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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Manhunt fatality, burned body belived to be Dorner

Feb 13, 2013

The manhunt for Christopher Jordan Dorner is over. Human remains have turned up in the ruins of a burned-out mountain cabin near Big Bear where Dorner is said to have holed up yesterday, exchanging fire with San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies. One deputy was killed and another one was wounded. Authorities say they believe the gunman who was in the cabin when it burned down was the 33-year-old Dorner. But the remains still need to be identified through forensic examination to be Dorner’s. The Los Angeles Police Department says this morning that until Dorner is confirmed dead, the police officials he threatened to kill remain fearful and will stay under guard.

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El Discurso del Estado de la Unión

Feb 13, 2013

El Discurso del Estado de la Unión

Un evento en el cual el Presidente de los Estados Unidos rinde informe y hace decisiones para la nación entera en una exhortación a trabajar juntos.

Bereavision TV, El Monte, CA Febrero 12 de 2013.- Según informes de la Casa Blanca el presidente a las 12:30 de la tarde salió al jardín llamado “The Rose Garden”, para la foto tradicional de la caminata del pre-estado de la unión que se realizó en solo dos minutos de duración.  También tuvo una llamada vía telefónica con el presidente de la República de Korea, Lee Myung-bak para coordinar una estrategia para responder a Korea del Norte por la violación de anunciar la prueba de armas nucleares.

El presidente arribó a las instalaciones del Capitolio en Washington, D.C. a las 8:33 de la noche donde ya estaban todos los miembros del congreso y los invitados al Estado de la Unión.   El aplauso para el presidente al ser anunciado fue continuo hasta que llegó al podio de la Cámara de Representantes.

Hace cincuenta y un años, John F. Kennedy declaró ante esta Cámara que “la Constitución no nos convierte en rivales por el poder, sino en socios por el progreso.  Mi deber,”dijo ese día”, es dar el informe del Estado de la Unión, mejorarlo, es la tarea de todos nosotros.”, comenzó así su discurso saludando al Presidente de la Camara de Representantes y al Vicepresidente.

La elocución que duró una hora desde las 9:16 a las 10:16 de la noche hora del este del país.  Principalmente habló sobre el fortalecimiento de la clase media abordando los temas de la producción de empleos, empresas que inviertan internamente, reducción de impuestos, defensa del medicare y seguro social, las reglas del voto para las personas de la tercera edad, el retorno de las tropas militares, inversión para trabajos de manufactura, la educación de kínder para la niñez  y el colegio, energía solar, la reforma migratoria y el control de armas.

“…Y ahora mismo, líderes de los sectores empresariales, sindicales, orden público y de comunidades religiosas convienen en que ha llegado la hora de aprobar una reforma migratoria integra.  !Ahora es el tiempo!…”, repitió con insistencia el presidente en el capitolio.

El enfoque de este informe del presidente a la nación ha producido una confianza en las comunidades y la respuesta de organizaciones como NALEO y CHIRLA que aplauden la postura del presidente en el tema migratorio y creación de trabajos para la comunidad inmigrante.  Sin duda este es también un llamado para los partidos políticos tanto republicano como demócrata para trabajar en pro de la reforma integral de inmigración.

“En otras palabras, sabemos lo que hay que hacer. Y mientras hablamos, los grupos de ambos partidos en ambas cámaras están trabajando diligentemente para redactar un proyecto de ley, y aplaudo sus esfuerzos.  Así que vamos a terminarlo. Envíenme un proyecto de ley de reforma migratoria integral en los próximos meses, y lo firmare inmediatamente. Y América será la mejor.  Vamos a hacerlo. Vamos a hacerlo”.  Afirmó Obama al Congreso de los Estados Unidos.

Obama recibió 80 interrupciones por aplausos a lo largo de su arenga, unos de los aplausos más fervientes fueron al tocar el tema de la reforma  migratoria “Now is the time…”, en su dicho sobre la ley de la violencia contra las mujeres, la guerra en Afganistán y sobre el voto por el control de armas “deserve a vote”, y notablemente se miro como John Boehner (R, Ohio) Portavoz de la Casa de Representantes no aplaudió esta ultima frase del presidente.

Una de las reformas que impactaron en este discurso del presidente fue cuando declaró que debe haber educación de kínder accesible para todos los niños de la nación, del salario mínimo dijo: debe elevarse a $9 dólares la hora.  Fue así como la oratoria de Obama también anunció que estrecharía lazos visitando en este año los países de Brasil, Chile y El Salvador, además realizó con propuestas, exhortaciones como un llamando no solo a los miembros del congreso, pero a la ciudadanía en general para trabajar y convertirse en educadores de esta nación haciendo que estuvieran de acuerdo en la cooperación para el futuro del país; y simplificando el sistema de gobierno.

