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RIES ~ A relationship may be heating up. Make sure you know what you want, then go ahead. Minor challenges on the home front are easily dealt with. AURUS ~ You make important progress at work this week by seizing the initiative and letting your leadership abilities shine. What you do makes things better for everyone around you, so rock steady. Meetings and conversations go especially well. EMINI ~ Pay attention to the details in your big bright beautiful picture this week. You’ll handle everything that comes up if you keep your focus sharp. A grand social event is in store for the week. ANCER ~ Things are going your way in wonderful ways this week. Happy news may arrive from a distance, and on the home front, a romantic question may be answered. Friends are glad to be with you. All in all, a very pleasant week! Enjoy! EO ~ Your social life gives big rewards during the week. However, give attention to e-mail contacts. Don’t be afraid as your mental horizon expands into new areas. IRGO ~ Your relationships can receive a big boost from a trip that beckons. Business is also highlighted. Your strong mental energy is sustained through the week. Work it out by talking it out. IBRA ~ Get in touch with those who can help you achieve your goals.
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MAR. 10 - 16 Place the accent on initiative. Romance, passion and work are singing in harmony this week and this week. CORPIO ~ Joy this week comes from love. You are especially attractive. Stage your week so that you spend time around people you want to attract. It is easy for you to bring harmony into your relationships. Your ability to communicate is greatly enhanced. Use it to your best advantage. AGITTARIUS ~ Are you spending money with little or nothing to show for it? This is because you’re looking for something that money can’t buy. Now is a good time to spend some of your emotional currency, and don’t be cheap. You’ll create a situation in which people will work hard to please you. APRICORN ~ You may like to go to war, but avoid an argument with a friend; it will slow down all the wonderful progress you’ve been making. Your patience will be tested this week, stay on task. QUARIUS ~ Skip it! Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’ll only bring you down. Don’t run around inside your own head this week. Focus your awareness outside on something beautiful. Compromise is a key idea this week. ISCES ~ Someone in the family is ready to give you something. Open yourself up to it. Home improvement — mental, physical and spiritual — is this week’s best theme. Seek the simple pleasures from a neglected hobby this week.
Are the Lakers back on track, or are they simply beating bad teams?
No, they are not back on track. They are supposed to beat the bad teams; let’s see them do it against tougher competition (Spurs, Mavs, Heat, Celtics).
Yes, the Lakers are back on track, and they are finally taking care of business.
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10 14 Black Facts March 10, 1972 Through the 12th, 3,000 delegates and 5,000 observers attend the first Black political convention in Gary, Ind. The NAACP and other groups withdraw from the convention after the adoption of resolutions critical of busing and the state of Israel. March 10, 1969 James Earl Ray pleads guilty in a Memphis court to charges of killing Martin Luther King Jr. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. The House Select Committee on Assassinations said later that Ray fired the shot that killed King but that he was probably one element in a larger conspiracy. March 10, 1965 Daisy Lampkin, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, dies from the effects of a December 1964 heart attack. March 10, 1964 Pop singer Neneh Cherry is born in Stockholm, Sweden. March 10, 1913 Death of Harriet Tubman, Auburn, New York. March 10, 1863 Two infanty regiments, First and Second South Carolina Volunteers, capture and occupy Jacksonville, Fla., causing panic along Southern seaboard. Source: blackfacts.com
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Big Elections = Big Results! Parks, LaMotte and Wesson dominated and decimated in the elections as majority of measures ruled the ballots BY BRIAN W. CARTER SENTINEL STAFF WRITER “The 8th district is not for sale!” said the newly re-elected Councilman Bernard Parks. Parks lead the victory with nearly 51 percent of votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. His main opponent, Forescee HoganRowles, followed with about 44 percent of votes. Parks’ past experience includes his being a former police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. As chair of the City Council’s budget and finance committee, he has a firm grasp on the inner workings of the city and experience in management. Parks has brought a re-invigorated energy to the 8th district by providing economic development, businesses and jobs. “It’s not that somebody can just pick and choose our representatives,” said Parks. “Our community is smarter than that.” A poster read at Parks’ campaign headquarters read that there was no need for change; apparently many voters in the 8th district felt the same. “Bernard Parks is a man of the community,” said 45th District Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo. “It’s a victory for the community. Benard Parks has been a leader, not just a leader for African Americans, but
