Manchester City are set to splash the cash this summer after failing to win any silverware last season.Real Madrid midfielder Isco is reportedly top of their wishlist, and the Spanish giants are understood to be willing to do a deal for the £35m-rated star.Check out his best bits and let us know in the comments section whether you think he would be a good buy for City…
Closing arguments are scheduled today in a civil suit filed against the city of Los Angeles by the LAPD’s first openly gay police officer, who says he should be reinstated and paid lost wages because the department did not live up to the promises it made in a previous settlement. Mitchell Grobeson, now 48, first sued the city in 1988, alleging sexual orientation employment discrimination. The lawsuit was settled in 1993 and called for the LAPD to stop discriminatory practices against gay and lesbian employees and applicants. Grobeson filed a second suit in 1996 that alleged the city and the LAPD violated the accord. The city and Grobeson reached an agreement Oct. 31 on part of the second suit when the city agreed to write into the administrative code guidelines strengthening its anti-discrimination policies concerning gays. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe city also said it would pay Grobeson more than $636,000 in attorneys’ fees. However, Grobeson’s demand to be reinstated and his request for back pay were not resolved, resulting in the current trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. Grobeson is seeking $3.1 million to $4.4 million in damages, based on the possibility he could have reached a rank as high as captain had he remained with the LAPD after his 1993 reinstatement. After testimony wraps up this morning, attorneys are scheduled to then begin their final arguments. Grobeson resigned under pressure from the LAPD in 1988 and then worked with the San Francisco State University Police Department and with the San Francisco Police Department, according to his lawyer, Dan Stormer. His goal was always to return to the LAPD and he was impressed by then- Chief Willie L. Williams’ assertions that the department would no longer tolerate discrimination against gay and lesbian employees, Stormer said. However, shortly after a refresher stint in the LAPD academy and his return to the department, a supervisor, Commander Daniel Watson, began breaking some of the promises that had been made to him, Stormer said. Grobeson retired in January 1995 with a psychological disability and later sought reinstatement for a second time, but the LAPD refused to bring him back, Stormer said. Ronald Frank, a lawyer for the city, countered during his opening statement that Grobeson did not cooperate with his supervisors and made appearances at gay events in uniform in violation of LAPD policy. By appearing at recruiting events and gay pride parades in uniform without permission, Grobeson gave the appearance he was a spokesman for the LAPD, Frank said. This so angered his bosses that he was ordered out of his uniform at one parade, Frank said. However, Grobeson stayed in uniform throughout the parade, according to Frank. Grobeson also missed months from work claiming stress leave, Frank said. While denying Grobeson’s allegations against the city, defense attorneys maintain that even if they were true he would be entitled to no more than $2.1 million in damages. Thomas Ward, a background investigation manager for the city and a former LAPD officer, testified he believed Grobeson, while still with the LAPD, used the occasion of an officer’s death from AIDS to organize a benefit event that was really meant to promote himself. Shortly after Ward finished testifying, Grobeson momentarily left the courtroom weeping. Stormer said his client was upset was because Ward had misconstrued his intent in organizing an event for the officer who died of AIDS. While the jury will be asked to assess whether Grobeson deserves any damages, it will be up to Judge James R. Dunn whether he is reinstated to the LAPD.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
8 John Stones to Manchester City from Everton – Its a summer that mirrors the last for Stones, but instead Manchester City are the club involved. A year ago the England international tried to force a move to Chelsea and recent reports claim he has attempted the same amid Citys interest. Besides Kompany, Guardiolas defence doesnt scream confidence and it wouldnt be a surprise to see the young Everton defender line up at the Etihad next season. Alvaro Morata to Chelsea from Real Madrid – Real activated the release-clause of Morata at Juventus, with many believing the La Liga giants wanted to sell the striker on for a profit. It has been reported that Zinedine Zidane has assured the Spaniard of a role at the club, but if an offer in excess of £60m comes in, it wouldnt be a surprise if he is sold. Chelsea have been linked with a £67m bid. Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea – Atleti are reportedly desperate to re-sign Costa. While Antonio Conte has insisted theres no chance the striker will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer, it cannot be ruled out. Diego Simeones former and current players seem to fall in love with the club, and Costas affection may see him force a move. Gabriel Jesus to Manchester City from Palmeiras – Jesus is another exciting young player on Pep Guardiolas radar. Plenty will be watching his performances for Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympics will much interest. To the annoyance of Guardiola, though, rival Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on signing the 19-year-old, too. Nemanja Matic to Juventus from Chelsea – The arrival of NGolo Kante has left the future of Matic unclear. The former will surely become Antonio Contes first choice in central midfield and the latter could decide to move on this summer, as a result. Juventus are reportedly interested, perhaps if Paul Pogba moves to Manchester United. Leroy Sane to Manchester City from Schalke – check out more big deals the Premier League could easily see this summer by clicking the arrow above, right – Sane has long been linked with a move to the Etihad and Pep Guardiola could be the man to land him. Rumour has it City are in talks over a deal for the winger, who is valued by his club at £40m. The Germany international is considered one of the hottest young talents in Europe. 