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Under City Program, Veteran L.A. Officers, Firefighters Can Work One Shift and Collect Double Pay for Years

The reform, signed by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and passed through the City Council by then-President Eric Garcetti, contained a glaring weakness: the officers only had to be “active” on the day they signed up. But six years into the program it was clear there were serious problems, including reports that aging officers with bad backs and aching knees were joining and then immediately going out on long injury leaves — sometimes for years — at essentially twice the pay. So leaders of the police and fire unions, scrambling to preserve the program in 2008, proposed a seemingly simple solution: require everyone entering to be on active duty. A program that allows Los Angeles cops and firefighters to collect their pensions and salaries simultaneously at the end of their careers was originally hailed as a no-cost way to keep the most experienced officers on the job. Read the full story on LATimes.com. 34.095818
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Struggle Continues for People Who Lost Homes in Devastating NorCal Fires

Animal feeding stations remain on roadsides, monitored by volunteers searching for pets left behind when their owners fled. Four months after a ferocious firestorm devastated communities in California’s wine country, those who lost their homes are still struggling. 38.104086
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Investigation to Determine Cause of Destructive NorCal Fires Could Take Months
Ventura Couple Loses Their Home in Thomas Fire Just 2 Months After Their Santa Rosa Home Burns in NorCal Blaze
Wildfire Relief Funding May Be Available to Many SoCal Evacuees, Even if Home Is Not Damaged The shock and horror of the early days have given way to lingering grief and agony over whether to rebuild or move on. Cats that had been feared dead continue to be found. Many burned homes have yet to be cleared. Read the full story on LATimes.com. But the most perplexing and time-consuming matter for victims has been insurance. Signs are everywhere, advertising the services of contractors, engineers, debris removers and lawyers.

Trump Says Russians Are ‘Laughing’ Over DOJ Investigation

If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. Get smart America! But Schiff pushed back on Trump’s assertion Sunday morning, telling CNN’s “State of the Union” that the President “claims vindication anytime someone sneezes.”
“I’ve said all along that I thought the Obama administration should have done more … They were very wary of appearing to be putting their hand on the scale of the election,” Schiff said, referencing the Obama administration’s initial failure to implement Russian sanctions. President Donald Trump says Russians are “laughing their asses off in Moscow” for the way Washington has handled the Russia investigations, following the Department of Justice’s charges against Russian nationals last week for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election. “Finally, Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. He is finally right about something. Thank you Adam!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. But Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on Russian meddling in the 2016 election as a “hoax” as well. “I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,’” Trump tweeted. “The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!”

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Russia has denied any involvement in the election, and Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion. Trump praises, slams Schiff in same tweet
On Sunday, Trump also praised Rep. Get smart America!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. Schiff added that “none of that is an excuse for this President to sit on his hands” regarding recent Russian sanctions set in place by Congress. “If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. In September 2017, he tweeted: “The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook. — Donald J. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. “Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ ” Trump said. “And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.”

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And as recently as last week, three sources familiar with the President’s thinking told CNN he remained unconvinced that Russia interfered in the presidential election. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, for placing some blame for Russian interference into the election onto the Obama administration. 38.907192
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Special Counsel Issues Indictment Against 13 Russian Nationals Over 2016 Election Interference Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018

The President has repeatedly called the investigations into his presidential campaign’s potential collusion with Russia a “hoax,” but on Sunday, Trump tried to clarify his stance. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?”
Last November, he also told the press that he took Russian President Vladimir Putin at his word that Russia did not seek to interfere in the 2016 election.

Burrous’ Bites: Breadologie

Tell me what you think of the place. This edition of Burrous’ Bites aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News, Sunday, Feb. 18th. 2018. Breadologie
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SpaceX to Launch Demo Satellites for High-Speed Internet Project From Vandenberg Air Force Base Wednesday

On board will be two experimental satellites that will test out the technology SpaceX plans to use for its internet service, according to public filings. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket prepares to launch from the Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California on Dec. The primary mission is to deliver a satellite, called PAZ, for the Spanish government. SpaceX has the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission to send up the test satellites. on Wednesday. According to European firm Airbus, which was the primary contractor for PAZ, the satellite will serve “many different applications,” including defense and security. 34.742027
-120.572440 Elon Musk’s SpaceX wants to deliver high-speed internet to the world using thousands of small satellites — and this week that plan is moving closer to reality. Spy Satellite Payload Successfully Launches From Vandenberg Air Force Base

