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Coronavirus: California passes 11,000 deaths amid declining hospitalizations

Coronavirus: California passes 11,000 deaths amid declining hospitalizations

California passed 11,000 COVID-19 deaths on Friday as the virus’s deathly toll in the state continues to grow at a nearly record-high pace, even as hospitalizations declined in the state. Counties reported 151 new COVID-19 fatalities Friday, bringing the state’s total to 11,149 deaths. The new fatalities were slightly higher than the state’s seven-day average the previous day of 139 daily fatalities, which is down slightly from a peak seven-day average of 145 daily fatalities set on August 6. California reached that grim new milestone just over a week after passing 10,000 fatalities on August 6, with the virus on track to be the third-leading cause of death in the state after only heart...

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Weather report: warm Sunday, less heat next week

Rainstorms are to be expected in the centre and north of the country on Saturday evening followed by fairly dry, sunny weather after the morning clouds blow away on Sunday, although there could be storms later in the day, according to the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI). These variable weather patterns could continue next week, with temperatures dropping gradually. After a dry Sunday morning, rainstorms are possible in the afternoon in some areas, with heavy rainfall, hail and strong wind gusts, but this still needs to be confirmed, according to the RMI. Expect warmer temperatures, with highs from 24°C in Hautes-Fagnes to 30°C locally in the Kempen region. The wind will be slight to...

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Chihuahua-pug mix Little Tony is a super-sweet guy

Breed: Chihuahua-pug mix Tony is looking for the right humans to call family. (Courtesy of Ken-Mar Rescue) Age: About 1 year Gender: Neutered male Size: 12 pounds Little Tony’s story: Little Tony is a super-sweet guy who gets along well with other small dogs. This cutie is trained to sleep in a crate at night and would make a wonderful companion for the right family. Adoption procedure: Fill out Ken Mar Rescue’s online application.

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Southern California ranked as bad place to be a renter

Southern California ranked as bad place to be a renter

Southern California cities got poor grades in one national “best places to rent” study. Of the 15 cities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties ranked by WalletHub, Irvine scored best (No. 30 out of 182 places studied) and San Bernardino got the lowest grade (11th worst). The financial information site ranked large U.S. cities for qualities most appealing to renters. Using economic, housing, demographic, safety and health data, WalletHub weighed a rental market’s value in terms of each city’s relative rental market/affordability, quality of life and an overall score. Clearly, Southern California’s high cost of living was a factor in the poor local grades. The 15 area...

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Tabby cat Benji is a special guy

Breed: Domestic shorthair tabby Age: About 1 year Gender: Neutered male Benji’s story: Benji has a sad story. About two months ago, he came to Cats in Need’s Fullerton Chapter with a leg so badly mauled it required amputation. Because of dye markings on his belly, volunteers believe he was used in a dog fight. Fortunately, someone got him to the rescue. Despite losing his leg, Benji has been quiet and accommodating. He is loving and friendly and enjoys sitting on laps and playing with kittens. He doesn’t seem to notice his leg is missing. Cats in Need is hoping Benji can find a home where he will receive the love and security that were taken from him. The group is accepting donations to...

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Excessive heat warning issued for Central Texas

Excessive heat warning issued for Central Texas

Asher Price @asherprice Saturday Aug 15, 2020 at 10:49 AM The National Weather Services has issued an excessive heat warning for parts of the Hill Country, Austin, and counties north of Interstate 10 and east of Interstate 35 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Temperatures will range from 103 degrees to 106 degrees this afternoon, with heat indices as high as 112, with hot conditions expected to continue through the weekend, according to Aaron Treadway, a foreacster with the National Weather Service’s New Braunfels office. Cooler conditions and rain chances return for Monday. Authorities recommend: Drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks out of the sun, and check up on relatives and...

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National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down in Argyle

ARGYLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The U.S. National Weather Service Albany confirming that a tornado touched down in the area of Goose Island Road in the Town of Argyle, after severe thunderstorms hit the Capital Region. A National Weather Service storm survey team says that an EF1 tornado hit the town from 5:05 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. on August 10. The EF1 rating means the tornado was weak, with winds from 86 to 110 mph. The tornado’s estimated wind speed was 90 mph. According to the survey team, damage from the tornado included snapped and uprooted trees. There was some shingle and siding damage to a few homes as well.

