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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre ————————————- 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. The Los Angeles City Council agreed today to spend an additional $40 million for work on the Los Angeles Police Department’s new administrative building, which is under construction in the downtown area. The council unanimously agreed to increase the project’s budget to $437 million to cover additional expenses associated with land acquisition costs and the Motor Transport Division parking structure. Sylmar-based Tutor-Saliba broke ground 11 months ago on the building on First Street, between Main and Spring streets. The 500,000-square-foot structure, which is slated to open in May 2009, will replace the LAPD’s Parker Center, which was completed in 1955. The additional funding will come from Proposition C, parking revenue and the Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Lindsay said it will apply to work done on airplanes as well as the treatment of passengers, particularly those with disabilities. A letter is being sent to all contractors advising them of the higher standards and warning that they could lose their contracts if there are problems. A recent study by the Transportation Security Administration found that 75percent of screeners at airports across the country failed a random test to identify dangerous devices. The TSA has assured LAX officials that the screeners who failed have received upgraded training and that LAX is well within national standards. “With the holidays coming up, we have to have a sense of urgency,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “If something happens, people will be looking to us to see what went wrong.” [email protected] 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the holiday travel season approaching, Los Angeles officials sought assurances Wednesday that security at LAX is tightened in all areas – from federal screeners to private workers who clean airplanes. “The pressure on these folks is more intense than ever,” Councilman Jack Weiss told members of the council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee. “When you’re talking about security at the airport, it has to be perfect.” Gina Marie Lindsay, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, said she has begun developing tougher standards for the private companies that provide cleaning services at Los Angeles International Airport.
During a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa, on Thursday, Giuliani was asked whether he still stands by Kerik. He sidestepped that question and said the issue has to be decided by the courts. “A lot of public comment about it is inconsistent with its getting resolved in the right way in the courts,” Giuliani said. A former undercover police officer with a bodybuilder’s physique and a knack for charming people in high places, Kerik has since been hit with a string of revelations about personal and professional improprieties. His nomination was confronted with news reports about stock-option windfalls, his connections with people suspected of doing business with the mob and overlapping extramarital affairs with two women: Judith Regan, the publisher of his memoir, and a city correction officer. The liaisons reportedly occurred in an apartment near ground zero that had been set aside for rescue workers. Kerik, 51, who married his current wife in 1998 and has two children with her, apparently became close with Regan while writing “The Lost Son,” in which he described being abandoned by his prostitute mother. Kerik rose from cop to Giuliani’s correction commissioner in the late 1990s. From there, he became police commissioner and later went to work in Iraq rebuilding the country’s police force. Then came the failed Homeland Security nomination. Democrats who opposed the nomination focused on Kerik’s recent windfall from exercising stock options in a stun-gun company that did business with the department. His take: $6.2 million. Days after President George W. Bush introduced Kerik as his nominee, Kerik announced he was withdrawing his name because of tax issues involving his former nanny. But by then, state investigators were already aware of the expensive renovations done to his Bronx apartment in 1999, including built-in cabinets and a rotunda with a marble entryway. They alleged the work was paid for by Mafia-connected builders who sought his help winning city contracts. Giuliani was forced to testify before a state grand jury in a case that resulted in Kerik pleading guilty last year to accepting illegal gifts while on the city payroll.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Several calls to Kerik’s lawyer, Kenneth Breen, were not immediately returned. Authorities have alleged that Kerik took tens of thousands of dollars in services from benefactors and never reported it as income. Earlier this year, he rejected a plea deal, and his attorney insisted he had done nothing wrong. An indictment is the latest chapter of a downfall that began within days of Kerik’s nomination in 2004 to head the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, he was billed by the former mayor as a no-nonsense, self-made lawman who helped restore calm following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A federal indictment of Kerik could complicate matters for Giuliani as the first presidential primaries draw near. The ex-mayor frequently says that he made a mistake in recommending Kerik to be Homeland Security chief, but that might not be enough to avoid the political damage of a drawn-out criminal case involving his one-time protege. NEW YORK – A federal grand jury has indicted Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, on corruption charges, a person close to the investigation said Thursday. The charges include mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, making false statements on a bank application, making false statements for a U.S. government position and theft of honest services, the person said. The theft charge essentially accuses a government employee of abusing his position and defrauding the public. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the indictment was sealed and wasn’t expected to be unsealed until Kerik’s arraignment today.