Diverting Holiday Waste

Now that the holiday season has arrived, so has the waste generated by the festivities, from wrapping paper and plastic bows to dirty foil trays and more plastic packaging. During this time of the year, Recology Humboldt’s Material Recovery Facility starts to collect about 25 percent more waste, says General Manager Linda Wise. “Right now we’re seeing a lot of dirty foil and tin pans and Amazon plastic packaging as people are doing a lot of online shopping,” she says. The waste-collection company especially sees a lot of wishful recycling — a term that describes people putting items in the recycling bins thinking that they’re recyclable when they actually aren’t — especially with plastic film and bubble wrap, which impacts the entire recycling stream. The more garbage recycling-collection companies process, the higher the costs will be for everyone in the recycling industry, which includes consumers paying for recycling, as workers now have to separate, bale and ship the garbage to landfills. MRFs do not clean our recyclables, so make sure that your rinse out any tin foil pans or they’ll contaminate other recyclables. Non-recyclable holiday…

Warriors bested by Kings, 100-79, and other takeaways from an historic loss

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — Over the years, the Sacramento Kings have adopted little-brother status as they’ve looked to emulate the Warriors’ success. On Sunday, the big-brother Warriors (5-23) were bested by the Kings 100-79 at Chase Center. This was the Kings’ first visit to the $1.4 billion facility. In the third quarter, when a spirited “LET’S GO WARRIORS” chant broke out while Golden State was down by 20 points, a “SAC-RA-MEN-TO” chant from the upper-reaches of the arena drowned out the home crowd — a symbolic gesture of how overwhelmed the Warriors were by their northern neighbors. The Kings (12-14) shot 60.3% from the field, out-rebounded the Warriors by 12, and held the Warriors to a season-low tying point total (tied with Dec. 2 loss in Atlanta). Golden State committed 20 turnovers in the game and, despite forcing the Kings into 27 turnovers, still managed to lose by 21 points. “All kinds of mistakes,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Very little communication. It was an embarrassing loss tonight.” A series of runs…

Photos: Top 10 moments in San Francisco 49ers loss to Atlanta Falcons

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Officials in New York reversed an on-field call and awarded the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones a touchdown catch with two seconds remaining, sending the San Francisco 49ers to an eventual 29-22 defeat at Levi’s Stadium. The Falcons (5-9) tacked on a touchdown as time expired after recovering a fumble on the 49ers’ desperation kickoff return. The 49ers (11-3) are now tied for the NFC lead with the Seattle Seahawks (11-3); the New Orleans Saints (10-3) host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. Because the Los Angeles Rams (8-6) lost to the Dallas Cowboys minutes after the 49ers’ defeat, the 49ers were assured their first playoffs berth since the 2013 season. Before the 49ers ultimately vie for the No. 1 seed on Dec. 29 at Seattle, the Rams will visit Levi’s Stadium on Saturday night.

So long and good riddance? One Black Hole fan’s final game at the Coliseum

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND — Sad. Mad. Cheated. Veronica Jackson, aka Mz Feisty Raider, summarized what many fans near and far felt Sunday as the sun finally set on the NFL at the Oakland Coliseum. Fittingly, the Raiders came to a crashing halt in their farewell game in Oakland — much to the bitter disappointment of the Black Hole denizens. That’s the place Jackson had invested 14 years of her life. Hundreds of face-painted, costume-wearing fans crammed into one of the most notorious and colorful seating sections in American sports for a gathering that was part family reunion, part wake. Mostly it was a teary-eyed, beer-soaked going-away party for this small segment of the 52,788 fans in attendance Sunday. As they’ve done so many times before, the Raiders left fans reeling in a second-half collapse that led to a 20-16 defeat. Soon they depart for Las Vegas and a modern, glitzy $1.9 billion stadium expected to open next summer. Jackson, 43 from Salinas, stood on a seat, reacting with outstretched middle fingers as the…

Photos: Top 10 moments in Oakland Raiders last home game at the Coliseum in Oakland

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. The Jacksonville Jaguars rallied for 17 points in the final 15 minutes to beat Oakland Raiders in their farewell Coliseum game. Jacksonville scored 17 unanswered points after halftime, including a 4-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew to Chris Carson in front of the Black Hole with 31 seconds left, to hand the Raiders a 20-16 loss at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Trying to ice the game up 16-13, Derek Carr failed to stay in bounds on a designed run with 2:05 remaining, Tyrell Williams dropped a third-down pass, and then Daniel Carlson missed from 50 and – after a running into the kicker penalty gave him a second chance – from 45. The Raiders had two final Hail Mary passes knocked down in the end zone and left the field for the final time to boos from a shocked crowd, in what could be the final NFL game in the East Bay.

