San Francisco sues schools, cites high of suicidal students
FILE - This March 12, 2020, file photo, shows the Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced last week he was taking the dramatic step of suing the city’s own school district, which has kept its classrooms closed nearly a year. In the motion filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, Herrera included alarming testimony from hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area, doctors and parents on the emotional and mental harms of extended distance learning. San Francisco’s 52,000 public school students have been out of classes since March. Public health officials have allowed city schools to reopen since September but the district and teachers unions have not been able to finalize a deal on reopening classrooms.
The Latest: Mexico's president has negative antigen test
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MEXICO CITY __ Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador posted a video Thursday saying he had tested negative on an antigen test, after testing positive for COVID-19 about 12 days ago. State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker turned down the idea Thursday. He says, “The trend is favorable, but the situation is still very, very bad.”Spain has administered 1.67 million vaccine doses, with more than 586,000 people getting both doses. Ad___TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has received its first batch of the Russian coronavirus vaccine. Iranian state TV quoted Tehran’s ambassador to Russia, Kazem Jalali, as saying Iran has ordered 5 million doses from Russia.
San Francisco sues its own school district to reopen classes
Teachers unions in many large school districts, including San Francisco, say they won’t go back to classrooms until they are vaccinated. “Not a single San Francisco public school student has set foot in their classroom in 327 days,” Herrera said at a news conference, calling it shameful and unlawful. While the vast majority of California’s public schools have been closed since March, San Francisco schools have been allowed to reopen since September. Since the start of the pandemic, San Francisco has been on the cutting edge of COVID-19 restrictions. Newsom sidestepped direct comment on the San Francisco lawsuit, saying everyone is on the same page and wants to reopen schools safely.
The Latest: Mexico sees near-record daily coronavirus deaths
(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY — Mexico reported a near-record 1,707 confirmed coronavirus deaths Wednesday, as the country runs out of vaccines. Ad___THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:Spain surpasses 60,000 confirmed virus deaths. British officials say Oxford study backs up their decision to delay second vaccine shot for up to 12 weeks. Ad___OKLAHOMA CITY -- About 11,500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be shipped to pharmacies across Oklahoma next week, state health officials said. ___MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua’s government says it has approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.
San Francisco sues 28 alleged dealers to stop flow of drugs
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo, is a view looking up Taylor Street of the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco. San Francisco has sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where broad daylight drug dealing and drug use is common to stop the flow of drugs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent a downtown neighborhood where broad daylight drug dealing and drug use is common, in an effort to clean up the area that has seen the city's largest number of overdose deaths, authorities announced Thursday. Of the 28 alleged drug dealers named, 27 live outside of San Francisco and come to the Tenderloin from Oakland, Hayward, San Jose, Suisun City and elsewhere, officials said. He said the “commuter drug dealers” acted like “independent contractors,” selling drugs in exchange for housing.
Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts
Circuit Court of Appeals said state courts are the proper forum for the lawsuits alleging that Big Oil promoted petroleum as environmentally responsible when producers knew it was causing damage. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)LOS ANGELES Big Oil lost a pair of court battles Tuesday that could lead to trials in lawsuits by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. The oil companies strategy is to keep the light from shining on their own behavior. Oil companies got the cases transferred to San Francisco federal court, where two judges reached different conclusions. The companies had argued that federal law controls fossil fuel production, and Congress has encouraged oil and gas development.
Juul loses home turf as San Francisco bans e-cigarette sales
Juul, which is based in San Francisco and has grown to be the dominant e-cigarette maker in the United States, has been at the center of the debate. No big deal.San Francisco city officials last year approved a ban on flavored tobacco and e-cigarette liquids, a move upheld by voters. Juul last month filed paperwork in San Francisco for another ballot measure that experts say would make the flavor ban and Tuesdays e-cigarette ban unenforceable. Juul spokesman Kwong disagreed that the ballot initiative would affect the flavor ban, but said it would supersede the e-cigarette ordinance approved on Tuesday. City officials also passed a separate ordinance prohibiting the manufacture and distribution of all tobacco products on city property.feeds.reuters.com
San Francisco is 1st city in US to pass ban on e-cig sales
(CNN) - San Francisco will become the first US city to effectively ban e-cigarette sales, after the city's board of supervisors voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday. This includes sales in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online sales shipped to a San Francisco address. This puts San Francisco -- where leading e-cig maker Juul Labs is headquartered -- at the center of a tense debate. Juul is also behind a ballot initiative that experts worry could roll back the city ordinance if voters approve it in upcoming elections. "If the federal government is not going to act to protect our kids, San Francisco will."