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Hawaii prepares for possibility of nuclear attack

Hawaii is launching a program aimed at helping residents and visitors prepare for a nuclear attack. Earlier this month, North Korea launched its first and only successful international ballistic missile and experts say a weapon like that could reach Alaska and possibly Hawaii. Carter Evans reports. Read More »

USC Begins Process Of Firing Former Med School Dean

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – USC has begun the process of terminating former medical school dean Carmen Puliafito and stripping him of his faculty tenure because of substance abuse-related activities , university officials announced. Puliafito is under immediate suspension from the university and is barred from its campuses and any association with USC, including attending or participating in university events, Michael W. Quick, the university’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs wrote in a memo to faculty members on Friday. “We certainly understand that substance abuse is a tragic and devastating disease,” Quick wrote. “But we are also bound to our responsibilities as a university to take the necessary actions concerning Dr. Puliafito’s status.” Quick wrote that USC was provided access Friday “to information of egregious behavior” by Puliafito “concerning substance abuse activities with people who aren’t affiliated with USC.” “This was the first time we saw such information first hand,” Quick wrote. “It is extremely troubling and we need to take serious action.” Earlier Friday, USC President C.L. Max Nikias announced that former federal prosecutor Debra Wong Yang has been hired to look into recent allegations by the Los Angeles Times that Puliafito abused hard drugs and associated with criminals and drug users. “It is critical we understand how and why this happened so we can do everything possible to improve our ability to prevent something like this from happening again,” Nikias wrote in a letter to USC staff announcing Yang’s hire. “As an academic institution, we are always challenging ourselves to be better. In this instance, we will look to improve ways in which we could have recognized the severity of the situation sooner.” Puliafito, 66, a renowned eye surgeon, led the Keck School of Medicine for almost a decade before resigning in 2016. He remained on the Keck faculty and continued to represent the university at public events as recently as Saturday, July 15. On Monday, the Times published an article reporting that during his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and addicts who said he used drugs with them. The paper also reported that Puliafito was with a prostitute when she overdosed on drugs at a Pasadena hotel room and had to be rushed to a hospital. The same day as the report, USC said Puliafito was no longer seeing patients and was on leave. Puliafito resigned his $1.1 million-a-year dean’s post in March 2016, saying he wanted to explore outside opportunities. Yang is a former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, a former state judge and a former member of the Los Angeles Police Commission. She currently is a partner in the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Nikias said Yang will investigate the details of Puliafito’s conduct, the university’s response, as well as its existing policies and procedures and make findings and recommendations to the USC Board of Trustees Executive Committee. “As an academic institution, we are always challenging ourselves to be better. In this instance, we will look to improve ways in which we could have recognized the severity of the situation sooner,” Nikias wrote. (©2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.) Read More »

Family, Friends Desperately Search For Missing Brooklyn Grandmother With Dementia

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Family and friends mounted a massive search Thursday for a grandmother who’s been missing for more than three days. They’re hoping to find a clue as to where 88-year-old Mary Joyce-Bonsignore might have wandered off to. Mary Joyce-Bonsignore (credit: Connor Coyne/NYPD) The Bath Beach, Brooklyn resident has dementia. She was last seen by her husband Monday morning. “He went out to take the garbage out, and she took off in two seconds and ran off,” her grandson, Conor Coyne, told CBS2’s Valeria Castro. It’s believed she walked down 19th Avenue toward Cropsey Avenue, perhaps headed toward the waterfront – one of her favorite places. “We actually even had the Coast Guard team do a whole route down the belt parkway. They haven’t seen anything,” Coyne said. She has wandered off before, but never for more than a few hours. Now that days have gone by, her grandson said the family is getting desperate. “Obviously she’s 88, she’s lived a full life, but the fact of not known where she is at all period is frightening,” he said. Thursday afternoon, family and friends armed with maps and fliers walked around the neighborhood asking anyone if they’ve seen Joyce-Bonsignore. “It’s horrible. This lady is the type of lady that would help anybody,” family member Tommy Joyce said. “She’s probably one of the best human beings I’ll ever meet in my life.” The hope is that she’s somewhere safe. “At this point, we’re hoping maybe a family took her in, maybe an international family and English isn’t their first language,” Coyne said. But her family can’t help but wonder the worst. “Now we’re completely accepting the reality that we might never see her again, and it’s getting beyond tragic for me and my entire family,” Coyne said. This week’s extreme heat is also cause for concern. Joyce-Bonsignore was last seen wearing a straw hat, red and white shirt and blue pants. Her family said she also wears an identification bracelet that has their contact information on it. Read More »

