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    California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed bars in some cities to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

    Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco were among the nine cities included in the proposed legislation that would have established a pilot program for allowing bars to extend their hours past 2 a.m. West Hollywood and Long Beach would also have been included in the program.

    "I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to 2 without adding two more hours of mayhem," Brown said in a statement.

    He added that the California Highway Patrol believes the increased drinking hours would lead to more drunk driving.

    State Senator Scott Weiner, who introduced the legislation, said the bill would "have a profound positive impact on a local economy, generating direct tax revenues, and growing public funds through revitalized business districts, and increased tourism."



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    Nearly two weeks ago, when Hurricane Florence pummeled the Carolinas, the storm destroyed the trailer Army veteran Paganda Howard lived in with her husband and two daughters. Now she's like many others in this historic colonial town, forced to live with family in cramped and outright hazardous conditions, NBC News reported.

    Howard is currently staying at her sister's home, where a tree slumps against the roof and walls are warped by water damage. The family of four has joined her sister and six nephews, crowding into the modest three-bedroom home where clothing sits in wet piles and mold appears to coat the bathtub and vents.

    Many families are forced to live in unsanitary or unsafe conditions because they have no other choice right now. But Howard said finding adequate housing in New Bern has always been a challenge — the storm only served to show how dire circumstances have become for some.

    About a third of households in Craven County, where New Bern is the county seat, are considered cost-burdened by the North Carolina Housing Coalition. This means more than 30 percent of a family’s budget is committed to rent and utilities, and that’s because the average rent of a modest two-bedroom apartment in Craven County is nearly 20 percent higher than what the average renter here can afford, according to 2016 data collected by the coalition.



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    Members of a combined New Bern/Greenville swift water rescue team Brad Johnson, left, and Steve Williams take a rest after they went out searching for people stranded by floodwaters caused by the tropical storm Florence in New Bern, N.C., on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)Members of a combined New Bern/Greenville swift water rescue team Brad Johnson, left, and Steve Williams take a rest after they went out searching for people stranded by floodwaters caused by the tropical storm Florence in New Bern, N.C., on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

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    Joc Pederson is the leadoff hitter you always wanted.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder homered in the first at-bat of Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park to set the franchise record for most leadoff homers in a single season with eight.

    Pederson punished a 1-2 curveball from right-hander Dereck Rodriguez into the Levi's Landing area in left field to give the left-handed slugger his eighth leadoff homer of the 2018 season and 11th of his career.

    Pederson surpassed Davey Lopes 1979 mark of seven leadoff homers in a single season to set a new Dodgers franchise record.

    A victory would clinch a postseason berth for the Boys in Blue for the sixth consecutive season.

     

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    Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with third base coach Chris Woodward #45 after hitting a lead-off home run in the top of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 29, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with third base coach Chris Woodward #45 after hitting a lead-off home run in the top of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 29, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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    There are plenty of happenings on the annual SoCal diary of public-facing to-dos, but most, it may be said, do not take place in the streets.

    Think parks, private businesses, concert halls, and such, but thoroughfares are typically the domain of motorized vehicle and not multitudes of revelers.

    But Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 will be just about the street-closingest day on the Los Angeles calendar, thanks to Celebrate LA! which will see eight miles of closed-to-cars asphalt from Walt Disney Concert Hall to near the Hollywood Bowl.

    There's another major street that will be pedestrianized, though, on Sept. 30, and once you know the street, you know the very venerable, oh-so-loved festival that will take place.

    It's Abbot Kinney Boulevard, in Venice, and if you've been to the free Abbot Kinney Festival, which is a staple of September's final Sunday, then you know it is quite the major festivity.

    So major that stages are set up, for entertainment, and dozens of craft-creating vendors display and sell their unique and quirky goods, and the food options are stylish and creative and not too dear.

    A few hallmarks of the 2018 to-do?

