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A Race Against the Virus: Creating a COVID Test In Just 19 Days

Behind the scenes, UC Davis researchers 'started from scratch'
by Lisa Howard
April 19, 2021
In January 2020, Nam Tran and his colleagues in the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine were scaling up testing platforms for seasonal influenza and the common cold.
 The UC Davis Health Specialty Testing Center Lab team developed COVID-19 testing capable of performing more than 1,000 tests per day.
Tran is a professor of clinical pathology at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He was following reports out of China about a mysterious new respiratory virus, SARS-CoV-2. Not much was known at the time about how the novel coronavirus spread or what the mortality rate was.

Editorial: The jury is out for Chauvin, but we all should be ready to rule on American policing

As the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin went to the jury in the death of George Floyd, a parallel case was resubmitted to an American public that has been in contentious deliberations for the 30 years since Los Angeles police officers brutally beat Rodney King.

Sandra Smith calls on Maxine Waters to 'empower not just one race but all Americans'

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"Where’s the unity?" Fox Business host Larry Kudlow asked "America Reports" co-anchor Sandra Smith Monday during a discussion of why Democrats have failed to condemn Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for "inciting violence" after calling for Minnesota protesters to "get more confrontational" if Derek Chauvin is acquitted.

CalPERS complaint alleges former employee stole $685,000

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CalPERS complaint alleges former employee stole $685,000
CalPERS is suing a former employee in its retirement benefit services division for taking money from 10 dormant retiree accounts, according to a complaint.
The $460.8 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System, Sacramento, filed the lawsuit April 16 in California Superior Court in Sacramento against Gloria Najera, a 25-year veteran of CalPERS and a former associate governmental program analyst. From July 2017 until January this year, the complaint alleges, Ms. Najera took about $685,692 from the dormant accounts, depositing the money in bank accounts she controlled, or paying off her or family members' debts.
Three of the retirees whose accounts were dormant were under a conservatorship for lack of legal capacity and another was or is homeless.

Jury is out -- no matter the verdict, Congress must act

America is bracing for a verdict.
After watching footage of a police officer applying brutal force against a man who was handcuffed, crying out for his mother and begging for his life, will the jury find former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd? Or will jurors doubt that Chauvin’s actions were a major cause of Floyd’s death and let the officer go free? And what will happen after the verdict?
This whole situation brings me back to 1992. We had protests in the streets then — just like we do today. We had plenty of chatter on television then — just like we do today.

Radio Documentary 'Immediate Jeopardy' Premieres on KPCC Today

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State Of The City
Join us live for our annual State of the City address.
Together, we can recover, rebuild, and reimagine a more just, resilient, sustainable, equitable and fair city for every Angeleno.#SOTC2021
— City of Los Angeles (@LACity) April 20, 2021
Mayor Eric Garcetti is set to give his state of the city address at 5:15 p.m. today.
He plans to talk about the city's budget and will most likely touch on the pandemic's toll on the region and tout his solutions.
We will update this post when the live-stream video begins.

California Is One Of The Unluckiest States In America

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Several aspects of life were taken into account to determine the unluckiest states. To rank all 50 states, Best Life "... looked we looked at accident mortality by state according to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate of accidental death measures death from unintentional injuries stemming from incidents like drug overdoses, vehicular accidents, and falls ... the number of official natural diasters that have occurred in each state since 1953 .... the number of Powerball jackpot winners in all 45 states where the game is available ... data on each state's unemployment rate..."
California has a 35.9 percent rate of accidental death, 336 federally declared natural disasters, 9 Powerball winners, and an 8.5 percent unemployment rate.

Pig's Head Thrown At Former Home Of Witness Who Testified At Chauvin Trial

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By Bill Galluccio
Apr 19, 2021
Derek Chauvin's murder trial. The homeowners called the police after the vandals, who were dressed in all black, threw a pig's head at the home, and smeared what appeared to be pig's blood over the garage and front doors.
Officials said the home, located in Santa Rosa, California, used to belong to 
Barry Brodd, the expert witness who told jurors that Chauvin was justified in kneeing on 
George Floyd's neck for over nine minutes.
"I felt that Officer Chauvin's interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices in policing and objectively reasonable," Brodd said during the nationally televised trial last week.

How The Pandemic Changed The College Admissions Selection Process This Year

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College-bound high schoolers are making their final deliberations ahead of May 1, the national deadline to pick a school. That day will mark the end of a hectic admissions season drastically shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many colleges dropped standardized testing requirements, and because some high schools gave pass/fail grades and canceled extracurriculars and sports, admissions counselors had to change how they read and evaluate applications.
"[It was] definitely the craziest of all my 36 years, without a doubt," says Lisa Przekop, director of admissions at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Like many others, Przekop says all of her staff has been working remotely throughout the pandemic. But if pivoting to working from home wasn't a challenge enough, Przekop says the school saw an increase in applications of 16%.

