LOS ANGELES – A former Arcadia police lieutenant who pleaded guilty in March of last year to using another officer’s name to solicit prostitutes over the Internet in the summer of 2005 will have a sentencing hearing June 28, a judge decided Wednesday. Kenneth Kuwahara, 41, was charged in January 2006 with using a department computer to commit the felony offenses of false personation and identity theft as well as four misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. In the summer of 2005, the Arcadia Police Department launched an investigation after an internal computer-monitoring program picked up on suspicious communications, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Renee Korn said. The probe was later turned over to the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. According to the criminal complaint, Kuwahara had solicited four women for prostitution from Jan. 1 to May 19, 2005, while serving as the on-duty watch commander, using an e-mail account he had set up under a subordinate officer’s name. Kuwahara has been free on his own recognizance since his arrest early last year. On March 6, 2006, Kuwahara pleaded guilty to all six charges and agreed to do 200 hours of Caltrans service by the time of his sentencing, which was scheduled for Wednesday, said Sandi Gibbons, spokesperson for the county District Attorney’s Office. Korn said Kuwahara’s 200 hours were not completed due to confusion by either the probation department or the defendant, so the sentencing was postponed in order to give Kuwahara time to finish his service. Korn added that, as part of his plea agreement, Kuwahara, who had been on the Arcadia police force for more than 20 years, agreed to resign from the department, pay fines and submit to AIDS and DNA testing. If the agreement is honored, the court will then consider reducing the felony convictions to misdemeanors at the time of his sentencing, Gibbons said. Arcadia police Lt. Bob Anderson confirmed Wednesday that Kuwahara is “no longer an employee of the city of Arcadia.” email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Added longtime Democratic consultant Chris Lehane, “This is all about rigging the system, fixing the system to tilt the Electoral College to the Republicans under the pretense of being a reform.” It didn’t help the GOP much when Tony Andrade, the official proponent of one version of the Republican measure, observed that, “When we study the beginning of our country, small states were tough on bigger ones like New York or Massachusetts. They demanded that each state get at least three electors so that they would have a voice in selecting the president. But urban centers are now in control of the selection process.” Texas demonstrates clearly how wrong that claim is. Its big cities like Houston and San Antonio generally go Democratic, but the state has not gone Democratic in a presidential vote in more than a generation. Andrade may be correct in saying that a system assigning presidential electors by congressional district would bring candidates into more rural and outlying areas that now have little role in campaigns. But it made no sense for California to do this unless every other state does it, too. When internal polls began to show the majority of Californians of all stripes agreeing, it was time for the GOP to fold its cards. They did, with Sacramento-based fundraiser Marty Wilson and lawyer Thomas Hiltachk leaving the initiative committee. That left Andrade and few others persisting in the effort, with virtually no money to pay petition circulators. Their task was made even harder when a close supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani disclosed he was the source of virtually all money spent pushing this measure. Of course, there’s another rub, too. California is a Johnny-come-lately Democratic state. Its mostly Republican areas like the Central Valley and the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino are growing faster than coastal areas. So there’s a decent chance California will become a swing state in the foreseeable future, and maybe even a GOP state once again. Which means that in the long run, Republicans might be shooting themselves in the foot if they revive their attempt to change the electoral system. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Republican activists noted that the inland areas of California, along with Orange and San Diego counties, go Republican in almost all elections. Meanwhile, heavily populated coastal counties like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara invariably go heavily Democratic. They have in recent years outvoted Republican areas and made California Democratic. Justice, the Republicans said, would come by allowing those voting differences to be reflected in the Electoral College. Why shouldn’t the Republican candidate get about 22 additional California electoral votes, they argued, which this system would provide if things go next year as they have in the past few elections, since that’s obviously what the voters in Republican-dominated districts prefer? Those 22 votes would be like awarding the GOP an extra Ohio every four years and taking one away from the Democrats. California would not have been the first with such a system, they noted. Maine and Nebraska already divide their votes. But lumping California with states that have a tiny fraction of this state’s massive electoral clout is also unjust. If Californians could rely on big Republican-dominated states like Texas and Florida, which