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San Jose Earthquakes stay hot, dominate Vancouver

VANCOUCER, British Columbia — Forward Chris Wondolowski scored the tiebreaking goal and also had an assist to help the San Jose Earthquakes notch a 3-1 victory over the host Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. Midfielders Valeri “Vako” Qazaishvili and Magnus Eriksson also scored goals, as San Jose (10-7-4, 34 points) outshot Vancouver 32-6 while winning for the fifth time in its past six matches. Wondolowski’s goal in the 34th minute proved to be the decider in a contest, in which the Earthquakes put 11 shots on target compared to one for the hitecaps. Defender Doneil Henry scored the goal for Vancouver (4-11-8, 20 points), which lost for the fifth straight game and saw its winless streak increase to eight. Henry’s goal in the seventh minute was the Caps’ lone shot on target. The Whitecaps have been outscored 17-2 during their five-game slide. They also have been outshot 65-12 over the past two matches, placing just one shot on goal. San Jose went ahead in the 34th minute, after Vako delivered a right-footed blast that caromed off the left post. The ball hit Vancouver keeper Maxime…

Takeaways: Ramon Laureano continues hot July, Khris Davis delivers again in A’s win

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Brett Anderson smothered his left middle finger in a green cup of ice and pondered his outing. Anderson is honest about his mistakes: He acknowledged the hanging slider he lobbed to Miguel Sano for a 443, game-tying home run in the sixth inning. He acknowledged his overall efficient outing — he’d retired 14 straight batters after a rough, two home run first inning — that a ripping fingernail contributed to his sixth inning departure. “Didn’t take a rocket scientist to notice I could only throw breaking balls for a strike in that last inning,” he said. Anderson also was able to put a bow on the A’s (57-42) 5-4 win over a Minnesota Twins team that’s matched this Oakland team punch for punch in this season’s matchup. “Overall, probably the best win of the year,” he said. Here are some takeaways. The Mark Canha, Ramon Laureano and Khris Davis triple punch Asked about the strength of this offense, right now, its most likely that anyone on this Oakland team would first mention Laureano’s tear. Laureano has been the best hitter in the…

Petaluma: suspected DUI crash injures pedestrian

An 81-year-old Petaluma woman was injured Saturday morning after she was struck when a suspected drunken driver hit another car. Around 8:10 a.m., police officers were called to the area near B Street and Pearce Street in Petaluma in response to a vehicle collision. A vehicle driven by Monique Grace Tremblay, 32, struck a parked car, forcing both cars partially onto the sidewalk and striking the pedestrian, according to the Petaluma Police Department. Tremblay displayed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking the previous night, police said. Officers said they also found a small amount of a substance believed to be cocaine in her car. Tremblay was arrested on a suspected DUI, causing injury, and possession of a controlled substance. The pedestrian sustained major injuries and was transported to Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa. Tremblay sustained minor injuries and was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital before being booked into Sonoma County Jail.

Ninth inning rally hands A’s big win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Carrying a one-run deficit into the ninth inning, the A’s rallied for a 5-4 win Saturday night over the Minnesota Twins. Mark Canha started the rally by getting hit by a pitch, and Ramon Laureano cracked his 24th double of the year to bring Khris Davis up. Davis knocked a two-run single off Ehrie Adrianza’s glove. Liam Hendriks endured some drama in the ninth inning, loading the bases with one out. But Mitch Garver grouned into a double play to retain the A’s (57-42) win. The A’s faced Twins starter Jose Berrios, who toted a 2.32 home ERA when he took the mound. Berrios was positively electric, departing the game after 113 pitches having thrown 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball — leaving the A’s four innings to chip away at one of the better bullpens in the league (its 4.26 ERA ranks sixth in the American League). Canha tied things up with one big swing on Zack Littell’s slider offering, and Laureano followed suit, going back-to-back to give the A’s a 3-2 lead. It was Laureano’s 20th home run of the…

Photos from a crazy Marvel Cinematic Universe phase four panel at Comic-Con

Click here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery and video on your mobile device Marvel dominated Day 3 of San Diego Comic-Con and sent Twitter on a tizzy after the studio offered new details on phase four of its cinematic universe. Studio head Kevin Feige announced 10 projects. That’s right 10 of them being released across theaters and the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service. The panel at Hall H kicked off with the introduction of “Eternals” cast, which included Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek. That film comes out Nov. 6, 2020. They offered details on “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which will air on the Disney Plus streaming service in Fall 2020. “WandaVision” (Spring 2021), “Hawkeye” (Fall 2021), “Loki” (Spring 2021) and “What If …?” (Summer 2021) are the other shows that will be on the service. They will star the same actors as the movies. The interesting one is the “What If …?” series, which is animated, and is likely based on the famous comic of the same name. The big movies to look out for are “Shang-Chi…

