first_imgHedrick throws support to HerreraRepublicans wasted no time going on the offensive in the 3rd Congressional District race Wednesday after Democrat Denny Heck and Republican Jaime Herrera placed in the top two in the Washington primary.“Denny Heck will be a rubber stamp for the Nancy Pelosi agenda of bloated government and more spending,” the National Republican Campaign Committee and the Herrera campaign warned in a joint statement.Citing Heck’s public statements, the GOP said he was on the record as supporting more than $1.8 trillion in new federal spending.Herrera campaign spokesman Casey Bowman said the $1.8 trillion figure includes the estimated $1 trillion cost of implementing health care reform, the $787 billion stimulus bill Congress passed last year, and the $26 billion “state bailout” Congress appropriated last week to help states cover Medicaid costs and protect schoolteacher jobs. “I believe government needs to go the opposite direction, let employers invest their own money in job creation, and get people back to work,” Herrera said in the statement. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Heck campaign fired back with an accusation that Herrera, by opposing the $26 billion state bailout, favors protecting tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas.last_img read more

first_imgHANOVER, N.H. — Surging Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain came under fire for his 9-9-9 tax plan in a debate Tuesday night, as rivals sought to slow his sudden momentum into the top tier of contenders for the GOP nomination.“I thought it was the price of a pizza,” said former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman of the proposal from Cain, a former CEO of the Godfathers pizza chain. “We need something that’s doable, doable, doable.”“The last thing you would do is give Congress another pipeline at a revenue stream,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. “Once you get another revenue stream, you’re never going to get rid of it.”Cain, who’s rocketed into first or second place in several national and early-state polls, jumped to defend his proposal to replace the federal income tax with a 9 percent national sales tax, a 9 percent flat personal income tax and a 9 percent flat corporate income tax.“It will pass,” Cain said. “It’s been well studied and well developed. … It will pass because the American people want it to pass.”last_img read more

first_imgSix to Sunset concerts (6 to 8 p.m.)July 12: Hit Machine (hits from the 70s/80s).July 19: Patrick Lamb Band.July 26: Stone in Love (Journey Tribute).Aug. 2: Petty Fever (Tom Petty Tribute).Aug. 9: Radical Revolution (80s music revolt).Terry Lee Noon Hour Concerts(Noon to 1 p.m.)July 11: The Shwing Daddies.July 18: Justin Klump.July 25: Key of Dreams.Aug. 1: JVA.Aug. 7: Aaron Meyer.Aug. 15: The New Iberians.Friday Night Movies at Esther Short Park (dusk)July 6: “School of Rock.”July 13: “Jurassic Park.”July 20: “WALL-E.”Friday Night Movies at LeRoy Haagen Community Park (dusk)July 27: “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Strange Tides.”Aug. 3: “E.T.”Walking through Esther Short Park at 6 p.m. on a summer Thursday night, chances are you’ll see a sea of people on blankets and lawn chairs. You’ll smell kettle corn, catch kids dancing, and even blocks away you’ll hear the faint sounds of summertime jams — typically songs from the 60s and 70s.The Riverview Six to Sunset concert series is celebrating its 26th year of music. About 5,000 people packed into the downtown park for the first of six free Thursday evening concerts this summer.Any stranger to the concert series should make sure to get to the park early to find a good seat.“We had people coming in at 3 o’clock with their chairs and blankets,” said Stacy Donovan, special events manager for the city of Vancouver.The Beatles tribute band Abbey Road Live!, described by band member Dave Domizi as “the Beatles with a pulse,” kicked off the series. Concertgoers hopped up to dance and sing along to the first song, “Back in the U.S.S.R.”The series mostly features Northwest acts.“As the only local community bank in Clark County, we take it seriously, giving back,” said Scott Miller, senior vice president of marketing at Riverview Community Bank, the lead sponsor of the series.last_img read more

