Kellen Winslow Jr., a first-round draft pick whose father was a Hall of Famer who starred for the San Diego Chargers, goes on trial Monday on multiple charges. He’s accused of raping two women last year and the 2003 rape of an unconscious 17-year-old girl.Winslow, 35, was once the highest-paid tight end in the NFL but saw his career sidetracked by injuries. He could face life in prison if convicted.He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, totaling 12 counts. A total of five women are listed as victims in the complaint, which also includes allegations of lewd conduct and indecent exposure.His attorney, Brian Watkins, said in an email to the Associated Press, “We look forward to vindicating Mr. Winslow.” Winslow was initially arrested in 2018 after authorities said they had tied him to two alleged break-ins in Encinitas, one at the home of a 71-year-old woman on June 1 and another at the residence of an 86-year-old woman on June 7.After posting bail, Winslow was … [Read more...] about Rape trial begins for former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr.
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Ending this ‘sport’ is the only real solutionThe Union-Tribune asks if it is time to end or alter horse racing, suggesting that this “sport” can perhaps be cleaned up, as racing officials have recently opined, so as to become a safe enterprise for horses. But to accomplish that would require the elimination of greed, cruelty, stupidity and callous disregard for animal welfare — all of which are prominently on display in racing.Horse racing is, of course, not a sport at all. It is a gambling operation with the animals bearing the mortal risks. And it is no mystery why horses “break down.” Equine veterinarians explain that catastrophic injuries are preventable but inevitable when the industry demands ever more speed in younger horses whose bones are not fully developed, whose minor injuries are masked with drugs to keep the animal performing and who are often viciously whipped. This is not how anyone treats an animal loved and valued beyond its … [Read more...] about Your Say: What is the fate of the sport of horse racing?
The San Diego advocacy group Public Watchdogs opened a new front in its legal push to stop millions of pounds of nuclear waste from being buried on the beach north of Oceanside for years to come.The nonprofit organization filed a lawsuit against the California State Lands Commission and is asking a San Diego Superior Court judge to grant an injunction to halt the decommissioning of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.The complaint, filed earlier this week in the Vista courthouse, accuses the commission of approving a final environmental impact report on the decommissioning project before federal regulators released the findings of an investigation into the handling of spent nuclear fuel.“The vote went forward on March 21, 2019, just four days before the (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) report was made public,” the suit said. “”In the report, the NRC cites and penalizes Southern California Edison Co. for violations of federal law concerning defects in the … [Read more...] about New lawsuit challenges state approval of San Onofre decommissioning plan
As electric scooter companies Bird, Lime and others compete to win over San Diegans, at least one loser seems to have emerged in the region’s fast evolving market for two-wheeled transportation. DecoBike was evicted by the city of San Diego on Saturday for breach of contract — a move officials would not fully explain and the company strongly contests. “The city of San Diego has chosen to mislead the public by falsely accusing the small business for breach of contract while conveniently ignoring their own culpability,” David Silverman, the company’s vice president of operations in San Diego, wrote in a lengthy email to the Union-Tribune.The city of San Diego declined to comment for this story, including on how DecoBike allegedly violated the terms of its agreement, which ran through 2023. Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition lamented the loss of the bike-sharing program. “I’ve seen successful docked … [Read more...] about DecoBike rolls out of San Diego as dockless scooters proliferate
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen, John R. Ellement, Deirdre Fernandes and Martin Finucane Globe Staff March 12, 2019 Dozens of people have been arrested nationwide in what authorities are calling the largest college admissions scam ever, including 33 parents and a California businessman who allegedly collected $25 million in bribes to get students into some of the nation’s top colleges, federal prosecutors in Boston said.The parents included two Hollywood actresses, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, as well as the chairman of a worldwide law firm.Boston US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling called the list of parents “a catalog of wealth and privilege.” Lelling said the parents made payments ranging from a low of $100,000 to a maximum of $6.5 million. Advertisement “They chose to corrupt and illegally manipulate the system,’’ Lelling said of the … [Read more...] about ‘A catalog of wealth and privilege’: Feds allege college bribery scam