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Second flex alert issued for Friday as heat wave continues into weekend

The second flex alert of the week — this one for Friday evening — was issued Thursday by the California Independent System Operator in an ongoing effort to urge energy consumers to reduce stress on the state’s electrical grid and avoid power outages amid a heat wave that is expected to linger through the weekend. On Wednesday, state energy officials issued their first flex alert of the year, urging residents to cut back on their energy consumption on Thursday, June 17, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m....
Tags: Weather, News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, ISO, Soccer, San Diego, Orange County, Nws, Hall, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Valley


Lee’s Sandwiches reaches plea agreement after 2015 recall of almost 600,000 pounds of food

Six years after the Lee’s Sandwiches recalled nearly 600,000 pounds of chicken, beef and pork, its affiliated company has reached an agreement with federal officials and plead guilty to distributing uninspected meat. The popular Vietnamese American fast food chain, known for its sweet coffee, pastries and sandwiches, was placed on probation for four years and fined $250,000 in a March 18 judgment filed in federal court in Santa Ana. In a plea agreement reached with federal authorities, San Jose-...
Tags: Business, News, California, Restaurants, Usda, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Fast Food, Courts, San Jose, Robbins, Brothers, Lee, Le, Santa Ana


Every Disney theme park around the world is open for first time in 17 months

Every Disney theme park around the world has reopened for the first time in 17 months after unprecedented coronavirus closures shuttered all 12 parks at one point or another for months at a time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Disneyland Paris and the adjacent Walt Disney Studios Park reopened on Thursday, June 17 — making the duo the final two Disney theme parks to return from pandemic closures around the globe. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every wee...
Tags: Florida, France, China, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, World Health Organization, Tokyo, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Epcot, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland


June 30: Is California’s eviction tsunami coming?

California’s eviction moratorium is coming to an end June 30. Since the earliest days of the pandemic, housing analysts have worried about a tsunami of evictions whenever the state lifts protections for renters.  Will there be an eviction tsunami when the moratorium ends? Or a smaller wave? CalMatters asked Carolina Reid, associate professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley. The following interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.  Q. A fe...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Rent, University Of California Berkeley, Gavin Newsom, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Fed’s decision to keep interest rates low may sink home prices in 2022

Sometimes you just have to take the punch bowl away for the greater good. Too bad Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and his merry men and women don’t have the backbone to end the Fed’s zero-interest-rate policy and $120 billion per month bond-buying binge. Concerned about promoting maximum employment and price stability goals at 2% with the coronavirus not fully contained, the Fed doesn’t plan to raise short-term interest rates until late 2023, Chairman Powell announced after this week’s Fe...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Jimmy Carter, Mortgage, Fed, Chapman, Freddie Mac, Powell, FHA, San Fernando Valley, Chapman University


UCLA finds link between poor air quality, COVID vulnerability

LOS ANGELES — Long-term exposure to poor air quality increased the risk of COVID-19 throughout the country last year, according to a UCLA-led research team. The researchers found that the use of preventative measures — like stay-at-home orders and masking — reduced the risk of COVID-19 by 8% and 15%, respectively, but did not reduce the increase of incidence in counties with historically poor air quality. “This is evidence that long-term exposure to poor air quality increased the risk of COVID-1...
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How the story of three homeless sisters and their coach became Netflix’s ‘Sisters on Track’

The sisters Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard competed at the 2016 AAU Junior Olympics, but they drew headlines for more than their accomplishments on the track. The three achieved their success while living in a homeless shelter in New York. When Corinne van der Borch, who was living near the track where the girls ran, got invited to a fundraiser for the girls and their mother, Tonia Hardy, she was immediately taken with the idea of making a documentary about their story.  “Sisters On Trac...
Tags: New York, Movies, Sport, Tom Hanks, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Norway, Bell, Tyler Perry, Jean, Corinne, New York State Department of Labor, Real Housewives of Orange County, Brooke Sheppard


Mapped: How California home price jumped $26 every hour

Just how crazy is California’s homebuying market? Well, my trusty spreadsheet’s analysis of California Association of Realtors’ sales data for May shows the median selling price of an existing single-family home at $818,260 median, up $230,190 in a year. That translates to an increase equal to $26.28 every hour over the past 12 months. Cheap mortgage rates have fueled the buying frenzy out of a pandemic-chilled economy. Last month’s statewide homebuying pace was up 87% from May 2020’s depressed...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, California News, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Central Valley, Lassen, Santa Barbara, Bay Area, Marin, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Glenn


