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March 2016 Archives

JetBlue flight attendant charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute

The flight attendant who abandoned luggage containing roughly 70 pounds of cocaine at Los Angeles International Airport and ran from authorities last week was arrested in New York. Marsha Gay Reynolds, a flight attendant for JetBlue, was selected for a random security screening while passing through LAX on March 21st when she kicked off her heels and made a run for it, leaving behind her bags which contained 11 separate packages of cocaine totaling 68.49 pounds.

LAPD cites top five traffic violations that cause collisions

For anyone who has driven a car in Los Angeles, it should come as no surprise that a study by data company Inrix named the city as the worst in the United States for sitting in traffic for the fourth year in a row. According to the study, Los Angeles drivers spend an average of 81 hours in freeway traffic each year - about five less hours per year than Washington D.C. and San Francisco, the second and third worst traffic cities in the United States, respectively.

Torrance High School wrestling coach, Thomas Snider, facing accusations of ongoing sexual abuse

On Thursday March 10th, eighteen Torrance High School students filed suit against the Torrance Unified School District, alleging its administration failed to protect the students from ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of wrestling coach Thomas Snider. In April 2015, Thomas Snider was charged with 46 felony counts of lewd conduct and child molestation. Snider, who is currently free on $2 million bail, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Simi Valley Chipotle under criminal investigation related to norovirus contamination

Major fast food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is facing serious trouble resulting from several outbreaks of foodborne illness that began in July of 2015. Chipotle is currently under criminal investigation related to a norovirus contamination at the Simi Valley restaurant and recently was accused of concealing foodborne illness outbreaks before contacting public health officials in a class-action lawsuit. The company's sales have plummeted over the past two months, and it now expects a loss in the first quarter as opposed to the originally predicted break-even quarter.

Knife found on O.J. Simpson estate

Last week, America further renewed interest in one of the country's most notorious murder trials in modern history when Los Angeles police announced that a knife purported to be the murder weapon in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman was handed over to law enforcement - nearly eighteen years after it was found. A flurry of media coverage ensued, reviving the speculation that tainted the O.J. Simpson murder case from the beginning. However, the knife is unlikely to be of significance - it is doubtful that the knife will contain any forensic evidence, and it would be nearly impossible to try O.J. Simpson again for the murder charges.

Decriminalizing Public Consumption of Alcohol

As of Monday March 7th, all brown-bag drinkers of Manhattan, New York, will have reason to rejoice: the city is decriminalizing public consumption of alcohol. On March 1st, New York District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a joint initiative decriminalizing a variety of low-level offenses, including public urination, riding between cars on the subway, and drinking in public. The initiative states "the Manhattan District Attorney's Office will no longer prosecute most violations or infractions, and the NYPD will no longer arrest individuals who commit these offenses" unless the offense threatens public safety.