December 4, 2020

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It’s a 107-mile drive from Tijuana to Newport Beach.

That’s about 2½ hours without traffic. A round trip is about six hours. That was the commute that Renzzo Reyes, an AP Spanish teacher at Newport Harbor High School, made every day for three years until the pandemic shut down campuses in March.

But it’ll be at least a year before he can make that trip again.

Campuses in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District have since reopened, but Reyes was in a serious car accident in Tijuana in October and broke several ribs, his clavicle, his scapula, his right wrist and one of his ribs perforated his right lung.

Reyes said doctors told him he should consider himself lucky because nothing serious had happened to his skull, legs or spine.

Reyes, who immigrated to the United States from Peru when he was 17, said he moved to Tijuana about three years ago to be closer to his family. His brother, Marco Reyes, had been living in Tijuana for a while and their mother, Doris Orozco, would come up from Peru to stay with him before eventually coming to stay with Renzzo Reyes in the U.S. before returning home.

Being in the city reminded Reyes of home, Lima, Peru.

Pictured is Renzzo Reyes, a Spanish teacher from Newport Harbor High School.

Pictured is Renzzo Reyes, an AP Spanish teacher from Newport Harbor High School. Until this year, he drove from Tijuana to Newport Beach every day for work for three years.

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“Everything, it reminds me what I left behind so many years ago and I still remember it because every year I will travel to Peru to see my mom and my aunts and all that, but I couldn’t fly to Peru whenever I wanted to,” said Reyes, adding that his 8-year-old twins, Bailey and Bryce, live with his ex-wife in Murrieta and that he wanted to be close enough to visit them every other weekend.

But, compared to Peru, Mexico was just two hours away.

“My brother was like, ‘Are you crazy? You can find a job here or in San Diego,’” Reyes said.

“But I love Newport Beach and Newport Harbor so much that I didn’t care about the driving hours. To be in my classroom with my students is the best thing ever,” Reyes said. “To see their smiles, their beautiful minds in action — even if they disagreed with me — that was a good, worthwhile sacrifice to be made.”

Even if it makes him tired, he said.

Reyes said he became a teacher after finding a love for Latin American literature while in college. He’d been studying theater before that and changed his major after reading the works of writers like Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García-Márquez and Isabel Allende.

“I started reading a little bit about where I come from,” Reyes said. “I started understanding Latin American culture and little by little I started making sense of who I was as a cultural entity in the United States, living in a multicultural society in a

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  • Bryan Starr was charged with reckless murder
  • He lost sight of the child after he forced him out of the car
  • The child’s mother was not in the car when it happened

A 5-year-old boy in Alabama was hit and killed by a vehicle after his mother’s boyfriend forced him out of his car “for being unruly,” authorities said Monday.

Bryan Starr, 35, who is an active-duty soldier at Fort Benning, has been charged with reckless murder for the death of his girlfriend’s child, Austin Birdseye.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, in a news conference, said Starr was driving with Birdseye on Saturday night. He took the boy for a drive to “calm him down” when he acted up at his home. When the child became unruly inside the car, Starr pulled over at a church parking lot and forced him out of his car as a punishment. He soon lost sight of the child as it was raining outside. The boy wandered into the busy Highway 165 and got hit by another vehicle.

Russell County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene and rushed the child to the Piedmont Columbus Regional hospital but he was pronounced dead by the doctors, reported CBS News.

 “I can’t imagine the mother’s grief that she is going through. It’s just tough,” Taylor said.

car The boy wandered away into a busy highway and got hit by a car. Photo: pixabay

The driver of the car involved in the crash was not charged. 

“We have their information and we’ve spoken to them, and will speak to them again. But at this point, there’s no indication that they had any chance of not hitting the little guy,” Taylor said, reported local news outlet KTLA. 

Starr lived with his girlfriend, Christina Birdseye, at a home in southeast Alabama. She was not in the car with her son while Starr took him for the drive.

The deputies at the scene reported that Starr was upset and remorseful when they found him at the scene. He turned himself into the Russell County Sheriff’s Office. Starr could face 20 years to life in prison if convicted.