first_imgWhat: Couvapalooza, a rock festival to support music programs in Clark County schools.When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.Where: Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver.Cost: $18 at the gate, $30 for VIP access.Info: Parties:When: After 10 p.m. Saturday.What: The Q Nightclub, 704 Main St., will host Varlet, Lunic, Melvoy and Liftoff; Malibu’s, 115 E. Seventh St., will host The Gallery, LA Velvet and New Liberty.Cost: $5 cover.Lovebomb Go-GoAnthony John/Vinyl DJVarletThe GalleryPeter ChungOne From ManyOiseau BleuLunicLA VelvetBattle Ground High School Jazz BandNew LibertyMelvoyLiftoffHeidi Hahn-Troxler and her husband, Michael Troxler, really wanted to bring something special home to Vancouver after their second trip to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.But a “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirt and cowboy-hat-wearing stuffed armadillo just didn’t seem to cut it.So, they got a better idea — why not bring some of the bands back? Not just a recording of the bands, but the actual musicians.And that’s how, just a few months ago, the concept of Couvapalooza was born.“As soon as we got home from the festival, we thought: ‘How can we pull these bands together here?’” Hahn-Troxler said. “That was late March, and we’ve been going like gangbusters ever since.”Troxler is a financial planner who works with musicians and other clients across the country. This is the second year he’s had a booth with his wife at South by Southwest.last_img read more

first_imgLocal law enforcement waits for guidance.Washington voters on Tuesday opened a whole new market to legitimize marijuana growing, packaging and selling and also created a potentially lucrative new source of state tax revenue. And despite its narrow defeat in Clark County, the statewide passage of Initiative 502 to legalize recreational pot use among adults effectively thumbed its nose at the federal government’s long-standing anti-marijuana policy. Possession in small amounts becomes legal on Dec. 6 in Washington, based on the initiative. Posession still may be risky for non-medical users because state law is trumped by federal law, which classifies pot as a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. That’s why local businesses say they need more answers before they’ll feel comfortable stocking their store shelves with marijuana for sale, said Bobby Saberi, co-owner of Mary Jane’s House of Glass, a Vancouver-based chain of nine head shops. His chain’s eight Washington stores won’t dispense marijuana without some assurance the activity would be tolerated on a federal level, Saberi said. That question could be part of a year-long discussion state officials anticipate as they craft rules for implementing Initiative 502, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesman for the Washington state Liquor Control Board, which will regulate marijuana shops.last_img read more

first_img Three political newcomers have their sights set on unseating Battle Ground City Councilman Mike Ciraulo.Cherish DesRochers, Richard Brown and Lyle Lamb are campaigning for Ciraulo’s Position 1 seat. And the busiest council race among Clark County’s small cities has turned testy as Ciraulo hikes the Pacific Crest Trail with his two sons.Brown and others have accused Ciraulo of flip-flopping on developing a community pool. Ciraulo is in favor of a proposal calling for the city to work with the YMCA and possibly the school district to build a pool. But while serving as mayor five years ago, Ciraulo was skeptical of a pool proposal advanced by former Councilman Paul Zandamela.Brown questions the timing of Ciraulo’s support for the new pool project and the idea of issuing bonds to pay for it.“I think there are other (funding) avenues the city could look at,” he said.Brown said as mayor he’d work to lower the burden on taxpayers.For his part, Ciraulo has taken to Facebook to dispute that he’s flip-flopping and using a popular project to advance his campaign.In a post on the social network Tuesday, Ciraulo wrote that he was disappointed his opponents were using his absence to “lie about the facts concerning the pool project in Battle Ground.”He said he opposed one proposal to build a community pool several years ago because there were already ongoing discussions with the YMCA to work with the city on the project. In recent months, a community group has revived the proposal, Ciraulo wrote, so he’s supporting it at the council level. On Monday, in Ciraulo’s absence, council voted to push back future discussions of the pool project until after the Nov. 5 election.Ciraulo, who’s served on city council for more than a decade, said he wants to continue serving on city council.His opponents say it’s time to bring new views to council. One is putting money behind his convictions.Lamb, an active Republican precinct committee officer, has raised $1,610 in campaign donations, according to Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission.Changes need to occur on the city council, he said. In particular, he said, the city’s budget should be cut to reflect how people in the community are still being affected by the recession. Mike Ciraulolast_img read more

