Photos: Mama bobcat – and her bobkittens – make cameo appearance in photographer’s yard

My yard in the Santa Clarita area backs up to a large barranca, so I’m used to seeing all types of wildlife. But I noticed a new, more unusual visitor a few months ago —  a female bobcat began appearing regularly,  “marking” the grass. A mother bobcat and her three kittens play in our backyard in Santa Clarita, CA. We first spotted the mother hanging around the yard a few months ago, thinking she looked pregnant, then she disappeared and we didn’t see her until our neighbor said he thought he spotted some little kittens down in the barranca the previous week. It was wonderful to see the family all looking great and playing just like kittens in our back yard. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) A mother bobcat and her three kittens play in our backyard in Santa Clarita, CA. We first spotted the mother hanging around the yard a few months ago, thinking she looked pregnant, then she disappeared and we didn’t see her until our neighbor said he thought he spotted some little kittens down in the barranca the…

Dump Truck Overturns on Eastbound 10 Freeway at Overland, All Lanes Blocked

Share this article:A dump truck overturned on the eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway in Los Angeles Thursday morning, prompting a stretch of the freeway to be closed for more than three hours. The crash was reported at the Overland Avenue onramp about 4 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The freeway lanes were reopened about 7:15 a.m., the CHP reported. No injuries were immediately reported. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Dump Truck Overturns on Eastbound 10 Freeway at Overland, All Lanes Blocked was last modified: August 6th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

DWP to Shut Utilities in Response to ‘Egregious’ Gatherings Amid COVID

Share this article:MyNewsLA.com photo by John Schreiber. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will have the authority to shut off utilities to homes and businesses that host “egregious” gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We’re Angelenos, we like to be with each other, we like to be around people, we want to see our friends and family, and I know how tough these months have been for all of us,” Garcetti said Wednesday, one day after a gang-related shooting at a large party at a mansion in Beverly Crest north of Beverly Hills left a 35-year-old mother of three dead and two other people hospitalized. “Everything that we are doing, though, everything we individually and collectively are sacrificing depends on each one of us doing our part to reduce infections, hospitalizations and deaths.” Garcetti said the house parties usually take place at short-term rental homes, but the city’s house party ordinance prohibits gatherings that could cause risks to people’s health and safety. That law includes a series of escalating fines on both the party host and homeowner, as well as…

New York attorney general sues NRA, seeks to dissolve gun advocacy organization

New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures. Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan after an 18-month investigation, highlighted misspending and self-dealing allegations that have roiled the NRA and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, in recent years — from hair and makeup for his wife to a $17 million post-employment contract for himself. The troubles, which James said were long cloaked by loyal lieutenants and a pass-through payment arrangement with a vendor, started to come to light as the NRA’s deficit piled up and it struggled to find its footing after a spate of mass shootings eroded support for its pro-gun agenda. The organization went from a nearly $28 million surplus in 2015 to a $36 million deficit in 2018. James, a Democrat, argued that the organization’s prominence and cozy political relationships had lulled it into a sense of invincibility and enabled a culture where…

Man dies after trying to rescue children who were swept down Central California river

A 28-year-old man is dead and an 8-year-old girl is in the hospital after they were pulled from the Kings River Wednesday, according to Reedley’s police and fire department. Crews were called shortly after 7 p.m. to an area downstream from Reedley Beach, according to KTLA sister station KGPE in Fresno. The man jumped in to the river after when the young girl and two other children got into trouble in the water. The Reedley Fire Department, with assistance from Fresno County Fire, rescued the man and girl from the water. The other children made it out of the river safely on their own. “Medical aid was received from Reedley firefighters on scene, EMS arrived, and that patient was turned over to EMS and transported to a local hospital,” said Reedley Fire Batallion Chief Justin Watson. “A little bit later in the incident, we received information of a second victim with the description of their last known location, and after about one hour, we located that victim downstream of the Reedley Boat Launch.” One witness, who did not provide his name, says he helped pull…

Grandma sues after being ‘wrongfully’ arrested at Disney World for CBD oil possession: Lawyer

Attorney Ben Crump has filed a civil lawsuit against several entities including, The Walt Disney Co. and the Orange County Sheriff, on behalf of Hester Burkhalter, a 69-year-old White woman from Hickory, North Carolina, and her family. Crump said she “was wrongfully arrested and taken into custody at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for possessing federally legal CBD oil” in 2019. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory derived from the cannabis plant. According to Crump and a July 29 complaint, a lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange County against The Walt Disney Company and a number of its executives as well as the Orange County Sheriff and a number of its deputies alleging illegal detention, false arrest and violation of civil rights. The suit requests $6 million in compensatory damages and $12 million in punitive damages for Burkhalter, as well as millions of additional dollars for her family, according to the complaint. “The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has not been served with a lawsuit, but in any case, we don’t comment on possible pending litigation,” it…

