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At about 8:30 p.m. on Monday officers responded to a shooting near East Alameda Avenue and South Jamaica Street, police said. The victim, found inside a vehicle, was taken to a local hospital where he died on Thursday.

He was identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office as Jeremiah Lashae Quashawn Cannady. An investigation is ongoing.


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Caregivers and counselors see a dark period as Californians struggle with fear

Even though abortion remains legal in California, the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, has had a chilling effect on women across the state concerned about the future of their reproductive health rights, as well as among historically marginalized groups who worry that their rights, too, will eventually be stripped.

John Tsilimparis, a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles, said residents in this country have been dealing with a mental health crisis since at least the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and that current events – including recent mass shootings, inflation, a war in Ukraine and ongoing political divisiveness – had already left Americans grief-stricken.

The Supreme Court decision will only add to that grief, he said.

“It’s a very dark moment for our nation that’s already been in the dark since the pandemic,” he said, adding that Friday’s ruling will “exacerbate and will further damage the nation’s psyche.”

“People who are marginalized, women are going to feel even more demoralized,” he said.

Moreover, he said, other groups may be looking at the Roe v. Wade decision and wondering what might become of their own hard-fought wins, including advocates of same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ+ rights or voter rights who are concerned that conservatives may become emboldened to try dismantling of laws that protect their rights.

Dr. Vickie M. Mays, a clinical psychologist with a background in health policies said the public has been angry since the news leaked last month that the nation’s highest court planned to overturn the federal landmark case that upheld abortion rights for nearly five decades.

Over the past several years, U.S. Supreme Court nominees had given the impression during their confirmation hearings that they believed Roe v. Wade to be settled, Mays said. For the justices to overturn the ruling now won’t inspire …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

The Supreme Court has overturned hundreds of its own decisions. Here are some of the most consequential reversals.

People protest in response to the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling in front of the US Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade.
Though rare, the move is not unprecedented: the court has overturned hundreds of its own decisions.
Some of the most well-known cases in SCOTUS history overturned prior decisions. 

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, gutting the landmark case that has protected federal abortion rights for nearly 50 years and kicking the decision back to the states.

Though exceedingly rare, the move is not unprecedented. Since the Supreme Court was founded in 1789, justices on the top court have overturned hundreds of their own decisions, in certain cases resulting in some of the most lionized decisions throughout the court’s history. 

The exact number of Supreme Court reversals is difficult to pinpoint as the list is open to legal interpretation. The justices, for example, have disavowed past decisions without ever formally overturning them. But the Library of Congress, which tracks the list of overruled Supreme Court cases, puts the estimated figure at nearly 235 cases overturned throughout the court’s 233-year history.

The phenomenon has become more common in modern years, according to David Schultz, a law professor at the University of Minnesota and author of “Constitutional Precedent in US Supreme Court Reasoning,” who told The Washington Post earlier this year that the court’s most recent chief justices — Chief Justice John Roberts and his predecessor William Rehnquist, who were both Republican appointees — have taken issue with precedents set by the more liberal courts of the 1960s and 1970s. 

Among the court’s overturned cases are some of the most well-known decisions in SCOTUS history. 

Brown v. Board of Education 

The 1954 case, which barred racial segregation …read more

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Chicago Cubs DFA Jonathan Villar to make room for David Bote’s return from offseason shoulder surgery

When the lockout ended and Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer began filling out the roster with veterans on one-year deals, the working theory was he would try to flip most of them for a prospect or two at the trade deadline.

That sign-and-flip strategy worked well for Theo Epstein during the original rebuild with players such as Paul Maholm, Scott Feldman, Jason Hammel and others bringing back younger talent in trades including Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and Addison Russell.

Hoyer signed Andrelton Simmons, Mychal Givens, Daniel Norris, David Robertson, Robert Gsellman, Jonathan Villar, Clint Frazier, Drew Smyly and others in the spring, keeping the payroll low and hoping for the best.

But in the rebuild that’s not a rebuild, the sign-and-flip has so far become the sign-and-flop.

