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SoCal Congressman Introduces Bill Requiring Terrain Warning Systems On Choppers In Response To Kobe Bryant Crash

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Following the deaths of Kobe Bryant and eight others in a helicopter crash this past weekend in Calabasas, a San Fernando Valley congressman is introducing a bill which would require all helicopters to have terrain warning systems. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) announced Thursday that he will introduce the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which would direct the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board to place Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (TAWS) in all helicopters. An NTSB investigator on Jan. 27, 2020, works at the scene of the helicopter crash. (James Anderson/NTSB/Getty Images) The systems would cost between $25,000 and $40,000 per helicopter, Sherman estimates. At around 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 26, a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter carrying Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, two other teen girls, four parents and the pilot crashed in Calabasas amid foggy conditions. The helicopter had departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County and was bound for Camarillo, with the passengers on board heading to Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where he was set to coach Gianna in a…

WATCH: Super Bowl 54 Commercial Previews Featuring President Trump, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa And More

This Sunday the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will square off for a shot at the Lombardi Trophy. For many, the culmination of the NFL season is as much about the spectacle as it the sport and nothing embodies that better than Super Bowl commercials. If you can’t wait to see this year’s slate check out a few of this Sunday’s ads below featuring names like President Trump, Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa and Missy Elliott. Related: Visit The “Super Bowl In Miami” Section For All Things Related To Super Bowl LIV President Trump Mike Bloomberg Pepsi Coca-Cola Doritos Pop-Tarts Snickers Rocket Mortgage Audi

Tenants Allowed to Return to Stricken High-rise

Share this article:Residents in the 10th through 25th floors of a 25-story apartment building in West Los Angeles have been allowed to return to their units in the aftermath of a big fire, but not all of them were allowed to spend the night. The seventh floor, where a fire raged for more than an hour Wednesday morning, remains completely closed, but residents of the eighth floor are able to retrieve items through personnel on site. Those living on the second through sixth floors, as well as the ninth floor, are able to retrieve their items from their unit with an escort but will not be able to stay overnight, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The apartment building’s owner reserved a block of rooms at area hotels for the building’s residents. An American Red Cross evacuation center was established at the Westwood Recreation Center. Red Cross volunteers helped 70 people affected by the fire, providing snacks, water and opportunities to gather and learn more information, according to Marilyn Jimenez Davila of the American Red Cross. The flames were reported in…

lakers Seek Return to Normalcy

Share this article:The Los Angeles Lakers will seek a return to normalcy Friday evening when they meet the Portland Trailblazers at Staples Center in their first game since retired Lakers legend Kobe Bryant perished along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday. The Lakers have been steadily progressing since the tragedy. They did light work on the court Tuesday before gathering for a luncheon and sharing stories about Bryant, according to the Los Angeles Times. On Wednesday, they started with drills and conducted a light football scrimage. On Thursday, the Lakers (36-10) began preparing in earnest for the Portland Trail Blazers (21-27). According to an Instagram post by Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, Bryant had planned to be at Friday evening’s game. The Lakers and Clippers were scheduled to play Tuesday, but the Lakers asked that the NBA postpone the game. The Lakers plan tributes to Bryant at Friday evening’s game, but Lakers Coach Frank Vogel declined to share what they would be, The Times reported. Intent on creating their own identity, the Clippers usually cover the Lakers’ banners and…

China Locked Down 50 Million People Due to Coronavirus and Has to Keep Them Fed

Carrying permits demanding “fast passage,” truck drivers rushed a 560-ton shipment of disinfectant from eastern China to Wuhan, the locked-down city of 11 million people at the center of a vast effort to contain a new viral disease. Outside the metropolis in central China, the cargo was shifted to local trucks with drivers in masks and protective suits, part of a tightly controlled flow of food and other supplies through checkpoints that have blocked most access to Wuhan since Jan. 23. As global anxiety about the new virus rises, authorities have blocked 50 million people from leaving Wuhan and nearby cities at the center of the outbreak. That in turn requires a massive effort to keep them supplied with food and other necessities. “Wuhan is not an isolated island,” declared a state newspaper, the Yangtze Daily. Few governments could attempt such drastic restrictions on a population bigger than South Korea’s or Australia’s. They are made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive controls on society and experience combating the 2002-03 SARS epidemic. Some trucks are allowed to leave the 17 locked-down cities to collect food.…

