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‘Initiation’ a dying tradition at MHS BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL There’s an occurrence that takes place here toward the end of nearly every academic year, a rite of passage of sorts for the incoming freshmen about to embark on the final chapter of their K-12 educational journey. Many call it “initiation,” some might clas-

sify it as a form of hazing. Regardless, some Malibu High School parents say the welcoming that some incoming seniors have traditionally given to incoming freshman is a cause for concern. In a message blast to the school community through its eMHS mailing list, Liz Cowgill, an eighth grade and ninth grade counselor at Malibu, warned parents about the upcoming “initiation,” stressing that the

activity is neither condoned nor sponsored by the school. “The 11th graders, much to our disappointment, have always instigated initiation every spring,” Cowgill states in the e-mail. “Initiation is illegal because it is hazing.” The initiation for girls usually involves the seniors throwing condiments on the eighth graders as they roll in the sand, much more violent for boys who might get pad-

dled or forced to fight, according to Cowgill. Perhaps most concerning about the initiation is the after party thrown by the juniors, Cowgill continues, though she did not elaborate on details. Her initial posting was followed by several messages by parents expressing concerns of the activities, taking place outside of adult SEE INITIATION PAGE 11

Despite hype, a poor showing at superintendent search meeting BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer


Morgan Genser Jolie Wolff (center) and her grandfather Bob Wolf (right) attend a memorial service Friday for the ficus trees that were recently removed from the downtown area. The event was organized by Santa Monica Treesavers, a group of activists that have been battling city officials to save the trees that were removed as part of a beatification plan. A total of 23 ficus trees were cut down as part of the project.

SAMOHI In an effort to gather public input for the interim superintendent search, school district officials hosted a series of community workshops on Thursday, the meetings surprisingly poorly attended considering the hype surrounding outgoing leader Dianne Talarico. Roughly 12 people attended the afternoon and early evening meetings held at Santa Monica High School, only seven of whom offered their opinions on the qualifications in which they believe the interim leader should possess. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announced the workshops, which were held concurrently at Malibu and Santa Monica high schools, on Monday, just days after the Board of Education hired Leadership Associates to head the search. At the two meetings in Malibu just 10 people showed up. “I am somewhat disappointed,” board member Barry Snell, who attended the Samohi meeting, said. “I had believed more people would show up. “Those who did show up gave us some insight into the qualifications needed for a superintendent.” Talarico, who has served as superintendent for nearly two years, will oversee the Burlingame School District in Northern California starting July 1. School officials have said they would like to secure an interim superintendent by the time Talarico leaves but are open to more time if it means SEE SEARCH PAGE 12




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Memorial benefit concert cancelled BY ALICE OLLSTEIN Special to the Daily Press

DOWNTOWN Saturday night at the Orpheum Theater, students, parents and community members would have been lining up for a rock concert honoring the lives of Eddie Lopez and Dillon Henry, both of whom would have graduated next week. On June 6, the concert was canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances.” Lopez, who attended Santa Monica High School, was mistaken for a gang member and shot to death on Feb. 28, 2006. He was 15 years old. Henry, who went to Palisades High School, died in a car accident on July 6, 2007. He was 17. Friends and family have done much to honor both boys in the past few years, such

as holding memorial services and tree planting ceremonies, as well as starting charities, but little could be called a celebration. “Everything we’ve been doing so far has been sad, with a tone of grief and mourning,” said Samohi senior Josh Miller, a former friend of Lopez who helped plan the Orpheum concert. “But Eddie was a fun guy who loved music, so we wanted to celebrate his life for once.” Lopez and Miller met while playing Little League baseball at age 10, and later became pitchers on the Samohi team. “I hit my first homerun off him,” Miller said. “We used to joke about that.” According to Miller, the time was right to plan a memorial event. The foundation he started for Lopez in 2006, Resilient Youth, had been getting a flood of donations and

media attention, all of which is necessary for executing a successful event. Then Los Angeles promoter Bill Silva took on the event because, according to Miller, he was moved by the story of Lopez and Henry. “When [Silva] was young, some big promoter helped him do an event, so he wanted to give back by helping us,” Miller said. “I also think the story of Eddie really touches people.” Silva approached the Orpheum, a 2,000 seat venue in Downtown L.A., and explained the story of Dillon and Lopez. The Orpheum agreed to host the concert, and included several discounts. Later, they waived the cancellation fee. The tickets were originally priced at $55, but were lowered to $30 when students complained that they couldn’t afford a ticket. Ticketmaster also chipped in, waiving their online purchasing fee for the first time since the

Hurricane Katrina benefit concert. They will now reimburse all ticket purchases at no cost. While the concert was originally planned as a benefit for Lopez alone, Miller later joined forces with Henry’s mother, Harriet Zaretsky, to plan the event. Zaretsky had been thinking of planning a concert herself to honor her son, and there was, as Miller described, “a lot of friend overlap” between the two boys. A mutual friend introduced Miller and Zaretsky, and they set to work on publicity and promotion. A week before the concert, however, after placing ads in L.A. Weekly and all over both high school campuses, those planning the concert decided to cancel due to low ticket sales. SEE CONCERT PAGE 13

Mars lander probes first microscope information BY ALICIA CHANG Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES The Phoenix lander sent back the most detailed view of the Martian soil to date, showing clumps of fine grains mixed with possible minerals, scientists said Friday. Much of the dirt that Phoenix scooped up and sprinkled on its microscope appeared as a reddish-orange hue that’s typical of the Martian landscape. Zooming in, scientists noticed green particles that could be olivine, a mineral usually associated with volcanic eruptions. The soil also contained round, black glassy specks that could be volcanic glass, said mission scientist Tom Pike of the Imperial College in London. It’s too early to make any generalizations about Phoenix’s landing site, but scientists were intrigued by the latest images. “What we are looking at here is a part of history of Martian soil,” Pike said at a news conference in Tucson, Ariz. The mineral olivine was previously dis-


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I’d like to applaud the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board for the new alternative high school that is being proposed for the district. I want to speak in favor of this model of education. For the last 70 years, St. Monica Catholic High School has been a smaller, secondary institution that has also been alternative, service-learning, and environmentally conscientious. As pastor of St. Monica, I can vouch for the great atmosphere and community that such institutions bring to education and to the students who attend them. So bravo to the SMMUSD, and best wishes in this endeavor.

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Might as well vote for Bush Editor:

When can our troops come home from Iraq? “ … that’s not too important,” said John McCain when he was asked this month on NBC’s “Today” show. But how does that sound to families who have a loved one serving in Iraq, who live for the day when they can see their child, spouse, or parent again, alive and in one piece? From what McCain has said about continuing his war in Iraq, he does not care one bit about what most of us want. Most Iraqis want us out of their country, too. But he has said he would keep us in Iraq for another five years, or as he excitedly told one reporter, maybe “a hundred years” or “a thousand or million years.” What mood swings the man has. McCain said in March of this year, “No one has supported President Bush on Iraq more than I have.” Yet now he conveniently tries to distance himself from Bush. If McCain is elected president, we will be dragged down by another four years of Bush policies.

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Mr. (Steve) Breen is no credit to the Post Office. I assume he works in Santa Monica. I think the postmaster needs to put a muzzle on him. I am a retired federal employee but not the [with] postal service. I can’t believe the article he prints and why the SMDP caters to him. He is not an asset to your newpaper. I put him and Ron Lowe in the same category. If he’s this obnoxious in his writings I can imagine what he’s like to work with.

