<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 16 Oct 2017 23:06:12 -0700Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:06:12 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Meet the Retired Cop Who Caught Justin Turner's Homer]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:18:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/keith+hupp.JPG

A Dodgers mega-fan became an overnight sensation after catching Justin Turner's game-winning home run in the second game of the team's National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Keith Hupp was at the game with his son when he made the catch seen 'round the world. The retired police captain from South Gate has been to every Dodger home game this year, plus another 30 or so away games.

The catch, a dramatic, three-run, walk-off home run, happened 29 years to the day of the famous Kirk Gibson walk-off home homer in 1988. But while Hupp is usually a collector of sports memorabilia, he doesn't sell baseballs and often tries to meet the player who knocked one out of the park toward him.

That's what happened Sunday night as Hupp, who says he's caught 18 home run balls in just the last two years, handed the game-winning ball back to Turner.

"This should all be about him," Hupp said of Turner. "He's a fantastic player and a really good person, too. I got to meet him and that was a really fun thing to do. Justin wanted the ball probably more than I did, and it was kind of cool to be able to give it back to him."

Hupp is headed to Chicago next, where he hopes to see his beloved Dodgers sweep the Cubs. With his luck, he'll probably catch a few more homers while he's at it.



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<![CDATA[Frank Sinatra's Rustic Retreat Gets a Price Cut]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:16:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-frank-sinatra-palm-desert-villa-maggio-tn-2.jpg When Frank Sinatra put down roots in a rocky landscape just outside of Palm Springs, he did it his way, designing a rustic retreat fit to entertain a long list of celebrities and dignitaries.

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<![CDATA[Puppy Portraits Help Shelter Pets Find New Homes]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:23:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lulu3+imp1.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[An Up-Close Look at the US-Mexico Border Wall Prototypes]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:16:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/muro17.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[Winchester Mystery House: Film Costume Display]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:51:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/winchestermoviecostumes123.jpg

SARTORIAL CINEMATIC: When you think of the Winchester Mystery House, a few images likely spring to mind. Staircases, for one, are a major visual hallmark of the San Jose attraction, both of the traditional sort, and those stairways that mysteriously lead to nowhere. Victorian-beautiful rooms, the sort seen in mansions from over a century ago, are another common Winchester sight. And the gardens and grounds? The outdoor spaces lend an airy loveliness to a location that's more known for its interior hauntings. But clothing? That doesn't necessarily seem like the first thing you might ponder when it comes to Sarah Winchester's massive home, a home built to house a coterie of restless phantoms. Yet clothing will be one of the main must-sees in the weeks ahead, as the costumes from "Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built" appear on display at the atmospheric abode. True, the movie, which stars Helen Mirren, hasn't yet been released, which makes the peek at some of its elegant Victorian wear all the more insider-y. The release date on the flick is...

FEB. 2, 2018, but you can eye the dresses and suits in the house's Venetian Dining Room now, as of mid-October. Which tour to join, though, to make sure you can visit the display? Here's hauntingly good news: "(A)ll three of our popular tours — Mansion Tour, Expore More Tour, and Hallowe'en Candlelight Tour" pass by the period costumes. Just can't wait for the film? Or perhaps you're a longtime Winchester regular and you're looking for a fresh dimension to your visit? They're on view now, as of October 2017, at a home that's said to be one of the most spirited in America.

AS FOR THOSE CANDLELIGHT TOURS? Due note they're a special seasonal happening, come the fall, so jump on one ASAP if you've wanted to see this fabled casa by night.



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<![CDATA[Masked Robbers Assault Carl's Jr. Employee]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:24:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carls+jr+robbery.JPG

An employee was injured during a robbery at a Burbank Carl's Jr. on Monday.

The robbery occurred around 2 a.m. when two masked robbers entered the restaurant and hit the employee in the head before taking an undisclosed sum of cash.

Before the attack, a surveillance camera captured the suspects strolling along the Verdugo Avenue sidewalk right in front of the restaurant. Inside, an employee could be seen sweeping the floor. Suddenly, the suspects dash across the parking lot and barge through the front door.

After taking the cash, the suspects can be seen running west on Verdugo Avenue. Police say they got into a getaway car, but the camera does not appear to have recorded that.

The employee hurt in the robbery did not require hospitalization, but the suspects face felonious assault charges in addition to other charges.

Both suspects are described as men in their 20s. Anyone with information is asked to call the Burbank Police Department.



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<![CDATA[75-Year-Old Man Rescued After Falling Into Old Septic Tank]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:05:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/171016-ie-sinkhole-rescue.JPG

A 75-year-old man described the moments when he suddenly fell through the ground in his front yard and into an old septic tank below on Sunday.

"It was like an avalanche of dirt caving in on me," Dennis Love said. "The next thing I know I’m under water and I don’t know where I am or what happened."

Love had fallen into an old septic tank under the front yard of his Apple Valley home. He screamed to his wife Sandy Love for help, as he held onto tree roots to keep his head above the contaminated water.

"I knew there was no way I could get him out of there," she said.

As Sandy called 911, she alerted her neighbor and he rushed over with his brother to help.

Charles Baumanns and his brother Matt both laid down and tried to pull Dennis up, but "he was just so exhausted that he couldn’t move."

"He couldn’t grasp onto us," Baumanns said.

The men couldn’t pull Dennis out because the hole was continuing to cave in around him. So when sheriff’s deputies arrived, one of them grabbed a rope.

They were able to put the rope around Dennis' waist to prevent him from slipping farther down into the hole.

After about 45 minutes inside the hole, firefighters were finally able to pull Dennis to safety. He and his wife say they're thankful to those who helped save his life.

"And it makes us feel good to help somebody in a positive way like that,"Deputy Tyler McGee said.



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<![CDATA[Otterly Cute: Otter Pups Born in Santa Barbara]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:25:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SB+Zoo+Otters+Born+3.jpg A trio of Asian small-clawed otter babies arrived to first-time parents Gail and Peeta on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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<![CDATA[True Blue Dodger Fans Smell a World Series Title]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:31:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/true-blue-dodger-fans.jpg Dodger fans are ready to party like it's 1988, when the team last delivered a World Series championship to the city of LA.

