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Celebrities Protest Against Supreme Court Abortion Decision
Celebrities Protest Against Supreme Court Abortion Decision
By: Camille Acevedo | May. 13, 2022

 Hollywood stars are signing the campaign "#BanOffOurBodies" to protect abortion rights.

Celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Billie Eilish all support the campaign.

Planned Parenthood started Ban Off Our Bodies after the Supreme Court leaked an opinion draft showing a possible overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Supreme Court confirmed the leaked draft as "authentic."

Since then, it has gotten more than 160 signatures from artists.

The New York Times released a full-page ad showing the list of stars who are in support of the campaign.

Other artists include Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Halsey and Paramore.

The Supreme Court's final decision on the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade will occur anywhere from late June to July.

2022 Billboard Awards
2022 Billboard Awards
By: Richie Quintero | May. 13, 2022

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards are back and set to air on Sunday, May 15 at 5 pm Pacific Time on NBC.

E! Entertainment has you covered as the ceremony is honoring the biggest chart-toppers at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


The star-studded, red carpet event will cover the evening's nominees and performers like Olivia Rodrigo, The Weeknd, and Machine Gun Kelly with real-time interviews.

Catch Naz Perez and Rocsi Diaz, hosting Live From E!: Billboard Music Awards beginning at 3:30 p.m. pacific time, bringing you all of the music, arrivals, fashion and everything in between long before the awards show kicks off!

The pre-show starts at 4 p.m.Pacific Time.

Hosted by Erin Lim Rhodes of E! New The Rundown and Justin Sylvester of E! News Daily Pop, the stream will be featured on the B.B.M.As official Twitter accounts, Facebook, and Youtube, as well as E! News' Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube handles and eonline.com.

Lebanon Hosts Elections for the First Time since 2019
Lebanon Hosts Elections for the First Time since 2019
By: Sofie Bredahl | May. 13, 2022

On Sunday Lebanese citizens will vote for a new parliament for the first time since 2019.

Beirut has been with election billboards that all promise change to a neglected Lebanon.

There are some new faces but most of them show politicians that have been there for decades.

Their highways are littered with potholes and the smell of landfills cover the air as men covered in dirt go through dumpsters.

The country is suffering after three years of economic collapse.

Lebanon's elite have acknowledged their collective political bankruptcy but lack the acknowledgment of individual responsibility for their actions.

The banking crisis in 2019 and the explosion at the port of Beirut in 2020are just parts of the unfortunate history.

The poorly installed chemicals at the port almost cost them the whole capital all because of negligence by the country's elite.

There is a huge desire for change but it is uncertain if it will translate into a political shift.

Many voted last weekend and the turnout was higher than in the election of 2018, many voted for non-established groups.

If change were to happen it could have a ripple effect in a region where protests have not had the desired effect.

Texas Residents Threatening Legal Backlash for Social Media Int
Texas Residents Threatening Legal Backlash for Social Media Int
By: Mica Thomas | May. 13, 2022

Social media platforms like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter may soon face legal backlash from Texas residents for censoring their social media content.


A federal appeals court ruled that the censorship of users' content on their platforms violates state law.


The law makes it illegal for platforms with over 50 million U.S monthly users to censor users' expressions.

The censorship bill, known as HB20, was passed in 2021 by state Republicans to prevent their political viewpoints from being silenced online.


When the bill was initially passed, the Judge ruled in favor of the bill because the censorship was ruled unconstitutional under the First Amendment.


Until now, social media platforms have utilized the Communications Decency Act to regulate user content.


Now, it is uncertain how the platforms may respond to these changes.

Governor Newsom Proposes to Fund State Abortion Clinics
Governor Newsom Proposes to Fund State Abortion Clinics
By: Zena Taher | May. 13, 2022

Governor Gavin Newsom announced a proposal on Wednesday that would give 40 million dollars in grants to abortion clinics, which sometimes perform abortions for free for those who do not have health insurance.

Newsom said he is preparing for a surge in people coming to California from out-of-state for reproductive care if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

The grants would help offset the cost of free abortions performed at abortion clinics.

They would also help pay for the procedure for non-residents seeking care.

Lincoln College is Shutting Down
Lincoln College is Shutting Down
By: Daniel Sandoval | May. 12, 2022

 

A predominantly Black college in central Illinois named after Abraham Lincoln and founded a year after his assassination will close this week.

Lincoln College, which has been open since 1865 says it was scrambling to stay afloat amidst fundraising campaigns,-- consolidation of employee positions and exploring leasing alternatives.

The college saw record enrollments in 2019, but as COVID cases fell and schools returned to campus the college faced cyberattacks.

Lincoln's president David Gerlach says the school paid a ransom of little less than 100 thousand dollars after an attack that originated in Iran.

When the systems were fully restored, the school had just over a thousand students enrolled for the 2018-19 academic year.

A GoFundMe campaign called Save Lincoln College was launched with a goal of raising 20 million dollars but as of this week has only raised a bit over two thousand.

Gerlach says the school needed 50 million to remain open.

Rappers Gang Related Indictment
Rappers Gang Related Indictment
By: Jesse Barrientos | May. 12, 2022

 

Grammy-winning rapper Young Thug's lyrics will be cited as evidence for a 56-count gang indictment.

One of the songs being used is "Anybody" which says "I never killed anybody but I got something to do with that body".

Young Thug found the Young Slime Life.

Prosecutors say back in 20-15 he rented an Infiniti Q50 sedan from Hertz- - which was used in a murder of a rival gang member.

At the moment he is in Fulton County jail and is being charged with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and participating in gang activities.

This isn't the first time lyrics have been used in a trial. They were used in the rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine case where the lyrics mentioned threats to rival gangs and conspired to murder another rapper.

Senators from New York last year introduced the bill "Rap Music on Trial" which would prevent art including lyrics being used in criminal cases. Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean and Kelly Rowland all supported the bill, as did other musicians.

Chicano Art Museum Showcase
Chicano Art Museum Showcase
By: Camille Acevedo | May. 12, 2022

 

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes showcases Chicano artwork in downtown Los Angeles.

The museum tells the history and culture of Latinos in Los Angeles throughout the decades.

La Plaza's news exhibition is "L.A. Memo Chicana Chicano art from 1972 to 1989."

This particular exhibition started on March 18 and ends on August 14.

It showcases the artwork of over 30 artists and over 50 artworks that include paintings, screen prints, photographs and mixed media.

These artists are first generation who grew up during the expansion of media culture in the 1960s and would use present it in their artwork.

These artists broke barriers creating a genre of art to share their stories.

The museum is two floors and free to the public.

The museum offers an interactive virtual tour of the exhibition including the artworks and stories.

Viewers can access the tour on any device.

Apple Is Discontinuing iPod
Apple Is Discontinuing iPod
By: Sofie Bredahl | May. 11, 2022

Apple is discontinuing its last iPod model.

This is the official end to the iconic product which helped the tech giant and the music industry into a new era of how to access music.

Customers can still purchase iPods as long as supplies last.

Apple points to their other devices as they note how music was always at the core of the company.

iPhone, iPad, and Apple watches can be used to listen to music as well.

Apple says the spirit of the iPod lives on as it is integrated into all of Apple's other products.

The first iPod came out in 2001.

The device promised to hold 1000 CD-quality songs.

It kick-started Apple's success with handheld devices.

By 2007 more than a hundred million iPods were sold.

iPhone came out that same year and supported iPod usage.

Spotify Shutting Down its Stations in the App
Spotify Shutting Down its Stations in the App
By: Randy Flores | May. 11, 2022

Spotify Stations, the streaming services listening experience, is shutting down.

Spotify has announced that their easy access music app is ceasing operation on May 16th.

Spotify Stations was originally available in Australia in 2018 and came to the states in the following year.

The app's streamlined layout made it easy for users to pick a station based off a mood or artist.

Stations served as a way for listeners who wanted to play and forget.

The moves comes as Spotify goes though internal changes to its base app.

White House Warns about Next Covid-19 Wave
White House Warns about Next Covid-19 Wave
By: Richie Quintero | May. 9, 2022

The Biden administration is issuing a new warning that the United States could potentially see one-hundred-million Covid-19 infections this upcoming fall and winter, as officials publicly request for more funding from Congress to prepare the nation.

According to a senior administrator, the estimated is based on outside models that are being tracked by the administration and would include both seasons.

Officials calculate that the assumption of no further resources or additional mitigation measures that include COVID-19 funding from Congress or new variants.

The White House shared the numbers as officials push to get approved funding to combat the virus and as the nation approaches a coronavirus death toll of one million.

Back in March, the Biden administration requested $22.5 billion, but the money was stripped from the bill.

The U.S. could be left unprepared for future waves.

Tech Giants User Data Roe vs Wade
Tech Giants User Data Roe vs Wade
By: Ryan Burke | May. 9, 2022

The leaked draft suggesting the overturning of the Roe Versus Wade decision could lead to unexpected technological consequences.

In 2017, a Mississippi woman had a miscarriage - but was charged with second degree murder because her search history had sufficient evidence to allege she performed a self-induced abortion.

Cynthia Conti Cook, a litigator and surveillance technology expert, says cases like this will be more common if Roe Versus Wade is reversed.

Although tech giants like Google and Amazon claim to not sell user data, Duke Law School Lecturer Jolynn Dellinger says law enforcement agencies could serve a company a request for user data if they had probable cause.

The Executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, Albert Fox Cahn, predicts that social media companies will preemptively moderate content that could be illegal in some states, to avoid dealing with law enforcement agencies.

Companies such as Uber, Lyft, Google, and Apple did not give a response when asked if they plan to cooperate with law processes or enforce content moderation.

WNBA Starts Game Season
WNBA Starts Game Season
By: Richie Quintero | May. 6, 2022

The Women's National Basketball Association's 26th regular season began without one of the league's most exciting players, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, who remains detained in Russia.

The All-Star was arrested in February at a Moscow airport.

She was accused by Russian authorities of smuggling narcotic substances, an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The State Department classified Griner as wrongfully detained in Russia, and her case is being handled by the office of the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.

They are also working with the government's diplomatic efforts aiming to secure the release of Americans wrongfully detained abroad.

The W-N-B-A will honor Griner this season by branding her initials (B-G) and jersey number (42) on all 12 home courts.

The Mercury will host the Las Vegas Aces in the opening game.

World Tallest Dog
World Tallest Dog
By: Jessica Harper | May. 6, 2022

 

Guinness World Records just crowned a two-year-old great dane as the world's tallest living dog.

The dog, named Zeus, lives in Bedford, Texas.

He stands about three feet and five inches.

His owner, Brittany Davis, says she always dreamed of having a Great Dane.

She went on to say he was big for an eight-week puppy and always had huge paws

His diet is 12-cups of Gentle Giants dog food daily with an occasional fried egg and bullies stick.

Davis says his favorite treat is ice cubes.

Zeus is now a local celebrity and gets attention when he visits the Dallas farmer's market.

Last year's record was Freddy the Great Dane from Essex, England

The American Kennel Club says Great Danes are descents of hunting dogs from the middle ages. They have short lives and are prone to health conditions.

New COVID vaccine for Kids Under Five Coming Soon
New COVID vaccine for Kids Under Five Coming Soon
By: Lupita Baltazar | May. 6, 2022

U.S children under the age of five are getting closer to authorized Covid-19 vaccines.

However, a new survey found that most parents may be reluctant to actually get them when they become available.

Nearly 40% of parents of young children say they would wait and see before vaccinating their child.

More than half of parents say they don't have enough information about the safety and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines for children in this age group.

About 13% of parents of young children say the FDA's delay in authorizing a vaccine in this age group made them less confident about its safety.

Overall, only a third of Black or Hispanic parents say they felt their child was very safe, compared with 52% of White parents.

Marine Mammal
Marine Mammal
By: Camille Acevedo | May. 6, 2022

The World's smallest marine mammal, the vaquita (Vac-ita) porpoise (por-pus) is on the verge of going extinct.

Only around 10 remain of the endangered species.

Its habitat lies in Mexico's Gulf of California.

Vaquitas shares its home with shrimp and totoaba fish.

They are captured in illegal gillnetting that causes the porpoises to drown.

As a result, the 5 feet mammals end up as "bycatch."

Even though gillnetting in Mexico is illegal, it is still practiced.

According to researchers from science.org, vaquitas genetics allow mammals to recover if gillnetting stops.

Based on their genetics, shows they have lived since 2.5 million years ago.

Vaquitas hold great value in certain countries such as China where they are seen as a financial investment.

Its swim bladder is used for traditional medicine.

Scientists continue to monitor the vaquitas and analyze their genetic information to estimate their extinction.

Clinics And Abortion
Clinics And Abortion
By: Camille Acevedo | May. 6, 2022

The leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade causes abortion providers to come up with plans to ensure their patients can still receive services.

Abortion provider Whole Women's Health has nine clinics around the U.S. that are still open and providing services.

They launched back in March, the Abortion Wayfinder program, which helps clients find clinics in other states and cover their travel costs.

It has helped about 70 women so far.

Oregon has created a 15 million dollar fund that will be used to cover the costs of travel for patients who are in need of services.

Whole Women's Health has 4 clinics located in Texas.

Texas already has severe restrictions on abortions.

The law prohibits abortion after 6 weeks of gestation.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned 12 states will pass laws that will go into effect.

Texas plans to ban all abortions except in certain situations 30 days after the decision rules to overturn the case.

According to Guttmacher Institute a health research organization, they predict 26 states are likely to ban abortions if the case is overturned.

Civil Right's Historical Site
Civil Right's Historical Site
By: Blake Johnson | May. 5, 2022

The former home of civil rights activist Loren Miller was recommended as a Historic-Cultural Monument today.

Miller was considered a leader in the fight against racial segregation.

He was appointed to the NAACP's National Legal Committee in 1945.

Miller's granddaughter, Judge Robin Miller Sloan, says the property's designation will be a wonderful thing for the African American community.

Miller died in 1967 while still living in the home.

He was a judge for the Supreme Court of California, Los Angeles at the time of his death.

Chappelle Attacker Update
Chappelle Attacker Update
By: Debbie Martinez | May. 5, 2022

Los Angeles County prosecutors declined to pursue any felony charges against the man who attacked Dave Chappelle.

The District Attorney's Office says instead they referred the case to the Los
Angeles City Attorney's Office for consideration of a possible misdemeanor case
against Isaiah Lee.

After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined criminal conduct occurred but the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct

Photos circulated online of Lee with a replica handgun with a retractable knife blade.

It was unclear how the suspect was able to carry a weapon into the venue.

The security upgrades were already in the planning stages but were advanced due to the
attacks on Chappelle.

Dancing Baby is back, baby
Dancing Baby is back, baby
By: Clara Minaya | May. 5, 2022

The dancing baby became famous after it was forwarded via email chains becoming a symbol of the 90s.

It went on to appear on news networks and t-v shows.

Years later it is still making appearances.

It most recently appeared in the "1999" music video for Charli XCX and Troye Sivan

The baby, who would be 26 years old now, is getting a 2022 makeover.

The original creators are releasing new dancing babies as NFTs next week.

The new babies have better image quality and look more realistic.

Daytime Emmy Nominations are In
Daytime Emmy Nominations are In
By: Jessica Harper | May. 5, 2022

The bulk of the Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented June 18th during the Creative Arts and Lifestyle ceremony, the main ceremony is scheduled for June 24th and will air on CBS.

Outstanding daytime dramas include beyond Salem on Peacock, The Bold and the Beautiful for CBS, and Days of our lives by NBC.

Outstanding Game shows are family feuds, jeopardy, and let's make a deal.

The Kelly Clarkson show received nine nominations and Drew Barrymore got six. Both for outstanding entertainment talk shows.

Also included are Outstanding lead performances for Actress and Actors such as Marci Miller In Days of our lives and Peter Bergman For the young and the restless.

Details like outstanding makeup that goes to General Hospital, the real, and Red Table Talk.

NASA climate research scientist wins World Food Prize
NASA climate research scientist wins World Food Prize
By: Daniel Sandoval | May. 5, 2022

A NASA climate research scientist who spent her career explaining how global food production must adapt to climate change was awarded the World Food Prize today.

Cynthia Rosenzweig , an agronomist and climatologist was awarded 250-thousand dollars in recognition for her innovative modeling impact of climate change on food production.

She says she hopes it will focus attention to improve food and agricultural systems to lessen the effects of climate change.

The Des Moines based World Food Foundation award recognizes Rosenzwig as the founder of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project.

The organization draws scientist from all over the globe and from many disciplines to advance methods for improving predictions for future performance of agricultural and food systems as the global climate changes.

Her foundation is credited for helping decision makers in more than 90 countries to establish plans to prepare for climate change.

The undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, says more than 160 million people worldwide experienced food insecurity last year.

That's a 19 percent increase over the year before.

Global warming effects on food production were one of the root causes.

Disney on Abortion
Disney on Abortion
By: Leslie Valle | May. 4, 2022

Corporations won't be able to stay silent on their thoughts on abortion in the future

Businesses could soon find themselves stuck between employees' demands for abortion access and Republican politicians' hostile attitude towards corporate America.

Many companies are standing their ground by creating campaigns for bans on those supporting the overturn.

Recently -- Disney's opposition to a Florida Law prohibiting discussions of gender identity under the "Don't Say Gay Bill" led the state to take away Disney's self-governing status.

Businesses look to Disney's and Florida's feud to decide whether or not to take action on select politicians and anti-choice legislation regarding the leaked draft opinion on Roe versus Wade.

Starbucks Wages
Starbucks Wages
By: Giovanni Galvaz | May. 4, 2022


Starbucks is following up with its promise to raise wages, but only for current unionized workers and workers who won't unionize.

Intern CEO Howard Schultz, says they will not give future raises to those who stay unionized.

The company will be investing 200 million dollars towards wages, equipment and training, and other benefits. With an expectation of spending 1 billion dollars this fiscal year.

Schultz says the company is prohibited from improving and raising wages for locations involved in unions.

The first store voted to unionize in December, since then 46 other stores have joined them. Five have voted against unions.

Maradona Shirt
Maradona Shirt
By: Justin Borses | May. 4, 2022

The jersey Diego Maradona wore against England in the 1986 World Cup has sold for nine point three million.

It had been kept with former middle infielder Steve Hodge, who had given his shirt in a swap with Maradona after a two-to-one Argentina victory.

Diego scored a goal coined the Hand of God after Steve hit the ball in the air by accident.

A few minutes later, the Goal of the Century took place.

The name was given after the fact in a fan-voted FIFA poll.

Sotheby says that it may be the best shirt ever to be auctioned off.

Airbnb Crack Down
Airbnb Crack Down
By: Nathaniel Ward | May. 4, 2022

AirBnB the popular app for renting places to stay will add measures to stop summer parties in its rentals over concerns of party-related damage and danger.

AirBnB the giant rental platform claims it will crack down on parties during the summer holidays.

The company wants to enact strict anti-party measures for the weekends of Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

The restrictions apply to U-S users without positive reviews as renters and will stop them from booking single-night stays at properties.

AirBnB will also restrict last-minute two-night stays for these users.

The company will also make renters agree to an anti-party attestation confirming they understand the rules regarding parties.

Last month two teens were killed and several others injured in Pittsburgh during a party at an AirBnB rental.

LA Deputy Assaulted Woman
LA Deputy Assaulted Woman
By: Sonia Hiew | May. 4, 2022


A deputy with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department allegedly assaulted a woman during a disturbance call last year and lied about what happened in a report.

The 37 -year-old deputy, Konrad Thieme, is now charged with two felony counts of assault under the color of authority and one felony count of making false statements in a report.

LA District Attorney George Gascón announced the charges in a news release Wednesday.

He emphasized the importance of holding police accountable to ensure a fair and just criminal legal system.

On April 10, 2021,Theime and two other deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 9300 block of Cima de Lago Street in Chatsworth.

During that call, Theime allegedly assaulted an unarmed 32-year-old woman.

According to the DA's office, his body cam captured some of the incident.

At the moment, an arraignment date had not been scheduled.

Roe versus Wade
Roe versus Wade
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | May. 3, 2022

A draft opinion suggests the U.S Supreme Court could overturn the 1973 Roe v wade case that legalized abortions. The draft allegedly says Roe was wrong from the start.

Guttmacher Institute says if it's overruled, at least 26 states would likely ban abortions.

It's unclear if the draft represents anything final in the court.

President Joe Biden says the court shouldn't overturn Roe.

He claims it could raise the stakes for voters in the November midterm elections.

Biden also explained they need more pro-choice Senators.

The court is expected to rule on this case between late June and early July.

Met Gala Is Criticized For The Chosen Theme
Met Gala Is Criticized For The Chosen Theme
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | May. 3, 2022

Met Gala organizers face criticism for their Gilded Glamor theme because the theme pays homage to a period in time of rapid prosperity and industrialization.

Various tweets were made about the theme being out of touch and insensitive due to inequality being at the highest levels, the pandemic, the economic meltdown, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine as well.

Each year, the Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute because they raise their own funds.

Many celebrities are invited free of charge, yet last year a seat started at 35 thousand dollars.

Galas have spurred controversy before but this year seems "too-on-the-nose."

Foo Fighters Honored
Foo Fighters Honored
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | May. 3, 2022

The Red Hot Chili Peppers honored the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins at Jazzfest 2022.

Hawkins passed away in late March.

The foo fighters were supposed to play at Jazzfest this year.

Members of the Foo Fighter and Hawkins' widow were in attendance.

At the end of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's 90-minute set, Chad Smith their drummer took center stage and led the crowd to chant "We love you, Taylor."

100 Year Old Veteran Runner
100 Year Old Veteran Runner
By: Sade Pullen | May. 3, 2022

Lester Wright, a World War Two veteran, celebrated his 100th birthday with a 100-meter dash at Penn Relays, the nation's oldest track and field competition.

He ran in Penn Relay's race called "Event 590" for "Masters Men's 100m dash 80 and older" this past Saturday.

He finished with a time of 26.34 seconds, earning seventh place out of nine.

The timing is impressive compared to the current 100-meter world record holder, Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt, who ran the same distance at 22 years old in 9.58 seconds at the 2009 IAAF World Championships.

Met Gala 2022
Met Gala 2022
By: Richie Quintero | May. 2, 2022

The year's biggest night in fashion, the Met Gala returns to its usual dock on the social calendar this year after the pandemic disruption.
About 600 A-listers from fashion, sports, music, film, TV, technology, and beyond were invited.

The 2020 gala was canceled but more than $16.4 million was raised last year.

This year's gala coincides with the opening of the second part of a two-part exhibit at the Costume Institute focused on American fashion and style.

The evening's dress code is gilded glamour and white tie, a la the Gilded Age.

The official co-chairs for 2022 are Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

You can catch the official Livestream appearing on Vogue's website as the guest walks up the Grand Staircase at the Met Ball.

 

Bird Flu Found in Colorado
Bird Flu Found in Colorado
By: Richie Quintero | Apr. 29, 2022

A Man in Colorado tested positive for influenza A (H5), also known as H5 bird flu.

