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COVID-positive patients surge past 2,000 mark in LA County hospitals
1/12/2022 10:29:03 AM

LOS ANGELES—The number of COVID-19-positive patients in Los Angeles County surged well above the 2,000 mark Tuesday amid a surge in infections that has seen daily case numbers skyrocket over the past two weeks. According to state figures, there were 2,240 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Tuesday, a jump from 1,994 on Monday. Of those patients, 303 were being treated in intensive care, an increase from 278 a day earlier. The hospitalization number is the highest it has been since last February in the midst of another winter COVID surge. Due to rising patient...

16,269 new positive cases and 8 new deaths due to COVID-19 in LA County
1/12/2022 9:59:46 AM

SACRAMENTO—According to Public Health data, pediatric hospitalizations increased by nearly 190% between December 4th and December 25th. And while the numbers of children hospitalized remain very small, those 0-4 years old saw the biggest rise in rates with a 3.25-fold increase, followed by 12-to-17- year- old teens, who had a 3.0-fold increase, and 5-to-11 -year- old, who saw an increase of 1.5-fold. Cases among children have also increased by 207% from the two-week period starting on November 8th to the two-week period ending on December 26th. With pediatric cases and...

New Year's Rose Parade marches on despite COVID-19 surge
1/12/2022 9:29:16 AM

PASADENA—A year after New Year's Day passed without a Rose Parade due to the coronavirus pandemic, marching bands and floral floats took to the streets again to celebrate the arrival of 2022 despite a new surge of infections due to the omicron variant. The 133rd edition of the Pasadena, California, tradition on Saturday featured actor LeVar Burton as grand marshal, 20 bands, 18 equestrian units and dozens of floats reflecting the theme of “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” After days of record-smashing rains, there were sunny skies for the 8 a.m. start of the spectacle,...

More people at home, and dying from fires, in pandemic
1/12/2022 9:22:06 AM

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP)—The pandemic played a role in helping to push the state's fire deaths to the highest level since 2014, the state's fire marshal said. The number of fire deaths as of Saturday was 27, three times the level of the safest year for fire deaths, 2010, when nine people died in fires. The state's worst year for fire deaths as 1967, when 70 people died. The 2021 deaths were related to the pandemic as more people were staying home instead of going to work, said Maine Fire Marshal Joe Thomas. More than a half-dozen of the house fires happened during...

Boy, 17, last seen In Compton reported missing
12/2/2021 7:21:27 PM

COMPTON—Authorities Monday sought the public's help to find a 17-year-old boy who was last seen in Compton and may be in Manhattan Beach. Jasyre Robinson was last seen about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 2400 block of East 126th Street, according to Deputy Eva Jimenez of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. "Jasyre took a rideshare service which was supposed to arrive in Carson but was dropped off near Manhattan Beach Pier," Jimenez said. "Social media hints he may still be in Manhattan Beach area." Jasyre is Black, 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 185...

‘King Tides’ give us a preview of sea level rise
12/2/2021 7:19:36 PM

San Francisco—The year's highest tides, known as “king tides,” will hit California shorelines December 4 and 5 and again January 2 and 3, providing a glimpse of what to expect as sea levels rise. North of Ventura County will see an additional king tide on New Year’s Day. The public is asked to safely photograph the shoreline during king tides as part of an international community science project. King tides are one to two feet higher than the average tide seen throughout the year, which corresponds to the rise in sea level expected during the next few decades....

Lee Elder, 1st Black golfer to play Masters, dies at age 87
12/2/2021 7:16:06 PM

Lee Elder played through the scourge of racism. He broke down enormous barriers. He carved a path for Tiger Woods and others to follow. Finally, in the waning months of his life, he took his rightful place at Augusta National. Alongside the greats. Elder, who fought through numerous obstacles to become the first Black golfer to play in the Masters, died at the age of 87, the PGA Tour announced Monday. “The game of golf lost a hero,” 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus said. His death was first reported by Debert Cook of African American Golfer's Digest. No...

Trial set to start on charges Smollett faked racist attack
12/2/2021 7:14:12 PM

By Don Babwin   CHICAGO—A popular actor steps out onto the street and is brutally reminded that, despite his fame and wealth, places still exist where the color of his skin and sexual orientation put him in danger. That was the story that ricocheted around the world after Jussie Smollett, a Black and openly gay actor, reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of a hate crime. Nearly three years later, Smollett is about to stand trial on charges that he staged the whole thing. He was charged with felony disorderly conduct after law enforcement and prosecutors...

Egypt unveils renovated 'Avenue of the Sphinxes' in Luxor
12/2/2021 7:13:07 PM

LUXOR, Egypt—Egyptian authorities were unveiling Thursday a renovated ancient promenade in the city of Luxor dating back 3,000 years, the latest government project undertaken to highlight the country's archaeological treasures. Egypt has struggled to revive its tourism industry, battered by years of political turmoil following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and more lately, the coronavirus pandemic. The ancient walkway—known as the Avenue of the Sphinxes, but also dubbed the Way of the Rams and the Path of the Gods—connects...

Afghan girl from famous cover portrait is evacuated to Italy
12/2/2021 7:11:22 PM

ROME—National Geographic magazine's famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West's evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi said Italy organized the evacuation of Sharbat Gulla after she asked to be helped to leave the country. The Italian government will now help to get her integrated into life in Italy, the statement said. Gulla gained international fame in 1984 as an Afghan refugee girl, after war photographer Steve McCurry's...