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Study: Fast-Food Curb Did Not Cut Obesity Rate In South LA

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.

  City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in a 32-square-mile area south of Interstate 10 that struggles with high obesity rates and other health problems.

  The law, believed to be the first effort of its kind by a major city to improve public health, did not ban new eateries in strip malls.

  The research by the Rand Corp. think tank found that obesity rates in South Los Angeles continued to rise after passage of the law.

It had no meaningful effect,” Rand senior economist Roland Sturm said. “There’s no evidence that diets have improved more in South LA. Obesity and overweight rates have not fallen.” “

 

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Before the fast-food ordinance, 63 percent of South Los Angeles residents reported being overweight or obese compared to 57 percent in other parts of the county. Three years after the ordinance went into effect, 75 percent of South Los Angeles residents reported being overweight or obese compared to 58 percent in other parts of the county.”

 

 

 

 

  Yet another piece of feel-good legislation impinging on the people’s right to choose proves a failure , read the rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Accused Of Putting Plastic Bag Over Girl’s Head During Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A fourth-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School in Los Angeles was charged today with a felony count of child abuse for allegedly putting a plastic bag over a 10-year-old girl’s head in class.

  Thelmo Garcia, 37, is scheduled to be arraigned today in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

  Garcia allegedly placed a plastic bag over the girl’s head during class Feb. 5, then removed the bag after several seconds, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

  Garcia was arrested Wednesday off campus. He has remained jailed since then in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Information Center website.”

 

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2 Gunmen Open Fire On Los Angeles Police Car

 

 

 

 

 

” Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One of the suspects was later arrested and the other is on the loose.

  Police have not yet determined a motive for the Sunday night shooting in South Los Angeles – an area plagued by gang violence – but said there were no indications it was linked to other attacks on police in the country.

“ It was a complete unprovoked attack,” LAPD Deputy Chief Bob Green said initially. “They were just driving on the street, and somebody struck out and tried to kill two policemen.”

The two officers were responding to an unrelated radio call and driving slowly in a neighborhood when they saw two men on a sidewalk and the flash of a rifle being fired, police said.

  The officers stopped their car, and one got out and returned fire as the men fled. Police found one suspect, uninjured, a short time later along with a rifle and another weapon.”

 

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Grandmother, Thought Dead, Allegedly Froze To Death In Morgue

 

 

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” An 80-year-old grandmother was allegedly still alive when she was zipped up in a body bag and put in the hospital morgue’s freezer — where she tried unsuccessfully to escape and froze to death.

  Her family is suing the hospital thanks to an appeals court that revived their medical malpractice suit on Wednesday. The case was previously thrown out by a lower court.

  Maria de Jesus Arroyo was declared dead in summer 2010 after she was rushed to White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. She had gone into cardiac arrest.

  Her family said their goodbyes and let the hospital take it from there. Arroyo’s body was placed in a body bag face-up in the hospital morgue’s freezer, according to court documents. When Arroyo’s body arrived at the mortuary a few days later, it was face-down, the body bag was halfway unzipped and her face was battered — a broken nose, bumps and bruises.”

 

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“Ted Cruz’s So – Cal Blacklisted & Loving It Tour”

 

Ted Cruz - I Don't Smoke Cigarettes

 

 

” Although the location of the poster says the Hilton, Senator Cruz is expected to be the keynote speaker at the Claremont Institute’s annual Winton Churchill dinner on Saturday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

  The black-and-white images have appeared in front of popular L.A. clubs: the Viper Room, the Seventh Veil, Whiskey-a-Go-Go, as well as on car windshields and utility poles among other places.

  The comeback from Cruz is hysterical: 

” I saw these posters popping up around Los Angeles, but I noticed a glaring error in them. And since I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about me, I wanted to be clear about something. I don’t smoke cigarettes.” “

 

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Christmas Miracle : Off-Duty Officer Rescues Man From Burning Car [VIDEO]

 

 

Published on Dec 26, 2013

” A bomb squad officer on his way to work and two civilians helped pull a trapped man from a burning station wagon on the northbound 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks on Wednesday, saving his life, authorities said.

  Los Angeles Police Department Officer Don Thompson was southbound on the 405 on his way to work in the LAX area just before 2 p.m. when he saw the station wagon traveling on the northbound side crash into the center divider near the Ventura Boulevard exit, said LAPD spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman.

  Thompson pulled over to the center median on the southbound side, jumped over the guardrail, opened the door of the car and saw a man in his mid-to-late 60s unconscious in the driver’s seat.

