“Fear inside his eyes”: Dylan Redwine didn’t want to visit father, friends testify

Dylan Redwine disappeared during a visit with his father in 2012.  Dylan Redwine did not want to visit his father over the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday but couldn’t avoid the court-ordered trip, his childhood friends testified Tuesday during the murder trial of Mark Redwine, who is accused of killing his 13-year-old son on the first night of his stay. One by one on the first day of testimony, Dylan’s friends — tweens when Dylan disappeared nearly a decade ago, but now in their early 20s — described how Dylan spent what prosecutors say was his final day alive. Dylan had a sleepover and hung out with friends in the Colorado Springs area before he flew to Durango on Nov. 18, 2012, and he made plans to get out of his father’s house as soon as he could, testimony revealed. Mark Redwine, 59, is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse in Dylan’s death. The boy was reported missing Nov. 19, 2012 — the day after Dylan arrived to stay at his father’s house for the holiday. His disappearance prompted an extensive search and drew national attention;…

‘He is innocent’: Defense emerges as July 2020 Oakland homicide goes to trial

OAKLAND — Only nine months after he was arrested and charged with murder, a 48-year-old Oakland tax preparer is going on trial facing charges that he gunned down a man who’d been in an altercation with the defendant’s wife. Marius Robinson was arrested last September and charged with murdering 43-year-old Robert Coleman in the July 2020 shooting. Though murder cases typically take years to go to trial, Robinson is already there. Jury selection started earlier this week, with both sides making a brief case to prospective jurors about what they think the evidence will show. Prosecutors allege that Coleman and Robinson’s wife got into an argument when she was out running an errand, and when she returned home and told her husband about it, he became “enraged.” The defense concedes that Robinson’s car was seen driving up to and leaving the scene of the homicide, but say because of that, Oakland police focused solely on Robinson and ignored evidence that pointed to another killer. “He is innocent,” Robinson’s attorney, deputy public defender Joseph Penrod, told prospective jurors Monday morning. Deputy district attorney Adam McConney told…

Photos: Onetime Monterey County home of ‘Vertigo’ star Kim Novak asks $12.5 Million

By Wendy Bowman | Variety Back in the 1960s, after she became disenchanted with fame and its drawbacks, “Vertigo” star Kim Novak packed her bags, loaded up a van and left the bright glare of Hollywood at the apex of her career. She first settled in a blufftop oceanfront refuge in the affluent enclave of Carmel Highlands, and though she’s long since decamped Carmel in favor of Oregon, where the accomplished artist is now whiling away her days painting, Novak’s former coastal compound on exclusive Spindrift Lane is now on the market with a $12.5 million price tag, complete with one-of-a-kind vistas of the enchanting scenic coastline. “Obviously, the property is right on the ocean; you can’t get any closer,” says listing agent Jonathan Spencer of Compass. “It’s built directly into a granite shelf, and the drama there is unbelievable. You can see whales migrating and pelicans soaring around the bend, and I’ve seen humpback whales breaching from the windows in the master bedroom. It’s really just the majesty of being so close you can almost touch it; this is your own front-row view into…

House may curb power of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple

By MARCY GORDON | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A House panel pushed ahead Wednesday with ambitious legislation that could curb the market power of tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple and force them to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. Conservative Republican lawmakers haggled over legislative language and pushed concerns of perceived anti-conservative bias in online platforms but couldn’t halt the bipartisan momentum behind the package. The drafting session by the House Judiciary Committee is an initial step in what promises to be a strenuous slog through Congress. Many Republican lawmakers denounce the market dominance of Big Tech but don’t support a wholesale revamp of the antitrust laws. Republicans have relentlessly hurled accusations of anti-conservative bias against the social media platforms and may demand targeted legislative sanctions in return for their support. The advance of the massive, bipartisan legislation comes as the tech giants already are smarting under federal investigations, epic antitrust lawsuits, near-constant condemnation from politicians of both parties, and a newly installed head of the powerful Federal Trade Commission who is a fierce critic of the industry. The…

Hotline newsletter: Larry Scott’s comments on CFP bid process create bad optics for the “Pathetic” 12

