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Lawrence J. Hogan Sr., Md. Republican who called for Nixon's impeachment, dies at 88 - Washington Post

Monday, May 01, 2017

Mr. Hogan returned to public life by running for Prince George’s county executive. That year, inspired by California’s budget-cutting Proposition 13, Prince George’s leaders pushed through the Tax Reform Initiative by Marylanders, placing a cap on county property taxes.Mr. Hogan capitalized on that trend, making lower taxes and fiscal restraint the central themes of his campaign. Brandishing a report on how he could cut the county budget by $43 million, he castigated county leaders for lavish spending on schools, social programs and personnel. He was elected by a 3-to-2 margin over incumbent Winfield M. Kelly Jr.As county executive, Mr. Hogan eliminated more than 3,000 jobs, including those of more than 500 teachers. He slashed the budgets for libraries and schools, and infrastructure spending fell to a bare minimum.From the start, Mr. Hogan had a bitter relationship with the County Council, often battling over political appointments. Once, in a fit of rage, Mr. Hogan threatened to castrate Democratic Council Chairman Parris N. Glendening, who eventually succeeded him. Glendening served as Maryland governor from 1995 to 2003.Mr. Hogan’s strained relations with labor leaders helped precipitate a 1980 strike, in which 1,500 county employees walked off the job for 11 days. Amid the tumult, a prisoners’ riot broke out at the county jail. Mr. Hogan fired 121 jail guards, and the other employees went back to work without a contract.During his four-year term, Mr. Hogan reduced the county’s property tax rate by 20 percent, cut the county’s budget and eliminated 2,400 public employees from the county payroll. He was also credited with improving the county’s low-income housing program and with doubling the number of African American police officers, including naming the first black deputy police chief in Prince George’s.As the only Republican officeholder in a heavily Democratic jurisdiction, Mr. Hogan attributed many his problems as county executive to partisan rancor.The Fraternal Order of Police, which had supported Mr. Hogan’s run for county executive in 1978, turned against him after contract disputes and other quarrels. The leader of the police support group called Mr. Hogan “a little Napoleon.”Mr. Hogan’s final campaign

Families of the slain gather to honor loved ones, advocate for victims' rights in Whittier - The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

His killer has not been caught. As many in the audience know, this changes your life.”“The police theorize the person who killed my father was a petty criminal, the precise type of person a lot of reformers are trying to tell you now, and have tried to tell you in past years, is completely harmless,” Gatto said. “It’s likely, the police say, that his gateway crimes, before he graduated to murder on Nov. 13, were the type covered by Propositions 47 and 57, so I know how harmful that anybody who callously commits a crime, in any form, can be.”“One thing that I don’t understand is why politicians can’t realize that in criminal justice we have to strike a balance again,” he said. “In the past few years alone, we’ve seen Prop 47, Prop 57, a judicial attack on our DNA testing laws, and this year there’s a proposal being floated to get rid of bail entirely.”Advertisement“I also want to stress that if some of these activists get their way, a person could steal a gun that is later used in a murder, get caught with date rape drugs on their person, rob somebody, get arrested repeatedly for those and similar crimes, and never have to submit to DNA testing, never have to pay any bail whatsoever and never spend a night in jail. Is that fair? Is it just? Does it provide justice for our families?” Gatto said.“We victims’ families know just how harmful and how hurtful crime can be, and I think we also sense that the pendulum has shifted. It’s swung so far, so fast that it’s practically fallen off the clock,” he said. “This is my worry, and what keeps me up at night: that it’s going to take more high profile crimes to shift that pendulum back.”Three mothers of murdered children discussed the often difficult and traumatic process that continues even after a killer is convicted in the form of parole hearings.From repeated, last-minute hearing cancellations following day-long drives to remote prisons, to parole officials who seem more interested in releasing prisoners than distributing justice, Collene Campbell and Lee Bertha Pickett-Allen shared stories of the difficulties they’ve encountered while attending parole hearings to speak on behalf of their murdered sons.Campbell’s son, Scott Campbell, 27, of Anaheim, was strangled and thrown from a small airplane into the Pacific Ocean near Catalina in 1982. His remains were never found. Two men have since been convicted of the crime. She described the parole hearing process as “barbaric.”Picket-Allen’s 17-year-old son, Ernest Picket Jr., was gunned down after leaving Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, where he was a senior, in 1984. The case remained unsolved for more than a decade before two men were arrested and convicted of the murder.Pickett-Allen, and others, said they felt an obligation to attend parole hearings to provide a voice for their loved ones, who cannot speak for themselves. “We need to strap this to our backs and really wear it, but it does wear you down,” she said.Jennifer Lundy, whose 3-year-old daughter was murdered in her own home in Montclair in 1993, explained that she’s had success in dealing with the system by applying constant pressure and never ceasing to assert her rights

