Confirmed; burned body identified as that of Christopher Dorner

Feb 14, 2013

RIVERSIDE – Charred remains found in the aftermath of a deadly gunbattle and fire at a Big Bear cabin were positively identified today as those of a fugitive ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer accused of killing two people in Irvine, a Riverside police officer and a San Bernardino County sheriff’s detective.

Officials in San Bernardino County said they used dental records to identify the remains of 33-year-old Christopher Jordan Dorner.

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Millones de personas celebraron el Aniversario del Dr. Samuel Joaquín Flores

Feb 14, 2013

Millones de personas celebraron el aniversario del Dr. Samuel Joaquín Flores

En la Hermosa Provincia de Guadalajara Jalisco, de blanco se vistieron todos los presentes para saludar al humanista, patriarca de la educación y líder universal de la Iglesia La Luz del Mundo.

Bereavision TV Guadalajara Jalisco, Febrero 14, 2013.- El Doctor Honoris Causa y Patriarca de la Educación Samuel Joaquín Flores que nació un 14 de Febrero de 1937, se presentó hoy ante miles de fieles que asistieron a celebrar su cumpleaños en la Hermosa Provincia de la ciudad de Guadalajara Jalisco.  Con una exhortación a no callar sobre la obra que se ha hecho en la Iglesia La Luz Del Mundo, invitó también a los fieles para que evangelicen a las personas en cada lugar donde se encuentran.

Con el motivo del celebrar el aniversario número 76 del Dr. Samuel Joaquín Flores, desde hace cínco días la Hermosa Provincia se vio pletórica de personas tanto de miembros del la iglesia como de gentes que solo por ir a pasear y dar el famoso glorietaso alrededor del Templo Sede Internacional ubicado en la Hermosa Provincia llegaban diariamente.  El interior del templo, el exterior del ovalo, la calzada principal y las calles lucieron elegantes con fotografías, decoraciones estilo clásico y colores con el tema de Austria.

Los delegados de diferentes países de la iglesia en general vestidos de blanco llenaron el interior del templo, la glorieta central, la Calzada Dr. Samuel Joaquín Flores y las demás calles que desembocan en el majestuoso templo; en una vista impresionante por todos los ángulos que lo vieran.  A una voz todos afirmaban con un ¡Amen! A lo que decía el Patriarca de la Educación en su predicación matutina de este 14 de febrero.

“…estamos como los niños pequeños solamente recibiendo el pan que se nos da, solamente recibiendo lo que se nos esta ofreciendo, cuando ya nosotros, debemos de dar testimonio, debemos de hablar a las almas, debemos de decirles que en Cristo Jesús hay vida eterna y traerlos y llegaran a este lugar y decirles -esta es la obra de Dios que Dios ha hecho para gloria de su pueblo-“, incitó a los fieles el Apóstol, a los miembros reunidos tanto presentes como conectados vía internet.

El Doctor aconsejo a los oyentes para que los miembros de la iglesia platique con las personas ajenas aun de lo que se hace en la iglesia en el aspecto material, de actividades, eventos y el porque de muchas cosas que se hacen en Hermosa Provincia.

Saludando a los que se conectaron a esta predicación por radio, televisión e internet desde Europa, Asia, América del Sur, Estados Unidos, Suiza, envió su bendición a todos aquellos que estaban conectados a través de la pagina de internet de www.lldmusa.org, que estuvo trasmitiendo en VIVO desde las 4am a las 11pm, con entrevistas, alabanzas, documentales y saludos de los que se congratulan por estar en esta celebración.  Precisamente este enlace vía “livestream” es un regalo del Dr. Samuel Joaquín Flores para los millones de fieles alrededor del mundo que no pueden estar en la Hermosa Provincia para estar presentes en esta festividad.

Alrededor de la glorieta central se puso un enorme pastel de 200 metros de longitud para compartir con toda la iglesia que acudió a la presentación del Apóstol Samuel Joaquín Flores.

Por José Rodríguez/02.14.13

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Owner of Los Angeles Lakers hospitalized

Feb 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center today for treatment of an undisclosed form of cancer, according to online reports.

Citing “multiple team personnel,” the Los Angeles Times reported on its website that Buss was spending time in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Lakers spokesman John Black declined to comment on the report.

The 79-year-old Buss, who has owned the Lakers since 1979, spent time in a hospital last summer for dehydration. In December 2011, he was hospitalized for treatment of blood clots in his legs that officials said were caused by extensive traveling.

The Times reported that several current and former Laker players, including Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, have visited Buss in the hospital.

