Q&A: GM David Forst discusses the state of the Oakland Athletics’ present and future

OAKLAND — September is fast approaching and the Oakland A’s are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot. With a rotation patched together with deadline acquisitions and next-man-up standouts outperforming and an offense that delivers night after night despite injuries and prolonged slumps to expensive sluggers, Oakland is looking primed for an exciting postseason push. I spoke with general manager David Forst about how the team came together and a bright 2020 that is hard to ignore despite 2019’s fun. Here’s a breakdown. QUESTION: You’ve taken three-of-four from Houston. You got the first win against the Yankees, you’re about to approach September. How do you feel about the team now? What are the teams strengths and weaknesses as you push toward the postseason? DAVID FORST: This is a team that is a lot like 2018 where, we’re playing about as well as we have all season going into September, which is a great place to be. Obviously taking three out of four from Houston is a really good sign. It not only allows us to pick up a few games…

‘Lucky To Be Alive’ Woman’s Near Death Experience Sparks Change In Folsom

FOLSOM (CBS13) — Doctors are calling a Folsom woman the “1% girl.” In early June, a former high school water polo coach at Bella Vista High School suffered cardiac arrest. She was without oxygen for 10 minutes. Her story is now inspiring an entire community to get CPR training. Lori Durrant works at the D’Artagnan Winery Tasting Room. But on Wednesday the tasting room became a training room, as merchants on Sutter Street get free CPR training. It’s all in honor of Durrant who beat the odds. Doctors say it’s a miracle she’s alive. “It feels good to be back,” Durant said. READ: Woman Claims Smartwatch’s Heart Rate Tracker Saved Her Life Water and Wine. Durrant says that’s what her life has been about until now. Judy Collinsworth with the Folsom Historic District Association says what happened to Durrant outside the tasting room in June shocked the entire community. “Anybody that knows Lori loves her,” said Collinsworth. “She’s such a physically fit person to have this happen to.” “I put my keys in there, and I was just doing that and that was it,” Durant said as…

Davis, Semien Hit 2-Run Homers As A’s Beat Yankees 6-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Khris Davis and Marcus Semien each hit a two-run homer to back Mike Fiers, and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 6-4 on Wednesday night. Davis snapped an 0-for-17 slump – three at-bats shy of the longest hitless funk of his career – with his first home run since July 30 against Milwaukee and second since June 18. He sent a 3-2 pitch down the right field line in the second inning for just his 18th homer after he led the majors last season with 48 in his third straight year with 40 or more. Stephen Piscotty added a solo home run in the sixth after the Yankees got Mike Tauchman’s sacrifice fly in the top of the inning. Mike Ford homered in the seventh for New York, and Didi Gregorius added an RBI double. Liam Hendriks struck out DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge in the eighth to escape a jam after top pitching prospect A.J. Puk started the inning for his long-awaited major league debut. Hendriks finished for his 15th save as Oakland (72-52) moved a season-best 20…

Gruesome Details Of Tuolumne County Mother’s Murder Revealed

TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) — Detectives revealed gruesome details of a mother killed in Tuolumne County Wednesday. What started as a house fire, led sheriff’s deputies to a grisly discovery. Near the house on Calle Quartz Road, they discovered the body of Dionecia Valencia. The 39-year old died a violent death, the autopsy revealing she was stabbed and chopped multiple times. “It was just worse than I could have even imagined. It’s like an awful nightmare and it just keeps getting worse the more information that comes out,” longtime friend, Crystal Ritter, said. “I’m just so baffled by it. I really don’t understand how someone could be so evil.” READ: Mother Says Child Protective Services Impostors Tried To ‘Snatch My Kid’ “It’s horrific and scary that something like that could happen in our neck of the woods,” neighbor Chris Smith, said. Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested for the grisly murder. Deputies believe they ambushed Valencia the night before the fire, killing her with bladed weapons. Deputies say the teenagers knew Valencia. Now they’re trying to figure out just how, and why, they attacked this mother of…

Female Suspect Accused Of Stealing, Fraudulently Using Credit Cards

STOCKTON (CBS13)  — Stockton Police are looking for a suspect who reportedly stole a victim’s phone and credit cards and has been using the cards at Target. Police said in a residential burglary on Aug. 4, the victim’s phone and case, which contained pockets where she kept her credit cards, were taken. READ: Search On For Ceres Residential Burglary Suspect The victim’s credit cards were then fraudulently used at a local business. The suspect is described as a heavyset white female adult approximately 30 years old with brown hair in a ponytail wearing a blue tank top. If you recognize her, please contact Detective Morado at 937-8520 or Stockton Crime Stoppers Inc.at 946-0600. The case number is 19-32688

