US Olympic hopefuls will be allowed to protest racial and social injustice at trials

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has announced that it will not sanction athletes who kneel for the national anthem at the Olympic trials in support of social or racial justice movements. The committee released guidance for the athletes, providing examples of the demonstrations that are allowed. They include raising a fist at the start line or podium, kneeling for the national anthem at the start line or podium, and wearing clothing that has social justice language such as “Black Lives Matter.” Athletes may also advocate vocally for their causes. Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the USOPC, commended the work of the group’s Council on Racial and Social Justice. “(The Council on Racial and Social Justice) also made it clear there is a deep desire for Team USA athletes to speak on these issues, and to lead as a positive force in our community,” she said in a statement. The guidance also underlined actions that are not permitted, such as defacing an American flag or engaging in racist or hate speech. Hirshland said the committee will evaluate its guidance ahead of the 2021 Tokyo…

Body cam footage released for Indian Wells deputy-involved shooting that killed Joshua Tree Coffee founder

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released the 911 recording and body cam footage of a deputy involved shooting that killed the founder of the Joshua Tree Coffee Company in Indian Wells. The shooting happened on February 15, 2021 inside the gates of the Desert Horizons Country Club, located near Rancho Palmeras Drive and Highway 111. The incident stemmed from an assault with a deadly weapon call on Simon Drive and Highway 111 in La Quinta. Sheriff Chad Bianco said in the release of the video that the suspect, Royce Robertson, 33, of Joshua Tree, pointed a handgun and made threatening statements towards the driver of another vehicle. Investigators said Robertson pointed the handgun at the other driver and yelled, “Do you want to die today.” Watch the full body cam footage below (WARNING – VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED) https://kesq.com/news/2021/02/16/owner-of-joshua-tree-coffee-company-idd-as-man-killed-in-deputy-involved-shooting/ Robertson’s vehicle was later found near Desert Horizons and Highway 111. A deputy attempted a traffic stop but Robertson failed to yield. Robertson stopped inside the Desert Horizons Country Club. He then exited the vehicle and yelled at the deputies to shoot him. He walked closer to…

VP Harris to move into Naval Observatory residence next week after renovations delay

Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will move into the vice president’s official residence next week after their move was delayed for more than two months because of “repairs to the home,” Harris’ chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders said on Thursday. Harris and Emhoff have been temporarily living at Blair House, the President’s guest quarters on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the White House, since Harris took office. The vice president’s official residence is located on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory a couple of miles from the White House. “The repairs included maintenance on the HVAC system, replacing the liners in the chimneys and refurbishing of some of the hardwood floors,” Sanders tweeted, adding that the repairs were more easily conducted with the home unoccupied. CNN observed a moving truck outside of Blair House on Thursday morning. A small group of people were spotted wheeling re-usable green and blue moving bins into a side door. The delay in the move had left Harris increasingly and understandably bothered, according to several people who spoke to CNN. “She is getting frustrated,” an administration official previously told…

Felony Charges Filed Against 18-Year-Old Accused in Cathedral City Shooting

Attempted murder and gang-related charges were filed Thursday against an 18-year-old man accused in a shooting that injured a woman and a juvenile at a Cathedral City park. Ivan Raya-Reynoso of Cathedral City and an underage suspect are accused in the shooting that was reported at 6:50 p.m. last Friday at Ocotillo Park, 33300 Moreno Road. Both suspects were arrested the same day. The second suspect, a teen whose name was withheld because of his age, was booked into Juvenile Hall, according to the Cathedral City Police Department. First responders found the victims — a woman and a juvenile from Cathedral City — suffering from gunshot wounds and took them to a hospital, according to Cathedral City police Sgt. Larry Sanfillippo. Their names were withheld, and police had no information on their conditions. Help from witnesses helped police track down and arrest the suspects a short distance from the park, according to police, who did not release a suspected motive for the shooting. Raya-Reynoso, who remains held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, faces felony charges including attempted murder, assault with a…

Newsom: Manufacturing Issue With J&J Vaccine Won’t Immediately Impact CA

After receiving his dose of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday a manufacturing issue that ruined 15 million doses of the medicine is not expected to impact the state’s supply of the vaccination for at least three weeks. But after that, “it’s an open-ended question,” Newsom told reporters at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The manufacturing issue occurred at a plant in Baltimore. Newsom noted that the vaccine he received Thursday morning at a mobile Federal Emergency Management Agency clinic came from the Netherlands. “Our three-week window on Johnson & Johnson has not been impacted by this manufacturing issue in Baltimore,” Newsom said. “Which means … we anticipate receiving 572,700 doses next week of J-and-J, 215,400 a week later, and 215,400 the week after that. That’s the window they have given us confidence to say is secure.” The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is sought after because it requires only one dose, as opposed to the two-shot regimen — spaced three to four weeks apart — required with the Pfizer and Moderna medications. The state is expecting to receive 2.4 million…