Margaret Morris - Lynden Tribune

Monday, April 03, 2017

Sunday, March 19, at Gillies Funeral Home. A graveside committal will be at 1:15 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Monumenta Cemetery, followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service at Second Christian Reformed Church, Lynden. Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Visionary who created state's first online college program dies at 76 - The Sun Herald

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ray’s most progressive steps for the Biloxi schools was the passage of a bond in 1984 that financed air conditioning for all the district’s schools.As a result of the passage of the state Education Reform Act, with which Ray was closely associated, the schools in 1985 and 1986 added pilot kindergarten classes for the first time in the history of the district and fully implemented the kindergarten program in 1986 and 1987.Ray helped found Mississippians for Quality Education, a group that organized efforts to increase teacher salaries and school financing and to redirect efforts that made education a first priority for legislative consideration in the future.After he left his superintendent position in 1988, Ray became educational advisrr to Gov. Ray Mabus. He then served as executive director of the Community College Board from 1990 until his retirement in 2002.“He was a leader and one of the best motivators I ever met,” Cade said. “He cared about his staff and challenged us to grow and learn. He was just such a visionary.”Cade said she has never worked with anyone as inspirational as Ray.At one point, Ray befriended a homeless man on the Coast and would often take him to doctor appointments, Cade said.She said he was a humble man and pointed out how he requested a simple obituary that did not glorify his accomplishments. His obituary contained only a single sentence about his service with the Biloxi school district and the Community College Board.“He just cared so deeply about people,” Cade said. “We were just blessed to know him and blessed to work with him.”Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Wiggins City Cemetery in Wiggins. Memorials may be sent to Parkway Baptist Church, 16372 Old Woolmarket Road, Biloxi, MS 39532 or to the Olon E. Ray and Ann Traylor Ray Scholarship Fund in care of Biloxi First, P.O. Box 982, Biloxi MS 39533.

John Van de Kamp, former California attorney general and LA County district attorney, dies at 81 - Los Angeles Times

Monday, March 27, 2017

John Van de Kamp lived for the values of justice and opportunity that define the state of California,” said state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, who once worked for Van de Kamp. “I will forever be grateful for the confidence he showed in me from my earliest days of public service under his leadership at the California Department of Justice.”“John understood the higher calling of public service,” Becerra said. “He performed for the people of California like few others.”Gov. Jerry Brown also praised the former attorney general.“John was a wonderful public servant and had a real sense of justice,” Brown said in a statement released by his office.Born in Pasadena to a bank teller and a teacher — and into a prominent family whose name was synonymous with baked goods — Van de Kamp attended a private school in Altadena, which thrust him into the outdoors and fostered in him an early appreciation for nature.By 16, the precocious student went away to Dartmouth, and after a brief foray into broadcasting, he graduated from Stanford Law School in his early 20s. He served a short stint in the military before being appointed an assistant U.S. attorney.He eventually entered politics, making an unsuccessful bid for a San Fernando Valley congressional seat, and continued working on campaigns until 1971, when he was tapped to head L.A.’s new Federal Public Defender’s Office. The job required him to switch sides, sometimes standing up to the very agencies he had once fought for.Five years later, he would reverse roles again, after being selected to replace L.A. County’s district attorney, who had died in office.“An extraordinary leader of impeccable integrity, John never backed away from taking strong, principled stands on tough issues,” Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer recalled. “John was supremely effective at everything he did — always with a quiet confidence and devotion to public service that inspired generations of lawyers.”It was in this role that Van de Kamp came face to face with the infamous Hillside Stranglers case, which would blotch his public career.In 1977 and 1978, 10 young women and girls had been strangled, their bodies dumped on hillsides near downtown Los Angeles. Four years later, Van de Kamp, as district attorney, had to decide whether to prosecute one of the accused killers.One suspect, Kenneth Bianchi, had accepted responsibility for five killings in a plea bargain that spared him the death penalty. He also agreed to be the key witness against his