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Could it be Bill, not Hillary who becomes vice president? WE’VE HEARD A LOT OF PLEAS OF

sympathy for Hillary Clinton ever since she conceded that she didn’t win the Democratic nomination. We were told that it was going to be necessary for there to be some time for “the healing process.” “Newsweek” even suggested that candidates who lose presidential elections generally suffer from a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder. If this is true, I have the utmost confidence that Hillary will triumph over these difficulties. She has certainly demonstrated her strength and resiliency during the campaign. The one I’m worried about is Bill. More than ever, during the interminable campaign for the nomination, the former president demonstrated his love of the limelight. For several years, he had seemed content to be off the front pages and the evening news. He appeared to be happy doing both philanthropic work and making a fortune giving speeches about being philanthropic. But then he got a taste of it again, and he remembered what he’d been missing all those years. It was publicity, feeling important, and having cute young reporters writing down every word that he said. If he couldn’t be president again because of some silly little Constitutional thing, he’d be the closest thing to it. He could be the First Gentleman. Not only that, but he’d be the first First Gentleman. However, the more obvious it became that Sen. Clinton wasn’t going to win, the more desperate Bill became. “Hey, this isn’t fair,” he probably thought. “I’d make a better First Spouse than Michelle Obama. She doesn’t even know how to signal to the Secret Service guys to look the other way.” If Bill hadn’t acted so unprincipled in those final weeks of the campaign, he would have seemed pathetic. So let’s not ask that question about Hillary anymore. Instead, let’s ask, “What’s Bill going to do now?” Is he really going to be able to go back to the shadows after people made all this fuss about him again? I don’t think so. His kind of “attention deficit disorder” happens when

the world gives him a deficit of attention. It’s not out of the question, but I doubt that he’ll do the reality show, “At Home With The Crazy Clintons.” (Note to the Fox Network: When you steal this idea, I’ll sue but I’ll settle out of court). I don’t see him as an all-star for the Yankees, he’s not going to run for the mayor of Hope, Arkansas, and I don’t see him as playing his saxophone on the Third Street Promenade. So what can he do that will satisfy his appetite for approval? As I was worrying about poor Bill, I happened to hear that former basketball player/bridal gown model Dennis Rodman, and child star/do anything guy, Danny Bonaduce were going to be on a new television show called, “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Wrestling.” I immediately thought this might be just the thing for Bill. He’d get plenty of attention, he could show off his reduced body, and he’d have fawning female fans. But my insanity was only temporary. Bill Clinton is not Danny Bonaduce — and he can quote me on that. Bill doesn’t just want the spotlight. He desperately wants to be remembered respectfully. They might not always act like it, but presidents apparently care what the history books will say about them. I gave it some more thought, and then realized that Bill had not made a fool of himself for at least a week. He hasn’t tried to upstage anyone lately. And he has stopped saying anything negative about Obama. This last fact is what made me finally understand what Bill is up to. Why is he behaving himself? Why is he cozying up to Barack Obama? It’s simple. Bill has figured out what he’d like to do next: He wants to be vice president. LLOYD GARVER has written for many television shows, ranging from “Sesame Street” to “Family Ties” to “Home Improvement” to “Frasier.” He has also read many books, some of them in hardcover. He can be reached at Check out his website at


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Space Travel? Earthlings yearn to travel far, To fly around in outer space, To see what lies beyond a star, To find somewhere an alien race. But stop a moment humankind! This old planet needs you here. Look around and you will find Enough to make you shed a tear. Polluted air and oceans wide, Warming winds and melting ice, Wars and famines side by side, Mean streets overrun by vice. Let’s concentrate on mother earth And heal the wounds that we create, To bring about a grand rebirth And commandeer or planet’s fate. When you long for worlds afar, Just raise your eyes and look up high. Behold the moon and every star, The universe is our own sky.

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We still have hope. I can’t emphasize how much we want to find him, no matter what the outcome is.” — Jennifer Argenti, a Santa Monica resident who went surfing with missing hiker Kevin Gale every morning. Gale was reported missing to the Santa Monica Police Department on June 4, last spotted en route to a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains on May 27.

Anyway, I really am sorry you’re having such a rough time. Maybe you should go see the “Sex and the City” movie. It’s all about second, third and 19th chances. A topic close to your heart, now in more ways than one.” — SMDP columnist Meredith C. Carroll writing to Sen. Hillary Clinton in “Meredith Pro Tem.”

I got to wearing them all the time, and would only take them off to sleep or to shower. Now I only wear one when I perform because if I didn’t people might say, ‘Who is that guy up there?’” — Latin Jazz percussionist and band leader, Poncho Sanchez regarding his propensity to wear his signature Kangol hat. Sanchez plays the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend.

I wish I weren’t so hooked on the Lakers but I’m powerless. I probably should be going to L.A. meetings — Lakers Anonymous. Laugh, but who knows there isn’t such a thing? On the plus side, at least I use the Lakers games to work out down in the gym. I even bring my own universal remote with me, as if people didn’t think I was weird enough. But when things go awry for the Lakers (too often for my tastes) I have to be careful not to swear. One could get the impression I was obsessed. Who, me?”

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You are made out of meat. You may be friendly toward the polar bear but a polar bear thinks of you as an entrée. Existentially speaking, I would like to place an environmentalist and a Washington lawyer on a shrinking ice floe with a polar bear for gladiatorial purposes … on pay-per-view. I’ll bet the lawyer would come in a close second. The enviro-bozo would be sprinkled with parsley and have an apple stuck in his mouth.”

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Fran Pavley beat out Lloyd Levine to be the Democratic nominee for the 23rd Senate District. I received eight, glossy, color brochures from Levine (and nothing from Pavley) although I’m registered as a ‘nonaffiliated’ voter. I don’t know who managed his campaign but the sheer volume of increasingly malicious and petty attacks on Pavley must have cost him beaucoup votes. Negative campaigns don’t work here and Levine should have known this” — SMDP columnist Bill Bauer writing in “My Write.”

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“MCCAIN IS TOO OLD, A WARMONGER and fascist. Obama is too young, inexperienced and liberal, so they both need opposites for their vice presidents. McCain should get Miley Cyrus or Chris Rock and Obama should get McCain.” “OBAMA’S VICE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE The Rev. Wright, his gay lover. That would be good for him. Rev. Wright, his gay lover. McCain should have Condoleezza Rice for his v.p. That would be the best for McCain.” “MR. OBAMA’S REQUIRED HARVARD University political reading list of ‘Das Kapital,’ ‘Mein Kampf’ and ‘It Takes a Village’ means my first choice would be that of former lifeguard Ted Kennedy, too old and too sick. Next would be Jesse Jackson, great choice for getting back at whitey. The best choice would be Oprah Winfrey. Half the hillbillies that watch her show would vote for her. She could buy any country that gives us problems and she could end slavery in America. For McCain the first choice would be Colin Powell. Here’s two guys who know the real world and the great cost of freedom. I also like Ron Paul, but that puts two geezers on the ticket and not progressive enough ideas. Hey, wait a minute, flat tax, don’t spend more than you tax, pay down the $10 trillion debt, sounds pretty new to me. Only Oprah has that kind of money. Me and all the hillbilles need a new car. Thank you Miss Vice President.”

good one.” “MICKEY MOUSE AND DONALD DUCK. It doesn’t matter which vice president is assigned to which presidential candidate. Anyway it promises to be a disastrous presidency. Neither candidate knows a thing about our economy or national relations or anything else. They are both liberals who will open our borders, increase our taxes and the size of the federal government.” “HILLARY, HILLARY, HILLARY. WE NEED someone to take on health care.” “FROM AN OBJECTIVE STANDPOINT, I would consider Obama’s best possible vice presidential pick to be Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia. Bill Richardson and Joe Biden would also be vice presidential picks who would greatly benefit Obama, helping him to win the general election. In regards to McCain, his best choice would be Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida. That would be an extremely formidable ticket for the Democrats to contend with. I would consider, from an objective standpoint, the worst possible pick that Obama could make for his vice presidential candidate would be Hillary Clinton. And for McCain, the worst possible pick would be Mitt Romney. Both of those tickets would be very detrimental to the fortunes of either candidates. However, given that I am a Democrat a McCain-Romney ticket would be enjoyable to see because that would mean McCain would lose in a landslide to Obama.” “CONDOLEEZZA RICE IS THE ONLY partner we need to pick for John McCain. He’ll need her. He needs help making very important choices for our country and Obama, I don’t know him.” P R O U D LY B R O U G H T T O Y O U B Y

