policing agencies; never allow immigration enforcement agencies to request Ring recordings; and never participate in police sting operations.'  Huseman also said that Ring can hand over footage in 'emergencies' - despite advertising that their policy is to not share anything without permission or a judge intervening.  In a statement he said: 'So far this year, Ring has provided videos to law enforcement in response to an emergency request only 11 times,' Technology giant Amazon has admitted to handing over customers footage without their knowledge on 11 occasions. They...
    [Breaking news update, published at 11:52 a.m. ET] The suspect detained in Monday’s deadly shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Illinois will be held without bond, a judge in Illinois’ Lake County said in a hearing Wednesday morning. Suspect Robert E. Crimo III admitted to investigators that he fired at a crowd at the parade, an assistant state’s attorney alleged. A preliminary hearing is set in the case for July 28, the judge said. [Original story, published at 10:23 a.m. ET] The man suspected of killing seven people and wounding dozens at a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday. And while another community reels after a shocking mass shooting, its mayor is questioning how the suspect was able to purchase weapons given his previous encounters with law enforcement. Robert E. Crimo III, 21, faces seven counts of first-degree murder “for the killing spree he has unleashed against our community,” Lake County, Illinois, State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said at a news conference Tuesday. A conviction would result in...
    [Breaking news update, published at 11:44 a.m. ET] The suspect detained in Monday’s deadly shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Illinois will be held without bond, a judge in Illinois’ Lake County said in a hearing Wednesday morning. In the hearing, an assistant state’s attorney alleged suspect Robert E. Crimo III admitted to investigators that he fired at a crowd at the parade. A preliminary hearing is set in the case for July 28, the judge said. [Original story, published at 10:23 a.m. ET] The man suspected of killing seven people and wounding dozens at a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday. And while another community reels after a shocking mass shooting, its mayor is questioning how the suspect was able to purchase weapons given his previous encounters with law enforcement. Robert E. Crimo III, 21, faces seven counts of first-degree murder “for the killing spree he has unleashed against our community,” Lake County, Illinois, State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said at a news conference Tuesday. A conviction...
    MARTINEZ — In a packed courtroom Friday, a Superior Court judge handed down a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for a man who shot and killed an East Bay musician outside of a bar nearly six years ago. Ray Simons, of Hercules, nodded his head and took a sip from a cup of water as Judge Theresa Canepa informed him he will die in prison, barring a successful appeal or change of law that makes him eligible for parole. Simons shot and killed 28-year-old William Sims outside of the now-defunct Capri Club bar in El Sobrante, a murder that was originally charged as a hate crime. Sims was shot and killed in November 2016. Prosecutors say he stopped by the bar on his way home from a different bar and was brutally gunned down when he attempted to get his wallet back from Simons. They argued that Simons and two others, Daniel Porter-Kelly and Daniel Ortega, beat Sims to a bloody pulp and that he staggered out front just in time for Simons to shoot him in...
    (CNN)Here's what you might have missed Friday on CNN:-- Democrats are gearing up for increased investigations into Trump next month. The party will gain subpoena power for the first time in eight years when it takes over the House in January.-- The President's incoming chief of staff says Trump has canceled his New Year's Eve plans and will remain in Washington as the government shutdown continues. -- Netflix just released the annual pay for its executives. Spoiler alert: It's a lot of money. -- Tiger Woods learned his craft in Chicago. Now he's planning to give back by building a public golf course.Read More-- At least two Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide were killed when a roadside bomb struck a bus near the Giza pyramids outside Cairo.-- After running afoul of US regulators, Tesla has added billionaire Larry Ellison and Walgreens exec Kathleen Wilson-Thompson to its board.-- Prominent Israeli author Amos Oz has died of cancer, his daughter said Friday. He was 79.-- What started as a public health problem for young and middle-aged white males is now...
    The public might have to endure the summer without hot sauce after Huy Fong Foods, Inc., America's premier sriracha sauce manufacturer, informed customers in April about a looming shortage. The shortage is expected to affect fans of the company's Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce severely, according to a report, citing a letter from Huy Fong Foods. It began when Huy Fong Foods noticed a decline in its chili pepper inventory in about July 2020, and the situation worsened when poor weather conditions negatively affected this year's chili crop, according to the company. HUNTER BIDEN'S DAUGHTER OFFERS GOP SENATOR PHONE CALL WITH DAD ON ONE CONDITION "Unfortunately, this is out of our control and without this essential ingredient we are unable to produce any of our products," Huy Fong Foods said. "Therefore, all orders submitted on or after April 19, 2022, will be scheduled AFTER Labor Day [Sept. 6, 2022] in the order it was received." Sriracha, as the sauce is commonly known, is the product of sun-ripened red jalapeno-hybrid chili peppers, the report noted....
