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Dr. Garen Wintemute
Earnan Drummann April 24, 2014 at 06:48 pm
This guy looks like he got sandblasted by a glazier. I agree with Lenny Kravitz.
OldTimer April 24, 2014 at 06:53 pm
Hey Dr. Wintemute, I hate to ruin your crusade but Chicago has one of the strictest set of gun lawsRead More in the nation and it is the gun violence murder capital of the United States! They had another blood bath there last weekend. There are over 300 million guns (not including police and military) in our country. What are you going to do, Doctor? Ban them all. By doing so the law abiding citizen would turn their guns in and the criminals would keep theirs, thereby setting the good citizens up for slaughter. You need to think through your crusade before you spend a million buck on a futile mission. We are a nation of guns. We always have been, Doctor. You won't change that. The barn door is open and all the horses already ran away!
Michael April 24, 2014 at 08:29 pm
I wish all you stupid Liberals would stop trying to take guns away from normal people. We'reRead More AMERICANS, it's our right, and I'm not giving up my rights for idiots that are afraid of guns. You should move to places where they have strict gun control, the paradises known as Mexico and Cuba. Love it or leave it, morons.
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Jackie Loffredo April 24, 2014 at 04:31 pm
stubborn people.. they aren't trying to annoy/disturb you..they are telling you for your safety !
Jackie Loffredo April 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
don't put a fire fighters life at risk because you want to be stubborn and stupid.
Damn Shame April 24, 2014 at 06:40 pm
Robert Martinez is an idiot to begin with. Engaged to someone else and still married. Sad. Shouldn'tRead More be talking to the news if you're trying to live a double life fool.
The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook
Portent April 24, 2014 at 08:38 pm
If you think that there is a moral equivalence between the KKK and Al Sharpton, you most likely aRead More simple and unequivocal a white racist. White racism and privilege has always been de facto affirmative action for white people.
Portent April 24, 2014 at 08:40 pm
Maurice Wynne: And it was the 'Republican' Lincoln who freed the slaves, in theory at least. TheRead More game changes, but the name's the same.
Portent April 24, 2014 at 08:45 pm
tenth district: Your cockamamie, hate-filled and vile racist comment places you not in the tenthRead More district but in the stratosphere of toxic gas.
Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
erin greisch April 24, 2014 at 10:11 am
Thank you Alison I was thinking the same thing....
BIGBAKER.. April 24, 2014 at 04:13 pm
It`s just Baby fat, I had an UNCLE years ago 15 lbs and he was born at home, turned out to be aRead More regular kid.
Queena Armstrong Knox April 24, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Actually this is usually a sign of gestational diabetes. But not always....Alison and Erin. AndRead More BIGBAKER I've heard of bigger babies being born at home years ago too but that gets into the whole accuracy of the way they were weighed. My daughter weighed 9lb 1oz. I'm average size. My birth weight was around 7 pounds. My husband was a premie and weighed about 5 pounds. But he was a big man. Not huge. He was 6ft 1in and weighed about 190 at his heaviest. I'm 5' 3" and weighed 165 at full term. Sometimes the size of the baby is determined by ancestors long dead! My son weighed 7lb 12oz and he was born 4 weeks premature! Imagine where he was headed! So don't go blaming things that may have NOTHING to do with it!
view from Rockpointe into the park
andy fischer April 24, 2014 at 07:01 am
A thousand contacts to Councilman Englander are in the noise compared to one phone call by aRead More donation heavy developer.
S maki April 24, 2014 at 07:58 am
Dear Councilman Englander I read in the Chatsworth Patch that you have allowed a gravel parkingRead More lot at the entrance of the park. Why? I have lived in Chatsworth/ Canoga Park for 59 years! I have seen the park when it was the skeet shooting range and golf range. It was bad enough the park was closed because lead shotgun pellets. What do people think that we roll in the dirt or eat the dirt. Lead is only bad if prolong handling or indigested. Now with all the tress being cut down because of lead contamination was nuts! The trees were healthy! What do you people think we would eat the trees and sue the city. Without any notice to the public the city wants to put in a gravel parking lot in what for? Open the existing parking lots and the area where the play ground is there is NO REASON TO WASTE MONEY WHEN THERE IS A PARKING LOT ALREADY THERE! We the people should have the right to vote if we need a gravel lot and not leaving it up to a Politician!