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Sushi can go vegetarian, too SUSHI AND DATING — THEY GO TOGETHER,

at least they use to, until I realized that if I went to a sushi restaurant on a first date, there was never a second. The lack of date number two was my choice so I could not help feel that perhaps the pretense of a high end sushi restaurant skewed my decision to go out again. Was I really giving these gentleman a fair shake by putting them under the gun of the sushisphere; the atmosphere whereby beautiful people eat raw fish, drink sake and attempt to make conversation over the unyielding clamor in a restaurant where you use chop sticks instead of silverware? What would make a sushi restaurant so noisy anyway? Perhaps it’s the nutrients one consumes in the two hour dining period, or possibly the arrival of the hefty bill after a couple strips of sashimi, which makes the crowd more boisterous. Sushi can be a wonderfully healthy choice for those who wish to watch their weight and obtain those coveted Omega-3 essential fatty acids. I was inspired to write about sushi this week, not because of another failed first date but because I ate sushi twice in one day. On

my way home from the gym I ran into a friend who invited me for happy hour half price sushi and later that evening before seeing “Sex in the City,” which I loved BTW, I again ate half price sushi on the Promenade. My choices: tuna, salmon and California rolls. When dining out at full fare I go for sashimi, the pure raw unadulterated fish sans rice, perhaps topped with jalapenos and ponzu (a citrus based sauce) and dipped in wasabi laden low-sodium soy sauce followed by a pickled ginger slice. Since I am not yet well versed on the safety of raw fish, I am going to start you off with a Vegan sushi recipe to try in the comfort of your own home, with or without a date — your call. If you feel so inclined, add some cooked crab, smoked salmon or steamed shrimp to increase the protein and Omega-3’s per roll. ELIZABETH BROWN is a registered dietitian and certified holistic chef. See her Eat2Liv pilot on her YouTube channel: The Kitchen Vixen. For more information please contact her at

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Bamboo rolling mat 1 cup dry short grain brown rice, cooked in 3 cups water or brewed tea 10 sheets dried Nori 1 Tbsp brown rice vinegar 1/4 cup tamari 1 Tbsp sesame or canola oil Shiitake mushrooms, finely diced (soak in warm water if dehydrated) Sesame seeds or Gomasio (a Japanese seasoning: sesame seeds, sea salt & sea vegetables ) 1/4 cup Dulse flakes 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes 1/4 cup pickled ginger, finely diced (see recipe) Prepare the pickled ginger first so it can marinate or “pickle” while you prepare the other ingredients Cook rice, bring to boil, reduce to low; 3540 minutes. Add liquid as needed. Remove from heat. Steam uncovered until all liquid has been absorbed. Dice shiitakes. Heat oil in skillet on mediumlow, add shiitakes and 1 Tbsp of tamari, ‘heat’ mushrooms 5 minutes. Add rice to 9 X 13 baking dish to spread out, cool and add other ingredients: vinegar, tamari, sesame seeds or Gomasio, dulse, nutritional yeast and shiitakes. Remove ginger from marinade. Finely

dice. Add ginger and “pickling” juice to rice mixture. Place nori sheet on bamboo mat and spread rice mixture 1/4 thick over sheet, leave two inches at the top (end away from you) for sealing off roll. Grasp side of the mat closest to you, rollit-up and away toward the top. Press log tightly as you move it towards the end. Do not “roll” mat within sushi. Use the mat to press sushi as you roll. When sushi is all rolled up, wrap the mat around it and grasp firmly to press it together. Moisten “top” end with vinegar to seal it. Place sushi on a cutting board. With sharp knife, slice in one inch segments. Serve with wasabi, tamari & ginger. PICKLED GINGER 2 to 3 inches fresh ginger (may double recipe, reserve some for serving) 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 4 tablespoons brown rice vinegar Peel the ginger and slice it paper thin Bring a pan of water to a boil, turn off heat and soak ginger slices in water a few seconds. Pickling Mixture: Mix together honey, salt and rice vinegar. Stir until honey has dissolved. Drain ginger from water. Place slices in pickling mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge.


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RICHIE PALMER’S PIZZERIA Owned and operated by Richie Palmer, founder of the worldfamous Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills. Palmer says he had to open in Santa Monica so all the people here would stop calling Beverly Hills for delivery. Same great pizza and Italian food. 1355 Ocean Ave

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Vitos 2807 Ocean Park Blvd Windows Restaurant 530 Pico Blvd. Yongs Cafe 3020 Nebraska Ave. Yuni Sushi 1928 Lincoln Blvd Zabies 3003 Ocean Park Blvd

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(310) 399-7892



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Maos Kitchen 1512 Pacific Ave. Piccolo Ristorante 5 Dudley Ave. Primitivo Wine Bistro 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Rose Cafe 220 Rose Ave. Shima 1432 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Siam Best Restaurant 2533 Lincoln Blvd. Stroh’s Gourmet 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Szechwan Restaurant 2905 Washington Blvd. Uncle Darrow's 2560 S Lincoln Blvd. Wabi-Sabi 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Wacky Wok 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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MARINA DEL REY Beachside Cafe 4175 Admiralty Way C & O Cucina 3016 Washington Blvd. Cafe Del Rey 4451 Admiralty Way California Pizza Kitchen 3345 Fiji Way Casa Escobar 14160 Palawan Way Chart House 13950 Panay Way The Cheesecake Factor 4142 Via Marina Chin Chin 13455 Maxella Ave Ste 266 Chipotle Mexican Grill 4718 Admiralty Way Harbor House Restaurant 4211 Admiralty Way Islands 404 Washington Blvd Jer-ne at The Ritz-Carlton 4375 Admiralty Way Kaya Sushi 13400 Washington Blvd. Kifune Restaurant 405 Washington Blvd Le Marmiton 4724 Admiralty Way Mercedes Grille 14 Washington Blvd Mermaids-Juice Java & More 14045 Panay Way Rainbow Acres Natural Foods 4756 Admiralty Way Sapori Ristorante 13723 Fiji Way Tony P's 4445 Admiralty Way Tsuji No Hana 4714 Lincoln Blvd The Warehouse Restaurant 4499 Admiralty Way

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BRENTWOOD Barney's Hamburgers 11660 San Vicente Blvd. Chez Mimi Restaurant 246 26th St Chin Chin 11740 San Vicente Blvd. Coral Tree Cafe 11645 San Vicente Blvd. Harvest Restaurant 13018 San Vicente Blvd. Literati II 12081 Wilshire Blvd. Enzo and Angela 11701 Wilshire Blvd. Trattoria Amici 2538 San Vicente Blvd

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WEST LA Anna's Italian Restaurant 10929 Pico Blvd. Aphrodisiac 10351 Santa Monica Blvd. The Apple Pan 10801 W. Pico Blvd. Awash Restaurant 5990 Pico Blvd. Bombay Cafe 12021 W. Pico Blvd. Carmine's II Caffe 10463 Santa Monica Blvd. Colony Cafe 10937 W. Pico Blvd. En Sushi 11651 Santa Monica Blvd. DiVita's 11916 Wilshire Blvd. Feast From the East 1949 Westwood Blvd. Gaby’s Mediterranean 10445 Venice Blvd.

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HAMLET RESTAURANT Hamlet Restaurant & Bar offers a wide selection of fresh fare and an expanded wine list. Dishes such as the California Market Salad, Spice Crusted Ahi, Southern Crab Cakes and Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwich are just a few of their new menu additions! 2927 S. Sepulveda Blvd.

(310) 478-1546

Il Grano 11359 Santa Monica Blvd. John O'Groats 10516 Pico Blvd. Kay 'n Dave's Cantina 10543 Pico Blvd. Melanee Thai Restaurant 9562 Pico Blvd. Ramayani 1777 Westwood Blvd. Shanghai Diamond Garden 9401 Pico Blvd. Sisley Restaurant 10800 Pico Blvd. Sushi Masu 1911 Westwood Blvd. Torafuku Restaurant 10914 W. Pico Blvd. Upstairs 2 2311 Cotner Ave. Versailles Restaurant 10319 Venice Blvd. Wakasan 1929 Westwood Blvd. The Wine House 2311 Cotner Ave.

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Scientists: 115-year-old’s brain worked perfectly BY ANRICA DEB Associated Press Writer

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands A Dutch woman who was the oldest person in the world when she died at age 115 in 2005 appeared sharp right up to the end, joking that pickled herring was the secret to her longevity. Scientists say that Henrikje van AndelSchipper’s mind was probably as good as it seemed: a post-mortem analysis of her brain revealed few signs of Alzheimer’s or other diseases commonly associated with a decline in mental ability in old age. That came as something of a surprise, said Gert Holstege, a professor at Groningen University, whose findings will be published in the August edition of Neurobiology of Aging. “Everybody was thinking that when you have a brain over 100 years, you have a lot of problems,” he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Friday. He cited a common hardening of arteries and the build up of proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease as examples. “This is the first (extremely old) brain that did not have these problems.” Van Andel was the oldest living person in the world at the time of her death in 2005 in the Dutch city of Hoogeveen, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1972, the then 82-year-old Van Andel called the University of Groningen in order to donate her body to science. She called again at age 111 because she worried she might no longer be of interest. At that time Holstege began to interview her, testing her cognitive abilities at ages 112 and 113. Though she had problems with her eyesight, she was alert and performing better than the average 60- to 75-year-old. Dr. Murali Doraiswamy of the Center for Aging at Duke University, not associated with the study, said it is unusual and valuable.

