Saturday, April 07, 2012
A Ceremonial First Pittsburgh Pirates Pitch By A Blind Iraq War Veteran Was The Best Scene From Opening Day
Thank you for your service and sacrifice....
A former southwest suburban elementary school principal has been charged with forging documents to help a man convicted in a fatal beating get a job at her school.
Tashona R. Marshall, 32, of Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood was arrested Thursday on charges of forgery, official misconduct and making a false statement for a contractor on a public bid.
Marshall resigned from Laraway Elementary School in Joliet Township on Jan. 3 after serving one semester as principal.
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A very happy 84th birthday to the coolest Private Eye - Jim Rockford.... Who is actually James Garner
No offense to Paul Huebl! Your the 2nd Coolest P.I.!
Former Chicago Police Commander and Chief Deputy Sheriff Robert E. Beavers has died! Beavers Law Enforcement career spanned 47 years.
(NOT THE INDICTED WILLIAM BEAVERS)
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Born Dec. 11, 1935, in Stuttgart, Germany, he was the eldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche, who along with Ferry's father Ferdinand Porsche founded the business that grew into the sports car maker.
Porsche grew up in the auto business during a turbulent time. His grandfather designed the original Volkswagen Beetle for the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930s as well as tanks that were used by the Germans in World War II.
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2 Chicago police officers injured in head-on crash with stolen car
Two Chicago police officers in an SUV were injured during a head-on collision with a stolen car near 108th Street and Perry Avenue on the Far South Side about 12:25 a.m. today, police said.
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Police: Man high on cocaine rear-ends ambulance
A 26-year-old man who police said was high on cocaine rear-ended an ambulance on the ramp from the Kennedy Expressway to the northbound Tri-State Tollway Friday night.
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Friday, April 06, 2012
EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. — Authorities say it appears the host of a popular fishing show was killed when his single-engine plane crashed in southwest Florida.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office reports that a small plane owned by Jose Wejebe crashed into a field around 5 p.m. Friday, shortly after taking off from an Everglades City airpark.
One body was recovered from the wreckage. A medical examiner still has to officially confirm the identity, but investigators believe it was Wejebe.
The Cuban-born angler hosted "Spanish Fly," a saltwater fishing show on the Outdoor Channel and formerly ESPN.
70 Year old sky diver dies in crash landing into Central California vineyard but he did smash enough grapes to make over 100 bottles of wine...
A sky diver died Thursday in Central California after what appears to be a parachute malfunction.
The man, believed to be in his 70s, was reportedly an experienced sky diver who made several jumps a month. He landed in a vineyard off Jahant Road in Acampo, about 18 miles north of Stockton.
"His parachute evidently opened incorrectly and he wasn't able to release it, and he landed underneath a spinning parachute," said Bill Dause, the owner of Parachute Center in Acampo.
The man had what's usually referred to as a "hard open," and the malfunction is believed to have knocked him unconscious.
"You're going 120 miles an hour and if you get an instantaneous opening, then you are going from 120 to zero. It's similar to running into a brick wall at, say, 100 miles an hour," said Dause.
Investigators from San Joaquin County and the FAA will look into the incident, but said it appears to be accidental.
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Eanuel tells new black firefighter-trainees they're correcting past ‘mistakes’ and that he loves each and every black one of them
Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise visit to the Chicago Fire Academy on Friday to deliver a pep talk to 111 middle-aged black idiot firefighter-trainees who couldn't pass a simple teast & waited 17 years to realize their dream.
“The city in the past made a mistake. You are about correcting that mistake,” the mayor’s office quoted Emanuel as telling the rookies.
“You have a special responsibility. You are the select few that got in. And together, we’ll make sure there is a different future than the past.”
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The police chief in north suburban Grayslake has been placed on paid leave after being charged with DUI after an accident in Wisconsin.
The Grayslake Village Board met Thursday night to discuss how to handle Chief Matthew McCutcheon’s legal problems, and Mayor Rhett Taylor Friday announced McCutcheon was being placed on leave.
“For twenty years, Chief Matt McCutcheon has been dedicated to the safety and security of our Village. During this time, his standard of performance has been exemplary,” Rhett said in a statement. “The reports of the events of March 30, 2012, are inconsistent with his service to and history with the Village, its community organizations and civic groups.”
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Rekia Boyd's Family Sues... She was shot down by a Chicago cop like a dog with rabis as she hung with drunken high bottle gang in park at 1AM
It was an unseasonably warm March night when 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was gunned down by an off-duty police officer in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood.
Boyd was with a group of friends around 1 a.m. near 15th Place and Albany Avenue when off-duty Chicago Police Det. Dante Servin pulled up in an unmarked vehicle and told the group to "shut up," according to her family.
What happened next, according to an attorney for Boyd's family, was truly shocking: After a verbal altercation with one person in the group, Servin allegedly opened fire. As the friends ran away, 39-year-old Antonio Cross was shot in his hand and Boyd was shot in the head, according to the attorney, James D. Montgomery. She died nearly 24 hours after the shooting.
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UPDATE: Chicago Police Officer shot when gun accidentally discharges in South Shore nail salon striking her in the bootie/upper thigh
The 22-year veteran female officer was shot at about 7:20 p.m. while inside Tracy's Nails, 2138 E. 71st St. "She dropped the purse and the gun went off," said Thai. Thai said it shot her in the upper thigh! Thai thought the officer was calling him because the officer keep saying MY THIGH!
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Burger King apologizes to Mary J. Blige for chicken ad - You can't put a black actor in a commercial for fried chicken.....
(CBS/AP) Burger King is apologizing to singer Mary J. Blige and her fans for releasing an ad that some people believed to be stereotypical, and garnered the singer serious fan backlash.
The clip featured Blige soulfully singing about the fast-food chain's new chicken snack wraps. It immediately went viral when it was released Monday, and some in the black community said it was stereotypical. Burger King pulled the ad Tuesday over what the company said was a music-licensing issue. The company explained Wednesday the spot was unfinished.
