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LAUSD students discuss political climate as Biden becomes president

Seeing a new administration take over the White House brings with it a feeling of excitement for Emely Cortez. At the same time, she struggles to remain hopeful that President Joe Biden will be able to get as much accomplished as she would like, given how fractured the country is. “In the last four years, when I’ve actually gotten into politics and I started paying attention, I’ve only seen a lot of bad stuff,” said Cortez, an 11th grader at Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice Humanitas Academy in Sa...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Obama, Government, White House, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Biden, Local News, Donald Trump, Cortez, Trump


Government leaders, houses of worship pause to honor victims of pandemic

Beth Gramling rings a bell during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, Contributing Photographer) Church members join in the vigil in from a safe distance in their car during a vigil in remembrance of all who have died from COVID and all families who have suffered from loss at Altadena Community Church in Altadena on Tuesday, J...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Religion, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Biden, Pasadena, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles County, Martinez, Altadena, City News Service


FAQ: Here’s what you need to know now about getting a coronavirus vaccine in LA County

With all the developments arising this week in Los Angeles County, there’s a pretty good chance you are confused about whether you are eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine, how you sign up and where you should go to get your shot. We’ll try to answer your questions. 1. I am 65 years old and I live in Los Angeles County. Can I get a vaccine? Appointments will be available for L.A. County residents 65 years old and older starting Tuesday afternoon at VaccinateLACounty.com. The first appointment...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Washington, Kaiser Permanente, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Pfizer, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County


5 vaccination mega-centers open in L.A. County today – but are there enough doses to stock them?

Fueled by an increasingly uncertain supply of much-coveted coronavirus vaccines, Los Angeles County aimed to roll out five new large-scale vaccination centers, all at high-profile settings around the region, on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The array of new vaccination centers will be in addition to the giant parking-lot clinic at Dodger Stadium — perhaps the largest vaccination site in the nation — and 75 smaller sites the county is already operating. Though all the sites are quite recognizable to Southlan...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Washington, Government, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, San Diego, Community, San Diego County, Eric Garcetti, Valencia


New local coronavirus strain may be contributing to surge, Cedars-Sinai says

More than one-third of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles may have been caused by a new, locally-distinct strain of the coronavirus, researchers from Cedars-Sinai said on Monday, Jan. 18. They believe it may have contributed to the virus’ devastating resurgence in recent weeks, but don’t yet know for sure. Researchers designated the strain CAL.20C, a Monday evening news release said. Their “findings did not indicate whether the strain is more deadly than current forms of the coronavirus.” Los Angeles...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Britain, Soccer, United States, Community, Oceania, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, LA County


11,366 new cases reported as L.A. County battles new coronavirus strain

Officials urged residents to adhere to Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” orders a day after public health officials confirmed that the swifter spreading B.1.1.7 variant of coronavirus was present in the county. Health officials reported 11,366 new cases of COVID-19 and 108 additional deaths on Sunday, Jan. 17, bringing the county’s totals to 1,014,662 cases and 13,848 fatalities. County health officials said, however, that the number of new cases reported Sunday reflects an undercount because...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, News, Education, Washington, Oregon, Government, Paul Simon, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United Kingdom, Long Beach, Community, Associated Press


First case of COVID-19 UK variant confirmed in Los Angeles County

Public Health officials on Saturday, Jan. 16 confirmed the faster-spreading UK variant of COVID-19 has reached Los Angeles. An infected person, only described as “male,” recently “spent time” in Los Angeles County before traveling to Oregon, where he is currently isolated. The variant was confirmed by Quest Laboratories in Washington state. No other information on where the man was in the LA area was immediately available. Although it is the first confirmed case of the variant in Los Angeles Cou...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, News, Education, California, Cdc, Washington, Oregon, La, Government, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Public Health


LA County schools chief recovering from COVID-19

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo, who has been quarantining since last week after contracting the coronavirus, gave a positive update about her recovery on Thursday, Jan. 14. “It’s been a difficult 10 days, but I’m happy to say that I am finally seeing major improvements in my health,” Duardo tweeted. “I have an incredibly strong team and I am grateful for the outpouring of support I’ve received. Thank you for all the well wishes. Stay safe & be well.” The schools chief ...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles County, LA County, Newsom, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze


