Man no longer works at Minnesota prison after viral video showed him and wife yelling racial slurs and profanities at protesters

The sergeant at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater placed on leave last month after he was captured on video with a woman yelling racial slurs at protesters in Stillwater is no longer working at the Minnesota Department of Corrections. DOC officials said Wednesday that the agency’s Office of Professional Accountability had completed its investigation into the complaints against Sgt. Paul Gorder and that he was no longer employed by the DOC. “Under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the investigation and any discipline or data documenting the action is not public until it is final,” DOC officials said in a statement. “Final disposition for union employees is at the conclusion of an arbitration proceeding sustaining discipline.” The confrontation involving Gorder occurred April 25 in the 500 block of Stillwater Avenue West during a protest and prayer service that started outside Washington County Attorney Pete Orput’s house in Stillwater. “F*** off, c*** f***er!” As protested were outside the house of prosecutor Pete Orpu in Stillwater, neighbor/corrections officer Paul Gorder confronted the crowd. “You touch my wife, I’ll kick your ass,” he said. “All you f***ing n***ers, get…

Inventor of Post-it Notes adhesive dies at age 80

ST. PAUL, Minn.  — The inventor of the adhesive used on one of 3M’s best-known products, the Post-it Note, has died, according to the company and his published obituary. Spencer Silver was 80 and died May 8 at his home, the family’s obituary said. Silver was working in a company lab in 1968 when he discovered a unique adhesive formula, according to 3M. The adhesive allowed notes to be easily attached to surfaces, removed and even re-posted elsewhere without leaving residue like other glues. Silver looked for several years for a practical use for the adhesive, calling it a “solution waiting for a problem to solve.” In 1974, his colleague Art Fry came up with the idea of using the adhesive to prevent paper bookmarks from falling out of his hymnal when he sang in church. Related Articles Actor Norman Lloyd, star of TV’s ‘St. Elsewhere,’ dies at 106 Colt Brennan, college football star at Hawaii, dies at 37 Remembering pinot pioneer David Bruce First Latino justice on California’s high court dies at 90 Lloyd Price, singer and early rock influence, dies at 88 The…

COVID economy: California unemployment claims stay far above normal

California workers filed fewer unemployment claims last week, the government reported — but the tiny decline suggests the state’s economy continues to wobble beneath a pile of jobless filings that are far above normal levels. Unemployment claims in California totaled about 70,442 during the week that ended on May 8, which was a decline of only 324 from the week ending May 1, when 70,766 claims were filed statewide, the U.S. Labor Department reported. Nationwide, unemployment claims fell significantly, totaling 473,000 during the week ending May 1, which was a decline of 34,000 from the week before. In California, initial jobless claims remain at levels that are ominously high when compared with what was the case prior to wide-ranging business shutdowns that the government ordered to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. Over the past four weeks, California jobless claims averaged about 73,200 a week. The current pace of unemployment filings in California is a whopping 63% higher than the weekly filings that were posted in January 2020 and February 2020, the final two months before business shutdowns were ordered in a quest to combat…

3 arrested after $500,000 watch stolen from diner at Beverly Hills restaurant

BEVERLY HILLS  — Three men were arrested in the brazen armed robbery of a man’s $500,000 watch while he was dining outdoors in Beverly Hills, authorities said Wednesday. Gang members Khai “Cameron Smith” McGhee, 18, left, Marquise A. Gardon, 30, and Malik L. Powell, 20, all of South Los Angeles, have been arrested in connection with a March 4, 2021 armed robbery at Il Pastaio restaurant in Beverly Hills. The robbery at Brighton Way and North Canon Drive left one woman wounded by gunfire. Among the items taken were a wristwatch worth $500,000. (Booking mugs courtesy of the Beverly Hills Police Department)  The suspects wore hoods and one of them put a gun to the head of the watch’s owner as he sat at Il Pastaio restaurant on March 4, according to police. A woman was shot in the leg during a struggle over the watch and the gun. She was not seriously hurt. The three suspects arrested Tuesday are members of a South Los Angeles street gang, investigators said. Malik Lamont Powell, 20, Khai McGhee, 18, and Marquise Anthony Gardon, 30, each face federal…

3 women arrested in vandalism of Chauvin defense witness’ former Sonoma County home

