Ishigo Optometry Now Open in Gardena’s Gateway Plaza

Optometry practice marks return of family name to Gardena after 13-year hiatus

More than thirteen years since Ishigo Bakery closed its doors, the family’s next generation is once again ready to serve the South Bay community. Dr. Amy Ishigo, a granddaughter of the Ishigo Bakery’s owner and family matriarch, has taken over Yoshioka Optometry, with the purchase becoming official on February 1st.
A graduate of UC Irvine and Western University of Health Sciences, Dr. Ishigo grew up in the San Fernando Valley but considers the South Bay her second home. She often spent weekends and holidays visiting relatives in Gardena, especially her grandmother at Ishigo Bakery.
When first learning that Yoshioka Optometry was up for sale, Dr. Ishigo was hesitant to make an offer. However, a string of coincidences would make it an offer she couldn’t pass up. She learned that the Yoshiokas and the Ishigos are from the same small town on the Big Island of Hawaii, her Aunt Linda works the front desk at Yoshioka Optometry, and her fiancée’s roommate is Dr. Yoshioka’s nephew. Taking them all as signs of fate, Dr. Ishigo felt she had to go for it.
Now, with the keys to the business and her name on the door, Dr. Ishigo strives to deliver care with the same high standards that Dr. Yoshioka established and the friendliness and familiarity Ishigo Bakery was known for, all while building her own legacy in the community.

ABOUT ISHIGO OPTOMETRY

Ishigo Optometry offers a full suite of products and vision services, including comprehensive eye exams, retinal imaging, glasses, and contacts. Contact us at:
Ishigo Optometry
1425 W. Artesia Blvd. Ste. 32
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 769-1642
https://www.yelp.com/biz/ishigo-optometry-gardena

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Marshalls to launch online shopping

Marshalls is venturing into online shopping.

The retail store is known for its brick-and-mortar shopping experience, offering unexpected finds and deep discounts.

But its parent company, TJX Cos. Inc. (which also runs T.J. Maxx), is planning to start an ecommerce website, according to Bloomberg and Business Insider.

TJX Chief Executive Officer Ernie Herrman told Bloomberg online sales are expected to start later this year.

T.J. Maxx already sells items online, as well as in stores.

TJX Cos. Inc., which calls itself “the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide,” released its fourth-quarter results today.

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Parents warn about potentially deadly ‘Momo Challenge’ online

This week, many parents are learning about it for the first time, despite reports of it since summer 2018. Part of the reason why: the game instructs kids if they tell their parents about it, harm could be inflicted on them or their families.

Jessica Edwards first heard about the Momo Challenge Tuesday morning from her sister.

‘She asked my niece about it, and my niece just started crying and ran into my sister’s arms. And that broke me,’ Jessica said.

Originally a Japanese statue, Momo has bulging eyes, a chilling smile and jet-black hair on a bird’s body.

The Momo Challenge is shared on social media, like Facebook, their free messaging app WhatsApp, or on YouTube.

According to Forbes , searching for a special phone number online and texting or sending a WhatsApp message can reportedly ‘trigger’ contact. The challenge is to meet Momo, and to do that, one must follow a series of instructions, which can include harming yourself or others.

‘When my friends or my family ask kids about it, they immediately were like, ‘How do you know about it?’ and then ran to them and cried,’’ Jessica said.

WPTV asked Dr. Raphi Wald, a psychologist, how to talk about the implications of the Momo Challenge with children.

‘The way you want to have it, is talking about how there are people out there in the world who might try to convince you to do bad things…might try to convince you to do things that you don’t want to do,’ Dr. Wald said.

WPTV technology expert Alan Crowetz says parents should learn the texting anonyms and download software that can track kids’ online activity. Also, make sure you can see their screen while they are on a computer or device.

He adds, teach your kids like you would about how to cross a street safely.

