Inland Empire

Stater Bros. offers shoppers a way to donate to food banks

Stater Bros. Markets, in conjunction with its charitable arm, Stater Bros. Charities, is conducting its Harvesting Hope holiday campaign through Dec. 31, to help feed those in need. Throughout November and December, all checkout lanes in every Stater Bros. store will sell $5 “Bag of Hope” donation cards and display canisters to collect cash donations. All funds collected in November and December through these efforts will provide food and funding to food banks and food pantries in the areas the company serves in Southern California, according to a press release. “Stater Bros. has always believed in not just doing business in the community but being part of the community,” Pete Van Helden, chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets, said in the press release. Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work. Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health and help for veterans and active service members, according to the press release.

Pure Gold Solar Helps Test Award Winning Technology

Fast forward to October and the inventor of the Source hydropanel, Cody Friesen, has been awarded a $500,000.00 Lemelson-MIT prize for inventing the Source hydropanel. The post Pure Gold Solar Helps Test Award Winning Technology appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Google is targeting women with its new gaming service Stadia

Google wants to break into the hyper-competitive gaming industry in part by targeting an audience sometimes overlooked by rivals: women. On Tuesday, Google will launch Stadia, a way to stream and play console-quality games from a web browser or a smartphone. But one of the most innovative elements — however subtle — of the new gaming service is the design of the Stadia controller. Traditionally, gamer gear has been manly. Microsoft’s Xbox controller comes in colors like electric blue or firetruck red. Sony’s controllers are available in black as well as various shades of neon and camo. And Nvidia’s angular, black controller looks a little too much like Darth Vader’s mask. Stadia is taking a more gender-neutral approach. Google is selling controllers that come in white, black or Wasabi green. (Nintendo, which made the Switch Lite in bright colors like turquoise and yellow, is another outlier in designing for a gaming audience that includes women as well as men.) “Some of our historical competitors in the console space have been a bit more masculine and a bit more mechanical in their approach,” Phil Harrison, Google VP and head of Stadia, said in…

St. Louis County man at large after allegedly stabbing girlfriend at work over break-up text

Authorities in St. Louis County are searching for a 38-year-old man accused of stabbing his girlfriend who broke up with him Wednesday. On Nov. 10, police said 38-year-old Christopher Wagner threatened to kill his girlfriend in a text message after the couple broke up four days prior. Wagner reportedly showed up to the victim’s job, located in the 2100 block of Kappel, and stabbed her repeatedly the following day. Wagner was able to flee the scene. The 37-year-old woman was seriously injured but was able to identify Wagner to detectives. Police said the stabbing was caught on tape. Wagner is not in custody but prosecutors have issued the following charges against the 38-year-old: one count of first-degree domestic assault and one count of armed criminal action. The St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons – Domestic Violence Unit are handling the investigation.

Riverside County’s Unemployment Rate Rises a Notch

Minor ripples in the regional economy pushed Riverside County’s unemployment rate up slightly last month, state officials said Friday. The jobless rate in October, based on preliminary estimates, was 3.9%, compared to 3.8% in September, according to the California Employment Development Department. The rate was nearly a half-percentage point lower than the year-ago level, when countywide unemployment stood at 4.3%, figures showed. Roughly 43,000 residents were out of work in October, and 1,062,800 were employed, according to the EDD. Coachella had the highest unemployment rate countywide at 11.2%, followed by the unincorporated community of Cabazon at 8.8% and the unincorporated community of Highgrove at 6.7%. The combined unemployment rate for Riverside and San Bernardino counties in October was 3.7%, down from 3.6% in September, officials said. Bi-county data indicated payrolls expanded by the widest margin in the government services sector, primarily education, as more teachers and support personnel from schools got back on the job following summer hiatus. The sector added an estimated 8,200 positions last month. Additional gains were recorded in the retail trade, health services, financial services, information technology and farming sectors, which…

Cockroaches ‘too numerous to count’: Restaurant closures, other inspections in Riverside County, Nov. 7-14

Here are the restaurants and other food facilities closed by health inspectors in Riverside County between Nov. 7 and 14, 2019, according to the county’s Department of Environmental Health. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication. Juan Pollo, 1277 W. 6th St. Suite F, Corona Closure date: Nov. 14 Grade: 82/B, failing Reason for closure: Insufficient refrigeration. The restaurant was inspected in response to a foodborne illness complaint. The walk-in cooler wasn’t keeping cold (the door wouldn’t close properly due to a gasket in disrepair), and numerous containers of chicken as well as some other items were at unsafe temperatures. A smaller cooler also wasn’t keeping food cold enough. Cici’s Pizza, 591 N. McKinley St. Suite 103, Corona Closure date: Nov. 13 Grade: 65/C, failing Reason for closure: Failing an inspection while on probation, cockroach infestation, no hot water. The inspector saw roaches “too numerous to count” throughout the restaurant, including at the food-prep lines. There was no hot water initially, although the water warmed up enough after faucets were run continuously for…