He is said to have had direct exposure to poultry and the culling of birds with presumptive H5N1 bird flu.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's the second human case associated with the virus and is the first case in the states.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment mentioned the man recovered after feeling fatigued.

He's currently isolated and being treated with the antiviral drug oseltamivir.

The C.D.C suggested it's possible the detection was a result of surface contamination.

The US Department of Agriculture says the avian flu was first detected in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This was the first case of infection in the US since 2020.

People who are at higher risk of infection because of regular contact with infected birds should take precautions to avoid contact with poultry that appear ill or are dead and by staying away from surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from wild or domestic birds.

Stagecoach Bans Confederate Flags
Stagecoach Bans Confederate Flags
By: Nicole San Juan | Apr. 29, 2022

The music festival Stagecoach has banned Confederate flags and imagery from the festival and its main campground.

The rule was adopted months ago, but now it was put in use.

Nascar banned confederate flags from races in an effort to create a more welcoming environment in 2020.

Other events, and states, have been making the effort to do the same for the past several years.

One of this year's Stagecoach headliners rejected his past use of the Confederate flag back on February 2021.

The headliner Luke Combs said he doesn't want to play at festivals with the flag present.

Texas Teen Homeschooled After Standing up Against Hair Policy
Texas Teen Homeschooled After Standing up Against Hair Policy
By: Camille Acevedo | Apr. 29, 2022

A teenage boy is now being homeschooled after a Texas school policy bans certain hairstyles.

East Bernard High School and its district policy do not allow braids or cornrows among other hairstyles.

17-year-old Dyree Williams says he won't change his hairstyle to comply with the school policy.

His mother, Desiree Bullock calls the policy discriminatory and asks for a change.

U.S. House of Representatives passed the CROWN Act last month.

Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair protects hair texture and styles.

The Bill is set to head to the State Senate.

Bullock had filed for religious exemption on behalf of her son, but was denied.

In the meantime Williams' will be homeschooled with his two sisters.

Two female boxers
Two female boxers
By: Richie Quintero | Apr. 29, 2022

For the first time in its 140-year history, two female boxers are headlining at Madison Square Garden as undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor goes toe-to-toe with seven-weight champion Amanda Serrano in the ring on Saturday.

The 'World's Most Famous Arena' is a Venue for a battle between the best in the world; both E-S-P-N and DAZN have Taylor ranked first and Serrano second pound for pound.

Taylor and Serrano are widely credited with the recent rise in popularity of women's boxing.


This will be the boxing's first fight between the pound-for-pound Number one and Number two since 2008 when Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez.


The fight will be televised exclusively by DAZN starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Mental Health Month
Mental Health Month
By: Camille Acevedo | Apr. 29, 2022


May is now "Mental Health is Health Month."

Three Los Angeles City Council members and Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services joined together to announce the importance of mental health.

Campaign ambassadors for the Mental Health Is Health this year include Grammy-nominated artist Jhene Aiko and M-T-V Entertainment Group's Laura Merton.

According to Didi Hirsch, 10% of LA residents have considered suicide in the last year.

One in four young people has considered suicide.

Mental health issues have increased due to the pandemic.

The Late Late Show
The Late Late Show
By: Zena Taher | Apr. 29, 2022

James Corden is set to leave The Late Late Show in 2023 after eight seasons as host.

The entertainer announced the decision during Thursday night's episode.

He says his last season at the show will be its best.

Corden's show is known for segments like "Carpool Karaoke" and "Spill Your Guts Or Fill Your Guts."

The show's segments are popular both online and on television.

Inflation 40 year high
Inflation 40 year high
By: Giovani Reyes | Apr. 29, 2022

Americans had to reach deeper into their pockets, as yet another key inflation hit a fresh 40-year high.

The Commerce Department says the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index increased by 6.6% for the year.

Energy costs soared in the first quarter on the back of the war in Ukraine, rising 34%.

The central bank began to raise interest rates last month to get a handle on high inflation.

Despite the price jumps in March, Americans felt better about the economy in April.

Racial Split COVID-19
Racial Split COVID-19
By: Giovani Reyes | Apr. 29, 2022

Black and Hispanic Americans remain far more cautious in their approach to COVID-19 than white Americans.

An April poll from The Associated Press, NORC Center for Public Affairs Research says Black Americans and Hispanic Americans are worried about themselves or a family member being infected with COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic, Black and Hispanic communities experienced higher rates of illness and death from COVID.

Public Health area director at NORC, Amelia Burke-Garcia says these communities have resulted in greater levels of stress, anxiety, and awareness of the risk of catching COVID-19.

Communities of color are more likely to feel measures such as mask mandate are needed.

Social Media misinformation about Russia-Ukraine
Social Media misinformation about Russia-Ukraine
By: Daniel Sandoval | Apr. 28, 2022

A majority of Americans say misinformation about Russia's invasion of Ukraine is becoming a problem.

A poll conducted by the Associated Press says 61 percent of people say it's a problem and only 7 percent say it's not.

Misleading social media posts have just brought more attention to the problem.

And about three-quarters of the American public faulted the Russian government for advancing misinformation around the war.

A New Barbie Movie is Coming to Theatres This Summer
A New Barbie Movie is Coming to Theatres This Summer
By: Sofie Bredahl | Apr. 27, 2022

Warner Brother Pictures teased their new Barbie movie coming to theaters in July 2023.

An image of Margot Robbie, who will be playing the lead role of Barbie, was posted on social media.

Robbie is sitting in a pink Chevrolet Corvette, wearing a white and blue striped halterneck top and a headband with big polka dots.

The Barbie movie will also star Ryan Gosling and Will Ferrell, and will be directed by Greta Gerwig.

The first Barbie was made in 1959 by Mattel.

One of the founders, Ruth Handler, was inspired by watching her daughter play with paper dolls.

On their website it reads how the three-dimensional Barbie was to tell girls, they can be anything they want.

Today the company reported two barbies are sold every second worldwide.

Robbie received an Academy Award nomination for her performance as Tonya Harding in "I Tonya' in 2017.

Meta to Open its Own Brick and Mortar Store Next Month
Meta to Open its Own Brick and Mortar Store Next Month
By: Diane Zermeño | Apr. 27, 2022

The futuristic company Meta will take an old school approach to selling its physical products.

In a similar fashion to the iconic Apple store, the company will be selling tech products such as the Quest 2 virtual reality headset and Portal video-calling device in-store.

The trial store will be based in the city of Burlingame in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The company said that it will open on May 09, 2022.

Meta is not the first tech company to attempt itself as a retailer. Google successfully opened its own store in New York last year, and on the other hand, Microsoft closed 83 stores in 2020.

It is still unclear if Meta plans to expand any stores beyond Burlingame.

Wildlife Freeway Crossing Construction Begins
Wildlife Freeway Crossing Construction Begins
By: Nathaniel Ward | Apr. 27, 2022

Construction begins on the world's largest wildlife freeway crossing in Los Angeles.

The crossing will bridge wildlife areas over ten lanes of the 101 freeway.

The eighty-seven-million-dollar project will be called the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing named after the head of the Annenberg Foundation.

More than five thousand individual donations were contributed to support the project.

The wildlife crossing will benefit several local animals like mountain lions, coyotes, and deer.

This will give them access to more habitat without roaming onto the highway which places both animals and motorists in danger.

Recently a young mountain lion was struck and killed on the 405 freeway.

Governor Gavin Newsom promised fifty million dollars to fund smaller but similar projects around the state.

Mecha Builders Sesame Street
Mecha Builders Sesame Street
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | Apr. 26, 2022

Sesame Street has new problem solvers in town.

Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and Elmo have reunited for a new animated show, "Mecha Builders."

Each episode will be about 11 minutes long, starting with a problem that the trio will have to fix with the help of their gear and suits.

The lessons in the show is to always plan, test, and solve.

The Mecha Builders' motto is repeated in every episode: "First we planned it. We thought about ways to solve the problem," says Abby. Elmo soon takes it: "Then we tested it. We tried different ideas and didn't give up." Finally, Cookie Monster finishes it off: "Then we solved it. We found a solution and saved the day."

The show is set to debut on HBO Max and Cartoon Network in early May. The first episode premieres on Sesame Street's YouTube channel on Tuesday.

Hepatitis in Children
Hepatitis in Children
By: Richie Quintero | Apr. 22, 2022

An investigation continues into cases of acute hepatitis with unknown causes among children who had adenovirus infections.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted health care providers and public health authorities to test children's blood and plasma for better findings.

There are reports of hepatitis in immunocompromised children with adenovirus type 41 infection.

Adenovirus type 41 is not known to be a cause of hepatitis.

The C.D.C. advises parents to urge their children to regularly and thoroughly wash their hands.

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver and a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and helps fight infections.

Commonly, hepatitis is caused by a virus.

Adenoviruses are a common type of virus spread from person to person that can cause a range of mild to more severe illnesses.

There is no vaccine for adenoviruses in children.

Netflix Market
Netflix Market
By: Giovani Reyes | Apr. 22, 2022


Investors who are buying big tech companies got a rude awakening this week after Netflix collapsed.

Tesla, however, is still proving some stocks can still thrive in this rocky market.

The latest results from Tesla and Netflix show how risky it is for investors to buy into themes and memes.

William Blair's global equity team head, Ken McAtamney says understanding companies with different business models will be increasingly crucial in determining investment performance.

One of the biggest mistakes an investor can make is assuming all stocks in a certain sector should rise and fall.

It's recommended for investors to do their homework and find companies with strong business models and healthy fundamentals.

Asylum Seekers Title 42
Asylum Seekers Title 42
By: Blake Johnson | Apr. 22, 2022

Migrants in Reynosa, Mexico waiting for the end of the public health order known as Title 42, were allowed to seek asylum this week.

There are more than 7,000 migrants waiting in Reynosa.

The Biden administration is looking to end Title 42 on May 23rd.

The policy, enacted during the Trump era, allowed authorities at the border to turn away migrants from March 2020 on.

The C.D.C's decision to lift Title 42 has many politicians and officials concerned about a potential surge in migrants at the border.

One source claims about 95 families were allowed to be processed by US immigration authorities in a two-day span.

The families include pregnant women with children and women with children with special needs.

They are among the most vulnerable people waiting in Mexico for Title 42 to lift

LGBTQ Trope
LGBTQ Trope
By: Richie Quintero | Apr. 22, 2022

 

Viewers are familiar with the pain of watching a queer character meet a tragic end, a trope referred to as "Burying/Bury Your Gays".

There have been recent strides for representation and inclusion in entertainment and mounting factual threats to LGBTQ+ people.

Queer characters, especially those of color, with disabilities, and more are already rare in popular media.

When such representation is a treasured rarity, constantly watching them suffer is unpleasant and demoralizing.

GLAAD's 2022 media survey reveals about 12 percent of regular characters on scripted TV series are LGBTQ, a record high.

At a time when record numbers of anti-LGTBQ+ bills threaten to drag back hard-won social progress while harmful old media tropes are an unnecessary weight on the community.

Construction Begins on Wildlife Crossing over 101 Freeway
Construction Begins on Wildlife Crossing over 101 Freeway
By: Zena Taher | Apr. 22, 2022

Construction on a wildlife crossing over the 101 freeway is started on Friday in celebration of Earth Day.

The crossing, named the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, is located in Liberty Canyon.

The project will cost roughly $85 million and will span over ten lanes of the highway.

The crossing will provide a safe place for wildlife to pass over freeway lanes.

It will also connect a dwindling population of mountain lions in Santa Monica with larger populations further north.

The groundbreaking comes just one day after a mountain lion was killed on the 405 freeway in Brentwood.

Coronavirus Ranked as One of The Leading Causes of Death in 2021
Coronavirus Ranked as One of The Leading Causes of Death in 2021
By: Zena Taher | Apr. 22, 2022

Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the coronavirus as the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2021.

COVID also ranked as the third leading cause of death in 2020.

Over 400,000 people passed away from COVID-19 last year, according to the CDC.

Heart disease was the number one cause of death, with cancer coming in second.

Overall death rates in 2021 were highest for African Americans and Native Americans.

Saudi Arabia executes 81 men a day before Premiere League Match
Saudi Arabia executes 81 men a day before Premiere League Match
By: Blake Johnson | Apr. 22, 2022

Soccer's Premiere League finds itself in the midst of a major controversy.

Saudi Arabia executed 81 men a day before a match between Chelsea and Newcastle 

It was the biggest mass execution in decades.

The Saudi Public Investment Fund's controversial takeover of the Newcastle club raised concerns even prior to being approved by the Premiere League.

The PIF, a sovereign wealth fund, is chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

A U.S. intelligence report claimed Salman was responsible for approving the operation that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Bin Salman denied involvement in the murder

Disney Losing Private Government
Disney Losing Private Government
By: Blake Johnson | Apr. 21, 2022

Florida House of Representatives gave final passage to a bill dissolving Walt Disney World's private government.

Republican Governor Ron Desantis has been at odds with Disney for a while.

The dispute with Disney involves the company's criticism of a law barring instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The move could have huge tax implications for Disney, whose series of parks have made Orlando a popular tourist site.

Disney announced in March it would suspend political donations in Florida.

They will instead support organizations working to oppose the law.

Disney is one of Florida's biggest private employers.

Cubans at the Border
Cubans at the Border
By: Jesse Barrientos | Apr. 21, 2022

Cubans are being encountered more often at the U-S Border

There have been around 32,400 encounters according to the numbers released on Monday by U-S border Authorities.

This is due to Nicaragua not requiring visas for Cubans.

They travel through Mexico to reach the Border and then turn themselves into border authorities.

Cuban and U-S officials will meet on Thursday in Washington to discuss the issue.

Cubans who cross the border are less likely to be deported or expelled under public health laws that deny other migrants from other Latin Countries.

Most of the Cubans leaving the country are leaving because the country is experiencing the worst economic crisis because of COVID.

Buy with Prime
Buy with Prime
By: Daniel Sandoval | Apr. 21, 2022

Amazon Prime will now start reaching outside its own website.

The company announced today a new service called "Buy with Prime".

It will work with merchants who ship their products using Amazon's warehouse and delivery services. It will eventually be rolled out for those who don't sell on Amazon or use their delivery services. Prime members using "Buy with Prime" would be able to see the Prime logo on eligible products on a merchant's site and make purchases with the stored information in their Amazon accounts.

Amazon continues to grow its logistics as it aims to compete with major carriers like UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service.

It will only be available in the United States.

Nestle's Rising Prices
Nestle's Rising Prices
By: Daniel Sandoval | Apr. 21, 2022

Nestle's prices rose 5% in the first quarter.

Nestle, the world's biggest food and drinks company raised prices by more than 5 percent in the first three months of the year.

It says in a first-quarter report consumer in North America paid the most, with an eight and a half percent rise in prices.

C-E-O Mark Schneider predicts that more increases are likely to happen, adding that inflation is playing a big part as well.

Inflation in the United States hit almost nine percent in March, marking a forty-year high, while Europe stands at seven and a half percent.

Latin America took the second biggest hit, with an increase of seven-point-seven percent price increase.

Splitting Oreos Becomes a Study
Splitting Oreos Becomes a Study
By: Lupita Baltazar | Apr. 20, 2022

For the oreo lovers, is the term "oreology" familiar? If not, it is the official term for the study on the cookies.

A team of oreologist is answering a very long asked question.

How do you make sure you get the Oreo just the way you want it every time?

The American Institute of Physics by M.I.T built a machine designed to get the cookie's filling to distribute evenly.

But sadly it did not work.

Still can't give oreo lovers an answer.

But the lead author of the study says that this is the reason they made the Oreometer, a device designed to split the cookie with a scientifically precise amount of torque.

Free Rides On Earth Day
Free Rides On Earth Day
By: Sonia Hiew | Apr. 20, 2022

All Angelenos can ride the Metro and Metrolink for free this Friday to celebrate Earth Day.

L.A's Metro just announced today that starting at 3 a.m. Friday, its buses, trains, and the bike-share system will be free to ride for all.

The transit agency says this hall pass will last for 24 hours to encourage people to use public transportation and reduce greenhouse gases from vehicles on the road.

During this time all bus fareboxes will be deactivated and station fare gates will open.

Currently, Metro's trains operate on electric power and most of Metro's buses run on compressed natural gas.

The agency says it aims to have all its bus lines use only zero-emission buses by 2030.

 L.A County Single-use Plastics
L.A County Single-use Plastics
By: Nathaniel Ward | Apr. 20, 2022

Los Angeles County approved a new ordinance Tuesday that will ban single-use plastics in the food-service industry.

The ordinance will take effect on May 1st, 2023 and will include a ban on retailers selling Styrofoam products like cups, coolers, and pack materials, unless they are covered in a durable material.

Sit-down restaurants will have to provide customers with reusable plates and utensils.

Food trucks will have until November 1st, 2023 to comply, while the date for farmer's markets and temporary food facilities is May 1st, 2024.

This comes after support from environmental groups who cite the negative impact plastic has on wildlife and human health.

Rust Shooting
Rust Shooting
By: Savanah Taylor | Apr. 20, 2022

The state of New Mexico announced a fine against the production company responsible for the movie Rust, following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The fine is imposed by the state's Occupational Health and Safety Bureau.

It was determined that a firearm caution procedure was neglected.

One of the procedures is aiming firearms at people without proper consultation.

The fine is $136,793, which is the maximum fine allowed by the state.

The shooting triggered multiple lawsuits and legal claims by members of the crew.

The film producers have 15 days to pay the penalty or contest the fine.

Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | Apr. 19, 2022

Taco Bell is bringing back their Mexican pizza after being gone for two years.

The loved item will permanently remain on the menu as of May 19th.

Many fans were not sure if the news was real but Taco Bell confirmed the news in a press release on April 18th. And we have the one and only Doja Cat to thank.

After partnering with Taco Bell in 2021 she explained that the number one change she wanted to see was bringing back the Mexican Pizza.

Doja Cat posted a Tik Tok of an original song called "Refried Beans (Mexican Pizza)."

While performing at Coachella 2022 she announced that Taco Bell will be bringing back the fan-favorite Mexican Pizza saying "We finally did it."

 

Cannabis Candy Danger
Cannabis Candy Danger
By: Jasmine Jernigan | Apr. 19, 2022

Candies like The Nerd Ropes and Gushers were similar to the original candies except for the THC content lets the person know it contains cannabis.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Danielle Ompad at NYU School of Global Public Health, conducted a study on the packaging in cannabis candy sales.

The study was released today in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Ompad examined several popular cannabis candy packaging and compared them to real candy, and the resemblance is uncanny.

The levels in these cannabis candies are sometimes as high as 500-600 milligrams which could be too much for most adults and especially children.

In 2020 about 70 percent of calls to US poison control were related to children ingesting edibles, most of the children were under the age of five.

Popeyes New Locations
Popeyes New Locations
By: Sade Pullen | Apr. 19, 2022

Popeyes is the fastest-growing brands in the food industry and has accelerated in other parts in the world.

A handful will be in New York City, including a new flagship location in Times Square along with Manhattan and Staten Island.

More locations will be added internationally as well, including in South Korea, France, India, China, and the United Kingdom.

Over half of the new locations will feature double drive-thus, allowing customers to receive their orders faster than ever.

Food Insecurities at Walmart
Food Insecurities at Walmart
By: Mica Thomas | Apr. 18, 2022

Walmart and Sam's Club are joining forces with Feeding America again to address food insecurity through their "Fight Hunger. Spark Change" campaign.

The campaign will run from April 18th to May 15th.

The stores will sell select products from participating suppliers both online and in-store where portions of the sale will be donated to a Feeding America food bank.

Walmart will donate ten cents per sale and Sam's Club will donate fifty cents per sale.

Other donations may be made online through the Feeding America website.

Some of the participating suppliers include BODYARMOR, Kellogg's, Kraft Heinz, Purina, and more.

Benefits from the campaign will go to two-hundred Feeding America member food banks.

 

Grupo Firme at Coachella
Grupo Firme at Coachella
By: Tatiana Ramirez | Apr. 18, 2022

Grupo  Firme made history this weekend in Coachella after being the first banda ensemble to ever perform.

Representing Tijuana, the norteño group previously sold-out the Crypto-dot-com arena with all seven back-to-back shows.

Fans showed their Mexican pride by making their way to the main stage wearing tejanas and cowboy boots. Some carried the Mexican flag.

Jorge Gaxiola from the regional Mexican group Voz de Mando was spotted showing his support.

Led by Eduin Caz, the band sang hit after hit during their 50-minute performance, including "El Amor No Fue Pa Mi" and "Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo"

Caz said in a video that it was a dream come true and he thanked his fans for never giving up.

He says he promises he will continue dreaming and singing and that this is only the beginning.

MLS vs Liga MX game
MLS vs Liga MX game
By: Diane Zermeño | Apr. 18, 2022

Southern California soccer fans will be getting not one, but two games against Mexican teams this summer.

The Two MLS teams and two historic Liga MX  teams will face off for the first time ever at So-Fi Stadium on August third.

L.A. Galaxy will take on Las Chivas Rayadas from Guadalajara and LAFC will face Club America from Mexico City.

The double-header will serve as a preview for the 2023 Leagues Cup Summer Tournament.

For L.A. Galaxy striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, this meetup will be a special one.

Hernandez began his soccer career with Chivas in 2006.

LAFC forward Carlos Vela also began his youth soccer career with the Guadalajara club.

The stadium is one of the proposed venues for the 2026 World Cup.

Subvariant two new BA.2 New York
Subvariant two new BA.2 New York
By: Micah Hall | Apr. 18, 2022

New York State Health officials are now informing the public about two new subvariants--
offshoots of Omicron's B.A.2 virus.

The variants are spreading rapidly through the central part of the state--

and they are known asB.A.2.12 and B.A.2.12.1.

They have been reported in fifty U.S. states since January.

COVID-19 cases in general are rising in the United States, but they are growing quickly in New York State.

Doctor Wesley Long, an associate professor of pathology and genomic medicine, says that we will have to wait and see if these subvariants will replace the B.A.2 variant.

Cannabis Sales in New Jersey
Cannabis Sales in New Jersey
By: Sofie Bredahl | Apr. 15, 2022

 

New Jersey will begin adult recreational cannabis sales and use.

The state's cannabis regulation commission will issue licenses to seven alternative treatment centers and 13 retail dispensaries.

Governor Phil Murphy signed the legislation to decriminalize marijuana in the state last year after a ballot measure.

Lawmakers couldn't gather enough support for the legalization so they let the people vote on it in 2020.

They questioned the public on whether they approved of amending the constitution to legalize marijuana.

The question amended the state commission to oversee the medical market as well as regulating the personal market.

Governor Phil Murphy calls it a historic step in the work of creating a new cannabis industry.

The state's cannabis regulatory commission emphasized equity and diversity across the state's cannabis industry.

Anxiety Screenings
Anxiety Screenings
By: Camille Acevedo | Apr. 15, 2022

There is a new recommendation out for anxiety screenings for kids.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggests that young people between the ages 8 to 18 should be tested.

