L.A. County to drop school masking mandate but districts may continue enforcing the requirement

Los Angeles County health officials announced Monday that, following new state recommendations, they too will make masking indoors optional for schools. The L.A. County Department of Public Health said it will align school masking measures with the state and shift to strongly recommending indoor masking requirements at childcare sites and K-12 schools beginning March 12.… Continue reading L.A. County to drop school masking mandate but districts may continue enforcing the requirement

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‘Wicked’ welcomes a pioneering good witch, Brittney Johnson

Actors Brittney Johnson appears on stage during the curtain call of the musical “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theatre in New York on Feb. 14, 2022. Johnson is the first Black actor to assume the role of Glinda full-time.  | Greg Allen/Invision/AP The young Broadway veteran is the first Black actor to assume the role of… Continue reading ‘Wicked’ welcomes a pioneering good witch, Brittney Johnson

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Austin ISD resumes repurposing process for six sites

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Independent School District is picking its repurposing process back up, after a hiatus because of the pandemic. Repurposing is when AISD identifies “the future use of district properties that are underutilized or no longer in use.” The district said it recognizes schools are community assets, so it wants to explore… Continue reading Austin ISD resumes repurposing process for six sites

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12 Russian UN Diplomats Expelled From US: Official

Twelve members of Russia’s diplomatic mission to the UN have been ordered to leave the United States by the end of March, Russia’s ambassador to the world body said Monday.

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Belarus sheds neutral status in vote critics call rigged

Belarusian authorities say more than half of the country’s voters approved constitutional reforms that would allow its authoritarian leader to stay in power until 2035 and open the way for stronger military cooperation with Russia

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At least 8 killed as major floods swamp Australia

Parts of Brisbane, Australia’s third-most populous city, were under water Monday after heavy rain brought record flooding to some East Coast areas and killed eight people.

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What Euphoria Gets Right—and Wrong—About Teen Drug Use and Addiction

Euphoria—the most tweeted-about TV show of the decade in the U.S.—has thrust teenage drug use into the cultural spotlight. The HBO show follows 17-year-old Rue Bennett, a sweet but troubled teen played by Zendaya, as she navigates a deepening drug use disorder. It’s not pretty. Rue takes the powerful opioid fentanyl, injects morphine, and drags… Continue reading What Euphoria Gets Right—and Wrong—About Teen Drug Use and Addiction

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Ukraine Seeks to Join E.U. as Round of Talks With Russia Ends

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An embattled Ukraine moved to solidify its bond with the West on Monday by applying to join the European Union, while the first round of Ukraine-Russia talks aimed at ending the fighting concluded with no deal but an agreement to keep talking. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted photos of himself signing… Continue reading Ukraine Seeks to Join E.U. as Round of Talks With Russia Ends

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How a Journalist’s Refusal to Testify Against the Black Panthers Changed First Amendment Rights

In the fall of 1968, journalist Earl Caldwell had just gotten back to the New York Times‘ offices in New York City from a reporting trip in California. As he recalls, he was at his desk for no more than five minutes when a receptionist told him that two men were at the office and… Continue reading How a Journalist’s Refusal to Testify Against the Black Panthers Changed First Amendment Rights

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Shell Will Pull Out of Energy Investments in Russia Over War

LONDON (AP) — Global oil and gas giant Shell said Monday that it is pulling out of Russia as President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine continues to cost the country’s all-important energy industry foreign investment and expertise. Shell announced its intention to exit its joint ventures with Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom and related entities,… Continue reading Shell Will Pull Out of Energy Investments in Russia Over War

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The Batman Is Dark, Real Dark—Or So It Wants Us to Think

Warning: This review includes spoilers about The Batman. Now, it’s probably official. Batman can never again be fun, or have fun. He’s the gloomiest of superheroes, haunted by a traumatic past, doomed to skulk around a filthy, lawless Gotham that, at least in the somber vision of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, is an obvious metaphor… Continue reading The Batman Is Dark, Real Dark—Or So It Wants Us to Think

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The 5 Best New TV Shows Our Critic Watched in February 2022

I’ll level with you: this has been an unusually weak month for new shows. Maybe the networks ran out of steam after unveiling some actually-pretty-decent new comedies in January, or maybe some release dates got shuffled to avoid conflicting with an Olympics that very few people ended up watching. All I can say for sure… Continue reading The 5 Best New TV Shows Our Critic Watched in February 2022

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Why Kim Reynolds’ Republican State of the Union Response Matters

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox. If the Republican Party has an id, it might look like Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Mask requirements? Scrap ‘em. Vaccine mandates? In the trash. Distance learning? Nah, thanks. Throughout the COVID-19… Continue reading Why Kim Reynolds’ Republican State of the Union Response Matters

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Climate Change Will Mean More Expensive Grocery Bills For Everyone, According to New IPCC Report

The topline of the official press release of the latest report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls global warming “a threat to human wellbeing and health of the planet,” while optimistically noting that “taking action now can secure our future.” What is left unsaid in the release, but made clear… Continue reading Climate Change Will Mean More Expensive Grocery Bills For Everyone, According to New IPCC Report

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Driver who led authorities on dangerous chase from L.A. to Orange County taken into custody

A driver who led authorities on a dangerous pursuit from Los Angeles to Orange County has been taken into custody after apparently trying to steal another vehicle. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said the pursuit began in the Lakewood area and the driver was described as “extremely dangerous.” Authorities requested backup from other agencies… Continue reading Driver who led authorities on dangerous chase from L.A. to Orange County taken into custody

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Afternoon Edition: Feb. 28, 2022

In early January, the city began requiring proof-of-vaccination to eat in a restaurant, and masks were still required indoors. Monday, those restrictions were lifted.  | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories. Good afternoon. Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. It’s… Continue reading Afternoon Edition: Feb. 28, 2022

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Past, present, living, dead all collide in haunting sci-fi thriller ‘Solaris’

Nicole Laurenzi (from left), TJ Thomas and Isa Arciniegas are among a crew of scientists on a research space station in Griffin Theatre Company’s North American premiere of “Solaris.” | Michael Brosilow “Solaris,” the play, is based on a 1961 novel by Polish author Stanisław Lem. Staged by Scott Weinstein in the 56-seat Schwartz Stage… Continue reading Past, present, living, dead all collide in haunting sci-fi thriller ‘Solaris’

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