BYRON — At least one person died Friday when two cars collided on the Byron Highway, the California Highway Patrol said.
The crash also closed down the highway in both directions at Mountain House Road.
The CHP received its first reports on the crash about 5:55 a.m. Initial reports confirmed by the CHP said it appeared a SUV and sedan collided.
A Sig-alert for severe traffic went into effect about 6:30 a.m. and remained that way until about 11:10 a.m.
No other information was available immediately.
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Most mornings for more than two pandemic-laden years, Mike Westhoff woke early, ate breakfast and then sat on his bed at 7 a.m. with a pen and yellow legal pad to do something he never had. He wrote for hours each day.
He wrote of listening with a young New York Giants assistant, Bill Belichick, as Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight taught footwork. He wrote of having a chair in his Miami Dolphins office reserved only for Don Shula’s Wednesday night meeting.
“What do you got?” Shula would say for Westhoff to present his special-teams plans.
Westhoff wrote of coaching on a team with quarterback Dan Marino (“the experience of a lifetime”), wrote how the New York Jets didn’t use Tim Tebow as planned (a “disgrace and a mess”) and wrote how a friendship with Dolphins executive Bill Parcells ended when Parcells sent a letter to the league accusing Westhoff of violating league rules for visiting a Dolphins practice in retirement and then re-joining the Jets the next week.
“With a miserable, chickens— letter, he destroyed what I believed was a great relationship,’ Westhoff wrote.
Westhoff always was wonderfully open and opinionated as a special-teams coach, and he’s no different with this book, “Figure It Out: My Thirty-Two year Journey While Revolutionizing Pro Football’s Special Teams.” He says Jets (and later Dolphins) General Manager Mike Tannenbaum took them, “from a championship-level team to a bulls— operation,” with decisions like shutting Westhoff out of the 2012 draft process.
Westhoff prided himself on coaching creative specials teams back before the restrictive rules of today and by helping discover the talent for them. Take rookie Bernie Parmalee. Shula cut him in 1992. The paperwork was to be filed the next day at 1 p.m.
Westhoff told Parmalee to come to practice the next morning. He asked Reggie Roby to punt a line drive to guarantee a return. Parmalee made a tackle that, “sounded like an explosion,’ Westhoff said, and he played nine years in the NFL.
These are the stories Westhoff tells with him at the center. He always had a healthy ego. When Jimmy Johnson retired from the Dolphins after the 1999 season, Westhoff discussed a successsion plan in an empty team cafeteria with owner H. Wayne Huizenga.
Westhoff would be head coach. Marino would play on. Indianapolis assistant Gene Huey would bring the shotgun offense built for statuesque Peyton Manning to help an immobile Marino.
“Dan could’ve played two more years in the shotgun,’ Westhoff said.
Huizenga chose Dave Wannstedt. Westhoff was off to the New York Jets a year later before ending his career with Sean Payton’s New Orleans Saints. So his book is a football it’s a football journey. And more.
“The Biggest Fight of My Life,’ he titles one chapter that began with surgery for back and leg pain at age 40 in 1988. His iliac artery was accidently cut in the surgery. He began bleeding out on the surgical table.
“They cut me and put a tube right down into my heart, pumping blood right into main artery to keep me alive,’ he said.
A doctor entered the room, took over the surgery and saved Westhoff’s life. That didn’t solve the back and leg pain was diagnosed as an egg-sized, cancerous tumor in his leg.
Thus began another chapter in his life — and his book. He went to Boston, where a new procedure meant his leg wasn’t amputated by remade with two metal plates, 25 screws and 60 staples.
He underwent chemotherapy, coached the Dolphins and threw up on the remote side of the field. He lost hair, weight — everything but hope. Some thought football lost perspective in that fight.
“Coaching saved me,’ he says. “Coach Shula didn’t see me as a cancer victim. He saw me as who I could be again. He treated me like I wasn’t sick. That allowed me to see myself that way, too.”
