Probation head quietly retires
Chief Probation Ofﬁcer LorenBuddress quietly announced his retire-ment the week of Dec. 6, 2008, cap-ping a tumultuous year in which underhis watch a teenage mur-der defendant escapedfrom juvenile hall withthe help of two otherwards and anotherteenager walked away from a deten-tion camp and was arrested for a sub-sequent murder.Buddress, who served nine years aschief and came under ﬁre most severelyfor the February escape from the YouthServices Center, sent an email earlyMonday of that week to the Board of Supervisors and court and county ofﬁ-cials announcing he will step down Jan.2.Although Buddress’tenure includedoverseeing multiple programs and facil-ities — highlights include overseeingthe $150 million Youth Services Centerand participating in the county’s gangtask force — he received the greatestattention earlier that year for theactions of two teenage wards at facili-ties for which the ProbationDepartment holds responsibility.
Fired company sues school district
The firm fired in 2007 from over-seeing $298 million in constructionprojects at local school districts wassuing the San Mateo Union HighSchool District, it was reported theweek of Dec. 6, 2008.Oakland-based Skanska Building,Inc. was slated to oversee constructionmanagement for the six-year construction planassociated with Measure M.Numerous questions led thedistrict Board of Trustees togive Skanska the pink slip inApril 2007 before ﬁnding a new compa-ny to oversee construction efforts.Skanska alleged it entered into a writtencontract with the district which includedpromises to pay for services for whichit was not paid, according to the law-suit. The company was asking to bepaid for services, damages and penal-ties, in some cases with interest, andlegal fees.
Hostage situation ruled murder-suicide
Agun-wielding stalker who invadedthe San Mateo home of Kim LoanNguyen killed the 24-year-old motherof two with three shots, according to aballistics report the week of Dec. 6,2008, clearing SWATteam memberswho returned fire during the tensehostage situation the week prior inwhich she saved her young childrenbefore being mortally wounded herself.Nguyen died Nov. 25, 2008 shortlyafter being rescued from the HobartAvenue home and taken to StanfordMedical Center with serious injuriesinﬂicted by Raymond Gee, 22, of Oakland. Aballistics investigation andautopsy concluded that three bulletsentered Nguyen in her back from the gunheld by Gee. No bullets police ﬁred hitNguyen and Gee committed suicide witha self-inﬂicted gunshot, saidSan Mateo County CoronerRobert Foucrault.
$1.5B bailout discussed for auto industry
Jolted by the loss of thousands of jobs, congressional Democrats and theWhite House reached for agreement theweek of Dec. 6, 2008 on about $15 bil-lion in bailout loans for the beleagueredauto industry. President George W. Bushwarned that at least one of the Big Threecarmakers might not survive the currenteconomic crisis.Several ofﬁcials in both parties saidthe breakthrough on a long-stalledbailout came after House Speaker NancyPelosi bowed to Bush’s demand that theaid come from a fund set aside for theproduction of environmentally friend-lier cars. The California Democratspoke to White House chief of staff Josh Bolten during the day to signal herchange in position, they added.
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Comedian StevenWright is 58.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
America’s ﬁrst attempt at putting asatellite into orbit failed as VanguardTV3 rose only about four feet off aCape Canaveral launch pad beforecrashing back down and exploding.
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot;but make it hot by striking.”
— William Butler Yeats,Nobel Prize-winning poet (1865-1939)
TransportationSecretary Ray LaHood is 68.Writer-directorJudd Apatow is 46.
A pufﬁn drops the sand eels it was carrying as it is chased by a gull on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast,northern England.
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The article “Hillsdale postpones shopping centerrenovation plans” in the Dec. 2 edition of the Daily Journalhad incorrect information. The Cost Plus World Market at theHillsdale Shopping Center is not closed. Another newlocation is open at the Bridgepointe Shopping Center,however.
Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.
, Army engineers completed construction of theWashington Monument by setting an aluminum capstone atopthe obelisk.
Jefferson Davis, the ﬁrst and only president of theConfederate States of America, died in New Orleans.
the worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurredas 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion inMonongah, West Virginia.
, some 2,000 people died when an explosives-ladenFrench cargo ship collided with a Norwegian vessel at the har-bor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting off a blast that devastatedthe city.
the Irish Free State came into being under terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.
, Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicatedby President Harry S. Truman.
37 coal miners were killed in an explosion at theRobena No. 3 Mine operated by U.S. Steel in Carmichaels, Pa.
, a free concert by The Rolling Stones at theAltamont Speedway in Alameda County was marred by thedeaths of four people, including one who was stabbed by aHell’s Angel.
, House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn inas vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew.
14 women were shot to death at the University of Montreal’s school of engineering by a man who then took hisown life.
Ten years ago:
AU.S. warplane in pursuit of a “known ter-rorist” attacked a village in eastern Afghanistan, mistakenlykilling nine children. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeldmet with senior American commanders in Iraq, and was assuredthat a recent switch to more aggressive anti-insurgency tacticshad begun to pay off.
(Answers tomorrow)ABATE UPPER INJURE SCREWYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Their drive along the Mediterranean gavethem a chance to enjoy the — “SEA-NERY”Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Comedy performer David Ossman is 77. Actor PatrickBauchau is 75. Country singer Helen Cornelius is 72. ActorJames Naughton is 68. Rhythm-and-blues singer FrankieBeverly (Maze) is 67. Former Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., is65. Actress JoBeth Williams is 65. Actor Tom Hulce is 60.Actor Kin Shriner is 60. Actor Wil Shriner is 60. Actor MilesChapin is 59. Rock musician Rick Buckler (The Jam) is 58.Country singer Bill Lloyd is 58. Singer Tish Hinojosa is 58.Rock musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 57. Rock musicianDavid Lovering (Pixies) is 52. Actress Janine Turner is 51.Rock musician Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) is 51.
The Daily Derby race winners are Big Ben,No.4,in ﬁrst place;Lucky Charms,No.12,in secondplace;and California Classic,No.5,in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:43.27.
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