American Jobs Plan offers opportunity to invest in ‘civic infrastructure’

President BidenJoe BidenJobs report adds to Biden momentum White House says bills are bipartisan even if GOP doesn’t vote for them Trump calls for boycott of MLB for moving All-Star Game MORE’s American Jobs Plan includes a welcome acknowledgment of the need to bolster and invest in “civic infrastructure” — an opportunity to make Tocqueville’s “schools of democracy” a 21st-century American reality.  

According to Jill Blair and Malka

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After nearly a century, Sears in Boyle Heights will close soon

For generations of Boyle Heights residents, Sears was a place to buy the mundane necessities — khaki pants, refrigerators.

It was there for families as they grew, from baby clothes to prom dresses to business casual outfits for first jobs.

It was a window-shopping mecca, a place to gaze at puppies and kittens, to beg parents for candy and popcorn.

For new immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador and elsewhere, it

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Reporting lag gives Stanislaus spike in COVID-19 cases

Stanislaus County added 245 case of COVID-19, the most in several weeks, but it resulted from a lag in reporting.

“Today’s cases include delayed laboratory results that were batch reported,” said the online dashboard for the Health Services Agency.

The county now has 52,913 positive tests, 516,850 negative test results and 51,521 people who are presumed recovered.

Stanislaus approaches Easter Sunday with continued advice about social distancing and masks outside

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New Capitol Attack Kills Officer | Jerusalem’s Easter Miracle – OZY

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1. Car Rams Checkpoint, Killing Capitol Officer

Gunfire erupted yesterday at the U.S. Capitol after a man rammed a car into police officers, killing one before being fatally shot. William “Billy” Evans was fatally struck at a checkpoint, becoming the fourth Capitol Police officer to die since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot began. Police said the driver of the car tried

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Mountain Dew Will Reimburse Your Pass For Hunting, Fishing, Skiing And More With ‘Outdoor Stimulus’

In 2020, to help combat the isolation and immobility of staying at home during Covid-19, MTN DEW announced an “Outdoor Stimulus” program to reimburse outdoor enthusiasts’ hunting and fishing licenses or passes.

Winners of the contest, originally the first 5,000 applicants, received a one-time $20 payment to put toward those purchases for a $100,000 total stimulus.

The contest was so popular—with the initial

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Revamped Preston Youth Services Bureau making its presence known

Apr. 3—PRESTON — Youth Services Director Amy Brosnan donned an Easter bunny head mask and knocked on doors of local seniors and shut-ins to deliver colorful crafted clay pot bunnies, candy and carrot-shaped bags of cheese ball snacks.

“We’re here from the town of Preston,” she called to Downing Drive residents Minnie, 81, and Vito Manuzzi, 85. “We’re here to spread some cheer before Easter to brighten your day.”

“Thank

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The Day – Revamped Preston Youth Services Bureau making its presence known

Preston — Youth Services Director Amy Brosnan donned an Easter bunny head mask and knocked on doors of local seniors and shut-ins to deliver colorful crafted clay pot bunnies, candy and carrot-shaped bags of cheese ball snacks.

“We’re here from the town of Preston,” she called to Downing Drive residents Minnie, 81, and Vito Manuzzi, 85. “We’re here to spread some cheer before Easter to brighten your day.”

“Thank you

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Phoenix to close parking lots at parks for weekend; Ducey slams city

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Gov. Doug Ducey created a video in response to the Phoenix City Council closing public parks for Easter weekend and urges residents to celebrate outside.

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Gov. Doug Ducey has demanded that Phoenix open public park amenities for the Easter weekend after the Phoenix City Council voted last month to prohibit grilling and close parking lots to prevent crowding.

In a letter to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego

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On The Money: US adds 916K jobs in March, shattering expectations | Biden touts gains, hawks infrastructure bill

Happy Friday and welcome back to On The Money, where we’re wishing a Happy Easter to all who observe. I’m Sylvan Lane, and here’s your nightly guide to everything affecting your bills, bank account and bottom line.

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St. Pete wants your opinion on the Tropicana Field Redevelopment plans

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s one of the biggest projects in St. Petersburg’s history: The redevelopment of Tropicana Field. City leaders have narrowed the final list down to four proposals and starting April 5th, you’ll be able to weigh in on your favorite options.

