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Bills would close gang loopholes

first_imgThe crime bill package introduced Wednesday calls for terms of probation to include those released from prison to wear a global positioning system tracking devices. Additionally, the crime bill package provides for tougher sentencing for adults who use children in the commission of crimes. State Senator George Runner R-Lancaster said the bills will give law enforcement the necessary tools to reduce crime. Runner authored several bills in the package including an omnibus bill that would require an up or down vote on the entire 12-bill package. “We believe part of the pressures juveniles face is that they have an adult that’s using them,” Runner said. Deely believes passage of the crime-bill package is necessary to update antiquated juvenile crime laws. “There’s no relation in the crimes being committed by juveniles in the ’50s and ’60s to what’s going on now,” Deely said, noting that many as young as 14 are already “hardened criminals.” Deely said three juveniles arrested on Thanksgiving Day for stealing 19 cars were rearrested three days later for the same crime. “Unless they’ve killed somebody, they’re putting them back on the streets on probation,” Deely said. “Not only is it frustrating for us, it’s frustrating for our community because not only are they putting them back in our community, they’re putting them back in our schools.” Runner said he vows to bring the crime bill legislation to the initiative process if it stalls in the Legislature. Runner and his wife, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, co-wrote Jessica’s Law, which passed by a landslide as Proposition 83 last year. “It’ll pass overwhelmingly by the (initiative process) because people are tired of these terrorists,” Deely said. “If people had any idea what little consequence there was for juvenile crime, they’d be marching on Sacramento demanding a change.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A crime-bill package announced by Republican state lawmakers last week includes provisions that its proponents say would close legal loopholes allowing criminal street gangs to exploit the juvenile justice system. Juveniles are typically recruited by street gangs for the purpose of committing robberies and burglaries because they face minimal consequences, law enforcement officials say. Frustration over juvenile crime hit a boiling point within local law enforcement circles last fall during interrogations in the aftermath of a large scale gang-specific Antelope Valley investigation, when videotaped interviews showed smugly defiant juvenile suspects apparently well aware that they faced minimal punishment, Lancaster station Capt. Carl Deely said. “It was a big joke to them,” Deely said. last_img read more


January 11, 2020 0

Bolt secures trial with Borussia Dortmund

first_img0Shares0000Usain Bolt shares the same sponsor — Puma — as Dortmund and the trial with the Bundesliga team has been arranged by the sportswear company © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVPARIS, France, Jan 8 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt said Sunday that he hopes to still see his dream of becoming a professional footballer come true when he undergoes a trial at German top-flight club Borussia Dortmund.However, the multiple Olympic and world champion admitted that he would prefer to play for Manchester United, his favourite team. “In March we’re going to do a trial with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes,” the 31-year-old world record holder told the Sunday Express.“If they say I’m good, and that I need a bit of training, I’ll do it.“It makes me nervous. I don’t get nervous but this is different, this is football now. It’ll take time to adjust but once I play a few times I’ll get used to it.”Bolt shares the same sponsor — Puma — as Dortmund and the trial with the Bundesliga team has been arranged by the sportswear company.“One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard,” said Bolt.“I’ve spoken to (former United manager) Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


