Blackpink, Aespa, NewJeans: The Evolution of K-Pop Girl Groups

N.Y. Times - 9 hours 53 min ago
Acts with growing profiles and unique personalities are taking increasingly different paths, as the genre’s globalization opens new doors.
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Officers investigating dog abuse in San Pablo find marijuana, weapons, cash

San Jose Mercury - 9 hours 55 min ago

SAN PABLO — A man suspected of abusing a dog at an apartment complex was arrested Tuesday after animal control workers and police discovered marijuana, guns, weapons and cash while serving a warrant to rescue the dog, authorities said.

Contra Costa Animal Services officers obtained the search warrant Tuesday for the apartment unit in the 5000 block of Montoya Avenue after responding Monday to reports of a severely abused animal, agency spokesperson Steve Burdo said. With the assistance of San Pablo police, aimal services officers took the dog with them.

San Pablo police spokesperson Capt. Brian Bubar that when police searched the apartment about 4:30 p.m., they found 20 pounds of marijuana, two AK-27 assault rifles, a shotgun, a revolver, a glock pistol, and $64,000 in cash.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of marijuana possession and numerous weapons violations, Bubar said.

The original animal abuse report came about 12:50 p.m. Monday. Animal services received reports that there a severely beaten dog was leaving blood in the hallway of the apartments, Burdo said.

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Case documents said animal control officers did not see the owner but spoke with the apartment manager who showed videos of a tan pit bull mix getting beaten with an object that appeared to be a crow bar. According to the documents, the videos also showed the dog was pinned inside an 8-10-inch crate and was unable to move.

Animal control workers took the dog to an emergency vet on Tuesday night, where it received care, Burdo said. The dog was taken by the Martinez Animal Services Department on Wednesday.

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5 Memphis cops charged with murder in Tyre Nichols’ death

Seattle Times - 9 hours 58 min ago

Five former Memphis officers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the arrest and death of a Black motorist after a traffic stop.
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Justice Department seizes website of major ransomware gang

Seattle Times - 10 hours 4 min ago

The FBI has seized the website of a prolific ransomware gang that has heavily targeted hospitals and other health care providers.
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Hayward man fatally shot in East Oakland

San Jose Mercury - 10 hours 4 min ago

OAKLAND — A 52-year-old Hayward man was fatally shot Wednesday night in East Oakland as he sat in his vehicle, police said.

The man’s name was not released by authorities, pending confirmation of his identity and notification of his next of kin.

Police responding to a ShotSpotter alert about 11:33 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of 86th Avenue found the man shot inside his SUV, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Numerous shell casings were found at the scene. Police were trying to determine if the man was shot by someone in a passing vehicle or by someone standing outside.

Investigators were also trying to confirm why the man was in East Oakland, but said he does have ties to the city.

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A motive for the shooting has not yet been determined. No arrests have been made.

The killing is the seventh homicide investigated by Oakland police this year. Last year at this time police had investigated nine homicides in the city.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

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China Arrests ‘Zero Covid’ Protesters in Quiet Crackdown

N.Y. Times - 10 hours 11 min ago
The protests against “zero Covid” were a rare rebuke of Xi Jinping’s rule, and Beijing apparently seeks to deter those who might have been emboldened by them.
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Virginia Democrats defeat bills limiting abortion access

Seattle Times - 10 hours 13 min ago

Virginia Senate Democrats have defeated several bills that would have restricted abortion access in the state.
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Democrat Adam Schiff announces bid for Feinstein’s US Senate seat in California

San Jose Mercury - 10 hours 17 min ago

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff announced a 2024 Senate bid on Tuesday, launching a campaign for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat in what is shaping up to be a competitive Democratic primary.

“I look forward to campaigning hard in this race, meeting Californians where they are, and listening to what they want from their next Senator. I hope to earn their votes and their trust,” Schiff said in a statement announcing his run.

Feinstein, 89, has not yet announced whether she plans to seek reelection next year.

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Spain to end mandatory use of face masks on public transport

Seattle Times - 10 hours 21 min ago

Spain is set to end the mandatory use of face masks on public transport nearly three years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Feds to Elizabeth Holmes: What about that one-way ticket to Mexico?

Seattle Times - 10 hours 23 min ago

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been free on bail during her court case. The prosecution’s accusation that she sought to flee the U.S. came in their opposition to her motion to remain at liberty.
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Chris Perkins: Dolphins must go for it. Now. And that might mean taking some risks

San Jose Mercury - 10 hours 26 min ago

Injuries to key players were the norm for the Miami Dolphins in 2022.

