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  • Kings blank Panthers, end four-game losing streakKings blank Panthers, end four-game losing streak

    LOS ANGELES — Jonny Brodzinski carried the puck into the high slot in the opening minutes of the third period Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. Or he tried to, anyway. The puck kept bouncing around on the ice. Just when it seemed he might lose control, he unleashed a backhanded shot toward the goal. The puck settled into the upper reaches of the net for his first NHL goal in his 11th career game, a back-breaking strike that propelled the Kings to a 4-0 victory and the end of a four-game losing streak. Jussi Jokinen set up the goal for his second assist in two games since a trade from Edmonton. Jokinen had one assist in 14 games with Edmonton before Tuesday’s trade. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty plays against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Kings left wing Andy Andreoff, right, dives for the puck past Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Kings center Nick Shore, right, waits for the puck as Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, left, battles for the puck with Los Angeles Kings left wing Adrian Kempe during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid, left, battles for the puck with Florida Panthers left wing Dryden Hunt during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Kings Jonny Brodzinski celebrates after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Florida Panthers center Colton Sceviour (7) battles Los Angeles Kings center Alex Iafallo for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The Kings won 4-0. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)nLos Angeles Kings goalie Darcy Kuemper blocks a shot by the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Show Caption of Expand “I just shook off that first guy and it created a lot of open ice for me,” Brodzinski said of skating past the Panthers’ Nick Bjugstad and into the slot before shooting over goaltender James Reimer’s left shoulder 2 minutes, 23 seconds into the final period. “That’s not how I expected my first one to go in, but I’ll take it,” the 24-year-old Brodzinski added when asked about his backhander. “I’ve imagined it in my mind for quite some time. I just imagined it was going to be a forehand shot.” Brodzinski made his NHL debut near the end of last season, spending most of 2016-17 with the Kings’ American Hockey League team in Ontario. He had two points, both assists, in six games last season with the Kings, and scored 27 goals and 49 points with Ontario. He began this season with the Kings, but was sent to the minors after going scoreless in three games and being a healthy scratch in two others. He returned Thursday, playing in the Kings’ 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, their fourth consecutive defeat. “Obviously, it was kind of a kick in the butt getting sent down to Ontario,” Brodzinski said of his demotion last month. “I’ve come back up here with some confidence. I’m a little more patient with the puck and just trying to play my game.” Tyler Toffoli scored a first-period goal during a delayed penalty to the Panthers and backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves for his eighth career shutout and first since joining the Kings as a free agent July 1. The Kings needed only one goal to help Kuemper improve to 3-0-1. “All I did was settle down and play,” Kuemper said. Andy Andreoff and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings. The Kings managed only two shots on goal during a lackluster first period. One of them went into the net, though, so they led 1-0. Toffoli raced onto the ice as the sixth attacker on a delayed penalty and tapped home Drew Doughty’s centering pass 8:14 into the game. Otherwise, the Panthers dominated the play in the opening period, outshooting the Kings 14-5 and dictating the action for all but a few brief moments. Toffoli’s goal happened after Florida’s Aaron Ekblad was to be penalized for holding behind the Panthers’ net. Kuemper appeared in a game for only the fifth time this season, giving Jonathan Quick a day off with the Kings visiting Las Vegas for the first time today to face the Golden Knights. Reimer started for Florida in place of Roberto Luongo, who is expected to play today against the Ducks. “We got a really strong performance from Darcy in the net, especially early,” Kings coach John Stevens said of Kuemper, whose last shutout was Jan. 21, 2016 against the Kings while with the Minnesota Wild. “They had some really good chances early, but it looked like he was really dialed in.” As expected, Stevens shuffled his line combinations in an effort to inject an offensive spark into a lineup that scored only six goals during a four-game losing streak. Stevens broke up Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, who had skated with center Adrian Kempe. Instead, Toffoli skated with Kempe and Andreoff, and Pearson was with Lewis and Nick Shore. The Kings’ top line of Alex Iafallo, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown remained intact. Jokinen, Nic Dowd and Brodzinski formed the Kings’ fourth line. “I had a good feeling at the end of the game that we had contributions from everybody dressed (today),” Stevens said. “We were able to get six defensemen playing regularly and we got contributions from all four lines.”

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  • Video: Pregame preview, injury report and predictions of USC vs. UCLA at the Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumVideo: Pregame preview, injury report and predictions of USC vs. UCLA at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

    UCLA beat reporter Thuc Nhi Nguyen and USC beat reporter Joey Kaufman join Jonathan Khamis for a preview on Facebook Live of the rivalry game between the Trojans and the Bruins. Among the topics discussed was the injury report, key matchups and final predictions. Click here for live updates during the game. var _informq = _informq || []; _informq.push(["embed"]);    

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  • Photos: USC Trojans take on the UCLA Bruins in Pac-12 footballPhotos: USC Trojans take on the UCLA Bruins in Pac-12 football

    Photos from the UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans during a NCAA college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. USC Trojans warm up prior to a NCAA college football game against the UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Show Caption of Expand    

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  • Firefighters discover indoor marijuana farm in Chino HillsFirefighters discover indoor marijuana farm in Chino Hills

    Smoke from an early morning house fire in Chino Hills on Friday morning had a little something extra in the mix. At 6:15 a.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Chino Valley Fire Department personnel responded to a house fire at 1807 Nordic Avenue in Chino Hills. While extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered hundreds of marijuana plants being grown inside the building. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department Gangs/Narcotics Division, Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, Chino Valley Fire Department and Southern California Edison personnel found evidence of an indoor marijuana farm and utility theft, according to a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators believe there were several hundred marijuana plants growing inside the house at the time the fire started, most were destroyed by the fire. The fire is believed to have been caused by faulty wiring when the suspects bypassed the house’s electrical meter, possibly in an attempt to steal power and avoid tipping off law enforcement, as indoor marijuana farms typically consume a great deal of electricity. The fire caused extensive damage to the interior of the house, which was leased through a property management company. Investigators are still working to identify suspects in the case. Suspects will face charges of utility theft, unlawful causing of a fire to property, vandalism and cultivation of marijuana, according to the sheriff’s department. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at 909-387-8400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact We Tip by calling 1-800-78 CRIME (1-800-782-7463) or by visiting WeTip.com online.

