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Logan Couture returns, but Sharks’ road woes continue

Pre-NHL trade deadline, or post-NHL trade deadline: the Sharks’ troubles in the second period on this road trip never seemed to end. A day after trading Patrick Marleau and Barclay Goodrow to playoff contenders, the Sharks allowed two second period goals and never recovered in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Joel Kellman and Noah Gregor both scored their second career NHL goals in the Sharks loss, their fifth straight as they finished the road trip 0-4-0. With the game tied 1-1, Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny scored goals at the 3:51 and 9:41 marks of the second period, respectively, to give the Flyers the lead for good.  Hayes added his 21st goal of the season at the 3:43 mark of the third period for a 4-1 Philadelphia lead. Gregor’s goal came at the 8:18 mark of the third period off a pass from Marcus Sorensen. Kellman scored at the 6:30 mark of the first period to tie the game 1-1 after a shot on goal from Jacob Middleton. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news,…

Police, fire to be honored at Exchange Club dinner Saturday

CORNING — Preparations are underway to honor Tehama County’s first responders Saturday at the Corning Exchange Club Police and Fire Awards Dinner, starting at 6 p.m. at the Corning Veterans Memorial Hall, 1620 Solano St. “We’ll be giving out 12 awards,” said Corning Exchange Club President Ross Turner. “The event will honor outstanding law enforcement and fire personnel for 2019 from 12 separate public safety agencies who will be honored and presented with plaques at this dinner.” A silent auction will take place along with a separate raffle with proceeds from the donated items going to various Corning Exchange Club donations to local youth organizations and other causes in the community, Turner said. Items available through the silent auction include gift baskets, a truck and trailer load of base rock and a 7.5-yard load of gravel, both to be delivered within a 25-mile radius of Corning. There will be gift certificates for local restaurants and merchants throughout Butte and Tehama counties, Turner said. An American flag flown over the nation’s capitol has been donated by Rep. Doug LaMalfa. Those honored at the 2019 event included:…

Four things from A’s HQ: Luzardo shines, Davis plays, Allen homers and roster set for Vegas trip

Peoria, Ariz. —  Decked out in his green A’s t-shirt, green A’s hat, black sunglasses and grey shorts perfect for Arizona’s ‘winter’ weather, Curtis Landers bounced around from spot-to-spot, circling the A’s bullpen for the best possible vantage point of the action, of pitcher Jesús Luzardo. Landers — an A’s fan from Oregon who bought a second home in Arizona, in part, because it would make Cactus League trips easier — eventually settled on the Peoria Sports Complex lawn, hanging on the railing above the bullpen rubber. About 15 feet below, Luzardo — Oakland’s No. 1 prospect, according to MLB.com — was whipping pitch after pitch, the thud of his high-90s fastballs echoing through the concourse as it hit leather. As Luzardo finished his pregame session, walking to the dugout with A’s pitching Scott Emerson, Landers stood over the same railing, clapping — a sendoff, of sorts, for the beginning of the 22-year old Luzardo’s season, his first as a member of A’s starting rotation. “It’s going to be fun to watch him,” Landers said of Luzardo. “It’s going to be interesting to see who…

Tehama County residents voice concerns over planning department

RED BLUFF — Tehama County residents gathered at Supervisor Candy Carlson’s town hall meeting Monday to discuss their concerns over the planning department. Robert Halpin brought up the issue of the department issuing California Environmental Quality Act exemptions and rezoning of projects. He cited the property by the east corner of Sale Lane and Belle Mill Road in Red Bluff as an example. The property is zoned for commercial use. “There’s a whole long list of things that we could put in there, a gas station, hotels,” Halpin said. “This is right up against a floodway and in a flood zone. Where is that water going to go? How about the sewage disposal for a big old hotel?  Where is that going to go?” John Stoufer said this property is very similar to the Food Maxx subdivision property because both are in a floodway and flood hazard area. “To build there, they are going to have to elevate the land to build above the flood hazard area,” Stoufer said. Carlson said if she knew what she knows about the property now, she wouldn’t have voted…

CDC Warns Americans to Prepare for Coronavirus As Valley Gears Up for Major Events

We’ve seen images from countries where coronavirus is spreading that are frightening. In China, strict quarantine orders enforced, in Italy, empty store shelves from panic buying and in South Korea, long lines for masks.  “Current global circumstances suggest it’s likely that this virus will cause a pandemic,” says Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal director with the Centers for Disease Control.  While the outbreak is concentrated in China the virus has sickened over 80,000 thousand people and killed more than 2,700 hundred worldwide.  It’s fast rate of spread has caused the CDC to issue a warning for the U.S.. “Now it’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more a question of exactly when,” says Schuchat. The CDC also called for everyone to have a plan in case the virus shuts down schools, or you’re forced to stay home from work.  “I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe but these are things people need to start thinking about now,” says Dr. Messonnier, the CDC’s director for the National Center for…

Student with lesbian parents wanted to write a paper supporting same-sex marriage but teacher refused

(CNN) — The mother of a Michigan high school student with same-sex parents alleges her daughter’s English teacher infringed on her freedom of speech when she rejected a class paper on the topic of same-sex marriage. Destiny McDermitt, a 17-year-old junior at Hill-McCloy High School in Montrose, was assigned a project titled “Take a Stand,” in which she was allowed to choose a subject and advocate for or against it, according to one of her mothers, Angela McDermitt-Jackson. The only parameters for the assignment were the topic could not be one written about for another class or one that would be considered “awkward or inappropriate,” with abortion provided as an example of a forbidden subject, a copy of the assignment provided to CNN shows. Neither the assignment nor the teacher specified that same-sex marriage was an off-limits topic, according to McDermitt-Jackson. In reviewing the incident, Montrose Community Schools Superintendent Linden Moore said in an emailed statement that “the teacher attempted to avoid disruption and controversy by limiting the topics that students could choose for a writing assignment. Unfortunately, although well-intentioned, the teacher was too restrictive.”…