And you know what?

The injury situation might not improve in 2023.

Just as it happened this season, there’s a chance quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead, Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard, edge rusher Bradley Chubb and running back Raheem Mostert (if he returns) won’t be healthy for the playoffs next season.

Heck, the Dolphins might even acquire another key player or two through free agency or the draft that has an injury history.

“I think you can’t be scared with [injury] stuff,” general manager Chris Grier said.

That’s a good philosophy if that’s the route they choose.

Go for it. Now.

Some disagree with that strategy.

However, the window of opportunity is small, one or two years, or more optimistically, three years with this group. You’ve got to squeeze all you can through that window.

It’s too late to turn back.

Injuries and injury histories be damned, to a certain extent.

Let’s be clear — that’s me speaking, not the Dolphins.

But, hopefully, that’s how they see the situation.

Now, let’s not go totally crazy here.

Let’s not jeopardize the next five years with a one-year “go for broke” attitude.

At the same time, if you swing and miss this year and next year, and it takes you a year to recover, maybe two years, so be it.

For the foreseeable future the Dolphins will battle Kansas City, Cincinnati and Buffalo to get to the Super Bowl, and the 2022 season told us the Dolphins, even with improved health, are a long way from those teams.

Remember, the Dolphins were 9-8 last season and lost six of their last seven games, including the 34-31 wildcard playoff loss at Buffalo.

And who knows how far some of the AFC teams at the Dolphins’ level, say, Jacksonville, New England, the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Chargers, climb the ladder next year.

It’s important to note taking a risk on a player with an injury history doesn’t mean a $100 million contract. After all, the Dolphins, according to overthecap.com, would be $22.6 million over the 2023 salary cap. Grier isn’t concerned about that. He said the Dolphins have flexibility.

Taking a risk could mean acquiring a mid-level starter, say, a guard, or a rotational player, or a third-round draft pick. The Dolphins, by the way, don’t have a first-round pick this year.

Ideally, you’d like to see the Dolphins limit their injury risk as much as possible in free agency and the draft. They’re already carrying a heavy load.

Armstead is in his 10th year. Howard turns 30 in July. Chubb has missed roughly 30 percent of his games during his five-year career, most of them due to knee and ankle injuries.

Tagovailoa missed four starts last season due to concussions. He hasn’t had an injury-free season in the past four years, including college.

On and on it goes. Even 23-year-old right tackle Austin Jackson is an injury risk after missing almost the entire 2022 season with ankle injuries.

But you’ve still got to take some chances in free agency and the draft.

You always enter the season knowing all of your key players won’t be available in December and January, when you need them most. Injuries happen. That’s the NFL.

And when you acquire players with an injury history, you’re playing with fire so you expect some burns.

Look, you don’t want a team full of key players with injury histories. On the other hand, you’re looking for talent more than perfect health.

Buffalo gave 32-year-old edge rusher Von Miller a six-year, $120 million deal in March and got burned by his late-season knee injury. He wasn’t there for the playoffs. That happens sometimes when you sign 32-year-old playmakers with lots of mileage.

It was still worth the calculated risk.

Plus, missed games don’t tell the whole story for a few players with injury histories.

Guys bring valuable intangibles to the table.

That’s one of the things the Dolphins said they consider.

“It’s [more] far-reaching than if they miss a game or two here,” Grier said.

You know about Armstead’s influence and leadership. You know Mostert, well-liked and well-respected in the locker room, rushed for a career-best 891 yards. As for Chubb, Grier said after they acquired him the Dolphins moved into the top eight or 10 in the league in six of the 12 metrics they use to measure their defense.

Here’s something else about Chubb.

“He’s another one that people said was a good player, and the right type of person that you bring into the building for a young team to help impact,” Grier said.

It’s worth repeating that the Dolphins have opened a one- or two-year window of opportunity, possibly even three years, to win a Super Bowl, and they must do all they can, within reason, to take advantage.

And consider this: Tagovailoa is still on his rookie contract so it’s easier to build. He’ll cost $9.6 million against the salary cap in 2023. His fifth-year option, if it’s picked up, goes into effect in 2024, and costs about $22 million. A contract extension that begins in 2025 might cost about $30 million per year. It gets tougher to build when those numbers enter the budget.

