1st openly transgender Olympians are competing in Tokyo

For Quinn, a midfielder for the Canadian women’s soccer team, the opening match of the Tokyo Games carried more emotional weight than their previous Olympic appearances. Quinn became the first openly transgender athlete to participate in the Olympics when they started on Wednesday night in Canada’s 1-1 draw with Japan in Sapporo. Quinn, who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, posted their feelings on Instagram. “I feel proud seeing `Quinn’ up on the lineup and on my accreditation. I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of this world,” they wrote. “I feel optimistic for change. Change in legislature, Changes in rules, structures, and mindsets.” Quinn, who came out as transgender last year, was also a member of the Canadian team that won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “Mostly, I feel aware of the realities,” Quinn continued. “Trans girls being banned from sports. Trans women facing discrimination and bias while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams. The fight isn’t close to over … and I’ll celebrate when we’re all here.” Quinn, who plays…

Rain Falls Across Southland, Sparks Risk Of Flash Flooding In Burn Areas

MONROVIA (CBSLA) – Many Angelenos woke up to unusual summer rainfall Monday, as forecasters warned of the risk of flash flooding throughout the day across the Southland, especially in burn areas. Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia, Calif., on July 26, 2021. (CBSLA) A flash flood watch was in effect through 8 p.m. Monday for Los Angeles County mountain areas including Lancaster, El Monte, East Los Angeles, Topatopa Peak, Reyes Peak, West Covina, Alhambra, Falling Springs, Pasadena, Pomona, Palmdale and Whittier. Excluded from the flood watch was the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriel Valley and the Ventura County Mountains. “Scattered showers and thunderstorms, some capable of producing heavy downpours with rainfall rates up to an inch per hour are possible,” the National Weather Service wrote. A storm cell moving through the region could bring heavy rain that causes flash flooding and debris flows in burn areas, the NWS said, including the burn scars of the Bobcat Fire in the Antelope Valley foothills, the Dam Fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa, the arson-sparked Ranch Fire north of Azusa and the Lake Fire near…

Huntington Beach restaurant known for ignoring COVID precautions now calls for only unvaccinated diners

When restaurants across California halted indoor dining as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March 2020, Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach continued to welcome patrons. When officials issued an order for establishments to mandate face coverings to stem the spread of the virus, the Orange County eatery declared itself a mask-free zone and required that diners remove them before entering. This week, the Italian restaurant issued another decree: Proof of being unvaccinated is required for entry. Two signs bearing the message were taped to the windows of the restaurant, which is nestled between a gym and a sustainable beauty salon in a small strip mall at Hamilton Avenue and Brookhurst Street. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Fauci says U.S. headed in ‘wrong direction’ as COVID cases soar

The United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. “We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, describing himself as “very frustrated.” He said recommending that the vaccinated wear masks is “under active consideration” by the government’s leading public health officials. Also, booster shots may be suggested for people with suppressed immune systems who have been vaccinated, Fauci said. Fauci, who also serves as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he has taken part in conversations about altering the mask guidelines. He noted that some local jurisdictions where infection rates are surging, such as Los Angeles County, are already calling on individuals to wear masks in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status. Fauci said those local rules are compatible with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that the vaccinated do not need to wear masks in public. More than 163 million people, or 49% of the total U.S. population, are fully vaccinated, according to CDC…

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Parts of LA County

Share this article:Rain in Orange County on Monday morning. Courtesy OnScene.TV A flash flood watch was in effect for parts of Los Angeles County Monday, stretching through this evening, the National Weather Service said. The watch affected the L.A. County Mountains, excluding the Santa Monica Range; the San Gabriel Valley; and the Antelope Valley.’ The NWS said areas likely to be impacted included Lancaster, El Monte, East Los Angeles, Topatopa Peak, Reyes Peak, West Covina, Alhambra, Falling Springs, Pasadena, Pomona, Palmdale and Whittier. Scattered showers and thunderstorms — some capable of producing heavy downpours, with rainfall rates up to an inch per hour — are possible, the NWS said. Locations most susceptible to flash flooding include those in and below recent burn areas, including the Bobcat, Dam, Ranch2, and Lake burn areas. Shallow mud and debris flows capable of producing localized damage are possible in and below these burn areas, the weather service said. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. The NWS advised residents of affected areas to remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.…

Average LA County Gas Price Extends Run of Stability

Share this article:The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose one-tenth of a cent for a second straight day Monday, reaching $4.358. The price has changed by two-tenths of a cent or less in seven of the past eight days — the exception coming Saturday, when it rose four-tenths of a cent. It is four-tenths of a cent more than one week ago, 6.2 cents higher than one month ago and $1.195 greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The average price has risen $1.126 since the start of the year to its highest amount since Oct. 25, 2012, because of a sharp increase in the oil price and higher demand stemming from more people driving to work, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager. The Orange County average price dropped two-tenths of a cent to $4.319, one day after increasing by four-tenths of a cent. It is six-tenths of a cent more than one week ago, 6.5 cents higher than one month…