contain many strongly Democratic areas, to adopt a similar system, then a switch might be fair and just. But when Republicans weren’t willing even to consider that, it quickly became clear their effort had no chance. “This is nothing more than an unfair political power grab,” complained Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Presidential candidates from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to Dennis Kucinich all echoed her sentiment before the GOP gave up. Rarely has a political party made as blatant an attempt to skew the electoral system for its own benefit as some prominent California Republicans did this summer and early fall. And rarely has any ballot measure had as little chance to succeed as the plan Republicans floated. Also, rarely has a political ploy had as much potential to backfire on a party in the long run as what the GOP tried to foist on California. Here’s how the GOP wanted to change presidential voting in this state (and some elements are still trying, with little hope of getting anywhere): Rather than giving all California electoral votes to the candidate getting the most votes statewide in any presidential election, the Republican measure would have staged 53 mini-elections, one in every congressional district. Two more electoral votes were to go to the statewide winner. The party – which refused repeatedly to reveal who financed this effort – hoped to keep California from going completely into the Democratic column next year, as it has in the last election cycles. Before then, of course, the state went Republican in all but one election since 1948.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 44th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, brings in a number of topics and guests. Matt Reese has love advice ahead the upcoming National Farm Machinery Show which lands on Valentine’s Day. Ty Higgins is joined by Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute, keynote speaker of this week’s OEFFA Conference. On the them of organic, Joel hears from Dale Nordquist of the University of Minnesota, comparing conventional and organic dairy production from a financial standpoint.
World number two Novak Djokovic, who slumped to a shocking quarter-final exit in the ongoing Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, has said his failure to adjust to the tricky light in the third set led to his loss against Belgium’s David Goffin.The Serb battled back from a set down to force a deciding set, which was eventually sealed by Goffin, who recorded his first ever win over Djokovic. The final score read 2-6, 6-3, 5-7 in favour of the Belgian.Following the defeat, Djokovic said it was almost unplayable in the third set because the setting sun was affecting the ball toss on serve, with half the court was in the shade and the other was in sunlight.”It was almost unplayable.I just got disturbed by that light. On 4-3 I lost that serve. On that side, it’s kind of hard to find timing when somebody’s kind of putting a flashlight directly in your eyes. Both of us struggled on that side. He managed to hold serve on 5-all from that side, which was a great effort from him. But I couldn’t,” Sport24 quoted Djokovic as saying.Talking about his performance in the match, Djokovic said he made a slow start to the match because he was feeling extremely fatigued due to his previous two matches, both of which were three-set battles.”I started slowly probably because I played two long matches. But I thought as the match progressed I was feeling okay. You know, I was physically fine. We had a lot of exchanges, a lot of rallies. David is playing very quick. He’s a fast player. I thought I played very, very well for a set and a half, from the start of the second set,” the 12-time Grand Slam winner said.advertisementThe defeat marks the continuation of Djokovic’s poor start to the year as he failed to make it to the semi-finals in his last four tournament.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary employees were ordered to walk off the job at 6 p.m. Wednesday night as part of the Canada Post rotating strikes.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) made the announcement over its website earlier in the day to report to their locals along with members from Kelowna and Toronto.The move comes after the federal government had named a special mediator earlier in the day in hopes of ending this job action.“There will be no delivery of mail or parcels or pick-ups,” said Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton. “There will likely be pickets set up at our facilities, the rest of our network will remain open but we’ll wait to see where they shut down but you can count on the mail processing facility, the depot, and the post offices.”Hamilton says service will resume as soon as the workers return to the job after that 24 hour period.“Negotiations continue, we have a good offer on the table with wage increases, benefit improvements, job security and no concessions or rollbacks whatsoever,” he said. “Rotating strikes are having an impact on our customers, we’re trying to do everything we can to minimize them and catch up once they end but it is an inconvenience for our customers and we’re doing our best to reduce that inconvenience.”The union has several things it says it wants to be addressed, including job security through the creation of full-time positions.They also want issues addressed concerning parcel deliveries and health concerns around what it deems as precarious work.