CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena on Thursday marked three weeks without a reported COVID-19 fatality, as 18 new infections were reported in the city, officials said.The last COVID-19-related death in Pasadena was reported on Oct. 8, according to city data. A total of 129 people have lost their lives to the virus.Eighteen new infections detected on Thursday raised the city’s total number of cases to 2,819.Huntington Hospital reported treating 23 COVID-19 patients.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced 1,745 new infections on Thursday, marking the highest number of cases reported in a single day since August that was not the result of backlogged data.Nineteen additional fatalities were documented, the county Department of Public Health said in a written statement.In total, county officials have reported 305,070 COVID-19 infections and 7,044 deaths.Officials said 750 patients were hospitalized throughout L.A. County with novel coronavirus on Thursday. Thirty-one percent of them were being treated in intensive care units.L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said the increase in cases was a cause for concern.“The high numbers of daily cases are very concerning because, as we have seen in the past, increases in cases lead to increases in hospitalizations and deaths. These increases impede our ability to move forward with re-opening additional sectors and getting more children back to school,” she said.“As individuals, we get to choose whether to party or help our economy recover; we get to choose whether to protect others from our respiratory droplets or infect others who may go on to need hospital care or even die. What we don’t get to do is sit on the sidelines,” according to Ferrer. “We have an awesome opportunity to slow the spread with every decision we make about how we interact with others.”Statewide, 4,191 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday, along with 66 additional deaths.State health officials had documented 912,904 infections and 17,541 fatalities, in all.The average positivity rate over the prior seven days was 3.3 percent, according to a CDPH statement. The 14-day average was 3 percent.As of Thursday, L.A. County represented 33 percent of California’s total COVID-19 infections and 40 percent of the state’s deaths. Community News Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena Goes 3 Weeks Without a COVID-19 Death 18 New Infections Detected; L.A. County Sees Most Cases Since August By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 5:02 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 24 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week
Written by Beau Lund March 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Deferred prosecution deal offered to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in solicitation of prostitution case FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKevin Winter/Getty Images(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is being offered a deferred prosecution agreement in which he would not face prosecution and not be required to plead guilty to any charges surrounding his visits to a Florida spa in January that was under investigation for sex trafficking and prostitution, a prosecutor in the case announced on Tuesday.Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff.He is facing a statutory maximum of one year in jail, though prosecutors typically offer first-time offenders deferred prosecution agreements, which gives them the chance to pay a fine and perform community service, while not admitting fault, according to veteran Florida criminal defense attorneys who spoke with ABC News.The proposed deferred prosecution agreement would require Kraft to admit that he would have been proven guilty at trial, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported news of a proposed deal. The newspaper also reported that the proposed deal would include Kraft taking an educational course on prostitution, submitting to screening for sexually transmitted diseases and perform 100 hours of community service.Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg appeared to confirm the outlines of the Journal’s account when he tweeted in response to the newspaper’s tweet that…”The offer of a deferred prosecution agreement with several conditions to first time offenders is standard in cases like this.” It was not immediately clear whether Kraft would accept such an offer. None of his three primary defense attorneys immediately responded to a request for comment; nor did Palm Beach County prosecutors. A spokeswoman for the Jupiter Police Department, which conducted the investigation, referred requests for comment to the prosecutor’s office.The Patriots team owner had pleaded not guilty and opted for a non-jury trial, before a judge — while assembling a powerhouse team of high-profile Florida criminal defense attorneys.Florida criminal defense attorney Mark O’Mara said that the Kraft deal is best outcome Kraft could hope for short of a dismissal of the charges.