L.A. County strives to step up vaccines, but seniors told they’ll have to wait until February

Public health officials worked to clarify Los Angeles County’s coronavirus timetable on Thursday, Jan. 14, as many seniors found themselves confused over when exactly they could sign up for a vaccine — and why they must wait, likely for another month, for those  shots — after Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday they could get them immediately. Another 287 people, meanwhile, lost their lives to the outbreak, officials announced. Despite the governor’s announcement on widening vaccine delivery, th...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, La, Government, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Disneyland, Pasadena, Orange County, Major League Baseball


Photos: UCLA School of Dentistry gives out dental hygiene kits during food giveaway

The line of masked people stretched from Tyrone Avenue on to Victory Boulevard for the weekly Central Lutheran Church Mobile Pantry LA Food Bank Food Distribution in Van Nuys on Monday, Jan. 11. During this edition of the food giveaway, those in line would also receive information on dental hygiene and dental kits from the UCLA Dental School. “Dental care is under accessed, especially by underserved communities, and we want them to know there are benefits and access for them,” said Dental Hygien...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Dental, 288, LA County, Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys, Los Angeles Daily News, UCLA School of Dentistry, Central Lutheran Church, Brummel


Councilman Kevin De Leon calls for 25,000 units for LA’s homeless by 2025

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin De Leon unveiled a plan on Tuesday, Jan. 12, aimed at creating 25,000 dwelling units by 2025 for people experiencing homelessness, saying that local officials need to follow a “North Star” when addressing the city’s housing  crisis. De Leon, who first took office last October, said the current pace of housing people experiencing homelessness has not met the needs of the “crisis that’s unfolding on our city streets every single day.” “It’s not acceptable,” he sai...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Housing, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, City Council, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Affordable Housing


L.A. County surpasses 900,000 coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths

Eclipsing two sad milestones on the same day, Los Angeles County surpassed 900,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths, public health officials reported Saturday, Jan. 9. The county posted 221 new deaths and 16,982 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. As the post-holiday surge appeared to be at full strength, health officials confirmed that the county had lost more 1,000 lives to COVID-19 in the past four days and posted more than 100,000 new cases in the last week. With overtaxed local ...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Hospitals, Public Health, University, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Community, Associated Press


Pandemic-Era Heroes: She shopped until she dropped for people with high-impact needs

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Andrea Searle Hometown: Burbank Age: 52 Role: Teacher (and shopper/delivery person) Quote: “There’s a spectrum of people. There are the ultrawealthy, there’s the well-to-do and there’s the struggling. Who’s helping the struggling people?” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic   Andrea Seale, a Burbank teacher and resident, knew from day one that hand sa...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Ford, Community, Wisconsin, Mccarthy, Palm, Andrea


Pandemic-Era Heroes: Burbank teacher shopped until she dropped for people with high-impact needs

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Andrea Searle Hometown: Burbank Age: 52 Role: Teacher (and shopper/delivery person) Quote: “There’s a spectrum of people. There are the ultrawealthy, there’s the well-to-do and there’s the struggling. Who’s helping the struggling people?” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic   Andrea Seale, a Burbank teacher and resident, knew from day one that hand sa...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Ford, Community, Mccarthy, Palm, Larry King, Southern California


Jammed LA County hospitals get assistance with overtaxed oxygen-delivery systems

As the massive volume of COVID-19 patients continues to strain hospitals throughout Southern California, state and federal agencies are stepping in to assist facilities needing to provide oxygen to individuals with respiratory issues. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Jan. 4, that the state has convened an oxygen task force and devised a five-part strategy for addressing the higher-than-usual demand for oxygen and related equipment. Among these strategies was the deployment of U.S. Army Corps of En...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Hospitals, Soccer, Fema, Community, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


Pandemic-Era Heroes: He stays connected to Santa Clarita’s seniors during crisis

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Kevin MacDonald Age: 57 Hometown: Santa Clarita Role: CEO at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Quote: “The banquet hall was being filled every day with about 400 people coming for lunch every day. We turned that program into a drive-thru as soon as the pandemic hit.” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic There’s no reason why a person 60 or older c...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Seniors, Southern California, Santa Clarita, Elliot, Antelope, Walker, Lancaster, Kevin Macdonald


Every 10 minutes someone in LA County dies from the coronavirus. Here are some of their stories.