Chinese crew enters new space station on 3-month mission

By SAM McNEIL | Associated Press JIUQUAN, China — Three Chinese astronauts arrived Thursday at China’s new space station at the start of a three-month mission, marking another milestone in the country’s ambitious space program. Their Shenzhou-12 craft connected with the space station module about six hours after taking off from the Jiuquan launch center on the edge of the Gobi Desert. About three hours later, commander Nie Haisheng, 56, followed by Liu Boming, 54, and space rookie Tang Hongbo, 4...
Tags: News, China, Russia, Sport, World news, Nasa, Earth, Beijing, Soccer, United States, International Space Station, Cctv, Mars, Communist Party, Soviet Union, GAO


Disneyland band returns with more live entertainment coming soon

A Disneyland opening day attraction that was only intended to last two weeks but has stuck around for 66 years has survived the coronavirus pandemic closure of the Anaheim theme park and will make a triumphant return this week marching down Main Street U.S.A. The Disneyland Band will return on Friday, June 18 after a 15-month absence from the park with performances planned throughout the day. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern Cal...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney, Tomorrowland, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Mickey, Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure, Ken Potrock, Top Stories LADN


Court says California must more quickly move mentally incompetent defendants out of jails

SAN FRANCISCO — California can’t lock up people for months in jails after they have been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, a state appeals court said. In a 3-0 ruling Tuesday, a panel of the First District Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 lower court order that gave the state a 28-day deadline for placing defendants in state mental hospitals or other treatment facilities after they were found incompetent to stand trial because of psychological or intellectual disabilities. The appellate co...
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Statewide flex alert issued for Thursday evening as high temperatures continue in Southern California

An ongoing heat wave that descended upon much of Southern California this week is expected to linger, and prompted state officials to issue a flex alert for a few hours Thursday evening in an effort to conserve power. The flex alert, issued by the California Independent System Operator, asks residents to conserve energy from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday evening. California ISO officials said Thursday and Friday are expected to be the hottest days of the week, officials said, although some areas sa...
Tags: Weather, Crime, News, California, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Sport, ISO, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Southern California, South Bay, Antelope, Riverside, San Fernando


LA County urges continued vigilance after lifting of most coronavirus rules

Los Angeles County officials urged continued vigilance on Wednesday, June 16, following the lifting of most COVID-19 health restrictions, with about one-third of the county’s eligible population still not vaccinated against the virus. “As physical distancing requirements, capacity limits, and masking mandates are now relaxed, ensuring the safety of those who are not yet vaccinated is essential,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “Workplaces need to offer sensible ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Ucla, Robert Durst, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, LA County, Newsom, Barbara Ferrer


Netflix docuseries ‘This Is Pop’ explores the making of music from Abba to Zapp

When the creators of the new Netflix series “This Is Pop” began thinking about how to tell the story of pop music in an eight-episode docuseries, they looked first to the model of their ongoing series “Hip-Hop Evolution,” which last year finished its fourth season on the same streaming network. That series traced the development of rap and hip-hop from a now-legendary party in the Bronx in 1973 where DJ Kool Herc set in motion a series of events that would lead to the genre and its many offshoot...
Tags: Music, Toronto, Sport, Tom Hanks, Netflix, Lego, Things To Do, Soccer, Justin Bieber, Harry Potter, Elvis Presley, Philadelphia, Espn, Bronx, Abba, Oasis


Gov. Newsom’s coronavirus reopening tour rolls into Six Flags Magic Mountain

VALENCIA — Gov. Gavin Newsom renewed this week’s celebration inspired by the lifting of widespread pandemic measures by rolling into Six Flags Magic Mountain on Wednesday, June 16, aiming to encourage Californians to enjoy the state’s attractions to help rekindle the economy — and to roll up their sleeves if they have yet to be vaccinated. I’m at an event this morning where @GavinNewsom will be speaking. Park President Don McCoy is ramping up toward the governor’s remarks. pic.twitter.com/lZu8h...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, Education, California, Government, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Community, Cbs, Republican Party, James Corden, Valencia, Gavin Newsom, Robert Durst


