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PSIFF Artistic Director Michael Lerman, Steve Gaydos -Variety, with Actor/director.honoree, Bradley Cooper, and Michelle Sobrino -Variety. Photo by Pat Krause Story and Photos by Pat Krause The Palm Springs International Film Festival PSIFF, held its annual Variety, 10 Directors to Watch, brunch at the Parker Palm Springs on Jan. 4th, The day after the Big PSIFF Gala. This was a muchanticipated event as one of the new directors was actor Bradley Cooper. Variety also honors actors or actresses and others. AT&T and Cadillac

sponsor the event. Parker Palm Springs has been the host of the event for years with a fabulous lunch on the grounds among the trees and fantastic landscaping. Photographers and TV crews with interviewers lined the Red Carpet area. Honorees, presenters and other actors and local dignitaries were in attendance. This year actress Emily Blunt was honored

By Desert Star Staff SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new lawsuit soon to be filed accuses the Trump administration of failing to make important decisions on the fates of dozens of species, including two in California: the tri-colored blackbird and the American wolverine. On Tuesday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt over the failure of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make decisions on whether to list 26 species as threatened or endangered, or on whether to protect critical habitat. Noah Greenwald, the center’s endangered-species director, said it’s more than a case of

backlogs at the agency. “They’re dragging their feet, for sure,” he said. “This is definite foot-dragging, and it’s just consistent with the Trump administration’s antipathy toward environmental protections.” In response to a similar suit in 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a work plan to reduce the backlog and promised to make decisions on the tri-colored blackbird and wolverine by the end of last year. The Endangered Species Act lays out a timeline for such decisions, but the agency continues to miss deadlines. The administration also has proposed weakening

with the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award. Ryan Coogler was honored with the Variety Creative Impact in Directing award, and Troye Sivan was honored with the Creative Conscience Award. Honorees always feel very honored with these awards. The 10 Directors to watch were, Ali Abbasi for Border, Bert & Bertie for, Troupe Zero, Pippa Bianco for, Share,

Alejandra Marquez Abella for, The Good Girls , Kent Jones for, Diane, Tayarisha Poe for, Selah and the Spades, Alonso Ruizpalacios for, Museo, Lulu Wang for, The Farewell. Actress Oliva Wilde for, Booksmart, and actor Bradley Cooper for, A Star is Born, These movies have garnered spotlights in directing by Variety. Presenters included Chadwick Boseman, Danai

Gurira, Michael G. Jordan and Samuel Brinton. Other guests included were Richard E. Grant, Jimmy, and Vince Van Patten and Eileen Davidson, PSIFF Artistic Director Michael Lerman, people from Variety, Steve Gaydos, Michelle Sobrino and more. These ten directors are exciting new talents in the field of Film Direction.

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Federal protection for the tri-colored blackbird would hamper government eradication efforts designed to protect crops. (Monte M. Taylor/Wikimedia Commons)


Governor Grants Clemency to Sex-Trafficking Victim today, there is no such thing - if a 16-year-old is being sold for commercial sex, she’s a human trafficking victim, and she needs services and not criminalization,” Smith said. “The governor recognized that.” Haslam said in a statement, “This decision comes after careful consideration of what is a tragic and complex case.” Easy access via the I-95 corridor contributes to instances of human trafficking in the state, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. On average, 94 children are trafficked within the state each month, Under the conditions of her high-profile release from prison, Cyntoia Brown will be required to with an average age of 13. undergo regular counseling, work at least 50 hours of community service and find employment. While in prison, Brown (Change.org) has attended college classes, receiving an associate’s By Desert Star Staff Brown, who said she fatally shot him at his home. degree in 2015. She has NASHVILLE, Tenn. — was a victim of child sex Human-rights organizers plans to work with other In one of his last acts as trafficking, was sentenced celebrate the governor’s governor, Bill Haslam has in 2006 to life in prison for decision, said Derri Smith, CEO young women affected by poverty and sex trafficking, granted the prospect of killing 43-year-old Johnny of End Slavery Tennessee. according to her lawyer. freedom to Cyntoia Brown, Allen two years earlier. Brown “Cyntoia, in her original Smith said other commuting her life sentence was 16 at the time, and said transcript, was referred victims can find hope in for murder with eligibility for Allen solicited her for sex and to continually as a ‘teen Brown’s transformation, parole in early August. reached for a pistol before she prostitute.’ We understand

as the governor did. “He also recognized her extraordinary efforts at rehabilitation,” she said. “She worked on her college degree. She mentored troubled youth while she was in prison. She developed a plan for a nonprofit.” Without the clemency decision, Brown would not have been eligible for parole until 2055. Smith said it’s key for state leaders to understand the depth of the humantrafficking problem. “Eighty-six percent of the identified cases are actually U.S. citizens. And the survivors that we’re serving are Tennessee girls, primarily sometimes boys, women and men,” she said. “It happens in rural areas, and suburbs and small towns, as frequently as it does in urban areas.” Smith said Brown’s case and Gov. Haslam’s decision show how Tennessee is leading the way in anti-trafficking legislation and action.