    The first testimony shown at the first public hearings of the January 6 Committee on Thursday evening was a recorded deposition of former Attorney General William Barr, who had voluntarily agreed to testify in closed-door proceedings. It was not clear whether Barr understood that in providing a deposition, he was agreeing to an on-camera appearance in public, without context, without the protections of legal counsel, and without cross-examination by the opposition. Barr was shown saying that he tried to explain to then-President Donald Trump that he believed claims of election fraud were “bullshit,” after the Department of Justice had said that it would follow up on any leads about attempts to distort the vote. Barr’s skepticism has long been a matter of public record, and it led to his resignation from the Cabinet prior to the end of President Trump’s term in office. He defended Trump’s performance in office but changed his view of Trump after January 6. Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School commented on the use of Barr: It is fascinating to watch Thompson...
    OROVILLE — Chico State custodian Kerry Thao remains in custody without bail after he was arrested on suspicion of mass shooting threats made online and several weapons were found at his home. Judge Kurt Worley during a hearing on Thursday affirmed a previous judge’s decision that Thao will be held in custody without bail until his next hearing set for June 16 at Butte County Superior Court. Thao was arrested by the Chico State University Police Department on May 26 and several weapons were found at his residence on the same day by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Chico State Public Information Officer Sean Murphy on Thursday said Thao will remain on administrative leave pending the legal and internal processes running their course.Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Two workers die after being buried in a 60-foot coal pile collapse at Colorado plant Crime and Public Safety | Former Trump aide Peter Navarro indicted on contempt charges Crime and Public Safety | Danville pedestrian fatally hit by vehicle Crime and Public...
    Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied her husband Prince Albert to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix today. The 44-year-old royal looked chic in a figure-hugging blue jumpsuit custom designed by Terrence Bray, while Albert, 64, donned a black suit jacket with grey trousers and a white shirt. The pair appeared in good spirits, with Charlene taking to Instagram earlier in the day to reveal her family's excitement. She shared a snap of their seven-year-olds Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, writing: 'Focused on the win! Here's to a great Grand Prix.' While she used to be a regular at racing events, Charlene last attended the Grand Prix in 2019 - where she received a kiss on the cheek from Lewis Hamilton. This year she greeted F1 driver Charles Leclerc with a peck on the cheek. Charlene recently returned to Monaco following a 10-month absence in her native South Africa and was seen last month with her children and husband for the first time since November after spending time in a treatment facility for 'exhaustion'.  Today's outing is the second time the royal couple...
    Princess Charlene of Monaco continued her return to public life yesterday when attending the F1 in Monte Carlo, alongside her husband Prince Albert in their first joint engagement without their children. It was the first time the pair were seen in public together since French media claimed she is receiving £10million a year to appear by her husband's side at public outings. Photographs taken at yesterday's occasion showed the former Olympian, 44, walking side-by-side Albert, without holding hands, while she warmly greeted drivers Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel with kisses on the cheek. Body language expert Judi James told FEMAIL today that the mother-of-two's smile showed 'no genuine happiness' and she seemingly avoided 'forced tactile poses' with Albert, 64. While she used to be a regular at racing events, Charlene last attended the Grand Prix in 2019 - where she received a kiss on the cheek from Lewis Hamilton.  Charlene recently returned to Monaco following a 10-month absence in her native South Africa and was seen last month with her children and husband for the first time since November after spending time...
    Governor Glenn Youngkin signed 23 bills and vetoed seven after the General Assembly voted to accept, accept in part, or reject Youngkin’s amendments to the original legislation. Although the Senate rejected Youngkin’s amendment to force the whole Loudoun County School Board (LCSB) to run again this year, Youngkin approved Delegate David Reid’s (D-Loudoun) underlying bill, originally created to facilitate beginning a staggered election cycle for the various seats on the board. “Governor Youngkin has signed the unamended version of HB1138, bringing a peaceful closure to his attempt to undermine the duly elected members of Loudoun’s locally elected school board. This is a victory for free and fair elections across the entire Commonwealth,” Reid tweeted Friday. Governor Youngkin has signed the unamended version of HB1138, bringing a peaceful closure to his attempt to undermine the duly elected members of Loudoun’s locally elected school board. This is a victory for free and fair elections across the entire Commonwealth. pic.twitter.com/Wi1PDjQtOt — Delegate David Reid (@DavidReidVA) May 27, 2022 Youngkin vetoed House Education Chairman Glenn Davis’ (R-Virginia Beach) bill to protect state employees...
