In the spotlight: LA student learning took a turn for the worse during the pandemic
Here is an overview of the news of the day.
LA students suffered a sharp drop in learning. For months, California educators have warned that the pandemic and school closings have had significant effects on students’ academic progress. A one-of-a-kind data analysis at the Los Angeles Times shows the impact on Los Angeles students: significant drops in assessment scores or below grade performance in key areas of learning.
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Chris Taylor hit three home runs to help the Dodgers to an 11-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers follow the best of seven series 3-2 before Game 6 in Atlanta on Saturday at 2:08 p.m. PDT.
Alec Baldwin shot with a propeller pistol who killed the director of photography
and hurt the director of a film he was producing and starring in. The incident happened on a movie set in New Mexico, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Production was halted on “Rust.” A spokesperson for Baldwin said there had been an accident on set involving the misfiring of a propeller pistol with blanks.
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USC officials put the school’s Sigma Nu fraternity chapter on temporary suspension following allegations that women were drugged and sexually assaulted in the home.
California has taken a first step towards banning new oil and gas wells. The Newsom administration has proposed to ban new wells within 3,200 feet of homes, schools and health facilities, and to require monitoring of emissions from existing wells in these buffer zones, a move advocated by Environmental and public health advocates who say the toxins, smells and dangers of the oilfields disproportionately affect Latino and black communities.
Torrential rains sweep across northern California could lead to a heavy and moisture laden weather regime called a “bomb cyclone”. The showers bring fears of flooding and debris flows in areas marked by forest fires. “We are going to have problems,” said a Plumas County government official. “But we’ll take care of it. We are strong and resilient.
More than two months after a family from northern California was found dead on a hiking trail in a remote area of the Sierra National Forest, authorities have revealed the cause of death: heat-related illness and probable dehydration.
A judge ruled that the dismissals of harbor truck drivers were illegal. Weeks after a group of drivers voted to unionize, they opened their mailboxes to find layoff notices from their employer. The layoffs violated federal labor law, a judge ruled in a ruling that will reinstate the drivers with back wages and interest.
Millions more Americans set to get COVID-19 recall because a CDC panel approved additional doses of the country’s three licensed vaccines – and opened up the option of choosing another company’s brand for the next injection.
The pandemic has prompted young families to leave big cities. For generations of young people raised in the heart of the nation, it has been almost a rite of passage: growing up in a small town, finishing school, looking for opportunities in the cities. It is a major factor in the aging of the population and the decline of the economy of rural communities. But the pandemic could reverse – or at least slow down – that trend. Will they stay?
Ask yourself if a “right to abortion exists” in this country, Texas state attorneys urged the Supreme Court to dismiss the Biden administration’s plea to suspend a new state law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.
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Climate migration is coming. National security officials warn that worsening heat waves, droughts and other climate-related risks are likely to cause increased global migration in the coming decades, increasing political instability among allies of the United States. United States and strengthening their opponents.
Haitian gang leader threatened to kill 17 kidnapped American missionaries. The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang is seen in a video released Thursday saying he will kill them if he doesn’t get what he asks for, which is $ 1 million per person, although he was not immediately clear whether this included the five children in the group.
Who will be the champion of immigrants? When President Donald Trump was first and foremost an enemy of immigrants: a mogul of denigrating Mexico, banning Muslims and building border walls, writes columnist Jean Guerrero. But nine months after the start of the Biden administration, Democrats have yet to protect the millions of undocumented migrants who have helped the nation survive the pandemic by harvesting our food, cleaning our hospitals and more.
Mary Forgione of The Times, the outdoors guru behind the wild bulletin, has this late October tip: visit Descanso Gardens at La Cañada Flintridge if you like a Halloween more greedy than bloody. “There is a pumpkin house, a pumpkin arch leading to the camellia forest, pumpkin mandalas at the foot of the trees of Oak Grove, carved pumpkins and other decorations that last until October 31.” Visit the gardens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with timed tickets purchased in advance. More info at the Wild.
Today’s quiz from the pages of The Times:
Wonder Woman Flight of Courage, which will be the world’s tallest single track roller coaster, is coming to which Southern California theme park?
[Answer at the bottom of the newsletter]
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WHAT OUR EDITORS READ
Why would a couple from Maryland try to sell state secrets? When the US government announced the arrest of the suspected spy couple last week, it filed a 23-page affidavit. But left unanswered in all the plot twists: What drove a suburban engineer and his teacher wife to apparently trying to sell secrets to a still unidentified country? (Washington Post)
What animals will exist on Earth in a million years? Some creatures will surely survive in this era of mass extinction and climate crisis. Transformations are already underway, say scientists. According to some research, climate change is already “shaping” animals. Evolutionary biologists say it’s worth trying to imagine which creatures will evolve in the future, such as the flightless carnivorous pigeon and the fully aquatic rat-whale. (Vox)
Having trouble finding a yacht? Yacht brokers say demand is sky-high, with little to no inventory and waiting lists of months. This is in part due to pandemic supply chain disruptions. But also the rich have become even richer. (Los Angeles Times)
To say that in Los Angeles your car is an extension of your identity might be the understatement of the century. No aspect of a vehicle illustrates it better than a vanity license plate. It is both a first impression and a final reflection.
The Times spoke to the owners of 19 vanity license plates: A father wanted to commemorate an off-road experience with his son. A woman wanted to pay tribute to her favorite Canadian pop diva. And for a couple, it’s a call to be kind to each other. So what’s on your plate?
Answer to today’s quiz:
The Wonder Woman Flight of Courage mega-coaster is planned for Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia. As the Times’ Hugo Martín writes: It “will run at 58 mph, climb a 131-foot tower, and drop into an 87-degree drop along a 3,300-foot track.” It should open next summer.
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