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  • Ducks want more than moments of impact from Nick RitchieDucks want more than moments of impact from Nick Ritchie

    ANAHEIM — In Saturday’s game against the Kings, Nick Ritchie made a play that carried a lot of impact and factored in the Ducks’ victory over their bitter rival. Ritchie saw Kings goalie Jonathan Quick play the puck behind his net and hustled to pressure him. The play wasn’t just effective, it made a difference. He got the puck away from Quick and sent a pass out into the slot area for his linemate, Ondrej Kase, as the goalie remained woefully out of position. Kase deposited the puck into an empty net, giving the Ducks a 3-0 lead that later came in handy when the Kings scored twice to make the game close. But it was the kind of impactful play Ritchie made that Ducks coach Randy Carlyle wants from the big winger more often. “It’s not about a little more,” Carlyle said in plain-spoken terms. “We just have to see that every day. This is black and white for Nick Ritchie. The information has been transferred to the individual. That is what we need on a consistent basis night in, night out. “We need his complement to our group. His physicality, his playmaking ability, his body checking. All of that and, if necessary, defending our teammate when the time calls upon.” Safe to say, the Ducks expected all that would also translate into more production than the three goals and nine assists Ritchie has delivered in 39 games. This wasn’t the development they expected after a first full NHL season where he had enough promising moments and contributed 14 goals and 14 assists. Looking at his first half, Ritchie knows it wasn’t what he wanted. “A lot of ups and downs, I thought,” he said. “I had a couple injuries and kind of missed some time a little bit. Kind of had tough times coming out of those. Overall, I think it was sometimes a little bit of a struggle just with that kind of stuff and obviously with my play and kind of getting back into it. “Now I can start feeling better. I took a deep breath at that halfway point. I think I’m ready for a big half.” The Ducks will take that. If he can click with Kase and center Adam Henrique, opponents will have to respect a third line in addition to the trios led by Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler. But there’s long been a big if with Ritchie, who’s capable of big moments like his Game 7 game-winner against Edmonton. “I think I’m obviously a player that can help this team and play a decent to big role,” Ritchie said. “Part of that comes with playing emotional, playing physical. Driving the net. Just all those things that big wingers do. Hopefully I can do that every night. “Obviously you’re not going to have your best every night but if I can do it as much as possible, then it’ll help for sure.” FINE DEBUT FOR BROWN J.T. Brown gave the Ducks what they wanted in his first game with them after being claimed off waivers. In just under 10 minutes Monday, Brown had three hits, one takeaway, one shot on goal and got an assist on Chris Wagner’s second-period score. “I think he came as advertised,” Carlyle said. “He was on the puck. He was physical when he had to be. He acquitted himself very well. “We see integrating him into the penalty killing unit at some point here in the not-too-distant future because that’s part of his makeup and part of the toolbox that he brought with him to us.” Brown called it a “crazy 48 hours” between the time he was put on waivers by Tampa Bay and jumped into the Ducks’ lineup without the benefit of one practice. The five-year veteran was thrilled to make his debut on the holiday to honor Martin Luther King. “Obviously Martin Luther King did a lot for us,” said Brown, an African-American and Minnesota native. “And to be able to playing on his day, it’s definitely special and to be able to just kind of look back and see what he’s done. “I’m not going to say I’m anywhere near him but he’s somebody that I look up to and I want to strive to make a positive impact on my community.” PENALTY PARADE The Ducks continue to make regular visits to the penalty box and it is only widening the disparity they face in the power plays that are issued. The NHL’s second-most penalized team has had a league-low 122 man advantages while dealing with 168 shorthanded situations. The latest example was Monday when Colorado had six power plays to operate on and the Ducks had two. Colin Wilson delivered a key goal on the advantage that restored a two-goal lead for the Avalanche. While Carlyle wants his team to get their penalties back down to a more manageable three or fewer, there’s another way he sees where they can close the gap. “We can do a better job of drawing penalties,” Carlyle said. “We’ve been guilty of not getting inside enough and not controlling the puck in the offensive zone for stretches of time. Because usually that’s what happens. “If you play a lot of the game in the offensive zone, usually the opposition is going to have to commit some sort of foul to restrain you or stop you. Specifically yesterday, we haven’t done a great job of that.”

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  • 2 sex offenders arrested in Yucaipa on suspicion of failing to register2 sex offenders arrested in Yucaipa on suspicion of failing to register

    Two registered sex offenders are back in jail after they failed to inform authorities of their home address within five business days of their birthday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said. Elijah Ceasar Hernandez, 21, of Mentone and Arthur Hale Spears, 55, of Yucaipa were both arrested Tuesday in Yucaipa on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender. They were booked at the Central Detention Center in Rialto. Bail for Spears is set at $50,000. Hernandez, who is on formal felony probation for his prior conviction, was also booked on suspicion of violating the terms of that probation, a sheriff’s news release said. No bail has been set. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Yucaipa Station at 909-918-2305. Those wishing to report anonymously can call the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or visit www.wetip.com.  

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  • Slumping Kings promote Michael Amadio, Paul LaDueSlumping Kings promote Michael Amadio, Paul LaDue

