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'Worst day' so far: LA County reports 7,593 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record
12/02/2020 3:45pm

Los Angeles County reported 7,593 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a daily count that shatters previous records and may trigger even stricter restrictions on activities.

New Jersey cousins organize Hurricane Eta relief efforts for victims in Honduras
12/02/2020 3:43pm

The devastation caused by Hurricane Eta inspired these two New Jersey cousins to help the victims in Honduras.

Detroit mom battling COVID-19 gives birth to twins before being put on ventilator
12/02/2020 3:37pm

Jasmine Logans husband says doctors made the choice to do an emergency cesarean section in order to deliver the twins and save her life.

Bay Area teen's viral portraits of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris now up in Los Angeles exhibit
12/02/2020 3:34pm

At just 14 years old, Tyler Gordon is the youngest artist featured in the Heirs to the Throne exhibit presented by The Lost Warhols Museum in partnership with the Beverly Center in LA.

'Assume you became infected' with COVID after Thanksgiving gatherings: White House task force report
12/02/2020 3:33pm

The report said that anyone over 65 or with significant health conditions should not enter any indoor public spaces where anyone is unmasked.


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Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic Decathlon Champion, Dies at 86
12/02/2020 7:18pm

Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedys assassin in 1968, died Wednesday. He was 86.He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death was announced.Johnson was among the worlds greatest athletes from 1955 through his Olympic triumph in 1960, winning a national decathlon championship in 1956 and a silver medal at the Melbourne Olympics that same year.His Olympic career included carrying the U.S. flag at the 1960 Games and lighting the torch at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to open the 1984 Games. Johnson set world records in the decathlon three different times amid a fierce rivalry with his UCLA teammate C.K. Yang of Taiwan and Vasily Kuznetsov of the former Soviet Union.Johnson won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 1955 while competing in just his fourth decathlon. At a welcome home meet afterward in Kingsburg, California, he set his first world record, breaking the mark of two-time Olympic champion and his childhood hero Bob Mathias.On June 5, 1968, Johnson was working on Kennedys presidential campaign when the Democratic candidate was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Johnson joined former NFL star Rosey Grier and journalist George Plimpton in apprehending Sirhan Sirhan moments after he shot Kennedy, who died the next day.I knew he did everything he could to take care of Uncle Bobby at his most vulnerable moment, Kennedys niece, Maria Shriver, said by phone. His devotion to Uncle Bobby was pure and real. He had protected his friend. Even after Uncle Bobbys death he stayed close.Johnson later called the assassination one of the most devastating moments in my life.Born Rafer Lewis Johnson on Aug. 18, 1934, in Hillsboro, Texas, he moved to California in 1945 with his family, including his brother Jim, a future NFL Hall of Fame inductee. Although some sources cite Johnsons birth year as 1935, the family has said that is incorrect.They eventually settled in Kingsburg, near Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley. It was less than 25 miles from Tulare, the hometown of Mathias, who would win the decathlon at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics and prove an early inspiration to Johnson.Johnson was a standout student and played football, basketball, baseball and track and field at Kingsburg Joint Union High. At 6-foot-3 and 200-plus pounds, he looked more like a linebacker than a track and field athlete.During his junior year of high school, Johnsons coach took him to Tulare to watch Mathias compete in a decathlon, an experience Johnson later said spurred him to take up the grueling 10-event sport.As a freshman at UCLA, where he received academic and athletic scholarships, Johnson won gold at the the 1955 Pan Am Games, and set a world record of 7,985 points.After winning the national decathlon championship in 1956, Johnson was the favorite for the Olympics in Melbourne, but pulled a stomach muscle and strained a knee while training. He was forced to withdraw from the long jump, for which he had also qualified, but tried to gut out the decathlon.Johnsons teammate Milt Campbell, a virtual unknown, gave the performance of his life, finishing with 7,937 points to win gold, 350 ahead of Johnson. It was the last time Johnson would ever come in second.Johnson, Yang, and Kuznetzov had their way with the record books between the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.Kuznetzov, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist who the Soviets called their man of steel, broke Johnsons world record in May 1958 with 8,016 points.Later that year at a U.S.