‘Long-Term Resilience’: Secretary Of Labor Marty Walsh Touts Biden Administration’s Efforts To Untangle Choked Supply Chain

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited the Port of Los Angeles Tuesday to discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to smooth out the supply chain and keep the post-pandemic economy growing. (credit: U.S. Department Of Labor) Walsh was joined by port officials, the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and Long Beach Rep. Nanette Barragan. The visit comes a day after port officials again delayed a fee aimed at shipping containers that linger too long on the docks because cargo has been moving faster since the fees were announced. Pandemic lockdowns and the spread of COVID-19 put a screeching halt to economies across the globe, and the U.S. economy was no exception. But Walsh credited President Biden’s economic plan with a “historic recovery.” “We’ve seen at least 5.6 million jobs return and new unemployment claims are at their lowest level in 50 years,” Walsh said in a statement. “This is a worker-centered recovery, and we are focused on what working families need.” The pandemic’s effects on the global supply chain has caused an unprecedented backlog of container ships waiting to…

‘Georgia’s Defense Is Just So Good’: CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt Previews SEC And Conference USA Championships

(CBS DFW) — Week 14 of the college football season brings plenty of conference championship action. Ten championships are on the line. Bowl games and the College Football Playoff will follow in the weeks to come, with bids still possibly riding on this weekend’s results. CBS and CBS Sports Network have a couple of strong matchups on the schedule. Top-ranked and undefeated Georgia meets fourth-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship. Western Kentucky, riding a seven-game winning streak, faces the formerly ranked University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the Conference USA Championship. CBS’s Norm Elrod talked to CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt about the matchups. SEC Championship: #1 Georgia @ #4 Alabama, Saturday, December 4, 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS The Georgia defense has only allowed four teams to reach double digits. That said, they haven’t faced many elite offenses. Tennessee did score 17 points a few weeks back. What does this Georgia defense do that makes it so difficult for opposing offenses? They have an unbelievable front, where they can play that front seven, without blitzing so much. And when you can rush four…

2 teens arrested on suspicion of arson for Moorpark fire: Sheriff

Two teens were arrested for allegedly throwing incendiary devices that caused a fire at a Moorpark arroyo last week, officials announced Tuesday. The juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were each booked on suspicion of arson of property and possession of a destructive device, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Just after 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 24, the Ventura County Fire Department received a call of a fire in the arroyo south of the 200 block of Moorpark Avenue. Crews arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire, which was contained to a sewer drainage channel. No structures or wildland areas were threatened. Deputies from the Moorpark Police Station responded and conducted an investigation of the fire and deemed it “suspicious.” Arson investigators then determined the fire was the result of arson by incendiary device. Several juveniles were identified as possible suspects due to a photo taken by witnesses at the scene, officials said. The investigation ultimately revealed two teens were responsible for the arson. One of the teens was arrested Nov. 25 and the other on Nov. 29. Both were booked…

3 students killed, 8 more injured in Michigan school shooting; 15-year-old in custody: Authorities

A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding eight other people, including at least one teacher, authorities said. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference that investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit. He said he was aware of allegations circulating on social media that there had been threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school prior to Tuesday’s attack, but he cautioned against believing that narrative until investigators can look into it. Authorities didn’t immediately release the suspect’s name, but McCabe said deputies arrested him without incident within minutes of arriving at the school in response to a flood of 911 calls about the attack, which happened shortly before 1 p.m. He said the deputies also recovered the semi-automatic handgun and several clips the suspect used in the attack. “He fired multiple shots,” McCabe said. “Somewhere in the area of 15 to 20.” The three students…

Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania

Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show after rocketing to fame on Oprah Winfrey’s show, announced Tuesday that he is running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican. Oz, 61, will bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to among the nation’s most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year’s election. Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — enters a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race. In a video message on social media, Oz casts himself as a sort of champion for people’s health, who “took on the medical establishment to argue against costly drugs and skyrocketing medical bills” and is prepared to fight a government that he said has mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic. Oz also makes a pitch to Trump loyalists — and possibly Trump, too — by invoking Trump’s slogan for his…