    President Joe Biden on Friday reached a milestone not seen in the recent history of the presidency — 100 consecutive days without conducting a sit-down interview with the media. The president was last interviewed by a member of the press on Feb. 10, when NBC's Lester Holt spoke to him ahead of Super Bowl LVI. Since then, Biden has held press conferences and taken questions from individual reporters but has not conducted any extended interviews. WHITE HOUSE SAYS BIDEN 'PULLING EVERY LEVER' TO ADDRESS BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE The long gap contracts Biden's promises to run a transparent administration, says Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughn. "One hundred days without a press interview underscores how little Biden cares to answer for struggling Americans seeking solutions to the crises he created," Vaughn said. "This milestone is yet another pitiful mark on Biden's long list of failures." Biden's interview frequency falls short of his predecessors, with just 23 conducted since taking office. At this point in their tenures, President Donald Trump had taken part in 95 interviews,...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Criminal defendants in Oregon who have gone without legal representation for long periods of time amid a critical shortage of public defense attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday that alleges the state violated their constitutional right to legal counsel and a speedy trial. The complaint, which seeks class-action status, was filed as state lawmakers and the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services struggle to address the huge shortage of public defenders statewide. The crisis has led to the dismissal of dozens of cases and left an estimated 500 defendants statewide — including several dozen in custody on serious felonies — without legal representation. Crime victims are also impacted because cases are taking longer to reach resolution, a delay that experts say extends their trauma, weakens evidence and erodes confidence in the justice system, especially among low-income and minority groups. “There is a public defense crisis raging across this country,” said Jason D. Williamson, executive director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at New York University School of Law, who helped prepare the...
    IF you have young children, you know the fear that comes with leaving them in public spaces without your 24/7 supervision. Parents often stress about all of the things that could go wrong when their kid is out of their sight. 3A parenting coach said she was nervous about her son getting to the age where he uses public bathrooms aloneCredit: TikTok 3She came up with a clever way to ensure he was safeCredit: TikTok A mom and parenting coach named Lisa Bunnage, who goes by @bratbustersparenting on TikTok, has gained a following thanks to her useful advice on raising children. She recently revealed how she ensures that her young son stays safe while in a public bathroom. “He was probably about eight and he didn’t want to go in the women’s bathroom at the mall anymore. And I understood that, so I said: ‘Ok you can go in the men’s bathroom if you want.’” A bit nervous about leaving him alone in such a vulnerable setting, she decided to let everyone in the bathroom know that she was right...
    A U.S. District Judge issued a decision on Monday that slapped down a federal mandate requiring people to mask up on public transportation, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked the Department of Justice to appeal the ruling. "To protect CDC’s public health authority beyond the ongoing assessment announced last week, CDC has asked DOJ to proceed with an appeal in Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., v. Biden, et al," a Wednesday CDC statement said. "It is CDC’s continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for the public health. CDC will continue to monitor public health conditions to determine whether such an order remains necessary. CDC believes this is a lawful order, well within CDC’s legal authority to protect public health."
    Eternals actor Barry Keoghan was arrested last weekend in Dublin, Ireland, for public intoxication after a resident of an apartment complex called the police after seeing the actor standing outside their window. Keoghan, who recently starred as the Joker in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, was arrested just before 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, in the northern Dublin neighborhood of Clongriffin after the gardaí (Irish police) responded to noise complaints, according to a report by independent.ie. When the gardaí arrived, they found the actor in an intoxicated state and arrested him. Keoghan was then cautioned and released without charge. “Gardaí arrested a man in his 20s for a public order incident that occurred in Clongriffin at approximately 6.45am, Sunday 10 April, 2022,” a police spokesperson told independent.ie. “He was later released without charge and issued with an FCN (fixed charged notice).” A source told the outlet that “Gardaí were called to the apartments after getting reports of a man on a balcony in an intoxicated state.” “When they arrived he wasn’t threatening in any way but was arrested and brought to the garda station, where he...
    Frank James, the suspect behind Tuesday's bloody assault on a Brooklyn subway train, will remain behind bars without bail following his arraignment in a Brooklyn federal court Thursday. James, 62, was charged with one count of committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a mass transportation system and could face up to life in prison if convicted. The judge did not rule out the possibility of a future bail application. BROOKLYN SUBWAY SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED, WILL BE CHARGED WITH TERRORISM “As alleged, the defendant committed a heinous and premeditated attack on ordinary New Yorkers during their morning subway commute,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said. “We continue to pray for the victims and their loved ones as they recover from this traumatic event, both physically and emotionally.” The judge ordered James must undergo a psychiatric evaluation. He is accused of carrying out a shooting rampage against passengers aboard a subway train Tuesday, shooting at least 10 people in an attack that left at least 29 people injured. Investigators recovered a Glock 17 9mm handgun, a credit...
