Another Guilty Plea in Navy Corruption Ring

SAN DIEGO (CN) – A retired Navy lieutenant commander pleaded guilty to federal charges of overcharging the Navy for port services for U.S. ships and using some of the money “to treat Navy officials to lavish dinners, cocktails and entertainment,” federal prosecutors said. Edmond A. Aruffo, 45, who retired in 2007, is the seventh defendant…

Lobbyist Helped Foreigner Influence Elections, Feds Say

By ANNIE YOUDERIAN –  “that he wanted the next mayor to fire the chief of police and replace him with a person of Encinas’ choosing,” (CN) – A San Diego lobbyist conspired to funnel more than $500,000 from a wealthy Mexican businessman into political campaigns, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday. Marco Polo Cortes…

Huge nationwide prostitution ring promised women a luxury lifestyle but subjected them to ‘modern-day slavery’ where they were branded with bar codes

San Diego street gang ran prostitution ring across 46 cities in 23 states Women and girls were promised a luxury life but instead treated like slaves 24 San Diego residents have been arrested, most in raids across U.S. By Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED:          12:40 EST, 9 January 2014 A San Diego street…

Greater density of coronary artery calcium associated with lower risk of CHD, CVD

Chicago – Michael H. Criqui, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues determined the independent associations of coronary artery calcium (CAC) volume and CAC density with cardiovascular disease events. An increasing body of evidence suggests that greater calcium density in plaques (measured by computed tomography) is associated with decreased CVD risk.…

SoCal Woman Screwed Nuns Out of $285,000

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) – A jury Tuesday convicted a Southern California woman of defrauding an order of nuns of $285,000: promising to buy a house for elderly and ill nuns with it, but spending it on lingerie, manicures, a sports car and her failing business. Linda Rose Gagnon aka Linda Gualtieri-Gagnon, 59,…

Top US navy intelligence officers suspended as bribery scandal widens / Vice-Admiral, and Rear Admiral now cut off from access to classified material

Vice-Admiral Ted Branch and Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless have also been cut off from access to classified material  Reuters in Washington theguardian.com,  Friday 8 November 2013 23.33 EST Michael Misiewicz, the first officer charged. Photograph: Heng Sinith/AP Two of the US navy’s top intelligence officials had their access to classified materials suspended on Friday over…

Feds: Navy Secrets Bought With Hookers, Gaga Tix

SAN DIEGO November 4, 2013 (AP) By JULIE WATSON Associated Press Nicknamed “Fat Leonard,” the gregarious Malaysian businessman is well known by U.S. Navy commanders in the Pacific, where his company has serviced warships for 25 years. But prosecutors in court papers say Leonard Francis worked his connections to obtain military secrets by lining up…

Couple had two children taken away from them for A YEAR because military vet dad was taking medical marijuana prescribed to him by a doctor to treat his PTSD

Michael Lewis and his partner Lauren  Taylor had their two young son taken from them by local welfare  officials The official had determined that Lewis’  medical marijuana was a hazard A Gulf War vet he had been prescribed the  drug to help alleviate migraines It took a year before the couple had  their sons returned…

Maldives girl gets 100 lashes for pre-marital sex

  A 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said. The charges against the girl were brought against her last year after police investigated accusations that her stepfather had raped her and killed their baby. He is still to face trial. Prosecutors said her conviction did…

Temporary Tattoos Could Make Electronic Telepathy, Telekinesis Possible

    February 19th, 2013          | by Charles Q. Choi                      Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Commanding machines using the brain is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, brain implants have enabled people to control robotics…