Event OverviewFrom 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church will host the following ongoing performances and speakers:Participatory Performances by Daansekou Cultural Arts Collective of Los Angeles (African Drums & Dance Troop), J. Rich & The Free Agents Drumline, and Gospel Line Dancing with Sean DennisMusical Performances by Ryann Daniels, the Calvary Baptist Church Choir, Darrel Sims, Synai Obney, Tim Williams & CFC, and Dave Broussard & FriendsStep Shows by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Psi FraternityGuest Speakers: Dr. Lance Robert, President of 100 Black Men of Long Beach, Inc., Dr. Naomi Nightingale, Santa Monica Historian and Activist, and Mrs. Laverne Ross, Historic Santa Monica resident & Juneteenth OrganizerFood provide by Food Trucks: I Love Funnel Cakes and Belly’s Sliders & WingsOnsite Community Vendors including artists, Alva Knowles and Stella Singleton, YM Jewels, Cheryl Manor, SunkistUSA, A Marker Magic, and Elijah’s Pantry Submitted by Patsy Cobb, Member of Calvary Baptist ChurchTags :briefsNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWhy Experiment?City opens application process to fill McKeown’s vacant council seatYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall4 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press8 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours ago HomeBriefsJuneteenth at Calvary Baptist Jun. 04, 2021 at 1:00 pmBriefsNewsJuneteenth at Calvary BaptistGuest Author6 days agobriefsNews A historic event in the City of Santa Monica, A Juneteenth Heritage Celebration, is scheduled to take place on the grounds of Calvary Baptist Church, 1502 20th Street. Calvary Baptist is the oldest African-American Baptist church in the city of Santa Monica. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A furry, masked critter that scaled a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a social media sensation overnight.The raccoon was spotted climbing the ledges along the UBS Financial Services building downtown before it stopped to rest on a ledge, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul.Mayor Melvin Carter said on Twitter that city officials were working with building owners to find a way to help the raccoon when he stopped and appeared stuck at one point.But the daring climber safely made it to the roof by the middle of the night.Fans of the fearless furry critter celebrated on social media, praising its persistence.Other fans have created parody videos, set to the Mission Impossible theme music, and posted them to Twitter.Officials successfully and safely captured the raccoon Wednesday morning with the help of traps and soft cat food.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A furry, masked critter that scaled a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a social media sensation overnight.The raccoon was spotted climbing the ledges along the UBS Financial Services building downtown before it stopped to rest on a ledge, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul.Mayor Melvin Carter said on Twitter that city officials were working with building owners to find a way to help the raccoon when he stopped and appeared stuck at one point.But the daring climber safely made it to the roof by the middle of the night.Fans of the fearless furry critter celebrated on social media, praising its persistence.Other fans have created parody videos, set to the Mission Impossible theme music, and posted them to Twitter.Officials successfully and safely captured the raccoon Wednesday morning with the help of traps and soft cat food.
“When the bear was brought in I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it,” said Michael Sirochman, manager of the facility. “But she’s responding very well to treatment and by winter we believe we’ll be able to return her to the wild.”WATCH: Childless Couple Rescued an Orphaned Bear—Now 7-feet Tall, He Loves to CuddleFirefighters working on the massive 416 fire, which burned 47,000-acres of national forest, but is 37 percent contained as of Saturday morning, kept an eye on the bear for a couple of days but didn’t see a mother bear nearby.Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager in Durango, then made the decision to send the bear to Frisco Creek to determine if it could be treated.