‘How many people watching this have sat down and had the talk with their children about what they’re doing online, who they’re communicating with, what they’re sharing?’ Crowetz asked.

The Momo Challenge has been linked to the death of a girl in Argentina, but none here in the United States.

When asked about the challenge being shared on their platforms, Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube have said that content that promotes harm is against community standards and taken down.

YouTube’s full statement: ‘Our Community Guidelines prohibit harmful and dangerous challenges, including promoting the Momo Challenge, and we remove this content quickly when flagged to us.’

YouTube also said they have not had any links sent to them that violate their standards by showing the Momo Challenge.

Read the Facebook/WhatsApp’s full statement:

We care about the safety of our community and want to provide assistance for people in distress. As outlined in our Community Standards, we don’t allow the promotion of self-injury or suicide and will remove it when reported to us. We also provide people who have expressed suicidal thoughts, and people who want to reach out to a friend who may be struggling, with a number of support options and resources. These global tools and resources were developed with the help of over 70 mental health partners around the world and we’re continuously improving them to build a safer and more supportive community on Facebook.” ABC15 Arizona
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1. When I read this story I IMMEDIATELY texted it to my 13 year old daughter. Just like this article said, my daughter was like “I’ve known about it since last summer, you late” just like the other kids. It alarmed me kids would know about something viral in their world for 8 months or more without me knowing.

2. My daughter ain’t going! Her further response: “Yeah nah, how do you just end your own life like that…Like suicide? Geez…Bruh?” Yep that’s my kid.

3. Whew! Thank you Jesus! I was seriously scared AF.

4. Whoever caused this anxiety and created this damn challenge would catch these hands on sight of if I saw them.

SOURCE: EXAVIER POPE, ABC15

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The Grand Canyon Turns 100 Years Old Today. Take a Look at Its History in Photos

The Grand Canyon is celebrating a big milestone this year, as it is officially 100 years old.


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n Feb. 26, 1919, Congress passed legislation backed by President Woodrow Wilson recognizing the canyon as a national park. The natural wonder has become an American symbol and a space for visitors to connect with the raw outdoors. The scenic landscape holds both the heritage and culture of America’s first people and a collection of unique historical and geological records.

The canyon, primarily carved by the Colorado River over the past 6 million years, stretches 277 miles through the Arizona desert. The 1,904-square-mile park draws 6 million tourists a year exploring the river rapids, the hiking trails, and its incredible geological and cultural history.

Tourists, geological researchers, and photographers alike go to experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site—that includes renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams who helped fuel the environmental movement and helped convince government officials to take land preservation seriously.

The National Park Service is hosting a Founder’s Day Centennial Celebration with cultural demonstrators from traditional tribes, a concert by Flagstaff School District Choir, and speeches from the park’s staff.

Check out the gallery above to see a glimpse inside the rich 100-year history of the Grand Canyon.

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BLACK ENTREPRENEURS: WIN $50,000 IN 2019 FEDEX SMALL BUSINESS GRANT CONTEST

As you know, black entrepreneurs face tough challenges when it comes to acquiring capital to grow their business. If you’re looking for funding for your small business, check out this chance to win a grant — and get exposure for your business at the same time.

The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is offering a total of over $220,000 in grants and prizes. Imagine what you could do for your business! And since everyone knows how busy entrepreneurs are, you can enter in just four simple steps:

1. Write the story of your business. What was your inspiration to start it? What are your products and services? What possibilities would a grant open up for you?

2. Gather photos and your logo. Choose images that capture the spirit of your business.

3. Create a short video. Describe your business in a one-minute pitch.

4. Get out the vote! Once you’ve entered, you’ll be able to share a link to your contest profile across your social networks and with fans and customers. Votes will be one of many factors in selecting winners.

FedEx will award 10 prizes:

  • Grand Prize (1 winner): $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Silver Prize (1 winner): $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services
  • Bronze Prize (8 winners): $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

Find contest rules and details, and submit your entry at fedex.com/grantcontest. The last day to enter is March 25, 2019.