James Ellroy gets personal in ‘Widespread Panic,’ talks ‘Hollywood Death Trip’ podcast

James Ellroy lives in a black-and-white Hollywood, his novels set in a mid-century Los Angeles filled with faded film stars and corrupt cops, movie moguls with morals missing, and beautiful, beleaguered women. It’s a world he’s captured in books from “The Black Dahlia” to “American Tabloid” to most recently, “This Storm.” And in his new book, “Widespread Panic,” Ellroy gets personal. Its protagonist, Freddy Otash, was a real person, an LAPD cop turned private investigator for Confidential, a rut...
Tags: Books, Podcast, Hollywood, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Tokyo, Miami, Catholic, Cia, Bronx, Shakespeare, Lapd


LA County celebrations of Mass return to indoor services with no distancing or capacity limits

As the pandemic continued to ease, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles implemented new liturgical guidelines on Tuesday, June 15, replacing the more severe restrictions implemented during the coronavirus outbreak. In response, Catholic churches in Los Angles County planned in-person indoor Masses for Saturday and Sunday. The new guidelines allow for indoor liturgical celebrations — including weekend and daily Mass celebrations as well as First Communion, confirmation, baptisms, weddings, funerals and...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Catholic, Birmingham, Robert Durst, Los Angeles County, Gomez, Westlake, LA County


Mookie Betts thrills packed Dodger Stadium with go-ahead homer on ‘Re-Opening Day’

The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hits a go-ahead, solo home run during the seventh inning of their 5-3 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. It was the first full-capacity Dodgers home game (52,000-plus) since October 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds first base after hitting a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh inning of a baseball game at ...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Mlb, Raul Castro, Los Angeles Dodgers, National Anthem, Philadelphia Phillies, Phillies, Bickford, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Luke Williams, El Segundo


Tuesday was the hottest day of 2021 — and Wednesday won’t be much different

It was the hottest day of the year in Southern California on Tuesday, June 15, and Wednesday could be about the same — not that your internal thermometer would likely recognize any small change. “If it’s 2 degrees warmer or 2 degrees cooler, it won’t make much of a difference to anyone but us, because we like numbers,” said Phil Gonsalves, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. “The more extreme the temperature is, the more difficult it is for our sensory mechanism to te...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Song, Lucy Jones, Valencia, Jones, Palm Springs, Southern California, San Bernardino


USC, UCLA football can have full-capacity crowds for 2021 season

After playing in front of empty stadiums in 2020 in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USC and UCLA football teams will be back in front of fans this coming fall. Both athletic programs announced plans on Tuesday to allow full capacity at football games this fall. The announcements came on the day that California fully re-opened the state. USC will allow full 77,500-person crowds at the Coliseum for seven home games this fall. Fans will also be allowed at other fall sports, including women’s...
Tags: California, Sports, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Ncaa, Usc, Rose Bowl, Ucla, Bruins, USC UCLA, USC Football, Mike Bohn, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


MacKenzie Scott donated more than $200 million to these Southern California schools and groups

MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist, donated $2.7 billion to nearly 300 organizations nationwide on Tuesday, June 15. Among the most notable donations were $25 million to Chaffey College, $30 million each to Long Beach City College and Pasadena City College, and $40 million each to Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Pomona. But several nonprofits and arts organizations in Southern California also received money. Homeboy Industries, for example, received $20 milli...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Philanthropy, Southern California, Palm Desert, Mackenzie Scott, Chaffey College, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles Scott, American National Museum, Cal State Channel Islands, Justice Network, Homeboy


Why are there antitrust cases against Google? Ask the lawyer

Q: Two questions: First, Google is being sued on a number of fronts for so-called antitrust violations, but in my view, Google provides a lot of really good services and employs a lot of people. Is “just too big” the issue? -B.G., Torrance Ron Sokol A: Antitrust prohibitions are found in federal and state laws that seek to regulate the conduct and organization of business entities, with the focus on promoting competition and preventing monopolies. Google, the well-known search engine, faces ...
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Disneyland: What happens next? We’ve got answers to 10 key questions

Disneyland provided a lot of answers about what the Anaheim theme park will be like now that state pandemic restrictions have been lifted, but a lot of questions remain about what will change over the next few months as the phased reopening continues. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will increase attendance, drop mask requirements for vaccinated visitors, discontinue physical distancing and continue advance reservations as the state ends most COVID-19 health and safety measures on Tue...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Indiana, Things To Do, Soccer, Resistance, Amusement Parks, Pixar, Disneyland, Southern California, Mickey Mouse, Anaheim, DCA, Adventureland, Disney California Adventure, OGA