So, yeah, it’s OK for the Dolphins to take an injury risk here or there in the offseason in the name of trying to win a Super Bowl.

Sometimes you have to take chances.

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Adam Schiff Announces Senate Run in California

N.Y. Times - 10 hours 27 min ago
Mr. Schiff, who led the first impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump and later served on the House panel investigating the Capitol riot, will seek the seat held by Senator Dianne Feinstein.
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Prep roundup: No. 1 Piedmont girls continue to roll even with star player injured

San Jose Mercury - 10 hours 32 min ago
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Despite playing without Trinity Zamora for the fourth straight game, Piedmont has continued to roll. The Bay Area News Group’s No. 1-ranked girls team crushed San Leandro 70-28 on Wednesday, improving to 20-0 this season.  

Since losing the San Diego State-bound Zamora to a knee injury on Jan. 18, the Highlanders are 4-0 and have won those contests by an average of 29 points. That includes a 66-51 victory over eighth-ranked Acalanes on Saturday.

Eva Levingston led the charge against San Leandro (13-7, 2-4 WACC Foothill Division). The senior had a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

“She has come into her own, that’s for sure,” Piedmont coach Bryan Gardere said.

The colleges have come calling. Gardere said he spoke to a couple of schools about Levingston before Wednesday’s game against San Leandro. Nevada and Cal State Fullerton are among the colleges showing interest in the senior.

Levingston received plenty of help from her teammates as Piedmont won for the sixth time without defeat in the WACC Foothill. Natalia Martinez had 21 points, five rebounds and five steals. Maddie Hill contributed 14 points and four assists.

Gardere said he expects Zamora to return before the season ends, possibly as early as next week. The Highlanders are off until Tuesday, when they will play at Castro Valley.

No. 2 Archbishop Mitty 64, Presentation 15

Elle Hanson scored 22 points and Maya Hernandez added 11 points as the Monarchs (17-2, 5-0 WCAL) upped their winning streak to 10 in a row. Mitty has won each of its last two games by 49 points. The Monarchs led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and were ahead 35-6 at the half. Things will get a little tougher next Wednesday when Mitty visits Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco. Presentation fell to 7-11 for the season and 0-5 in league play.

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No. 3 Sacred Heart Cathedral 54, St. Ignatius 36

Sacred Heart Cathedral (16-2, 4-1 WCAL) went on a 12-2 run in the second half after St. Ignatius (9-9, 2-3) closed to 35-31 in the girls basketball version of the Bruce-Mahoney rivalry. St. Ignatius came into the game Wednesday having won five in a row between these two teams. SHC still owns a 35-17 edge in this rivalry.

No. 5 Oakland Tech 66, Fremont 5

Oakland Tech improved to 16-5 while winning by at least 50 points for the fifth time in this Oakland Athletic League mismatch. It was 31-0 after the first quarter and 46-4 at the half as Tech pushed its record to 4-0 in league play. Erin Sellers scored 12 points for the winners and Nia Hunter had 10. Fremont slipped to 1-14 overall and 1-3 in league play.

No. 17 California 51, Amador Valley 30

The Grizzlies unleashed their sophomores on Amador Valley. Sofie Addiego had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals, and Trinity Chu also scored 13 points. A third tenth-grader, Lauren Yee, had four assists. The game was close for a half, as California went to the locker room clinging to a 19-17 lead. But the Grizzlies (16-6, 5-2 EBAL) outscored Amador Valley 20-8 in the third quarter and continued to add to their lead in the final period. The Dons are struggling. They are 8-15 overall, 0-6 in league play and have lost 10 of their last 11.

No. 19 Moreau Catholic 71, Newark Memorial 36

Madison Thomas had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Mariners’ easy win. Moreau Catholic now stands at 12-8 overall and 7-0 in the Mission Valley Athletic League. Newark Memorial (11-9, 3-4) had two players score in double figures. Tali Fa’i led all scorers with 15 points and Jaydin Armas contributed 12.

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No. 11 Moreau Catholic 87, Newark Memorial 41

The Mariners (13-5, 7-0) remained unbeaten in Mission Valley Athletic League play, as the team’s leading scorer, 6-foot-7 sophomore wing Kellen Hampton, knocked down 22 points, his scoring average for the season thus far. Jesse Ybarra had 12 points, but more importantly, was credited with 10 steals. LeBrie Goudy-Lee and Andrew Placido had 10 apiece for Moreau Catholic. Newark Memorial continued to struggle, falling to 6-14 overall and 0-8 in league play. The loss on Wednesday was the seventh in a row for Newark Memorial.