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Immigration Reform: Will Farming Finally Get Fixed?

Feb 14, 2013

PRI’s The World, News Report, Adrian Florido, Posted: Feb 11, 2013
Noel Stehly’s organic farm is at the end of a winding country road just north of San Diego. It’s a 200-acre farm, but orange and avocado crops only fill about half of it. The rest is empty.

“I’ve had to cut back on what I plant in my fields,” Stehly said. “I decided not to harvest some things because I couldn’t get the labor to do it.”

It is a long-standing complaint among farmers. The economy and tough immigration enforcement have sapped the local workforce. In theory, this should not be a problem. A federal guest worker program called H-2A allows Stehly, or any US farmer, to bring in as many temporary foreign workers as they need.

But Stehly laughs when asked why he hasn’t used the program. “I’m not doing it,” he said.

Eric Larson, head of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, doesn’t blame him. “Sure, the H-2A program says go ahead and bring farm workers in, but the H-2A program doesn’t work,” he said.

To participate, farmers have to prove to the US Labor Department that they have tried to hire American workers but could not. They must transport guest workers from their home country, often Mexico, and provide housing and three meals a day. They must also show that their guest workers will not drag down local wages. All this means lots of money, paperwork and, often, attorneys.

“Consequently, nobody uses it,” said Larson. “I think we’ve got one farmer in San Diego County that uses the H-2A for about eight workers, where in reality we have 10,000 to 12,000 farm workers in San Diego County.”

Click here to listen to an audio version of the report.

Larson said that those thousands of workers are a mix of laborers without papers and aging legal workers, neither ideal for farm owners.

Across the US, farmers recruit an estimated 55,000 H-2A workers each year. But they are mostly in Florida and the Midwest, because in California enforcement of the H-2A program’s rules is strict. Now, as immigration reform takes shape, the farm lobby wants to make hiring these workers easier. What Larson, the farm bureau director, wants, is simple: A card that would let workers, mostly from Mexico, to cross the border when needed and return home when the seasonal needs are over.

But labor and immigrant rights groups say that an open-door guest worker program could hurt workers. They point to stories like one farm worker I interviewed, who requested anonymity because he worried that speaking out might risk his tomato-picking job.

He said that he arrived to California illegally in 1973 and became a citizen when Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty bill. For years, he has picked on tomato farms alongside seasonal H-2A workers.

He said that he was told to keep up with the young guest workers, who pick fruit faster and work long hours. Older workers like him, he said, faced significant pressure to keep up and worried about getting replaced. “It’s impossible,” he said.

Cynthia Rice is an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance, which provides legal aid to farm workers. She said that this worker’s story highlights the threat H-2A poses to both guest workers and US farm workers.

“The H-2A program still creates a second class of workers, specifically in agriculture,” Rice said.

She said that H-2A guest workers cannot switch employers, even if those employers impose grueling production standards. Workers have to either stick it out or they can go home.

“The H-2A worker can’t really vote with his feet,” said Rice.

These concerns are driving some immigrant advocates groups to oppose any guest-worker program. They say that labor is available and their focus is on legalizing the millions of undocumented people already in the US, hoping they’ll fill these jobs and possibly demand higher wages.

But the farming industry is pushing for the freedom to bring in temporary, low cost labor. Both President Obama and Republicans lawmakers recognize that need, which is why some advocates hope for at least stronger labor rights for all workers.

Noel Stehly, the citrus and avocado farmer, said that his needs are clear: His farm requires more workers, and the proof is in his empty fields. He recalled what one of his employees said years back. “He said, ‘How can we amass X amount of hundreds of thousands of troops at the border of Kuwait in a matter of a week, but we can’t put a gate at the border that says, I got a job, you got a worker?’”

At the same time, the tomato-picking farm worker said that he would like all workers to have more rights and less fear and said that another amnesty would help. This year may determine whether both men see their wishes realized.

Adrian Florido is a reporter with Fronteras: Changing America Desk, a public radio collaboration in the southwest focusing on the border and immigration issues.

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Obama On Immigration: It’s About the Economy

Feb 13, 2013

Coachella Unincorporated / New America Media, News Analysis, Jesús E. Valenzuela Félix, Posted: Feb 13, 2013
SALINAS, Calif. — Tuning in to Obama’s State of the Union address, I expected immigration reform to be a key issue — one that would take up a good chunk of his speech. Instead, he devoted roughly two minutes and 10 seconds (clapping included) to the issue, which induced expressions of disappointment from many of my friends who had gathered to watch him on television.

