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Walker Buehler Takes No-Hitter into 8th, Dodgers Defeat D-backs 9-3

Walker Buehler had another masterful mound performance, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the skidding Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3 on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old right-hander cruised through the Diamondbacks…

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Bucks Edge Nets 115-111 in OT in Game 7, Giannis Scores 40, Kevin Durant 48

A Game 7 thriller, the NBA’s first do-or-die game to go to overtime in 15 years, came down to a matter of inches.

If Brooklyn star Kevin Durant was just slightly farther away — or if his foot was slightly smaller — he ends the highest-scoring…

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Police Pursuit Ends After Alleged Stolen Semi-Truck Slams Into House in Pomona

A 27-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stealing a big rig Saturday in Montclair, then leading police and the truck’s owner on a wild chase through Pomona during which he slammed into a utility pole, several parked cars, a wall and finally, into a house.

The truck was stolen about 12:15 p.m. from a tire shop in Montclair, according to Pomona police.

The truck’s owner followed the stolen vehicle through its journey across Pomona, and called police about the theft, police said.

Pomona police caught up with the truck near Reservoir and Philadelphia streets and tried to make a traffic stop, police reported. However, the suspect, identified as Matthew Paul Gonzalez, refused to stop.

Instead, Gonzalez lost control of the semi as he passed through the intersection of Philadelphia and Pipeline Avenue. He then hit a utility pole, several parked cars, a cinder block wall and finally, into a house. No one was at home at the time.

The house sustained structural damage and was being evaluated by the Chino Valley Fire Department, police said.

Gonzalez was arrested and transported to the Pomona City jail for booking on a charge of grand theft auto, police said. No bail information was immediately available.

The truck sustained major damage and the crash into the utility pole caused several homes in the area to lose power, police said.

The truck theft was being investigated by Montclair police. Anyone with information on the suspect was asked to call them at 909-448-3600. The traffic collision was being investigated by the Cucamonga office of the California Highway Patrol. Their number is 909-980-3994. Tipsters can also call Pomona police at 909-620-2085 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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LA County Sees Slow but Steady Rise in COVID-19 Delta Variant Cases

Los Angeles County reported 255 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths Saturday, while continuing to track the proliferation of coronavirus variants.

Saturday’s figures brought the county’s totals to 1,247,361 cases and 24,439…

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Naked Homeless Man Breaks Into Bel Air Home and Kills Pet Parakeets

A naked homeless man broke into a Bel Air home Thursday, and the homeowner had to jump from the second floor balcony to get away.

The family says the intruder not only took their sense of security, but killed their pets during the burglary as well.

At first, Mat Sabz thought his wife was home and that she was downstairs making noise when he got alerts on his phone from his cameras… It wasn’t until she called him that he realized it wasn’t her, but an intruder.

“I’m upstairs, who’s in the house?”

While talking to his wife, Monica, on the phone, Mat Sabz came face to face with a stranger in his Bel Air home.

“Hey! Who are you? What are you doing here? It’s my house. What are you doing here? I’m gonna call the police right now,” Sabz told the intruder.

“He didn’t even move, he looked at me and said this is my house, and he started coming up the stairs,” Sabz recalls.

Thinking quickly on his feet, Sabz decided to exit through the balcony.

“I said okay I have to escape, I don’t have anything to fight this guy with. So I climb off the balcony and fortunately the car is in the driveway, I jump on top of the car barefoot,” he says.

He then called 911. The cameras captured the burglar, and he was identified by LAPD as 34-year-old Paul Kiyan.

Kiyan was walking around the pool naked just before 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. They saw Kiyan roaming inside their home from Monica’s phone. 

“I was so frightened and scared that this guy is going to be doing something to my husband,” Monica said.

She says after her husband escaped, they waited for private security and police to arrive. They say Kiyan was in their home for 45 minutes before he was taken into custody. 

Their two young children later discovered their two pet parakeets dead. 

“He went and opened the cage with like a serial killer looking smile — squeezing them, dropping them and stomping on both of them as they are screaming for their lives these birds,” Sabz said. 

The couple says he got in after taking a garage door opener from an unlocked car. 

They hope this can be a learning lesson for everyone to lock their doors. 

“It doesn’t matter where you live, it doesn’t matter if you don’t see transients, they could get in, and they got in,” they warn.

The family says they are so traumatized by what happened, that for the time being, they’re not staying in their home, but they are thankful no one was hurt.

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Brush Fire Breaks Out in Anza Prompting Partial Closure of Highway 371

A brush fire that burned at least seven acres in the unincorporated community of Anza prompted the closure of a stretch of State Route 371 Saturday. 

The flames were first reported around 1:35 p.m. near State Route 371 and Bautista Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. 

