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Week 5: Daily News Top 20 Football Rankings and Schedule

Sep 25 2017

1. Chaminade (4-1)
Last Week: 1, def. Crespi 39-7
Start the hype train for Eagles hosting Serra Thursday

2. Calabasas (4-0)
Last Week: 2, def. El Camino Real 35-8
4 TDs (3 passing) from Jaden Casey in the win

3. Valencia (4-0)
Last Week: 3, def. Bakersfield 56-14
Game of the Year candidates comes Thursday at Calabasas

4. Paraclete (4-1)
Last Week: 5, def. Tehachapi 63-7
Won’t get tested again til Gold Coast League final

5. Oaks Christian (3-2)
Last Week: 4, lost to Murrieta Valley 38-20
Lions will be happy not to see Murrieta Valley after two consecutive losses.

6. Westlake (5-0)
Last Week: 6, def. Moorpark 24-21
Suddenly Westlake-Calabasas looks promising in two weeks

7. St. Francis (4-0)
Last Week: 7, def. Saugus 49-20
Greg Dulcich shows he can pass a bit after Darius Perrantes gets hurt

8. Newbury Park (3-2)
Last Week: 9, def. Venice 52-42
Nothing like a trip to the City Section to get Panthers’ mojo back

9. Notre Dame (4-1)
Last Week: 8, lost to Loyola 28-21
Knights can bounce back by spoiling Alemany’s homecoming Friday

10. Sierra Canyon (4-1)
Last Week: 10, def. Redondo 38-3
Three consecutive weeks without giving up a touchdown

11. Hart (2-2, last week 11)
12. Crescenta Valley (4-0, last week 13)
13. Alemany (1-4, last week 12)
14. San Fernando (3-2, last week 15)
15. Harvard-Westlake
16. Saugus (2-3, last week 14)
17. Golden Valley (3-2, last week 16)
18. Moorpark (3-1, last week 18)
19. Quartz Hill (4-0, last week 19)
20. Antelope Valley (3-1, last week unranked)

SCHEDULE (All games at 7 p.m., unless otherwise indicated
Sept. 28 (Thurs)
EAST VALLEY
Arleta at Poly,
Verdugo Hills at Grant

MISSION LEAGUE
Serra at Chaminade

PACIFIC LEAGUE
Hoover vs. Burbank at Glendale

VALLEY MISSION
Canoga Park at Reseda
Kennedy at Panorama
Van Nuys at Sylmar

NONLEAGUE
Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, CA) at South Pasadena (CA), 7:00pm
Brentwood at Viewpoint
Campbell Hall at Fillmore (730)
Ventura vs Hart (at College of Canyons)
Valencia at Calabasas

Sept. 29 (Fri.)
EAST VALLEY
Monroe at Chavez

GOLDEN
Eastside at Quartz Hill
Highland at Antelope Valley
Knight at Lancaster
Littlerock at Palmdale

MISSION
Notre Dame at Alemany

PACIFIC
Burroughs at Arcadia
Glendale at Pasadena
Muir vs Crescenta Valley (at Glendale)

NONLEAGUE
Agoura at Thousand Oaks
Bishop Montgomery vs St. Genevieve (at LA Valley College)
Channel Islands at Simi Valley
Crean Lutheran vs Grace Brethren (at Moorpark College, 7:30 p.m.)
Malibu at St. Monica
Paraclete vs St. Bonaventure (at Ventura College)
Royal at Moorpark
St. Francis at Buena Park
Westlake at Oxnard
Liberty (Bakersfield) at Oaks Christian

8-Man
Animo Watts at Sherman Oaks CES, 5 p.m.
Fulton Prep at Westmark, 3:30 p.m.
Bell-Jeff at Crossroads Christian, 5 p.m.
Faith Baptist at Mojave
Desert Christian at Trona
Thacher at Flintridge Prep

Sept. 30 (Sat)
Palos Verdes at Newbury Park
Sierra Canyon vs Paso Robles (at Granada Hills)
Trinity Classical vs Santa Clarita Christian (at Canyon)
New Design Watts at Heritage Christian

Video: LeBron James comments on President Trump at media day

Sep 25 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James gives his side of the war of words he’s having with President Donald Trump during Cavaliers Media Day on Sept. 25.

