CaliNews

Salesian wins one for Richmond pride: ‘I couldn’t be happier for my city’

RICHMOND — In between the lines, Chad Nightingale is a man of many words, the sidelines serving as the soapbox through which he can flex his vocal muscles. But as he stood in front of his players following a 37-18 victory over Bishop Union to capture the Division 6-A championship, Nightingale’s cadence shifted. Nightingale first reflected on just how far this team had come over the last three years, citing a blowout loss Salesian suffered to Archbishop Riordan two years prior as a point of reference. Then, Nightingale spoke from the heart and the divide between coach and player evaporated. “You were the only guys I wanted to coach.” Nightingale tried to hold down the tidal wave of emotion that had been cresting since the final seconds officially ticked away and the Pride officially became state champions, but it had finally come to a crescendo. As the tears broke free from the cornea and welled to the surface, his sentences became no more than a string of words that had no true end. After a 15-game season resuscitating a vernacular unique to that of those who…

Cross country: Bellarmine duo competes in national championships

Bellarmine’s Colin Peattie and Nolan Topper raced with an elite field at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Finals on Saturday in San Diego. “I thought the whole experience was awesome,” said Topper in a text to the Bay Area News Group. “The race was difficult and humbling, but also really cool.” Peattie, a junior, placed 22nd with a time of 15 minutes, 49.1 seconds for the hilly 3.1-mile course at Balboa Park under partly cloudy skies. Topper, also a junior, was 30th in 16:09.5. Peattie said that the super-fast field provided a lot of pressure, and the course was very difficult. But he also said, “Overall, the experience at Foot Locker is awesome,” noting how himself and Topper got to know runners from all over the country. All the athletes arrived in San Diego on Thursday, so they were able to spend a lot of time together before the races. The boys race was very unique in that all 40 of the participants in the race were within three seconds of each other approximately three minutes into the race. “It was a weird feeling,”…

Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads

By Jocelyn Noveck | Associated Press NEW YORK — Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar. The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, removed the ads because the controversy was a distraction, a spokesperson said in an interview Saturday. “The debate surrounding these commercials on all sides was distracting from the purpose of our network, which is to provide entertainment value,” said a statement provided by Molly Biwer, senior vice president for public affairs and communications at Hallmark. In an interview, she added: “The Hallmark brand is never going to be divisive. We don’t want to generate controversy, we’ve tried very hard to stay out of it. … We just felt it was in the best interest of the brand to pull them and not continue to generate controversy.” Biwer confirmed that a conservative group, One Million Moms, part of the American Family Association, had spoken to Bill Abbott, CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark’s parent company. A post…

CIF state football championship scoreboard

Open Division: De La Salle (12-1) vs. St. John Bosco (12-1) at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Saturday, 8 p.m Division 1-AA: Central-Fresno 34, Sierra Canyon 19 Division 1-A: Serra (13-1) vs. Corona del Mar (15-0) at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Saturday, 4 p.m. Division 2-AA: Clayton Valley Charter 10, Aquinas-San Bernardino 7 Division 2-A: Pacifica-Oxnard 34, McClymonds 6 Division 3-AA: El Camino-Oceanside (9-6) at Cardinal Newman (13-1), Saturday, 6 p.m. Division 3-A: Bakersfield Christian (11-3) at Rancho Cotate (11-3), Saturday, 6 p.m. Division 4-AA: Highland-Palmdale (12-3) at Ripon (13-1), Saturday, 6 p.m. Division 4-A: La Jolla (10-4) at Escalon (13-1), Saturday, 6 p.m. Division 5-A: Reseda (11-3) at Milpitas (8-6), Saturday, 6 p.m. Division 5-AA: El Monte (15-0) at Del Norte-Crescent City (13-2), Saturday, 6 p.m. Division 6-A: Salesian 37, Bishop Union 18 Division 6-AA: South-Torrance (11-4) vs. St. Bernard’s (11-3), Saturday, 6 p.m. Division 7-AA: Lincoln-San Francisco 35, Gardena 26 Check back for updates. SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFER If you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury…

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Arnold Host Annual ‘Miracle On 1st Street’ Christmas Toy Giveaway