    EL SEGUNDO — Roster moves often take place when a team is slumping. Therefore, it wasn’t shocking when the Kings made some Tuesday, the day after they dropped a 4-1 decision to San Jose for their fourth consecutive defeat. The Kings announced they shipped defensemen Kurtis MacDermid and Oscar Fantenberg to Ontario of the AHL and recalled forward Michael Amadio and defenseman Paul LaDue from the Reign. The Kings also waived veteran forward Jussi Jokinen. Since winning eight consecutive games beginning in late November, the Kings (24-15-5, 53 points) have gone 4-7-2 and are in danger of falling out of a playoff spot, though they still have 38 games to play. In 30 games for Ontario, Amadio scored 11 goals and doled out 23 assists for a team-high 34 points from his center position. Just 21, Amadio played eight games for the Kings earlier this season, scoring one goal. Coach John Stevens liked what Amadio did after being demoted. “He was a Player of the Month down there, just kind of taking his game to another level and he did some really good things offensively,” Stevens said. “But his game without the puck has been solid, so it’s just an example of a young player who went down after being here for a short time, just used it as motivation and he’s really, really played well. “Just gives us a different look, another right-shot guy in the middle that’s got good jump to his game. Coming off the break, sometimes I think it’s good to (have) guys that have played like that and then an opportunity for other guys to go down and play more.” The Kings are 0-2 since their mandated five-day bye. Amadio scored 50 goals in juniors in 2015-16. But he realizes his play without the puck must also be strong. “I’ve always been on myself to be a good offensive player, but being a good defensive player at the same time,” he said after practice. “So gotta take care of your own end and be as creative as you want in the offensive zone.” Amadio acknowledged he’s both excited and nervous to be back with the big club. “But it’s nice to see the guys again, they’re making me feel comfortable, so a little better this time knowing the guys,” he said. LaDue, 25, is a scoring defenseman who had eight goals and nine assists in 34 games with Ontario. “Paulie’s been coming along,” said Stevens, whose team next takes on Pittsburgh (24-19-3, 51 points) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Staples Center. “He had a solid first half of the season down there, he has good mobility, gives you another right-shot option, so it changes the look a little bit.” Both MacDermid and Fantenberg shoot left-handed. LaDue spoke in confident tones as he sat at his locker. “I know what I have to do to play good up here,” he said, “and I’m prepared to do it.” LaDue played 22 games for the Kings this past season and had eight assists. He did not make the team this season out of training camp, but he is not complaining. “I try not to look down on that,” he said. “Just keep improving every day. … Now I’m back and I’m trying to make a statement.” ICE CHIPS MacDermid had a goal and three assists and averaged 11:36 of ice time while leading the team with 57 penalty minutes in 34 games. Fantenberg had two goals and seven assists and had a time-on-ice average of 14:07 in 26 games. … After Pittsburgh, the Kings will play Friday night at 7 at Anaheim. … If Jokinen goes unclaimed, he will likely report to Ontario.

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  • Criminal defense lawyer challenges Riverside County District Attorney Mike HestrinCriminal defense lawyer challenges Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin

    A challenger has emerged to face Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin in 2018. Lara Gressley, an appellate lawyer and partner in the Riverside-based firm of Bartell, Hensel & Gressley, filed paperwork with the county Registrar of Voters to run against Hestrin, who is up for a second four-year term in June. She plans to formally announce her candidacy soon, a campaign news release states. Gressley said by phone that she’s noticed low morale among deputy prosecutors. “It’s an extremely important job,” she said, adding she wants to see deputy district attorneys “passionate about what they do.” Riverside County DA Mike Hestrin will face a challenger in the June election. File photo by Frank Bellino, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG Prosecutors don’t have the leeway they should to handle cases and are micromanaged, Gressley added. Hestrin said he thinks morale in his office is “quite high.” He added that he received the overwhelming endorsement of the union that represents deputy district attorneys. “Our attorneys have more discretion now than they’ve ever had,” he said, noting he’s formed a working committee focused on participatory management. “Things like that have gone a long way toward solving the problems that were there,” Hestrin said. If elected, Gressley said she would have more ethics training for prosecutors and make training accessible to law enforcement so officers can better understand tough-to-interpret legal rulings. She also wants to use the office to help troubled veterans in the court system as well as the homeless. While Gressley’s background is in criminal defense — her firm specializes in DUI cases — she said she’s been offered prosecutor jobs. As an appellate attorney, Gressley said she can see problems facing the legal system. “I’m eminently familiar with what a prosecutor should be doing,” said Gressley, who lives in Temecula. So far, she is the only official challenger to Hestrin, a former senior deputy prosecutor who defeated incumbent DA Paul Zellerbach in 2014. Riverside County has had some turnover in recent years in the DA’s office following a 24-year run by Grover Trask as the county’s top prosecutor. Rod Pacheco was elected DA in 2006 and served one term before Zellerbach beat him in 2010.

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  • At least for now, DACA recipients can reapply for deportation reliefAt least for now, DACA recipients can reapply for deportation relief

    Young immigrants are rushing to reapply for DACA while they can. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Justice Department said it would take the “rare step” of asking the Supreme Court to clear the way for the Trump administration to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program by March. This announcement came just a week after the program was reinstated when a federal judge on Jan. 9 temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to end the two-year renewal program that provides deportation relief and work authorization permits to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Saturday, Jan. 13 said it’s allowing recipients to renew their permits, but it’s not accepting new applicants for the program. The current DACA population is about 690,000, and that number has been shrinking. “It’s overwhelming,” said Luz Gallegos, with TODEC Legal Center, an immigrant rights group serving the Inland Empire. Gallegos said the center remained open during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday, Jan. 15, to make sure DACA recipients had the necessary resources to apply. The center is helping recipients by paying the $495 it costs to apply for the program. Gallegos advised DACA recipients to renew as soon as possible. At this time of political turmoil over immigration, Gallegos said it’s crucial for DACA beneficiaries to get at least two more years of deportation protection. “We’re afraid it’s (DACA) going to get overturned,” Gallegos said. “We can’t take things for granted,” she added. To Karla Estrada, whose DACA permit expires in August, the news on Tuesday was expected. She said the reinstatement of DACA was initially bittersweet because she feared it would hamper the urgent effort behind DREAM Act legislation that provides immigrant youth a pathway to citizenship. “We don’t want DACA. We want a permanent solution,” said Estrada, of Los Angeles. President Donald Trump in September gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative replacement for the program. Under the phase-out plan, more than 150,000 young people whose permits were set to expire before March 5 were given the chance to submit renewals by Oct. 5. Many, however, didn’t meet the deadline. The Center for American Progress, a research organization, found that about 122 people will lose their DACA status each day Congress delays acting on the DREAM Act until March 5, 2018. While lawmakers failed to pass legislation for a DACA fix, recipients of the program had been publicly highlighting countdowns showing the number of days left before they risked deportation. “Our biggest strategic point was the urgency of time,” Estrada said. Estrada said Tuesday’s news shows how crucial this time is. “I think it’s great that DACA recipients have this brief window of renewal, which will close pretty soon,” she said. “It doesn’t take away the urgency,” Estrada added. “We know the court is probably going to rule against us and we still don’t have a solution on the legislative front.” The fate of DACA recipients is at the heart of a legislative dispute on Capitol Hill that could result in a government shutdown later this week. Lawmakers are being urged to include DACA protections in the upcoming Jan. 19 funding deadline. The Immigration Law Offices of Hadley Bajramovic in Riverside has been publicizing its DACA hotline for recipients with questions. But attorneys are not settling. “We are telling people that we need a permanent, legislative fix,” Attorney Hadley Bajramovic said. As for Estrada, she is applying for renewal, but she is also making a final push for DREAM Act legislation. She is publicizing a Wednesday, Jan. 17 rally in downtown Los Angeles that calls for permanent protection. This march will be taking place as a number of immigrant youth from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles — described as the largest immigrant rights organization in California — will be in Washington, D.C, to urge legislators that passing the DREAM Act is still the best option. “The fight continues,” Estrada said. WHO CAN APPLY FOR DACA? If someone’s DACA status expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016, that person may file a renewal request. People whose permits expired before then can file a new request. Applying for advance parole, a permission to travel out of the country and be allowed back in, is not allowed. Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • Lost in the wilderness? Experts share tips on staying safeLost in the wilderness? Experts share tips on staying safe