    There are a few beer gardens representing different brew houses, so swing by Golden Road, Firestone Walker, Greenleaf, or the Bud Light location.

    The KIDSQUAD is where the tot-sweet rides, games, entertainment, and other happenings will take place.

    And there are several stages to catch tunes crafted for a more grown-up palate.

    After 34 years, it is big, and robust, and as neighborhoody as all get-out. But that doesn't mean that people from beyond Venice don't attend, because this is a bash that has quite the prominent profile.

    But a prominent profile doesn't take away from the Abbot Kinney Festival's genially laid-back, no-hurries, no-worries, soak-in-the-sunshine character. 

    It's true that streets'll be closed at lots of points of our metropolis on Sept. 30.

    Which party should you choose?

    If you like your on-the-street sauntering to take place close to the ocean, and you've been an Abbot-Kinney-er for years, your feelin'-fine fest is in Venice.

    The free Abbot Kinney Festival rolls from 10 a.m. to 6 o'clock on Sept. 30.



    Photo Credit: Venice Paparazzi

    Spend the final day of September enjoying food trucks, craft browsing, kid fun, a beer garden, and more.Spend the final day of September enjoying food trucks, craft browsing, kid fun, a beer garden, and more.

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    Pop the champagne! The Los Angeles Dodgers have clinched a postseason berth for the sixth consecutive season.

    Entering Saturday, the Dodgers needed either a loss by the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago, or a victory later in the afternoon over San Francisco to clinch at least the second wild card spot in the National League.

    Following the Redbirds 2-1 victory over the Cubs, the Dodgers knew they needed a win over their rivals in order to clinch their sixth consecutive postseason berth.

    Manny Machado had their back. 

    Machado sent the Dodgers back to the postseason with an RBI triple off the brick wall in right field and the Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants, 10-6, on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park. 

    Joc Pederson wasted no time putting the Dodgers out in front, hitting a home run to start the game, and setting a record for most leadoff homers in a single season in the process with eight.

    One inning later, Yasiel Puig followed Pederson's lead with a homer of his own off rookie Dereck Rodriguez, and the Dodgers led 2-0.

    The Giants would rally with three runs off Kershaw in the second and third inning, but the three-time Cy Young Award winner helped his own cause with a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the fourth.

    San Francisco would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Hunter Pence and a sacrifice fly by Joe Panik.

    Kershaw would get pulled from the game following the inning, allowing five runs on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts in one of his worst starts of the season.

    The Dodgers would have plenty of chances to break the game open, but stranded ten men on base before Machado's big hit.

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had mentioned last week that Machado was looking for his signature moment since first donning Dodger Blue. Needless to say, he found it, as he sent the Dodgers to the playoffs with the game-winning triple off the brick wall in right field.

    Taylor tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth with an RBI single to left field that scored Kiké Hernandez, and Max Muncy followed with a two-run single, sending many of the Giants fans home for the afternoon.

    For the second straight game, the Dodgers bullpen pitched multiple scoreless innings with Ryan Madson, Alex Wood and Kenta Maeda leading the way.

    Kenley Jansen recorded the final two outs in a non-save situation.

    As far as the NL West is concerned, the Dodgers move within a half game of the Colorado Rockies who will play later this evening against the Washington Nationals in Coors Field.

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    The Dodgers are expected to start rookie Walker Buehler on Sunday opposite left-hander Andrew Suarez for San Francisco.

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 29, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 29, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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    Does your dog have more wiggle to his walk or far more waggle?

    Or has he mastered a canine-perfect combination of the two? Wiggle with one step, waggle with the next?

    Either way, he is most welcome at Brookside Park on Sunday, Sept. 30, along with his kind human, all to join in assisting other animals in need, the animals of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

    The fundraiser has been helping our furry friends out for two decades, which means many a beautiful beastie has seen the benefit of those beneficent people 'n pooches who head out to stretch an early-morning leg or two or four.

