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Victims’ Families Decry Years-Long Delay in Seal Beach Massacre Case, But Struggle to Unite on Issue of Death Penalty

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Victims’ Families Decry Years-Long Delay in Seal Beach Massacre Case, But Struggle to Unite on Issue of Death Penalty

Paul Wilson, whose wife was killed in the 2011 Seal Beach salon shooting, discusses Scott Dekraai's guilty plea in Eisenhower Park in Seal Beach. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. “We are exhausted from this continuous pain, and this has got to be over with,” said Paul Wilson, whose wife, Christy Wilson, was killed as she worked in the salon. Family members of victims killed in the 2011 Seal Beach salon shooting rampage have called on the California attorney general’s office to accept the convicted killer’s guilty plea in exchange for a punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole, hoping to expedite a case that has languished for years. From Seal Beach Salon Massacre Case
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Family members of victims killed in the 2011 Seal Beach salon shooting rampage have called on the California attorney general’s office to accept the convicted killer’s guilty plea in exchange for a punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole, hoping to expedite a case that has languished for years. “Life will never be the same for us, but we should have the chance to move on and heal.”
That’s where the agreement ended. Paul Wilson, whose wife was killed in the 2011 Seal Beach salon shooting, discusses Scott Dekraai's guilty plea in Eisenhower Park in Seal Beach.

Patti Smith Stands in for No-Show Bob Dylan at Nobel Prize Ceremony

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Smith sang the Dylan classic “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” on behalf of the American singer-songwriter at the awards ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. “From an early age, I’ve been familiar with and reading and absorbing the works of those who were deemed worthy of such a distinction: Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus, Hemingway,” the speech said. Patti Smith attends the Nobel Prize Banquet 2015 at City Hall on Dec. “Pre-existing commitments” is the reason he gave in a letter to the organization, the academy said last month. ambassador to Sweden, delivered a speech from Dylan at the Nobel banquet, according to the website of the Nobel Prize. ambassador Azita Rajis at the 2016 Nobel prize award banquet at the Stockholm City Hall on Dec. Bob Dylan was notably absent Saturday to accept his Nobel Prize for literature, but his words and music still rang out with a passionate performance by Patti Smith in his stead. (Credit: Jessica Gow / AFP / Getty Images)
Dylan finally contacted the academy two weeks later, reportedly saying he was “speechless.”
Not surprisingly, a prize as coveted as the Nobel usually involves much pomp — a lavish dinner with the Swedish Academy, a fancy acceptance ceremony, a rousing speech and well-deserved applause. Stumbling over lyrics at one point, she said, “I apologize. Sorry, I’m so nervous,” but the august audience didn’t seem to mind in video of the performance on the Nobel Prize Facebook page. But Dylan was having none of it. In his absence, Azita Raji, the U.S. 10, 2016, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was busy. Dylan, 75, is the first songwriter to win a Nobel Prize. “These giants of literature whose works are taught in the schoolroom, housed in libraries around the world and spoken of in reverent tones have always made a deep impression. American singer Patti Smith, left, talks to Swedish conservative leader Anna Kinberg Batra, center, and U.S. 10, 2016. The academy’s only requirement is for Dylan to present a Nobel lecture within six months. There have been previous Nobel laureates who were unable to attend the ceremony, but the reasons usually involved an illness or the difficulties of being a political exile. His 1962 song “Blowin’ in the Wind” became an anthem of the civil rights movement. 59.329323
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Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature Nevertheless, it said Dylan “feels very honored” and wished he could be there in person. While some purists of literature balked at Dylan’s selection, there is little doubt he is a poet whose tunes have spoken to the socially conscious for more than five decades. That I now join the names on such a list is truly beyond words.”

The Swedish Academy said in October that Dylan had been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” But days after the announcement, officials said they had given up trying to reach the iconic musician.

