Archives for March 2015

Ex-Supe Shirakawa pleads no contest to false impersonation charges

SAN JOSE —  Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Feb. 23 pleaded no contest to falsely impersonating a 2010 campaign committee and will be sentenced to community service if he submits a statement explaining his role in the crime, a prosecutor said Feb. 24. Shirakawa’s plea came during a hearing late in the afternoon […]

President Obama designates former Hawai‘i wartime camp a national monument

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Feb. 24 signed the official proclamation declaring the former Honouliuli confinement site a national monument. “The Honouliuli Internment Camp (Honouliuli) serves as a powerful reminder of the need to protect civil liberties in times of conflict, and the effects of martial law on civil society,” said the presidential proclamation, presented […]

San Pablo man arrested in home invasion murder

HERCULES, Calif. — Hercules police said Feb. 26 they have arrested a San Pablo man on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with what they are calling a home-invasion robbery gone “terribly wrong.” Mark Anthony Carr, 27, was arrested the afternoon of Feb. 25 shortly after police responded to the area of Marigold […]

Prostitution ring suspect enters plea and gets probation

HAYWARD, Calif. — A suspect in a sex trafficking ring in four Bay Area counties who had been a fugitive for four years has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and placed on three years’ probation, prosecutors said. Wen Yen Gold, 44, was one of 10 people who were charged in January 2011 with […]

Limited English proficiency plays role in CA’s low voter turnout rates of Asians and Latinos

One in nine eligible California voters speaks only limited English, and many of them don’t know what help and services are available to them in the electoral process, according to a new report released by The Greenlining Institute in late February. In California, the voter registration and turnout rates of Asians and Latinos continue to […]

Muslims in Japan harassed in wake of hostage crisis

TOKYO — At least six mosques and a Muslim organization in Japan have received threats since a hostage crisis that saw two Japanese men killed by the Islamic State militant group, a Kyodo News survey showed Feb. 23. There are between 70 and 80 mosques in Japan, according to the Tokyo-based Japan Muslim Association. Among […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Fresh fruit … almost

I know how you feel. Once those dog days of summer have come and gone, leading to the changing of leaves, then the chill of winter, you sometimes get that craving to bite into a fresh vine ripened peach, or dig in to a bushel full of ripe red cherries. But alas, last season’s bounty […]

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