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Judge rules in favor of father of 12-year-old LAUSD student who challenged COVID vaccine mandate
07/06/2022 11:19am

A judge has ruled in favor of the father of a 12-year-old student who filed a lawsuit challenging the Los Angeles Unified School Districts student COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Dad, daughter doctors duo performs heart surgery on a patient
07/06/2022 11:13am

A Missouri woman is following in her fathers footsteps - training to be a heart surgeon - and recently, the talented duo got the chance to perform surgery together.

President Biden has read Brittney's Griner letter pleading for help in midst of Russian trial: WH
07/06/2022 10:23am

Griners wife, Cherelle, said Tuesday that she hadnt heard from Biden.

Amber Heard's attorneys wants the court to toss verdict in Johnny Depp defamation case.
07/06/2022 10:22am

Attorneys for Amber Heard have asked the court to throw out the verdict in the defamation trial with her ex husband Johnny Depp and either dismiss the case or order a new trial.

Gas prices in Los Angeles, Orange counties drop for 22nd consecutive day
07/06/2022 10:19am

In L.A. County, the three-week run of falling prices follows an 18-day streak of increases totaling 36.9 cents.


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Joey Chestnut Regrets Viral Takedown of Protester During Hot Dog Eating Contest
07/06/2022 8:19am

Joey Chestnut won his record-extending 15th Mustard Belt at the 2022 Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday.But he has one regret from his latest championship performance.In an interview with USA TODAY Sports Josh Peter, the worlds top-ranked competitive eater said he felt bad about his viral takedown of a protester who rushed the stage during the contest at Nathans Famous original restaurant in Brooklyns Coney Island.As soon as I grabbed the guy, I realized he was a kid, the 38-year-old Chestnut said. I felt bad afterwards. I was just amped up, just focused on getting back to eating.Its just unfortunate. I wish that it didnt happen. Its a bummer.As Chestnut was downing his 18th hot dog, three protesters from the animal rights activist group Direct Action Everywhere ran onto the stage wearing Star Wars masks and holding up signs with the message Expose Smithfields Deathstar. The activists were protesting Smithfield Foods, which is Nathans pork supplier. One of the protesters, donning a Darth Vader mask, nudged Chestnut out of position and flashed the sign to the crowd. Chestnut, who arrived at the event on crutches due to a ruptured tendon in his leg, responded by putting that protester in a chokehold and taking him to the ground. Chestnut then immediately resumed eating as the protesters were removed by security.joey chestnutJul 4Joey Chestnut Tackles Darth Vader-Masked Protester During Hot Dog Eating Contestcompetitive eatingJul 4Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo Dominate 2022 Nathan&039s Hot Dog Eating ContestThe Darth Vader-masked activist was Scott Gilbertson, a 21-year-old from Berkeley, California. USA TODAY Sports also spoke to Gilbertson, who felt the takedown was unnecessary and was surprised to find out Chestnut was the one who delivered it.I felt like it was unnecessary for sure, Gilbertson said. I had the mask on so I couldnt see who it was. I assumed it was a security guard. And then when I saw the video, it was Joey. I was surprised.Chestnut conceded that the altercation looked excessive but added that the mask Gilbertson was wearing played a role in his reaction.I was freaked out a little bit because he had the mask on, Chestnut said. I saw the mask and I think thats when I realized he doesnt belong here.It looks excessive, he added. But in my position, I dont know, I had been waiting a long time for the contest and I wish Gilbertsonhad just stood by me and I never would have touched him. If he hadnt elbowed me and got in front of me, it would have not been a problem. But I also wish they didnt get on stage.Gilbertson, who was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment according to the New York Police Department, said he could understand why Chestnut would overreact in that situation, yet still thought it was excessive.I dont really have anything against Joey as a person, Gilbertson said. I was just trying to get my message out there and my organizations message out there. I wasnt trying to nudge him. I had the mask on and my peripheral vision was hindered.I was trying to get in front of him. I couldnt see how close I was to him and I kind of nudged him. So I can understand, I guess, why he may have overreacted. But I think the extent to which he reacted was unnecessary.The two other protesters 42-year-old Robert Yamada of Phoenix and 31-year-old Joshua Marxen of Santa Clara, California were charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, according to the NYPD.Chestnut said he may have been able to eat three more hot dogs if it werent for the incident. Regardless, he still won in comfortable fashion as he downed 63 hot dogs and buns, 15.5 more than second-place Geoffrey Esper.

