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Mario Kart Tour Kicks Off Its Los Angeles Tour With Some Baseball Style

Mario Kart Tour is in the middle of its Summertime Celebration, and has kicked off its Los Angeles Tour which will run until 27th/28th July. It doesn’t offer an all-new track but rather ‘a new route on Los Angeles Laps’; there’s also a new kart and outfit to get after.

As you can see below there’s the ‘Pinch Hitter kart’ which looks like the baseball hat table from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, albeit on wheels.

Mario can also get a helmet and a baseball uniform that’s seemingly designed to be as non-committal as possible – the pinstripe design and colours don’t quite match any current MLB uniform to avoid all those ‘Mario is an X fan, booooo’ comments. Well played, Nintendo.

Mario Kart Tour PLAY BALL© Nintendo

Baseball loyalties aside, let us know if you’re planning to jump into Mario Kart Tour over the next two weeks!

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Los Angeles County sees exponential growth in Covid-19 cases as Delta variant becomes dominant, worrying officials

The jump mirrors upticks in other parts of the country over the past week, as experts warn of Delta’s high transmissibility.
“We do continue to see an uptick in cases and hospitalizations,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday. “Deaths, fortunately continue to be relatively low, but as hospitalizations continue to increase we anticipate that deaths might also increase.”
While 60% of those over 16 years old have been fully vaccinated, the case rate in the county jumped from 1.74 cases to 3.5 cases per 100,000 people in one week, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The overwhelming majority of those testing positive in the county are unvaccinated, representing 99.96% of all new infections, the news release said.
Overall, the state’s Covid-19 positivity rate — the percentage of all tests that are positive — has tripled since California fully reopened last month.
The rate is now surpassing 2% for the first time since early March, after hitting a low of 0.7% in early June, according to new data from the state’s Department of Public Health.
The Delta variant, first detected in India, has been found in 43% of new sequenced samples in California, the state said.
And it also makes up more than 50% of sequenced samples across the country. In some areas, it’s even more, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Although we expected the Delta variant to become the dominant strain in the United States, this rapid rise is troubling,” she said.
In parts of the Midwest and upper Mountain states, CDC data suggest it accounts for about 80% of cases.
“Widespread vaccination is what will truly turn the corner on this pandemic,” Walensky said. “Please know, if you are not vaccinated, you remain susceptible.”

Pfizer says it’s developing a booster shot after seeing waning immunity

Meanwhile, Pfizer announced Thursday it was seeing waning immunity from its vaccine — manufactured in partnership with BioNTech — and was picking up its efforts to develop a booster shot to offer further protection against variants.
“As seen in real world data released from the Israel Ministry of Health, vaccine efficacy in preventing both infection and symptomatic disease has declined six months post-vaccination, although efficacy in preventing serious illnesses remains high,” Pfizer said in a statement emailed to CNN.
Israel’s health ministry said in a statement earlier this week that it had seen efficacy of Pfizer’s vaccine drop from more than 90% to about 64% as the Delta variant spread.
But hours after the Pfizer statement, the FDA and Centers for Disease and Control issued a joint statement saying Americans don’t need booster shots yet.
Dr. William Schaffner, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, supported the US government’s stance.
“The answer is that our vaccines still are very, very effective in keeping us out of the hospital, in averting severe disease. That’s what they were designed to do,” he told CNN on Thursday. “Now, it’s a bonus if they can also prevent what we call infection. You can get infected, have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. They diminish that possibility greatly. But they can’t turn it off completely.”

Vaccination gap widens

While experts have long stressed vaccines are our best defense against the pandemic, overall rates have dipped across the US.
Less than half of Americans are fully vaccinated as of Thursday, CDC data shows. And the difference in vaccination rates between Republicans and Democrats has grown over the last two months, a report released Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.
Vaccination rates are increasing faster in counties that voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election than in counties that voted for Donald Trump, the new study finds.
The team used data comparing county-wide vaccinations numbers from the CDC with 2020 presidential election results.
In April 2021, counties where most people voted for Trump had an average vaccination rate of 20.6%, compared to 22.8% in counties that went for Biden, the study found. By July 2021, the average vaccination rate in Trump-leaning counties was 35%, and 46.7% in Biden-leaning counties. The gap increased by 9.5 percentage points in under three months.
The researchers said these numbers get at the importance of targeted vaccination efforts that account for partisan opposition.
“A key component of any effort to boost vaccination rates among Republicans will be identifying the right messengers,” the researchers wrote.
“Republicans are most likely to trust their doctors and employers to provide reliable information on COVID-19 vaccines, while government sources are less trusted.”

