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News Budget for Monday, August 19, 2019
Updated at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 UTC).
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^NYPD Commissioner fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo over chokehold death of Eric Garner<
NYPD-CHOKEHOLD-2ND-LEDE:NY — NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill on Monday fired Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the Staten Island chokehold death of Eric Garner.
"The unintended consequences of Eric Garner's death must have consequences of its own," O'Neill said at a news conference at police headquarters in Lower Manhattan. "It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer."
The long-awaited decision, on the heels of a recommendation by an NYPD judge that the officer get the ax, caps a painful saga that began more than five years ago, helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement and prompted the police to train its officers how to de-escalate tense street confrontations.
1100 (with trims) by Trevor Boyer, Thomas Tracy and Rocco Parascandola in New York. MOVED
^A $100,000 bribe got teen a UCLA soccer scholarship without even playing<
CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-UCLA:LA — On paper, the high school senior from British Columbia was a promising soccer player. So much so that UCLA admitted the teen last fall as an athletic recruit and even awarded him a scholarship.
The teen, however, didn't play soccer — and his admission to UCLA was bought with a $100,000 bribe William "Rick" Singer paid to Jorge Salcedo, then the head coach of the UCLA men's soccer program, according to court documents and sources with knowledge of the case.
The transaction is outlined in an indictment charging Salcedo with racketeering conspiracy. The indictment doesn't name the applicant or his family, but people familiar with the case identified the mother as Xiaoning Sui, who lives in the Vancouver area. The Los Angeles Times is not naming her son because he may be a juvenile.
1100 (with trims) by Matthew Ormseth and Joel Rubin in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Planned Parenthood will stop taking Title X funds rather than comply with abortion 'gag rule'<
PLANNEDPARENTHOOD:LA — Planned Parenthood said Monday it will withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps low-income people access contraception rather than comply with what it calls a new Trump administration "gag rule" that prohibits it from providing abortion referrals to those patients.
400 by Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED
^Federal prisons chief ousted over Jeffrey Epstein suicide debacle<
^EPSTEIN-PRISONSCHIEF:NY—<The Bureau of Prisons chief was ousted Monday, just days after the jailhouse suicide of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein shone a spotlight on mismanagement and staffing woes at the federal agency.
Acting BOP director Hugh Hurwitz was removed from his post by Attorney General William Barr amid mounting evidence that officials bungled the case of Epstein, who killed himself Aug. 10 while being held at the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.
300 by Dave Goldiner. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED
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EPSTEIN-PRISONSCHIEF:CON — 500 by Niels Lesniewski in Washington. MOVED
^Analysis: 'The Mooch' is under President Trump's skin amid recession warnings<
TRUMP-SCARAMUCCI-ANALYSIS:CON — Anthony Scaramucci is under Donald Trump's skin, hitting a nerve as the president frets about his re-election chances amid economic warning signs.
800 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED
^Rep. King falsely claims he was misquoted on 'rape and incest' abortion comment<
CONGRESS-KING:CON — Rep. Steve King demanded an apology over the weekend from GOP leaders and media outlets that criticized him for speculating that humankind may not exist without our species' history of rape and incest.
The embattled Iowa Republican claimed, misleadingly, that he was misquoted in a Des Moines Register article — later picked up by The Associated Press — about comments he made defending his view that abortion should be illegal in all cases, including in instances of rape and incest.
750 by Griffin Connolly in Washington. MOVED
^A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders have similar ideas, competing paths to 2020 victory<
SANDERS-WARREN:LA — For progressive voters such as Richard Poulin, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary offers an agonizing choice between two heroes of the left, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Poulin, a New Hampshire store owner, was a devoted supporter of Sanders' unsuccessful 2016 campaign. Now, he wonders whether Warren is in a better position to beat President Donald Trump than Sanders.
"The most important thing to me is to get rid of Trump," Poulin said. "It's like choosing between two desserts."
