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Ohhhhhhhhh! Summer is coming! We can tell my all of the events and interesting information on the Saturday "Gayle on the Go!" list.
Be sure to look beyondmy broadcast report! Please take a look at the long list here! (I did have enough time to tell you about everything happening today! Whew!)
Hot Wheels Launch Event at Westfield Century City http://www.westfield.com/centurycity
Are you ready for the evolution of Hot Wheels?
Well, then grab the family and come on down to Westfield Century City at The Atrium on Level 1 (near lululemon and Tesla) for an epic 3-day event to celebrate a global new product launch. Whether you are a kid, know a kid, or once was a kid (yes, that means EVERYONE), this is one you are not going to want to miss!
From Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 16th from 11am-7pm, Hot Wheels fans will get their hands on this innovative new product, feed their social clout with buzz-worthy photo opportunities, score some must-have prizes and giveaways, get up close to life-size Hot Wheels cars, meet with some influencers and media personalities, and more.
Juneteenth Celebration @ 1pm-4pm
California African American Museum
600 State Drive
Join the California African American Museum for a day of family and community celebrating the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger declared that Texas's enslaved people were free. Bring your picnic blankets and enjoy an afternoon at CAAM with DJ sets by Francesca Harding and family activities for all to enjoy.
Family Quilt Squares
Artist Adia Millett often employs traditional quilting techniques in her work, as seen in the exhibit Breaking Patterns. Invite family and friends to join you in designing and making quilted squares.
Design your own family tree and create leaves that reflect your core community.
Wearable Art Workshop with Bijan Machen
Bring clothes to enhance with paint, stencils, and creativity to wear and carry your message into the future.
Ancestor Mask Workshop with Roneika Pinkney
Design and create ancestor masks inspired by the West African diaspora. Honor freedom fighters, peacemakers, and personal ancestors with your unique mask.
Freedom Drum Circle Workshop with Rene Fisher Mims
Learn and experience rhythms that kept ancestors alive and thriving for generations in this participatory drum circle, hosted by Leimert Park's own Rene Fisher Mims of Shine Muwasi.
Presented in partnership with LA Commons in conjunction with the Festival of Masks.
Pride on the Port of Los Angeles @ 11am-10pm
Pacific Battleship Center
U.S.S. Battleship Iowa
250 South Harbor Boulevard
San Pedro https://www.seetickets.us/event/PRIDE-ON-THE-PORT-2019/377888
Bridge Cities Alliance 501c3, a California non-profit, is hosting its first annual Pride On The Port of Los Angeles! A day full of festivities and dancing to celebrate the LGBT+ allies community. Hosted on The LA Waterfront at The Battleship Iowa, #POPLA19 will welcome everyone to join in the celebration with cocktails, food trucks, dancing and more. Offering beautiful views of the Port of LA, guest will also enjoy numerous activities from our sponsors and vendors. Also tickets are available for The Fairy Ferry - a luxury yacht that will depart Long Beach the morning of the festival on a 90 minute party cruise with stunning views of The Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor that will arrive at The Los Angeles Waterfront.
HOT Toys for Summer 2019
The Original Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street
323 939 8334 http://www.kipstoyland.com
“THE TOY GUY” Chris Byrne is an indication Summer is here! That’s because he has revealed his 2019 list of HOT SUMMER TOYS! Here’s his list!:
Action Roaring Simba from Just Play
Ages 3+ $29.999
Where to Buy
There’s a lot of excitement around the live remake of Disney’s The Lion King coming out in July. And just like the first one, the characters are sure to appeal to kids, who are definitely going to want to make them best friends. This roaring Simba is made from super-soft fabrics, so it’s fun to cuddle up to the future king. Just a press on Simba’s paw, and he’ll give his trademark roar and move his head. It’s a fun way to bring the movie to life at home!
Boppi The Booty Shakin’ Llama from Zuru
Who doesn’t love a twerking Llama?
Ages 4+ $32.99
Where to Pre-Order (Ships July)
This has got to be one of the funniest toys of the year. It’s a twerking llama. I mean, just saying the words, “twerking llama” makes you laugh, right? Boppi is cuddly and cute with a cartoonish face, but give him a press, and Boppi twerks around to three different songs. We just love the silliness, and we’ve been playing with it since last January, when Boppi first twerked for us in Hong Kong. We’re predicting that this is going to be the gag gift that people of all ages will have to have, and we’re predicting a sell out.
