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Rombauer springs big Preakness upset, Medina Spirit third

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Rombauer romped to an 11-1 upset victory in the Preakness on Saturday, denying Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby winner Medina Sprint the chance at a Triple Crown that would have come with a giant asterisk.

Medina Spirit finished third in the 1 3/16-mile race and was passed for the first time in his career after going off as the 2-1 favorite. All eyes were on Medina Spirit after he failed a post-Derby drug test for the presence of the steroid betamethasone.

Midnight Bourbon, who was 3-1, was second. Keepmeinmind was fourth and Baffert-trained Concert Tour ninth in the 10-horse field.

Rombauer busted the bias of horses hugging the rail, going past Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit down the stretch and winning by 3 1/2 lengths.

Jockey Flavien Prat won the Preakness two years after being elevated to the Derby winner aboard Country House when Maximum Security was disqualified.

Trainer Michael McCarthy won his first Triple Crown race and captured the Preakness before Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, for whom he worked as an assistant before opening his own barn.

Rombauer is owned by John and Diane Fradkin, a far cry from Medina Spirit’s Zedan Racing Stables and other horse racing conglomerates. He won for the third time in seven starts.

McCarthy said this week Rombauer’s best weapon was between his ears and that his colt was training well. But few picked the long shot to win the Preakness, which was run in front of 10,000 fans at Pimlico Race Course.

Baffert was not in attendance, staying away because of the controversy with Medina Spirit, who still could be disqualified from the Derby.

Activists call on district attorney to prosecute police abuse

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SAN DIEGO – A local activist group is continuing its call for San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan to prosecute police abuse or resign. 

The Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego held a press conference rally outside of the Hall of Justice Saturday afternoon.
 
During the rally, Anthony Carolino spoke about his brother, Dennis Carolino, who was shot and killed by San Diego police in 2019.
 
“My brother’s my number one protector in my life, now I’m going to protect the people,” said Anthony Carolino. 

The district attorney’s office later reported the shooting was justified because Carolino was wielding a shovel toward police. 

Anthony claims the investigation wasn’t fair. He also said there needs to be more training on how to handle mental health crisis.

“When my brother was killed by San Diego police, I learned a lot about San Diego, I learned how dirty the system is,” he said. 

A report by state prosecutors shows more than 450 people were shot by law enforcement officers in San Diego County from 1993 to 2017. Activists say Stephan has not punished police abuse, and that none of the officers were prosecuted over the 25 year span.

“We continue to have issues in the County that keep coming up, homeless people being beat up in La Jolla,” said Buki Domingos with the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego. 

Domingos points to the Angel Hernandez case where MTS officers fatally held Hernandez down with their knees on his neck. Domingos said Hernandez’s death looks to be almost the same exact way George Floyd died.

“Its amazing to also know we have our Floyd here,” she said. “So why is nobody saying anything about it and why is it okay that those  officers are still not being prosecuted.”
 
FOX 5 reached out to Stephan for comment but did not hear back yet. However, the district attorney’s office issued this statement to FOX 5 during the same prosecute or resign campaign in 2020. 

Statement in-part:
“Our office takes great care to make sure our analysis follows the law, is independent, objective and thorough.” 

The next big dill? Beverage company to release pickle hard seltzer

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(WJW)– Alcoholic beverage brand Crook and Marker will launch a pickle-flavored seltzer this summer.

Crook and Marker teamed up with drinkware maker BruMate on the 5 percent alcohol-by-volume hard pickle seltzer appropriately named Afternoon Dillight. It’s described as, “A one-of-a-brine pickiliscious experience that packs a crunch (and a buzz).”

The limited-release drink is available for pre-order now online.

As mask-optional policy goes into effect, South Florida shoppers speak out

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No mask? No problem. That’s the new normal at some South Florida retailers following a change in face covering policy.

7News cameras captured a mix of maskless and masked shoppers at the Publix supermarket in Miami Shores, Saturday afternoon.

Shoppers who spoke to 7News said they’re not worried about the policy change that the supermarket chain began to implement, starting Saturday.

“If they have the vaccine, it should be fine,” said a shopper.

“I don’t have a problem with it at all,” said a shopper who identified himself as Mike.

Publix officials on Friday said wearing a mask at their stores is now optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

Officials stressed customers and employees who are not fully vaccinated still have to wear face coverings inside Publix stores.

The announcement came one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines that state fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks indoors, in most cases.

The new CDC guidance was met with a varied response from local Publix shoppers.

“If we’re vaccinated, then we should not have to wear masks anymore,” said a shopper.

“I’m going to be wearing my mask to protect myself,” said shopper Tyler Gatewood.

Others chains like Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Trader Joe’s have also followed suit, dropping their mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated.

“I know people are very cautious about everything, so in my opinion, wear your mask if it helps you feel safer,” said a shopper.

“I think those of us that have been vaccinated should be able to go wherever we want to go and not be restricted,” said Mike.

