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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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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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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...
Tags: Work, Business, New York, News, Workplace, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Deloitte, Local News, Sexual Harassment, Pew Research, Seyfarth, Perrier, Phillipe Weiss, Sexual Misconduct


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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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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Walker Buehler flirts with no-hitter in Dodgers’ victory over Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Once upon a time in Mexico, Walker Buehler did it. He almost did it again. The Dodgers right-hander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning – deeper than he had pitched in any previous start this season – before giving up a pair of singles. Two relievers took it from there, finishing it off less impressively as the Dodgers handed the Arizona Diamondbacks their latest loss, 9-3, Saturday night at Chase Field. The no-hitter would have been the first by the Dodgers since Buehler and relie...
Tags: Mexico, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Rangers, Mlb, Will Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, Dodgers, Padres, Monterrey Mexico, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor


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...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Sterling, Denver, Staples Center, Lakers, Phoenix, Paul George, Adam Silver, Clippers, Shaun Livingston


Day of history, discussion, hope: LA County joins nation to mark first Juneteenth national holiday

Daphne Glass, 70, of Rancho Cucamonga dances during the 31st Annual Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz and Arts Festival at Ganesha Park on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The event comes after Juneteenth, a day commemorating the emancipation of African American slaves, was officially recognized as a federal holiday. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) Community members gathered to celebrate the 31st Annual Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz and Arts Festival at Ganesha Park on Sa...
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LA County reports 255 new coronavirus cases, 9 deaths on Saturday

Los Angeles County reported 255 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths on Saturday, June 19, while continuing to track the proliferation of coronavirus variants. Saturday’s figures brought the county’s totals to 1,247,361 cases and 24,439 fatalities since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. According to state figures, there were 219 people hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19 as of Saturday, the same as Friday. There were 38 COVID ...
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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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On Father’s Day and every day, celebrating the fathers I’ve known in my life

The fathers in my life had many faces. I was a young single woman who had only just moved to New York a few days earlier when Ed Grasheim, a family friend and husband of Miss Marjorie of Many Charms, persuaded me to transfer my life savings of $200 from my bra to a bank. I had never had a checking account so he took me to his bank and walked me through opening one. Afterward, he took me to lunch to celebrate and patiently taught me how to keep and balance a checkbook. That day, he became my fath...
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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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LA County watchdog accuses Sheriff’s Department of oversight defiance

In a blunt, sweeping letter released Friday, June 18, Inspector General Max Huntsman, the watchdog over the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, demanded the release of a litany of oversight information that he said the department has “significantly and intentionally impeded.” The demands, itemized in the 13-page letter to Sheriff Alex Villanueva dated June 15, chronicle what Huntsman alleges are more than two dozen instances over two years of the department’s defiance. They range from refus...
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Where to watch July 4, 2021 fireworks in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties

  Fireworks illuminate the night sky at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer)     Celebrating Independence Day 2021 is a little different again this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be fireworks displays but some organizations have had to cancel, modify or restrict the customary concerts, parades and other activities — including no spectators on football fields or concert venues. Here is a sampling of reg...
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LA County sheriff investigating oversight commissioner’s nonprofit, search warrants show

A previously undisclosed search warrant served at the headquarters of the L.A. Metro in March indicates sheriff’s detectives are digging into a potential felony involving a contract between Metro and Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit run by a civilian oversight commissioner critical of Sheriff Alex Villanueva in the past. The search warrant sought Peace Over Violence’s contracts; call logs from the “Off Limits” harassment hotline the nonprofit operated for Metro; surveys about sexual harassment c...
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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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LA City Councilmembers introduce motion to identify, dismantle systemic inequities

A trio of Los Angeles City Councilmembers on Friday, June 18, introduced a motion to have the city’s Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department draft a “Racial Equity Audit” of L.A.’s programs, policies and practices. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson want to determine whether systemic barriers block Black Angelenos and other underserved communities from accessing benefits and opportunities in the city. “It is incumbent upon those of us who sit in positions of authorit...
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Amid declining COVID-19 and reopening businesses, LA County urges Father’s Day, Juneteenth caution

Although most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in the state, Los Angeles County health officials urged residents today to continue exercising care as they mark Juneteenth and Father’s Day, particularly if they plan to interact with populations vulnerable to infection. “If you’re celebrating the holidays with someone elderly or with underlying health conditions, and they haven’t been vaccinated, I encourage you to celebrate safely outdoors with masks and distancing or virtually,” Los Angele...
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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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LA council looks at ways to improve homeless agency

LOS ANGELES — As city officials continue to evaluate approaches to combating the homelessness crisis, the Los Angeles City Council received an evaluation Friday of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s governing structure in an effort to figure out how to best make the county-city coordinating agency more effective. “When we look around our city, I don’t have to tell you this, it is clear that what we’re doing is simply not working, and we have to ask ourselves if we’re truly committed t...
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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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