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    Safe Haven is hosting a gift drive this month for domestic violence survivors. Gifts can be dropped off at 204 North College Street Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, before December 17, 2021. See the gift guide below. From Safe Haven: Safe Haven is excited about this year’s Holiday Season and we can’t wait to provide Christmas presents to our courageous domestic violence survivors in our programs. We are hosting a gift drive which will provide gifts to the kiddos, adults and even a few furry pets we currently serving, strengthening and supporting. If you would like to participate, please drop off your gift to 204 North College St. during normal business hours before December 17, 2021. Please private message us for more details on how to help or call Kim at (912) 259-9255. Thank you so much for your support of Safe Haven. We wish all of you a wonderful and safe holiday season. About Safe Haven: Safe Haven is a program of Citizens Against Violence, Inc.,...
    THE Oppenheim Group has gained national attention thanks to Netflix's Selling Sunset. The real estate company is responsible for selling luxury homes from the Hollywood Hills and Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Bel Air, and Malibu. 2Jason Oppenheim (R) with his brother Brett (L)Credit: Getty Who owns The Oppenheim Group? The Oppenheim Group, was founded by American real estate broker and attorney, Jason Oppenheim. Prior to real estate, the 44-year-old California native worked as a lawyer after graduating UC Berkeley but reportedly left law to follow in his family's footsteps. In 1889, Oppenheim's great-great-grandfather started one of the City’s first real estate companies, according to his bio. As a result of his company's success, he has been able to amass an estimated net worth of $50million. What is the Oppenheim Group's net worth? The Oppenheim Group reportedly sells more that 100 properties a year and is responsible for over $1billion worth of sales with $300million in active listings. At this time, it remains unclear how much the company is worth. more...
    Are you wondering who this season’s College Football Playoff selection committee is? Meet the 13 members of the 2021-2022 CFP committee. Ever since the start of the College Football Playoff with the 2014 season, a group of individuals has acted as the ultimate decision-making body for college football’s postseason play. At the end of the day and towards the end of the season, the College Football Playoff selection committee makes the choices on which four teams will be able to contend for a national title by playing in the College Football Playoff. The selection committee changes periodically. The group that made the decisions back in 2014 isn’t the group that is acting out that same task nowadays. Here are the 13 members of the 2021-2022 College Football Playoff committee.Meet the 2021-2022 College Football Playoff committee membersThe individuals on the selection committee have a wide range of backgrounds. This year, there’s a mixture of individuals that includes former players, a bunch of athletics directors, a college professor, and a variety of other individuals with other titles. Gary Barta: Iowa AD –...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a “rollercoaster of emotions,” with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries. “Is that how you reward science? By blacklisting countries?” Dr. Sikhulile Moyo, a virologist at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, said in an interview Thursday night with The Associated Press. “The virus does not know passports, it does not know borders,” he added. “We should not do geopolitics about the virus. … We should be collaborating and understanding.” Moyo was doing genomic sequencing of COVID-19 samples at his lab in Botswana two weeks ago and noticed three cases that seemed dramatically different, with an unusual pattern showing multiple mutations. He continued studying the results and by early last week, decided to publicly release the data on the internet. Soon scientists in South Africa said they had made the same findings. And an identical case in Hong Kong was also identified. A new coronavirus variant had...
    THREE 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony hit the stage in Los Angeles for the newest Verzuz rap battle. However, during their battle, a fight allegedly broke out between Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, nearly derailing the entire event. 2Bone Thugs-N-Harmony took the stage with Three 6 Mafia for a Verzuz battle What happened at the Verzuz rap battle with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony? On Thursday, December 2, 2021, hip-hop groups Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugz-N-Harmony competed live from the Hollywood Palladium in California. However, things allegedly heated up in the fourth round, ending in a massive brawl, according to video footage shared on YouTube.  After Bone Thugs completed playing the rap song Buddah Lovaz, an altercation ensued on stage. Bizzy Bone allegedly seemed enraged by DJ Paul and Gangsta Boo mockingly slow dancing during his group’s performance. He addressed Three 6 after the song before allowing them to continue, saying: “Hey yo, hey. Before we even get started, you ugly mother******* ain’t fit to be mocking me while I’m on the mother******* stage. Like straight the...
    Aragon football player Ivan Nisa is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Nov. 22-28 after receiving 53.79% of the vote by the deadline at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Wilcox football standout Luther K. Glenn (40.00%) finished second and Clayton Valley Charter basketball player Jeremiah Dargan took third.  Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Nisa, a sophomore, ran for 164 yards on 19 carries to lead Aragon to its first Central Coast Section championship in 27 years, topping St. Francis-Watsonville 38-14 in the Division V final. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Nov. 15-21: Guardian Harper, Benicia football Nov. 8-14: Carsten Peters, De La Salle water polo Nov. 1-7: John Pelletier, Northgate football Oct. 25-31: Nate Escalada, Bellarmine football Oct. 18-24: Patrick Aiello, Heritage water polo...