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<![CDATA[Fires Test Cellphone Emergency Alert System]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:16:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/10-16-17-Alert.JPG

The fires in Northern California and Orange County have tested an emergency alert system designed to warn people on their cellphones about an emergency.

Some have questioned when the alerts have or have not been sent out.

In the past you would have to be on the radio or watching television to get an emergency alert, but for the wireless emergency alerts, all you need is a cellphone. The system is run by the federal government but local emergency officials decide when to send out these alerts leading to calculated moments of risk and reward.

It is the warning sound that an emergency is happening somewhere near you.

"It's designed to wake you up at 2 a.m. from a dead sleep so that you don't die," said Kate Hutton, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department.

Hutton says these warnings include the "wireless emergency alert" or WEA.

"We have to select how urgent, how certain and how severe the incident might be," Hutton said.

Cell towers are used to target who receives the warnings. Incident commanders designate when the warning is needed. Emergency officials map out where the alerts will go.

One from Orange County called for mandatory evacuations when the Canyon Fire 2 erupted.

"We have to balance what information we include in those alerts so we don't send out undo fear and undo panic, but also that the right people make the right decisions at the right time," Hutton said.

LA city's last wireless emergency alert in August 2016 described an active shooter situation at LAX. There was no shooter but people were sent running.
 
"LAX was a great learning experience for us in terms of how we send out messages and to who we send out messages," Hutton said.

She said they will also be learning from the recent deadly fire in Northern California. No wireless emergency alert was sent out. Emergency officials said they did not want to cause a traffic jam. Their actions were criticized as the fire caught people off guard.

Hutton says traffic is a real concern.

"If you are on a narrow street, coming out of a canyon, there is only one way in and out," she said.

While WEA is good, Hutton encourages people to get on the NotifyLA system. You have to sign up but can get alerts based on your ZIP code. Text a ZIP code to 888777.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Delays as Fire Erupts Near 101, 134 Freeways]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:03:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/toluca+lake+fire.JPG

Traffic was jammed on the 101 Freeway in Toluca Lake after a structure fire erupted near the Cahuenga Boulevard off-ramp Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire on 4500 Cahuenga Blvd within 24 minutes, but the blaze left high power lines exposed to flames, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Department of Water and Power was informed of the problem with power lines.

Commuters were warned to expect delays on the eastbound 101 Freeway. Southbound Cahuenga Boulevard was also closed at the 134 Freeway.



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<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault in Tustin]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:49:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Tustin+Sexual+Assault+1016.JPG

Authorities on Monday were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Orange County over the weekend.

A woman walking down Mitchell Avenue headed towards Red Hill Avenue in Tustin was approached by a man walking in the opposite direction about 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

"Walking toward each other, he puts her on ground, starts to take her pants off. She yells, he takes off running," said Sergeant Sean Whiteley from the Tustin Police Department.

The suspect is described as a white male around 30-years-old. He has a thin build and stands between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall.

At the time of the attack, he was wearing a hoodie which covered much of his face. However, the victim remembered that he had a distinctive red mustache. 

People who live in the neighborhood say it's quiet and safe, but the assault has sparked concern within the community.

"My mom always walks to the store. She feels safe. Pretty much I feel safe walking to the store, but that’s why I’m concerned," said Tustin resident Angie Ramirez.

Police have been checking surveillance cameras in the area in hopes it will give them more clues about the suspect. They say the victim did the right thing by drawing attention to herself and the crime.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are urged to contact Detective D. Nguyen at 714-573-3250. 



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<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball 'Playing For Sure' in Season Opener]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:53:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Lonzo-Ball-Brandon-Ingram-practice-10-16-17.JPG

After taking the day off on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers met for practice on Monday to gear up for their 2017-18 NBA regular season opener on Thursday.

The moment the practice facility doors opened to external eyes, rookie Lonzo Ball appeared on the court playing in a full court scrimmage and seemingly displayed no signs of an ankle injury that had forced the 19-year-old to miss the final two weeks of preseason.

"I'm playing for sure," Ball said with clear confidence regarding his involvement in Thursday's season opener.

Ball admitted that he was rusty from the time on the sidelines and his coach, Luke Walton, echoed that same sentiment. Both referenced the point guard's passing being a bit off the mark. However, the superstar kid ended his practice with a half-court shooting content, which he won, and sounded downright giddy about his first NBA regular season game.

"I'll be ready for Thursday," Ball said after admitting his rusty return to the practice court.

Walton also looked relieved to have his starting point guard back, but the coach offered a balanced view of his rookie's return on Monday: "Lonzo showed why he's going to be really good, but he also showed that he’s been out for a couple weeks with some of the turnovers he had."

Ball and the Lakers don't have too much time to get their house in order, as the team only has two more practices, on Tuesday and Wednesday, and one final shootaround session on Thursday before the lights come up on the Lakers' 2017-18 season and Ball's NBA career.

For Ball and the Lakers' sake, hopefully, that rust falls off sooner rather than later.

Notes: Julius Randle did limited work, mainly getting shots up. The 22-year-old did not take part in the scrimmage. Randle suffered back spasms during Friday's preseason finale. Rookie Josh Hart strained his Achilles during Monday's practice and was scheduled to go for an MRI later on Monday afternoon. Andrew Bogut practiced but did not take part in the scrimmage. Walton said that the Australian big man's availability is still up in the air for Thursday's season opener.



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<![CDATA[Police Bust Indoor Pot Farm in Placentia]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:41:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*213/Marihuana+en+Placentia+2.JPG Placentia police Monday were investigating an illegal marijuana growing operation in an industrial building discovered when it caused a utility pole to catch fire, authorities said.

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<![CDATA['The Brave Little Toaster': 30th Anniversary Screening]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bravelittletoaster123.jpg

The following list is what you typically get when you purchase a movie ticket:

A) a movie ticket.

That much is usually true, though sometimes a beverage or popcorn is thrown in, or a poster, depending upon the venue, studio, and the film's promotion budget.

What isn't included in your ticket, at least, oh, almost 100% of the time? An actual artifact from the film you're there to enjoy, a real piece of its history, something tangible and beautiful and take-home-able, too.

That will not be the case, though, at the 30th anniversary screening for "The Brave Little Toaster," set for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. For every single ticket holder will leave with an original sketch or animation cel from the 1987 animated classic.

