Choosing a candidate to endorse is no easy task for any political organization or labor union. The process involves a thorough review of each candidate and the questionnaire they submitted and is nothing short of labor intensive, requiring the transcription of interviews and the arduous task of pouring over past deliberations.
But the Napa-Solano Central Labor Council and Building Trades Council, an organization representing more than 40,000 employed men and women in Napa and Solano Counties, along with the Vallejo Democratic Club, have endorsed a slate of candidates for the upcoming city council election.
Two Southern California men, including a Filipino Muslim convert, were each sentenced Monday to 25 years by a federal judge for plotting to commit "violent jihad" against American overseas.
Ralph Kenneth DeLeon, 26, of Ontario and Soheil Omar Kabir, 37, of Pomona were convicted by a grand jury in September for plotting to travel to Afghanistan, join Al Qaeda and commit violent jihad against American military and government targets overseas during trial at the federal courthouse in downtown Riverside.
Despite appeals for leniency and new trial, Judge Virginia A. Phillips of the U.S. District Court for the Central District Court of California handed the same 25-year prison sentence to the defendants and lifetime supervised release by the U.S. Probation Office upon their release from custody.
Ten-year-old Filipino American Matthew McFarlin, who was recently crowned as Choi Kwang Do martial arts 14-and-under black belt state champion in Michigan, dreams of someday becoming an actor.
By DANIEL LLANTO
MANILA – Initially disavowing claims that the U.S. military provides logistical support to the Philippines in its ongoing maritime dispute with China, the U.S. Navy acknowledged on Thursday that it has begun flying its most advanced surveillance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, out of Philippine bases for patrols over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
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