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  • Smarter security cameras in development at UH Smarter security cameras in development at UH

    University of Houston computer science professor Shishir Shah recently received a $1.5 million grant to make security cameras smarter.

    ABC30.com / 25 min. ago
  • Over 1,000 apply to adopt bulldogs rescued from Westminster homeOver 1,000 apply to adopt bulldogs rescued from Westminster home

    More than 1,000 applications have been submitted to adopt nearly 80 bulldogs found in filthy, hoarder-like conditions at a home in Westminster last week.

    ABC30.com / 41 min. ago
  • Officials said they are working to rescue 9 people pinned inside 3 cars in Fresno County Officials said they are working to rescue 9 people pinned inside 3 cars in Fresno County

    Nine people are pinned inside three cars in Fresno County near Kings Canyon & Alta.

    ABC30.com / 1 h. 2 min. ago
  • Two people are trapped under collapsed structure in Northwest Fresno Two people are trapped under collapsed structure in Northwest Fresno

    Two people are trapped under collapsed structure in Northwest Fresno

    ABC30.com / 1 h. 7 min. ago
  • Bulldogs clinch spot in Mountain West ChampionshipBulldogs clinch spot in Mountain West Championship

    Fresno State wins West division with 13-7 victory over Wyoming

    ABC30.com / 1 h. 31 min. ago
  • Tillie leads No. 17 Gonzaga over Utah State 79-66 - Fresno BeeTillie leads No. 17 Gonzaga over Utah State 79-66 - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeTillie leads No. 17 Gonzaga over Utah State 79-66Fresno BeeKillian Tillie scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 17 Gonzaga beat Utah State 79-66 on Saturday night. Corey Kispert and Silas Melson each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (3-0), which lost to North Carolina in the NCAA title game last season.and more »

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  • ‘Dogs dig deep on Senior Day‘Dogs dig deep on Senior Day

    The Fresno State volleyball team defeated the Wyoming Cowgirls 3-1 on Saturday at its Senior Celebration in the Save Mart Center. “I think it was the most important win since I’ve been here,” senior Jacqueline Hutcheson said. “We haven’t had the best season, but finishing strong and beating the second team in conference was really exciting.” Winning their first set 20-25, the ‘Dogs trailed 11-10 before taking a 5-0 run to take the lead. Unable to dodge a third set point, the Cowgirls gave in to an attacking error. Struggling in the second set, the ‘Dogs were unable to contain the Cowgirls, 25-14. “Second set has been tough for us this year,” head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. “We can’t really figure it out, but they definitely start picking on us and we start passing pretty poorly.” In a battle for the third set, the ‘Dogs and Cowgirls tied the match 13 times causing 5 lead changes. Fresno State hit a match-best .439 with 19 kills while Wyoming hit a day-high of .341 with 18 kills. Trailing behind Wyoming 22-19 in the set, the ‘Dogs scored four straight points to take the lead. Tying the game once again, the Cowgirls eventually fell to the ‘Dogs 23-25 after kills from Aubrey Folk and Taylor Slover. Leading for most of the set, Wyoming outhit Fresno State .214-.167. But it was the ‘Dogs perseverance that scored five of six points to trim the lead 23-22. After a match point by Wyoming, Fresno State went on a 3-0 run to take the lead and finish 25-27 after a Cowgirl service error. “We just came together as a team and we kind of just said ‘we want it and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get it’,” senior Lauren Torres said. Torres hit .364 with two blocks and six kills this match. “Every single year [I’m] just getting better and learning new things and just getting to grow with these girls, growing as a person and growing as a player,” Torres said. “It’s just been a great four years.” Hutcheson set a match-high of 17 digs and is now 10 digs away of 1,000 career digs. She has one more game to make history as the 10th player to reach this milestone. “It’s been a really good experience, especially being a local girl from the Valley, representing as a Bulldog, it’s been fun,” Hutcheson said. The senior duo will be competing in their last collegiate game against the UNLV Rebels at the Save Mart Center on Monday.

    The Collegian / 2 h. 1 min. ago more
  • Irving, Celtics beat Hawks 110-99 for 15th straight victory - Fresno BeeIrving, Celtics beat Hawks 110-99 for 15th straight victory - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeIrving, Celtics beat Hawks 110-99 for 15th straight victoryFresno BeeKyrie Irving scored 30 points, Jaylen Brown added a career-high 27 and the Boston Celtics won their 15th straight game with a 110-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. At 15-2, Boston leads the NBA and matched the best start in franchise ...and more »

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  • Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies 105-83 - Fresno BeeHarden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies 105-83 - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeHarden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies 105-83Fresno BeeJames Harden scored 29 points, Clint Capela had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 on Saturday night. Houston guard Chris Paul added 17 points and six assists in his second game since returning from ...and more »

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  • 'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy hospitalized with organ failure in Florida'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy hospitalized with organ failure in Florida

    David Cassidy has been hospitalized in critical condition with organ failure in Florida.

    ABC30.com / 3 h. 19 min. ago
  • Keystone pipeline leaks over 200,000 gallons of oil Keystone pipeline leaks over 200,000 gallons of oil

    The controversial pipeline operated by TransCanada started leaking Thursday outside the town of Amherst, South Dakota.

    ABC30.com / 3 h. 32 min. ago
  • Tesla grand opening in Kettleman City Tesla grand opening in Kettleman City

    Tesla has arrived at Kettleman City in a big way. Wednesday the electric car company opened one of its largest Supercharger stations in the US, hoping to bridge the gap between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

    ABC30.com / 3 h. 34 min. ago
  • Climate change threatens giant sequoias, scientists sayClimate change threatens giant sequoias, scientists say

    The giant sequoias were spared during the widespread tree mortality that recently occurred in California forests during the drought.

    ABC30.com / 3 h. 37 min. ago
  • A billboard in Clovis is getting nationwide attentionA billboard in Clovis is getting nationwide attention

    It depicts Republican Congressman Devin Nunes and President Donald Trump as toddlers on a leash being held by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    ABC30.com / 3 h. 38 min. ago
  • Have you seen the ‘incredible’ surprise Disney just put out?Have you seen the ‘incredible’ surprise Disney just put out?

    My eyes lit up as I watched that lowercase “i”  turn into roman numeral number two. And yes, it was totally “WICKED!” The teaser to the trailer that is 13 years in the making finally graced all Disney media platforms this weekend. “Incredibles 2,” the sequel to the beloved superhuman family movie, will be in theaters June 15, 2018 in 3D, according to information on the official Disney-Pixar YouTube account. The video, all 52 seconds of it, gave me a rush of adrenaline I was not expecting. We see a “random baby” (you’ll see what I mean in a second) crawl onto our screen using his laser vision to change that iconic one-letter logo. Then we get a quick shot of Mr. Incredible himself excited to see that his very own baby has super powers. But what are those powers exactly? – We get laser, thunder and flames all coming out of this toddler’s body. I’m guessing his “official” power will be revealed in the film. I’m going to be completely honest, something happened to me that immediately aged me more than I ever wanted. For a good few minutes I was ready to congratulate the Parr family on the newest edition to their family – baby number four. But wait, this is no new baby. It’s Jack Jack! This most likely means the new film will resume exactly where we left off in the first one, which is pretty cool for the most part. I’m not gonna lie, I was excited to see Dash go off to college, Violet get engaged and the Incredibles live as almost-retired parents with their one child left at home. But this is Disney after all, which means that everything’s got to stay relatable to those second and third graders that this franchise was originally intended for. But that’s far from what I think that will be filling aisles of theatres next summer. I and other “nineties babies” will be flocking to theaters at midnight to see the film that left us with many questions throughout much of our adolescence. It’s a moment we know that has been long overdue for those who are now almost-to-be college grads. The comment section lit up with the requests of all children to stay out of theaters for that June weekend. One thing I also realized is the fact that this is only a “teaser trailer.” We have no character list, no storyline or even the slightest idea of how this movie will start off. But if there’s anyone at Pixar who understands the importance of this sequel, they know that the infamous “Underminer” has to be the star villain of the next film. (If you don’t know who that is, you deserve to lose your ticket to the midnight premiere.) One thing I can say is that this moment is truly nostalgic and, wow, we’re getting old. But I think Disney has something up its sleeves with this movie. Would we have had the same affection for this comeback if it happened in 2006 or 2007? I think the long wait is part of the hype for the sequel. It’s been over a decade and our interest in this movie has exploded, probably even more so than when the first one came out. Everyone at Disney knows what they’re doing, and I’m sure they won’t disappoint when we see those black-masked eyes pan our movie screens once again.

