That trust was shaken

That trust was shaken by a series of failures in the agency’s critical job of protecting the president, including a breach Sept. 19, when a knife-carrying man climbed over the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue and made it deep into the executive mansion before being stopped.

Republicans quickly served notice that Pierson’s resignation and the inquiry ordered by Johnson would not end their investigation.

Some revelations came from whistleblowers who contacted Chaffetz, and he suggested more damaging stories may emerge. “Unfortunately there are more out there and we’ll see how that goes,” he said.

After a congressional hearing Tuesday into the Sept. 19 breach and an earlier one, reports emerged of still another. Earlier in September, Obama had shared an elevator in Atlanta with a private guard who was not authorized to be around him with a gun. That was the first known Secret Service failure to unfold in the presence of the president. The first family was not at the White House when the recent intruder entered.

The White House learned about the Atlanta episode only about when lawmakers and the public did — when the Washington Examiner and The Washington Post reported it, Earnest said.

standard prison-issue

Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.

A lawyer for defendant Omar J. Gonzalez, David Bos, entered the plea on his client’s behalf in a 20-minute proceeding that grew contentious because of a disagreement between Bos and U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson.

Wearing a standard prison-issue orange jump suit, Gonzalez sat attentively at the defense table, but did not address the court.

Robinson wants Gonzalez to undergo a forensic screening to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Bos opposed that, telling reporters he does not want to provide the government with an extensive amount of information about his client that would be revealed by a forensic screening.

Bos said Gonzalez is competent to stand trial, an assertion that marked the start of a dispute over whether Gonzalez will have to undergo the screening.

start to October baseball

Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game.

Quite a start to October baseball — even if this one appeared to be over with plenty of time to spare in September. But in a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the A’s lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.

It was the final collapse in a season that looked so promising this summer. The A’s raced out to a 7-3 lead by the sixth inning, but the Royals countered with three runs in the eighth. Nori Aoki’s sacrifice fly off Sean Doolittle in the ninth forced extra innings.

Kansas City squandered chances in the next couple of innings, as midnight came and went on the East Coast and the tension continued to build. Rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, just drafted in June, pitched two scoreless innings but walked Josh Reddick to start the 12th.

As he spoke later

plans for nominating candidates and to hold an election, than to stick with the current system of having an Election Commission choose the chief executive.

“It is definitely better to have universal suffrage than not,” Leung said. “It is definitely better to have the chief executive elected by 5 million eligible voters than by 1,200 people. And it is definitely better to cast your vote at the polling station than to stay home and watch on television the 1,200 members of the Election Committee cast their votes.”

As he spoke later to a group of dignitaries, pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung shouted for him to step down before he was bundled away by security. Local councilor Paul Zimmerman held up a yellow umbrella. The umbrella has become a symbol of the nonviolent civil disobedience movement because it has been used by protesters to deflect police pepper spray.

“I’m here today with the yellow umbrella because it stands against the shooting of tear gas at the children of Hong Kong. I think we have destroyed the values of Hong Kong earlier this weekend by shooting tear gas at children,” Zimmerman said.

China took control of Hong Kong under an arrangement that guaranteed its 7 million people semi-autonomy, Western-style civil liberties and eventual democratic freedoms that are denied to Chinese living on the communist-ruled mainland.

The facts of the investigation

Sheriff’s homicide detectives detained and interviewed Levette Crespo after the shooting death Tuesday of her husband Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, but determined no arrests will yet be made in the case, Sheriff’s Deputy Crystal Hernandez said.

The facts of the investigation will be turned over to prosecutors who will decide whether to file charges.

Paramedics were called to a Bell Gardens condominium shortly after 2:30 p.m. Crespo, 45, and his wife, Levette Crespo, 43, had gotten into an argument, Hernandez said. Their son, Daniel Jr., 19, tried to intervene, and Crespo got into a struggle with him, she said.

Levette Crespo got a gun and shot her husband several times in the torso, Hernandez said. He later died at a hospital.

Both Levette Crespo and Daniel Crespo Jr. were taken in for questioning a suburb of about 43,000, is located about 18 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Crespo was elected to the City Council in 2001. The council is a part-time job and members take turns serving as mayor.

The city’s website Tuesday night had an image of a black bow and a statement from Mayor Pro Tem Priscilla Flores and three councilmembers that said the shooting doesn’t appear to be related to Crespo’s mayoral activities.

