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Scarcity of raw material still squeezes N95 mask makers
9/18/2020 9:22:53 AM

FRESNO (AP)—White House officials say U.S. hospitals have all the medical supplies needed to battle the deadly virus, but frontline workers, hospital officials and even the Food and Drug Administration say that's not the case. Shortfalls of medical N95 respirators—commonly referred to as N95 masks—and other gear started in March, when the pandemic hit New York. Pressure on the medical supply chain continues today, and in “many ways things have only gotten worse,” the American Medical Association president, Dr. Susan Bailey, said in a recent...

A musical concert or aggravating noise?
9/16/2020 7:26:06 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   To say the least, and I usually do, this summer has been quite a journey for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself. I can't remember a summer equal to the one we just went through. The fact that we got through it is amazing. We have been staying at home more often than usual, but I'm not complaining. What better night than the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me sharing whatever we are doing? One night this past week, I turned off the TV; we were getting ready to go to bed when my wife said, "What is that aggravating...

75 years later, Japanese man recalls bitter internment in U.S.
9/9/2020 6:43:13 PM

By Emily Wang TOKYO (AP)—When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, the first thing Hidekazu Tamura, a Japanese American living in California, thought was, “I'll be killed at the hands of my fellow Americans.” It wouldn't be the last time he felt that way. At 99, amid commemorations of Wednesday's 75th anniversary of the formal Sept. 2, 1945, surrender ceremony that ended World War II, Tamura has vivid memories of his time locked up with thousands of other Japanese Americans in U.S. internment camps. Torn between two warring nationalities, the experience led...

If only my fishing rod could talk
9/9/2020 1:40:16 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   It has been a busy week, more so than any other week. Just when I thought I was caught up, something else presented itself without my permission. That seems to be what life is all about. I remember my father telling me when I complained to him how busy my life was and how my employer wanted me to do a lot of work, "Son, that's life. To be sure, he was right. My father has been right many times, and if only I would have listened to him, I would not have experienced some of the problems that I did. Just don’t let him know I said that. In...

LUSD launches school year with new virtual arts programs, diversity curriculum
9/3/2020 9:13:39 PM

LYNWOOD—Lynwood Unified School District is leaning into a new year of distance learning with increased technology, a robust selection of virtual arts programs, and new equity curriculum that focuses on diversity and inclusion. When the school year launched on Aug. 24, students and teachers gathered in virtual classrooms and began an academic journey that will see programs reimagined. The District has expanded its arts programs and students will now receive video lessons throughout the week from The Music Center, P.S. Arts, and Conga Kids. “Providing our students with...

Stories that define us: Meet Janine
9/3/2020 9:12:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY—Each year since its inception in 1995, Family Scholar House (FSH) has served disadvantaged residential and nonresidential single moms, dads and their children with a comprehensive, holistic continuum of care that meets them where they are and empowers them toward their educational, career and family goals. All of these individuals and families have experienced poverty, unstable housing and most often, domestic violence. Those who come to FSH often rise above the challenging circumstances they’ve been dealt, and all of them deserve to be recognized. This story...

Where do we go from here?
9/2/2020 9:51:05 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was the promise that all men, yes, Black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’ It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note...

Savvy Senior - An Executor’s Guide to Settling A Loved One’s Estate
9/2/2020 9:47:30 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, My aunt recently asked me to be the executor of her will when she dies. I’m flattered that she asked, but I’m not sure what exactly the job entails. What can you tell me about this? Inquiring Niece   Dear Inquiring, Serving as the executor of your aunt’s estate may seem like an honor, but it can also be a lot of work. Here’s what you should know to help you prepare for this...

Doing nothing is harder than I thought
9/2/2020 9:34:20 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   After being so long in a lockdown situation, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage planned a short vacation time for us. It took her quite a while to put all of the pieces together, but she succeeded as always. As I was preparing for this little adventure, my wife looked at me and said, "What are you putting in that bag?" I looked at her, smiled and said, “I’m putting some projects that I want to catch up on while we’re on vacation.” I then flashed another smile in her direction. “This is going to be...

Savvy Senior - How to Prevent Falls During a Pandemic
8/26/2020 5:49:46 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, My 80-year-old mother, who lives alone and is self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic, has fallen several times. Are there any extra precautions you recommend that can help prevent this? Concerned Daughter   Dear Concerned, Falls are a common concern for many elderly adults and their families, especially during the coronavirus pandemic when many seniors are sheltering at home alone. Each year, more than 1-in-4 older Americans fall, making it the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those age 65 and older. But many falls can be...