Assault Weapons Ban, Background Check Bills Introduced in U.S. Senate By Desert Star Staff CARSON CITY, Nev. – Democrats in the U.S. Senate are trying again to tighten up gun laws by bringing back the federal assault weapons ban and expanding federal background checks to include private and unlicensed sales. The issue has particular resonance in Nevada, where a gunman used AR-15s to kill 58 people and injure 422 more at a concert in Las Vegas in October 2017, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Maria-Teresa Liebermann, deputy director of the advocacy group Battle Born Progress, says she appreciates the renewed focus on gun violence prevention. “There really is a gun violence epidemic in this country that has not been addressed, so the fact that it is a priority in the first week is welcome and has been

needed for years,” she states. The new assault weapons ban would allow owners to keep existing weapons and contains exemptions for 2,200 specific guns used for hunting, recreation and household defense. It also requires existing weapons to be stored in a safe or with a trigger lock. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, who has the power to bring the bill up for a vote, has opposed similar bills in the past. In 2016, Nevadans narrowly passed a ballot measure requiring use of the federal background check system rather than the state system, but former Attorney General Adam Laxalt said it was unenforceable and a district court judge agreed. Liebermann notes that the new attorney general, Aaron Ford, a Democrat, has

said he’ll try to implement that policy nonetheless. “I think, at the end of the day, it was pure politics, especially from Laxalt’s side, and now here in Nevada with a new governor and attorney general, it’s going to be a lot

different,” Liebermann states. In the upcoming session of the Nevada Legislature, lawmakers are expected to consider bills to require safe storage of weapons and restrict gun possession by people convicted of domestic violence.

There also are discussions about repealing parts of SB 175, an existing law that expanded the “castle doctrine” to expand the “stand your ground” defense to situations where people may feel unsafe while in their car.

By Desert Star Staff Cristiano Ronaldo has been asked for a DNA sample as he cooperates with police in Las Vegas over allegations he raped US woman Kathryn Mayorga in the city in 2009, according to American media reports. Las Vegas police reopened the case last year after Mayorga claimed she had been raped by the footballer in a hotel suite after a night spent partying in 2009. Ronaldo firmly denies the claims and is offering police full

cooperation, including providing a DNA sample, US news outlet TMZ Sports reports, citing sources close to the player. The Juventus player has consistently denied any wrongdoing, saying in December that he was “calm” and “very confident that soon everything will be clear.” Mayorga filed a lawsuit against the 33-year-old football superstar last year, saying she remained traumatized by her alleged ordeal and that she had been emboldened to take the

step by the MeToo movement. She says Ronaldo anally raped her after she rejected his advances in a penthouse suite. It is also claimed he sent a team of legal “fixers” to coerce Mayorga into signing a $375,00 hush money deal. Ronaldo’s lawyers have said documents cited by some media outlets in reporting the case are “fabrications.” He has also firmly rejected recent claims by UK model Jasmine Lennard, who said on Twitter that she would “help”

Mayorga with her case. Ronaldo reportedly called Lennard’s claims

“false and defamatory,” while the model, meanwhile, has deleted her Twitter account.

U.S. Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada are both on record as being in support of an assault weapons ban. (Ultra1S/iStockphoto)

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Groups Plan to Sue EPA over Utah Air Pollution

By Desert Star Staff SALT LAKE CITY – A coalition of community, conservation and public health groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice to enforce air-quality standards in Utah or it will sue the agency. The coalition, which includes the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environmental Health, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, Westside Coalition and SLC Air Protectors, says by not enforcing its own regulations, the EPA is failing to protect more than 1 million people from particulate pollution. Jonny Vasic, director of Utah Physicians for a