North Hollywood pastor detained by ICE since July released from custody

Sep 25 2017

An evangelical pastor who lives in North Hollywood and was detained following a routine appointment with immigration authorities two months ago was released Thursday from the Adelanto Detention Facility bearing an ankle bracelet.

Pastor Noe Carias, who serves a congregation near Echo Park, was released last Thursday with no bond conditions, said his immigration attorney Noemi Ramirez. He will  be checking in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities this Thursday.

“He’s doing good,” his wife Victoria Carias said by phone Monday. “(We) feel very blessed that God did this miracle.”

Ramirez said they don’t know yet how often Noe Carias, 42, will need to check in with ICE. More will be known after his check-in appointment this week.

His immigration case is still pending. Ramirez said she filed a motion to reopen an in-absentia deportation order from 1995, but it was denied last month. She filed an appeal with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals that is currently still pending, she said.

Separately, Ramirez has filed a family petition through his wife with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in an effort to obtain a green card for the pastor. His deportation orders would have to be waived first.

Ramirez said they have also filed a waiver with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for three deportation orders issued against Carias, two in 1993 and one in 1995.

ICE has described Carias as having established “a pattern of misrepresentation or deception to law enforcement” that caused him to be removed from the country at least three times.

New blow to GOP health bill: Paul opposes revised measure

Sep 25 2017

By ALAN FRAM

WASHINGTON — Conservative Sen. Rand Paul remained opposed Monday to the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law despite fresh revisions, darkening White House and GOP leaders’ hopes of staving off defeat in a Senate showdown this week.

Top Republicans had amended their measure overnight, adding billions of extra dollars for states and easing coverage requirements under President Barack Obama’s statute to win over wavering GOP senators. Paul, R-Ky., had opposed the earlier version of the bill, saying it spent too much money.

Asked Monday if Paul’s position had changed, spokesman Sergio Gor provided a document listing three demands. It said the “primary” one was a “significant” reduction in $1 trillion in spending under Obama’s 2010 overhaul. Paul also wants elimination of requirements that insurers cover specified medical services and other coverage mandates, and establishment of “association” health plans consumers could join to pay lower prices.

“That’s the only way he gets to a yes,” Gor said in an email.

Paul’s opposition doused the hopes of White House officials who’d privately expressed optimism Paul might come aboard.

They said Trump and his advisers have been in regular touch with the Kentucky senator. They were also hoping to sway Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, by addressing concerns in her state, where medical costs are high.

Facing solid Democratic opposition and a slender 52-48 Senate majority, Republicans will lose if three GOP senators stray from the bill.

A vote must occur this week for Republicans to have any chance of prevailing with their narrow margin. Next Sunday, protections expire against a Democratic filibuster, bill-killing delays that Republicans lack the votes to overcome.

GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona has opposed the bill’s initial version and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday he was against it. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins also seems likely to oppose the measure. Murkowski is undecided but had opposed earlier GOP bills dismantling Obama’s statute that the Senate rejected in July.

President Donald Trump blistered McCain for his decisive July vote killing an earlier Republican effort to erase the 2010 law in his latest attack on fellow Republicans over the party’s sputtering health care drive. McCain returned to the Senate from a brain cancer diagnosis and in a dramatic post-midnight roll call cast a stunning, third GOP vote against that measure.

Trump called that “a tremendous slap in the face of the Republican party” in a call to the “Rick & Bubba Show,” an Alabama-based talk radio program.

“Without John McCain, we already have the health care,” Trump said.

Republicans have pinned their last hopes on a measure by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham.

It would eliminate Obama’s expansion of Medicaid and subsidies the law provides to millions to reduce their insurance costs. Instead, block grants would be given to states with few strings on how the money would be spent.

The updated measure would add $14.5 billion and mean added funds for the home states of Murkowski, McCain, Paul, Collins and Cruz.

The revamped proposal gives states more freedom to charge higher premiums for older and seriously ill people and to sell skimpy, lower-cost policies. The initial version, required federal approval for such action.

It would also let states raise limits Obama’s law has placed on consumers’ out-of-pocket costs.

Such changes might appeal to the conservative Cruz. He’s said the bill needed added steps to drive down premiums.

Cassidy was scheduled to defend his bill at a hearing later Monday by the Senate Finance Committee. Testifying against the measure will be Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who’s been diagnosed with kidney cancer.

The Congressional Budget Office was expected to release its analysis of the legislation early this week.