‘Days of Our Lives’ Star Joseph Mascolo Dies at 87

He had a brief role on “General Hospital” in 1989 and a recurring role in “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 2001 to 2006. (Credit: Frederick M. He won three Soap Opera Digest awards for outstanding villain. Naturally fans wondered whether “The Phoenix” would rise again, but Mascolo hinted otherwise. He joined the daytime drama in 1982 and was featured intermittently until his last appearance this year. I’ll miss you, yet a part of you will always be with me and for that beautiful gift I am so happy and grateful” posted James Scott, who played Stefano’s son EJ DiMera on the soap. Musician turned actor
Born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut, Mascolo didn’t initially have acting in mind. I’m so blessed to have had these many years with him. “It won’t be the same,” tweeted Thaao Penghlis, an actor who has played the characters Andre and Tony DiMera on “Days.”
“So long Joe. He last appeared on the show in January, when his character apparently was shot to death. I will miss him every day,” said his wife, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mascolo is survived by his wife, his son, stepdaughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. “Last spring, I had a small stroke,” he told Soap Opera Digest in January. Brown / Getty Images)
Mascolo passed away Wednesday, but NBCUniversal announced his death Friday. A drama coach overhead his booming basso voice and encouraged him to explore acting. In college he studied classical music and had dreams of becoming a conductor, according to his official website. God bless him and keep him.”
“Just like sand through the hour glass so are the days of our lives. “The producers visited me and we worked out a tentative plan, and the writers beefed up the storyline to what you see on TV.”
Remembering Mascolo
News of his death spread on social media, and fellow co-stars and fans expressed their condolences. “Days” wasn’t Mascolo’s only soap. Eileen Davidson, who portrayed Kristen DiMera, tweeted: “Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Joe Mascolo. His acting career began when he joined an off-Broadway production of “The Threepenny Opera.”
Becoming a daytime drama villain
Mascolo appeared in a wide-range of television shows, including “All in the Family” and “The Gangster Chronicles,” before moving to daytime drama. “During my rehab, I thought this would be a good time for Stefano to leave. Joseph Mascolo, the actor who portrayed archvillain Stefano DiMera on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” died this week at 87 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the network said. Mascolo had many roles in a decades-long acting career but was best known as DiMera, a villain also known as “The Phoenix” for many dramatic comebacks from supposed demise. Actor Joseph Mascolo arrives at the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on April 28, 2006, in Hollywood. “Joseph was a big ‘ol bear with a puppy dog heart. #JosephMascolo RIP,” posted a fan.

Buena Park Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime After Korean Church Vandalized With Swastikas

The vandalism was reported Saturday morning around 7:40 a.m. The unknown suspect or suspect used spray paint to deface the church’s outside walls, officers said. The ministry’s congregation is primarily Korean. at True Light Christian Church in the 7300 block of Orangethorpe Avenue, according to a statement from Buena Park Police Department. Officials have not yet determined a suspect description and said there was “no indication as to why this location was targeted” but it will be investigated as a possible hate crime “based on the nature of the vandalism and the proximity to the church.”

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ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson Leading Candidate for Secretary of State in Trump’s Cabinet

Other contenders for the secretary of state position include former CIA Director David Petraeus; Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker; and former UN Ambassador John Bolton. John McCain told CNN on Saturday that he had concerns about Tillerson’s relationship to Russia and wants to hear his answers to such during his would-be hearing before making up his mind. “He is much more than a business executive. (Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is the leading candidate for Secretary of State in a Donald Trump administration, multiple sources familiar with the transition process tell CNN on Saturday. A source also said Mitt Romney is still in the running, at the urging of Reince Priebus, who will be Trump’s chief of staff. He is a world class player. “Those are the kind of questions that we need to ask about the relationship with Vladimir Putin.”
In 2011, Exxon signed a deal with Russian oil giant Rosneft to provide access to lucrative oil resources in the Arctic. “And to me, a great advantage is that he knows many of the players. He does massive deals — for the company, not for himself, for the company,” the real estate mogul added. Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, speaks during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London on October 7, 2015. Sen. He was originally considered a long shot to be America’s top diplomat, but Trump is reportedly intrigued by the oil man’s view of the world. 40.712784
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ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson Leading Candidate for Secretary of State in Trump’s Cabinet

Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, speaks during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London on October 7, 2015. He is in charge of, I guess, the largest company in the world,” Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace in an interview airing Sunday. Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller tweeted Saturday that there would be “no announcements on Secretary of State until next week at the earliest.”
Tillerson, who met with Trump in New York Saturday, is considered one of the faces of Big Oil globally. As head of the world’s most valuable oil company, Tillerson could be a controversial pick due to concerns about climate change and his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “What about all the other things — right now, the targeting of hospitals by Russian aircraft with precision weapons in Syria, in Aleppo?” the Arizona Republican asked ahead of the Army-Navy football game. And he knows them well.”
“He does massive deals in Russia. The final announcement is expected to be made in the middle of next week, according to a source close to the campaign. Rosneft’s largest shareholder is the Russian government. Putin attended the Exxon signing ceremony and later awarded Tillerson the country’s Order of Friendship.

At Least 20 Injured After 2 Explosions Go Off Near Soccer Stadium in Istanbul

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28.978359 The explosions, one large blast followed by a smaller one, occurred after a football game, reported CNN Turkey. “A car bomb” was the source of the explosions, according to Turkish state news agency TRT, citing the Interior Minister. At least 20 people were wounded on Saturday evening after twin explosions rocked Istanbul near Besiktas Vodafone Arena football stadium, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. TRT reported the blasts targeted police.

Officials Have Found No Evidence of Code Inspections at Ghost Ship Warehouse, Despite Numerous Complaints

A drone flies over investigators Monday outside the Oakland warehouse where at least 36 people died on Dec. (Credit: Jay L. Despite numerous complaints about conditions both inside and outside the warehouse, city officials have so far not produced any evidence that either fire or building code inspectors entered the building. 2, 2016. On Friday, one source inside Oakland city government told The Times the address of the warehouse was not even found on the fire marshal’s inspection system, prompting questions about how well that system was maintained. (Credit: Jay L. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said some of the firefighters who responded to the catastrophic fire the night of Dec. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. 37.804364
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‘Facebook Miracle’: Oakland Fire Victim’s Girlfriend Tracks Down Photo of ‘Treasured Memory’ After Social Media Plea
Oakland Fire Chief Says Ghost Ship May Have Fallen Off Agency’s Radar Amid Budget Cuts
Oakland Officials Face Scrutiny Over Inadequate Response to Safety Concerns at Ghost Ship Warehouse Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

As investigators probed the cause of a warehouse fire that killed 36 people, Oakland city officials faced more scrutiny over their handling of complaints about the building in the years before the blaze. But for reasons that remain unclear, their concerns and those of others in the community who complained about the so-called Ghost Ship didn’t prompt action, the source said. 2, 2016. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

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Officials Have Found No Evidence of Code Inspections at Ghost Ship Warehouse, Despite Numerous Complaints

A drone flies over investigators Monday outside the Oakland warehouse where at least 36 people died on Dec. 2 knew the building was dangerous.

Driver of Minivan That Killed Man Waiting at Burbank Bus Stop Was Stabbed Before Crash: Police

Anyone with information about the crash can call Burbank Police at 818-238-3210. He has not been arrested. A minivan struck and killed a pedestrian that was standing at a bus stop on Dec. (Credit: KTLA)

The driver of a minivan that struck and killed a man who was standing at a Burbank bus stop Friday night had been stabbed before the crash, police revealed Saturday. The victim, identified as Rodolfo Tan, 52, was extricated and taken to a hospital, where he died, police said in a news release Saturday. 34.180839
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Minivan Crashes Into Bench at Burbank Bus Stop, Killing Pedestrian The man is in critical condition Saturday and authorities have not been able to speak to him. Investigators, however, have spoken to the driver’s family and are working to determine how, when and why the man was stabbed, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