In a statement, Blige said she understood why fans were upset. She said the ad didn't come across the way it was planned and she would never put out an unfinished spot.
Burger King said the ad was released prematurely and it hopes to have the final ad on the air soon.
Coca-Cola Co is dropping its membership in a conservative national advocacy groups after blacks complained regarding Trayvon Martin shooting
ORLANDO, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co is dropping its membership in a conservative national advocacy group that supports "Stand Your Ground" laws such as the one being used as a defense in the Florida killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin.
The move by the world's biggest soft drink maker comes as corporate America faces increased scrutiny from consumers and shareholder activists over lobbying and political spending.
PepsiCo Inc ended its relationship with the group - the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - in January.
In a statement on Thursday, Coca-Cola made no direct mention of the controversial self-defense law pushed by ALEC that provides shooters with wide latitude for claiming self defense when they perceive a threat.
"The Coca-Cola Company has elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)," the statement said.
"Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business. We have a long-standing policy of only taking positions on issues that impact our company and industry."
Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed on February 26 in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman, 28, a white and Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer who has claimed he acted in self defense and has not been charged with a crime.
At a rally in Sanford on Saturday, civil rights leaders said they were considering economic boycotts of national companies that support "Stand Your Ground" laws.
Coca-Cola and other ALEC member companies were targeted last year by the civil rights group ColorOfChange for their support of ALEC, which is also behind what ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson calls "voter suppression laws" in many states. The laws require voters to show identification.
Since Martin's killing, Robinson said ColorOfChange has let the corporations know that ALEC was behind a push for states to adopt legislation modeled after Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.
Robinson declined to name which other companies the group is pursuing, saying their strategy is to give corporations a chance to withdraw from ALEC before escalating the issue publicly.
ALEC's private enterprise board includes executives from companies including Pfizer Inc and Reynolds American, which stood by the group on Thursday along with Procter & Gamble Co, a member company.
"We don't agree with every ALEC position, but we participate in ALEC's healthcare forums because state legislators that are the members in ALEC, they make decisions that impact our business and the country's business every day," said Peter O'Toole, a spokesman for the world's largest drugmaker.
Pfizer reviews its membership in outside organizations regularly, he said.
Reynolds, the maker of Camel cigarettes, said ALEC provides "a valuable forum for sharing of ideas and fostering better understanding of a broad range of both legislative and business issues."
Cigarette-maker Altria Group, which has an employee on the ALEC board, said its involvement is focused on business-related issues.
Exxon Mobil Corp declined to comment as did Diageo Plc, which makes Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka.
Late on Thursday, Kraft Foods Inc said in an emailed statement: "We belong to many external groups, including ALEC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes growth and fiscal responsibility.
"ALEC covers numerous issues but our involvement has been strictly limited to discussions about economic growth and development, transportation and tax policy. We did not participate in meetings or conversations related to other issues.
"Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons, including limited resources, we have made the decision not to renew."
Companies that were not immediately available for comment included Johnson & Johnson, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, United Parcel Service Inc, among others.(http://www.alec.org/about-alec/private-enterprise-board/)
Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Political Accountability in Washington, said he was not surprised that Pepsi and Coke were ahead of the pack in distancing themselves from ALEC, because they could be more vulnerable to a consumer boycott than other companies.
"Companies recognize that political spending poses a risk," said Freed, whose group is also pressing companies to rein in their spending.
ALEC, which describes its mission as to advance the principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, said it would welcome back Coke if it ever had a change of heart.
"We definitely respect differences of opinion and ideas and whatever people want to do...," said Kaitlyn Buss, spokeswoman for ALEC.
ALEC develops model bills, but one of the group's insiders said it does not actively lobby.
"The legislators often have an idea, a concept or a thought and they go to ALEC to implement that thought," said Victor Schwartz, a Washington lawyer and lobbyist who serves as co-chairman of the ALEC task force on civil justice. He was not speaking as an ALEC spokesman.
The investment firm Walden Asset Management in Boston gave a tally of a dozen large companies earlier this week that recently agreed to make new disclosures around their lobbying efforts, including: Coke, General Electric Co and Johnson & Johnson.
In a letter to ColorOfChange dated January 25, 2012, PepsiCo told Robinson the company had decided to drop its decade-long membership in ALEC after its membership expired.
"We review all organizations in which we have membership each year to assure they serve a critical purpose for PepsiCo and its priorities," Paul Boykas, vice president of public policy and government affairs said in the letter.
Robinson said Coca-Cola made its decision on Wednesday after ColorOfChange posted a Web page criticizing Coca-Cola's continued support of ALEC. Robinson said the Web page was up for eight hours before ColorOfChange removed it based on Coca-Cola's change of heart.
Tyler Perry FALSELY accuses white cops of racial profiling after being pulled over, launches probe into Atlanta police department
Perry claims two cops who pulled him over for making an illegal left turn harassed him because he is black.
Tyler Perry's accusation that two cops who pulled him over targeted him because he is black has reportedly sparked an investigation into the Atlanta Police Department.
Perry posted about the incident Sunday on Facebook, explaining how he was stopped after making a left turn from a far-right lane — a ruse security taught him to make sure he’s not being followed. Such a turn is totally illegal and very dangerous to other motorists and pedestrians.
The post has gotten more than 117,000 “likes” on the social network and nearly 22,000 comments.
The two officers, both white, who pulled Perry over apparently didn’t recognize the “Good Deeds” star, whom Forbes in September named the highest-paid man in entertainment.
Perry says after he explained why he made the illegal turn, one of the officers asked, “Why do you think someone would be following you?”
The officers continued to “badger him,” one even banging on his tinted windows, Perry says.
It wasn’t until another police car pulled up, and a black officer stepped up to Perry’s window, that someone recognized the actor.