Fire officials initially said the fire’s forward spread had been halted at about 2 p.m. but the flames kicked up again and firefighting aircraft were redeployed to the scene. 

The California Highway Patrol said State Route 371 was shut down between Bautista and Baliff roads.

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Woman Shot Dead, Two Others Wounded in South LA Drive By

A woman in her mid-50s was shot dead and two other people — a man and a woman in their 60s — were wounded during a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles, authorities said Saturday. 

The shooting occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Friday…

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Protest Planned During ‘Forever Marilyn’ Statue Unveiling in Palm Springs

An enormous sculpture depicting Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress-flying pose from the 1955 romantic comedy “The Seven Year Itch” will be formally unveiled this weekend, and protesters are preparing a showing of their own. 

A ceremony planned to mark the return of “Forever Marilyn” — which was previously on display in the city for about two years — will get underway at 7 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Museum Way and Belardo Road, according to organizers. 

The affair will include music by DJ Alf Alpha, several speakers and a flyover by Palm Springs Air Museum aircraft. Simultaneously, the Women’s March Foundation has planned to join other groups to protest the statue’s installation, citing the “sexual objectification of a beloved icon in the era of #metoo,” the organization announced. 

“The 26-foot-tall ‘statue’ of Marilyn Monroe is designed for viewers to walk in between the legs, look up her dress and snap a picture of her crotch or buttocks for fun,” said Emiliana Guereca, Women’s March Foundation’s executive director.

“It is sexist, exploitive and misogynistic. Even in death, Marilyn has no peace. We are demanding the statue be moved; #metoomarilyn has no place in Palm Springs.” 

The group plans to gather on Museum Way between Museum Drive and Belardo Road, beginning at 6 p.m. Women’s March organizers are not the first to speak out against the statue’s return to Palm Springs. A lawsuit by a group of local residents threatens to thwart the effort to keep it at its new location. 

The Committee to Relocate Marilyn sued the city of Palm Springs for allowing the statue to be placed in downtown, alleging the city violated various municipal and state codes in agreeing to close Museum Way during the statue’s stay. 

A status hearing in that case is scheduled for July 20. In April, a judge denied a motion by the plaintiff that sought to block the statue’s placement. 

PS Resorts, a nonprofit tourism organization, purchased the sculpture from Seward Johnson Atelier in February for $1 million plus installation costs. It arrived in several pieces last week, which required a 60-ton crane to hoist into place. Welding materials ignited a section of bubble wrap during the installation process last Friday, causing a brief fire but no injuries or damage to the sculpture. 

The Palm Springs City Council approved a location agreement with PS Resorts in December. The agreement includes a term of up to three years, and requires periodic updates back to the council. 

PS Resorts Chairman Aftab Dada previously said he wanted to see the statue remain at the Museum Way location permanently. After two years, the statue’s local economic impact will be measured by an outside firm, he said. 

The 17-ton statue crafted of steel and aluminum was first unveiled in Chicago in 2011 before moving to the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs in 2012, where it was on display for about two years. 

The statue’s return has drawn the ire of some residents, both for its possible infringement of views of the surrounding natural landscape, and on allegations that the statue is sexist and inappropriate. 

Dada countered that the statue is an economic powerhouse that brought the city millions of dollars of free publicity during its first rendezvous in Palm Springs. Dada said “Forever Marilyn” helped jumpstart the local economy during the Great Recession, and he hopes the statue can work that same magic again amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“She really put Palm Springs on the worldwide map,” he said. “She is definitely a huge draw and an unbelievable magnets to tourists.” 

Then-City Manager David Ready previously said the statue was a “tourism phenomenon” during its first appearance in the city. 

“Forever Marilyn” was designed by artist Seward Johnson, who died in March 2020. The humongous sculpture recreates the moment in “The Seven Year Itch” where Monroe’s white dress surges up toward her waist as she stands on a windy Manhattan subway grate. 

“Marilyn has come to represent beauty, and the white dress blowing up around her is a type of teasing sensuality,” Johnson once said. “There is something about her pose, the exuberance for life without inhibition, it expresses an uninhibited sense of our own vibrancy.”

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Shohei Ohtani to Hit in All-Star Home Run Derby

Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani will compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Denver’s Coors Field on July 12.

The Los Angeles Angels star will be the first Japanese-born player in the derby, held the night before the All-Star Game….

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Steven Souza, Dodgers Hand D-backs Record 15th Straight Loss 3-0

The Diamondbacks stumbled to their franchise-record 15th straight loss, with Steven Souza Jr. hitting a go-ahead home run in his return to Arizona following a horrific knee injury and helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 victory on Friday night.