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Frank Grillo can't stop dying in Hulu's time loop thriller 'Boss Level'
03/10/2021 8:00pm

Amid a pandemic, it almost feels like were living the same day over and over again. Hulus action-packed film takes that idea to the next level.

Biden signs executive orders establishing Gender Policy Council, addressing sexual violence in education
03/08/2021 3:43pm

The orders are aimed at ensuring gender equality and equity throughout the federal government at a time when women are being disproportionately afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tulare County sees boost in COVID vaccinations as more doses arrive in Central Valley
03/08/2021 3:42pm

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Earlimart in Tulare County Monday, highlighting the countys efforts to boost residents access to vaccines and increase doses brought to the area.

Third stimulus check updates: What's next for Biden's COVID-19 relief bill in the House
03/08/2021 3:30pm

The House of Representatives now appears to be on track for a final vote Wednesday on President Bidens $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan.

LA County partners with Mexican consulate in push to vaccinate agriculture, food service workers
03/08/2021 3:11pm

Los Angeles County partnered up with the Consulate General of Mexico in a push to get vaccines into the arms of the Latino working-class community over the weekend.


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Judge Tosses Suit Over ‘Race-Norming' in NFL Dementia Tests
03/08/2021 6:52pm

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that challenged race-norming in dementia tests for retired NFL players, a practice that some say makes it harder for Black athletes to qualify for awards that average more than $500,000.A hearing had been set for Thursday. The judge instead ordered the NFL and the lead lawyer in the overall $1 billion settlement to resolve the issue through mediation. That process would appear to exclude the Black players who sued.We are deeply concerned that the Courts proposed solution is to order the very parties who created this discriminatory system to negotiate a fix, said lawyer Cyril V. Smith, who represents ex-players Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport. The class of Black former players whom we represent must have a seat at the table and a transparent process.The demographic factors that doctors consider during testing for dementia often include race. If so, lawyers say, the testing assumes that Black athletes start with worse cognitive functioning than white people which means its harder for them to show a deficit. Both Henry and Davenport were denied awards but would have qualified had they been white, according to their lawsuit.Smith hoped to learn the scope of the problem through discovery as the lawsuit progressed, but the dismissal by Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Pennsylvania means he may never know how many Black players lost out on payments because of the practice. He wants race-norming banned in NFL testing going forward, and cases reviewed if it was used in the past. The awards so far average more than $700,000 for the 203 ex-players diagnosed with moderate dementia and more than $500,000 for the 365 diagnosed with earlier-stage dementia.NFL spokesperson Brian McCartney said the league is pleased with the courts decision and expects the mediation to address the judges concerns about the issue. Christopher Seeger, the lead lawyer for the more than 20,000 NFL retirees covered by the settlement, said the practice is not mandated under the deal but is left the discretion of the testing physicians. We have also opposed appeals filed by the NFL, supporting former players and physicians who found the application of such adjustments were inappropriate, Seeger said in a statement.Brody has managed the litigation since 2011, when the first players sued alleging the NFL had long hidden what it knew about the link between concussions and brain injuries. The judge also steered secret negotiations that led to the surprise settlement of the case long before discovery or trial in 2013.The settlement fund has so far paid more than $765 million to retired players for neurocognitive problems linked to NFL concussions, including about $335 million for dementia. Payments are expected to top $1 billion long before the 65-year settlement plan ends. The dementia claims have proven especially contentious. Many of them have been denied, often after challenges from the NFL.Seeger said he has seen no evidence of racial bias in the settlement program. Still, he said Monday, he is sorry it opened a painful wound for some.Henry, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1993-2000, said his claim was denied although he suffers from headaches, depression and memory loss that leave him unable to hold a job.Davenport, who played for the Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts from 2002-2008, said he suffered more than 10 concussions, including one that broke his eye socket and left him unconscious. He was approved for an award until the NFL appealed, asking that his test results be recalculated using racial norms, Smith said. By that measurement, his claim would fail.Follow Maryclaire Dale on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Maryclairedale.