“He took one look at me and had that ‘Oh, no’ look on his face,” Perry wrote.
Now, the Atlanta Police Department has launched an internal investigation into Perry’s claim that he was harassed because he is black, E! News reports.
“Although we have made significant strides with racial profiling in this country, the world needs to know that we are still being racially profiled,” Perry wrote on Facebook, adding that racial profiling “should be a hate crime investigated by the FBI.”
Online reactions to Perry’s story varied.
Some Facebook commenters chided Perry for making the illegal turn in the first place, while others sympathized with the experience.
The Atlanta Police Department told E! News it is investigating “whether any departmental policies or procedures were violated” during the officers’ exchange with Perry, who was released. It is not clear if he was cited for the illegal left turn or tinted windows.
The flaky McDonald's worker and mother of 7 welfare chitlings who claimed she had one of the winning Mega Million Lottery tickets now says she lost the slip.
When asked by NBC News if she was going to ever to ask for her share of the dough, Mirlande Wilson replied, "If I find it (the ticket).”
The NBC reporter then asked if she had lost the ticket, to which the 37-year-old Baltimore woman replied, "I misplaced it."
She insisted she didn’t make up the story though.
“I did not make up no story to get no attention,” she told NBC.
The strange conversation is just the latest mind-boggling twist thrown by the supposed newly minted millionaire. Earlier this week, she called a press conference only to have her lawyer, Edward Smith Jr., ask for the journalists gathered to go away.
"(Wilson) would like all of you to go home," he told the bewildered crowd. "This needs to stop so she and her children can go back to a normal life."
He added he hadn't seen the winning ticket either and "cannot say with any certainty this ticket exists."
Wilson has also been sketchy in her tale of how she had a winning ticket for the record $656 million drawing in the first place.
She first said she bought the ticket at a 7-Eleven for herself, then said a co-worker purchased one for her while buying tickets for a group of McDonald's employees.
She has also claimed to have hidden the ticket at McDonald's — a claim her co-workers have said is dubious.
"She could not have hidden any ticket here," one employee told the Daily News this week. "She hasn't been back and she doesn't have any locker to hide it. She would not hide it in the bathroom or anything."
Lottery officials said three tickets, including one purchased in Maryland, have the winning numbers but no one has officially come forward to claim a share of the prize.
If Wilson is a fake, she won't be the only in Maryland alone — though she is the most persistent in her claims.
A Baltimore-area man, Michael Dronet, denied a report on Thursday that he won the Mega Millions after his mother, Linda Bobo told a Mississippi media outlet that he had won, the Baltimore Sun reported.
MIRLANDE WILSON CALLS PRESS CONFERENCE
He said he was tricked by a friend who played a joke on him and Bobo, who lives in Mississippi, called a news outlet before he was told the truth.
According to the newspaper, she was not amused.
"The way he did it made a fool out of me," she said. "And it hurts."
Maryland lottery director Stephen Martino told NBC News that the winner has until Sept. 28 to claim the prize.
AUSTIN, Texas - A police officer was shot and killed early Friday at a Walmart in Central Texas, and a suspect is in custody, police said.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the officer was shot in the neck and died at the scene.
The officer was responding to a call about a drunk man inside the store around 2:30 a.m., Acevedo said. The suspect attacked the officer as soon as he arrived at the store and the officer didn't have a chance to even pull out his own weapon.
"The suspect produced a semiautomatic pistol and shot the officer at point blank range," Acevedo said.
The police chief declined to provide the officer's name, but said he has two daughters, aged 2 and 6 years.
"This was a routine call," Acevedo said. "What makes our job deadly is that there is no routine call."
Two Walmart employees tackled and held the suspect and locked down the store until another police officer arrived to arrest him. Acevedo praised their actions, saying they did all they were supposed to do. He said store video captured the entire incident.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Dianna Gee expressed sympathy for the officer's family and colleagues, and said the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer is proud of staff at the store.
"The associates displayed courage under these extreme circumstances," Gee said. She declined to provide more details about the shooting, referring questions to the police.
Austin city manager Chris Ott lamented the officer's death.
"It is a sad day for the city of Austin to lose a member of our family," Ott said.
An off duty Chicago police officer was taken to Cook County Hospital yesterday evening after she accidentally shot herself in the buttock on the East side of Chicago. The incident occurred in the 2100 block of East 71st Street.
No further information is being released at this time.
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Thursday, April 05, 2012
You won't hear a peep from our crack cocaine smoking president on this one - Black man fatally shoots white man at a Taco Bell for no reason at all
LAVEEN - Police are saying more about a shooting at a Taco Bell Tuesday night in which one man died.
They're also identifying the victim as 29-year-old Daniel Adkins.
About 7:30 p.m., a 22-year-old man and his girlfriend ordered food at the Taco Bell drive-thru and were told to pull up while their order was prepared.
At the same time, Adkins stepped around a corner into the path of the vehicle and angry words were exchanged between he and the driver.
They got into an altercation and Adkins was shot once by the driver. He died at the scene.
The driver, a 22-year-old black male, called police but has not been arrested.
At first, the couple claimed that Adkins had a metal pipe that he swung at them -- but it turns out he was holding a dog leash with his yellow lab on the other end.
Family members want that driver arrested, but he's claiming self-defense.
"He needs to be behind bars. I'll never see my brother again," says sister Marina Reyes. "If he felt that my brother was threatening him, he could have easily just rolled up the window and called the cops."
A metal pipe or bat was never located. An independent witness did say Adkins swung his fists in the driver's direction.
“He swung his fist towards the driver window, and at some point the driver shot him,” says Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “Just because we don’t book a person immediately does not mean we don’t charge a person at a later date.”
The dog, Lady, stayed by Adkins' side until the Humane Society came. Adkins lived with his mom and dad. He's 29, but his family says he's mentally disabled and has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old. He didn't drive, and walked wherever he went.
