Lakers reportedly feel ‘they got played’ by NBA star

Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard in action during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. 76ers won 116-95. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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The two teams that lost the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes didn’t take too kindly to how the reigning NBA Finals MVP conducted his free agency. 

Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on his Hoop Collective Podcast (h/t NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman), the Los Angeles Lakers are upset because they feel like “they got played” by Leonard. 

Windhorst noted the Toronto Raptors were also unhappy because Leonard “came in and asked for the sun, the moon, the stars then left them at the altar.”

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported “as late as 9 p.m. PT” on July 5 that Leonard asked the Lakers to delay officially consummating their trade for Anthony Davis until “as late as Sunday (July 7),” which would hold up their cap space in the process. 

The NBA’s free-agent moratorium period ended at 12 p.m. ET on July 6, so players who had already agreed to deals could officially sign their contracts at that point. 

Leonard ultimately agreed to his deal with the Los Angeles Clippers approximately two hours after Shelburne reported he made his plea to the Lakers. That was also the same time when the Clippers agreed to send four future unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick and two pick swaps to the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Paul George

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard determined George was the “co-star he wanted by his side” and George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, made a trade request to Thunder general manager Sam Presti days before the trade with the Clippers went down. 

Wojnarowski also noted Presti was willing to pursue a package deal of George and Russell Westbrook to the Raptors if the reigning NBA champions wanted to do it in an attempt to retain Leonard, but “no talks ever gained traction” because Toronto wasn’t inclined to put together an offer close to what the Clippers made. 

Despite not landing Leonard in free agency, the Lakers still came out of this offseason in much better shape than where they were when last season ended. Davis and LeBron James are an excellent duo with Kyle Kuzma as the No. 3 option. Role players like Kuzma, Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Quinn Cook give them the shooting they lacked in 2018-19. 

The Raptors were ultimately, as Windhorst said, left at the altar, but they also won an NBA championship in Leonard’s only season with the team. Their trade with the San Antonio Spurs last year to acquire him is a success forever. 

The Clippers landed the player they desperately needed if they want to win their first title, while also keeping him away from the Lakers. They also added another superstar talent in George to partner with Leonard. 

WATCH: Veteran climbs flag pole, fixes American flag at Navy SEAL monument

A veteran has captured the hearts of social media users after he climbed a flag pole at the Navy SEAL monument in Virginia to fix a loose American flag.

Dom Raso, a former SEAL himself, says he was on his morning run Thursday in Virginia Beach when he spotted the flag out of place and broken off the pole.

Video posted on Facebook shows Raso climbing up the pole and then clipping the flag’s loose end to the pole, before sliding back down.


“This was my fourth attempt at trying to get up and fix the flag,” Raso said. “I couldn’t go by this flag this morning and not give it everything I had. The gold stars on this monument and the sacrifice that has been made for us all was something I wasn’t just going to pass by. This flag pole climb reminded me about EVERYTHING in life.”


In another post, Raso encourages his fellow Americans to continue to “step up and do what is right.”

“It doesn’t take many, it just takes a determined and convicted few,” he said. “I believe with all my heart and soul there is a wave of patriots in this country growing in strength and confidence each day. While we watch parts of our country fall to mainstream confusion, complacency, and ignorance, there is a few that are willing to climb or stand or do whatever it takes.”

SOUND OFF: How do you pronounce ‘Latinx’? (and other 21st-century linguistic challenges)

Reader: I see that Bakersfield College has closed the Latinx gap (“Bakersfield College earns Student Success award,” July 17). The article uses the term “Latinx,” which I’m reading as “Lah-teenks.” I think this ought to be explained to us. My guess is that the term is intended to replace the cumbersome Latino/a construction, but I think it’s a solution in need of a problem.

The law of unintended consequences, a law that we always obey without being aware of it, says that this may lead to Chicanx, Gringx, and the like.

“Latinx” seems to be unpronounceable in Spanish, so it must have been invented by an English speaker. My main argument is this: English is bad enough already. Let’s try to pass it on to the next generation in a form in which communication is still possible.

