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Naya Rivera’s body recovered from California lake, sheriff says – CBS News
The announcement concludes an extensive search for Rivera’s body, which began after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a pontoon boat the pair had rented.
California authorities announced Monday that they are “confident” that a body they found at a California lake is that of missing actress Naya Rivera. The announcement concludes an extensive search for Rivera, which began six days ago after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a pontoon boat the pair had rented.
“We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” said Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub. The sheriff said the location of the body, its physical characteristics and clothing, and the fact that no other missing people have been reported, make officials confident the body is Rivera’s.
She was found in the northeastern portion of Lake Piru, floating near the surface, Ayub said. He added that investigators believe her body was in that area the whole time, but that it had been concealed by shrubbery.
The body will now be taken to the medical examiner’s office where an autopsy will be performed. There is no indication of foul play or suicide, Ayub said.
Rivera was first reported missing last Wednesday. Authorities said last week that Rivera and her son rented a pontoon boat at approximately 1 p.m. local time and that when they didn’t return as expected three hours later, workers from the rental company went out to search for them.
Rivera’s son was eventually found in the boat with his life jacket on. He told authorities that he and Rivera had gone swimming in the lake, and said he got back in the boat but she did not.
“He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water,” Ayub said. There was an adult-sized life jacket in the boat, and there was not a life jacket on the recovered body.
Video footage showed that Rivera and her son were the only people who boarded the boat. Authorities said Rivera had visited the lake previously.
By Thursday, authorities said they believed she drowned in “what appears to be a tragic accident.”
A petition created last week that calls for warning signs to be put up around the lake has received more than 32,000 signatures.
“Naya Rivera is not the first, nor the last to go missing at Lake Piru,” the petition said. “Lake Piru is a very deep lake with very bad whirlpools, people have been asking for years for the city to put up warning signs for swimmers. Locals of Ventura County don’t go to Lake Piru for this reason! Tourist have no idea what they’re getting into.”
Rivera, 33, was best known for her role on “Glee.” She was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 as part of the cast who sang a rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.'” She also won several ALMA awards, a People’s Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, according to IMDB.
Earlier in the day, officials announced that a body had been found while searching for Rivera. “Glee” co-star Jane Lynch tweeted about that announcement, writing, “Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.”
Chris Colfer, another of Rivera’s “Glee” co-stars, also posted a tribute. “She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness,” he wrote on Instagram. “She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be.”
Disneyland Employees Feel Unsafe with Chaotic Downtown Disney Reopening – TMZ
Disneyland’s union members are apparently deathly afraid of the park’s soft reopening.
Disneyland just opened the flood gates to Downtown Disney — something many employees there are uncomfortable with at minimum … and deathly afraid of at worst.
TMZ spoke to a couple different union honchos who have hundreds to thousands of members working for the Mouse House during normal times — and they told us their rank and file don’t feel safe, and won’t until some crucial demands are met.
A quick look at the current line outside of the Disneyland Resort Downtown Disney opens at 10 am! Are you waiting? #DowntownDisney#DisneylandResortpic.twitter.com/lcM8g2CSOE
— Disneyland News Today (@dlnt) July 9, [email protected]
Andrea Zinder — President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324 — says her union’s got about 250 cast members (Disney’s term for employees) on the ground right now in Downtown Disney, whichjust invited guests back last week to fairly disastrous results — coronavirus-wise, anyway.
Downtown Disney just said “come on in” smh pic.twitter.com/BYX9c0NhbJ
— Fer Nando (@YesIAmFern) July 9, [email protected]
If you haven’t seen some of the videos of the scene, there was virtually NO social distancing being enforced whatsoever in any number of stores that reopened. One positive … most folks were wearing masks, but shoppers were running amok, ignoring signs calling for social distancing.
Andrea tells us this seemingly uncontrollable flood of visitors — from all over the country — worries cast members, who say it’s next to impossible to control the crowds. She says UFCW 324 has been asking for mandatory testing of employees, but Disney ain’t budging.
World of Disney is currently a mess. Guests are not following the social distancing measures that were put in place. #DowntownDisney#DisneylandResortpic.twitter.com/TvYiQvkhcW
— Disneyland News Today (@dlnt) July 9, [email protected]
As a result, she says she thinks the place is a breeding ground for disease, and hopes Gov. Gavin Newsom makes them close shop entirely.
In fact, under Newsom’s new order issued Monday … retail stores will have to close, but restaurants with outdoor seating — which is most in DD — can remain open.