    The Collegian / 4 h. 48 min. ago more
  • Today's Honor Choir concert a high note for young SJ singersToday's Honor Choir concert a high note for young SJ singers

    Nearly 300 students, including 14 from San Joaquin County, will take the stage at Faye Spanos Concert Hall at 3:30 p.m. today for the Central Region Honor Choir concert. After auditions in September that included singing an Italian Art song, scales, apreggioss, pitch matching and sight reading, the students who were selected - from schools from Bakersfield to the Oregon border - gathered for rehearsals on Thursday and Friday with guest conductors from California colleges.

    Fresno News / 4 h. 57 min. ago more
  • At least 9 people involved in crash in eastern Fresno County - Fresno BeeAt least 9 people involved in crash in eastern Fresno County - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeAt least 9 people involved in crash in eastern Fresno CountyFresno BeeCal Fire reported Saturday that nine people were involved in a crash in Fresno County. The accident was reported by the California Highway Patrol as a head-on crash between a gray Honda van and a gray Toyota SUV, but CHP later stated that a third ...

    Google News / 5 h. 41 min. ago
  • At least 9 people involved in crash in eastern Fresno CountyAt least 9 people involved in crash in eastern Fresno County

    Cal Fire reported Saturday that nine people were involved in a crash in Fresno County. The accident was reported by the California Highway Patrol as a head-on crash between a … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 5 h. 42 min. ago
  • Accident at HSR construction site injures twoAccident at HSR construction site injures two

    Two workers sustained moderate injuries and were taken to a hospital for medical attention after an accident at a high-speed rail construction site near Highway 99 and the San Joaquin River in Fresno, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Trenholm who briefed media Saturday afternoon, Nov. 18, 2017. … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 5 h. 49 min. ago
  • As he showered, they kicked in the door. Now the man who shot him has been convicted - Fresno BeeAs he showered, they kicked in the door. Now the man who shot him has been convicted - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeAs he showered, they kicked in the door. Now the man who shot him has been convictedFresno BeeA Dinuba man was convicted Friday of attempted murder for his part in an attempted home invasion robbery where a man was shot, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office said. Enrique Carrizales, 29, was convicted on one count of attempted murder ...

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  • As he showered, they kicked in the door. Now the man who shot him has been convictedAs he showered, they kicked in the door. Now the man who shot him has been convicted

    A Dinuba man was convicted Friday of attempted murder for his part in an attempted home invasion robbery where a man was shot, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said. … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 6 h. 6 min. ago
  • Horse Park’s 60th anniversary 3-day eventing continues through SundayHorse Park’s 60th anniversary 3-day eventing continues through Sunday

    More than 210 entries from across California including Olympian Lauren Billys of Woodlake are competing this weekend at the Fresno County Horse Park’s 60th Anniversary Horse Trial. The three-day event … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 6 h. 10 min. ago
  • Central California Auto Show comes to Downtown Fresno - KFSN-TVCentral California Auto Show comes to Downtown Fresno - KFSN-TV

    KFSN-TVCentral California Auto Show comes to Downtown FresnoKFSN-TVIf you are in the market for a new car anytime soon or just love cars -- you may want head to Downtown Fresno this weekend for the Central California Auto Show. 18 automakers will have some of their new models on display for you to climb inside and ...

    Google News / 6 h. 25 min. ago
  • North Carolina beats Western Carolina 65-10 - Fresno BeeNorth Carolina beats Western Carolina 65-10 - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeNorth Carolina beats Western Carolina 65-10Fresno BeeNathan Elliott threw four first-half touchdown passes as North Carolina cruised past Western Carolina 65-10 on Saturday. The Tar Heels scored 21 points in a span of 2 minutes, 46 seconds in the second quarter to take control. After punting on its first ...and more »

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  • Obituaries for Nov. 19 - Fresno BeeObituaries for Nov. 19 - Fresno Bee

    Obituaries for Nov. 19Fresno BeeCARMONA — Beatrice Carmona, 85, of Fresno died Nov. 14. She was a retired owner of Carmona Wrought Iron. Visitation: 9 to 10 a.m. Nov. 21 at St. Agnes Mission Church. Rosary and Mass: 10 a.m. Nov. 21 at the church. Arrangements: Serenity Funeral ...and more »

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  • Obituaries for Nov. 19Obituaries for Nov. 19

    AVEDISIAN — Eleanor S. Avedisian, 92, of Fowler died Nov. 16. She was a farmer and homemaker. Service: 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Chuch. … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 7 h. 19 min. ago
  • 2 high-speed rail construction workers injured in accident near Highway 99 and river2 high-speed rail construction workers injured in accident near Highway 99 and river

    Two men working on a high-speed rail viaduct construction site were taken to a hospital Saturday afternoon after a workplace accident near Highway 99 and the San Joaquin River. California … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 7 h. 30 min. ago
  • ‘Dogs clinch West division with win in Wyoming‘Dogs clinch West division with win in Wyoming

    Fresno State clinched its spot in the Mountain West Championship game with a 13-7 win on the road against Wyoming on Saturday. Because a section of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, was closed, the team arrived at War Memorial Stadium about two hours before the start of the game. Even though the ‘Dogs had less preparation and warm up time than they usually do, it didn’t seem to cause any problems in the win. The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Fresno State was forced to punt, but the Wyoming returner fumbled and Bulldog linebacker George Helmuth recovered the ball deep in Cowboy territory. The ‘Dogs scored on their first play – a 21-yard pass from quarterback Marcus McMaryion to running back Ronnie Rivers for the touchdown. Fresno State added another field goal in the third quarter. Wyoming starting quarterback Josh Allen did not play because of a shoulder injury he sustained last week against Air Force. The ‘Dogs held the Allen-less Cowboys to only 7 points, with the lone touchdown coming late in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys made a late push with under a minute remaining in the game, driving into Bulldog territory, needing a touchdown to take the lead. Defensive end Robert Stanley crushed Wyoming’s hopes of winning late, sacking quarterback Nick Smith on fourth down to seal the game. McMaryion finished with 186 yards and one touchdown. Running back Josh Hokit led the ‘Dogs rushing attack with 69 yards. Wide receiver KeeSean Johnson led the team with 6 receptions for 48 yards. With the win, the Bulldogs knocked Wyoming out of the Mountain division race, meaning that Boise State clinched the Mountain division. Not only will Fresno State play Boise State at home next Saturday, but the teams will meet the following week in the Mountain West Championship.

    The Collegian / 8 h. 20 min. ago more
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  • The mysterious disappearance of Cheryl Ann RaffeoThe mysterious disappearance of Cheryl Ann Raffeo

    Cheryl Ann Raffeo disappeared from her usual haunts along Fresno's Blackstone Avenue. Shopkeepers and neighbors familiar with seeing her in the area wondered about her disappearance. Cheryl's body was later found near Tollhouse. … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 10 h. 33 min. ago
  • Homeless woman found dead in Tollhouse missed in Fresno neighborhoodHomeless woman found dead in Tollhouse missed in Fresno neighborhood

    Neighborhood workers and residents in the area of Blackstone and Ashlan avenues fondly recalled Cheryl Ann Raffeo, a homeless woman who was a fixture there for years. Raffeo went missing … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 10 h. 47 min. ago
  • Author discusses how to manage diabetes treatmentAuthor discusses how to manage diabetes treatment

    Fresno State students and community members with diabetes heard tips and advice on how to regulate insulin during a lecture held Wednesday on campus. More than a hundred students, practitioners and members of the diabetic community attended a the lecture, which featured award-winning diabetes educator Gary Scheiner. The event came during Diabetes Awareness Month. The Diabetes Coalition at Fresno State wanted to feature an educator with “cutting-edge techniques” for managing diabetes. Scheiner travels the country giving educational presentations to a number of diabetes organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. His book, “Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin” targets insulin users with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. His lecture focused on managing diabetes and sought to give the audience the tools and techniques they need to regulate their own treatment. Scheiner said that many patients are not given specialized advice on how to regulate their treatment and monitor their blood sugar throughout the day. His book intends to “pick up where their doctors leave of,” and offers advice on how to manage and adjust insulin dosage. As someone who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for many years, Scheiner said it is important to balance the highs and lows. Irregularities can lead to issues in physical exercise, intellectual performance, and emotional stability. “I want to make sure that people are enjoying a quality of life today and glucose control makes a big difference in how people perform in everything they do,” he said. A negative experience with a professor about his condition sparked the desire to start a group on campus that offered services and support for those who find themselves in the same position, Jaime said. “For the campus community and even the Central Valley, there’s such a high rate of diabetes and no resources for us,” said Matthew Jaime, Founder and President of the Diabetes Coalition. The group aims to spread diabetes awareness and education at Fresno State. It teaches the others about the condition as well as offers free diabetes screenings and support groups. The event was hosted by the student-run Diabetes Coalition at Fresno State.

