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The San Francisco owner of the "Mrs. Doubtfire" house says it's appropriate he lives in the home where the late Robin Williams' face was transformed on-screen from that of a divorced father to one of an elderly female nanny.
That's because Dr. Douglas K. Ousterhout, considered among the nation's top craniofacial surgeons, transforms the faces of transgender men and women to better match their gender identity.
"I turn boys' faces into girls' faces," Ousterhout said on Tuesday morning, outside the Steiner Street home in Pacific Heights. "It seemed only natural."
One of the 1993 hit movie's most memorable scenes shows Williams' co-star Harvey Fierstein, who played Williams' character's brother, transforming his face with a thick, gooey layer of makeup.
In the film, Williams portrayed a divorced father who crossdresses, fashioning himself as an elderly English woman, to become closer with his children. His character is not transgender.
Ousterhout said he wanted to buy the home shortly after the 1993 movie, but didn't because there were lawsuits filed stemming from the damage the home sustained during the filming of the movie.
He ended up buying it in 1997, describing it as "convenient" to his work in the Castro, a "nice bachelor pad," albeit "small."
The two decades that have passed since the film's release haven't discouraged the onlookers, though. "It's not a problem," Ousterhout said, though tourists stop by "all the time."
Ousterhout knew Williams briefly: He said one of his children went to school with one of Williams' children at San Francisco University High School.
Williams took his own life on Monday at his Tiburon home. He had been battling depression, his publicist said.
"He was just a great person," Ousterhout said. "It's very unfortunate for the world, but particularly his family."
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Flowers, candles and cards dot the Steiner Street home in San Francisco, where the late Robin Williams starred in "Mrs. Doubtfire." Aug. 12, 2014
Students in a North Texas school district have new options after a huge uproar over the dress code.
Back in May, about 170 students were suspended for dress code violations and that led to disruptions in the school cafeteria at Duncanville High School.
Monday night, school leaders tweaked the school dress code.
Under the new changes, students will no longer be required to wear belts and they can wear shirts without a collar and untucked. However, shirts must still cover their stomachs and pants cannot sag.
Still some parents don't agree with even the slightest changes.
"I personally think the new policy gives too much leeway for the children without the belts and the shirts not being tucked in," said parent Ronchelle Chaffin. "I think they're going to go overboard with that because they're going to come in sagging, they're going to say you need a belt, but if you refer back to the dress code, you don't need a belt."
Under the old policy students were only allowed to wear certain colors. Chaffin said a change so close to the new school year isn't fair to some.
"Some parents have already bought their children uniforms and you'll have some kids straightened in their uniforms and some kids just now getting that information, they'll get to wear their jeans and different color shirts so it's unfair to the parents as well," she said.
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A flash flood watch has been issued for the entire state for Tuesday night and Wednesday as the threat presents for a chance of evening showers, with periods of heavier rain late tonight and on Wednesday.
Occasional thunderstorms are possible as well and there is a low threat for severe storms.
Coastal flood advisories have also been issued for Long Island Sound, west of New Haven on for tonight.
Check the interactive radar to see how the rain will affect your commute.
Flooding will be mainly isolated and minor, but pockets of more significant flooding are possible around any storms
The weather will improve by Wednesday evening.
Robin Williams' brilliant irreverence and unparalleled talent for improvisation and impersonation shone on NBC over the years — spanning more than a dozen visits to "The Tonight Show" alongside Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, jokes with Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night," hosting duties on "Saturday Night Live" and mornings with the "Today" show family.
Williams, then 30, made his first appearance on "The Tonight Show" on Oct. 14, 1981, promoting the fourth season of "Mork & Mindy" and his upcoming film "The World According to Garp."
A decade later, hardly anything could keep Williams sitting in his seat, as he preferred to jump up every other minute with one impersonation after another, before discussing his transition into a more serious role for the film "Awakenings," which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a drama.
A temporarily blonde Williams appeared on Carson's final night hosting "The Tonight Show," on May 21, 1992, talking about the political gaffes of the day and jokingly urging Carson to run for political office.
Williams dropped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on May 25, 2011, and discussed his affinity for video games — especially "Call of Duty."
