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LeBron, this is for you.
LeBron James returned to his Ohio roots on Wednesday night as an opponent of the Cavaliers for the first time in five years.
Unlike his return eight years prior as a member of the Miami Heat, James returned to Cleveland as a champion, as Ohio's native son that returned "The Land," back to the Promise Land.
Now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, James received a standing ovation during pregame introductions, the first time he touched the ball, and then again during a first quarter tribute video played at Quickens Arena during a timeout in the first quarter.
The video showed highlights of James second stint of his career in Cleveland, championship moments, and his work in the community with his I Promise school.
"Thank you for what you did on the court," the titles of the video read. "But we all know it's bigger than basketball."
Knowing LeBron, he loved the recognition of his school and his off the court work in the community, as he is very proud of both efforts.
On the court, the worst team in the NBA (the Cavaliers), played near-perfect basketball in the first half, and led the Lakers 52-49 at halftime. They did not commit a single turnover in the first half, the first team in the NBA to do that this season.
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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers recognizes the fans after the Cleveland Cavaliers honored James during a time-out during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on November 21, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
California is all too familiar with wildfires, the fast moving flames made unpredictable by wind.
Jamming your most precious and necessary possessions into your car, evacuating and waiting, sometimes for days, as firefighters fight and fight and fight to save homes. Then, finally, returning to see what, if anything, remains.
Kat Merrick understands that moment.
She had been evacuated during the Thomas Fire in December 2017.
When she returned, she stood before ash and rubble. Her home was completely destroyed. It was in that moment the reality of her situation hit her.
"When I stood in front of it - okay it's real now," she said.
Now, as families evacuated for the Woolsey fires begin to return home, Merrick warns, "It's not safe to go home until you do the right steps to ensure your safety."
The Thomas Fire took Merrick's hilltop home, and an infection called "valley fever" nearly took her son.
"He almost died," she says.
Jesse Merrick had returned home to help his mom and maybe even bring her some comfort.
"That is where he was sifting," Kat Merrick says as she stands in the shadow of a twisted scorched tree and points to what used to be her basement.
Jesse was searching for an owl figurine, a beloved souvenir Kat had brought home from a trip to Egypt. Merrick says her son was "determined to find the thing that would be special to me."
Despite wearing a mask, Jesse got sick. He presented cold or flu aches and pains. Kat Merrick says doctors struggled to diagnose her son, but that he kept getting sicker.
Finally, a chest X-ray revealed what she calls a "fungal ball" in his lungs. Infectious disease doctors then diagnosed him with valley fever. Valley fever is a regional fungal infection that comes from breathing in spores found in the soil.
Dr. Gail Simpson is the Medical Director of Infectious Diseases at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. She says the risk of valley fever increases when dirt and dust is moved around, especially following earthquakes and wildfires.
Simpson says there are many manifestations of valley fever.
Some manifestations are mild, but in rare cases, valley fever can develop into something serious. Simpson adds, "It can cause meningitis and skin and bone infections."
Symptoms of valley fever include fever, coughing, chest pains, chills, night sweats, headache and rashes.
Simpson says doctors in Ventura are familiar with valley fever and have seen cases since the Northridge Earthquake in 1994.
Valley fever cases have been significantly on the rise in California. The California Department of Public Health recorded an increase of 34 percent over the last year.
Despite the increase in cases, and the impact, Kat Merrick is concerned that the public is not more familiar with valley fever. She says, "We need to educate people, because all of California is dealing with this right now."
While Merrick is still deep in rebuilding her own life, she is urging the growing family of wildfire survivors to take stronger precautions when they return home, by wearing fitted masks, goggles, and rubber coated gloves.
She says, "You’ve got to know the dangers before you expose someone to it."
There are relief organizations that will provide evacuees with safety equipment and training, and even provide knowledgeable volunteers to help.
