Pope Bendecit XVI makes history first pope to resign in 600 years

Feb 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Cardinal Roger Mahony, who will travel to Rome to help select a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, reacted today to news that the pope would resign Feb. 28 due to his health.

“Surely one of his great legacies will be a continuing emphasis on the need for all Catholics to exercise their role as evangelizers in the world. His focus upon the new evangelization will continue to enliven all disciples of Jesus,” Mahony stated.

As a member of the College of Cardinals, Mahony recalled the April 2005 conclave in which the 85-year-old German-born pope was elected.

“I recall so clearly his words when he told the cardinals that he was choosing the name Benedict because of his fondness for the prayerfulness and the Rule of St. Benedict, and also because Pope Benedict XV (1914-1920) served during a time of turmoil and wars across the world,” Mahony stated.

The pope, who cited failing strength of mind and body, would become the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to resign from the lifelong appointment in about 600 years. He appointed 67 of the 118 cardinals who will pick a successor, who needs two-thirds approval to be elected pope.

Mahony said he looked forward to thanking the pope in person “and to participate in the conclave to elect his successor.”

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$ 1 million reward for ex-LAPD officer

Feb 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – The Los Angeles Police Department today lifted a tactical alert that allowed supervisors to keep officers past their shifts in connection with the search for suspected three-time killer Christopher Jordan Dorner, but motorcycle officers were ordered to continue doing their patrolling in cars to guard against them being picked off by the embittered ex-cop.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Sunday announced a  $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the 33-year-old Dorner, saying it had been raised from “business, unions, government, law enforcement and community groups.” Police Chief Charlie Beck, who says the reward was his wife’s idea, called it “the largest award ever offered locally.”

Dorner last Sunday 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 Los Angeles Police Department. The bodies of 28-year-old college basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, were found in a parked car in Irvine.

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

On Thursday, Dorner was involved in a 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 a pair of Riverside police officers stopped at a red light, killing one and wounding the other.     Riverside police Sunday identified the slain officer as 34-year-old Michael Crain, an ex-Marine 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.

Crain’s funeral is set for Wednesday.

The search for Dorner, meanwhile, continues to include the area around Big Bear, where he abandoned his pickup truck and set it afire Thursday, but it has been scaled back.

An LAPD tactical alert that had been in effect over the weekend was lifted about 7 a.m. today, the LAPD reported. However, motorcycle patrols remained suspended by the LAPD as a security measure, according to the department.

Beck said Sunday that the crimes attributed to Beck in the past week amounted to “an act of domestic terrorism,” and Villaraigosa said the region rejects being placed under a “reign of terror.”

“This is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect the public. This is not about capturing a suspect, this is about preventing a future attack, maybe a murder,” Beck said.

Donors to the $1 million award for information leading to Dorner’s arrest and conviction included police officers associations in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Irvine, Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Staples Center’s AEG contributed, as did the United Firefighters of Los Angeles, the Association of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies, the FBI, First Watch, the city and county of Riverside and six anonymous donors.

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Helicopter crash leaves 3 tv crew members dead

Feb 11, 2013

ACTON  – Authorities today identified three men killed in a helicopter crash during filming in Acton.

The crash occurred at 3:40 a.m. Sunday on the Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch, 5726 Soledad Canyon Road, said Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher Robert Diaz.

The aircraft, a Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter, was substantially damaged, said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Killed were the pilot, David Gibbs, 59, of Valencia; Darren Rydstrom, 46, of Whittier; and Michael Donatelli, 45, of the city of Indiana, Pa., said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

A movie reportedly was being shot on the ranch, which was closed to reporters. Signs at the gate pointed to a set for a production called “Bongo,” but firefighters could not confirm if that was the production that was underway during the crash. KCAL-TV reported that a company called “Bongo Productions” was shooting an unnamed reality show there.

The ranch is a movie, TV show and commercial location offered for rent to production companies. It has two airstrips and “miles of roads,” according to its website.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, Kenitzer said, with the NTSB serving as the lead investigative agency.

The crash happened about 35 miles east of the movie location where actor Vic Morrow and two small children were killed in 1982, when simulated artillery fire downed a helicopter hovering over them during the filming of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”

Criminal charges were filed against director John Landis, but he was acquitted.

