Warriors: Jeremy Lin looks to show that he still has NBA game with G League return

Jeremy Lin turned down a seven-figure salary to play, once again, in the NBA’s minor league. Why? Why else? He wants to be invited back to the show. Lin, 32, eschewed playing a second season in the Chinese Basketball Association to join the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA G League bubble in near Orlando, Florida. Four years senior to even his oldest teammate — and a decade senior to some — the former Golden State Warrior and New York phenomenon is out to show that he still has what it takes to play in the Association. The plan might sound crazy to come, but for Lin, it was the only logical choice. He broke it down Tuesday in his first news conference since joining the Sea Dubs. Related Articles Kurtenbach: Steph Curry says the Warriors’ title window is wide open. Believe him. Warriors’ James Wiseman out at least a week with a sprained left wrist Mailbag: How happy are the Warriors with Andrew Wiggins? Draymond’s best beefs: McGruder can’t hold a candle to LeBron, Barkley feuds with Warriors’ trash-talk king Point Draymond Green unleashed…

Jeremy Lin looks to show that he still has NBA game with G-League return

Jeremy Lin turned down a seven-figure salary to play, once again, in the NBA’s minor league. Why? Why else? He wants to be invited back to the show. Lin, 32, eschewed playing a second season in the Chinese Basketball Association to join the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA G-League bubble in Orlando. Four years senior to even his oldest teammate — and a decade senior to some — the former Golden State Warrior and New York phenomenon is out to show that he still has what it takes to play in the Association. The plan might sound crazy to come, but for Lin, it was the only logical choice. He broke it down Tuesday in his first press conference since joining the Sea Dubs. Related Articles Kurtenbach: Steph Curry says the Warriors’ title window is wide open. Believe him. Warriors’ James Wiseman out at least a week with a sprained left wrist Mailbag: How happy are the Warriors with Andrew Wiggins? Draymond’s best beefs: McGruder can’t hold a candle to LeBron, Barkley feuds with Warriors’ trash-talk king Point Draymond Green unleashed and other takeaways…

Review: ‘Malcolm & Marie’ will impress you — is that enough?

Ever been trapped between a couple engaged in a volatile and cruel argument, but had no exit plan? That’s kind of what you are in for when you embark on the long day’s journey into night (and dawn) of “Malcolm & Marie,” a literate, verbal smackdown between two self-absorbed L.A. types arguing about art, life and an L.A. Times film critic. It makes for an artsy, sometimes uncomfortable, intermittently interesting two-person movie conceived and shot during the pandemic by Sam Levinson, creator of HBO’s “Euphoria.” What makes this ode to disharmony bearable is that the two people taking target practice at each other are played by Oakland’s Zendaya and “Tenet’s” John David Washington. Both are tremendous as muse and creator rejoicing and bickering after what Malcolm (Washington) declares — a number of shouted times — “the biggest night of my life,” the Hollywood premiere for a film of which he is writer, producer and director, and which he sees as his possible big breakthrough. But this is not destined to be joyous night from the minute Marie and Malcolm return to their artfully designed Malibu…

House approves fines for those who evade security

By Annie Grayer and Kristin Wilson | CNN The House of Representatives has officially created a new rule that will fine any member for failing to complete security screening prior to entering the House floor. With the passing of this rule Tuesday evening, members who fail to comply with security screenings will be fined $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for a second offense. These fines would be deducted directly from members’ salaries by the chief administrative officer. When metal detectors were installed outside of the House floor January 12 for all members and staffers to walk through, many lawmakers aired their frustrations. Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who filmed a campaign advertisement vowing to carry her handgun around Capitol Hill prior to arriving in Washington, was also involved in a standoff with Capitol Police while trying to get on the floor when the metal detectors were newly installed. Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland tried to take a concealed firearm on the House floor. On Tuesday evening, lawmakers appeared compliant with the new security measures and went through the metal detectors before…

Oakland passes emergency ‘hazard pay’ ordinance; grocers must pay workers an extra $5 per hour

OAKLAND — Employees of large grocery stores in Oakland will get a $5-per-hour raise after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed an emergency ordinance mandating the “hazard pay” until the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Oakland joined Long Beach, Seattle and Santa Monica in taking that measure. Other cities, including Berkeley, San Jose and Los Angeles, are considering similar actions, which have been urged by workers and their unions but condemned by the retail grocery industry. “We can help get the lowest paid essential workers paid at a time when companies are reaping profits,” said Oakland Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, who introduced the ordinance along with Councilmember Noel Gallo, during the council meeting. The emergency ordinance applies immediately to large grocery stores — which it defines as “15,000 square feet in size …  that (sell) primarily household foodstuffs” and employ 500 or more people nationwide. Such stores in Oakland include Cardenas Markets, Safeway/Albertsons, Save Mart, Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, according to a city memo. Many grocery stores bumped up workers’ pay in the early months of the pandemic but most stopped doing so…