    Two hikers were recently rescued by helicopter from Southern California waterfalls, leading authorities to issue tips on how to stay safe while exploring the region’s wild mountains. Perhaps the most critical advice: Know the terrain and weather forecast for the area you’ll travel to and be prepared for emergencies, because mountain weather can quickly change and create conditions that catch those who live in warm, sunny valleys off-guard. Rescuers in this region, where several mountain ranges are short drives away from thickly populated urban areas, often find city dwellers get in over their heads and aren’t prepared to stay in the wilderness as long as they do. “Altitude changes everything. If you get lost, you can be out beyond what you were expecting,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dan Futscher, who’s assigned to the Aviation Unit, an integral part of search-and-rescue missions that also usually involve teams on the ground. Reina Perez, 40, of Pomona got stuck on a ledge climbing high up popular San Antonio Falls on Mount Baldy on Friday, Jan. 5. She was wearing sweat pants and a long-sleeve shirt, yet still got chilly while stuck about three hours before being plucked off the ledge by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter crew, said Deputy Rich Farrow, who oversaw the rescue as West Valley Search and Rescue team coordinator. On Jan. 5, 2018, Reina Perez, 40, of Pomona got stuck on a ledge climbing high up Mount Baldy’s San Antonio Falls, shown here on July 2, 2014. The next day, Bethany Sloan, 32, of Redlands took a wrong turn descending from the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain, got lost in the fog and spent the night next to Falls Creek before making her way down the creek to the top of Big Falls, where she was rescued. Knowing the risks Mount Baldy, aka Mount San Antonio, and San Gorgonio Mountain are safe for year-round recreation if people heed weather forecasts and take precautions, which includes knowing about the risks of flash floods and avalanches. But people who overestimate their experience level can get into trouble – especially if they’re travelling in a creek system with waterfalls, said Lt. Mitch Dattilo, who oversees the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit. “They get to a point where they’re stuck. They don’t have the strength to go back up, and they can’t physically go down. So now they’re in a bind,” he said. Perez and her three sons were climbing rocks along San Antonio Falls, easily reached with about a quarter-mile hike up paved San Antonio Falls Road. Perez went the highest, “cliffing out” about 40 feet above the third fall when she climbed up a steep section but wasn’t comfortable climbing back down, Farrow said. “This was just a bad decision,” he said. “She wanted to challenge herself. And she did.” Reina Perez, 40, of Pomona was rescued Jan. 5, 2018, by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter piloted by Sgt. Mike Gilley and Crew Chief Deputy Robert Hoag after she got stuck climbing high up San Antonio Falls. Perez is shown in front of San Antonio Falls on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, with sons (from left) Troy, Ryan and Brandon Cowgill. Sloan, whose hiking partner turned around after getting altitude sickness on the way to San Gorgonio Mountain’s summit, took the wrong trail down from the top and then lost the windy ridgeline trail in the fog. No matter which direction she went, her cellphone GPS showed her moving farther away from San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail. She sent an SOS to family using her Apple watch and, thinking the GPS tracked her movements, decided after rain began to fall to head down the mountain cross-country when she was unable to find any trail. But that was the only spot with cell phone reception. Thirty-mile-an-hour winds and a low of 25 degrees that night near the summit would have created a windchill factor of 8 degrees on the ridgeline, where there are few places to escape the elements, said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Franklin, who oversaw the all-night search and rescue of Sloan. “One of her saving graces was she did drop down, off that ridgeline, out of the wind,” he said. “When she realized she was lost, had she just sat down and waited, she would have been exposed to that high wind and cold temperatures.” Instead, Sloan, who has rock-climbing experience, made her way into the canyon, spent hours hiking and climbing down in the dark, took shelter under a log and covered her exposed lower half with dirt, leaves, branches and a wet windbreaker. She was hoisted the next morning from the top of Big Falls by a sheriff’s helicopter. Bethany Sloan, 32, of Redlands was rescued Jan. 7, 2018, after a couple standing at this overlook, shown on June 18, 2016, heard and saw her at the top of Upper Big Falls near Forest Falls. Keeping calm About 12 people a year are rescued after missing the same turnoff for Vivian Creek trail, said Franklin. Others also end up in funnel-like Falls Creek canyon, but most reach waterfalls and stop, hoping to be rescued. What Sloan did right was to stay calm, said Franklin, who was amazed she was uninjured. Some rescuers advise lost hikers to stay put if they can’t see their way because of snow, fog, rain or dark, but Franklin said Sloan gave herself an edge by moving. “The fact that she made it as far as she did says a lot about her persistence,” he said. Futscher recommends hikers carry a personal locator beacon, an emergency transmitter that works via satellite. Wear bright clothes or carry bright cloth to use as a signal flag. Carry the 10 essentials, including a map, raingear and food. Get involved with a rock climbing or canyoneering group if you want adventure. Don’t hike alone. Let someone know your plan, which includes when you expect to be done. Sloan said she learned many lessons, such as having respect for San Gorgonio Mountain. She applied to join a search-and-rescue team and plans to keep hiking. “I’ll be the girl with the biggest pack on the trail,” she said. “It’s definitely a life-changing experience that I’m glad to be on the other side of now.” Bethany Sloan gives a thumbs up after she was hoisted from the top of Big Falls by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. She stands with San Gorgonio Search and Rescue team members who hiked all night trying to find her and a team member who staffed the command post overnight. WILDERNESS TRAVEL TIPS Carry the 10 essentials: Map and compass/GPS; extra water; extra food; rain gear and extra clothes; first aid kit; firestarter and matches; knife or multipurpose tool; headlamp/flashlight and extra batteries; whistle and signaling mirror; sunscreen and sunglasses; Keep company: Travel with a partner Calmness: Stay calm if you get lost so you can make better decisions Brightness helps: Wear bright clothes or a bright backpack or bring something bright colored, even a piece of foldable cloth, to use as a signal flag Knowledge: Understand where you’re going and the type of environment into which you’re hiking, and check out the latest weather forecast Preparation: Be prepared to stay in the wilderness longer than your planned trip; Chargers are key: Carry a portable or solar cell phone battery charger Conserve batteries: Reserve your flashlight or cellphone battery to help searchers with night vision goggles find you at night from the air, even from two to five miles away Location, location: Carry a personal locator beacon, an emergency transmitter that sends a distress signal to authorities via satellite when you can’t use a cell phone Layers: Carry a tarp and two emergency blankets to make a layer system that protects against wind and rain Togetherness: Hikers should stay together, because most rescues are for just one person Information: westvalleysar.org; weather.gov; sgwa.org; socalsnow.org; amga.com; uberadventures.net; sbsar.org; summitpost.org; ropewiki.com; canyoneeringusa.com.

