Congress: Focus on Mental Health

OTTENSCHLAG. Numerous doctors, psychotherapists, psychologists and an interested audience of experts found their way into life. Resort Ottenschlag and took part in the sixth congress “Mental Health in Dialogue”. Leading experts presented their findings on the subject of “Psyche and Pain: Somatoform Disorders”.

The “Mental Health in Dialogue” congress took place last weekend at the Lebens.Resort Ottenschlag. The speakers highlighted the connections between psyche and pain from different perspectives.Somatoform disordersThe diagnosis of somatoform disorder was of particular importance. Somatoform disorder is basically physical complaints for which no organic cause can be found, common symptoms here are headache, abdominal pain, but also back pain. Johannes Püspök, Medical Director in Life.Resort Ottenschlag: “I am delighted that so many participants have found their way to the Waldviertel. This shows us that the Mental Health Congress has established itself as an important training event in recent years. In addition to the professional team here in Ottenschlag, I would like to thank the many well-known experts who come back to the Lebens.Resort every year and share their latest findings with us. ”Henriette Walter, specialist at the Medical University of Vienna / AKH, was the scientific director Member of the “Burnout” working group of the Vienna Medical Association. At lunchtime and in the breaks, delicious treats awaited the participants.

Farewell, summer – Los Angeles Times

When you’re at the fair, you can’t go wrong with a picture of a ferris wheel.

Sabrina Rodriguez knew that the moment she stepped through the gates, she was about to take a photo. So around 18:00, the sky became dark and soft, and that was when it felt right. Rodriguez found it challenging, since it was positioned almost under the large circular machine. And palm trees were a must for layering photography. He used a Samsung Galaxy S6.

While this photograph offers a sweet farewell to summer. I would also like to say a sweet “See you later”, as this will be my last post for the foreseeable future. You can still find me on Instagram and chirping and @latimesphotos. Please tag me with your fantastic photos and maybe we can reconnect.

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Oregon College Filming Updates: Gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer killed 9 people, with 14 guns

Key details

  • Christopher Harper-Mercer, the gunman who attacked Umpqua Community College on Thursday, has long struggled with mental illness and has been described as a Hateful individual with anti-government, anti-religious and white supremacist tendencies, law enforcement officials said.
  • Harper-Mercer was a student of the English class where he opened fire.
  • Fourteen firearms have been found in college and at Harper-Mercer’s apartment, officials said on Saturday after finding another weapon in his residence.
  • The nine people killed from the assassin it ranged from 18 to 67 years. Nine others they were injured.
  • Read what we know so far about Harper-Mercer, who was from Torrance.

Today we followed developments on who exactly was the shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, and what could have led him to shoot his classmates.

Some things we reported today, besides the above: he grew up in Southern California, but had recently moved to Oregon. He struggled with mental health problems, officials said, and neighbors remember seeing him outrage at his Torrance apartment complex.

In Torrance, she attended a school for special needs and a community college before moving to Oregon with her mother.

And in 2008, he joined the army but was discharged a month later.

An online dating profile described Harper-Mercer as “conservative” and “not religious … but spiritual”. Web publications that use an email address associated with Harper-Mercer mention the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and comment Vester Flanagan, the disgruntled former employee who shot a Virginia TV reporter and cameraman in his former station on the air.

– Christine Mai-Duc

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“Hero” rushed in front of the assassin after hearing the shots

When an armed man opened fire in a classroom next to his, Chris Mintz rushed towards the sound of the bullets bursting, according to an account he gave Jayme Skinner, the mother of his son.

Mintz approached the assassin and pleaded with him.

“It’s my son’s birthday!” Mintz told the shooter that he collapsed on the ground, Skinner said.

Bullets hit Mintz in the upper back, hip, abdomen and left hand, Skinner said, but he is in stable condition in the hospital.

Their son, Tyrik, turned 6 on Thursday. He has autism, Skinner said, and doesn’t understand what happened.

“It’s a blessing,” said Skinner, with tears in his eyes.

She said she was not surprised at all by Mintz’s instinct to jump in and try to protect others – he served time in Iraq, he said, as an army infantry soldier.

“I would have been shocked if he hadn’t,” he said.

Skinner said Mintz – who is also a bodybuilder – is originally from North Carolina but came to Oregon with her. He chose Umpqua, he said, because he wants to become a personal trainer and the school has a good program.

– Marisa Gerber

“Pray for Roseburg”

Sarena Dawn Moore, 44

Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, was a seventh-day Adventist who worked for the church, according to an Oregon report.

Moore attended high school in Reno and seemed to have a passion for animals, according to the newspaper.

Her brother, Rick Goin, spoke briefly to the newspaper on Friday afternoon and thanked the police for stopping the gunman.

“One thing I will say is that I’m glad the agents took care of the business when they arrived,” he said. “The shooter is gone and we don’t have to wait for rehearsals and everything else.”

Jason Dale Johnson, 33 years old

Jason Johnson was a resident of Winston, Oregon, according to the sheriff’s officials.

Monday was Johnson’s first day at Umpqua Community College. He had struggled with drug abuse and recently completed a six-month rehab program, Tonja Johnson Engel told NBC News.

“He started on Monday and was so proud of what he had accomplished, and rightly so,” Johnson Engel told the network.

“The other day he looked at me, hugged me and said,” Mom, how long have you been waiting for one of your children to go to college? “And I said,” Oh, about 20 years old. ”

– Christine Mai-Duc

Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18

Rebecka Ann Carnes, the daughter of a local paramedic, was a new college student, according to her family.

“This is not how life should work and I am struggling to wrap my mind about the whole situation,” wrote her cousin Lisa Crawford on Facebook.

Lucero Alcaraz, 19

Lucero Alcaraz was a student and aspiring pediatric nurse, according to his family.

“She was my best friend and sister,” Maria Leticia Alcaraz wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “You would have been a great pediatric nurse,” she wrote in another. “I was so proud of you.”

Her younger sister, Eileen Alcaraz, told Buzzfeed that Lucero loved to draw and that she was the “manager” of the six brothers in the family.

Thursday, Lucero’s cousin and other friends frantically posted his photo on social media , asking anyone who saw her to come forward.

– Christine Mai-Duc

Larry Levine, 67

Larry Levine, 67, was an assistant professor of English in college, according to the school’s website.

Quinn Glen Cooper, 18

Quinn Cooper was attending his fourth day of class in college when he was killed in the bombing at Umpqua Community College on Thursday, his family said.

The eighteen year old had a variety of interests and liked to train and dance in martial arts, his family said in a note.

