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    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – A new Princess Diana walk-through exhibit will open Wednesday in Santa Monica. “Princess Diana Exhibition: Accredited Access” features never-before-told stories from world-famous royal photographer Anwar Hussein, who spent four decades with the British royal family. “There is a difference between a celebrity and an icon, and the humanitarianism, she didn’t have a PR agency moving around telling her do things, she was out there trying to change the world, make it a better place,” Curator Cliff Skeilliter told CBSLA Tuesday. The exhibit, located at Santa Monica Place, at 315 Colorado Ave., is slated as a “walk through documentary experience” that features “larger-than-life images, bespoke creations and art installations.” Tickets start at $25. The exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Proof of vaccination is required to enter. All visitors will also be required to wear masks.
    NEW Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick will have to face an FA-appointed independent panel to get a work permit for his new job. Because he has not had enough managerial jobs over the last five years, he does not meet the criteria from the Home Office by default. 1Ralf Rangnick will not be in the dugout for the game against ArsenalCredit: Getty So, according to The Telegraph, the 63-year-old's case will be heard by a panel who will have to fast-track the application. More to follow... Most read in SportLive BlogGet your Goss Lionel Messi wins SEVENTH Ballon d'Or as Cristiano Ronaldo SNUBS ceremonyLive BlogUNITED LATEST Ralf Rangnick targets £33m Haidara, Ronaldo fumes at Messi Ballon d'Or storyBRUTAL RECOVERY Tiger will never be full-time golfer again after crash left him bed-riddenTHE SUPPORTIVE WIFE Meet golfing legend Lee Elder's wife, SharonGOLFER GONE First African-American to play in Masters Tournament dies at 87PicturedNEED TO MAKE MONEY' 'I was almost broke' - Ostovich reveals struggles of fighting in UFC FREE BETS: GET THE LATEST BETTING SIGN UP OFFERS AND FREE BETS ⚽ Read...
    DEAR JOAN: We took in a 6-week-old feral kitten that is now 4 months old. She has adjusted well to being a house cat but has one problem we can’t stop. She will try to bite and scratch when she is grooming herself or just when we try to pet her. Is she just playing or being aggressive. Also, after getting all of her shots, she is still very plump. Could that be worms that are still in her after this long? Wayne and Chris Maddock, Fremont DEAR WAYNE AND CHRIS: As I mentioned in a column last week, cats in general don’t care for a lot of contact with humans or other cats. Being petted often is tolerated, but they have their limits. I had a Maine Coon that seemingly adored being petted, but I’ve had two other cats that didn’t care for anything more than a quick scratch behind the ears or under their chins. Your kitten, being a stray adjusting to having a permanent home, might be even more standoffish. She will probably become less so and I...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you find yourself in the city of Los Angeles, be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as enforcement of the SafePassLA ordinance is set to begin Monday.People who are visiting indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings are required to show proof of full vaccination against the virus.The city's new vaccine mandate took effect earlier this month.The SafePassLA ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, and includes all individuals eligible for a COVID vaccine.Accepted forms of proof of vaccination include: A vaccination card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental agency A photocopy of a vaccination card or a photograph stored on a phone or electronic device A personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State of California or similar documentation issued by another state, local or foreign government jurisdiction or by a private company Documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider. EMBED More News...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you live in the city of Los Angeles, be prepared to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as enforcement of the SafePassLA ordinance is set to begin Monday.People who are visiting indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings are required to show proof of full vaccination against the virus.The city's new vaccine mandate took effect earlier this month.The SafePassLA ordinance is one of the strictest mandates of its kind in the nation, and includes all individuals eligible for a COVID vaccine.Accepted forms of proof of vaccination include: A vaccination card issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental agency A photocopy of a vaccination card or a photograph stored on a phone or electronic device A personal digital COVID-19 vaccination record issued by the State of California or similar documentation issued by another state, local or foreign government jurisdiction or by a private company Documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider. EMBED More News VideosLos...