    The Collegian / 12 h. 25 min. ago more
  • Aplicaciones de DACA que fueron rechazadas el 5 de oct. son aceptadasAplicaciones de DACA que fueron rechazadas el 5 de oct. son aceptadas

    El 5 de octubre fue la fecha límite para que el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) recibiera la solicitudes para los beneficios de DACA para aquellos que su permiso se les vencía antes del 5 de marzo. Pero por cuestiones de retrasos en la correspondencia de U.S. Postal Service, muchas de ellas fueron rechazadas. Según Gabriela Encinas, la coordinadora del Dream Success Center de Fresno State, nuestro congresista local, Jim Costa ha mencionó que muchas solicitudes de renovación de DACA que se entregaron a tiempo se rechazaron debido a un retraso en el proceso de envío. Debido al retraso, el USCIS ha recibido instrucciones que permite a los aplicantes de DACA a volver a presentar sus solicitudes de renovación con pruebas de que sus solicitudes fueron enviadas a tiempo. De acuerdo a la orientación dada a USCIS y el enlace de la historia publicada en el New York Times, la secretaria interina de Seguridad Nacional, Elaine Duke, ha ordenado a USCIS que acepte solicitudes de renovación de DACA de aquellos individuos que se les fue rechazada su solicitud. Sin embargo, para que dicho caso suceda, los individuos tiene que comprobar que su solicitud se envió a tiempo y que el retraso de la llegada después de la fecha límite fue resultado del error de USPS del servicio de correo. Además, el USCIS descubrió que ciertas solicitudes de DACA que fueron recibidas por los apartados postales de la fech límite también fueron rechazadas. USCIS ha decidido comunicarse con estos aplicantes para informarles y darles una nueva oportunidad de poder suministrar la solicitud. Si esta notificación no llega a los oídos de los estudiantes dreamers y creen que su solicitud fue recibida por los apartados postales, pueden volver a suministrar nuevamente la solicitud, pero con las pruebas necesarias. Si estudiantes dreamers de Fresno State se encuentran en esta situación, Encinas recomienda que visiten el Dream Success Center en Fresno State donde encontrarán la ayuda necesaria para volver a tramitar.

    The Collegian / 12 h. 36 min. ago more
  • What’s out of whack at Clovis/Herndon intersection? It started with a water mainWhat’s out of whack at Clovis/Herndon intersection? It started with a water main

    A water main break on a busy intersection in Clovis on Friday has caused a partial sinkhole, road closures and traffic delays, the Clovis Police Department said. The water main … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 13 h. 55 min. ago
  • California has two economies, and one isna t progressing. Herea s a plan that might workCalifornia has two economies, and one isna t progressing. Herea s a plan that might work

    A farmworker picks vegetables for a produce stand in 2016 in Modesto. Per capita income in the Central Valley is 30 percent below the statewide average.

    Fresno News / 18 h. 55 min. ago
  • ‘Dogs lose but fight hard in first home dual since 2006‘Dogs lose but fight hard in first home dual since 2006

    Fresno State wrestling is back. Even though the Bulldogs lost 33-10 to No. 14 ranked Illinois in the long-awaited first home dual since 2006, they had some performances that gave the crowd plenty of reason to cheer. “It’s a start,” head coach Troy Steiner said. “I talked to the team before, and I said, ‘The biggest thing here is that I want to see hustle, effort and fight.’ And I thought, for the most part, I saw that.” The ‘Dogs started off slow, losing the first three matches to go down 13-0. Freshman Khristian Olivas, wrestling at 149 pounds, was the first Bulldog to get on the board. Olivas won in a major decision, earning Fresno State four points. Olivas’ win was the Bulldog’s first at home for the reinstated program. The 6,840 people in attendance were mostly quiet to start, but started buzzing with the Olivas victory. Freshman Greg Gaxiola followed with a win by decision, giving the ‘Dogs 3 more points and riling up the crowd even more. “I thought Gax did a nice job of creating a lot of action and then giving himself opportunities to put points on the board,” Steiner said. The ‘Dogs couldn’t keep up the momentum though, running into four-straight losses – starting with a loss to Lemoore native Isaiah Martinez. The crowd cheered Martinez after the win, even though he was the opponent. Fresno State finished on a high note, with heavyweight freshman AJ Nevills defeating Duece Rachal at 285 pounds. Nevills and Rachal were tied 5-5 in the third round when Nevills made his move. With 10 seconds left, Nevills scored a takedown, putting him up 7-5. He won by decision. The Bulldogs next test is in the Roadrunner Open in Bakersfield, California on Sunday, followed by the Battle on the Midway against Air Force in San Diego, California on Tuesday.

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  • SPCA visit to Fresno home leads to arrest after dog is found dead inside plastic bagSPCA visit to Fresno home leads to arrest after dog is found dead inside plastic bag

    Central California SPCA said it worked with Fresno police in the arrest of a man after a small dog was found dead inside a plastic shopping bag in the back … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 1 d. 1 h. 35 min. ago
  • Next time you get a call or visit from ‘PG&E,’ make sure it’s not a scamNext time you get a call or visit from ‘PG&E,’ make sure it’s not a scam

    It’s a scam. That’s what Pacific Gas and Electric Co. wants Fresno residents to know the next time they are asked over the phone to pay a bill using a … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 1 d. 3 h. 5 min. ago
  • A grown man offered to pay a teen girl for a massage. She reacted in a smart wayA grown man offered to pay a teen girl for a massage. She reacted in a smart way

    Fresno law officers are on the lookout for a man in his 40s or 50s who drove up to a teen girl on Friday in central Fresno asking for a … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 1 d. 4 h. 16 min. ago
  • Breaking glass catches victim's attention. Surveillance video catches two suspects. Breaking glass catches victim's attention. Surveillance video catches two suspects.

    Maybe you’ve seen these guys caught on camera. If you have, the Fresno Police Department would like to know because on Nov. 10, 2017 they were recorded at a home in the area of north Channing Ave. and west Alluvial Ave. in Fresno. The victim, who was home at the time, reported hearing glass breaking and discovered a broken door. Call (559) 498-STOP if you information. … Click to Continue »

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  • Despite being denied by city council, Fresno gets legal fund for undocumented after allDespite being denied by city council, Fresno gets legal fund for undocumented after all

    Fresno has its first-ever legal aid fund for undocumented immigrants, but unlike other cities across the country, the fund was established without the help of the city council. The Faith … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 1 d. 6 h. 29 min. ago
  • School district says ita s not to blame for boya s death but pays $450,000 settlementSchool district says ita s not to blame for boya s death but pays $450,000 settlement

    Diego Estrada, 9, of Parlier was killed while walking to school in dense fog by an unlicensed teen driver in January 2015. On Nov. 8, 2017, the Parlier Unified School District agreed to pay Diego's family $450,000 to settle their wrongful death civil lawsuit and enact a new policy that makes it safer for students headed to school on foggy days.