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9-Mile ‘Street Love’ Bike Ride Through North Lawndale

CHICAGO (CBS) — Saturday night 1,000 bicyclists are riding together through North Lawndale to show some “street love.” It’s part of a massive bike ride being held by the group Boxing Out Negativity. Starting at 8 p.m. the group will ride out from Saint Agatha Catholic Church to cover nine miles in two hours. The group says everyone is welcome to join, but please wear a mask and remember to social distance. A cookout will kick off the fun for North Lawndale neighbors at 5 p.m.

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The Netherlands advises against non-essential travel to Brussels

From midnight, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will tighten its travel advice for nine new areas, including Brussels. Starting from Sunday, “code orange” will apply to, Brussels, Paris, the Marseille area, Madrid, Burgos, Salamanca, Almeria, Navarra and the Balearic Islands such as Mallorca and Ibiza, according to local media. Orange travel advice means that non-essential travel is not recommended, and that people returning to the Netherlands from these areas are urgently advised to quarantine for 14 days. Related News:Belgians 'not welcome' as Dutch city records rise in new coronavirus infectionsBrussels scraps face mask obligation for cyclists and scooter usersBrussels' coronavirus...

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Home sale prices from Alameda County, Aug. 15

Home sale prices from Alameda County, Aug. 15

2146 Bella Vista Place, Livermore; $1.625 million; 5 bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms in 3,398 square feet; built in 1999 on 0.38 acres; south-side custom house boasts an outdoor space with a pool, a bocce court and a horseshoe pit; also includes 75-vine vineyard: 25 Cabernet, 25 Malbec, 25 Petite Sirah; downstairs features an en-suite bedroom, a remodeled kitchen that opens to the family room, a fireplace and windows that overlook the backyard; kitchen has double ovens, a 6-burner stove, and a large granite island with seating; also features a formal dining room, a living room with fireplace and a 500-bottle wine refrigerator; custom iron banister leads upstairs to large bonus family room and 4...

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New travel warnings for Brussels, Ibiza, Madrid and Paris: Report

New negative travel alerts were expected to be announced by the Dutch government at the start of Sunday for Brussels, Ibiza, Madrid and Paris. People entering the Netherlands from those destinations will be told to enter quarantine for 14 days because of possible exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus. The Netherlands was planning on issuing several new code orange travel advisories right at the start of Sunday, according to broadcaster NOS. Aside from Paris, the negative travel advice for France will cover Bouches-du-Rhône, including Aix en Provence and Marseille.Submitted by Zack Newmark on Saturday, 15 August 2020 - 16:53

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Ed’s Driveway: Mazda CX-30

By Ed Curran CHICAGO (CBS) — The beautiful Mazda CX-30 is a brand new crossover from the Japanese automaker, and it has some really outstanding styling. The general design of the vehicle is taken from the Mazda 3 hatchback, a car we really enjoyed. This vehicle gets some SUV design cues and sits a little higher, and it’s a joy to drive. The rear seat offers just enough room. The front cockpit of the car has a great seating position and a look that rivals some upscale SUVs. Yet the CX-30 starts at $23,000. Though not a powerful car with its 2.5 liter engine, the performance and handling are sporty in the Mazda CX-30, a vehicle that falls between the automaker’s CX-3 and CX-5 in size. The...

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Dispensary owners react to recreational marijuana initiatives making the ballot

On Novembers Ballot, there are two measures, I-190 and CI-118, that will attempt to legalize the sale and possession of recreational marijuana in Montana. Medical marijuana laws have been in effect since 2004 but, New Approach Montana, a legalization advocacy group, says that recreation sales could provide the state 48 million dollars in taxable revenue by 2025.When other states like Washington, Colorado, California and Nevada opened themselves up to recreational marijuana, the states saw a boom in marijuana sales but do local medical dispensaries envision that same plan if I-190 and CI-118 were passed?Not before they have more questions answered like licensing costs, building requirements...