Mark Ferguson’s bar and grill, Ferg’s, is just steps from Tropicana Field, a site with 86 acres of land and with endless possibilities he says, “It’s

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How to up your backyarding game

Backyarding – moving many indoor activities, from working in an office or classroom to dining and recreation, to the great outdoors, has seen tremendous growth during the pandemic.

Over the past year, backyards and other managed landscapes became a safe haven for social gatherings, celebrating milestones and holidays, working, studying, playing, exercising and relaxing.

And there’s no signal that we’re ever going back.

“We predict, long after the COVID-19 pandemic

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Protect gray wolves; Bayonne Housing staff does great job; No more excuses, move trailers from park | Letters

Speak up to save gray wolves

This letter is looking to advocate for a measure to relist gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

Across the lower 48 states, gray wolves are in dire straits.

Idaho is currently weighing legislation that would remove most wolf hunting regulations, with a goal to kill two-thirds of the state’s wolf population. In Montana, legislators are considering legislation that would allow wolves to be

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Economy adds whopping 916,000 jobs as recovery accelerates

The U.S. added a whopping 916,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in March as the recovery from the coronavirus recession chugged ahead, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The March jobs report showed the U.S. economy picking up speed as COVID-19 vaccinations accelerated, restrictions eased and President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan Republicans don’t think Biden

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Roswell calls for support of federal funds for riverbank project, Doc’s Cafe restoration

Roswell’s funding request includes $6.5 million for part of the city’s riverbank restoration project at the former Ace Sand Company site near St. Andrew Catholic Church on Riverside Road. The location is one of several in its Roswell River Parks Master Plan, which calls for development of city parks along the Chattahoochee River.

A breakdown of costs at the Ace Sand site was provided by Roswell and shows the funds

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Atlanta aims to enroll the majority of students in summer school

ExploreCOVID-19 cases reported at metro Atlanta public schools

Registration for the virtual and in-person Summer Academic Recovery Academy is open through the end of the month.

APS estimates it will spend $13 million in federal stimulus funds on this summer’s effort, the first of a three-year push to extend learning after the traditional school year ends in May.

It budgeted another $2.3 million to provide on-site child care as

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Large crowds, good weather expected for Saturday; trout opener still impacted by COVID-19 | Outdoors

Earlier this week, Brandon Crouser thought back to his childhood, remembering what it was like growing up along the Little Chiques Creek as winter transitioned to spring and state officials opened the local waterway to trout fishing.

“We spent more time down there than doing anything else,” he said, fondly recalling the hours spent casting into the creek near his Mount Joy-area home.

Decades later, Crouser, now 40, said that

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Employment rises, workers retrain as pandemic wanes

Apr. 2—Annie Mendez shifted from restauranteur to store owner during the pandemic.

Fifteen days before Christmas, Mendez dropped plans to revive her restaurant and instead opened House of Envy to sell women’s clothes in the Laurel Mall near Hazleton.

“During COVID people aren’t coming out. Money is tight. We are working against all the odds,” said Mendez, who nevertheless believes her new store can grow as the pandemic wanes.

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Mayor Fischer kicks off month-long ‘Give a Day’ community service celebration

GET INVOLVED AND GET BACK. LOUISVILLE’S NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SOS CONTINUES TO BE A MEDICAL PILLAR IN THE COMMUNITY DURING THE PANDEMIC. THAT’S WHY MAYOR GREG FISHER CALLS IT THE IDEAL PLACE TO KICK OFF HIS MONTH-LONG VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION GIVE A DAY SOS IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT REALLY TO ME EMBODIES WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE SAY ONE OF OUR CORE VALUES AS A CITY IS COMPASSION MAYOR GREG FISHER … Read More

Brits ‘could suffer 4th lockdown’ if they overdo it on Easter weekend, expert warns

An Easter weekend blow-out could risk the UK being plunged into a fourth lockdown, experts are warning.

Scientists have sounded the alarm after the easing of gathering rules coincided with balmy weather, luring massive crowds to parks and beaches up and down the country.

While many stuck to the rules and enjoyed the sunshine with small groups of pals, authorities slammed revellers who crowded together in huge groups and brawled

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