Investigators try to understand the motivations, desires and urges behind Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock
The Chronicle's MELODY GUTIERREZ: "As investigators look for a motive in the massacre of 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, one thing is clear to criminologist Adam Lankford: The shooter knew an attack of this magnitude would draw worldwide attention to him."
"The pursuit of fame — or infamy — through mass murder has emerged as a factor in numerous mass shootings since two teens predicted on videotape that killing their classmates and teachers at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 would win them respect and that movie directors would vie to tell their story."
"A man who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Oct. 1, 2015 — exactly two years before the Las Vegas massacre — wrote admiringly of other killers in online posts before the shooting: “Seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”
READ MORE related to 'Sin City Slaughter': OP-ED: Banning full-auto devices on rifles is a start on gun laws -- Chronicle's EDITORAL BOARD; Gunman's secret life thwarts investigator's hunt for motive -- AP's MICHAEL BALSAMO/BRIAN MELLEY/KEN RITTER; High-stakes lifestyle where big bets buy the most luxury -- WaPo's KEVIN SULLIVAN/ELIZABETH DWOSKIN/KATIE ZEZIMA; The Las Vegas shooting is a reminder of the limits of stopping or preventing a sniper attack -- LA Times' RICHARD WINTON/GEOFFREY MOHAN/SARAH PARVINI/CORINA KNOLL; Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was a CSUN graduate, university confirms -- Daily News' WES WOODS
An Alameda County Superior Court commissioner has been reprimanded by the state's judicial disciplinary agency over courtroom misconduct.
The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO: "The state’s judicial disciplinary agency reprimanded a longtime Alameda County Superior Court commissioner Wednesday for insulting and cursing at a court interpreter and allowing staff members to make racist and sexist comments in his courtroom."
"It was the third time the Commission on Judicial Performance had publicly disciplined Mark Kliszewski. The commission said Kliszewski was suspended without pay for two weeks in 1996 for “discourteous and improper treatment” of a female social worker in his courtroom, and he was suspended without pay for 120 days in 2000 for misconduct, including misrepresentations in his campaign literature, during an unsuccessful election campaign for Superior Court judge."
Sacramento-area 'Dreamers' scramble as deadline arrives for keeping immigration status
Sacramento Bee's STEPHEN MAGAGNINI/ANITA CHABRIA: "Sacramento “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the United States without documentation as children, scrambled this week to complete government applications as a final deadline loomed Thursday that threatened their tenuous immigration status."
"U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sept. 5 that the government would phase out its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly called DACA. But it gave those holding the two-year work permits a chance to renew for another two years if their status was set to expire between September 2017 and March 2018. Applications, including a $495 fee, are due Thursday."
READ MORE related to Immigration: Immigration crackdown taking heavy toll on California students -- EdSource's CAROLYN JONES; I was 9 when my parents told me I was undocumented. With DACA ending, I have no idea what's next -- LA Times' BRIAN DE LOS SANTOS
The International Space Station got some new digits early this morning.