Ugly scenes from the Raiders’ final crushing loss in Oakland

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND – An ugly finish for the Oakland Raiders was matched by some ugly scenes from their fans Sunday in the team’s final game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Dozens of extra security guards surrounded the sidelines in the fourth quarter to prevent fans from storming the field. That show of force worked, but there were still isolated incidents where fans were arrested after climbing over the perimeter wall. Other fans also threw debris onto the field after the Raiders gave up a last-minute touchdown and lost 20-16 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final home game before Oakland is scheduled to move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. The Raiders played in Oakland from 1960-1981 and returned from Los Angeles in 1995. The negative reaction didn’t stop some Raiders players from saying their final goodbyes to the fans despite the devastating loss. “I just said thanks, you know?” quarterback Derek Carr said. “Whenever I’m done playing football, they can get mad at somebody else someday that’s the quarterback, you…

2 Brothers Arrested on Suspicion of Killing Man in Chino

A pair of brothers was arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing a man in Chino just hours earlier, authorities said. Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, and Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez, 19, were taken into custody around 12 hours after Joe Steven Melgoza was found suffering from blunt force trauma to the head, according to police. Melgoza, 30, was taken to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities said officers were responding to reports of a fight around 2:20 a.m. when they found Melgoza in the backyard of a home located in the 13200 block of 17th Street. The fight was reported less than half a mile away in the 13300 block of Oaks Avenue, where authorities said officers came across a large crowd from a nearby party. They also found two victims of battery who suffered minor injuries, police said. The Ramirez brothers were arrested hours later when officers served a search warrant at their home in the 5800 block of Chino Avenue just before 2 p.m., according to police. Authorities said they were taken into custody without incident. No other details…

Mundipharma, Purdue Pharma’s Foreign Affiliate, Now Selling Opioid Overdose Drug

The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life,” the slogan on its walls said. Some conference attendees were stunned when they saw the company logo: Mundipharma, the international affiliate of Purdue Pharma — the maker of the blockbuster opioid, OxyContin, widely blamed for unleashing the American overdose epidemic. Here they were cashing in on a cure. “You’re in the business of selling medicine that causes addiction and overdoses, and now you’re in the business of selling medicine that treats addiction and overdoses?” asked Dr. Andrew Kolodny, an outspoken critic of Purdue who has testified against the company in court. “That’s pretty clever, isn’t it?” As Purdue Pharma buckles under a mountain of litigation and public protest in the United States, its foreign affiliate, Mundipharma, has expanded abroad, using some of the same tactics to sell the addictive opioids that made its owners, the Sackler family, among the richest in the world. Mundipharma is also pushing another strategy globally: From Europe to Australia, it is…

Investigation Underway After Possible ‘White Power’ Gesture Seen During Army-Navy Football Game Broadcast

The U.S. Naval Academy has appointed an officer to conduct an internal investigation into possible “white power” hand gestures flashed by students during a broadcast before the Army-Navy football game, an academy spokeswoman said Sunday. “Based on findings of the investigation, those involved will be held appropriately accountable,” Cmdr. Alana Garas, a spokeswoman for the academy in Annapolis, Maryland, said via email. “It would be inappropriate to speculate any further while we are conducting this investigation.” Lt. Col. Chris Ophardt, a spokesman for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, said officials there were also looking into the matter. “At this time we do not know the intent of the cadets,” he said. West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen in the stands appeared to display the hand sign during an ESPN broadcast segment. The gesture is similar to the one used to indicate “OK,” with the thumb and forefinger in a circle and the three other fingers splayed out behind. U.S. Coast Guard leaders reprimanded an officer who used a similar hand sign during a television broadcast last year. The Anti-Defamation…

Firefighters Knock Down Apartment House Fire in Baldwin Hills

Share this article:Firefighters extinguished a fire Sunday inside a unit of an apartment building in Baldwin Hills that left one person being evaluated by paramedics, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze inside the two-story building at 4040 S. Nicolet Ave. was reported just before 6 p.m., fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The department sent 20 firefighters to the scene and knocked down the flames in about 12 minutes, Humphrey said. There’s no word yet on what kind of injury the person being evaluated had suffered. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Firefighters Knock Down Apartment House Fire in Baldwin Hills was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Contributing Editor

Police Searching for Missing Woman, 70, In Anaheim

Share this article:Police asked for the public’s help to find a 70-year-old woman who went missing Sunday in Anaheim. Gayle Klocke was last seen near North Euclid Way and West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim police said. Klocke is white. She stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds, police reported. She was last seen wearing a light gray sweatshirt, jeans and white and gray tennis shoes, police said. Anyone who knows her whereabouts was asked to call Anaheim police at 714-765-1900 or 911. Police Searching for Missing Woman, 70, In Anaheim was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Contributing Editor

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