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Family of Jahi McMath sues doctor, Oakland hospital over brain damage

The family of Jahi McMath, a teen who sustained significant brain damage after surgery for sleep apnea in 2013,  says she lost three pints of blood and was deprived of oxygen before her heart stopped.

Her family is now suing UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland and Frederick Rosen, a surgeon, for a series of medical procedures that they say have significantly deteriorated her quality of life, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court. She remains on life support and under her family’s care.

The family is seeking unspecified damages as a result of alleged medical negligence and the emotional distress they suffered.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said, “Our hearts go out to the McMath family.”

Jahi’s family insists surgeons agree she does not meet the definition of brain death. But hospital staff declared Jahi brain dead after tests showed “no cerebral activity.” A death certificate was also issued.

Jahi was 13...

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Man shot dead by LAPD on skid row was convicted bank robber

The 39-year-old man shot dead by Los Angeles police officers on skid row Sunday was convicted 15 years ago of an armed robbery at a Thousand Oaks bank and sent to federal prison, according to records and law enforcement sources.

Two sources familiar with the investigation identified the homeless man as Charley Saturmin Robinet. Thus far, the coroner's office has said only that he is a 39-year-old man.

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In 2000, Robinet, described as a French national, was accused with others of robbing a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Ventura County.

According to federal court documents, he and an accomplice were armed, respectively, with a handgun and a rifle. They entered the bank from the rear and ordered everyone to the floor. Robinet jumped over the counter and demanded money from a teller, then dragged the teller to the vault area. When the teller did not have the key to access the vault, Robinet pistol-whipped and kicked him, authorities said at the time.

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Skid row shooting: 'Irate' protesters blast LAPD at packed meeting

Tempers flared Tuesday morning as dozens of demonstrators packed the Los Angeles Police Commission’s weekly meeting to criticize the LAPD over its fatal shooting of a homeless man on skid row.

The meeting was the first since Sunday’s shooting, when a man known by others on skid row as Africa -- whom sources identified to the Los Angeles Times as Charley Saturmin Robinet -- was killed by officers responding to a 911 call about a robbery.

Cellphone video of the encounter posted online drew national attention.

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More than 100 protesters marched Tuesday morning from skid row to the LAPD’s downtown headquarters, where the commission meetings are held.

Many of the attendees included people who regularly addressed the commission with criticisms about the LAPD. But the audience was considerably larger than normal, with some people watching the meeting in a spillover room.

Dozens of people addressed the commission, blasting the department for what many described as...

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Lawyer in CHP beating case refuses to answer judge, is held in contempt

The attorney representing a woman beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles was declared in contempt of court by a federal judge and taken into custody Monday.

Caree Harper drew the sanction because she refused to tell the judge how she first met her client and when she learned her client might be mentally incompetent.

Harper will remain in custody "until such time she is willing to answer the court’s questions,” according to the minutes of her appearance read in court Monday.

Harper represents Marlene Pinnock, 51, who was punched repeatedly by former CHP Officer Daniel Andrew when she was arrested July 1.

Drivers had reported that Pinnock was walking into lanes on the freeway, and Andrew said she resisted arrest. She was detained after the incident on a mental health hold and eventually released without charges. 

Pinnock’s arrest on the shoulder of the 10 Freeway near LaBrea Avenue was recorded on video by a passing motorist and posted on YouTube....

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A week after Metrolink train crashes into truck, engineer dies

One week after being gravely injured in a collision between a Metrolink train and a pickup truck in Oxnard, the train's engineer has died.

Glenn Steele, 62, died early Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of injuries suffered in the Feb. 24 crash, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

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"The entire Metrolink family is deeply saddened by the loss of this dedicated and hardworking railroader," said Sam Joumblat, Metrolink's interim chief executive officer. "Everyone associated with Metrolink extends our most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and coworkers. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all."

Steele’s son, Shawn, said the family gathered together just hours after his father was pronounced dead.

“He is the hardest-working engineer and the best at what he did,” he said.

Doctors said his father’s heart stopped twice after the crash. He was transferred to Cedars-Sinai for more specialized care....

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Election Day: 'I just wish a lot of people voted'

What if the city of Los Angeles had an election and no one showed up?

As of Tuesday morning, about 15% of vote-by-mail ballots had been returned to the Los Angeles city clerk’s office. The office sent 723,727 ballots to absentee voters and had received back 108,938, said Julio C. Esperias Jr. with the city clerk’s office. Additional turnout numbers won’t be released until 8:30 p.m. after the polls close. 

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Voter turnout in Los Angeles municipal elections is notoriously low, with 14% of registered voters casting ballots in 2011 and 11% in 2007. Interest in this cycle of elections is particularly low because there are no citywide races on the ballot.

By 10:30 a.m., "maybe 70" people had showed up to vote at the Castle Argyle Apartments in Hollywood, said poll worker Diz McNally.

Worried that people would stay away if they found parking challenging, she said she stood on the street offering to watch voters' cars while they went in to do their civic duty. 


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