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic--anxiety and depression rates increased among this age group.

Prior to the pandemic--surveys reported 8 percent of children had an anxiety disorder. Now 37 percent of youth experience poor mental health.

Untreated anxiety can severely impact students' mental and physical health. Studies show it can also cause stomach aches and headaches - and keep students from feeling motivated enough to perform at their highest potential in school or activities.

Studies also show it can increase the risk of panic attacks or depression.

Children who experience any suit of trauma or abuse are at a high risk.

According to the task force, children who experience poverty may be more vulnerable.

There is no recommendation for the amount of screenings a child should have.

Coachella Festival Is Back After Two Years
Coachella Festival Is Back After Two Years
By: Zena Taher | Apr. 15, 2022

Coachella is taking place starting today after two years of coronavirus-related cancellations.

This year, the festival is being headlined by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd.

Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd stepped in after Kanye West pulled out of his headlining spot last minute.

Festival organizers are not enforcing strict COVID-19 protocols.

Those attending the festival do not have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test.

Masking is not required at the event, which is being held outdoors.

However, testing sites will be available at the festival.

Golf Grand Theft Auto
Golf Grand Theft Auto
By: Clara Minaya | Apr. 14, 2022

A Florida man will be serving two years in federal prison over golf carts.

The FBI had been investigating Nathan Rodney Nelson since 2019 over golf cart thefts starting in 2017 in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North and South Dakota.

Nelson would carry out his crimes at night and would steal carts from rural golf courses in the mid-west.

He would usually steal them in pairs.

Nelson was arrested in 2020 while he tried to steal more golf carts from a dealer in Georgia.

He was prepared with burglary tools and pre-printed serial numbers.

Investigators said he's stolen at least 63 golf carts from seven states.

Russian Protesters Being Arrested
Russian Protesters Being Arrested
By: Jesse Barrientos | Apr. 14, 2022

Many Russians are facing charges for speaking out against the war in Ukraine.

Human rights groups say there are 23 people who could face prison time,  on top of 500 already facing charges.

Russian media has blocked access to many news sites covering this.

Many arrests have stopped anti-war protests from being a daily thing in large cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

A man was arrested in Moscow for standing next to a World War two monument that said Kyiv for the city's heroic Stand against the Nazis.

Parliament made a new law against spreading fake news about the war and was forced immediately.

Police report there are protesters being detained in cities on a daily bases.

Homeschooling is booming
Homeschooling is booming
By: Zena Taher | Apr. 14, 2022

During the pandemic, many parents switched to homeschooling their kids.

The number of homeschooling students increased by 63 percent.

The associated press found it was the most rapid rise in homeschooling the U.S. has ever seen.

Now that schools have reopened and vaccines have become widely available, many parents have chosen to continue homeschooling their kids.

Reasons include health concerns, disagreement with school policies and to keep what has worked for their children

Kids Booster Shot
Kids Booster Shot
By: Lupita Baltazar | Apr. 14, 2022

Pfizer says it wants to expand its COVID-19 booster shots to healthy 5-to 11-year-olds.

New data shows they could benefit from another kid-sized shot. U-S health authorities are already urging parents to get their kids one booster dose for the best protection against the newest variants.

Vaccinations are generally less effective against the omicron variant but they still offer strong protection.

Kids with severely weakened immune systems are supposed to get three doses.

The F-D-A will still have to decide if healthy elementary kids really need a booster.

Rise in Drug Overdose
Rise in Drug Overdose
By: Leslie Valle | Apr. 13, 2022

The CDC is seeing a new rise in drug overdoses.

Drug overdoses are reaching another record high according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Annual drug overdose deaths have more than doubled over the past six years with a 16 percent rise this year alone.

Wyoming, Hawaii and New Hampshire have seen new death toll rises while the overall deaths occurred in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas

Synthetic opioids like fentanyl were involved in about two-thirds of drug overdose deaths over the past year.

Etsy Sellers Start a One Week Strike
Etsy Sellers Start a One Week Strike
By: Anthony Lopez | Apr. 13, 2022

 

Many Etsy sellers are on strike this week over a new increase in transaction fees.

The sellers have put their stores in vacation mode, meaning no sales can be completed.

Etsy shop owner Kristi Cassidy started an online petition urging the company to cancel the fee increases, which spiked from 5 to 6.5  percent. So far it has collected roughly 50,000 signatures.

According to strike participant, Matty Boyd, at least 18,500 signatures have come from people who are identified as Etsy sellers.

Sellers say they are organizing special tech tools in various social media platforms to better support one another.

The Chief Operating Officer for Etsy, Raina Moskowitz, stated in an email that the success of the sellers is Etsy's top priority.

Producer Prices Surge at 11.2%
Producer Prices Surge at 11.2%
By: Justin Borses | Apr. 13, 2022

The United States Department of Labor announced that inflation climbed at the fastest year by year rate since 2010.

Rising prices have forced the Federal Reserve to increase its short-term rate by a quarter-point during the last year.

A quick recovery from the pandemic shocked businesses that are trying to keep up.

Scrambling to meet customer demand overwhelmed factory ports and freight yards.

The Ukraine war and China lockdowns have caused a change in supply chains.

Energy prices have grown 36.7% since March of 2021.

UCLA Research on Overdose
UCLA Research on Overdose
By: Jasmine Jernigan | Apr. 12, 2022

According to new UCLA research released today overdoses in US teen populations have nearly doubled in the last two years.

Joseph Friedman is the lead author of the story and a Ph.D. candidate at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He says this is the first time in recorded history that the teen drug death rate has risen this much this quickly.

He says that it's because drugs are becoming more dangerous. Fake versions of prescription drugs like, Xanax, Percocet, and Vicodin are becoming more common and teens do not understand how lethal they can be.

Friedman says schools need to do more to educate teens about the dangers.

Stranger Things Trailer Released
Stranger Things Trailer Released
By: Jennifer Valdez | Apr. 12, 2022

Stranger Things may be approaching its final run but there are still quite a few scary moments left in the store.

Today, Netflix released the first trailer for its immensely popular science fiction horror series.

The trailer which clocks in at 3:17 strikes a new tone for the series.

Fans get a glimpse at Hawkins' adventures in the teaser taking viewers to unsettling locations far from small town Indiana.

Netflix announced in February Stranger things will conclude its run after season 5.

Personality can protect and age brain for longer
Personality can protect and age brain for longer
By: Nicole San Juan | Apr. 11, 2022


A study has found that your personality traits can help protect or age your brain longer.

According to a study being extroverted have mild cognitive impairment longer while higher levels of neuroticism increase cognitive decline.

Also, lifelong experiences can contribute to developing particular diseases or disorders.

Specific traits can increase the risk of developing cognitive decline or Alzheimer's disease.

It can also be a direct biological role related to early disease pathology.

Earlier research did show people open to experiences perform better on cognitive tests.

Porto's in Northridge
Porto's in Northridge
By: Richie Quintero | Apr. 11, 2022

The wait is over for Porto's Bakery's much-anticipated newest location in Northridge as it is finally opening on Tuesday.

A grand opening celebration is set for Porto's newest location at Tampa Avenue and Nordhoff Street.

The bakery was built at the site of the former Sears Auto Center at the Northridge Fashion Center, where it attracted excitement about the new location with a presence at the weekly farmer's market.

The project was repeatedly delayed due to the pandemic.
-- its original projected opening date was December 2020, then was pushed to April of 2021.

During the delays Porto's had been busy recruiting team members for the new location, holding several job fairs.


The Northridge location will be the sixth Porto's Bakery in Southern California.

The bakery got its start in Glendale, expanded to Burbank, with quick succession, they opened more locations in Downey, Buena Park, and West Covina.

LA City Council Addresses Community Violence as Public Health Crisis
LA City Council Addresses Community Violence as Public Health Crisis
By: Blake Johnson | Apr. 8, 2022

L.A. city officials recently expanded a countywide program.

The measure addresses and provides solutions for community violence, and treats the issue as a public health crisis.

Data from the Center for Disease Control show homicides in California accounted for just over one-third of the more than 6,000 violence-related deaths in 2020.

L-A District Attorney George Gascon said another key to resolving the issue is overhauling the justice system and mass incarceration.

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson Confirmed to Supreme Court
Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson Confirmed to Supreme Court
By: Camille Acevedo | Apr. 8, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson delivered an emotional speech surrounding her confirmation as the first Black woman to reach the Supreme Court.

Jackson celebrated at the White House.

The participants were President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, members of Biden's cabinet and Jackson's family.

Jackson will take office when Stephen Breyer retires after the current term ends.

She is the high court's first former public defender, but she is not the only one who made history on Thursday.

Biden made history by nominating Jackson to her new position.

In his 50 years in Washington, Biden served as a Senate Judiciary Committee chairman for several years.

He was present in some of the court's historical confirmations aside from Jackson's.

Confirmation hearings include Supreme Court nominees Sandra Day O'Connor in 1981 and Antonin Scalia in 1986.

As vice president during President Obama's term, he influenced the three Supreme Court picks.

Texas Governor to Bus Undocumented Immigrants Out Of State
Texas Governor to Bus Undocumented Immigrants Out Of State
By: Richie Quintero | Apr. 8, 2022

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a policy directive that the state will send willing undocumented immigrants to Washington, DC by bus and plane.

Local leaders in the state said they are fed up with the federal government for releasing migrants into their communities.


Generally, migrants released from federal custody after crossing the border have been processed and given paperwork allowing them to remain in the country temporarily.

But ordering them to appear in immigration court to make their case.

The operation is a response to the Biden administration's recent announcement that they will be lifting the Title 42 order next month.


The order effectively blocks most migrants from entering the US and seeking asylum for more than two years.


Former President Donald Trump implemented the order and deemed it a pandemic public order, but many suspect it was a political motive.


Nim Kidd, the Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief says they assembled 900 buses for the project.

Abbott also signed a "zero-tolerance policy" for unsafe vehicles used to smuggle migrants across the border.


Critics quickly whipped the announcement as a political stunt and pointed out that the governor is up for re-election.

Kinder Chocolates Recalled for Salmonella
Kinder Chocolates Recalled for Salmonella
By: Sofie Bredahl | Apr. 8, 2022

The Italian company Ferrero recalled some of its Kinder Chocolate products from U.S shelves.

Kinder Happy Moments and Kinder Mix Chocolate treats baskets were recalled after salmonella was detected in the manufacturing facility.

Stores in the United Kingdom also had their products recalled earlier in the week.

No cases were reported in the U.S, however, cases were reported in nine European countries.

Europe's health agency, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, started investigating the suspected cases in the countries; Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway.

The salmonella bacteria can cause serious infections especially in children and elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Climate Activist Cleaning Trash at Pasadena Parks
Climate Activist Cleaning Trash at Pasadena Parks
By: Zena Taher | Apr. 8, 2022

Climate activist Edgar McGregor has spent nearly 1,000 days cleaning up trash at Pasadena parks.

The student has documented his progress on Twitter.

McGregor started by picking up trash at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena.

After hundreds of hours, McGregor finished tidying up the park.

He is now working on cleaning other local trails.

McGregor says he has likely picked up over 15,000 pounds of waste.

The student says both individual action and systematic change are needed to help stop climate change.

Trucker Convoy In LA
Trucker Convoy In LA
By: Blake Johnson | Apr. 7, 2022

The "People's Convoy" of truckers is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles this weekend.

The 100-vehicle convoy initially left from San Bernardino County en route to Capitol Hill earlier this year. The truckers spent several weeks in Washington D.C. clogging traffic in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates.

The group made its way back to the West Coast in late March. A rally at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles is scheduled for Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. Several trucks will park at the location, with up to 20 more parked off-site.

The organization Defeat the Mandates, which has sponsored anti-vaccine and anti-mandate events across the country, will host the rally. The convoy's co-organizer, Brian Brase, will be the rally's keynote speaker.

The truckers expect to continue north to Sacramento following the rally in Los Angeles.

Google releases new search option
Google releases new search option
By: Daniel Sandoval | Apr. 7, 2022

Google has released a new feature that will change the way we can search things online.

Today it announced a new search option that lets users combine text and images together in a single search.

For example, one can take a picture of your couch and type "chair" to find similar ones.

The company calls it "multisearch" and was previewed back in September and is now available to US users within the Google Lens part of the mobile app.

Vice President of Google Search Liz Reid says it was expected to be used for shopping-related initially, though it's not limited to such searches.

Harry Styles New Music
Harry Styles New Music
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | Apr. 5, 2022

Harry Styles newest single "As It Was", breaks Spotify's single-day streaming record.

Spotify confirmed that it was the most streamed song in the United States in a single day.

The record was formerly held by Olivia Rodrigo with 8 million streams and in just a day Harry Styles swoops in with 8.3 million streams.

"As It Was", dropped on March 31st, which is a one of the many songs that his new 13 track album, "Harry's House" will have, set to release May 20th.

California Grocery Store Strike Avoided
California Grocery Store Strike Avoided
By: Jannilee Borek | Apr. 5, 2022

California grocery stores will remain open for now even though the possibility of a strike was looming.

Multiple California grocery store chains avoided a strike of about forty-seven thousand workers by reaching a tentative deal with the workers' union.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union negotiated a new three-year contract that members will vote on.

The new deal includes higher wages, stronger health benefits, guaranteed hours for part-time workers, improved store safety, and a secured pension program.

Part of the negotiating tactic was emphasizing the essential role that grocery store workers played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instacart Tipping Policy Change
Instacart Tipping Policy Change
By: Jennifer Valdez | Apr. 5, 2022

Instacart has once again tweaked its tipping policy--this time to address the effects on workers of a practice known as tip baiting where customers remove the tip after an order is delivered.

The popularity of Instacart has skyrocketed in the early months of the pandemic as customers struggled to get time slots to pick up their orders. Some using tip baiting to entice shoppers then removing the tip after delivery.

The company announced today it will cover the cost of a shopper's tip up to 10 dollars if a customer removes the tip after delivery without reporting an issue with their order.

Tip protection is one of the several updates the company has announced today to support the workforce.

Other updates include prompting customers to add a tip if they haven't left one or to increase a tip if they rate a shopper five stars.

China Accused of Using Influencers to Push Propoganda
China Accused of Using Influencers to Push Propoganda
By: Blake Johnson | Apr. 1, 2022

China's government influence has expanded to social media platforms, and some believe popular influencers may be one of them. 

Chinese social media influencers like Vica Li may be pushing Chinese propaganda along by showing the finer side of the country.

The lens through which people view these social influencers pages--may be controlled by C-G-T-N, China's state run TV network.

Despite being a digital reporter for CGTN, Li has said to her followers that she alone created all of her channels.

As China continues to assert its might, using social media platforms expanded its already heavy influence.

The country built a network of social media personalities to reiterate government perspectives.

They also hired firms to recruit influencers who deliver carefully crafted messages that boost the country's image.

Milburo, a firm that tracks foreign disinformation operations, said that at least 200 influencers with connections to Chinese government are operating currently.

Reporter Li Jingling used her platform to mock U.S. journalists covering the Russia-Ukraine conflict while amplifying Russian propaganda.

However, she does not say in her Ukraine segments that she is a reporter for CGTN and is not sharing her own views

Fans Remember Selena on the 27th Anniversary of Her Death
Fans Remember Selena on the 27th Anniversary of Her Death
By: Richie Quintero | Apr. 1, 2022

Yesterday marked 27 years since Selena Quintanilla Pérez life was taken away. The Mexican American icon would've turned 51 next month.

Known by fans as simply just Selena, she was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldívar, an overly-obsessed fan turned former manager of Selena's boutiques.

Selena died from her injuries in Corpus Christi, Texas, but for more than two decades after her death, her legacy has lived on.

The late singer rose to stardom by performing Tejano music, which at the time was a male-dominated music genre before Selena hit the scene.

Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla announced on Latin Groove News that a new Selena album will be released this month through Warner Music.

There will be 13 songs on the album

DeSantis Fights Back on Disney's Dissaproval of "Don't Say Gay" Bill
DeSantis Fights Back on Disney's Dissaproval of "Don't Say Gay" Bill
By: Sofie Bredahl | Apr. 1, 2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he's in support of stripping Disney of its self government rights as a feud between Disney and himself has escalated.

Disney said they want the "Don't Say Gay Bill", which prevents children up to third grade to learn about gender identity, repealed or defeated.

DeSantis said he thinks Disney crossed the line with the statement.

He said Disney has alienated a lot of people now, and says if they want to embrace "woke ideology" they should be regulated by Orange County.

In the last 55 years, Disney has held a special status that allows them to operate as an independent government around its Orlando-area theme park.

The entertainment company is Florida's largest private employer.

DeSantis' statement came after other Republican lawmakers considered repealing the 1967 state law that gave Disney the rights to its own government in central Florida.

DeSantis is widely seen a potential presidential contender for 2024.

Lawmakers recently ended their business for the year, and will not be able to repeal the law until next year, unless a special meeting is scheduled.

Pot legalized in New Mexico
Pot legalized in New Mexico
By: Zena Taher | Apr. 1, 2022


The sale of recreational marijuana has been legalized in New Mexico, starting today.

With marijuana sales legalized, New Mexico could attract buyers from the neighboring state, Texas.

Recreational weed is still illegal in the Lone Star state, so sellers in New Mexico are looking to make money in that market.

A report from the Associated Press said that cannabis shops are being set up in towns near the Texas and Mexico border.

However, smoking weed in public is still banned in New Mexico.

Local governments cannot ban the sale of pot, but they can limit locations and operation hours

Elf Cosmetics Dunkin Collaboration
Elf Cosmetics Dunkin Collaboration
By: Leslie Valle | Mar. 30, 2022

Food and makeup lovers are in for a treat with an all new collaboration coming soon.

Elf Cosmetics is launching a limited-edition makeup collection inspired by Dunkin Donuts.

The collection will consist of five products inspired by items on the Dunkin menu.

Features of the makeup products resemble the smell and look of the tasty desserts including a donut scented eyeshadow palette.

Prices for the products will range from six to sixteen dollars.

The collection launches this week on the Elf cosmetics website and will be available at ULTA beauty stores the first week of April.

Celebration over Sumatran Rhino
Celebration over Sumatran Rhino
By: Sofie Bredahl | Mar. 30, 2022

The Indonesian Government reports an extremely rare Sumatran Rhino was born at a sanctuary in Indonesia.

This is considered a triumph for conservation efforts of saving endangered animals from extinction.

The female rhino was born in Way Kambas National Park in the Lampung Province on March 24th.

Sumatran rhinos are the world's smallest rhino species.

They used to live in Southeast Asia, but now are only found in tiny areas on the islands Sumatran and Borneo.

The International Rhino Foundation says the population is down to 80 rhinos.

In 2015 the species was wiped out in Malaysia as the last rhino died there.

The birth of the little rhino this week brings the sanctuary's number to eight.

The rhino represents hope and IRF wants to share the excitement with the world.

They hope to some day have a population big enough to release them into the wild again.

The rhinos species is endangered because humans hunted for their horns and took the natural habitats.

Without intervention to save them the rhinos would be extinct in only decades.

The five species of rhinos left in the world are all endangered and 3 sub species have already gone extinct.

COVID Anxiety
COVID Anxiety
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | Mar. 29, 2022

After 2 years of ongoing COVID new reports found that women are struggling.

70 percent of women reported mild to severe anxiety and more than half reported feeling depressed.

For the past years, Mount Saint Mary's University gives reports on women's status in California.

This year's focus was the pandemic affecting women's health.

There was a significant increase because before the pandemic only 19 percent of women were diagnosed with depression.

Andrea Cortave, a 20-year-old from SoCal said isolation and stress took a toll on her life but says you need to live in the moment and change your negative beliefs.

Men's underwear prediction
Men's underwear prediction
By: Jessica Harper | Mar. 28, 2022

Men's underwear is used as an economic predictor.

Former Federal Reserve head Alan Greenspan says those sales are usually stable, so on those few occasions where it dips, that means that men are so pinched that they are deciding not to replace underpants.

The men's underwear index underwear states sales fell significantly from 2007 to 2009, during the Great Recession.

This is just one way that economists track the health of the U.S. economy.

One version is the Skyscraper index, where the completion of the tallest building indicates a recession or economic crisis is imminent.

The lipstick index was created after September 11th, 2001.

The purchase of cosmetics, lipsticks in particular, tends to be inversely related to the economy because women replace more expensive purchases with small pick-me-ups.

Dating sites are also popular during times of recession. Usage went up 141 percent during the pandemic.

These indexes are supposed to help indicate when a recession is looming near.

Walmart Hiring
Walmart Hiring
By: Daniel Sandoval | Mar. 28, 2022

Walmart is planning to hire more than 50,000 employees in the U.S.

It says it wants jobs filled in its stores, clubs, campuses and supply chain factories.

The company plans to hire new workers by the end of its quarter, which ends in April.

According to Walmart's most recent annual report, last year it hired more than a million workers in the United States as of the end of March 2021.

In some select markets, Walmart raised employees' pay to $16,40 an hour and up to $30 an hour.

VR in Cars
VR in Cars
By: Diane Zermeño | Mar. 28, 2022

Your stereo could quickly join your CD player and beeper as the technology of the past.
A tech startup is looking to add VR headsets to select AUDI SUVs.

The company, named Holoride, made the announcement at the South-by-Southwest festival in Austin.

Audi passengers will be able to use motion-synchronization technology to fly over rainforests and even sit in a virtual office meeting, all while sitting in the backseat of their car.

The technology will adapt according to the trip's length, location, and driving style of the driver.

Holoride says it's technology will also reduce motion sickness.

The technology is expected to roll-out this summer.

COVID-19 is Now Related to Diabetes
COVID-19 is Now Related to Diabetes
By: Lupita Baltazar | Mar. 28, 2022

Studies link COVID-19 infection with an increased risk of a new diabetes diagnosis.

A new connection is unraveling, one in which a COVID-19 infection may lead to a higher risk of diabetes.

Researchers estimate about two out of every 100 people who were infected with COVID-19 will have a new diagnosis of diabetes.

The U.S based study found, COVID-19 infection led to 38% increased risk of diabetes afterward.

A research team found that people with newly diagnosed diabetes after COVID tended to be younger.

Overall, the more severe someone's coronavirus infection was the higher their risk of diabetes.

Apollo 17 Sample
Apollo 17 Sample
By: Ryan Burke | Mar. 28, 2022

A sample of lunar material from the Apollo 17 mission was opened after 50 years of preservation.

NASA opened the lunar sample, which contains rock fragments and lunar soil, in the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The sample was purposely unopened for decades so that future technology could better research them and learn about the Earth's natural Satellite.

It also benefits NASA's future Artemis mission, the program named after Apollo's sister where they plan to send humans to the moon to collect new samples later in the decade.

Artemis team members use research from Apollo missions to design their tools, and astronauts will collect new samples when they land on the South Pole of the moon for the first time.

Blended Cheaper By the Dozen
Blended Cheaper By the Dozen
By: Richie Quintero | Mar. 18, 2022

It became a family affair over at the premiere of the new Disney Plus movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, as it celebrates family love and acceptance in the new comedy film.

