Lou Williams’ buzzer-beating three-point shot lifts Clippers to win over Nets

Rivers joined Phil Jackson (Lakers and Chicago Bulls), George Karl (Seattle SuperSonics and Dallas Mavericks), Dick Motta (Bulls and Mavericks), Don Nelson (Milwaukee Bucks, Mavericks and Golden State Warriors), Pat Riley (Lakers and Miami Heat) and Lenny Wilkens (SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks).

Cowboys owner has message for Giants GM after Beckham trade

Jerry Jones may owe Dave Gettleman a thank-you note.

Jones, on Fox Sports before the Errol Spence-Mikey Garcia fight at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, was asked about the Giants’ blockbuster trade with the Browns, which sent Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland.

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” the Cowboys owner replied.

CLEVELAND TEEN’S RESPONSE TO TRADE GETS POLICE RESPONSE

Jones, who grabbed a high-profile receiver in Amari Cooper from the Raiders last year to help salvage the Cowboys’ season, had a front-row seat to Beckham’s breakout moment in 2014, with his dazzling one-handed catch.

Following Tuesday’s shocking move by Big Blue, Beckham, 25, thanked his fans for their support as he heads to the Browns and pal Baker Mayfield.

“To the New Yorkers and REAL NYG fans… you guys will always have a place in my heart, a beautiful city .. a beautiful place Thank You for every last moment and experience,” he posted to Instagram.

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BPD: Eight drivers cited for driving while unlicensed during checkpoint on Saturday

The Bakersfield Police Department conducted a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint between 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday in the 4100 block of Truxtun Avenue, according to a press release.

During the checkpoint:

  • 1,753 vehicles were screened by officers
  • Eight drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed
  • Seven motorists were found to be driving on a suspended license

No drivers were arrested for being on the influence of alcohol.

Funding for the checkpoint is provided by the BPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The public is encouraged to call 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Galaxy defeat Minnesota 3-2 proving they can win without Zlatan Ibrahimovic

With Ibrahimovic sitting out a second consecutive match with a strained Achilles, the Galaxy were ambitious, aggressive and relentless in his absence, riding first-half goals from Jonathan dos Santos and Chris Pontius and a late second-half score from Sebastian Lletget to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United before an announced 21,177 at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Australian premier sides with egger against egged senator

Australia’s prime minister has suggested an anti-Muslim senator should be charged after he hit a teen who cracked a raw egg over the legislator’s head.

Sen. Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for blaming Muslim immigration for racist attacks on two New Zealand mosque that claimed at least 50 lives.

The 17-year-old boy who egged Anning has become an online hero.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday took the side of the egger, telling reporters: “The full force of the law should be applied to Sen. Anning.”

Police allege the boy assaulted the senator with the egg. The boy’s name has not been made public.

Police also said Anning “retaliated and struck the teen twice.”

Dorms developer plays defense

Real estate developer David Moon knew a lot about building student housing, having developed off-campus dormitory projects next to California State University campuses in Monterey Bay, Sacramento and Stanislaus. But Bakersfield was new to him.

Hoping to replicate his success, he negotiated to buy a 6.45-acre lot on the northeast corner of Coffee Road and Stockdale Highway, then filed plans to build twin five-story dorms there to house students attending Cal State Bakersfield, which had not been made aware of his intentions.

Alas, the proposal has not gone over smoothly with nearby residents or the university, and now the president and owner of Monterey-based Coleraine Capital Group Inc. finds himself in the uncomfortable position of playing defense.

Even before the project’s first public hearing, nearby residents have railed against the proposal, saying it is unsuitable for the busiest intersection in town and that it would disrupt surrounding residential areas. The university, for its part, wants only on-campus dorms.

To Moon, the dorms are a responsible, market-based attempt to meet local demand for student housing. Pointing to soaring enrollments and continued growth in the off-campus college dorm industry, he said universities are typically reluctant or unable to develop on-campus housing on their own.

He’s aware of public comments characterizing his proposal as unique or some how unusual. But he insists it’s nothing of the sort.

“It’s becoming more and more common,” he said in an interview. “Universities just don’t have the budget to build the housing they need.”

