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    USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono has quickly stepped down  — spending just a weekend on the job — following criticism by two Olympic gold medal winners.

    Part of the backlash against Bono was over an anti-Nike tweet she posted last month aimed at former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NBC News reported.

    Bono released a statement on Tuesday announcing her departure, writing that in the wake of her tweet she had experienced personal attacks that "left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization."



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    Then-U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, R-Ca., speaks during a meeting of the Joint Committee Session on addressing the Nation's Opiod Crisis at the National Governors Association Summer meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 25, 2015.Then-U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, R-Ca., speaks during a meeting of the Joint Committee Session on addressing the Nation's Opiod Crisis at the National Governors Association Summer meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 25, 2015.

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    If you're not prone to allergies but find yourself sniffling while outdoors, you can blame the Santa Ana winds.

    Public health officials are asking residents to stay indoors and limit outdoor activities due to dust and ash remnants from the Holy Fire in Riverside County. 

    The Santa Ana winds were whipping up ash left behind after the 23,000-acre Holy Fire burned for several days near the Riverside-Orange county line in August. 

    "Unhealthy air has health risks, and the winds can change air quality in a hurry," Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in a news release. "Even healthy individuals should reduce activity until the dust settles, but especially people with asthma and other health problems need to take particular care." 

    Young people and seniors are also at risk in these conditions, he said.

    The office recommends closing windows and using air conditioners to stay cool.

    In Riverside County, mountain areas, foothills and the Coachella Valley are under red flag warnings.

    October is historically the worst month for wildfires in California. Seven of the state's most destructive wildfires on record have occurred in October, including the deadly 2017 Northern California wildfires.



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    Santa Ana winds were whipping up ash and dust from the Holy Fire Oct. 16, 2018.Santa Ana winds were whipping up ash and dust from the Holy Fire Oct. 16, 2018.

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    #Permit Patty. #BBQ Betty. #Cornerstore Caroline. A series of videos posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube this year show black people being badgered by white people as they swim, barbecue, babysit or engage in other everyday activities. The widely shared confrontations, often with alliterative hashtags, drew enormous audiences for what might have once been private disputes. Here are some of the #LivingWhileBlack encounters that have gone viral and what happened as a result:

    #Cornerstore Caroline

    A white woman accused a 9-year-old black boy of grabbing her backside in a Brooklyn deli on Oct. 10 but two days later, after watching surveillance videotape, admitted that the boy had accidentally brushed up against her possibly with his bag. "Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry," she said.

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    Blocked at the Door

    A white neighbor tried to block a black man from entering his loft in downtown St. Louis on Oct. 12, asking him which unit he lived in and following him to his apartment. D'Arreion Nuriyah Toles told her that he had already entered the building. Police later arrived at his door. The woman was fired by her employer, Tribeca-STL Management, a property management company and Toles told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was looking into his legal options.

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    #PermitPatty

    A white woman, Alison Ettel, threatened to call police about an 8-year-old black girl selling bottled water without a permit in San Francisco in June. Ettel said that the girl, Jordan Rodgers, was being too loud. Rodgers’ mother countered that Ettel never asked Jordan to be quieter, and instead immediately demanded to see a permit. Afterward Ettel stepped down as the chief executive of TreatWell, a California company that produces cannabis-based tinctures and edibles, saying in a statement that the company, its patients and employees, “should not have to suffer because of a situation that occurred in an escalated moment.”

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    #BBQBecky

    In April, a white woman called police to complain about black residents barbecuing at Lake Merritt Park in Oakland. The woman referred to the danger posed by their charcoal grill, which was not permitted at that spot. The black residents, among them Kenzie Smith, said that she threatened them with jail. A “BBQing While Black” cookout followed, Smith was nominated for a position of the city’s Park and Recreation Advisory Committee and in July he announced a campaign to run for Oakland City Council.

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    Sitting in #Starbucks

    Two 23-year-old men were led out of a Philadelphia Starbucks in handcuffs in April because they had not ordered anything while they waited for a business partner to arrive for a meeting. A manager had called the police. The men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, reached a financial settlement with Starbucks for an undisclosed sum and an offer of a free college education. Starbucks closed its more than 8,000 company-owned coffee shops in the United States and its corporate offices for racial-bias training on the afternoon of May 29.