But the CBO, which is lawmakers’ nonpartisan fiscal analyst, has said that it doesn’t have time to determine the bill’s impact on coverage and premiums, major factors for some lawmakers deciding their votes. Instead, the office is expected to only detail its estimates of the measure’s effect on federal deficits.

According to GOP figures, the legislation’s grants would provide 14 percent more money for Arizona than under Obama’s law; 4 percent more for Kentucky; 49 percent more for Texas; 3 percent more for Alaska and 43 percent more for Maine. Some extra money is specifically directed at sparsely populated states.

The numbers are misleading, partly because they omit GOP Medicaid cuts from clamping per-person spending caps on the program, said Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. In a statement, Schumer said the measure would “throw our health insurance system into chaos.”

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Associated Press Washington bureau chief Julie Pace and reporter Ken Thomas contributed to this report.

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Deloitte says email cyberattack affected ‘very few clients’

Sep 25 2017

Accounting firm Deloitte says it has launched a thorough investigation into a cyberattack that hit its email system.

The company said in a statement Monday that the breach had affected “very few clients” and that government authorities were notified.

The Guardian newspaper reported Monday that the breached system had information from a range of clients, including large companies and U.S. government departments.

The newspaper says hackers gained access through an administrator’s account last fall and the attack was discovered in March.

Deloitte says no disruption “occurred to client businesses, to Deloitte’s ability to continue to serve clients, or to consumers.”

The company says it is “deeply committed to ensuring that its cyber-security defenses are best in class, to investing heavily in protecting confidential information and to continually reviewing and enhancing cybersecurity.”

North Korean diplomat says Trump has ‘declared war’

Sep 25 2017

By EDITH M. LEDERER

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea’s top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was “a declaration of war” against his country by the United States.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters that what he called Trump’s “declaration of war” gives North Korea “every right” under the U.N. Charter to self-defense and to take countermeasures, “including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers even when they’re not yet inside the airspace border of our country.”

It was not the first time North Korea has spoken about a declaration of war between the two countries. In July 2016, Pyongyang said U.S. sanctions imposed on Kim were “a declaration of war.”

Ri referred Monday to Trump’s tweet Saturday that said: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Trump also used the derisive “Rocket Man” reference to Kim in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 19, but this time he added the word “little.”

A senior Trump administration official said Monday that the U.S. policy is not regime change. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the issue and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The foreign minister’s brief statement to a throng of reporters outside his hotel before heading off in a motorcade, reportedly to return home, built on the escalating rhetoric between Kim and Trump.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump had told world leaders. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

Kim responded with the first-ever direct statement from a North Korean leader against a U.S. president, lobbing a string of insults at Trump and calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard,” a word to describe an old person who is weak-minded.

Trump responded by tweeting that Kim is “obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people.” Kim retorted that Trump would “pay dearly” for his threat to destroy North Korea and said his country will consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasures in history.”

Asked about countermeasures, Ri then told reporters in New York that “I think it could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific.”

In his speech Saturday to the General Assembly, Ri said Trump’s “rocket man” insult makes “our rocket’s visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.”

“None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission,” Ri had said. “In case innocent lives of the U.S. are lost because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible.”

On Monday, Ri escalated the threat.

He opened his remarks to reporters in Korean by saying that over the last few days, the U.N. and the international community clearly have wished “that the war of words between the DPRK and the United States will not turn into real action.”

DPRK refers to the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“However, that weekend, Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer, and … he declared the war on our country,” Ri said.

“Given the fact that this comes from someone who is currently holding the seat of (the) United States presidency, this is clearly a declaration of war,” the foreign minister said.

He said all U.N. members and the world “should clearly remember that it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country.”

Ri then said North Korea now has the right to retaliate against U.S. bombers.

He ended his brief remarks by saying: “The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.”

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Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed.

Rams defensive end Ethan Westbrooks arrested on gun charge

Sep 25 2017

Los Angeles Rams defensive end Ethan Westbrooks was arrested over the weekend in Bakersfield, the Southern California News Group has confirmed.

According to sources, Westbrooks was pulled over by police in Bakersfield for speeding, at which point police found a gun in Westbrooks’ vehicle that was not registered to him.

Westbrooks was arrested and taken into custody and was later released on bail.

