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    This one we saw coming. 

    After a 2-5 start to the NBA season, it was only a matter of time until Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton was officially put on the proverbial "hot seat."

    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin, that time has come after Lakers President Magic Johnson reportedly "admonished" Walton in a private closed door meeting after a tough two-week start to the season.

    Before the season began, Walton was the betting favorite in Las Vegas to be the first NBA coach to be fired this season.

    Ironically, that honor went to LeBron James former coach, Tyronn Lue, who was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers just six games into the season.

    Now, Lue is the odds on favorite to replace Walton should the Lakers chose to fire him.

    Lue started his career with the Lakers from 1998 to 2001 and is a favorite of James after the duo won the NBA Championship in 2016 together.

    If you haven't read the report, Wojnarowski and McMenamin detail an organization that is frustrated with the team's 3-5 start to the season, and with Walton's inconsistent lineups that have created "discontent among some of the veterans" on the team.

    As for now, James does not appear to be one of the veteran's upset with Walton's rotations as he continues to preach patience after the difficult start to the season.

    At 3-5, the Lakers are off to the worst start to a team with LeBron James on the roster since his rookie season with the Cavaliers. James is no stranger to making coaching changes as he famously had David Blatt ousted after reaching the NBA Finals in his first year, and also questioned Erik Spoelstra in Miami after a slow start in his first season with the Heat.

    What makes Friday's report by Wojnarowski and McMenamin somewhat surprising is that Johnson himself told reporters at a press conference six weeks ago that Walton would not be in the hot seat if they got out to a bad start to the season, saying emphatically, "Don't worry about if we get out to a bad start. We have seen that with LeBron going to Miami, and we have seen that when he came back to Cleveland. He is going to struggle because there are so many new moving parts. But eventually we are going to get it, and we are going to be a really good team."

    Walton himself addressed the rumors at practice in El Segundo on Friday morning saying that he has a "great relationship with management" (meaning Johnson), and that he doesn't believe he is "going anywhere."

    One thing that does not bode well for Walton's tenure as head coach is that he was hired in 2016 by former general manager Mitch Kupchak and president Jim Buss, the brother of Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss.

    Walton was hired originally as a young up-and-coming head coach to lead a budding team, and help develop its inexperienced core in the wake of Kobe Bryant's retirement. Walton is not a handpicked coach by Magic Johnson, who is a vocal supporter of legendary coaches like Phil Jackson and Pat Riley. Even as a player in his heyday, Johnson was very picky with who he wanted to coach the Lakers.

    The Lakers take the court again on Saturday night in Portland against the Trail Blazers before hosting the red-hot Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on Sunday.

    Needless to say, if the Lakers continue to struggle on the court, Walton will not be long for the job, and Lue will be at the top of the rumor list to replace him.



    Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers is on the hot seat after a meeting with team president Magic Johnson.Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers is on the hot seat after a meeting with team president Magic Johnson.

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    If any day of the week was custom-made for playing lawn games in the sunshine, it is certainly Sunday.

    And if any time of the day was fashioned for such listening to live tunes while strolling by pop-up shops, while sipping vino from a line-up of quality wineries, it's the not-too-early, not-too-late afternoon.

    And if any place was ready to party, all in the name of a great cause, it must be Beverly Park, at The Garland in North Hollywood.

    And that location will be the lovely scene of a 2 to 5 o'clock sup-around, relax-it-up happening on Sunday, Nov. 4.

    But the supping and the relaxing and the general-hanging-out-in-the-sunshine vibe of the day isn't the sole focus of The Front Yard Fall Block Party, which is indeed the name of this hobnob.

    It's all to help raise money for the K9 Youth Alliance, "... a nonprofit that seeks to enrich the lives of young people as they help prepare abandoned dogs for permanent homes."

    A ticket ahead of time is $29, or $40 once you're at the door. In addition to your ticket, consider showing with "gently used" towels or yoga mats, too, if you have them to give.

    On the stage? The Cowling Band. On the winery/brewery roster? 10Span Vineyards, Justin Winery, Knee Deep Brewing Co., and Mission Brewery, plus others.

    Shall there be gourmet samplings created by Larry Greenwood, The Front Yard's top toque? For sure, so come prepared for some mid-afternoon snackage of the most stylish order.

    For more, head to the page now, to secure your ticket, to send to an interested friend, and to give-back to a good-hearted organization.