Williams joined Jay Leno on August 9, 2013, to talk about returning to television after 32 years to star in CBS' "The Crazy Ones," reminiscing about the early days of "Mork & Mindy" and trying to make a name for himself in television.
Throughout his prolific career in film and television, Williams never left his roots in stand-up comedy. The monologue he gave during his first time hosting "Saturday Night Live" in 1984 showed his proclivity for the art form.
On Tuesday, "Today" aired a special collection of clips from Williams' many appearances on "Today," and the kindness he showed every member of the crew and fans outside Rockefeller Center.
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Robin Williams appears on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at NBC Studios on November 16, 2011 in Burbank, California.
After actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed in a fall from a horse, Robin Williams arrived at his hospital room dressed as a doctor and announced that he was a proctologist, there to examine his friend immediately.
“For the first time since the accident, I laughed,” Reeve later wrote in his autobiography.
On Tuesday, following Williams’ suicide at age 63, Reeve’s family recalled that act of friendship as well as Williams’ later commitment to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, dedicated to curing spinal cord injury and one of many charitable organizations to which Williams gave his time.
He supported scholarships at The Juilliard School in New York City, raised money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and hosted Comic Relief with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg, television specials to benefit homeless people.
Reeve told his family that Williams had helped him know that, somehow, he would be okay, Reeve’s family said in a statement.
“Robin's unparalleled legacy on screen will last through the ages,” the family said. “But beyond the gift of laughter, he gave our family and the Reeve Foundation the gift of his simple, steadfast friendship. It's a gift we'll treasure forever.”
Williams was Reeve's roommate while studying at The Juilliard School. He attended the school in the 1970s until withdrawing in 1976, was awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts degree in 1991, and provided tuition for a drama student each year through the Robin Williams Scholarship.
“His caring ways and effervescent personality will be missed by all who were touched by this special person,” the school said in a statement.
One of the recepients was actress Jessica Chastain, who posted on Facebook: "Robin Williams changed my life. He was a great actor and a generous person. Through a scholarship, he made it possible for me to graduate college. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me."
For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Williams appeared in movie theater trailers and national television spots for the hospital’s Thanks and Giving campaign, among the celebrities asking people shopping during the annual holiday season to donate to the hospital. This year’s spot was scheduled to be shot on Aug. 27 by Tony Thomas, a producer of Dead Poets Society, in which Williams’ starred, and a son of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas.
“The only thing that surpassed Robin's brilliance was his overflowing generosity,” Tony Thomas said in a statement.
Last year, Williams appeared with a 10-year-old girl named Darcy Cassidy, a patient at St Jude. She and other children from communities across America are benefitting from the hospital’s lifesaving research and treatment, he said then.
“I’m a cowgirl,” she says in the movie trailer, holding on to a horse’s rope.
“A tough cowgirl battling a rare and inoperable brain tumor,” he says and leaves her in giggles as he makes a face and jokes about his wearing sandals on a farm.
St. Jude said that Williams’ humor made its patients laugh and his generosity touched their hearts.
“The world has lost a comedic genius and the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have lost an angel in their corner,” Danny Thomas' daughter, Marlo Thomas, said in a statement. “Robin comforted them, made them laugh and gave generously for many years of his time and talent to raise funds needed for their care and their cure.”
In California, where he lived, Williams was a friend of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, cheering competitors on at the finish line of the San Diego Triathlon Challenge. He was expected this weekend at a race in Northern California.
The executive director, Virginia Tinley, said that Williams gave his time to the group, which added to the reputation of the event, she told NBC Bay Area.
Williams also supported the San Francisco Zoo, which named a monkey after the comedian in June. Williams' namesake was appropriately a Howler monkey,
An appreciation for Williams' humor shaped a statement from Peter Wilderotter, the president of the Reeve Foundation.
“While our hearts ache with the loss of our friend, it is unlikely Robin would want us to mourn his passing with silence, but to celebrate his life through laughter,” he said. “Together, let's remember Robin for the man who made the world laugh.”
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Robin Williams visits a sick child in a scene from the film 'Patch Adams', 1998.
The NYPD says it is looking into the claims of two German artists who said they installed the two white American flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge last month in an overnight operation that set off worries about bridge security.