50 years and older now eligible for covid vaccine in Riverside County

Riverside County is expanding eligibility for those who want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to include individuals 50 and older beginning Thursday, April 1. Those who want to get vaccinated must also live or work in Riverside County. “As eligibility widens and more of our residents become protected from the virus, we’ll continue to see declining COVID numbers and an ongoing focus on community recovery,” said Board Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “If you are eligible, get the shot.” Vaccine eligibility is based on the state’s rollout tiers. Those under 50 are eligible to be vaccinated if they are employed in the following job categories: healthcare workers; long-term care residents; agriculture and food workers; educators and childcare workers; emergency services workers, transportation workers, utility workers and janitors. The state recently expanded the vaccination eligibility to include those at higher risk for COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions. The underlying health conditions include cancer, Down syndrome, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, chronic pulmonary disease, pregnancy, severe obesity and heart conditions. More than 1 million doses – both first and second doses — have been administered to…

Local Residents React To Marilyn Monroe Statue Controversy

The 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe is set to be unveiled on Museum Way in downtown Palm Springs on April 25th, this statue has had a lot of controversy surrounding it but folks at the Palm Springs Art Museum speak exclusively to NBC Palm Springs on how they feel. Little did Marilyn Monroe know when she filmed this classic back in 1955 that over 60 years later there would be controversy about a Marilyn Monroe statue in the city of Palm Springs. The statue is supposed to place in the middle of the Palm Springs Art Museum, but opponents have temporarily halted the project “I do think it’s ridiculous,” exclaimed Robert Collins, resident of Palm Springs. On Wednesday friends of the art museum expressed thoughts for and against Marilyn. “I’ve been here when Marilyn was downtown before, it was a huge draw, it was an attraction for palm springs I’d love to see it come back,” added Collins. But not everybody agrees with him, some people here at the museum say they don’t have a problem with the statue itself, but rather the placement…

Major League Baseball is back with a 162-game schedule and actual humans in the stands

After an abbreviated 2020 season that is now a blur, Major League Baseball returns Thursday with all 30 teams in action before actual human spectators for a six-month, 162-game trudge to the postseason. Fingers crossed. Before a single pitch was thrown, the Washington Nationals announced their home opener against the New York Mets Thursday night has been postponed due to Covid-19 contact tracing of members of the organization. One unnamed player tested positive for Covid-19 and four teammates and a staff member must quarantine after they were identified as having close contact with the player, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday. The game will not be made up on Friday “out of an abundance of caution,” the Nationals said. The two teams are scheduled to play on Saturday. “We’re ready for the long haul,” Rizzo said before the postponement. “This is just a small blip on our radar screen.” The coronavirus pandemic led to an unprecedented sports shutdown last spring. MLB canceled spring training and delayed the regular season. When the national pastime returned in July, it felt unfamiliar. A slew of health and…

Why the news media can’t stop talking about Biden’s dogs

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. President Biden’s dogs Major and Champ are back in the news. And the coverage of the presidential pooches is generating some strong reactions — with some people arguing that the canine behavior isn’t newsworthy at all. To be sure, Biden’s infrastructure plans are certainly the more important story emanating from the White House this week. But the Biden’s-best-friend news is revealing in its own way. First there were those biting incidents. Then on Wednesday there was an instance of “dog poo on the floor,” which was dutifully (doo-doo-tifully?) reported by the White House press pool. Reactions to the doggie coverage have run the gamut, showcasing the many feelings and gripes and questions people have about the American news media. More than anything, the doggie drama heralds a return to a more mundane post-Trump news cycle. The Biden White House is largely scandal-free (by design) so a problematic pet counts as newsworthy. Of course, even the word “problematic” is a problem in some corners. There are…

Woman found dead Wednesday night at Indio motel

Indio Police are conducting a homicide investigating after a woman was found dead at City Center Motel Wednesday night in Indio. Police responded to calls of a dead body around 7:48 pm at the motel off Indio Boulevard. When coroners arrived to the scene they discovered a gunshot wound. The woman’s identity has not yet been released and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Suspect identified in shooting that left four dead in Orange

A gunman who carried out a deadly rampage inside an office building in Orange, killing four people including a 9-year-old boy, was acquainted either personally or professionally with the victims and specifically targeted the real estate services office, police said Thursday. The suspect, identified by police as 44-year-old Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, was shot by police in the courtyard of the building in the 200 block of West Lincoln Avenue, according to Orange Police Department Lt. Jennifer Amat. Police responded to the complex at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and were initially unable to enter the building due to bicycle cable locks that were used to secure the north and south gates of the courtyard, Amat said. Two officers, however, spotted the suspect inside the courtyard, leading to a shooting that left the suspect wounded. It’s unclear if the suspect fired at police. Police were able to force their way into the courtyard, where they tended to the wounded suspect and woman who had been shot. A 9-year-old boy, believed to be the woman’s son, was dead, with District Attorney Todd Spitzer saying he died in his…

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