Gardena man is jailed for stabbing

first_imgThat’s when things got even worse for the Gardena man. It was at the Torrance Courthouse that Burrell learned he also is facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing his 16-year-old son, according to prosecutors. Link, who filed the case, said the boy’s colon was punctured and he had to spend three weeks in a hospital. Commissioner Douglas Carnahan reset Burrell’s bail to $800,000, and he was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody. His attorney, Sherri Garthwaite, tried unsuccessfully to persuade Carnahan to leave the bail the way it was. “First of all, it’s Christmas Eve,” she pleaded. “Second of all, as far as I understand the circumstances, this was an accident that happened in the family home.” Burrell pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of battery on a peace officer, as well as the allegations that he caused all his victims great bodily injury. If convicted, he could face life in prison. According to court documents, his criminal history includes a robbery conviction in 1986. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Patrick Michael Burrell was already in big trouble when he appeared in Torrance Superior Court on Monday. But that’s not why he got to spend Christmas Eve in lockup. Burrell, 44, showed up in court for the first time on charges that he injured two police officers during a September fracas at his Gardena home. But he left the courtroom in handcuffs because – unbeknown to police at the time – Burrell had allegedly stabbed his teenage son just moments before the officers arrived in response to a hang-up call to 911. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBurrell had been out on $30,000 bail since the Sept. 16 confrontation at his home on West 131stStreet, when officers said they found him combative and high on drugs. The officers determined Burrell was on PCP, said Deputy District Attorney Jodi Link. Burrell fought with the officers when they tried to arrest him, Link said. They tried to subdue him with a Taser and he threw one of the officers against a glass door, she said. By the time Burrell had been subdued, both officers had sustained hand injuries. He was booked on suspicion of assaulting peace officers, posted bail and ordered to appear in court Monday. last_img read more

Orange Line ripe for run, some say

first_imgCome October, there may be more than buses running on the 14-mile Orange Line route. San Fernando Valley leaders are considering holding a half-marathon along the busway on Oct. 29 to mark the one-year anniversary of the east-west route. Buses would be halted in the morning for what is unofficially dubbed the San Fernando Valley Great Pumpkin Half-marathon. “It’s to celebrate the Valley – it’s to bring the Valley together and celebrate the anniversary of the Orange Line,” said Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, an avid runner, who is working with the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley on the plan. “I’m hoping this will be some sort of big unifying event the Valley can own,” he said. “It’s not just a run – it’s a party.” “We had been talking, commiserating, moaning that there is no marathon in the Valley, no really good run,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance. “(The Orange Line’s) a neat place to showcase something.” Ackerman estimates that hosting the event would cost $50,000, which he hopes to cover through sponsorships. Levine suggested that any proceeds could go to charity. But MTA also estimates it would cost the agency $50,000 to reroute bus service, and the board will have to weigh if the event is worth the cost. The proposal is generating interest – and questions. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council wants more information on the impact a race would have on the neighborhoods and on Valley traffic. “I’m not doubting the useful boosterism,” said council member John Hendry. “(We’d) just like more information.” Transit advocate Bart Reed said he supported celebrating public transit in the Valley but worried about the impact on riders who need to get to their Sunday-morning jobs. “Why can’t they just shut down the 101 Freeway? Motorists could just use side streets and it wouldn’t impact the bus riders at all,” he said. “I’m not endorsing it. I’m not condemning it. There’s certainly a lot of unanswered questions.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will consider the proposal at its meeting this week, but officials already worry that shutting down the line even for a couple hours would impact riders who would have to be rerouted around the asphalt ribbon. The event would be held on a Sunday, when busway ridership is about 8,400, roughly half the weekday average. “We have to take that into consideration,” said MTA spokesman Dave Sotero. “This will probably be a sensitive issue, especially with people who are trying to get around in traffic.” Even before it officially opened, the Orange Line attracted joggers, skaters and cyclists to its smooth surface. Police routinely ticketed trespassers and even scolded a high school track team for using the 14-mile route as a practice course. Valley officials see an opportunity in allowing runners – and eventually cyclists – to legally have a go at the route between North Hollywood and Warner Center. They envision an annual event, complete with parties at the stations to cheer runners on. last_img read more

