LOS ANGELES (CNS) – In as many as 60 cases, Los Angeles County officials
failed to follow the law that requires them to make public child fatalities
resulting from abuse or neglect, a county attorney said today.
The vast majority of cases of child deaths handled by the Department of
Children and Family Services should be classified as resulting from abuse and
neglect, but dozens are not, and staffers within the department often disagree
in their assessment, according to a report by the county’s Office of
by Winston Chua
LOS ANGELES – The 2010 Eagle & Badge gala Saturday night
honored individuals who have had a major impact on the community and have
established remarkable legacies in Los Angeles. The event was held at the Hyatt
Regency Century Plaza Hotel, presented by the Los Angeles Police Protective
League’s Eagle and Badge Foundation in L.A. and produced by E & B Event
Chair Arthur M. Kassell.
through the event, entitled “In the Line of Duty Legacy Awards”, will benefit
the Eagle and Badge Foundation, which provides financial support for police
officers and their families along with the children and community-based
organizations in the community they serve.
Attorney General Jerry Brown presented Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca
with a 2010 Line of Duty Legacy Award.
L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley presented Los Angeles Dodger
owner Frank McCourt with a legacy award as well. Kassel, a recipient of an
award who helped make the night’s event possible, joined KCBS Sports Director
Jim Hill and L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti in co-hosting the event.
Charlie Beck presented the 2010 Medal of Valor Awards, the L.A.P.D.’s highest
and most prestigious honor for those who have displayed acts of extreme courage
in facing imminent peril.
Paula Kent Meehan of Beverly Hills, said, “I think Sheriff Baca has done an
outstanding job. I’ve been an admirer and respecter of his achievements. The
control that is needed on a serious, conservative basis is what he’s giving.”
“When you look
at the police representing the city of Los Angeles, anytime you can show your
appreciation for what they do for us, you do it,” said former Dodgers manager
Tommy Lasorda, who gave the invocation Saturday. “They put their life on the
line every day, because that’s what they want to do. So I’m proud to be
associated with the police because they are the best.”
the Dodgers, Frank McCourt announced that he will invite all of the roughly
10,000 members of the Los Angeles Police Department and their families to come
up to Dodgers Stadium, before the end of the year, at no cost.
Dinner Committee chairs included Chief Charlie Beck and Robert M. Hertzberg.
Co-chairs included Lasorda, Sylvester Stallone, among others.
tonight because I support the efforts of Arthur Kassel. He is doing such great
work on behalf of his late wife. I applaud his continued efforts,” said Fox
News anchorwoman Christine Devine. The journalist stood alongside friend and
retired Santa Monica Police Officer Cristina Lopez. “And of course we all need
our law enforcement, so to support law enforcement in Los Angeles is very
among more than a handful of celebrities and local politicians, who included
Sharon Stone, Lasorda, Hill, Meehan, Gary Collins and screen legend Ruta Lee.
important to support the police. They are at the forefront of protecting our
communities. They lay their lives on the line for us and we should always
remember them,” said Beverly Hills participant Igor Korbatov.
immediate past vice chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County,
said, “I think the LAPD has a tremendous task ahead of them and every cop
that’s out on the beat takes a lot of risk in what they do. It’s really hard to
enforce the law today, because every officer is worried about potential
lawsuits filed against them.”
the event were Tribune publisher Clif and Candace Smith, Beverly Hills Vice
Mayor Barry and Sue Brucker and Beverly Hills School Board Vice President Lisa
Korbatov. Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa was also recognized.
NEW YORK, August 31, 2010 (AFP) – New York voters overwhelmingly do
not want a mosque to be built near the New York City site of the
September 11, 2011 terrorist strikes, according to a new poll out
By a 71-21 percent margin, those surveyed by Quinnipiac
University agreed that the project’s backers “should voluntarily build
the mosque somewhere else” to accommodate the feelings of relatives of
those killed in the attacks.
And 71 percent said that New York
State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo should investigate the financing of
the project, a community center including a mosque two blocks from
“Ground Zero” where the World Trade Center towers once stood.
The study, conducted August 23-29, had an error margin of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
survey found New Yorkers agreed by a 54-40 percent margin that “Muslims
have the right to build the mosque near Ground Zero” — but also agreed
by a 53-39 margin that “because of the sensitivities of 9/11 relatives,
Muslims should not be allowed to build the mosque near Ground Zero.”
heated, sometimes angry, debate over the proposal to build a mosque two
blocks from Ground Zero has New York State voters twisted in knots,
with some of them taking contradictory positions depending on how the
question is asked,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac
University Polling Institute.
The study found that New York City voters generally hold more positive views of Islam than voters elsewhere in the state.
York City voters say by a 62-21 percent margin that Islam is a peaceful
religion, against 49-28 percent among upstate voters and 51-25 percent
among suburban voters, according to the poll.