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  • Coalinga’s Proposed Sales Tax Measure Fails – State Hospital Inmates Sway VoteCoalinga’s Proposed Sales Tax Measure Fails – State Hospital Inmates Sway Vote

    FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – A majority vote by inmates at the Coalinga State Hospital sways the vote over the City of Coalinga’s proposed Sales Tax Measure C. The tax hike was proposed to help prevent the loss of vital public safety services, and to protect other general services, saving dozens of jobs in the process. The City of Coalinga would have enacted a general-purpose, one-percent sales tax, expected to generate $850,000 annually. County Clerk Brandi Orth reported on Friday, November 17th that 177 valid ballots were returned by the 5th voting district – the Coalinga State Hospital Precinct 1001 – of which 127 were “no votes, enough to sway the results. The sales tax measure failed ultimately failed…losing by 33 votes. Coalinga had annexed the Coalinga State Hospital, giving inmates the right to vote in local elections after the passage of AB2466 in 2016. Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to restore the voting rights of convicted felons serving time in county jails, or in this instance, a state run hospital housing many convicted sex offenders. The bill that Brown signed reinstated the voting eligibility of felons on probation or under community supervision. It does not affect those in state or federal prisons. AB2466 stems from California’s criminal justice realignment, which led to some people convicted of low-level felonies serving time in county jails. Republican lawmakers say felons should not be allowed to cast ballots while serving a sentence, with Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel saying it compromises the integrity of elections. The bill’s author, democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego, says opponents don’t want to allow certain people to vote. She says civic participation can be a critical part of reducing recidivism.

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  • Visalia veteran gets help from volunteers after his home is robbed and ruinedVisalia veteran gets help from volunteers after his home is robbed and ruined

    Habitat for Humanity, The Home Depot and others spend months cleaning and sprucing up Korean War veteran Felix Lopez' home after it was burglarized. Habitat for Humanity, The Home Depot and others spend months cleaning and sprucing up Korean War veteran Felix Lopez' home after it was burglarized.

    Fresno News / 1 d. 8 h. 49 min. ago
  • Authorities Seize Computers, Cell Phones, Storage Devices at Tulare Regional Medical CenterAuthorities Seize Computers, Cell Phones, Storage Devices at Tulare Regional Medical Center

      FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – In a statement, Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward confirms that on Thursday that a warrant was served at Tulare Regional Medical Center. Tulare Police investigators searched the hospital, seizing computers, cell phones, external storage devices, flash drives, payroll records and all emails for a total of seven email addresses. As there may be attorney-client, doctor-patient records contained in the seized items, the electronic data will be reviewed first by a court appointed special master who will then provide all non-privileged information to the investigators, Ward said. The hospital recently closed its doors. No other information was immediately available. Click below to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/17134026/LK-5PM-TULARE-HOSPITAL-SEIZE.mp3        

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  • Man painting stolen RV with spray cans arrested in FresnoMan painting stolen RV with spray cans arrested in Fresno

    A Fresno man who police say was in the process of painting a stolen recreational vehicle with spray paint cans was taken into custody Thursday after a Crime Stoppers tip. … Click to Continue »

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  • Tehama shooter may have been targeting 7-year-old boy in school shooting, neighbor saysTehama shooter may have been targeting 7-year-old boy in school shooting, neighbor says

    The gunman who rampaged through Rancho Tehama Reserve on Tuesday may have been targeting a specific child when he opened fire on the rural community’s elementary school – the 7-year-old … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 1 d. 10 h. 19 min. ago
  • 'Going to be missed': Fresh fruit seller closes after property changes hands - Fresno Bee'Going to be missed': Fresh fruit seller closes after property changes hands - Fresno Bee

    Fresno Bee'Going to be missed': Fresh fruit seller closes after property changes handsFresno BeeThe Orange Store fruit seller in Fresno, a Fig Garden neighborhood fixture since 1994, has closed. The store at Shaw and Maroa avenues shut its doors Oct. 23, three days after the property was sold. Store operator Agustin Martinez said the new owner ...

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  • Valley Pilot Competing In 250 mph Air Race 1 World CupValley Pilot Competing In 250 mph Air Race 1 World Cup

    Image courtesy of Macesport FRESNO (KMJ) — A local pilot is taking part in a competition considered the NASCAR of the skies. The Air Race 1 World Cup sees small planes race around a tight circuit at speeds of approximately 250 mph in a bid to determine who can do it the fastest. The international event is being held in Thailand this year, with 16 participants all vying to take the glory. “They are very small airplanes, powered by a specific engine, and we race side by side eight airplanes at a time around an oval course,” explained Fresno based pilot Tim Cone. “The pylons for the corners are 55 gallon drums mounted on top of telephone poles.” The 52 year old competitor is racing in a Cassutt IIIM named “What Airplane, Honey?” (the question his wife asked when she first heard about the purchase). The planes are built to a specific formula in order to compete. “I came in fifth in the national championship air races in Reno in September. I’ve of course done a survey of what airplanes are going to be at the races in Thailand. I fancy my chances are pretty good.” Image courtesy of Macesport Cone’s father was in the US Air Force and was stationed at U-Tapao Naval Air Base, where the Air Race 1 World Cup is being held. “I always wanted to fly in the military but that didn’t work out, so I started to learn to fly in college,” said Cone. “I fell in love with it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” The competition began Friday November 17th and finishes Sunday November 19th. You can keep up with the latest results clicking here. Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/17102645/DM-AIR-RACE-WORLD1.mp3

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  • Barking Bulldogs debaters finish season in third placeBarking Bulldogs debaters finish season in third place

    The Fresno State Barking Bulldogs debate team has ended their semester season. They ended the Robert Barbera Debate Tournament at California State University, Northridge in third place. The team hopes the third place won’t deter its opponents for the coming season. Tom Boroujeni, director of debate for the Barking Bulldogs, said his team has made a formidable challenge in debate. “The halls of a debate tournament is a venue where students from other universities dread hearing the phrase ‘You are going against Fresno State’ from their coaches,” Boroujeni said. Primavera Leal Martinez and Hunter Sansom won five out of six preliminary rounds during the last tournament, which took place Nov. 10 to 12, and advanced to the elimination rounds in the varsity division. They both lost to Arizona State University in the semifinal debate, but managed to take third place in the tournament. Their achievements didn’t stop there. Martinez received the third place speaker award and Sansom received the eighth place speaker award in the varsity division of the tournament. Martinez said she has not only learned about herself as a debater, but that she’s also improved her communication skills after being on the team for two semesters. “I have also noticed a significant improvement in my abilities to articulate my ideas and more importantly, listen to others,” she said. In the novice division, Nick Mirza and Correll Vaughn won three of their six preliminary round. Vaughn received the fifth place speaker award, Boroujeni said. Vaughn, having only high school debate experience, said “Debate this semester has not only been extremely fun, but also a real eye opening experience.” Boroujeni agrees his team has made strides. “I am very proud of their showing and cannot wait to see them excel in debate,” he said. Mirza, too, said he learned how to communicate better after being on the team for just one semester. “I learned how to gain new perspectives and apply them to everyday conversations.” He said his debate coaches played a role in his learning, Samson, praising her fellow teammates and coach, said she surprised herself by performing well at the varsity level. She expects to continue contributing to the small team’s success. “I’m really excited to see what the second half of the season holds for us,” she said. The team will next compete at the California Swing 1 and 2 tournaments at UC Berkeley between Jan. 2 to 5.

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  • In combating the Valleya s high teen birth rates, what about teen fathers?In combating the Valleya s high teen birth rates, what about teen fathers?

    Kevin Aguilar, 18, is a student at SOUL charter school in Fresno. He talks about the challenges he faces raising his 3-year-old daughter Emma.

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  • NASA astronaut shows off Thanksgiving dinner in spaceNASA astronaut shows off Thanksgiving dinner in space

    Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA discussed how he and his crew-mates will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Kimbrough, who arrived on the station in October, is in the midst of a four-month mission.