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Healthy Environment, says state and federal officials have repeatedly missed deadlines to clean up the air. “Our 24-hour measurement has been in violation for years,” he points out. “Especially in Salt Lake City, we’ve been in violation on-and-off for about 10 years. “Our goal with this is to get them to enforce the law and submit a plan that will actually put us in attainment.” The EPA has previously determined that the Salt Lake City area has high levels of particulate-matter pollution from soot and smoke emanating from fossil fuels, industrial livestock operations and other sources. Vasic says the Clean Air Act requires federal and state agencies to regulate the various sources of pollution, but that officials have not done their job. The EPA could not be reached for comment because of the government shutdown. Vasic says his group’s research shows that there are no known safe

Parts of Salt Lake City, seen here on a clear day, have been in non-attainment of federal air-quality standards for more than a decade. (Flickr) levels of pollution. “There’s no amount of air pollution that’s good,” he stresses. “All air pollution is bad for all of us. “It can lead to strokes. It can lead to heart attacks. There’s just a laundry list of unhealthful diseases associated with that air.” Vasic says officials estimate that as many as

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President’s proposed border wall would pass through several wildlife conservation hotspots, including Texas’ Big Bend and the Lower Rio Grande Valley on the Gulf Coast. (Yinan Chen/Wikimedia Commons) By Desert Star Staff MCALLEN, Texas – As President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to promote his proposed wall, wildlife conservationists

are sounding the alarm. Paul Sanchez-Navarro, senior Texas representative of the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife, says millions of dollars invested

in protecting critical habitat along the border are at risk if the project goes forward. Navarro notes that a wall would cut off migration corridors for more than 1,500 wildlife species that don’t recognize political borders. “We have a lot of plants and animals depending on that area to go back and forth, and they’re going to be affected by that,” he states. “And all the money we’ve spent to protect some really key areas is just going to be thrown down the tubes.” Navarro says two conservation hotspots in Texas – Big Bend and the Lower Rio Grande Valley on the Gulf Coast – would be seriously compromised by a physical barrier. Trump maintains that a wall is necessary for border security, but Navarro agrees with many experts who say a better way to stop human trafficking and drugs from entering the U.S. is to beef up

security at legal ports of entry. The Trump administration also has allowed the Department of Homeland Security to sidestep bedrock environmental protection laws for wall construction already under way. Navarro says the project should not go forward without a thorough environmental impact analysis, public input and the ability to resort to legal action to protect endangered wildlife. “All the environmental laws are being waived in order to build this wall,” he points out. “By law, normally for this kind of structure to go into place, you would have to really research and check out what the implications would be, and we’re not doing that.” Earlier this year, more than 2,500 scientists from around the world published findings in the journal BioSciencewarning, by consensus, that a border wall would result in a rampant ecological disaster for North America’s biodiversity.

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notice of intent last week to sue the EPA over poor air quality in Salt Lake and Davis counties along with portions of Weber, Box Elder and Tooele. It also includes portions of Pinal County in Arizona. The notice means the parties have 60 days to work out the problems before the lawsuit goes forward.

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20,000 Utahans may have lost their lives because of poor air quality over the last decade. “The outcome is to put a SIP, a state implementation plan, in place that will actually improve the air quality that will help clean the air and bring us to a place where we can all breathe healthy and safe,” he states. The groups issued a formal

to list the tri-colored blackbird is almost three years overdue. Greenwald noted that the bird’s range extends through the central and southern California coast and the agricultural areas of the central valley, where the birds have January 11, 2019

been targeted as pests. “They’re often targeted for killing, along with redwinged blackbirds, by farmers,” he said, “and they’ve been in steep decline and are cause for concern.” The lawsuit also asks for

a decision on protecting the American wolverine, whose once sizable population in California has dwindled to just one known animal living in the Tahoe National Forest. The lawsuit notice is online at biologicaldiversity.org.

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Tom Cruise Stars in ‘Mission: Impossible-Fallout’ on DVD Happy New Year to all my readers. May 2019 be a good one for you and yours. And speaking of a new year, where oh where did 2018 go? It came and went in a flash. Or so it seemed to me. And speaking of coming and going in a flash, that’s what Tom Cruise does throughout the action-packed thriller “Mission: Impossible--Fallout.” So if you want to get your new year off to a fast start check out this summer hit, now available on Blu-ray and DVD. If you’ve already seen it, you still might want to revisit it -- to get your adrenaline off and running early in 2019. This marks the sixth time Cruise has portrayed the invincible secret agent Ethan Hunt on film, a character based on the 1996 TV series created by Bruce Geller. Then, as now, Hunt is offered an impossible mission which he never refuses. This time he must find and stop an anarchist who plans to destroy a large portion of the world’s population to make the planet a far better

