Millions of people are on the road, traveling from all over the U.S. and the world to the path of totality for that perfect view of the solar eclipse. Eclipse enthusiasts Billy and Sharon Hahs have spent 26 years traveling from Chile to Australia to view total eclipses, but this year the eclipse is coming to them. Adriana Diaz met up with the adventurous Missouri couple.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – An increase in West Nile virus activity in the San Fernando Valley has health officials on alert this summer. So far this year, 22 people in Los Angeles County have been diagnosed with West Nile, the county Department of Public Health reports . That number, which is the latest through Aug. 11, is higher than the previous five-year average. Of those 22 patients, 10 were in the San Fernando Valley. Nineteen of the 22 had to be hospitalized. There has been a “marked increase” in West Nile virus activity over the past month, according to the Greater L.A. County Vector Control District (GLACVCD), one of five such districts within the county. Last week alone, 49 mosquito samples tested positive for the virus within the GLACVCD. “San Fernando Valley is of heightened concern for us this year,” Susanne Kluh, the district’s scientific-technical services director, said in a statement. The virus is transferred by mosquitos that feed on infected birds. Infection with the virus often has mild affects. However, in some cases, it can progress from a mild fever and body aches to significant cognitive and neurological symptoms, the GLACVCD reports. Those can include weakness, confusion and paralysis that can even result in death in extreme cases. Recovery can take months to years. People spending time outdoors are advised to wear mosquito repellant and treating their clothing with permethrin products to prevent bites. The CDC recommends products with the active ingredients of DEET, Picaridin or IR3535. For children, parents should only use EPA-registered repellants. You should also regularly replace any standing water around your home – such as flower pots and pet dishes – which can serve as a mosquito breeding ground.
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‘Marked Increase’ In West Nile Virus Activity In San Fernando Valley
By Jason Keidel » More Columns So with the Jets a mess in general, and a troubling variable at quarterback in particular, you may be wondering how they will score points this season. Indeed, a few folks have wondered aloud whether Gang Green will challenge the 1992 Seattle Seahawks as the worst offense in modern NFL history, which we will define as the Super Bowl era. The ’92 Seahawks juggernaut, coached by two-time Super Bowl champion Tom Flores, scored a biblically anemic 140 points. Let’s take a look at that club, which finished the season 2-14, a mark the Jets are widely expected to challenge. During a five-game midseason stretch, the Seahawks scored 16 total points, an average barely over three points per game, including two shutouts and two games in which they scored one field goal. The Jets scored 13 or fewer points six times last year, including an eyesore of a 9-6 loss, to the Los Angeles Rams, and are certainly worse this year. Much like the Jets of 2017, the Seahawks had quarterbacks of little (if any) note. Seattle’s cast of Canton contestants included Stan Gelbaugh, Kelly Stouffer, and Dan McGwire. Only the hardest of hardcore NFL fans have any idea who they are. (And if MLB fans are wondering, yes, Dan McGwire is Mark’s brother.) Punter Rick Tuten also tossed a pass, but the other three threw a combined nine touchdowns and 23 interceptions, on just 145.2 yards per game. Tuten, by the way, also punted 108 times that season, or 6.75 times per game. The Jets’ Lac Edwards figures to be an equally busy man. The Seahawks’ aggregate passer rating was 48.9. Not QBR, which affords much lower numbers, but passer rating, which never plummets below 50. Even Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had an abysmal season last year, had a passer rating just under 70. Jets quarterback Josh McCown calls out a play in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 12, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Gelbaugh started eight games, Stouffer seven, and McGwire one. Would it shock anyone if the Jets had some similar QB by committee in 2017? Josh McCown is the presumed starter, but either injury or poor performance could force Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty to start a few games under center. MORE : Jets OC Morton On Hackenberg: ‘Basically, He’s A Rookie’ Where you hope the 2017 Jets are tangibly better is running the ball. The ’92 Seahawks scored four rushing touchdowns all season. (It feels wrong just typing that.) Their “stalwart” running back was Chris Warren, who had a decent year, with 1,1017 yards on 223 carries (4.6 yards per carry), with three TDs. Only fullback John Williams scored another rushing TD, and just one. The Jets have Bilal Powell, who may not be Le’Veon Bell, but is a legitimate NFL starter. And Matt Forte was a bona fide star for seven years, part of the new wave of hybrid backs who were equally potent running and catching the