— Larry Dunn

Price: I am not confident in our ability as humans to modify language by decree or organized campaign but I understand the reasoning in this case. Why must so much in language — Spanish, English and others — default to the masculine form? The result is a very subtle type of paternalistic indoctrination.

So, “Latinx,” which we took straight from a news release distributed by the Sacramento-based California Community Colleges office announcing BC’s award, makes a certain amount of sense.

The -x ending feels forced, though. To me, a better neuterization would be, say, latini or latine or even just latin; those forms glide onto the ear with the appealing grace of that family of languages. Latinx sounds like a mid-sentence sneeze.

History has not been kind to organized language-management campaigns.  Take the United States Board on Geographic Names’ 1891 effort to standardize place names. Among its decrees: Drop the final -h in Pittsburgh and start calling the Pennsylvania city “Pittsburg.” Most everybody thumbed their nose at the idea and in 1911 the old spelling was restored. (Not so in obedient California, though: The Bay Area city of Pittsburg still has no -h.)

Perhaps human language will evolve to a place of gender neutrality, but I believe it’ll do so on its own, not because some enlightened individuals have distributed their own list of acceptable alternatives.

Let’s all meet here again in 30 years and see if “Latinx” and its linguistic familix have taken root.

Reader: Just read Sam Morgen’s article on the illegal alien rally that took place last week in Bakersfield (“Turnout exceeds expectations at local rally against inhumane conditions at immigrant detention facilities,” July 13). Was wondering if he has toured the detention facilities? I take it he has by referring to them as “inhumane conditions.” Maybe he can describe to me in detail what he saw that was so inhumane. I like how the Liberal Progressive Media calls these detention facilities “concentration camps” where more than 6 million humans, mostly Jews, were put in ovens, gassed with poison, etc.

— Barry Wallace

Price: Sam didn’t characterize the camps as having “inhumane” conditions, or compare them to “concentration camps.” A marcher at the rally did, and Sam quoted her. Surely you know the difference, Barry. Neither did Sam declare that the Trump administration is making every effort to maintain an orderly immigration system; a Trump supporter did, and Sam quoted him. Or do you want to hang that comment on Sam, too?

The “Liberal Progressive Media” is not calling these detention facilities “concentration camps,” either — critics of the squalid conditions (no one is disagreeing about that characterization) are, and the media quotes them, just as it quotes hard-line, anti-asylum voices.

I will say this: The term “inhumane conditions,” which appeared only in the headline, should have included quote marks around the word “inhumane.”

Reader: I am totally confused, thanks to The Californian. All media says, “Stay out of our Killer Kern.” I say apologize to our Killer Kern. Look at your July 14 newspaper, Page A6. Enough said.

P.S. I don’t think this is your doing, so please share.

— Marie Garza

Reader: I was shocked to see to pictures in Sunday’s paper of the people in the Kern River. We try and try to keep people out for their safety yet you show it as being the place to cool off. How about pictures of pools and spray parks?

— Linda Daniels

Price: Those photos, taken by our Alex Horvath, were snapped on the Lower Kern; drownings there are much more rare than on the Upper Kern, where fast-moving water combined with submerged obstacles make for a deadly combination. (One photo was from the city’s McMurtrey Aquatic Center.) But that’s not really my excuse.

Those photos of people frolicking in and near the water aren’t endorsements, they’re reflections of what is really happening here, in this city, right now. We don’t publish late-night car wreck photos to dissuade people from drinking and driving (although we’re happy if it has that effect); we publish them because they’re illustrations of reality, harsh though it may be. 

The people in Alex’s photos could benefit from the life-jacket loaner program I’ve discussed in this space before. Such programs are working elsewhere, including Sacramento’s American River.

Reader: A local radio/TV sports broadcaster went on and on about TBC and its high school sports coverage on the radio the other day. He first noted that the middle of July is of course a slow time for prep sports in Bakersfield. But then he put The Californian on blast for not having much prep content recently. And he is fearful about coverage in the future.

In the last week, I’ve seen an article about the Jernigan family returning to BHS. Also there have been two nice articles about Coach Mike Ornelaz and what he has meant to thousands of high school students here in Bakersfield. Lastly, on Tuesday, an article that details Trevor Horn’s top 50 players for the coming football season.