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    #SwimmingSheriffSusie

    Shane Holland was asked to leave a pool at his own apartment complex in Indiana in July after he showed his key to an off-duty police officer who was providing security at the pool but refused to give her his address. An apartment manager confirmed Holland was a resident but asked him to leave because he had not answered the off-duty officer’s question. The manager was put on administrative leave.

    Accusations of profiling at swimming pools recurred throughout the summer.

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    Swimming With Socks

    On the Fourth of July, a manager of another apartment complex, this one in Memphis, demanded that a black man take off his socks while he dipped his feet in the pool. Kevin Yates refused — he said the ground was hot — and the manager, Erica Walker, called police. Yates' girlfriend, Camry Porter, said that white people who were wearing shirts or hats were not asked to remove them. Walker was fired.

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    #IDAdam

    Also on the Fourth of July, a white man called police after a black woman would not show him her identification at a community pool in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The woman, Jazmine Abhulimen, was at the pool with her son when Adam Bloom, the pool chairman of the Glenridge Homeowners Association, asked for her ID. Abhulimen had a key card that allowed her into the pool. Bloom was fired from his job at Sonoco, an international packaging firm, and resigned as pool chairman and from the association’s board.

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    #PoolPatrolPaula. A white woman from Summerville, South Carolina, hit a 15-year-old at a neighborhood pool and was charged with third-degree assault. Stephanie Sebby-Strempel told the teenager and his friends to leave. She was fired from her job as a consultant at skincare company Rodan + Fields.

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    Eating Lunch at Smith 

    An employee at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, called campus police on a black student who was eating her lunch in a common area while on break from her on-campus summer job in July. The employee said Oumou Kanoute seemed out of place. Smith placed the employee on leave and ordered an external investigation of the incident. The college’s president apologized to Kanoute, who says she felt humiliated and who wants an apology from the employee whom Smith declined to identify.

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    Leaving an Airbnb

    A neighbor called police and reported a possible burglary as four people left an Airbnb in Rialto, California, in April. Three of the four were black and one was a filmmaker and granddaughter of Bob Marley. "The officers came out of their cars demanding us to put our hands in the air," another guest, filmmaker, Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, posted on Instagram. "They informed us that there was also a helicopter tracking us." They sued The Rialto Police Department, saying they had been treated unfairly. The police department says its officer treated the group with dignity and respect.

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    Black Women Golfing

    Five black women golfing in Dover Township in York County, a largely white suburb in Pennsylvania, in April were approached by a former county commissioner whose son owns the Grandview Golf Club and told they were playing too slowly. They were asked to leave and threatened with the cancellation of their memberships. Golfers behind the women told The Daily Record that the women had kept up the pace. Police arrived but left quickly and the state Human Rights Commission later held hearings.

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    Babysitting in Georgia

    A woman called police on a black man babysitting two white children in Marietta, Georgia, after the man, Corey Lewis, refused to let her speak to the children. He had taken the children to a Walmart, then a gas station, when the woman followed them. Lewis runs a child care and mentoring business called Inspired By Lewis. The police officer questioned the children and called their parents.

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    A "Suspicious Person"

    An Oregon state lawmaker was reported to police as a “suspicious person” while she was canvassing constituents’ homes in Portland in July. A sheriff’s deputy told Janelle Bynum that a caller said she appeared to casing the neighborhood for unoccupied houses that could be burglarized. When the deputy called the caller, she apologized to Bynum.

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    Napping While Black

    A black graduate student at Yale University, Lolade Siyonbola, who took a nap in a common room while working on papers, was awakened by a white student whom she said told her she was not supposed to sleep there. The white student called campus police. A Yale vice president called the May episode "troubling" and promised listening sessions with students. 


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    Plenty of Halloween-related sights appear over our heads, at least according to the wider mythology of the holiday.

    Think witches on brooms, and packs of bats, and the occasional flying goblin and/or pumpkin. Or a goblin riding a pumpkin, if you want to get a little wackier and weirder (as one should want to get, this time of year).

    But there's something else above our heads, a place that's going to get a bit wackier and weirder a few days ahead of the strangest night of the year.

    It's OUE Skyspace LA, the up, up, up see-all-over space at the US Bank Tower.

    And it is throwing a costume-up bash on the night of Friday, Oct. 26. It's the City Lights Halloween ft. Marques Wyatt & friends, and tickets are available now, should you want to celebrate, a bit scarily and rather stylishly, closer to the sky.

