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2 people charged with hate crime for allegedly vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural in Contra Costa County

A white man and a white woman who allegedly painted over a California community’s Black Lives Matter mural this weekend are each facing a hate crime charge, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. David Nelson and Nicole Anderson are each charged with three misdemeanor counts, including violation of civil rights, vandalism, and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti, the district attorney’s office said in a statement. The incident happened soon after the mural was painted in front of the courthouse in Martinez, California, on July 4. “We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention,” District Attorney Diana Becton said in a statement. “The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country,” she said. “We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.” When reached by phone by CNN, Nelson, 53, said “I have…

Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized in June after a fall

Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized on June 21 after falling while walking near his home, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court said Monday. “The Chief Justice was treated at a local hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead sustained in a fall while walking for exercise near his home,” said Kathy Arberg, public information officer for the Supreme Court. The fall happened at the Chevy Chase Club, according to a source familiar with the matter. “The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged the next morning. His doctors ruled out a seizure. They believe the fall was likely due to light-headedness caused by dehydration.” The Washington Post was first to report that Roberts had gone to the hospital. The fall came three days after Roberts sided with the court’s liberal justices to block the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on June 18 and six days after he sided with the liberals in a case that extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ workers. Roberts is 65. He has…

COVID-19 surge worsens in L.A. County with new daily high of more than 4,000 cases, higher infection rate reported

Coronavirus conditions in Los Angeles County continued to deteriorate on Tuesday as officials released numbers that marked another new record for daily new cases and the inflection rate continued to surge. Officials confirmed 46 more coronavirus-related deaths and 4,015 additional cases Tuesday — the highest number of infections the county has reported in a single day. That’s largely due to the roughly 2,000 test results that were backlogged from July 2 to July 5. The seven-day average for the county’s daily positivity rate — those who test positive for the virus — has climbed to 11.6%. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

34-year-old man fatally shot in San Bernardino; suspect sought

Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was fatally shot in San Bernardino over the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Officers responded to the 100 Block of West 17th Street just after 1:30 p.m Saturday to reports of a shooting, according to the San Bernardino Police Department. Police arrived to find a man down, suffering from gunshot wounds in the alleyway south of 17th Street, officials said. The man was later identified as 34-year-old Gabriel A. Rodriguez. He was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased a short time later, police said. The motive for the shooting is under investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective E. Campos at 909-384-5619 or email campos_er@sbcity.org, or call Sgt. A. Tello at 909-384-5613 or email tello_al@sbcity.org.

Fire Crews Battle Blaze At Pico-Union Paint Store

PICO-UNION (CBSLA) — Fire crews battled a blaze outside of a paint store in Pico-Union Tuesday evening. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the blaze started at about 6:30 p.m. outside of the shop in the 1600 block of Vermont Avenue. The heat from the fire caused a number of paint cans and other paint-related canisters to explode as crews battled the blaze. Fire crews were able to put out the blaze in 34 minutes and prevented the flames from extending into any structures — limiting damage to multiple vehicles. The cause of the fire and cost of damage were not immediately known. There were no injuries reported.

Report: LAPD Investigating Allegations of ‘Blue Flu’ Organized Sick Calls Over July 4th Weekend

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The LAPD is investigating whether a spike in officers calling in sick over the holiday weekend was part of an organized protest against the city slashing $150 million from the agency’s budget. The Los Angeles Times obtained an anonymous letter that reportedly circulated among officers last week, encouraging them to call in sick to make the statement that they are not “expendable.” “They succeeded in defunding the police; what do you think is next? Our pay? Our benefits? Our pensions? You’re (expletive) right all those things are in jeopardy now,” the letter stated, according to The Times, which obtained a copy. “We have to send the city a clear message that we are not expendable and we are not going to take this crap anymore.” Sources told the L.A. Times that as many as 300 officers called in sick over the July 4th weekend, including nearly everyone in some anti-gang units. LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the newspaper that he is not jumping to any conclusions, because there could be other reasons for the unusual number of sick calls — including…

14 LAFD Firefighters At LAX Station Test Positive For COVID-19

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Fourteen firefighters at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Station 80, near Los Angeles International Airport, have tested positive for COVID-19. According to LAFD, the firefighters were at home after testing positive either Monday or Tuesday. The station, part of the department’s West Bureau, has since been disinfected and there was “no disruption to service.” Those who tested positive were said to be either asymptomatic or showing mild symptoms.