No. 13 Oakland 75, McClymonds 28

Montana-bound guard Money Williams was money against McClymonds, scoring 26 first-half points and 34 overall in the one-sided win. Oakland (17-6, 4-1 OAL) led 53-17 at intermission. Williams scored 12 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second. He added eight more in the third period. He came into the contest averaging 14.9 points per game. Shaun Jackson added nine points for the winners. McClymonds slipped to 7-11, 2-3.

No. 15 Alameda 57, St. Joseph Notre Dame 49

For the third time in the past six games, St. Joseph Notre Dame carried a lead into the fourth quarter and couldn’t it. The Pilots couldn’t hold a 42-39 edge against Alameda Wednesday night. In fairness to SJND, all three games have been close. Before playing Alameda, the Pilots blew a two-point edge over Berkeley and squandered a six-point lead against San Leandro. Alameda improved to 17-3 overall and 5-1 in the WACC. St Joseph Notre Dame is 5-13, 0-6.

No. 20 Priory 74, Crystal Springs Uplands 31

The Panthers put three players into double figures while dispatching of Crystal Springs Uplands in a West Bay Athletic League contest. Clint Smith was the scoring leader with 21 points. Nes Emeneke had 14 points and five rebounds, and Ryder Bush was good for 11 more points. Rostand Olama Abanda led the Panthers’ defense with five steals. Priory is 16-2 overall and 3-1 in its league, tied for second with The King’s Academy and a game behind Sacred Heart Prep. Crystal Springs Uplands is 7-9, 0-4.

Sacred Heart Prep 85, Half Moon Bay 61

The Gators (11-4) won their seventh in a row and snapped Half Moon Bay’s (10-7) seven-game win streak in a non-league matchup at Sacred Heart Prep. Led by 15 points apiece from JP Kerrigan and LJ Quattlebaum, Sacred Heart Prep was never in danger of losing, racing to a 51-26 lead at halftime. The Gators had five players in double figures. TJ O’Brien had 14 points, Sam Norris chipped in 13 and Drew Wagner added 10. Quattlebaum’s 15 points were twice his season’s scoring average of 7.5 points per game. Half Moon Bay got 16 points from 6-foot-8 junior forward Jaeden Hutchins and 10 from Gio Garduno-Martin.

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Leigh 52, Branham 51

Caleb Asante hit the game-winning basket with 2.6 seconds remaining to give Leigh (11-6, 5-0 BVAL Mt. Hamilton) a hard-earned victory. Zach Norcia was the leading scorer for the Longhorns with 23 points. Miles Karandikan dropped in 11 points. Branham has a sparkling 15-4 overall record, but it is 2-3 in league play.

Piedmont 61, San Leandro 44

AJ Harris scored 35 points and Brit Burden added 17 to lead Piedmont to a victory at home over San Leandro in WACC Foothill Division play. Piedmont led 24-8 after the first quarter and 33-20 at halftime on its way to improving to 14-6, 4-2. The Highlanders are one game behind first-place Alameda. San Leandro is 6-13, 3-3.

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Seattle’s post-5 p.m. sunsets are here — and so is more cold weather

Seattle Times - 10 hours 37 min ago

While the first post-5 p.m. sunset is a sign of the Big Dark easing and winter inching toward an end, a wintery chill is on its way to the Seattle area.
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Tech giant moves into new San Jose offices after Silicon Valley mega deal

San Jose Mercury - 10 hours 51 min ago

SAN JOSE — A tech giant that has come under increased scrutiny has moved into San Jose offices where the company could employ hundreds — or even thousands — after completing a Silicon Valley real estate mega-deal.

TikTok app owner ByteDance has moved into a big office complex that’s part of the Coleman Highline mixed-use tech campus in San Jose across the street from the city’s airport, according to municipal officials and direct observation by this news organization of the company’s work site.

China-based ByteDance completed a deal around September 2022 to sublease 658,000 square feet of new office space that encompasses the entirety of two buildings with addresses of 1193 and 1199 Coleman Avenue in San Jose.

That’s potentially enough office space to accommodate 2,600 to 3,900 workers, based on typical space ratios for employees in modern office sites. The sublease was one of the biggest rental transactions of 2022 in Silicon Valley.