Fans flock to Pomona for NHRA finals

A pair of race fans wear gas masks as they stand behind the 11,000hp nitro fueled Funny Car of Ron Capps (left) as it is warmed up in the pits at the 55th annual NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway in Pomona Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The NHRA Finals continue Saturday with final qualifying and conclude with Sunday’s eliminations. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Race fan Randy Lentz (left), from Santa Ana, receives an autograph from drag racing legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme in the pits at the 55th annual NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway in Pomona Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The NHRA Finals continue Saturday with final qualifying and conclude with Sunday’s eliminations. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Funny Car driver Jeff Arend, from La Verne, folds up his parachutes in the pits prior to the opening round of nitro qualifying at the 55th annual NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway in Pomona Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The NHRA Finals continue Saturday with final qualifying and conclude with Sunday’s eliminations. (Photo by Will Lester,…

How to sign up for Hemet’s Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run

Valley-Wide Recreation and Park’s District’s annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run will take place Saturday, Nov. 23, at Diamond Valley Lake Community Park in Hemet.. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with the Gobble Trot for children 2 to 5 years old at 9 a.m., 1K trot for children 5 to 12 at 9:15 a.m., the 5K walk at 9:45 a.m. and the 5K Trot at 10 a.m. The first 50 people to register for the 5K will get a free T-shirt, and awards will be given out in various age categories. Cost is $5 for Gobble Trot, $7 for the 1K and $10 for the 5K walk or run if paid by Nov. 21. The price increases to $8, $10 and $15 on race day. Activities begin near the soccer fields at the park, 1801 Angler Ave. For information and registration, call 951-929-0047 or 951-927-6673 or go to gorecreation.org. The Turkey Trot is organized by Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District, which operates 86 parks and community centers in Menifee, French Valley, Hemet, San Jacinto and Sage.

San Bernardino County agency orders its first zero-emission train for Redlands rail service

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority signed a contract this week for the purchase of a one-of-a-kind zero-emission train for use in the upcoming train service linking San Bernardino and Redlands. The new self-contained, hydrogen fuel-cell powered train would be the first of its kind operating in the United States, said SBCTA spokesman Otis Greer. The contract between the SBCTA and Stadler, a Swiss train manufacturing firm, is valued at $23 million. Fuel-cell technology is a kind of battery that uses hydrogen and oxygen in a chemical reaction to make energy. Fuel cells today are used to power buildings and automobiles, emitting only water vapor but no pollutants. The power pack and hydrogen tanks would be located on board the train, in between two train cars. The self-contained, pollution-free train would be a major change from diesel-powered locomotives, which produce smog precursors and greenhouses gases that contribute to global climate change. In 2021 or early 2022, SBCTA and Metrolink are scheduled to begin operation of the 9-mile Redlands Passenger Rail Project, which will connect the University of Redlands to the San Bernardino Metrolink Station using…

No hot water, unsafe food temps: Restaurant closures, other inspections in San Bernardino County, Nov. 7-14

Here are the restaurants and other food facilities closed by health inspectors in San Bernardino County between Nov. 7 and 14, 2019, according to the county’s Department of Public Health. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication. Firouzah Market, 15080 7th St. Suite 5, Victorville Closure date: Nov. 13 Grade: Not graded Reasons for closure: No hot water, cockroach infestation. No sinks had hot water and the inspector saw a couple of nymph cockroaches. Non-closure inspections of note Here are facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues in their inspections. Carniceria Los Vasquez, at 1562 N. Orange St. in Redlands, was inspected Nov. 13 and received grades of 77/C in the service deli, 87/B in the meat market and 90/A in the prepackaged food market. There were two critical violations. In the service deli, two large pots of cooked tomatoes/peppers and beans were being left out at room temperature to cool. In the prepackaged market, about 60 items (yogurt, rice puddings, milk, flan) were at an unsafe temperature in a display…

High Desert group wants area to be called by new name — Mojave River Valley

The region from Hesperia north to Barstow in San Bernardino County has commonly been called the High Desert, or the Victor Valley, for years. Can it take on a new name? A group of business owners and residents hope so. They are working to rebrand the region as the Mojave River Valley to differentiate it from other high deserts, such as the Antelope Valley in Los Angeles County and Yucca Valley. The new name would make it easier to market the region to prospective businesses, industries and residents, they say. “It’s a region without an identity,” said Eric Schmidt, former Hesperia mayor and member of the Mojave River Valley Alliance, the group behind the rebranding movement. If the effort succeeds, Mojave River Valley would become the suggested nomenclature when referring to the area that includes the cities of Hesperia, Victorville, Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow and the unincorporated communities of Phelan, Pinon Hills and Lucerne Valley — all in San Bernardino County. The new name comes from the Mojave River, a mostly underground river that runs through the region and across the Mojave Desert. The Alliance believes…