On the role of the Holy Spirit in papal elections | Catholic Culture - Catholic Culture

Monday, March 27, 2017

Other popes elected in the Renaissance period indulged in various forms of opulence and/or conducted wars to further their interests. Serious reform did not set in until Pope Paul III called what would become the Council of Trent, the decisions of which were implemented by Pope St. Pius V (1566-1572).Pope John Paul I (1978): We may presume it was not his fault, but the first John Paul died after a papacy of just 33 days. Here, perhaps, we can get an inkling of Divine Providence at work: The most memorable things about him were his smile and his attraction to the works of Mark Twain, and his death cleared the way for the election of Pope St. John Paul II at an extraordinarily dangerous time in Catholic history.More popes could be listed; the point is simply to illustrate that there are no guarantees.Divine ProvidenceOf course, Divine Providence is at work in everything that happens in both the Church and the world. We know that nothing occurs without at least the permissive will of God, who is so far above us in capacity that He has no difficulty at all in turning everything to His ultimate purposes. Being outside of time, God sees everything “at once”, so to speak. He is not confused or thrown for a loop; nor does He have to “readjust”. Rather, His Providence encompasses everything according to His own plan, without at all impeding human freedom.We seldom recognize how it is that bad things serve God’s purposes, but we are not completely ignorant either. We know that present evils are not somehow good because they are encompassed by Providence, and we can often see in our own lives how what is bad can serve His purpose. This last point is true because each thing that affects us provides a fresh occasion to respond in a way that increases our union with God. Often, indeed, hardship and loss can push us in this direction more easily than a smooth ride. So too can our very sins. I refer again, as I do so often, to St. Paul’s words to the Romans: “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (8:28).Finally, we must remember that the Holy Spirit is continuously active and certainly knows what He is doing—even when His graces are refused. Sometimes we can see a pattern, or at least imagine a good outcome, but without proclaiming it as c

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Nathaniel Bennett Sr. - Island Packet

Monday, June 19, 2017

Memorial Hospital.Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Young Funeral Home. Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at R.O.A.T. Ministries, Beaufort. Burial will be in the Zion Reformed Episcopal Cemetery, Edisto Island.

Mourners pay respects to Tashii Brown, who died in police custody - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Day card.A program for Saturday’s service also included his mother’s remembrance of Brown’s life.“He touched the hearts of anyone that would give him five minutes of their time,” she wrote.Call for reform Brown’s death and the use of the chokehold have prompted community outrage, a Strip demonstration and an NAACP petition banning the use of neck restraints by the Metropolitan Police Department. Lopera has been placed on paid administrative leave while Brown’s death is investigated, according to Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill.Led by NAACP Las Vegas president Roxann McCoy, the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union Las Vegas chapters have come together in a joint effort to call for reform of the department.An internet petition created by McCoy calls on Metro to join Henderson and North Las Vegas in banning the use of neck restraints by officers. As of Saturday, the petition had racked up 291 of the needed 500 signatures.The petition also demands complete transparency from the department during its investigation.“The one thing that brings about unrest is no information or a lack of information and lack of knowledge,” McCoy said. “We’re asking officials to help us understand this because if there are things about the investigation process that I don’t know, that means an average person wouldn’t know.”Days after Brown’s in-custody death, McMahill confirmed that the chokehold used by Lopera is not sanctioned or approved.“When you have adrenaline flowing like that, I don’t know how you ascertain the proper technique to perform the authorized form of the chokehold,” McCoy said Saturday evening. “At the end of the day, you’re still choking someone and you have the potential to kill.”Meanwhile, the Brown family has stayed out of the media spotlight since his death. Lagomarsino said that given the nationwide hypervigilance over tensions between black men and police, the family “is just trying to be very conscious about being portrayed as another stereotype.”McCoy said “time will tell” whether racial bias played a role in the incident.“We don’t know what his motive was or why he chose the actions he chose,” she said. “We are tr