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  • Good news, snow lovers: Big Bear Snow Play opens for tubing on SundayGood news, snow lovers: Big Bear Snow Play opens for tubing on Sunday

    The weather outside may not be frightful, but Big Bear Snow Play is kicking off the winter sports season on Sunday. “While it has been warm in the cities, there’s lots of snow on the runs at Big Bear Snow Play, which took advantage of cold, dry temperatures to power up ski resort-quality Lenko snowmaking fan guns,” a Saturday press release from the park reads in part. “There’s already up to two feet of snow on the runs and with continued snowmaking, Big Bear Snow Play will eventually have 20 feet or more on up to eight runs.” Temperatures are expected to range from a high of 59 and a low of 29 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. Formerly a ski area known as Rebel Ridge, the snow park has the longest tubing runs in Southern California, according to the company. The park will be open daily, starting on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All day passes, which include inner tube rental and Magic Carpet lift passes, are $35. Nighttime glow tubing takes place “as conditions allow” from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and costs $30. With the announcement, Big Bear Snow Play is getting the jump on its local competitors, most of whom have said they’re waiting on colder weather before opening their slopes for skiing and snowboarding.

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  • Hemet leaders continue to speak out against Caltrans’ proposed medianHemet leaders continue to speak out against Caltrans’ proposed median

    Hemet Mayor Linda Krupa can’t be any clearer in her opposition to Caltrans’ plan to construct a raised-curb median along her city’s main thoroughfare. “I don’t know how we can say it more explicitly, it’s not for the city of Hemet,” she said at last week’s council meeting. Former mayor Lori VanArsdale was even more blunt. “Don’t just say no, stand up and say ‘hell no,'” she said. Caltrans plans to construct an 8-mile-long median along Highway 74, which is Florida Avenue in the city, stretching from near Hemet’s western border into the unincorporated Valle Vista neighborhood to the east. Caltrans controls the state highway, so it can add the median without the city’s approval and the agency says it is doing so as a safety measure. City and business leaders have railed against the project, citing slowed traffic and loss of access to businesses among their concerns. In hearing the complaints, Caltrans has altered the project a number of times since it was first presented to the city in June 2016. “Caltrans has gone to considerable lengths to reach out to the city of Hemet and community leaders to build a strong partnership for SR-74 Raised Curb Median Safety Project,” public information officer Joy Schneider wrote in response to questions the agency was sent. “We are disappointed that the city has once again declared their opposition to the project which is intended to increase safety within their community.” She said the project is needed because of the concentration of crashes on the street, which is home to numerous stores, restaurants and other businesses. “It is a necessary project to prevent injuries and save lives,” she said. Schneider cited a 2011 study, which initiated the project, and another from 2015. She said data from 2013 through 2015 showed there were 346 collisions on the stretch of Highway 74, including five fatalities and 233 injuries. “These reports initiate the need for a safety project,” Schneider said. “Caltrans cannot ignore these reports.” The City Council last month rejected an agreement with Caltrans that would have had the agency add landscaping to the median — something not usually included in such projects — and having Hemet maintain it. Council members weren’t the only ones denouncing the plan at the Tuesda, Nov. 14 meeting, the police and fire chiefs also spoke out against a raised median, as did the CEOs of Hemet Valley Medical Center and the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce. Many of the concerns Tuesday centered on public safety and the ability for fire engines and ambulances to traverse the well-traveled street. “This median strip would provide a hindrance to public safety,” said Dan McLaughlin, CEO of Physicians for Healthy Hospitals, which operates Hemet Valley Medical Center. He said 27 percent of the hospital’s 60,000 emergency room patients each year arrive via ambulance from Highway 74. Councilwoman Bonnie Wright wondered how the median would affect response times for public safety. Hemet residents approved a ballot measure in 1988 guaranteeing a response time of 5 minutes or less for 80 percent of fire and emergency medical calls. “We owe it to our citizens to demand that response times stay in place,” she said. Schneider said some of those issues have already been addressed in previous meetings. “Caltrans sought the opinion of both departments to ensure that their work would not be hindered by a raised curb median,” she said. “In (a July 27) meeting, both the police and fire departments identified the various emergency access points that they needed in order to avoid any interruption to their service. These access points have been approved and are a part of the project.” Hemet leaders spoke with the office of Assemblyman Chad Mayes and they hope to get a meeting with the governor’s office to help settle the dispute. “(We expressed) our displeasure with Caltrans jamming this project down our throats,” Interim City Manager Allen Parker said.”We don’t want this median project done. We’re, in our own way, fighting city hall.” Eventually, the raised-curb median will run from the 215 Freeway in Perris east to the Ramona Expressway. The project will be built in three phases, Schneider said, adding the Florida Avenue portion has funding and has met all milestones for construction. The current cost is $9.3 million, which will be paid by Caltrans. Construction will take approximately one year and the agency hopes to put the project out to bid in early 2018.

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  • First UC Riverside athletic director Franklin A. Lindeberg dies at 98 - Press-EnterpriseFirst UC Riverside athletic director Franklin A. Lindeberg dies at 98 - Press-Enterprise

    Press-EnterpriseFirst UC Riverside athletic director Franklin A. Lindeberg dies at 98Press-EnterpriseFranklin “Lindy” Lindeberg, the first athletic director for UC Riverside, has died. The “Patriarch of UC Riverside Athletics” died Nov. 9, according to the university. He was 98 years old. Lindeberg was one of the university's original hires, according ...

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  • First UC Riverside athletic director Franklin A. Lindeberg dies at 98First UC Riverside athletic director Franklin A. Lindeberg dies at 98

    Franklin “Lindy” Lindeberg, the first athletic director for UC Riverside, has died. The “Patriarch of UC Riverside Athletics” died Nov. 9, according to the university. He was 98 years old. Lindeberg was one of the university’s original hires, according to a UCR press release, and greeted the first 126 students who arrived on campus in February 1954. That first year, he served as the university’s head men’s basketball coach, men’s golf coach and assistant football coach, as well as the faculty adviser to that first class of students. “The first athletes we had on the campus were walk-on students who wanted to play athletics and play on the teams,” he said in a 1998 interview published on the university website. “I have to admit we did not win the first year in basketball, we did not win the first year in football. The second year, we won about three basketball games and from then on, we won more and more.” He would later become become the school’s athletic director, oversaw the implementation of academic aid for student-athletes and, later, full-fledged athletic scholarships, and oversaw the Highlanders winning three national championships in volleyball and two in baseball. In 2011, Lindeberg was elected into the UC Riverside Athletics Hall of Fame, along with six coaches hired during his tenure. He would have been 99 years old on Thanksgiving, according to a university spokesperson. The memorial service for Lindeberg will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at UC Riverside’s Alumni and Visitors Center, according to his daughter, Kathy Wright. Lindeberg is survived by three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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  • Chargers vs. Bills: Who has the edge?Chargers vs. Bills: Who has the edge?

