VAN NUYS – An officer suffered a broken leg early today when her cruiser crashed into a tree during a pursuit after swerving to avoid a car, officials said. The police car was westbound on Sherman Way, chasing a suspected stolen pickup truck, when it had to swerve to the left to avoid a car crossing Hayvenhurst Avenue. The police car then swerved to the right to avoid the center median and hit a tree, LAPD Lt. John Delvecchio said. The officer driving the car was examined at a local hospital and released, but his partner suffered a broken right leg and a head laceration in the crash, Delvecchio said. Police later arrested David Sassar and Enrique Morales, the men in the pickup truck, on suspicion of grand theft auto, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The pursuit began just after midnight, when the officers observed the pickup truck commit a traffic violation, Delvecchio said. The officers ran the license plate and discovered the truck had been reported stolen in Van Nuys. The pursuit began when Sassar and Morales refused to pull over for the officers. The LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division is investigating the car crash to determine if the car traveling on Hayvenhurst Avenue committed any violations. “If you see any emergency vehicle, whether a fire truck, ambulance, or a police car with red lights, you’re supposed to pull over to the right and allow them the right of way,” Delvecchio said. — Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
28 November 2003An unmarried father has won joint custody and joint primary residency for his son in a landmark Johannesburg High Court ruling that has given unmarried fathers’ rights a big boost.The Star newspaper reports that the unnamed man – he cannot be named to protect the identity of his two-and-a-half year old child – took his case to court after his live-in lover suddenly left him in September 2002, taking their child with her.The couple had met and become engaged very quickly. Shortly thereafter, the woman had fallen pregnant and they had bought a house together. The man told The Star that everything had “seemed perfect”.However, when he arrived home from work on 18 September, he found that the woman had disappeared with his son, who was just over one year old at the time. A letter was left for the man, providing contact details for the woman’s lawyer and her father, as well as some of her reasons for leaving.Police couldn’t helpAccording to The Star, the man tried approaching the police, but there was nothing that they could do about it.The next day he was given contact details for an attorney who contacted the woman’s lawyer and arranged for him too see his son.The Star reports that a fortnight later an agreement was reached between the couple, with the aid of lawyers, that the man could see his son every Saturday between 8am and 5pm. No overnight visits were allowed. In addition, the man would have to pay maintenance and would not be allowed to know where the woman and the boy lived.There followed a period characterised by arguments and disagreements. The man says his son had to be forced away from him at the end of each visit. Feeling that his son was being neglected, he approached social services for help.Family advocateThe woman reacted by barring him from seeing his child. To this the man responded with an emergency application to the Johannesburg High Court, which put him in contact with the Family Advocate’s office, which has a huge say in such cases because judges in most cases tend to follow the Family Advocate’s advice.The Family Advocate’s office investigated the case, which involved checking up on all aspects of the child’s life.When the case went to court in November, Judge Chris de Jager recommended joint custody and full residency for the father. He also ruled that the couple should return to court for another ruling when the child turned six.Not only is the man’s victory good news fur unmarried fathers, it also bodes well for Hindu and Muslim husbands, whose marriages are not recognised by law.Judge Maree commented that the man’s victory forced the law “not to discriminate in favour of marriage”.southafrica.info reporter
frederic lardinois A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The iPad clearly dominated the discussion on Twitter over the last few days, but in the early days of January, the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, Lady Gaga, Avatar and the Cincinnati Bengals were among the most hotly discussed people and topics on the popular microblogging service. Social Media monitoring and analytics service Sysomosanalyzed over 100 million tweets from January 1 to 15. Overall, the company looked at topics in six different categories: people, locations, film, business, sports and miscellaneous entities. Even though it didn’t take the top billing in all categories, the news from Haiti had the unfortunate honor of being represented in almost all of the topics that Sysomos looked at. Given that the disaster only happened on January 12 – just before the cutoff date for this report – chances are that this topic will trend even higher once we get the data for the full month. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#news#twitter#web Haiti, Obama and Avatar In the early days of January, President Barack Obama was the most often mentioned person on Twitter, followed by Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson. Thanks to his inane comments about the disaster in Haiti, Pat Robertson came in at number four. Unsurprisingly, the most talked about location on Twitter in early January was Haiti, followed by the United States, China, Texas and Canada. YouTube, Facebook and Google were the most often discussed businesses on Twitter, followed by Microsoft and Yahoo. This list is clearly dominated by the usual suspects, including like AT&T, Netflix and Starbucks, though it also features Etsy and the Fox News Channel.Avatar was the most talked about movie on Twitter in early January, followed by Sherlock Holmes and Start Wars. The Cincinnati Bengals were the most often discussed sports franchise. 2.4 Million Tweets About the iPadOf course, we couldn’t help but ask Sysomos about the iPad. According to the company’s data, the iPad would be the number three item in the miscellaneous entities section – following iTunes and Microsoft’s Xbox. Overall, Sysomos registered 2.4 million tweets that referenced Apple’s latest creation.