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Whicker: Former Hart High QB Brady White left no unfinished business at Memphis

If we haven’t understood what Brady White has been showing us for six years, a seventh won’t matter. White’s college career is done. You might expect him to take a year’s worth of deep breaths. Instead, the Hart High alum who attacked football and academics like a starved shark at Arizona State and Memphis will now try pro football, even though he could have become a seventh-year senior. He can resume the pursuit of his doctorate at any point. Odds are it won’t get away. White just won the Campbell Award from the National Football Foundation. Maybe they should call it the Wiseman Trophy. Last year’s winner was Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, while at Oregon. Micah Kizer of the Rams won it while playing and studying at Virginia. White earned his undergrad degree at ASU in three-and-a-h

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Federal judge gives East Bay rapper C0ldgame five months — with four already served — for supervised release violation

OAKLAND — At a Monday morning court hearing, a federal judge sentenced a popular Oakland rapper to five months in federal custody for a supervised release violation involving an arrest in Las Vegas. Devin Hairston, who raps under the stage name C0ldgame, was arrested last August on the Las Vegas strip, when an officer pulled a car over and found a firearm inside. Hairston’s attorney said in court records that neither the car nor the gun belonged to Hairston, but his presence in Las Vegas alone was against the law; based on the terms of his supervised release on a federal gun case, Hairston wasn’t allowed to travel out of state. Before U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam handed down the five-month sentence Monday morning, Hairston apologized in court. He said he simply wanted to get out of

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17-year-old boy shot in West Garfield Park

A teenage boy was shot Jan. 11, 2021, in West Garfield Park. | Sun-Times file photoHe was at a bus stop when two people in vehicles exchanged gunfire, Chicago police said. A 17-year-old boy was shot Monday in West Garfield Park on the West Side. He was at a bus stop about 8 p.m. in the 4300 block of West Jackson Boulevard when two people in vehicles exchanged gunfire, Chicago police said. The teen was struck in the hand and taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital in good condition, police said. Area Four detectives are investigating. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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Rob Manfred tells MLB teams to prepare for full season, on-time spring training, according to report

Baseball’s opening day might happen on time after all. Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country, Major League Baseball is planning to begin spring training on time and hopes to play a full, 162-game season, according to a report by USA Today. According to national baseball writer Bob Nightengale, commissioner Rob Manfred informed clubs Monday that they should prepare for spring training to start on time in February and to plan on playing a full 162-game season. Spring training is scheduled to begin Feb. 17 in Arizona and Florida, with opening day scheduled for April 1. The Rockies are set to host the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field to open the season. Although no official announcement has been made, Rockies players and staff have be...

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As dust settles on chaos in D.C., accounting begins in Southern California

Even as the House of Representatives laid the groundwork Monday for a second impeachment of President Donald Trump, one of his supporters, Jessica Martinez, took heavy political fire 3,000 miles away in her role as a member the Whittier City Council. Martinez was in Washington D.C. last week when Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol in the hope of upending the recent presidential election. Now, many in the city of 86,000 want her to step down from the council. She’s hardly alone. From local teachers to attorneys to students to business owners, people from all parts of Southern California who attended the D.C. insurrection — some as participants in the breach of the Capitol buildings, some as instigators of the violence that left five people dead, and others, like Martinez, who say

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‘Windy City Rehab’ co-host sues for $2.2M, says Alison Victoria, HGTV falsely paint him as ‘villain’ on reality show

Alison Victoria and Donovan Eckhardt go over plans during a scene from in Season Two of “Windy City Rehab.” | HGTV/VideoThe suit states that Chicago contractor Donovan Eckhardt “has suffered from depression, sleeplessness, loss of appetite” and has undergone counseling for the “embarrassing, traumatic and humiliating” experience. Reality TV? Not really. Chicago contractor Donovan Eckhardt is suing the production company and network responsible for the hit reality TV show “Windy City Rehab,” claiming in a defamation lawsuit filed Monday that the show lied when it scripted him as an untrustworthy “villain” who stole money. He was a manufactured bad guy meant to boost ratings, the suit states. In the 23-page lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Eckhardt goes through each episode of th

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Chadwick Boseman’s Widow Gives Emotional Gothams Speech: ‘The Most Honest Person I Ever Met’

Late actor Chadwick Boseman was honored at the 2021 Gotham Awards, held virtually by the Independent Film Project, on Monday night with the event’s Actor Tribute Award. The event included testimonies from Andre Holland and his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward. Boseman was also nominated at the Gotham Awards for Best Actor thanks to his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” though that prize went to Riz Ahmed for “Sound of Metal.” Boseman was paid tribute by his co-star Andre Holland, with whom he starred opposite as Jackie Robinson in “42.” Of a memorable moment in promoting the film, Holland said, “There was an acknowledgment in his face that his light would never be the same and there was also this clarity in his eyes that he was ready to meet that moment and many more. Chad went on to

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Coronavirus: Faith-based charity brings field hospital to parking lot of Lancaster hospital