Buy a $10 ticket and you'll receive a nifty sketch from the movie. A $20 ticket? You'll be admitted to the screening, and you'll nab both a sketch and animation cel.

Spend thirty dollars and those two neato "Toaster" visuals are yours, plus background art from the film.

And a VIP ticket, for $50, means Donald Kushner, the movie's producer, will sign your cel (you'll also be seated in the VIP section in the balcony).

"Additional artwork" will also be for sale at the theater.

This is all mighty special for cineastes, but the magic of the evening will only grow, thanks to the fact that over a dozen people who worked on "The Brave Little Toaster" will join a Q&A.

Director Jerry Rees, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Ranft and added his voice to the story, will be in the house, as will a talented line-up of layout artists, animators, and voice actors. 

The film, which follows an adventuresome clutch of sentient household objects, was based on a 1980 novella by Thomas M. Disch, as fans surely know, the same fans who've found the film, and fallen in love with it, over the last three decades. 

While some fans have been at the side of "The Brave Little Toaster" since the beginning, other aficionados found it through its connections to a number of creative people who went on to make Pixar so beloved.

So watch Toaster, Lampy, Radio, and the other lovable appliances on the big screen, and take home a sketch, or a cel, or a piece of background art, or all of the above, after departing the TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct. 17.



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<![CDATA[Brown Vetoes Presidential Candidate Tax Disclosure Bill]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:14:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/gov+brown-0627.jpg

California Gov. Jerry Brown late Sunday vetoed legislation that would have forced presidential candidates to publicly share their tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballot.

The bill was aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns if he runs for the White House again in 2020 and to ensure that future candidates will reveal theirs. Trump bucked tradition and did not during his 2016 campaign.

The Democratic governor's action dashed the hopes of bill supporters who hoped California would move forward with the requirements even as similar measures failed in more than two dozen other states.

Brown said in a letter to lawmakers that he worried the proposed law might not be constitutional and that it could have led to other litmus tests for candidates.

"Today we require tax returns, but what would be next?" Brown wrote. "Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?"

Tax returns reveal income sources, charitable giving, exemptions and other financial information.

Trump said he did not want to disrupt an ongoing federal audit of his returns by releasing his. But his opponents and critics argued they would have shown conflicts of interest or that Trump paid little to no federal income tax.

For decades, every major party presidential candidate — except Trump — has released his or her tax returns.

Opponents of the disclosure bill questioned whether it was constitutional, arguing the U.S. Constitution already outlines the qualifications to be president. Democratic office holders, though, have argued that states have the power to determine ballot access.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Inmate Who Walked Away During Canyon Fire 2]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:24:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Armando+Castillo.jpg

Authorities on Monday were searching for a prisoner suspected of walking away from an inmate firefighting crew helping to battle the Canyon Fire 2 near Peters Canyon Regional Park in Orange.

Armando Castillo, 31, was last seen at 4:45 p.m. Sunday before the group of inmates to which he was assigned returned to Prado Conservation Camp in San Bernardino County, according to Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Castillo was serving a five-year sentence in a Yucaipa conservation camp for possession of a firearm and evading police while driving recklessly. Castillo, who was convicted in Los Angeles County and was sent to prison on Aug. 23 of last year, was due to be released and placed on probation next May, according to Khokhobashvili.

Inmates like Castillo earn $1 an hour for fighting fires and get two days for credit for time served for each day they battle a blaze.

Castillo is 5-foot-11 and weighs about 190 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone who sees the inmate should dial 911, or call authorities at (209) 984-5291, ext. 5439, or (909) 797-0196 to provide information on his whereabouts.



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<![CDATA[Missing Couple Found Dead in Embrace in Joshua Tree]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:33:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/8-1-17+Missing+OC+Hikers+in+Joshua+Tree.jpg

Efforts resumed Monday in Joshua Tree National Park to recover the embracing remains of two people believed to be a Southland couple who went missing after departing on a hike in July.

The remains were found Sunday by a search team that included Gilbert Orbeso, the father of one of the missing hikers. Rachel Nguyen, 21, of Westminster, and 21-year-old Joseph Orbeso, of Lakewood, were last seen July 27.

They were reported missing the next day after they did not check out of their Airbnb rental.

"We hope that they can rest in peace now," Gilbert Orbeso told local TV station KESQ Sunday afternoon after helping to discover the remains in a remote area of the park near Maze Loop. "I believed that I was going to find them. I didn't know when. But I had my answer today."

Sheriff's officials tried to recover the remains Sunday but due to darkness, the effort was suspended until Monday morning. Once recovered, the remains will be sent to the San Bernardino County coroner's office to be positively identified.

Orbeso, who has kept up the search effort since the pair disappeared, told the station he and the search team were scaling boulders about two miles from Maze Loop when they spotted the couple's clothing, some water bottles and food wrappers.

The crew followed the trail and saw the remains of two people -- the bodies embracing each other. Orbeso said he had a "sense of relief that we have found them after going a long time on these hikes."

"I feel that we have closure," he said. "And we know we found them. That was our main goal was to find them."



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<![CDATA[California Is 1st to Allow Gender-Neutral Birth Certificate]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:15:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sleeping+baby+generic.jpg

California became the first state to allow a nonbinary gender marker on birth certificates Sunday when Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation backed by San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins.

California is now also the second state in the nation to allow residents to be identified by a gender marker other than "F" or "M" on their driver license. 

Atkins (D - 39th District) introduced the bill, SB 179, also known as the Gender Recognition Act, earlier this year.

a.t. furya who grew up in San Diego is only the fifth person in the country, according to the Transgender Law Center, to obtain court documents that grant “nonbinary” as their legally designated gender.  

Nonbinary means the person does not designate male or female as a gender.  

“Agender for me or not having a gender has been spot on because then I don’t feel like okay like, I’m this, but I’m not really. It fits. I don’t know how else to explain it," said a.t.

Oregon and the District of Columbia recently issued the gender-neutral option on their driver’s licenses.



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<![CDATA[Enchanted: Forest of Light: Tickets on Sale]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:06:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/enchanteddescansopeople9232.jpg

Say the words "holiday lighting display" and just about every listener will instantly conjure up exactly what those words mean, drawing from their own knowledge of what a holiday lighting display typically looks like.

