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OldTimer April 18, 2014 at 08:54 am
Thank you for the backup, Dawn. You made my point for me. The Parochial schools have a much moreRead More stringent academic requirements than the public schools - therefore BY DEFINITION are more difficult to manuever for the average student. Public schools have been dumbed down because people were complaining that not enough students were graduating. So they lowered the bar, which took the heat off the administration and teachers, who want to prove that they deserve their fat compensations. Lots more parochial students go on to quality universities as your data indicated. I didn't see Shelly or Fact Checker respond to your data. Too bad. I thought we had a nice discussion going here. All the sudden it came to a grinding halt. It disappoints me when that happens. Thank you for educating us.
OldTimer April 18, 2014 at 08:59 am
Oh, and Dawn, since this study was supposed to list the most challenging schools - it doesn't makeRead More sense that some parochial schools didn't even make the list when they have the most stringent academic requirements, does it? I think we've finally reached our ending conclusion to this story. Whew! Took a long time, but it was worth it. All of us learned something new that we can pass on to our children. Thank you for your help.
Nancy April 18, 2014 at 09:46 am
You've reached your "ending conclusion" Oldtimer. Certainly I've learned something newRead More about you. You cannot be taught anything. And when you want to end the discussion, you think you are the decider.
James W. Worthington
christine April 18, 2014 at 09:00 am
Why is the Monroe Patch in Ct. sharing this Newtown from-another-state story? I have no interest inRead More this new Patch...
Steve Graham April 18, 2014 at 09:18 am
he should get every bit of that 20 years in the slammer
Eric S April 18, 2014 at 09:44 am
How did this end up in a Patch from CA? I'm from the Newtown area, but now I'm in Wisconsin yetRead More here I am reading about Newtown in a CA Patch. BTW, The Green Parrot is a pretty nice place, all of Newtown is. The night crowd tends to be young. And although I don't know him or his connection, his last name is famous in the area. Worthington was one of the first influential settlers and there are several places bearing the name.
James W. Worthington
James Property LLC April 18, 2014 at 07:21 am
And we don't get any local news. Oxford Patch did not report the burglary's in Oxford.
BBW April 18, 2014 at 08:40 am
We don't have any local news, just boring politics, rained out stories of "Sandy", PoliceRead More stories without names and details. All the usual "cub reporter" crap. Don't blame the reporters it's just an on line "rag". Not even the ability to find stories, investigate a good story, or "MODERATE" the posts and comments. Example Notice the picture of the perp? Check the ears, eyes and face. Wrestler, MMA, brawler?What's your take on the guy, and why did he leave town? Drugs? What did the witnesses say to the cops… lots of good stuff in town, but poor reporting from the "PATCH". No follow-ups either.
Douglas Leftridge April 18, 2014 at 09:33 am
Typical saltine chimp doing what they do best.
“You're going to shut your mouth or I'm going to have some duct tape put on it," Judge John McBain told Camia Gamet during her sentencing Wednesday. (Screenshot: WJBK Video)
Ivan Ivanovich April 18, 2014 at 08:52 am
She's a piece of shit
Maria Houser Conzemius April 18, 2014 at 09:18 am
I think the woman may have deserved those words, but the judge was unwise to say them. Her sentenceRead More could be overturned on appeal because a higher court could perceive the judge as biased in his judgment.
Ellyn April 18, 2014 at 09:34 am
I agree with the judge, and I do think that the death penalty is a reasonable consequence (not aRead More deterrent, but a consequence) for such a crime. Still, it does seem that the judge's emotions got a bit hot, though I can't blame him one bit.
WCSC screen grab shows charges against worker.
Maria Houser Conzemius April 18, 2014 at 09:23 am
Ridiculous. People need to read the book I had to read for my MSW program at the University of IowaRead More School of Social Work, "The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison." Matt Taibbi wrote an update (as wealth inequity and white-collar crime continue unabated and unconsequented) called "The Divide," which says much the same thing, and I'm anxious to read it. Wall Street CEOs can still millions and billions of dollars and not one of them goes to prison. In fact, they're laughing all the way to the bank. Yet this poor schmuck gets a free 89-cent refill and it costs him hundreds of dollars. Maybe things will have to get worse before people wake up and smell the coffee!