This seems quite good to me during a slow time for prep sports. Can’t wait to see what is next.

— Anonymous

Price: I can’t comment directly without knowing which sportscaster you’re referring to, what he said, or what his tone might have been, but I’ll say this: July is indeed, for obvious reasons, a tough time for prep sports coverage. But our guys are trying, and you’ve done a great job here, sir, of highlighting their work. I’ll add kudos of my own: Trevor’s story on Ceyontay Bell, who rose from a tough upbringing — his father, a member of the Country Boy Crips street gang, was gunned down when Ceyontay was 13 — to academic and athletic success.

We’re all about local here at The Californian, and that applies very much to our high school sports coverage.

Reader: Terrific article, Price (“He didn’t make it to the moon, but his expertise helped take us there,” July 14). It was a great time of almost inconceivable accomplishment. I got a taste of that company-wide enthusiasm when making a sales call on North American Rockwell in Downey. Can you imagine working daily in that high-voltage atmosphere? Will Waddell, the Rockwell employee featured, has the look today of someone who remembers it well.

If you have time, subscribe to the announcements of SpaceX launches ( Cheer them on like I do.

— Jim Hemminghaus

Price: Yes, it must have been an incredible time. Quite an undertaking, and under tremendous pressure. And Rockwell had only a piece of the Apollo project — the command-service module (not the lunar module, as I erroneously reported). I also credited Waddell with having worked in the Gemini program as well, but he didn’t. Other than that I was perfect. Well, close.

Reader: I shared the frustration and anger of space technology advocates who were angered at President Obama’s cuts in support of NASA. Additionally, with two disastrous shuttle flights, maybe, by ending the shuttle program when he did, we dodged a bullet. That said, I find it ironic that the “socialist” Obama’s actions opened the gates for much private-enterprise, extraterrestrial-related technological development.

— Stephen A. Montgomery

Reader: Enjoy reading your column, however, after reading your recent Sound Off (“‘Stay out of Oildale’: Did that ugly, racist sign truly exist?,” July 13), I wanted to clarify a few things from my memory.

I lived and was raised in the supposed “Westchester” area around Spruce and 21st streets. My parents moved there in the early 1930s to an adobe home built by Clarence Cullimore. I do not remember anyone referring to our area as “Westchester” but rather “Old/Central” Bakersfield. When the new homes were built north of 24th Street, it was referred to as the Westchester tract, from F Street to Oak and north of 24th.

Regarding the racist, “get-out-of-Oildale” sign posted on Chester Avenue at the Kern River, I do remember that very sign. Not sure when it was removed but it was definitely there during the late 1950s. I also remember a sign that was posted on the outskirts of Taft with a similar message.

From my recollection, it was not an actual printed sign. It looked to be painted/handmade by someone warning people of color to not be in Oildale after dark. Definitely a different era.

Thanks for an interesting column!

— Jackie Fabbri

Reader: Regarding this line from your July 11 story, “Prentice Foreman sentenced to 25 to life for ‘brutal, calculated’ 1979 murder: “DNA evidence surfaced from sperm collected from the victim in 2017, identifying Foreman.”

I sort of doubt that the victim’s body was exhumed in 2017 in order to collect evidence. Most likely, this is a case of very poor writing and should really be: “DNA evidence surfaced in 2017 from sperm collected from the victim.”

— John Sweetser

Price: Most likely, that’s how that sentence should have read.

Reader: I actually like the new format size. It is easy to hold and read. And when we are done reading, the paper fits perfect on the bottom of our birdcage. And if there happens to be a nice picture of Donald Trump, as there usually is, it provides a perfect target for our birds.

— Sonia McClure

Price: Glad to be of assistance.

The 60 Freeway will be closed for 15 weekends starting next week

A major freeway artery will undergo repairs for 15 weekends over the next four months. Multiple freeway projects start Monday, affecting drivers who take State Route 60.

According to the California Department of Transportation, closures on the 60 Freeway from Ontario to Riverside will start July 22 and last through mid-November.

