Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Los Angeles provided Kershaw a 4-0 lead. He had faced the minimum nine batters through three innings, allowing only a single. The Dodgers had been 19-0 this year when scoring at least four runs in a game started by Kershaw, and this seemed a likely No. 20.“He was rolling. He was throwing the ball well, good rhythm,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts saidBut Kershaw walked George Springer leading off the bottom of the fourth, Jose Altuve singled of a slider with one out and Carlos Correa hit an RBI double off a fastball. Yuli Gurriel’s no-doubt, three-run homer to left , a crushed first-pitch slider, jolted most of the orange-clad crowd of 43,300 outs of the seats. A shocked Kershaw whipped around to watch the ball fly.“I just think of different pitches that you want to have back. Obviously, I don’t want to walk Springer to lead off an inning,” Kershaw said. “Altuve hit a OK pitch, but Correa hit one that — maybe I shouldn’t have thrown that pitch again. But it was an off-the-plate. He did a good job with it.”Cody Bellinger seemed to rescue the Dodgers, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth against Collin McHugh for a 7-4 lead.ADVERTISEMENT “Man, I’m mentally exhausted right now,” he said. “That was the, by far, the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of, probably will ever be a part of.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run home run during the fourth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)HOUSTON — Clayton Kershaw returned to the dugout and sat down after one of the worst performances of his major league career. A few minutes later, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lead gone, he buried his head in his hands.In the opener, he conjured memories of Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser.ADVERTISEMENT Astros blast by Dodgers, 13-12, in 10th, lead World Series 3-2 MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set In Game 5, he had an outing to forget.Expected to dominate the Houston Astros and move the Dodgers within a win of their first World Series title since 1988, Kershaw wasted a four-run lead and was chased in the fifth inning of a crushing 13-12, 10-inning loss on Sunday night. Los Angeles headed home in a 3-2 World Series deficit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I just lost my command a little bit there in that fourth inning,” he said softly in the quiet clubhouse, “and, yeah, that’s all it took.”A three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and five-time NL ERA champion, Kershaw is likely a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The 29-year-old left-hander hoped this October would be the crowning achievement of his career, a ring to fill the emotional hole left by a string of October exits. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Kershaw’s picked up us up so many times this year. Obviously didn’t do what he wanted to do today,” Bellinger said. “To get that lead and to pick him up right there was pretty special.”Reprieve led only to another reversal.Kershaw walked Springer with two outs in the bottom half, shouting at himself after missing low with a slider on a 1-0 pitch.Ahead of Alex Bregman 1-2 in the count, Kershaw walked him on the 10th pitch. That was enough for Roberts, who pulled him after 94 pitches, just 57 of them for strikes.Jose Altuve sent Kenta Maeda’s seventh pitch over the Phillips 66 Home Run Porch in left-center , tying it 7-7.Kershaw allowed 27 home runs during the regular season, seven more than his previous career high. Gurriel’s was the eighth off Kershaw in the postseason, the most ever allowed by a pitcher.Kershaw induced just four swings and misses, his fewest in a start since four by San Diego on April 5, 2012.As the bats where wheeled out of the clubhouse for the charter flight back to Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig said there was no doubt the Dodgers will win Game 6.“This is not going to be finished Tuesday. It’s going to be Game 7,” said Puig, whose two-run homer sparked a three-run comeback in the ninth that sent the game to extra innings.Bellinger, who drove in four runs, also looked ahead. But first, a day of rest. View comments
The women’s wing of the Grand Masonic Temple, the Naomi Chapter # 12 of the Order of Eastern Star (OES), has donated food and other items to the Americans for Africans Incorporated (AAAI) orphanage.Worthy Matron G. Lucinda Worquea, on behalf of the Charity Committee of the Naomi Chapter # 12 of the OES said the donation is part of their annual event to help those desperately in need; especially children and widows.The Worthy Matron quoted her favorite verse of scripture, Proverb 19:17, which says: “Whosoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deeds.”“On behalf of the trustees, worthy matrons, worthy patrons, officers and members of Naomi Chapter # 12 of the Order of Eastern Star, this donation is our way to buttress your efforts in taking care of and educating these children. It also serves as the chapter’s ways of identifying with the needy in times like these. We believe that you will benefit from and use these items wisely,” Worthy Matron Worquea said.The presentation of the items took place at the headquarters of the Americans for Africans, Incorporated (AAAI) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The donated items include four bags of rice, one large bag of sugar, one tin of powdered milk, one five gallon container of vegetable oil and a bag of salt.Others items donated were one large tin of mackerel, a carton of bathing soap, two (2) cartons of powdered soap, two sacks of tissues and one box of toothpaste.The chairman of the Charity Committee of the Naomi Chapter # 12 of the Order of Eastern Star, Associate Matron Beatrice J. Thompson, said it gives the officers of the chapter great joy to take part in charity programs that help them reach out to the needy.