In the first place there are few “super-centenarians” — people 110 and older — alive at any one time, a slim proportion of the world’s population and a scant number even compared to those who reach 100 years. As a result, he said, there are few chances to study brains as old as hers. “It’s very rare to be able to do not only a post-mortem, but also be able to have tested her two, three years before she died,” said Doraiswamy. “For a scientist, getting the opportunity to study someone like that is like winning the lottery.” Doraiswamy, an Alzheimer’s expert, said that the proportion of brains with some buildup of proteins associated with the disease increases with age. As a result, experts theorize anybody who lives long enough will get them eventually. When Van Andel died, the director of the elderly home where she was living declined to give a cause of death, pointing to her extremely advanced years. Holstege said she died of cancer. “She died from stomach cancer, and you and I can also die from stomach cancer,” he said, adding that her case demonstrates that very old people die of diseases, not simply old age. “It is very important to treat the elderly as normal people, as if they are 50 or 60.” He noted that Van Andel was operated on at age 100 for breast cancer and survived 15 more years. When she was born in 1890, she weighed only 3.5 pounds, and her mother expected her to die in infancy. Van Andel’s husband died in 1959. She had no children. Longevity was in her genes, as all her siblings lived past 70, and her mother died at the age of 100. Asked what advice she would give to people who want to live a long time, she once quipped: “Keep breathing."

Zimbabwe leader warns of violence if he loses election THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HARARE, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said Friday that his supporters are ready to fight if the opposition wins an upcoming presidential runoff election, hardening the rhetoric of a campaign that already has seen widespread violence against government opponents. “I’m even prepared to join the fight,” the 84-year-old Mugabe told a conference of his party’s youth wing. Mugabe said the veterans of the war of independence in 1980 had approached him after the first round of voting in March and threatened to take up arms again if opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai wins the June 27 runoff. Tsvangirai finished first in a field of four in the first round but failed to win the majority needed to avoid a runoff. “We can’t allow the British to dominate us through their puppets,” said Mugabe, returning to a campaign theme of portraying Tsvangirai as a pawn of Western powers, a charge the opposition denies. “A vote for the (opposition) is a vote for the British to have once again not just a foothold but real power.” A High Court judge, meanwhile, ordered

police to bring No. 2 opposition leader Tendai Biti to court Saturday and explain why he should not be immediately released, according to opposition lawyer Selby Hwacha. Biti was arrested Thursday upon returning to Zimbabwe from neighboring South Africa. The United States was among the governments that said the arrest of the top aide to Tsvangirai only deepened concerns the runoff would not be free and fair. Since picking up Biti at the airport Thursday, police have refused to say where he was being held or when they might bring him to court. They have said he faces a charge of treason, which can carry the death penalty. Tsvangirai, speaking on the campaign trail Friday, called the charge Biti faces “frivolous.” “Tendai has not committed any crime, he has not committed any offense to warrant the arrest,” the candidate said. The party said Tsvangirai himself was released overnight after being detained by police. Tsvangirai was stopped twice by police as he tried to campaign Thursday, according to the party, which said he was held for about two hours the first time and late into the night the second time.

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Initiations have taken place at Samohi in past FROM INITIATION PAGE 1 supervision, some calling it pointless. Neither the exact location nor the time are usually made directly available to the school’s administration but the information is often picked up through conversations and rumors. The event this year was believed to have taken place on June 6. Administrators said they take every step necessary to prevent the initiation, contacting the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station when they do learn of a possible location and time, asking sheriffs to check on the event. The buzz for initiation usually starts in the early spring when some eighth graders begin inquiring about whether the occurrence will continue, according to Malibu Principal Mark Kelly. Counselors visit with each eighth grader to speak about the practice, telling them they don’t need to participate in order to achieve a high social status on campus, often accompanied with an 11th grader who didn’t go through initiation. “It’s nice to have students speak to other students about not participating,” Kelly said. Volunteers are also enlisted to contact every eighth grade parent to make them aware of the initiation. The origin of the tradition is unknown but did begin sometime during former Principal Mike Matthews tenure between 1993 and 2004. The first senior class at Malibu High School graduated in 1996. “There were some instance of it and we took a lot of action,” Matthews, currently the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources, said. “It’s communicating with the eighth graders and communicating with the soon-to-be seniors and doing everything possible to quell it. “It’s not an every year thing, we heard rumors of it and did everything possible at

that point forward to stop it.” The induction is considered to be a dying tradition at Malibu with the number of participants reportedly dwindling at every event. Kathy Wisnicki, a Malibu parent and school board member, said that she heard there were only about a handful of students who participated this year. Neither of Wisnicki’s children participated during their eighth grade years. “I think that the eighth graders get afraid and don’t end up going,” Wisnicki said. At least one student is trying to reverse the tradition and put a positive spin on initiation.

“It’s one of the things that can happen when you mix two groups and I don’t think the Samo 12th graders have as much access to the incoming freshman in that way,” Wisnicki said. The initiation issue at Malibu has reportedly never reached the Board of Education, some members saying they were unaware that it even existed. “I don’t remember coming to our radar screen,” Jose Escarce, the board vice president, said. “It’s never been mentioned as an issue. “I have never heard it being a problem, but if there is, then I’m certain we will address it,” he said. The reasons why students subject them-


Following Cowgill’s post, a member of the class of 2009 said that the incoming senior girls are hoping to instead start a new practice of bonding, assigning a “big sister” senior with a “little sister” freshman, much like in sororities. The new tradition will involve only slight humiliation at worst and will not involve drinking or drugs. All drivers will be juniors who have had their driver’s license for more than a year, given them the legal ability to carry a passenger, the student continues. Wisnicki said a reason why initiation is an occurrence at Malibu and not the other two high schools in the district is because of the small close-knit campus, which includes grades 6-12.

selves to the humiliation that can accompany hazing is to have a sense of belonging, according to Vanessa Van Petten, a teen counselor who attended the Santa MonicaMalibu schools. “The truth is no one wants to participate in hazing, but it’s a peer pressure thing,” she said. “A lot of kids feel the physical pain is better than the emotional pain of not being included and that is what’s so sad.” The problem with hazing is that it is cyclical in nature, those who were hazed feeling the need to inflict the practice on another. “A lot of time it’s the power hungry preying on the weak kids,” she said. She suggested that teenagers stand their own ground, ignore the hazing tradition and

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Incidents of initiation have not been isolated to Malibu, Samohi experiencing its share in the past several years in the athletics and marching band departments. Such activities are not known to currently occur. “We don’t have any kind of rite of passage or initiation because it’s against the law,” Principal Hugo Pedroza said in reference the California Education Code that bans hazing. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s not allowed and it’s not practiced in the district.” Pedroza added that starting this year, the high school will sponsor a freshman camp where the new students will be given a tour of the campus. Norm Lacy, the athletic director at Santa Monica High School, said that there is a zero tolerance policy with hazing and initiation in this department. “Anything that would consciously influence an athlete that wouldn’t be positive wouldn’t be tolerated in this office,” Lacy said. Lacy meets with coaches every year to be clear that any induction-related activities are not allowed if it can be perceived as denigration. One of the teams that have engaged in a hazing-type activity in the past was the cheerleading squad, Lacy said, activities including “kidnapping,” though the parents were always notified beforehand. “We say you can’t do that, (even) as innocent as it may seem,” he said. The band experienced an incident about a year about when a sophomore was reportSEE INITIATION PAGE 12

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Hollywood protest tries to Few show for search meeting send message on gas prices FROM SEARCH PAGE 1 BY SOLVEJ SCHOU Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES A handful of protesters delivered a message Friday to big oil companies: “kiss my gas!” The five protesters representing a newly formed grassroots group chanted and held signs reading, “Will work for gas money.” They were outnumbered, however, by media at a Mobil station in Hollywood, where regular gas was selling for $4.75 a gallon. The group hopes to launch a nationwide boycott targeting a different oil company each month. Its first target was Exxon Mobil Corp. Beth Snyder, a spokeswoman for the company, said it respected the group’s right to freedom of speech but hoped customers weren’t interrupted by the protest. Jasmyne Cannick, 30, said she founded the “Kiss My Gass!” campaign to channel “road rage” about rising fuel prices. The protest was the latest in a series of often-quirky demonstrations against pump prices around the nation.

