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Emmys 2020: Regina King wins for ‘Watchmen,’ honors Breonna Taylor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

With the 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards underway on Sunday, September 20, winner Regina King used her acceptance speech to spread a message for the audience and nominees watching at home.

Related: Photos from the coronavirus-affected at-home event

After winning the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for her role in HBO’s “Watchmen,” the actress wore a shirt with the face of Breonna Taylor, the EMT whose killing by police helped spark protests across the country.

The actress’s speech encouraged people to vote, to “be a good human” and a special dedication to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. People on social media were celebrating King’s win and this what they have to say:

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Emmys 2020: Jimmy Kimmel delivers monologue to cardboard cutouts, and Jason Bateman

Jimmy Kimmel walked on stage to open the 2020 Emmys at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday and the celebrities that packed the arena burst into raucous cheers and applause.

“Welcome to the Pand-Emmys!” Kimmel said. “Wow, it’s great to finally see people again.”

Of course, almost no one was there with Kimmel. The people were being seen were clips from previous years, and then it was revealed that the audience was mainly cardboard cutouts. And Jason Bateman — but more on him later.

The 2020 Emmys are taking place in virtual fashion with live feeds to more than 100 hundred locations where nominees waited — home alone or in small groups — to find out whether they’d won an award in this most unusual year.

“You know what they say, you can’t have a virus without a host,” K...

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MMA Notes: Covington likely here to stay despite troubling antics

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Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s fights:

1. BAD 

At some point, you are what you say you are.

There’s always been a sense that Covington has been trolling the MMA world with his crass, diehard Donald Trump-supporting gimmick. You expected that behind closed doors, he was a different person.

His words about the Black Lives Matter movement after he beat Woodley on Saturday night cannot be ignored just because they may be part of a marketing gimmick.

Maybe Covington isn’t racist, maybe he is. Saying a movement that’s fighting for equal rights and social justice and for Black people is a “sham” certainly seems racist.

That he has such a large platform to spout those views is a real concern.


For a while, it felt like W...

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From Long Beach area, Boy Scouts monitor fate of camp in El Dorado fire zone

Boy Scouts in the organization’s Long Beach council are relying on bits of information, such as a video of a quick drive-through, to assure them that their mile-square Camp Tahquitz near the El Dorado fire is still standing, a group leader said Sunday.

A small group of Boy Scouts walk past a sign at Camp Tahquitz in the San Bernardino National Forest on Monday, July 27, 2015. The camp is owned by the Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts of America serving thousands of boys from the greater Long Beach area and surrounding councils since 1959. (File photo by John Valenzuela, The Sun/SCNG)

And there was good news Sunday afternoon: “Due to the heroic efforts of the fire crews, it appears that camp has been spared thus far!” the Long Beach Area Boy Scouts Council’s Facebook page posted.

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Hole-in-one report: Dry hits double digits in career aces

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The 13th at Maple Ridge is a downhill dandy, so Brian Kot should have been treated to a splendid view of his first ace. Kot thumped a four-iron from about 220 yards away for his special shot.

Grace Beauliua drilled a driver on No. 7 at Collicutt Siding and was right on target from the 140-yard blocks.

Cathy Erickson nailed a nine-iron on the second hole of the Hawk Course at Priddis Greens and her aim was excellent from 98 yards out.

Jeff Younger skipped the putting portion on No. 7 at his home club of Woodside, hoisting a pitching wedge over the water and then making the 118-yard commute to confirm that — as his playing partners were telling him — his ball was at the bottom of the cup.

Holly Quigley and Rob Delowsi can swap stories after both aced the sixth...

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Vons owner wants to ban signature solicitation at stores

LOS ANGELES – The parent company of Vons stores is seeking a court order banning people who have been soliciting signatures in front of the Inglewood location from continuing to do so there or at any other of their markets statewide.

The defendants are identified only as John Does 1-60 in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Thursday, which alleges that the signature gatherers are trespassing and creating a nuisance. Attached to the suit is a photo of two of the solicitors sitting at a table outside the store in the 500 block of Manchester Boulevard with two handwritten signs saying, “Stop Gentrification, All Life Matter.”

The signature gatherers began appearing in front of the Inglewood store Sept. 10, the suit states...

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Calgary-raised Cale Makar hoping to join family friend as Calder Trophy winner

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“And I remember in Cale’s second year with the Bandits, Bill couldn’t get around that well, and he still came out to Okotoks. He said, ‘I could only last two periods, but I had to see this game.’ Just unreal.

“Since then, he’ll follow him and he’ll call after he sees a game. It’s like, oh my god, Bill Hay is calling to say, ‘He sure played a hell of a game last night!’ It’s totally cool.”

This story could get even cooler Monday.

There are a lot of legendary names engraved on the Calder Memorial Trophy — from all-timers like Orr, Bossy, Lemieux and Leetch to current studs like Ovechkin, Kane and MacKinnon.

For Makar, though, it would be most meaningful to share this honour with the gentleman who won it 60 years ago … and then hustled t...

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23 more deaths reported in LA County; coronavirus hospitalizations tick upward

Los Angeles County reported 991 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 more deaths on Sunday, Sept. 20, bringing the county’s totals to 260,797 cases and 6,353 fatalities.

The number of people hospitalized, however, increased from 732 Saturday to 765, with 30% of those people in intensive care units.

The relatively low number of new cases likely reflects a weekend lag in reporting, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The update did not include Sunday totals from Pasadena and Long Beach, which operate their own health departments. Pasadena reported 11 new cases, for a total of 2,522, but its death toll remained at 121. Long Beach did not update Sunday; its totals remained at 11,440 cases and 237 deaths.

Countywide, daily case rates had risen over the prior four days, ...

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Bobcat fire approaching 100,000 acres; nature center at Devil’s Punchbowl destroyed

The nature center at the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area was destroyed by the Bobcat fire, which grew to 99,428 acres by Sunday morning and remained at 15% containment as fire officials warned it will continue from the Antelope Valley foothills into the communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo and Big Pine.

Approaching 100,000 acres, the fire grew 5,586 acres overnight.

The Bobcat Fire started Sept. 6 near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area northeast of Mount Wilson, inside the Angeles National Forest. Cause remains under investigation.

Structures have been damaged in the Antelope Valley and losses were expected, according to Vince Pena, unified incident commander with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The number of homes affected was not available Sunday morning.


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Proposition 15 will hurt homeowners, too

Of the many propositions that voters must decide this November, one of the most contentious is Proposition 15, also known as the split roll initiative. One of the arguments advanced by the proponents is that it won’t have any impact on homeowners because it just raises property taxes on commercial and industrial properties. Can the proponents be believed? Not likely.

On its face, Proposition 15 appears to exempt property that is used for “residential” purposes. But homeowners have good reason to feel threatened.

Without question, the most immediate impact that homeowners would see if Proposition 15 passes would be an increase in the cost of living. California has the second highest cost of living in the nation behind only Hawaii...

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