Day: February 7, 2021

Alex Hall’s NH High Schools: Players, coaches, administrators and fans are jumping though hoops | Sports

BEFORE they can shoot at a hoop or goal, take a lap in the pool or step onto the mountain, Spaulding High winter sports athletes begin practices and games by having their temperatures checked and answering a set of COVID-19 screening questions.

At Goffstown High, if players were part of the hybrid group that was in school that day, they can change clothes before practice. But those who were remote must arrive in their practice gear.

Like many other schools, Spaulding and Goffstown require their players and coaches to wear masks at all times.

These are only a few of the seemingly countless measures school districts and high school athletic directors have implemented this winter to best protect their teams from contracting COVID-19 and allow them to play.

“It’s the new normal,” Goffstown Athletic Director Justin Hufft said. “It’s what we have to do to have a season.”

Trinity High

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Texas governor praises DeSoto beauty supply store owner in speech

Lynn’s Beauty Depot opened during the pandemic. Gov. Abbott described the small Black-owned business as a lifeline to other entrepreneurs.

DESOTO, Texas — A new beauty supply shop in North Texas is getting recognized for its owner’s determination and decision to open during the pandemic. 

Lynn’s Beauty Depot opened at 1488 N. Hampton Road in Desoto in June 2020. It’s the first Black-owned, veteran-owned and woman-owned beauty supply store in the city. 

“We took a huge chance,” said owner Rodesia Scott.

Scott, a U.S. Navy veteran, said she took a risk opening a business during a time when coronavirus was forcing other shops to close. 

Governor Gregg Abbott and his team heard about the entrepreneur’s efforts.

“Rodesia opened a brick and mortar beauty supply store in the middle of a pandemic,” said Abbott. 

The governor highlighted Scott and other Texans during his State of the State address this week. 


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Bell County youths show off their style, skills in Fashion Revue | News

BELTON — The Fashion Revue of the Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show went without a hitch Saturday afternoon at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

The 16 contestants — all girls except for an 8-year-old boy — walked the runway in the Special Events Room, upstairs from the Assembly Hall. Family members and friends applauded and took photos.

“We’re thankful to be able to be here,” said Jennifer Smith, Fashion Revue superintendent. “So many shows have been cancelled. We’re doing everything we can to keep this fair going for the kids.”

The grand champion award went to Grace Pohl of Tigertown 4-H Club, and reserve grand champion to Jessalyn Payne of Stampede Creek 4-H Club. Payne won champion in the senior specialty division to qualify for the higher award.

Pohl, 19, won champion in the senior division of formal and evening wear. She wore an orange, floor-length

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New California bill aims to accelerate reopening of Disneyland and other major theme parks

For nearly a year, Disneyland and California’s other large theme parks have mostly been quiet, shuttered to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some, like Disneyland and Magic Mountain in Valencia, have seen a different kind of visitor in their new roles as mass vaccination sites. 
Now lawmakers in Southern California are proposing a bill that would speed up reopening, ahead of the state’s plans.

On Thursday, Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, and Suzette Martinez Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, introduced a bipartisan bill, AB420, that could potentially see large amusement parks reopen at the same time as medium-sized ones, in the orange tier. That tier indicates moderate spread of COVID-19, with daily cases ranging from 1 to 3.9 new daily cases per 100,000 people.

Both assemblymembers represent areas that have been impacted by theme park closures; Quirk-Silva’s district includes West Anaheim, where Disneyland is, as well as Buena Park, home to Knott’s

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Mike Lindell’s Election Fraud Movie ‘Absolute Proof’ Has Absolutely No Proof

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has released “Absolute Proof,” his documentary purporting to explain the unfounded claims of election fraud, and it’s just as unhinged as you’d expect.

Lindell published the “docu-movie” on Vimeo and YouTube, and published it to Facebook, early Friday.

YouTube deleted the video on Friday after VICE News flagged the content. A spokesperson for the company said the video “violated our presidential election integrity policy.” The video had been viewed tens of thousands of times before YouTube took it down.

On his own website, Lindell has now resorted to using a version of the video hosted on Rumble, a YouTube-alternative that has become popular with the far right and QAnon followers.

But Lindell also purchased airtime on the far-right One America Network. Prior to airing the documentary, OAN aired a lengthy statement attempting to distance itself from the potentially defamatory claims it was about to air.

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