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San Diego Museum of Man announces name change

San Diego, CA (KSWB) — After more than 100 years, the Museum of Man announced Sunday it is changing its name to the Museum of Us. Museum officials said the move is meant to help the museum be more inclusive. The process began several years ago and came to a head after the coronavirus pandemic forced the museum to close in mid-March. “We kept looking at how can we emerge out of all of this as a better version of ourselves,” CEO Micah Parzen said. “It’s really important to us that our name is a reflection of our values as an institution and it reflects who we are and what we stand for and that is being a place that is welcoming to everybody, that sends an invitation to everybody that you belong here.” Museum leaders said the Museum of Us, which specializes in cultural anthropology and has been operational for more than a century, now will offer visitors exhibits which “delve into universal themes that cut across time and cultures.” Parzen said there have been visitors in the past who noted they didn’t identify…

Mexican security forces arrest “El Marro,” alleged leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel

Mexican security forces on Sunday arrested the alleged leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, commonly known as “El Marro” — the Sledgehammer. Federal and state authorities arrested Yépez Ortiz in the central state of Guanajuato, according to a joint statement released by the Guanajuato government and Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security. At least five other people were detained in the joint operation, and a businesswoman who had been kidnapped was rescued, the statement said. Mexico’s Security Minister, Alfonso Durazo, confirmed Yépez Ortiz’s detention via Twitter, adding that he was detained through an arrest warrant for “organized crime and fuel theft.” In a video posted on his Twitter account, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador praised the arrest. “The Ministry of National Defense, with the local government’s support, achieved this very important detention,” López Obrador said. “We need to continue attending to the causes that provoke violence. We say no to corruption and impunity.” López Obrador has come under fire for his noncombative approach to organized crime, after campaigning on a strategy he dubbed “abrazos, no balazos,” or hugs, not…

1,120 New Coronavirus Cases, 42 New Deaths Reported Over the Weekend in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials report 1,120 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total to 38,131 confirmed cases countywide. There were 42 new deaths reported bringing the county’s total to 737 deaths. Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city: Desert Hot Springs: 760 (+36) cases, 14 (+2) deaths Cathedral City: 1,382 (+44) cases, 22 (+1) deaths Palm Springs: 765 (+16) cases, 26 (+1) deaths Rancho Mirage: 189 (+2) cases, 14 deaths Palm Desert: 785 (+11) cases, 43 (+3) deaths Indian Wells: 35 (+1) cases, 2 (+2) deaths La Quinta: 591 (+11) cases, 15 deaths Indio: 2,632 (+43) cases, 59 (+3) deaths Coachella: 1,920 (+11) cases, 17 (+1) deaths Thousand Palms: 148 (+5) cases, no deaths Bermuda Dunes: 97 (+4) cases, 3 deaths Thermal: 131 (+5) cases, no deaths Mecca: 306 (+4) cases, 7 deaths North Shore: 102 (+2) cases, 1 death Oasis: 241 (+3) cases, 2 deaths Sky Valley: 32 (+3) cases, no deaths Cabazon: 33 (+1) cases, 1 death Anza: 10 cases, no deaths At this time age group, 18-39 continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases in the county…

Military identifies sailor and 7 Marines in deadly training accident off California coast

The military has identified the people presumed dead in an amphibious assault vehicle training accident off Southern California last week. Sixteen were on board the AAV when crew members reported they had taken on water during shore-to-ship operations near San Clemente Island around 5:45 pm PDT Thursday, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Force said in a release Sunday. Five were rescued and taken aboard the USS Somerset, but at least one died and eight others are presumed dead, the release said. Those rescued were wearing normal combat gear including body armor and an inflatable vest. Some were found floating, Gen. David Berger, commandant of the US Marine Corps, said. Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene before being taken by helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego. He was a rifleman with Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/4, according to the release. A sailor and seven Marines are presumed dead: Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 19, of Corona, California Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello, California Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a rifleman…

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is part of the team buying XFL for $15 million

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is teaming up with his ex-wife and a top sports management company to buy the bankrupt XFL football league for $15 million. Johnson — a former WWE wrestling star who has since become one of Hollywood’s most bankable action heroes — and the partners are purchasing the assets of the XFL from Alpha Entertainment, a private company founded by WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Alpha filed for bankruptcy in April after ending the XFL season early because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was especially poor timing for the XFL, which was founded as an NFL alternative by WWE (then known as WWF) in 2000. The league played only one season in 2001 — despite a partnership with co-owner NBC Sports — and the 2020 season was meant to be its grand return to action. But even though the XFL didn’t score a financial or ratings touchdown back then, some fans have still hoped for a new football league that could challenge the NFL. That spurred the decision to launch the second iteration of the XFL earlier this year, featuring eight teams,…

Microsoft says it is still talking with Trump about buying TikTok from its Chinese owner

Microsoft says it is still discussing a potential purchase of TikTok, days after President Donald Trump said he would ban the popular short-form video app from operating in the United States. In a blog post Sunday, Microsoft said its CEO Satya Nadella has talked with Trump about buying the app, which is owned by Chinese start-up ByteDance. US policymakers have for weeks expressed concerns about the app as tensions between the United States and China escalate, with many asserting that it could pose a national security risk. “[Microsoft] is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury,” the company said, adding that it will “move quickly” to talk with ByteDance “in a matter of weeks.” “During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President,” the company added. The Washington State-based firm’s blog post suggests TikTok could avert the ban that Trump threatened Friday night, when he said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to block the app from operating in…

Sheriff’s Officials Ask Public For Help in Finding Missing Wildomar Man

WILDOMAR (CNS) – Authorities sought public help Monday in finding an 81-year-old man suffering from dementia who went missing from Wildomar. Clyde Waynick was last seen Sunday about 7 a.m. driving away from his home in the 21000 block of Pumice Lane, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Joe Narciso. Waynick was wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and white shoes, and is described as white and 5-foot-10, with white hair and blue eyes. Waynick is thought to be driving a dark-green, two-door 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII with Arizona license plates. Anyone who sees Waynick or knows his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at 951-245-3300.

Rabid bats found in San Bernardino County

Nine bats in San Bernardino County tested positive for rabies, officials announced earlier this week.The total includes four confirmed rabid bats within the past two weeks in Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Apple Valley, the county’s Department of Public Health said Thursday.DPH spokesperson Lana Culp said the department’s lab had […]

The American Dream according to Apple Valley’s Nabil Assal

Nabil Assal says education minimized the abuse he endured at the hands of his father and eventually helped him escape a life of poverty in his native Morocco.Growing up in Marrakesh, the North African country’s fourth-largest city, the 28-year-old medical student had no electricity or running water. His family didn’t have enough food or clothing. His father was frequently incarcerated.”As a small child, my job every day was to take a wheelbarrow full of […]

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