January 10, 2020 0

Germany ‘keeper Neuer makes first start for eight months

first_img0Shares0000Manuel Neuer makes a welcome return for Germany after a long spell out with a foot injury © AFP / JOE KLAMARKLAGENFURT, Austria, Jun 2 – After eight months sidelined by a fractured foot, Manuel Neuer made his return from injury on Saturday when Germany took on Austria in a rain-hit World Cup warm-up match.Heavy rain in Klagenfurt meant kick-off had to be pushed back from the original 1800 (1600 GMT) start and the game finally got underway at 1940 local time. Two weeks before Germany begin their World Cup campaign in Russia, Germany head coach Joachim Loew has named the Bayern goalkeeper in the starting side — 259 days after his last match for his club.Loew has to cut his 27-man squad to 23 by Monday and the match against Austria is Neuer’s only chance to prove his fitness before the World Cup finals.Neuer has not played since fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot last September in a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in 2017.He last played for the national team in October 2016.If he is selected for the final World Cup squad, Neuer will have the opportunity to play a last friendly match on June 8 in Leverkusen against Saudi Arabia.Germany kick off their title defence on June 17 in Moscow against Mexico. They also face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.Meanwhile, Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, the surprise inclusion in Loew’s 27-man group, will make his international debut against Austria.Senior players Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos are rested.Team line-ups:Austria:Joerg Siebenhandl – Stefan Lainer, Sebastian Proedl, Aleksandar Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger – Peter Zulj, Julian Baumgartlinger, Florian Grillitsch – Alessandro Schoepf, David Alaba – Marko ArnautovicGermany:Manuel Neuer – Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Suele, Antonio Ruediger, Jonas Hector – Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gundogan – Julian Brandt, Mesut Ozil, Leroy Sane – Nils Petersen0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


January 6, 2020 0

Kaman front and center

first_img “Obviously, the landscape here changed with Magic getting HIV,” Dunleavy said. “The Milwaukee Bucks asked permission to talk to me, and the Lakers granted it. And they offered me an eight-year contract in Milwaukee, where I lived before and had friends. That was a great place for my kids to grow up.” He added that the Lakers were willing to extend his contract, although Lakers general manager Jerry West told him the deal in Milwaukee was too sweet to pass up. Dunleavy ended up coaching four seasons in Milwaukee. Do turnstiles talk? The Clippers may have a better record than the Lakers, but with the Lakers’ storied past, there is probably no reasonable way for Los Angeles to become more of a “Clippers town” than “Lakers town.” The numbers at the Staples Center turnstiles help show this. Through 15 home games, the Lakers had 11 sellouts. Saturday’s game officially was a Clippers home game, and it was just the Clippers’ third sellout of 15 home games. Joe Stevens, (562) 499-1338 joe.stevens@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As the Clippers try to stop their recent slide, Kaman has flourished, putting together the best stretch of his career with double-doubles in five of the past six games and a career-high 25 points Friday in Sacramento. Is this the most consistent he’s been in the NBA? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Yeah, for sure,” Kaman said. “For me, the last seven or eight games, the consistency has been good. I just want to keep the intensity up and keep going the way I’ve been playing.” A 7-foot center from Wyoming, Mich., Kaman is universally acknowledged as the most offbeat Clipper. He enjoys hunting, doesn’t shy away from criticizing hip-hop music and is cultivating a strange shaggy hairstyle. When asked about how he’s been able to play the best basketball of his career, he answered, “I don’t know.” He paused and then said. “I guess it’s being aggressive offensively and then defensive-wise, blocking shots and getting rebounds.” What happened? Fans might remember that Dunleavy coached the Lakers two seasons from 1990-92, then ended up going to Milwaukee in the 1992-93 season. The coach was asked why he left the storied Lakers for a team that was in rebuilding mode. center_img The cliche that coach Mike Dunleavy used to describe the Clippers’ reaction to their injuries is that they are “treading water” until they get a healthy roster. While that might be true with the team, as it lost eight of 11 games before meeting the Lakers on Saturday night, that doesn’t apply to third-year center Chris Kaman. last_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

Celebrating Christmas in style!

