Entire States Of Minnesota And Wisconsin Under Air Quality Alerts From Distant Wildfires

Hundreds of fires are burning in Canada while almost 90 are scorching the western U.S. in another historic fire season.

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Los Angeles Students and Staff in for a Rough Year as District Announces What They’ll Be Expected to Do Every Week to Fight COVID


Jack Davis
July 31, 2021 at 1:29pm


The Los Angeles Unified School District wants every single student and school employee to undergo weekly coronavirus testing as a condition of returning to in-person learning.

The district, which is the nation’s second-largest, previously said that vaccinated individuals would not need testing.

However, LAUSD on Thursday told parents and workers that it would be implementing mandatory COVID-19 testing, starting next week.

“All students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, returning for in-person instruction must participate in baseline and ongoing weekly COVID testing. This is in accordance with the most recent guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Baseline testing begins on Monday, August 2,” the district announced in a statement on its website.

In the statement to parents and employees, Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly said as conditions change, so will the rules.


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“We are closely monitoring evolving health conditions and adapting our response in preparation for our full return to in-person learning on August 16,” Reilly said.

The union president of United Teachers Los Angeles, Cecily Myart-Cruz, backed Reilly, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Vaccines are like seatbelts: necessary but not invincible,” Myart-Cruz said. “Just like we need seatbelts, airbags, and speed limits, we need masks, ventilation, and testing to keep school communities safe.”

The Times quoted one parent as having a negative reaction to the announcement, however.

Is this really necessary?

“As a parent, it is my responsibility to keep them healthy and safe, I do not need the district to poke and prod my healthy children unnecessarily. This mitigation strategy they claim to be of the highest standard is severely overreaching,” a west San Fernando Valley parent said.

The Times withheld the parent’s name, saying she “requested anonymity out of concern that her child could be targeted for criticizing the district.”


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Reilly also said in the statement that schools will require all students and employees to wear masks on school grounds and social distance as much as possible.

One expert said testing must include vaccinated people due to the spread of the Delta variant of the virus, according to The New York Times.

“The evidence is mounting that vaccinated individuals can be part of transmission chains,” said Dr. Anne Rimoin, professor of epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Any testing regimen that does not include vaccinated individuals is going to be incomplete and leave people at risk.”

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Florida Man Wanted For Grand Theft At Medical Marijuana Center

BROOKSVILLE, FL. – Deputies are searching for a man who left with the goods from a medical marijuana treatment location in Brooksville, Florida.

According to investigators, the man pictured below is the suspect in a grand theft that occurred at Trulieve located at 14099 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, on Friday, May 7, 2021, at approximately 10:30 A.M.

The suspect was observed leaving in a white Dodge Durango.

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Billie Eilish Dominates Spotify In America With Her New Album ‘Happier Than Ever’

Five of the top 10 songs on Spotify in the U.S. are featured on Billie Eilish’s new album.

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Baez thrilled to be joining Florida high school foe Lindor on the Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Javier Baez got his wish: He’s headed to New York to play with Francisco Lindor.

But first, the Mets are counting on their big-name newcomer to replace his good buddy at shortstop for a while.

With the trade deadline fast approaching Friday, the NL East leaders acquired Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.

Baez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives New York an immediate fill-in for Lindor. The star shortstop, obtained from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal last winter, is sidelined with a strained oblique and not expected back until at least mid-to-late August.

“I’m super excited. I couldn’t be happier,” Lindor said. “I can’t wait for him to come out here and put on a show for everybody.”

The flashy Baez, who can become a free agent after the season, is batting .248 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs. He has a .775 OPS and 13 stolen bases in 16 tries, but also leads the National League with 131 strikeouts. He’s made 18 errors in 88 games.

“We think he adds a lot — brings a ton of energy to our team,” Mets acting general manager Zack Scott said. “Knows how to win, knows how to do a lot of things to help us win. Plays elite defense, and baserunning and power.”

Baez and Lindor both went to high school in Florida and played against each other before scores of scouts. They were drafted back-to-back in 2011, with Lindor going eighth overall to Cleveland and Baez ninth to the Cubs. Later, they were teammates with Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

“I’m really excited to play next to him,” said Baez, expected to join the Mets in time for Saturday night’s home game against Cincinnati.

Both are energetic players with an entertaining flair, though Baez’s boisterous antics sometimes rankle opponents.

“He knows some people on our team, obviously,” Scott said. “He’s been very vocal about wanting to play with Francisco, which he’ll get an opportunity to do at some point when Francisco’s back playing for us. But we just think this really makes our team pretty deep and versatile. So we’re excited to have him.”

When Lindor returns, Baez could move to second base or even third if needed. At second, he and Lindor would make for a slick double-play combination.

“He fits a direct positional need right now with Francisco being out for a little while. But he is also excited to move around,” Scott said.