It’s the second brush with the law for Westbrooks in less than a year. He was arrested last March on suspicion of domestic violence in Sacramento, although the Sacramento County district attorney declined to file charges.

Westbrooks has returned to Thousand Oaks with the Rams, who will practice Monday afternoon.

Target’s minimum wage bumps to $11 in October, $15 by end of 2020

Sep 25 2017

Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020, a move it says will help it hire and keep the best employees and make shopping a better experience for customers.

The initiative announced Monday is part of the discounter’s overall strategy to improve its business, which includes remodeling stores, expanding its online services and opening up smaller urban locations.

Target quietly raised entry-level hourly wages to $10 last year from $9 from the previous year, following initiatives by Walmart and others to hike pay in a very competitive marketplace. But Target’s increase to $15 per hour far exceeds not only the federal minimum of $7.25 but the hourly base pay at Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, and plenty of its retail peers whose minimum hourly pay hovers around $10. Now Target’s raise could force some rivals to match the pay.

“We see this not only as an investment in our team but an investment in an elevated experience for our guests and the communities we serve,” Brian Cornell, CEO of Target, told reporters on a call Friday.

The changes come as there’s more attention on hourly wages. Thousands of workers have protested to call attention to their financial struggles and to fight for $15 an hour. The election of a Republican-controlled Congress dampened hopes of an increase in the federal minimum wage, but advocates have continued to press at the state and local level.

At the same time, competition for lower-skilled workers has heated up. As shoppers get more mobile-savvy, retailers want staffers who are more skilled at customer service and in technology such as using iPads to check out inventory. But with the unemployment rate near a 16-year low, the most desirable retail workers feel more confident in hopping from job to job. Some 75 percent of hourly retail workers now change jobs within a year, compared with 50 percent during the Great Recession, according to Korn Ferry Hay Group, a global consultancy group.

Thirty-two percent of all first jobs in the U.S. are in retail, according to the trade group the National Retail Federation, and stores overall have more job openings now than they did a few years ago.

Hourly pay at restaurants and hotels is up 3.5 percent from a year earlier, a much better raise than the 2.5 percent gain for all employees. For workers at transportation and warehousing companies, where e-commerce growth is fueling hiring, pay is up 2.7 percent in the past year. Retailers, however, have lifted pay just 1.8 percent in the past year. That may be spurring more workers to leave for better opportunities: Separate government data shows the number of retail workers quitting their jobs this year and last is at the highest in a decade.

The average hourly pay for cashiers is now $10.14, according to the Korn Ferry Hay Group’s survey of 140 retailers with annual sales of at least $500 million. The survey was conducted in May. A year ago, it was $9.79.

Target says its minimum hourly wage of $11 is higher than the minimum wage in 48 states and matches the minimum wage in Massachusetts and Washington. It says the pay hike will affect thousands of its more than 300,000 workers, but it declined to quantify the percentage of its workforce. It said the increase to $11 per hour will apply to the more than 100,000 hourly workers that Target will be hiring for the holiday season.

Target declined to say what the average pay will be for its hourly workers with the increased wages.

Ken Perkins, president of research firm Retail Metrics LLC, called Target’s decision “astute.”

“Target is really trying to gain market share in an environment where there is tremendous upheaval,” Perkins said. But he believes only a few dozen healthy retailers, such as Best Buy, Home Depot and Walmart, could mirror what Target is doing.

Craig Rowley, head of the retail practice at Korn Ferry Hay Group, estimates that retailers devote 5 to 8 percent of their annual sales to store hourly labor costs.

Target is seeing signs that its turnaround efforts are starting to win back shoppers.

In August, it reported that a key sales figure rose in the second quarter, reversing four straight quarters of declines, and its online sales jumped 32 percent. The company also boosted its earnings expectations for the year. Target is spending $7 billion over three years to remodel old stores, open small ones in cities and college towns and offer faster delivery for online orders. It is also adding more clothing and furniture brands.

Walmart has also been benefiting from its investment in its workers. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer has seen lower turnover and improved customer service scores. Its namesake U.S. division reported a 1.8 percent increase in revenue at stores open at least a year during its fiscal second quarter, marking the 12th straight period of gains. Walmart’s wage investments, however, did take a big bite out of profits.

Target reiterated its third-quarter and full-year profit guidance, and said it would update investors early next year about how higher wages will affect long-term profits. Its shares initially fell Monday, but regained that ground and were little changed.