-Soviet dual meet in Moscow, Johnson beat Kuznetzov by 405 points and reclaimed the world record with 8,302 points. Johnson won over the Soviet audience with his gutsy performance in front of what had been a hostile crowd.A car accident and subsequent back injury kept Johnson out of competition during 1959, but he was healthy again for the Olympics in 1960.Yang was his primary competition in Rome. Yang won six of the first nine events, but Johnson led by 66 points going into the 1,500 meters, the decathlons final event.Johnson had to finish within 10 seconds of Yang, which was no small feat as Yang was much stronger running at distance than Johnson.Johnson finished just 1.2 seconds and six yards behind Yang to win the gold. Yang earned silver and Kuznetsov took bronze.At UCLA, Johnson played basketball for coach John Wooden, becoming a starter on the 1958-59 team. In 1958, he was elected student body president, the third Black to hold the office in school history. He stood for what he believed in and he did it in a very classy way with grace and dignity, Olympic champion swimmer Janet Evans said by phone. Evans last saw Johnson, who attended her 2004 wedding, at a luncheon in his honor in May 2019.We were all there to fete him and he just didnt want to be in the spotlight, she said. That was one of the things I loved about him. He didnt want credit.Johnson retired from competition after the Rome Olympics. He began acting in movies, including appearances in Wild in the Country with Elvis Presley, None But the Brave with Frank Sinatra and the 1989 James Bond film License to Kill. He worked briefly as a TV sportscaster before becoming a vice president at Continental Telephone in 1971.In 1984 Johnson lit the Olympic flame for the Los Angeles Games. He took the torch from Gina Hemphill, granddaughter of Olympic great Jesse Owens, who ran it into the Coliseum.Standing there and looking out, I remember thinking I wish I had a camera, Johnson said. My hair was standing straight up on my arm. Words really seem inadequate.Throughout his life, Johnson was widely known for his humanitarian efforts.He served on the organizing committee of the first Special Olympics in Chicago in 1968, working with founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Johnson founded California Special Olympics the following year at a time when positive role models for the intellectually and physically disabled were rare.Rafer really paved the path for many of us to understand the responsibilities that come with being a successful athlete and the number of lives you can impact and change, Evans said.Maria Shriver recalled meeting Johnson for the first time at age 10 or 11 through her mother Eunice.He and I joked that Ive been in love with him ever since, she said. He really was an extraordinary man, such a loving, gracious, elegant, humble man who handled his success in such a beautiful way and stayed so true to himself throughout his life.Peter Ueberroth, who chose Johnson to light the Olympic torch in 1984, called him just one great person, a marvelous human being.Johnson worked for the Peace Corps, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy Association and American Red Cross. In 2016, he received the UCLA Medal, the universitys highest award for extraordinary accomplishments. The schools track is named for Johnson and his wife Betsy.His children, Jenny Johnson Jordan and Josh Johnson, were athletes themselves. Jenny was a beach volleyball player who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and is on the coaching staff of UCLAs beach volleyball team. Josh competed in javelin at UCLA, where he was an All-American.Besides his wife of 49 years and children, he is survived by son-in-law Kevin Jordan and four grandchildren.More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/APSports

Florida Women Plead Guilty in Sex Sting Involving New England Patriots Owner
12/02/2020 9:49am

