Plus: Public school enrollment drops amid pandemic; CSU and UC systems to require that students get vaccines; and how is your zip code doing on giving out shots?

But first, the Oscars are just around the corner. Haven’t made the picks in your office pool yet? The L.A. Times breaks down all the odds on films including “Nomadland,” “Soul” and “The Sound of Metal.” The Academy Awards will be held Sunday in Los Angeles’ historic Union Station, where the Ticketing Hall will serve as the main setting. It’s the latest of many film and TV appearances since the iconic building opened in 1939. Learn more about this classic train station that’s still in use today in this photo gallery at USA Today.  

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In narrow vote, California Senate OKs supervised sites for drug users in 3 urban areas

Man injecting heroin into arm

Instead of putting opioid users in jail, a proposal moving through the California Legislature would give them a place to inject drugs while trained staff watch them to make sure they don’t die from an overdose.

The state Senate passed a bill on Thursday by just one vote that would allow the programs in Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles County, the Associated Press reports. But the bill must still pass the state Assembly before it can go to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who would decide whether to sign it into law.



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