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11/02/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.com
Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Friday
May 17,2013
Vol XII,Edition 234
TEXASTORNADOES
NATION PAGE 7
 
WARRIORS’PLAYOFFRUN IS OVER
SPORTSPAGE 11
‘INTO DARKNESS’ISAGOODTREK
WEEKENDJOURNAL PAGE 17
DEVASTATION INCLUDES HABITAT FORHUMANITY HOMES
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The former prominent child psy-chiatrist being tried again oncharges he molested five formermale patients under the guise of medical exams abruptly changedhis plea to no contest to all countson Thursday afternoon, just hoursafter a high court denied a reneweddefense bid tofind him mental-ly incompetent.The surpris-ing change of heart byWilliamHamilton Ayres,81, came a dayafter jury selec-tion. The settle-ment comes four years after Ayres’first criminal trial ended with ahung jury and a year after doctorsat Napa State Hospital returnedhim to San Mateo County sayingthe former doctor had been fakingor exaggerating his Alzheimer’s-related dementia to avoid anotherprosecution.Ayres entered the no contestplea to eight counts of childmolestation without benefit of anysentencing promises althoughJudge Beth Freeman indicated alikely eight-year term. He faces upto 22 years and, regardless of thetime imposed, will also be requiredto register as a sex offender forlife.“This is an excellent outcome,”said District Attorney SteveWagstaffe. “We had him so boxedin. This case had better evidencethan it did four years ago. We hadone of my best prosecutors on thecase. I think the defense realized ithad nowhere to go.”Wagstaffe also emphasized theresolution is “not a plea bargain inany fashion” and, after hearingfrom victims, his office may ask
Ayres molestation trial ends
No contest plea negates need for trial • Prison time certain for former psychiatrist
WilliamAyres
When it rains,it pours:Obama seeks to regain footing
REUTERS
Barack Obama checks to see if he still needs the umbrella held by a U.S.Marine to protect him from the rain duringa joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden of the White House.
President takesaction,but GOPstill unsatisfied
By Julie Pace
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — PresidentBarack Obama, seeking to regainhis footing amid controversieshammering the White House,named a temporary chief for thescandal-marred Internal RevenueService Thursday and pressedCongress to approve new securitymoney to prevent anotherBenghazi-style terrorist attack.The efforts did little to satisfyRepublicans, who see the contro-versies as an opportunity to derailObama’s second-term agenda.House Speaker John Boehner sug-gested the White House had violat-ed the public’s trust, and he prom-ised to “stop at nothing” to holdthe administration accountable.“Nothing dissolves the bondsbetween the people and their gov-ernment like the arrogance of power here in Washington,”
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The Internal Revenue Servicehas had a rough week but thecomingmonths couldget evenrougher forthe agency aslawmakerssuch as U.S.Rep. JackieSpeier, D-SanMateo, havecalled for anindependent commission toinvestigate it after admissions itimproperly targeted tea party andreligious conservative groupsfor intensive audits.After the forced resignation of the agency’s acting commis-sioner Steven Miller Wednesday,Speier has called for an inde-
Rep.Jackie Speier:Independent groupshould look into IRS
 Jackie Speier
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By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
For many adults, buildingblocks were a simple childhoodtoy.Some interlocked while otherswere simple surfaces to be stacked.But today, curious souls wantingto build can use blocks to buildrobots, play interactive games ordigitally create an online worldwhich players in other countrieswill enjoy once it goes live. Thoseare all examples of ways peoplecan become makers that will beshowcased a the Maker Faire thisweekend at the San Mateo CountyEvent Center. Expected to drawmore than 100,000 people fromall over, the two-day event prom-ises to offer ideas and upcomingtrends in technology and do-it-yourself projects.Dale Dougherty, founder, CEOand president of Maker Media,explained that trends haveemerged as the Maker Faire hasgrown. Those participating areoften either those learning to bemakers, makers collaborating or
Get ready to learn something
Maker Faire hitting San Mateo this weekend
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One exhibit was a hair-raising experience during Education Day at theMaker Faire at the San Mateo County Event Center last year.
 
Court says ‘They do’
California’s Supreme Court declaredthe week of May 17, 2008 that gaycouples in the nation’s biggest statecould marry — a monumental but per-haps short-lived victory for the gayrights movement greeted with tears,hugs, kisses and at leastone instant proposal of matrimony.In its 4-3 ruling, theRepublican-dominatedhigh court struck downstate laws against same-sex marriageand said domestic partnerships thatprovide many of the rights and bene-fits of matrimony are not enough.Religious and social conservativeswere pressing to put a constitutionalamendment on the ballot inNovember 2008 that would undo theSupreme Court ruling and ban gaymarriage.
