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Lease change raises fears about future of NTC Chapel

first_img Sasha Foo, Posted: December 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With all the new development at Liberty Station, you might not notice the North Chapel. Built in 1942, one year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it was a vestige of the old Naval Training Center and a memorial to the men and women of the “Greatest Generation” who went to war.However, a recent change in the lease has raised fears that the chapel’s historic character could be altered or destroyed. In the last few weeks the McMillan Company, which holds the master lease at Liberty Station, sold the lease for the chapel to a Michigan company called Seligman and Associates.Arlene Paraiso, who is fighting to preserve the chapel’s historic characteristics, said Seligman is using an operator for the property that has moved into other historic sites and ripped everything out. “This company, 828 Venues, they look for historical buildings to revive, and if you look at every single one of them, they’re all gutted to the studs. And when I say gutted, I mean everything is taken out; you see bricks and you see studs and it’s just barren,” Paraiso said.The North Chapel, with its stained glass windows and hand carved wooden pews, is still used for occasional weddings and serves as a regular house of worship for two congregations every Sunday. The church members have been told they won’t be able to use the chapel after December 31.In a statement from the Mayor’s office, press secretary Christina Chadwick said the chapel will be used for a range of events, including but not limited to weddings and religious gatherings. “It will now be up to the operator to work out specific agreements for those interested in using the North Chapel for an event,” Chadwick said.In a letter addressed to the new leaseholder, Mayor Kevin Faulconer wrote that he opposes any plan that affects the historic nature of the North Chapel. “I am writing to confirm my serious concern about any alterations to the chapel’s historically protected characteristics,” the Mayor stated.Two thousand people have signed an online petition to save the old NTC landmark.Several city council members have said they want more information on the new leaseholder’s deal. December 4, 2018 Updated: 5:40 PMcenter_img Lease change raises fears about future of NTC Chapel Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo last_img read more

Synagogue shooting suspect had invalid license to buy gun

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP Synagogue shooting suspect had invalid license to buy gun AP, SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 19-year-old nursing student accused of opening fire at a California synagogue didn’t have a valid hunting license, which is the only way someone under 21 who isn’t in the military or law enforcement can legally buy a weapon under state law.The California Fish and Wildlife Department said Wednesday that John T. Earnest was issued a hunting license, but it had not gone into effect yet.It’s unclear how Earnest bought the gun. The hunting license was not set to go into effect until July 1, said California Fish and Wildlife Department spokesman Peter Tier.Authorities say Earnest opened fire on April 27 at the Chabad of Poway, killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring three others, including the rabbi and an 8-year-old girl. He picked up the weapon the day before from a San Diego store, according to court records.San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan said it is believed Earnest bought the weapon legally but has not provided details on how or when that occurred.Earnest picked up his AR-15 rifle from a San Diego gun store the day before the shooting, according to investigators. Earnest paid $963.41 to San Diego Guns for the rifle. The store has declined to comment when contacted by reporters.California bars anyone from buying a rifle under the age of 21 unless the person has a hunting license, is a member of the military or law enforcement. Former Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation in response to the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people.California hunting licenses run on the state’s fiscal year and do not go into effect each year until July 1, Tier said, though they can be obtained ahead of time so hunters can enroll in competitions and prove they will be licensed in time for such events.The licenses have dates printed on them showing when they go into effect, he said. Earnest’s license would have stated it went into effect July 1 and was valid through June 30, 2020.Recently unsealed search warrants showed police found a hunting certificate at Earnest’s home proving he completed his coursework and had passed a test.Before a hunting license can be purchased, an applicant must receive a minimum of 10 hours of training from a state approved instructor. Six of those hours can be done online, Tier said. The certificates differ in look from licenses.State Sen. Anthony Portantino, who authored the state gun law that took effect this year, said in a statement that he is working to close the loophole.The Democrat said he wants the law amended to prohibit the sale of semi-automatic weapons to anyone under the age of 21.Earnest, who voiced anti-Semitic and white supremacy beliefs online, has been charged in state and federal courts in the synagogue shooting. He is eligible for the death penalty if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.He fired off 10 rounds before fumbling while trying to reload the weapon, according to investigators. An off-duty Border Patrol agent who is a member of the synagogue grabbed a fellow worshipper’s handgun and fired off four rounds, causing the shooter to flee. Earnest later called 911 and said he had just shot up a synagogue. Police arrested him without incident. Posted: August 15, 2019 August 15, 2019last_img read more