1350 (with trims) by Janet Hook in Franconia, N.H. MOVED
^Beto O'Rourke, taking retooled message to Oklahoma, calls Trump a racist 'demagogue'<
OROURKE:DA — Beto O'Rourke brought his retooled presidential campaign message to Oklahoma on Monday, hoping to ignite a crusade against racism and intolerance that unseats President Donald Trump and propels him to the White House.
O'Rourke, the former congressman from El Paso, has branded Trump a racist president whose caustic rhetoric about Hispanic immigrants led to the August mass shooting in his hometown, and to a spread of white supremacy and intolerance that threatens the moral objectives of the nation.
1050 by Gromer Jeffers Jr. in Tulsa, Okla. MOVED
^Adnan Syed's attorneys ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear 'Serial' case<
SERIAL:BZ — Attorneys for Adnan Syed, the subject of the "Serial" podcast, are trying to take his case to the Supreme Court.
The petition, filed Monday after an extended deadline, asks the justices to reverse a ruling by Maryland's highest court. It had refused to grant a new trial to Syed, who was convicted in the 2000 of killing of Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend and classmate at Woodlawn High School in western Baltimore County, and has been serving a life sentence.
The odds of the justices hearing the case are slim. Of the more than 7,000 cases petitioned to the Supreme Court each year, the court takes up an average of only 2 percent.
450 by Colin Campbell in Baltimore. MOVED
^Cal State Fullerton faculty member stabbed multiple times, killed on campus; suspect at large<
CMP-CALIF-STABBING:LA — A Cal State Fullerton faculty member was stabbed to death Monday morning on the first day of the university's academic year, and the assailant is still at large, police said.
200 by Alejandra Reyes-Velarde in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Proud Boys found guilty in Antifa attempted gang assault<
NY-EXTREMISTS-ASSAULT:NY — A pair of Proud Boys was convicted Monday of roughing up members of an anarchist group that confronted them on the Upper East Side last year.
Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman were found guilty of attempted gang assault, riot and attempted assault after less than two days of deliberations in Manhattan Supreme Court.
200 by Shayna Jacobs in New York. MOVED
^Gunman who opened fire on LAPD patrol car killed in shootout with police, officials say<
LA-POLICE-SHOOTOUT:LA — A man who authorities say was armed with a handgun and opened fire on two officers in their patrol car was killed by police in a shootout in El Sereno late Sunday.
150 by Hannah Fry in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Family of missing teen feels 'extreme relief' she is alive and an arrest has been made: 'It was a nightmare pure torture'<
MISSINGTEEN:TB — Authorities and a relative of a 16-year-old girl for whom an Amber Alert was issued by Indiana State Police said she was found safe in Arkansas about 24 hours after she was last seen in Crown Point, and an arrest has been made in connection with her abduction.
600 by Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas in Chicago. MOVED
^'Ready to throw officers under the bus': Baltimore police feel angst over leadership, consent decree<
BALTIMORE-POLICE:BZ — Many Baltimore Police officers say making an arrest can be nerve-wracking because they feel overburdened by documenting even necessary force, they worry they will be harshly punished for their actions and they don't feel supported by commanders, according to a recent report.
"I don't feel pride for having 20 uses of force," one officer said, describing how using necessary techniques against an arrestee who tries to "wiggle" out of handcuffs and must be documented. "Now, I am afraid to arrest anyone because I don't want to have so many uses of force (documented) against me."
The unnamed officer was among 68 surveyed who expressed low morale and confusion about new reforms required under a consent decree.
1300 (with trims) by Jessica Anderson in Baltimore. MOVED
^Deportations to Iraq stoke fear among immigrant families in Michigan<
MICH-IRAQI-IMMIGRANTS:DE — Sixteen Iraqi nationals — half from metro Detroit — have been deported to Iraq since an April court decision allowed their removal from the U.S. The move has sparked anxiety for some immigrant families, heightened by the recent death in Baghdad of a diabetic deportee from Oakland County, Mich.
This summer, several detained Iraqi nationals with criminal records have struggled to avoid deportation. Some have sliced off their GPS monitor tethers, others have tried to ground airplanes by causing verbal disruptions.
