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I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm (*150*), hoping you had a terrific weekend. It’s Monday, which implies it is time in your California COVID replace. And I’m tremendous stoked to report that the headline is as soon as once more:
- New COVID-19 instances plummet in California
- The Weeknd dominates Billboard Music Awards with 10 wins
- Nearly 150 folks arrested after 1000’s attend TikTok get together in Southern California
- Newsom discusses preparedness plans for wildfire season
- A dozen lifeless whales have washed ashore in the Bay Area this spring
- Meth valued at $2.5M discovered in watermelon cargo at San Diego border
New COVID-19 instances plummet in California
California reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, including 8,272 new instances. That’s down 22.5% from the earlier week’s tally of 10,668 new instances.
Once once more, California ranked fiftieth among the many states the place coronavirus was spreading the quickest on a per-person foundation, in response to a USA TODAY Network evaluation of knowledge from Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, throughout the nation, eight states had more instances in the newest week than they did the week earlier than.
Across the Golden State, instances fell in 40 counties, with the perfect declines in San Diego, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
As for vaccinations, in the week ending Sunday, California reported administering one other 1,933,160 doses, together with 823,073 first doses. In the earlier week, the state administered 2,005,202 vaccine doses, together with 710,353 first doses. In all, California reported it has administered 37,048,042 doses.
In California, 243 folks had been reported lifeless of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the prior week, 376 folks had been reported lifeless.
The Weeknd dominates Billboard Music Awards with 10 wins
The Billboard Music Awards got here roaring again to Los Angeles on Sunday, and the night’s huge winner (oh, how I wished to say “winnr”) was The Weeknd, who took home 10 trophies and followed his sweep with a performance of “Save Your Tears.”
Nick Jonas hosted the reside awards present, which was held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, and closed the evening with a Jonas Brothers efficiency of their new Marshmello collaboration, “Leave Before You Love Me.”
Drake, who started the night because the artist with probably the most Billboard trophies (27), added one other for high streaming songs artist and was honored because the artist of the last decade.
Other winners included nation artist Gabby Barrett, who gained three trophies, and Pink, who acquired the night’s Icon Award — becoming a member of the ranks of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Cher. She was joined onstage by her 9-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, for a shocking aerial efficiency.
Morgan Wallen, who back in February was banned from attending the show after a video surfaced of him yelling a racial slur, gained three awards, together with high nation artist, high nation male artist and high nation album.
Notable performances got here from BTS, who debuted their second English-language single, “Butter”; Colombian artist Karol G, who made her BBMAs efficiency debut; and the legendary Alicia Keys, who celebrated the twentieth anniversary of her debut album “Songs in A Minor” with a medley efficiency following a touching tribute from Michelle Obama.
An entire checklist of nominees and winners can be found here.
Nearly 150 folks arrested after 1000’s attend TikTok get together in Southern California
Hanging from a tree whereas popping open a beer, dancing shirtless on high of a gasoline pump or taking a joyride in a buying cart — these are just some of the infractions that led to the arrests of almost 150 partygoers in Huntington Beach, southeast of Los Angeles, after roughly 2,500 folks gathered for “Adrian’s Kickback” get together, a raucous fete that went viral on TikTok. Watch a video here.
Speaking of Southern California, touring in and out of Los Angeles simply obtained a brand new enhance with the Monday opening of a brand new $1.73 billion concourse at Los Angeles International Airport with 15 gates. The West Gates, because it’s being known as, will present “a digitally based travel experience,” according to KTLA5, and can serve each worldwide and home flights. The venture has been 4½ years in the making.
Newsom discusses preparedness plans for wildfire season
As a part of his proposed state finances, California Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed Monday that he is calling for excessive ranges of spending in order for the state to be higher ready to cope with the upcoming wildfire season.
The governor desires to spend $2 billion — double his preliminary proposal — as a part of his $100 billion financial restoration plan. With the cash, he hopes to rent more firefighters and buy further tools to battle fires this summer season.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the new funding would be split between beefing up emergency response and doing the precautionary work of reducing buildup of hazardous vegetation across the state’s wildlands, projects like tree thinning and building fuel breaks.”
Standing earlier than the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s new fleet of helicopters at a Cal Fire base at McClellan Park in Sacramento County, Newsom stated the state wants “to step up our efforts” to battle fires.
Last 12 months, the Golden State misplaced more than 4 million acres to wildfires, in what has been known as among the many worst fireplace seasons in fashionable historical past. The state’s terribly dry winter has fireplace specialists warning that California’s forests and grasslands are prone to endure the same catastrophe this 12 months.
A dozen lifeless whales have washed ashore in the Bay Area this spring
An enormous grey whale seen rolling in the surf at Pacifica State Beach on Friday brings the overall of lifeless whales washing ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area this spring to 12.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the physique of Friday’s 47-foot grownup male is the tenth grey to clean ashore in the Bay Area. In addition, the carcasses of a pygmy sperm whale and a fin whale even have been discovered ashore.
A reason behind loss of life has not been decided — deaths of different whales in the world have been blamed on ship strikes and malnutrition — and a necropsy was not carried out, though tissue samples of the whale had been collected for additional research by the California Academy of Sciences. The whale’s physique will probably be towed out to sea.
Despite the variety of casualties, the whale inhabitants remains to be thought of wholesome. In 2016, scientists estimated that roughly 26,000 whales had been dwelling off North America’s west coast. That quantity is now estimated to be round 20,000.
Meth valued at $2.5M discovered in watermelon cargo at San Diego border
Border Patrol brokers on the Otay Mesa business inspection facility close to San Diego discovered more than $2.5 million worth of methamphetamine — more than 1,100 kilos of the drug — hidden inside a cargo of melons, according to a report from abc7.com.
This marks the second time meth has been found on the facility in the previous week.
The report says the stash was found Tuesday night when a truck driving by means of the checkpoint caught the nostril of a skilled canine. When U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers searched the truck, they discovered 193 wrapped plastic containers inside.
The driver was a 47-year-old Mexican nationwide; he was arrested for the tried smuggling of narcotics.
According to the report, it isn’t unusual for drug smugglers to make use of faux vegatables and fruits, frozen sharks, even an Xbox to cover and transport their items.
In California is a roundup of stories from throughout USA Today community newsrooms. Also contributing: abc7.com, KTLA5, San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll be again in your inbox tomorrow with the newest headlines.
As the philanthropy and particular sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and people who give back in the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].