    CHARGERS (3-6) vs. BILLS (5-4) When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. PT Where: StubHub Center Line: Chargers by 5.5 points TV/Radio: Ch. 13, Ch. 11 (joined in progress); 640-AM, 980-AM (Spanish) CHARGERS OFFENSE vs. BILLS DEFENSE Philip Rivers cleared the concussion protocol and will make his 195th consecutive start this Sunday — but his presence hasn’t exactly jolted the Chargers offense through nine games. Will that change in the team’s first home appearance in nearly a month? The Bills rank second in the league with 18 takeaways, but they have forced just one turnover in their last two games — games they lost by 50 combined points. The Chargers have only coughed the ball up 10 times this season. While they might not move the ball downfield consistently, Buffalo’s flagging run defense (492 yards allowed in two games) could allow tailback Melvin Gordon to hit an early rhythm. EDGE: EVEN CHARGERS DEFENSE vs. BILLS OFFENSE Nathan Peterman might be this year’s Dak Prescott. He could more likely be this year’s Kevin Hogan. Day 3-drafted quarterbacks rarely make a significant impact as rookies — which makes Buffalo’s decision to bench third-year starter Tyrod Taylor this week even more puzzling. Drafted at No. 171 overall this past spring, Peterman is largely an unknown quantity as a pro, completing 54.4 percent of his passes in the preseason before performing well in garbage time of a blowout loss to the Saints last weekend. It’s hard to imagine him faring well against a pass-rushing duo like Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, not to mention a solid secondary. The Chargers have also improved on the ground as of late, which will be crucial against a dynamic runner like LeSean McCoy. EDGE: CHARGERS SPECIAL TEAMS The Chargers’ special teams units are a mess. Kicker Nick Novak has held his own since re-signing in early October, but the team rarely trusts him with any long field goal attempts. Drew Kaser ranks fourth in the NFL with 49.4 yards per punt — but his net average of 41.5 yards is middling. Kick and punt returners are inconsistent at best. Last Sunday, the Chargers even got caught by a fake punt, giving up a 56-yard touchdown. Buffalo’s Steven Hauschka is the fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history (87.4 percent), and has yet to miss from 50 yards and out this season. EDGE: BILLS COACHING Before the Chargers hired him, Anthony Lynn spent two seasons in Buffalo, rising from running backs coach to offensive coordinator to interim head coach. The Bills turned over their roster significantly this past offseason, but he’ll still be familiar with a few key players. And unlike Sean McDermott, his counterpart in Buffalo, Lynn hasn’t allowed his team to get blown out two straight times. EDGE: CHARGERS INTANGIBLES Perhaps no team can match the Chargers’ penchant for inexplicable, gut-wrenching losses. But although the Bills are still positioned for a playoff berth, their recent collapses could portend a full-on rebuild under the new regime. For all their flaws, the Chargers at least keep games close. EDGE: CHARGERS MATCHUP TO WATCH Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman vs. Bills running back LeSean McCoy: Perryman gave his team an immediate boost in his season debut last Sunday, showing little rust despite missing half the season recovering from ankle surgery. His performance will be key to slowing down McCoy, a shifty runner who ranks seventh in the league with 848 yards from scrimmage. PREDICTION The Chargers haven’t been very good most of this season, but their defense has hit its stride over the last month. If the team loses to a fifth-round rookie like Peterman — well, fans will have a bit more time to pore over 2018 NFL mock drafts. CHARGERS 24, BILLS 20

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  • As anniversary of San Bernardino terrorist attack looms, protesters, counter-protesters square off near site of attackAs anniversary of San Bernardino terrorist attack looms, protesters, counter-protesters square off near site of attack

    Two weeks before the second anniversary of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, protesters and counter-protesters squared off Saturday afternoon, across from the site of the attack that killed 14 people. A coalition of left-leaning groups, calling themselves the #United4Love3 protest, set up on the corner of Orange Show Road and Waterman Avenue from the Inland Regional Center. Tahil Sharma of United4Love explains the purpose of today’s counter-protest near the Inland Regional Center. pic.twitter.com/pIq0ZLAjuJ — Beau Yarbrough ⌚️

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  • After years of suffering, Rodger Saffold is basking in the Rams winningAfter years of suffering, Rodger Saffold is basking in the Rams winning