SANTA ROSA  — Three women have been arrested for allegedly vandalizing the one-time Northern California home of a former police officer who testified on behalf of the officer convicted of killing George Floyd by splashing pig blood on it and leaving a pig’s head near the front porch. Rowan Dalbey, 20, Kristen Aumoithe, 34, and Amber Lucas, 35, all of Santa Rosa, were arrested Tuesday on felony vandalism and conspiracy charges. They were cited and released, Santa Rosa Police spokeswoman Lt. Jeneane Kucker said Wednesday. After targeting home on April 17, the women also allegedly smeared pig blood on a large hand statue in Santa Rosa Plaza and left a picture of a pig reading “Oink Oink.” They have also been charged with that vandalism, Kucker said. It wasn’t immediately known if the women have an attorney who can speak on their behalf. Related Articles California man who drove through George Floyd rally crowd pleads guilty to 11 weapons felonies Judge’s ruling means Derek Chauvin could receive longer prison sentence for George Floyd murder San Jose’s Valley Christian Schools vowed to address concerns of racism.…

TV tonight: ‘Mom’ ends its eight-year run with series finale

TV and streaming picks for Thursday, May 13 WATCH THIS: “Young Sheldon” (8 p.m., CBS): Uh oh, there could be trouble ahead. In tonight’s Season 4 finale, Missy’s first heartbreak triggers a series of events that lead the Cooper family to the brink. “Mom” (9 p.m. Thursday, CBS): Time for a big group hug. The warm-hearted sitcom that dared to tell stories about recovery from alcoholism and addiction — and brought Allison Janney a pair of Emmy Awards — closes the curtain on its acclaimed eight-year run. In the series finale, Bonnie (Janney) gains a new outlook on her sobriety after dealing with difficult news. Also, Jill (Jaime Pressly) and Andy (Will Sasso) take a big step in their relationship. “Law & Order: SVU” (9 p.m., NBC): In a crossover with “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” Benson and Stabler team up in the search for three women suspected of drugging and robbing wealthy men. The case leads to personal connections for both Benson and Kat. “Last Man Standing” (9 p.m., Fox): Mandy gets jealous after Mike spends time with Ryan at a marketing retreat. Meanwhile,…

50 years after Bay Area oil spill, International Bird Rescue leading the way

At a little bit before 2 a.m. on Jan. 18, 1971, two Standard Oil ships, each laden with thousands of gallons of crude and refined oil, sailed through the fog enshrouded Golden Gate and into an ecological disaster. The Arizona Standard was headed into the Bay, the Oregon Standard was outward bound. Captains on both ships later would share in the responsibility for the accident, but all that was known at the time was that the two collided, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of oil. An untold number of sea birds would die in the spill, but from that massive oil slick arose an organization that would establish a universally accepted protocol for treating all sick and injured sea birds. International Bird Rescue, which traces its roots back to those dark days following the oil spill, celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend. Susan McCarthy was a high school student living on the Peninsula when she heard the news of the spill. “It was in the papers and the radio was giving information on rescue efforts,” McCarthy says. “There was no official response, so they were…

California man who drove through George Floyd rally crowd pleads guilty to 11 weapons felonies

PASADENA  — A California man who drove a pickup truck through a Southern California crowd peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal firearms crimes. Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, of San Marino entered pleas to 11 felonies, including conspiracy, transporting and receiving firearms across state lines, making false statements during purchases of firearms, and possession of unregistered firearms. He could face nearly three years in federal prison when he is sentenced in August. The case centered on an illegally obtained handgun that Hung brought with him to a May 31, 2020, counter-protest in neighboring Pasadena. Hung accelerated a flag-draped pickup truck with vanity license plates reading “WAR R1G” toward the intersection where protesters were gathered, authorities alleged. He sounded a train horn installed on the truck, stopped and then continued through the intersection, causing the truck to produce excessive exhaust in a technique called “coal rolling,” authorities said. No one was hurt, and Hung wasn’t charged with assault. However, Pasadena police detained Hung, and the FBI took over the investigation. In a plea agreement, Hung acknowledged participating in…

Pitts: Let’s talk about ‘Foxitis’ and its contributions to right-wing terrorism

“Foxitis,” as you may recall, was the explanation attorney Joseph Hurley offered last week at a court hearing for his client, accused Capitol insurrectionist Anthony Antonio, who is facing five federal charges for his role in the attack. “You want war?” he reportedly yelled to police. “We got war! 1776 all over again!” But as it turns out, the fact that he allegedly broke into the Capitol and threatened police wasn’t Antonio’s fault alone. As Hurley told the court, Antonio “believed what was being fed to him” on Fox News. Meaning the smorgasbord of lies, slanders, calumnies, hogwash and fraud the network has served up for 25 years. In the wake of last year’s election, it devoted that talent for mendacity to a dumb, but dangerous, thesis: Donald Trump was cheated of victory by massive fraud. “I got wrapped up in what was being told to me and what was on the TV,” Antonio, newly contrite, told CNN Monday night. In other words, he had contracted Foxitis. Well, beg pardon, but if Antonio had “Foxitis,” then Osama bin Laden had “jihad-itis.” If that sounds ridiculous,…

Friedman: Israelis and Palestinians worry: Is this the big one?