    Funds go to "food, shelter, medical care, and other services" for "... the thousands of animals — domestic, exotic, wildlife, and livestock — who come to the Pasadena Humane Society each year."

    The routes at the walk? You can pick the one-miler, 'round the Rose Bowl, or choose the three-mile route, if you and your pup pal want to push a bit further.

    Entering online? That's open right through to a few minutes before midnight on the night before the Wiggle Waggle Walk.

    Scoring a cute t-shirt and a bandanna for your favorite tail-wagger? That's part of the package for every registrant.

    There are rules and to-knows to go over, before you bundle your baby Frenchie or loving Lab in the station wagon. 

    And if you can't make this year's WWW? There are other paths to supporting Pasadena Humane, one of Southern California's most venerable animal-help organizations.

    Start here, to find out what you might do to make a difference in a critter's life and well-being at any time of the year.



    Photo Credit: Wiggle Waggle Walk

    Dogs and humans'll stroll at the Sunday, Sept. 30 fundraiser at Brookside Park in Pasadena.Dogs and humans'll stroll at the Sunday, Sept. 30 fundraiser at Brookside Park in Pasadena.

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    San Diego Zoo Safari Park has another big baby to take care of.

    The park's 28-year-old African elephant Umngani gave birth to a 281-pound calf on Wednesday.

    The unnamed female appears healthy and has been introduced to other elephants.

    It was the second elephant birth in two months. A 277-pound male calf arrived on Aug. 12 and has been named Umzula-zuli.

    The elephants can be seen on a Safari Park webcam.



    Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo

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    A teenager was attacked by a shark and air-lifted to the hospital early Saturday morning, according to Encinitas lifeguards. 

    The attack happened at Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas, around 6:55 a.m.

    According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Office, a 13-year-old boy was flown to Rady Children’s Hospital with serious injuries to his ear and shoulder.

    NBC 7 spoke to a Chad Hammel, a kayaker who helped bring the teenager to safety. The witness said approximately 30 people were in the water at the time of the attack, catching lobster.

    The witness said he first heard the boy scream, “I got bit.”

    “I paddled to him,” he said, “and there was a big wake of blood behind him. His entire back was open. The shark hit him in the clavicle. The shark’s top teeth got him in his cheek,” he said.

    Two other men also helped with the rescue. 

    The response from lifeguards was quick since they were on duty for the first day of lobster fishing. 

    The teenager arrived at Rady Children’s Hospital around 7:45 a.m.

    The attack happened near the shore in about nine feet of water. 

    The boy is in critical condition, Larry Giles, captain of the Encinitas Lifeguard Department said at an 11 a.m. press conference. He has traumatic injuries to his upper body. The boy was conscious when he was taken to the hospital. 

    The shark was about 11 feet long, Giles said. 

    The water from Ponto Beach in Carlsbad to Swamis in Encinitas is closed and will be for the next 48 hours until Monday morning at 7 a.m. The beaches are open. 

    The shark has not been seen since the attack and "There has been no activity with shark sightings since the incident this morning," Giles added at a 4 p.m. news conference. 

    The Carlsbad Police Department is using a drone to check to look for any sharks that may be a threat, he said. They are also using jet skis to search.

    Encinitas Lifeguards are also working with a scientist from Long Beach State University to try to determine what type of shark bit the boy. 

    Other agencies helping with the investigation are California State Park Lifeguards, Solana Beach Lifeguards, the San Diego Sheriff's Department, Encinitas and Carlsbad fire departments and the U.S. Coast Guard is aware of the incident. 

    There was a fatal shark attack in Solana Beach in 2008. 


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    The last time we had measurable rainfall in LA was May 21st. After more than 100 days, rain is back in the forecast for the first week of October.

    The chance of rain will increase late Monday and continue through Wednesday evening. Why the weather change? It has to do with the arrival of Hurricane Rosa and a separate area of low pressure that will follow.

