Where to stream this year's Oscar contenders, from 'Nomadland' to 'Two Distant Strangers'
Everything about this year's Oscars is a little bit different, from the timing of the show to the types of movies nominated to the ceremony itself, which will unfold on April 25 in a live presentation we still don't know a whole lot about. It's befitting of a year where Hollywood was turned upside down and inside out, where theaters were shuttered and blockbuster movies sat on the sidelines while smaller films and awards season fare secured release deals on streaming platforms. As a result, most of the year's Academy Award-nominated films are available on major streaming services such as Netfl...
The Detroit News
'Racism is this country's original sin.' Elite private school confronts its past
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On a late-February morning, more than 100 high school students were joined by teachers and parents as they gathered in East Portal Park in East Sacramento. Some held signs and others chanted, "No justice, no peace," as they marched toward their destination. The last year has seen countless scenes like this play out in Sacramento and other cities as people marched by the thousands, demanding social justice and calling out racism. But on this morning, the focus of the demonstration was a new one: St. Francis High School, a prestigious all-girls private school. The February m...
The Sacramento Bee
Inslee signs into law bill to put statue honoring Billy Frank Jr. in U.S. Capitol
FRANK'S LANDING, Nisqually Indian Reservation — He was arrested 50 times by state game wardens for practicing his treaty right to fish. But on Wednesday, Washington's governor signed into law legislation that will send a statue of Billy Frank Jr. to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. One of the country's most elegant and revered civic spaces, Statuary Hall is where states from around the country get to send two figures to represent the hopes and dreams of their people. Now Frank, a legendary Nisqually tribal leader and treaty rights activist, will take his place there, along with Mother Joseph...
The Seattle Times
Network of neighbors plan to provide food, resources to community members beyond pandemic
DETROIT – Last March, the pandemic forced grassroots group Detroit Action to halt a 10-year program helping people who face homelessness or have low incomes to get their vital records. That program ran out of soup kitchens, where it reached people in need, and closed at that time. More than a year later, the initiative relaunched, reviving a service that Detroit Action — which focuses on economic injustices affecting Black and brown Detroiters — says can help more than a dozen people a week navigate the often complicated process of getting IDs and birth certificates. These vital records are re...
Detroit Free Press
In these times of COVID-19, how does adults wearing masks affect children’s speech development?
CHICAGO – Brittany Manning is a Ph.D. student studying how children learn to speak. She is also a mother, wondering how masks might affect her infant daughter’s ability to learn language. “I’ve been having a lot of these conversations with a lot of moms,” said the Northwestern grad student. “A lot of moms are concerned.” Manning and other parents are not alone. Speech therapists and those who work with children have been closely monitoring throughout the past year the effect of children learning to form words while living in a world where most adults near them have their mouths covered by mask...
After a year of struggle, here's what reopening looked like at one school
SAN DIEGO – Perkins K-8 School Principal Fernando Hernandez was so nervous early Monday that he didn't eat breakfast. It was the first day back to in-person school for students at Perkins and hundreds of other schools in San Diego Unified — one year and a month since the pandemic began. In recent weeks Hernandez and his staff have been mapping out safety measures and planning for every possible contingency they could imagine. "It's great to see all of you," Hernandez said as he visited a classroom of third-graders at the start of the school day. "How many of you are nervous?" All but two of th...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Rare COVID-19 complication is putting kids in ICU
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. — When Michelle Elkhoury's 4-year-old daughter spiked a low-grade fever in mid-March, she didn't panic. Juliana had been attending preschool virtually, and Michelle and her husband, John, had been working from home for a year while caring for 2-year-old daughter Alexandria. No one in the family showed signs of COVID-19 symptoms, the mother said. Despite routine doses of Tylenol, Juliana's fever lasted for six days, and Michelle took her to the family's pediatrician twice. Elkhoury began to worry more when her rambunctious toddler spent an entire day napping on the couch ...
The Detroit News
Zoom intimacy and creative sexting: How COVID-19 has changed the way some have sex
When Juan's long-term relationship ended the same day Philadelphia announced its first COVID-19 case and started the citywide shutdown, he knew the isolation to come would be a challenge. So Juan, 33, created profiles on a handful of dating apps, including Tinder, Bumble, Hinge and OkCupid. "It was tough because it was the peak of COVID and I was talking to a lot more people but not meeting up," said Juan, who asked to be identified by only his first name to protect his job. "People were really nervous. But I did connect with some people, which led to Zoom dates. And sometimes those dates woul...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Column: Vaccinations are here and hugging’s back. But some advice: Ask before you hug
The hug is back. “I hugged my parents for the first time in over a year,” my dentist told me the other day, and to my surprise her news brought tears to my eyes. A year. She and her parents don’t live far apart geographically but for a year they hadn’t been able to touch. Now, because they’re all fully vaccinated, they’re liberated back into the old-fashioned body squeeze known as a hug. I got a little misty again — and again my emotion surprised me — when a Chicago friend texted me a photo of her mother, who lives in another state, being hugged by her nephew. It wasn’t my hug, but I felt it, ...
TV reboots: A ‘Nash Bridges’ revival is in the works … really
When will TV’s bewildering infatuation with reboots and revivals ever end? Apparently, not any time soon. Now news comes that “Nash Bridges,” Don Johnson’s Bay Area-based cop show, will be exhumed from the vast TV graveyard. This has caught us totally by surprise. We had no idea that the world was crying out for more “Nash.” But some programming executive in some high-rise office somewhere must think we desperately crave it. Appearing Wednesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Johnson confirmed that he’s in “heavy prep” on the revival. He said it will “find Nash some years later. And Cheech (Mar...
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