Blume from Skyrocket
Ages 5+ $9.99
Find Out More (Ships July)
Squish meets collectible in this line that will grow on you!
You’re going to want these in your make-believe garden! The Blume dolls come in a flowerpot. Add water, wait a few seconds, and, as if by magic, the Blume doll starts to grow—right out of her flowering pot! The dolls combine the tactile fun of a squish toy with charming, colorful design, and the dolls each have an outrageously-hip hairstyle, mix and match outfits, handbags, cute mini friends, and sticker books. There are 22 (!!!) in the first collection. Whew that’s a lot of adorable to collect, and to make the chase even more fun, they have different ratings, including: “adorable”, “rare”, “super rare”, and one “mystical” doll.
Escape This Book: Titanic by Bill Doyle
Ages 8-12 $10.99
Where to Buy
It’s a book AND a game!
Summer reading was always one of my personal favorite pastimes…still is. But I also liked to play. Leave it to author Bill Doyle to figure out a way to combine reading and play in one of the most original and immersive reading activities we’ve ever seen. Combining historical facts about H.M.S. Titanic (something in which lots of kids are interested) with three different games, you are challenged to figure out puzzles and use what you learn on an adventure. There are three different ones you can play, and what’s so cool about this is that kids are allowed to do things they never get to do with other books: rip, fold, tear, draw and more. Of course, at the end of the process, the book is ruined, but you’ve had an unforgettable good time. Oh, and there are two more books in the series coming. The next one is about escaping the Pyramids of Egypt. I asked, but Bill won’t tell me what the third one is…yet. Whatever the mystery, it will be no surprise that it will be a blast.
We dare you to try to put this down!
Crazy Aaaron’s Thinking Putty from Crazy Aaron’s
Ages 3+ Mini $3; Super Scarab $14; Super Scarab Mega (1 lb.) $50
Where to Buy
Who would have thought there could be an entire toy company built around putty? Crazy Aaron has made the most innovative, most diverse and super fun collection of putty that is almost impossible to put down. One of the most fascinating things we’ve found as we’ve played with kids all over is how much they love this stuff.
And Crazy Aaaron, and his anything-but-crazy product team, have come up with so many different ways to play with it. Plus, you might be happy to know, as we are, that this is a company that is actively involved in its community and hires differently abled people to hep with production.
Gazillion Bubble Rush from Funrise
Ages 3+ $19.99
Where to Buy
Fill the yard with bubbles!
You know that Gazillion really does make the best bubbles. And we think this is one of the best bubble machines ever. Oh, yeah, it blows a lot of bubbles. A LOT of bubbles. But it’s also got some innovations that families will love, too. It’s easy to pour the solution into it, but what we thought was so ingenious was the three-sectioned, no-spill modular design including a removable washable top, solution recycling tray and batteries and motor sealed inside the base. So, any bubble fluid that’s not used is easily collected. Just separate the pieces and pour what’s left back into the bottle, or fill the blower up and start again.
Ghostbusters Ecto-1A from Playmobil
Ages 6+ $59.99
Where to Buy
Who you gonna’ call?
This is definitely designed for fans of all ages. I mean, it’s the 35th anniversary of the original Ghostbusters movie! The Ecto-1A comes with the roof design from the second Ghostbusters movie. In honor of the anniversary, this version of the Ecto-1 boasts a new design with blue light and cool sound, removable roof, slime splashes and all four Ghostbusters heroes. With the included hologram pyramid, ghosts disappear into the ghost trap in a flash. Strap on the proton backpack and help Ray, Egon, Winston and Peter with the ghost hunt! The set includes the vehicle Ecto-1A, all four Ghostbusters characters, a hologram pyramid, proton packs and proton emitters, and other equipment for tracking down paranormal activities. This is going to be great for collectors…of multi-generational play.
Gridopolis from Gridopolis
Ages 8+ $50.00
Create, build, play, learn!
Where to Buy
This is easily one of the most exciting new games we’ve seen, particularly in the category of strategy games. It’s actually so much more. You build the game, and then play it, but there are variations that are included. You may also be inspired to build your own. It’s fun out of the box, and there are a variety of games, but we think the longer-term fun comes from what you can create. The pieces snap together, so you can make different board configurations and experiences.
Become the machine!