The tech giant’s TikTok app is a social media platform that enables users to host videos that can last from several seconds to 10 minutes. TikTok’s owner also is thought to be making a push into e-commerce on the platform, which has more than 1 billion users, including numerous high-profile celebrities.

“ByteDance has a leading platform in which the community, young people and many others, are very engaged in using,” said Nanci Klein, San Jose’s director of economic development. “We welcome ByteDance to San Jose.”

The company arrives in San Jose with considerable controversy and scrutiny in tow as it faces heightened scrutiny and concern on the part of federal lawmakers and regulators.

In June 2022, a member of the Federal Communications Commission called on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores over U.S. concerns ByteDance is under pressure to allow officials with the government of China or the Chinese Communist Party to access TikTok users’ sensitive data.

Two United States senators, Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida), urged in July 2022 that the Federal Trade Commission conduct an investigation into ByteDance and TikTok over the allegations of improper surveillance and access by Chinese government agencies.

ByteDance responded soon after that it was taking steps to ensure the data was protected.

“We are addressing who has access (and why they need it) and where those people are as two critical parts of our security protocols,” Michael Beckerman, ByteDance head of public policy, Americas, stated in a blog post. “Minimizing employee access to U.S. user data and minimizing data transfers across regions — including to China” were among the company’s goals, Beckerman added.

Despite these uncertainties, what is clear is that ByteDance has become a major addition to San Jose’s corporate mosaic.

The company’s arrival also ends a revolving door of companies that were expected to occupy the space.

In 2019, Verizon Media leased the buildings and the property’s developer broke ground on the huge new addition to the Coleman Highline tech campus. Verizon Media intended to employ about 3,400 in the two office buildings.

After that, Verizon decided that it would place its subsidiary Yahoo at the Coleman Highline site, a relocation that took on some urgency after Google bought Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters and other buildings for $1 billion.

At one point, a big Yahoo sign was perched prominently on the roofline of one of the office buildings.

In 2021, however, those plans were abandoned after Verizon sold Yahoo to a private equity firm. Verizon then sought to sublease the Coleman Highline space since neither Verizon nor Yahoo would be moving into the site.

Despite the shifting options for the occupancy of the site, it’s clear that the office buildings were deemed to be valuable since they were fully leased on a long-term basis due to the original Verizon lease in 2019.

In 2021, London-based AGC Equity Partners, an investment firm, paid $780 million for the two buildings, one of the biggest property purchases by dollar amount that year in the Bay Area.

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Now, a ByteDance sign is located at one of the key entrances to the ByteDance section of the Coleman Highline campus. People can be seen arriving at and leaving the employee parking garage next to the ByteDance offices.

Coleman Highline is now fully occupied and has to major tech anchors operating on the site. In addition to the ByteDance sublease, streaming media titan Roku leased multiple buildings a few years ago. Hotel rooms and housing are also being added to the Coleman Highline campus.

“The vision to have well over a million square feet of development right across from the airport at the gateway to downtown San Jose has really worked out,” Klein said.

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Vice President Kamal Harris visits Monterey Park; meets with victims’ families

San Jose Mercury - 10 hours 52 min ago

Vice President Kamala Harris, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, visited the scene of the worst mass shooting in Los Angeles County’s history to meet with the families of 11 people killed and another nine injured in Monterey Park.

Harris placed flowers — a large bouquet made up of white roses, yellow lilies, and palm fronds wrapped in white — on a memorial at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where the deadly attack took place late Saturday.

The VP is in Monterey Park — Kamala Harris left flowers and observed wreaths for each of the 11 victims of the Star Ballroom shooting. She then gave brief remarks demanding action on national gun reform. pic.twitter.com/qEu11gcBET

— Josh Cain (@joshpcain) January 26, 2023

 

Harris arrived in her motorcade at the Monterey Park memorial after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Onlookers called out to her from the east side of Garvey as she exited her vehicle.

Carrying a bouquet of white flowers, the vice president walked to where wreaths with photos of seven victims were arranged in a row near the ballroom’s front entrance.

She paused in front of each wreath, then walked back to where hundreds had left flowers and candles over the last two days, leaving her own.

In brief remarks to a gaggle of press, Harris said the White House would be renewing a push for gun control.