    From his middle locker in the center of the Rams locker room, Rodger Saffold offered an appreciative smile as the roar of laughter and chatter echoed from one end of the room to the other. The eight-year veteran is the Rams’ longest-tenured player, which just means he’s endured nine more losses than Robert Quinn, who joined him in 2011. The Rams have done a lot of losing during Saffold’s time, way more than any player should be subjected to. And in his previous seven seasons with the club, the month of November usually meant the official end of whatever hollow playoff aspirations the Rams began the season with or the imminent demise of the vain hopes they still clung to. Related Articles Luke Walton, Lakers make health of coaching staff a priority Massive air attack launched against wildfires So no one appreciates the shocking surprise the Rams are presently pulling off more than Saffold, who, as bad as things were, still trudged to work every day over the years with admirable optimism even while season after season went down in flames. In spite of it all, Saffold woke up every morning believing today was the day things would finally turnaround. In retrospect it probably would have been easier to just accept things for what they were, if nothing else to save Saffold the mental anguish. Then again, the cherish he’s experiencing right now might not be as poignant and powerful had he run from the agony rather than embraced it. And yeah, Saffold is cherishing every last part of the 7-2 record the Rams take to Minnesota against the Vikings on Sunday and their first-place status in the NFC West and the way they’ve unleashed a machine-like offense on the NFL’s that pummeling opponents to the tune of 32.9 points per game. After all that losing, you’re damn right Saffold is enjoying this to the fullest. “I literally can’t wait for Sundays. I’m excited for every week,” Saffold said, the enthusiasm overflowing. “I walk into this building every day so positive and so ready to go.” “It feels exactly like some of the guys on the Greatest Show on Turf teams told me what that felt like,” Saffold added. “You take the field every game and you expect to win. You expect to score points. A lot of them.” The Rams’ transformation from an offense that barely averaged 14 points per game last year to the one currently lighting up scoreboards every week has many catalysts. None of it happens without the breath of fresh and innovative air provided by first-year head coach Sean McVay, or the franchise-quarterback play of Jared Goff, or the rebirth of Todd Gurley, or the revamped wide receivers group of Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp. New left tackle Andrew Whitworth has been a revelation. The addition of veteran center John Sullivan has provided a steadying influence. And the maturation of young right tackle and guard Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown has been monumental. But you’d be making a mistake to sleep on Saffold, who, by various metrics is enjoying his best-ever season while teaming with Whitworth to create a powerful, athletic and at times dominant left side of the line. In doing so, Gurley is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and Goff has been sacked just 13 times in nine games while throwing for 2,385  yards and 14 touchdowns. To put that in perspective, Gurley averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season and Goff was sacked 26 times in just seven games. Saffold, with his ability to play off Whitworth on the left side while also providing effective pull blocks and second and third level downfield blocks to spring Gurley for extra yards on runs and screen passes, is a huge part of the offensive revolution.. Much like the offense itself, Saffold is becoming the complete package. “I can’t say enough good things about really what he’s done this year,” McVay said. “He’s been a very pleasant surprise.” Pay attention to the Rams offensive line play and you’ll often see him flying down the line of scrimmage on pull block to take out the right defensive end bearing down on Goff or down field as a 6-foot-5 shield for Gurley. His emergence as an above-average lineman in his eighth season is partly due to the natural progression of a highly regarded prospect now coming to his own, the fact he’s settled in at one position after moving up and down the line of scrimmage throughout his career and playing in McVay’s creative, uptempo system. “The scheme that we’re running, how we’re attacking things has been huge,” Saffold said. “Being able to get this offense down to the point I can play free, it’s allowed me to be more aggressive than I’ve usually been in the past. Especially in the way we pass block, the landmarks on screens, it’s really helped me out a lot.” And it’s allowed Saffold to finally put on display one of the traits that pushed him into the second round of the 2010 draft: Outstanding athletic ability for a player his size. “It’s interesting, because when he was coming out of Indiana I remember we were studying him in Washington and thought very highly of him,” McVay said. “Just kind of watching him from afar I know that he’s a very athletic player that had moved around and had the ability to play a variety of spots.” It’s a part of the game Saffold is happy to finally unleash. “I have a lot of fun doing that. It allows me to play with reckless abandon some times,” he said. “And when you switch that up with the pass protection aspect, we’re never in the same spot every time. We’re never in the same protection every time. It doesn’t let the defense get into any sort of rhythm. “We’re so uptempo so we don’t have to deal with a lot of the planned blitzes that happen. Of course we deal with a few per game, but because we move so fast I don’t think the defenses get a lot of time to adjust. Sometimes (they) just have to play vanilla in order to get into the right call and be able to figure out where everything is coming from.” There is nothing vanilla about the Rams these days. And no one appreciates that more than Saffold. After suffering through far too many losing seasons than one player deserves, he has every right.

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  • Festival of Trees raises awareness, funds for Riverside University Health System Foundation - Press-EnterpriseFestival of Trees raises awareness, funds for Riverside University Health System Foundation - Press-Enterprise

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  • Riverside artist creates cool and colorful posters for Metallica, Pearl Jam and other top bands - Press-EnterpriseRiverside artist creates cool and colorful posters for Metallica, Pearl Jam and other top bands - Press-Enterprise

    Press-EnterpriseRiverside artist creates cool and colorful posters for Metallica, Pearl Jam and other top bandsPress-EnterpriseThe Riverside artist produces five to 10 cool posters a year for concerts performed by bands such as as Metallica, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, 311, Blink-182, Primus, Phish, Puscifer and Heart. And the otherworldly pieces of art are anything but boring.

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  • Riverside overpowers Dunham to advance to semifinals - The AdvocateRiverside overpowers Dunham to advance to semifinals - The Advocate

    Riverside overpowers Dunham to advance to semifinalsThe AdvocateA power outage and relocation didn't faze Riverside in their second-round playoff matchup with Dunham as the Rebels ran away with a 62-42 victory in a Division III playoff game Friday at Dunham. Riverside was led offensively by speedster dual-threat ...

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  • College basketball: Stanford women beat UC Riverside - The Mercury NewsCollege basketball: Stanford women beat UC Riverside - The Mercury News

    The Mercury NewsCollege basketball: Stanford women beat UC RiversideThe Mercury NewsSTANFORD — DiJonai Carrington had 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in her first career start Friday night and the No. 14 Stanford women got their first win of the season 53-43 over UC Riverside.Carrington has 13 and 22, No. 14 Stanford beats UC RiversideBluefield Daily TelegraphWomens Basketball, Stanford 53, UC Riverside 43 - Scoreboard ...Palo Alto Onlineall 4 news articles »

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  • Steel Valley grabs 13-10 victory against Riverside in WPIAL Class ... - Pittsburgh Post-GazetteSteel Valley grabs 13-10 victory against Riverside in WPIAL Class ... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Pittsburgh Post-GazetteSteel Valley grabs 13-10 victory against Riverside in WPIAL Class ...Pittsburgh Post-GazetteSteel Valley coach Rod Steele went to mass Friday morning and claimed to get a premonition about a WPIAL playoff game later. He said he paid attention. ...Riverside falls in overtime of WPIAL Class 2A semifinals - The TimesThe TimesSteel Valley edges Riverside in overtime to return to WPIAL Class 2A title gameTribune-Reviewall 3 news articles »

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  • 3 deny killing transient in gang-related shooting at 76 gas station in Riverside - Press-Enterprise3 deny killing transient in gang-related shooting at 76 gas station in Riverside - Press-Enterprise

    Press-Enterprise3 deny killing transient in gang-related shooting at 76 gas station in RiversidePress-EnterpriseThis screenshot from a YouTube video released by the Riverside Police Department shows a four-door silver sedan that police say was involved in a fatal shooting about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017. A man got out of the front passenger seat and shot ...

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  • Pedestrian Injured by Riverside Police Patrol Car - U.S. News & World ReportPedestrian Injured by Riverside Police Patrol Car - U.S. News & World Report

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  • Riverside looks for revenge against Steel Valley in the WPIAL ... - The TimesRiverside looks for revenge against Steel Valley in the WPIAL ... - The Times

    The TimesRiverside looks for revenge against Steel Valley in the WPIAL ...The TimesIn the moments after Riverside lost to Steel Valley 48-28 in its first game of the football season two months ago, the Panthers players came to a realization: if they ...and more »

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  • Riverside officials say they're ready for crowds at Kenny Loggins' Festival of Lights show - Press-EnterpriseRiverside officials say they're ready for crowds at Kenny Loggins' Festival of Lights show - Press-Enterprise

    Press-EnterpriseRiverside officials say they're ready for crowds at Kenny Loggins' Festival of Lights showPress-Enterprise24, free concert and opening event will be matched with tight emergency preparations by Riverside police and firefighters. “There's been a lot of planning,” Riverside police spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback said. “I can't get into specifics, but we've ...

