• Top USA Gymnastics official calls suspended Maggie Haney a ‘great coach’ on social media

    Top USA Gymnastics official calls suspended Maggie Haney a ‘great coach’ on social media
    Tom Forster, USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator, posted a series of photos of that included suspended coach Maggie Haney on his Facebook page Wednesday in which he referred to Haney and other Team USA coaches as “great.”
    The posts were made on the eve of the final day of USA Gymnastics eight-week hearing on whether to suspend Haney, the coach of Olympic and World champions, for verbal and emotional abuse.
    Haney is alleged to have screamed and cursed at, threatened
  • We are living in very strange times

    We are living in very strange times
    Strange times.
    We’re all adjusting to our new reality. The other night I called my friend Marc in Las Vegas. I asked him, what’s new?
    Marc: We’re off bat.
    Me: You’re not eating bat anymore?
    Marc: No, we’ve switched to Impossible Bat. Tastes just like real bat!
    Before the pandemic, I had no idea people ate bats. I also had no idea I’ve been washing my hands wrong my entire life. I’ve now washed my hands so many times I no longer have fingerprints.
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  • Marvel reveals Spider-Man comic based on Web Slingers ride coming to Avengers Campus

    Marvel reveals Spider-Man comic based on Web Slingers ride coming to Avengers Campus
    A new Spider-Man comic from Marvel will offer the first glimpse of what riders can expect aboard the Web Slingers attraction coming to Avengers Campus once Disney California Adventure reopens after the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The first issue of the “W.E.B. of Spider-Man” comic series debuting in June will feature a storyline based on the new interactive dark ride set to open at the Anaheim theme park on July 18.
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  • ‘Coachella’ documentary set to open the exact moment the 2020 festival should have begun

    ‘Coachella’ documentary set to open the exact moment the 2020 festival should have begun
    The new music documentary, “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert,” will open on YouTube for free at noon on Friday, April 10, the exact moment the 2020 festival was set to kick off until the novel coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement for six months.
    Now what was originally intended as a March 31 appetizer for the 21st Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival will be the main dish, a meal that weaves together storylines from across the two decades the festival has thrived.
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  • Coronavirus: Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers

    Coronavirus: Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers
    By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO
    NEW YORK — Macy’s will furlough a majority of its 130,000 workers with its stores dark.
    The company on Monday said it is transitioning to an ‘’absolute minimum workforce” needed to maintain basic operations.
    Online operations won’t be hit as hard.
    Employees who are enrolled in health benefits will continue to receive coverage with the company covering 100% of the premium.
    “We expect to bring colleagues back on a staggered basis
  • Orange County girls water polo: All-league teams 2019-20

    Orange County girls water polo: All-league teams 2019-20
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowThe all-league girls water polo teams for the 2019-20 season. | Coaches and school administrators can email complete all-league team lists to [email protected]
    CRESTVIEW LEAGUE
    MVP: Mallory Reynoso, Foothill
    First Team: Julia Janov, Foothill; Malia Allen, Foothill; Celeste Wijnbelt, Foothill; Kaya Barrett, Canyon; Anna Vaughan, Canyon; Amanda Ellerbroek, Esperanza; Maddie DeRado, Villa Park.
    Second Team:
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain extends coronavirus closure to mid-May or later

    Six Flags Magic Mountain extends coronavirus closure to mid-May or later
    Six Flags Magic Mountain has extended the temporary coronavirus closure of the Valencia amusement park amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced theme parks throughout California and across the United States to shutter operations.
    The temporary 19-day closure at Magic Mountain has now been extended to mid-May “or as soon as possible thereafter,” officials said.
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  • Status Update: AT&T, union reach deal that includes raises for 4 years

    Status Update: AT&T, union reach deal that includes raises for 4 years
    AT&T has reached a tentative contract deal with the union that represents 13,000 workers in California and Nevada, according to the Communications Workers of America.
    The agreement covers technicians, call center personnel and other employees. AT&T posted a statement on its website March 21 that confirmed the tentative contract. According to AT&T, the deal covers a four-year span.
    The contract must be ratified by the union’s membership, and the vote could be scheduled for later
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  • 11 sea lion rescues in nine days has Pacific Marine Mammal Center scrambling amid coronavirus shutdown

    11 sea lion rescues in nine days has Pacific Marine Mammal Center scrambling amid coronavirus shutdown
    In just nine days, rescues teams from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center responded to 11 dying and starving sea lions, while its own resources were depleted by the stay-at-home orders meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
    The teams that typically go out in groups of four to five have been cut to one or two. Recent beach crowds also posed a hazard to rescuers and lifeguards in Dana Point and Huntington Beach had to intervene when crowds got too close to struggling marine mammals.
    The cent
  • Postponed BeachLife Festival will livestream a slate of performances May 1

    Postponed BeachLife Festival will livestream a slate of performances May 1
    The BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach may be postponed due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, but at least part of the event, which was originally scheduled for May 1-3, will still go on as planned online.
    The festival’s SpeakEasy stage, a new stage where musicians were set to turn down the volume and perform acoustically, will now be a livestream on May 1, which would have been the first day of the festival’s second year. BeachLife, like many other Southern California events and c
  • ‘The Voice’ found this Orange County singer after he’d spent years of paying his dues