Por José Rodríguez/02.12.13

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LAPD commander: Reports of body being found not true

Feb 12, 2013

RIVERSIDE – A six-day manhunt for a fired Los Angeles police officer suspected in the slayings of two people in Irvine and a Riverside police officer came to a head today in Big Bear, where he allegedly stole a car then shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy in a raging gun battle while barricaded in a cabin that later burned to the ground. It was unclear if 33-year-old Christopher Jordan Dorner died in the inferno that engulfed the cabin on Seven Oaks Road just off Highway 38 shortly before 4:30 p.m. The cabin was still burning two hours later. “Law enforcement officers on scene have not been able to enter the cabin,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said around 8:35 p.m. “It is too hot. It is still smoldering. It is not safe for them to enter.” Bachman said she could not say when it would be safe for officers to enter the cabin. Bachman earlier said investigators had reason to believe the person holed up in the cabin was Dorner. By about 6:30 p.m., multiple media outlets reported that a body believed to be Dorner had been recovered inside the burned- out cabin, although law enforcement officials had not confirmed the discovery. “Any reports of a body being found are not true,” LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said around 8 p.m. “Any reports of that body being identified as Christopher Dorner are not true.” The fiery scene culminated a wild day of violence in the normally tranquil mountain community, which has been the focus of the Dorner manhunt since his pickup truck was found burning in the area last Thursday. But at 12:20 p.m., San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a man matching Dorner’s description stealing a car from a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive in Big Bear. According to various reports from the scene, two female housekeepers had gone into the cabin and found someone matching Dorner’s description inside. The suspect tied the women up and fled in their vehicle, according to witnesses and sheriff’s officials. The women were not injured. It was unclear how long the suspect may have been hiding in the cabin, which was ironically located close to the law enforcement command post that had been established during the Dorner manhunt. The stolen vehicle was spotted a short time later along Highway 38 by a state Fish and Wildlife officer who had been taking part in the hunt, according to the sheriff’s department and the state agency. The officer followed the vehicle and the suspect opened fire, striking the pursuing officer’s vehicle, according to Fish and Wildlife. The officer was not injured. Authorities said the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. A witness told KCAL9 the suspect later emerged from the woods and carjacked a man driving a silver pickup truck. The suspect drove off in the truck, but later crashed it down a forest embankment. With an army of law enforcement in pursuit, the suspect scampered into the Seven Oaks Road cabin, sparking a gunfight that — according to some reports from the scene — involved the firing of hundreds of rounds. During the battle, two San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were shot. Both were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead, according to Sheriff John McMahon. Bachman said the other deputy was expected to survive. Meanwhile, the standoff at the cabin continued, but shortly after 4 p.m., tear gas canisters were fired into the building. By about 4:20 p.m., the cabin was engulfed in flames. Some reports indicated that a single gunshot was heard emanating from the cabin. KCAL9, which had a reporter close to the cabin during the firefight, reported that the sound of exploding ammunition could be heard inside the cabin as the fire raged. On Feb. 3, Dorner — also a former Navy lieutenant — allegedly gunned down the daughter and future son-in-law of an ex-police captain who represented him at a hearing that resulted in his dismissal from the LAPD. The bodies of 28- year-old Cal State Fullerton assistant women’s basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old USC public safety officer Keith Lawrence, were found in Lawrence’s car in the parking structure of their Irvine condominium building. The next day, Dorner, 33, allegedly posted a 6,000-word manifesto on Facebook, vowing to kill named LAPD officers and their families. About 50 Los Angeles police officers and their families were being protected during the manhunt, authorities said. On Thursday, Dorner was allegedly involved in a shootout with Los Angeles police guarding an officer’s home in Corona, leaving one officer with a graze wound to the head, police said. About 20 minutes later, he allegedly fired on a pair of Riverside police officers stopped at a red light, killing Officer Michael Crain, 34, and wounding the other. The wounded officer was expected to recover. Crain, an 11-year department veteran, was a former Marine. He is survived by his wife, Regina, and two children, Ian, 10, and Kaitlyn, 4. Crain left “an unforgettable impression” on everyone he met, Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint said. His funeral is set for Wednesday. The search for Dorner has been focused in the Big Bear area since Thursday afternoon, when his pickup truck — apparently disabled by a broken axle — was found burning in a wooded area. During an afternoon briefing today in downtown Los Angeles, LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said investigators were following up on 1,045 tips received by the department — most generated after a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner’s capture and conviction was announced Sunday.

