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Council approves early Quimby fees for Wagon Wheel Project
7/5/2019 3:05:05 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council authorized the Wagon Wheel Project during its July 2, meeting and approved early Quimby Fee credits for parks within the project.   Planning and Environmental Services Manager Kathleen Mallory gave the report, and she told the council they need to consider a Quimby fee credit for the Oakwood Development Project.   "The Quimby Act authorizes a legislative body from a city or county to require the dedication of land or to impose fees for parks or recreational purposes as a...

Alex Nguyen remains passionate about helping the homeless
7/5/2019 2:56:25 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— As the city grapples with the homeless issue that sits on the precipice of becoming unmanageable, Oxnard City Manager Alex Nguyen has taken the lead and is trying to make a difference.   He sees the long-term plan to fix the homeless problem as almost baseball-like and plans to keep hitting singles, rather than going for a home run swing that is out of the city's grasp.   Nguyen plans to keep succeeding over 10 years with each year better than the last until Oxnard is a pilot city for solving the...

Ride for the Blue honors Sergeant Ron Helus
7/5/2019 2:49:00 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Approximately 300 motorcycle riders stopped by the Oxnard Police Station, June 29, as the group participated in the “Ride for the Blue” to honor Sergeant Ron Helus, who died trying to save the lives of people inside The Borderline Bar and Grill.   Helus was killed with 11 others, Nov. 7, 2018. The shooter, Ian David Long, was a United States Marine Corps veteran and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.   The group started early in Thousand Oaks and stopped at stations across Ventura...

Oxnard Fire defeats police department in charity basketball game
7/5/2019 2:34:21 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—It was a guns and hoses throwdown at the Oxnard Police Activities League (PAL), June 30, as the fire department defeated the police department, 32-28 in a charity basketball game.   The game was a back-and-forth struggle through most of the game, but the lid went on the basket in the fourth quarter, and the police went cold and fell behind. The win marks the end of a fire department losing streak to the police department basketball team that started in 1948.   Attendees were also treated to a free lunch...

Taylor Swift pens scathing screed excoriating Scooter
7/4/2019 12:13:47 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   Taylor Swift is not staying silent over the sale of her masters to Scooter Braun. In a scathing Tumblr post Sunday, the pop superstar writes she is sad and grossed out that her music catalog now belongs to Braun, whom she accuses of subjecting her to years of incessant and manipulative bullying, referencing clashes with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. “This is my worst case scenario,” Swift writes. Braun's Ithaca Holdings announced Sunday that it is acquiring Big Machine Label Group, which released all of Swift's studio albums...

'One Day at a Time' rescued from cancellation by Pop TV
7/4/2019 12:11:42 PM

There are more days ahead for “One Day at a Time.” The CBS Corp.-owned cable channel Pop TV says Thursday it's greenlighted a new season of the reboot canceled by Netflix. In a statement, Pop TV President Brad Schwartz called the series both “culturally significant” and funny. The original 1975-84 sitcom about a single white mom was reimagined with a Latino family at its center, a TV rarity. Justina Machado stars as Penelope Alvarez, a Cuban American parent and military veteran, with Rita Moreno playing her mother, Lydia. “One Day at a...

Elba says race talk around Bond casting disappointing
7/4/2019 12:09:13 PM

Even though Idris Elba isn't trying to become the next James Bond, he's disheartened that some people don't think he should be considered for the spy role because he's Black. The British actor says in the August issue of Vanity Fair that it's frustrating that there are people who say “'It can't be.' And it really turns out to be the color of my skin.” Some have speculated that the “Luther” star would make the perfect Bond. Elba says although Bond is a coveted, beloved character that he would be fascinated to play, he...

XFL's plans for upcoming season starting to take shape
7/4/2019 12:05:40 PM

By Joe Reedy   LONG BEACH (AP)—Oliver Luck's first year as the XFL's commissioner has mostly been confined to the office and getting the league's framework set up. The next couple months are what Luck refers to as the fun part of preparing for next year's return. “We're still a long way from a football game but we are starting to see more of what we are trying to do,” Luck said. The league—which will begin play the week after Super Bowl 54—is in the middle of conducting “Summer Showcases” in the eight cities...

Trump Administration Agrees to Delay Health Care Rule
7/4/2019 12:03:10 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—The Trump administration has agreed to postpone implementing a rule allowing medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds while the so-called “conscience” rule is challenged in a California court. The rule was supposed to take effect on July 22 but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its opponents in a California lawsuit mutually agreed Friday to delay a final ruling on the matter until Nov. 22. The agency called it the “most efficient way to adjudicate” the...

68-Year-Old Swimmer Competes in National Senior Olympics
7/4/2019 12:01:07 PM

By Jannelle Walker   Last week, 68-year-old Loretta Griffin became the first African-American Memphian to compete in the National Senior Olympics for swimming, coming full circle from her days of doing water aerobics at the Davis YMCA in Whitehaven. The New Tri-State Defender talked to Griffin before she left for Albuquerque, N.M., where the swimming competitions were being held. Griffin, a retired teacher, began swimming five years ago. She had been taking water aerobics classes at the YMCA for about three years and when she became comfortable with the water, she...