8 8 8 Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal from Olympique Lyonnais – Arsenal need a top class centre forward but the question is, will the stubborn Arsene Wenger make a move? The Gunners have reportedly followed up a £29.3m offer with a £33.5m bid for Lacazette, and the clubs fans will be desperate to see the forward swap Lyon for London. 8 Paul Pogba to Manchester United from Juventus – Will he, won’t he? Reports claim United are prepared to pay a world record fee for the Frenchman, possibly in excess of £100m. This figure has left many in disbelief, but as Ed Woodward has proved in the last few seasons, money isnt an issue. This is a reunion the Premier League would delight in seeing. 8 Much more activity in the summer transfer window is expected – and wanted.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Granit Xhaka and Michy Batshuayi may be a selection of the most exciting names to arrive in England, but supporters are itching for more big-name arrivals.Will Paul Pogba really complete a £100m move to Manchester United? Will Arsenal sign a top class striker? Will Pep Guardiola freshen his side up with more signings?With such questions in mind, talkSPORT has taken a look at eight huge transfers the Premier League could yet see – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 8 8
ECLIPSE CINEMAS: TRACTOR TED will only be on for TWO days – Sat 20th and Sun 21st @ 12noon – tickets €1.80/£1.50However, management are giving YOU the chance to win FREE tickets by answering the following simple question.Question: Name the TRACTOR that will be shown on the BIG SCREEN on 20th & 21st June? Prize: TWO sets of family tickets to see TRACTOR TEDEmail answer to: firstname.lastname@example.orgWinner will be chosen on Monday 15th June.WIN TWO SETS OF FAMILY TICKETS TO SEE ‘TRACTOR TED’ AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesNotices
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule shining What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas REVEALED whoops Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Hart said: “Having the goalkeeping pitch at the City Football Academy dedicated to me is a huge honour.“Manchester City has been a huge part of my life and my career, and I’m immensely proud of what I and my team-mates achieved in that period.“There have been some incredible goalkeeping legends throughout Manchester City’s history, and I feel privileged that the club has chosen to recognise me amongst that number.”The climax of Saturday’s game will see club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak meet with Hart and his family. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP The mosaic is a re-creation of Hart’s reaction to when City won the Premier League title in 2012 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LIVING THE DREAM 3 Hart will also be presented with his own replica mosaic and a lifetime season card.Al Mubarak said: “It is truly fitting to mark Joe Hart’s outstanding contribution to Manchester City in such a visible way.“During his 12 years with the club, Joe not only produced some incredible individual displays, but also celebrated great success as a member of the club’s most decorated team in decades.“His Manchester City legacy is assured and it is hoped that this tribute will serve to inspire future generations of goalkeepers who train at the City Football Academy dreaming of replicating his remarkable career.” MCFC 3 Hart will be determined to have a good game against his old club Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? targets Hart said it was a “huge honour” to have a training ground pitch named after him Manchester City have dedicated a goalkeeper training pitch after former keeper Joe Hart.Hart, who was a Citizens player for twelve years (2006-18), won five trophies with the club including two Premier League titles. The 31-year-old visited the training ground on Thursday where he was joined by fellow former keeper Alex Williams and City legend Mike Summerbee.A mosaic inspired by Hart’s iconic 2012 title-winning celebrations was also unveiled.Hart returns to the Etihad where his Burnley side face the Premier League champions on Saturday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2 from 3pm.Manchester City vs Burnley: Premier League preview, live commentary, team news and predicted line-ups Latest Manchester City News PEP TALK REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father
Manchester United forwards Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez have given manager Jose Mourinho a much-needed boost ahead of the Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.The Red Devils duo have returned to full fitness and offer a solution to United’s goal-problem up front. 3 Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in his last nine games, a run dating back to the 2-1 win at Watford on September 15, and he was subsequently dropped for the last match against Everton.But his replacement, Marcus Rashford, has also struggled in front of goal with just the single strike to his name this season.One player guaranteed to start is in-form striker Anthony Martial, who has led United’s recent resurgence with four goals in his last three league games. Will Lukaku be dropped again? That leaves two spots up for grabs in the front three, with Lukaku, Rashford, Sanchez and Lingard all bidding to start.Elsewhere, Mourinho has confirmed Antonio Valencia is missing due to a knee problem, while Marouane Fellaini and Diogo Dalot continue to recover from injuries sustained during the international break.This is how talkSPORT.com expects the Red Devils to line up on Saturday: Lingard could return to the starting XI 3 3 Man United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Martial.