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Home sale prices from Contra Costa County, Aug. 15

Home sale prices from Contra Costa County, Aug. 15

210 Yale Ave., Kensington; $1.9 million; 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms in 2,933 square feet; built in 1936 on 0.12 acres; located in the heart of Kensington, this house offers original details as well as modern updates — and stunning views of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Alcatraz and Mt. Tamalpais; master suite, which boasts an open-concept loft space, spans the top floor; main level has two bedrooms, a full bathroom, updated kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room and an expansive deck; kitchen features white shaker cabinetry, stone countertops and stainless-steel appliances, including a gas range; lower level includes a second master suite with a sitting room and...

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Police seek help finding patient who fled Oregon City hospital

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating an endangered patient who unexpectedly left the Oregon City Health Care Center on Friday. David Michael Myers, 59, left the hospital in the afternoon without any of his medication. According to police, Myers has serious medical conditions and is in danger without proper medical attention. OCPD said he may be heading to the Tualatin area where he used to live. Myers is described as 5’7″, 200 lbs, with blue eyes and sandy brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue long-sleeved thermal shirt, suspenders, and khaki pants. Anyone who has seen Myers in the last 24 hours is urged to call the...

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Flooding in Catawba Co. prompts State of Emergency order

A State of Emergency has been declared in Catawba County due to excessive rainfall and more rainfall expected. Catawba County Board of Commissioners Chair Randy Isenhower made the announcement Saturday morning. Severe flooding, infrastructure damage, hazardous travel conditions, and the potential for widespread power outages for residents in the county were cited. The declaration allows the county to enable emergency services and help with recovery efforts in all areas affected. Get breaking news alerts in the FOX46 News app. It’s FREE! Download for iOS or Android

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Lynn Tosses 2-hit Complete Game, Rangers beat Rockies 3-2

Lance Lynn allowed hits to the first two batters in the first inning on the way to his first complete game in six years, Nick Solak homered, and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Friday night. Lynn (3-0) gave up singles to the first batters he faced and Garrett Hampson scored from third on Nolan Arenado’s groundout. Two Texas errors in the sixth led to an unearned run for Colorado.  “It was kind of stunning,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “He didn’t feel that great, which is amazing. He didn’t throw his best. After the fourth or fifth inning, he obviously knew he had to pick us up. We weren’t hitting much. He picked our defense up by getting out of that (sixth) inning,...

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Remote learning: Online safety tips for students and parents

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – As more districts announce plans for remote learning this year, it is important that parents know how to keep their children safe online. Students will be spending more time on computers, which increases their risk of running into cyber threats. u003cstrongu003eHere’s what classrooms will look like in West Virginia this fallu003c/strongu003e For families to stay safe as they navigate this new environment, whether teaching children from home or just continuing to share and interact on the web, there are a few things parents can do to keep their kids safe online. Look for software support. If a parent is unable to fully supervise a child while they’re doing school...

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We must protect our healthcare workers

Healthcare workers not only have a right to work in a safe environment, but we need them to keep us alive too. Every infected healthcare worker cannot work once diagnosed, and their close-contact colleagues cannot work either for 14 days. Repeat that scenario too many times and all of a sudden we won’t have enough workers to keep our healthcare system running.

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Santa Clara County installs California’s first touch-free tech at crosswalks

Crossing a street in the world of COVID-19 can get you wrapped up like a rubber band. Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman says he’s resorted to all sorts of tricks to activate a pedestrian signal without actually touching a button. “The other day I used my elbow,” he said, recounting that he’s used pencils, pens, water bottles, his knuckle and even the corner of his shirt. “Humans can be creative when the occasion calls for it, and that’s exactly what our Roads and Airports Department has done.” Harry Freitas, Santa Clara County Director of Roads and Airports, displays a plate for a new “touch free” pedestrian signal being installed in the county. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News...

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Cupertino honors its own with CREST Awards

Cupertino honors its own with CREST Awards

Each year Cupertino’s CREST Awards (Cupertino Recognizes Extra Steps Taken) honor residents and businesses that have gone the extra mile to help improve the city. This year’s winners include parents who recognized their son’s dream of an inclusive playground, a group of seventh-graders who designed a free automated sports equipment checkout system at Memorial Park and a woman who has been active in the Cupertino community for 56 years. Lifetime AchievementRoberta Hollimon In their nomination letter Elaine Manley and Tracey Edwards, co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of Cupertino-Sunnyvale, pointed to Hollimon’s 56-year history of community service, which encompasses education, the...