No-Burn Order Extended Through Wednesday For Much of Southland

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The South Coast Air Quality Management District extended a no-burn order for much of the Southland until Wednesday night due to a forecast of high air pollution in the area. The ban on indoor and outdoor wood burning now extends through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday for residents in the South Coast Air Basin, including the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and all of Orange County. #CheckBeforeYouBurn EXTENSION: Tuesday, November 30th – Wednesday, December 1st are No-Burn Days: https://t.co/Y158Op74tv Find out more about our No-Burn program at https://t.co/Q46dBQwAzI and sign up for alerts at https://t.co/lyxsiZyT4O pic.twitter.com/lukbe81bWj — South Coast AQMD (@SouthCoastAQMD) November 30, 2021 Those in mountain communities above 3,000 feet or the high desert are exempt for the order along with homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat. Gas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are not included in the order, the SCAQMD said. Residents can receive no-burn day notifications by signing up for Air Alerts via email or text at http://www.AirAlerts.org. (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service…

Los Angeles City Council Bans Possession, Purchase, Sale of Ghost Guns

Share this article:The City Council Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to prohibit the possession, purchase, sale, receipt and transportation of “ghost guns” in Los Angeles. The ordinance was requested by a motion from Councilmen Paul Koretz and Paul Krekorian, which also passed through the council unanimously. It will next go to Mayor Eric Garcetti for his signature. “There’s no question that ghost guns are an epidemic nationwide, but today we have an obligation to protect the lives of Angelenos, and this is one step that we can take to do all that,” Koretz said before Tuesday’s vote. The ordinance prohibits the possession, purchase, sale, receipt or transport of a non-serialized unfinished firearm frame or receiver or non-serialized firearm. Such weapons — known as “ghost guns” because they are virtually untraceable — can be assembled by unlicensed buyers from legally purchased kits. The unfinished parts are inexpensive and not required under federal law to have serial numbers or a background check to purchase. According to the gun control advocacy organization Everytown For Gun Safety, an AR-15 ghost gun kit and lower receiver can be purchased for…

California begins limiting medical parole to inmates on ventilators

A new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons. Prison officials say a change in federal rules led them to limit medical parole to inmates so ill they are hooked to ventilators to breathe, meaning their movement is so limited they are not a public danger. The state previously included a much broader range of permanent incapacities allowing inmates to be cared for in nursing homes outside prison walls. Steve Fama, an attorney with the nonprofit Prison Law Office, said the court-appointed federal office that controls health care in California prisons told him the change could affect about 70 of the 210 inmates approved for medical parole under the current system, started in 2014. “It’d be an awful shame if those people were returned to prison,” Fama said. “Those patients have been proven not to need a prison setting given their medical conditions.” The policy shift comes as the state has been reducing its prison population due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a more general push from voters and legislators to free…

Beverly Hills City Hall To Hold Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony Tuesday

BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — A menorah lighting ceremony will be held at Beverly Hills City Hall Tuesday to mark the third night of Hanukkah. Please join us for the Menorah Lighting Celebration Tuesday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m. on the Crescent side of City Hall. Complimentary parking will be available at 450 N Crescent Dr. and 450 N Rexford Dr. #beverlyhills #Hanukkah pic.twitter.com/MWszPWPcE0 — CityofBeverlyHills (@CityofBevHills) November 26, 2021 The ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. and Beverly Hills Mayor Bob Wunderlich will provide a brief overview of Hanukkah traditions and extend holiday well wishes. “As we reflect during this special time of year, we look forward to welcoming everyone to City Hall Tuesday afternoon for our menorah lighting celebration,” Wunderlich said. “Now more than ever, our community remains committed to peace and unity.” A menorah lighting ceremony was held at Beverly Hills City Hall in 2019. The city was unable to hold a menorah lighting ceremony in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, another menorah lighting will also be held Tuesday at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Los Angeles City…

Attorney, Law School Professor Dennis Franks Identified As Man Killed After Tree Falls On Encino Home

ENCINO (CBSLA) — A prominent local attorney and an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law and Pepperdine Law has been identified as the man who died when a massive oak tree fell into his Encino home. Dennis Franks, 64, was in a second-floor bedroom when the tree fell onto the home int he 5000 block of North Odessa Avenue at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the Los Angeles Fire Department. According to Franks’ LinkedIn profile, he most recently has been working as an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law and at Pepperdine Law. But before he turned to academia, he spent several years as a legal advisor for Twentieth Century Fox Film and the Walt Disney Company. Two women who were on the first floor when the tree fell were able to get out safely, along with a dog. The ancient tree was estimated to be at least 500 years old and weigh 100,000 pounds. Such trees are protected and require approval from…