first_imgA key feature of Donegal’s beauty, we’re always keen to hear about what’s going on at Lough Eske Castle and there’s no shortage of impressive celebrations during December!Kicking off the festive season is Spa Solis’ very own shopping event on the 4th December, which is sure to get the whole town in the festive spirit. Exclusive skincare products and candles from luxury brands Anne Semonin and Yonka Paris are the main attraction and with every two giftsets bought, there’s a 30 minute treatment voucher included. There’s also mulled wine, mince pies and goodie bags, we reckon this event is going to be a great way to spoil the loved ones and yourself!Also on the 4th is the annual Christmas lighting ceremony at the Castle, which will once again see the launch of the Castle’s Christmas food drive in aid of St. Vincent dePaul, performances by Tirconaill Youth Choir and a Children’s Disco. The winner of the Castle’s annual story writing competition will also be crowned ‘prince or princess’ of the Castle – The prince or princess will be treated to a Signature Christmas Tea Party with their classmates on the day. We all know that children are already getting excited for the festivities, so the Castle has come up with the perfect solution to keep them entertained – a Teddy Bears afternoon tea party. Happening on Sunday the 11th, the tea party is set in the ballroom and includes a disco and special visit from Santa himself. Hosted in the ballroom from 2pm, tickets cost €10 per child / €18 per adult.The Castle’s delicious afternoon teas are renowned in Donegal and with the special Festive Afternoon teas, there is a chance to enjoy these daily from 2pm to 5pm. A true treat and sure to impress relatives visiting over the Christmas period.Ending the holidays in style in the New Year Celebrations the castle is so well known for, and the a great way to experience the new head chef’s modern twist on Irish cuisine. Cedric Bottarlini has carefully created a four-course menu for diners to enjoy before they head off to the gallery bar to see in the New Year with live music and signature cocktails.For reservations contact 074-9725100 Email reservations.lougheske@solishotels.comVisit www.solislougheskecastle.ie Festive events at Lough EskeCelebrating Christmas in style! was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasSolis Lough Eskelast_img read more


December 28, 2019 0

DONEGAL GYMNASTS’ DELIGHT AT MEETING OLYMPIC’S HERO BETH

first_imgThe Donegal Finesse Gymnastics Display Team, along with coaches and Olympic Medallist Beth Tweddle (MBE), at Gymfusion 2012 which was held in University of Ulster, Jordanstown.The team performed at the display event; which was one of the stops on Olympic Uneven Bars Bronze Medallist, Beth Tweddle’s, 2012 Olympic Tour. Beth Tweddle is a triple World Champion, Commonwealth Champion and six time European Champion.The Donegal team were lucky enough to have the opportunity to personally meet Beth Tweddle as well as two Finesse gymnasts, Cara Nulty and Aoife Mc Carron (front row centre of photo) were also given the opportunity to hold Beth Tweddle’s Olympic Medal.  DONEGAL GYMNASTS’ DELIGHT AT MEETING OLYMPIC’S HERO BETH was last modified: November 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Finesse Gymnastics Display TeamDONEGAL GYMNASTS DELIGHT AT MEETING OLYMPIC’S HERO BETHlast_img read more