“During this time of year, Naomi chapter # 12 identifies with the needy and less fortunate. We are here to do our best for the children in the hopes that God will continue to bless you for the work you are doing for them. We pray that these kids will eventually become the country’s future leaders,” Associate Matron Thompson said.Past Matron and Co-chairman for the Charity Committee of Naomi Chapter # 12 of the Order of Eastern Star, Sis. Aretha Collins expressed her thanks to officers of the Charity Committee for accepting her proposal after assessing the AAAI orphanage. She explained the reasons she identified the orphanage was due to its appalling condition and appealed to the AAAI proprietress and president Oretha Wesee for the Naomi Chapter #12 to come to its aid.“During my assessment at the home I saw the kids and the little food they were eating, so I spoke with the proprietress and she told me they were in need of food and improved sanitation,” Past Matron Collins said.Continuation of the OES’s donation to needy institutions as part their charity program will resume next month, according Chairman Thompson.For her part, orphanage proprietress, Madam Oretha J. Wesee, said she was grateful to God for the donation and indicated that this is the second time for the sorority of women to identify with her home.She urged humanitarian groups and individuals to come to the aid of her orphanage as its school is in desperate need of food, pampers, soap, toiletries and other items to reopen for the sake of the children.According to Madam Wesee, the AAAI was founded in 2001 and has helped 98 kids get adopted to homes in the US and other part of the world. These adoptions ceased in 2009 since a moratorium was placed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Many countless prophets in this country will have to send a message to sports administrators that success in football encounters does not depend on the application of luck.They also must be encouraged to bring a further message that quality in life and all things is not by accident but by planning and adequate preparation.It is a truism in life that those who win are those who prepare to win. The above observation is important because there seems to be an element of apathy when it comes to national team’s preparation.The national soccer team, Lone Star, is scheduled to play against their Lesotho counterparts on May 18, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.It was only yesterday that the team started their preparation. But perhaps, football authorities are counting on Liberian professionals abroad but starting training in such a short time for such a prestigious encounter is nothing more than preparation to fail.A source has hinted me that some officials of the LFA believe that ten days are enough to prepare a team for any assignment. However, I am yet to see if any of our coaches can support that ‘opinion.’Football authorities have known since last October that Liberia would play Lesotho to qualify to join Group C for the preliminary rounds of the Afcon 2015 and yet nothing was done.Now playing the first leg at home, a good win is the only way to ensure a successful second-leg match in Maseru, Lesotho.Liberia has not had encounters with Lesotho so both countries may be playing in a blind. A brief history of Lesotho football does not reveal much for Liberia to worry about.The Lesotho national football team, nicknamed The Crocodiles, got a first taste in international action in a 2-1 win over Malawi in August 1970. They celebrated their biggest ever win (5-0) over Swaziland in 2006 and suffered their biggest loss 0-7 to Zaire and Ghana in 1993 and 2012 respectively.A small country in Southern Africa, Lesotho has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and neither qualified for the African Cup of Nations. The team made their biggest breakthrough in football when they finished as runners-up in the COSAFA Cup in 2000.A quick comparison indicates Liberia is ahead of Lesotho but that is no way to remain apathetic in preparing to meet them, since surprises in football makes it necessary to prepare well and ahead of time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A group of advisors are helping small businesses in Northeast B.C. save money on utility costs.Eco Advisors with the Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) will be giving free energy assessments, designed to help Northeast B.C. business owners gain access to available product incentives, cash rebates, as well as co-ordinate new product installation.- Advertisement -NEAT’s Eco Advisors will be working directly with smaller businesses, helping them identify potential costs and energy saving opportunities, including lighting, hot water, heating and ventilation.The group of advisors will also help businesses gain access to available incentives of the LiveSmart B.C. Small Business Program. This program includes utility incentives, as well as direct installments of energy efficient equipment.According to Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz, “such assessments are a great way to bridge the gap between a business owner’s wish to do the right thing environmentally and their need to pay attention to their bottom line. Making energy efficiency affordable is a great way to do this.”The LiveSmart B.C.: Small Business Program has been projected to save businesses across the province more than $7 million each year in utility costs.Advertisement Jarrod Bell, president of NEAT, says his organization “is excited to work with LiveSmart B.C. to provide support to our small business community in adopting sustainable actions that will help the environment and save on the bottom line.”The Business Energy Advisors are based in Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. They say they will help small businesses in these communities spend less than $50,000 a year on electricity.For more information on the program or to inquire about eligibility, visit the LiveSmart B.C. homepage.