place for those remaining. Once again Hunt is joined by his sidekick and friend Luther (Ving Rhames) as well as fellow agent Benji Dunn played by Simon Pegg. His wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan) and secret agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) are also part of the cast. And as always, Cruise (now 56) did all of his stunts. Not only does he race through the streets of Paris on a fastpaced motorcycle, but he also goes the wrong way around the picturesque Arc de Triomphe as 70 stunt drivers head toward him driving in the right direction. And according to PR material, he became the first actor in a major motion picture to jump out of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from the astonishing height of 25,000 feet. (That’s close to five miles up!) Gasp! However, a leap from one building to another resulted in a broken foot which stopped production for a while. But the accident did not stop Cruise, who eventually returned to shooting this action-packed

Mission Possible number 6. The plot, at first, is rather complicated and difficult to comprehend fully. But fear not, by film’s end everything makes sense. Like a puzzle, the plot pieces eventually fall into place. Start your new year off with Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible--Fallout,” now on DVD and Blu-ray. Bonus materials include: Behind

A conversation Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez. Photo by Pat Krause Story and Photos by Pat Krause PSIFF had a series called Talking Pictures where Actors and Directors hold a Conversation about their film. One of the Conversations was held on Saturday, Jan. 5th at the Palm Springs High School in the Richards Center for the Arts. The movie was, The Public, and the Conversation was with writer/director/actor, Emilio Estevez. The film took 12 years to get made. There was a lot of clapping at the end of the movie as moviegoers showed they liked the film. Estevez said he was thrilled to be in this festival as it’s considered the largest in the U.S. Every director, actor is excited to have this kind of fan base to watch their films and get this considerable exposure. Estevez took to the stage along with Michael Lerman to talk about the film. Estevez

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started by telling he wanted to make this film a long time ago because of the things that have happened to him in his life. One of the biggest influences was his father, Actor Martin Sheen. His father was an activist in the most real sense of the word. He didn’t just talk about it; he put his life into it. Estevez told how his father was arrested 66 times, and he would watch his father on TV being handcuffed on his way to jail. He felt his father was mad and as a teenager, he didn’t understand his father’s motives. As Estevez grew older, he understood his father better and his dedication to his beliefs. I asked if he has been arrested like his father and he said no but there is still time. The story is about homelessness and public libraries. Libraries and librarians have changed over the years. It used to be a place where

you could go and find safety reading books and learning. Now libraries have become a place for the homeless to

the scenes--Rendezvous in Paris, Cliffside Clash, The Fall, Top of the World, Deleted Scene Breakdown and more, plus commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise, editor Eddie Hamilton, and composer Lorne Balfe “Mission: Impossible-Fallout” is rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action and brief

find shelter and warmth from the cold. Librarians lives have also had to change along the way in how they treat their patrons and the homeless. The film is being shown to librarians and will be released publicly in April. He feels Librarians are superheroes. Estevez said there would be 57,000 homeless on the streets of Los Angeles tonight. He said there are 120,00 public libraries in the U.S., but that does not count the libraries in schools and businesses. He spoke about how this film may open peoples eyes about the homeless. He said homelessness would likely never end and there is probably no one thing that will stop it. He said the homeless should be treated with humanity. He said there was a fine line when telling the stories

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of the homeless and taking photos or videos. Many of the stories are heartbreaking. His Father, Martin Sheen saw the film and was proud of it. The film took 22 days to complete on a tiny budget. Many of the actors in the movie are activists in one form or another. The film was shot in a Cincinnati library at night. They went to Ohio to film because of the Tax breaks and the cooperation given them by the state and the city. The film showed the homeless men naked in an actual act of violence. He said they only showed men because of the Me Too movement and the way things are perceived today. He was uncomfortable in bringing women into that scene. These conversations are very enlightening.

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As I see the Palm Springs International Festival

Red Carpet Arrivals Actor/director Kenneth Branagh and Artistic Director Michael Lerman. Photo by Pat Krause Story and Photos by Pat Krause The PSIFF has a lot to offer besides the famous Gala. Where else can you see over 200 films from 70 countries and be able to experience the culture and ideas from so many? There are 350 screenings throughout the Festival. The diversity of the FF films shown can be seen nowhere else. The audience chose the, Best of the Best, and there is a screening of all those films at the end of the PSIFF. Because its the 30th anniversary of the PSIFF they decided to chose 30 films from yesteryear to show FREE to all moviegoers.

