Pala Today News – 11/19/20
Written by John Fox on November 19, 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.
LOCAL AND REGIONAL HEADLINES
A two story home was badly damaged by fire early this morning in Temecula. Firefighters responded to the 41000 block of Rue Jadot about 3:50a to find light smoke coming from the home. Flames were knocked down by 4:10a. No injuries. The cause is under investigation. https://myvalleynews.com/house-fire-in-temecula-quickly-extinguished/
Health officials are sounding the alarm about Thanksgiving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving and consider canceling plans with relatives outside their own households. The CDC is particularly concerned about commercial travel and travel hubs acting as super-spreaders of novel coronavirus and because of the startling surge in infections over the past week. New infections are setting daily records in most regions of the country including San Diego and Riverside Counties. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/19/world/covid-19-coronavirus#the-cdc-strongly-urges-americans-to-avoid-travel-for-thanksgiving
Hospitalizations are up 50% nationwide over the past two weeks. A total of 79k people are currently hospitalized in the U.S. for Covid. New York City public schools, the nation’s largest school system today shut down all in-class instruction as that city’s test rate positivity exceeded an agreed-upon threshold of 3%. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa/u-s-covid-19-hospitalizations-jump-nearly-50-in-two-weeks-ushering-in-new-shutdowns-idUSKBN27Z2GJ
San Diego County reported 922 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday with 12 additional deaths. The positivity rate here was 6% out of 14,300 tests, raising the 7-day average once again – this time to 4.7%. State calculated metrics will keep San Diego and all Southern California counties in the Purple tier for reopening this week. Seven new community outbreaks were reported in San Diego County – one in an emergency services setting, one in a restaurant bar, two in daycares, two in businesses and one in a grocery store. (SD County media release) https://www.countynewscenter.com/san-diego-county-covid-19-update-11-18-2020/
No additional cases reported in the Pala zip code. The current total is 85. http://www.palatribe.com/covid-19-coronavirus-outbreak/
In Riverside County, 912 new Covid cases were reported along with 9 additional deaths. https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus
In some parts of the country, long lines are returning at Covid-testing sites – a reminder that the nation’s testing capacity may once again not be able to keep pace. Lines stretched for blocks this week in New York City. Laboratories are warning of shortages in key supplies which will create delays in supplying tests and processing the results, limiting a claimed capacity for testing claimed by the White House to be 4 to 5m people daily. https://www.pe.com/2020/11/19/heading-into-holidays-us-covid-19-testing-strained-again/
Riverside County Supervisors on Tuesday approved the formation of a commission to oversee the redrawing of supervisorial districts based on the 2020 Census. The actual redrawing will begin in June 2021, and by Labor Day, the commission will submit district boundary changes. The commission will be composed of each of the five members of the county Planning Commission, supported by a Technical Committee that will be made up of chiefs of staff from each supervisor’s office, along with personnel from the Office of County Counsel, the Department of Information Technology, the Office of the Registrar of Voters and the Transportation & Land Management Agency. They’ll hold at least four public meetings to give residents an opportunity to submit their comments on proposed alterations to the boundaries of each of the five Riverside County supervisorial districts. https://myvalleynews.com/supervisors-approve-convening-commission-to-advise-on-redistricting/
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In the NFL – The league says that starting Saturday, all teams must operate under its intensive Covid-19 protocols for the rest of the season. 28 of the 32 teams have been under these enhanced safety measures at some point during the season so far. They include virtual team meetings, wearing masks at all times in the team facility including during practice, limited time in locker rooms, limited capacity in weight rooms, grab-and-go meal service and double PPE-wearing during medical treatment for both patient and provider – for example, both a mask and a face shield. All players and staff are required to wear contact tracing devices that allow the league and the players union to quickly identify close contacts of any individual who tests positive. The league reports that since Week 5, teams in the intensive protocols have seen a more than 50% reduction in close contacts. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the decision was made based on the continued gathering of that close contact data and increased infection numbers in the general population. Up until now, intensive protocols have only been initiated when someone in a team facility tested positive or that team recently played a team who had someone test positive. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30343474/nfl-memo-says-all-nfl-teams-operate-intensive-covid-19-protocols
Week 11 begins tonight with Arizona at Seattle.
