First conviction for animal abuse unit

first_imgA gang member who tied a puppy’s tail in a knot, dropped her in a vat of boiling water and repeatedly zapped her with a Taser gun was the first felony conviction by the city’s new Animal Cruelty Task Force, officials announced Tuesday. Aaron Jones, 26, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to three years in prison for abusing Sheila, his girlfriend’s German shepherd-mix puppy, which managed to survive despite her injuries. “We are putting the clamps, we are putting the leash, on animal cruelty in this city,” Councilman Tony Cardenas said at a news conference at North Valley Animal Shelter in Cypress Park, where a fresh and frisky Sheila appeared for cameras. “Talk about damage – we’re gonna do damage to any community that does damage to animals.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Animal Cruelty Task Force, founded last summer to stem a growing number of dog- and cockfights often associated with gangs, includes four Los Angeles animal control officers, two police detectives and a deputy city attorney. It aims to not only prevent animals from being mauled in blood sports, but prevent a culture of human and domestic violence that can stem from cruelty to animals. The task force, hatched by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, was launched by Cardenas and Los Angeles Assistant Chief Sharon Papa and follows the lead of such cities as Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Since July, the team has investigated eight dog-fighting incidents and claims to have saved the lives of 14 dogs. In addition, it has seized 180 fighting roosters. Investigations have resulted in two felony arrests, one felony prosecution and five felony filings. Task force detectives last month seized 60 fighting chickens in Sun Valley and another 60 in Panorama City, for which a man faces charges of animal cruelty and illegal breeding and training of fighting birds. “It’s really tough to catch these guys,” said task force Animal Services Capt. Wendell Bowers, of the secretive community of dog- and cockfighters. “If they don’t know you, you’re not in.” It was Los Angeles police Officer Gloria Fanning who responded to deadly weapon assault call and found Sheila traumatized by her wounds. An investigation found that Jones had tortured his girlfriend’s dog, which Fanning has since adopted. Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] To report animal fights or abuse call the Animal Cruelty Task Force at (213) 847-1417. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Remembering Declan Doherty RIP

first_imgHundreds of mourners formed a human shield of umbrellas as hailstones exploded from the black skyline over Kilmacrennan.Such a sight would no doubt have caused Declan Doherty to crack off one of those brilliant smiles.All these mourners here to remember him and him having the last laugh. Declan was only 33 when he took seriously ill at his beloved grandmother Mary’s home in Kilmacrennan on Sunday last.Unfortunately, he never made it back and surrounded by his loving parents Susan and Declan, brother Kevin and sister Ellen, he passed gently onto the next chapter of his being on Monday last at Letterkenny University Hospital.A lot of stories were told this week about Declan’s relatively short life on this earth.But the common theme was of a young man whose gentle approach to life touched everyone he came into contact with. The late Declan Doherty, RIP.Fr Paddy Dunne recalled the typical snapshot of Declan bouncing along Letterkenny Main Street, shoulder bag on board, converse, jeans and a fitted jacket.And not forgetting the mop of curly hair, glasses and that disarming smile.He also recalled how everyone seemed to give Declan lifts.My last encounter with him was indeed giving him one such lift to his grandmother’s house a few weeks back and I’ll cherish the memory of that bumpy ride whenever I think of him.Everyone had a story to tell of their encounters with Declan. Former President of St Eunan’s College, Fr Michael Carney had mourners in tears of sadness and laughter when he recalled his time with the then young student.He recalled how he often wondered if Declan was actually studying law in a parallel universe such was his ability to defend himself when he landed himself in a little hot water.There’s so much you want to say about Declan and that numbing, empty feeling left by his sudden departure will stay with us for many days, weeks, months and years to come.Many who are raising young people to send them out into the world can only hope that they can find a safe path and a life that they find their own level of happiness in. Declan fought hard to find that path and to find that happiness but some illnesses simply overpower the human body and mind.The one thing that will never be in doubt and the one thing no illness will ever kill is the love Declan’s family had and will always have for him.Rest gently young man.SMRemembering Declan Doherty RIP was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:curlsDeclan DohertykilmacrennanletterkennyMUSICsmilelast_img read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls 30 to No 5 Minnesota

Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-9, 4-5 Big Ten) suffered a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Minnesota (18-2, 7-2 Big Ten) Wednesday night at St. John Arena.Although each team had nine blocks, 16 errors and 124 attacks, it was Minnesota who came out on top, buoyed by a .274 hitting percentage and 50 kills.“We’re not there.” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “I don’t like moral victories, but I thought we did a lot of good things tonight to build on.”Junior setter Taylor Hughes, who led her team with 24 assists, knew the Gophers would pose a strong threat especially because of Minnesota junior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson, arguably the Big Ten’s top setter.“We were expecting a very fast offense by them … that’s kind of hard to keep up with,” Hughes said. “We put up a good fight.”The first set started off slow for the Buckeyes as the Gophers went on a 4-0 run to open the match. The Gophers built a 17-4 lead when Ohio State called a timeout. Soon thereafter the Buckeyes went on a 7-2 run, but Minnesota’s defense remained strong with four blocks and 17 digs, earning them the set, 25-15.Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer’s second kill tied the second set at 4-4, the first of eight ties as well as two lead changes. The Buckeyes were able to play a close set against the Gophers with 15 kills, three blocks, and 29 digs. Senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz contributed six kills on a .455 clip for the Buckeyes, but Minnesota’s freshman middle blocker Regan Pittman helped her team with five kills and a .625 hitting percentage, leading the Gophers to win the second set 25-20.Minnesota picked up the lead in the third set and maintained it as the Buckeyes closely trailed. Although the Buckeyes tried to catch up, the Gophers’ 20 kills and .405 hitting percentage won them the set 25-18.Carlston credited Minnesota and recognized the Gophers’ hard plays. Although he believes the Buckeyes played well, Carlston still sees room for improvement.“I think we really stressed them out defensively with mixing up our shots, that was important for us,” Carlston said. “But I think we need to play better defense.”Hughes agreed with Carlston that the Buckeyes need to focus more on their defensive strategy and remaining consistent.“A lot of games are won and lost in the serve-and-pass game and [Minnesota] served really aggressively,” Hughes said. “Upping our serve for Sunday can help us a lot. Getting most teams out of system will give us the upper hand.”Carlston thought his team came back well in the second and third sets, but in the end the Gophers had a fire that the Buckeyes were lacking.The Buckeyes will face Michigan for the second time this season at 1 p.m. on Sunday at St. John. read more