“Yes,” was Scioscia’s succinct answer. On Tuesday, Matthews’ name surfaced as an alleged customer of an Internet pharmacy that was raided for illegally distributing human growth hormone. According to the story on SI.com, Matthews was prescribed Genotropin, a synthetic hormone used to treat growth deficiencies, most often in children. It was allegedly shipped to a Texas address in 2004 that was believed to be the residence of an unnamed former minor-league teammate of Matthews. Despite daily meetings with Matthews, including another Thursday with general manager Bill Stoneman, the Angels say they are not getting their information through their center fielder, but from the Internet reports. TEMPE, Ariz. – Another day, another fire for the Angels to put out with Gary Matthews Jr. Angels officials were left to answer more questions Thursday, the day of the Cactus League opener, after learning about a Sports Illustrated report that listed what type of human growth hormone was allegedly shipped to Matthews, including when and where it was sent. Matthews has apologized for having his name linked to a possible distraction and yet he apparently has left the team scrambling for three consecutive days trying to answer a new round of questions. “We’re still waiting to get all the facts, all the details on it and I don’t know how long that’s going to take,” Stoneman said. “I talked to Gary this morning and I have been in touch, obviously with his agent and (Major League Baseball). The conversations are private conversations.” At the rate that new information is released, the Angels are headed toward the possibility that Matthews could face a 50-game suspension for a first-time violation for performance enhancers. As of now, the Angels are not planning to make any roster contingencies in anticipation of a possible suspension for Matthews. “I think there will be a lot of things to consider and we don’t want to speculate on anything,” Scioscia said. On the rehab front, Scioscia admitted that for the first time, he can see a scenario where Bartolo Colon actually gets on a mound before Jered Weaver. Weaver was supposed to be doing some fine-tuning until his biceps felt better, but his progress has been slow. Colon, who has been rehabbing a more serious rotator cuff injury sustained last season, has been making significant progress. Colon had a long-toss session from 160 feet Thursday, while Weaver threw from 130 feet. “Two weeks ago I would have said no way,” Scioscia said about Colon passing Weaver in recovery. “Right now, the way Bart is progressing, it’s probably not likely, but as good as Bart feels, you start to see some light at the end of the tunnel.” Add another Angels pitcher to the list of those ailing. John Lackey, who has been dealing with a bout of bronchitis since Wednesday, is not expected to make his scheduled Cactus League debut on Saturday. Scioscia said Lackey’s first spring start is now expected to take place early next week. Ervin Santana withstood some control problems and did not allow a run in his two innings of work against the Royals in the spring opener. He did walk two batters with two strikeouts. Sean Rodriguez started a three-run, game-winning rally in the ninth inning with a leadoff double and Hainley Statia finished it off with a sacrifice fly to right to give the Angels a 7-6 victory over the Royals. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Matthews, who said Wednesday that he would not comment on the situation further, declined to address the additional information that surfaced. Manager Mike Scioscia, never one to be short with his answers, was asked if a prolonged silence from Matthews would end up making him look guilty.