Dr. Michael Drake Named UC System’s First Black President

OAKLAND (CBSLA) — Dr. Michael Drake was named the first Black president of the University of California system Tuesday. This just in: The University of California Board of Regents have announced the appointment of Michael V. Drake, M.D., as the 21st president of UC’s world-renowned system. Learn more: https://t.co/nXBvubvmuD pic.twitter.com/kSitXXBrkF — UC Newsroom (@UC_Newsroom) July 8, 2020 Drake previously served as chancellor at UC Irvine from 2005-2014 before taking on the role of president of The Ohio State University — a role he retired from last month. Drake was unanimously approved as the new UC system president by the board of regents early Tuesday evening. He succeeds Janet Napolitano, who had held the role since 2013.

One Dead, One Injured After Plane Crash In South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS13) — One person is dead and another has major injuries after a small plane crashed in South Lake Tahoe, according to CHP. CHP said in a Facebook post that an aircraft went down near Rainbow Road and Highway 89 in a wooded area Tuesday afternoon. Officers are assisting the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office with the incident. The plane, a single-engine Cessna 172, crashed under unknown circumstances two miles southwest of Lake Tahoe Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA and NTSB will investigate the crash. There are no road closures at this time. The people involved in the crash have not been identified. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.   

Blackout Day 2020: The Power Of The Black Community’s Dollar

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Blackout Day 2020 was the latest push in the push for racial justice in America. Members of the Black community actively made an effort on Tuesday not to spend money in the economy nationwide, unless it was a Black-owned business. Customers came from as far as Lake Plumas to support staff at Tiferet Coffee House in East Sacramento on Tuesday. It was their second day open after recouping from initial pandemic closures. For Maketa Verhane, the business was welcome. “Today has been overwhelming with support,” Verhane said. “I could never imagine. Someone drove 45 minutes to buy coffee from me. Wow.” Verhane said the push made up for 80% of Tiferet’s sales on Tuesday. Jason Peret was one of the many Blackout Day customers. “By uplifting and supporting the Black community – I’m supporting the entire community,” Peret said. “That means participating by spending your money in the businesses you’d like to see around.” Blackout Day 2020 is not only a day where people strived to support Black-owned businesses but as a form of financial protest and business boycott. Members of the…

Dr. Michael Drake Is University Of California’s First Black President

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California system has named Dr. Michael Drake to replace Janet Napolitano and become its first Black president. A physician, Drake was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Board of Regents. He enters the president’s office as campus budgets are being slashed and campus life upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Drake was chancellor the University of California, Irvine from 2005 to 2014, when the university increased the number of applicants for undergraduate admission by more than 90% and added new programs in law, public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science. Drake went on to become president at The Ohio State University before he retired from that position last month. Prior to UC Irvine, he served as vice chancellor for health affairs for the University of California system.

Shortage In Testing Could Lead To Long Waitlists, People Being Turned Away

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A sudden stop to testing is leaving people scrambling to find a place to go after five community-based sites recently closed. Marshall spent hours looking for a place to get tested for coronavirus. He’s already feeling the effects of a major testing shortage. It left him turning to St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on 14th Ave. “I want to know, but I work like maintenance in an apartment, I’m around multiple people,” he said. Sacramento County Health Director Dr. Peter Beilenson says a shortage in testing material controlled by the federal government has stopped without warning. “My biggest concern going forward is this takes a long time to solve,” Dr. Beilenson said. It comes at a time when testing in the county is up almost 19,000% from the start of the pandemic, going from 100 to now 19,000 people a week. READ: Yolo County Increasing Enforcement Measures On Businesses To Prevent Coronavirus Spread “This can affect our numbers in terms of number of people that are being tested,” Dr. Beilenson said. More importantly, he says, is the impact to the Latino and Black…

Qualcomm encourages small businesses to apply for up to $25,000 in tech support

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – If you’re a small business that’s struggling to get through the pandemic, tech giant Qualcomm is here to help. Currently, Qualcomm is accepting applications that would provide equipment and technical support valued up to $25,000, but you don’t have much longer to apply. Qualcomm’s Vice President of Global Product Marketing, Don McGuire, joined KUSI News to explain the program and why you should sign up. For more information, click here. Categories: Coronavirus, In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News Tags: Don McGuire, qualcomm

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