"This person is still on the loose and I don't agree with that. So he's saying self defense, then where's the weapon? Where's the pipe? They didn't find anything on my brother," says Reyes. "He was just too aggressive, you don't need to go that far."
The shooter's name has not been released. The investigation is still ongoing.
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Commander Dennis Keane may your retirement be long, fruitful and full of health and happiness! I wish I could make it to the retirement party but I am still overseas in the middle of my Holy Land Pilgrimage for the Blessed Easter Holiday. I will say a prayer for you in Jerusalem.
Justice Served - 40 years for Howard Morgan
Chicago Police Officers Timothy Finley, Nicholas Olsen, Eric White, and John Wrigley were fortunate to have survived the seventeen rounds that Howard Morgan fired at them on February 21, 2005. Officer John Wrigley was shot in the chest, but was saved by his bullet proof vest.
The Honorable Judge Clayton Crane sentenced Howard Morgan to forty years in prison today in a courtroom that was filled with Chicago Police Officers who showed their support for their brother Officers.
Judge Crane's comment was telling. "I have no idea what possessed your actions that night," he told Morgan just prior to sentencing.
Perhaps the most moving statements were those made by Officer John Wrigley directly to Howard Morgan. "In preparation for today, I carefully thought about what I would say in regards to a man who intentionally almost ended my life. The truth is, it's extremely difficult to put into words, my emotions and my thoughts, of not only that night, but also the effect the last several years have had on me, my family and my friends.
On February 21, 2005, a Chicago Police Officer went to work that night, as a man with 11 years of law enforcement experience. In those 11 years, he served as a Police Officer in multiple jurisdictions, and served communities of people from different races, cultures, religions and backgrounds. He always strived to maintain a good reputation within those communities, including Chicago, because he believed in the trust that should exist between the police and the people they serve. And he always strived to do his job with fairness and compassion. That was one of the police officers you encountered that night, Mr. Morgan. That was me.
The night I crossed your path, I was only doing what I had done a thousand times before. Then you made a choice ... you shot me, Mr. Morgan, and came very close to taking my life. I don't think we will ever know how you came to that choice, but you have shown me what type of person you are in the events following that night.
What is so reprehensible, Mr. Morgan, is you have shown no remorse or accountability in regards to your actions and choices that night. In fact, you have done exactly the opposite. You attempted to lead people to believe and you have allowed people to believe that you did nothing wrong. That somehow, you were the victim in this case. You attempted to hide behind the racial fears of our community and you manipulated organizations into believing that police misconduct and corruption were the cause of me and other Officers being shot that night with your firearm. The very idea goes beyond reason and logic. You preyed upon the emotions and sympathetic intentions of others. In doing so, you allowed these same people and organizations to slander our reputations as Police Officers and as members of this community. Lastly, and more importantly, you allowed further damage to the trust between our community and the police. You orchestrated and allowed all of this to occur, knowing it to be untrue, with the only intention of fulfilling your own self-serving agenda.
But you couldn't hide from the facts and the truth of this case. After all the evidence and testimony was heard, you were rightfully convicted. You are a fraud, Mr. Morgan ... that's also the truth. I will leave here today with my head held high, knowing the truth of this case. Knowing that justice was served fairly upon you, Mr. Morgan. After this day, I will continue to serve with pride and diligence as a Chicago Police officer. But above all else, I will continue and will always serve the people of this community with fairness and compassion."
Hey Mary Mitchell.... SWALLOW THIS - 40 years for Howard Morgan who was shot more than 20 times in shootout with cops
A former railroad police officer who was shot more than two dozen times during a shootout with police in 2005 was sentenced to 40 years in prison today. The sentence was handed down by Judge Clayton Crane at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse.Howard Morgan was charged in 2005 with four counts of attempted murder, accused of shooting at four police officers during an early morning traffic stop in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Morgan was in a van, the headlights off, when the officers pulled him over, police said.
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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart gets caught in a big red lie about the multi-million dollar payphone scheme at Cook Co. Jail
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‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman back on public assistance - This piece of shit & her doctor should both be given the electric chair!
Despite dire financial straits, octuplets mother Nadya Suleman said she is still capable of being a good mother and supporting her brood of 14 children.
In an interview with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show Thursday, the Orange County woman acknowledged that she is accepting food stamps as a temporary measure to make ends meet.
Suleman, who had vowed not to accept public assistance, said she has been accepting $2,000 a month in food stamps for the past two months. She said she has business ventures in the works to make money, including an online "Octomom TV" project and the release of a horror movie she starred in, "Millenium."
"I'm working as hard as I possibly can to support them," she said.
In response to a question about her financial condition deterioriating to the point that social services may be forced to break up her family, Suleman said, "That will never happen. I can guarantee you of that."
She said she has proven people wrong for more than three years by caring for her children, including potty training the octuplets on her own.
"It's sick and sad and to me, unbelievably fascinating in regard to humanity, how many people are foaming at the mouth that my children be taken away from me," Suleman told Lauer. She said she doesn't expect that to change -- even 15 years from now when the octuplets are 18.
Suleman is also facing foreclosure on her La Habra home, but her attorney recently told City News Service that those proceedings could be delayed until late April.
The octuplets were born on Jan. 26, 2009, and have become the world's longest-surviving octuplets. Suleman was quickly dubbed "Octomom" and turned into a symbol of the excesses of assisted reproduction.
A single mother, she already had six other children.
Her Beverly Hills fertility specialist, Dr. Michael Kamrava, was stripped of his medical license last year by the state medical board, which ruled that he had violated professional standards by implanting Suleman with 12 embryos she had kept in storage.
A $279,000 ride that can go 70 mph on the ground and reach gridlock-beating altitudes is poised to steal the spotlight at this year’s New York Auto Show.
Dubbed the “Transition,” the two-seater runs on premium unleaded gas, and its fold-up wings expand to 26 feet 6 inches.
