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Media celebrates Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, legacy
9/24/2020 3:58:00 PM

By Leanne Italie   NEW YORK (AP)—Across television and streaming services, the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was already front and center Saturday, a day after her death at 87. A look at coverage and plans in her honor: ENCORES FOR “RBG” Looking back on the film that spotlighted Ginsburg worldwide, and offered intimate insight for young people, one of the CNN executives who shepherded the 2018 release pointed to the justice's cultural relevance. “We greenlit the film because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's...

Last studio recording of jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw released
9/24/2020 3:56:41 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP)—A forgotten studio recording of the late jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw has been released as part of the latest effort to preserve jazz history. Vancouver, Canada-based Cellar Music Group's imprint Reel to Real and New York distributor la reserve records this month made available “49th Parallel”—a 1987 recording led by Canadian bassist Neil Swainson that features Shaw and tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. The album has been out-of-print for 25 years and is now available on digital platforms. Swainson told The Associated Press it was...

Larry Wilmore is ready to talk politics, culture on new show
9/24/2020 3:55:37 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Larry Wilmore has been down the road as a talk show host before, with a Comedy Central show that was here and gone in two seasons—taking with it his droll and incisive brand of satire. “Wilmore,” his new weekly series for the recently launched Peacock streaming service, came together on the fly but, as he describes it, promises to be a better fit for the writer, performer and producer of shows like “black-ish” and “The Mayor.” The half-hour show debuts Friday with soccer great Megan...

Law and order vs. health care as Dems, GOP vie for suburbs
9/24/2020 3:54:20 PM

By Alan Fram and Jim Salter   WASHINGTON (AP)—Scores of suburban districts are back in play in the GOP's long-shot attempt to win House control in November's election. Democrats who used health care to capture the majority in 2018 are emphasizing it anew, saying they'll shield voters from Republicans trying to tear coverage away during a pandemic. “This is as current an issue as can possibly be,” said Leslie Dach, who heads the Democratic-backed Protect Our Care Coalition. In some races, Republicans are talking up lawlessness to try...

Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate
9/24/2020 3:53:32 PM

By Alexandra Jaffe   WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)—Joe Biden is expected to use the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump's handling of health care and the coronavirus. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg jolted the presidential campaign just six weeks before the election and as several states are already voting. Trump has seized on the opportunity to nominate a new justice to motivate his most loyal voters. Biden hopes to keep the focus on health care, which has proven to...

CDC changes, then retracts, its take on coronavirus spread
9/24/2020 3:52:20 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—The top U.S. public health agency has stirred confusion by posting—and then taking down—an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person on small droplets in the air. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the virus spreads primarily through small airborne droplets, like those that fly through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. Most CDC guidance about social distancing is built around that idea, saying that 6 feet is a safe buffer between people...

Elected Officials to Protect California urge Newsome to declare a climate change emergency
9/24/2020 1:05:24 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com     Oxnard-- Elected officials across the state are taking a stand and calling on Governor Gavin Newsome to declare a climate change emergency in the State of California.   Elected Officials to Protect California is a statewide, non-partisan network of California elected officials across the state committed to protecting our communities, public health, and climate for all we represent.   The press conference brought 314 Elected Officials from 49 counties. A state of emergency for the climate...

Measure O sunset plan discussed at Finance & Governance meeting
9/24/2020 12:54:24 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Finance & Governance Committee, Sept 22, discussed the sunset of Measure O and how the city will weather the storm as it moves close to the end of its life.   Measure O terminates in 2028 and is past its half-way point.   Passed in 2008, Mesure O enhances important city services, including police, fire, and emergency response. Measure O improves streets and sidewalks and provides funding to repair potholes and improve traffic. It also expanded youth recreation, afterschool, and anti-gang...

New PBS film probes construction boom on Latino workers
9/18/2020 9:49:13 AM

By Russell Contreras   RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP)—Since the Great Recession, cities like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Hobbs, New Mexico, have seen construction booms. Homes and skyscrapers have popped up almost overnight thanks to cheap labor Latino immigrants provide contractors. But at what cost? “Building the American Dream,” a new VOCES/PBS documentary, examines the effects of this construction boom in the American Southwest on Latino workers by telling the stories of those erecting buildings in Texas. The film dives into the lives of one Mexican...

Oscars diversity criteria 'not about exclusion' say leaders
9/18/2020 9:48:03 AM

By Lindsey Bahr   HOLLYWOOD—Any change to the Oscars is going get people talking, so the leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were not exactly surprised that the new best picture inclusion standards became a trending topic on social media as soon as they were announced Tuesday night. “Change doesn't come without some variation of views,” said Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos, who co-headed the task force behind the criteria with film producer DeVon Franklin. “Nothing is absolutely perfect, but this is a very...