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  • Immigrant charged with murder of Akron bank executive Jacquelyn Hilder (poss. serial killer)

    04/10/2011 5:45:55 PM PDT · by ruination · 14 replies
    WEWS 5 ABC Cleveland ^ | 04/08/2011 | Bob Jones
    AKRON, Ohio - Akron police said a South African immigrant with a theology degree has confessed to the murder of a FirstMerit bank executive. Muziwokuthula Madonda, 33, is charged with the aggravated murder of 60-year-old Jacquelyn Hilder, a bank vice president who was shot twice during a robbery at her condominium on Hampton Ridge Drive in Akron in February. Madonda also admitted to a murder in Dayton and a double murder in New Mexico, police said. News of the arrest came as a relief to Hilder's daughter, Kim Thomas, who lives in Canada. "I think that's absolutely great that it's...
  • Study: Maine most peaceful state; Louisiana least

    04/07/2011 12:54:17 PM PDT · by ruination · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | April 6, 2011 | unatrributed
    In the first-ever state ranking of peace in the United States, the Institute for Economics and Peace found that Maine was the most peaceful state in the country, while Louisiana came in last. The international think tank, which also issues an annual Global Peace Index, found that the United States is 8 percent more peaceful in 2009 than it was in 1995. The United States Peace Index defines "peace" as the "absence of violence." To determine the rankings, the index looked at factors including homicide rates, violent crimes, percentage of the population in jail, number of police officers and availability...
  • Santa Cruz man critical after beating at Dodger Stadium

    04/01/2011 4:54:44 PM PDT · by ruination · 18 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/01/2011 | Cathy Kelly
    LOS ANGELES - A 42-year-old Santa Cruz man is in critical condition at a Los Angeles area hospital today after being beaten and kicked by two men wearing Dodger's attire in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium Thursday night, Los Angeles police said. Bryan Stow went to the opening game with three friends, at least some of whom work with him at American Medical Response in San Mateo, said his brother-in-law, David Collins of Scotts Valley. Stow, a Giants fan, is a father of two who works as a paramedic, Collins said. "He's not doing too well," he said. "He's...
  • New Ga. cities too white lawsuit claims

    03/29/2011 7:50:09 AM PDT · by ruination · 60 replies
    Atlanta Business Chronicle ^ | March 29, 2011 | Carla Caldwell
    Some Georgia cities formed over the past few years are too white, according to members of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus who have filed a federal lawsuit calling to dissolve the city charters of Dunwoody, Chattahoochee Hills, Sandy Springs, Milton and Johns Creek, Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV reports. The lawsuit filed Monday contends that Georgia lawmakers created white majority governments when they formed new cities and that black voters may have lost the ability to elect people they want to hold office. State Representative Wendell Willard, R- Sandy Springs, denied the claims and said cities got Voting Rights...
  • The new power of a Latino-Jewish coalition in L.A.

    03/20/2011 2:18:19 AM PDT · by ruination · 4 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angles ^ | March 9, 2011 | Jonah Lowenfeld
    On a Shabbat afternoon in February, state Sen. Alex Padilla spoke on a panel at Young Israel of Century City (YICC), a large Modern Orthodox synagogue in Pico-Robertson. The event was co-organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Padilla knew what message he was expected to deliver. The panel’s trilingual title — “Israel at lo levad! Israel ˇNo estas solo! Israel, you are not alone!” — made that clear. Padilla, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley in California’s state Senate, talked mostly about his two trips to Israel. He first traveled there in 2003 when...
  • Brawl breaks out in Alabama State's cafeteria

    02/22/2011 3:47:11 PM PST · by ruination · 45 replies
    Alabama's 13 ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | Shannon Delcambre
    A fight broke out on campus at Alabama State University Monday and now a full investigation by ASU's campus police department is underway. The fight involved two groups inside a campus cafeteria. There were no apparent serious injuries. ASU Police are not releasing any specifics because they don't want to jeopardize the investigation. Investigators did say the altercation involved only students. The incident was captured on video, and was posted on You Tube.
  • Conservative Actors Reveal Life of Secrecy, Lost Jobs Amidst 'Intolerant Left'

