DEAD BODIES- ADJACENT HOMES
Bodies of 2 men found in adjacent California yards
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have discovered two men dead in neighboring backyards in Northern California.
Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman says investigators think the deaths in an unincorporated part of Mill Valley are related and are treating them as a double homicide.
Detectives were investigating the first man's death late Wednesday. They discovered the second man's body in the adjacent yard early the next morning.
Details about how the men were killed were not released. The victims have not been identified.
SCHOOL SHOOTING PLAN
Cops greet students at school where plot thwarted
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police are greeting students on the first day of classes in the Los Angeles suburb where two teens allegedly plotted a high school massacre.
Officers were in force Thursday at South Pasadena High School as students began the school year without two peers.
The 16- and 17-year-old boys have denied charges they threatened another student.
Police say they could face other charges related to an alleged plot to target three high school staffers and kill as many students as possible.
The boys were arrested after police monitored their online activity and determined they presented a serious threat.
The boys didn't have a specific attack date or weapons, but police say they were researching how to arm themselves.
The father of one accused boy says his son meant no harm.
NCAA REFORMS-O'BANNON APPEAL
NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NCAA attorneys have taken the first step in trying to overturn the ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case by notifying the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal.
Chief legal officer Donald Remy issued a statement Thursday, less than 24 hours after the papers were filed, saying the NCAA does not believe it violated antitrust laws.
A formal appeal has not yet been submitted.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Aug. 8 that the NCAA violated antitrust laws by restricting schools from providing money beyond current scholarship limits to athletes. She said schools should be allowed to place up to $5,000 per year of competition into a trust fund for individual football players and men's basketball players, which they could collect after leaving school.
SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT-GUILTY PLEA
Ex-school boss pleads to federal charge
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former San Diego school superintendent has pleaded guilty in a scandal for soliciting money for a contract.
U-T San Diego reports Manuel Paul, the ex-head of the San Ysidro School District, entered his plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of deprivation of benefit for political contribution.
Under the deal, the 63-year-old Paul will have to pay a $100,000 fine.
Federal court documents show Paul demanded $3,600 in political contributions from a contractor in order to be considered for construction contracts.
Paul recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false document in a related corruption probe. Sentencing in that case is set for Nov. 18.
Target ordered to stop building Hollywood store
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has ordered Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built Hollywood store that exceeded height regulations.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that a Superior Court judge sided with two community groups who claimed the 74-foot-tall structure exceeded a 35-foot limit.
The court said the City Council must invalidate permits for the project and halt all construction.
Target has asked the 2nd District Court of Appeal to let work proceed. A foundation, walls and a roof have already been built.
The size and scale of development is frequently a controversial issue in Hollywood.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE STUNT
Stunt blocks traffic on Golden Gate Bridge
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities are trying to identify a driver who performed a stunt on the Golden Gate Bridge while other vehicles blocked traffic.
Video that has surfaced online shows the driver doing doughnuts on the bridge in a sports car. California Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Barclay tells the Marin Independent Journal the CHP received a call about numerous other vehicles stopping traffic on Sunday afternoon to allow the stunt.
Barclay says the vehicles endangered themselves, pedestrians on the bridge's sidewalk and other drivers.
Similar stunts have occurred on highways in Oakland.
Few near LA-area recycler undergo lead testing
VERNON, Calif. (AP) - A program seeking to measure air pollution from a Los Angeles-area battery recycler is ineffective because too few nearby residents volunteered to have their blood tested for lead.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the free blood screening is intended to address concerns that lead and arsenic emissions from the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon plant have posed a health risk.
Despite resounding criticism of the plant from neighbors, only about 160 of the 100,000 people eligible for blood tests have taken advantage of screenings since the program began in April. The newspaper says fewer than 10 of those were children, who are at higher risk of lead poisoning.
Exide says it's spending $25 million to reduce pollution. The plant is closed until new requirements are met.
TRUST FUND FRAUD
Man sentenced in California trust fund fraud case
(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A man accused of stealing millions of dollars from Silicon Valley-based trust funds has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose called Leo Joshua Kennedy's crimes heinous and severe before issuing the sentence on Wednesday. The San Jose Mercury News reports that the 62-year-old Kennedy pleaded guilty earlier this year to fraud.
He was accused of stealing the money from funds managed by his longtime partner and accountant through her Campbell-based company, Backhouse Fiduciary Services.
Federal prosecutors estimate he should pay $13.7 million in restitution.
Kennedy apologized during Wednesday's hearing. Victims who spoke urged Koh to impose a harsher penalty.
YA TITTLE-FIELD HOUSE
East Texas city honors native Y.A. Tittle
MARSHALL, Texas (AP) - The Marshall school board has voted unanimously to name its high school football field house in honor of hometown sports legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle.
Tittle is 87 and lives in Atherton, California.
He was born and raised in the East Texas city, played at Marshall High School in the 1940s, then went to Louisiana State University. He played 10 years for San Francisco in the NFL, then led the New York Giants to three division titles before retiring in 1964. Tittle threw for more than 33,000 yards and 242 touchdowns and entered the Hall of Fame in 1971.
The Marshall News Messenger reports school officials say Tittle has health issues, that officials have talked with his family and that they're OK with the designation.
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