“Our thoughts and prayers should be with Mayor Crespo’s family at this tragic time,” the statement said.

Crespo had been a county deputy probation officer for 15 years, according to the website. However, county

an armed federal contractor

an armed federal contractor rode on an elevator with Obama and his security detail while the president was visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the Washington Examiner reported. The Washington Post reported similar details and added that the man had three convictions for assault and battery. The office of Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who has helped lead Congress’ investigation, said a whistleblower had provided him the same details.

The gun was discovered only because the contractor was questioned after he persisted in taking video of Obama on the elevator, the reports said. The contractor was immediately fired by his employers.

A Secret Service official confirmed the incident reported by the newspapers but declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation of the event.

Was Obama informed? It was unclear. But Pierson, under questioning at the hearing, said that she is the one who briefs Obama on threats to his personal security and that she had d briefed him only once this year, “for the Sept. 19 incident.”

The latest embarrassment

an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports.

The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service comes after agency Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday took full responsibility for a Sept. 19 breach of security when a man carrying a knife got into the White House. The Washington Examiner and The Washington Post reported that the elevator incident took place during Obama’s Sept. 16 visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The Post said agents questioned the contractor and discovered his criminal history after he refused to stop video recording the president with a phone camera.

Agents didn’t know he was armed until a supervisor fired the contractor on the spot and the man turned over his gun, the newspapers said.

A Secret Service spokesman confirmed the incident but declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation of the event.

The initial symptoms of Ebola

Frieden said the man arrived from Liberia on Sept. 20 but didn’t start feeling ill until Sept. 24. He sought medical treatment at Texas Health Dallas on Friday, Sept. 26, before being sent home. He was then transported by ambulance back to the hospital on Sunday, Sept. 28.

“The initial symptoms of Ebola are often nonspecific … they are symptoms that may be associated with many other conditions,” Frieden said. “That’s why we have encouraged all emergency department physicians to take a history of travel within the last 21 days.”

Along with all other passengers, the patient’s temperature was taken as a matter of precaution when he left Liberia for the U.S. on Sept. 19. Because he didn’t show a fever then, Frieden said, officials have no immediate plans to make the man’s flight information public.

The CDC has a team en route to North Texas to help health officials retrace the man’s whereabouts since he has been in the states. Officials characterized the patient as having close contact with about a “handful” of family members while in Dallas.

“While it is not impossible that there could be additional cases associated with this patient in coming weeks, I have no doubt that we will contain this,” Frieden said. “… as long the outbreak continues in Africa we need to be on our guard.”

Sunday around Noon

Sunday around Noon, but the most entertaining part of the week for the USA side may have come off the course in the post-event press conference. All 12 members sat on a dais for a joint press conference, and thankfully Phil Mickelson was seated on the far left, well away from Tom Watson’s position in the center.

In a horribly tense and awkward press conference for the USA team, but delightfully entertaining for the audience, Mickelson savaged Watson’s captaincy this week, and did so on several occasions. The most notable critique was the overall Team USA deviation from the 2008 “pod” strategy put in place by then-captain Paul Azinger.

On the course after his match, Mickleson lobbed a comparable grenade in talking to Golf Channel’s Steve Sands, questioning why they had “strayed” from the 2008 strategy. They were shots at Captain Watson, whether indirect or direct, and his strategy for this losing year. Here’s video of Phil’s presser comments holding up the 2008 strategy against what

multi-billion dollar juggernaut

Since then it’s transformed into a multi-billion dollar juggernaut.

The company boasts a huge market share: roughly half of all video cameras sold in the U.S. are GoPros.

Thrill seekers around the world first adopted it, and partnerships with pro athletes like surfer Kelly Slater and snowboarder Shawn White brought it to the mainstream.

But GoPro is now growing up, moving beyond adventure sports, to the masses.

The cameras are now used — and marketed — for everyday life.

New mounts are opening up new possibilities and low cost drones are allowing users to see things from an entirely new perspective.

The company went public back in June, and in typical fashion, Woodman caught it all on camera – with a GoPro of course.

Like the cameras they sell, its stock is soaring to new heights, nearly quadrupling since the company’s initial public offering.

With 10 million cameras sold, and sales expected to top $1 billion this year, there’s no telling where GoPro will go.