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www.smdailyjournal.comMonday
Nov.12,2012
Vol XII,Edition 74
 VETERANS HONORED
NATION PAGE 7
 
BONDIS BIG
PAGE 19
NINERS PLAY RAMS TO TIE
SPORTS PAGE 11
PRESIDENT OBAMAPRAISES SACRIFICE
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By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
As a Burlingame man shot at aHalloween party in San Franciscorecovers from his severe injuries,his friends and family are mobiliz-ing to raise thousands of dollars forhis ongoing care and ensure thecourt hearings for his allegedattacker are well-stocked with thosewho came so close to losing him.Benjamin Pessah,21,is hospital-ized and improving every day butthe medical bills continue rackingup and the emotional scars are farfrom healed.“We’re askingfor a lot of prayers,saidPessah’s cousin,Alex.Alex Pessahcreated afundraising siteto collect dona-tions for hismedical careand,as of Friday afternoon,hadalready amassed more than$18,000. But with Ben Pessah in amedically induced coma andreduced oxygen levels not to men-tion lots of rehabilitation eventually,cousin Jason Sutherland said thebills easily surpass that amount.Pessah has been hospitalizedsince the Oct. 28 shooting at FortMason that reportedly happenedafter a San Leandro man grabbedhis girlfriend inappropriately. Policereported the man,Hun Saelee,30,tried to start a fight before grabbinga gun out of his car trunk and shoot-ing Pessah in the head as he ranaway with 26-year-old Judiana Lau.Police arrested Saelee at homewearing the same camouflage-styleclothing as the night before andwith a handgun possibly used in theshooting on the floorboard of hiscar. He is charged with attemptedmurder and Lau is charged withbeing an accessory after the fact.Police remain looking for wit-nesses or video of the incident.Meanwhile,Pessah’s family andfriends are making a point to attendeach court hearing en masse. Oneappearance drew 130 people,Sutherland said.“I personally think it’s critical tonot only let the judge know but alsothe assailants that this is not to betaken lightly,”Sutherland said.Alex Pessah agreed.“We want to show the judge and jury that he didn’t just affect oneperson. He affected hundreds,”Pessah said.A family has donated T-shirts tothe cause which will read “Team
Help sought for gunshot victim
Burlingame man recovering from Halloween night attack 
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 The Burlingame football team celebrates with The Paw trophy after beating San Mateo 41-13 in the 85th LittleBig Game Saturday.
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By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A man injured after a vehicleplowed into his car on Highway101,killing a passenger and injuringseveral others,is suing that motorist,the state and another driver whoseblown tire allegedly began the fatalstring of circumstances.Billy Heard,of Los Angeles,filedthe complaint in San Mateo CountySuperior Court Nov. 8 alleging neg-ligence and keeping dangerous con-dition of public property. The suitnames Dennis Leffew Jr.,the driverwho hit Heard’s vehicle,the stateDepartment of Transportation anddriver Leonardo Lazo and MauricioCenteno,who owned the ChevroletTahoe which lost the tire.The suit comes a year after theNov. 6,2011 collision that killed 19-year-old Andrel Norcel Gaines andleft Leffew with head injuries.Leffew was ultimately sentenced totime served for misdemeanor driv-ing under the influence. Prosecutorsoriginally charged Leffew withgross vehicular manslaughter butsettled the case after an accidentreconstruction specialist hired byhis defense found that even a soberdriver could not have avoided the
Driver suesstate, othersin fatal crash
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Summer was a life-changing timefor Burlingame High School seniorsGina May and Monica Becker.During their junior year,theylearned about a company calledWalking Tree Travel that specializesin taking high school students oninternational trips that are off thebeaten path. The girls decided thetrip was one they couldn’t pass up.Over 10 days this summer,the girlstraveled to Costa Rica,completedabout 30 hours of community serv-ice,stayed for days with a host fam-ily in a village and came back with adifferent outlook on life.“What we really wanted to do wasto encourage students to really getout of their comfort zone,”said
Getting a world view
A weekly look at the people whoshape our community
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Musician NeilYoung is 67.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1942
The World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies endedup winning a major victory overJapanese forces.)
"This is the lesson that history teaches:repetition." 
— Gertrude Stein,American author (1874-1946).
Musician Booker T.Jones is 68.Figure skater TonyaHarding is 42.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
Members of the Army march up 5th Avenue during the Veterans Day Parade in New York yesterday.
Monday:
Partly cloudy. Highs around 60.Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph...Becomingnorth around 10 mph in the afternoon.
Monday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in theupper 40s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday:
Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower60s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.Tuesday night:Partly cloudy. Lows around50. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday:
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.
Wednesday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s.
Thursday:
Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain. Highsaround 60.
Thursday night and Friday:
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Lows in the upper 40s. Highs around 60.