0Shares0000Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero said he was ready for action after he was substituted at half-time during Argentina’s friendly against Nigeria on November 14, 2017 © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLeicester, United Kingdom, Nov 16 – Sergio Aguero is in contention to feature for Manchester City at Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday despite suffering a health scare while on international duty.The striker was taken to hospital as a precaution after complaining of dizziness as Argentina lost 4-2 to Nigeria in the Russian city of Krasnodar on Tuesday. City were quick to dismiss initial reports Aguero had lost consciousness after fainting, emphasising he was able to leave the stadium unaided.He returned to Manchester for further tests on Wednesday, with a drop in his blood pressure believed to be the reason that he fell ill.Manager Pep Guardiola has been keeping a close eye on Aguero since then, but he was scheduled to train with the rest of the squad on Thursday and Friday, and is expected to play some part at the King Power Stadium.Aguero was in fine form before the international break, with 10 goals in 12 games at club level for a team who have won 16 out of 17 matches in all competitions this season, drawing the other.City are starting to look unstoppable, having secured a place in the Champions League last 16 with a 4-2 win at Napoli before a 3-1 defeat of Arsenal sent them eight points clear in the Premier League.Aguero scored in both of those matches and struck again for Argentina on Tuesday before illness got the better of him, so his fitness would be of significant aid to Guardiola as he seeks to maintain City’s fine form.Guardiola will also check on the fitness of Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, both of whom withdrew from England duty with minor injuries.Sterling had a back injury and Delph a calf problem, but both are expected to be available to face Leicester.– ‘We have won nothing’ –France left-back Benjamin Mendy (knee) is City’s only long-term casualty, while club captain Vincent Kompany is close to full fitness after more than two months out with a calf problem.“At the moment, when I put my boots on I feel light, I feel good, I feel as though I am not carrying an injury and that makes me confident,” Kompany said.On City’s prospects under Guardiola, the defender added: “He will be the first to say we have won nothing. Let’s not get carried away.”City will face a Leicester side playing just their third game under Claude Puel, but the new manager has already made his mark by making Demarai Gray a key figure in his side.The England Under-21 winger has started each of Puel’s first two games at the helm and performed well in both, having struggled to establish himself under previous managers Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare.“Coming from Birmingham, where I played football every week and I was looked at as one of the main players, to being in and out for the next 18 months was difficult,” admitted Gray.“I never expected to walk straight into the Leicester team, but I think I definitely had my times when I could have played. That’s my opinion, but the managers pick the team.“You could say I’ve got a point to prove, but I’m just trying to prove a point to myself and improve as a player and whatever media and stuff want to do, they can do.“I’ve had a good start under the new manager and that’s what I will carry on doing for the rest of the season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Watford produced a stirring second half comeback to pile more misery on Blackpool as they scored seven second half goals to secure a 7-2 win at Vicarage Road.The visitors took an early lead as Andrea Orlandi capitalised on some defensive confusion to fire the strugglers ahead.And the travelling Tangerine army were in dreamland midway through the first half as Steve Davies doubled the Seasiders’ advantage. The former Derby man picked up Tony McMahon’s pass to smash home from close range to stun the home faithful.But minutes into the second period, the Hornets fans were on their feet as in-form Odion Ighalo side-footed Miguel Layun’s cross to put doubts in the mind of Lee Clark’s men.Those doubts soon became reality, however, as the hosts ran riot after the break, top goalscorer Troy Deeney powering home a header from Dan Toszer’s cross to level.And minutes later, it was an all too familiar feeling for those travelling Blackpool fans, as Ighalo struck again to break the hearts of the Lancashire club as he met Deeney’s headed pass to slot past Ell Parish and make the score 3-2.The ‘Pools soon fell apart, as Watford began to turn on the style, with Matej Vydra making the game safe as he smashed the ball into the bottom corner.Watford made it five goals eight minutes later as centre half Gabriele Angella prodded the ball into the roof of