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Articles from the July 8, 2022 edition

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  • Recall Gascon Campaign Has Sufficient Signatures; Federal Study Shows Longer Prison Sentences Reduce Recidivism; 43% Increase in Officers Shot on Duty and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Jul 8, 2022

    Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon policy blamed for man's release from life prison term before arrest in killing of Pacoima transient A man arrested in the slaying of a transient in Pacoima was released from prison last year after serving just eight years of a life sentence for a double murder because District Attorney George Gascón refused to transfer his case from juvenile to adult court, the Southern California News Group has learned. Victor Bibiano, 30, was taken into custody last month f...

  • Making the Environmental Case for Paper

    Kathi Rowzie, Two Sides North America|Jul 8, 2022

    Mail center professionals, who already operate in a challenging business environment, are increasingly faced with the task of responding to the popular, but scientifically flawed narrative that the paper critical to their operations is somehow environmentally unsustainable. If this describes you, then Ben Franklin, father of the Postal Service and first U.S. postmaster general, offers some sage advice: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." In our increasingly digital world,...

  • In Russian Prisons, Criminals Recruited to Serve as Wagner Mercenaries In Ukraine War

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2022

    In a scene right out of a movie, inmates at Russia's prisons are being recruited to serve as mercenaries in Ukraine. Those who survive will win their freedom. Terms of service include large payments of Rubles if they survive. But they will have no identity cards or papers, and if they are killed, their bodies will not be returned to their families. Russian Armed Forces have lost tens of thousands of men prosecuting their invasion of Ukraine. It is said to be extremely difficult to recruit even m...

  • Russian Hockey Player Drafted by the NHL Impressed by Russians, Sent to Serve in the Arctic Circle by the Russian Army

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2022

    Instead of a $1,000,000 a year contract with the Arizona Coyotes, Ilya Fedotov will be paid $10,000 a year to scrub the hulls of Russian frigates. Such are the vagaries of war. Ivan Fedotov was bound for the NHL, reports the English language Moscow Times. Instead, the goalie "has been detained in Russia for dodging the draft and sent to serve in the Arctic, state media reported Sunday." Fedotov, 25, was detained Friday in St. Petersburg at the request of the military prosecutor's office,...

  • 90-Feet Tall American Flag Flies On Ferris Wheel For Fourth Of July At Pacific Park

    Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier's Ferris wheel will fly a 90-feet tall American Flag for the Fourth of July weekend celebration, along with a spectacular display of patriotic red, white and blue colors, patterns and transitions. The flag will 'fly' Friday-Tuesday, July 1-5. Ferris wheel light show - Sunset (about 8:09 p.m.) to 12:30 a.m. The show can also be viewed virtually at Independence Day in the United States is celebrated annually on July 4th and...

  • Did Elon Musk and his Sons Meet With Pope Francis in Rome Last Week?

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 8, 2022

    Elon Musk has been described has Twitter's savior, its ruination and its biggest troll. But when the account holder with over 100 million followers absented himself from the platform for almost ten days; tongues wagged. But then on July 1, Musk suddenly tweeted a photo of himself, his five sons and Pope Francis himself. "Honored to meet @Pontifex yesterday," was the simple caption. The weird thing is, the pontiff did not have a scheduled meeting with the Tesla/ SpaceX entrepreneur. There is...