    (CBS4)– Some of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places include not just one location, but instead a group of 46 bridges. When the railroads removed their train yards, they left behind steel truss bridges. Rather than remove them, city planners often repurposed them as pedestrian walkways. Now, the Colorado Department of Transportation is taking a similar look at bridges across the state, trying to balance the historic nature of these bridges with the growing transportation needs of Colorado drivers. Red Cliff Bridge (credit: CBS) One of those bridges is in Red Cliff, rising 209 feet above the Eagle River. “When you see this bridge, you know you’re in Red Cliff,” said Kathy Heicher, president of the Eagle County Historical Society. “Bridges can tell stories. As artifacts, they can reveal the history of a county, town, or state.” Heicher says that walking under the arches of the Red Cliff Bridge transporters her back to the 1930s, “The Red Cliff bridge is an artifact that came out of FDR’s recovery programs during the Great Depression. That was a time when the federal government kicked...
    Mission San Jose basketball player Haylie Wakayama is the Bay Area News Group girls high school athlete of the week for Nov. 22-28 by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline. Santa Teresa basketball player Alysa Lopez (21.45%) placed second and Los Gatos basketball player Belle Bramer (16.91%) took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Wakayama, a senior team co-captain, scored 27 points as Mission San Jose split with Lynbrook and Clayton Valley Charter. All 27 points came on nine 3-pointers in the two games. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Nov. 15-21: Kendra MacDonald, Mitty volleyball Nov. 8-14: Erin Crane, Heritage tennis Nov. 1-7: Kylie Hoornaert, Prospect cross country Oct. 25-31: Elsa Horciza, College Park water polo Related Articles Polls closed: Bay Area News Group girls athlete of the week...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) criticized the prospects of a government shutdown over vaccine mandates, which are “about making sure we can take on the next phase of the virus.” Warner said, “Nothing would be stupider, with challenges still around the virus, with an economy that’s challenged by supply chains, than for the federal government to be shutting down because a small group of senators are going to say — a small group of senators that, by the way, generally call themselves pro-life, that somehow they want to prohibit vaccine mandates, which…is about making sure we can take on the next phase of the virus. It’s just totally contradictory.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    THREE 6 Mafia is one of the most prolific rap groups in the industry. They were formed in 1991 before catapulting into mainstream success with their debut album four years later. 2Juicy J and DJ Paul are members of Three 6 MafiaCredit: Getty Who are the members of Three 6 Mafia? Three 6 Mafia is composed of members DJ Paul, Koopsta Knicca, Crunchy Black, Lord Infamous, Juicy J, and Gangsta Boo. The squad formed in Memphis, Tennessee as a horror-themed underground hip hop group under various aliases prior to becoming the official Three 6 Mafia.  Three 6 Mafia went adding other members through the years and in 1994, the group added its fourth official member, rapper Koopsta Knicca, whose real name is Robert Cooper Phillips. Following the addition, the group released their first unified release with the mixtape Smoked Out, Loced Out. 2Juicy J also has a solo career as a rapperCredit: Getty Most read in CelebrityPicturedWORRY FOR WENDY Wendy CLINGS to bodyguard & 'struggles' walking after her ‘hospitalization''KILLER' CAUGHT 'Burglar' arrested after 'killing' music icon's wife and shooting HIMSELFSTAR...
    Having a BA or masters in journalism, broadcasting or mass communication isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of applicants to the Oath Keepers — a far-right militia group that, according to law enforcement, played a role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building along with members of the Proud Boys and QAnon. But in an intriguing article published by Rolling Stone on December 2, journalist Tim Dickinson explains why having media or public relations experience is considered a big plus in joining the Oath Keepers. “When joining a right-wing militia,” Dickinson explains, “most members brag about their military credentials, tactical training, or prowess with firearms. But a select group of members in the hacked Oath Keeper rolls touted a very different skillset: pledging to be information warriors for the extremist group.” Presumably, the type of media experience would play a role in how valuable the Oath Keepers would consider an applicant to be. A resumé that included One America News (OAN), World Net Daily, Newsmax, the Gateway Pundit and Alex Jones’...
    THREE 6 Mafia is one of the most prolific rap groups in the industry. They were formed in 1991 before catapulting into mainstream success with their debut album four years later. 2Juicy J and DJ Paul are members of Three 6 MafiaCredit: Getty Who is in the rap group Three 6 Mafia? Three 6 Mafia is composed of members DJ Paul, Koopsta Knicca, Crunchy Black, Lord Infamous, Juicy J, and Gangsta Boo. The squad formed in Memphis, Tennessee as a horror-themed underground hip hop group under various aliases prior to becoming the official Three 6 Mafia.  Three 6 Mafia went adding other members through the years and in 1994, the group added its fourth official member, rapper Koopsta Knicca, whose real name is Robert Cooper Phillips. Following the addition, the group released their first unified release with the mixtape Smoked Out, Loced Out. 2Juicy J also has a solo career as a rapperCredit: Getty Most read in CelebrityPicturedWORRY FOR WENDY Wendy CLINGS to bodyguard & 'struggles' walking after her ‘hospitalization''KILLER' CAUGHT 'Burglar' arrested after 'killing' music icon's wife and shooting...