“Our lives are broken beyond all limits … No one should ever feel the pain we are experiencing,” says the statement.

Cooper was also a recent graduate of Roseburg High School, his family said.

Her mother posted several photos on Twitter on Friday showing the young man smiling while wearing a cap and suit or wearing boxing gloves while leaning against a punching bag.

– James Queally

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Lucas Eibel, 18 years old

Lucas Eibel, 18, was a recent Roseburg High School graduate who liked to volunteer in a local kennel and play football, his family said in a statement released Friday.

“We tried to figure out how to tell everyone how amazing Lucas was, but it would have taken 18 years,” says the statement.

Eibel received the Scholars Award at Umpqua Community College, where he studied chemistry.

– James Queally

Treven Taylor Anspach, 20 years old

Treven Anspach was a second year student at Umpqua Community College who aspired to become a paramedic, his brother said.

Anspach’s older brother, Cameron, described him as a “really nice guy to hang out with, he always brings a good time, a smile on your face.”

The 20-year-old had graduated from Sutherlin High School, where he played basketball, according to his public Facebook page.

Anspach’s father was a local fireman, according to the Douglas County sheriff’s office.

“My father is a firefighter paramedic, so he was following in his footsteps,” Cameron Anspach told The Times Thursday.

– Christine Mai-Duc

The sheriff identifies nine killed in the shootings

Douglas County Sheriff’s office identified the nine people who were shot and killed in the attack on Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning.

– Lucero Alcaraz, 19, Roseburg, Ore.

– Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, Roseburg

– Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59, Roseburg

– Lucas Eibel, 18, Roseburg

– Jason Johnson, 33, Winston, Ore.

– Lawrence Levine, 67, Glide, Ore.

– Sarena Dawn Moore, 44, Myrtle Creek, Ore.

– Treven Taylor Anspach, 20, Sutherlin, ore.

– Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18, Myrtle Creek

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin also reviewed the numbers of those killed and injured in Thursday’s shootings. Ten people, including the gunman, were killed and nine were injured, Hanlin said on Friday.

– James Queally


Harper-Mercer had struggled with mental health problems since he was a teenager, a law enforcement source said.

More details about him are starting to emerge as investigators try to understand the reason for the fury. A law enforcement source described the 26-year-old as a “hateful” man.

– Richard Winton

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The disparate records of the shooting and victim army

The marksman’s army record and one of his victims couldn’t be more different.

Gunslinger Chris Harper-Mercer, who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College, served in the army for about a month in 2008, from November 5 to December 11.

He was discharged for failing to meet minimum administrative standards for serving, Army documents declared.

Christopher Lee Mintz, is a student and an army veteran. Mintz’s family told WFMY News 2 that when filming broke out he told his classmates to stay calm, confronted Mercer — and was hit multiple times.

During his military service, Mintz won three awards, as the army records show: medal of the national defense service, medal of the war on global terrorism service and army service ribbon.

He is hospitalized, but smiles from his bed.

–Stephanie Chavez

Obama: to limit death by firearm, “we must change politics”

    (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

President Obama reiterated his request Friday for congressional lawmakers to act to stem armed violence, promising to campaign for change and further politicize the issue.

Speaking in the wake of Thursday’s shootings at a community college in Oregon, Obama said that gun violence will not end “until politics changes and the behavior of elected officials changes.”

He promised to continue talking about the issue and stressed that Congress’s inability to strengthen background checks after the filming of Newtown in 2012 was caused by political differences.

“We have to change the policy of this,” Obama said at a White House press conference.

Obama said he asked his administration for additional measures that may be needed to stop armed violence, but that he wants to go further.

Ten people were shot dead Thursday at Umpqua Community College, including the gunman, identified by law enforcement officers as Chris Harper Mercer. He has been described as a “hateful” individual with anti-government, anti-religious and white supremacy tendencies.

Hours after the massacre, a visibly frustrated Obama said he got tired of what has become the “routine” nature of mass shootings in the United States, and called for a change in arms policy in America, saying that simply by thinking and praying for the victims “was not enough”.

The mass shootings “will continue to happen until we decide it will stop”

Leading Oregon officials thanked the first responders to the shooting and asked to stop the number of mass shootings in the United States.

Governor Kate Brown, the U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and representative Peter DeFazio praised the city of Roseburg for coming together to help victims of Thursday’s filming.

“All Oregon is standing with Umpqua Community College and Roseburg,” said Brown, adding that the mass shootings “will continue to happen until we decide it will stop.”

“This is a conversation we will have,” he said of arms control laws. “But today is not the day.”

– Michael Muskal

Watch live: Obama speaks

Obama is expected to announce the departure of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and to make further comments on the shooting.

Kim Dietz

An Oregon winery identified one of Thursday’s filming victims as Kim Dietz.

In a public Facebook post, Pyrenees Vineyard staff in Myrtle Creek, Oregon said Dietz, the longtime keeper of the vineyard, was among those shot and killed at Umpqua Community College.

Dietz’s daughter was also a college student, but was not injured in Thursday’s attack, the post said. Her husband, Eric, manages the vineyard, which is located 20 miles south of the Roseburg campus of Umpqua.

“We appreciate your respect for the Dietz family’s privacy in this moment of immense pain,” reads the post. “In these times we must unite, lean on the family and never forget the love of God”.

Law enforcement officials have yet to formally identify one of the victims of Thursday’s attack.

– James Queally

13 weapons recovered during college shootings

Law enforcement officials reported that 13 weapons were recovered from Umpqua Community College and the gunslinger’s residence.

Six were found in school.

Seven were taken from the apartment of Chris Harper Mercer, 26.

All were purchased legally, officials said.

Mercer opened college fire on Thursday morning, killing nine people. He was then killed in a gunfight with the sheriff’s deputies.

–Michael Muskal

Gunman supported anti-government beliefs, according to a source

Investigators believe that Chris Harper Mercer, the Oregon college gunman, was hateful with anti-government and conspiracy tendencies, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the probe said on Friday.

Mercer’s communications and activities suggest that he favored the white supremacist’s agenda and opposed organized religion, the source said, who did not want to be named because of the ongoing investigation.

The 26-year-old hired assassin, who was killed in an exchange of shots with law enforcement officers, also wanted to discuss military history, the source said. The authorities got some of his writings and a note he left behind.

– Richard Winton

This photo appears on the MySpace page of someone who claims to be Chris Harper Mercer. (

This photo appears on the MySpace page of someone who claims to be Chris Harper Mercer. (

Chris Harper Mercer was obsessed with guns and religion and had some inclinations towards white supremacy, according to a federal law enforcement source who was familiar with the investigation.

