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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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I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Not Catch COVID-19

Our long, hot summer has now arrived. And COVID-19 or not, we all need to get outside. Here’s the problem: after the tedious incarceration of lockdown, going outside suddenly seems scary, with coronavirus outbreaks in 26 states. Is it safe to go outside? How do you know you won’t get the virus? How do you become infected with COVID-19 outside? What can you do to stay safe? As a doctor, I’m asked these questions all the time. Here are the top ways to avoid catching coronavirus. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

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Remember: You’re Safest at Home. But You’re Safer Outdoors Than in an Enclosed Space That’s Not Your Home

woman outdoor wearing medical face mask, social distancing, sitting on a bench, isolated from other people
woman outdoor wearing medical face mask, social distancing, sitting on a bench, isolated from other people

You’re safest when in your own home—there is

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Cottagecore is all over the internet. Here’s where to experience it in California

 <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

A picnic lunch surrounded by rolling hills. Bouquets of wildflowers and baby barn animals. Not a laptop or cellphone in sight.

If this imagery is soothing to you, you’re not alone. Welcome to cottagecore, a sunny corner of the internet where you can immerse yourself in an idealized, rose-tinted version of country living. Think Taylor Swift posing among the brambles in her latest album art, the Weasley family’s shabby-chic home and gnome-infested garden in the “Harry Potter” series and, of course, “Little House on the Prairie” (minus the grasshopper plague that destroys Pa’s harvest).

Despite a surface-level omission of modern technology, cottagecore has proliferated on TikTok and other online platforms — and is generating headlines. Just last week, an Agence France-Presse story posited that cottagecore is “poised to overtake hygge as the biggest lifestyle trend of the post-coronavirus era.”

It’s no surprise

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Planning a Ride in a National Park? Here’s What You Need to Know

Photo credit: Courtesy Micah Ling
Photo credit: Courtesy Micah Ling

From Bicycling

For many cyclists, there are few things better than long and winding roads, minimal car traffic at low speed limits, and incredible views of nature. And at many U.S. national parks, this is just the case.

After closing in response to the coronavirus outbreak, most national parks have reopened to the public, with several safety precautions in place. And one way that people are especially encouraged to enjoy the parks right now is to do it on bike.

Cynthia Hernandez, the public affairs specialist at the U.S. National Park Service Office of Public Affairs, says that some national parks, like Yosemite in California and Acadia in Maine, are very popular among cyclists. But there’s plenty of great biking to be had at lesser-known parks as well—Hernandez suggests checking out Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Mojave National Preserve

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Here’s how to stay safe in the water, according to a former lifeguard

According to the CDC, an average of 3,536 people unintentionally drown every year — that’s roughly ten per day.

As a former lifeguard, swim and CPR instructor, I’ve been schooled in the nuances of water safety. Here’s what you need to know to keep your family safe at the lake, beach, and pool this summer.

What does drowning look like?

Unlike what you might see on TV, drowning may not involve screams, thrashing or hand signals. Look for a weak or inefficient kick, attempts to reach for the edge, and neutral or negative buoyancy.

What can you do if you think someone may be drowning? Experts recommend throwing anything that floats to the person. It could be a life jacket, swim noodle, or even an empty cooler with the top closed. 

“This is why ocean lifeguards use rescue buoys and tubes,” explains B. Chris Brewster, Chair of the National Certification

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COVID-19 closed summer’s ‘nerd kingdom.’ Here’s what Comic-Con fans miss most

PPE masks have replaced cosplay at the San Diego Convention Center this year. Normally, Comic-Con International would attract 135,000-plus attendees. <span class="copyright">(Jarrod Valliere / The San Diego Union-Tribune)</span>
PPE masks have replaced cosplay at the San Diego Convention Center this year. Normally, Comic-Con International would attract 135,000-plus attendees. (Jarrod Valliere / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Evangelina Sanchez has been attending Comic-Con International: San Diego since 2008, when she and her boyfriend received comp tickets from friends in the industry. Since then, the two have gone to nine cons — “and yes, we started buying our own tickets.”

“What stands out most to me about the first time was how accessible everything was,” the 36-year-old Maywood native said on the eve of this year’s virtual edition, which concludes Sunday. “We were able to stand in line for panels and did not have to sleep on the pavement overnight like some people do now. My favorite part is and always has been the exhibition floor: I love spending hours walking down the aisles, running into people you may know, discovering

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Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

As COVID-19 cases rise in neighboring states, Illinois has expanded testing across the state and on Wednesday announced the highest number of new cases in the month of July with 1,598. There were 23 deaths reported.

“Let me start with the unfortunate truth, COVID-19 has not gone away and it remains a serious threat,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The total number of known cases in the state are 165,301 and the statewide death toll to 7,347 since the start of the pandemic.

Here’s what’s happening Thursday regarding COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

7:30 a.m.: Group of unionized university faculty to call for online classes

A group of higher education unions was scheduled to hold an online news conference Thursday morning to call on Illinois colleges and universities to hold online classes this fall because of the dangers of the spread of the

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COVID forced these restaurants to change completely. Here’s why locals are loving it

A sleek Japanese cocktail lounge with caviar fondue is now baking pizza.

An upscale Miami seafood raw bar has turned to delivering saucy veal parmigiana and homemade meatballs.

And the kosher Wywood bakery known for some of Miami’s best bread is staying open late for a falafel-and-beer street food pop up.

The coronavirus pandemic, which closed restaurant dining rooms on and off throughout the last three months, has forced some of Miami’s favorite chefs, cooks and bakers to completely rethink their restaurants. In trying to save their businesses, they have created new concepts in old spaces — and become instant hits all over again with Miami’s quarantined crowd.

“It was all out of necessity and creativity. We needed more business to keep our staff and pay our bills,” said Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker bakery in Wynwood.

Stern said his bakery’s revenue fell by as much as 70

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Can you visit Baja now? Maybe. Here’s what you need to know

A water taxi approaches El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2015. <span class="copyright">(Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A water taxi approaches El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2015. (Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times)

Is this the time for a vacation in Baja?

Absolutely not, says California’s governor, backed by legions of local and state health officials who discourage nonessential travel and are alarmed by the continued spread of COVID-19 on both sides of the border.

Yes, say scores of Mexican hoteliers and travel industry workers, desperate for income and eager to explain new safety measures.

Check with the U.S. government, and the answer depends on which agency you ask — and whether you’re driving or flying.

Meanwhile, scores of hotels in Baja California have opened in recent weeks, betting that thousands of Americans are ready to head south. Airlines are adding Baja flights too, even as Canada and much of Europe have banned U.S. tourists, and the U.S. has banned tourists from much of Europe.

Baja California Sur’s

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I’m An Angry Disabled Woman. Here’s What I Want You To Know About Inaccessibility.

The author in an illustration. (Photo: Illustrated by Reyna Colt-Lacayo)
The author in an illustration. (Photo: Illustrated by Reyna Colt-Lacayo)

Recently, I was in the grocery store, minding my own business, when I heard, “Daddy, what’s wrong with her legs?” I looked to the right and saw a young boy with a now-embarrassed father, who quickly shushed his son. The dad made eye contact with me, trying to relay his remorse through his furrowed brow. I stepped in, as I have been trained to do, before he could verbally apologize for his son. “It’s no problem, I am in a wheelchair because I was born with a disability.” The father’s shoulders sagged in relief. He introduced his son and I am cued to teach the boy about disability etiquette. 

I know how to have these conversations because I have been having them for as long as I can remember. ​Let’s ask the disabled student about disability! What is it?

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