” The fire was starting to spread inside the passenger compartment,” Neiman said. “He was able to cut the seat belt with his knife, pulled the gentleman out of the vehicle, and two citizens who also stopped came up and also assisted in pulling the driver further away from the vehicle.”

  The car was fully engulfed in flames shortly afterward.

  The driver, who has not been identified, was transported to a hospital with moderate injuries, officials said.

  Thompson, who wasn’t on duty yet but in uniform, sustained first- and second-degree burns, abrasions to his hands and knees and suffered from smoke inhalation during the rescue. The 26-year department veteran was treated at the scene and then taken to an urgent care facility for his serious injuries.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington: A World Apart

 

Where The Money Is

This map highlights in yellow the nation’s Super Zips — those ranking highest on income and college education.
The largest collection of Super Zips is around Washington, D.C.

    It should come as no surprise that the bulk of the nation’s income resides in the DC to Boston corridor but the fact that DC is ground zero for riches , even beyond Manhattan should be appalling to every average American .

” A Washington Post analysis of the latest census data shows that more than a third of Zip codes in the D.C. metro area rank in the top 5 percent nationally for income and education. But what makes the region truly unusual is that so many of the high-end Zip codes are contiguous. They form a vast land mass that bounds across 717 square miles. It stretches 60 miles from its northern tip in Woodstock, Md., to the southern end in Fairfax Station, and runs 30 miles wide from Haymarket in Prince William County to the heart of the District up to Rock Creek Parkway.

One in four households in the region are in a Super Zip, according to the Post analysis. Since the 2000 Census on which Murray based his analysis, Washington’s Super Zips have grown to encompass 100,000 more residents. Only the New York City area has more Super Zips, but they are a much smaller share of the total of that region’s Zip codes and are more scattered.

Zip codes are large swaths of territory, and people from many different walks of life live in them. But many Washington neighborhoods are becoming more economically homogenous as longtime homeowners move out and increasing housing prices prevent the less affluent from moving in. The eventual result, in many cases, is a Super Zip. And because the contiguous Super Zips are surrounded by areas that are almost as well-off, it’s possible to live in a Super Zip and rarely encounter others without college degrees or professional jobs.”

 

 

DC Super Zips

 

Largest clusters of elite zips

” Here are the nation’s largest contiguous Super Zip collections, and their nearest major city or area, ranked by number of households.

1. Washington

2. E. Manhattan

3. San Jose

4. Boston

5. Oakland

6. Bridgeport

7. Newark

8. Chicago

9. N. of Los Angeles

10. Long Island *(see below)

11. W. Manhattan

12. Trenton

13. Philadelphia

14. San Diego

15. S. of Los Angeles

    Who controls these moneyed areas you ask ? Well , who do you think ? The party of the “common man” … LOL , Democrats all .

   * Long Island is harder to quantify given that it is a geographic area and not a municipality , but it is comprised of four different counties and we hereby provide the links to those which are also predominantly democratic in composition . The four counties/boroughs are Queens , Brooklyn aka Kings County , Nassau and Suffolk . Queens and Brooklyn being boroughs of the City of New York .

    Nassau and Suffolk counties once Republican strongholds, these days see-saw back and forth between Republican and Democratic control but as the money from NYC spreads east once loyal republican districts are seeing their political make-up changed to be more in keeping with the statist agenda most commonly held in the city of NY . 

    It is certainly ironic that the majority of support for the “little people” resides in the gated communities that are actually  the bastions of wealth in this country .

A Warning From Anonymous – 9/11 Style Attack In LA May Be Imminent

 

 

 

” The world renowned hacker activist group “Anonymous” issued one of their civic-minded warnings yesterday on behalf of the people of Los Angeles. Anonymous has indicated that they have information which leads them to believe that a false flag event similar to the twin tower attacks in New York is in the works for the Citi Bank building. The chief tenant of that building at this time is Freddie Mac.

They are specific in their information, with the attack expected on Friday, November 15th. They indicated that their information alerted them to SWAT drills being conducted in the downtown area in a manner different from other drills which have been recently carried out. They did not specify in what way they were different.

They also stated that the insurance coverage for the building has been dropped with the exception of those portions of coverage which provide for special conditions, physical damage, and coverages related to terrorism. Those coverages remain in effect, according to Anonymous’ sources. They identify the certificate holder for the insurance Hines Vaf.”