    Much closer, for Skyspace sits 69 and 70 stories high, giving you the kind of vantage point over our vast city that's typically reserved for an owl on the wing.

    Well, true, we don't get that many owls around LA proper, so you best think about dressing up as one, or the critter or fantasy figure of your choice.

    "Costumes encouraged!!" is the rallying call of the night.

    A night that will also include yoga, complimentary "wheeees" down the famous Skyslide, tarot readings, and gratis treats (Kevita, Papa & Barkley, and Redd Bar are behind the bites).

    The drinks?

    They'll be available for purchase, and, you bet, some cocktails will be themed to the end-of-October vibe of the soiree.

    Fright Flight, Fright Flight Bird's Eye, and Candy Corn Cocktail will all be ready for adult-style sipping, if that's the sort of libation you'll seek. (Also? If you can't make the Oct. 26 event, these Halloween-tinis will be available at the new Skyspace Bar.)

    Tickets to the Oct. 26 party run from $22 through $37. 

    Will you be as up there as the moon itself? Well, nope, but at dozens of stories above downtown LA, you may reach the place where bats 'n brooms do fly, at least in our Halloween-obsessed imaginations.



    Photo Credit: OUE Skyspace LA

    The drinks'll be Halloween-themed at a pre-holiday adult-fun bash at OUE Skyspace LA on Friday, Oct. 26.The drinks'll be Halloween-themed at a pre-holiday adult-fun bash at OUE Skyspace LA on Friday, Oct. 26.

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    The victim of a deadly hit and run in Encino is being remembered as an "amazing" mom who was "beautiful inside and out."

    Yana Lavrentev, 30, was struck and critically injured Saturday night as she and two friends were crossing Ventura Blvd. in a midblock crosswalk with a signal. The wife and mother of two young children was removed from life support and succumbed Monday, according to family friends.

    The vehicle that struck Lavrentev, described as an older SUV, continued without stopping and is now sought by police, along with its driver.

    Lavrentev and her husband were among seven couples of friends, all parents enjoying a grown-ups' night out to celebrate a birthday of one. All had become acquainted in Los Angeles since emigrating from Russia or the Ukraine.

    Cellphone video preserved the broad smile on her face during the party as she danced with her husband.

    In addition to being a loving mother, Lavrentev worked as a speech therapist, and also was studying for her MBA in an online program, said longtime friend Olga Viter. She recalled how sometimes she sought parenting advice from Lavrentev, even though she was younger.

    "Her whole life was ahead of her," Viter said.

    Saturday night, after dining in a restaurant in Encino's Plaza de Oro, the group decided to cross the boulevard to another restaurant for coffee. Lavrentev and two other women went ahead to get a table, according to Yaroslava Markov, one of the two walking with Lavrentov.

    They were halfway way across in the median, and still had time on the walk countdown, Markov said, when Lavrentov stepped forward and was struck and thrown by the SUV.

    They did not see or hear the vehicle coming, Markov said, and after the impact, the SUV "didn't slow down." It appeared to her that the suv was traveling well above the speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

    The vehicle may be a pre-2000 Toyota 4Runner, gray or silver, according to what has been learned by detectives at LAPD's Valley Traffic Division.

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact Det. Lisset Fuentes at 818-644-8021 or Det. Dan Menesez at 818-644-8028.



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    In the second longest game in NL Championship history, the Dodgers won the war of attrition. 

    It took five hours and fifteen minutes, thirteen long and drawn out innings, but in the end, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the last team standing as they beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1, in dramatic walk-off fashion to even the NLCS at two games apiece.

    Cody Bellinger beat the shift with a game-winning RBI single to right field that scored Manny Machado from second base and the Dodgers ending the thriller in the Ravine after an ugly offensive game that featured a combined 42 strikeouts.

    Both offenses went as cold as the winter sky after sunset, as the Dodgers have scored just two runs in 22 innings at home in the series.

    "We've just got to hit better, plain and simple, hit better with runners in scoring position," said Machado of the offensive struggles. "We're leaving too many guys on base. There's one thing we've got to do better when we're in scoring position, a hundred percent."

    Nonetheless, all it took was one swing to end the marathon match between the two best teams in the National League with a quick turnaround in Game 5 on Wednesday afternoon. 

