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Jan 17,
Sara Rodriguez recently graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in social welfare.

But she still has a 20 year old marijuana felony on her record and worries that her career could hit roadblocks

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latimes.com/california/sto… Sara Rodriguez, 39, has a marijuana conviction that’s near When California voters legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2016, one of the promises was the creation of a legal pathway through the courts for clearing many past marijuana-related convictions or reducing them to a lesser charge.
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Jan 14,
It started with a small plane crash in the woods and became a national obsession. #Yellowjackets, which ends its first season on Sunday, has become a north star for TV viewers since it premiered on @Showtime in November.
latimes.com/entertainment-… Part survival drama, part witchy mystery, it follows the members of a girls high school soccer team — and, 25 years later, the grown-up survivors — who get stranded in the wilderness for 18 months after their aircraft goes down on the way to a tournament. latimes.com/entertainment-…
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Jan 14,
Breaking: About 130,000 LAUSD students — approximately one-third of district enrollment — have been absent from school during the first days back from winter break. latimes.com/california/sto… Teachers and employee absences have remained high, so administrators and substitute teachers have stepped in. All schools have remained open for in-person learning this week.

Supt. Alberto Carvalho said the district will continue to push information that schools are safe.
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Jan 14,
Mountain resort areas like Big Bear have long been vacation destinations. But during the pandemic, the number of visitors has spiked.

And while the influx of visitors bodes well for the local economy, it has strained the Bear Valley’s workforce. latimes.com/california/sto… Throughout this winter season and last, residents, workers and business owners in Big Bear have dealt with increased exposure to the coronavirus, understaffing, shortages of essential services, housing shortages, traffic and parking congestion, and litter.
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Jan 14,
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced Friday that it was delaying its annual homeless census by a month because of the risks posed by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. latimes.com/homeless-housi… Authorities in Los Angeles canceled the homeless census last year during the winter surge of COVID-19.

As a result, officials have had trouble getting a handle on how the pandemic has influenced the size of the region’s homeless population. latimes.com/homeless-housi…
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Jan 14,
This 90-year-old family business acts as a supermarket to ships and seafarers — an especially tough task these days.

@RonWLATimes reports on what it’s been like for Harbor Ship Supply amid the COVID-19 pandemic and global supply chain crisis. latimes.com/business/story… When ships arrive from distant ports, Harbor Ship Supply is called upon to restock them with a wide variety of goods, including groceries, tools and all manner of gifts for sailors' friends and family back home.

“You name it, we’ve delivered it.” latimes.com/business/story…
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Jan 13,
“California’s Board of Parole Hearings recently found that Sirhan is suitable for parole. I disagree,” writes @GavinNewsom for @latimesopinion. latimes.com/opinion/story/… “After carefully reviewing the case, including records in the California State Archives, I have determined that Sirhan has not developed the accountability and insight required to support his safe release into the community.”
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Jan 13,
Breaking: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday refused to parole the man convicted of gunning down Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles, a brazen assassination of a presidential candidate that scarred the nation and altered the course of American politics.

latimes.com/california/sto… A two-person state parole panel recommended in August that Sirhan Sirhan be paroled, influenced in part by two of Kennedy’s children, who have advocated for his release. latimes.com/california/sto…
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Jan 13,
Musician John Mayer and comedian Jeff Ross teared up while swapping stories about their love for Bob Saget while they were retrieving their mutual friend’s car from the airport Wednesday. latimes.com/entertainment-… The pair went live on Mayer’s Instagram while driving on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles after picking up Saget’s “immaculate,” “junk car” Prius from an LAX parking lot, where the late actor had left it before a flight to Florida. latimes.com/entertainment-… Image
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Jan 13,
Is the pandemic-set "Station Eleven" great TV or not? We fight it out. latimes.com/entertainment-… Since its debut last month, the HBO show has drawn acclaim from critics. latimes.com/entertainment-…
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Jan 13,
Bosses are recommitting to their company offices — even as Omicron extends remote work for many employees.