The movie is a new look at the story that was first a classic book turned into a film in 1950 and then again in 2003.

This time with a new twist on what large families can look like.

Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union star in this latest remake of a mom, dad, and a blended family with 10 children and several pets.

Every child in the family is celebrated for his or her uniqueness in this version of the story.

Cheaper by the Dozen debuts on Disney- plus on Friday, March 18th.

 

South Korea New President
South Korea New President
By: Zena Taher | Mar. 18, 2022

South Korea's conservative president-elect Yoon Sook-yol is promising to dissolve the country's gender ministry.

Yoon won this month's presidential election on an anti-feminist platform.

The president-elect has vowed to get rid of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

The ministry handles women's rights and gender violence, among other issues.

But the ministry can't be dismantled without the approval of South Korea's parliament.

The parliament is controlled by the leftist political party, which opposes the move and is pro-feminist.

Gender equality will likely continue to be a hot-button issue in South Korean politics during Yoon's presidency.

Federal Interests Rates at High Since 2018
Federal Interests Rates at High Since 2018
By: Diane Zermeño | Mar. 17, 2022

The federal reserve is raising its interest rates for the first time in four years in the midst of record inflation.

This ends the Fed's so-called "easy money" policy that was in place during the pandemic with the federal funds rate now at almost point-50-percent.

This raises higher borrower costs for everyday Americans on lots of things- including car loans, credit cards and mortgages.

Fed Chair Pro Tempore Jerome Powell says they feel the economy is strong enough to withstand this move.

It comes even as supply chain disruptions and high energy costs affect the American economy.

The U-S job market is still recovering and consumer prices are up almost 8%

A New Eight-legged Creature in the U.S.
A New Eight-legged Creature in the U.S.
By: Mica Thomas | Mar. 17, 2022

Palm-sized spiders have made their way to some southern states.

The Joro spider from Japan was found in Georgia in 2014 and has since settled into nearby states.

They are black and yellow with long legs.

Though large in size, the species is considered to be harmless.

These spiders can spin webs as large as three to four feet in diameter.

Their large webs make it easy for them to multiply and spread so quickly.

Virtual Reality Coming Soon to Cars
Virtual Reality Coming Soon to Cars
By: Diane Zermeño | Mar. 17, 2022

Your stereo could quickly join your CD player and beeper as the technology of the past.
A tech startup is looking to add VR headsets to select AUDI SUVs.

The company, named Holoride, made the announcement at the South-by-Southwest festival in Austin.

Audi passengers will be able to use motion-synchronization technology to fly over rainforests and even sit in a virtual office meeting, all while sitting in the backseat of their car.

The technology will adapt according to the trip's length, location, and driving style of the driver.

Holoride says its technology will also reduce motion sickness.

The technology is expected to roll-out this summer.

List of Best Community Colleges in California Released
List of Best Community Colleges in California Released
By: Zena Taher | Mar. 17, 2022

Almost 41% of all undergraduate students are currently enrolled in a two-year community college, making it an increasingly popular choice for students looking to save on tuition.

A report by the ranking and review site, Niche, says that four of the best community colleges in the state are located right here in Southern California.

Cerritos College in Norwalk came in at number nine with a net price of $3128 a year.

Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa was ranked seventh, costing $5541 a year.

At number four, Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, with a yearly cost of $4387.

Of the So Cal schools that made the list, coming in at number two, Santa Barbara City College, where students pay $9416 a year for their classes.

As for number one, that would be Lake Tahoe Community College, where tuition runs $9401 a year.

Patty Patrol
Patty Patrol
By: Diane Zermeño | Mar. 17, 2022

Don't rely on the luck of the Irish if you're planning to get behind the wheel on this St.Patricks Day. Local law enforcement agencies are out in force today - watching for anyone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray says it you plan to go out and your celebration includes alcohol - use rideshare services or public transit.

She says a making bad decisions can lead to a crash, jail time, injuries, or even death.

Ray says three people were killed and 76 were injured in D-U-I crashes statewide last year on St. Patricks Day.

And alcohol isn't the only thing that can make driving dangerous - cannabis, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and illegal drugs can all lead to a DUI.''

Authorities say if you see someone driving badly who might be impaired - call 911.

Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rate Amidst Inflation
Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rate Amidst Inflation
By: Diane Zermeño | Mar. 16, 2022

The federal reserve raised its interest rates for the first time in four years in the midst of record inflation.

This ended the Fed's so-called "easy money" policy that was in place during the pandemic, with the federal funds rate now at almost .50% .

This raised higher borrower costs for everyday Americans on lots of things, including car loans, credit cards, and mortgages.

Fed Chair Pro Tempore Jerome Powell said they feel the economy is strong enough to withstand this move.

It came even as supply chain disruptions and high energy costs affect the American economy.

The U.S job market is still recovering and consumer prices are up almost 8%.

Your Aux Cord Could Become a Thing of the Past
Your Aux Cord Could Become a Thing of the Past
By: Diane Zermeño | Mar. 16, 2022

Your stereo could quickly join your CD player and beeper as the technology of the past.
A tech startup said they are going to add VR headsets to select AUDI SUVs and sedans.

The company, named Holoride, made the announcement at the SXSW Festival in Austin.

Audi passengers will be able to use motion-synchronization technology to fly over rainforests and even sit in a virtual office meeting; all while sitting in the backseat of their car.

The technology will adapt according to the trip's length, location, and driving style of the driver.

Holoride said its technology will also reduce motion sickness.

The technology is expected to roll out this summer.

 

Some of California's Best Community Colleges Could be Right in Your Backyard
Some of California's Best Community Colleges Could be Right in Your Backyard
By: Diane Zermeño | Mar. 16, 2022

 With tuition costs having gone up over the last decade, many students are looking to community colleges to begin their undergraduate studies. 

Almost 41% of all undergraduate students are currently enrolled in a two-year community college, making it an increasingly popular choice for students looking to save money. 

A report by the ranking and review site, Niche, said that four of the best community colleges in the state are located right here in Southern California.

Cerritos College in Norwalk came in at number nine with a net price of $3,128 dollars a year.

Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa was ranked seventh, costing $5,541 dollars a year.

At number four, Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, with a yearly cost of $4,387 dollars.

and of the So Cal schools that made the list, coming in at number two, Santa Barbara City College, where students pay $9,416 dollars a year for their classes.

As for number one, that would be Lake Tahoe Community College, where tuition runs $9,401 dollars a year.

Artificial Sweeteners Debate
Artificial Sweeteners Debate
By: Nicole San Juan | Mar. 16, 2022

Artificial sweeteners can increase the risk of having a stroke.

The study that affirms that may look positive for people's weight and diabetes concerns, but there is a long debate over the alternative sweeteners.

A 2019 study found women who drink two or more artificially sweetened drinks a day lead to clot-based strokes and heart attacks.

Another study says regular sugar is also bad.

A spokesperson for the American Beverage Association says the study couldn't find any risk factors.

The long-term effects couldn't be accounted for and weren't able to find if low or no-calorie beverages were more effective than another.

It's recommended to drink sparkling water, infuse fruit, and two weeks of no sugar.

Biden Addresses Gender Pay Gap
Biden Addresses Gender Pay Gap
By: Jasmine Jernigan | Mar. 15, 2022

Today President Joe Biden is signing an executive order aiming to eliminate government contractors from getting information about job applicants' previous salaries as well as a new Labor Department directive in hopes of tightening federal contractors to do payroll audits.

The goal is to stop pay disparities based on race, gender, and ethnicity.

Equal Pay Day's goal is to call attention to the differences in pay between men and women and what they have earned in previous years.

Recent data shows that the pay gap is shrinking due to the pandemic and women's participation in the labor force.

In 2020, women who worked full-time made 83 cents on the dollar compared to men doing the same job and the wage gap is even wider for Blacks, Native Americans, and Latinas.

Biden is also addressing the issues of occupational segregation. So, that women will have better access to higher-paying jobs which are often male-dominated.

Army Football Team Players Overdose on Spring Break
Army Football Team Players Overdose on Spring Break
By: Giovanni Galvaz | Mar. 14, 2022

Two members of the Army football team were part of a drug-related incident at a vacation home in Florida over spring break.

Six people, including one of the Army players, were rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious from apparently overdosing on fentanyl-laced cocaine.

Two are still on ventilators and in critical condition.

The CDC reports more than 75,000 Americans died from opioid overdose over a 12 month period ending in April 2021, primarily from fentanyl

National Nap Day
National Nap Day
By: Kobe Siy | Mar. 14, 2022

March 14th not only marks Pi Day but also National Napping Day, a perfect day to take a nap and unwind from your daily life and not feel bad about it.

Experts say naps can improve your health and productivity as well as boost your energy, creativity, and heart health.

There are many reasons why taking a nap is beneficial. The most important deals with the timing of the day, and since we just lost an hour of sleep, it is very convenient this day landed where it did.

Taking a nap can also re-charge your brain's batteries and help you get into shape.

Is Your Name Out of This World?
Is Your Name Out of This World?
By: Kobe Siy | Mar. 14, 2022

NASA is collecting names to be put on a flash drive that will be sent to outer space on the Orion spacecraft.

Orion, part of the Artemis One Mission, is scheduled to launch later this year.

It's free to add your name to their flash drive.

The launch date has not been announced yet, but the flash drive needs to be packed on the spacecraft about a month before launch.

Over one million names have already been submitted.

There will be no people on the first mission in the Artemis program. However, the second mission, which will test different parts of Orion, will include people.

Bob Iger Joins The Metaverse
Bob Iger Joins The Metaverse
By: Tatiana Ramirez | Mar. 14, 2022

A former Walt Disney Company CEO invested an undisclosed amount in Genies and is also becoming part of the avatar technology team. Bob Iger said he has always been drawn to the intersection between technology and art. The company said Iger will help the company navigate its mission to empower humans to create their own avatar ecosystems. It currently has 99% of the celebrity avatar market share. Genies CEO Akash Nigam said Iger is a creative and productive thinker who can help bring the company's goal to reality. Genies has previously partnered with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

 

 

Spirituality In The Doctor's Office
Spirituality In The Doctor's Office
By: Felicia Louis Y. Valdescona | Mar. 14, 2022

Doctor Victoria Sweet's big life questions drew her to a career in medicine, a career involving life from birth to death. Now a best-selling author and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Sweet said that a rising emphasis on profit and efficiency has weakened the field. Medicine and religion historian Professor Gary Ferngre said throughout history, social places have used iconic, religious pictures that symbolize the true meaning of disease and pain. As they welcome spiritual care in the 'sick' room, they also offer tools for patients with the relevant questions in the 21st century. One study found that more than 80% of patients would like to discuss spiritual beliefs with health care providers. Advocates say each patient has different religious beliefs and perspectives that can benefit people.

Robotaxi
Robotaxi
By: Felicia Louis Y. Valdescona | Mar. 14, 2022

Self-driving technology and transportation software firms have partnered to offer free self-driving rides in downtown Las Vegas. Riders just need to book through the Via app. The company "Motional" said the car has driverless features but for now has two people inside at all times. The Robotaxis are only in Vegas but Motional and Via said they hope to expand to other major cities. Lyft is also offering Robotaxis. Car and Driver Magazine's testing director says self-driving cars are still a work in progress.

Tiger Woods Inducted to Hall of Fame
Tiger Woods Inducted to Hall of Fame
By: Blake Johnson | Mar. 11, 2022

Tiger Woods has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame at Florida's PGA Tour headquarters.

After being introduced and presented with the award by his daughter on Wednesday, Woods recalled his parent's sacrifices and the racism he faced as a young golfer.

Woods cited being denied entry into the clubhouses due to his skin color as a major motivator during his early career.

Woods in his career won fifteen majors and a joint record eighty-two wins on the PGA Tour.

He has not played on the PGA Tour since the 2020 Masters after sustaining serious injuries from a car crash in February 2021.

While Woods is yet to announce a date for his return to the tour-- he played with his son Charlie at the PNC Championship in December, finishing second.

Target Sued Over App Pricing Issues
Target Sued Over App Pricing Issues
By: Zena Taher | Mar. 11, 2022


Target will have to pay five million dollars in penalties after being sued for pricing issues on its app, according to the San Diego District Attorney's office.

A complaint had been filed by seven California District Attorney's offices about the issue.

According to the complaint, prices on the app would change once a customer entered a Target store perimeter.

The complaint also alleged that Target charged higher prices than the lower advertised price.

San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan said prosecutors are committed to protecting consumers' hard-earned money.

Officials said Target has since worked to make pricing on its app more accurate.

Super Nintendo World
Super Nintendo World
By: Richie Quintero | Mar. 11, 2022

Exciting news for Super Nintendo fans, Universal Studios Hollywood just announced their plans to open Super Nintendo World in 2023.

"Super Nintendo World" was conceived in partnership with Nintendo and inspired by the video game.


The new land will be located inside the theme park's main entrance.

Super Nintendo World promises to transport guests into the world of Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach.

Fans will be able to enjoy attractions inspired by Nintendo characters and video games in a newly expanded area of the Universal Studios Park.


The immersive world will feature a ride and interactive areas--as well as themed shopping and dining locations throughout the park.


The popular gaming-inspired attraction will be the first Super Nintendo World to open in the United States.


There are no further details on what the ride will be like.

Student Tobacco Users
Student Tobacco Users
By: Giovani Reyes | Mar. 11, 2022

Over two point five million students were users of tobacco products last year.

A National Youth Tobacco Survey says one in eight U-S high school students used tobacco products.

For middle-schoolers--the number was one in twenty-five.

Public Health experts say youth is a high priority when it comes to the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U-S.

Given the majority of smokers started before the age of 18.

About eleven percent of high schoolers vape.

Director of the F-D-A's Center for Tobacco Products-- Mitch Zeller says policymakers and educators should be committed to protecting the next generation from tobacco-related diseases and death.

The numbers were higher among students experiencing severe psychological distress at fourteen percent.

It's unclear how much teen tobacco may have been affected by remote learning during the pandemic.

US Dollar Digital
US Dollar Digital
By: Blake Johnson | Mar. 11, 2022

Banks are reinventing their local currencies for the digital era.

The United States is the latest to begin researching a digital version of its dollar via a Central Bank Digital Currency.

The Federal Reserve describes a Central Bank Digital Currency or CBDCs as a digital form of central bank money that is available to the general public.

Part of President Joe Biden's executive order on digital assets included enacting a sense of urgency on researching a CBDC in the United States.

China soft-launched its digital currency in January and the CBDC already boasts over a hundred million users.

A CBDC could benefit customers by offering a safer, cheaper, and more convenient alternative to carrying cash and crack down on fraudulent transactions.

The risks are apparent, including tech barriers, security concerns, and privacy threats.

Around 100 countries are exploring CBDCs in one way or another.

Biden Relief Plan
Biden Relief Plan
By: Nicole San Juan | Mar. 11, 2022

President Joe Biden's signed his one point nine trillion relief plan, called the American Rescue Plan.

The celebration of this plan is going to be held and the second anniversary of the World Health organization declaration as well.

The plan also provides funding for approximately 46 billion in the emergency rental assistance program.

A research fellow with the Eviction Lab at Princeton University says evictions last year were half of what they would be in a normal year.

It suggests about one point thirty-six million evictions were prevented.

This program is an example of how the rescue plan will help in the future since evictions can affect American families.

Altered Mosquitoes  Will Potentially be Released in California
Altered Mosquitoes Will Potentially be Released in California
By: Camille Acevedo | Mar. 11, 2022


Two billion genetically modified mosquitoes will potentially be released in California.

Their purpose would be to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito species.

Aedes aegypti is known to spread diseases such as yellow fever, Zika, chikungunya and dengue.

The project was approved in California and Florida by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Non-biting and genetically edited male mosquitoes will be released to mate with the female mosquitoes.

Once they mate, the males would kill the daughters and the non-biting sons would be the ones to survive.

The EPA approval would release 1 billion mosquitoes by April of 2023.

Aedes aegypti were first detected in California back in 2013.

Since then, they have spread to over 20 counties throughout the state.

Counties include Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and Sacramento.

Tulare County's Vector Control District and Delta Mosquito would permit the release of an estimated 2.4 billion mosquitoes.

Its release would occur between 2022 and 2024.

Opposing views have expressed their concerns towards the project.

Sony and Nintendo Halt Operations in Russia
Sony and Nintendo Halt Operations in Russia
By: Daniel Sandoval | Mar. 10, 2022

More and more companies are halting shipments with Russia.

Sony and Nintendo have become the latest to do so and have suspended all shipments to Russia.

Sony Interactive Entertainment says they are suspending the launch of their anticipated racing game "Gran Turismo seven."

As well as operations of the PlayStation store in Russia.

Sony also made a two million dollar donation to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Save the Children.

Nintendo on the other hand announced that is suspending shipping products to Russia for the foreseeable future.

Griffith Park Mountain Lion On The Move
Griffith Park Mountain Lion On The Move
By: Clara Minaya | Mar. 10, 2022

Famous Mountain Lion Spotted in Silverlake

The Griffith Park mountain lion has been seen doing some traveling lately.

The mountain lion, known as P-22 was recently seen exploring neighborhoods in Silverlake. It's the farthest south that he has been known to travel.

Several people spotted P-22 at around 7 p.m. Tuesday night and snapped a few photos.

Researchers have been studying P-22 for the past decade and confirm that he has now returned to Griffith Park. He has a tracker on his collar that reports on his locations.

This isn't the first time the mountain lion has been spotted in an urban area a few years ago he was found in a basement in Los Feliz.

P-22 is 12-years-old and is thought to have been born in the Santa Monica Mountains about 10-years ago, he crossed the 101 and 405 freeways looking for food and ended up in Griffith Park.

Disney "Don't Say Gay Bill" Controversy
Disney "Don't Say Gay Bill" Controversy
By: Clara Minaya | Mar. 10, 2022

Disney's CEO is addressing criticism over the company's lack of public opposition to Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill.

The Florida legislature on Tuesday passed the bill that would prohibit discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms.

CEO Bob Chapek told shareholders Disney fought the bill behind the scenes.

He says Governor DeSantis agreed to meet with him and his team.

But the governor's office says this is the first time hearing from Disney regarding the bill.

Disney says its pledging five-million dollars to organizations protecting LGBTQ rights

North Hollywood Swap Meet Creates Protests Amid Planned Closure
North Hollywood Swap Meet Creates Protests Amid Planned Closure
By: Jasmine Jernigan | Mar. 9, 2022

If you are a San Fernando Valley native then you are probably familiar with the North Hollywood Swap meet located on Lanker-shim Blvd... in the bright orange building.

On Monday Lanker-shim Blvd was shut down by small business owners and their supporters...to protest the closing of the famous Valley Landmark.

Shop owners were upset because they were given only 30-days to vacate the premises.
Store owners say they face a $600 fine if they are not out in time.

This swap meet has been a staple in the Latin community for decades.

The swap meet has been open for over 30 years. Many Valley residents have been coming here since they were children.

Developers are looking to tear the building down completely.

Malathion Pesticide Use To Be More Transparent
Malathion Pesticide Use To Be More Transparent
By: Rocky Walker | Mar. 9, 2022

Malathion was once a widely used and highly toxic pesticide.

It was thought to lead dozens of plants and animals to extinction.

Now researchers say the chemical is unlikely to lead to plant extinction.

Wildlife officials once claimed 78 species were imperiled from malathion.

Chemical makers are pledging to change product labels for malathion so that it's used more carefully.

With new labels the Wildlife service says malathion will only cause limited harm to hundreds of species.

Biden Introduces Cryptocurrency
Biden Introduces Cryptocurrency
By: Leslie Valle | Mar. 9, 2022

 

The U.S. is looking into a possible new form of currency for our economy.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order urging the Federal Reserve to research whether the central bank should create its own cryptocurrency.

The Biden administration will examine current uses of cryptocurrency along with the risks and benefits of digital assets.

The impact of crypto on financial stability and national security will also be studied.

This action comes as U-S officials are increasingly voicing concerns over Russia possibly using crypto to avoid the impact of sanctions imposed.

Spotify and Discord Shutdown
Spotify and Discord Shutdown
By: Lupita Baltazar | Mar. 9, 2022

 

Spotify and Discord appear to be experiencing disruptions to their services.

Several Spotify users say they were being automatically logged out of their accounts.

Around the same time--the messaging platform Discord had a partial outage.

The company was aware of the issue and was working on fixing it.

Tens of thousands of users across both services self-reported outages.

Puerto Rico COVID Restrictions
Puerto Rico COVID Restrictions
By: Melody Soto | Mar. 9, 2022

Throughout the pandemic, Puerto Rico has held tough COVID-19 measures and they're relaxing travel and mask mandates this week.

The local government will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from domestic visitors before arrival.

The U.S. territory will also be ending mask requirements for indoor and outdoor businesses.

It's also lifting capacity limits for private and public establishments.

In the meantime, people must still wear face masks while on public transit and while traveling into the U.S.

International traveler rules will remain the same.

Student Loan Forgiveness
Student Loan Forgiveness
By: Leslie Valle | Mar. 9, 2022

Students with loans will be relieved to hear they might be eligible for loan forgiveness.

100,000 borrowers are eligible for student debt cancellation due to the changes under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

$6.2 billion of federal student debt is expected to be relieved.

Eligibility won't matter on what kind of loan a student has or the repayment plan enrolled.

The deadline to make any changes to qualify for forgiveness under the temporary waiver is October 31st.

More than $16 billion in student debt has been canceled under Biden to this date.

Marvel Character Is Criticized
Marvel Character Is Criticized
By: Nicole San Juan | Mar. 9, 2022

Marvel was criticized for a character named Matoaka in its new comic "King Conan" for its wrong portrayal of Indigenous women.

Indigenous comic book artists and fans say the character is pictured as demeaning.

People in the Indian Country see Matoaka's backstory as a reference to Pocahontas.

According to a comic book artist, the real Matoaka was in reality a pre-teen girl who suffered when she was captured by English captors.

Another comic book artist says the character set indigenous women as offensive.

The writer Jason Aaron apologizes for his decision and calls it "ill-considered".

A spokesperson for marvel says the name and appearance will change in future printings, upcoming issues, and digital editions.

Details of these changes are still being made.

Ukraine Relief Through LA Archdiocese
Ukraine Relief Through LA Archdiocese
By: Jennifer Valdez | Mar. 9, 2022

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles asks local parishes to raise funds for people suffering in Ukraine.

In a letter to all parishes in the Archdiocese, church officials wrote that in light of the suffering in Ukraine that they are asking for help as Ukraine faces a devastating loss and tragedy.

According to the letter, there have been more than one-point-five Ukrainians who have fled their homes into nearby countries and over two thousand people have died and thousands more have been injured in the ongoing conflict.

The donations will be managed by the Los Angeles office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in support of underserved communities worldwide.