ball. At 32, Forte is expected to be more of a role player, someone to spell Powell, but just on resume alone the Jets’ RBs are exponentially better than that dearth of decent rushers the ’92 Seahawks had. Even still, the Jets scored a paltry 10 touchdowns on the ground last season. Arizona Cardinals star David Johnson scored twice as many all by himself, including 16 on the ground. But while the Jets entered 2016 with grand hopes based on a productive 2015 — when Fitzpatrick had the best year of his career, and tossed the rock all over the gridiron to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker — there are no such illusions this year. All the Jets have to do is score 10 points per game to reach 160 and avoid the ignominy of any comparisons to the 1992 Seahawks. But just as you wonder where the wins will pop up this year, so too do you fret about the points. Maybe the Jets can be a bit like the Yankees, and shock the world while in full rebuild, play way past the back of their football cards, and even contend for a playoff spot. Hey, I tried. More likely, the Jets will be out of the playoff hunt by Halloween. You just hope they dress and play like an authentic NFL club. And score enough points to keep themselves out of the conversation of the worst offenses in league history. Follow Jason on Twitter at @JasonKeidel
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This year’s Mets have been one of the most disappointing teams in franchise history, SNY play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen said Wednesday. “This year, they have a bit of an excuse because they’ve had so many pitching injuries, but they’ve also had a tremendous amount of underperfomance,” Cohen told WFAN’s Mike Francesa before the Mets and Yankees squared off at Citi Field. “And I think for them to be languishing 11 games under .500 in the middle of August is an emormous disappointment.” Cohen compared this year’s disappointment to the 1992 team that lost 92 games despite signing Bobby Bonilla and Eddie Murray. Cohen appeared on Francesa’s show with his partners in the booth, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez. Mets starter Steven Matz, center, hands the ball to manager Terry Collins, left, as he is removed in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 6, 2017 at Citi Field. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Darling said the days of banking on the Mets’ starting pitchers are over, adding he couldn’t have been more wrong about them with his preseason predictions. “I really thought that Harvey had something to prove, Syndergaard was going to work himself into one of the best pitchers in baseball … (and) that Matz was going to be prove that he could be healthy,” Darling said. “I thought it was going to be a perfect storm for all of them to succeed this year. “And I know part of it is injuries, but I do think when you look around the league, the teams that are really, really doing it, they have young everyday players. And I think to go along with that pitching, now that they’ve been hurt a couple of times, I think that you can’t look at them and say, ‘Hey, boy, they’re going to be the biggest strength of our team.’ They could be a strength of the team, but I think you’re going to have to surround them with young players who can play every day because those guys seem to not get hurt as much. And maybe (Amed) Rosario and (Dominic) Smith are those guys.” To listen to the full interview, in which Cohen, Darling and Hernandez also discuss their 12 years in the booth together and more, click on the audio player above.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For nearly four decades, fans of the late singer Elvis Presley have made a solemn procession past his grave at his Graceland mansion during the annual candlelight vigil commemorating his death, without paying a penny. Visitors queue to enter the Graceland mansion of Elvis Presley on Aug. 12, 2017, in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty Images) This year, on the 40th anniversary of the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s death, it cost them $28.75. Many fans were not happy. Visitors attending the vigil that began Tuesday night and runs into Wednesday had to have an Elvis Week Property Pass wristband to walk up the long driveway and past the graves where Presley and relatives are buried, Graceland told the Associated Press in a written statement. The $28.75 wristband also provided access to a new $45 million entertainment complex at the Memphis tourist attraction. Graceland, operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises, said it anticipated large crowds and it updated its security measures for Elvis Week, the annual celebration of Presley’s life and career in music and movies. Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis. “In order to keep everyone safe and ensure an enjoyable and meaningful event for all, we have worked closely with local, state and federal security authorities to establish new procedures that have been widely used across the U.S.,” Graceland’s statement said. Thousands of mourning fans holding white candles burning a yellow-orange flame made a slow, silent walk through the graves Tuesday night. Before the procession began, Priscilla Presley, the performer’s former wife, and Lisa Marie Presley, their daughter, thanked the crowd for their love and dedication. A crowd estimate was not immediately available. Officials had prepared for about 30,000 to 50,000 people. A few Presley fans made a pilgrimage to Graceland the year he died, and they’ve continued coming ever since. Graceland says it averages 500,000 visitors per year from around the world. The announcement surprised fans who didn’t know about the charge when they made plans to come to Elvis Week. Some reacted with angry messages on social media, saying they won’t attend another vigil. Longtime fan Fred Schwarz of Springfield, Illinois, said Tuesday that he and his wife have been to several vigils and have enjoyed them. But not this year. He says fans should be insulted at the new charge. “I looked forward to going down there this year, and they come up with all this,” Schwarz said. “I don’t want to even go to Memphis anymore. The people running that are not Elvis fans. They are in business. Corporations, they want the bottom line.” Elvis Presley Enterprises was created by the Elvis Presley Trust to manage its assets, according to Graceland’s website. It was wholly owned by the Elvis Presley Trust and Lisa Marie Presley until 2005. Elvis Presley Enterprises is now majority-owned by Graceland Holdings, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker. Lisa Marie Presley retains 15 percent ownership in the company. The new entertainment complex is part of a $140 million expansion, which also includes a $90 million, 450-room hotel that opened last year. The complex, featuring exhibits of Presley’s cars, clothing and other personal items, replaces the aging buildings that housed the exhibits for years. Access to restaurants, gift shops and an entertainment tent where people gathered before the vigil used to be free, though visitors still actually had to buy the food or memorabilia at the eateries and shops. Now, access to them is included in the fee to enter the complex. Cheryl Skogen, of Los Angeles, was third in line waiting on Tuesday morning for the vigil later that evening. “I don’t think Elvis would like it if he knew the fans were charged to go up and see,” she said. Some fans didn’t have a problem with the charge. Joe Makowski, who saw Presley more than 80 times in concert and came to Graceland after Presley died in 1977, said it’s a good idea because of the cost of security. He also said these types of charges are seen at other tourist attractions. “It goes along with the territory of the popularity of Elvis,” said Makowski, of St. Petersburg, Florida. “There’s a price for that as well, to accommodate all the people.” News of the vigil charge also upset Anthony Stuchbury, of Bolton, England, who has been to Graceland more than two dozen times but did not come this year. “I understand they are a business, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them making money,” Stuchbury said. “But the current price-gouging situation has created so much friction, it’s even dividing fans.” (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The re-education of Christian Hackenberg is well underway. The New York Jets’ second-year quarterback took the field in a game for the first time in nearly a year last Saturday night, getting extensive action in the win over Tennessee . And as far as offensive coordinator John Morton was concerned, there was plenty to like. “He did a really good job,” Morton said Tuesday. “He was decisive on his throws. I thought he was accurate. I thought he did a really nice job.” Consider this Year 1: Rebooted for Hackenberg, who never took a snap in the regular season last year. “He was poised, and that’s what you want to see,” Morton said. “Basically, he’s a rookie, and we thought he did a really nice job with that.” MORE : Lichtenstein: Jets’ Preseason Victory Doesn’t Change Their Dismal Outlook Still, Hackenberg appeared to be caught off guard a bit by the suggestion that this is basically like his first year in the NFL from an experience standpoint. “No, I don’t think I’d say that,” Hackenberg said. “I just feel good with the opportunities that I’ve been given and being able to go out and take advantage of them this year. So, yeah.” Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg, right, passes under pressure from the Titans’ Sylvester Williams during the second quarter on Aug. 12, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Hackenberg, a second-round pick out of Penn State last year, was 18 of 25 for 127 yards while running Morton’s mostly conservative offense against the Titans. He produced no points in eight possessions in the 7-3 win, but also had no turnovers. Still No. 2 in the Jets’ three-man quarterback competition, Hackenberg is doing all he can to make Josh McCown starting in Week 1 at Buffalo less of the near-certainty that it now appears. “I think it’s really just trying to do everything that I’ve been trying to do up until this point,” Hackenberg said, “which is just go out and operate, do what’s asked of me, take what the defense gives me and continue to grow and see things and make adjustments when it’s called upon.” Hackenberg came to the Jets as what many considered was a project, a player who needed to sit and learn while improving his physical skills. It was basically a red-shirt season for the young QB. New York is using this training camp to get a better sense if he could be the face of the franchise or if it needs to look elsewhere next offseason. Hackenberg is getting lots of snaps throughout practices, with an increasing number with the starting offense. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that he’s any closer to becoming the Jets’ starter. “It’s too early to tell,” Morton said. “We’re in this training camp mode and we have to play a couple more preseason games and then we’ll have a better feel and see where we’re at. It’s a whole different story when you get in games and evaluate guys. “That’s the real evaluation.” Coach Todd Bowles hasn’t revealed the team’s quarterback rotation for its next game Saturday night in Detroit, but it’s likely McCown will start again and play more than just the one touchdown-leading series he got against Tennessee. While Morton acknowledged that Hackenberg “gets better every day,” Bowles was not as generous with his praise when asked how much he has improved since last year. “I don’t know if he’s better at anything,” the coach said. “He’s just learning the offense and having the whole spring and taking the reps more, he’s getting to play more and as he plays more, everything becomes easier for him so he’s better mentally from that standpoint.” Hackenberg prefers to not dwell on the past. He’s solely focused on the future — and becoming the player the Jets are hoping for, whether that means in Week 1 or later this season. “I just think it’s two totally different situations,” Hackenberg said. “I don’t really like comparing last year to this year. It’s a new year. I learned from last year those things that have helped put me in the situation I’m in now. I feel good.” NOTES : RB Bilal Powell (neck) participated in team drills after not practicing fully since Aug. 4. … Newly signed WR Dan Williams made a nice move for a 50-yard reception on a throw from Hackenberg, but came off after the play with an undisclosed injury. … Special teams coach Brant Boyer said the Jets’ kicking competition is “a dogfight” between Chandler Catanzaro and Ross Martin. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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First on “CBS This Morning,” Bon Appétit deputy editor Andrew Knowlton and senior projects editor Julia Kramer reveal this year’s list of the “Hot 10” best new restaurants in the U.S. Knowlton and Kramer sampled food across the country for nearly a year, traveling a combined 35,000 miles to visit 41 cities.
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Bon Appétit’s Hot 10: Best new U.S. restaurants revealed
“I grew up listening to a lot of emo music, a lot of rock music, a lot of rap music , a lot of trap music, funk, everything,” Peep told XXL earlier this year.
“I grew up listening to a lot of emo music, a lot of rock music, a lot of rap music , a lot of trap music, funk, everything,” Peep told XXL earlier this year.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dominican pride will take over the streets of Manhattan Sunday afternoon as the 35th Annual Dominican Day Parade kicks off. The parade starts at noon in Midtown. Organizers say the parade is one of the biggest parties of the year. This year’s theme is a celebration of Dominican music and instruments. Thx #DRParadeUSA for honoring #NYPD Det. Familia today, & every day. Her legacy will never fade from importance or memory #NuncaOlvidaremos pic.twitter.com/cHwTxBRRyv — Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) August 13, 2017 Organizers are also dedicating today’s parade to slain NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia , and will present her family with a lifetime service award. The parade runs along 6th Avenue from 36th Street to 54th Street. See below for a full list of street closures : Formation: 36th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue 37th Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue 38th Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue Route: 6th Avenue between 36th Street and 53rd Street Dispersal: 52nd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway Miscellaneous: 48th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue 47th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway 46th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway 38th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue
Philadelphia chef Greg Vernick is celebrating some major recognition. He was one of this year’s Best Chef winners at the prestigious James Beard Awards and Philadelphia’s leading paper called his restaurant “the best in the city.” Vernick joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss which chefs influenced him and his culinary journey.
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The Dish: Chef Greg Vernick
This year belongs to Kendrick Lamar. For the latest chapter in the Damn era, Lamar appears on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone.