‘This Year’s WrestleMania Most Important Of All-Time,’ Says WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston

(CBSNewYork/CBS Local) — What a difference a year can make. At this time last year, leading up to WrestleMania 35, WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston was about to experience the crown jewel of his career. He was about to shock the world by defeating Daniel Bryan to capture the first WWE Championship of his 11-year journey and embark on an improbable six-month run as the face of the SmackDown brand. The moment that night at MetLife Stadium in the shadows of New York City was the thing dreams are made of. Heading into this year’s WrestleMania, Kingston is ready to fight once again. Only this time he’s fighting alongside the rest of the world that is battling the worst pandemic in more than a century. The coronavirus outbreak forced WWE to abandon plans to run at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and instead pre-record the biggest show of the year from their considerably smaller training facility in nearby Orlando without any fans in attendance. WWE remains one of the few sports and entertainment platforms to still be churning out new content, as the vast majority of…

‘There Simply May Not Be Enough Time’ For NBA, NHL Seasons To Restart Amid Coronavirus Fears, Warns Sports Economist

(CBS Local/CBS Detroit)- The coronavirus pandemic has made an impact across industries, countries and on the lives of millions of people around the world. While professional sports is a small part of the broader picture, the pandemic has made a sizable impact there as well with leagues and organizations suspending, pausing or generally canceling their events. In the midst of this, fans and media alike have begun to speculate (and largely hope) when sports may begin again. The NBA and NHL have bandied about different ideas for a shortened end of their seasons. Major League Baseball has an agreement in place with its player’s association that could see its league year last deep into November. But, while those reports and talks give us hope of light at the end of the tunnel, there is a certain point where the cost of re-starting the season may outweigh the financial benefit of doing so. “The issue becomes, as the curve tails off and they get back to trying to run business, how much time do they have left? I think of hockey for example. It may hit…

Boyd Elementary teachers, staff reconnect with students during parade

Over two dozen vehicles meandered through a Rialto neighborhood Friday morning, April 3, steered by Boyd Elementary School teachers and staff in a spirited show of love to their students, waving and sounding the horn as they drove past. Photo MJ Duncan: A family waits eagerly as the sound of honking cars gets louder. From left: Toddler unidentified, Anna Salguero, Nathaniel Gutierrez (5th grade), Nicole Gutierrez (kinder), and Amanda Fernandez. “When we found out we wouldn’t see our kiddos again for the rest of the school year we wanted to let them know that we miss them and that we love them and we’re thinking about them,” said Boyd Principal Kaynee Correoso. Boyd Elementary School Strategist Sasha Lindblom who has worked at the school site for 22 years came up with the idea for the parade. “We want to let the kids know how much love we have,” she said emotionally. “This is a Bulldog family here… and this is my second family.” Myra Vera-Rizo brought her son Adan Vera (5th grade) and daughter Bella Vera (kinder) to greet teachers as they exited the school…

Raiders get help in secondary, agree with Damarious Randall

The Raiders wasted little time in utlilizing their new-found salary cap space after a previously agreed upon deal with Eli Apple failed to materialize, coming to terms with defensive back Damarious Randall Friday. The deal was reported by both ESPN and NFL Media as worth up to $3.25 million for one year, was confirmed by a team source but is not official. Randall played the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being a first-round pick from Arizona State by Green Bay in 2015. The Packers traded Randall to the Browns in exchange for quarterback DeShone Kizer and a swap of fourth and fifth-round draft picks before the 2018 season. Kizer is now with the Raiders, signed after the Packers released him last season. In 11 starts for the Browns last season, Randall had his first season where he didn’t record an interception. He has 14 for his career. Randall (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) played safety for Cleveland after being after starting 39 games at both left and right corner for the Packers. He could conceivably help the Raiders in both areas. The Raiders also…