The Seattle Seahawks announced Tuesday that the name for its home field is changing from CenturyLink Field to Lumen Field. CenturyLink announced a couple of months ago that it was changing its corporate name to Lumen Technologies. The current naming rights contract which began in 2011 and was extended in 2017 now lasts through 2033. https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30349136/seattle-seahawks-stadium-renamed-lumen-field
In college football – The Michigan State-Maryland game has been cancelled because of Covid-19 problems with the Terrapins. They’d also missed last week’s game against Ohio State after pausing all activities November 11 due to 8 players testing positive in the previous week. Maryland coach Mike Locksley tested positive yesterday and is isolating at home. That makes four games involving two teams in the Big Ten that have been cancelled due to Covid-19. Wisconsin returned to play last week against Michigan after previously cancelled games against Nebraska and Perdue. https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/30347854/terrapins-coach-mike-locksley-tests-positive-michigan-state-maryland-canceled-covid-19
The first Top 25 game of the week is tonight with #25 Tulsa hosting Tulane. The only other scheduled game, Utah State at Wyoming is one of 14 games cancelled this week.
In baseball – The 2021 season begins on April 1 with a bunch of games including the championship Dodgers at Colorado. The first game of the day will be Toronto at the Yankees followed by the Dodgers-Rockies game, the Mets at Washington and Houston at Oakland. All will be televised on ESPN. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30348135/espn-broadcast-four-mlb-games-opening-day-2021
In the NBA – Golden State’s Klay Thompson is having an MRI today after suffering a leg injury during workouts yesterday. He missed all of last season with torn ACL in his left knee. This new injury seems centered near his right calf. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30344848/golden-state-warriors-guard-klay-thompson-undergo-tests-leg-injury-suffered-wednesday-offseason-workout-sources-say
Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk has exercised his $13.6m player option for the upcoming season. Last year – his third with Miami, 29-year old Olynyk averaged 8.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 67 games – a little below his 7-year career average. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30348498/miami-heat-kelly-olynyk-exercises-2020-21-option-source-says
In college basketball – Mountain West player of the year, San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn was last night’s first round pick by the Toronto Raptors in this year’s NBA draft. He was the 29th pick overall. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/aztecs/story/2020-11-18/san-diego-state-sdsu-aztecs-basketball-malachi-flynn-nba-draft
Washington State men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith tested positive for Covid yesterday after reporting minor symptoms. He’s the fourth major conference coach to test positive in the past two weeks. Washington State is scheduled to begin its season next Wednesday hosting Texas Southern. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/30344740/washington-state-men-basketball-coach-kyle-smith-tests-positive-covid-19
In the NHL – A survey of people who describe themselves as sports fans shows 60% are waiting for a vaccine before they’re willing to go to a sporting event. That’s down from 72% in a similar poll in April. 58% said they are also waiting on a vaccine rather than trust masks or social distancing to keep themselves safe in a crowd. The poll by Seton Hall University’s Sharkey Institute collected answers from about 1,500 adults across the country. https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/30343024/fans-say-no-attending-games-covid-19-vaccine
In golf – The RSM Classic began today on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Tyler Duncan is the defending champion. Five golfers were tied at 5 under-par on the back nine of today’s first round. https://www.espn.com/golf/leaderboard
As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed. The Dow was down two tenths of a percent. The S&P was up less than a tenth. And the NASDAQ was up 2/3 of a percent. Gold fell $11 to $1,862.90 an ounce. Crude oil futures were down 34 cents to $41.48 a barrel.