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    Vice President Kamala Harris visits the makeshift memorial at the Monterey Park mass shooting site at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    People take photos and wave as Vice President Kamala Harris arrives to place flowers on a memorial at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park CA., Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023, A gunman opened fire killing eleven people and injured nine others at the dance studio on January 21. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Workers look out from the T.S. Emporium market hoping to see Vice President Kamala Harris as she arrives to place flowers at the scene of Monterey Park mass shooting, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Vice President Kamala Harris visits the makeshift memorial at the Monterey Park mass shooting site at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Vice President Kamala Harris visits the makeshift memorial at the Monterey Park mass shooting site at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Vice President Kamala Harris visits the makeshift memorial at the Monterey Park mass shooting site at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Vice President Kamala Harris visits the makeshift memorial at the Monterey Park mass shooting site at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Vice President Kamala Harris visits the makeshift memorial at the Monterey Park mass shooting site at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Vice President Kamala Harris visits the makeshift memorial at the Monterey Park mass shooting site at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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“Tragically, we keep saying the same thing,” she said during brief remarks.

“I have had the unfortunate experience of visiting many of these sites,” she said, “sometimes within days of the massacre like this.”

She added: “We will always be a compassionate nation, mourn the loss … but we must also require that leaders in our nation will have the ability and the power and the responsibility to do something,” she added.

As she started to walk away, a reporter asked her whether she thought something would change after this shooting, the latest tragedy illustrating the uniquely American scourge of mass gun violence.

Turning around with her arms outstretched, she called on lawmakers to pass new legislation to keep Americans safe from guns.

“Can they do something? Yes. Should they do something? Yes,” Harris said. “Will they do something? That’s why we must speak up.”

One mourner, Priscilla Wong, was among the first to lay down a bouquet of flowers after the vice president’s caravan left the scene.

Falling to her knees, Wong wept, as reporters and cameras encircled her. Speaking in short sentences disrupted by her own screams, Wong said she knew many of the Monterey Park victims, including Diana Tom — a beloved dance instructor at Star Dance. “We danced together for 10 years over,” Wong said.

On Wednesday, Harris touched down at LAX just after 4:15 p.m. and was promptly greeted on the tarmac by L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Sheriff Robert Luna, L.A. Mayor Karen Bass, Mayor Henry Lo and Mayor Pro Tem Jose Sanchez from Monterey Park and state Attorney General Rob Bonta.

Harris met privately, behind closed doors, with family members and first responders at the Langley Senior Center — which has served as a counseling and support center for victims’ families this week — and was also scheduled to meet with public officials, including Sheriff Luna.

The vice president’s visit coincided with a vigil outside the dance center, the fourth such gathering in three days in the heartbroken city that only a few days ago was in the midst of its Lunar New Year celebration.

BREAKING: The Star Ballroom & Dance Studio in #MontereyPark is an absolute media frenzy as Vice President Kamala Harris has arrived to meet with the families of the victims. pic.twitter.com/sSlMBweRJk

— Emily Holshouser (@emilyytayylor) January 26, 2023

Harris’ home state endured an eruption of shootings this week. On the heels of the dance hall attack, a shooting in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, left seven people dead and one critically wounded on Monday. Later that day, a shootout at an Oakland gas station killed one and wounded seven.

Earlier this week, in comments made during her trip to Florida on Sunday, Harris declared that “this violence must stop.”

“A time of a cultural celebration … and yet another community has been torn apart by senseless gun violence,” Harris said, noting that the massacre took place during Lunar New Year celebrations in the area.

Harris spoke to a crowd in Tallahassee, Florida, before she began her speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which the current iteration of the high court overturned in June, ending federal protections for abortion rights. California voters, however, in November decided to add abortion rights to protections in the state constitution.

The @VP has arrived in Los Angeles. She was greeted by a delegation that included @MayorOfLA and LA County Sheriff Robert Luna. pic.twitter.com/pwMnpY5m0z

— Cassie Semyon (@casssemyon) January 26, 2023

For still shaken Monterey Park, the mass shooting remains something of a mystery. A motive for the 72-year-old gunman’s rampage has not been determined.

Before the vice president’s arrival, the public memorials to the victims continued to grow — flowers and candles, burning incense and fruit, small items left by each person who came, whether they knew the victims personally or not.

