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This bill was meant to protect California workers from COVID. Some counties use it to protect employers instead.

In the thick of the pandemic, California adopted a law to tell workers of dangers their employers often kept secret: Which workplaces had suffered outbreaks of COVID-19, and how severe they were. Yet six months after the law took effect, most employees know scarcely more than before, a Bay Area News Group investigation has found. Only about one-third of the state’s 58 counties released specific information on workplace outbreaks in response to recent public records requests, and those specifics ...
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12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette storm, including 10 children

ATLANTA — Tropical Depression Claudette claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the southeastern U.S., causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes. Ten people, including nine children, were killed Saturday in a 15-vehicle crash about 35 miles south of Montgomery on Interstate 65, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock. He said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on wet roads, with eight children, ages 4 to 17, killed in a van belonging to a yo...
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Rialto pyrotechnics company rebounds from ‘devastating’ pandemic, plans 250 fireworks shows this year

This Fourth of July, Jim Souza will have something extra special to celebrate: the rebounding of his family pyrotechnics business that was crippled by the coronavirus pandemic last year. When the pandemic prompted restrictions of public events nationwide in March 2020, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza in Rialto, one of the biggest producers of pyrotechnic extravaganzas nationwide, took a major hit. Sales declined by 90%. More than 300 scheduled Fourth of July events dwindled to less than 20, and Souza...
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As employees head back to work, insults and misconduct ramp up

They’re back. Those snide insults, inappropriate comments, racist remarks and sexual innuendos that used to make us cringe are rearing their heads again as more people return to the workplace amid a fast-recovering — and seemingly looser — COVID-19 world. After more than 14 months of working from home with no on-site management to filter or rein in comments or behaviors that could be considered workplace harassment, employees and bosses are facing an adjustment period. In some cases, it’s making...
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How a shy kid from Nigeria became an important California legal voice and, finally, a novelist

Noel Obiora is senior legal counsel for the California Public Utilities Commission, where he has spent nearly two decades deciphering and analyzing all the legal aspects of the regulatory process for the commission. Prior to that, Obiora had his own private practice in Los Angeles, and way before that, Obiora, 55, was a shy kid in Nigeria who dreamed of becoming a writer. Now, finally, Obiora has fulfilled that dream with the publication of his just-published legal mystery, “A Past That Bre...
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July 4th 2021: Fireworks and other fun at Southern California casinos

In 2020, Fourth of July celebrations were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Even Southern California’s tribal casinos, which had just opened from their COVID-19 related closures, eschewed their typical fireworks displays. A year later, festivities will return to some casinos. Expect colorful drinks; music and the return of pyrotechnic shows for casino patrons and nearby residents to enjoy. Here’s what casinos have planned: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage  32250 Bob Hope...
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How older adults who live alone can address their grown children’s safety concerns

I am an 83-year-old healthy widow who intends to stay in my own home for as long as possible, much to the concern of my children. I would like to convince them that this is a reasonable idea for me and I know what I am doing. Fortunately, I own my home. Are there some things I need to consider? Many thanks. E.R. Dear E.R. Your preference to live in your own home and community is shared by 75 percent of those 50 years and older, according to an AARP survey. AARP further reports that among...
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Bill would require doctors to disclose payments from drug, device manufacturers

New legislation inspired by a Studio City woman’s failed breast reconstruction surgery would force doctors in California to tell their patients annually about any money or gifts they receive from drug and medical device companies. The federal Physician Payments Sunshine Act, a law signed in 2010, already requires the companies to report such payments to a public “Open Payments” database run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But proponents of Assembly Bill 1278 say the federal ac...
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Fans celebrate at Boots in the Park music festival, the first since COVID-19 mandates lifted

On Saturday, country music fans were ready to party. As they began entering the gates of Boots in the Park at SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Park in Norco around noon, they rushed to set up lawn chairs and blankets in the grassy seating area and hurried to one of the multiple bar tents to get that first beer or sweet cocktail to cool down on balmy, yet breezy, 90-plus degree day. “We came here so we could drink with people,” Amee Brown of Riverside said. She and a group of girlfriends gathere...
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These are heady days for Clipper fans who haven’t forgotten how to feel

Mitch Chortkoff used to say it all the time, sometimes at the table in the Chick Hearn Press Room that currently bears his name. “Say what you want about Clippers fans,” Chortkoff said. “They’re the real basketball fans in this town.” Chortkoff covered pro basketball in Los Angeles from the days when the blue Lakers uniforms weren’t throwbacks. He also saw the game all the way down to its bones, and wrote it the same way, and would keep the reader loose by throwing in a groaner or two, like “The...
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Why this fragrant plant is the king of herbs in your garden