was a champion for the Latino residents of this district.” In the 10th district, Herb Wesson stood at the top of the mountain. He lead with a commanding 73.8 percent of the vote over all his opponents. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte easily beat her opponent in the District 1 race for the Board of Education, receiving nearly 75 percent of votes. The Rev. Eric Lee had about 25 percent of the vote. “There is an honesty and genuineness in what I’m about with the kids,” said LaMotte. She said that her campaign was “based upon what kids need, and my interest in them.” LaMotte’s agenda is simple: She wants to improve the education system within minority communities. She wants to eliminate wasting district funds, bridge the gap in learning achievement for minority students, and keep good teachers in our schools. This election year has boasted a lot of money with independent expenditures reaching the $1.25 million mark within seven city council seats, and with nearly $1.1 million being spent in the 8th district race, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission reported in a press release(LACEC). Regarding the measures on the ballot, Ninth District City
African-American filmmaker Allen Willis dies at 94 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Allen Willis, a pioneering AfricanAmerican filmmaker who documented significant periods in San Francisco Bay area history, has died at age 94. Willis passed away Feb. 23 in Oakland, according to the East Bay Media Center, which houses his archives. After moving to the Bay area in the 1950s, Willis became the first African American in California broadcast journalism when he took a job at San Francisco’s KQED television in 1963, the Berkeley-based center said. Before that, he studied under photographer Ansel Adams and collaborated with filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Willis received numerous awards, including three Emmys, for films that chronicled major events and cultural movements such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 “white backlash” speech at Stanford University and the psychedelic drug experience. His 1970 film “Stagger Lee” documented an interview with Black Panther leader Bobby Seale during his incarceration in the San Francisco County Jail. Longtime friend Mel Vapour, co-founder of the East Bay Media Center, described Willis as a “cultural provocateur” with a keen eye and an inquisitive nature. “When it came to events here in the Bay area, he looked at them as explosive, exciting and they need to be documented,” Vapour said Monday. “He was always out there capturing the moment.” After retiring from KQED in 1986, Willis continued writing a column for the Marxist-Humanist publication “News and Letters” until 2008, under the name John Alan. Willis is survived by a sister, Thelma Willis Prather, of Maryland, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian. A memorial is planned for April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Niebyl-Proctor Library in Oakland, the East Bay Media Center said.
Marguerite LaMotte Councilwoman Jan Perry said, “I’m very pleased.” Measures G, H, I, J, L, M, N, P and Q were passed. Measure O, the oil production tax, did not
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Councilman Bernard Parks pass the ballot. “The election was a tremendous night,” said 13th district Councilman Eric Garcetti. “Our libraries, our budget reform, and
Herb Wesson our DWP reform measures all passed. …” He later added: “… it looks like all the incumbents came out on top.”
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Fighting raises concerns about Libyan scientists BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The fighting in Libya has disrupted a sensitive U.S. government program to keep about 700 former nuclear and chemical weapons experts busy on civilian projects in the medical and petroleum industries there and prevent them from selling their dangerous knowledge in other countries, The Associated Press has learned. After Libya agreed to give up its
weapons of mass destruction in 2003, the U.S. has been spending about $2 million a year to steer weapons scientists and technicians into other fields, including medicine, green technology and the oil and gas industry, current and former U.S. officials told The AP. Efforts by the U.S. and by Britain, which also is involved in the program, have helped build a seawater desalination plant, a water quality lab and a telemedicine facility at the Tripoli Medical Center.