Top Activities And Things To Do In Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is considered to be one of the best spots for surfing, and also offers up the famed International Surfing Museum. Looking for a day or night out in the area? Follow our guide for the top activities to get involved in! Go Biking On The Trail (credit: Ngan Q Nguyen/shutterstock) Biking Pacific Coast Hwy And Warner Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (714) 555-5555 Want to get out and about with beautiful views of the water? Rent, or bring your own bike, and follow the bike path with the beauty of the ocean in view! It’s a great way to get out, get some exercise, and have some great fun. There bike trail in Huntington Beach is one of the most popular activities in the area. The trail takes you from Sunset Beach all the way to the peninsula in Newport Beach and it’s very safe. Grab A Brew At Top Breweries (Credit: Beachwood Brewing) Drink Beers Beachwood Brewing 7631 Woodwind Dr Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (714) 375-0949 www.beachwoodbbq.com Beachwood Brewing is one of Southern California’s top breweries. Why not grab a beer with friends and sample the delicious suds all day long? As one of Huntington Beach’s best brewing companies, you can sample great beers in a fun atmosphere! With inexpensive beers, trivia nights on certain evenings, and a great crowd, it’s perfect for beer aficionados and those who want to just have a great time. Browse Downtown Huntington (credit: Raymond L./yelp) Huntington Beach Downtown 92646, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 www.hbdowntown.com Huntington Beach Downtown is a great destination to enjoy great food, entertainment, shopping and more. Take in the beachy vibe, attend farmers’ markets, visit art in the park events, and take part in much more. The area offers great restaurants like Duke’s, Naugles Tacos & Burgers, Old Crow Smokehouse, Gallaghers Pub, The Funnel House, and so many others. Other activities include bike rentals, the downtown Library, fishing, the International Surfing Museum, Segway Tours and much more. Ready to go shopping? There are tons of stores, including Sketchers, Billabong, Jack’s Surfboards, and more. International Surfing Museum (credit: Stacey Z./Yelp) International Surfing Museum 411 Olive Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (714) 300-8836 www.surfingmuseum.org Huntington Beach is home to many of the greatest surfers of our time and it is only fitting that it is also the home to the iconic historical museum. The museum offers great service and sensational gift shop surf items for those visiting the city and looking to connect with the surfing world. There are numerous items that are best-selling and the Christopher Medals bring nostalgia for the surfers, who is considered a patron saint of travelers. If you happen to have a membership to the museum, you will receive discounts on items in the gift shop. A fun fact about this location is that it includes the camera used to film the classic “Endless Summer” surf film. The Museum is also a local treasure and is dedicated to the legendary Duke Kahanamoku. Walk Through The Huntington Central Park (credit: Emma J./Yelp) Huntington Central Park 18000 Golden W St Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (714) 536-5486 www.huntingtonbeachca.gov The Huntington Central Park is one of the great treasures of the community. With plenty of amenities, including a picnic facility, four playgrounds, a nature center, frisbee golf, horseshoes, lakes, equestrian trails, a dog park, a exercise course and restaurants, there’s plenty to take in here. The Park is the largest city owned park in Orange County covering over 350 acres of land and acts as a peaceful setting with open grass fields, beautiful trees and more nature to enjoy. Go for a picnic, a bike ride, play and stroll along the paved paths. Visit The Bolsa Chica Conservancy (Credit: Ian McGregor) Bolsa Chica Conservancy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 www.bolsachica.org The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is truly a treasure in the area. The ecological reserve is designated to protect the coastal wetlands and for those nature lovers it’s a terrific place to walk around and enjoy the incredible scenery. View endangered species, and beautiful landscapes. Read More »