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – If you love all things Christmas, you need to make sure your holiday plans include a visit to Camp Christmas at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park. Last year, Camp Christmas had to go all virtual but Camp Director Lonnie Hanzon wasted no time in getting ready for an in-person experience this year. Fairy Bar of Camp Christmas at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park on Wednesday. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Work started as soon as last year’s camp closed but Hanzon said it took until about May or June to work out the deal between Lakewood, Hanzon Studios and The Denver Center for Performing Arts to move into the park. “A six acre living museum with 15 historic buildings, six of which you can go through,” is the setting for the camp explained Hanzon. Hanzon started by using all the materials that previously made up Camp Christmas at the Stanley Marketplace in 2019. “We added a few thousand packages, a mile of garland, a few 100,000 lights and more stuff.” (credit: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews...
    Lidl presents its Christmas promotional film at the end of the year. An advertising campaign by Guilhem Machenaud highlights the importance of having a good address to do all your shopping for during the holidays. The title is the music of the ad “There’s a moon tonight” From The Caprice. Little ad for Christmas 2021 Christmas is the time when we tend to run in all directions. Go shopping to prepare New Year’s Eve food, but to find gifts for loved ones, you need to know where to go. Little, A leading partner in mass distribution and a leading partner in terms of quality at the lowest prices, together provide all the products needed for a great holiday. Little movie for the holidays Christmas Takes us to the excitement of this time of year. It features a woman and her son wandering around the Little shelves with their shopping list. They prepare New Year’s dinner with order and order and find everything they need in the brand’s store. They tick off everything they get for the meal....
    MTV The Challenge: Spies Lies and Allies Several stars of “The Challenge” have said in the past that one of the more difficult aspects of filming the show is living in a house with many other people and one former champ opened up about someone who was hard to live with. Warning: This article contains spoilers for the third episode of “The Challenge: All Stars” season 2, which dropped on Paramount+ on Thursday, November 25. After the third episode of “All Stars” dropped on Paramount+, two-time champ Jodi Weatherton joined Tori Deal and Aneesa Ferreira on “MTV’s Official Challenge Podcast” and spoke about the episode, the challenge, and living and working with her co-star Ayanna Mackins. Follow the Heavy on The Challenge Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Jodi Said Ayanna Was the Hardest Person to Live With During Her Time on ‘The Challenge’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jodi MTV (@jodi_mtv) During the episode, viewers saw Ayanna and Sophia Pasquis falling out and Aneesa asked Jodi if that was...
    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee recommended emergency use authorization of Merck & Co's experimental pill to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients on Tuesday. The drug, called molnupiravir, stops the virus from making copies of itself, which prevents it from spreading throughout the body.    Recent trial data have shown that it can reduce the risk of death or being hospitalized for those at high risk of severe Covid by 30 percent. On Tuesday, the Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee (AMDAC) voted 13-10In favor of the drug. The FDA is not bound to follow the advisory group's recommendations but the agency rarely goes against the guidance of the group.  If authorized by the FDA and signed off by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Merck's drug could be the first oral antiviral medication for COVID-19 - and could allow patients to take the drug at home instead of requiring them to go to a hospital for treatment. An FDA advisory committee voted in favor of emergency use authorization of Merck & Co's pill to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients. Pictured:...
    A coalition of major media companies has filed a legal brief in support of former Trump chief White House strategist Steven Bannon as he fights a proposed protective order in court that would keep him from publicizing Jan. 6th documents and information. The media group – which includes CNN, ABC, NBC, plus the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the parent company of the Wall Street Journal – filed a motion to intervene as Bannon's fights the government's proposed order as part of his contempt of Congress case.  The order would severely limit what Bannon can do with the trove of information that the feds must share as part of the normal discovery process and have already begun handing over.  According to a prior government filing, this includes more than 1,000 pages of witness testimony, grand jury material, and even emails from staff for the House Jan. 6th Committee investigating the Capitol riot. The press group argues that the government's proposed order would violate the First Amendment – and takes on the government's own contention that allowing Bannon to...
    New York (CNN Business)The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it is ordering Amazon, Walmart, Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Tyson, Kraft Heinz and several major wholesalers to grocery stores to turn over information in a wide-ranging inquiry examining the causes of empty shelves and surging prices in the United States.The antitrust watchdog is looking into whether supply chain disruptions are creating anti-competitive practices among businesses and contributing to higher prices for consumers. The agency is not seeking this information for any specific law enforcement purposes. Instead, the FTC is sending these orders under a legal provision that allows it to conduct broad studies of competition. The companies have 45 days to respond. These major chains boomed as small retailers had to close up shopThe orders require the companies to turn over internal documents and information about the factors disrupting their ability to attain and deliver goods, increased costs and prices and the steps they are taking to minimize disruptions. The FTC also wants to know how they allocate products among stores when items are in short supply.FTC Chair Lina Khan...