Only Robertson has put up good enough numbers to bring back some quality in return, and three of the veterans already have been designated for assignment.

Gsellman and Frazier were DFA’d earlier this month, eventually cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. On Friday it was Villar who was DFA’d shortly after seeing his name in the Cubs starting lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Villar, 31, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with a mutual option for $4.5 million for 2023. He’ll be paid an estimated $3.4 million of his remaining ‘22 salary if the Cubs don’t find a taker. Villar hit .222 in 46 games with two home runs and 15 RBIs and only .175 in June after being on the injured list with a mouth injury from a freak training accident.

Villar’s roster spot was made vulnerable because of the return of infielder David Bote, who had left shoulder surgery after the 2021 season and recently was sidelined during a rehab stint at …read more

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What is Griswold v. Connecticut? How access to contraception and other privacy rights could be at risk after SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

Many of the signs were hand-written.

SCOTUS overturned on Friday the Roe v. Wade ruling that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion.
Justice Thomas wrote in a concurring opinion that the court should also “reconsider” rulings that protect contraception access and same-sex marriage.
The fall of Roe v. Wade could point to privacy-rights decisions like Griswold v. Connecticut could be next.

The Supreme Court voted to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion. 

But it also called into question a landmark 1965 decision, Griswold v. Connecticut, which protects the right to marital privacy as well as the use of contraceptives. 

Justice Samuel Alito, who authored the opinion of the nation’s highest court, declared that Roe was “egregiously wrong from the start” and “the States may regulate abortion” now. In the opinion, Alito maintained that the right to an abortion was a part of the right to privacy — neither of which are included in the Constitution. 

Though Alito pledged that revoking abortion rights would not pose a risk to other rights, Justice Clarence Thomas broke from the court’s conservative majority in reconsidering other rulings based in the 14th Amendment’s due process clause.

In a concurring opinion, Thomas, who is considered to be the court’s most conservative justice, wrote that the court should also “reconsider” other landmark rulings in the wake of overturning Roe v. Wade.

“For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” Thomas, widely considered to be the court’s most conservative justice, wrote in a concurring opinion.

Law experts previously warned that singling out the right to privacy this way exposes a weak spot that could jeopardize more than just abortion …read more

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People in Chicago ponder Roe reversal

Chicagoans (from left) Jamie Macpherson, Dave Gonzalez, Becca Schwartz and Karissa Kosman in Humboldt Park.

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Jamie Macpherson was in mid-battle when she heard her constitutional right to an abortion had been taken away.

Macpherson, a 34-year-old Chicago teacher, was in Humboldt Park attending a course in stage combat, and the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade had her and others wondering what other battles might be ahead.

“I’m just reeling,” Macpherson said. “Even if you know it’s coming, it’s makes you shake. It makes me afraid for what else they can take away.” 

Sparring alongside her was Karissa Kosman, who said as a Black queer woman, she has reason to fear what might happen next.

“Losing this makes me nervous,” said Kosman. “Black people are already facing so much, queer people are already facing so much, trans people are facing so much. Am I not going to be able to marry a white woman next?”

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization will have no immediate impact on a person’s right to have an abortion in Illinois; a state law already was in place to preserve the right to an abortion should Roe be overturned.

But it had an immediate impact on people’s emotions, regardless. Here’s a sampling of interviews conducted in and around several Chicago parks on Friday.

“As someone who’s queer and in a queer relationship, I’m considering leaving. It’s not safe for us, it’s not safe for us to go out, we can’t get reliable healthcare. And that might involve leaving until things change and that’s …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

LA County confirms local transmission of monkeypox

Los Angeles County has confirmed local transmission of monkeypox, health officials said Friday, June 24, with some recently identified patients having no history of recent travel that might account for their infections — and some having attended large events that may have spread the illness.

There were 22 cases of monkeypox in the county, as of Friday, and health officials said some recent infections have occurred “among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men who attended large events where the exposure to monkeypox may have occurred.”

LA County health officials said they are working with organizers of the unspecified events to notify people of possible exposures.

