Mom, 17-year-old daughter strangled to death in Calif.; suspect at-large: Sheriff

first_imgPrathaan/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A mother and her 17-year-old daughter were strangled to death in Southern California, officials said, as authorities search for their suspected killer.Cecilia Meza, 41, and her daughter Kelsey Meza, 17, were found dead in a Monrovia home on Dec. 5 by officers conducting a welfare check, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.Cecilia Meza died from strangulation while Kelsey Meza died from blunt head trauma and strangulation, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office.Their suspected killer, Nimrod Perez Guerrero, remains at-large, the sheriff’s office said.Kelsey attended Monrovia High School, across the street from her home, reported KABC.The 17-year-old was “excited about going to college,” and was a “sweet, kind girl who always went out of her way to help others,” Monrovia Unified School District Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said in a Dec. 6 statement.“It is not natural for us to comprehend unnatural death – especially one in our own back yard,” Thorossian said. “We’ve deployed our emergency response team, including trained counselors and psychologists, to Monrovia High School, where they will remain as long as they are needed to support students and staff coming to terms with their shock and grief.”Guerrero was believed to have known the victims, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported.The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

This Week’s Inspiring Horoscopes From Rob Brezsny’s ‘Free Will Astrology’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWe’ve partnered with our friend Rob Brezsny, who for years has championed a positive approach to life through astrology. His weekly wisdom can enlighten your thinking and motivate your mood with ‘PROnoia’ instead of paranoia. Rob’s Free Will Astrology, is a syndicated weekly column that appears in over a hundred publications. He is also the author of Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How All of Creation Is Conspiring To Shower You with Blessings. (A free preview of the book is available here.)Here is your weekly horoscope…FREE WILL ASTROLOGY – Week beginning November 6, 2020Copyright by Rob Brezsny, FreeWillAstrology.comSCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):“At every crossroad, be prepared to bump into wonder,” wrote Scorpio poet James Broughton. I believe that’s stirring advice for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks. Broughton’s words inspired me to come up with a corollary for you to heed, as well: “At every turning point, be ready to stumble into an opportunity disguised as a problem.” I’ve got one more clue for you. Last night in my dream, my Scorpio poetry teacher offered a thought that’s well-suited for you right now: “Whenever you want to take a magic twisty leap into the big fresh future, be willing to engage in one last wrestling match with the past.”SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):Actor Gary Busey is quirky and kooky, but his peculiar rants sometimes make good sense. Here’s one that I suspect might be useful for you to consider during the next two weeks: “It’s good for everyone to understand that they are to love their enemies, simply because your enemies show you things about yourself you need to change. So in actuality enemies are friends in reverse.” I don’t mean to imply that your adversaries and nemeses are totally accurate in their critiques of you. But there may be a thing or two you can learn from them right now that would truly improve your life.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):Musician John Coltrane described one of his life goals as follows: “There are forces out here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world,” he said. “But I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.” Even if that’s not an intention at the core of your long-term plans, Capricorn, I recommend you consider adopting it during the next few weeks. Being a vigorous and rigorous force for good will be especially needed by the people with whom you associate—and will also result in you attracting interesting benefits.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):Known as “the bad boy of bridge,” Aquarian-born Geir Helgemo is a champion in the card game of bridge. At times he has been the top-rated player among Open World Grand Masters. But in 2019, he was suspended from the World Bridge Federation for a year because he tested positive for taking testosterone supplements that are banned. Why did he do it? He hasn’t said. There is some scientific research suggesting that testosterone may boost cognitive function, but other evidence says it doesn’t. I’d like to use Helgemo’s foolishness as a teaching story for your use, Aquarius. According to my astrological analysis, you’re approaching the peak of your competence and confidence. There’s no need for you to cheat or sneak or misbehave in a misplaced effort to seek an even greater advantage. In fact, righteous integrity will enhance your intelligence.