    Southern California isn’t a stranger to Tropical storms, but they are very rare. In the past 160 years, Southern California has been hit by three tropical depressions, two tropical storms, and the only hurricane on record was in 1858 in San Diego, before hurricanes were given names.

    The current path of Rosa takes the hurricane over the northern Baja peninsula on Monday evening. From there it will continue to travel towards the northeast into the desert southwest where flooding rains are possible. Although Southern California is not in the direct path, our chances for rain will increase. Expect showers with light to moderate rain from late Monday through Tuesday night.

    But wait, there’s more. By Wednesday, a separate area of low pressure will move onshore and bring additional rainfall. According to the most recent weather models, rainfall rates will be from .10” to 0.33” inches per hour and accumulations will range from .10” to .50”. Higher amounts are possible for the mountains where accumulations will range from .50” to 1.50”. Debris flows are possible if the heavy rain affects recent burn scars like the Holy, Cranston, and Valley fires.

    Your commute could be impacted on Tuesday and Wednesday because of slick roads and some ponding of water. Stay tuned to NBC4 as the First Alert Weather Team continues to update the forecast.


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    Kristina Staples was the first in surgery and the second to last to be released from Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where so many victims were taken after a gunman opened fire on a crowd on Oct. 1, 2017.

    It is in that hospital where her husband finally located her. He has been at her side ever since, along with her stepmother, who works for the LA County Sheriff's Department, and her dad, a former captain for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    With the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting approaching, "Krissy" and her family are focused on the future. They are able to do so because of her remarkable fight to survive.

    "She's a savage," Daniel Staples, her husband, says. "I wouldn't be here. She's a savage."

    When asked what keeps her going, Kristina Staples has a simple answer: "My baby." Her daughter Harper Lee was only a year-and-a-half at the time of the shooting.

    Greg Terrill, Staples' farther, spoke with NBC4 last October, when his daughter was still on life support. At the time he had been told that she might not make it through the night.

    But Kristina Staples survived and has documented her recovery on social media. She's been given the label "Krissy Strong" for the remarkable attitude she's displayed in posts along the way, post like the smiling selfie she shared from her hospital bed as she waited for a portion of her skull to be replaced with a prosthetic.

    All of this to recover from a night she can't recall.

    "She doesn't remember anything," her husband says. "Thank God."

    The couple was together when Jason Aldean took the stage. She wanted to get closer to the stage. He watched her disappear into the crowd just before a sound he immediately recognized as gunfire filled the air. He didn't see her again until he found her in the hospital, listed as an anonymous Jane Doe.

    "I'm a blessed man," he says. "We're blessed people to all be here and making a comeback is something else."

    As the anniversary of the shooting approaches, "Krissy" remains strong and is only getting stronger.



    Photo Credit: KNBC

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    The LA Philharmonic is marking the start of its 100th season with the massive Celebrate LA! Festival on Sunday. There will be hundreds of musicians, artists and dancers performing at six entertainment hubs laid out along an 8-mile car-free stretch of city streets running from the Hollywood Bowl to the Walt Disney Concert Hall near Grand Park.

    All that fun does require a lot of space, though. The following streets will be closed starting in the morning and will be expected to reopen around 4 p.m:

    Grand Ave. between 1st St. and Wilshire Blvd.

    Wilshire Blvd. between Grand Ave. and Western Ave.

    Western Ave. between Wilshire Blvd. and Melrose Ave.

    Melrose Ave. between Western Blvd. and Vine St.

    Vine St. between Melrose Ave. and Yucca St.



    Photo Credit: Los Angeles Philharmonic

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    The first of October?

    It's when the last fourth of the year kicks off. It's the day when those who decorate for Halloween feel as though they can truly dig the plastic ghosts and paper bats out of the trunk in the attic.

    And, in 2018, it is quite the momentous, history-honoring celebration for Philippe the Original, which will be marking its 110th anniversary with a mondo 'n meaty give-back bash for fans.

