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L.A. County OKs $200,000 in funding for youth home


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved $200,000 in funding to help acquire a single-family home in the Antelope Valley to house at-risk and transition-age youth 12 to 18 years old.

The young people — who might otherwise find themselves homeless — will be able to stay housed in their community and receive services and treatment, including mental health support and crisis intervention.

“Through this partnership, we look forward to helping young adults set themselves up for the future, rather than worrying about where they are going to live tomorrow,” said Emilio Salas, acting executive director of the Los Angeles County Development Authority. “The board’s support of these endeavors helps us inch closer to ending homelessness in Los Angeles County.”

The home will be owned and operated by Penny Lane Centers, which serves more than 3,500 young people and families, providing therapeutic residential services, foster family placements and other services. PLC has agreed to maintain the home as a residential center for at least five years.

Two men fatally shot in Van Nuys, police search for suspects


VAN NUYS (CNS) – Two men were fatally shot in Van Nuys, and police today were looking for three or four suspects who fled the scene.

Police responded to a shots fired call in the 15300 block of Wyandotte Street about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and located two men on the front porch of a residence who had suffered gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

One victim died at the scene and the second victim later died at a hospital. Information on their identities was not immediately released.

“Witnesses reported hearing an argument in the front porch of the residence,” an LAPD statement said. “They heard gunshots and observed 3-4 males running away. The suspects entered a sedan parked on the street. The vehicle drove away east on Wyandotte Street.”

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call homicide investigators at 818-374-1925; 877-LAPD-24-7, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

Vice provost at Stanford University named 16th president of Occidental College


EAGLE ROCK (CNS) – Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate
education at Stanford University for the past decade, will become the 16th
president of Occidental College on July 1, the school’s board of trustees
announced today.
The Occidental board unanimously selected Elam at the conclusion of a
year-long national search to succeed Jonathan Veitch, who announced in January
2019 that he will step down on June 30 after an 11-year tenure.
“Harry has the proven leadership skills, profound understanding of
undergraduate education and enthusiastic embrace of our commitment to access
and excellence that we were looking for,” said Occidental Board Chair Steve
“In addition to his academic credentials, Harry has a genuine ability
to connect with people,” Rountree said. “From an impressive field of
candidates, he emerged as the clear frontrunner and was the board’s unanimous
Elam said he was “honored to have been chosen to lead Occidental, one
of the country’s top liberal arts colleges.”
“The college’s mission, founded on a commitment to excellence,
equity, community and service resonates deeply with me, as do its academic
strengths across disciplines, its vibrant ties to Los Angeles, a faculty
equally committed to teaching and research, and talented students from all
backgrounds determined to have an impact on our world,” Elam said.
“Over the past years I have, in effect, operated a liberal arts
college within the structure of a research university. Occidental represents a
particularly dynamic vision of the liberal arts, and the work of collaborating
with faculty, students and staff to lead the college into the next phase of its
evolution is a truly exciting opportunity.”
A member of the Stanford faculty since 1990, when he joined what is
now the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Elam has served in a
variety of senior administrative positions. For the past 10 years, he has been
responsible for nearly all policies and programs relating to Stanford’s 7,200
undergraduate students.
“While this is bittersweet news for all of us who work closely with
Harry at Stanford, I am delighted for him and for the students, faculty and
staff at Occidental College,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.
“They will get the benefit of Harry’s wise leadership and his unwavering focus
on improving education and the student experience.”
Elam grew up in the turbulent era of court-ordered school
desegregation in Boston and is a leader on issues of diversity and inclusion,
according to Occidental officials. They noted that at Stanford, he created the
Institute for Diversity in the Arts, initiated a summer bridge program for
first-year students from under-resourced high schools, and designed a program
to increase the number of students of color pursuing graduate degrees in STEM
A graduate of Harvard College who earned his doctorate in the dramatic
arts at UC Berkeley, Elam is the author and co-editor of seven books,
including “The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson” and dozens of
journal articles and book chapters.
In addition to his scholarly work, Elam has directed professionally
for more than 25 years, including “Blues for an Alabama Sky” or Theaterworks
in Palo Alto and several of August Wilson’s plays.
He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the
College of Fellows of the American Theatre, and is the recipient of the
Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s highest award and a career
achievement award from the American Society for Theatre Research.
His wife, Michele Elam, is a humanities professor at Stanford and an
associate director of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

Los Angeles bus fleet to become zero emissions by 2028 Olympics


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive directive Monday that will transform the city’s bus fleet into zero-emissions by the 2028 Olympics.