    President Joe Biden was caught maskless Saturday inside a Nantucket store that requires customers wear face coverings. Photos and reports reveal Biden brazenly ignored a mask directive at the Murray’s Toggery Shop in Nantucket. Ignoring the store’s large “Required Face Covering” sign on the door compelling customers to don masks upon entrance, the commander-in-chief strolled right in. Biden not only defied the store’s policy but also Nantucket’s mask mandate. On November 18, the city reinstated the requirement because Nantucket’s coronavirus positivity rate reached the 69th percentile among nearby cities. SUPERCUT: Biden repeatedly promised to “shut down the virus.” SPOILER ALERT: He failed.pic.twitter.com/Yhffn1GXls — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 15, 2021 Biden’s willingness to freely disregard face-covering rules occurred over Thanksgiving weekend while he and his family vacationed in Nantucket, a “private preserve” for “rich people” that joins “the ranks of other enclaves like Palm Beach, Aspen, the Hamptons and Sun Valley,” as the New York Times described. The presidential SUV is seen in front of Murray’s Toggery Shop, as U.S. President Joe Biden shops in the store in Nantucket, Massachusetts on November 27, 2021. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Art Miami returns for its 31st edition, as it gets set to showcase the array of iconic and exemplary works, dynamic projects, and special installations from more than 130 international exhibitors. It is ranked one of the top international art fairs for attendance in the United States. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Cooler And Drier Air Set To Move Into South FloridaWith the event’s kickoff on the horizon, Art Miami is set to lure in more than 85,000 new and established collectors, curators, museum professionals, press members, and art world influencers annually to its 200,000 square foot pavilion in the Wynwood Art District. The Fair’s opening night is on Tuesday, November 30, at a VIP Private Preview to benefit Pérez Art Museum Miami, sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate. The public hours are the following: Wednesday, December 1 – Saturday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To add, the events, including Art Basel will follow strict COVID-19 precaution guidelines. READ MORE: Assisted Living Facility In Lauderhill...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It wouldn’t be Christmas for some without trains. And if you or your family delight in seeing toy locomotives as part of your holiday fun, the Baltimore Fire Department’s annual train garden is back. READ MORE: Homicide Suspect Surrenders To Baltimore Police After Nearly 6 HoursThe trains will be on display until Jan. 2 at Engine 45, 2700 Glen Ave. Hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. READ MORE: 26-Year-Old Man Shot And Killed Saturday In BaltimoreFace masks are required.   MORE NEWS: Coast Guard Suspends Search for A Person In Baltimore Harbor  It's that time of year again, #BCFD Annual Train Garden Display is back! Beginning Sat., Nov. 27 through Sun., Jan. 2, Engine 45 will open its doors to the community for this holiday tradition. Planning to attend? Mask are required and you can safely view the train garden. pic.twitter.com/WMK32uOyPe — Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) November 26, 2021
    BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) — Welcome to Broomfield, where you can shop indoors without wearing a mask. It is one of the few places in the Denver metro area not under such a requirement. CBS4 asked, “Are you going to wear a mask in here?” (credit: BARBARA GINDL, Getty Images) One young shopper replied, “If they have any offered yeah. I just don’t have any in my car.” He was going shopping at Flatirons Crossing in Broomfield, where it was packed for Black Friday. No mask required here and a great many shoppers did not wear them. A female shopper told CBS4, “Most of the people in the mall are not wearing their masks. We came from Boulder, we heard a new variant was coming, so thought it would be safer, so we put our masks on.” Broomfield does have a mask mandate that starts Dec. 1. While businesses are not required to make patrons to wear masks, it does apply to government facilities, where masks or proof of vaccination, are required. This crowded mall was filled with maskless people. CBS4’s...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Art Miami returns for its 31st edition, as it gets set to showcase the array of iconic and exemplary works, dynamic projects, and special installations from more than 130 international exhibitors. It is ranked one of the top international art fairs for attendance in the United States. READ MORE: Travel Restricted From Southern Africa, Dow Drops 905 Points Over New COVID Variant ConcernsWith the event’s kickoff on the horizon, Art Miami is set to lure in more than 85,000 new and established collectors, curators, museum professionals, press members, and art world influencers annually to its 200,000 square foot pavilion in the Wynwood Art District. The Fair’s opening night is on Tuesday, November 30, at a VIP Private Preview to benefit Pérez Art Museum Miami, sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate. The public hours are the following: Wednesday, December 1 – Saturday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To add, the events, including Art Basel will follow strict COVID-19 precaution guidelines. READ MORE: House Fire Displaces...
    DEAR JOAN: I had two beautiful Burmese cats until November 2020, when one died of heart failure. I and my other cat, his half-brother, were heartbroken. Freddie, my remaining cat, is very lonely and even though I work from home, I am not enough for him. When he is awake, he wants company. He had a constant companion for 15 years of his life. He is active and playful. He has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but is doing very well so far. I am bringing a new kitten home on Dec. 16. I know I need to gradually introduce them, but I am concerned about leaving a little kitten in a room all by himself all night. He will be a little over three months and will be used to his mother and liter mates. Do you have any suggestions as to how to make the process easy on Freddie and my new kitten? I think Freddie will be happier having a cat in the house, even in the beginning. He really — really, really — does not like being alone. Burmese...
    Q. I’ve noticed that the sparrows and towhees in my yard love to dive bomb into my Mexican marigold. I wonder if this aromatic plant has insecticidal properties. Sometimes it looks like a high wind hit it, but no, just the birds shaking the branches. It’s fun to see them all lined up on the fence taking turns diving into the foliage. Ann Foster, Santa Rosa A. All varieties of marigolds are rumored to have magical insect repelling properties, which makes them a popular plant to grow among your vegetables and ornamental plants. Like most things supposed to have magic properties, there is no scientific evidence this is the case. However, there is evidence that instead of repelling pests, marigolds might attract insects, keeping your other plants relatively pest-free. The birds love marigolds because they seem to have a nice supply of insects for them to eat. They might also be after the seeds the marigolds produce. It’s my favorite flower to plant around and between my tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers, but I grow them to help attract pollinators to...