Excluding Labor Day weekend, eastbound lanes between Interstate 15 and the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside will be closed for eight weekends starting July 26, followed by westbound closures for the following seven weekends. Lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday and on weekday nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“This is huge,” said Terri Kasinga, Caltrans’ chief of public and media affairs at District 8. “It’s going to be bigger than ‘Carmageddon’ or ‘Coronageddon’ because it’s 15 weekends.”

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Closures on the 60 Freeway.

(California Department of Transportation)


Carmageddon” shut down the 405 Freeway for a weekend in 2011 as workers expanded the highway, prompting residents to avoid what many feared would be a traffic nightmare by leaving town or staying planted at home. In 2016, the 91 Freeway was closed for a weekend of repairs, eliciting a “Coronageddon” response in Riverside and surrounding counties. Both closures lasted 55 hours — a fraction of what’s to come.

Three bridges in Chino will also be replaced over the next 18 months as part of the so-called 60 Swarm projects. Replacements will occur at Pipeline, Benson and Monte Vista avenues.

The projects are part of a $134-million project to replace deteriorating pavement and stripe lanes from Ontario to Riverside. It includes $16.9 million in funding from Senate Bill 1 and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“We’re asking people to avoid the area and use alternate freeways,” Kasinga said.


The remainder of work will be completed through summer 2021.

Analysis: Why this is the last chance for low-polling candidates

While a lot of attention will be on the top candidates, some of the not top-tier candidates will be looking to break out in our debates. They better hope they do, if they want any realistic chance of winning the nomination.

Yes, it’s early days, but if the lower-tier candidates don’t move up soon, they’re in danger of missing future debates.

By my count, only six candidates (Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Kamal Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) have qualified for the ABC News/Univision debates. Those debates require candidates to hit 2% in four qualifying polls from June 28 to August 28, as well as hit 130,000 donors nationwide and 400 donors across 20 states.

A few other candidates like Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker will probably make it given their polling and donor status. 

But at least 50% of the candidates in our debates may not make the next ones if things continue going the way they are. And if you don’t make debates as a candidate, the fundraising is likely to dry up as well as any media attention to help propel a candidacy.  

After 800,000-gallon spill, Chevron site is still leaking oil

On the same day Sen. Dianne Feinstein chastised Chevron Corp. for keeping an 800,000-gallon oil spill outside Bakersfield “under wraps,” California officials confirmed Thursday that the site was once again seeping a hazardous mix of oil and water.

The new leakage occurred in a surface expression vent in the Cymric oil field, near the Kern County town of McKittrick, according to the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. The vent is one of the locations where three previous leaks released about 800,000 gallons of oil.

Field inspectors from the agency identified the latest seepage at 3 p.m. Wednesday and released information about the latest spill Thursday. The agency is working to address what they are describing as a large oil release. The leak potentially resulted from a high-intensity steam injection intended to release oil.

According to the agency, the first leak occurred on May 10 and was stopped that day. New seepage occurred on June 8 and continued to flow intermittently for a span of five days. The persistent seepage was again recorded June 23 and Wednesday, the agency said.


On Thursday, Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued a news release accusing Chevron of failing to inform the public about the leak.

“This is something the public should have been alerted to earlier,” she said. “Proper oversight can’t occur if incidents like these are kept under wraps.”

Feinstein said that although the company said it had recovered most of the oil, “the full toll to the area is not yet known.” She said it was fortunate that the leak did not occur “during a rainy period or the effects on our environment and wildlife would have been even more tragic.”

A Chevron representative could not be reached for comment Thursday.


According to Michelle Corson, public relations officer for the Kern County Public Health Services Department, Chevron is required to report incidents to local jurisdictions, and it reported the leak to the county two months ago.

“We are absolutely aware of the situation,” Corson said.

The Kern County Environmental Health Services Department reports that the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources is the lead agency addressing the spill. Kern County Public Health is not legally permitted to enter the site until it is deemed safe. After that time, the county will work alongside appropriate agencies to begin the cleanup.

“I’m not aware of residents contacting department,” said Corson, who noted that the majority of calls have been from outside news outlets.