Vegetation fire near Mount Diablo grows to three acres

Firefighters are battling a three-acre vegetation fire Saturday evening near Mount Diablo State Park off Summit Road. According to Cal Fire, the Mitchell Fire is zero percent contained. About 50 firefighters are hiking to the location, which is not accessible by roads, according to Cal Fire Division Chief Jim Crawford. Aircraft are keeping the fire in check until the ground crews arrive. The area contains thick brush, according to Crawford. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department also are assisting Cal Fire. The fire was first reported to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District around 5:18 p.m. Saturday. Check back for updates.

Takeaways: Fatigue starting to have effect on Giants’ offense

SAN FRANCISCO — Perhaps lost amid the hoopla surrounding the last two wins by the Giants — both walk-offs in extra innings — was that their offense had largely been silenced by the New York Mets’ pitching staff. The Giants’ bats were mostly held in check again Saturday, and this time, there was no dramatic rally or fluky play in the outfield coming to the rescue. Looking to go over.500 for first time in over 11 months, the Giants’ seven-game win streak came to an abrupt end in a 11-4 loss to the Mets at Oracle Park. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed home runs to Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil and reliever Derek Holland gave up two more to Todd Frazier and Pete Alonso as the Giants fell to 49-50. The Giants have not been above .500 since Aug. 14 of last year. The two teams wrap up the four-game series Sunday before the Giants host the Chicago Cubs for three games, starting Monday. The Giants came from behind to win Thursday’s series-opener against the Mets 3-2 in 16 innings, and pulled out a 1-0…

Cepeda: Trump and Pelosi show us why women of color struggle to succeed

CHICAGO — People of color know Nancy Pelosi. She’s every executive who hired them because their “unique” viewpoint was sorely needed at her organization, but then ignored every new suggestion. She’s every mentor at a new workplace who suggested that it would be best to learn how things were done and try not to rock the boat. She’s every manager who bristled at expertise about their own community, target audience or demographic slice and suggested that the prevailing wisdom was more reliable than their lived experience. Yeah, we know Nancy. Pelosi diminished the Squad — made up of freshman congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. — by dismissing their social media clout. For people of color — and women, in general, for that matter — getting dissed like that is par for the course. It’s been maddening to watch the whole situation play itself out — from Pelosi’s slam to President Trump capitalizing on Democratic discord by suggesting that the three U.S.-born and one naturalized citizen congresswomen “go back” — because it has felt so terribly familiar.…

Latino Votes Could Swing the Democratic Primary

For the first time, Latino elected officials and voters are getting a real full-court press from Democratic contenders during the early stages of the primary process. The reason for the shift is simple: this time around, they could play a much more prominent role in picking the nominee, NBC News reports.  Depending on how the race unfolds, Latinos might even end up being the key to the contest.  Iran’s Poking at West Heightens Risks of Military Missteps That’s a function mostly of heavily Hispanic states, including California and Texas, moving up on the primary calendar at the same time that the chances for a protracted, delegate-by-delegate fight among several candidates appear to be more likely than ever. The possibility of African American voters splitting among several candidates for the first time in several presidential primary cycles also raises the stakes for candidates in trying to get an edge with Latino voters. Together, California and Texas, where Hispanics account for nearly 40 percent of the overall population, account for more than 15 percent of the elected delegates to next summer’s Democratic convention. Both states wrap up…

USS Hornet Museum Celebrates Anniversary of Moon Landing

As part of a day of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, the recovery team for the astronauts visited the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda to share their stories. Bruce Johnson was the co-pilot in the helicopter that picked up the astronauts safely when they splashed down in the ocean after those historic first steps. Flooding at Embarcadero Station Causes Issues for Muni, BART “We raised each astronaut into the back of the helicopter, and after they got an initial check by Dr. Carpentier we flew them to the Hornet,” he said. As people explored the museum, John Hirasaki, who worked in the mobile quarantine facility, recounted some of the special measures that had to be taken. “We did not know if there were harmful pathogens on the moon that could affect the rest of earth, so as a precaution we had to build facilities in order to house the crew,” he said. Berkeley to Remove All Gendered Words From City Code People who attended the celebration were amazed. “I had a chance to chop it up with the co-pilot and…

