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ASMA Exhibit adds beauty to Maritime Museum
9/19/2019 5:58:44 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The Channel Islands Maritime Museum welcomed the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) to the venue, Sept. 14, as the 2019 West Juried Regional Exhibit opened for its biannual show at the waterfront.   The Opening Reception featured 51 exquisite paintings and one sculpture that captured moments in time across bodies of water.   Museum Curator Heather Behrens said the museum has an excellent exhibit and visitors will see the art and have a wow moment right from the...

Hueneme Patriot Fest is a tasty choice
9/19/2019 5:49:23 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Port Hueneme— The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3935 (VFW) was the place to be Sept. 14, as the post held their Patriot Fest, which meant camaraderie, fellowship and an educational event for the youngsters.   Attendees enjoyed great chili, children played fun games, and the group honored those who chose to serve the country and continue to keep all Americans free.   Nathan Bruck came down from Idaho for the event and enjoyed the community outreach.   “We’re reaching out to our combat...

Oxnard Fire Department wins Best of California Award ’
9/19/2019 5:40:28 PM

Oxnard–- The City of Oxnard has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government's "Best of California Awards" program for its innovative use of data and analytics within the Oxnard Fire Department.    Each year the Center highlights California state and local government and education organizations for their contributions in information technology. This year the City won the 2019 "Most Innovative Use of Data and Analytics" award.    "I'm very proud of the creative work of our Geographic Information Systems (GIS)...

Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace
9/19/2019 12:51:58 PM

By Gregory Katz   LONDON (AP)—A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born. The toilet, valued at roughly 1 million pounds ($1.25 million), was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It had been installed only two days earlier at Blenheim Palace, west of London, after previously being shown to appreciative audiences at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Police said the toilet was taken early Saturday by thieves who used at...

Marvel's Kevin Feige honored at 45th Saturn Awards
9/19/2019 12:50:26 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Kevin Feige was honored at the 45th annual Saturn Awards but the Marvel Studios president gave higher praise to someone other than himself. Feige said in a video message Friday night that he was “humbled” after accepting the inaugural Stan Lee Builder award, named after the late Marvel Comics mastermind. He paid homage to Lee for kick-starting the Marvel legacy, calling him a “genius.” “He was enthused with humanity and kindness,” said Feige, who did not attend the ceremony but spoke...

Newly–hired, -fired 'SNL' player used anti-Chinese slur in 2018 YouTube post
9/19/2019 12:48:50 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—A newly announced “Saturday Night Live” cast member posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English. The clip of Shane Gillis re-emerged in a news report Thursday, just hours after NBC said that he and two others, including the show's only Asian American performer, were joining the cast as featured players. The video apparently was posted in 2018 to a YouTube channel featuring Gillis and fellow comedian Matt McCusker, according to a Variety...

U.S. officials revise vaping illness count to 380 in 36 states
9/19/2019 12:47:05 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use. Health officials on Thursday said 380 confirmed cases and probable cases have been reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory. That marks a decrease from the 450 cited last week, when officials were also including “possible” cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials have been investigating an outbreak...

U.S. finds contaminant in popular heartburn drug
9/19/2019 12:45:58 PM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—U.S. health officials said Friday they are investigating low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant in the popular heartburn medication Zantac and related generic drugs. For now, the Food and Drug Administration said patients can continue taking their medications. The agency said it has detected a “probable” cancer-causing chemical in the medications, which are sold as both prescription and over-the-counter treatments to treat stomach acid and ulcers. FDA officials said the amount of the impurity barely...

California could tighten social media rules for children
9/19/2019 12:35:56 PM

By Adam Beam   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California is considering tightening the rules for children under 13 using social media. The state Senate voted 31-4 on Thursday to require social media companies to first get the consent of a parent or guardian before creating an account for a child the company knows is under 13. Federal law already requires social media companies to get permission from parents for collecting data children under 13. That's why most social media companies, including Facebook, already ban children under 13 from creating accounts. But the bill...

Higher groundwater pumping fees are coming to Oxnard
9/16/2019 10:55:06 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Ventura—The conversation about increased pumping fees for groundwater in the Oxnard basin continues with seawater invasion and how it relates to the groundwater locally.   The Fox Canyon, Groundwater Management Agency, held its fourth workshop, Aug. 21, and discussed the reasons why the area will reduce pumping in the future to meet its sustainability goals as it moves toward 2040.   Cities can expect considerable pumping fee increases per acre-feet of water and can have far-reaching effects on the local...