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Alan Parker, director of ‘The Wall,’ dies at 76
8/6/2020 2:57:14 PM

By Jill Lawless   LONDON (AP)—Alan Parker, a successful and sometimes surprising filmmaker whose diverse output includes “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his family said. A Briton who became a Hollywood heavyweight, Parker also directed “Fame,” “The Commitments and “Mississippi Burning.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards. The director's family said he died Friday in London after a long illness. Parker was born in...

Regis Philbin, television personality and host, dies at 88
7/30/2020 11:43:01 AM

By David Bauder   NEW YORK (AP)—Regis Philbin, the genial host who shared his life with television viewers over morning coffee for decades and helped himself and some fans strike it rich with the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” has died at 88. Philbin died of natural causes Friday night, just over a month before his 89th birthday, according to a statement from his family provided by spokesman Lewis Kay. Celebrities routinely stopped by Philbin's eponymous syndicated morning show, but its heart was in the first 15 minutes, when he and...

Veterans turning more toward teleheath for VA care
7/30/2020 11:39:13 AM

By Craig Anderson   WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)—Walk-in health care options remain for veterans, but they're the path far less traveled as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. There's been a seismic shift from offices toward telehealth—video to home services—at the Wilmington VA Medical Center (WVAMC) and across the nation, officials say. From Oct. 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, virtual visits in Wilmington through VA Video Connect skyrocketed 922.26% from the same previous 12-month time frame, rising from 844 appointments to 8,403. “Although we...

Parents agonize over back-to-school decisions amid pandemic
7/30/2020 11:38:15 AM

By Tammy Webber and Stephen Groves   THE HEARTLAND—Joshua Claybourn is leaning toward sending his kindergarten daughter to in-person classes at a private school next month. Holly Davis' sixth-grade daughter will learn online, though the family has not yet decided what to do for school for a teenage daughter who requires special accommodations for hearing problems and dyslexia and another who's starting college. As they decide how their children will learn this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, parents are anxiously weighing the benefits of in-person...

People are dying of overdoses as pandemic limits treatments
7/30/2020 11:36:50 AM

By David Travis Bland   COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—As the mounting death toll from the coronavirus grabs headlines, a quieter killer has fed off the isolation induced by the virus. Drug overdoses have sharply risen in South Carolina, according to South Carolina agencies that track deaths. The upturn in overdoses follows the ascension of COVID-19 cases since March, when the virus was first detected in the state. The trend has led addiction specialists to believe the virus has not only forced people in drug recovery to distance themselves from treatment but also has lured...

Cool weather doesn't deter beachgoers
7/29/2020 12:51:49 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- It was an overcast and chilly day, July 26, but when you factor in Covid-19 cabin fever, that negated the need to get out and enjoy the beach at Silver Strand.   A large crowd gathered at the kids' beach, just down the block from the big beach, and despite the weather, they took the plunge and decided to take a swim.   Kids played in the sand and had a blast in the water while parents sat on the sidelines and tried to keep warm.   Deborah Bernhardt braved the weather, and she was...

Finance & Governance okays APT Exeloo Prefabricated Restrooms
7/29/2020 12:42:34 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard--The Finance & Governance Committee, July 28, approved the purchase of prefabricated self-cleaning and flushing automatic restrooms for future park projects unanimously.   Prefabricated restrooms will be the new city standard is it moves forward with future projects as they replace or add new restrooms with a minimal footprint.   The city chose APT Exeloo, a prefabricated restroom company for $214,739. They outbid the Public Restroom Company, which are also prefabricated restrooms and cost...

Sher touts her equity and access program to stop the school to prison pipeline
7/29/2020 12:37:28 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Zoom interview between Ventura County District Five Supervisor Candidate and Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez and Karen Sher, President of the Oxnard Union High School District Board of Trustees, continues with the Schools and Communities First ballot question, which Ramirez endorses.   Sher and Ramirez discussed reopening schools and the potential threat to the health and well-being of students and teachers, along with digital learning, adjusting to electronic platforms, and wishing for a return to...

Public Works & Transportation approves amended resolution for seawall funding
7/29/2020 12:35:25 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Public Works & Transportation Committee, July 28, approved an amended resolution for seawall funding in Mandalay Bay and committed to 50 percent funding unanimously.   The committee also directed the city staff to work with Mandalay Bay and iron out all the details of the funding mechanism.   The original resolution committed the city to share 50 percent of the cost if the Mandalay community forms a community facilities district (CFD) to satisfy its obligations for the other 50...

Oxnard School District keeps the kids fed
7/29/2020 12:32:42 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—Parents and kids made their way to Lemonwood Elementary School, July 27, as the Oxnard School district wrapped up its summer meal program and gave those attending much-needed supplies.   Lemonwood, Driffill, RJ Frank, and Freemont elementary schools provided the lunches.   The distribution started at the outset of Covid-19 in March and supports people who may have been affected by the virus and lost their job or anyone else from the school district who has a need. Many parents work in the...