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A woman and her 3-year-old son were violently stabbed in Fontana Thursday night by the mother’s brother.
Fontana detectives arrived at the scene on Tobarra Road after a disturbance call and found the mother and boy suffering from multiple stab wounds.
At around 5:30 p.m., family members and friends arrived at the home and remained in shock at what had happened.
A family friend said he saw the boy on the floor as paramedics were providing CPR on him.
“There were no issues, this is a happy family,” he said. “We don’t understand what could have caused this, we don’t understand why this happened today.”
He also said he saw the child’s uncle, Saul Franco, 20, being detained by police.
Fontana Police Department later confirmed Franco was arrested after being located a short distance away from the home.
Neighbor Angel Moreno said situations like this don’t happen in the area. “Nothing happens here,” he said. “You don’t expect that here. Just knowing someone died, plus just seeing a little kid..It’s hard.”
The mother and the child were taken to a hospital where the 3-year-old was later pronounced dead.
According to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, an autopsy will determine the cause of the child’s death.
Police investigation is still underway.
Three people were found dead early Friday after a house fire in Diamond Bar.
A dog also died at the home in the 3600 block of Crooked Creek Drive.
Details about the fire and the victims' identities were not immediately available. Watch Today in LA for updates.
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Three people were found dead Friday Nov. 2, 2018 after a house fire in Diamond Bar.
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Thousands of migrants rested on Sunday night in Tapanatepec, a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico to prepare for a long day on Monday. Men, women and children, like the one pictured here, were expected to travel about 25 miles towards the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday.
The first day of November left Southern Californians with a sunset to remember. The western sky exploded in a canvas of bright pastel colors, a stunning sight captured in photos from around the region.
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A view of the Nov. 1, 2018 sunset.
Hate-filled messages were scrawled inside a Brooklyn synagogue, the latest incident in a string of alarming attacks on New York City's Jewish population in the borough, police say.
The anti-Semitic messages written in black marker at Union Temple in Prospect Heights come less than a week after a gunman stormed into a synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people.
The NYPD said the messages, which include “Die Jew Rats We Are Here,” “Jews Better Be Ready,” "Rose" and “Hitler,” were discovered by a woman congregant around 8 p.m. Thursday on the second and fourth floors of the house of worship.
A political event hosted by “Broad City” star Ilana Glazer was canceled after the messages were found. A video posted to Instagram shows Glazer addressing a crowd. Glazer was scheduled to moderate a talk with a journalist and state senate candidates, including Andrew Gounardes.
Gounardes told News 4 he had been "incredibly excited" to appear on Glazer's series and to work alongside State Senate candidate Jim Gaughran and Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now!" to talk about the importance of the election.
"Hate speech and anti-Semitic graffiti have no place in New York State. I am outraged that cowards would make threats and deface property to spread their hate," he said in a statement. "I am proud to stand with my brothers and sisters in the Jewish community and all religious affiliations because we are all Americans and all New Yorkers."
Neighborhoods in the borough have been the targets of anti-Semitic acts in recent weeks. Several days ago, swastikas were found in Brooklyn Heights and last month a man was charged with assault as a hate crime in a beating of a Jewish man in the middle of a Borough Park street.
A Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.
Acts of hate against Jews have also been on the rise across the country. In February, the Anti-Defamation League reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents against Jewish institutions rose nearly 60 percent last year over 2016, the largest single-year increase on record.
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The FBI has confirmed a sighting of a suspected sexual predator wanted in the armed sexual assault of a woman in her West Los Angeles home.
The cross-country search for Greg Alyn Carlson, 46, appears to be focused on the southeastern United States. The FBI received a confirmed sighting of the suspect -- who was added to the agency's Top-10 Most Wanted Fugitives list -- in the Mount Pleasant area of South Carolina.
Carlson has ties to the area.
He was last seen in a late-model white Hyundai Accent -- the same car he was driving in previous sightings. He likely stole a license plate from another vehicle, investigators said.
The FBI said investigators have not ruled out the possibility that Carlson traveled to other states. He also might have crossed the U.S. border.
Carlson is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, striking her in the head with a gun during a July 13, 2017 burglary in West Los Angeles. He was arrested by Los Angeles police in two months later, but was released on bond.
Carlson then traveled to South Carolina, but likely left the state with a stolen handgun, rental car and large amount of cash, the FBI said. Agents said they're not sure how he obtained so much money, adding that he might have worked as an actor when he lived in Southern California.
In November 2017, he was seen in Hoover, Alabama, where he led police on a high-speed pursuit. Police called off the pursuit due to safety concerns.
Investigators said he traveled to Florida and was seen Nov. 30, 2017 in Daytona Beach.
He has also resided in the Southern California seaside communities of Santa Monica and Redondo Beach.
The 2017 arrest marked the first time he had been arrested for a felony crime. Carlson was previously arrested for a misdemeanor in Beverly Hills.
He might be behind additional sexual assaults, investigators said. A $100,000 reward was issued for information in the case.
