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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Palmdale mother and her boyfriend are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in the torture and beating death of the woman's 8-year-old son. Pearl Fernandez, 29, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, are each charged with murder and a special circumstance of torture. In May, Gabriel Fernandez was discovered unconscious with a skull fracture, several broken ribs, cigarette burns and abrasions around his ankles that indicated he may have been tied up. He later succumbed to his injuries.
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NATIONAL
August 2, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Ariel Castro awoke Friday morning with a surety that comes from knowing where he will be for the rest of his life -- in some prison for kidnapping and repeatedly sexually abusing three women for a decade in Cleveland. But the very public sentencing hearing also capped a televised morality play that moved from denial through acceptance to forgiveness and to a finale designed to allow the victims to regain control over their shattered lives. Thursday's proceedings ended as expected with Castro sentenced to prison without a chance of ever being released.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Michelle Knight was a young mother when Ariel Castro lured her into his house in 2002 with the promise of a puppy for her son. She stayed a prisoner in the Cleveland house for more than a decade, was impregnated five times, beaten and abused so severely that she endured five miscarriages. On Thursday, she confronted the man who tortured her and who will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. "I spent 11 years in hell," Knight told Castro, 53. "Now your hell is just beginning.
OPINION
July 30, 2013
Re "U.S. says it won't torture Snowden," July 27 From the time I was a boy in the early 1950s, America was the land of the free and the home of the brave. Now, despite the fact that the "Russians didn't really seek this assurance," our government must promise an ex-communist country, our old adversary, that we won't torture or kill Edward J. Snowden, a U.S. citizen. How the great have fallen. W. James Osborne Sherman Oaks Our government was thinking wishfully by believing it could keep secret the fact that it was accessing the records of phone calls made by millions of people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Garrett Therolf and Seema Mehta
In an unusually swift and aggressive response, Los Angeles County officials have moved to fire four child welfare workers they say were responsible for serious lapses in the case of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy who died after allegedly being tortured by his mother and her boyfriend. The May death of Gabriel Fernandez, whom paramedics found with a fractured skull, broken ribs and burns, came after the county's Department of Children and Family Services received and discounted a long series of complaints of abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, This post has been updated. See note below.
Two social workers and two supervisors in the county's troubled Department of Children and Family Services have been fired over the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy after the agency received several complaints of abuse, officials said. Paramedics were summoned to the home of Gabriel Fernandez on the evening of May 22 and found the boy barely breathing with numerous injuries, including a fractured skull, broken ribs and burns. He died in the hospital two days later. His mother and her boyfriend were arrested and charged with murder and torture.
WORLD
July 26, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve and Carol J. Williams
WASHINGTON - In an effort to break the international standoff over fugitive Edward Snowden, the Obama administration has assured Russian authorities that the American on the lam after revealing top-secret U.S. intelligence operations won't face the death penalty or torture if he returns to the United States. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. wrote to his Russian counterpart to say that Snowden's claim to need political asylum in Russia for fear of abuse or execution if returned to the United States was "entirely without merit," the Justice Department disclosed Friday.
SPORTS
July 14, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
All you need to know about the British Open is that you don't dare call it that when you are at one. You can get away with typing it in stories back to the States, but don't say it to the guy eating fish and chips at the next table. It is The Open Championship, and if that sounds like it is meant to brand itself as the only one, then you are catching on. This year's Open Championship will start Thursday and continue through 72 holes and four grueling days of its usual golf misery and weather wonders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said its deputies will be cleared of wrongdoing in a lawsuit accusing them of shooting and shocking a family's pit bull then leaving it for dead in a squad car. Steve Whitmore, a department spokesman, said Thursday that deputies did nothing wrong in the December incident in Pico Rivera. "We look forward to telling the whole story," Whitmore said. "As we move forward and people see actually what occurred, we will be vindicated. " In a lawsuit filed Wednesday at the Norwalk courthouse, the owner of a 5-year-old pit bull named Chico Blue said deputies in Pico Rivera threw a chair at the dog, fired Tasers at its face, shot it twice with a gun and let it bleed to death.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The pretentious, preposterous, dueling-dialect flameout called "Killing Season" has to stand as one of the biggest missed opportunities in iconic matchups. Robert De Niro plays a loner American military vet whose Appalachian retreat for wood-chopping and elk-gazing is disturbed by John Travolta's black-clad, chin-curtained Bosnian war criminal, a motormouth Serb bearing a bottle of Jagermeister, a bow and arrows, and a score-settling scenario. Neither kills the other after repeated chances in screenwriter Evan Daugherty's mano-a-mano set-up, however, because then we wouldn't get long, tedious "we're the same, you and I" war philosophizing, the side helpings of torture (salty lemonade waterboarding!
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