The artists, Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke, first provided video and photos to the New York Times that they claim prove they were the ones who raised the white flags.
They said the installation was an art project in part to celebrate John Augustus Roebling, the German engineer who designed the bridge and that it wasn't meant to embarrass police.
The artists said in a statement that the so-called "White American Flags" exhibit "abandons the museum and returns art to the real world."
Their website states they do art projects in public places that are meant to "temporarily override limitations and constraints without permission or invitation."
An NYPD official told NBC 4 New York investigators are taking a very close look at the artists' claims.
Police said last week they'd identified persons of interest in the case but declined to say when arrests could be executed.
"We believe we know who a number of the people are that engaged in that action and that investigation is moving forward and is consuming a lot of investigatory resources as it should," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told NBC 4 New York. "That event should not have happened."
The commissioner also said the investigation indicated there was "no terrorist threat" involved.
The artists told the Times they'd planned to come forward and that they "always face the consequences." They are planning to return the original American flags from the bridge, they said in the statement.
"This is part of the work, to have an open discussion," said Leinkauf. "We just needed a little time to decide how to respond to the reaction."
Weeks after two severely emaciated horses were seized from stalls at a Redding home, animal cruelty charges have been filed against the owner.
On July 10, State Animal Control Officers from the Department of Agriculture seized two Mustangs from Lisa Lind-Larsen’s Packer Brook home after receiving photos from someone who had been visiting the woman’s property.
The mustangs were found living in filthy stalls lined with several inches of manure. The water was dirty and the animals were so underweight that their bones were protruding, according to the state Department of Agriculture. The horses needed immediate veterinary and dental care.
This was not the first time Lind-Larsen, 76, was investigated for possible animal cruelty.
She adopted the horses, Chinook and Cheyenne, from the federal Bureau of Land Management in 2005 and a complaint was filed in 2011 about the horses being underweight, according to state officials. It was resolved when the horses gained weight over a period of several months.
Lind-Larsen turned herself in to Redding police last week after learning of a warrant for her arrest. She was released on a promise to appear and is due in Danbury Superior Court on Aug. 20.
Chinook and Cheyenne are recovering at the Department of Agriculture’s Large Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Facility in Niantic.
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Two emaciated mustangs were seized from a home in Redding and authorities have charged the owner with animal neglect.
Plans to close two Glastonbury elementary schools by 2020 have been put on hold indefinitely.
The Board of Education met on Monday to discuss the closures, which would affect Eastbury School on Neipsic Road and Naubuc School on Griswold Street. Administrators had recommended closing Eastbury by the 2016-2017 school year and Naubuc by 2020-2021, citing declining enrollment.
According to a revised plan presented by the board Monday night, school consolidation won’t be reconsidered unless enrollment in the town’s six elementary schools sinks from 2,600, the current number, to below 2,000 students. Board members did say, however, they expect enrollment will continue to drop.
The revised consolidation report recommends that the school system redistrict only once if it does get to the point of shuttering two schools. Additionally, the decision is to be made two years in advance to give parents and students time to plan and adjust to the changes.
The school board is urged to review enrollment numbers and projections each November.
Not all board members agreed with the decision.
“I think we are sacrificing things we need – maybe it’s iPads, buses, or I don’t know what – for unnecessary bricks and mortar for way too long,” said James Zeller of the Glastonbury Board of Education.
Police are searching for the Hartford man who used counterfeit cash to pay for an iPhone listed on Craigslist, then pulled out a gun and threatened to kill the seller when confronted about the fake bills.
According to police, 21-year-old Kevon Ferrell, of Fairmount Street in Hartford, met the victim Monday evening in the Walmart parking lot at 333 North Main Street in West Hartford.
Police said it was the second time that day he made a Craiglist transaction in West Hartford using counterfeit money.
Ferrell fled in a sedan after threatening the victim and was seen entering the car around 1:30 p.m. outside Union Station in Hartford, according to police.
He has a criminal record in New York, where he was arrested on gun charges following a daytime shooting in Brooklyn, where he may now be headed. They have not recovered the weapon he brandished.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call West Hartford police at 860-523-5203.