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Manhunt cabin in flames; possible burned body of suspect inside

Feb 12, 2013


RIVERSIDE – A fired Los Angeles police officer wanted in connection with the slayings of two people in Irvine and a Riverside police officer allegedly exchanged gunfire today with law enforcement authorities in Big Bear, killing a sheriff’s deputy and wounding another, after apparently tying up two people and stealing a vehicle.

The possible burned body in the cabin is belived to Dorners. The cabin is still burning and it’s to hot for anyone to go near it. No body has been found.

Both of the San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead, according to Sheriff John McMahon. As of late afternoon, the second deputy was in surgery, but he was expected to survive, McMahon said.

Meanwhile, suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner was believed to be holed up inside a Big Bear cabin, which caught fire late this afternoon not long after tear gas canisters were fired into the building. Gunfire could be heard coming from the cabin as it burned, possibly ammunition exploding due to the flames.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said deputies received a report around 12:20 p.m. that a person matching Dorner’s description stole a vehicle from a home in the 1200 block of Club View Drive in Big Bear.

A witness told ABC7 that the suspect had tied up two people inside the home — possibly a housekeeper and her daughter — and stole a vehicle. It was unclear exactly how long Dorner may have been in the cabin.

The vehicle was spotted a short time later on Highway 38 near Glass Road, Bachman said. A state Fish and Wildlife official told KCAL9 that wardens spotted Dorner and tried to pull him over, but he refused to stop and opened fire on the wardens, who were not injured, before fleeing on foot.

A witness told Channel 9 that Dorner apparently came out of the woods and carjacked a man driving silver pickup truck, which was later seen down an embankment in a wooded area. A massive police pursuit led to a cabin off Highway 38 where the suspect barricaded himself and engaged in a major gun battle with officers, Bachman said. Some reports indicated that hundreds of rounds were fired — leading to the shooting of the two San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies.

 

 

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Dorner manhunt: 2 deputies shot in Big Bear foot chase, gun battle

Feb 12, 2013

RIVERSIDE – A fired Los Angeles police officer wanted in connection with the slayings of two people in Irvine and a Riverside police officer allegedly exchanged gunfire today with law enforcement authorities in Big Bear, wounding two deputies, after apparently tying up two people and stealing their pickup truck.

The condition of the wounded deputies was not immediately known, a sheriff’s official told KCAL9.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said deputies received a report at 12:20 p.m. that a person matching Christopher Jordan Dorner’s description stole a truck from a home in the 1200 block of Club View Drive in Big Bear.

A state Fish and Wildlife official told KCAL9 that wardens spotted Dorner in a vehicle along Highway 38 near 7 Oaks Road and tried to pull him over, but he refused to stop and opened fire on the wardens.

He then bailed out of the vehicle and ran away on foot, prompting a massive police pursuit and gun battle, the official said.

Police shut down major roads in and out of the Big Bear area.

Riverside County sheriff’s officials said in a broadcast advisory that a man believed to be Dorner was involved in a home-invasion robbery at the home on Club View Drive and two people were tied up inside the house. The suspect fled in the couple’s 2008 white Dodge pickup with a back hitch, according the Riverside County sheriff’s broadcast.

On Feb. 3, Dorner allegedly gunned down the daughter and future son-in- law of the ex-police captain who represented him at a hearing that resulted in his dismissal from the LAPD. The bodies of 28-year-old college basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old USC public safety officer Keith Lawrence, were found in his car in the parking structure of their Irvine condominium building.

The next day, Dorner allegedly posted a 6,000-word manifesto on Facebook, vowing to kill named LAPD officers and their families. About 50 Los Angeles police officers and their families are being protected, authorities said.

On Thursday, Dorner was allegedly involved in the shootout with Los Angeles police guarding an officer’s home in Corona, leaving an LAPD officer with a graze wound to the head, police said. About 20 minutes later, he allegedly fired on the pair of Riverside police officers stopped at a red light, killing Crain, 34, and wounding the other. The wounded officer was expected to recover.

Crain, an 11-year department veteran, was a former Marine. He is survived by his wife, Regina, and two children, Ian, 10, and Kaitlyn, 4. Crain left “an unforgettable impression” on everyone he met, Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint said. His funeral is set for Wednesday.

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Chirstopher Dorner charged with capital murder

Feb 12, 2013

Christopher Dorner was charged with capital murder Monday by Riverside County prosecutors for the Thursday morning fatal shooting  of Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain. He was also charged with three counts of attempted murder for the shooting of Crain’s partner and a shooting attack on two LAPD officers in Corona. One of the LAPD officers suffered a graze wound in that shooting, which occurred about 15-20 minutes before Crain and his partner were attacked, police said.

