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  • Kinder Morgan says Freedom Pipeline project is gaining refiner interest

    01/28/2015 7:05:42 PM PST · by shove_it · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | KRISTEN HAYS
    (Reuters) - Kinder Morgan Inc's (KMI.N) proposed Freedom Pipeline, which would move West Texas crude oil to Southern California, is "getting more interest" from U.S. West Coast refiners, the head of the company's natural gas pipeline unit told analysts on Wednesday. Unit President Tom Martin said the company "may have a shot" at moving ahead with converting a natural gas pipeline to move crude and condensate to California "if we can get the refiners on board." The pipeline and logistics company first proposed the $2 billion project in 2012 but shelved it in May 2013 for lack of shipper interest....
  • California’s Scrambled Eggs

    01/28/2015 7:24:39 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 56 replies
    California has a way of living up to the worst regulatory expectations, as grocery shoppers across the country are discovering. The state’s latest animal-rights march is levying a punishing new food tax on the nation’s poor. Egg prices are soaring in California, where the USDA says the average price for a dozen jumbo eggs is $3.16, up from $1.18 a dozen a year ago, and in some parts of the state it’s more than $5. (SNIP) The state legislature realized this would put home-state farmers at a disadvantage, so in 2010 it compounded the problem by requiring that eggs imported...
  • Magnitude-5.7 Quake Strikes Humboldt County Coast (california)

    01/28/2015 3:23:47 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | 1-28-15 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck 25 miles southwest of Ferndale, Humboldt County on Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was reported 40 miles southwest of Eureka. According to USGS, the quake took place at 1:08 p.m.
  • Fortune hunter believes he has Googled gold[TX]

    12/30/2008 12:46:04 PM PST · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,142+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 30 Dec 2008 | Mary Flood
    Californian is fighting heirs in Texas over the right to dig for it If Nathan Smith's plan to search for a buried treasure near the Texas Gulf Coast using Google Earth and a metal detector sounds like a Hollywood movie, it should. After all, Smith, a California musician, was inspired by the hit National Treasure movies starring Nicolas Cage. And like any good swashbuckling flick, there's a dramatic tale — this one involving cannibalized 19th-century sailors who supposedly left the pot of gold and silver behind in Refugio County in South Texas. Trying to bankroll his art by becoming a...
  • Water Company Tells Gardena Residents Black, Smelly Water Is Fine To Drink

    01/28/2015 11:59:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Representatives from Golden State Water Co. insist that Morita’s predicament is isolated. They also say they flushed the pipes last week and, since then, the water has been clear. Morita collected the water in a jar but Golden State says they couldn’t test the sample because it has to be collected in special containers. “The water meets all drinking water standards, so it should be considered safe to drink. I understand the concern, though. I was concerned when I saw the discolored water,” said Kate Nutting, the general manager of Golden State Water’s southwest division
  • Feinstein slams report clearing CIA of spying on Senate

    01/27/2015 3:47:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Mario Trujillo
    A report clearing the CIA of wrongly breaking into computers operated by Senate staffers is incomplete and inaccurate, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee again expressed disappointment that no official has been held accountable for breaking into Senate-operated computers, during a time when the committee was compiling a report on the CIA’s now-defunct enhanced interrogation program. “The report released by the CIA Accountability Board, which recommended no accountability for wrongdoing by CIA personnel, contains many mistakes and omissions,” Feinstein said in a statement that listed 15 specific inaccuracies. In January 2014, Feinstein...
  • Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid

    01/27/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/27/2015 | By Dan Balz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead. Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit,...
  • Watch: Livestream of Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 6:50:22 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 225 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015
    Starting Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the Iowa Freedom Summit will be livestreamed in its entirety. Speakers include: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve King (R-IA), real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and many others.
  • EXCLUSIVE: CALIFORNIA DMV ORDERED TO OVERLOOK IDENTITY THEFT BY ILLEGALS