    Manny Machado started the dramatic series of events off with a one-out single in the bottom of the 13th inning. After an infield fly, Machado took second on a wild pitch by Brewers reliever Junior Guerra. 

    A few seconds later, Machado almost stifled the rally when he was nearly picked off at second base by Guerra, but ultimately Bellinger found a hole and Machado was able to slide under the tag at home plate to give the Dodgers the victory.

    "Honestly, I was surprised that they were throwing me, I thought they would pitch around me," said Bellinger with first base open and a struggling Yasmani Grandal on-deck. "Once I saw they were attacking me, it was just kind of grind mode and do what you can to put the ball in play and try to end this game."

    Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell added: "I thought it was worth the risk of trying to expand to Bellinger, and if the at-bat goes to Grandal, we walk Grandal."

    In addition to winning the game with his bat, Bellinger might have also saved the game with his glove, as he flew threw the air like Superman to rob Lorenzo Cain of an extra-base hit in the 10th. 

    "I knew I had a shot at it," said Bellinger of the diving stop. "I played right field in the Minor Leagues a lot before I started playing centerfield. It's kind of like riding a bike. I saw it hanging up there, and ran as fast I could and dove for it."

    It feels like the first mile of the Los Angeles marathon now, but the Dodgers struck first in the first inning on a two-out, RBI single by Brian Dozier.

    Dozier was making a rare start at second base against a left-handed starter, and struck out looking with the bases loaded to end the game a night prior.

    "He hasn't played a whole lot in the last few weeks but he's a pro and just really takes good at-bats," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "So for him to spark us and get a point on the board early, that was huge. And just the defense tonight and just the at-bat quality I thought was really good."

    Milwaukee starter Gio Gonzalez did not last long in the game, but this time it was unrelated to his pitching performance. 

    Gonzalez rolled his ankle after a comebacker by Yasiel Puig bounced off his glove in the second inning, and after making one pitch, was unable to stay in the game. 

    Freddy Peralta replaced him and made his first appearance of the postseason on short notice. Despite the lack of time to warm up, Peralta pitched with prodigious precision, striking out six with three walks in three hitless innings.

    Peralta became just the second pitcher in postseason history to come on in releif and throw at least three hitless innings with at least six strikeouts, since Pedro Martinez did it in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS.

    Domingo Santana tied the game with his second pinch-hit RBI of the series, when he crushed a curveball from Rich Hill into the right-center gap for an RBI double that scored Orlando Arcia from first. 

    Hill did not factor in the decision, allowing one run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts in five strong innings. 

    Both teams emptied their bench, using all of their position players with the Dodgers gutting their entire bullpen.

    Los Angeles was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, left eleven men on-base, and struck out a franchise postseason record seventeen times.

    "Late in games like that, guys try to do a little bit too much and expand, and maybe swing at pitches they normally wouldn't swing at," said Turner of the reason behind all the strikeouts. "Everyone wants to get the big hit and be 'the guy.'"

    The Brewers didn't fare much better, going 0-for-8 with RISP, stranding ten men on-base with fifteen strikeouts of their own.

    In a best-of-seven series in the NLCS, the team with home-field advantage in the final three games has a losing record at 5-6. 

    Up Next:

    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 5 on Wednesday in what could be his final appearance in a Dodger uniform. Wade Miley will start on three days rest for Milwaukee. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05PM PT.

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    Manny Machado #8 and Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after Machado scored the winning run as catcher Erik Kratz #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on in the 13th inning of Game Four of the National League Championship Series while home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt #21 calls the play safe at home plate at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Brewers 2-1 in extra innings. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Manny Machado #8 and Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after Machado scored the winning run as catcher Erik Kratz #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on in the 13th inning of Game Four of the National League Championship Series while home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt #21 calls the play safe at home plate at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Brewers 2-1 in extra innings. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    Fluoride prevents cavities and tooth decay, something confirmed by numerous studies, yet a small but vocal minority has gotten dozens of cities to remove the naturally occurring compound from the water supply, NBC News reported.

    "Anti-fluoridationists" blame fluoride for lower IQs and diseases, despite long-established science. The American Dental Association says that 74 cities have voted to remove fluoride from their drinking water in the last five years, and proposed bans are on the ballot in two more cities this November.

    "You cannot tailor public health to the whims of a small group of people," said Dr. Johnny Johnson, a retired pediatric dentist who leads the nonprofit American Fluoridation Society. "If you are doing that, you are harming a large group of people."