December 27, 2019 0

ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE CROWNED MacLARNON CUP CHAMPS AFTER DERBY WIN OVER INIS EOGHAIN

first_imgST EUNAN’S College lifted the MacLarnon Cup in an historic St Patrick’s Day derby final against Coláistí Inis Eoghain in Armagh today.The excellent Niall O’Donnell won a crucial penalty in the dying embers of the game before adding a point himself to see the Letterkenny college crowned Ulster Champions in Armagh.The Inishowen lads led by a single point at half-time after racing into an early lead, county star Darach O’Connor finding the net with a goal at the start of the half. St Eunan’s steadied themselves; tight battles across the pitch throughout the opening half, David Tyrell and Darragh McDaid scoring from play and Sean Hume scoring twice from frees.And it was Hume’s kicking which saw St Eunan’s take the lead for the first time, early in the second half, pointing again for the Letterkenny side after Danny Monagle was black-carded for the peninsula lads and replaced by Coyle.Jordan McBride also pointed for Eunans before Kevin McLaughlin levelled matters again at 1-03 to 0-06, Eunans cursing five scoreable chances which went wide.John Campbell pointed to edge Inis Eoghain back in front before Kevin McLaughlin did the same with a few minutes left to put them 1-05 to 0-06 ahead. Just as it looked as if Inish Eoghain were heading for victory, St Eunan’s won a penalty as Niall O’Donnell was hauled down going in on goal and Darragh McDaid made no mistake from the spot kick to put the Letterkenny side back in the lead 1-06 to 1-05.O’Donnell then added a point himself to see the town side home 1-07 to 1-05.It was a fantastic advertisement for Donegal colleges football and while the Inishowen lads will make their way home thinking about what might have been, they can hold their heads up high.The celebrations however are in Letterkenny as St Eunan’s take home the MacLarnon Cup for the first time since 2007 when a certain Michael Murphy was on the scoresheet four times.Man of the Match: Conal O’Boyle (St Eunan’s) Inis Eoghain : Jordan McLaughlin, D Monagle, J O’Loughlin, S O’Donnell, G Doherty, T McClenaghan, S Doherty, C McGonagle, F Doherty, M Coyle, D O’Connor, S McHugh, K McLaughlin, J Campbell, S MacCathmhaiol, S McLaughlin, J Jackson, A McCarron, C McLaughlin, U Doherty, A McLaughlin, O McColgan, James McLaughlin, Jonathan McLaughlin, D McCarron, T Sullivan, T Byrne, G Kelly.St Eunan’s : S Patton, C Morrison, D McWalters, C O’Boyle, D McMonagle, C O’Donnell, S McDonagh, D Clarke, J McBride, C Callaghan, D Tyrrell, O Carr, N O’Donnell, S Hume, D McDaid, S Daffan, D Gillespie, M Miller, C Cannon, R Carr, O Shields, P Doherty, M Friel, J Gallagher, C McDaid, C Mellet, R Toner, P O’Malley.ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE CROWNED MacLARNON CUP CHAMPS AFTER DERBY WIN OVER INIS EOGHAIN was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:armaghCOLAISTI INIS EOGHAINMacLarnon Cup FinalSt Patrick’s DaySt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more


December 25, 2019 0

MAN ACCUSED OF OMAGH BOMBING APPEARS IN COURT CHARGED WITH 29 MURDERS

first_imgThe scene of devastation following the Real IRA bomb attack on OmaghA man accused of murdering 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bombing has been remanded in custody today.Seamus Daly, who is 43 and from Culloville in County Monaghan, faced 29 counts of murder and two charges linked to the explosion in Omagh, at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court. The Real IRA attack was the worst single atrocity of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.The victims included a woman who was pregnant with twins as well as three schoolboys from Buncrana.Daly also faced two charges related to an attempted bomb attack in Lisburn, County Antrim, that took place four months before the Omagh bomb.Bail was refused because of police concerns that he may flee the jurisdiction.Seamus Daly has been connected to the bombing of Omagh before. Fourteen years ago the BBC’s Panorama programme named him as a suspect in the case, and a civil action brought by the relatives of some of the victims found him and three others liable for the attack, and ordered them to pay more than £1.5m damages.He has also previously pleaded guilty in the Republic of Ireland to membership of the IRA.He was remanded in custody to appear again in May.Mr Daly has always denied any involvement.MAN ACCUSED OF OMAGH BOMBING APPEARS IN COURT CHARGED WITH 29 MURDERS was last modified: April 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtsOmagh bomblast_img read more