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Lake Fire: Some evacuation orders lifted as crews continue battle against Antelope Valley blaze

Officials lifted additional evacuation orders that had been issued Friday evening for the Lake fire but kept previous orders in place as the fire continued to pose a threat to some residents. Expanded evacuation zones in the Antelope Valley region had been initially ordered shortly after 5 p.m. They encompassed the area north of Avenue D and Highway 138, south of Avenue A, west of 150th Street West and east of 200th Street West. About 9:30 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale station announced that the orders had been lifted. The Lake fire began near Lake Hughes on Wednesday. Within hours it had quickly scorched 10,500 acres as it raced west toward the 5 and...

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Yellow alert for thunderstorms across most of Belgium until midnight

The Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for most of Belgium until midnight on Saturday. The warning has been in effect since 11:00 AM and is expected to end at midnight, and covers almost the entire country, except for the Coast and the province of West Flanders. Storms and rain will develop over Belgium in the next few hours, mainly coming from the east of the country, and then rapidly spreading towards the centre and the north. Cumulative rainfall could again reach 10 to 30l/m2 in 1 hour. The chance of hail is smaller, but still possible very locally, warns the RMI. Although a few showers are also possible in the far west, the probability of...

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OPINION | REX NELSON: Rights and wrongs

The continued economic and population growth of northwest Arkansas is almost a given. Combine the success of the region's major companies with the investments of the Walton Family Foundation in quality-of-life initiatives, and it's hard to think of many parts of America that have a more promising future. The good things happening in the state's northwest corner have kept many Arkansans from noticing that the Little Rock area has also been on a roll lately.

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OPINION: The birthers are back

Well, that didn’t take long. A non-white American citizen born right here in the United States has gotten a spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, and the birthers have come scurrying out from whatever rock they have been living under since Barack Obama left office. Within hours of former Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement Wednesday of his history-making running mate, once-reputable Newsweek posted a story posing “Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility.” The author, John Eastman, a conservative law professor, wrote that “some” are “questioning” whether Harris might be “constitutionally ineligible” to be vice president because, should she have to step into the...

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EDITORIAL: Tale of two cities

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of foolishness, it was the age of madness. It was the epoch of disbelief, it was the epoch of incredulity. It was the season of idiocy, it was the season of ignorance. Let's the rest of us hope that in another few years, major cities in the United States aren't even more Dickensian than today. But several seem on their way. And not just Portland. The police chief of Seattle resigned this week. Carmen Best stepped down after the city council decided not only to cut the department's budget but her own salary. She opposed calls by several city council members to cut the Seattle Police Department budget by 50 percent,...

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8/15/2020: Incredible start to the weekend! Then, rain & cooler temps

Get out and enjoy! Saturday will be a stunner of a summer day. Low temperatures this morning bottomed out around 60 in Albany and surrounding towns, though the hills and mountains got well into the 50’s. Some spots in the high terrain of the Adirondacks saw the upper 40’s! Sunny skies throughout the day means that we’ll warm quickly, but not to uncomfortable hot levels. We’re forecasting highs of 82-83 degrees across the Capital District. Highs will struggle to get out of the 70’s in the outlying areas! While most of the day will feature sun, we can’t rule out a very isolated shower or two this afternoon or evening. Don’t let it cancel your outdoor plan, though! Anything that forms will be...

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Walmart extending closing time to 10 p.m. at most stores

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Walmart is expanding its closing time from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at most of its stores nationwide, the Bentonville-based retailer announced Friday. By Aug. 17, more than 4,000 of the company’s 4,700 stores will make the change. “With this change, we will continue the health and safety measures currently in place, such as social distancing, health screenings, plastic barriers at the registers and masks,” Walmart said in its statement. Walmart stores to close for Thanksgiving The company will “continue assessing” its remaining stores as to when to expand closing hours. Walmart stores will host a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers age 60 and older...