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Los Angeles Just Elected a Liberal D.A. He’s Already Facing a Recall Effort.

Los Angeles, under Mr. Gascón’s predecessor, Jackie Lacey, maintained a more punitive approach to crime, and in recent years sent people to state prison at four times the rate of San Francisco.

Mr. Gascón, who won the office from Ms. Lacey by a wide margin in November, speaks often about how, as an officer, he found himself locking up multiple generations of Black men from the same family. Over time, his views on crime and punishment changed, and he said he sees it as his job as district attorney to undo the damage of that time, especially for Black and Latino communities in Los Angeles.

“Those days continue to haunt me,” he said of his time as an officer, in his inauguration speech.

Mr. Gascón points to data that shows lengthy sentences increase recidivism and thus make the public less safe — a direct rebuttal to those supporting the recall in the name of public safety. He believes that most people, even some that have been convicted of violent crimes and especially those who committed their crimes when they were young, deserve second chances. He has also promised to do more to hold the police accountable for on-duty shootings, and is reviewing old cases in which Ms. Lacey declined to prosecute.

Mr. Gascón said that his office will carefully weigh whether a person is suitable for release, either because of advanced age or because they are model inmates, and that people still believed to be dangerous to the public will not be let out early. And judges and parole boards would have the final say.

Already, in his first three months in office, prosecutors have sought roughly 8,000 fewer years in prison compared to the same period a year ago through eliminating many so-called enhancements — special circumstances such as the use of a gun in a crime, or gang affiliations or prior felonies under the “three strikes law,” a pillar of an earlier era’s war on crime — that can add years to a sentence.

The elimination of enhancements has perhaps provoked the most anger from his own prosecutors, who form the largest office in the country. A lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney’s Association resulted in a judge ruling largely in favor of the union, saying that in most active cases underway before Mr. Gascón took office he cannot order prosecutors to eliminate the enhancements.

Richard Ceballos, a longtime deputy district attorney who prosecutes gang cases, said he was outraged when he was ordered by the new administration to remove a gang enhancement in a case in which an alleged MS-13 gang member was accused of stabbing a transgender woman in MacArthur Park. He briefly ran for the top job before exiting the race in 2020, and endorsed Mr. Gascón.

Author: Tim Arango
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Los Angeles Police confirm 'active investigation' into rapper T.I.

The news comes two months after a New York-based attorney asked the Georgia attorney general to file criminal charges against the rapper.

ATLANTA — Los Angeles Police have confirmed they are investigating a sexual assault case involving Atlanta rapper and actor T.I.
NBC Los Angeles reports that T.I., known off-stage as Clifford Harris is named in the investigation. 
The news comes two months after a New York-based attorney asked the Georgia attorney general to file criminal charges against the rapper, though it’s unclear if this investigation is directly tied to those cases. 
Attorney Tyrone Blackburn claimed more than 30 women from various states contacted him and accused the rapper and his wife of abuse stretching back 15 years.
The New York Times also spoke to one alleged victim, who said she believed she had been drugged while socializing with the pair at a Los Angeles nightclub.
However, a spokesperson for Harris said that they have received no word from the police on this investigation.
“The Harrises have not spoken to or been contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) or, indeed, any member of law enforcement from any other jurisdiction in the country,” attorney Steve Sadow said on behalf of Harris and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris.
Sadow also had words for those who first made the claims against the Harrises. According to NBC Los Angeles, the investigation doesn’t currently involve T.I.’s wife Tiny.
“It appears the LAPD ‘accuser’ has chosen once again to remain anonymous, thereby preventing us from being in a position to disprove or refute her allegations – or even examine them,” he said. “Meanwhile, although we now appear for the first time to have the name of an “accuser” who supposedly filed a police report with LVPD, we have absolutely zero details about her or her claim.”
An attorney representing the accusers, Tyrone A. Blackburn, released this statement on the investigation: 
“We are pleased with the latest development from the LAPD. They showed great concern and are moving forward with an investigation into the allegations of abuse, rape, and drugging by Clifford “T.I.” Harris & Tameka ‘Tiny” Harris. In response to their counsel counsel’s request that these women come out publicly, the protection and safety of these women are my biggest priority. Ending violence against women, especially women, who have suffered in silence for years is my biggest priority. Their identities are known to law enforcement, and that’s what matters. We await further updates from the LAPD.”
11Alive is working to gather more details about the allegations against the rapper. Check back for updates.