Still Perfect: Team LeBron Wins NBA All-Star Game 170-150
03/08/2021 4:21am

In the midst of a pandemic, this was assured of being an NBA All-Star Game like no other.The stands were mostly empty. The crowd noise was largely piped in. There were no A-list celebrities sitting courtside. Two players had to sit out after getting haircuts.But in the end, it had a familiar feel.Team LeBron won again.Knocking down shots from all over the court, LeBron James powerhouse squad closed the first half with a dominating run to set up a 170-150 romp over Team Durant in the leagues 70th midseason showcase Sunday night.The top vote-getters in each conference have picked the teams the last four years, a duty that James has earned every season.Hes now 4-0, having defeated Stephen Currys squad in 2018 and teams selected by Milwaukees two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo the previous two years.This time, James drafted his two former adversaries and blew away Kevin Durants team.I think hes got a future as a GM, said Damian Lillard, another of James inspired selections. He always gets it right.Antetokounmpo was the games MVP after shooting 16 of 16 for 35 points, even making all three of his attempts beyond the 3-point stripe. It was the most baskets without a miss in All-Star Game history. Im just having fun, the Greek star said. Sometimes when youre having fun and not thinking about the outcome, you just let your instincts take over.Curry chipped in with 28 points, while Lillard had 32.James spent most of the night admiring his drafting skill from the bench. He played less than 13 minutes, scored just four points, and didnt return to the court in the second half.Instead, he munched a snack on the bench.I know he was managing his minutes tonight, Curry said. We had a great time, representing him as captain. It was a memorable night for sure.It sure was for Curry, who won the 3-point competition beforehand, then went 8 of 16 from beyond the arc in the game. Lillard matched him, also making 8 of 16 from 3-point range.This All-Star Game sure was different than the previous 69.Determined to pull off an exhibition that is huge for TV revenue and the leagues worldwide brand, the NBA staged the game in a mostly empty downtown arena, a made-for-TV extravaganza that was symbolic of the coronavirus era.Despite extensive safety protocols in place, two players didnt even make it to tipoff. Philadelphia stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were ruled out because they got haircuts from a barber who tested positive for COVID-19.The only good thing for Durant: He didnt have to participate in this shellacking, sitting out the game with an ailing hamstring.Bradley Beal led Team Durant with 26 points.On a night highlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Team LeBron swept the first three quarters and cruised to the final target score, earning a total of $750,000 for its charity, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The game got out of hand late in the second quarter. With scant defense being played, Team LeBron took turns dunking off alley-oop passes. Chris Paul delivered back-to-back lobs that Lillard and Curry slammed through. Then, it was Paul on the receiving end of a payback pass from Curry. After showing it could handle shots up close, Team LeBron headed outside in the final seconds of the half. Lillard pulled up for a 3-pointer from the half-court line. Not to be outdone, Curry knocked down one from virtually the same spot. It was a lot of fun, Lillard said. Me and Steph shoot a lot of 3s. We shoot deep 3s. It was 3, 3, 3, 3, 3.Amid the joyful moments, the atmosphere at State Farm Arena was downright eerie compared to a normal All-Star Game. Instead of a packed house, with A-list celebrities crammed into prime courtside seats, this game was attended by a smattering of hand-picked guests. They had plenty of room to spread out in a 17,000-seat venue that was essentially transformed into a giant television studio, with socially distanced spectators kept far from the court.Towering video screens were set up behind the benches. Vegas-style lights flashed around the arena. Recorded crowd noise blared over the sound system. The entertainment was provided by the host Atlanta Hawks, who didnt have any players in the game but were represented by their cheerleaders, drum line and DJ.To address fears that one of its biggest events would become a super-spreader for a virus that has killed more than a half-million Americans, the NBA pared down its usual weekend-long ritual of extravagant parties, gridlocked streets and people watchingThis All-Star Game was a one-night-only event, with a pair of skill competitions held shortly before the game and the Dunk Contest squeezed into the halftime break. The players flew in Saturday afternoon and were largely confined to a nearby hotel except for their time on the court. This is when everyone in basketball all over the world comes to one city, James said before the game. Were able to sit back and go, Wow, this is the game we have built. Its a beautiful weekend for all walks of life, on the floor and off the floor. But Im sitting here in my hotel room, isolated. My familys not here. Im by myself. Its just different, to say the least, compared to previous years.OTHER WINNERSAll-Star Weekend was crammed into a few hours.During the pregame, Indiana forward Domantas Sabonis defeated Orlando center Nikola Vucevic in the Skills Challenge, redeeming last years finals loss to Bam Adebayo. That was followed byCurry knocking off Utahs Mike Conley to capture the 3-Point Contest for the second time. The Warriors star added to the long-range title he won in 2015. At halftime, Portlands Anfernee Simons defeated New York Knicks rookie Obi Toppin in the Slam Dunk Contest, nearly kissing the rim with his winning throw-down. Cassius Stanley of the Indiana Pacers was eliminated in the opening round.TIP-INSTeam Durant: Zion Williamson of New Orleans started the game in place of Embiid. The Pelicans forward had 10 points. Durants team heaved up 72 3-pointers, but made only 27 37.5. Team LeBron: Paul had 16 assists, passing Magic Johnsons record for most career All-Star assists with 128. Lillard ended the game with another long 3-pointer. Curry was waiving to the spectators before it even went in. James team shot 63.6 from the field, including 31 of 61 from 3-point range. UP NEXT The 71st All-Star Game will be held Feb. 20, 2022, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. The 2023 game is set for Salt Lake City, followed by Indianapolis in 2024. 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Embiid, Simmons Will Miss All-Star Game After Contact With COVID-Positive Person
03/07/2021 4:53pm

