Rybakina, Alcaraz Win BNP Paribas Open

Elena Rybakina defeated Aryna Sabalenka, 7-6, 6-4, Sunday to win the BNP Paribas Open.It was the 23-year-old Rybakina’s first win in five career matches against the Belarusian Sabalenka, including a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Sabalenka victory in January’s Australian Open final.Rybakina, who was born in Russia and now represents Kazakhstan, is 10th on the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings and has now won four WTA singles tournaments, including Wimbledon in 2022. Sabalenka, 24, was the tournament’s second seed and is the second ranked player on the tour, but she fell Sunday to the 10-seeded Rybakina.The women’s final was followed by the men’s final between Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and Russian Daniil Medvedev. Alcaraz won decisively in two sets, 6-3, 6-2.The victory returns Alcaraz to the top of the Association of Tennis Professionals singles rankings, passing Serbian Novak Djokovic. He was ranked first from Sept. 12, 2022-Jan. 29. Medvedev was a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 winner over Alcaraz in the second round of Wimbledon in 2021, their only previous meeting. Alcaraz, the tournament’s top seed, beat 11th-seeded Jannik Sinner of Italy, 7-6, 6-3, on Saturday.“I’m really happy with the

Disney’s reimagined Toontown is an inclusive playground for all

Walt Disney famously said that Disneyland would never be completed. The idea was that there would always be room for improvement, room for innovation and room for new ideas. It was with that mindset that Disney Imagineers took on the task of revitalizing a large portion of the young child-centric Mickey’s Toontown to better cater to a group of fans who may have been left out by the land’s original layout. On Sunday, the new-and-improved Toontown was unveiled to the public after a year of construction. While much of the beloved area remains the same, new additions and modifications have transformed Toontown into a place of inclusion for those of all abilities. During a reopening ceremony on Saturday, Disneyland President Ken Potrock highlighted the changes and praised the innovative team behind the decision-making process. “One of the things that we wanted to be able to do is recognize that this was going to be a land that was available, not just to all of our guests and our families, but all children of all capabilities and all ages,” Potrock said. “I think the Imagineering team

Los Angeles man busted with 4 pounds of meth, over a pound of fentanyl, counterfeit oxycodone and cash

A 57-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested after a lengthy investigation revealed that he was a supplier of fentanyl and methamphetamine to residents of Ventura and L.A. counties, authorities announced last week.   The investigation, according to a news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, found that the suspect, identified as Kevin Mulvihill, was operating the illicit drug supplying business out of various motels and short-term rental properties in Los Angeles.   The Ventura County Superior Court granted detectives a search warrant for the 57-year-old’s vehicle and a motel room he had been renting.   Mulvihill was detained by VCSO narcotics detectives and authorities with the Culver City Crime Impact Team on Feb. 9, while he was in his vehicle in the 4700 block of Inglewood Boulevard in Culver City. A short time later, authorities executed the search warrant at the suspect’s hotel room, located in the 10800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in L.A.   “As a result of the investigation over four pounds of methamphetamine, over a pound and a half of fentanyl, 978 counterfeit oxycodone pills (believed to be fentanyl), hundreds

2-car crash in Toluca Lake traps victim; 3 people taken to hospital

Three people were taken to the hospital, including one in critical condition, after a two-car crash with an entrapment Sunday in Toluca Lake, authorities said.   Crews with the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene in the 4300 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard, near Moorpark Street, a little before 1:30 p.m.   “Firefighters extricated one person who was trapped and transported a total of three patients to local hospitals,” an LAFD news release stated.   Authorities said the three patients were a woman in her 40s who was in moderate condition, another woman in her 20s in moderate condition and a male in his 20s who was in critical condition.   Three people were taken to the hospital, including one in critical condition, after a two-car crash, seen here, in Toluca Lake Mar. 19, 2023 (Citizen app).Three people were taken to the hospital, including one in critical condition, after a two-car crash, seen here, in Toluca Lake Mar. 19, 2023 (Citizen app).First responders on the scene of a two-car crash in Toluca Lake Mar. 19, 2023 (Citizen app). It is unclear what led