Hart’s work finally paying off

first_img The Vikings (4-0 Foothill) reached the Southern Section Div. III semifinals last year and are anticipating another deep playoff run. They’re ranked No. 3 in the most recent Div. III poll and have lost just three sets in league matches. Replacing Strange in Valencia’s lineup is freshman Isabella Fraczek. No. 3 player Michelle Stock moves up to the No. 2 spot behind Cassie Strange, Alexa’s twin sister. “(Fraczek is) a nice little singles player, and this will be a good experience for her,” Kellogg said. Recruiting trip: The Strange sisters will visit Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (Colo.) this weekend. They’ve already visited two other Division I schools, Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and West Point. The Strange sisters would be the first Valencia players to play at a Division I program. “It’s just been great having them,” Kellogg said. “They’ve inspired the other kids to bring their games up.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m really pleased with how well they’ve improved this year,” Love said. “Their games are very similar. They play a good aggressive game.” Other contributors include Stephanie Waung and Julie Humphries, winners of four of their past six doubles sets, and singles players Karla Melgoza, Kelli Crescenti and Irene Chen. Melgoza, a junior, has emerged as the No. 1 among the evenly matched trio. “It keeps changing from week to week,” Love said, “but Karla’s on a roll right now.” Injury: Valencia senior standout Alexa Strange suffered an ankle injury in a USTA tournament last weekend and is expected to be sidelined for at least two or three weeks, Vikings coach Annie Kellogg said. “We’re hoping she’ll be back in time for the playoffs,” Kellogg said. NEWHALL – They struggled against a tough nonleague schedule and had difficulty finding their footing at the start of Foothill League play. But Hart High’ girls’ tennis team is back on track after back-to-back league victories. After 11-7 triumphs Oct. 3 over Saugus and Oct. 6 over Burroughs of Burbank, the Indians (2-6 overall, 2-2 Foothill) were in position to climb into third place at Tuesday’s league match against Canyon. “I’m really happy with how this team has stuck together,” Hart coach Steve Love said. “We got off to such a slow start, but the kids worked really hard, and the hard work is starting to pay off.” Among the positive developments has been the emergence of juniors Elizabeth and Isabella Tang, identical twins who have won five of their past six doubles sets and swept all three sets against Burroughs. last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Opens MVC Play At Wichita State

first_imgDrake (7-4), who has started league play on the road 12 out the past 14 seasons, returns to the court after winning its last game before the break. The Bulldogs claimed a 93-78 victory over Eastern Washington on Dec. 22 in the consolation game of the Tulane Classic held in New Orleans, La. Wichita State is 5-6 on the season and has won four out of its past six games. Junior Rangie Bessard leads the Shockers in scoring and rebounding at 15.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The Valley on ESPN3 Live Stats Redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) and freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) set new career marks with the 19 and 24 points in the first-ever meeting with the Eagles. Jonas reached her new career high behind effective shooting of 11-of-13 from the field. Listen Live Hittner earned her second-straight MVC Newcomer of the Week award after her performance in New Orleans. Against Eastern Washington, she added nine rebounds, handed out four assists and knocked down a career-best four three-pointers while making 7-of-11 shots. Hittner opened the tournament with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal against Auburn. She has scored double-figures in four consecutive games and is averaging 15.5 points per game during that span and 12.7 on the season. WICHITA, Kan. – After taking a holiday break, the Drake University women’s basketball team begins Missouri Valley Conference action at Wichita State on Friday, Dec. 30. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the contest will be shown online via The Valley on ESPN3. Drake Game Notes Story Links Following Friday’s MVC opener, Drake visits Springfield, Mo., on Jan. 1 to take on the Missouri State Lady Bears. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Avant Leads Men’s Golf on First Day of Ft. Lauderdale Intercollegiate