An anti-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi rebel, holds his RPG as he walks forward to fight on the front line during fighting against pro-Gadhafi fighters, near the town of Bin-Jawad, eastern Libya, Tuesday, March 8, 2011
About 200 nuclear specialists and 500 others who worked with chemical weapons and missile technology could be driven to leave Libya by the fighting, including key figures in the nuclear weapons programs. “If they’re facing an uncertain future, they may just walk,” said Sharon Squassoni, an arms control specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Libya’s cooperation under the program already had waned over the past year, starting around the time of complaints by Moammar Gadhafi’s government that it hadn’t received more financial and military aid from the West in exchange for abandoning its weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. was trying to revive the weapons scientists program when protests against Gadhafi’s government broke out in mid-February. “We are trying to re-engage,” said Bonnie Jenkins, the State Department’s coordinator for threat reduction programs. She said the U.S. still hopes to resume the efforts. It was not immediately clear whether new U.S. financial sanctions imposed after the fighting started would interfere with payments to Libya under the program. But with President Barack Obama actively calling for Gadhafi to step down, it would be nearly impossible for the U.S. to restore ties with the Libyan govern-
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Anti-Gadhafi rebels drive a vehicle forward as smoke rises following an air strike by pro-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi warplanes that attacked a highway leading to the town of Ras Lanouf, eastern Libya, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. ment unless Gadhafi leaves office. Citing the sensitivity of the program, the State Department and Energy Department declined to discuss it further. But experts told The AP that the Obama administration must be concerned about what happens to weapons scientists in Libya. “I am confident that there are a number of Libyans who were involved in the program who had a great deal of knowledge, and it is knowledge that one has to be concerned about when it comes to starting up nuclear weapons programs,” said former Ambassador Robert Joseph, who served as the chief negotiator in talks to end Libya’s nuclear and other weapons. “They did have those individuals. And believe me, those experts could have been very useful to the Syrians or others who might be going down the nuclear path.” Most of Libya’s strategic weapons programs were dismantled in 2004. Some nuclear enrichment equipment and long-range missiles were shipped to the U.S. The only unconventional weapons known to remain in Libya are 10-12 metric tons of mustard gas, a blistering agent, in storage at a site south of Tripoli, said Paul Walker of Global Green USA of Santa Monica, Calif., a charity whose parent organization was founded by Mikhail S. Gorbachev and supports eliminating such weapons. Libya destroyed the shells that could have been used to spray the mustard agent over battlefields years ago. Walker said the chemical does not appear to pose much of a threat. “It’s very difficult to deploy unless you have a sophisticated weapons system,” he said.
Other analysts said that even if Gadhafi found a way to use his mustard agent, he would have little incentive to do so. “If he uses weapons of mass destruction, that would put him in the WMD-Saddam Hussein category,” said Richard Weiz, director of political and military analysis at the Hudson Institute think tank. Squassoni, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has said previously that the scientists working on Libya’s programs are relatively unsophisticated, compared with their counterparts in Russia, Iraq and North Korea. “The Libyan situation bears watching, but it’s not the biggest proliferation concern,” she told The AP. Libyan officials temporarily blocked the shipment of the country’s last stocks of weapons-grade uranium out of the country in November and December 2009, according to U.S. diplomatic messages published by WikiLeaks. One of Gadhafi’s sons, Saif, told U.S. diplomats that Libya was “fed up” with what he described as Washington’s failure to compensate Libya for its cooperation and the U.S. refusal to provide Libya with advanced weapons. It is possible that Libyan officials have hidden away nuclear materials or kept copies of nuclear weapon plans that they turned over to the U.S. after ending their program in 2003, said David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security. He said the U.S. is fortunate it finished removing Libya’s weapons-grade uranium and
