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Articles from the September 7, 2016 edition

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  • Telling a 13 year old boy to shoot a 49 year old man, leads to conviction

    Christine Emerson, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 7, 2016

    A gang member was sentenced today after his conviction for directing a 13-year-old teen to shoot a man. Abraham Geronimo, himself only 23 years old, was found guilty by a jury in August of one count each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. He was also convicted of gang and weapon charges. The crime occurred on February 10, 2015. Geronimo and a 13-year-old fellow gang member were spraying graffiti in East Los Angeles. When a 49-year-old man moved his car, Geronimo directed his child...

  • Transgender Female Sets Up Catholic Hospital For Confrontation, Negative Publicity

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 7, 2016

    When Catholic Mt. St. Charles Academy said early this year, that it would not accept nor enroll Transgender Students, the left declared war. The Rhode Island School placed itself in the center of a national debate over an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance that would protect transgender people's access to public accommodations. On March 9, 2016, having received a petition with 1700 signatures from, and more importantly, having pissed off at least one major alum who donated money, MSC...

  • Man Gets 47 Years in Jail for Shoplifting on Third Strike Case

    Christine Emerson, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 7, 2016

    Today a shoplifter in Palmdale was sentenced to 47 years to life in state prison. The reason for the long sentence? It was his third strike. On March 5, 2014, the defendant, Geoffrey Scott Bueno aka Spanky, 42, shoplifted various items from a home improvement store in Palmdale. When store security sought to detain him, he kicked and wrestled with the officers. Later it was found he had methamphetamine in his possession. In addition, Bueno was on parole at the time. Bueno's first conviction was...

  • Obama Administration Pushes No Cash Bail System for US Courts

    Christine Emerson, Observer staff writer|Sep 7, 2016

    In yet another face-off between the liberal left and law enforcement, the Obama Administration filed an amicus brief in a Georgia case that argues the unconstitutionality of fixed bail schedules, a system which doesn't take into account the accused's ability to pay. ‚ÄčThe Georgia case involves a defendant charged with a misdemeanor in Calhoun, Georgia. The town is so small that court is only held once a week. Although the defendant's rights were already violated by holding him for 72 hours p...

  • Second Actor from The Big Lebowski Dies in One Month: Jon Polito and David Huddleston

    Observer Staff|Sep 7, 2016

    Actor Jon Polito died Thursday in Duarte, Calif. He was 65. His manager, Maryellen Mulcahy, told the Associated Press that he had been treated for multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that strikes the white blood cells. Jon Polito as Da Fino, a private investigator hired by Bunny's parents, the Knutsons, to entice their daughter back home. He mistakes the Dude for a "brother Shamus". The movie was, to some extent, about coincidences and mistaken identities. The bald, mustachioed, raspy-voiced...

  • Free Federal Passes to 4th Graders from Every Kid in a Park Program

    Sep 7, 2016

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has announced that it will continue its support of the Every Kid in a Park pass program, which officially began its second year September 2. Launched last year, the initiative gives fourth grade students and their families free access to federal lands and waters as well as some state parks for a full school year. Fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website at and complete a fun educational activity to obtain and print...

  • "Most Dangerous Arsonist in LA History" Convicted of Setting 40 Fires in California

    Christine Emerson, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 7, 2016

    A serial arsonist was convicted on September 1 of multiple counts of arson. Harry Burkhart, 29, a German national, was found guilty of starting more than 40 fires in the Southland during the 2011 holiday season. He was convicted of 25 counts of arson of property, 18 counts of arson of an inhabited dwelling, and 2 counts each of possession of an incendiary device, attempted arson, and arson of a structure. Estimated damage caused by the combination of fires is at least $3 million. Burkhart's...

  • Culture of Pressure in Traffic Court to Rule Against the Driver

    Christine Emerson, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 7, 2016

    The odds against drivers when it comes to parking tickets are even worse than most people think. David Goldstein, reporter for CBS2/KCAL9 is investigating a culture of pressure in traffic court to rule against the driver and in favor of the city. Two traffic hearing officers have now come forward, claiming their supervisors would overrule the decisions they had made in favor of drivers. Former Los Angeles traffic hearing officer Ernie Nishi decided parking ticket cases for ten years. "I believe...

  • Obamacare 'Domino Effect' is a Strategy for Implementing Socialized Medicine in the U.S.

    John Grimaldi, AMAC|Sep 7, 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 2 - There won't be an October surprise prior to the 2016 Presidential Elections, at least not as far as Obamacare is concerned, says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens. "The cat's already out of the bag. In fact, Lamar Alexander, often described as one of the most responsible Senators sitting in Congress, says that when the 2017 enrollment period begins on November 1 - seven days before voters are to pick the next president of the United...