    The Tennessee Dept. of Education is refusing to investigate a far right group’s claims that a second grade curriculum which includes books about Black Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is “anti-American” and “anti-white” – but on a technicality. The Williamson County, TN chapter of the group Moms for Liberty had filed an 11-page complaint with the state, claiming that the “classroom books and teacher manuals reveal both explicit and implicit Anti-American, Anti-White, and Anti-Mexican teaching,” as The Tennessean reports. “The relentless nature of how these divisive stories are taught,” the group’s complaint continues, “the lack of historical context and difference in perspective, and the manipulative pedagogy all work together to amplify and sow feelings of resentment, shame of one’s skin color, and/or fear.” The complaint is signed by the local group’s chairperson, Robin Steenman, who Reuters has called “an Air Force veteran and white mother of three.” It claimed the Williamson County Schools district is violating the law: Steenman also appears to suggest slavery and Jim Crow were “positive achievements, like unity and the overall improvement...
    FALMOUTH (CBS) — We’ve all seen it. You’re smack-dab in the middle of a beautiful place in nature, and you see a piece of litter. Dr. Susan Baur, an 81-year-old avid swimmer, decided she had seen enough trash at the bottom of ponds in Cape Cod, so she wanted to do something about it. About four years ago, she formed a group affectionately called “Old Ladies Against Underwater Garbage”, or “OLAUG” for short. They’ve been pulling trash from some of the 996 fresh water ponds on the Cape ever since. “It’s kind of a treasure hunt for stuff that’s not supposed to be there,” Baur told WBZ-TV. Old Ladies Against Underwater Garbage cleaned up Deep Pond in Falmouth in November 2021. (WBZ-TV) She and her group have pulled all kinds of things out of ponds from golf balls to dog toys to beer cans and Gatorade bottles. The oddest thing she’s ever found? A garden gnome! “A treasure on land ceases to be a treasure when it’s under water,” Baur said. There are a few requirements to consider when joining...
    ZURICH (AP) — New Zealand’s path to the World Cup in Qatar will also start there when the Oceania qualifying tournament that was drawn on Monday is played in the host nation in March. The Oceania games will be closely watched by the United States and Mexico which could yet land in a World Cup playoff next June against the best team from the Pacific region. Qatar was confirmed on Monday by FIFA as the neutral host for the Oceania qualifiers which have been persistently delayed by travel and quarantine restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The March 14-30 schedule for the Pacific region teams “presents the first — and indeed last — opportunity for the preliminary competition to take place,” FIFA said. New Zealand, which previously played at the 2010 and 1982 World Cups, has the region’s most established player in Burnley forward Chris Wood and is strongly favored to win the Oceania tournament. Oceania has no direct entry to the 32-team World Cup. Its qualifying tournament winner earns a playoff game in Qatar on June 13 or 14...
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Nov. 22-28. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Belle Bramer, Los Gatos basketball: Sophomore forward had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in a season-opening 46-30 victory over Mountain View.  Ellie Buckley, Campolindo cross country: Junior ran a time of 18:04.5 over the 3.1-mile course in Fresno to lead the Cougars to the Division III title at the CIF State cross country championships. Buckley was fifth overall in the D-III race as Campo edged Del Oro 109-120....
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances between Nov. 22-28. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Christian Aguilar, Pittsburg football: Filling in for injured started Jaden Rashada, Aguilar completed 21 of 26 passes for 266 yards including the three touchdowns as Pittsburg won its first North Coast Section title in 30 years with a 28-14 victory over Clayton Valley in the Division I final. Ryan Beasley, Dougherty Valley basketball: Scored 44 points and was named player of the game as the Wildcats routed Priory 92-59 at the NorCal Tip-Off...
    Former White House national security adviser and ardent supporter of QAnon, Michael Flynn, allegedly suggested the far-right political conspiracy theory movement is in fact a disinformation campaign orchestrated by the CIA. Flynn publicly pledged allegiance to the right-wing conspiracy group last summer, which first originated on internet message boards.  But in a telephone call that has not yet been independently verified, Flynn, a former adviser to Trump appeared to completely disavow the group as he spoke with pro-Trump election conspiracy theorist and attorney Lin Wood. The man Wood says is Flynn was even heard dismissing QAnon's claims as 'total nonsense.'  Wood recorded and posted it to his Telegram channel on Saturday.    'I think it's a disinformation campaign. I think it's a disinformation campaign that the CIA created. That's what I believe. Now, I don't know that for a fact, but that's what I think it is,' The man said to be Flynn could be heard saying on the recording.   Pro-Trump lawyer and QAnon supporter Lin Wood, pictured, has released a recording of what purports to be a phone call between himself and...