Ziegler April 24, 2014 at 06:58 pm
Contact Reporter Shahagan Of the L.A. Times who told me a few days ago how important Chatsworth isRead More to ecology after I told him of the DWP putting rodenticide down in the Chatsworth Nature preserve in order to murder the Squirrels. Large animals and bird eat the smaller onea and all perish. Pleas call him as he cares.
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lorrie mcvicker April 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm
The problem is that just like hospitals people use these services for non emergencies. They useRead More emergency rooms for colds and such, because they know that they can't be denied for any reason. For example no health insurance or a drug addict. I don't know the solution, but something has to be done. I remember one time I was so sick and the wait time at Kaiser ER was 7 hours so I thought the next time I got that sick I would call an ambulance and I wouldn't have to wait. Well I had a minor heart attack and guess what I still waited. There are just too many people here that don't belong and they need to leave or start paying taxes so we can build more hospitals. Quite a few level 1 trauma centers went bankrupt because of all the uninsured illegals.
karen April 24, 2014 at 01:04 pm
It's called "Obama Care". The ER is getting over crowded due to non emergency usage ofRead More "Coughs and colds." The number of lic. inpatient beds have been reduced through the government. A lot of MD's are not providers on the "Obamacare" and also many MD's are not taking any new "Medicare patients" due to the low reimbursement rate on medicace policies.
lorrie mcvicker April 24, 2014 at 06:37 pm
Maybe we should have a clinic in every emergency room to cover the non emergency patients. Oh waitRead More that might solve the problem and why would the government want to do that. I realize that would cost money, but I don't want to hear the government is broke. It always finds money for worthless stuff. Am I all alone in this thinking?
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Paula Larson April 24, 2014 at 05:58 pm
" Prosecutors contend he planned to murder the two teens and waited in the basement with aRead More bottle of water, a book, energy bars and two guns" How did he know that these kids were going to show up? Did he invite them just to kill them? If that's the case, it was premeditated. He shot one of them in the face after he was down and said he wanted them dead. I'd call that guilty of murder. His attorney is calling it stress.
Ana Ham April 24, 2014 at 06:08 pm
This was justified. He should not have been charged with anything. Free this man.
NWBL April 24, 2014 at 06:23 pm
IMO if you break into someone's house (or assault them for that matter) you are taking your chancesRead More as to what they will do to you.
Screen capture of Rep. Tony Cardenas on "The Colbert Report."
Mike April 24, 2014 at 08:24 am
All a lib can do is make fun of people. Name calling is the beginning and end of their societalRead More contribution. They are the ultimate bully on the block. We won't miss you.
Krusher King April 24, 2014 at 09:54 am
Oh, we're bullies now? What happened to last year's narrative that we're spineless weasels, afraidRead More of our own shadows? Can't have it both ways, dude.
Snow April 24, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Colbert doesn't care- he's off to his new show.