“This is an airplane you can keep in your garage,” said Richard Gersh, vice president of Terrafugia, the flying car’s Massachusetts manufacturer.
“People have been trying for flying cars since not long after the Wright brothers. But the technology didn’t exist to pull it off,” said Gersh, boasting that the cartoon dream-mobile of the Space Age Jetsons is now a reality.
FLYING CAR SOARS IN THE AIR IN FIRST TEST FLIGHT
The roadable aircraft won federal approval last month and reached an altitude of 1,800 feet in a test flight.
It gets 35 miles per gallon on the road and about 20 in the air.
Owners will have to take 20 hours of flight training to pilot it.
The sky is the limit for the winged-wheels’ potential market, said Gersh. About 100 customers have already plunked down $10,000 deposits to own the first one on their block.
Besides having little room for luggage, the other drawback is that drivers have to take off and land from an airport — unless they’re in Alaska or Montana, where pilots are allowed to use roadways as runways.
Terrafugia, formed in 2006, has about two dozen employees, mostly engineers and technicians. The company is also helping the government develop a flying Humvee for the Marine Corps.
Gersh said the flying car gets more attention on the highway than a Maserati.
“We had people running out of the house with their cameras,” Gersh said of a recent test run. “This is a wild car.”
Stacy Knutson of Moorhead, Minn., filed a lawsuit asking that the cash be returned to her. She said she believes the money was meant as an anonymous gift from someone who knew that she, her husband and five children were struggling with severe financial difficulties.
"I do know that the person gave me what was in that to-go bag," Knutson wrote in the lawsuit filed in March. "Thus as I understand it, it is mine."
A message left at Knutson's home Wednesday was returned by her attorney, Craig Richie, who said his client is "overwhelmed" and didn't want to speak to a reporter.
The lawsuit says Knutson was working at the Fry'n Pan restaurant when a customer left behind a takeout box from another restaurant. She followed the diner to her car and tried to return the box but the lady said, "No, I am good, you keep it," the lawsuit said.
When Knutson went back into the kitchen and opened the box, she found three wads of bills - $100s, $50s, $20s and $10s - wrapped in rubber bands, Richie said.
Even though she really needed the money, she decided to call police, her attorney said.
Officers told her to wait 90 days in case someone claimed the money. No one did but police still refused to return the cash, saying it was being held in a drug investigation because it smelled of marijuana, Richie said.
But if Knutson believed the diner was the rightful owner of the cash, and that the diner gave her explicit permission to keep the money, why would Knutson even bother going to police?
"She's saying, hey, this is a lot of money," Richie said. "She doesn't want to be in a position where she's doing something wrong."
After no one claimed the money, that confirmed for her that the money was truly a gift, Richie said.
Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said when money is usually found and turned over to police, the finder can keep it if no one claims it in 90 days. But in a narcotics case, the money goes to the county attorney's office unless the finder persuades a judge to award the cash to them, he said.
"That doesn't mean she can't raise the issue with the judge," Jacobson said of Knutson. "It's just not the police department's decision to make."
Richie said police told him they smelled marijuana on the bills and that a police dog confirmed their suspicions. Jacobson acknowledged that a police dog detected an unspecified drug.
But Richie said at least one of Knutson's co-workers took a deep whiff of the bills to jokingly see what that much money smells like, and the man didn't detect any scent of marijuana.
And even if the bills did smell of drugs, Richie said that doesn't give police the right to keep them. Jacobson declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
The lawsuit says Knutson is not being accused of having anything to do with drugs herself.
Knutson said she was convinced about what really happened: that the windfall was God's way of answering her family's prayers.
"It is a complete miracle to see our prayers answered," she wrote, "but then difficult to face the reality of the struggle it is to obtain it (the money) from the Moorhead Police Department."
California prison officials have released a new photo of serial killer Charles Manson.
The photos show Manson, 77, with long, gray hair and a beard. It released at the request of CNN in advance of an April 11 parole hearing.
Manson and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. Prosecutors said that Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war that he believed was prophesied in the Beatles' song "Helter Skelter."
Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was 8 1/2 months pregnant when she was killed at her hilltop home in Benedict Canyon on Aug. 9, 1969. Besides Tate, four others were stabbed and shot to death including Jay Sebring, 35; Voytek Frykowski, 32; Abigail Folger, 25, a coffee heiress; and Steven Parent, 18, a friend of Tate's caretaker. The word "Pig" was written on the front door in blood.
The next night, Manson rode along with his so-called family members to the Los Feliz home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, then left three of them to commit the murders. "Death to pigs" was written on a wall, and "Healter Skelter," which was misspelled, on the refrigerator door.
Manson was also convicted of the earlier murder of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home, and the slaying of former stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea at the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth, where Manson had his commune.
Manson initially was sentenced to death. A 1972 ruling by the California Supreme Court found the state's death penalty law at the time unconstitutional and his death sentence was changed in 1977 to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
The septuagenarian has made 11 failed bids for parole since 1978, the last in 2007 when he was ordered to continue serving life sentences.
Here are earlier photos taken in 1968 and 2009:
The tiny jail on Catalina Island is hardly Alcatraz. Just ask Frank Carrillo.
The pro golfer turned jewel thief couldn't believe his luck when he was moved out of his bleak Men's Central Jail cell in downtown L.A. and allowed to do his time on the sunny tourist isle.
But things got even cushier when he met a Los Angeles County sheriff's captain interested in shaving a few strokes off his golf game.
Carrillo said Capt. Jeff Donahue escorted him in a patrol Jeep to a hilltop golf course last summer. There, dressed in his yellow inmate jumpsuit, Carrillo said, he gave the captain pointers on how to improve his swing and reduce a double-digit handicap.
Word of the free lesson, however, ended up being costly for Donahue, who is under investigation for an inappropriate relationship with an inmate. The allegations were detailed in a complaint by one of Donahue's subordinates.
Carrillo, who compared his time in jail for multiple felonies to "hitting the lotto," thought Donahue should be emulated, not investigated.