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Greg Alyn Carlson is sought in a 2017 sexual assault at a West Los Angeles home.
It’s been 12 months since Madonna Day’s home burned down in the North Bay wildfires.
“I miss it so much,” she said. “My whole life’s treasures and memories are gone to ash.”
She and her daughter Marie-Louise Clark are eager to rebuild the farmhouse they called "Middle Earth." But there’s no sign of construction. The lot remains empty.
“I can’t replace it,” Day said. “They haven’t come through.”
"They" are State Farm. Madonna and Marie-Louise were stunned and upset to learn they were dramatically underinsured, even though State Farm automatically adjusted their coverage each year.
"There is a gap of at least $1 million in what it would take to rebuild this,” Clark said.
A contractor report estimates it will cost $3.2 million to rebuild the home. Day and Clark say their policy will pay a maximum of about $1.5 million.
“They actually gave us less than half to rebuild,” Clark said.
That’s a familiar chorus in the fire zone. United Policyholders, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps people tackle insurance claims found 66 percent of North Bay fire victims were underinsured.
So who’s responsible for making sure you have enough coverage? You are.
Even though insurance companies automatically adjust your policy yearly, State Farm’s website is clear: “The choice is yours.”
Amy Bach, who leads United Policyholders, says most people just renew with whatever the insurance company computer spits out. She believes those formulas can better reflect building costs.
“The law has to change,” Bach said, adding that she believes if insurance companies cannot accurately approximate building costs, they should give their customers a warning.
“You’ve got to tell your customers that,” she said. “You can’t continue to lull people into a false sense of security that they have enough insurance to put their house back, and then have them find out after the fact that that’s not true.”
NBC Bay Area contacted State Farm. It declined to talk specifics of Day and Clark's case. Instead, it sent a statement that says, in part:
“It is our intent and obligation to pay what we owe under the terms of the policy. We are always willing to work with our customers to make sure they are receiving the full benefits allowed within their policy.“
But Day and Clark say even getting what State Farm owes is a struggle. They said they are ready to just accept the seven-figure shortfall and take what their policy offers. And yet, State Farm still has not paid them in full to rebuild.
“It just doesn’t seem fair,” Day said. “You spend years and years paying for your insurance. And then, to have to battle for rebuilding. That’s cruel.”
As for why some homes are already rebuilt while Day is still waiting to be paid, State Farm said, “The timeline to process a claim can vary as each customer's situation is unique.”
To see if you are underinsured, ask a builder if you could rebuild your home for the amount of money listed in your homeowner’s policy. If not, ask your insurance agent to review – and likely adjust -- your coverage level.
State Farm’s full statement to NBC Bay Area:
Dapper Day: Dressy occasions do seem to arise as the holidays draw closer, but one of the dressiest around is already here. It's Dapper Day, and it shall again sashay through The Happiest Place on Earth. And sashay it does, for participants are dressed to the nines, and even tens, in beautiful frocks, handsome suits, and hats aplenty. You'll need a park ticket to enter Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on Nov. 4, of course, though visiting Downtown Disney is free. Also? There's an expo on Nov. 3 and 4 at the Disneyland Hotel.
Grand Ave. Arts: All Access: A free day of soaking up art along one of the grandest, and Grand-est, thoroughfares of DTLA? It's frankly fantastic, and the choices of what to see and soak in are plentiful. The cultural to-do will brim with "... rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, workshops, food and drink and kids' film screenings for all to enjoy." It'll be a mighty sunny and pleasant Saturday, on Nov. 3, so make for the Walt Disney Concert Hall area to revel in this pay-nothing goodness.
Día de los Muertos: Revelries and remembrances continue this weekend, with a major display happening at Grand Ave. Arts: All Access. It's the beautiful altars of Grand Park, which are on view through Sunday, Nov. 4. Old Pasadena is celebrating Day of the Dead Weekend, from Nov. 2 through 4, with altars, live music, and calavera face painting. And skeletons shall party on Nov. 4 around Sherman Way in Canoga Park, so make-up, then make for this muerto-merry gathering.
Pumpkin Launch: How high, how fast, and how far can a seed-packed, notably heavy piece of fruit go? We're not talking apples here, or even oranges, but rather that star of autumn, the pumpkin. Science-cool teams will find out at this free, family-nifty day at Cal State Fullerton. Discovery Cube is part of the STEM-forward fun, which means there'll be activities and such to participate in, while you're cheering on the teams and their pumpkin-flinging machines. Food trucks? They'll be around, too, for this to-do happens around lunchtime, or 10 a.m. to 2 o'clock, rather, on Saturday, Nov. 3.
immerse(d): You know music moves you, inspires you, takes you to a different mind place. But on the forefront of sound and ideas, how is music weaving through health and technology? Ponder entering "an experiential space for sound enthusiasts" at Live House Hollywood, where the enjoyment of music will also be spiced with conversations regarding the "therapeutic aspects of sound." The date? Flow over to Live House on Saturday, Nov. 3. Tickets? Here.
