Burbank mayor withdraws endorsement of Schiff over Israel-Hamas war

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Burbank mayor withdraws endorsement of Schiff over Israel-Hamas war Burbank Mayor Konstantine Anthony has withdrawn his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff in the race to replace the late Dianne Feinstein in the U.S. Senate.Schiff, a Burbank resident who is facing off against a slew of challengers including fellow Reps. Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, was given Anthony's endorsement "at the beginning of this year," the mayor said in a statement posted to X, formerly Twitter. While Anthony touts Schiff's support of "women, LGBTQ individuals, gun violence prevention activists, and labor unions," he said he cannot back Schiff given the congressman's support of Israel in the ongoing battle against Hamas.After the devastating attacks earlier this month, Schiff released a statement supporting Israel's "right to defend itself.""The U.S. must do all it can to assist Israel as it protects its citizens and takes all necessary steps to recover the hostages taken," Schiff said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost and wounded."Israel is ...

Coach Prime calls for Rose Bowl to reimburse players for stolen jewelry

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Coach Prime calls for Rose Bowl to reimburse players for stolen jewelry On Saturday, several players for the Colorado Buffaloes had their valuables stolen from their locker room at the Rose Bowl. Now, their famous head coach is saying that the legendary Pasadena venue should recompense his athletes.Deion Sanders, also known as Coach Prime, referenced the legendary Rose Bowl game's nickname as the "Granddaddy of them all" when he addressed reporters Tuesday."All that stuff should be replaced. This is the Rose Bowl. They say the Granddaddy of them all, right? I’m sure Granddaddy has some money,” Sanders said, as reported by the Athletic. “Grandpa should have some money to give these kids.” Thousands in jewelry, other valuables stolen from Colorado’s Rose Bowl locker room, players say After Saturday's 28-16 loss to the UCLA Bruins, the Buffaloes returned to their locker room to find out valuables like jewelry had been stolen from some players.The Denver Post reported that at least five players were victimized, “including three players who allegedly had g...

Superheroes rappel down Ventura County Medical Center to entertain hospitalized kids

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Superheroes rappel down Ventura County Medical Center to entertain hospitalized kids Some of earth's mightiest heroes descended upon Ventura County Medical Center to entertain patients at the hospital's pediatric units on Halloween.Batman and Spider-Man were among the heroes on hand, rappelling down the side of the hospital to wave to kids who are stuck inside for the holiday."Spider-Man" hangs upside down from the roof of Ventura County Medical Center on Oct. 31, 2023. Video from Sky5 showed several daring aerial displays from the heroes, including an inverted hang from Peter Parker and an impressive climb from Bruce Wayne.The heroes were portrayed by members of the Ventura County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team. A Ventura County Urban Search and Rescue Team member stands tall dressed as Batman during a Halloween event to raise the spirits of hospitalized kids on Oct. 31, 2023.Upon rappelling down the several stories of the hospital, the superheroes went indoors to greet patients, parents and staff, while handing out small gifts and coloring books.Th...

Jamie Beman Killed in Hit-and-Run Stop-Sign Crash on Evans Road [Perris, CA]

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Jamie Beman Killed in Hit-and-Run Stop-Sign Crash on Evans Road [Perris, CA] 64-Year-Old Man Dies in Two-Vehicle Collision near Whispering Wood LanePERRIS, CA (October 31, 2023) – Saturday evening, Jamie Beman lost their life in a hit-and-run accident on Evans Road. At approximately 6:44 p.m., police arrived at the crossroads of Evans Road and Whispering Wood Lane.According to reports, the driver of a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder neglected to stop at a stop sign while traveling north on Evans Road. The Nissan vehicle subsequently collided with a westbound 2020 Kia Fit, which was in the process of turning south onto Evans Road.Emergency medical personnel located the Kia driver unresponsive and pronounced them deceased on-site. The deceased Kia driver was later identified as 64-year-old Jaime Beman, from Nuevo.Authorities are urging anyone who may have additional information regarding the hit-and-run driver to reach out to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office at 951-776-1099.No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deep...

A fountain of fests await Bay Area film fans this week

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

A fountain of fests await Bay Area film fans this week Whether you’re a fan of true stories or prefer escaping from reality and surrendering to fiction, do we ever have film festivals suited for your taste.First up is SFFILM’s ninth annual DocStories, a showcase of innovative nonfiction features. Running Nov. 2-5, it includes an in-person selection and pared-down streaming program.For a complete program, to purchase a pass and/or tickets, visit sffilm.org/year-round-programming/doc-stories/.Here are a few films we recommend.The opening night feature comes from great nonfiction storyteller Matthew Heineman. Last year, he astonished us with his fully embedded “Retrograde,” about the chaos and fallout resulting from the speedy pullout of troops from Afghanistan. Now, he rips our hearts out with the Netflix film “American Symphony.” It begins as a traditional documentary describing the creative process of an acclaimed musical force, Jon Batiste. Then it morphs into a moving portrait of two lovers as they deal with one’s painful health diagn...