“While supplies of monkeypox vaccine are limited, Public Health is offering the JYNNEOS vaccine in a targeted manner to reach individuals at higher risk of monkeypox,” the agency said in a press release. “This includes people who are known close contacts to someone diagnosed with monkeypox and individuals who attended an event where they may have had skin-to-skin contact with someone who later tested positive for monkeypox virus.

“The vaccine is being used in these cases,” the coounty Department of Public Health added, “to reduce the risk of developing monkeypox.”

The infection spreads through contact with bodily fluids, monkeypox sores or shared items, such as bedding or clothing, that were contaminated with fluids, health officials said. It can also be transmitted through saliva and sexual contact.

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Famed Marengo Avenue building now has windows, and it’s almost open for business

The building today with windows of the five-story office building at South Marengo Avenue and East Green Street on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

An office building in Pasadena now has what it previously — and famously — lacked. Windows.

The former Bank of America building at 101 S. Marengo Avenue had no windows for decades, but as renovations for the site start to come to an end, the building now offers windows on every side.

Renovations for the nearly 300,000-square-foot travertine-clad, cube-shaped building began in April 2021 and are expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year.

The building today with windows of the five-story office building at South Marengo Avenue and East Green Street on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Naseema Asif, the lead designer of the site during the building’s design phase, and studio director for architecture at RIOS, said the original design had a Zen feeling to it and was compelling to look at.

But for the redesign they wanted to celebrate the building’s form while adding light and air to the structure – something that became really important post-COVID to create a sense of wellness, she added.

“That’s ultimately the goal,” Asif said. “(To) still celebrate that box – the travertine box – but make it a breathing travertine block.”

The building was first built in 1974 and designed by Edward Durell Stone Inc., the namesake firm of modern architect Stone whose earlier work included the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, the U.S. Pavilion for the 1958 Brussels Universal and International Exposition and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The place served as Bank of America’s credit card processing center for its BankAmericard – the first multipurpose credit card that allowed holders to carry a balance, and the predecessor to Visa. The processing center vacated the building in 2019.

Before the current vision for the building was reached, the Pasadena’s Design Commission worked with a …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Los Alamitos begins 9-day thoroughbred meet Saturday

As Los Alamitos prepares to begin its L.A. County Fair meet Saturday, track vice president Jack Liebau was asked if embattled trainer Richard Baltas will be allowed to race and train horses at the Orange County track this summer.

The California Horse Racing Board this week issued a complaint against Baltas, alleging that surveillance video caught the 61-year-old trainer’s employees administering a substance on the days they were scheduled to race in violation of the CHRB’s rules.

On May 8, 1ST/Racing, formerly known as the Stronach Group and which operates Santa Anita, banned Baltas from racing or training horses at its tracks, including Golden Gate Fields in Northern California, pending an investigation. Baltas has run six horses at Churchill Downs and one at Lone Star Park in Texas since the 1ST/Racing ban went into effect. He has been ordered to appear before the board of stewards at Los Alamitos on July 1.

“At this point in time, I understand his horses in California (about 80) have been distributed to other trainers,” Liebau said during a telephone interview. “I would say it’s sort of an academic question because I don’t think we will be faced with that issue. If we are, we will leave the decision up to the stewards.”

The nine-day Fair season, the first of three daytime thoroughbred meets to be hosted by Los Alamitos this year, will conclude July 10. Racing will be conducted Saturday-Sunday the first week, Friday-Monday the second week and Friday through Sunday the final week. The first post is 2 p.m. daily.

The meet will include three stakes races – the opening day $100,000 Bertrando Stakes at a mile for 3-year-olds and up bred or sired in California, the $200,000 Grade II Great Lady M. for fillies and mares at 6½ furlongs on July 4 and the $125,000 Los …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Repressive state laws and the overturning of Roe v. Wade are causing a mass migration of abortion clinics and providers, experts say

Attendees hold up signs during a Texas Rally for Abortion Rights at Discovery Green in Houston, Texas, on May 7, 2022.