1600 (with trims) by Niraj Warikoo in Detroit. MOVED
^Separated Congolese father given another chance in immigration court<
FATHER-DEPORTATION:SD — A Congolese father who was separated from his family at the U.S.-Mexico border after they asked for asylum together and who was ordered deported will be given another chance to present his case.
Unlike the first time he faced a judge in one of the nation's toughest immigration courts for asylum seekers, this time Constantin Bakala will be accompanied by an attorney.
1000 (with trims) by Kate Morrissey in San Diego. MOVED
^California teacher is fatally shot at park; police seek gunman<
CALIF-TEACHER-KILLED:LA — A gunman who shot and killed a middle school teacher as she sat in her truck with her 5-year-old son and boyfriend at a San Bernardino, Calif., park over the weekend remained at large Sunday, according to police.
550 by Ruben Vives in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Judge continues case of Michelle Troconis, charged in disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos, to next month<
MISSINGMOTHER:HC — The case of Michelle Troconis, charged in the disappearance of New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, was continued Monday in Superior Court during a brief pre-trial hearing.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Troconis, 44, and Fotis Dulos, 51, were both charged in June with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with the May 24 disappearance of Farber Dulos. Both Troconis and Dulos have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are free after posting $500,000 bail.
350 by Nicholas Rondinone in Stamford, Conn. MOVED
^Chicago Teachers Union group's trip to Venezuela, praise of socialist leader slammed as 'propaganda tour'<
CHICAGO-TEACHERS-VENEZUELA:TB — The recent trip to Venezuela by a group calling itself a Chicago Teachers Union delegation has upset some union members and expats who question the point of the tour and take issue with the group's praise of the country's disputed government.
The four travelers, who crowdfunded the July trip under the banner of the CTU, met with Venezuelan government officials and educators, visited a commune and were featured in local media.
1600 (with trims) by Hannah Leone in Chicago. MOVED
^Detroit man went to prison posing as his dead brother. Here's what happens next<
PRISONER-DEADBROTHER:DE — When Kevin Lee Gray was arrested for home invasion in 2017, he gave police the name of his dead brother — Sammie Lee Gray.
Somehow, the 37-year-old Detroit man went through the Wayne County court system and was convicted under his brother's name, and he was sent to state prison as Sammie Lee Gray.
800 by Paul Egan in Lansing, Mich. MOVED
^'Why would you just come out shooting?' Mother of 14-year-old boy killed by homeowner questions man's account<
ILL-TEEN-SHOT:TB — Tyiesha Annan sounded tired, but mostly angry, as she talked about her 14-year-old son and the questions she has for the homeowner in Lake County, Ill., who shot and killed him, telling police he fired his gun to scare the boy and five other teens off his property.
"Why would you just come out shooting?" Annan asked. "Two things are for certain. He shot him in the head. You knew what you were doing when you shot my baby in the head."
900 by Rosemary Sobol in Chicago. MOVED
^Days away from moving for a dream job, Miami doctor is killed in fall from cliff on vacation<
^DOCTOR-DEADLYFALL:MI—<A man living in Miami fell over 82 feet to his death while on vacation with his fianc on the Spanish island of Ibiza, friends and relatives reported in a crowd-funding page.
Daniel Sirovich, who was completing his medical residency at Kendall Regional Medical Center, was sightseeing on Aug. 14 with his fianc Kristi Kelly in Sa Pedrera de Cala d'Hort, also known as Atlantis, when the fatal accident happened.
250 by Bianca Padr Ocasio. MOVED
^K. Connie Kang, pioneering Korean American journalist, dies at 76<
KANG-OBIT:LA — When riots broke out in Los Angeles in the spring of 1992, few local reporters covering the historical unrest were able to interview the Koreans whose neighborhoods were suddenly besieged by violence. They couldn't speak the language.
In the eyes of the Korean American Journalists Association, this was a huge problem. So, on the heels of the riots, the organization implored the Los Angeles Times to hire a Korean-speaking reporter who would cover the community with thought and fairness.
This is how K. Connie Kang, who is considered the first Korean woman reporter in the United States, came to work at the L.A. Times in the fall of 1992.