Airbnb Helps Ukranian Refugees
Airbnb Helps Ukranian Refugees
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | Mar. 8, 2022

Over one million dollars has been donated to Airbnb to fund free stays for Ukrainian refugees since the Russian invasion last month.

The money came from about 72 countries from nearly 14,000 people all around the world.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky tweeted that about 11,000 people signed up to offer their homes to refugees.

There have been many buses transporting Ukrainian civilians to safe corridors.

About two million people have fled from Ukraine since the Russian invasion, making it Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Airbnb said they have not been profiting from the booking since the war erupted. Instead, all the money has gone to hosts.

Northern California Elementary School Inspires Community
Northern California Elementary School Inspires Community
By: Ryan Burke | Mar. 8, 2022

A Northern California elementary school has inspired its community with messages from its youngest students.

Jessica Martin, a teacher and artist created the "Peptoc Hotline," a number that people can call to receive advice and words of encouragement.

On the other line are recordings from her West Side Elementary School students.

Martin said that the Peptoc project is her most inspiring one and that the hotline gets up to 5,000 calls a day.

West Side Elementary Principal Rima Meechan said the goal is to appreciate the positivity and innocence of young students.

Meechan said she plans to keep the number running through the end of the school year, but Martin is looking for funding to keep it up beyond then.

Florida Legislators One Step Closer To Passing "Dont Say Gay" Bill
Florida Legislators One Step Closer To Passing "Dont Say Gay" Bill
By: Jasmine Jernigan | Mar. 8, 2022

A Florida bill, dubbed by LGBTQ advocates and democrats as the "Don't Say Gay Bill," cleared the statehouse Monday and will likely pass some time this week.

Some Republican lawmakers have received backlash over the controversial bill.

The measure's goal is to ban the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity to children in kindergarten through third grade.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Representative Joe Harding, who said teaching these things is "not developmentally appropriate."

Florida Republicans said that it would not stop teachers from having spontaneous discussions about gender identity, but would keep districts from including lessons on it and sexual orientation into school curriculums.

President Joe Biden called the bill hateful.

COVID May Become The New Flu
COVID May Become The New Flu
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | Mar. 8, 2022

It looks like COVID-19 will become another seasonal virus that we have to deal with, similar to the flu

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said we may need to wear masks during certain seasons to protect against the flu, COVID, and other respiratory illnesses.

According to the CDC, just over 95 million Americans have received their COVID boosters, but Walensky says it's still not clear if people will need an additional booster over the next year.

The World Health Organization has continued to track the spread of the virus and watch for new variants. They also said current vaccines could be updated in the future if needed

Mexican Soccer Match Brawl
Mexican Soccer Match Brawl
By: Kobe Siy | Mar. 7, 2022

A mass brawl broke out in the stands of a soccer game in Mexico on Saturday that left 26 people injured and three in critical condition.

The Liga MX game between Queretaro and Atlas was suspended in the second half when fights broke out at Corregidora stadium.

Security opened gates for women and children to escape.

Players from the visiting Atlas team fled to the locker rooms while some players from the home Queretaro team attempted to calm fans.

Fights were later seen on the field within minutes with some fans armed with chairs and metal bars.

The Mexican Football Federation has opened an investigation.

League president Mike Arriola said the league's remaining ninth-round games scheduled for Sunday have been postponed.

 Apple and the First Product Event of the Year
Apple and the First Product Event of the Year
By: Giovanni Galvaz | Mar. 7, 2022

There are certain expectations for Apple products this year, as the company is ready to hold its first big product event of the year.

Apple's main focus in 2022 is its products' performances, which most likely means faster chips, powerful cameras, and more devices with a 5G connection.

Their virtual event's tagline "peek performance," is growing the expectations of announcements for several product updates, upgrades to the MacBooks and iMacs, and a possible update to the iPhone SE.

All converting 5G productions, such as the iPad Air and rumored iPhone SE are expected to run on Apple's faster A-15 Bionic chip, along with 5G connectivity and a new front-facing camera.

The company is also expected to release new members of the MacBook and iMac families.

SCOTUS Bill Cosby
SCOTUS Bill Cosby
By: Richie Quintero | Mar. 7, 2022

Pennsylvania's supreme court's stunning decision to overturn comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction after rejecting a bid by the state's prosecutors to review the decision.

Cosby was convicted of the assault in 2018 for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

He was found guilty and sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison.

Cosby was released over his due process rights being violated.

A former Montgomery County district attorney's decision to not prosecute Cosby in 2005 was ultimately used against him at trial.

Cosby's publicist added the importance of following the rules of law and protecting the Constitutional Rights of all American Citizens.

New York City Drops Mask Mandate in Schools
New York City Drops Mask Mandate in Schools
By: Victor Bretado | Mar. 4, 2022

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has lifted the mask mandate for K-12 students as well as proof of vaccine for theaters and restaurants.

The city joins many other cities and states lowering their mandates after hospitalization rates have seen a steady decline. 

The choice of wearing a mask in class is still available as long as the parent gives the approval.

Mayor Adams mayor claimed schools had a 0.18% rate of positive COVID test results which led to the mask mandate being dropped.

"Euphoria" Background Actors Speak Out About Working Conditions
"Euphoria" Background Actors Speak Out About Working Conditions
By: Sofie Bredahl | Mar. 4, 2022

Background actors on the popular HBO show Euphoria said complaints were made to SAGAFTRA after claims that production didn't provide meals on time and refused to let people use the bathrooms.

They also said there wasn't a proper holding area for the extras.

Sources said a union representative came to the set because of the large number of complaints.

HBO, however, counteracted and said the wellbeing of their cast and crew is always a top priority and that no official complaints were filed.

HBO said COVID added an additional layer to the complexity of the shoots and the long days they had are not usual for productions.

Rumors circulated on social media after the second season that the show has a toxic working environment.

California to Introduce Bill to Allow Nurse Practitioners to Perform Abortions
California to Introduce Bill to Allow Nurse Practitioners to Perform Abortions
By: Giovani Reyes | Mar. 4, 2022

The California State Legislature could allow some nurse practitioners to perform abortions without the supervision of a doctor.

Part of the plan is to prepare for a potential increase of patients from other states if the U-S Supreme Court allows states to ban the procedure like in Texas.

State Senate leader Toni Atkins said the goal is to increase the number of health care workers in California who can perform abortions ahead of the ruling.

California has about 30,000 nurse practitioners but it's unclear how many would be allowed to perform abortions if the bill becomes law.

Nurse practitioners are not doctors, but they have advanced degrees that can provide a number of treatments.

Atkin's bill would change the law by letting nurse practitioners, with required training, perform first-trimester abortions.

This came after many conservative-led states passed new abortion restrictions.

Honda and Sony Partner in Electric Vehicle Market
Honda and Sony Partner in Electric Vehicle Market
By: Victor Bretado | Mar. 4, 2022

Honda and Sony will team up to make electric cars together and sell them by 2025

The details of the agreement are still being worked out, but it was announced in a joint statement Friday.

Sony is looking to join the auto industry after the unveiling of its first prototype in 2020.

Honda believes the alliance will work well together because of Sony's desire to join the automobile industry.

Gas Prices on The Rise Throughout the U.S
Gas Prices on The Rise Throughout the U.S
By: Richie Quintero | Mar. 4, 2022

The price of gas continues to go up in the US.

The cost of gas per gallon jumped 28 cents since Wednesday and 29cents since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Figures from Triple AAA and the Oil Price Information Service show the average price is $3.84 a gallon.

California's statewide average jumped 13 cents overnight, placing it as the first state to average at above $5 a gallon.

Each increase marks the largest price hike since Hurricane Katrina slammed the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005.

Hollywood Russia Boycott
Hollywood Russia Boycott
By: Melody Soto | Mar. 3, 2022

The cultural backlash against Putin's invasion of Ukraine has made its way into the entertainment industry.

Over the last week, major players have taken swift actions to cancel concerts, halt the distribution of films, and bar Russian delegations from festivals.

Bands Imagine Dragons and Green Day announced their decision to call off stops in Russia via social media.

Live Nation Entertainment representatives say they will stop business with the country.

Disney, Warner Brothers and Sony plan to pull films scheduled for release in Russia.

Meanwhile, Cannes Film Festival representatives say they will ban any Russian individuals linked to the Kremlin.

Covid Funding for Ukraine
Covid Funding for Ukraine
By: Mica Thomas | Mar. 3, 2022

The Biden administration is requesting an additional ten billion dollars from Congress to aid Ukraine as Russian attacks continue throughout the nation.

The Biden administration is also asking for $22.5 billion to continue aiding the ongoing covid epidemic. They intend to use the funds for testing, vaccines, and treatments. Congress has until March eleventh to pass either an omnibus spending bill or come to a continuing resolution or the government will be shut down.

Leaders in Congress are aiming for the full omnibus to be passed, but are still not yet certain.

Several continuing resolutions have been passed by Congress in the last few months to avoid government shutdowns.

Amazon Closing Physical Stores
Amazon Closing Physical Stores
By: Daniel Sandoval | Mar. 3, 2022

Amazon will be closing all its physical stores.

Amazon announced Wednesday that it will close all its sixty-six stores in the U-S and two in the United Kingdom.

It will concentrate on Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market, Amazon Go and its upcoming Amazon Style stores.

It will sell fashion and accessories and is set to open in Southern California later this year.

A spokesperson said that it will work closely with the affected employees and help them find new roles within Amazon.

The number of affected employees could not be determined.

LA County Expecting to Drop Mask Mandate By This Upcoming Weekend
LA County Expecting to Drop Mask Mandate By This Upcoming Weekend
By: Lupita Baltazar | Mar. 2, 2022

Los Angeles County is expected to drop the indoor mask mandate as soon as this Friday.

Health Director Barbara Ferrer said L.A County will likely stop requiring people to mask up at most indoor settings.

Masks will still be required indoors at schools until March 11th.

However, vaccination verification will still be required at indoor mega-events.

L. A County has seen case numbers decline steadily in recent weeks.

Though the county is expected to soon loosen its requirements, Ferrer urges residents to voluntarily keep masking up indoors.

Minnie Mouse Display at Disneyland in Honor of Women's History Month
Minnie Mouse Display at Disneyland in Honor of Women's History Month
By: Camille Acevedo | Mar. 2, 2022

Minnie Mouse is being displayed at Disneyland's iconic main entrance in honor of Women's History Month. 

For 67 years, guests were greeted by the Mickey Mouse floral display. This month, guests will be greeted by a floral Minnie Mouse located in front of the Main Street USA Railroad Station.

The design was installed by the theme park horticulture team.

Minnie's iconic bow consists of about 750 individual Nemesia plants.

The swirls on each side consist of over 1,900 individual plants which include pansies, violas -- and petunias.

Southern California to See Chilly Weather This Weekend
Southern California to See Chilly Weather This Weekend
By: Justin Borses | Mar. 2, 2022

Southern California, known for its pleasant temperatures, is set to see chilly weather this upcoming weekend. 

Rain and mountain snow is expected to come tomorrow and last through the weekend.

The storm will decrease temperatures by eight to 12 degrees on Thursday and five to 10 degrees on Friday.

Snow levels will also drop 4,500 to 5,000 feet by tomorrow night.

The National Weather Service said that five to ten inches of snowfall are possible at higher elevations.

Coors New Environmental Change
Coors New Environmental Change
By: Ryan Burke | Mar. 1, 2022

Coors light is switching from plastic rings on their six-packs to a more environmentally friendly option.

Molson Coors announced today the brand will switch to a sustainably sourced cardboard wrap starting later in the year.

The beer distributor says the new recyclable carrier will get rid of 1.7 million pounds of plastic per year.

CEO Gavin Hattersley says the company is investing $85 million in the change.

Uncharted Takes The Lead in the Box Office
Uncharted Takes The Lead in the Box Office
By: Richie Quintero | Feb. 28, 2022

The box office numbers are in and "Uncharted" held onto the top spot - taking in just over $23  million in the second weekend in North American theaters.

The adventure film, based on a video game and starring Tom Holland
of `"Spider-Man," beat out another movie also in its second week of release, "Dog."

The film, "Dog," is about a war veteran and his Belgian Shepherd who helps him adjust after a traumatic brain injury. It stars Channing Tatum and just added over $10million in ticket sales.

"Spider-Man: No Way Home'' continues its historic run, raking in nearly $6 million more for a third-place finish and bringing its domestic total to nearly  $780 million.

"Death on the Nile,'' and "Jackass Forever'' rounded out the top five favorite movies of the weekend.

Target Pay Boost
Target Pay Boost
By: Kobe Siy | Feb. 28, 2022


Target says it's raising the starting wage for workers in some positions to up to $24 an hour.

The increase will apply to hourly workers at discount stores, supply chain facilities, and headquarters.

Target's hourly employees who work a minimum of 25 hours a week will be eligible to enroll in the company medical plan.

The move comes amid a worker shortage in the retail industry, partially due to the pandemic.

Adolescent Health Conditions
Adolescent Health Conditions
By: Kobe Siy | Feb. 28, 2022

People who were obese, smoked, or had a psychological disorder as adolescents might age faster.

The study found by the age of 45 people who had two or more of those health concerns when they were younger walked slower, had an older brain age by two-and-a-half years, and looked at least four years older than their peers who didn't have the same health concerns.

Researchers hope identifying this early can allow medical professionals to help prevent poor health later in life.

 Philadelphia Teachers Resign
Philadelphia Teachers Resign
By: Felicia Louis Y. Valdescona | Feb. 28, 2022

Teacher resignations have jumped in Philadelphia.

A district spokesperson has told Fox Business 169 teachers have left the school district since December.

This number was compared to just 57 during the same two-month period last school year.

The number of teachers on leave or sabbatical is also up.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the district says it's planning to spend two-and-a-half million dollars to train people to become teachers.

Burger King to Reduce Nuggets in Meals Due to Rising Inflation
Burger King to Reduce Nuggets in Meals Due to Rising Inflation
By: Nicole San Juan | Feb. 25, 2022

Burger King's largest franchisee in the U.S, Carrols Restaurant Group (TAST), will soon reduce the nuggets in means from 10 to eight due to "partially offset inflation."

Carrols Restaurant Group operates 14% of Burger Kings' roughly seven thousand U.S locations.

The Group had already begun other menu changes late last year due to the lincreasing food and labor costs.

However, the price of the nugget meals will remain the same.

Burger King reduced the number of discounts they offered and increased prices on some items.

Carrols plans to continue to raise some prices later this year.

According to a study by the Bureau of Labor statistics, restaurant prices rose to 6% in 2021.

Los Angeles Mask Mandate
Los Angeles Mask Mandate
By: Richie Quintero | Feb. 25, 2022

 

L-A County is giving businesses the option to let vaccinated people remove face masks indoors.

The order was modified when the county's Department of Public Health cited decreased COVID-19 risks.

Establishments that allow fully vaccinated patrons to be maskless inside--can do so if they verify that all customers are either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative for the coronavirus.

Individuals who show proof of full vaccination can still choose to wear a mask indoors.

However--businesses can still choose to mandate mask orders.

The modified order will go into effect today.

Law & Order Thursdays Are Back
Law & Order Thursdays Are Back
By: Mica Thomas | Feb. 25, 2022

 

Law & Order made its return to television on Thursday after twelve years.


Fans can expect to see a few faces from the original cast.


Sam Waterston, Anthony Anderson, and Carey Lowell will all be making a return to the show.


Like previous seasons--the show will continue to follow real-world headlines and keep its overall format.

The show airs Thursdays at 8 pm on NBC.

 NBA Players Trying to Leave Ukraine
NBA Players Trying to Leave Ukraine
By: Nicole San Juan | Feb. 25, 2022

Last month, the US State Department urged American citizens in Ukraine to leave.

Now, some American basketball players who stayed with their Ukrainian teams are finding it difficult to get out.

Jerome Randle is among them. He said his friends and family members urged him to leave before it was too late.

However, he didn't want to break his contract with his team and risk losing his income over an invasion that, at the time, was just a possibility.

It wasn't until this week that the Ukrainian SuperLeague finally paused the season.

Before the clubs were unwilling to release players from their contracts or grant them permission to finish the season elsewhere.

The league did pledge to help players get home safely if a war were to break out.

Randall said they were literally held hostage.

More than 30 American players had been playing in the Ukrainian league. It's unknown how many are still in the country, but it is clear that at least a few did not get out before the invasion.

New Zealand Blockade
New Zealand Blockade
By: Andrea Gonzalez | Feb. 25, 2022

Protesters expect thinning New Zealand blockade.

The number of cars and trucks blocking the streets outside New Zealand's parliament was thinning Friday as more protesters were expected to arrive for the weekend including by boats.

For over two weeks now, protesters against the coronavirus vaccine mandates have been camping outside the Parliament.

Those who oppose the vaccine claimed a victory today after the judge ruled in favor of a group of police and military workers.

They argued the mandate affected them unduly by infringing their rights.

Trayvon's Martin's Death 10th Anniversary
Trayvon's Martin's Death 10th Anniversary
By: Leslie Valle | Feb. 24, 2022

In a few days, it will mark the 10-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The 17-year old was fatally shot on February 26, 2012, when visiting his father in Sanford, Florida.

The small city north of Orlando has since tried to address its racial conflicts.

Here's an update on what has happened to those involved in the tragedy.

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, became an activist against gun violence and over the years became a leader in the racial justice movement

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed self-defense against shooting Martin, was later acquitted during a jury trial.

Ben Crump, who represented the teen's family, has become America's most famous social-justice attorney.

Mark O'Mara, who successfully argued Zimmerman acted in self-defense, has since been a CNN legal analyst, a regular commentator on Court TV and has served as president of a national trial lawyers organization.

Angela Corey, Florida State Attorney, indicted Zimmerman on charges including second-degree murder. Corey returned to Jacksonville and was voted out of office in 2016, following several other controversial cases

Bernie de la Rionda, who lead the courtroom prosecution, retired from the office in 2018.

Pepsi's New Soda
Pepsi's New Soda
By: Leslie Valle | Feb. 24, 2022

A whole new type of textured sodas will be coming soon as Pepsi begins to advertise its latest line of colas.

Pepsi has announced a first-of-its-kind nitrogen-infused cola. Nitro Pepsi will release on March 28th.

The soda will come in regular and vanilla flavors having a creamier and smoother taste compared to traditional carbonated sodas. Pepsi recommends a special way of drinking Nitro Pepsi, serving it without ice and not using a straw.

Todd Kaplan, Pepsi's Vice President of marketing says this is a huge leap forward for colas and will redefine the future of the next.

MLB Lockout Can Potentially Shorten Season
MLB Lockout Can Potentially Shorten Season
By: Daniel Sandoval | Feb. 24, 2022

The MLB will be headed to a shortened season if a deal with the player's union isn't reached by Monday.

After a few days of no real movement, the MLB decided to go public with its announcement of cutting the season short.

"A deadline is a deadline. Missed games are missed games.." said an unnamed MLB spokesperson

The union told the league if games are missed, they shouldn't expect players to agree to a proposal expanding the postseason and allow advertisements on uniforms and helmets.

This will be MLB's second shortened season in three years. 2020's schedule was cut to only sixty games due to the coronavirus.

Meetings are scheduled for Thursday and both sides are prepared to meet through Monday.

Delay in COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
Delay in COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
By: Lupita Baltazar | Feb. 23, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it can take up to eight weeks for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to be available for certain people.

Extending the time for vaccines may reduce the risk of myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation.

The CDC says the three or four weeks interval is still recommended for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

The new guidance says an eight-week interval may be optimal for some people ages 12-years and older, especially males 12 through 39 years old.

Overall, the CDC says the benefits of receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are clear regardless of time in between shots.

Feminist Streets
Feminist Streets
By: Melody Soto | Feb. 23, 2022

LA boulevards could soon be renamed in honor of female trailblazers.

According to the Women's March Foundation, three-quarters of the 240 million streets in the U.S. are named after men.

The organization's recently-established, Feminist Street Initiative seeks to change that.

They're campaigning for avenues to be named after women who've made large strides within the arts, social justice fields, and more.

The Feminist Street Initiative will formally request the name changes in a few weeks.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gloria Steinem, and Maya Angelou are just a few of the well-known pioneers that the campaign plans to commemorate.

Park Funding Awarded to LA County
Park Funding Awarded to LA County
By: Giovani Reyes | Feb. 23, 2022

Los Angeles County was awarded more than $26 million in funding for park development projects.

The money awarded is the first of three grant programs through the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure.

County Board of Supervisors Chair, Holly Mitchell says these long-awaited funds for projects will provide needed investment in parks and recreational areas.

More than $9 million will fund 11 natural lands, local beaches and water conservation.

$11 million will fund 13 regional recreation facilities, multi-use trails and accessibility projects.

$6 million will fund parkland projects for wildlife and critical habitat.

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Norma Edith Garcia-Gonzalez says these grant funds are funded through taxpayer dollars to develop, enhance and provide wider access to parks and trails.

Child Exploitation
Child Exploitation
By: Jessica Harper | Feb. 23, 2022

The internet was a tool for Matthew Christian Locher, 31, who allegedly targeted girls with depression, suicidal thoughts, and anorexia.

He groomed them online to engage in self-mutilation and other harmful behavior for his gratification.

One victim was 12 and he convinced her to burn her home with her parents inside.

She was traveling from Ohio to California to engage in illegal sexual activity with him.

In a search warrant, they found that he encouraged, and instructed the victims to produce child pornography and child sexual abuse material in the form of sexually explicit images and video recordings of themselves.

Locher pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. The eight-count indictment charged him with sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a child for the purpose of producing a sexually explicit visual depiction, enticement, and attempted enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and receipt of child pornography.

The victims were devalued and enticed to self-mutilate while sending him the images.

The charges could bring a life sentence in federal prison.

The trial is set for April 19.

Apple Gives Siri New Voices
Apple Gives Siri New Voices
By: | Feb. 23, 2022

Apple will be giving Siri a more gender-neutral voice.

The new voice is part of the beta version of IOS 15.4.

The new voice is called America "Voice 5" meant to sound less male and female.

Last year, Apple removed Siri's female voice as the default.

Users can choose between different male and female options.

Apple plans for the final version of "Voice 5" to be released to the public in a few weeks.

Bring Your Reusable Containers to Fred Meyer
Bring Your Reusable Containers to Fred Meyer
By: Jennifer Valdez | Feb. 23, 2022

If you walk into one of the 25 Fred Meyer stores in Portland this week, you'll find something unusual.

Products such as shampoo, dish soap, barbecue sauce, granola, and more in their usual packaging in glass, aluminum, or heavy-duty plastic, will be different because this time you have to bring those packages back.

The Kroger company is offering a selection of products in reusable packaging rather than single-use plastic in certain Fred Meyer locations.

Customers who buy the Loop products have to pay for the product, as well as a refundable deposit for the packaging varied in products.

Once they finished the product--customers return the empty container to a bin at a participating store and get their deposit back.

LAFD Firefighters Request a New Judge for Their Case
LAFD Firefighters Request a New Judge for Their Case
By: | Feb. 23, 2022

A group of Los Angeles firefighters and their attorney request a new judge to hear their case.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Linfield denied the Firefighters4Freedom suit to receive a preliminary injunction.