Keep The Noise Of The World Out With Sound Suppression Technology

By Lori Melton Your home should be a calm, quiet place in which you and your family can relax and get away from the loud, hustle-and-bustle of the outside world. However, sometimes unwanted noise like your neighbor’s garage band, nearby building work, or heavy street traffic can disrupt your tranquil household haven. Windows not only protect your family from harsh weather elements, but also provide a sound barrier against aggravating noise. Sound Suppression Technology is an optional feature which is specifically engineered to help your windows reduce exterior noise. Find out more about it below. Window STC Ratings ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials) is an international organization that develops consensus standards to “improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence” around the world. STC (Sound Transmission Class) ratings are one of approximately 12,000 standards ASTM sets. STC ratings are used windows, doors, walls, and other building materials. They are measured in decibels and mark the average amount of noise stopped at 18 different frequencies. For windows, STC ratings range from 18 to 38. The higher the STC number, the better the noise reduction. Homes located near an airport, for instance, reportedly often require windows with a 35 to 40 STC rating. Standard Triple and Double-Pane Windows Double-pane windows are less expensive than triple-pane windows . But, both varieties increase energy efficiency and help reduce heat loss in colder climates. STC ratings for both types of windows will vary depending on glass thickness and the amount of air between the panes. While no standard window can ever block 100 percent of outside noise, technological enhancements can significantly improve noise reduction. The Sound Suppression Technology Advantage Historic homes weren’t fitted with windows designed to keep sound at bay. However, today’s window manufacturers understand a consumer’s need and desire to minimize the sound of outside noise in their home. So, many newer window models are designed with optional noise reduction enhancements. A great example is Anlin Windows , which offer an optional sound package with Sound Suppression Technology, or is found standard in their Del Mar window line . The technology with dissimilar glass (two panes of different thicknesses) breaks down sound waves entering your home and significantly reduces noise. In an Anlin video test , music playing outside the open window measured at 85 decibels. Once the window was closed, the sound registered at about 60 decibels. That’s a substantial reduction. Sometimes you can’t put a price tag on peace and quiet. If you’re exasperated by exterior noise, you might want to consider checking into windows with Sound Suppression Technology to help enhance sound reduction and keep outdoor noise outside where it belongs. Read More »

Disney Parks Name Star Wars Lands Galaxy’s Edge

ANAHEIM (AP) — Disney Parks isn’t letting Han Solo or Luke Skywalker save the day at their new Star Wars-themed lands. “When you step in to the world, you’re the hero,” Chris Beatty, Disney Imagineer and executive director of the new expansions said. Beatty was just one of many Disney representatives who spoke Saturday on the new Star Wars-themed lands at the Disney fan expo D23 in Anaheim, California. Bob Chapek, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, led a joyous panel where he unveiled many new projects for both domestic and international parks. New “Ratatouille,” ”Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Tron” attractions are headed to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Discussion of the Star Wars land came early in Chapek’s presentation, pleasing an eager audience. A video detailed a model on display at the expo’s “A Galaxy of Stories.” Then, Chapek revealed the name for the expansions. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will first open at Disneyland, followed shortly by a second, identical location at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Chapek said both are expected to open in 2019. He introduced the lead designer of the project, Scott Trowbridge, who said Galaxy’s Edge focuses on two major rides allowing guests to lead their own adventures. The first is a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. The second allows riders to take control of the Millennium Falcon. Trowbridge echoed Beatty’s sentiment that Galaxy’s Edge is all about the guest experience. Beatty said developers quickly ruled out focusing on any specific film or character arc in the franchise. Instead, they’re building a brand new, unnamed planet. The new planet is set on the outer rim of the galaxy, hence the name Galaxy’s Edge. Beatty said they created a place where both beloved characters from the franchise could mix with new, unknown members of the galaxy. He called it “a smuggler’s planet,” something quintessential “Star Wars.” “It’s kind of forgotten about. People in the know like Han and Chewie, they knew of this place,” he said, referencing beloved franchise characters Han Solo and Chewbacca. Beatty didn’t rule out the possibility of Galaxy’s Edge appearing in an upcoming “Star Wars” film, though he didn’t reveal any current plans. Lucasfilm’s developers and writers worked closely with Disney’s Imagineers on the expansion. During his presentation, Chapek also announced many characters from the films will be featured in Galaxy’s Edge, including BB-8, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren. But it was the droid Rex that received the biggest applause from the audience. Rex may serve as a DJ at a cantina in Galaxy’s Edge, Chapek said. The chairman also announced a Star Wars-themed luxury resort at Walt Disney World, which he says is “100% immersive.” Chapek did not announce an opening date or if construction is ongoing. The Star Wars-themed lands were first announced at the 2015 expo. During the 2015 expo, Disney announced the themed lands among a slew of “Star Wars” park expansions, including the interactive Star Wars Launch Bay and a seasonal event, Season of the Force. They also updated the Star Tours ride, Disney’s first Star Wars-themed ride installed in 1987. At 14 acres, Galaxy’s Edge is Disney Park’s largest single-themed land expansion. “It’s got to be big. Go big or go home with ‘Star Wars,'” Beatty said. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