During Thursday’s fury, Mercer, 26, wore armor and had extra ammunition, although it’s unclear if he brought the ammunition during filming or if he left it in the car, the source said Friday.

– Richard Winton

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The police search the gunman’s apartment

Weapons found in the gunslinger’s apartment

A number of weapons were found during an overnight search of the apartment that housed the hired assassin who attacked a college in the Oregon community, killing at least nine people, officials said on Friday morning.

Investigators are trying to resolve a reason for Thursday’s attack on Umpqua Community College which also left 10 injured.

The hired assassin, identified by law enforcement as Chris Harper Mercer, 26, died in a gun fight with agents.

The investigation into the shooting continues, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told Eugene, Oregon television stations.

Further details are expected to be released at press conferences later in the day.

–Michael Muskal and Marisa Gerber

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College entrance blocked

“Incredulity” and pure emotion

    (Marisa Gerber / Los Angeles Times)

(Marisa Gerber / Los Angeles Times)

During a press conference on Friday morning, dr. Jason Gray, medical director of the Mercy Medical Center, said that the average age of the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College has distorted young people. Some of the victims’ injuries, he said, included gunshot wounds on the abdomen and head.

“Initial emotions are disbelief,” said Gray, wincing. “It’s still very raw.”

But he had found some comfort, he said, in pouring support from across the country.

Retired doctors came on Thursday to offer help, he said, and people in Louisiana and Georgia delivered pizzas to hospital staff. Someone else sent the coffee.

Mercy Medical Center CEO Kelly Morgan said many hospital staff were trained at the UCC and expected many employees to know the victims.

“I assure you,” he said, “every single person in the hospital will be affected.”

– Marisa Gerber

The hospital reports 10 hospitalized after filming

Dr Jason Gray, medical director of the Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, updated the status of 10 patients who were hospitalized after the shooting at Umpqua Community College.

– 1 person died in the emergency room

– 4 went into surgery

– 3 have been transferred to another hospital for a higher level of care

– 2 were treated and released on Thursday. A person currently hospitalized is expected to be released today.

“If they said they were Christians, they were killed again”

Ana Boylan, 18, was in her class at Umpqua Community College when the gunman came in and shot her professor, family members said on Thursday afternoon.

Boylan, who had started going to college this week, was shot in the back, said his grandmother Janet Willis. A girl standing next to her was also affected, Willis said.

“They just landed and pretended to be dead,” Willis told her granddaughter and other family members. Boylan tearfully told her ordeal from a hospital bed after being flown to an Eugene hospital. As she lay wounded in the classroom, she said to her grandmother, she heard the assassin ask the others to get up and declare their religion. “If they said they were Christians, they were hit again,” Willis said.

– Christine Mai-Duc

Ian Mercer, the gunslinger’s father: “Shocked is all I can say”

    (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Ian Mercer, father of Chris Harper Mercer, briefly walked out of his Tarzana home on Thursday evening and said he spent the day talking to the police and other authorities.

Mercer said he could not answer any questions about his son or the shooting.

“Shocked is all I can say,” he told reporters. “It was a devastating day.”

– Sarah Parvini

Police search for Mercer’s apartment in Oregon

On Thursday afternoon, police had blocked Chris Harper Mercer’s apartment complex in nearby Winchester.

Neighbor Bronte Hart told the Associated Press that “he would sit alone in the dark on the balcony with this little light.”

She said Mercer’s mother could be seen “crying” on Thursday.

Derrick McClendon, 42, near Mercer in the Los Angeles area, also described a “shy” and “shy” man who kept himself to himself.

“I wouldn’t have suspected he was a person in need,” said McClendon.

The emotion spreads on the eve

Local reporters posted these photos of the eve tonight in Roseburg, Oregon.

Bryan Clay, 18, talks about her ex-neighbor Chris Harper Mercer, who is suspected of opening fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. (Robert Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

Bryan Clay, 18, talks about her ex-neighbor Chris Harper Mercer, who is suspected of opening fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. (Robert Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Harper Mercer and his mother were familiar faces in the tight-knit Torrance apartment complex where they lived for several years before moving to Oregon a year or two ago, a neighbor said.

Former neighbors described them as quiet people who kept themselves and rarely socialized with each other. Mercer was often seen riding a red beach bike and wore green military-style pants with black boots.

Several said they sometimes noticed the mother and son carrying black cases that appeared to contain firearms.

David Westly, 45, said some neighbors asked him for weapons in a community barbecue. Westly said Mercer didn’t answer this question but said he liked to go shoot the target.

Westly and others on Arlington Avenue expressed shock that Mercer, 26, was identified by law enforcement sources as the gunman who went on a rampage.

“It’s hard to believe,” he said.

“I wouldn’t have suspected he was a person in need,” said neighbor Derrick McClendon, 42. “I am surprised and shocked. I really am.”

In Tarzana, where his father, Ian Mercer, lives with his wife and stepdaughter, neighbors said they saw him visit only a few times. Mercer’s father returned home around 9:15 on Thursday evening and entered quickly without saying a word. Three policemen stood across the street,

– Ruben Vives, Matt Hamilton and Richard Winton

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7 times the president responded to a mass shooting, even today

Somehow this has become routine. Reporting is routine. My answer here on this podium ends up being routine, the conversation the next day … We have become insensitive to this.

A crowd is gathering for a vigil

The sheriff helped conduct investigations into the shooting of Oregon previously fought against gun control

While mass shootings in a southwestern Oregon college sparked a broad appeal for tighter gun safety laws, including a passionate appeal from President Obama, one of the main kill investigators promised to fight the administration Obama on arms control years ago.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, whose agency was one of the first to respond to Thursday’s attack on Umpqua Community College, was one of nearly 500 sheriffs who swore an oath to protect the rights of the second amendment in the wake. of Newtown, Conn., school massacre in 2012, according to constitutional sheriffs and peacekeepers Assn. , which led the effort.

In a letter that Hanlin wrote to Vice President Joe Biden in 2013, the sheriff claimed that gun control “is NOT the answer to preventing atrocious crimes such as school shootings,” according to a copy of the letter published by Mother Jones on Thursday.

Every sheriff who signed the organization’s commitment said he would refuse to apply any additional arms control measures approved after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.

– James Queally

Oregon Sheriff: “You’ll never hear me mention his name”


Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Thursday evening that police confirmed the identity of the hit man who opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, but refused to say the man’s name aloud.

Law enforcement sources previously told the Los Angeles Times that the gunman was 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, but a visibly emotional Hanlin said he would not give the gunfighter the attention he probably wanted.