“The science could not be clearer and the stakes could not be higher,” Garcetti said. “We must act this decade to save the planet and create a more equitable, prosperous and healthy future for our children and grandchildren.”

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ABC to air live episode of ‘The Conners’ tonight


BURBANK (CNS) – ABC will air a live episode of “The Conners” tonight at 8 p.m. in connection with the New Hampshire primary, part of its plan to air at least one live or major event every month.

Tonight’s episode, “Live From Lanford,” will be performed live from the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank for both the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts and incorporate ABC News coverage of the first-in-the-nation primary into the story in real time.

The episode will have Mark Conner-Healy (Ames McNamara), the younger of Darlene Conner’s (Sara Gilbert) two children, watching the results of the primary for a school report with his older sister Harris (Emma Kenney), who is apathetic to the electoral process and believes money’s influence in politics means real change is impossible.

The rest of the family share their differing takes on why they all think everyone should vote, including their working-class perspective that you “may have to vote for a candidate you don’t love but one that will `screw you the least,”’ according to ABC.

Other major or live events set to air on ABC include another death- defying walk by daredevil Nik Wallenda March 4; a celebrity edition of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and the NFL draft in April; another pair of re-creations of Norman Lear-produced 1970s comedies in May; the Primetime Emmys Sept. 20; and a production of the Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein” in October.

Previous live or major events that have aired on ABC to generally great ratings success, including “The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” because of their broad appeal “to kids and families and parents and young adults,” ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said last month during ABC’s portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

“That is the secret sauce in what unites people to watch those,” Burke said.

Wrestlemania 37 to be held in new Los Angeles stadium


INGLEWOOD (CNS) – WrestleMania 37 will be held at SoFi Stadium on March 28, 2021, the first time the professional wrestling and pop culture extravaganza will be held in the Los Angeles area since 2005, WWE announced today.

The “Friday Night SmackDown,” “NXT TakeOver” and “Monday Night Raw” broadcasts will originate from Staples Center in the week leading up to WrestleMania 37.

WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival, will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as well as the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

WWE will also host more than a dozen community outreach events, including hospital visits and “Be a STAR” bullying prevention rallies, according to WWE.

Over the past 13 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.3 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, according to the WWE.

WrestleMania 36 will be held April 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

“WrestleMania will set the bar for future sports and entertainment events held at SoFi Stadium as we add this facility to the list of iconic venues that have hosted our pop-culture extravaganza,” WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon said.

WrestleMania was most recently held in the Los Angeles area in 2005 at Staples Center. It has been held at football stadiums each year since 2007.

WrestleMania was held at the then-Arrowhead Pond (now Honda Center) in 1996 and 2000 and in 1991 at the since-demolished Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, one of three sites for WrestleMania 2 in 1986.

Memorial service scheduled for family who died in crash with Kobe Bryant


ANAHEIM (CNS) – A memorial service for John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli will be held today at Angel Stadium.

The memorial service for the three family members, who were among the nine people who died with Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 in Calabasas, will begin at 4 p.m., John’s brother Tony Altobelli announced on Facebook.

Parking will be available on the Angel Stadium lots off State College Boulevard and Orangewood Avenue. The public can enter through the home plate gate.

“Needless to say … there will be plenty of room so if you’d like to be a part of this, we’d love to have you,” Tony Altobelli said.

John Altobelli, 56, was the longtime baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, where his teams won four state titles. He died in the crash along with his 46-year-old wife, Keri, and their 14-year- old daughter Alyssa, a teammate of Bryant’s daughter Gianna on the Mamba Sports Academy basketball team.