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Dapper Day returns to the Anaheim theme parks on Sunday, Nov. 4. A two-day expo sets up dressy shop at the Disneyland Hotel on Nov. 3 and 4, 2018.
A lack of health care hits residents especially hard in Maine, with the oldest population in the country, and so the Democratic challenger in the state's Second Congressional District is focused on saddling the incumbent with his vote to kill "Obamacare," following a playbook unfolding across the country.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin, New England's only Republican in the House of Representatives, voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act last year in the Republicans' most recent attempt to end former President Barack Obama's signature program. Democrat Jared Golden is not letting voters forget.
Asked why he thought the race was so close — the Cook Political Report puts it as a toss-up — Golden singled out Poliquin's vote and the deep cuts in Medicaid it would have brought. Maine residents have voted to expand Medicaid under "Obamacare," a step with bipartisan support that would give an additional 80,000 people health coverage.
"There is no clearer contrast in this election than that and it's not between me and Bruce, it's between Bruce and his own constituents," Golden said.
Not only does Maine have the oldest population in the country, according to the Census, an AARP survey in September found that health care was the top issue for those 50 and older.
The Second District sprawls across Maine, the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River, a mostly rural expanse covering all but the southern part of the state near Portland and Augusta. It has an equal number of registered Democrats and Republicans, and more voters than either without a party affiliation.
Poliquin has represented it for two terms, but before he won the seat in 2014 it was held for 20 years by Democrats. President Donald Trump took the district in 2016, following Obama four years earlier. The race is one of the most closely contested in the country. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which labeled the contest a "hot race," Golden outraised Poliquin $4.6 million to $3.7 million and has outspent the incumbent.
Outside money also poured in, putting the election on track to be the most expensive congressional race in Maine history, according to The Associated Press.
This article, part 8 in a series, examines one of the key battleground races for control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Carried by grassroots momentum, Democrats must take 23 seats from Republicans to win the balance of power. They are contending with Republicans' experience and organization, and an outspoken but polarizing president.
Poliquin, 65, is a third-generation Mainer who worked in finance before returning to Maine, according to his House biography. He did not respond to a request for an interview.
In an August 2017 recording leaked to the website Maine Beacon, Poliquin can be heard saying he rarely agrees to interviews, saying, "It would be stupid for me to engage the national media, to give them and everybody else the ammunition they need and we lose this seat."
Golden, 36, is a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, enlisting after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He worked on national security issues for the state's Republican U.S. senator, Susan Collins, and is now in his second term in the Maine Legislature, where he is the assistant House majority leader.
Golden is emphasizing two main Democratic issues, health care and the Republican tax cuts, which he ties together to dispute his opponent's assertion that Maine's economy is benefiting from the GOP tax reform bill.
"The two go hand in hand because we've lost a lot of our good middle-class manufacturing and mill jobs," Golden said.
Hospitals are the largest employer in many rural communities, he said. About half of Maine's hospitals are designated critical access hospitals by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, meant to keep essential services in rural communities, and they would have been hard hit under the "Obamacare" repeal bill, Golden said.
Last year, the Maine Hospital Association estimated that the state's hospitals received $200 million a year from insurance subsidized by "Obamacare."
Golden has argued that Medicaid expansion would bring almost $500 million in federal investment into the state's economy and create 3,000 new jobs. At the same time, one in five people in Maine is on Medicaid. He says the country needs to move toward a universal health-care system like Medicare for all.
Medicaid expansion has been a contentious issue in the state. Voters in both of Maine's congressional districts approved the move by referendum after Republican Gov. Paul LePage repeatedly vetoed the Legislature's attempts to do it. LePage argued that there were insufficient funds.
Poliquin first voted against repealing "Obamacare" in 2015, saying that he believed a replacement plan first needed to be in place. He changed his vote last year, approving a move to repeal and replace it with the Republicans' American Health Care Act.
He said afterward that he knew that the House bill needed work — it would have stripped 24 million Americans of health insurance by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office — but had hoped it would be improved by the Senate. Instead, it failed there with Collins' help.
At a debate in October, Poliquin pointed to his first vote against ending "Obamacare" and said, "Everybody in this country needs to have health care. And everybody needs to be able to afford health insurance in order to get that care."
Poliquin says he would protect residents with pre-existing conditions, but the plan he voted for would have driven up their premiums.
"Health care is a huge issue in this election, as much as any one issue is, and Poliquin has votes to explain away, which he has not done yet," said L. Sandy Maisel, a political science professor at Colby College.
The district is blue-collar and socially conservative, said Maisel, the co-author of "Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process." Poliquin, though socially conservative, "does not really support the working class nature of the district."
"Enter Jared Golden — of the district, the opposite of Wall Street, a veteran who can field dress a rifle, plain talking, close to his roots," he said. "While progressive on some issues, he can sell himself to the district. In fact, I would argue he is the perfect Democrat for this district — if he cannot beat Poliquin, no one can."