Friday night and Saturday:
Mostly cloudy.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Money Bags,No.11,in first place;Gold Rush,No.1,in secondplace;and Whirl Win,No.6,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:49.47.
(Answers tomorrow)DOUSE GROUPENGINE ROOKIESaturday’sJumbles:Answer:The supermodel twins showed off their —GOODGENESNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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On this date:In 1787
,severe flooding struck Dublin,Ireland,as the RiverLiffey rose.
In 1815
,American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was bornin Johnstown,N.Y.
In 1918
,the short-lived Republic of German-Austria wasdeclared.
In 1927
,Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the SovietUnion as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the CommunistParty.
In 1936
,the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened asPresident Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key inWashington,D.C.,giving the green light to traffic.
In 1948
,former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and severalother World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to deathby a war crimes tribunal.
In 1969
,news of the My Lai Massacre in South Vietnam inMarch 1968 was broken by investigative reporter SeymourHersh.
In 1977
,the city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor,Ernest “Dutch”Morial,the winner of a runoff.
In 1982
,Yuri V. Andropov (ahn-DROH’-pawf) was elected tosucceed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of theSoviet Communist Party’s Central Committee.
In 1987
,the American Medical Association issued a policy state-ment saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat some-one solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive.
In 1990
,Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed theChrysanthemum Throne. Actress Eve Arden died in BeverlyHills,Calif. at age 82.
In 2001
,American Airlines Flight 587,an Airbus A300 head-ed to the Dominican Republic,crashed after takeoff from NewYork’s John F. Kennedy International Airport,killing all 260people on board and five people on the ground.Actor-playwright Wallace Shawn is 69. Singer Brian Hyland is69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jimmy Hayes (Persuasions) is 69.Sportscaster Al Michaels is 68. Sen. Jack Reed,D-R.I.,is 63.Country/gospel singer Barbara Fairchild is 62. Actress MeganMullally is 54. Actor Vincent Irizarry is 53. Olympic gold medalgymnast Nadia Comaneci (koh-muh-NEECH') is 51. FormerMLB player Sammy Sosa is 44. Actress Radha Mitchell is 39.Actress Lourdes Benedicto is 38. Singer Tevin Campbell is 36.Actress Ashley Williams is 34. Actor Ryan Gosling is 32. .Actress Anne Hathaway is 30. Pop singer Omarion is 28. ActressMacey Cruthird is 20.
Nation pays tribute tosacrifices of veterans
LOS ANGELES — From sea to shin-ing sea,the nation paid tribute to itsmembers of the armed services Sunday,both with somber traditions such as aVirginia wreath-laying ceremony attend-ed by President Barack Obama to honorthose who didn’t make it back fromactive duty,and more lighthearted perksincluding red-carpet treatment at LasVegas casinos for those who did.In California,a long legal case drew toa close as a war memorial cross that hadbeen deemed unconstitutional was beingresurrected Sunday in the Mojave desert,capping a landmark case for veteransfighting similar battles on public lands.Sunday marked the official commem-oration of Veterans Day,but the federalholiday will be observed Monday.President Barack Obama laid thewreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns atArlington Memorial Cemetery inVirginia and noted that this is the firstVeterans Day in a decade with noAmerican troops in Iraq,and that adecade of war in Afghanistan is comingto a close.In a speech at the MemorialAmphitheater,he said America willnever forget the sacrifice made by itsveterans and their families.“No ceremony or parade,no hug orhandshake is enough to truly honor thatservice,the president said,adding thatthe country must commit every day “toserving you as well as you’ve served us.”He spoke of the Sept. 11 generation,“who stepped forward when the Towersfell,and in the years since have steppedinto history,writing one of the greatestchapters in military service our countryhas ever known.”Over the next few years,he said,morethan 1 million service members willmake the transition to civilian life. “Asthey come home,it falls to us,their fel-low citizens,to be there for them andtheir families,not just now but always.Later,the president and his wife,firstlady Michelle Obama,and VicePresident Joe Biden and his wife,Jill,greeted families in the cemetery’sSection 60,home to graves of servicemembers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.In California,a war memorial crossthat once stood on a rocky hilltop in anational park before being deemedunconstitutional and ordered removedwas being resurrected in the stunninglystark Mojave desert,marking the end of a longstanding legal dispute that hadbecome entangled in patriotism and reli-gion.Henry Sandoz,who cared for the orig-inal cross as part of a promise to a dyingWorld War I veteran,will rededicate anew,7-foot steel cross on the same hill-top. The site is now in private hands aspart of a land swap with the NationalPark Service that ended the legal battle.“Judges and lawyers may have playedtheir roles,but it was the veterans whoearned this memorial,and it is for themit rises once more,said attorney HiramSasser of the Texas-based LibertyInstitute,which represented veterans inthe legal fight.The settlement approved by a federal judge in April permitted the Park Service to turn over the acre of landknown as Sunrise Rock to a Veteran of Foreign Wars post in Barstow and theVeterans Home of California-Barstow inexchange for five acres of donated prop-erty elsewhere in the 1.6 million acrepreserve,about a four-hour drive east of Los Angeles.The donated land was owned bySandoz and his wife,Wanda,of YuccaValley.Sandoz has cared for the memorial asa promise to World War I veteran RileyBembry,who with other shell-shockedvets went to the desert to help heal anderected a wooden cross on Sunrise Rock in 1934.It was later replaced with a cross madeof steel pipes.Then Sunrise Rock became part of theMojave National Preserve in 1994,put-ting the Christian symbol on public land.The American Civil Liberties Unionfiled a lawsuit in 2001 on behalf of aretired Park Service employee whoargued the cross was unconstitutional ongovernment property because of the sep-aration of church and state,and federalcourts ordered it removed.
