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New Los Molinos football coach ready for challenges of upcoming season

LOS MOLINOS — Los Molinos High School’s new football coach James Humphrey is not afraid of the challenges and competition coming this season. In fact, he is looking forward to them. Coming off a section championship, the Bulldogs are making a transition from 8-man to 11-man this season, meaning a full slate of new opponents. Humphrey is confident his team can continue the success of last season because of star running back Hunter Landingham and the large number of players returning to the field as seniors. The team is still working out the kinks of adapting to an 11-man playbook. “For them to translate its a little bit of a step that we have to take, but they are picking it up pretty easily,” Humphrey said. Humphrey played quarterback at Clovis High School and said he is an offensive guy “100 percent.” “I know how to beat a defense,” Humphrey said. “I know what to see in a defense, but all that other stuff that’s new to me and that’s what I am going to have to pick up.” Los Molinos is viewed as something like…

NAACP Challenges Plan to Cover Mural at SF School

San Francisco’s chapter of the NAACP is now urging the school board to reconsider plans to paint over an 83-year-old mural at George Washington High School. That may come as a surprise to some, considering the mural depicts scenes of slavery and the slaughter of Native Americans. SF School Draws Crowd to View Mural Some Call Racist The school board voted last month to “paint or panel over” the Life of Washington mural that features slaves and a dead Native American. The board deemed the 1936 painting offensive. On Tuesday, leaders of the NAACP’s local chapter called on the board to rethink that decision and use the mural as a teaching tool. SF School to Paint Over Historic George Washington Mural The images painted by Russian American Victor Arnautoff are classic examples of new deal art commissioned by the government during the Great Depression. The district last week briefly opened the mural for public viewing — images of George Washington, alongside slaves working in a field and a dead Native American have raised passions. District trustees commissioned a working group and the majority expressed the…

Racist Graffiti Found at Concord Businesses

A woman is in police custody in connection to anti-Muslim graffiti discovered at several Concord businesses. The hateful messages were spray painted in front of the International Market & Grill. The racist graffiti was also scribbled across the front of a Muslim-owned mini market and other places in the area, leaving customers and neighbors feeling outraged and rattled. Drink Your Weed: Cannabis the Next Big Thing in Beverages? Surveillance video from a nearby liquor store captured a woman in the act. A store employee later identified a woman outside as the person in the video. The woman was seen on Tuesday being detained by police. Concord police said it will be up to the District Attorney’s Office on whether to charge the woman with a hate crime. California’s Largest Recycling Business Closes, 750 Laid Off Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

Indio Police Officers Strengthen Bond with Residents

The police departments across the nation are enhancing its community relations through National Night Out an evening event where residents mingle with police officers to strengthen relations including the City of Indio. The recent wave of violence sparked new urgency in active shooter and other emergency preparedness, and Tuesday’s event gives residents the opportunity to know their police officers. The Public Information Office for the Indio Police Department, Ben Guitron, said many of the officers not only work in Indio but live in the city. “It’s all about Indio for us,” Guitron said. “That’s why the side of our vehicles say it’s our community, it’s our commitment, but we can’t do it by ourselves these are opportunities for the communities to see how we need to work together.” The event comes amid a weekend of terror and mourning for the country, more than 30 people died in the hands of two mass shooters in Texas and Ohio. Gabby Trujillo is a Coachella resident who is disturbed by the weekend shootings. Trujillo said, “Born and raised here in the valley but living out there in Texas…

Walgreens to Shut 200 U.S. Stores in Plan to Cut Costs

Pharmacy chain Walgreens plans to close 200 stores in the United States as it seeks to cut costs. The company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday the closings are part of its previously announced plan to trim costs by $1.5 billion in a few years. In May, the company announced plans to close 200 stores in the United Kingdom. The filing did not include specifics on which locations would shutter. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company operates over 18,000 stores worldwide. In June it reported a 24% decline in quarterly net income and predicted that annual earnings would be roughly flat with the prior year. Walgreens has been hit by challenges including reimbursement cuts and lower price increases for branded drugs. In the year to date, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. shares are down nearly 25% while the broader S&P 500 is up 13%.