Corson said that the site is cordoned off and not accessible to the public, and that sound devices to deter wildlife from the area have been installed around the site.

On Thursday, the Natural Resources Defense Council echoed Feinstein’s concerns.

“This is not the time for Chevron to keep details about this destructive oil spill from the public,” said Damon Nagami, the council’s senior attorney. “Time and time again, we’ve seen the devastating effects of oil spills on our wildlife, water and communities. Multiple notices of violation signal that is a serious problem, and we expect DOGGR to hold Chevron fully accountable.”

According to the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, the agency’s acting supervisor, Jason Marshall, issued a formal order to Chevron on July 12 demanding it take a series of actions to address the spill.


The agency said Tuesday that preparations to remove contaminated soil from the site were underway and that vacuum trucks were on-site to remove accumulated oil and water.

Biscuits start baking inside hot car in Nebraska as part of weather experiment

The National Weather Service in Nebraska demonstrated the effects of the brutal heat by trying to bake biscuits using nothing but a car and the sun.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the National Weather Service in Omaha and Valley posted updates on the biscuit experiment over the course of eight hours.

“We actually were going to do cookies, but the store didn’t have cookies so it’s biscuits,” Hallie Bova, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, told the Omaha World-Herald. “I thought it would be fun to try.”


The experiment was conducted as an excessive heat warning had been issued for much of eastern Nebraska through 7 p.m. on Saturday by the National Weather Service. The high in Omaha on Thursday was 92 degrees with a heat index of 103.

The first tweet said, “If you are wondering if it’s going to be hot today, we are attempting to bake biscuits using only the sun and a car in our parking lot. We will keep you posted with the progress. Stay cool!”


The biscuit dough was placed on a cookie sheet inside an enclosed vehicle on Thursday morning along with a thermometer.

The biscuits usually take about 14 to 17 minutes in 350-degree heat to bake, the newspaper reported.

The next tweet included a picture of the biscuits and included the caption, “45 minutes in. Biscuits are rising.”

The following update posted about an hour after the initial tweet said, “The pan has reached 175 degrees in 60 minutes and the tops of the biscuits are at 153.”

It added, “This is a good time to remind everyone that your car does in fact get deadly hot. Look before you lock! On average 38 children die in hot cars each year. Don’t be a statistic!”

Locksmiths and emergency personnel were called to free children inadvertently locked in at least two cars on Wednesday, the Herald reported.

About five hours later, the Omaha National Weather Service posted another update, writing, “Top of the biscuits are baked but the bottom remains doughy. But more interestingly, the temperature of the back seat in the shade is 144 degrees!”

The last update said, “after nearly 8 hours in the sun, the outside of the biscuit is actually edible. The middle is still pretty doughy though. The max temp on the pan was 185!”


The tweet included the hashtags #HeatSafety and #LookBeforeYouLock.

The dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stroke, according to the heat advisory, which reminded people to take extra precautions while working or spending time outside.

Tandy’s final State of the City luncheon highlights law enforcement, homelessness

City Manager Alan Tandy, delivering his final State of the City address Thursday at the site of his first major achievement in Bakersfield, trumpeted progress on recent construction projects and promised to invest new sales tax revenues on law enforcement without neglecting the growing problem of local homelessness.

Subtly humorous in front of hundreds of local leaders, Tandy looked forward and back in time, proclaiming the city in good financial shape for the future while also reminiscing about his 26 years working with 46 different council members — “almost all of them” great.

His address, which was followed by a highly enthusiastic Mayor Karen Goh touching as well on themes of economic progress and a need for coordinated efforts to combat homelessness, highlighted Tandy’s bulldog approach to overcoming hurdles in his way.


The venue for Thursday’s luncheon hosted by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, is itself something of a monument to Tandy’s perseverance.

Once intended to be a Clarion Hotel, the building was abandoned by its initial developer in the early 1990s. When a second developer also left without finishing construction, some members of the community called for demolishing the unfinished work on the prominent site at 801 Truxtun Ave. But Tandy was able to attract a new developer who finished the job.