Westhoff started in an NFL with few rules for special teams to the point the goal of his punt teams was to block an opponent over the sideline Gatorade table. His career ended kickoffs and punts being almost taken out of the game, as he once said to NFL Commissioner to Roger Goodell.
“Mike, you’re the last person who can complain, because they’re changing because of you,’ Goodell said.
He chuckles, his career done, his pen down, his opinions still strong. He attended a Dolphins mini-camp practice in June. His thoughts?
“I wasn’t overly impressed,’’ he said. “They got a long way to go.”
As his titles says, “Figure It Out.”
SAN JOSE — A man charged in the fatal stabbing of a San Jose woman in May has been arrested in Las Vegas, police said.
Kenneth Rogers, a 37-year-old Alameda County resident, was arrested June 20 by officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in connection with the death of 29-year-old Ieshae Rice, whose body was found May 15 in an apartment on Vera Lane. Police reported at the time that Rice had suffered at least one stab wound.
Rice’s family and friends had reported to police that they had not heard from her in several days, and a police welfare check at the apartment did not yield a response. Later, someone concerned about Rice managed to enter the apartment and found her.
Police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo said Rogers and Rice were romantically involved.
An ensuing investigation identified Rogers as the lone suspect in the killing; he was charged with murder May 26, and from there detectives embarked on a multi-state search for him.
That led to his arrest in Las Vegas. Jail records show that he remains in Clark County jail on a fugitive warrant, and is awaiting extradition, which could occur as soon as next week.
Rogers’ criminal history is mostly in Alameda County, and court records show convictions for assault, battery, burglary, DUI, illegal gun possession, and parole and probation violations.
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Rogers was also convicted of domestic-violence charges in 2017 in Contra Costa County and was given a 2-year prison term; available court records do not show how much of that sentence he actually served. A criminal protective order for the victim in that case was issued as part of his sentence.
San Jose police confirmed that on April 26, about two weeks before Rice was killed, officers arrested Rogers on suspicion of violating a domestic-violence restraining order for which Rice was the protected party.
Anyone with information about Sunday’s homicide can contact the SJPD homicide unit at 408-277-5283 or email Detective Sgt. Mike White at email@example.com or Detective Ted Reckas at firstname.lastname@example.org Tips can also be left with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or at svcrimestoppers.org.
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The Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose’s Kelley Park is a representation of the sister-city relationship between San Jose and Okayama, Japan. It was built in the 1960s and was modeled after the Korakuen Garden in Okayama.
Kathy Sakamoto, president of the San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities organization, said the Korakuen Garden is known as one of Japan’s top three most beautiful gardens. It has a significant cultural heritage in Japan, so Sakamoto said the San Jose garden is a meaningful place.
“It’s a garden that should be a jewel in the South Bay,” Sakamoto said. “It’s a reminder to us that we can continue to work at creating and maintaining something that is meaningful from the past to the present to the future.”A duck and koi fish swim in a murky pond at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose on Thursday, June 16, 2022. (Saira Ahmed for Mosaic Journalism)
The garden was designed to have three lively ponds, containing vibrant koi fish dancing underwater and ducks paddling on the surface.
Isaac Oommen and Daniel Li – who are both 16 and from Sunnyvale – visited the garden in May, hoping to have a picnic in the scenic park they saw on Google.
“But when we got there, we immediately saw the dried-out pond,” Oommen said. “It was really sad.”Entrance to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park in San Jose. Two of the three ponds at the garden have been completely dried up since 2017. (Saira Ahmed for Mosaic Journalism)
The Coyote Creek flood in February 2017 damaged the garden, including two of the ponds, according to San Jose Parks Foundation. They are now bone dry with cracks on the surface; the only water is in small, shallow and scattered puddles.
“I was disappointed because I was expecting a nicer garden,” Li said. “When I saw (the ponds) it kind of ruined the park for me. I was expecting to have a good time and see the fish in the pond.”