“I can understand trying to discipline a child – I don’t understand putting a child out in the rain and losing sight of the child. That’s what is just mind-boggling to me. I don’t know what he was thinking.” Taylor said.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians rookie reliever Cam Hill underwent surgery on his right wrist after being involved in a car accident in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Hill shared details of the incident on his Instagram account, saying he was “very blessed to only bang up my wrist. Surgery went really well, most importantly the others involved in the accident were all okay.”

Hill also posted a photo of him recovering in his hospital bed with his right arm heavily bandaged. He gave a thumbs up with his left hand.

Cleveland said Dr. Brian Chalkin, a hand specialist, operated Monday night on the right-hander’s lunate bone, located in the mid-carpal joint. The team said surgery went “as expected” and that it does not have any details yet on Hill’s rehab or when he might be able to pitch.

Hill made his major league debut with the Indians on July 26 and got his first save two days later against the Chicago White Sox. The 26-year-old went 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 18 games with Cleveland.

He made one postseason appearance, allowing three runs in Game 1 of the wild-card series against the New York Yankees.

Cleveland selected Hill on the 17th round of the 2014 amateur draft.

Hill’s accident came on the same day Cleveland sold reliever Adam Cimber to the Florida Marlins for $100,000.

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Robert A. Kotick wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Bobby Kotick


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Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, was injured during a serious bicycle accident on Thanksgiving Day with two other entertainment moguls, Brian Grazer and Bryan Lourd.

In a FaceTime interview with TheWrap, Kotick said Imagine Entertainment co-founder and producer Brian Grazer and CAA co-chairman Bryan Lourd were biking with him in Manhattan Beach, California when his front tire caught on one of his two friends.

“I did fall off my bike Thursday with Bryan and Brian but no surgery, nothing broken, just black and blue and bruised,” Kotick said.

In the FaceTime, Kotick displayed a black and swollen right eye and a severe contusion to his nose. He showed other significant bruising on his legs. But the gaming mogul said he was back at work and that he wished he had “something more entertaining” to share.

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A group of Hollywood power-brokers, including Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger and Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos often ride bikes together on weekends.

Kotick was named CEO of Activision in 1991 and became CEO of Activision Blizzard when the company was formed in 2008 after a merger. He is also the co-founder and co-chairman of the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit that helps veterans find high-quality careers after their service.

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In 2016, Kotick started dating Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, which came 10 months after the death of her husband, Dave Goldberg. The couple split in 2019.

Activision Blizzard has enjoyed a big 2020. The company’s stock price has jumped 36% since the start of the year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to stay inside and play video games. At about $80 per share, the Santa Monica-based company is hovering near its all-time high set a few months back. Activision Blizzard is perhaps best known for its Call of Duty and Candy Crush franchises.

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Robert A. Kotick wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Bobby Kotick


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Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, was injured during a serious bicycle ride on Thanksgiving Day, TheWrap has learned.

Imagine Entertainment co-founder and producer Brian Grazer and CAA co-chairman Bryan Lourd were biking alongside Kotick when the injury occurred in Manhattan Beach, California.

Kotick confirmed the accident during a FaceTime interview on Tuesday; he did not say whether the fall led to a trip to the hospital, but contusions to his nose and bruising on his face were evident. His right eye was also black and swollen shut. Kotick said the accident happened after his front tire bumped into the back tire of either Grazer or Lourd’s bike.

“I did fall off my bike Thursday with Bryan and Brian but no surgery, nothing broken, just black and blue and bruised,” Kotick said.

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Kotick added that he was back working and that he wished he had “something more entertaining” to share.

A group of Hollywood power-brokers, including Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger, often ride bikes together near the beach. Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos is a recurring presence as well, although he usually doesn’t ride a bike.

Kotick was named CEO of Activision in 1991 and became CEO of Activision Blizzard when the company was formed in 2008 after a merger. He is also the co-founder and co-chairman of the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit that helps veterans find high-quality careers after their service.

Bryan Lourd (Getty Images)

In 2016, Kotick started dating Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, which came 10 months after the death of her husband, Dave Goldberg. The couple split in 2019.

To this point, Activision Blizzard has enjoyed a big 2020. The company’s stock price has jumped 36% since the start of the year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to stay inside and play video games. At about $80 per share, the Santa Monica-based company is hovering near its all-time high set a few months back. Activision Blizzard is perhaps best known for its Call of Duty and Candy Crush franchises.

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Larry Willis’s colleagues liked to joke that he kept a copy of the Railway Labor Act, passed a few years before the Great Depression, under his pillow.