    With the number of new COVID-19 cases in Connecticut rising more rapidly than any other state, a Fairfield County town is taking steps to help curtail the further spread of the virus. Beginning on Monday, Nov. 29, all town employees and visitors must wear a mask indoor while inside municipality buildings in Trumbull, regardless of vaccination status, town officials announced. Earlier story - COVID-19: CT Sees New Rise In Virus Transmissions; Latest Case Breakdown By County, Community Only public-facing employees will be required to wear a mask, anyone in a private office will not be required to don facial coverings. Related story - COVID-19: Cases Rising Faster In CT Than Any Other State; Latest Breakdown By County, Community Town officials cited a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the state, with more than 700 new daily infections reported each day for nearly two weeks, representing a near 125 percent increase over the previous two weeks. In the latest data from the state Department of Health, Trumbull is currently “in the red,” which represents more than 15 cases per 100,000...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden had a single 3-millimeter polyp removed during his routine colonoscopy last week at Walter Reed medical center. The President's physician, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, on Wednesday reported that testing on the polyp has revealed it to be a tubular adenoma, a benign, slow-growing lesion that is thought to be potentially precancerous.The polyp, O'Connor said, is similar to one that Biden had removed in 2008, and he noted that no further action is required at this time. The physician said routine surveillance was recommended for the finding and that Biden would be due for his next colonoscopy in seven to 10 years.The colonoscopy procedure, which required anesthesia, meant that Biden on Friday temporarily transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris, who became the first woman to assume US presidential power for 85 minutes that morning.Presidents are not required to publicly disclose the results of their annual checkups but have done so to be transparent and assure the American people in the face of questions about their state of health. Presidents, however, have also hidden their illnesses, the severity of...
    DENVER (CB4) — Masks will be required in all public indoor spaces at Empower Field at Mile High, beginning with the Denver Broncos game against the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday. This is in compliance with the most recent Denver Public Health Order issued Tuesday. Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on September 26, 2021. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) READ MORE: Former Air Traffic Control Tower In Central Park Neighborhood Sells For $8MThis updated health order requires fans—regardless of vaccination status—to wear masks within any public indoor space at the stadium. These areas include the Broncos Team Store, restrooms, elevators, indoor portions of stadium clubs and suite level corridors. READ MORE: DEA Agent Ryan Donahue Charged With Pulling Work Gun On Bar PatronMasks are not required in the outdoor seating bowl or general concourse areas. MORE NEWS: Douglas County Deputies Arrest Grinch Accused Of Driving Stolen Car With Stolen Packages In Highlands RanchBroncos officials released a statement Wednesday that read, in part: “Empower Field at Mile High will remain in close communication with public officials...
    (CBS4) – A family favorite is returning to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Disney’s “The Lion King” opens Dec. 2 at the Buell Theatre. It’s the first touring Broadway show to be back on stage since the start of the pandemic. (credit: Denver Center for the Performing Arts) Gerald Ramsey, who plays Mufasa, grew up in American Samoa and Saudi Arabia. Before joining the cast, he had never been to a Broadway show. He landed the role of Mufasa after going to an open casting call in Hawaii. “Honestly I didn’t believe it,” says Ramsey. “I didn’t tell anyone I was leaving to join ‘The Lion King’ because I really thought they were going to send me back after a couple of days.” Six years later, Ramsey is still a part of the cast. “What keeps me going is representation. Knowing that I am one of the few Samoans who is in a musical. Most of us play football or we join the military. For me to get a chance to show there are other avenues out there,...
    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Authorities in Cyprus will deny access to indoor areas such as shopping malls, restaurants and supermarkets to anyone who hasn’t received a third booster shot seven months after being vaccinated against COVID-19, a government official said Wednesday. Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela said the measure, which entails the revocation of the SafePass — a vaccination passport — will take effect on Dec. 18 as the east Mediterranean island nation tries to beat back a resurgence of coronavirus infections before the Christmas holidays. Hadjipantela also announced that as of Dec. 15, only those ages 12 and over who have received at least one shot will be allowed into indoor and outdoor sports stadiums, theaters, cinemas, nightclubs and restaurants. Mask-wearing in all indoor places including schools will become compulsory for everyone over 6 at the end of the month. Children between 6 and 11 will also have to present a certificate that they’ve either recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months or have underwent a PCR test within the previous week for access to indoor spaces and where...
    DEAR JOAN: My 9-year-old beloved indoor cat has taken to clawing at me after I pet him more than a minute. It’s very odd. He is usually very docile. Any ideas what might be causing this? Stephanie Manning, Berkeley DEAR STEPHANIE: Whenever pets start acting differently, I always suggest taking them to the vet for a check-up. There could be something physical going on that is causing him pain or discomfort when he is petted. Because your cat accepted being petted in the past, there’s a chance that he is feeling stressed. If you’ve been home with him more during the pandemic and are now spending more time away, or if there have been changes in the household, he could be feeling some anxiety and lashing out. It’s not unusual for a cat to change his mind about things, and cats can be particular about being petted. Many will tolerate it, and some even seem to crave it, but animal experts say it’s not in a cat’s nature to enjoy extended petting sessions. When cats have friendly interactions with other...
