Archive for August, 2011

Best Buy apologizes for calling police on mentally disabled man at Downey store

Posted on 31. Aug, 2011 by .

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DOWNEY – Officials from retailer Best Buy have apologized to the family of a mentally retarded man after employees at the chain’s Downey Landing location called the police on the man, leading to him being searched by officers in front of the store. Michael Ceniceros, 24, has adrenoleukodystrophy, a disease that causes his body to […]

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Knabe, Molina and supervisorial maps to be topics at city meeting – TONIGHT

Posted on 31. Aug, 2011 by .

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DOWNEY – The city is hosting a supervisorial  redistricting information meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way. The City Council this month voted 5-0 in favor of staying in Supervisor Don Knabe’s fourth supervisorial district. Supervisors Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas have proposed new district maps calling for […]

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Downey Unified posts big gains on school report card, but “program improvement” designation remains

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Downey Unified posted big gains on statewide tests, according to the annual school report card released Wednesday. The district increased its Annual Performance Index (API) score by 17 points to 788, outpacing the 11-point statewide increase. But several subgroups in the district failed to meet growth targets, which means the district will keep its “program […]

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Man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping after being accused of taking ex-wife on forced ride around city

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DOWNEY – Police on Tuesday arrested a Downey man on suspicion of kidnapping after his ex-wife accused him of forcing her to ride in a car around the city against her will. Jesse E. Martinez, 39, is accused of going to his ex-wife’s home in Downey on Sunday and forcing her to get into the […]

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Six cars stolen in 24-hour period

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Six cars were stolen from Downey streets on Tuesday. Downey has some of the highest rates of car theft in the state, with some 1,000 cars stolen annually, according to police statistics. On Tuesday, cars were stolen from: 100 block of Stonewood Street at 12:52 a.m. 8500 block of Boyson Street at 5:03 a.m. 8200 […]

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Warren High alumnus remembered for small stature, big heart

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NORWALK – He was a 5-foot, 5-inches tall and 120 pounds, and those tiny dimensions may have been what made former Warren High School soccer player Carlos Ornelas great, according to his family, friends and former coaches. About 1,000 people showed up Tuesday to a Cerritos College soccer game dedicated to the lives of Ornelas […]

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On eve of data release, Downey Unified board member rips No Child Left Behind

Posted on 30. Aug, 2011 by .

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UPDATE, 8/31/11: Scores released DOWNEY – Just days before the state releases data used to grade schools, Downey Unified School Board member Don LaPlante lambasted the federal No Child Left Behind program, calling it “a disaster.” The state on Wednesday is scheduled to release the Accountability Progress Report. In the alphabet soup of education releases, […]

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Sorry about the weird advertisements for marijuana and Asian singles

Posted on 30. Aug, 2011 by .

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I apologize for the weird advertisements, such as Asian singles and marijuana-growing equipment. I subscribe to google for ads, and they use story content to choose what ads to place on the page. So if I write about Thai food, they advertise Asian singles. If I write about marijuana legislation, they pitch pot-growing equipment. As […]

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