    Photo Credit: The Garland

    Spend a sunny Sunday afternoon sipping, supping, and supporting the K9 Youth Alliance at The Front Yard, at The Garland in North Hollywood.Spend a sunny Sunday afternoon sipping, supping, and supporting the K9 Youth Alliance at The Front Yard, at The Garland in North Hollywood.

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    It's decision time for two Dodgers. 

    Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, and starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, each received qualifying offers of $17.9 million on Friday for next season.

    The qualifying offer is similar to the franchise tag in the National Football League. A team is able to offer a one-year contract (at a predetermined salary based on the mean of the top 125 players) and is given draft pick compensation should the player decline the offer.

    Most free agents who believe their market value is greater than $17.9 million (we're looking at you Bryce Harper) will naturally decline the offer.

    However, others whose value took a hit over the course of the season, often times take the offer like Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson did in 2016 after an injury-plagued season in 2015. That same year, Zack Greinke turned down a qualifying offer and nearly doubled that amount in average annual salary in his new deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    The Dodgers had a deadline of 5:00PM EST on Friday to make the offers, and only Grandal and Ryu were given them. Outside of those two, only five others received offers across the league (Harper, Patrick Corbin, A.J. Pollock, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel).

    Most of those are players are expected to reject the qualifying offers, but Grandal's situation is more complicated.

    Grandal's offense is elite. Each and every year he leads the National League in home runs at his position, but his defense has been less than stellar. For the second postseason in a row, Grandal lost his starting job to Austin Barnes in the playoffs.

    Grandal made $7.9 million in 2018, so an extra $10 million on top of that for 2019, is a significant pay raise. However, Grandal might be frustrated with losing his starting job in the playoffs the last two years, and could seek a deal with another team for less money, just for more playing time. My guess is he declines, and receives a comparable offer on a longer deal.

    Ryu made a base salary of $7 million in 2018 with a signing bonus of $833,333. It's surprising the Dodgers made him a qualifying offer considering how injury prone he's been for the last few seasons. If Ryu was smart, he would take the offer. However, after a sensational end to the season and a string of postseason starts under his belt, it's possible he thinks he can make more on the open market and declines. 

    Both players have 10 days to accept or decline the offers.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The Los Angeles Dodgers offered qualifying offers to catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu.The Los Angeles Dodgers offered qualifying offers to catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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    The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles is low on pet food.

    The SpcaLA is urgently asking the community for donations on wet and dry pet food for dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and rabbits.

    "A full food bowl provides not only nutrition but also the first step toward recovery for neglected and abused animals," says Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. "It is our mission to nurture and protect them and we need the public's help to do that."

    SpcaLA reportedly uses an average of 60,000 pounds of pet food a year. That feeds about 500 animals a day at spcaLA's three pet adoption locations, plus the animals at Long Beach Animal Care Services.

    How to make a donation

    Anyone interested to lend a helping hand and donate to these animals in need, can do so by shipping the donation direct from spcaLA's Amazon Wish List, donating funds or dropping off unopened pet food at any of these spcaLA locations during regular business hours:

    spcaLA Administrative Office

    5026 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles 90016

    Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Phone:  (323) 730-5300 ext 3233

    spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center

    7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach 90815

    Wednesday–Friday from 10:00am to 5:30pm

    Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Phone: (562) 216-2542

    spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center

    12910 Yukon Ave., Hawthorne 90250

    Wednesday–Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm

    Phone:  (310) 676-1149

    Anyone interested in starting a pet-food-drive contact spcaLA at (323) 730-5300, extension 3253 or email them at info@spcaLA.com.


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    Ground control to Major Elon.

    The red Tesla Roadster once driven by Elon Musk that was launched into space during a February test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket has traveled beyond the orbit of Mars, the company said in a tweet on Friday.

    The car and its inanimate driver, dubbed Starman after the Dave Bowie song, have been on a steady course away from Earth since they were included as the payload during a successful test of SpaceX's rocket designed to hoist satellites and equipment into space.

    Musk, who owns both SpaceX and Tesla, included the vehicle in the launch as a "silly and fun" way to bring attention to his companies' accomplishments.

    SpaceX tweeted a photo of Starman's location along with the caption "Next stop, the restaurant at the end of the universe," a reference to the second book in the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series written by Douglas Adams.



    Photo Credit: SpaceX

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    Carpets get rolled up, all the time, after movie premieres, and fancy weddings, and the sort of events that require that the plush flooring be removed after everything winds down.

    But "rolling the carpet up" can also occur, in theory, at various times of the year and following holidays, too.