first_imgBomb experts were sent to Hathaway Park in Washougal after someone reported finding a suspicious container.The container turned out to be someone’s attempt to make a primitive explosive device, said Washougal police Sgt. Brad Chicks. Washougal police went to the lower part of the park, just north of Hathaway Elementary School, after a fisherman found a suspicious-looking container made out of a spray can. The police called in the metro bomb squad to check it out. “Anything that looks like a device, we don’t touch it,” Hicks said. Technicians from Vancouver and Portland examined the device from a distance and then dissembled it after determining it couldn’t ignite. Although the bomb technicians deemed the primitive bomb benign, they lauded the Washougal Police Department for taking the precaution to call it in.last_img read more

first_imgISLAMABAD — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday — the country’s first executions in years — after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban school massacre this week that killed 148, most of them children. Pakistan also stepped up an offensive against the militants in the country’s northwest, along the border with Afghanistan, with warplanes and ground forces pounding their hideouts. A total of 77 militants were killed in the operation, which started late Thursday and went on throughout the day Friday.The school massacre earlier this week stunned the country and brought cries for retribution. In the wake of the mass killing, the military has struck targets in the Khyber tribal region and approved the death penalty for six convicted terrorists. The home minister for Punjab province where the two convicted men were hung confirmed their deaths.“We have started these executions by hanging two terrorists,” Shuja Khanzada told The Associated Press. He identified the two men as Mohammed Aqeel and Arshad Mahmood and said they were executed at a prison in the central Punjabi city of Faisalabad.“Today’s executions of terrorists will boost the morale of the nation, and we are planning to hang more terrorists next week,” he said.last_img read more

first_img LONGVIEW — The Woodland police chief says no charges will be filed against a school principal who gave her prescription inhaler to a student having an asthma attack.Chief Phillip Crochet says Woodland Middle School Principal Cari Thomson may have acted illegally by sharing a prescription medication, but it may have saved the boy’s life.The Daily News reports the father of the seventh-grader is sure Thomson was trying to help his son last month, but he worried her inhaler was too strong for him.Thomson is on leave while the district investigates other complaints brought by teachers and parents. Cari Thomson, Woodland Middle School principallast_img read more

first_img Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange Load More RelatedPosts Australian casino operator Crown Resorts has scored a major win for its AU$2.2 billion development at Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct after the Supreme Court of NSW found that the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) had breached an agreement between the two regarding lines of sight.The ruling comes four months after Crown commenced legal proceedings against the BDA in relation to a proposed development within the same area that threatens the expansive views of Sydney Harbour that Crown Sydney is set to enjoy once complete in 2021. Crown and its development partner Lendlease had previously signed a Crown Development Agreement with the BDA based on the original concept plan for the area which, among other stipulations, required the BDA to “negotiate in good faith” with both companies on any proposed developments that differed from the concept plan.In a judgement delivered on Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the BDA, “has breached the development agreements between it, Crown Sydney Property and two Lendlease parties.“This was because the Authority had considered various bids to develop Central Barangaroo without first discussing and negotiating, with Crown and Lendlease, ways to retain the sight lines that the Crown and Lendlease buildings would otherwise enjoy to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.”The court described the views as being “of great value to Crown and Lendlease respectively.”Justice Robert MacDougall is set make his orders in the case on Monday.When complete, Crown Sydney will stand 271-meters tall and boast a six-star hotel, Sydney’s most expensive residential apartments and a casino designated exclusively for VIPs.Barangaroo will also make Crown the only company operating casinos in each of Australia’s two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.last_img read more