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

Moon’s right that colleges have largely gotten out of the housing development business, said Lincoln, Neb.-based real estate industry advisor Jerry Hoffman, who was unfamiliar with Coleraine’s Bakersfield project. Colleges are experts at building classrooms, he said, but they increasingly turn to outside developers for help developing student housing.

“More often than not, the college (or) university is working in partnership with the student housing developer of the project, even on-campus and especially off-campus,” said the president of Hoffman Strategy Group.

Hoffman said there may have been a misstep in Moon’s Bakersfield rollout. Calling the project’s community opposition an anomaly in the off-campus student housing industry, he said successful developers usually try to build relationships with the university and the community before proceeding with their project.

“I think that’s probably the better way to go with a development,” he said. “It takes a little bit longer, but you’re building relations. That’s building some social capital, if you will.”

MEETING DEMAND

Moon sees considerable demand for dorms serving CSUB students. The university has more than 11,000 students but only 500 on-campus units. If they were filled — and the university reports they’re only 64 percent occupied — they would house just 5 percent of the student population.

“We’re just providing, frankly, a much better accommodation to the students,” he said.

Sensitive to community criticism, he emphasizes the weekly social programming Coleraine’s projects provide, as well as their amenities — gyms, computer labs, internet cafes, gaming areas — and nightly security staffing between about 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

ADDRESSING CONCERNS

Speaking by phone Friday, Moon addressed several specific claims made by project opponents, including concerns that student drivers and pedestrians will clog the intersection of Coffee and Stockdale.

He said dorm residents will be charged money to use parking at the site, which should discourage students’ use of cars. Instead, he said shuttles will run throughout the day between the dorms and the CSUB campus about a third of a mile to the west.

Responding to criticism the project is too dense for surrounding neighborhoods, he noted the property had been slated for a 100,000-square-foot office development that would have a greater impact on the area than dorms.

He suspects part of the reason some members of the community are against the plan is the property was idled for more than two decades.

“People get used to that condition,” he said. “But the truth is, something is going to be built on that property. It always was.”

HOLDING LONG-TERM

Having heard accusations he might rent out space at the proposed dorms to low-income residents, Moon said none of his dorm projects have been occupied by anyone other than students. Not only are they class-A apartments, he said, but lenders behind their financing have strict criteria for how they’ll be used, as a way of protecting their investment.

He also denied there’s any plan to sell the project once developed. Although that happened in Monterey, he said, that situation resulted from a special option the university had as part of its management agreement.

“Our plan is to hold them long-term,” Moon said.

OTHER PROJECTS

Moon’s main defense was to list the dorm projects he has developed since starting in the student housing business nine years ago at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Frustrated at not being able to find on-campus housing for his son, a new student at the university, Moon was encouraged by campus officials to build dorms off site. So, in 2015, he opened a three-building, 579-bed, fully occupied project that the university agreed to operate. A year later, CSUMB’s nonprofit foundation purchased the project for $68.5 million.

Two other off-campus dorm projects followed: a 660-bed, three-building project that opened at Cal State Stanislaus in 2017, and a three-building, 750-bed project that debuted at Sacramento State in 2018.

Coleraine has two additional projects in the works, not counting the one in Bakersfield. One at Humboldt State encountered community opposition and has so far failed to make much progress toward approval. The other, at San Jose State, is proposed to be a 19-story project with 1,039 beds and a four-story parking structure.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

In Bakersfield, Moon tried to present his plans to the public at a community meeting scheduled for March 4. But after the event was unexpectedly canceled by the church hosting it, Moon offered to postpone a Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting that had been set for March 12. The BZA meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for April 9, when the board is expected to consider whether to grant a conditional use permit for the dorms proposal, which would be located on land zoned for offices rather than residential.

Meanwhile, Moon has rescheduled his community presentation for 5:30 p.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road.

Coaches Doc Rivers and Jim Boylen ejected in Clippers’ 128-121 victory over Bulls

“I was talking to the ref and I just said basically that was a clean pick and all of a sudden I hear Boylen yelling at me, saying that we were dirty or whatever,” Rivers said. “Because I guess in the first half we set another legal pick and one of their guys got hurt. I wanted to say, ‘Maybe turn around and yell at your guys and tell them to call out picks. But don’t yell at me.’ I didn’t say it that nicely.