It’ll stay in orbit for about five and a half years, making full loops around Earth 15 times per day. Earlier this month, SpaceX captured the public’s attention with the launch of its massive new rocket. 22, 2017. Some of SpaceX’s internal financial documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal last year show the company has high expectations for this satellite network. It’ll be able to capture images of our home planet — day or night and no matter what the weather looks like — using radar technology. SpaceX’s plan is to “deliver broadband services directly to [people] anywhere in the United States or around the world” at speeds similar to some of the quickest ground-based internet connections. There are plans to fly a communications satellite and a payload for the U.S. Called Falcon Heavy, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world. But Wednesday’s launch will use a Falcon 9, the rocket SpaceX has flown since 2010. “SpaceX projected the satellite-internet business would have over 40 million subscribers and bring in more than $30 billion in revenue by 2025,” the Journal reported. Related Story SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, World’s Most Powerful Rocket, Launches From Florida

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On Wednesday, SpaceX’s test satellites won’t be the only thing aboard the rocket. FCC chairman Pai, who was appointed by President Trump, said last week that if SpaceX gets approval for its satellite project, it’ll be a first for an American-based company in the internet-in-space race. Related Story Rocket With U.S. They include OneWeb, a startup that’s attracted backing from the likes of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Coca-Cola and Qualcomm. Air Force on board a Falcon Heavy later this year. And that startup already has approval from the FCC to send internet satellites into orbit. And last week, FCC chairman Ajit Pai gave SpaceX’s internet ambitions a nudge by urging the FCC to approve SpaceX’s broader internet proposal. Related Story SpaceX’s Ultimate Goal: Launching a Spacecraft That Will Send Humans to Mars

Billions of people around the globe still lack internet access, so companies have been racing to find a better way to beam internet down from the sky. (Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
The company is slated to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc at 6:17 a.m.

KTLA Weather: Liberte Chan’s Cold, Windy and Wet Saturday Forecast

Widespread frost/freeze conditions expected Monday night and Tuesday night. #cawx #Socal #LAWeather pic.twitter.com/mfBn2axHtH
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) February 18, 2018

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Cold, windy and wet weather through the beginning of the work week. Coldest temperatures of the season expected with upcoming storm system!

Women’s March Organizers Plan National Student Walkout to Protest Gun Violence in Wake of Florida Shooting

“Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.”
The event is the brainchild of EMPOWER, the Woman’s March youth branch, and will take place exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students who survived the shooting in Florida are speaking out in hopes that no more schools face a similar tragedy, and they’re planning to protest in Washington, D.C. People join together after a school shooting that killed 17 to protest against guns on the steps of the Broward County Federal courthouse on Feb. All of the marches share one mission: to put pressure on Congress to pass gun reform and make schools safer. 17, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale.(Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
They’re demanding that Congress take legislative action on gun control in the wake of last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida instead of merely tweeting their thoughts and prayers. Women’s March organizers are encouraging students, teachers and their allies to walk out of schools on March 14 to protest gun violence. on March 24 at an event organized by March For Our Lives. Related Story Florida School Shooting Survivor to Lawmakers Who Take Money From NRA: ‘Shame on You’

Much like the original Women’s March, the #Enough Walkout started as one Facebook event that is quickly growing to include dozens of schools across the US, from elementary schools to colleges and universities. It’s scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in every time zone and last for 17 minutes — one for each victim who lost their life in the massacre. Another national walkout is slated for April 20, the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine shooting in Colorado. 38.907192
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There Have Been at Least 12 Incidents Involving Threats, Weapons at Schools Since Florida Shooting “Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school,” reads the group’s statement. Parkland, Florida, is listed as one of the communities that will participate in the demonstration, according to a map on the organization’s website.

LAPD Officers Play Baseball Game Against High Schoolers in Reseda

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LAPD officers were gearing up to play a game against high schoolers in Reseda and had a positive message to share too. 34.201114
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5 Dead, 2 Injured in Russia Church Shooting; Gunman Killed by Police

Police responded, traded fire with the shooter and killed him, the authorities said. Two officers were injured in the gunfight, they said. Dagestan and its neighbor Chechnya have been wracked by separatist and Islamic violence in recent years. Russian state news agency Tass spoke to a law enforcement source who said that “the unknown person opened fire on people celebrating Maslenitsa.”
Kizlyar Mayor Alexander Shuvalov was quoted by Tass as saying that the attacker opened fire on “people after leaving the service.”
It was not immediately known who was behind the attack. 42.143189
47.094980 The shooting occurred during Maslenitsa, a festival celebrated in Russia that is full of dancing, lots of pancakes and carnival-like festivities. A shooter opened fire at a church in the Northern Caucasus region of southern Russia on Sunday, killing five people and wounding two others, authorities said, according to state media. The incident took place at a church in Kizlyar in the restive Russian republic of Dagestan.