"He was amazing to me," said Carrillo, who believes the captain benefited from his lesson.
"He kind of has this swing that's old school and risky, but he hits it every time," Carrillo said in a phone interview. "I would probably say he's a 14 or 15 handicap. Not too bad."
Donahue, now on medical leave, headed up the sheriff's Avalon force, which polices Catalina and San Clemente islands and the ocean waters separating them from the mainland. The sheriff's station in Avalon has its own lockup and trusties — well-behaving inmates who get a little extra leeway in exchange for taking care of chores at the site.
Carrillo ended up as a trusty at the island jail after making headlines for stealing a World Series championship ring from a former Dodger at a charity golf event. He eventually pleaded guilty to charges related to a string of golf course thefts involving cash, Rolex watches and other jewelry valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. He was sentenced to two years and has since been released.
The way Carrillo, 41, tells it, his charm, otherwise clean record and good behavior earned him the transfer to Catalina. "It was like camp," he recalled.
Carrillo said word of his history as a pro golfer in Canada quickly got around among station deputies. After developing a rapport with Donahue, he said, he broached the idea of leaving the station with the captain to play some golf.
"I knew it was a crazy thing to say," Carrillo recalled. "But the first thing he said was, 'Maybe I need a few pointers.' "
A deputy at the station who filed the claim complaining about the incident said Carrillo was allowed to change into slacks and a polo shirt for the outing. Carrillo recalled staying dressed in his "county yellows" when the two took the short drive to the course, where they hit balls. "They don't really have a driving range. It's a net," he said.
Shortly after the lesson, Carrillo said, Donahue took a golfing trip to Palm Springs. When he returned, he said, the captain raved about how much his swing had improved.
Sheriff's officials are strictly forbidden from fraternizing with inmates. Excursions off site are rarely granted and require special security clearances when they are.
Deputy William Cordero, who filed the claim, said Donahue documented in the jail log that Carrillo never left the station.
The allegations caused a rift at the station, Cordero said. Some deputies had no problem with their boss' actions, but some thought his conduct was illegal, according to the deputy's filing. Cordero said he spoke out about the incident and was harassed by other deputies as a result. He has since been transferred off the island.
In his filing, Cordero also alleges that Donahue told him the golf outing was subsequently cleared by Sheriff Lee Baca, who was on the island in July for a charity event. Carrillo confirmed that account, saying Baca knew him from charity golf tournaments in the past and spoke to him during a tour of the station. The outing came up, Carrillo said, and Baca seemed to approve, characterizing the excursion as "rec time."
Baca's spokesman Steve Whitmore denied Carrillo's recollection.
"They may have said hello, a conversation may have occurred, but Baca never condoned this guy going out and playing golf," Whitmore said. "He would never do that. He would never condone taking a trusty out and having them go play golf."
Punctuating what New Orleans' mayor called a "dark chapter" in his city's history, five former local police officers were sentenced Wednesday for their role in the Danziger Bridge shooting incident, which left two innocent people dead and four others seriously wounded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt handed down long sentences for four of the officers, ranging from 38 to 65 years in prison. The fifth, former Sgt. Arthur Kaufman -- who was not involved in the shootings, but was involved in an attempted cover-up -- received six years.
The Danziger case was the most notorious of several instances of violent police misconduct in the days after Hurricane Katrina, when great swaths of the city were flooded, looters roamed the streets, and many public services, including the Police Department, were in dramatic disarray.
In August, after a six-week trial, a jury found the former officers of the New Orleans Police Department guilty of federal civil rights and obstruction of justice statutes.
They were part of a group that rushed toward the bridge Sept. 4, 2005, in response to a radio call that fellow officers were under fire.
Prosecutors alleged that Sgts. Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius, and officers Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso, arrived on the bridge and fired on an unarmed family walking in search of food and supplies, killing a 17-year-old family friend, James Brissette, and wounding four others.
Minutes later, police shot at two brothers, Lance and Ronald Madison. Faulcon, witnesses said, shot the mentally disabled Ronald Madison in the back as he ran away. Bowen allegedly stomped and kicked him before he died.
As part of the cover-up, Lance Madison was falsely charged with eight counts of attempting to kill police officers, and was held in jail for three weeks. The Justice Department subsequently launched a sweeping investigation of the New Orleans Police Department, determining that its officers often "show a lack of respect for the civil rights and dignity" of the people they serve.
Justice Department and city officials are currently hammering out the details of a consent decree to allow federal oversight of the long-troubled department. On Wednesday, the sentencings gave federal officials a chance to remind local police that future malfeasance would not be tolerated.
“My hope as we move forward is that the men and women of NOPD and all law enforcement will conduct themselves always in a manner that will withstand the scrutiny of the bright light of justice,” said David Welker, special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans Division, in a statement.
The sentences came after the judge heard from shooting victims, including Jose Holmes Jr., who had his attorney, Gary Bizal, read a statement directed at the disgraced police.
"For you to have shot an unarmed innocent person should make you feel guilty and ashamed," Holmes wrote, according to the statement, which Bizal provided to the Los Angeles Times. "I have you to blame for all of my scars, depression and embarrassment of having to wear a colostomy bag.... But when it's all said and done I'm a loving person, so I have to forgive you for what you've done to me because God forbids me to have hatred in my heart."
Though Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the sentencings brought "significant closure," Bizal noted that the officers will probably appeal; that another suspect, former NOPD Sgt. Gerard Dugue, still faces trial; and that civil rights lawsuits filed by the victims in federal civil court will have to be resolved once the criminal cases are over.
For the record, 8:05 p.m. April 4: A previous version of this post misspelled the names of U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt and former New Orleans Police Sgt. Arthur Kaufman.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Hot Nurse Gina Ferguson donates one of her kidneys to her dad! And Gina if I may donate my organ to you...let me know!!!
