NEWS OF THE DAY

From Across the Na­tion

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - NATION -

_1 Teach­ers strike: A ma­jor teach­ers strike in Los An­ge­les is planned for Mon­day after a union re­jected a new offer from the na­tion’s sec­ond-largest school district and de­clared an im­passe in ne­go­ti­a­tions. After talks Fri­day, the union rep­re­sent­ing teach­ers in the Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School District an­nounced that the new offer is “woe­fully in­ad­e­quate.” The offer in­cluded adding nearly 1,200 teach­ers, coun­selors, nurses and li­brar­i­ans, re­duc­ing class sizes by two stu­dents, and cap­ping class sizes to 32 to 39 stu­dents. The offer also in­cluded a 6 per­cent salary in­crease over the first two years of a three­year con­tract. The union, United Teach­ers Los An­ge­les, wants a 6.5 per­cent hike that would take effect at once and be retroac­tive to fis­cal 2017.

_2 Deadly fire: An el­derly Man­hat­tan cou­ple died in a blaze that en­gulfed their lux­ury high-rise apart­ment be­fore dawn Satur­day and sent flames roar­ing out the win­dows. The fire at the River House on East 52nd Street started just after 5 a.m. in the cou­ple’s ninth-floor apart­ment, fill­ing its dozen or so rooms with smoke. Mary Merow, 85, and her hus­band, John Merow, 89, were killed. Three firefighters were hos­pi­tal­ized with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries. The cause of the blaze at the Art Deco build­ing is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The pala­tial River House was built in 1931, with a 26-story tower and two 15-story wings. It’s been home to no­table res­i­dents in­clud­ing Henry Kissinger, Uma Thur­man and Sec­re­tary of Com­merce Wil­bur Ross Jr.

_3 Child with gun: A hand­gun was con­fis­cated from a kinder­gart­ner walk­ing into school in Colum­bus, Ohio, after some­one re­ported that the 6-yearold boy ap­peared to have a heavy ob­ject in his pants. Colum­bus po­lice didn’t dis­close whether the gun was loaded Fri­day when it was taken from a stu­dent at Colum­bus Afri­cen­tric Early Col­lege. A photo shared by po­lice showed bul­lets with the seized firearm. Po­lice say the boy won’t be charged be­cause he’s so young. They’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing where he got the weapon.

_4 Of­fi­cer sen­tenced: A for­mer Philadel­phia po­lice of­fi­cer was or­dered to serve three to 12 months in county jail for killing a man while drag rac­ing with an­other of­fi­cer two years ago. Adam Soto fought back tears Fri­day while beg­ging for for­give­ness from the vic­tim’s fam­ily dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing. Soto, who was fired shortly after the Jan. 31, 2017, crash, pleaded guilty in Oc­to­ber to a felony charge of homi­cide by ve­hi­cle. Au­thor­i­ties say Soto was speed­ing near a high school when he hit 50-year-old Daniel Dim­itri.

_5 Orca calf: Re­searchers say there is a new calf among the pop­u­la­tion of crit­i­cally en­dan­gered killer whales that live in the wa­ters be­tween Wash­ing­ton state and Canada. Ken Bal­comb of the Cen­ter for Whale Re­search said staff first saw the calf last week at the east­ern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The whales have been starv­ing amid a dearth of salmon. No calf born in the past three years has sur­vived.

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