Violent Threats Involving Homophobia, Racism, Anti-Semitism Found in Instagram Chats by Confessed Florida School Shooter

“I hate jews, ni**ers, immigrants”
Racism was a constant theme in the chat group, which was called “Murica (American flag emoji) (eagle emoji) great” — a name it was given by Cruz. After one member expressed hatred for gay people, Cruz agreed, saying, “Shoot them in the back of head.”
White women drew Cruz’s hatred as well, specifically those in interracial relationships, whom he referred to repeatedly as traitors. Some members of the chat were worried he might have killed endangered animals. Jim Gard, his former math teacher, told CNN’s Brian Todd that although he never had problems with Cruz, he did receive an email from a school administrator around November 2016 asking to be notified if Cruz came on campus with a backpack. A law enforcement source speaking to CNN’s Evan Perez said that the gun used in the school shooting was not automatic, and there’s no indication he bought the accessory, or a similar type of accessory. When it was payday, Cruz let the group know where the money was going to be spent. When asked for comment or whether they knew about the private chat group, the FBI directed CNN to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Nikolas Cruz is seen in a photo provided by Broward County Jail officials. “I think I am going to kill people”
The bio on one of his Instagram accounts read, “annihilator.”
At one point in the chat, he wrote, “I think I am going to kill people.” After a member told him not to say things like that, he said he was just playing. They discussed which guns they liked better: M16s or AKs. They even critiqued Cruz’s rifle grip. There are no indications in the group chat that any member, including Cruz, is or was part of a white nationalist or white supremacist group. In his first message to the chat group, Cruz bragged about writing a letter to President Donald Trump — and receiving a response. In two instances, Cruz also discussed killing small animals. I’m a School Shooter’: Acquaintances Paint Chilling Portrait of Florida School Shooting Suspect
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Years of Alleged Threats, Violence by Florida School Shooting Suspect Revealed Through Police Reports One member even joked about Cruz’s particular venomousness, saying that although he hated black people, too, he didn’t “to a point I wanna kill the (sic) like nick.”
Cruz said he hated black people simply because they were black; Cruz hated Jews because he believed they wanted to destroy the world. During one of the anti-Semitic rants in the chat, Cruz spoke of his birth mother, saying, “My real mom was a Jew. He posted a short video of himself shooting a rifle outside a window at night. In the Instagram chat, he describes killing a number of birds with his gun. At one point, one member told Cruz, “Nick get this for your AR.” He directed Nick to a website offering an after-market accessory that would turn his AR-15 into a fully automatic weapon. The responding group members, who appear to be younger than 18, have refused to confirm their identities to CNN on or off the record. In a public post on his Instagram page, Cruz showed what he called an “arsenal” on a bed — seven guns and body armor. Wednesday, 19-year-old Cruz opened fire at the school that expelled him, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Roger died in 2004, and Lynda died last fall after an illness. “Guys I got paid 330. “School shooters,” he replied, when someone asked why he wanted to know. A law enforcement source told CNN’s Evan Perez that Cruz purchased at least five guns in the past year. Cruz did purchase the body armor, according to receipts he posted in the chat — with a $30 discount and free shipping. In one part of the group chat, Cruz wrote that he hated, “jews, ni**ers, immigrants.”
He talked about killing Mexicans, keeping black people in chains and cutting their necks. There are hundreds of racist messages, racist memes and racist Instagram videos posted in the group. CNN reached out to the White House for comment about any correspondence to and from Cruz but has not heard back. I am buying body armor,” he wrote. I am glad I never met her.”
Roger and Lynda Cruz adopted Cruz when he was a child. The statements were not made in jest. CNN, investigating comments the shooter may have left on a now-deleted YouTube channel, was added to the private Instagram group by one of the active members in it. “All (I know) is that he likes guns and really hates liberals.”

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Cruz purchased an AR-15 rifle in Florida approximately a year ago, legally. His AR-15 and other guns were a frequent topic of conversation in the group chat. He posted a photo on his Instagram account of a disemboweled frog, saying he had killed it because one had killed his dog. “He seemed nice but also had some mental issues,” one member told CNN. Authorities say he killed 17 with his legally purchased AR-15. The hatred he and others in the group espoused met little resistance from its active members. Then he asked the group whether it was legal to wear body armor to school. The video cuts out shortly after the round is fired. In a private Instagram group chat, confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz repeatedly espoused racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views and displayed an obsession with violence and guns. Another post on the page is a view down the barrel of a gun with a holographic sight out a window onto the street. Most of the conversation in the group since Cruz joined around August 2017 is between six people — including Cruz.