NEWSLETTERSunday 10th June 2012The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSIONToday, Sunday 10th June, we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. We acknowledge our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Our EVENING OF PRAYER will begin at 4.30 pm when we will have two hours of led Eucharistic Adoration with prayer, reflection and singing. At 6.30 pm we will have our scheduled Mass and immediately afterwards we will walk with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament over lower Ard O’Donnell onto the High Road and down Main Street. We will end with Benediction at Market Square. Feel free to join with us at any point in this day of devotion to Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament.50th INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESSPlease remember and pray today and in the week ahead for the Eucharistic Congress taking place in Dublin. We pray for all who helped to organise this special event and we extend a warm welcome to all who have travelled to Ireland to join in the celebrations. The main Congress theme for 2012 is ~ The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another.• Parishioners who have paid for their ticket and transport for the ‘Statio Orbis’ final Mass on Sunday 17th June in Croke Park are asked to call to the Parochial House and collect their tickets before Thursday 14th June.• Buses for the Final Liturgy and Mass in Croke Park next Sunday, 17th June will leave the Cathedral Car Park at 8 am sharp. We hope to arrive at Croke Park between 12.30 pm and 1 pm. • On the way to Dublin there will be a half hour stop in Castleblaney.• There will be a one hour stop in Castleblaney on the way home.The next POLISH MASS will take place on Sunday 17th June at 5 pm.Parish Notice-boardPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9124200Email: email@example.comSUNDAY ~ 10th JuneMasses: 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm and 6.30 pmBaptisms: 1.30 pm in the CathedralSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 7 pmMay Devotions in the Cathedral – 7.30 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pm MONDAY8 am ~ Joe and Brigid Kelly10 am Mass ~ Betty FloodNo 7.30pm MassSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent ~ 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY8am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions below10 am Mass ~ Maggie Quill (Month’s Mind Mass)No 7.30 pm MassSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation will take place in the Parochial House at 8 pm to-nightLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room ~ After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School –7 pmDivine Mercy Prayer in the Cathedral – 8 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmWEDNESDAY8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ Deceased Members of the McDevitt FamilyPius X Adoration Chapel is openMother’s Prayer Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Conference Centre – 8 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmTHURSDAY8 am Mass ~ Living Benefactors of the Cathedral and all names in the Cathedral Golden Book10 am Mass ~ ®St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openCharismatic Prayer Meeting in the Conference Room – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pm FRIDAY8 am Mass ~ Forgotten Souls in Purgatory10 am Mass ~ Seamus and Willie Doogan7.30 pm Mass ~ See Mass Intentions belowSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmGambler’s Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmSATURDAY10 am Mass ~ Hughie Gallagher (Month’s Mind Mass)7.30 pm Mass ~ Vigil for SundayConfessions: 12 noon to 1 pm and after 7.30 pm MassAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amSt. Vincent de Paul ~ Conwal & Leck Parish ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366MASS INTENTIONS FOR 8 am TUESDAY and 7.30 pm FRIDAYCassie McArt ~ Jo McGlinchey ~ Willie Laughlin ~ Sarah Laughlin ~ Andy LaughlinRECENT BAPTISMS ~ We welcome into God’s CommunityZoe Devine Gagic ~ Jack Rhys Devlin ~ Ciara Phil Doyle ~ Darragh Liam DuffyDRIVERS WANTED! Would you be willing to give a neighbour a lift to Sunday Mass? For most of us getting to Mass on Sunday is not a problem but for some of our parishioners it can be difficult. The Parish Council would like to set up a pool of volunteer drivers to help parishioners, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, to attend Mass. We would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to give a lift should someone from your neighbourhood require it. If interested, please forward your name, address and telephone number to the Parochial House. Also please state which Mass you normally attend. We would like to match drivers to people requiring lifts in their vicinity so the more volunteer drivers the better. Your help would be very much appreciated.There will be no CURSILLO Ultreya in Letterkenny tonight, Sunday 10th June owing to the Corpus Christi Procession. The next Ultreya will be held in the Church of the