There were over 2500 people at the Gala, and they raised above 2.5 million dollars. PSIFF is a non-profit festival, so the monies allocated to keep the festival and all its programs running each year. PSIFF strives to make this the best and most prominent film festival in the country. There is so much to see and do. Anyone who watched the Golden Globes on Sunday night will realize that this PSIFF picks the best as many that came here as honorees were winners or nominees. This festival also picks Oscar winners, and I think no other festival has that record.

Red Carpet Arrivals Director-Stephen Moyer, Actress Anna Paquin with Mark and Cerise Larkin from the film, The Parting Glass. Photo by Pat Krause

There is a segment called Talking Pictures where actors and directors talk about their movies. It’s like a Q & A, but a little more casual and informative and they still take questions from the audience. Some of the Talking Pictures segment had festival honorees, including, The Wife with Glenn Close, The Public with Emilio Estevez, Support the Girls with Regina Hall, If Beale Street Could Talk with Regina King, Bohemian Rhapsody with Rami Malek and so much more. PSThis is a part of the PSIFF that I think many more would love to see. Stars talk about the film and themselves

which makes for an exciting Conversation. Red Carpet celebrity arrivals for many of the movie are common like Cheech Marin, Edward James Almos, Anna Paquin, Chefs, Directors, Foreign actors and more who came to support their films. Another segment is the Dinner and a Movie that includes exclusive dining in one of the local restaurants. Eight4Nine, Fusion 533 and Jakes, at the O’Donnell House, are participating this year. These movies with dinners are becoming more popular. Films for this were Chef Flynn, Funke, Ramen Shop and Uncrushable. Of course, there

are the after parties, private parties and more. Movie fans get to mingle with filmmakers, artists, and celebrities. Opening night and closing night films offer the most critical parties for ticket holders of the film. There is another benefit where Directors get together on a stage to discuss making films that is an excellent place to understand the process. I don’t have room to tell about all that PSIFF has to offer. Thousands of Movie lovers come here from all over the World to this Festival. They get to experience our beautiful Valley and all it has to offer as a side perk to their visit.

PSIFF Red Carpet After Party

Sponsors, Lauren Brenner, Raymond, and Joanie Croteau and Kristina Tarazoff from Hess Wine Collections who provided the wines for the party. Photo by Pat Krause Story and Photos by Pat Krause The opening night of the PSIFF held a unique film about the last years of Shakespeare. The Red Carpet brought the actor Daniel Branagh who spent a lot of time with the interviewers and media to talk about his film. The theater was almost sold out as I am sure many are not into Shakespear and his plays. Harold Matzner spoke to the crowd about how important this film festival has become. It is because of all www.desertstarweekly.com

of the fans that come to see the movies and without them there would be no festival. The fans have made it grow each year into one of the biggest film festivals in the U.S. He mentioned the Gala and how that raises the monies needed to keep the festival going. Matzner said they had raized over 2.5 million dollars for this non-profit festival. Other speakers spoke to the crowd, and the film began. The afterparty venue was changed this year. Instead

Sandy Reed, Jimmy Van Patton, Tristan, Melissa, and Reid Milanovich. Photo by Pat Krause

of the Art Museum, the party was held in the new General Miles wing at the Palm Springs Air Museum. There were tables set up for seating. Food stations were filled with plates of pasta and salads from Spencer’s restaurant which was the caterer for the event. Drinks were everywhere including beers from Babe’s brewery, Vodka from Ketel Botanicals, Wines from Hess Collections, Johnny Walker and other liquors. The area was filled with fans, sponsors January 11, 2019

and filmmakers who talked to each other about the films and the opening film. There were TVs set up around the room showing portions of the movie that are being shown at the PSIFF. Guests got a glimpse of these films that look so inviting to see. Music was foot tapping for an upbeat night of fun. There was Valet or selfparking as they have a large parking area. They removed the planes from the Miles Hangar to make room for this

large gathering of people. Each person that had a ticket to the film got entrance into the party. Waiters walked around with my favorite shrimp and also salmon on a cracker, sausages in a roll and so much more. Other waiters or waitresses walked around with wines either, handing out glasses or filling glasses at the tables, A great night to start the PSIFF for a successful festival.