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 US Capitol riot is touting its extensive number of interviews and subpoenas, but a court hearing Tuesday may determine how much lawmakers will eventually be able to accomplish in their probe.Here's what's next and what you may have missed in the investigation:The Trump recordsA three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals will hear former President Donald Trump's latest effort to stop the National Archives from turning over documents from around January 6 to the House. Trumps next January 6 circus looms after Stone and Jones are subpoenaed Trump is claiming executive privilege, but the current White House says that's not his call to make anymore and is happy to assist the investigation. A district court judge ruled against Trump, writing: "Presidents are not kings. And Plaintiff is not President."Read MoreBut the handover is on hold pending the appeal.Roger Stone and Alex Jones get subpoenasThe panel subpoenaed five Trump allies directly involved in planning "Stop the Steal" rallies, including longtime Republican operative Roger Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.Dustin Stockton and...
    Thieves attacked stores all across the country around Thanksgiving and during the Black Friday weekend. Robbers stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and even the life of a California security guard was lost as he tried protecting a news crew that was reporting on the robberies, Fox News reported. (RELATED: ‘It Looks Like The Third World’: New York City Drug Stores Ravaged By Shoplifters) While most of the looters got away, @walnutcreekpd did arrest a few following the flash mob robbery of the Walnut Creek Nordstrom store. #nordstrom #flashmobrobbery pic.twitter.com/LPlrNeiyhg — Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) November 21, 2021 A group of eight robbers armed with sledgehammers came to a Home Depot in Lakewood, California, to steal $400 worth in hammers, crowbars, and other tools which were used in other robberies including a Nordstrom in Walnut Creek, according to Fox News. The robbers allegedly fled the scene in cars that were waiting in the parking lot. Police stopped a car with no license plates and took four people who may have been involved in the robbery into custody, according to...
    ANIMAL actor Bart the Bear II, who appeared in Game of Thrones and Dr Dolittle 2, passed away at age 21. Bart, who acquired quite a long list of acting credits in his career, passed away peacefully at his home in Heber City, Utah. 1The bear passed away this monthCredit: HBO The animal's health had been declining over the past year, The New York Post reported. Bart also appeared in films like Evan Almighty and Into the Wild. He famously portrayed the grizzly that Brienne of Tarth is thrown into a pit with in the third season of Game of Thrones. The massive animal also served as an ambassador to grizzly bear habitat conservation-focused group, Vital Ground Foundation, the group’s co-founders wrote in their obituary of Bart.  Most read in NewsExclusiveTRAGIC END Friend of LA model whose body was dumped at a hospital is declared brain deadSTORE CHAOS At least one person dead after 'being shot in the head' in Walmart parking lotDEADLY FILMING Teen, 13, arrested for shooting dead boy, 5, while making social media videoGUNFIRE ERUPTS Cops shoot...
    Ruben Hayslette and other protesters gather in front of the GEO Group headquarters to speak out against the company that manages private prisons across the United States on May 4, 2015, in Boca Raton, Florida. A researcher from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University has published data at LA Progressive Newsletter detailing the vast sums of cash that private prison profiteers like GEO Group, CoreCivic, and Management and Training Corporation sunk into the 2020 campaign. While Masters of Public Administration graduate student Emma Peca notes candidates and entities from both major parties received donations from GEO Group, the vast majority went to Republicans. “During the 2020 election cycle, GEO gave $818,100 to Republican candidates and affiliated PACs and organizations, and $46,978 to Democratic candidates and affiliated PACs and organizations.” Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University’s Dr. Austin Kocher, a researcher working with Peca, pointed out the individual recipients of GEO Group’s donations during the election season. No surprise who came out on top: xHow much money is private detention corporations like GEO Group funneling into election campaigns? Find out here.https://t.co/DE5nllJkt6 pic.twitter.com/892q5ceoV2— Austin...
    Over the past week, brazen groups of thieves — some tallying as many as 90, riding in caravans with dozens of vehicles, wielding hammers and sometimes guns — have ransacked high-end stores across the Bay Area before racing off with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise. The crimes, some caught on video, have drawn national attention and prompted action from local law enforcement and Gov. Gavin Newsom, who are promising to do a better job protecting retailers. The question police and criminologists are asking now is whether this crime cluster is the sign of a troubling new trend and, if so, what’s driving it and how big an impact it might have on local and national crime rates. David Ball, a Santa Clara University law professor, said the pandemic lockdown, social and civil unrest, and widespread economic displacement have created conditions that need to be studied carefully to answer those questions. “All of those are really extraordinary changes,” Ball said. “We need to be sure that the data we are seeing is signal and not noise. Is...