Irish Martyrs on Sunday 8th July at 8 pm.A RETREAT with the Theme: CHRISTIAN VISION, HOPE AND POSSIBILITY will take place from Friday 15th to Thursday 21th June in Ards Friary and will be directed by Fr. Flann Lynch OFM Capuchin. Contact: Ards Friary: 9138909 for info.LETTERKENNY TIDY TOWNS COMMITTEE is organising a DAY TRIP to Westport on Saturday 16th June. A coach will leave the Cathedral Car Park at 8.30 amAnyone wishing to go on this outing, please contact Denis on 086-6038030.An afternoon of Healing with EDDIE STONES will take place in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Sunday 24th June from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Eddie Stones has been sharing his gift as a church recognised healer for more than twenty years.MEDUGORJE PILGRIMAGES – Donegal Groups will travel to Medugorje from 1st – 8th July ex Belfast and from 28th July – 4th August ex Dublin. Cost: €599. To book or for further details contact Michael on 087-2922499 or Marie on 9361625.A PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES will take place from 2nd – 7th September (from Knock). Five days €689 fully inclusive. For further information and to book please contact Kathleen on 9121551.FR. KELLY’S CHARITIES would like to thank everyone who contributed to the recent Church Gate Collection when €2,400 was raised at both Churches. Five charities each received €480 – HELP US DRY THE TEARS (Divine Mercy), ST. PAUL’S ORPHANAGE, (Fr. Marcel) INDIA, MOTHER TERESA’S CHILDREN’S HOME, (Fr. Jacob) INDIA, DONEGAL AID TO BELARUSIAN CHILDREN and MARY’S MEALS. A word of thanks to the organisers and all the collectors.VTOS Letterkenny Courses 2012. The Adult Education and Training Centre, Letterkenny is now recruiting for programmes commencing in September. Courses available include: Computer Applications Level 4 and 5, Leaving Certificate, Childcare Level 5. Places are limited. Please phone 9161581 for information.LETTERKENNY ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION ~ The 14th June meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will be in September.CATHOLIC LITERATURE ~ Catholic values are not offered by the secular media. The answer is a Catholic paper in every home. Papers and Booklets are available from the bookstand at the back of the Cathedral.The next meeting of the Letterkenny Alzheimer’s Support Group will take place on Tuesday 12th June at 7.30 pm in the Cheshire Apartments, Long Lane, Letterkenny.LOCAL NEWS: PARISH NEWSLETTER OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL was last modified: June 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: PARISH NEWSLETTER OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL
A solicitor has questioned if a teenager used by the Health Service Executive in an underage smoking sting operation in Donegal looks older than she is.The teenager, who is 16 years of age, was sent into a filling station to purchase a packet of cigarettes.The girl, an unpaid volunteer, was not asked for identification at the Iscourt Falcarragh Service Station and successfully purchased a packet of 20 Silk Cut Purple cigarettes. The service station, the shop assistant and its operators Iscourt Ltd, were brought before Falcarragh District Court.They were charged under the sale of tobacco regulations for the offence on October 30th, 2013It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 years.Environmental Health Officers carry out checks, known as test purchases, using underage volunteers, to make sure retailers are not breaking the law.Solicitor Margaret McGinley said her clients admitted the breach but stressed they operated strict control of the sale of cigarettes.As well as giving training to employees, the cash tills at the service station used prompters to remind operators to ask for proof of age when selling tobacco products.On the particular day of the incident, the shop was busy and the sales assistant was dealing with a queue of people.However Ms McGinley drew the attention of the profile picture of the unidentified girl used in the operation by the HSE.Ms McGinley, who agreed a birth certificate had been produced, said she had spoken to a number of colleagues and asked them to guess the age of the girl in the pictures.She said the answers ranged from 19 up to 25.However Judge Paul Kelly said the case demonstrated the need for employees and businesses to be “ultra careful” in such cases.“It is notoriously difficult to tell the age of young people and the best policy is to ask the question,” he said.He fined the operators Iscourt Ltd €100 and ordered them to pay €900 in costs.He also disqualified them from selling cigarettes for one day and gave the sales attendant the probation act.SOLICITOR QUESTIONS AGE PROFILE OF TEENAGER USED IN SMOKING STING OPERATION was last modified: March 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Falcarragh District CourtHSEIscourt Ltdunderage smoking