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Hundreds expected to shut down Dan Ryan Saturday to protest police brutality

CHICAGO — Hundreds are expected to shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway Saturday to protest against police brutality. The protest, which is set to begin at noon, is similar to that of the Rev. Michael Pfleger’s peace protest in July 2018 where protests shut down the expressway to speak out against the city’s gun violence. Organizers for Saturday’s event plan to meet at the Robert Taylor Park, near 47th and Federal streets, at noon, hold a vigil and then march up the Dan Ryan to 43rd Street and to Grant Park. Organizers say this march will be peaceful. In an interview with WGN News on Wednesday, FOP President John Catanzara said he wants federal help to prosecute anyone who steps on the...

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Al fresco dining options abound in downtown Los Gatos

Al fresco dining options abound in downtown Los Gatos

Cruising through downtown Los Gatos on a recent Sunday afternoon revealed a vibrant lunchtime scene at Old Town, something sorely missing for many months. Umbrella-shaded tables were set up all around Steamer’s, and all the parking spaces were taken in front and in the Old Town parking lot. A sea of diners was seen perched at their tables on the massive deck outside of the Wine Cellar, which has expanded to take over much of the vast outside area that was once the oak-shaded domain of California Cafe. Steamer’s is now open for lunch Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and for dinner every night but Monday, beginning at 5pm. The Wine Cellar is now open for lunch and dinner, on...

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Editorial: Reject Prop. 24, California’s online privacy measure

Editorial: Reject Prop. 24, California’s online privacy measure

California’s new online privacy legislation just took effect on Jan. 1. The Attorney General’s office didn’t announce it had received approval of final regulations for the law until Friday. But that didn’t stop advocates from trying to update the law by qualifying an initiative for the Nov. 3 ballot. It’s simply the wrong way to try to go about settling an immensely complex issue. Vote no on Proposition 24. The state law passed by the Legislature in 2018 was widely viewed as one of the toughest in the nation. California needs more time to evaluate it before attempting to deal with any perceived problems. And if improvements are needed, they should first try the legislative process before...

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Coronavirus: Livermore to start fining people who don’t wear masks

Coronavirus: Livermore to start fining people who don’t wear masks

LIVERMORE — If you don’t wear a mask in Livermore you could pay a fine. The city has taken its cue from some Bay Area counties that have authorized the financial penalties to back up enforcement of public health orders that aim to curb the spread of the coronavirus. It may be the only city in Alameda County and possibly the Bay Area to take that step. City officials say code enforcement officers will be out this weekend to enforce Alameda County’s order that residents must wear a face mask or covering when in public. Doug Martin, the city’s inspection and neighborhood preservation manager, said in an interview Friday that code enforcement has been warning residents for weeks to wear masks...

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Pittsburgh Police SWAT Team Engages In Standoff After Man Barricades Himself Inside Ex-Girlfriend’s Home

By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh’s SWAT Team was called to the scene of a standoff in Pittsburgh’s Hays neighborhood. This happened just before midnight on the 700 block of Mifflin Road. Police say the man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home when she was not there. When police arrived, she told police that her ex-boyfriend was in her home and was sending her threatening messages. He also had outstanding warrants out for his arrest. Police say he barricaded himself inside the home. He was taken into custody around 2 a.m. Saturday after SWAT members entered the residence. He was checked over by medics and taken to Allegheny County Jail. The man’s identity is not known at...

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When is it considered safe enough to reopen California’s classrooms?

As nearly all of California’s schools forge into the new academic year with virtual learning, everyone wants to know how soon it’ll be safe for students and teachers to return to real classrooms. While some experts — from Stanford researchers to the Centers for Disease Control — say the sooner schools can reopen for in-person instruction with proper precautions the better, many teachers and their unions across the state are advocating for more cautious approaches. Accounts and images from other parts of the country where students have returned to classrooms — such as rural and suburban areas of Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi — may provide a cautionary tale of getting the timing and...

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IN THE GARDEN: Aster Yellows disease

IN THE GARDEN: Aster Yellows disease

Q I am attaching two photographs of a coneflower plant in my garden. The plant has been coming back each spring and blooming for the last three years. It's supposed to be the purple variety. This year I noticed, for the first time, this strange growth around the cone. Is it a disease or some sort of mutation that has caused this? A It is a disease called Aster Yellows. This viral-like disease is spread by tiny insects called leafhoppers. There is no cure, so you will need to destroy the plant. Gardeners often tolerate milkweed bugs, but they do eat the milkweed seed pods; so if you want seeds, remove the bugs. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette) Q Every year these bugs cover my spent...