Some Americans to Leave China, But Many Stay Despite U.S. Advisory

Some Americans plan to leave China after the U.S. government advised about a spreading virus outbreak, but many others are staying. The State Department issued a travel advisory Friday saying Americans in China “should consider departing.” That followed the evacuation earlier this week of about 200 Americans from Wuhan, the locked-down city at the center of the outbreak. A second flight is planned next week. In addition to tourists, tens of thousands of Americans live and work in China in business and teaching. Some have been in the country for decades. James Dickey, a kindergarten teacher, said he is “really scared” and trying to arrange for his 8-year-old daughter and ex-wife to leave Wuhan for the United States. He lives in Changsha, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Wuhan. “In 10 years living here in China, I’ve never seen anything like this, not even close,” he said. “The fact that our governments are taking such drastic and dire measures right now really tells me that the situation is probably worse than what we’ve been led to believe, or what the numbers would indicate.” He…

1 Killed in Shooting Outside Van Nuys Strip Club

One person was shot and killed outside a strip club in Van Nuys early Friday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was standing outside Red Tie Gentlemen’s Club in the 15800 block of Stagg Street when he was approached by three people about 2:45 a.m., authorities said. One of them had “a discussion or an argument” with the victim while the other two got into a nearby dark-colored sedan, according to police. The suspect then took out a handgun and shot the victim multiple times, LAPD said. The person got into the sedan and it drove away, last seen headed eastbound on Stagg Street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators will be reviewing surveillance video from the club and other businesses in the area in an attempt to identify the suspects. LAPD said it’s unclear whether the shooting was random or targeted. The suspects all appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s, police said. The case remains under investigation and no further details were immediately available.

Clippers, Celtics Remember Kobe Bryant With Emotional Pre-Game Tributes

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — It was a somber night Thursday at Staples Center, where the Clippers played for the first time since NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. Bryant, 41, may have been the face of their hometown rivals, but the Clippers paid a touching tribute to the sports icon with a two-minute video narrated by Paul George. “We gather tonight in the house that Kobe Bryant built to honor him, and them,” George said over images of the nine victims of the Sunday morning crash in Calabasas that also killed Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna; Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa; Mambas and Harbor Day School coach Christina Mauser, Mambas teammate Payton Chester and her mother Sarah, and pilot Ara Zobayan. BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 30: A tribute to Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angles Lakers before the game between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on January 30, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) The Lakers and the Clippers had been scheduled to…

Barrington Plaza Fire Revives Push for Sprinklers in Older High-Rise Buildings

After a fire tore through a 25-story apartment building on L.A.’s westside, City Councilman Mike Bonin is expected to introduce a measure Friday that would require sprinklers in residential buildings built more than 50 years ago. The Los Angeles City Council has considered expanding the sprinkler requirement to older buildings that are exempt from retrofitting rules for years, Bonin said. But the effort faced objections from building owners who said the fixes would be too expensive. Bonin said officials hope to find federal grants to cover the installation costs, but if not, he wants to see management companies pay for the sprinklers. Thirteen people were injured and hundreds of residents were displaced after the flames broke out Wednesday at the Barrington Plaza complex at 11740 Wilshire Blvd., the same building where a destructive fire burned in 2013. The 1960s-era apartment tower has no fire sprinklers but is still considered up to code under current law because it was built between 1943 and 1974,  according to fire officials.