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he impression that 195 acres of dryland (plus 295 acres underwater) thatD.O. Mills had purchased in the1860s might be donated to the city of SanFrancisco for use as an airport was shatteredwhen Mills’son Ogden died before complet-ing the deal.His heir,Ogden L. Mills,Jr.,was skepticalof the newfangled airplane fad,but agreed torent the land (starting March 1927) for $1,500per year with a three-year lease,provided theland was left usable and fit for pasturage forhis dairy cows when the lease was terminated.Many other sites had been considered,suchas Crissy Field and the Marina District in SanFrancisco,San Mateo Point and South SanFrancisco to name a few,as well as possiblybuilding wooden runways on the waterfront,but all were rejected due to unfavorable waterconditions,fog or lack of expansion potential.The San Bruno area had developed a traditionof air pioneering since the 1860s when,35years before the Wright brothers made their1903 flight,the “Avitor,”a kind of dirigible,took to the sky with the aid of a steam enginefor a maiden flight. This took place at a privaterace track on the Easton Estate in the present-day Burlingame area (Broadway andCalifornia Drive?),and,although the “aero-plane “reached speeds of only 5 mph,it nev-ertheless flew for a complete mile. It wasdestroyed in a fire later before it could beflown again. In 1908,the state of Californiaoutlawed betting at the race tracks. This put ahalt to horse racing at Tanforan Race Track inSan Bruno. Alternative activities had to beexplored for the use of the land. Luckily,anew invention,the airplane,was being devel-oped. In 1910,the first airplane in northernCalifornia was flown here. Louis Paulhammade the first extended air flight on the WestCoast,taking off from the Tanforan race track and flying for eight minutes,reached altitudesof more tan 700 feet. During a 1911 air show,Lt. Crissy successfully released a 6-poundbomb on to the future Mills Field from aWright biplane piloted by Philip Parmelee. Itcreated a 3-foot by 2-foot hole in the mud.On Jan. 15,1911,Eugene Ely successfullytook off from Tanforan and landed on a 30-foot by 130-foot plank platform on thearmored cruiser U.S.S. Pennsylvania,whichwas anchored near the center of the Bay byAlameda. The U.S.S. Pennsylvania was sistership to the U.S.S. California. The forwardmomentum of the Curtiss biplane landing was
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Police reports
She had a few
A 77 year-old woman was arrested fordriving under the influence on CaliforniaDrive and Peninsula Avenue inBurlingame before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday,Nov. 6.
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Deputies responded to a trafficcollision on Magnolia Avenue and TaylorBoulevard before 12:21 p.m. on Sunday,Nov.4.
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A personwas cited for driving on a suspended licenseon the 100 block of El Bonito Way before 9:25a.m. on Friday,Nov. 2.
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Unknown subjects stole miscella-neous tools and other items from a vehicle onthe 100 block of Lewis Avenue before 6:30a.m. Friday,Oct. 26.
BURLINGAME
Theft.
A business reported a person shoplifteditems from their store on the 1800 block of ElCamino Real before 12:11 p.m. Monday,Oct.29.
DUI.
A man was arrested for driving under theinfluence on the 200 block of Anza Boulevardbefore midnight Sunday,Oct. 28.
Burgl
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A home was burglarized on the1500 block of Barroilhet Avenue before 5:59p.m. Saturday,Oct. 27.
Theft.
A vehicle was burglarized on the 1400block of Balboa Avenue before 1:19 p.m.Saturday,Oct. 27. A GPS was stolen.
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Someone reported an unknown subjectaccessed his credit information and used itfraudulently on the 1500 block of Broadwaybefore 9:25 a.m. Saturday,Oct. 27.
During a 1911 air show,Lt.Crissy successfully released a 6-pound bomb on to the future MillsField from a Wright biplane piloted by Philip Parmelee.
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