This is Priscilla Wong. She says she knew several of the victims, including Diana Tom. Her rage, sadness, and anguish are palpable here tonight. She said she promised she wouldn’t come here, and she feels guilty. pic.twitter.com/CIG7GaB3nm

— Kristy Hutchings (she/her) (@krhutchings) January 26, 2023

Outside the Star Ballroom, mourners, alone or in small groups, came to pay their respects.

Lucy Chu, 73, looked at each wreath left for the 11 victims. By midmorning, there were photos of five of the dead. The other six stood empty.

Chu, a diminutive woman with a cane and short-cropped graying hair, couldn’t believe what she was seeing.

Her eyes peeked from just above her mask. She started to cry. To her, the victims, their beaming faces wreathed in flowers, appeared young, full of life and happy — a stark contrast to the terror and violence they experienced three days ago.

“Too young!” Chu said.

To her, Monterey Park is a place to shop and eat, to eat cuisine from the Guangdong region of China. But the shooting may have changed things.

“It’s very unlucky here,” she said, tears running down her face.

“I don’t know why. I don’t know why…people are supposed to be happy for Chinese New Year.”

The deadly attack occurred at 10:22 p.m. Saturday at Star Ballroom Dance Studio, in the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue, according to Homicide Bureau Capt. Andrew Meyer of the LASD.

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Huu Can Tran, 72, of Hemet opened fire inside the studio and, about 17 minutes later, he walked into Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in nearby Alhambra, where police believe he was going to kill others, if not for the actions of Brandon Tsay, whose family operates the studio. Tsay rested away Tran’s gun, and kicked him out of the establishment.

Tran fled to Torrance, where he fatally shot himself, inside a white van in a parking lot after being surrounded by police, authorities said.

A picture has begun to develop of a gunman who once frequented the Monterey Park dance hall. He met his ex-wife at the dance hall, by offering her informal dance lessons. Tran had been known to have anger issues, according to reports, but was never violent toward her. He filed for divorce in 2005, and it became final a year later.

During a search of his home, investigators found a rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition and evidence that Tran was making firearm suppressors. Investigators also seized electronics.

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Tran lived in The Lakes at Hemet West, a mobile-home park on the west end of Hemet. He had a minimal criminal history, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna: A 1990 arrest for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

On Jan. 7 and Jan. 9, Tran visited the Hemet Police Department, city spokesperson Alan Reyes said, and accused family members living in the Los Angeles area of fraud and theft – and trying to poison him at least a decade ago.

He said he would return with documentation. But he never did.

Tran was quiet and kept to himself, according to one Hemet resident who lives in the same senior residential park.

Pool reporter Cassie Semyon of Spectrum News contributed to this report.

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Review: ‘World of Color – One’ is a rare Disneyland dud that lacks energy and power

San Jose Mercury - 10 hours 54 min ago

The new “World of Color” water show at Disney California Adventure celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney animation commits the cardinal sin of nighttime spectaculars: It’s so boring the Anaheim theme park’s trademark “kiss goodnight” will put you to sleep.

Disney hosted an employee and media preview of the new “World of Color — One” on Wednesday, Jan. 25 ahead of the nighttime spectacular’s public debut on Friday, Jan. 27 as part of the Disney100 celebration at the Disneyland resort.

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Scene from World of Color – ONE, the new nighttime water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The theme of the new water show is that a single drop of water can turn into a wave of change — but “World of Color — One” barely made a ripple on the preview night that was hampered by high winds that gusted to 75 mph in some parts of Orange County.

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Quiet, contemplative, thoughtful and mellow are not the words that typically come to mind when you think of bombastic and vibrant Disney nighttime spectaculars — but that’s the best way to describe “World of Color — One.”

“One” felt more like a Zen meditation than a triumphant celebration of 100 years of all things Disney. Wind gusts shredded the mist screens that serve as the canvas for the visual projections accompanying the musical water show — but the song choices were never going to generate the powerful and epic exclamation mark that Disney fans have come to expect from a “World of Color” show.

The gentle and delicate scenes chosen from “Pocahontas,” “Encanto,” “Ratatouille,” “Coco” and “Mulan” lacked action, energy or oomph. An extended jazz improv from “Soul” typified the slow and cool vibe of “One.”

There were moments when musical jolts in the “Star Wars,” “Lion King” and “Moana” scenes seemed poised to shake the show awake only to quickly shift back into low gear.

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The show’s highlight was an Avengers segment that featured a spinning circle of lights projected on the water and around the rim of the Pixar Pal-A-Round Ferris wheel that mimicked Doctor Strange’s sling ring portals. The Avengers scene concluded with Thor slamming down his hammer and unleashing an emphatic lightning bolt.