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Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi arrives at a hotel to give television interviews in Tripoli, Libya Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tribune CEO, NNPA chair rebuke NAACP Some Black press members insulted by exclusion from Image Awards marketing BY AYANA JONES TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER The NAACP has been criticized for not including Black newspapers in a recent advertising campaign. The NAACP inserted its 42nd NAACP Image Awards Magazine in the Philadelphia Daily News, however the advertisement was not included in The Philadelphia Tribune and other markets (Los Angeles, Atlanta, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Chicago). The magazine insert serves to highlight the Image Awards and the respective honorees. “In (Thursday’s) Philadelphia Daily News, the 42nd NAACP Awards Magazine was inserted and not one copy was inserted in the Philadelphia Tribune, America’s oldest and America’s largest daily newspaper serving the AfricanAmerican community,” said Robert W. Bogle, president and CEO of the Tribune. “This action is an insult to the men and women who work at the Philadelphia Tribune and should be an insult to Black Americans in this country. The very right of full inclu-
sion and participation of African Americans has been denied by the organization that purports that African Americans should be fairly included in all aspects of American life.” The National Newspapers Publishers Association, which represents over 200 members of the Black press, is conducting an investigation to determine whether the practice has happened in other markets. Members have been asked to monitor whether the general publications in their areas are carrying the NAACP Image magazine. “We are quite dismayed and disappointed that the NAACP has, it appears, blatantly overlooked the value of the Black press in slighting and disrespecting the Philadelphia Tribune and when you disrespect one of our papers, you disrespect all of our papers,” said NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell. Bakewell says the Black press has continuously supported the NAACP. “Whenever they have a need the Black press carries their message without question or qualification because we believe in the mission, and it seems as though, from
this action, that the NAACP under Mr. Jealous is losing their way and that troubles me greatly,” he said. “You have to ask the question of who are they trying to get to watch the Image awards. It is a Black program. It is without question a quality program, and is it something that they are trying to get white people to watch, taking for granted that Black people will watch it?” said Bakewell, who publishes the Los Angeles Sentinel. The Los Angeles Sentinel, which is the city’s oldest and largest Black newspaper, did not carry the insert either. “This is not the first time that something like this has happened. We would expect that the NAACP would without any hesitation ensure that the Black press is the primary vehicle for communicating its message about the Image Awards or any other issues that come up,” Bakewell said. NAACP officials could not be reached for comment by the Tribune’s deadline. “At the end of the day this is not just about communication, this is about economics. The fact that they are buying the message from
the white papers and they want us to convey the message free in Black papers is insult to injury,” Bakewell added. “We have supported them and we will continue to support them in the future but this has got to stop.
We want a full explanation and a declaration of what the NAACP’s actions will be towards Black newspapers in the future.” Contact Tribune staff writer Ayana Jones at (215) 893-5747 or AJones@phillytrib.com.
Continued from page 4 dismantling the country’s arms programs before the current fighting. U.S. and British efforts to find new jobs for Libyan weapons scientists have focused on Tajoura, east of Tripoli along the Mediterranean coast. It is the site of a 10-megawatt, Sovietbuilt research reactor and the center of Libya’s nuclear research programs. Ambassador Gene Cretz described “shoddy security” at the Tajoura facility in a 2009 diplomatic message also published by WikiLeaks. The Tajoura reactor was converted in 2006 from weapons-grade uranium to low-enriched uranium, which can’t be used to build atomic weapons. It now produces radioisotopes for commercial applications. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s website says the Libyan reactor is operational, but a spokesman
for the agency says it isn’t clear whether Tajoura is still running. Research reactors are typically operated for a few hours a day and a few days a week, as needed, said Olli Heinonen, a former official with the International Atomic Energy Commission, now a fellow at Harvard. Because the reactor is no longer fueled by weapons-grade uranium, it is considered less of a proliferation threat. About 400 anti-government protesters marched last week through Tajoura, chanting, “The people want to bring the regime down!” and waving the red, black and green flag of Libya’s pre-Gadhafi monarchy, the banner of the uprising. Witnesses said pro-Gadhafi forces quickly moved in, firing volleys of tear gas before opening fire with live ammunition.