*** The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published twice a week during the college sports season. (Sign up here for a free subscription.) This edition, from June 23, has been made available in archived form. Automatic Bids (and blowback) Larry Scott’s tenure atop the Pac-12 is not ending quietly, which comes as little surprise from a commissioner who revels in the spotlight. Earlier this month, Scott agreed to an interview with the Associated Press in which he dodged responsibility for the Pac-12’s missteps and directed a mammoth chunk of blame on the schools. For that, the Hotline issued a rebuke unlike any we have offered during his 12 years, save for the time his general counsel called into the instant replay booth and overturned a call. Last week, Scott issued a public statement on a key aspect of the College Football Playoff expansion proposal. And for that, he has been roasted on the opposite coast. If you’re unfamiliar with the latest development, here’s the backstory: Following a meeting of the 10 conference commissioners on June 17 in Chicago, the Hotline reached out to the Pac-12 and asked if Scott…

US Supreme Court rules for cursing cheerleader over Snapchat post

By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Pennsylvania public school wrongly suspended a cheerleader over a vulgar social media post she made after she didn’t qualify for the varsity team. The court voted 8-1 in favor of Brandi Levy, who was a 14-year-old high school freshman when she expressed her disappointment over not making the varsity cheerleading squad on Snapchat with a string of curse words and a raised middle finger. Levy, of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, was not in school when she made her post, but she was suspended from cheerleading activities for a year anyway. In an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, the high court ruled that the suspension violated Levy’s First Amendment rights. But the justices did not foreclose schools from disciplining students for what they say off campus. An earlier federal appeals court ruling in this case would have barred public schools from punishing off-campus speech. Breyer wrote that “we do not believe the special characteristics that give schools additional license to regulate student speech always disappear when a school regulates speech that takes place off…

Photos: Peace and healing vigil for mass shooting victims at Lake Merritt

Oakland Councilmembers Carroll Fife and Nikki Fortunato Bas were joined by Councilmember Noel Gallo, faith leaders and community members during a peace and healing vigil for the shooting victims at the Lake Merritt Pergola in Oakland, late Tuesday. Related Articles Authorities identify man killed in Oakland mass shooting ‘Several people’ fired guns during Juneteenth Lake Merritt shooting, police say The Bay Area’s deadliest shootings – Updated June 21, 2021 Richmond: Three dead, five injured in house party shooting Mass shootings are on the rise in Oakland, with six so far in 2021 Tuesday, the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau identified the person killed as Dashawn Rhoades, 22, of Oakland and San Francisco. Rhoades was killed and 6 others were injured last Saturday during Juneteenth celebrations at Lake Merritt. “I continue to be committed to ending violence long before it happens by investing in violence prevention with young people and our most impacted communities,” says Fortunato Bas in a newsletter. “I’m also committed to ensuring our parks and public spaces are safe and inclusive and will continue to advocate for permitted events at the Lake and across…

Big waves, extreme high tides could cause flooding, dangerous surf in Southern California this week

Beach hazards will be looming this week as summer officially gets underway, with a south swell bringing beefy waves and an extreme evening high tide that could cause flooding. The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazard Statement starting Tuesday, June 22, that remains in effect through Thursday evening for the Southern California coast as far north as Ventura County. Combined with waves in the 4- foot to 6-foot range, it could spell trouble for areas prone to flooding such as low-laying harbors and coastal areas, including the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, which suffered major flooding last Fourth of July weekend. Flooding on July 3, 2020 washed sea water into parking lots, streets and homes on Balboa Peninsula. Newport Beach officials say their beaches need help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep ocean water from causing destruction. (Photo courtesy of @surflick/ Brandon Yamawaki)  Workers in Newport Beach are using heavy equipment this week to build up a berm in the area to hopefully stop ocean water from again flooding the parking lots, streets and homes as it did last year. The…

Berkeley Rep returns to live shows Oct. 1 with, of course, a world premiere

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has opted to return to live performances on Oct. 1 — opening with a race-themed world premiere drama so timely that it seems to be begging to get on the stage. That show is the Berkeley Rep-commissioned “the ripple, the wave that carried me home,” by Christina Anderson. The show, developed as part of the Rep’s Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab, centers on a young Black woman dealing with racial injustice and her status as the daughter of famous activist parents. The seven-show season, running into June 2022, also includes a comedy/drama from noted playwright Charles L. Mee (“Big Love”) and directed by Les Water; a musical built on tunes by popular folk-rock band the Avett Brothers; a world premiere musical by Saheem Ali (“School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play”) and Michael Thurber; a new musical by the creator of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”; and a politically charged comedy-thriller featuring the songs of Cambodian rock band Dengue Fever. In addition, Berkeley Rep will host solo performances by author legendary Fran Lebowitz and popular storyteller Mike Birbiglia.…