    There is no time of year when I enjoy baking more than in the fall. Of course, the cooler weather makes it easier to be in the kitchen with the oven cranked up, but there is something about autumn that makes me crave home-baked goodies. Maybe it’s the seasonal produce or the approach of so many food-focused holidays; whatever the reason, fall means I’ll be making warm and comforting baked treats. If you bake a lot, you know that baking is a science as well as an art. Vegan baking requires the knowledge to adapt recipes and make the appropriate substitutions for eggs, dairy and honey. Gluten-free baking requires even further adaptations, but once you know the tricks and secrets, it’s really quite easy. Take a look at 7 Tips for Gluten-Free Baking and then join me in savoring the bounty of autumn as we bake the best fall treats – no gluten required. 1. Use Seasonal Produce Most people think of summer as the time for the best produce, but autumn is the season that gives me all my favorite...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/BCN) — California’s energy utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, received two citations Monday for safety code violations, totaling $7.5 million, from the California Public Utilities Commission. The largest was a $5 million citation for PG&E’s failure to thoroughly inspect the Ignacio-Alto-Sausalito transmission lines from 2009 through 2018 and for its failure to complete 22 high-priority repairs within the time allowed under commission regulations. READ MORE: Embattled District Attorney Chesa Boudin: 'We Want Everyone To Feel Safe' In San FranciscoThe commission acknowledged that while the company completed correcting deficiencies in April 2020 that had been found on 21 transmission towers in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the work was not done in a timely manner as required. READ MORE: UPDATE: Shaken Holiday Shoppers Changing Plans in Wake Of Retail Smash-and-Grab Crime SpreeThe commission also issued a $2.5 million citation to the utility giant for not completing inspections of nearly 55,000 power poles in 2019 that were required by law. The commission directed PG&E to take corrective actions regarding a separate incident with a Cellon-treated pole...
    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry sent a letter to the state Department of Health on Monday asserting the department’s plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students is unconstitutional. The letter also laid out steps for the Louisiana Legislature to curtail the measure, which stands to be implemented through the executive branch health agency. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and state-level health officials have embraced COVID-19 vaccinations for all eligible Louisianans. Landry, a conservative Republican, supports vaccinations while opposing government mandates. If the new rule in finalized, COVID-19 vaccinations would be added to the list of required immunizations to attend K-12 schools, effectively mandating them for hundreds of thousands of children. “Today I have sent a letter to the Louisiana Department of Health informing them of fatal flaws that exist with this attempted rule,” Landry said in a statement. “It is my hope that our elected representatives act in protection of our medical freedoms.” The letter , addressed to Secretary Dr. Courtney Phillips, warns the Health Department is exceeding its authority by requiring “an mRNA injection that does not prevent...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As travel picks up from the height of pandemic lockdowns, aviation experts say airlines are dealing with a shortage of pilots. The FAA is now shortening the path for students like Declan Kreck at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “We’ve got all of our instruments here things like airspeed right here,” Keck said. READ MORE: PHOTOS: Erie Police Want To Talk To 3 People Connected To Possible Arsons (credit: CBS) He’s a sophomore making his way through the university’s Aviation program now. “I’m in air traffic control aerodynamics, lots of different field’s meteorology, systems, mechanics, obviously flying and then physics also,” he said. When he started the program, requirements also included 1,500 hours of flight time, which can take years to achieve. While the quality of the curriculum and course work will stay the same, with the FAA’s approval the required flight time drops to 1,000 hours for MSU Denver Students specifically. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Gun Buyback Programs To Be Launched In Aurora & Denver Amid Increasing Crime“Actually, having this authorization, saving 500 hours of...
    Health officials in Connecticut have issued a warning regarding fentanyl-laced marijuana after dozens of overdoses. The Connecticut Overdose Response Strategy and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, have recently received reports of overdose patients who have exhibited opioid overdose symptoms and required naloxone for revival.  The patients denied any opioid use and claimed to have only smoked marijuana, the department said. Recent incidents where only marijuana use was reported but naloxone was required: July 2021 – 11 cases August 2021 – nine cases September 2021 – nine cases Oct.1 - 26, 2021 – 10 cases Several jurisdictions had multiple overdoses with opioid symptoms attributed to marijuana, however, no pattern was detected.  In early October, officials noted several overdose incidents in Litchfield County where naloxone was required for revival and patients claimed to have only smoked marijuana.  At one of these overdose scenes, the Plymouth Police Department was able to secure a sample of the marijuana for testing at the state laboratory. With the sample, health officials were able to confirm it tested positive for: Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Marijuana Fentanyl...
    Pandemic. Drought. Wildfire. Smoke. Bad news all around. And then: SNOW! And lots of it. Last month’s 3-foot-plus accumulation rattled and invigorated Tahoe resorts, which weren’t prepared to staff up and open weeks early. Among the first to click into his boards: Austin Metz, 28, of Olympic Valley, who hiked up and skied down right after the storm, days before the lifts even started running at Palisades Tahoe (the resort formerly known as Squaw/Alpine). His one-word summary: “Deep!” Both Palisades and Boreal Mountain Resort promptly opened, Palisades with seven lifts turning, Boreal with two. Both attracted costumed skiers and riders with ear-to-ear grins and sometimes outrageous garb. It was the first year for Halloween skiing at Tahoe since 2004, and for Palisades, only the third time for an October opening in its 72-year-history. Whether cold temperatures will persist and the white stuff will hold is anyone’s guess, but the outlook has snow-sports lovers jazzed. Full opening at most resorts is scheduled between now and early December. And there’s more reason to celebrate: The third winter of...