    (CNN)The Georgia State Senate on Friday gave final approval to legislation that would allow eligible residents to carry a concealed gun in public without a license. The state's Constitutional Carry Act, or SB319, was approved by the Senate following a 34-22 vote. The measure passed the House on Wednesday. The measure now heads to Gov. Brian Kemp, who will likely sign it into law. The move would make Georgia the 23rd state to not have a policy that requires a permit to carry concealed guns in public, according to data compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit that focuses on gun violence prevention. The controversial "constitutional carry," or permitless carry, legislation has gained momentum during this year's legislative sessions in several states, including Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, Indiana and Nebraska. In March, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation that will allow adults to carry a concealed handgun without a license or training. The legislative push comes as law enforcement officials and advocacy groups nationwide continue to raise the alarm about the policy's safety risks. They will come to know...
    by Evan Stambaugh   A member of the Minneapolis City Council is seeking to imagine what a city “without police could look like.” Robin Wonsley Worlobah, a Democratic Socialist with a PhD in “Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies” from the University of Minnesota, tweeted on Tuesday that she intended to introduce a motion to “create proposals” on a hypothetical Minneapolis Department of Public Safety with no police officers. “DPS would centralize & better resource non-police public safety like mental health and social services,” she claimed. Elaborating on the original tweet, Worlobah said she believes the Minneapolis Police Department has lost public trust and is “incapable” of delivering an “equitable and safe model of public safety.” “To regain public trust, MPD must address its many structural issues, including those identified in the city’s After Action Review and the upcoming MN Dept of Human Rights and federal Department of Justice investigations. The Mayor has sole authority to implement those changes,” she tweeted. On Feb 4th, two days after Amir Locke was killed, I publicly called for the creation of a DPS...
    Parts of some documents in the Duke of Sussex's claim against the Home Office will be kept secret, a High Court judge ruled as he criticised Harry's legal team for an 'entirely unacceptable' breach of court rules. Harry is bringing a claim against the department after being told he would no longer be given the 'same degree' of personal protective security when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself. The duke wants to bring his children to visit from the US, but he and his family are 'unable to return to his home' because it is too dangerous, a representative previously said. He is challenging the February 2020 decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures - known as Ravec - which has delegated powers from the Home Secretary. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured together in Brixton, south London in 2018 At a preliminary hearing last month, the High Court in London heard an application by both sides for some parts of the court documents in the case to...
    (CNN)The Biden administration warned Wednesday that second Covid-19 vaccine booster shots -- or a new type of vaccine, if needed -- will not be free and readily available to the general public, if and when they are authorized, without additional funding from Congress. There will, however, be enough supply for seniors and immunocompromised Americans."We do have sufficient current inventory of vaccines, both at states and pharmacies and other access points around the country and in our central inventory for fourth doses if they're called for this spring for our most vulnerable, including seniors," White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said in response to a question from CNN during Wednesday's briefing."Where we do not have sufficient doses is later in the year if the science dictates that all Americans should get a booster, or if there's a need for a new formulation of the vaccine, a variant-specific vaccine, for example, then we will not have sufficient supply," Zients added, calling the situation "completely unacceptable."Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, suggested that second boosters could be authorized by...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As the Port Authority’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate has gone into effect, the residual effects could have impact on thousands of local students and their ability to get to school. Pittsburgh Public leaders say they’re very aware of how this transit issue could impact the district. Port Authority buses provide transportation to around 2,400 Pittsburgh Public students. Now, the school system is encouraging families to use TripPlanner, an online Port Authority tool to find the quickest trips. In a statement provided to KDKA, Pittsburgh Public says: “Families should notify their school immediately if they find a trip cancellation directly impacts their child’s way to school. Students experiencing late arrivals due to trip cancellations will receive an excused tardy. Our Transportation Department is monitoring the impact of trip cancellations and is working with school leaders to identify any problem areas.” With the Port Authority’s transit issues expected to be widespread, everybody, especially Pittsburgh Public students, should leave a little earlier in order to get where they need to be on time. RELATED STORIES: Port Authority Waives Fares...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- One of the first homicides of 2021 in San Jose remains unsolved a year later, and the family wants justice.Matthew Chavira was shot and killed just before 6 p.m. near Carnelian and McLaughlin in East San Jose. His family is still haunted by the events that transpired."It just breaks my heart every time I think of him and see his children without their father," Chavira's Aunt Kathy said."It seems so fresh still," Chavira's best friend said. "Even though it's been a year, it's still very fresh. It's like a cut or an open wound. It reopened the wound."VIDEO: SJ family hopes decorated Christmas tree can lead to info in murder caseEMBED More News Videos In the South Bay, a family is using a Christmas tree as a way for their lost loved one's legacy to live on. Chavira was leaving a fundraiser when the family says he was shot by a passing car point blank. March 7, 2022 marked one year since he was killed.San Jose police continue to investigate and no arrests have been...
    Ohio citizens can now carry concealed firearms without needing a permit. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law on Monday a bill that makes concealed carry permits optional in Ohio. The law, known as a "constitutional carry" law, allows citizens to bear concealed firearms without having training or a permit. They are required by law to inform the police that they are carrying a weapon if asked. BLUE CITIES AND STATES KEEP COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS EVEN AS COUNTRY EASES Law enforcement agencies such as the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police expressed concerns about the change in gun ownership law. "[The 'constitutional carry' law] isn't putting public safety first, and it's not putting public safety officers first," OFOP President Gary Wolske wrote in a December 2021 op-ed criticizing the bill. DeWine's legacy on firearms has been mixed. The Ohio governor passed a "Stand Your Ground" bill in January, which removed the requirement for a person to retreat before he or she could shoot someone in self-defense. However, he has also cooperated with lawmakers to incorporate gun...