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The bullying epidemic BY ELIZ COLEMAN DOWDY SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE PRECINCT REPORTER GROUP The Precinct Reporter joined a national conference call recently detailing the spreading epidemic of bullying against special needs children. The subject has moved to the front burner recently because of children who were so traumatized by the ostracism they received that for them suicide was the answer. Bringing media representatives together to interact with those on the front lines fighting for zero tolerance for those children who bear a greater burden of rejection, name-calling, and acts of violence perpetrated against the special needs children. Hosting the call was Sheryl Young, CEO, Community Gatepath, an organization assisting parents and forming a network of resources to help them navigate the arduous path for equality for their children. Panel participants were actress Lauren Potter from the television show “Glee,” and her mother, Robin Sinkhorn. Twenty-year-old Potter is a native of the Inland Empire; she grew up in Riverside, and graduated from Poly High School; she has Downs Syndrome. On the show she portrays Becky Johnson, a cheerleader who has Downs Syndrome. However, life has not always been
kind to Lauren. She shared some of the mean acts she endured growing up as she stepped back into real life, remembering the inhumane acts of other children. She shared a rather painful incident where her MySpace page was plastered with name-calling, using the “R” word (retarded) complete with descriptive posters. Her mother Robin was the first to see it and tried to shield it from her daughter. However, Potter’s supporters flooded the page with positive comments that lifted her spirits. Participating in the conference were Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics, the organization founded by his mother to showcase the accomplishments of special needs individuals; Anthony Shriver, founder and Chairman, Best Buddies International; U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Jackie Speier, (D-CA), and Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The three organizations, Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and Abilitypath.org, an arm of Community Gatepath, are in the process of launching a nationwide campaign, “Disabling Bullying.” It will engage a broad coalition of parents, educators, activists, and policymakers to disable the practice that has escalated in recent years. A report released by the Journal
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Russell Dickerson Jr., left, looks on as he son, Russell Dickerson III, speaks at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, in Seattle about his lawsuit against the school district in Aberdeen, Wash. Dickerson, 19 and a graduate of Aberdeen High School, is suing the district, saying they did nothing to keep him from being bullied. He says he was subject to repeated bullying because he’s black and because of his perceived sexual orientation. of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology documents children with special needs, or a disability are 10 times more likely to be bullied than the typical “normal” student. Timothy Shriver stated this silent epidemic is spreading because no one considers it a problem. We have to awaken the public to the fact that many adults feel children with special needs should not attend their children’s schools. The children are
acting out what they see and hear many times. As children, many adults were victims of bullying; they dealt with it, and feel that children today need to learn to deal with those problems, attributing it to “that’s the way life is, get over it”! The act of bullying today has escalated to a new level that includes cyber bullying, with other children gathering around the victim and taping the abuse — physical and verbal
— and putting it on You Tube. Congresswoman Speier thanked Sheryl for bringing the information into the public’s conscience, stating she was also pleased to hear Potter and Sinkhorn going public with some of the atrocities that Potter endured before she became a featured co-star on the popular television show. The Congresswoman added that this is a wake-up call to See BULLYING, page 7
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Millions of fish washed up dead in the King Harbor BY ROBERT JABLON ASSOCIATED PRESS REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — An estimated one million fish turned up dead Tuesday in a Southern California marina, creating a floating feast for pelicans, gulls and other sea life and a stinky mess for harbor authorities. The sardines apparently depleted the water of oxygen and suffocated after getting lost in the marina, officials said. “All indications are it’s a naturally occurring event,” said Andrew Hughan, a California Fish and Game spokesman at the scene. The die-off was unusual but not unprecedented. “In the world of fishing this is an afternoon’s catch,” he noted.
Boaters awakened to find a carpet of small silvery fish surrounding their vessels, said Staci Gabrielli, marine coordinator for King Harbor Marina on the Los Angeles County coast. Authorities said there was also a 12- to 18-inch layer of dead fish on the bottom of the marina. The scale was impressive to locals at King Harbor, which shelters about 1,400 boats on south Santa Monica Bay. “The fishermen say they’ve never seen anything this bad that wasn’t red tide,” Hughan said, referring to the natural blooms of toxic algae that can kill fish. Brent Scheiwe, an official of Sea Lab, a Los Angeles Conservation Corps research program at Redondo, said testing of some of the