first_imgNeed to know:Any employer looking to roll out a share scheme internationally will need to conduct a thorough analysis and overview of the legal and tax regulations of the country it is looking to expand into.Some countries may have a more advanced savings culture than others or different economic outlooks.Understanding any obligations between religious and legal systems is also important. A good share scheme can boost engagement and improve recruitment and retention, so it is not surprising that more and more employers are looking to roll out an international share scheme across their workforce. When it comes to rolling out an international scheme, however, there are a number of factors employers must take into consideration.Expanding a share scheme into new territories can seem a daunting and complex process, says Gabbi Stopp, head of employee share ownership at industry body IFS Proshare. “First, the organisation will need to establish why it is that it wants to expand abroad,” she explains. “What benefits will expansion of the plan bring to the organisation and its employees in the jurisdictions being considered? Can the organisation be sure of an acceptable level of take-up, as a return on its investment and launch plus ongoing costs?”Local tax considerationsThe employer will then need to provide a thorough analysis and overview of the legal and tax regulations of the country it is looking to expand into. It will also need to consider how the expansion fits in with its overall share plan vision and assess how complex the process will be.“Appointing experienced advisers with a good global network of partner firms or presence in key jurisdictions is a decision that should be taken early in the process,” says Stopp. “They will provide analysis of the legal and the tax requirements for local nationals and the local entity, and mobile employees, whereby employees on secondment or permanently transferred to work outside the UK may be liable to two different tax regimes under different jurisdictions, may also need to be taken into account.”It is vitally important to have an in-depth knowledge of local customs and practices of whichever country an employer is looking to expand into, says Paul Randall, partner and head of employee benefits and incentives at law firm Ashurst. “Whether these are simply cultural or formal legal and regulatory ones, a failure to appreciate local customs and practices can result in anything from merely low or nil take-up, after a lot of effort and expense,” he says.For example, provider Computershare adminsters a share plan for global employer Evraz in Russia and has noted cultural differences (see case study box). Naz Sarkar, chief executive officer (CEO) at Computershare, says: “Few large [employers] operating in Russia have employee share plans, partly as a result of difficult regulatory challenges, and Evraz was also one of the first firms to introduce a long-term incentive plan (L-tip) for its employees. As a consequence, developing a comprehensive understanding of regulations and tailoring its share plan was vital to its success.”Understanding any obligations between religious and legal systems is also important. Stopp says: “In Islamic countries, for instance, share plans will probably need to be Sharia compliant in order to gain traction and participation from local employees within the workforce.”Savings cultureSome countries may also have a more advanced savings culture than others or different economic outlooks. “It is an economic reality that employees in different countries may earn more or less depending on market conditions and pay levels in their geographical area,” adds Stopp. “The less disposable income an employee has, the less likely it is that investing in share plans will be a priority.”Employers also need to ensure staff are aware that shares might be bought and sold in a specific currency that may not always be the same as their own. This is a particularly important factor with a stock purchase plan. Furthermore, some international employees may prefer the cash option. “Sometimes, after investigating the local position, [employers] may choose to implement a plan in a given country on a cash-only basis to avoid issues revolving around the use of equity but to ensure that the relevant employees don’t feel left out of a group-wide plan,” Randall explains.As in all things, the job needs enough time to be done properly. As Randall says: “[Employers should] consider the merits carefully at the very outset and, in doing this, take sound advice from the advisers if [they] decide to proceed. Ensure that there is someone at the core who will take principal responsibility for the project, and that he or she has the time, resources, budget and support to see it through.”Evraz offers share plan to Russian employees Steel, mining and vanadium business Evraz offers employee share plans to its 105,000 employees in Russia, Ukraine, the US, Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, South Africa and Kazakhstan.In Russia, the organisation has offered a long-term incentive plan (L-tip), administered by Computershare, since 2012. Employees are able to access details of their plan through an online portal and trade through a broker in real time, with proceeds being paid into their local account in their chosen currency within five working days. The process is assisted by the use of an automated payment system that is tailored to the local banks’ requirements.Across all eight countries in which Evraz operates, information about the share plan portal is provided for employees in the local language. Staff also gave access to a native-speaking client relationship manager to help with their enquiries.When implementing its schemes understanding local cultures and practices was essential. For example, in Russia there was a far more ingrained distrust of internet-based services. Therefore, Evraz has to reflect this in the way it operates its share plan, and the way it talks about it to employees.Its uses a range of communication methods through the share plans portal, direct post or email to help to foster a relationship between employee and employer, which can lead to a wider understanding of the plan as members share their experiences with colleagues.Evraz also had to overcome a number of legislative challenges to introduce a share plan in Russia’s emerging market. Marat Murtazin, head of the incentive programmes department at Evraz, says: “The main difficulty was the difference in taxation so we studied and reviewed it carefully with the help of consultants.“[We needed] to take into account local practices but still try to keep an original concept of the programme. I think that’s why we were able to make a success of it.” Viewpoint: Employers need to determine their objectives in extending a share plan internationallyExtending a share plan internationally is no longer an exception and the considerations for a small organisation extending participation into three jurisdictions and a multinational group operating a plan in 80 countries will be the same.The employer should first determine its objectives in extending the plan overseas, typically to strengthen group identity and cohesiveness.If the UK plan is a tax-advantaged arrangement, for example, an all-employee sharesave plan, the employer should decide whether it wishes to operate the plan, where possible, on a tax-efficient basis overseas. This may require changes in its operation, so that if simplicity is a stronger preference, this objective will be disregarded.Due diligence of the countries in which the plan will be operated is strongly advised, to pick up any showstoppers, such as exchange control or securities requirements, or prohibitions on local residents owning foreign assets. A phantom arrangement, not using actual shares, can instead be offered in the relevant jurisdiction(s).Will a basic due diligence check, also known as a database or desktop review, providing non-specific information on key due diligence areas or a full due diligence check, involving liaison with local lawyers for specific advice on the employer’s circumstances, be used? This will depend on matters such as the number of employees in a relevant jurisdiction, if a jurisdiction is known as being tricky, and the employer’s budget. Many organisations apply a combined approach, using a database due diligence in some countries, and a full due diligence exercise in others.The tax rules in each country should be understood, as well as local cultural and religious practices. For instance, adaptations may be necessary to take account of Sharia law requirements. Likewise, employers may translate documents, even if not legally required, to promote employee engagement, checking the translation locally to avoid any misunderstandings.Lynette Jacobs is a partner at Pinsent Masonslast_img read more