    Ana Arriaga spent her shift at a Larchmont Village juice shop admiring the return of a small joy she’d learned to live without. “Finally,” she said, “we get to see people’s smiles.” It was midday Friday — half a day since L.A. County health officials had lifted the mask mandate for many indoor locations across the region, including shops, gyms and movie theaters — and Arriaga, a manager at Kreation Organic Juicery, couldn’t help but feel that this was a reassuring step toward a state of normalcy she had long been craving. L.A. County’s decision to lift the mandate came a day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest data showing that levels of coronavirus in the region had dropped into the “low” category. On Friday, L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez introduced a proposal to stop requiring many indoor businesses, including restaurants, gyms and bars, to check whether customers are vaccinated, instead making the practice voluntary. For many Angelenos, the news about the proposed change on checking vaccine cards and the end of the...
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — In an effort to not be like the City of Los Angeles, Anaheim officials have begun to enforce street vendor operations within their city limits, cracking down on vendors who are operating without permits. Anaheim Street Vendor. (Source: CBS) READ MORE: Innocent Bystander Killed In Norwalk Deputy-Involved Shooting Identified; Suspect Arrested After StandoffThey’re a fan favorite all over Southern California, as locals and tourists alike flock to food trucks and street vendors in nearly every major location to try local delicacies. But since their sudden rise in popularity over recent years, and especially with their accessibility, cities have come under the realization that many of these operations are in fact operating illegally, without permits or proper facilities in place to function as a place of dining. One of those patrons who weathered the cold weather and long lines Friday evening for some of his favorite food is Jesse Gomez. He understands the struggle that some of the business owners might be going through, especially with the drastic increase in property value and prices over the last...
    Hundreds of students in Douglas County, Colorado, staged a walkout this week, abandoning their classrooms in protest of the firing of the district’s superintendent, who was allegedly told by the school board’s new conservative majority late last month to resign or face removal. Students filed out of classrooms chanting “equity for all,” “support our staff,” and “Justice for Corey” after the Douglas County School Board voted during a special meeting Friday night to fire Superintendent Corey Wise without cause and without public comment. “Everything was very unethical, the way that it was treated,” Asella Straus, a junior at Highlands Ranch High School, told Colorado Public Radio. “He wasn’t given any fairness when it came to it. The majority board we could see clearly did not care about the students' voices, about community’s voices.” The 4-3 vote to oust the superintendent in Colorado’s third-largest school district—which serves roughly 64,000 students—was widely criticized by school board officials across the state, with accusations that the Douglas County board had violated the state’s open meeting laws. Wise had supported policies for masks in schools...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was asked Wednesday at a press conference why he took his mask off for that now infamous photo with Magic Johnson Sunday at the NFC Championship game at SoFi Stadium.Garcetti pushed back any suggestion that he endangered anyone by briefly slipping off his mask at the game, while, by his account, holding his breath."I wore my mask the entire game. When people ask for a photograph, I hold my breath and I put it here and people can see that," Garcetti said holding his mask in his hand. "There is a zero percent chance of infection from that."Garcetti was holding a mask in his hand while taking the picture with Johnson. Hanging out at SoFi Stadium today! pic.twitter.com/XfotiRLGz9— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 31, 2022Garcetti wasn't alone in facing criticism for shedding his mask last weekend, if even for a moment. Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed also were photographed without masks at the game. The three Democrats were accused of hypocrisy for lecturing residents about dutifully wearing...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Valdai Discussion Club's plenary meeting, on October21, 2021, in Sochi, Russia.Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images News | Getty Images Tensions between Russia and the West remain high after the U.S. refused to cede to President Vladimir Putin's demands, but analysts say it's not too late for him to back down from a military confrontation with Ukraine. The world is awaiting Russia's response after Washington refused to bow to Moscow's demands over Ukraine, including that the country is never admitted to NATO, and that the military alliance's deployments in eastern Europe are rolled back. While Russia considers its next move, there remain heightened concerns that Putin could be poised to give Russian troops a greenlight to invade Ukraine. Despite insisting repeatedly that it has no plans to launch a military incursion, Russia has stationed around 100,000 troops at various locations along its border with Ukraine, as well as massing troops inside neighboring Belarus — its ally — as well. There have been scores of diplomatic talks between Russian and Western officials in recent weeks...