    02/02/2011 1:56:46 AM PST · by ruination · 62 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/30/2011 | Paul Bond
    Acting veterans Clint Howard and Morgan Brittany talk about 'coming out' in their Republican views, and how it caused one famous co-star to turn his back. It ain't easy being a Republican in Hollywood, even if your brother is an A-list director and producer. That's what actor Clint Howard told attendees at a California GOP convention over the weekend. Howard, an actor since 1961 and the younger brother of filmmaker Ron Howard, said that while he is comfortable speaking publicly about his conservatism, his advice to Republicans looking to break into the industry is to keep their political opinions to...
  • Exclusive: Loughner Friend Explains Alleged Gunman's Grudge Against Giffords

    01/10/2011 3:40:55 PM PST · by ruination · 29 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Jan. 10, 2011 | Nick Baumann
    At 2:00 a.m. on Saturday—about eight hours before he allegedly killed six people and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), in Tucson—Jared Lee Loughner phoned an old and close friend with whom he had gone to high school and college. The friend, Bryce Tierney, was up late watching TV, but he didn't answer the call. When he later checked his voice mail, he heard a simple message from Loughner: "Hey man, it's Jared. Me and you had good times. Peace out. Later." That was it. But later in the day, when Tierney first heard about the Tucson massacre, he...
  • Teen charged in crash that killed student, father

    12/21/2010 11:59:10 PM PST · by ruination · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Dec. 21, 2010 | Greg Hardesty
    SANTA ANA – A teenager was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter in connection with a high-speed car crash early Saturday that claimed the lives of a popular Oxford Academy senior and his father. Rafael Lopez, 18, of Anaheim, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana on charges that could send him to state prison for up to 13 years if he is convicted, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. Lopez is charged with having a .13 blood alcohol level – the legal limit for someone his age...
  • Not a Parody (brutally racist piece by leading "anti-racist")

    11/05/2010 10:36:02 AM PDT · by ruination · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | Nov. 4, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    If you can stomach it, check out this rant at the Daily Kos. Here’s the opening: For all y’all rich folks, enjoy that champagne, or whatever fancy ass Scotch you drink. And for y’all a bit lower on the economic scale, enjoy your Pabst Blue Ribbon, or whatever shitty ass beer you favor. Whatever the case, and whatever your economic station, know this… You need to drink up. And quickly. And heavily. Because your time is limited. Real damned limited. So party while you can, but mind the increasingly loud clock ticking away in the corners of your consciousness. The...
  • NPR: Sorry About the Story Linking Christian Group to Anthrax (flashback)

    10/25/2010 7:03:13 AM PDT · by ruination · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 11, 2002 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    Six months after the fact, the head of National Public Radio apologized Wednesday for what some lawmakers called a "slanderous" report linking anthrax-laced letters to a Christian conservative organization. "We have made mistakes at NPR. One mistake was our report about TVC," said Kevin Klose, president and CEO of the public broadcasting radio network, referring to a story that suggested the Traditional Values Coalition was connected to the attempted assassination of two senators. "You have my personal apology for that mistake and I hope to go on from there," Klose said. Klose's comments in a Wednesday House subcommittee hearing came...
  • Woman throws acid on victim in Mesa (2nd acid attack this week)

    09/04/2010 6:43:09 AM PDT · by ruination · 23 replies · 1+ views
    ABC 15 Phoenix ^ | 09/03/2010 | Katrina Schaefer
    Police are looking for a woman who threw acid on another woman outside her Mesa home on Thursday afternoon. Mesa Police Detective Michael Melendez said the 41-year-old victim arrived at her home in the area of Southern Avenue and Val Vista Drive around 1 p.m. As she was getting out of her vehicle in the southwest parking lot, a woman approached her and threw acid on her before running northbound on foot through the complex, according to Melendez. The victim was transported to Maricopa County Medical Center with level two burns to her face and chest area. The suspect is...
  • LA Unveils $578M School, Costliest in the Nation

    08/23/2010 12:54:44 AM PDT · by ruination · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 23, 2010 | Christina Hoag
    Next month's opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968. With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation's most expensive public school ever. The K-12 complex to house 4,200 students has raised eyebrows across the country as the creme de la creme of "Taj Mahal" schools, $100 million-plus campuses boasting both architectural panache and deluxe amenities. "There's no more of the old, windowless cinderblock...
  • American Apparel's slump prompts fears of bankruptcy (good news)

