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Nguyen announces City Manager approved contracts
7/24/2020 9:59:12 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- In his report to the city council, July 21, City Manager Alex Nguyen disclosed a list of city manager approved contracts.   The item was fueled by Nguyen's desire to be transparent and forthcoming with residents and is something he started doing when he arrived at city hall.   The item was informational, and Mayor Tim Flynn applauded the item as a step forward to a transparent city government.   Nguyen provides the information twice each year under his authority. The item is not...

Sher advocates for broadband
7/24/2020 9:56:51 AM

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 homeless kids who need education and the challenge of the Google Classroom.   The duo discussed challenges involved with distance learning, protecting the kids and teachers as we continue to battle Covid-19 and dealing with school closures and returning the kids to class when it is...

Covid-19 affects all of us
7/23/2020 3:29:50 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- You know what, this week's editorial started on Saturday night, although it didn't become obvious to me until Sunday afternoon.   As most of you know, I spend a lot of time traveling around Oxnard and the surrounding area reporting on life in our little corner of the world. As I was looking into a place to go on Sunday, it popped up on my computer that July 19 is National Ice Cream Day!   I thought, oh boy, everyone loves ice cream, and this will make a fun story getting people to talk...

Charlize Theron, other celebs ask Feds to probe student's 2010 killing
7/23/2020 3:07:14 PM

By Alana Durkin Richer   HOLLYWOOD—Rihanna, Jay-Z, Charlize Theron and other celebrities are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of 20-year-old Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., a Black football player at Pace University killed by a white police officer in New York nearly a decade ago. In a letter sent this week to Attorney General William Barr, the entertainers say Henry, who was from Easton, Massachusetts, “lost his life for no good reason and with absolutely no good explanation.” The case remains an “unhealed...

DC's plan for 'Watchmen' sequel 'Rorschach' met with unease
7/23/2020 3:06:32 PM

By Jonathan Landrum   LOS ANGELES (AP)—DC is releasing a new “Watchmen” spin off based on the Rorschach character, but the unveiling of the limited comic series has been met with mixed reactions. Some critics online questioned whether the masked vigilante should be the primary focus after DC announced the sequel “Rorschach” on Wednesday. Others have slammed the decision to bring on Batman writer Tom King to write the 12-issue series, which will debut in October. King's approach to the Dark Knight's comic book story line he's...

Michelle Obama to host podcast on health, relationships
7/23/2020 3:05:49 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Michelle Obama will let her own voice be heard on a new podcast. The former first lady will host “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on the streaming service, the Obama's Higher Ground and Spotify announced Thursday. The podcast will exclusively debut on Spotify on July 29. “My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we're all trying to answer in our own lives,” Obama said in a statement. The new podcast is the...

Body found in search of lake for ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera
7/16/2020 3:57:48 PM

LOS ANGELES—A body was found Monday at a Southern California lake during the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, authorities said. The body was discovered five days after the 33-year-old Rivera disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son was found July 8 alone a few hours later on a boat the two had rented, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities would not immediately say if the person found was Rivera, but said the day after she disappeared that they believed she drowned in the lake northwest of Los Angeles. A 2 p.m. press conference was...

35 years after Live Aid, Bob Geldof assesses personal toll
7/16/2020 3:57:06 PM

By John Carducci   NEW YORK (AP)—The legendary Live Aid concerts 35 years ago did a lot of good—helping reduce African famine and putting a spotlight on the world's poorest nations. But it wasn't always good for one of its key organizers. Irish rock star Bob Geldof may have earned awards and cheers for pulling off 1985's transcontinental music event, though it took a toll on his personal life and career. Live Aid changed Geldof from frontman of the Boomtown Rats singing their hit “I Don't Like Mondays” to something more divine....

California now allows nursing home visits, but few happen
7/16/2020 3:52:21 PM

By Amy Taxin   For months, families have pined to see their loved ones who live in California's skilled nursing facilities, which have been shut down to outside visitors to keep the coronavirus from spreading. California health authorities recently issued guidance for visits to resume, but few are happening as infection rates surge in many communities. Facilities are being cautious after many suffered severe outbreaks earlier in the pandemic. “I'm desperate at this point,” said Sue Mathis, who hasn't seen her 94-year-old mother in San Francisco...

Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse
7/16/2020 3:51:25 PM

By Mike Stobbe and Nicky Forster   NEW YORK (AP)—A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and even remained down as states like Florida and Texas saw explosions in cases and hospitalizations—and reported daily U.S. infections broke records several times in recent days. Scientists warned it wouldn't last. A coronavirus death, when it occurs, typically comes several weeks...