first_imgSophomore Tommi Avant is tied for 18th-place, shooting five-over par 149 (73-76) to lead the Bulldogs. Fellow sophomore Jack Kennedy shaved off three strokes from his first round to his second round and is tied for 21st-place with a total score of 151 (77-74). Junior Drew Ison recorded a 36-hole total of 154 (78-76), while freshman Chase Wicklund got out to a good start, shooting a 74 in the first round but followed the first 18 holes with an 83 to close out the day for a total score of 157. Junior Matt Lavery rounded out Drake’s effort with a total score of 159 (80-79). The Bulldogs will close out play at the Fort Lauderdale Intercollegiate on Tuesday with the final 18 holes. Print Friendly Version Drake opened the day shooting a 302 and then recorded a 305 in the second round for a total score of 607. The Bulldogs are tied with host Loyola (Md.) and St. Bonaventure and are just eight strokes behind fifth-place Florida Atlantic. “The conditions were very challenging with strong, gusty winds along with firm greens. Overall, we had a decent day and I thought we were really close to improving our team score the second round. We gave away a few strokes on our final couple holes,” Drake head coach Matt Lewis said. “We are in position to have a good finish and are looking forward to competing tomorrow and finishing strong!” FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Drake University men’s golf team got out to a strong start at the Fort Lauderdale Intercollegiate on Monday as the Bulldogs are tied for sixth through 36 holes.last_img read more

San Francisco DA’s office makes a ruling on Larry Baer’s altercation with his wife

first_imgSan Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer will not face criminal charges as a result of his public and physical spat with his wife earlier this month.The San Francisco District Attorney’s office announced the news Monday via a news release:“After a careful review of the relevant evidence, including multiple videos, statements from several witnesses and the parties themselves, the evidence does not support filing criminal charges.”Shortly after the incident, in which Baer attempted to wrest a phone …last_img read more

African Children’s Feeding Scheme nurtures families

first_imgIn 1945 Bishop Trevor Huddleston saw the plight of malnourished children in Johannesburg and, along with a group of young volunteers, started up soup kitchens to feed hungry children in Sophiatown, Alexandra and Soweto; especially during the city’s often freezing winters.The organisation provides meals to some 31 000 children daily and works to promote physical and economic wellbeing in these communitiesOver time the number of soup kitchens grew, along with the number of children being fed daily. Five years after Huddleston initiated the feeding scheme the first permanent feeding centre was established, providing meals to more than 4 000 children daily; the feeding scheme is now known as the African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS).Today the organisation works with families in Soweto, Kagiso, Alexandra, Thembisa, Daveyton, Kwa Thema and Tsakane with 13 centres in total.The organisation provides milk and peanut butter sandwiches to some 31 000 children daily and works to promote physical and economic wellbeing in these communities.“The most rewarding part is to see the ‘before’ situation of the child or family and the situation after our intervention. [It’s] The difference made through the organisation’s involvement e.g. reversing malnutrition, providing food to children who would have gone to bed without food,” says Phindile Hlalele, ACFS’s executive director.PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES FOR PROGRESSThe ACFS has a variety of projects aimed at improving the lives of the people it works with. These include micro-economic empowerment programmes, building community food gardens, health and nutrition education and an HIV/Aids awareness programme.The micro-economic empowerment programmes have allowed for many community members to start and sustain small businesses.The organisation’s approach helps families become self-sufficient, to make way for new families needing help.“What keeps us motivated is to see a malnourished child pulling through up to tertiary [education] and becoming a person that breaks the cycle of poverty in their family,” says HlaleleAnother project employs female community members to sew bed linen, table clothes, hospital gowns and aprons to order from promotional goods distribution company O’Kagen Brand Aid. The income earned is vital for these women and their families.The community food gardens project lets community members grow their own food, reducing food costs.Each of the organisation’s 13 centres has a garden in which mostly women are taught how to grow crops; once they’re adept at growing food they are urged to plant gardens at home to feed their families.Each of the organisation’s 13 centres has a garden in which mostly women are taught how to grow crops; once they’re adept at growing food they are urged to plant gardens at home to feed their familiesSurplus produce is sold to their neighbours or at markets to generate income to meet daily needs.The gardens also provide employment where few jobs are available.PLAY YOUR PARTThe African Children’s Feeding Scheme needs donations to continue its work. It also sells the products from the many home industry projects it runs to raise much-needed funds.“Some of our biggest challenges are the economy of the country as we solely rely on donations from companies. We experience the shrinkage of donations from all angles i.e. companies and individuals because of financial pressures,” says Hlalele.“The high rate of unemployment brings more people coming to us for help and we struggle to meet their needs.”To donate to ACFS (just R145 buys a child a meal for each day over three months), visit the organisation’s website or call 011 839 2630/1 to also order promotional items.last_img read more