L.A. City Council passes ordinance banning ‘ghost guns’

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban so-called ghost guns, joining other big California cities in cracking down on the untraceable, generally homemade firearms that police say have proliferated in the city in recent years. The ordinance bans the possession, sale, purchase, receipt or transportation of firearms without serial numbers, as well as the parts used to make them. Violators could be fined up to $1,000 and receive up to six months in jail. “These guns should have no place in Los Angeles and have already wreaked havoc on our streets,” Councilman Paul Koretz said during Tuesday’s meeting. Ghost guns are exempt from laws requiring background checks and waiting periods because they are sold as unfinished kits, according to the motion introduced by Koretz and Councilman Paul Krekorian. Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Man charged with murder in fatal shooting of his 4 kids, their grandma in Lancaster; victim’s ID’d

A man has been charged with killing his four children and their grandmother, who were found shot to death in a home in Lancaster over the weekend, authorities said Tuesday. Germarcus David, 29, faces five counts of murder and three counts of assault on a child causing death, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. An arraignment is expected sometime Tuesday. David is suspected of fatally shooting his four children and mother-in-law. They were identified by the L.A. County coroner’s office: Namyiah David, 11; Germarcus David Jr., 7; Kaden David, 2; Noah David, 1; Ericka England, 51. According to investigators, England had been babysitting her grandkids at a home in the 3500 block of Garnet Lane on Sunday night. The children’s mother was the one to discover the bodies when she returned home, and she dialed 911. A neighbor saw the distraught woman a short time later. “We can hear her screaming over the phone,” Reginald Beltran told KTLA. “The only that that was very clear… she was screaming ‘my babies are dead, my babies are dead.’” Deputies responded to the scene shortly…

3 students killed, 6 others injured in Michigan school shooting; sophomore in custody: Authorities

A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding six other people, including a teacher, authorities said. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference that he didn’t know what the assailant’s motives were for the attack at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit. Officers responded at around 12:55 p.m. to a flood of 911 calls about an active shooter at the school, McCabe said. Authorities arrested the suspect at the school and recovered a semi-automatic handgun and several clips. “Deputies confronted him, he had the weapon on him, they took him into custody,” McCabe said, declining to share more detail about the arrest. Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the suspect or victims. Tim Throne, the superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, said he didn’t know yet know the victims’ names or whether their families had been contacted. “I’m shocked. It’s devastating,” the shaken superintendent told reporters. The school was placed on lockdown after the attack, with some children sheltering…

Germarcus David Charged With Murder Of His 4 Young Children, Their Grandmother Ericka England

LANCASTER (CBSLA) — A Lancaster man has been charged with the murders of his four young children and their grandmother, who were identified by authorities Tuesday. Ericka England, 51; Namyiah David, her 11-year-old granddaughter, 7-year-old Germarcus David Jr.; 2-year-old Kaden David; and 1-year-old Noah David were each shot in the upper body, according to sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Tony Moore. (credit: CBS) The children’s father and England’s son-in-law, 29-year-old Germarcus Lamar David, was arrested Monday after he walked into the sheriff’s Lancaster station. He was charged Monday with five counts of murder and three counts of assault on a child causing death. “No family should endure this type of tragedy, especially when the alleged perpetrator was responsible for their protection,” LA County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. David is being held on $2 million bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday. The shootings were reported at about 10:30 Sunday night in the 3500 block of Garnet Lane. Neighbors say the grisly scene was discovered by the children’s mother, who was heard screaming and crying. Authorities have not given any…

Skiers Rejoice: Bear Mountain, Snow Summit To Open Thursday

BIG BEAR LAKE (CBSLA) – Two of the most popular ski areas in Southern California will kick off their ski seasons this week. A snowmaking machine at Big Bear Mountain Resort. Nov. 26, 2021. (Credit: Lee Stockwell/ BBMR) Big Bear Mountain Resort announced Monday that both its Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will open to season pass holders on Thursday, and the general public Friday. The resort said in a news release that the opening date, Dec. 2, is “about on average” for when it typically opens. Due to the uncommonly warm weather that has descended on the state over the past few weeks, several resorts in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California have been forced to postpone their opening dates. The Sugar Bowl, Heavenly and Northstar resorts in and around Lake Tahoe have all delayed their openings, as has the Kirkwood Mountain Resort. RELATED: Big Bear Lake’s Snow Play Opens For 2021-2022 Winter Season