Trump calls for Sotomayor, Ginsburg to recuse themselves from ‘Trump-related’ cases

(CNN) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for two liberal Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from cases involving him following a scathing dissent issued by one of them, blasting the justices as the court considers a number of cases critical to his presidency. “I just don’t know how they can’t recuse themselves for anything having to do with Trump or Trump-related,” Trump said of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a trip to India. “Her statement was so inappropriate when you’re a justice of the Supreme Court,” he said of Sotomayor, who was appointed to the court by President Barack Obama. Friday night, Sotomayor castigated the government for repeatedly asking justices on an emergency basis to allow controversial policies to go into effect and charged her conservative colleagues on the court with being too eager to side with the Trump administration on such requests. While Sotomayor’s dissent targeted the federal government — not The Trump administration per se — she was speaking about the recent uptick in emergency petitions concerning many of the President’s policies. And her criticism of her conservative colleagues was pointed. Sotomayor wrote that granting…

Virgin Galactic reports high interest as it readies to reopen space flight ticket sales

Virgin Galactic has received nearly 8,000 online reservations of interest since its first successful test flight into space 14 months ago, the company said Tuesday as it nears commercial operation and prepares to reopen ticket sales. Virgin Galactic already had more than 600 firm reservations that were taken from customers in 60 countries until the December 2018 flight, when it closed down ticket sales. The company said that on Wednesday it will begin a process called “One Small Step” that will allow those online registrants who are serious about becoming passenger astronauts to register online for a firm reservation by paying a fully refundable deposit of $1,000. Confirming a spaceflight reservation will be a process called “One Giant Leap,” echoing the words of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong when he became the first person to set foot on the moon in 1969. The company did not say when the new set of seats would be released or the actual cost. The initial seats were sold at $250,000 apiece. After years of development and testing at Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California, Virgin Galactic…

SpaceX gets L.A. City Council approval to build Mars spaceship at Port of L.A.

SpaceX’s road map to Mars now includes the Port of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council approved a permit Tuesday that allows the Elon Musk-led company to use a site on Terminal Island at the port to build aerospace parts. With the vote, SpaceX is now cleared to start work at the site; last week, the L.A. Board of Harbor Commissioners green-lighted the permit. SpaceX representatives told L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office that the company was interested in the port site because it needed additional manufacturing capacity for its Starship spaceship and rocket booster. A SpaceX representative at last week’s harbor commissioners meeting did not mention Starship by name during his presentation of the project, but he said the company would use the port site to further its goal of creating an interplanetary society that includes Mars. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Santa Clarita authorities seek other possible victims of attempted kidnapping scriptsuspect

Sheriff’s officials in Santa Clarita said Tuesday they are seeking other possible victims of a man suspected of trying to kidnap two 13-year-old girls. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not identify the suspect, a 40-year-old Valencia man, in a news release announcing his arrest. Investigators believe he is the man who pulled up to two girls on Feb. 19, later allegedly blocking their path with a blue pickup truck he was driving. He was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and multiple counts of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18, according to sheriff’s officials. The girls were walking home from school near Market Street and Railroad Avenue in Newhall when authorities said the man approached them in a truck. Sheriff’s officials said he asked the girls if they were OK and if they needed a ride. They rejected the offer but then the man blocked them with his vehicle in a crosswalk, authorities said. The girl managed to get away but sheriff’s officials said the man had already targeted one of them earlier that day, pulling up to…

Sanders faces attacks in South Carolina Democrat debate

Democrats unleashed a roaring assault against Bernie Sanders’ electability and seized on Mike Bloomberg’s past with women in the workplace in a raucous debate Tuesday night that tested the strength of the two men leading their party’s presidential nomination fight. Sanders, his status as the Democratic front-runner undeniable, faced the brunt of the attacks in a fierce round of early action. Even Sanders’ ideological ally, Elizabeth Warren, questioned the Vermont senator’s ability to lead the nation. “Bernie and I agree on a lot of things, but I think I would make a better president than Bernie,” Warren charged. Sanders, under attack for much of the night, noted the additional attention: “I’m hearing my name mentioned a little bit tonight. I wonder why?” The new wave of infighting came as Democrats met for the party’s 10th — and perhaps most consequential — debate of the 2020 primary season. Tuesday’s forum came just four days before South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary and one week before more than a dozen states vote on Super Tuesday. The intensity of Tuesday’s clash, with candidates repeatedly yelling over each other, reflected the…

Bell Gardens Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Allow For Composting Of Human Remains

BELL GARDENS (CBSLA) — A lawmaker from Bell Gardens has introduced a bill to allow for human composting, citing it as a environmentally friendly alternative to burial or cremation. Assemblymember Cristina Garcia on Tuesday introduced Assembly Bill 2592, permitting “reduction of human remains,” a process of converting remains to soil, statewide. The approach, also known as natural organic reduction, or NOR, “involves placing bodies in individual vessels and fostering gentle transformation into a nutrient-dense soil that can then be returned to families or donated to conservation land,” describes a press release issued by Garcia’s office. “The result is a completely safe and economical method of final disposition that offers additional choice for people to direct their final wishes,” the assemblywoman’s office claims. According to Garcia, the NOR process saves the equivalent of one metric ton of carbon from entering the environment for each individual. “With climate change and sea-level rise as very real threats to our environment, this is an alternative method of final disposition that won’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere,” Garcia stated. “Trees are important carbon breaks for the environment,” she continued. “They…

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