the net after meeting an in-swinging corner.And the wheels really fell off for the visitors as they conceded a sixth and then a seventh goal with Ighalo securing a second half hat-trick as he headed home and later bagging a fourth from close-range to seal a monumental victory.Meanwhile, Brentford kept their hopes of promotion alive with a crucial 2-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.Jota struck for the Bees midway through the first period as the dominant visitors took a deserved lead, with Andre Gray playing in the Spaniard who coolly finished past John Ruddy.But they were in front for only eight minutes, as quick footwork from Nathan Redmond allowed the former Birmingham man to find space in the box and he made no mistake curling home the equaliser.Alex Pritchard was gifted the opportunity to put the London club ahead after Carlos Cuéllar felled Andre Gray inside the box, and the Tottenham loanee made no mistake from the spot as he powered his penalty home.Wigan Athletic’s miserable run of form continued as they fell to another defeat as Huddersfield completed a 1-0 victory over Malky Mackay’s men.Former Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady scored the game’s only goal as he met Nahki Wells’ ball to finish from a tough angle to send the Yorkshire club up to fifteenth.In day’s final game, Charlton held Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux to a goalless draw.Championship results in full:Norwich 1–2 BrentfordWatford 7–2 BlackpoolWigan Athletic 0–1 HuddersfieldWolverhampton 0–0 Charlton Athletic Ighalo celebrates
“There’s the number 8 guy with dreadlocks… Kahata… I do like him a lot the way he plays. He is really good I think he is gonna cause trouble on Tuesday. The way he plays and controls the game, its gonna be hard to mark him,” the Nigerian international said.Yakubu said Kahata is like the conductor in an orchestra who dictates how the music flows and notes he will make a huge difference on a good day against the Toffees.Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng and midfielder Francis Kahata arrive at the Heathrow Airport in London on November 2, 2018 ahead of their game against Everton FC in Liverpool on November 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe also expects Gor to cause problems to Everton despite the huge difference in pedigree between the two sides, Everton currently enjoying some good form with a run of four wins in five games.“They are a more physical side and the defense is more aggressive and more determined because they want to play. In midfield they are really a good side as well,” Yakubu added.The ex-striker who played for Everton from 2007-2011 has meanwhile challenged the Gor Mahia players to take the opportunity and market themselves to the rest of the world reiterating the words spoken by Everton defender Seamus Coleman.Everton and Nigeria legend Yakubu Ayegbeni was the guest commentator alongside the celebrated Bernard Otieno during the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It’s a great opportunity for these guys to come all the way from Kenya and they will never get this kind of opportunity in life. They should take it and make it count. It won’t be easy but it is a chance that so many people who played football all their lives never had even to leave their country,”“This is a great experience for these young boys to learn and they need to take it because they might never get it in their lives. They need more determination than ever to give everything though it might just be a friendly game,” he further stated.Gor Mahia lost to Everton 2-1 in their first meeting last year July in Tanzania with the Merseyside club having just started their pre-season. This time round though, they meet a more fitter side enjoying the form of their lives and playing some beautiful football.Gor have just finished a successful Kenyan Premier League campaign where they won a record 17th title with six matches to spare and reached the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup for the first time in their history.They only missed a quarter final spot by a point.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from United Kingdom-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia FC attacking midfielder Francis Kahata during a training session at Everton FC’s Finch Farm ground on November 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 4 – Everton legend and former Nigerian international Yakubu Ayegbeni has picked out creative midfielder Francis Kahata as the man to watch when Gor Mahia takes on his former club in a friendly match at Goodison Park on Tuesday.Ayegbeni watched Kahata star for Gor during the SportPesa Super Cup in June in Nakuru and has admitted he was blown away by the former Thika United man’s artistry with the ball and notes if given space, he will be the man to engineer a victory for Gor against Everton.