Disneyland fireworks return in time for Fourth of July

Disneyland is bringing back fireworks this summer in time for the Fourth of July holiday celebration after the nighttime shows were put into hibernation while the Anaheim theme park was shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic and beginning a phased reopening. “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will be presented nightly at Disneyland beginning on July 4 with fireworks, video projections, show lighting and lasers on the facades of Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street U.S.A. and It’s a Small World. Sign up for our Pa...
Tags: Florida, Labor, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Walt Disney, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Mickey


Luke Wilson and Martin Sheen team for ’12 Mighty Orphans,’ an inspiring, true-life football story

Ask Luke Wilson what it was like to work with Martin Sheen on the new film “12 Mighty Orphans” and he sounds just as awestruck as he was the first day on location in Texas. “I’m from like the Blockbuster Video-era where I didn’t see ‘Apocalypse Now’ in the theater, I’d never seen ‘Badlands,’” Wilson says of two iconic Sheen films. “So as I started to get into movies and directors and actors, I did see ‘Apocalypse Now,’ and then ‘Badlands, which, you know, just blew me and my brothers and my frie...
Tags: Texas, Movies, Cowboys, Sport, Tom Hanks, Lego, Things To Do, Soccer, Harry Potter, Marlon Brando, Dallas, Ohio, Sony Pictures, Luke Wilson, Fort Worth, Hall


5 tips to keep your houseplants thriving for years

Nehemias de Leon-Martin has seen all kinds of plants as a manager of Planta in Highland Park, but some of the ones that impressed him most have been the dracaenas in his mother’s living room. For more than 20 years, his mom has carefully taken care of the plants, letting them dry out between waterings and rotating them to give them ample sun exposure on all sides. The plants are happy, and it shows. “They flowered and looked crazy,” de Leon-Martin said. Two decades may seem like a long time to k...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Dave, Things To Do, Soccer, Highland Park, Inland Empire, San Fernando Valley, Horst, Mirande, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


12 Disneyland rides and attractions reopening over the next month

A dozen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure rides, shows and attractions will return in the next month as the Anaheim theme parks increase attendance capacity and drop coronavirus measures with the end of COVID-19 restrictions at theme parks in the state. Major attractions like the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Jungle Cruise along with people-eating workhorses like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and opening day originals like Storybook Land Canal Boats will return as Disneyland adds more ride ca...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Island, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Winnie, Southern California, Tom Sawyer, Anaheim, DCA, Mickey, Davy Crockett, Disney California Adventure


Students from Tarzana, Orange County advance to National Spelling Bee quarterfinals

By STEVEN HERBERT | City News Service LOS ANGELES — The quarterfinals of the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held Tuesday with a 13-year-old from Tarzana and two 13-year-olds from Orange County among the 74 remaining competitors from the original field of 207. Irene Thomas of Tarzana began Saturday’s preliminaries by correctly spelling diapason, a noun meaning a full, rich outpouring of harmonious sound. She then correctly answered the word-meaning question, “Something metatarsal is?”...
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How author Joshua Henkin transformed a 3,000-page book draft into his new novel

In Joshua Henkin’s novel “Morningside Heights,” Spence Robin, an academic giant and long-time Columbia University professor, is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Henkin’s father was also a Columbia professor who suffered from Alzheimer’s at the end of his life. While the character Robin is “very similar to my dad,” Henkin says, this is not an autobiographical book. Nor is it, actually, a book about the disease. This tender and touching novel explores the full lives of Robin’s family — his wi...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Georgia, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Elton John, Tokyo, William Boyd, Columbia University, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sarah, Columbia, Robin, Southern California


Niles: It’s a golden age for roller coaster fans

Like many theme park fans, I have loved roller coasters for a long time. But what many parks are doing with coasters right now is helping me love these thrill rides even more. Years ago, parks gave up trying to build coasters that were ever taller and faster than others. Drops over 400 feet and speeds over 140 miles per hour pushed the limits that an average human being can stand. So parks and coaster manufacturers pivoted toward more innovative ways to capture the public’s attention. Sign up f...
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