    01/27/2015 8:39:15 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 45 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Adelle Nazarian
    Illegal aliens may enjoy a free pass on identity theft due to a new investigative policy at California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 7:59:35 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian tycoons. A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president...
  • PULLING OUT, CALIFORNIA PORN INDUSTRY FACES NEW RISKS

    01/27/2015 8:01:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 26, 2015 | Daniel Nussbaum
    25,000 adult film stars, distributors, and fans descended on Las Vegas this week for the 15th annual Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Award Show, the industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards. Porn stars showed off for the cameras, toy manufacturers hawked their wares, and 1,000 journalists from hundreds of outlets chronicled the extravaganza. However, this year’s convention comes at a pivotal moment for the industry’s presence in California, which has long been the pornography capital of the world.
  • Exclusive: California DMV Ordered to Overlook Identity Theft by Illegals

    01/27/2015 6:48:15 AM PST · by eyeamok · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | by Adelle Nazarian
    The policy, issued last year and effective as of Jan. 1, 2015, directs DMV investigators to overlook identity theft by applicants “who may have attempted to obtain or been issued a license or ID card previously through submission of false information.”
  • Why Police Want Google’s Waze Popular Cop-Tracking Feature Disabled

    01/26/2015 6:17:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck complained in a letter to Google’s chief executive on Dec. 30 that Waze could be “misused by those with criminal intent to endanger police officers and the community.” The Los Angeles Police Department said Monday it had not heard back from Google about whether it had addressed Beck’s concerns. Google purchased Waze for $966 million in 2013. There are no known connections between any attack on police and Waze, although Beck said Waze was used in the killing of two New York Police Department officers on Dec. 20. The Instagram account of the gunman...
  • Falling Gas Tax Revenue Has California Lawmakers Considering Mileage Tax Plan

    01/26/2015 10:47:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 64 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 25, 2015 | Staff
    With an increase in electric and hybrid vehicles along with better fuel-efficient vehicles, changing Bay Area drivers habit are posing a serious problem for state coffers. As motorists use less and less gas, gas tax revenues to pay for state highways, roads and bridges shrink. Meanwhile, as gas prices fall, so does the sales tax generated by fuel sales. In California, among the taxes collected on fuel is a 2.25% sales tax on gasoline and a 9.67 percent tax on diesel.
  • Brown, employee unions set to tangle over health insurance

    01/26/2015 6:12:19 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 01/26/2015 | Jon Ortiz
    After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood. But after the governor’s budget proposal two weeks ago, several unions are bracing for tough talks in the coming months about Brown’s determination to cut the state’s costs of insuring employees and retirees.
  • Pelosi gropes for a game plan

    01/26/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-26-2015 | Lauren French & Anna Palmer
    Pelosi gropes for a game plan Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority. By LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER 1/26/15 5:36 AM EST Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks. The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party has no message and no clear plan to retake the majority, despite good news on the economy that should have brought rewards at the polls....
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%‘s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perry’s desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Abortion activists call for Ferguson style revolution after disrupting Black pro-life rally

    01/24/2015 6:45:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | January 24, 2015 | saynsumthn
    Radical abortion supporters are calling for a Ferguson type revolution against pro-lifers in an odd place, outside a rally organized by Black preachers in California. The event was organized by Rev. Walter Hoye, a Black pro-life minister , and took place Friday in Oakland. An page on Hoye’s website about the rally reads, “We walk because abortion in the Black community is a form of genocide, it is the Darfur of America. We walk because abortion in Black America is the civil rights issue of our day. We walk because abortion does violence, both physically and emotionally, to men and...
  • Stop Patriarchy fails to “Ferguson” pro-life walk for life in SF

    01/25/2015 9:05:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | saynsumthn
    The attention starved pro-abortion group Stop Patriarchy made the rounds this week at pro-life rallies during the various march for life events. On Thursday, a handful of pro-choicers from Stop Patriarchy were arrested attempting to block hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers marching in D.C. at the March for Life, chanting that pro-lifers are for female enslavement! More video and pics here Friday, the group was in Oakland, California calling for a Ferguson style revolution after disrupting Black pro-life leaders at a rally there. (read story here) Bragging on their website, “As politicians continue to ramp up a national assault on...
  • New President for Planned Parenthood

