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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Beef cake!
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 23, 2014 at 09:24 pm
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
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Bob Forsberg April 23, 2014 at 05:09 pm
As good people strive to protect their friends and families, deviant elements infesting ourRead More government work overtime.....continuing further destruction of our society.
Robert Curtis April 23, 2014 at 08:05 pm
The real issue is parents need to attend to their children. These laws have no historicalRead More justification. Has there been ANY record of registered sex offenders attacking children in parks or beaches? No? Then why have the law? The police and sheriff's departments are obviously doing a great job, as are the parole and probation departments. After these people go through probation, therapy and time served they only wish to live productive lives with their families. These ever increasing punitive measures are fear based and serves only to cause harm to a group that politician's now use as their new whipping boy for re-election. Registrants have a re-offense rate of only 1.8% according to the latest Department of Justice report. Why do we even have a registry? Isn't it the probation/parole department's job to ensuring they're safe for society? If someone is so bad to have to be put on some online hit-list then why are they even amongst us? What the DA is saying is that a registered citizen can't be in a public place (parks and Beaches) with their own children. About that waiver from the sheriff's department...Why would a law ENFORCEMENT agency give-out passes to break the law? Really?!? I saved my son's life twice because I was there to do so but the DA would have a registrant's child be without their parent and put in harms way. That ladies and gentlemen is a violation of their parental rights and their child's safety. Where are we in pre-1945 Germany? This is NOT freedom people, it's tyranny. That breaks not just natural law (like a mother bear's right to be with her cubs), but both spiritual law (God made them parents not Tony) and constitutional law. Could even be considered a human rights violation. The DA started down this path and it seems right on the surface. Who's not out to protect children, but the facts and dangers don't support this. Look they say if it saves just one child it is worth it. Then we need to stop children from riding in cars and on airplanes because they are known to crash. I mean after-all if it saves just one child. Proverbs 16:25 states there is a way to a man that seems right but the end thereof is the ways of death. The sex offender registry is a LIVING DEATH, It is Evil and it is Wrong. To stand against it and these kind of laws is to stand with redemption and against tyranny. It will not be popular but in the end to stand against such will be what really matters. Truth (light) is a funny thing. When it (truth/light) is rejected. Where does that leave us? In the dark! On this issue our leaders are in the dark because of a popular wrong. Should we follow them into the ditch or hold the light of truth even higher for more people to see so true and righteous judgement eventually comes. The real enemy in our society is the Them verses Us mentally. There is no THEM it's really only US. We ladies and gentlemen are in this together. TRUTH
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Socrates April 23, 2014 at 09:50 pm
I would want to be briefed by both sides, but from the text, it appears the police are reportingRead More what he said at the time. He could not know in advance whether they were armed or not - since they could have had concealed weapons. Unless he was a trained and experienced gun fighter, once the action started he was acting on pure instinct and terror, as any vet will tell you about their first time in dangerous combat. The episode was unfortunate indeed, but unless I'm missing something here, there is no homicide case due to age and circumstances.
Steve April 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Well said, in a nutshell.
Heywood April 23, 2014 at 11:52 pm
They were popular break-in kids who will break-in no more. LOL
Treble is up for adoption. Photo courtesy the city of Mission Viejo.
cary April 23, 2014 at 02:26 pm
I would have taken her but your board wouldn't let me take a cat since my other one goes out duringRead More the day, even though I intend to keep them inside. Sorry:-(
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Case closed April 23, 2014 at 05:39 pm
One more comment. Doesn't that pic wanna make you vomit. Gross bogus women. Case closed
Mike April 23, 2014 at 06:48 pm
No Hillary. Vote GOP. Stop the decline of America.
Frank Estrada April 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm
The best populist the Dims can serve up...what a joke.
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Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 11:50 am
Linda Mahoney >> the doorbell prank was just that, a prank, that involved actual self risk,Read More courage and cost nothing to do. these brats today have no respect for wasting resouces whilst sitting ontheir fanny all day.
Steven Oathkeeper April 23, 2014 at 06:09 pm
Like the video game has something to do with it, who writes this rubbish? Next they will be sayingRead More is a shooter and we here to grab all your guns. As if. ~OathkeeprOne. constitution before corrupt govt.
mplo April 24, 2014 at 12:51 am
What kind of a stupid, malicious idiot would pull that sort of a prank? I agree that the kid whoRead More made the phone call to the SWAT team about his opposing video games player was a sore loser, which is why he did that, but he should be criminally prosecuted, made to pay the bill, and perhaps do some community service in order to pay off that big bill. Hopefully, that kid will learn a lesson if he is prosecuted for his prank, which he should be.