Everyone likes basil, or I have yet to meet that person who does not. Basil (bay-zill to Americans, ba-zill to the British) is considered the king of herbs owing to its elevated status among them. Fittingly, the word “basil” is derived from the word basiliskos, which means  “little king” in Greek and refers to a small, mysterious and venomous serpent, the basilisk, with a marking on its head that resembles a crown. While diminutive in size, the quasi-mythical basilisk is extremely poisonous. Acc...
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How volunteering at Dodger Stadium during COVID-19 influenced author’s book on Los Angeles

One might assume that Rosecrans Baldwin, author of “Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” and “The Last Kid Left,” is L.A. born-and-raised, given that he shares his first name with the street that runs from Manhattan Beach to Fullerton. He’s not. Baldwin, who was born in Chicago and raised primarily in Connecticut, had only visited the city a handful of times before moving here more than six years ago. “I always choose George as my Starbucks name, because Rosecrans is just asking for pe...
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How friendly is California to families?

”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards of geographic locations, noting that these grades are best seen as a mix of art and data. Buzz: California cities did fairly well in a recent ranking of family-friendly places to live, including two of the top three — Fremont and Irvine. But the statewide grade overall was just average. Source: WalletHub analyzed 48 economic and demographic factors to create relative scores for 182 cities in five key criteria — family fun, health and safety,...
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Black history is more than Juneteenth, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks

The first time Olani LaBeaud learned in detail about Juneteenth — a day in history that marks the end of slavery in America — was toward the end of high school, in an AP history class. She was in her first year of college at Cal State Long Beach when she heard about the Tulsa Massacre — a race riot in 1921 when mobs of White residents, some deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and destroyed homes, killing more than 800 people and wounding many others. LaBeaud, ...
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Heat wave to continue in Southern California’s inland areas over the weekend

High temperatures in inland areas of Southern California will stick around for the weekend, but cooler weather is expected next week. An excessive heat warning through Saturday evening continued in the Inland Empire, which was expected to see high temperatures in the 90s over the weekend, with possibly some areas reaching triple digits, meteorologists said Friday, June 18. Inland parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties are expected to be in the mid-80s to possibly low-90s in some areas, forecas...
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Fierce Capitol attacks on police seen in body-cam videos

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER | Associated Press Videos released under court order provide a chilling new look at the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including body camera footage that shows a man charging at a police officer with a flagpole and tackling him to the ground. Federal judges ordered the release of the videos after media organizations, including The Associated Press, went to court to request that the Department of Justice provide access. The videos are being presented as evidence in p...
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Live updates: CIF-SS baseball and softball finals

Follow along as Southern California News Group reporters cover local area high school baseball and softball teams competing in CIF-SS finals today: https://twitter.com/i/lists/1400929488884559875 Related Articles Basketball: Alemany, Westlake girls advance to regional finals; Sierra Canyon boys fall to Etiwanda Sage Hill girls basketball battles Westlake to the end, but loses in 2-A regional semifinals St. John Bosco bask...
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Half of new Southern California jobs are in ‘fun’ businesses

Providing fun once again powered Southern California’s pandemic-era jobs rebound with almost half of May’s hiring coming from leisure and hospitality industries previously hammered by “stay at home” orders and a reluctance to travel. My trusty spreadsheet, filled with state job figures, found local bosses had 7.28 million employees last month in the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group. That’s up 69,700 in a month vs. 69,400 hires in April and an average 50,100 monthly hir...
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Gay Days returns to Disneyland on a new weekend after a pandemic pause

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will once again be filled with a sea of red Gay Days T-shirts this year as the unofficial annual event celebrating LGBT pride returns to the Anaheim theme parks after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020. The unofficial Gay Days Anaheim mix-in event returns to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on Sept. 17-19 with theme park meet-ups, trivia games, scavenger hunts, mega group photos and parties. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out wh...
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Bail revoked for suspected 55 Freeway shooter in death of 6-year-old boy

An Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday, June 18, revoked the bail of the man accused of fatally shooting a 6-year-old boy on the 55 Freeway in Orange last month while postponing the consideration of reducing the $500,000 bail of the suspected driver until her background is investigated and her mental health evaluated. His bail had been $2 million. Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, both pleaded not guilty to the charges they face through their attorneys. Her attorney said her b...
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Next-generation battery may unlock the future for electric vehicles

