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POSTED June 28, 2012 8:51 p.m.

102-YEAR-OLD MAN BECOMES US CITIZEN: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 102-year-old Filipino man who came to California as a teenager in 1928 to pick lettuce and cabbage became an American citizen during a touching naturalization ceremony Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

"I'm happy," Philippines-born immigrant Joaquin Arciago Guzman said in Tagalog after Wednesday's ceremony, where about 7,300 joined him in taking the citizenship oath.

Nationwide, only 27 people older than 100 have become U.S. citizens in at least the past 50 years, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

"It's extremely rare to see anyone over 100," said Nancy Alby, the agency's field office director for Los Angeles County. "We get a handful in their 90s and 80s. It's more common to see people in their 70s."

The oldest person ever to become a U.S. citizen was Manik Bokchalian of the San Fernando Valley community of Van Nuys. She was 117 when she took the oath in 1997.

SF LAWYER CHARGED WITH KILLING BICYCLIST: OAKLAND  (AP) — A San Francisco lawyer has been charged with last month's hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in Dublin.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old attorney Spencer Freeman Smith was behind the wheel of his new Mercedes-Benz luxury car when 57-year-old bicyclist Bo Hu was struck from behind and killed the night of May 15.

The San Francisco Chronicle says Smith was arrested after police found his damaged 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 in his garage in San Ramon, about three miles from the crash site.

Smith pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

He is free on $60,000 bail.

SDG&E FOUND NOT LIABLE FOR WINDOW WASHER ACCIDENT: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A jury says San Diego Gas & Electric isn't liable for an accident that cost a window washer parts of both arms.

KGTV-TV says jurors ruled Wednesday against Shane Cahill, who was washing windows on top of a Mission Bay condominium in 2008 when his metal pole touched a 12,000-volt power line.

He now has prosthetic forearms and sued SDG&E for negligence.

His attorney argued that the power line was too low while the utility said it was Cahill who was negligent for not seeing lines that were only feet away.

BILL TO BAR ASKING ABOUT CRIMINAL HISTORY STALLS: SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state Senate committee has sidelined a bill that would have prohibited cities and counties from requesting criminal background information on initial job applications.

California adopted similar standards for state employees in 2010. But the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Thursday decided not to extend the restrictions to local governments.

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson says his AB1831 would have let those with a criminal history compete fairly with other applicants without harming public safety.

His bill would have let local governments run background checks after they decide the applicant is initially qualified.

Associations representing prosecutors and local governments opposed the measure.

Dickinson, a Democrat from Sacramento, says he will try again next year.

 

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