Clark County faith leaders take lessons from pandemic, see hope emerging

New pastor finding her way

Pastor Darcy Metcalfe just arrived in Springfield in January for her new assignment at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Covenant and Northminster Presbyterian Church returned to live services for Palm Sunday, March 28, a welcome time for Metcalfe and the Covenant congregation to be formally introduced.

ExploreBond set for woman accused of April Fools’ call reporting shooter at Navistar

“I was previously preaching to people I

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City, San Diego Unified Leaders Urge Health Responsibility Over Spring Break

The entrance to the San Diego County Administration building in this file pho...

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Above: The entrance to the San Diego County Administration building in this file photo taken Dec. 13, 2020.

As San Diego and its largest school system gradually reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns last year, city leaders cautioned students, parents and others to avoid large gatherings like the ones occurring in Miami Beach over Spring Break.

Spring Break in San Diego Unified effectively began when schools let out

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City, San Diego Unified leaders urge health responsibility over spring break –

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  As San Diego and its largest school system gradually reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns last year, city leaders cautioned students, parents and others to avoid large gatherings like the ones occurring in Miami Beach over Spring Break.

Spring Break in San Diego Unified effectively begins when school lets out today.

“San Diego has some of the best outdoor attractions in the world, but it’s not an excuse

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Fairfield leader’s reorganization plan saves $541K, but some say cuts go too far

FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of people are calling for officials to restore the conservation administrator, one of the positions recently cut in First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick’s reorganization plan.

The position was eliminated in the plan and the upcoming budget, sparking concerns that this would understaff the department and leave the town’s wetlands and other natural resources vulnerable to development.

But Kupchick said the restructuring just reassigns the administrator’s tasks and the

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Texas ends mask mandate as leaders urge caution

Texas is ending its mask mandate on Wednesday, one week after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced that the state would lift its COVID-19 restrictions.

Abbott’s move makes Texas the largest state to lift its requirement for face coverings. He attributed the move to an increasing vaccination pace and a low statewide positivity rate.

While the Lone Star State joins more than a dozen others without a statewide mask mandate, federal

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PARKS VOTE NEARS: Port Arthur leaders talk potential; virtual town hall planned – Port Arthur News

Should a ballot proposition reallocating sales tax to improve two of the city’s parks be approved by voters in May, Adams Park would become a multi-use entity.

The park, which is in the 3400 to 3600 blocks of 61st Street, already tout sports and event seating, competition level fields, walking tracks, soccer fields, cricket fields and lighting, Port Arthur Parks and Recreation Director Chandra Alpough said.

In addition, the

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Lamar University leaders talk upcoming Port Arthur virtual parks town hall: “We are very excited” – Port Arthur News

An upcoming, virtual town hall meeting co-sponsored by Port Arthur Newsmedia and Lamar University aims to educate the city’s voters about the upcoming Port Arthur parks proposition election.

The online event is slated to run from 3 to 4 p.m. March 10 and can be viewed live on the newspaper’s and university’s Facebook and YouTube pages. It focuses on a Port Arthur election proposal giving voters the chance to reallocate

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PARKS VOTE NEARS: City leaders talk potential; virtual town hall planned – Port Arthur News

Should a ballot proposition reallocating sales tax to improve two of the city’s parks be approved by voters in May, Adams Park would become a multi-use entity.

The park, which is in the 3400 to 3600 blocks of 61st Street, already tout sports and event seating, competition level fields, walking tracks, soccer fields, cricket fields and lighting, Port Arthur Parks and Recreation Director Chandra Alpough said.

In addition, the

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Democratic Black Caucus endorses Team Fulop, but Black community leaders have their doubts

The news that the Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus has endorsed Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and his city council slate in the 2021 election comes as no surprise, two community activists say.

After all, three members of the mayor’s ticket seeking re-election — Joyce Watterman, Denise Ridley and Jermaine Robinson — are members of the caucus, a group of city, county and state elected officials.

But Frank Gilmore and

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N.J. Black leaders: Levy a cannabis tax to repair the harm done by the drug war | Opinion

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The same week the ballot question passed on Election Day, lawmakers introduced a bill that will launch the marijuana industry to provide guidance for regulations on licensing businesses and products. It did not earmark sales tax revenue from recreational cannabis sales for programs

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Santa Maria Leaders Share Mixed Report About State of the City Amid COVID-19 | Local News

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic challenges, Santa Maria is “holding up well,” with City Manager Jason Stilwell sharing both bright spots and bleak news on Wednesday.

Stilwell and Mayor Alice Patino provided the State of the City presentation — virtually, of course — during an annual event hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the city in several ways, including

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Lake Elsinore leaders reflect on tumultuous year, plan for future at State of the City

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale (right) and City Manager Grant Yates have a conversation in the city’s pre-recorded State of the City Address Oct. 8.

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale struck an optimistic tone while reflecting on the difficulties of the past year at the 2020 Lake Elsinore State of the City, Oct. 8.

“2020 has been an unusual year,” Tisdale said, perhaps echoing the thoughts of many watching the

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State leaders join dozens in support of hotel worker injured in alleged racially-charged attack

STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Dozens came together Sunday afternoon in Stonington in solidarity with a hotel worker injured in an alleged racially-charged attack last month. State leaders pledged their support Sunday.

Crystal Caldwell says she is overwhelmed by the support she’s received over the last month since that alleged vicious attack by a New York couple.

“Americans like Crystal Caldwell still face racism and extreme hatred and it is incumbent

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Trip.com Group’s New Recovery Campaign Shows Tourism Leaders Still Long for China’s Outbound Travelers

That it took Trip.com Group to pull together the global travel industry in a travel revival campaign rather than a world tourism body, Google Travel or Booking Holdings, shows the ongoing importance of the China outbound travel market.

In a never-before spectacle of global industry unity, Trip.com Group roped in more than 70 tourism, aviation, and hotel leaders worldwide to individually address tourists why their next trip would be their

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