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West Hartford police are searching for 21-year-old Kevon Ferrell, who they say made two Craigslist transactions in town yesterday and paid with counterfeit bills.
One week after a Hartford officer was arrested for allegedly stealing from the Walmart where he worked a private-duty security job, issues have surfaced surrounding the outcome of a lie detector test administered before he was hired.
Luis Feliciano, 34, was arrested last week and charged with two counts of fifth-degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting device. He’s accused of cutting open boxes packaged for sale, filling their contents with more-expensive items and paying for the cheaper merchandise, according to the warrant for his arrest.
He has since been suspended from the department without pay awaiting the outcome of his case.
Feliciano applied to the Hartford Police Department in 2011. According to documents obtained from Hartford police in a Freedom of Information Request, Feliciano mentioned Walmart on his job application, saying he worked in loss prevention for a decade at a Massachusetts store.
A supervisor was quoted as calling Feliciano the store's "best loss prevention officer." She referred to him as trustworthy and responsible and said he had "a lot of integrity."
According to the documents, Feliciano also told Harford police he had a pending application with the Springfield Police Department when in reality he had filed a complaint when he was rejected eight months prior.
Documents connected to the case indicate Springfield police had concerns about hiring Feliciano, including a murder charge filed against him that was later dropped and drugs found in an apartment believed to be his.
Hartford police were not aware of the situation when Feliciano was hired but investigated after the fact. Internal affairs couldn't prove whether Feliicano was truthful when testifying.
He was hired in Hartford despite serious questions that arose after his first lie detector test. During the background check, a state police polygraph examiner said Feliciano “displayed consistent and significant physiological reactions indicative of deception when questioned about his sexual conduct and involvement with subversive groups and/or street gangs,” recommending that Feliciano be “retested if he is a serious consideration for employment.”
Feliciano passed his second test and was admitted into the department. Hartford police have not commented on their decision to hire Feliciano.
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Hartford police officer Luis Feliciano, 34, is accused of stealing from the Walmart where he worked a private-duty security job, and his personnel file reveals questions about a lie detector test administered before he was hired.
The Hebron mom accused of hitting and killing RHAM Middle School teacher Dawn Mallory after dropping off her son at school in March was drinking before the crash, according to court documents obtained Tuesday.
Elizabeth Everett, 50, has been charged with felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and unsafe backing. A trooper at the scene smelled alcohol on her breath, and toxicology results revealed her BAC to be .07, just shy of the .08 legal limit, according to the affidavit.
Police said she accidentally drove into the bus lane after dropping off her son at the high school on March 14, then realized her mistake and attempted to back out. That’s when she struck 65-year-old Dawn Mallory, a seventh-grade math teacher.
According to the affidavit, Everett’s car was traveling at least 14 mph at the time of the crash. Investigators found there were no mechanical problems with her car, which had a working backup camera.
Everett, who works as a consultant for Aetna in Hartford, told police she was looking over her shoulder when she heard the impact, then got out and saw Mallory bleeding on the ground, the affidavit says.
Mallory was taken off life support March 28 and died of head injuries sustained during the crash, the affidavit says.
Her family plans to sue the town of Hebron, claiming the parking lot was dangerous.
The town has since added speed bumps and altered traffic patterns to make the area safer and continues working to improve the campus parking lot. Further changes are expected before the start of the school year.
Everett was charged late last month. She did not appear before the judge during court proceedings Tuesday and left the courthouse undetected. Her case has been continued to Aug. 28.
The mother of a RHAM High School student who struck and killed teacher Dawn Mallory in the school parking lot had been drinking before the crash, according to an affidavit obtained in court Monday.
Westport Country Playhouse is paying homage to Robin Williams in light of his untimely passing.
Coupled with a photo, the Playhouse’s most recent post on Facebook calls back to a gala auction in 2003, which Williams hosted.
According to the post, staff members who were in attendance for the show described Williams’ performance as “wild and full of joy, laughter, put-downs, and send-ups.”
The funds Williams helped raise as host in 2003 helped the playhouse afford renovations that took place in 2005.
