John Woolfolk, The Daily Democrat

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Recent articles by John:

California’s coronavirus testing ground: Is this the kind of place that’s ready to reopen for business?

Tiny Kings County, population 150,000 and with 457 recorded cases, has become an unlikely testing ground as California tries to unshackle its economy. What does it take to be safe to reopen? → Read More

Beach brawl! Newsom closes some of state’s beaches – Daily Democrat

The coronavirus pandemic is proving a major bummer for beachgoers — and now it’s inciting a bit of a brawl between some Southern California officials and Gov. Gavin Newsom. → Read More

Coronavirus: Gov. Gavin Newsom details plan for lifting lockdown

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a half-dozen criteria that he said would need to be met in order to lift his nearly month-long stay-at-home order to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus. → Read More

Coronavirus: Can we avoid a second wave of infections?

When they let us go out again, will we still be expected to wear masks? Will they be checking our temperatures or COVID-19 status to enter restaurants, stores and workplaces? Will there still be sn… → Read More

Coronavirus: Is social distancing lockdown working? Some see progress

While there are encouraging signs, even the most optimistic of experts are quick to insist there are too many factors — and too much at stake — for the public to relax. → Read More

Coronavirus: Masked medics asked her to step outside. Then they started singing “Happy Birthday”

A cruise ship passenger quarantined at Travis Air Force Base had to forget about her planned elaborate birthday plans, but then health officials gave her a welcome surprise she’ll never forge… → Read More

New California cases raise growing U.S. coronavirus infections

Latest cases in Sacramento, Humboldt counties. → Read More

Coronavirus: Bay Area has highest concentration of U.S. cases

U.S. authorities are taking unprecedented measures to slow spread of disease outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. → Read More

College cheating scandal spreads to online courses

For months, the nationwide college cheating scandal had been about rich parents, including Silicon Valley executives and Hollywood actresses, buying their children’s way into elite universities. La… → Read More

How could a fire incinerate a 75-foot dive boat so fast?

Coast Guard records indicated the Conception’s operator was quickly responsive to safety issues pointed out during inspections. → Read More

College Board modifies controversial SAT ‘adversity score’ after criticism

College Board CEO David Coleman said “we listened to thoughtful criticism.” → Read More

Study: California’s ‘red flag’ law may have helped reduce mass shootings – Daily Democrat

The UC Davis study examined 21 cases in which gun violence restraining orders were obtained through the courts because of potential mass shooting threats. → Read More

Bill to require priests to report confessions of child sex abuse on hold

Roman Catholic Church said bill would compel priests to violate sanctity of the holy sacrament of Reconciliation. → Read More

Is the SAT’s new ‘adversity score’ a privilege check

College applicants, here’s one more way you’ll soon be judged: your level of adversity. Last week’s revelation that the producer of the SAT entrance exam is adding an “adversity score” … → Read More

New legal woes for Catholic dioceses

The California attorney general’s recent inquiry into how the state’s Roman Catholic dioceses complied with laws requiring them to report child sex abuse threatens new legal woes for a church still… → Read More

Online shoppers take note: State is making it hard to avoid paying sales tax come April 1

Change comes in wake of U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 South Dakota v. Wayfair ruling that eliminated prior rule that retailers without physical presence in the state were not subject to sales tax… → Read More

Downpour is not done: Showers expected into the weekend

The weather service announced a coastal flood advisory from 4 to 8 a.m. Thursday for the Bay Area shoreline as well as coastal North Bay locations. → Read More

Downpour is not done in Yolo; showers expected into the weekend

The weather service announced a coastal flood advisory from 4 to 8 a.m. Thursday for the Bay Area shoreline as well as coastal North Bay locations. → Read More

What if the government owned PG&E? – Daily Democrat

Pacific Gas & Electric has long been cast as the corporate villain putting profits over public safety, from the groundwater contamination exposed by Erin Brockovich to the deadly San Bruno gas … → Read More

Two years of California wildfires deadlier than almost 30 years of U.S. quakes

More firefighters deployed in California wildfires than soldiers in Iraq, more homes destroyed than built in San Francisco last year. → Read More