Life sentence for double-murderer
The property manager accused of savagely murdering the Millbrae cou-ple who were both his friends andlongtime employers after theylearned he was stealing money wassentenced to life without the pos-sibility of parole the week of Dec.20, 2008.Joseph George Cua, 54, wasconvicted of twocounts ﬁrst-degreemurder and the spe-cial allegation of committing multiple murders inthe June 13, 2006, deaths of Fernand and Suzanne Wagner, a 78-year-old investor and his 68-year-oldpart-time hairstylist wife. Cua alsoreceived two extra years for allega-tions he used a knife on the couplealthough it hardly matters since theprimary counts brought a mandatoryterm of life in prison without parole.According to the prosecution,Fernand Wagner learned the weekbefore the killings that his bankaccounts were missing funds. Cua wasin charge of collecting rent moneybut allegedly charged tenants morethan he was depositing, pocketingthe rest for a lifestyle of expensivecars and both a Southern Californiawife and Bay Area girlfriend.
County structural deficit ballooning
The week of Dec. 20, 2008, thecounty’s structural deﬁcit had bal-looned $22.5 million under the weightof drooping property tax, falling homesales and nearly 500 percent moreproperty reassessments than the yearprior.The $41.1 million estimat-ed deﬁcit for 2009 couldworsen even more once statebudget information is factoredinto the equation, Budget DirectorJim Sacco said at a Board of Supervisors’budget study session thatweek.The county’s structural deﬁcit was nosecret, as County Manager JohnMaltbie had continually emphasizedthroughout the year the need to curbwhat was then a $28.6 million esti-mate. Without action, he cautioned, theﬁgure would swell to $92.1 million inthe next ﬁve years.
Supervisors appoint Carole Groom to vacancy
County supervisors appointed SanMateo Councilwoman Carole Groom toﬁll the vacant District two seat theweek of Dec. 20, 2008, despite strongcalls for an election by more than twodozen groups, leaders and even one sit-ting member of the board.Groom’s appointment by a 3-1 votewas met with a standing ovation froman audience ﬁlled with many of the 10other applicants vying to replace JerryHill, the supervisor elected the priormonth to the state Assembly.District two includes portions of SanMateo, Belmont and Foster City.
Automakers get $17.4B bailout
Citing imminent danger to thenational economy, PresidentBush ordered an emergencybailout of the U.S. auto industrythe week of Dec. 20, 2008,offering $17.4 billion in rescue loansand demanding tough concessionsfrom the deeply troubled carmakers andtheir workers.Detroit’s Big Three cheered theaction and vowed to rebuild their once-mighty industry, though they acknowl-edged the road would be anything butsmooth as they ﬁght their way backfrom the brink of bankruptcy.The autoworkers union complained thedeal was too harsh on its members, whileBush’s fellow Republicans in Congresssaid it was simply bad business to bailout yet another big industry.
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Singer David Cook is 31.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The Louisiana Purchase was complet-ed as ownership of the territory wasformally transferred from France tothe United States.
“Friendship is unnecessary,like philosophy,like art....It has no survival value;rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
— C.S.Lewis,British author (1898-1963)
Producer Dick Wolf is 67.Actor Jonah Hill is30.
The moon rises behind the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building,right,as seen from Jersey City,N.J.
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the ﬁrst successful cotton mill in the UnitedStates began operating at Pawtucket, R.I.
, German authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm pub-lished the ﬁrst volume of the ﬁrst edition of their collectionof folk stories, “Children’s and Household Tales.”
, South Carolina became the ﬁrst state to secedefrom the Union as all 169 delegates to a special conventionin Charleston voted in favor of separation.
Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Ga., asUnion Gen. William T. Sherman continued his “March to theSea.”
, the play “Peg O’My Heart,” a “comedy of youth”by John Hartley Manners starring his wife, actress LauretteTaylor, opened on Broadway.
, the Ofﬁce of Price Administration announced theend of tire rationing, effective Jan. 1, 1946.
, the Berlin Wall was opened for the ﬁrst time toWest Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relativesin the Eastern sector for the holidays.
, singer-songwriter Bobby Darin died in LosAngeles following open-heart surgery; he was 37.
more than 4,300 people were killed when theDona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with thetanker Vector off Mindoro island.
the United States launched Operation Just Cause,sending troops into Panama to topple the government of Gen. Manuel Noriega.
Nkem Chukwu gave birth in Houston to ﬁve girlsand two boys, 12 days after giving birth to another child, agirl. (However, the tiniest of the octuplets died a week later.)
the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexu-al couples were entitled to the same beneﬁts and protectionsas wedded couples of the opposite sex.
(Answers tomorrow)BEIGE CHUMPPIGEON PURSUEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Their trip to the Christmas tree farm turnedinto a — “CHOPPING” SPREENow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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Actor John Hillerman is 81. Original Mouseketeer TommyCole (TV: “The Mickey Mouse Club”) is 72. Rock musician-music producer Bobby Colomby is 69. Rock musician PeterCriss is 68. Psychic/illusionist Uri Geller is 67. Rock musi-cian Alan Parsons is 65. Actress Jenny Agutter is 61. ActorMichael Badalucco is 59. Actress Blanche Baker is 57. Rocksinger Billy Bragg is 56. Rock singer-musician Mike Watt(The Secondmen, Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is 56. Actor JoelGretsch is 50. Country singer Kris Tyler is 49. Rock singerChris Robinson is 47. Actress Nicole deBoer is 43. Moviedirector Todd Phillips is 43. Singer JoJo is 23.
The Daily Derby race winners are Gold Rush,No.1,in ﬁrst palce;Big Ben,No.4,in second place;and California Classic,No.5,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:44.21.
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