Mens Hockey No 4 Ohio State ties 22 with No 15 Bowling

Then-junior forward Freddy Gerard celebrates as Mason Jobst scores an empty net goal during the third period of Ohio State’s 5-1 victory over Denver in the NCAA Tournament. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe No. 4 Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with No. 15 Bowling Green after dropping its first game to the Falcons on Friday night.Looking to get off to a better start than they did the night before, allowing eight goals and allowing the Falcons to convert on four of eight power play opportunities, the Buckeyes scored just six minutes into the game with a goal from junior forward Carson Meyer, his fourth of the season, with assists from senior defenseman Sasha Larocque and senior forward Freddy Gerard.After Meyer’s goal, Ohio State (3-2-1) retained the 1-0 lead until Bowling Green (5-1-1) junior forward Lukas Craggs tied the game up less than two minutes into the third period. The Falcons then scored on a power play with just under five minutes remaining to take the 2-1 lead, their first of the game.Though the penalties were still an issue for the Buckeyes, giving up five in regulation and one in overtime, the penalty kill for Ohio State allowed one power play goal on the six opportunities they gave the Falcons.After giving up the lead, Gerard scored for the Buckeyes with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. He was assisted on the goal by Meyer and senior forward Mason Jobst. This was Gerard’s second goal of the season and both he and Meyer’s second points of the game. The game remained tied as regulation came to an end. In overtime, neither team was able to score to finalize the 2-2 tie. Each team had three shots in overtime and overall Bowling Green outshot Ohio State 30-25.Offensively, the Buckeyes didn’t convert any of their four power play attempts during the game. Through their first six games, Ohio State has only scored on four of its 30 power plays. The .133 success rate is No. 47 in the nation.Sophomore goaltender Tommy Nappier allowed two goals on 30 shots, both of which came in the third period. No. 4 Ohio State will stay on the road next weekend against No. 1 Notre Dame, with the puck dropping at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. read more

How Useful Are Adult Stem Cells Really

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Gene silencing may be responsible for induced pluripotent stem cells’ limitations © 2010 ( — With the debate (especially in the U.S.) raging over ethics of using embryonic stem cells in research to cure diseases like ALS, Parkinsons, Type 1 diabetes and even spinal cord injuries, the breakthrough discovery that adult stem cells could be used instead made news. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are thought to be able to grow a number of different organs and tissues in an effort to provide therapy. The idea is that these induced stem cells, many of which could be generated from a patient’s own cells, could be used to grow different types of tissue needed. Citation: How Useful Are Adult Stem Cells, Really? (2010, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Research and Markets reports that these cells could be quite useful indeed, advancing medical science without the issue that surrounding using embryonic stem cells:iPS cell technology although still in its infancy offers a clear path around many of the ethical issues associated with embryonic stem cells and introduces the potential for substantial strides in this area of research.While this seems promising on the surface, there are other concerns about adult stem cells, and how useful they are. A group of scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Regenerative Medicine believes that gene silencing might be one reason that there are limitations attached to iPS cells. One India reports on the issue:”We found that a segment of chromosome 12 containing genes important for fetal development was abnormally shut off in most iPSCs. These findings indicate we need to keep improving the way we produce iPSCs and suggest the need for new reprogramming strategies,” Nature quoted Dr. Konrad Hochedlinger, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine (MGH-CRM) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), who led the study.It appears, then, that adult stem cells, while useful, may still not be able to compete with the full range of versatility offered by embryonic stem cells — at least not yet. The ability to produce live animals, while possible with some types of iPS cells, is much less effective in the induced adult stem cells than it is with embryonic stem cells. However, if the goal is more aimed at reproducing tissue, rather than creating entire live animals, that limitation may lose some of its potency. After all, the Massachusetts study (which used mouse tissue) still showed that many different types of tissue could be developed, even with the gene silencing limitation.It will be interesting to see where this leads, and whether scientists truly can use adult stem cells to replace embryonic stem cells as they work to cure diseases. More information: Decision Resources, Inc., “Stem Cell Technology Update: The Rise of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells” (April 26, 2010). Available online: … 7/stem_cell_technolo.One India, “Gene silencing could be behind induced pluripotent stem cells’ limitations” (April 26, 2010). Available online: … ripotent-stemce.html. Mouse embryonic stem cells. Image via Wikipedialast_img read more