    01/25/2015 1:24:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Santa Barbara Independent ^ | January 24, 2015 | Lyz Hoffman
    Jenna Tosh New President/ CEO Santa Barbara Chapter of Planned Parenthood Jenna Tosh Talks about Protestors, Congress, and Her Plans for the Santa Barbara ChapterLast week, Jenna Tosh became the new leader for the tri-counties Planned Parenthood branch, replacing longtime president Cheryl Rollings, who retired last fall. With her, Tosh, 31, brings experience heading the Orlando affiliate, where she oversaw 69 staff and a $5 million budget. In charge of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo, Tosh — who holds a PhD in public policy, which she focused on teen pregnancy — will see her staff nearly double (120)...
  • Feinstein tells Haaretz: PM speech 'inappropriate,' Iran sanctions 'dangerous'

    01/25/2015 5:50:31 AM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | 12:07 PM | Chemi Shalev
    Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California says that inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during an Israeli election period is “highly inappropriate” and that imposing new sanctions on Iran at this time is “reckless and dangerous.” Feinstein’s statement to Haaretz comes against the backdrop of the growing backlash against Netanyahu’s upcoming March 3 speech to Congress, which is already causing some Democratic lawmakers to rethink their support for the Iran sanctions bill proposed by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez from New Jersey and Republican Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois. According to journalist Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor, Menendez is trying to...
  • Pelosi's Syriana Versus Boehner's Bibi Invitation

    01/25/2015 7:23:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "I don't believe I'm poking anyone in the eye," House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about "the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life." Of course it was a poke in the eye. Boehner admitted he did not consult with the White House before inviting Bibi. Netanyahu wants Congress to threaten tougher sanctions against Tehran. During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama warned Congress...
  • Nancy Pelosi, Liberals Admit 'Obamacare' Funds Abortion, Now That Republicans Voted to Strip Funding

    01/25/2015 7:23:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/24/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions. In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery. But arguing that it is a tax increase...
  • Republican Fiorina Takes Aim at Clinton in Iowa

    01/24/2015 8:56:51 PM PST · by entropy12 · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 24, 2015 | ABC News
    Businesswoman Carly Fiorina is introducing herself to Iowa's Republican voters by drawing contrast with the top prospective candidate on the Democratic side. Fiorina went hard at Hillary Rodham Clinton in a speech Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Fiorina cast the former secretary of state as a disappointment on the world stage who failed to defuse serious foreign policy threats.
  • More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.'s skid row

    01/24/2015 12:41:53 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Gale Holland
    Evicted four months ago from their Highland Park apartment, Louis Morales and his 18-year-old stepson, Arthur Valenzuela, live half-hidden by brush along the nearby Arroyo Seco riverbed. Morales, 49, keeps a framed bible verse and a stuffed monkey in his tent. Water hauled by bike from a park heats up on the camp stove. Next door, their friend Johnny Salazar fixes bikes and shattered computer screens on the cheap for people who live in the neighborhood. A brother and sister Morales has known for years live up the river, and three couples stay down by the bridge.
  • Oakland Public Elementary School Devotes Week to Extolling Black Panther Party

    01/24/2015 12:43:45 PM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 01/24/2015 | n/a
    Glenview Elementary, the Oakland public elementary school that last year horrified parents with its homosexual indoctrination of children as young as five, doesn’t limit itself to promoting perversity. Instilling Black Power dogma is also crucial if children are to grow up to be politically correct Democrats. This includes deification of the violent Black Panthers. A parent received this flyer by email:
  • Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

    01/23/2015 3:42:31 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Anna Gorman
    Medi-Cal applicants who have been waiting for more than 45 days can receive temporary health benefits while officials determine eligibility for the public insurance program, a state Superior Court judge ruled this week. The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court by a coalition of health advocates and legal services groups, cited delays in enrolling pregnant women, children and adults with life-threatening conditions. Advocates said many either had to postpone treatment or pay cash to see doctors. Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for poor and disabled residents. Prompted by the Affordable Care...
  • Griffith Observatory Extends Hours For Triple-Shadow Transit Of Jupiter’s Moons