    Black Lives Matter sparked furious backlash on social media after an anti-Thanksgiving tweet that claimed that Americans were eating their holiday meals on 'stolen land.' On Thanksgiving Thursday the social activism group's official Twitter slammed American's across the country gathering to celebrate the holiday.  'You are eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land,' the group posted from its @Blklivesmatter verified Twitter account, which has 1 million followers.  On Thanksgiving Thursday the social activism group's official Twitter slammed American's across the country gathering to celebrate the holiday When it first launched in 2013, BLM sought to bring attention to and prevent police violence against African Americans 'You are on stolen land. Colonization never ended, it just became normalized,' a graphic with a link to help people find which 'ancestral homeland' they are 'currently occupying' said.  The link was to Native Land Digital, a digital map that allows people to see the indigenous history of the land they currently inhabit.  Discussing Native American people who had their land taken by settlers has become an increasingly popular topic during Thanksgiving, with...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you were roaming the streets near The Grove earlier this week, you may have seen this one for yourself.Korean pop superstars BTS brought out their iconic dance moves and put on an an impromptu performance for fans to promote their hit song "Butter" in the middle of the street.Video captured by a fan showed the group dancing in the middle of a crosswalk.The group was in Los Angeles last weekend for the American Music Awards where they were crowned artist of the year. BTS will be back Saturday for the first of four concerts at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.READ ALSO | BTS super fan who was working to buy tickets gets free entry thanks to SoFi StadiumEMBED More News Videos Imagine being a super fan of one the world's most famous Korean pop groups and then getting free tickets to one of their sold out shows. Well, that totally happened for this Southern California teen.
    A man suspected of being the Zodiac Killer recruited a posse of troubled young men and ordered one to shoot one an enemy dead, it is claimed. Gary Poste is said to have let alleged apprentice Chris Avery watch as he ordered another  unidentified boy to shoot an enemy dead after luring the unidentified man to a remote lake near his home in Groveland, California. 'He just didn’t have a conscience,' Avery said of Poste - the man who was tabbed as the infamous Bay Area killer by a group of 40 private investigators last month.  'He could kill indiscriminately.' Suspected Zodiac Killer Gary Poste (at left) reportedly trained a group of wayward youths how to kill in the decades after his alleged Bay Area killing spree, one alleged mentee has revealed Speaking to the group of independent sleuths, dubbed the Case Breakers, last month, Avery revealed he had served under the alleged serial murderer after he had migrated from San Francisco to Groveland in 1970, following his string of highly publicized killings. 'He couldn't stop after he moved up here,' Avery...
    Benicia football player Guardian Harper is the Bay Area News Group’s boys high school athlete of the week for Nov. 15-21 after receiving 44.36% of the vote by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. De La Salle football player Charles Greer (38.52%) finished second and Campolindo football player Dashiell Weaver took third. Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. Harper made the play of the night to lead Benicia into Friday’s North Coast Section Division III championship game at Windsor. With the Panthers trailing Las Lomas 10-7 with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the sophomore linebacker picked up a fumble and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown, lifting Benicia to a 14-10 victory in the semifinals. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites. Past winners Nov. 8-14: Carsten Peters, De La Salle water...
    In one of the closest votes since we started doing this poll in the spring, Archbishop Mitty volleyball standout Kendra MacDonald is the Bay Area News Group’s girls high school athlete of the week for Nov. 15-21. She had a 94-vote lead at the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday. MacDonald finished with 15,303 votes (35.96%) to place just ahead of Northgate basketball player Tegan Gaines, who had 15,209 votes (35.74%). Miramonte water polo player Meghan McAninch placed third.  Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition. MacDonald, a senior outside hitter, had 10 kills and seven digs in a victory over St. Francis that put Monarchs in the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division title game for the first time since 2017. She had five kills in the championship match loss to Marymount-Los Angeles. Mitty finished 37-8. To nominate an athlete for next week’s honor, email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com by Monday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps.com by coaches/team statisticians for consideration. Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East...
    THE National Dog Show has become one of the most popular Thanksgiving traditions. This year's competition premiered on NBC on Thursday, November 25, 2021, at 12pm local time. 1Claire won the competition for the second time in a rowCredit: Getty Who won the National Dog Show 2021? The winner of the 2021 National Dog Show is a Scottish deerhound named Claire. For the first time in the show's history, the same dog won Best in Show two years in a row. Claire managed to beat over 180 breeds of other dogs for the second time.  "She’s a year older and more sure of herself,” her handler, Angela Lloyd said. The champion dog's registered name is GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser. Most read in The US SunCASHING IN States issue 'surprise holiday cash' up to $1.1k with parents in line for $1.8kOH KHLO Khloe Kardashian gets 'SUED' for sharing pics of Bella Hadid wearing Good AmericanHARD DECISION Teen Mom Kayla has abortion after accidentally getting pregnant with LukeExclusiveGO JO! Inside Teen Mom dad Jo Rivera's $1M real estate empire featuring...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The annual Run to Feed the Hungry returned this Thanksgiving. It drew tens of thousands of participants who raised around $1 million at a time when it’s really needed. It was a race to return to what so many enjoy missed Thanksgiving Day. READ MORE: Beloved Tahoe Park Donut Shop Burglarized Thanksgiving Morning“It feels like it should,” said one man as he finished. The 28th annual Run to Feed the hungry drew more than 26,000 people in person near Sac State after COVID prompted the event to go virtual last year. ‘I motivated him; I set the pace,” said one teen with a group of friends. The fundraiser brought in nearly $1 million for the Sacramento Food Bank.  Every dollar donated equals five meals, but it’s the fanfare and revelry leading up to it that so many enjoy. There were lots of tutus and turkey hats. “This year it’s not raining, but it has rained before and it’s kept me dry — it’s awesome…my own little umbrella,” said one woman with a tray on her head with...