One of the women filed a lawsuit a week ago against Alexander. Natalie Pack, 32, said at a news conference that she has been devastated and unable to work since the alleged attack in October 2004. Alexander, who is being held without bail, is also under investigation by authorities in Dallas, Houston, New York and Massachusetts. He could face life in prison if convicted of the charges in the indictment. According to the India-born, New York-based designer’s Web site, he has won numerous fashion awards, including a 2002 People’s Choice for “Best New Designer” and a 2002- 03 Fashion Week of the Americas “International New Star.” He was a profiled designer on the TV show,”America’s Next Top Model,” in 2003. Newsweek once described him as a “party boy in Miami in the 1990s … who as a Parsons-trained designer launched his first line at New York Fashion Week in 1999 and has gone on to dress the likes of Paris Hilton.” For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The indictment includes all 18 alleged victims from a 46-count criminal complaint that had been filed earlier this year against Alexander, along with two additional alleged victims. Seven are from California, with the remainder from eight other states and two other countries, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is accused of setting up a fledgling design business and using it to lure aspiring models to Los Angeles to sexually assault them. “We think that there was collusion,” one of his defense attorneys, Anthony Brooklier, said earlier this month about the alleged victims. “We think this is made up whole-cloth, the entire case.” Beverly Hills police launched an investigation in March after a woman reported she had been sexually assaulted by Alexander at his Beverly Hills apartment. Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting 20 teenage girls and young women he allegedly lured to Los Angeles to model for him. The 33-year-old Alexander is being held without bail, but a bail review hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 7. Alexander, 33, was indicted Sept. 27 on 54 felony and five misdemeanor counts, including forcible rape, sexual battery by restraint and lewd acts upon a child. The charges also include sexual penetration by a foreign object, using a minor for sex acts, forcible and attempted forcible oral copulation, assault with intent to commit a felony, possession or control of child pornography and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to the indictment, which had been sealed after it was handed up Sept. 27 following a nine-day hearing with 23 witnesses, the alleged crimes occurred between November 2002 and this March.
Re: “Gonzales grilled over eavesdropping” (Feb 7th): Why waste all of that time, effort and emotion on the nomination of, committee hearings for and confirmation votes on Supreme Court justices, and on the briefing, oral argument, and the publication of written opinions and dissents on cases before the court when all we need is to have Attorney General Alberto Gonzales tell us what is constitutional and what is not? – Marshall Barth Encino Classiness of Bush Re: “Politics, mourning mingle at Coretta Scott funeral” (Feb. 8): I again witnessed the calmness and classiness of our president (Bush 43) as he spoke at the Coretta Scott King funeral, then saw Jimmy Carter and the Rev. Joseph Lowery proceed to turn the funeral into an anti-Bush political rally and whip up the hatred of the mostly black crowd into a near frenzy, a near Paul Wellstone-type political funeral. The last five years President Bush has held his calm and has not criticized or harangued against his critics and enemies, while Kennedy and Kerry and Clinton and Carter and Durbin and Daschle and Dean and Gore and others of that ilk have lost their minds with hatred and viciousness and anger against Bush. And Bush? Throughout all the vitriolic hatred from the Democrats and the media, he has remained calm and on message with never an unkind word against any of his critics. – Bob Sharp Arleta Postal shootings Re: “Condo slaying prelude to postal center spree” (Feb. 1): Gun control: 6, Second Amendment: 0. Too bad one of the postal crew wasn’t armed; some of the victims might still be alive. Or perhaps we need strategically placed AK-47s stored behind glass, with a small hammer attached by a chain: “Break glass in case of terrorist attack.” The real tragedy is that the shooter had to stop to reload, and nobody charged her in that vulnerable moment. Even cornered rats will fight to the death. What happened to the survival instinct of those still near her? – William O. Felsman Woodland Hills Connecticut leads From an Associated Press article: “Connecticut cops have ticketed more than 2,400 people for driving while talking on handheld cell phones in just the law’s first three months. The law, which took effect Oct. 1, allows cell-phone use with headsets or other hand-free devices. Driving while using a handheld phone is also banned in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.” I think this is fantastic. How many more people have to be run down and how many more accidents have to happen