Peaceful Distraction

A torn leaf holds the remains of last night’s thunderstorm  an insect approaches for a sip walking by I am drawn to the vibrant color  Mesmerized - my thoughts drift - leading my steps in a different direction. Literally. A few kilometers later I sense the scenery is not the same I have gone off course. I keep walking thinking romantically all roads lead to Rome, confident that I will find my way home.  A few kilometers later Rome is nowhere in sight... not worried I grabbed my phone to see ...
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Sparks pound Washington for third straight victory

Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker, center, talks with Sydney Wiese (24) and Kristine Anigwe, right, during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Washington Mystics, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker, left, passes behind her back as she is defended by Washington Mystics’ Emma Meesseman during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) S...
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Did you see it? Social media helps capture 3-HR night for the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts

The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hit three home runs Thursday night in an 11-2 victory against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. It was the sixth time in his career that Betts hit three HRs in a game, which tied him with Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa for the major league record. Tied with Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa. And has some time to pass them. — Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 14, 2020 Fastest to reach six career 3-HR games: 813 games – Mookie Betts1,598 game...
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From Ivorian student to footballer in China – with help from coronavirus

Shanghai (AFP) – When Tobi Junior makes his debut in China’s second division it will be the realisation of a life-long dream stretched across three continents — with coronavirus giving an unusual helping hand. The... Visit for the rest of the story.
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Kamala Harris’ abysmal record on justice issues

This summer’s police-abuse protests have brought the country to a “teachable moment.” Use-of-force incidents have garnered sporadic attention over the years, but George Floyd’s death — captured on video, as a Minneapolis officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes – has led many Americans to conclude the nation has a systemic policing problem. These editorial pages often have highlighted the underlying causes — from law-enforcement unions that protect bad officers to a criminal-justi...
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David Lacey shouldn’t be criminalized for defending his castle: John Phillips

It has been said that a man’s home is his castle — which may be true in a metaphorical sense, but our homes are not nearly so secure. For protection, castles have moats with alligators, drawbridges and soldiers on horseback. In modern-day California, our stucco suburban “castles” are protected by ADT alarm stickers and comfort animals. If things really go sideways, it’s up to you to protect yourself, your family and your castle. That’s exactly what happened to David Lacey, husband of Los Angeles...
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Alex Wood takes step toward rejoining Dodgers rotation

LOS ANGELES — There were any number of ways for Alex Wood to tell things were not right in his first start this season. First of all, he gave up three runs on three hits and three walks and lasted just three innings against the San Francisco Giants that day. And his fastball velocity averaged less than 90 mph. Then there were the more sophisticated metrics and tracking that the Dodgers use on every pitcher every time he throws. “My arm slot dropped about 6 inches from my last start in summer cam...
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Sun Valley church and LA County trade lawsuits in battle over indoor worship services

Los Angeles County officials on Thursday, Aug. 13, sued Grace Community Church and its pastor, John MacArthur, demanding that they comply with statewide public health orders intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The county lawsuit seeks a restraining order against indoor, in-person services that have been held for several weeks, in violation of state laws, at the Sun Valley megachurch. The suit came a day after Grace Community Church sued the state, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and ...
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Coronavirus tracker: California surpasses 600,000 cases; marks ninth day of decline in hospitalizations, as of Aug. 13

The state surpassed 600,000 cases of the coronavirus as of Thursday, Aug. 13. The 9,544 new cases reported, brought the cumulative total since tracking began to 601,241. There were also 170 new deaths reported on Thursday, making for a total of 10,952 people who have died, according to unofficial counts from county websites. COVID-related hospitalizations across the state continue to decline, and were down by more than 200 patients as of Thursday. State health officials reported 223 fewer COVID-...
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Cornavirus tracker: California surpasses 600,000 cases; marks ninth day of decline in hospitalizations, as of Aug. 13