first_imgA third (32%) of all UK adults in full-time employment have suffered from poor mental health in the workplace. However, more than two-fifths (44%) of these individuals have never disclosed their issues to a manager, according to research by health technology organisation Mynurva.The survey of over 2,000 employees also found that, among sufferers, 37% have never sought any professional help for their mental health problems, with men (42%) being more likely not to seek help than women (32%).More than half (55%) of sufferers stated that they feared admitting their problems to a manager as it might hinder their chances of a promotion.Dr Zain Sikafi, chief executive and founder of Mynurva, said: “The research shines a light on just how many people in full-time work across the UK are suffering in silence with their mental health problems. Clearly, employees still live in fear of what will happen to their careers and colleague relationships if they were to open up about the problems they are facing, and this is a serious concern.”Approximately three-fifths (59%) of respondents to the survey believed that if their mental health issues became common knowledge in the office then it would negatively affect their relationships with colleagues, with the figure rising to 71% among workers aged between 18 and 34. A similar percentage (58%) said they worried that their mental health problems would not remain confidential if they were to discuss them in the workplace.Sikafi added: “Society is certainly taking positive steps forward in talking more and more about mental health, but evidently there is still much more to be done in a professional context. Stress, anxiety and depression significantly impact employees and their organisations, and so people must have the support and confidence they need to talk about their problems and seek the help they need.”last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida stadium looks more and more like it’s ready to rock for the Miami Dolphins home opener.7Skyforce HD hovered above Hard Rock Stadium as workers installed new gold and purple signage, just in time for the Sept. 25 game against the Cleveland Browns.The stadium officially received its new name last month.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A county bus and a car collided in Miami, Monday afternoon.According to officials, the car was T-boned near a bus stop in the area of Northeast 69th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, .Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was on the scene, but no one was transported to the hospital.No serious injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – NASA’s Curiosity rover spotted a mysterious object sitting on the surface of Mars, leaving many people asking: Is it a sign of alien life or just space debris?A high-definition image that surfaced online this week shows what appears to be a metal object reflecting light on the red planet.The image dates back to March, but it was recently posted to Reddit. Some say it was an object left behind by aliens. Others say it’s probably entry debris left behind by the rover itself.One user posted, “Uh nasa? UFO Caught on Mars Rover Mission? Is this real?”Real or not, the image has sparked a large debate.“It might look like a spaceship, but as usual the picture is out-of-focus and there is no guide to tell the viewer how big or small this object is,” Nigel Watson, author of UFO Investigations Manual, told the Daily Mail.NASA has not offered any insight as to what the object is. last_img read more

