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Downtown Oxnard Lions step up for Driffill Elementary School
6/13/2019 3:06:56 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—A large crowd of hungry supporters stopped by Driffill Elementary School on June 8, ready to enjoy breakfast and support Driffill's Winter Closet at the Second Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Downtown Oxnard Lion's Club.   Attendees enjoyed delicious pancakes, thick and fluffy, along with fruit, sausage, bacon, coffee, and lots more.      Carol Flores Beck has been the principal of Driffill for nine years and plans to retire at the end of the year after 39 years of teaching...

Food Share helps needy families in La Colonia
6/13/2019 2:45:40 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- People helping people was alive and well at the Colonia Library, June 8, as the monthly food share event means full stomachs and happy families.   Oxnard Housing Authority Resident Services Coordinator Rose Banuelos led the food share and said it’s a monthly event in the La Colonia neighborhood every second Saturday of the month.   “We’ve been doing this food share for about 20 years,” she said. “We pick up food from Food Share, and we have volunteers come in and distribute to...

Public Works and Transportation endorses Wastewater Treatment Plant Cogeneration Engine Refurbishment
6/13/2019 2:35:17 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Public Works and Transportation Committee endorsed awarding a contract to GI Endurant, LLC for the Oxnard Wastewater Treatment Plant Cogeneration Engine Refurbishment Phase II during its June 11, meeting. The contract amount is for $499, 632, and an additional $49, 963 for contingencies and 49,963. They also approved $49,963 for engineering, inspection, survey, and project management and approved an appropriation of $358,349 for the Oxnard Wastewater Treatment Plant Cogeneration Engine Refurbishment Phase II. Interim...

Council decides to fund Engine 62 at budget hearing
6/13/2019 2:19:05 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council's Budget hearing drew a massive crowd, and more than its share of fireworks and passion on June 5.   More than 80 people came out to speak against the city's proposed closing of the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (PACC), the Carnegie Arts Museum, the Colonia Library and Boxing Gym and proposed cutbacks at Station 2 on Pleasant Valley Road to take Engine 62 out of service and run the station with only Emergency Medical Services.   By department, the city is...

25 years after murders, OJ says 'Life is fine'
6/13/2019 1:26:40 PM

By Linda Deutsch   LOS ANGELES (AP)—After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation's most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative zone.” In a telephone interview, the 71-year-old Simpson told The Associated Press he is healthy and happy living in Las Vegas. And neither he nor his children want to look back by talking about June 12, 1994, when his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death and Simpson was transformed from Hall of Fame football...

Jon Meacham, Tim McGraw explore American history in song
6/13/2019 1:25:12 PM

By Kristin M. Hall   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—On a recent spring day inside Tim McGraw's sprawling Nashville mansion, the country superstar got a friendly ribbing from his friend and neighbor, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Jon Meacham. McGraw was wearing his typical black cowboy hat and was tanned from one of his recent spear fishing trips. Meacham, a journalist, author and professor, wore a dress shirt and khakis, and held an unlit cigar in his hand. “I'm smoking cigars and he's lifting weights,” Meacham remarked. “Mr....

Julia Roberts, Spike Lee Toast Denzel Washington’s Lifetime of Achievement
6/13/2019 1:23:47 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Denzel Washington was the man of the hour Thursday night with everyone from Julia Roberts to Spike Lee turning out to celebrate him as this year's recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. But when he finally took the stage to accept the honor he did something unexpected: At his own award ceremony, Washington turned the spotlight away from himself and gave his wife of 40 years, Pauletta Washington, her own standing ovation. The crowd of multigenerational Hollywood A-listers, from Michael B. Jordan and Mahershala Ali to Cicely...

Children, teens face significant pressures that affect mental health
6/13/2019 1:20:38 PM

By Staff Reports   PASADENA—When it comes to today’s youth, many are overwhelmed with social, school, athletic and cultural pressures. However, too much stress and worrying can be problematic for children and teens. That’s especially true when anxiety starts to get in the way of everyday life, and begins to affect a child’s mental health. Anabel Basulto, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California, says while progress has been made in reducing the stigma of mental health conditions, it can be especially...

FDA: 'Influencers' promoted vaping without suitable warnings
6/13/2019 1:18:18 PM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—U.S. regulators moved to discipline vaping companies for inappropriately promoting their flavored nicotine formulas through so-called influencers on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. The Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters Friday to four companies that used paid social media influencers to pitch nicotine solutions to their online followers, including flavors like Watermelon Patch and Strawberry Kiwi. The posts didn't include a mandatory warning that the vaping liquids contain nicotine, which is...

Perk up: California says coffee cancer risk insignificant
6/13/2019 1:16:52 PM

By Brian Melley   LOS ANGELES (AP)—California officially gave its blessing to coffee Monday, declaring the beverage does not pose a “significant” cancer risk. The rule, proposed a year ago by regulators, means coffee won't have to carry ominous warnings that the beverage may be bad for you. The state took the rare move after a Los Angeles judge found Starbucks Corp. and other companies failed to show that benefits from drinking coffee outweighed risks from a byproduct of the roasting process. That ruling put the industry in jeopardy of hefty...