December 16, 2017
TOP STORIES
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Of all the wildfires that erupted this month, only the Thomas Fire burns unchecked.
Elon Musk's rocket company made NASA history Friday, as SpaceX became the first company to launch a resupply mission to the International Space Station on a reused rocket.
Members of the Me Generation are confronting a new and growing problem.
Republican House and Senate negotiators released a final tax bill on Friday that would overhaul the individual and corporate codes after making last-minute changes that appeared to lock down the votes needed for passage.
Two titans of U.S. business have come together to demand that Congress find an immediate solution for DACA recipients, whose legal immigration status will come to an end in March without intervention.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Mother Nature is aiming her next round of Santa Ana winds at the mountains and valleys.
ONTARIO - (INT) – Christmas-New Years travelers are off and running.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Two recent slayings in the city are not related, police investigators said Saturday.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The city’s downtown transit center is the newest stop on Metrolink’s Southern California commuter system.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Kitty Bitty may soon be on his way back to Georgia.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The flu season is getting a foothold in the Inland Empire.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Elinor Otto, the ‘Last Rosie the Riveter’, an icon of World War II, has put down her rivet gun and is now teaching young students to become the ‘Rosies’ of the future.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – City officials are celebrating the completion of the largest public works project in the city’s history.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - A Highland man allegedly posted an advertisement that offered “sexual tutoring” to females of any age.
REDLANDS - (INT) - The Redlands Police Department is the first in the nation to add the designation ‘Peace Officer’ to its entire fleet.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – County Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood is calling for year-round pressure throughout the county on repeat offenders.
LAKEVIEW – (INT) – County approval for the ‘Villages of Lakeview’ is likely to boost arguments for the controversial Mid-County Parkway now bogged down in court challenges.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given out during December.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The city’s renowned Festival of Lights, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, kicked off Friday.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – ‘Slow’ earthquakes being detected deep in the San Jacinto Fault could be the forerunners to a large damaging earthquake.
HOLLYWOOD - The box office force is with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
PALM SPRINGS - Steven Spielberg’s The Post will screen as the opening night film January 4th at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Those on-the-go for the holiday season can expect plenty of company.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a plan Thursday to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Mother Nature and humans get the blame for most of California’s biggest wildfires.
LOS ANGELES--Federal and Los Angeles security officials are testing equipment that would detect concealed explosives and suicide vests.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Health caregivers are getting more inquiries about the radio frequency (RF) energy cell phones emit.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - California has experienced significant changes in its criminal justice landscape.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – Residents and city leaders are remembering Ed Lee, the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco.
SANTA ANA - (INT) - A Garden Grove man who worked for the Postal Service for more than two decades was sentenced Monday to 75 months in federal prison.
BEVERLY HILLS - The Golden Globe nominees are reinforcing the notion that Hollywood is still a boy’s club.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Slowly falling gasoline prices have just about cancelled out the 12-cent-a-gallon tax increase that was imposed on November 1st.
For several years beginning in 2007, cash-strapped families bought fewer trees, meaning Christmas tree farmers brought in less revenue and planted fewer trees.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Caltrans will transition from 4-inch wide to 6-inch wide stripes on the state's highways.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – Climatologists have firmed up their fall-winter outlook saying there’s little chance that last winter’s generous storms will repeat themselves.
Calfire confirms that a motorcyclist was killed late Friday in a traffic mishap at Lakeland Village near Lake Elsinore. The victim perished in a collision with a passenger vehicle on Grand Avenue. (INT)

The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force has been in action arresting several men. An online decoy advertisement posed as a female prostitute. Of all the callers, eleven men made dates and met with undercover officers and were arrested. (INT)

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is pushing for more solar projects at existing multifamily affordable housing. It has created the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program to provide up to $100 million annually in incentives. (INT)

A man with a gun surrendered Thursday near San Bernardino, but not after the Oak Tree Learning Center and nearby businesses were evacuated. The gunman gave up as police negotiators responded. There were no initial reports that anyone was hurt. (INT)

A motorcyclist perished Wednesday evening in Banning. Calfire reported that the motorcyclist collided with another vehicle at San Gorgonio Avenue and Highway 243. The coroner identified the victim Thursday as Vincent Hernandez, 65, of Banning. (INT)

More than 221,000 students applied for undergraduate admission to the University of California for fall 2018, an overall jump of 5.7 percent. All nine undergraduate UC campuses saw gains in total applications with UC Riverside the highest at 12.4 percent. (INT)

Those bent on holiday thievery are growing more bold. A Postal Service employee delivering packages in Jurupa Valley was sprayed with a chemical by a woman carrying a letter addressed to “Santa Clause North Pole.” A male accomplice assaulted the USPS worker and then fled with several packages. (INT)

Menorahs are glowing across the Inland Empire as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, continues. It’s a Jewish celebration of religious freedom, as well as the triumph of light over darkness, of spirituality over materialism. (INT)

Metrolink riders can now view estimated arrival times of their commuter trains using Metrolink’s new Train Tracker tool available at www.metrolinktrains.com. Using global positioning system (GPS) technology, train locations and arrival times are updated every 60 seconds. (INT)

A San Bernardino jury convicted a Moreno Valley gang member Friday on three counts of murder stemming from a parking lot shooting outside a San Bernardino hookah lounge in 2014. Police attributed the gunfire to a verbal exchange between the victims and Travon Stokes. He will receive a no-parole prison sentence when he returns to court February 16th. (INT)

The latest earthquake in the San Jacinto Fault Zone got some attention late Thursday night. The M2.8 jiggler was felt mostly in the Hemet-San Jacinto area. It was centered 4-miles north-northwest of San Jacinto. (INT)

The Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees has appointed Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D., chancellor of RCCD, the fifth largest community college district in California. Isaac, who is currently the president at Riverside City College, will begin his job as chancellor on January 1st. (INT)

San Bernardino County sheriff’s detectives have determined a man was fatally stabbed after breaking into a house in the 5800 block of Merito Avenue near San Bernardino early Tuesday. Terrance Cook, 60, of San Bernardino was attacked by two residents died an hour later at a local hospital. (INT)

A man’s death at the side of a road in Menifee is being investigated as a homicide. Paul Leon Smith, 53, of Menifee had been seen riding a bicycle towing a small trailer before he was found near Briggs Rd. and Old Newport Road on December 7th. (INT)

Graciano Gomez, a key figure in the integration of San Bernardino’s public schools in the 1970s, has died. He was 92. Gomez was the first Latino elected to the San Bernardino City school board in 1972 and served for six years. (INT)

Sheriff’s Captain David Kurylowicz has been appointed Moreno Valley’s new Police Chief. He has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Chief Kurylowicz will lead approximately 160 sworn staff and 45 civilian employees. Moreno Valley contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for its police protection. (INT)

Expedia has listed Riverside and Palm Springs among the 20 best places for snowbirds this winter. Palm Springs was cited for pleasing temperatures and ‘a unique allure’. Riverside’s attractions included the UCR Botanic Gardens, the Riverside Dickens Festival, the California Citrus State Historic Park and average high temperatures in January of 66 degrees. (INT)

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