$2 Billion Rail Line Tunneling Under LA Will Lead Right To Airport

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  — Almost 100 feet under the surface of Los Angeles, a new network of massive rail tunnels is being built. CBS2 News got an exclusive look at the new light-rail line nearly 9 miles long being built in the southwest part of the city. It’s that olive-green line running from the Expo Line in Crenshaw through Inglewood and down to Los Angeles International Airport. Metro says this area has more mass-transit riders than anywhere else in LA. The starting point at Exposition Boulevard and Crenshaw right now is a massive pit and underground city of workers. Charles Beauvoir is the project director and talked about progress of the tunnels. “All the boring with the tunnel-boring machine” is done, he said. “But some of the tunnels that don’t use the tunnel-boring machine are still under construction.” Tunneling is not a quick process. Just to drill a half-mile portion took about three months. “The maximum speed we’ve ever achieved was about 150 feet per day,” Beauvior said. “We were concerned we might get a ticket from the police!” Over in Hyde Park, the tunnels are much shallower. Workers call this a “cut and cover,” cutting through the street and covering it up. The other end of the rail line crosses the busy 405 Freeway. Workers used an old railroad bridge to support the form for the new one in a major operation. This process took “19 hours, 150 trucks of concrete for one of the pours,” Beauvior said. The rail line will run right into LAX and the Green Line. A smaller people mover will get travelers in and out terminals. It’s expected to be finished in about a year and a half. “I think the rail system is the way of the future for Los Angeles to mitigate all the congestion,” Beauvior said. The new line comes with a $2 billion dollar price tag. It’s been costing each taxpayer about $25 per year, part of Measure R that took effect eight years ago. Read More »

‘Calexit’ Comic Envisions ‘Occupied’ Cities, Antifa-Style Protests, Paralyzed Airports

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The campaign to make California an independent nation may have stalled, but the vision of its supporters is finding new life in a comic book. The digital graphic novel “Calexit” lays out a dark vision of the Golden State after “a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States” and yet “lost California” in the popular vote – an apparent reference to President Trump’s election victory. The book’s description from Black Mask Studios describes the world’s seventh-largest economy paralyzed by “resistance” to the President: “What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled?” A sneak preview of Calexit’s first issue – due out this week – is eerily close to news footage from anti-Trump demonstrations, including Antifa-style protesters dressed in bandanas and all-black militant garb tussling with police. The storyline by creators Matteo Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan revolves around a fictional executive order to deport illegal immigrants in the state, a move which leads to California refusing to enforce the law and declaring itself as a “sanctuary state”. In response, residents living in the state’s suburban and rural regions – where most of the state’s resources are located – align with the federal government, pitting them against protesters who are “resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all”. The comic also references a fictional map of California indicating multiple cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco being occupied by the U.S. National Guard. A fictional map of California shows Los Angeles and other cities under the control of the National Guard. (Image courtesy Black Mask Studios) While the comic’s premise is entirely fictional, Calexit as an idea is very real: a second measure submitted in May by the separatist California Freedom Coalition called for the governor to negotiate with the federal government to give California more autonomy as what supporters call a “nation within a nation.” The coalition must collect more than 585,000 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.) Read More »