    Washington (CNN)Virginia's newly sworn-in Attorney General Jason Miyares says that state universities cannot require the Covid-19 vaccine for students to attend in-person or enroll, unless the commonwealth's legislature includes it among required immunizations for colleges.The legal opinion, Miyares' first since taking office nearly two weeks ago, supercedes the one issued in April 2021 by Virginia's prior Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, that allowed state universities to require Covid-19 vaccines for attendance during the pandemic. The legal guidance, which is not equivalent to law, has no direct consequences if it isn't followed, the attorney general's office said Friday. But "if an individual decided to sue a university for not following the attorney general's guidance, they could use the Attorney General's opinion in court."Miyares' legal opinion adds to GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin's efforts to roll back the Covid-19 restrictions and precautions put in place by his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. In his guidance, requested by Youngkin, Miyares writes that Virginia's higher education public institutions fall under the control of the General Assembly, which has enacted statutes governing student health and outlined...
    Littleton Public Schools will no longer hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics on school campuses after two videos circulated online of students being offered shots without parental consent. The school district sent a letter to parents on Tuesday, saying that it is “aware of a situation” that happened at a vaccine clinic held at Heritage High School in Littleton on Jan. 21, but did not provide details on what occurred beyond saying that they don’t agree that the company that staffed the clinic – Jogan Health – followed proper protocols. Screen shot of a twitter post by user, “Libs of Tok Tok”  The letter was sent after videos appeared on Twitter and a far-right website of people receiving shots at the clinic. In one video, a person allegedly lied about their age to make it appear they were older than 18, and in the second video another person provided a note to workers at the clinic to show parental consent after they told him they needed parent approval before giving the shot. Although, both videos show the people leaving just before...
    About the time Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón held a conference last month touting criminal justice reforms in his first year in office, the headlines were full of sensational crime. We had a spate of smash-and-grab thefts, follow-home robberies, a rising murder tally. And then there was the horrific case of a teenage girl shopping in North Hollywood who was accidentally shot and killed by an LAPD officer who also fatally shot a man with a criminal record who was attacking customers. Last year, an attempt to recall Gascón never gathered much momentum. But another one is under way, and its backers tell me they have more money this time, along with a growing coalition of supporters who want Gascón gone. So a few days ago, I chatted with Gascón for an hour, exploring the question of how to deliver much-needed criminal justice reform while maintaining public safety. Before I get to that, let me touch on the changes initiated by Gascón and the outrage they’ve drawn from his sharpest critics, who include L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva...
    By Jamaica Ponder CHICAGO (CBS)– This week Americans can order a set of four rapid COVID tests from the federal government. The tests are being distributed by the United States Postal Service, and getting one is supposed to be easy. READ MORE: Lightfoot's Nomination Of New COPA Chief Stalls Amid Protest From Aldermen Angered By Report Recommending Discipline For Slain Officer Ella FrenchWhile this initiative is aimed at keeping Americans healthy and safe, local health officials have found gaps that residents can easily fall through — potentially leaving swaths of Americans without access to these federally purchased tests. Dr. Raina Elyse Anderson, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in the Health Behavior and Health Education Department, noticed this herself when she went to go register for her tests. She took to Twitter saying,” While I am grateful for the test, I was unaware that it was 4 per HOUSEHOLD. As a family researcher, this racially disproportionate policy will lead household dense families (often of color) to make tough + risky decisions others won’t, especially as...
    A short but sweet service announcement: The White House can now place an order via USPS for four free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests to be sent to your home. You can place an order here or directly from USPS here. The order system is currently in beta testing by the Biden administration. Each household can only place one order, so if there are more than four people in your house, you are out of luck on additional free tests.  Orders are expected to begin shipping in late January. If you live in apartment building and the system only recognizes the first order from that address, stay tuned because the White House is aware and working to fix that glitch. xYes, working with @WhiteHouse to ensure multiple units in the same ONE apartment building, non English speakers and those without internet access will be able to receive tests as well. Thank you! https://t.co/F3fS9IIGqf— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) January 18, 2022 Daily Kos relies on readers like you. We don't have billionaire backers like some right-wing media outlets. Half our revenue comes from readers like you, meaning we literally couldn't do this work...
    Last month, I ended my final class of the fall semester with a passage from scholar and activist bell hooks. “Were a love ethic informing all public policy in cities and towns, individuals would come together and map out programs that would affect the good of everyone,” I quoted from hooks’ 1999 book, “All About Love.” The next day, the world learned that she had died. A “love ethic” is one that assumes every person has a right to be free, live fully and live well.  hooks delighted in knowing her words have the power to uplift others and create real change, and I have been reflecting upon what her vision might mean for Minneapolis in this age of trauma. Article continues after advertisement As the city lurches forward after two years of overlapping crises, centering a love ethic has never been more critical. Tension, conflict and anxiety feel endemic, and that is unlikely to change for some time. That disequilibrium can help us identify exactly what we need to conserve or discard as we imagine a city where every...