Practice troubles some FROM INITIATION PAGE 11 edly hazed. Tina Harris-Rouquette said her son, currently a junior, was hazed as a freshman when he joined the band’s saxophone section, surprisingly hazed again his sophomore year. The student, who no longer is in the band, was walking through the Pico Neighborhood en route to haze a few freshman when a group of students jumped from behind trash cans and threw eggs at him, Harris-Rouquette said.

finding the best possible candidate. The temporary leader will likely serve well after the beginning of the 2008-09 academic year as the search for a permanent replacement is not expected to begin until after the November election. There are four board member seats up for grabs. School board members said they were surprised by the attendance but that all comments, regardless of the amount, will be taken into consideration. “I think it was important that we gave the opportunity to the public to come,” Jose Escarce, the school board vice president, said after the second Samohi session. “I had hoped more people would come … but every opinion matters and everyone’s opinion will be listened to.” Escarce pointed out that several parents provided input at the school board meeting last week when Leadership Associates was hired. A common theme among those who commented is that the interim superintendent be a healer, helping to guide the district through the aftermath of a number of controversies in the past few years. “I just think it would great if that person could help people

The reason given for why the former band member was hazed was because he had not fulfilled on the initiation his freshman year, she added. Several students have since apologized. Harris-Rouquette added that her son had been bullied growing up. There have been varying versions of the actual incident, according to Terry Sakow, the marching band director at the high school. Sakow added that he doesn’t believe initiation has occurred since the incident, which he said left some bitter feelings. “Nobody wants to go near that,” Sakow said. The initiation always occurs outside of

come together,” Santa Monica resident Betsy Hiteshew said. The opinions ran the gamut. Sheila Forsander, who was once the PTSA president at John Adams Middle School, said she would like to see a superintendent who thinks outside the box, while Lee Jones, the co-chair of the Special Education District Advisory Committee, said she would like a leader who has the ability to work with different groups of people. “Even though this is an interim (decision), it is coming at a crucial time,” Jones said in reference to the changes being made in the district, including the special education department. She added that the superintendent should be an honest individual, a person who demands transparency. “(We need) someone who clearly is a strong leader and has a track record of showing that,” she said. Among the participants in the community workshops were teachers, including Sharon Hart, who plays double duty as a teacher and parent of a student at Lincoln Middle School. Hart stressed that the interim superintendent should pay more attention to the needs of teachers, adding that there has been a lack of communication and professional development. “I’m a teacher with 17 years in the district and I’m not losing my mojo, but I could certainly use some inspiration,” Hart said.

the band room, Sakow said, and he is not aware of the activities until well after it happens. He recalled seeing a photo of a trombone section player blindfolded underneath the LAX sign early in his teaching career. “I always go over with the section leaders that these are the guidelines,” Sakow said. He added that parents will sometimes know about the initiation and will not inform him. Samohi parents said that hazing is absolutely out of the question and believes the high school does a good job of keeping the activities under control. Leslie Wizan, whose son is on the water polo team, said she has never heard of any

initiation-type activity. “Certainly kids will be kids, but when it becomes things with humiliating, degrading and mean, then it can’t be tolerated,” she said. Harris-Rouquette said that she would prefer to see a more positive initiation practice whereby the students would engage in bonding that doesn’t involve humiliation. She said her husband attended a school in France where initiation involved community service. “Something like that would be fine if it’s a way to integrate the younger kids with the older kids,” she said.

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Brandon Wise Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl on Thursday tosses a plastic bottle into one of several blue recycling bins recently installed along Ocean Front Walk in Venice to help keep trash out of the Santa Monica Bay. Homeless individuals, through Chrysalis Enterprises, will maintain the bins and collect recyclables from the receptacles.

Students, parents disappointed, but grateful FROM CONCERT PAGE 3 “We weren’t doing that badly [with sales], but we weren’t getting enough kids,” explained Miller. “It would be awkward to have tribute aspects if the majority of the audience would have no idea who Dillon and Eddie were.” “We thought we’d have a better market with the kids, but they thought it was sold out and didn’t buy for different reasons,” said Zaretsky. “There were a lot of costs involved with the Orpheum and in the end, we had not sold enough tickets to go forward. It would have been a deficit.” She further noted that 2,000 seats is a lot to fill. Miller explained that while RJD2, the headline act, is “huge for the high school scene” and “a steal” for $30, he understood why many couldn’t purchase a ticket. “A lot of Eddie’s friends have prom going on, so they have to get tickets and tuxes, which cost a lot,” Miller said. “And a lot of students couldn’t afford it no matter what.” On Friday night students held a “Dance for Life” at the Marina del Rey Marriott to benefit Dillon’s List and the Children’s

JPL manages mission FROM MARS PAGE 3 covered by the rover Spirit, which has been roaming the Martian equatorial plains since 2004. Since landing near Mars’ north pole on May 25, Phoenix has been busy digging shallow trenches in the permafrost and delivering scoopfuls to its microscope and a test oven that is baking and sniffing the soil for traces of the chemical building blocks of life. The first results from the oven experiment won’t be available until next week.

Miracle Network. A tribute video about Henry and Lopez was screened, one that would have been shown at the Orpheum concert. “It was an incredible event-to-be for two incredible boys,” Zaretsky said of the canceled concert. “We did everything possible to make it happen, but it was an ambitious undertaking. I’m sure it’s not the first concert that’s ever been canceled.” Students felt the loss as well. “It would have been a night in which both senior classes at Palisades and Santa Monica High School could have come together and celebrated these two extraordinary lives that we have lost,” said Daniel Gerena, a close friend of Lopez. “My sincerest apologies to both the Lopez and Henry families for not being able to deliver the night their sons deserved.” Zaretsky expressed appreciation for all the events planned to honor her son and benefit his new charities, including a bike ride for children, an American Idol spin-off and the Orpheum concert. “I want to thank everyone who worked on the concert to support the foundation and make the world a better place,” she said. Phoenix’s main task during the threemonth mission is to dig into an ice layer that’s believed to be lurking inches below the surface. The lander cannot directly detect life, but it will study whether the arctic region has the raw ingredients to support primitive life. The $420 million mission is led by the University of Arizona and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Judge under scrutiny declares mistrial in L.A. obscenity case BY LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent

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sexually explicit material on his own Web site declared a mistrial Friday in an obscenity trial over which he was presiding. Judge Alex Kozinski said he would ask the case to be assigned to another judge. Kozinski is chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but was serving as a trial judge in a federal obscenity prosecution of a man who distributed videos showing bestiality and extreme fetishes. “In light of the public controversy surrounding my involvement in this case I have concluded that there is a manifest necessity to declare a mistrial,” Kozinski wrote in his order. “I recuse myself from further participation in the case and will ask the chief judge of the District Court to reassign it to another judge.” The postings on the judge’s Web site came to light earlier this week when opening statements were under way. The trial was suspended Wednesday after jurors had already watched some of the videos. Kozinski on Thursday asked an ethics panel of the 9th Circuit to conduct an investigation of his own conduct and pledged to cooperate fully. He also asked Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to assign the inquiry to a panel of judges outside the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction of nine western states. In the obscenity case, the U.S. Department of Justice is prosecuting Ira Isaacs, 57, on four counts, including importation or transportation of obscene material for sale. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and forfeiture of assets if convicted. Defense attorney Roger Jon Diamond said he was very upset about the mistrial and was considering his legal

options. He said it was unclear whether the case could proceed with the same jury and a new judge. Diamond accused the Department of Justice of “intimidating Judge Kozinski into doing this.” “We all have to be nervous and concerned when the executive branch can do this to anybody, including the sitting federal appeals judge,” Diamond said. Diamond said there had been meetings with the prosecutor, Justice Department lawyer Kenneth Whitted, and with Brent D. Ward, the head of the government obscenity task force, since the controversy erupted. “I made a proposal for a stipulated mistrial, providing the retrial would not take place until early next year and that was flatly rejected by Mr. Whitted and Mr. Ward,” Diamond said. “They wanted to disqualify Kozinski and go ahead immediately with the same jury and a new judge Monday morning.” Department of Justice spokeswoman Laura Sweeney in Washington, D.C., declined to comment on any aspect of the case. Diamond said he was certain jurors knew of the controversy but he had favored allowing the trial to proceed with Kozinski presiding, rather than simply changing judges. “If we were to come back to court with a new judge, it would send a message to the jury that Judge Kozinski did something wrong, which is not true. The jury would get the impression that something naughty had occurred, which is not the case.” The images on Kozinski’s Web site were reported Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times. Cyrus Sanai, a Beverly Hills lawyer who has had a longrunning dispute with the 9th Circuit, told The Associated Press he discovered the sexual content while monitoring the judge’s Web site in December. Sanai said he downloaded the files then started contacting reporters to bring attention to what he called widespread ethical problems on the 9th Circuit.