Source: 49ers trade for Chase Young to again try reviving pass rush

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Source: 49ers trade for Chase Young to again try reviving pass rush SANTA CLARA – Defensive end Chase Young is coming to the 49ers to form what they can only hope will be a formidable, pass-rush tandem with Nick Bosa, a former Ohio State teammate.The 49ers acquired Young from the Washington Commanders for a third-round draft pick, a team source confirmed less than an hour before the NFL’s trade deadline. Young must pass a physical for the deal to become official.Young’s career opened with a similar path as Bosa’s: both were No. 2 overall picks (Bosa in 2019, Young in 2020), both won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and both sustained anterior cruciate ligament injuries in their second seasons.Now Young and Bosa reunite to try leading the 49ers (5-3) out of the three-game losing streak they’ve taken into this week’s bye.Young, 24, produced five sacks for Washington, which fell to 2-5 on Sunday and also traded fellow defensive lineman Montez Sweat on Tuesday (to the Chicago Bears).Young (6-foot-5, 264 pounds) is on the f...

Day of the Dead: A look at mortality in the U.S.

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Day of the Dead: A look at mortality in the U.S. The Day of the Dead celebration is this week, so we look at death in the U.S.It’s a dead woman’s partyThe origins of Day of the Dead trace back a few hundred years to an Aztec festival that honored their goddess of the dead, Mictecacihuatl. The Aztec party lasted a month. But the Catholic Church shrunk it to a couple of days, coinciding with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, usually the first two days of November.You can learn more about Day of the Dead customs and celebrations here.All Souls’ DayFamily and friends decorate altars with offerings such as candles, flowers, photos and meaningful memorabilia. It is believed that on this day, loved ones return from their eternal sleep to celebrate with their family and friends.A look at mortality in the U.S.2.92 million: Average annual deaths in U.S. from 2016-2020. Preliminary data for 2022 estimates 3.2 million deaths.77 years: The life expectancy in the U.S. in 2020. Life expectancy for women was 80.2 and 74.5 for men. It could...

Group seeks to clear names in witchcraft injustice

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Group seeks to clear names in witchcraft injustice By Steve LeBlanc | Associated PressBOSTON — In 1648, Margaret Jones, a midwife, became the first person in Massachusetts — the second in New England — to be executed for witchcraft, decades before the infamous Salem witch trials.Nearly four centuries later, the state and region are still working to come to grips with the scope of its witch trial legacy.The latest effort comes from a group dedicated to clearing the names of all those accused, arrested or indicted for witchcraft in Massachusetts, whether or not the accusations ended in hanging.The Massachusetts Witch-Hunt Justice Project, made up of history buffs and descendants, is hoping to persuade the state to take a fuller reckoning of its early history, according to Josh Hutchinson, the group’s leader.Hundreds of individuals were accused of witchcraft in what would become the Commonwealth of Massachusetts between 1638 and 1693. Most escaped execution.While much attention has focused on clearing the names of those put to de...

Heisman Watch: Huge November opens with Michael Penix Jr.-Caleb Williams showdown

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Heisman Watch: Huge November opens with Michael Penix Jr.-Caleb Williams showdown Welcome to our weekly look at the Pac-12’s leading Heisman Trophy candidates via an assessment of the top players in the conference. Consider this one Heisman voter’s view of the landscape. The rankings are based on individual performance, value to the team and quality of competition. And yes, we consider defensive players.The high-stakes affair Saturday afternoon in the L.A. Coliseum doubles as a Heisman Trophy elimination game — but only for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.USC quarterback Caleb Williams has fallen to the outskirts of the race following two losses and several subpar performances. His current odds are 80-to-1, according to BetMGM.If the Trojans lose to Washington, or if Williams is decisively outplayed by UW quarterback Michael Penix Jr., his prospects for becoming the first repeat Heisman winner since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (1974-75) will vanish altogether.After all, Williams is competing against other 2023 candidates and against his brilliant 2...

Lonely Planet’s top places to go in 2024

Published Wed, 21 Feb 2024 15:42:33 GMT

Lonely Planet’s top places to go in 2024 By Maureen O’Hare | CNNGet your wishlist fired up, Lonely Planet just revealed its 50 top travel destinations for the year ahead.The travel publishing empire turns 50 this year, and its bumper Best in Travel 2024 list is expanded across five categories: top countries, regions, cities, sustainable travel destinations and best-value locations.The No.1 country is Mongolia, chosen by Lonely Planet for its “wide-open spaces, adventure activities, and distinctive culinary and musical culture.” This is the world’s most sparsely populated country and the Mongolian government is ready to start filling it up a little. This year it declared 2023 through 2025 the “Years to Visit Mongolia,” easing entry conditions for international travelers and improving infrastructure, not least with a new $650 million airport.Other countries to make the 10 top picks include popular favorites such as Mexico, Croatia and St. Lucia, as well as lesser visited spots such as Benin and Uzbekistan.City destinat...

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