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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health department on Monday released to the public previously secret projections for future hospital intensive care unit capacity throughout the state, the key metric for lifting the coronavirus stay-at-home order.

The days are getting longer, right? That means more time for reading, at least by my definition. Here are a half-dozen recommended paperback, if your bedside table is currently bare. "The Only Good Indians" by Stephen Graham Jones (Gallery / Saga Press, $16.99, out Jan. 26). Jones, whose work runs the gamut of horror, science fiction, crime fiction and experimental novels, here crafts "a ...

For a whole lot of reasons, it might feel right this month to focus on books that take us somewhere else — to another time and place far from here. So "The House on Vesper Sands," by Irish author Paraic O'Donnell, seemed to be dropped in my lap as a gift from the crime-fiction gods. It takes place in 1893 London, on a series of wintry nights made otherworldly, a character notices, by snow. "He ...

“Black Firsts: 500 Years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events” by Jessie Carney Smith; Visible Ink Press (704 pages; $29.95) ––– It’s painful being a pioneer. “Black Firsts: 500 Years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events” is a proud celebration of Black success. But its thousands of entries – groundbreakers in every field – often come with nagging ...

In December, I found myself moving to a new state for the third time in less than four years in pursuit of a career in journalism.

PITTSBURGH — Imagine wanting to complete an important task but not having the ability to do it because of personal limitations when, unexpectedly, a friend offers assistance. But why would that person volunteer to help? Because that's what friends do. "That's What Friends Do" is also the title of a recently published children's book by Cantor Steven Stoehr that aims to instill the importance ...

Whatever 2021 may bring — and oh, I have thoughts — it will definitely be filled with new books. Here's a roundup of 20 of the year's most eagerly awaited new titles, ranging from famous names to prestige-award winners to highly anticipated first-timers. There's surely something here for everyone. May it be a year of happy reading for us all. January "A Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which ...

Every neighborhood tells a story. In Greenwich Village, it’s one of artists, activists, and the avant-garde. On the Upper East Side, it’s about privilege, position, and power. Sometimes neighborhoods change and tell new tales. But the old stories, the lore, remain. Jim Mackin’s “Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan’s Upper West Side” collects nearly 600 of them. And they reveal an Upper West Side ...

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