Poliquin touts a career creating jobs. He's a member of the House Financial Services Committee who served as Maine's treasurer and who says the district is benefiting from his efforts to bring about less red tape, lower taxes and fairer trade deals. He's also called Golden a young radical with a socialist agenda.
Golden counters that his record shows anything but a socialist. He described himself as a labor Democrat, who supported tariffs on softwood lumber, for example. He said he would work with Trump when he could, as he has with Maine's governor on allowing returning military members with a medic background to get licensed as a nurse.
Golden said that to improve the economy, he would emphasize investing in infrastructure — revamping utilities, focusing on renewable energy to bring down Maine's high energy costs, rebuilding roads and bridges and improving rail lines. Low employment does not equal a successful economy, he said.
Poliquin has attacked Golden on his gun record, too, comparing his A rating from the National Rifle Association to Golden's D rating. Poliquin says on his website that he supports the state's "long outdoor traditions including firearms ownership," and that he defends the Second Amendment.
Golden supported legislation allowing courts to confiscate weapons from domestic abusers, opposes a ban on semiautomatic rifles but would back a debate about whether to limit high-capacity magazines.
James Melcher, a professor of political science at the University of Maine at Farmington, said Poliquin was helped in past election years by ballot measures connected with firearms — on restrictions on bear hunting in 2014 and on more stringent background checks in 2016. There is no similar ballot initiative this year.
On Tuesday, Maine will use what is called ranked-choice voting for the first time in a federal race, a system in which voters pick candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote — and there are two independent candidates, Tiffany Bond and Will Hoar — the one with the fewest number of first-ranked votes is eliminated and those ballots are assigned to each voter's second choice. The process continues until there is a winner.
"Because the race is close, even a few voters could flip over," Melcher said.
Democrats have tried to portray Poliquin as someone who does not really fit the district, he said, and cited an ad in 2016 in which a suit-clad actor meant to be Poliquin struggles with a kayak.
"Mainers are very, very willing to split their ticket for somebody with whom they feel personally comfortable, especially at the local level, so that sense of fit I think is important," Melcher said.
But, he added, "Democrats have underestimated Poliquin again and again and again and they underestimate him at their peril."
Calista Cross, 76, is voting for Golden. She likes his military background — she said she has helped to erect two memorials to veterans — and his position on health care. The governor and Poliquin have not done much to ensure affordable health care for residents, she said.
Cross, who lives in Cornish, dismisses accusations that Golden would not be a supporter of Second Amendment gun rights, but others among his supporters fear the issue might hurt his chances.
Maryanne Forbes, a 62-year-old retired nurse who lives in Hanover and who has been making telephone calls on Golden's behalf, said he needed to make a clearer statement about his positions. Voters she has spoken to believe he will try to take away their rifles and their ability to hunt, she said.
"They're not going to vote for him," she said. "They like him, they think he's a good candidate — but the guns."
Sharon Sibley, the vice chair of the Lincoln Town Council and the office manager of her family-owned logging company, Hanington Bros. Inc., backs Poliquin, citing his support for legislation that has benefited the logging industry.
Poliquin opposed the creation of a national monument in Maine's North Woods under Obama and agreed with a recommendation from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to allow trees to be cut there. He also has introduced legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work in logging operations under parental supervision.
"I think experience plays a huge role, his experience as a business owner," said Sibley, 53.
She said she would support Medicaid expansion provided funding was available. The company's group insurance premium for 32 employees rose 34 percent this year and 29.4 percent last year, she said, and employers cannot absorb those kinds of increases plus a tax increase to support others' insurance.
"It's going to take more than one man and one president to fix health care," she said.
Professors Maisel and Melcher agreed that Trump did not seem to be much of a presence in the race, but Cross was quick to accuse the president of stirring hate by repeatedly attacking people.
"Trump is a bad influence," she said.
Golden, who said he was not running a campaign against Trump, argued that voters were fed up with the country's extreme partisanship. He has been endorsed by nonpartisan PAC With Honor, which backs veterans of both parties with the goal of moving away from the political divide.
"We are trying to push a message that we've got to get beyond this deep partisanship and get back to the kind of environment where we're all thinking about things as Americans and not as some member of a political party," he said.
—Nathalie Sczublewski and Sam Hart contributed to this report.
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A parent, teacher, or trusted friend may have rightly told you that saying "thank you" can go a long way in this world.
And so it can, for a show of gratitude does much to hearten the gratitudee in question.
But when the gratiduees are first responders, those strong-of-heart, ready-to-serve professionals who rush, without hestiation, to emergency calls, a "thank you" of a taller order is a very nice thing.
And Kidspace Children's Museum will give that taller, bigger "thank you" to responders, all November long, via discounted admission for both the responder and her or his family.
"First Responders with their families can receive $4 off admission and 15% off family memberships," is the deal. "This may include firefighters, police, military, and/or paramedics."
To launch this gratitude-packed, month-long "thank you," there's a special event happening on Saturday, Nov. 3.
