Larry Langford, who scratched his way out of the poverty and violence of a Birmingham housing project to become a charismatic politician who won the highest elective offices in Birmingham and Jefferson County only to lose it all when convicted of public corruption, is dead.,In October of 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrongdoing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.,Yet, that self-declaration of honesty beaten into Langford as a boy flies in the face of the description of the man that a federal jury found accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars in cash and luxury items in exchange for using his office to guide millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business to old friends.,Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts The irony of Langford’s life is, that for a man who reached the heights of politics in Alabama’s largest city and county, his fall fulfilled his greatest fear as a kid growing up in the projects.,In October 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrong doing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.
Police searched for suspects Sunday in a shooting that killed three men and injured four during a brawl at a popular Los Angeles-area bowling alley and karaoke bar.,Friends and family members of the victims held a candlelight vigil Saturday night in the parking lot of the bowling alley in southern Los Angeles County.,Dwayne Edwards, 60, of Los Angeles, said he received a call from his nephew that his 28-year-old son, Astin Edwards, was one of those killed.,A grieving mother told KABC-7 her 28-year-old son, Robert Meekins, died while trying to break up the fight.,Wes Hamad, a 29-year-old Torrance resident, said he was at the bowling alley with his 13-year-old niece and cousin when he saw a "huge fight" break out.
Recent missions carried out by the state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers from Dec. 24 to 30 include:
Search: On Dec. 24 at 11 a.m., a 60-year-old male went for an off-trail hike on Round Top Mountain.,Rangers Dawson and Chris DiCintio hiked in, located the subject, and walked him out to his vehicle by 5 p.m.
It was a typical Friday night at Gable House Bowl in Torrance — people celebrating birthdays, friends meeting up for a few rounds of bowling at the end of the workweek.Then gunfire erupted.,The bowling alley, with its distinctive blue sloping roof, has been a popular nightspot in the quiet suburb for decades.After finishing a shift as a maintenance worker Friday night, Robert Meekins headed to Gable House to meet Astin Edwards, the godfather of his 5-year-old son.The friends, both 28, were killed in the shooting.Meekins, who was from South L.A., had a contagious smile and loved to dress stylishly.,"This is an unfortunate incident, and one shooting is one too many," Harris said.Some witnesses said a fight broke out before the shooting, which was reported about 11:55 p.m. at the bowling alley on Hawthorne Boulevard south of Sepulveda Boulevard.Edwards, Meekins and Radford died at the scene.,"Another witness, who declined to give his name, said there was a fight, then nine gunshots.Gable House opened in 1960 and hosted many professional bowling tournaments in the sport's heyday.,On Friday and Saturday nights, a glow-in-the-dark bowling event called "Rock-n-Glow" runs from midnight to 3 a.m.Employees, who would not give their names because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said violence at the establishment is rare, though fights sometimes break out in the parking lot.In March 2015, a 27-year-old woman was killed in the parking lot when a fight escalated into a shooting.
— An officer responded to a two-vehicle crash on North Lincoln Avenue at East State Street at 1:51 p.m. Thursday in which a southbound vehicle struck the rear of another vehicle stopped at the traffic light.,— Police responded to a 2800 block East State Street business at 5:57 p.m. Thursday in reference to an irate customer and found a woman who admitted yelling at an employee regarding service to her mother.,— Officers responded to a 100 block North Ellsworth Avenue business at 6:04 p.m. Thursday in reference to a possible domestic dispute between a man and woman and found both individuals outside the business.,— Ruth A. Evans, 76, Salem, was cited for failure to control following a two-vehicle crash on South Broadway Avenue near East Wilson Street at 8:44 p.m. Thursday in which she was northbound and struck a legally parked vehicle.,— At approximately 8:22 a.m. Dec. 29, officers responded to the 200 block of Glenwood Avenue in East Palestine to assist the East Palestine Police Department with a domestic dispute complaint.
For the first time in years, Central Florida won’t be the home base for a U.S. Senator.,But now, as Central Florida and the I-4 Corridor grows stronger in importance in both state and national elections, it will lose its local presence in the upper chamber as Southwest Floridian Rick Scott joins U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Miami on Tuesday.,While a number of lawmakers and officials played a hand in its location and its funding, including U.S. Rep. John Mica, as a Republican Senator from Central Florida, “I was in a unique place and time to nudge [President Bush’s] Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jim Nicholson.,Rubio, who also has an office in Orlando, visited Central Florida six times in 2018, including attending the Republican Party meeting at the Rosen Centre in January, discussing Puerto Rico issues in April and September in Kissimmee and meeting with the Greater Orlando Sports Commission in December about Orlando’s World Cup bid.,Democrat Linda Chapin, who preceded Martinez as mayor, said the region’s congressional delegation will also play an increased role – especially as its three Democratic sophomore representatives, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, and U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando, are now in the majority.
SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A man who was arrested immediately after a New Year’s Day crash that killed a mother and her daughter is free Friday after prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges against him.,Melvin Branch, who turned 30 hours before the deadly crash, walked out of Santa Ana Jail with his shirt wrapped around his head Thursday.,Branch was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level over .08, DUI causing great bodily injury and vehicular manslaughter immediately after the four-vehicle crash on the westbound 22 Freeway at Valley View Street.,Branch was scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday, but the Orange County District Attorney’s office said there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges against Branch at this time.,The California Highway Patrol did not issue an official comment on Thursday’s development, but the investigation continues into the crash.
Buchanan – an eight-time world champion across BMX and mountain bike racing disciplines – unashamedly had her L plates on when it came to this trick-focussed discipline.,Buchanan has 16 national titles under the belt already, and was clearly assessing the possibilities at the skate park that would later host the first Australian BMX Freestyle Championships.,Although Buchanan was stepping outside of her comfort zone of BMX racing, learning new skills step-by-step on the bike is a well practiced art.,Her sights were set on a BMX Freestyle World Cup at the start of November, where Buchanan delivered a top ten finish and qualified for the World Championships of this new Olympic discipline.,Back home to #AIS for further [email protected] @BMXHPP pic.twitter.com/JwucqVw7O2
— Caroline Buchanan (@CBuchanan68) November 11, 2018
An aircraft bound for Boeing Field obscures the gleaming sun, flying so low that it feels as though it might land in Harper's salsa.Harper stops to contemplate whether he could throw his support behind a potential run for the White House by Howard Schultz, owner of Starbucks, a Seattle institution.,Schultz completed this transaction 12 years ago, but in Seattle, where bitter Sonics fans still abound, it might as well have been yesterday.How a Schultz presidential candidacy, presumably taking flight with a bid for the Democratic nomination, would play nationally is an open question.,"He sold Seattle down the river, knowing full well what Bennett was going to do," adds Dotzauer, refusing to believe Schultz's claim that he thought Bennett would try to keep the team in Seattle.,The Schultz family left the latter neighborhood after a private driveway they built through a public park didnt go over too well with their neighbors.The office housing Jason Reids and Adam Browns film production companies sits hard by a set of railroad tracks in SoDo, a heavily industrial neighborhood south of downtown Seattle.,There are similarities, to be sure: Both men were raised in New York City (Trump in an affluent Queens neighborhood, Schultz in public housing in Brooklyn), both are polarizing figures in the cities they now call home, both are wealthy businessmen, and should Schultz choose to run, he would have exactly the same amount of experience in public office as Trump had when he successfully ran: zero.But Kaushik thinks it's unfair to compare the two, noting, "Schultz, in his life and work, has shown a genuine belief in the importance of public service and the responsibilities that come with it in a way that Donald Trump absolutely has not.
• Doug Ford made a quick stop in Kingston on Sunday to greet supporters five days before voters choose a new government for Ontario.,• A Kingston Health Sciences Centre cardiologist has co-written a study to send out an alert to colleagues across North America to be on the lookout for a condition known as Lyme carditis, which is related to Lyme disease and affects the electricity of the heart.,After 23 years as a Liberal riding provincially, Kingston and the Islands voted the NDP’s Ian Arthur to be its member of the provincial parliament, squeezing ahead of Liberal incumbent Sophie Kiwala and the Progressive Conservatives’ Gary Bennett.,• Anna Workman of the Kingston Blues is the golden girl once again at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships.,• The city’s planning committee voted unanimously late last week to approve a large apartment complex on Princess Street in the Williamsville District corridor, clearing another hurdle for Podium Developments, the building’s owner.