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U.S. colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations
4/14/2021 1:42:04 PM

By Collin Binkley   BOSTON (AP)—U.S. colleges hoping for a return to normalcy next fall are weighing how far they should go in urging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including whether they should—or legally can—require it. Universities including Rutgers, Brown, Cornell and Northeastern recently told students they must get vaccinated before returning to campus next fall. They hope to achieve herd immunity on campus, which they say would allow them to loosen spacing restrictions in classrooms and dorms. But some colleges are leaving the decision...

Inside organization’s push to remove a statue to an enslaver
4/14/2021 1:40:20 PM

By Colin Campbell   BALTIMORE (AP)—The closure of O'Donnell Square Park in Canton without warning Monday evening set off an immediate flurry of emails, texts and phone calls among one group of neighbors in particular. The 50 members of the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance dared to wonder: Had their plan worked? They'd spent the past eight months doing historical research and community outreach, writing letters to state lawmakers and successive mayors, and collecting more than 900 signatures on a petition. “This may be it! I'm headed there now!”...

805 AAPI Solidarity offers a safe space to heal
4/8/2021 10:18:23 AM

By Chris Frost   Oxnard-- Riverpark held a special event, April 3, as a large crowd attended a candlelight vigil organized by 805 AAPI Solidarity (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) to take a stand against hate crimes.   The 805 AAPI Solidarity effort dedicates itself to dismantling white supremacy, racism, and historical erasure of Asian American and Pacific Islander existence in Ventura County.   The issue made took center stage when Robert Aaron Long killed eight people in three spas in Atlanta, which spawned fears of anti-Asian hate crimes...

Porsche Club rides in style
4/8/2021 10:15:05 AM

By Chris Frost   Camarillo-- It was show off your ride time at the Camarillo Premium Outlets, Saturday morning, April 3, as the Porsche Club of America Santa Barbara Region was out in full force, enjoying its usual Cars and Coffee at Panera Bread and Johnny Rockets.   The Santa Barbara Region of the Porsche Club isn't only about the cars. Although the owners are fervent lovers of their autos, it's about people, relationships, and sharing stories.   On display was an amazing collection of cars, as owners spoke about how much fun it is to hit...

Council Members react to Cypress violence
4/7/2021 4:35:59 PM

By Chris Frost   Oxnard-- During council comments at the April 5 Oxnard City Council meeting, Gabriela Basua said she's been receiving emails and phone calls from people in the Cypress Neighborhood, and they are concerned about the criminal activity that happened last weekend.   The Oxnard Police Department responded to the 600 block of Howell Road, April 4, where a man was shot and killed.   "We can all understand and sympathize with the fear within that neighborhood," Basua said. "One of the challenges we have is our police...

Council approves five-year action plan
4/7/2021 4:33:21 PM

By Chris Frost   Oxnard-- The City Council, April 5, approved the five-year Public Housing Authority (PHA) Plan, Annual Agency Plan, Capital Fund Program (CFP), and the Five-Year Action Plan for Low Rent Public Housing.   The action adopts a resolution approving the 2021 Annual Agency Plan, five-year PHA plan for the Housing Authority and authorizes and directs the chairman to execute the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Public Housing Agency Certification Compliance Form certifying the Housing Authority's compliance with HUD's policies...

Ventura County reaches the Orange Tier
4/7/2021 4:30:44 PM

By Chris Frost   Oxnard-- In his April 6 report to the Oxnard City Council, City Manager Alex Nguyen reported that Ventura County enters the Orange Tier starting at 12:01 a.m. on April 7.   The means that retail businesses at full capacity with modifications and malls can open indoors with modifications. Common areas remain closed, and food courts can open at reduced capacity. Places of worship can open indoors at 50 percent capacity with modifications, and family entertainment centers can open at 25 percent capacity for naturally distanced items like bowling and...

Fiscal management highlights work session
4/7/2021 4:26:02 PM

By Chris Frost   Thousand Oaks-- Goal setting and establishing priorities was the theme at the March 30, Thousand Oaks City Council meeting, as the group forged ahead with a plan of "Moving TOward The Future with New Processes and Fresh Paths."   The city provided the public with operational overviews that are not exhaustive and will select its top 10 priorities for the fiscal year 2021-22   City Manager Andrew Powers led off the discussion and said the workshop is essential and an opportunity for the city to broaden its lens and focus on...

In show of Pharaonic heritage, Egypt parades royal mummies
4/7/2021 4:10:19 PM

By Sandy Magdy   CAIRO (AP)—Egypt held a gala parade on Saturday celebrating the transport of 22 of its prized royal mummies from central Cairo to their new resting place in a massive new museum further south in the capital. The ceremony, designed to showcase the country's rich heritage, snaked along the Nile corniche from the Egyptian Museum overlooking Tahrir Square to the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in the Fustat neighborhood, where Egypt's first Islamic capital was located. The mummies were being transported in...

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks
4/7/2021 4:04:00 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)—Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public. “Through it all, I view wearing that cumbersome mask indoors in a crowd as not only allowing the newfound luxury of being incognito, but trust it's better than doing nothing to slow the spread,” Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, told People magazine. “And history will show we Masked Singer visitors were masked before being masked was...