    ‘The Voice’ found this Orange County singer after he’d spent years of paying his dues
    Nine words and 17 seconds.
    That’s all Roderick Chambers had to sing of the Brian McKnight song he’d chosen for his blind audition on “The Voice” to convince judge Nick Jonas to hit his button, spin his chair, and change Chambers’ life forever.
    Now picture what that was like for Chambers: You just got something you’d dreamed about for years, but there’s still more than a minute of the song to sing, and millions of viewers are watching.SoundThe gallery wil
  • Olympics rescheduled for July 2021 with opening ceremony on July 23

    Olympics rescheduled for July 2021 with opening ceremony on July 23
    By STEPHEN WADE
    TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.
    Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.
    “The schedule for the games is key to preparing for the games,” Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said. “This will only accelerate our progress.”
    Last week, the IOC
  • A new bridge could be on the way for Trabuco Canyon Road

    A new bridge could be on the way for Trabuco Canyon Road
    It’s a familiar sight during stormy weather: workers closing the Trabuco Canyon Road bridge as tons of mud and debris swallows up the narrow, low-lying structure that connects canyon communities to Rancho Santa Margarita.
    To prevent more road closures and bring the 40-year-old structure up to today’s standard, the OC Public Works Department is starting the process to replace the bridge. Over the next few months, county officials will hear from the community on how the new structure s
  • Santa Ana police seek possibly armed suspect in fatal shooting

    Santa Ana police seek possibly armed suspect in fatal shooting
    Police released a photo Sunday, March 29, of a possibly armed and dangerous man suspected in a fatal shooting at a park in Santa Ana.
    Investigators believe Daniel Contreras, 22, of Santa Ana shot the male victim near a baseball field at El Salvador Park, 1825 W. Civic Center Dr., late Wednesday, Santa Ana Police Department officials said in a news release. The person who was wounded was a minor, and died at the scene, Orange County Deputy Coroner Erica Arellano said. His identity was not release
  • LA Convention Center to become mammoth field hospital in fight against coronavirus

    LA Convention Center to become mammoth field hospital in fight against coronavirus
    The Los Angeles Convention Center will become a field hospital to help relieve the pressures brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday, March 29, in the information-packed latest edition of his evening livecasts.
    A team from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — alongside 30 members of the US National Guard — helped equip the convention halls with medical supplies and cots, Garcetti said.
    The mayor’s remarks came as t
  • USNS Mercy takes on its first non-coronavirus patients

    USNS Mercy takes on its first non-coronavirus patients
    A patient comes aboard the USNS Mercy on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of US Navy)
    A patient is brought aboard the USNS Mercy on Sunday, March 29. (Photo courtesy of US Navy)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSailors transport a patient to be admitted aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy on March 29.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)
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    The first three patients arrived Sunday on the USNS Mercy, a Navy hospital ship at the Port of Los Ange
  • SoFi Stadium construction worker has coronavirus, others enter self-quarantine

    SoFi Stadium construction worker has coronavirus, others enter self-quarantine
    A worker on the site of the Rams’ and Chargers’ new stadium in Inglewood tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and others who were in close contact with that person are in self-quarantine, the construction companies said Sunday.
    The Turner/AECOM Hunt construction team said in a statement that the infected worker is “doing well” and recovering and the number of others who could be exposed is “minimal.” The worker was assigned to a material pre-assembly are
  • Makeshift pantries pop up all over Orange County to help neighbors during coronavirus shutdowns

    Makeshift pantries pop up all over Orange County to help neighbors during coronavirus shutdowns
    On most mornings, JoAnne Swartz arrives before dawn at the Smart & Final in Fountain Valley. That gives her the advantage of buying some toilet paper before it sells out.
    However, Swartz, the store’s manager, stocks up on the suddenly coveted staple not for herself, but for her pop-up pantry.
    A week ago, Swartz got the idea to stack cardboard shelves of food and paper goods in the common area of her Huntington Beach apartment complex. A handwritten sign reads: “Take if you’
  • Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor has another chance to start, and to prove doubters wrong

    Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor has another chance to start, and to prove doubters wrong
    Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor often posts pictures on social media of his offseason workouts, but a recent picture of him training with a notable free-agent quarterback drew plenty of speculation.
    Taylor was pictured next to Cam Newton, the former MVP who was released by the Carolina Panthers last week. Many assumed that meant the Chargers were going to sign Newton, but as of now that’s not the case.
    It was just a picture of two friends who play the same position having a throwing sess
  • Neighborhood parades on wheels become the new way to party in age of coronavirus

    Neighborhood parades on wheels become the new way to party in age of coronavirus
    Birthdays for 10-year-old Kamryn Brownell have always been something to look forward to. Way back in September, she started thinking about hers on Friday, March 27.
    “We had a party planned and we picked out invitations,” said her mom, Michele Lawrence, a Long Beach resident.
    Ten-year-old Kamryn Brownell — with her mom, Michele Lawrence, above — was treated to a parade-style birthday party, which adhered to coronavirus-spurred social distancing. Photo: courtesy imageTen-ye
  • Mr. Bucketlist: When the Browns brought Tommy Lasorda to Fullerton

