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Mob Swarms Rapid Transit Train:  A mob of roughly 60 juveniles swarmed Oakland Colliseum Station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), jumped the fare gates, and took over at least one train car, robbing and beating passengers.  Demian Bulwa and Michael Cabantuan of the SF Chronicle report that the incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, as passengers were boarding the Dublin-bound train.  As members of the mob held the doors open other streamed inside, attacking and robbing passengers of purses, cell phones, and other valuables.  A BART spokesperson said that passengers being robbed by small groups at stations are not uncommon, but that this was the first time a large mob had swarmed a train. 

Illegal Sought For Oregon Sexual Assault:  A Mexican national who had been deported is the prime suspect for the February 26 sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl.  Fox News reports that police are looking for Santiago Martinez-Flores who re-entered the U.S. following his 2001 deportation after serving two years in prison for assault.  The victim awoke in her parents Portland apartment as the man she identified as Martinez-Flores was assaulting her.  She managed to break free and run to her parents' room, but Martinez-Flores had fled before they returned.  In addition to the victim's description, physical evidence linking Martinez-Flores to the crime was found at the scene.  

More Bureaucratic Delay of CA Death Penalty:  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has won approval from a state regulatory agency to further delay the implementation of the single-drug execution protocol it announced last November.   Don Thompson of the Associated Press reports that corrections officials asked for another four months to develop lethal injection regulations after some of them were rejected by the the regulatory agency five months ago.  This is kind of like one hog asking another hog if he'd like some more slop. The announced protocol is similar to those which have been used for several years in other death penalty states, including Texas.  While the California public voted twice last November to retain and speed enforcement of the death penalty, when the Governor, Attorney General, and Legislature oppose the law, they use the bureaucracy to prevent its enforcement.   


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