first_imgNORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a shoplifter who stuffed products down his pants at a convenience store.Surveillance video showed a man casually walking around the 7-Eleven store near 81st Street and West McNab Road when he started to grab items and put them in his pants.At one point, he stopped to grab a drink from the refrigerator, drank it, then grabbed other things as he walked out with his stolen stash.According to officials, the robbery happened in North Lauderdale 10 days ago.If you recognize him, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski took advantage of the sunny weather to mark Palm Sunday.The archbishop blessed the palms outside of the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Miami before celebrating Mass.Also known as Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter and marks the beginning of Holy Week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – An American Airlines flight heading to Miami from Paris was diverted after experiencing engine trouble.One engine shut down on the Boeing 777 about two hours after take-off, Thursday.The pilot turned the plane around over the Atlantic Ocean, landing safely in Ireland.Passengers will be put on another plane en route to Miami International Airport, Friday morning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – A Chinese man who sold his kidney when he was a teenager so he could buy an iPhone is now bedridden for lifeafter his other kidney failed.According to Australian Media, Wang Shangkun was 17 years old when he sold his kidney on the black market to earn enough money to buy an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 back in 2011.“Why do I need a second kidney? One is enough,” he allegedly said in reports at the time.Wang earned about the equivalent to $2,500 USD for his kidney.However, shortly after the procedure, Wang began suffering from a decreased level of kidney function. Now, at age 25, he is bedridden after his other kidney failed and he has been placed on dialysis.Doctors believe Wang developed an infection from the unsafe conditions in which the procedure was performed.Nine people involved in the harvesting of the organ were reportedly arrested and five people were sent to jail. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – An Arizona teacher has been arrested after she was accused of having sex with her 13-year-old student.According to the Arizona Republic, 28-year-old Brittany Zamora was hit with multiple charges, including molesting a child and sexual conduct with a minor.Police say it began when Zamora and her student began messaging over an online instruction app. Officials said from there, the relationship progressed and became inappropriate.Officials said the two had sex multiple times in her classroom and her car.  In one incident, officials said, the pair touched each other inappropriately while other students watched a video.Zamora was ultimately arrested in March 2018 after a monitoring app on the student’s cellphone alerted his parents to illicit texts between the two.The teen said their relationship began shortly before Christmas and she told him not to tell anyone. However, the teen confided in a friend.At one point, Zamora and the victim even had sex in front of the friend, detectives said. “It’s, like, weird how a 27-year-old can, like, love a 13-year-old and do stuff,” the friend said. “It’s just crazy. She’s not a good person.”According to the Arizona Republic, the victim’s family has since filed a lawsuit against the school and Zamora’s husband, saying they knew about the abuse a month before the boy’s parents found out after three other students reported to the principal that they believed Zamora was in a relationship with another student.The parents claim the principal simply told the students not to spread rumors.Zamora has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She is set to make another court appearance in May.She has since surrendered her state teaching certificate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more