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Chicago, NY branches of SAG upset about tactic The Chicago and New York branches of the Screen Actors Guild are upset the Hollywood leadership is targeting a sister union in contract talks. The Los Angeles Times says New York members of the guild’s national board criticized the move to oppose a tentative contract deal reached by the smaller American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The members say the guild campaign will waste $150,000 in funds and is unconscionable. The New York division represents about a fifth of the guild’s 120,000 members. Todd Hissong, president of the guild’s Chicago branch, says the move is inexcusable and against the spirit of unionism. The Chicago and New York offices did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.



Appeals court denies oil giant’s tax refund request A federal appeals court has denied Texaco Inc.’s bid for a $101 million tax refund after paying $1.25 billion to federal authorities to settle an overcharging complaint. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision on Friday and said Texaco, which is now owned by the Chevron Corp., is not entitled to the refund. Texaco paid the Department of Energy $1.25 billion over several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s to settle claims that its oils sales between 1973 and 1981 exceeded price ceilings set by federal regulators. A Texaco lawyer didn’t immediately return a telephone call.



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NorCal wildfires destroy homes, force thousands to flee BY DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writer

PARADISE Firefighters on Friday were battling several wildfires across Northern California, with one wind-whipped blaze in Butte County destroying at least 20 homes and forced thousands of residents to leave the area, including an elderly evacuee who died in the process. Authorities in Butte County closed all roads to Paradise, a town of about 30,000 residents some 90 miles north of Sacramento, and ordered 9,000 residents to leave their homes. An evacuation shelter was set up in nearby Chico. A woman, whose identity was not immediately released, suffered a heart attack during the evacuation and died, said Ruben Grijalva, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It’s the only fatality associated with Northern California fires this month. The fire, which started Wednesday, had grown to more than 20,000 acres and threatened 4,600 structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Twenty homes were confirmed to be destroyed, but officials said that number likely could double once crews were able to better assess the damage. More than 1,500 firefighters were trying to contain the blaze, which was only 16 percent contained by Friday morning. Five firefighters have sustained minor injuries. Fed by strong, erratic winds on Thursday, the fire spread to the hills of the Butte College campus, where officials had set up

an incident command center, said Cal Fire spokesman Joshpae White. “The winds have calmed down significantly,” White said Friday morning. “Hopefully we’ll be able to make significantly progress today.” Firefighters, however, needed to move quickly. Winds from the southwest were expected to pick up in the afternoon, which could push the flames closer to Paradise, said White, who was one of the firefighters injured a day earlier. White said he was escorting reporters through the fire area in a pickup truck when the flames quickly began closing in. After safely evacuating the reporters, he helped nearby firefighters escape and was forced to drive through a wall of fire. “It looked like a million blowtorches across the road,” White said. “We were taking significant heat. The heat was so intense, the windshield began cracking.” White and another firefighter were treated for minor burns. In recent days, hot temperatures, steady winds and tinder-dry vegetation have fueled a series of destructive blazes from Butte County to the San Francisco Bay area to the Los Padres National Forest. But 900 firefighters in Santa Cruz County caught a break Friday as cooler temperatures and increased cloud cover helped them battled a wildfire that had destroyed at least 10 homes in the Bonny Doon community, according to Cal Fire. It was 25 percent contained Friday morning and had scorched 600 acres — a revised estimate from 700

acres, after crews were able to map the blaze. More than 1,500 residents have been told to evacuate their homes in the heavily forested hills about 10 miles northwest of Santa Cruz since the fire broke out Wednesday afternoon. The fire flared just two weeks after another blaze two miles away scorched 4,200 acres and destroyed at least three dozen homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains. James Eason, 28, a full-time caretaker for his quadriplegic dad Jim Eason, 63, said they spent Thursday hanging out with other evacuees in a supermarket parking lot after spending the night in a Red Cross shelter in Felton, several miles from the blaze. On Wednesday, they evacuated their $1,300-a-month yurt, a nearly uninsulated wooden-framed structure covered in canvas where they have lived for the past three months. They weren’t able to check on their home Thursday and planned to spend another night at the shelter, which was moved to a middle school in nearby Scotts Valley. “It’s stressful and frustrating. It makes you anxious not knowing if you’re going to have a place to go back to,” James Eason said. “All of a sudden, with the fire, the yurt doesn’t seem so bad. We’ve started to like it a whole lot.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County early Thursday to free up additional firefighting resources. He declared one in Butte County late Wednesday. Farther south, another wildfire had charred more than 18,600 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County. It was nearly 40 percent contained Friday.

That fire had spread east to a remote part of the Army’s Fort Hunter Liggett base Thursday, but winds were driving the flames away from inhabited areas of the military base, said Manny Madrigal, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. Four families with homes near the base were evacuated, but the 5,000 military personnel who live there were not in immediate danger, said Fort Hunter Liggett spokeswoman Helen Elrod. Several firefighters have suffered injuries while fighting the wind-stoked fires over the past few days. Three firefighters were burned near Lincoln, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, when they were caught in a 65acre grass fire burning in a dry rice field. All three were taken to the University of California, Davis Medical Center regional burn center. Two of them had moderate to severe burns to their faces and arms. “They are both stable and able to communicate. They have significant swelling,” said Battalion Chief Greg Guyan. “They’ll probably be in the burn unit another week.” The third was released from a hospital after treatment for minor facial burns. The burn center was also treating a firefighter who was severely burned Tuesday while trying to protect a mobile home near a wind-blown grass fire southeast of Sacramento. Capt. Steven J. Eggiman, a 21year veteran of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, was in good condition Thursday after undergoing surgery burns to his hands, arms and nose.

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Multiracial Americans see attitudes evolving BY TODD LEWAN AP National Writer

Rachel Lerman is the embodiment of melting-pot citizenry: Born in 1967 in Boston to a blonde, blue-eyed, Roman Catholic white woman and a black man from Nigeria, she was placed in foster care and shortly thereafter adopted by a white couple and raised Jewish. After college, she met Alex Diaz-Asper, a Catholic born in Miami of immigrant parents from Spain and Cuba. At 33, she married him, then settled down in Washington, D.C., in Adams Morgan, a “multi-culti” neighborhood where folks can find Ghana on a map or, at the very least, a Ghanaian eatery around the corner. Three years ago, the couple had twins: Alejandro, a brown-eyed, curly haired boy, caramel-colored from head to toe — “People say he looks like a kid in a Gap ad: very ‘ambi-ethnic.’” — and Miguel, a tot with straight, blonde hair, ice-blue eyes, and the ruddy cheeks of a windburned Irishman. Their momma, who is brown-skinned and curly haired herself, couldn’t be prouder. And yet, when she and the boys are at the playground or the grocery store, she still draws puzzled looks, curious stares and the questions ... “Are you the nanny?” “Is Miguel adopted?” “What are you?” Even today, at a time when immigration and changing social attitudes are helping to swell the numbers of multiracial Americans at 10 times the rate of white population growth, multiethnic people are still struggling to avoid being labeled and marginalized by a society they say is far from entering a “post-race” era. Clearly, the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama, son of a black man and a white woman, has revived a national conversation on racial attitudes. Likewise, it has drawn new attention to the unique perspectives and experiences of the roughly 5 million multiethnic people living in America. Ask multiracial Americans whether things are changing, and you’re likely to hear there’s more outward acceptance now than in decades past for biracial couples, adopted children who don’t share the ethnicity of either parent, and so-called “non-mixed” members of multiracial families. Still, activists who campaign to raise understanding of multiracial people say that acceptance is uneven, varying widely across regions, social classes and generations. “Appearance is still how people judge you, categorize you,” says Heather Tarleton, 28, a biology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of the Interracial Family Circle, a support group founded by her mother, who is black, and her father, who is white. “You spend most of your life trying to explain to people ‘what you are.’ And then, once they know what you are, you still are identified with the race you look most like ... So, it’s never so much that you’re one complete individual with multiple sides, but a fraction of a person that society selects.” Which leads multiracial people to ask some questions of their own. Is it possible, they wonder, that this nation — its history steeped in slavery, terrorism by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, and illicit eroticism between black and white — is ready to embrace not just white or black, but shades of brown?