SPLASH: 5 scenic Bay Area waterfront picnic spots

No time to drive to the Pacific, the Delta or Tahoe? All you need for a scenic waterfront meal is a nearby lake or reservoir with picnic tables or grassy seating. And there are options tucked into even the most urban Bay Area settings. Here are five lovely ones: Sandy Wool Lake, Ed Levin County Park, Milpitas Take commuter-heavy Calaveras Boulevard east from 680 and keep heading in that direction until the road narrows and winds around to this sweet spot. This small, scenic lake (named after a longtime rancher and county supervisor) and its environs (the park encompasses 1,550 acres) offer nature trails, bird watching, trout fishing from November to May — and picnic tables. Enjoy your respite, then check out the view from the other side of the lake, especially toward dusk, when the setting sun casts stunning shadows on the East Bay hills. Bonus: There’s an off-leash dog park not far from the picnic grounds. Details: Open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset. From Calaveras, turn left on Downing Road to reach Sandy Wool Lake. 3100 Calaveras Road, Milpitas; www.sccgov.org/sites/parks Lafayette Reservoir,…

Krugman: For those paying attention, inflation panic is so last week

Remember when everyone was panicking about inflation, warning ominously about 1970s-type stagflation? OK, many people are still saying such things, some because that’s what they always say, some because that’s what they say when there’s a Democratic president, some because they’re extrapolating from the big price increases that took place in the first five months of this year. But for those paying closer attention to the flow of new information, inflation panic is, you know, so last week. Seriously, both recent data and recent statements from the Federal Reserve have, well, deflated the case for a sustained outbreak of inflation. For that case has always depended on asserting that the Fed is either intellectually or morally deficient (or both). That is, to panic over inflation, you had to believe either that the Fed’s model of how inflation works is all wrong or that the Fed would lack the political courage to cool off the economy if it were to become dangerously overheated. Both beliefs have now lost most of whatever credibility they may have had. Let’s start with the theory of inflation. Since the 1970s,…

Vannesa Bryant, relatives of other victims to settle lawsuit over deadly helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant’s widow has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the pilot and owners of the helicopter that crashed last year, killing the NBA star, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Vanessa Bryant, her children and relatives of other victims filed a settlement agreement notice Tuesday with a federal judge in Los Angeles but terms of the confidential deal weren’t disclosed. If approved by the court, the settlement — first reported by KABC-TV — would end a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit filed against the estate of the pilot and the owner and operator of the helicopter that crashed into a hillside on Jan. 26, 2020. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and six other passengers were flying from Orange County to a youth basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy in Ventura County. The helicopter encountered thick fog in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles. Pilot Ara Zobayan climbed sharply and had nearly broken through the clouds when the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter banked abruptly and plunged into the Calabasas hills below, killing all nine aboard instantly before flames engulfed the…

California man accused of using bear spray in road rage attack is arrested

A 43-year-old man accused of attacking another driver with bear spray in a road rage incident in Seal Beach was arrested, police announced Tuesday, June 22. Marcus Kelley, of Hemet, was arrested Sunday after he was located in Riverside County, the Seal Beach Police Department said in a news release. He was booked on suspicion of assault and battery, unlawful use of pepper spray – which covers bear spray – and felony child endangerment. The incident happened on June 14 at about 1:55 p.m. when police received a call about a road rage attack in the vicinity of Pacific Coast Highway and Anderson Street. Police learned that the drivers of two cars headed south on Pacific Coast Highway became involved in a verbal altercation. The victim turned off of Pacific Coast Highway in an attempt to distance himself from the other car and end the dispute, police said. The driver of the victim’s car parked on Anderson Street and stepped out when Kelley allegedly pulled up next to the victim’s car and sprayed the driver and his car with bear spray. The victim’s car windows…

Twin brothers — former California sheriff’s deputies — plead guilty to defrauding taxpayers

