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11/09/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Tuesday
Sept.17,2013
Vol XIV,Edition 26
ECONOMICCHAOS’
NATION PAGE 7
 
6.6M KIDS UNDER5 DIED LAST YEAR
HEALTH PAGE 19
PRESIDENT OBAMA GOES AFTER ‘EXTREME’REPUBLICANS
Stubborn Fat?
Dr. Bruce Maltz, M.D.Dr. Carie Chui, M.D.
ALLURA SKIN & LASER CENTER
280 Baldwin Ave. Downtown San Mateo
(650)344-1121
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Alawsuit over 641 invalidated Mills HighSchool Advanced Placement test scores wasvoluntarily withdrawn by the San MateoUnion High School District and a parentgroup yesterday, according to the district.The voluntary withdrawal of the lawsuitby the district, along with the Mills VikingParent Group, removes any legal obstaclesto individual students or parents who maywish to prosecute their own claims againstthe College Board and its test administra-tors Educational Testing Service, accordingto a district press release. This comes on theheels of the U.S. District Court’s denial of atemporary restraining order meant to returnAPtest scores from the College Board inearly September.“The district initiated the lawsuit, alongwith the Mills Viking Parent Group, toimmediately reverse the APtest invalida-tion decision,” the release stated. “The dis-trict contended that the College Board/ETSdecision for Mills is inconsistent with howthe College Board/ETS dealt with other sim-ilar situations. ... The district believed theindiscriminate invalidation of APtestscores unfairly penalized students who hadstudied long and hard to pass APtests andreceive college credit. In those other cases,at least some of the test scores were releasedon a selective basis to provide fairness togroups of innocent students. In those cases,the students who were not accused of cheat-ing and for whom there was no proof of anunfair advantage were provided their testresults.”In seeking the same outcome for Mills
School district drops AP test scores lawsuit
San Mateo movestoward major gradeseparation project
New track alignment at 25thAvenue a big priority for city
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Separating the train tracks from the streets near theHillsdale Caltrain Station in San Mateo is a priority for thecity as it is a necessity to help complete the vision of theRail Corridor plan and the Bay Meadows Phase II develop-ment currently under construction.The city has pledged a total of $12 million to help pay forstreet connections in the area including at 28th and 31stavenues.Last night, the council authorized the submittal of anapplication for $3.7 million of Measure AGrade SeparationProgram Funding from the San Mateo CountyTransportation Authority for preliminary engineering andenvironmental work for the 25th Avenue project. The citywill commit $1 million of the $12 million set aside for theoverall project for this preliminary work.The city has invested more than a decade of planningwithin the Rail Corridor.“All of this planning envisioned a raised rail alignmentwith a grade separation at 25th Avenue and new street con-nections at 28th and 31st,” Public Works Director Larry
Public asked to help solveRalston’s traffic problems
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Belmont’s Ralston Avenue can be a headache in the morn-ings as it is the only way to access the region’s two majorhighways to get to work. It gets clogged near RalstonMiddle School every morning and afternoon as children aredropped off and picked up and bicyclists say it is downrightdangerous to ride on, especially when motorists exceed the40 mph in the hills west of Alameda de las Pulgas.Recently, the City Council committed $150,000 to studythe corridor and find ways to ease the commute and is askingthe public to help solve the problem.Acommunity meeting was held in April to discuss theroad’s most troubled spots and where there may be opportu-
REUTERS
A woman is reunited with her husband,who was one of hundreds of Navy Yard workers evacuated to a makeshift Red Crossshelter after a shooting,at the Nationals Park baseball stadium near the affected naval installation in Washington,D.C.