Armed Man in Custody After Threatening to Kill Mother and Brother in Sylmar Home

The call initially appeared to be in regards to an assault with a deadly weapon, but officers discovered it was a domestic situation upon arrival, he said. 34.324037
-118.429863 Im did not release information regarding how the man was attempting to kill or other people or other information about the incident. A man was barricaded with a hatchet in a Sylmar neighborhood after allegedly attempting to kill his mother and brother Friday evening, and now SWAT officers are at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The mother and brother are safe, Im said. KTLA’s Nidia Becerra contributed to this article. Friday. Officers arrived to the scene in the 13600 block of Lexicon Place after receiving a call at about 3:24 p.m., LAPD Officer Tony Im said. The block where police were called appears to be a residential area, as seen in Google Map images. The man was taken into custody about 11 p.m.

15-Year-Old Accused of Kentucky School Shooting That Killed 2, Injured 18 Is Indicted on Murder Charges in Adult Court

Since his arrest, Parker had not been identified and was held in a juvenile detention facility. His bond was set at $1.5 million, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal. Prosecutors were expected to ask for the case to be transferred to adult court under youthful offender provisions. “I feel so much safer and actually want to go to school,” a student, Trevor Comer told WZTV. Parker was indicted on two counts of murder and 14 counts of first-degree assault by a grand jury in connection with the January 23 shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky, police said in a statement. He was arraigned Friday at the Marshall County Circuit Court. 37.839333
-84.270018 Parker is accused of opening fire on his classmates, killing Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both 15, and wounding 18 others. In Kentucky, those rules allow a suspect to be charged in an adult court if a judge rules the case meets certain criteria, officials said. Fourteen were male and six female. Bailey died at the high school while Preston died en route to a Nashville hospital. Following the shooting, the school has begun using metal detector wands and is conducting bag checks as a precaution, CNN affiliate WZTV reported. The victims ranged from 14 to 18, state police said. A 15-year-old boy accused of carrying out a shooting in a Kentucky high school last month has been indicted on murder charges in adult court, the Kentucky State Police said. Gabriel R.

Bank Fraud Allegations Against Paul Manafort Revealed in Filing From Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia Probe

Manafort proposed the house in Fairfax as one of four properties that could secure his bail. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, DC, after a bail hearing Nov. No new charges have been filed in open court against Manafort since he pleaded not guilty to nine counts of money laundering and making false statements about his business on October 30. The special counsel’s office said it could show the court evidence of this bank fraud “and other bank frauds and conspiracies” at its next hearing, which has not yet been set. But CNN has reported that additional indictments against the former Trump campaign chairman are being prepared. Manafort earned a judge’s approval to be released from house arrest two months ago, if he showed proper documentation and could secure a $10 million bail with assets and properties. 38.907192
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Paul Manafort Gets $10M Bail, Released From House Arrest Another is an apartment he owns in Trump Tower in New York, which is at risk of foreclosure, the prosecutors said. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office dropped more potentially damning details — from an allegation of “additional criminal conduct” to personal financial troubles — in a response to Paul Manafort’s request to change his bail proposal on Friday. The newly discovered alleged criminal conduct “includes a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies,” a filing from the special counsel’s office said on Friday night. (Credit: Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
In their filing Friday, prosecutors allege Manafort received a $9 million mortgage on a house of his in Fairfax, Virginia, by giving the Federal Savings Bank doctored business statements that overstated his wealth. 6, 2017. He has not been able to clear the judge’s hurdles, and proposed a different approach to securing his bail Friday afternoon. The prosecutors also noted that Manafort has “questioned his ability to maintain the payments on all his mortgages” and that members of his family aren’t “willing to assume the risk” of helping him.

Personnel Department for City Of L.A. Sees More Sexual Harassment Claims Since New Reporting Protocols Put in Place

The city of Los Angeles’ Personnel Department is tracking more sexual harassment complaints against city employees since new reporting protocols were put in place in December. The Times previously reported that the city has lacked a centralized method for tracking sexual harassment complaints filed against its workers, and that such claims didn’t have to be filed with the city’s Personnel Department. The Personnel Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Division has received 26 reports of allegations of sexual harassment since Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the new guidelines, according to a department report released this week. 34.052234
-118.243685 Read the full story on LATimes.com. Before the new system was put in place, the same division received 35 sexual harassment-related complaints from 2013 to 2017, according to the report.