NCAA Championship Draw Basketball’s Largest Audience Since 2019 NBA Finals

Share this article:The championship game in the NCAA men’s tournament drew the largest audience for a basketball game since the concluding game of the 2019 NBA Finals, despite Baylor leading from the instant it scored the game’s first points, according to live-plus-same-day figures released Tuesday by Nielsen. CBS’ coverage of the Bears’ 86-70 victory over previously undefeated Gonzaga April 5 averaged 16.922 million viewers, the most for a basketball game since the Toronto Raptors’ series-clinching 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors on June 13, 2019 averaged 18.763 million viewers on ABC. None of the six games of the 2020 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, which was also carried by ABC, averaged more than 8.89 million viewers, facing unprecedented competition from NFL regular-season games and MLB postseason games from Sept. 30-Oct. 11. However, the audience was the lowest for an NCAA championship game televised by CBS. The previous low was 17.088 million for Connecticut’s 82-73 victory over Georgia Tech in 2004. Viewership was down 14.2% from the 19.723-million average for the last championship game, Virginia’s 85-77 overtime victory over Texas…

Costume Designers for `Promising Young Woman,’ `Mulan’ Honored

Share this article:Costume designers for “Promising Young Woman,” “Mulan” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” were among the winners at Tuesday evening’s virtual presentation of the 23rd Costume Designers Guild Awards. “Promising Young Woman” designer Nancy Steiner won the award for excellence in contemporary films, beating out designers for “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” “Da 5 Bloods,” and “The Prom.” Bina Daigeler won for sci-fi and fantasy films for her work on “Mulan.” The other nominees were the designers for “Dolittle,” “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey,” “Pinocchio” and “Wonder Woman 1984.” Ann Roth was honored in the period film category for her designs for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The rest of the field consisted of the designers for “Emma,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank” and “One Night in Miami.” During the ceremony, television producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers jointly received the Distinguished Collaborator Award for their “unwavering support” of costume design and designers. The ceremony hosted by actress Lana Condor can be seen on Twitter at @costumeawards. It will also…

One Man, Two Women Arrested in Connection with String of Robberies

Share this article:One man and two women from New Jersey were arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in Pasadena, Los Angeles and Monterey Park where they posed as construction workers to gain access to victims’ houses, authorities announced Tuesday. Police officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of South San Rafael Avenue, near the Ventura (134) Freeway and Annandale Golf Course, in Pasadena on April 5 on reports of a residential burglary, according to Pasadena Police Department Lt. Jesse Carrillo. Victims at the scene reported a man posing as a construction worker lured them outside to check work he and two women claimed they completed near their residential property line. While the man distracted the victims, the two women entered the residence and stole several items of jewelry worth about $40,000, Carrillo said. Detectives investigated the case and learned the suspects were responsible for at least four similar burglaries in Los Angeles and one in Monterey Park, Carrillo said. They also determined the suspects used a white 2017 Chrysler Pacifica displaying a New Jersey license plate of H34NEC while carrying out…

2 horses recovering after deadly Ontario fireworks explosion

Two rescued horses are recovering following a massive fireworks explosion in Ontario last month that left two people dead and caused at least $3.2 million worth of damage. The two frightened horses, named Lightning and Vavoom, were rescued by firefighters from the March 16 explosion and were turned over to the Inland Valley Humane Society. Greta Hitzeman works alongside the Humane Society and runs a ranch a few miles away from the site of the blaze. Lightning and Vavoom are spending their days recovering there. Vavoom had major injuries to her face and a huge mass in her mouth, Hitzeman said. “When I first saw her, I almost cried. I thought, she’s not gonna make it,” Hitzeman recalls, adding that she’ll need a costly surgery. And treatment for Lightning will likely involve skin grafts. Hitzeman says she won’t give up, and after all the horses have endured, she wants to give them a chance at a better life. Hitzeman’s niece started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for vet bills.

Betts, Bauer Star For New Fans As Dodgers Crush Rockies 7-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts homered and Trevor Bauer pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in both veterans’ first home game in front of their new Dodgers fans, propelling Los Angeles to a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his solo homerun in front of Elias Diaz #35 of the Colorado Rockies and umpire Tom Hallion #20, to take a 3-0 lead, during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on April 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Corey Seager and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, while Max Muncy homered and drove in two runs for the defending World Series champions. The major league-leading Dodgers (9-2) remained unbeaten in Chavez Ravine this season with another dominant performance in their ninth victory in 10 games. Bauer (2-0) was outstanding in his first start at Dodger Stadium since signing with his hometown team in February. Colorado’s only hit was an infield single by Garrett Hampson in the third, and Bauer issued just two walks with nine…

Future Of Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome Still In Question

HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — All around the Pacific Cinerama Dome in Hollywood are signs of redevelopment, which is why cinephiles have been expressing fear over what could happen to the valuable land after it was announced the theater would not be reopening due to pandemic losses. General view of the Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood after the announcement that ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres will permanently close on April 12, 2021 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images) “The human cry that has been coming out last night and today really demonstrates that this is a building that really resonates with people throughout the county,” Linda Dishman, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Conservancy, said. Back in the 1990s, Dishman and the Conservancy fought a proposal to gut the Cinerama Dome and replace the lobby with a restaurant. That fight made its way all the way to City Hall. “The Cinerama Dome is a city landmark, a city historic cultural monument designated back in 1998,” Ken Bernstein, ‎principal city planner and manager of the Office of Historic Resources for the Los Angeles Department of…