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Palisades Fire: One Evacuation Order Lifted Near Los Angeles

An encroaching wildfire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people on the outskirts of Los Angeles over the weekend is being called a warning that California could face an unusually early fire season this summer as a severe drought takes hold.

There were no deaths reported or homes destroyed in the brush fire, which blazed through steep terrain near Pacific Palisades, in western Los Angeles. But its fast-paced spread despite cool temperatures, relatively high humidity and cloud cover was seen as a measure of how desiccated the landscape has become — and how the drought has primed many parts of the state to burn.

“We normally don’t have this type of fire, this size of fire, in May,” Ralph M. Terrazas, chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, told reporters at a briefing on Monday. “I think we really have to think about brush fires as a year-round challenge.”

The authorities said the origin of the fire was suspicious, and on Sunday they arrested a man they believed had ignited it. The Palisades fire has grown to 1,325 acres since it was first spotted on Friday and was 23 percent contained late Monday afternoon. A mandatory evacuation order covered about 500 homes and affected about 1,000 people; the order was lifted in Topanga Canyon on Monday but remained in other areas.

Maegnan Yu, a resident of Palisades Highlands, an upscale community with mountain views that is accessible only by a winding road through steep canyons, scrambled on Saturday to accomplish a ritual far too familiar in California.

She gathered her passport, medicine, jewelry and photo albums and packed her car, ready to evacuate. From her balcony she could see three places where the hills were on fire.

Firefighting helicopters have been flying over the Mediterranean-style homes of her community since Friday night, filling up with water in a nearby reservoir.

“Every time the summer comes you think, ‘Maybe this will be the one,’” Ms. Yu said on Monday. “This one is really in our backyard.”

Most fires are caused by humans — by power lines falling, by sparking mufflers dragging on the pavement and by gardening equipment, for example — although few are intentionally started.

In past decades, California’s fire season reached its peak in late summer and fall, further propelled by strong winds that arrive in October and November. But recent studies have shown that the season is now extending earlier into spring and later into winter.

Climate change, neglected forests and the death of 130 million trees in the state have also combined to increase the potential devastation of each fire. Five of the six largest fires in recorded California history occurred last year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom last week expanded a drought emergency, the second major drought of the past decade, to most of the northern half of the state and large parts of the agricultural Central Valley. The declaration directs authorities to retain higher levels of water in upstream reservoirs for release later in the year.

Reservoirs in many parts of the state look like scenes from a climate change documentary, with formerly submerged tree stumps now appearing above the water line. Satellite imagery shows an exceedingly thin layer of snow on the Sierra Nevada, the state’s crucial reservoir of water. The volume of water held in the snowpack is just 5 percent of normal, according to the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service.

Last month was the driest April in Sacramento since official record keeping began in 1877, the office said.

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the risk of fires in California’s inland forests was “exceptionally high this year.” Measurements of vegetation moisture and flammability across Northern California are near or exceeding record levels for this time of year, he said.

Mr. Swain said the Palisades fire was itself not of significant concern, and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles said on Monday that he expected the fire to be extinguished within a few days. But it was considered a warning shot for the state.

“It’s a portent of the truly extreme drought and climate-amplified risk that will likely emerge later this season,” Mr. Swain said.