    And as far as harvest festivals go? It can seem, in many minds, that the carpet has been totally rolled up on anything outdoorsy and harvest-fun by the time the clock strikes midnight on Halloween.

    No news flash is required for what we're about to reveal next, however: November is still a month that sits squarely within autumn, at least in this hemisphere, and it, too, can possess harvest-y pleasures.

    And one such good time is going to pop up, for free, near the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, on Crystal Springs Drive, on Sunday, Nov. 4. 

    So cheers to you, dear Harvest Festival at Griffith Park, as you enter your second annual go-around.

    The afternoon-long affair is made for kids (hello, bounce house and games) and for grown-ups (howdy, craft beer purveyors) and everyone (hi there, food trucks).

    It's on from noon to 4 p.m., which is not actually "afternoon-long," but let's loosely call it that, because with Daylight Saving Time ending on Nov. 4, sundown will be close on the heels of the last revelers to depart the party.

    And nope, this isn't going to be one of the big pumpkin patches of October, so don't think of "harvest" in that sense, but the festival is about being outdoors, with family and friends, in one of the world's great urban parks, while enjoying some of the final warm days of autumn.

    That it is free to enter is sublime. That you should have cash for food or brews is understood. That November can also be a time of harvest happiness should be embraced by all.

    By the by, the brews are being overseen by the LA County Brewers Guild. And the hosts of the festival? The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images/AP

    Craft brews, a bounce house, and other under-the-sun pleasures'll pop up, not far from the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, on the afternoon of Nov. 4, 2018.Craft brews, a bounce house, and other under-the-sun pleasures'll pop up, not far from the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, on the afternoon of Nov. 4, 2018.

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    Makom Shalom synagogue in Anaheim was evacuated Saturday night after someone called with a bomb threat.

    The call came during Saturday services around 7 p.m. Police swarmed the area, but no device was found.

    After about an hour, everyone was allowed back inside and services continued.

    The threat came seven days after the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.


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    Change your clocks, change your smoke detector batteries this weekend.

    As you circle the house Sunday morning changing your clocks back, it's a good reminder to change your smoke detector batteries.

    Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead.

    The National Fire Protection Association provides the following guidelines around smoke alarms:

    • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
    • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
    • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
    • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
    • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
    • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
    • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
    • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
    • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

    For more information contact your local fire department.


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    The e-scooter company Lime pulled some of its scooters from the Los Angeles and San Diego markets due to a battery defect that could lead to the scooters catching fire, the company announced.

    Lime posted a community update on Tuesday saying it had removed certain scooters that used a battery manufactured by the company Segway Ninebot. In several instances, a manufacturing defect could lead to the battery smoldering or catching fire. Segway Ninebot batteries were only used in some versions of Lime's scooters, the company said.

    Lime said it became aware of the issue in August and pulled the scooters from SoCal markets, as well as Lake Tahoe, in response. The Washington Post reports a scooter burst into flames at the company's facility in Lake Tahoe in August, prompting the fire department to respond. Lime did not confirm this report or mention the reported fire in its statement on the battery recall.

    In its statement, the company said all vulnerable scooters had been removed from circulation, though it is investigating a new report of battery issues in a different scooter model.



    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

    Lime-S dockless rental scootersLime-S dockless rental scooters

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    A fire destroyed five businesses in a strip mall in Rowland Heights early Sunday morning. Among the businesses was a veterinary clinic with pets inside. Gene Kang reports for Today in LA on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2018.


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    A fire tore through a strip mall in Rowland Heights on Sunday morning, destroying five businesses, including a veterinary clinic with animals inside.

    The fire broke out at the Colima Center on the corner of Colima Road and Paso Real Ave. at 3:00 a.m. It consumed several storefronts before a force of 120 firefighters was able to knock it down.

    Among the businesses burned to the ground was Colima Animal Hospital. Seven pets, including dogs and cats, were killed in the fire, according to the veterinarian. Some of the pets' owners arrived to the scene Sunday morning and were heartbroken by the news.

    Steve Kang, owner of Masters Realty, told NBC4 his company lost valuable items including computers, keys to properties and important client information.

    Other businesses destroyed include a medical insurance company and a sushi restaurant. The businesses in the center that did not burn down have been deemed too dangerous to enter due to smoke and water damage as well as potential gas or electrical hazards.

    Residents of a nearby mobile home community were evacuated overnight, but the fire was contained before it spread to their homes.