    DEAR JOAN: We found out through social media that our indoor/outdoor cat has been sneaking into our neighbor’s house, eating their food and fighting with their cat. He enters through their cat door at night, eats and takes a nap. The neighbor is now hiding their cat food upstairs in a closet. Our cat always returns home in the morning, is fed and naps the afternoon away on our couch. Not sure how to curtail his activities. Neighbor is not happy with our cat’s behavior. Locking our cat inside at night is not a good option; he is very vocal when locked up. Lisa, Pleasant Hill DEAR LISA: I think both of you should keep your cats indoors, and the neighbors should lock the cat door, but as it’s your cat burglar that’s causing the issue, it’s up to you to curtail him. Keeping your cat indoors at night is the simplest solution. The adjustment might be difficult — probably more for you than for him — but in time he’ll get used to it. For more wildlife, garden and backyard...
    DEAR JOAN: I was saddened to notice that I accidentally injured a praying mantis while raking leaves yesterday. He was alert and walking, but his tail was tucked under slightly. He would not fly and had trouble climbing the fence. Torn, I decided to wait and see if he would recover from the shock of it all. Could you please advise me, if I see the mantis again, would it be kinder to catch it and kill it? Maybe he could survive fine even if injured. We have a mostly safe (except for me) wild yard with a lot of pesticide-free plants and insects. Kathy, Palo Alto DEAR KATHY: You have such a tender heart. Contrary to the long-held believe that insects don’t feel pain, they do. Researchers have confirmed that insects can experience different levels of pain, from mild to severe, and can become sensitive to their injured bodies. That doesn’t mean, however, that you caused great physical harm to the creature. It might have just been a little stunned by the raking, or you might have uncovered one...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Unified School District next semester will ease some COVID-19 restrictions, including testing and outdoor mask wearing. LAUSD announced at its board meeting Tuesday that, beginning in January, only unvaccinated students and those with approved exemptions will need to undergo weekly testing. Currently, all students are required to undergo testing, regardless of vaccination status. The district also announced that it will lift the requirement that students wear masks outdoors at campuses in which at least 85% of students are fully vaccinated. Indoor mask-wearing requirements will remain in place. All LAUSD students ages 12 and older are required to receive their first COVID vaccine dose by Nov. 21, and their second by Dec. 19. The district is recommending, but not mandating, COVID shots for students aged 5-11. The spring semester begins on Jan. 11. Monday marked the deadline for all LAUSD faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. District officials told the board Tuesday that 100% of LAUSD staff working at school campuses are fully vaccinated.
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Concrete steps needed to keep vow on forests The news that world “Leaders vow to protect forests, plug methane leaks at climate conference” (Page A4, Nov. 3) is welcome. Our forests are critical carbon sinks and produce the oxygen that we breathe. They deserve our protection so that they can continue to protect and sustain us. To start, ban clearcutting, the extreme logging practice that is associated with a loss of large amounts of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere as well as other adverse environmental impacts. Then decrease the demand for wood products by supporting the use of sustainable wood alternatives such as hemp and bamboo. Also, stop the use of trees to generate electricity. Biomass incineration is dirty energy that releases pollutants and carbon dioxide in quantities that exceed methane gas power plants and, in some cases, even coal power plants. Words are cheap, and vows are empty promises without action. Get to work, world leaders, and be bold. Time is running out. Jennifer...
    BOSTON (CBS) – For the first time in two years, the Boston Pops Orchestra will perform its holiday concert series in front of a live audience at Symphony Hall. Live shows were canceled last year because of the COVID pandemic. The 2021 Holiday Pops season will run from December 2-24. Anyone attending the concerts will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. For children under five years old, a negative COVID test will be required. Masks will also be required, but there will be no social distancing. Anyone sitting at a table will be required to wear their masks whenever they are not actively eating or drinking. Seven matinee performances for children are scheduled, designed to be shorter with no intermission. A sensory-friendly concert will also be held on Dec. 5 for those with autism and their families. “We bring the music of the holiday season to our audiences, but it’s our audiences—by their participation, enthusiasm, and expressions of gratitude—who bring all of us a sense of purpose and inspire a deep appreciation of community...
    (CNN) — In the search for workers in this tight labor market, companies have courted new hires with the promise of higher wages, sign-on bonuses, ample vacation time, and childcare. The latest: “No vaccine required.” That three-word phrase is popping up across online job listings (sometimes emphatically in all caps and accompanied by exclamation marks) as businesses seek to turn the federal government’s proposed vaccine decree on its head and attract employees — notably those from a talent pool that’s been turned off by or turned away from employers that require a Covid-19 vaccination. Under the series of federal regulations, which have met some legal challenges that could delay or stop their implementation, private businesses with more than 100 employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will be required to be fully vaccinated or, in some cases, undergo regular testing for the Covid-19 virus. And although the reasons behind the “no vaccine required” job listings vary by business — for some owners, it’s philosophical; for others, it’s desperation amid an unbalanced labor market — several employers say it’s working....
