Darren McFadden was arrested in Texas on Monday. Former Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was arrested in Texas early Monday and charged with misdemeanor impaired driving after he fell asleep behind the wheel of his pickup truck in the drive-thru lane of a Dallas-area Whataburger restaurant, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and other media reported. A spokeswoman for the McKinney Police Department told the paper that officers were called to the restaurant by employees, who told them that a man had fallen asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle, which TMZ identified as a 2019 GMC Yukon. McFadden, 31, also was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest, search or transport and was booked into the Collin County Jail. He was later released on $2,000 bond.
Colby College is a private liberal arts school located in southern Maine. You can take classes in art history, chemistry, music, all the staples, and now the school is adding artificial intelligence to the list. Colby is among the first liberal arts colleges to create an artificial intelligence institute to teach students about AI and machine learning through the lenses of subjects like history, gender studies and biology. The college received a $30 million gift from a former student to set up its new institute. This, of course, comes as the world is grappling with ethics and AI and how to build a moral foundation into algorithms.
Exactly two years after Ben Carlson made what would be his final rescue as a Newport Beach lifeguard, his family, friends and fellow guards on Wednesday unveiled a statue in his likeness that will watch over the shoreline, just as Carlson did in life. The Ben Carlson Memorial Statue, made of marine-grade stainless steel, now sits in McFadden Square near the Newport Pier, just steps from the Benjamin M. Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters, named in his honor in 2015. Thousands of people packed McFadden Square on Wednesday evening to remember Carlson's legacy and honor his heroism. The crowd cheered as a gray sheet was pulled away to reveal the 9-foot-tall statue, which depicts Carlson clutching a rescue tube and fins in his left hand while his right hand shades his eyes as he gazes toward the ocean. His board shorts seem to ripple in the ocean breeze.
Success in life often results from being lucky and having the ability to capitalize. When a door opens unexpectedly, you need to walk in quickly and impress. The latest prime example of luck and competence is Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), named by Gov. Jerry Brown last week to replace Sen.-elect Kamala Harris as California attorney general. Becerra, 58, will be a solid addition to the political bench of potential candidates for governor or U.S. Senate, assuming he performs well as California's top cop. He's grounded, practical and congenial.
Welcome to Essential Politics, our in-the-moment look at California political and government news. Nancy McFadden, the highest-ranking advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, said Tuesday that she will work less frequently in the Capitol in the coming months as she recuperates from cancer treatments. McFadden, 59, is Brown's executive secretary -- a post other governors have designated as chief of staff. As such, she leads the governor's efforts on a vast array of policies and has been one of his most influential advisors since 2011. McFadden made the announcement about her reduced role on Twitter.