    What else? Yet despite the progressive push, majorities in every political category — including Democrats, Republicans, and independents — agreed that there are only two genders. Nearly 50% of Democrats and 60% of independents said they strongly agreed with the statement. The general unison continued from there into the particular hot-button issue of counseling schoolchildren about gender identity without parental consent. The Rasmussen survey reportedly found that a hefty 80% of Republicans, 54% of Democrats, and 72% of those unaffiliated with either major party were "opposed to schools counseling children on gender identity without informing parents." Taken together, 68% of respondents said they were opposed to counseling without parental knowledge.Anything else?Respondents were slightly less comfortable with how public the debate has become. When asked specifically about Rowling's public comments supporting the gender binary, 58% sided with her, while 17% characterized her comments as a "hate crime." The remaining 25% said they weren't sure.
    Every time people like Joe Rogan or Dennis Prager, who didn’t get the shots but used early treatments, assert that they had milder cases because of their choice of therapeutics, they get attacked for not choosing the sacred therapeutic. Yet when the elected officials all coalesce behind the messaging of “it would have been worse” after getting COVID following the third shot, the media accepts that as “science.” I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the homes of these senators to see which therapeutics they are availing themselves of. I doubt they will leave their fate to chance – a diminishing chance that the vaccine works. These cultist politicians are trying to distract from the broader point. Namely, that it appears those who get the shots are much more likely to get COVID, particularly Omicron, than those who did not get the shots. At least the pagans during the biblical era bowed down to things that simply didn’t respond. In this case, their idol responds, all right. According to data from Denmark, the vaccinated are more...
    Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyDemocratic worries grow over politics of SALT cap The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 Florida Republicans debate how far to push congressional remap MORE (D-Fla.), a key leader among centrist House Democrats, announced Monday that she won't seek reelection next year as her party faces increasingly tough odds for keeping its majorities in Congress. Murphy, a co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, said in a video announcement that she wanted to spend more time with her family, including two children. "These last few years have been some of the most rewarding moments of my life, but also some of the most challenging. Public service is not without personal sacrifice, and as a mom of two young children, my time away from them has been hard. For them. For me. And for our family," Murphy said. Murphy was first elected to the House in 2016 when she unseated a 12-term GOP incumbent, Rep. John MicaJohn Luigi MicaRep. Stephanie Murphy says she's 'seriously considering' 2022 challenge to Rubio...
    KANYE West refused to "give up without a fight" to win his ex Kim Kardashian back while the reality star is insisting that the marriage can't be saved. Kim filed to become legally single from the rapper and to drop West from her last name after he "embarrassed" her onstage by begging her to take him back. 5Kanye is not 'giving up without a fight' to win his ex Kim backCredit: Getty 5Kim insisted that the relationship can't be saved and filed to become legally singleCredit: Instagram The 44-year-old hitmaker is still not giving up hope on saving their marriage, despite his repeated public pleas to the model. A source close to Kanye told PEOPLE that his wife and kids are "important" to the Chicago native, adding that he's a "family man at heart [whose] love and commitment" to his family "will never change." The former couple share four children together: North, eight, Saint, six, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two. "He's not giving up without a fight. Kim is the mother of his children and he's not going...
    Just a day after it was reported that  Kim Kardashian West will not be swayed by a counseling or reconciliation effort, it has been claimed that Kanye West is still not giving up. But it seems like his public please for reconciliation have fallen upon deaf ears.A source close to the 44-year-old rapper told People on Tuesday that his marriage and family are 'important' and that he's a family man whose 'love and commitment' to Kim, 41, and kids 'will never change'. The insider explained: 'He's not giving up without a fight. Kim is the mother of his children and he's not going to just let that go.Scroll down for video 'He's not giving up without a fight': A source close to Kanye West (seen in San Bernardino on Sunday) told People on Tuesday that his marriage and family are 'important' and that he's a family man whose 'love and commitment' to Kim, 41, and kids 'will never change' Run right back: In recent weeks, Kanye has made multiple public please for forgiveness from the mother of his four children including posting this onto his...
    Children at Barack Obama Global Prep Academy in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were apparently vaccinated against the coronavirus without the consent or knowledge of parents, according to a mother. “The lady that gave him the shot and signed the paper told my son, ‘Please don’t say anything. I don’t want to get in trouble,'” Maribel Duarte, the mother of a 13-year-old boy who was clandestinely vaccinated, told NBC4. According to Duarte, her son was offered pizza in exchange for the shot. But attorney Jennifer Kennedy, who is fighting the school district’s vaccine mandate in court, contends children cannot consent to receiving a vaccine, saying, “you [LAUSD] don’t have the legal authority.” According to NBC4, “LAUSD says student matters are confidential and wouldn’t comment specifically, but did say its ‘safe schools to safe steps incentive program’ is meant to ensure several steps are in place for vaccinated students to receive prizes.” Duarte, while being pro-vaccine and vaccinated herself, says she was uncomfortable with the move because her son “has problems with asthma and allergy problems.” “It hurt to know he...