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NC Constituents Rally for Tillis to End Shutdown

Protesters gathered Tuesday outside the Federal Building for their weekly “Tuesdays with Tillis” event. They sang a new tune, “The Shutdown Song,” written by Randa McNamara. (Tuesdays with Tillis) By Desert Star Staff RALEIGH, N.C. – Concerned voters are asking U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., to help end what they’re calling a crisis created by the government shutdown. As 800,000 federal workers forgo another payday, North Carolina constituents are looking to their junior senator to support a bipartisan solution to fund the government. Sarah Whitehill, whose husband works for a federal agency, signed a letter sent to Tillis’ office this week, calling the shutdown “scary” and “devastating.” Whitehill says Tillis should show more concern for the livelihoods of families affected by the loss of pay. “I want to see my husband back at work,” she stresses. “It’s clear from the fact that the Senate managed to pass a spending bill nearly

unanimously just prior to the shutdown starting, that they have the votes to override President Trump’s veto. “I want them to actually put these bills to a vote,

and get the government back up and running.” In a statement on Tuesday, Tillis’ office said he does not support voting on the House-approved spending

bill until President Donald Trump signs off on the deal. Gerald Givens, president of the Raleigh/Apex chapter of the NAACP, says the shutdown is also hurting groups such as small businesses and people with disabilities. He sees it as holding North Carolinians hostage, and says Tillis ought to speak up. “We’ve gone from a manmade crisis at the Southern border to a man-made crisis in almost every airport and government institution in America,” Givens stresses. “His voice matters in the United State Senate. He’s a representative of all of North Carolinians, and people in North Carolina are also being hurt by this as well.” Since the shutdown, the Transportation Security Administration says there have been higher than normal numbers of airport workers

in Charlotte and RaleighDurham calling in sick rather than working without pay. Karen Ziegler, an organizer for the social justice group known as Tuesdays with Tillis that is critical of the senator, is requesting a town hall meeting. “The president and Sen. Tillis seem completely indifferent to the needs of everyday people,” she states. “Also, we’re really concerned about the humanitarian crisis at the border, but this is a crisis that the president has 100 percent created, and we need Sen. Tillis to talk about that.” Tillis is up for reelection in 2020. He has not addressed the group’s protests directly, but in an earlier statement on immigration reform, he said, “Congress has failed to produce a solution because too many members have caved to extreme voices.”

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, CASE NO. PSC1807783, SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA 3255 E. TAHQUITZ CANYON WAY, PALM SPRINGS, CA. 92262, COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1. ERICA DELEON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: 1a. Present Name: EDUARDO SIORDIA BARBOZA JR to Proposed Name: EDDIE DELEON MEDINA. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING a. Date: FEBRUARY 22, 2019 Time: 8:30 a.m., Dept.: PS4. The address of the court is: 3255 E. TAHQUITZ CANYON WAY, PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262 County of Riverside 3.a. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county (specify newspaper): DESERT STAR WEEKLY 13279 Palm Drive Suite 5, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 Dated: DECEMBER 28, 2018, Judge of the Superior Court, Publish January 11, 18, 25, 2019 FEBRUARY 1, 2019 DSW19-5006 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: RICHARD A. KESSEN CASE NO. PRIN1802815 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of RICHARD A. KESSEN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by JON WESTERLUND in the Superior Court of California, County of RIVERSIDE. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JON WESTERLUND be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal repre-

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sentative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: JANUARY 30, 2019 at 8:45AM in Dept. PS3 located at 3255 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 . IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: BARBARA G. KNOX, 73-200 EL PASEO, SUITE 1B, PALM DESERT, CA 92260 (760) 340-0034. Publish December 28, 2018, January 4, 11 2019 DSW18-5215 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: SHAMROCKS IRISH PUB, 238 N PALM CANYON, PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: SHAMROCK ‘S MONEY MAKER, INC., 238 N PALM CANYON, PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262/CA. Business is conducted by CORPORATION. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 11/16/18. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: JOHN OLIVER PARK, PRESIDENT. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on JANUARY 3, 2019. Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201900118. NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL CODE). Publish January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 2019. DSW19-5007 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: EMERGE FINANCIAL, 333 N. PALM CANYON DR, STE. 207, PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: JEFFREY MICHAEL HOHMAN, 1002 LYONS CT,

