So by November, when nearly 200 Catholic leaders — including Spokane's bishop, Thomas Daly, and his predecessor, Blase Cupich — gathered for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the pressure to directly address the scandals was intense.,But to conservative and traditionalist Catholics, Cupich is a villain, and it's Bishop Daly — who recently told abortion-defending politicians they shouldn't take Communion — who represents what the church should be.,He recalls a nun telling him that some in the Catholic Church may be fearful of gay people, but here, in the Spokane diocese, he didn't have to worry.,Yes, the Catholic Church was opposed to abortion in all circumstances, but in this "toxic and polarizing" political environment, Cupich argued that decisions were made around the "kitchen table" rather than outside of clinics.,Sporting a Martin Sheen haircut and a pectoral cross hanging from his neck, Bishop Thomas Daly speaks with a pressing enthusiasm as he flits between pop culture jokes, impassioned laments on the state of the church, and miniature dissertations on Catholic history.

Weather experts said the chilly February doesnt signal a larger change in some of those trends.Even factoring in the cold snap, California is still warmer than average, and swings between periods of severe winter rainstorms and profound drought will probably become more pronounced in the future because of climate change, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA.He added that it might not be as cold as locals perceive it to be given how much warmer it has been in the last several years.This year seems anomalous because we have already internalized a lot of the warming thats occurred, he said.On Thursday, a light drizzle blanketed the barren streets of Santa Monica.,The L.A. native pulled on jeans, a thin shirt and a dark denim jacket and capped it off with a beanie, but said she always feels ill-prepared for the cold.I tend to wear one layer because its L.A. and I keep expecting its going to get warmer, but it doesnt, she said.Several factors including a lack of offshore wind and, more broadly, climate change have played into Californias weird winter weather, experts say.The recent cold snap has also brought snow to portions of the Southland that rarely see any.,If it weakens and the air is no longer a continuous band, cold air can spill out of the Arctic and move down to the West Coast, Swain said.The city came close within one degree of hitting the 70 mark, but it never quite warmed up enough to get there.Theres plenty of days in January and February where people want to go to the beach and we usually get a few of those days every winter, Kittell said.,Back-to-back winter storms this year have blanketed Californias mountain ranges with snow, making this a banner winter for skiers and snowboarders.The storms have covered Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood with more than 8 feet of fresh snow this winter, while Big Bear Mountain Resort has received more than 10 feet.,This season has provided the best conditions for snow sports in roughly a decade, said John McColly, vice president of sales and marketing at Mountain High, who added that it feels like a real winter this year.Matt Martinez, 41, is an avid surfer who spends the colder months chasing storms that provide local mountains with a blanket of fresh powder.

Looking to get fit?From a one-day conference on the business of golf at the Genesis Open to goat yoga, there's plenty to do when it comes to sports and fitness activities coming up in Los Angeles this week.,---Days before the Genesis Open welcomes the PGA Tour, the Riviera Country Club will host "The Business of Golf" one-day conference.,The ticket price includes a general admission ticket to attend the Genesis Open.Tuesday, February 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Drive$100Fitbit Local ambassadors Blake Raymond and Elise Joan lead a Valentine's weekend hike around Runyon Canyon.,Participants will meet inside the gate at the base of Runyon Canyon to check in.,Bring a hat, a water bottle and sunscreen and enjoy a beautiful start to your weekend.Saturday, February 16, noon-1 p.m.Runyon Canyon Park, 2000 N. Fuller Ave. (Meet at the base of Runyon Canyon at the top of Fuller Ave. inside the gate.)

ESPN, along with other media outlets, reported Thursday afternoon that the Pelicans sent forward Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round draft picks.,Mirotic, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, both of which are career highs.,The Pelicans also officially announced Thursday that the team had acquired forward Markieff Morris, as well as a 2023 second round draft pick, from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Wesley Johnson.,Morris is a former lottery pick was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, one spot before his twin brother and Kansas University teammate Marcus.,In 26 games (13 starts), the former lottery pick out of Syracuse averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds.