A Pasadena fire truck will stop by the Brookside Park museum, and the chance to "(m)eet a firefighter" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will definitely delight many visiting youngsters (and adults, too).
Sparky the Fire Dog and Fire Engine Freddy will also swing by, from 1 to 3 o'clock, to say meet-and-greet visitors.
There are more special events to come during November, including a visiting Pasadena police officer and police K-9 on Nov. 11.
For all of the First Responder Appreciation Month details, call upon the Kidspace event page now.
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November is First Responders Appreciation Month at Kidspace Children's Museum near the Rose Bowl. A Pasadena fire truck will stop by the big kick-off event on Saturday, Nov. 3.
In solidarity with the victims of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue attack, major Jewish organizations have invited people of all faiths to "show up for Shabbat" this weekend.
The American Jewish Committee started the Show Up For Shabbat campaign to increase attendance at Friday night and Saturday religious services as a show of support for Pittsburgh's Jewish community after 11 people were killed in the shooting at their house of worship a week ago.
The Oct. 26 tragedy is the deadliest act of anti-Semitism to occur on U.S. soil to date.
Daniel Elbaum, the American Jewish Committee’s chief advocacy officer, said the Jewish community is taking initiative to send a message that challenges the hate that motivated the Pittsburgh shooting.
“That message for Jews is we’re not afraid, that we won’t go back to those dark times in our history when Jews were afraid to publicly congregate in our places of worship,” Elbaum said. “And we wanted to give an opportunity to our allies, to our friends and all other communities to stand with us, to show their solidarity and say that a crime against one of us is a crime against all of us.”
The movement has attracted the attention of orthodox and reform congregations across the country and world, as well as many politicians and public figures.
The Jewish Federations of North America have partnered to help spread the word.
The Tree of Life will hold their Shabbat services at the neighboring Beth Shalom synagogue, which has enough seating for 1,000 attendees, according to the Boston Globe.
Rabbi Matthew Soffer of Temple Israel of Boston told the Boston Globe his synagogue is expecting about 1,500 people to join its Friday evening Shabbat of Comfort, Community, and Courage service. Soffer also said Boston’s Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Sen. Edward Markey, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Police Commissioner William Gross plan to attend.
For those unable to attend Shabbat in-person, New York City’s Central Synagogue will live-stream its services, starting at 6 p.m. Friday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Prominent political figures and celebrities have also urged people to attend Shabbat service this weekend.
“This weekend, Americans of many faiths are gathering to send a message of strength and unity against the forces of anti-Semitism that continue to exist in this country,” tweeted Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. “We have so much more in common than what separates us.”
When the American Jewish Committee tweeted at “Entourage” actor Jeremy Piven to ask if he would attend services, Piven responded, “It would be an honor.”
The initiative has also spread to Jewish congregations across the pond.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted Thursday that he planned to attend services in his city.
“Places of worship should be sanctuaries and safe spaces,” Khan wrote. “Tomorrow I will be standing shoulder to shoulder with Jewish Londoners for their Shabbat service to show solidarity to the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting last weekend.”
Elbaum said it’s been “truly wonderful” to see how quickly #ShowUpForShabbat resonated with Jewish and ally communities as far away as London, South Africa and Asia.
“We’re hopeful that this is just the beginning of the story, that these relationships that have been rebuilt...can help us address some of the real pressing issues in society and really heal a lot of rifts that our society feels,” Elbaum said.
Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, hopes the campaign shows that the Jewish community and its supporters will not tolerate hate, will remember the innocent lives lost and will celebrate the first responders who saved lives last weekend.
“We come together as a community that will not tolerate hate, will not tolerate anti-Semitism, we will not tolerate racism, we will not tolerate xenophobia,” Silverman said. “We will be resilient, we will be unified and we will be together.”
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A makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
Draping a bulletproof vest over the “Fearless Girl” statue in New York City Friday, a Parkland father sought to spread a bold message: “Fearless Girl” was suddenly #FearfulGirl, protected only by the bulletproof attire she donned.
Manuel Oliver, whose 17-year-old son Joaquin Oliver was killed during the Parkland school shooting in February, placed the vest on the statue in the hopes of promoting sensible gun laws ahead of Tuesday’s elections, according to a statement.
“The Fearless Girl is undeniably brave, but bravery isn’t bulletproof,” the statement read.
Oliver’s organization, Change the Ref, seeks to use urban art “as creative confrontation to expose mass shooting disastrous effects in America,” according to the official Twitter page. The organization tweeted an image of #FearfulGirl with the caption: “She can’t be fearless if she’s afraid to go to school.”
Activist David Hogg retweeted the image, saying “This is America.”
The bronze, 50-inch-tall Fearless Girl statue was installed in front of Wall Street’s charging-bull statue just before International Women’s Day in 2017. State Street Global Advisors commissioned and placed the statue, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Change the Ref” partnered with nonprofit “Fighting Gunfire With Fire” on the project. University of Alabama advertising students MK Holladay, Emeline Earman and Mingyu Jo came up with the idea, which grew into #FearfulGirl, according to the statement.