“We never know, hopefully, it’ll be over soon,” said Casey Hutsul from the picket line. “It’s dead, maybe it’ll last a couple days we’re hoping.”“We’re trying to get the employer to negotiate,” said Anna Beale, Executive Vice-President of the Calgary local of the Candian Union of Postal Workers. “And they just seem to have, I don’t know if it’s come to a standstill or they want someone else to push them but we’re here to say we want you to negotiate properly and fairly.”Beale says they are in favour of the increased workload they’re seeing with parcel delivery but it has to be done safely.“We’re also looking at making it a better pay equity system … we’re trying to get it so whoever does the same work gets the same pay.”Canada Post has warned customers there could be delays as these walkouts continue.CUPW represents 50,000 employees nationwide.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed terror outfits and its efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing were questioned by members of a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at a meeting held in China, according to a media report. A 10-member delegation, led by Finance Secretary Mohammad Younas Dagha, attended the two-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) of the Paris-based FATF in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou where it defended Pakistan’s efforts against money laundering and terror financing. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAccording to a Dawn report, some participants, particularly those from India, raised very tough questions about Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed organisations and effectiveness of internal controls. On May 3, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India will ask the FATF to put Pakistan on a blacklist of countries that fail to meet international standards in stopping financial crime. The APG will submit to the FATF its analysis of the compliance report submitted by Pakistan at the meeting, which concluded yesterday, and the progress made since the group’s on-site inspection in Islamabad and Karachi in March, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe APG report will become the basis for the FATF to decide whether to exclude Pakistan from its grey list or not. The delegation briefed the meeting about Pakistan’s updated actions against currency smuggling, proscribed organisations and tightening of financial and corporate sector systems and operational effectiveness, the report said. Giving examples of the measures taken by it, Pakistan cited arrests of key operatives of some proscribed outfits, putting more such groups and their affiliates in the list of banned outfits, blocking their accounts and financial flows and taking control of their assets. In March, bowing down to international pressure, Pakistan launched a major crackdown on Jaish-e-Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation and other banned outfits and took over the control of their assets throughout the country. The Pakistan delegation said the country was very close to accomplish the milestones set under the FATF action plan well before the September deadline. It also said the government recently revised its national risk assessment of the corporate sector, strengthened customs procedures on borders and inland movement of funds and assets. Besides, internal control of the banking and non-banking financial institutions, insurance companies and stock exchanges has been strengthened to curb the possibility of money laundering and terror financing. The delegation cited the creation of a specialised directorate of Cross-Border Currency Movement (CBCM) in Islamabad to maintain a database of currency seizures. The APG had earlier flashed contradictory situations and poor coordination among stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, in fighting money laundering and terror financing in Pakistan. Last month, it expressed serious reservations over insufficient physical actions on ground against proscribed organisa tions to block flow of funds and activities.
U.S. songstress Mariah Carey was reportedly paid around $1.5 million to perform at a private celebration in London for the son of the Sultan of Brunei on New Year’s Eve, Britain’s Daily Mail reported on Friday.Invited to appear by Prince Azim, Carey is believed to have performed three songs, including Always Be My Baby, and lead a chorus of traditional New Year’s hit Auld Lang Syne.“Prince Azim is known for his lavish star-studded parties, and his 30th birthday in 2012 was attended by the likes of Elizabeth Jagger, Raquel Welch and Pamela Anderson,” the newspaper reported, adding that the party hosting Carey took place at the five-star Dorchester Hotel. Carey and the billionaire prince are believed to have been “friends for a number of years,” the newspaper stated.“Mariah has known Prince Azim for many years … They are friends and have done a lot of charity work together,” a representative for Carey told the newspaper, although they would not discuss how much Carey was paid.The pop diva performed alongside veteran star Diana Ross at the event, which hosted high profile guests including actresses Sophia Loren and Faye Dunaway.But Carey’s New Year’s performance came after she stirred controversy when she was paid an estimated $1m to perform for Angolan President Josè Eduardo Dos Santos last week.The performance prompted human rights campaigners to express their outrage at the news, claiming the leader had murdered and exploited the African country’s people for his own gain.But Carey is not the only pop star to recently come under fire for controversial performances.In July 2013, Jennifer Lopez apologized for singing “Happy Birthday to You” to the president of Turkmenistan.The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) had criticized the performance in a strongly worded statement, prompting the apology. According to the nonprofit, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has “ruled the country with an iron fist since 2006.”Source: Al Arabiya