Dodgers Beat Rockies 5-2, Ryan Pepiot Earns First Career MLB Win
07/05/2022 10:48pm

Max Muncy and Mookie Betts hit first-pitch home runs to power the Los Angeles Dodgers past the last-place Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Tuesday night.The victory pushed the Dodgers NL West lead to 5 1/2 games over San Diego, their largest of the season.Rookie right-hander Ryan Pepiot 1-0 started in place of Mitch White after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day. The 24-year-old Pepiot allowed one run and four hits over five innings in his fourth big league start. He struck out a career-high six and walked one.Brusdar Graterol pitched the ninth to earn his second major league save, both in the past week.Colorados Kris Bryant went deep for the first time since last September, ending a career-worst homerless streak of 38 games. His solo shot off Phil Bickford in the sixth eluded the glove of a leaping Cody Bellinger at the wall in center. Bryant has gone 10 for 29 in seven games since coming off the injured list a week ago.After Will Smith drew a leadoff walk, Muncy connected for a two-run shot off Germn Mrquez 4-7 in the second inning, putting the Dodgers ahead 2-1. Muncy was 2 for 2 with two walks.Betts added a solo shot his 18th in the third.The Dodgers extended their lead to 4-1 on Justin Turners RBI single that scored Muncy, who doubled leading off the fourth.Trayce Thompsons RBI single gave the Dodgers an insurance run with two outs in the eighth. He hit a three-run homer in their 5-3 win on Monday.Mrquez gave up four runs and six hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three.Max Muncy 13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two-run home run against starting pitcher German Marquez of the Colorado Rockies in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 5, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesTRAINERS ROOMDodgers: OF Chris Taylor had a CT scan that revealed a fracture in his left foot. He got hurt last weekend and left Mondays game when it swelled. Los Angeles closer Craig Kimbrel had a CT scan, but the results werent immediately known. He took a line drive off his back last week. LHP Andrew Heaney left shoulder inflammation threw a 30-pitch bullpen. Hes still a ways down the road, manager Dave Roberts said. RHP Blake Treinen right shoulder played catch a day after throwing 30 pitches off a mound. Hes not expected back before August. We have one bullet to get him back and do it right, Roberts said. RHP Dustin May, still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, has been throwing to hitters, but theres no timetable for him to begin a rehab assignment.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Jos Urea 0-0, 3.52 ERA makes his Colorado debut after being signed to a minor league deal in mid-May. He last started on June 29 against Triple-A Sugar Land, allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings.Dodgers: White 0-1, 3.93 is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA and eight strikeouts in three games against the Rockies.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Dodgers' All-Star Out Indefinitely With Fractured Foot
07/05/2022 7:39pm

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been riddled with injuries this season and now they will be without one of their All-Stars from last season.Chris Taylor, the Dodgers 2021 All-Star, and super utility player will be out indefinitely after a CT scan on Tuesday revealed a fracture in his left foot.Taylor suffered the injury while sliding to make a catch in right field on Saturday and left the game immediately.After the game, he was seen in the Dodgers clubhouse with his left foot wrapped, but not in a walking boot. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Saturdays game that x-rays on Taylors foot were negative and that he would be out of the lineup on Sunday.Taylor was out of the lineup on Sunday, but back in the lineup on Monday for the Dodgers Fourth of July game. Taylor started in left field and appeared to be fine on defense, but after working a walk in the bottom of the fifth, Taylor struggled running the bases on Trayce Thompsons eventual three-run home run.Taylor came out of the game again, and it was announced he would undergo a CT scan on Tuesday morning. The results of that scan revealed the fracture and will place Taylor on the injured list for an indefinite amount of time.Taylor will reportedly not need a cast or a walking boot, but could be out between 4-6 weeks, the average time for a foot fracture to heal.Taylor was batting .238 with six home runs, 19 doubles, and 27 RBI in 74 games this season.Jake Lamb got the start in left field in place of Taylor on Tuesday. When Taylor came out of the game against left-hander Kyle Freeland on the Fourth of July, Thompson moved from left field to right field and Mookie Betts went from second base to right field. Expect to see a platoon of Lamb/Lux against right-handed pitching and Thompson against left-handed pitching in left field moving forward.The Dodgers have had a total of 18 different players on the injured list this season, with Taylor expected to be number 19 on Wednesday. Those 18 players have missed a total of 866 days combined, and over $20 million in combined salary while they were on the IL.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Cowboys Criticized Over Deal With Gun-Themed Coffee Company
07/05/2022 3:47pm

The Cowboys set social media ablaze Tuesday morning when they announced their partnership with gun-themed coffee company Black Rifle Coffee Co.The partnership with the Black Rifle Coffee Co.was revealed on Twitterthe day after more than a half-dozen people died in ashooting at a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago.It also comes a little more than a month since the Cowboys announced their role in a $400,000 donation to support victims and survivors ofthe school shooting in Uvaldein South Texas, where 19 students and two teachers died.The tweet announcing the agreement between Americas Team and Americas Coffee drew about 200 comments in the first few hours, most of them critical and suggesting the timing of the announcement was poor.Maybe read the room a bit, guys, one person posted, while another wrote, The Dallas Cowboys just lost one of their biggest fans. Integrity matters.The Cowboys declined comment.The tweet links to a contest offering two tickets to a Cowboys home game and a one-year subscription to the coffee company. Most of the companys sales are direct to consumer.Black Rifle was founded by U.S. Army veteran Evan Hafer,who has made support of veterans one of the tenets of his company.BRCC is proud to partner with the Dallas Cowboys, who are strongly committed to our mission of supporting veterans, first responders, and Americas men and women in uniform, a Black Rifle spokesman said. The long-planned announcement was timed to coincide with the Independence Day holiday Americas Team. Americas Coffee. Americas Birthday.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones steadfast support of the military was best illustrated when he was one of the most outspoken NFL owners against players kneeling during The Star-Spangled Banner before games to protest racial injustice and police brutality.The Black Rifle brand has been popular among conservatives and gun-rights advocates, and the Salt Lake City-based company has ties to Texas. The first brick-and-mortar store opened in San Antonio, where the company has a second corporate office.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

