Popculture Grab Bag: Combat but not ‘Kombat’

Director Simon McQuoid tests his might in Hollywood’s ongoing (losing) struggle to successfully translate video games to cinema. Does he succeed with his adaptation of this iconic fighting franchise? Tim Nacey is joined by fellow Viewpoints reporters Jonathan Ramirez and Tyrese Blue as well as multimedia editor Daniel Hernandez to find out! Before that, Tim

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Protest photographer details front lines of SoCal movements

By Erik Galicia Los Angeles police officers — geared up with the riot equipment that came to characterize law enforcement over the past year — moved in formation through an Echo Park alleyway. An intense protest of hundreds faced off with police March 25 over the city’s intent to clear the park of homeless encampments.

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Community protests as Pomona Fairplex prepares to hold migrant children

By Arsal Asif The streets of Pomona shook with the rattling of cages meant to symbolize the structures holding migrant children at the border. An initial crowd of about 80 grew to over 100 as Pomona residents exited their homes to join the march down Main Street on April 24. “No more kids in cages,”

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Southeastern California’s unique desert landscape

Photos and story by Angel Peña Located about 50 miles east of Palm Springs lies a protected area of desert that is home to stunning rock formations, unique wildlife and several different types of desert plants.  Named after its iconic trees, Joshua Tree National Park became the 54th national park October 31, 1994. Since then,

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Health experts dispel vaccine conspiracies

By Daniela Ramirez The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Data Tracker indicates the total percentage of the population who has received the first dose of the vaccine is 44.7% and the population that has received both doses is only 32.3% of the population.  According to Tina Winston, a cardiovascular nurse with 11 years

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Chancellor’s town hall answers reopening questions

By Liv Pearson The Riverside Community College District’s enrollment struggles, along with progress in handling the pandemic, played a key role in the decision to reopen campuses in the fall. Community College enrollment has declined across the state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and RCCD is no exception. Wolde-Ab Isaac, RCCD chancellor, said during the first

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Riverside Police chief provides crime stats, oversight report to skeptical public

By Jonathan Ramirez The Riverside police chief provided an update on city crime statistics to a skeptical public at the City Council meeting April 20. Chief Larry Gonzalez’s report indicated that, while crime in Riverside has declined over the last five years, murder in the city has more than doubled since 2015. There were 21 homicides

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Alleged treatment of inmate in county jail sparks controversy within community

By Bianca Macias A ferocious crowd banged on the doors of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Building, demanding solace for who demonstrators say is a disabled inmate. Protestors arrived in downtown Riverside on April 22 to call for the transfer of Darik Schaaf , a 28-year-old Black man, into a mental health diversion program.

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Riverside Unified School District students push for change in sexual harassment policies

By Elaina Kleven What began with one Riverside student noticing a problem with sexual harassment in the school district resulted in thousands of supporters calling for change. Temi Salaam, a sophomore at Martin Luther King High School, said that she heard stories of sexual harassment on the Riverside Unified School District campuses created a desire

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