 

    Conspiracy theory or truth ? Who knows , but if we lived in LA we would certainly avoid that area for the next couple of days , just to be on the safe side .

 

” Anonymous does not claim to have concrete proof of plans to destroy the building(s), but they found enough similarities between this possible event and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the attacks of September 11th that they chose to err on the side of caution by coming forward with the information at this time.”

 

 

We are Anonymous.

We are legion.

 We do not forgive.  

We do not forget.

 Expect us.

 

 

 

Will Los Angeles’s Welfare Community Riot If There Are Further EBT Outages?

 

 

Welfare Riots?

 

 

Many people think it’s no coincidence that a “glitch” with the computers managing “Electronic Benefit Transfer” cards (i.e., “EBT cards” or “Food Stamps”) occurred during the shutdown. They believe, instead, that the Obama administration was reminding the one-sixth of Americans that is dependent on government handouts for food that they better cast their votes for the political party that believes you should give a man fish forever, rather than teaching him out to fish and giving him the opportunity to do so. (That would be the Democrat party, of course.)

 

We here are not prone to believe in co-incidences .  While we are not so sure of the writer’s theory that the EBT glitches are a reminder to the people to support those who butter their bread we actually have to wonder if the purpose could be even more nefarious than that . 

   Could the alleged “glitches” have been a test on the part of the Obama government to see what kind of civil unrest they could generate with an innocent computer error ? Could they have been a trial run for generating an upcoming “crisis” that would “require” the State to step in and institute draconian laws in the interest of “protecting” the people ? If so it would be very much in keeping with the tenets of Brother Saul and his Alinskyites .

 

Power once gained is seldom relinquished

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye-Opening Maps Show Vast Income Disparities Between Areas Just Yards Apart In Chicago, Boston, Miami And More

 

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From the sky: An aerial shot hides the inequalities that exist on the streets of Miami

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” When enjoying the views of some of America’s most iconic cities, it can be easy to overlook the vast income disparities that exist on the streets.

But artist and web researcher Nickolay Lamm has made the fierce differences in net worth clear as day with his new set of visualizations created for the site MyDeals.com

After superimposing graphs representing median household net worth onto aerial views of New York City in August, he has now broadened the important project to cover Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago, to startling effect.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Hastings, ‘Rolling Stone’ Contributor, Dead At 33

 

 

 

” Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned. He was 33.

Hastings’ unvarnished 2010 profile of McChrystal in the pages of Rolling Stone, “The Runaway General,” captured the then-supreme commander of the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan openly mocking his civilian commanders in the White House. The maelstrom sparked by its publication concluded with President Obama recalling McChrystal to Washington and the general resigning his post. “The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be met by – set by a commanding general,” Obama said, announcing McChrystal’s departure. “It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system.” “

 

 

” A contributing editor to Rolling Stone, Hastings leaves behind a remarkable legacy of reporting, including an exposé of America’s drone war, an exclusive interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at his hideout in the English countryside, an investigation into the Army’s illicit use of “psychological operations” to influence sitting Senators and a profile of Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl, “America’s Last Prisoner of War.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Sharpshooter’ Cancer Drug Ready For Human Trials, Stops Cancer

 

 

 

 

” Cancer researchers from Toronto and Los Angeles combined research efforts and the result is a drug they call a “sharpshooter” for its ability to pinpoint enzymes and stop cancer, without harming healthy tissue. The drug is ready for human testing.

The Toronto group was lead by Dr. Tak Mak and the L.A group by Dr. Dennis Slamon and both researchers, and others from their teams, were on hand to announce the drug at a press conference in Toronto Tuesday.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCLA Constitutional Law Professor: Gun Control Can’t Stop A ‘Madman’

 

 

 

 

” Not everyone in Los Angeles, California, is brain dead when it comes to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Trust me. Not only do I live in sunny LA, but UCLA Constitutional Law Professor Adam Winkler also resides in the area.

Winkler, as some of you may know, is the author of the highly touted, “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” a book that examines the debate over gun control in a reasonable and unbiased manner.

Well, on the heels of a mass shooting near Santa Monica College this past Friday that left five people dead, including the gunman, and at least five people injured, local pundits, lawmakers and pro-gun control activists were trumpeting for tighter restrictions on gun ownership in a place that already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

By their logic, the deranged shooter with a history of mental illness and an interest in bomb making, 23-year-old John Zawahiri, who carried an AR-15 and .44 revolver along with 1,300 rounds of ammo, most of which was loaded in 30-round magazines, might have been stopped if their were stricter gun laws in place.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Dead, Including Gunman, In Shooting Rampage Near Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

” Four people were killed and five  others injured Friday when a gunman clad in black went on a shooting rampage through Santa Monica, Calif., before being shot to death in the library of a community college, authorities said. A police spokesman said that investigators had concluded the gunman acted alone and that a “person of interest” who was held for questioning had been released.

