OCTA Offers Free Rides to Honor Rosa Parks
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by CNS
9h ago
In honor of civil rights leader Rosa Parks, who rose to prominence by resisting bus segregation laws, the Orange County Transportation Authority will offer free rides Saturday for Transit Equity Day.  The commemoration began in 2018 to mark Parks’ birthday — Feb. 4, 1913. Parks was thrust into the national spotlight in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white commuter in Montgomery, Alabama, as was required by law at the time. Her case ultimately was decided in her favor by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Each and every day, OCTA is committed to offering equitable public transportati ..read more
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Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon: Here's What We Know
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by Lolita C. Baldor and Tara Copp
22h ago
What in the world is that thing? A massive white orb sweeping across U.S. airspace has triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and is blowing up on social media. China insists it’s just an errant civilian airship used mainly for meteorological research that went off course due to winds. With only limited “self-steering” capabilities. However, the U.S. says it’s a Chinese spy balloon without a doubt. And its presence prompted Secretary of State Antony Blinken to cancel a weekend trip to China that was aimed at dialing down tensions that were already high between the countries. The Pentagon says the ba ..read more
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Professor Explains Bad Bunny's Crossover to the Grammys, and What it Means to Latinos
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by Mariela Gomez
22h ago
The Puerto Rican’s fourth studio album “Un Verano Sin Ti” became the first Spanish-language album to be nominated for a Grammy in the six-plus decades of the organization’s existence. In just a few days, Bad Bunny may become the first artist to win album of the year with a body of work that is solely in the Spanish language. Born Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, the Latin rapper rose to prominence in 2016 with his song “Diles” and continued to gain traction after releasing his debut album X100 in 2018 which peaked at No. 11 on the U.S Billboard 200. Bad Bunny’s second album, “YHLQMDLG,” became ..read more
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Here Are 5 Anti-Valentine's Day Events in SoCal
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by Maria Celeste Alfaro
22h ago
Valentine’s Day has come to be known as the day where couples celebrate the love they have for each other. But what about those not in a relationship? Everyone deserves to have a great time on Valentine’s Day, so a few spots around Southern California are hosting anti-Valentine’s Day events. Here’s the list. Feed Your Ex to a Wild Animal Going through a bad break up and need to let out that anger? Check out the California Wildlife Center on Valentine’s Day for a chance to “feed your ex” to a wild animal. It is their second time hosting this event that the center says they brought back by popul ..read more
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LA Relaxes Employee Covid Vaccination Rules, Approving All Requested Exemptions
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by Eric Leonard
22h ago
The City of LA will stop efforts to enforce part of its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees, now that the City formally ended its years-long “state of emergency” as a result of the pandemic. Exemptions requested by thousands of unvaccinated City workers will be automatically granted, according to City documents obtained by the I-Team and other sources, and ongoing termination proceedings for some employees who’d refused to comply with the mandate because of exemption requests, were dropped. The City has also retroactively granted exemptions for employees who previously had their application ..read more
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Memphis Fires Police Officer Who Used Stun Gun on Tyre Nichols at Traffic Stop
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by Jonathan Mattise and Adrian Sainz
22h ago
A sixth Memphis officer was fired Friday after an internal police investigation showed he violated multiple department policies in the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, including rules surrounding the deployment of a stun gun, officials said. Preston Hemphill had been suspended as he was investigated for his role in the Jan. 7 arrest of Nichols, who died in a hospital three days later. Five Memphis officers have already been fired and charged with second-degree murder in Nichols’ death. Nichols was beaten after police stopped him for what they said was a traffic violation. Video released after p ..read more
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Fleeing Man Had Phone in Hand When Police Shot Him Dead: Bodycam Videos
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by Rudy Chinchilla
22h ago
Culver City police released new bodycam videos contradicting a wife’s claim that she didn’t tell officers her husband had a gun before one shot him dead, but also showing that the man was unarmed when he was shot. The Culver City Police Department released the edited videos Thursday in response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of 39-year-old Guillermo Medina, who was shot as he ran from police following a vehicle pursuit after his wife called to report a domestic disturbance. Medina had a cellphone, not a gun, in his hand when an officer killed him. The lawsuit alleges Adriana Med ..read more
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Driver Accused of Striking Bicyclist and Stabbing Him on PCH Charged With Murder
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by Jonathan Lloyd
22h ago
A 39-year-old man was charged with murder Friday in a horrific crash and stabbing on Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County that left a bicyclist dead. Vanroy Evan Smith, of Long Beach, was charged with one felony count of murder and one felony enhancement of the personal use of a knife. Smith was arrested Wednesday in the attack in the seaside community of Dana Point, where authorities said he struck a bicyclist, then got out of his Lexus sedan and fatally stabbed the man. Dana Point Feb 2 Bicyclist Struck by Car, Then Fatally Stabbed on PCH in Dana Point Dana Point Feb 2 Doctor Dies ..read more
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California Makes Flag Football a Girls' High School Sport
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by Amy Taxin
22h ago
California approved a plan Friday to make flag football a girls’ high school sport amid soaring popularity of the game and a push to get more female athletes on the field. The move by the California Interscholastic Federation — the statewide body that governs high school athletics — makes flag football an official sport for girls in the nation’s most populous state for the upcoming 2023-24 year. The plan was approved unanimously by the organization’s federated council in Long Beach, said Rebecca Brutlag, an agency spokesperson. Paula Hart Rodas, president-elect of the CIF Southern Section’s co ..read more
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Firefighters Battle Fire at Lynwood Commercial Building
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by Jonathan Lloyd
22h ago
Firefighters battled a fire late Friday morning at a commercial building in Lynwood. The one-story building was burning in the 11000 block of Alameda Street. Firefighters said part of the building collapsed, preventing firefighters from entering the structure. Details about how the fire started and what type of business operates out of the building were not immediately available. No injuries were reported. Nearby streets were closed. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser ..read more
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