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“He loved the wonk,” said his wife, Amy York. “He could explain things in a way that normal people could understand.”

Willis spent decades immersed in the arcane details of transportation law, pressing for workers’ rights during moments of national crisis, from the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to the coronavirus pandemic, and the quiet times in between.

He sought progress as a congressional staffer and eventually as president of a labor federation representing 33 unions and millions of workers, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, bringing what colleagues said was an intense curiosity and decency to a mission rooted in his sense of justice and Jewish faith.

That drive also defined his personal pursuits, including his passion for biking, his family and friends said. On Monday, those who loved him were struggling to process a heartbreaking loss.

Willis was critically injured Nov. 21 in what U.S. Park Police said was “a crash involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle” near the MacArthur Boulevard entrance to Great Falls Park in Maryland. Willis’s family said it appeared to be a terrible accident at a blind spot. Willis, who lived in Chevy Chase, Md., died Sunday. He was 53.

“He liked to be in constant motion,” York said. “He was doing something he really loved when he died. He really did love biking.”

Willis and York met at a parade in Iowa when he was 21 and she was 20. He was charming, and “his first words to me were, ‘Would you like a Dave Nagle for Congress sticker?’ ” — even though she had worked for the Iowa Democratic representative’s campaign the previous year. Their first date was five days later.

Now their daughter, Samantha, 19, is about to declare a major in architecture. Willis had so wanted Samantha to try out for the swim team, at not quite 6 years old, that he promised her anything in the world. She collapsed in his arms after practice, sobbing in exhaustion, and went big on her wish, telling him: “I want to swim with dolphins.”

Willis, who saved money for experiences and not things, made it happen.

“There was just this energy about him, kind of an underlying energy. It was always there. He was so excited with you whenever you got good news, but also sad with you when you didn’t,” said York, who is executive director of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance.

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Those with whom Willis worked and mentored in the labor movement said his swift disappearance from their lives was difficult to fathom.

“For somebody who was living so big and so passionately to go so quickly and unexpectedly has been really hard,” said Elizabeth Baker, a colleague Willis recruited from Capitol

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Indians reliever Cam Hill shared on social media Tuesday that he underwent surgery on his right wrist after he was involved in a car accident in Tulsa, Okla.



a baseball player is getting ready to pitch the ball: Cleveland Indians pitcher Cam Hill pitches against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning of game two of a double header at Progressive Field.


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Cleveland Indians pitcher Cam Hill pitches against the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning of game two of a double header at Progressive Field.

Hill, a right-handed pitcher, posted that only his wrist was injured, and that everybody else involved in the crash is “okay.”

Dr. Brian Chalkin, a hand specialist in Tulsa, performed the surgery, addressing an injury to Hill’s lunate bone which is located in the mid-carpal joint, according to the Indians. The club said surgery went “as expected” and there are no details yet on a rehab or return to play timeframe.

“Looking forward to the challenge of getting back and ready for the beginning of the 2021 season,” Hill shared on Instagram, along with a post-op photo and two pictures of a badly-damaged car.

Hill, 26, broke through with the Indians in 2020 after six years in the minors. The 17th-round pick in 2014 was 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 18 games after pitching his way onto the opening day roster during summer training camp.

Hill earned his first career save in his third outing on July 28 against the White Sox, snagging a flip at the bag from first baseman Carlos Santana before tumbling to the ground for the final out of a 5-3 Indians win.

He made one postseason appearance, allowing three earned runs in a Wild Card Series Game 1 loss to the Yankees, including a pair of home runs to Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton.

It’s not Hill’s first experience going under the knife. He had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in July 2018 after suffering a forearm strain in spring training. Undaunted, Hill characterized the Tommy John surgery as just a “minor setback.”

“That’s kind of how I looked at it,” Hill said. “I didn’t want it to derail the training and the path I was on. I was trying not to let it interfere. Since I got drafted, the goal wasn’t to get drafted and just play professional baseball. The goal was to be a big-leaguer and sustain a career. So now I got my foot in the door and I just have to take it one day at a time and see how this plays out.”

Several of Hill’s teammates and friends from the Indians organization wished the righty a speedy recovery via social media, including Daniel Johnson, Tyler Freeman and Mitch Longo.

