Cross-border smuggling tunnel discovered in San Diego; $29.6 million in drugs seized
SAN DIEGO — Nearly $30 million worth of drugs was seized after a cross-border tunnel that runs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego was found last month, federal officials said Tuesday.The 2,000-foot-long tunnel was discovered March 19 by law enforcement officers, with Mexican officers locating the entrance in Tijuana.Agents searched the San Diego warehouse where the tunnel ends after obtaining a federal warrant and seized about 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl inside the tunnel, officials sai...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Health care standard bearer tells hospitals to let staff bring own face masks, use as desired
The U.S. body that sets standards for and accredits 22,000 health care organizations recommended Tuesday that employers not only allow health care workers to bring face masks from home but also allow them to choose when to wear them.Leaders of The Joint Commission stated: “We are receiving reports from across the country that some hospitals are prohibiting staff from bringing in their own N95 respirators, surgical masks, and home-made cloth masks. … In circumstances of PPE shortages, it is better to allow staff the opportunity to enhance their protection, even if the degree of that increased p...
The Sacramento Bee
Seahawks bring back Benson Mayowa to revive pass rush while Clowney watch continues
While the Jadeveon Clowney watch continued into its third week Wednesday, the Seahawks made another move to shore up their ailing pass rush, while maybe showing Clowney they are getting tired of waiting for him to make a decision.And they did so by again calling back a member of their 2013 Super Bowl team — Benson Mayowa.Mayowa, 28, agreed to terms on a contract with Seattle Wednesday afternoon, as confirmed by his agent, David Canter. The NFL Network reported Mayowa agreed to a one-year deal that includes $3 million fully guaranteed and could go over $4 million with incentives.Seattle two wee...
The Seattle Times
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes wants trial preparations exempted from safety orders
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes wants the judge overseeing her criminal fraud case to order her legal team’s trial preparations essential and exempt from coronavirus safety restrictions so lawyers and their agents can perform tasks that they say may provoke hostility.“While we are hesitant to encourage any person to undertake actions that are contrary to advice and directions from public health officials or impose any burdens on health care professionals or institutions, we must adhere to the direction provided by this court regarding the time and manner in which it wishes...
The Mercury News
California Hospitals Face Surge With Proven Fixes And Some Hail Marys
California’s hospitals thought they were ready for the next big disaster.They’ve retrofitted their buildings to withstand a major earthquakeand whisked patients out of danger during deadly wildfires. They’ve kept patients alive with backup generators amid sweeping power shutoffsand trained their staffto thwart would-be shooters.But nothing has prepared them for a crisis of the magnitude facing hospitals today.“We’re in a battle with an unseen enemy, and we have to be fully mobilized in a way that’s never been seen in our careers,” said Dr. Stephen Parodi, an infectious disease expert for Kaise...
Kaiser Health News
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Ex-USC admissions official to plead guilty to running scam to admit unqualified Chinese studentsLOS ANGELES — In exchange for money, a former admissions official at the University of Southern California helped graduate students from China gain acceptance to the school by submitting doctored transcripts, fraudulent letters of recommendation and bogus personal statements in their applications, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court.Hiu Kit David Chong, an assistant director in USC’s Office of Graduate Admissions from 2008 to 2016, agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud i...
Tribune News Service
Gov. DeSantis issues stay-home order limiting Florida to essential services until end of April
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After weeks of resisting a statewide stay-home order, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that he would sign an executive order limiting all activity in Florida to essential services until the end of April to try to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 3 and expires on April 30, when the governor could extend it. It comes a day after the White House revised its guidelines and extended social distancing recommendations until the end of April.The order also comes one month after Florida’s first two cases of COVID-19 were...
Editorial: Fighting COVID-19, Bay Area leads where Trump has not
We are going to be at this for at least another month. Likely longer.It turns out that the past two weeks were just a warmup, which should come as no surprise to those who were paying attention to how the coronavirus has attacked other countries around the world.Unfortunately, until this week, that awareness didn’t seem to extend to President Donald Trump, who started this crisis by dismissing it, later finally called for people to stay home and then whipsawed back with scientifically ridiculous claims that life would be back to normal by Easter.It was a combination of the frightening data fro...
The Mercury News
Navy to move nearly 3,000 sailors off coronavirus-stricken carrier Theodore Roosevelt
SAN DIEGO — Nearly 1,000 sailors have moved off the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and almost 2,000 more will be off by Friday as the ship battles a COVID-19 outbreak in Guam, Navy leaders said Wednesday.Thomas Modly, acting Navy secretary, and Adm. Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, announced the partial evacuation of the San Diego-based ship at a Pentagon news conference.The move comes after ship’s captain, Brett Crozier, wrote a four-page letter decrying the Navy’s response to the COVID outbreak on the ship and its emphasis on testing, saying those measures have not slowed the spr...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Your stay-at-home order for Florida comes too late, Gov. DeSantis, but still …
We’ve wanted so much to say, “Good job, Gov. DeSantis! You’ve been on top of Florida’s coronavirus pandemic since the very start!”We can’t say that, at least not with a straight face. So the only thing we’ll venture to say, now that DeSantis has issued a 30-day statewide stay-at-home order for all but those seeking essential services, is: “Finally.”Now it’s up to the governor to speak with force and clarity as to what’s next. That means, first and foremost, ensuring that medical personnel, indeed, anyone in the vicinity of sick or potentially contagious people, throughout the state has the pro...