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Viewership for NBC’s coverage of the 62nd annual
Primetime Emmy Awards averaged 13.5 million viewers, the event’s largest
audience since 2006, according to preliminary figures released today by Nielsen
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A non-jury trial to decide whether Frank McCourt is
the sole owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers or if his estranged wife Jamie
McCourt has an ownership stake in the team is scheduled to begin today.
Frank McCourt maintains a document signed by the couple during their
marriage gives him sole possession of the team, Dodger Stadium and surrounding
land, while giving Jamie McCourt the couple’s six homes and one condominium.
Frank McCourt also contends he permitted Jamie McCourt to call herself a
co-owner of the team only in the “interests of family harmony.’
However, Jamie McCourt claims that the martial property agreement was
changed after she signed it, and her lawyer, Dennis Wasser, filed documents
earlier this month alleging fraud.
Wasser said the wording was changed “to shield the couple’s non-
business assets from creditors’ and that she never would have signed an
agreement giving up her interest in the team in exchange for the couple’s
Jamie McCourt also states in a sworn declaration that “there was never
any discussion that only Frank owned the Dodgers or that it was his separate
Thomas Ostertag, Major League Baseball’s general counsel, is expected to
testify that Frank McCourt is the team’s sole owner and that Jamie McCourt
has no claim to ownership under baseball rules, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The trial before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon is
expected to take about 11 days.
What has been the divorce case has cast a cloud over the Dodgers since
the McCourts confirmed their separation Oct. 14, one day before the start of
the National League Championship Series.
The couple, who married in November 1979 and have four grown sons,
separated on July 6, 2009.
Frank McCourt fired his wife as the Dodgers’ chief executive officer a
day after the team lost the series to the Philadelphia Phillies. She filed for
divorce five days after her firing.
The divorce case has led to a perception among Dodger fans that the team
is financially hamstrung in acquiring players.
Frank McCourt has consistently maintained that the divorce has no
bearing on the operation of the team and its acquisition of players.
Mrs. Kunibert Gerhardt of San
Marino was recently installed as the 2010-2011 President
of the San Marino Guild of the Huntington
Hospital. Peggy Yingling,
past president, installed the new officers at a luncheon held at the San
Gabriel Country Club.
Other members of the executive board include Mrs. Osvaldo
Ferramola of Arcadia, First Vice President; Mrs. Peter Mason of South Pasadena,
Second Vice President; Ms. Betsy Bogue of South Pasadena, Recording Secretary;
Mrs. Clint Whitten of Arcadia, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. Bruce Bogue of San Marino, Treasurer; Mrs. James Little of Pasadena, Parliamentarian; Mrs. Dale Burger of San Marino,
Immediate Past President.
This year’s officers reflect 174 years of volunteering for Huntington Hospital. The new president, Mimi
Gerhardt, has been an active member of the San Marino Guild since 1977 and has
held many positions on the Board of Directors, including being Chair of the San
Marino Celebrity Series more than half a dozen times. In addition, she has
served as Guild President 27 years ago. Mimi brings experience and enthusiasm
as new leader of the Guild.
The San Marino Guild is a 58 year-old volunteer organization
which supports the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital, as well as the
pediatric and maternity units.
This year, members raised money for the new pediatric
section of the Trauma and Emergency Center of the Huntington.
Plans are already underway for the 43rd season of the San
Marino Celebrity Series. This is the Guild’s primary fundraising activity. 2011
will be an exciting season of humor and music that the entire family will
enjoy. There will be four afternoon events, beginning, Sunday, January 30.2011,
with “Laughter and Magic Unleashed.”
For program information or to be added to the mailing list,
please call 626-793-1333 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Mitch Lehman
TRIBUNE SPORTS EDITOR
On her very first day in that country, Spain won its
first World Cup soccer championship – and Rebecca Morris’s experience
immediately came crashing down to earth.
And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s a bit surprising that the San Marino High School
junior, who is an integral part of the Lady Titans’ cross country, soccer and
track teams and is rarely standing still, would hold such passion for a pastime
which requires such focus and concentration.
For the complete story, read the San Marino Tribune print
By Mitch Lehman
EDITOR OF THE TRIBUNE
The San Marino Unified School District was able to rehire
more than forty certificated teachers and twenty classified support staff for
the 2010 – 11 school year at Tuesday night’s board meeting, thanks to more than
$4.5 million in donations courtesy of the recent ‘Refuse to Lose’ campaign,
launched to offset a reduction in state funding.
The final tally includes $2,490,000 from the San Marino
Schools Foundation, $1 million from major donors, $100,000 from each of the
four school site PTAs and PTSAs, more than $184,000 in employee concessions
that included management, administration and classified staff, a $100,000
donation from the Chinese Club of San Marino and a total of about $70,000 in
SMUSD employee payroll pledges and teacher donations.
For the complete story, read the San Marino Tribune print
BEIJING, August 26, 2010 (AFP) – China stepped up nationwide checks of its fast-growing airline fleet Thursday as a top aviation official defended the safety of a remote, forested airport where a plane crash killed 42 people.