Explainer: Myanmar, Burma and why the names matter

By Kim Tong-Hyung and Hyung-Jin Kim | Associated Press This week, the military upended years of quasi-democratic rule in Myanmar, with soldiers taking control of the country in a carefully orchestrated coup. The military said the seizure of power was necessary because the government had failed to act on its unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in November elections, which the party of the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, won in a landslide. It claims the takeover was legal. But where exactly did the coup happen? Was it in Myanmar, as the the country is officially called? Or was it in Burma, the name Washington continues to use? Video: UN official says world needs to pressure Myanmar The answer is complicated. Because when it comes to Myanmar, pretty much everything is political. Including language. Why are there two names for one country? For generations, the country was called Burma, after the dominant Burman ethnic group. But in 1989, one year after the ruling junta brutally suppressed a pro-democracy uprising, military leaders suddenly changed its name to Myanmar. By then, Burma was an international…

Sierra snow grows, but Bay Area has 3rd biggest rainfall deficit since 1849

California’s water picture is heading in two different directions. A major storm last week and a more modest system Tuesday continued to boost the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the source of one-third of the state’s water supply, in promising ways. But the Bay Area and most cities across Northern California remain stuck in one of the worst two-year rainfall deficits seen since the 1849 Gold Rush. Less than weeks ago on Jan. 24, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, a vast frozen reservoir of water, was at of 38% its historic average. By Tuesday, like a dazed prize fighter getting up off the mat, the snowpack had climbed to a respectable 68% after last week’s atmospheric river dumped more than 7 feet of new snow across the Tahoe Basin, and up to 9 feet at Mammoth Mountain. And that’s not all. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Wednesday morning for the Central and Northern Sierra, with chain controls on I-80, and up to 2 more feet of snow is expected to fall by late Wednesday. That should send the statewide Sierra snowpack…

Half of all Contra Costa County residents over 75 issued vaccine appointments

All residents at least 75 years old who registered online to receive a coronavirus vaccine dose in Contra Costa County have now received an appointment, the county’s health director said Tuesday. Those who met the criteria were emailed notices about their appointment schedules. They make up roughly half of all Contra Costa County residents in that age group. County Health Director Anna Roth told the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting that everyone who received a notice should make sure they respond to it in order to be inoculated against COVID-19. “You should have gotten an email from us,” Roth said. “Now is the time to check — check your email or spam folders, or call us because we want to hear from you.” Some at Tuesday’s meeting questioned whether emails were the most effective way to reach elderly residents and pointed out that calling to make or verify appointments isn’t easy. “It takes time and technological know-how to get an appointment,” Yehudit Lieberman, a 77-year-old Pleasant Hill resident, told the board. “Your signup form is really great, but still I have had to persist…

Alameda schools plan mass COVID-19 testing

ALAMEDA — The Alameda school district will begin an ambitious program Wednesday to test all its employees and students for COVID-19 as it works to reopen elementary schools under a hybrid model March 8. Testing will start with employees who are already on campuses. It will then expand to students who are going to schools for learning hubs and small group instruction. Under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed “Safe Schools for All” plan announced Dec. 30, districts must submit a plan to test all students and staff before reopening their campuses to students once the county case rate falls to 25 cases per 100,000 residents. The plans must be based on what state and local health orders say is safe for resuming in-person instruction. As of Monday, the case rate for Alameda County was 28.9 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the district. The governor’s plan calls for weekly testing for all staff and students if the case rate is greater than 14 cases per 100,000 residents. And biweekly testing if the case rate is less than 14 cases per 100,000 residents. “Initiating a large-scale public…

Bay Area TV Sports: What to watch on Wednesday-Thursday

NOTE:  Due to COVID-19 cancellations or postponements, listed game times and dates may change. Wednesday TV/Radio College men’s basketball Xavier at DePaul 2 p.m. FS1 South Carolina at Florida 3:30 p.m. SEC LSU at Alabama 4 p.m. ESPNU Kentucky at Missouri 4 p.m. ESPN2 Seton Hall at Providence 4 p.m. FS1 Louisville at Syracuse 4 p.m. ACC Tulane at Wichita State 5 p.m. XX Vanderbilt at Texas A&M 5:30 p.m. SEC SMU at Tulsa 6 p.m. ESPNU Oklahoma State at TCU 6 p.m. ESPN2 Georgetown at Creighton 6 p.m. FS1 Villanova at St. John’s 6 p.m. CBSSN Virginia at N. Carolina State 6 p.m. ACC San Diego State at New Mexico 8 p.m. FS1 Golf European Tour: Saudi International midnight GOLF Horse racing Trackside Live 9 a.m. TVG Race Night 5 p.m. TVG International racing 9 p.m. TVG NBA Pacers at Bucks 4:15 p.m. ESPN Suns at Pelicans 6:30 p.m. ESPN NHL Red Wings at Lightning 2:30 p.m. NBCSN Bruins at Flyers 5 p.m. NBCSN Soccer Premier: Manchester City vs. Burnley 9:55 a.m. NBCSN Premier: Brighton-Hove Albion vs. Liverpool 12:10 a.m. NBCSN CONCACAF: Alajuelense vs. Deportivo Saprissa 7 p.m. FS2 Tennis ATP/WTA 3:30 p.m. TENNIS ATP/WTA (early Thurs.) 3 a.m. TENNIS Thursday TV/Radio College men’s basketball Ohio State at…