“In a pre-trial diversion, you divert the case away from the criminal justice system into what I’d call a pre-plea probation,” said O’Mara, who won George Zimmerman’s acquittal on murder and manslaughter charges in the fatal 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.This is a variant of a pre-trial diversion. This is … in my opinion, a deferred prosecution agreement is much more informal, more of a letter contract between the prosecution and the defense“He’s the best deal he can get, but I give kudos to his defense attorneys because they worked out the best deal they could without a complete dismissal. It’s the best of all worlds, because you’re not entering a plea.”O’Mara said such deals are generally reserved for first-time offenders.Even with the charges dropped, Kraft could still face discipline from the National Football League (NFL), which has a strict personal conduct policy.The policy reads, in part, that “[i]t is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful.”Twenty-five people were charged in the sting at the Jupiter spa, police said. Authorities set up hidden cameras at the spa and, Jupiter Police Detective Andrew Sharp said, there’s video evidence of all of the suspects participating in the alleged sexual acts.Stacey James, a spokeswoman for Kraft, 77, said in a statement at the time that “[w]e categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has punished Kraft’s Patriots more severely than any other franchise during his tenure, according to ESPN. He fined them $250,000, and coach Bill Belichick $500,000, for spying on an opponent’s defensive signals in 2007. He fined the Patriots $1 million, stripped them of two draft choices and suspended quarterback Tom Brady as part of the 2015 “Deflategate” investigation.News of the charges being dropped came the same day that a coalition of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking survivor networks wrote a letter calling on Goodell to investigate criminal charges against Kraft and if found to be true to strip him of ownership of the Super Bowl champions franchise, according to a letter released by the coalition on Tuesday.“If the results of [an NFL] investigation show Mr. Kraft to have engaged in the purchase of women for sex, the NFL must banish Mr. Kraft from team ownership because men who purchase others for sex inflict inestimable amounts of human suffering on those they exploit for sex,” the letter reads, which goes on to call for the sports league to “take immediate action, rigorous measures to create a corporate and sport culture that respects others by rejecting all forms of sexual objectification, harassment, assault, and exploitation of women by owners, coaches, players, team personnel, and others associated with the NFL.”“The prostitution marketplace is the context in which most sexual exploitation and sex trafficking transpire. The prostitution marketplace encompasses any of the various modes by which prostitution is marketed: strip clubs, massage parlors, ‘escort’ services, Internet-based prostitution websites, brothels, as well as pimp-facilitated, street-level prostitution, and pornography (i.e. – prostitution for mass consumption.)”The coalition, which includes groups like Breaking the Silence Together, Veronica’s Voice, Freedom From Exploitation, Inc., DIGNITY House and the Survivor Leader Network, cite the NFL’s own Personal Conduct Policy, which describes misconduct as “conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsibl[y] put innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, or undercuts public support for the NFL.”The NFL’s media representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.The allegations against Kraft come three weeks after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams to win the team’s sixth Super Bowl title.This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft’s then-NFL record $175 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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David Lowenstein and Daniel Rothberg contributed to this report. For updates and ongoing coverage, follow @dailytrojan on Twitter. The Los Angeles Police Department and the university held a press conference Friday afternoon to encourage public help in finding the people responsible for the death of two graduate students shot dead early Wednesday morning.Viterbi School of Engineering graduate students Ming Qu and Ying Wu were fatally shot early Wednesday morning while sitting in Qu’s car near the intersection of Raymond Avenue and 27th Street.LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon welcomed the media and community, noting the rainy weather of both the press conference and the morning of the murder.“[The rain] is exactly like the weather that evening, if there is any symbolism to that,” Gannon said.Chen Zhunmin, head of the education office for the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, answered questions at the press conference Friday afternoon. – Gio Osorio | Daily Trojan[Update: 1:22 p.m.] Gannon said detectives will work in the same fashion that they would to solve all murders. Both the FBI and the LAPD Save Our Streets task force are assigned to the investigation.It appears that the unknown suspect used a hand gun to fire two or three shots at Qu and Wu through the driver’s window of Qu’s car. The possible suspect was last seen wearing dark clothes running southbound on Raymond Avenue at about the same time a black sedan was leaving the area. The race and gender of the suspect is unknown.“In the end, successful resolution to this case will only happen with the help of the public,” Gannon said.[Update: 1:25 p.m.] The area near the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue where the crime took place has seen a decrease in crime by in the past few years, Gannon said. Violent crime is down 50 percent in the last five years.“This is a great neighborhood. This is a great community. We’ve had a total of three murders in the last five years,” Gannon said.[Update: 1:32 p.m.] The university has arranged for the Qu and Wu’s families to travel to Los Angeles, and they will be here shortly, said Michael L. Jackson, vice president of student affairs.Todd Dickey, senior vice president of administration, said the university is offering a $125,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.