Two of four women charged in a South Florida prostitution sting that also involved New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft have taken plea deals this week, court records show.Lei Wang, 41, and Shen Mingbi, 60, each pleaded guilty in Palm Beach County circuit court to one count of soliciting another to commit prostitution, records show. They were fined $5,000 each and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.A misdemeanor charge against Kraft was dropped earlier this year after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for sex. Kraft had pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology for his actions.Two other women who worked at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter previously reached deals with prosecutors. Hua Zhang, 59, pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanors. Lei Chen, 45, pleaded guilty to eight counts of offering to commit prostitution in February.The four women, Kraft and two dozen other men were charged in February 2019 in a multicounty investigation of massage parlors that included the installation of video cameras in the Orchids of Asias lobby and rooms under the ruse that a bomb threat required its evacuation. Police say the recordings show Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying them.Those recordings where later thrown out after a county court judge ruled the warrant allowing the cameras installation didnt sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages. An appeals court sided with the judge.Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg dropped the charges against Kraft and the other men in September, explaining that without the video recordings, there wasnt enough evidence to convict them.

Dodgers' Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda Out of Intensive Care
12/02/2020 4:42am

Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda has been moved out of intensive care, although he remains hospitalized in Southern California.Los Angeles Dodgers spokesman Steve Brener said Tuesday that the teams 93-year-old former manager is doing rehab at the hospital in Orange County. Lasorda has been hospitalized since Nov. 8, although the team didnt make it public until a week later.Lasorda attended the teams Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Oct. 27 in Texas that clinched the Dodgers first World Series title since 1988.Lasorda had a record of 1,599-1,439 while managing the Dodgers from 1976-96, guiding them to World Series championships in 1981 and 88. The franchise won four National League pennants and eight division titles under Lasorda. He had a heart attack in June 1996 and retired from managing the Dodgers the following month.In 2000, Lasorda managed the U.S. Olympic baseball team to a gold medal at the Sydney Games.In 2012, Lasorda was hospitalized in New York after having a heart attack.

Lakers and Clippers Featured on NBA's Marquee Christmas Day Games
12/02/2020 4:37am

The NBA season is scheduled to tip-off on Dec. 22 and the leagues traditional slate of Christmas Day games was tentatively released on Tuesday.According to ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski, the five-game schedule features both Los Angeles based teams: the LA Clippers, and the reigning NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.The Christmas Day slate starts with the New Orleans Pelicans vs. the Miami Heat at 9:00AM PT, followed by the Golden State Warriors vs. the Milwaukee Bucks at 11:30AM PT. A fan dresses up as Santa Claus during a Christmas Day NBA Game on December 25, 2019.The Brooklyn Nets will tip off against the Boston Celtics at 2:00PM PT, and then the Dallas Mavericks will travel to Staples Center to face the Lakers at 5:00PM PT.The final game of the night is a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals between the Clippers and Denver Nuggets at 7:30PM PT.If it feels like basketball is beginning again so soon after it ended inside the bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, thats because it is. The shortest offseason in NBA history is just 71 days removed from the Lakers hoisting the Larry OBrien trophy, and tip-off on Opening Night.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Runner Up For NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award Says He Wants to Start for Lakers
12/02/2020 3:51am