“I would like to be very clear: I will not name the shooter. I will not give him the credit he probably sought before this horrible and cowardly act, “said Hanlin.” You will never hear me mention his name. ”

Police did not comment on a reason for the attack and Hanlin said the victims’ identities may not be released until Friday.

Officers completed a series of campus buildings and found no explosives or other weapons, according to Hanlin. A search for vehicles continues in the school parking lot, he said.

Mercer previously resided in Torrance, according to a law enforcement source.

–James Queally


There have been 142 school shootings in the United States since 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

–Priya Krishnakumar and Len Degroot

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Shooter identified as Chris Harper Mercer

The Oregon school shooter was a resident of the area Chris Harper Mercer, 26, said a law enforcement officer speaks on condition of anonymity because the case is new and still under investigation. Mercer previously lived in the South Bay area of ​​Los Angeles County and has relatives in the San Fernando Valley, according to another law enforcement source.

He added that the gunman was armed with three pistols and an assault rifle. The official did not know if all the weapons had been fired, or where or how they had been obtained.

Officials said they did not believe that Mercer was connected to the school as a student or staff member at the moment.

Law enforcement officials said Mercer’s motive “was not immediately clear.”

Richard Serrano

There is a suggestion

Additionally, people who were on campus at the time of filming and emerged safely are encouraged to register on the Red Cross website. Their loved ones can then check the site and know their status.

Updated numbers: 10 dead and 7 injured

    (Mike Sullivan / Roseburg News-Review)

(Mike Sullivan / Roseburg News-Review)

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said 10 people were killed and seven others injured in the attack on Umpqua Community College.

Recognizing that the numbers provided varied throughout the day, Hanlin said that his numbers were the most accurate available.

The state medical examiner’s office will be in charge of identifying the dead and informing their relatives. Hanlin said officials may need up to 48 hours to make this information public.

Of the seven people injured, three were taken to a Eugene hospital in critical condition, Hanlin said. The other four were taken to a local hospital.

The shooter’s identity has yet to be released. Hanlin declined to comment on a reason for the attack.

On Thursday, the Oregon Attorney General’s office told several media outlets that 13 people had been killed during filming. An office spokesman has since informed the Los Angeles Times by email that the number was “unconfirmed”.

– James Queally

Mix of pain, indignation mark remarkable shooting reactions

    (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Annoyed by the “said-said” report when it comes to firearms and security, I decided to objectively determine, through the survey, if there was scientific consensus. What I found won’t please the National Rifle Assn.

I have found widespread confidence that, for example, a gun in the home increases the risk that a woman who lives in the home is a victim of murder (72% agree, 11% disagree) and that a gun in the house makes it more dangerous place to be (64%) than a safer place (5%). There is consensus that firearms are not used in self-defense much more often than they are used in crime (73% versus 8%) and that switching to more permissive arms transportation laws has not reduced rates of crime (62% against 9%). There is consensus that strong firearms laws reduce murder (71% versus 12%).

Obviously it is possible to find researchers who take sides with the ANR in believing that guns make our society safer, rather than more dangerous. But I’m in the minority.

– David Hemenway

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The Campus no-gun policy also applies to security guards

The attack on Umpqua Community College was both a “tragedy and an anomaly,” said college president Rita Calvin.

“I feel disgusting. Witness the families who were waiting for the students on the last bus and see all the hugs, tears and traumas that happened,” Calvin told reporters. “More people were injured than those who were shot.”

Calvin ha affermato che la scuola non era a conoscenza di messaggi minacciosi che il tiratore avrebbe potuto lasciare sui social media negli ultimi giorni e che recentemente non erano state fatte minacce al campus.

Il campus impiega almeno un ufficiale di sicurezza e diversi membri della facoltà sono membri delle forze dell’ordine in pensione, secondo il college.

Ma a nessuno di loro è permesso essere armati.

“Abbiamo una politica senza armi nel campus”, ha detto Calvin.

– James Queally

‘Ero così terrorizzato per la mia vita’


La lezione di scrittura di Cassandra Welding era quasi finita quando sentì un rumore che sembrava provenire dalla porta accanto.

Un compagno di classe aprì la porta per guardare. Le hanno sparato.

“Stavamo urlando, ‘Chiudi la porta! Chiudi la porta! “, Ha detto Welding, 20 anni.

Un altro compagno di classe trascinò la donna nella stanza e chiuse a chiave la porta. Qualcun altro ha spento le luci.

Compagni di classe hanno eseguito la RCP sulla donna, che sembrava essere stata colpita al torace.

I suoni continuavano a venire.

Gli studenti hanno strisciato lungo il pavimento fino all’angolo posteriore destro dell’aula, allontanandosi il più possibile dalla porta.

“Ero così terrorizzato per la mia vita e tremavo”, ha detto.

Il sangue copriva le pareti vicino allo studente che era stato colpito. Gli occhiali rotti della donna ferita giacevano sul pavimento.

Qualcuno ha chiamato il 911. La saldatura ha chiamato sua madre.

“Ehi, mamma, c’è una sparatoria a scuola”, sussurrò, temendo che il tiratore potesse entrare da un momento all’altro. “Ho appena sentito altre persone in lacrime, piangere, chiamare i loro cari e dire loro,” Ti amo “.”

“È stata una cosa così straziante.”

– Christine Mai-Duc

    (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

(Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

Con frustrazione, incredulità e rabbia frequente, il presidente Obama ha sofferto le morti negli scontri di massa e ha chiesto un cambiamento nella cultura mentre descriveva la violenza armata come un problema unicamente americano – e lamentava l’intorpidimento degli americani.

“Siamo l’unico paese avanzato sulla Terra che vede questo tipo di sparatorie di massa ogni pochi mesi”, ha detto Obama dalla sala riunioni della Casa Bianca, con la voce che si alza per la frustrazione. “In qualche modo questo è diventato una routine. La segnalazione è di routine. La mia risposta qui su questo podio finisce per essere di routine. ”

Ha invitato i funzionari eletti federali e statali ad aiutarlo a cambiare le leggi, dicendo: “Questo non è qualcosa che posso fare da solo”.

– Michael A. Memoli

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Le bandiere dell’Oregon sono state ordinate a metà personale

Le riprese di oggi all’Umpqua Community College sono state familiari in modo disgustoso a molti residenti locali: meno di 10 anni fa, uno studente ha aperto il fuoco nella vicina Roseburg High School.

In quella sparatoria del 2006, una matricola del liceo ha sparato a un compagno di studi quattro volte dietro con una pistola semiautomatica contenente proiettili a punta cava, secondo OregonLive.