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  • Video: The Homeless of RiversideVideo: The Homeless of Riverside

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  • Editorial: Editors support impeachmentEditorial: Editors support impeachment

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  • Tigers football limps to playoffsTigers football limps to playoffs

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  • Tigers roar to 4-0 in Ventura tournament victoryTigers roar to 4-0 in Ventura tournament victory

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  • Riverside hosts Day of the Dead festivalRiverside hosts Day of the Dead festival

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  • Sources: UCR VCSA James Sandoval on leave from university; investigation ongoingSources: UCR VCSA James Sandoval on leave from university; investigation ongoing

    The status of UC Riverside Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs (VCSA) James Sandoval’s future is in question after numerous sources reveal that, as of Friday, Nov. 10, he is on leave from the university. The leave, sources say, comes in the wake of a pending investigation of Sandoval. It is not  yet clear whether the two are connected. This is the second time this academic year that questions have been raised internally around Sandoval’s status in his position. In July, Sandoval, who began his tenure in 2002, was due to undergo the five-year review process — a performance evaluation of senior campus administrators that is conducted by a confidential review committee every five years of an administrator’s tenure. Though, after speaking with numerous staff within the VCSA division, none have recollection of receiving a form for Sandoval’s review. According to university policy, a “review of each senior campus administrator will be conducted no later than the fifth year of service in that position.” While the policy also allows for either the chancellor or executive vice chancellor to conduct these reviews earlier than five years, numerous sources claim that the last review of Sandoval was completed in fall of 2012, making him overdue. Current Assistant Dean of Students Joe Virata is serving as VCSA in the interim. Virata has yet to respond to a request for comment. This story is developing.   Update (11/15/17 – 9:04 p.m.): This story was updated to clarify the relationship between the ongoing investigation and Sandoval’s leave of absence. The post Sources: UCR VCSA James Sandoval on leave from university; investigation ongoing appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Riverside OKa s new hospital, huge healthcare center near Moreno ValleyRiverside OKa s new hospital, huge healthcare center near Moreno Valley

    Plans for a massive healthcare center in Riverside - which would include a new hospital - were approved Tuesday night, Nov. 14. The Riverside City Council voted unanimously to approve the Canyon Springs Healthcare Campus and allow construction on 50 acres north of Eucalyptus Avenue and west of Day Street, near the city's border with Moreno Valley. The project would alleviate the shortage of doctors in the area and help the local economy, said the heads of several local chambers of commerce who supported the project.

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  • Vote delayed on Villages of Lakeview project, after foes speak for hoursVote delayed on Villages of Lakeview project, after foes speak for hours

    At a public hearing lasting nearly four hours, Riverside County supervisors agreed to decide next month on the proposed Villages of Lakeview, a project that would bring up to 11,350 dwelling units near Lakeview and Nuevo. Asked why the board didn't make a decision Tuesday, Nov. 14, Supervisor Marion Ashley said the board wants to ensure all issues are addressed before voting.

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  • District Attorney's Office objected to judge's proposed sentence of 15 years in state prisonDistrict Attorney's Office objected to judge's proposed sentence of 15 years in state prison

    A probationer who stole mail from hundreds of Riverside residents and used their personal information to establish credit card accounts and forge checks pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 14 to 61 felony and misdemeanor charges. Cassandra Dianne Conney, 28, admitted all of the criminal counts filed against her, including identity theft, receiving stolen property, vandalism and child abuse, during a status conference at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

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  • Man robbed of phone, pocketknife at Hunt Park in RiversideMan robbed of phone, pocketknife at Hunt Park in Riverside

    Joshua Duran, 18, of Riverside, was arrested on suspicion of robbery on Monday night, Nov. 13, at Lido Drive and Royce Street. Riverside police say he robbed a man of his phone and pocketknife at Hunt Park, 4015 Jackson St. An 18-year-old man accused of taking a man's phone and pocketknife Monday night at a Riverside park was found and arrested, police say.

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  • GSA Pres. Ragan: GOP tax plan a “death blow” to studentsGSA Pres. Ragan: GOP tax plan a “death blow” to students

    Graduate students are panicked over a provision in the GOP tax plan — unveiled by House Republicans Thursday, Nov. 2 and approved by the House Ways and Means committee Thursday, Nov. 9 — that would count the tuition waivers they receive from their universities as taxable income. Many graduate students receive free tuition, as well as a stipend, to compensate for their research work and teaching classes. At UCR, academic graduate student employees and researchers are exempt from not only tuition ($3,834), but also from the  Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan Fee ($1,188.06) and Student Services Fee ($376). What they do pay are miscellaneous fees specific to the campus, such as the Rec Center and Student Tech Course Materials fees. The House’s provision to consider the money each graduate student is remitted from paying as taxable income is part of a sweeping tax overhaul aimed at aligning with Republicans’ low-tax and small-government goals. The bill carries further ramifications that Shawn Ragan, president of UCR’s Graduate Student Association (GSA), believes “current graduate students and any undergrad looking to go to graduate school should be very concerned about.” In addition to taxing student fee remissions, the legislation proposes to disallow tax write-offs such as student loan interest and proposes a repeal of the Lifetime Learning Credit, a credit which reduces one’s taxes related to tuition or other educational expenses dollar-to-dollar for up to $2,000 per year. UC teaching assistants, on average, earn around $21,000 a year over nine months before taxes and educational costs are subtracted. Ragan estimated that the House plan would almost double the taxes of most UCR teaching assistants and, in some cases, make it near impossible for students (both undergraduates and graduates) to continue their education. “This is, in my opinion, certainly a death blow,” stated Ragan. “I have friends and colleagues who have said if this goes through, there’s no way they could continue in graduate school. They’re already struggling, they’re already food insecure … it will again become something where graduate school is only for the rich.” The UC estimates that, if implemented, the proposed policy will increase the amount of federal income tax a graduate student pays by approximately $2000 per year, amounting to over $200 less per month in take-home pay. For those paying non-resident tuition, the UC estimates them paying over $3000 more per year in tax. A calculation by UC Irvine projects that the plan would ultimately increase graduate students’ tax burden by 202 percent on average. In an effort to help stop the bill, the UCR GSA is organizing a phone bank to call local representatives as well as provide information to students, staff and faculty. The event will be held in the Grad Lounge (HUB 333) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 and is open to all staff, students, faculty and administration. “This is an issue that directly effects (sic) graduate students — both current and anyone who plans to attend graduate school in the future,” wrote Ragan in an email. “Graduate students should get (an) advocate for themselves, their peers, their colleagues and their undergraduate students who may one day wish to (attend) graduate school themselves.” The GSA also plans to visit congressional district offices to vocally oppose the legislation. For more information on their lobbying efforts, the GSA recommends contacting Legislative Liaison Holly Mayton at ll.gsa@ucr.edu.   Update (11/14/17 – 11:14 a.m.): This article was updated to reflect more recent projections on the tax provision. The post GSA Pres. Ragan: GOP tax plan a “death blow” to students appeared first on Highlander.

