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Riverside High School Vying for a Locker Room Makeover

Share this article:Riverside’s Norte Vista High School is one of five schools in a nationwide competition for a locker room renovation. The competition is put on by locker manufacturer Hollman. In a video posted by Norte Vista, football team Coach Ken Batdorf takes viewers on a tour of the dilapidated boys locker room. “The wall is starting to fall apart, as well as the ceiling in here. It leaks during the rainy season,” Batdorf says. He also notes a wobbly bench, broken lockers and malfunctioning bathroom fixtures. Voting runs through Feb. 3 and the winner will be announced Feb. 7. Votes can be cast at www.hollman.com/hollmanhelps. “A lot of these kids are from single-parent homes, so when the kids come here, it’s really like a second home,” Batdorf says. Riverside High School Vying for a Locker Room Makeover was last modified: January 26th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Grammys Open With Tribute to Kobe Bryant

Share this article:Held in the building in which Kobe Bryant became a legend, the 62nd annual Grammy Awards paid tribute Sunday evening to the basketball superstar who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. With Bryant’s retired numbers 8 and 24 illuminated in the Staples Center rafters, top Grammy nominee Lizzo took the stage for an opening number, but shouted before she began, “Tonight is for Kobe,” eliciting a roar of approval from the star-studded crowd. After the performance, show host Alicia Keys acknowledged the tragedy. “We’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero,” she said. “And we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built. Right now Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirits, are in our hearts, in our prayers. They’re in this building and I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside, hold them inside of you and share our strength and our support with their families.…

Anaheim Man and Woman Killed in Alhambra Shooting Identified

Sam Nhat Do, 43, of Alhambra, pictured in a photo released by the Alhambra Police Department following his arrest on Jan. 24, 2020. Coroner’s officials on Sunday identified a man and woman who were shot to death at an apartment in Alhambra on Friday. Cuong Nhat Do, 44, and Camha Nguyen Do, 38, both of Anaheim, died in the shooting, which was reported shortly after 7 p.m. Friday at an apartment in the 400 block of North 2nd Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Capt. John Kades said. The relationship between the victims was not available. While the victims were both listed in coroner’s records as Anaheim residents, public records linked them to the apartment in Alhambra as well. The suspect in the double homicide has been identified as Sam Nhat Do, 42, of Alhambra, according to the Alhambra Police Department and Los Angeles County booking records. His relationship with the victims was not clear, not was a motive for the shooting. Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” and found Cuong and Camha Do suffering from gunshot wounds inside an apartment, Alhambra…

2020 GRAMMYs Winners List

Music’s Biggest Night is under way from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and we are well on our way to handing out some hardware. Check out the list before for a full list of winners updated throughout the night as we wind our way through the 62nd annual GRAMMY Awards, only on CBS and streaming live on CBS All Access. Record of the Year “Hey, Ma” — Bon Iver “Bad Guy” — Billie Eilish “7 Rings” — Ariana Grande “Hard Place” — H.E.R. “Talk” — Khalid “Old Town Road” — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus “Truth Hurts” — Lizzo “Sunflower” — Post Malone & Swae Lee Album of the Year “I, I” — Bon Iver “Norman F—ing Rockwell!” — Lana Del Rey “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — Billie Eilish “Thank U, Next” — Ariana Grande “I Used To Know Her” — H.E.R. “7” — Lil Nas X “Cuz I Love You” (Deluxe) — Lizzo “Father of the Bride” — Vampire Weekend Song of the Year “Always Remember Us This Way” — Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey & Lori…

Rockets Strike U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Official Says

Three rockets struck the US Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, a US official told CNN. The official said one person was injured in the attack, but that the injury was minor and the individual had since returned to duty. A State Department spokesperson said Sunday evening that they “are aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone,” but did not address the US embassy itself. The State Department did not respond to a query as to whether any embassy employees were injured. “We call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities,” the spokesperson said. The State Department did not directly blame Tehran for the rocket strikes in the Iraqi capital, but the spokesperson’s statement made reference to Iranian threats in the region and past attacks by Iranian-backed militias on US interests. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. “The security situation remains tense and Iranian-backed armed groups remain a threat. So, we remain vigilant,” the spokesperson said. Since September there have been more than 14 attacks by Iran and Iranian-supported militias on US…

Kobe’s Helicopter Was Headed to Basketball Game for Daughter Gianna, Who Wanted to Carry on His Legacy