New York has Jeff McNeil at second base and J.D. Davis at third, with Jonathan Villar and Luis Guillorme also getting significant playing time in the infield this season due in large part to injuries and their own fine play. Villar and Guillorme have been filling in at shortstop for Lindor.

“There’s plenty of time to have that dialogue and feel things out for what makes the most sense with the roster,” Scott said. “Things change daily around here this year. For right now, though, we know where (Baez) is going to be.”

Williams was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, but also is a meaningful addition for a Mets team that was eager to reinforce a thin rotation depleted by injuries. Scott revealed Friday that ailing ace Jacob deGrom has been shut down for two more weeks because of inflammation in his pitching elbow, making it unlikely he’ll rejoin the team before September.

Williams is 4-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) this season, his first with the Cubs after spending his first five years in Pittsburgh.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 35-39 with a 4.49 ERA in 119 major league games, including 106 starts. He is eligible for arbitration after this season and can become a free agent following the 2022 season.

“I told him he’s definitely going to be part of what we’re trying to do here,” Scott said.

The Mets will receive $4,546,156 from the Cubs. Baez has an $11.65 million salary and Williams $2.5 million. Of the $4,868,817 owed the two for the final 64 days of the season, the cash means the Mets will be responsible in effect for $322,661.

New York began the day with a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL East over Philadelphia, and third-place Atlanta was four back. Both those teams also made moves before Friday’s trade deadline in an effort to upgrade and chase down the Mets.

Before the deal for Baez and Williams, the Mets acquired veteran left-hander Rich Hill from Tampa Bay last week and plugged him into the rotation.

“We definitely tried and explored a lot of different things,” Scott said. “We just didn’t match up on everything. But we tried several things. We did bring in, like I said, depth pitching.”

The 19-year-old Armstrong, a first-round draft pick out of high school last year, is sidelined with a right shoulder injury. A left-handed thrower, he is considered an elite defender in center field.

Crow-Armstrong played six games this season for Low-A St. Lucie before getting hurt in May. He was 10 for 24 (.417) with two doubles, four RBIs, two stolen bases, seven walks and six strikeouts.

“It’s not easy for us to give up prospects,” Mets president Sandy Alderson said. “But in this particular case, when you’re a few games ahead in the division on roughly Aug. 1, we need to do something, not only to improve the team but to demonstrate to the players that we had their back and were attempting to make the team better for the next 60 games.”

The move was one of several by the disappointing Cubs in the days leading up to the deadline. Ready to rebuild, Chicago also traded away first baseman Anthony Rizzo, slugger Kris Bryant and closer Craig Kimbrel, plus other pieces.

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Indians Waive the White Flag for 2021 Following Friday’s Deals


That’s the question a lot of Cleveland Indians fans are certainly asking themselves after news broke that the team traded with the Atlanta Braves for infielder Pablo Sandoval.

It is in exchange for outfielder Eddie Rosario and 500,000 cash considerations.

This season, the 34-year-old Sandoval is batting .178 with four home runs and 11 runs batted in. He was released by the Indians just hours after the deal.

On the flip side, Rosario is at .254 with seven home runs and 46 runs batted in. Additionally, he is making eight million dollars on the year, some of which the Indians will eat.

This may have factored in on the decision to trade him to the Braves in exchange for a player on a minor league contract for much less money.

Sandoval is a career .278 hitter with 153 home runs and 639 runs batted in. These numbers are obviously deceiving as he is certainly not the hitter he once was back in the day.

Take note that Rosario does have a strained right oblique. He has not seen action since July 5th and will likely spend a few more weeks on the injured list before making his Braves debut.

Indians fans are simply hoping for any type of contribution from Sandoval as a member of the Tribe moving towards the back-half of this ’21 season.

Whereas Braves fans are happy to have a new addition that could certainly make a big contribution, if healthy, for the remainder of the season once he returns to action.

The Braves are four games behind the New York Mets in the NL East and certainly are still in playoff contention. The Indians sit eight games behind the White Sox.

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Instagram hashtags confirm America’s favorite beach is in Florida

Instagram hashtags have confirmed that America’s favorite beach is here in Florida.

The ranking of beaches in the United States was created by Holidu, the search engine for vacation rentals, based on the number of hashtags used on Instagram (as of July 20, 2021).

So grab your flip flops and get ready to hit the sand, with Holidu’s top 10 most Instagrammable beaches in the U.S. for 2021:

1. South Beach – 8,198,730 hashtags (Miami Beach, FL)

It is no surprise that South Beach takes the number one spot for most inatagramable locations. This bustling coastal town is located at the most southern tip of the barrier island Miami Beach, which borders both Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Stretching for over 2 miles, its stunning turquoise waters and iconic white sand make the perfect backdrop for Instagram. Nicknamed the “Art Deco Playground,” you won’t want to miss a picture with one of the famous Art Deco inspired lifeguard stands or get lucky and snap a pic with one of the rich and famous that flock to South Beach. Once you have taken the perfect shot, don’t forget to enjoy the beauty for yourself. Bask in the sun soaking up the Florida rays and relax as the likes pour in. Convinced yet? Grab your phone and get ready to book your next vacation in the iconic South Beach where you are almost guaranteed to get the perfect picture! All this has earned South Beach the prestigious first position in the ranking with the tag #southbeach.