For many people, it's an over-the-top, December-dazzling presentation, one that's all about strings of lights lining every inch of a house's exterior. Some people might also think of those lit-from-within reindeer and snowmen, the plastic assortment. And bright inflatables? They're part of many modern holiday lighting displays, too.

But a new sort of illuminated experience, one that was seasonal in nature, arrived on the Southern California scene at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge in 2016. There were no plastic figures dotting the lawn, nor the sorts of lights you might find framing a garage door, and inflatables? Not a main part, or any part, of the after-sundown scene.

It was Enchanted: Forest of Light, a spectacular that involves a caboodle of colorful lights trained on the oaks and shrubs of the historic gardens.

But some nicely lit tree limbs aren't the only thing visitors found around the mile-long walk through the leafy spread.

A line-up of "large-scale light displays, several of which are interactive..." invited guests to be in charge of the illumination and the sound of particular experiences.

Some of the lights danced and swirled, too, depending on where you were along the walk, and that mysterious garden of brightly glowing tulips? They were one of the social media hits of 2016.

If this nicely novel, deeply outdoorsy approach to holiday lighting intrigues you, and you're tempted by the nature-at-night aspect, know this: General admission tickets are now on sale for the event, which opens on Saturday, Nov. 18 and wraps up on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

Ticket prices run from $28 to $30 for the popular happening.

Also good to note? There are a couple of add-on options, like dinner reservations at the on-site restaurant Maple or Dinner with Santa. Just read everything before making your selection, then get to wrapping your light-loving mind around a subtler, but still pow-packing, take on holidaytime incandescence.



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<![CDATA[Callaway Winery: North Bay Fires Relief Support]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:58:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Vineyard.jpg

LOVE FROM WINE COUNTRY: A stop-by Callaway Vineyard & Winery on a sunny Saturday or Sunday? You might be there to hop on a tour, the kind of behind-the-scenes, info-packed walk-around that provides oodles of information about how vino journeys from vine to glass. You might have designs on stopping by the winery's pretty tasting room in order to try a pinot noir your pal has been raving about or to chat up the knowledgeable employees about what you might add to your bottle bag at check out. Or maybe you're swinging by the Temecula Valley-based estate in order to pick up a few perfect wines for the holidays or a special anniversary or birthday party. If a Temecula visit is in your plans down the road, consider making "down the road" coincide with the second half of October 2017. That's when Callaway has committed to helping out the North Bay fire relief by donating...

A DOLLAR FROM EVERY BOTTLE SOLD: Fall is such a bustling time for Golden State wineries, as oenophiles look to Thanksgiving and holiday parties, so consider a Callaway stop if you're planning to do Temecula Valley before October ends. And stay alert for other winery-based donations and fundraisers to come; they're popping up around the state, with Livermore Valley Leans In and Gallo's million-dollar donation making headlines. And, of course, calling upon the wineries and businesses of the impacted areas of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties in the weeks and months to come, once they've reopened and are again ready to welcome longtime supporters and new fans, will be a major show of support.



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<![CDATA['Twin Peaks' Pop-up Opens on Melrose]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:19:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/twinpeaksmelrose1.JPG

Different dimensions, duplicitous doppelgängers, and delicious cherry pie? 

Those are just some of the things an obsessed viewer could count on seeing in "Twin Peaks," the early 1990s ABC phenomenon that returned, for 18 atmospheric episodes, to Showtime in 2017.

But lookalikes and weird worlds weren't the only things that a fan knew they'd encounter while dipping into the singular, surreal world created by David Lynch and Mark Frost.

One other certainty? Once a mysterious doorway to another dimension shimmered into view, it wouldn't be around for long.

Such is the exact case with the strange dimension that's suddenly appeared at 7505 Melrose Avenue. It's the Double R Diner, a main setting for the supernatural mystery series, and it will only be open from Monday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 22 from noon to 8 each day.

What's inside the "Twin Peaks" Halloween pop-up? Merchandise related to the atmospheric TV phenomenon, like Double R baseball caps, coffee mugs that read "Damn Good Joe," and David Lynch Signature Cup Coffee.

Yummy-looking "Twin Peaks"-themed macarons are available as well, and they're as red as a billowing red curtain from the Black Lodge. Look also for Great Northern keychains and dapper socks that bring to mind a certain chevron zig-zaggy floor.

Costumes recalling various characters from the series will also cameo in the diner, in case you want to give your Halloween outfit a little Lynchian polish.

"Twin Peaks" made a pop-up appearance at South by Southwest in the spring of 2017, an event that drew devotees of Agent Dale Cooper, Audrey Horne, and Laura Palmer to Texas. (Coincidentally, a state that appears in the revival series, which moved beyond the original run's Washington State base.)

Austin wasn't the final stop for this shimmer-into-brief-existence dimensional sphere, though: Melrose Avenue is up next, for seven days, so slip into your bobby socks and your saddle shoes and dance, dreamily, for the "Twin Peaks" diner.

Meanwhile...



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<![CDATA[Threat Prompts Increased Security at Van Nuys High School ]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:47:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Shutterstock_CellPhone.jpg

A social media threat has prompted an increased police presence at a Southern California school.

The person who issued the threat said they wanted to "kill everyone" at Van Nuys High School in a Snapchat direct message. 

The Los Angeles School Police Department was notified of the threat, although school will remain in session on Monday.

Students will notice an increased police presence.





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<![CDATA[2 Entrepreneurs Left Their Successful Careers to Give Back]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/171015-lc-shoes.JPG

In a warehouse in Walnut, California, two sisters carry on a tradition of service which started with a phone call ten years ago. Monica Gonzales and Ann Marie Smith are two Latina entrepreneurs who left successful careers to start working for themselves, with the goal of helping others.

Gonzales was working in the dental field and her sister Smith was working in education when they decided to go into business together, making shoes for girls ... but not just for those who could afford them.

"We're going to donate a pair -- for every pair we sell -- we're going to donate a pair to a child in need and we're going to keep it here in the U.S.," Gonzales said. 

Every year for the past 10 years, their shoe company, Aldabella Scarpa has held a shoe giveaway for the neediest girls in the East San Gabriel Valley -- the same community where they were raised.

