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Albert Pujols Becomes 26th Player With 500 Home Runs

Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels became 26th player in Major League Baseball history to reach 500 career home runs Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.  In the process, he set another mark: He is the first to blast his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, as the Angles defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-2.And the only problem with that was that his wife was not there to witness history. She had planned to travel with the team when he was one dinger away from the milestone. Neither of them considered that he’d hit two home runs in the same night.”I went and made a phone call and . . . she was doing her nails,” Pujols said. “And everybody in the salon, I guess, was telling her, ‘Congratulations!’ And she was like, ‘Did you just hit your 500th?’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry,’ ” Pujols said, laughing.”She would have loved to be here with my kids and my family. She drives me every day to try to be a better person, a better player,” he added. ”I would have loved to share this moment with her here.”Hitting like the Pujols of old, the three-time NL MVP delivered a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth, both off Taylor Jordan (0-3).”I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now,” Pujols said.He also hit his 400th homer at Nationals Park.”I admire his ability and the way he goes about playing the game, and I have for some time,” said Washington manager Matt Williams, who played against Pujols. ”I just wish he’d do it against somebody else.”About three months past his 34th birthday, Pujols is the third-youngest to get to 500; Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were 32. read more

Redknapp believes Arsenal are no longer soft

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp says that since Unai Emery took charge at the club, Arsenal have gotten rid of their ‘soft’ reputation.Arsenal defeated Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday but lost in last season’s corresponding fixture by the same scoreline under Arsene Wenger, and Redknapp feels there an attitude change with Emery’s Arsenal as they extend their unbeaten run to 17 games.“I think they’ve changed the mentality too. In the last few years, they’ve been soft. How many times have we spoken about how they have no strength in the midfield?,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Too many times we’d see someone overrun them, overpower them, last year Xhaka had someone run off the back of him at Bournemouth when they scored the winner.“Those things can’t happen, but they were happening time and time again under Arsene Wenger. They are more resilient, they are stronger.“There’s still a long way to go, the top four will be a big ask, but I like what I see. I think the manager has got them going, they’re aggressive, they get to the ball more, and that’s what you’ve got to do if you want to win any sort of title.”last_img read more

Poway Unified School District students organize Town Hall for Our Lives

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: gun control, March For Our Lives, poway high school, Poway HS, Westview HS FacebookTwitter Poway Unified School District students organize ‘Town Hall for Our Lives’ KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:31 AM April 8, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAs young people continue to pressure Congress to implement stricter gun laws, students from Poway Unified School District are making their voices heard.Yesterday, students gathered at Westview High School to share their perspectives on gun control and school safety. Congressman Scott Peters attended the event.It was part of a nationwide initiative called the Town Hall for Our Lives, which was organized for April 7 because all members of Congress were in their districts during their recess. Posted: April 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

San Diegos housing crisis Mayor promotes system overhaul to build more housing

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Like many big cities in California, San Diego is struggling with a severe housing shortage. In his”State of the City” speech on Tuesday night, Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined his plans to spur the development of more housing.“I want to radically overhaul the system itself,” Faulconer said.In his address, the mayor presented a host of proposals. He called for eliminating height restrictions except in the coastal areas, to allow developers to build projects with more units.Another proposal would remove parking requirements for properties located near bus and transit routes. Mayor Faulconer also suggested giving developers permission to build bigger projects with unlimited density as long as there are units set aside for homeless or low income housing.The head of the industry group that represents San Diego developers said the mayor’s ideas may help ease the shortage, but in a city where the housing deficit is so deep, these measures may not be enough.Borre Winckel, the president and CEO of the Building Industry Association said excessive state and local regulations have imposed prohibitive costs on developers, making it too expensive to build.“Our regulations make up nearly one half of the total construction cost of the unit. California, has in essence, destroyed middle income housing by its zeal to regulate and regulate and put in more impact fees, thereby restricting the opportunity to build,” Winckel said.The mayor also vowed to increase the number of affordable housing units in San Diego.Ken Sauder, the president and CEO of Wakeland Housing, which has developed dozens of affordable housing projects in Southern California said the biggest obstacle is finding the money to build them.“If we really want to tackle the problem in a real big way, we’re going to need to bring in more resources, especially locally,” Sauder said.The mayor wants to make it easier for more projects to be green-lighted, without facing roadblocks from local planning groups. Even if housing developments do not need local approval, Sauder said developers will still need to meet with neighbors to help separate facts from fears.“What we would do is we’ll sit down and talk with the neighbors anyway and hear their concerns and try to address them and go from there,” Sauder said.According to estimates from the Building Industry Association, the city needs to build a minimum of 12,000 housing units every year to meet the current demand. At present, San Diego is building less than half of that total.If the city doesn’t build more housing, Winckle had this forecast, “Unless we pay attention, we’ll be a city dominated by old folks.It will be a city that will ‘gray out’, a city that has sent away our young, our productive, our millennials, who on account of high housing costs say, ‘Adios, San Diego’.” Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: January 16, 2019 Updated: 8:02 PMcenter_img January 16, 2019 San Diego’s housing crisis: Mayor promotes system overhaul to build more housing Sasha Foo, last_img read more