Police said the gunman used an AR-15-type assault rifle and had other weapons as well as handguns. They have not established a motive for the bloodshed.

Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis said the gunman  killed two people at a residence and two others at separate locations before he was shot and killed in a library at Santa Monica College.”

 

 

 

    Editor’s Note : There are conflicting reports regarding the number of dead , number of suspects , suspect dead , suspect in custody .  As usual media’s rush to be first has again provided the public with less than certain information .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life On Los Angeles’ Skid Row Obamavilles

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Homeless people rest on a public sidewalk in Skid Row on Feb. 28, 2013.

Four Dead After Shooting Spree Near Los Angeles

 

 

 

” A chaotic shooting spree early Tuesday through Orange County, Calif., left four people dead, including the shooter, and two others injured before the man stopped and shot himself to death in a stolen car, police said.

There were multiple crime scenes in Tustin and Orange and many more victims who were shot at but unhurt, Tustin Lt. Paul Garaven said.

The shootings began at 4:45 a.m. when deputies responding to a call found a female shot multiple times in a house in Ladera Ranch, said Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The city is in the southern part of the suburban county about 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

From 5:30 a.m. to 5:55 a.m., Tustin police received reports of shootings in several locations, Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti.

“When they tried to stop, he killed himself in the car,” Garaven said.”

 

Update : Shooter identified as one Ali Syed, was an unemployed, part-time student who lived with his parents …

 

” A 20-year-old student wielding a shotgun shot and killed a woman in her home and two commuters during carjackings, shot up vehicles on a Southern California freeway and committed suicide as police closed in on him Tuesday, authorities said.”

 

Sheriff Lee Baca and the Gun-Gift Connection

 

 

 

” The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is known in gun-rights circles for being stingy with concealed-weapons permits. Sheriff Lee Baca has total discretion over who is allowed to get a permit, and he hasn’t given out many.

As of May 2012, only 341 people had been granted them, according to sheriff’s records. Compare that with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which had 1,754 permit holders in 2011, despite a population of just 2 million people to L.A.’s 10 million. The Kern County Sheriff granted even more, with 3,564 permit holders in a population of 800,000 people.

In L.A. County, records show, most of the permits go to judges and reserve deputies. But there is another group that seems to have better luck than most in obtaining permits: friends of Lee Baca. Those who’ve given the sheriff gifts or donated to his campaign are disproportionately represented on the roster of permit holders.

Michel had not looked in depth at L.A. County’s practices, but the Weekly did. Last year, the Weekly filed a public records request for all 341 active concealed-weapons permits granted by the Sheriff’s Department — as well as a list of the 123 people who applied for concealed weapons over an 18-month period but were denied. (You can see the complete list of permit holders we obtained from the Sheriff’s Department here.)

Those lists contain many of the same names that appear on Baca’s gift reports and contribution records.

In fact, more than two dozen people who have given gifts or campaign contributions to the sheriff also have gun permits. More than one out of every 10 permits issued to civilians went to people on Baca’s gift list. The permit holders include Michael R. Yamaki, an attorney and reserve deputy who is among Baca’s best friends, as well as several people who attended Baca’s 1999 wedding.”

 

 

 

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We’re Not Going To Have An “Adult Conversation” About State Violence, Are We?

 

 

 

” More than a week after first allegedly shooting the daughter of a police officer and her fiancée, the Christopher Dorner saga ended with him most likely burning up in a cabin in which he holed up this week. The police may have set the fire themselves. Another account has the police pushing Dorner back into the burning structure [8:34pm ET update].  Officially it’s still unclear how the fire began*. Nevertheless, at the end of it, four people were killed by a former police officer out on a vendetta against his former police force. And the LAPD responded by coming down on the city of Los Angeles for a week, shooting seemingly indiscriminately at targets that bore only the vaguest resemblance to Dorner and searching homes door to door. Almost comically, Dorner’s alleged manifesto included strong anti-gun sentiments. It’s useful to note here that most attempts at gun control include generous exemptions both for law enforcement and often ex-law enforcement. Feinstein’s bill does that. There was widespread panic when Cuomo’s anti-gun laws in New York didn’t.