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Por ser transgénero, teme por su vida

Feb 11, 2013

Credit to – MundoHispánico, News Report, Johanes Rosello, Posted: Nov 02, 2012

Un hondureño emigró a EE.UU. hace siete años de forma ilegal huyendo del rechazo que sufría por su orientación sexual, pero ahora teme que lo obliguen a regresar.

Sin embargo, tiene la esperanza puesta en su petición de asilo.

Nelson Castro, quien ahora se hace llamar Marisela, está en  la cárcel de inmigración de Gainesville, en donde enfrenta una orden de deportación.

Durante su niñez y adolescencia, Castro sufrió abuso físico y sexual. Además, tuvo que tolerar el asedio constante.

Su familia, por ejemplo, no acepta su preferencia sexual, su seudónimo ni el hecho de que se vista ocasionalmente de mujer.

“Me decían que lo que yo hago es un asco, que no debería de existir, que soy lo peor de la familia y que no tengo perdón de Dios”, dijo Castro a MundoHispánico.

Estas experiencias lo hicieron decidirse a escapar de Honduras.

“Yo no quiero regresar a mi país. Hay personas de Honduras que me dicen que no va a valer la pena estar allá, que llegando a Honduras me puede pasar lo peor”, dijo Castro.

Castro, actualmente de 30 años, trató de entrar ilegalmente a EE.UU. en el 2005, pero las autoridades migratorias en la frontera de Texas lo arrestaron y deportaron.

Pero, en un segundo intento, el hondureño logró ingresar al país. Vivió en Florida, Virginia y Carolina del Norte.

En ese último estado lo arrestaron por presunto tráfico de drogas, pero posteriormente le eliminaron los cargos al no hallarle responsabilidad alguna en el asunto.

Sin embargo, por ser indocumentado, fue puesto en proceso de deportación, razón por la que está encarcelado desde finales de 2011.

Intolerancia y represión

El miedo que manifiesta Castro es reflejo de la realidad que vive la comunidad lesbiana, bisexual, gay y transgénero (LBGT) en sitios como Honduras, donde los crímenes en contra de ellos son comunes.

De acuerdo con Suyapa Portillo, profesora de la Universidad Pitzer y experta en Centroamérica, aunque la violencia y la intolerancia hacia esta comunidad ocurren ahí desde hace tiempo, los crímenes en contra de ella se dispararon tras la caída del gobierno de Manuel Zelaya en 2009.

“Después del golpe de estado se creó una situación de ingobernabilidad en el país, mucha de esta violencia es expresada por policías y militares en la calle, especialmente contra la comunidad transgénero”, comentó Portillo.

De acuerdo con Portillo, luego del golpe de estado, más de 80 miembros de la comunidad LGBT fueron asesinados en Honduras.

“Aparecen muertos, atados, mutilados”, dijo Portillo.

Pero muchos de estos crímenes no son investigados en el país centroamericano quedando impunes, explicó la profesora.

Esta falta de reportes incluso dificulta la labor de los abogados de ‘Marisela’.

De acuerdo a un reporte de organización Human Rights Watch, que hizo un llamado al gobierno de Honduras a investigar estos crímenes, entre el 2004 y el 2009, al menos 17 travestis fueron asesinados en ese país.

Castro teme correr con la misma suerte.

“Tuve dos amigos que fallecieron por el simple hecho de haber dicho ‘soy gay’”, dijo el hondureño oriundo de Juticalpa.

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Reforma migratoria

Feb 11, 2013

Credit to – New America Media, Editorial, Posted: Jan 27, 2013

Nota Editorial: Este editorial fue producido en colaboración con New America Media (http://www.newamericamedia.org), una asociación nacional de medios étnicos, y fue publicado por medios étnicos a través del país para llamar atención a la urgencia de una reforma migratoria.

La Casa Blanca y el Congreso debe actuar rápidamente para promulgar una reforma migratoria integral que sea justa y humana.

Después de las elecciones de 2012, ambos legisladores democráticos y republicanos han expresado la necesidad de actuar sobre el tema. La ventana para legislación bipartidista está abierta ahora.

Los medios étnicos tienen un gran interés en el futuro de la política de inmigración de este país. Por eso nos estamos uniendo para tomar una posición editorial para urgirle al Congreso y la Casa Blanca: Hagan el 2013 el año de la reforma migratoria.

