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‘Precious individuals’ taken in Texas school shooting

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and ACACIA CORONADO UVALDE, Texas (AP) — One student was an avid runner, so fast she swept the races at field day. Another was learning football plays from his grandfather. One girl sensed something was wrong and wanted to skip school. On Wednesday, stories began to emerge about the lives of the 19 children — “precious individuals” according to the school district superintendent — and their two teachers who were gunned down behind a barricaded door at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde. Vincent Salazar said his 11-year-old daughter, Layla, loved to swim and dance to Tik Tok videos. She was fast — she won six races at the school’s field day, and Salazar proudly posted a photo of Layla showing off two of her ribbons on Facebook. Each morning as h

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Gunman’s final 90 minutes fuel questions about police delays

By JAKE BLEIBERG, JIM VERTUNO and ELLIOT SPAGAT UVALDE, Texas (AP) — It was 11:28 a.m. when the Ford pickup slammed into a ditch behind the low-slung Texas school and the driver jumped out carrying an AR-15-style rifle. Twelve minutes after that, authorities say, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was in the hallways of Robb Elementary School. Soon he entered a fourth-grade classroom. And there, he killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers in a still-unexplained spasm of violence. At 12:58 p.m., law enforcement radio chatter said Ramos had been killed and the siege was over. What happened in those 90 minutes, in a working-class neighborhood near the edge of the little town of Uvalde, has fueled mounting public anger and scrutiny over law enforcement’s response to Tuesday’s rampage. “They say they

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Gunman’s final 90 minutes fuel questions about police delays

By JAKE BLEIBERG, JIM VERTUNO and ELLIOT SPAGAT UVALDE, Texas (AP) — It was 11:28 a.m. when the Ford pickup slammed into a ditch behind the low-slung Texas school and the driver jumped out carrying an AR-15-style rifle. Twelve minutes after that, authorities say, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was in the hallways of Robb Elementary School. Soon he entered a fourth-grade classroom. And there, he killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers in a still-unexplained spasm of violence. At 12:58 p.m., law enforcement radio chatter said Ramos had been killed and the siege was over. What happened in those 90 minutes, in a working-class neighborhood near the edge of the little town of Uvalde, has fueled mounting public anger and scrutiny over law enforcement’s response to Tuesday’s rampage. “They say they

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Ellen ends her daytime show with a plea for compassion

By Lynn Elber | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres brought her nearly two-decade daytime talk show to an end Thursday with a celebrity lovefest and a forceful assertion of her achievement as a gay woman daring to be herself. DeGeneres and guests Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish and Pink shared memories and affection as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” concluded its Emmy-winning, 3,200-plus episode run that began in September 2003. “Twenty years ago, when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different,” DeGeneres said of the pushback from TV stations. When the syndicated show went on the air, she was prevented from saying the word “gay” or even the pronoun “we,” DeGeneres said, since the lat

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Landmark Theatres to take over, upgrade Playhouse 7 in Pasadena

Two weeks after arthouse film fans in Los Angeles found out they were losing a beloved institution in the Landmark Theatres Pico, the Landmark Theatres company announced on Thursday, May 26, that it has signed a long-term lease to operate at the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, with plans to open in the summer. “The Playhouse acquisition is important for Landmark, as we’re able to continue the tradition of showcasing quality film to Pasadena’s movie-going community,” Landmark Theatres President Kevin Holloway said in a statement. “This theater has a deep history, which we look forward to honoring and building upon in the years ahead.” The company plans to undertake a series of renovations in the coming months to the seven-screen, 1,300-seat venue located at 673 E. Colorado Blvd. Planned improveme...

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Teen arrested after Tracy school shooting threat

TRACY — A 16-year-old boy was in San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on Thursday after his arrest in connection with a social media post that threatened a school shooting, authorities said. In a statement, police said officers received word of the post, which mentioned “a clear threat of harm and a picture of a specific school” around 3:22 a.m. from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After some investigation, officers reached out to a west Tracy home and spoke to the teen and his parents. The teen, who police said was not a Tracy Unified School District student, told officers he had made the threat but did not plan any actual violence. He then led officers to what police described as a realistic-looking BB gun, which his parents did not know he had. A home search did not reveal additional ...

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Steve Kerr says “a lot of people” reached out after his impassioned speech on gun violence

SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr’s angry, emotional speech in the wake of the shooting at Robb Elementary School spread quickly across social media and national news. Kerr says many people have reached out to him asking what they can do to help. “I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me, most asking what they can do. And I think that’s a really good question,” Kerr said. In his impassioned statement before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Mavericks, Kerr said he was “fed up” after 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 350 miles south of Dallas. “When are we going to do something?” Kerr said on Tuesday, raising his voice and on the verge of tears. “I’m tired. I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated fa

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Putin’s Brutality Is Exposing Our Massive China Problem

Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyChina and Russia flew six nuclear bombers over the Sea of Japan this week as President Joe Biden was in Tokyo. It was a dramatic show of alliance that should remind us of the lessons that we’ve learned from Ukraine—and that we should be ready to apply those lessons to Taiwan, possibly soon. China has been doubling down its intimidation tactics toward Taiwan in recent months. Beijing sent a carrier group, led by its first in-service aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, to conduct military drills in waters near Taiwan in April. “Similar exercises will be conducted on a regular basis in the future,” a Chinese naval official said. The following week, China sent 25 fighter jets and nuclear bombers into Taiwan’s air defense identification zon...

