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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Larry Gordon and Jason Wells
An attorney supportive of the protesters who were pepper-sprayed two years ago at UC Davis criticized a recent decision to pay the former campus police officer involved in the incident $38,055 in worker's compensation. As the result of a claim filed with the University of California system, John Pike will receive the compensation for depression and anxiety he says he suffered after receiving death threats when his identity became known. Bernie Goldsmith, a Davis lawyer supportive of the protesters, told the Davis Enterprise  that Pike's workers' comp settlement sent a dangerous message.
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October 24, 2013 | By Luke O'Neil, guest blogger
Now that we all live inside hermetically-sealed political feedback bubbles when it comes to receiving and reacting to news, it's never been easier to form an opinion on a given story. That's particularly true of the type of Rorschach-test-like stories for which our opinions are already predestined -- one reader's black-ink-blot socialist plot to undermine national security is another's evidence of encroaching totalitarianism run amuck. The crazy part is, both things can be true at the same time, depending on whom you ask.  Occasionally a story comes along, however, like the news about former UC Davis police officer John Pike, a.k.a.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
A former UC Davis police officer who received worldwide notoriety for pepper-spraying campus protesters two years ago will be receive $38,055 in workers' compensation after claiming he suffered depression and anxiety as result of the public outcry. John Pike, who had filed for the compensation from the University of California system, also cited the stress he endured from death threats he received after the incident. Pike was fired in July 2012, after being on paid administrative leave for eight months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The University of California is being required to pay $38,055 in workers' compensation to the former UC Davis police officer who received worldwide notoriety for pepper spraying campus protesters two years ago. John Pike had filed for the compensation, claiming he suffered depression and anxiety after death threats resulting from the incident. Pike was fired in July 2012, after being on paid administrative leave for eight months. “This case has been resolved in accordance with state law and processes on workers' compensation,” UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | Paige St. John
Video footage of naked, screaming inmates being drenched with pepper spray was aired in federal court Tuesday as evidence in a lawsuit to force California to improve its treatment of mentally ill state prisoners. For nearly an hour Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's Sacramento courtroom was filled with panicked screams from videos showing prisoners in pain, begging for help and pleading for the spraying to stop, while guards shouted over and over, "Cuff up!" In one case, the inmate had been playing with his feces and refused to take medication.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
In New Mexico, you know autumn is coming when you smell the chile roasting. The bitter aroma rises from street corners and grocery store parking lots, where spicy green peppers plucked during the September harvest are blistered to perfection in cages cranked over an open flame. We buy them by the sack and put them in or on nearly everything we eat: burritos and tamales, of course, but also hamburgers, pizzas, pastas and pies. When I left Albuquerque for college on the East Coast, it was the food back home that I missed as much as the family cat or the yawning desert sky. Each time I visited, my mom would have a pan of enchiladas waiting in the oven.
FOOD
August 16, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1/2 cup olive oil plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon minced shallot Kosher salt, coarse black pepper 1 large globe eggplant, about 1 1/2 pounds 10 fresh basil leaves, torn Fleur de sel 1. Coat the peppers with one-half teaspoon of olive oil....
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August 14, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Long known for his distrust of the Internet, Prince on Tuesday made his apparent debut on Twitter, posting a series of messages that suggest he's a bit more Web savvy than he's led us to believe. The tweets began showing up Tuesday evening on the feed associated with his band 3rd Eye Girl, with which he's been playing shows this year, including a memorable barn-burner in May at the Grove of Anaheim. First, the Purple One prepared us for his entrance: PRINCE'S 1ST TWEET...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Anh Do
A sheriff's deputy who allegedly pepper-sprayed a teenager's pizza during a routine traffic stop in south Orange County will be in court Monday to face criminal charges. Juan Tavera, a six-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, spotted the pizza in the back seat of the 19-year-old's car and sprayed it without the youth's knowledge, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The teen, authorities said, and a group of friends later became sick after eating the tainted pizza.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Anh Do
A sheriff's deputy in Orange County will be arraigned Monday for allegedly pepper-spraying a teenager's pizza during a traffic stop. The teen, authorities said, and a group of friends later became sick after eating the pepper-spray tainted pizza. Authorities charged Juan Tavera, 30, with one misdemeanor count of assault or battery by a public officer. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Tavera, who is on paid administrative leave, is a six-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, stationed in Laguna Hills.
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