April 19, 2014
TOP STORIES
Another day, another reason to get better at math. It’s no secret that quantitative skills are in high demand on the job market—one analytics recruiter recently told The Journal that workers who can’t crunch numbers may ultimately face a “permanent pink slip.”
Searchers in Nepal have recovered a 13th body from the snow Saturday after a massive avalanche swept the lower slopes of the world's tallest peak.
MEXICO CITY – A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico Friday morning, shaking buildings across a large swath of the country, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Worshippers will make their annual pilgrimage up Mt. Rubidoux for Sunday’s Easter sunrise service. It’s the 105th annual ecumenical service – the longest-running outdoor event of its kind.
YUCAIPA – (INT) – A Yucaipa High School Spanish teacher faces arraignment Tuesday in a sex abuse case involving a student.
ONTARIO – (INT) – The Inland Empire’s projected economic growth is getting a positive spin. Economist John Husing is seeing the end of the Great Recession.
INDIO – (INT) – The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival rolls into its concluding weekend with the reunion of the hip-hop duo OutKast. Beck is being welcomed by music lovers.
VICTORVILLE – (INT) – A former teacher who tried to avoid arrest by fleeing in a private plane is likely to get a stiff prison term for molesting three girls. A Superior Court jury found Paul Hultman, 57, of Apple Valley guilty of four felonies.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – One of two men who operated a Lake Elsinore business that bred reptiles and rodents was sentenced Wednesday in an animal cruelty case.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The county’s Stop-the-John program is taking on a visual aspect. The District Attorney’s office has posted photos of 26 defendants.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – More homeowners are breathing a sigh of relief. Fewer are ‘underwater’ as their homes are worth more than their outstanding mortgage.
GRAND TERRACE – (INT) – An engineering marvel is unfolding this month spanning the Route 215 freeway. Four railroad trestles will lowered onto concrete piers to enable the widening of the freeway.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Surplus government food is being distributed free to the public during April. Several additional locations have been set up.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State water officials will turn on the spigots and pour a little water into the State water aqueduct.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - April’s alternating warm ups and cool downs will play out another week. The marine layer has retreated back to the coast as an Easter weekend warming trend takes hold.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California motorists are paying for some of the most expensive gasoline in the nation.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – There’s no debate among Californians that there’s a water shortage. But, the Field Poll found there is no clear consensus about what to do about it.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Governor Brown is calling a special session of the Legislature to replace the Rainy Day Fund on the November ballot with a dedicated reserve.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – For the first time, Robert Rizzo – the former city administrator of Bell – speaks out. “I will never do anything like this again. I won’t have an opportunity again.”
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A specialized rescue team has returned to Riverside after spending nearly three weeks at the scene of the Washington state landslide.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A local expert on hate crimes says the white supremacist accused of killing three people outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City was motivated by hate and relevance.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – It’s Holy Week – the most solemn time of the year for Christians. The 40 days of Lent winds down with the Last Supper and the Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday.
The Heart Bleed virus is being described as one of the greatest threats to ever surface on the World Wide Web. Heart Bleed poses a huge threat to consumers as it compromises sensitive personal consumer information.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – An early spring hot spell in ramping up the fire danger. Daniel Berlant at Calfire recalls few comparable fire seasons.
A light M4.3 earthquake rattled eastern Kern County Saturday. It was centered near Lake Isabella and caused no reported damage, but was felt over a wide area including Tulare County. (INT)

In Adelanto, a woman was killed when a truck pulled in front of her motorcycle on Palmdale Road. Linda Ann Harrell, 53, of Adelanto hit the truck and died at the scene. (INT)

A veteran healthcare executive is on tap to become the new director at San Bernardino County's Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. William Foley led the $50 million turnaround of the Riverside County Regional Medical Center. His contract is up for approval Tuesday by the County Supervisors. (INT)

Governor Brown used Good Friday to grant 63 pardons. They included five felons previously convicted in Riverside and San Bernardino counties of either drug charges, robbery or burglary. (INT)

Barricade situations have ended in San Bernardino, Cathedral City and Whittier. Three San Bernardino schools were temporarily locked down Thursday before a man surrendered to a SWAT team at his home. A Cathedral City neighborhood was evacuated before a wanted man gave-up and came out of a house where he’d holed up. (INT)

A man pulled from Lake Perris could not be revived at a local hospital and died there Wednesday. The coroner says Jairo Hidalgo, 44, of Hemet had been swimming. He was found submerged in the lake. (INT)

Most California voters say they prefer lower taxes and fewer government services to higher taxes and more government services. Opinions collected by the California Field Poll are highly partisan. Democrats prefer higher taxes with more government services and Republicans just the opposite. (INT)

A bank robber dubbed the ‘Luger Bandit’ has been captured. Chino police stopped a get-away car Wednesday just minutes after a Chase bank branch was held-up. Ramsin Malek, 32, of Pasadena may be good for seven bank robberies across Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. A Luger handgun was found in his car. (INT)

Homicide investigators in San Bernardino are trying to develop leads in the death of a man whose body was found in a vehicle behind a warehouse off of Cajon Boulevard. The coroner says the 51-year-old man suffered traumatic injuries over his upper body. (INT)

A Lake Elsinore man has died 3-days after he was badly injured in an apparent murder attempt. The coroner identified him as Joseph Madrigal, age 59. (INT)

Community supporter and Hispanic advocate Graciano Gomez was honored Thursday at the grand opening of the Gomez Elementary School in San Bernardino. Gomez is a former San Bernardino school board member and the founder of the Inland Empire Hispanic News. (INT)

Riverside County authorities say it was a combination of illicit drugs and alcohol that killed a young woman who’d been attending the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival. Kimchi Truong, 21, of Oakland died Thursday at a Palm Springs hospital. (INT)

Investigators have questioned several people at a home in Nuevo where a man was found murdered. There are no wanted suspects in an assault on Salvador Cendejas, age 21. (INT)

Thirty-five employees of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are being honored for meritorious service and numerous acts of Valor. Those recognized will include the Bloodhound K9 Program in Rancho Cucamonga, a family saved from a burning house in Victorville and the Dorner manhunt near Big Bear. (INT)

A task force has struck a blow against prostitution in Hemet. A 6-hour operation along Florida Avenue netted five young women. Four got citations. A fifth said she was unwillingly procured into prostitution. (INT)

Applicants have begun seeking permits to operate food trucks in Riverside County. An ordinance adopted by the county supervisors last December cleared the way. (INT)

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