Handtrux from TenTonToys
Ages 5+ $13.99-$17.99
Where to Buy
These are some of the most awesome sand toys we’ve seen. Kids use the power of their arms on these sturdy toys to dig, build and play in sand. You can own the beach building fun with these. Plus, there’s lots of imaginative play as you use the original scoop, bulldozer and dump truck.
The engineering is inspired, and kids are able to use a lot more leverage and a lot more power to build bigger and dig deeper. Kids always love fantasizing about having the power to be a machine, and this is the first toy we’ve ever seen that lets the kids be the machine!
L.O.L. Surprise Boys from MGA Entertainment
Age 4+ $9.99
Where to Buy
They’re the brothers of the fan favorite L.O.L. Surprise dolls, the hottest dolls in the toy industry right now. Unwrap them layer by layer to find seven different surprises inside, all of which make for great play. Plus, like the original dolls, there is a water feature. They’re super collectible, too, and at least this summer they’re selling out as fast as stores can get them in. If you’ve got an L.O.L. Surprise fan in your family, you’re going to want these!
Who you lookin’ at?
SpongeBob SquarePants 20th Anniversary Collections from Alpha Group
Ages 4 or 6 +
Spongeheads $19.99, Slimeez $6.99, SpongeBob StretchPants $24.99
Where to Buy
Just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants (Can you believe it!?!), Alpha Group has come out with a collection of whacky whimsical and wonderful toys. Check out the inflatable Spongeheads, the Slimeez, filled with real Nickelodeon Slime and the StretchPants figure that will pull you right into the fun. (Pun intended.) Check out the whole line of SpongeBob silliness from Alpha Group, and get ready for your own brand of nautical nonsense!
Treasure X Aliens from Moose Toys
Ages 5 + $14.99
Where to Pre-Order (Ships July)
Don’t worry! We’ll save you!
You’ve caught an icky alien! Are you brave enough to see what’s inside? Eeeeeewwwww. Dig into the slimy surprising, 12-step dissection process and find what’s inside. Hint: It’s a treasure. Cut through the packaging using the included tool to release the alien from his Crystal Vessel, then slowly dissect the alien belly to save the Treasure Hunter! Don’t forget to look out for the rib cage, gut critter and the green ooze within! Who knows what you’re going to find? You may, however, find the rare space gem. Well that would be cool, right. Some of these are going to have real gems hidden inside! Once you’ve finished the dissection, you can store the ooze in the container provided or squish it in the alien head and watch it squelch out of the eyes, mouth and nose! It’s gross as all get-out, but we mean that in a good way!
It’s a fling thing.
Zax from Zing
Where to Buy
Did you know that axe throwing is “a thing?” I didn’t till I encountered this toy. And it’s become one of my favorites. It replicates the currently popular trend of axe throwing (Yes, you can go places and pay to hurl a real axe at a target.) in a way that’s kid friendly. You’ll be surprised how much fun this is. There’s a bit of a learning curve to get it right, but developing the skill is a major part of the entertainment. We found that a sharp flick of the wrist that allows the axe to fly end-over-end is going to be your best bet. Check it out. And then try to put it down.
To review the other fun and unusual items on Chris “The Toy Guy” Byrne’s HOT SUMMER TOYS LIST FOR 2019, check his website: http://www.thetoyguy.com
To explore some of the toys, stop by and check the website for Kip’s Toyland, L.A’s Oldest Toy Store, at the Original Farmers Market.
Low-Income Youth & Adults
Free Junior Lifeguard Training
323 906 7953 http://www.laparks.org
This is SOMETHING FOR THE SUMMER! Free swimming lessons for low income youngsters and adults as well as free junior lifeguard training. This is OPERATION SPLASH, a Summer program offered by Kaiser Permanente and several Southern California cities. To apply for the program and to find a location near you, check the website: http://www.laparks.org.
International Surfing Day
310 944 7234 http://www.surfrider.org/isd
Today is INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY, a day to celebrate and enjoy the beaches and waves, and while we’re at it, participate in a beach cleanup and leave our local surf spot better than we found it.
Venice Beach is one many participating locations. To find an International Surfing Day location near you, there is a long list at the website: http://www.surfrider.org/isd.
The SEA Lab
1021 North Harbor Drive
310 318 7438 http://www.lacorps.org/programs/the-sea-lab/visit
We’re invited to explore the Sea Lab in Redondo Beach. In addition to the touch and tide pool tanks, today there is a special SHARK SATURDAY presentation to teach us the not to fear sharks, to understand their importance to the ecosystem and why they conservation.