Maria Houser Conzemius April 18, 2014 at 09:24 am
*Wall Street CEOs can STEAL, I meant
Tom G. April 18, 2014 at 09:35 am
Why have the drink fountain accessible to patrons if they aren't allowed to refill? Why not fillRead More the drink behind the counter so there is no confusion? You typically put the fountain out in front of the counter and allow patrons to fill their own cups when there are free refills. This incident is arguably entrapment.
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OldTimer April 17, 2014 at 11:58 pm
Shelly, not exactly accurate. Go look at the chart for gas prices in California and go back 10Read More years. You will see an enormous increase in average price over that period of time. You make it sound as if gas prices have been stable over time. And that gives a misleading impression.
Homer April 18, 2014 at 08:59 am
Just returned from a trip toward the eastern states. Low of $3.29 to a high of $3.59 for 87 octane.
Megan V April 18, 2014 at 09:20 am
Let's not forget the "summer blend" that we are forced to purchase. This does nothing butRead More increase the gas prices, as this article states, the ethanol for the summer blend was a factor of the increase. There's no proven need for this more expensive blend they roll out when more gas is being consumed.
Alberto Flores Ramirez of San Clemente. Photo courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Juanita La Tremenda Bori April 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm
This man is no spiritual healer and how these women fell for his bullshit escapes me. When areRead More people gonna realize that in order to be happy all you need is to pray to God in the privacy of your bedroom, just you and Him and He will take your burdens off your shoulders and put them on His. You talk directly to Him, you don't need to talk to anyone else or to listen to stupid suggestions and ideas that only sick perverts can come up with just to take advantage of an innocent person. People please stop believing everything you here, especially on the internet. That's where people lie the most.
Juanita La Tremenda Bori April 16, 2014 at 11:17 pm
I'd love to make him drink a gallon of ammonia and make him eat a dozen raw eggs and rape him withRead More every object I can think off, just to see if he likes. This man is one sick individual and I guess his mother never taught him to respect women. I hope they give him a spiritual cleansing in prison performed by Bubba himself. Now that would be justice.
andy fischer April 17, 2014 at 06:58 am
From the OCWeekly: "Ramirez, 39, of San Clemente, met a 33-year-old married woman through theRead More Badoo social networking website". This woman is going to have some credibility problems. Besides, what else is she going to tell her hubby-poo?
Patch file photo.
OldTimer April 17, 2014 at 08:40 am
Oh, thank you, Mr. Gardner. So IOW's 66% of LF business owners live in a city other than LF. That'sRead More disappointing. But I wondered about the % of hired employees in those businesses (the worker bees). How many live within the City limits? Probably an extremely difficult stat to ascertain. But I would assume (if one is going to make assumptions) that it's similiar to the % of business owners who live elsewhere. So, as I understand it, one primary metric of this study examined the employment rate in LF to arrive at "happiness". But that number comes from hirings and layoffs from those businesses, right? You know, the one the labor department (or BLS) calculates monthy. I am almost certain it doesn't examine the employment status of the individual citizens who actually reside in LF. Do you catch my drift? So they are really measuring the "happiness" factor of the majority of employees (like the majority of business owners) who work in LF but reside elsewhere - not LF resident specifically. Understand my point? That's why I'm suspicious of the outcome. And I see no explanation from the author(s) of the study. I'm sorry. I just don't think there's enough 'happiness' in LF to make the top 10 list for California. But maybe I hang with the wrong people. Maybe I need to find new friends. But hat tip to credit donkey for the nice compliment. I would be happy to send them a donation for the valued information in the lovely study if only I could locate their address. I wonder were LF would end up on the list if they did a 'happiness' study for water fowl? Now that might be problematic. I just wonder if the authors have ever been to Carmel, Coronado, Del Mar, La Jolla, Sausalito, Monterey, Santa Rosa, etc... The people I've met in those cities really struck me as being "happy". Really "happy". In fact, if those people had tails my guess is that they would be in a perpetual wagging motion. Again, thank you for the information provided, Jim.