    A few months after the Weinstein affair, the Times Up began launching three hundred Hollywood celebrities to fight gender. Today, that system has been wiped out and discredited. A four-year retrospective of events. 1There is January 2018. Three hundred influential women from Hollywood, theater and the media (Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria or even producer Shonda Rhymes …) announced in a letter to several newspapers that they would launch a movement against sexual harassment and gender inequality. Showbiz and the All American Community. A few days later, several stars wore needles Time is up (Time is up) On the Golden Globes carpet. Almost four years have passed. And the association of the same name born of this feed is in bad shape. Its director, Tina Dizen, has been accused of advising New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s group on sexual harassment complaints. She demanded that he not send a press release in support of her first allegation. He resigned in August, a few days after being elected Democrat. Last week, the group announced a complete overhaul of its operations. Almost all of...
    A Nantucket man reportedly gave President Joe Biden’s motorcade the middle finger as Biden made a stop on Thanksgiving during his stay at billionaire David Rubinstein’s compound. Biden and first lady Jill greeted the U.S. Coast Guard members before retiring to their vacation home on Rubenstein’s island. Biden gave “challenge coins” to Coast Guard members as a way to commemorate their service. The President said to Coast Guard members: I’m not joking when I say I’m thankful for these guys – I’m thankful for them, and everybody, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I’ve watched them in the South China Sea, I’ve watched them in Afghanistan, Iraq. I’ve watched them in South America … Wherever they are.” However, there was “one gentleman standing on his porch giving the middle finger to the presidential motorcade as we neared the coast guard station,” according to White House pool reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs. The Nantucket man’s gesture is symbolic of how many Americans feel about the President and represents a rising discontent with Biden. Conservative stadiums across the country have been chanting “Let’s...
    THERE are many traditions that are celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, from turkeys and cranberries to football and parades. The National Dog Show made its televised debut in 2002, and has been a holiday staple in many homes ever since. 2The National Dog show is aired each year on Thanksgiving DayCredit: Getty Images - Getty What is the National Dog Show? Beginning in 1876, purebred dogs started to be exhibited at the Centennial International Exposition, which was also known as the first official World's Fair to take place in America. From 1879 until 1928, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia put on an annual dog show. Nearing the end of the Great Depression, the club began showing dogs once more in 1932, and have continued ever since. In 2002, the president of NBC at the time, Jon Miller, took the idea of a national dog show to the executives at the company. His idea worked. Millions of viewers tuned in, and the National Dog Show became a family-favorite on Thanksgiving Day. Presented each year by...
    A face 85 million years in the making. When the asteroid struck the ocean off the Yucatan Peninsula 65 million years ago, a rain of molten glass and flaming rocks spread around the planet. The last day of the dinosaurs that populate childhood imaginations, and adult fascination, didn’t drag things out. They were dead in hours. Maybe minutes.  But some time after the ash settled and the fires went out, a small dinosaur stepped from the wreckage. With feathers and a toothless beak, this dinosaur was already a solid member of the surviving dinosaurs that we call “birds.” More than that, this was a heavy-bodied, stout-limbed bird that was more at home on the ground than in the trees. The kind of bird that can fly, but would really just prefer to walk. It was a Galliformes, the group that contains the modern turkey. And that group was already at least 20 million years old. That’s right. The group that includes the bird on your Thanksgiving plate was around not just before the asteroid fell, but long before Tyrannosaurus rex evolved.  The biggest...
    (CNN)An obscure far-right paramilitary group is in the spotlight this week after getting subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. The committee subpoenaed the 1st Amendment Praetorian, a group founded in 2020 that recruits military veterans and former police officers to provide security at right-wing events. Lawmakers also subpoenaed the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, extremist organizations with dozens of members who are facing criminal charges in connection with January 6. The panel said these subpoenas could shed light on how pro-Trump groups planned for violence that day.Here's what we know about the 1st Amendment Praetorian and its ties to January 6. What does their name mean?Read MoreThe group's name and logo invoke ancient Rome and the Praetorian Guard of elite bodyguards and intelligence operatives that protected the Roman emperor. They are one of many far-right groups that appropriate Greco-Roman imagery to promote political violence, according to an analysis from Pharos, a group at Vassar College that studies these historical overlaps. The 1st Amendment Praetorian's website says the goal is to "protect the Republic and anyone...