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  • Maxine Waters (and who else?) will boycott Trump’s State of the UnionMaxine Waters (and who else?) will boycott Trump’s State of the Union

    When President Trump delivers his State of the Union Address later this month, Rep. Maxine Waters plans to make her absence felt. Waters, a Democrat and persistent Trump antagonist who represents part of the Los Angeles area and South Bay, said she’ll register her disgust with the president by boycotting his Jan. 30 speech to a joint session of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. “Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar, to someone who lies in the face of facts, to someone who can change their tune day in and day out?” Waters said Friday in an interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.” “What does he have to say that I would be interested in? I don’t trust him, I don’t appreciate him, and I wouldn’t waste my time sitting in that House listening to what he has to say. He does not deserve my attention.” Waters isn’t alone among House Democrats. Others who’ve announced plans to skip the State of the Union are John Lewis of Georgia, Frederica Wilson of Florida and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. No other Congress members from L.A., Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties immediately stated plans to skip the State of the Union in response to an inquiry emailed to their offices Monday by the Southern California News Group. But it could be assumed some will boycott, seeing that several pointedly did not attend Trump’s inauguration in January 2017: Tony Cardenas, D-Van Nuys; Judy Chu, D-Pasadena; Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles; Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; Grace Napolitano D-El Monte; Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Downey; and Waters. Waters skipped both the inauguration and Trump’s first address to Congress in February 2017. Lieu spokeswoman Jenna Bushnell said he is “still considering whether he’ll attend the State of the Union. According to a spokesman, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-San Pedro, plans to attend but register her opinions about sexual harassment and immigration. She’ll wear black in support of the #MeToo and “TimesUp movements; and she’ll bring as a guest Marco Chávez, a Marine Corps veteran who was deported to his native Mexico in 2002 following an animal-cruelty conviction but was pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown in December and allowed to return to California. “I am wearing black to stand with the brave women who have come forward to share their story of sexual assault and say #TimesUp. I am proud to be part of the #MeToo movement.  I’ve shared my story, share yours,” Barragán said in a statement. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, plans to attend Trump’s nationally televised speech. Sherman said in a statement: “The entire country will be watching the State of the Union and the reaction of members of Congress. I don’t think Democrats should abandon the floor.” Though not unexpected, Waters’ plan to miss the president’s annual speech to Congress drew criticism from Omar Navarro, a Republican and Trump supporter from Torrance who is running against the 14th-term congresswoman in the District 43 primary June 5. “For me, it’s disgusting that someone who’s in Congress is not going to go to something that shows the unity of the country,” Navarro said in a phone interview. “Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, we have to come to common ground that there are issues in the country we have to address. “[Missing the speech] is disrespect to the [House] seat. It’s disrespect to the taxpayers.” Navarro, whom Waters defeated 76.1 percent to 23.9 percent in November 2016, disagreed with Democrats who say Trump’s statements and policies divide Americans. “He is not dividing the country, he is unifying. He’s restoring confidence in our country and creating jobs,” Navarro said. If Waters doesn’t want to attend the State of the Union, Navarro said, he’d be happy to take her place.

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  • Menifee garage fire causes $50,000 in damagesMenifee garage fire causes $50,000 in damages

    A fire Tuesday caused major damage to the garage of a Menifee residence, but was stopped before extending to the rest of the property. There was no immediate word on the cause of the non-injury blaze, which was reported about 11 a.m. in the 27000 block of Merbie Circle, near Juniper Tree Lane. A Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman said five engine crews and a truck company, numbering 20 personnel, were sent to the two-story home and encountered smoke billowing out of an attic vent. The flames were fully contained by 12:20 p.m., and all of the damage was confined to the garage and its contents, with losses totaling $50,000, according to the fire department. No one was displaced.

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  • Man charged with murder, attempted murder in Morongo Indian Reservation triple shootingMan charged with murder, attempted murder in Morongo Indian Reservation triple shooting

    A man who allegedly shot three people on the Morongo Indian Reservation last week — killing one of them — was charged Tuesday with murder and attempted murder. Adrien Sotomayor, 31, is accused of killing 55-year-old Gilbert Trevino of Beaumont and wounding two other men Jan 10. Sheriff’s deputies were sent around 11 p.m. to the area of Ramon and Chino roads, where the gunshot victims were found, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche. Trevino died at a hospital, according to Brosche. One of the surviving victims was taken to a hospital in critical condition, while the other was released with minor injuries less than a day later, Brosche said. Sotomayor, who’s being held without bail at the Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, is slated to appear in a Banning courtroom this afternoon on one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and multiple sentence enhancing allegations of discharging a firearm. Neither Sotomayor nor the victims are tribal members or residents of Morongo, according to Brosche. Deputies have not disclosed a motive for the shooting, nor Sotomayor’s relationship, if any, to the victims.

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  • Man charged with fatally shooting woman in North Riverside, wounding girl - Chicago Sun-TimesMan charged with fatally shooting woman in North Riverside, wounding girl - Chicago Sun-Times

    Chicago Sun-TimesMan charged with fatally shooting woman in North Riverside, wounding girlChicago Sun-TimesA Chicago man has been charged with killing a woman and wounding a 14-year-old girl in a shooting Saturday in North Riverside. Honorio Perez, 49, of the Little Village neighborhood, faces felony counts of first-degree murder and aggravated battery with ...Man charged after woman killed, girl wounded in North Riverside mall shootingWLS-TVNorth Riverside Mall Murder: Chicago Man ChargedPatch.comall 4 news articles »

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  • Riverside County authorities address Perris child-captivity case as neighbors react - Los Angeles TimesRiverside County authorities address Perris child-captivity case as neighbors react - Los Angeles Times

    Los Angeles TimesRiverside County authorities address Perris child-captivity case as neighbors reactLos Angeles TimesPerris residents were shocked to learn of allegations against David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, who were arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment after authorities said their 13 children had been chained and malnourished inside ...

