Saturday, January 4
TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL
Plans firmed up to move girl from Calif. hospital
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers for a California hospital and the family of a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after sleep apnea surgery have finished hammering out procedures for moving the girl to another facility.
The two sides emerged from a settlement conference last night with a federal magistrate offering few details about their day-long talks.
But Christopher Dolan, who represents Jahi McMath's mother, says he is pleased with the progress that was made.
He says Jahi's family now has clarity on what it needs to do to get the girl out of Children's Hospital, where doctors have been arguing that it's time to remove her from the ventilator that is keeping her heart pumping.
The girl's uncle, Omari Sealey, says the family won't say any more about their plans until she is resettled.
Advocates appeal Calif. city's ban on pot-growing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Medical marijuana activists are appealing a California court decision that upheld a Northern California city's ban on marijuana cultivation.
Members of the Live Oak Patients, Caregivers and Supporters Association petitioned the California Supreme Court yesterday to review the decision issued in November by the Third District Court of Appeal.
Joe Elford, chief counsel with Americans for Safe Access, writes in the petition that prohibiting qualified medical marijuana users from growing their own pot violates the state's medical marijuana laws.
The Supreme Court ruled last year that local governments can outlaw marijuana dispensaries. The Third District said the reasoning in that decision applies to growing marijuana as well, but Elford maintains they are separate issues.
Fresno County lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a ban on home-grown marijuana and are scheduled to take a final vote on Tuesday.
Boeing machinists OK contract tied to 777X
SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing machinists have approved a contract that would concede some pension and health care benefits in order to secure assembly of the company's new 777X airplane in the Puget Sound region.
The offer fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from local politicians who said the deal is necessary to support the region's economic future. Boeing had been exploring the prospect of building the 777X elsewhere, a move that could've triggered a steady exodus of aerospace jobs from a region where Boeing was founded.
Local union officials urged their 30,000 members to oppose the deal, arguing that the proposal surrenders too much at a time when the company is profitable.
After machinists rejected an initial proposal in November, Boeing received submissions for 54 locations in 22 states that wanted the 777X work.
Calif. parents of dead 4-month-old girl arrested
DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California have arrested the parents of a 4-month-old girl after investigators ruled her death a homicide.
Sgt. Dwayne Cooper says that the officers were called to the couple's Downey apartment Dec. 31 after their baby was found unresponsive that morning. Firefighters took her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Los Angeles County Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter says a preliminary examination found the infant had suffered from blunt force trauma and malnutrition and her death was ruled a homicide. A family member also reported that the infant suffered bruises a month before.
The parents were arrested Jan. 1. Authorities are not releasing the names of those involved. The investigation is ongoing.
LA detective charged in massage parlor sex crimes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a Los Angeles police detective has been charged with sexual battery while on duty at massage parlors he was assigned to oversee.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said yesterday that 48-year-old Oris Pace was charged with five felony counts of assault by a public officer and six counts of sexual battery.
The alleged offenses took place between January 2011 and January 2012.
Pace was a supervisor in the Commission Investigation Division, which is responsible for enforcing business permits, including massage parlors.
Prosecutors say he forced three victims at different parlors to undress then fondled them.
Pace was arrested Thursday and released on bond.
It's not clear whether he's hired an attorney, and a message left at a number listed in his name was not immediately returned.
Calif. teacher charged with having sex with teen
(Information in the following story is from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com)
EASTVALE, Calif. (AP) — A former substitute teacher is facing charges in Riverside County, accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports prosecutors filed three counts of unlawful sex with a minor against 27-year-old Jason Stubbs of Corona last month after a four-month investigation. Authorities say Stubbs had sex with the girl, a student at Jurupa Valley High School, four times over the summer.
Stubbs was arrested in August after the girl reported the allegations against him. A day after his arrest authorities say the girl received an anonymous letter telling her to deny the sexual relationship to police.
Stubbs worked for the Jurupa Valley Unified School District for three years, but the district fired him in April. He worked at the Fontana Unified School District from April until his arrest in August.