    08/19/2010 6:20:17 PM PDT · by ruination · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Aug 19, 2010 | Jennifer Hill
    WOES at clothing chain American Apparel deepened yesterday as it raised "substantial" doubt over its ability to continue as a going concern and warned it could breach a loan covenant, sending its shares down 22 per cent to a lifetime low. Fears mounted that the fashion retailer was on the brink of bankruptcy after it flagged up losses of as much as $7 million (Ł4.5m) for the three months to June, with debts amounting to $120.3m. This means it is likely to breach the terms of its agree ADVERTISEMENTment with its main lender, private equity firm Lion Capital, next month....
  • Jewish hostility to Christians: the prejudice no one ever writes about

    07/31/2010 10:41:47 PM PDT · by ruination · 185 replies · 19+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 29, 2010 | Damian Thompson
    The case of the Oxford lecturer in Jewish studies who says she was sacked after she converted to Christianity has thrown a spotlight on to an acutely sensitive subject. I have no idea whether Dr Tali Argov was treated unfairly – that’s for the employment tribunal to decide – but let’s not pretend that Jews who become Christians don’t face intense disapproval from their own community. Christian anti-Semitism, Muslim anti-Semitism, Christian Islamophobia, Muslim persecution of Christians – all of these are acceptable topics of debate. But not Jewish hostility to Christianity.
  • Board rejects 'whiteman' ballot language from Milwaukee candidate

    07/21/2010 5:35:02 PM PDT · by ruination · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 21, 2010 | Jason Stein and Patrick Marley
    Madison — State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " under her name on the ballot. Ieshuh Griffin, a Milwaukee independent running to replace retiring Rep. Annette "Polly" Williams (D-Milwaukee), said in response she would sue the Government Accountability Board for infringing on her freedom of speech. "I'm not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I'm stating what I'm not," Griffin told board members. "It's my constitutional right to freedom of speech." In other action, the state elections agency Wednesday knocked three state Assembly candidates and...
  • Girl 'murdered over World Cup tears' [by an illegal]

    06/29/2010 6:22:21 PM PDT · by ruination · 41 replies
    Perth Now ^ | June 29, 2010 | staff
    FED up with a crying toddler during the World Cup, a Texas man allegedly killed his own stepdaughter and jammed a screw down her throat to cover up the murder, according to a local report. Hector Castro, a 28-year old illegal immigrant, allegedly snapped when the young girl would not stop crying during the USA-Ghana match on Saturday afternoon (local time). He allegedly severely beat the child, cracking several of her ribs. He followed up by suffocating her in front of the television set, The Monitor newspaper reported. When police arrived to the McAllen, Texas home, they reportedly found a...
  • The Powerful Go for Immigration Reform

    06/26/2010 6:25:23 AM PDT · by ruination · 22 replies · 1+ views
    NBC ^ | Jun 25, 2010 | Gabe Pressman
    It could mark a turning point in the long struggle to achieve immigration reform and our mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and media giant Rupert Murdoch, are leading the way. They have formed a coalition of CEOs and billionaires whose goal is to get President Obama and Congress to make revolutionary changes in our immigration laws and policy. “Our immigration policy is national suicide,” the Mayor said. “We educate the best and the brightest and then we don’t give them a green card---we want people to create jobs but we won’t let entrepreneurs from around the world come here.” Significantly, at a...
  • Arrest made in beating of 87-year-old Louisa woman

    05/30/2010 5:34:32 AM PDT · by ruination · 27 replies · 1,091+ views
    NBC 12 ^ | May 28, 2010 | Sunni Blevins
    LOUISA, VA (WWBT) – A Louisa County man is behind bars, charged with breaking into an elderly woman's home and beating her up.19-year-old Remone Houchens was arrested last night in connection to the attack on 87-year-old Lois Rossen. Officials at the Louisa Sheriff's Office are thrilled to already have a suspect in custody. They say this attack is one of the most brutal crimes they've ever seen in this county--and they want criminals to know they will not tolerate this type of violence. Lois Rossen's son Monte says she was robbed of her happy go-lucky spirit when she was attacked...
  • Thief Steals 97 Year Old Woman's Entire Life Savings (while wearing an Obama t-shirt)