Kang died last week from pancreatic cancer, according to longtime friends. She was 76.
700 by Laura Newberry in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Here's how 'Stephon Clark's law' sets new California rules on police use of force<
CALIF-POLICE-FORCE:LA — After an emotional fight that laid bare the chasm between California's communities of color and police, Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday signed Assembly Bill 392, creating what some have described as one of the toughest standards in the nation for when law enforcement officers can kill.
Intense private negotiations and public outcry influenced the final language of the legislation, which will take effect on Jan. 1. Recent fatal police shootings of unarmed black men, in particular, prompted activists to seek changes in rules that in some cases were more than a century old. Though the final bill doesn't go as far as some wanted, supporters say it's a first step in changing the culture of policing in California.
1300 by Anita Chabria in Sacramento. MOVED
^Video showing Orange County teens giving Nazi salute sparks outrage<
TEENS-NAZISALUTE:LA — A video showing a group of Orange County teenagers giving a Nazi salute as a German World War II-era song plays in the background surfaced Monday and quickly sparked outrage.
The video shows about 10 boys, reportedly from Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, standing in what appears to be a banquet room giving the stiff-armed salute used in Nazi Germany.
500 by Hannah Fry in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Iran warns US against targeting oil tanker headed to Greece<
USIRAN-TANKER:BLO — Iran warned the U.S. against targeting a supertanker carrying the Middle East country's oil as the vessel departed Gibraltar after being seized last month by U.K. forces and held in the British territory.
The tanker, detained by the British on suspicion of hauling oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions, set sail from Gibraltar after being released late last week and is signaling Greece as its next destination.
550 by Brian Wingfield and Arsalan Shahla in London. MOVED
^Chickenpox and flu: Migrants are getting sick at the US-Mexico border<
^MIGRANTS-ILLNESSES:SD—<Illnesses typically spread very quickly among migrants in Tijuana shelters.
"Because they are all in such close quarters, once one person gets it, they all get it," said Dr. Julie Sierra from UC San Diego Health. Sierra volunteers as a medical consultant to groups assisting migrants in Tijuana and has been volunteering in Baja California shelters on Saturdays.
Sierra said many of the illnesses she's seen — like upper respiratory infections, scabies and stomach illnesses — are typically minor sicknesses, but they can be very serious for pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
1650 (with trims) by Wendy Fry in Tijuana, Mexico. MOVED
^Britain's Prince Andrew rejects involvement in Epstein scandal<
EPSTEIN-PRINCEANDREW:DPA — British Prince Andrew has rejected any involvement in alleged sex crimes by the late U.S. billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
200 in London. MOVED
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^Americans in Mexico watch uneasily as anti-Mexican rhetoric shows its face in the US<
MEXICO-AMERICANS-RHETORIC:DA — In this haven for foreigners tucked neatly in a placid, lakeside community with cobblestone streets and surrounded by striking green hills that seem to touch the sky, a billboard welcomes visitors with words that read: "Where Joy is a habit."
But the Aug. 3 shooting deaths of 22 people, mostly Mexicans and Mexican Americans, hundreds of miles away in El Paso and the simmering racial hatred that fueled that massacre may be threatening to burst that well-ordered bubble for Americans here, many say.
1400 (with trims) by Alfredo Corchado in Ajijic, Mexico. MOVED
^Silicon Valley to 'Silicon Prairie': Ro Khanna makes a splash in Iowa — even though he's not running for president<
KHANNA-IOWA:SJ — U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna isn't running for president — but the splash he's made in Iowa with a campaign to bring Silicon Valley's tech-fueled prosperity to the caucus state could make a White House hopeful jealous.
As nearly two dozen presidential contenders are hitting county fairs and courting voters throughout the state, Khanna is helping launch a tech career center in rural Jefferson, Iowa, a town of about 4,200 people. The idea is to give locals job opportunities that are typically only available in big metros like the Bay Area, reducing the vast inequalities and divides between urban and rural areas.
850 by Casey Tolan in San Jose, Calif. MOVED
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