I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, bringing you some of today’s headlines from this great state of ours.

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Did you watch the Academy Awards Sunday night? If not, here’s a recap of the show and who wore what. A list of the winners can be found here. For this messenger, the evening’s most memorable moment came when Tyler Perry spoke after receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. There was not a dry eye on my face. Read his powerful speech in its entirety here.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom to face recall vote

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference in Coachella, Calif., on Feb. 17, 2021.

California’s secretary of state said Monday that organizers of a petition drive to force a recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom have gathered more than 1.6 million valid signatures — about 100,000 more than needed to force a vote on the first-term Democrat.

The deadline for county elections officials to verify the validity of any remaining signatures is Thursday. After that, voters have 30 business days during which they may request a removal of their names from recall petitions.

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