Let’s see, what happens when TikTok meets Palestinian grievances about right-wing Israeli land grabs in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem? And then you add the holiest Muslim night of prayer in Jerusalem into the mix? Then toss in the most emotional Israeli holiday in Jerusalem? And a power play by Hamas to assume leadership of the Palestinian cause? And, finally, a political vacuum in which the Palestinian Authority is incapable of holding new elections and Israel is so divided it can’t stop having elections? What happens is the explosion of violence around Jerusalem on Monday that quickly spread to the Gaza front, and has people asking: Is this the big one? Is this the start of the next Palestinian uprising? The Israeli government, the surrounding Arab nations and the Palestinian Authority all desperately want the answer to be “no” — Israel because it would find little support from a left-leaning White House, let alone the rest of the world, for a big crackdown on Palestinians; the Arab governments because most of them want to do business with Israeli tech-makers, not get mired defending Palestinian rock-throwers; and…

Monterey police arrest man after he escaped custody, stole patrol car

MONTEREY — Monterey police booked Corey Duncan, 33, of Santa Cruz into county jail Tuesday on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, identity theft and resisting arrest Tuesday after he escaped from police custody and stole a patrol car. According to a press release from the Monterey Police Department, detectives observed Duncan and a female suspect removing property from a white BMW  parked on Alcalde near North Fremont in Monterey that had a stolen plate affixed to it at 10:30 a.m. Officers contacted the driver at 12:30 p.m. but she refused commands to exit the vehicle and drove away. Police pursued the vehicle for a short distance but stopped when it started moving erratically. Detectives remained in the area and observed Duncan leave a nearby motel room. When they attempted to stop him he ran from detectives. Police caught him a short distance away and arrested Duncan for resisting arrest, accessory, possession of methamphetamine, identity theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. As police were transporting Duncan to Monterey County Jail, he was able to position his handcuffed hands in front of him and escaped…

Marin County school board president scrutinized over racial slur

The president of the Novato school board has prompted an internal investigation after allegedly uttering a racial slur during a discussion with two district administrators. Ross Millerick said the slur on April 27 in a teleconference with Kris Cosca, the district superintendent, and Jonathan Ferrer, an assistant superintendent, according to a preliminary report. The subject was the hiring of athletic directors. Millerick was recounting an incident during a 1998 San Marin High School basketball game where some students shouted the racial epithet, the report said. Millerick restated the epithet while describing what happened. The report wasn’t clear on which team’s students were responsible. The word upset the administrators, and an investigation was ordered by the Marin County Office of Education ad hoc committee overseeing the district’s operations. Robert Henry, legal counsel to the county office, supervised a private investigator who was retained for the probe. The ad hoc committee released the preliminary report late Tuesday. “Instead of referring to the epithet as ‘the n word,’ he used the entire word to describe what was said at the 1998 event,” the report says. “Mr. Millerick thought…

Miss Manners: How should I respond to insults about my vaccinations?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’ve just completed my second vaccination shot for COVID-19 and, though I feel lucky and relieved, I’ve dealt with much resentment from others who have not been able to receive their shots yet. I’ve been asked such questions as, “Who did you have to bribe?” or “What makes you so special?” and the like, all of which have been insulting and hurtful. It makes me sound as if I barged my way to the head of the line or pulled strings, which I didn’t. How should I deal with snarky remarks over something that I should be happy about? GENTLE READER: Pretending not to understand is one of Miss Manners’ favorite techniques for countering rudeness. “Surely,” her quizzical look is meant to convey, “you cannot have meant to accuse me of fraud. I must have misheard you.” Related Articles Miss Manners: How do I tell my son’s girlfriend I expect her to make the bed? Miss Manners: I asked her out, and she got nosy about my dating history Miss Manners: Has so much pajama time changed the dress code? Miss Manners:…