A parking lot near a Lancaster hospital is being transformed into a field hospital by a nonprofit relief organization to treat coronavirus patients amid the worsening pandemic. Samaritan’s Purse — a nondenominational, evangelical Christian disaster-relief organization known for deploying medical teams to such places as Africa, Iraq and Haiti — is bringing a mobile unit of 50-plus beds and trained medical staff to help the team at Antelope Valley Hospital during the worsening pandemic. The organization’s DC-8 cargo plane airlifted the final components of the field hospital to the Antelope Valley on Monday, Jan. 11. The “instant hospital” will be ready to begin accepting patients on Tuesday or Wednesday, officials said. “We have the opportunity to help relieve some of the pressure from the h

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Madigan suspends his bid for speaker — and ratchets up the suspense

House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, right, talks with state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, left, during the lame-duck session for the Illinois House of Representatives held at the Bank of Springfield Center on Monday. | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via APLawmakers were left to supply their own interpretation of the speaker’s words, hardly a first time for any of them.  My interpretation? If House Democrats figure out how hard it is to put together a 60-vote majority and give up, they’re welcome to come crawling back to Madigan.  SPRINGFIELD — Just like that, Mike Madigan’s nearly four decades as speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives was over. Or was it? Word that Madigan was abandoning his campaign for another term as presiding officer swept across the state

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Sightings of gray whales and their babies a good sign for species

The gray whale moms swimming with their babies spotted along Southern California’s coastline this weekend were more than a cute sight – they were a sign of hope. The multiple sightings on Saturday, Jan. 9, with whale watching charters counting five different calf and cow pairs in Palos Verdes, Dana Point and Oceanside, offers a bit of good news for the species that has struggled in recent years. With current restrictions on gathering because of the ongoing pandemic, it’s going to be harder to judge how the gray whale species is faring this year as hundreds of people who typically volunteer to scan the waters and count the whales won’t be able to take their annual census. “It’s a good sign, it’s good news there were moms,” said Alisa Schulman-Janiger, co-founder of the Gray Whale Census &a

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The Eagles Have the Least Attractive Head Coaching Vacancy in the NFL

Just over a week after a controversial loss to the Washington Football Team, the Philadelphia Eagles made it official. Doug Pederson will no longer be their head coach. Replacing the man who led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory will be a challenge. The Eagles’ quarterback situation is a mess After speaking with two people close to former #Eagles coach Doug Pederson, it sounds like this is what it boiled down: Pederson was sick of people telling him what to do.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2021 RELATED: The Eagles Just Signed a Freakishly Gifted Quarterback So He Can Never Throw a Football Again The key talking point of the Eagles’ 2020 season was their quarterback situation. Carson Wentz played like a shadow of the passer who once won the league’s MVP award

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Coronavirus: L.A. County reported 12,617 new cases and 137 new deaths; hospitalizations down

Los Angeles County reported 12,617 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, Jan. 11, bringing the total number of cases to 932,692 according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The county reported 137 new fatalities linked to coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 12,387 since tracking began. Hospitalizations are on the decline. There were 24 fewer patients hospitalized by the virus as of Monday and 164 fewer patients since Friday. The total number of patients in L.A. County hospitals is 8,074 with 20% in ICU. The breakdown of people infected with the coronavirus by age is as follows: 0-4: 17,123 5-11: 41,474 12-17: 51,575 18-29: 213,539 30-49: 2298,254 50-64: 168,399 65-79: 65,658 Older than 80: 24,108 Data posted each day is preliminary and subject to c...

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Alexander: NHL returns after an offseason unlike any other

If there were any questions about the precarious nature of the National Hockey League’s 103rd season, which begins this week, the protocols should put them to rest. “We’ve issued 12 protocols, spanning 213 pages,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said on a pre-season Zoom conference on Monday. “As I told the (general) managers and coaches, the protocols were not a suggestion or a recommendation. They will need to be done in order for us to address and get through the pandemic, and we will vigorously enforce them.” They include guidelines for training camps, practice facilities, travel, and player conduct. Examples: “Stay at home to the greatest extent possible and do not engage in unnecessary interactions with non-family members.” Or: “The individual may not leave their home or hotel room for any

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Biopic About Alice Guy-Blaché, The First Ever Female Movie Director, in Development

Pamela B. Green, Joan Simon and Cosima Littlewood, the filmmakers behind the acclaimed documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, are re-teaming to create a narrative biopic based on the first-ever female director, screenwriter, producer and studio owner. The script features new material found during the making of the original documentary.  Alice Guy-Blaché was active from the late 19th century and was in the room when the Lumière brothers held the first cinema screening in Paris, 1895. Inspired by what she witnessed, Guy-Blaché went on to become an in-house film-maker at the French film studio, Gaumont.  She would eventually travel to the U.S. where she became the artistic director and co-founder of Solax Studios. Guy-Blaché made over 1,000 short and silent films, inc...

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