Summer Concerts & Music Festivals In NYC

By John Friia Summer is in full swing and New Yorkers can head to one of these music festivals for a day of dancing and relaxation. Whether people enjoy EDM, soul or opera, there is a concert for anyone. SummerStages www.summerstage.org Dates: Now until October Summertime in New York means free concerts happen throughout the five boroughs. SummerStages has brought various musical genres to people from Queens to the Bronx for over three decades. Sponsored by The City Parks Foundation, the seasonal concert series hosts over 100 shows in 16 parks throughout the five boroughs. From operas to R&B and Broadway hits, the long list of performances features The Metropolitan Opera, Judy Torres, Lisa Lisa and scenes from the popular Broadway musical, A Bronx Tale . There is no need to worry about buying tickets, because every concert is free. Panorama Music Festival Randall’s Island Park www.panorama.nyc Dates: July 28-30 From the producers of the popular Coachella Music Festival in California, Panorama Music Festival takes over Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of July 28. Boasting a lineup with various genres, the festival will feature Frank Ocean, Solange, Nine Inch Nails and other indie pop performances. Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 895 Bay Parkway Wantagh, NY 11793 www.hot100fest.com Dates: August 19-20 Some of the today’s hottest artist will flock to the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater for the annual Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival. The two-day festival boasts three stages with over 40 artists performing throughout the weekend, including Demi Lovato, Zedd, Camila Cabello and DJ Khaled. For music fans to experience the entire experience they can purchase Homebase tickets, which gives people the opportunity to have reserved seating and visit the different stages. Afropunk Festival Commodore Barry Park www.afropunkfest.com Dates: August 26-27 New Yorkers can get soulful at the Afropunk Festival this summer. Blending together music and art focusing on black culture, the weekend long festival is in Commodore Barry Park. Besides sitting back and listening to a wide selection of music styles, including punk and hip hop, people can enjoy bites from local food truck vendors and live art presentations. New York is not the only spot to partake in the multicultural festival and has spread internationally to Paris, London, Atlanta and Johannesburg. Electric Zoo Festival Randalls Island www.electriczoofestival.com Dates: September 1-3 One of the most anticipated dance festival every year is the Electric Zoo Festival, which rolls into New York’s Randall’s Island in September. Now in its ninth year, the festival attracts a massive crowd and is must see concert to dance the weekend away. It might be hard for people to decide what performances to watch, but with four stages and over 20 artists a day, there is no shortage of EDM hits. This year, the headliners include Zedd, Galantis, Deadmaus5 and Armin Van Buuren. John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New  Yorker  writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on  Instagram . Read More »

CBS2 Exclusive: Team Rescues Turtles Who Make It Onto Runways At JFK Airport

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The next time your flight is delayed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, it might not be a problem with the plane. As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported exclusively Wednesday, turtles who usually stay in Jamaica Bay are answering a call of nature. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is tasked with keeping them out of trouble. As flights take to the air above JFK, the turtles are taking on a more challenging journey below. The diamondback terrapins are looking for a place to lay their eggs. “So they genereally come out and high tide, and they’re looking for loose, sandy soil to lay their eggs in,” said Laura Francoeur, chief wildlife biologist for the Aviation Department. “And so the airport is a very attractive place for them.” There is fencing and 4,000 linear feet of black plastic tubing on the ground to keep the expectant moms in Jamaica Bay – their natural habitat – and away from the JFK runways. It is part of the Pot Authority Wildlife Management Program. Francoeur is chief wildlife biologist for the Aviation Department. “In 2012, before we had a barrier up, we had about 1,300 terrapins that came onto the airfield, and that was a huge number,” she said. “We’ve cut the number of terrapins down from before we had the terrapin barrier at least 50 percent.” On Wednesday morning, CBS2 went on a terrapin rescue mission with Francoeur and her team of assistants. Sanchez, Francoeur and the team did not have any trouble finding turtles that breached the barrier. Each turtle is scanned for transponder tags and marked with nail polish on their shells. New turtles are injected with tags and given a notch on their shell to show what year they were captured. Afterward, they are released back into their natural habitat. “There could be turtles walking on the runway and your aircraft might have to stop and have delays, and so we do everything we can so there’s no impact to aircraft traffic or safety,” Francoeur said. Last Friday, several planes were delayed taking off due to dozens of nesting turtles walking on the runway. But passengers took it in stride, and one person tweeted that it was “the only excuse I have ever found endearing.” Read More »

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