Elections marked by mud-slinging

first_imgIf you received a flier sent to homes in South El Monte before Tuesday’s mayoral election, you might think candidate Allen Co is being sued for paternity payments, that he was caught on videotape stealing, that he filed for bankruptcy and that he solicited a bribe from a local business person.Co denies all of it, and court records to back up the claims could not be found.In Tuesday’s election, bizarre accusations were not hard to find. “I thought about suing for libel, but I don’t know if it will be worth it, financially, and for all the time it would take,” said Co, who denied charges in the campaign piece, titled “South El Monte Community News: All News All the Time” and distributed by the American Latin Family Association.On Tuesday, 584 people in South El Monte voted for Co, compared with 1,384 for winner Blanca Figueroa, who was endorsed by the American Latin Family Society. A call to the number listed for the American Latin Family Association was not immediately returned. A message on the Society’s answer machine said it was the office for Rosemead Pride, another political action committee.Co put out some mailers of his own, accusing opponents of taking money from a political action committee supported by a developer.Cal State Fullerton political science Professor Barbara Stone said love them or hate them, dirty politics work.“When charges like that are leveled, if (the candidate) does not respond or does not have time to respond, the rumors can take on a life of their own,” she said. “They have an effect.”In Diamond Bar, a city with manicured lawns and one of the highest median-income levels in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, politics this election were not exactly clean-cut, candidates said.A flier criticized incumbent City Councilwoman Debby O’Connor, who lost her seat, for failing to get along with other parents at the Diamond Point Elementary School PTA. The same flier, which says it was distributed by the Diamond Bar Residents Against Government Abuse, accused O’Connor of campaigning during a prayer service. The service was held to support a fellow councilman who had cancer.“I refuse to even read them,” O’Connor said of the campaign pieces. “From what I hear, the only thing they didn’t accuse me of was abusing my children.”Typically called “hit pieces,” campaign literature with the most drastic charges were almost always produced and circulated by political action committees just days before election. It is often hard to find out who is behind the committees.“There often is no backlash for running a dirty campaign,” Stone said.And, when someone runs for office, they become a “public figure” in the eyes of the law, which makes it tougher for them to prove a libel case, Stone said. ben.baeder@sgvn.compam.wight@sgvn.com(626) 962-9911, Ext. 2703, 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea linked with Stones as Luis is tipped to complete £20m move

first_imgTottenham have leapfrogged Chelsea and Arsenal in a race to sign Everton defender John Stones, the Daily Express say.It is claimed that the Blues want Stones but that Spurs have targeted him as a potential replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona.The Express also say Gary Cahill will be offered a new four-year contract by Chelsea, while the Daily Mail reports that Filipe Luis is close to completing a £20m move to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid.The Mail also say Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.Cahill has been tipped to sign a new deal.There continues to be speculation that Real Madrid’s Germany midfielder Sami Khedira could join Chelsea rather than Arsenal.The north London club are ready to end their interest in Khedira, 27, because of his wage demands, according to the Daily Mirror.And the Daily Telegraph reports that Petr Cech has returned to full training three weeks ahead of schedule following his shoulder problem.The Chelsea goalkeeper, who is reportedly wanted by Paris St-Germain, was injured in the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid and missed the final matches of last season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

J&K: probe on as cow smuggling suspect dies

first_imgThe mysterious death of a man, who was detained by the Jammu and Kashmir police on suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Kishtwar district last week, has triggered protests following which the administration has launched a magisterial probe into the incident.Javaid Ahmad Malik, a resident of Bharat village, was detained by officers of Chatroo police station on Friday and died the same day. The police claimed that Malik fell into a gorge while trying to escape from custody but his family alleged that he was beaten to death. They said the victim had gone to the police station on his own to secure the release of two of his relatives who were arrested on charges of bovine smuggling. An FIR has been registered against the police officers for negligence and a departmental inquiry has been initiated, officials said.Cops suspendedSHO of Chatroo police station Mohammad Bashir has been transferred and two others — ‘Munshi’ Jaffar Khan and selection-grade constable Mohammad Amin — have been placed under suspension. Dismissal of a Volunteer Home Guard, Mohammad Shareef, from service has been recommended, the officials said. Taking cognisance of protests in Doda and Chatroo over the death, District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. “The inquiry will be conducted by Additional District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar, Imam Din who has been asked to submit his report in a specified time frame,” a police spokesperson said. Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Abrar Chowdhary has also ordered a departmental probe by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Headquarters, Nihar Ranjan in the case, he said.last_img read more

India most successful touring Test team in Sri Lanka since 2014

first_imgVirat Kohli last week became the first captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka. India’s innings and 53-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo helped India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.India’s majestic win in Colombo also made them the most successful team to tour Sri Lanka since 2014. It was India’s fourth victory in five matches. Pakistan remain the second best team with two victories in five Tests.In these three years, Sri Lanka have hosted 18 Tests and interestingly, all of them have yielded results. Sri Lanka have won 11 while Bangladesh have been the only other team to have won a Test.The island nation has meanwhile whitewashed Pakistan (2-0), West Indies (2-0), Australia (3-0) and Zimbabwe (1-0)during these three years.Kohli now aims to become the first Indian captain to sweep a Test series in Sri Lanka. Mohammad Azharuddin had achieved the feat but at home in 1994.Kohli extended his dream run as captain to eighth consecutive Test series victory when India won the Colombo Test on Sunday.Kohli and Co. have been the most dominant Test side in the world and have not lost a series home or away since their 2-0 defeat in their 2014-15 tour of Australia.Since that series loss, India have outplayed all their rivals winning eight consecutive Test series without much fuss. In these two and a half years, India under captain Kohli have lost only two matches while have won 18 games.Kohli surpassed Steve Waugh’s record of seven consecutive series wins when India destroyed hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Ricky Ponting holds the record with nine series victories in a row.advertisementKohli’s record as captain in this time has been phenomenal to say the least. In 28 Tests, Kohli has registered 18 wins, three losses and six draws. Overall Kohli has 18 wins and is just four away from overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s tally of Test 21 wins and become India’s second most successful captain after Dhoni (27 wins).India had scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan smashing a career-best 190 with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.Abhinav Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103.At No.3 the ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a patient 153 off 265 balls at Galle, notched up his 13th century in his landmark 50th Test.Spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a five-wicket haul each in the second match. Jadeja will miss the third and final Test after he was suspended by the ICC for dangerously throwing the ball at Sri Lanka’s nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara.last_img read more