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Man accused of punching two women during argument at Los Angeles hot dog stand turns himself in


"This guy brutally punched two women at a hot dog stand," cops wrote on Twitter. "Someone knows him, and we would like to be one of those people."

LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told ABC 7 that the man had been arguing with the vendor when one of the women told him, "hey, order your hot dog so we can get our food."

"The man immediately turned, punched that woman in the face," the detective told the station. "That punch caused the woman to lose consciousness and she fell to the ground. At that point, her friend did try to intervene and she was punched multiple times by the suspect."

Multiple bystanders did not take action, but one person shouted "get him!" as the man left the scene.

without rangers and tourists to discourage them during shutdown, elephant seals took over beach


But in a bit of irony, one of the biggest challenges facing the seashore staff also could put limits on a popular park attraction: Drakes Beach, located at the edge of Drakes Bay and site of one of the seashore’s three visitor centers.

In the absence of heavy visitor traffic and regular staff wildlife management, the burgeoning elephant seal colony that has been drifting along the shoreline from Chimney Rock for several years appears to have gotten a foothold at Drakes Beach, though it’s not entirely clear where the elephant seals there came from.

What’s clear is they find it a safe and protected place to bear offspring.

By Monday, there were about 50 females with 40 pups and more on the way, as well as a dominant bull and several subordinates.

Some of them in recent weeks had been found up in the parking lot, under picnic tables and even on the ramp up toward the visitor center, having clambered over a wooden fence and leaving it in pieces, Dell’Osso said.

While in the past a few stray, subordinate males had made their way to Drakes Beach, and two years ago two females and their pups had appeared, seashore scientists, with proper permission, have generally been able to keep them away using accepted hazing techniques like shaking tarps, said Press, the wildlife ecologist, and marine ecologist Sarah Codde.

But this year, nothing can be done except ensure the pups and their mothers are allowed to have their space unbothered and that human visitors, too, are not put in harm’s way, officials said.

Some of the pups are mere days old, Codde said, and most will have been born by the second week of February. They usually are weaned around the first week in March, and then the pups depart in April.

Elephant seals took over a Pt. Reyes beach during shutdown. It won't reopen anytime soon.

You know the saying: When the cat's away the mice will play. It appears the Bay Area is ready to coin a new turn of phrase: When the rangers are gone the elephant seals will swarm.

When tourism decreased and wildlife management staff were furloughed during the government shutdown, an elephant seal colony in Point Reyes National Seashore spread from their normal spot on the beach to an area normally frequented by humans.

The seals took over at Drakes Beach, knocking down a fence and moving into the parking lot, and they remained lounging in the sand after the park reopened Sunday, leading staff to close the road from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to the beach.

The park is home to a colony of about 1,500 elephant seals and John Dell'Osso, chief of interpretation and resource education for the seashore, says they tend to frequent Chimney Beach. That stretch of waterfront features 100-foot-tall cliffs keep them protected and mostly hidden from the public.


Video shows brutality of knife attack on helpless inmates


Shamieke Pugh was one of the four inmates in the first attack on June 4, 2017.

“He was trying to kill us, for sure,” said Pugh, who is now out of prison and recovering from multiple stab wounds in his arm, chest and back. The four prisoners were playing cards during an out-of-cell recreation period.


In the video, inmate Greg Reinke, the alleged attacker, is seen stabbing Pugh and three other prisoners multiple times during the assault that could have been even worse had one of the victims not freed himself and fought back. Reinke hid two homemade knives on himself and used one of them — a 7-inch shank — in the assault.

Just under a minute passes before the first guard appears at the end of a long hallway and charges toward the attacker in the video obtained by the AP through an open records request. More than three minutes pass before guards free the last of the inmates from their cuffs chained to a blood-drenched table.

Reinke “stated that he just felt like killing someone,” according to a prison report after the attack.

The following day, authorities declined to prosecute Reinke, arguing that he was already serving a life sentence. Reinke was convicted of aggravated murder in a 2004 shooting in Cleveland.

Then, just over eight months later on Feb. 20, Reinke and a second inmate were accused of assaulting guard Matthew Matthias in the prison infirmary. Mathias suffered 32 stab wounds and numerous internal injuries in that attack and has still not returned to work.


Howard Schultz book released today. One star, 4 reviews: "please go away", "Garbage"

Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 starsGarbage
January 28, 2019
Format: Hardcover
Seriously, go away. Noone wants another another Trump, or another Trump term.