Li said he would not want to go back to the garden unless the ponds were filled back up, but he might have to wait a while.
Chris Von Rueden, a facilities supervisor with the city of San Jose’s department of parks, recreation and neighborhood services, said restoration has been delayed severely because the water pumps were damaged. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declined to pay the city to repair or install new pumps, Von Rueden said.
“Then the COVID-19 pandemic delayed things further. The plans are all done but we’re still waiting for a contractor to take on the project,” Von Rueden said.
The garden also contains a Japanese tea house, which was closed due to flood damage and has since been repaired. Though many people still visit the park, especially on weekends, the number of large events held at the garden has declined, Von Rueden said. Since the flood, the garden has not advertised any major events.
One pond in the garden is filled with water, so many changes were made to accommodate the fish. Normally, that pond was never supposed to be a home for fish, Von Rueden said.
“Our fish are in the smaller pond as a temporary solution,” Von Rueden said. “The canopies provide shade, and the nets are around the aquatic plants so the fish don’t eat them.”
Some fish were placed in tanks after the flood. Despite the rearrangement and transition, the fish are mostly still alive and healthy, Von Rueden said.
The original koi fish in the garden came from Hiroshima, Japan. The cultural importance of koi fish can be seen in Japanese legends, but that is often overlooked, Sakamoto said.
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The connection between humans and nature is another highlight of the garden. Silicon Valley used to be completely agricultural, and people have lost touch with that, Sakamoto said.
“When there was a closer relationship between humans and nature, people knew that if you didn’t care for the plants, they could die,” Sakamoto said. “So the garden is a reminder of all of those things, the interrelationships between people and nature.”
Saira Ahmed is a rising junior at Homestead High School in Cupertino.
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Tesla Inc. was sued by 15 Black current or former employees who allege a racist work environment including harassment and intimidation at plants in California, the latest in a string of such lawsuits against the electric-car maker.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in state court in Alameda County, extensively details racist slurs and graffiti and other acts the plaintiffs claim Elon Musk’s company did nothing to correct. It lists dozens of Tesla employees as defendants. Musk isn’t among them but is cited in one of the allegations.
In addition to sexual harassment and criticism of appearance, the plaintiffs allege that some were assigned to the most physically demanding jobs in the company’s Fremont factory, while others were passed over for promotion in a discriminatory pattern at the Austin, Texas-based automaker.
Tesla didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the lawsuit.
According to one of the allegations, Nathaniel Aziel Gonsalves, a former associate manager at Tesla’s Foster City facility who is African American, had to endure racist remarks from his supervisor, including that he “wasn’t like most black people” and “didn’t act ghetto.”
When he reported an ugly slur against a colleague, his supervisor and other team members retaliated against him, accusing him of “siding with the minorities,” according to the suit.
Around April of last year, an employee identified in the lawsuit as “Cory” who was working on solar panels at Musk’s home made a similar accusation against Gonsalves, according to the complaint. Rather than investigate the incident, the company fired Gonsalves less than two hours after Cory spoke with Musk, the plaintiffs allege.
When Gonsalves went to the human resources department and his regional manager, they said the decision to fire him “came from higher up” and that there was nothing they could do about it, according to the complaint.
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The plaintiffs in Thursday’s suit are seeking unspecified monetary damages and civil penalties as well as an order that Tesla improve its training and enforcement to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
The case is Jasmin Wilson v. Tesla Inc., 22CV013603, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda.
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The end of Roe v. Wade has advocates, prosecutors and residents of red states facing a legal morass created by decades of often-conflicting anti-abortion legislation.
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From going to the movies to visiting the Disney theme park attractions, pursuing an interest in “Star Wars” has usually been a family-friendly affair, right?
