Mavericks fined again for bench decorum against Warriors in Game 2

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks were fined for violating the NBA’s bench decorum rules during Game 2 against the Warriors, the league announced on Sunday. The Mavericks bench was cited for times when “several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for an extended period in the Mavericks’ team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on or encroaching upon the playing court,” according to the league statement. It became an issue a handful of times, primarily when Steph Curry accidentally passed to injured Mavericks player Tim Hardaway Jr., thinking he was a teammate. Hardaway was close to the game action and waring a white shirt, similar to the Warriors’ home white jerseys. Coach Steve Kerr said he didn’t have a problem with the Dallas bench’s energy, and that bad pass to Haradway on the bench was the only instance in which their bench decorum became an issue. “That’s the only time it was an issue, I really didn’t have any problem or I don’t have any problem. In fact, I really loved the energy their bench showed, I think…

Famed California redwood grove damaged by visitors reopens with new elevated boardwalk

A famed and ancient grove of redwood trees in Northern California that was damaged by an influx of visitors has reopened to the public with a new 1,300-foot-long elevated boardwalk. When word got out on social media about the once-secret off-trail location of the Grove of Titans in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, visitors flocked to the grove, cutting a complex web of unplanned trails through the area. The increased foot traffic destroyed plants and damaged the trees’ shallow root systems, according to Save the Redwoods League. People hiking through the sensitive ecosystem also left behind waste and pushed eroded soil and litter into the streams, impacting coho and steelhead spawning habitat, authorities said. Due to the damage, the Grove of Titans was closed so crews can build a new elevated walkway to limit the harm from visitors and create ecologically sensitive public access. Now, park visitors for the first time will have official, low-impact access to the famed grove to see the world famous towering trees. “The Grove of Titans is a premier example of an extraordinary old-growth redwood forest that was experiencing significant…

Donut Man giving away free donuts to celebrate 50th anniversary

The Donut Man in Glendora is celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving away 500 free donuts starting at 8 a.m. Monday. All orders of $5 or more will receive a free Anniversary sprinkle donut.  The local favorite is located at 915 E. Route 66 in Glendora. Donut lovers can attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and expect lots of merch and giveaways. Megan Telles reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 22, 2022.

78,000 pounds of infant formula arrives in U.S.

Enough specialty infant formula for more than half a million baby bottles arrived Sunday in Indianapolis. The formula, weighing 78,000 pounds (35,380 kilograms), was being transported by military plane, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One as President Joe Biden flew from South Korea to Japan. It is the first of several flights carrying infant formula from Europe expected this weekend to relieve the deepening shortage in the U.S. The flights were authorized by Biden. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Indianapolis to greet the arrival of the first shipment in Indianapolis. The Biden administration — which has struggled to address a nationwide shortage of formula, particularly hypoallergenic varieties — has dubbed the effort “Operation Fly Formula.” The crisis follows the closure of the nation’s largest domestic manufacturing plant in Michigan in February due to safety issues. The White House has said 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula was to leave Ramstein Air Base in Germany for the U.S. Another 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula were expected to arrive in the coming days.…

L.A. County extends mask mandate for public transit

With COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates climbing in Los Angeles County, officials announced Friday that the mask mandate will be extended for all public transit and indoor transportation hubs in the county. Initially set to expire soon, L.A. County’s health officer order will continue to require masks for everyone aged 2 and older at places like airports, bus terminals, train and subway stations, and on trains, subway rails, buses, taxis and ride-shares. The county first issued the order in April after a federal judge overturned a the nationwide mask mandate for public transport. “Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, in poorly ventilated spaces,” L.A. County Department of Public Health officials said. It became clear that local officials would extend the public transportation mask requirement when L.A. County this week moved from “low” to “medium” COVID-19 risk level under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention community rating system. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the move was “concerning” because it could mean that the infection increases may soon put pressure on health care resources. She urged residents to…

Biden says monkeypox cases something to ‘be concerned about’

President Joe Biden said Sunday that recent cases of monkeypox that have been identified in Europe and the United States were something “to be concerned about.” In his first public comments on the disease, Biden added: “It is a concern in that if it were to spread it would be consequential.” The president was asked about the disease as he spoke to reporters at Osan Air Base in South Korea, where he visited troops before taking off for Japan to continue his first trip to Asia as president. “They haven’t told me the level of exposure yet but it is something that everybody should be concerned about,” Biden said. He added that work was underway to determine what vaccine might be effective. What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters aboard the flight to Tokyo that the United States has a supply of “vaccine that is relevant to treating monkeypox.” “We have vaccine available to be deployed for that purpose,” he said. Sullivan said Biden was getting regular updates on the outbreak. L.A. County watching…

Column: A teachable moment — and the true meaning of Jackie Robinson’s legacy to Black baseball players