Why is it, they ask, that multiracial people, from the time they leave the stroller to time they go to their graves, are verbally poked and prodded to choose their “primary” ethnicity — lest it be chosen for them by their peers, based on a glance? How is it that even today, when a highway patrol trooper spots a motorist with European and African heritage he sees a black man, not a white one? At a more basic level, why are terms such as “race” and “mixed” — leftovers, sociologists say, from the misguided “racial science” of the 19th century — still widely used to describe genetic, cultural and social variations within our one human race? Why are concepts such as the “one-drop rule” — the arbitrary, Jim Crow classification of anyone with any African heritage as black — still accepted by many blacks and whites, even as they serve to deepen racial divisions? Rachel Lerman contemplates such questions, of course. Life as a biracial mother with a Spanish-speaking spouse in 2008 America doesn’t come with a laugh track as did the ‘70s sitcom, “The Jeffersons.” But she has two boys to raise, groceries to buy, trips to the playground to make. So, to avoid confusion when she’s out with her light-skinned son, she recently bought Miguel a T-shirt from a site called “” It reads: “She’s my mommy, not my nanny.” A YEAR OF CHANGE

The year 1967 was particularly memorable for multiracial America: Hollywood came out with the Sidney Poitier film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a comedy built around white parents’ acceptance of an interracial couple; and, the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down a Virginia statute that barred whites from marrying nonwhites, a decision that overturned bans in 15 other states. Since then, the number of interracial marriages has steadily risen, from 67,685 in 1970 to 440,150 in 2005, comprising more than 7 percent of America’s 59 million married couples, according to the most recent census figures. Likewise, attitudes toward interraciality appear to be growing more tolerant. In 1972, nearly 37 percent of Americans said marrying someone of a different race should be illegal; by 2002, only 9.9 percent felt the same way. In 2003, more than three-quarters of adults said it was “all right for blacks and whites to date each other,” up from 48 percent who felt that way in 1987, according to the Pew Research Center. Not everyone signs off on interracial unions. Bob Jones University in South Carolina only dropped its prohibition on interracial dating in 2000. The following year, 40 percent of voters in Alabama objected when officials removed a non-enforceable ban on interracial marriages in the state’s constitution. And there are occasional incidents involving taunts and threats. Nonetheless, says Michael Rosenfeld, a professor of sociology at Stanford University, as interracial unions increase, “there is a growing acceptance of this in American society.” One sign of this came in 2000, the first year the Census Bureau allowed Americans SEE RACE PAGE 17

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NC couple face murder in death of son tied to tree BY MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. A couple accused of tying their 13-year-old son to a tree for two nights to punish him for disobedience has been charged with murder in his death, authorities said Friday. Brice Brian McMillan, 41, of Macclesfield, told a deputy that the child was being disobedient and was forced to sleep outside Tuesday while tied to a tree, the Edgecombe County Sheriff ’s Office said. The teenager was released Wednesday morning but again tied up that night for bad behavior, authorities said. The boy was left tied to the tree until the following afternoon when his stepmother found him unresponsive, Sheriff James Knight said. Knight said authorities believe the boy was bound to the tree with plastic ties and possibly other kinds of material. “An adult couldn’t get out of those,” he said. Temperatures in the area rose to above 90 degrees on Thursday afternoon, with a low of 73, according to the National Weather Service. Knight would not discuss any details on the cause of death, saying an autopsy was being conducted at the state chief medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill. The sheriff also didn’t have details on why the boy was being punished, although he said deputies were investigating whether he had run away. Dwight Jefferson, an emergency responder with Pinetops Rescue Squad who was first on the scene, said he did not know the cause of the child’s death. “What we found was a 13-year-old laying on the ground — CPR being done by his father,” Jefferson said. “Then we took over.” Knight said the boy was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. McMillan and Sandra Elizabeth McMillan, 36, also have been charged with felony child abuse. Two other children at the home, ages 7 and 9, have been placed in the custody of the Department of Social Services, authorities said. Knight said he does not know of any past allegations of child abuse in the family. He also said he could not release the name of the boy. The McMillans are being held in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under no bond and are scheduled for a first appearance in court Monday. The sheriff ’s office said they did not know if the couple had an attorney. Macclesfield is about 90 miles east of Durham.

Attitudes change FROM RACE PAGE 16 to identify themselves as multiracial by checking as many boxes about race as there were distinct branches of their family tree. Some traditional civil rights organizations such as the NAACP and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund opposed the change, fearing that fewer self-identified black or Asian people would diminish their constituencies — and thereby make it more difficult to raise funds and monitor discrimination. Those fears haven’t panned out, as it happens: As of July 1, 2007, the number of Americans who identified themselves as being of “two or more races” in the government’s annual Population Estimate shot up 3 percent from the previous year. That exceeded the growth rate of the white population by 10 times. And although multiracial Americans still only represent 1.6 percent of the nation’s 302 million residents, the intense spotlight focused on celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Halle Berry, Derek Jeter and Jessica Alba is a clue that


Foreclosures pile up BY ALAN ZIBEL Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON Soaring foreclosures are continuing to raise questions about the mortgage industry’s claims that lenders are making a dent in the housing crisis. Foreclosure filings last month were up nearly 50 percent compared with a year earlier. Nationwide, 261,255 homes received at least one foreclosure-related filing in May, up 48 percent from 176,137 in the same month last year and up 7 percent from April, foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc. said Friday. The latest grim foreclosure news comes as criticism mounts that efforts by government and the mortgage industry to stem the tide of foreclosures aren’t keeping up with the rising number of troubled homeowners. Critics say a Bush administration-backed mortgage industry coalition, dubbed Hope Now, is falling far short. “It’s clear that these voluntary efforts in and of themselves cannot really make a dent,” said Allen Fishbein, director of credit and housing policy at the Consumer Federation of America. “Government intervention is going to be necessary.” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s and an adviser to Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign, wrote earlier this week that “the Bush administration’s efforts to encourage loan modifications and delay foreclosures are being completely overwhelmed.” A Credit Suisse report from this spring predicted that 6.5 million loans will fall into foreclosure over the next five years, reaching more than 8 percent of all U.S. homes. Sobering statistics like these are leading to more calls for government intervention, especially from lawmakers pushing a plan for the government to guarantee as much as $300 billion in new loans to help borrowers refinance into cheaper, fixed-rate mortgages. A new government report released Wednesday found that among mortgages held by nine large banks, including Bank of America and Citigroup Inc., foreclosures climbed to 1.23 percent of all loans in March from 0.9 percent in October. In a speech, Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan said the federal agency conducted its own examination of foreclosures and loan modifications after finding “significant limitations” with data collected by trade groups like Hope Now. “Virtually none of the data had been subjected to a rigorous process to check for consistency and completeness,” Dugan said. “They were typically responses to surveys that produced aggregate, unverified results from individual firms.” The comptroller’s report found that 2.7 percent of seriously delinquent mortgages had been modified as of March, up from 1.8 percent in November 2007. The industry has continued to favor repayment plans,

corporate sponsors and marketers sense a shift in attitudes toward multiethnicity. Jerome D. Williams, a professor of advertising and African American studies at the University of Texas at Austin, says advertisers remain skittish about backlash from consumers over black-and-white couples in romantic ads. Still, he’s noticed more “ethnically ambiguous” models in TV commercials. “You’re trying to straddle the fence, to get someone to appeal to an ethnic audience while at the same time making sure you don’t turn off a mainstream, white audience.” One thing is apparent to Williams: The younger you are, the more likely you are to know someone who is multiracial — and the more likely you are to accept people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds. Opposition to multiraciality, he says, is aging out. OBAMA EFFECT

