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Judge Judy to Remain on CBS Through 2015

LOS ANGELES | May 2, 2011

Judge JudyAfter a long-running 15 seasons that last season ranked no. 1 in daytime television, CBS Television Distribution stated on Monday that Judy Sheindlin, 68 and known as “Judge Judy,” signed a new deal to stay with CBS through 2015. “I am thrilled with the opportunity to continue this exciting second career,” Sheindlin said in a statement.

Having been a former New York judge, Sheindlin presides over small-claims cases on her daytime program. “Judge Judy” had actually been renewed until 2013 before this new agreement was reached.

The deal comes as Oprah Winfrey whose cable channel went live in January prepares to end her talk show after 25 years, leaving Sheindlin and other daytime stars to compete for the position.

Judge Judy had contemplated ending her show in 2013, but the show remains a strong competitor. In the 2009-10 season, “Judge Judy” ranked No. 1 among daytime series and became the first program in a decade to outdraw “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Sheindlin is “at the top of her game,” said John Nogawski, president of CBS Television Distribution, the show’s syndicator. She’s been the most-watched TV judge since her show’s 1996 debut.

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Swarm of Hundreds of Earthquakes Hits California-Nevada Border, Again

California Nevada Border Earthquake Swarm

HAWTHORNE | April 17, 2011

Exactly one week ago Sunday, it was reported that a swarm of more than 86 earthquakes hit the California-Nevada border with earthquakes registering up to magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale. On Saturday, another swarm of earthquakes hit the California-Nevada border, with earthquakes registering up to magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale felt by area residents as far away as Reno, Nevada.

The magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred at 5:45 p.m. 309 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 130 miles east of Sacramento and was felt in Hawthorne and Reno, Nevada. Ten minutes later, at 5:55 p.m., a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck the same area.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 253 earthquakes have registered on their seismographs for the week of April 10 to April 17, 2011. A corresponding shake map indicates that Hawthorne residents feel light to moderate shaking in the area.

The USGS noted that magnitude 4.2 and 4.4 quakes hit Hawthorne on Wednesday.

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Racist Republican Email Features Obama and His Parents As Apes

LOS ANGELES | April 16, 2011

Orange County, California is full of beautiful sprawling oceanfront homes and locale, fine dining and shopping, Disneyland and California Adventure and on its surface, makes life appear the way it should be…or should it? Orange County is also home of hate crimes where notable hate crime cases include crimes against Hispanics, Jews and homosexuals. Orange County is also a place where racism runs at an all time high where once people may have shouted at African-Americans, Jews, Hispanics and gays, but as a sign of the times, they now send it in an email.

In February 2009, Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose, an Orange County Republican, welcomed the inauguration of the first African American U.S. president by sending out an email that depicted a watermelon field in front of the White House drawing international attention. He later apologized and resigned from his position as Mayor.

On Friday, another Orange County Republican, Marilyn Davenport, continues this embarrassing newfound tradition and attempts to best the watermelon imagery with another racist attack on President Barack Obama. Davenport is a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party.

Under the words, "Now you know why no birth certificate," there’s an Obama family portrait showing them as apes. [PHOTO]

Davenport was later contacted by telephone and asked by the media if she thought the email was appropriate. Her response:

"Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it."

According to a report in the OC Weekly, Scott Baugh, chairman of the OC Republican Party, told Davenport that the email was tasteless.

"You’re not going to make a big deal about this are you?" Davenport asked reporter R. Scott Moxley in a telephone interview covering the story. "It’s just an Internet joke."

Moxley says that Baugh believes the email is a big deal.

"When I saw that email today I thought it was despicable," Baugh said. "It is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public. I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official."

Michael J. Schroeder, an Orange County resident and former chairman of the California Republican Party, also said he was disgusted.

"This is a three strikes situation for Marilyn Davenport," Schroeder said. "She was a passionate defender of former Newport Beach city councilman Dick Nichols who stated that he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because, he said, there were already ‘too many Mexicans on the beach.’ She was also on the wrong side of the fence with the Los Alamitos mayor and his White House watermelon patch picture. Now, she has managed to top both of those incidents by comparing African Americans to monkeys. She has disgraced herself and needs to resign. If she doesn’t, the Republican Party must remove her."

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