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Hazelwood School District Network security issue to continue on Thursday

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Hazelwood experiences ‘network malfunction’ delaying bus routes

HAZELWOOD, Mo. – The Hazelwood School District identified a “computer network security issue” on Wednesday.

The district said they saw “unusual activity” so their Technology Department shut down all network systems. They have informed law enforcement and they are working with a third party to conduct the investigation.

The “network interruption” will continue through at least Thursday morning.

This malfunction began on Tuesday morning and impacted multiple computer systems and it caused bus routes to be delayed. It also impacted systems, including SIS, Transportation, IFAS, District Wi-Fi, Google, and the HSD Community Health Dashboard.

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Page says county health director stays despite ‘no confidence’ vote

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CLAYTON, Mo. – St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page says he’ll fight his county council over his health director and if there’s a mask mandate as well.

As we reported Tuesday, it came out in a court hearing that there is no St. Louis County mask mandate, yet Dr. Page continued to say the mandate stands.

How can Page say there’s a mandate when the county’s own lawyer—in court—said the order had been removed from the county website?

“The county’s order has been removed from the county’s website because we’re revising the order,” Page said. “Whether the order’s on the website or not, the order is in effect.”

Meanwhile, County Councilman Ernie Trakas says the opposite.

“What I tell people is there’s no enforceable mandate that you’re confronted with right now,” he said.

The mandate was issued by acting health director Dr. Faisal Khan. On Tuesday evening, Khan was voted down in his confirmation process. Yet he remains in his position.

“I think the council has spoken, that at least 5 of 7 members do not have confidence in Dr. Khan,” Trakas said. “Perhaps more than any other administrative position at this time, credibility is essential, and Dr. Khan has lost that, and it cannot be recovered.”

Page says he’ll press on.

“I mean, Dr. Khan, like all health directors in the state and in the country, is under attack,” he said.

Khan made national news in July after he reportedly flipped his middle finger to a crowd at a council meeting.

Now he’s taking heat again for an email he wrote on Nov. 23 to his staff. He thanked health employees and told them to ignore the “lunatic fringe” who oppose health orders.

“His word choice over the past week was not artful,” Page said. “It wasn’t helpful, but he’s under a great deal of stress.”

The county executive says the email was taken out of context and that Dr. Kahn’s overall message was to thank health workers for their hard work.

“I believe he should press on and get us through this pandemic,” Page said.

Trakas said, “I don’t agree with that decision, but the County Executive gets to make his choice.”

Page today saying he’s focused on what’s best for public health.

He asked, “What do you want to do? Do you want to do what’s right to protect your family?” He continued, “If you want to do that, then follow the public health experts. If you don’t want to do that then find a piece of information on the internet somewhere that you like and grab on to that.”

We reached out directly to Dr. Kahn and received no answer.

Dr. Page added that his insistence there’s a mask mandate is based on a letter from the State Health Department he claims backs his local department’s authority and that DHSS intends to appeal the recent Missouri judge decision prohibiting local health orders.

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Magic spoil Aaron Gordon’s Orlando homecoming with stunning comeback

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Magic cast a spell on the Nuggets’ offense and by the time it was over recorded a stunning comeback win here Wednesday night.

In the same city where the Nuggets made their memorable playoff run two seasons ago, the Magic, who trailed for nearly the entire game, seized a 108-103 win. Will Barton’s 3-point heave to try and tie the game with 2.9 seconds left didn’t come close, and the Nuggets fell to 10-11.

Led by 24 points from shifty guard Cole Anthony, the lowly Magic cut a rug inside the Nuggets’ paint. Orlando pasted the Nuggets inside, finishing with a 66-38 edge.

“We defended in the first quarter,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “After that, we didn’t defend anyone. … When you’re down as many guys as we are, we have to find a way to use our defense as our anchor, trust in our defense and right now we can’t do that.”

The loss spoiled Aaron Gordon’s Orlando homecoming. The former Magic foundational piece finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets in his first game back in Orlando. Nikola Jokic added 18 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, but Denver’s defense let down.

Long-time Nugget Gary Harris added 11 points, three assists and three steals in disarming his former team.

The Magic scored 61 points in the second half, chiseling away at Denver’s one-time 16-point lead. Denver mustered only 40 second-half points.

For a team already snake-bitten, Wednesday brought even more depressing news. Nuggets guards Austin Rivers and Bones Hyland both entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and are expected to miss several games as a result. Hyland didn’t test positive for COVID, according to a league source, but was forced to quarantine due to a close contact.

The only healthy guard options left were Monte Morris, Barton, Facu Campazzo and little-used Markus Howard. Morris (22 points) and Barton (14) offered their typical production, but the Nuggets’ depth got exposed after that.

Malone said he spoke with president of basketball operations Tim Connelly on Wednesday about potentially bringing someone up from the G League.

“While you’re out so many smalls and wings, it’s definitely a conversation that we need to have,” he said.

The Nuggets were either content with their lead or unconcerned with their opponent.

The Magic blitzed the Nuggets on a 22-10 run in the third quarter that shaved the deficit to just four points. Orlando’s push was built on comical turnovers and lackadaisical interior defense. On more than one occasion, Malone called a fiery timeout to question the defensive rotation or address a breakdown. Overall, the Magic dropped 32 points in the quarter alone and trailed only 83-79 entering the fourth quarter.

With the proper context, Malone wasn’t dismayed by his team’s 10-10 start.

“To be honest, I love where we’re at,” Malone said before the game. “That may sound surprising to some, but I think when you really take into account everything that we’ve gone through and are going through in these first 20 games to be 10-10 …”

The Nuggets ran a clinic in the first half against the Magic, carrying a 63-47 lead into the break. Jokic dictated the flow and dominated inside, posting 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.  Per usual, he picked apart mismatches and set his teammates up for success.

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Table Mesa King Soopers store in Boulder will reopen Jan. 20

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King Soopers announced Wednesday that it will reopen its renovated Table Mesa Drive store on Jan. 20.

The south Boulder store was the site of a mass shooting in March where 10 people died. For months, the store has been renovating the site, incorporating feedback from King Soopers employees and community members along the way.

In terms of the significance of reopening the grocery store, community leaders and grocery store representatives reiterated many of the same points: It marks a milestone in Boulder’s efforts to rebuild and recover after the shooting.

“We’ve always known that Boulder was a special place, but you’ve proven through your empathy, your strength, help and support that Boulder is so much more than a place; it’s more than a community; Boulder is our family,” Joe Kelley, King Soopers president, stated in a news release. “We know that the building is just part of what makes this store so special and that restoring it is another step in the journey as we continue to rebuild and heal.”

The store’s reopening plays a critical practical role in people’s lives, given that it remains many south Boulder residents’ grocery store of choice and the shopping center has long been a community hub for many, Mayor Aaron Brockett noted. The grocery store has been open for nearly 50 years.

But it’s also of symbolic importance in Boulder’s healing journey.

“It’s an important milestone for the community,” Brockett said.

Boulder Chamber CEO John Tayer agreed.

“King Soopers provides an important service to our community and has been a longtime neighborhood center,” he said. “At the same time, it is a milestone in our community’s recovery from that very traumatic incident.”

Ahead of officially announcing a reopening date, King Soopers in November held hiring events to ensure the store will be sufficiently staffed when it opens. The grocery store has said about 50% of its employees who worked at the Table Mesa store at the time of the shooting intend to return to work there.

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