Photos: 2021 San Jose Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony

The San Jose Sports Hall of Fame welcomed four inductees on Tuesday night, including former Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy, the first journalist inducted into the hall. After stints at the Los Angeles Times and the Cincinnati Enquirer Purdy was hired at the San Jose Mercury News in 1984. Over the next 33 years at the newspaper, Purdy covered 14 Olympics, advocated for the construction of the current home of the Sharks in downtown San Jose, came up with the name of McCovey Cove outside of Oracle Park named after former Giants star Willie McCovey and made countless connections within the South Bay community. The other inductees were San Jose State football star James Jones, Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders and 49ers coach George Seifert. Jones, a receiver from Gunderson High School and San Jose State, overcame childhood homelessness to win a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers. He is currently an analyst for the NFL Network. Sanders, also an NCAA champion at Stanford, won four medals in the 1992 Olympics, including two golds. She is currently a co-host with the CBS’s “We…

Longtime Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy becomes first journalist inducted into San Jose Sports Hall of Fame

SAN JOSE — To Mark Purdy, San Jose and the South Bay wasn’t just any regular part of the country. It was a place where significant sports moments achieved from diverse athletes were woven into its history. Purdy, the Mercury News sports columnist for 33 years, became part of the history he long admired Tuesday night as the first journalist to be inducted into the San Joes Sports Hall of Fame. “Outside of being a husband and a dad, this is the highest honor. I am very proud to be the first journalist to be inducted,” Purdy said during his speech. “I’d like to accept this on behalf of all the media people who covered San Jose and South Bay over the years.” Purdy, along with five-time 49ers Super Bowl champion coach George Seifert, Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders and Super Bowl champion wide receiver James Jones, were honored during the 26th edition of the ceremony held at the SAP Center. “I wanted to make people aware of where they lived and what they did and be the tour guide,” Purdy said of his career which…

49ers mailbag: Who’s running the ball? How long will Garoppolo stay? What’s Bosa’s sack goal?

SANTA CLARA – Time to click open this week’s Week 11 mailbag, via 49ers fans’ hitting my Instagram and Twitter handles: Why SO MUCH running? Are we really that scared of interceptions and fumbles? (@whostin_texas) Gosh, if you put it like that, sure. The 49ers have committed more turnovers since 2017 than any other team. Running the ball is their preferred identity, and being a 44-carry ball hog kept the Rams’ explosive offense off the field in Monday’s 31-10 win. Another byproduct: no turnovers, as was the case in wins at Philadelphia and Chicago. Will the Niners run the ball more against Jacksonville? (@maryannmyniguez) Elijah Mitchell’s finger surgery complicates matters, though Jeff Wilson Jr. is fresh off his season debut, and Trey Sermon apparently is still on the roster. The Jaguars (2-7) have allowed 100 rushing yards in just two games: their opener to Houston and last Sunday to Indy. They’re allowing the fifth-fewest rushing yards per carry (3.89). It won’t be as easy you might suspect. Will Jimmy Garoppolo be here next year? (@alexispaterakis) It shouldn’t be shocking — if the 49ers keep winning…

2 men convicted in 1965 assassination of Malcolm X to be exonerated: NYT

Two men convicted in the assassination of Malcolm X are set to be cleared after more than half a century, with prosecutors now saying authorities withheld evidence in the civil rights leader’s killing, according to a news report Wednesday. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, who spent decades in prison for the crime, were being exonerated after a nearly two-year investigation by their lawyers and the Manhattan district attorney’s office. A court date is expected Thursday. “These men did not get the justice that they deserved,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. told the newspaper. Malcolm X was gunned down as he began a speech in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. The two men were then known as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. Aziz, 83, was released in 1985. Islam was released two years later and died in 2009.

‘I thought it was a joke’: Fans react to Staples Center becoming Crypto.com Arena

Like it or not, the Staples Center signs that have welcomed fans in downtown Los Angeles for 22 years will be stripped from the arena next month and replaced to mark the building’s new name, Crypto.com Arena. Crypto.com, a cryptocurrency platform and exchange headquartered in Singapore, is paying $700 million over the next 20 years to rename the building, a person with knowledge of the transaction told the Associated Press. But what do fans think about changing the name of a building with so much history, including six Lakers championship teams, three Sparks championship teams, two Stanley Cup winning Kings teams and 19 Grammy Awards shows? “Sucks … I don’t like it. Staples Center is very classic … It’s a monument for L.A.,” one fan said following Tuesday’s announcement from arena owner AEG. “No. No way. This is Kobe’s house, this is Staples Center,” Tyrone Jones said. “Crypto? I’m like Will Smith in ‘I, Robot.’ I’m scared of all this futuristic … It’s bad. It’s horrible … Even if y’all change the name we’re still going to call it Staples Center,” he said. Shelly Jones…

L.A. County launching investigation into alleged abuse by Norwalk foster mom after 4-year-old ‘beaten into a coma’

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to conduct an investigation after a foster mother was charged with abusing a 4-year-old boy who was under her care in Norwalk. On Oct. 28, L.A. County sheriff’s detectives responded to a home in the 14700 block of Pioneer Boulevard after a boy was gravely injured and admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit, officials said in a news release. The boy’s foster mother, Gabriela Casarez, 26, was arrested the next day on suspicion of child abuse. She was later charged with one count of assault on a child becoming comatose/paralysis and two counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death. Relatives of boy said the child had been tortured and “beaten into a coma” while in foster care, and demanded accountability. On Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to approve a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn that directs the Office of Child Protection to investigate the alleged abuse.  After the case involving 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, whose 2013 torture and death in Palmdale sent shock waves throughout the country, the…

