FROM Peggy Lowe
The Story of Adam Gadahn Adam Gadahn, a.k.a. Azzam the American, was a senior operative and spokesman for Al-Qaeda. And he was one of the Americans killed in the January drone strikes. Gadahn grew up and was homeschooled on a remote goat farm in Riverside County. He left home as a teenager in the mid-90s and moved in with his grandparents in Orange County. Soon after, he converted to Islam and became radicalized at a mosque in Garden Grove. Eventually he moved to Pakistan, joined Al-Qaeda, and in 2006 he became the first American in 50 years to be charged with treason.
A Rape Case in Maryville, MO Goes Viral In Maryville, Missouri, the case of last year’s alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman will be re-examined after the Kansas City Star raised disturbing questions in an investigative report on Saturday. Last year, the 14-year-old cheerleader claims she was raped by a football star at a drunken high school party. When the town found out, she got the blame. Her mother lost her job and the family home was burned down. The Sheriff says there was evidence for a strong rape case, but the DA refused to prosecute. Investigative reporting has raised disturbing questions, and this week came an announcement: the case will be re-examined. It was one incident in small-town Missouri—but some see a broader pattern of toleration for sexual assault, especially when male athletes are involved.
New Sheriff for Orange County Orange County has a new sheriff—for the ever appointed by the Board of Supervisors—and the first woman. Sandra Hutchens will replace Mike Carona , who resigned after his indictment on public corruption charges.
Mayhem in Orange County Jail The acting Sheriff of Orange County, Jack Anderson, has suspended five employees and called for the FBI to investigate his own agency. This comes after release of grand jury transcripts showing that guards at the Theo Lacy Jail watched TV, slept, played video games and talked on cell phones while an inmate was tortured, sodomized and beaten to death not far from their glass-enclosed guard station.
Orange County Sheriff Steps Down Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona faces federal criminal charges for taking money and gifts in exchange for favors. After a 60-day leave to talk to his attorneys, Carona resigned today.
Sheriff Carona Indicted on Public Corruption Charges A federal grand jury has indicted Orange County Sheriff Mike Corona on charges of public corruption along with his wife and a woman described as his “longtime mistress.”
Vietnamese-American Becomes OC Supervisor after Contested Election Janet Nguyen was sworn in today as Orange County Supervisor , at 30 the youngest ever and the first of Vietnamese heritage. At a news conference, she held three fingers up in the air, a demonstration of her scant margin of victory after a second re-count of votes cast early last month. Peggy Lowe covers county government for the Orange County Register .
An Electoral Nightmare and Ethnic Politics in the OC Orange County is no longer a bastion of white Republicanism; it has its own brand of political diversity. Three weeks ago, two Vietnamese Americans upset the establishment favorites in a special election for County Supervisor. The margin of victory was seven votes. After a recount, the margin is still seven vote, but the winners and losers have changed places. Adding to the confusion, both candidates have the same last name. Janet Nguyen is the current winner. Trung Nguyen has gone from winner to loser. We hear more about an electoral nightmare in a county that no longer fits its white Republican stereotype.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?