27th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival @ 10am
300 East Colorado Boulevard
The sidewalks of Pasadena are the canvases for the 27th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival. The 2019 event, which explores the history and impact of the centuries-old artistry of street painting, will feature the spectacular work of nearly 600 dedicated and talented chalk artists. This weekend event is FREE and open to the public.
Property from the Estate of Burt Reynolds
The Standard Oil Building Beverly Hills
257 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills http://www.juliensauctions.com
We can own a souvenir of the life and career of Hollywood movie and television icon Burt Reynolds. Hundreds of items are available today at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach http://www.aquariumofpacific.org
The 53-million-dollar, 29-thousand square foot venue is described as the “aquarium of the future”, providing state of the art technology and innovative educational experiences about the earth’s population and environment.
Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific, says Pacific Visions is not about bigger tanks for bigger animals. He says this new aquarium expansion is about the one animal that’s putting all the other animals on this planet at risk. It’s about us and our activities that are causing so much trouble.
Endangered Blue Whale Watching
Harbor Breeze Cruises
100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2
Harbor Breeze Cruises
LA Water Front Cruises
1150 Nagoya Way, Berth 79
“Whales: Voices in the Sea”
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
They’re here! The largest animal on the planet the Blue Whale. Marine life experts at Harbor Breeze Cruises and the Aquarium of the Pacific reports seeing the massive mammal earlier than usual this year due to the abundance of nutrients right off the southern California coast. You can see them for yourself aboard the Harbor Breeze whale watching tours that depart from San Pedro and Long Beach. And, then after your tour you can learn more about Blue Whales at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s VOICES IN THE SEA exhibition.
Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
New at the Annenberg Space for Photography, CONTACT HIGH: A VISUAL HISTORY OF HIP HOP. This Los Angeles exhibition celebrates the photographers who brought hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage. The exhibition is FREE!
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles http://www.nhm.org
Follow in the scientific exploratory footsteps of Dr. Nathan Smith of the Natural History Museum and other paleontologists at this -- ANTARTIC DINOSAURS at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park.
During this expedition, Dr. Smith and his team made quite a few discoveries including finding a new species that will require more study and more research. You can see their new discovery and more at this new exhibition.
Manhattan Beach Pier
Everything is new at the Roundhouse Aquarium on the Manhattan Beach Pier. The historic property has been completely renovated to teach us about the marine life that exists right here off the California coast. Admission to the aquarium is FREE! For more information, check the website: roundhouseaquarium.org
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
213 763 3466
Butterflies are taking flight at the museum! Walk among beautiful butterflies in the seasonal Butterfly Pavilion. This springtime exhibition features hundreds of butterflies, colorful native plants, and plenty of natural light to help you see these creatures shimmer. With lots of flight space and a variety of resting spots, get one of the best views in Los Angeles of these amazing insects.
Women of Apollo: The Untold Stories
Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way
There were thousands of women who worked on the Apollo Space program and thousands of women who worked for the NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration since it was established in 1958. This exhibit features that information as well as the important details of about the women who worked here in Downey at what was North American Aviation.
Learn more about retired Apollo aerospace worker Susan Ingle and see this special that opens today in Downey at the Columbia Memorial Space Center.
Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind
Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard
714 993 5075 http://www.nixonfoundation.org
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Mission is also being celebrated in Yorba Linda at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
Shaping LA: Portraits of Hope
Los Angeles Convention Center
Downtown Los Angeles
This is free to the public! “Shaping LA” is a massive mural installed on the exterior of South Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It’s the work of the nonprofit organization Portraits of Hope. In addition to seeing the four football field long civic and public art project, we stop by the convention to learn more about the people who made this possible. For more information about Portraits of Hope, take a look at the website: portraitsofhope.org.
Holy Hollywood History! : The Batman 66 Exhibit
Hollywood Museum in the Historic Factor Building
1660 North Highland Avenue
The exhibit, which consists of four popular sections (Wayne Manor, The Batcave, Gallery of Guest Super Villains, and The Collectibles of Batman ‘66), pays tribute to the memory of Adam West and honors Burt Ward – known as the Dynamic Duo, and the iconic show which is still seen today in the U.S. and around the world weekly.
The BATMAN 66 exhibit features original costumes and props from the show, which have not been seen since it originally broadcast from 1966-68. Other highlights include original costumes and costumes recreated due to age and condition representing guest star villlians including The Riddler, The Joker, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze – to name a few; life size sculptures of the three famous women who brought Catwoman to life (Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and the original, Julie Newmar) with costumes, as well as Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), and more, including Adam West’s face and mannequin from life-cast molds taken in 1966.
