Sunday, December 17, 2017

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St. Paul Mayoral Candidate Dai Thao Promises To Fight Inequality

Dai Thao doesn’t like being underestimated.

As early as elementary school, he spotted inequalities. He challenged the teacher of his English as a Second Language class: Why weren’t they learning what other students learned? Why were the expectations lower?

“She told me I could leave,” said Thao, a St. Paul City Council member who came to the United States from Thailand with his family as a boy. “So I just got up, and I left.”

It would be a recurring theme in the years to come: Thao, frustrated by inequity and injustice, trying to do something about it.

Read more here www.startribune.com

Sacramento Girl Dies from Encephalitis, Leaving Family Devastated and Searching for Answers

SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento teen died last month from an invasive form of encephalitis, leaving her family devastated and searching for answers.

“Megan was more than a daughter to my sister. Megan was her companion, her best friend,” the girl’s aunt, Rose Xiong, told FOX40.

Megan Her loved her Hmong heritage and was the constant companion to her mother, Shary Xiong — who was stricken with kidney disease. It made her death all the more tragic.

Three weeks ago, Megan was transferred Kaiser Permanente from the Kaiser South emergency room with symptoms of viral meningitis, not as contagious or deadly as the bacterial form.

Megan suffered from headaches and seizures, and was disoriented.

Read more here fox40.com

Las Vegas Shooting Suspect’s Father Was Once One Of FBI’s Most Wanted

Stephen Paddock, the suspected shooter in the attack on concertgoers in Las Vegas on Sunday that killed at least 58 people and injured at least 515 others, was the son of a famous criminal.

His estranged father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was a notorious bank robber who spent years as one of the country’s most wanted fugitives.

According to a 1971 article in Arizona’s now defunct Tucson Daily Citizen, the elder Paddock — also known as “Chromedome,” “Old Baldy” and “Big Daddy” — was imprisoned for a 1960 “holdup of a branch of the Valley National Bank in Phoenix” and was also “accused of two other robberies.”

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New California Law Means No More Jaywalking Tickets During Countdown

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 390, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), to protect pedestrians by what one lawmaker claimed was an “outdated state crossing signal law that has resulted in people on foot being unfairly punished and financially overburdened.”

According to an analysis by the State Assembly, the bill “Authorizes pedestrians to enter a crosswalk when the countdown symbol is displayed provided the crossing is completed before the countdown ends.”

So, in other words, cross the street before the countdown reaches zero.

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At Least 58 Killed As Gunman Opens Fire At Las Vegas Concert

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Jerry Brown Signs New California Affordable Housing Laws

SAN FRANCISCO — More than a dozen long-awaited bills aimed at addressing California’s affordable-housing crisis were signed into law Friday, as Gov. Jerry Brown, big-city mayors and lawmakers celebrated the hard-fought victory — but acknowledged that the legislation was just a beginning and vowed to continue chipping away at the problem gripping the state.

“Today we are here to tell those who are suffering that we hear you and are committed to make housing affordable again,” said Assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Santa Monica Democrat.

Read more here www.mercurynews.com

Insanity Trial Set After Milwaukee Man Who Killed 3 Neighbors Pleads No Contest

A man who killed three of his neighbors in what victims’ families call hate crimes pleaded no contest Wednesday to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Dan Popp will now go to trial Nov. 6 only on his plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. His attorney will have to convince 10 of 12 jurors that because of such a condition, Popp could not understand what he was doing was wrong, or conform his actions to the law.

Popp, 42, has been examined five times in the wake of the 2016 fatal shootings of Phia Vue, his wife Mai Vue, and Jesus Manso-Perez, and the attempted homicide of Perez’s son, Jesus Manso-Carraquillo.

Read more here www.jsonline.com

Northwest Minnesota Police Arrest St. Paul Man With $400K In Marijuana

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A St. Paul man was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana after $400,000 worth of pot was allegedly found in the vehicle he was driving in Clay County.

According to a complaint filed in Clay County District Court:

A Minnesota state trooper was on patrol about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he saw a truck with Oregon plates veer over the fog line on Interstate 94.

Read more here www.twincities.com

If A Strike Hits Fresno Unified, The District Might Give Substitute Teachers A 300% Raise To Fill In

Substitutes stand to earn $500 a day as Fresno Unified School District prepares to recruit replacements in the face of a possible teachers strike.

Superintendent Bob Nelson said 800 to 1,000 substitutes could be needed, and the higher pay rate would help attract fill-ins from throughout the central San Joaquin Valley. The regular substitute rate is $120 to $140 day.

Negotiations between the district and the Fresno Teachers Association have been under way for more than a year. On Tuesday, FTA members are scheduled to take a vote to authorize a strike.

Read more here www.fresnobee.com

Saudi Arabia To Allow Women To Drive For The First Time

The kingdom was the only the country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity internationally for detaining women who defied the ban.

The move, which has been welcomed by the United States, represents a significant opening for women in Saudi Arabia, where women’s rights have steadily and slowly gained ground over the years. Saudi women remain largely under the whim of male relatives due to guardianship laws.

King Salman and his young son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have tested the waters though, allowing women into the country’s main stadium in the capital, Riyadh, for national day celebrations this month. The stadium had previously been reserved for all-male crowds to watch sporting events. The king and his son have also opened the country to more entertainment and fun.

Read more here abc7ny.com