Yet, Dorner, and ex-cops, aren’t the only ones that can be irresponsible gun owners. Earlier this week the attorney general of Ohio released an animation depicting how 13 cops managed to fire off an astonishing 137 rounds in under 30 seconds into a car with two unarmed passengers they pursued in a high speed chase after a phantom gunshot was heard in another town.”

Dorner Believed Dead, According To Media Reports

 

 

 

 

 

”  A cabin where a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was believed to have barricaded himself burned to the ground Tuesday night and Los Angeles police believe Christopher Dorner is dead, according to media reports.

A charred body was recovered from the ruins, and KTLA television reported that Los Angeles police said they believed it was that of Dorner.

A source in Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office told NBC News that the police department had confirmed to the mayor that the body was Dorner’s.

Dorner had been on the run since they say he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.”

Ex-LA Cop Believed Barricaded In S. Calif. Cabin

 

” A fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer sought in three killings was believed barricaded in a cabin Tuesday after a furious gunbattle with police in the snow-covered mountains of Southern California, authorities said, the culmination of an intensive manhunt that left a region on edge for nearly a week.

Two officers were injured in the gunfight, and the Los Angeles Times reported that one of them later died.

At an afternoon news conference, Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said he had this message for the suspect, believed to be Christopher Dorner: “Enough is enough. It’s time to turn yourself in. It’s time to stop the bloodshed.”

Officers have been swarming the snow-covered Big Bear region since Thursday, when they found Dorner’s burned-out pickup truck. The former Navy reservist killed a former police captain’s daughter and her fiance and a Riverside police officer, and injured two other officers, police said, promising to bring “warfare” to Los Angeles police and their families.”

Ex-LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner Believed To Be Using Prepaid Cellphones

 

 

 

 

” Authorities said homicide suspect Christopher Dorner may have recently used a prepaid cellphone to call the father of the woman he is accused of killing.

Authorities are investigating whether it was Dorner who made a taunting phone call to retired Los Angeles police Capt. Randal Quan, allegedly telling Quen he should have done a better job protecting his daughter Monica, who was found shot to death more than a week ago.

While you’re on a prepaid phone, Jennex said, the number associated with the phone could be traced using cell towers to triangulate a location. However, Jennex said there’s a big obstacle to doing that.

“The hard part is tracking the user of that number, so since your name isn’t associated with the number, they wouldn’t necessarily find you right off the bat,” Jennex said.

Even if a trace were set up, as former LAPD detective and author Mike Rothmiller told 10News, Dorner would know better than to stay on the phone too long.

“He’s planned for this and he’s a smart man. He knows the tactics of law enforcement and how you can trace phone calls,” said Rothmiller. ”

 

 

 

3 Killed in Helicopter Crash Filming ‘Military’ Themed Reality Show for Discovery Channel

 

 

Chopper Crash

 

 

” Discovery Channel released the following statement:  “A production company was shooting a show for Discovery Channel when this tragic accident occurred,” the station said in a statement. “We are all cooperating fully with authorities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.”

 

 

 

With Renegade Cop Still On The Loose, Cops Beef Up Security At Grammys

 

 

 

” Los Angeles cops are on high alert for tonight’s Grammys, as rogue former officer and accused triple-murderer Christopher Dorner remains still on the loose — with a $1 million reward posted for his capture.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced an LA-record seven-digit bounty is being offered for any information that leads to Dorner’s arrest and conviction.

“We will not tolerate this reign of terror that has robbed us of the peace of mind that residents of Southern California deserve,” Villaraigosa said. “We will not tolerate this murderer remaining at large.”

 

The celebutards are well protected , the civilian population , not so much

Search For Suspected Cop Killer Shuts Down Schools, Ski Resort

” Several schools and a ski resort were put on lockdown Thursday as authorities continued their search for former LAPD officer and suspected killer Christopher Dornan.

Christopher Dorner, 33, a former Los Angeles police officer and Navy reservist, is the subject of a multi-agency manhunt spanning five counties. Dorner is believed to have shot at four police officers early Thursday morning, killing one and wounding two, and is also suspected in the murders of an Irvine couple on Sunday.

Norwalk Christian School, where Dorner attended, will be closed down for the rest of the week after Dorner mentioned it in his manifesto as the place where he first experienced racism, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

As the manhunt moved from Corona and Riverside and into the mountains of Big Bear, where Dornan’s burned-out truck was later found, schools have been placed on lockdown or were closed down all together.”

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