    Carlos Barria/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will roll back masking requirements in the nation’s capital effective Nov. 22, she announced on Tuesday. “This does not mean that … everyone needs to stop wearing their mask, but it does mean that we’re shifting the government’s response to providing you this risk-based information and recommending layering strategies as the best way to protect yourself and the community,” Bowser said at a press conference. Going forward, Bowser said, privately-owned facilities will not be required to demand that their customers or visitors wear face masks. But they will retain the option to do so, and masks will still be required in settings that include public transit, taxis, schools, and other government facilities. The move makes D.C. one of the last jurisdictions among its peers in the United States to roll back the mask mandate. Just six states — Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington  — still require private facilities to enforce mask mandates on their behalf. Bowser acted aggressively during the Covid-19 pandemic to require face masks and often came under...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)In the search for workers in this tight labor market, companies have courted new hires with the promise of higher wages, sign-on bonuses, ample vacation time, and childcare. The latest: "No vaccine required."That three-word phrase is popping up across online job listings (sometimes emphatically in all caps and accompanied by exclamation marks) as businesses seek to turn the federal government's proposed vaccine decree on its head and attract employees -- notably those from a talent pool that's been turned off by or turned away from employers that require a Covid-19 vaccination.Under the series of federal regulations, which have met some legal challenges that could delay or stop their implementation, private businesses with more than 100 employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will be required to be fully vaccinated or, in some cases, undergo regular testing for the Covid-19 virus. And although the reasons behind the "no vaccine required" job listings vary by business — for some owners, it's philosophical; for others, it's desperation amid an unbalanced labor market — several employers say it's working. Read...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Mavs fans, including children 5 to 11 years old, can now receive either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines when they go to a game at the American Airlines Center. “With our season off to a great start on the court, we strive to maintain that same positive energy off the court,” said Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall. “The safety and well-being of our fans will always be our top priority.” READ MORE: Bedford Police Use Kinship DNA Analysis To Solve 1986 Cold Case Murder Of Janet LoveMD Labs will administer vaccines for those seeking first, second or booster shots beginning three hours prior to tipoff until halftime, . No appointment is required, and walk-ups are welcome, even for those not attending the games. READ MORE: Watch Live Now: Billy Chemirmir Murder Trial Live Streaming Coverage From The CourtroomVaccine recipients should plan to be observed for 15 minutes after the administration of their vaccine. All participants must complete COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent forms. There are currently more than 200 hand sanitizing stations throughout American Airlines Center and...
    DEAR JOAN: There is a skunk living under my tool shed in the backyard. It comes out at night (I see it on my Ring system) and generally has not created a problem until recently, when it sprayed something, and the stink permeated into the house. Pretty bad. Should I let it continue living in my backyard or call for animal control to remove it? I don’t want the skunk put down, but I’m worried if it will harm anything or pass rabies to other animals. There are neighborhood cats that wander at night. Maybe that caused the stink. Will animal control relocate the skunk to someplace better suited for the skunk to live? I haven’t seen any baby skunks. I read that skunks will eat bugs, so that would be helpful to me. Thanks for any good advice or guidance. Victoria Mah, Santa Clara DEAR VICTORIA: As far as wildlife in the backyard goes, a skunk is not a bad animal to have around, except for the odor issue, and that’s a big one. If the skunk is trapped by...
    LOS ANGELES — The cruise industry suffered its biggest financial blow in decades when the COVID-19 pandemic halted most sailings for months and made nervous cruise fans think twice about booking an ocean voyage. But cruising is back and all signs point to a turn of the tide for the industry: Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company, reported that bookings for the second half of 2022 already surpassed bookings for 2019. Royal Caribbean cruises for 2022 are nearly at 2019 levels, the company’s chief financial officer, Jason Liberty, said on a recent earnings call. Despite the shutdown, the world’s cruise lines have more than 100 new ships on order to set sail by 2027. What are cruise lines requiring of passengers? How have boarding, dining and other activities on board changed? We gathered some information to answer common questions. Do I have to be vaccinated to go on a cruise? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all passengers be fully vaccinated before boarding a cruise ship. The world’s largest cruise companies now require passengers leaving U.S....
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- The Anaheim Convention Center opened its doors Saturday morning to one of the largest designer toy and pop-art conventions in the country.DesignerCon is the convention center's first major in-person event since the pandemic, with more than 30,000 people expected to attend.This year, anyone who attends will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative rapid antigen or PCR lab COVID test to get in.The 3-day event won't require you to show proof each day, according to its website. All attendees, vendors and guests will only need to show proof once.You'll be given a plastic wristband that shows you have been checked, which is valid for all three days.What about face coverings? DesignerCon says non-vaccinated visitors are required to wear a mask while inside the convention center.In addition, the city of Anaheim is providing multiple COVID testing facilities around the convention center.