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DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Smoothing bumpy ride on to-do list

Mr. Drivetime Mahatma: Who is responsible for the repair or replacement of Alcoa Road in Benton? Traveling north across the overpass and turning right to enter the service road at the yield sign the road is like a rub board. I travel it every day and if you're not careful it will dislodge your front end. With all the money spent on Arkansas highways, why can't they put a little asphalt on this? -- Charles Dear Charles: The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department claims responsibility for frontage roads along Interstate 30 in Saline and Pulaski counties. This from Johnathon Mormon, the District 6 maintenance engineer. His office is aware of such problematic areas, and there is a...

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Kamala Harris’ blended background may look like America, but will it help Democrats win the White House?

Kamala Harris’ blended background may look like America, but will it help Democrats win the White House?

Kamala Harris looks like the Bay Area. She is Black and Asian-American, born in Oakland to a mother from India and a father from Jamaica who met in graduate school at UC Berkeley. She is Baptist, with a Sanskrit name that means “lotus” from her Hindu heritage, but is known to her Jewish stepchildren as “Momala,” a play on her first name and an endearing Yiddish term for “little mama.” She also looks like the future of America, where demographers say, by 2043 white people are expected to be a minority group. The number of multiracial Americans is expected to triple by 2060 to about 26.7 million. Yet, it took less than 48 hours from Joe Biden’s naming Harris his running mate for her blended...

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Your View by a Lower Macungie farmer: How we can preserve farmland and open space

Your View by a Lower Macungie farmer: How we can preserve farmland and open space

How did we reach this point that farm profits can no longer pay for farms? Agriculture research, irrigation dams, interstate highways and cheap fuel all lead to tremendous agricultural production and, in turn, smaller farm profits. But how often have you heard a concerning news story about water, roads or fuel? Technology has been good for agriculture, but we probably could have managed it more wisely.

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Retail Sale Of Marijuana In Maine To Begin On October 9

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers will be able to legally buy marijuana at retail shops on Oct. 9, the state announced Friday, nearly four years after residents voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The state Office of Marijuana Policy will issue its first recreational marijuana business licenses on Sept. 8. That will give stores time to harvest, test and package marijuana products for sale a month later. “Today’s announcement is a major milestone in honoring the will of Maine voters and a significant step toward launching a new industry in the state,” OMP Director Erik Gundersen said in a statement. Mainers voted in 2016 to legalize marijuana for recreational use for those 21 and...

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NBC 5 Forecast: Triple-Digit Heat Continues

Oppressive heat continues across North Texas today. A heat advisory and excessive heat warning remain in effect through this evening. High temperatures will climb into the 101 to 106-degree range, with heat index values up to 110 this afternoon. Be sure to limit time outdoors and take the necessary precautions to stay cool and hydrated. Sunday will be the last hot day with high temperatures reaching triple digits across much of the region. With the hot and breezy weather expected, there’s an elevated risk for grass fires, especially to the west of Dallas-Fort Worth. Please avoid outdoor burning or any other activities that might create a spark. If you’re not a fan of the heat, relief in...

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Scores of immigration documents allegedly destroyed by Salt Lake City postal worker

Scores of immigration documents allegedly destroyed by Salt Lake City postal worker

A former Salt Lake City postal employee is awaiting trial on federal charges she destroyed or discarded mail in connection with the disappearance of at least 60 federal immigration documents bound for residents of eastern Nevada. An April 6 hearing was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and a new date not yet been set. As first reported by The Nevada Independent, Eloisa Mendoza, director of Elko Hispanic Services — a resource center for immigration paperwork and translation services — discovered the problem in 2018, when clients from Elko, Spring Creek, Lamoille, Battle Mountain and West Wendover told her they were not receiving legal permanent resident cards (green cards) and...

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Raiders mailbag: On Marcus Mariota, Jadeveon Clowney and the biggest rookie surprise

Time for an overdue Raiders mailbag with a few non-contact practices in the books and the first padded session coming up on Monday: Q: How is Marcus Mariota performing in camp? — @admnunez1 A: You sent this question a few days ago, but it’s pertinent because coach Jon Gruden talked up Mariota in his Zoom teleconference session following practice. Which of course will give way to breathless social media speculation that he’s making a run at Derek Carr’s job. Specifically, Gruden did talk up Mariota in terms of running and using his feet to create. “He’s a dazzling playmaker with his feet, man. That’s the key to his game. I saw that, glimpses of that today,” Gruden said. The comment about...