Esto no es solo una cuestión de la política. Estamos pidiendo una reforma migratoria integral porque es justo moralmente, sabio económicamente, y es lo sensible que hacer.

Nuestro país es una nación de leyes y está claro que las leyes migratorias de los Estados Unidos tienen que ser revisadas. El sistema migratorio está roto, no solo para los 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados, sino también para los miles de inmigrantes quienes no pueden conseguir visas para trabajar en los Estados Unidos; para los negocios estadounidenses que no pueden emplear a los trabajadores que necesitan; para las familias que esperan años para recibir visas para reunirse con sus familiares en los Estados Unidos.

Necesitamos una reforma migratoria integral que reunificara a familias, revigorice la economía, y reviva nuestra identidad como una nación que prospera con las contribuciones de inmigrantes trabajadores.

Está claro que nuestras leyes migratorias federales no funcionan. La inacción federal sobre la inmigración ha resultado en que los estados desde Arizona a Alabama han escrito su propia legislación. Aun el reciente anunciado Programa Federal de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés) es una solución transitoria que no hace nada para resolver el problema más amplio de un sistema roto de inmigración.

La inmigración ha sido pintada como un tema divisivo. En realidad no lo es. Todos nosotros nos beneficiaríamos de un sistema migratorio efectivo que responde a las necesidades del mercado, protege a todos los trabajadores del abuso y la explotación y pone fin a la práctica de separar a los hijos de sus padres.

Necesitamos un sistema migratorio que refleja las mejores tradiciones de nuestra historia – nuestra convicción en la justicia, la igualdad, y la oportunidad económica.

Y mientras miramos hacia el futuro, debemos asegurarnos que nos mantengamos competitivos en un mundo cada vez más globalizado. Tenemos que seguir a atraer los mejores y más brillantes, ser el destino de los trabajadores más innovadores del mundo.

Debemos actuar ahora. Nuestra economía y nuestro futuro dependen de esto.

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A Digital Farmer’s Almanac — How Communities Track ‘Microchanges’ in Climate

Feb 11, 2013

Credit to – New America Media, Question & Answer, Ngoc Nguyen, Interview with Julia Kumari Drapkin, Posted: Feb 11, 2013

The iSeeChange almanac allows people to make observations about climate change in their own backyards and ask scientists questions directly. NAM’s Ngoc Nguyen spoke with the project’s producer, Julia Kumari Drapkin, about how this experiment in crowd-sourced environmental reporting is spurring conversations about climate change in rural Colorado and elsewhere.

What is the idea behind the iSeeChange almanac?

I’ve worked closely with scientists, had personal conversations with them and written stories about scientists and why they think the way they think. After all this time, we’re still struggling with communicating climate change … You can’t narrow down very easily global climate change to individual community experiences. Like when Hurricane Katrina slammed into my hometown of New Orleans…. could you attribute it to climate change?

We are afraid to go into local experiences and attribute climate change to local experiences because we don’t want to make a mistake. That’s a good fear to have, but it prevents us from having conversations with citizens who may have climate change affecting their lives.

As a journalist, what were you trying to change about the way environmental news is communicated?

I realized that part of the problem is the structure of the way [journalists] report. Traditionally, a science story begins with a scientist making observations and asking questions. They answers questions in a research paper, and if I [the reporter] have time, I find a local anecdote to make that experience seem familiar. What if we reverse that process? What if we provide tools and mechanisms to make observations about what is changing in their lives?

How does the website work?

People go online and make observations and ask questions, and the questions are answered by the community, which includes scientists. As questions get asked, we come through every week and review the postings. Either the questions are answered by the community or scientists or we call a scientist and get them to answer specific questions. For example, if there’s an early spring, what happens?

It’s a socially networked almanac — half journalism, half farmer’s almanac. People keep detailed notes about farms and ranches, in the same way that a biologist would keep field notes. It’s relevant to their bottom line. They derive their livelihood off the land so they pay attention to the way it changes. Even on Facebook, there’s a weather journal. It’s never been curated and shared.

What have you learned and what’s been surprising about the project so far?

I learned that when you give the community the power to ask the questions, it’s one of the most empowering things you can do. It’s a powerful [reporting] tool and allows me to see what is happening in the community months before things break in the mainstream [media]. Communities could tip off their news if they had the tools to do it. I do believe in that process. When we launched the website, I remember, I received texts about wildfires and droughts in April 2012, long before wildfires and droughts made mainstream news and headlines. In Colorado, we saw a historic wildfire season and …half the country is in a drought now.

