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Revisiting Always, Steven Spielberg’s worst movie

Always—that’s the really sappy one where Richard Dreyfuss plays a dead fire pilot who gets sent back to Earth to watch over Holly Hunter and teach Brad Johnson everything he knows about flying a tanker plane—is not one of Steven Spielberg’s more fondly remembered movies (it’s barely remembered, period), and it’s reputation as the nadir of the director’s sentimental streak is fair. But hot damn if it isn’t a charmingly strange movie—a cornball ’50s romance slightly updated for baby boomers, with Dreyfuss cast improbably (but not ineffectively) as an amused latter-day Cary Grant. Anyway, that’s the feeling I got watching it for the first time in a decade or so this past Saturday: “Hey, this ain’t so bad.” Plenty of folks will tell you that this is Spielberg’s worst film, and while it fails in some respects, it’s also searchingly sincere.

Maybe I’ve just softened to Spielberg’s gooey, mushy side;

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Can OC’s worst mass killer get fair trial, life or death?

Scott Evans Dekraai. Photo via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will begin testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing regarding the use of jailhouse informants as part of the death penalty case against Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Dekraai, who pleaded guilty in May 2014 to eight murders and one attempted murder for a 2011 massacre at a Seal Beach beauty salon, is awaiting the penalty phase of the legal proceedings, with the state Attorney General’s Office still pursuing the death penalty.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office was kicked off the case for outrageous governmental misconduct.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who booted Orange County prosecutors from the case, is holding a third round of evidentiary hearings into how the prosecution was handled to determine if it is

Read more at: http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2017/07/03/can-ocs-worst-mass-killer-get-fair-trial-life-or-death/

Can OC’s worst mass killer get fair trial, life or death? – MyNewsLA.com

Scott Evans Dekraai. Photo via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will begin testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing regarding the use of jailhouse informants as part of the death penalty case against Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Dekraai, who pleaded guilty in May 2014 to eight murders and one attempted murder for a 2011 massacre at a Seal Beach beauty salon, is awaiting the penalty phase of the legal proceedings, with the state Attorney General’s Office still pursuing the death penalty.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office was kicked off the case for outrageous governmental misconduct.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who booted Orange County prosecutors from the case, is holding a third round of evidentiary hearings into how the prosecution was handled to determine if it is

Read more at: http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2017/07/03/can-ocs-worst-mass-killer-get-fair-trial-life-or-death/

One year after the worst mass shooting in US history, we remember Pulse nightclub

Salton Sea is California’s biggest lake, appearing after a 1905 irrigation accident in the middle of the desert. But the salty, toxic water is slowly disappearing, leaving behind abandoned resorts and a looming environmental disaster. Duration: 02:3
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Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/12/pulse-nightclub-shooting-remembering-tragedy/388376001/

Government misconduct in OC’s worst mass killer case? 2 deputies plead the Fifth

Scott Evans Dekraai. Photo via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Two Orange County sheriff’s deputies asserted their constitutional right against self-incrimination Thursday when called to testify in an evidentiary hearing alleging outrageous governmental misconduct in the case of Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Sheriff’s Deputies Ben Garcia and William Grover, who have been on paid administrative leave for the past several months, took the stand and invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to testify.

Deputy Seth Tunstall is expected to do the same thing when he is called to testify next week.

Garcia’s attorney, Bob Gazley, told City News Service his client has not been told why he was put on leave.

Tunstall and Garcia have previously asserted their Fifth Amendment rights in another murder case involving a jailhouse informant last year. That prompted

Read more at: http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2017/05/25/government-misconduct-ocs-worst-mass-killer-case-2-deputies-plead-fifth/

Government misconduct in OC’s worst mass killer case? 2 deputies …

Scott Evans Dekraai. Photo via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Two Orange County sheriff’s deputies asserted their constitutional right against self-incrimination Thursday when called to testify in an evidentiary hearing alleging outrageous governmental misconduct in the case of Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Sheriff’s Deputies Ben Garcia and William Grover, who have been on paid administrative leave for the past several months, took the stand and invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to testify.

Deputy Seth Tunstall is expected to do the same thing when he is called to testify next week.

Garcia’s attorney, Bob Gazley, told City News Service his client has not been told why he was put on leave.

Tunstall and Garcia have previously asserted their Fifth Amendment rights in another murder case involving a jailhouse informant last year. That prompted

Read more at: http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2017/05/25/government-misconduct-ocs-worst-mass-killer-case-2-deputies-plead-fifth/

Alleged Misconduct Jeopardizes Death Penalty For OC’s Worst …

SANTA ANA, CA — Two Orange County sheriff’s deputies asserted their constitutional right against self-incrimination Thursday when called to testify in an evidentiary hearing alleging outrageous governmental misconduct in the case of Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Sheriff’s Deputies Ben Garcia and William Grover, who have been on paid administrative leave for the past several months, took the stand and invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to testify.

Deputy Seth Tunstall is expected to do the same thing when he is called to testify next week.

Garcia’s attorney, Bob Gazley, told City News Service his client has not been told why he was put on leave.

Tunstall and Garcia have previously asserted their Fifth Amendment rights in another murder case involving a jailhouse informant last year. That prompted an Orange County Superior Court judge to order a new trial for Eric Ortiz, who was again convicted of

Read more at: https://patch.com/california/fountainvalley/alleged-misconduct-jeopardizes-death-penalty-oc-mass-murder-trial

‘Unthinkable’: OC’s worst mass killer may avoid death penalty …

An Orange County Superior Court judge overseeing the death penalty phase of Scott Dekraai said Friday he was considering what he once thought was “unthinkable” —dismissing the ultimate punishment for the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Scott Evans Dekraai. Photo via the Orange County Sheriff's Department
Scott Evans Dekraai. Photo via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who previously booted the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from the case based on governmental misconduct in the handling of jailhouse informants, ordered a third round of evidentiary hearings next month based on new corruption claims.

Goethals said he was motivated by new allegations from Dekraai’s attorney, Scott Sanders as well as by comments from a family member of two of Dekraai’s victims who expressed her displeasure with prosecutors’ continued efforts to put the defendant on death

Read more at: http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2017/04/21/unthinkable-ocs-worst-mass-killer-may-avoid-death-penalty/