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Massive man hunt for Ex-cop extends to Mexico

Feb 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – With a $1 million reward being offered for information leading to his capture and conviction, triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner remained the target of a massive manhunt today, with the dragnet now stretching across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexican authorities got a tip that the 33-year-old fired Los Angeles Police Department officer, who is suspected of killing two people in Irvine and a police officer in Riverside, had been spotted at the Tapatio Hotel in Tijuana, but when they raided it Monday night, he was not there.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection was expected to increase its scrutiny of vehicles traveling into Mexico amid the burgeoning search for Dorner.

Authorities have received more than 1,000 clues and tips on Dorner’s possible whereabouts, up from about 250 before the reward was announced, said LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman at a briefing this morning at LAPD headquarters.

“We will investigate all investigative leads,” said Neiman, adding, “with 1,000 clues or tips, you have to prioritize.”

Neiman said investigators were trying to determine if Dorner was at a Manhattan Beach hotel last week, and they also were trying to determine if a man depicted in security video buying Scuba equipment on Feb. 1 at a sporting goods store was Dorner or someone who looked like him.

He said drone aircraft were not being used by the LAPD in the search for Dorner, but he stopped short of saying that they were not being used by other law enforcement organizations.

Neiman said Monday that hundreds of local, state and federal investigators have been sorting through clues in their search for Dorner. A reported sighting at a Northridge home-improvement store on Sunday led to an hours-long search. On Monday, a man matching Dorner’s description was questioned by police as he exited a KFC restaurant in Tarzana.

Neiman urged anyone with information on Dorner’s possible whereabouts to call (213) 486-6860, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. However, anyone seeing Dorner should call 911 immediately, Neiman said.

 

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Fundraising $ 100,000 more to capture tripple murder suspect

Feb 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES – The Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles City Council today each approved their $100,000 contributions to the $1 million reward being offered for information leading to the capture and conviction of triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who recommended the county’s portion of the reward, said he received a call from officials in San Bernardino over the weekend looking for pledges toward the $1 million total.

“The idea came from (Los Angeles) chief of police Charlie Beck’s wife,” who said “a $1 million reward would bring this man to justice,” Antonovich said.

City Council members Dennis Zine and Mitch Englander introduced the motion for the city portion of the reward, noting that while Dorner is not accused of committing any crimes in the city, he is accused of opening fire at two Los Angeles Police Department officers in Corona, with one suffering a graze wound to the head.

“One of the individuals who was shot was a Los Angeles police officer who was on a mission for protection of an individual, or individuals,” Zine said. “… That’s why the Los Angeles City Council would have jurisdiction, since the three murders occurred outside of Los Angeles.”

Since the $1 million reward offer was announced over the weekend, police have received more than 1,000 tips from the public. The reward money includes donations from a variety of law enforcement associations and unions, police departments, private companies and federal authorities.

Antonovich noted that Holy Angels School in Arcadia had been shut down because the Rev. Michael Evans, who leads the parish, is the brother of a Los Angeles police sergeant considered a target of Dorner, who is a fired LAPD officer.

The massive manhunt has “created complete chaos, taking our men and woman off of patrol,” Antonovich said, adding that he hoped the reward would make a difference.

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Teacher takes gun to school investigation under way

Feb 12, 2013

SAN DIEGO – A Farb Middle School teacher was on compulsory paid leave today and facing possible felony charges for allegedly bringing a gun and knife to work, possibly as a means of defending himself in the event of a shooting or other violence at the campus, authorities reported.

Seventh- and eighth-grade English instructor Ned Carter Walker, 41, was taken into custody in a parking lot at the Tierrasanta school Monday morning and booked into county jail, according to San Diego Unified School District officials. He later posted bail and was released on his own recognizance.

SDUSD police Chief Rueben Littlejohn told reporters that Walker’s alleged decision to carry a loaded .380-caliber pistol and a knife with a 2 1/2- inch blade onto the school grounds may have been well-intentioned, but was nonetheless illegal and contrary to district regulations.

“We speculate that, based on reports from staff members, this employee had somewhat of an infatuation with guns and brought the weapon(s) to the school to protect himself in the event of a violent intruder,” Littlejohn said during a briefing late this morning.

Courtney Rizzo, interim principal at the La Cuenta Drive school, told parents in a letter that administrators were limited in the amount of information they could release on the allegations against Walker.

“Our focus is to continue to ensure that our students are safe, the learning process goes on as usual and we work with the proper authorities,” Rizzo wrote.

A conviction on either or both of the felony charges — one per weapon — that Carter could face in the case would be grounds for dismissal, district spokesman Jack Brandais said.

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