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Daily Breeze reported Thursday that Smith asked each member of his freshman football team to kiss him on the cheek before a recent game as he passed out their jerseys. Torrance school officials are investigating whether other coaches witnessed the situation, Khan said. Khan on Friday provided a report that showed Smith did take a coaching education course that the CIF requires. The course includes sexual harassment training. A passing score for the course test is 80 percent. Smith scored 100 percent. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A West High School football coach who allegedly tied up girls at the Torrance campus and in his home, and who asked all the boys on his team to kiss him, has been fired from his job, the district said Friday. Michael Anthony Smith, 51, no longer will coach the freshman football team or other freshman sports. Torrance school board trustees fired him earlier in the week, district spokeswoman Tammy Khan said. Police arrested Smith on Dec. 7 after a teenage girl’s boyfriend contacted school officials with information that Smith had tied her up. Five girls told Torrance detectives that Smith put tape over their mouths, wrapped their hands and feet, and handcuffed them on separate occasions. Police are continuing to investigate the motive, but said they found that no sex acts occurred.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNevertheless, Nunez told the Bee that he is willing to consider a tax increase for Californians. Only this welfare state does a better job of taking care of employee unions, retired public workers and special interests than it does taking care of the sick and the needy, not to mention the average taxpayer. If Nunez does find a way to raise taxes, he will end up with even more social problems. Taking money out of people’s pockets – consumer spending is the largest sector of the economy – reduces economic activity, slows job growth and leads to unemployment. The economy, particularly in the Inland Empire, San Diego and other areas whopped by the real estate meltdown, is having enough trouble. Nunez should think of ways to cut spending, and taxes, to become competitive with neighboring states like Nevada and Arizona that have been not-so-quietly sucking jobs out of California for years. Nunez said he would consider raising taxes in two ways: Internet sales and restoring the vehicle license fee Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger successfully lowered. The Internet, along with California’s dominance over many of its marquee businesses, is one of the economy’s bright spots and should not be tampered with. Assembly speaker proposes raising California’s taxes at the worst possible time. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez clearly learned about more than wine on his European vacations financed by campaign donations. As he told reporters the other day, he went to France and Spain for an education. He appears to have learned something about taxes, telling The Sacramento Bee on Friday that he would consider increasing them to close the state’s $14billion budget shortfall. Much of the European Union, including France, uses high taxes to finance its welfare states. The result, for many countries, is a high level of services – coupled with staggering unemployment, particularly for younger workers. Car fees would hurt another important segment of the economy, auto dealers, and take money out of drivers’ purses and wallets. With gasoline prices so high in California, driving is already prohibitively expensive and is one of the reasons inflation is looming. The speaker told The Sacramento Bee that he is looking to close tax “loopholes” for major corporations. The corporations, of course, will respond by spending less money on hiring and wages in California. It’s that simple. The governor is opposed. He prefers a reduction in spending. So would we. We assume that he has probably learned a few things in Europe, too.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
He was born and raised in a mountain village. His stone house had neither running water nor electricity. At 17, against the wishes of his parents, he bid his family good-bye, and trudged for days over hundreds of miles to the big city where he would be the first in his family to attend college and attain his dream of becoming a teacher. His story was met with eye-rolls by his two young grandsons. Their struggles in childhood centered on not having the latest Nintendo game or the fastest computer CPU. Papou Yorgo graduated from teacher’s college, honorably served his country in the military, and then returned to the mountains to begin his career in a small school. He was soon the proud husband of Yiayia Tasia, and father of their two children, one of whom grew up to be Alex and George’s dad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonOn the cusp of adolescence, Alex and George didn’t see their grandfather’s admirable life and career behind the face of the stern gray-haired old man. Now in his 80s, Papou was a relic of an “uninteresting” era. Visiting the grandparents every summer usually meant escaping their company for biking and soccer on the streets with peers. An unusual afternoon shower during one of those visits a few years ago brought the boys running inside. Sans video games, computers, or satellite TV, it wasn’t long before “I’m bored,” echoed through the house. Papou Yorgo responded with a gruff, “Come here,” and handed each of the boys a bevy of tools. “This door is broken,” he said, demonstrating how the scratched wooden portal was loose on its hinges and too warped for its frame. “We are now going to repair it.” Grumbling, George and Alex reluctantly worked alongside their grandfather, sawing, sanding, hammering, and staining. At first, their efforts were half-hearted, but, as the project progressed, their enthusiasm grew. George was amazed to discover that his Papou was as good at tinkering, adjusting, and fixing things as he was. And Warcraft aficionado Alex was soon a rapt listener to Papou’s tales of real battles won during World War II and the Greek Civil War. By the time the sun returned, the team had refurbished the door and laid plans for additional renovations – and conversations – together. The call that Papou was very ill came in mid-October. “I’m going to pray for Papou,” Alex admitted, “that God makes a miracle and saves him.” “God did give him a miracle,” I responded. “Twenty-five years ago, when he was cured of cancer. He got a chance to live to see his children get married, and to get to know his grandchildren and watch them grow up.” But I was grateful for yet another miracle. That my boys had had the chance to get to know Papou and learn their family’s heritage and history at his side. Papou Yorgo passed away peacefully at the end of October. His memory and his gifts live on in all our hearts. Linda Reid Chassiakos, M.D., is director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University, Northridge.