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Fox 11 News has exposed one case after another of children beaten, tortured, and left to die in abusive homes in our ongoing series, The Children Are Dying. Our sources say many of those children would be alive today if the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services had done its job. We told you about a County Grand Jury investigation into these deaths, and about the whistleblowers who risked their livelihood by coming forward to tell us about their concerns. Six months later, new sources tell us that top San Bernardino County officials have been intimidating jurors and witnesses and threatening them with prosecution, if they don’t back away from investigating CFS. "They’ve infiltrated the Grand Jury and now they’re telling the Grand Jury what to investigative, what not to investigate, and that's not the purpose of the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury is supposed to be an independent oversight of county operations when concerns are made," says one of our sources. Another tells us, "The ones that were investigating the Department of Children and Family Services knew that they were on to something. They did not want to back down and, before you know it, the grand jury legal advisor has threatened them with potential lawsuits if they print something that is considered defamation." The legal advisor they are referring to is Deputy District Attorney Michael Dauber. He declined an interview with Fox 11 News, saying he couldn't answer questions because of Grand Jury confidentiality laws. San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos did sit down for an interview with us. He denied all of the allegations made against the legal advisor who reports to the D.A.’s office.  During the interview, reporter Gina Silva asked him about the new allegations, "Telling witnesses that they can not reveal information because they could be prosecuted, is that something that a legal advisor should be doing?" Ramos responded, "That’s not only something he shouldn’t be doing, but he has not done it. That has not happened in a Grand Jury proceeding."  But attorney Valerie Ross, who represents a witness who testified before the County Grand jury, says the legal advisor did interfere with the Grand Jury investigation. Ross says, "I got a call from the legal advisor who told me that if my client testified, he’d be committing a crime." Ross says the legal advisor did not elaborate, but she took the warning seriously and told her client to leave the Grand Jury immediately. "My conclusion was there was an effort to interfere. A witness doesn’t usually get in trouble for answering a Grand Jury’s question. A witness gets in trouble for failing or refusing to answer a question," says Ross. Perhaps most disturbing is the allegation that a lead juror was removed from the Grand Jury because he refused to stop investigating CFS and he was suspected of being one of our sources.  D.A. Ramos had this to say, "As far as the individual that was removed, that’s a decision that’s made by a Superior Court judge, the presiding judge." A disheartened source says, "The report will come out that the county has cleaned up its act, that there’s no more issues." Meanwhile, our sources say, the problems with CFS continue. "There hasn’t been any change. We’re still having children dying at alarming rates. We’re still having children left in homes where they should be removed." Ramos says our sources should take their evidence to him, so he can launch an investigation. "If they really want us to take a look at it, they need to come to me, come to my office," says Ramos.  But that’s not something these sources are comfortable doing. They say their only hope now is for an outside agency like the State Attorney General’s Office or the FBI to investigate San Bernardino County. #CFS
Fox 11 News has exposed one case after another of children beaten, tortured, and left to die in abusive homes in our ongoing series, The Children Are Dying. Our sources say many of those children would be alive today if the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services had done its job.
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Gina hello my name is rayven shankles. I have been watching you for years now I love what you do for children. I have two beautiful little girls myself a one year old an an a two year old both girls. There names are kacee an bailey guilherme. See last year on November5 2015 sanberdino CFS ruined my life. Me an my finance got falesly accused of abuse to my children because I did not allow them to come in to my home . I don't know where else to go with my story but its killing us everyday that goes by without my baby . they have been really giving us the run around its really killing me to see my daughter once every week for two hours and she has a rash now for a month she's swollen she wants to come home it's been a struggle my other daughter has a genetic problems that has her at a sub a cute center for the whole time she's been alive gina please help there's children dying but there's also parents that are getting abused my life and soul is being a mother thank u 
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They hit the pavement early in the morning, running through the streets of skid row in Los Angeles with an important goal in mind. “Making a new start,” says one of the runners. That’s what all of the men in this running group want—a better life. Some have been homeless, all are recovering addicts now training to run marathons with Craig Mitchell. 
Mitchell started the Midnight Mission Running Club. When he’s not out pounding the pavement with the group, he’s behind the bench at LA’s Superior Criminal Court house. He says, “It certainly provides a great balance for me as a judge to realize that in a different setting, the same people that I sent to state prison or to county jail, with the right supportive services in a different context, their lives can be rebuilt.” Since the program started four years ago, there have been numerous success stories. Judge Mitchell says it comes down to realizing that one person’s mistake does not define them in their entirety. He says, “There are times as a judge that I have to lower the boom and it’s appropriate to protect the community to punish someone for what they did, but before I was a judge, before I entered the law, I was a high school teacher for 17 years and it instilled in me a sense of what people are capable of if they’re given the right tools set.” Most of the men in this club were not really into running until they met Judge Mitchell, since then, some have completed international marathons. This year, they plan to run the LA Marathon and another one in the Vietnam. No doubt, Judge Mitchell is making a difference.
It’s expensive to run international marathons. Judge Mitchell pays for a lot of the costs but the group keeps growing and funds are in need. If you wold like to help, you can make donations to the MidnightMission.org and specify for running program or text Run16 to 71777.
They hit the pavement early in the morning, running through the streets of skid row in Los Angeles with an important goal in mind. “Making a new start,” says one of the runners.
