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Suspected driver arrested, then released in Pleasanton crash that killed East Bay man

PLEASANTON — Authorities have identified the man who died in a crash on Interstate 680 here last month, a collision that led to the suspected driver’s arrest on drunk driving charges. Jamari Ross, of San Lorenzo, was killed after a Mercedes Benz flipped over a cement barrier on Interstate 680 around 5:45 a.m. on Sept. 10, police said. Ross was ejected from the car and died at the scene of the crash. The suspected driver, a Stockton woman, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after she admitted to being the driver and agreed to a blood/alcohol level test, which registered at nearly 50 percent higher than the legal limit, police said. She allegedly told investigators she drank tequila hours earlier at a club in San Jose before heading to Stockton with Ross. The woman was released from...

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How California will punish doctors who spread COVID disinformation

California Gov. Gavin Newsom holds a face mask while speaking at a news conference in Oakland, California, on July 26, 2021.Jeff Chiu, Associated Press Doctors in California who spread misinformation about COVID-19 to their patients now face losing their license to practice medicine. A controversial bill signed into law Friday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom is believed to be the first in the nation to punish doctors for giving patients false or misleading information about COVID-19 risks, vaccinations and treatments. Under the new law, the Medical Board of California would determine if a doctor’s interactions with patients should be considered unprofessional conduct and, if so, what action is appropriate. Doctors could have their medical licenses suspended or even taken away.

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Bookish Bono: U2 singer to promote memoir with 14-city tour

Bono's next tour will be without U2 and without a new album to support. He will instead be promoting his memoir “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story,” which comes out Nov. 1. Live Nation and Penguin Random House announced Monday that the 62-year-old superstar will visit 14 cities in November, starting at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan on Nov. 2 and ending Nov. 28 at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid. “I miss being on stage and the closeness of U2’s audience,” Bono said in a statement released Monday. “In these shows I’ve got some stories to sing, and some songs to tell… Plus I want to have some fun presenting my ME-moir, Surrender, is really more of a WE-moir if I think of all the people who helped me get from there to here.” Other stops include the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, the Ryman Auditor...

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Oscars 2023: Best Original Score Predictions

In a season marked by movies about showbiz, social change, and superheroics, many of the contending scores experiment with new musical sounds uniting the past and present. Among the early frontrunners are Michael Abels’ genre-bending score for Jordan Peele’s flipped-out “Nope” (Universal), Son Lux’s maximalist score for the Daniels’ multiverse action-adventure, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24), and Terence Blanchard’s African-infused score for Gina Prince-Bythewood’s historical epic, “The Woman King” (Sony). They are joined by the legendary John Williams’ final collaboration with Steven Spielberg on his TIFF-winning, semi-autobiographical “The Fabelmans” (Universal); Carter Burwell’s mystical score for Martin McDonagh’s dark bromance “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight); Chri

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In Ian’s aftermath, election officials try to make backup plans as midterm elections approach

Hurricane Ian could have another impact on Florida. In 36 days, the midterm elections will take place and in two Southwest Florida counties hit hard by the hurricane, Lee and Charlotte counties, the elections may take on a different look. On Monday, Duval and other county election office officials said they were ready to step in and make sure the elections there go off without a hitch. Duval officials said they are willing to send equipment if necessary. Storms are something every Florida county is supposed to be prepared for and those in the elections office in Duval County were working during the storm last week just in case. While Ian was threatening Northeast Florida and hitting hard in Southwest Florida, election workers in Jacksonville were on hand. They worked through the storm pro...

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Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, DA Mike Hestrin get 2 more years in office

Barring recalls or resignations, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco and District Attorney Mike Hestrin will be in office at least through 2028 — two years after their current terms were set to expire — under a new state law that reschedules elections for the public safety leaders. Gov. Gavin Newsom late last month signed AB 759, which shifts sheriff and district attorney elections in most California counties to presidential election years. The new law doesn’t appear to affect San Bernardino or Los Angeles counties and it’s unclear whether it applies to Orange County. A Republican and vocal critic of Newsom who supported recalling the Democratic governor, Bianco mockingly thanked Newsom “for the unintended consequences” of AB 759 in a Facebook post. In a phone interview Monday, Oct. 3,

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Rob Beckett becomes ‘accidental activist’ after getting caught up in Just Stop Oil march on way to film Celebs Go Dating

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Rob Beckett was simply just trying to get to work this morning but somehow found himself right in the middle of the huge Just Stop Oil protest in central London.  Joining thousands of other commuters on Monday morning, the comedian tried to make his way to the Celebs Go Dating studios to record his voiceover for the E4 dating series.  However, he may have been a tad tardy after landing slap bang in the middle of protests that brought Westminster to a standstill over the weekend.  This time, the Just Stop Oil campaigners were heading to Whitehall and Rob found himself among them after hopping in a taxi, leading to a hilariously unfortunate s

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Texas Bootmaker Tecovas’ Classic Leather Tote Is Roomy, Sturdy, Easy to Clean

Scouted/The Daily Beast/Tecovas.Scouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission. While it is fun to have trendy, of-the-moment clothes and accessories, there’s something to be said of a closet full of classic capsule-wear pieces that never go out of style. There is the timeless little black dress, the tailored white button-up tee, the perfect-fit skinny jeans, and, of course, the underrated everyday leather tote. If you’re like me and have invested in enough trendy bags to last a lifetime, you’ve probably learned the hard way that too many of these leather bags tend to fall apart or go out of style within a season. That’s where the appeal of a classic leather tote comes into play: they last for years and tend to go with jus...