Five books to look forward to in August

first_imgAnother month has gone by and a fresh set of books is ready to hit the nearest stands. With an intriguing mix of genres – dominated by non-fiction – August offers simple reading options without the hype that distracts and manipulates readers.There are no big literary names, no grand book launches for the upcoming books in the coming month. Readers, thus, will have an opportunity to pick titles on the basis of merit and not on the credentials of their authors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor those looking to focus on more trending issues, we have a couple of political biographies releasing – and, yes, one is on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi. More literary readers may look forward to two anthologies of late writer Khushwant Singh. The list also has a revised biography of Agatha Christie, whose thrillers have once again created a buzz on social media after HarperCollins India released 25 limited facsimile editions of the best books from the Queen of Crime. There are several books focussing on economy and business from Hachette India. But here are the five books that we can’t wait to read Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivethis August:1. The Generation of Rage in Kashmir by David Devadas (Oxford University Press)This book describes the livid experience of Kashmiris who came of age between 2007 and 2017. It shows that Kashmiris generally had high hopes for peace and stability when the militancy, which began in 1988, seemed to be tapering off around 2006 – but alas, that was not to be. It explores the reasons why there was so much angst and rage, which exploded in agitations and stone-pelting in 2008, 2010, and 2016 and why a new militancy is on the rise. The book also traces the decline of hope among the Kashmiris as the situation worsened from a perceived threat to their identity in 2008 to rage over the killing of innocents in 2010. The anger, the author argues, has finally resulted in support for militancy in 2016. 2. The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told by Muhammad Umar Memon (Aleph)Selected and translated by writer, editor and translator par excellence Muhammad Umar Memon, the 25 stories in this book represent the finest short fiction in Urdu literature. Every story in the anthology illustrates one or the other facet of the form in the Urdu literary tradition. But even more than for their formal technique and inventiveness, these stories have been included because of their power and impact on the reader. Despairing, violent, passionate, humorous, ironic and profound – the fiction in “The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” will imprint itself indelibly on your mind.3. Politicshock by Meghnad Desai (Rupa)In this perceptive account, Meghnad Desai, a Labour Peer in the House of Lords, opens up the debate beyond the West and looks at parallels between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump as two outsiders who broke through the barriers to reach the top. He analyses Asia’s challenge to Western hegemony and asks if the conventional wisdom about the hegemony of free trade liberalism needs re-examination. He peers into the future to look at the greatest challenge facing the world today: Will the Liberal Order survive, collapse or mutate? Is the world at a cusp? Is history about to resume its course?4. The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury (Bloomsbury) ) A masterful and entirely fresh portrait of great hopes and dashed dreams from a major new literary voice. “Everything that could possibly be wrong with a city was wrong with Calcutta” and yet, after completing his education in the US, Choudhury embodied his parents’ greatest fears by returning to the city they escaped for a better life. Sifting through the chaos and decay for the stories that are ignored by the papers, that don’t fall into any reporter’s beat, “The Epic City” is a soulful, insightful and meticulously researched account of everyday lives and an extraordinary portrait of a city which is a world unto itself.5. India: Priorities for the Future by Bimal Jalan (Penguin).Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Bimal Jalan’s formidable analysis of the last four decades of India’s economic journey illuminates the nation’s transition from a strictly regulated, slow-growth state enterprise to one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Drawing on this vast experience, he compares two distinct periods – 1980-2000 and 2000-15 – to examine the core changes and their significance, and considers their lessons for the future.ianslast_img read more