The founder of a network of abortion clinics is already seeing more people crossing state lines for abortions.
Amy Hagstrom Miller said that hundreds of appointments had to be canceled at their Texas clinics.
She added they are now helping others figure out how to seek abortion care outside of banned states.

Abortion laws in states like Texas and the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade have prompted a mass migration of patients seeking abortion care.

The court’s decision set into motion countless journeys to other states with better access to the procedure. For some, the decision to travel elsewhere was immediate.

“Today we had to call hundreds of patients and cancel their appointments,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder of a network of abortion clinics said on a press call on Friday. “Already, thousands of patients have been forced to migrate outside of the state.” 

“People whose first flight, first hotel stay is in the context of an abortion,” she said. “We’ve been teaching people how to fly and go through security, and order an uber for the first time in their lives.”

Miller founded the network of clinics in 2003. They provided abortion care in Texas, Virginia, Minnesota, and Maryland, and Indiana, as well as abortion medication and telemedicine services in Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Virginia. But as of Friday, Miller said that “to protect our clients and to protect our staff, we have ceased providing abortion care in Texas today.” 

Miller said that with SB8, a criminal ban on abortions in Texas, and a “trigger” law that will ban abortion after the SCOTUS decision, Texas patients have no options in their home state. At …read more

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Third-base coach Joe McEwing catching heat for runners getting thrown out at home

Chicago White Sox’s Gavin Sheets right, is about to be tagged out at home by Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Chicago. The Orioles won 4-0.

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White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing is receiving increasing fan criticism with each runner that gets thrown out at home plate. 

But McEwing has a valuable supporter in manager Tony La Russa, who has absorbed his share of abuse from fans and on social media for his lineups and in-game decisions.

“He’s as good as anyone in the league,” La Russa said Friday, one day after a runner was thrown out at home plate for the 13th time this season.

La Russa pointed out the Sox’s struggles at stringing together consecutive hits, forcing McEwing to be more aggressive. In Thursday’s loss to the Orioles, right fielder Austin Hays made a strong one-hop throw to nail Gavin Sheets for the final out of the fourth inning with the Sox trailing 2-0.

La Russa recalled his days coaching third when he managed in the minors as well as in the 1987 All-Star Game, when he blamed himself for not aggressively sending Dave Winfield from second base to home plate on a wild double play to end the ninth inning in the American League’s 2-0 loss to the National League in 13 innings.

“I’m not exaggerating,” La Russa said. “I think he would have scored and we would have won the game.”

Moncada on mend

Third baseman Yoan Moncada’s right hamstring is healing to the point where he could return as soon as Tuesday when he’s eligible to be …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

Los Alamitos horse racing consensus picks for opening day Saturday June 25

The consensus box of Los Alamitos picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for thoroughbred races on Saturday June 25, 2022 on opening day of the meet.

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Former Poly star Justin Lewis signs with Chicago Bulls

Former Poly forward Justin Lewis has signed with the Chicago Bulls, the Marquette men’s basketball team announced Friday.

Lewis, who averaged 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore while leading the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament, is receiving a two-way contract, according to The Athletic.

The 20-year-old Lewis joins a Bulls team that went 46-36 under coach Billy Donovan last season and returned to the playoffs for the first time in five years before losing to the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Chicago selected Arizona point guard Dalen Terry with the No. 18 overall pick on Thursday.

“Gods plan !! Let’s work!” Lewis tweeted early Friday morning.

According to ESPN, two-way contracts in the 2022-23 season will be equal to one-half of the rookie minimum salary, or approximately $502,000 for the year. Two-way players compete mostly in the NBA G League and can make up to 50 appearances for their team during the regular season, but are not eligible to play in the postseason.

While Lewis was projected to be taken in the mid to late second round, it was still somewhat surprising to see him fall out of the draft. He was ranked among ESPN’s “best available” players for most of the second round, but scouts and analysts pointed to his inconsistent performance and struggles finishing around the rim as potential reasons for his slide.