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  • ‘Wonder’ appeals to all ages‘Wonder’ appeals to all ages

    Unlike other coming-of-age films, “Wonder” is different. While the film may center around the life of one character, its focus on the separate storylines of each person makes for an engaging watch that is relatable for viewers who can identify with the struggles of characters of all age groups. Adapted from the children’s novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio, the film follows August “Auggie” Pullman, played by Jacob Tremblay, a young boy born with a facial deformity, as he begins public school for the first time after being homeschooled. While Auggie’s adversity that he faces is the driving force behind the plot, the film diverges into the storylines of the other characters, such as Auggie’s older sister, Via, played by Izabela Vidovic, and the issues they face during the same timeline. Directed by Stephen Chbosky, “Wonder” falls in line with similar themes and sentiments explored in his previous work, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a novel turned into a film about an outcast in high school trying to figure out who he is. Both stories discuss feeling out of place through unique perspectives that are still relatable due to how common their challenges are amongst all people, with the biggest challenge being feeling alone. While “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” definitely had a specific audience, young teenagers, in mind, “Wonder” appeals to all ages through the vulnerability seen in all of the characters. Whether it’s Auggie’s father, played by Owen Wilson, or Via’s best friend, played by Danielle Rose Russell, they all at one point become vulnerable to the viewer. In this way, it actually feels like the viewer is looking into the lives of everyday people. That is not to say that other coming-of-age tales fail to engage the viewer in a similar way. However in this case, the message feels more universal, since all of the individual storylines run concurrently together, showing that there is adversity in the lives of all people, no matter how big or small. There are parts of the film that do not rise to the level of other, more impactful scenes. In the scene where Via looks back at the moments shared with her grandmother, it showed great on-screen chemistry between the two actors, however, the actual shot looked awkwardly green-screened. Other shots, including the ending, seem geared more for younger viewers, rather than for older audiences. Those small issues, however, do not distract from the emotional impact that the rest of the film has. While “Wonder” may trick the viewer into believing it will just be a children’s movie, it is so much more.

    The Collegian / 1 d. 21 h. 27 min. ago more
  • ‘Justice League’ just missed the mark‘Justice League’ just missed the mark

    Following the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the new movie, “Justice League,” tells the story of a grief-stricken world coping with the death of Superman while Bruce Wayne hunts for heroes to form a team to stop the film’s antagonist, Steppenwolf, in his attempt to destroy Earth. I really wanted to love this film, which is directed by Zack Snyder with a screenplay written by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio. Like many others who left the theater this summer after watching “Wonder Woman,” I felt inspired by the epic “badassery” that was Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins. But when I left the theater after “Justice League,” I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed. Here’s why: Wonder Woman is noticeably more sexualized I thought DC Films would be the forerunner of production companies that showcased strong women in a non-sexualizing way. I was misled. There were many alterations made to the costuming of both Wonder Woman and the Amazonian warriors. Where in “Wonder Woman” the midriff of the female actresses were covered, in “Justice League” they doned cropped uniforms and the skirts were noticeably shorter. There are many scenes where Gal Gadot is climbing alongside the other league members, or in the middle of a fight (as superheroes do), and her bottom is hanging out of the costume. I support anyone’s choice in clothing and ownership of their sexuality ‒ but the over-sexualization of her character didn’t stop at her costume. Most camera tilts began at her ankle and moved up ending at her bottom. There is also a scene where The Flash and Diana have a collision where he ends up on top of her chest and moves back, flustered. It was a huge step back from the headshot angles of Wonder Woman and the refreshing way Steve Trevor looked Diana in her eyes and not her chest.  Lack of genuine character writing We are introduced to dynamic characters: Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Barry Allen (The Flash) and we meet Victor Stone (Cyborg). All three men with complex backgrounds and epic talents. While individually each character was cool and collected, together I did not see a genuine connection as a team. The writers focused on the plotline, which lacked depth. The outcome of the movie is predictable and the characters are too. The movie ran for 121 minutes, and could have easily included scenes that developed each character and the team. Though it was not what I expected, the movie was not a complete bust. It’s a filler film, designed to set up “Legion of Doom” ‒ hold onto your hats, DC pulled a Marvel and there are teasers after the credits. If you are a fan of the DC world, I wouldn’t rule out seeing the movie. Just be prepared to not be blown out of this world. “Justice League” is in theaters now.

    The Collegian / 1 d. 21 h. 32 min. ago more
  • ‘Last Flag Flying’ actors give excellent performance‘Last Flag Flying’ actors give excellent performance

    The Iraq War remains one of the most trying and divisive times in this nation’s history, and Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Last Flag Flying,” tries to encapsulate those emotions through its three main characters. The film is based off the novel of the same name, written by Darryl Ponicsan, and serves as a spiritual sequel to the 1973 film “The Last Detail,” which is also based off of a Ponicsan novel. Larry “Doc” Shepherd, played by Steve Carell, is a Vietnam War veteran who loses his wife to breast cancer and shortly after, his son to the Iraq War in 2003. The loss of his son gave him the desire to rekindle his relationship with two of his closest friends from his time in the Navy Corps so they can bury his son with him. Both Sal Nealon, played by Bryan Cranston, and Richard Mueller, played by Laurence Fishburne, have built their own, polar opposite, lifestyles. Nealon is an alcoholic bartender who can not help but to drink from his own inventory on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Mueller is now a reverend, whose life is morally and spiritually dominated by the Christian faith. The two accompany Shepherd, after a little persuasion, to Arlington Cemetery. Soon after, the Navy lies to Shepherd about how his son was killed in order to paint him as a hero. Shepherd becomes angry and decides to forgo his son’s burial at Arlington in favor of burying him at home in New Hampshire. If buried in Arlington, Shepherd feels like he would only be burying a soldier. While in New Hampshire, he feels like could put both his son and his soldier to rest. In Shepherd’s eyes, it’s what his son would have wanted too. The three veterans took a road trip to New Hampshire where they come face to face with several realizations, including the futility of life and war, the decisions of their past, and their now-rekindled friendship. These realizations prove to be rewarding for both the characters and the audience. For the audience in the sense that it provides a small peek into the psychological effects war can have on people and the different coping mechanisms they turn to, both during and after the war. And the characters, they truly are, well, characters. Each one is very well rounded and has qualities that make them unique. Nealon continues to be the party animal he was in the Navy, he has not matured and does not plan to. Their trip, through his lens, is just an excuse to relive the glory days. But Cranston does a great job at portraying Nealon as more than just an alcoholic. He is clearly a lonely and damaged soul, and his festive nature never feels like a definition of his entire self. Mueller serves as a moral compass, but that compass becomes more ambiguous once around his old friends. Mueller is driven back to his foul mouthed past several times, mostly by his frustrations with Nealon. Nealon and Mueller prove to be foils for one another. Nealon is constantly questioning Mueller’s faith and Mueller does all he can to remain firm in said faith in the face of Nealon’s constant, and at times ridiculing, questions. But their relationship is not solely tension driven. Their differences prove to be very entertaining for the audience and make the two all the more likeable and relatable. Neither one feels “right,” and neither of them really wants to be, but it is easy to understand where both derive their outlooks on their lives and each other’s. Shepherd is in pain, and Carell delivers another awe-inspiring dramatic performance that communicates that pain so well, akin to the ones he gave in his films “The Big Short” and “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” Most of Shepherd’s screen time is used to convey his grief, a la Shepherd’s sulking. Carell’s performance makes Shepherd’s emotional pain so palpable, that the desire to see him recover was enough of a reason to sit through the whole movie. Carell’s dreary tone and the grief-stricken look he keeps glued onto his face will be very difficult for any audience to forget, much less not feel sympathy towards. Really, all of the performances in the film are excellent. With actors like these, that is expected, but as always, it is very much appreciated. Much like most of Linklater’s previous films (“Dazed and Confused” and “Everybody Wants Some!!”), the film is heavily reliant on the dialogue between the characters to carry the film. This reliance proves to be well-warranted as the conversations between Shepherd, Nealon and Mueller are the best component of the film. The reliance on the characters is a crux at times. Dialogue can only do so much for a film, and at times it was not enough. Carell, while excellent in his role, can drain the energy from the screen with his sadness. The grief, while well-acted, does not have enough on the other end of the emotional spectrum to counterbalance it. I feel like there was room for more of Shepherd enjoying himself, enjoying his new friends or enjoying the memory of his son. Anything really. One of the best moments of the film is a scene on the train ride to New Hampshire, where the men reminisce on their times of debauchery in the Navy. The men touch on their experiences with prostitutes, drugs and alcohol, all the while laughing uncontrollably. This scene is the first of the whole film where he see Shepherd exude genuine joy. After being unable to even crack a smile up until this point, in this scene, he falls over laughing. It is endearing, heartwarming and just about every other positive emotion. There should have been more of that. I feel like Carell’s comedic ability could have been utilized so much more than it was. But outside of that flaw, the dialogue and interactions are full of raw emotion and humor. The characters are so different from one another but their friendship once again becomes extremely prevalent the minute they all are gathered together. The trio works better as a team on screen rather than individuals. They help put together a solid amount of comedic relief and socially important discourse. There are also scenes where the conversations are not as cheery, mainly relating to their time in Vietnam, and those interactions prove to be just as important. This is a great film that leaves the audience to ponder several important questions about war that are usually ignored. Are the sacrifices of war really worth it? Do soldiers really know and really want what they are signing up for? And what exactly is patriotism? The film never provides direct answers but definitely provides an excellent starting point off of which a viewer can begin to form their own opinions and ideas. “Last Flag Flying” is out now.  