NEW: As #COVID19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, 30 counties will now be required to CLOSE INDOOR OPERATIONS for:
-Fitness Centers-Places of Worship-Offices for Non-Critical Sectors-Personal Care Services-Hair Salons and Barbershops-Malls
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 13, [email protected]
Austin Lynch, the Organizing Director of UNITE HERE Local 11 says the Downtown Disney reopening is a sign of how badly Disney’s running the show so far.
Most of his 3,000 union members serve food in the park’s hotels and cafeterias, and he too wants guaranteed testing for them before the theme park reopens … whenever that happens.
A Disneyland official tells us, “To date, 20 union affiliates have signed agreements that include health and safety measures such as additional sick pay, reduced park capacity and face coverings for guests and cast members, allowing us to responsibly bring back our cast as soon as possible.”
As for testing, Disney sent a letter to all of its unions last month saying “COVID-19 testing is not viable as a screening tool” and instead urged cast members to continue hand washing, using face coverings and distancing.
In that same letter, though, Disney bragged this approach allowed it to successfully reopen parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong. ICYMI … Hong Kong Disneyland is re-closing due to a surge of coronavirus cases.
‘AGT’ 2020: Inside Kenadi Dodds’ audition, Judge cuts and live shows – Deseret News
Kenadi Dodds, a 15-year-old country singer from Utah, auditioned for ‘AGT’ twice before making it on national TV
SALT LAKE CITY When she was 4, Kenadi Dodds dubbed her My Little Pony stuffed animal the head honcho of all her other stuffed animals.
Kenadi and her toys would regularly perform for the authoritative pony who, in the young girls eyes, resembled reality competition judge Simon Cowell.
One day, Kenadis dad asked her why she had selected the pony to embody Cowell.
Cause the way they stitched the mouth on, she said. They stitched it into a frowny face.
From The X Factor to Britains Got Talent to American Idol to Americas Got Talent, Cowell has long had the reputation of being hard to please. He doesnt hold back, and hes not afraid to hurt peoples feelings.
But unlike that My Little Pony toy, Cowells face can break into a smile.
Which is exactly what happened when Kenadi, now 15, walked onto the Americas Got Talent stage earlier this year and finally faced the real Cowell for the first time.
Kenadis demeanor was somewhat timid while talking to the shows judges. But the Utah singer took a complete 180 when she burst into One Way Ticket to Tennessee, a song she wrote about chasing her dream of becoming a country star.
Well youre a little firecracker, arent you? Cowell told the teenager during the audition that aired June 30. Your voice sounds as if you were from Nashville when you sing. I love artists, particularly people your age, who know what kind of lane they want to go down.
You know where you want to go, and I think we can help you get there.
That was a huge moment for Kenadi. Yes, she believed she was capable of making the stern Cowell smile. But it had taken her a long time to get to that stage.
She had auditioned for AGT twice before. And shed tried out for The Voice at least three times, waiting several hours only to never make it past the open audition round, where aspiring singers from all over line up like cattle for a shot to be discovered.
Ive definitely been told no a lot in my life, Kenadi told the Deseret News via a recent Zoom video call. Its been such a crazy ride.
A family effort
Talking from her home in Logan, Kenadi sat on a black couch. A family portrait hung on the wall behind her.
She called her 9-year-old sister, Alexis, one of her best friends in the whole world.
She spoke with pride about her youngest sister, 4-year-old Brooklyn. She has pipes bigger than I did her age, Kenadi said with a laugh.
She talked about her mom, Brandi, who over the years has cleaned the house, kept her fed and supported her while she focused on music. Kenadi said she never couldve reached AGT without her mom.
And then theres her dad, Chris, who years ago would play Steve Wariners Holes in the Floor of Heaven on the guitar for her each night before bed.
That was kind of like the bedtime story routine, where hed play that song and Id say, Do it again. Dont leave, Kenadi said. But thats what really inspired me to pick up the guitar is because I wanted to make music as pretty as that song my dad used to play me.
Its a tight network of love and support. But sometimes, Kenadi has to search beyond the immediate family circle for help.
Kenadi Dodds, a 15-year-old country singer from Logan, auditioned for Americas Got Talent earlier this year. Her episode aired to 8 million people on June 30.
Chris Haston, NBC
Kenadi is the only one in her home who doesnt have retinitis pigmentosa a rare eye disease that comes in many forms for her family but, ultimately, causes many people to be fully blind. It prevents her parents from driving her to auditions, singing lessons in Salt Lake City with Dean Kaelin (David Archuletas voice coach) and other activities.
We either take the bus or we walk. And if its a show thats farther away than that, sometimes its hard to find a way to get there, she said. Friends and family have been supportive to come pick us up and bring us to our destinations. So yeah, weve been really blessed with that.