Husband convictedof first-degree murder
The Daly City man who claimed hiswife was already dead in a pool of blood when he returned home from anight with his girlfriend was foundguilty of fatally stabbing her multipletimes before fleeing with their threeyoung children, according to a jurywho deliberated six days beforereturning its decision the week of May17, 2008.The first-degree murder convictionagainst Quincy Dean Norton Sr., plusthe additional allega-tion of using a knifein the crime meant the33-year-old man wastoreceive 26 years to lifein prison.The verdict came after a three-weektrial which pitted Norton’s story of finding his wife against a prosecutioncase including the testimony of histwo oldest children and his wife’s fam-ily. The defense implied Norton’sgirlfriend, Anitra Johnson, had a handin the death of Tamika Mack Norton,33, but in the end jurors sided with theprosecution theory that Norton killedhis wife after she filed for divorce andasked that he have limited contactwith their three children.
County urgesheat wave precautions
With a heat wave predicted in SanMateo County and the Bay Area duringthe week of May 17, 2008, local offi-cials were urging residents to take pre-cautions against heat stroke andexhaustion.
Oil sets record near$128;pump price at high,too
News that Saudi Arabiahad boosted its oil outputby 300,000 barrels a daywas greeted as a non-event on oil markets theweek of May 17, 2008 — the movewasn’t anywhere near the kind of pro-duction increase needed to bringprices down.And traders were equally unim-pressed by the U.S. government’splan to stop adding to the StrategicPetroleum Reserve.One day, two moves designed toallay concerns about an overheatedoil market that was squeezingmotorists and inflating the prices of all sorts of goods.The response in the oil trading pits?Traders did what they’ve been doingfor months now, and pushed crude oiland gasoline futures to new highs.
From the archives highlights stories origi-
FOR THE RECORD2
Friday
May 17,2013
THEDAILYJOURNAL
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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.
 Talk showhost-actor CraigFerguson is 51.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1973
Aspecial committee convened by theU.S. Senate began its televised hear-ings into the Watergate scandal.
“I always have a quotation for everything — it saves original thinking.” 
— Dorothy L.Sayers,English author (1893-1957)
Actor-comedianBob Saget is 57.Singer-musician Trent Reznor is 48.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A record-setting 800-pound,14-foot,3-inch alligator shot during a public hunt on the James E.Daughtrey Wildlife ManagementArea near Cotulla,Texas.
Friday:
Mostly cloudy. Highs in theupper 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Friday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming cloudy. Patchyfog after midnight. Lows in the upper40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday:
Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morn-ing. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 10 to 20mph.
Saturday night:
Mostly clear in the evening then becom-ing mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 40s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.
Sunday
: Partly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog. Highs in the 60s.
Sunday night through Tuesday
: Mostly clear.
Local Weather Forecast
(Answers tomorrow)EPOXYNEEDYMATRIX IDIOCYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Everything was going fine as he choppeddown the tree until the — “AXE-IDENT”Now arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
GIDITSMURTSACGINEPUCON
©2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
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Print answer here:
In 1510
, Early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli diedin Florence, Italy; he was probably in his mid 60s.
In 1792
, the New York Stock Exchange had its origins as agroup of brokers met under a tree on Wall Street.
In 1849
, fire erupted in St. Louis, Mo., resulting in theloss of three lives, more than 400 buildings and some twodozen steamships.
In 1912
, the Socialist Party of America nominated EugeneV. Debs for president at its convention in Indianapolis.
In 1933, 
U.S. News & World Report had its beginnings asDavid Lawrence began publishing a weekly newspapercalled United States News.
In 1938, 
Congress passed the Second Vinson Act, provid-ing for a strengthened U.S. Navy. The radio quiz show“Information, Please!” made its debut on the NBC BlueNetwork.
In 1946, 
President Harry S. Truman seized control of thenation’s railroads, delaying — but not preventing — athreatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
In 1954, 
the U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously struck down racially seg-regated public schools.
In 1961, 
Cuban leader Fidel Castro offered to release pris-oners captured in the Bay of Pigs invasion in exchange for500 bulldozers. (The prisoners were eventually freed inexchange for medical supplies.)
In 1971, 
“Godspell,” a contemporary musical inspired bythe Gospel According to St. Matthew, opened off-Broadwayat the Cherry Lane Theatre.