The state surpassed 600,000 cases of the coronavirus as of Thursday, Aug. 13. The 9,544 new cases reported, brought the cumulative total since tracking began to 601,241. There were also 170 new deaths reported on Thursday, making for a total of 10,952 people who have died, according to unofficial counts from county websites. COVID-related hospitalizations across the state continue to decline, and were down by more than 200 patients as of Thursday. State health officials reported 223 fewer COVID-...
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These 3 Southern California teens just won $1 million on NBC’s ‘World Of Dance’

When the confetti fell and the fireworks erupted, the three Southern California teenagers in MDC 3, a contemporary dance trio out of a Placentia dance studio, had just won the fourth season of NBC’s “World Of Dance.” Oh, and the $1 million prize that came with the title is also a nice chunk of change for the crew that includes Madison Smith, 17; Diego Pasillas, 17; and Emma Mather, 15. On a conference call Thursday, the day after “World Of Dance” aired its finale, the three dancers still felt th...
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Man City look to Lisbon as best shot for Champions League glory

London (AFP) – Manchester City finally have a marquee victory in the knockout stages of the Champions League after seeing off Real Madrid to reach the last eight, but they want much more in Lisbon... Visit for the rest of the story.
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Lyon, France’s faded force, can still roar in Europe

Lisbon (AFP) – Lyon’s days as France’s dominant team have become a distant memory with Paris Saint-Germain’s emergence, but their European pedigree shows they should not be underestimated in Saturday’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester... Visit for the rest of the story.
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Hit and miss: Twins, MLB batters go through offensive slump

Where's the offense? There are a lot of reasons in this short, odd season.
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Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — While the full field of the NBA playoffs remains to be set, the Lakers and Clippers now know when the playoffs start for them, and what days they’ll be playing for the next month. The top two seeds in the Western Conference will be playing late games at AdventHealth Arena, the largest venue on the Disney campus. The Clippers begin their series with Dallas on Monday night, the first day of the postseason, with a 6 p.m. (PDT) game on ESPN, while the Lakers will begin Tuesd...
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Charter schools sue California to get full funding for new year

Four charter schools, including one in Huntington Beach and another with a campus in San Bernardino, are suing the California Department of Education and state leaders over a funding formula they say cuts them off from essential state money. The four charters are among a number of schools in California that face financial problems because of what they claim is an unfair formula recently established by the state. Specifically, the schools expect their fall enrollment to exceed what they had in Fe...
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Where to find Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich on US TV in the Champions League, you’ve come to the right place. In the Champions League, Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich... Visit for the rest of the story.
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Rams’ John Johnson sets high expectations for revamped secondary

John Johnson has been through two significant surgeries in the past year. One was the operation to repair his right shoulder after a season-ending injury in October. The other, more extensive, was a transplant of the rest of his team’s starting secondary. When the Rams’ strong safety takes the SoFi Stadium field Sept. 13 against the Dallas Cowboys for his first game in 11 months, he’ll be playing with an entirely different set of fellow defensive backs. Second-year free safety Taylor Rapp replac...
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Festival Pass: 40th anniversary of the Devo riot in Riverside

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. There are certain historic concerts whose stories are passed down generation by generation. In the Inland Empire, that includes the Rolling Stones’ first U.S. show, which was in San Bernardino at the Swing Auditorium. It also includes the two years and hundreds of thousands of people at the Us Festival. But one of the most famous stories is actually about a...
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Summer heat wave pushes into Southern California

Much of Southern California will face broiling temperatures on Friday that are likely to last through the weekend, and maybe into next week. “Hot, hot, hot and hot, especially if you go away from the coast,” said Brandt Maxwell, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service San Diego office which covers Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. But residents looking for ways to endure hot temperatures also are being asked to save electricity. The California Independent System Operator on...
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Dodger Stadium to be used as polling site in November

LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers hope to be using Dodger Stadium deep into October this year. And they are putting it to use in November as well. The Dodgers and the California Secretary of State’s office announced Thursday that Dodger Stadium will be used as a voting site for the general election in November. Any registered voter in Los Angeles County will be able to park at the stadium (no charge) during a five-day period and vote. The details of the procedures to be used will be announced at a late...
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Canucks Playoff Success Will Be Powered By Horvat’s Complete Game

Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat may not be the dynamic forward Elias Pettersson is, but he is definitely the glue that holds this upstart team together. Ever since he was drafted ninth overall in 2013, he was touted as a future captain armed with innate leadership abilities and an impressive two-way game in his arsenal. Fast forward to 2020 and Horvat has transformed into one of the NHL’s top two-way centers and has taken full ownership of the captaincy that was bestowed on him at the beg...
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Rooftop movies start this weekend at The Montalbán theater

Thanks to the The Montalbán theater, going to the movies during the novel coronavirus pandemic doesn’t have to just be a fantasy. The Hollywood theater, which is named after actor Ricardo Montalbán of “Fantasy Island” fame, will launch its Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán series Friday, Aug. 14. The three-weekend series will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through Aug. 30 with a single movie screened each night. It’s starts Aug. 14 with 2017s “La La Land,” followed the next evenin...
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Up to 77 test positive for coronavirus at SoFi Stadium; outbreaks at 10 UPS locations reported

The threat of spreading the coronavirus at work is still very much a real one, which Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis made clear on Thursday, Aug. 13, when discussing some of the biggest outbreaks the office investigated since the pandemic began. Those putting the finishing touches on SoFi Stadium, in Inglewood, have seen 77 people among their ranks test positive for the virus. At 10 UPS locations countywide, 84 employees have been confirmed with COVID-19, the disease caused by ...
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Golf News Roundup: Aug 13, 2020

The post Golf News Roundup: Aug 13, 2020 appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog. In the golf news roundup this week are new putters from Cleveland, new golf bags from Big Max, A Squairz partnership and more The post Golf News Roundup: Aug 13, 2020 appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog - A daily golf blog featuring golf news, golf course, equipment and book reviews, essays, golf lifestyle and musings. Proudly Made In Michigan, America's Summer Golf Capital
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Champions League: A meteoric rise and the man from Hereford - Leipzig's dream continues

A team formed in 2009 featuring a player once on loan at Hereford United achieve their biggest result yet - RB Leipzig revel in their latest success.
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Homeless Florida man lived in sports stadium luxury suite for two weeks

Police in St. Petersburg, Florida arrested a homeless fellow who had been living in a luxury suite in Al Lang Stadium. He was apparently wearing Tampa Bay Rowdies clothing swiped from the merch shop and ate from the concession stands during his two week stay. He's now in jail on charges of burglary and "resisting an officer without violence." From the Tampa Bay Times: [He] was arrested Sunday after a cleaning crew entered the room where he was staying and found razors, opened shaving cream c...
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Pac-12 basketball: Start delayed but creative plans in place for navigating a Covid-19 world

The Pac-12 did more than cancel the 2020 football season Tuesday; it shuttered competition in all sports for the calendar year. That includes college basketball. UCLA in the Wooden Legacy tournament? Not anymore. Arizona in the NIT Tip-Off? Nope. Utah in the Bahamas? Washington State and Arizona State in Honolulu? No, no and no. The Pac-12 won’t play non-conference games in November or December. It won’t play any games, anywhere, anytime until January 2021, at the earliest. To date, it’s the onl...
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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 28-August 9 2020

Univision drew their largest Champions League audience of 2020 last Saturday with 967,000 viewers tuning in for the second leg of Barcelona and Napoli’s Round of 16 tie. Univision’s Champions League coverage over the weekend... Visit for the rest of the story.
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13,000 airline layoffs pile up in California as pandemic drags on

Five major airlines plan to furlough more than 13,000 California workers in October as they grapple with a steep drop-off in air travel amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In notices to the state Employment Development Department in July and earlier this month, the carriers offered up grim numbers that reflect a deep pullback in bookings among both leisure and business travelers. Passengers exit a plane after arriving on a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland at Ontario International Airport...
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