The extensive exhibit also features much sought after collectibles, including a the “gotta-have” children’s lunch box, action figures of every shape and size, batman and robin puppets, rare Batman Ice Cream boxes, drinking cups, board games, and many more extremely rare collectibles from 1966 too numerous to name and, in some cases, never before seen on public display.
The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.
Exactly two months after the blaze engulfed the landmark Gothic building in the French capital, the service was celebrated by Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit in a chapel behind the choir, a place confirmed by construction experts as safe.
French Culture Minister Franck Riester said this week the cathedral remains in a “fragile” state, especially its vaulted ceiling, which is still at risk of collapsing.
For security reasons, only about 30 people — mainly priests, canons and church employees — were admitted inside the cathedral for the service, while Aupetit and others wore construction worker’s helmets. Some of the workers rebuilding the church were also invited.
Other worshippers could watch the Mass live on a Catholic TV station. The video showed some burnt wood still in the church but a famous statue of the Virgin and Child appeared intact behind wooden construction planks.
The annual Dedication Mass commemorated the cathedral’s consecration as a place of worship.
“This cathedral is a place of worship, it is its very own and unique purpose,” Aupetit said.
One French priest called the service “a true happiness, full of hope.”
“We will rebuild this cathedral. It will take time of course — a lot of money, lot of time, lot of work — but we will succeed,” Father Pierre Vivares told The Associated Press outside the cathedral. “Today it’s a small but a true victory against the disaster we have had.”
It is still unclear when the cathedral will reopen to the public.
French President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal of rebuilding it in just five years, which many experts consider unrealistic. In the meantime, the French parliament is debating amendments to a new law that would create a public body to expedite the restoration of the cathedral and circumvent some of France’s complex labor laws.
President Donald Trump’s pick for his “border czar” says he’s not accepting the job — at least “as of right now.”
The former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, Tom Homan, tells Fox News that Trump’s announcement that he would rejoin the administration to coordinate its response to a surge in illegal border crossings was “premature.”
Homan says he’s still in discussions with the White House about the position but has reservations about the way the position would be set up.
He says, “I think any sort of border czar needs to be a person who coordinates an all-government response to the border,” adding, “that wasn’t the way it was set up.”
Trump had made the announcement Friday in an interview with the program “Fox & Friends.”
Target on Saturday acknowledged guests were “unable to make purchases” at its stores, as shoppers took to social media to complain that cash registers weren’t working.
In a tweet from one of its official accounts, Target said that it’s “aware of a systems issue in store and are working as quickly as possible to get this fixed.”
“Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible,” the company said in a separate tweet.
Social media users reported cash registers were not functioning properly at dozens of stores across the country and posted images of long lines.
“This is how you bring America to a standstill,” a Minnesota journalist shared on Twitter alongside a photo of an error message at a cashier’s stand. “Every single register at the Richfield [Target] is down.”
Employees at three different locations in Georgia told CNN the registers had been offline for about 45 minutes as of 3 pm ET.
The systems issue came on a busy weekend for shoppers ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday.
It’s not clear how many Target stores were affected or what caused the outage. The company’s corporate office did not immediately respond to requests for details about the issue.
Target has 1,800 locations in the United States and a presence in India.
We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible.
L.A. Design Festival founder Kaily Zaki discusses this year's lineup featuring more than 100 events from parties and talks to exhibitions and tours. The 9th annual L.A. Design Festival runs June 20-23. Details are available at LADesignFestival.org.
Originally aired on KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
Voting rights activists argue that newly discovered 2015 correspondence between a GOP redistricting expert and a current Census Bureau official bolster arguments that discrimination motivated efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey.
The plaintiffs, who successfully challenged the question in a Maryland federal court, said in a filing late Friday that the email exchange between the late Republican consultant Thomas Hofeller and the Census Bureau official was discovered earlier this week. They say the documents give a federal judge, who previously ruled in their favor, latitude to re-examine whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross intended to discriminate against minorities by adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census.
While U.S. District Judge George Hazel in Maryland issued a ruling in April to block the addition of the census question, he said the Maryland plaintiffs failed to prove that their equal protection rights were violated because they hadn’t shown that Ross and other officials acted with discriminatory intent.