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Two “Arnolds” brought some presents and Christmas joy to inner-city kids at the Hollenbeck Youth Center Saturday at the 38th Annual “Miracle on 1st Street” Christmas Toy Giveaway. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his friend and “True Lies” co-star Tom Arnold hosted the event, which is the city’s largest toy giveaway for inner-city kids providing nearly 10,000 toys. New Terminator Gabriel Luna, founder Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles police, Congressman Gomez, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, and Councilman Gil Cedillo were among those helping distribute gifts. “Their eyes light up and they walk in, and some of them even walk in with blankets and they’re just ecstatic,” one volunteer said. “They’re ear-to-ear grins.” For some kids, the event is the only gift they will receive in the holiday season. The Hollenbeck Youth Center’s parking lot was transformed into a Winter Wonderland with snowmen, music, Christmas trees, etc. After receiving a toy and enjoying the “Winter Wonderland,” children and their families enjoyed Santa Clause Lane on 1st Street filled with entertainment, information booths, jumpers, and interactive activities stretch for three city blocks. Inner-City Games Los Angeles and…

Rosa Porto, Founder of Porto’s Bakery, Dead At 89

LOS ANGELES — Rosa Porto, founder of the popular chain Porto’s Bakery, passed away Friday at the age of 89. On the official Porto’s Bakery Instagram, the business released a statement on Saturday. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of ‪‪Porto’s Bakery founder and Porto family matriarch, Rosa Porto. She passed peacefully yesterday at the age of 89 surrounded by her loving husband and family. Rosa was an incredible woman who started Porto’s humbly from her home kitchen selling cakes and pastries to friends and family while simultaneously being an extraordinary wife and mother to her three children. Later, when in her late 60’s, Rosa stepped back from the family business she had started to focus her love and passion on raising her seven grandchildren. There was no greater sense of joy and pride for Rosa than her grandchildren and soon to be great grandchild. To all of our family, friends, and guests from across our communities: though there are no words that can convey our sadness at this time, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the…

Rescuer Dies Looking For Missing Mount Baldy Hiker

UPLAND (CBSLA) — A San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team member has died while searching for a missing hiker on Mount Baldy. According to SBSD, the rescue team member was lost after being separated from his partner Saturday. An air search located him unresponsive on the ice and snow. A medic was lowered down from the helicopter and determined the missing rescuer was dead. “The cause and circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown and investigators are working to determine exactly what occurred. ALL search operations for Mr. Mokkapoti are suspended: SAR crews are being recalled from the mountain and search operations are being re-evaluated,” SBSD said in a statement. The missing hiker, an Irvine man, was last seen Sunday hiking on Mount Baldy. Sree Mokkapati, 52, has been missing since Sunday when he was separated from his hiking group on Mount Baldy. (Credit: Mokkapati family) The 52-year-old man, Sree Mokkapati, was hiking that weekend with some friends, but when his group decided they wanted to turn around, he said he wanted to keep heading toward the summit alone. And when he failed to…

Trump Impeachment Vote Underscores Partisan Era

This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one years ago this Thursday, a Republican-led House approved two impeachment articles against Democrat Clinton. While that battle was bitterly partisan, it was blurrier than the near party-line votes expected this week when the House, now run by Democrats, is poised to impeach Republican Trump. Two of the four Clinton impeachment articles were killed — something party leaders today would jump through hoops to avoid for fear of highlighting divisions. All four Clinton articles drew GOP opposition, peaking at 81 on one vote. That’s an unthinkable number of defections today. “Obviously it was partisan, but it wasn’t as intensely partisan as today is,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., one of four Republicans who opposed all the Clinton impeachment articles and the last remaining member of that group in Congress. “So you could basically argue conscience, you could say you looked at it and didn’t think this was the way to go.” In the upcoming votes on impeaching Trump, Democrats…

Rescue Team Member Found Dead Amid Search for Missing Hiker On Mount Baldy

A search and rescue team member was found dead Saturday amid the search for a 52-year-old hiker from Irvine who went missing near Mount Baldy nearly a week ago, authorities said. The death took place as members of a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team continued their search for the missing hiker into a seventh day. “During today’s search a SBSD-Search and Rescue team member became separated from his partner,” the sheriff’s department said in a written statement. “An air search located the team member unresponsive on ice and snow. A medic was lowered to the SAR member and discovered him deceased.” It was not clear how the rescuer died Saturday afternoon. “The cause and circumstances surrounding this incident are unknown and investigators are working to determine exactly what occurred,” according to the statement. In the meantime, the week-old search operation for Sreenivas “Sree” Mokkapati has been suspended, officials said. “(Search and rescue) crews are being recalled from the mountain and search operations are being re-evaluated,” the statement said. Crews have been working in tough terrain, dealing with waist-deep snow, icy conditions and…

New Jersey Democrat Who Was Outspoken Against Trump Impeachment Is Expected to Switch Parties: GOP