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Driver of Minivan That Killed Man Waiting at Burbank Bus Stop Was Stabbed Before Crash: Police

A minivan struck and killed a pedestrian that was standing at a bus stop on Dec. The crash occurred about 5:40 p.m. 9, 2016. The driver of the minivan, who has only been identified as a 33-year-old Glendale man, was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital. when a minivan veered off Olive Avenue, jumped the curb and drove down the sidewalk, causing a 52-year-old man to become wedged under the vehicle, Burbank Police officials said. Investigators discovered that the driver had been stabbed in the chest before the crash and was driving at a high-rate of speed when he sideswiped a parked vehicle, crossed the opposite lanes of traffic and crashed into a bus bench. 9, 2016.

Stanford University Band Suspended for ‘Systemic Cultural Problem’

“We feel there is a total lack of accountability and responsibility in the current organization.”
Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. 37.427517
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The punishment requires the band to stop all activities, both on and off campus. Students who flout the order could be disciplined individually. The notoriously irreverent Stanford band will be suspended through next spring after administrators found “a systemic cultural problem” in the student group that has “not been taken seriously by the band or its leadership.”
The Stanford band performs during halftime in a game against USC in Palo Alto in 2004. “Nothing more will be accomplished without extreme consequences,” a Stanford Organization Conduct Board panel concluded, finding that the band has failed to reform even after a probation period of more than a year.

Samsung to Release Software Update That Prevents Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Charging

Now the company is working to retrieve all remaining phones. Several Samsung Galaxy Note 7's lay on a counter in plastic bags after they were returned to a Best Buy on September 15, 2016 in Orem, Utah. have been returned as part of the recall, according to Samsung. 37.338208
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Samsung Representatives Help Passengers With Galaxy Note 7 Recall at LAX
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Banned From All U.S. Samsung announced a similar tactic this week for customers in Canada. Samsung will release a software update starting on December 19 that prevents all remaining Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from charging. Verizon said Friday that it will not push the update to customers “because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note7 users that to do not have another device to switch to.”
The drastic move comes three months after Samsung issued a global recall of the Note 7 smartphone due to a battery problem that caused some devices to catch fire while charging. Samsung permanently halted sales of the phone in October. Flights, FAA Says
Samsung Offers Galaxy Note 7 Owners $100 Incentive to Trade in Device (Credit: George Frey/Getty Images)

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Samsung to Release Software Update That Prevents Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Charging

Several Samsung Galaxy Note 7's lay on a counter in plastic bags after they were returned to a Best Buy on September 15, 2016 in Orem, Utah. It will soon roll out an update that limits the ability to charge the device and prevents it from connecting to mobile networks and Wi-Fi. So far, 93% of Note 7 devices in the U.S. (Credit: George Frey/Getty Images)

If for some reason you really don’t want to stop using your Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you’ll soon be out of luck. Not all carriers have agreed to participate in the software update, however. The software update will “eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices,” Samsung said in a statement Friday. Those who still have Note 7 phones will continue to receive reminders about the new software update until they accept it, according to a source close to Samsung.

$340-Million Turf Rebate Program Plagued by Poor Planning, Oversight: Audit

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The Metropolitan Water District’s massive $340-million turf rebate program — which helped thousands of Southern Californians rip out their lawns in favor of drought-tolerant landscaping — was plagued by poor planning and oversight by the agency, a new audit found. The findings represent perhaps the most scrupulous examination of the popular but costly lawn removal program, which was designed to help urban Californians sharply reduce their outdoor water use during the drought. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

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$340-Million Turf Rebate Program Plagued by Poor Planning, Oversight: Audit

A crew helps with turf removal and replacement at a Pacific Palisades home. 34.052234
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As a result, MWD auditors concluded that the agency may have overpaid a contractor tasked with inspecting turf replacements, and that the contractor also may have failed to perform some critical inspections it was required to carry out. The rebate program was a key element of California’s drought response, and officials say it helped residents conserve water.