Dr. Luca Zatraneau thought he had solid evidence to help police track down two men who stole his lab coat, ID badge and medical records from his car.
They were caught in the act on security camera video entering the garage of his Los Angeles apartment.
"I thought this is going to be a slam dunk," said Zatraneau.
It wasn't, and Zatraneau's situation is far from unusual. An I-Team analysis of crime data found that 97 percent of break-ins in Los Angeles over the last five years remain unsolved.
Even when there's clear video of the criminal, an arrest isn't a sure thing.
"It's a challenge to identify the suspect from that video," said LAPD Capt. Don Graham.
Some neighborhoods are clearly hot-spots for car burglaries. The hardest hit areas include Venice, Playa Vista, Larchmont and Mid Wilshire. But North Hollywood is the No. 1 area for car break-ins.
You can use the map above to see how common break-ins are in your neighborhood and how many arrests have been reported. Use the search function to look up your neighborhood.
Map Credit: Esri, a location intelligence firm
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A look at where car break-ins are most common in Los Angeles.
Several stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame suffered damage at the hands of vandals on Tuesday, per Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame.
This time, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Bublé, Ellen DeGeneres and Pharrell Williams’ stars that were targeted. The four monuments were sprayed with black paint.
The stars were cleaned after the incident, but Martinez hopes that the authorities can find the person or people responsible for the vandalism, since that act is considered a serious crime. Security cameras in the area will hopefully help identify the suspect or suspects.
This is far from the first time that stars of the Walk of Fame have been vandalized.
Famously, the star of President Donald Trump was destroyed with a pickaxe, sprayed with spray paint and even had a wall placed around it. The president received the star in January of 2007 for his role in the NBC series "The Apprentice.”
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Michael Bublé is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.
A judge ruled Los Angeles County will remain a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a man who claims an anti-smoking medication was a factor in a psychotic breakdown that led him to gouge his eyes out while jailed in 2014.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy heard arguments Nov. 9 on the county's motion to dismiss plaintiff Michael Shabsis' allegations, then said he wanted to read one more brief submitted on the entity's behalf. He issued his ruling Nov. 13, saying a jury should decide whether deputies knew or should have known that Shabis was in need of medical care after suffering a hip injury before gouging out his eyes.
Shabsis filed his lawsuit in December 2014, alleging that his breakdown occurred “in part or in whole” because he was taking Chantix.
Named as defendants along with Los Angeles County were former then-Sheriff Lee Baca, Chantix manufacturer Pfizer Inc., the University of California Board of Regents, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Dr. Philip Cogen, who worked at Resnick Hospital and allegedly prescribed Chantix to Shabsis.
Murphy previously dismissed Baca as a defendant, saying his presence in the case was “redundant” because Shabsis also is suing Los Angeles County.
The judge also dismissed Shabsis' claims against the UC Board of Regents. The regents are seeking more than $400,000 in attorneys' fees, alleging that the claims against that entity were not brought in good faith.
Shabsis' lawyers maintain deputies in the Twin Towers jail were negligent in not getting their client immediate medical care after he suffered a hip injury, saying his pleas for help were ignored. Shabsis' attorneys further contend that if Shabsis has been assisted with his hip injury right away, he could have been prevented from mutilating himself later. They also allege his civil rights were violated.
Lawyers for the county maintain there is no evidence when Shabsis suffered a hip injury or that his civil rights were infringed upon. Although the judge denied the county's bid to dismiss the negligence claim, he did toss the civil rights violation allegation.
Shabsis says he began using Chantix in September 2013 to break a smoking habit, with a prescription provided by Cogen. Four months later, he says he suffered a psychotic breakdown that led to him to be violent toward his grandfather.
Shabsis was arrested and taken to the Twin Towers jail, where he was put in isolation despite being “in the midst of a severe manic episode,” according to his court papers. He says he became “delirious and delusional” while by himself in a cell.