Earlier this year, Kenadis grandmother who lives four hours away in Roosevelt, Utah picked Kenadi and her cowgirl hat-wearing sisters up in Logan and drove them to the Miranda Lambert concert at Salt Lake Citys Vivint Arena.
When they arrived, they learned the concert had been rescheduled for three weeks later.
Standing outside the arena, the three sisters werent going to be defeated. They decided to have their own fun, putting on a little show for their grandmother and singing the Lambert song Mamas Broken Heart. Then, they went to the Disney store at the City Creek Center Kenadis favorite store on the planet.
A month and a half later, Kenadis grandmother drove the family to California for the AGT audition. At this point in March, AGT, like most TV productions, had stopped filming without a live audience due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kenadi expected the rows and rows of empty seats going in, but she wasnt prepared to not have her family by her side.
The singer was told the night before her audition that her family wouldnt be able to join her backstage. Just before the audition, though, they got the green light to be there.
I was just honestly grateful that they could come. Not having an audience was kind of a bummer, but nothing wouldve been worse than that, she said. Its really a whole family effort.
An audition during a pandemic
With her family cheering from the sidelines, Kenadi stepped onto the Americas Got Talent stage in her cowgirl boots, dress and denim jacket.
She only had an audience of four Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara and guest judge Eric Stonestreet. But it was the biggest stage shed ever been on.
Eric Stonestreet, left, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell.
Justin Lubin, NBC
I dont think I was scared, she said. I think it was new, and I didnt quite know what to expect. But I was mostly just excited. Doing those things, you just really gotta shut out any nerves and just remember what youve practiced to get there, what got you there.
It was really weird just to see it so echoey and quiet, you know? she continued. But I just stood there on that X and did my thing.
Her eyes were largely fixed on Cowell as she performed, determined to make him smile. She gave off such a strong country vibe with One Way Ticket to Tennessee a song she and her dad wrote a year and a half ago that Cowell even told her he was surprised she was from Utah.
Following her performance, and after years of auditioning for The Voice and Americas Got Talent, Kenadi finally got her yes from all four judges. She would be moving on to the next round of the competition.
But from there, things took an unexpected turn. When Kenadi returned to her hotel, she got an email saying her high school was closing. Her choir concerts were canceled. Store shelves were empty. And production for Americas Got Talent halted.
Everything just got shut down, she said.
But, like the Miranda Lambert concert, Kenadi made the most of the moment. She joked that it would be easier to keep her audition a secret since she wouldnt be seeing her friends anymore. Her family celebrated that night with Dominos pizza. They wrote in their journals. And they talked for hours about it.
We definitely said our prayers and said thank you so much, Kenadi said. Its definitely not what we pictured it being, but its been probably even a little bit cooler, because how many people get to be on Americas Got Talent during a historic event?
With a number of safety precautions in place, production for AGT resumed in late June, although Kenadi said she hasnt filmed another round yet.
According to Deadline, a Judge Cuts episode will air on July 28. Live shows are expected to begin Aug. 11. But the network is still figuring out the logistics of what those episodes will look like.
In the meantime, Kenadi is adjusting to her newfound fame.
Kenadi Dodds, 15, is pictured during her audition for Americas Got Talent. Dodds episode aired on June 30.
Justin Lubin, NBC
On June 30, 8 million people watched her audition unfold on national TV. Becoming known nationally while not being able to visit with her closest friends has been an odd experience, Kenadi said.
I still havent really seen my friends at all, she said. Ive heard from some of them on social media, but I havent really gotten to celebrate with anyone live, outside of family and social media.
But Kenadi has kept plenty busy. The rising sophomore at Logans Green Canyon High School finished her freshman year with straight As. Shes been mowing the lawn and learning the art of audio engineering, with the hopes of producing her own album someday.
And shes written three songs since lockdown: A song she surprised her dad with on Fathers Day; a song called Dancing Through the Stars that she wrote for her 9-year-old sister, Alexis; and My Dopamine, a drug awareness project she completed for her health class.
Its basically about finding that natural drug without harming your body, like reading a good book. Or my dopamine is getting on stage and singing for thousands of people, she said. So that one was really fun. And I think my teacher liked it because I got an A in her class.
If Kenadi were to win AGT, she said shed put some of her winnings toward designing her own guitar. Regardless of how far she goes on AGT, though, she hopes the show gets her closer to her dream of being a country star something shes envisioned since 2015, when she saw Shania Twain from the front row at Vivint Arena.
I see my shows in the future hopefully looking kind of a mix between Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, that kind of thing, she said. I just want people to be able to escape and have their moneys worth. I want to have fun and put on a show.
And, above all else, she wants to make people smile.
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