SOURCE: FEDEX

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BLACK WOMAN AVIATOR EARNS TOP HONOR: The Air Medal

For Black History Month we meet with Lieutenant Ronaqua Russell, who just received one of the military aviation’s top awards, the Air Medal. The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. It was created in 1942 and is awarded for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

The honor, shared by Nate Hughes on Facebook, is a prestigious award which, according to Hughes, is “rarely earned by fixed-wing aviators in the Coast Guard,” making the milestone is a historic feat.

Hughes went on to share that there have only been five Black female aviators throughout the Coast Guard’s history. In a beautiful gesture of sisterhood and support, all five women flew to Lt. Russell’s groundbreaking and important accomplishment.

LCDR Jeanine Menze, LCDR La’Shanda Holmes, LT Angle Hughes, LT Chanel Lee all gathered for a group photo with LT Russell at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

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QUEEN LATIFAH IS BUILDING A $14 MILLION HOUSING COMPLEX IN HER HOMETOWN OF NEWARK

During her commencement speech at Rutgers University- Newark back in May, Queen Latifah told the class of 2018, “I couldn’t be more proud to be one of Newark’s own today, this is home.”

Now, as co-president of BlueSugar Corporation, the actress and hip-hop legend is returning home to build a $14 million housing project in the same city she was born in.

With the help of GonSosa Development, the complex will consist of 23 family town homes, 16 smaller units, a fitness center, plus a commercial space that will be made available for nonprofits to rent. “The 60 units in the townhouses will be market rate; the 16 units in the building will be affordable,” NJ.com reports.

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The rental price for market rate units are set to start at $1,800 a month, while rent for units in the affordable housing building will be based on the individual’s income.

“BlueSugar and GS Developers share the belief that decent, affordable housing should be available to everyone regardless of their financial situation,” said Cristina Pinzon, a spokesperson for the developers, said in a statement. “The principals in both companies have strong connections to Newark and the surrounding area and have seen this need firsthand. They understand know how difficult it is to make ends meet for many residents and want to be part of the solution. They remain dedicated to making life better in communities like Newark.”

The multi-family town homes will be located on Springfield Avenue and South 17th Street with market rate units expected to open by December 2020 and affordable housing units completed in December 2021.

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EIGHTH AMENDMENT PROTECTION AGAINST ‘EXCESSIVE FINES’ APPLIES TO STATES

In the case of Timbs v Indiana, police seized Tyson Timbs’ Land Rover after he sold several grams of heroin to an undercover police officer in a sting operation. Indiana’s civil asset forfeiture laws allowed the police to confiscate his $42,000 vehicle because of its suspected connection with a crime. Asset forfeiture allows officials to seize cars, cash, real estate, and other personal property without convicting a person of a criminal offense. Law enforcement agencies often retain the proceeds for their use.

Writing for eight of the justices, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg writes:

“The question presented: Is the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause an “incorporated” protection applicable to the States under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause? Like the Eighth Amendment’s proscriptions of “cruel and unusual punishment” and “[e]xcessive bail,” the protection against excessive fines guards against abuses of government’s punitive or criminal law enforcement authority. This safeguard, we hold, is“fundamental to our scheme of ordered liberty,” with “dee[p] root[s] in [our] history and tradition.”

McDonald v. Chicago…The Excessive Fines Clause is therefore incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

In a separate concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas argues that the Eighth Amendment is incorporated by ‘the privileges and immunities’ clause of the Fourteenth Amendment rather than the ‘due process’ clause.