Impeach Mad Max: Maxine Waters incites violence and riots | WRKO-AM 680

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By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
Apr 19, 2021
Rep. Maxine Waters must be impeached and removed from office. In fact, she should be arrested for inciting riots and violence.
The California Democrat and left-wing firebrand flew to Minneapolis on the weekend, and then inserted herself into the middle of a riot and ongoing protest in Brooklyn Center. For nearly a week, Black Lives Matter terrorists and activists have been rioting, looting and committing arson. Shops and businesses have been destroyed and plundered; buildings have been set on fire; police cars and other vehicles smashed; the local police station came under attack; every night BLM thugs have assaulted police officers with projectiles, rocks, bottles and cement blocks, sending many to the hospital; and street battles with the cops have become the norm, turning much of Brooklyn Center into a war zone.

Sirtex Medical and BlackSwan Vascular, Inc. announce first patient enrolled in pivotal LAVA Study

WOBURN, Mass., April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirtex Medical (Sirtex), a leading manufacturer of targeted liver cancer therapies, and BlackSwan Vascular, Inc. (BlackSwan), a Bay Area-based private company developing groundbreaking therapies in endovascular embolization, announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the LAVA Study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the BlackSwan Lava™ liquid embolic system (LES) for the embolic treatment of arterial hemorrhage in the peripheral vasculature.
The LAVA Study, which stands for
Liquid Embolization of
Arterial Hemorrhages in Peripheral
Vasculature, is a prospective, multicenter single-arm study of 113 subjects at 20 investigational sites in the U.S. The first subject has been enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where a clinical team successfully treated a patient with a bleeding hypervascular tumor in the liver using the Lava™ LES.

Dinosaurs – NBC 7 San Diego

A four-year-old girl has made a big discovery. Walking along a beach in Wales with her father and pet dog, she spotted an extremely well-preserved dinosaur footprint that has excited paleontologists worldwide. Lily Wilder made the discovery near Bendricks Bay in south Wales, U.K., finding an imprint thought to have been left 220 million years ago. “It was on a low rock,...

Physical inactivity tied to higher COVID-19 risk; new trial attempts to reinfect virus survivors

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By Syndicated Content
By Nancy Lapid
(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
Physical inactivity tied to higher COVID-19 risks
Patients with COVID-19 who have been consistently physically inactive have a significantly higher risk of severe outcomes than patients who were getting at least some exercise or regularly met physical activity guidelines prior to the illness, researchers found. Among the 48,440 patients in their study, 14.4% were consistently inactive in the two years before their COVID-19 diagnosis, 79.1% had some activity, and 6.4% consistently met recommended physical activity guidelines of at least 150 minutes per week. Compared with those who consistently met activity guidelines, people who were consistently inactive were more than twice as likely to be hospitalized and to die from the virus, according to a report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Consistently inactive patients also had worse outcomes than patients who got some exercise without meeting the guideline-recommended minimum. "It is well known that immune function improves with regular physical activity, and those who are regularly active have a lower incidence, intensity of symptoms and death from viral infections," said coauthor Dr. Robert Sallis of the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in California. "Regular physical activity is associated with improvements in lung capacity and cardiovascular and muscular functioning that may serve to lessen the negative impacts of COVID-19 if it is contracted," he added. (

California woman charged in deaths of 3 kids

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FILE - In this April 12, 2021, file photo, photos, candles, flowers and balloons are placed as a memorial for three children who were killed at the Royal Villa apartments complex in the Reseda section of Los Angeles. Liliana Carrillo, 30, has been charged with killing her three young children in Los Angeles earlier this month, prosecutors said Monday, April 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
Monday, April 19, 2021 8:07 PM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman has been charged with killing her three young children in Los Angeles earlier this month, prosecutors said Monday.
Liliana Carrillo, 30, is charged with three counts of murder, with an allegation of using a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon against her youngest child, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Monday in a news release. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

Anya Taylor-Joy is gorgeous in green coveralls on New York coffee run

Anya Taylor-Joy is gorgeous in green coveralls on New York coffee run
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She is set to to jet to Australia in the near future to film Mad Max prequel, titled Furiosa, to play a younger version of the character Charlize Theron portrayed in 2015.
And Anya Taylor-Joy definitely looks ready to get back to work.
The 25-year-old American-born Argentine-British actress was seen looking stylish as always in a pair of flared green overalls while out and about in New York City on Monday.