Teens Not Into Twitter, TV, Radio, or Newspapers, Reports Young Morgan Stanley Intern

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Trends#web Related Posts Matthew Robson, a 15-year-old intern at analyst firm Morgan Stanley recently helped compile a report about teenage media habits. Overnight, his findings have become a sensation…which goes to show that people are either obsessed with what “the kids” are into or there’s a distinctive lack of research being done on this demographics’ media use. Robson’s report isn’t even based on any sort of statistical analysis, just good ol’ fashioned teenage honesty. And what was it that he said to cause all this attention? Only that teens aren’t into traditional media (think TV, radio, newspapers) and yet they’re eschewing some new media, too, including sites like Twitter. Teens Say “No Thanks” to Newspapers, Radio, and to Some Extent, TVAccording to Robson’s report (available here courtesy of the Financial Times), today’s teens don’t really consume any of what you could call “traditional” media. For example, notes Robson, they don’t read newspapers because why bother reading “pages and pages of text” when they could instead “watch the news summarized on the internet or TV?”They’re also not interested in listening to the radio. Although they may occasionally tune in to various stations, they prefer online sites like where they can stream music ad-free and, more importantly, where they get to pick the playlist – not some unknown DJ. What’s more surprising, perhaps, are Robson’s statements about teens and TV consumption. He says that his peers still watch TV, often tuning into a particular season of TV show or sporting event like football, but the group of “regular TV watchers” who tune into daily programs is shrinking. Also, teens watch less TV than ever before thanks to online streaming services like BBC’s iPlayer. (Robson lives in the U.K.). When commercials come on, teens, unlike more patient older generations who grew up without fast-forward buttons and DVRs, simply change the channel. Internet and New Media Given that teens aren’t into old media like newspapers and radio, you would think that they would be adopting the latest new media crazes like Twitter in droves. Apparently, that’s not the case. In fact, Robson says teens see no point in using Twitter. “Most have signed up for the service,” notes Robson, “but then just leave it as they realize that they are not going to update it.” The teens realize that no one is viewing their profile, so they see tweeting as a pointless activity, he adds. Besides, to update Twitter via text message takes credit (referring to cell phone text plans) and they’d rather use that credit to text their friends. Twitter aside, most teens are into the Internet. They use Facebook for social networking (so it’s not just for “old people?”), they search and research topics with Google, watch videos on YouTube, and download music for their iPods from file-sharing sites. Although that last one is an illegal activity, Robson says it’s still very popular since teens are very reluctant to actually pay for music. Finally, when it comes to online marketing, teens do like viral campaigns but see banner ads and pop-ups as annoying and pointless. They tend to ignore them entirely and never click through. Teens and MobileAlthough teens may be envious of modern smartphones with Internet data plans, they tend to not own these types of devices because they’re too expensive. Instead, teens typically use their phones simply for talking and texting. Video messaging and video calling are also not popular, again due to cost. Teens don’t bother with mobile email either, not needing to be hyper-connected to their inboxes like the adults are. However, one thing teens do use their phones for (outside of chatting and texting) is sharing music files with their friends. They do this using Bluetooth, since the service is free and most phones now support it. Author’s Note: Share music via Bluetooth? In reading that, I immediately felt old. Not only have I never done this myself, I didn’t even know people did this. Were you aware?Do You Agree with Robson?Morgan Stanley notes that Robson’s piece “provides one of the clearest and most thought-provoking insights we have seen” and that’s why they published it even though they don’t have statistics to back up his statements. But by doing so, they’re saying that they believe what he reports is accurate and representative of today’s teens media consumption.Of course, without hard data, a report like this has to be taken with a grain of salt. Still, in reading through it, nothing sounds all that shocking or revealing. That’s probably because on some level we already know what Robson says to be true. Today’s “digital natives” have grown up surrounded by technology and the Internet, so naturally they’re not going to be as interested in old media the way older generations are. Do you agree that the trends Robson notes are real? Or have you seen behavior that contradicts what he reports? Image credit: flickr user Paulo Fehlauercenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