    Share this: On Nov. 15, 2021, Russia destroyed one of its own old satellites using a missile launched from the surface of the Earth, creating a massive debris cloud that threatens many space assets, including astronauts onboard the International Space Station. This happened only two weeks after the United Nations General Assembly First Committee formally recognized the vital role that space and space assets play in international efforts to better the human experience – and the risks military activities in space pose to those goals. The U.N. First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community. On Nov. 1, it approved a resolution that creates an open-ended working group. The goals of the group are to assess current and future threats to space operations, determine when behavior may be considered irresponsible, “make recommendations on possible norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviors,” and “contribute to the negotiation of legally binding instruments” – including a treaty to prevent “an arms race in space.” We are two space policy experts with specialties in space law and the business of commercial space. We are...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia intends to add far-right extremist group The Base and the entirety of the Lebanese group Hezbollah to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations. Hezbollah’s External Security Organization has been listed as a terrorist organization under Australia’s Criminal Code since 2003, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said on Wednesday. Including all Hezbollah entities as terrorist organizations would make being a member of or supporting those entities a criminal offense. “The group continues to threaten terrorist attacks and provides support to terrorist organizations,” Andrews said in a statement. The Base, which originated in the United States, would become only the second far-right group to be designated a terrorist organization in Australia after the British-based Sonnenkrieg Division was listed in August. The remaining 25 terrorist organizations on Australia’s list are Muslim groups. “The Base is a violent, racist, neo-Nazi group known by security agencies to be planning and preparing terrorist attacks,” Andrews said. “The Base is currently proscribed as a terrorist organization by the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom and is known to have organized paramilitary...
    "Let's all chip in and raise the amount to $17.76. Then they'll really lose their minds," joked Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer. "Wokeness has moved past policing language to quasi-mystical numerology," replied Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle. "Irony is dead. Happy Thanksgiving!" responded Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who also used the occasion to raise funds for his political campaign. Women's March was organized as a liberal response to the presidential election of Donald Trump in 2016. The group sponsored protests with millions of women across the nation, but it was wracked with controversy in 2018 when a co-founder accused the co-chairs of bigotry and demanded that they step down.
    Far right wing columnist and talk show host Dennis Prager is now flip-flopping on his lie that gay men were not treated like "pariahs" during the height of the AIDS crisis, but now he claims Americans refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are the "most hate group since slavery." "There were 4000 "FU Dennis Pragers' just on one tweet last week because I had the chutzpah to say that the unvaccinated are pariahs, the way that gays were during the AIDS crisis," Prager said, as the video below shows. Earlier this month Prager had falsely claimed, "During the AIDS crisis can you imagine if gay men and intravenous drug users, who were the vast majority of people with AIDS, had they been pariahs the way that the non-vaccinated are? But it would have been inconceivable and should have been inconceivable." Prager's lie earned him a "Pants on Fire" rating from Politifact, which among other examples cites "the near-passage of an AIDS quarantine law in California; calls by prominent commentators for banning HIV-positive people from certain jobs or even tattooing them;...
    Dennis Prager dug in on his comparison between unvaccinated Americans and gay men who were pariahs at the height of the AIDS crisis. In a Newsmax appearance earlier this month, the conservative radio host said, “During the AIDS crisis, can you imagine if gay men and intravenous drug users, who were the vast majority of the people with AIDS, had they been pariahs the way the non-vaccinated are? But it would have been inconceivable. And it should have been inconceivable! They should not have been made pariahs. But this is kosher, this is okay.” Prager was immediately called out for his baffling take, and he doubled down with questions like, “Were there government mandates to fire every American with AIDS? Or fire every gay man?” During a recent event for Awaken Church, Prager riffed on how people were blasting him for those tweets, “because I had the chutzpah to say the unvaccinated are pariahs the way that gays were during the AIDS crisis.” He pointed to a “monopoly on victimhood” mentality to claim that’s why people rejected his comparison between...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man was beaten, robbed and dragged from his wheelchair early this month in the Bronx. The disturbing attack was caught on video around 2:30 a.m. on November 8 at the corner of East Tremont and Anthony avenues. READ MORE: Woman Killed When House Goes Up In Flames In Cranford, New JerseyPolice said the 39-year-old victim got into an argument with a woman on the sidewalk, when she and three men started punching him in the head. (Credit: NYPD) READ MORE: Suspect In Custody After 13-Year-Old Shot In The BronxSurveillance video shows one suspect pull the victim out of his wheelchair and continue to wail on him on the ground. Another suspect can be seen taking his backpack, containing his cellphone and $800. Police said the victim suffered pain to his head and body but refused medical attention. MORE NEWS: Drew Barrymore Chats With Chris Wragge About Season 2 Of Her Talk ShowAnyone with information about his attackers is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be...