    While nearly 75 percent of the United States gets fluoridated water, more than 80 percent of New Jersey residents do not, and the Texas Republican Party now opposes water fluoridation as well.



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    The mother of the 1-year-old boy who was allegedly bitten by a rat in his sleep amid a disgusting infestation inside a New York City public housing building is demanding a complete and thorough fix. 

    "They need to take everybody out of this building and really need to get to this rat problem," said Asia Clemente, a tenant in the Claremont Consolidation Complex in the Bronx. "Don't just cover up the holes and tell us, 'When you see another one, call us back.'" 

    Clemente first told News 4 New York she found a rat biting her toddler son's stomach while he was sleeping Monday morning. She thinks the rat was gnawing at the feeding tube attached to the stomach of baby Daniel, who suffers from chronic lung disease and other health problems. 

    The rats, she believes, are "smelling the milk that comes out when we disconnect [the tube]," said Clemente. 

    She took her son to the hospital and he was put on antibiotics. Returning home Tuesday, "his stomach is very tender due to being bit for the second time, so it's kind of hard feeding him and giving him medicine since he's crying, doesn't want to be touched," she said. 

    Complaints about rats overrunning homes inside NYCHA's Claremont complex have exploded since last week, when a basement garbage compactor was shut down, displacing the rats and driving them upward. One video taken last week shows a group of rats popping out from behind a washing machine and scampering across the kitchen sink, one right after another. The family in that apartment boarded up the kitchen, fearful the rats would attack their dog. 

    "There were as many rats in that apartment as there are in a sewer," said councilman Ritchie Torres. "I don't believe that NYCHA is just now learning it was this bad." 

    "They come out here, run around here. This is their playground," said tenant Jessica de Jesus. 

    Torres is now calling for an investigation into how the rat problem got so bad both inside and outside people's homes in the complex. NYCHA said it shut down the compactor room last week so that it could aggressively fight the existing complaints of infestation. But the basement is important to residents because that's where Con Edison meters are located -- and since the rats prevent workers from going into the basement to read the meters, the utility has been sending estimated bills to customers. 

    One family said they were charged $458 for one month. On one notice, the utility said it will charge an extra $25 if they don't get access to the meter. 

    "I'm not sure what I am paying for is very accurate at all," said Clemente. 

    Clemente said her family arrived at Claremont to escape rats in another NYCHA building. After NYCHA saw her story on News 4 New York Monday night, the agency contacted her on Tuesday in order to schedule a meeting about finding a new place to live. 

    As for Con Edison, the utility said Tuesday it will reimburse any fees that residents incurred because it couldn't read the meters. Con Ed also said it had reached out to NYCHA since the summer saying it needed the problem fixed immediately so that workers could do their job.

    In a statement Monday, NYCHA spokesman Michael Giardina said, "Our residents should not have to live in these conditions. Since this first came to our attention, we have taken aggressive steps to address the current infestation by eliminating rodent access to the building and the apartments, which will also keep future rodents away. We apologize to our residents and will continue to vigilantly monitor this situation."


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    Nine people were arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to ship methamphetamine to Hawaii, including some drugs that were disguised as decorative Aztec calendars and statues.

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    Investigators say a drug shipping ring disguised some of its methamphetamine shipments as decorative Aztec sculptures, including stone calendars and statues.Investigators say a drug shipping ring disguised some of its methamphetamine shipments as decorative Aztec sculptures, including stone calendars and statues.

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    Biting into a discounted meal or money-saving dish on your birthday? And showing identification so that your server knows when you were actually born?

    It's a common and anticipated occurrence seen at many restaurants around town.

    Far less common, but still utterly charming, is the opportunity to enjoy a meal, at a lower price, on the occasion of somebody else's birthday, a somebody you may have never known except through her memorable movies, emotive television roles, and stylish North Hollywood hotel.

    There's the giveaway, if you know your Valley stay-over spots and sci-fi cinema icons: We're talking about Beverly Garland, the actress and hotelier who made a successful splash, and enduring legacy, in both challenging fields.

    Ms. Garland passed away in 2008, but her namesake hotel, The Garland, remains imbued with her strong and stylish character, as does the '70s-inspired inn's restaurant, The Front Yard.

    And on Wednesday, Oct. 17, which just happens to be the day of Ms. Garland's birth, The Front Yard will offer Ms. Garland's favorite meal and drink for $19.