Under a rare clear London sky, Allyson Felix shot around the track in the 200-meter race like a woman determined to not have a third failure in the event of her life.With 40 meters remaining to cover before the finish line – and the elusive Olympic gold medal – Felix burst pass Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to glory.The disheartening results of previous Olympics mattered not. The gold was hers, and she left no doubt about it, either, winning by .21 seconds.Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who won the 100 four nights earlier and Team USA’s Carmelita Jeter, who added a bronze to go with her silver in the 100 meters.One more spot back was Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who defeated Felix in the Athens and Beijing Games and was trying to become the first woman to win the same individual track and field event in three consecutive Olympics.It was the third-place tie in 100-meter qualifying at U.S. trials last month that hovered over Felix’s run-up to these Olympics — forcing her to defend herself off the track for the first time in an otherwise-pristine career.Her tie with Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final spot in the 100 forced USA Track and Field officials to scramble for a solution. One possibility was a coin flip; instead, they settled on a run-off. But Tarmoh begged off. Felix, never a serious medal contender for the 100, had to defend her decision not to give up the spot, and she went on to finish fifth.“Everyone just expected me to give up this spot, because I think lots of people … know me and they know that I’m seen as this very nice girl,” Felix said with a chuckle a few days before the start of track and field in London. “But it’s not just about me.”On this night, finally, it was.
Sophomore Kyle Skinner gets ready to serve the ball on at the game on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Lantern ReporterFollowing a trip to the West Coast, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team will try and earn a win after losing three straight when the Buckeyes travel to Missouri to take on Lindenwood Friday, and Quincy on the road in Illinois Saturday. The Buckeyes (4-8, 0-2) are looking for their first win since their four-set victory against Lincoln Memorial at home on Feb. 2. They’ve lost nine straight sets since then to then-unranked Purdue Fort Wayne, No. 6 UC Santa Barbara and No. 1 Long Beach State. Ohio State is also going for its first league win after losses to the Mastodons and then-No. 13 Ball State earlier this season.Head coach Pete Hanson said he’s trying to get his young team to find ways to keep momentum when the match is on the line. “We’re still just making some young errors at really critical times that can keep momentum going,” Hanson said. “A lot of times, that’s what this game is all about: Can you keep a scoring run going or can you stop a scoring run by the other team? We’re just struggling to kind of find ways to get those two things accomplished and a lot of that is youth right now.” Both the Lions and the Hawks share identical records with the Buckeyes. Lindenwood (4-8, 0-2) comes into the match on Friday fresh off losses to No. 10 Lewis and then-No. 8 Loyola Chicago. The Lions are led by redshirt sophomore Charley Hlavin, who has accounted for 103 kills, 52 digs and six aces this season. The Lions and the Buckeyes have had two common opponents this season: Penn State and Saint Francis. Both teams are 1-1, with the Buckeyes having beaten Penn State at home, while the Lions have a five-set road win against the the Red Flash. Quincy (4-8, 0-2) will face the Buckeyes Saturday after having played against league foe McKendree two nights before. The Hawks are currently on their own three-match losing streak, featuring straight-set defeats against then-No. 8 Loyola Chicago and No. 10 Lewis and a four-set loss to Lourdes. The Hawks are led by junior outside hitter Omari Wheeler, who has amassed 160 kills, 60 digs and eight aces this season. Both the Buckeyes and the Hawks fell in straight-sets to their only common opponent: No. 1 Long Beach State. Ohio State will have to lean on the youth on its roster to come up big this weekend. Injuries to major contributors such as senior setter Sanil Thomas and sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes have given some younger players more opportunities. Freshman outside hitter Jack Stevens, a serving specialist for the Buckeyes, said he’s been learning a lot from the upperclassmen about how to adjust to playing at the collegiate level. “All the older guys have taught me a lot about just the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed at this level, whether it’s in the practice gym, the weight room, or in the classroom,” Stevens said. “All these guys have been working hard for four or five years. It’s really cool to learn from them.” Ohio State will face Lindenwood at 8 p.m. Friday in Saint Charles, Missouri, and Quincy at 8 p.m. Saturday in Quincy, Illinois.