In 1980, 
rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami’sLiberty City after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted fourformer Miami police officers of fatally beating black insur-ance executive Arthur McDuffie.Actor Peter Gerety is 73. Singer Taj Mahal is 71. Singer-song-writer Jesse Winchester is 69. Rock musician Bill Bruford is 64.Singer-musician George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 60.TVpersonality Kathleen Sullivan is 60. Actor Bill Paxton is 58.Boxing Hall-of-Famer Sugar Ray Leonard is 57. Sportsannouncer Jim Nantz is 54. Singer Enya is 52. Rock singer-musician Page McConnell is 50. Actor David Eigenberg is 49.Actress Paige Turco is 48. Rhythm-and-blues musician O’Dell(Mint Condition) is 48. Actor Hill Harper is 47. TVpersonali-ty/interior designer Thom Filicia is 44. Singer Jordan Knight is43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Darnell Van Rensalier (Shai) is 43.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Gold Rush,No.1,in first place;Lucky Star,2,and Whirl Win,No.6,in third place.The race time was clocked at1:48.08.
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Suspicious person.
Awomen wearing allblue was soliciting residents at the intersec-tion of Drover Road and Alameda de las Pulgasbefore 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 13.
Burglary.
Ahouse was ransacked onHarrison Avenue before 4:27 p.m. Monday,May 13.
Suspicious person.
Someone reportedseeing two men in their backyard on BrewsterAvenue before 1:45 p.m. Monday, May 13.
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Suspicious person
. Several men in a silverVolvo were seen loitering on Linden Avenuebefore 6:06 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
Vandalism
. AVolkswagen Jetta was keyedon the 400 block of Piccadilly Place before4:06 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
Burglary
. Someone reported their grayAcura’s rear window was broken and an iPadwas stolen on the 800 block of CommodoreDrive before 3:18 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
Burglary
. Someone reported their front doorwas kicked in on the 3000 block of Crestmoor Drive before 9:38 a.m.Wednesday, May 15.
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Awoman was attempting to hide behindbushes on Leah Street in Redwood Citybefore 1:14 p.m. Monday, May 13.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Mikaela Kitaura grew up a tomboy withan affinity for sport and a love of marinelife — neither of those interests haswaned.In fact, the 18-year-old from RedwoodCity is graduating from the MiddleCollege high school program at CañadaCollege with 57 college units. She plansto keep taking classes at the RedwoodCity community college to finish the pre-requisites needed to transfer to studymarine biology. In the meantime, Kitauraplans to stay active in sports on her col-lege campus — a new challenge despitetaking classes there for two years.“Mikaela is the kind of self-motivatedand engaged student that makes teaching a joy,” said Middle College teacher JenBuchanan.While attending Henry Ford ElementarySchool, Kitaura began taking piano les-sons in her free time. But it was withsports that she’s spent most of her time.Kitaura, the youngest of four children,happily took part in a variety of sportsgrowing up — basketball, tennis, volley-ball, soccer, badminton and judo. Judowas a lesson inspired by her grandfather,who teaches the martial art. Other sportscame and went as Kitaura traveled throughKennedy Middle School into WoodsideHigh School. Basketball was a consistentfocus for Kitaura throughout her 18 years.More recently, tennis and badminton havealso taken top billing.Despite attending school at Cañada forher last two years of high school, Kitaurahas played on the varsity basketball teamall four years at Woodside.But sports weren’t enough for Kitaura.One of her older sisters had attendedMiddle College and Kitaura liked the ideaof having more control over her classeswhile earning college credit — whichwould save her parents money.“Mikaela has been a joy to have in ourclasses the last two years. Last year, sheimpressed all of us when she made a videofor one of our class projects that was sowell done and showed off both her skillsin video production and her interest inocean ecology,” said Middle CollegeDirector Jen Petroelje.Kitaura scheduled her day so that classesended at 3 p.m., when she would head overto Woodside and take part in sports.“I definitely like to keep myself busy,”she said.Outside of school, Kitaura, a Buddhist,became active in a local high schoolgroup connecting Buddhist youth aroundthe Bay Area. She also works part timehelping organize and input data for aresearcher at the U.S. Geological Survey.The hands-on work with research data isgreat experience for Kitaura who hopes tosomeday focus her time on researching theocean.
The graduation for the Middle College program at Cañada College will be held a3 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at the MainTheater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.
Great Grads is in its eighth year profilingone graduating senior from each of ourlocal schools. Schools have the option to participate. Those that choose to partici- pate are asked to nominate one student who deserves recognition.
heather@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext.105.
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