#FearfulGirl is the latest in a series of projects from Oliver that protest gun violence. Last week, Oliver created a 3D sculpture of his late son to fight blueprints used to print 3D guns.
Fullerton Police Chief David Hendricks, who has been on paid leave since late August amid an investigation into his actions during altercation that also involved a police captain at a Lady Antebellum concert in Irvine, resigned Friday.
A statement released by the city announcing his resignation did not mention the probe. Capt. Robert Dunn will continue to serve as interim chief of the department.
"I am honored to have had the privilege of leading the men and women of the Fullerton Police Department," Hendricks said in the statement. "I am grateful to the City Council and City Manager Ken Domer for the opportunity to serve the Fullerton community as Chief of Police."
Hendricks, who was Fullerton's chief for about a year, has been under criminal investigation over an Aug. 24 confrontation at a Lady Antebellum concert at FivePoint Amphitheatre. Hendricks and police Capt. Thomas Oliveras allegedly got into a scuffle with a pair of emergency medical technicians who were tending to Hendricks' wife during the concert. Hendricks and Oliveras were kicked out of the concert.
No injuries were reported, but Irvine police investigated the altercation and submitted their probe to Orange County prosecutors in late August for consideration of possible criminal charges.
As of Friday morning, no criminal charges against the pair have been announced.
Hendricks started his law enforcement career in Long Beach in 1994 and was a deputy chief with the Long Beach Police Department before being named to his current post in July 2017. He succeeded Dan Hughes, who left for an executive security job at Disneyland.
Hughes left under his own cloud when a former Orange County district attorney's investigator alleged that the ex-chief sent a police sergeant to give then-City Manager Joe Felz a ride home after he crashed his car into a tree on Nov. 9, 2016. The former city manager later took a plea deal on a "wet reckless" count and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service.
Hughes took the job in 2012 from then-acting Chief Kevin Hamilton, who took over from former Chief Michael Sellers, who went on paid medical leave following the officer-involved beating death of transient Kelly Thomas.
Few phrases hold the allure of "behind the scenes," for longing to know how a dramatic production comes together, or a play is staged, or a music-themed show tunes up, is as powerful a feeling as being swept away by the final result.
But behind-the-scenes-y opportunities don't come along all that often, and, when they do, they tend to be one-offs, a single moment tied to a ticket you've already purchased.
But Grand Ave. Arts: All Access has a bigger, more generous, more come-one-come-all vibe to it, which means that, no, you don't need a previously purchased ticket to hop onto a docent-led tour of one of our city's best-known cultural venues.
The only requirement on your part?
Show up, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, and enjoy the many, many, make that super-duper-many happenings at the big, five-hour extravaganza.
So extravaganza-y is this free event that, check it out: Visitors will find to-dos that stretch from Temple to 6th Street, along Grand Avenue, meaning there'll be ample chances to stop and hear live tunes, to see artworks, and to hobnob with other local lovers of the arts.
A big, heart-filling statement about the day, which is being presented by a caboodle of world-class cultural destinations near and along the avenue, says much: "The range and scope of events taking place underscore the diversity and breadth of museums, performing arts organizations, theatres, schools, institutions, and public venues within a five-block area of Downtown Los Angeles."
Oodles of applause for this notion. Oodles.
And further applause is due for the "... live music performances, docent-led architecture tours, family-friendly readings and films, educational opportunities, scavenger hunts, exhibition tours, craft-making activities, and free open-house access to many of the participating institutions."
Goodness, the tide of mind-filling, spirit-lifting sounds and words shall be strong and high and a delight to experience.
Again, this is all free, which is as nice to hear as "behind the scenes." So hop on a tour of a theater or building you love, right there, or join an activity, and soak in the grandeur of this aptly named thoroughfare.
Photo Credit: Will Tee Yang
Dance your way to DTLA on Saturday, Nov. 3 for a bunch of free and mind-growing happenings along Grand Avenue, from Temple to 6th.
Are you so tight with Santa Barbara County, and all of its wineries and restaurants and sublime natural spots, that you feel comfortable referring to it as The SaBarCo?
Okay, no one does, really and actually, but it is true that a person can feel downright chummy with a place they don't even live.
And this particular place is indeed the kind of place that travel bugs daydream about, that they plan weekends around, and, yes, even want to nickname, in that sort of "we're totes besties" kind of way.
And if SarBarCo — er, Santa Barbara County — is your travel daydream bestie go-to getaway, then best get away, first, to Glendale, which is where Santa Barbara County might currently be found.
Well, you're right, Glendale is large, but Santa Barbara County is larger. So, no: There isn't some sort of city-squishing-inside situation afoot.
But Chroma, a travel boutique devoted to Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, Buellton, and Santa Maria Valley, is currently calling upon The Americana at Brand, in Glendale, through Sunday, Nov. 4.
What can you do at this travel-fun pop-up?