Highland man arrested on suspicion of downloading, distributing child pornography

A Highland man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of downloading and distributing child pornography over the internet. The Fontana Police Department said in a press release on Wednesday evening that Kristoffer Dallas Buck, 37, was arrested after a search warrant was served at his residence in Highland. Kristoffer Dallas Buck, 37, of Highland, was arrested on suspicion of downloading and distributing child pornography. (Photo courtesy of the Fontana Police Department) A search of electronic storage devices that Buck owned showed evidence relating to the downloading and distribution of child pornography, according to police. Police said over 150 videos of child pornography were found in Buck’s possession. The Fontana Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case. Buck was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with a bail of $100,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, according to jail records. Related Articles Man alleges he was sexually abused 20 years ago by Jehovah’s Witness elder in San Dimas San Bernardino City Unified School District official accused of distributing child porn Riverside school district faces new sexual abuse lawsuit…

Police officers go school supplies shopping with low-income students

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Unified School District held a shopping spree today for 30 Hancock Elementary School students ahead of the 2019-2020 school year. Each student was paired with an SDPD officer for the fourth annual “True Blue” buddies event. Each pairing received a $150 gift card to the Mission Valley Target store, allowing the third, fourth and fifth grade students to buy school supplies, new clothes and shoes and a backpack for the school year, which begins Aug. 26. Participating students were chosen based on need, according to the district. The group includes students from low-income families, military families and homeless families. The students will continue their partnership with SDPD through a mentorship program that lasts through the school year. “San Diego Unified is committed to giving students the tools they need to get involved and make a positive change in the world — in their classroom, on the playground, in the cafeteria, school-wide, in the community and beyond,” the district said in a statement. “Programs like this encourage students to make good choices every…

Flavors of San Diego is a culinary fundraiser for the American Liver Foundation

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  Flavors of San Diego is a culinary fundraiser that provides guests with the opportunity of having a top local chef prepare a multi-course tableside dinner.  The event is also the American Liver Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year. Liver disease affects 1 in 10 Americans in their lifetime. The American Liver Foundation is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of viral hepatitis and other liver diseases through research, education and advocacy on behalf of those affected by or at risk of liver disease. Proceeds from the Gala will directly benefit the American Liver Foundation’s Pacific Coast Division, helping the Foundation in the fight against all liver diseases. Laurie Ganz, Events Manager at the American Liver Foundation, was at KUSI along with Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s Executive Sous Chef Khalifa Garnaj, who cooked some very tasty scallops for us. 2019 Flavors of San Diego Participating Chefs: Jeffrey Strauss, Pamplemousse Grill Marcus Twilegar, Bivouac Chris Aguirre, Crown Landing at Loews Coronado Bay Resort Maria Crow, Baker & Olive Jeff Jake, Fairmont Grand Del Mar Tyler Smith, Hilton Mission Valley Aron Schwartz,…

Health officials confirm first flu death of this year’s flu season

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Health officials today confirmed the first influenza- related death of the 2019/2020 flu season in San Diego County. The county’s Health and Human Services Agency reported that a 74-year-old Chula Vista man died Aug. 15 due to complications from Influenza B. The man, whose name was withheld, also had additional medical issues, according to county health officials. The county tracks flu activity year-round during each flu season, which corresponds with the county’s fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. Health officials didn’t confirm the first flu death in each of the last two flu seasons until October. “Influenza deaths can occur at any time since influenza circulates throughout the year,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county’s interim deputy public health officer. “The elderly, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of developing complications from influenza.” Since July 1, health officials have confirmed 106 flu cases throughout the county. At this time in the last two flu seasons, officials had confirmed just 26 cases in 2018 and 114 in 2017. The 2017/2018 flu season resulted in…

U.S. budget deficit expected to exceed $1 trillion next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. The return of $1 trillion annual deficits comes despite Trump’s vow when running for office that he would not just balance the budget but pay down the entire national debt. “The nation’s fiscal outlook is challenging,” said Phillip Swagel, director of the nonpartisan CBO. “Federal debt, which is already high by historical standards, is on an unsustainable course.” The office upped this year’s deficit projection by $63 billion and the cumulative deficit projection for the next decade by $809 billion. The higher deficit projections come even as the CBO reduced its estimate for interest rates, which lowers borrowing costs, and as it raised projections for economic growth in the near term. The number crunchers at CBO projected that the deficit for the current fiscal year will come to $960 billion. In the next fiscal year, which begins Oct.…

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