The soaring, hopeful, inspiring and uplifting show ended as it began — with a whimper. It was hard to tell “World of Color — One” was actually over since it lacked any real finale.

The biggest disappointment of “One” is that “World of Color” has never looked better from a technical standpoint, with sharper projections, a sparkling Incredicoaster lighting package and brilliantly colorful fountains.

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Memphis Braces for Tyre Nichols Traffic Stop Video Release

N.Y. Times - 10 hours 55 min ago
After Tyre Nichols’s death, footage of what the police have called a “confrontation” could clarify what happened, as the city braces for anguish and outrage.
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Israeli Raid on West Bank City Kills Nine Palestinians, Officials Say

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Bay Area lawmaker’s bill would ban body armor sales for most Californians

San Jose Mercury - 11 hours 24 sec ago

In response to an increase in mass shooters wearing bullet-proof gear, Marin’s state assemblyman has introduced a bill this month that would prohibit most California residents from buying body armor.

Assembly Bill 92, introduced by Damon Connolly, would make it a misdemeanor offense punishable by an up to $10,000 fine for someone to buy or sell bullet-resistant body armor or clothing to people not employed in certain professions, such as law enforcement. People who already own body armor would be allowed to keep it but would be prohibited from reselling it.

Damon Connolly speaks during an event at Sonoma Raceway on Feb. 21, 2020, to announce legislation by state Sen. Bill Dodd aimed at improving Highway 37. Damon Connolly speaks during an event at Sonoma Raceway on Feb. 21, 2020, to announce legislation by state Sen. Bill Dodd aimed at improving Highway 37. (Photo: Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal) 

The prohibition would not apply to law enforcement officers, firefighters, military personnel, security guards, firearms dealers, body armor salespeople, code enforcement officers and medical first responders. The California Department of Justice would be authorized to add other exempted professions.

Additionally, the bill would make it a felony offense punishable by up to three years in prison for a person to wear body armor while committing a violent felony involving a firearm.

Currently, California law only prohibits convicted felons from possessing or buying body armor.

Connolly, a Democrat representing Marin and southern Sonoma County, said his bill is modeled after legislation passed in New York last year in response to a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The shooter wore bullet-resistant armor, which protected him after a security guard shot him and allowed him to kill the security guard.

“Talking with North Bay community members during the campaign, this was an issue that was brought up several times,” Connolly wrote in an email. “Following the horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York last year, the state Legislature there passed restrictions on body armor to keep this military-grade gear out of the hands of violent criminals.”

Connolly’s legislation was introduced before the three recent mass shootings in Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay and the Central Valley in the past week. None of the suspects were reported to have worn body armor during these incidents.

Mass shooting data collected by The Violence Project nonprofit research organization showed an increase in the number of mass shooters who used body armor in recent years. The data spanning from 1966 and 2022 showed 21 mass shootings in the U.S. involving a shooter who wore body armor with 15 of these incidents occurring after 2010.

The legislation has raised questions and concerns about limiting self-defense measures for law-abiding residents during a time when mass shootings are becoming a more frequent part of life in the U.S.

A Palo Alto-based company, Wonder Hoodies, sells bullet-resistant hoodies, vests, backpack panels and other items. Company founder Vy Tran began the business after a neighbor was shot and killed in a robbery while walking home in Seattle.

“Our Wonder Hoodie founder designed our bulletproof clothing for her mother and little brother who felt unsafe walking around their own community after a neighborhood shooting,” company Operations Manager Matt Holland wrote in an email. “We can’t comment on how this law will affect the number of mass shootings in the future but can say it will negatively impact the access to wearable body armor that our company sought to democratize, especially for non-violent civilians seeking self-defense equipment or peace of mind.”

Connolly said he has heard similar concerns and will work to refine the legislation as it makes its way through the Legislature.

“We have received a lot of good feedback from constituents and colleagues regarding personal protection options, which I think are valuable and legitimate,” he said. “It is clear that we need to strike a balance between protecting public safety and personal protection.”

Marin County Sheriff Jamie Scardina said the California State Sheriff’s Association has yet to take a position on the bill.

“I have not read it in its entirety and I think it’s a little early,” he wrote in an email.

More information about Assembly Bill 92 can be found at bit.ly/3kI3JVQ.

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