Simple DIY mask-making tips to help fight coronavirus spread

A mask alone won’t protect you from the coronavirus, but they can be made at home and are helpful in some ways to help stop the spread. Continue practicing methods of staying at home, avoiding crowds and remaining six feet away from others. Here’s a few ways to make the masks. DIY in 1-2-3 Do-it-yourself face masks are not as effective as medical grade masks at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. But if you need a mask to go out or to care for someone who is sick, DIY might be your only option. Masks come in many shapes, and tutorials abound on the Internet, including no-sew versions. Here is a simple mask to sew by machine or by hand with materials you might have at home. 1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch…

US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON (AP) — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade, as employers slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. The job loss of 701,000 reported Friday by the government — the worst since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009 — is still just a small indication of what’s to come. For the April jobs report that will be released in early May, economists expect as many as a record 20 million losses and an unemployment rate of around 15%, the highest since the 1930s. The enormous magnitude of the job cuts is inflicting far-reaching damage on economies in the United States and abroad, which are widely believed to be sinking into severe recessions. As rising numbers of people lose jobs — or fear they will — consumer spending is shrinking. That pullback in spending, which is the primary driver of the economy, is intensifying pressure on those…

Coronavirus: How many Californians are really infected?

Even as California’s confirmed COVID-19 cases swelled beyond 10,000 on Thursday, nearly six times as many tests still await processing. “Those labs are overwhelmed by the demand,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a Thursday press briefing, where he announced that nearly 60,000 tests have yet to be completed. “The backlogs are not necessarily getting better in real time.” What’s the real number of Californians who are infected? The question comes at a crucial time when families are trying to decide who needs isolation and treatment. It’s hard to manage what you can’t measure. If California’s true infection rate reflects what’s been seen in the NBA – where Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert, and at least another eight of 75, or 13%, of players tested have tested positive – we’d see 5.2 million California cases. If we’re instead more like Italy, with a 0.12% infection rate, we’d have 48,000 cases. California’s current infection rate – 10,000 for 40 million residents – puts us closer to 0.025%. But all of those are guesses. Because of limited testing, we have no way of knowing the true number of cases.…

New remote teaching is learning experience for California’s teachers, students

With California schools remaining closed longer than initially anticipated in response to the coronavirus pandemic, most districts are planning to start more formal distance learning programs in April, after their spring break. In the meantime, teachers have had to be creative to keep students engaged and learning after campuses shut down in March. Teachers who are tech-savvy and are working at schools that have enough computers or tablets for all students have started teaching online, while others are communicating with students and their families about suggested reading or assignments on education-based web services, such as Google Classroom or Schoology. They have also been emailing or texting students and parents. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution,” said Kim Minugh, an English teacher at Encina Preparatory High School in Sacramento. “That’s true in public education in general. What works at one school won’t work for another and what works for one kid won’t work for another.” When schools closed, Minugh and other teachers in the San Juan Unified School District were instructed to review previous lessons and offer students enrichment resources to enhance their learning, instead of introducing new concepts.…

County to Receive Nearly $2 Million in COVID-19 Emergency Containment Funds

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The Board of Supervisors is slated next week to direct the Emergency Management Department to accept a $1.8 million federal grant to cover a range of costs directly tied to Riverside County’s coronavirus mitigation efforts. The allotment, which will be disbursed by the California Department of Public Health, is among the grant awards made available under the Coronavirus Preparedness & Response Supplemental Appropriations Act signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 6. “This one-time funding is intended to reimburse the county for COVID- 19 crisis response for the period March 5, 2020, through March 15, 2021,” according to an Executive Office statement posted to the Board of Supervisors’ agenda. “The funding is critical support from the federal government to assist in the response to the ongoing pandemic.” Almost 500 county residents have been infected, resulting in 14 deaths as of Thursday, according to the Riverside University Health System. The grant will cover costs stemming from resource obligations, supply acquisitions, including surgical gloves and masks, equipment acquisitions, including ventilators, and the procurement of food and basic office implements, according to the…

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