Pala Today News – 2/18/20

Written by on February 18, 2020

The following items are part of the award-winning “Pala Today” newscast heard this day at noon on PALA REZ RADIO™ 91.3 FM in Pala.


A rash of shootings in and near Southwest Riverside County over the past week.  Three people died yesterday afternoon in the 900 block of Perris Boulevard.  In another incident on Sunday, Riverside deputies found one man dead and another wounded on a large property near Mountain Avenue and Marie Street in the unincorporated community of Good Hope near Lake Elsinore.  There have been no arrests in either case.  In yet another incident last Wednesday, a 38-year old convicted felon is in custody in connection with the death of 25-year old Jose Eduardo Bellozo from Perris.

And an 18-year old man and three juveniles are under arrest in connection with an attack yesterday afternoon in the 500 block of Indian Hills Circle in Perris.  Two other juveniles suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds.  All suspects were taken to French Valley jail.  Authorities say that in spite of the high number of violent crimes in a concentrated area over a short period of time, there is no threat to the public – that these are all unrelated incidents.

The coronavirus quarantine is ending for some of those housed at MCAS Miramar for the past two weeks.  About 160 people will be released today and another 60 Thursday.  Four people from the first flight into Miramar were transferred to hospital isolation for observation.

Former President Obama was at Rancho Mirage over the holiday weekend.  President Trump is expected there tomorrow for a party fundraiser.


In the NBA – The All-Star Game was held Sunday.  Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155 in a typically high-scoring showcase for the best of the NBA.  Kawhi Leonard had high score for the winning team with 30 points, earning the game MVP award.  Giannis led his team with 25 points and 11 rebounds.  The regular season resumes Thursday.

Earlier in the All-Star festivities, Derrick Jones Jr. won the dunk contest.  Thanks to his narrow win over Aaron Gordon, Jones landed a multi-year endorsement deal with Puma.

In college basketball – Only one ranked team played last night in a light schedule.  #3 Kansas easily beat Iowa State 91-71.  #4 San Diego State dispatched Boise State on the road Sunday 72-55.  No upsets in the rankings Sunday.  Not so Saturday when unranked Clemson knocked off #5 Louisville 77-62.  #10 Seton Hall lost to unranked Providence 74-71, unranked Missouri spanked #11 Auburn 85-73, Georgetown beat #19 Butler 73-66, unranked SMU edged #20 Houston in overtime 73-72, Rutgers routed #22 Illinois 72-57, Oklahoma State surprised #24 Texas Tech 73-70, and Alabama beat #25 LSU 88-82.

The Cal State San Marcos Cougars lost to Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday 107-105.

Highlights tonight including #1 Baylor at Oklahoma and fast-rising #15 Creighton at #19 Marquette.

In the NHL – Five games last night – Anaheim lost at Calgary 6-4 after leading 3-1 going into the final period.  Andrew Mangiapane had a hat trick for The Flames.  The Coyotes beat the visiting Islanders 2-1.  Florida over San Jose 5-3.  Vegas edged Washington 3-2.  And Tampa Bay beat Colorado 4-3 in overtime with Nikita Kucherov stealing the puck for the winning goal at 3:03 into OT.

In Minor League Hockey – The San Diego Gulls split a pair of games at Iowa over the weekend and lost 3-2 in overtime last night in Stockton.  They play The Heat again in Stockton tomorrow night.

In Major League Baseball – spring training games begin Friday with Texas at Kansas City.  The Padres first game will be Saturday hosting Seattle.  The Dodgers will play the Giants.  The Angels will host KC.

In the NFL – New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees posted today that he’ll be back for a 20th season.  Brees turned 41 last month and was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month.  He’s made it clear for a while now that he’s not interested in shopping … he’d either stay in New Orleans or retire.  It’s going to be the former.  The contract still has to be worked out, but he’s always been reasonable in the past, signing for a little less than market value with only a year guarantee.

In Lacrosse – The San Diego Seals lost at Colorado Saturday 10-7.  This weekend they’ll host Vancouver.

In Soccer – The San Diego Sockers lost to Ontario at home last night 7-3.  Their next game is Friday hosting the Mesquite Outlaws.

In golf – Adam Scott won The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades with a four-round 11 under par 273, two strokes ahead of Scott Brown.

At the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin won the event for the third time.  This one was a photo finish with Ryan Blaney.  The margin of victory was 0.014 seconds – 14 thousandths of a second.  Joe Gibbs Racing team remains the dominant force in NASCAR.

The big news of this year’s Daytona 500 was the spectacular barrel roll crash by Ryan Newman in the final lap of the race.  It looked like it might be the first death in NASCAR’s Cup Series since 2001 as the car slid to a stop on fire and had to be rolled over before Newman could be extracted from the wreckage behind black screens.  Two hours later, NASCAR announced Newman sustained non-life threatening injuries and was in serious condition at a hospital.

