Day: September 8, 2020

Tracee Ellis Ross Announces ‘Golden Girls’ Reboot With All-Black Cast

Tracee Ellis Ross, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, and Regina King will be getting “Golden” TONIGHT

If you’re into anything and everything Golden Girls related (and if you’re not, honestly, who even are you), then you’re going to be positively tickled to hear this news: Tracee Ellis Ross, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, and Regina King are getting together to recreate the beloved show via Zoom.

An Instagram post that all four stars shared shows Lathan as Blanche, King as Dorothy, Ross as Rose and Woodard as Sophia.

“We bring to you our rendition of Golden Girls, reimagined with an all-Black cast of your favorite actresses: Alfre Woodard, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sanaa Lathan, and Regina King, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and hosted by Lena Waithe,” reads a description of the project.

“In an effort to further engage our community and drive change, all you need to do to enjoy this evening is

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Thousands rallied at the Capitol, but CHP didn’t enforce COVID-19 rules. Here’s why

Part rally, part concert and part worship session, the gathering that brought thousands to the west steps of California’s Capitol building over Labor Day weekend flew in the face of pandemic-related mask and social distancing requirements, as seen in photos and video clips circulating online.

Yet the “Let Us Worship” event in Sacramento was permitted by state law enforcement, and it proceeded for its full allotted time slot of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The California Highway Patrol, the law enforcement body with jurisdiction of the Capitol grounds and in charge of granting event permits there, chose not to intervene to disperse the crowd or enforce state-issued social distancing rules.

What happened?

The CHP, in a statement emailed to The Sacramento Bee late Monday evening, acknowledged most of the event’s participants didn’t follow state COVID-19 requirements relating to social distancing, but said the officer serving as on-scene manager decided

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Bobcat fire in Angeles Forest threatens foothill cities amid California’s worst fire season on record

Firefighters work to put out embers from the El Dorado Fire in Yucaipa on Monday. <span class="copyright">(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Firefighters work to put out embers from the El Dorado Fire in Yucaipa on Monday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

As several wildfires raged across Southern California on a third day of excessive heat, the National Forest Service announced unprecedented closures of campgrounds and trails amid the largest fire season on record.

Through only early September, wildfires so far this year have burned more than 2 million acres in the state, surpassing 2018 for the most acres destroyed in a year, according to figures from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Times research.

After historic high temperatures in the region over the weekend, officials with the National Forest Service announced they would temporarily close eight national forests at 5 p.m. Monday because of the extreme heat and dangerous fire conditions. Closing those recreation areas — including the Angeles, San Bernardino, Los Padres, Cleveland, Stanislaus, Sierra, Sequoia

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Could Coronavirus Save the World from a Rough Flu Season?

For the past couple of months, health officials and doctors have been warning about the quickly approaching flu season, saying that a devastating one-two punch of the seasonal virus plus the coronavirus pandemic has the potential to overwhelm the U.S. health-care system.

However, ongoing global efforts to curb the further spread of the coronavirus—which include face-mask mandates, social-distancing measures and stay-at-home directives—could mean that the flu season won’t be a major factor in the United States this year.

Moreover, experts have said that limited air travel have already helped some countries reduce the importation of the flu, which could ultimately keep their numbers low.

A milder flu season would be welcome news during this global pandemic, as it has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.

According to a 2017 collaborative study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and global health partners, between 291,000 and

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