By Eric Tucker, Brett Zongkerand Lolita C. Baldor
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — An employee at adefense contractor used his pass to getinto the Washington Navy Yard andwent on a deadly shooting rampageMonday, spraying bullets in the hall-ways and firing from a balcony onworkers in an atrium below. Thirteenpeople were killed, including the gun-man.The motive for the assault — thedeadliest shooting on a militaryinstallation in the U.S. since thetragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009— was a mystery, investigators said.Mayor VincentGray said therewas no indicationit was a terroristattack, but headded that the pos-sibility had notbeen ruled out.“This is a hor-rific tragedy,” hesaid.The onslaughtat a single build-ing at the highlysecure Navy Yardunfolded about 8:20 a.m. in the heartof the nation’s capital, less than fourmiles from the White House and twomiles from the Capitol.It put all of Washington on edge andraised the specter of another well-coor-dinated terrorist strike or anotherattack from within, like Fort Hood.The gunman, Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old information technologyemployee and former Navy reservistwhose last known address was in FortWorth, Texas, died after a running gun-battle inside the building with police,investigators said.He carried three weapons: an AR-15assault rifle, a shotgun, and a handgunthat he took from a police officer at thescene, according to two federal law
Shooting rampage
 Thirteen dead after gunman attacks Washington Navy Yard
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Russian shot in quarrelover Kant’s philosophy
MOSCOW— An argument in south-ern Russia over philosopher ImmanuelKant, the author of “Critique of PureReason,” devolved into pure mayhemwhen one debater shot the other.Apolice spokeswoman in Rostov-onDon, Viktoria Safarova, said two men intheir 20s were discussing Kant as theystood in line to buy beer at a small storeon Sunday. The discussion deterioratedinto a fistfight and one participantpulled out a small nonlethal pistol andfired repeatedly.The victim was hospitalized withinjuries that were not life-threatening.Neither person was identified.It was not clear which of Kant’s ideasmay have triggered the violence.
Boston homeless manglad to turn in lost money
BOSTON — Ahomeless Boston manwho police said turned in a backpackcontaining tens of thousands of dollarsin cash and traveler’s checks said evenif he were desperate he wouldn’t havekept “even a penny.”Boston Police Commissioner EdwardDavis honored Glen James on Monday,giving him a special citation andthanking him for an “extraordinaryshow of character and honesty.”James said in a handwritten statementhe gave out at a news conference that hewas glad to make sure the bag and itscontents were returned to the owner.“Even if I were desperate for money, Iwould not have kept even a penny,” hesaid.James, who said he once worked as aBoston courthouse employee, found thebackpack at the South Bay Mall in thecity’s Dorchester neighborhoodSaturday evening. He flagged down apolice officer and handed it over. Insidethe backpack was $2,400 in U.S. cur-rency, almost $40,000 in traveler’schecks, Chinese passports and otherpersonal papers.The man who lost it told workers at anearby Best Buy store at the mall andthey called police. Officers thenbrought the backpack’s owner to a near-by police station and returned his prop-erty after confirming it belonged tohim.Authorities said that the backpack’sowner didn’t want his identity madepublic, but that he was a Chinese stu-dent who was visiting another studentin Boston.James, who didn’t give his age, saidhe is from the Boston area and has beenhomeless since 2005. Apolice spokes-woman said authorities don’t know hisage either, but said that James is stay-ing at a city homeless shelter and thatmany people have expressed interest inhelping him since hearing about hisgood deed.The Good Samaritan said in his state-ment that he worked as a file clerk inBoston’s municipal courthouse for 13years, but lost his job and becamehomeless after problems with his boss.James said it would be difficult for himto hold down a job because he suffersfrom Meniere’s disease, which theMayo Clinic describes as an inner eardisorder that causes episodes of verti-go.
Would you boardflight 666 to HEL?
HELSINKI — Would you board flight666 to HELon Friday the 13th?For superstitious travelers, thatmight be tempting fate. But Finnairpassengers on AY666 to Helsinki -which has the three letter designationHEL- don’t seem too bothered. Friday’sflight is almost full.“It has been quite a joke among thepilots” said veteran Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto, who will fly the AirbusA320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki.“I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only acoincidence for me.”The daily flight AY666 fromCopenhagen to Helsinki falls on Fridaythe 13th twice in 2013. Friday the 13this considered bad luck in many coun-tries and the number 666 also hasstrong negative biblical associations.Some airlines, like ScandinavianAirlines, take these fears seriously anddon’t have a row 13 on board. However,the negative connotations are a rela-tively new phenomenon for northernEuropeans, and Finnair and otherregional carriers like Norwegian andEstonian Air keep row 13.