Texas dad saves 4-year-old daughter from nearly 12-foot alligator behind their house

Andrew Grande didn’t hesitate before jumping into action when he saw a massive alligator making its way to his 4-year-old daughter. “When I first saw him, the only thing I was thinking of was just getting my daughter, just getting her out of the way, ” he said. “What his intentions were, I’m not 100% sure, but I wasn’t going to find out.” The child was with her brother and a babysitter by a canal behind their home in late July, Grande told CNN, fishing and catching crabs. When their father spotted the nearly 12-foot alligator heading toward them, he said he ran out, picked his daughter up, and got the babysitter and his son within their home’s fence. He says he then threw his daughter over the fence to safety as the alligator neared his feet. “He was by far the biggest one we’ve ever seen, and in fact, they have never done that before. Usually they keep their distance, just pass by,” the League City, Texas, resident said. “You don’t even know they’re there, but this guy’s intentions were definitely a little different.”…

U.S. Supreme Court blocks judge’s order that California jail must take better care of inmates exposed to coronavirus

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, Aug. 5, blocked a lower court order that the Orange County jail system practice social distancing, distribute hand sanitizer and keep the facilities clean to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Justices voted 5-4 to stay the earlier order issued by U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal against Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes. The sheriff asked for an emergency appeal after Bernal ruled in May that Barnes had been inconsistent in following federal guidelines to protect jail inmates from the spread of coronavirus. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg offered a dissenting opinion Wednesday. “This Court normally does not reward bad behavior, and certainly not with extraordinary equitable relief,” they wrote. “The injunction’s requirements are not remarkable. In fact, the Jail initially claimed that it had already implemented each and every one of them.” The dissenting opinion noted that the 3,000-inmate jail system had recently reported 15 new cases in a single week. Said Sotomayor and Ginsberg: “The District Court found that, despite knowing the severe threat posed by COVID–19 and contrary to its own apparent policies, the Jail…

Horrific crash at finish line: One cyclist in coma, another condemned as dangerous

(CNN) — A cyclist is in a “comatose condition” following a horrific crash at the end of the first stage of the Tour of Poland, according to his team. Fabio Jakobsen was fighting for victory with Dylan Groenewegen when the latter deviated from his line in the final yards and sent Jakobsen crashing through roadside barriers. Groenewegen crossed the line in first place, then hit the tarmac in a mass crash. Both men are Dutch; they ride for different teams. “Fabio Jakobsen’s situation is serious but at the moment he is stable,” said a statement from his Deceuninck-QuickStep team. “Diagnostic tests didn’t reveal brain or spinal injury, but because of the gravity of his multiple injuries he is still kept in a comatose condition.” On Thursday, the team released a further update saying Jakobsen had undergone facial surgery overnight and that doctors would try to wake him up later in the day. Groenewegen was disqualified from the race and victory was handed to Jakobsen. “The Union Cycliste Internationale strongly condemns the dangerous behavior of rider Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), who sent Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) into the…

Larry Magid: Microsoft-owned TikTok would appear safer

As you may have heard, Microsoft is in talks to acquire the short-video app TikTok from its Chinese owner. I think that’s a win for Microsoft and consumer confidence in TikTok’s future privacy and security, but more on that later. It’s not known how much Microsoft would pay ByteDance to acquire TikTok but there is speculation that it could be as much as $50 billion.  Microsoft stock soared by 6% the day the proposed deal was announced, adding $95 billion to the company’s “worth,” measured by the total value of its stock. A fee to the treasury? Wall Street isn’t the only entity pleased by the possible deal. Although he initially opposed a Microsoft takeover of TikTok, President Trump said that he will approve the deal as long as Microsoft makes a big payment to the U.S. treasury. “But if you buy [TikTok], the United States, which is making it possible to buy, because without us they can’t do anything, should be compensated,” he told Fox News on Wednesday. He further said Microsoft and other possible suitors “all agreed to that.” Though his economic advisor,…

Sponsored: Sellers want to know if they should hit the market without making fixes or wait for building inspectors to return to work

Q: In preparation to sell our home, we learned that the roof needs to be removed and replaced. We bought our house right before the Great Recession in a hot real estate market, devoid of inspections or contingencies. Now that we are becoming sellers, our seller’s agent insisted we obtain pre-listing reports from local inspectors. We had no idea what was going on in the crawl space or in the attic. In other words, there are three roofs on our house designed for the weight of one. So we hired one firm to tear off the old roofing shingles, another to reroof, and a third to replace the downspouts and gutters. These firms acquired the proper building permits online. However, a week later, one of the contractors learned that the building inspectors had a backlog of inspections at least “30 days out.” A day later, our county’s shelter-in-place (SIP) order was in force. Now with building inspectors sheltering in place, who knows when they will start to address their backlogs. Should we wait to clean up any potential permit shortcomings that building inspectors are reputed…

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