Two former Orange County sheriff’s deputies — twin brothers — pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to defrauding taxpayers by collecting salary to go on military duty as reservists when they actually were doing things like going to Las Vegas or staying home playing the “Call of Duty” video game. Taylor and Tyler Morgan, both 26, of Long Beach, received no jail time but were put on home detention, Taylor Morgan for six months and Tyler Morgan for eight months. U.S. Magistrate Judge Autumn D. Spaeth also ordered Taylor Morgan to pay $14,000 in restitution while Tyler Morgan was ordered to pay $32,400 for the misdemeanor offenses. Both men served as reservists for the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. They were initially tripped up by a sheriff’s internal investigation that found five deputies and two correctional workers had forged military documents so they could get paid for fulfilling their reservist duties when they had not. All the employees worked in the jail system. As part of their employment, the brothers were entitled to 30 days leave per year that could be used for vacations,…

2 hospitalized after being badly stung by bee swarm in Southern California

Firefighters attempted to rescue several people from a swarm of bees in Fountain Valley, but were also attacked by the insects and had to call for backup before two two badly stung patients could be taken to a hospital Tuesday, June 22. Santa Ana resident John Madrid told a videographer that he, his girlfriend and his best friend were planning to eat at Sizzler at 16373 S. Harbor Boulevard. They pulled into the restaurant’s parking lot at about 3 p.m., and were surrounded by the buzzing  insects as soon as they stepped out of their car. “We parked. I got out. There’s a few bees and I swiped a couple, and then there’s 15,” Madrid said. “I started running like crazy, and they attacked my best friend and girlfriend.” The three of them scrambled, Madrid said. He wound up stung, but not nearly as bad as the other two people he was with. “My buddy’s 315 pounds, big man, strong guy,” Madrid said. “And he’s crying like a baby: ‘help me John!’” At some point, Madrid managed to reach his girlfriend. He said he removed…

Miss Manners: Nanny wants to flee the family she once loved

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My people-pleasing nature is at war with my desire to chase my dreams. Judith Martin  Several months ago, I started working for a lovely family as their nanny. I have grown to love each member of the household as dear friends. However, the job no longer aligns with my financial goals and energy budget. At the time of my interview, I was clear about vacation time, guaranteed hours, sick time and my need to leave promptly to work on my business that I’m creating. It took them several months to “review” the contract I thought we’d agreed upon. They removed all paid time off and created an IOU system for when I need to go home sick. This is illegal to do in my state. The contract has since expired, and they keep mentioning our sitting down to review a new one. The last “family sit-down” resulted in husband and wife yelling at each other, further keeping me past my allotted time. Related Articles Miss Manners: How should I correct my colleague’s embarrassing error? Miss Manners: I cringe when mothers-to-be ask me…

Dear Abby: Not only did he blab about our sex life, but our daughter overheard

DEAR ABBY: I had several rough years in my marriage. We finally hit a good patch and had sex again. I told my husband to keep our sex life between ourselves and not discuss it with his family. Well, three days later, my daughter overheard him on the phone with a family member, explicitly discussing the intimate details of our encounter. Unfortunately, she was unable to get to the door to close it and heard things that shocked her. Although she’s in her 20s, what he was saying about our relationship should not have been heard. She told me what was said, but not all of the details, thank goodness. Related Articles Dear Abby: Should I retaliate against my co-workers for excluding me? Dear Abby: Inflatable device could help boyfriend perform Dear Abby: I loved my sound-and-light deer clock, but things have changed Dear Abby: I don’t like her boyfriend, and he ruins my furniture Dear Abby: My neighbor’s complaining ruins my time in the yard When I confronted my husband, he denied it! I approached him twice more, and he pretended he didn’t know…

San Jose: Authorities identify man killed in June 13 stabbing

SAN JOSE – A man killed in a stabbing in San Jose on June 13 has been identified as 34-year-old Luis Franco Jr., according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office. At about 2:25 a.m., officers found Franco suffering from at least one stab wound on the 2800 block of Donizetti Court, according to the San Jose Police Department. Franco was taken to an area hospital, where he died of his injury. His death marked the city’s 30th homicide of the year, including the nine people killed in the VTA mass shooting, which is being investigated by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The city has recorded one additional homicide since June 13, bringing the total to 31. Police said an initial investigation revealed the victim and the suspect were arguing in front of the victim’s home prior to the stabbing. Later that morning, officers arrested 33-year-old San Jose resident Brian Wilson in connection with the stabbing. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on a murder charge. Wilson is being held without bail, according to jail records. He was due…

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