2. Long Beach – 6,554,846 hashtags (CA)

Coming in at number two is the ocean side beauty of Long Beach. Situated just 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles, Long Beach stretches 4 miles along the Pacific shore. Home to the Long Beach Grand Prix this urban beach town still has a laid back vibe making it the perfect location for a photoshoot. Long Beach is best known for being home to the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary Ship is docked on its shores. It is no wonder it has earned its second place in the ranking with the tag #longbeach.

3. Venice Beach – 4,191,978 hashtags (CA)

Stretching over 2 miles, Venice Beach is based in Los Angeles and is known for its eclectic boardwalk and colorful streets. This makes it the perfect location to snap a photo, which is no wonder it has been hashtagged over 4M times! Venice Beach is a haven for artists and free spirits and is a must visit beach. It also is easily connected, to other iconic California beaches, through its ocean side bike paths. Cruise down its boardwalk studded with palm trees and maybe even catch a glimpse of a few camera crews filming the next big show. Whether you are drawn by the surf or colorful street art, you are sure to get a shot you love. Venice Beach has made its way around the internet a few times and comes in hot as the third position in the ranking with the tag #venicebeach.

4. Palm Beach – 3,806,314 hashtags (FL)

Located in Palm Beach County, this beach is home to an extensive, pristine coastline. Famous for its Worth Avenue leading up to the beach, Palm Beach screams luxury. Equipped with dreamy aqua water and mesmerizing white sand, you won’t want to put your camera down. Coming in at an average of 234 days of sun during the year, you are sure to have the perfect weather to enjoy the beach. Explore the shores while crunching your toes in the warm sand or explore the town and take a photo with the iconic Worth Avenue Clock Tower. This sunshine state beauty marks the fourth position in the ranking with the tag #palmbeach and is not one you will want to miss.

5. Newport Beach – 3,492,801 hashtags (CA)

Situated in Orange County, Newport Beach is not only known for its sophistication and luxury but also its idyllic sandy beaches. Rooted in history as a sea harbor, this boat port turned into a glamorous coastal town attracting the rich and famous. Get some fantastic shots of yacht studded shores and ocean front mansions, sure to get you a like. This historic beach comes as the fifth position in the ranking with the tag #newportbeach.

6. Huntington Beach – 3,215,372 hashtags (CA)

Known for its amazing surfing, Huntington Beach dazzles its way into the sixth position in the ranking with the tag #huntingtonbeach. This surfing beach town is truly breathtaking, from the sunsets to the soft sand, it truly is a paradise on the pacific. Take pictures on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier to view unmatched sunsets and panoramic views of the sun on the water. If you’re feeling adventurous, even try out a shot at surfing lessons and be able to catch yourself in action riding the waves.

7. Laguna Beach – 2,898,744 hashtags (CA)

Known from shows like MTV’s Laguna Beach, this beach is better known for its laid back Bohemian vibe and stunning shores, making it the perfect backdrop for your summer paradise shoot. Once you’ve got your best shots, enjoy one of the many yearly festivals they have ranging from music to art, to film. You can even get adventurous and try Skimboarding along the water’s edge in the place it originated (all the way back in the late 1920s)! This sand paradise comes in at position seven in the ranking with the tag #lagunabeach, and it is easy to see why.

8. Myrtle Beach – hashtags 2,663,886 (SC)

Located on the Atlantic coast, this charming beachfront comes as the eighth position in the ranking with the tag #myrtlebeach. Close to both the North and South Carolina borders, it is no wonder this is a go to beach for people living in both states. Sore high in the sky with a ride in the iconic SkyWheel on Myrtle Beach’s boardwalk, its twinkling lights, and unbeatable ocean view are sure to make your Instagram friends jealous. Known for having 60 miles of uninterrupted beach, you can’t beat the southern charm of this South Carolina beach. It is truly a marvel and a remarkable spot this summer for your Instagram-worthy checklist.