For a list of policy changes at stores and local shopping centers, click here.

Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.

As mask-optional policy goes into effect, South Florida shoppers speak out

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No mask? No problem. That’s the new normal at some South Florida retailers following a change in face covering policy.

7News cameras captured a mix of maskless and masked shoppers at the Publix supermarket in Miami Shores, Saturday afternoon.

Shoppers who spoke to 7News said they’re not worried about the policy change that the supermarket chain began to implement, starting Saturday.

“If they have the vaccine, it should be fine,” said a shopper.

“I don’t have a problem with it at all,” said a shopper who identified himself as Mike.

Publix officials on Friday said wearing a mask at their stores is now optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

Officials stressed customers and employees who are not fully vaccinated still have to wear face coverings inside Publix stores.

The announcement came one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines that state fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks indoors, in most cases.

The new CDC guidance was met with a varied response from local Publix shoppers.

“If we’re vaccinated, then we should not have to wear masks anymore,” said a shopper.

“I’m going to be wearing my mask to protect myself,” said shopper Tyler Gatewood.

Others chains like Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Trader Joe’s have also followed suit, dropping their mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated.

“I know people are very cautious about everything, so in my opinion, wear your mask if it helps you feel safer,” said a shopper.

“I think those of us that have been vaccinated should be able to go wherever we want to go and not be restricted,” said Mike.

For a list of policy changes at stores and local shopping centers, click here.

Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.

As mask-optional policy goes into effect, South Florida shoppers speak out

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No mask? No problem. That’s the new normal at some South Florida retailers following a change in face covering policy.

7News cameras captured a mix of maskless and masked shoppers at the Publix supermarket in Miami Shores, Saturday afternoon.

Shoppers who spoke to 7News said they’re not worried about the policy change that the supermarket chain began to implement, starting Saturday.

“If they have the vaccine, it should be fine,” said a shopper.

“I don’t have a problem with it at all,” said a shopper who identified himself as Mike.

Publix officials on Friday said wearing a mask at their stores is now optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

Officials stressed customers and employees who are not fully vaccinated still have to wear face coverings inside Publix stores.

The announcement came one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines that state fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks indoors, in most cases.

The new CDC guidance was met with a varied response from local Publix shoppers.

“If we’re vaccinated, then we should not have to wear masks anymore,” said a shopper.

“I’m going to be wearing my mask to protect myself,” said shopper Tyler Gatewood.

Others chains like Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Trader Joe’s have also followed suit, dropping their mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated.

“I know people are very cautious about everything, so in my opinion, wear your mask if it helps you feel safer,” said a shopper.

“I think those of us that have been vaccinated should be able to go wherever we want to go and not be restricted,” said Mike.

For a list of policy changes at stores and local shopping centers, click here.

Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.

As mask-optional policy goes into effect, South Florida shoppers speak out

0

No mask? No problem. That’s the new normal at some South Florida retailers following a change in face covering policy.

7News cameras captured a mix of maskless and masked shoppers at the Publix supermarket in Miami Shores, Saturday afternoon.

Shoppers who spoke to 7News said they’re not worried about the policy change that the supermarket chain began to implement, starting Saturday.

“If they have the vaccine, it should be fine,” said a shopper.

“I don’t have a problem with it at all,” said a shopper who identified himself as Mike.

Publix officials on Friday said wearing a mask at their stores is now optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

Officials stressed customers and employees who are not fully vaccinated still have to wear face coverings inside Publix stores.

The announcement came one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines that state fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks indoors, in most cases.

The new CDC guidance was met with a varied response from local Publix shoppers.

“If we’re vaccinated, then we should not have to wear masks anymore,” said a shopper.

“I’m going to be wearing my mask to protect myself,” said shopper Tyler Gatewood.

Others chains like Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Trader Joe’s have also followed suit, dropping their mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated.

“I know people are very cautious about everything, so in my opinion, wear your mask if it helps you feel safer,” said a shopper.

“I think those of us that have been vaccinated should be able to go wherever we want to go and not be restricted,” said Mike.

For a list of policy changes at stores and local shopping centers, click here.

Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.

As mask-optional policy goes into effect, South Florida shoppers speak out

0

No mask? No problem. That’s the new normal at some South Florida retailers following a change in face covering policy.

7News cameras captured a mix of maskless and masked shoppers at the Publix supermarket in Miami Shores, Saturday afternoon.

Shoppers who spoke to 7News said they’re not worried about the policy change that the supermarket chain began to implement, starting Saturday.

“If they have the vaccine, it should be fine,” said a shopper.

“I don’t have a problem with it at all,” said a shopper who identified himself as Mike.

Publix officials on Friday said wearing a mask at their stores is now optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

Officials stressed customers and employees who are not fully vaccinated still have to wear face coverings inside Publix stores.

The announcement came one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines that state fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks indoors, in most cases.

