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Las Vegas man arrested, suspected of 'numerous' sexual assaults in O.C. over 2 decades

Los Angeles Times

A Las Vegas man suspected of sexually assaulting female minors for decades in Huntington Beach and possibly other Orange County cities has been arrested, authorities said Friday. Martin Rodriguez Garcia, 49, was taken into custody Thursday in Las Vegas through a joint effort with the Huntington Beach and Las Vegas Metropolitan police departments. Garcia is suspected of committing "numerous" sexual assaults on girls from 1990 through 2011; most of the assaults are believed to have occurred in Huntington Beach, police said. Santa Clara County prosecutors charged former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield with multiple counts of rape Monday, alleging the retired NFL player assaulted a developmentally disabled woman who wanted to be the family's nanny. Stubblefield, a 49ers defensive lineman for seven years, is accused... Santa Clara County prosecutors charged former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield with multiple counts of rape Monday, alleging the retired NFL player assaulted a developmentally disabled woman who wanted to be the family's nanny.


USC assistant coach Tony Bland among 10 charged in college basketball corruption probe

Los Angeles Times

Federal prosecutors have charged USC assistant men's basketball coach Tony Bland with conspiracy to commit bribery, soliciting a bribe and wire fraud as part of a wide-ranging series of indictments related to fraud and corruption in college basketball. Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson, Auburn assistant Chuck Person and Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans were also among the 10 people charged in U.S. District Court in New York City in criminal complaints unsealed Tuesday. Court papers said the FBI has been investigating the influence of money on college basketball coaches and athletes since 2015. "The investigation has revealed several instances in which coaches have exercised that influence by steering players and their families to retain particular advisors, not because of the merits of those advisors, but because the coaches were being bribed by the advisors to do so," the complaint said. Prosecutors allege Bland met with former sports agent Christian Dawkins and an undercover FBI agent on July 29 in a Las Vegas hotel room.


OJ Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in jail

Al Jazeera

OJ Simpson, the former American football star, has been granted parole after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel armed robbery. Having successfully made his case in a nationally televised hearing on Thursday, Simpson could be a free man as early as October 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year armed-robbery sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia and other mementos he claimed had been stolen from him. Simspon, 70, made his plea for freedom in a hearing room at the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada as four parole commissioners in Carson City, a two-hour drive away, questioned him via video. He got the four votes he needed from the parole commissioners who heard his case.


Vice president, Lady Gaga again team up against sex assault

U.S. News

Expect plenty of applause for Vice President Joe Biden and superstar singer Lady Gaga when they take the stage Thursday at an event in Las Vegas to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. The seemingly odd couple is stopping at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Cox Pavilion as part of the White House's "It's On Us" campaign. Lady Gaga is expected to perform at the afternoon event. Biden has been heavily promoting the initiative that urges people to support sexual assault victims and intervene when consent is questionable. In addition to a half-dozen rallies over the past year at college campuses, the vice president also recently spoke about the issue at a NCAA men's basketball tournament game and at the Academy Awards in February.


Pittsburgh Shooter Used the Same Deadly Weapon That Led to Mass Murders in Parkland and Las Vegas

Mother Jones

At a press conference Sunday morning, federal officials announced new details about the deadly shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning. They said the accused gunman Roberts Bowers killed 11 people, ranging from 54 to 97 years old. The victims included a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pair of brothers, and a husband and wife. The 46-year-old Bowers used three Glock .357 The attack is being treated as a hate crime, and Bowers will make his first appearance in court Monday to face 29 federal charges.