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Articles from the July 1, 2016 edition

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  • Half of Prince's Estate Will Go to Taxman

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2016

    The wealthy generally avoid probate by putting their assets in a trust prior to death. Prince died on April 21. Bremer Trust stepped into its role as special administrator for the estate on April 27 on behalf of Prince's only full sister, Tyka Nelson, stating that her brother had died without a will-- a good sign that the childless singer did not expect to die at 54. At a June 7th hearing, Douglas Peterson, an attorney for Bremer Trust, said the special administrator has a duty to maximize the...

  • Why Ikea Is Not Legally Liable For 6 Deaths of Children

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2016

    The tragic deaths of six children due to a certain type of dresser from Ikea falling over, are regrettable. No parent ever quite overcomes the death of a child. My own mother lost a 4 year old daughter to a tragic car crash before I was born; she would cry every year on the anniversary for the rest of her life. But tragedy and legal liability are different things. Swedish furniture kit maker IKEA Group recalled 36 million chests sold at their North American stores. They have been linked to the...

  • Beverly Hills Enjoys Dogs' Day of Summer at Woofstock 90210

    Dana Beeson, City of Beverly Hills PR

    Beverly Hills, Calif. – On Sunday, June 26, the City of Beverly Hills celebrated the 8th annual Woofstock 90210 with approximately 3,600 people and their pets at Roxbury Park's Wiggly Field. With the spotlight on pet adoptions and rescues, 46 pets were adopted, making this the most successful Woofstock 90210 yet. Bill Crowe of the Pet Care Foundation said, "It was a very busy day with many rescue groups as well as the LA City shelters participating. Thanks to everyone at the City of Beverly H...

  • Major US Airstrike Said to Have Killed 250 Isis Fighters

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2016

    A series of major US airstrike near Fallujah, Iraq, is said to have killed 260 fighters. The Islamic State is believed to have about 25,000 fighters, so if confirmed, the death toll would be significant relative to ISIS size. Most of the fighters have been recruited from other Arab countries or from Europe. American airstrikes killed at least 250 ISIS fighters driving in a convoy outside Fallujah on Wednesday, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News. The strikes occurred on the...

  • Hillary Clinton to Meet with FBI Saturday

    Observer Staff|Jul 1, 2016

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton met agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations on Saturday. When investigators meet with the "target defendant," it generally means their investigation is swiftly coming to a conclusion, legal experts say. "Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was Secretary. She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a...

  • Homeless Man attacks 11 Year Old Boy, Gets Six Years.

    Jul 1, 2016

    A homeless man who assaulted an 11-year-old boy outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles was sentenced today, June 30, to six years in state prison. The man, Raul Villalba Ocampo, 33, pleaded to one count of child abuse. Last December, in 2015, the boy was standing outside of Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of a school field trip. Ocampo placed the boy in a chokehold and punctured his neck with a sharpened key, apparently a homemade weapon. He continued his assault until...