Cris Rivera

Highly motivated journalist in training at Cal State Long Beach with writing experience in government, sports and entertainment. Proficient in social media, Microsoft office, Audacity and Adobe programs (Photoshop, InDesign).



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Los Angeles Lakers win in overtime puts Spurs in danger of missing the playoffs

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 4: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on April 4, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The Los Angeles L

You might have 99 problems but the Grand Prix ain't one

Big crowds, burned rubber and loud engines—all signs that it’s time for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This year the three-day event will be held on the weekend of April 13-15. We wrote an article on what to do and expect at the Grand Prix but what if you want to avoid it all together?  Whether you hate the fact that half of the streets in the heart of Downtown Long Beach are closed, or despise the idea of less available parking, or perhaps you’d like to go but don’t want to pay nearly $1

Kron Martial Arts: Why train with your fists when you can train with swords

While martial arm forms like karate, judo, Wing Chung or Aikido are known, if someone were to say they train in Kron martial arts you probably would have no idea what they are talking about. Kron teaches Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) based on surviving historical manuscripts.  Replica tools like swords and knives are used and made with similar dimensions found in those manuscripts. Some of the swords that are used include; Longsword, Rapier, Messer, and Polearms. With each swords and

Los Angeles Lakers: Clinching a playoff spot this season is a tall order

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers pose for portraits before the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game during All-Star Friday Night as part of 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend at the STAPLES Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Man

“The Punisher” review: A Frank Castle portrayal fans can be proud of

Jon Bernthal plays Frank Castle in the Netflix Original “The Punisher” and he is every bit as riveting as he is violent. Unlike previous failed attempts to bring a live-action Castle to the screen, this version stands way above the rest. What is noticeably different from other Marvel Netflix originals such as “Luke Cage” or “Jessica Jones,” is that there no superpowers involved in the show. Castle is just a regular guy in that sense. He also makes one thing clear: he is no superhero. He repres

Long Beach City Council to draft new ordinance to help stop bicycle theft

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Long Beach City Council voted to draft an ordinance that would lessen the sale of disassembled bicycle parts and ban bicycle chop-shops. According to the Long Beach Police Department, there were an average of 653 reported bicycle thefts per year from 2012-2017. Although bike thefts have declined, it remained a consistent problem in 2017 alone as there were over 300 reported bike thefts. Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price, who brought forth the proposed ordi