Korean-language film scores historic win at Oscars


South Korean psychological thriller “Parasite” is a permanent part of Oscar history today, winning four Academy Awards and becoming the first non-English-language film to ever be named best picture.

The film dominated the 92nd Oscars on Sunday night, first winning the original screenplay prize for Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, then taking home the best international film prize and a best-director honor for Bong Joon Ho. Although the World War I epic “1917” went into the night as a favorite in the best-picture category, “Parasite’s” momentum clearly mounted as the Dolby Theatre ceremony progressed.

“We never imagined this to ever happen, we are so happy,” the film’s producer, Kwak Sin Ae, said while accepting the best picture prize. “I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now. I express my deepest gratitude and respect to all the members of the Academy for making this decision.”

Here is a complete list of winners of the 92nd Academy Awards, which were presented Sunday at the Dolby Theatre:

Best Picture
— “Parasite,” Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho

— Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

— Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Supporting Actor
— Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Supporting Actress
— Laura Dern, “Marriage Story,”

— Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

Animated Feature
— “Toy Story 4,” Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera

— “1917,” Roger Deakins

Costume Design
— “Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran

Documentary Feature
— “American Factory,” Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert

Documentary Short Subject
— “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” Carol
Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

Film Editing
— “Ford v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland

International Feature
— “Parasite,” South Korea

— “Bombshell,” Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker

Original Score
— “Joker,” Hildur Guonadottir

Original Song
— “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman,” music by Elton
John, lyric by Bernie Taupin

Production Design
— “Once upon a Time in Hollywood,” Production Design: Barbara Ling;
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Animated Short Film
— “Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver

Live Action Short Film
— “The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry

Sound Editing
— “Ford v Ferrari,” Donald Sylvester

Sound Mixing
— “1917,” Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects
— “1917,” Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted Screenplay
— “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi

Original Screenplay
— “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

All-female alt-pop group Crimson Apple to headline Pasadena Valentine’s Day party


Valentine’s Day might be better known for quiet, candlelight dinners, but Pasadena locals will have next week an energetic alternative for couples looking to party together, as well as singles ready to mingle.

Valentine’s Day Party at Hotel Constance, scheduled for Feb. 14, will see all-female alt-pop band Crimson Apple take to the stage and entertain attendees, with the event starting at 6 p.m. and running until 1 a.m. the following morning.

Crimson Apple, consisting of sisters Colby Benson (lead vocals, keyboard), Shelby Benson (lead guitar and vocals), Carthi Benson (bass and vocals) and Faith Benson (drums), has cited rock band Paramore and pop-electronic darlings Twenty One Pilots as among its biggest influences. The band plays a unique mix of pop, electronic, alternative, and J-pop-influenced indie, and has toured the United States.

Performers DJ Neko and Bassbullyz will take the poolside live stage first, opening for Crimson Apple. Then, the party will move indoors to the Colorado Room, where DJs will spin dance tracks all night long.

Tickets for the event are $5 for students, and $10 for the general public until 8 p.m., after which it’ll be $10 and $20 for each, respectively. VIP booth passes, and VIP tables are also available.

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Staples Center memorial for Kobe, other crash victims reportedly set for Feb. 24


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Plans for a public memorial service to honor Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people killed in a Calabasas helicopter crash appear to be advancing, with reports surfacing today that the gathering will be held Feb. 24 at Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Times and Southern California News Group, citing sources familiar with the plans, both reported the memorial had been set for that date — 2/24, combining Bryant’s jersey number 24 and Gianna’s number 2.

No details about the event or information about tickets were immediately released.

In addition to Bryant, 41, and his daughter, those killed in the Jan. 26 crash were:

— John Altobelli, 56, longtime coach of the Orange Coast College baseball team, along with his wife, Keri, 46, and their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa, who was a teammate of Gianna on Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy basketball team;

— Sarah Chester, 45, and her 13-year-old daughter Payton, who also played with Gianna and Alyssa;

— Christina Mauser, 38, one of Bryant’s assistant coaches on the Mamba Academy team; and

— Ara Zobayan, 50, the helicopter pilot.

The Los Angeles Clippers are scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center the night of Feb. 24, so any a memorial service at the venue would have to be held during the day.