One Killed, One Hurt In Huntington Beach Hit-And-Run; Woman Arrested

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – A driver has been arrested after a pedestrian was killed and a second injured in a hit-and-run collision on the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach Sunday night. July 25, 2021. (CBSLA) The crash occurred at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of the PCH and Newland Street. One person died at the scene and the second was rushed to a hospital, according to Huntington Beach police. Their names were not released. The female driver of the vehicle tried to run away, but was caught, police said. She was taken into custody on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run resulting in death. She was identified Monday morning as Chillandra Bell. The exact circumstances of the collision were unclear. The PCH was closed for several hours, but has since reopened.

‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Stars Jeanine Mason And Nathan Dean Prepare For Season 3 On The CW: ‘This Season Is Wild’

(CBS) – Roswell, New Mexico returns for season three tonight on The CW at 8/7c. CBS’ Matt Weiss caught up with two of the show’s stars, Jeanine Mason and Nathan Dean to get the inside story on everything coming up in the show’s third premiere. MW: Jeanine, Nathan nice to see you both! Season three of Roswell, New Mexico coming up tonight at 8/7c on The CW. How does it feel to be back? JM: It feels so good. The timing of our show rolling out as the pandemic started in the States at least, was real a blessing because we could connect to our fans and give them a little labor of love of ours in the midst of a really difficult time. It also meant that we had a little bit more time before we could start back up. It’s truly been a year and everybody is so excited. It’s an actual year of change for our characters. Kind of nice even though we know everybody is ready to see it. ND: It’s hard to believe that we were able to pull this…

Shooting, Crash Shuts Down 60 Freeway In Pomona

POMONA (CBSLA) – Authorities are investigating a shooting and crash crash which shut down the 60 Freeway in Pomona early Monday morning for several hours. July 26, 2021. (CBSLA) The shooting and crash occurred at around midnight on the westbound 60 Freeway, just east of the 71 Freeway interchange. According to California Highway Patrol, one person was shot in the leg. There was also a two-vehicle crash. It’s unclear if the shooting or crash came first. One man was taken into custody, CHP said. The circumstances of the incident were under investigation. Both sides of the 60 Freeway were closed for several hours. As of 5 a.m., the eastbound side had reopened, but the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway remained closed near the 71 Freeway interchange. Traffic was being diverted at Reservoir Street.

Rain moves into Southern California: Chance of thunderstorms prompts flash flood watches, warnings

Rain arrived over parts of Southern California overnight, bringing a threat of thunderstorms to the region Monday morning. The monsoonal moisture began moving into the Southland throughout the day Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy downpours were falling during the early morning hours over areas of Los Angeles County, as well as the Inland Empire. A flash flood watch has been issued for parts of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside counties through 8 p.m. Monday. A flash flood warning is also in place for Riverside County until 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Weather Service. About a half inch of rain is expected for most parts of Los Angeles County with higher totals possible in areas that get heavier downpours and thunderstorms. More than an inch of rain had already fallen in some inland areas Monday morning. There is a slight chance of flash flooding and minor debris flows over recent burn areas, particularly across the Los Angeles and Ventura county mountains, and the Antelope Valley, the Weather Service stated. Commuters are reminded to use caution when driving as roadways can…

Woman Goes Missing In Water Near Santa Monica Pier

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – The search was continuing Monday morning for a woman who went missing in the ocean waters near the Santa Monica Pier. July 25, 2021. (CBSLA) The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the woman was last seen at clinging to the pilings underneath the pier at around 9 p.m. Sunday. The Coast Guard was actively searching the waters with rescue divers, two boats and a helicopter, along with assistance from several other agencies, including the Santa Monica Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department. The missing woman’s identity was not known. There was no word on the circumstances of how she went missing.

H&R Driver Kills One and Seriously Hurts Another On PCH

Share this article:A hit-and-run crash left one person dead and a second seriously hurt in Huntington Beach Sunday evening. The crash happened about 8 p.m. on Pacific Coast Highway and temporarily closed the northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway between Beach Boulevard and Newland Street, said Huntington Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Carey. Police are looking at a possible suspect, Carey said. There was no immediate word on the genders or ages of the victims. The name of the deceased will be withheld pending notification of the next of kin. H&R Driver Kills One and Seriously Hurts Another On PCH was last modified: July 25th, 2021 by Contributing Editor

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