@rogervincent reports:
latimes.com/business/story… “The thought that offices are dead is far from reality,” a CBRE broker told @rogervincent.

Yet, the number of people working in offices has been low since the start of the pandemic and then dropped substantially when the Omicron variant surged. latimes.com/business/story…
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Jan 13,
Prices for goods and services increased 7% in the last year, the highest inflation rate in nearly four decades.

@j_dingdingding spoke with economists to understand what’s happening. latimes.com/business/story… What’s driving inflation?

Two words: supply chain. Consumers are eager to spend, and suppliers aren’t able to keep up with the demand.

COVID caused enduring problems with the shipping, unloading and delivery of goods around the country. latimes.com/business/story…
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Jan 12,
Eight days. No windows.

Comedian @jenmurphycomedy documents her COVID cruise ship quarantine.
latimes.com/entertainment-… "I know what you’re thinking: Who are these fools getting on a cruise ship at the height of a 'third wave'? Entertainers who desperately need to make money! Or at least that’s my reasoning. I can’t speak for the other 1,799 people boarding that ship." latimes.com/entertainment-… Image
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Jan 12,
Want to be in control of your money instead of the other way around?

Get started on your personal finance journey by making a budget.

@jessica_roy shows you how: latimes.com/business/newsl… "Think of your dollars as your employees...They’re going to be at their most productive when you act like their boss and give them assignments," writes @jessica_roy. latimes.com/business/newsl…
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Jan 12,
“Squid Game” made history as the first non-English-language TV series and the first Korean series to score a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award. #SAGAwards latimes.com/entertainment-… “Squid Game” stars Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon also landed individual nominations for actor and actress in a drama series, respectively. latimes.com/entertainment-…
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Dec 31, 2021
Betty White, a television pioneer and Emmy-winning actress whose long career, often in comedic roles, took flight again in her late 80s, has died. latimes.com/obituaries/sto… From January 2021: 10 fun facts to know about Betty White on her 99th birthday. latimes.com/entertainment-…
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Dec 31, 2021
How will California’s new labor laws change our workplaces in 2022? Among the measures, @margotroosevelt breaks down some of the most momentous ⬇️ latimes.com/business/story… California’s hourly minimum wage will rise to more than twice the federal $7.25 level. Beginning January 1, the statewide floor rises to $15 for employers with 26 or more employees, and to $14 for those with 25 or fewer. latimes.com/business/story…
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Dec 31, 2021
2021 is coming to a close.

Here are some of the moments our photojournalists captured over the past year.

📸: @WallySkalij latimes.com/california/sto… 📸: @MelMelconPhoto latimes.com/california/sto…
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Dec 31, 2021
For our #TheEnvelope 🎙️podcast, we talked to Adam McKay (@GhostPanther), director of Netflix’s star-studded end-of-the-world dark comedy @dontlookupfilm 🎬 link.chtbl.com/LATEnvelope?si… #TheEnvelope🎙️

In this episode, McKay talked about the film 🎬, shared what he *discovered* after re-reading the script in Covid lockdown, told us why he stopped arguing 🗣️with folks on social media about politics, and more 🔊 link.chtbl.com/LATEnvelope?si…
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Dec 30, 2021
#BobaFett had just four lines in "Empire Strikes Back." Here's how he ended up with his own TV show.
latimes.com/entertainment-… #TheBookofBobaFett fills in some gaps about what Fett has been up to between the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi” and his appearance in “The Mandalorian.” latimes.com/entertainment-…
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Dec 30, 2021
After two of California’s driest years on record, a spectacularly stormy December blanketed the Sierra Nevada with heavy snow, giving a major boost to the state’s water supplies.

latimes.com/california/sto… The state’s mountain snowpack now stands at about 160% of average for this time of year, state officials said Thursday as they conducted the first snow survey of the season.
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