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Elephant transport from Seattle with San Diego side trip was costly


Chai and Bamboo’s trip to San Diego proved a costly detour for Woodland Park Zoo. The price tag for transporting the two elephants from California to their new home at the Oklahoma City Zoo was $88,000, according to a contract released to The Seattle Times.

Armed woman in her 70s arrested after 'shooting at police robot then hitting it with a broom' during 22-hour standoff


Authorities were called around dawn Thursday by a woman saying she needed medical assistance. When deputies arrived at the park, near Malibu, the woman waved a gun at them. She then took the gun, hid in the crawlspace under one of the units and began ...

Wife of 'Star Trek: Voyager' Star Held in Woodland Hills Murder


The estranged wife of “Star Trek: Voyager” actor Robert Picardo was in custody today in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in Woodland Hills. Linda Pawlik, 60, of Sierra Madre, was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of being an ...

Woman Sues Health Net For Wrongful Death


WOODLAND HILLS—Woodland Hills resident Tamara Alenikov and her sister are suing insurance provider Health Net of California Inc. for the wrongful death of their mother. Their mother, Alicin Basley, a former civil engineer, died last fall in Santa Monica ...

The Sins of Angelenos


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Mr. Schapiro, now 59, remembers the valley’s Woodland Hills neighborhood and its last days as a haven of orange groves bisected by undeveloped lots, before it was finally paved over and linked ...

East Xtra: Woodland Hills standout a triple threat


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Anti-GMO protesters try to shut down Woodland Monsanto


As of 7 a.m. Thursday the activists had blocked gates to the Woodland facility, but no arrests had been reported. Yolo County sheriff’s deputies, members of the California Highway Patrol and some Woodland police were present to maintain order.

Protesters block Monsanto plant entrance in Woodland


Yolo County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers monitored the ...
Charla Lord said the demonstration had no impact on operations Thursday at the Woodland plant. In a written statement, the company said it is “committed to having ...

Woodland Hills-based Health Net cut off woman’s cancer treatment, lawsuit alleges


A Woodland Hills woman and her sister are suing Health Net of California Inc., claiming the insurer cut off payments for their 75-year-old mother’s colon cancer chemotherapy treatments and caused her to die earlier than she otherwise would have.

Woodland Park Zoo elephants resume journey to Oklahoma


arguing in court that the trip from Southern California to Oklahoma City posed new dangers for the elephants, including the heat driving across Arizona. A federal judge disagreed and ruled that Woodland Park Zoo staff had taken appropriate measures to ...

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Standoff between sheriff’s deputies and an armed elderly woman in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, enters its 14th hour – @latimes


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Standoff with armed elderly woman in Woodland Hills enters 14th hour


A standoff between sheriff's deputies and an armed elderly woman in Woodland Hills entered its 14th hour Thursday night as crisis negotiators tried to coax her into surrendering.

18th Annual All-GM Car Show in Woodland Hills, Ca


The 18th Annual All-GM Car Show presented by the Los Angeles chapter of the Buick Club of America took place on Sunday, May 17th. Roughly 200 classic Chevy, Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile veh…

Duff & Donna Evers, Part 3: The Woodland & the Gate of Lost Marbles


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Father found hanged in woodland after bodies of wife and twin teenage daughters discovered at home


A father has been found hanged in woodland after the bodies of two teenage girls and their mother were discovered in a house nearby. Police were called to an address in Chadwell Heath, east London, ye…




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The Guardian and a warning to WOODLAND CALIFORNIA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Domestic violence in WOODLAND CALIFORNIA

Does your partner ever….

> Embarrass you with put-downs?

> Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?

> Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

> Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

> Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

> Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

> Make all of the decisions?

> Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

> Prevent you from working or attending school?

> Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

> Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

> Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

> Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

> Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Don’t hesitate to chat or call to 1-800-799-SAFE if anything you read raises a red flag about your own relationship or that of someone you know.

For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170+ different languages.

The Hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. Today, The Hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service.

http://www.thehotline.org/

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WOODLAND CALIFORNIA: the March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth

The March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth below the recent trend, coming on the heels of February’s strong report. The unemployment rate was stable, broader measures of unemployment fell, and hourly earnings continued their rise. A range of factors including the weather and the global economic slowdown have affected economic data for the first quarter. The President has been clear that he will continue to push for policies including investments in infrastructure and relief from the sequester that would help ensure the strong underlying longer-term trends persist.

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. The private sector has added 12.1 million jobs over 61 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 126,000 in March, driven by a 129,000 increase in private-sector employment. This particular month’s job gains were below the recent trend, as job growth in a number of industries slowed somewhat (see point 5). Over the past twelve months, the private sector has added 3.1 million jobs, nearly the highest year-over-year growth in the recovery so far.


2. Real aggregate weekly earnings have risen nearly 5 percent over the last twelve months. Real aggregate earnings track the purchasing power of total wages and salaries paid to U.S. private-sector employees, reflecting the combined effects of rising employment, rising wages, and a longer workweek. Aggregate earnings are nearly 7 percent above their pre-crisis peak. Indeed, they have recovered nearly twice their losses during the recession. Year-over-year aggregate earnings growth trended about 2-3 percent at an annual rate in recent years, but has risen to 5 percent year-over-year in recent months as hourly earnings have begun to rise (see point 3).

 


3. Over the past twelve months, rising real hourly earnings accounted for nearly half the increase in real aggregate weekly earnings. The large contribution of rising hourly earnings is a recent trend. Aggregate earnings reached a trough in December 2009, and over the following year-and-a-half, real hourly wages declined. The aggregate earnings increase during that early period was driven by a combination of rising employment and a longer workweek. Over the next three years, both hourly earnings and the workweek were largely stable, with rising employment accounting for 80 percent of the growth in aggregate earnings. Real wage growth over the past year has been a major contributor to the speed-up in aggregate earnings, due to both rising nominal wages and slowing consumer price growth as oil prices have declined. While the recent progress is encouraging, there is more work to do to ensure that real earnings growth is sustained and shared with a broad range of American families.

 


4. The overall share of jobs held by women rose from an average of 48.5 percent in 2001-2007 to 49.3 percent in March 2015. This 0.8 percentage point increase masks substantial variation within industries. Female workers shifted out of smaller industries like financial activities and information services where the female share declined by 3.1 and 3.7 percentage points, respectively and into higher-employment industries like retail trade. Women’s share of employment also increased somewhat in the government sector, where 57 percent of workers are female. Accordingly, women were disproportionately affected by the cuts to government employment that occurred between 2010 and 2013, but they have also disproportionately benefited from net job growth in this sector since mid-2013.

 


5. Job growth in a number of industries fell below recent trends in March. Looking over the 61-month streak of private-sector job growth, March was an especially weak month for mining and logging (-11,000), manufacturing (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (+13,000), and construction (-1,000). The weakness in mining and logging is likely attributable in large part to the recent decline in oil prices. March was a stronger than usual month in retail trade (+26,000) and health care and social assistance (+30,000). Across the 17 industries shown below, the correlation between the most recent one-month percent change and the average percent change over the last twelve months rose to 0.51 from 0.13 last month, remaining somewhat below the average correlation over the past two years.

 


As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data as they become available.

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