    04/22/2010 12:26:35 AM PDT · by ruination · 31 replies · 1,748+ views
    KTLA News ^ | March 25, 2010 | unattributed
    LOS ANGELES -- LAPD detectives are searching for a thief who used a stolen ATM card and pin number to withdraw more than $46,000 from a 97 year old woman's bank account -- her entire life savings. Officials say the suspect used the stolen ATM card at the Bank of America located on Rosecrans Avenue in Gardena and the Bank of America on East Manchester in Inglewood between August 16, 2009 and November 30, 2009. According to bank records, the suspect withdrew $300 to $500 per day between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., alternating between the two...
  • Birth tourism in US on the rise for Turkish parents

    03/14/2010 12:12:44 AM PST · by ruination · 9 replies · 789+ views
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | March 12, 2010 | Isil Egrikavuk
    With more Turkish parents wanting their child to be born in the US, tourism companies are starting to offer ‘birth tourism’ packages to US cities. Many women say giving birth in the US has benefits including cheaper education and fewer visa worries. Some Americans, however, want to restrict the practice, citing fears of illegal migration If Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 hit “Born in the USA” were to become popular again, the title might now refer to thousands of Turkish children whose parents are increasingly traveling to the United States to give birth. According to tourism expert Gürkan Boztepe and media sources,...
  • What does this say about the ADL?

    02/10/2010 9:11:37 AM PST · by ruination · 2 replies · 270+ views
    The Kvetcher ^ | February 10, 2010 | David Kelsey
    If I were a marketing person seeking to justify the existence of/fundraise for the ADL through citations of White Nationalists and White Supremacists, I would also look to David Duke for juicy quotes. Why not? He is quite infamous in our community. But why would they pick this one? “As America is transformed from a 90 percent European American nation, as it was in the 1960s, to one where we will soon be a minority, should we not ask some pertinent questions. Is this racial diversity enriching, or will it be damaging to our social fabric?” - Duke Web Site...
  • U.S. Jews and Latinos form unlikely bond over immigration policy

    01/31/2010 1:15:48 PM PST · by ruination · 65 replies · 1,079+ views
    The Forward ^ | January 27, 2010 | Nathan Guttman
    Even as health care reform twists in the wind, immigration policy looms as the next big political debate — and Hispanics and Jews are moving to the forefront in a burgeoning political alliance. The next three months are seen as critical in the fight for immigration reform, but the weakening of the Democrats’ grip on Congress with the recent loss of a key Massachusetts Senate seat does not bode well for the passage of reform legislation. The Jewish-Latino alliance on immigration issues builds on the heritage and experience of the Jewish community and on the enthusiasm and urgent needs of...
  • Ex-Marine who survived three tours in Iraq is slain while installing cable TV in Victorville

    11/12/2009 12:58:34 AM PST · by ruination · 9 replies · 2,175+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 10, 2009 | Richard Winton and Nicole Santa Cruz
    A former U.S. Marine who survived several tours of duty in Iraq and a knife attack at his Phelan home a few months ago was violently beaten to death with a hammer while installing cable at a Victorville home, authorities said. A relative of the homeowners has been arrested in the attack. Trevor Neiman, 25, a Charter Communications Cable installer, was found beaten and bloody by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies who responded to the home shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday. While Neiman was working on the cable at the home in the 15200 block of San Jose Drive, a...
  • A soldier's injuries cripple body and mind

    11/11/2009 11:02:45 PM PST · by ruination · 8 replies · 579+ views
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 2, 2009 | Jia-Rui Chong
    Peter Sinclair rummaged through the closet and found what he was looking for. His roommate, drawn to the commotion, saw Pete raise a gun to his head. Daniel Jennings managed to yank it away. He locked up all of Pete's guns. "You can't stop me," Pete said. Jennings and Pete had served together in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, but this was a year later and Pete was struggling. Daniel encouraged him to lie down and left to get help once Pete seemed calmer. "You're a good man," Pete said. But he could not shake the images of war: dismembered...
  • Black caucus seeks info on Boeing's hiring practices

    11/09/2009 8:39:46 PM PST · by ruination · 35 replies · 1,174+ views
    The State ^ | Nov. 9, 2009 | Yvonne Wenger
    South Carolina's Legislative Black Caucus wants to make sure that minorities have a fair and equal shot at the new jobs Boeing Co. is bringing to the Lowcountry, according to letter obtained by The Post and Courier Monday. Sen. Robert Ford, a Charleston Democrat and chairman of the caucus' Civil Rights and Affirmative Action Committee, wrote Boeing's president Jim McNerney Oct. 30 to ask for information about the company's hiring practices. Ford, who is running for governor, represents Senate District 42, where Boeing's newly announced Dreamliner production line will be located. He included in the letter the racial makeup of...
  • Study: English-learning too slow in LA schools