You can pick up information on the county and its charming towns, or plan a trip to the area with the on-hand travel concierge, or put in to possibly win a travel package, and, mmm, "savor our regional flavors."
The SaBarCo is, yes, quite the appetizing region, with its devotion to locally sourced eats and all of those grape-perfecting vines found hither and yon.
Do you need a quick Santa Barbara County mind vacation, at least for a few minutes, without really leaving LA? With the possibility that you might actually win a real trip to the not-so-far-off area?
You have through Nov. 4 to giddy-up to The Americana at Brand, which is kindly hosting one of the Golden State's great wine-and-everything regions over the first weekend of November 2018.
Photo Credit: Jay Sinclair
Is this your happy place? Swing by The Americana at Brand, where a getaway-fun boutique, themed to SaBarCo, has popped up. Final chance to see it: Sunday, Nov. 4.
Serious heart events are uncommon among young people, but if one happens, you maybe wondering if your child's school prepared to handle it. One Orange County family whose son died of sudden cardiac arrest is now working to raise awareness about AEDs, and save lives in the process.
It's been six months since Kevin Hogate died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest in his college dorm room. His parents are struggling with the inconceivable loss, and what they miss most about their oldest son.
"He had a good bear hug," his mother Kate said.
His college roommate called 911 and his friends started CPR, but there was no automated external defibrillator, called an AED, in their dorm.
"It would have given him a chance. That's what you're hopeful for, is you just want to give somebody a chance that they might be able to make it," his mom said.
With minimal training, anyone can operate a defibrillator.
The number of AEDs on school campuses in Southern California varies widely from district to district. See this interactive map below. Note: This is a sampling of Southern California districts and not a comprehensive list.
Two years ago, Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana had six of them on campus when a student went down in the weight room.
"She actually went down onto the ground. It was actually one of our athletes who recognized something was going on," Mike Fernandez, the school's athletic trainer, said. "They called 911, began CPR, and security rushed one of the AEDs to the weight room."
The company sent back a note saying the actions of our staff saved the girl's life.
The private Catholic high school now has 10 AEDs on campus. All coaches plus faculty are trained, as well as some students.
"You can see countless stories where an AED was utilized and able to save a child's life," Fernandez said. "We put them in places where most of the activities on campus take place."
But what about public schools? Data obtained by the I-Team shows some states require AEDs in both public and private schools.
In California however, the equipment is only recommended, and efforts in recent years to make them mandatory -- legally -- have failed.
Hogate graduated from Mater Dei High. His younger siblings still go to the school. Which is why the Hogates wanted to advocate for broader use and awareness of AEDs on this campus that's made them so accessible.
"It's not going to save everybody out there, but if it's going to save half the people, why wouldn't you want to have that present?" his mom said.
The Hogates will never forget their talented, kind son, who left his mark with volunteer projects and his artwork, from designing shoes to his own logo that his parents now always wear.
They hope sharing their loss might just save someone else's son or daughter.
The Hogates also want people to understand the importance of having proper documents in place once your children turn 18 to give you access to their medical records. You can read that story here.
Photo Credit: Hogate Family
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Kevin Hogate died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest in his college dorm room.
Remembering and celebrating those who have gone before us, and gathering them near to our hearts, is at the top of many minds as November begins.
And while Día de los Muertos finds an incredible number of moving expressions of the holiday, from concerts to talks to walks filled with calaveras in their most macabre and marvelous finery, finding an array of altars to admire feels like one of the centerpoints of the season.
If only we could follow a trail of orange marigolds to the nearest altar display, we'd always know the way, but if no flowers are dotting your doorstep, worry not: You only need to make a path to Grand Park, in DTLA, to ethereally experience a host of lavish, lovely, and art-amazing altars.
They're on view through Sunday, Nov. 4.
Look for "... 50 altars and art installations created by local artists and community groups that reflect the theme 'Looking to the Past to Build the Future.'"
Self-Help Graphics & Art and Lore Media & Art are partners on the glorious line-up of skull-laden, marigold-gorgeous works.
The price to see these spirit-broadening, time-deepening, eternity-brushing pieces? Totally free.
And if you visit on Nov. 3, during 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you'll be close to another free DTLA favorite: Grand Ave. Arts: All Access, an activity-packed event devoted to the area's cultural bounty.
Photo Credit: Farah Sosa/Grand Park
Enjoy exquisite, marigold-marvelous displays, through Nov. 4, 2018, at the downtown destination.
Several neighbors in one local community were confused and anxious after getting conflicting results about their polling place for the upcoming election.
One woman says she checked on the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder's website and received the location that was listed on her sample ballot, but when she called the County she received a different location.
Another neighbor says she received an email from the County Registrar listing one polling site but after clicking a link, another location popped up.
Officials say polling place changes are not uncommon. They happen in most large elections due to last-minute cancellations. But they encourage voters to contact their office so they can confirm their polling place for Election Day.
The poll locator site can be found here or voters can call 1-800-815-2666.
Provisional ballots are available at polling sites in case a voter arrives at a wrong place.