Plaintiffs, citing the new documents, say the judge should reconsider on the equal protection question.
“The trial record and the Hofeller documents both reveal that the central purpose of adding a citizenship question was to deprive Hispanics and noncitizens of political representation,” the plaintiffs argue, adding that the evidence “explains precisely why Secretary Ross pressed ahead with adding the citizenship question in the face of … evidence that it would cause a disproportionate undercount of noncitizens and Hispanics.”
Trump administration lawyers argued in filings before Hazel this week that the newly discovered documents don’t justify the “extraordinary request” to reopen a case already decided in the plaintiffs’ favor.
The Commerce Department issued a statement Saturday saying that Hofeller played no role in Ross’s decision to add the citizenship question: “All of Plaintiffs’ conspiracy theories are outlandish and should be disregarded.”
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering the citizenship question after Hazel’s ruling and similar ones by judges in New York and California who concluded the question was improperly added to the U.S. census for what would be the first time since 1950. The high court could rule by July.
Voting rights groups have argued that the citizenship question would serve to strengthen GOP congressional representation and funding for areas where mostly Republicans reside by suppressing the count of immigrants. States with large numbers of immigrants tend to vote Democratic.
The U.S. Constitution specifies that congressional districts should be based on how many people — not citizens — live in an area.
The Maryland plaintiffs argued in a June 3 filing that the new trove of Hofeller documents, first revealed in late May as part of the New York case, show that he played a role in drafting Justice Department documents regarding the citizenship question, and that Hofeller had explained in a separate memo that the addition would help “Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”
The Hofeller documents were discovered when his estranged daughter found four external computer hard drives and 18 thumb drives in her father’s Raleigh, North Carolina, home after his death last summer.
The challengers to the citizenship question have also cited the documents in New York federal court and at the Supreme Court in their effort to keep the question off the 2020 census.
The newer documents, unearthed this week during a further forensic analysis, that show how far back the discussions about adding the citizenship question go, the plaintiffs argue. Attached to their Friday filing is a January 2015 email from Christa Jones to Hoffeler that a 2015 test of census data collection presented “an opportunity to mention citizenship as well.” Jones is now chief of staff to the deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
The plaintiffs argue that “newly discovered documents suggest that Hofeller had also long been in contact with a highly-ranked Census employee, who knew of Hofeller’s interest in a citizenship question (and in fact suggested opportunities for him to raise that interest with the Census Bureau).”
The Justice Department has denied that the new documents show discriminatory intent. A spokeswoman declined further comment Saturday.
A spokesman for the Census Bureau didn’t respond to a question about whether the agency wished to comment.
Media representatives for the Census Bureau didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
The Justice Department lawyers wrote in a filing in the Maryland case that “there is no basis to revisit this Court’s prior determination that it could not ‘connect the dots’ between the Secretary’s decision and evidence of third parties’ animus.”
They also argue that the evidence cited is not new, wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the case and could have been previously brought to the court’s attention “if Plaintiffs had exercised due diligence.”
Bourbon Steak LA's Executive Chef Kyle Johnson offers a preview of their Father's Day Feast, happening Sunday, June 16th at 12-8pm. Menu available here. Reservations and location information at MichaelMina.net.
Originally aired on KTLA 5 Weekend Morning News on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the face while trying to join his team on the court to celebrate their first NBA championship.
Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said Friday that investigators are reviewing footage from body cameras worn by the deputy and other officers, the stadium’s surveillance video and cellphone video. He said a report will be forwarded prosecutors.
After the game Thursday night in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors, Ujiri tried to walk past the deputy who was checking court-access credentials, Kelly said. When the deputy stopped him, Ujiri shoved him back several feet and yelled obscenities, Kelly said.
“That’s when our deputy goes hands-on and moves Mr. Ujiri back from the court. Mr. Ujiri made a second, more significant shove and during that shove his arm struck our deputy in the side of the head,” Kelly said.
The deputy complained of pain in his jaw and was taken to a hospital for evaluation and later released.
A video of the altercation obtained by NBC Bay Area shows Ujiri and a deputy being held back courtside by several bystanders. It doesn’t show the scuffle. The video appeared to show Ujiri holding some type of credential in his right hand while standing by the court.
Greg Wiener, a 61-year-old Warriors’ season ticket holder, said Friday he was standing next to the deputy during the encounter and didn’t see Ujiri strike him in the face.
