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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz announces campaign for governor

Jun. 23, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a critic of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, announced Wednesday that she is running for Massachusetts governor next year — adding another Democrat candidate to a burgeoning campaign. ...

California school coach fired after tortillas thrown at team

Jun. 23, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego-area school district voted Tuesday night to fire the head basketball coach after tortillas were hurled at a team from a mostly Latino high school. The Coronado Unified School Board voted 5-0 in a closed session to release JD Laaperi...

Watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic

Jun. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims. ...

Tortillas thrown at team from Latino California school

Jun. 21, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego-area school district has apologized for an incident in which tortillas were hurled at a basketball team from a mostly Latino high school after a championship game. The tortillas were thrown at players from Orange Glen High after they...

Ex-Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman running for AG

Jun. 21, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman formally launched a run for attorney general Monday, becoming the latest challenger to embattled GOP incumbent Ken Paxton. Guzman, a Republican who spent more than a decade on Texas' highest court before...

Report: Greenwich special education needs urgent reform

Jun. 21, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A report evaluating the special education program in Greenwich schools recommends school officials act urgently to make changes and reforms, according to a summary released before a special school board meeting on Wednesday. The summary of the...

Dream big: Latino teen to be 1st in family to attend college

Jun. 21, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Edgar Omar Dominguez Casalez was 15, he received two lifelines — his mentor, Carlos Reyes, and a horse, Canelo. Both play important, though different, roles in what’s becoming a remarkable Minnesota journey. Now 18, Dominguez Casalez will...

Arizona researchers to study cross-border childhood asthma

Jun. 19, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Arizona will be launching a study of how prone Hispanic children are to asthma in Tucson compared with their peers on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora. The study will follow 500 pregnant...

Top US health official visits Colorado to promote vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited a mobile vaccine clinic near Denver on Friday to promote COVID-19 shots among underserved communities of color that have some of the nation's lowest vaccination rates. He also met with...

Beyond "In the Heights," colorism persists, rarely addressed

Jun. 18, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

Every year, Hollywood inevitably comes under criticism for its lack of racial diversity. But another lesser-known yet still pervasive problem also resurfaces: the lack of diversity in skin tone. It happened again with “In the Heights,” a big-budget film based on the...