Jim Gardner April 17, 2014 at 08:58 am
Hi Old Timer. These types of studies are relatively superficial and done more to attract readersRead More rather than to impart knowledge. Note that each of the definitions have inherent problems (e.g., "stress" is defined as length, which isn't exactly the case, "wage" is defined as household income which isn't exactly the case, etc.)
OldTimer April 17, 2014 at 11:43 am
Yes, Mr. Gardner. But if I were a betting person (which I'm not - other than an occasional MarchRead More Madness wager or a short wager on a highly inflated stock) I would double down that at the next Council meeting one of the 5 (probably Robinson being the 'mayor') will champion the study to convince the Lake Forest citizens that they are 'happy' even if they're miserable. He might even make special reference to the Foothill residents. As a psychologist you probably know the value of 'pretending' to be happy and smiling when you feel like you want to croak. I think Freud wrote a chapter on it once.
Dr. Jim Gardner
OldTimer April 17, 2014 at 09:16 am
I view Jerry Brown like that old English folklore hero Robin Hood. With one exception. Jerry usesRead More the law to rob you. Robin did it unlawfully. Take from the achievers and give to the underperformers. Now that is a real formula for success and achievement, isn't it? Kudos, Jerry. The Californian's love you, man! And the more you take from the producers and give to the ones on the dole the higher your approval ratings go! On the standardized tests in California why don't we just make the print so small for the high achieving schools that it's practically impossible for the scholars to read the questions so that it slows them down, thus comparatively raising the scores for the underperforming schools. We need to do something other than taking money from the high achievers and giving it to the underperformers. That trick hasn't worked for years. Let's think outside the box, okay?
Bob Holtzclaw April 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm
OldTimer, I don't like get in these discussions on why our city isn't on the same level as ourRead More neighbors. This all started over 20 years ago around the time we became a city and our County Supervisor was pro "undocumented alien". He received a lot of support from Latino organizations according to his aid at the end. We also had a completely incompetent City Council that had no idea how to deal with the problem. Both could have gotten rid of the day labor site and other problems when we had the law on our side. Now we have two to three families living in one home and illegally in garages. To be fair some of these kids really do try to improve their education, but the majority its a very low priority.
OldTimer April 17, 2014 at 03:18 pm
Mr. Holtzclaw, I love your straightforwardness. And, of course, you nailed part of the problem thatRead More most people just don't want to talk about out of political correctness. We can't solve the problems of the rest of the world, sir. We can't take on their problems and remain a productive nation with a high quality of life for our own citizens who want the laws that make us a civilized soveriegn land honored and respected. Once I called up the local police office. I asked a cop whether it was legal for 15 people to live in a 1400 square foot home and park 7 different cars on the street. He told me that if the health department didn't get involved that there was nothing they could do. Yet if a citizen taxpayer lived in a 5000 square foot home and owned 6 dogs or cats without permission from the authorities they would confiscate the animals and hit the homeowner with a substantial fine. We live in a crazy society, Bob. If you think about it too much it would drive you nuts. That's why diversions and a sense of humor are so darn important. I understand your point completely. And you are spot on. And this has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with protecting the soveriegnty of our nation.
Alberto Flores Ramirez. Patch file photo.
Shripathi Kamath April 16, 2014 at 07:09 pm
Well, there is this dude (among many others): http://bit.ly/1j3Gb14 Or if you prefer YouTube:Read More http://youtu.be/VuY85oTRyy0
Robert Curtis April 16, 2014 at 09:57 pm
...an alibi? How many people have been convicted after giving an alibi without anyone available toRead More witness or support their alibi? To many! As I get older I have come to realize rarely are things the way they are fed to us or as they appear on the surface. The other sad thing is the media will quickly ruin a guy's life but never after being found innocent go back and recant or disclose the facts for what they really are. Why is that? Because it sells more news to tear down than to report truth on a follow up.
jeff s April 17, 2014 at 08:23 am
Ha! Look at his booking shirt. Black and white stripes. He's already wearing his future uniform forRead More the rest of his life, how wonderful. In fact the only time that he will probably be taking it off, is when he's being raped by large prison inmates who will share him like a bar of soap, again, how wonderful
Screen grab from video
MillicentBroderick April 17, 2014 at 05:00 am
Horses should not be nose to exhaust pipe on city streets. That is cruelty and the horse had hadRead More enough.
kathleen macmurray April 17, 2014 at 05:46 am
A horse and carriage ride in a park, fine. But not on busy, crowded city streets. It's cruel to theRead More horse and dangerous to everyone else. I'm with the NYC mayor on this one.