    10/29/2009 11:39:02 PM PDT · by ruination · 14 replies · 834+ views
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | Oct. 28, 2009 | Amy Taxin
    LOS ANGELES—More than a quarter of English learners don't make it into mainstream classes by the eighth grade in Los Angeles and most of those who don't were born in the United States, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California showed 29 percent of English learners in the Los Angeles Unified School District were still in these classes in the eighth grade. More than half of these students were born in the United States and were in classes for English learners for more than eight years. "They're staying...
  • I was savagely disfigured by my deranged boyfriend: Acid attack victim bravely shows her face

    10/19/2009 12:50:15 PM PDT · by ruination · 59 replies · 4,552+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct. 19, 2009 | Nicky Murfitt
    With painful honesty, Katie Piper, the former TV presenter tells why she has finally waived her right to anonymity – and reveals the awful events that changed her life for ever However much she would like to forget them, the details of how she lost her dreams, her identity and very nearly her life will stay with Katie Piper for ever. They are burned into both her memory and her face. Katie, 26, has remained fearful and anonymous in the 18 months since the man she met on the internet attempted to destroy her, so few will recognise her name....
  • Mexican American astronaut isn't changing course on immigration stand (calls for amnesty)

    09/15/2009 10:22:28 PM PDT · by ruination · 27 replies · 1,641+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 16, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Reporting from Mexico City - He may have soared a gazillion miles in outer space, but back here on Earth, U.S. astronaut Jose Hernandez has stepped knee-deep in controversy. Hernandez, the California-born son of Mexican immigrants, is a full-fledged media star in Mexico. Fans here followed his every floating, gravity-free move during two weeks recently as he Twittered from the Discovery space shuttle mission and gave live interviews to local TV programs. After the shuttle returned to this planet last week, Hernandez told Mexican television that he thought the United States should legalize the millions of undocumented immigrants living there...
  • Kennedy and immigration: He changed the face of America (through lies)

    08/31/2009 4:38:16 PM PDT · by ruination · 4 replies · 773+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 28, 2009 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    The next round of immigration reform promised by President Obama will be the first in more than 50 years that does not involve Sen. Edward Kennedy. His record on the issue has quite literally changed the face of the nation. From the 1965 overhaul that ended a system of national quotas to the failed drive launched in 2007 for comprehensive reform, Kennedy has been at the front lines making the case for a more open immigration system. Taking a long view – compromising when needed, reaching for more the next time – he achieved it. Senator Kennedy’s tactics varied and...
  • Mother dies a year after being denied her daughter's kidney

    08/24/2009 12:34:08 PM PDT · by ruination · 60 replies · 1,785+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | Aug. 24, 2009 | Chris Brooke
    A mother who was denied a kidney transplant from her dying daughter because of rules banning donor requests has died. Rachel Leake, 41, had been in hospital for three months with septicemia. Her 21-year-old daughter Laura Ashworth had wanted to give her a kidney, but died in April last year before starting the process of becoming a 'living donor'. Doctors then insisted her organs go to strangers at the top of the waiting list. Mrs Leake spoke out to condemn the rules and the Government announced a change to the law in March, allowing donors to choose who gets their...
  • The New Face of Environmentalism (flashback: Van Jones refers to himself as a Communist)

    08/15/2009 2:32:31 AM PDT · by ruination · 4 replies · 917+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | Nov. 2, 2005 | Eliza Strickland
    On the opening afternoon of last month's Bioneers Conference -- the massive gathering of environmental activists held annually in San Rafael -- shiny hybrid cars parked in spaces "reserved for clean-air vehicles." Conferencegoers polished off kale salads and raw cucumber soup while a three-piece band picked out bluegrass tunes in the sunshine. Several thousand righteous souls had trekked here to the Marin Center in search of ideas and enlightenment. But the 2:45 p.m. panel on "social entrepreneurs" was failing to inspire. The first speaker, a ponytailed environmental philanthropist, subjected his audience to a dry academic talk about the people he...
  • Graphic Testimony at Marine Slay Trial Sends Mother of Victim Running from Courtroom