The face of the environmental movement has been traditionally white, despite the fact that ethnic communities and immigrants have long championed environmental rights and protections, and polls find they want cleaner air and water and clean energy. How could the iSeeChange project change that?

I would say that immigrant communities are the ones who are the best positioned to see these microchanges in the climate because of their relationship to the land. One of the reasons iSeeChange works so well is because in Paonia, Colo., you have a natural resource community. People here live off the land. They derive their livelihood off the environment. Immigrant communities know that really well. In a way, it would be really interesting to have an ISeeChange in a Vietnamese community in coastal Louisiana who are attuned to microchanges in the environment over time.

You’re in rural Western Colorado, so how do you talk about climate change there?

In ironic, because in Paonia, half the town are miners and the other half are organic farmers. We have a coal mine in town owned by Bill Koch. When we first started to promo iSeeChange, the radio station heard from some listeners that it was a misuse of resources. [In Paonia], there’s a part of the community that doesn’t believe in climate change. Mostly, people I am working with are white…they may not be wealthy, they may not buy into climate change, but they do pay attention to how the weather’s affecting water [supply]…we all have common ground. Weather – it’s a little bit ‘Eliza Doolittle’ — you can talk to anyone, anywhere about the weather.

Right now, iSeeChange is locally focused [on Paonia, Colo.], but could it have a global lens as well?

Yes, right now, it’s geared for the community. The weather feed has info relevant to the community. But we’re getting clips everywhere. We got a post from Baltimore, saying that spring flowers were blooming earlier in Baltimore.

We envision websites for three environments – rural, urban and coastal. We’re exploring how it could or should be modified for urban climate change, how it can be adjusted for coastal climate change.

Climate scientists say that weather is not the same thing as climate, but there’s so much mingling of extreme weather events and climate change now in the minds of the public. There seems to be value in talking about climate change through weather, but is it also misleading?

Scientists are much closer to saying the weird weather is indicative of climate change. That’s what the almanac is about. Extreme variability in the environment. This tool allows us to map the noise…we can see that sustained number of bizarre events at the same time is telling us something. For a drought series we did, we looked at the changes in the behavior of the jet stream has on heating temperatures in the Artic. Jet stream is the river of air and as it slows down…it can contribute to the weather pattern persisting. If dry weather is what we’re seeing lately, it is more likely to continue to be dry and if it’s more wet, it will continue to be wet.

So iSeeChange is recording what you call microchanges in the environment. Is it also mapping how people are adapting to the changes?

We’re interested in that too. Scientist and ranchers and farmers are all seeing the same thing…farmers and ranchers are making a decision. What do they do on their farms and ranches? We’re interested in mapping the decisions. That’s a core question that … iSeeChange tries to answer … as the environment is changing, how are we changing too? That’s the whole point of the project. A digital almanac…to document what 2012 has done to us, how it changed us.

We had a earlier spring, flowers grew earlier, markets weren’t ready for some of the food, people ran out of water, they decided not to plant…people selling off [farm] animals right and left. This has been an epic year

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Las Águilas vuelan alto en Tijuana derrotan al invicto campeón 2-1

Feb 10, 2013

Club Tijuana 1 – 2 Club America

Tijuana, Baja California. Las  Águilas del America vencieron al actual monarca del futbol mexicano en el Estadio Caliente por  2-1, en la jornada 6 del Clausura 2013.  Los goles de la victoria fueron obra de Osvaldo Martínez y Paúl Aguilar. Por los caninos acorto Pablo Cesar Aguilar.

Fueron los azulcremas quienes se adelantaron en el marcador por un penal cometido sobre, Christian Benítez, quien fue derribado en el área por, Cristian Pellerano. Al minuto 12 Osvaldo Martínez cobro fuertemente abajo a la izquierda del arco de, Cirilo Saucedo para marcar el primer tanto del encuentro.

Al minuto 21, Rubens Sambueza, fue expulsado por doble amarilla dejando a las aguilas  con 10 elementos con 70 minutos por jugar.