La vittima è sopravvissuta e l’incidente ha portato scuole e altre istituzioni nell’area a sviluppare piani su come gestire e cercare di prevenire tali sparatorie, secondo OregonLive.

– Lauren Raab

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Obama sollecita “un cambiamento di politica”

In qualche modo questo è diventato routine.
Il presidente Obama sulle sparatorie di massa

Ciò che la polizia si è raccontata subito dopo la sparatoria

    (Michael Sullivan / The News-Review)

(Michael Sullivan / The News-Review)

In the first frantic series of police recordings about the shooting at Umpqua Community College, officers said the suspect was possibly armed with a “long gun” when he opened fire into a crowded section of Snyder Hall.

On the recordings, a dispatcher can be heard saying the gunman was “outside one of the doors shooting through the doors” of Snyder Hall.

There were at least 35 people inside the building at the time, police said on the recordings.

Several minutes into the recording, an officer on scene can be heard describing an exchange of gunfire with the assailant before shouting, “The suspect is down!”

After the gunfire ends, another officer can be heard calling for immediate medical aid.

“They need to dispatch as many ambulances as possible to this incident,” the officer says. “We have upwards of 20 victims.”

— James Queally

Watch live: Obama on the shooting

College shut until Monday

This unspeakable tragedy that occurred at 10:30 this morning, sadly, puts Oregon on the growing list of horrendous mass shootings in our country.
Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon attorney general, in a Facebook post

Some victims were airlifted

#UCCshooting: Two victims arrived (REACH helicopter landing pictured here), three on the way. Blood supply good for now but may be stretched thin. Call Lane Blood Center 541-484-9111 to donate. Posted by PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center on  Thursday, October 1, 2015

#UCCshooting: Two victims arrived (REACH helicopter landing pictured here), three on the way. Blood supply good for now but may be stretched thin. Call Lane Blood Center 541-484-9111 to donate.

Posted by PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center on Thursday, October 1, 2015

Gunman was shot and killed

The gunman who opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police, Douglas County Sheriff Jon Hanlin told reporters.

Hanlin said sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of an active shooter at 10:38 a.m. The deputies found the gunman, who was not identified, inside of a campus building and a shootout began, according to Hanlin.

At that point, the man was shot and killed, Hanlin said. The sheriff confirmed that there were “confirmed injuries and confirmed fatalities,” but he declined to give a specific number, as other officials have.

“I’ve heard varying numbers, and I don’t want to report on a number that is inaccurate,” Hanlin said.

Hanlin declined to describe the shooter or comment on what type of weapon he may have used. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, speaking in a separate briefing, said the shooter was 20 years old.

— James Queally

Witness’ professor thought shooting was a drill

Jodi Sonka, who said she is a student at the college, said a professor thought at first that the campus was going through an active shooter drill.

“He was like, ‘Oh, this never happens,’” Sonka told CNN. “Then he heard it was real and said we all need to get in the back room now, immediately.”

After the shooter was in custody, Sonka said, FBI agents entered the classroom and told them the shooter was down.

“We were all taken outside to be patted down by police officers to make sure no one else had anything on them,” she said. “We were loaded on buses and taken to the fairgrounds.”

Sonka said students are also being told that they won’t be allowed to retrieve their cars on campus until they are searched and cleared.

— Christine Mai-Duc

‘Pray for us’

When a shooter opened fire this morning at Umpqua Community College in southwestern Oregon, Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman’s 19-year-old son was on campus.

Freeman said his son was prepared with an emergency plan — and lucky: “He immediately left campus, went to a friend’s house, to a safe location, and called me.”

“We’re now in that horrible club of schools that have had to deal with this,” Freeman said. “I hope communities around our nation will pray for us.”

Freeman said he is assisting with the incident command center that has been set up on campus, helping deploy mental health, counseling and other resources for students and faculty members who have been evacuated to various sites in the county.

As of 1 p.m. PDT, Freeman said, a handful of students were still being loaded into buses to be evacuated from campus. “The lines are almost done,” he said. “Virtually all faculty are gone now.”

Law enforcement officials were continuing to sweep buildings on campus, he said.

— Christine Mai-Duc

The shooter is deceased.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin

Today’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon follows at least two other major school shootings in the state.

A 14-year-old Oregon high school student was killed and a teacher wounded when a gunman opened fire before class at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, about 16 miles east of Portland, in 2014.

Four people died and more than 20 others were injured in a shooting at Thurston High School in Springfield in 1998.

Kipland P. Kinkel, 15, a freshman, killed his parents at home before killing two students at school. Five classmates brought Kinkel to the ground before he was arrested.

Kinkel had been suspended a day earlier for bringing a gun to school.

— Sarah Parvini

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Obama briefed

The White House said President Obama has been briefed by his homeland security advisor on the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., according to the Associated Press. At the president’s request, he’ll continue to receive updates throughout the day.

13 reported dead

Oregon’s attorney general says 13 people have died in the shooting, according to the Associated Press.

Three main hospitals receiving patients: ‘We are feeling very well prepared’

The three main hospitals taking patients in connection with the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon are PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, according to Anne Williams, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart.

Williams said the call to receive patients came in almost immediately after news of the incident broke.

“We are feeling very well prepared,” Williams said. “We called in additional staff. We have trauma surgeons ready. We cleared out the emergency department to accept the patients.”

— Ann Simmons

‘Today is heartbreaking,’ governor says

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and state police are scheduled to speak to reporters about the Umpqua Community College shooting at 1:30 p.m. PDT in Portland.

“My heart is heavy as details of today’s shooting become available,” Brown said in a statement. “While it is still too early to know all of the facts, the effects of an incident such as this one are long-lasting. Please join me in keeping the victims and their families, as well as first responders, in your thoughts.”

Umpqua Community College had been in the news earlier this week for a federal report critiquing schools with some of the highest rates of loan defaults.

Umpqua caters to students who generally can’t attend more elite four-year universities.

“There is a realization that things are not as good for this generation as they were for their parents’ generation,” Umpqua President Joe Olson told the Oregonian on Thursday regarding the Education Department report.

— Joy Resmovits

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About the college where the shooting happened


Umpqua Community College — near Roseburg, Ore., about an hour’s drive south of Eugene — began its fall term this week.

The two-year college says it had about 13,600 students in 2013-14, the most recent academic year for which figures are available. Of those students, about 3,000 were taking courses for credit.

Its student body is about 58% female and 42% male. The students’ average age is 38.

The school says its tuition is the lowest in Oregon’s two-year college system.

For the record, 1:04 p.m.: An earlier version of this post referred to Eugene as the capital of Oregon. Oregon’s capital is Salem.