    01/23/2015 1:25:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Angelenos will get their chance Friday to witness a rare celestial event when the shadows of three of Jupiter’s largest moons will fall upon Jupiter at the same time. Griffith Observatory will stay open one hour later than normal to allow visitors who are already at the park to watch the triple-shadow transit as Jupiter’s three moons – Io, Europa, and Callisto – will cross the planet’s disk throughout the evening. Three moon shadows will not appear simultaneously on Jupiter again, from Los Angeles, until 2032, according to the Observatory. As if the triple shadow transit weren’t enough, there will...
  • [San Francisco Bay Area] Protesters pack BART meeting to call for end to Black Friday prosecution

    01/22/2015 10:15:05 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 01/22/2015 | David DeBolt
    OAKLAND -- Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement packed a BART board of directors meeting Thursday, demanding the transit agency drop charges and possible fines against 14 protesters arrested after shutting down the West Oakland station in November. Thursday's show of support was the latest public action targeting BART's handling of the Nov. 28 protest, and follows a petition calling for BART to drop criminal charges against protesters. On Nov. 28, the group now known as the "Black Friday 14" chained themselves to a train on the West Oakland station platform, delaying transbay service for about three hours. --SNIP--...
  • Pelosi slams Netanyahu invite

    01/22/2015 9:16:13 AM PST · by maggief · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) surprise invitation to have Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress was "inappropriate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi charged Thursday The California Democrat said that, not only did Boehner break congressional protocol by not consulting with Democratic leaders about the invitation, but the timing of the speech — coming just a few weeks ahead of Israel's contentious national elections — hints that politics are at play. "It's out of the ordinary that the Speaker would decide that he would be inviting people to a joint session without any bipartisan consultation," Pelosi said Thursday during her weekly...
  • Petty: President Refuses to Meet with Netanyahu During US Visit (Just like in September 2012)

    01/22/2015 11:28:09 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 22, 2015 12:25 pm
    <p>President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March, the White House said Thursday, one day after being caught off-guard by Republicans' invitation for the Israeli leader to address a joint session of Congress.</p>
  • “Pro-Life” Lawmakers Sabotage Vote on Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

    01/22/2015 6:38:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Steven Ertelt
    A handful of “pro-life” lawmakers have sabotaged a vote House Republican leaders planned for today to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence showing unborn babies feel pain in abortions. As LifeNews reported yesterday, Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina along with Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Jackie Walorski of Indiana — each of whom have pro-life voting records — objected to a vote on the bill on the grounds that the language in the bill did not do enough to allow women who have been victimized by rape to have abortions. Together, they reportedly...
  • California lawmakers introduce ‘death with dignity’ bill

    01/22/2015 6:14:53 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 01/21/2015 | Laurel Rosenhall
    Flanked by the family of a brain cancer patient who left California to end her own life, state lawmakers Wednesday introduced a bill to allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill people who want to die.
  • 'I haven't heard him talk in a while...': Californians caught in Jimmy Kimmel prank - MLK alive

    01/20/2015 5:08:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/20/15
    'I haven't heard him talk in a while...': Californians caught in Jimmy Kimmel prank seem to think Martin Luther King is STILL ALIVE... and gave a speech on MLK day He may have been judged a significant enough political figure to warrant a federal holiday - but some Americans seem not even to know Martin Luther King Jr is dead. A string of pedestrians tracked down on a California street on Martin Luther King day Monday claimed they had seen seen a speech they were told the civil rights leader gave that morning in Washington, D.C. Speaking to a cameraman...
  • Senator’s husband profits for 15 years from federal funds (Feinstein-Blum)