“We share the theater and film communities’ sense of loss and sorrow,” states the post, “ and also their joy for having witnessed his gifts so freely given.”
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Actor and comedian Robin Williams poses during a press tour promoting his new movie "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A Fairfield paraprofessional has been charged with second-degree unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct after allegedly dragging a student down the high school hallway in May, according to the police department.
A spokesperson for Fairfield Public Schools said 24-year-old John Nuzzolo, of Oxford, was placed on paid administrative leave when the administration at Fairfield Ludlowe High School learned of the allegations. He resigned from his post shortly thereafter.
Nuzzolo is accused of grabbing the backpack of a teenage high school student and dragging her about 30 feet down the hallway on May 29, according to Deputy Chief Chris Lyddy of the Fairfield Police Department.
Lyddy said a conversation had transpired between Nuzzolo and the teen prior to the incident, which didn't make sense to the girl. She resisted when he began dragging her, and eventually he stopped and walked away.
Several other members of the school community watched the situation unfold, Lyddy said.
He was released on $5,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 25.
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John Nuzzolo, 24, is accused of dragging a student while working as a paraprofessional at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
The legendary Hollywood actress was no stranger to Connecticut.
In the summer of 1945, Bacall and Humphrey Bogart honeymooned at the Inn at Mystic.
Bogart was friendly with Frederick Mosel, who then owned The Inn at Mystic, according to the Norwich Bulletin and the newlyweds stayed in room 8 in the Gatehouse of the Inn.
Bacall and Bogart were among the stars to stay at the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk, according to Connecticut Magazine.
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In 1944 the critic James Agee hailed Lauren Bacall as “the toughest girl Hollywood has dreamed of in a long, long while." She married Humphrey Bogart in 1945.
State Sen. John McKinney, of Fairfield, has conceded to Tom Foley in the primary election that will determine GOP candidate for governor, according to campaign spokesperson Jodi Latina.
Foley led McKinney 57 to 43 percent with 70 percent of ballots counted, and the Associated Press has delcared him the winner. He'll face Gov. Dannel Malloy in the general election in November.
The state is still awaiting the results of the lieutenant governor primary. It's a close race, with Heather Somers neck-and-neck with party-endorsed candidate Penny Bacchiochi. Both Somers and Bacchiochi have earned 34 percent of the vote; David Walker has won 32 percent.
Seventy-three percent of lieutenant governor ballots have been counted so far.
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John McKiinney (left), pictured here with running mate Dave Walker, has conceded the primary election for GOP gubernatorial candidate.
Canton police and a LifeStar medical helicopter are responding to a serious crash near the front entrance of the high school in the Collinsville section of town.
It happened Tuesday night outside the school at 76 Simonds Avenue. Police said the driver left the scene and the pedestrian was airlifted to Hartford Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The area of the school is closed to traffic and will remain shut down indefinitely, according to police.
No additional information was immediately available.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call Canton police.
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Simonds Avenue is closed near Canton High School after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday night.
Firefighters rushed to Barnum Avenue in Stratford when flames broke out at a three-story home Tuesday evening.
According to the Stratford firefighters' union, crews from Stratford and Bridgeport were called to the scene at 1995 Barnum Avenue just before 6 p.m.
They arrived to find flames pouring from the back of the third floor, according to the union.
Authorities have not released details of the damage to the home, but photos from the scene show peeled-away siding and blackened porches on the second and third floors.
It's not clear how many people have been affected.
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A three-story home in Stratford went up in flames Tuesday evening.
Makeshift memorials are growing outside the real and stage homes of Robin Williams as mourners in the San Francisco Bay Area gather to remember a comedian whose work shaped the childhoods of many.
Williams, 63, was found dead Monday in what the Marin County Sheriff's Department described as an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. His publicist said he suffered from depression. Marin authorities plan to hold a news conference on his death at 11 a.m. local time on Tuesday.
At a home in San Francisco's Pacific Heights on Steiner Street, where Williams starred as father-turned-nanny in "Mrs. Doubtfire," one stranger left a sign: "You taught me that it is okay to feel like I was on the planet." The photo, offset by a candle and a bright sunflower, shows a picture of Williams when he played his first big part - the alien Mork in the 1970s TV smash series "Mork and Mindy."