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  • ASUCR and GSA strive for unity as GSA separates from UCSAASUCR and GSA strive for unity as GSA separates from UCSA

    GSA President Shawn Ragan                                                                                                    Martin Lopez/HIGHLANDER On Sept. 28, UC Riverside’s Graduate Student Association (GSA), along with six other UC GSA chapters, voted to leave the UC Student Association (UCSA), an advocacy organization that represents UC students, and form under a new group, the UC Graduate-Professional Coalition (UCGPC). The UCGPC was formed by UCLA GSA President Michael Skiles in July in hopes of providing a coalition focused specifically on graduate student issues. Six representatives, including Maiko Le Lay, UCR’s representative and the executive vice president of UCR’s GSA, voted for the motion during September’s UCGPC conference call, while two voted against and two abstained. Lay’s vote came after numerous discussions within UCR’s GSA regarding their autonomy that began in January of this year. In their monthly meeting held Wednesday, Nov. 1, UCR’s GSA voted to initiate their transition away from UCSA and form under the UCGPC. The vote for the transition was unanimous, with no members of the GSA expressing concerns about the move. Following the vote, the remainder of the meeting focused on the GSA’s future budget and policy under the new model. According to President of UCR’s GSA Shawn Ragan, their planned departure is due to what he sees as unaligned interests between the graduate student population and the UCSA. Ragan expressed that, while the UCSA is extremely effective at serving the needs of undergraduates, the graduate student community can sometimes go unheard. “It makes sense why our (graduate students’) concerns would not always be addressed,” Ragan acknowledged, “There are over 19,000 undergraduates while graduate students only consist of about 3,000.” Ragan believes that this decision will be beneficial to both organizations, with the UCSA now being able to fully focus on representing the interests of the undergraduate community, while the GSA and UCGPC can now more effectively address graduate student issues. The UCGPC’s transition has raised questions about how campus GSAs will cooperate with undergraduate representatives. Other UC GSAs, such as UCLA’s, have expressed opposition toward separating from the UCSA. Despite the UCLA GSA representative voting in agreement with the transition in September, their Vice President of External Affairs Parshan Khosravi announced in October that they will remain under the UCSA. Khosravi called the future of the UCGPC “uncertain,” which Skiles contested, accusing Khosravi of acting unilaterally in his announcement. According to Ragan, UCR’s GSA and the Associated Students of UC Riverside (ASUCR), the undergraduate student government of UCR, are devoted to making this transition as seamless as possible. Johnathan Li, ASUCR’s vice president of external affairs, claims that most students probably won’t notice the change if GSA makes the final decision to separate from the UCSA. “On a campus level, the change shouldn’t be noticeable, since graduate and undergraduate students usually share the same concerns,” Li explained. “It’s at the system level where there will probably be more noticeable differences.” Li finds the current condition of GSA and ASUCR’s relationship to be relatively unchanged, with an open line of communication remaining between Ragan and ASUCR President Aram Ayra. In fact, UCR’s student associations hope to be a model for how UCSA and UCGPC can work together on a system-wide level. Ragan and Ayra have already made plans which involved coordinating efforts towards solving parking issues, a concern of both graduate and undergraduate students. GSA is also working together with Li on issues regarding the affordability and availability of student housing. Additionally, Ragan expressed the possible benefit of having a separate GSA representative when future collaborative efforts with ASUCR arise. In the past, when policy regarding student interests was brought before the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), a single representative from the UCSA would advocate for this cause. However, once GSA is separate from the UCSA, they will have an advocate of their own to go before UCOP. When an issue affecting both graduate and undergraduate students arises, Ragan believes that two representatives advocating for the same cause could make these issues a higher priority for UCOP. As of now, UCR’s GSA is still a non-participating part of UCSA and still in the process of transitioning out of the organization. When the GSA’s vote to finalize their transition will occur is yet to be determined. The post ASUCR and GSA strive for unity as GSA separates from UCSA appeared first on Highlander.

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  • ASUCR: GSA calls for lower SRC summer feeASUCR: GSA calls for lower SRC summer fee

    GSA President Shawn Ragan speaks to ASUCR senators on Wednesday, Nov. 8.                           Martin Lopez/HIGHLANDER UCR graduate students who want more affordable access to the Student Recreation Center (SRC) over summer are pushing for a decrease in the $80 summer membership fee. President of UCR’s Graduate Student Association, Shawn Ragan, introduced their request, which applies only to graduate students, during the ASUCR senate meeting held Wednesday, Nov.  8. Lowering the SRC’s summer fee — the membership for those not enrolled in UCR summer sessions — has been a working issue for graduate students since the completion of the SRC South Expansion in October of 2014. During the building’s first year on campus, a summer membership cost $208, the same amount as the quarterly fee. But meetings between Ragan and the Recreation Facilities Governing Board two years ago led to to the reduced cost of $80 for 40 days of access, where it currently stands. During Wednesday’s meeting, Ragan emphasized that paying this price is still a challenge for graduate students, most of whom are not paid over the summer and have to stretch nine months of salary over a full calendar year. “80 dollars for a lot of grad students, who are receiving no paycheck for three months … it might as well be the 208 dollars,” he stated. While Ragan says he would “ideally” like to see the cost be free for graduate students, he acknowledged that doing so would create a disparity between graduates and undergraduates. During Ragan’s presentation, CHASS Senator Mariam Al-Khalili, who works the front counter at the SRC, noted that the SRC staff has been told that allowing free access is unfeasible considering that the center is student-funded. Going forward, Ragan hopes that ASUCR formally acknowledges that they support a varying summer pay structure between graduates and undergraduates as it relates to the SRC. This, Ragan says, would not change the fees, but rather remove an obstacle that the GSA faces in advocating for this  to the rec governing board as he and they hold continuing discussions. While no resolution has surfaced yet, we were told later in the week that a member of the senate is working to draft a letter of written support for the GSA’s request.   More Highlights: Food insecurity project… Last week, CHASS Senator Al-Khalili met with Grecia Marquez-Neiblas, coordinator of the R’Pantry, and Devon Sakamoto, director of The WELL, about her food insecurity project. The project is pushing for UCR Dining to package excess food from campus-owned dining halls and eateries and make it available for free at the R’Pantry. Al-Khalili said she will be forming a committee for the project as it moves forward and hopes eventually that this project can be expanded to the campus’ third-party vendors. LRC to hold Trans Remembrance Display… As announced by CNAS Senator Andrew Ng, the LGBT Resource Center (LRC) will be holding a Trans Remembrance Display from Monday (Nov. 13) through Friday (Nov. 17) of next week to acknowledge deaths of transgender individuals in the past year. The event arrives in the wake of the recent loss of transgender UCR student Natalie Nguyen to suicide. Furniture on campus lawn?… BCOE Senator Patrick Le said he had a productive conversation with campus architects about implementing external furniture. Currently, Le is focused on how many pieces of furniture will fit within the engineering campus, but he says he will be looking to get more external furniture within the campus as a whole, noting the Watkins lawn and outside Orbach library as potential locations. ASUCR senators and officers will be holding their second state of the association meeting of the quarter this Wednesday, Nov. 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m. inside the senate chambers (HUB 222).   Correction (11/15/17 – 11:18 a.m.): This article was updated from the original to more accurately reflect discussions held between Ragan and the Recreation Facilities Governing Board. The post ASUCR: GSA calls for lower SRC summer fee appeared first on Highlander.