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parents, educators, and the community in general that bullying, including special needs children, will not be tolerated. The problem needs to be addressed at the earliest age. Ninety percent of children are lookers-on and do not intervene. She assured the participants that funding set aside to deal with bullying will also include children with special needs. Congresswoman Speier joined the call from the floor of the House; she had to leave early because an important vote was advancing on the floor. There has been a rash of incidents involving teachers and how they relate to children with special needs, especially children dealing with autism. Tom Torlakson thanked the team, and stated that bullying is a top priority for all California school administrators to stop the bullying process. We must establish a zero tolerance for bullying; all school personnel should be trained to stop bullying when they see it happening, he said. Anthony Shriver stated his organization is working with middle and high school students interacting with special needs students, stating, “I think when people see the interaction they will drop some of their pre-conceived prejudices against those considered different. We need more special needs children out in the communities and in the schools.” During the question/answer segment, the first question dealt with in-house training for teachers. Superintendent Torlakson answered that the focus has not been on the front burner where bullying of special needs children is concerned. Another question asked was why the problem has continued this long? The answer was that when adults don’t get it, the children don’t either. Public policy has made it acceptable to segregate. We have allowed society to minimalize this issue. Many of these children have not been mainstreamed before because of the fears of non-acceptance and violent acts. The Precinct Reporter’s question
was: At what point should parents consider filing a lawsuit against nonresponsive school districts that do not take appropriate action to defuse the bullying process? It was an area no one wanted to deal with, but one I believed was absolutely pertinent. The answers were: That is certainly an option when the system is totally unresponsive, however parents should explore other options first. If the teacher/local school administrator is lax in dealing with the issue, then parents should bring the issue to the board of trustees. If there is no change in the policies and their children are still afraid of going to school, then surely legal redress is an option. The legal issue revolves around the idea of when does teasing cross the line and become bullying; that some patience is required. However, if the school district is continuing to turn a deaf ear to the problem there is an 800 number at the Department of Education. It is (800) 926-0648. There, parents can file complaints against lax policies that they are continuing to deal with in addition to trying to make sure their children are learning life skills. This campaign is for all children, not just those with special needs; it includes mental illness, those on medication for attention deficit disorder; those whose linguistic skills may not have developed adequately and are fearful of speaking out in the classroom. All teachers must have sensitivity training to deal with all the special needs children that come into their classroom. Lauren Potter will be making more public appearances to demonstrate the fact that just because some people have certain challenges that does not mean they are less than human, to be mistreated by those who consider themselves perfect specimens of humanity. The strong are to provide protection for the weak; not join the culture gangs meant to destroy their prestige, confidence, and devalue their humanity
water showed oxygen levels near zero. Hughan said water samples showed no oils or chemicals that could have contributed to the deaths. He said some of the fish were being shipped to a Fish and Game laboratory for study but the cause was likely to be uncomplicated. The fish appeared to have come into the marina during the night and probably couldn't find their way out, he said. “The simplest explanation is the fish got lost. ... They get confused easily,” he said. Hughan said there was no safety issue at all but “it’s going to smell bad for quite a while.” Fire Department, Harbor Patrol and other city workers set to work scooping up fish in nets and buckets. A skip loader then carried them to big trash bins. Officials initially estimated there were millions of fish, but Fish and Game roughly estimated about a million. City officials estimated the cleanup would cost $100,000. Fire Chief Dan Madrigal said the fish would be taken to a landfill specializing in organic materials. On the water, nature was tackling the problem in other ways. “The seals are gorging themselves,” Hughan said. Large groups of other fish could be seen nibbling at the floating mats of dead creatures. “The sea’s going to recycle everything. It’s the whole circle-oflife thing,” Hughan said. Although Fish and Game authorities were focusing on the idea that the sardines simply got confused, other theories abounded. Hughan noted that some fishermen reported waves were coming over the harbor breakwaters during the night. That washes bird excrement off the rocks and into the marina and can cause the water to be depleted of oxygen. Gabrielli, the marina employee, said the fish appeared to have moved into the harbor to escape a red tide then possibly became trapped due to high winds overnight. Ed Parnell, a marine ecologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, called Gabrielli's theory plausible, although generally he would expect the wind would have mixed oxygen into the water. Parnell said these types of fish kills are more typically seen in the Gulf of Mexico or the Salton Sea, the enormous desert lake in southeastern California where millions of fish die with some regularity. Sea Lab’s Scheiwe said the fish may have gotten trapped in the 30foot deep marina while sheltering from rough seas overnight. “They like to follow each other, so it only takes a few” to create a mass migration, he said. “Over time they will find their way out, but if it’s rough out there they probably stayed in shelter,” he said. See DEAD FISH, page 8
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Dead fish float in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Millions of fish washed up dead in the harbor, triggering a cleanup effort by the city.
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S Williams calls lung embolism â€˜scariest momentâ€™ BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Photo/Mark Duncan
Golden State Warriorsâ€™ Monta Ellis, right, hugs Cleveland Cavaliersâ€™ Baron Davis after the Warriorsâ€™ 95-85 win in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Cleveland.
Cavsâ€™ Davis leaves team after grandmotherâ€™s death BY TOM WITHERS AP SPORTS WRITER CLEVELAND â€” Baron Davis is going back home. It's the trip he feared. The veteran guard left the Cleveland Cavaliers and returned to
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