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Diplomat Tells Elon Musk to ‘Fuck Off’ After Absurd Ukraine Tweet

Theo Wargo/WireImageTesla CEO Elon Musk waded into Russia’s war in Ukraine Monday by tweeting that Ukraine should remain “neutral” in the war as a way to open the door to peace. “This is highly likely to be the outcome,” in Ukraine, Musk said. “Just a question of how many die before then.” The callous comments, which come in Russia’s eighth month of unprovoked war on Ukraine, had tinges of Russian propaganda, raising questions about why Musk, a CEO—not a diplomat or politician—would even weigh in on the war. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Sept. 26-Oct. 1 Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. But please note: Votes by email are not counted. Scroll to the bottom for the poll. Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coach

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“Devastated, crushed”: Family reels after brothers killed in North Oakland shooting

The two teens killed in a weekend shooting at a North Oakland duplex were described as inseparable brothers who did almost everything together, right up to the birthday party of a Berkeley High School classmate that ended in bloodshed Saturday night, one of the boys’ cousins said Monday. Jazy Sotelo Garcia, 17, and his younger brother Angel Sotelo Garcia, 15, were killed at the party near the Oakland-Emeryville city line, according to their cousin, Melani Garcia, 18. They died in a flurry of gunfire that also saw two other teenagers, ages 16 and 15, hospitalized for gunshot wounds in a shooting that took place at what may have been a rented home in North Oakland. On Monday, the shooting left the boys’ family shellshocked and reeling. The boy’s mother is “devastated, crushed,” and unable to

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Jamie Carragher names one reason why Liverpool won’t win the Premier League this season

Jamie Carragher worries for Liverpool’s title hopes (Photo: Sky Sports)Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claims it will be ‘very difficult’ for the Reds to win the Premier League title after their awful start to the season. Having gone into the new campaign as one of the favourites, Jurgen Klopp’s side already look out of the running after picking up just two wins in their opening seven games. While they have only lost once, to fierce rivals Manchester United, they could only muster draws against Fulham, Crystal Palace, Everton, and Brighton, matches that they were largely expected to win. As a result, they are currently a lowly ninth in the table, 11 points off leaders Arsenal, albeit they do have a game in hand over the Gunners. And while they could bounce back from this poo...

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Ukraine claws back more territory Russia is trying to absorb

By JON GAMBRELL KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces scored more gains in their counteroffensive across at least two fronts Monday, advancing in the very areas Russia is trying to absorb and challenging its effort to engage fresh troops and its threats to defend incorporated areas by all means, including with nuclear weapons. In their latest breakthrough, Ukrainian forces penetrated Moscow’s defenses in the strategic southern Kherson region, one of the four areas in Ukraine that Russia is trying to grab and desperately defend. Kyiv’s troops also consolidated gains in the east and other major battlefields, re-establishing Ukrainian control just as Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to overcome problems with manpower, weapons, troop morale and logistics, along with intensifying dome

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Elizabeth Holmes gets reprieve from expected prison term as sentencing delayed

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes on Monday received a reprieve from an expected prison sentence, with the judge in her case delaying her sentencing for up to three months. Holmes, convicted in January on four counts of felony fraud in connection with her failed Palo Alto blood-testing startup, was to be sentenced Oct. 17 in U.S. District Court in San Jose. But in August, a key prosecution witness — former Theranos lab director Dr. Adam Rosendorff — showed up at her home. According to Holmes’ partner Billy Evans, who is the father of their one-year-old son, Rosendorff said he felt “guilty,” and “like he had done something wrong.” The doctor purportedly told Evans that while on the witness stand, “he tried to answer the questions honestly but that the prosecutors tried to make everybody (in

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6 former Southern California football players allege sexual abuse by former coach’s daughter

At first he dismissed the talk as just rumors, the wishful thinking of high school football players and their raging hormones and overactive teenage imaginations. It was fall 2005 and the player had just worked his way into the starting lineup at Colton High School when he began to hear his teammates talk about standout players receiving “special treatment” of a sexual nature from the school’s athletic trainer Tiffany Gordon, the daughter of the Yellowjackets legendary head coach Harold Strauss, the architect of what has been described as Colton’s pipeline to the National Football League. The players, according to court filings and interviews, even had a name for the practice: “getting spatted.” A season later the player, by now one of the area’s top college prospects, was in the school’s

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