Sheila April 17, 2014 at 05:16 pm
Poor horse. I hope someone equine rescue unit will relieve him from his present circumstances andRead More either give him a good home or find him one.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
kay sieverding April 17, 2014 at 06:56 am
The price of pork can also go up because the price of beef is up. It's not just weather andRead More disease, it's also cost of fuel.
mark April 18, 2014 at 05:16 am
With prices rising in all industries, I call it the disease of liberal Democrats! And it is theRead More disease that will wipe out civilization!
mark April 18, 2014 at 05:23 am
When taxes are imposed on various industries then to stay in business the prices increase on theRead More consumer! Obamacare , gas taxes, payroll taxes, tolls, the proposed soda and candy tax , your tobacco tax is 75% of what the product really costs! Commercial Property tax increases! Do you people see what's going on here? This country is being destroyed by the Democrats! It is starting to resemble The a Soviet Union! We should change the name of this country to the USSA!
Photo courtesy of Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
mOmO123 April 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Way to go kids! your community is proud of you
Bob Oosdyke April 17, 2014 at 06:43 am
Everyone, make the most of it...Before you know it, you will be out of college and looking in theRead More rear view mirror. Dont believe me? Ask any senior in college now from SM who is playing sports or even going to college! Good Luck, SM has prepared you, trust me.
Brad McGirr April 17, 2014 at 09:22 am
Well said Bob! I missed you and Brett at the city council presentation. Congratulations to yourRead More and the Oosdyke clan! Brett will be great at UCSD!
Screen grab from KETV report
Heather Osrien April 17, 2014 at 10:31 am
Just another copy cat. They crawl in thu the exit where the toy is dropped into when youRead More "win". Where were the oh so stupid parents while this was going on?
Maggie Magoo April 17, 2014 at 08:09 pm
This happened years ago in Little Falls, NJ when a child walked out of his house and into theRead More traffice on Route 23 and was killed.....what is wrong with parents? You go to the bathroom you take the child with you!!!!!! Lucky his Gardian Angel was watching over him!
dj April 18, 2014 at 04:49 am
Unless Nebraska is now part of Wayne, why is this story of parental stupidity even here.
Franc Cano. Photo courtesy of Anaheim Police Department.
S.A.P. April 16, 2014 at 09:13 am
So Cano got 1 YEAR for "lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14"? He cut offRead More his GPS & was not put back into prison? Who was the judge that decided that?
Joker Joe April 16, 2014 at 09:23 am
I actually blame the judges for these fine fellows being let loose. Who was the judge?
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 16, 2014 at 10:16 am
There should be an automatic go to jail without bail, etc. Do not allow them any exceptions. I hopeRead More with all my breath that they die and don't evev have a trial.
Bomb squad on scene. Photo Credit: WHDH, 7-News
jpf2361 April 17, 2014 at 02:40 pm
I agree with you Snow 100%
Snow April 17, 2014 at 02:45 pm
That whole artistic expression he was going after- we will call "Idiot in a jail cell".
Maria Houser Conzemius April 18, 2014 at 09:35 am
We need bomb-sniffing police dogs or military dogs. We also need to make the FBI accountable forRead More their failure to follow up on Russian warnings that Tamerlan Tsarnaeyev was being radicalized. The real jihadist in the family was the Tsarnaeyev's brothers' mother. The Russians knew that but didn't send the video proving it to the FBI. Even so, they told the FBI enough that they should have been on their trail, and the FBI blew it. And why weren't they on top of the former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan who shot to death three non-Jews in an anti-semitic attempt to kill Jews in Overland Park? Why do we allow so much surveillance of citizens when the results are so disappointing? It's not like the FBI is getting the job done. They miss a lot of really big, obvious targets.
