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Biden Administration Could Aid Pasadena in Battle Against Ghost Guns

first_img Make a comment 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS File photo of handgunsIf a coalition against gun violence has its way, Pasadena and other communities could get help from the Biden administration in the battle against nearly untraceable ghost guns.Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, a coalition of 46 prosecutors co-founded by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, urged President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris today to take action against gun violence.“The Biden/Harris Administration has a historic opportunity totackle this emergency,” said Feuer, who also co-chairs the coalition with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.“Steps that build on the consensus to keep guns away from criminals, kids and people in the throes of mental health crises would go a long way toward protecting our nation’s families,” Feuer said.Last year, Pasadena police took more than 20 ghost guns off the streets, which accounted for about 10 percent of the guns police confiscated last year. Police seized many of those weapons during traffic stops.On Aug. 15, police recovered a ghost gun at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting on North Raymond Avenue, near La Pintoresca Park.In that incident, a police officer fatally shot Anthony McClain after McClain attempted to flee during a traffic stop. Police officers said they saw the gun before one of the officers opened fire. McClain’s DNA was recovered from the weapon.On Oct. 2, Police seized a ghost gun during a traffic stop that also resulted in the seizure of several ounces of methamphetamine, stolen credit cards, and nearly $200,000 in cash, police said. Two people were arrested.One week later, police recovered another unserialized gun during a routine traffic stop on Navarro Avenue and Cedar Street. Two men were arrested in that case.The 46 prosecutors in Prosecutors Against Gun Violence represent 24 states and serve more than 60 million people. They submitted a set of recommendations to the Biden administration on how the gun violence crisis, which they called “uniquely American,” can be addressed.The coalition recommends the administration:— streamline the response to gun violence with a coordinated federal strategy led by a nationally recognized expert with the input of key federal agencies;— bolster the background check system to effectively prevent people prohibited from buying guns from getting them, including closing loopholes like the so-called “gun show loophole”;— invest financially to end gun violence by funding evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and providing grants to local governments that encourage strong red-flag laws so that guns can more easily be removed from individuals at risk of harming themselves or others;— end the proliferation of so-called “ghost guns,” which do not have serial numbers and can be made with 3D printers or assembled from kits purchased online; and— lead a national safe gun storage campaign to protect children at home, reduce teen suicides and decrease school shootings.“PAGV will vigorously support efforts by your administration to reduce gun violence, and our members stand ready to assist in developing and implementing gun-violence prevention policies and laws,” the coalition stated in a letter to the Biden administration.The coalition also released a report titled “Mass Shooting Resource Guide for Prosecutors: How to Prevent, Protect and Prosecute” to help prosecutors work to reduce gun violence in their communities.On a micro level, it recommends mass shooting response teams be created to help mitigate the risk of shootings at public events by assisting during the events’ planning stages.On a macro level, the report recommends prosecutors advocate for legislation to create stronger background checks, prohibit ghost guns and increase accountability laws.The report also advises prosecutors on what to do in the event of a mass shooting. It discusses unique challenges that come along with charging a suspect in a mass shooting, including addressing the balance needed to bring justice to the victims and the potential jury fatigue and lengthy trials. Subscribe More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community Newscenter_img Business News Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Public Safety Biden Administration Could Aid Pasadena in Battle Against Ghost Guns CITY NEWS SERVICE and STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 3:44 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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This is not the Peruvian south

first_imgTHE OXFORD REVUE vs THE CAMBRIDGE FOOTLIGHTS Playhouse Tuesday 21 October Only Is comedy the new Peruvian sloth manufacture? No. Is it the new masturbation? Unlikely. The Oxford Revue steer a mostly judicious course between two poles of comic crapness: vacant surrealism and trite ribaldry. As a result they are very rarely crap. As director and co-writer Leander Deeny points out, like the stench of an embarrasing parent slowly going off in the fridge, the spectre of Monty Python remains, for both Revue and Footlights, hard to dispel. And, yes, it’s in evidence here. But The Oxford Revue have some nice, if contrived lines (guy with cold feet to fiancee: “What if we’re too hairy, and we shave, and we get stubbly, and I grow it back, and you don’t, and we stick together like velcro?”). They have some nice ideas (tearful son phones up dad for advice while adrift in the Pacific Ocean). And they have at least one great comic actor (Daniel Harkin, terrific as a useless boxer). Most importantly, they have masses of bacchanalian energy, which when all else fails (as very occasionally in this production, it does), carries them through with aplomb. As a result they are the one thing that really matters: laugh out loud funny. Who cares if the sherpa is a bit gammy in his left leg in cold spells at the end of the month if he gets you to the top of the mountain? Still, the Revue could do with finding some new things to take the piss out of. Embarassing parents, homophobia, hermaphroditism – all wholesome stuff, but easy. And they make it look difficult. Perhaps the best emblem of this production is its (brilliant) prank of writing to the BBC with a set of intentionally crap sketches. The laughter here (like all the best laughter) is somewhat nervous. Look! They’re taking the piss out of student self referentiality! Ha ha ha (wait a minute, what about…?) Because what’s really holding these people back is the feeling that somewhere, at some point, they’ve sat back and self-conciously racked their brains over the need to produce something called comedeeeeee.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

