• 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
    Independent Review.

    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.

    Funds raised
    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.

    California
    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.

    L.A.P.D. Chief
    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.

    Entrepreneur
    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.”

    Speaking of
    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.

    This year’s
    Dinner Committee chairs included Chief Charlie Beck and Robert M. Hertzberg.
    Co-chairs included Lasorda, Sylvester Stallone, among others.

    “I’m here
    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
    important.”

    Devine was
    among more than a handful of celebrities and local politicians, who included
    Sharon Stone, Lasorda, Hill, Meehan, Gary Collins and screen legend Ruta Lee.

    “It’s always
    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.

    Al Han,
    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.”

    Also attending
    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
    Tuesday.

    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.

    The
    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.”

    “The
    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.

    New
    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.

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    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
    Media Research.

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    NEW YORK, August 30, 2010 (AFP) – The US dollar gained ground Monday against the euro but fell against the yen as new data heightened concern about the recovery of the world’s largest economy.

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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
    homes.
    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
    property.’
    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.

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    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 sanmarinocelebrityseries@gmail.com.

    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
    edition.

    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
    edition.

    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.

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