LA MIRADA — Quarterback Trever Blood came off the bench to lead La Mirada High school to a pair of second-quarter touchdowns and the Matadores went on to defeat visiting Bellflower High, 21-14 in their Suburban League football game Friday night. La Miradqa improved to 2-0 in league and 3-2 overall. Bellflower slipped to 1-1 and 3-2. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Blood, who usually alternates quarters with starter Tony Minero, finished the game, and although he struggled with three completions in eight attempts in the second half, he rushed 11 times for 59 yards, including a 36-yard scoring run on a sweep the featured Eddie Martinez’s downfield block that cleared the last defender at the 15. Blood’s ground game also took time off the clock to help preserve the victory. Blood finished with 92 yards on 19 trips and was 9 of 18 for 170 yards passing. Avery never got untracked in the second half as linebacker Tyler Halstead keyed the Matadores defense, which held the Buccaneers to just 39 yards rushing in 10 second-half rushes. Bellflower quarterback Reggie Williams combined with Marquis Quinn for a 19-yard scoring pass in the third quarter, and Guizar added a 36-yard field goal in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Blood completed 6 of 10 passes for 140 yards in the second quarter, including TD tosses of 41 yards to Kenny Sjogren and 25 yards to Brett Gauthier. Bellflower’s Jeremy Avery rushed 16 times for 108 yards in the first half but couldn’t get into the end zone, and Arturo Guizar’s 37- yard field goal in between La Mirada’s touchdowns made it 14-3 at halftime.
Re “State Supreme Court tells cardinal to turn over files” (Nov. 18): In light of the California Supreme Court’s decision, it is most delusive for Donald Steier to consider appealing to the Supreme Court that the files not be released. I hope reporters and the public will attack this “cover-up” of the criminal activity which the priests, and Cardinal Roger Mahony, are engaged in. The church is about truth and righteousness. Compassion is due the victims of this abuse, as well as their families. Officials of the Catholic church are called upon to stop the cover-up and cooperate with the county District Attorney’s Office. Kenneth Grissom La Crescenta He’s back Re “Reiner warns of new tax” (Nov. 19): Oh, no, he’s coming back next election with still another of his ballot propositions. No, not Arnold. It’s “Meathead” Rob Reiner, the King of Bleeding Hearts. Reiner has already picked the pockets of working Californians with a couple of forgotten propositions that never stop grabbing money and flushing it into oblivion. Too bad he doesn’t have to use his own money; then he’d leave us alone. To be fair, this one will tax only “the wealthy” – where have we heard this before? – and it sounds nice: free preschool for everybody. In fact, I’ll vote for it if “Meathead” promises to attend with the other kids. Charles K. Sergis Calabasas Happy Thanksgiving “Happy Thanksgiving” is a greeting that is part of the United States’ history. For many immigrants, this holiday has no real meaning – the turkey, the Pilgrims, etc. But it is wonderful to be able to celebrate the good things in our lives, especially having freedom, including freedom of religion. Ted Simpson Woodland Hills Not the question Re “Arnold should show mercy for Tookie” (Viewpoint, Nov. 20): I was astounded to read the claim that this matter is now a question of whether a Death Row inmate is “worth more to society alive than dead.” By that logic, a skilled surgeon or artist could murder with impunity. After a quarter-century of trials and appeals, Tookie’s victims are still dead, their families still suffer, the jurors still remember his threats against them and a legion of defense attorneys cannot overcome the evidence of his guilt. David R. Gee Van Nuys Threat to society Re “Arnold should show mercy for Tookie” (Viewpoint, Nov. 20): Earl Ofari Hutchinson’s article that the governor should should show mercy for Tookie Williams is a pathetic example of how a “con” can manipulate. Not once was there any mention of the victims. This guy “Tookie” is a reformed Crip who writes books for children – give me a break. The guy is a stone-cold, manipulative killer who is a threat to civil society – that’s why he is in jail. It’s time for Tookie’s redemption. John N. Engels Northridge Add-on hours As a former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who retired in 1990, I must respond to “Teacher’s workday” (Your Opinions, Nov. 20). Yes, I was in the classroom for six hours a day, but averaged 20 to 25 hours of homework each week (grading papers, making lesson plans, calling parents, writing reports, etc.), totaling a 50- to 55-hour work week. Count also the required supervision periods before and after school and during lunch, along with other “special” duties given by the administration, such as sponsoring an after-school club. Finally, include weekly teacher meetings after school, some Saturday workshops (most all day), and occasional evening meetings, all with no recompense. Rather than being overpaid, every teacher I have known has earned more than he or she received. Arline George Reseda AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!