 

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case

Sep 25 2017

By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER

NEW YORK — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.

Weiner, 53, dropped his head into his hand and wept as U.S. District Judge Denise Cote handed down her sentence. After the hearing ended and the judge left the bench, Weiner sat in his seat for several minutes, continuing to cry.

In pleading with the judge to be spared from prison, the former congressman tearfully said he was “a very sick man for a very long time.”

“I am profoundly sorry,” he said, reading from a page in front of him. “The crime I committed was my rock bottom. … I live a different and better life today.”

The sentencing completed the sordid downfall of the New York Democrat whose penchant for exchanging lewd messages and photos with young women destroyed his congressional career in 2011, doomed his 2013 run for mayor of New York, wrecked his marriage to Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and became entangled in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Weiner pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for illicit contact with a North Carolina teenager. Prosecutors said he sent her porn and got her to take her clothes off and touch herself on Skype.

In imposing sentence, the judge cited a need in such a highly publicized case to “make a statement that can protect other minors.”

Cote noted that Weiner repeatedly got caught sexting and said that while he has made “great strides” in treatment, “the difficulty here is that this is a very strong compulsion.”

Federal prosecutor Amanda Kramer had urged Cote to give Weiner a significant prison sentence to end his “tragic cycle” of sexting.

Weiner wore his wedding ring to court. His parents were in the courtroom but not his wife. He and Abedin, who have a 5-year-old, are going through divorce proceedings.

Weiner said nothing as he left the courthouse. He must report to prison by Nov. 6.

He was also fined $10,000. After his sentence is served, he must undergo internet monitoring. He must also enroll in a sex-offender treatment program.

The FBI was investigating Weiner’s contact with the high school student when it came across emails on his laptop between Abedin and Clinton, prompting then-FBI Director James Comey to announce in late October 2016 that he was reopening the probe of Clinton’s use of a private computer server.

Two days before Election Day, the FBI announced there was nothing new in the emails. But Clinton has blamed Comey’s handling of the episode more than any other factor for her loss to Donald Trump. In a recent NBC interview, she called the FBI director’s intervention “the determining factor” in her defeat.

In court papers, Weiner’s lawyers portrayed the girl as an instigator, saying she wanted to generate material for a book and possibly influence the presidential election.

Weiner’s behavior in all its lurid detail — including his online alias “Carlos Danger” and a selfie of his bulging underwear — turned him and his last name into an irresistible punchline for late-night comics and mortified his wife again and again.

In her new memoir, “What Happened,” Clinton revealed that Weiner’s wife “looked stricken” and burst into tears upon learning her husband had triggered Comey’s “October surprise.”

“This man is going to be the death of me,” Abedin was quoted as saying.

Authorities identify LA County firefighter killed in Long Beach murder-suicide

Sep 25 2017

Coroner’s officials on Monday identified the man killed in a Long Beach murder-suicide over the weekend as Wayne Havron, a 52-year-old Los Angeles County firefighter.

Authorities have not identified the woman killed in the murder-suicide, although police said she’s believed to be Havron’s wife.
Havron was a fire captain at the department, according to public records and prior media reports.

The LAFD confirmed Havron was an employee but would not immediately release details of his rank or assignment.

“The LAFD is aware of a tragic incident involving one of its off-duty members that occurred in the city of Long Beach on Saturday, September 23,” LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said. “We are cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation, and we offer our sincerest condolences to the family of the victims.”

Authorities found Havron and a woman dead at a home in southeast Long Beach on Saturday morning, according to authorities.

About 10:45 a.m., police responded to the 7100 block of Island Village Drive – which is off Second Street, east of Studebaker Road – to investigate a domestic call, according to a statement from Nancy Pratt, spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

Officers found a man and a woman who had both sustained gunshot wounds, police said. The man was determined deceased at the scene. The woman was transported to a local hospital by Long Beach fire officials, where she later died.

It was not clear who was the shooter.

Long Beach police said in their statement that a firearm was found at the scene and that the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

The shooting occurred in a gated community called Island Village, located where Second Street turns into Westminster Boulevard, heading into Seal Beach.

It’s unclear if the house where police found the pair was their home, but authorities said Havron was a Long Beach resident.

Anyone who may have information regarding the incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Sean Irving and Ben Vargas at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.