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Happy 229th Birthday City of Angels, Los Angeles!
This month (9/4) marks the 229th Birthday of Los Angeles! Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá and his expedition of over 60 men, including two Franciscan Padres, Juniper Serra and Juan Crespi, reached Alta California in 1769 and entered what is now Los Angeles on August 2nd. On the top of a hill in Elysian Park, the expedition saw a large green valley and a beautiful river that ran through it. Portolá named the river El Rio de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciúncula, which means “The River of Our Lady of the Angels of Porciúncula.” Portolá recommended the area to the Spanish government for the location of a new pueblo.Read More
Hurricane Odile Weakens As It Moves Up Baja, Edouard Storm Strengthens
Hurricane Odile has done a number on Mexico's southern Baja peninsula. Damages and flooding have left many to rebuild after hundreds of homes were destroyed. On Sunday, the storm weakened to a Category 3. According to Reuters, the Miami-based center warned that the storm could strengthen and become a Category 4 hurricane again by the time it hits or passes near the southern tip of Baja.
Alejandro Tealdi, a 32-year-old resident of Cabo San Lucas whose home was damaged told The Weather Channel, "In the seven years I've been here, I've never seen anything hit like this."
Emergency officials reported that 135 people were treated for minor injuries. Luckily, there were no serious injuries. Luis Puente, the head of Mexico's civil protection agency, said in a news conference that 164 shelters had been readied with a capacity for 30,000 people.Read More
Box Office: "Lucy" Hits A Global High, "No Good Deed" Surprises
Luc Besson's "Lucy" stays on top of the worldwide chart earning $26.6 million from 60 territories bringing its global total to $355 million. Alongside "Guardians Of The Galaxy," the sci-fi genre is ruling the summer box office. Despite poor reviews from critics, "No Good Deed" surprised in its opening weekend.
1. Lucy – Multiple - $26.6M
2. No Good Deed - Sony - $24.5M
3. Dolphin Tale 2 - Warner Bros. - $17.9M
4. Guardians Of The Galaxy - Disney - $17.3M
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Paramount - $15.3MRead More
NFL Week 2 Recap: Wins & Losses
The days leading up to week two of the NFL season were tainted with controversy. So much so, the brute savagery of an NFL contest could not match the ugliness of several off-field issues. Sunday couldn’t have come sooner.
The Sunday night matchup of the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers was a deserving marquee match-up. San Francisco went up 17-0 and stretched their lead to 20-7 entering the fourth quarter. A flurry of turnovers by Niner quarterback Colin Kaepernick (three interceptions and a fumble) swung the momentum to the Bears favor. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler capitalized, converting three touchdowns in the fourth, taking the game 28-20.
The upset of the day featured the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks looking quite vulnerable against the San Diego Chargers.Read More
Team USA Takes FIBA World Cup Crown
Team USA defeated Serbia 129-92 Sunday night in Madrid, Spain to take the 2014 FIBA World Cup title. The title is Team USA’s third consecutive in international play, a feat they’ve accomplished three times and no other country has ever accomplished.
Cleveland Cavalier guard Kyrie Irving was named tournament MVP after scoring 26 in the gold medal game. He was elusive attacking the basket and a perfect six-for-six from the three point line, leading the Team USA offensive juggernaut. Houston Rockets guard James Harden added 23 points.Read More
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