The pain became so intense and the glare of the lights so disturbing that in early January 2014 Shabsis used “his own hands and fingers to gouge out both his eyes as he believed he was in hell,” according to his lawsuit.
According to Pfizer's lawyers' court papers, since 2009 the FDA-approved Chantix has included a box label warning of possible “serious neuropsychiatric events” that include “worsening pre-existing psychiatric illness and attempted suicide.” The label further warns that the risks of Chantix “should be weighed against the benefits of its use.”
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Police arrested a man at an Atlanta airport Wednesday after he allegedly went on an anti-Semitic rant on an evening flight, NBC News reported.
The suspect was seen on a cellphone video struggling with three officers at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and yelling, "I'm not doing anything!" and "White guy with blue eyes and he was just like Trump — he's a Nazi!"
David Toaf of Washington, D.C., was arrested at 7:57 p.m. local time on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing or hindering an officer, according to police and inmate records. NBC News affiliate WXIA reported that the flight began in Washington.
"Preliminary information indicates that while in flight to Atlanta a male began uttering anti-Semitic words to passengers aboard the aircraft," Atlanta police said in their statement. "When the flight arrived at the gate the male continued the disturbance and refused to provide officers with identification."
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A man was arrested Wednesday at an Atlanta airport after he allegedly went on an anti-Semitic rant on an evening flight, police said.
Lights & nights?
It's more than an easy-to-remember rhyming device: It's the whimsical way that a number of locations around Southern California approach the holidays.
Night? That comes, once a day, for a good long stay, and no spoiler alert is needed. But setting some lights, that are lovely and ethereal and colorful, requires a bit of art, and clever planning, on the part of the place.
And one major place is dipping an enthusiastic toe into the whole "lights & nights" things, this December, or most of December, beginning on the first day of the month.
It's Grand Park, which will shimmer with a “Winter Glow” from Dec. 1 through 25, and that is a glow that may be gandered at, for free, by you and anyone who stops by after sundown during that period.
The large-scale "immersive" event will feature 19 installations that, yes, glow and/or boast some sort of illumination.
A number of artists and art collectives have created pieces for the eye-mazing extravaganza.
Look for "The Wave Pendulum," from Two Bit Circus, which is described in this intriguing manner: "Guests will work together to trigger the initial motion of these suspended pendulum balls, and physics and gravity will evolve the undulating movement."
Other sizable works will also ask for participation, including Aphidoidea's "A Spark of Light," which involves touch sensors and a bouquet of changing hues.
It just may be the bundle-up, go-agog must-do of the season, one that requires no money to visit but plenty of wonder and the desire to be delighted.
Most of us have a store of both, somewhere deep inside, so save some and bring it to Grand Park's new "Winter Glow" from Dec. 1 through 25.
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The "immersive nighttime installation" will add an ethereal dimension to the DTLA destination, from the first day of December right through to Christmas 2018.
A mural was unveiled at the Idyllwild Public Library, honoring the firefighters that protected the Idyllwild community from the Cranston Fire that broke out in July along State Route 74.
Photo Credit: County of Riverside
The Hollywood Christmas Parade: You can't shine a spotlight in Tinseltown without coming across a history-filled building, but what of events that are incredibly long-running? This festive to-do, which always rolls on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, can trace its tinsel-tastic story back to the '20s. And roll again, is shall, on Nov. 25, with hosts like Erik Estrada and Dean Cain, floats, balloons, marching bands, horses, all of those waving celebrities in convertibles, and Santa Claus, too. The parade visits parts of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, too, if you can't find some curb along Hollywood Boulevard. Here's the map.
Festival of Lights: Counting up all of the bulbs at the Mission Inn Resort & Spa in Riverside, once the switch is grandly flipped on this yearly sparkle 'n shine-tacular? No one would dare ask you to, not when there are now 5,000,000 lights involved. The glow is gargantuan, the festive touches are plentiful, from animatronic figures to Victorian carolers, and the landmark hotel will continue to do it up, from opening night on Nov. 23 right on through the holiday season. Fireworks are part of the Nov. 23 event, but you can see the lights, each night, through Jan. 6, 2019.
New Queen Mary holiday fun debuts: If you've chilled out at CHILL in the past, the seasonal happening next to the famous Long Beach landmark, there's a new ebullient extravaganza on the ship, one that has a bit of a historic vibe. Queen Mary: Where Holidays Set Sail opens on Nov. 23, for a multi-week run into early January, and it will deliver an 80-food tree, the Channel of Lights, an ice rink on the sports deck, and a cocoa bar (look for the luscious line-up of cocoa toppings, too). Will Santa make appearances? You bet. Is there a ticket option that includes a tour of the ocean-liner? You bet.
Bob Baker's Nutcracker: The vintage venue that housed puppeteer Bob Baker's celebrated marionettes may have closed, but the string-rocking figures have gone on the road, to new horizons and fresh 'n festive ventures. And one is coming right up, with delay: A take on "The Nutcracker," complete with "over 100 handcrafted puppets," at the Pasadena Playhouse. This blitheful merriment begins to dance on Nov. 24, and it'll frolic right through to New Year's Eve. Take heart, Baker buffs: The marionettes wouldn't miss adding mirth to your season, and they'll do it, during this gleeful go-around, from the Crown City.
Three Stooges Big Screen Event: So it's the Saturday after the stuffing-est, most cranberry-crammed day of the year, and you're hankering for a few guffaws, some chortles, and a dash of levity? Chances are solid that you'll be nyuking it up at The Alex in Glendale, where fans of Larry, Moe, and Curly will once again gather to get gleeful over vaudeville-esque, screwball-laffy comedies of the past. Special guest stars always pop up in the audience, and there are two screenings to choose from, in the afternoon and evening of Nov. 24. No pie-throwing is required, but a $17 ticket to the Alex Film Society gathering will be.
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Santa Claus appears at the past Hollywood Christmas Parade. Spy the Jolly Old Elf, and plenty of celebrities, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
A replica LEGO White House model was unveiled by the National Park Service and White House Visitors Center on Monday.
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Freedom from Facebook, a coalition of organizations calling for stricter regulations on the tech giant, announced Tuesday that it has launched a Facebook ad buy to "offer Facebook employees who feel uncomfortable with recent events to voice their concerns."
Freedom from Facebook spokesperson Carli Kientzle told NBC News that they were able to target the ads using profile information from users who have Facebook listed as their employer.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Freedom from Facebook's recent ad buy.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had reportedly told employees at a company meeting Friday that he will fire anyone who leaks information to the media, according to The New York Times.
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In this May 24, 2018, file photo Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens during the Viva Technology conference in Paris.
Think up all of the places you know that truly gussy it up, each late November and December, in terms of decorating for the holidays.
Your neighbor's house, the one with all eight reindeer, plus Rudolph, on the roof? Yes, that counts. Theme parks? Indeed, and elaborately so. The local mall? Shopping centers do decorate, for sure.
That, of course, depends upon the property, but you can cheerfully count on many decades-old landmarks, the grand doyens of the hospitality industry, to go the dazzling distance where the hanging of the holly is concerned.
Look to the Langham Huntington, Pasadena for such a sophisticated spin on the sparkliest season.
Come the close of the year, a visitor to the hotel, which marked its centennial in 2014 (though its structure's story stretches back even further than 1914), will spy trees, teas, and the special details that flower, like poinsettias, come the holidays.
First up? A Winter Festival, on Sunday, Nov. 25. The late afternoon gathering will raise money for Elizabeth House, "an organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness and abuse in women and children."
It's part of The Langham's Heritage with Heart series. Also included in the three-hour happening? A tree lighting in the Horseshoe Garden, a Santa sighting, and an appearance by the Lythgoe Family Panto. Tickets are available here.
