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5/29/2020 11:29:01 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Art already sent   Port Hueneme-- While Oxnard kept its beaches on a soft closure over Memorial Day Weekend, the mood was much different at Hueneme Beach as the site opened with social distancing measures in place and a big crowd.   The weather was on the cool side, May 23, but that didn't stop anyone, as beachgoers came out ready to enjoy the day and escape their homes.   Kids had the most fun, as they came armed with pails and ready to make sandcastles along with taking a...

Fred Willard, inspired comedic improv-style actor, has died at 86
5/23/2020 8:26:02 PM

By Jonathan Landrum, Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Fred Willard, the comedic actor whose improv style kept him relevant for more than 50 years in films like “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Best In Show” and “Anchorman,” has died. He was 86. Willard's daughter, Hope Mulbarger, said in a statement Saturday that her father died peacefully Friday night. The cause of his death has not been released. “He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end,” Mulbarger said. “We loved him so very much! We will miss him...

Phyllis George, female sportscasting pioneer, dies at 70
5/23/2020 8:25:02 PM

By Bruce Schreiner and John Raby   HOLLYWOOD, CA—Phyllis George, the former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS's “The NFL Today” and served as the first lady of Kentucky, has died. She was 70. A family spokeswoman said George died Thursday at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital after a long fight with a blood disorder. Her children, Lincoln Tyler George Brown and CNN White House correspondent Pamela Ashley Brown, released a joint statement, saying: “For many, Mom was known by her incredible accomplishments as the...

Had enough of 'Contagion'? Here are some warm blanket movies
5/23/2020 8:24:07 PM

By Jake Coyle   HOLLYWOOD, CA—When many were rushing to rewatch “Contagion,” the eerily prophetic 2011 Steven Soderbergh film about the outbreak of an easily transmitted virus, I was searching for more comforting escapes. I reached for “North by Northwest” the way a baby grasps for a pacifier. Even in a pandemic, it's incredibly hard to watch “North by Northwest” without a perpetual grin on your face. Its jauntiness, buoyed by Bernard Herrmann's score, can outlast any calamity. The one we find ourselves in now doesn't...

Hospitals, health care sector reel from COVID-19 damage
5/23/2020 8:22:35 PM

By Tom Murphy   WASHINGTON, DC—The global coronavirus pandemic has created a huge need for health care in the U.S., but it also is delivering a devastating financial blow to that sector. COVID-19 worries have kept patients away from doctors’ offices and forced the postponement and cancellation of non-urgent surgeries. The pandemic also has shut down large portions of the American economy, leaving many would-be patients without insurance or in a financial pinch that makes them curb spending. All of this has forced hospitals, health systems and doctors to lay...

In the COVID age, bring a mask and gloves to a protest
5/23/2020 8:21:25 PM

By Tarena Lofton khn.org   INDIANAPOLIS, IN—When Lamari Edwards joined Dreasjon “Sean” Reed’s Facebook Live video, she could sense something bad was going to happen, but she never thought she was witnessing the last moments of her friend’s life. “I had a bad feeling, but I did not think it would end this way,” said Edwards. Reed’s video showed him driving at a high speed and narrating as officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department chased him May 6. The officers said they observed Reed’s car driving...

Cultural and Community Services continue to grow virtually
5/23/2020 7:13:29 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- In a report to the Oxnard City Council, May 19, Cultural and Community Services Director Terrel Harrison said his department has stepped up to provide out of the box options to local kids, as we all face COVID-19.   On March 11, Oxnard had to shut down its Senior Centers, RSVP Programs, the Special Populations Program, and the boxing centers.   The department moved into a complete shutdown on March 13, which included the city's after-school programs and recreation classes.   Harrison said...

City approves fee increases in stages
5/23/2020 6:59:24 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard- In the one public hearing during the May 19 city council meeting, on a 6-1 vote, the council revised its existing fees and adopted new fees related to development impact fees, affordable housing in-lieu fees, and inclusionary housing ordinance amendments.   The council heard comments on the new development impact fee nexus study and development impact fees, pertaining to a resolution for the Growth Requirement Capital Fee, Park and Recreation Fee, Traffic Circulation Fee, Storm Drainage Fee, Utility Underground In-Lieu...

County Supervisors approve sending accelerated phase two application to the state
5/21/2020 12:21:28 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Ventura-- The Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved its plan to move into an accelerated stage 2 for reopening the county.   The move comes right before Memorial Day Weekend as Governor Gavin Newsome changed some of the guidelines that larger cities have struggled to achieve.   The county needs to send the request to Sacramento for approval but still needs some guidance to make sure everything runs well.   Ventura County is currently in stage 2 of the resilience roadmap, which allows lower risk...

Food & Fund Collection fills a big need
5/21/2020 12:03:40 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Collection at River Park was a busy place, May 16, as Food Share Ventura County, along with Kirby Subaru Kia, was out in force, collecting and distributing food and much-needed supplies.   Many residents stopped by to pick up supplies, while others dropped off items for those who need them the most. One car dropped off masks, a full bag of them, as volunteers thanked and applauded everyone who stepped up to help.   As people struggle to get by while waiting for their unemployment benefits to start, food...