100 years ago: Roy Gardner passed through Red Bluff on a stolen motorcycle

Roy Gardner, bandit deluxe, who was recaptured at Phoenix, Arizona yesterday, passed through Red Bluff on his way south after making his sensational escape from McNeils Island. According to his own story, told yesterday in jail at Phoenix, he came down through Red Bluff on a motorcycle he had stolen somewhere in Oregon. He spent one night in Redding, going through Red Bluff the next day to Napa. The only Gardner alarm created in Red Bluff following the flight of the bandit from McNeils was at the home of N. C. Hutt at Hooker, just north of this city. When the Hutt family returned home one evening they surprised a stranger in the house. The fellow had helped himself to a meal and when surprised by the family he promptly held them at the point of a gun. He told them he was Roy Gardner and wanted to stay all night. When they refused he stuck the gun in his pocket and departed. This may or may not have been Roy Gardner. Most likely not. But that he sped through our city on his stolen…

Defense to begin in trial over killing of Ahmaud Arbery

The defense now gets its turn in the murder trial of three white men for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man they spotted running through their neighborhood. Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday afternoon eight days of testimony from 23 witnesses. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley told the disproportionately white jury that defense lawyers for the three men would begin presenting their cases Wednesday morning at the Glynn County courthouse in the port city of Brunswick, where prominent civil rights leaders have joined Arbery’s parents in the gallery. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after he ran past their home from a nearby house under construction Feb. 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase in his own truck, telling police that he tried to run Arbery off the road and then recorded cellphone video as Travis McMichael fired three shotgun blasts before Arbery fell facedown in the street. Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough, delayed making an opening statement at the start of the trial so that he could address the jury after the prosecution rested.…

Inmate stabbed in eye in latest example of federal prison violence

An inmate at the largest federal prison in the U.S. was stabbed in the eyeball by a fellow prisoner this month, the latest gruesome example of violence in a prison system plagued by chronic unrest, understaffing, corruption and abuse. The 27-year-old inmate was attacked from behind at FCI Fort Dix, a low-security prison in Burlington County, New Jersey, that is run by the same warden who was in charge of a Manhattan federal jail when financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The inmate, whom the AP is not identifying, has remained hospitalized since the Nov. 5 attack, they said. He is expected to survive. The people familiar with the matter were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and insisted on anonymity. The stabbing is just the latest example of serious violence within the beleaguered federal Bureau of Prisons. The agency has struggled through a multitude of crises in recent years, including widespread staffing shortages, serious employee misconduct, a series of escapes and deaths. On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called for Bureau of Prisons Director…

Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial: Jurors to return for Day 2 of deliberations

Jurors weighing charges against Kyle Rittenhouse were to return Wednesday for a second day of deliberations in his murder trial, after they failed to reach a swift verdict on whether he was the instigator in a night of bloodshed in Kenosha or a concerned citizen who came under attack while trying to protect property. The jury of 12 deliberated for a full day Tuesday without reaching a decision. Several appeared tired as they walked into the courtroom Tuesday evening and indicated with a show of hands that they were ready to go home. The case went to the anonymous jury after Judge Bruce Schroeder, in an unusual move, allowed Rittenhouse himself to play a minor role in selecting the final panel of 12 who would decide his fate. Rittenhouse reached into a raffle drum and drew numbered slips that determined which of the 18 jurors who sat through the case would deliberate and which ones would be dismissed as alternates. That task is usually performed by a court clerk, not the defendant. Schroeder said he has been having defendants do it for “I’m going to say 20 years,…

Vanessa Bryant Reacts To Staples Center Name Change

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Staples Center has often been referred to over the years as “the House that Kobe built.” On Tuesday, news broke that Staples Center will be renamed to Crypto.com Arena, in the largest naming rights deal ever, estimated at $700 million. Staples Center’s owner, the Anschutz Entertainment Group, is expected to make the formal announcement Wednesday. Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Lakers from 1996 to 2016, bringing the storied franchise five NBA championships. Staples Center opened in 1999, just a few years into his career. Following the news Tuesday night, his widow, Vanessa Bryant, took to Instagram to react to the name change. She shared a photo of Staples and wrote, “Forever known as the house that Kobe built.” On Jan. 26, 2020, a helicopter carrying Lakers legend Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others crashed in heavy fog in Calabasas, killing all nine people aboard. Last year, the L.A. City Council considered renaming a stretch of Figueroa Street which runs alongside Staples Center to Kobe Bryant Boulevard. However, the vote was tabled.

Despite gas prices, Americans plan to drive for Thanksgiving

(NewsNation Now) — Gas prices are still on the rise as many Americans prepare to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. Monday marked the second record-breaking day in California, where prices have been driven up due to increased crude oil costs and damage to local oil refineries by last month’s severe weather, which put a dent in production and the state’s supply. Here’s how close your state is to being vaccinated against COVID-19 In addition, more people vaccinated against COVID-19 are feeling confident about getting on the road, thereby driving up demand. In Beverly Hills, prices are $5.74 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, which is more than $2 above the national average of $3.42 per gallon. Despite gas costing over a dollar more per gallon than at this time last year, 90% of people plan to travel by car as their preferred mode of transportation, according to AAA, which says the high prices may stick around through the busy holiday season. AAA predicts more than 48 million Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday. Meanwhile, more than 4 million will travel by…

California sees return of monarch butterflies after record low

There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies. The number wintering along California’s central coast is bouncing back after the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health, reached an all-time low last year. Experts pin their decline on climate change, habitat destruction and lack of food due to drought. An annual winter count last year by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 2,000 butterflies, a massive decline from the tens of thousands tallied in recent years and the millions that clustered in trees from Northern California’s Mendocino County to Baja California, Mexico in the south in the 1980s. Now, their roosting sites are concentrated mostly on California’s central coast. This year’s official count started Saturday and will last three weeks but already an unofficial count by researchers and volunteers shows there are over 50,000 monarchs at overwintering sites, said Sarina Jepsen, Director of Endangered Species at Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. “This is certainly not a recovery but we’re really optimistic and just really glad that there are monarchs here and that gives us a bit…

Opinion: FDA approval of over-the-counter hearing aids deserves applause

The FDA recently made two important decisions — one bad, one good — that will affect people with cognitive decline. The approval of Aduhelm (aducanumab), an expensive and controversial treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, has been roundly and deservedly criticized, and the manufacturer’s close relationship with the FDA questioned. The approval of the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids, on the other hand, should be applauded by anyone who cares about dementia and cognitive decline. Friends and family may confuse a person’s loss of hearing with cognitive decline; certainly, difficulty hearing conversation can cause miscommunications, impair social interactions, and contribute to anxiety and frustration. It turns out, though, that hearing loss can actually cause a decrease in cognitive ability. And while most causes of cognitive decline are not reversible, this one is: Evidence indicates that hearing aids protect people against further cognitive decline. Currently, hearing aids are prohibitively expensive and require multiple visits to a specialist. A lost or broken hearing aid can cause a substantial financial hit. The FDA decision to allow over-the-counter sales of hearing aids will lower cost barriers and increase availability for a…