But the festooning of the festive season continues beyond the Winter Festival.
Reservations are open for the popular Teddy Bear Teas, which include puppet shows, storytelling, and, you bet, snapshots with Santa.
Kids can snack on sandwiches made just for them, cookies, cocoa, and other goodies, while the adult guests will be treated to The Langham's Signature Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood.
A donation of a toy? That's the kind-hearted request, so be sure to bring one to the tea, a toy that's unwrapped.
Elegant holiday meals, such as on Christmas proper, are a classic part of the hotel's yuletide observances. New Year's Eve, too, will waltz into the handsome hotel with bells and baubles on, ready to get 2019 started.
For all the details on The Langham Huntington, Pasadena's big and bright Christmas season, head to the hotel's Holiday Events page now.
Photo Credit: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
Grandeur, kid-cute sweetness, and a heart for giving back? The holidays at the historic hotel debut with a Winter Festival, and more merriment to come.
PUTTING A BOW... on the grill of your car? Or wrapping some plastic holly around the handles of your bicycle? Look, it is going to take you some time. It seems like a quick, get-it-done task, the kind of thing you can wrap in under a minute, but after you get the right wrapping wire, and then you decide you want a plaid bow, instead of green... well, you're going to fuss, understandably, over how your vehicle conveys seasonal cheer. But what if you had to decorate a full-on tractor? Or the kind of big-digger you might find at a construction site? That is a calling that will take considerably more time than holly-ing up your bike. And yet? Amazing people do, each and every year, all to bring waves of look-at-that joy to the...
CALISTOGA LIGHTED TRACTOR PARADE: The "ultimate small-town holiday celebration" will roll, chugga-chug, and move forward along Main Street, at a grand and solemn pace, on Saturday, Dec. 1. Prepare to admire, in their fully bulb'd-out forms, "(v)intage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights..." It's something to see, and a different parade experience, if you're solely accustomed to floats and more traditional expressions of a celebratory outdoor procession. The hour-long hoopdidoo begins at 7 o'clock, but you'll want to arrive early, to make sure you can see the merry sights.
THERE ARE MORE FESTIVITIES... during the weekend, so ponder a longer getaway to the spirited wine country hamlet. Details? The blinking, decoration-laden tractors may be found thisaway, lovers of big machinery and big merriment.
Photo Credit: Calistoga Tractor Parade
Mega road vehicles'll sparkle their way through the heart of the wine country town, on the first day of December.
With Black Friday sales beginning on Thanksgiving for many retailers, Walmart and Target are getting the ball rolling with a variety of new events that experts say are intended to draw online shoppers and seize upon the first holiday season without a beloved children's toy haven.
Walmart recently announced its first-ever “Light Up Black Friday” parties in stores at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Walmart also added 30 percent more toys to its brick-and-mortar locations.
The retail giant is hoping to make holiday shopping as convenient as possible for this generation of customers, writing in a press release that with its early sales, festive events and color-coded store maps, "it’s never been easier for customers to shop – and save – at Walmart on Black Friday.”
And Target vowed to organize in-store experiences around the newly added quarter-million square feet of space dedicated to toys across more than 500 stores, according to CNBC. The retailer also promised to host 25,000 hours of in-store events later in the year, with many events allowing children to play with new toys.
Target's executive vice president said that for customers with a top priority of "finding the perfect toy to wrap up and give their little loved ones this holiday, ... We want them to know that Target is here to help."
Both retailers are even deploying staff members throughout the stores to help shoppers beat long lines and check out the customers with mobile devices.
With the increased number of in-store holiday events, some experts say Walmart and Target are trying to combat the growing influence Amazon and other online retailers have over consumers. And playing an important role in their competition with online retailers is their new focus on toy sales during the first holiday season after the closure of Toys “R” Us.