He told Thursday’s packed house he has taken pleasure moving forward with projects despite obstacles. He at one point heralded ongoing work to widen 24th Street, one of many projects that placed him at the center of controversy.

“It’s been a joy to be able to do that for 26 years,” Tandy said. He also emphasized he has no plans to leave the city after his upcoming retirement, saying he and his wife “love Bakersfield and wouldn’t dream of leaving.”

Tandy also made sure to thank voters for their approval in November of the Measure N half-cent sales tax. He said some of the revenues would be used to expand the Bakersfield Police Department by 100 sworn officers and 47 civilian positions during the next three years.

His presentation was immediately followed by a standing ovation.


Goh’s presentation was more rapid-fire, more overtly celebratory and emotional. She quoted from Homer Joy’s lyrics to “Streets of Bakersfield,” musing on the “something better” many have come to the city in search of.

“We’re making progress,” she said, noting the city’s 2.1 percent job growth during the 12 months that ended in May, a rate that ranked the city 14th among 53 midsize U.S. cities.

She pointed to hopeful new projects in the areas of business and education, noting several that overlap the two, including Cal State Bakersfield’s Entrepreneurs Startup Weekend last fall and the Kern Initiative for Talent and Entrepreneurship.

One particular focus was last month’s announcement of Fresno tech center Bitwise Industries’ plans to expand into Bakersfield early next year and offer computer coding classes, hire locals to work at its software development company and open a shared “coworking” office space downtown.

“Wouldn’t you like that for Bakersfield?” she asked the audience, which responded with applause. “Yeah!” she answered back.


Homelessness was another point of emphasis and a topic she said prompts angry phone calls to her office on a daily basis. She called it a “tragic reality” that ultimately is “about people.”

Solving the problem will require a broad range of resources, which she said the city is committed to providing but which will also benefit from the help of everyone in the audience Thursday.

Goh spotlighted an initiative, called the Connected Community Network, to share data across a spectrum of care providers as a way of keeping track of individuals who are homeless and in need of help.

“We need to move forward on this issue,” she said, “and we will.”

After the event, City Councilman Andrae Gonzales said he was most optimistic about Measure N’s passage and its potential for increasing the city’s investment in public safety and economic development.

City Councilman Chris Parlier, too, voiced optimism about the new sales tax, which he said would help the city address problems and was among signs Bakersfield is headed in the right direction.

Another attendee, Kevin Burton, director of corporate development for the Bakersfield law firm of Klein DeNatale Goldner, said he considered Measure N’s potential for putting more police on the streets to be one of the day’s main points.

He also expressed hope the city and Kern County would soon collaborate to more efficiently address homelessness.

“This is going to start a direction that will hopefully minimize the issue going forward,” he said.

Louis Gill, executive director of the Bakersfield Homeless Center, said it will be important to address quality-of-life issues for residents affected by homelessness, but hopefully not at the expense of people enduring life without shelter.

He said his hope is that Bakersfield’s spirit of generosity toward people who are hurting will ultimately prevail, “and so I’m very optimistic about our future.”

Earthquake: Magnitude 4.6 aftershock reported near Ridgecrest, Calif.

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening at 8:59 p.m. Pacific time 32 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 58 miles from California City, 59 miles from Porterville, 65 miles from Lindsay and 67 miles from Bakersfield.

In the last 10 days, there have been 209 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the area July 4 and a 7.1 hit the next day.

An average of 25 earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three year data sample.


The earthquake occurred at a depth of 1.4 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Find out what to do before, and during, an earthquake near you by reading our five-stepearthquake preparedness guide.

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Mother, 3 young children found fatally stabbed inside Georgia apartment, police say

A 29-year-old mother and three young children were found fatally stabbed Wednesday night inside an apartment in Columbus, Ga., according to a report.

The youngest child was an infant and the oldest was 3 years old, WTVM-TV of Columbus reported.


The mother was identified as Jerriciah Spellman, the report said.

The circumstances leading to the deaths were not immediately clear but the bodies were found on a mattress inside the apartment, police told the station.


There was no immediate indication that a suspect had been identified in connection with the case.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.