December 25, 2019 0

`Big Nasty’ gets engaged

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Either he’s Superman, which he isn’t, or either he committed the ultimate umpiring folly and simply guessed, which he did. And, unfortunately for the Angels, he guessed wrong and the opportunistic White Sox would seize on Eddings’ gaffe to tie up the series on Joe Crede’s two-out double. Still, as Angel manager Mike Scioscia would say afterward, it wasn’t Eddings’ bumbling decision that beat them. Adversity is an endemic part of baseball, and Kelvim Escobar didn’t exactly rise to the occasion after Eddings extended the inning, as he faltered badly by yielding the game-winning line drive against the left-field fence to Crede. And, even if the Angels did make it to extra innings, there still was no certainty they would emerge victorious on an evening when they managed a measly five hits, turned Mark Buehrle into Sandy Koufax and played like dropouts from a laughing academy. … I thought only Superman had X-ray vision, but apparently the home plate umpire of Wednesday night’s Game 2 ALCS match between the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox, a Mr. Doug Eddings, also has peepers like the Man of Steel. I mean, please, TV replays and newspaper photos show that the ninth-inning ball that Kelvim Escobar threw to strike out A.J. Pierzynski clearly landed in the mitt of catcher Josh Paul, but Eddings ruled Paul didn’t catch it cleanly and allowed Pierzynski to advance to first base. This, despite Eddings even validating the strikeout himself by pumping his right hand upward in what was an obvious out gesture. The questions I pose about the controversial play that would set up the White Sox’s 2-1 win are how Eddings perceived the ball hitting the dirt when it didn’t and how, from his position behind Paul, was he able to see through Paul’s glove that obstructed his view to make his misguided call. center_img You see catchers routinely tag hitters on strikeout balls near the dirt. Josh Paul himself made a blunder not doing so. … The Angels don’t deserve to win a game when their starting pitcher, Jarrod Washburn, who otherwise performed well, can’t even throw the ball accurately to first base on a routine ground ball back to him, which was the case in the first inning when his errant toss over Darin Erstad’s glove provided the White Sox with an unearned run. Even a Pee Wee Leaguer can make that play. … The goat in this series from an Angels viewpoint isn’t Doug Eddings, or Josh Paul, or Kelvim Escobar, or Jarrod Washburn. It’s Vladimir Guerrero, who is hitless in eight attempts and has stranded too many runners. The Angels would be up 2-0 if Guerrero were producing, but the wild-swinging, undisciplined so-called superstar continues to flounder, as he did too many times in critical situations against the New York Yankees. … I thought the Angels were on the threshold of a sweep of the White Sox until the fates turned against them Wednesday night in that ninth inning, and now one can’t help but wonder about their mental state after such an ill-starred setback. One of the traits of a Mike Scioscia team is to come back strongly after a tough loss, but this one was particularly agonizing and the Angels’ fortitude will be tested again when this series resumes tonight when John Lackey will face Jon Garland. … Listening to the umpire supervisor and the umpire crew chief and even Doug Eddings himself give their specious explanations afterward for the blown call was like listening to a bunch of phony politicians parsing and spinning when enmeshed in a scandal. … I won’t be surprised if the Angels win the next three games against the White Sox, but I will be surprised if they don’t win at least two of the weekend encounters at Angel Stadium against an overachieving team brimming with a bunch of guys I never heard of before this season. … Is A Little Nasty On The Horizon?: My old partner on the late and much-lamented McDonnell-Douglas radio show, Joe (The Big Nasty) McDonnell, has become engaged to his longtime lady companion, the lovely and devoted Elizabeth Cahn. The marriage is set for sometime next year in either Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, or Northridge. All you Joe McDonnell fanatics out there will be glad to know the sports talk show legend is doing fine and, parroting Douglas MacArthur, says: “I shall return.” … There will be a weekend when the mighty USC Trojans will lose a game, but I doubt it will be this one against Notre Dame. Charley Weis has been a miracle worker for the Fighting Irish, but I doubt if his team has enough speed or defensive muscle to keep up with a Trojan team that figures to be properly motivated for a change. … Karl Dorrell’s finest hour at UCLA came last Saturday night when his UCLA Bruins beat the California Bears. He clearly outcoached his more renowned counterpart, Jeff Tedford. … People ask me what I like so much about Europe, and my response is the historic ambiance, the museums, the railroads and the phenomenon of