    How fan-oriented will the Monday, Oct. 1 party be?

    Consider that the famous French Dip, the sandwich that the Union Station-close eatery is known far/wide for, will be priced at $1.10.

    One hundred and ten years, a buck and a dime for a French Dip... you get it.

    That low-low-low price'll be available from 4 to 8 o'clock on Oct. 1, so best put that in your cuisine-themed calender pronto. And, yes, prepare to queue up, for a restaurant that's been around for a century and a decade has earned some fans.

    Perhaps you and your line co-standers can talk about Philippe Mathieu, the legendary proprietor who "dropped a sliced French roll into (a) roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven," creating the meaty meal we know today.

    At that auspicious moment, which occurred back in 1918, the centuries-old story of sandwich-perfection took a turn for the terrific, historians would surely agree.

    Other happenings will up the flavor of the Oct. 1 festivity, including "... live entertainment, raffles, games," plus those coveted giveaways. Prepare for plenty of party-riffic vibes, in short, to fill out the four-hour festivity.

    So, you bet: There'll be plenty to see and enjoy while you hang out in line.

    And once you finally reach the famous Philippe's counter?

    The one with the glass case, which makes it easy to see the potato salads and macaroni salads and other hearty sides and treats whipped up by the talented kitchen crew?

    You can ask that your French Dip be beef, pork, ham, or turkey. Your au jus, as Philippe's fans well know, will be soaked into the bread. And if you want a pastrami or lamb version of the sandwich? That's extra, as is cheese.

    Happy 110th, Philippe the Original! May you keep on dippin' for another 110, and another, and another...



    Photo Credit: Eric Shin

    Honor the restaurant's big anniversary at an afternoon-long celebration on Monday, Oct. 1.Honor the restaurant's big anniversary at an afternoon-long celebration on Monday, Oct. 1.

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    Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, said during a conversation about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Sunday that she had been the victim of sexual assault, NBC News reported

    “I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape,” Conway said on CNN’s “State of the Union" before clearing her throat and adding, "I’m a victim of sexual assault.”

    Conway, in an intense and emotional conversation with Jake Tapper, agreed that all victims need to be heard. But she expressed frustration that all sexual assault allegations get lumped together, condemning comparisons of Kavanaugh to people like Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton. She said that “raw partisan politics" led to the situation for Kavanaugh, who is facing one allegation of sexual assault and three allegations of sexual misconduct.

    And when asked how her own experience affects her work for a president who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by some 19 women, Conway said, "Don’t conflate that with this. And certainly don’t conflate it with what happened to me. It would be a huge mistake. Let’s not always bring Trump into everything that happens in this universe.”



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    Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington.Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington.

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    We all know the cliché of firefighters rescuing a cat stuck in a tree, but what about the one about police the puppy and the pipe?

    Fontana Police officers found themselves in position to put a new twist on an old tale when they responded to a call of a 3-month-old German Shepherd puppy who had gotten stuck between a pipe and a brick wall.

    The problem was confounding enough the officers enlisted help from the Fontana Fire Department as well. The pipe in question was a gas pipe, so to be safe the gas was turned off. After some gentle wriggling, the puppy was finally freed and no worse for wear.


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    At least one person died in an "intentional" car explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Saturday night, officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed.

    The vehicle exploded in the 700 block of West Turner Street near North Hall Street around 9:30 p.m. One person was killed but officials have not ruled out additional injuries or fatalities. 

    One neighbor told NBC10 that his entire apartment building shook after the explosion. Another said it sounded like fireworks going off in the street.

    "We heard a big blast and we ran out to our balcony to see if we could see anything," neighbor Jonathan Pack said. "My gut reaction was bomb."

    Police initially reported at least two people were injured. Shortly after midnight, ATF officials confirmed that one person had died.