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  • California Air Resources Board breaks ground at UC RiversideCalifornia Air Resources Board breaks ground at UC Riverside

    Courtesy of UCR Today The California Air Resources Board (CARB) broke ground on Oct. 27 on its new $419 million state-of-the-art research and testing facility at UC Riverside on Iowa Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. The groundbreaking was attended by an audience of hundreds, and featured guest speakers such as Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, Congressman Mark De Saulnier and Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, John Tavaglione. UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols also spoke at the event. According to a UCR press release, the CARB made this decision after a vote to relocate its motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility from El Monte to UC Riverside. UC Riverside won the bid over Cal Poly Pomona, which was determined to have the facility built on its campus as part of an effort to bring high technology as well as quality jobs to the region. Once built, the facility will bring more than 400 high-paying jobs to the area. At the event, Wilcox stated, via UCR’s press release, that “These kinds of things don’t happen very often and you have to treasure them … We’re building the air quality research center for the world.” In this initiative, the facility also will have solar panels on the rooftop and over its parking lot, which will supply at least 3.5 megawatts of electricity. This will make it the nation’s largest net-zero energy structure, giving it Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum, the highest level of energy efficiency for building standards. CARB is a state agency whose goal is “protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change,” according to their official website. The agency works with a diverse group of scientists, lawyers, engineers, economists and policymakers to set the state’s air quality standards in an effort to protect individuals at greater risk of struggling with cardiovascular health issues and attempting to solve the issue of air pollution in California. CARB, Chancellor Wilcox and Mayor Bailey did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The post California Air Resources Board breaks ground at UC Riverside appeared first on Highlander.

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  • UCR scientists continue efforts to combat weevilsUCR scientists continue efforts to combat weevils

    Courtesy of UCR Center for Invasive Species Research South American palm weevils have been slowly destroying Southern California’s iconic palm trees. On Oct. 1, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $150,000 research fund, which the Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association, the California Date Commission, ISCA Technologies and UCR matched, to help find a solution to combat the palm tree weevils. With this $300,000 budget, UCR scientists and ISCA, a biotech company in Riverside, will try to find an eco-friendly pest control method. South American palm weevils are black beetles measuring up to two inches in length, which feast on a wide range of palm trees. Their most impactful and threatening behavior is when they reproduce, as the female weevils create holes in the crown of the palm tree and deposit their eggs within these holes. The eggs hatch, becoming larvae that consume the plant’s tissue. 30 larvae can feed on enough plant tissue to make the tree lose its nutrients and die; within 6 months, they have the potential to change the whole landscape. South American palm weevils can also carry red ring nematode, a fatal parasite that kills these palm trees. Currently, there is no report of this disease being spread by weevils within the United States, though they have been found in most countries in South America, Central America and Mexico. Because the weevils deposit their offspring deep into the crown of the palm tree, accessing and removing the weevil larvae requires opening up the apical meristem and inserting pesticides, such as imidacloprid or dintefuran, to travel into the part of the tree where the larvae are nesting and kill them. Currently, drones are being used to monitor any palm tree that are suspected of being infected with larvae and pesticides are used when a palm tree is found to have weevils. However, a new method of controlling these pests is moving away from trying to reach the weevils to making the weevils voluntarily leave the trees. Weevils are attracted to particular pheromones, thus UCR Invasive Species scientists are developing traps that uses this pheromone to attract the weevil and trap them in a silver dollar-sized wax dollop encoated with slight but lethal pesticides. By limiting the pesticide to specific traps, large quantities of potentially harmful pesticides would not be released into the environment. In addition to limiting the pesticide to the traps, Dr. Mark Hoddle, biological control specialist and principal investigator said in an interview with the Highlander, “We are cooperating with local Riverside company ISCA Tech on evaluating novel control strategies that greatly reduce the need for weevil control.” The team still plans to address where the traps will be located. On the current trap layout, Hoddle said, “Almost all of this work is in urban areas, but the longer strategic vision is to protect the date production area in the Coachella Valley.” The traps laid out do not cover all areas, but the grant given by FFAR would allow for a wider range of palm tree protection from the weevils. The South American weevils were first spotted in Tijuana, Mexico, but were later seen in San Diego County in 2011. They have since threatened not only the palm tree market, but also coconut, African oil, Canary Island date and California fan palms. They have since been consuming palm trees in Southern California; Yuma, Arizona and Alamo, Texas. Nationwide, palm trees are valued at more than $280 million a year and in California and Arizona economies they are valued at $89 million per year on commercial and decorative use. The post UCR scientists continue efforts to combat weevils appeared first on Highlander.

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  • USC professor and Hollywood consultant kicks off book tour in RiversideUSC professor and Hollywood consultant kicks off book tour in Riverside

    A USC physics professor who regularly consults with makers of science fiction films and TV shows has produced a novel that explains complex concepts such as black holes, the multiverse and the nature of time. USC physics professor Clifford V. Johnson, author of "The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe," plans to kick off a book tour in Riverside.

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  • Riverside parade and expo a salute to veteransRiverside parade and expo a salute to veterans

    The 12th annual A Salute to Veterans Parade and Expo is set to start at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, in downtown Riverside. Bryan Suits, KFI AM 640 radio show host and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, will serve as this year's grand marshal.

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  • Fundraiser set for Riverside County sheriffa s deputy wounded in Las Vegas shootingFundraiser set for Riverside County sheriffa s deputy wounded in Las Vegas shooting

    Jason McMillan is congratulated by Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff after being sworn in as a deputy sheriff on March 6, 2014. McMillan was wounded in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017.