Severely malnourished 11-year-old girl in Ohio found through online teacher’s tip

A teacher administering an online test who heard an 11-year-old student say she was hungry and only allowed to eat a small plate of rice each day alerted investigators in Ohio that something was amiss. Authorities found the girl was severely malnourished, living in filth and had been isolated for years. The girl weighed just 47 pounds (21.3 kilograms) when she was found in September — roughly 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) under the average weight for a girl her age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Investigators said they believe she had been mostly isolated at home and mistreated for at least the past three years. She was, at times, forced to sleep on a urine-stained mattress, made to wear a diaper, and stay inside a locked trailer monitored by a security camera, said Brown County Prosecutor Zac Corbin. “It’s just a wonder she got out of there when she did,” he said. “Where she was kept, it was not livable.” The girl’s legal custodian, 47-year-old Margaret Breeze, of Georgetown, was charged two weeks ago with child endangering, kidnapping and felonious assault.…

SunLine Transit Agency’s 111 Music Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

One of the Coachella Valley’s favorite festivals is back this Saturday, November 16, 2019. SunLine is transforming five bus stops into outdoor concert stages for a city-to-city music tour along the primary artery of the Coachella Valley, Highway 111. The 111 Music Festival will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at designated stops in participating cities, which include Cathedral City, Coachella, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage. All bands receive a unique code, and attendees can text that code to vote for their favorites. The 111 Music Festival first place winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card, the second place winner will receive a $300 Visa gift card, and the third place winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. By purchasing a VIP Pass for $3, festival attendees can ride Route 111 to catch a variety of acts at different stops. To purchase a VIP Pass, simply text the word “TOKEN” to 41411 to download the Token Transit app to your phone and buy your pass using mobile ticketing. Attendees can also download SunLine’s myStop Mobile app to help navigate…

6 Trump associates have been convicted in Mueller-related investigations

Six associates of President Donald Trump have been convicted of crimes since he took office, all stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Some of the defendants pleaded guilty, and others were convicted after jury trials. Some, but not all, of the charges were related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here is a complete list. Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen Tax evasion Lying to a bank Campaign finance violations Lying to Congress Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn Lying to the FBI Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates Conspiracy against the US Lying to the FBI Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Conspiracy against the US Tax evasion Bank fraud Hiding foreign bank accounts Conspiracy to obstruct justice Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos Lying to the FBI Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone Lying to Congress Obstruction of Congress Witness tampering

Temecula group honors veterans with its 499th and 500th free power wheelchairs

When Clyde Brown and Vincent Cervantes Sr. arrived at the Murrieta Field of Honor on Saturday, Nov. 9, they weren’t just there to help celebrate the Marine Corps’ 244th birthday. The veterans were at the display of 2,019 American flags to receive power wheelchairs from a nonprofit group, All From the Heart, and to be honored for their service. The organization, founded in 2004, is headed by Judy Harter, who wanted to give back to the men and women that “have given so much for our freedoms.” Now, these veterans were given the freedom of mobility by receiving the group’s 499th and 500th power chairs through its Wheels for Warriors program. Temecula resident Judy Harter, one of the founders of the nonprofit All From the Heart, is seen Saturday, Nov. 9, with Clyde Brown, who received the group’s 500th power wheelchair as part of its Wheels for Warriors program. (Photo by Diane A. Rhodes, Contributing Photographer) K.J. Harter of the nonprofit All From the Heart, explains how to operate the power wheelchair given to Vincent Cervantes Sr. on Saturday, Nov. 9. It was the organization’s…

State Sen. Jeff Stone to be replaced in May special election

Gov. Gavin Newsom has called a special election for spring to fill the state Senate seat that Jeff Stone left Nov. 1 to take a job with the Trump administration. Stone, R-La Quinta, represented California’s sweeping 28th Senate District, which stretches from the Colorado River through the Coachella Valley to Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake. On Friday, Nov. 15, Newsom issued a proclamation setting the special election for May 12 and scheduling the district primary for March 3, which coincides with the statewide presidential primary. Several candidates have emerged for the legislative post. Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, launched a campaign for the seat a few days after Stone’s resignation and has been endorsed by him. On Monday, Nov. 11, Elizabeth Romero, an Indio Democrat and Riverside County Board of Education member, announced that she, too, plans to run for the open seat. Related links State Sen. Jeff Stone to resign after accepting Department of Labor job Lake Elsinore Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez to run for state Senate Palm Springs Councilwoman Lisa Middleton ponders run for Jeff Stone’s Senate seat Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve…

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