Mortgage rates are down again. After small rises for the two previous weeks, this week’s average for a 30-year fixed rate loan fell another 9 basis points to 3.03% – equaling the low reached the final week of October. The 15-year fixed rate average is down 5 basis points to 2.45%. https://www.bankrate.com/mortgages/current-interest-rates/
Apple will pay fines totaling $113m including $24.6m to the state of California and the San Diego District Attorney’s office to settle claims that it “throttled” back iPhone 6 and 7 performance. The company allegedly misled consumers through software updates that intentionally slowed performance to cover up battery issues that make the phones susceptible to unexpected shutdowns. The settlement still requires court approval. Earlier this year Apple agreed to a $550m private class-action settlement with restitution directly to iPhone 6 and 7 owners over the same issue. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2020-11-18/apple-to-pay-fines-to-san-diego-da-other-california-agencies-as-part-of-113-million-settlement
LIFESTYLE / GREEN LIVING
Santa Claus isn’t visiting with children on his lap at malls this year. Nor will he be allowed down chimneys during the pandemic – not even with a mask AND a face shield. This year, kids will need to video conference with Santa, which will keep Santa very busy. Technology company Storyfile has come up with an artificial intelligence alternative at their website where Father Christmas answers questions as if in person. In the past, Storyfile has recorded on-camera interviews with scientists, astronauts, Holocaust survivors and others for interactive conversations. Now there’s www.AskSanta.com , a free app which is online through New Year’s Eve. Kids believe they’re actually Face Timing with Santa. Some of the more popular questions being asked of Santa involve the pandemic to which Santa advises, “I wear my gloves, I wash my hands, I social distance, and I wear my mask.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-santa/santa-barred-from-malls-and-chimneys-enters-homes-via-interactive-video-idUSKBN27Z2M8
The state of California this week rolled out new incentives to purchase zero or low-emissions vehicles. The new California Clean Fuel Reward is being offered by the California Air Resources Board and state utility companies for a discount of up to $1,500 on the purchase or lease of new electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. That’s on top of existing federal, state and local incentive programs which vary by model. The total of discounts helps bring the overall cost of some EV’s on par with or possibly even lower than the cost of gasoline powered vehicles. Battery powered motorcycles are also eligible, but hydrogen-powered vehicles are not. 115 dealers statewide including eight in San Diego County have enrolled in the discount program. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/energy-green/story/2020-11-18/new-ev-incentive-rolled-out
On this day in music history – November 18,
- 1955, Carl Perkins recorded “Blue Suede Shoes” at Sun Studios in Memphis. It became a #2 hit for Perkins the following year.
- In 1964, The Supremes became the first all-girl group to top the British music chart with “Baby Love”. It was the second of five #1 singles in a row by the Supremes in the U.S.
- In 1965, another concert we all wish we could have attended – The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, The Hollies, and Wilson Pickett at the Glad Rag Ball, Empire Pool, London, England. Tickets were a little over $4.
- In 1979, Chuck Berry was released from prison after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
- In 1983, songwriter and member of Badfinger, Tom Evans committed suicide after a bitter argument with Badfinger guitarist Joe Molland over the royalties from “Without You”, the Harry Nilsson hit song they co-wrote. Those close to Evans said he never got over former bandmate Pete Ham’s suicide years earlier.
- In 1994, David Crosby had a successful liver transplant at UCLA Medical Center. It was the only solution after years of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as Hepatitis C.
- In 2000, The Beatles began the first of 11 weeks at #1 with “The Beatles 1”, a compilation of their chart-topping hits from 1962 through 1970 issued on the 30th anniversary of the band’s breakup. It has since sold over 31m copies.
- In 2002, Michael Jackson was blasted by the media for dangling his baby from a third-floor hotel balcony. He was showing the infant off to fans outside the hotel. One year later, police issued a warrant for Jackson over allegations of sexual abuse involving a 12-year old boy. The singer negotiated a time and place to surrender.
- In 2004, record producer Terry Melcher, son of actress Doris Day died at age 62 after a long battle with skin cancer. He co-wrote “Kokomo” for the Beach Boys and produced hits for The Byrds and The Mamas & The Papas.
Born on this day …
- In 1934, Dave Guard, one of the founding members of The Kingston Trio.
- In 1937, Ray Collins, who was the lead singer on Frank Zappas first two albums, “Freak Out!” and “Absolutely Free”.
- In 1938, Hank Medress from the vocal group, The Tokens who had the 1961 #1 hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
- In 1939, Pete Moore from The Miracles.
- In 1943, Fred Lipsius from Blood, Sweat & Tears.
- In 1946, Joe Correro from Paul Revere & The Raiders.
Other celebrity anniversaries today …
- TV talk show host Larry King is 87
- Billionaire yachtsman and TV tycoon Ted Turner is 82
- Actor Robert Beltran from “Star Trek Voyager” and “Big Love” is 67
- Actress Allison Janney from TV’s “Mom” and movies including “Juno” and “The Help” is 61
- Actress Meg Ryan is 59
- Actress Terry Farrell from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Becker” is 57
- Actor Adam Driver is 37
- Late actor Alan Young, best remembered as Wilbur from “Mr. Ed” was born in 1919
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