“I’m getting criticized for certain things in my game right now but I know I’ll work on those things to get better,” he told The Baltimore Sun earlier this month. “So it’s exciting more than it is getting down on myself because I know I’ll attack during the offseason and get better at those things.”

The Bulls begin the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on July …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

Jury deliberations expected Monday in bribery trial of LA developer

Ex-Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

A federal jury is expected to begin deliberating Monday in the criminal trial of a Los Angeles real estate developer accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to a city councilman to “grease the wheels” for a proposed downtown condominium project.

Dae Yong Lee, also known as David Lee, is the first defendant to go on trial in the City Hall corruption scandal surrounding former Councilman José Huizar and his associates.

Prosecutors allege that Lee used Huizar associate Justin Kim to transfer bags of cash on behalf of his company, 940 Hill LLC, to the councilman’s aide, George Esparza. Within days of payment, Huizar allegedly smoothed out a bureaucratic tangle that had halted the proposed mixed-use development from moving forward.

Ex-Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

At the time, Huizar was head of a powerful city planning committee that reviewed the city’s biggest development projects.

As chairman of the panel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Palmer told the jury during her June 14 opening statement, “Huizar’s vote mattered, and the defendant knew his vote mattered. They needed José Huizar on their side.”

Lee and his 940 Hill company — named for the address of the proposed downtown retail and residential project — face charges of bribery, honest services fraud and obstruction. The fraud and obstruction charges carry a total penalty of up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Defense attorney Ariel Neuman offered a different view, telling jurors that his client had been conned by Kim, who allegedly told the developer the cash was needed to pay legitimate fees.

“He made the mistake of trusting the wrong person,” Neuman said of Lee. “He was taken advantage of by a liar and a thief. David Lee did not knowingly or intentionally bribe anyone. He thought he was paying a consulting fee.”

The defense attorney insisted that …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

In June primary, LA City Councilman Gil Cedillo appears to have been ousted by newcomer Eunisses Hernandez

In a highly unusual outcome for Los Angeles City Council, progressive activist Eunisses Hernandez appears to have unseated Eastside city councilman, Gil Cedillo, getting more than 2,000 votes over the incumbent.

The near-final numbers today from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Register tentatively show that community activist Hernandez has strongly beaten Cedillo, 54.04% to 45.96%.

Only 85 additional votes in Cedillo’s 1st District were counted in the latest election results, and they continued to show the dramatic results from last Friday — a wide, and likely un-bridgeable gap, between the two candidates.

The male-dominated L.A. City Council will see an increase in female members when they are joined by Hernandez, who declared victory last weekend.

This is not Hernandez’s first electoral victory. She was the architect of successful Measure J, which calls for 10% of the county’s unappropriated budget to be spent on programs that offer an alternative to incarceration.

Cedillo has not issued a statement, with campaign aides saying he likely will not comment on the results. He did not attend several key meetings at Los Angeles City Hall this week, including three City Council meetings, and did not show up to oversee the Housing Committee, which he chairs. While Cedillo has lost his bid for a third term, he serves for another six months, until December.

Sophie Gilchrist, an aide to City Council President Nury Martinez, said Cedillo’s absences were excused, but did not give a reason. Cedillo’s office did not respond to a question about his absences this afternoon. Cedillo’s campaign aides said he likely will not comment on the election results.

This Eastside race has eclipsed the foregone results for Los Angeles mayor, in which Congresswoman Karen Bass and businessman Rick Caruso will face off in November, with Caruso trailing Bass on Friday, June 24.

Bass pulled ahead of Caruso several days ago and now …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Protests underway at the state Capitol march following Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade

Protesters have gathered at the state Capitol in Denver in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Protestors rally at the Colorado Capitol after overturning of Roe v Wade, chanting “keep your rosaries off my ovaries.”

Rain is drizzling as folks gather

— Elizabeth Hernandez (@ehernandez) June 24, 2022

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Marchers, carrying signs and chanting, are on the move and Denver police have shut down the intersection of East 13th Avenue and Lincoln Street.

Police urge drivers to use alternate routes if possible.

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Source:: The Denver Post