    DEAR JOAN: After learning about a recent death of a stray cat in the parking lot, I need your opinion on what an owner can do if his or her pet dies. By the way, the pet is already registered with the city and goes through regular check-ups at the veterinary doctor. Who should I contact first in the event of sudden death? Zafar Yousufzai, Fremont DEAR ZAFAR: Although there’s no law or rule that requires it, if your pet dies at home, you should first notify your veterinarian of the death. The doctor can assist with arranging for a cremation or burial at a pet cemetery. The vet’s office also is responsible for notifying the city or county of the death, which will prevent you from being charged or fined for any future license fees or rabies vaccinations. It’s illegal in California to bury your pet in your backyard, but you can scatter cremated remains in your yard. If your pet has a microchip, the company issuing the chip also should be notified. For more wildlife, garden and backyard topics,...
    Q. It is the second week of November and my tomato vines are thriving and still blooming.  I have two plants that have taken over my garden plot. I planted them near the end of April, according to directions from your column several years ago. In the past, I have just cut them down to plant fava beans. But these are doing so well this year, even more so after the rain deluge in October, that I’m thinking of keeping them. I did a little research to find out that tomatoes are indeed perennials, but usually die during the cold of winter. Examples I could find of keeping the plants entailed pots that were taken indoors. What should I do to best preserve these and see what they produce next year? Should I prune anything? Pinch off any blossoms? One plant is an Early Girl, the other some variety of heirloom. Should I keep just one or both as an experiment? Ed Richardson, San Jose A. I’m all for experimenting, and if you have the space and the plants are...
    By Holly Yan | CNN Paul Wertheimer has spent four decades trying to help prevent deadly crowd surges since a disaster at a concert by The Who changed his life. Eleven young people, ages 15 to 27, died in a crowd crush at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum in 1979. “There were piles of shoes and clothing,” said Wertheimer, who responded to the scene as the city’s public information officer. “I couldn’t shake the feeling after studying this incident and being there.” At the time, there were no federal regulations about crowd safety. Fast-forward to 2021, and that hasn’t changed. But the recent tragedy at Houston’s Astroworld festival, which killed nine people ages 14 to 27, has renewed questions about crowd safety — and whether national regulations are needed. A hodgepodge of safety standards across the US There is no federal law on crowd safety. But the National Fire Protection Association’s 101 Life Safety Code is considered the gold standard, said Wertheimer, who founded the Crowd Management Strategies consulting firm after The Who concert tragedy. The code is revised every three years...
    (CNN)Paul Wertheimer has spent four decades trying to help prevent deadly crowd surges since the 1979 The Who concert disaster in Cincinnati, Ohio, changed his life. Eleven young people, ages 15 to 27, died in a crowd crush at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum."There were piles of shoes and clothing," said Wertheimer, who responded to the scene as the city's public information officer. "I couldn't shake the feeling after studying this incident and being there."Keys to averting disaster in a big crowdAt the time, there were no federal regulations about crowd safety.Read MoreFast-forward to 2021, and that hasn't changed.But the recent tragedy at Houston's Astroworld festival, which killed nine people ages 14 to 27, has renewed questions about crowd safety -- and whether national regulations are needed. A hodgepodge of safety standards across the US There is no federal law on crowd safety. But the National Fire Protection Association's 101 Life Safety Code is considered the gold standard, said Wertheimer, who founded the Crowd Management Strategies consulting firm after The Who concert tragedy.Astroworld now joins other deadly concert crowd tragediesThe code is...
    Democratic Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel apologized after becoming so drunk at a college football game that she had to leave the stadium in a wheelchair. “I attended a tailgate on an empty stomach,” Nessel wrote in a Facebook post about her intoxication at the Oct. 30 Michigan-Michigan State football game. “Much to my surprise, MSU tailgate’s tend to have more alcohol than food, so I thought it seemed like a good idea to eat 2 Bloody Mary’s, since as long as you put enough vegetables in them, it’s practically a salad. As it turned out, this was not a brilliant idea. Also, I might be a terrible bartender,” she joked. Nessel, a graduate of the University of Michigan, attended the game with University of Michigan Regent and Republican Party state Chairman Ron Weiser, she wrote in the post. Nessel’s friends recommended that she leave the game “so as to prevent me from vomiting on any of my constituents (polling consistently shows “Roman showers” to be unpopular among most demographics).” “I had a few folks help me up...
    Two revered singer-songwriters have Bay Area gigs coming up. Here’s a look. Kristin Hersh: The alt-rock great, whose seminal work with the Throwing Muses in the ’80s influenced countless other bands, is out on the road again. The singer-songwriter-guitarist leads an electric trio, featuring Throwing Muses alum Fred Abong on bass and Rob Ahlers (from Hersh’s other awesome act, 50 Foot Wave) on drums, into the Chapel in San Francisco on Nov. 15. Hersh is supporting 2020’s “Sun Racket,” the latest Muses effort that featured Bernard Georges on bass and David Narcizo on drums. Hopefully Hersh will also mix in such Muses classics as “Mania,” “Ellen West” and “Hazing” as well as plenty of solo tunes. Details: 8 p.m.; proof of vaccination required and masks must be worn inside the venue; $28, thechapelsf.com. Dar Williams: Championed early in her career by folk legend Joan Baez, Williams emerged in the 1990s as a literate singer-songwriter equally comfortable confronting personal and global issues with a melodic sound blending pop music styles in her Americana foundation. Last  month, Williams released the pandemically delayed album, “I’ll...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more The scent of pumpkin spice, vanilla lattes, and freshly fallen leaves has been filling every nook of cities this autumn, and it smells divine! Who wouldn’t want to capture the smell of fall in their own home? Many people use air sprays that smell of freshly baked pies and cinnamon sticks. We have candles with their own seasonal lines like autumn glows, cinnamon spices, pumpkin ciders, and more. We spray, we light and we may even use laundry detergents, bath soaps, hand soaps and more that all invigorate the senses. However, these items are not as safe as they smell. Commercially produced fall scents (and flavors for that matter) tend to be made with potentially harmful chemical ingredients. In fact, there are Material Safety Data Sheets online for popular commercial air sprays that warn you of the potential health effects of the product. Commercial candles are a little different, especially when containing paraffin that burns into carcinogenic soot. While we know small amounts of exposure to these toxins won’t kill us, we...
