East Bay’s Skinner introduces ‘School Meals for All’ bill


State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced legislation Wednesday to make free meals available to every public school student without any burdensome application process or eligibility determination. With provisions that emphasize meals that are freshly prepared with locally grown food, SB 364, the “School Meals for All” bill, is meant to reduce hunger, improve learning, help families and support California farmers and food producers.

“Free education for every child

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Transit Equity Day 2021: A Community Hearing

Transit systems, riders, and workers have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of workers have died and thousands have been infected by the dangerous virus. Service has been slashed, leaving riders stranded. Among the people who are harmed most by those cuts are the essential workers who still rely on transit to reach their jobs, and the transit employees who daily risk their lives, and those of their

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COVID-19 rate drops to summer levels in Illinois counties

Illinois will soon expand eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include people with high-risk medical conditions and disabilities, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday.

The state is currently in Phase 1B of its vaccination program, which includes people 65 years and older, frontline essential workers and inmates. Starting Feb. 25, the state is expanding 1B to cover those more at risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. Those individuals

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The frantic race to curb racial inequities in L.A. vaccine distribution

Los Angeles, CA - February 09: Anthony Angulo, 71, center, waits for his turn to get COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site launched by Los Angeles Councilman Curren Price Jr. at South Park Recreation Center on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Anthony Angulo, 71, center, waits to get a COVID-19 vaccination at a mobile site at the South Park Recreation Center on Tuesday. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

In an ideal vaccine rollout, Althea Darby would have been able to schedule a COVID-19 immunization appointment quickly and effortlessly.

The South Los Angeles resident has high blood pressure, which puts her at increased risk for serious illness if she catches the

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White Kansas teacher wore blackface-looking Mahomes Afro wig

A full-grown white man wearing an Afro wig is never a good idea. In fact, it’s totally unacceptable. So why would a teacher at Shawnee Mission East High School don one for a Chiefs spirit day?

A photo of the smiling educator dressed in a Patrick Mahomes No. 15 jersey and Afro with a headband is appalling. It was posted on the student council’s Instagram account Feb. 2 before being

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How to plan a meaningful post-pandemic re-entry

At long last, as the vaccines gradually roll out, maybe the end of the pandemic is in sight and soon the new (revised) normal will begin to take shape. But don’t wait. The pandemic, with all of its pain, fear and isolation, has also handed us a probably once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step back and rethink our lives.

And this is the time to do it.

“We’ve been obscuring the purpose

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Planning to go camping this spring or summer? Think about booking your spot now

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc over the past year, infecting 106.8 million people and killing 2.3 million worldwide – with 27.1 million of those cases and 466,000 of the deaths coming from the United States. By any measure things have been disrupted.

How COVID-19 will ultimately affect 2021 is unknown. But a few things are evident. Corona fatigue is real. People are ready to get out and on the move. And

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Kokua Line: Tax-Aide program in flux as 10 of 13 Oahu sites close ‘until further notice’

Question: I called Tax-Aide to make an appointment, and the message said “no longer available.” I can’t remember which location I called; it was on the west side. Did they fill up already?

Answer: Ten of 13 Oahu sites have stopped accepting telephone calls to make appointments for free tax preparation, according to the AARP Tax-Aide program’s Hawaii website, which said the opening of those 10 locations has

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Hickenlooper meets with Interior nominee | Western Colorado

Following an online meeting on Monday to discuss efforts to try and keep the Bureau of Land Management in Grand Junction, U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo reached out to secretary of the interior nominee Deb Haaland on Tuesday.

Hickenlooper, who is a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which oversees confirmation of the next secretary of the interior, met with Haaland to discuss a number of topics,

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Petition growing to keep Portsmouth skate park in current neighborhood

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The future of a Portsmouth skate park hangs in the balance. 

The city Planning Commission wants to build a new fire station where the skate park is currently located off George Washington Highway, but where the park will move to remains unclear.

A petition is growing online and the issue was on the agenda at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Council members voted to table the Planning

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Replay Lincoln Park Invites Schitt’s Creek Fans To The “Schitt Happens” Pop-Up

We’re trying very hard not to connect with people right now…Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield Avenue, is bringing their latest pop-up installment from Schitt’s Creek to Chicago with the announcement of Schitt Happens.

Opening to the public this Friday, February 12 and running through April 1, the bar’s newest experience will allow fans of the show to relive some of the best and funniest moments bv offering a selection

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