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Tuesday
Sept.17,2013
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Actress CassandraPeterson is 62.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1862
More than 3,600 men were killed,many more wounded, captured or leftmissing, in the Civil War Battle of Antietam in Maryland; although thebattle itself proved inconclusive, iteffectively halted the Confederates’advance into Maryland.
“Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities.The loved and the rich need no protection— they have many friends and few enemies.” 
— Wendell Phillips,American abolitionist (1811-1884)
Basketball Hall of Fame coach PhilJackson is 68.NASCAR driverJimmie Johnson is38.
Birthdays
TOM JUNG/ DAILY JOURNAL
WalgreensPharmacyManagerSharonCheongadministers afree flu shot atthe SaintVincent dePaul HomelessHelp Center inSouth SanFrancisco onSept.16 as partof their work toprovideservices tothose in need.
Tuesday
: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the mid 60s.Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday night:
Mostly clear in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in themid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday
: Mostly cloudy in the morn-ing then becoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morning.Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s. Northwest winds 5 to 10mph.
Wednesday night:
Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Westwinds around 5 mph.
Thursday
: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s.
Thursday night
: Clear in the evening then becomingmostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1787
, the Constitution of the United States was com-pleted and signed by a majority of delegates attending theConstitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
In 1908, 
Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge of the U.S. Army SignalCorps became the first person to die in the crash of a poweredaircraft, the Wright Flyer, at Fort Myer, Va., just outsideWashington, D.C.
In 1911, 
Calbraith P. Rodgers set off from Sheepshead Bay,N.Y., aboard a Wright biplane in an attempt to become thefirst flier to travel the width of the United States. (The 49-day journey required 69 stops before ending in Pasadena, Calif.)
In 1937, 
the likeness of President Abraham Lincoln’s headwas dedicated at Mount Rushmore.
In 1939
, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World WarII, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched itsassault.
In 1947
, James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S.Secretary of Defense.
In 1959, 
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev traveled by trainfrom Washington, D.C., to New York City, where he receiveda low-key welcome from New Yorkers. Agroundbreaking cer-emony was held for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
In 1962
, U.S. space officials announced the selection of nine new astronauts, including Neil A. Armstrong, whobecame the first man to step onto the moon.
In 1971
, citing health reasons, Supreme Court Justice HugoBlack, 85, retired. (Black, who was succeeded by Lewis F.Powell Jr., died eight days after making his announcement.)In 1972, the Korean War comedy-drama “M-A-S-H” pre-miered on CBS.
In other news ...
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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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Actor David Huddleston is 83. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is 80. Retired Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is74. Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 78.Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni is 70. Singer Fee Waybillis 63. Comedian Rita Rudner is 60. Muppeteer Kevin Clash(former voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street”)is 53. Director-actor Paul Feig is 51. Movie director Baz Luhrmann is 51.Singer BeBe Winans is 51. Actor Kyle Chandler is 48.Director-producer Bryan Singer is 48. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is47. Actor Malik Yoba is 46.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Money Bags,No.11,in first place;Gprgeous George,No.8,insecond place;and Winning Spirit,No.9,in thirdplace.The race time was clocked at 1:46.19.
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Burglary
. Avehicle was burglarized on the1700 block of South Norfolk Street before8:54 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
Assault with deadly weapon.
Apersonwas attacked with a deadly weapon at theintersection of Santa Clara Way andPasadena Drive before 2:56 a.m. Saturday,Sept. 7.
Burglary
. Avehicle was burglarized on the2900 block of South Norfolk Street before1:17 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6.
Burglary
. Adesktop computer and sixwatches were found missing from a residenceon the 800 block of North Humboldt Streetbefore 5:57 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.