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    "Outlander" is back on Starz and the Frasers are facing new challenges in the 18th century. This time it's on American soil. Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) arrive at another turning point in history - the cusp of the American Revolution. When we last see them, a storm has swept their ship to the Georgia coast and it seems both metaphorically and physically, the slate has been wiped clean and they will get a fresh start.

    But any fan of "Outlander" will tell you, the Frasers won't be so lucky. At least not this season. The TV series is based on a popular book series by author Diana Gabaldon, the first of which came out 27 years ago. Fans have waited a long time to see this story play out, and they know that many dark days are ahead before the Frasers find peace. But we watch it anyway because it has romance, action and time travel and that's a winning combination.

    "This is a season where we really see Claire and Jamie form a true partnership. There isn't any of those, will they or won't they, cliffhangers anymore." Balfe tells me.

    This season, Jamie and Claire find themselves in the middle of a very dark time in American history.

    From Georgia, they make their way to North Carolina and encounter a notorious pirate and smuggler in a fateful meeting that will come back to haunt them. As they start to build their lives together on Fraser's Ridge, they also try to navigate the issues of slavery, strained encounters with Native Americans, and a tenuous loyalty to the British ruling class.

    As much as "Outlander" is a story about the passionate love this couple has for one another, it's also about time travel which makes it even more entertaining. During season 2, Claire went back to 20th century through a stonehenge, had Jamie's baby, and raised her with another man as her father. Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton) is all grown up now and facing her own challenges with her love interest Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin). But a new discovery has Brianna and Roger thinking about following in her mother's footsteps, and going back in time.

    Heughan and Balfe say despite the heavy subject matter in "Outlander" we will see Claire and Jamie have happy moments together.

    Balfe says, "There's a lot of things happening around them that are quite difficult and put them in jeopardy. But as a couple, I think they're in a good place."

    We are rooting for Claire and Jamie as they carve out their own American dream, but know it's a rough road ahead and will be watching every step of the way. "Outlander" season 4 premieres on Starz November 4th.


    Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) - Outlander Season 4Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) - Outlander Season 4

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    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in what she said was her strongest condemnation to date, has called on President Donald Trump to stop his "divisiveness" and try to unify the nation.

    "I don’t particularly respect this President, particularly the things he says, the demeaning, the name calling. I don't like it in a president. I don’t like the divisiveness, I don’t like the result of the divisiveness."

    Feinstein made the comments Sunday during an interview for NBC4's "NewsConference" program. She is running for re-election against fellow Democrat, state Sen. Kevin De Leon.

    While she didn’t blame the president directly for the recent mass shooting at the "Tree of Life" synagogue in Pittsburgh, Feinstein appeared to hold the president responsible for rhetoric she believes feeds into extremism.

    "By the things we say we enable people to do certain things," she said.

    "What you want is to enable people to be good Americans... provide a unifying force... instead he goes to rally after rally of just his own people. I've never seen a sitting president do that, not in my lifetime. What about everybody else?"

    As for working with the administration Feinstein says she will "resist when I must and cooperate when I can."

    Feinstein says her staff is working on a new immigration reform bill that would codify DACA into federal law. She also expressed hope of seeking another assault weapons ban and while saying she opposed government-run health care known as "single-payer" she did advocate for a government option to private health insurance.

    The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein does not believe the partisan vote on Justice Brett Kavanaugh following his contentious confirmation process would damage confidence in future rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    "Kavanaugh is now on the court and he will be judged the way every Supreme Court justice is judged and I think that is fair. And we will watch, and we we'll wait and we'll see."

    If elected, Feinstein, who is 85, would be 91 by the end of her next term. She says she still has the stamina for the job/

    "I work a very long day. I've produced, I get things done. I have a good staff. They work hard, and I work hard. As long as my health and my brain continue on, I would like to continue on."



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    Sen. Dianne FeinsteinSen. Dianne Feinstein

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    The private collection of Neil Armstrong—the first man to set foot on the moon is being sold at Heritage Auctions. The collection has never-before-seen artifacts from Armstrong’s lunar landing.

    Photo Credit: NASA

    Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has fetched more than $7.4 million at auction.Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has fetched more than $7.4 million at auction.

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    This one was ugly.

    The Lakers came out flat on the second night of a back-to-back and the Raptors took advantage, routing Los Angeles, 121-107, on Sunday night at Staples Center.

    Less than 24 hours after they snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers got run out of the gym to start the game, trailing by a franchise record 25 points at the end of the first quarter.

    Toronto led 42-17 after one, and never looked back, leading by as many as 31 at one point in the second quarter. The 42 points were the most allowed by the Lakers this season, and their 17 points were the fewest they've scored this season.