— Lauren Raab

5 more patients to hospital

There is a moment following every mass killing when the media turn their attention to the shooter’s mental health. Pundits wonder: Could the tragedy have been averted if only the killer had received better psychiatric care?

But looking to our mental health system to address the problem of mass shootings is misguided and potentially even harmful, for a few reasons.

–Matthew Goldenberg

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Hospital receiving patients

    (AP, MCT)


Today’s tragedy joins a long list of mass shootings in the nation. Here’s a look back at several other notable ones, from an attack at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, Calif., in 1984, to this year’s rampage at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

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At least 7 dead and 20 hurt, police officials says

Oregon State Police Lt. Bill Fugate told told KATU-TV that at least 7 people were killed and 20 others injured.

Federal agents have arrived

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it has sent agents to the campus, and more are coming soon.

Multiple people were killed and at least 20 injured in a shooting at a community college in southwestern Oregon this morning, and the shooter is in custody, officials said.

“We do have multiple deceased” on the campus of Umpqua Community College, but the number is unclear, Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler told CNN.

Eleven shooting victims were taken to hospitals, and two of those have died, he said.

It took law enforcement officers some time to evacuate each classroom and secure the campus because it’s so spread out, Shoufler said.

— Christine Mai-Duc

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2016 presidential candidates react to the filming of Oregon

The best Republicans are going out against the GOP representative. Kevin McCarthy suggested that the special committee investigating the Benghazi attacks was a success because it damaged Hillary Rodham Clinton’s reputation.

John A. Boehner, retired president of the House, did some damage checks Thursday on observations by McCarthy, of Bakersfield, who should replace Boehner as the most powerful congressional legislator.

The investigation “never involved former Secretary of State Clinton and never will be,” Boehner said in a statement. “The American people deserve the truth about what happened in Benghazi. This has always been our goal and will remain our goal.”

McCarthy’s comments this week risk weakening the committee’s position and underestimating one of the Republican Party’s main arguments against Clinton: that his leadership during the attacks, at best, fell apart and, in the worst case, he threatened the Americans.

This month before the panel, he will have to witness a meeting already seen politically: as a test of his presidential candidacy as he uses himself and as an opportunity to shake off the cloud on his campaign from the ongoing investigations on his e-mail to use while Secretary of State.

McCarthy, the no. 2 Republicans in the House and the favorite to become the main Congress leader this month,

has been hit by a wave of criticism

after an interview with Fox News on Tuesday in which it appeared to concede a key democratic discussion point: that the GOP investigation into the 2012 attacks on Benghazi, Libya is all about politics.

“Everyone thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” said McCarthy of Bakersfield. “But we’ve put together a special Benghazi committee. A selected committee. What are your numbers today? Your numbers are going down. Why? Why isn’t it reliable. But nobody would have known that none of this had happened if we hadn’t fought to make it happen. ”

Republicans have long argued that the committee was set up to try to get the truth behind the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, not to confuse Clinton, the secretary of state at the time.

The statements by Boehner and others were intended to focus on the investigative work of the commission.

Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, invited McCarthy to apologize.

“To suggest that any kind of political motivation existed is absolutely – it’s not fair,” he said on MSNBC. “It’s not fair for those four families who lost loved ones. That’s not why we’re doing it.”

McCarthy should withdraw his comment and “express how wrong it was,” he said.

“It was never the intention, it is not what we are doing and I think the claim is totally wrong,” said Chaffetz.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is seeking nomination for the GOP as president, echoed the statements of fellow Republicans, insisting that the committee exists “because there should be an analysis of what really happened.” He didn’t “get it right” why McCarthy made this statement, he told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski.

“This is not to try to harm Hillary Clinton,” he said.

If angels are to playoffs, they have to stay warm in Texas

The Angels hope that their streak in Texas will continue Thursday night when they open a crucial series of four end-of-season games against the Rangers, one that will determine the Western American League champion and the second team of jokers.

The Angels are three games behind the Rangers in the AL West and half a game behind the Houston Astros for the second wildcard. Houston is off Thursday evening and opens a three game game in Arizona on Friday, so if the Angels win on Thursday night, they will be tied to Astros with three games left.

The Angels are 14-2 in their last 16 games in Arlington, Texas, and have outperformed the Rangers, 120-54, during that time.

Among the players who have collected important numbers in the 16 games since 10 July 2014, there are Kole Calhoun (.349, five humeri, 21 hit shots), Erick Aybar (.365, 15 shots, 14 RBI), Mike Trout (.302 , two humeri, 13 RBI), Albert Pujols (.288, two humeri, 12 RBI) David Freese (.305, one humerus, 11 RB.) and CJ Cron (.367, one humerus, nine RBI).

The opener will open a couple of left-handed people, Andrew Heaney of Angels and Derek Holland of Rangers. Texas rose to the top with a record 18-10 in September, and the Angels returned to contention for the playoffs with a record 18-9.

The Angels had their streak in seven games played in a defeat full of mistakes, 8-7 against Oakland on Wednesday, a game in which seven of the Athletics tracks have not been learned.

Right Shane Victorino will start again from David Murphy in the left field for the Angels, and the former angels Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton are both in training for the Rangers.

With victory, the Dodgers tie the Mets into battle for the Division Series home advantage

The Dodgers improved their chances of opening the self-supporting season at home by claiming a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday at AT&T Park.

The Dodgers are now 89-70, which is the same as the New York Mets, their opponent in the first round of the playoffs.

The Mets hold a tie on the Dodgers by virtue of their head-to-head record and would have an advantage at home in their best National League five-division streak if they ended the regular season with the same record.

The Dodgers end the regular season with a three game streak against the San Diego Padres that starts on Friday.

“Obviously, you hope to get that home field advantage,” catcher Yasmani Grandal She said. “You don’t want to go to New York more than once. We hope to be able to sweep the Padres and give us the chance to get that advantage on the home court.”

Spectacular finish

If the victory improved the Dodgers’ chances of opening the postseason at home, it also provided a necessary passage in confidence to Brett Anderson, which should be no. 3 of the team in the top places in the playoffs Clayton Kershaw is Zack Greinke.

Anderson limited the giants to four shots and two runs over 7 2/3 innings. The two races he conceded were not scored until the eighth inning.

“Hopefully, it will spill over into the postseason,” said Anderson.

Anderson (10-9), who has spent significant parts of his career on the disabled list, has set new career highs with 31 starts and 180 1/3 innings. He ended the regular season with an average of 3.69.