“We weren’t optimistic at first,” Thorpe said. “It probably hadn’t eaten in a couple of days, but it had survived on its own so we wanted to give it a chance.”Photo by Colorado Fish and WildlifeWATCH: Amusing Video of Two Cats Trying to Pass Each Other Atop a Narrow DoorframeHow the cub became separated from its mother is unknown, but Sirochman speculated that ‒ as is common with most wildlife species ‒ the mother placed the cub in a safe place but was unable to return.One concern about treating bears for injuries is that they could become habituated to humans which, in turn, can makes them unfit to return to the wild. Consequently, Sirochman and his staff have set up Frisco Creek so that bears have almost no contact with humans. In the case of the injured cub, it must be anesthetized for every treatment, and when it wakes up the human is gone.Photos by Colorado Fish and Wildlife“We have good luck returning young bears to the wild,” Sirochman said.The bear is being fed a liquid milk replacement that imitates the milk of a sow. It’s also receiving solid food.MORE: Gorilla Hugging Man Who Saved Her Life: The Wildlife Photographer of the Year AwardSirochman estimated that bandaging the feet will continue for up to a month. After the feet are healed it will be placed in an enclosure with the four other cubs currently at the facility. The bears will grow and fatten up throughout the summer and fall.While no decisions have been made about how the bears will be released, it’s likely that after they begin to hibernate in late fall Colorado wildlife officers will build a den close to the area where the bears were found. Responding to the natural hibernation cycle, the bears will emerge in the spring of 2019, probably by April.The fires are also affecting communities across the state with smoke inundating towns as far as a hundred miles away. One employee at a Conoco gas station in Pueblo told Good News Network, “The smoke has been really bad… A friend of mine had ashes falling all over his car.”Spread the Good News–Share with your Pack!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDry, hot, and windy weather conditions have fed a dozen wildfires across Colorado forcing the safe evacuation of thousands of homes in the West and South, but one furry resident ‘bearly’ made it out.Firefighters spotted a bear cub wandering alone in a burned-out area north of Durango with no sign of her mother.The cub suffered severe burns to its feet, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff who have been treating the animal, estimated to be 4-5 month-old, at their Frisco Creek wildlife facility near Del Norte.
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Our Football Pick ’em Picks product recommends the best weekly picks for your pool based on all the strategy factors that matter. You answer a few quick questions about your pool, and it shows you the weekly pick sheet that will maximize your edge.We invite you to give it (and all our other premium NFL tools) a try for free. Good luck in your NFL pick ’em contests and office pools this week!FREE TRIAL OFFER: Sporting News readers can get a free three-day premium trial to TeamRankings, including game predictions, betting picks, and customized picks for pick ’em and survivor pools. Claim Your Free Trial Now Before we get into this week’s picks, a reminder that TeamRankings is the only site that provides customized picks that maximize your edge in football pools. Last year, 80 percent of their subscribers reported winning a prize in a football pick ’em contest.FREE TRIAL OFFER: Sporting News readers can get a free three-day premium trial to TeamRankings, including game predictions, betting picks, and customized picks for pick ’em and survivor pools. Claim Your Free Trial NowMore From TeamRankings:Football Pick ’em Picks | NFL Survivor Picks | NFL Betting PicksReview of last week’s picksLast week, we highlighted two value favorites and a reasonably priced favorite (all favored by four points or less), as well as two underdogs who were very unpopular.Overall we went 3-2 with those picks, with big wins by Buffalo, the Rams, and Detroit offset by a Pittsburgh loss and an oh-so-close Denver loss on a last-second, 53-yard field goal.Still, these are unpopular picks we’re highlighting, so 3-2 is a lot better than it sounds in terms of the impact on your pool standings. Overall, the public only averaged about 2.3 picks correct in the five games we highlighted, based on pick popularity.So, if you picked all five of the teams we highlighted, it was a net gain of 0.7 wins and a corresponding jump up in the standings (in most pools, at least) as a result.WEEK 3 NON-PPR FANTASY RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerExpert Week 3 NFL Picks Advice: Pick ’em poolsUsing Vegas odds, data-driven predictions, and pick popularity data from national football pick ’em contests, we’ve analyzed the entire NFL Week 3 slate and identified the best value picking opportunities. Here are five teams that need to be on your radar screen.Please note that we’re not saying that you should definitely make all of the picks below (the upset pick especially). The best Week 3 picks for your specific NFL pool depend on strategy factors, such as its size, rules, and prize structure. (Our Football Pick ’em Picks product recommends custom weekly picks based on all those factors.)What we are saying is that the teams mentioned