Larry Magid: Risk of ransomware to national infrastructure

The shutdown of Colonial Pipeline, which delivers gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel to much of the East Coast, is a reminder that essential institutions and the people they serve are vulnerable to potentially devastating cyberattacks. The pipeline, which resumed operations on Wednesday, provides about 45% of the East Coast’s fuel, and its disruption has resulted in fuel shortages and panic Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News) buying from motorists, which has led to long lines at the pump. Related Articles Magid: Combating ‘dyscommunication syndrome’ Larry Magid: Apple’s new anti-tracking feature is a boon to privacy Magid: My new air fryer is a security risk Magid: Tips for preventing ‘ransomware’ attack The pipeline company was attacked by ransomware, an increasingly common form of crime where perpetrators lock up an enterprise’s network and data until the company pays a ransom to get it back. The FBI has confirmed that the perpetrator, in this case, is Darkside, a cyber gang that appears to be based in Russia. It does not currently appear that Russian government is behind these attacks. Experts have said the motivation was financial and not…

Dear Abby: My husband insists he must be with me for the big moment

DEAR ABBY: I was adopted and recently came across my biological family. It’s huge. I suffer from severe depression and now know that most of my bio family does, too. Jeanne Phillips  During the past year, my husband and I decided to tackle it head-on with medication, and there has been a noticeable change in me. My husband is very supportive, and we are close. Problem is, I want to meet my out-of-state bio brother alone. He’s the only full sibling I have, and our connection is uncanny. My husband is a hyper extrovert, and I don’t want his charming antics to distract from this moment (although usually I love it). Related Articles Dear Abby: Is there any reason to stay in a marriage like mine? Dear Abby: The bride said no kids, but I don’t think she should have barred my son Dear Abby: I’ve spent hours crying over their snubs Dear Abby: My new girlfriend reeks, and I think I know why Dear Abby: Our shopping trip turned into a ‘stolen valor’ incident He, however, says he can’t agree. He’s afraid something with…

San Leandro: Two juveniles arrested on suspicion of robbery

SAN LEANDRO — An 11-year-old and a 17-year-old were arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with weekend robberies of an Asian man and a Hispanic young woman, authorities said Wednesday. According to a statement, the 11-year-old was taken into custody while driving a vehicle reported as carjacked Monday out of Oakland. That vehicle would apparently be different from the blue Subaru police said had been seen during robberies Saturday afternoon and evening in the city’s Marina Faire and Broadmoor neighborhoods. The robbery of the Asian man was apparently captured on surveillance camera, with footage shared to other media outlets. Police said they were investigating other crimes the juveniles might be linked to, adding that “[w]e are thankful that we were able to capture these juveniles safely and expeditiously,” San Leandro police Lt. Ali Khan said. Police did not immediately respond to questions about the exact charges against the juveniles, or the make and model of the vehicle the 11-year-old was arrested in. Anyone with information may call San Leandro police at 510-577-2740 Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

Earthquakes’ 3-game win streak snapped by first-place Sounders

SAN JOSE – Despite coming in on a three-match win streak that propelled it to second place in the MLS table, the San Jose Earthquakes still couldn’t get past the Seattle Sounders. Christian Roldan’s goal in the 18th minute held up as Seattle won 1-0 Wednesday night at PayPal Park. The first-place Sounders are unbeaten in 14 straight matches against the Quakes dating back to 2015, the longest active unbeaten streak in MLS for one team against another. Roldan scored on a scorcher from outside the box, just one minute after a potential Quakes penalty shot for a handball in the box was reversed after video review. Seattle (4-0-1, 13 points) still hasn’t allowed a goal from open play this season. In the 37th minute, Cade Cowell redirected a cross from Eric Remedi that was pushed aside by a diving Stefan Frei. The Quakes (3-2-0, 9 points) also just missed on a series of crosses during second-half injury time after Roldan went in goal to replace Frei, who was injured after Seattle used all of its subs. San Jose remains in second place in the…

Patrick Marleau presented with amazing gift before his possible final NHL game

Patrick Marleau was given a special gift by the NHL Players’ Association before the Sharks played the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday at SAP Center. At the request of Gordie Howe’s family, the NHLPA presented Marleau with the stick used by Howe in his 1,767th and final NHL game on April 6, 1980. The stick had been on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and will be replaced by a stick used by Marleau on April 19 when he played in his 1,768th career game and broke Howe’s all-time record. The Sharks also presented Marleau with a custom painting by Lucasfilm and Disney Master Artist Kevin-John, which is of him and Howe. “It was a really nice, touching moment,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “The Players Association also sent a gift that was amazing.” Also, on behalf of the @NHLPA and in a request from the Howe family, Marleau was presented with the stick used in Gordie Howe’s final NHL game. The stick that was displayed in the @HockeyHallFame will be replaced by a stick used by Marleau in his record-breaking game.…

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