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer wins Los Angeles Marathon

Jemal Yimer of Ethiopia won the men’s division of the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, while Stacy Ndiwa of Kenya took the women’s division. Yimer completed the 26.2-mile course through city streets in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 13.58 seconds. Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia was second in 2:14:06.95. Barnaba Kipkoech of Kenya was third in 2:14:27.36 on a cloudy day with temperatures near 60 degrees. Photo Gallery: 2023 Los Angeles Marathon The top American men’s finisher was Hosava Kretzmann of Prescott, Arizona, who was sixth. He ran his first marathon in 2:19:55.77. Ndiwa crossed the finish line in 2:31:00.24. The 30-year-old pulled away from countrywoman Martha Akeno at mile 18. Akeno finished second in 2:34:25.68. Grace Kahura of Kenya was third in 2:38:15.67. Watch a replay of the 2023 Los Angeles Marathon Ashley Paulson of St. George, Utah, was the top American women’s finisher in fourth at 2:48:47.00. Yimer and Ndiwa each earned $6,000. Ndiwa received an additional $10,000 for finishing first. The men’s race began 15 minutes after the women started. The race began at Dodger Stadium and ended near Avenue of the Stars in

READ: Disneyland President Ken Potrock’s opening remarks ahead of Toontown reopening

Disneyland’s reimagined and revitalized Toontown reopened to the public on Sunday. The previous day, Disneyland President Ken Potrock hosted a dedication ceremony to commemorate the park’s reopening and a new chapter for Mickey’s Toontown, which opened to the public more than 30 years ago. Potrock’s entire remarks can be read below: “Welcome to all of our guests, and especially our younger guests. Thank you guys for being here. Hi, everybody. So, I think I think many of you know that Walt Disney opened up this park in 1955. When he opened this park, he had a very famous quote, where he said to, ‘All who come to this happy place, welcome.’ I’m going to modify that quote just a little bit for today, and say: To all who come to this happiest of lands in this happiest place, welcome. We are so thrilled that you are here as part of, not just the opening of Toontown, but quite honestly the continuation, and further excitement of the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. We launched our celebration in January, and it continues to do extraordinarily

Anchor mishap led to possible double drowning on Florida lake, sheriff says

Two boaters were still missing Sunday after an incident at Lake Eloise in Winter Haven, Florida on Saturday, according to officials. KTLA’s sister station WFLA reports. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the incident happened after an anchor mishap involving 38-year-old Velcky Velasquez and 32-year-old Orlando Ortiz, who celebrated their one-year anniversary by renting a boat for the afternoon. The couple, who were said to be inexperienced with boats and had to take a class beforehand, also brought their friend Jeffrey Marrero and his two children, ages 10 and 8 years old. “It is a rough day on the water,” Judd said. “The wind’s blowing about 20 miles an hour. There’s a two-foot chop with white caps, and it’s a breezy afternoon.” Despite the rough waters, the group decided to anchor in the middle of the lake. According to the sheriff, Velasquez jumped into the water with the anchor, but she didn’t have it tied to the boat beforehand. The boat used in the incident (Credit: PCSO) “She’s just very inexperienced, so she thinks you have to get into the water, put the anchor in, and tie

These states could be on daylight saving time permanently if new bill passes

While a bill to make daylight saving time permanent in the U.S. is making its way through Congress, a separate bill has been introduced in the House that would give states the power to lock their clocks. Under the Uniform Time Act of 1966, states can choose not to observe daylight saving time – the time between March and November – but can’t choose to stay on daylight saving time year-round. However, many states have enacted legislation that would put them on permanent daylight saving time if Congressional action gives them the opportunity. A new bill introduced by Representative Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) hopes to do just that. Rogers’ bill, introduced earlier this month, would give states the power to stay on daylight saving time year-round. “Remaining on Daylight Saving time could have tremendous benefits for the economy and people’s health. Furthermore, changing our clocks twice a year is an unnecessary and outdated nuisance,” Rogers said in a statement Monday. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. What states are awaiting Congressional approval? At least 19 states have already enacted legislation