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BANNING, CA 92220; PEDRO--PEREIRA, 19608 TUMBLEWEED TRAIL, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92241; EDUARDO--CARDENAS, 48909 CHARLTON PEAK ST., COACHELLA, CA 92236. Business is conducted by: GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime) Signed: JEFFREY MICAHEL HOHMAN. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 2, 2019. Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201900068. NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESSAND PROFESSIONS CODE). Publish January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 2019. DSW19-5004 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: PORSCHE PLUS EUROPEAN MOTORS, 75370 PAINTED DESERT DR, INDIAN WELLS, CA 92210. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: MITCHELL HAL GOLDKORN, 75370 PAINTED DESERT DR, INDIAN WELLS, CA 92210. Business is conducted by: Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime) Signed: MITCHELL HAL GOLDKORN. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on January 7, 2019. Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201900261. NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESSAND PROFESSIONS CODE). Publish January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 2019. DSW19-5003 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: EVENTOS BLESSED, 9061 PINK MOSS CT, CORONA, CA 92883. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: NORMA LETICIA GONZALEZCARMONA, 9061 PINK MOSS CT, CORONA, CA 92883. Business is conducted by: Individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime) Signed: NORMA LETICIA GONZALEZ-CARMONA. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on December 7, 2018. Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201816632. NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK.

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A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESSAND PROFESSIONS CODE). Publish January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019. DSW19-5002 AMENDED FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: SO CAL GRAFIX, 68435 E RAMON #2, CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234. Riverside County. Full name of registrant: ADRIAN ROSARIO RENDON, 19199 TUMBLEWEED TRL, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92241; CHRISTIAN-RENDON, 65882 4TH STREET, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA 92240. Business is conducted by :CO-PARTNERS. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on SEPTEMBER 2018. I declare that all the information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant, who declares as true, information which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime). Signed: ADRIAN ROSARIO RENDON This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Riverside County on NOVEMBER 14 2018. Peter Aldana, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder File No. R-201815641. NOTICE — THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THAT TIME. THE FILING OF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT ITSELF AUTHORIZE THE USE IN THIS STATE OF A FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER UNDER FEDERAL, STATE OR COMMON LAW (SEE SECTION 14411, ET. SEQ., BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL CODE). Publish November 21, 28, 2018 December 5, 12, 2018. Publish December 21, 28, 2018, January 4, 11, 2019 DSW18-1343 TSG No.: 180430825-CA-MSI TS No.: CA1800284220 FHA/VA/PMI No.: 6000249926 APN: 657-392-010-1 Property Address: 19591 PRICKLY PEAR TRAIL DESERT HOT SPRING, CA 92241 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/08/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 01/31/2019 at 09:00 A.M., First American Title Insurance Company, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 06/16/2006, as Instrument No. 2006-0438736, in book , page , , of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of RIVERSIDE County, State of California. Executed by: PATRICIA J SEELEY, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) At the front entrance of the former Corona Police Department at 849 W. Sixth Street, Corona, CA 92882 All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 657-392-010-1 The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 19591 PRICKLY PEAR TRAIL, DESERT HOT

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SPRING, CA 92241 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $292,430.04. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust has deposited all documents evidencing the obligations secured by the Deed of Trust and has declared all sums secured thereby immediately due and payable, and has caused a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be executed. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916)939-0772 or visit this Internet Web http://search.nationwideposting.com/ propertySearchTerms.aspx, using the file number assigned to this case CA1800284220 Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: First American Title Insurance Company 4795 Regent Blvd, Mail Code 1011-F Irving, TX 75063 First American Title Insurance Company MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FOR TRUSTEES SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (916)939-0772NPP0346788 To: DESERT STAR WEEKLY Publish 01/11/2019, 01/18/2019, 01/25/2019 DSW19-5005


Ocasio-Cortez slams right wing ‘frothing’ after naked pic hoax

By Desert Star Staff Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed “disgusting”

Conservative media for publishing a fake naked image of her in a stinging

rebuke of Republican efforts to smear her. She also took aim at the Daily Mail.

The Daily Caller, owned by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, published what it said was being described as a“nude selfie” of the Democratic congresswoman on Monday. However, the image in question has been doing the rounds on Reddit for a month and has already been debunked. The Daily Caller article even acknowledges it’s not the congresswoman in its article. Ocasio-Cortez responded to the false photo story on Twitter, accusing Republicans of “losing their mind + frothing at the mouth all week,” and said the naked picture hoax was “just a matter of time.” The New York

congresswoman also called out Daily Mail reporter Ruth Styles for visiting her boyfriend’s family and offering “cash for ‘stories.’ The nude ‘selfie’ is the latest effort to undermine “America’s favourite commie” Ocasio-Cortez, whose identification as a democratic socialist alarm’s elements of the Republican party. A video of her dancing in college, shared in an apparent bid to embarrass her, backfired spectacularly when she became an instant meme and was instead celebrated for being relatable. Ocasio-Cortez even made a new video of her dancing in Congress, giving her haters a sassy two fingers.

