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Disney+ warns viewers that old movies may have ‘outdated cultural depictions’

Viewers who signed up to stream Disney+ were greeted with disclaimers about racist and offensive content in some older movies. “Dumbo,” for example, had this statement at the bottom of the movie’s description: “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.” The original “Dumbo” notoriously featured a character named Jim Crow, leader of a group of black crows, that was voiced by a Caucasian actor using a stereotypical African-American accent. Director Tim Burton chose to not include the original crow scene in his live-action remake of “Dumbo.” He also omitted the scene in which black characters put up circus tents while singing “Song of the Roustabouts.” Disney is not the first studio to add a disclaimer on old titles that feature racial prejudices or other troubling content. For example, Warner Bros. used this on an old “Tom and Jerry” release: “The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While these cartoons…

Coachella Man Arrested After Brief Car Chase with Deputies

A 40-year-old Coachella man led sheriff’s deputies on a brief car chase, which ended when the man struck an uninvolved car, authorities said Thursday. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a restraining order violation in the area of Laguna Lane and Capitola Avenue about 9 p.m. The caller told deputies her husband, Fernando Carrillo, was “extremely intoxicated” and following her in his car throughout the city despite a restraining order. During the course of their investigation, deputies located Carrillo about two miles away in the area of Avenue 48 and Grapefruit Boulevard. Authorites say Carrillo failed to stop for deputies and led authorities on a brief vehicle pursuit on Grapefruit Boulevard which ended when he hit an uninvolved car about a half-mile away near the intersection at Avenue 49. Carrillo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, evading deputies and violating the restraining order. He was treated for a non-life threatening injury at the scene. The condition of the struck motorist was not immediately known.

Man Fatally Stabs Himself During Confrontation with Deputies

A man stabbed himself during a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies and died at a hospital, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday. Deputies responding to a domestic dispute call in the 64000 block of Pinehurst Circle at about 5:40 p.m. found Carlos Sandoval, 53, holding a knife to his abdomen. After unsuccessfully instructing Sandoval to drop the knife, deputies used at least one stun gun on Sandoval, who stabbed himself in the abdomen during the scuffle. While awaiting emergency personnel, deputies began life-saving measures at the residence. Sandoval was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where he later died. The investigation is still ongoing.

One Man Dead After Shooting in Desert Hot Springs

A man was shot to death in Desert Hot Springs, police said Thursday. The shooting was reported Tuesday at 10 p.m. in the 66200 block of Estrella Avenue, the Desert Hot Springs Police Department said Thursday. Paramedics treated the man at the scene but he died prior to being transported to a regional hospital, authorities said. The name of the man is being withheld pending notification of a next of kin. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Philip Weigle at 760-329-2904 ext. 285.

Appeals court hands Trump another loss, saying Congress can seek his tax returns

An appeals court has denied for the second time President Donald Trump’s attempt to stop an accounting firm from turning over his financial documents to the House, making it the second tax case Trump’s lawyers say they are taking to the Supreme Court. The DC Circuit Court of Appeals said on Wednesday that a panel of eight judges out of 11 voted against allowing Trump to continue his appeal. The decision is another loss stacked against Trump, after federal judges have repeatedly rebuked him and greenlighted the House’s effort as it also pursues his impeachment. The case, if Trump loses again with the Supreme Court, could deliver his tax returns or closely related financial documents into the hands of House Democrats. The opinion reiterates the strong signal the court sent last month, when it upheld a lower court ruling that Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA must comply with a House subpoena of his tax documents and turn over eight years of accounting records. Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said Wednesday that they will appeal the decision to Supreme Court, noting “well reasoned dissent” from three judges to Wednesday’s opinion. House…