9. Virginia Beach – 2,103,042 hashtags (VA)

This historic seaside wonder comes as the ninth position in the ranking with the tag #virginiabeach. Taking a stroll along the 3 miles boardwalk and uninterrupted Atlantic coastline, you will understand why Virginia Beach has earned its place on our top 10 list. Its boardwalk was originally established in 1888 making it truly an institution for beachgoers throughout history. Head to 31st street to Neptune’s Park to Snap a pic with the famous King Neptune statue. Standing over 30 feet tall this cast of bronze is the focal point of the park and stands as a tribute to Virginia Beaches maritime history and a reminder to respect nature. For another iconic stop head to the north end to Cape Henry Lighthouse, built in 1792. Don’t forget to take a break and enjoy the plethora of water activities offered such as kayaking, fishing, paddleboarding, or even whale watching! With its rich history and famed shores, Virginia Beach is a memorable beach to visit for Instagram enthusiasts.

10. Manhattan Beach – 1,507,417 hashtags (CA)

Located in southwest Los Angeles County, Manhattan Beach is known as The “Pearl of L.A.’s South Bay.” This beach stretches for over 2 miles and is tucked along the Pacific Ocean. With its unique charm, it is no wonder it was referenced in the Beach Boys famous Surfin’ USA song. Grab your roller skates and longboard and head to the iconic Strand, where you can stroll, bike, or skate your way along the water’s edge. Don’t forget to check out the Manhattan Beach pier, where you can take an epic sunset photo as the sun dips into the Pacific. This dreamy beach comes in the tenth position in the ranking with the tag #manhattanbeach and is sure to take your Instagram pictures to the next level.

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For The New York Mets, Jacob deGrom’s Latest Setback Overshadows The Arrival Of Javier Baez

Javier Baez will likely be in a Mets uniform tonight, but when — or if — he ever plays behind Jacob deGrom is the question that hung over the Mets before, during and after Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Reds.

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Tom Brady didn’t hide torn MCL from Buccaneers: ‘Thought everyone…

Tom Brady’s knee injury may not have been a mystery after all. 

In July, news first surfaced that Brady had played the entirety of last season with a torn MCL in his left knee, an injury that warranted “pretty serious” surgery in February. Yet according to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, the severity of the injury had not been a secret to the Buccaneers.

“I thought everyone knew, [about his torn MCL],” Christensen said in a recent appearance on CBS Sports Radio. “When I first met him, he said, ‘Hey, my knee’s not 100 percent but with the tape job and stuff I’ll make it through the season and after the season we’ll get her fixed up.’

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“He really does have a unique understanding of his body and competing and what it takes and can manage it. … He kind of managed it. We tried to be smart. We really didn’t modify much. We rested him like we would any veteran player at certain opportunities during the season.” 

The Buccaneers never disclosed Brady’s aliment on any of their injury reports during the regular season and playoffs.

The injury certainly didn’t appear to pose any limitations for Brady, who threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns. The 43-year-old played in all 16 regular-season games and four postseason matchups en route to a Super Bowl victory, not once appearing on an injury report. 

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Samoa Confirms Plans to Cancel China-Funded Port Project

“We’ve indicated that [the port] would not be a priority for us at this time and that there would be other areas that we would be more interested in,” Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa told Reuters on July 28.

“I’m pleased the outgoing government had not reached a level of agreement with China where that is set in place,” she added.

Mata’afa won Samoa’s latest presidential election in April, replacing former Samoan president and longtime China ally Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi as the country’s top leader. Though Malielegaoi disputed the April vote that elected Mata’afa as president, Samoa’s top court validated her win on May 17.

Malielegaoi was a major champion of the now-scrapped port development deal funded by China. The project would have seen Beijing loan Samoa $100 million to expand the island nation’s Vaiusu Bay through its debt-inducing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with which China funds and builds infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Samoa Prime Minister Tuila’epa Lupesoliai Sa’ilele Malielegaoi (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at The Great Hall Of The People on September 18, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Pool/Getty Images)

“Samoa is a small country. Our seaports and our airports cater for our needs,” Mata’afa told Reuters in a telephone interview May 20 when she first announced plans to cancel Vaiusu Bay’s port development.

“It’s very difficult to imagine that we would need the scale that’s being proposed under this particular project when there are more pressing projects that the government needs to give priority to,” she said at the time.

Mata’afa added that “the level of indebtedness of our government to the government of China was a pressing issue for voters,” referring to Samoa’s April general election that saw her elected to the country’s top office.

“Who will be responsible to pay for the wharf loan of [WST] $250 million [almost $100 million],” Samoan Minister of Parliament Faumuina Wayne Fong asked Samoa’s parliament in February in the run-up to the April general election.

“The children and grandchildren of Vaiusu will suffer in the long run,” he warned. “We still owe China [WST] $400 million [about $160 million] in debts from the past. We do not have enough coconuts to repay the Chinese back for all these loans.”

Samoa is a tiny island nation in the South Pacific with a population of about 200,000. The island’s economy relies largely on tourism, subsistence farming, coconut and fish product exports, and foreign remittance, according to Reuters. China is Samoa’s single largest creditor through its BRI scheme, which accounts for roughly 40 percent of the island nation’s $160 million in external debts.

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