Los fronterizos aprovecharon su superioridad numérica adelantando lineas generando presión sobre el marco azulcrema. Al minuto 38 Aquivaldo Mosquera fue expulsado por doble tarjeta amarilla dejando a su equipo con 9 hombres.

Se jugaba el minuto 30 y en un centro por derecha de, Raúl Enríquez, el defensa, Pablo Cesar Aguilar acorto distancias rematando en el área chica, marcando el tanto paro los locales.

Ámerica  ascendio arriva de la clasificación con 15 unidades. Los de Coapa lograrón un triunfo heroico al romper la marca del campeón de 20 juegos consecutivos sin perder y 13 de ellos invictos como local.

Para la próxima semana Xolos viajara a Chiapas para enfrentar a Jaguares. Por su parte America recibirá a Toluca en el Estadio Azteca.

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Funeral for assassinated Riverside officer scheduled

Feb 9, 2013

RIVERSIDE – The name of the Riverside police officer apparently slain by a vengeful Los Angeles officer still cannot be revealed, even as funeral plans are being finalized, police said today.

The name of the 11-year veteran could be released by Monday night, said Lt. Guy Toussaint, the department’s public information officer, in an interview with City News Service.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz requested that the fallen officer’s name be withheld by news media while the whereabouts of Christopher Jordan Dorner were unknown. Dorner is suspected of killing the officer in an assassination-style attack at a Riverside intersection Thursday.

The dead officer’s partner remained hospitalized today, with serious injuries and stable life signs, Toussaint told CNS. His name has also been withheld.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Drive. That church was also the site of services for slain Riverside police Officer Ryan Patrick Bonaminio in November 2010.

Like that ceremony, the entire Riverside police force will turn out for Wednesday’s funeral, complete with an honor guard procession that will bear the 34-year-old patrolman’s casket to Riverside National Cemetery for internment.

While the police department pays homage to its slain brother, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is expected to handle all emergency calls in the city.   The unnamed officer was killed during an attack at the intersection of Arlington and Magnolia avenues around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Both he and his partner, identified only as a 27-year-old officer on a training detail, were struck in the upper bodies, according to Diaz.

Diaz described the shootings as a “cowardly ambush.”

Donations are being accepted to assist the family of the murdered officer. All checks should be made out to Riverside Police Officers Association Assistance Fund, or RPOA, and mailed to 1965 Chicago Ave., Suite B, Riverside, Calif. 92507.

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Hate Crime Under Justice

Feb 8, 2013

Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, Efren Marquez, 21, were arrested on Jan. 24 for committing an alleged hate crime in Compton,CA.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two Hispanic reputed gang members were expected to be arraigned today on federal hate crime charges for allegedly carrying out a racially motivated attack against four black juveniles as part of a campaign to intimidate black residents and force them out of their Compton neighborhood.

Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, and Efren Marquez, 21, were named in a five-count indictment returned Thursday by a federal grand jury. Both were indicted on a single count of conspiracy to interfere with housing rights and four counts of interfering with housing rights, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to prosecutors, Aguilar and Marquez approached a black 17-year- old who was walking along a Compton street on Dec. 31 and referred to themselves as “NKs,” a racial term referring to someone who kills black people. The teen ran to his girlfriend’s house, where other black juveniles were located, and Aguilar and Marquez allegedly yelled racial epithets at the group and demanded that they get out of the neighborhood. They also allegedly assaulted the 17-year-old boy with a pipe and threatened another juvenile with a gun, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

When the juveniles managed to run into the house, Aguilar and Marquez left the scene but returned a short time later with about 15 other gang members who went to the victims’ homes and yelled racial slurs and warned them to get out of the neighborhood, prosecutors allege. One of the gang members also smashed a window of one of the homes, prosecutors said.

“Hate-fueled crimes have no place in our society,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said. “No one should have to look over their shoulder in fear because of who they area. Incidents like the one described in the federal indictment prove that we must remain vigilant to ensure that the rights of every single American resident are protected at all times.”

Aguilar and Marquez had been in custody on unrelated state charges, but were transferred to federal charges today. There were expected to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court.

If convicted, they each face up to 10 years in prison on each count, prosecutors said.

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Downtown Los Angeles On Lock-Down

Feb 8, 2013

Sheriff’s officials have locked-down the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles in response to an unconfirmed report that someone generally matching the description of Christopher Jordan Dorner was seen in the area. Streets have been blocked off in the area.

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