Well, that about to change with “The Empire Strips Back” — and, no, the third word of that title is not misspelled. This “Unauthorized Star Wars Burlesque Parody,” which includes sexy outfits and striptease work, is set to run July 6-Aug. 28 at the Great Star Theater in San Francisco.
The show — which producers make clear is “not sponsored, endorsed by or affiliated with Disney, Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd, Lucasfilm Ltd or any of its subsidiaries or affiliated companies and/or third-party licensors” — does feature the classic “Star Wars” characters. Otherwise, this particular galaxy is really “far, far away” from the one George Lucas and company created back in the ’70s.Related Articles
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“Combining striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and plenty of humor, audiences are transported into the world of burlesque to witness a menacing troop of seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba Fett, tantalizing Twi’leks, a delightfully lukewarm Taun Taun, a lady-like Skywalker, and of course, scantily clad and daring Droids,” according to a news release. “Even Darth Vader will explore her feminine side with a fantastical twist.”
Tickets for the 90-minute production, which divided by a 15-minute production, shows 8 p.m. Tues-Thurs, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Fri, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Tickets are $39-$89, feverup.com.
Palo Alto police were investigating a possible hate crime after someone wrote racial epithets on a play structure at a park playground, according to authorities.
A passerby reported the vandalism about 6:38 p.m. on Thursday, according to a Palo Alto Police Department news release. The suspect wrote racial epithets directed at Black people with a marker at Pardee Park at 851 Center Drive.
The graffiti was removed by city staff.
Police said they did not know when the vandalism occurred. There was no suspect information available.
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Bears linebacker Matt Adams was arrested Thursday night in Chicago on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful firearm possession, according to police. He also was cited for having high-capacity magazines and metal-piercing bullets, a violation of city code.
Police said Adams was arrested at approximately 6:46 p.m. in the 200 block of North Garland Court in the Loop. The magazines were found during a search of his car, and the weapon also was recovered, according to police.
His court date is set for Aug. 24.
The Bears acknowledged the arrest in a statement.
“Earlier this morning, we were made aware of an incident involving the arrest of Bears linebacker Matthew Adams,” the team said. “We are in the process of gathering more information. We will refrain from making any further comment at this time.”
The Bears signed Adams, 26, to a one-year contract in April. He’s a four-year NFL veteran who previously played under coach Matt Eberflus with the Indianapolis Colts.
Adams is the second new Bears player to be arrested this offseason. Wide receiver Byron Pringle was arrested for reckless driving for suspicion of doing a doughnut on a road and driving on a suspended license. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting a pretrial hearing.
The Bears are on a six-week summer break after wrapping up veteran minicamp last week. In a message to the team before they broke camp, Eberflus said he told his players to be prepared mentally and physically for training camp — and also to be safe during the time off.
“Be careful who you hang around and be mindful of that and where you are and to be safe during the vacation,” he said.
Six Flags Magic Mountain has set an opening date for the innovative new Wonder Woman roller coaster once planned for 2021 that was delayed by the yearlong pandemic closure of the Valencia amusement park.
The new Wonder Woman Flight of Courage single-rail roller coaster will debut on Saturday, July 16 at Six Flags Magic Mountain, according to park officials.
Magic Mountain season passholders will get a preview of the Wonder Woman coaster before the new ride opens to the general public.
The Wonder Woman single-rail roller coaster — billed as the world’s tallest and longest ride of its kind — will increase Magic Mountain’s record-setting coaster count to 20.
The double out-and-back layout with a gold single-rail track and red supports stretches between the DC Universe and Metropolis Plaza areas of the park running alongside the Riddler’s Revenge coaster and switching back in front of the Justice League 3-D dark ride.
The new Wonder Woman Flight of Courage coaster will reach a top speed of 58 mph after climbing a 131-foot-tall lift hill and descending an 87-degree first drop. The ride’s four 12-passenger trains will travel over a 3,300-foot-long track featuring three inversions — a raven dive, zero gravity roll and 180-degree stall.