    Toronto systemically took apart the Lakers on both ends of the court with precision passing, tenacious defense, and without the help of Kawhi Leonard who did not play in the game because of injury.

    Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 34 points on 15-of-17 shooting in just 25 minutes. 

    LeBron James scored 18 points for the Lakers in the loss and Kyle Kuzma led the team with 24 points.

    It was the worst loss of the season for the Lakers, and their first double-digit loss of the year. Overall, Los Angeles has lost eight consecutive games to Toronto and are 2-11 in their last 13 games since 2014. 

    Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions…



    Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a Laker foul during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on November 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a Laker foul during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center on November 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    Twelve-year-old Kheris Rogers was always haunted by hurtful words and bullies at her school, but it took four words of her own to heal herself -- "Flexin' in my complexion" -- a skin-love message that's now being represented in different parts of the country and the world.

    Rogers was always bullied in school; kids would always tell her mean things.

    But with the help of her sister, they chose to stand up. Kharis's sister Taylor took to Twitter to post a picture of Kheris, hashtaging them with their grandmother’s mantra: "Flexin’ in her complexion."

    "And yeah, it went viral. And a lot of people were commenting about how they loved her hair, her complexion," said Taylor. "Her confidence really shot up a lot. So she wanted to instil that same kind of confidence in other people."

    Kheris decided she wanted to flex her mind to confront and combat the bullies using words as her weapons in a positive way, and according to Kheris, grandma's words always made her feel more comfortable about herself.

    Now, the expression headlines the family's clothing line, which it started with a $100 loan from her mom and has now blossomed into a six-figure mini-empire.

    Kheris has been noted as New York Fashion Week's youngest featured designer two years running, and big celebrities have also recognized and supported Kheris’s work such as Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Lebron James, and Whoopi Goldberg.

    Kheris now considers herself an advocate against bullying, and she loves speaking to young kids and adults about racism, colorism, and bullying.

    This is a family thing and she has the support from them to continue with her anti-bullying, skin-loving message.



    Photo Credit: KNBC

    Kheris Rogers is combating bullying using her grandmother's mantra Kheris Rogers is combating bullying using her grandmother's mantra "Flexin' on my complexion."

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    Rihanna and Axl Rose over the weekend joined a growing number of musicians who have denounced President Donald Trump's use of their music at his events. 

    Rose, the lead singer of the rock band Guns N' Roses, tweeted Sunday that the band has requested its music not be played at Trump events. 

    "Just so ya know... GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events," Rose said. 

    He later added, "Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent."

    Meanwhile, Rihanna said Sunday her music would not be played for "much longer" following a tweet by Washington Post journalist Philip Rucker, who said her song "Don't Stop the Music" was played at a Trump rally in Tennessee. 

    "It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics," Rucker wrote. "Currently, Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it."

    Rihanna retweeted Rucker, adding, "Not for much longer...me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!" 

    Several musicians have decried the use of their music at Trump's rallies, including Steven Tyler of the band Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and Adele. 

    Pharrell Williams most recently expressed opposition to the use of his music at Trump's events, sending a cease and desist letter to the president and threatening to sue him after he played Williams' song "Happy" at a rally.   



    Photo Credit: Getty Images, File

    Axl Rose (left) and Rihanna have joined a growing list of musicians decrying President Donald Trump's use of their music at his events.Axl Rose (left) and Rihanna have joined a growing list of musicians decrying President Donald Trump's use of their music at his events.

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    A newlywed couple was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash just hours after exchanging vows in Uvalde, Texas, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, officials said.

    The helicopter carrying Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler crashed in a remote area about 15 miles northwest of Uvalde, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The helicopter's pilot was also killed in the crash, FAA spokeswoman Lynn Lunsford said. 

    The circumstances of the crash are unknown, the FAA said.

    The couple's wedding portal on the website The Knot noted their nuptials were taking place on Nov. 3 on Will Byler's family ranch in Uvalde.

    Will and Baille were both seniors at Sam Houston State University, according to The Houstonian, the school's student-run newspaper.    

    Family and friends took to social media over the weekend to share touching tributes to the newlyweds and posted photos and videos showing the happy couple dancing at the reception just hours earlier.

    FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.



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    Will Byler, his wife, Bailee Ackerman Byler died early Sunday morning when the helicopter they were in crashed after their wedding.Will Byler, his wife, Bailee Ackerman Byler died early Sunday morning when the helicopter they were in crashed after their wedding.

