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8/13/2020 6:29:16 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) reiterated today that, contrary to some news reports, child welfare social workers have continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to make face-to-face contact with children and families in their homes. The department also announced today that, during the month of June, 96 percent of all children in DCFS cases were seen, with 85.7 percent of those visits taking place in person. As a part of the overall effort, visits with children in cases at high risk for future referral for maltreatment have been...

Church pastor suspected in sexual assault of minors, additional victims sought
8/13/2020 6:27:06 PM

Hacienda Heights—On January 9, 2020, a woman reported that when she was between 12 and 18 years old, her former youth pastor, Jonathan Tsai, sexually assaulted her. The victim stated that while she and her family were members of the church, “Home of Christians Eastern Los Angeles Church,” in Hacienda Heights, her family became close with the suspect and his family. During visits to the victim’s home, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim. The sexual abuse continued for approximately six years. During the course of this investigation, Special Victims Bureau...

24-year-old rape/murder case cracked by Unsolved Unit
8/13/2020 6:25:00 PM

LA COUNTY—On January 19, 1996, Mary Lindgren was discovered brutally beaten, raped, and murdered inside her 1ST-floor bedroom at the “Covina Villa Retirement Home,” an assisted living center for senior citizens. Mary Lindgren lived alone in her room and was discovered by facility staff at approximately 7:30 am. Rescue personnel responded to the location and pronounced Mary Lindgren dead at the scene. Mary Lindgren was 67 years old at the time of her murder. Homicide investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and assisted...

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt
8/13/2020 6:21:54 PM

By David Crary   NEW YORK (AP)—As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge—trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this year, financial and enrollment problems aggravated by the pandemic have forced the permanent closure of more than 140 Catholic schools nationwide, according to officials who oversee Catholic education in the country. Three of the nation's highest-ranking...

Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans
8/13/2020 6:21:04 PM

By Kat Stafford   DETROIT (AP)—Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to “violent racists of a generation ago.” The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The Associated Press before its digital and television release on Thursday, is meant to drum up support among Black Americans, a key constituency for Biden, ahead of November's general election. The ad, titled “Better America,” also...

Seth Rogen's Israel comments highlight fraught diaspora ties
8/13/2020 6:19:03 PM

By Tia Goldenberg   TEL AVIV, Israel (AP)—It began as a lighthearted conversation between two Jewish comedians, riffing on a podcast about the idiosyncrasies of their shared heritage. But after talk turned to Israel, it didn't take long for Marc Maron and Seth Rogen to spark an uproar. Their comments about Israel—especially Rogen saying the country “doesn't make sense”—infuriated many Israel supporters and highlighted the country's tenuous relationship with young, progressive Jewish critics in the diaspora. Israel has long benefited...

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas
8/13/2020 6:13:50 PM

By Andrew Selsky   SALEM, Ore. (AP)—On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper's website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks were being thrown at them, unleashed a volley of tear gas on the entire crowd, including those who were marching peacefully. The protesters tried to run. But hemmed in by tall buildings and desperate for an escape route, they tugged at the closed gate of a...

Overdoses up as people in recovery struggle during pandemic
8/13/2020 6:08:35 PM

By Nick Watson and Megan Reed   GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP)—When the state of Georgia shut down as part of its battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gainesville's recovery community was the busiest it has ever been. Just two miles from the Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. Recovery Center on Juanita Avenue, Northeast Georgia Medical Center and its health system were seeing more overdoses in the first half of 2020 compared to the year before. “A lot of people that have been pretty established in their recovery are really, really struggling,” said Jordan Hussey, executive...

Connor Cooks Guacamole
8/6/2020 3:33:34 PM

Guacamole is one of my favorite dips, condiments, or even meals. Chips and guacamole counts as a meal right? And I have no doubt many of you feel they same way. But the guac you buy at the store is never as good as the guac you get at a restaurant, and that is usually never as good as the guac you make at home. So here is my favorite way to make guacamole! Ingredients • 3 Medium Avocados • 1/3 medium White Onion • 1/3 a bunch of Cilantro • 1 Lemon Juiced • 1 Serrano or Jalapeño pepper (optional) • 1 teaspoon Salt   Pit,...

Scott Barrett joins CSU Dominguez Hills as Vice President for University Advancement
8/6/2020 3:30:33 PM

CARSON—California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has named Scott Barrett as vice president of university advancement. He will begin his new position on August 24. Barrett currently serves as associate dean for external affairs/chief advancement officer at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, a position he’s held since 2015. As a member of CSUDH’s executive leadership team, Barrett will lead the Division of University Advancement in efforts to enhance the image of CSUDH in local, state, and national arenas through...