    Mr. Bucketlist: When the Browns brought Tommy Lasorda to Fullerton
    Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of a six-feature series as Mr. Bucketlist researches the history of spring training and baseball at Amerige Park in Fullerton.
    1953: Before Fullerton was home
    On March 11, 1953, a 25-year-old lefty named Tommy Lasorda stepped onto the pitcher’s mound at Amerige Park wearing an unfamiliar brown and orange uniform.
    Tommy Lasorda of the Brooklyn Dodgers during pitching action, August 7, 1954. (AP Photo)
    That day, the future Hall of Fame manager was the s
  • San Onofre treatment plant problem leads to release of 7,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into ocean

    San Onofre treatment plant problem leads to release of 7,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into ocean
    A water treatment plant at the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station released about 7,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, March 25.
    In an alert to state regulators, Southern California Edison, which operates the power station, said an unexpected surge of wastewater led to an “upset” at the treatment plant that morning, triggering an alarm but allowing the sewage to flow through a 6,000-foot pipe out into the ocean before workers cou
  • Coronavirus: California home sales now ‘essential’ but health risks scare agents

    Coronavirus: California home sales now ‘essential’ but health risks scare agents
    Real estate agents have serious concerns about what would seem to be good news: reclassifying their work as “essential” in this era of coronavirus fears.
    Over the weekend, residential real estate sales were added to an updated list of essential services from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. That seemingly gave a green light to the resumption of sales since that same list was key to a previous no-selling interpretation of Gov.
  • Five more coronavirus deaths reported in LA County as number of cases tops 2,000

    Five more coronavirus deaths reported in LA County as number of cases tops 2,000
    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Los Angeles has surpassed 2,000 people, Los Angeles County public health officials announced Sunday, March 29.
    Officials also reported five new deaths related to COVID-19, the disease resulting from the novel coronavirus, and 332 new cases. A total of 2,136 residents of the county are now confirmed to have contracted the disease as of Sunday, according to county health officials. There have been 37 confirmed deaths.
    Information on the latest individua
  • Long Beach announces 11 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing total to 99

    Long Beach announces 11 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing total to 99
    Long Beach officials announced 11 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, March 29, bringing the city’s total to 99. There were no additional deaths announced.
    No new law enforcement officers were included in the total.
    Long Beach’s total includes a Long Beach police officer, a statement from the city said, and four Long Beach firefighters. All of those first responders are Long Beach residents, but not included in the total are nine other Long beach firefighters who live elsew
  • Trump adds 30 days to social distancing guidelines as coronavirus spreads

    Trump adds 30 days to social distancing guidelines as coronavirus spreads
    By ZEKE MILLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S.
    The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic. But instead he decided to extend them through April 30, a tacit acknowledgment he&rs
  • US agency includes gun sellers as ‘critical’ infrastructure during coronavirus emergency

    US agency includes gun sellers as ‘critical’ infrastructure during coronavirus emergency
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A gun rights group is cheering the Trump administration’s designation of the firearms industry, including retailers, as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure during the coronavirus emergency.
    The designation by the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is advisory. The agency notes that the designation does not override determinations by individual jurisdictions of what they consider critical infrastructure sectors.
    The firearms indus
  • Orange County coronavirus cases reach 431, still 4 deaths

    Orange County coronavirus cases reach 431, still 4 deaths
    Orange County public health officials have released the latest data as of Sunday, March 29 on the number of coronavirus cases reported both countywide and by city.
    The cumulative total for the county was 431 cases, with 28 new diagnoses reported by 1 p.m. Sunday. Eighty-five new cases were recorded on Saturday, and 70 on Friday.
    No new deaths from the virus were reported on Sunday. As of now, four people in the county have died from COVID-19. The county’s first death from the outbreak was
  • Whicker: Riverside City College, Santiago Canyon remember shock of stoppage time

    Whicker: Riverside City College, Santiago Canyon remember shock of stoppage time
    Where were you when the music stopped?
    Phil Mathews and the Riverside City College men’s basketball team were just passing Magic Mountain, on the way to Lemoore for the state tournament.
    “I’d had a bad feeling,” he said. “They said they were going to play without fans. I said, OK, we can do that. Then when the NBA called everything off, I said, that’s it.”
    The call came, and Mathews told the bus driver to pull over, and he turned to his team and explaine
  • Lonnie Franklin, dubbed the ‘Grim Sleeper’ killer of South L.A., dies in prison at 67

    Lonnie Franklin, dubbed the ‘Grim Sleeper’ killer of South L.A., dies in prison at  67
    Lonnie David Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 people between 1985 and 2007 — mainly in the South Los Angeles area — has died at the age of 67, officials at San Quentin State Prison said Sunday, March 29.
    Franklin, who was sentenced to death in Los Angeles in 2016, was found unresponsive in his cell at about 7:20 p.m. Saturday.
    “Medical assistance was rendered and an ambulance was summoned. Franklin was pronounced deceased at 7:43 p.m. His cause of death is pending the resul

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