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‘That ’70s Show’ star Danny Masterson must head to trial on charges he raped 3 women, judge rulesDanny Masterson, an actor on “That ‘70s Show,” failed to get his Los Angeles rape case dismissed Monday and must appear for arraignment Nov. 2, a judge ruled Monday.The former sitcom star is accused of forcibly raping three women in separate incidents at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.His defense filed a demurrer motion that was denied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Eleanor J. Hunter early Monday, sources confirmed to the New York Daily News.Masterson’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau d...
Tribune News Service
'That '70s Show' star Danny Masterson must head to trial on charges he raped 3 women, judge rules
Danny Masterson, an actor on “That ’70s Show,” failed to get his Los Angeles rape case dismissed Monday and must appear for arraignment Nov. 2, a judge ruled Monday.The former sitcom star is accused of forcibly raping three women in separate incidents at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.His defense filed a demurrer motion that was denied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Eleanor J. Hunter early Monday, sources confirmed to the New York Daily News.Masterson’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau declined to comment when reached by phone after the hearing.Mesereau and co-counsel Sharon Appelba...
New York Daily News
Kamala Harris urges Floridians to 'put our country back on the right track'
ORLANDO, Fla. — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris encouraged Floridians to vote early to “put our country back on the right track” during a campaign visit to Orlando on Monday.The Democratic candidate for vice president held an outdoor, drive-in rally at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, where invited guests in about 50 cars honked their horns in approval as she and others spoke on the first day of early voting in the state.“Orlando!” Harris exclaimed. “Look at what my eyes behold.”“Today I had to come here on the kickoff of early voting in Florida because y’all are going to make it happen,” she said. “W...
Another Walgreens closing in the city of Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris due to out-of-control 'wokeness'
By Duncan SmithWithout a doubt, California is a paradise of sorts.Great weather, lots of agriculture, lots of industry, home to American technology, and — did we mention great weather?But because it’s ruled by a super-majority of Democrats, paradise is turning into a nightmare, and this especially true in the state’s urban centers.Like San Francisco.There are parts of the city that are filled with culture and splendor — and that’s where you’ll find the mega-rich like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.But elsewhere, like many urban centers in the state, San Francisco has devolved into a cesspool of fi...
The National Sentinel
Eight months in, California is containing COVID-19 as other states spike. Here's why.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Eight months into the coronavirus pandemic, California has become a rare case: a state that has contained the transmission of COVID-19 and isn’t experiencing another surge — yet, at least.Nationwide, daily infections are up one-quarter in the last two weeks, and the country just reported its most in a single day since July. Lightly populated North Dakota is seeing 85 new cases a day per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. California? Ten new cases per 100,000, up just 2% in two weeks.The reasons why, health experts say, are made clear by a stroll through San Francisco...
The Mercury News
Peeling back the mystery of onions
Pity the poor onion. Always the culinary bridesmaid. Never the bride.You don’t sit down to a nice bowl of onions for dinner. No one makes onion-flavored soft drinks, or if they do, I don’t want to know about it.Even the lowly garlic bulb is the sole focus of at least two restaurants in California. But onions? Nada.Onions are the supporting players in a dish — important as a flavoring, but used only to make the star attraction taste better. When served a plate of carbonnades a la flamande, no one ever says, “the beef was good, but those onions were really spectacular.”But the time has come to g...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
How a San Diego staycation got her back to a happy place
SAN DIEGO — On our recent vacation, my husband and I visited the Australian outback and an Asian rain forest. We ogled otherworldly leafy seadragons, stumbled upon a majestic bald eagle and luxuriated in the hypnotic calm of a Pacific Ocean kelp forest. There was also time to visit a serene island paradise. Twice.In other words, we stayed home. But when home is San Diego, a staycation can be your ticket to the mind and body reboot you could probably use right about now. Or a lifetime ago, give or take.Way back in the Before Times — January? February? The dreamy blur that was 2019? — our family...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
How Hollywood turned a teenager's life into a Disney movie with 'Clouds'
MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Baldoni dreamed of making “Clouds” in Zach Sobiech’s hometown.But when it became financially impractical to shoot in the St. Paul suburbs where the late musician inspired the world with songs and courage, the director insisted on the next best thing: Bring Minnesota to Montreal.More than a year before the film’s Friday premiere on Disney+, movers rolled into the Sobiechs’ driveway in Lakeland and packed up half of Zach’s bedroom, including Minnesota Vikings jerseys, guitars, pillowcases, a buffalo doll nearly ripped apart by the family’s dog and the red plaid shirt the tee...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Health Care Groups Dive Into Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money
SACRAMENTO — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders.They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health departments struggling to respond to the worst public health crisis in more than a century. The initiative would change California’s property tax system to tax some commercial properties higher than residential properties, which backers say could generate billions to help local governments pay for critical p...
Kaiser Health News
‘All You Want Is to Be Believed’: The Impacts of Unconscious Bias in Health Care
In mid-March, Karla Monterroso flew home to Alameda, California, after a hiking trip in Utah’s Zion National Park. Four days later, she began to develop a bad, dry cough. Her lungs felt sticky.The fevers that persisted for the next nine weeks grew so high — 100.4, 101.2, 101.7, 102.3 — that, on the worst night, she was in the shower on all fours, ice-cold water running down her back, willing her temperature to go down.“That night I had written down in a journal, letters to everyone I’m close to, the things I wanted them to know in case I died,” she remembered.Then, in the second month, came a ...