Hundreds Mourn, Remember Helicopter Crash Victim Alyssa Altobelli At Candlelight Vigil

NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Alyssa Altobelli was remembered Thursday for her big smile, infectious laugh, and her hopes of one day playing basketball for the University of Oregon. (credit: CBS) Students from Anson Middle School, where Alyssa was an 8th grader, their parents and mourners filled Mariners Park for a candlelight vigil four days after she died in the helicopter crash that also killed her father, Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, her mom Keri, and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, and Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who was also Alyssa’s teammate. “Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary,” one student read. Mourners wore green and yellow, in honor of Alyssa’s dream of becoming an Oregon Duck. She was also known as an animal lover and friends fondly remembered the time she took home turtles from her classroom that she thought were being mistreated. (credit: CBS) The skies were pink and…

As Forests Burn Around the World, Concerns Over Drinking Water Grow

Fabric curtains stretch across the huge Warragamba Dam to trap ash and sediment expected to wash off wildfire-scorched slopes and into the reservoir that holds 80% of untreated drinking water for the Greater Sydney area. In Australia’s national capital of Canberra, authorities are keeping a wary eye on burning forests and bushland, hoping a new water treatment plant and other measures will prevent a repeat of water quality problems and disruption that followed deadly wildfires 17 years ago. There have not yet been major impacts on drinking water systems in southeast Australia from the intense fires that have burned more than 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) since September. But authorities know from experience that the biggest risks will come with repeated rains over many months or years while the damaged watersheds, or catchment areas, recover. And because of the size and intensity of the fires, the potential impacts are not clear yet. “The forest area burned in Australia within a single fire season is just staggering,” said Stefan Doerr, a professor at Swansea University in England who studies the effects of forest files on…

DOJ Working to Ease the Growing Immigration Case Backlog, Make Strained System More Efficient

Inside the glass high-rise that houses the headquarters of the nation’s immigration courts, the focus is on how to make the immensely strained system more efficient. Grappling with an inherited backlog that has ballooned to 1 million deportation cases, a years-long wait for hearings and White House pressure, the Executive Office for Immigration Review is buying real estate for new courts, creating an online filing system, streamlining training and hiring judges. And it still can’t keep up. Its monthly caseload more than doubled last October, when it was 35,776. In October 2017, it was 15,045. “We are working on what we can control and we’re trying to keep the inertia going,” said James McHenry, who leads the Executive Office for Immigration Review. EOIR, as it’s known, is the arm of the Justice Department that oversees deportation proceedings — whether immigrants are allowed stay in the U.S. or whether they are turned back to their countries. Unlike independent trial courts, immigration court judges and employees work under Attorney General William Barr. President Donald Trump has railed against the country’s immigration system, accusing asylum seekers who flee…

Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Pilot Had Reputation for Skills, Frequently Flew Celebrities

Ara Zobayan’s passion for helicopters began as a teenager and took flight years later after a life-changing trip soaring above the vast Grand Canyon. The freedom felt by the man who would become Kobe Bryant’s pilot was transformational, inspiring Zobayan to scrimp and save to take lessons and learn to pilot the aircraft himself. “It tapped into what he felt he was here on Earth to do: to fly and to teach, and to teach people to have this feeling that he had,” said an emotional Darren Kemp, a student pilot of Zobayan who became a close friend. Zobayan’s journey from pupil to pilot to the stars ended Sunday when the Sikorsky aircraft he was flying crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles, killing him Bryant and the other seven aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, including any role heavy fog played. The helicopter’s owner, Island Express Helicopters, announced Thursday that it is suspending flights indefinitely. “The shock of the accident affected all staff, and management decided that service would be suspended until such time as it was deemed appropriate for staff and…

Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act Would Require Terrain Alarms on Choppers

In the wake of the helicopter crash that killed nine people including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, a Los Angeles congressman is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to beef up chopper safety regulations by requiring a terrain alarm system. Bryant’s helicopter was not required to have the system because the FAA rejected a proposal by the National Transportation Safety Board to make the alarms mandatory. NTSB investigator Jennifer Homendy said Tuesday her agency had recommended 16 years ago that the FAA require all choppers carrying six or more passengers to be equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system, adding that the FAA has “failed to act” on the proposal. Shortly after her Tuesday news conference, an FAA spokesman disputed that assessment, noting that the FAA requires the terrain alarm systems for helicopter air ambulance operations. After the tragedy that claimed the life of #KobeByrant, his daughter Gianna and 7 others, I am introducing a bill to require the FAA to strengthen safety standards for helicopters and require the use of Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems to save lives. https://t.co/c3ZK2FOIGh — Rep. Brad…

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