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Oxnard comes together as one
9/5/2019 8:28:02 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Dove Christian Ministries hosted "Oxnard, Together as One" Aug. 31, which was a celebration of love, Christian Faith, togetherness and people helping people.   Attendees enjoyed Spanish and English stages with different varieties of music, a resource fair, free haircuts, free clothes, backpacks stuffed with school supplies the kids can use at school, plus a kid's zone area with a dunk tank, raffles games, and prizes, plus a free lunch.   Event Founder Vincent Serrano IV said the group...

Book Fair fuels young minds
9/5/2019 1:53:16 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Kids were the big winners at the PAL Centre on Clara Street Aug. 31, as the first-ever free book fair brought hundreds of children to the venue ready to stock up on great reading selections.   Each child received books, enjoyed lunch, and played outside at Southwinds Park.   The event was co-sponsored by Families First and the Oxnard / Port Hueneme Optimist Club that joined forces to make an impact on literacy.    Carolina Gallardo-Magana is one of the organizers at the book fair and...

San Salvador sails into the hearts of adventurers
9/5/2019 1:41:27 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—It was all aboard at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Sept. 1, as a full-scale replica of the San Salvador made its triumphant return to the harbor and delighted everyone who visited.   The San Salvador was the first European ship to explore California's coastline and was the flagship of explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. The ship first reached San Diego in 1542   The San Salvador was a 100-ton La Victoria, and lateen-rigged, 26-oared San Miguel.   The ship was meretriciously...

ASMA Opens at the Maritime Museum
9/4/2019 10:12:19 PM

OXNARD—Nestled on the coast of Southern California, in Ventura County, supported by a vibrant community of art aficionados, a steady, year-round influx of art seekers from the area and tourists from around the world, Channel Islands Maritime Museum is perfectly poised to bring vibrant and innovative art to the forefront of the local art scene. CIMM is pleased to host the 2019 American Society of Marine Artists West Juried Regional Exhibition. ASMA was founded in 1978 by a small group of the country's leading maritime artists looking to explore and record the history of American...

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in 'Joker'
9/4/2019 10:10:16 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   VENICE, Italy (AP)—Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn't really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman's antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of chaos. Preparing for the role involved losing quite a bit of weight, studying personality disorders and practicing the laugh over and over again. “(It's) very difficult to distill into a soundbite,” Phoenix said Saturday in advance of...

Filmmaker Nate Parker apologizes for being 'tone deaf'
9/4/2019 10:09:08 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   VENICE, Italy (AP)—Three years ago, filmmaker Nate Parker came under scrutiny for a rape allegation from his college days that essentially derailed the release of his Nat Turner film “The Birth of a Nation.” Now, with a new film about police brutality debuting at the Venice Film International Film Festival, he is apologizing for how he responded then. “Standing here today at 39, the reality is I was quite tone deaf ... to a lot of the things that happened in the climate,” Parker said at a small news conference in Venice on...

Art as activism: Painter creates portraits of gun violence
9/4/2019 10:06:46 PM

By Maggie Menderski   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—Jaylin Stewart's brushstrokes have such a way of bringing paintings to life that you'd never know so many of her subjects are dead. But buried beneath the bright colors and vibrant technique lies the 23-year-old artist's grief. It's a pain that dates back a decade to her cousin's murder near Shawnee Park, and it grew as more people she loved went into the ground. Today, the Louisville native is an artist and activist who uses her art to speak out about the gun violence that plagues both her city and...

More vaping illnesses reported, many involving marijuana
9/4/2019 10:04:06 PM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—Health officials are recommending people who vape consider avoiding e-cigarettes while they investigate more cases of a breathing ailment linked to the devices. While the cause remains unclear, officials said Friday that many reports involve e-cigarette products that contain THC, the mind-altering substance in marijuana. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are looking at 215 possible cases across 25 states. All the cases involve teens or adults who have used e-cigarettes or other vaping...

Mumps sickens hundreds of detained migrants in 19 states
9/4/2019 10:02:59 PM

By Carla K. Johnson   A government report says mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday new mumps cases continue as migrants are taken into custody or transferred between facilities. As of last week, outbreaks were happening in 15 facilities in seven states. It's the first official report on the outbreaks in the overloaded immigration system. Mumps is a contagious virus that causes swollen glands, puffy cheeks, fever, headaches and, in severe cases,...

Groundwater Workshop causes concern for Oxnard
9/4/2019 1:50:50 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Ventura—Groundwater in Ventura County had a severe talk about reductions, Aug 21, as the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency held its fourth workshop about the future.   The proposed new plan will commence in 2020 and will start slow but will ramp up and reduce groundwater pumping in the area significantly.   According to city sources, as of Dec. 2018, Oxnard paid a variable rate of $534.94 per acre-foot (AF) of water, an annual well replacement charge of $78,90, and a yearly assigned capacity charge of...