Trump downplays white nationalism threat after massacre

President Donald Trump played down any threat posed by racist white nationalism after the gunman accused of the New Zealand mosque massacre called the president “a symbol of renewed white identity.”

Trump, whose own previous responses to the movement have drawn scrutiny, expressed sympathy for the victims who died at “places of worship turned into scenes of evil killing.” But he declined to join expressions of mounting concern about white nationalism, When asked whether he thought it was a rising threat around the world, he responded, “I don’t really.”

“I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess,” Trump said. “If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet. But it’s certainly a terrible thing.”

Trump was asked about white nationalism and the shooting deaths of 49 people at mosques in Christchurch after he formally vetoed Congress’ resolution to block his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexico border. His veto, aimed at freeing money to build more miles of a border wall against illegal immigration, is expected to survive any congressional effort to overturn it.

Questioned about the accused gunman’s reference to him, Trump professed ignorance.

“I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it,” he said. “But I think it’s a horrible event … a horrible, disgraceful thing and a horrible act.”

The man accused of the shootings, whose name was not immediately released, left behind a lengthy document that outlined his motivations. He proudly stated that he was a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants and was set off by attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims. In a single reference, he mentioned the U.S. president.

“Were/are you a supporter of Donald Trump?” was one of the questions he posed to himself. His answer: “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”

The White House immediately denounced the connection. But the mention from the suspect, who embraced Nazi imagery and voiced support for fascism, nonetheless cast an uncomfortable light on the way that the president has been embraced by some on the far right.

Trump, who as a candidate proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, has drawn criticism as being slow to condemn white supremacy and related violence. After a 2017 clash between white nationalists and anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one demonstrator dead, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the confrontation. He also did not immediately reject the support of David Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard, during his presidential campaign.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., tied Trump’s inflammatory language to the violence half a world away.

“Words have consequences like saying we have an invasion on our border and talking about people as though they were different in some fatal way,” Blumenthal said on CNN. “I think that the public discourse from the president on down is a factor in some of these actions.”

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who declared his Democratic candidacy for president this week, said, “We must call out this hatred, this Islamophobia, this intolerance, and the violence that predictably follows from the rhetoric that we use.”

The White House, in comments before those remarks, rejected any link to Trump.

“It’s outrageous to even make that connection between this deranged individual that committed this evil crime to the president who has repeatedly condemned bigotry, racism and made it very clear that this is a terrorist attack,” Mercedes Schlapp, the White House’s director of strategic communication, told reporters. “We are there to support and stand with the people of New Zealand.”

Trump himself telephoned New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, offering condolences, prayers and any help the U.S. might be able to provide. She told reporters she answered, “My message was: to offer sympathy and love to all Muslim communities.”

Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric and calls to return America to its traditional past have been embraced by many on the conservative fringes, including some who troll online with racist imagery, as well as white supremacists who have looked to engage in violence.

In Florida, Cesar Sayoc, who had decorated his van with Trump propaganda, was accused of mailing explosives last fall to Democratic Party officials and media members, many of whom had been criticized by the president. The president said Sayoc had been “insane” long before he became a Trump fan.

Last month, a former Coast Guard official was accused of stockpiling weapons in a plot to kill media members and liberal politicians as part of a plan to transform the U.S. into a white ethno-state. It took more than a week for Trump to respond to the plot, which he deemed “a shame.”

Many experts who track violent extremists have identified white nationalism as a growing threat in the U.S. and abroad. In January, for example, the New York-based Anti-Defamation League said that domestic extremists killed at least 50 people in the U.S. in 2018, up from 37 in 2017, and said, “White supremacists were responsible for the great majority of the killings, which is typically the case.”

Some critics have accused U.S. authorities of not dedicating adequate resources to stem a threat of domestic terrorism. However, The Washington Post reported last week that internal FBI data showed more domestic terror suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terror groups.

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Associated Press writers Jill Colvin and Michael Kunzelman in Washington and Alexandra Jaffe in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, contributed reporting.

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