The Raptor single-rail track by Rocky Mountain Construction employs an innovative new coaster design from the Idaho-based ride manufacturer. Passengers on a RMC single-rail coaster sit in an inline-style train with their legs straddling an I-beam track.
Magic Mountain’s new coaster will be similar to the Jersey Devil coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey that opened in June 2021.
Rocky Mountain Construction has built similar Raptor single-rail coasters at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (Wonder Woman Golden Lasso), California’s Great America (Railblazer) and Idaho’s Silverwood (Stunt Pilot).
Magic Mountain’s new coaster will reuse the station house of the former Green Lantern: First Flight, an Intamin ZacSpin coaster that was removed and relocated to Montreal’s La Ronde amusement park.
The Greek-inspired entrance and queue for Flight of Courage will be themed to the hidden island of Themyscira, the fictional island home of Wonder Woman. The queue will showcase the legacy and life of Wonder Woman while explaining how she obtained her super powers.
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The COVID-19 pandemic forced Magic Mountain to press pause on the ride project that was initially set to open in 2021 in the DC Comics-themed area of the park.
Magic Mountain was quietly laying out plans for the innovative new single rail roller coaster just before the Los Angeles County amusement park was shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak and Six Flags slashed $50 million in capital projects planned for the 2020 season.
The “2021 roller coaster” was approved in early March 2020 by the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning just 10 days before Magic Mountain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the craving for crepes and sandwiches calls, there’s a new East Bay cafe worth visiting.
Brown Butter recently opened at 3456 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville’s Blackhawk Plaza. The restaurant specializes in savory and sweet crepes, sandwiches on Acme Bread, handcrafted hot and cold beverages and specialty desserts. Soft opening hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Monday. Take a peek at the menu here.
The five savory crepes ($12.95) include standards, like chicken pesto and ham and cheese, and a unique offering of prik poy moo young, a Thai street food dish made with shredded dry pork, egg and Thai chili paste. Sweet crepes ($10.95-$12.95) range from a banana creation with housemade brownies and a mango-centric crepe with mango puree, fresh mango and mango ice cream.
A Brown Butter desserts of note, the Shibuya honey toast with honey butter, almonds, fruit and ice cream, is a standout. And the lineup of housemade sodas, including strawberry and lemon, should keep Blackhawk Plaza wanderers cool this summer. For more information, visit www.brownbutterbp.com.Related Articles
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An airline pilot with a sizable TikTok following is drawing people’s attention to newly opened restrooms at Denver International Airport featuring windows that visitors may erroneously believe are one-way glass.
People aboard planes on the tarmac can see into the restrooms.
The TikTok user almostcaptainmorgan, who identifies herself as a Boeing 737 first officer/pilot, shared a video with her half-million followers this week in which she addresses the new restrooms from the cockpit of a plane outside an airport terminal.@almostcaptainmorgan
“This video is a friendly PSA for anyone flying through the Denver airport,” she said. “If you, like me, thought that the windows in the new renovated bathrooms were one-way, where you could see out but planes couldn’t see in, you would be incorrect.”
The video then pans toward the terminal, where people are visible standing at sinks in a restroom.
Mindy Crane, a spokesperson for Denver International Airport, said the new bathrooms do retain people’s privacy.
“No, people cannot see you ‘using the bathroom’ from the tarmac,” Crane said. “People are only visible from the sinks, when they’re washing their hands. The stalls themselves are completely private.”
Crane added that there’s a film covering the bottom half of the windows that she said prevents people outside from seeing in.
The restrooms in question opened in May.
There has been minimal criticism of the airport’s new bathrooms so far, said Crane, who had seen the TikTok video.
“The idea behind the bathrooms was literally just to add more light, make the place more open. Our current bathrooms are pretty dark, but now when people are washing their hands, you can see out onto the airfield,” Crane said. “It gives people a cool view.”