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  • Riverside Couple Allegedly Chained 12 Children Inside Home - KCETRiverside Couple Allegedly Chained 12 Children Inside Home - KCET

    KCETRiverside Couple Allegedly Chained 12 Children Inside HomeKCETRiverside County sheriff's officials are slated today to disclose more details about a couple suspected of imprisoning their 13 children, several of whom are adults, inside a Perris house where they were allegedly starved and forced to endure other ...How a malnourished teen escaped a house full of chains and freed her 12 siblingsWashington PostRiverside County parents jailed after children found in squalorSFGateCouple arrested after children found 'shackled to their beds' in Riverside County home89.3 KPCCfox5sandiego.com -KTVU San Francisco -KABC-TV -New York Timesall 534 news articles »

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  • Riverside council urges residents to display old, new addresses - Sunbury Daily ItemRiverside council urges residents to display old, new addresses - Sunbury Daily Item

    Riverside council urges residents to display old, new addressesSunbury Daily ItemRIVERSIDE — Major GPS providers not updating mapping systems can cause problems in locating addresses during emergencies, Southside Fire Chief Nicholas Fowler told the borough council Monday night. He said the 911 center is using the new addresses but ...

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    Riverside QB Jordan Loving named Warrick Dunn Award FinalistWAFB.comClass 2A All-State quarterback Jordan Loving of Riverside Academy says he's worn the No. 9 jersey since the fourth grade, so it's only fitting the Rebels' star was named a finalist for WAFB's Sportsline Player of the Year on the 39th birthday of his ...

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  • A Riverside County supervisor has a $400 million plan to fix the ... - Inland Valley Daily BulletinA Riverside County supervisor has a $400 million plan to fix the ... - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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  • The Fashion Mafia #4The Fashion Mafia #4

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  • Pair charged with string of residential burglaries in Riverside - Chicago Sun-TimesPair charged with string of residential burglaries in Riverside - Chicago Sun-Times

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  • Best and worst of Countdown NYE 2017Best and worst of Countdown NYE 2017

    This was my second year returning to Insomniac’s Countdown NYE, one of the premier EDM festivals in SoCal. With a record of 78,000 attendees at San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center, the 2017 rendition had one of the strongest lineups in its wheelhouse compared to the other two raves occuring at the same time, OMFG! LED and Snowglobe Music Festival. But while the lineup certainly did not disappoint, some aspects of the two-day event were less than favorable. Here’s a breakdown of the best and worst aspects of Countdown NYE 2017: Best: Water Refill Stations When you’re dancing and sweating for hours, water becomes a necessity. Fortunately, the water refill stations were really well-organized throughout the grounds and had a sufficient number of staff to ensure that the lines were not longer than they needed to be. Worst: Lack of proper photo ops While there is the ever-so-basic photo of attendees with the festival’s lights and decor glimmering in the background, there was still a striking lack of inventive and creative photo opportunities. Given the target millennial audience of the festival, there was a glaring lack of creativity in providing varied photo backgrounds. In fact, a greater focus on finding more creative photo opportunities would benefit both parties; we would be able to get cute photos and essentially promote the brand for the festival itself. Best: Zen Zone The Zen Zone was the perfect spot for moments of rest in between standing on your feet all day, as well as time spent waiting for members in our group to use the bathroom. Also, given the amount of other activities available, there weren’t too many people in the tent at once. Given how cold it got as the night winded down, it was nice to have heat lamps for a source of warmth while waiting. Worst: Decorative “art” As an avid fan of EDM music, I have been to the NOS Event Center for raves several times. After the first couple of times, I realized that Insomniac always uses the same decorations for each event regardless of the festival themes. Sure, there might be a few differences here and there, but the “astounding visual and interactive creations” boasted on the website are anything but. Best: Infinity and Resolution Stages My favorite aspect of the event by far was the stages and their incredible detail. From the dazzling laser and light displays to the sonic resonance of feeling each bass drop in your heart (cheesy, but true), the stages were truly breathtaking. Moreover, most of the headliners were at the stages that had these awesome features — most of which were close together — something my feet were definitely grateful for. Worst: Underwhelming countdown While there was a New Years countdown at the Yellow Claw stage, it was very underwhelming. Besides the numbers being displayed on the screen, the countdown itself — the namesake of the festival — after 3…2..1…there were no fireworks, which, considering the price of general admission tickets was tickets, the least that could have been provided for the New Year celebration should have been fireworks included. Furthermore, the new year was ushered in with no other details and the artists continued their set without any kind of extravagance. For an event centered around the countdown to transition from 2017 to 2018, there definitely could (and should) have been more creative additions to create a more memorable experience. The post Best and worst of Countdown NYE 2017 appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Lit Pick of the Week: “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieLit Pick of the Week: “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Radar is committed to all forms of art and entertainment and as such, will pick one book as a reading recommendation for this column. This week, Radar’s “Lit” pick is “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf “Americanah” is an impactful story written by award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Centered around two lovers navigating through the world, the storyline follows them from their teenage years through adulthood. Ifemulu and Obinze are two teenagers living in Lagos when they meet and fall in love very quickly. However, when a military dictatorship threatens their country, it drives a wedge in their relationship, causing Ifemulu to move to America while Obinze stays behind in Lagos, and eventually makes his way to London. Adichie adopts first person perspectives for both characters, which creates an attachment between reader and character. Alongside the romantic thread, “Americanah” addresses relevant social issues such as race and the immigrant experience in America, having to face culture shock and assimilation. Ifemulu faces many hardships such as finding a job and being treated unfairly because of her race. Masterfully combining a love story with themes addressing race and identity, Adichie’s novel presents a memorable story that will make readers laugh, cry and reflect on the complexity of life. The post Lit Pick of the Week: “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Women’s basketball splits week in conference playWomen’s basketball splits week in conference play