To curb global warming, policymakers say, we need to switch from gas-powered cars to driving clean, non-polluting electric vehicles. Major automakers plan to make that happen, promising a full line of electric vehicles by 2030. But there’s just one little speed bump on the road to electrification: We don’t have the capacity to make enough batteries for all those plug-ins. Electric vehicle sales will jump four-fold in the U.S. in the next five years, climbing from 1.8% of all car sales in 2020 to...
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Hip-hop is a family business for this father and his sons

It’s easy to see why sibling hip-hop duo Avenu 10 looks up to Grammy-nominated producer DJ U-Neek. The 52-year-old  has been in the business for decades working with artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Eazy-E and Mack 10. Beyond his experience and expertise guiding the brothers through the recording of their debut EP, DJ U-Neek, which is the stage name of Los Angeles native Tim Middleton, is also their father. He formed Avenu 10 with his eldest son, 32-year-old Encino resident Tim Middleton, w...
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Flashing yellow arrows on traffic signals are here to stay

Q. Fullerton and other cities have had flashing amber signals for years. I, my wife and our friends don’t like them and there are still drivers who don’t know what to do when they come upon them. We respond to them like we would to any amber signal. I hope that’s right. If it is a trial, when will it end? Some drivers are hesitant to even enter the intersection, until they get beeped from the car behind them. – Don Schilling, Anaheim A. Fifteen or so years ago, Fullerton was one of only a handfu...
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Second flex alert issued for Friday as heat wave continues into weekend

The second flex alert of the week — this one for Friday evening — was issued Thursday by the California Independent System Operator in an ongoing effort to urge energy consumers to reduce stress on the state’s electrical grid and avoid power outages amid a heat wave that is expected to linger through the weekend. On Wednesday, state energy officials issued their first flex alert of the year, urging residents to cut back on their energy consumption on Thursday, June 17, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m....
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Lee’s Sandwiches reaches plea agreement after 2015 recall of almost 600,000 pounds of food

Six years after the Lee’s Sandwiches recalled nearly 600,000 pounds of chicken, beef and pork, its affiliated company has reached an agreement with federal officials and plead guilty to distributing uninspected meat. The popular Vietnamese American fast food chain, known for its sweet coffee, pastries and sandwiches, was placed on probation for four years and fined $250,000 in a March 18 judgment filed in federal court in Santa Ana. In a plea agreement reached with federal authorities, San Jose-...
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Every Disney theme park around the world is open for first time in 17 months

Every Disney theme park around the world has reopened for the first time in 17 months after unprecedented coronavirus closures shuttered all 12 parks at one point or another for months at a time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Disneyland Paris and the adjacent Walt Disney Studios Park reopened on Thursday, June 17 — making the duo the final two Disney theme parks to return from pandemic closures around the globe. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every wee...
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June 30: Is California’s eviction tsunami coming?

California’s eviction moratorium is coming to an end June 30. Since the earliest days of the pandemic, housing analysts have worried about a tsunami of evictions whenever the state lifts protections for renters.  Will there be an eviction tsunami when the moratorium ends? Or a smaller wave? CalMatters asked Carolina Reid, associate professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley. The following interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.  Q. A fe...
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Fed’s decision to keep interest rates low may sink home prices in 2022

Sometimes you just have to take the punch bowl away for the greater good. Too bad Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and his merry men and women don’t have the backbone to end the Fed’s zero-interest-rate policy and $120 billion per month bond-buying binge. Concerned about promoting maximum employment and price stability goals at 2% with the coronavirus not fully contained, the Fed doesn’t plan to raise short-term interest rates until late 2023, Chairman Powell announced after this week’s Fe...
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UCLA finds link between poor air quality, COVID vulnerability

LOS ANGELES — Long-term exposure to poor air quality increased the risk of COVID-19 throughout the country last year, according to a UCLA-led research team. The researchers found that the use of preventative measures — like stay-at-home orders and masking — reduced the risk of COVID-19 by 8% and 15%, respectively, but did not reduce the increase of incidence in counties with historically poor air quality. “This is evidence that long-term exposure to poor air quality increased the risk of COVID-1...
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How the story of three homeless sisters and their coach became Netflix’s ‘Sisters on Track’

The sisters Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard competed at the 2016 AAU Junior Olympics, but they drew headlines for more than their accomplishments on the track. The three achieved their success while living in a homeless shelter in New York. When Corinne van der Borch, who was living near the track where the girls ran, got invited to a fundraiser for the girls and their mother, Tonia Hardy, she was immediately taken with the idea of making a documentary about their story.  “Sisters On Trac...
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