The group of firefighters asked to be paid as they awaited hearings about possible termination after they refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

A lawyer of one of the firefighters, John Howard filed court papers claiming that legal errors and comments were made by Linfield.

According to Howard, Linfield was biased towards the groups' request for the injunction.

Linfield supposedly compared those who question the vaccine with those who question if the "Holocaust and moon landing occurred" according to Socalnews.com

If Linfield is removed, a new bench officer will hear the case and decide if the nonprofit group will get its preliminary injunction.

Baseball Lockout Continues
Baseball Lockout Continues
By: Jennifer Valdez | Feb. 22, 2022

No progress has been made toward ending the lockout between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

Both sides are unable to agree to a revised competitive balance tax proposal.

The competitive balance tax, first introduced as a luxury tax but now an unofficial salary cap, was looked at by owners as a way to save money. The biggest concern with CBT is how the tax level hasn't grown at the same rate as MLB revenues.

The initial proposal was to impose a luxury tax of 2.45 million dollars in 2022 under a collective bargaining agreement and would increase in 2026. However MLB's recent CBT proposal showed a significant gap between both sides as they offered an increase to a 2.22 million in last year's deal.

The 2022 season is set to begin on March 31st but is in danger of being delayed if a deal is not reached quickly.

Veggies Effect of Heart Health
Veggies Effect of Heart Health
By: Ryan Burke | Feb. 22, 2022

A dietary study in the United Kingdom is dividing health experts.

The results of a 10-year long analysis of the diets of almost 400-thousand adults was published yesterday in Frontiers in Nutrition, a scientific journal. The findings claim that cooked vegetables do not protect against heart disease.

The study found that the average UK adult only eats a third of a cup of vegetables per day, with the recommended amount being five cups. Less than half of that amount is raw veggies, which the study did prove to be helpful for cardiovascular health.

Experts taking issue with this study claim that people should not use it as an excuse to stop eating veggies.

Nutrition professors are saying that the results are unsurprising and that the focus should be on dietary patterns as a whole, rather than any single type of food.

Miss Alabama Passes Away
Miss Alabama Passes Away
By: Sade Pullen | Feb. 22, 2022

At only 27 years old, Miss Alabama Zoe Bethel passed away on February 18th, after suffering injuries from an undisclosed accident.

Her family says she sustained "severe damage" to her brain and brainstem on February 10th. She was put in a coma and the doctors predicted she would most likely succumb to her injuries

While being the current Miss Alabama for American Strong, she was also a political commentator for RSBN (Right side of Broadcasting Network), a brand ambassador for Turning Point USA, and Liberty University's Falkirk Center

She is survived by her daughter.

PBS Author Ends
PBS Author Ends
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | Feb. 22, 2022

The iconic P-B-S Kids children's show "Arthur" is coming to an end after 25 amazing seasons.

"Arthur" debuted in 1996-- making it the longest-running animated children's TV show in US History.

The final episode aired yesterday. It shows viewers who the characters become as adults.

However, the ending of the show doesn't mean you can't watch older episodes. "Arthur" re-runs of the show will be available on the P-B-S Kids website.

Facebook's Rebrand Facing Issues
Facebook's Rebrand Facing Issues
By: Richie Quintero | Feb. 21, 2022

Facebook is getting a new makeover as the company is rebranding on its vision for a new virtual world.

Cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the changes were needed because they are a metaverse company with a focus on building the future of social connections.

It hasn't been an easy transition-- Google is joining Apple with the ability to opt-out of tracing across their apps.

The changes have affected the Meta's advertising business-- making it hard for Facebook to target ads.

The creation of its VR efforts might help. Meta is developing a tech ecosystem that users will be able to access with its own Quest headsets and own app stores.

Presidential Salaries Haven't Changed Much in 20 years
Presidential Salaries Haven't Changed Much in 20 years
By: Kobe Siy | Feb. 21, 2022

On this President's Day, there's a comparison out looking at Presidential salaries from George Washington to our current President - Joe Biden.

The United States Congress sets the salary of the President. Current President Joe Biden makes $400,000 dollars a year.

Biden's salary does not include a $50,000 dollar expense allowance and a $100,000 allowance for travel and entertainment expenses that he gets on top of his salary.

The Constitution states that the president's income cannot be changed during his term.

2001 was the last time Congress chose to increase the salary, right before George W. Bush entered office.

The first presidential salary was set at $25,000, which is what George Washington made. That number would be close to $799,000 with today's inflation. 

Former President Donald Trump Launches New Social Media App
Former President Donald Trump Launches New Social Media App
By: Savanah Taylor | Feb. 21, 2022

Former President Trump launched a new social app today. 

The app created by Trump Media and Technology Group already has a 150,000 person waitlist for registration.

The app, called Truth Social, is available for download on the App Store on iPhone.

It's unclear if or when it's going to be available for Android devices.

Screenshots posted by Donald Trump Jr. last week show the app looks very similar to Twitter's platform.

CNN reports that posts will be called "Truths" -- and so-called amplifications of posts are known as "retruths."

Truth Social is expected to be fully operational by the end of next month.

Uncharted Takes the Box Office By Storm on President's Day Weekend
Uncharted Takes the Box Office By Storm on President's Day Weekend
By: Giovanni Galvaz | Feb. 21, 2022

A lot of people are spending time at the movies this holiday weekend. A number of films have already made their profits and jumped to the top of the box office.

The video game-based adventure film "Uncharted" is expected to have a profitable President's Day weekend. The movie has already racked up $44 million dollars from Friday to Sunday.

The movie stars Spiderman's Tom Holland, and actor Mark Wahlberg and it's already nailed the top spot for movie box office receipts.

In second place is "Dog", a film about a war veteran and a Belgian Shepherd who helps him adjust after a traumatic brain injury. It stars Channing Tatum, and this weekend it has already brought in just over $15 million dollars.

Holding onto third place for yet another weekend is "Spiderman: No Way Home", bringing in just over $7 million in ticket sales. The film has now made $770 million dollars total domestically since its release.

Student Loans
Student Loans
By: Savanah Taylor | Feb. 21, 2022

The education department erased 415 million dollars in student loan debt for 16,000 borrowers.

Those who attended DeVry University are entitled to borrower defense.

After the institution claimed 90% of its graduates will land job within six months of graduation.

So far, there are about 1,800 borrowers who are eligible for the relief.

The number of borrows are expected to increase as the department continues to review claims.

All borrowers with approved claims will receive full relief.

Billionaire Worries About Welfare of McDonalds' Pigs
Billionaire Worries About Welfare of McDonalds' Pigs
By: Lupita Baltazar | Feb. 21, 2022

Billionaire investor Carl lcahn  targets McDonald's to tackle an issue close to his heart which is the welfare of pigs.

Icahn said he felt emotional to these animals and the unnecessary suffering they have to go through.

His latest campaign involved pushing McDonald's U.S-based pork suppliers to abandon keeping pigs confined in crates so small.

Icahn got involved again because McDonald's never delivered on its commitment one decade ago.

McDonald's pushed back on the proposal from Icahn because it asked for new commitments such as crate-free pork.

From San Diego to Mexico
From San Diego to Mexico
By: Kobe Siy | Feb. 21, 2022

Californians are increasingly moving South of the border for more affordable housing prices.

Baja California, Mexico is just across the border from San Diego, making it an attractive destination for movers to afford a home.

The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in San Diego is around $2,400 and home pricing sits at $850,000.

With those prices, residents are starting to move out.

If this trend continues, rent in Tijuana may get more expensive with more residents.
Current rents range from $400 to $2,500 a month.

Random Acts of Kindness Can Improve Health and Happiness
Random Acts of Kindness Can Improve Health and Happiness
By: Nicole San Juan | Feb. 21, 2022

The Random Act of Kindness Day founders said research showed that helping others improve their self-esteem can boost their own health and happiness.

A study shows the brain's reward center is stimulated when the person puts their own well-being before others.

Experts say kindness contributes to our sense of community and belonging.

A six-week study shows how a person's blood pressure is lowered when they spend money on others. Benefits include a healthy diet and exercise.

Giving seems to lessen our pain; the regions of the brain that react to painful stimulation appear to deactivate the experience of giving.

The regions of the brain reacting to painful stimulation decrease when people perform a random act of kindness. The benefit of giving is happiness.

Random Acts of Kindness Activist was created by the foundation for those wanting a list of random acts of kindness to perform.

Members will get monthly kindness challenges designed to help a worthy cause.

Eating Disorders Also Affects Men Who Workout
Eating Disorders Also Affects Men Who Workout
By: Shivonne Peart | Feb. 21, 2022


The muscle men you see at the gym may be at risk for eating disorders.

Ryan Sheldon, ambassador of the National Eating Disorders Association has battled with problems related to his body image since he was 8-years-old.

With the stereotype of eating disorders only being in teenage girls, experts said it is untrue and around 1 in 3 eating disorders will affect men or boys.

Stuart Murray, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at USC said 10 million males will be affected by eating disorders at some point in their life.

Men feel pressured to obtain what society deems acceptable.

Murray said this happens when behavior and interactions start to rule by the restrictions you put on your ideal body.

We rarely hear cases of men with eating disorders because of the stigmas and exclusion that surround them.

Murray suggested that the only way to treat this problem is let males know they are not alone.

New Wordle Game Update
New Wordle Game Update
By: Shivonne Peart | Feb. 21, 2022

Do you Wordle?
Because the popular Wordle game just updated and here's why your Wordle answers might now be different than your friends'.

The game has one solution per day, every player is trying to guess the same five-letter word.

The New York Times, who recently just bought Wordle eliminated some of the games solutions because they were found to be too difficult.

Words like "wench" and "slave" were also removed from the word list because they are considered offensive.

Some users on social media said that recent solutions made the game more difficult to play since the New York Times took it over.

The website have surged 11% making it by far the biggest weekly gain in any major outlet.

CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro Resigns Amid Criticism Over Handling of Sexual Misconduct Complaints
CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro Resigns Amid Criticism Over Handling of Sexual Misconduct Complaints
By: Blake Johnson | Feb. 18, 2022

California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro resigned today effective immediately.

The decision followed discussions regarding Castro's mishandling of sexual harassment complaints against an administrator when he was president of Fresno State University.

A succession plan to replace Castro will be finalized by the Board of Trustees.

Castro expressed his gratitude for being able to serve for eight years as California State University's chancellor.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Steve Relyea will serve as acting
chancellor until an interim chancellor is selected.

The trustees intend to call for a vote at their March 22-23 meeting.

The meeting is meant to conduct a comprehensive systemwide assessment, with the goals of providing insights, recommendations, and resources to help advance CSU's Title IX and civil rights training, awareness, prevention, and more.

Board of Trustees chair Lillian Kimbel called the February 4th meeting just one day after USA Today published a report questioning a settlement agreement from 2020 where Castro helped broker with then-Fresno State VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Frank Lamas.

According to the USA Today report, as many as a dozen harassment complaints were made against Lamas over a six-year period, including allegations that he stared at women's breasts.

No actions were taken against him until a 2019 complaint that Lamas had allegedly offered to promote a female employee for sexual favors in return.

The allegation was deemed credible and led to the settlement in 2020.

Lamas received a $260,000 payment and left the university with a letter of reference from Castro.

The Archbishops Super Bowl
The Archbishops Super Bowl
By: Sofie Bredahl | Feb. 18, 2022

 

A Super Bowl bet between two Archbishops raised 22,000 dollars for tuition assistance.

Students in Jose Gomez and Dennis Cincinnati's areas will also get ice cream and baked sweets from a local ice cream shop and bakery.

Gomez will hold an ice cream party in Inglewood and Schnurr will meet students in Dayton, Ohio--both on March 1st.

The funds were raised on BishopBigGame.com and the site has been open until today to possibly receive additional donations after the game.

The winning team--Gomez--will get 60 percent of the funds and the other team gets 40 percent--both part of the Catholic Education Foundation.

The Bishops are grateful for their generosity and thank everyone who joined them in their game challenge.

Endemic Policy
Endemic Policy
By: Mica Thomas | Feb. 18, 2022

 

After two years of the coronavirus pandemic--Californians are a step closer to normality with Governor Gavin Newsom's new plan.


California will now be the first state to move into an "endemic" approach to the coronavirus outbreak.


Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the policy will quickly address outbreaks and focus on preventative measures--rather than continuing mandates and business shutdowns.


Newsom said there won't be a definite end to the pandemic--but we have reached the stage where we can better manage the virus as immunity continues to build throughout the state.


In preparation for a possible outbreak--Newsom announced the new plan will address mask supply, vaccination distribution, testing, and additional medical staffing if needed.


The plan will also include wastewater monitoring for virus remnants to detect possible surges.

Storm Eunice in the UK
Storm Eunice in the UK
By: Richie Quintero | Feb. 18, 2022

 

Storm Eunice made its touchdown today as winds as high as 122 miles per hour hit England.

It tore down rooftops, trees, crushed vehicles and caused planes to skid on London's runway.

This was a first for England--with the fastest record to ever pick up speed.

Eunice's high speeds are what make winds storms so dangerous.

Videos have surfaced on social media showing the powerful effects of Eunice.

London's O-2 arena was severely damaged as its roof was stripped off due to the powerful winds.

The building was evacuated and closed.

Many flights were also canceled across London's major airports.

Strong gusts caused aircraft to struggle and wobble mid-air and skid from side to side once they touched the runway.

The aftermath of windstorms is still becoming worse.

The heavy rainfall is causing a rapid sea-level rise.

Railroad companies have urged customers to reconsider their plans and placed restrictions on most lines across the country.

Eunice is the second storm in a week for the UK after Storm Dudley--which left thousands of homes without power.

LGBTQ+ Population is increasing
LGBTQ+ Population is increasing
By: Rocky Walker | Feb. 18, 2022

 

In a generation of openness--there's been a shift towards a more inclusive society.

More Americans are identifying as L-G-B-T-Q.

Numbers have doubled since 2012--reaching a record 7.1 percent.

Gallup polls say this rise can be attributed to Gen-Z.

The poll also says Gen-Z has as many as 21 percent of adults who identify as L-G-B-T-Q.

In a generation that felt less of the stigma towards sexuality--Gen-Z'ers higher rates of alternative sexualities can show a sign of the rights of L-G-B-T-Q people expanding.

Photographer Falls at Rams Victory Celebration
Photographer Falls at Rams Victory Celebration
By: Savanah Taylor | Feb. 18, 2022

 

Quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Rams announced they will be paying all the medical expenses of a photographer who fell from stage during Ram's victory celebration.

Freelance photographer--Kelly Smiley--fell about eight feet from the stage.

Smiley suffered a fractured spine and broke two cameras.

The Rams and the Stafford family said they will be covering all her hospital bills.

They will also be replacing her cameras.

 

The Little Prince Exhibition
The Little Prince Exhibition
By: Blake Johnson | Feb. 18, 2022

 

Classic story The Little Prince is now on display after nearly eight decades. KCSN's Blake Johnson has the latest.

The iconic novella--The Little Prince--is on display at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

The novella arrived at the museum nearly eight decades after it was written by
French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery in New York during World War Two.

Thirty handwritten pages of the original manuscript are on display at the Museum of Decorative Arts.

It sits alongside hundreds of other items from the author's life and works--including drawings, photos, and newspaper clippings to name a few.

Author Saint-Exupery was a writer, pilot and journalist eventually joining the French Air Force in 1940.

After flying to New York attempting to persuade the U.S. to fight alongside France--he finished writing "The Little Prince" and it was published in 1943.

The simple story is about a child who travels the universe gaining wisdom.

The novella has sold over 200 million copies and was translated into nearly 500 different languages.

Saint-Exupery did not live to see its success as he went missing flying a mission in 1944 and was declared dead the following year.

It took Saint-Exupery's great grand-nephew Thomas Riviere three years to piece the exhibition together.

The Covid-19 pandemic halted its public unveiling.

Transporting the pages wasn't easy as Saint-Exupery wrote and drew on very thin sheets called "onion paper."

This made transporting and handling the pages due to how thin they were and their age all that more important.

The exhibition opened on February 17th and runs through June 26th.

Limited Edition Coca-Cola New Flavors
Limited Edition Coca-Cola New Flavors
By: Felicia Louis Y. Valdescona | Feb. 18, 2022

Coca-Cola introduces its "one-of-a-kind" flavors after discontinuing half of its portfolio years ago.

Coca-Cola Starlight is a new limited-edition version of the classic soda that comes in regular and zero sugar.

Starlight is inspired by space and has notes suggestive of stargazing around a pit fire.

It also has a cooling vibe that inspires the sensation of a virus excursion to space.

Coke's also introducing a new marketing strategy.

They are launching a new platform brand called "real magic".

Their marketing strategy is to approach new consumers with music and gaming as their main focus.

When they launch Real Magic, their purpose is to connect and celebrate the experiences that bring happiness to the younger generation today.

Ex-Angel Communication Director Found Guilty
Ex-Angel Communication Director Found Guilty
By: Jesse Barrientos | Feb. 17, 2022

Ex-Angel communication director was found guilty this afternoon of providing drugs to a pitcher who died. Eric Kay was taken into custody after following the decision by the federal jury in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tyler Skaggs, 27, died due to an overdose in the team's hotel during a road trip in Texas in 2019. Kay, 47, is facing up to 20 years in prison. He gave Skaggs oxycodone laced with fentanyl.

Kay was distributing drugs to many players and five former Angels players testified against him.
Skaggs' family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Kay. They also claim the Angel's should've known that Kay was dealing drugs to the players.

The Angles hired someone for their own investigation and they concluded that no one knew about any employee providing drugs.

Laws For Pets
Laws For Pets
By: Debbie Martinez | Feb. 17, 2022

The LA city council is asking the city attorney to require pet stores, veterinarians, dog parks and animal rescue organizations to have certain laws displayed.

Nine laws will have to be displayed for all pet owners to see and these certain laws are recommended by the Department of Animal Services.

The laws include; a requirement to neuter your pets, not leave them unattended in a vehicle, if plan to sell must have a special permit, pets must be licensed, dogs must be on a leash when on properties or places of residence, must clean up after their pet in public, prohibiting tying dogs to stationary objects for more than three hours in a 24 hour period, households are only allowed to have up to three dogs and three cats and its illegal to feed mammalian predators.

The city council is now waiting for approval but the mayor will also need to approve these laws.

LGBTQ inTV Highest Since 90s
LGBTQ inTV Highest Since 90s
By: Jesse Barrientos | Feb. 17, 2022


GLAAD reports 12% of characters in TV are part of the LGBTQ Community. That's the highest it has been in 26 years. With as many as 637 LGBTQ characters all over TV.

The streaming platforms with these characters were Apple T-V plus, Disney plus, HBO Max, Paramount plus and Peacock, joining Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. With the whole total of 358 of them being on streaming platforms. With most of its characters being on Netflix at 155.

Forty percent of them were lesbian as well as 35% of them were gay. The growing rate of the LGBTQ Community in TV it's helping tell about the community. As well as focusing on LGBTQ people of color and people living with HIV.

Stranger Things Final Season
Stranger Things Final Season
By: Mica Thomas | Feb. 17, 2022

Netflix has announced their hit series " Stranger Things" will end with season five.

The franchise will air the first part of its fourth season on May 27th. The second part is set to air on July 1st.

The show quickly grew a large fan base when it hit the platform in 20-16--- leading Netflix to become one of the top streaming services. Since then, it has morphed into a growing franchise-- with video games, theme park attractions, merchandise, and more.

Although the show is coming to an end, its creators say we might see the remnants of the upside-down lasting beyond the life of the series. With the end of "Stranger Things", Netflix now plans to focus on creating more franchises out of their series.

Photographer Hospitalized After Fall at Rams Parade
Photographer Hospitalized After Fall at Rams Parade
By: Clara Minaya | Feb. 17, 2022

The photographer who took a fall during the Rams' victory celebration is still hospitalized. Kelly Smiley was trying to snap a picture of Rams Quarterback Matthew Stafford when she fell at least eight feet down. Videos showed the quarterback seeing the fall then quickly turning around and walking away. His wife, Kelly Stafford, also reacted to the fall and looked down. Stafford has been met with some backlash over his reaction.

Smiley has since tweeted out that she is okay but she has fractured her spine. Both her cameras are also broken. Smiley has done work for the NFL, NBA, and NHL.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for her by Tim Kothlow, an NFL photo editor. Kothlow hopes the money can help Smiley get back on her feet after she fully recovers. Nearly 19 thousand dollars has been raised.

Do Good, Feel Good, it's Real!
Do Good, Feel Good, it's Real!
By: Leslie Valle | Feb. 17, 2022

Studies show spreading kindness not only helps others to feel better but can also benefit the giver's health and happiness.

Kindness can boost one's happiness in as little as three days due to the reward centers of the brain being stimulated producing what's called helpers high.

The benefits of spreading kindness are just as large as those who have healthy diets and exercise habits. It can also contribute to our sense of community and belonging.

An act of kindness doesn't have to be a big one, hold the door open for someone or even give a genuine compliment!

Companies Offering New Perks
Companies Offering New Perks
By: Jesse Barrientos | Feb. 17, 2022

Companies are struggling to keep and hire employees. Some are offering better benefits and other luxuries.

Software firm WANdisco has shortened the workweek down to a 32-hour week with most of the employees picking Friday off. CEO David Richards says the short week is working with an employee declining a job offer from another company when the short workweek began.

MikeWorldWide,-- a Public Relations agency,-- is paying their employees before they begin to work. It offers a week of paid time off to new hires.

Some offer signing bonuses up to 10,000 dollars as well as raises to help attract more employees.

As well as a fast hire and offer approach to attract new workers.

Bank of America donates to LA Regional Food Banks
Bank of America donates to LA Regional Food Banks
By: Leslie Valle | Feb. 17, 2022

Bank of America has donated 250-thousand dollars to the LA Regional food bank, that's the equivalent of one million meals!

The money was raised through Bank of America's pledge to donate 100-dollars for every LA area employee who received the COVID-19 booster shot during the month of January.

President and C-E-O of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Engaged says the partnerships in the community are what makes the work possible.

The bank has donated nearly one million dollars to hunger-relief efforts since the pandemic began, along with more than 1-million pieces of personal protective equipment to area non-profits and food banks.

Fire Danger in California Could Increase by 2100
Fire Danger in California Could Increase by 2100
By: Clara Minaya | Feb. 17, 2022

Rising temperatures could increase the number of high-risk fire days in Southern California. The high-risk fire days could double by the year 2100 if the average temperature increases by 9 degrees. This would bring the number of days to 58 per year.

A new study says this is likely unless there is a large reduction of greenhouse gases. Although they would still increase 60 percent even with a temperature rise of about 5 degrees.

California has not seen a large jump in acreage burn area for the past 45 years but has seen larger fires over the years. Examples include the Woolsey and Thomas fire.

