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A more efficient Oxnard is coming
11/14/2019 6:11:45 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard 'A leaner and meaner’ City of Oxnard may be the reality as it works through budget issues, but the city is taking steps forward that lays the groundwork for a healthy future.   Although challenges and budget cuts remain, the city took a step into the future when it approved a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that moves the city into the 21st Century.   The change will have sweeping effects across the city's operation, eliminate redundancy, and make each employee highly productive as...

Last chance qualifier brings top-flight boxing to Oxnard
11/14/2019 6:00:32 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard— The last chance Olympic Qualifier Boxing Tournament came to the city last week, and attendees got to see great amateur boxing from competitors who put their best foot forward.   Fighters from across the country came, enjoyed, and fought while enjoying all the hospitality the city is known for.    Tournament Supervisor Angel Villarreal oversaw the field of play, and he enjoyed his first trip to Oxnard.   "I've been to different PAL events around the country, and...

Kanye West Vows to Move Yeezy Manufacturing to the Americas
11/14/2019 4:44:45 PM

By Leanne Italie   NEW YORK (AP)—A few fun facts about Kanye West: He's running for president in 2024, he recited color psychology to wife Kim Kardashian West as she sat in a morning bath Thursday, and he was fired at 16 for shoplifting at the Gap where he worked. West, with Kim in tow, let loose with those pearls and more during a surprise 35-minute appearance before a crowd of about 500 at Fast Company's Innovation Festival. Accompanied on stage by Steven Smith, lead designer of West's shoe brand Yeezy, West dug into the nuts and bolts of the...

Lincoln Center in New York City to Honor Spike Lee in April
11/14/2019 4:43:53 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—Spike Lee will receive Film at Lincoln Center's 46th Chaplin Award. Lincoln Center announced Thursday that the 62-year-old filmmaker will be honored in its annual fundraising gala on April 27. For its 50th anniversary last year, Lincoln Center skipped a Chaplin Award honoree and instead hosted a special gala that featured Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, Tilda Swinton and others. The four previous Chaplin Award winners were Helen Mirren, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford. A selected retrospective of Lee's films will also play...

Film Probes History of Native Americans in the U.S. Military
11/14/2019 4:43:06 PM

By Russell Contreras   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—Before Chuck Boers joined the U.S. Army, the Lipan Apache member was given his family's eagle feathers. The feathers had been carried by his great-great-great-grandfather on his rifle when he was an Apache scout. They also were carried by relatives who fought in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In 2004, Boers had the feathers with him during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq. “I felt like I had my family with me to protect me,” he said. “The Warrior Tradition,” a new film set to...

Investigation: Aging U.S. dams pose risk to thousands
11/14/2019 4:41:21 PM

By David A. Lieb, Michael Casey and Michelle Minkoff   On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Just a little over a quarter-mile upstream, the 92-year-old Spencer Dam was straining to contain the swollen, ice-covered Niobrara River after an unusually intense snow and rainstorm. The workers had tried but failed to force open the dam's frozen wooden spillway gates. So, fearing the worst, they fled in their truck, stopping to...

Lung cancer screening can save an estimated 25,000 lives and combat the #1 cancer killer in the nation
11/14/2019 4:38:19 PM

LOS ANGELES—Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men and women in the U.S., but there is hope against this deadly disease thanks to early detection screening that can save thousands.  According to the Lung Association, if the 8 million Americans eligible were screened, an estimated 25,000 lives would be saved. Less than five percent of those eligible are currently getting screened. Screening is comprised of a low-dose CT scan and is recommended for those who meet the following criteria:  • Are between the ages of 55-80 and currently smoke, or quit within...

U.S. officials identify 'strong culprit' in vaping illnesses
11/14/2019 4:08:41 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough Friday into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a “very strong culprit.” The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The compound—vitamin E acetate—was previously found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many of those who got sick. But this is the first time they've found a...

Mallory cites the need for more strategic density in Oxnard
11/12/2019 2:09:32 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The conversation about housing needs in Oxnard continues with Planning and Environmental Services Manager Kathleen Mallory saying the city does have the right to dispute the number to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).   Authorization to appeal the Sixth RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment) for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) doesn't need to be decided this evening," she said. "It's not something that we want to make a big point of...

Monarch Festival benefits butterflies and restores Pleasant Valley Cemetery
11/8/2019 5:24:45 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- It was a busy day at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Nov. 2, as the Second Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival brought people together all working towards making their corner of the world a better place.   The event featured lots of art and activities, good food, and plenty of fellowships, as people gathered to draw attention to the monarch butterfly and their plight for survival. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the cemetery to restore it to its former glory.     Event Organizer Nancy Cozza...