Theft
. Atheft was reported at the HillsdaleShopping Center before noon Thursday,Sept. 5.
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Arrest
. Aman was arrested for attemptingto steal a vehicle on the first block of Rollins Road before 5:41 p.m. Thursday,Sept. 12.
Stored vehicle.
Acar was found to havefive or more unpaid parking citations on the400 block of Lincoln Circle before 7:25a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Controlled substance
. Asubject wasunder the influence of a controlled substanceon the 1300 block of El Camino Real before10:33 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
Police reports
Bitter sweet
Candy was stolen on the 300 block of North Ellsworth Avenue in San Mateobefore 10:38 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Aconvicted sex offender accused of try-ing to steal iPads from a San Carlos pub-lishing office was sentenced to four yearsin prison in that burglary case and forfailing to register with authorities asrequired for sending a graphic photo to ateen.After a three-day trial in February, a juryconvicted David John Maze, 32, of felony burglary and misdemeanor pettytheft from Livingly Media, also known asZimbio. Maze also pleaded no contest tofailing to register as a sex offender aslong as he served no additional time.The sentencing judge denied the defenserequest to not count Maze’s previouscriminal strike but did grant him a contactvisit with his child before being trans-ferred to prison at the end of September.Sheriff’s deputies arrested Maze Nov.30, 2012 after Livingly Media employeesreported a man later identified as him hadtried taking an iPad and iPad Mini fromthe Industrial Road business.Although Livingly does not have walk-in customers, employees said they sawMaze roaming around inside the buildingand acting as if he was speaking on a cell-phone. When an employee asked his busi-ness there, Maze appeared nervous andclaimed to be visiting a friend, accordingto prosecutors.As Maze walked toward the exit, anemployee noticed the tablets in his handsand ran over to remove them. Maze left asemployees called 911 but was stopped bydeputies a short distance from the compa-ny.Maze faced a second strike in the newcase because of his 2009 conviction forsending harmful matter to a child with thegoal of seduction. Maze received twoyears in prison for exchanging a series of text messages with a 15-year-old girl hemet at the Hillsdale train station includ-ing a picture of his genitals.
Sex offender sentenced for iPad thefts
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
A70-year-old registered sex offenderwho allegedly lured a 10-year-old girl toan isolated area of the Barnes & Noblestore in San Mateo and “attacked” her June23, was arrested in Mountain View earlierthis month for similar behavior, accord-ing to San Mateo police.San Jose resident Christopher Miller isin custody in Santa Clara County forannoying or molesting a child under 18with a prior sex offender conviction.After the June 23 incident, San Mateopolice detectives sent photos and videoout to the media, visitedmany local sex offendersand handled a volume of tips from the communityin an attempt to locateand identify Miller.Miller is also a sus-pect in a similar inci-dent at a Burger King inUnion City July 25where he allegedlyexposed himself to amother and three young girls, accordingto police.In all the cases, the suspect wore a fish-erman-style hat, evidence that helped leadpolice toward an arrest.Union City and San Mateo police wereworking together to identify the suspectup until Miller’s arrest in Mountain Viewwhere he allegedly was fondling himself in front of two young girls at a Walmartstore. The mother started shouting atMiller and informed Walmart officials of the man’s actions, who then followed himto his car and took notice of Miller’svehicle, license plate and direction of travel, according to police.Miller was arrested Sept. 7 and remainsin custody.
Bay Area wildernesspark reopens after fire
CLAYTON — ASan Francisco Bay Areawilderness park is open again after a wild-fire there consumed nearly five square miles.Mount Diablo State Park in Contra CostaCounty reopened on Monday, two daysafter the fire was fully contained.Park officials tell the Contra CostaTimes that visitors should avoid anyburned areas.Danita Rodriguez, district superintendentfor the Diablo Valley District of the statepark system, says there are plenty of otherhiking trails available and people can stillget to the mountain’s summit.The fire began on Sept. 8. Officials say itwas sparked by target shooting. More than75 homes were evacuated at one point.
Registered sex offender, 70, busted again
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