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.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.