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Cuts force LAPD to downsize special units, focus on patrol

The Los Angeles Police Department in coming months will downsize its specialized units and stop responding in person to traffic collisions and other minor incidents as part of a broad reorganization aimed at preserving patrol and community engagement functions amid new fiscal constraints.

Although specific figures weren’t available Friday, the reshuffling will reduce the size of the vaunted but troubled Metropolitan Division, as well as cut the air support, robbery and homicide and gang and narcotics divisions. The department also will reduce desk hours at its stations, cut special deployments in popular areas such as Venice and Hollywood, and stop staffing teams that cover homelessness issues.

A total of 234 officers will move back into patrol. Station desks will be manned only during weekday hours. Victims of misdemeanor hit-and-run crashes and collisions with minor injuries will be advised to file a report online.

“We need to offload a number of

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  • November 7, 2020
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England Golf fighting against lockdown to force Boris Johnson into u-turn

England Golf is ready to fight the Government’s order to shut courses on Thursday, with the governing body labeling the fresh guidance as “confusing” and “contradictory” to the Prime Minister’s address on Saturday night.

Sources indicate that senior figures at England Golf were stunned to learn that clubs are being instructed to close on Nov 5 for at least four weeks, along with driving ranges, par-three set-ups and all other facilities. 

After the successful behind-closed-doors tactics that saw golf become one of the first sports to resume in May following a near two-month hiatus, Jeremy Tomlinson, the England Golf chief executive, has elected to go far more public in the attempt to force a rapid Johnson u-turn. 

Not only has Tomlinson written an open letter to golfers on England Golf’s official website but he has also revealed that he has signed the online petition to “exempt golf courses from the

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  • November 1, 2020
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Wildfires in Napa and Sonoma CA counties force evacuations

Find Monday’s wildfire updates here: Thousands evacuated, homes threatened, winery burns in Northern California

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A group of wildfires, including one that tore through 2,500 acres of Napa County during the day, saw fierce growth Sunday night in California’s wine country, threatening to reach Santa Rosa in an eerily similar firestorm that played out three years earlier and prompting urgent evacuations.

Structures burned in the blazes, collectively managed as the Glass Fire, included the Chateau Boswell winery, which was engulfed in flames in video recorded by Bee visual journalist Daniel Kim, on the Silverado Trail outside St. Helena. The Glass Mountain Inn also burned.

A second fire in the area, called the Boysen Fire, was threatening rugged terrain west of St. Helena across the Mayacamas Mountains into Sonoma County.

At 9:50 p.m., the Napa County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for unincorporated areas from the 2900 block of White

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  • September 29, 2020
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Coronavirus worries force election officials to get creative

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus has upended everyday life in ways big and small. What happens when those disruptions overlap with voting? Thousands of state and local election officials across the U.S are sharing ideas and making accommodations to try to ensure that voters and polling places are safe amid an unprecedented pandemic.

Some are finding ways to expand access to voter registration and ballot request forms. Others are testing new products, installing special equipment or scouting outdoor voting locations.

Here are virus-related obstacles voters could face during this unprecedented presidential election year along with some of the solutions being tried:

CLOSURES AND CURTAILED HOURS

What if you need a voter registration form or absentee ballot application and all the normal go-to places are closed or open by appointment only? It’s a problem nationwide.

The most recent American Library Association survey found that 62% of U.S. libraries, which are

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  • August 30, 2020
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When Val Demings Stood by Police Officers Accused of Excessive Force

An 84-year-old World War II veteran named Daniel Daley broke his neck outside a Florida bar after being slammed to the ground by an Orlando police officer young enough to be his grandson. It happened in 2010, after Daley left his car in the wrong parking lot. He came out as a tow truck arrived. An argument ensued. The next thing the octogenarian remembered was being in the hospital.

“A body hip check … slammed him on his head and broke his neck,” Sean Douglas Hill, a bartender at The Caboose, who knew Daley well, said in a deposition. “And it cracked like a watermelon . . . You just heard a pop. I had never heard anything so horrific.”

The Orlando police chief defended the officer, 26-year-old Travis Lamont. She told a local newspaper, “After a review of the defensive tactic form by the training staff and Officer Lamont’s

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Maryland international students grapple with new rule that could force them out of the U.S.

Shrey Aggarwal boarded a crowded flight June 23 to India. For weeks, he’d been exchanging emails with the Indian embassy in hopes of returning home to New Delhi for the summer, and he finally succeeded.

But now the University of Maryland student worries he won’t be able to return to College Park for his fall semester.

The physics undergraduate is among thousands of international students whose future plans were in jeopardy this week after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they would not be able to remain in the country if they took online classes this fall.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal agency had waived requirements dictating that international students could only take one online class per semester. But, on Monday, it reversed course.

The decision, which has since been challenged in federal court, has left international students attending Maryland universities scrambling to make sure their

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Will COVID-19 force cancellation of Art Basel Miami Beach? A lot is riding on it

For 19 years, Art Basel Miami Beach has injected a jet-fueled blast into the local cultural and tourism calendar. The fair doesn’t just put a massive trove of world-class art on public display, but also draws mobs of some of the world’s richest people, fills hotels and restaurants, and, not incidentally, helps sustain Miami’s ongoing maturation as a global center for culture and commerce.

The contemporary-art fair has been canceled only once. What would have been the inaugural show was called off following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

But, with five months to go, a big question hangs over the 2020 editions of Art Basel Miami Beach and its companion but much smaller Design Miami fair: Will the show go on?

The COVID-19 pandemic has only deepened long-running financial woes at Art Basel’s parent company in Switzerland, forcing MCH Group to cancel lucrative sister fairs in Hong Kong and its

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