Sixers players Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will miss Sundays NBA All-Star Game after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.The pair were in contact with their Philadelphia barber, who tested positive, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphias John Clark. The NBA issued a statement ruling both out Sunday afternoon. The league said they were in contact with the barber before arriving to Atlanta for the game. However, no other player or member of the Sixers coaching staff in Atlanta will have to miss out because they were not in contact with the individual in Philadelphia, the league said.Sixer Coach Doc Rivers will be coaching Team Durant at the game.Earlier, Rivers had said it was not looking great when referring to Embiid and Simmons participation in the game.

USC Stuns UCLA 64-63 on Tahj Eaddy's Late 3-Pointer
03/07/2021 1:02am

Usually, the late-season dramatics belong to UCLA. After all, the Bruins own a record 11 national championships and their all-time roster boasts some of the games greatest players.Southern Californias basketball history pales by comparison at a school known for its powerhouse football program. But the Trojans stunned the Bruins for the second year in a row on Saturday, winning 64-63 on Tahj Eaddys 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining.It was a bitter pill for the Bruins. They lost the regular-season finale the same way a year ago, when Jonah Mathews hit a 3-pointer with 1 second to go on USCs home court.This time, it was Eaddys turn. The transfer from Santa Clara took a pass from Ethan Anderson and was behind the backboard and nearly falling out of bounds on the left baseline when he launched the well-contested 3-pointer just the fourth made by USC.Gas pricesMar 7Gas Prices Rise for 25th Consecutive Day in LA CountyTechnologyMar 6Jack Dorsey Is Offering to Sell the First Tweet as an NFT and the Highest Bid Is $2.5 MillioncoronavirusMar 6The Senate Passed Biden&039s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Here&039s What&039s NextIts funny how things come full circle like that, Eaddy said. It was special to be able to do it in a USC uniform against UCLA.Eaddy was mobbed by his jumping teammates. The players could be heard celebrating in their lockerroom as empty Pauley Pavilion immediately went quiet.Eaddys shot wasnt USCs first option. They wanted to go to standout freshman Evan Mobley for an alley-oop play. They had no timeouts left.Were only down two, so we were just trying to extend the play, but they did a good job of guarding that, Eaddy said. It was just trying to get a catch before there was a 5-second call. We were getting close.Now its the Trojans whose hopes remain alive for a chance to win their first Pac-12 regular-season title outright since 1960-61. First-place Oregon leads the league by percentage points and would have to lose to Oregon State on Sunday night for USC 21-6, 15-5 to claim the title by one game.I wouldnt say its amazing, but were really excited, USC coach Andy Enfield said. Of course, well be rooting for Oregon State.Eaddy was sliding on the court seconds earlier trying to hold onto the ball, but wasnt called for traveling.Mobley led USC with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Eaddy and Chevez Goodwin added 12 points each, and Drew Peterson had 10 points.The Bruins 17-8, 13-6 were led by Jaime Jaquez Jr. with 12 points. Jules Bernard and David Singleton added 11 points each. They were without leading scorer Johnny Juzang, who tweaked his right ankle in practice on Friday.Johnny is a big piece for us, but regardless theres still five guys on the court, Jaquez said. We made some dumb mistakes here and there that really cost us the game, especially myself.USC completed a season