Trump Tackles a New Topic on Twitter, He backs Bible literacy classes,

Trump Tackles a New Topic on Twitter
He backs Bible literacy classes, something he hasn't discussed before


A tweet from President Trump was the subject of discussion and scrutiny on Monday, and this time, the topic wasn't one of his habitual ones. He wrote, "Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!" Politico reports the tweet came 30 minutes after Fox & Friends did a segment on the move to add these elective courses in public schools. The segment featured North Dakota Rep. Aaron McWilliams, the co-sponsor of one such bill. Politico notes that Trump's tweet wasn't exactly correct in that no state has passed a bill along these lines. What you need to know:

Politico cites a USA Today article published last Wednesday on the "wave of 'Bible literacy' bills." It's a good primer that details how lawmakers in six states—Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia—have in 2019 introduced bills that would mandate or encourage public schools to carry classes narrowly focused on the Bible from a historical and literary perspective. In 2017, Kentucky instituted a Bible studies law that offered guidelines for public schools regarding the electives.

"She destroyed a President within a month of taking office"


She'll be remembered as the most effective Speaker of her generation

She destroyed a President within a month of taking office

5 dead after shooting spree in Louisiana


Five people are dead following a string of shootings in Louisiana, law enforcement officials said.

Two shootings took place in Ascension and Livingston parishes, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday morning.
The suspect, 21-year-old Dakota Theriot, is accused of killing his parents, Elizabeth and Keith Theriot, both 50, in the town of Gonzalez, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said.
Authorities were searching for Theriot on Saturday and said they believe he is "armed and dangerous."
He was last seen driving a gray and silver 2004 Dodge pickup with Louisiana license plate C583809, authorities said.

Merriam-Webster:We're seeing a 1500% spike on 'cave' this evening.


"President Nancy Pelosi, she runs the country now," said a former White House official.

Before President Donald Trump finished speaking from the Rose Garden, putting a temporary end to the five-week government shutdown, a running group text between several of his former aides lit up with complaints.

“[Speaker Nancy] Pelosi ordered everything off the menu and left Trump hanging with the bill,” one Trump ally texted to the group.


“President Nancy Pelosi, she runs the country now,” said a former White House official. “We went from indefinite shutdown, to down payment, to cave — all within a span of 24 hours.

That official said that Trump’s core supporters and former aides are “furious” and “melting down.”

Bewildered by his decision to accept a deal without funding for a wall on the southern border — not even the “down payment” the White House had requested a day earlier — some of his most loyal supporters fretted that Trump was in danger of losing his fervent base that has fueled his presidency. It didn’t help that special counsel Robert Mueller had just released more details about the Trump campaign’s alleged attempts to backchannel with WikiLeaks during the election.

It all left Trump staring at a tough road ahead. Having staked his nascent 2020 reelection messaging to the wall fight, Trump now can’t claim victory as Democrats start entering the field. After stumbling in his first bout with Pelosi, Trump must now face an invigorated Democratic-led House keen to investigate the White House. And following Mueller's reveal of more evidence that Trump’s 2016 team tried to furtively gather intel about hacked Democratic emails, Trump will have to fend off increasing calls for impeachment.

Trump golf course fired all those undocumented workers last week - while we weren't looking


OSSINING, N.Y — They had spent years on the staff of Donald Trump’s golf club, winning employee-of-the-month awards and receiving glowing letters of recommendation.

Some were trusted enough to hold the keys to Eric Trump’s weekend home. They were experienced enough to know that — when Donald Trump ordered chicken wings — they were to serve him two orders on one plate.

But on Jan. 18, about a dozen employees at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., were summoned, one by one, to talk with a human resources executive from Trump headquarters.

During the meetings, they were fired because they are undocumented immigrants, according to interviews with the workers and their attorney. The fired workers are from Latin America.


Unfortunately, this means the club must end its employment relationship with you today,” the Trump executive said, according to a recording that one worker made of her firing.

“I started to cry,” said Gabriel Sedano, a former maintenance worker from Mexico who was among those fired. He had worked at the club since 2005. “I told them they needed to consider us. I had worked almost 15 years for them in this club, and I’d given the best of myself to this job.”

“I’d never done anything wrong, only work and work,” he added. “They said they didn't have any comments to make.”
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