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Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 11:54 am
I don't disagree with you that we're becoming less and less a free country but it's wrong to blameRead More democrats alone. It wasn't dems alone that passed the patriot act. It hasn't been dems alone that have been re-uping it since it was passed the first time. On how bad Hillary will be as a president. Every president is bad in some ways. Reagan raised taxes more than a dozen times. Bush took us to war on two fronts with no way to pay for it. Clinton signed DOMA and DADT. Obama gave away the farm in order to get the Affordable Care Act passed. Papa Bush said that atheists shouldn't be considered Americans. Sure Hillary will be a bad president in some ways.... they are all bad in some way. I can tell you this much though, any president is going to be a worse president when the publicly stated goal of the opposition is to obstruct that president at any and all opportunities. The dems did it to Bush. The republican'ts are doing it to Obama. It's like Palestine and Israel, they'll fight to the death out of spite and habit, neither one of them knowing which one threw the first punch and not caring because winning is the only goal. What America needs are citizens that go into government for the good of the country instead of the good of their party.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Oh, one last point on your last post B. Dub. "Hillary presidency combined with a DemocraticRead More Congress." Ain't gonna happen. Republicant's have gerrymandered the states to absolute death. They have the House for the foreseeable future and they have a good chance at getting the Senate. I can't guarantee you who's going to win in 2016 but I can very well guarantee you that no one party will take executive and legislative branches, both.
PAUL April 24, 2014 at 03:57 pm
who the hell cares?????????????????
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John Strother April 24, 2014 at 05:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 05:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
Bob West April 24, 2014 at 03:20 pm
@ eddie, I wouldn't mention any specific phone-calling service in case any other arseholes areRead More looking for tips. But for better or worse, those calls are traceable. They have "add-ons" that can fool your friends, but certainly not the NSA. BTW, that phone service was bought by Microsoft a couple of years ago- so much for any illusion of confidentiality. By using it, you "opt in" to give up your privacy, just like with G-mail. Using a computer to make a prank call is a dumb move in itself. Any computer transmits a wealth of information. Non-smart phones are a lot less traceable than anything else. Have you ever seen how many items advertisers and other web sites use to uniquely identify your computer? They can't tell your name but track your unique computer. It's called "computer fingerprinting." As soon as you give your name at a web site they track, they've got you. Check this site sometime to see how unique your computer is-- https://panopticlick.eff.org/ .... I suspect that nobody's putting much effort into tracing this call, because in the big scheme of things, they've got more serious things to deal with. (Unfortunately, unlike our local PDs.) Shame this idiot got so much publicity from his crime. I think the glorifying news "perp walk" should be stopped in virtually all cases.
The seal of Los Angeles County. Courtesy of Los Angeles Couty.
Don April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
I thought there was already a department called "Child Protective Services." Hmm are theyRead More disbanding this inept group after they prosecute all the criminal activity of neglect and disregard amongst themselves and starting a new "get it right" group. Naw didn't think so. Just another way gov't will fleece the public by adding another tier of bureaucracy that will take years to evolve where they'll once again tell you and me they're still earning from their mistakes. My answer: No. Fire the inept. Prosecute those who committed criminal acts within their job; hold the rest accountable to protect those they are chartered to protect
A different Paul April 23, 2014 at 10:18 am
DCFS- the Department of Children and Family Services. The department has lots of issues- but at theRead More same time there are a lot of hard workers who care deeply about what they do. The department administration needs to better support the workers so they CAN do their jobs. The challenge lies in changing the way the department is run- more case workers will help immensely- that will be implemented by Fall. But the case workers need to be trained in organizational skills (filing etc.- sounds mundane but critical when you do not want children to get lost in the shuffle).
Pamela Conley Ulich April 23, 2014 at 05:30 pm
I believe it is time for action, not further study. It is time for respect, not dismissiveness.Read More The Commission unanimously concluded that a "State of Emergency" exists in the current child protection system. Reform will only take as long or as little time as 3 votes on the Board of Supervisors decide it will take. If elected to serve the 3rd District, I will implement the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon task force, and not ask for yet another study. The report uncovers the fact that 4 months have transpired since the Commission issued its interim recommendation which everyone agreed was both urgent and able to be implemented with current resources - - - the recommendation that medical screening exams should be performed on detained children under the age of one. (see p. 12) How could the Board fail to act at least on this one simple recommendation? LA County Supervisors can use their discretionary funds to implement the hiring of a Child Welfare Chief/Czar before more innocent children become the next victims. LA County voters will be given the opportunity to vote for 2 new Supervisors in the June primary and in November this year. I hope and pray that the newly elected Supervisors will make protecting children a priority.
