California governor signs $7.6 billion stimulus package


FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom takes questions from the media during a visit to a mobile vaccination site at Ramona Gardens Recreation Center in Los Angeles. Newsom signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, that will give at least $600 one-time payments to 5.7 million people while setting aside more than $2 billion in grants for struggling

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Mount Rainier Summer 2021 Wilderness and Climbing Reservations Available Online

Feb. 22—Mount Rainier National Park will offer online trip planning and reservations on for the June 1 through Sept. 20 peak hiking season.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see real-time site availability and secure definitive backcountry trips for the popular Wonderland Trail and other locations. While the park has offered advance reservations for wilderness camping and climbing for over 20 years, the 2021 shift to fully online reservations

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How the ‘most lauded chef in the world’ is feeding Dallasites in crisis

When disaster strikes, chef Jose Andres and his team at World Central Kitchen (WCK) always seem to be ready.

Andres’ crew has been in Dallas since Friday, Feb. 19, serving free meals to people suffering from power outages or who are hungry and thirsty, after a wave of ice and snow blanketed the state. The World Central Kitchen team remains in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, with plans to

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Mile of Glen Canyon walls covered in graffiti, park says


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area rangers removed 800 square feet of graffiti from sandstone canyon walls. It covered a mile within the park, officials say.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A mile of canyon walls was damaged by graffiti in an Arizona national recreation area, officials said.

Rangers at Glen Canyon found and removed about 800 square feet of graffiti from sandstone canyon walls, park officials said Tuesday on Facebook.

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The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society recreates the golden era of radio plays for a modern audience

Feb. 21—Eric Webster was standing in a Fleet Farm when he saw a flexible metal sheet. He grabbed it and after he started shaking it, his face lit up with glee. That’s when a confused-looking employee stepped in and said, “Sir, can I help you?”

Webster’s excited response: “Doesn’t this sound like thunder?”

As a member of the Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society, Webster is always on the lookout for

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Your Guide to a Kancamagus Highway Road Trip

Banner of quick information about the trip: 34.5 miles, day trip, NH-112 between Conway and LIncoln, 83 miles west of Portland Maine

Banner of quick information about the trip: 34.5 miles, day trip, NH-112 between Conway and LIncoln, 83 miles west of Portland Maine

Thanks to its beauty and variety of local attractions, the 34.5-mile-long Kancamagus Highway is designated as an American Scenic Byway. The drive, which is part of Route 112, cuts through New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. The Kancamagus Pass is the highway’s highest point and, to situate you,

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California lawmakers send Gavin Newsom COVID stimulus deal


California Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, takes questions from the media after a visit to Ramona Gardens Recreation Center in Los Angeles to discuss the state’s efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach and disproportionately impacted communities, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. California’s new system of delivering and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties. It’s the first step in Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a disjointed vaccine rollout

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Top 10 finalists for 2021 Apple Blossom Royalty | Lifestyles

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Sophia Hernandez

Parents: Ana and Miguel Hernandez

School: Wenatchee High School

Career goal: School superintendent or policy analyst

Personal theme song: “come out and play” by Billie Eilish

Morning person or night owl? Afternoon butterfly 🙂

Me in a twitter hashtag: #JustDoinMyOwnThang

Last book I read: “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins

Favorite apple: Granny Smith

Favorite comfort food: Teriyaki chicken

Best show

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List: RI cities, towns launching COVID-19 vaccine clinics for residents

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Some Rhode Island municipalities are updating their COVID-19 vaccine information as the state expands its eligibility.

While most cities and towns are still working to get residents 75 and older vaccinated, people 65 and older are now able to sign up for an appointment at state-run clinics and select CVS and Walgreens locations.

To make an appointment at the state-run site, visit or call (844)

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Why Grammy Eligibility for Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ Is a Moot Question

“Could Taylor Swift’s remake of ‘Fearless’ be nominated for the Grammys?” It’s a question that has arisen repeatedly in the short time since Swift released “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” and promised that her full-length recreation of the blockbuster 2008 “Fearless” album would arrive in April.

It’s an interesting question… in a completely theoretical, “Who’d win in a fight, Santa Claus or Jesus?” kind of way, in that it will never

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