How Does Julio Rodriguez's Dominant Rookie Season Measure Up Against Ken Griffey Jr.?
07/05/2022 3:32pm

Julio Rodriguez is making a name for himself out West.The Seattle Mariners center fielder is exceeding the already-high expectations of his first MLB season and building a convincing case for AL Rookie of the Year as we approach the All-Star break.But how does Rodriguez measure up in the history booksHe doesnt have to look far to find the gold standard of center fielders Ken Griffey Jr., arguably the greatest player in Mariners history.Griffey Jr. spent over half of his 22-year, Hall of Fame career in Seattle and won nearly every award in the book not named the Commissioners trophy. He remains one of the greatest players of all time and is a legend among Mariners faithful.Eighty-one games into Rodriguezs career and the comparisons between the two are already emerging.Heres a close look at how their rookie seasons compare.MeasurementsLets start with the basics.While both outfielders were comfortably on the young end of MLB debuts, Griffey Jr. gets the edge, having entered the league as a teenager.That two-year difference might explain the over 30-pound advantage Rodriguez had on Griffey Jr.They both clock in at 6-foot-3, bringing the head-to-head measurements to a draw.Julio RodriguezKen Griffey Jr.Age on Opening Day21 years old19 years oldHeight6-foot-36-foot-3Weight228 pounds195 poundsAdvantage: EvenOffensive numbersAt this point in his rookie season, Griffey Jr. had recorded a stat line with a batting average of .282, an on-base percentage of .346 and a slugging percentage of .463 with a .824 on-base plus slugging score. By the end of his season, his numbers had taken a slight dip .264/.329/.420/.748 but were still good enough for third place in the AL Rookie of the Year standings, behind runner-up Tom Gordon and winner Gregg Olson.Meanwhile, Rodriguez is slashing .275/.335/.489 OPS .824. At this point in the season, Griffey Jr. holds a narrow lead over Rodriguez in batting average and on-base percentage.However, Rodriguez continues to improve his numbers week-after-week with major gains in the slugging department. His 15 home runs trail Griffey Jr.s season total 16 for now, but hes bound to come out on top with half a season remaining.Advantage: Griffey Jr., narrowlyDefensive numbersDefensive production is a little harder to capture, but well give it our best shot.Griffey Jr. had three errors through 81 games, but things took a downhill turn quickly. He more than tripled that number down the back half of the season, bringing his total number of errors to 10.Rodriguez, to his credit, has two errors so far.He also registers five outs above average, a metric used to determine how many outs a player has saved, with average being set at zero. This puts him at 33rd among all MLB fielders this season and 13th among outfielders.Outs above average numbers only date back to 2016, so for the sake of consistency theres no way to provide a head-to-head comparison of Rodriguez and Griffey Jr.Time will tell how his fielding season plays out, but slight edge to Rodriguez.Advantage: RodriguezWAR valueThis might look like a lot of numbers and gibberish to the casual fan. Luckily, baseball has a simple way to measure the value of a player against the replacement field.WAR wins above replacement is an easy way to capture a players overall production. While scores accumulate year-by-year, Rodriguez holds a slight advantage 3.5 to 3.3 over Griffey Jr.s rookie season.Advantage: RodriguezFinal VerdictRodriguez still has a long way to go to enter the ranks of Griffey Jr., but theres no denying the incredible rookie season hes having. Several decades from now, we will hopefully be able to have an honest evaluation of where the two Mariners stand, but until then well tip our hats to Rodriguez for giving us an entertaining rookie season that rivals that of a Seattle great.Check back in 81 games from now and it might be a different story.

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Dine 909: $1 French fries at Farmer Boys and other restaurant deals
07/06/2022 11:30am

Plus, find out about Rubios Coastal Grills latest menu items, and Cafe Organix in San Bernardino now has some alcohol on its menu.

Data breach undermines gun rights
07/06/2022 10:52am

This editorial board takes a back seat to no one in our advocacy for open records so the public can hold accountable our public officials. Yet its one thing for the government to post public information about its inner workings and quite another for it to post personal data it collects about Californians.

Arizona leads on education reform
07/06/2022 10:41am

Last month, the Arizona Legislature approved the most sweeping school choice law of any state in the nation. Its worth paying attention to.

OC Fair 2022: What’s coming to Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa and how to get tickets
07/06/2022 10:36am

Tickets to all of the concerts happening during the run of the OC Fair July 15-Aug. 14 include same-day fair admission.

Pac-12 survival guide: Expansion options (from Dallas to Spokane) if the conference holds together
07/06/2022 10:16am

The conference is considering expansion after losing USC and UCLA to the Big Ten. Meanwhile, several schools are pondering jumps to the Big 12.

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