Meeting on Idaho Mining Project Cancelled Due to Gov’t Shutdown

By Desert Star Staff BOISE, Idaho – The government shutdown has caused the cancellation of a U.S. Forest Service public meeting on a mining project in the Boise National Forest. Now, some Idahoans are concerned they’ll be left in the dark. The Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation, owned by a Canadian mining company, has proposed an exploration plan near the headwaters of the Boise River for molybdenum, a metal often used in manufacturing. The sole Forest Service meeting on an environmental assessment of the project had been scheduled for Wednesday. John Robison, public lands director for the Idaho Conservation League, says the agency needs to reschedule a meeting for this complicated plan, which has faced hurdles in the past. “Already, a federal court

has found that the Forest Service hadn’t done its due diligence in analyzing or sharing those potential impacts with the public,” Robinson says. “So a crucial step in understanding this latest version is a public meeting.” Federal judges have blocked CuMo’s past exploration proposals in Idaho twice before. If CuMo finds what it’s looking for, the company could create one of the largest open-pit mines in the country. The Forest Service hopes to reschedule a meeting before the public comment period ends on Jan. 22. Robison says people have been reaching out to him concerned they won’t learn more about the project or have the ability to voice their opinions, adding that the public comment period should be extended. He says an open-pit mine would create big hazards to Boise River water that flows into the Treasure Valley as

Federal judges have blocked CuMo exploration projects twice in the past. (acleave1022/Twenty20) well as wildlife in the region. But Robison also notes simply exploring for minerals will have a footprint in the Boise National Forest for Idahoans. “They have property around it,” he points out. “They like to fish and hunt and hike back

up in there. And even the exploration project can have significant impact with regards to dust, traffic, noise and wildlife disturbance up there.” The plan calls for building more than 10 miles of temporary roads and installing

up to 137 drilling pads. The Idaho Conservation League is encouraging folks who are concerned about the project to contact the Forest Service and urge the agency to schedule a meeting and extend the comment period.

Thyroid Medication Among Most Prescribed in U.S.

By Desert Star Staff BOSTON – January is Thyroid Awareness Month, and thyroid medication is among the most prescribed in the U.S. Levothyroxine, a common thyroid supplement, is currently the second most filled drug at American pharmacies, according to data from GoodRx. So why is thyroid medication so popular? Dr. Elizabeth Pearce, president of the American Thyroid Association and a professor at Boston University’s School of Medicine, says thyroid disorders, which affect the thyroid gland toward the bottom of the neck, particularly impact women, especially as they age. “The vast majority of thyroid disease is in women,” she points out. “Hypothyroidism, which

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is 7 to 8 times more frequent in women than in men.” Hypothyroidism, the most common thyroid disorder, is when the thyroid produces too little hormones. According to Pearce, hypothyroidism affects 1 percent of the population enough to need thyroid supplements and 5 to 10 percent at a subclinical level, many of whom don’t need medication. A blood test measuring TSH levels determines whether you have a thyroid disorder. She says half of 1 percent of Americans suffer from hyperthyroidism, where the thyroid gland produces too much hormones. Pearce notes that thyroid cancer, which is usually treatable, is on the rise.

“About 54,000 adults diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2018, which means about 1 percent of individuals in the U.S. will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in their lifetimes, based on current numbers,” she points out. Pearce says the reasons for thyroid disease in the U.S. are not well understood. One cause around the world is iodine deficiency, which hasn’t been a problem in the U.S. for about a century. But Pearce says one important group has become more iodine deficient here in the last 10 years: pregnant women. “Specifically for women who are planning pregnancy, or who are pregnant, or who are breastfeeding, the current recommendations are that January 11, 2019

those women should be taking a daily supplement containing 150 micrograms of iodine to make sure they’re getting what they need,” she states. Some prenatal vitamins have iodine, but some don’t. Pearce also suggests taking

this supplement because iodine deficiency is associated with lower IQ in fetal development. Thankfully, most thyroid disorders are easily treated with supplements. For more information about thyroid disease, visit thyroid.org.

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