Jackie Robinson was in headlines this weekend when New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson referred to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson as “Jackie” during Saturday’s game, igniting a brouhaha between the two teams. Whether Donaldson was joking around, as he insisted, or used Robinson’s name in a “racist” manner, as Sox manager Tony La Russa claimed, it was certain to be a hot button debate throughout baseball. No matter where you stand on the issue, there’s no arguing Jackie Robinson’s name remains as relevant in baseball today as he was when he broke the major-league color barrier 75 years ago. If cooler heads prevail, this could be a teachable moment for Donaldson and anyone else trying to understand why using Robinson’s name was considered “disrespectful” by Anderson and “racist” by La Russa. Robinson endured slights both public and private throughout his career, as most fans surely know. The mere idea of a Black man entering the majors was such a sensitive topic in the late 1940s that Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey had an early meeting with broadcaster Red Barber to give him…

Warriors: Andrew Wiggins ‘good to go’ for Game 3 of Western Conference finals

DALLAS — Andrew Wiggins is expected to play Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night after injuring his ankle in the previous game. Wiggins, who was listed as questionable on the Warriors’ most recent injury report with ankle soreness, was a full participant in shootaround Sunday morning in Dallas and had no issues. He was seen with ice packs on both knees but not his ankle after the shooting session. Wiggins said his ankle is “feeling better,” and coach Steve Kerr gave the Warriors forward the green light for Sunday’s game “He’s good to go,” said Kerr, who indicated one day prior that the injury designation wouldn’t preclude Wiggins from keeping his spot in the starting lineup or maintaining his regular minutes. Wiggins said he tweaked his ankle in the first half of Game 2 on Friday night but didn’t actually feel the discomfort until he went to bed that night. He doesn’t anticipate the injury to interfere with his lateral mobility. “I feel good,” he said. Wiggins has the team’s toughest assignment of this series being the primary defender against Mavericks…

With Adley Rutschman in Baltimore and ‘blue skies ahead,’ eyes turn to Grayson Rodriguez, next wave of Orioles’ prospects

A day after top prospect Adley Rutschman made his Orioles debut, Executive Vice President and general manager Mike Elias offered a reminder that more are coming as the organization continues to trend upward in the next stage of its rebuild. “We’ve got blue skies ahead of us,” Elias said Sunday morning in the Orioles’ dugout at Camden Yards. “We’ve got a No. 1 farm system. We’ve got a young, talented major league team. We have payroll flexibility. We’re past the pandemic, and there’s gonna be more and more people coming into the ballpark. We’re gonna be renovating this place. There’s a lot to look forward to.” Perhaps chief among those is the arrival of more prospects around Rutschman. The Orioles could’ve possibly had back-to-back debut days at Oriole Park, but No. 2 prospect Grayson Rodriguez instead started for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. He threw 87 pitches during his prior start — the same eighth-ranked prospect Kyle Bradish reached in his last Triple-A outing before being promoted — but Elias was clear the Orioles feel there remain steps to be taken for the game’s top pitching…

Woman dies in Oakland after being run over by vehicles

OAKLAND — A 63-year-old woman who apparently was already lying in an East Oakland roadway died Saturday night after she was struck by several vehicles that kept going, police said Sunday. The woman’s name has not yet been released. Police said she was an Oakland resident. Police said the death happened about 10:33 p.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of the 6200 block of Bancroft Avenue. Police said witnesses told officers that the woman had laid down in the roadway before she was hit by several vehicles, unknown makes and models, that failed to stop. The woman suffered major head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene. Why the woman laid down in the roadway is under investigation. Police are also trying to determine if drugs or alcohol were factors. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the identities of any of the  drivers that fled.  Anyone with information is asked to call police traffic investigators at 510-777-8570.

Containment rises slightly for Quail Fire near Vacaville

Firefighters made progress overnight in battling a 135-acre vegetation fire that sent people fleeing from their homes a day earlier near Vacaville. Containment of the Quail Fire in northern Solano County rose overnight from 45% to 53%, and firefighters have managed to stop the fire’s forward progress, according to an update Sunday morning from Cal Fire. The blaze was first reported at 3:14 p.m. on Saturday, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders for all of Quail Canyon Road and Pleasants Valley Road from Quail Canyon north to Highway 128 and west to the county border. But those orders were downgraded to warnings about five hours later as fire crews made progress in battling the blaze. Fire crews plan to spend Sunday putting out hot spots and strengthening their containment lines, according to a Cal Fire Twitter account. Authorities have not announced a cause for the fire.

Riverside County Gas Prices Near $6 A Gallon

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County rose a half-cent to a record $5.99 Sunday, one day after a streak of 23 consecutive increases totaling 28 cents ended when it remained unchanged.The average price is 8.7 cents more than one week ago, 27.4 cents higher than one month ago and $1.892 greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The national average price was unchanged for the second consecutive day, remaining at $4.593 after rising to records 11 consecutive days. “Tighter supply and increased demand have pushed pump prices higher,” Doug Shupe, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager, told City News Service. “This supply/demand dynamic, combined with volatile crude prices, will likely keep upward pressure on pump prices.“We don’t see any immediate relief in sight due to the global oil concerns exacerbated by the war between Russia and Ukraine and the increasing demand for gas as drivers prepare to take summer road trips beginning Memorial Day weekend.”