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Coroner ID’s Two Killed in Head On Crash Near Hemet

Share this article:One of the two people killed in a head-on crash in the unincorporated Winchester area near Hemet was a resident of that community, authorities said Sunday. Eva Barro was 56, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office. Jesus Giron Araiza, 23, was a resident of Mexico. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The two-car crash occurred on Winchester Road, north of Scott Road, about 1:05 a.m. Friday, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Details of what led up to the crash were not available. Coroner ID’s Two Killed in Head On Crash Near Hemet was last modified: January 26th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Menifee Crash Victims Publicly ID’d

Share this article:Two people who died in a multi-vehicle crash in Canyon Lake near Menifee were women from Lake Elsinore, authorities said Sunday. Tina Slatten was 58, and was pronounced dead at 11:48 p.m. Friday at Riverside University Health Systems Medical Center, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office. Benita Heyden, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner said. The crash happened at 9:54 p.m. Friday on Railroad Canyon Road west of Goetz Road, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Dominic Schreiber said. An eastbound vehicle rear-ended another eastbound vehicle, Schreiber said. “One of the vehicles then crossed over the center divider and collided with a vehicle traveling westbound,” he said. The Riverside County Fire Department reported that four patients were taken to hospitals with moderate injuries, including two who were freed from wrecked vehicles using hydraulic rescue tools. Menifee Crash Victims Publicly ID’d was last modified: January 26th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Interplanetary Explorer Wanted: NASA Wants to Bring Martian Samples Back to Earth

NASA is planning to bring Martian samples back to Earth — and they’re looking for someone to lead the mission. The Mars Sample Return (MSR) program, set to take place over the next decade, aims to collect samples of Martian rock, soil, and atmosphere for analysis and testing on Earth. NASA has previously sent several rovers to Mars, but no program or robot has ever been able to bring back samples, which could give researchers new insights into the Red Planet. Proposals for this specific MSR program — carried out in collaboration with the European Space Agency — have been in the works for years. Now it’s finally taking shape, and it needs a director. The job opening for the MSR program director, posted to the US government’s job site, offers an annual salary of up to $188,066. The director will be responsible for overseeing the entire program — from the early planning stages of mission formulation, through design and development, all the way to the final launch and mission. Applicants need to have experience executing spaceflight programs and have a bachelor’s degree in a…

Billie Eilish, Finneas Win Big at 2020 Grammys

The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honors for the musical family. “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — created in the musicians’ Los Angeles home — helped Eilish win the top four honors, including album, song and record of the year, along with best new artist. The 18-year-old is the youngest artist to achieve the feat and the first to do so since Christopher Cross did in 1981. Finneas — who co-wrote, produced and engineered the album, walked away as Sunday’s top winner with six. Eilish won five honors. “We didn’t write a speech for this because we didn’t make this album to win a Grammy. We didn’t think it would win anything ever. We wrote an album about depression and suicidal thoughts and climate change and being the bad guy — whatever that means — and we stand up here confused and grateful,” Finneas said onstage. Together, they also won best pop vocal album, while Finneas’ individual honors included producer of…

Kobe Bryant Mural Becomes Makeshift Shrine Honoring the Legendary L.A. Laker

Dozens of fans gathered at the iconic mural of Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles on Sunday to mourn the late Lakers legend. The mural, located on the side of Shoe Palace on Melrose Avenue, became a makeshift shrine as fans gathered in Lakers gear and placed purple and gold flowers along with candles at the bottom of the mural. The NBA star died unexpectedly in a helicopter crash Sunday morning, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. A sign is placed at the foot of a Kobe Bryant mural in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. (Credit: KLTA) One fan placed a sign with a quote from Bryant against the wall that reads, “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” Visitors stuck yellow Post-it notes on the purple wall with messages thanking and mourning Bryant. The side of the mural, which commemorates Byrant’s last game before retirement, reads, “on 4.13 Kobe played his final game… This tribute has 413 triangles.” Fans stuck notes of mourning on a mural of…

Victims In Kobe Bryant Crash Have Now All Been Identified

CALABASAS (CBSLA) — Here’s what is known so far about the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant and eight other people. Nine people were on board the Sikorsky S76 when something went wrong just before 10 a.m. Sunday. The passengers were on their way to a basketball game when the chopper went down. The helicopter’s flight path shows it going from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley and then hovering over the Glendale area as it waited for clearance to travel through the Valley to Calabasas. The tracking ends at the crash site in Calabasas. Kobe Bryant’s 13-year old daughter Gianna was among those killed. Gianna — often called “Gigi” — was the second oldest of Bryant’s four daughters. Bryant had coached Gianna’s AAU basketball team out of his Mamba Sports Academy training facility in Thousand Oaks for the past two years. They were all reportedly headed to an AAU game when the crash happened. In addition to Bryant and his daughter, three members of one family died in the crash. John Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange…

Kobe Bryant, Eight Others Killed in Helicopter Crash in Calabasas

Share this article:Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and eight other people, including one of Bryant’s daughters, were killed Sunday when a helicopter crashed along a hillside in Calabasas. Bryant was 41. The crash, in the area of Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street, was called in at 9:47 a.m., according to a watch commander at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills/Malibu station. The helicopter was a Sikorsky S-76B, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. TMZ — which first reported Bryant’s death — said the helicopter belonged to Bryant, and that the group was en route to the Mamba Sports Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The helicopter took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 9:06 a.m., records show. The crash occurred in foggy conditions. The Los Angeles Police Department had grounded its helicopter fleet Sunday morning due to the foggy conditions and didn’t fly until the afternoon, LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said. The fog “was enough that we were not flying,” he said. The department’s flight minimums require 2 miles…

‘He Was Like the Walt Disney of Basketball:’ Fans Gather Outside Mamba Sports Academy to Mourn Kobe Bryant

Fans gathered outside Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks on Sunday evening to mourn NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died earlier in the day along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash. Bryant and his daughter Gianna were on their way to her basketball game at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where he was supposed to coach her team, the team director told CNN. The crash occurred in Calabasas, just 20 miles from Bryant’s basketball training complex. “It was pretty amazing the way this place gave back to the community,” a member of the facility told KTLA. “It’s one thing to know there is a celebrity out there but to see one that actually goes out and really gives back to the community in person… it was an amazing thing.” The facility, which was launched by Bryant and the academy’s CEO Chad Faulkner in 2018, was designed to be a holistic athletic training center, according to its website. It hosts a variety of programs in basketball, beach volleyball, Brazilian jiujitsu, football, and track, among others. “It’s a really tight-knit community,”…

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