Sridhar Balasubramanian, a professor of marketing and Roy and Alice H. Richards Bicentennial Distinguished Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, said the extensive marketing campaigns are in response to how much Black Friday shopping has changed due to the growing popularity of online retailers.
Crowds have traditionally flocked to stores on Black Friday, waiting in line for hours to get access to long-awaited holiday deals, Balasubramanian said. But Amazon, "the 800 lb. gorilla of the online market," Balasubramanian added, has made those deals available all the time.
“With online [shopping], you lose the sense of shopping at a particular time and at a particular place,” Balasubramanian said. “That convenience is something that traditional retailers have really struggled to recreate.”
In Deloitte’s “2018 Retail Holiday Survey,” 66 percent of customers said they would go shopping online versus 56 percent who said they’d shop in-store. Respondents ranked convenience, free-shipping and time saving as the top three reasons to shop online.
Katrijn Gielens, an associate professor of marketing and Sarah Graham Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, said online shopping has made it increasingly difficult to attract customers into stores. For example, it is easier to avoid the impulse buying of additional items while shopping online.
Gielens added that stores have had to turn to strategies like in-store events to court customers, and targeting toys allow the whole family to get involved in the shopping process.
“Once they’re inside the store you can tempt them with other things and that is the ultimate goal to a certain extent,” Gielens said. “If there’s one type of consumer that is easily tempted, it’s probably children. Ultimately, the parents will pay for it, but it’s also hard to say no to children.”
Balasubramanian said that because children have a different perspective of shopping than adults do and that the in-store experience is more meaningful to young children than online shopping is.
“With children, it is often a ritual to go to the store with their parents and have all the excitement around them — to touch, feel, experience the toys — and then to get something right then and there,” Balasubramanian said. “That makes it fun for the family.”
Balasubramanian said that Walmart and Target’s event-heavy, child-friendly marketing strategies also seem to be an “experiment” to see if they can capture Toys “R” Us’ former customers year-round and increase their presence in the toy market.
“I would certainly expect that some of the traffic from Toys 'R' Us is going to go definitely toward Walmart and Target,” Balasubramanian said. “But it’s not clear to me that given how shopping habits have been shifting that Walmart and Target are necessarily going to capture all of the Toys 'R' Us’ traditional customers.”
Balasubramanian noted that Toys “R” Us went out of business because its toy-only model could not compete with Amazon and other online retailers, who took over “a big chunk of that toy market.” Balasubramanian said, however, that because Walmart and Target’s offerings cover a wide range of categories, their current business “will remain robust” even if they can’t increase their toy sales.
Although Gielens thinks the events could bolster the number of in-store visits on Black Friday, she said “the jury is still out” on whether the strategy would be useful in the long-run. She warned that retailers should not market the events and toys to the point that consumers are distracted from looking through the rest of the store.
Gielens also noted that because these events promote products at lower prices, the stores’ profits might be affected. Gielens acknowledged that the retailers are being forced to take the risk to beat their competitors, but she advised that the companies should organize the events in such a way that they don’t lose money.
“Ultimately, what are [the stores] all trying to achieve: that they don’t lose market share and that they don’t lose their consumer to their competitors,” Gielens said. “But it can accommodate huge costs in that it’s simply not profitable.”
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In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, photo, employees work on the presentation of Christmas trees at a Target store in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Shoppers are spending freely heading into the holidays, but heavy investments and incentives like free shipping by retailers are giving Wall Street pause. Target Inc., Kohl's Corp., Best Buy Co. and TJX Cos. all reported strong sales at stores opened at least a year.
They’re the best of the best. Roggin’s Heroes Thanksgiving is back with the seventh helping of a holiday tradition.
Pull up a chair and join us at the StubHub Center to count the blessings of Southern California’s top high school football stars.
A handful of our alumni have reached the NFL. Our next generation is hungry to fulfill their dreams but they’re even more hungry when it comes to devouring the holiday feast.