Obituary: Sheldon L. Slagel - Twin Falls Times-News

Saturday, April 08, 2017

At a young age while living with his parents in South Dakota, he would get up on a Sunday morning, dress himself, and walk to a nearby Reformed church. Several years later after attending Bible College, he was ordained as a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and became a pastor of his first church in Long Pine, Nebraska. His ministry then took him to pastor churches in Rupert, Idaho; Buhl, Idaho; Jerome, Idaho; Kamiah, Idaho and Elk Grove, California. He, along with Del Storey, co-founded and pastored the inter-denominational church of Christian Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. He also traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and Australia ministering at Christian retreats, conferences and missions.His other passions in life included playing and watching golf, flying his airplane, attending the Junior High and High school sports events of his children and grandchildren, and cheering for the Boise State University’s football team. His greatest enjoyment was witnessing the successes of his family and church members and was always there to encourage us if we fell short. With him there was no such thing as a stranger. In his eyes, everyone around him provided an opportunity to engage in conversation, tell jokes, laugh and smile. His sense of humor, devotion to family, and endless love for Jesus were deeply ingrained and evident to the very end. Sign up to get each day's obituaries sent to your email inbox .whatcounts-form-container.well { padding-bottom: 5px; } .whatcounts-form-container .left-col, .whatcounts-form-container .right-col{ float: left; width: 100%; max-width: 345px; } .whatcounts-form-container .left-col{ margin-right: 20px; } .whatcounts-form-container .whatcounts-min .left-col{ max-width: none; margin: 0; } .whatcounts-form-container .disclaimer { font-size: 13px; line-height: 14px; margin-bottom:10px; clear:both; } .whatcounts-form-container .input-group-addon.wc-addon-captcha{ padding: 4px 10px; border-left: 0; } Dad strongly believed in the scripture Matthew 25:35, 36. ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’Instead of flowers or a donation in his name, Dad would have been honored and humbled if you would remember him by sharing Christ’s love and helping those who Jesus spoke of in Matthew 25.Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, April 10, 2017 at Twin Falls Reformed Church, 1631 Grandview Dr. N., Twin Falls, ID. Wayne Hoag and Brian Vriesman will officiate. All are welcome to visi

Alex Tizon, former Seattle Times reporter who won Pulitzer Prize, dies at 57 - The Seattle Times

Monday, March 27, 2017

Americans. The series, which documented how billions of dollars in taxpayer funds were helping wealthy people across the country live in mansions while tribes were housed in decrepit shacks, inspired reforms to the program.Friends, colleagues and family members said Mr. Tizon was known as a deep listener who preferred to dive headfirst into complicated, long-form stories that are becoming rarer in today’s fast-paced media cycle. An introvert who spent hours alone brooding over deep issues like the meaning of his life, he would often take on seemingly simple stories and come back with complicated tales about humanity.Most Read StoriesUnlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.“He was very curious about other people — and learning about other people helped him learn about himself,” said his wife, Melissa Tizon. “That’s what journalism did for him. His whole life quest was about trying to understand who he was, as an immigrant growing up in a largely white community.”Born in the Philippines, Mr. Tizon immigrated to Seattle with his family when he was 5 years old and bounced around the country before he settled back here.He spent 17 years at The Seattle Times before becoming the Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times from 2003 to 2008. He also contributed to publications like Newsweek and programs such as “60 Minutes.”He then spent two years in Manila, where he helped track efforts by the government to eliminate poverty in poor communities, and taught workshops in far-flung locales like Romania. And he wrote a memoir, “Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self,” about the challenges of being an Asian-American man in the United States.He turned to teaching in 2011, but his passion for writing still burned.A year ago, he revived a story he began working on at the Los Angeles Times a decade befor