Heart transplant nurse donates kidney to her dad
As the heart transplant coordinator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, nurse Gina Ferguson has helped many patients through the trauma of an organ transplant by counseling those waiting for or blessedly receiving the gift of life. So when her 68-year-old dad, who had long grappled with hypertension that destroyed his kidneys, needed an angel, he didn’t have to look far.
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Two Chicago Police officers were taken to a hospital after their squad car was involved in a crash earlier tonight in the Englewood neighborhood. It happened about 6:10 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Normal Avenue, said police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala. The officers were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in good condition, Zala said.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
A retired doctor from Northwest Indiana is facing murder charges after authorities said he killed his 95-year-old mother and then shot himself in the face, but survived.
Charles Odell Davidson, 77, of Dyer shot his mostly bedridden mother, Blach Bradley, in her chest and knee, and then turned the gun on himself Monday morning, authorities said.
Davidson was found with the gunshot wound shortly after 6 a.m. Monday when police were called to his home, police said.
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Chicago colored pimp Datqunn Sawyer guilty of trafficking young girls - He will now pimp himself in prison for cigs & hooch
He must spend at least 15 years in prison, and he could face up to life in a case that has sparked the FBI, Chicago Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Department to formally start a task force that specifically targets sex trafficking of minors.
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The Cook County Board on Tuesday agreed to pay more than $1 million in taxpayer money to settle a federal lawsuit brought by female County Jail inmates who said their civil rights were violated during repeated weekend lockdowns at the massive detention facility. The bulk of the settlement — $850,000 — will go to attorneys who represented the four inmates in the nine-year court case. Two inmates won federal judgments totaling $143,000, and the county opted to pay two others $5,000 to end the suit.
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No officers were injured in the collision, or when officers fired on the suspect following the end of the pursuit in the 1200 block of North Lavergne Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood just after midnight, police said.
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The Rev. Michael Pfleger, the activist pastor of St. Sabina Church on the South Side, says he believes someone was "trying to send a message" by tying a shirt to the door of a parish building and setting it on fire overnight.
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois historians have obtained a photograph that looks ordinary but is extremely rare -- the image of an African-American man who fought in the Civil War. ...
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Letter to the Editor Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mary Mitchell authored an article that can best be described as nonsense.
Please take a moment to read President Shields letter to the Sun Times editor.
Pres. Shields clearly spoke the truth and what so many in the past were afraid to say.... Thanks Mike!
Howard Morgan Sentencing
Howard Morgan, who has been convicted of four counts of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer when he opened fire on Officers in 2005, is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Sentencing will take place at 26th & California in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Crane, Room 600 at 10:00am.
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mary Mitchell has again attempted to portray this as an issue of race when this is nothing more than an issue of criminal behavior. Mr. Morgan had his day in court, in front of a jury of his peers, and was subsequently found guilty. Ms. Mitchell incorrectly listed the sentencing time as 8:00am. Could this be an attempt to keep Chicago Police Officers out of the courtroom and flood it with advocates for Morgan?
We urge all members to make every attempt to arrive early at this sentencing to ensure themselves a place in the courtroom.
Cook County.... BIG FINES But no jail for criminal offenses... Cook County be broke and need the cash!
Busted for shoveling snow from the driveway to a public road? Caught urinating - or worse - in public? Caught touching a little boy's penis? Or advertising the sale of a prized bong collecting dust on the fireplace?
If you do it along unincorporated stretches of Cook County, get your wallets ready. Cook County with take all the cash they can from you!
Under a series of proposed and amended county ordinances offenders would be ticketed, face an administrative law judge and fines ranging from $100 to $500. Currently some low-level drug offenses on the books, including advertising, manufacturing or selling - particularly to a minor – small amounts of drug paraphernalia can vault you into the criminal court system and possibly net you some jail time. But jail and criminal courts, a drain on county coffers, would be taken out of the equation if the county board approves the measures.
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A teller foiled a would-be bank robber with a simple message: We’re closed.
The woman left, but then returned Tuesday, five days later — and was arrested.
So says a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago Tuesday in which Olga L. Perdomo was charged with attempted robbery at Albany Bank and Trust on the Northwest Side.
Also charged in the complaint was Willie Weathersby, who was accused of being with Perdomo when she came back and robbing the bank by himself earlier last month.
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Drunken Under Age Illegal Beaner Driver Jessica Bahena, 18, gets charged with a misdemeanor in fatal DUI - WOW! That's will sure scare her!
An unlicensed drunken illegal beanette will now face a felony DUI charges in connection with a weekend drunk driving crash that left a 28-year-old motorist dead, Chicago police said. Jessica Bahena, 18, had been charged with misdemeanor DUI and cited with failure to yield the right of way to the left, having no license and no insurance. But prosecutors approved that Bahena, of the 4500 block of South Richmond Street, be charged with aggravated DUI, police said in a news release this morning.
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It's always BLACK when it comes to bullshit - Alleged lottery winner ripped off her co-workers and won't show the winning ticket!
A colored Maryland woman who claims to hold a winning Mega Millions ticket is refusing to show it to anyone because if she does actually have the winning ticket, she ripped off her fellow workers at McDonalds who were all in on the pool.
"I'm so scared," Mirlande Wilson told NBC affiliate WPTV.com, as she refused to reveal her ticket. "I'm so shocked, I don't know what's going on."
When Baltimore-area resident Wilson came forward claiming she was a Mega Millions jackpot winner, her co-workers at a local McDonald's restaurant said they deserved a share of the winnings because they were part of a lottery pool
“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself," Wilson, a single mother of seven, told the New York Post over the weekend. "[The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan."
The woman told WPTV her co-workers have copies of all the tickets bought with the pool money, adding she had asked a friend to buy a separate ticket for her.
"McDonald's don't have nothing to do with this," Wilson told WPTV. "They don't have nothing to do with -- they don't even know about it and they don't even have nothing to do with this ... It's only us by ourself (sic)."