To focus on the brevity of the president’s words on immigration however, is to miss the point of his message. He did, in a subtle way, manage to do something important: he integrated immigration into his speech, much in the same manner as immigrants integrate themselves into every aspect of U.S. society. His message on immigration reform, in fact, could be understood like an integer in a math equation:

Immigration Reform + Higher Minimum Wage + Better Schools + Equal Pay for Women = Better Economy

The president began his speech by situating the economy as the umbrella issue, followed by an explanation of how a good education system helps the economy. And then, just like that, in a brief moment that probably wasn’t even worth a sound bite on the 5 o’clock news, Obama made his point that immigration is not an isolated issue, that undocumented immigrants aren’t isolated people. Rather, undocumented immigrants are integrated into the economy, schools and every other part of society:

“To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead. Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

In other words, the U.S. needs comprehensive immigration reform because it will create a better and more competitive economy.

Now, think of an immigrant. Do you imagine a farmworker, or a working class man or woman? It’s most likely what the majority of undocumented immigrants look like – men and women from Latin America and Asia coming here to work because they can’t survive in their home country. But undocumented immigrants also work in high tech fields. Or they are students who come to the U.S. to get a good education and return to their home country making that economy more competitive.

Of course, the president knows this. So when he talks about immigration reform he does not frame it as a matter of social justice, or one of stopping families from being separated. No, he frames it as an economic issue, which is tough to argue with regardless of your party affiliation — numbers know no emotion.

In fact, that Obama spent so little of his speech on immigration reform — and did not resort to an emotional argument — could even be a good sign. Unlike gun control, which faces an uphill battle in Congress and formed the emotional center of Obama’s speech, with the repeated line, “They deserve a vote,” immigration reform is an issue that already has momentum in Congress and bipartisan support.

Obama did not resort to an emotional argument when discussing immigration reform. Maybe he didn’t have to.

Jesús E. Valenzuela Félix is a blogger and reporter for Coachella Unincorporated, a community and youth-led media project, founded by New America Media.  Félix currently lives in Salinas, CA and works for the United Farm Workers Foundation.

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$ 1 million dollar reward under dispute

Feb 13, 2013

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck have issued a joint statement saying officials from various jurisdictions are considering whether anyone will be eligible to collect the $1 million reward that had been offered in the manhunt for rogue cop Christopher Jordan Dorner.

“Now that the search for Christopher Dorner appears to have concluded, we are addressing the issue of the $1 million reward,” the statement reads. “More than 20 jurisdictions and entities are involved in this reward, so all of them will be coming together to collectively determine whether any individual or individuals qualify for it. Our personal hope is that the reward will be distributed, but we must follow the rules and respect for the procedures of each entity.”

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Man sexually assaults stepdaughter at age 7, pregnant her at 11

Feb 13, 2013

SANTA ANA  – A 58-year-old Santa Ana man was convicted today of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter “almost nightly” starting when she was 7 years old, and continuing after she gave birth to their daughter and into her teen years.

Mariano Antonio Castro was convicted of two counts each of lewd acts on a child younger than 14 and  aggravated sexual assault of a child with force or fear, and one count each of rape under duress or menace and continuous sexual abuse of a child — all felonies.

Jurors, who deadlocked on one lewd acts count, found true a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury related to the girl’s pregnancy, Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky said.

“I’m really pleased the jury came back the way they did and they considered the pregnancy great bodily injury,” the prosecutor said.

Castro, who is scheduled to be sentenced April 26, faces 78 years to life in prison.

The victim was told by doctors she was pregnant on her 12th birthday. The girl was putting on weight and her sweaters would get wet, from lactating, prompting the trip to the doctor when she was six months along in the pregnancy, Bokosky said.

When the girl’s mother questioned how she got pregnant, the girl confessed that her stepfather was the father, the prosecutor said. When they got home, the girl’s mother had a private talk with Castro, but the couple stayed together, Bokosky said.

The first contact involved a hug and kiss on the mouth that made the 7- year-old feel uncomfortable, and escalated to molestation and then regular intercourse, Bokosky said.

The first time he had sex with the youngster when she was 7, she tried to push him off, but his body weight kept her pinned down, the prosecutor said. Castro would also force the girl to perform oral sex on him and he would do the same to her, Bokosky said.

The girl learned she was pregnant in October 2004 and gave birth to a daughter in December of that year, Bokosky said.

When social workers questioned the girl, she lied and said a boy she met after school named Charlie got her pregnant, Bokosky said.