    01/19/2015 5:56:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/19/15 | Richard Johnson
    My report Sunday on the lucrative deal Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband has to sell 56 post office buildings barely scratched the surface of her conflicts of interest. The California Democrat’s financier husband, Richard C. Blum, is estimated to be a billionaire from his shrewd investments in companies that profit from federal policies. “For at least 15 years, Feinstein has appeared to support government contracts that push federal funds toward companies co-owned or governed by her powerful, billionaire husband, Richard C. Blum,” Breitbart News reported.
  • Cops clearing westbound San Mateo Bridge after protest shuts lanes [San Francisco Bay Area]

    01/19/2015 6:09:55 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 17 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Monday, January 19, 2015 | J.K. Dineen
    A group of people describing themselves as Stanford students blocked westbound traffic on the San Mateo Bridge minutes before 5 p.m. on Monday. Television footage showed officers making arrests soon after the students, carrying banners and a Palestinian flag, took to the bridge. Protesters said they hoped to shut down traffic for 28 minutes.
  • California Teacher Allegedly Arranged Beach Trip For Sex With Students

    01/19/2015 4:59:08 PM PST · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | AMY HUBBARD AND EMILY ALPERT REYES
    California Teacher Allegedly Arranged Beach Trip For Sex With Students (Pics in URL) By AMY HUBBARD AND EMILY ALPERT REYES Two female Southern California teachers had sex with male high school students during an overnight beach camping trip that one of the teachers orchestrated, authorities say. Melody Lippert, 38, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, are set to be arraigned in Orange County on Wednesday. A student Ghirelli is accused of having sex with was under 18 years old, while Lippert allegedly had sex with a student who was 18, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
  • Steyer outlines Senate goals for climate, taxes, education

    01/19/2015 2:21:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2015 | By Timothy Cama
    Tom Steyer is telling potential supporters that if he were to run for Senate in California, he would set policy goals related to climate change, taxes and public education. If he does not meet certain goals in six years, Steyer would pledge not to run for a second term. The billionaire environmentalist and former hedge fund manager spent $74 billion in the midterm elections in an effort to elect more lawmakers who want to fight climate change. Steyer also wants to ensure that the highest income earners pay effective tax rates that are at least the same level as the...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Appearance Has Hollywood Group on Edge

    01/18/2015 8:48:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 18, 2015 | Paul Bond
    Some members of a Hollywood organization are questioning whether to honor Ted Cruz. The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors this year chose the conservative Senator from Texas as one of its recipients of its annual "American Spirit Award." Another is to go to liberal Calif. governor Jerry Brown. The Caucus, founded three decades ago by Norman Lear, Aaron Spelling and others, has set a meeting Monday to determine whether to stick with its plan to give a Spirit award to Cruz after some of its more liberal members objected to the selection, and some threatened to quit if the...
  • Murder of man found in Santa Cruz Mountains 9 years ago remains mystery

    03/23/2013 5:16:46 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/22/2013 | Shanna McCord
    SANTA CRUZ -- Nine years ago, Angel Anthony Valtierra's body was found tangled in brush 20 feet down a steep hill on Upper East Zayante Road. Not a single day passes where Valtierra's family doesn't pray his killer will be arrested and brought to justice. His mother, Rachel Valtierra, said she often wakes up crying in the middle of the night. "I'm just angry because nobody got caught for it," Rachel Valtierra, 55, said Friday. "Nothing ever came of it. It's like we're standing still, and that's very hard for me." Valtierra -- a San Jose resident whose pregnant girlfriend...
  • Man Says He Has More Evidence His Father Committed Infamous Black Dahlia Murder

    08/23/2013 10:44:13 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    A former LAPD homicide detective unveiled new evidence Thursday that he says reveals who killed the Black Dahlia. Steve Hodel believes the killer was his own father. Hodel’s father George was booked in 1949 for incest and child molestation. He was also a prime suspect for the 1947 never-solved Black Dahlia murder.
  • The REAL Black Dahlia

