Convicted Killer Pleads Not Guilty in Retired Doctor’s Slaying

first_imgPublic Safety Convicted Killer Pleads Not Guilty in Retired Doctor’s Slaying CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 | 2:28 pm STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 37 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Community News Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  A 56-year-old convicted killer from Pasadena who already served nearly three decades in state prison for fatally beating and stabbing his stepmother pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of killing a retired doctor at her East Los Angeles home.Timothy Chavira, who is being held without bail, is charged with the Dec. 7 murder of Editha Cruz de Leon, 76, at her home in the 3900 block of North Van Horne Avenue.The defendant was ordered to return to court on June 22, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial on the murder charge, which includes the special circumstance allegation that he was previously convicted of first- degree murder, along with allegations that he used an unknown sharp object during the attack on de Leon and that he was on parole at the time.Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Chavira, who was arrested in Pasadena two weeks after the doctor’s death.The victim’s body was found a day after she was killed. She died from sharp force injuries and strangulation, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.De Leon — who had five sons and five grandchildren — had moved from the Philippines to the United States, where she was an obstetrician- gynecologist before retiring and traveling extensively across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, according to an online obituary.Chavira was previously convicted in 1988 of first-degree murder for his stepmother’s 1986 killing, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison and released on parole in July 2017. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

New York State Police investigate two robberies in Otsego County

first_img(WBNG)-The New York State Police are investigating two separate robberies that happened in Otsego County early Friday morning. The suspect didn’t display a gun but said he had one. The suspect is described to be 5’4″ to 5’6″. They are wearing a surgical type mask and a dark hooded sweatshirt. According to State Police’s Facebook page one robbery occurred at approximately 2:37 a.m. at the Mirabito on State Highway 23 in Oneonta and then about three hours later another robbery occurred at the Mirabito on County Highway 48 in Otego at 5:38 a.m. If anyone has any information in regards to the two robberies you are to call State Police in Sidney at 607-561-7400.last_img