Super Bowl ad preview: Dolly Parton reimagines ‘9 to 5’

Super Bowl LV is just days away and once again companies are forking over huge amounts of money — at least $5.6 million — to advertise in the big game. Are they getting enough bang for their bucks? You make the call. Over the next few days, we’ll provide sneak peeks at some of the ads and you can give them a thumbs up or down by voting in our poll. Here we have a spot from Squarespace, which recruited Dolly Parton to reimagine the lyrics to her iconic song “9 to 5” as “5 to 9.” It’s a commercial encouraging people who are fed up with their regular jobs to use their off hours to establish exciting new creative ventures via their own websites. It’s Parton’s first-ever Super Bowl ad and it was directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”). Check it out and weigh in on our poll. Take Our Poll  

Biden administration to send vaccines to pharmacies

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. pharmacies, part of its plan to ramp up vaccinations as new and potentially more serious virus strains are starting to appear, the White House said Tuesday. Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said starting next week some 6,500 pharmacies around the country will receive a total of 1 million doses of vaccine. The number of participating pharmacies, and the allocation of vaccines, are expected to accelerate as drugmakers increase production. Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines, and the industry is capable of vaccinating tens of millions of people monthly. “This will provide more sites for people to get vaccinated in their communities,” said Zients. The partnership with drug stores was originally announced by the Trump administration last November. At that time, no coronavirus vaccines had been approved. Zients also announced an increase in doses the government is shipping to states, territories and some major metropolitan areas. Those will now total 10.5 million doses across all jurisdictions, up from 10 million announced last week.…

Kurtenbach: Steph Curry says the Warriors’ title window is wide open. Believe him

Amid this season of transition and mercurial play, one question has remained at the epicenter of all things Warriors: How open is this team’s championship window? If you ask Steph Curry, it’s wide open. And that’s with the Warriors as is. Are you going to tell him he’s wrong? I’m not. At least not yet. Related Articles Warriors’ James Wiseman out at least a week with a sprained left wrist Mailbag: How happy are the Warriors with Andrew Wiggins? Draymond’s best beefs: McGruder can’t hold a candle to LeBron, Barkley feuds with Warriors’ trash-talk king Point Draymond Green unleashed and other takeaways from Warriors’ win over Pistons Kurtenbach: Kelly Oubre’s Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde play is the Warriors’ biggest issue Curry saved the franchise, took the team to five straight NBA Finals, has three rings on his fingers, and in his age-33 season is still playing at an MVP level. Title windows never last as long as you’d expect, but in this case, Curry deserves the benefit of the doubt when he said, without hesitation or a sign of doubt, that the Warriors are in…

Who’s eligible for COVID vaccines now: A state-by-state list

The Associated Press has compiled the following list of state-by-state COVID-19 vaccination eligibility. It plans to update the information over the weeks ahead. Click the arrow at the chart’s upper right corner to advance through the alphabetical list. More information: California’s vaccination program and local availability. Related Articles Biden administration to send vaccines to pharmacies Capt. Tom, WWII vet and UK fundraising hero, dies at 100 Two Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores will close in Long Beach Coronavirus: Gov. Newsom, lawmakers in talks on school reopening path Chart: Track California coronavirus vaccinations by county

Cal Shakes announces a season lineup like none other before

California Shakespeare Theater is planning to share its stage with commuity and arts groups in 2021. The company, most often referred to as Cal Shakes, is calling it the 2021 Season of Shared Light and it calls for opening up its Bruns Amphitheater to several different Bay Area organizations that are in the need of outdoor performance space during the COVID-19 pandemic. “At Cal Shakes, many of our performances take place — not in the relative anonymity of a dark theater — but under the sun,” says Artistic Director Eric Ting explaining the meaning behind Shared Light. “It’s a thing I’ve come to love (and miss dearly): actors and audience alike, in full view of one another, relinquishing the control we normally associate with the theater and instead navigating the complexity of each other’s very real presence across the arc of a performance, cohabiting the shared light of our space. “We’ve done a lot of reflection this past year, about the need to respond to these recent crises with compassion and humility; and have thought long and hard about how Cal Shakes might return in…

California teacher on leave after pornography appeared on screen during a virtual class

A teacher at a Long Beach High School is on paid leave after students said pornography appeared on the screen during a virtual class on Friday, Jan. 29. Students said the Millikan High teacher, Thomas Lind, was screensharing with the class before calling roll in a QUEST Senior Project class early Friday. Students reported watching a pornographic website appear on the screen while search terms related to “high school,” including “high school girls,” were typed in. Lind did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Friday and Monday, Feb. 1. “Our school district received reports today that inappropriate material was shared on screen during a distance-learning class period at Millikan High School,” Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou said in a Friday statement. “The school district has notified the school community by email that we are investigating the matter,” he said. “Administrative leave allows the school district an opportunity to investigate the concerns.” Related Articles Coronavirus: Gov. Newsom, lawmakers in talks on school reopening path Parents push to recall East Bay school board members after they failed to reopen campuses Letters: Reopening…

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