It’s not gone unnoticed among America’s multiethnic population that the mainstream media — indeed, a broad swath of Americans — tend to refer to candidate

which help borrowers get back on track after missing a few payments, rather than permanent loan modifications, such as lower interest rates. Faith Schwartz, executive director of Hope Now, said in an e-mailed statement that the group’s statistics “encompass more member data and provide a broader view of the range of solutions delivered by a larger number of mortgage servicers.” Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said this week that Dugan’ analysis shows that “much more aggressive action is needed.” The combination of weak housing sales, falling home values, tighter mortgage lending criteria and a slowing U.S. economy has left financially strapped homeowners with few options to avoid foreclosure. Many can’t find buyers or owe more than their home is worth and can’t get refinanced into an affordable loan. Making matters worse, mortgage rates have been rising, reflecting increased concerns about what the Federal Reserve might do to battle inflation. Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reported Thursday that 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.32 percent this week, the highest level in nearly eight months and up sharply from 6.09 percent last week. According to the RealtyTrac report, one in every 483 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing in May, the highest number since RealtyTrac started the report in 2005 and the second-straight monthly record. Foreclosure filings increased from a year earlier in all but 10 states. Nevada, California, Arizona, Florida and Michigan had the highest statewide foreclosure rates. Metropolitan areas in California and Florida accounted for nine of the top 10 areas with the highest rate of foreclosure. That list was led by Stockton, Calif. and the Cape Coral-Fort Myers area in Florida. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac monitors default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions. Nearly 74,000 properties were repossessed by lenders nationwide in May, while more than 58,000 received default notices, the company said. In Nevada, one in every 118 households received a foreclosure-related notice last month, more than four times the national rate. In California, one in every 183 households faced foreclosure. Rick Sharga, RealtyTrac’s vice president of marketing, said foreclosures are unlikely to peak until sometime this fall, as more loans made to borrowers with poor credit records reset at higher levels. “I don’t think we’ve seen the high point,” he said. About 50 to 60 percent of borrowers who receive foreclosure filings are likely to lose their homes, Sharga said. The rest are likely to be able to sell or refinance. As foreclosed properties pile up, they add to the inventory of homes on the market and drag down home prices. The trend is most dramatic in many parts of California.

Obama as the first serious “black” contender for the White House. Jennifer Noble, 31, a psychology professor at Pasadena City College (and the daughter of a Sri Lankan woman and an AfricanAmerican father), says some may use this to pigeonhole him as JUST black: “Whatever you look like to us, that’s how we’re going to treat you.” Obama himself has said: “I self-identify as African-American — that’s how I’m treated and that’s how I’m viewed. I’m proud of it.” Multiethnic Americans wrestle with terms that others casually use to categorize them. They wonder whether “mixed” may have a negative, rather than neutral meaning to some people (as in, “mixed up"). Is the term “African-American” appropriate for black immigrants from, say, Haiti? Megan Hughes, 32, a white woman who is raising a biracial daughter with her black husband in Washington, confesses that, “We are still searching for a term that identifies our relationship and our family. ‘Blended’ works for me but my husband thinks that sounds like a smoothie.” Michael Cooley, 17, a high-school senior

in Raleigh, N.C., has a white mother and a black father. At Wakefield High School, he has a group of black buddies, and a group of white buddies. They don’t mingle much, he says. “I’m the only intermixer. I’d say it’s like balancing time between them. Because if I hang out with one of them, well, my black friends will say, ‘I guess you got to hang out with your white friends tonight, don’t you?’” The road to understanding may be full of bumps, but at least multiethnic people are seen less and less as anomalies, says Susan Eckert, 39, a Long Island, N.Y., writer. Her ancestors included a Spanish conquistador, an African slave, a Cherokee woman, and an Irish woman who was disowned by her family for marrying a halfblack, half-Blackfoot man. As a result, she says, “I am often taken to be black or Indian — depending on the individual’s particular lens — and have been mistaken for Ethiopian, Indian, Pakistani, Turkish, Sicilian, and others.” Doesn’t that get tiresome? Not at all, she says. “I’m open to learning about other cultures, and I’m respected for that.”

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Lakers take a break after their colossal collapse BY JOHN NADEL AP Sports Writer

EL SEGUNDO A day after the Lakers’ colos-



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sal collapse in Game 4 of the NBA finals, coach Phil Jackson canceled practice. For psychological reasons. “You know, just in the checking out of how the guys were and how they felt, I just felt it was a good idea,” Jackson explained Friday at the team’s practice facility. “We have two days to work on the things we need to work on. “We have guys that are well-conditioned at this time, and we need rest and recuperation in this situation, probably more psychologically than we do physically.” Jackson said he sent the players home after a brief get-together that included watching some of Thursday night’s debacle against the Boston Celtics. “I told them that the series is not over and we want to force the action,” said Jackson, whose opportunity for an NBA-record 10th championship ring as a head coach appears to be slipping away — at least for now. “We watched some tape, we looked at the first half. Obviously we were successful in the first half and did some things that got a lead for us, and I wanted to explain to them that they were the same ballclub, the same personnel that went out there in the second half, and if they can get that kind of a lead, they can maintain that kind of a game if they really put their minds to it.” As Jackson said, the Lakers played a terrific first half Thursday night, and that extended halfway through the third quarter, when they held a 70-50 lead. A second straight victory seemed assured, and the Lakers would have all the momentum heading into Game 5. Suddenly, the Celtics turned the game around, an especially shocking development since the Lakers were playing at Staples Center, where they had a 9-0 record in the postseason and hadn’t lost since March 28. The Celtics outscored the Lakers 47-21 to finish the game for a 97-91 victory and a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. That’s an obstacle no team has overcome in the finals. Now what? Apparently no lineup or rotation changes. “No, not at this point,” Jackson said. “But we’re likely to do — pull out everything as this series goes along.” No telling how long that will be. The

Lakers need a win Sunday night at Staples Center and two more in Boston to win their 15th championship and enable Jackson to surpass former Celtics coach Red Auerbach, who also had nine championship rings as a head coach. Auerbach died in October 2006. Jackson said he’s counting on the resilience of the players to help them bounce back from the biggest collapse in finals history since the Elias Sports Bureau began keeping detailed records in the 1970-71 season. The Lakers led by as many as 24 points, 45-21, in the second quarter. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that if we had to play this morning, we probably wouldn’t feel that great about playing this morning, but fortunately, we’re not playing until Sunday, and we’ll be back ready to go by Sunday,” Jackson said. “I just told them as a team, they had their hearts ripped out. It’s tough to recover from that, but they will.” Jackson also said he told his players that everybody involved probably feels they have some responsibility, including equipment manager Rudy Garciduenas, who “probably thought he put the wrong Tide in the uniforms.” “That’s what you mull as a coach over in your mind at 1 or 5 in the morning after a situation like that, what could have we done differently,” Jackson said. “But the other aspect is that you’ve got to give credit where credit is due.” Jackson said some little things jumped out when he watched the game tape. “Pau (Gasol) had a situation where he had a dunk and it came out, or it was blocked or there was a foul; there’s action in that situation,” the coach said. “He didn’t go perhaps hard enough to the basket in one of those situations. But that turned out to be a critical play. That’s right where we could have gone from 12 to 14 and instead we go from 12 to 10.” “There’s some little key plays right there at the end of the third quarter that changed the energy that they were able to bring, the hope that they were able to bring. Any team that’s down that deep says, ‘Let’s just get it back to 10 points, let’s not try to make it up all in a row or in a hurry.’ Not only were they able to get it back to 10 points, they were able to get it back almost entirely by the end of the third quarter.” The Celtics outscored the Lakers 21-3 in the last 6 minutes of the third period to draw within two points, and weren’t behind by more than four after that.

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â– With rising prices paid for scrap metal come the increased threat of theft, and metal dealers are on alert, as well as power companies, which use valuable copper wire. However, as the number of thieves increases, so does the number of clumsy ones who fail to respect that electrical substations are live. In May, at least three men were killed and three others badly injured in attempts to steal wire from substations in Lancaster County, Pa., Somerset County, Pa., Savannah, Ga., Chicago and Edmonton, Alberta. â–  In April in Marion, Ill., an alert newspaper carrier discovered an 84-year-old woman who was alive but had been pinned to the floor for four days without food or water because her much larger husband, 77, had died of a heart attack and fallen on top of her. (In a notorious 1984 incident at a strip club in San Francisco, a dancer had been pinned down overnight underneath the body of club manager Jimmy Ferrozzo, who had had a fatal heart attack while having sex with her. She could not move because they were lying on top of a stage piano that descended on a pulley, for the dancer's grand entrance, and Ferrozzo, in the throes of ecstasy, had accidentally tripped the switch sending it back up, where it jammed against the ceiling.)

TODAY IN HISTORY The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag. The Continental Army, forerunner of the United States Army, was created. Former American Revolutionary War General and notorious turncoat Benedict Arnold died in London. A group of U.S. settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California. The Republican National Convention nominated Herbert Hoover for president on the first ballot.


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Santa Monica Daily Press, June 14, 2008  

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