The resulting Kickapoo Park Community Garden, which opened in late April, 2018, is the collaborative effort of Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County and the Community Garden Sub-Committee of the Blue Zones Project/Pottawatomie County.,Partners in Caring

As part of Avedis Foundation’s Pottawatomie County Education Initiative, Avedis continues to serve as a stakeholder to promote the services and activities provided by Partners In Caring (PIC), a multi-partnered, coordinated school health team that provides critical, combined support to rural schools to ensure that children are healthy, safe, engaged, and ready to learn.,Blue Zones Project read more

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has asked the South African Football Association Cape Town (Safa CT) to vacate the premises of Athlone Stadium, which Safa CT calls home, by 31 January 2019 citing zoning irregularities as well as health and safety reasons.,Safa CT will be holding a press conference on Thursday as they seek to air their grievances with the City of Cape Town, and in particular Mayoral committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management James Vos.,Bailey says that the change of leadership within the City of Cape Town regarding stadium management has had a disastrous impact on local football.,There is a political aspect to the matter with the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape also joining hands with local and provincial sporting organisations to unite against the City of Cape Town's plan to remove Safa CT from the Athlone Stadium.,The ANC Youth League believes the City of Cape Town is acting against the interests of community football.

HFX Wanderers FC continues to stock its roster for the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.,The Wanderers ranks grew to eight with the signing of forward Vincent Lamy and midfielder Elliot Simmons on Tuesday.,Lamy, from Sherbrooke, Que., caught Hart’s eye during his time with the Montreal Impact Youth Academy team.,Simmons, 20, was born in England but played in Stittsville, Ont., where he was a part of the Ottawa Fury youth academy.,“It’s a great privilege,” said Simmons, of being unveiled as one of the Wanderers early signings.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington County Job and Family Services executive director, Flite Freimann, called a meeting of local food pantry heads to discuss the implications of the shutdown.,Freimann told the gathering Tuesday, with representatives from Marietta, Belpre and Newport food pantries and the Southeast Ohio Food Bank, that because of the shutdown, a full two months of benefits will be loaded onto SNAP recipients’ cards starting Wednesday.,Freimann and Rutherford both expressed concerns that because long term budgeting is challenging for people in poverty, many families might run out of benefits during February, driving up demand at food pantries.,The individual pantry operations in Washington County appear to be stocked for the time being, and Matthew Farnsworth of the Newport Community Food Bank said his organization might consider an extra day of opening in February to meet additional need.,•Hours: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 7 p.m.

•Hours: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. read more

A wrongful death lawsuit over a police officer's deadly shooting of a Fairfield man in a Walmart store is set to go before a jury in February.,(Crawford Family)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WKRC) - A wrongful death lawsuit over a police officer's deadly shooting of a Fairfield man in a Walmart store is set to go before a jury in February.,An officer shot 22-year-old John Crawford III in Beavercreek in August 2014.,His family sued the city, police and Walmart in federal court.,Federal authorities concluded there wasn't enough evidence to criminally charge the officer who killed Crawford while responding to a 911 call. read more

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Seneca County residents have their chance to help set goals for the next 20 years in the county as well as the cities of Tiffin and Fostoria and Seneca County Park District.,Seneca Regional Planning Commission and CT Consulting, the company putting together the county’s comprehensive plan, are inviting residents to attend one of three meetings where they can add their input about the topics important to them.,The 20-year plan under construction is designed to guide future growth in Seneca County, the county park district and the cities of Tiffin and Fostoria.,A session focusing on Tiffin and the central part of the county is set for 6 p.m. Monday at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St. Another meeting aimed at residents of Fostoria and the western part of the county is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fostoria Learning Center, 343 Perry St., Fostoria.,However, Seneca Regional Planning Executive Director Charlene Watkins said people can attend any meeting they choose.