Storm breaches California river’s levee, thousands evacuate

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California agricultural community famous for its strawberry crop was forced to evacuate early Saturday after the Pajaro River’s levee was breached by flooding from a new atmospheric river that pummeled the state. Across the Central Coast’s Monterey County, more than 8,500 people were under evacuation orders and warnings Saturday, including roughly 1,700 residents — many of them Latino farmworkers — from the unincorporated community of Pajaro. Officials said the Pajaro River’s levee breach is about 100 feet (30.48 meters) wide. Crews had gone door to door Friday afternoon to urge residents to leave before the rains came but some stayed and had to be pulled from floodwaters early Saturday. First responders and the California National Guard rescued more than 50 people overnight. One video showed a member of the Guard helping a driver out of a car trapped by water up to their waists. “We were hoping to avoid and prevent this situation, but the worst case scenario has arrived with the Pajaro River overtopping and levee breaching at about midnight,” wrote Luis Alejo, chair of the Monterey County

Riverside County Sees Declining Number of COVID Hospitalizations

The number of patients hospitalized with a coronavirus infection in Riverside County has fallen to 85, down from 93 on Friday, according to the latest state data released Saturday.Of those patients, 11 were in intensive care, up from nine the previous day.Some of the hospitalized patients were initially hospitalized for other reasons and learned they had COVID after a mandated test. A little over a month ago, 113 people were hospitalized throughout the county with a COVID infection, 19 of whom were ICU patients, according to the Riverside University Health System. The latest RUHS data indicate 734,898 cumulative cases of coronavirus in the county since the pandemic began, and 6,853 deaths linked to the virus. A majority of people who die with COVID-19 are elderly or have an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or hypertension.RUHS figures showed that, among those who died while hospitalized with a COVID diagnosis in January, 37% had received the full SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic. In December, 38% of those who died while hospitalized with a diagnosis had received the complete injection regimen, while in November, it was 37%. The

Pat McCormick, Olympic Diving Champion From Seal Beach, Dies at 92

Pat McCormick, the record-setting Olympic diving champion from Seal Beach who won gold in the springboard and platform events in both the 1952 and 1956 games and later served on the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee in 1984, has died at the age of 92.McCormick died March 7, USA Diving announced Friday. The organization did not release further details about her death, but her son Tim told ESPN that she died of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Santa Ana.Born in Seal Beach in 1930, McCormick grew up practicing her dives at bridges in neighboring Long Beach, where she attended Woodrow Wilson High School, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach. One of the most decorated divers in the sport’s history, McCormick remains the only female diver to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in both springboard and platform. Greg Louganis matched the feat in 1984 and 1988.She won 26 U.S. national titles, second all-time among U.S. women. She was undefeated at national championship meets in 1951 and 1954, winning all 10 national titles available to women in those two years. She

Oscars race: Clock ticks for buffs to binge nominated films

NEW YORK (AP) — A film buff from Oklahoma City, Elyssa Mann has scant time to waste, needing to cross just four more movies off her Oscars list before Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast: Two animated films, one for cinematography and another for costume design. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Steve Tornello has just one left — the latest “Avatar” — before he can fairly judge all 10 of the best picture nominees. In the perfect multiverse, time would bend to allow movie fans to watch anything anywhere, all at once. But in the real world, not the googly eyed one, time keeps ticking and that makes things difficult for diehard film enthusiasts hoping to fill every bracket in their personal Oscars scoresheets. “I have four Oscars movies left in my quest to watch all the ones nominated for picture/acting/craft etc,” Mann wrote in a tweet, “and this somehow feels insurmountable.” As it is, Sunday morning’s time change (don’t forget to spring forward) will mean an hour less to binge. “I am a person who thrives under pressure, like I need the deadline. So it’s

California man is ‘the most dangerous person’ in a Michigan jail, judge says

A man from Northern California was arrested and charged after he was allegedly found with the largest amount of fentanyl in a Michigan traffic stop to date, KTLA sister station KSEE/KGPE reports. Court documents from the County of Van Buren identify the man as 25-year-old Brahajan Martinez-Garcia of Fresno County. According to Michigan State Police, Martinez-Garcia was pulled over for a traffic stop because he was going slow in the left lane, the vehicle’s windshield was cracked and the license plate was obstructed at around 9:40 a.m. on eastbound I-94 west of Paw Paw, Michigan. State police say that the trooper noticed what was described as “several indicators of criminal activity.” During testimony on Thursday, prosecutors said that Martinez-Garcia told police he was coming from California – headed somewhere in Michigan – and then heading back to California soon after. According to Michigan State Police, Martinez-Garcia then gave the troopers permission to search the vehicle. That is when they allegedly found about 4 kilograms (or nearly 9 pounds) of fentanyl in a duffle bag. The investigation that followed also led Michigan State Police to locate