Three lottery tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland hit the record-breaking $640 million jackpot. Each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes.
In Maryland, the winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Milford Mill, near Baltimore. Maryland does not require lottery winners to be publicly identified; the Mega Millions winner can claim the prize anonymously.
But lottery officials say so far no one has produced a winning ticket.
"We've heard it's somebody's cousin, we heard it's somebody who works up the street, the guy who mows the lawn, the lady at the McDonald's," lottery official Carole Everett told WPTV. None of these claims matter, she said.
An 80-year-old Wisconsin woman took control of a small airplane and managed to make a miraculous landing after her pilot husband passed out in midflight — and later died, local authorities said.
Door County police told local station WLUK that the unidentified couple was soaring in a twin-engine Cessna above Sturgeon Bay, some 50 miles north of Green Bay, at around 5 p.m. Monday when the pilot lost consciousness.
"[His wife] took over the aircraft," Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel told the station. "She's not a licensed pilot and has very little [experience] flying an aircraft."
The woman radioed for help, and a short time later, she was forced to make an emergency landing because the plane ran out of fuel and one of the engines failed.
Police scrambled to get a local pilot in the air and in radio contact with the inexperienced flyer, Vogel said.
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"We got him up into an aircraft and he felt it was easier for him to give her instructions, for him to determine for instance, her speed in the air and to instruct how to successfully land that aircraft," Vogel told WLUK.
Eventually, the pilot was able to coach the woman into landing the plane — though witnesses said it was touch-and-go on the way down.
"I saw them come down, and then like the nose of the plane just bumped, then they kind of flew back up and then they landed," Zoe Hirthe, who lives nearby, told the station.
The 81-year-old man was rushed to a local hospital, where he died. Authorities said he had an existing medical condition that caused him to pass out.
The woman was treated for minor injuries.
Vogel called the woman a hero for managing to land safely while her husband lay dying next to her.
"It was a very difficult situation with her husband unconscious next to her," he told WLUK. "It took a lot to collect her thoughts and get that thing landed."
The FAA was investigating the incident, the station said.
I.N.S. / I.C.E. Captures and will be deporting over 3,100 Illegal Beaner Criminals this week in Illegal Alien Crackdown!
On immigration operation, success and frustration - Agents taking part in a weeklong roundup search for people who have criminal records or have been previously deported. One suspect, convicted on drug charges, is detained but three others avoid arrest.
It's not quite 4 a.m. on a Monday in late March when a handful of immigration agents gather in the parking lot of a Santa Clarita sheriff's station.
For more than a month, agents have staked out a home a few blocks away. They have watched a man walk out the door at 4:45 a.m., get in his 2003 white Escalade, merge onto the 5 Freeway and head to work.
"Like clockwork. Every day," Deputy Field Office Director David Marin says.
The man is one of four targets the team plans to arrest this day as part of a national weeklong roundup of immigrants with criminal histories or prior deportation orders that ended last week with the detention of 3,168 people nationwide. The targets, including 206 who were arrested in the Los Angeles area, were the types of people that immigration agents say are their highest priority for deportation.
The Santa Clarita man was convicted of battery in 1986 and 1994, and had been deported. But he returned illegally.
A little past 4 a.m., the agents head to the home in a caravan that includes a van and SUVs with tinted windows.
As is the case with many immigration arrests, the officers don't have a warrant. Sometimes they can convince people to open their doors and let them in. Often, they simply wait outside.
"Fifteen years ago, people used to invite us in for coffee," Marin said. "Now they're more savvy."
The agents wait in the dark for the man. It's 4:30, 4:40, 4:45. The lights turn on. Nobody comes out.
The hours and staff involved in operations such as this are great, immigration officials say. Nearly 2,000 agents worked over six days in last week's effort, the third of its type since May 2011.
The agency prefers enforcement programs such as Secure Communities, which automatically compares fingerprints of incoming arrestees with immigration records, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. That program has come under fire because it has netted many low-level offenders or those with no criminal convictions.
At 5:58 a.m. the agents give up on the Santa Clarita suspect and head to Chatsworth to wait for the next man on the list.
They have been tracking him too: he served three years in prison after a 1995 conviction for manufacturing and delivery of narcotics and was deported. But like the first suspect, he came back. About 7:30 a.m., he's expected to emerge and get on his bike to run some errands.
He turns out to be more reliable than the first man.
At 7:42 a.m., he walks out of his home with three children who look like they are on their way to school. He's wearing a shirt that says "No Fear" and has a blue WWE backpack slung over his shoulders.
"Here we go," an agent says on the radio.
The SUVs and a car with lights pull up in front of the home. Two agents walk up to the man. They tell the older child that they need to talk with their father about an immigration issue and ask him to take the younger two children inside. He complies.
The man is calm at first, but after the agents put cuffs on him he starts looking desperate.
"I want to talk to my daughter," he says. "Nini! Nini!"
The children watch from behind a screen door. Their grandmother comes to the door and stands near them.
"I'm not going now if I don't see my daughter," he says.
One car takes the man downtown for processing while the others head to Panorama City.
There, they wait for more than an hour for a man to come out of his apartment. When they finally knock on the door, nobody answers.
Their fourth target lives in a North Hollywood neighborhood that the agents say is known for its gangs. By then it's almost 10 a.m., and they decide that showing up in uniform, driving SUVs with tinted windows probably isn't discreet.
On the way downtown for paperwork, Marin, a former Marine who oversees hundreds of immigration enforcement agents in the Los Angeles area, says the day's work shows how the agency's priorities have changed over the years.
"The days of the old INS raids, of going to Home Depot and getting day laborers, we don't do that anymore," he says.
Though many immigrant advocates would disagree, many agents now see their work as tracking down the worst of the worst, the "narcotics dealers, child molesters and spousal abusers," Marin said. And when they miss a target it can be disappointing.
"At least we got one right," he said.