    January 11, 2018 Aggies 74-Highlanders 63 The UC Riverside women’s basketball team (5-13, 2-2) lost on the road to UC Davis (13-3, 3-0), 74-63 on Thursday, Jan. 11. The loss marked the Highlanders’ sixth in their last seven games. Riverside came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders, starting the game on a 12-2 run. The key to that stretch was the Highlanders’ stingy defense which held the Aggies to 16 percent from the field during that run. However, UCR’s defense shortly faltered as Davis went on a 25-10 run during the final 15 minutes of the first half to take a 29-26 lead into halftime. Coming out of halftime UC Davis was the team that got out to a fast start. The Aggies went on a 19-5 run at the start of the third quarter to give them their biggest lead of the game, 52-35. The Highlanders were able to keep things close in the fourth quarter by going on separate 8-0 and 7-0 runs to cut Davis’ lead down to five, but were not able to get closer than that. Senior guard Michelle Curry led all players in scoring with 25 points while also adding seven rebounds and three assists. Redshirt senior guard Lauren Holt was the only other Highlander player who broke double-digits in scoring, with 13. January 13, 2018 Highlanders 63-Titans 50 The Highlanders were able to bounce back and earn a 63-50 victory against Cal State Fullerton (7-10, 2-2) in their home arena on Saturday. Riverside got out to a slow start and were outscored by the Titans 20-13 in the first quarter. A lot of that deficit came after Curry was subbed out midway through the first quarter because of a freak injury where Fullerton’s redshirt junior center Daeja Smith appeared to step on Curry’s face. Curry and the Highlanders came back with a vengeance in the second quarter, opening the first two defensive possessions with back-to-back steals. UCR’s defense would continue to force turnovers throughout the second quarter which helped them hold Fullerton to only five points. The Highlanders’ offense also picked up that quarter thanks in large part to Holt, who had 13 first half points to help Riverside go into halftime with a 32-25 lead. The Highlanders were able to outscore the Titans by three in each of the last two quarters to increase their margin of victory to 13. Riverside’s frenetic defense, led by Curry, deserves most, if not all of the credit for the win as they were able to force Fullerton out of their comfort zone. UCR won the turnover battle easily, 22-11, and those extra possessions proved to be the difference as both teams shot under 40 percent, but the Highlanders took nine more attempts. With the win Riverside moves out of the basement of the Big West standings and into the top five. The Highlanders will attempt to move even higher on Thursday, Jan. 18 against Hawaii (8-9, 1-3) in the SRC Arena at 7 p.m. The post Women’s basketball splits week in conference play appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Men’s basketball still seeking first conference winMen’s basketball still seeking first conference win

    The UC Riverside men’s basketball team has lost five straight games, falling to 5-13 on the season and 0-4 in Big West play, after going winless on the week. On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Highlanders dropped a 75-65 decision to UC Davis (11-6, 2-1). Freshman Dikymbe Martin led the team with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting. This marks the fifth time Martin led or tied for the team lead in points, as well as the 11th time he has scored in double figures so far this season. Senior Alex Larsson put up 14 points while shooting 70 percent from the field, reaching double figures in scoring for the 10th time this season, and also grabbed six boards. UC Riverside got off to a hot start early on, scoring the first nine points of the game as the Aggies missed 10 of their first 11 shots from the field. Larsson grabbed five of his six rebounds during the first five minutes of play. A back-and-forth game would continue as the Highlanders led by six, 58-52, with 7:39 left to play in regulation. Here, the Aggies would go on to score 11 of the next 12 points, as well as 23 of the final 30 to run away with the victory. UC Davis senior Chima Moneke proved to be a huge factor for the Aggies win, putting up 21 points and heading to the line 12 times. This greatly contrasts with the amount of times any Highlander went to the line, as the entire team went a total of 13 times to the charity stripe. The Aggies upped their field goal percentage in the second half, connecting on 56.5 percent of their shots compared to 40.7 percent in the first half. This game snapped Riverside’s previously undefeated record of 5-0 in games where the team led at the half this season. The team returned to the court on Saturday, Jan. 13 to take on Long Beach State (9-11, 3-1), but were without Martin for an undisclosed reason. UC Riverside led 7-4 early on in the first half, only to quickly relinquish their lead to a Long Beach State team that would score the next 11 points and not trail for the rest of the night. On top of that, the Highlanders allowed for 24 offensive rebounds to occur, the most given up this season. Eight different UCR players would score in the first half, yet no player had more than six points, except Larsson, who led all Highlanders with 10 points while also grabbing five rebounds. Though 12 different players scored in the game, none managed to reach double digits. Dating back to last year, the Highlanders have lost 11 straight regular-season conference games. Their last conference win came against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on February 4, 2017. Since interim Head Coach Justin Bell took over on Jan. 1, UCR has yet to earn a win, putting his record at 0-4. He and the team will look to snap this loss streak on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. against the last-place Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-14, 0-3). The game will be at home and also broadcasted on ESPN 3. The post Men’s basketball still seeking first conference win appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Highlander Hot-Take: Why LaVar Ball’s JBA is destined to failHighlander Hot-Take: Why LaVar Ball’s JBA is destined to fail

    LaVar Ball is at it again with his newest venture, the Junior Basketball Association (JBA), which poses as a substitute for NCAA basketball. Representatives of Big Baller Brand claim that players will make anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000 per month. According to Ball, they plan to have somewhere between eight and 10 teams represented across the nation. Seems like a good idea right? Well, not really. Based on NCAA statistics, the JBA will not end up having a very high success rate for their athletes. According to the NCAA, there are about 4,150 Division I men’s basketball players that are draft eligible per year. Of this number, only about 44 per year get drafted to the NBA. This equates to a 1.1 percent success rate for the number of NCAA basketball players to be drafted to the NBA. Assuming a safe number of 15 players per team in the JBA, that’s about 150 players. According to NCAA statistics, this means not even two players per year will eventually go on to be drafted to the NBA. For a league with the sole intention of getting players to the NBA, the JBA will need to find a new method to raise these statistics and put more players in the NBA if they want to be successful, especially when considering the lack of an educational foundation that the league offers. Overall, the JBA will never be able to compete with the NCAA. With the sole purpose of getting players to the NBA with nothing else to show for it, that means this program could have over a 98 percent failure rate for their number one focus. NCAA players will also get a degree at the end of their time with the program, which will better set them up for their future, considering they will most likely not be going to the NBA. The bottom line is that after four years for both a NCAA player and a JBA player, the NCAA player is much better prepared for the rest of their life than their counterpart. Sure, the JBA player might have a small amount of money in their savings account, but how long will that last in relation to a degree from a university? Not to mention this degree was obtained for a heavily discounted financial cost, if not for free. The post Highlander Hot-Take: Why LaVar Ball’s JBA is destined to fail appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Riverside County History Symposium to be held at Benedict CastleRiverside County History Symposium to be held at Benedict Castle

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  • Trump: Stable genius, unstable egoTrump: Stable genius, unstable ego