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    Was this "drastic" enough?

    Just days after Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson, chastised his head coach Luke Walton in a private meeting, he changed course on Sunday telling three writers from the L.A. Times that Walton would "finish the season, unless something drastic happens."

    Less than 30 minutes after the words came out of Magic's mouth, the Lakers got ran out of the gym by the Raptors in a historically bad first quarter the likes of which Los Angeles had never seen before.

    The Raptors outscored the Lakers, 42-17, in the first frame, the worst margin of deficit in franchise history, dating back to the shot-clock-era, which began in the 1954-55 season.

    Entering the game, the Lakers had never trailed by 20 or more points at any point during the season, let alone after the first 12 minutes of the game.

    "That's a good team, and boy were they ready," said Walton of the Raptors hot start. "I don't know if we were tired from our game last night or what. They jumped all over us. They got in a rhythm and it made it tough to stop after that."

    The 14-point loss was the worst defeat of the season for the new-look Lakers, but it's probably not enough for Magic to hand Walton a pink slip.

    After snapping a 16-game losing streak to the Portland Trail Blazers in Rip City on Saturday night, the Lakers arrived back in Los Angeles in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Meanwhile, the Raptors arrived on Friday night after scorching the Suns in Phoenix. They practiced on Saturday, but were ready, rested, and chomping at the bit to attack the lifeless Lakers as soon as the ball was thrown into the air.

    "In the first quarter we came out sluggish, just like a back-to-back," said LeBron James after the loss. "We got in late and they put it on us. Second, third and fourth, we played Lakers basketball."

    The Lakers outscored the Raptors in each of the next three quarters, but the uphill climb was too much to overcome after the lopsided first frame.

    After the game, Walton said his team would not use the tired legs from the night before as an excuse, but that's precisely the excuse that will keep him in his current position for the time being.

    Magic's pregame words to the press were not necessarily a ringing endorsement of Walton moving forward, and his tepid vote of confidence that he'll last the season should be quelled.

    Johnson should not be making proclamations as to Luke's job either positively or negatively. Simply put, he should state that Luke is the coach and that he supports him up until the day he isn't. Saying that Luke's job is safe barring something unforeseen is only going to throw fuel on the fire, and Johnson knows that.

    During the game, when the Lakers got off to the sluggish start in the first quarter, fans began to boo and groan as the Lake Show went lethargic on offense compared to the Raptors who were getting everything and anything they wanted on the court.

    At one point, fans began to directly point the finger at Walton, yelling, "Come on, Luke! What are you doing?" with some fans even encouraging Johnson to fire Walton at halftime.

    ESPN radio host and famous orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Klapper, who is frequently a participant in the Lakers pregame show, actually called for former Cavaliers coach and LeBron favorite, Tyronn Lue, to takeover in a since deleted tweet. 

    However, the tweet began a thread of comments from fans on Twitter debating who would be the best coach to replace Walton.

    Some voiced their support for Lue, a former Laker, who knows how to coach LeBron as well as the ins and outs of the Lakers organization and championship culture. 

    Others wanted Hall of Famer Jason Kidd, who was fired by the Milwaukee Bucks last season, with current ABC broadcasters Marc Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy getting votes as well.

    For now, it seems like Walton's job is safe and this loss can be chalked up to a sluggish start after the second night of a back-to-back. The 38-year-old will now have two full days to prepare for Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves on Wednesday, a team that just beat them in Minnesota last week.

    Another lopsided loss and we might reach the realm of "drastic" for Walton and Johnson.


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    A 2-year-old little girl died a day before her birthday and her father remains hospitalized after they were struck by a car while crossing a dark street in Whittier Sunday night.

    California Highway Patrol said the father and daughter were crossing Santa Gertrudes Street when a silver Lexus struck them. There is no crosswalk where they were struck and the pair were trying to make it through four lanes of traffic.

    The driver remained at the scene and alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

    A baby seat and a giant stuffed animal were seen at the site of the crash.

    “We always see pedestrians crossing the street because there is not anything nearby where they can cross safety. It’s actually a concern. Whenever I leave, I’m very cautious, because it’s hard to see and a lot of people are always crossing,” neighbor Lori Couch told NBC4.



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    A 2-year-old girl was killed and her father hospitalized after they were struck by a car crossing a street in Whittier Nov. 4, 2018.A 2-year-old girl was killed and her father hospitalized after they were struck by a car crossing a street in Whittier Nov. 4, 2018.

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