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Crowds pack beaches as California bakes in weekend heat wave
9/9/2020 7:19:25 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—California is sweltering under a dangerous heat wave Labor Day weekend that was spreading triple-digit temperatures over much of the state, raising concerns about power outages and the spread of the coronavirus as throngs of people packed beaches and mountains for relief. Death Valley hit a record-high temperature of 125 degrees Fahrenheit (52 Celsius) Saturday, eclipsing the previous record of 119 Fahrenheit (48 Celsius) set in 2017, according to the National Weather Service. One death was reported because of the heat. Malibu Search and Rescue tweeted that a...

‘Seven Times in the Back’
9/9/2020 7:16:18 PM

Drive launched to help shooting victim, family with long-term care bills MILWAUKEE—Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization co-founded and first led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., announced today that the Atlanta-based civil rights organization will lead a campaign to help the family of Jacob Blake secure support for his long term recovery and care.  Dr. Steele made the announcement after a meeting with Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Jr., and other family members at a location in Wauwatosa, a...

Compton man who spent 19 years in California prison ordered freed
9/9/2020 7:14:07 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—A Southern California man who spent 19 years in prison for a gang-related shooting will be released, a judge ordered Friday. Emon Barnes, 34, of Compton, is expected to be freed next week from San Quentin State Prison after the judge approved a re-sentencing request from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Barnes was 15 when he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for a 2001 shooting in his Los Angeles suburb. He was sentenced in adult court to 40 years to life in prison. The case largely was based on testimony from a teenage...

Boseman honored as hometown hero in native South Carolina
9/9/2020 7:09:01 PM

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP)—Chadwick Boseman was remembered as a hometown hero who brought a sense of pride to his native Anderson, South Carolina. The city paid tribute to Boseman in a public memorial on Thursday evening. The actor, who became widely popular through “Black Panther,” was honored after he shockingly died last week at the age of 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer. A viewing of “Black Panther” was held at an outdoor amphitheater where people practiced social distancing. Most attendees wore masks, while others—mostly...

'I Am Greta' gives fuller portrait of teen climate activist
9/9/2020 7:06:40 PM

By Nicole Winfield   VENICE (AP)—A documentary on teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, making its premiere Friday at the Venice Film Festival, is seeking to remind a world consumed with the coronavirus crisis that the climate crisis is just as urgent and isn't going away. Thunberg appeared by video conference from school on Friday for the launch of “I Am Greta,” which is screening out of competition at Venice. The film follows the Swedish environmentalist from the beginning of her school strikes in Stockholm to her low-carbon travels around the...

'Whip/Nae Nae' rapper charged in attempted hatchet attack
9/9/2020 7:04:32 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Silento, the rapper known for “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” was charged Thursday with trying to hit two people with a hatchet in their home. Prosecutors allege that Silento, whose legal name is Richard Lamar Hawk, walked into an unlocked stranger's home in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles and swung a hatchet at the two people inside before one of them disarmed him. The rapper is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in jail on $105,000 jail, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The alleged...

More than 200 airlifted to safety from California wildfire
9/9/2020 7:00:34 PM

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP)—More than 200 people were airlifted to safety early Sunday after a fast-moving wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in California's Sierra National Forest, one several fires that broke out amid record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures that baked the state. The California Office of Emergency Services said Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters were used for the rescues that began late Saturday and continued overnight. At least two people were severely injured and 10 more suffered moderate injuries. The wildfire, named the Creek Fire,...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled
9/9/2020 6:58:06 PM

By Matthew Perrone   NEW YORK, NY—“There was definitely a lot of wishful thinking that there was going to be a magical test that was going to save us all, but we’re not there yet,” said Dr. Jennifer Rakeman of New York City’s Public Health Laboratory. The tests check the blood for antibodies the body makes to fight off an infection. Scientists are still working to figure out how well antibodies for the coronavirus may shield someone from another infection, or how long that protection might last. Some early studies suggested any immunity fades...

Nguyen defends the city over Fisherman’s Wharf
9/3/2020 9:22:33 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- As Fisherman's Wharf sits almost empty, run-down and without options, the war of words over who did what to who rages on.   The California Coastal Commission rejected a plan from the Ventura County Harbor Commission for a local coastal plan override to build a 400-unit apartment complex with an urban village.   Tom Tellefson from Channel Islands Harbor Properties said he's made "numerous attempts" to meet with Oxnard city officials and discuss a path forward. Harbor Director...

L.A. County Board expected to fund body cameras for Sheriff's deputies
9/3/2020 11:43:07 AM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday to transfer $25.5 million to the Sheriff's Department to fund the roll-out of body-worn cameras to five stations over the next year. The board had set aside $35 million for the cameras without releasing that money to the department. Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger co- authored a motion calling for a transfer of funds sufficient to cover the first year of operations. "Body-worn cameras are an important tool for transparency and I have...