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California’s coronavirus contact tracing efforts hampered by lack of bilingual staff

California’s coronavirus contact tracing efforts hampered by lack of bilingual staff

In late May, just before coronavirus cases exploded across the Bay Area, Santa Clara County officials turned to the state for help beefing up their contact tracing team. With the Latinx population comprising a growing proportion of the county’s COVID-19 cases, local officials needed bilingual staff to reach sick patients and their families and friends — and they needed it fast. The county’s own hiring was falling short, so it asked that 150 workers it requested from the state speak Spanish, and another 50 speak Vietnamese. But none of the contact tracers the county ultimately received were bilingual. And the situation is the same across the Bay Area, with counties lacking enough contact...

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San Francisco Giants’ iron man being asked to embrace an unfamiliar role during 2020 season

San Francisco Giants’ iron man being asked to embrace an unfamiliar role during 2020 season

When a glove-first infielder arrived in the majors on May 27, 2011 and delivered a stunning, go-ahead grand slam against the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Francisco Giants found their shortstop of the future. Brandon Crawford’s debut performance set the stage for an incredible run that’s made him one of the top all-around infielders in franchise history, but in the midst of a challenging 2020 season, the veteran shortstop is now struggling to remain the shortstop of the present. “He wants to be in there everyday,” first-year manager Gabe Kapler said of Crawford Friday. “He’s fighting for that opportunity.” Twenty games into a condensed 60-game schedule, Crawford isn’t winning that fight. The...

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Letter: President turns people against one another

Recently, President Donald Trump tweeted to all the “suburban housewives of America.”While the meaning of the term “housewife” is unclear, I am going to assume Trump was tweeting to me. Trump’s tweet declares that his opposing presidential candidate, Joe Biden, if elected, would “destroy [my] neighborhood and [my] American Dream.”Shocked by Trump’s concern for my neighborhood and dreams, I investigated Biden’s plans to destroy them. If I understand correctly, Trump is referring to Biden’s plan to, if elected president, reinstate the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.I would like Trump to know that this “suburban housewife” grew up benefiting from affordable housing. This “suburban...

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Salt Lake City street redesign guide draws praise, complaints

Salt Lake City street redesign guide draws praise, complaints

People spend a lot of time traveling public streets, and Salt Lake City is working on major redesigns that better reflect what its residents value.Streets typically make up about 80% of a city’s public spaces, but they’re lumped into three broad categories — local streets, arterial streets (such as high-speed highways) and collector streets that funnel traffic between the two.Salt Lake City is in the process of diversifying its streets into 15 different designs, or “typologies,” with new priorities. The typologies guide will help pave the city’s future with streets that add a lot more green space, sidewalks and bike lanes.“More than anything else, our streets define who we are as a...

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Two Belgian universities in top 100 world ranking

Two Belgian universities are listed in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), otherwise known as the Shanghai Ranking. The university of Ghent comes in at number 66, unchanged from last year. The university’s total score was 28.9. compared to a maximum 100 scored by leader Harvard. Ghent comes top in the world, however, for veterinary sciences. Lower down, the university of Leuven managed to squeeze into the top 100 at number 97, down from 85 last year. Leuven scores 25.9 points. Other Belgian institutions feature lower down in the ranking. The Free University ULB in Brussels is in the tranche from 101 to 150, whereas last year it was in the lower section from 151 to...

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BLOG: Heavy rain, flash flooding possible this weekend

Our weather pattern has changed a little bit in the past few days, but one thing still remains the same. The atmosphere is packed with moisture and there’s a good chance for heavy rain today. Flash Flood Watch Today and TonightThis morning we are seeing some of the rain across Hampton Roads. In the past three days we’ve seen more than 4 inches of rain across the Peninsula and Middle Peninsula. Other areas have seen around an inch. For today, a stationary front is stuck right on top of our area. That will help generate more rain this afternoon and evening. Downpours are likely as the rain develops. Weekend Rain OutlookThe stationary front will help to develop more rain later today and...

