Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

'Master herbalist' to stand trial in boy's death

A self-described "master herbalist" is set to stand trial for his role in the death of a 13-year-old boy.

KABC-TV reports the Los Angeles City Attorney's office charged 84-year-old Tim Morrow with misdemeanor charges of child abuse resulting in death and practicing medicine without a license following the death of Edgar Lopez in 2014.

Investigators say Lopez's mother, Maria Madrigal, told them she took her son off his prescribed insulin about three months after his initial diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes because Morrow had assured her Lopez's diabetes could be better controlled with herbs.

Morrow, who has pleaded not guilty, is free on $100,000 bail. He continues to sell those herbs online and out of his Torrance shop.

No trial date has been set for Morrow.


Judge: California child can take cannabis drug to school

A judge had ruled Friday a California kindergartner can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a judge sided with the family of 5-year-old Brooke Adams.

The Rincon Valley Union School District in Santa Rosa sought to ban the ointment from school grounds because it contains the active ingredient in marijuana.

Authorities argued that allowing Brooke to use the drug at school violated state and federal laws barring medical marijuana on school grounds.

Medical marijuana use in private with a doctor's recommendation is legal in California.

A judge's temporary order permitted Brooke to start school in August while the district's objections were considered. A nurse accompanies Brooke to school and has had to apply the oil three times to treat seizures.

Judge Charles Marson made the order permanent on Friday. Marson is a judge in the state office of Administrative Hearings' Special Education Division, which handles disagreements between school districts and parents of children with disabilities.


Hotel workers at California's Disneyland Resort OK contract

Hotel workers at Southern California's Disneyland Resort have approved a contract that raises hourly salaries by at least 40 percent over two years and allows staff to get bonuses that were promised last year.

The Los Angeles Times reports the five-year contract establishes wages and benefits for about 2,700 workers. They include housekeepers, valets, cooks, bellhops, servers and other staff at the resort's three hotels. Terms are retroactive to February 2017.

The agreement voted on over the weekend raises the starting salary to a minimum of $15 an hour, up from $13.25. It also pays workers a $1,000 bonus that was promised after the Republican tax plan was approved last year.

The newspaper reports members of Unite Here Local 11 voted 96 percent in favor of the contract.


Underage marriages get new restrictions in California

Gov. Brown has signed legislation putting new restrictions on marriages involving minors.

California already allows minors to marry with the permission of a judge and parent. Starting Jan. 1, partners and the parents of minors will have to meet separately with court officials who can assess whether there is abuse or coercion.

Minors also will have to wait at least 30 days before getting married, unless they're 17 and a high school graduate or one of the partners is pregnant.

The measure by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill from San Mateo imposes no minimum age for marriage. It originally would have banned all underage marriages but was scaled back in the midst of opposition from advocacy groups that said marriage is a fundamental right and there are legitimate reasons for minors to marry.

According to a legislative analysis, the Children's Law Center of California told lawmakers that its clients have chosen to marry so their children would be born and raised by married parents, or as a way to get out of the foster care system.


California to audit DMV amid hours long wait times, outages

Gov. Brown ordered an audit of the Department of Motor Vehicles in light of long wait times at field offices.

The finance department's audit will look into the DMV's information technology and customer service.

Brown also vetoed five bills he said would inhibit improvements at the DMV. They ranged from a bill to create special license plates referencing the surfing movie "The Endless Summer" to another that would have tracked cannabis-related DUIs.

Brown wrote in a veto message ""reducing wait times in field offices and addressing the urgent needs of customers is the top priority. The programming required to implement these bills will delay the department's ability to fully modernize its aging information technology systems."


Laguna Beach mansion sells for 'only' $32.7 million

A Laguna Beach seaside mansion recently sold for $32.7 million five years after it was put on the market for $65 million.

The Orange County Register reports the 17,000 square-foot house is just one of five homes in a gated community directly above the sand. A smaller guest house is on the one-acre lot and swimming pool with cabana faces the ocean.

Ronald and Yolanda Loder overcame a lawsuit and neighborhood opposition to build the house in 2010 on the $10.5 million lot.

Abalone Point LLC is listed as the buyer with a post office box as an address. Real estate agent Evan Corkett said the new owner was from out of state. Corkett declined to identify the buyer any further.


National Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Bike MS Director Renata Sahagian says most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men are being diagnosed.

She says there are about 15 drugs available to treat people living with MS in comparison to about two in 1995.

Sahagian, along with Bike MS Team Captain Kevin Gaffney, who has been living with the disease for 27 years, are the guests on our public affairs show “Collage,” which airs this evening at seven on www.KSBR.org 88-5 HD-2 and on KSBR on the Tunein app.