    The Collegian / 1 d. 21 h. 39 min. ago more
  • Sikh community to hand out free lunch for celebrationSikh community to hand out free lunch for celebration

    The birth of the founder of the Sikh religion will be celebrated with free lunches in west Fresno on Saturday. The Sikh Council of Central California will host the event, where lunches will be handed out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Victoria Park - renamed Khalra Park.

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  • ASI approves New USU for ballot, senator calls it ‘harassment’ASI approves New USU for ballot, senator calls it ‘harassment’

    The Associated Students Inc. Senate voted on Wednesday to allow the New USU referendum on the voting ballot in the spring semester. At least one Senator voiced his concerns on the latest vote by the student government. With revised ballot language in hand, an overwhelming majority of senators voted to allow the New USU to appear on the ballot. One objection was made by Senator of Greek Affairs Travis Childress, who initially motioned to move the action item until the next senate meeting. The vote had been scheduled for action at the Nov. 1 meeting, but after language revision was requested, the senate sent the ballot to the Campus Fee Advisory Committee to draft the new language. It was later sent back to ASI for further review. Childress said that voting to allow the New USU’s referendum to appear on the ballot would be remiss because it was the first time the senators had seen the updated language. He was concerned senators would be unable to speak to their constituents prior to the vote. But without support, Childress’s motion failed. Senator of Undergraduate and Graduate Affairs Primavera Martinez said that even if Fresno State students do not have time to speak with their representatives on the issue, they still have the power to vote against the New USU in the spring. Still, Childress expressed his concern on allowing the referendum to reappear on the ballot at all after last year’s Bold New U campaign failed, saying that placing such a measure again on the ballot for students to vote on “would be akin to harassment.” As senate support for placing the New USU referendum on the ballot appeared to be locked in, Martinez said supporting such a project and supporting its appearance in the ballot were different actions. She also said the Senate should focus on things that are “more worthwhile.” “Obviously students want to use their voice to say yes or no, and we should grant them that,” she said. The USU Board of Directors hosted a support rally on Nov. 13 for the New USU. Student leaders who are leading the campaign had a chance to share why they believe Fresno State needs the New USU. The campaign is student-led and student-funded, according to Lauryn Flores, a member of the USU board of directors and a sophomore Communications and Agricultural Business major. “You really see the voice of the students in the project and every event that we do,” Flores said. The board members had been working for the last few months to put the event together. Students who walked by the USU stopped by the event, where they were provided with free pizza and had the opportunity to win prizes such as water bottles, candy and pens. Students placed hand paintings on a canvas provided by the board. If the New USU is built, the canvas with the hand prints will be displayed inside, Flores said. The hand-printed canvases served as a creative way for individual Fresno State students to show their support for the project. Building the new USU will take about three to five years. It will be funded through fundraising and student fee increase of $149 per semester, according to the Fresno State New Student Union website, www.newstudentunion.com. Reporter Aly Harrell contributed to this story.

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  • He says he was sleeping when a police dog attacked him. A jury rejected his lawsuitHe says he was sleeping when a police dog attacked him. A jury rejected his lawsuit

    Fresno police got another legal victory Thursday when a civil jury sided with two officers who sicced a dog on businessman Cesar Rodriguez three years ago after police say he … Click to Continue »

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  • Great American Smoke-out Day Encourages Kicking The HabitGreat American Smoke-out Day Encourages Kicking The Habit

    FRESNO, CA (KMJ) -Today is the Great American Smoke-out held on the third Thursday of November. This year marks the 42nd Great American Smokeout intervention effort celebrating those that have quit, and offering resources for those who would like to kick the tobacco habit. Maria Robinson, Director of Communications from the American Cancer Society says tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of disease & premature death in the world. “Tobacco use is responsible for about 30% of all cancers and that’s completely preventable cancers, not only does it cause lung cancer, but it causes a number of other cancers like oral cancers, esophageal cancer contributes to breast and colon cancer, you know, a host of other cancers.” -Maria Robinson, Director of Communications, American Cancer Society.   36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes but smoking rates have dropped from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent in 2015. “While cigarette smoking is on the decline, other types of smoking are on the rise; e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookahs, those are on the rise and we need to put an end to that.” -Maria Robinson, Director of Communications, American Cancer Society. For people who need a plan to stop, there is help through cancer.org or the tobacco quit line at 1-800-quit-now.   Click below to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern:   http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/16163035/LK-WEB-GREAT-AMERICAN-SMOKE.mp3

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  • Traveling for Thanksgiving? These 10 gas stations have cheapest fuel pricesTraveling for Thanksgiving? These 10 gas stations have cheapest fuel prices

    Thanksgiving travel will be a little more expensive this year thanks to California's 12-cent gas tax hike that took effect earlier this month. More than 6 million Californians - and nearly 51 million people nationwide - are expected to travel this holiday, making it the busiest Thanksgiving travel weekend since 2005, according to AAA , and most will drive.

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  • Gang Member Arrested After Shooting Outside Elementary SchoolGang Member Arrested After Shooting Outside Elementary School

    Image courtesy of KMPH Fox 26 FRESNO (KMJ) — A suspect is in custody after a shooting near a Downtown Fresno school, which prompted a lockdown for students and staff inside. The incident outside Yokomi Elementary, close to McKenzie Avenue and Thesta Street, was initially called in by Fresno Police’s ShotSpotter system at around 10am. “There were four shots fired in this area,” said Lieutenant Mark Hudson. “When officers got to the area we arrested Deonte Cooke.” The suspect is a confirmed gang member, and that he was running away from the scene when officers caught up with him. “What we’ve learned from witnesses is that he was firing rounds from the corner here at a car that was northbound on Thesta,” added Hudson. “We haven’t found the vehicle that he was firing at, but he has been taken into custody.” It is unknown if the incident was gang related. The gun used is yet to be found. “None of the shots hit the school. We believe that the shots were shot at the car…it was driving in reverse northbound on Thesta from McKenzie when he started shooting from the corner at that car.” That car is still outstanding. It’s described as a light colored sedan. In a statement to KMJ News, Fresno Unified School District confirms that Yokomi Elementary was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. “Thanks to ShotSpotter located near campus, police quickly responded and apprehended the suspect a few blocks away. With student and staff safety its number one priority, Yokomi staff immediately followed safety protocols, and secured everyone safely inside until police lifted the lockdown.” Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/16131917/DM-YOKOMI-SCHOOL-SHOOT3.mp3

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  • Police hold suspect for witnesses after report of central Fresno gunfirePolice hold suspect for witnesses after report of central Fresno gunfire

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  • Central Fresno school locked after gang member fires on rivalsCentral Fresno school locked after gang member fires on rivals

    A gang member reportedly opened fire on rivals in a car directly in front of a downtown Fresno elementary school Thursday morning, sending police scrambling as school officials locked down … Click to Continue »

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  • Senseless murder of convenience-store worker haunts friends, familySenseless murder of convenience-store worker haunts friends, family

    Friends and family of a Madera County convenience store worker murdered Monday night are devastated by what seems a senseless killing, the owner of the Tackle Box said Thursday. Two … Click to Continue »

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  • Plant Science Club receives top honors at national contestPlant Science Club receives top honors at national contest

    Fresno State’s Plant Science Club won the president’s award at the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences national club speech contest. This is the club’s fourth time winning the award since 2012. They beat other university teams including Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The event was held on Oct. 22 at the Tri-Societies National Conference (American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America) in Tampa, Florida. The team focused their presentation on the club’s dedication to community service, educational outreach and professionalism in the industry. “I could not be more proud of our club members for their representation of our University and California agriculture,” said senior club president Vivien Maier, of Belmont. Adding, “The conference was also an incredible opportunity to meet industry leaders and fellow agricultural students and learn more about research being conducted internationally that is tied to our future careers.” The team also attended multiple workshops at the conference pertaining to preparing for a professional career in agriculture as well as a quiz bowl and crop judging competition.