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Miami Congressman Diaz-Balart Tests Positive for Coronavirus

first_imgRepublican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, of Miami, is the first member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19, it was announced Wednesday evening.“In an abundance of caution, after votes on Friday, March 13th, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart decided to self-quarantine in Washington, D.C., and not return to South Florida because of his wife Tia’s preexisting conditions that put her at exceptionally high risk,” his office said in a statement.It continued, “On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms, including a fever and a headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19. While in quarantine, Diaz-Balart has been working from his apartment in Washington, D.C.”The congressman added that he is “feeling much better. However, it is important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.”A few congressional staffers had previously tested positive for the virus.last_img read more

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Palm Beach County to restrict food and alcohol services

first_imgIn an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Palm Beach County officials intend to place a food and beverage curfew on area restaurants.County Administrator Verdenia Baker made the announcement on Tuesday stating that restaurants will be prevented from serving good and liquor services between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am.With this mandate, county commissioners are targeting after-hours gatherings which could help spread the virus.last_img

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Lakers encourage veteran Brook Lopez to keep body language positive as role diminishes

first_imgDENVER – Luke Walton watched as Brook Lopez threw up his arms in frustration, shook his head and barked at his shoes.  As the coach of an impressionable young team, Walton felt compelled to say something to one of his few veteran leaders.“You, as someone who can set an example,” Walton said he told Lopez, “we need to keep our body language up and positive no matter what’s going on out there.”For Lopez, considered one of the NBA’s good guys, that has become increasingly difficult in what has been a season unlike the previous nine of his career, which were all spent with the Nets.He is playing a career-low 23.2 minutes per game – this after averaging at least 30 minutes over the course of six different seasons – and before Saturday in Denver had failed to score more than six points in his previous four games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe had not made a 3-point shot since Nov. 19, missing 10 straight in that span before hitting a 3 with 9:03 remaining in the third quarter against the Nuggets.Lopez often finds himself on the bench late in games, while Walton goes with a more nimble pick-and-roll defender in Julius Randle.“It is different for me for sure,” Lopez said. “I am used to being out there. I love being out there on the court trying to help my team whenever I can. Obviously I am going to understand and accept my role wherever it may be as long as it helps the team.”Lopez led all centers with 134 3-pointers last season. He had made three perimeter jumpers his entire career before working it into his game in his final year with the Nets. That was expected to be a staple of his game with the Lakers but through 21 games he was shooting just 30.1 percent from 3.“We want to establish an inside game with him and kind of let it work its way out to the free throw line and the 3-point line,” Walton said. “We’re on the same page with all that.” A tough interior scorer throughout his career, Lopez said before Saturday’s game that, “I have to get back to doing that.”The Lakers went to Lopez on the block on their first two possessions Saturday at Pepsi Center.The Lakers acquired Lopez in June along with the draft pick that became Kyle Kuzma in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.Lopez will become a free agent after the season, and will fall on the Lakers list of priorities somewhere below LeBron James and Paul George. So while the Lakers try to develop the core of players that will be here beyond April, Lopez’s game-to-game production takes a backseat to other factors.Like body language.“It was about trying to be more positive,” Lopez said of the conversation, “and when shots don’t go down, as opposed to shaking your head and being frustrated with yourself, acting like you have been there before and having the confidence that is a shot you can take and make.”WILD CHATSWalton is used to being on the receiving end of trash talk from veteran Nuggets forward Richard Jefferson. The former University of Arizona teammates and best friends spend their summers playing beach volleyball together near their South Bay homes.While Walton’s playing career ended in 2013, Jefferson, 37, has remained a useful reserve, winning a championship with Cleveland in 2016.That makes the dynamic all the more amusing when Jefferson is on the court playing in a game in which Walton is coaching.Jefferson dishes the trash talk just like always, but Walton, now in a more professorial role, has to restrain himself.“I’ve got a job to do,” Walton said with a smirk. “I’m not trying to entertain whatever he has to say.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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