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COVID curbs spark protests

PROTESTS – some of them violent – have broken out in Europe and elsewhere in response to measures to curb rising numbers of new coronavirus cases (Shutterstock).

A three-week lockdown in Austria to attempt to curb surging coronavirus infections has been answered by protests which have turned violent.

According to United Press International, police in Rotterdam opened fire with guns and water cannons in what they termed a “riot.” Some protesters threw rocks and fireworks at police, authorities reported, and also set police cars on fire. At least seven people have been injured and 51 arrested.

Rising COVID-19 cases prompted Prime Minister Mark Rutte to impose the lockdown. Other restrictions have led to protests – some violent – in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Italy and the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. In each case new cases have spiked in recent weeks and vaccination rates are among the lowest in the developed world, according to the Associated Press.

Sports: Bruins overpower Trojans

In one of the highest-scoring games in their long rivalry, the UCLA Bruins football team defeated the USC Trojans 62-33 on Saturday at the Coliseum.

UCLA Bruins

Bruin quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw two early interceptions, but recovered to complete 16-of-22 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 46 yards and two TDs.

For USC, quarterback Jaxson Dart was 26-for-44 passing, totaling 320 yards and one touchdown. He also threw one interception.

The Bruins are now 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the Pac-12. They will close out their schedule against Cal on Nov. 27. The Trojans (4-6, 3-5) and finish their schedule against Brigham Young University and Cal.

Weather: Sunny and warm

The forecast for the West Orange County area on Sunday and Monday is for daytime highs of 85 (overnight low of 56). Sunday will be sunny and Monday should be partly cloudy. In the coastal area of Huntington Beach, Sunday should 85 with Monday slightly cooler at 83 degrees.

Days Until Christmas

As of today (Saturday), there are 34 days until Christmas, for those of us who have a habit of putting off holiday shopping.

Eight days until Hanukkah, 36 days until Kwanzaa and 41 days until New Year’s Eve.

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