    08/14/2006 7:03:03 AM PDT · by Houmatt · 27 replies · 3,743+ views
    www.blackdahlia.info ^ | 8-14-06 | Houmatt
    With the film version of James Ellroy's novel, "The Black Dahlia" soon to be released, it is necessary to let people know the Elizabeth Short portrayed in the novel and on the screen is not the real Elizabeth Short at all. Here is a website created and maintained by Mary Pacios, who actually knew her, and author of the book, "Childhood Shadows."
  • Casting Questions Around 'The Black Dahlia'

    02/09/2005 6:04:31 AM PST · by Jay777 · 20 replies · 1,730+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, February 09, 2005 | Roger Friedman
    Brian De Palma Casts for 'Untouchables' An inadvertent casting listing this week could have gotten famed director Brian De Palma in a lot of trouble. De Palma and producer Art Linson — the men who gave us "The Untouchables" a decade ago — are casting a supporting role for their new film, "The Black Dahlia." Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson and possibly Hilary Swank will play the leads. But eyebrows were raised yesterday when DePalma and Linson sent out a casting call for a girl who looks 13 to play nude lesbian scenes in the movie. The film is based on...
  • Ex-Cop Claims His Father Was 'Black Dahlia' Killer

    04/11/2003 7:04:51 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 31 replies · 499+ views
    NBC4 - TV, Los Angeles ^ | April 11, 2003 | AP
    A retired homicide detective believes that his father committed the notorious "Black Dahlia" murder that has been unsolved for half a century. In a new book, Steve Hodel states that late physician George Hodel killed 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short in a fit of jealousy. Her body, severed at the waist, nearly drained of blood and posed with arms and legs spread-eagle, was found in a vacant lot in 1947. Authorities said her face and body had been slashed, apparently while she was alive. Short was nicknamed the "Black Dahlia" by acquaintances because of the black clothing and the flower...
  • 4 Years Later, Mystery Still Shrouds McStay Family

    02/05/2014 11:49:02 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 | Monica Garske
    The McStay family, who lived in Fallbrook, vanished on February 4, 2010Tuesday marked exactly four years since San Diego’s McStay family vanished without a trace, leaving few clues behind in a case that has baffled San Diego law enforcement and captured international attention. The family – parents Joseph and Summer McStay and their young sons, 4-year-old Gianni McStay and 3-year-old Joseph Matteo McStay – disappeared from their home in Fallbrook on Feb. 4, 2010. After more than three years of no resolve in the case of San Diego's missing McStay family, the case got a major break on November 15,...
  • California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

    08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies
    © 2014 NPR ^ | August 22, 2014 3:32 PM ET | by NANCY SHUTE
    A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus. But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.... C. gattii from three trees, Canary Island pine, New Zealand pohutukawa and American sweet gum, matched almost exactly with C. gattii from infected patients. And the tree samples matched not just those from recent patients but from people who were sick 10 to 12 years ago. Thus this strain of C. gattii has been...
  • Mystery of the glowing orb: Bizarre fireball that splits in two (trun title - video)

    01/07/2015 4:07:12 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Richard Gray
    A mysterious glowing orb has been filmed breaking away from an unidentified meteorite-like object as it streaked across the sky above California. The unusual object can be seen moving through the sky leaving a long tail behind that is characteristic of space debris or a meteorite burning up in the atmosphere. But after a few seconds a second round object separates from the main fireball and moves off in the opposite direction. UFO hunters have claimed the bright orb may have been some sort of escape pod from a crashing ship. However, others have said it is more likely to...
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband is about to make $1B off a government real estate deal

    01/17/2015 6:54:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Hey, we started off the day with a happy story, so in the interest of keeping the tone positive here on the Hot Gas ranch, let’s finish my shift up with another one. I know all of you are fans of capitalism in general, and just love seeing hard work and inspiration pay off for the little guy who makes it big. With that in mind, who wouldn’t feel their heart melt over the story of a spunky gal from the left coast who rises from humble roots and winds up helping her husband tuck away a few dollars...
  • Senator’s husband stands to profit big from government deal

    01/17/2015 4:34:05 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 44 replies
    Page Six.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | RIchard Johnson
    Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich? Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done. The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.