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  • Highlander Hot Take: Harry Kane is the Premier League’s bestHighlander Hot Take: Harry Kane is the Premier League’s best

    Over the last few years, the English Premier League has been a great spot for talented players to make themselves more accessible to the rest of the world. Sure there are those playing for big name clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea F.C. and even Liverpool F.C. Yet you have the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez at Leicester City F.C., and even Everton’s newest midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson, who have kept up with top talent despite playing for smaller clubs. These players and others have been able to play well not just for their clubs, but for their international teams as well. Even with the many players in the Premier League doing great things, no one has made as big an impact as Tottenham Hotspurs’ Harry Kane. At 24 years old, Harry Kane has made himself one of England’s best young players. His production over recent seasons has been almost identical to that of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero’s, as he has been able to score just under a goal for every match he plays in. Since becoming a regular starter in the 2013-14 season, Kane has tallied 86 goals in 126 matches, with an amazing 37 in the last 40 matches he has played. In his last two seasons, Kane has scored 25 or more goals in the last two seasons. In 2016, Kane won his first Golden Boot, and is tied for first in the Premier League this season with eight goals. With England qualifying for the World Cup next summer, Kane is sure to make the starting 11 as the they try to return to their winning ways during World Cup play. During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, England was unable to make it out of a group that included Costa Rica, Uruguay and 2006 champions Italy. With what Kane has been able to do since that last tournament, he gives England a better chance to get out the group stage this time around. No matter who England is grouped with, Kane becomes a threat to opposing defenses. Paired with Vardy up top, we could see Kane have an unforgettable tournament and assert himself as the Premier League’s best. The post Highlander Hot Take: Harry Kane is the Premier League’s best appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Men’s basketball outlasts Cal in season openerMen’s basketball outlasts Cal in season opener

    The UC Riverside men’s basketball team (1-0) opened their season with a road win against UC Berkeley (0-1) of the Pac-12 on Friday, Nov. 10, scoring the first 10 points of the game en route to a 74-66 win. Adding on to their opening run, the Highlanders went on a 14-2 run late in the first half, going into halftime up 40-21. The Highlanders led by as many as 23 points in the opening half. Senior Alex Larsson recorded the second double-double of his career, putting up career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (13). Redshirt senior Brandon Rosser added 13 points in only 17 minutes of play, while shooting 5-6 from the field. Sophomore point guard Dikymbe Martin had an all-around night, finishing with 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. “No one really counted us to have any part in this game,” Martin told Berkeley media. “Before this game, I was watching Utah Valley against Kentucky and you’re like, ‘Anything’s possible.’ And it is.” Martin was referencing Utah Valley getting a 34-25 first half lead over Kentucky, but they eventually fell 63-73. Unlike Utah Valley, however, Riverside was able to hold on to their first half lead and stave off a last-minute Cal comeback, as the Golden Bears pulled within a 62-53 deficit with four-and-a-half minutes left in regulation. Martin halted their run with a short jumper and redshirt freshman shooting guard Dominick Pickett made a crucial t3-pointer to help Riverside pull away. UCR returned four starters from last year’s team that put up a mere seven wins. With the rest of the team yet to have sufficient experience, this year’s squad was picked to finish eighth — in a conference with nine teams — in the Big West preseason poll. The Highlanders win spoils Cal coach Wyking Jones’ debut for the Golden Bears. Jones previously served as assistant coach for Cal from 2015-2017 and was in charge of coaching the team’s big men, helping forward Jaylen Brown earn 2015-16 All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors before being drafted third overall by the Boston Celtics in 2016. Though it is only one game, the Highlanders getting a victory over a Pac-12 team under their belt should motivate the program going forward. This was only the third-ever meeting between these two teams and the first in 13 years. Cal won the last meeting 78-61 on Nov. 11, 2004. The Highlanders won the very first matchup back on Dec. 14, 1979, 69-63. All three games have been played at Berkeley. The Highlanders’ next game is on the road against Loyola Marymount University on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The post Men’s basketball outlasts Cal in season opener appeared first on Highlander.

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  • UCR volleyball falls in five-set thriller, goes winless in weekUCR volleyball falls in five-set thriller, goes winless in week

    UC Riverside’s volleyball team (9-16, 1-12) was on the road against Cal State Long Beach (8-19, 5-9) on Friday, Nov. 10 for game two of the Highlanders’ three-game road trip. Going into the game, the Highlanders were looking to snap their six-game losing streak, but the 49ers had other plans. The first set did not go the Highlanders’ way as the 49ers rallied five points to break the tie at 13. Long Beach would not relinquish the lead as they took the set 25-18. The Highlanders were able to recover in the second set as they were able to play with the intensity they honed all week in practice. After a tie at six, the Highlanders rolled off four straight points and never looked back as they closed the set 25-15. The third set went to UCR as they capitalized on their momentum from the previous set. The 49ers did not go down easily though, closing the gap to within two points on multiple occasions before UCR senior right side hitter Brooke Callahan closed out the set with a pair of kills to win the match 25-22. The fourth set opened up in a lopsided fashion in favor of Long Beach, but the Highlanders clawed their way back into the set on an eight-point run to take the lead before the 49ers closed the set, 25-22. The fifth and final set started with plenty of back-and-forth scoring putting both teams even at 3 apiece. The Highlanders were unable to dig deep enough to take the match however, as Long Beach mounted a four point rally to lead them to victory, 15-8. UCR did not have any time to lament on the loss, given that they were back in action against Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Nov. 11 for their final game of the the road trip. Likely fatigued from their physically and mentally taxing match the night before, the Highlanders fell to CSUN 3-0. The first set opened up with a six-point flurry from the Highlanders, but the Matadors mounted their own 9-4 run to tie the game. The teams were tied at 24 apiece when CSUN took the final two points to end the set 26-24. The second set was just as close as the first, as the Highlanders had to battle their way back into the set after being down 16-7. After tying the set at 18, the Highlanders were unable to take the lead as the Matadors closed out the set 25-22. The Matadors held a tight grip on the third and final set of the match, opening up 8-7 as they closed the set from there, 25-17. The Highlanders have more opportunities to end the season on a positive note, as their final three games of the season will be at home. The first of those matches will be against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The post UCR volleyball falls in five-set thriller, goes winless in week appeared first on Highlander.

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  • Women’s soccer senior Amanda Apelian takes competitive nature to the classroomWomen’s soccer senior Amanda Apelian takes competitive nature to the classroom

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