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):“I might really have gone round the bend,” confessed Botswana author Bessie Head. “I mean people who get visions and see a gigantic light descend on them from the sky can’t be all there, but if so I feel mighty happy. If one is happy and cracked it’s much better than being unhappy and sane.” Although I don’t expect your state of mind in the coming weeks will be as extreme as Bessie Head’s, Pisces, I do suspect it will have resemblances to her dreamy cheerfulness. If I had to give a title to this upcoming phase, it might be “Wise Folly.” And yes, I do think your “craziness” will generate useful insights and fertile revelations.ARIES (March 21-April 19):Aries poet Charles Baudelaire championed the privilege and luxury of changing one’s mind. He thought it was natural and healthy to always keep evolving beyond one’s previous beliefs and attitudes, even if that meant one might seem inconsistent or irrational. “It is lamentable,” he once proclaimed, “that, among the Rights of Human Beings, the right to contradict oneself has been disregarded.” I bring these thoughts to your attention, dear Aries, so that you will feel at peace with the prospect of outgrowing rules, strategies, and approaches that have worked well for you up until now—but that have outlived their usefulness.TAURUS (April 20-May 20):The horoscopes I write are my love letters to you. As I compose them, my goal is to celebrate your beauty and strength even as I discern what’s lacking in your life and what confusions might be undermining you. In my philosophy of life, that’s how love works at its best: remaining keenly aware of the good qualities in the beloved while helping them deal with their problems and heal their wounds. I suggest that in the coming weeks you adopt my approach for use with your own close relationships. Your allies are in special need of both your praise and your rectifications.GEMINI (May 21-June 20):When Charles de Gaulle was 15 years old, he wrote “General de Gaulle,” a short story in which he envisioned himself, many years in the future, as a general in the French army. Thirty-five years later, his imaginary tale came true, as he became a general of the free French army fighting against Germany in World War II. In the spirit of de Gaulle’s prophecy, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I encourage you to compose a comparable tale about your own destiny. Have fun as you visualize in great detail a successful role you will play months or even years from now.CANCER (June 21-July 22):In 1903, archaeologists digging in a cave in Cheddar Gorge, England found the fossilized remains of “Cheddar Man,” a person who had lived there 9,000 years earlier. In 1997, DNA tests revealed that a teacher named Adrian Targett, who was living a half-mile from the cave, was a direct descendant of Cheddar Man. I propose that we invoke this scenario to serve as a metaphor for you in the coming months. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, your ancestors are likely to play a bigger role in your life than usual. Connections between you and them will be more vivid and influential and worthy of your meditations.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):According to the film Amadeus, composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) and Antonio Salieri (1750–1825) were adversaries who disliked and undermined each other. But there’s evidence that this was not entirely true. In fact, they collaborated on creating a cantata that was performed by Nancy Storace, a famous singer they both admired. It’s unlikely they would have cooperated in such a way unless they had a working relationship. I suspect that a comparable correction is due in your world, Leo. It’s time to dissolve a misunderstanding or restore a lost truth or fix an old story that got some of the facts wrong.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to ask for help and seek support. I urge you to be forthright in doing so! Resources that have been inaccessible before may be more available now. I suspect you will be able to capitalize on the luck and skill of allies who have benefited from your favors in the past. Their successes could bring you blessings and their breakthroughs should inspire you to instigate breakthroughs in your own life. Be straightforward: Ask them to lend their influence in your behalf.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):In the 1970s, an Englishman named Stephen Pile founded the Not Terribly Good Club. It was designed to be a gathering place for mediocre people whose lives were marked by inadequacy and incompetence. To organize his thoughts about the club’s themes, Pile eventually published a book entitled The Book of Heroic Failures. Unfortunately, it sold so many copies that he got expelled from his own club. He had become too successful! I suspect that in the coming months, you may have an experience akin to his. The odds are good that you’ll find interesting success in an area of your life where you have previously been just average.WANT MORE? Listen to Rob’s EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES, 4-5 minute meditations on the current state of your destiny — or subscribe to his unique daily text message service at: (Zodiac images by –CC license)SHARE The Wisdom With Friends Who Are Stars in Your Life on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Moura hat-trick spurs Tottenham into Champions League final