    08/13/2009 5:46:58 AM PDT · by ruination · 28 replies · 2,255+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Aug 12, 2009 | Nancy Dillon and Dave Goldiner
    A gang of marines sexually assaulted the wife of a Brooklyn-raised Marine in front of him before killing both of them - revelations that sent the slain woman's mom fleeing from a courtroom Wednesday. The four men used a sex toy to attack Quiana Pietrzak on a table as her bound-and-gagged husband, Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak, watched helplessly in their California home, cops testified. The attackers - who thought Jan Pawel Pietrak had a hidden stash of cash - also planned to force the newlywed to dance naked in hopes of getting her husband to "break," police said. Tyrone Miller,...
  • 7 months after letter, mom of murdered Marine Sgt. Pietrzak gets form response from Obama aide

    08/08/2009 5:04:47 PM PDT · by ruination · 57 replies · 3,769+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 27, 2009 | Corky Siemaszko
    Seven months after she poured out her heartbreak in a wrenching letter to then President-elect Obama, the mother of murdered Brooklyn Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak finally got a response - a form letter. "Thank you for contacting President Obama," the note to Henryka Pietrzak-Varga begins. "We hope the issue you brought to the President's attention has been resolved." Pietrzak-Varga, whose son and daughter-in-law were tortured and murdered last year allegedly by four other Marines, told a Polish newspaper she doubts Obama saw her letter. "This is a standard response, something that can be sent out to anyone for any...
  • Transient charged in kidnapping, slaying of 17-year-old Lily Burk [Updated]

    07/28/2009 8:39:06 PM PDT · by ruination · 17 replies · 1,066+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 28, 2009 | Joel Rubin
    A transient accused in the slaying of 17-year-old Lily Burk was charged today with capital murder, kidnapping and two counts of robbery. [Updated at 2:51 p.m.: Charles Samuel, 50, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court today with his attorney. His arraignment was postponed for three weeks.] The Los Angeles County Dist. Atty.'s Office said it will determine at a later point whether to seek the death penalty. Police detectives arrested 50-year-old Charlie Samuel in connection with Burk's death. They allege that he kidnapped her near the Southwestern University College of Law on Friday afternoon and killed her after unsuccessfully trying...
  • How LAPD's "Closers" Nabbed the Westside Rapist (great work by great cops)

    07/27/2009 1:04:02 AM PDT · by ruination · 18 replies · 589+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | July 22, 2009 | Christine Pelisek
    Detective Diane Webb was determined. The Grim Sleeper, an anonymous killer who’d stopped murdering for 13 years, had resurfaced, and she had a plan for tripping him up. It was the fall of 2008, and she happened to show Detective Lauren Rauch, one of 33 officers who work for Webb monitoring the city’s vast population of registered sex offenders, a recent L.A. Weekly news story headlined, “The Grim Sleeper: The most elusive serial killer west of the Mississippi took a 13-year break. Now he’s back, murdering Angelenos, as cops hunt his DNA.” Webb, a hardcore number-cruncher and sex-crimes expert, floated...
  • Democrats’ Divide Fuels Turmoil on Health Care (black rep says dem holdouts are "nondiverse" whites)

    07/25/2009 4:16:46 AM PDT · by ruination · 51 replies · 1,679+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 24, 2009 | Robert Pear & David Herszehhorn
    WASHINGTON — Dissension among Democrats flared anew on Friday as a top House Democrat threatened to bypass his own committee to speed passage of a bill to provide health insurance for tens of millions of Americans. But by the end of the day, Democrats said they were trying to patch up their differences. The threat by the Democrat, Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, came on a day of fast-paced developments that laid bare tensions between liberal House Democratic leaders and fiscally conservative Democrats in the House Blue Dog Coalition. For President Obama, the turmoil in the House represented just...
  • IG: Treasury 'failed' to adopt bailout safeguards (could reach $24 trillion)

    07/21/2009 5:10:24 AM PDT · by ruination · 2 replies · 304+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 20, 2009 | Silla Brush
    The government’s top watchdog over the $700 billion financial rescue package said the Treasury Department has "repeatedly failed" to adopt his recommendations that would make the program more transparent and accountable to taxpayers. Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general over the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), will tell lawmakers on Tuesday that taxpayers are being left in the dark about what banks are doing with bailout money, don't know the value of the government's investments and will not know the full extent of how the money is invested. Barofsky said that while the TARP program that Congress passed amounts to...
  • Lawsuit may threaten Hobbit films (Tolkien heirs stiffed by Hollywood)