Northern California residents were surprised last week to see red flag warnings, which signify an elevated risk of fire, posted on signboards at the entrances to their towns.

There was so little rainfall in the winter that fires from last summer were still smoldering in the Santa Cruz mountains in March — more than six months after igniting.

In Pacific Palisades over the weekend, theories about the origin of the fire have rocketed across social media. One person who was detained after posts online accused him of starting the fire was later released, Chief Terrazas said. “That person turned out not to be a suspect,” he said.

The second person was arrested on Sunday afternoon.

“We feel we have the right person,” he said.

Marie Fazio, Daniel Victor and Joel Epstein contributed reporting.

Author: Thomas Fuller
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Eli Broad, Who Helped Reshape Los Angeles, Dies at 87

Author: William Grimes
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Even his critics had to concede, however, that he was probably the most effective civic leader Los Angeles had seen since Dorothy Chandler, a remarkable achievement for a transplanted Midwesterner with no family ties to his adopted city.

“There’s no curtain you can’t get through in Los Angeles — no religious curtain, no curtain about where you came from,” Mr. Broad told The New York Times in 2001. “It’s a meritocracy, unlike some other cities. If you have ideas here, if you have energy, you’ll be accepted. I love L.A.”

Eli Broad was born in the Bronx on June 6, 1933, the only child of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. When he was 7, the family moved to Detroit, where his father opened a dime store.

After graduating from Detroit Central High, he entered Michigan State College (now University), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in three years. Soon after, he married Edythe Lawson, known as Edye, who survives him, as do their two sons, Jeffrey and Gary.

After working for a small accounting firm, he formed a partnership with Donald Kaufman to build no-frills tract houses in the Detroit suburbs. The Kaufman and Broad Building Company soon expanded to Phoenix and Los Angeles, where Mr. Broad moved in 1964.

In 1971, the company diversified, spending $ 52 million for a sleepy Baltimore insurance company, Sun Life, which became a powerhouse when Mr. Broad focused on selling annuities and financial planning services to baby boomers. Renamed Sun America in 1993, it was sold to the American International Group, the insurance giant, in 1998 for $ 18 billion, netting Mr. Broad more than $ 3 billion.

Mr. Broad began collecting art in the 1960s after his wife began making the rounds of the galleries on La Cienega Street and brought home a Braque print and a Toulouse-Lautrec poster. He spent $ 85,000 on his first purchase, a drawing by Van Gogh. Works by Matisse, Modigliani, Miró and Henry Moore followed.

Terrence Clarke, former Kentucky Wildcats guard, dies at 19 following car crash in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Kentucky says freshman guard Terrence Clarke died following a car accident in Los Angeles. He was 19.

The school announced Clarke’s death in a release Thursday night, but did not include any more details. Coach John Calipari said he was “absolutely gutted and sick tonight” and called the player “a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy.”

“We are all in shock,” Calipari said. “I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can. This will be a difficult period for all those who know and love Terrence, and I would ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace.”

The 6-foot-7 Clarke entered the NBA draft last month after playing in just eight games last season because of a right leg injury. He averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.

On Wednesday, he signed with Klutch Sports Group. Agency CEO Rich Paul announced on Twitter that he was saddened and devastated by Clarke’s passing and called him “an incredibly hard-working young man.”

From Boston, Clarke started Kentucky’s first six games and was one of its top scorers, highlighted by a career-best 22 points in a loss to Georgia Tech on Dec. 6. The injury ultimately sidelined him for the entire Southeastern Conference regular-season schedule, though he returned to post three assists and two points off the bench in the Wildcats’ SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi State that ended a 9-16 season.

Despite his limited action, Clarke announced his decision to enter the NBA draft on March 19 and lamented in a release that he didn’t expect to be injured. But he understood that it was “part of the game” and thanked Calipari and teammates among many.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens heard reports about the crash and Clarke’s death shortly after his team beat the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Clarke was familiar to the Celtics, their players and even Stevens’ son.

“Not sure how much I want to talk about the game, when you consider he’s a Boston kid … those kids are important to us here,” Stevens said. “I never met him. My son looks up to him. Hard to talk about a basketball game.”

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