Less than 30 miles away in the tony town of Tiburon hordes of reporters camped out in front of the bayside home where William lived with his third wife, Susan Schneider. Fans there also left flowers, candles and messages: "You will be missed, Robin."
Cody Queen of Santa Clara said it's just so odd that Williams is gone, because people like him just seem "eternal."
"He's my favorite actor," Queen said. "I grew up watching his movies." If Queen was ever in a bad mood, he'd put on a Williams movie and "all of a sudden you're smiling, you're laughing, you forget about any problems you were having."
In Los Angeles, his star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame was also strewn with notes of love for a man who kept his audience in stitches with his genius and ability to mock people and mimic them with love.
Williams, who acknowledged battling addiction and severe depression throughout his life, was clean for two decades — the longest stretch of his career.
Williams returned to rehab last month — this time, he said, not because he'd relapsed again, but because he wanted to make sure his recovery stuck.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED: If you know someone who needs help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline here.
NBC Bay Area Bob Redell and Stephanie Chuang contributed to this report.
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Flowers, candles and cards dot the Steiner Street home in San Francisco, where the late Robin Williams starred in "Mrs. Doubtfire." Aug. 12, 2014
The NBA countersued former Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust on Monday, arguing the high-profile spectacle over Sterling's racist comments and the resulting sale of the team hurt the league.
In its response to the antitrust lawsuit Sterling filed in June, the league asked the court to enforce an indemnification of the NBA for losses incurred as a result of the leaked recording of Sterling making discriminatory comments about minorities and the subsequent legal wrangling to remove him as an owner of an NBA team.
Sterling was fined $2.5 million and banned for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA. He susequently agreed to a sale before reversing course and fighting his wife Shelly in court to block any deal to divest of the Clippers.
“This matter has caused devastating and incalculable harm to the NBA and its teams, as well as sparked an intensely adverse public reaction,” the claims reads.
The NBA's suit asks for compensation foor costs incurred while investigating the recording of Donald Sterling’s discriminatory statements, the cost of enforcing its ban and the legal costs of the lawsuit.
The response also argues that because Donald Sterling was removed from the Sterling Family Trust by his wife Shelly as part of the saga to sell the Clippers, he no longer has any interest in the company that technically owned the team, and therefore cannot sue on its behalf.
The league also used the claim to continue to distance itself from Sterling's statements recorded by then-companion V. Stiviano.
"Mr. Sterling's discriminatory views toward African Americans and 'minorities' in general, as well as his demands of a female acquainance that she not associate publicly with African Americans or 'minorities,' or bring them to Clippers' games, are antithetical to the [NBA's] most basic values, principles, and purposes," the league said in its suit.
The NBA announced Tuesday that the sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer has been completed.
The NBA has filed a response to an anti-trust lawsuit brought by Donald Sterling, asking the court to indemnify it of costs incurred during the legal wrangling over the team.
Two men have died after allegedly attempting to cross the border illegally in south San Diego while in the trunk of a car, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed Tuesday night.
According to CBP officials, at around 2:30 p.m. a U.S. Citizen arrived at the San Ysidro Port of Entry driving an orange 2012 Dodge Challenger.
A CBP officer referred the car and driver for a more in-depth inspection. Once the car ran through the port’s imaging system, CBP officials said anomalies were detected in the trunk of the vehicle.
Officers opened the trunk and found two men inside – a 28-year-old and 20-year-old – both unconscious and not breathing.
CBP officials called the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for emergency assistance. Crews transported both men to local hospitals, one to Scripps Chula Vista and the other to Sharp Chula Vista.
The men both died shortly thereafter, CBP officials said. They were both citizens of Mexico.
The driver of the Dodge was taken into custody for questioning. The investigation is ongoing, but CBP officials said they believe the incident is “related to an alleged illegal entry attempt.”
“The incident is unfolding and under investigation, but CBP will provide more details as soon as possible,” a CBP spokesperson told NBC 7.
The names of the men inside the trunk were not immediately released.
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The two people found not breathing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry were inside the trunk of this orange vehicle, as seen here from a pedestrian bridge near the border crossing.