"In the past 10 years we've been able to donate thousands of shoes in this country that for the first time are putting their foot in a new pair of shoe and that's the best feeling in the world," Gonzales said.

It's also a chance for the sisters to inspire the next generation.  

"I want kids, especially in our community to say we're two Latinas from La Puente and we get to have an amazing life because we didn't stop at no," Smith said.

After taking kids from tagging on the streets and turning them into urban artists, Smith wasn’t able to find printing companies that would do one design or 12 colors on one shirt.

"I said forget it, we're starting our own printing company." 

They now run Venti Printing, based in Walnut. It was born out of Smith's work with at-risk kids.

The sisters credit their parents for setting the example of working hard and giving back, especially their mother who overcame the challenges of being an immigrant. 

It's a lesson they're now teaching their own children who've started a company called Crazy Amazing Me, which sells socks and shirts. The profits are used to do random acts of kindness. 

The sisters have a goal of giving away 14 million pairs of shoes because that's how many children live in poverty in the United States. 



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<![CDATA[Explosion Rocks Yorba Linda Neighborhood]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:10:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Explosion_Rocks_Yorba_Linda_Neighborhood.jpg

A possible drug lab explosion was the source of a fire in a Yorba Linda neighborhood. Rick Montanez reports for the NBC4 News at 9 on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Small Brush Fire Near Griffith Observatory Extinguished]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:56:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/171015-griffith-fire.JPG

Water drops by fire helicopters combined with the lack of wind allowed firefighters to quickly extinguish a slow-moving brush fire near Griffith Observatory on Sunday evening.

The fire was reported around 7 p.m. near the Observatory Trail, just east of the Griffith Observatory and well above the Greek Theatre, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Seventy-seven Los Angeles Fire Department personnel along with park rangers were able to extinguish flames in steep terrain.


The blaze charred about three-quarters of an acre of medium to heavy brush, fire officials said.

A concert was scheduled at the Greek Theatre nearby, but there were no evacuations and no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Win Game 2 of NLCS in Dramatic Walk-Off Finish]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:30:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-861775246.jpg

Six more wins.

Justin Turner hit a dramatic, three-run, walk-off home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, in thrilling fashion in Game 2 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

Turner hit the second pitch he saw off John Lackey deep over the centerfield wall for the game-winning home run, and sent a sellout crowd of 54,479 into a frenzy as the Dodgers take a 2-0 lead in the series as it shifts to the Windy City on Tuesday.

"I can't even put it into words right now," Turner said after the game. "It's incredible. The most important thing was, obviously, helping us get another win. Hopefully, many, many years from now I'll get to tell stories about it."

Rich Hill and Jon Lester took turns throwing four shutout innings before both teams scored a run in the top of the fifth.

Addison Russell sent an 89MPH fastball from Hill into the short porch in left field for a leadoff homer, and the Cubs led 1-0.

Hill missed his location on the pitch as Dodgers' catcher Austin Barnes clearly wanted the pitch low and outside, but it hung right over the heart of the plate.

"Austin did a great job behind the dish," Hill said of his catcher. "Other than that one pitch to Russell, the ball came out of my hand the way I wanted it to."

In his sixth career postseason start, Hill did not factor in the decision, as he allowed one run on three hits with one walk and a playoff-high eight strikeouts in five innings.

"I wanted to stay out there," continued Hill. "But our bullpen has been doing such a heck of a job, they're the best in the league and they continue to show it." 

Hill has never faced the Cubs—the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2002—in the regular season, but famously faced them in Game 3 of the NLCS last season when he fired six scoreless innings in a 6-0, Dodgers victory.

"There was a lot of learning for us last year. We had a lot of guys who hadn't been in the postseason," Hill said of what he learned from last season's experience. "Now we get to build off of that experience from last year and use it into this year and continue to keep going."

Jon Lester allowed a leadoff double to Charlie Culberson to start the Dodgers half of the fifth inning, and scored three batters later when Justin Turner knocked in the equalizer with an RBI single to right field.

Culberson was placed on the NLCS roster as a last minute addition after All-Star Corey Seager was unable to suit up due to a lower back injury.

In his stead, Culberson is 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.

Lester did not factor in the decision, allowing one run on three hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 4 and 2/3 innings. It was the first time in 21 career postseason starts that Lester failed to complete at least five innings.

"I thought Johnny Lester, we hung with him as long as we could," said Cubs' manager Joe Maddon. "If we had gotten Jonny deeper into that game, then the bullpen usage could be different."

Lester came into Game 4 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals in relief, and made his start on Sunday on three days rest.

Both bullpens threw three scoreless innings of relief, but the difference in the game came down to both managers and both closers. 

Dave Roberts went to Kenley Jansen in the top of the ninth with the game tied at 1-1. Jansen struck out Kris Bryant to start the inning, but then hit Anthony Rizzo on the hand with a 96MPH cut-fastball, ending the bullpens streak of consecutive batters retired at 24.

"They're just executing pitches and they're ready when called upon and they're competing," Roberts said of his bullpen. "Those guys know exactly what they want to do, and they're going out there and executing."

Jansen would get out of the inning, eventually earning his first career postseason win, and the Dodgers would head to the bottom of the ninth. 

"That was the plan," Jansen said of pitching the ninth despite it not being a save situation. "These guys have been doing a tremendous job in the 8th inning trying to mess up to not let me pitch in the 9th [regular season]. So they've helped keep me fresh. We know that this moment's going to come, and we know that I'm going to throw multiple innings, so I was ready for it."

Instead of opting for closer Wade Davis, Cubs' manager Joe Maddon stayed with LHP Brian Duensing who walked Yasiel Puig to start the inning. 

"I just needed him [Davis] for the save tonight," said Maddon about his decision not to bring his closer into the game. "He had limited pitches. So if we had caught the lead, he would have pitched. That's it."

Two batters later, Maddon went to 39-year-old John Lackey over Davis, despite the fact that Lackey had never made back-to-back appearances in relief in his career. 

"He was going to pitch the next inning, too, and the righties were coming up right there," continued Maddon on why he went to Lackey. "I liked him a lot on the first guy, Taylor."

Lackey walked Chris Taylor before allowing the game-winning home run to Turner. 