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He sought progress as a congressional staffer and eventually as president of a labor federation representing 33 unions and millions of workers, the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, bringing what colleagues said was an intense curiosity and decency to a mission rooted in his sense of justice and Jewish faith.

That drive also defined his personal pursuits, including his passion for biking, his family and friends said. On Monday, those who loved him were struggling to process a heartbreaking loss.

Willis was critically injured Nov. 21 in what U.S. Park Police said was “a crash involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle” near the MacArthur Boulevard entrance to Great Falls Park in Maryland. Willis’s family said it appeared to be a terrible accident at a blind spot. Willis died Sunday. He was 53.

“He liked to be in constant motion,” York said. “He was doing something he really loved when he died. He really did love biking.”

Willis and York met at a parade in Iowa when he was 21 and she was 20. He was charming, and “his first words to me were, ‘Would you like a Dave Nagle for Congress sticker?’ ” — even though she had worked for the Iowa Democratic representative’s campaign the previous year. Their first date was five days later.

Now their daughter, Samantha, 19, is about to declare a major in architecture. Willis had so wanted Samantha to try out for the swim team, at not quite 6 years old, that he promised her anything in the world. She collapsed in his arms after practice, sobbing in exhaustion, and went big on her wish, telling him: “I want to swim with dolphins.”

Willis, who saved money for experiences and not things, made it happen.

“There was just this energy about him, kind of an underlying energy. It was always there. He was so excited with you whenever you got good news, but also sad with you when you didn’t,” said York, who is executive director of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance.

Those with whom Willis worked and mentored in the labor movement said his swift disappearance from their lives was difficult to fathom.

“For somebody who was living so big and so passionately to go so quickly and unexpectedly has been really hard,” said Elizabeth Baker, a colleague Willis recruited from Capitol Hill and eventually encouraged to take a job as director of government affairs at the Air Line Pilots Association.

Willis’s predecessor at the Transportation Trades Department — which represents everyone from transit workers and flight attendants to sheet metal and electrical workers — said Willis brought a fierce energy and deep understanding of policy minutiae to his advocacy work. Edward Wytkind said Willis built relationships across the aisle, among union leaders and with presidential administrations, and knew when to be unyielding and when to compromise.

Willis was a “workhorse, who took on so many of the really tough, tedious, often arcane laws” that were at the heart of protecting transportation workers and treating

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The Department of Defense announced Saturday the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Capt. (Dr.) Kelliann Leli, 30, of Parlin, New Jersey, died Nov. 27 in a non-combat related vehicle incident at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Leli was assigned to the 60th Healthcare Operations Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California and was a family medicine physician at David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis. While deployed, she was assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing.

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In a statement on its website, IPSS Medical Rescue said it responded to a single vehicle roll-over on the N2 highway near Mtunzini.

“On arrival of IPSS advanced life support paramedics, they found an adult male lying approximately 30m from the wrecked vehicle. The man showed no signs of life and was declared dead by paramedics,” said the statement.

According to the IPSS, a female driver was trapped in the wreckage having sustained “critical injuries” but was freed and is now in hospital.

Ngcongca, 33, had been transferred from Mamelodi Sundowns to AmaZulu on loan, and both Premier Soccer League sides, the top tier of South African football, paid tribute to the defender following the accident.

“AmaZulu FC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC extend their deepest condolences to the Ngcongca family, former clubs, teammates, supporters, and the broader football fraternity as well as everyone who was touched by the life of this exceptional football ambassador,” said a joint statement from the two clubs.

Ngcongca (center) wins possession during an Africa Cup of Nations game against Cape Verde in January 2013.Ngcongca (center) wins possession during an Africa Cup of Nations game against Cape Verde in January 2013.

Ngcongca, who helped the Sundowns win a domestic treble last season, represented Bafana Bafana, the South African national team, more than 50 times, including at the 2010 World Cup on home soil.

“This 2020 has been a terrible year; economically, socially and we have lost many of our beloved ones,” said South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan.

“Anele’s death just sums up this dreadful year.”

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Ngcongca spent much of his playing career with Belgian side KRC Genk, for whom he made 279 appearances.

“We heard the tragic news about Genkie Anele Ngcongca,” said a statement from the club posted online.

“Our thoughts are with family and friends of our South African ex-player. RIP Anele.”

CNN’s Rosanne Roobeek contributed to this report.

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