Alberto Flores Ramirez. Photo courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Robert Curtis April 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Regardless of the years we MUST pay for his room and board the guy has a life sentence on the sexRead More offender registry and that's no picnic.
andy fischer April 23, 2014 at 04:54 pm
I still like the idea of some prison guys being used (voluntarily of course) to do the work illegalRead More aliens are currently doing: Positive, even though probably menial, work, potential for sentence reduction or treats, and reduction in idle yard time in which gang collaborations flourish. The farm owners pay the "job shop" state of California so the state gets some reimbursement for the costs of housing prison guys. The demand for illegal aliens goes down. Government resources aren't being drained as much on services to illegal aliens. Cool Hand Luke. Win Win Win.
Robert Curtis April 23, 2014 at 05:19 pm
Andy Fischer I agree with you, but at a deeper level. Cut our demand for foreign products to halfRead More by development within our own third world class in our prisons. The purpose has to be engineered as trade building for those incarcerated but sold at same price as imported goods from China. They after getting out will have support systems in place to help them intergrate back into society and it would help build back our once manufacturing industry. We have been mostly a service based country for to many years. Churches and social programs at community level will help by providing alternatives to incarceration. We are our brother's keeper anyway you look at it we just need a better way of being such. Even having a local currency at county and state level will help encourage us to build and buy local. Why do we have so much government anyways?
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
monkey lewis April 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm
they don't need college to hold a lamp on my lawn
monkey lewis April 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm
word
Porter gladstone April 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm
yep monkey---most homes have electricity. Guess hillbillys paying people still? didnt thinkRead More there were that many idiots out there who dont wire their homes?
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Susan Harris April 23, 2014 at 07:12 pm
Tamara, what social studies standards are you talking about? The Common Core only covers standardsRead More in literacy and math. There are no CC standards for science or history. Are you talking about state standards?
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 08:35 pm
Common Core has science and social studies standards - they were written after math and ELA - theyRead More have not been implemented yet. They are more controversial so math and ELA was put thru first to pave the way.
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 09:18 pm
Many articles on CC not being validated, and reducing standards and achievement - not the other wayRead More around... http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=7bf08782-fe34-49d9-ba23-f95e21905f04&c=d6f00600-ac37-11e3-8bb0-d4ae528ed502&ch=d7b7c2d0-ac37-11e3-8bc0-d4ae528ed502
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 07:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 03:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 10:27 am
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 02:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Who doesn't love cookies!
Margot Ferron April 22, 2014 at 01:08 am
Hi, friends Thank you for your comments. I value your opinions. How do you know if the storeRead More bought cookies, meat, etc. are safe? The City of Mission Viejo has been doing this for many years as well as other bake sales like the recent Bunny Days that raised money for Senior Services at NPM Community Center. They have never had an incident. How do we know if the bake sales at countless schools are safe? I am positive and optimistic that we aren't living in a society that would stoop so low as to harm our Marines or our friends and neighbors. Many people in the community know me. For 4 years and several times a year with Lion's Heart Youth Group, we make cookies for Meals on Wheels. We have never had an incident. Also, many community groups make cookies all year round for Seniors and functions at NPM. In light of this question I asked many people in charge and no one has had a problem. We prefer homemade with love...cookies, but it is your choice. Have fun baking and make it a family affair. With many thanks for supporting our Marines.
andy fischer April 22, 2014 at 06:44 am
" How do we know if the bake sales at countless schools are safe?" We don't.
Margot Ferron April 22, 2014 at 10:40 am
Hi, Andy I am happy for you to research that. I am only writing articles on activities I think ourRead More community would like to participate in. I would love to read some articles that you can share with our community on fool proof safe events. Thanks for your comments.
Robert Shipma, a student at Trabuco Hills High School, holding one of the stained-glass stepping stones he made. Photo courtesy Mary Shipma.
Brad McGirr April 21, 2014 at 05:27 pm
Outstanding service; congratulations Robert! And congratulations to your parents for raising such aRead More generous young man.
Shannon Jonsson April 22, 2014 at 10:35 am
Congratulations on all of your hard work! What a terrific way to serve our community. We need moreRead More teens like you Robert!!
San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano is growing in popularity. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Mission Viejo Mom April 23, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Thank you Mr. Reardon for being willing to look forward and address these issues. However, thoseRead More who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it.
fact checker April 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm
Perhaps Mr. Reardon could address my post. There was no conspiracy to make students attend schoolRead More in portables.
fact checker April 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm
And there is no conspiracy to do so now.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 10:30 am
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 03:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 11:09 am
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
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Elliott Lanosa April 23, 2014 at 06:33 pm
Again Disney Land ruins someone's (way too expensive) trip to their park. It is not their businessRead More and she was not doing anything wrong.
Richard Ferrari April 23, 2014 at 07:13 pm
she should have spit in his face
monkey lewis April 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm
I would do her