"Once that walk occurred, all bets were off against Taylor," concluded Maddon. "Nobody is a great matchup against Turner, so it just did not work out."

After an MLB-best 47 comebacks in the regular season, the Dodgers have completed three comebacks in the postseason, including two straight in the NLCS.

Since the League Championship series expanded to seven games in 1985, only three of the 28 teams that lost the first two games of the series came back to win. The Royals in 1985, the Cardinals in 1985 over the Dodgers, and the Red Sox, who rallied from an 0-3 hole to beat the Yankees in 2004.

History Repeats Itself:

There have only ever been two walk-off home runs in Dodgers postseason history. Justin Turner's on Sunday, and Kirk Gibson's iconic pinch-hit walk-off home run against the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Ironically, (or maybe destiny), Gibson's dramatic home run that immortalized Vin Scully's voice as Gibson limped around the bases occurred exactly 29 years ago today.

"One of my earliest memories was being at my Grandma's house and watching that game and watching Gibby hit that homer," said Turner of hitting his first career walk-off home run of his career 29 years to the date as Gibson's.

Up Next:

The series shifts to Chicago where RHP Yu Darvish will start Game 3 at Wrigley Field opposite RHP Kyle Kendricks at 6:01PM PST.



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<![CDATA[3 People Shot in Suspected Road Rage Incident ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:59:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/171015-panorama-city-shooting.JPG

Three people were wounded Sunday in a suspected road rage incident in Panorama City, police said.

Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission division responded to a shooting call around 5 p.m. on Woodman Avenue and Cantara Street.

Three men in a pick up truck were shot at by someone in another vehicle. The three victims were taken to a nearby hospital and are in stable condition. 

The shooter's vehicle is described as a dark colored Toyota RAV4 or Honda Pilot.

It was not immediately clear what led up to the shooting.




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<![CDATA[Bolts Battle Back Against Raiders in Oakland]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:13:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Melvin+Gordon+Chargers.jpg

The Chargers found a way down the stretch thanks to timely running by Melvin Gordon, and a game winning field goal by Nick Novak for the 17-16 win over the Raiders. 

The Bolts captured their second win of the season, as Philip Rivers took over at his 8 with 4:09 remaining and launched two long passes by Hunter Henry that moved Los Angeles into field-goal range. Head coach Anthony Lynn showcased good clock management skills, keeping the ball in the hands of Gordon five straight times. 

The Chargers running game looked to be more consistent as Melvin Gordon could dominate, as the Raiders have allowed 124 yards rushing per game. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr returned after missing only one game with a fracture in his back. 

The Chargers best defensive duo, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, have been a lot for offenses to handle as they have a combined 13 sacks on the season. 

Chargers Trevor Williams picked off Carr for the 31-yard return. Rivers was unable to find any offensive rhythm in the first half. Nick Novak missed a 48 yard field goal, as the Bolts missed out on a golden opportunity to take a significant lead in the opening quarter. 

Carr lead the Raiders down the field, that set up a 23-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree for the 7-0 lead.

The Bolts defense appeared to be thrown off by Carr's decision to throw the ball.

The Bolts have been outscored 50-7 in the opening quarter this season through six games. 

The Raiders defense neutralized the Bolts offensively, especially during third down conversations in the first half.

However, with under two minutes remaining in the first half, the Bolts offense decided to have a sense of urgency as they capped off an amazing drive with a one yard touchdown by Gordon. 

After a crucial pass interference penalty on Jahleel Addai kept the Raiders drive alive, Carr immediately went into a hurry up offense, that brought Oakland to the 26-yard-line.

A few plays later, Oakland settled for a 44 yard field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio and the 10-7 halftime lead. 

Bolts rookie wide receiver Mike Williams played just three snaps on offense in the first half, and was not targeted.

Williams made a huge catch in the fourth quarter for a 15 yard gain, that later set up a Gordon six yard touchdown run for the 14-10 lead.

After a scoreless third quarter, Oakland took the lead on a 47-yard end-around by Cordarrelle Patterson, but Carr's play was still not enough to carry them to victory. 

Rivers finished 25-for-36 for 268 yards and one touchdown. Gordon ran for 83 yards and currently has seven touchdowns on the season.

Carr finished 21-for-30, for 171 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss.



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<![CDATA[Rams Remain Undefeated on the Road]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:03:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/RamsJags.jpg

The Los Angeles Rams scored not one, but two touchdowns on special teams as they came from behind to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-17, on Sunday in North Florida. 

Pharoh Cooper got things started when he returned the opening kickoff 103 yards to help put the Rams in sole possession of first place in the NFC West.

Later in the first half, the Rams blocked a punt and retruned it for a score as they overcame a 14-10 deficit to take a 24-14 lead into the half.

After scoring just 10 points against the Seahawks at home last week, the offense rebounded behind running back Todd Gurley who had 116 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Quarterback Jared Goff was 11-for-21 for 124 yards and a touchdown. Robert Woods led all Rams receivers with five catches for 70 yards. 

Rookie Leonard Fournette set the tone for the Jaguars when he broke open the game with a 75 yard rushing touchdown, his sixth touchdown on the ground this season.

Entering Sunday's game, Fournette had rushed for 465 yards in five games. He finished with 130 yards in the game, giving him a total of 595 yards through six games, just a yard shy of averaging over 100 yards per game.

The Rams remain undefeated on the road this season, improving to 3-0 away from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Greg Zuerlein's 29-yard field goal with 2:32 remaining in the game, helped seal the victory.

Blake Bortles lost an opportunity to tie the game in the final quarter when he fumbled the ball on one play and threw an interception on the next.

Bortles finished 23-for-35 with 241 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Rams defensed sack Bortles five times in the game and Nickell Robey-Coleman came up with the interception for the Rams secondary.

Los Angeles is currently on an 11 day road trip as they will remain in Jacksonville this coming week, before they depart to London to face the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.



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<![CDATA[33 Years: LA Walks to End AIDS]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:29:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/171015-la-aids-walk.JPG

In its 33rd year, the AIDS Walk Los Angeles tradition continued on Sunday as droves of Southern Californians walked the city's streets in support of AIDS awareness. Starting on the stairs of downtown City Hall, organizations, groups and individuals alike cheered with enthusiasm while carrying "AIDS Walk" and "ALPA Health" signs as they strolled through the city.