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  • Genocide ripped a family apart. Uncovered letters tell their storyGenocide ripped a family apart. Uncovered letters tell their story

    Adrienne Alexanian went to clean the closet of her late father not too long after he died. In the process, she uncovered a new chapter – personal experiences she hadn’t known about –  of the Armenian Genocide. Her father, Yervant Alexanian, was an Armenian soldier in the Turkish army during the Armenian Genocide. Alexanian said her father never shared this part of his life with his family. Still, he would write down the experience as a way to cope with the toll it took on him. Unlike many soldiers who were conscripted into the Turkish army during World War I, Yervant Alexanian survived. His records range from infancy up until his transition to the United States after the genocide. “I was going through his papers to archive them, because he was such a prolific activist in the [Armenian] community,” Alexanian said. “When I got to the bottom of the box, I found all of these booklets and loose papers and documents in Ottoman Turkish and Armenian, and pictures that seemed to be very, very important.” Today, the memoirs are being published into a book entitled “Forced into Genocide” – a kind of book that which has never been published, making more crucial for Alexanian to tell the story. Alexanian said she spent 50 hours alongside an Armenian language teacher translating her father’s memoirs. She described this experience as extremely emotional. “Both of us were very emotional. She had to leave the room on numerous occasions,” Alexanian said. She said these findings helped her to understand her father better. She had known her father would go out of his way to help any and all Armenians, regardless of whether they were friend or strangers. These memoirs added context to those actions, she said. “I never understood why he would do that for strangers. The ‘Why’ is because he was unable to save 51 members of his own family,” she said. “So this was his life’s work – to save Armenians.” Alexanian said she believes her book gives a more emotional, and personal, perspective to the Armenian Genocide. “It’s not a history book. History books are kind of cold, they are just facts,” she said. “But when you see an event as horrific as the Armenian Genocide through the eyes of someone who actually experienced it, I think it really brings it home.” After the memoirs had all been translated, Alexanian turned to getting the book published.  Transaction Publishers quickly picked the book up for publication. “The easiest part of this whole process was getting it published,” she said. “The reality is, the first publisher that I called, Transaction, grabbed the book because they realized there were no other books in literature on this aspect of the genocide.” The book was published March 3, 2017 and today Alexanian is busy traveling around the country giving presentations about the book. She made a stop at Fresno State even, where she presented to a packed Alice Peters Auditorium on Tuesday. Dr. Sergio La Porta, a professor of Armenian studies at Fresno State and author of the book’s introduction, introduced Alexanian. “There’s so much in that work that has to do with, not just the genocide, but life before the genocide, as well as dealing with the effects after the genocide,” said La Porta. The book also contains a foreword written by Israel W. Charny, executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem. Alexanian is grateful to both men for their contributions and feels like their great additions to her father’s stories. “The introduction by Sergio La Porta, I’ve been told by two scholars, is one of the best, if not the best, introduction to a genocide memoir,” Alexanian said. “Israel Charny wrote a very short foreword, and a very emotional one for me.” Alexanian’s presentation consisted of visuals of her father followed by readings from the book. She said she did it this way so the audience would have a better understanding of what she was reading about. She went through photographs of her father at 10 and 15 years old, her father’s family – most of which he lost to the genocide – and even showed a photo of her father as a young man when he had just moved to the U.S. She had the most fun with the latter, complimenting her father’s dashing good looks. “George Clooney has nothing on my father,” she joked to a laughing audience. But aside from the cheerful moments, the presentation consisted of somber readings of Yervant Alexanian’s experiences. The readings included the reports of watching members of the family escorted to their death, being unable to ride the deportation train and having to constrain himself from attacking Turkish officials who showed little respect for his heritage. “[Yervant] Alexanian’s memoirs contain the views of a highly observant man, who from a very young age was mentally chronicling the events around him,” Alexanian read. She showed the audience several rare documents that proved some Armenian soldiers in the Turkish army were ranked. La Porta read some writing from Yervant Alexanian as the author’s presentation came to close. He read from a letter written on May 14, 1953, Mother’s Day. Yervant Alexanian had lost his mother 38 years earlier to the genocide. “She was taking the road to forced deportation and starvation, and I had to go back to the barracks to perform my military service for the regime that was sending my mother to her forced death, with her eyes wide open,” La Porta read. “O, what a contrast.” The floor was then opened up for questions and Adrienne Alexanian answered several, never revealing too much as she herself continuously said they would have to read the book to get the full answer to their questions. “Forced Into Genocide” is out and available for purchase.

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  • Once sold for sex, she now helps lead the fight against human traffickingOnce sold for sex, she now helps lead the fight against human trafficking

    Arien Pauls, now an advocate for women and trafficking victims in the Central Valley, talks about the night she escaped her trafficker in Las Vegas. Arien Pauls, now an advocate for women and trafficking victims in the Central Valley, talks about the night she escaped her trafficker in Las Vegas.

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  • On parole for a shooting, he was arrested with another gun, police sayOn parole for a shooting, he was arrested with another gun, police say

    An armed felon on parole for a shooting was arrested late Wednesday night after he forced his way into an apartment in southwest Fresno, police reported. Dion Fields is a … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 2 d. 15 h. 50 min. ago
  • Fresno police arrest man in October robberyFresno police arrest man in October robbery

    A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of robbing an east central Fresno store at gunpoint three weeks ago, an incident that Fresno police said saw a clerk attacked with … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 3 d. 2 h. 46 min. ago
  • Sun Devils defense too hot for ‘DogsSun Devils defense too hot for ‘Dogs

    A fierce Arizona State defense deprived the Fresno State women’s basketball team of easy field goals and a victory Wednesday. Fresno State shot 28.6 percent from the field in the 81-49 loss. The ‘Dogs were unable to score more than 13 points in the first three quarters, and they were also unable to hold their opponent to under 18 points in those quarters on defense. Guard Candice White, the ‘Dogs leading scorer from last season, was held to just 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting. “We needed to run our offense a little bit longer to get easier shots, get to the paint,” White said of the team’s offensive struggles. “Part of it was their pressure, but the other part of it was just trying to run our offense more, swing the ball from side to side and get easier shots.” The Sun Devils had a hand in the face of every shooter throughout the game. Outside the arc, inside the paint – it didn’t matter. No basket came easy for the ‘Dogs. Fresno State’s offensive struggles could mostly be attributed to the Sun Devil defense, but the ‘Dogs also missed some easy layups around the basket. “I don’t think they were necessarily easy [shots], although I thought we were getting them,” head coach Jaime White said. “I thought we were getting some good layups, some good looks for finishing, but they’re a little bit bigger more physical team and we didn’t absorb that at all.” The ‘Dogs competed well early on, keeping the game within one or two points early in the first quarter. They finished the first down 18-12 after a quick 6-2 run from the Sun Devils to close out the quarter. The Sun Devils established a rhythm with that first quarter run that they carried into the second quarter. They opened the quarter on a 12-2 run, and held the ‘Dogs without a field goal for almost four minutes. Fresno State went into halftime down 39-23. Guard Courtney Elmark was a pest on offense for the ‘Dogs early on, shooting a perfect five-of-five from the field from the field. She consistently beat her defender off the dribble and maneuvered through the zone defense to find easy shots in the paint. Center Charnea Johnson-Chapman was a force for the Sun Devils as well, she finished with a team-high 16 points. Rebounding proved to be a problem for the young ‘Dogs team. The Sun Devils outworked the ‘Dogs on the boards 41-25, with 12 offensive rebounds to the ‘Dogs 11. “We gave up too many rebounds to points,” Jaime White said. “We’d get a stop, we’d feel good about it. They’d miss a shot, and we just didn’t pull the boards.” The head coach added that she felt like the team could have kept the game a lot closer in the first half, had it just grabbed more defensive rebounds. The offensive woes continued into the second half for the Bulldogs. The team started off the half with three straight turnovers, which the Sun Devils capitalized off of at the other end with three straight field goals. “That was not the plan coming out of halftime,” Jaime White said. “I think it’s just one of those things, some of our young kids have got to be ready for the second half, especially playing a first half like that. You’ve got to regroup and you have to have good energy coming in. “It’s always nice when you start a half or a quarter with something positive, and I just felt like that kind of snowballed from there in the third quarter.” The ball pressure was too much for the ‘Dogs, forcing multiple wayward passes and tipped balls. The Sun Devils finished with 17 points off of 15 Fresno State turnovers. The third quarter saw the Sun Devils finish the Bulldogs off, outscoring them 28-10 and extending their lead to as much as 36 points. Fresno State went the last 6:39 of the third quarter without a field goal. The fourth quarter proved to be the most even of them all, with the ‘Dogs outscoring the Sun Devils 16-14, of course this was against the Sun Devils’ reserves. The ‘Dogs hope to fare better against their next challenge, UC Riverside on Nov. 19 at the Save Mart Center.

