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February 15, 2016
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With inmates back in jail, focus turns to how they escaped
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — With all
three violent inmates who escaped from a
California jail back in custody, authorities
are examining how they carried out the
jailbreak and what they did during their
week on the run.
Hutchens vowed to fix the security lapses
that allowed the escape.
Early on January 22, the men sawed,
crawled, and climbed their way out of the
maximum-security Central Men’s Jail and
used a rope made of bedsheets to rappel
four stories to the ground.
Their escape triggered an intense
One of the inmates, 43-year-old Bac
Duong, surrendered on Friday, January
29 after walking into an auto repair shop
in Santa Ana just a few miles from the jail.
The last two escapees, Hossein Nayeri,
37, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, were arrested
on Saturday, January 30 after a civilian
flagged down officers near San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Park and pointed out a
parked van that looked like one believed
stolen by the inmates after the escape.
The three did not know each other before
being housed in the Orange County jail.
They were awaiting trial on charges
including murder, attempted murder,
torture, and kidnapping. Duong and Tieu
have ties to street gangs that operate in
the shadows of Orange County’s thriving
While behind bars, the three were
housed together in a large jail module that
held 65 other men, about half of whom
were in custody for violent felonies.
A woman who taught English at the jail,
and is accused of giving Nayeri a paper
SECURITY LAPSES SCRUTINIZED.
This frame from video provided by KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV
shows Bac Duong, one of three inmates who escaped
from the Orange County jail, being returned to the
Santa Ana, California jail after he turned himself in.
With all three inmates now back in custody, authori-
ties are examining how they carried out the jailbreak.
(KCBS-TV via AP)
copy of a Google Earth map that showed an
aerial view of the entire jail compound, is
also in custody. Nooshafarin Ravaghi, a
44-year-old children’s book author, was
arrested and booked on suspicion of being
an accessory to a felony.
Authorities say she and Nayeri — who
both were born in Iran — exchanged
letters and had a relationship that was
closer than it should have been, but
stopped short of calling it romantic. Nayeri
is a former Marine who grew up in the
Fresno area, and authorities say it’s
unclear why as an English speaker he was
in her class that teaches English as a
Built in 1968, the jail that housed the
men holds about 900 inmates. It was the
first breakout from the facility in nearly 30
Monks delivered via Amazon as role of Japanese temples fade
five years, said internet-based inquiries
and phone calls surged after it placed the
service on Amazon. More surprisingly,
some 100 monks came forward to register
for the delivery service. The company
already has contracts with 400 monks
nationwide, said Masano, the spokesman.
Kaichi Watanabe, the 40-year-old monk
dispatched to a memorial ceremony for the
Uematsu family recently, said he had been
looking for ways to perform rituals to earn
a living and meet more people to share
His elder brother was succeeded the
temple founded by their grandfather, also
a monk, in Fukushima prefecture, so
Watanabe had to go elsewhere. About a
year ago, he found Minrevi and signed a
“Today, nobody comes to temples asking
for us to perform funerals for their
parents,” Watanabe said in an interview
before the service, at which he chanted in
front of an altar decorated with chrysan-
themum flowers and Kakeru’s photo in a
black frame. “I’m hoping that a service like
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price less than half or even cheaper than
an average, conventional service.
“Honestly, the cost was my biggest
concern,” Uematsu said. “I liked its price
system that was simple and clear.”
At first, he was worried about the
quality of the service he might receive, but
that wasn’t a problem. A 24-hour customer
service line was also helpful for the couple
emotionally devastated by the loss of their
son. While it didn’t offer counselling
services, representatives could be reached
regarding funeral details at any time,
helping them feel more at ease during a
painful time. Uematsu also arranged the
traditional 49th-day posthumous ritual for
his son using the same service.
Amazon declined to comment, saying it’s
only renting the space to Minrevi to
promote the service, which offers only
monk delivery and a separate $170 charge
for a posthumous Buddhist title, not
Minrevi, whose orders for the monk
delivery service has tripled over the past
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Angela “Angie” Bonifacio Turla was born in Masantol, Pampanga, the
Philippines on May 31, 1943, the eldest of 13 siblings. Angie attended the
University of Santo Tomas, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in
1965, and taught school until she left for America.
Angie and her husband, Ernie, immigrated to the U.S.
on May 27, 1968, along with their first-born son,
settling in Pasadena, California. In 1971, they moved to
Portland where Angie worked at a manufacturing
company, eventually becoming a department
supervisor, and her husband worked as a clerk at the
main post office. Later, she was employed at Tektronix
before retiring early in 1998. Angie and Ernie raised
four children — Michael, Pamela, Eileen, and Kathy.
Angie petitioned for both her parents (now deceased)
and all but one of her brothers and sisters to immigrate to the United States. She
has been the auditor of a local community organization, Aguman Capampangan
Northwest U.S.A., since it was founded in 1996. She has also participated in the
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humanitarian work. Angie has travelled extensively across the U.S. and around
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March of that same year, the kingdom held
its first democratic election and voted in a
new parliament that can constitutionally
impeach the king. However, with the
monarchy idolized by much of the
population, the king’s influence continues
to be enormous.
Bhutan first began opening up to the
world in the 1960s. Foreigners and the
international media were first admitted in
1974, while the internet and television
finally arrived in 1999.
AR Photo/Eugene Wong
It’s not always easy to manage
diabetes, but I keep trying by
taking it one day at a time.
Bhutan’s queen gives
birth to a baby boy
TALKING STORY IN
Polo’s “Talking Story”
column will return soon.
this, a brainchild of the internet age, could
make Buddhist temples a more
approachable place for everyone.”
“There is no point being a monk,” he
said, “if we can’t offer a helping hand when
someone needs us.”
Instructions: Fill in the grid so that the digits 1
through 9 appear one time each in every row, col-
umn, and 3x3 box.
Puzzle #95213 (Hard)
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