Kayvon Thibodeaux wasted no time tackling the turkey. The big defensive end is the top prospect in the nation and has college coaches licking their chops.
It’s a fun and festive atmosphere around our table, even when the guys start bringing up the times they’ve played each other on the field.
There were big hits, big scores and a big scene when one star told another, “wish you the best.”
Some of the country’s best have gathered around our table. But none of them would be here without a strong support system.
Family is the foundation that’s prepared these young men for the bright lights of college football.
When those lights shine on Ryan Hilinski, he’ll be thinking of the brother that helped pave the way for his career. Tyler Hilinski took his own life earlier this year but Ryan’s hope is to give everything he has to make big brother proud.
The boys might have thought the turkey was the main course. But the biggest item on tonight’s menu is an extra large helping of wisdom.
Since we’re at the home of the Chargers, it’s only fitting that Coach Anthony Lynn stops by the shares his experience.
Their minds are unshakably focused on football. But the two-time Super Bowl winner tells them why going outside the game could help them succeed inside the lines.
One more course. It’s time for dessert! And time for a few of these guys to start piling on.
They have plenty to be thankful for this holiday.
And you’ll be grateful after watching our festive football family on Roggin’s Heroes Thanksgiving.
Settling in for a hello, a quick chat, and a keep-forever photo with Santa Claus?
It can be one of those heart-cheering moments, an experience that lifts not only our day, but your week. And it matters not your age, for meeting Santa is an opportunity that remains as fresh as holly, all of a Santa-loving person's life.
And if you know Jolly Old Elf well, and you keep his busy schedule in mind, you likely know that Shogun Santa always makes room during his bustling December days to call upon Little Tokyo.
Which he will again, over two happy weekends: Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, as well as Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23.
Whether you're in the neighborhood for shopping, or simply to enjoy a fantastic holiday lunch at one of the local eateries, or you're just there because you'd never miss the chance to wish Shogun Santa well, make sure you're in the area from 11 a.m. to 3 o'clock.
And, indeed, lines can grow, as everyone loves Shogun Santa. So arriving early is best.
And speaking of "early," there is another celebratory happening afoot in Little Tokyo, this one on the earliest part of the 2019 calendar. Make that the very earliest: The Japanese New Year's auspiciously awesome Oshogatsu Festival will be among the first festivities in Southern California to welcome The Year of the Pig.
Make for Weller Court Shopping Center and Japanese Village Plaza on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 for mochi making, Taiko drumming, and lots more.
Photo Credit: Go Little Tokyo
Stop by and visit with the beloved figure in Little Tokyo.
Wind and rain arrived in Northern California this week, providing welcome relief to a region buffeted by the state's deadliest wildfire and then besieged for nearly two weeks by a dome of thick, noxious smoke, NBC News reported.
Forecasters expected 25 mph winds and rain to blow away the worst of the fallout by Friday. While that would improve air quality, the cleaner air does not mean that the health risks are over. Doctors in Berkeley said that they continued to see a slight uptick this week in emergency room visits, particularly from asthmatics, the elderly and children — groups most vulnerable to polluted air.
Longer-term impacts of such exposure, meanwhile, are little understood. Few studies have been conducted to track the health of people months, and years, after they have been exposed to high concentrations of “particulate” pollution. The emissions are similar to the toxic particles released with the burning of fossil fuels. But fire fumes could pose an additional risk, because they include chemicals released when homes and cars — and their attendant insulation, plastics and metals — burn.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, began last year to recognize how little was known about longer-term impacts of smoke from wildfires. So they launched studies into the impacts of the 2017 Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County and other giant wine country blazes that killed more than 40 people. Scientists are also trying to better understand exactly what is in the smoke that comes from fires in the so-called "wildland-urban interface." When cars and homes burn, along with trees, it means the release of chemicals that went into paint, plastics, insulation and metal.