    07/16/2009 6:59:56 PM PDT · by ruination · 40 replies · 1,728+ views
    The West Australian ^ | Jul 16, 2009 | unattributed
    New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson may have more in common with JRR Tolkien's heirs than he thought - they are also complaining about big studio accounting methods. Tolkien's family and a British charity they head, the Tolkien Trust, are seeking more than $US220 million ($276.94 million) in compensation for the Lord of the Rings trilogy Jackson made in New Zealand. The Tolkien heirs sold movie rights to the LOTR books 40 years ago for 7.5 per cent of future receipts, but say that three films and $US6 billion ($7.55 billion) later, they have not seen a cent of the proceeds....
  • She Was Never About Those Huddled Masses

    07/06/2009 1:18:25 PM PDT · by ruination · 12 replies · 882+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2009 | Roberto Suro
    The Statue of Liberty's crown is open again for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks. That's symbolic. It was reopened on the Fourth of July, very symbolic. The decision was announced in May on the "Today" show -- hugely symbolic -- by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "The economic times we're going through really call for hope and optimism," he said, and "nothing symbolizes" those things like the Statue of Liberty. Icons are handy that way. They're instantly recognizable. But the meaning of this one has gotten muddled over the years. So, to mark this occasion, I'd like to...
  • Man fathers 21 children by 11 different women... and he's only 29

    05/28/2009 1:49:27 PM PDT · by ruination · 116 replies · 5,285+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | May 28, 2009 | Paul Thompson
    A man aged 29 has fathered 21 children with 11 different women, it emerged yesterday. Desmond Hatchett's brood came to light after authorities in Tennessee in the U.S. took him to court for non-payment of child support. He has apparently set a U.S. record but said: 'It just happened.' He added that he would not have any more children. 'I'm done. I'll say I'm done,' he said. Hatchett, who earns a minimal wage, told TV reporters he knows the names and ages of all his offspring. Authorities in Knoxville said they plan to take half of his monthly salary to...
  • Japan Pays Foreign Workers to Go Home

    04/27/2009 3:20:05 PM PDT · by ruination · 14 replies · 1,013+ views
    NYT via Yahoo ^ | April 23, 2009 | Hiroko Tabuchi
    Rita Yamaoka, a mother of three who immigrated from Brazil, recently lost her factory job here. Now, Japan has made her an offer she might not be able to refuse. The government will pay thousands of dollars to fly Mrs. Yamaoka; her husband, who is a Brazilian citizen of Japanese descent; and their family back to Brazil. But in exchange, Mrs. Yamaoka and her husband must agree never to seek to work in Japan again. “I feel immense stress. I’ve been crying very often,” Mrs. Yamaoka, 38, said after a meeting where local officials detailed the offer in this industrial...
  • State Senate approves bill banning language discrimination

    04/16/2009 9:11:17 PM PDT · by ruination · 16 replies · 823+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 16, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
    Alarmed that a professional golf association proposed to exclude competitors who don’t speak English, the state Senate acted today to prohibit businesses in California from discriminating against customers, including refusing them service, based on the language they use. The Ladies Professional Golf Assn. last year backed down from a policy that would have suspended golfers who do not speak adequate English on the premise that language fluency in speeches and media interviews was critical to the sport's promotion efforts. The golfers were considered "patrons" of the LPGA, not employees. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said the policy raised an...
  • Richardson Not Alone in Collecting Money from Embattled Contributor

    01/07/2009 2:01:13 AM PST · by ruination · 3 replies · 603+ views
    Open Secrets ^ | January 5, 2009 | Lindsay Renick Mayer
    Putting aside whatever involvement New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson had in an alleged "pay-to-play" scheme in his home state, his future as U.S. commerce secretary is now a casualty of an ongoing federal investigation into a company that has funded the former presidential candidate's state-level political committees. While no other incoming federal lawmaker or Cabinet member is said to be under investigation, others have certainly seen their campaign efforts propped up by the embattled company. Since 1991, California-based CDR Financial Products and its president, David Rubin, have given $279,100 in campaign contributions at the federal level alone, 95 percent to...
  • Supporters of Jamiel's Law say they have enough signatures to get measure on May ballot