The new CDC guidance was met with a varied response from local Publix shoppers.

“If we’re vaccinated, then we should not have to wear masks anymore,” said a shopper.

“I’m going to be wearing my mask to protect myself,” said shopper Tyler Gatewood.

Others chains like Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Trader Joe’s have also followed suit, dropping their mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated.

“I know people are very cautious about everything, so in my opinion, wear your mask if it helps you feel safer,” said a shopper.

“I think those of us that have been vaccinated should be able to go wherever we want to go and not be restricted,” said Mike.

For a list of policy changes at stores and local shopping centers, click here.

Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.

Rombauer pulls Preakness upset, Baffert’s Medina Spirit 3rd

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Rombauer left Medina Spirit behind — and put horse racing’s latest controversy on the back burner.

Little-known Rombauer sprung an 11-1 upset to win the Preakness on Saturday, passing Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winner to end a potential Triple Crown bid that would have carried a giant asterisk.

Medina Spirit finished third and will not go on to the Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line and a potential Derby disqualification hanging over the sport.

“A little disappointed, but we’ll go on from here,” said assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, who saddled the horses in Baffert’s absence.

Baffert was not present at Pimlico Race Course, opting to stay away because of the controversy surrounding Medina Spirit, who tested positive for the steroid betamethasone in post-Derby testing. He said in a spotlight-stealing statement hours before the race: “Today is not about Bob Baffert. Instead it is about Medina Spirit and all of the other equine athletes in our tremendous sport.”

All the focus nonetheless was on 2-1 favorite Medina Spirit, Baffert and his other Preakness runner, Concert Tour, who went off at 4-1. Medina Spirit was passed for the first time in his career by Rombauer, who won by 3 1/2 lengths over second-place Midnight Bourbon.

“I had to come out running to get my position,” said Medina Spirit jockey John Velazquez, who fell to 0 for 11 in the Preakness. “I knew that he was going to be pressed today. I was hoping that he wouldn’t overdo it, and we did.”

Concert Tour was a disappointing ninth in a 10-horse field.

“I am at a loss for words,” said Concert Tour jockey Mike Smith, who left Midnight Bourbon after the Derby to ride Baffert’s other Preakness horse. “He just wasn’t going anywhere.”

Maryland racing officials required Concert Tour and Medina Spirit to undergo additional testing and monitoring as conditions to run in the Preakness. Those three rounds of tests came back Friday, clearing them to race. None of the other horses were subject to that level of scrutiny, which came out of the situation at Churchill Downs and Baffert’s four other medication violations over the past 13 months with other horses.

That was set aside for at least the 1:34.78 it took for Rombauer to completed the 1 3/16-mile race, paying $26.50 to win, $10 to place and $5.20 to show.

“He broke as expected and I thought he put enough pressure on Medina Spirit to make it a horse race and then he ended up second,” Midnight Bourbon trainer Steve Asmussen said. “He showed up. He’s improving. And he’s not there yet, all at the same time.”

Midnight Bourbon was sixth in the Kentucky Derby behind Medina Spirit, whose victory still hangs in the balance with a second test yet to be analyzed. It’s unclear how long that will take.

Trainer Michael McCarthy won a Triple Crown race for the first time and captured the Preakness before Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, for whom he worked as an assistant before opening his own barn. Pletcher gave McCarthy a bear hug after the race.

Rombauer is owned by John and Diane Fradkin, a far cry from Medina Spirit’s Zedan Racing Stables and other horse racing conglomerates. He won for the third time in seven starts.

McCarthy choked back tears while talking about everyone involved with Rombauer.

“Means a lot to be here, participate on a day like this,” he said. “Happy for the Fradkins. Just goes to show you that small players in the game can be successful, as well.”

Rombauer busted the bias of horses hugging the rail on the dirt at Pimlico Race Course all day, going past Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit down the stretch and winning by 3 1/2 lengths.

Jockey Flavien Prat won the Preakness two years after being elevated to the Derby winner aboard Country House when Maximum Security was disqualified.

“Of course it’s a lot different when you cross the wire first: You get that feeling,” Prat said. “It’s a lot of joy.”

With the usual joy replaced by chatter about Baffert and medication violations, the Preakness was run in front of a limited capacity of 10,000 fans, a fraction of the crowd of 100,000-plus that typically packs Pimlico on the third Saturday in May. Masks were still required because of city and track protocols.

This was a short turnaround from the 2020 Preakness, which was run last fall as the third leg of the Triple Crown with no fans allowed.

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Firefighters put out fire at South Chester Avenue mobile home park

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A fire destroyed a structure at a mobile home park Friday night in South Bakersfield.

Firefighters were called to South Chester Avenue near Planz Road just after 9 p.m.

Video from the scene shows the flames and smoke rising several feet into the air as fire crews worked to put out the blaze.

Few details were immediately available about the fire and it wasn’t clear what caused it or if anyone as hurt.