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Some schools could reopen this week with L.A. County set to meet threshold Tuesday; parents rally to demand on-campus learning

Some schools could reopen this week with L.A. County set to meet threshold Tuesday; parents rally to demand on-campus learning

Some schools is Los Angeles County could resume on-campus learning as early as this week with the county poised to meet a state threshold for reopening, officials said Monday evening.On Tuesday, public health officials expect the county to reach the state threshold for reopening schools, an adjusted case rate of 25 per 100,000.“This encouraging news means that dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students grades TK-6 as early as this week,” the health department wrote in a .Schools will still have to submit plans outlining their safety...

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Feb 16
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57-year-old father of 4 becomes 2nd LAFD firefighter to die of COVID-19

57-year-old father of 4 becomes 2nd LAFD firefighter to die of COVID-19

A 57-year-old Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter succumbed to COVID-19 complications on New Year’s Day, the second member of the agency to die of the disease.Capt. George Roque was a 22-year veteran of the Fire Department who was assigned to Fire Station 97 in Studio City. He leaves behind a wife and four children, according to LAFD.“On behalf of the men and women of the LAFD, I send my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Roque family and his friends and colleagues throughout the Department,” Chief Ralph Terrazas said in a statement Friday.The department provided no further...

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California-launched panel reviewing Pfizer vaccine authorized for emergency use by FDA

California-launched panel reviewing Pfizer vaccine authorized for emergency use by FDA

A panel of experts launched by California to ensure the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines will release its recommendations this weekend after the FDA approved the emergency use of a Pfizer vaccine, the state Friday night.The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which also includes , is working with federal authorities, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office.California has been allocated 327,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which could arrive and will be stored in negative 80-degree, ultra-low temperature freezers in UC Davis and other sites across the state. The...

Dec 12
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Homeless woman lying on the ground dies after being run over by deputy in Willowbrook area

Homeless woman lying on the ground dies after being run over by deputy in Willowbrook area

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy fatally ran over a homeless person lying on the ground in the Willowbrook area, authorities said Friday.The incident was reported at 6:45 a.m, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Lizeth Lomeli said.According to the Police Department, the deputy was traveling west on Imperial Highway near Slater Street when the officer ran over a woman on the ground. Then, a driver in a white truck struck her and fled the scene, Officer Tony Im later said.The victim died of her injuries, according to the LAPD, which did not release her name but described her as 40 to...

Dec 11
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Sheriff Villanueva announces 158 arrests in Palmdale party, seeks to target ‘superspreader’ events instead of businesses

Sheriff Villanueva announces 158 arrests in Palmdale party, seeks to target ‘superspreader’ events instead of businesses

In announcing the arrest of nearly 160 people at a “massive underground party” in Palmdale over the weekend, Sheriff Alex Villanueva asked L.A. County officials to support his department’s efforts to stop “superspreader” events instead of focusing on restrictions on businesses.In a news conference Tuesday, Villanueva said a 17-year-old put together a party in the 6300 block of West Avenue M8 for Saturday night. Organizers broke into a vacant house and used a U-Haul truck to bring their equipment, the sheriff said.Investigators learned about the event and responded to the location, where...

Dec 8
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Driver leads LAPD on pursuit, surrenders in Central-Alameda

Driver leads LAPD on pursuit, surrenders in Central-Alameda

Los Angeles Police Department officers detained a driver following a pursuit involving a white minivan in the South L.A. area Wednesday morning.The department has not released information about why they were chasing the driver, or when and where the pursuit started.The driver could be seen traveling north on surface streets, near Central Avenue and Washington Boulevard around 10:10 a.m., Sky5 video showed.He stayed on surface streets before pulling up and exiting the van near Hooper Avenue and Adams Boulevard in the Central-Alameda neighborhood just before 10:30 a.m.Officers detained him...

September 23, 2020
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Reminder: L.A. Public Library books checked out 6 months ago are due by the end of September

Reminder: L.A. Public Library books checked out 6 months ago are due by the end of September

Los Angeles Public Library books checked out before the pandemic forced its branches to close six months ago are approaching their due dates, librarians reminded patrons on Wednesday.That also applies to mobile devices, DVDs, CDs and other materials from the library’s branches. Borrowers can return them to a nearby before the extended due date of Sept. 30.Librarians will isolate returned materials for several days to follow health safety measures before checking them in and clearing them from the cardholder’s account, the library said.And while the library no longer issues late fees,...

September 16, 2020
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$100K reward announced in search for man who shot 2 L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in Compton

$100K reward announced in search for man who shot 2 L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in Compton

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday announced a $100,000 reward in the search for a man who shot and injured two deputies in an apparent ambush caught on video.The attack happened around 7 p.m. Saturday across from the Blue Line Metro station at 275 N. Willowbrook Ave., according to the Sheriff’s Department.Surveillance video released by the agency shows a person walking up to the passenger side of a parked patrol vehicle before appearing to open fire and running away.Sheriff Alex Villanueva identified the deputies as a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, who were...

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September 13, 2020
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Deformed tails in Santa Monica Mountains’ cougars indicate inbreeding that could lead to extinction

Deformed tails in Santa Monica Mountains’ cougars indicate inbreeding that could lead to extinction

Scientists who have been studying Santa Monica Mountains’ dozens of cougars for the past 18 years have made a “grave discovery” linked to the animals’ chances of survival, officials Wednesday.In March, researchers in the western part of the range found a 1 1/2-year-old male mountain lion with its tail shaped like the letter L. The cougar, called P-81, also only has one descended testicle.“This is something we hoped to never see,” wildlife biologist Jeff Sikich said in a statement from the National Park Service. “We knew that genetic diversity was low here, but this is the first time we have...

September 9, 2020
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