A landscaper. A hairstylist. A father, a mother. A son, a daughter. A best friend. A nurse. A retired dentist. Every 10 minutes, health officials say, someone in Los Angeles County dies from the coronavirus. The virus’s wrath has surged anew in recent weeks, fueled, county officials say, by holiday gatherings, pandemic fatigue and disregard for safety measures. New cases have ballooned. Hospitalizations, which generally lag a couple of weeks behind, have followed. And so has the death toll: LA C...
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At jammed San Fernando Valley hospital, staff strives to stay focused amid torrent of COVID

At one hospital in the northeast San Fernando Valley, where there were more than 170 patients sick with coronavirus this week, healthcare workers and hospitals officials say they have been stretched to previously unimaginable levels. “We thought we were maxed out” when Los Angeles County’s first surge of COVID-19 cases hit in April and May, said Elizabeth Chow, the executive nurse of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center’s critical care units. They reached a peak of around 60 patients at that tim...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Fernando, Apple Valley, LA County


Amid coronavirus crush, South LA’s MLK Community Hospital extends patient care to gift shop, chapel

At Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles, so many patients have flooded through the hospital’s doors in recent weeks, about 70% of them with COVID-19, that administrators converted its gift shop and chapel into areas to treat patients, according to CEO Dr. Elaine Batchlor. The hospital is a 131-bed facility that is now treating 224 patients. Among them 35 are receiving intensive care when the hospital was previously only licensed to handle 20 in ICU. Though its a small f...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Hospitals, Soccer, Community, South Los Angeles, LA County, South LA, California Texas, Emergency Department, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


Want Americans to graduate college? Make it affordable.

Many of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. require a postsecondary education, while college tuition rates continue to climb. Recent research finds that making college more affordable improves bachelor degree attainment. Aid recipients who benefit most are students from historically underrepresented groups. The benefits bestowed by a college degree are well-known. Degrees open access to job opportunities and, with them, economic stability. The average earning potential of a college graduate is...
Tags: Education, Finance, Youth, America, Debt, Society, Mit, Teaching, United States, Innovation, Community, Nebraska, Department Of Education, Foundation, Urban Institute, Baum


State sends team to help with overflow coronavirus conditions at LA County hospitals, Newsom says

California public health officials have dispatched a support team to Los Angeles County to assist with management of overflow conditions at hospitals, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a public address on Monday, Dec. 28. Roughly 96% of hospitals in the county were diverting emergency patients at some point on Saturday due to overcrowding in emergency rooms, Newsom said, adding that hospitals on average were on diversion for 16 hours that day, unable to find room for new emergency patients. The state of...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, US, Sport, Soccer, Community, County, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, LA County, City News Service


Firefighters join latest wave of LA County people getting COVID vaccines

Kevin Grellman, of Pasadena Public Heath Department, gives a Pasadena firefighter the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Fire Station 36 in Pasadena on Monday, December 28, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Firefighters around the region got their COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, Dec. 29, as first responders continued to join the growing number of “essential workers” and high-risk people who are getting inoculated in the ongoing battle against the pandemic. The Modern...
Tags: Health, Business, Texas, News, Education, Government, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Pasadena, Eric Garcetti, Southern California, Watts


Photos: Looking back at 2020, via the lens of staff photographer Brittany Murray

Saying 2020 has been a difficult year is almost cliche now, which is sad. For far too many people, 2020 has truly been their worst year. For others, 2020 has been a minor inconvenience and shown that we all should be thankful for what we have. Personally, I am thankful for many things, one of which being my career. I’ve been a photojournalist for 22 years and I can honestly say that 99 out of 100 days I love it, a pretty good percentage by any standards. Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield. l...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Sacramento Kings, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Community, Local News, Los Angeles Clippers, Harrison Barnes, Clippers, Buddy Hield, Patrick Beverley, Sacramento Calif