first_imgAMSTERDAM, (Reuters) – Lucas Moura scored a stoppage-time winner to complete a hat-trick and seal a sensational 3-2 comeback win for Tottenham Hotspur to take them past Ajax Amsterdam on the away goals rule into the Champions League final yesterday. Tottenham looked down and out at halftime after skipper Matthijs de Ligt’s fifth-minute header and a superb 35th minute effort by Hakim Ziyech put Ajax in complete command of the tie having won the first leg 1-0 in London last week.But 24 hours after Liverpool’s miracle comeback to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate, Tottenham produced their own heroics to reach their first European Cup final.The celebratory mood in the jam-packed Johan Cruyff Arena turned to one of nailbiting tension after Brazilian Moura scored twice in four minutes early in the second half to put Spurs within a goal of going through. Ziyech hit the post for Ajax who appeared to have weathered the storm but Moura struck past Andre Onana to flatten the Ajax players and send the away fans into delirium.Tottenham, playing in their first European Cup semi-final for 57 years, arrived in Amsterdam on a run of woeful form having suffered three successive defeats in all competitions.Ajax, by contrast, were buoyant after winning the Dutch Cup final at the weekend, and they began on the front foot with Dusan Tadic forcing a flying save from Hugo Lloris. When the resulting corner came, Tottenham’s marking was non-existent as De Ligt glanced his header home.It did not change the basic equation for Tottenham who knew they needed to score twice and Mauricio Pochettino’s side, so disappointing last week, responded in spirited fashion.Son Heung-min, back after missing the first leg because of suspension, deceived keeper Onana with a cross that hit the post and Son then forced another save from a flowing move. But Ajax were cool, calm and collected and bided their time before striking again in devastating fashion.Tadic, who moments earlier had dragged a shot just wide, was released down the left and he cut the ball back perfectly for Ziyech to whip a left-footed shot inside the far post.Tottenham sent on veteran striker Fernando Llorente for midfielder Victor Wanyama for the start of the second half and pushed Ajax back. Dele Alli was denied by Onana but Tottenham grabbed a lifeline soon after when a rapid counter-attack ended with Moura converting in style after sprinting through to meet Alli’s pass in the 55th minute.Four minutes later the impossible began to look possible as Onana saved brilliantly from Llorente but Ajax failed to clear the ball and Moura fired through a crowd.In a rip-roaring finale played out in nerve-shredding tension Ziyech almost restored Ajax’s lead when his slow shot thudded against the post while a desperate lunging block by De Lijt denied Moura.When former Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen headed against the crossbar late on it seemed Tottenham would fall just short, as they did 57 years ago in their only other European Cup semi-final, but there was one final twist. A high ball pumped forward was flicked to Moura by Alli and the Brazilian’s first-time shot found the corner.While Tottenham celebrated an unlikely recovery, Ajax’s journey that began in the second qualifying round in July, ended in abject misery and disbelief.last_img read more

Dominoes could fall quickly in veteran tackle market for Ravens

first_imgFree agency does not begin until 4 p.m. Tuesday, but the Ravens could know their fate in the free-agent tackle market quickly if this weekend was any indication.With other veteran left tackles such as Branden Albert and Jared Veldheer already being linked with other teams, there is growing optimism that Baltimore could re-sign Eugene Monroe despite electing not to use the franchise tag on the incumbent left tackle. The Ravens and Monroe have remained in negotiations since last Monday’s deadline passed when they didn’t use the $11.65 million franchise tender to keep him off the free-agent market.Reports have indicated that Monroe is seeking upwards of $10 million a year while the Ravens have preferred a contract closer to $8 million annually, so it remains to be seen whether the sides will be willing to bridge the gap prior to Tuesday afternoon.Multiple reports are saying Albert is expected to leave Kansas City to sign a long-term contract with the Miami Dolphins while Veldheer — who passed on a long-term extension offer from Oakland earlier in the weekend — could land with the Arizona Cardinals. After these two chips would potentially fall, that would leave the Ravens to potentially work something out with Monroe while Oakland and Tampa Bay potentially eye St. Louis tackle Roger Saffold and Cincinnati’s Anthony Collins.Of course, none of these weekend “revelations” are set in stone as it’s difficult to decipher what’s conjecture and what’s authentic as teams and player agents are jockeying for the best possible prices and fits they can find. But the amount of smoke coming from the three-day negotiating window indicates there could be rapid movement as the Ravens try to secure their left tackle for 2014 and beyond.If Albert, Veldheer, and Monroe find contracts elsewhere, the Ravens would be faced with the prospects of rolling the dice on a second-tier option such as Saffold or Collins or deciding they will address other needs while looking seriously toward May’s draft to address the tackle spot. Of course, Michael Oher is also set to become an unrestricted free agent and could be an option once again at left tackle, but all signs have pointed to him being more of a Plan C or D option leading into the start of free agency.Baltimore enters free agency with just under $25 million in cap space before potentially addressing six exclusive-rights free agents and restricted free-agent wide receiver Tandon Doss. Linebacker Albert McClellan was scheduled to become a restricted free agent before reportedly agreeing to a two-year deal Sunday.last_img read more