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Area 51 festival wraps up in Nevada; Earthlings head home
9/26/2019 11:23:55 AM

By Ken Ritter   HIKO, Nev. (AP)—The festivals are over and Earthlings from around the globe headed home Sunday after a weekend camping and partying in the dusty Nevada desert and trekking to remote gates of Area 51, a formerly top-secret U.S. military base long the focus of UFO and space alien lore. They left in peace, officials and the host of a free “Alienstock” festival said Sunday. Visitors hailed from France, Russia, Germany, Peru, Sweden, Australia and many U.S. states—many toting cameras—in answer to an internet post in June...

Inspiring speeches on diversity, equal pay rule Emmy night
9/26/2019 11:22:35 AM

By Jocelyn Noveck   HOLLYWOOD—Emmy night is always a chaotic mix of the humorous, the emotional and the inspirational, mixed with some major sequins and glitter. And on this Emmy night, all those elements came together in one glorious moment: Billy Porter’s win as best actor in a drama for “Pose,” the first openly gay actor to win the award. But Porter’s speech wasn’t the only knock-your-socks-off moment. Michelle Williams gave the audience an eloquent and impassioned lesson on the importance of equal pay for women, especially women of...

25 years later, a new generation gets immersed in 'Friends'
9/26/2019 11:21:46 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—“Friends” is getting old. Its fans have never been younger. As the sitcom about six twentysomethings marks its 25th anniversary on Sunday, it has spawned a devoted youthful viewership, especially among tween and teen girls who weren't yet born when it went off the air in 2004. In an era when everyone assumed they would move on to YouTube and Instagram video, young girls have embraced the series and its old-fashioned, studio-audience, sitcom format, bingeing its 10 seasons on Netflix through their tablets and phones, wearing T-shirts with the...

Trial approaching in California hospital antitrust case
9/26/2019 11:15:30 AM

By AdamBeam   SACRAMENTO (AP)—Spurred in part by former President Barack Obama's health care law, hospitals across the country have merged to form massive medical systems in the belief it would simplify the process for patients. But a simpler bill doesn't always guarantee a cheaper bill. That's a key issue in an antitrust lawsuit against one of California's largest hospital systems set to begin Monday. About 1,500 self-funded health plans have sued Sutter Health, a system that includes 24 hospitals across Northern California. The case has...

In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons?
9/26/2019 11:13:56 AM

By Lisa Marie Pane   Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's recent vow to take away people's AR-15 and AK-47 rifles raised one big question: How is it possible to round up the millions of such guns that exist in the United States? The number of AR-15 and AK-47s in the U.S. is estimated at a staggering 16 million, creating logistical challenges to take them out of circulation. Many gun owners are also unwilling to turn over the weapons, and if the government offered to buy them all back at face value, the price tag could easily run into the billions...

U.S. vaping illness count tops 500, but cause still unknown
9/26/2019 11:11:15 AM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—U.S. health officials say 530 people have now been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory. The total number of illnesses is up from 380 a week ago. Seven deaths have been reported. All patients had used an electronic cigarette or other vaping device. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the lungs apparently reacting...

Public Works and Transportation endorses appropriation for fleet services
9/26/2019 10:43:19 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Public Works and Transportation Committee approved a four-year loan from the general fund for $306,808 to the fleet services fund 741 to restructure the onsite parts program, Sept. 24.   Assistant Public Works Manager Brian Yanez presented the item to the committee and said the division's operation is budgeted and accounted for in an internal service fund.    Fleet services are one of seven separate internal service funds and serve all the departments within the...

Community celebrates Henry Hottendorf’s 100th Birthday
9/26/2019 10:25:31 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Port Hueneme—It was a star-spangled tribute for Henry Hottendorf, who was proclaimed the “Man of the Century” by family and friends.    Hottendorf, an American Hero, dedicated his life toward serving others. He was part of the submarine corps in World War II and in the battle of Coral Sea, New Guinea, Okinawa and the Battle of Guadalcanal.   Hottendork was escorted into the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3935 (VFW) Sept. 21, by two of his daughters, Dr. Diane Hottendorf of Washington D.C., and...

Council passes homeless ordinance
9/23/2019 6:58:30 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council took a step towards improving quality of life issues in the city, Sept. 17 and approved an ordinance that eliminates camping, removal, and storage of personal property, park exclusion, and aggressive panhandling and solicitation. The ordinance brought out some concern by council members at the dais, who fear that removing homeless from park and downtown will cause them to relocate to other parks in the city. Assistant City Attorney Jason Zaragoza led the presentation and said the homeless issue is...

Oxnard Jazz Festival is pure fun in the sun
9/19/2019 6:19:28 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The 4th Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival set out to "feel the vibe" on Sept. 14, and the event delivered on that promise and paid dividends.   Oxnard Beach Park was packed full of concert lovers who feasted on great food, killer music, dancing and shopping throughout the sunny day.   Many attendees drove to the event, but others avoided the traffic and took the free shuttle from Channel Islands Harbor.   Event Organizer Chuck Dennis attends a lot of festivals throughout the year to...