    A little under a year has passed since President Donald Trump was inaugurated, and although he’s had his fair share of speeches and addresses, there is one platform from which we seem to hear from him the most: His Twitter account. From calling Kim Jong-un “little rocket man,” to retweeting a GIF of what appears to be him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball, Trump has certainly raised questions as to whether the leader of our nation ought to be spending this much time posting such unprofessional content for the social media world to see. Trump’s eccentric behavior came into further question after an explosive tell-all book, “Fire and Fury,” was published on Tuesday, Jan. 9, including nearly 200 interviews’ worth of his staff expressing that there is something “fundamentally wrong” with him. A day after the book’s publication, Trump took to Twitter to compose a three-part tweet validating that his mental stability was more than fine, boasting that it was, in fact, one of his “two greatest assets,” the other one “being, like, really smart.” He closed his argument by claiming that his accomplishments have earned him the title of a “very stable genius.” In the aftermath of yet another social media rampage, now more than ever, Trump’s mental health is being called into question, with psychiatrists like Bandy Lee, Judith Herman and Robert Jay Lifton speaking to various news outlets such as Vox and CNN about what they’ve collected from watching his behavior. Contrary to what he wanted, Trump’s blatant narcissism just went hand-in-hand with the speculation surrounding his mental instability, further deeming him a dangerous fit for presidency. If one were to try and trace the root of where Donald Trump’s questionable mentality stems from, it would lead to his Twitter account. Aside from this recent fiasco, Trump is infamous for tweeting up a storm when any sort of controversial material pops up. Like a fish taking its bait, he is lured to put in his two cents on anything on the horizon that has the ability to make him look bad. Doesn’t agree with the news? It’s all fake. Doesn’t like the outpour of criticism? He tweets about “Crooked Hillary” to remind the world that he’s not the only one who’s committed wrongdoings. Going back to the three-part tweet in which Donald Trump tried to clear up any misconceptions about his mental health, he lists the big accomplishments in his life, claiming there’s no way somebody short of genius could have done what he’s done. The narcissist in him shines when he talks about being a “VERY successful businessman” (he declared bankruptcy four times during his business career) and a “top T.V. star.” But, our nation is not a reality show that allows for multiple takes. With tensions between the U.S. and North Korea rising and test missiles being launched, Trump takes to Twitter to bully Kim Jong-Un, name-calling and bragging about our nuclear assets without much thought about the repercussions of such reckless behavior. Although a social media standoff isn’t enough to set off something as catastrophic as a nuclear war, Trump’s trouble with handling such international relations has the possibility of alienating allies that this country has worked so hard to maintain in the past years. All tweets aside, Trump has certainly caught the eye of a large audience, including elected officials of both parties and even psychiatrists, all having something to say about the way he’s worked in his presidency so far. Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee famously bashed Trump back in August, stating that Trump lacks “the ability” and “some of the competence” to be a successful president. Richard W. Painter, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, also expressed his feelings about Donald Trump being “psychologically unfit” for his position and urged Congress and the U.N. Security Council to take action. Additionally, while the Goldwater Rule deems it unethical for psychiatrists to comment on politicians’ mental health, Bandy Lee, an assistant professor in forensic psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, recently spoke to 12 members of Congress about Trump’s dangerously unraveling mental state. Although defying the presupposed ethics of psychiatry, Lee also spoke to Vox about how she believed it was moral to assess the dangerous behavior of our nation’s leader in order to inform the people about his unusual lack of professionalism and his inability to cope with the stressors of being a president in a rational way. In the interview with Vox, Lee expressed further concern at the type of example he’s setting for his supporters and worries of Trump normalizing a violent and aggressive culture. The common American people as well as government officials and psychiatrists breaking their code of ethics, have all expressed concern about Trump’s behavior. Unless Trump can miraculously come to terms with his own personal wrongdoings and rise to the occasion when it comes to condemning certain behaviors of his supporters, his current state will only continue to put the people of this nation at risk, whether it’s through a hateful blast on Twitter or careless policy. The post Trump: Stable genius, unstable ego appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Invoking blacks in Confederate statues is an abhorrent political tacticInvoking blacks in Confederate statues is an abhorrent political tactic

    South Carolina State Assembly Members Bill Chumley (R-35) and Mike Burns (R-17) have introduced a bill into the state legislature to build a statue to Confederate-serving African-Americans at the South Carolina Statehouse. The purpose of the statue, according to Burns, is to honor any African-American who served the Confederacy, regardless of whether they served as soldiers during the war. Mr. Chumley and Burns’s tactless proposal attempts to obscure their infatuation for regressive Confederate iconography by callously exploiting the tragedy of African-American oppression in the Civil War-era South. Their efforts are nothing more than a disgraceful new strategy to preserve Confederate memorabilia and whitewash the hardship of a dark part of American history. Assemblyman Burns said that this “monument can help educate current and future generations of a little-known but important part of South Carolina history.” Continuing, he said, “These African-Americans, like many of their Caucasian contemporaries, stepped up to defend their home state during a tumultuous time in our country’s history. Their service has largely been overlooked or forgotten.” Firstly, Burns’ claim that African-Americans stepped up to defend their home is one still under debate by historians. University of South Carolina History Professor Emeritus Walter Edgar claims that he has seen no documentation of black South Carolinians fighting for the Confederacy, and instead said that South Carolina actually feared the premise of armed black soldiers and denied them service. Due to the nature and history of the Confederate government in South Carolina, any attempt to praise both the Confederacy and the plight of African-Americans is unequivocally contradictory. In an institution that denied the ability of a population to even voluntarily serve in the armed forces, it is reasonably obvious that the aims of such an institution and the well-being, liberty and aims of that population are in direct conflict. Thus, an attempt to honor “black Confederates” is a logical absurdity that, at best, implies and praises a tragic phenomenon of Stockholm Syndrome amongst blacks in the Confederacy, and at worse, is a devious mechanism to preserve pro-Confederate iconography. Conversely, John Stauffer, a professor of African-American studies at Harvard University, has estimated that somewhere between 3,000 and 6,000 blacks, including some from South Carolina, served as soldiers in the rebel army, and that over 100,000 served in the war in a non-combat capacity. It should be noted however, that the alleged 3,000 to 6,000 blacks still made up less than one percent of both the black military-age population in the South and less than one percent of the total Confederate army. In accordance with Stauffer’s estimates, Burns has also claimed that the statue aims to honor all African-Americans who served the Confederacy in any capacity. There is contention over whether blacks from South Carolina served at all, but more importantly, the notion of “honoring” blacks who supported the Confederate army is equally heartless as it is myopic. Slaves, by their very definition, are involuntary servants, meaning any and all work they did was the result of unconstrained coercion, a circumstance that under our legal system, dismisses actions and evidence in a court of law. Furthermore, Stauffer also points out that the majority of slaves who did fight were given the hope of freedom, further evidence that the support of blacks in the Confederate effort is a tragedy, not a display of common ground between slaves and their morally debase owners. Burns and Chumley, after all, could maybe benefit from this piece of history that is so important and seemingly so little-known in their state. Blacks in the Confederacy had no choice whether to serve the rebel army or not during the Civil War. The slaves did the work of the South since before the birth of the nation, during times of peace they were forced into difficult manual labor in the fields and house. During times of war, they were coerced into supporting the war effort, which by all historical accounts, was prompted by the federal government’s attempt to prevent the expansion of slavery. The notion of honoring the “service” of slaves that were obligated to fight for the very institution that had oppressed them for over a century is both historically deceptive and deeply inappropriate. The servitude of blacks to the Confederacy during the Civil War is nothing more than a shameful extension of the greatest calamity of American history, and the attempts by Chumley and Burns to exploit this deep tribulation of African-Americans is a shameful disservice to the men and women who suffered so much for the wicked attempts at preservation of the South’s peculiar institution.   The post Invoking blacks in Confederate statues is an abhorrent political tactic appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Logan Paul and the importance of humility in the social media ageLogan Paul and the importance of humility in the social media age