April's blood moon eclipse will show itself on April 15, 2014. Photo Credit: jurvetson, via flickr creative commons
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 15, 2014 at 09:21 am
I got up every hour waiting to see a red moon. Not even a drop of blood, I had a great spot to seeRead More the moon. Did they lie about?
Sarah April 15, 2014 at 07:19 pm
I saw it at 12:05 am. It was amazing!!
johnclarknew April 16, 2014 at 07:27 am
At 12:15 am thin clouds obscured it. I went back to bed.
Midwest Hydroganics owner Joseph Vota said business has been booming since Patch revealed the DEA was staking out his store. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Grumpy Old Man April 18, 2014 at 04:44 am
So far the only complaint I've heard is about how terrible Reagan is. I really hate to tell you butRead More the so called War on Drugs, whether titled that or not, has been going on for a long time before Reagan or Nixon ever came into office. And the jackass party hasn't been behind in enforcing it either. Oh, Eric WithHolder claims he doesn't want to prosecute marijuana offenses - what the hell is the DEA doing here? And maybe you can tell me who has produced the drugs which, along with education about safe practices, has defeated or brought the AIDS problem under control? No, it's not the labor unions of America, Timothy Leary, or little old Madame Curie in her kitchen lab.
Grumpy Old Man April 18, 2014 at 05:54 am
To clarify before someone jumps - the major drug control legislation did come about in 1970 as aRead More reaction to the widespread (both real and perceived) use and abuse of recreational drugs. But opiates were banned from importation, sale and manufacture in 1924 (other than that for medical purposes - morphine is an opiate and a pain reliever which if not administered correctly can and does result in dependency. Oh, and Allison, give your French Bull Dog a big hug and kiss from his cousin my English Bull Dog who loves Bulldogs of any stripe, color, or national origin.
knee jerk April 18, 2014 at 07:40 am
@ Tom Hollman: I do you realize how STUPID you sound? I'm sure your God has a plan for you-goodRead More luck.
Mike Syi April 15, 2014 at 06:10 pm
I feel bad for the good people that will loose their jobs. The people who should loose their job isRead More the leaders of the company that have made decisions that have caused SCE rates to be one of the highest in the country. Not long ago SCE had one of the lowest rates. There is so much waste on new SCE programs that cost millions of dollars that do nothing except help with someone's presentation.
Allan April 16, 2014 at 06:14 am
Let's see now. LA City starts new trash program which will kill some small business and certainlyRead More result in layoffs. Now SCE going to be laying off 900 plus. Now looking too good there, SoCal.
OldTimer April 16, 2014 at 08:34 am
Well, this is what they call 'progress', folks. Think about it. Not long ago they installed theRead More 'smart meters', right? Well, with 'smart meters' you don't need meter readers, do you? So this has nothing at all to do with democrats or republicans. Let's stop going there. It's about cutting costs with technology. Remember when garbage trucks were 2 man units? I do. Those were back the days when the men manually hoisted the cans and dumped the garbage in the trucks. Well, now the trashing dumping is automated and only a driver is needed. Sorry, folks. That's called 'progress', like it or not. Those layed off garbage men and meter readers need to reinvent themselves and find other work in another industry. But let's not make this political. That's so absurd.
Franc Cano booking photo. Courtesy of Anaheim Police Department.
Joker Joe April 15, 2014 at 09:09 am
Cruel and unusual punishment is keeping people on death row for 22 yrs. Execute them in one year.Read More Show you have a heart! As for justice. It is a oxymoron. Justice comes from the front of a barrel.
Ron Lane April 15, 2014 at 10:34 am
Hey Douglas you may want to consider reading the article over.
Disgusted in SJC April 16, 2014 at 02:12 pm
our legal system SUCKS for lack of a better word.... Our problem starts in the juvenile system.Read More Slaps on the hand for serious multiple felonies. It should be mandatory for the scum ball criminals to face their accusers instead of cowering to a plea that is now where near as serious as the offenses that did in fact take place. *** Please note I am bitter and scorned as I have recently had to view the juvenile system up close and personal , my children were innocent victims of a 14 year old monster. 30 some felony charges led to a 2 yr sentence. Is it any wonder we have so many messed up people committing crimes.
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