For a full list of polling places for November, click here.
A voter must know the precinct in which they reside to navigate this page.
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TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 22: Voting booths are setup at the Yuengling center on the campus of University of South Florida as workers prepare to open the doors to early voters on October 22, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Florida voters head to the polls to cast their early ballots in the race for the Senate as well as the Governors seats. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Less than 24 hours after celebrating his 50th birthday, Ronald Broadnax would be dead.
Emergency 911 calls flooded dispatchers.
"There's been a ride-by shootin'," said one caller. "The guy's laying down in the front right now."
Another was a female with a soft voice, "There was gun shots," she whispered. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9!"
It was the middle of the afternoon on February 14, 2018 - Valentine's Day - a day the rest of the country was focused on a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida - and the day Ronald Broadnax was left to die on the pavement outside his apartment complex on Santo Tomas Drive in the Lower Baldwin Village area of Baldwin Hills.
LAPD South Bureau Homicide Detective Armando Mendoza says the spray of bullets broke windows, punctured trees and pierced walls.
"He was standing here speaking with a neighbor," Mendoza says while standing in the same spot outside the main entrance to the apartment complex. "When he was approached by an unknown suspect and shot multiple times."
It's important to note that this apartment complex faces a rather large park - where at this time of the day, just before 1 p.m. - the park had patrons of all ages - potential witnesses that have yet to come forward.
"It's taken a big toll on me, my whole family," says Stefhon Martin. "It shattered me."
Martin says Broadnax was the strong male figure in his life, something he says so few young Black men can say.
Broadnax was not his father by blood, but a father-figure none-the-less.
"He was the one really showing me the right way, not to get involved in the streets and everything," he says. "Not to do the wrong thing, not to follow down the wrong path, he was always telling me I was bright, to stay in school."
Broadnax was a father, a new grandfather and an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Family photos and selfies he posted on social media show him wearing Steeler-gear in almost every one. But those he left behind say he was so much more than that; he was kind and selfless.
"He'd give you the shirt off his back, the last dollar in his pocket," says Stephanie Oliver, Martin's mother. "For this to have taken place for such a good person, there's no answers. Why did this happen?"
That's the question LAPD homicide investigators are trying to figure out.
A $50,000 reward is on the line for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever it was that was brazen enough to kill a man in broad daylight - the day after his birthday - on a day when the country celebrates love - and across from a busy park.
Detectives believe the silence in the neighborhood could mean the killer lives there, too.
"Somebody saw something, somebody knows something," Oliver says, begging for someone to come forward. "It's not gonna bring Ron back, but it will relieve a lot of the pain that we're suffering."
"At some point somebody has to be the bigger person and stand up," Martin says, holding back tears. "And know that what happened was wrong and the person that was taken out was a good person."
Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD South Bureau Homicide detectives at 323-786-5100. Anonymous Tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-222-8477.
Police are searching for the killer of Ronald Broadnax, pictured here.
Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford said she was on a Delta Air Lines flight into Boston Tuesday night when she noticed that a passenger next to her was in distress.
Stanford, who is an African American physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, said she was helping the passenger when her medical credentials were questioned by several flight attendants, even after she showed the flight attendants her medical license.
"She is a highly sought after, highly talented physician," said Dr. Michael Sinha, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. "She has two residencies and two fellowships under her belt."
Shortly after the incident, Stanford sent several tweets about it.
"As a black woman doctor who showed my medical license to help a passenger on DL5935 your flight attendant still did not believe I was a physician," she said in one tweet.
In a statement, Delta said, "We thank Dr. Stanford for her medical assistance on board Republic flight 5935 IN D-BOS, and are sorry for any misunderstanding that may have occurred during her exchange with the in-flight crew."
Sinha is an advocate for gender equity with degrees in medicine and law who works with Stanford through the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
"Myself and a couple of my colleagues really want this to become a national issue and to have this conversation again," he said.
Sinha also said Standford participated in a bias-in-medicine symposium just over a week ago, with her friend, Dr. Tamika Cross — a black OB-GYN who also accused Delta of discrimination in 2016, which sparked the hashtag #whatadoctorlookslike.
After the 2016 incident, Delta stopped requiring attendants to verify medical credentials.
Shilpa Pherwani is CEO of Interactive Business Inclusion Solutions, which works with companies to provide employees with diversity and implicit bias training.
The company is currently working with another major airline to audit its diversity policies.
"Really look at training, that gets to how you are recruiting and hiring," Pherwani said. "How you do career development. How you're giving performance evaluations, feedback, how do you develop your people, is it an equitable environment?"
In another tweet, Stanford said she spoke with Delta, which promised to address the incident and thanked her for being a Sky Miles member. She is unsure whether any further changes will be made.
Delta also said the plane on which the incident occurred is operated by Republic, a Delta Connection carrier.
"We are proud of Dr. Stanford for immediately coming to the aid of an ailing passenger but are dismayed that her credentials and qualifications were questioned," Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter L. Slavin said in a statement.