Saturday “GAYLE ON THE GO!”, Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Santa will be onboard to visit with everyone. If you want to get your hands on a raffle ticket and chance to win the “GIVING TREE” or any of the 19-other special Christmas trees, check the website: http://www.habitativ.org/christmastreelane or call 951 296 3362. Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News! The Christmas pie choices are Chef Daniel’s Apple Crumble, Chef John’s Pumpkin, and Chef Derbeh’s Fruitcake. Ho! We can make our donations at ant of the five Flair Cleaners locations from Burbank to Redondo Beach to Studio City to Santa Monica and Valencia now until December 31st. The CHRISTMAS TREE LANE Raffle, now through December 12th at the Promenade Temecula, gives a chance to take one of these home for the price of a one dollar raffle ticket. Ho! Donations will benefit the Los Angeles Mission, MEND, and Helping Hands for the Blind. Departures are at 10:00 and 2:00. Both young and old learn about the Pixar filmmaking process and explore the science and technology behind some of Pixar’s most important animated films and characters. Project Angel Food is partnering with Lyft and Postmates , who together with Project Angel Food’s drivers will provide free delivery on orders of 5 or more. Attractions include Santa’s house and child play centers, as well as the “Silver Bells Ice Skating Pond” and the “Magic Tree Bouldering Room” where children can climb. -0-
Flair Cleaners Annual Holiday Clothing & Shoe Drive
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Time is running out to get your hands on one of Project Angel Food fresh holiday pies, made on the premises, available for your holiday meals and parties. The deadline for your information is EVERY Tuesday 5pm. Toy expert Chris Byrne says there is something for everyone and everything from low tech to high tech. Here’s the link: http://ktla.com/community
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Winter Fantasy
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Christmas is in the air everywhere, including Laguna Beach, home to the WINTER FANTASY at the SAWDUST ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL. For pick-up and delivery information, take a look at the Project Angel Food website: angelfood.org or call 323 845 1800 x 210
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The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition
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Find some of your child’s favorite toy and animated characters at the California Science Center, where there is play and education at the new THE SCIENCE OF PIXAR EXHIBITION. Santa’s Village near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains is open just in time for Christmas. For the complete list of artists and activities happening this weekend, check the website : sawdustartfestival.org
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In Fillmore at the Fillmore & Western Railway, “Home to the Movie Trains”, take the Christmas Tree Trains to pick out a pre-cut Christmas tree at the Loose Caboose or the tree farm. Also, Chef Juan has perfected a Diabetic Apple Crumble Pie. Tickets can only be bought online for specific dates. Ho! The Winter Fantasy offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California, jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles. Don’t forget you can always post your information on the KTLA Community Calendar. Your pie purchase proceeds will help Project Angel Food continue serving its more than 1,400 critically ill clients free of charge. This 12,000 square foot interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