Doctors removed a tumor the size of a soccer ball from a man’s neck

The New Jersey man had just one option to get rid of the massive tumor that had been growing on his neck and was now threatening his life: Remove it. But its placement made that a risky endeavor. Milton Wingert, 81, had been to several physicians to see the tumor over the past six months, but most were concerned about what it would take to remove the growth. Then Wingert turned to Dr. Nazir Khan, a head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital, who convinced him it was doable. The men had a very through conversation regarding what could happen during surgery — including potential complications. “I want everybody to be prepared, before we step in the operating room, for any scenario,” Khan told CNN of what was conveyed. “When a case is more complicated, my thought process is always, what is the best-case scenario, what’s the worst-case scenario. And I prepare for the worst-case scenario and hope for the best.” The surgery, which took seven hours, was a success. Khan said the malignant tumor he removed weighed between 5 and 7 pounds. And…

An eye-opening ‘night under the stars’

APPLE VALLEY — Suspended in the center of a blacked-out room, a giant white orb slowly revolved in the darkness.Then the orb transformed into Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, with a gray, crater-scarred surface similar to the moon’s.Colin O’Bier, 17, said that due to the planet’s slower spin around its axis, days on Mercury last about 58 times longer than those on Earth.“So imagine kids in the room, teachers in the room, imagine […]

Crash kills Apple Valley man, 40

An Apple Valley man died Tuesday when he lost control of the Ford Explorer he was driving and struck a power pole.The California Highway Patrol said the 40-year-old man was traveling west on Roundup Way west of Cerra Vista Street in Apple Valley shortly after 2 p.m. Traveling at “an elevated unsafe speed,” the driver lost control of the vehicle after hitting a dip in the roadway, the CHP said.The Explorer crossed the eastbound traffic lane and the passenger side of the […]

Most important takeaways from the first day of public impeachment hearings

The House Intelligence Committee opened historic impeachment hearings Wednesday to investigate whether President Donald Trump (and his allies) abused his office in an attempt to strong-arm Ukraine into opening an inquiry into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. I monitored the highly anticipated — and hugely high-stakes — hearing as it happened. Below, my thoughts on the biggest moments of the day. Adam Schiff appeals to history — and the future Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s opening statement had a very clear message: These hearings aren’t about just Trump. They’re about how the presidency functions (and should function) within our democracy — and about the checks and balances between the legislative and executive branches built into the Constitution. “Our answer to these questions will affect not only the future of this presidency, but the future of the presidency itself, and what kind of conduct or misconduct the American people may come to expect from their commander-in-chief,” said Schiff at one point. At another, citing the Trump’s administration’s refusal to allow its senior officials to testify before Congress, Schiff said such a move “is not what…

Trial Opens for Utah Man Accused of Immolating Mother in Indio

With two witnesses looking on, a Utah man poured gasoline on his mother’s head outside her Indio workplace, set her on fire with a lighter, then surrendered and confessed, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday, but the defendant denied the allegations, claiming he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Israel Ramirez Guardado, 38, of Salt Lake City, is charged with first- degree murder, aggravated mayhem and torture for allegedly lighting his mother on fire in the loading dock area of the Mathis Brothers furniture store on Highway 111 around 5:50 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2018, resulting in second- and third- degree burns over almost half her body. The murder charge includes a special circumstance allegation of inflicting torture in the commission of a murder, opening him to a possible death sentence if he is convicted. In his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Hill alleged that after the defendant set fire to his mother — 61-year-old Francisca Ramirez of North Shore — he went to the Indio jail to surrender, telling an employee, “I came to turn myself in. I just set a…

Southern California Edison Agrees to $360 Million Wildfire Settlement

Utility giant Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $360 million to settle claims with 23 cities and counties impacted by three recent wildfires and a mudflow. Of the amount, $210 million will go to public entities such as Los Angeles and Ventura counties for costs associated with the deadly Woolsey Fire last November. Three people were killed and three firefighters were injured as the blaze destroyed more than 1,600 buildings over several weeks. It became one of the most destructive fires in state history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. Last month, Southern California Edison said it might be responsible for starting the blaze. “This settlement is an essential step toward accountability and continued recovery,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who represents many people whose homes were totaled. “While this settlement won’t bring back people’s homes or businesses, it’s very important to hold SCE accountable for the devastation caused by this fire.” The power company said these are settlements only with public entities and do not affect claims from residents and businesses. “We look forward to engaging with other…

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