‘QAnon Shaman’ sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

(The Hill) – Capitol riot defendant Jacob Chansley, known as the “QAnon Shaman,” was sentenced on Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison. The 41-month sentence, issued by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington, D.C., comes after Chansley pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of an official proceeding related to his conduct in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The sentence, which will be reduced by the time Chansley has served in jail since his arrest, was 10 months less than what federal prosecutors requested.  But Lamberth, a Reagan appointee, denied Chansley’s request for a sentence below the range recommended by federal guidelines, saying Chansley’s conduct was so egregious that “I cannot justify a downward departure.” Photographs taken inside the Capitol on Jan. 6 of a shirtless Chansley, adorned with a viking hat, red, white and blue face paint, and clutching an American flag and bullhorn, became some of the most searing images to emerge from the pro-Trump insurrection that disrupted the nation’s peaceful transfer of power following President Biden’s electoral win. Retired Miami professor sentenced to prison in Venezuela money…Top Senate Democrat calls on…

‘Wannabe Boy Band’ Wanted In Series Of Device Thefts From Stores In Brea, Fullerton, Ontario

BREA (CBSLA) — Police in Brea want to say “bye bye bye” to a series of thefts they say were committed by a quartet of young males in Orange County. Surveillance images of the four suspects at a Spectrum store inn Brea were released Monday. Police say they released several phones from security holders. LOOKING TO IDENTIFY: This wannabe boy band used force to remove devices from the Brea Spectrum store, and committed similar thefts in Fullerton/Ontario.If you have info, contact Det. Schmaltz at todds@cityofbrea.net.#BreaPD #itsanoforme #byebyebye #CommunityPolicing pic.twitter.com/uxayyAgHjG — Brea Police Dept (@BreaPD) November 16, 2021 “This wannabe boy band used force to remove devices from the Brea Spectrum store, and committed similar thefts in Fullerton/Ontario,” a tweet from Brea police said. The four suspects are believed to hit a total of four stores, including locations in Fullerton and Ontario. Police did not provide a description of the suspects, but they all appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s with dark hair. The suspect vehicle appeared to be a silver Toyota Sequoia. Anyone with information about their identities or the crimes…

Historic Long Beach Hospital To Close Emergency Department

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A nearly 100-year-old hospital in Long Beach will shutter its emergency department this month. FILE — Officials hold a grand reopening celebration for Community Hospital Long Beach in Long Beach on May 27, 2021. A vintage 1929 fire truck, same year the hospital originally opened, was on display for the event. (Brittany Murray/Long Beach Press-Telegram/Getty Images) Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB) announced Tuesday that it will phase out its emergency department and acute care services over the next week. Beginning Wednesday, Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency closed CHLB to 911 ambulance dispatches. Then, on the morning of Nov. 24, the emergency department will close to all walk-ins and visitors. Molina, Wu, Network LLC — the nonprofit healthcare group which has been operating the CHLB since it leased it from the city in December of 2019 — indicated the closure was due to staffing issues. “Available staffing for acute care units has become increasingly challenging,” MWN said in a news release Tuesday. “In addition, several nurse registry staffing agencies have indicated their intent to cease providing services to Community Hospital…

Bobby Bones And Rachel Smith To Host And Co-Host ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’ On CBS

(CBS)- New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will be hosted by radio and TV personality Bobby Bones and co-hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith. The celebration to ring in the New Year will air LIVE from Music City, Friday, December 31st (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT) on CBS and available to stream with Paramount+. “I’m so excited to celebrate and host New Year’s Eve this year right down the street from my house, with so many of my friends who have great performances planned,” Bones said. “I can’t wait to show America how special Nashville is.” “I am over the moon to co-host New Year’s Eve Live from Nashville,” Smith said. “I get to hang with the hottest acts in country music, some I’m lucky enough to call friends, on New Year’s Eve in my hometown! Sign me up!” As previously announced, the star-studded entertainment special will feature nearly 50 high-energy performances by country music’s hottest superstars, including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and…

Riverside’s Nuestra Navidad fundraiser set for December

The 23rd Annual Nuestra Navidad Breakfast will again raise money for charity and community programs. Riverside Latino Network‘s event is set for 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Stratton Community Center, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside. The center is inside Bordwell Park. Related Articles Find a tree-lighting, parade or other community event this holiday season Frumpy Middle-aged Mom: It’s time to start thinking about presents. For me. For Southern California Christmas events, sign up for our Holidays and Nights newsletter How to decorate for the holidays without Christmas trees Disneyland draws inspiration from Colombia for new ‘Encanto’ holiday celebration The holiday celebration helps support community initiatives and programs, scholarships, and Latino Network’s Youth Leadership Institute, a news release states. The event will include food and entertainment. Tickets are $40 for paid Latino Network members and $50 for non-members. Space is limited. Ticket information: https://bit.ly/nuestra2021. Some sponsorship and advertisement opportunities may be available. Information: Executive Director Alexandra Leon, lanetnuestranavidad@gmail.com.