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POSTED November 18, 2013 9:23 p.m.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PRISON GUARD HOSPITALIZED: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A correctional officer is hospitalized in fair condition after he was slashed in the head and neck with an inmate-made weapon at a Northern California state prison.

Lt. Bryan Donahoo at the California State Prison in Sacramento says a maximum-security inmate repeatedly slashed the 40-year-old officer about 8 a.m. Monday using a piece of broken glass from a television.

Donahoo says the 15-year veteran officer needs surgery to repair a tendon in his arm and cosmetic surgery for his ear. He was also cut several times on the neck.

Inmate Alberto Cortez is being held in the attack. The 22-year-old is serving a life sentence for attempted first-degree murder.

CALPERS LOSES ROUND IN SAN BERNARDINO BANKRUPTCY FIGHT: RIVERSIDE  (AP) — California's biggest public pension system has lost its appeal of the ruling that allowed the city of San Bernardino to file for bankruptcy.

The San Bernardino Sun reports a bankruptcy judge rejected the request by the California Public Employees' Retirement System to challenge the city's bankruptcy eligibility at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Friday's decision is the latest round in the bankruptcy battle between the cash-strapped city and CalPERS. The city owes the pension fund $14 million in overdue payments.

Last month the San Bernardino City Council adopted a tentative plan to deal with all its creditors, including CalPERS.

San Bernardino, located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, filed for bankruptcy protection after learning it faced a $46 million deficit.

FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE BOY PINNED IN MECHANICAL GATE: SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — An 8-year-old boy is recovering at a hospital after being pinned between the steel and wrought-iron ornamental spikes of a mechanical gate at an apartment complex in San Bernardino.

The Sun newspaper says (http://bit.ly/1bHqtbK) emergency responders initially feared the boy had been impaled on the quarter-inch spikes Saturday evening.

A crowd gathered at the scene as several people tried to free the boy, who was hanging about 6 feet off the ground. Firefighters cut away the surrounding fencing and freed him in about 20 minutes.

Firefighters said the boy did not have any broken bones or any punctures in his skin. He was listed in stable condition Sunday.

Firefighters said the boy was climbing over the gate when someone in the complex activated it.

SACRAMENTO GROUP WINS $1.5 MILLION IN LAWYER FEES: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A south Sacramento neighborhood association has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in attorney fees after the group defeated a proposal to store natural gas beneath their working-class neighborhood.

But the Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1hReFJ9) the Avondale/Glen Elder Neighborhood Association and its attorneys are unlikely to see the money because the company formed for the natural gas project may be on the brink of bankruptcy.

Still, advocates tell the newspaper the award sends a message to utility companies, and could encourage other grassroots organizations to take on causes that require expensive litigation.

The award by a California Public Utilities Commission judge comes after a five-year fight to block the project over concerns about gas leakages.

Last year the PUC rejected a plan to store 7.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas beneath more than 700 homes.

VETERANS HOUSED TOGETHER IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY JAIL: VISTA  (AP) — A cellblock painted red, white and blue has been reserved for U.S. military veterans at the San Diego County Jail in Vista, as part of a new program initiated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The mission of the Veterans Moving Forward program is to encourage camaraderie and keep veterans from returning to jail by helping them gain job skills, find housing and undergo treatment for mental illness.

"The ultimate goal is transitioning them back to the community," Sheriff Bill Gore said.

The 32 inmate veterans who moved into the special housing unit on Nov. 1 had applied for the privilege and agreed to take part in classes that began the following Monday.

The  jail was chosen as the first in the county to offer the program because of its location near Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base and larger percentage of military inmates.

There are an estimated 250,000 veterans in the county, Gore said. Of the approximately 5,800 inmates in the seven county jails, about 270 are veterans, according to the newspaper.

Jail counselors in the veterans dormitory work closely with nonprofit organizations, social service providers and the VA's Veterans Justice Outreach Program to continue services after a prisoner gets released.

POLICE: WOMAN, 2 OTHERS PLOTTED TO MURDER MOTHER: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long Beach police have arrested a Northern California woman and two others on suspicion of plotting to murder her mother, who was brutally beaten and left for dead.

Police said Monday that they believe 40-year-old Holly Ramos and her husband hired a man to attack her mother after she tried to become a foster parent to their young children.

The victim, 62-year-old Elizabeth Wells, sought to care for her grandchildren after Ramos was arrested in Monterey County on narcotics and child endangerment charges.

Police said Wells let a man she believed to be a social worker into her Long Beach home last month to discuss the fostering process, and the man beat her with a baseball bat.

Ramos, her husband, and the alleged attacker have been charged with murder.

TRUCKERS AT 3 COMPANIES NEAR LA PORT STAGE STRIKE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of truckers working for three companies that take goods to and from the Port of Los Angeles are striking.

The truckers say the companies have prevented them from unionizing and improperly classified them as contractors — rather than employees — to minimize wages and benefits.

The ports of LA and nearby Long Beach are key gateways for billions of dollars of U.S.-Asia trade, with trucks the primary way goods are moved to and from the docks.

 

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