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Saxophonist Joe McQueen Remembered as Utah Jazz Pioneer
1/3/2020 10:18:28 AM

OGDEN, Utah (AP)—A saxophonist who played with the likes of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles was remembered as a pioneer who broke down racial barriers in Utah music clubs. Hundreds of people filled the The Monarch in Ogden on Saturday to sing the praises of Joe McQueen, who died at the age of 100 on Dec. 7 following a struggle with cancer. Local musicians, a church choir and surviving members of the Joe McQueen Quartet were among those in attendance, the Standard-Examiner in Ogden reported. They remembered him as a selfless leader. “He used his music to get your...

Age Limit Now 21 Across U.S. for Cigarettes, Tobacco Products
1/3/2020 9:56:10 AM

By Linda A. Johnson   Anyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the U.S. The new law enacted last week by Congress also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine. The provision raising the legal limit from 18 to 21 nationwide was in a massive spending bill passed by Congress and signed by the president on Dec. 20. About one-third of states already had their own laws restricting tobacco sales to people 21 and older. “This is a major step in protecting the next...

'Tough Year' for Measles and Other Infectious Diseases in U.S.
1/3/2020 9:55:12 AM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—This year, the germs roared back. Measles tripled. Hepatitis A mushroomed. A rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease increased. And that was just the United States. Globally, there was an explosion of measles in many countries, an unrelenting Ebola outbreak in Africa and a surge in dengue fever in Asia. There were also backslides in some diseases, like polio, that the world was close to wiping out. “It's been a tough year for infectious diseases,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

Girl Dies After Having Medical Problem Following LAX Takeoff
1/3/2020 9:53:50 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—A young girl died Thursday night after she went into cardiac arrest on a plane flight out of Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said. The girl, believed to be about 10 years old, was on a Delta flight from LAX to Seattle when she had the medical problem. The plane, which was still over Southern California, returned to the airport, KABC-TV reported. Paramedics “furiously worked to save her life. Sadly, all efforts were futile and the child was beyond medical help,” the Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted. The girl was pronounced dead at the...

SoFi Stadium, Hollywood Park Announce Founding Partnership with Pechanga
12/27/2019 4:57:39 PM

LOS ANGELES—SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park announced today that Pechanga Resort Casino is its newest founding partner of the 70,000-seat stadium and 298-acre development being built in Inglewood by Los Angeles Rams owner and chairman Stanley Kroenke. As a part of the agreement, Pechanga Resort Casino, which is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, will be the official California casino partner of the Rams, Chargers, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. Pechanga is the first Southern California-headquartered company to announce a sponsorship with SoFi Stadium and...

Lynwood Unified Boosts Graduation Rate through College and Career Programs
12/27/2019 4:54:18 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified has increased its District graduation rate by more than 6 percentage points through programs that focus on college and career success and build on the achievement culture of the District. Lynwood Unified’s graduation rate has surged to 90.8 percent for the 2018-19 school year, up from 84.6 the previous year, according to recently released California data. “This is very exciting data and evidence that we are working in collaboration with our community to strengthen our programs and inspire young people to thrive beyond high school,” LUSD...

Consider Mindful Eating This Holiday Season Without Sacrificing Taste, Flavor and Enjoyment
12/27/2019 4:51:54 PM

When it comes to holiday eating, the American Heart Association offers these simple tips: ? Ponder: Before you eat, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” Sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty, bored or stressed. Ask yourself, ‘Do I need nourishment in the form of food, or could it be something else?’ ? Appraise: When your food is in front of you, take a moment before you eat. How does it look? How does it smell? Do you really want it? Is it more than you need? ? Slow: Slow down, like waaay down! Put your fork down between bites....

LA Clippers Donate Nearly 14,000 New Backpacks to Lynwood Unified Students
12/27/2019 4:34:16 PM

LYNWOOD—The Los Angeles Clippers gave an early Christmas gift to Lynwood Unified students on Dec. 18 when they surprised schools across the District with a donation of 14,000 brand new backpacks. K-12 students excitedly strapped on their new backpacks, stitched with the Clippers logo, just in time for the winter break. The backpacks, donated by the L.A. Clippers Foundation, made their way around schools and helped inspire students to continue pursuing excellence during the school year. “Anytime we can provide students with new tools for learning it encourages them and...

Californians Can Now Check Legal Pot Dealers Using QR Codes
12/27/2019 4:27:53 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—California marijuana users can now turn to their smartphones to find out if a dispensary is legit. The Bureau of Cannabis Control on Thursday announced a program encouraging licensed cannabis retailers to post QR codes in their store windows. The checkerboard codes can be scanned by a cellphone camera linking the reader to the bureau's online license bureau. That will allow consumers to verify that the store is licensed. Consumers will be able to determine which retailers “carry products that are tracked, tested, and legal,” Bureau Chief Lori...

Democratic Leaders Meet in L.A. to Address Latino Health Care Access
12/27/2019 4:10:51 PM

By Eric Heinz   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—One day before the Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered in Westchester for their sixth debate, the party's leader met with local elected officials in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday for a panel discussion to stress the importance of federal health care options for Latinos. Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, D-Los Angeles, and California health care stakeholders focused their discussion on what they see as threats on the federal level targeting...