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  • Suspect in Madera robbery, homicide arrestedSuspect in Madera robbery, homicide arrested

    Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 announced one arrest in the killing of a convenience store clerk and said a second suspect is outstanding in what he called a “cowardly act.” … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 3 d. 5 h. 51 min. ago
  • One arrested, another at large in ‘cowardly’ killing at convenience storeOne arrested, another at large in ‘cowardly’ killing at convenience store

    Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney on Wednesday announced one arrest in the killing of a convenience store clerk and said a second suspect is outstanding in what he called a … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 3 d. 6 h. 2 min. ago
  • “Dangerous” Man Who Escaped From Hawaii Psychiatric Hospital Caught In Stockton“Dangerous” Man Who Escaped From Hawaii Psychiatric Hospital Caught In Stockton

    FRESNO,CA (KMJ) – A man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Hawaii is caught in Stockton. 59 year-old Randall Saito was considered “extremely dangerous” by Hawaiian authorities, suffering from sexual sadism and necrophilia. Honolulu Police say on Sunday evening he had escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital. Somehow Saito managed to take a chartered plane to Maui and then flew to San Jose. Honolulu Police received a tip that Saito was on his way to his brother’s home in Stockton, and informed Stockton law enforcement. The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office Facebook page posted that Saito was arrested around 10:30 am Wednesday, November 15th at a gas station near near Highway 99 & Waterloo Road in Stockton, after a taxi cab driver called officers. Saito had been was committed after being found not guilty by reason of insanity for the gruesome murder of a woman back in 1979. The victim, Sandra Yamashiro, was shot and repeatedly stabbed before her body was found in her car at a mall. Saito is now being charged with escape in the second degree, a felony with a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.   Click below to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/15142443/LK-5PM-INSANE-GUY-CAUGHT.mp3    

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  • Arrest Made In Gas Station Robbery And Murder In Madera CountyArrest Made In Gas Station Robbery And Murder In Madera County

    Armitraj Singh Athwal. Image courtesy of Fresno County Sheriff’s Office MADERA (KMJ) — One of the two suspects wanted in the Tackle Box Gas Station and Mini Mart robbery and murder has been arrested. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon by Madera County Sheriff’s Office, but Armitraj Singh Athwal was actually detained less than an hour after the incident Monday evening. Athwal was taken into custody in Fresno County on a separate charge, but was later identified as the person being sought for the crime which took place on Road 26 just north of the City of Madera. Deputies also believe that the 21 year old was likely the suspect who shot and killed the store employee during the robbery (click here to read more). “They stole cash and two large boxes full of cartons of cigarettes. Once they were done with that they fired several shots, one of which did strike the employee and killed him,” detailed Commander Bill Ward. That employee has been officially identified as 20 year old Dharampreet Singh Jassar. “Dharampreet was a completely innocent victim, just doing his job, when he was senselessly killed during this robbery,” said Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney. The second suspect is still outstanding. He is described as wearing a black “Reebok” sweatshirt, black pants, black and white shoes, and a white bandana over his face. Image courtesy of Madera County Sheriff’s Office Anyone with information about the incident is urged to get in touch with Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Information can be called into deputies directly on (559) 675-7770 or anonymously via Valley Crimestoppers on (888) 498-STOP. Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/15141804/DM-TACKLEBOX-ARREST2.mp3

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  • Audit For HSR Authority Not About Politics, Says Valley AssemblymanAudit For HSR Authority Not About Politics, Says Valley Assemblyman

    FRESNO (KMJ) — A demand for an emergency audit of California’s High Speed Rail project is not about politics, but about transparency, says Assemblyman Jim Patterson. “I think whether you are for it or against it, whether you’re Democrat or Republican, this is public money at risk,” explained the local lawmaker. “This is huge swathes of territory in Central California being ripped up for a project that may or may not be viable and may or may not be built. Assemblyman Patterson’s concern stems from a recent Los Angeles Times report, which stated that the High Speed Rail project is $1.7 billion over budget and seven years behind schedule on its first Central Valley segment. “An open, clear audit where we insist on transparency, we insist on making sure that what the High Speed Rail Authority is promising they’re absolutely producing,” established Patterson. “Every time we turn around we find more and more information that has to be gotten by investigative journalists and has to be gotten by whistleblowers.” The lawmaker’s call for an emergency audit by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee was made public Monday. His questions for members include what policies are in place to contain costs, what is being done to track and review invoices, and what the contingency plan is if the funding does not meet expectations. “There’s a bogus plan in place here that hopes to have money that is not materializing,” added Patterson. In a statement to KMJ News, the Authority’s Lisa Marie Alley said that it embraces transparency. “The California High-Speed Rail Authority reports all aspects of program delivery monthly via series of reports for the Finance and Audit Committee.  In addition, we are required to report regularly to the Legislature via project update reports and business plans. “Our next business plan, due in 2018, will detail all issues pertaining to cost and schedule.” Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/15111035/DM-HSR-AUDIT-NEXT1.mp3

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  • Jury Finds Fresno’s Starbucks Bandit Guilty Of CrimesJury Finds Fresno’s Starbucks Bandit Guilty Of Crimes

    [PHOTO: Liz Kern/KMJ] FRESNO,CA (KMJ) – A Fresno jury finds the man dubbed the “Starbucks Bandit” guilty of the crimes. 30 year old Ryan Michael Flores was found guilty on November 14th of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Attempted Robbery with the personal use of a deadly or dangerous weapon, a knife. On July 20th of 2017, Flores tried to rob a barista at local Starbucks at Herndon and the 99 Freeway while using a knife and a fake firearm. His attempt was foiled due to the courage of Cregg Jerri, a Fresno man who intervened using nothing more than his courage and a chair. [PHOTO: Liz Kern/KMJ] After a struggle where Jerri took the knife away from Flores, the robbery attempt was unsuccessful and Mr. Flores fled the scene. During testimony, both sides argued about the extent of Jerri’s stab wounds, but the jury did not find Flores guilty of great bodily injury – which could have added 3 years to the sentence. The Fresno County Superior Court jury deliberated for only a few hours before finding Flores guilty of the two charges. Flores faces a sentence of up to five years in state prison when he is sentenced on December 13th. Click below to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/14141337/LK-5PM-STARBUCKS-GUILTY.mp3

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  • Officials Warn “Disaster Will Strike At A Time We Least Expect It”Officials Warn “Disaster Will Strike At A Time We Least Expect It”

    Fresno County OES’ Ken Austin. Image courtesy of Fresno County. FRESNO (KMJ) — Recent mass shootings, severe weather, and wildfires, are all prompting a call for Central Valley residents to get ready for the worst. “The first thing to do is know what kind of disasters impact our area,” established Ken Austin with the Fresno County Office of Emergency Services. He was one of a number of local officials who came together inside Fresno’s Woodward Library Monday evening to let locals know what they need to do to prepare. “Flooding and fires have been recent events, not only throughout the state but here in our own county. Most of our fires are wildfires up in the mountains but our flooding has come down through our rivers and impacted all parts our county.” Building a plan is considered an important first step to withstanding catastrophe. “Knowing what supplies you need to keep, what you might be without if there is a disaster: say we lose electricity or you can’t fuel up your car. “Always be aware that a disaster will strike at a time we least expect it.” Tips also include storing extra food and establishing a means of communication without using cellphones. The federal government’s website ready.gov (click for more) has more on what you need to do before catastrophe strikes. But Austin added that knowing when to leave is also important. “Be prepared in the event that something is quick moving to get in your car and get out of there quickly.” Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2017/11/14125836/DM-PREP-DISASTER1.mp3

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