Sixteen prison months for L.A.man who crushed Chihuahua
LOS ANGELES — ALos Angeles manwho was caught on video running overhis estranged wife’s Chihuahua hasbeen sentenced to a year and fourmonths in prison. L.A. County prosecutors say 45-year-old Michael David Parker receivedthe sentence on Monday. Last week, Parker pleaded no contestto animal cruelty. Authorities said Parker took the 51/2-year-old dog named Cow Cow to aHawthorne alley on Dec. 28, ran it overand left the dog to die.Anearby resident found the dog andput its body in a bag. Police says theytracked down the car from surveillancecamera video and Parker was arrested afew days later.
Con man gets prison for San Diego church fraud
SAN DIEGO — Acon-man-turned-pastor has been sentenced to ﬁve yearsin federal prison for embezzling $3million from his San Diego church con-gregation.Barry Minkow was ordered Mondayto do the time after he completes aFlorida sentence of up to 21 months foran unrelated fraud.Minkow, who’s 47, became famousas a teenager for founding the ZZZZBest carpet cleaning company. It madehim a millionaire but was embroiled ina $100 million fraud scheme. Minkowwent to prison, was released in 1995and two years later became pastor of theSan Diego Community Bible Church.Prosecutors say he opened unautho-rized church accounts, forged checksand stole member donations. In a letterto the judge, Minkow said he regretshis actions.In court, parishioners said they felthe’d betrayed them.
Sea World orca trainers begin using safety vests
ORLANDO, Fla. — Trainers at SeaWorld’s marine parks began wearinginﬂatable safety vests Monday when-ever they work near killer whales, yetanother safety measure implementedafter the 2010 death of a trainer whowas dragged into a pool by an orca.The ﬁve-pound nylon vests can beinﬂated like an airplane life jacket andhave a tube connecting to a small oxy-gen tank that ﬁts in a pouch in theback, said Kelly Flaherty Clark, SeaWorld’s curator of animal training. Thevests took more than three years todevelop with input from trainers, engi-neers and safety experts. On Feb. 24, 2010, trainer DawnBrancheau was interacting withTilikum, a killer whale, in front of vis-itors in a pool at Shamu Stadium inOrlando when Tilikum grabbed her andpulled her off a platform into the pool,then refused to release her. SinceBrancheau’s death, trainers have beenunable to get into the water with killerwhales amid calls for new safety meas-ures.The 22 trainers who work at ShamuStadium have been trained in the use of the vests, which could buy a trainertime to be rescued if the trainer fell intoa pool.“It’s easy to use,” Flaherty Clarksaid. “It’s one of many changes that SeaWorld has made in the last four years.”Other changes include remotely con-trolled pool gates, new walkwaysaround Shamu Stadium and an addition-al raised platform in an orca pool thatcould be used to lift a whale out of thewater should a trainer fall in. But thevests are probably the most visiblechange that park visitors will notice,she said.The start of using the vests had noth-ing to do with an appellate court’srecent decision upholding a ruling thatSea World had violated a federal work-place safety law, Flaherty Clark added. Earlier this month, that appellatecourt in Washington upheld a regulato-ry safety ﬁnding against Sea World bythe Occupational Safety and HealthReview Commission following aninvestigation into Brancheau’s drown-ing. The court said Sea World hadexposed trainers to recognized hazardswhen working in close contact withkiller whales during performances.
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Comedian JerrySeinfeld is 60.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
President Richard M. Nixonannounced he was releasing editedtranscripts of some secretly madeWhite House tape recordings relatedto Watergate.
“An intellectual hatred is the worst.”
— William Butler Yeats,Irish poet and playwright (1865-1939)
Disgraced ﬁnancier BernardMadoff is 76.Actress Uma Thurman is 44.
The Boeoegg,a snowman made of wadding and ﬁlled with ﬁrecrackers,burns atop a bonﬁre in the Sechselaeuten squarein Zurich,Switzerland.As the bells of St.Peter’s church chime 6 o’clock,the bonﬁre below the ‘Boeoegg’is set alight andmounted guildsmen gallop around the pyre to the tune of the Sechselaeuten March.The faster the head of the ‘Boeoegg,’the symbol of winter,catches ﬁre and explodes,the warmer and more beautiful the summer will be.
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Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleansto lead a French victory over the English.
Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation” wasrehearsed in Vienna, Austria, before an invited audience.
, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 53-13against seceding from the Union. In Montgomery, Ala.,President Jefferson Davis asked the Confederate Congressfor the authority to wage war.
, Swedish-born engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, N.J., received a U.S. patent for a “separable fas-tener” — later known as the zipper.
, during World War II, American soldiers liberatedthe Dachau concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married EvaBraun and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz president.
, 28 former Japanese ofﬁcials went on trial inTokyo as war criminals; seven ended up being sentenced todeath.
, the SM-1, the ﬁrst military nuclear power plant,was dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Va.
the counterculture musical “Hair” opened onBroadway following limited engagements off-Broadway.
Harold Washington was sworn in as the ﬁrstblack mayor of Chicago.
, rioting resulting in 55 deaths erupted in LosAngeles after a jury in Simi Valley, Calif., acquitted four LosAngeles police ofﬁcers of almost all state charges in thevideotaped beating of Rodney King.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II announced that forthe ﬁrst time, Buckingham Palace would be opened totourists to help raise money for repairs at ﬁre-damagedWindsor Castle.
Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton weremarried in an opulent ceremony at London’s WestminsterAbbey.
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The Daily Derby race winners are Lucky Star,No.2,in ﬁrst place;Hot Shot,No.3,in second place;and Solid Gold,No.10,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:44.69.
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