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News | By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | December 3, 2007
Amanda Gonzales was by many accounts a fun-loving teen who wasn?t shy about playing a joke on anyone, including the principal of Foothill Christian School in Glendora. This was exemplified when she helped place a number of white plastic forks with their prongs sticking up from the front lawn of Robert Gutzwiller?s house a couple of years ago, he said. Amanda got a surprise when she found a bundle of the forks in her locker. Each fork carried a letter that when arranged spelled a cryptic sentence that read, ?
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By BILL BASKERVILL | August 14, 2002
AP Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Friends knew Richard Marc Evonitz as a nice guy ? a married Navy man who was active in his community. Lurking beneath that exterior, authorities say, was a ??sexually sadistic psychopath" who abducted and murdered a string of young girls. Evonitz, 38, fatally shot himself in June after police tracked him to Sarasota, Fla. He had been sought in the abduction and rape of a 15-year-old girl in Lexington, S.C. On Tuesday, police announced what investigators had suspected since soon after Evonitz's suicide: that he had murdered three Virginia girls in 1996 and 1997.
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March 27, 2013
Why does the Pope wear red shoes? I saw Pope Benedict wearing them, but can't remember seeing Pope John Paul II wearing them. What about the new pope? - Papal Watcher, Imperial County The short answer is, the red papal shoes are meant “to honor the martyrs of the Church, people who have given their life for the faith,” said Michael Lovette-Coyler, assistant vice president of mission and ministry of University of San Diego. The color red, of course, would represent the blood of the martyrs.
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By BROOKE RUTH, Digital Media News Editor | November 15, 2009
Imperial County has the fourth-highest teen pregnancy rate among 58 counties in the state, and its rates for many sexually transmitted diseases are not much better. Officials credit these high rates to a lack of sexual education that teaches both abstinence and protection and access to reproductive health care in the county. ?If we did nothing else in Imperial County except provide comprehensive sexuality education in schools and assured every resident had access to affordable, confidential medical care, then we could solve this problem in a very short time,?
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January 15, 2008
QUESTION: With the recent news that it snowed in Baghdad for the first time ever, is there, on record, a time when it snowed in the Valley? My father-in-law told me once that he did remember at least one time snowing in the Mexicali Valley when he was a kid; he was born in 1923. With the crazy weather around the world, I bet it will be just a matter of time when we do get snow here in the Valley. ? Let It Snow, El Centro. With global-warming a reality, we expect the Imperial Valley to be the next Big Bear in a couple hundred years.
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Norma Vega/Universidad de California | November 24, 2011
Ante la crisis económica que ha afectado el poder adquisitivo y el crédito de millones de familias, el sistema de apartados, conocido en inglés como layaway, ha vuelto a ser un recurso popular. “Esto puede ser una buena idea, pero debe de fijarse bien en los términos del sistema de apartados porque tiene ventajas y desventajas”, señala Connie Costello, educadora de asuntos del consumidor de Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de California. Ella explica los puntos a favor y en contra: Entre las ventajas están: - Usted podrá aprovechar las ofertas de la tienda e ir pagando poco a poco su mercancía.  - Podrá pagar por la mercancía que puso en apartado en determinado plazo, y no tiene que hacer la compra con cargo a su tarjeta de crédito; así se evita el pago de intereses.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 28, 2012
I had a layaway plan at Kmart. I couldn't pay it so Kmart was supposed to cancel it and only charge me $10. By the time it was canceled, the cashier was handing me a receipt - which I refused to even touch - in my hand totaling $6 and some cents. I had paid around $38 to put a TV on layaway. I was charged $30 in penalties for the cancellation. I lost my job last September, and have had to make some changes in my lifestyle. I was counting on at least a $25 refund. This isn't right.
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Staff report | February 13, 2013
On Valentine's Day, travelers may wish to bring flowers with them from Mexico into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials want residents and visitors to know what to expect when they cross the border. Chrysanthemums, gladiolas and orange jasmine from Mexico are prohibited through the passenger ports of entry, according to a press release from Customs and Border Protection. So travelers cannot bring arrangements with those flowers into the country through a passenger port of entry, like the Calexico border crossing.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | January 22, 2013
CALEXICO - The Calexico police union has issued a vote of no confidence against its police chief, alleging he has shown inefficiency to lead, and requests new leadership. A letter detailing the reasoning behind the vote by the Calexico Police Officers' Association against Police Chief Jim Neujahr is dated Jan. 2 and was distributed to City Manager Oscar Rodriquez as well as the City Council earlier this month. “Chief Neujahr's lack of leadership and poor decision-making skills has created a Police Department where morale is low and there is a perception of never-ending favoritism and no future even though there is unyielding work and dedication,” the letter writes.
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By MICHAEL A. SALORIO | April 8, 2003
Staff Writer CALIPATRIA STATE PRISON ? The 57-year-old inmate stabbed to death here Monday morning was a founding member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, according to a prison official. Correctional Lt. Gary Stratton identified the victim as Wendell Norris, who had been incarcerated for 24 years on a second-degree murder conviction out of Solano County. The Aryan Brotherhood is a white supremacist prison gang with a feared reputation for committing ruthless acts of violence, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Web site states.
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July 16, 2001
The thornless hybrid mesquite is nearly the perfect tree for the desert. The mesquites are exceptionally well-adapted to the area and will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and varying irrigation regimens. And they may be grown alone in full sun or in groups to make a more tropical jungle-like appearance. The mesquites are easy to recognize as they have rich, dark brown trunks and bright medium to dark green canopies. Some say the mesquites provide the appearance of the Serengeti African plains.
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March 1, 2011
For the first time I can remember our bougainvillea has completely frozen black and looks dead. Lots of our trees look dead, too. What is the best way to trim or somehow bring everything back? Are they dead or do they just look that way? — Garden Gal, El Centro We contacted the Imperial County Cooperative Extension near Holtville and got some really good information from plant pathology adviser Donna Henderson. She said bougainvillea are hardy desert plants that can tolerate temperatures of a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 75 to 95 degrees during the day. The series of freezes in Imperial Valley during the past month-plus have left several trees and bushes with some frost damage.
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By THOMAS TURINI, Cooperative Extension plant pathology adviser | February 9, 2004
One of the most common citrus questions regards the best citrus varieties to plant in the low desert. Although our extreme heat, wind and occasional frosts limit our choices, there are many varieties that perform well under our conditions. Commercially, high quality early-season grapefruit, lemons, mandarins and Valencia oranges come from desert areas in California and Arizona and it is possible to successfully grow these trees in your home garden as well. > > Grapefruit For the red-fleshed grapefruit, there are several options.
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By LEO MIRAMON AND DARREN SIMON, Staff Writers | January 24, 2006
HOLTVILLE ? A man who admitted to killing 14-year-old Andrea Hines in 1994 when he was 13 has been released from the California Youth Authority and is reportedly back in Holtville. Adan Garcia, now 25, was released from CYA in Chino after serving 12 years for a secondndegree murder plea he made before Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa. Garcia admitted to strangling and stabbing Andrea multiple times in the family?s backyard on Sept. 17, 1994. Garcia was tried as a juvenile.
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April 9, 2013
How often does a person who is on probation get tested for drugs? I see a person that I know is on probation and he seems to always be under the influence of drugs. Also, what happens if he violates his probation? - Curious, Imperial County This is an excellent question with a not very excellent answer. But that's no fault of who we went to for our info. Truth be told, there are so many variables involved in this question, from who gets testing as part of their probation terms, to how often they are subject to testing, to what exactly happens if someone violates probation.
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