U.S. Woman, Australian Boyfriend Killed in Canada

A manhunt is underway in Canada after a 24-year-old American woman and her Australian boyfriend were found dead earlier this week along a remote highway in British Columbia, NBC News reports. The bodies of Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, were found just before 7:20 a.m. Monday on Alaska Highway 97 near Liard Hot Springs, a tourist attraction, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. Florida’s ‘Pill Mills’ Were a Gateway to the Opioid Crisis A blue Chevrolet van the couple was believed to have been traveling in was found at the scene. The couple had just begun a road trip in Canada when they were murdered, Deese’s brother told the Charlotte Observer. He said the couple’s van may have broken down or overheated before they were killed. “Something happened on that road, some sort of conflict,” he said. Native Hawaiians Say Telescope Represents Bigger Struggle Police do not have any suspects and said they do not know if Deese and Fowler were targeted or if it “was a crime of opportunity,” the department said in a press release. Photo Credit: yo_co – stock.adobe.com

A closer look at Ramon Laureano’s extraordinary July

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Ramon Laureano is in a zone; perhaps best evidenced by one singular play in the A’s win on Friday night. Laureano cracked a what looked like a routine ground ball single up the middle of diamond and, sniffing out the extra maneuvers centerfielder Max Kepler would need to turn the play, whipped off his helmet and gunned to second base for a double. “That’s how he plays,” manager Bob Melvin said of the play. “He’s a very aggressive player, he’s always looking to take the extra base. He’s always looking to put the pressure on somebody in the outfield.” Sure, Laureano’s improved tremendously on his discipline at the plate. A more consistent swing pattern formed the backbone to a silly rate of success spelled out into a July in which he’s batting .455 with a 1.000 slugging percentage (six home runs and 12 RBIs). But Laureano’s magic seems to stem from his guts to use his pure athleticism, affinity for improvisation, and speed to go a bit off-script. The initial horror when he goes off the book and awe when his risks pay…

Jeff Samardzija, Derek Holland struggle as Giants’ win streak ends at seven

Click here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants’ seven game win streak came to an abrupt end Saturday, as the New York Mets had 17 hits and four home runs in a 11-4 win at Oracle Park. With the Giants looking to go over.500 for first time in over 11 months, starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed home runs to Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil and reliever Derek Holland gave up two more to Todd Frazier and Pete Alonso as the Giants fell to 49-50. The Giants have not been above .500 since Aug. 14 of last year. The two teams wrap up the series Sunday before the Giants host the Chicago Cubs for three games, starting Monday. A Joe Panik RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to score Donovan Solano accounted for the Giants’ first run. Alex Dickerson continued his hot month with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, which was followed by a solo homer by Mike Yastrzemski. Both came off Mets reliever Stephen Nogosek. Otherwise, Mets starter Walker…

Community rallies to save homeless women’s shelter in Oakland facing eviction

OAKLAND — For the past week, Melissa Hellums stayed up all night, worrying how a small Oakland shelter for homeless women would raise $14,000 by Saturday to stave off imminent eviction. But she was up all night Friday for a different reason: to watch donations roll in. Serenity House, home to up to eight homeless women, needed to pay four months of back rent by Saturday after receiving a 75 percent rent increase last year in order to keep its West Oakland home. As the deadline inched closer, Hellums said she was nervous they wouldn’t make it. But within the span of less than 36 hours, Serenity House had raised more than $23,000. The shelter provides shelter for women suffering from domestic violence, drug addiction or those trying to get back on their feet after being incarcerated. “It’s been amazing,” said Hellums, a former Serenity House graduate who is now the shelter’s operations manager and development director, as donations to a GoFundMe account to save the shelter topped $26,000 on Saturday. Together with other private donations, the organization had raised more than $30,000, she said.…

Drag Queen Story Hour draws protests in Southern California

It was story hour at the El Segundo Museum of Art on Saturday morning, pretty much your average story time for kids — except the storyteller was a drag queen. About 30 children aged 3 to 8 and their parents attended while outside the library, about 10 protesters waved an American flag and held signs that said “No Drag Queens for Our Children” and “God Made 2 Genders.” Protesters demonstrate outside the El Segundo Museum of Art Saturday, July 20, during Drag Queen Story Hour. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)  The event featured stories from picture books read by 26-year-old Joe Faragher, known in his professional drag queen persona as Pickle. “Hi, my name is Pickle,” Faragher began, “and I am a drag queen.” Dressed in a pink gown and wearing heavy makeup with a long blond wig, Pickle started in with the first story book called “Feminist Baby.” “A feminist baby doesn’t care what she wears,” he said at one point, reading from the book. Another book he read from was called “It’s Okay To Be Different.” Faragher was personal and affectionate in his presentation,…

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