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Despite Over 105,000 Deaths, Bolsonaro Achieves his Best Rating

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While Brazil bitterly loses over 105,000 lives and ranks second as the country with the highest number of deaths and infections from the novel coronavirus (3.2 million), President Jair Bolsonaro achieves the best assessment in his mandate. According to the Datafolha survey released on Friday, the number of Brazilians who […] The post Despite Over 105,000 Deaths, Bolsonaro Achieves his Best Rating appeared first on The Rio Times.

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Science Saturday: Interstellar stem cell research to improve regenerative therapies

Mayo Clinic research is reaching to the cosmos for answers on how to overcome hurdles in engineering human stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells with potential to unleash the body’s ability to heal diseased tissues and organs. However, growing or culturing stem cells in the laboratory is a slow process, and sometimes cells lose potency in the transfer from the body to the culture dish. In his quest to improve manufacturing of stem cells for regenerative therapies, Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D., a leader in the Center for Regenerative Medicine, had stem cells from the research laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Florida flown on an interstellar trip to the International Space Station....

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Who is the New President of Banco do Brasil; What to Expect From Him as Head of the Institution

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Three weeks after Rubem Novaes' sudden departure (to the market) from the presidency of Banco do Brasil (BB), the financial institution officially named André Guilherme Brandão as the new CEO of the state-owned institution. His name had been known for some two weeks and his appointment was regarded as a […] The post Who is the New President of Banco do Brasil; What to Expect From Him as Head of the Institution appeared first on The Rio Times.

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Hey Ray! Using Slow Motion Video To Help Explain Science

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA meteorologist Ray Petelin says that sometimes science happens too fast, and you need to slow things down to see the details of how the world works. He uses the slow motion on feature on his mobile phone to show you some weird science you would have likely missed ion real time. For an explanation of how to conduct this experiment, watch below:    

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Broomfield to vote on new ward boundaries

Broomfield City Council selected a ward boundary map out of four that staff created as options, and is planning to vote on that option. Council will hold a public hearing and second and final vote at its Aug. 25 meeting. Council examined three maps during a February study session. At that time, council asked staff to revise those options and conduct public outreach, which was done on BroomfieldVoice.com. Staff relayed that feedback to council at a July 21 study session. Elections Manager Todd Davidson said he took council’s comments from this most recent study session into consideration when creating a fourth map — Option D. Council members Elizabeth Law-Evans, Deven Shaff, Laurie...

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R$4.2 Billion Cut Represents a Ten-Year Setback for Education in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Unlike the governments of Lula and Dilma, who increased resources for education from R$18 billion (US$3.5 billion) to R$115.7 billion between 2002 and 2014, the equivalent of a 218 percent real increase, the government of Jair Bolsonaro is cutting more resources. The Ministry of Economy announced a R$4.2 billion cut […] The post R$4.2 Billion Cut Represents a Ten-Year Setback for Education in Brazil appeared first on The Rio Times.

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Consumer Health: It’s bad to mix antidepressants and alcohol

Do you think drinking that glass of wine or beer while you're on an antidepressant is no big deal? It can actually make you more depressed and cause dangerous interactions.                                    ________________________________ It's best to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol. It may worsen your symptoms, and it can be dangerous. If you mix antidepressants and alcohol: You may feel more depressed or anxious. Drinking can counteract the benefits of your antidepressant medication, making your symptoms more difficult to treat. Alcohol may seem to improve your mood in the short term, but its overall effect increases symptoms of depression and anxiety. Side effects may be...

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Pittsburgh Weather: Much Needed Rain And Cooler Temperatures Ahead

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Today will be cooler with high temperatures in the upper 70’s with much needed rain starting in the late morning to early afternoon. (Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center) Nothing severe is expected, but we could have a rumble or two of thunder for areas south of Pittsburgh. That’s the area that needs the most rain and they will get a bit. (Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center) Areas north may not see much rain today or tomorrow. Nothing severe is expected with the rain. (Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center) Sunday high temperatures are back near 80 with a few scattered showers. Starting Monday, it will be sunny, comfortable and dry with seasonable highs in the low 80s! (Photo...

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