A House freshman from New Jersey who was planning to break with his party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump will become a Republican, a GOP official said Saturday. Top House Republicans have been told of Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s decision, according to a GOP official familiar with the conversations. The lawmaker had discussed switching parties in a meeting with Trump at the White House on Friday, an administration official said Saturday. Van Drew’s decision underscores the pressures facing moderate Democrats from Trump-leaning districts as next week’s impeachment vote approaches. Van Drew won his southern New Jersey district by 8 percentage points last year, but Trump carried it by 5 points in 2016 and Van Drew was considered one of the more vulnerable House Democrats going into next November’s congressional elections. There are 31 House Democrats who represent districts Trump carried in the 2016 election, and many of them have been nervous about the political repercussions they would face by voting to impeach Trump. The House Republican campaign committee has already run ads targeting many of them, but most are expected to support Trump’s…

Riverside Police Seize 33 Guns, Half-Pound of Meth From 2 Convicted Felons

Police seized 33 guns and half a pound of methamphetamine, as well as arrested to convicted felons, during a probation search in Riverside County on Dec. 12, 2019. (Credit: Riverside Police Department) Police seized 33 guns and a half-pound of methamphetamine this week after checking on a probationer in Riverside , authorities said. Jason Earl Glaser, 37, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug possession, according to Riverside Police Department officials and county booking records. A second suspect and previously convicted felon, 63-year-old Carlos Uribe of Lake Matthews, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs for sales, transportation of drugs and being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. An investigation led officers to Glaser’s home in the 3300 block of Pachappa Hill about 6 p.m. Thursday, Riverside police said in a written statement. A search of the home turned up a gun and several boxes of ammunition, according to the statement. “A half-pound of methamphetamine was found discovered inside Carlos Uribe’s vehicle.” Police then turned their attention to Uribe’s home in the 12300 block of…

‘Cowardly Attack’: Police Hunt For Man Who Vandalized Beverly Hills Synagogue

BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — A man broke into and ransacked the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills Saturday morning, in what the city’s mayor is calling a “cowardly attack.” “This cowardly attack hits at the heart of who we are as a community. It’s not just an attack on the Jewish community of Beverly Hills. It’s all attack on all of us… The entire city stands in solidarity behind Nessah, its members and congregants. We are committed to catching the criminal who desecrated a holy place on Shabbat of all days and bringing him to justice. We are equally committed that our city will continue to be a welcoming place for Jews and for members of all religions and groups,” said Mayor John Mirisch. It’s not clear yet if it was a case of simple vandalism or a hate crime. “Although police are investigating the crime as a hate crime, the suspect left no markings or other overt signs of anti-Semitism,” Beverly Hills Police Lt. Elisabeth Albanese said. Police say the suspect, who is in his early twenties, went through the Rexford/Elm alley south of Wilshire…

12/13/19 Boys Basketball: La Jolla 73, Eastlake 71

Another match up at the Hilltop Invitational, the La Jolla Vikings taking on the Eastlake Titans. Sean Mitchell scored 18 points for the Titans. Christian Gamboa had 31 points for the Vikings including a game-winning buzzer beater layup in overtime.   Categories: All Sports Report, Sports Tags: Eastlake HS, La Jolla HS

12/13/19 Boys Basketball: Helix 74, Hilltop 32

At Hilltop High School for the Hilltop Invitational, the Lancers host the Highlanders from Helix. Maurice Holmes had a game high, 18 points for the Scotties as they went on to beat Hilltop 74-32. Categories: All Sports Report, Sports Tags: Helix Charter HS, Hilltop HS

Motorcyclist critically injured in crash

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A motorcyclist doing wheelies today on Florida Drive near Balboa Park was badly injured when he lost control and crashed, police said. The unidentified 32-year-old man was seen riding a red 2010 Ducati motorcycle south on 2700 Florida Drive at 8:48 a.m. when his front tire hit the road after he came down from a wheelie, according to Officer Tony Martinez of the San Diego Police Department. He was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest in the northbound bicycle lane. “The male sustained a ruptured spleen, lacerated kidney and abrasions to his right arm,” Martinez said. He was taken to a hospital, where his injuries were considered life- threatening, Martinez said. Traffic Division officers responded to the scene and will be handling the investigation. Categories: Traffic & Accidents

High surf advisory in effect this weekend

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A high surf advisory has been issued through 4 p.m. tomorrow along the coast by San Diego weather forecasters. The high surf was expected to peak Saturday, with waves up to 10 feet along San Diego County beaches, and will subside Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office in San Diego. Beachgoers are warned of strong rip currents with minor beach erosion possible. If near the water, stay in contact with a lifeguard, forecasters said. Categories: Trending

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!