Thursday, July 3, 2008

Principal Posed As Child To Gain Access To Children Online

We have to protect our children from online predators:

A Los Angeles school principal who has been charged with possessing child pornography had posed as a 12-year-old girl in an online chat room and engaged in sexually explicit talk, authorities said today.

Randolph Barnett Cornfield, 60, the principal of Del Rey Continuation School in Westchester, was arrested in June when investigators allegedly found images of child pornography on his home computer.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Dr. Jan Adams makes headlines Again

The doc was probably under the influence when Kanye West's mother died:

The Los Angeles plastic surgeon who operated on rap star Kanye West's mother before she died last year was arrested in Solano County early Thursday on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.

Dr. Jan Adams was stopped by the California Highway Patrol after it received calls about 2:41 a.m. of a car traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 680 near Benicia after using an offramp to enter the freeway, officials said.

To CHP officers, Adams, who lives in Laguna Beach, appeared to have been driving his 2004 Jaguar XJ8 under the influence of alcohol.

He was booked into Solano County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level above the state's 0.08% limit and driving on a suspended license from a 2006 DUI conviction, officials said.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Man Guilty In MetroLink Crash

He thought someone would believe his bogus excuse of a failed suicide attempt.

Jurors today convicted Juan Manuel Alvarez of 11 counts of first-degree murder for the deadly Metrolink crash he caused three years ago when he parked his vehicle on railroad tracks.

The jury also found the 29-year-old Compton laborer guilty of arson and a special circumstance allegation that makes him eligible for the death penalty. Jurors will now hear testimony to determine whether Alvarez should be put to death for his crimes.

It's time for him to pay the consequences.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Are You Religious?

Well, according to a new survey, Californians may not be:

A national survey released Monday revealed that Californiana are less religious and less certain about the existence of God than the nation as a whole.

Residents of the Golden State do not pray as much as people in other parts of the country. They are less inclined to take scripture literally. And they are likelier to embrace "more than one true way" of interpreting their religious teachings.

Friday, June 20, 2008

You Can't Be Choosy

You can't pick and choose who you will service:

Several employees of the county clerk's office have been reassigned to other duties because they expressed "sincerely held religious objections" to gay marriage, county clerk Gregory Smith said Friday.

No employee is being allowed to perform marriage duties involving only heterosexual couples, Smith said. Instead, employees are being shifted to other duties that do not include issuing marriage licenses, officiating at civil weddings or acting as witnesses.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

To Probe Or Not To Probe

Shouldn't there be a valid reason to probe someone's activities?

A legal ethics watchdog group Wednesday called on the House Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) for actions surrounding the foreclosure of her Sacramento home and defaults on her homes in San Pedro and Long Beach.

William Marshall, a spokesman for Richardson, called the complaint "pretty mean-spirited. It rehashes old news." He said the House ethics counsel last week met with the congresswoman and said her ethics statement met House rules.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, acknowledged that the chances for an investigation were slim because members of Congress must ask for the probe, and the committee has shown little interest lately in investigating representatives.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Same Sex Marriages

Opponents will be watching their every move:

The first legal same-sex marriages in California were performed Monday night, and thousands more gay couples are expected to flood into clerks' offices in the coming weeks to obtain marriage licenses. It's all happening with both sides keenly aware that in less than five months, voters will decide whether to amend the state Constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman only.

With that in mind, proponents are trying hard to manage what kinds of same-sex marriage images Californians see during this year's so-called Summer of Love.

Opponents maintain that Californians' views have not changed substantially since 2000, when more than 60% of voters cast ballots against same-sex marriage. They predict that the spectacle of men marrying men and women marrying women will anger voters and spur them to support the anti-same-sex marriage amendment.