By City News Service | PUBLISHED: March 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm | UPDATED: March 18, 2019 at 5:11 pm By PAUL J. YOUNG RIVERSIDE — The sisters of a Moreno Valley teenager abducted and killed nearly nine years ago by a 42-year-old welder now facing a potential death sentence recalled her Monday as a loving, happy youth whose loss impacted them deeply. “We were not twins but almost as close,” Sonia Lopez, now 24, said of her sister, Norma Angelica Lopez. “She was friendly, caring — always a happy person. She liked to make people smile.” Sonia Lopez was the first to find her 17-year-old sibling’s possessions scattered in a field along Cottonwood Avenue in the early afternoon of July 15, 2010. She remembered immediately feeling Norma “was in danger.” “I screamed and yelled,” the witness testified tearfully. “I was terrified. I wanted her to respond back.” When Norma’s remains were discovered five days later, … [Read more...] about Sisters of slain Moreno Valley teen Norma Lopez recall her as loving and happy
By Staff report | Press TelegramPUBLISHED: March 18, 2019 at 5:45 pm | UPDATED: March 18, 2019 at 6:06 pm The Press-Telegram news staff has moved from its former home on Pine Avenue, a few blocks away into the Wells Fargo building at 111 W. Ocean Boulevard. Here’s how to contact us: For advertising questions, please call Marilyn James at 310-543-6150 or stop in at our office at 5225 E. Second Street; For circulation or delivery questions, call 562-499-1222; Bernice Romo, office manager: 562-499-1267 or [email protected] For news: Tom Bray, senior editor: 310-543-6601 or [email protected]; Susan Jacobs, coastal editor: 310-543-6110 or [email protected]; Chris Haire, senior reporter/assistant city editor: 562-499-1254 or [email protected]; Rich Archbold, public editor: 562-499-1285 or [email protected]; Hayley Munguia, city government reporter: 562-499-1203 or [email protected]; Emily Rasmussen, education/general assignment reporter: 562-499-1274 or [email protected]; Nathan … [Read more...] about Press-Telegram news staff moves to Ocean Boulevard
By Tom Campbell | PUBLISHED: March 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm | UPDATED: March 18, 2019 at 5:01 pm Last week, President Trump submitted his 2020 budget to Congress. It reflects familiar policy priorities. Recipients of food stamps, public housing, and Medicaid will have to show they are working or actively seeking work. (That standard already exists for federal welfare.) Savings are asserted in Medicare and Social Security Disability programs from eliminating fraud and tougher negotiations on prescription drug prices. Money for EPA, climate change and renewable energy research, and the US diplomatic functions, is cut back. Military spending rises by even more than the Defense Department had requested; and last year’s tax cuts are made permanent. The net result of all these proposals is a massive, unprecedented in peace time growth in the federal budget deficit of over a trillion dollars. Not just for next year—but for each of the next four years. Republican … [Read more...] about Partisan polarization and America’s perpetually ballooning national debt
By The Editorial Board | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: March 18, 2019 at 6:25 pm | UPDATED: March 18, 2019 at 6:25 pm If you were cynical before about the 1 percent and access to higher education, has the college admissions scandal made you turn an entirely jaundiced eye toward the way Americans get into school? That’s our Question of the Week, one sad enough to make hard-as-bronze Tommy Trojan weep. Most Americans — certainly parents, and aware students — were long likely under the impression that wealthy elites had access to spots at some universities not available to the average young person. But the understanding was that the transaction played out the old-fashioned way. Mom and Dad Bucks-Up, or their charitable foundation, ponied up $20 million toward a new biz-school building, and, presto, Junior was a proud member of the Class of ‘22. Or Great-Gramps and Gram graced these very same groves of academe back in the Gilded Age, as have generations of … [Read more...] about What do you take away from the college admissions scandal?
By Kyle Goon | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: March 18, 2019 at 5:55 pm | UPDATED: March 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm NEW YORK — In the midst of what threatens to be the worst season of his 16-year career, there’s a particular ray of sunshine for LeBron James that he’s been willing to address. Summer free agency. That should be a familiar oasis to Lakers fans recently, as the franchise prepares to miss the postseason for the sixth consecutive season and undoubtedly will do some roster reshuffling with much of the team on expiring contracts. With salary cap space, the Lakers are expected to hunt for a second star to pair alongside James from a free agency class that is likely to include Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker and Tobias Harris. But entering the summer with James and a losing record, there’s a reasonable question for the Lakers: What’s their pitch? Asked after a frustrating loss to the New York Knicks, James … [Read more...] about LeBron James reveals Lakers pitch to summer free agents: ‘They cater to the players’