- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Corrupt city dodges shutdown with reforms

VERNON | It was a landslide vote, if there can be such a thing in a city where only 52 ballots were cast.

Seventy percent of the voters in corruption-plagued Vernon, a tiny industrial city tucked amid Southern California’s sprawl, cast ballots approving reforms aimed at avoiding a shutdown by the state.


Voters approved efforts to limit City Council members to two, five-year terms after some members had served for decades with little opposition.

The warren of factories, where 55,000 people work but only about 100 live, has been run for decades by a tight-knit group of people who authorities say paid themselves and others huge salaries.

Three officials have been convicted of corruption. One is a former city manager who routinely billed the city for golf outings, massages and a personal trainer.

COLORADO

Suspect in school shootings avoids prison

GOLDEN | A man accused of wounding two children outside a Colorado school will avoid prison because his time spent in a mental hospital is being applied to the 18-month sentence he received for a weapons violation.

Prosecutors expressed frustration Thursday with the sentence for Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood.

Eastwood was found not guilty by reason of insanity of attempted first-degree murder but convicted of having a weapon on school grounds. He was sentenced on the weapons charge Thursday.

Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey said Eastwood will remain at the state hospital for an indeterminate time until he is deemed legally sane and released.

FLORIDA

Slave cemetery uncovered on island

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