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Port Hueneme benefits from cannabis sales
5/20/2019 1:31:52 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Greater Oxnard Organization of Democrats (GOOD) had a lively discussion May 18, about facts associated with legal cannabis and what it has been like since the become legal for medicinal and adult use in Port Hueneme.   Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas made the presentation and said when he started with the department; he didn't know that he would be knee-deep in cannabis.   "Three months after taking the position, the city passed an ordinance that allowed the medicinal use of cannabis...

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97
5/17/2019 1:41:43 PM

By The Associated Press   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and ‘60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends. “Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her...

Court TV Pounds Gavel Again as All-Trial Channel Is Reborn
5/17/2019 1:37:36 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Court TV is ending its long recess. The channel for legal junkies that thrived during the trial-crazy 1990s comes back from the dead after more than a decade Wednesday amid a true-crime craze that its backers hope will launch it into a long new life. Managing editor John Alleva says the timing could not be better for long-form, deep-dive coverage of court stories of the kind Court TV once provided of the Menendez brothers' and O.J. Simpson trials. The new Court TV, which will be available over the air and on some cable...

Michael Jackson's Eldest Child Prince Is a College Graduate
5/17/2019 1:36:19 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Michael Jackson's eldest child Prince is a college graduate. Twenty-two-year-old Prince Jackson—whose real name is Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.—went through commencement ceremonies Saturday at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prince Jackson graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration. The day was celebrated in social media posts from the graduate and relatives in his famous family. T.J. Jackson, the cousin who served as Prince's guardian after his father died, tweeted, “it's been a long road...

Learn Your Numbers During Stroke Awareness Month
5/17/2019 1:28:47 PM

By Roger Caldwell   May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and it is very significant to me, because I am a stroke survivor. As a stroke survivor, I consider myself to be a miracle. One of my goals in life is to educate Americans (particularly Black men), that 80% of strokes can be prevented with knowledge and education. Strokes have the potential to be a silent killer, and nearly 85% of all strokes that occur show no warning signs. Although there are no major warning signs, there are risk factors, diseases, and health issues, which make an individual more susceptible to...

Another Case of Alzheimer’s
5/17/2019 1:25:56 PM

By Bill Fletcher, Jr.   When I looked at my email in-box this afternoon, I encountered one of those messages that I dread: yet another person I know has been institutionalized as a result of Alzheimer’s. The sadness conveyed by this person’s partner was clear in their words. They had been together for decades. I could feel the loss. By coincidence, around the same time that I read this email I found myself looking at commentaries regarding Trump’s budget proposals. Drastic cuts in everything except for the military. Though this may, at first glance,...

House Votes to Block Trump's Eased Health Coverage Rules
5/17/2019 1:24:46 PM

By Alan Fram   WASHINGTON (AP)—The Trump administration would be blocked from easing coverage rules required by President Barack Obama's health care law under legislation Democrats pushed through the House on Thursday as the two parties rejoined a battle that roiled last year's congressional elections. Under guidance the administration issued last year, states could allow insurers to offer low-cost, low-coverage policies that could deny coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Democrats said that by blocking that language, Thursday's bill...

Drugmaker Will Donate Meds for U.S. Push to End HIV Epidemic
5/17/2019 1:23:44 PM

By Staff Reports   WASHINGTON (AP)—The Health and Human Services Department announced Thursday that California-Based Gilead Sciences Inc. has agreed to donate medications that reduce the risk of HIV transmission for up to 200,000 people a year. “Will help us achieve our goal of ending the HIV epidemic in America!” President Donald Trump said in a celebratory tweet. The pledge may last up to 11 years, said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Gilead will donate its Truvada prevention pill until a second-generation version becomes available. The Trump...

Unneeded Green New Deal higher-speed train in Florida barrels ahead
5/17/2019 1:19:27 PM

By Robert Romano   Less than a month after cancelling its planned initial public offering (IPO) on Nasdaq, in early March Virgin Trains USA LLC withdrew its application for a $3.7 billion Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan to build a higher-speed train from Orlando to Miami. The latest setback for the train, formerly Brightline, now leaves the project in some doubt after the company reportedly posted a $117 million loss on $10 million of revenues in 2018 and projects losses between $15 million to $36 million in 2019. Now, the train’s...

5/16/2019 2:09:03 PM

OXNARD, Calif. – The City of Oxnard is implementing development review improvements to make it easier and faster for homeowners and businesses to get permits. In many cities, the permit review process is the subject of complaints from customers with particular focus on the complexity and uncertainty of the process and the time it takes to obtain project approvals. The City of Oxnard acknowledges these common complaints and is now striving to improve the development review process to provide more certainty and predictability in the expected outcomes and to avoid...