COVID, BLM, Kobe, fires and more: Pixels from 2020, by staff photographer David Crane

Back in January I visited my friends’ house and noticed he had a huge box of 500 surgeon’s masks in his entry hallway which had just been delivered by Amazon. I thought it was a strange purchase as he is not a doctor or works in the medical field, and in fact, has been retired for a few years. He went on to tell me about a virus in China and he thought it might spread to other countries so he figured he should order some masks just in case and asked if I would like some. At the time, I told him ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, South Korea, Business, Elections, News, Education, Government, China, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Tokyo, San Jose, Local News


13,580 new coronavirus cases logged in LA County; hospitalizations keep climbing

Registered nurse Leslie Clark discards her protective gloves after collecting a nasal swab sample from a woman at a COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Hospitals in central and Southern California are quickly running out of intensive care unit beds for coronavirus patients and state officials are poised to extend the strictest stay-at-home orders there as conditions worsen before the post-holiday surge hits. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Administrative worker Leslie Castillo...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Associated Press, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area


With technical issue delaying results, LA County reports two-day total of 29,464 new coronavirus cases

Two day’s worth of statistics added up to daunting numbers from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Saturday, Dec. 26, as 29,464 new coronavirus cases were posted. Already packed hospitals around the county reported more COVID-19 patients, putting further pressure on dwindling intensive-care units amid the worsening outbreak. The caseload totals reflected 13,185 cases reported Saturday and 15,538 cases from Friday, Dec. 25; as well as 741 new cases from Long Beach. Officials di...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, France, Government, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Dhs, Soccer, United Kingdom, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Community, Pasadena


Photos: Staff photographer Keith Birmingham shares his images of the year 2020

  Brandi Chastain (#6) tears off her uniform top and cheers after scoring the winning shootout goal for the U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team at the Rose Bowl in 1999. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) USA’s players from left: Jullie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain are seen during the medal ceremony after the gold medal women’s soccer game between USA and Brazil for the Athens 2004 Olympics at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens, on Thursday A...
Tags: Health, Google, Business, Japan, Usa, News, Sweden, Education, Washington, Government, China, Germany, America, Atlanta, Sport, Ap


Pandemic-Era Heroes: Couple focuses on helping now – and helping to forge the next generation

  Pandemic-Era Heroes Names: Andrew and Deanna Thomas Ages: Andrew, 53; Deanna, 55 Hometown: Both raised in Northern California, now reside in West Hills. Role: Andrew and Deanna are the founders of Young Ambassadors Leadership Academy (YALA), devoting their time to guide young African-American boys into men of character, who are responsible leaders. The program features focus on community service, career perspectives and college tours, as well as providing an etiquette day and financial li...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Colorado, California, US, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Northern California, Thomas, Yala, Andrew, Penny Lane, San Fernando Valley


Pandemic-Era Heroes: West Hills couple focuses on helping now — and helping to forge the next generation

  Pandemic-Era Heroes Names: Andrew and Deanna Thomas Ages: Andrew, 53; Deanna, 55 Hometown: Both raised in Northern California, now reside in West Hills. Role: Andrew and Deanna are the founders of Young Ambassadors Leadership Academy (YALA), devoting their time to guide young African-American boys into men of character, who are responsible leaders. The program features focus on community service, career perspectives and college tours, as well as providing an etiquette day and financial li...
Tags: Health, Florida, News, Education, Colorado, California, US, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Northern California, Thomas, Yala, Andrew, Penny Lane


Health officials collectively hold breath as holidays threaten to worsen coronavirus surge

As Los Angeles County hospitals fill rapidly with COVID-19 cases, often beyond the ability to immediately find patient beds, health officials today fretfully awaited another holiday weekend that threatens to spread the virus even further, potentially leaving medical centers completely overrun. So far, the deaths of 6,499 people in L.A. County have been attributed to COVID-19. The county on Thursday, Dec. 24, set another single-day record for COVID-19 fatalities — 148 — having broken the record a...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Religion, US, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County



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