President Biden to address joint session of Congress on April 28

President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on April 28. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi extended the invitation to Biden on Tuesday, “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.” The White House said Biden accepted the invitation. The speech will come just before Biden’s 100th day in office, and will provide him an opportunity to update the American public on his progress toward fulfilling his promises. It will also give him a chance to make the case for the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package he unveiled earlier this month, which the House is aiming to pass by July 4. Traditionally all members of Congress and guests gather for a joint session in the House, the larger of the two chambers. However, the address is certain to look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing restrictions have been in place during the pandemic that require House lawmakers to conduct floor votes and other business in smaller groups, rather than convening hundreds in the chamber at once. Masks are required…

Commissioners give LAPD 2 weeks to form plan of action after series of reports find fault in protest tactics

The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday gave top LAPD officials two weeks to consolidate three recent reports on the department’s handling of last spring’s protests into a single plan of action that identifies top reform priorities, estimates associated costs and sets a timeline for implementation. “Let’s get everything on the table as to what we need to do,” said Commissioner Eileen Decker, president of the civilian oversight panel. The order followed presentations on each of the three reports — which all found glaring issues with the LAPD’s training, preparation and response — and questions from commissioners on how their recommendations overlapped. The commissioners did not address which recommendations they agreed with, but said the LAPD’s consolidation report would help inform a collaborative effort in coming weeks and months by the commission, the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office to formulate an official path forward. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

3 Arrested In Connection With String Of LA-Area Burglaries

PASADENA (CBSLA) — A man and two women were arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in Pasadena, Los Angeles and Monterey Park where they allegedly posed as construction workers to gain access to victims’ homes, authorities said Tuesday. The suspects were identified as 24-year-old Bobby Lucci, 25-year-old Jessica Frank and 21-year-old Paris Frank — all of New Jersey. According to the Pasadena Police Department, officers April 5 responded to a home in the 100 block of South San Rafael Avenue for reports of a residential burglary. The victims at the scene reported that a man had posed as a construction worker and lured them outside to check work he and two women claimed to have completed near the residential property line, police said. While the man distracted the victims, police said the two women entered the home and stole several pieces of jewelry worth about $40,000. During the investigation, detectives found the trio was suspected in at least four similar burglaries in Los Angeles and one in Monterey Park, according to police. Last Wednesday, Anaheim Police Department officers located the vehicle — a…

Missing hiker found safe in Angeles National Forest after rescue teams tracked photo he sent friend

A hiker who was reported missing was found safe Tuesday in the Angeles National Forest, officials announced. Search teams were deployed in the Mount Waterman area of the San Gabriel Mountains immediately after hiker Rene Compean was reported missing around 6 p.m. Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. “They were worried for the missing hiker since it was getting dark and cold,” the department stated. Rene Compean sent a friend this photo while hiking in the Angeles National Forest on April 12, 2021, before he was reported missing. (L.A. County Sheriff’s Department) Compean’s friend had called the Sheriff’s Department to report him missing after getting a text from the hiker saying he was lost and his cellphone was almost out of battery. Compean had sent a picture to that friend earlier in the hike, showing his dirt-covered legs hanging down a mountain as he sat. Crews continued to search throughout the night without success, and a new team was assembled early Tuesday morning to continue the hunt.  Compean did not have his phone’s location services turned on, so rescue…

Man who sold millions in counterfeit wine from Arcadia home is deported to Indonesia

A one-time California man who bilked wine collectors out of millions by selling cheaper booze he rebottled in his kitchen has been deported to his native Indonesia, U.S. immigration officials said Tuesday. Rudy Kurniawan, 44, was deported last week on a commercial flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Jakarta, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement. “He is a public safety threat because of his aggravated felony conviction,” the statement said. Kurniawan came to the United States on a student visa in the 1990s. He unsuccessfully sought political asylum and was ordered to voluntarily leave the country in 2003 but stayed on illegally, authorities said. Kurniawan, whose family gained wealth operating a beer distributorship in Indonesia, was convicted of mail and wire fraud in 2013 in a New York federal court and spent seven years in prison. He was deported after being released from prison into immigration custody last November. In a public black eye for the wine industry, prosecutors at Kurniawan’s New York trial said he made millions of dollars from 2004 to 2012 by putting less-expensive Napa and Burgundy wines into…

Royals C Perez Ends Game With Pickoff, KC Beats Angels 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals catcher Salvador Perez picked David Fletcher off third with the bases loaded for the final out in the ninth inning, helping the Kansas City Royals beat Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Tuesday night. Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels beats the throw to first baseman Carlos Santana #41 of the Kansas City Royals for a single in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 13, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) Danny Duffy pitched one-run ball over six innings, and Perez had two hits and an RBI. Kansas City’s veteran backstop ended the game by blocking Greg Holland’s 0-2 pitch in the dirt. The ball bounced off batter Jared Walsh and right back to Perez, who picked it up and caught Fletcher venturing too far off third base. Ohtani showed off impressive speed on an infield single in the first and added a 431-foot homer to right field in the fifth. The two-way star — just a designated hitter in this one — has four homers this season and…

Convicted DUI Driver Charged in Fatal Costa Mesa Crash

Share this article:A 27-year-old convicted drunken driver was charged Tuesday with killing a 74-year-old man in a crash in Costa Mesa. Stewart Waithanji was charged with single felony counts each of second-degree murder, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more as well as two misdemeanor counts of hit and run with property damage. His arraignment Tuesday in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana was rescheduled for April 30. Waithanji was involved in a hit-and-run collision in Newport Beach before Saturday’s fatal crash, said Kimberly Edds of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. About 4 p.m., Saturday, police were called to another hit-and-run at Newport Boulevard south of 17th Street in Costa Mesa, Edds said. Waithanji allegedly crashed into a car driven by 74-year-old Richard Frost of Newport Beach, Edds said. When Frost got out of the car and tried to stop Waithanji from driving away Waithanji allegedly ran over the victim and kept going, Edds said. Frost was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Edds said. Waithanji kept going in…

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