KUSI revisits Turko Files ‘Worst Street Ever’ Posted: May 10, 2018 Michael Turko, John Soderman, Shortly before KUSI’s Michael Turko retired, he dubbed a section of road in El Cajon as a “civic disgrace,” as in the absolute worst street in San Diego, featuring potholes that were more like craters.Related Story: Turko Files: Worst Street in Town!KUSI’s John Soderman was LIVE from El Cajon with an update on how things are looking now. Michael Turko, John Soderman May 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Last week’s two-year budget agreement will provide a huge windfall for the Pentagon with the department’s base budget jumping by $165 billion through September 2019 over the statutory budget caps. But before defense officials can start spending the extra funds, lawmakers will need to rewrite the 12 fiscal 2018 appropriations bills and clear an omnibus spending package. The continuing resolution (CR) approved by the House and Senate in the early morning hours of Friday, and signed into law by President Trump, gives Congress until March 23 to complete the task.Of course, the funding largesse means negotiations over the spending bills should be less contentious than usual, with many winners and few losers, reports CQ. The $700 billion now slated for national defense this year exceeds not only the president’s FY 2018 request but funding levels in both chambers’ spending bills as well.In FY 2018, the statutory cap on defense spending will rise by $80 billion, resetting the cap at $629 billion. After adding in $71 billion for the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is exempt from the budget caps, total defense spending will reach $700 billion. Next year, the cap will increase by $85 billion to $647 billion; with $69 billion for OCO, total defense spending would be $716 billion in FY 2019.Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Live music takes on richer meaning as fans relate to their favorite artists through streaming and social mediaPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2018 – 1:29 pm Digital music and the internet have changed everything, but 2018’s thriving concerts and music events ticketing demonstrates how it’s paying off in the real world, too, especially for top touring acts such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. The top 25 concert tours reported over $3 billion in sales, up $500 million compared to 2017, an increase of 20 percent. Email Facebook “We had the perfect storm with the perfect artists,” promoter Louis Messina told Billboard. His 2018 success stories included $266 million from the U.S. dates for the Reputation Stadium Tour, making Taylor Swift the artist with the top U.S. annual ticket grosses ever. International dates and sales added to the bottom line’s demonstration that the internet and its digital connections have not replaced the live music experience — they’ve given it a new context.Jay-Z scored another first as his 4:44 Tour came in at 25 with a $45 million take from 30 shows while The Carters’ On The Run II Tour came in at No. 3, taking in $254 million from 48 dates. That’s the first time ever that a single artist appeared in a year’s top 25 tours twice.”Because of the ways tickets are priced and distributed,” said Live Nation Senior VP Touring Omar Al-Joulani, “a lot of veteran artists are seeing some of the highest grosses of their careers.”One key is the science of analytics and how digital data has informed what cities artists decide to perform in, what top prices can be charged for seats, and even low-priced ticket sales for some appearances. Instead of looking for fast sell-outs, this marketing science is described as a “steady as she goes” approach.”Streaming music and video is driving all demand right now,” said Marc Geiger, head of music at William Morris Endeavor. He’s had a front-row seat for the digital revolution, which has come a long way since he co-founded Lollapalooza and the web-based ARTISTdirect. “Anyone can listen to anything at any time, anywhere, and that has allowed more fans to have relationships with artists,” he said.Billboard details how leaders like AEG and Live Nation, and its Ticketmaster Verified Fan program, don’t settle for playing catch-up while digital keeps changing the rules. Festivals and genre-specific events are using the same techniques to give fans a reason to go live in a big way. Looking ahead at 2019, it’s clear the online and in-person music experiences can not only coexist, but they help stoke each other’s flame.Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018Read more How Digital Music Fed Record-Breaking Tour Grosses report-ticket-sales-tours-thrived-2018s-digital-music-environment Twitter Report: Ticket Sales For Tours Thrived In 2018’s Digital Music Environment https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1073205888801009664 News
Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon $999 See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Tags Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Angela Lang/CNET Preview • YouTube TV has promise, but needs to grow before it’s worth $35 (hands-on) Rylo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tips and tricks to master YouTube TV TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET YouTube TV, one of several services that delivers live TV over the Internet, recently raised its price to $50 per month. The service is available nationwide and includes more than 70 channels, including local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC networks in most markets.Originally published April 23, 7:59 a.m. PT.Update, 8:39 a.m.: Adds more information on YouTube TV and Verizon partnership. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Share your voice Comments The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Media Streamers Phones Sprint $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See It $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $59 at eBay $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) News • YouTube TV is now available across the US $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET 7 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 3 Sarah Tew/CNET YouTube TV has signed a deal with Verizon. Sarah Tew/CNET Verizon has teamed up with Google to offer YouTube TV to its wireless, 5G Home and Fios broadband customers. Customers will be able to subscribe to YouTube TV through Verizon, the companies said in a statement Tuesday. Verizon said it’ll offer “unique, high-value YouTube TV promotions” to its customers but didn’t offer specifics on pricing or availability. A representative for the carrier said it will have more to share later this year. “We were first in the world to bring commercial 5G to our customers and now another first on the content front as we offer our customers access to YouTube TV on whatever platform they choose,” Erin McPherson, head of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, said in the statement. Verizon YouTube,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $299 at Amazon Share your voice Review • YouTube TV review: The best premium live TV streaming service Turo $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate YouTube TV Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 2:12 Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Turo Apple iPhone XS See It Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET See at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. 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REUTERS/Toby Melville/Illustration/File PhotoUber plans to switch its focus to electric bikes and scooter over car despite the fact that the company will suffer loss initially. Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, said that it is difficult plus time taking for cars to go inside the narrow streets of a city and that is where the demand for electric bikes occurs.It has spent around $200m for its new e-bike business this year and the investment will continue despite the losses. “In the short term, it might cost us but in long-term it would add huge profit and that is where we exactly want to head,” said Khosrowshahi.Uber operates its e-bike business in around 8 cities in the USA, including New York and Washington and soon they will launch its bike business in European cities Berlin, being the first city. The revenue at first will be less but it will grow in long-term once the users are friendly with the same.At first, the uber drivers were not very convinced about the idea until they got to know that their short rides would be replaced by the long rides and more earnings. Renting bikes and scooters will earn them less profit than cars but it will cover the profit by replacing the long rides for short rides. “We are willing to trade off short-term per-unit economics for long-term higher engagement,” CEO told the FT.Uber is making good revenue from the taxi business but its expansion into new areas of e-bike and scooters has added losses to it at a great rate. David Brophy, professor of finance at the University of Michigan, told Reuters that the firm could expect to see its valuation slashed in a public listing if it did not show more progress towards becoming profitable.According to BBC, the basic cost of hiring a scooter is about $1 (76p). Riders pay more the further they travel.
The world’s highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two provinces in the mountainous southwest and reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters, local authorities said Friday.The Beipanjiang Bridge soars 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects the two mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, the Guizhou provincial transport department said in a statement on its official website.The bridge cut travel times between Xuanwei in Yunnan to Shuicheng in Guizhou from more than four hours to around one, a truck driver surnamed Duan was quoted by the official news agency Xinhua as saying after the bridge opened Thursday.It was “very convenient for people who want to travel between these two places”, he added.The 1,341-metre span cost over 1 billion yuan ($144 million) to build, according to local newspaper Guizhou Daily.It overtook the Si Du River Bridge in the central province of Hubei to become the world’s highest bridge, a separate statement by the provincial transport department said earlier.Several of the world’s highest bridges are in China, although the world’s tallest bridge—measured in terms of the height of its own structure, rather than the distance to the ground—remains France’s Millau viaduct at 343 metres.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uDonald Trump has lifted President Obama’s ban on surplus military hardware, such as tanks and grenade launchers, being given to police departments. Will discuss the implications of the controversial action with Neill Franklin, of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. Plus, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, report on law enforcement and politics, including the breaking news of an eighth Baltimore Police officer charged federally for racketeering.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.