The Demise of the Neanderthal Species Concept

first_imgCan you call a population a separate species when it shares its distinctive characteristics with another species, and interbreeds readily?  A team of Romanian paleontologists, publishing in PNAS Nov. 3,1 re-evaluated some “poorly dated and largely ignored” skeletons of early modern human bones found in the Pestera Muierii region that, since 1952, had “never been integrated into paleoanthropology.”  They redated them to more than “28,000 radiocarbon years before present,” making them pertinent to the time period when modern humans were said to be invading Europe.  The researchers recognized that, taken together, the skeletons share diagnostic Neanderthal traits in a “mosaic” pattern.  This calls into question the long-held belief that Neanderthals were a separate, more “archaic” species of Homo that was supplanted by the arrival in Europe of modern humans.  Indeed, to these researchers, that position is no longer tenable:Yet, as with many of these other early Upper Paleolithic modern Europeans, the Muierii fossils exhibit a number of archaic and/or Neandertal features, when taken in the context of Late Pleistocene Europe and potential ancestral populations.  These include the large interorbital breadth, the relatively flat frontal arc, the prominent occipital bun, the mandibular notch shape and coronoid height, the relative notch crest to condylar position, and the scapular glenoid breadth.  These data reinforce the mosaic nature of these early modern Europeans and the complex dynamics of human reproductive patterns when modern humans dispersed westward across Europe.  Strict population replacement of the Neandertals is no longer tenable.    The early Upper Paleolithic human remains from the Pestera Muierii provide a further window on the biology and behavior of the earliest modern humans in Europe.  The cranial and postcranial remains provide a morphological mosaic indicating the prior blending of regional late archaic human populations with those of in-dispersing modern humans.  The behavioral contrasts between the groups must therefore have been modest, and this inference is reinforced by the functional implications of the Muierii 1 scapula.See also National Geographic News and Live Science.  They are more tentative, stating that the two groups “might” have interbred.  The authors of the paper are more confident that they, in fact, did.Update 11/09/2006: CNN and Science Now are reporting not only that Neanderthals and modern humans interbred, but that our gene for a bigger brain came from Neanderthals.  The CNN article has a picture of a Neanderthal in the pose of The Thinker (and with a Bowflex Body).Update 11/24/2006: A large section of the Neanderthal genome was published in Science 11/15, and the surprising result is that it appears to be 99.5% identical to modern human (see Live Science for summary).  That, along with a Nature announcement that modern human individual gene copy numbers can vary by as much as 12% between one another (see 11/24/2006) seems to clinch the argument that Neanderthal Man was not a separate species, but well within the range of human variation.  Marvin Lubenow discussed the situation from a creationist viewpoint for Answers in Genesis.1Soficaru, Trinkaus et al, “Early modern humans from the Pestera Muierii, Baia de Fier, Romania,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0608443103, published online before print November 3, 2006.Is this latest update implying modern humans are the degenerates, and Neanderthalers were the supermen?  My, how perceptions change.  Next we will find out they were also morally superior and better philosophers.    Neanderthal Man is dead, as a concept.  This find seems to nail the coffin.  If these humans interbred freely with moderns, and overlapped with them, then they were the same species as us.  It would be like finding two modern people groups with peculiar skeletal features at the extremes, that nevertheless interbreed and mix at the borders.  In other words, if they lived at the same time and produced fertile offspring, and “saw each other as socially appropriate mates” as Erik Trinkaus (Washington U) put it, what sense does it make to separate them into two species?  There was no Homo neanderthalensis, only Homo sapiens.  OK, now that we know this, let’s undo the damage caused by the Myth of Neanderthal Man.    For over a century, these brethren of ours have been portrayed as subhuman by the racist Darwin Party storytellers.  Though this view had been tempered somewhat in the last few decades, Neanderthals were still depicted as two steps back from us in books like F. Clark Howell’s Time-Life book Early Man that gave iconic status to the ape-to-man illustration (like this).  Neanderthals were thought to be upright muscular hunters, but too stupid for language and art.  Do you see the propagandistic danger of visualization?  There never was a progressive sequence.  Each member of this hypothetical chart was either an extinct ape or full human being; only Darwinian imagination based on the Victorian myth of progress thought otherwise.  Neanderthal Man should have been placed beside modern man, not behind him in the parade.  Anything else reeks of the European superiority complex over aborigines.    Funny, the news media that over-hype every early man story don’t show much remorse over this revelation.  National Geographic, will there be a retraction?  Did you also read Marvin Lubenow’s response to your Baby Lucy cover yet? (10/22/2006).  Where is the red on your face?  Mark Twain said, “Man is the only animal that blushes.  Or needs to.”  Live Science described what we should be seeing: “Blush biology works like this: Veins in the face dilate, causing more blood to flow into your cheeks, thus the rosy color.  But scientists are stumped as to why it happens or what function it serves.  That is, besides deflating your ego.”  Sadly, some people don’t know how to blush, said Jeremiah.  The solution is to replace one’s hardened ego with a more pliable one that can adjust to pressure.  Hardened shells tend to explode.(Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Reshaping reportage on Africa