    Depending on how deeply you associate with the “Logang” community, you likely stood on one of two sides of the controversy around Youtuber and actor Logan Paul. On New Year’s Eve, Paul released a disturbing video that appalled and confused millions of people, both within and outside of his enormous 15.6 million subscriber fan base, a portion of which includes elementary and middle schoolers. During his trip to Japan, Paul, along with his vlogging mates, ventured into the Aokigahara Jukai forest at the base of Mount Fuji, colloquially nicknamed the “Suicide Forest” due to the large number of suicides conducted there, and recorded the body of an apparent suicide victim. Paul’s video sparked tremendous public outcry and many popular online and celebrity personalities, such as Dylan O’Brien, Anna Akana and Chrissy Teigen, condemned his actions through indignant and disappointed tweets. Paul released statements on both Twitter and YouTube apologizing for documenting the suicide victim, claiming that the vlog was meant to spread awareness about mental health and suicide, and in no way was to gain views or be insensitive. Due to the wide-ranging backlash, Paul has since taken a break from social media “to reflect.” In the meantime, YouTube penalized Paul by removing him from Google Preferred and withholding him from a planned YouTube Red movie. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the company announced that they are thinking of “further consequences” for Paul, as his video clearly violated community guidelines by displaying graphic imagery, and confirmed that they have issued a strike to his channel. When my nephew first showed me the video, I was taken aback by the insensitivity Paul showed toward suicide. “Suicide is not a joke … We came here with the intent to focus on the ‘haunted’ aspect of the forest. This obviously just became very real, and obviously a lotta people are going through a lot of shit in their lives,” Paul claimed before turning the camera off him and recording the body of a man who took his own life. Paul blurs out the face of the man but keeps the camera rolling, and even goes as far as zooming in on the body and panning downward. He can be heard making remarks to the body, calling out, “Yo, are you alive?” and laughing with his friends throughout filming. Sure, laughing can be a coping method for people unaware of how to react in uncomfortable situations, but Paul should have been more conscious of the repercussions of the content he brings to his audience. Paul’s entire Japan series reeled in a total of nearly 24 million views, which highlights the enormous reach he has in terms of viewers having access to and watching his content from all over the world. I could not help but wonder how one could be so oblivious to the severity of witnessing something like this. I am aware that you cannot predict what your reaction will be in times of distress, but why should it be keeping the cameras on and continuing to roll footage? Even in the situation that one acquired the footage somehow, in what way is editing it multiple times and posting it online to 12-year-old fans under the guise of suicide awareness fitting? An audience composed of many children and young teens, who have only a very small understanding of the complexities of mental health and suicide, were thrown into a situation that no one should should encounter, when they clicked on their favorite YouTube channel and saw a victim hanging dead from a tree. Logan’s suggestion after the incident that he “was not thinking” seems ingenuine, as he clearly had the opportunity to think through what he was doing. The process of filming and editing a video is not an easy one and certainly not a quick one, so did this all seem appropriate to him in that span as well? Paul’s claim, in his written apology published on Twitter, that he “intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention” and “create a positive ripple on the internet” is concerning because he clearly used the video, which was #1 trending on YouTube without an age restriction before it was taken down, to gain views and ratings. Paul titled the video: “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” — intending for it to be clickbait and also described it as his “craziest video yet.” He even reminded people to subscribe to his channel at the end. Not to mention he constantly put out statements on Twitter after taking down the video like, “Logang4Life,” and “Like if you’re still in the Logang” on a since-deleted tweet. With the great power that comes from Logan Paul’s wide reach on social media, he has a greater responsibility to understand the sensitivity of subjects like suicide and mental health. Paul’s actions serve as an example of what human indecency does for you when you are irresponsible online. We live and thrive in an age of YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and other platforms, and we should embrace that, but it is also time we become self-aware of our social media identities and take responsibility for what we post on public platforms. In no manner is suicide or mental health a joke, and Logan Paul, along with ourselves as an online community, has an obligation to humble and educate himself greatly about this going forward. Note: If you or anyone you know has depression or thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. UCR Psychological and Counseling Services provides counseling and group therapy for those who need it; you can book your appointment today at 951-827-5531 or visit counseling.ucr.edu. The post Logan Paul and the importance of humility in the social media age appeared first on Highlander.

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  • How to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Inland areaHow to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Inland area

    This weekend residents across the Inland area are celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and looking to inspire future generations. Blood drive: The 18th annual Blood of the Martyrs Blood Drive is on Monday in conjunction with National Day of Service.

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  • Las Vegas mass shooting survivors, still hurting, gather in Riverside for comfort - Redlands Daily FactsLas Vegas mass shooting survivors, still hurting, gather in Riverside for comfort - Redlands Daily Facts

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  • Korean and Mexican flavors come together at KimchichangaKorean and Mexican flavors come together at Kimchichanga

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  • Visiting a museum is one way to keep children's minds sharpVisiting a museum is one way to keep children's minds sharp

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  • UCR, Riverside police arrest attempted carjacking suspectUCR, Riverside police arrest attempted carjacking suspect

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  • Pair arrested, suspected of stealing mail from Riverside homesPair arrested, suspected of stealing mail from Riverside homes

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  • 4 craft ales to try and where to find them4 craft ales to try and where to find them

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  • Riverside is getting its first 1-million-square foot Amazon fulfillment centerRiverside is getting its first 1-million-square foot Amazon fulfillment center

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