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A lot of Judges could use the same education
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Some people truly inspire me. Robert Egger is one of them. Egger says he's a child of the 60's and he has that feeling inside of wanting to be a part of something bigger than himself. He says, "When I was a kid, giants were on this earth. I lived in southern California when Kennedy was assassinated. I was here when Dr. King was assassinated. I was here when Cesar Chavez ended his 25 day fast. I witnessed these things as a child. How could I do anything else with my life than try to be a part of making this world a bigger, better place." That's exactly what Egger has done for the last 27 years running 'DC Central Kitchen'. He's employed the unemployable and fed millions of people. Now, he wants to do the same thing in Los Angeles. Tonight I have a story on his new project--'LA Kitchen' and the people who are changing their lives thanks to Egger. Thank you caring Robert! 👍🏼😊#LAKitchen #MuchMoreThanCharity #FeedingHope
“Charity is often times about the redemption of the giver not the liberation of the receiver and I just wanted to set up a system where everybody who comes here can be liberated,” says Robert Egger. For the last 27 years, Egger has been liberating thousands of people in Washington DC. through “DC Central Kitchen." A place that has been employing the un-employable...
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The flag remains.
There is a lot of damage in Lake Hughes. Many homes filled with mud and water. The storm lasted about 30 minutes but it was strong enough to trap cars in their tracks and move a house 200 feet! Yet, the flag stayed in tact. #RedWhiteAndBlue #OldGlory #StarAndStripes #StarsAndBars #LakeHughes 
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Wow, that's crazy +Gina Silva​. Is there much more rain to come? 
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UPDATE on our series The Children Are Dying.
Fox 11 News has learned that a San Bernardino County Grand Jury investigation into the Department of Children And Family Services has ground to a halt. Sources tell us that the very people who were supposed to help the grand jury investigate DCFS, threatened witnesses who wanted to testify and pressured grand jurors to drop the investigation. Sources say those threats are coming from the San Bernardino District Attorney's office. Tonight at 10 on Fox 11, DA Mike Ramos responds to those allegations. #CFS   #SanBernardino   #MIkeRamos   #DeadBabies  
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Wtf is wrong with this world
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Hungry for tacos??? How about Trejo's Tacos? 


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It’s busy in the kitchen of Trejo’s Tacos. The cooks are prepping for their big opening coming soon.
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At the Busy Bee Cafe, 44 year old Taras "Rush" Tanasson was taking a break from the pouring rain in Ventura. He asked the workers if he could come inside while the storm passed. On our way out, Rush smiled and began telling us his story. 
Rush: "For 15 years, I worked with computers, I started my IT career with IBM. I worked for Exxon Mobil and I worked for the government of Canada".
Gina: "How do you go from having a job like that to being homeless?"
Rush: "My ex found someone else and I could not cope with the idea and that slowly eroded my sanity to the brink where I was about to do something bad. 
(Rush says he left his home and began using drugs. Shortly after, he says he had a mental breakdown because he began hearing voices.)
Rush: "Yes, many at the same time."
Gina: "What are these voices saying to you?"
Rush: "All kinds of things. It’s like a feeling that starts with uneasiness. Somewhere at the edge of your consciousness and then it creeps in, to the moment that you feel that’s not you anymore. Your thoughts are overwhelmed by some thoughts coming from the outside but it's not your thoughts because you could never think of something like that."
(Rush has moments of clarity. He says most people he comes across, have no clue the kind of hardship he or any homeless person is dealing with.)
Rush: "They can try it for a weekend... just pretend they’re homeless... leave their house alone and just go outside with no money and poorer clothes to see how they are treated and maybe they'll be a little bit more compassionate next time when they see somebody, shriveling and miserable and yearning for a little bit of warmth." 
I'll have his story tonight at 10pm on Fox 11.@myfoxla‪#‎ElNiño‬ ‪#‎Homeless‬ ‪#‎mental‬ illness
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Freddie Aguilar is 48 years old and living on the street. He was taking cover from the rain today at a tiny strip mall in Sunland. I had a conversation with him about the weather and asked how he ended up homeless. This is what Freddie said...
"I’m living on the street because my girl died of cancer of the uterus in 2012. When she was sick, I wasn’t going to leave her in the hospital for two months battling the disease that she had. I lost everything because of her and I didn’t care. It was all material stuff, the one thing I miss is her. I would have sold my soul to the devil for her, that’s how much I loved her. Her name was Flor Marlene Bryant. When you lose material things, it’s just material things but when you lose somebody you love, it hurts more than anything.”
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I've been homeless and for different reasons than this man. There's more people out there with the same story. You would be surprised how few people even care the reasons why. Some of the people that are homeless have given up for reasons that would break anyone
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Years ago, I saw a beautiful image of Antelope Canyon.  I almost bought it, but then I thought, one day I'll go and take my own photos. I did. :) 
Check out the images on my personal photo website. 
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 Hope you enjoy them. #AntelopeCanyon   #NaturalBeauty   #Nature  
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My interview with singer Lila Downs and the photos of a quick portrait session.   #LilaDowns   
Grammy winner Lila Downs is currently on tour encouraging people to share their personal stories of heartbreak, struggles and success--all while entertaining audiences with her beautiful music.
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I'm a News Reporter and a Portrait Photographer.  

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