Saturday, May 26, 2018


The latest news stories from Hmong TV Network

Thousands Flee As Wildfires Ravage California; 15 Killed

Massive wildfires sweeping through parts of California have killed at least 15 people and damaged more than 1,500 residences and other buildings, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling 17 fires across multiple counties in the state as of late Monday, authorities said. Intensified by strong winds, the fires charred about 115,000 acres of land, destroyed at least 1,500 buildings and forced nearly 20,000 residents to evacuate.

St. Joseph Health said about 170 patients have been treated, many for burns and smoke inhalation, at three of its hospitals, including two in Sonoma County, where at least seven people died of fire-related injuries. Authorities have 183 unresolved missing person reports, according to one Sonoma County official.

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California Judge Throws Out Hmong Farmers’ Discrimination Claims

On September 12, a federal judge in Sacramento ruled that sheriff’s deputies and other officials in Northern California’s Siskiyou County did not discriminate against Hmong residents while carrying out marijuana enforcement operations and other investigations last year.

“I am disappointed that the Court could not see how brutally my clients’ most fundamental American rights were violated,” attorney Brian Ford told the Redding Record Searchlight.

The suit against Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey and other county officials stemmed from Hmong residents’ claims that they were harassed and intimidated based on their ethnicity. The suit also claimed Hmong residents were disproportionately cited for marijuana violations.

But Judge John Mendez wrote: “Plaintiffs simply do not identify any ‘longstanding practice or custom’ of the County discriminatorily enforcing medical marijuana ordinances and related laws against Asian Americans.”

Ominously, one day after the ruling in the case, the the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to declare an unprecedented “state of emergency” over illegal cannabis cultivation in the county. Such declarations are usually reserved for natural disasters like floods, fires or earthquakes.

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Judge Kashoua Yang’s Husband Killed In Weekend Crash In Ozaukee County

A 41-year-old Oak Creek man killed in a weekend crash in Ozaukee County was the husband of first-term Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Kashoua Yang.

Two people who have spoken with Yang’s family confirmed that Long Thao was the victim of a crash that, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, killed the sole occupant of an SUV that struck a limousine on Interstate 43 near the Belgium exit around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge Maxine White said she heard from the family about the death and has told Yang to take whatever time she needs to address the matter.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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