Anderson earned $ 750,000 in bonuses by paying Thursday – $ 350.00 for throwing his 175th inning and $ 400,000 for his 180th.

He made a total of $ 2.4 million in incentives this season in addition to his base salary of $ 10 million.

Down again

Third Baseman Justin Turner he lost his second consecutive game with a bruised forearm. Turner was hit by a launch on Tuesday evening by a giant farmer Cody Hall.

“It swelled over him,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly She said.

With Turner unavailable, novice Corey Seager started at third base on wednesday. Chase Utley started there on Thursday.

Award season

Greinke was voted by the team’s uniformed staff as the winner of the Roy Campanella Award, which is awarded to the player who “best exemplifies the spirit and leadership” of the late Hall of Fame. … left handed Zach Lee he was named the Dodgers minor league pitcher of the year for the second time in three years. A former first-round pick, Lee was 13-6 with a 2.63 ERA in 21 minor league games, most of them for triple A in Oklahoma City. He made his league debut in July when he allowed seven games and 4 2/3 innings at a loss against the New York Mets. … Alex Verdugo, a 19-year-old Class A player, was named player of the organization’s minor league of the year. Verdugo beat .311 in 124 minor league games. He ended the season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Come on next

Mancino Alex Wood (11-12, 3.89 ERA) will face the curve to the right Casey Kelly (0-1, 9.00) and San Diego Padres on Friday at 19:00 at the Dodger stadium. TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570, 1020.

Twitter: @dylanohernandez

Angry and frustrated, Obama condemns the latest mass shootings in the United States

Visibly frustrated by what he said became the “routine” nature of another mass shooting in the United States on Thursday, President Obama asked for a change in arms policy in America, saying that he was simply thinking and praying for victims was not “enough”.

“This is something we should politicize,” Obama said in an evening White House statement, hours after 13 were killed and at least 20 injured in an Oregon community college. “… This is a political choice we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America. Collectively we respond to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction. “

It was the 15th public statement that Obama made after a mass shooting, this time from behind the lecture hall of the press meeting named after James S. Brady, a former White House spokesman seriously injured in the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981 .

“We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this type of mass shooting every few months,” said Obama. “Somehow this has become routine. Reporting is routine. My answer here on this podium ends up being routine.

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“The conversation the next day – we have become insensitive to this,” he added, citing Columbine, Blacksburg, Newtown, Tucson, Aurora, Charleston – a litany of places now synonymous with mass carnage.

Obama said he visited Roseburg, Oregon, where the site of the latest massacre, Umpqua Community College is located. The shooter was killed in an exchange of shots with the police, authorities said.

The president renounced any claim to welcome his critics, refuting the expected responses in unusually blunt terms. He noticed that, even as he spoke, he knew that countertrends were in preparation: that more guns or fewer restrictions were needed.

“Anyone really believe that?” Obama asked. “There is a gun for every man, woman and child in America. So how can you, with a serious face, argue that more guns will make us safer? “

Obama stressed that when disasters or mine floods kill people, the United States acts to improve security, but that the same reaction does not apply to armed violence.

Obama’s latest remarks on a mass shooting came after the massacre of the mother of Church Emanuel AME in Charleston in June, when he cleared up his frustration over the lack of political will to consider gun safety legislation.

“At some point it will be important for the American people to come to terms with it and for us to be able to collectively shift the way we think about the problem of armed violence,” he said at the time. In an interview days later, Obama stated that Congress’s inability to approve a proposal for thorough control in the wake of the Newtown school shoot was the most “disgusted” he experienced during his presidency, but seemed resigned. to the political reality of inaction.

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On Thursday, when the first news about the Oregon shooting emerged, a White House spokesman insisted that the adoption of gun safety laws remained a top priority for the president, but that he was “realistic enough” about the need of a change in the political climate before Congress would never tighten arms restrictions.

Obama advised voters to choose who to represent them that “this ongoing cause of death for innocent people should be a relevant factor in your decision” and has pledged to reassert his case after any future mass shooting.

“Whenever that happens, I’m going to say that we can really do something about it, but we’ll have to change our laws, and that’s not something I can do on my own,” said Obama, inviting federal and state elected officials to help him. .

“I hope and pray that I won’t have to go out again during my tenure as president,” he said. “But based on my experience as president, I can’t guarantee it. And it’s terrible to say it.”

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Column: constant video recording detects athletes’ bad behavior

Every week, the sports world is apparently stunned by the latest example of bad behavior captured by the video.

Either get used to it or change behavior, because technology is making it possible to see everything.

Whether you are playing, training, officiating or cheering, the message is clear: smile, because you’re probably on the camera.

Smartphones and video footage continuously from many points of view document every game, making it likely that someone who has suffered a sudden loss of sanity and has tried to kick, hit, scratch or suffocate an opponent will be captured.

The unsportsmanlike conduct is exposed like never before and at every level: young people in high school, university to professionals.

Fortunately, September has come and gone. There were episodes of football in high school where players attacked an officer during a game in Texas; a player who throws a helmet against an opponent in New Jersey; a player who puts an IcyHot-like substance under the mask of an opponent in La Cañada Flintridge; a player who kicks a helmetless quarterback in Lakewood.

In professional baseball, there were Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon from Washington who fought on the bench during a game.

Some wonder if bad behavior means that the country is declining in moral decay.

More likely, the rise of social media and the ability to place cameras anywhere have exhibited behaviors that have been taking place on the ground for generations.

“Nobody’s old days knowing what’s going on at the bottom of a football game are gone,” said Andrew Yellen, Northridge-based sports psychologist and former football coach at Van Nuys Grant.

And this could be a good thing, because people can no longer get away with saying one thing while the video shows something else.

“People don’t like to get caught in the cookie jar with their hands,” Yellen said. “Whether it’s a physical attack, something said, or inappropriate behavior, people tend to deny unless there is clear enough evidence. The video is clear enough evidence. In some respects, there are people who hire the role of pseudo detective. “

Cheap shots occur in many sports, but video is making it harder for cowards to escape guilt. Even if an official misses an accident that was supposed to lead to an expulsion, the video can lead to liability.

“When people realize” Wow, there are people who film everything I do, “which tends to change their behavior in a positive direction,” said Yellen. “However, when you have someone prone to bursting with anger anyway, they don’t think,” Wow, I can end up going viral. “

It is better for everyone to begin to understand that bad behavior during sports competitions will not remain hidden.

During a water polo championship game last month, Studio City Harvard-Westlake coach Brian Flacks saw six cameras around the pool capturing the event. Water polo is known to be very physical, especially underwater, with a lot of holds, wrestling and tussling.