“[USC] is working in cooperation with the LAPD by offering a reward of $125,000,” Dickey said.[Update: 1:43] Jacqueline Hamilton said Wu was a determined young woman. She spent a lot of time at the library and enjoyed cooking.“She was a member of our family,” said Hamilton, Wu’s host mother since June 2011, who has hosted about 25 international students.Hamilton said she doesn’t know if she can call it dating, but Wu and Qu saw each other frequently and had developed a close relationship.“I’ve never seen Ying happier than in the last three weeks. They were at that stage in their relationship where they couldn’t bear to be apart,” Hamilton said.She said she urges people to come forward with information about the murder.“They were modest students trying to make a life for themselves,” Hamilton said.[Update: 1:53 p.m.] Gannon said there is property of Qu and Wu’s that is unaccounted for, which could indicate a robbery. He said he cannot disclose information about the property.There is no evidence that indicates the murder was gang-related, Gannon said. Investigators are not ruling out that more than one person was involved.When LAPD arrived at the scene, the engine of the Qu’s car was running, the driver’s window of Qu’s car was broken, and all other windows were rolled up.“I won’t let some idiot with a gun take away from my sense of safety,” Hamilton said. “No one should blame these two people for anything.”“I’m so grateful to USC for offering up this reward,” Gannon said.[Update: 1:57 p.m.] Qu and Wu’s parents and some extended family members have received their visas, Jackson said. They will arrive in Los Angeles in a few days.
Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start That was a season of exhilaration and discovery. Bellinger, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes parachuted into the lineup and kept hitting. On the mound, Alex Wood went 16-3.“We came from behind to win a lot of those games,” Roberts said. “I think this year we’ve been on top of things more, from the beginning.”Less juice, more fiber. One-third of the way through the schedule, the Dodgers have had one walk-off victory. This year reeks of normalcy, a bunch of efficiency experts in grim pursuit. There is only one tolerable outcome, and it is five months away.Perhaps the Dodgers look so solid because they have quietly held a batting counter-revolution. They are refuting the theory that strikeouts are tolerable, a necessary inconvenience in the quest for the deep.They have struck out a league-low 413 times, 10 fewer than St. Louis and 117 fewer than league “leader” Milwaukee. Bellinger has struck out 13.8 percent of the time, Joc Pederson 17.9. Last year those ratios were 23.9 and 19.2. Bellinger has 23 walks and 21 strikeouts. Verdugo, the rookie, has 11 and 16.The Dodgers were seventh and sixth in strikeouts in 2017 and 2018. They led the league in walks both years, as they do today. A batted ball, unlike a strikeout, forces a defensive play and has the potential to move baserunners. This is old school thinking, specifically the third grade of the old school, and yet such truths have been submerged. Leave it to the Dodgers, so often accused of living by decimal points, to remind us how the game is played.Related Articles There has not been a back-to-back-to-back NL champ since the Cardinals of 1942-44. Think about that. The Big Red Machine, the Tomahawk Chop Braves, the Bruce Bochy Giants, the Boys of Summer … none did that.These Dodgers have a great chance, but there is one cylinder that isn’t clicking. Those at Monday night’s game saw Joe Kelly backfire again, and booed him all the way to the dugout. That’s not a great way to treat a guy just off the bereavement list, but wait until June 13, which happens to be Kelly’s Bobblehead night.The Dodgers need relief help, but so does everyone else in the league. Houston and the Yankees will be waiting in October with the bullpen resources that the Dodgers will be forced to match.And what if Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel return from exile to help a contender? What if the Indians deal shortstop Francisco Lindor to inflame someone’s lineup? What if Arizona sends Zack Greinke to a landing place in a pennant race?Those questions won’t find answers for a while. Until then, the Dodgers wonder if they can run unopposed. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Until 2010, prime ministers in Great Britain could schedule their Election Days. They could call for elections whenever the polls were friendly and the opposition was bleeding.As the manager of the two-time National League champs, the Right Honourable Dave Roberts might wish for the same executive privilege.Play the National League playoffs now.Don’t wait for Cody Bellinger to cool off to the .350s. Don’t wait for the injury vultures to descend. Don’t wait for the pitchers to get a better handle on Alex Verdugo, or for an inside fastball to break something on Justin Turner. Show your cards. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The Dodgers were 36-18, coming into Tuesday. They had won 23 of 30. They had scored at least six runs in nine of their previous 10 victories. They had stepped out to a Secretariat-caliber lead in the National League West. They were leading the league in runs and they were second in the league in preventing runs.So shut up and deal, before the Cubs find a bullpen upgrade, before Paul Goldschmidt finds a little Arizona magic in St. Louis, before Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper reverts to whatever his mean is, before Milwaukee finds something more than sheet metal to construct a rotation.It would be disrespectful and arrogant to talk like that in public. Last year the Dodgers were wrapped in gauze and trailed by 8½ games in the NL West on May 15. They are 111-64 since then.So U-turns can happen on a dime, but neither the Dodgers nor their competition seems likely to change.Two years ago the Dodgers won 104 games, 10 by walk-off. At one point they were 55 games over .500. They were their own electrical grid. Every night was a fist-bump festival and an ice bucket that emptied on someone’s head. They had an 11-game winning streak. They had an 11-game losing streak. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Kolkata: Amid a number of incidents of actresses and models getting harassed in Kolkata, celebrities feel the eastern metropolis is not “what one would call safe” and fear the situation might worsen over time. The latest incident of Bengali television actress Brishti Roy getting obscene calls asking about her “rate”, and escort service details after unscrupulous elements pasted posters all over Kolkata suburban trains and railway stations, with the actress’s name, mugshot and mobile number, has horrified citizens. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The traumatised actress told IANS: “Today this is happening to me, tomorrow it can happen to any other girl. It has become so easy to malign a girl these days. That’s why I will fight till the culprits are nabbed.” Over the past few months, a range of celebrities including former Miss India Universe Ushoshi Sengupta were attacked and harassed on the city streets. A group of bike-borne youths vandalised and beat up the driver of Sengupta’s cab after one of their two wheelers bumped with the car. The youths then followed her, pelted stones at the cab and tried to snatch her phone to delete the video she had taken of the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Nearly a month later, a popular Bengali television actor Swastika Dutta had a harrowing experience. She alleged on Facebook that an app cab driver “pulled” her out of the vehicle, threatened and “abused” her when she was going for a shoot. A week back, a Bengali television actress Juhi Sengupta alleged that she along with her parents was harassed and heckled by employees of a petrol pump. Her father, a senior citizen, was even pushed by the employee during the altercation. The actress, known for her stint in TV serial “Bhojo Gobindo”, in her social media posts said “the city is no longer safe for anyone”. Popular film and television actress Anjana Basu agreed that celebrities and actresses were getting harassed in City of Joy. Underscoring the fear factor that haunts her, Basu conceded she doesn’t confront anyone nowadays even if someone crashes into her car consciously. “Yes, yes, I agree that celebrities and actresses do get harassed on the streets of Kolkata but I personally haven’t faced a situation as such. “I don’t like being on my toes all the time when I’m walking on the streets or am in my car but I have to. Even in incidents where someone crashes into my car consciously, neither I nor my driver confronts the individual due to safety reasons,” Basu, now on a trip to the US, told IANS. Basu, known for her acting skills which she has displayed in a wide variety of roles over the past one and a half decade, rued that “present day Kolkata is not exactly what one would call safe for celebrities and citizens in general”. “This is the current scenario of safety and security in the city of Kolkata and I fear that it will worsen over time,” added Basu, who has acted in Bengali films like “Bye Bye Bangkok”, “Byomkesh Fire Elo”, “Anghsumaner Chobi” and also in Hindi serial “Krishna kali” and film “Dum kata” – both directed by Amol Palekar. Another Bengali film actress Parno Mittra, best known for playing the title role in Anjan Dutt’s national award winning film “Ranjana Ami Ar Asbo Na”, said her concern was more for the ordinary people than the celebrities. “You see all this news is cropping up because we are celebrities. It is true that celebrities are being harassed. But if such things can happen to known faces, imagine what the common public is going through. “There are commoners who are probably facing these things, and being harassed. But we are not paying attention to it because they are not celebrities,” said Mittra, whose other notable films include “Bedroom”, “Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends”, “Maach Mishti More” and “Ekla Akash”. Mittra said she was “really scared” for her 24-year-old sister who commutes by public transport. “That is the main area of concern for citizens of West Bengal,” she told IANS. To a query whether the situation has now deteriorated in Kolkata, once considered one of the safest cities for women, she said: “Over the past ten years, it has not been that safe, sorry to say that.” Asked about the reasons for the present situation, she said: “You should ask the government why there is no security for women. In fact it’s just not about women, it is about males also. The other day, a male celebrity, some television actor, was harassed on the road.” Mittra said the remedy lay in government and administration taking strict measures to increase security for people. Mittra also recalled that the complaint of model-turned-actress Ushoshi Sengupta, wasn’t being taken by the police station initially. “My point is if people who are known faces are facing these issues, imagine what the commoners go through.” But Mittra said she did not foresee any problem for celebrities during next month’s Durga Puja festival. “During the puja, security is very tight on the streets of Kolkata, to be honest. Whenever we move out, we generally go for pandal judging and like that, then we have security with us,” she said.