At issue was the important question of whether the Eighth Amendment’s excessive fines clause applied to the states and whether the excessive fines clause applied to a practice called in rem civil-asset forfeiture. Under this practice, law-enforcement officials often engage in two separate punitive legal processes against criminal defendants. The first is the criminal prosecution itself, which can impose prison sentences and fines according to statutorily defined punishments. The second is often a civil action against the criminal defendant’s property. Yes, the government will file suit against trucks, cars, jewelry, boats, and cash — leading to absurd case captionslike, say, Texas v. One Gold Crucifix— claiming that the property was used for criminal purposes and then seize that property under a lower, civil, burden of proof.

As a result, a defendant can often lose their property without ever being convicted of a crime. Even if convicted of a crime, they can face asset forfeiture that far, far exceeds the amount of any criminal financial penalty under applicable. Then, often, law enforcement turns around and sells the property or pockets the cash — using it to pad state and local law-enforcement budgets. The practice is so common that in 2014, for example, the state took more money from citizens than burglars took from crime victims.

Thanks to the Supreme Court, civil-asset forfeiture now faces a new and substantial constitutional obstacle. I particularly liked how Justice Ginsburg traced objections to the excessive fines all the way back to the Magna Carta:

The Excessive Fines Clause traces its venerable lineage back to at least 1215, when Magna Carta guaranteed that “[a] Free-man shall not be amerced for a small fault, but after the manner of the fault; and for a great fault after the greatness thereof, saving to him his contenement . . . .” §20, 9 Hen. III, ch. 14, in 1 Eng. Stat. at Large 5 (1225). As relevant here, Magna Carta required that economic sanctions “be proportioned to the wrong” and “not be so large as to deprive [an offender] of his livelihood.”

There’s some real wisdom in Anglo-American legal history. Over at Reason, Ilya Somin has a nice analysis of the case, and he adds an important caveat:

The Court did leave one crucial issue for future consideration by lower courts: the question of what exactly counts as an “excessive” in the civil forfeiture context. That is likely to be a hotly contested issue in the lower federal courts over the next few years. The ultimate effect of today’s decision depends in large part on how that question is resolved. If courts rule that only a few unusually extreme cases qualify as excessive, the impact of Timbs might be relatively marginal. But, hopefully, that will not prove to be the case.

I also agree with Ilya regarding the application of the excessive-fines clause to the actual facts of the Timbs case itself. Indiana seized a $42,000 Land Rover when the maximum criminal fine for the offense was $10,000. In other words, through civil-asset forfeiture, the state could impose four times the monetary penalty while adjudicating the case under a lower burden of proof.

It is entirely just to impose proportionate criminal penalties for criminal acts. It is fundamentally unjust to supplement those criminal penalties with exorbitant additional civil forfeitures. That injustice is magnified when police departments have direct financial incentives to collect as much property as they can. Today, the Supreme Court began the process of rolling back a serious constitutional abuse. Good for the Court, and congratulations to the excellent attorneys at the Institute for Justice who litigated the case.

SOURCE: US SUPREME COURT AND NATIONAL REVIEW

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Jussie Smollett in custody after turning self in to Chicago police

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said.

Smollett turned himself around 5 a.m. Thursday at the 1st District police station. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was scheduled to hold a Thursday morning news conference to announce Smollett’s arrest. Smollett is scheduled to appear in bond court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The whispers about Smollett started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked. Then detectives in a city bristling with surveillance cameras could not find video of the beating. Later, two brothers were taken into custody for questioning but were released after two days, with police saying they were no longer suspects.

Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report, a charge that could bring up to three years in prison and force the actor, who is black and gay, to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a Jan. 29 beating.

In less than a month, the 36-year-old changed from being the seemingly sympathetic victim of a hate crime to being accused of fabricating the entire thing.

The felony disorderly conduct charge emerged on the same day detectives and the two brothers testified before a grand jury. Smollett’s attorneys met with prosecutors and police, but it was unknown what they discussed or whether Smollett attended the meeting.

In a statement, attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said Smollett “enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.”

The announcement of the charges followed a flurry of activity in recent days, including lengthy police interviews of the brothers, a search of their home and their release after officers cleared them.

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