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Highland Around Town — March 10 edition

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Charges upgraded to murder in death of Valparaiso assistant golf coach in Highland; girlfriend in custody

The Lake County Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday charged Raquel Mendoza McCormick with murder in the September death of Valparaiso University assistant golf coach Tom Brankin."

Kim Stone: Candidate For Highland Park City Council

The environmental advocate and two-term councilwoman is running for re-election to the Highland Park City Council in the April 6 elections."

Highland High School varsity cheerleaders enjoying outstanding season

ICCA named its Scholar Athletes for the season and students from Highland High School made the list again. Seniors Karlie Hooton

Urology Of St. Louis Opens New Satellite Office In Highland, Illinois

HIGHLAND- Urology of St. Louis (USL)

Lori Flores Weisskopf: Candidate For Highland Park City Council

Ahead of the April 6 consolidated municipal elections

How the small Highland Avenue Church in Elgin has thrived during the pandemic

Pastor Katie Shaw Thompson leads a Sunday service at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin that is broadcast via Zoom and YouTube. COVID-19 forced the church to turn to the internet to continue preaching to the flock

Standefer kick-starts Civic Memorial past Highland in battle of MVC powers

Civic Memorial Eagles senior Tori Standefer (1) works a fast break down the court in a basketball game played on Saturday February 13

Atria Highland Park residents, staff celebrate COVID-19 vaccine rollout: ‘We’re finally going to turn the page’

While not quite from Cupid’s bow

Illinois IDES unemployment fraud reports top 1 million; how the scam became widespread

The state of Illinois said it's now received more than 1 million reports of fraudulent unemployment benefits filed under the names of people who still have jobs."
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CDC: What to expect at your COVID vaccination appointment

The CDC is offering the following information about what you might expect at your vaccination appointment when it is your turn to receive one of the three COVID-19 vaccines.

It's important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

High temperatures across the US rise well above seasonal averages

The high temperatures across the U.S. will continue to follow a warming trend on Sunday. The Midwest and Central Plains will be flooded with warm air that will push temperatures up to 20 degrees above the average.
The weather system moving into the Pacific Northwest will bring rain and snow to the coast, with wintry conditions expected at the highest elevations.

Biden officials visited U.S.-Mexico border Saturday amid migrant influxSecretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas led a visit by Biden administration officials to the U.S. border with Mexico on Saturday amid a growing number of border crossings and criticism by Republicans that an immigration crisis is brewing.

President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has sought to reverse rigid immigration polices set up by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, whose 2016 election and four-year presidency were dominated in part by his efforts to build a border wall and reduce the number of legal and illegal migrants coming into the United States.

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AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine Deemed Effective Against South African Variant

The World Health Organization has moved to assuage concerns related to the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine in providing immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 mutation first detected in South Africa last year.
The variant is particularly contagious and has been detected in several countries where it has spread quite rapidly; one of them being the Philippines, but WHO representatives in that country have repeated guidance that dismisses earlier reports about low rates of vaccine effectiveness.

Biden meets with U.S. lawmakers on infrastructure pushPresident Joe Biden met on Thursday for more than an hour with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the White House's planned pursuit of a massive jump in spending on projects to restore crumbling U.S. infrastructure.

The big hurdle, as it has been for more than a decade, remains how to pay for trillions of dollars in new spending when neither Congress nor lawmakers have been willing to raise taxes or find new sources of revenue.

Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with House of Representatives members including Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, and congressman Sam Graves, the panel's top Republican.

U.S. envoy seeking support to shake up Afghan peace process, warring parties objectThe U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan proposed a shakeup of the stalled peace process this week, including an interim government and a conference of key players, according to diplomatic and political sources, but his plan faced immediate objections by the warring sides.

Afghan-born U.S. diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad is on a visit to Kabul, Doha and other regional capitals, his first since U.S. President Joe Biden's administration began reviewing its options for the peace process and as time runs out before a May 1 U.

Trump demands three Republican groups stop raising money off his nameFormer President Donald Trump has clashed again with his Republican Party, demanding that three Republican groups stop using his name and likeness for fundraising, a Trump adviser said on Saturday.

The adviser, confirming a report in Politico, said lawyers for Trump on Friday had sent cease-and-desist letters to the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Campaign and National Republican Senate Campaign, asking them to stop using his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise.

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