below offer some of the best opportunities to differentiate your Week 3 picks from your opponents, or they serve as prime examples of when picking against the crowd is most likely a bad idea.Note: Win odds and estimated national pick popularity data below may change between publication time and kickoff time. If you want to see the latest numbers, our product updates multiple times per day.Favorites at reasonable pricesMost favorites are overrated by the public, but the three teams below look more fairly valued in Week 3. Think twice about picking against them — not because they are a lock to win (they’re not), but because there are more compelling upset pick opportunities elsewhere.San Francisco 49ers (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)UPDATE: Pick popularity for the 49ers has surged since original publication, and now Minnesota looks like the most fairly valued favorite outside of Dallas and New England.Ben Roethlisberger is out for the year, the Steelers are 0-2, and they have scored 29 points in two games. San Francisco is 2-0, has won both games on the road, and has scored 72 points so far in 2019. The game is in San Francisco.The point spread for this game opened with San Francisco as a seven-point favorite. Based on what we have seen so far this season, you could make a pretty good case that the 49ers should have been a solid favorite even before the Big Ben injury. And so far, 78 percent of pick ’em entries nationwide are going with the 49ers to triumph in Mason Rudolph’s first career start for Pittsburgh. That’s slightly above San Francisco’s win odds of around 71 percent.Compared to other teams favored by about a touchdown this week, though, that looks like a fair price. So, if you are going to make a bold upset pick, it’s best to look elsewhere. Green Bay (97-percent public pick percentage), Philadelphia (90 percent), Kansas City (89 percent), and Tampa Bay (85 percent) are all favored by roughly the same amount as San Francisco but are even more popular with the public. We’ll see if the public percentages climb for San Francisco throughout the week as more people process the Roethlisberger injury news.Los Angeles Chargers (vs. Houston Texans)L.A. returns home to face Houston after getting upset by the Lions. The Chargers had nearly 100 more yards and more first downs than Detroit, but they couldn’t put the Lions away.The Texans, meanwhile, have had two of the most exciting finishes in the NFL this year, losing in dramatic fashion at New Orleans in Week 1 and holding on against Jacksonville at home in the final minute in Week 2. They came away with a victory last week, but they also underperformed as 7.5-point favorites and were outgained in terms of yardage by the Jags.The Chargers are a moderate 3.5-point favorite at home, and 65 percent of the public is selecting them. That’s very close to their win odds, which are around 62 percent. The Chargers were overvalued in the first two weeks, but the public now appears to have been sufficiently spooked by an OT win and upset loss, which provides a good reason to stay the course with the favorite here. This week, teams like Chicago and the Rams have similar odds to win but are much more popular — and make for better upset fodder.Carolina Panthers (at Arizona Cardinals)UPDATE: The line has shifted and Arizona is now the favorite, canceling out most value on Carolina. However, if the public shifts too radically, the Panthers could have value once again.This game is one to keep an eye on given Cam Newton’s evolving injury status, but that’s also very public information and the Panthers are 2.5-point favorites in the betting markets despite that news.Recency bias is a value picker’s best friend, and after watching Carolina get upset by Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football last week — and seeing an injury situation at QB — it’s no big surprise that the Panthers are not public darlings this week. However, there’s a good argument to be made that the loss to Tampa Bay was a fluky one. Carolina had more yards, more first downs, a minus-one turnover margin, didn’t convert several 4th-and-1 opportunities, and performed atrociously in the red zone, generating all of its points from four field goals and a safety.That level of performance is unlikely to repeat itself, and with 57-percent win odds and equivalent 57-percent pick popularity, Carolina is fairly valued here. Look for other upset picks besides the Cardinals.Value FavoriteWhen a matchup is pretty much a 50/50 proposition, it usually makes sense to pick the less popular team. To win an NFL pick ’em pool, you’re probably going to need some luck in these “coin flip” games, and when you get it, you want to maximize the upside by scoring points the majority of your opponents miss.Indianapolis Colts (vs. Atlanta Falcons)So far this year, the public has had a love-hate