The Los Angeles Lakers are locked in and reloaded in their quest to repeat as NBA Champions.With the NBA season just three weeks away, and training camp already underway, the reigning NBA Champions spent much of November upgrading their roster and bolstering their bench unit.First, the Lakers brought back key members of their core including Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jared Dudley, and Markieff Morris.Then, they brought in some new blood to replace the losses of Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, and JaVale McGee.They signed veterans Marc Gasol and Wes Matthews. Traded for Alfonzo McKinnie, and acquired reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award winner Montrezl Harrell, as well as the runner-up to the award in Dennis Schrder.Speaking to the media for the first time on Monday, Schrder said he was in Germany when he first found out the Oklahoma City Thunder had traded him to the 17-time NBA Champion Lakers.I was in Germany and I was pretty excited, Schrder said via Zoom from the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo. Its an honor to wear purple and gold. My family was excited.Schrder was born in Bruanschweig, Germany to a German father and Gambian mother. After growing up with a skateboard in his hand, Schrder traded in his four wheels for a basketball at the age of 11. Schrder quickly ascended through the professional ranks in Germany until he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.Schrder backed up Jeff Teague in Atlanta until the 2016-17 season, when he became the starting point guard after Teague was traded to the Indiana Pacers. Schrder was traded to the Thunder on July 25, 2018, where he served as sixth man behind Russell Westbrook, and then Chris Paul.Originally, the Lakers acquisition of Schrder was expected to take the place of Rondo, who came off the bench as the teams primary ball handler behind James. After Schrders success in that role last season, it was widely assumed he would remain in that role, especially after the team won the title with James serving as a point forward. However, Schrder told reporters that he was no longer interested in coming off the bench and added that he expects to start alongside James and Davis with the season starts on Dec. 22nd.I did this off the bench stuff already the last two years in OKC, said Schrder. I think I try to move forward and with AD and Lebron I can be helpful as a starter in that PG position. That way LeBron dont have so much stuff in his mind and I can bring the ball up, call a set play or whatever, and put him in a position to score.Schrders comments may come as a surprise for some, but this could be the Lakers plan moving forward. Schrder said that his agent spoke with the organization before they pulled the trigger on the trade, and that supposedly the team sees him as a starter next to LeBron and AD, and not coming off the bench as a sixth man.First and foremost, when the Lakers first signed LeBron James as a free agent in the summer of 2018, they expected him to play off the ball more, with then point guard Lonzo Ball serving as the teams primary ball handler. The Lakers didnt make the playoffs that season, mostly due to injuries, and Ball was shipped to New Orleans in the deal for Davis.During the 2019-20 season, the Lakers starting lineup featured James, Davis, Caldwell-Pope, McGee, and Green. With the exception of Howard, who was inserted into the starting lineup midway through the playoffs over McGee, that was the starting lineup that won the title.Gasol or Harrell is expected to replace McGee/Howard in the starting lineup, and with KCP returning, most presumed that Matthews would replace Green in the starting lineup as the teams primary Three and D guy.However, if you watched President Barack Obamas appearance on James HBO show The Shop: Uninterrupted, you might discover why the Lakers could start Schrder over Matthews, especially in the beginning of the season.Obama told James that he wanted Davis to do all the heavy lifting early in the 2020-21 season, especially after the shortest offseason in NBA history, with just 71 days between the end of the NBA Finals and Opening Night on Dec. 22.You gotta save yourself man, for when it counts, said Obama. Let Anthony Davis do all the work, man.Those comments, which James agreed with, lead many to believe that the soon-to-be 36-year-old will be on a minutes restriction for the start of the new season. Additionally, taking the ball out of James hand, and allowing him to just focus on scoring and not facilitating early on, could be another way to ensure hes healthy for the stretch run.I think for him to play off the ball is great, said Schrder when asked about it. I think thats the reason why they brought me in, and I think I will fit perfectly with LeBron and AD.James led the league with a career-high 10.2 assists last season, but with the addition of Schrder, dont expect him to repeat that mark. Schder should allow James to be more of a scorer early on in games, but as we saw with James and Rondo in the playoffs, both can be on the court down the stretch, and both are capable of putting up double-digit assists on any given night.The Lakers have yet to announce their starting lineup for the upcoming season, but dont be surprised to see Schrder in it come Dec. 22.

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San Bernardino County’s 2 charter change measures both pass
12/02/2020 3:53pm

Measures slashing county supervisors pay and benefits and making more comprehensive changes to the county charter both passed, certified election results show

Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help
12/02/2020 3:49pm

U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to ease staffing shortages.

Comedian and actor George Lopez expands his presence at San Manuel Casino
12/02/2020 3:44pm

Theres more than one way to celebrate your George Lopez fandom at San Manuel Casino now.

Corona helping the homeless with shelter, personal touch
12/02/2020 3:44pm

The citys five-year plan includes housing and a partnership with a group that reaches out to those on the streets

Arizona’s Scott Kelly is sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge
12/02/2020 3:31pm

Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the chamber and underscoring his states shift from red to blue.

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