sweep of the rival Bruins, having beaten them by 18 points last month.Its extremely hard to take, Bernard said, but I feel like this loss was self-imposed. Eaddy made a huge shot at the end of the game, but leading up to it there were a lot of mistakes that let them back in the game.Peterson sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a free throw by Goodwin to draw the Trojans to 61-60. Cody Riley scored to keep the Bruins ahead 63-60.Goodwin was 1 of 3 from the free-throw line in the closing seconds. But the Bruins were hardly any better. Jaquez and Bernard both missed the front end of free throws that could have provided some breathing room.After trailing by 13 in the first half, the Trojans got within two on a three-point play by Goodwin midway through the second half.The Bruins led 61-53 with 3:50 to play, but got just one field goal over the final 2 minutes. WE CANNOT FORGET THE SWAGGER ANY TIME SOON. UCLA GYMNAST NIA DENNIS BLEW US AWAY WITH THIS PERFORMANCE THATu2019S ANYTHING BUT ROUTINE. ITu2019S WRACKED UP MILLIONS OF VIEWS ON THE INTERNET. SHE SPOKE TO US A SHORT TIME AGO ABOUT THE MESSAGE SHE WANTS TO SEND WITH HER CHOICES. DEFINITELY GOING FOR THE MESSAGE OF BLACK LIVES MATTER AND BLACK EXCELLENCE SHINING THAT IN GYMNASTICS. KENDRICK LAMAR IS A HUGE ACTIVIST IN HIS LYRICS. AND WEu2019RE NOT ALLOWED TO USE WORDS OR SOUND IN OUR ROUTINE SO IF I WAS GOING TO DO IT, I WAS GOING TO SEND A MESSAGE IN A DIFFERENT WAY. NIA SAYS THERE IS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO DIVERSITY IN HER SPORT OF GYMNASTICS. SHE OPEN HER DIVERSITY ENCOURAGES OTHER GIRLS AS WELL. I DO NOT THINK GYMNASTICS IS DIVERSE ENOUGH. BLACK GYMNASTS IS RARE AND REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT. Iu2019M SO GRATEFUL THAT I HAD PEOPLE LIKE SIMONE, GABBY, DOMINIQUE DID YOUS TO LOOK UP TO SO I WAS INSPIRED TO DO THE SAME THING AND HOPEFULLY INSPIRE YOUNGER GENERATIONS. NIA IS A SENIOR AND,videoid:1850044483734990,videolength:96497,videoprovider:mpx,alleypackscheduleunpublish:,feedremoteid:mpx1850044483734,feedthumbnailurl: data-livestreamfalse data-titleUCLA Gymnast Nia Dennis on Her Motivation and the Powerful Message Behind Her Routines data-vidcid1:9:2514002 data-vidurlhttps://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports/ucla-gymnast-nia-dennis-on-her-motivation-and-the-powerful-message-behind-her-routines/2514002/ data-isleadfalse data-catnames759974:On Air,756756:News,603:Sports data-tagnames2348:gymnastics,53:UCLA data-customdataContentPartner:None,Source:WEBFM,SyndicationAllowed:true,mSNVideoCategories:MSN Video v4 Connector-most watched news,mSNVideoContentSupplierID:NBCLocal,mSNVideoCountry:us,subtitle:nosubtitle,uploadedByTeam:1,youtubeChannel:None data-autoplayfalse data-cplaytrueBIG PICTUREUSC: The Trojans hardly resembled the team that was atop the Pac-12 for a good part of the season, and in the Top 25 at times through the first half. But they stayed persistent and pulled out a quality win on national TV to give themselves a momentum boost going into postseason play.UCLA: The Bruins finished the regular season with an 11-1 mark at home. Their 18-game home winning streak dating to last season got snapped. Theyve lost three in a row for the first time this season.FRESHMEN STARTERSUCLA freshman Mac Etienne started his first game in place of Juzang. He had five points, three rebounds, two assists and three fouls in 20 minutes. He had played in eight games after enrolling during winter quarter. USC started freshman Max Agbonkpolo for the first time. He had four points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 24 minutes.UP NEXTBoth teams play in the Pac-12 Conference tournament quarterfinals in Las Vegas next Thursday.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