    Dozens of ATF agents responded to the scene, which they said appeared to be a "criminal matter." County, state and federal officials are also involved in the ongoing investigation. Local residents were advised to avoid the area and find alternate routes around the crime scene.

    On Facebook, Allentown Councilman Courtney A. Robinson expressed sympathy for the victim and the community at large, and warned that "this will be a complicated investigation and it will take time until we know what happened."

    The FBI said on Twitter that it was working with other agencies and "to assess the situation and determine the cause, with public safety the bureau's highest priority." Officials asked anyone who witnessed the blast or had information about it to contact investigators.

    Neighbors, meanwhile, described a confusing and terrifying scene moments after the blast tore through the area.

    "Everyone was pretty panicked and talked about leaving town," Pack said. "It was pretty nerve-wracking."

    A viewer shared a video of the aftermath of the explosion. The video shows a car engulfed in flames, as well as what appears to be body parts on the ground.

    This story is developing. Check back for updates.



    Photo Credit: James Whitney

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    A whole lot of chicken dancing, beer-drinking, family fun is happening at Oktoberfest in Big Bear.

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    A whole lot of chicken dancing, beer-drinking, family fun is happening at Oktoberfest in Big Bear for the 2018 season.A whole lot of chicken dancing, beer-drinking, family fun is happening at Oktoberfest in Big Bear for the 2018 season.

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    A preliminary magnitude 3.6 quake rattled Calimesa Sunday morning. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

    The earthquake struck a few miles northeast of Calimesa at a depth of 16.8 km., according to the US Geological Survey.



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    A shakemap provided by the US Geological Survey shows the spread of tremors caused by a magnitude 3.6 earthquake that struck near Calimesa on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.A shakemap provided by the US Geological Survey shows the spread of tremors caused by a magnitude 3.6 earthquake that struck near Calimesa on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.

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    LeBron James will make his highly anticipated Los Angeles Lakers' debut on Sunday in San Diego at Valley View Casino Center.

    The Lakers host the Denver Nuggets with a tip-off time of 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and the game is being nationally televised on ESPN.

    James signed a four-year contract worth $154 million with the Lakers in July, and Sunday provides the first look at James donning puple and gold on the court.

    Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters at the team's shootaround Sunday morning that the team will start Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, James and JaVale McGee. Ingram and Caldwell-Pope were regular starters for the Lakers a season ago, while Rondo, McGee and James are all new additions to the roster.

    Lonzo Ball will not play in the Lakers' preseason opener, as the second-year point guard is recovering from offseason knee surgery. Whether Walton goes with Rondo or a healthy Ball to start the regular season is a whirling debate, but for Sunday night, the former Boston Celtics point guard has the reins.

    Following Sunday night's game, the Lakers host the Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center, before welcoming the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 4 at the same venue. The game against the Kings will be the Lakers' first-ever "Pride Night."

    The Lakers host the LA Clippers in Anaheim on Oct. 6 before traveling to Las Vegas to face the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 10. The Lakers also face the Warriors in San Jose on Oct. 12 to wrap up the preseason.

    James is currently on a streak of eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, with the last four meetings coming against the Warriors. With the addition of James, the Lakers expect to be one of the clear challengers for Golden State.

    LA opens its regular season on Oct. 18 in Portland and plays its first regular season home game with James on Oct. 20 at Staples Center.



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    Grouping every Golden State-based snow watcher into a single category is like saying there's only one correct way to build a snowman.

    For the people who keep an eye on the coming of winter 'round these parts do so for a variety of reasons.

    True, plenty of us are watching the mountains, and ski reports, to see when flakes'll begin to fall on the slopes, and others are planning holiday trips, the kind that might involve a snowball fight or two.

    As for those Southern Californians who love Mt. San Jacinto, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and watch for when the frosty stuff traditionally graces the area?

    The first of October is a major date on their snow-observing calendars.

    Nope, there's no snow yet at the higher clime, and temperatures around the Coachella Valley, down below, remain quite warm. 