Wiener said the encounter began when the deputy put his hand on Ujiri’s chest and pushed him. Ujiri shoved him back before bystanders intervened, Wiener said.
“The thing about the cops saying the policeman asked for his credentials, that didn’t happen. There was no conversation at all,” Wiener said. “This part about striking him in the face, yeah that didn’t happen.”
Wiener said he hadn’t been interviewed by authorities.
“This looks like somebody trying to embellish what happened to protect what they did, what the policeman did,” Wiener said.
Kelly said deputies took witness statements and were reviewing footage from body cameras worn by the deputy along with footage from the arena surveillance system and cellphones.
“We had the opportunity to make an arrest and we chose not to,” Kelly said. “We decided it would be in everyone’s best interest to slow things down and do an investigation.”
The Raptors said the team is also looking into the altercation and cooperating with authorities.
“We look forward to resolving the situation,” the team said.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league also was cooperating with authorities.
“We are in contact with the Raptors and local authorities and in the process of gathering more information,” Bass said.
ESPN reported that Ujiri had watched the end of the game on television with other team officials outside the Raptors’ locker room. He then went down a tunnel to join the on-court celebration.
Kelly said deputies had instructions to strictly enforce the NBA’s credential policy.
He said his office will recommend a charge of misdemeanor battery against an officer even though he understood that Ujiri had a tremendous amount of emotion while trying to meet his team on the court.
The results of the investigation likely will be forwarded next week to the Alameda County district attorney’s office. A spokeswoman for the agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
“It will be up to the DA to file charges,” Kelly said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory came to Ujiri’s defense.
“Anybody who knows anything about him would say that some notion that he would be shoving people around in Oakland or elsewhere in the world is not credible,” Tory said.
Last week, the NBA banned Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens from games for a year and fined him $500,000 after he was seen on camera apparently shoving Toronto star Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the playoffs.
Lowry had dived into a row of courtside seats to try to save a loose ball. Stevens, wearing an NBA-issued credential, was seated about two spots away from where Lowry landed and shoved Lowry in the upper body.
Lowry said Stevens repeated a vulgar phrase to him about four times. The Warriors issued a statement, with the team and Stevens apologizing to Lowry and the Raptors.
“Hey Twitter world, this is yours truly. Coming soon to Twitter, you’ll get to read all my thoughts and opinions on just about everything,” says Simpson, 71, while surrounded by greenery outdoors.
He also asks people to follow his new official account, @TheRealOJ32.
“It should be a lot of fun. I’ve got a little getting even to do,” the NFL Hall of Famer says with a smile and without offering more details.
The account’s main photo is a badly lit image of Simpson in a suit and open collar. The banner photo is an old image of Simpson’s Buffalo Bills No. 32 jersey and helmet. The account, with its location tagged as Las Vegas, is authentic, confirmed Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne.
“Mr. Simpson is the most positive person I’ve ever met,” LaVergne told CNN. “He’s also very well informed on current events. He will not be negative. Nor will he comment on the LA thing. It will be one of the best accounts on Twitter to follow.”
Wednesday marked 25 years since the killing of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. And Monday is the 25th anniversary of the slow-speed chase that captured a nation’s attention as TV viewers watched Simpson evade police in a white Ford Bronco before surrendering on two murder charges.
The court case was dubbed The Trial of the Century for its swirling themes of celebrity, race, criminal justice, trust in police and domestic violence. After nearly nine months of proceedings, jurors returned a not guilty verdict in less than four hours.
Simpson was later found liable in a civil wrongful death lawsuit brought by the victims’ families. On the stand, he denied killing Brown Simpson and Goldman.
A decade later, Simpson was found guilty and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison for a 2007 kidnapping and armed robbery in Las Vegas. Simpson and others went to a hotel and took sports memorabilia at gunpoint; Simpson said the items belonged to him and he didn’t know his associates were armed.
After nine years in prison, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners voted to grant Simpson early release, with one member calling him a “low risk to reoffend.” He was freed in 2017, and at the time, he planned to live with friends in a wealthy Las Vegas suburb and then move to Florida, several associates told CNN.
Simpson has been playing a lot of golf since his release, despite his arthritis, LaVergne said.
“There are times when I know not to call him because I presume he’s on the links,” he told CNN. “And yes the arthritis is very real but he deals with it. All of that would eventually be covered through tweets.”
In earlier years, Simpson was a star running back for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. With his easy smile and affable personality, he later became an on-air media figure and movie star.