News that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday was made more tragic by what came next — confirmation that his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also was onboard. The father-daughter duo were expected at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game. Gianna was going to play, the team director told CNN. And Bryant was going to coach. That wasn’t out of the norm. Gianna — the second of Bryant’s four daughters with his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant — was a passionate basketball player. And Bryant made sure he was involved in her development by coaching her team. He sometimes shared photos of her at games on Instagram, or videos of the two of them playing together. In fact, Bryant saw Gianna, who wanted to play in the WNBA, as the heir to his legacy — something he confirmed in an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in 2018. Kobe Bryant holds his daughter, Gianna, after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009, at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. (Credit:…

No Survivors in Fiery Helicopter Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant, Daughter in Calabasas: Officials

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California on Sunday, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball. The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities said that nine people were aboard the helicopter and presumed dead. Bryant, an all-time basketball great who spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, was among the victims, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also was killed, a different person familiar with the case said. Also killed were John Altobelli, head coach of Southern California’s Orange Coast College baseball team, his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, who played on the same team as Bryant’s daughter, said his brother, Tony, who is the sports information director at the school. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva would not confirm the identities of the victims Sunday afternoon pending official word from the…

Coronavirus Death Toll in China Rises to 56 as 5th U.S. Case Confirmed in Arizona

A new viral illness being watched with a wary eye around the globe accelerated its spread in China on Sunday with 56 deaths so far, while the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter announced it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. The U.S. has confirmed two cases in Southern California and cases in Washington state, Chicago and Arizona. All five patients had recently traveled to Wuhan, according to authorities. China’s health minister said the country was entering a “crucial stage” as “it seems like the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger.” Ma Xiaowei declined to estimate how long it would take to bring the situation under control, but said travel restrictions and other strict measures should bring results “at the lowest cost and fastest speed.” President Xi Jinping has called the outbreak a grave situation and said the government was stepping up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies to the city at the center of the crisis, Wuhan, which remains on lockdown with no flights, trains or…

Magic Johnson Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant

Basketball legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson took to social media Sunday to join a chorus of voices expressing shock and devastation over the deaths of Kobe Bryant and on of his daughters, who died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. Johnson spoke of his relationship with Bryan not only as a basketball player, but as a family man, a community advocate and a friend. “I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash,” Johnson said. “He was such an icon but also did so much for LA. He was passionate about serving the homeless and was an advocate for women’s basketball,” according to Johnson. “Coaching his daughter’s basketball team brought him so much happiness.” “I used to love talking to him about Lakers basketball, being fathers and husbands and how much we loved Italy,” he wrote. “I will miss those conversations and him so much.” “Laker Nation, the game of basketball & our city, will never be the same without Kobe,” Johnson said. “Cookie…

‘He Was Like a Little Brother to Me’: Michael Jordan Reacts to News of Kobe Bryant’s Death

NBA legend Michael Jordan said he was “in shock” after hearing of the death of basketball star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter in a the helicopter crash in Calabasas Sunday. “Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe— he was like a little brother to me,” Jordan said in a written statement. Jordan called Bryant a “fierce competitor” and “one of the greats of the game.” He praised Bryant’s love for his family and his support of his daughter. “Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply— and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball,” the statement read. Bryant’s legacy is often compared to that of Jordan. Bryant won five NBA championships, compared to Jordan’s six. Bryant passed Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list before LeBron James took his third place spot Saturday night. Jordan is one of several notable former and current NBA stars to mourn Bryant Sunday. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/oI7w6e7HLI — Estee Portnoy (@esteep) January 26, 2020

O.C. College Baseball Coach, His Daughter and Wife Among 9 Killed in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash

The longtime head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa was among those killed in the Calabasas helicopter crash that also claimed Kobe Bryant’s life Sunday, the school said. John Altobelli, 56, was aboard the aircraft with his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobelli, the coach’s brother Tony Altobelli told CNN. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant is also among the nine who died, sources confirmed to the Associated Press. Gianna and Alyssa were teammates at the Mamba Academy and were flying from Orange County to Thousand Oaks to attend a game, OCC assistant coach Ron La Ruffa told CNN. “It was something John routinely did, flying up with Kobe to attend games with his daughter,” La Ruffa said. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli. He was a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a friend at OCC for 27 years. Read our full statement at https://t.co/ttTGWOZKnm pic.twitter.com/ch8ilLHHl4 — Orange Coast College (@orangecoast) January 26, 2020 John Altobelli worked at OCC for 27 years, the college said. “John…

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