September 20, 2014
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The world’s biggest retail giant, which dominates China’s Web and is making moves on American shores, is expected to raise more than $21.8 billion, and potentially much more, in its initial public offering, or IPO.
CABO SAN LUCAS - Some people fantasize about being stranded at a tropical destination, especially when it's time for a vacation to end.
Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s larger iPhone 6 Plus is already selling out at some stores across the U.S. The Apple store on the Upper West Side in Manhattan is out of the iPhone 6 Plus already, even as the line snaked up the block.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – UC Riverside now boasts the largest solar power generating plant in the UC system. Seven-thousand-700 panels covering more than 11-acres will be switched on Friday.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The region’s joblessness reversed a 2-month increase coming in at 8.7 percent during August.
GRAND TERRACE – (INT) – The last of four train trestles were put in place across the 215 freeway this weekend. The trestles will carry BNSF and Metrolink trains between Riverside and San Bernardino.
ONTARIO – (INT) – A 16-year-old unlicensed driver has survived the collision of an SUV that killed two of his passengers. Police suspect the boy was speeding down Grove Avenue when the Dodge Durango veered out of control.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - San Bernardino County high school sophomores passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) at record rates.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The homeless are getting the blame for many recent fires in the city’s abandoned and vacant buildings. Several homeless people were living inside a one-time office building on Waterman Avenue that went up in flames Wednesday.
REDLANDS – (INT) – Police are saying little about the fatal shooting of an East Valley High School student. The body of Marcus Green, 17, was found late Wednesday in an alley off of Post Street.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A new web-based tool has been unveiled that will classify the fire threat potential during the Santa Ana winds. The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index has four levels from “Marginal” to “Extreme.”
ONTARIO – (INT) – Old Route 66 bypasses Ontario. But, it’ll be the destination for thousands who’ll join the Cruisin’ Reunion this weekend.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – State prison reform implemented three years ago has one bright spot. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon says recidivism has taken a remarkable drop.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Wildfires across the Inland Empire this summer have burned far few acres than last year. But, fire activity – statewide – is more active.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Dates and locations have been announced for the distribution of surplus government food during September.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Over 7,800 firefighters continue to battle 7 major wildfires burning in California.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – In his biggest bill-signing announcement this year, Governor Brown has approved 49 pieces of legislation and vetoed nine others.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – Health officials confirm that the respiratory virus Enterovirus 68 has arrived in Southern California.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Mother Nature will jump onto her weather see-saw as summer fades into autumn. A cooling marine layer has replaced this week’s intense heat wave.
LONG BEACH – (INT) – One-hundred-forty-nine people won’t soon forget Thursday’s heart rending minutes aboard a Jet Blue fight. It had just taken off enroute to Austin, Texas when a popping sound filled the cabin with smoke.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – The Inland Empire does not fare well among the nation’s best-educated areas. WalletHub analyzed 150 communities for the number of college-educated residents.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) – Governor Brown has signed historic legislation to strengthen local management of the state’s groundwater basins.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Census Bureau data released Tuesday show that the share of all Californians with incomes below the federal poverty line last year remained significantly higher than in 2006, the year before the Great Recession began.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – A California Field Poll released over the weekend confirms the very dismal view that voters have had of the job performance of Congress for the last few years.
The Dodgers stepped up their offense Friday enroute to a 14-5 bashing of the Cubs in Cicago. That clinched a playoff spot for the Dodgers. (INT)

The 15th annual edition of the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival opened Friday. It will showcase over 100 films this weekend. The Achievement in Directing Award will be presented to Lucy Walker. She has produced several short films and documentaries. (INT)

A long-time player in the Inland Empire’s aviation history is closing. Thursday was the final day for general aviation aircraft to use the Rialto Municipal Airport. The airport is closing and will be replaced by a housing development and business center. The sheriff’s aviation division will relocate to the San Bernardino International Airport. (INT)

The fourth and final defendant in what became known as the Cinnamon Creek murders in Redlands was sentenced Thursday. But, Adrian Powers, 20, was given credit for jail time already served and was placed on probation. Powers pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the shooting of four teenagers at an apartment playground. Two were killed. Three other gang members were convicted. (INT)

Generous pay raises for Riverside County’s elected officials took effect Thursday. The raises won final approval last week and are the first in six years. (INT)

A burglar has been caught in the act at Hemet City Hall. Police responded to an alarm early Thursday, sent a K-9 inside and quickly apprehended Shadriss Xavier Tasham Wespi. He was jailed on suspicion of burglary and possession of metal knuckles. (INT)

Leaders of several non-profit organizations meet in Riverside Friday for their 17th annual conference. The event is hosted by the NonProfit Resource Center which assists more than 266,000 men, women and children in need. (INT)

A ribbon-cutting Friday marked the opening of the Ontario Town Square in the heart of the downtown district. It covers two acres and includes a 1,000 seat open-air amphitheater, courtyard, a rose garden and walking paths. The park’s debut came on the opening day of the Route 66 Crusin’ Reunion. (INT)

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies shot at two men near Hemet as they made their get-away from a business that had been robbed early Friday. It’s not known if the bandits were injured. (INT)

Four people, including two from Riverside, are suspected and growing and running a marijuana packaging and distribution outfit at Newberry Springs – near Barstow. They shipped packages containing large quantities of marijuana through parcel service to various states to include Rhode Island, Ohio, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin. 132 pounds of processed pot and hundreds of marijuana plants were seized. (INT)

Saturday is the annual Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer effort to clean-up beaches, lakes and rivers. California has the most beach cleanup volunteers and the most trash picked up. (INT)

Rehabilitation of the fire-scarred mountainsides has already begun even before the Silverado Fire on the Orange County side of the Santa Ana Mountains is declared fully controlled. The stabilization work could continue for up to a year to prevent erosion and possible damage to life, property or natural resources. (INT)

An early morning fire in downtown Desert Hot Springs has heavily damaged a business building. Firefighters entered a courtyard to attack the flames in the brick and stucco building at Palm Drive and Fifth Street. (INT)

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