    12/06/2008 12:35:56 AM PST · by ruination · 20 replies · 996+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 6, 2008 | Phil Willon and Evelyn Larrubia
    Supporters of a proposed Los Angeles voter initiative that would allow police to arrest illegal-immigrant gang members solely for being in the country illegally said they collected enough petition signatures before Friday's deadline to qualify the measure for the May ballot. The signatures still need to be verified by the Los Angeles city clerk's office, a process that could take up to three weeks. Proponents, who needed to gather 73,963 signatures from valid registered voters in the city, said they had submitted more than 76,000. Jamiel's Law, as it is known, is named after 17-year-old Los Angeles High School football...
  • Swedish hip-hop star held in LA following 'road-rage' incident in which pedestrian died

    11/29/2008 3:00:17 PM PST · by ruination · 32 replies · 1,515+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 26, 2008 | unattributed
    A Swedish hip-hop artist and songwriter has been arrested following a road-rage confrontation on a Hollywood street in which a pedestrian died. Authorities say David Moses Jassy, a 34-year-old musician also known as Dave Monopoly, was to be arraigned today on charges of assault, battery and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Prosecutors claim that the victim, John Osnes, slapped Jassy's rented sport utility vehicle on Sunday when it crept into his right of way as he crossed the road. Jassy then got out of his car, punched Osnes in the face then kicked him in the head when...
  • Confession in torture, slay of Brooklyn-raised Marine sergeant and wife

    11/07/2008 3:09:21 AM PST · by ruination · 23 replies · 3,134+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | November 7, 2008 | Nancy Dillon and Corky Siemaszko
    They did it for the money. The four Marines charged with murdering their Brooklyn-raised sergeant and his bride confessed they were looking for an easy score when they burst into the couple's California home with guns drawn, court papers revealed Thursday. Three of them ratted out Pvt. Emrys John as the triggerman who ended the torture of Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana, by shooting them in the back of their heads. All of the suspects say that Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak was sexually assaulted, but each says it was the other three who did it, the papers say. Shackled...
  • Unspeakable horrors as trial opens in torture and rape of Columbia student

    06/07/2008 10:17:07 AM PDT · by ruination · 39 replies · 522+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 6, 2008 | Barbara Ross and Corky Siemaszko
    A Columbia journalism student will tell jurors on Friday how a sadist turned her Manhattan apartment into a "torture chamber" where she was raped, disfigured and nearly blinded. "He ordered her to stab out her eyes," Assistant District Attorney Ann Prunty said Thursday as she opened the trial of 31-year-old Robert Williams with a horrific account of the alleged assault on April 13, 2007. Standing naked in the bathtub with her lips glued and taped shut, her hands and ankles bound, the 23-year-old victim "couldn't do it," Prunty said. "The next thing she heard was the kettle whistling," the prosecutor...
  • Police: Men Open Fire At Patrol Car

    06/06/2008 7:44:39 AM PDT · by ruination · 33 replies · 60+ views
    KPHO Phoenix ^ | June 4, 2008 | unattributed
    PHOENIX -- Two men opened fire on a marked patrol car Tuesday night, Phoenix police said. Police said the men fired at the two-man patrol car from a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe around 10:40 p.m. in west Phoenix. The officers followed the Tahoe about 5 miles before the men stopped the SUV and fled on foot into an apartment complex, police said. Officers set up a perimeter in the area and used K-9 units to search for the men. Police said both men were taken into custody, though one was bitten by a police dog. The men initally gave police false...
  • Sanford To Sign Immigration Bill Wednesday

    06/04/2008 9:12:36 AM PDT · by ruination · 21 replies · 97+ views
    WSPA Spartanburg ^ | June 4, 2008 | unattributed
    South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford will sign the immigration reform bill Wednesday afternoon. Sanford's spokesman says the signing will take place at 4:30pm in his office at the Statehouse. "I'd give real credit to the House for standing strong on the issue of an e-verify requirement, and for leading in that regard -- because we believe that is what will ultimately make this bill effective and enforceable," said Sanford in a statement on May 28. "Working together, we've put forth a bill that will make a difference when it comes to illegal immigration in South Carolina." The bill was given...