    Feuding Republicans want your attention. It's a way for them to stay in the news. Nancy Mace, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene all want attention. ProPublica: COVID-19 Hit This County Hard. A Weakened Health Department Still Can’t Get People Vaccinated. Clayton County has the highest percentage of Black residents in Georgia and the lowest vaccination rate in the metro Atlanta area. Amid widespread community mistrust, a strained health department struggles to figure out what to do next. … Clayton County, Georgia’s fifth largest county, dominated headlines last year for its role in turning Georgia blue in the 2020 presidential election. Its demographics flipped as white people moved away and more people of color arrived in the 1980s and ’90s; it now has the highest percentage of Black residents in the state and is home to several immigrant communities. The county’s public health infrastructure is more strained than in other core counties in metro Atlanta — and the pandemic has made it worse. Moreover, county leaders have not taken some of the steps that those in other places have taken to...
    Twitter updated its private information policy on Tuesday, banning photographs and videos of private citizens posted without their consent. The new rules for "private media" do not require someone's approval before posting, but if a private citizen wants a photo taken down, Twitter will remove the image. “When we are notified by individuals depicted, or by an authorized representative, that they did not consent to having their private image or video shared, we will remove it,” Twitter said in an update . “This policy is not applicable to media featuring public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.” NEW TWITTER CEO SLAMMED FOR DECADE-OLD TWEET For celebrities and other public figures , Twitter said it would remove images meant to harass or damage an individual, such as nude pictures. It will also decide to remove an image of a public individual based on whether the photo is accessible in other formats, such as on television. Images of large crowds at...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As mask mandates continue in some Colorado counties, complaints of violations are coming into area health agencies. Denver Public Health Inspections reports 60 businesses allowing people in indoor public spaces without face coverings so far; Tri-County Health has received 70 for Arapahoe and Adams County; Jefferson County reports just a handful. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: State Deploys Monoclonal Antibody Bus To Weld CountyCBS4 visited a shopping mall in Jefferson County which has a mask mandate. On the doors the signs reads, “Do not enter this facility without wearing a mask.” One shopper, Katie Sosa said, “I think it’s kind of irresponsible not to wear your mask given that you might infect somebody else. She had a mask, and many others did not have them on inside. No one appeared to challenge them, and they were able to enter stores. “The mandate does require that they post signage saying that masks are required to enter a business, and we expect everyone who enters a business will wear a mask,” Dr. Dawn Comstock, the Jefferson County Executive...
    Did you know there isn’t a librarian in all schools in the District? If passed, the Student’s Right to Read Amendment Act of 2021 would change that. The proposal to require funding for librarians came from D.C. Council member Charles Allen. More Washington DC News More Education News The decision to hire librarians has been at the school level, and some schools can’t afford it. “Principals are not choosing to cut a librarian because they don’t want a librarian,” Allen said at the Committee of the Whole hearing on the topic. “They’re cutting a librarian because they aren’t getting the resources they need in other areas.” Allen was also disheartened with what he saw as inequity when it comes to this issue. “When we see that we have 36 schools that didn’t have a librarian (this year), the majority of which were in the eastern half of the city. Wards 7 [and] 8 are disproportionately impacted by that,” Allen said. “It tells us something. It tells us the systems we have in place aren’t accomplishing what it is...
    YOUR iPhone has a clever feature that you can use to hide your chats in public. If you're on a train or at the office and you don't want snoopers peering over your shoulder, it's a genius solution. 2There's an Invisible Ink feature on iPhoneCredit: Apple / The Sun 2It's easy to use if you know where to lookCredit: Apple / The Sun It doesn't even require any special apps – it's a built-in Apple feature called Invisible Ink. When you send an Invisible Ink message, it appears scribbled out on the screen. Only by tapping and holding on the message can you make it appear. This means someone looking over your shoulder would only see blank messages, as recently revealed in a viral TikTok video. It's also a way to send funny surprises to friends. Or you could even use it to talk about TV or movie spoilers in a group chat – without ruining the fun for everyone involved. Most read in TechHIGH ALERT Warning to update Windows 10 and 11 software NOW after 'serious problems' foundSICK HACK...
    BEIJING (AP) — The editor of a Communist Party newspaper posted a video online that he said shows missing tennis star Peng Shuai watching a match Sunday, as the ruling party tried to quell fears abroad while suppressing information in China about Peng after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault. The video posted by Hu Xijin of the Global Times on Twitter, which cannot be seen by most internet users in China, shows Peng standing with five other people at what Hu said was a youth championship in Beijing. It followed Hu’s statement Saturday on Twitter that Peng would “show up in public” soon. The ruling party appears to be trying to defuse alarm about Peng without acknowledging her disappearance after the three-time Olympian accused Zhang Gaoli, a former member of the party’s ruling Standing Committee, of forcing her to have sex. Peng’s disappearance and the government’s silence in response to appeals for information prompted calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February, a prestige event for the Communist Party. The women’s professional tour...