relationship with the Falcons while generally underrating the Colts. In Week 1, we highlighted the Vikings as a fairly priced favorite where you did not want to pick the Atlanta upset. Last week, though, Atlanta ended up being an unpopular toss-up pick against the Eagles at home. Only 23 percent of the public sided with Atlanta in Week 2, though the point spread never moved above two points in either direction.Indianapolis, meanwhile, has been very unpopular with the public so far with Jacoby Brissett playing quarterback in place of the retired Andrew Luck. The Colts were selected just eight percent of the time in Week 1, losing in overtime to the Chargers, and were then picked by just 13 percent of the public last week while upsetting Tennessee. Fora team close to being 2-0 right now, the Colts have been an absurdly unpopular pick.Relatively, then, the public is coming around a bit on the Colts now, picking them 30 percent of the time this week. However, Indianapolis is the betting favorite, favored by one at home over the Falcons after opening as a 2.5-point favorite. Our models are less optimistic about the Colts, putting their win odds slightly under 50 percent. All things considered, it looks like pretty much a toss-up game, but the public is treating the Colts more like they are a six-point underdog at home.Value GambleAll upset picks are not created equal. If you’re going to make a gamble on an underdog, you need to make sure that the potential reward (that is, how much your odds to win your pool will increase if your gamble pays off) is as big as possible. Take a bunch of extra risk on a super trendy upset pick, and the joke is on you.The pick below is not appropriate for all pools. If you’re in a smaller, season-long pool with lots of games left, it’s probably not worth the risk. However, if you’re in a single-week pool with a larger number of entries, or if you only care about winning weekly prizes, this highly unpopular underdog has a compelling profile.Cleveland Browns (vs. LA Rams)The Rams are off to a 2-0 start, beating the Saints in a matchup where Drew Brees left in the first quarter because of a thumb injury and letting Carolina hang in the game in Week 1. The Browns, meanwhile, after a bit of a fluky blowout loss in Week 1 fueled by late turnovers, rebounded on Monday night against the woeful Jets and now face a key swing game at home.For the second time in three weeks, the Rams travel east as a slight road favorite and are hugely popular with the public. In Week 1, they won by three points at Carolina. This time around, they are only favored by 2.5 points, but the public is selecting them 90 percent of the time. Last week’s biggest value underdog, Detroit, won when the public was similarly down on them, and the Browns will try to make it two weeks in a row in which an extremely unpopular small underdog pulls off the win.Our models like the Browns’ chances here even more than the implied win odds from the betting market and give Cleveland a 48-percent chance of winning outright at home. When you can get that kind of value in a situation where 90 percent of your pool is going the other way (assuming, of course, that your pool reflects the national averages), it deserves consideration.Usually we have a second value upset pick to highlight, but Week 3 looks like slim pickings on the upset front from a risk vs. reward standpoint. Outside of Cleveland, the next most likely team to win that is being picked by less than 15 percent of the public is Cincinnati, but the Bengals are six-point underdogs with only around 30-percent win odds. That’s a serious risk for a team that is still a more popular pick than Cleveland.More From TeamRankings:Football Pick ’em Picks | NFL Survivor Picks | NFL Betting PicksWhich of these five NFL Week 3 picks should you make?Once you know the best value opportunities of NFL Week 3, you can increase your odds of winning your pool by making educated gambles on them. Maybe you bump up the number of confidence points you assign to a team like San Francisco, or perhaps you take a chance on the Browns as a slight home underdog.There are a lot of potential decisions to make, and not all of them will make sense for your specific pool. It takes a lot of data and math to get to the right answer. Fortunately, we’ve built technology to do all the heavy lifting for you. Winning your confidence or pick ’em requires balancing risk with reward. When you pick less-popular teams and they win, you fly up the standings. Upsets happen every week, and spotting underdogs worth a gamble can go a long way toward winning a weekly or seasonlong prize.With that in mind, the experts at TeamRankings have identified five potential Week 3 NFL picks you should consider. From calculated bets on high-value teams to trendy upsets not worth the risk, TeamRankings has strategy advice for your football pool.