    It's now a tradition for the cool, comfort-food-y eatery to spotlight that particular combo for that lower-than-usual price, each and every 17th of October.

    Adding to the celebratory spirit of day?

    The 130-seat Beverly Garland Theatre, found on the grounds of the hotel, will screen some of her biggest movies, including "D.O.A." and "Swamp Women."

    And the super-sunny California-esque gift shop at the hotel, The Store, is shaving 25% off all merchandise on Oct. 17.

    It's a sweet birthday tribute to a movie star and business pro who went far behind the marquee, into a whole different industry, and excelled.

    And today her hotel continues to be a nexus of shag-rug'd, mellow-rockin' mojo, an ultimate throwback location that celebrates the decade of its own birth through its design, art, and even lobby music.

    Call it an ideal place to mark a birthday, even one that isn't your own.



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    The cool NoHo hotel will once again feature a burger and martini, the star's favorite dish and drink, for her birthday. The price? Nineteen bucks. The date? Wednesday, Oct. 17.The cool NoHo hotel will once again feature a burger and martini, the star's favorite dish and drink, for her birthday. The price? Nineteen bucks. The date? Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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    The Trump Administration plans to pull out of the United Nations agency that regulates international postal rates, White House officials said Wednesday, claiming the system is unfairly hurting the U.S.

    The Universal Postal Union imposes shipping rates on its 192 member countries, and the U.S. says the system unfairly benefits China and some other nations by allowing them to send packages to the U.S. at cheaper rates than domestic shippers.

    Senior White House officials said the system prevents the U.S. from competing with China on an even playing field.

    The U.S. is notifying the UPU of its intention to withdraw on Wednesday, the officials said in a conference call with reporters.

    The withdrawal process for a country to leave the UPU takes one year, and the White House said the U.S. plans to renegotiate better rates during that time. Rates wouldn't change for at least six months, the officials said.

    Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland and Sweden expressed interest in America's efforts to negotiate new terms, according to the officials.

    The White House said the withdrawal from the UPU is separate from the ongoing trade dispute with China.



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File

    In this July 17, 2018, file photo, a FedEx employee delivers packages in Miami.In this July 17, 2018, file photo, a FedEx employee delivers packages in Miami.

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    Twitter on Wednesday released a massive trove of data associated with foreign influence and misinformation campaigns spanning nearly a decade — just three weeks before the U.S. midterm elections, NBC News reported.

    The social media company said in a Wednesday blog post that the data comes from 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency and 770 other accounts potentially originating in Iran.

    The data release includes the content of tweets from these accounts and date back to 2009, which provides a richer look at how these accounts operated.

    Twitter said the goal of the release was to make the data available for researchers and academics for investigation. As a result of its investigation into Russian interference around the 2016 presidential election, Twitter said back in January that it had notified around 1.4 million people that they had directly engaged with Russia-linked accounts during the election or had actively followed those accounts at the time they were suspended.



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    The Twitter app as seen on a smart phone.The Twitter app as seen on a smart phone.

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    More than five hours after the first pitch, Dodger Stadium erupted in a late-night celebration when Cody Bellinger belted a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning to even the NLCS series at two games apiece.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pours Gatorade on Cody Bellinger #35 as he is interviewed by Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal after hitting a walk-off single in the thirteenth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pours Gatorade on Cody Bellinger #35 as he is interviewed by Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal after hitting a walk-off single in the thirteenth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    Grammy award winning R&B soul artist Chaka Khan will be the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade grand marshal.

    The musical artist ride through Pasadena in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day and participate in the celebration before the Rose Bowl game. The theme for the 130th Rose Parade is "The Melody of Life," a celebration of music.

    "It is so appropriate," Khan said after Wednesday's announcement. "I just don't know where to go with this. I'm so honored."

    The parade and Rose Bowl game are scheduled for Jan. 1 in Pasadena.



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    Chaka Khan appears in Pasadena Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018.Chaka Khan appears in Pasadena Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018.

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    A man driving in Central California who made "spontaneous statements" about how he may have killed a woman in a motel room was arrested after the conversation led authorities to a woman's body in a Santa Ana motel room.

    Milton Louis Mayfield, 55, of Anaheim, was detained in Tulare County, Santa Ana police said.

    California Highway Patrol officers from the Visalia station, which is about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, said they discovered a disabled car on the side of the freeway with Mayfield inside early Tuesday morning.

    As officers questioned him, police say he made spontaneous statements about how "he may have killed a woman in a motel room in the area of First Street and Grand Avenue" in Santa Ana.

    That led to the discovery of the woman's body as Santa Ana police officers made welfare checks at motels in the area. 

    Deborah Ann Simon, 55, of Santa Ana, was discovered at the Sunshine Village Motel at about 5 a.m.

    The car Mayfield was driving belonged to Simon.

    After detectives interviewed Mayfield at the Visalia station and collected evidence at the motel, Mayfield was arrested on suspicion of murder.

    The cause of death would be determined by autopsy.



    Photo Credit: Santa Ana Police Department

    A man who was detained in Tulare County in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in a Santa Ana motel room Tuesday morning has been booked on suspicion of murder, police say.A man who was detained in Tulare County in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in a Santa Ana motel room Tuesday morning has been booked on suspicion of murder, police say.

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    Photo Credit: Heather Navarro

    Aaardvark's vintage clothing in Redondo Beach, a mainstay in the South Bay, is closing after nearly five decades with a blowout retirement sale through Nov. 1, 2018.Aaardvark's vintage clothing in Redondo Beach, a mainstay in the South Bay, is closing after nearly five decades with a blowout retirement sale through Nov. 1, 2018.

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    The small-scale village seen in 1988's classic horror comedy is on view at Warner Bros. Studio during Horror Made Here, along with costumes, too.

    Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Studio Tour

    Tim Burton's Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" is as famous for its adorable village as its title ghost. See the model version of the town, which is in the film, at Warner Bros. Studio during "Horror Made Here." The spooky October fright fest is haunting visitors on select nights through Oct. 28, 2018.

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    Investigators returned to a wilderness area near Malibu Creek State Park Wednesday to search for new clues in the shooting death of a camper and in a series of other seemingly random shootings.

    "They are doing due diligence and searching for additional evidence," said one LA County Sheriff's Department official familiar with the case.

    The area being examined is close to where suspected burglar Anthony Rauda was arrested last week. Rauda was armed with a rifle when he was arrested.

    Firearms analysts at the Sheriff's crime lab conducted comparisons last week between crime scene bullets, expended cartridge casings, and the seized gun. A report was being finalized this week, the officials said.

    Rauda, 42, was caught walking through the hills near Malibu Creek State Park Oct. 10 by a team of investigators who'd been tracking him intensively for more than a week.

    He's being held with no bail on suspicion of a probation violation while detectives assemble the evidence they said they believe will link Rauda to the killing of camper Tristan Beaudette, and a series of early-morning burglaries at buildings not far from Malibu Creek State Park.

    Beaudette was shot to death in June while he slept next to his 2- and 4-year-old daughters inside a closed tent.

    Rauda's name surfaced soon after the Beaudette shooting as a, 'person of interest' because he'd had repeated contacts with deputies who patrolled the Calabasas and Malibu hills, the officials told NBC News in July. Rauda could not be found.

    The possible connection between the burglaries and the shootings was emboldened Sept. 30 when security cameras recorded an image of a masked man wearing a headlamp prying open a window at an office near the intersection of Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway.

    NBC4 obtained still images from the video that showed the man dressed in fatigues or 'tactical-style' clothing and carrying a rifle slung over his left shoulder.

    Updates to come on the NBC4 News.



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    Investigators returned to a wilderness area near Malibu Creek State Park Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2018, to search for new clues in the shooting death of a camper and in a series of other seemingly random shootings.Investigators returned to a wilderness area near Malibu Creek State Park Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2018, to search for new clues in the shooting death of a camper and in a series of other seemingly random shootings.

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    A 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck Wednesday near San Jacinto, California at 3:09 p.m. Pacific Time according to the United States Geological Survey.

    The USGS says the magnitude 3.5 quake was centered about 2 km north north west of San Jacinto, which is a city in Riverside County.

    There were no immediate reports of any damage caused by the quake.


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    Taste your way around the area's many popular eateries, all at Mack Sennett Studios.

    Photo Credit: David Arellanes

    The EastSide Food Festival delivers local vittles to adventuresome foodies at the Mack Sennett Studios on Sunday, Oct. 21.The EastSide Food Festival delivers local vittles to adventuresome foodies at the Mack Sennett Studios on Sunday, Oct. 21.

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