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By Veronica Rocha | February 18, 2010
Five people, including two from La Cañada Flintridge, were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that they tortured, beat and kidnapped two loan modification agents over a financial dispute. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty determined that there was enough independent evidence during a three-day preliminary hearing to put La Cañadans Daniel Westonand Mary Ann Parmelee on trial, along with Mario Gonzales, Marissa Parker and Gustavo Canez. “You can’t imprison and torture people simply because they have stolen money from you,” Hegarty said in a Burbank courtroom.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 29, 2009
A La Cañada Flintridge couple and a Glendale man were among five people charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents who were working to keep the couple out of foreclosure, officials said. The couple — Daniel Weston, 52, and Mary Ann Parmelee, a 52-year-old Realtor — allegedly grew frustrated with the loan agents because they thought not enough was being done to get their home on the 4800 block of La Cañada Boulevard out of foreclosure, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
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By Veronica Rocha | January 14, 2010
Attorneys representing five people who were charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents asked for more time last week to reach a potential settlement. Attorney Stephen Wegman and three other defense attorneys asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz Jan. 7 if the case could be extended to Jan. 27 to accommodate negotiations on a possible settlement with the district attorney. Schwartz sent the case back to Burbank Superior Court to be settled.
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By Congressman David Dreier (R-San Dimas) | June 28, 2007
The Fourth of July is a time for fireworks, picnics, and parades. Millions of Americans celebrate every year with family and friends. Yet few of us appreciate the historical significance of the day, or why July 4, 1776 altered the course of the history of the world. Independence Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The Declaration was drafted primarily by Thomas Jefferson, because in addition to being a gifted writer and thinker, he was from Virginia.
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By Dawn Steele | May 25, 2006
The sixties swept the nation and our youth recreated for themselves their own way of thinking and believing. Sexual freedom, emancipation, individualism and void of traditional and social expectations, the country was in movement. David Keepish was drawn in, seduced by the rapid disconnection from the norms of American "life" and while he was not part of the youth, in fact not even close, this middle aged professor left his wife and son to join the new and exuberant culture. He justified his "escape" by and with his own incredible intellect backed by agreeing remark from Yeats and his late night soul defining discoveries by the lure of Haden's music.
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March 30, 2006
Flight that Fought Back I had an opportunity to view a DVD titled "The Flight That Fought Back" produced and distributed by the Discovery Channel. This was a docudrama chronicling the last minutes of United Flight 93 hijacked by the 9/11 terrorists that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The scenes were re-created by actual recordings of phone calls from the passengers to family members, a 911 operator and a cell phone representative. It also contained actual recordings of the hijacker who flew the plane.
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March 25, 2004
Six films focusing on the struggle for human dignity and justice will be featured in the fourth annual spring film festival at Glendale Community College sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) and the Ethnic Studies Department. The festival began March 24 with the 1989 U.S. film "Romero," which tells the life story of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who after facing torture and oppression, took a stand against social injustices in his country. Raul Julia plays the title role.
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November 13, 2008
Guy Ritchie?s new gangster pop hop ?RocknRolla? is a film of complex cause and effect. Every twitch at the bottom in the thread of interwoven criminal conspiracies causes a ripple of reaction at the top. But sometimes a willing suspension of audience disbelief just isn?t enough. Too many twitches, too many coincidences and too many ?huh?? reaction moments unravel the film. And who knew schools of angry crawfish were the chosen weapon of torture in London?s creative but dated underworld?
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By Veronica Rocha | February 18, 2010
Five people, including two from La Cañada Flintridge, were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that they tortured, beat and kidnapped two loan modification agents over a financial dispute. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty determined that there was enough independent evidence during a three-day preliminary hearing to put La Cañadans Daniel Westonand Mary Ann Parmelee on trial, along with Mario Gonzales, Marissa Parker and Gustavo Canez. “You can’t imprison and torture people simply because they have stolen money from you,” Hegarty said in a Burbank courtroom.
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By Veronica Rocha | January 14, 2010
Attorneys representing five people who were charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents asked for more time last week to reach a potential settlement. Attorney Stephen Wegman and three other defense attorneys asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz Jan. 7 if the case could be extended to Jan. 27 to accommodate negotiations on a possible settlement with the district attorney. Schwartz sent the case back to Burbank Superior Court to be settled.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 29, 2009
A La Cañada Flintridge couple and a Glendale man were among five people charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents who were working to keep the couple out of foreclosure, officials said. The couple — Daniel Weston, 52, and Mary Ann Parmelee, a 52-year-old Realtor — allegedly grew frustrated with the loan agents because they thought not enough was being done to get their home on the 4800 block of La Cañada Boulevard out of foreclosure, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
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