first_imgJournalists in newsrooms and editorial offices all over Africa, and abroad, will benefit from the proposed syllabus. (Image: Wikimedia) South Africa’s Rhodes University, in the Eastern Cape province, and Unesco are in the process of developing a syllabus for better reporting on Africa.The two organisations have a common goal of ensuring top-quality journalism education and training on the continent, which will result in equally high-calibre reportage. A crucial step towards achieving this is to provide media learning institutions with the capacity to deliver good journalists.The university’s SAB-Unesco Chair of Media and Democracy, Prof Fackson Banda, is at the helm and is working closely with Unesco’s regional office, based in Windhoek, Namibia.Zambian-born Banda specialises in new media, media policy and sustainability, and political communication. He is a frequently published, award-winning author and lecturer who obtained his PhD from the University of South Africa, as well as an MA degree from the University of Leicester in the UK, and a BA degree in Mass Communication from the University of Zambia.Online discussionUnesco and Rhodes’ School of Journalism and Media Studies have opened up an online discussion that, they hope, will attract the necessary expert opinion to enhance the proposed syllabus.The syllabus will be based on Unesco’s model curricula for journalism education, which is a generic model that any country can adapt and use for its own specific needs.This model took four Unesco journalism experts two years to develop, with extensive input from experienced journalism teachers in developing nations, and is aimed at both undergraduates and post-graduates. It was finally presented at the World Journalism Education Congress in Singapore in 2007.To date, 16 groups have joined the online discussion, including the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Namibia University’s Department of Media Studies, and journalism departments from the Tshwane University of Technology, Stellenbosch University, and the Walter Sisulu University.Consultation and input at all stages of development from experts and relevant bodies, such as African Journalism Schools and the World Journalism Education Congress, will ensure a practical, easily accessible syllabus.African journalism experts and practitioners are encouraged to have their say during the development stages, thus applying their experiences to the development of a convincing style of African journalism, which also presents the continent to the world as an attractive and interesting subject.Interested parties may register on the African Journalism Schools website.Unesco, through its ongoing collaboration with Rhodes to promote excellence in African journalism, will seek insights from its already-established centres of excellence and potential centres of excellence. These were identified during a continent-wide investigation in 2009.Expert participationThe success of the project rests on two facets – research and development, and presentation and distribution.A small team of pan-African experts will undertake the former, drawing up a framework for the syllabus, as well as researching specific subjects, and later gathering more expert input.The latter aspect is to take place during panel discussions at the second World Journalism Education Congress, which sits from 5-7 July 2010 in Grahamstown, where Rhodes University is based.Distinguished experts already confirmed for the panel include communications specialist Prof Alfred Opubor from Benin; Prof Ralph Akinfeleye from the Department of Mass Communications at Lagos University, Nigeria; and Prof Kwame Karikari, executive director of the Ghana-based Media Foundation for West Africa.Accurate reportingReporters, especially those from overseas, at times struggle with compiling accurate, wholly representative news and features from the continent. Even African journalists are not immune to misrepresentation, but often they are just conforming to the models already established by foreign media.Not only should any reporting reflect Africa’s immense cultural diversity, it should also be relevant and sophisticated enough to appeal to a global audience. Basic journalism practices and media theory must entrench this thinking to avoid formulaic reporting.“Such a project promises to open up new possibilities for negotiating how foreign – especially Western – journalists could possibly see the continent afresh,” stated the project’s introductory document.“The same applies, albeit with some differences, to African journalists. But the process of leading up to such a reconfiguration of journalistic attitudes and behaviours must be driven by Africans themselves as a way of subverting the imperial, unidirectional gaze under which Africa has been seen and reported in the West, and possibly elsewhere in the world.”By positively influencing the way Africa is portrayed in the media, said the document, Africans will regain the intellectual ground they have lost over many years.last_img read more

Horsham Residents Push State EPA to Step up Response to Water Contamination

first_imgLocal officials and residents concerned about the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water supplies in suburban Philadelphia asked the state and the Environmental Protection Agency to take urgent action at a listening session hosted by the federal agency on Wednesday. A resident of Horsham — home of the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and the active Horsham Air Guard Station — said she wanted to see blood testing done on a wider scale than is currently happening as part of a state pilot study that began earlier this summer, reported the Bucks County Courier Times. Michael McGee, executive director of the Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority, said he would like to see PFOA and PFOS listed as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. He also said the government should take responsibility for remediating contaminated water supplies. “Sources of PFAS remain on the base, in the water and in the soil, and they must be remediated as part of this plan,” McGhee said, referring to the national PFAS management plan the agency is preparing. At the outset of the National Leadership Summit EPA held in May, then-Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agency would begin the necessary steps to consider designating those two chemicals as hazardous substances. Such a move would help base closure communities still waiting to obtain land from the military services. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more