High-End iMacs + Cheap iPads = Trouble For PCs In Between

first_imgIt’s a pretty well-known fact that Apple’s desktop computers cost more than the average computer, and the latest numbers reflect that. PCs are far easier to buy than iMacs, but there’s a good reason why Apple isn’t compromising on price and performance in the consumer market. Thanks to the iPad, it doesn’t have to.After starting out nearly equal in pricing beginning in the 1990s, the average cost of all desktop PCs on the market is now just 39.5% of the cost of entry-level Apple desktop PCs. That marked difference in pricing looks bad for Apple, but it could actually be bad news for PC makers.iMacs Define The High End Of The PC MarketThe difference in price points is rather stark. According to market analysis firm NPD, the average PC cost $513 in 2012. That’s $786 less than the price of the entry-level New iMac introduced this week. Even more telling, when the first clamshell iMac was introduced in 1998, the cost of the average PC and the iMacs were nearly identical. At the end of 1998, the average cost for PCs was $1,296, and the then-new iMac debuted at $1,299. So even adjusting for inflation, that’s still equal pricing in 2012 dollars.But by the middle of the first decade of the 21st Century, things were very different. In 2006, the average PC price was $726, with the new Intel iMacs still clocking in at $1,299. If you figure that in 2012 terms, PCs averaged $833.70 while the iMac was priced at $1,491.06.The chart below, which shows the price points in real (2012) dollars, displays the disparity very clearly: While the real cost of Apple desktops has come down, the rate of decrease has not been anywhere near as great as the decline of a PCs’ average cost.IMacs vs. Average PC Prices, 1998-2012 (2012 Dollars)Some notable caveats: Clearly, this chart compares higher-performance Apple machines to a market replete with just-barely-cranking-along PCs. The chart does not address whether buyers get what they pay for, or take into account the vast improvements in computer technology since 1998. Comparing iMacs to equivalently equipped PCs would likely tell a very different story. The only thing being compared here is computing devices. Specifically, how much does it cost for someone to get their hands on an Apple machine versus a PC?Based on this criteria, it appears that Apple’s desktop is going to be a reach for many people, especially budget conscious shoppers just looking for a decent computer.In fact, figuring the median inflation-adjusted household incomes since 1998, you can determine how much of a reach. In 1988, buying a Mac or a PC would represent 3.44% of the U.S. average gross income ($53,582). Today, getting a PC dings only 1.02% of the $50,054 2011 average salary (the latest available figure). Buy one of those iMacs, though, and the average U.S. household gets hit for 2.60% of its gross income.Apple’s Deliberate Two-Pronged Pricing StrategyRather than use these numbers to knock Apple for charging too much or abandoning the average user, I believe they help explain what the company is doing with its iPad tablet line. Throughout all four generations of the iPad (not counting the iPad mini), the cost for a new entry-level device has stayed flat at $499 (now even less for an iPad Mini). In 2012 dollars, that means the real price has fallen from $529.78 in 2010 to $499 today – all price points well under the average for a PC.Granted, a tablet is not a PC. But given the device’s use cases for many average users – Web surfing, social media, email, games, etc. – for many people Apple’s tablets can do the job of a PC at a price point more easily attainable by the average buyer. While you could make the case that Apple is pricing its tablets too high, compared to the broader computing sector, the iPad’s relatively low price may be the reason why Apple isn’t working too hard to bring down the cost of its desktop line, as seen in the next chart.iMac, average PC, and iPad costs, 1998-2012 (2012 dollars)The tablet, Apple could be reasoning, will satisfy the needs of most users, while the more powerful (and pricey) desktop and notebook models will cater to those users with the professional need or personal wherewithal to afford them.For commodity PC manufacturers, Apple’s two-pronged approach bodes ill. In the past, they could market against Apple being too expensive. But now there’s a decent alternative that’s even cheaper, cooler, and way more portable.How will PC makers pivot to respond to Apple’s high-low threat? Thus far, the idea seems to have been to keep making cheaper, more powerful PCs and smaller laptops and try to own the middle ground. There have been few credible efforts at a Windows-based tablet – the one viable offering is from Microsoft itself. Perhaps CEO Steve Ballmer understands what the company’s manufacturing partners seeming don’t: that shooting for the middle of the market is all well and good – until you start to get squeezed.Title image courtesy of Apple. Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts center_img Tags:#Apple 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… brian proffittlast_img read more