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$70m Magic Johnson Park renovation seeks to create community destination
10/7/2020 5:50:30 PM

By Cat Keniston   MAGIC JOHNSON PARK—Supervisor Mark-Ridley-Thomas in collaboration with the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation and a number community partners, hosted a socially-distanced, sneak peek of Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park’s new building facilities and myriad of amenities followed by a “drive thru” tour of the park and resource distribution for 2,500 community members.  The $70 million project, the largest park investment by LA County in recent history, features improvements that include a 20,000 square foot event...

Still no motive in shooting of Deputies in Compton
10/7/2020 5:49:24 PM

By Stefanie Dazio   Prosecutors charged a 36-year-old man Wednesday with a brazen ambush of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies earlier this month, an apparently unprovoked shooting as they sat in a squad car outside a rail station. The deputies suffered head wounds in the Sept. 12 attack and have since been released from the hospital. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said their recoveries will be a long process and include further reconstructive surgeries. The suspect, Deonte Lee Murray, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges Wednesday during his...

CSUDH partners with multi-media artist Toni Scott 
10/7/2020 5:46:41 PM

By Staff Reports   DOMINGUEZ HILLS—California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has entered into a strategic partnership with acclaimed mixed media artist Toni Scott to inform and inspire students and the broader community to explore emblematic historical and cultural themes through art.  Scott’s engagement with the CSUDH campus begins this fall and will open a new window of innovative academic and co-curricular endeavors.  “This new CSUDH-Toni Scott collaboration represents a meshing of individual and institutional souls creating energy...

‘SWEET’ LOU JOHNSON PASSES AWAY
10/7/2020 5:45:05 PM

By Staff Reports   “Sweet” Lou Johnson, who hit a key home run for the victorious Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series against Minnesota, passed away last night at the age of 86. Johnson, who was born Louis Brown Johnson in Lexington, KY on Sept. 22, 1934, received the nickname Sweet Lou upon joining the Dodgers early in 1965 after outfielder Tommy Davis suffered an injury.  Johnson received the nickname because of his infectious smile and because he was always clapping his hands. “Lou Johnson was such a positive inspiration at Dodger...

Harvey Weinstein charged with 3 more rapes in California
10/7/2020 5:41:45 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with the rapes of two more women and now faces 11 sexual assault counts involving five women in California as the former movie mogul serves prison time in New York, prosecutors said. Weinstein was charged with three new counts of rape and three new counts of forcible oral copulation involving two women, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. An amended criminal complaint alleges that Weinstein raped one woman at a hotel in Beverly Hills between September 2004 and September 2005,...

California wavers on theme park opening rules amid pressure
10/7/2020 5:29:06 PM

By Adam Beam and Amy Taxin   SACRAMENTO (AP)—Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday delayed new operating rules for theme parks such as Disneyland that have been closed since the beginning of the pandemic as tourism industry officials warned the state was set to lose more than $78 billion in travel related spending this year. The Newsom administration had planned to release the new rules on Friday, spokesman Nathan Click told the Sacramento Bee. But following industry criticism of the proposed rules, state health officials said no announcement was coming Friday as negotiations...

After ruling K-pop, BLACKPINK aim to takeover pop world too
10/7/2020 5:23:53 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—Four years after they debuted as the next buzzed-about girl group on the K-pop music scene, BLACKPINK’s lofty dreams in music have come into fruition. Perform at Coachella. Check. Record a song with Lady Gaga. Check. Collaborate with Selena Gomez. Check. Get a verse from Cardi B. Check. Another major objective: Record their first-full length album after being known for dropping hit single after single to showcase a deeper, more personal side of the group. Boldly titled “The Album,” the eight-song project being...

Analysis: Trump faces credibility crisis over health scare
10/7/2020 5:17:56 PM

By Julie Pace   WASHINGTON (AP)—One month from Election Day, President Donald Trump is facing a credibility crisis as yawning as his health crisis, at a moment when he needs the public's trust the most. The president's coronavirus infection, as well as the illnesses of several aides and allies, has imperiled the highest levels of the U.S. government. The White House's efforts Saturday to project calm backfired in stunning fashion, resulting in a blizzard of confusing and contradictory information about the health and well-being of the commander in...

GOP seeks to curtail Senate work, but not Barrett hearing
10/7/2020 5:15:16 PM

By Laurie Kellman   WASHINGTON (AP)—Republicans on Saturday sought to call off legislative work in the Senate until Oct. 19 as the coronavirus reached into their ranks. But they vowed that hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee would push ahead as planned. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett will still begin Oct. 12, even if Democrats agree to cancel the regular Senate session to avoid further spread of COVID-19. Since Friday morning, three GOP senators have announced they have tested...

He's fought COVID-19 for months. Can he ever really beat it?
10/7/2020 5:11:18 PM

By Tom Murphy   INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Larry Brown had been on a ventilator for 37 days. Nurses periodically turned the 45-year-old former Indiana State football player onto his stomach to help him breathe. Brown's lungs were filling with fluid, and doctors didn't expect him to last. As visitors weren't allowed in the intensive care unit, a nurse placed a phone next to his ear. “Thank you for fighting so hard, Larry,” his sister-in-law, Ellie Brown, told him. She was careful not to say goodbye. That might scare him. Like millions of COVID-19 cases,...