before the state of California wakes up and does the very same thing. How stupid are they in Sacramento, or do the wireless companies have Sacramento in their hip pockets? – Jere Stone Woodland Hills Gonzales on the stand Re: “Gonzales grilled over eavesdropping” (Feb. 7): What is alarming is the way Gonzales alluded to other secret operations. The Congress or judicial system knows nothing of these illegal programs, and Bush claims he has the right because the Congress gave him the power to go to war with Afghanistan (go figure). Bush has broken over 200 FISA laws – laws which explicitly govern the way foreign and domestic electronic communications must be monitored. There are questions about how the administration acted during the 9-11 attacks, (i.e., releasing 140 Saudi nationals during our no-fly zone and other glaring evidence); he also ratted on our own CIA agents, and lied about reasons for war with Iraq. Bush needs to be brought to trial and impeached. – Mary Altmann Agoura Tiresome attacks Re: “State of the Union speech does little to boost Bush” (Viewpoint, Feb. 5): Marianne Means hates George Bush. We know that already. I thought his State of the Union speech to the people of the United States of America was filled with hope, love, promise and joy and applaud him. The tiresome attacks by the leftist legislators and their supporters have been noted by your readers as self-serving and regrettable. We shall overcome. – Theodora Howell West Hills Bubble of anger Re: “Alito’s first ruling” (Your Opinions, Feb. 5): Charles K. Sergis first condemns the “nutty” Democrats for opposing Samuel Alito’s nomination. Then, he calls Alito as “nutty as the Democratic senators” after being on the bench for only one day. I am now convinced that the right-wingers would rather sit in their bubble of anger than be happy; you can’t win with them. – Patrick Owens Woodland Hills Not a valid method Re: “Judging better teaching” (Your Opinions, Feb. 1): My letter regarding “Public schools triumph” was criticized severely, based on the use of “controlled variables” as a “standard in statistical analysis.” In addition, the criticism implies the study proves that “public schools are actually doing a better job of teaching than private schools.” First, altering data after collection is not a valid statistical method. The variables may be used to analyze the study, but not alter it. The data is the data. Second, I do not believe the article said anything about teaching. There are many factors that go into math scores. They may be used to judge the results and to ask questions that need to be studied in the future. The technique of altering the data to change the result is observer bias. – Stephen A. Borowsky Northridge ACLU back to ‘basics’ Make no mistake: if there is anything representing “back to basics” about the ACLU, it assuredly isn’t in an attempt to promote, say, the American principles of the authors of the Declaration of Independence that focus on God – saying that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Rather, the ACLU is far more likely to continue to align with the views of its founder, Roger Baldwin. In 1935, 15 years after he founded the group and with Stalinism in full bloom, Baldwin wrote: “I am for Socialism , disarmament and ultimately, for the abolishing of the State itself … I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control of those who produce wealth, Communism is the goal.” – Robert W. Van de Walle Granada Hills Overwhelming evidence Re: “Atheism as conclusion” (Your Opinions, Feb. 6): Atheists have an irrational fanatic disbelief in the overwhelming evidence that surrounds them every time they step outside their home on a crisp spring day. – Roger E. Lindsey Castaic 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Protecting Americans Re: “Gonzales grilled over eavesdropping” (Feb 7th): There is a difference of opinion among law experts about the constitutionality of electronic surveillance of individuals that are suspected of terrorist ties. I believe very strongly that until this is settled in court all available tools should be used to protect Americans from terrorists. “Democrats pressed Gonzales for details about the program and other similar operations,” but luckily for us the attorney general did not reveal them. Only helpful fools would reveal their game plan to their opponent and terrorists are very determined opponents. – Bill Zelenka Granada Hills Just ask Alberto Re: “Bush’s tough choices” (Feb. 7): Translation: “Bush wants to feed more machines, less people.” The 90,000 homeless in L.A. outnumber the Iraqi “insurgents” by 2 to 1. The 120,000-plus “insurgents” (or so-called gang members) outnumber the police force in L.A. alone by 3 to 1. The amount of money our government spends to fight these problems is probably some small fraction of a percent of the $2 trillion it is spending on the “war” in Iraq, and now Bush wants to spend more on defense and less on programs to help the truly needy in our own country? Like most of America, I now become physically ill at anything that comes out of George W.’s mouth. – Mike J. Friscia Lake View Terrace