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dr.rgm April 23, 2014 at 08:49 am
You have got to be kidding. The City needs to stop approving swimming pools and 11,000 square footRead More houses in the Sand Section where residents are close enough to walk to the beach. I am afraid the horse has left the barn. And BTW what rain are we catching?
George April 23, 2014 at 10:24 am
Is it safe to drink the water collected from the barrels?
Stuart Ebert April 24, 2014 at 01:15 pm
One day in the not too distant future when Los Angeles is abandoned and covered with mounds ofRead More wind-blown sand, archaeologists will at first be puzzled, then amused at the rain barrels. Thousands and thousands of empty . . . plastic . . . rain barrels . . .
Los Angeles police motorcycle Officer Chris Cortijo. Twitter photo.
nitagregory April 23, 2014 at 09:36 am
I hate people that drink and drive do drugs and drive..take your own life not others ...and yes imaRead More snitch calling the police every time I see that shyyt on the road...there are children Ineed to protect
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Kevin April 24, 2014 at 05:50 pm
Editor,should never have removed the Black Panther. Without him,this thread loses,and the PatchRead More loses.He never said anything that was off color,or beyond what is acceptable on this forum. In fact,what you have done by removing him seems racist. He enlivened the conversation,wrong headed as he is,but isn't that the point? We were just starting to have some fun. Killjoy.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 07:37 pm
I got you Kevin. I f you delete the point of contention then the debate is incoherent. The BlackRead More Panther of poetry was defending his viewpoint. I disagree with race based politics but he was standing up in the arena of ideas Then poof...( hello Patch?)... he was gone. I know the Panthers have a terror tactic history, but I thought media has forgiven the past. In Philly 08, Holder allowed military uniformed poll watchers to prevent any 2nd party participation with obvious intimidation. I appreciate Patch. We gotta talk this stuff out. Maybe the panther crossed the line his last comment we did not see, and they scrubbed up a bit. What ever happened, I do appreciate the Patch forums. It is a good local thing for info and exchange. If it becomes editorially dysfunctional, then we all will move on to a more open forum.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 07:49 pm
In the past, our local Patch editor would jump in and correct our misconceptions on Patch policy andRead More what actually happened on the thread. His name is Bob Bynes and I will always respect him as an objective journalist... too few. So many, so few.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 09:22 am
"Agreements or addenda" are not part of the Common Core. Again, if states are doing theirRead More own thing by adding stuff or agreeing to do something different, it isn't Common Core.
Millsey April 24, 2014 at 11:46 am
If it's on the internet it must be true? A small group of parents make up some "facts" andRead More post it on random news sites. So it must be true? I'm in favor of trusting the actual sources of the program over a blog that someone created because they are afraid of their kids getting a better education.
Susan Harris April 24, 2014 at 05:49 pm
For CT the Common Core is common sense. For over 30 years student achievement has been on theRead More decline. Over time this has adversely affected the urban neighborhood, the middle class, businesses, and the economy. How do we know the CC standards will lead to a better education than the standards that led to our decline? The CC are rigorous standards in reading and math designed to up student achievement in order for our kids to be prepared for career and/or college. This is what sets them apart from the past standards. Why should anyone apologize, feel bad, or over explain what needs to be done because the CC is being misconceived for whatever reason? We are not NY or MASS or a handful of other states that already have solid state education standards in place. And this is not the time to revert to the old standards that got us into this mess. Those are the choices. But this is the good news I have experienced this week in the urban school that I volunteer in 3 days a week using CC standards. Students in 2nd grade are reading chapter books about animals, writing sentences, illustrating a part of the story with their artwork and noting new vocabulary words in their handmade books. Most of all I notice a sense of purpose, that this is important from the students themselves. In a 4th grade class students were doing long division problem. In the science classroom 5th grade students were studying the water cycle and writing a report about it. Teachers are embracing the greater challenge of using standards that challenge their students and students are embracing the challenge.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 07:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.