    But on Oct. 1, the historic attractions's Snow Guessing Contest opens for the season, as it does each year on that date, and here is how it works: Snow-it-alls are invited to send a postcard to the tram with the date that they believe "... the first measurable inch of snow falls at the Tram's Mountain Station, elevation 8,516 feet."

    That postcard must be postmarked Oct. 1 or after, and the first ten entries with the correct date? They're the winners.

    Each postcard sender in that winning group will score four complimentary admissions to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway plus "a special Tram gift memento."

    Have a nose for snowfall, especially around some of our region's more dramatic peaks? Do you consider yourself to be a snow-it-all?

    Ponder beautiful San Jacinto, the elevation in question, and what your hunch is as far as that future inch of snow goes.

    It could be soon, even in the autumn, or it could happen well into winter. The winning date of the last contest? Jan. 9, 2018. The contest before that? Nov. 21, 2016.

    That's quite the span, so get guessing, snow-knowers.



    Photo Credit: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway's annual Snow Guessing Contest opens on Monday, Oct. 1. Think you have a nose for snow? You could win four Tram admissions.The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway's annual Snow Guessing Contest opens on Monday, Oct. 1. Think you have a nose for snow? You could win four Tram admissions.

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    Two words: Game 163

    The Los Angeles Dodgers forced a winner-take-all Game 163 for the National League West Division after sweeping the San Francisco Giants, 15-0, on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.

    The Dodgers entered the regular season finale tied with the Colorado Rockies in the NL West, but both teams took care of business, winning their respective games to force a do or die for the division on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

    Walker Buehler was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday, and instead will pitch in Game 163 against Colorado.

    "Walker is going to start tomorrow," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced after the game. "Our goal is to win the division. Right now, he's our best. To win this game, to win the division, it's in our hands at home. That's been our goal from the beginning."

    If the Dodgers defeat the Rockies on Monday, they would win their sixth consecutive NL West Division title. Colorado is in search of their first ever NL West title in franchise history.

    "It would be huge," Buehler said about helping his team win the division. "That's the goal. It all culminates, but it's still a regular season game. We don't go home if we lose, and we get a day off if we win."

    Knowing they needed a win to have a shot at winning the West, the Dodgers made a statement to start the game:

    Chris Taylor led off with a walk, Justin Turner doubled and David Freese hit an RBI single as the Dodgers led 2-0 before fans found their seats.

    "Our goal is to win every game," said Turner following the win. "That was our mindset going into it."

    Two innings later, the Dodgers put the nail in the coffin for the Giants 2018 campaign as they scored seven runs in the inning, capped off by a two-run homer from Brian Dozier.

    Max Muncy put the Dodgers up by two touchdowns when he hit his 34th home run of the season into McCovey Cove in the bottom of the fifth.

    "It's crazy, it's incredible, it's a dream come true," Muncy said of hitting 34 homers this season, two shy of the NL lead despite not being on the Opening Day roster. "It's something out of a fairy tale. It's something I'm really enjoying."

    The "Splash Hit" was the fifth in Dodgers history and the first since Cody Bellinger did it  on Sept. 13 of last season. 

    "That's really cool," Muncy said of the splash hit homer. "I had no clue about that."

    Austin Barnes added a home run in the eighth inning to make it 15-0.

    Rich Hill (11-5) was phenomenal on eight days rest, allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in seven shutout innings.

    "The curveball has been good the last couple weeks," said Hill of his start. "I think every day is a big game and much more important moving forward. I just stayed ready, and for me, I always want the ball in those big games."

    The Dodgers have struggled with runners in scoring position all season, but are 14-for-29 over their last two games. 

    Up Next:

    Game 163. The Dodgers will host the Colorado Rockies in a winner-take-all game for the NL West crown and the right to host the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS at 1:09PM PST at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

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    Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles celebrates after his two-run homerun against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles celebrates after his two-run homerun against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

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