Halyna Hutchins Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Alec Baldwin
Halyna Hutchins Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Alec Baldwin
By: Kobe Siy | Feb. 16, 2022

 

The husband and son of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins filed a wrongful death lawsuit today against actor Alec Baldwin.

The lawsuit comes after Balwin fatally shot Hutchins while discharging a live round from a gun on the movie set "Rust."

Baldwin repeatedly claims he did not know how a live round came onto the set.

Hutchins' attorney Brian Panish says there were numerous violations of industry standards occurred by Baldwin.

Other lawsuits have been filed over the shooting--including one from a script supervisor who was standing next to Hutchins when the shooting occurred.

LA Firefighter Lawsuit Dismissed
LA Firefighter Lawsuit Dismissed
By: Sofie Bredahl | Feb. 16, 2022

 

A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Los Angeles firefighters - fired for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Judge based his ruling on the fact that a previous court found that under the U-S constitution compulsory vaccination is lawful.

This is just one case in a long line of vaccination mandate lawsuits.

The firefighters, represented by Firefighters-4-freedom - argued that the mandate violates their constitutionally protected right to privacy - and that - even during an emergency - they should have been entitled to a hearing before being fired.

 

Metro Shortage
Metro Shortage
By: Lupita Baltazar | Feb. 16, 2022

 

LA Metro will temporarily reduce bus,--rail service starting Sunday due to operator shortage.

Metro says the busiest bus lines will run every five to 15 minutes on weekdays.

Trains will run every 15 minutes instead of every 10 minutes during peak hours.

The agency aims to begin service restoration in June.

Metro officials say they are working to reduce service strategically throughout the network with an equity lens.

The NextGen Bus Plan is Metro's re-imagined system.

The goal of the plan is to double the number of frequent Metro bus lines.

Metro says in order for full service to be restored--it will need to have no more than 30 new COVID-19 cases per month among operators.

 

Super Bowl Became the Biggest TV Rating Since 2017
Super Bowl Became the Biggest TV Rating Since 2017
By: Melody Soto | Feb. 16, 2022

A whopping 112.3 million viewers tuned in for Super Bowl LVI, which is the biggest audience for any television program since 2017, according to Nielsen ratings.

The big game also made history on streaming services, becoming the most watched NFL game ever.

The Super Bowl programming and Winter Olympics coverage gave NBC the largest prime-time audience of any network since 2020.

It drew in an average of 23.33 million spectators between Feb. 7 and Sunday.

The most watched non-sports prime-time program was Fox's "9-1-1: Lone Star," at 5.177 million viewers.

Jeopardy's National College Championship was ABC's top show. Its Friday episode, alone, averaged 4.6 million spectators.

CBS' "Super Bowl Greatest Commercials: All-Time Classics" special recorded 4.595 million viewers.

In Spanish-language media, Univision continued its reign with 115-consecutive weeks at number one, averaging 1.41 million viewers.

Capital Attack Sentence
Capital Attack Sentence
By: Nicole San Juan | Feb. 16, 2022

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to probation in U.S. Capitol attack after he revealed he had lost his job and now delivers pizza.

Edward McAlanis says he was fired for participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack, this revelation came to light during his sentence hearing on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing at the riot.

His sentence was six months of probation, $500 in restitution and 60 hours of community service. However, in exchange for a plea, three other charges were dropped against him.

McAlanis says he hopes to learn from this experience and hopes to have his job back at East Cocalico Township's Parks and recreation board, which he chaired until he was fired.

Uber Is Now Allowing Customer Rating By Drivers
Uber Is Now Allowing Customer Rating By Drivers
By: Jessica Harper | Feb. 16, 2022


New update on the Uber app allows the drivers rate their customers.

The rating system let's the user know if they have a one star rating.

The older version of the app only allowed the customer to see the drivers rating but now they also can express their opinions on the customers.

This holds the driver and passenger accountable.

If any one of them have too many one stars they will be kicked off the platform says the company.

One of the reasons for a one star rating is slamming the door.

Critics Choice Awards
Critics Choice Awards
By: Tatiana Ramirez | Feb. 16, 2022

The 27th annual Critics Choice Awards will be held internationally. 

Critics Choice Awards will take place in both Century City and London. CEO Joey Berlin says the role of the Awards in the entertainment world has grown exponentially.

After the pandemic forced them to move their initial January show date, they felt a need to add a second stage in London.

Berlin says they want to ensure all honorees would have the opportunity to participate in the live telecast.

The ceremonies will be held on March 13th with a live broadcast on The CW and TBS.

Actors Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer will be hosts of the award ceremony.

MJ Rodriguez Announced as GLAAD Award Winner
MJ Rodriguez Announced as GLAAD Award Winner
By: Ryan Burke | Feb. 16, 2022


"Pose" actress MJ Rodriguez has been announced as the winner of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award in this year's Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards.

The award honors LGBTQ members in the entertainment industry who have used their careers to promote acceptance.

Rodriguez, a trans woman, will receive the accolade at the 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony on April 2, in Los Angeles.

Her portrayal as Blanca in "Pose" has received praise from GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis for being one of the most impactful and important for trans women of color.

She won a Golden Globe for the role in January, making history as the first trans woman to do so.

Nevada University Students Wants Mask Mandates Back
Nevada University Students Wants Mask Mandates Back
By: Jennifer Valdez | Feb. 16, 2022

Nevada University students walk out of class in protest, demanding to reinstate the mask mandate.

A video published online, captured of dozens of students chanting to reinstate mask mandate across campus in Reno, Nevada.

Nevada Fox News reported 1,500 signatures had been gathered in support of the reinstallation of the COVID-19 mask mandate.

The video was immediately criticized by conservatives on social media, with many pointing out that ending the mandate does not mean students can't wear masks if they choose.

3G Shutdown
3G Shutdown
By: Giovani Reyes | Feb. 16, 2022

The 3G shutdown will not just impact older phones but other product will require updates to continue working.

With AT&T's 3G network shutting down and others following later this year, home alarm systems, medical devices, and in-car crash notifications will require updates.

Many mobile carriers have urged customers to swap their older 3G phones to newer ones.

If left unaddressed, millions of cars may no longer be able to contact first responders or get traffic alerts.

Security business, such as "My Alarm Center" says even if the alarm appears to function, it will no longer communicate with central services station for emergency services.

Companies have moved on to 4G and more recently to 5G networks.

LA Rams Victory Parade
LA Rams Victory Parade
By: Giovani Reyes | Feb. 15, 2022

The Los Angeles Rams are planning a Super Bowl Victory Parade.

The Rams claimed the Super Bowl title on Sunday with a 23 to 20 victory over the Bengals.

Rams Chief Operating Officer--Kevin Demoff--says the parade will start at the Shrine Auditorium and end at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum--where a rally will be held.

The exact route of the parade wasn't confirmed.

The Los Angeles Times-- citing team officials say the parade is expected to start at 11 A-M.

Fans are suggesting the Rams parade be celebrated with the Laker and Dodger victories.

Lebron James says Lakers, Dodgers and Rams should all do a joint parade together.

Dodgers and Lakers were denied victory parades following their 2020 championships due to the pandemic.

Lose Your Vaccination Card?
Lose Your Vaccination Card?
By: Daniel Sandoval | Feb. 15, 2022

Vaccine cards are like gold nowadays, but what If you lose it?

Although it might feel like the end of the world because that little white paper gives you access to so many things - there are plenty of ways to get a new one.

First off, do not contact the C-D-C.

Although their logo is on the card, they aren't the ones who administered your vaccine.

Your best bet is to look online -- some states give the option for people to view their records online through certain websites and apps.

Another option is - if you got your vaccine at a pharmacy - most likely it has the information saved and can issue you a new card.

Lastly, if none of those options work out for you, check out your state's department's immunization information record system.

All vaccine providers are required to submit vaccine data to the system.

You'll be able to get your vaccination record which you can take to your doctor who MAY be able to issue you a replacement card.

3G is Shutting Down
3G is Shutting Down
By: Cynthia Gonzalez | Feb. 15, 2022

 3G networks are shutting down sooner than you think.

Many are in for a new phone or even a new car.

A-T-&-T is shutting down their 3G technology on February 22nd.

This shut down will not just affect older phones--but alarm and car systems as well.

Many features such as fall detectors or in-car crash notifications--will be lost for good if there is no software upgrades.

Dimitris Mavrakis--a senior director at a market research firm--says 4G and 5G networks are ultimately better than 3G so there is no reason to keep it around.

Inglewood Passes the Torch to Arizona to Host Super Bowl LVII
Inglewood Passes the Torch to Arizona to Host Super Bowl LVII
By: Shivonne Peart | Feb. 14, 2022

From Inglewood to Arizona.

NFL officials have officially announced that Arizona's State Farm Stadium in Glendale will host Super Bowl LVII  next year. 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a formal announcement at the Los Angeles Convention Center and said he has a great team to help him organize Super Bowl LVII 2023. 

The stadium is the home of the Arizona Cardinals and the annual Fiesta Bowl college game

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said he's ready to show the world what his city is capable of doing. 

"With Arizona's unique mix of culture, from our... nation's native people to our rich Latino heritage, coupled with world-class venues, I'm confident that we will make Super Bowl LVII the best yet and one the world will anticipate," said Ducey.

 

Expect To Pay More Money For Valentine's Day Chocolates This Year
Expect To Pay More Money For Valentine's Day Chocolates This Year
By: Richie Quintero | Feb. 14, 2022

Valentine's Day chocolates might cost you a bit more than usual this year.

That's because the cost of creating chocolates has gone up due to inflation and supply chain issues.

According to the Bureau of Labor, the price of sugar rose nearly 5% since the year 2000. Milk prices also went up slightly over 4% percent and peanut butter costs rose just under 4% percent more than it did two decades ago.

Despite the rise in prices, many chocolate shops say they're having trouble keeping products on their shelves.

Overall, Valentine's Day 2022 confectionary sales are expected to top $3.4 billion.

US Temporarily Suspends Avocado Imports on Super Bowl Eve
US Temporarily Suspends Avocado Imports on Super Bowl Eve
By: Giovanni Galvaz | Feb. 14, 2022

The U.S government has put a temporary suspension on Mexican avocado imports.

According to the Mexican Agriculture Department, the suspension is coming after an U.S plant safety inspector received a threating message by a drug cartel while inspecting avocados in Uruapan, Michoacán.

this isn't the first time an inspector has been threatened by a drug cartel. Avocado plantations have been the at the center of drug cartels territory wars for years now.  

The Association of Avocado Exporting Producers and Packers of Mexico (APEAM) were ready to reveal their Super Bowl ad for this year, hoping to make guacamole a timely tradition.

However, that was turned down at the eve of the Super Bowl due to the suspension.

APEAM had withdrawn from making Super Bowl ads for almost a decade due to the expensive asking price for an ad spot.

ABC News said the ad featured Julius Caesar and a rough bunch of gladiator fans outside what appears to be the Colosseum, soothing their apparently violent differences by enjoying guacamole and avocados.

The last time the U.S had an Mexican avocado export ban was in 1914 to prevent scabs, weevils, and other pests from entering the United States. Inspectors were then appointed to check on the products.

There is no time set for when the suspension will be uplifted.

More Millionaires in Space
More Millionaires in Space
By: Ryan Burke | Feb. 14, 2022

The space trips, dubbed the Polaris missions, are intended to reach the Van Allen radiation belt- which spans thousands of miles above the Earth.

The aim is to study the effects of space radiation on the human body.

Isaacman, who bought the first Space-X tourism flight "Inspiration 4" last year, will be joined by veteran Air Force pilot Scott Poteet and SpaceX engineers Sarah Gillis and Anna Menon.

Poteet is the former Vice President of Isaacman's company, Shift 4, and Gillis and Menon are on track to be the first SpaceX employees in space.

The first Polaris mission is planned to take place later this year.

Isaacman has not said how much the space flights will cost.

Super Bowl goes from Inglewood to Arizona
Super Bowl goes from Inglewood to Arizona
By: Shivonne Peart | Feb. 14, 2022

NFL officials have officially announced that Arizona's State Farm Stadium in Glendale will host Super Bowl LVII next year.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a formal announcement at the Los Angeles Convention Center and said he has a great team to help him organize the  Super Bowl LVII 2023.

The stadium is the home of the Arizona Cardinals and the annual Fiesta Bowl college game.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said he's ready to show the world what his city is capable of doing.

"With Arizona's unique mix of culture, from our... nation's native people to our rich Latino heritage, coupled with world-class venues, I'm confident that we will make Super Bowl LVII the best yet and one the world will anticipate," said Ducey.

COVID and the Economy
COVID and the Economy
By: Giovanni Galvaz | Feb. 14, 2022

Inflation during the pandemic hasn't stopped Americans from making money. In fact, most Americans have come out ahead economically.

Relief checks from Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump along with the growing demand for labor has put workers at a great advantage.

Labor workers are now getting better pay while not falling behind due to inflation in the nation.

Middle class and higher income Americans also benefit from the pandemic with higher value on assets and the ability to switch jobs with ease.

The unemployment rate dropped to 4% despite the highest rate of inflation seen in four decades. However, this year also saw the highest annual economic growth in four decades.

American's overall income increased 5% between December 2019 and December 2021.

Airlines and the Fight of the 5G Rollout
Airlines and the Fight of the 5G Rollout
By: Tatiana Ramirez | Feb. 14, 2022

 

Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration are concerned about airline radio altimeters being affected by the 5G repeaters.

AT&T and Verizon's 5G networks were installed last month.

They are already available for millions of Americans everywhere except for certain airports due FAA critics about the 5G affecting airline radio altimeters.

Wired reports that United Airlines says the 5G signals could interfere with the key safety equipment which the pilots rely on to take off and land when weather rises.

After Airlines for America received signatures from major airline CEOs, the U.S. Transportation Department secretary, both companies postponed the 5G installations near airports.

AT&T says they continue to inform the aviation industry and the FAA about their 5G deployment.

 

Anti Gun Violence Activists Pressures Biden about Gun Laws
Anti Gun Violence Activists Pressures Biden about Gun Laws
By: Micah Hall | Feb. 14, 2022

Anti-gun violence activists are hopeful in pressuring president Biden to take action on the gun violence issue in schools.

The March For Our Lives group rallied outside the White House and prompted Biden to take a more assertive approach.

The leader of the group-- David Hogg says that Biden has only made small steps and has not been receptive to their demands.

The coalition asks the President to establish a national office of gun violence prevention.

Biden reaffirmed his call on Congress to pass gun laws.

But March For Our Lives says that Biden's response to the rise in gun violence is insufficient.

Abortions in Texas Dramatically Fell in the First Month of The Abortion Ban
Abortions in Texas Dramatically Fell in the First Month of The Abortion Ban
By: Zena Taher | Feb. 11, 2022

Abortions in Texas dropped by 60 percent in September after the country's most restrictive abortion law took effect according to new figures from the state's Health and Human Services Commission.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission said in the first report to show a full accounting of the impact that the number of abortions in the state dropped by over 3,000 during that month.

The decline came as a result of the new law banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

A heartbeat is usually detectable at around 6 weeks of pregnancy.

The law has been the most restrictive abortion legislation to affect the United States in decades.

Heatwave and High Winds hit Southern California
Heatwave and High Winds hit Southern California
By: Mica Thomas | Feb. 11, 2022

 The heatwave over South L A is here to stay throughout Super Bowl weekend.

Heavy winds also brought wind advisories to Los Angeles County, the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Clarita, and San Gabriel Valley.

In some mountain areas, winds reached up to seventy miles per hour.

Sunday's temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper eighties.

It could set a new record for the highest temperature during a Super Bowl game.

A heat advisory will go into effect on Sunday until six p-m for the Inland Empire, Orange County, San Fernando, and San Gabriel Valley.

Temperatures in these areas are also expected to be in the high eighties.

Socal residents are advised to take caution if working or spending time outside during the heat advisory.

The Canadian Blockade
The Canadian Blockade
By: Sofie Bredahl | Feb. 11, 2022

Ontario's Prime Minister--Justin Trudeau--has declared a state of emergency in reaction to the truck blockades at the U.S. and Canadian border.

Drivers have been protesting since Monday against Canada's Covid-19 restrictions including the vaccine mandate.

The truckers are blocking the Ambassador Bridge and disrupting the auto industry.

This passage carries 25-percent of the U.S and Canadian trade which has caused President Biden and other state leaders to urge Canada to solve the situation quickly.

The protest is also adding to the pandemic food shortages.

The Canadian restrictions have been a lot more strict than those here in the U.S. but mask rules and vaccine passports to get into places like restaurants and theaters are rapidly being lifted.

However--Trudeau stands firm against lifting the vaccine mandate.

He says there will be consequences for the disruption of traffic.

The violators will face up to one year in prison and a maximin fine of 100,000 Canadian dollars.

The protests have spread to other parts of the world as well.

Olympic Mascot's Voice Controversy
Olympic Mascot's Voice Controversy
By: Blake Johnson | Feb. 11, 2022

 Beijing's 2022 Olympic panda mascot--Bing Dwen Dwen--was a crowd favorite--until he started talking.

Fans of Bing Dwen Dwen were outraged to hear him speak with a deep, masculine voice on a Chinese TV show.

The immediate backlash caught the CCTV network by surprise.

One user commented on Weibo--China's Twitter-like platform--saying they were caught very off guard hearing the panda talk.

Others said they were so mortified they couldn't finish the program.

One post even gained 20-thousand reports complaining about the mascot's voice on the platform.

Many shared their disappointment on the hashtag "Bing Dwen Dwen started talking" before it was banned from Weibo by censors.

Some were even checking the rulebook for whether a mascot has the ability to talk.

The panda won the hearts of many during the Winter Games through dancing.

However, the mascot's popularity may be falling fast with this latest outrage.

The Beijing Olympic Committee signed a contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) prohibiting Bing Dwen Dwen from talking following the outrage.

Snowboarding Legend Shaun White Has Disappointing Finish in His Last Olympic Games
Snowboarding Legend Shaun White Has Disappointing Finish in His Last Olympic Games
By: Andrea Gonzalez | Feb. 11, 2022

United States snowboarder Shaun White finished his final performance of his Olympic career with a disappointing performance in the men's snowboard halfpipe at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist could not land his next trick after the frontside 1440 open, barely missing a spot on the podium as he finished in fourth place in the competition. 

The crowd of fans, journalists. and athletes cheered for the 35-year-old White as he skated to the bottom for the last time in his Olympic career.

"A lot of emotions are hitting me right now, the cheering from the crowd, some kind words from my fellow competitors at the bottom, I'm so happy," said the emotional 35-year-old snowboarding legend. 

White's 2006 debut at the Turin Olympic Games earned him the name "the flying tomato" due to his vibrant red hair. 

In addition to the Olympics, White also won 13 X Games titles throughout his career.

White competed at five Olympic Games in his career, including Vancouver in 2010 where he first debuted his signature Tomahawk trick. 

 

 

PGA Awards
PGA Awards
By: Rocky Walker | Feb. 11, 2022

The Producers Guild of America has chosen to honor HBO's "Insecure" creator and star, Issa Rae, with their 2022 Visionary Award.

This award honors producers from film, TV or other media who share stories that uplift and add value to society and culture.

She is being honored not only for her work in the film, but also her work through her mentorship programs such as ColorCreative and her recent Project Greenlight.

Another award recipient will be Rita Moreno for the 2022 Stanley Kramer Award.

According to PGA, she is receiving this award for "a production, producer or other individuals whose achievement or
contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues." 

For the Norman Lear Achievement Award, producer, writer and direct Greg Berlanti is the winner for the remarkable arts of television category.

PGA has also 10 films in the Best Theatrical Film Award which has been a prediction for the winner of the Oscars.

The ceremony for the 33rd Annual PGA Awards will happen on Mar. 19th at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City.

 

 

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Judd Apatow to Host DGA Awards
Judd Apatow to Host DGA Awards
By: Blake Johnson | Feb. 10, 2022

The 74th annual Director's Guild of America Awards will be hosted by Judd Apatow. It'll be Apatow's third time hosting the D-G-As on March 12th. He previously hosted in 2018 and 2020.

Presented virtually last year, the awards will return to in-person from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Apatow accepted his hosting duties with a tongue in cheek remark saying; "I am so excited to host again as part of my ONGOING campaign for the
Lifetime Achievement Award".

Beth McCarthy-Miller was named Awards chair for the event. Miller even had a joke for Apatow's Lifetime Achievement Award aspirations saying; "And I will do my best to explain to Judd that hosting in no way gets you a Lifetime Achievement Award."

The nominees are stacked including Steven Spielberg for "West Side Story," Jane Campion for "The Power of the Dog," Kenneth Branagh for "Belfast," Paul Thomas Anderson for "Licorice Pizza" and Denise Villeneuve for "Dune." Spielberg, Campion, Branagh and Thomas Anderson also grabbed Oscar's nominations for the mentioned films in the best director category.

Much like the Producers Guild of America is a strong indicator of success in the best-picture category on Oscar night, the D-G-A award winner historically is a solid predictor for who will take home best director at the Academy Awards.

Since 1948, only eight times has the winner of the D-G-A for directing not gone on to win the Oscar.

Most recently in 2020 when Sam Mendes won the DGA award for "1917" but the Oscar went to Bong Joon Ho for "Parasite."

Ancient Egypt has Archaeologists Working Tirelessly!
Ancient Egypt has Archaeologists Working Tirelessly!
By: Jessica Harper | Feb. 10, 2022

Large discoveries were made at the site of Athribis, an ancient settlement around Luxor. Archaeologists uncovered over 18-thousand pieces of pottery.

Lines were written as a form of punishment for badly behaved students. Many of the pottery pieces known as ostraca originated from an ancient school. Hundreds had lines written meaning lots of naughty students.

Other fragments included a child's drawing of three human forms, as well as pictorial representations of gods, geometric figures and animals like scorpions and swallows.

University of Tübingen Professor Christian Leitz, who led the excavations alongside a team from Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities says is very rare to find such a large amount.

Athribis has been the subject of excavations for over 100 years. In 2003 the Athribis project was launched. The archaeological site is so large that most of it hasn't been excavated. There are two temples that are still buried in the sand.

The finds center on a temple that was built by the pharaoh Ptolemy XII and later decorated by successive Roman emperors. The temple has since been opened to visitors, while the wider archeological site contains the remains of a necropolis, quarries and a human settlement.

Los Angeles Launches Tax Help Initiative
Los Angeles Launches Tax Help Initiative
By: Daniel Sandoval | Feb. 10, 2022

Mayor Garcetti announces the launch of an initiative that will help low-income households get free tax preparations.

Free Tax Prep L.A. 2022 will help those households receive up to ten thousand dollars in tax credits. Participants will be paired with experts and I-R-S certified volunteers to help them file their taxes. People who are eligible must make under $57,000 a year. The program also offers free legal services for audits and payment plans

Assistance is offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Persian, Armenian and Korean. This project is a partnership between the Los Angeles Community Investment for Families Department, the Koreatown Youth and Community Center and United Way Greater L-A.