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Federal jury sides with ousted Oakland police chief who brought whistleblower suit against city

A federal jury has sided with former Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick in deciding she was wrongfully terminated in 2020. The decision came Thursday, about a week and a half after the jury trial began. In that time, city officials, police officers and members of the city’s police oversight commission were called to the stand to settle the question at the root of the lawsuit: whether Kirkpatrick was fired in retaliation for reporting allegedly bad behavior by the police commissioners, or whether — as the city’s mayor and commissioners testified — they terminated her because the community had lost faith in her ability to truly reform the department. The Oakland Police Commission is made up of seven appointed city residents and was created to oversee the police department’s policies and p

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Man shot in arm in East Oakland

OAKLAND — A man was shot Thursday morning in an East Oakland neighborhood, authorities said. Shortly after 9:40 a.m., police responded to reports of ShotSpotter activity in the 1400 block of 74th Avenue in the city’s Arroyo Viejo neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found a victim who had been shot in his arm. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and later listed in stable condition. Police did not initially provide details about any associated suspect or vehicle. For information leading to the arrest of a suspect, police are offering up to $5,000 for each injury shooting. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8572. Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.   ...read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News...

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She died in the shooting, her husband died 2 days later

By Joe Sutton and Christina Maxouris | CNN The husband of Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has died, according to a GoFundMe campaign and a Twitter post from Garcia’s nephew. Joe Garcia died Thursday morning “as a result of a medical emergency,” according to the GoFundMe. His death comes two days after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire on the school, killing 19 children and the two teachers. On the school’s website, Irma Garcia’s biography says the two had been married for at least 24 years and had four children — two sons and two daughters. “Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers,” the GoFundMe, posted by Irma Garcia’s cousin, said. “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than ...

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She died in the shooting, her husband died 2 days later

By Joe Sutton and Christina Maxouris | CNN The husband of Irma Garcia, one of the two teachers killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has died, according to a GoFundMe campaign and a Twitter post from Garcia’s nephew. Joe Garcia died Thursday morning “as a result of a medical emergency,” according to the GoFundMe. His death comes two days after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire on the school, killing 19 children and the two teachers. On the school’s website, Irma Garcia’s biography says the two had been married for at least 24 years and had four children — two sons and two daughters. “Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers,” the GoFundMe, posted by Irma Garcia’s cousin, said. “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than ...

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Father of Uvalde Shooter Salvador Ramos Apologizes for School Slaughter

Roger SollenbergerHONDO, Texas—The father of the 18-year-old gunman who killed 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, this week wants the world to know he is sorry. In an interview with The Daily Beast outside a home in Hondo, Texas, Salvador Ramos said, “I just want the people to know I’m sorry man, [for] what my son did.” “I never expected my son to do something like that,” Ramos, 42, added. “He should’ve just killed me, you know, instead of doing something like that to someone.” at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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At LA County Fair, MacPherson’s Ice Cream sets bar high for 100 years

Schuyler MacPherson dips a vanilla ice cream bar in chocolate. MacPherson’s Ice Cream has been a presence at the fair since the event’s 1922 start. (Photo by David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)His mother, Margaret, deserves the most credit for keeping MacPherson’s afloat. (Root beer afloat?) She was behind the counter for a half-century. She started selling ice cream there in the 1950s when she and her future husband, Ray, were dating. They divorced in the 1970s. Ray kept one stand, in the Food Circle. Margaret had the other, in an Expo Hall. When Ray sold his, its name changed. Thus, the only remaining MacPherson’s stand was owned by his ex-wife, who ran it another quarter-century. When she died in 2009 at age 74, Schuyler took it over. “My mom, who had married into it, was th

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Election 2022: L.A. City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield is challenged by businessman Scott Silverstein

West San Fernando Valley voters will soon elect a candidate to represent them at City Hall in the June 7 primary. Councilman Bob Blumenfield is facing a challenge from real estate broker Scott Silverstein in District 3 to represent communities including Canoga Park, Tarzana, Reseda, Winnetka and Woodland Hills. Like the rest of the city, the district faces issues including homelessness, a shortage of affordable housing and pressing environmental issues. The district includes Warner Center, which is a major commercial and retail hub and home to the vacant Promenade mall, recently purchased by the Kroenke Group for $150 million. The area is set to be transformed into a massive urban district with hundreds of homes, stores and possibly a sports venue now that the Rams owner Stan Kroenke has p

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