Castro “kept his hands off her” for a short time after she gave birth, but then resumed having sex with her until she was 17 and got “the courage to tell the defendant to stop,” according to Bokosky.

In April 2011, while Santa Ana police were at the family’s home on an unrelated matter, the girl told police about the sex abuse, Bokosky said.

DNA evidence shows that Castro fathered the child, according to the prosecutor.

Castro’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kate Lewis, acknowledged the paternity and ongoing sexual abuse, but challenged the sentencing enhancement allegation for great bodily injury.

Lewis also disputed that the girl was raped “under duress or menace” as charged and said she was instead “bribed” to engage in the sex acts.

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Mother of cop killer speaks; asks for privacy

Feb 13, 2013

LOS ANGELES – The mother of fired Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner, who is believed to have died inside a Big Bear cabin that burned to the ground after a gun battle with law enforcement, expressed “deepest sympathies” today to the families of people her son is suspected of killing.

In a statement released to Fox11 on behalf of the family, Nancy Dorner also asked for privacy.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we express our deepest sympathies and condolences to anyone that suffered losses or injuries resulting from Christopher’s actions,” Nancy Dorner told Channel 11. “We do not condone Christopher’s actions. The family has no further comment and asks that our privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

Nancy Dorner’s home in La Palma was searched by police during the manhunt for her son, which came to a fiery head Tuesday night in the San Bernardino County mountains. Until today, she had not made any comments regarding the search for her son and the killings attributed to him by police.

Christopher Dorner, 33, is suspected of killing two people in Irvine on Feb. 3, a Riverside police officer on Thursday and a San Bernardino County sheriff’s detective during Tuesday’s shootout in Big Bear.

The cabin in which Dorner was allegedly holed up burned to the ground when tear gas canisters were fired inside after the gun battle. San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said charred human remains were found inside the cabin, but while they are believed to be Dorner, they have not been positively identified.

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Ex basketball coach sentenced to 6-years of prison for having sex with student

Feb 13, 2013

RIVERSIDE – A former volunteer assistant basketball coach at Perris High School is expected to be sentenced today to six years in prison for carrying on a months-long sexual relationship with a female student.

Dominic Leon Evans, 49, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to 24 felony charges, including lewd acts on a child under 15, sodomy of a minor and possession of child pornography.

The defense made a plea directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, who accepted it without an objection from the District Attorney’s Office.

Dugan indicated a sentence of six years in prison would be imposed, though she could change that term. Had he been convicted by a jury, Evans could have faced more than 50 years behind bars.

The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, was arrested lat November following a sheriff’s investigation that uncovered evidence he had been engaging in sex with a girl identified in court documents as Jane Doe.

According to the criminal complaint, between January and July of last year, the defendant engaged in a variety of sex acts with the girl. The locations of the meetings were not disclosed.

According to investigators, Evans worked as a volunteer coach for both the boys’ and girls’ basketball squads at Perris High, though how long he acted in that capacity could not be confirmed.

RIVERSIDE – A former volunteer assistant basketball coach at Perris High School is expected to be sentenced today to six years in prison for carrying on a months-long sexual relationship with a female student.

Dominic Leon Evans, 49, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to 24 felony charges, including lewd acts on a child under 15, sodomy of a minor and possession of child pornography.

The defense made a plea directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, who accepted it without an objection from the District Attorney’s Office.

Dugan indicated a sentence of six years in prison would be imposed, though she could change that term. Had he been convicted by a jury, Evans could have faced more than 50 years behind bars.

The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, was arrested lat November following a sheriff’s investigation that uncovered evidence he had been engaging in sex with a girl identified in court documents as Jane Doe.

According to the criminal complaint, between January and July of last year, the defendant engaged in a variety of sex acts with the girl. The locations of the meetings were not disclosed.

According to investigators, Evans worked as a volunteer coach for both the boys’ and girls’ basketball squads at Perris High, though how long he acted in that capacity could not be confirmed.

 

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Lady Gaga cancels tour and will undergo surgery

Feb 13, 2013

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles-based company handling Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” concerts confirmed today the cancellation of the remainder of the tour.

The 26-year-old singer initially canceled four dates.

“After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip. She will need surgery to repair the problem, followed by strict down time to recover. This unfortunately, will force her to cancel the tour so she can heal,” according to a statement issued by Live Nation Global Touring.

Refunds for the two dozen or so canceled performances will be available at point of purchase starting Thursday.

The tour — which started Jan. 11 and included Jan. 20-21 performances at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles — had been scheduled to wrap up on March 20 in Tulsa.

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