“You will capture every single moment,” said Flacks. “Everyone is held responsible for ongoing actions.”

Colleges started tweeting ways for fans in football stadiums full of clicking on a button on a computer and finding themselves among thousands in the crowd. It is an extraordinary technology, but it means that fans have to be careful what they are doing, because they are constantly monitored, just like the players.

In the era of YouTube, Facebook, iPhone, GoPro and Hudl, bad behavior has never been so accurately documented in sports.

Hopefully the exposure can motivate people to stop behaving so badly.

Twitter: @LATSondheimer


Two of Mexico’s most notorious criminals are in custody in the United States

One is an American citizen who has joined the ranks of one of Mexico’s most vicious drug cartels. The other is an ex-policeman who left the police force to kill a crime.

Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal and Jorge Eduardo “El Coss” Costilla Sanchez were arrested in the United States on Thursday after their extraditions from Mexico. The two men, both with a reputation for cold-blooded killers, are the best known of the 13 suspects sent to the United States in an unusually high court transfer.

The move followed Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s escape from a maximum security prison this year. Mexican authorities have refused to extradite Guzman despite U.S. requests, and analysts say Wednesday’s extraditions suggest a willingness by the Mexican government to cooperate more and avoid further embarrassing and high-profile escapes. Valdez and Costilla were detained in the same maximum security prison from which Guzman had fled in July.

Here is a look at their background:

“La Barbie”

Valdez, 42, has a reputation for being one of the wildest and deadliest assassins (assassins) of the Beltran Leyva cartel. He is said to have devoted his time to the criminal organization to choreograph executions, bribing high-ranking Mexican officials and moving huge quantities of cocaine north – Mexican authorities estimate that at the height of his success, Valdez was responsible for moving a lot of cocaine in the United States every month.

Valdez is better known as La Barbie because her fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair are reminiscent of a Barbie doll. The nickname was reportedly given to him by his football coach at United High School in Laredo, Texas. Born in Laredo on August 11, 1973, Valdez grew up in the United States but fled to Mexico after drawing heat for the marijuana business he started while still in high school. Experts from Mexican drug trafficking organizations say it is unusual for American citizens to be at the top of their command ranks.

But Valdez had great ambitions and made his way through the ranks of the Beltran Leyva drug trafficking organization, establishing a paramilitary group of executioners, reportedly called “Los Negros”. After the death of his boss, Arturo Beltran Leyva, in 2009, Valdez tried to snatch control of the cartel in a bloody fight with Hector Beltran Leyva, Arturo’s brother and would-be substitute. Valdez never quite succeeded.

“I think it was taken away with its own importance,” says Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington.

“Younger figures in organized crime have an overly inflated sense of their importance; they believe they can get away with anything. There is a sense of supreme power that they get, “he said.

That confidence and sense of importance were evident after his arrest in August 2010, when he was paraded in front of journalists wearing a dark green Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, a choice of clothing that sent sales of pirated versions of the polo shirts of Mexico City. Valdez seemed calm, confident and wore a conscious smile in front of the national and international media.

That smile may have slightly faded. Newspaper reports in Mexico say that Valdez suffers from acute dermatitis and that his delicate skin has deteriorated in prison without access to the expensive creams and treatments for the skin he was used to.

Ricardo Ravelo, who covered drug trafficking for the Mexican magazine Proceso for 20 years, described Valdez as “deeply unbalanced”. News in Mexico about Valdez cite confidential reports from the Mexican prosecutor’s office stating that Valdez has a psychopathic personality and narcissistic tendencies and that he likes to be the center of attention.

“El Coss”

Costilla, 44, also known as “El Coss” (short for Costilla), had a $ 5 million FBI prize in his head before being captured in 2012 by the Mexican marines in the city of Tampico in the state of Tamaulipas.

He is believed to have joined the Gulf cartel as a Sicario in the late 90s, until it reached the top of the organization.

“You don’t get up on top of an organization like that by accident,” Wood said.

Costilla had a good base of criminal behavior before entering the Gulf cartel: he was a police officer in the city of Matamoros. He left the police to devote his time to theft and burglary, according to Ravelo.

“He has become an important leader in the ranks of the Gulf cartel, but has always kept a low profile. For years there were few photos of him, “said Ravelo.

Costilla was reportedly involved in a stalemate with two U.S. federal agents in Matamoros in 1999 after agents – one from the FBI and one from the Drug Enforcement Agency – were arrested under threat from a checkpoint when Gulf cartel members found they were carrying a Mexican informant. News of the time said that Costilla and Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the head of the Gulf cartel at the time, were both present at the checkpoint and that they eventually let go of the US agents, along with the informant.

Costilla’s role in the cartel grew when Cardenas Guillen was arrested in 2003 and extradited to the United States four years later. Costillo took the lead alongside Osiel’s brother Antonio and oversaw one of the most violent chapters of his existence when the armed cartel branch, the Zeta, decided to break up and form a separate cartel in 2010.

This led to a brutal war between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas that took place in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Veracruz.

Bonello is a special correspondent. Cecilia Sanchez in the Times Mexico City office contributed to this report.


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With the merger closed, home builders Standard Pacific and Ryland cut jobs

Southern California home builders, Standard Pacific Corp. and Ryland Group Inc., plan to lay off about 10% of the newly assembled workforce after the company’s $ 5.2 billion shutdown.

The new company, CalAtlantic Group Inc., will lay off workers in the coming months due to the overlap of staff in nine divisions, said spokeswoman Danielle Tocco. CalAtlantic will be headquartered in Irvine and northern Virginia, while the Westlandke Village headquarters in Ryland will close.

Standard Pacific in Irvine and Ryland in Westlake Village together had 2,752 employees in late 2014, according to documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which means that a 10% reduction could result in nearly 280 layoffs. Tocco was unable to provide an updated employee count and said the company is still deciding where the layoffs will occur.

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CalAtlantic has operations in 17 states, including California.

Announcing the close of the merger, CalAtlantic said it is now the nation’s fourth largest home builder in the nation and would have sales of $ 5.2 billion in the 12 months ending June 30. Joining forces, he said it could save $ 50 million to $ 70 million annually in production, purchases and other costs.

The companies announced their plans to combine in June. At the time, they claimed that together they would have a wider reach and more diverse product offerings, allowing them to capitalize better on housing recovery.

Ryland, for example, built mostly low-priced homes in states like California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas. The standard focused on luxury homes in California, Texas, Florida and Carolinas.

On the first trading day, CalAtlantic shares opened on Thursday at $ 40.46 and closed at 70 cents, or 1.7%, at $ 41.16, on the New York Stock Exchange.

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