    Recently I received an email from an inexperienced dog owner, asking for advice about dogs attacking other dogs. She sent me a horrific video of a golden retriever being attacked by a pit bull outside a Shattuck restaurant in Berkeley back in August. I’m not including a link to the video because it’s disturbing and hard to watch, but it shows the pit bull with the retriever’s front leg in its jaws, refusing to let go. As you can imagine, the scene is chaotic with people yelling and screaming, some stepping in to hit and kick the attacking dog or spray it with water. One man pulls on the dog, dragging the retriever with it. Finally, some pepper spray is used, and the dog releases the now severely injured retriever. Although everyone in the video is trying to help, the chaos probably ramped up the attack. I understand the panic that the attack created, and I can only imagine the horror and helplessness felt by both dog owners — one whose dog was being mauled and the other, who was...
    CALL of Duty: Vanguard launched last week but some players are finding themselves locked out of the campaign. The snafu is down to the game modes being split up to combat the Call of Duty series' notoriously large file sizes. 1Call of Duty: Vanguard's installation process is locking gamers out of the campaignCredit: Activision How to fix locked Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign from console dashboard Call of Duty: Vanguard has been split into the base game, which is the multiplayer portion, while the campaign appears as add-ons. This can easily be confused for DLC but they're necessary downloads if you want to play the campaign. These campaign add-ons appear as 'Campaign 1' and 'Campaign 2' and total around 17GB. To check whether they've been installed, highlight the game on your console dashboard and hit the start button. Select 'Manage Game Content' and you'll be able to see the campaign add-ons, their file size, and whether or not they're installed. If they've not been installed, you can kick off the process from here. Most read in TechTOSSED IN SPACE...
    A whistleblower revealed information regarding a Texas state agency that has been forcing "critical race theory indoctrination" among employees, according to Texas gubernatorial candidate Don Huffines. The anonymous whistleblower, identified only as an employee with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, shared the material with Huffines's campaign. In a video , Huffines claimed the whistleblower approached them with the goal of fighting critical race theory, a legal theory that espouses the view that systematic racism is part of U.S. society. Republicans have rallied around opposing CRT in schools. "A whistleblower inside the Texas government came to us to help end critical race theory indoctrination that has been forced on state employees and is being paid for by you, the Texas taxpayer," Huffines said. 'APOLITICAL' ALEXANDER VINDMAN IS HAPPY HE HELPED BIDEN WIN, COY ABOUT WHISTLEBLOWER "An employee with the Department of Family and Protective Services came to us concerned that they were forced to go through a course called 'Knowing Who You Are,' and then they had to report to their supervisor that...
    VALLEJO (BCN) – The city of Vallejo announced Tuesday that City Council and other city board and commission meetings will resume in person again starting next week after being held online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new policy will take effect starting Nov. 16. Residents wishing to follow the meetings virtually will still be able to via a hybrid Zoom option, but all members of the City Council and various city panels will be required to attend in person until the council declares another state of emergency, city officials said. READ MORE: Pacifica Police: 2 Hospitalized in Major Multi-Vehicle Accident Near Hwy 1Masks will be required while inside City Hall at 555 Santa Clara St. or other city buildings. Public comment at meetings will start with people attending in person, then will go to participants on Zoom, according to the city. READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Now Required For All Alameda County 1st Responders, MedicsMore information on upcoming city meetings and the policies for attending in-person or online can be found at https://www.cityofvallejo.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=13506&pageId=22200. MORE NEWS: COVID: Cal Football Game Against USC...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — People entering a wide variety of businesses in the city of Los Angeles began having to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Monday as one of the country’s strictest measures intended to slow spread of the coronavirus took effect. The new rule covers businesses ranging from restaurants to shopping malls and theaters to nail and hair salons At Blue Bottle Coffee in the Los Feliz neighborhood, a sign on the front door reminds patrons that they must show proof of vaccination if they want to eat indoors. Manager Matthew Cadena said the morning rush was mostly smooth as customers handed over their vaccine cards or showed photos of them on their cellphones. Some patrons had put an image of their vaccine card on their phones’ home screen. “Most people are accommodating and understanding,” Cadena said. Only a handful of people saw the mandate as “nonsensical,” Cadena said, and they were directed to outdoor tables with a to-go order if they did not show vaccine proof. Los Angeles is among a growing number of cities across...