Cherokee Nation Attorney General OKs Same-Sex Marriage After Previous Ban

Like my nation is doing something for all its people,” she said from her home in Locust Grove, about 20 minutes from the tribe’s headquarters in Tahlequah. Marriage is definitely in their future, King said. “But our constitution incorporates the provisions of the US Constitution, and the Supreme Court (of the United States) has since made its ruling.”
A member of the tribal council disagreed with the decision and told the newspaper that he expected the council would still support the 2004 law. He said the tribe’s constitution protects certain fundamental rights, among them the right to marry. “This is just another way we can incorporate her heritage into our lives and are thankful for opportunity,” King said. The US Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote in June 2015 that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. “I have been really proud of my Cherokee heritage and to be able to get a marriage license is just awesome.”
King, who said the couple met at a church softball game about four and half years ago, said she was excited to hear about the ruling. “We’ll have to get together and talk about it,” Don Garvin told the newspaper. The Cherokee Nation website says that with more than 317,000 citizens, it is the largest sovereign tribal nation in the United States. 35.007752
-97.092877 “The constitution affords these rights to all Cherokee citizens, regardless of sexual orientation and the Cherokee Nation, or any subdivision, must recognize validly issued civil unions, same-sex marriages, and same-sex domestic partnerships from other jurisdictions,” the opinion says. Kelli King was driving home from work Friday, listening to the news on the car radio, when she got a very nice surprise. “It was adhering to past Cherokee law,” Chad Smith said, explaining why he signed the law 12 years ago. It’s been discussed in the past but they wanted to wait for it to be legal. “I think its awesome,” Nunley told CNN. “I was really excited and really proud to be a Cherokee. Attorney General Todd Hembree’s opinion specifically says two sections of the 2004 Cherokee Nation Marriage and Family Act are unconstitutional. Nunley said she’s just waiting for someone to pop the question. The man who was chief in 2004 told the Tulsa World newspaper that he supported Hembree’s opinion. “It’s probably not too far off now,” she said. A ban on same-sex marriage involving members of the Cherokee Nation was overturned by the tribe’s attorney general in an opinion issued Friday. King called her girlfriend, Brittany Nunley, who is Cherokee and shared the good news. Nunley said after it became legal in Oklahoma in 2014 and then nationwide through the landmark Supreme Court decision, she wondered whether the Cherokee Nation would also reverse itself.

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Kind KTLA viewers continue to help decorate the weekend tree with their homemade ornaments. 2016.

Secret Santa Pays Off More Than $46K Worth of Layaway Items at Pennsylvania Wal-Mart

“Some individuals were just brought to tears when they were notified about it,” Kennedy said. This time it did,” she wrote. “It was definitely a great gesture. “I have heard of this happening in larger areas, but nothing exciting happens in our small town. During the holiday season, many people will use layaway to pay off Christmas presents over time so they don’t have to buy all of them at once. She said, ‘You’re going to want to hear the message for yourself, so I said, ‘Am I going to be upset or mad?’ and she said, ‘It’s going to make you cry.’ So I walked upstairs and it was Wal-Mart saying that our Christmas layaway can be picked up and that it was completely paid for.”
Everett is a town in Bedford County and has a population of about 1,700, according to census data. Kennedy hasn’t met Santa B, but he would like to know what made the individual donate. Lewis Nancy Smith posted on Facebook about how thankful she was for the surprise gift to their small town. Kennedy had heard of a Secret Santa paying off Wal-Mart layaways in the state before. “I would just be curious as to what made them choose us, and let them know how grateful we are for the gesture, and how much it meant to the customers that we have been able to serve,” he said. He especially did not anticipate Santa B offering to pay off the entire cost of his store’s layaway items. “Well, my daughter played the message before I got there,” shopper Christa Morton told CNN affiliate WJAC. Kennedy said that many of the items that were paid off by Santa B were Christmas presents. “I asked if anyone called. When Ryan Kennedy, Wal-Mart store manager in Everett, Pennsylvania, answered a phone call from an anonymous “Santa B” last week, he didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary. They paid off the layaways at two Harrisonburg stores last year and at a Mechanicsville location in 2014, according to Kennedy, but he didn’t expect them to pick a small town like Everett. I was completely shocked.”
Santa B told Kennedy that the jolly elf wanted to pay off all of the layaway items on hold, totaling $46,265.59. Not all Christmas surprises come in large packages. After Kennedy spoke with the anonymous caller, the two arranged a time for another individual connected to Santa B to drop off the check. 40.011471
-78.373348 Kennedy and his store received the check on Wednesday and started calling the 194 people with layaway accounts to tell them they had been paid off. “It was complete disbelief,” Kennedy told CNN. Some of the biggest ones can come in the simplest phone call. Layaway allows customers to put items on hold at the store and pay them off over a certain amount of time.