In local high school sports

Bonsall – no school and no scheduled games this week

Great Oak – boys’ golf at Dana Hills at 2:30p; boys’ varsity tennis at Cypress at 3:15p; JV and freshman softball at Paloma Valley at 3:15p

Valley Center – no school this week; sports practice games only

Fallbrook – no schedule published


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed with the Dow down a half percent with steel stocks getting slammed, the S&P down a quarter percent, and the NASDAQ up just slightly.  Gold was up more than a full percent – up $16.70 to $1,603.10 an ounce.  Oil was flat at just over $52 a barrel.

President Trump has pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. for his conviction in a gambling fraud scandal.  DeBartolo had stepped down as owner in 1997 after two Louisiana newspapers reported that he would be indicted for gambling fraud.  Though he avoided prison, paid a $1m fine and was suspended by the league for a year, the scandal effectively ended his career with football.  San Francisco won five Super Bowl championships in a fourteen year period under DeBartolo – a record for a single NFL owner.

Walmart is raising its dividend 2% and expects to save $60m a year on shopping bags through better sourcing and throwing its weight around as the country’s biggest physical retailer.  Though it remains to be seen whether Chinese sourced products will be disrupted due to the coronavirus outbreak, Walmart is downplaying that possibility.


Over the weekend at the movies, “Sonic the Hedgehog” buried the competition debuting with $58m on over 4,100 screens.  That’s the biggest opening weekend ever for a video game-based film.  “Birds of Prey” dropped to second place in its second week of release with another $17.2m.  “Fantasy Island” opened in third with $12.3m followed closely by “The Photograph” and “Bad Boys for Life”.  “1917” is in 6th place after 8 weeks in theaters.  “Parasite” moved up to 7th place in its first weekend of wide release after cleaning up at The Oscars.  “Jumanji: The Next Level”, “Dolittle”, and the debut of “Downhill” rounded out the top ten.  Positions in the top ten by the four newcomers were reflected in their CinemaScore grades.  Downhill got a D.  The two remakes, Photograph got a B+ and Fantasy Island a C- .  Sonic got an A.

On this day in music history – February 18,

  • 1959, Ray Charles recorded “What’d I Say” at studios in New York City. The call-and-response song had evolved in concert.  It became his biggest hit to date, reaching #6 on the pop charts and #1 on the R&B.
  • In 1962, The Everly Brothers, on weekend leave from Marine training, appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in full uniform with regulation haircuts to sing their new single, “Crying In the Rain”.
  • In 1965, The Kinks were at #1 in Britain with “Tired of Waiting for You” – their second chart topping hit in England. It went to #6 in America, besting their first two hits, “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night”.  But shortly after its release, the group was banned from touring in the U.S. for four years by the American Federation of Musicians union.  It’s likely The Kinks would have been even bigger in the U.S. if they’d had more exposure than just on radio.
  • In 1966, Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded “Good Vibrations”, a song he wrote based on his mother telling him as a child that dogs could pick up on “vibrations” from people and would bark at bad vibrations.
  • In 1972, Led Zeppelin rescheduled a concert in Adelaide, Australia for the following night after a heavy rain left the stage and equipment unsafe. Zep had brought the largest PA system ever seen in that country to produce what was said to be the loudest rock show ever.
  • In 1990, Freddie Mercury made his final appearance on stage with Queen as they collected the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in London.
  • In 1990, ten years after his death, a U.S. court ordered the release of John Lennon’s FBI files detailing his interests and activities including his support for the IRA and Worker’s Revolutionary Party. The British government had wanted the files to remain secret.
  • In 2008, Carpenters fans objected to plans to have Karen and Richard’s former family home in Downey demolished. It had been immortalized by appearing on the cover of their 1973, “Now and Then” album.  The current owners were tired of fans looking in the windows and leaving flower tributes to Karen.
  • In 2012 an invitation-only memorial was held for Whitney Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly performed.  Co-star from “The Bodyguard” Kevin Costner read a moving eulogy.
  • In 2013, Otis Harris, who replaced Eddie Kendricks in The Temptations died at age 62 after 14 year battle with prostate cancer.

Born on this day …

  • In 1933, Yoko Ono
  • In 1934, Skip Battin from The Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • In 1939, Bobby Hart, singer-songwriter from the duo Boyce & Hart, who wrote and performed on The Monkees first hit, “Last Train to Clarksville”.
  • In 1941, Herman Santigo from the doo-wop group Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers.
  • In 1947, Styx keyboardist Dennis DeYoung.
  • In 1948, Doobie Brothers drummer and vocalist Keith Knudsen
  • In 1952, country and pop singer Juice Newton
  • In 1953, Robbie Bachman from Bachman Turner Overdrive
  • In 1954, John Travolta – best known as an actor, he sang with Olivia Newton-John on the #1 hit from Grease, “You’re the One That I Want”.
  • In 1965, Dr. Dre from NWA


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