Kim Jong Un Says Missile Launches Were Warning to U.S., South Korea

North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises. The official Korean Central News Agency said two missiles launched from a western airfield flew across the country and over the area surrounding the capital, Pyongyang, before accurately hitting an island target off its eastern coast. Its four rounds of weapons demonstrations in two weeks come during a stalemate in nuclear negotiations and after President Donald Trump repeatedly dismissed the significance of the tests, even though the weapons show North Korea’s ability to strike at U.S. allies South Korea and Japan and its military bases there. Experts say Trump’s downplaying of the North’s weapons displays allowed the country more room to advance its capabilities and build leverage ahead of negotiations, which could possibly resume sometime after the end of the allies’ drills later this month. Lee Sang-min, spokesman from South Korea’s Unification Ministry, said North Korea’s recent testing activity doesn’t help efforts to stabilize peace and called for Pyongyang to…

Suspects Charged in Killing of LAPD Officer Juan Diaz Shot at Others the Same Night: Police

A man accused of killing Los Angeles Police Department Officer Juan Diaz outside a taco stand in Lincoln Heights after the policeman and a friend told him to stop tagging a sidewalk has been charged with murder, authorities said Tuesday. Diaz, 24, was off-duty when he was gunned down near Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street around 1 a.m. on July 27. But those accused of killing him were involved in a series of other crimes that same night, including another shooting targeting an ex-boyfriend, according to LAPD. Cristian Adrian Facundo, the 20-year-old suspected of fatally shooting Diaz, and Francisco Talamantes, 23, have been charged with murder while Ashlynn Smith, 18, has been charged with accessory to murder, according to LAPD. The three suspects were arrested Friday morning. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the department continues to piece together hundreds of pieces of evidence — tying together a string of crimes that started just after midnight. The three suspects were allegedly also with a 21-year-old Los Angeles woman who has not been identified by police. It was seven minutes after midnight on July 27 when the…

Cleveland Elementary Shooting Survivors Call For Action, Gun Control After Mass Shootings

STOCKTON (CBS13) — This weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton opened old wounds for the school shooting survivors in Stockton. Judy Weldon is a member of Cleveland School Remembers and Brady United Against Gun Violence “After the horrific week we experienced, we needed to gather to increase our demands for our congress and senate to take action now,” Weldon said. “Every time there’s a mass shooting or a man on the street, it brings it back. It pricks the wound.” She was there 30 years ago when a man walked onto the playground at Cleveland Elementary and shot 34 children, killing five, in what is believed to be the nation’s first mass shooting of school children. READ ALSO: Victim Of Gilroy Shooting, Keyla Salazar, Remembered On What Would Have Been Her 14th Birthday “Our whole community was traumatized because these were babies. They were six, seven, eight years old and it’s been happening too often,” said Niki Smith with Cleveland School Remembers. The women were among the group of about 75 people who gathered in Stockton Tuesday along with mayor Michael Tubbs to thank…

How to Prepare for an Active Shooter

Brad Engmann, co-owner of Threat Scenarios, a Bay Area based company specializing in preparing law enforcement and civilians for active shooter situations, gives tips following the recent mass shootings. www.threatscenarios.com  

California’s Largest Recycling Center Closes, Including Local RePlant Centers

RePlanet redeeming centers across California are closed, leaving hundreds of employees without jobs and many Californians who rely on income from redeeming bottles and cans without options. Local recycling centers in the Coachella Valley are also closed causing a hassle for customers like Connor Heiss. “This was the second one that we’ve tried in our area and it’s also closed,” the La Quinta resident said. He went to the location in La Quinta first, which did not have any signs regarding its closure. The second location he visited was in Palm Desert, where closed signs were newly hung. RePlanet is California’s largest operator of recycling redemption centers. Its President, David Lawrence, said it closed its doors due to the depressed pricing of plastic, a reduction in state fees and other operating costs; making the business unsustainable. Residents like Stacey Hendricks say if California is going to have a plastic tax, recycling options should be more available. When consumers purchase a plastic, aluminum, glass, or bimetal bottle at a California store, they pay a 5 or 10 cent fee. “By the time I have to get…

Carl DeMaio explains his decision to announce his candidacy for the 50th Congressional District

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former San Diego City Councilmember, longtime Taxpayer Advocate, and radio host, Carl DeMaio made a big announcement on Monday. He became the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring for the 50th Congressional seat held by Congressman Duncan D. Hunter. In a statement announcing his candidacy for the 50th Congressional District seat, DeMaio framed the decision to run as one of “fight or flight.” He also lambasted the state’s Democratic dominance, arguing the state has shifted to the left in an untenable way. “Too many Californians are fleeing our state because of the extreme socialist agenda being imposed on us by Democrat politicians, but I refuse to flee: I choose to stand and fight,” DeMaio said. “In California, voters have mostly only been given two choices: socialists or ineffective cowards.” The 50th District seat is currently represented by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, who was indicted last August, along with his wife, on five dozen criminal charges, including conspiracy, wire fraud and record falsification, for allegedly misusing campaign funds. Margaret Hunter has since pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is cooperating…

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