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I think guys are relying on other guys to do stuff and are not taking the initiative or are too timid to actually do something on offense,” said CSUN junior center Thomas Shewmake, who scored 14 points Sunday. Fortunately for the Matadors, barring any setbacks Altheimer is expected back for Thursday’s home game against UC Davis. Locke’s status is unclear. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Cal State Northridge’s already thin backcourt got a lot thinner after halftime of the Matadors’ 84-73 loss to Long Beach State on Sunday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid. Starting point guard Bakari Altheimer missed the game with a concussion, suffered in Friday’s loss to UC Irvine, and back-up Robert Locke left the game after complaining to a trainer about a re-occurence of an abdominal strain that forced him to miss the first eight games of the season. Locke changed out of his uniform and watched the second half from the Matadors’ bench, wearing his travel sweats. After the game, he did not ride the bus back to campus with the team. “He told the trainer he couldn’t go back in the game, and that’s where I’m going to leave that right now,” Cal State Northridge coach Bobby Braswell said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Long Beach (7-8, 2-2) used its pressure defense to force 21 Matadors turnovers, including 15 in the first half when Northridge fell behind by as many as 20 points. Without Altheimer, the conference leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, the Matadors (6-8, 1-3) were left with only two healthy point guards, freshman Jason Hill and Locke. Hill started the game, but had five turnovers in 11 minutes of play in the first half. In the second half, Hill improved, turning the ball over just once in 13 minutes. But without Locke, the rest of the minutes at point guard went to junior Mike Efevberha, who seemed uncomfortable in that role, with four second-half turnovers. After averaging 22.2 points per game in his first 12 games, Efevberha has been held to 10 points in each of the past two games. Braswell brought Efevberha off the bench Sunday because he wasn’t pleased with his all-around game in Friday’s loss and said that might continue until he improves his defense and shot selection. Efevberha has made only six of 25 shots during that stretch.
There are still nearly 1,000 farmers in Co Donegal who applied to the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme (DAS) and have not received any payment, according to Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.Information received by Fianna Fáil through a series of Parliamentary Questions shows that 8,483 Donegal farmers applied under DAS. 7,500 of these have received payments, while 983 farmers have still not received the money they are owed.Senator Ó Domhnaill has described the delays as ‘disgraceful’. “There is no excuse for leaving hundreds farmers waiting since September for the money they are owed under DAS. These farmers are dependent on this support and they simply cannot wait for months on end to get the money they are entitled to,” the Donegal Senator said.“This is down to the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney’s own mismanagement. The retrospective stocking density requirements imposed by the Minister is causing protracted delays in the disadvantaged areas payment, leaving 8,000 farmers nationally still waiting for the money they are owed.“The Minister should not have allowed this to happen. I am calling on him to immediately ensure that all 983 outstanding DAS payments in Donegal, and 8,000 outstanding payments nationally, re processed and issued without further delay.” 1,000 DONEGAL FARMERS STILL WAITING ON DAS PAYMENT – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: April 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian Ó DomhnaillDAS SCHEMEfarmers
A 15 year old Donegal girl is still pinching herself after being invited to an audience of Riverdance along with Michelle Obama.Shauna with her secret invitation to see Riverdance with First Lady Michelle Obama.Donegal Town teenager Shauna Curran, an active member of youth group Foroige, received an exciting phone call on Thursday last from its head office in Dublin.Foroige told her she was to be invited to a secret event and would be given the details in the coming days. The following day Friday 14th June Shauna received an e-mail with all of the details.At first glance she seen that it was an official invitation from The Embassy of the United States of America with an invitation for her to go to a performance of Riverdance in the Gaeity Theatre Dublin to join the First Lady Mrs Michelle Obama along with her two daughters, Malia and Sasha.Shauna, a fourth year pupil at the Abbey Vocational School, was the only young person to be selected to represent the North West region.Shauna has been an active member of Foroige for this past 5 years and she has just completed the Foroige Leadership for Life programme. Shauna’s mum Ann told Donegal Daily that her daughter had the time of her life despite not getting to meeting the First Lady.“To actually be invited to a performance of Riverdance and to sit just a few feet from Michelle Obama was a once in a lifetime experience for Shauna. She was overwhelmed.“She was not a fan of Riverdance before but she loved the show and is telling everyone how they should go and see it now.“It’s something she will never for get for the rest of her life and it will give her great confidence,” she said. DONEGAL GIRL’S SECRET VISIT TO SEE RIVERDANCE WITH AMERICA’S FIRST LADY was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MICHELLE OBAMARiverdanceSHAUNA CURRAN