being able to walk around downtown areas of the major cities at any time of the day without worrying about being slugged, mugged or plugged. … Proving once again he’s a Man of the People, Dr. Robert (Fightin’ Bob) Maxson, has invited Dr. Dickie (2Fast2Furious/Count Dracula) Babian to be his guest tonight at the Long Beach State women’s volleyball match against Cal State Fullerton at the Walter Pyramid. You talk about the Odd Couple. The outgoing Long Beach State president is one of the most renowned academicians in the country, while Babian, well, he owns a tavern, Crow’s, owns a limousine and owns a special place in the Guinness Book of World Records for hangovers suffered by a septuagenarian in one year (his incredible achievement of 365 in 2004 never can be exceeded only tied). As you might know by now, Babian wrote his doctorate thesis at the University of Illinois on the evils of the Volstead Act (Prohibition), although, ironically, he himself has proven to be a classic example why it went into effect in the first place. … I found no anti-American sentiment in Germany, Austria and even France, but, oh, is there passionate anti-George Bush sentiment. … That distinguished harmonica player, Bond (007) Nichols, the only 6-foot-6 basketball star in Poly High history who couldn’t dunk, will be performing his specialty Sunday between 4 and 7 p.m. at Buster’s Beach House with his Blues On Arrival band. Nichols’ gal pal, Karen Perez, the famed water polo mom, will be present lending moral support and might even join in and croon a song or two. … The fight publicist, Honest John Beyrooty, called frantically Thursday morning to tell me not to forget to remind readers that last Saturday night’s fierce match between Jose Luis Castillo and Diego Corrales Castillo scored a fourth-round knockout will be shown Saturday evening at 9 on Showtime. … All you John Woolard aficionados out there will be glad to know the colorful old journalist with opinions on everything from solar heating to soul music can be heard with veteran sports talk show host Fred Wallin tonight between 10 and 3 a.m. on Sirius satellite radio on channel 122. The show also can be heard on sportsbyline.com, as well as American Forces Radio throughout the world. “We have received calls from Iraq, Japan, Norway, Kuwait and Germany,” says Woolard, as feisty as ever. … Congratulations to one of the good guys on the local scene, Steve Sellers, a world traveler and bon vivant who celebrated his 70th birthday in style Wednesday evening with a big bash at the Long Beach Yacht Club. First met Sellers at the storied Adams Health Center on Pacific Coast Highway in the early 1970s. Never worked out at a gym that had more characters than that one, and one wonders whatever happened to the likes of Al Ruiz, Jack Kessman, Tony Ammirato, Bernie Ross, Bob Rice, Rick Paap and Dr. Bob Bonnell. … Blair Cohn, one of the big honchos in Sunday’s Long Beach Marathon, is a skilled boxer who works out regularly at David Gonzalves’ Westminster Gym. … At 7 o’clock tonight, they’re gathering at 635 South Street near Atlantic at John Ogden’s Judo School to pay homage to the man who has been teaching generations of youngsters the ancient self-defense art. John Ogden will be celebrating his 84th birthday, this seventh degree black belt in judo who has been a Long Beach fixture since 1953 and been at his current location for the past 47 years. When I first came to Long Beach in the summer of 1972, Ogden also operated a weight training gym on 7th Street and was legendary for settling disputes quickly with the sleeper hold he taught Gene LeBell when the one-time world judo champion was a mere 14. Ogden worked 10 years as a security cop on the old Pike, and stories of his brawls with drunken sailors were legendary. All regretted tangling with a guy who didn’t turn the other cheek when his number was called. John Ogden has had health problems in recent times, and his weight is now down to 145 and he always tells me when I see him these days at 24 Hour Fitness on Bellflower with sadness in his eyes, “I look terrible.” But I don’t think so. This nice man who has taught so many Long Beach cops and famous athletes Tommy Mason, Marlin McKeever, Zeke Bratkowski, to name a few judo over the years will always be a larger-than-life figure to me. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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December 25, 2019 0

Los Molinos volleyball opens Beth Pilger Invitational 2-1

first_imgLos Molinos >> Battling another upper division foe, the Los Molinos girls volleyball team was swept in straight sets Thursday at home against Oroville, 25-23, 25-16 Thursday at the Beth Pilger Invitational in Los Molinos. The Bulldogs (6-15) turned it around and swept Princeton in its next match, 25-21, 25-22 to close out the first day of tournament play. 2-1. Los Molinos is back bright and early Saturday at 8 a.m. for the final day of the Beth Pilger Invitational. The team plays at 8 a.m., …last_img read more


December 21, 2019 0