Photo Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP
Mattelin Bautista and Stephen Penner don masks to deal with the smoke from the Camp Fire that shrouds the state Capitol Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Smoke from the blaze that burned through the Butte County city of Paradise is creating a health hazard that experts say could lead to an increase in serious health problems, especially for children and the elderly.
The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade has been Hollywood tradition since the days of silent pictures.
The parade showcases Hollywood history, local schools, and TV celebrities (not to mention Saint Nick himself) as it kicks off the gift-giving season.
After all, the parade was created to attract Christmas shoppers to Hollywood.
The parade has had an impact in other areas, too. The first year, fir trees were brought in from Big Bear to decorate Hollywood Boulevard.
Afterward, the trees were transplanted onto the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl.
It also gave legendary singer-songwriter and actor Gene Autry a hit Christmas song that is still popular today with "Here Comes Santa Claus."
Although it has had some rough sledding, the annual Christmas Parade has rebounded big time in the last 10 years and is once again a popular tradition for families to either attend or watch on TV via a delayed broadcast.
Learn more about the parade's history in the video above.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was involved in a multi-car crash Friday morning on Highway 24 in Oakland, according to the Oakland California Highway Patrol.
According to CHP, Curry was hit twice when a car spun out and hit him, and then another car rear-ended his black Porsche Panamera. His car was damaged, but Curry, wearing a black hoodie, appears to be doing alright. CHP said the rainy weather in the Bay Area may be to blame for the crash.
A source from the Warriors organization confirmed Curry was involved in a "minor accident" and that he "appears to be OK."
According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Curry arrived at shootaround shortly after the crash to receive treatment for his groin injury.
The two-time MVP is still recovering from a strained groin and has not played since Nov. 8. Curry is averaging 29.5 points and 6.1 assists per game this season.
According to CHP, officers were dispatched to a traffic collision with property damage on westbound SR-24, just east of SR-13, around 8:48 a.m. Afrer they arrived on scene, they found out that Curry had been involved in two "separate property damage only traffic collisions at this location."
"Mr. Curry was driving a black Porsche sedan in the number one lane when a driver in a silver Lexus sedan lost control of their vehicle and made an unsafe lane change from the number four lane to the number one lane, and collided with Mr. Curry’s vehicle," CHP said in a Facebook post. "After the collision, Mr. Curry stopped his vehicle in the center median to wait for assistance. Approximately ten minutes later, while Mr. Curry was stopped in the center median, the driver of a black Honda civic traveling in the number one lane, approaching Mr. Curry’s location, lost control of their vehicle and veered into the center median and collided with the concrete wall and then Mr. Curry’s vehicle."
No injuries were reported or claimed in either traffic collision, CHP said.
According to CHP, no impairment was detected from any of the parties involved and no arrests were made. "Thankfully, everyone walked away uninjured due to everyone wearing their seatbelts," CHP said, adding, "We would like to remind everyone to slow it during inclement weather."
Steph is okay and he arrived at shootaround. https://t.co/WkAVKk6x9o
— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) November 23, 2018
Photo Credit: AP/Melissa Colorado
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was involved in a multi-car crash Friday right before 9 a.m. on Highway 24 in Oakland, according to the Oakland CHP.
The epic time travel love story of Jamie and Claire Fraser continues as the couple starts to build a home in America on "Outlander."
Fans who watched last week's episode saw the plot of land that will become Fraser's Ridge, a central part of the story in the "Outlander" saga. Finally Jamie and Claire will be able to build a nice quiet home together on the frontier! Or will they?
As fans of the show can tell you, nothing is ever that easy for the Frasers. NBCLA's Heather Brooker sat down with stars Sam Heughan and Caitrona Balfe to talk to them about Season 4 of the show and had to ask what advice they would give Claire and Jamie as they start to build a home together.
Both agreed, "A bathroom. Build a bathroom!"
Watch the rest of what they said and catch episode 4 of "Outlander" Sunday, Nov. 25 on Starz.