Maluma is 'happily single' despite fans going wild over his friendly hang out with Kim Kardashian

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While not a couple, Kim and Maluma still looked like quite the pair at the soiree, which was hosted by co-owners Pharrell Williams and David Grutman.
There, the raven-tressed beauty turned heads in a pear-hued Dior dress and gladiator-style stilettos while the Colombian hunk charmed in a bold pin-striped suit worn without a shirt underneath.
Pals: insiders brushed aside any relationship theories, telling Page Six they were simple 'happy to see each other' at the soiree, which celebrated the opening of The Goodtime Hotel in Miami
Buddies: A separate source added, 'They are just friends and have lots of mutual friends in common. It's nothing romantic'

United is going on the offensive against rival Southwest in another spat with competitors

United is going on the offensive against rival Southwest in another spat with competitors
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Southwest Airlines and United Airlines aircraft. Joe Amon/The Denver Post/Getty and Carlos Yudica/
United Airlines is targeting Southwest Airlines with new advertisements aimed at Denver flyers.
In the ads, it criticizes Southwest for its open seating policy, routes, and on-time performance.
The campaign is scheduled to appear on trains, television networks, social media, and even Spotify.
A new United Airlines advertising campaign is directly targeting Southwest Airlines as the two compete for travelers in Denver.

White Seattle Times Columnist Mocks Black Liberation, Claims Seattle Only Exists to Make Money

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by Charles Mudede

Apr 19, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Exactly what are we doing in Seattle? Why are we all here? Charles Mudede
I want to begin right here, with the word "woke," which white writers and commentators on the right love to mock at any opportunity. An example of this kind of mockery can be found in Jon Talton's pro-business piece, "A new focus at Seattle’s chamber faces an old roadblock at the City Council." After claiming the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce was somehow doing the Council a favor by not endorsing candidates this year, he wrote: "Whether the 'woke' City Council will accept that branch is a big question."

AP source: Guantanamo prisoners now getting COVID-19 vaccine

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WASHINGTON — Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre can begin getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Monday, a senior defence official told The Associated Press, months after a plan to inoculate them was scuttled over outrage that many Americans weren’t eligible to receive the shots.
The new timing coincides with President Joe Biden’s deadline for states to make all adults in the U.S. eligible for coronavirus vaccines. Beginning Monday, anyone older than 18 in the country qualifies to sign up and get in a virtual line to be vaccinated.
The defence official said all 40 men held at the Navy base in Cuba will be offered the vaccination to comply with legal requirements regarding the treatment of prisoners and to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Strict quarantine procedures had already sharply curtailed activities at the base and halted legal proceedings for prisoners facing war crime trials, including the men charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

Chauvin defense asks for mistrial based on Rep. Maxine Waters' 'guilty' comments

Chauvin defense asks for mistrial based on Rep. Maxine Waters' 'guilty' comments
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday rejected GOP claims Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was "inciting violence" when she said in Minnesota over the weekend that protesters need "to get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is found not guilty in the death of George Floyd.
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The judge criticized Waters by name for making the comments, calling them "abhorrent," but denied the defense argument that the jury, which wasn't sequestered at that point, could have been prejudiced, although he did say it might be grounds for an appeal.

Why Miranda Lambert Replaced Chris Stapleton's Wife During ACMs Performance

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During the ACM Awards on Sunday (April 17),
Miranda Lambert teamed up with
Chris Stapleton for an emotional performance of his song 'Maggie's Song.' Stapleton was originally supposed to be joined by his wife,
The memorable performance would've been even more emotional if Morgane had been able to join her husband. For those who don't know the story behind 'Maggie's Song,' the lyrics detail the life of Chris and Morgane's beloved dog Maggie. The song was written as a tribute to their late lab-terrier mix.
The lyrics recall the day Chris and Morgane first found Maggie, who had been abandoned in a shopping cart when she was just

NBA Legend Dwyane Wade Acquires Ownership Stake in the Utah Jazz | NBA Legend Dwyane Wade Acquires Ownership Stake in the Utah JazzFinancial Buzz

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Last Friday, 3-time NBA champion and 13-time All Star Dwayne Wade announced that he had officially purchased an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz. Last year, Qualtrics CEO and tech billionaire Ryan Smith purchased the Jazz for USD 1.66 Billion. Smith had reportedly reached out to Wade and asked him to join the ownership team. “As we continue to build on the incredible legacy of the Utah Jazz franchise, we are excited to add Dwyane’s experience and expertise to the equation… Utah is an amazing place and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the future of the franchise and the future of this state,” Smith said in a statement.

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