‘Miracle on Ice' Star Mark Pavelich Dies at Treatment Home
03/06/2021 11:51pm

Mark Pavelich, the speedy center from the Iron Range who played on the Miracle on Ice Olympic hockey team, has died at a treatment center for mental illness. He was 63.Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed Friday that Pavelich died at the Eagles Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on Thursday morning. The cause and manner of death are still pending.We are saddened to hear about the passing of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mark Pavelich, USA Hockey said in a statement. We extend our deepest condolences to Marks family & friends. He is forever a part of hockey history.Pavelich was undergoing treatment at the home as part of a civil commitment for assaulting his neighbor in Cook County, Minnesota, in August 2019, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.Pavelich thought the man had spiked his beer.He was charged with felony assault but Judge Michael Cuzzo found he was incompetent to stand trial because he was mentally ill and dangerous. According to the judges order from December 2019, a psychologist found Pavelich was suffering from delusions and paranoia. Another psychologist found he suffered from a mild neurocognitive disorder due to traumatic brain injury, likely related to repeated head injuries.Pavelich assisted on Mike Eruziones winning goal against the heavily favored Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics.He sold his gold medal for more than $250,000 in 2014, two years after wife Kara died in an accidental fall.Pavelich starred at Eveleth High School and was an All-America selection at the University of Minnesota Duluth before earning a spot on the Olympic team.The 5-foot-8, 170-pound forward spent five seasons with the New York Rangers and played briefly for the Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks, finishing with 137 goals and 192 assists in 355 NHL regular-season games. He had a five-goal game for the Rangers on Feb. 23, 1983, in an 11-3 victory over Hartford.As a kid growing up in Hibbing I used to go to the arena and hang out with gear in hand waiting to see if I could skate with the teams that rented the ice, former Minnesota and NHL player Pat Micheletti tweeted. Mark Pavelich always let me join with the Eveleth guys. He taught me so much about the game.Pavelichs sister, Jean Gevik, didnt immediately respond to a message.The Rangers said in a statement they were saddened by Pavelichs death.His determination, passion and dazzling playmaking ability earned him the adoration of Rangers fans during his five-year tenure in New York, the team said.

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Expanding Project Roomkey to shelter homeless Angelenos ‘unfeasible,’ LA county officials say
03/08/2021 3:38pm

At its peak, the countys Project Roomkey program included nearly 40 hotel sites that were sheltering people experiencing homelessness. The program has sheltered around 7,000 people, and is still sheltering over 1,300 people at the remaining hotels.

‘Black tax’ of daily discrimination takes toll on men of all education and income levels, UCLA study says
03/08/2021 3:38pm

Researchers who analyzed a national sample of the views of Black men and white men found that Black men of all income levels reported experiencing higher levels of discrimination than their white counterparts.

Learn about science with these kid-friendly experiments
03/08/2021 3:23pm

Keeping the kids entertained for the last year might have been more challenging than usual, so we wanted to find new activities for everyone at home. We are introducing five science experiments to do safely in the house with kids Learn the universes science, our planet, and other fun activities to see how the world works. To make it even more simple, we included links to YouTube videos to help you bring the science to life.

How Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino was ground zero for US Cold War missile program
03/08/2021 2:56pm

The base served primarily as an aircraft and missile logistics depot.

Leaving California? Don’t forget why
03/08/2021 2:28pm

Its no wonder why so many people and businesses are looking to get out.

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