Study Reveals Flu-Like Illness in Dinosaur
Study Reveals Flu-Like Illness in Dinosaur
By: Clara Minaya | Feb. 10, 2022

A study reveals what could be the first case of respiratory infection in a dinosaur.

Researchers used a C-T scan to determine a bone growth in a dinosaur's fossil was formed in response to a respiratory infection. The infection then likely spread to its neck bones. They think the dinosaur got sick after being too close to birds during nesting season.

The fossil belongs to a diplodocid scientists have named "Dolly" after Dolly Parton. Dolly's complete skull and neck bones were found in 19-90 in Montana and the gender is still unknown. Researchers say Dolly most likely suffered from Pneumonia or flu-like symptoms. Dolly died at about 15 or 20 years of age but don't know if the infection was the cause of death.

Director of Paleontology at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, Montana, Carry Woodruff says this study will help us understand dinosaur diseases.

Inflation Reaches an All-Time High
Inflation Reaches an All-Time High
By: Daniel Sandoval | Feb. 10, 2022

President Biden says Americans are facing financial stress after the key inflation report shows annual inflation has reached seven and a half percent.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics announced that it is the highest annual price climb since February 1982. This report comes as the U-S continues to struggle with supply chain issues,-- consumer prices and a mountain of other dilemmas stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. Economic concerns among Americans have resulted in Biden's approval ratings plummeting drastically in recent months.

In December, inflation rose to six-point-eight percent and that was thought to be the peak.

President Biden says he believes the projected inflation will ease by the end of the year.

Broken Heart Syndrome
Broken Heart Syndrome
By: Mica Thomas | Feb. 10, 2022

Broken heart syndrome can be fatal.

During an episode of broken heart syndrome, or cardiomyopathy, the rush of adrenaline can cause blood vessels in the heart to constrict. This leads to a decrease in blood flow to the heart.

Sudden emotional trauma can shock the heart, altering its shape and preventing it from properly functioning, which can potentially lead to heart failure.

Broken heart syndrome can also be caused by physical triggers, such as surgery, pneumonia, asthma attacks, and stroke. Doctors say over half of the broken heart syndrome cases that have been diagnosed were linked to physical triggers.

Covid-19 infections have also been a concern for doctors regarding increased broken heart syndrome cases. The potential damage done to the lungs and blood vessels near the heart as a result of the virus may make individuals more likely to experience an episode.

Bob Saget Cause of Death
Bob Saget Cause of Death
By: Melody Soto | Feb. 10, 2022

Comedian Bob Saget's cause of death was head trauma.

The entertainer's body was discovered in a Florida hotel room last month, causing speculation over his passing. The 65-year-old was on a comedy tour and appeared to be in good health. According to authorities, Saget must have accidentally hit the back of his head and then fell asleep.

Drugs and alcohol were ruled out as possible contributors to his death.

In a statement, family members said they wanted to inform fans directly about the news. They asked the public to remember Saget by the laughter he brought to the world.

Team USA takes home the gold in Beijing Olympics
Team USA takes home the gold in Beijing Olympics
By: Clara Minaya | Feb. 10, 2022

Snowboarder Chloe Kim won the gold medal for Team USA for the women's halfpipe in the Beijing Olympics. Kim, the defending Olympic champion, had a near-flawless performance landing frontside 10 and cab 10 tricks.

She says she was very emotional after the win since she had a rough practice where she missed many of her landings. She scored 94 points.

Spain won the silver and Japan took the bronze.

Kim's gold medal is not the only one for Team USA. Nathan Chen took home the gold for men's figure skating. It is not only Chen's first gold medal but the United States' first one in men's figure skating since 2010.

The 22-year-old also set a new world record and earned the nickname "quad king"

Federal Courts Resume In Los Angeles
Federal Courts Resume In Los Angeles
By: Kobe Siy | Feb. 9, 2022

 With COVID-19 cases declining--federal courts in the Central District of California will resume civil and criminal jury trials on February 22.

That will be the earliest date jurors can be called in.

Full operations within the region's federal courthouse resume in two weeks.

Due to the spread of the Omicron variant--the Central District continued to suspend jury trials last month.

Central District courthouses can be found in Los Angeles, Riverside, Pasadena and Santa Ana.

CDC guidelines are still in effect and anyone entering the courtroom must abide by those rules regarding masks.

SoCal Heat
SoCal Heat
By: Lupita Baltazar | Feb. 9, 2022

 The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Los Angeles County starting today and lasting through Sunday evening.

Highs in the mid-to-upper 80s and lows in the mid-50s are expected through the rest of the week..along with isolated winds of 60 miles per hour.

The Super Bowl is this weekend and forecasters say the heat could hit a February record by Sunday's kickoff.

For most Southern Californians--the weather is no big deal as opposed to visitors from colder climes.

The beaches are expected to be only a few degrees cooler than inland areas thanks to the cooler sea breezes.

Snoop Dogg Goes Back to his Roots
Snoop Dogg Goes Back to his Roots
By: Ryan Burke | Feb. 9, 2022

 Snoop Dogg is now the owner of Death Row Records.

The rapper was a founding member of the label along with artists like Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre.

Death Row Records has gone through a number of ownership changes since going bankrupt in 2006. It had most recently been owned by The Blackstone Group.

Specifics of the deal were not released.

The purchase comes just days before Snoop Dogg is set to perform in the half-time show Sunday at the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium.

The Oscar Nominations are Out!
The Oscar Nominations are Out!
By: Giovani Reyes | Feb. 8, 2022

 The nominees for the 94th Academy Awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Nominations made the announcment this morning through a live-stream co-hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan.

Leading with 12 nominations is The Power of the Dog-- followed by Dune with ten nominations for Dune and Belfast and West Side Story each with six nominations.

The Power of the Dogs also leads in major categories including nominations for Benedict Cumberbatch for best actor as Jesse Plemos, and Kodi Smit-Mcphee and Kirsten Dunst for supporting actor and actress.

Nominations for Actress in a Leading Role went to Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Olivia Coleman in The Last Daughter, Penelope Cruz in Parallel Mothers and Nicole Kidman in Being the Ricardos and Kristen Stewart in Spencer.

To qualify for Oscar consideration the films must have opened between March 2021 to December 2021.

The Oscars presentation is set for March 27th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

School Mask Mandate
School Mask Mandate
By: Giovani Reyes | Feb. 8, 2022

 Governors in four states plan to lift statewide mask requirements in schools by the end of the month.

Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Oregon say the virus is never going away and Americans need to find a way to co-exist with it.

New Jersey Governor--Phil Murphy--says we have to learn how to live with COVID as we move from a pandemic to an endemic phase of the virus.

Oregon's mask mandate for schools will be lifted by March thirty-first.

Doctor Dean Sidelinger--the state medical officer--will meet with education and health officials to ensure student safety.

Officials here in California say they plan to end indoor masking requirements for vaccinated people in the upcoming weeks.

The Cause of the Mysterious Tsunami
The Cause of the Mysterious Tsunami
By: Jesse Barrientos | Feb. 8, 2022

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena discovered what caused the mysterious worldwide tsunami in August of 20-21.

A seven-point five earthquake around the South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean led to the worldwide tsunami

The epicenter was 30 miles below Earth's surface.

There was a series of five earthquakes and the third one caused the worldwide tsunami.

Zhe Jia lead study discovered the third earthquake was silent and almost invisible.

Jia says we need to improve predictions because these earthquakes can cause unexpected tsunamis.

Olympic Athletes are Isolated with Covid
Olympic Athletes are Isolated with Covid
By: Sade Pullen | Feb. 8, 2022

 Olympic Organizers in Bejing say more than 30 athletes are in isolation facilities after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The average stay in isolation is seven days.

"We will allow as many people out of isolation as we can, but only as many as we can do safely," said Brian McCloskey, chairman of the expert medical panel for the Beijing Games.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Beijing organizers are requiring everyone in the so-called Olympic bubble to take daily PCR lab tests.

Those who are confirmed positive are taken to an isolation facility until they're cleared for discharge with negative tests.

49er's Fan Update
49er's Fan Update
By: Jesse Barrientos | Feb. 8, 2022

The 49ers fan who was several injured after an altercation outside Sofi Stadium two weeks ago is still in a medicall-induced coma.

Daniel Luna nderwent a surgical procedure that removed part of his skull to help relieve pressure on his brain.

The incident was captured by security cameras in the stadium parking lot before the Rams - Forty-Niners NFL Championship game. The footage reportedly shows Luna pushing another man from behind. That man - identified as Bryan Cifuentes-Rossell - then punched Luna who fell and hit his head on the ground.

Cifuentes-Rossell was arrested for investigation of assault and is currently free on 30-thousand-dollars bail.

The Super Bowl is Big Business for Airbnb!
The Super Bowl is Big Business for Airbnb!
By: Giovanni Galvaz | Feb. 7, 2022

 Airbnb has seen a 2000% increase in searches for California hosts from the state of Ohio for Super Bowl weekend.

The searches began on January 31st-- the day after the Cincinnati Bengals won the A-F-C championship.

After not being in the Super Bowl for 31-years, the Ohio fans rapidly took to the app to reserve places in Southern California to spend the weekend for the big game.

Airbnb expects hosts to earn about 4 million dollars.

The Cincinnati Bengals will face the Los Angeles Rams in the 56th annual Super Bowl this Sunday at So-Fi stadium in Inglewood.

According to Airbnb, the large record of searches is expected to have a similar outcome to the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta.

Over that weekend, local hosts earned more than three million dollars for the 11,000 fans who booked the weekend. This also created a revenue of 180 million dollars being spent in the city.

Celenrating the Worst Movies of 2021
Celenrating the Worst Movies of 2021
By: Giovanni Galvaz | Feb. 7, 2022

 The 2021 Golden Raspberry Awards nominations are out for the "Worst" in last year's movies.

Netflix's "Diana The Musical" is leading with nine nods for Worst Picture....Followed by "The Woman in the Window" and "Karen" tied with five nominations each.

Lakers Star Lebron James' movie "Space Jam: A New Legacy" has 4 nominations, including Worst Picture. He was also nominated for Worst Actor.

Amy Adams received nominations in two categories... Worst Actress for her role in "The Woman in the Window" and as Worst Supporting Actress for her work in Dear Evan Hansen.

Actor Bruce WIllis got so many nominations - eight - that he also got his very own category -Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie.

The "Winners" - if you can call them that - will be announced on March 26th - the night before the Oscars.

Homeless encampment close to SoFi Stadium gets cleaned up
Homeless encampment close to SoFi Stadium gets cleaned up
By: Zena Taher |

The homeless encampment near SoFi Stadium has been cleared away days before the Super Bowl.

Dawn Taki, a homeless woman who used to live under the 405 Freeway for two years, said her encampment was taken apart because of the upcoming football game.

“They didn’t offer us no vouchers,” Taki said about not receiving help after being asked to leave her encampment. “No nothing.” 

Encampment cleanups have become more common as Los Angeles prepares to host the Super Bowl in Inglewood.

Prior to this moment, the last cleanup was in 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The homeless count at that time was about 66,000 people in the L.A. County. The 2022 census have not been updated to know how many people are still living in the streets of L.A. County.

Some residents and housing advocates say it's an attempt to hide L.A.'s homelessness problem instead of fix it.

Local and state officials presented a project "Homekey" that already constructed 6,000 houses and has projects to build more 55,000 in the upcoming years.

Inglewood Mayor James Butts says the cleanups are routine and have nothing to do with the upcoming game.

 

 

 

 

Relationship Poll Show How Low are dating Rates for Americans
Relationship Poll Show How Low are dating Rates for Americans
By: Kobe Siy |

It's Valentines Day, the season of love, but love isn't what it used to be.

CNN polls suggest Americans are now less likely to have sex, partner up and get married than ever before.

Surveys show 26% of Americans from ages 18 and up did not have sex once over the past year. And shows that 50% of Americans had sex only once a month or less, being a larger percentage since 1989, when the percentage was 35%.

The amount of couples together has also been on the decline.

Studies show only 62% of Americans from ages 25 to 54 lived with a partner in 2021, who were either married or only cohabitating.

That's as low as it got since the 71% of couples who lived together in 1990.

On the other hand-- declining marriage and relationships may also be why divorce rates are also on the decline.

Young adults have seen the sharpest drop in divorce rates. People unlikely to marry or those with a strong relationship contribute to the divorce drop rate.

Puerto Rico COVID Restrictions
Puerto Rico COVID Restrictions
By: Melody Soto |

Throughout the pandemic, Puerto Rico has maintained some of the strictest COVID-19 measures.

They're relaxing travel and mask mandates this week.

The U-S territory will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from domestic visitors before arrival...

The Puerto Rican government is also ending mask requirements for indoor and outdoor businesses...

It's also dropping capacity limits for private and public establishments.

For now -- people must still wear face masks while on public transit and while traveling into the U-S.

International traveler rules will remain the same.

For KCSN News, I'm Melody Soto.

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KCSN Editorial Assistants

Diane Zermeño
Diane Zermeño
KCSN Editorial Assistant

Diane has always loved to talk.

Her passion for highlighting voices in the Latine and undocumented communities in California led her to move across the state to study broadcast journalism. In her time at CSUN, Diane has produced various works for KCSN, Valley View News, CSUN's On Point Public Affairs Show, and the bilingual multi-media publication El Nuevo Sol. 

After graduation, Diane hopes to immediately start working as a reporter or multimedia journalist on the west coast. Diane has already completed her minor in Spanish language journalism and is finishing a minor in marketing.

In her free time, you can find her making tik toks, finding air fryer recipes, shopping for crystals and incense, and watching early 2000 Mexican telenovelas. 

 

Bryce Wayne
Bryce Wayne
Senior KCSN Editorial Assistant

Bryce Wayne is KCSN’s resident cool-guy extraordinaire. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in History and Marketing. When he’s not working in the news business you can find Bryce reading American History Books or Comics, helping his sisters with their homework or looking desperately for time to sleep

 

Vanessa Garcia
Vanessa Garcia
Senior KCSN Editorial Assistant

Vanessa is a senior at CSUN majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Musical Theatre. Creating video packages is her favorite part of journalism, so after receiving her bachelor's degree, Vanessa plans to further her education and attend graduate school for a master's in Broadcast Journalism. She plans to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist or a sports sideline reporter. In her free time, Vanessa likes to film and edit vlogs for my personal YouTube channel.

 

Reyna Torres
Reyna Torres
KCSN Editorial Assistant

Reyna discovered her passion for writing and interviewing while working at El Camino College’s student newspaper,The Union. She especially loves working on Feature Stories. She hopes to one day report for KUSI, a news station in San Diego. Reyna enjoys meeting new people and learning from them. Among her ccore values are efficiency, honesty, and positivity - always.

Liz Campos
Liz Campos
KCSN Editorial Assistant

Liz is a Senior at CSUN and has a love of all things social media. She's been in social media management for 4 years and enjoys news writing.

Natalie Sierra
Natalie Sierra
KCSN Editorial Assistant

Natalie Sierra is a bilingual student majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She has already completed a Communication and Liberal arts degree from Bakersfield College, Natalie has a passion for investigation, representation, and the arts and has experience in writing, editing and producing stories within the community.

Student Anchors and Reporters

Zena Taher
Zena Taher
Micah Hall
Micah Hall
Camille Acevedo
Camille Acevedo
Jannilee Borek
Jannilee Borek
Anthony Lopez
Anthony Lopez
Sonia Hiew
Sonia Hiew
Nathaniel Ward
Nathaniel Ward
Randy Flores
Randy Flores
Justin Borses
Justin Borses
 In addition to writing for KCSN, Justin is currently a sports broadcaster for Moorpark College and Conejo TV. He covers a wide variety of high school and college sports and says that is his greatest passion. Justin says that living with a disability has given him a unique perspective on life. He works on behalf of advocacy groups to advance accessibility and opportunities for the disabled community. Justin loves interacting and creating new connections with people and says that is really his favorite part of the job.
Lupita Baltazar
Lupita Baltazar
Student

Lupita is a first-generation Latina attending college. She loves to read and collect mugs with bible verses or inspiring quotes on them. Lupita aspires to be a news reporter or anchor and work for a Spanish-Language network. Her dream network is Univisión.

Tatiana Ramirez
Tatiana Ramirez
Student

Tatiana is also known as Tatis Iolani and is a bilingual Mexican-American also with a basic knowledge of Mandarin. She holds an AA in Communication Studies and hosted a biweekly segment at LA Valley College's KVCM Monarch Radio where she interviewed Latin Boy Band CNCO and Yashua Camacho. In the future she sees herself interviewing celebrities, hosting live segments on the radio and covering movie premieres and album releases.

Andrea Gonzalez
Andrea Gonzalez
Student

Andrea like to be called 'Drea'. She says she takes photos to thrive and really likes french fries.

Hannah Green
Hannah Green

Hannah Green was born in Boston, Massachusetts but has lived in California for over 9 years. Her major is broadcast journalism and her career goal is to be on the radio or possibly TV. She is really still figuring out exactly where she fits into the industry and right now is open to trying everything.  An interesting fact about Hannah is that she loves fashion and enjoys designing. 

Blake Johnson
Blake Johnson

Blake Johnson is a senior at CSUN majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Blake loves sports and pursuing hard hitting stories in that genre as well as others. He hopes to work for ESPN as an analyst and start his own podcast sooner rather than later. Blake will be graduating in Spring '22.

Kobe Siy
Kobe Siy
Student

Kobe is majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in broadcasting at CSUN. He is a huge Los Angeles sports fan, avidly following the Dodgers, Lakers and Kings all season long. He is from the Santa Clarita Valley and loves hanging out with friends and family and trying out new foods and visiting new places. 

Shivonne Peart
Shivonne Peart
Student

Shivonne is a junior majoring in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast and a minor in interactive marketing. Down the road, she has big plans to take over radio and television!

Felicia Louis Y. Valdescona
Felicia Louis Y. Valdescona
Student

Felicia is in 4th year at CSUN. Originally from Phillipines, she grew up in East Los Angeles/Montebello. She is studying broadcast journalism and music. Felicia is a proud sister of Sigma Omega Nu Latina Interest Sorority, Inc. She has always considered news writing has her back up “passion” to music and sees it as a way to get her voice out there.

Daniel Sandoval
Daniel Sandoval
Student

Daniel is a Senior, majoring in broadcast journalism at CSUN. He is a huge Laker and MMA fan and is looking forward to a career in sports media. Daniel is originally from North Hollywood.

Cynthia Gonzalez
Cynthia Gonzalez
Student

Cynthia is a Senior this year at CSUN. Her major is Broadcast Journalism with a minor is Spanish-Language Journalism. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, recording her podcast, and making Tik Toks.

Richie Quintero
Richie Quintero
Student

Richie is a seniorcurrently working towards his BA in broadcast Journalism. He is on the Dean’s List at CSUN. Richie’s dream job is to be a TV news reporter – mainly focused on entertainment. He’s passionate about everything involving storytelling, writing, reporting breaking news, and creating content for social media. He’s always been fascinated with pop culture and an entertainment enthusiast. 

Sade Richardson
Sade Richardson

Sade Richardson is from theSan Fernando Valley and says she was born to communicate to others about everything under the sun whether it is a deep topic, controversial or pretty much anything else.  She loves receiving information, sharing it, and engaging with others on topics so that almost anyone I connect with should be able to chim in. Her career goal is to have a Talk or a News Show - or maybe be a Fashion Host. Sade says she is such a fashionista.

Rocky Walker
Rocky Walker
Jesse Barrientos
Jesse Barrientos
Student

 

 

Leslie Valle
Leslie Valle
Sade Pullen
Sade Pullen
Student
Sofie Bredahl
Sofie Bredahl
Ryan Burke
Ryan Burke
Jessica Harper
Jessica Harper
Giovanni Galvaz
Giovanni Galvaz
Debbie Martinez
Debbie Martinez
Mica Thomas
Mica Thomas
Nicole San Juan
Nicole San Juan
Victor Bretado
Victor Bretado
Jasmine Jernigan
Jasmine Jernigan
Cynthia Gonzalez
Cynthia Gonzalez
Melody Soto
Melody Soto
Giovanni Galvaz
Giovanni Galvaz
Student
Giovani Reyes
Giovani Reyes
Clara Minaya
Clara Minaya
Student
Savanah Taylor
Savanah Taylor
Jennifer Valdez
Jennifer Valdez



Newsroom Management

Tammy Bio


Tammy
Trujillo


Tammy has worked as a morning co-host, sportscaster, news anchor and traffic reporter on many of Southern California’s largest stations including KNX, KFI, KEZY, Power 106, The Beat, Channel 4 News, KFWB and currently at NPR’s 89.3 KPCC while also hosting the public affairs show Community Cares on AM830 KLAA. She has been honored with numerous RTNA Golden Mike Awards, one of the broadcasting industry’s highest honors. She also hosts two award-wining podcasts - Talks with John and the United States of Animals. Tammy has authored two textbooks Intern Insider – Getting the Most Out of your Internship in the Entertainment Field and Writing and Reporting News You Can Use. She earned her Associates Degree at Long Beach City College where she is member of the Hall of Fame. Tammy completed her BA in Communications at Cal State Fullerton and Master’s Degree in New Media and Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a certified animal behaviorist and among her causes is responsible pet guardianship.

Aron Bio


Aron
Bender


Aron Bender is a professor in the Journalism Department at his alma mater, Cal State Northridge. He’s been on the faculty since 2013. After graduating from CSUN in 2001, Professor Bender worked at radio stations KMPH in Fresno, WIOD in Miami, and KFI in Los Angeles. In addition to teaching the next generation of broadcast journalists, he’s a Girl Dad of two daughters, and hosts The Aron Bender Podcast and The Santa Clarita Valley Signal News Podcast. During his award-winning career, Aron has driven through hurricanes and wildfires, and helped start Biloxi-Gulfport's first news-talk station after the region was decimated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He just started playing golf in 2021, is vegan-ish, and hopes to attend his first music festival abroad in 2022.

Ben Bio3


Ben
Davis


Benjamin A. Davis is a board member emeritus on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations at Princeton University. He served on the launch team for MSNBC.com as an Interactive Producer/editor, was the Washington Editor for NPR and a former Executive Producer for NPR’s Special Projects department. He also served on the Assignment Desk for ABC News in New York and was a CBS reporter at WBTV News in Charlotte, N.C. In 1992 he was the inaugural Burton R. Benjamin Fellow at the University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellowship in Journalism. Ben has won numerous awards for journalism, including two Alfred I. duPont awards for broadcast – one for reporting and the other as Executive Producer. He created a writing model, that builds on the century-old analog-based Inverted Pyramid, called the Digital Media Pyramid about which he wrote the e-book, “The Digital Media Pyramid: A Guide for 21st Century Bloggers, Reporters and Citizen Journalists.” Ben graduated from Whittier College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and studied international relations at the University of Copenhagen. He taught journalism at Rutgers University and at Florida A&M University before coming to CSUN.



Contact

Tammy Trujillo: News Director
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