Known as the world’s first walk to fight an epidemic, the event is meant to encourage millions to donate in order to raise funds to combat HIV and AIDS.

The funds are also raised as a "vital lifeline that sustains APLA Health’s prevention, care, and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in Los Angeles County," according to the LA AIDS Walk website

Although the walk has become tradition, supporters helped remind that the message of AIDS awareness is still fresh.

"We have to remind everybody that it’s still out there. Let’s fix this. You can’t just take a pill and be okay. It’s a terrible, horrible thing,” said Bob Stromberg who has been volunteering with the AIDS Walk for 26 years.

Some other supports walked in memory of those lost, like Mary Kretzmar who was holding a sign in dedication to her friend Mary Niver, who died of AIDS in 1995.

"We don’t have a cure yet and everybody needs to join us out here instead of sitting at home. They should be walking with us to find a cure," said Kretzmar.

Showing a political presence, the Los Angeles City Controller, Ron Galperin, was in support at the walk with a message for the masses as a collective instead of individually.

"It’s important that we fight AIDS. We make sure that everybody gets tested. We make sure that everybody who needs medication has it both here in Los Angeles and throughout the world," he said.

The AIDS Walk consistently brings out a diverse crowd of thousands of people year after year. It was undoubtedly a success once again this year and supporters like Stromberg will make sure 2018’s AIDS Walk will be just as successful. 

If you missed the AIDS Walk this year, there’s still an opportunity to donate directly to the cause here.



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<![CDATA[2 Bodies Discovered in Joshua Tree National Park]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:45:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/8-1-17+Missing+OC+Hikers+in+Joshua+Tree.jpg

Two bodies that were found in a remote region of Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday are believed to be a pair of hikers from Southern California who have been missing since July.

Hikers discovered the bodies Sunday afternoon and notified park rangers. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is now investigating.

Family believes that the bodies may belong to two California State University, Fullerton students who have been missing since July 27.

The pair went on a hiking trip to Joshua Tree and haven't been seen since.

The bodies have not yet been identified by the coroner's office. 




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<![CDATA[Rent is Going Up in SoCal in the Next 2 Years: Researchers]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:23:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*128/LAgenerics+Los+Angeles+downtown+skyline.jpg

The average rent on an apartment in much of Southern California will rise by at least $100 over the next two years, University of Southern California researchers predict.

The projection, part of the USC Casden Multifamily Forecast, is based off an analysis of rents, housing supply and population growth in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties, reports NBC4 media partner KPCC.

Because of the low housing supply in Southern California, landlords are fetching high rents on their apartment units, the researchers found. While construction permits have rebounded, they're still falling short of the housing demand in SoCal.

"Though multifamily construction permits are back to pre-recession levels and have provided some relief, population and employment growth are driving up demand faster than new inventory can hit the market," said Raphael Bostic, interim director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, which released the Multifamily Forecast.

By 2018, the average rent in LA County will rise to $1416, up from $1307 in 2015, the researchers found.

While more renters are becoming homeowners around the nation, renters in California aren't able to buy homes as easily.

Read more at KPCC.



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<![CDATA[All but 2 Lanes to Close Overnight on 5 Freeway]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:04:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/03-22-2017-traffic-la-generic-1.JPG

Only one lane will remain open in each direction on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway between L.A. and Orange counties during overnight hours, starting Sunday, Caltrans said.

The 5 is in the midst of a $96 million widening project, and crews will need room to pour concrete along the new median, officials said.

The lanes closures will last from 10 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday, and will be in effect for both directions between the San Gabriel (605) Freeway and Florence Avenue, officials said.

Motorists were advised to use the 91 and 605 freeways to avoid heavy traffic anticipated in the closure area, and drivers heading from the East L.A. Interchange heading to Orange County can avoid anticipated congestion at the 605 Freeway by using the 710 Freeway south to the 91 east, or even the 405.

The 5 Freeway, opened as U.S. 101 in the mid 1950s, is being widened from its original 6 lanes to up to 12 lanes, between the 605 and the Orange County line.

In Santa Clarita, crews planned to realign southbound Interstate 5 traffic onto new concrete this week. That will eliminate a "split lanes" arrangement where traffic was split onto two parallel detours, as the freeway there is rebuilt, Caltrans officials said.



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<![CDATA[Ball Girls Who Survived Las Vegas Massacre Return to Stadium]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:13:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/Zambrana+and+Moore.jpg

Some stories just put things in perspective.

On October 1, 2017, just after 10:00PM PST, a shooter opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, from his perch atop the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino.

Over 500 people were injured and 58 people lost their lives in the largest mass shooting in modern American history. 

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the five-time National League West Champion Dodgers had ended their season with the best record in baseball, and were anxiously awaiting to find out their opponent in the NLDS.

Little did the team know, two of their family members were amongst the 20,000 in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. 

Despite never stepping between the baselines, Christina Zambrana, 27, and Amy Moore, 26, both former collegiate softball players, have made a major impact on the Dodgers' 2017 season.

You probably don't know their names or faces, but chances are, if you've been to Chavez Ravine this season, you've seen them sitting on buckets with wearing Dodger jerseys and gloves on their hands.

They are the Dodger ball girls and throughout the season have made multiple highlight reel catches in order to protect fans from oncoming foul balls.

In addition to their duties during the game, they also have formed relationships with the players as they warm up the outfielders between innings. 

One of those players is star right fielder Yasiel Puig. 

Puig has gotten to know Zambrana over the course of the season and often warms up with her in right field. Once he heard that she and Moore were at the concert in Las Vegas, he immediately asked Dodgers officials for her number so he could text her to see if she was alright. 

Puig told NBC4 before Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday that he texted with the girls once he found out about the shooting and they texted him back that they were OK. 

Later, Puig would become the player of the game as he would hit his first career postseason home run and also knocked in the first run with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

Puig is off to a sensational start to his 2017 postseason campaign, but for Moore and Zambrana, they make their postseason debut on Sunday in Game 2.

After the shooting, they were given the NLDS off and will return to Dodger Stadium for the first time to work Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Cubs.

Exactly two weeks to the day their lives changed forever.

Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times was the first to write the tale of the ball girls in his column earlier this week.

According to the two girls interview with Plaschke, they literally ran for their lives after they heard the gunshots, hiding under a table, holding each other's hands until they could run to safety.

"We were just running for our lives," Moore told the LA Times. "We knew if we didn't get out of there, we were just going to die." 

The harrowing tale continued as Moore had to drag Zambrana around a metal fence before she was crushed by a herd of concertgoers running for the exits and for their lives.

Later, Moore lost her shoes and Zambrana carried her on her back to safety.

"We thought, 'Is this going to be it?'" said Moore. "It sounded like we were on a gun range. It was right on top of us."

Their story of survival is as horrifying as it is heartwarming. After running for their lives beneath a hailstorm of bullets, the two girls began to help others who had been injured or shot.

"People getting shot all over the place, blood everywhere, I just kept saying, 'C’mon, c’mon, go, go, go,'" Moore said. "It could have been us. It was like we were protected by angels."

Moore comforted victims as they waited for ambulances to arrive, and Zambrana removed her belt and used it as a tourniquet on the wrist of a victim who had been shot.

Puts things in perspective, huh?

While most would assume that baseball is the last thing on the minds of Moore and Zambrana right now, the two girls believe that returning to the baselines of Dodger Stadium is just what they need in order to begin to heal.

"It will be like normal," Zambrana said. "It will be healing."

When they take the field on Sunday, we imagine it will seem almost surreal. From fleeing for your survival, unaware of whether or not you may live or die, to 55,000 screaming fans hinging on every moment of the Dodgers and Cubs as if their own survival was dependent on the outcome.

One thing is for certain, they will be comforted and cheered by both fans and employees alike, for their bravery and courage on that terrifiying night.

Oh, and Yasiel Puig will be their to greet them too. 

"I'm excited to see them again and give them a hug," he said.

In addition to Puig, the team has been excellent in their response to their two family members who survived the shooting. 

Moore and Zambrana are just two of six total ball girls who protect fans from foul balls on the baselines throughout the season, but once the Dodgers heard they were affected by the tragedy, they immediately reached out to them to offer comfort and support. 

According to Plaschke, the team sent out personalized get-well videos from players, autographed jerseys and team gear, even a handwritten letter from Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts.

"They're part of our family," said Dodgers' chief marketing officer, Lon Rosen. "They're important to us, important to our players and fans. We're very excited that they can come back and participate on Sunday."

"We’re not very high on the totem pole," Moore said. "We're only ball girls, some people don’t even know our names. But the support from the Dodgers has been overwhelming."

Moore is excited to return to Dodger Stadium for the NLCS, and is expected to wear her No. 88 jersey, a number that is apropos considering the last time the Dodgers went to the World Series was in 1988.

It will be their first time in front of a large crowd since the shooting occurred, but we have a feeling their bravery and courage, plus the adrenaline of the day, will get them through. 

But at the end of the day, Plaschke said it best:

"They are mourning over the bloodshed they witnessed, keenly thankful for the blessings they have been given and more excited than ever for October baseball and the eternal hope it holds for nine innings of life."



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<![CDATA[Kevin de Leon Announces Challenge to Sen. Feinstein]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:39:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-580951026.jpg

With an email and video claiming credit for infusing progressive politics into California's Legislature, Senate Leader Kevin de Leon on Sunday announced he will challenge fellow Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein as she runs again next year.

De Leon, 50, would be the first Southern Californian to sit in the Senate in a generation, should he defeat Feinstein, who at age 84 is approaching the end of her fourth six-year term.

The Democrat is seeking to outflank Feinstein from the left, as she has positioned herself as a centrist. But some more progressive Democrats have noted her skepticism about single-payer health care proposals, and her track record of support for some of President Donald Trump's policies and nominees.

Feinstein raised hackles at a speech last summer, when she said in a speech that opponents should give President Donald Trump "patience" and said he could be a good president if he had the ability to learn and change. That speech earned boos from the normally-sedate Commonwealth Club audience.

De Leon sent out email announcements Sunday, and the Sacramento Bee reported he would make a formal kickoff speech Wednesday at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College campus, downtown.

In his email, De Leon said his legislative record "infused progressive California values in important policy efforts like immigration, women's rights, quality education, civil rights, job creation and fighting climate change.

"I was raised by a single mother with a third grade education," De Leon said in his email. "She worked her hands to the bone cleaning houses to provide for me and I have never forgiven those humble roots."

Feinstein Tweeted that she would seek another term last Monday. the Los Angeles Times noted she is one of the most-powerful senators, with the the institutional power of seniority and the personal wealth to self-fund a statewide campaign, even in the most-expensive campaign state in the country.

On the Republican side, no strong contenders have emerged in California, which is regarded as among the "bluest" Democratic strongholds.

Under Proposition 14, passed in 2010, California has a "top-two primary," meaning the two candidates with the most votes from any party will advance from the primary to the general election in 2018. That raises the possibility of Feinstein and De Leon facing each other twice next year.

Should De Leon win, he would be the first Southlander elected to the Senate from the Golden State since San Diego's Peter Wilson won in 1982. Former Anaheim Mayor John F. Seymour was appointed to the Senate when Wilson was elected governor in 1990, but defeated when Feinstein won a special election for the seat in 1992.

Feinstein is a former San Francisco mayor, and the other California senator, Kamala Harris, is also from the Bay Area. Harris replaced Sen. Barbara Boxer, another politician who came up through San Francisco, although she moved to the Coachella Valley in her last Senate term.



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<![CDATA[Man Who Blamed Government Mind Control Sentenced in Slaying]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:05:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Prison-Generic2.jpg

A Southern California man who blamed a "government mind control project" for his actions in the point-blank shooting death of a store clerk has been sentenced to 93 years to life in prison.

Junior Tejeda was convicted of murder in July after serving as his own attorney during trial. He was sentenced Friday.

Investigators said that in November 2010 Tejeda walked into a San Bernardino store and demanded the clerk open the register. Before the clerk could respond, prosecutors said, Tejeda shot the man once in the head.

Tejeda was identified as the murder suspect after more than a year when he robbed the same market again.

The San Bernardino Sun reports Tejeda claimed as part of his defense that the government was controlling his mind at the time of the killing.



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