From the daily archives: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

By Chris Furguson

Comics Legend Stan Lee smiles for the cameras during a press conference for the second year of his YouTube channel Stan Lee's World of Heroes

Comics Legend Stan Lee smiles for the cameras during a press conference for the second year of his YouTube channel Stan Lee’s World of Heroes

Stan Lee, the creator of many of Marvel Comics’ famous heroes and villains, joined the San Diego Comic-Con 2013 to celebrate the anniversary of his YouTube channel “Stan Lee’s World of Heroes.”

Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, or “SLWOH” for short, has received over 220 million views and earned more than a quarter million subscribers over the past year, thanks to Lee’s presence and shows like “Stan Rants” and “Adrianne Curry’s Superfans.”

This year, SLWOH brought several new and returning content providers to the convention.  Among them are:

* Cosplay Piano:  Professional pianist Sonya Belousova performs original arrangements of superhero-themed movie, television and video game scores with a touch of cosplay thrown in.  Belusova is known for her cosplay rendition of scores from the “Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones.”

“The arrangements are mine,” said Belousova, “but the costumes are made by a professional costumer in Los Angeles.”

* How it Should Have Ended – Stan Lee Edition:  Collaborators Tina Alexander and Daniel Baxter, creators of the “How It Should Have Ended” YouTube channel, have joined Stan Lee for a six-episode project.

“How It Should Have Ended” takes a satirical look at movies, particularly the endings, and re-animate how they should have finished.  Each project takes around three weeks to complete.

“They’re all his ideas,” said Alexander of the collaboration.

* HardWired – Internet vlogger (video blogger) iJustine, in collaboration with AOL On, demonstrates wearable gadgets and how they simulate superpowers.  iJustine, one of the most subscribed female personalities on YouTube, also wore a costume based on the gadgets she wears, including a Google Glass prototype she brought to Comic-Con.

* Bad Days – The animated series “Bad Days” returns for a second season at the San Diego Comic-Con.  The show is about heroes and villains who deal with everyday annoyances on their worst days.  Created by Junaid Chundrigar, the show returns for a second season on SLWOH.

For more information about the channel, visit

Content providers for Stan Lee's World of Heroes join Mr. Lee for this group photo.  New content will include Cosplay Piano and How It Should Have Ended - Stan Lee Editions

Content providers for Stan Lee’s World of Heroes join Mr. Lee for this group photo. New content will include Cosplay Piano and How It Should Have Ended – Stan Lee Editions


Event:                        Fourth Annual Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Memorial Relay Run from Campo, California to El Centro, California


Date:                           Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Time:                          6:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.


Location:                    Shockey Truck Trail near the border road just north of the international border fence in Campo.

Starting Point: Link

Ending Point: Link


Purpose:                     To honor the tragic loss of Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, who was gunned down and murdered by several men in an isolated area of Campo, Calif., near the international border fence while conducting patrol duties on the evening of July 23, 2009.


Contacts:                    San Diego Sector Border Patrol Agent Gutierrez (starting point)

                                    El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents Dribnak and Peng (ending point)





Agent Robert Rosas, of the Campo, Calif., Border Patrol Station, died in the line of duty on the night of July 23, 2009.  On Tuesday, July 23, shortly before sunset, a 68-mile memorial border relay run will take place in honor of Agent Robert Rosas.  The relay will start from the location of Robert’s memorial cross near the border fence in Campo, Calif., and will end at his gravesite in his hometown of El Centro, California.  San Diego Sector Border Patrol participants will run twenty-two, 2.55 mile legs throughout the night to complete the 68-mile relay that memorializes Robert’s former call sign, 255.

Agent Rosas was born and raised in El Centro, Calif., and he often was referred to as the “Mayor of El Centro,” due to his popularity and his friendly, witty demeanor.  He graduated from Central Union High School, where he met his wife, Rosalie.  Prior to becoming a Border Patrol agent, he worked as a corrections officer for six years at Centinela State Prison, in addition to serving two years as a reserve police officer for the El Centro Police Department.  Agent Rosas began his career with the U.S. Border Patrol on May 22, 2006, as a member of the 621st Session at the Border Patrol Academy.


On the night July 23, 2009, while patrolling near Campo, CA Agent Rosas responded to suspicious activity in an area notorious for alien and drug smuggling when he was shot and killed by unidentified assailants.  A joint investigation, to include the cooperation and assistance of the Government of Mexico, led to the identification and arrest of four subjects who were subsequently extradited to the United States to face justice.  To date, three of the assailants have pled guilty and the fourth remains in custody pending a September trial date.


The murder of Agent Rosas resulted in the loss of a loving husband and father who had two young children. 


Agent Rosas’ dedication to duty, country, and his family shall never be forgotten.





JACUMBA, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a distressed illegal alien who was lost in the desert while making an attempt to illegally enter the United States.

 The incident occurred yesterday at approximately 6 p.m., when Border Patrol Radio Dispatch received a call from the California Highway Patrol regarding an individual in distress that was lost in the desert north of Jacumba, Calif.  El Centro Sector agents responded to the man’s last reported location and conducted a systematic search of the area.  Border Patrol agents located a man who appeared to be suffering from a heat related illness.  Agents summoned emergency medical services which provided medical attention to the man. 

 The 22- year old man was transported to a nearby medical center for further observation where he was stabilized.  It was later determined the man was a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States and was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing.

 The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats.  We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.


By Mario Conde

The deadline to submit application for Calexico School Board Trustee appointment has concluded and there are seven individuals seeking the position.

The Calexico School Board decided to seek a provisional appointment in order to fill the vacant position that left by Joong Kim. Former Trustee Joong Kim stayed six months at the Calexico Board while being in the Calexico City Council.  Joong Kim submitted and filed with the Imperial County Superintendent of Schools a letter of resignation from his position as member of the Governing Board of the Calexico Unified School District effective June 12, 2013.

The school board decided to go for appointment rather than going for the special election and the individuals that submitted their applications are: Former Calexico Mayor Daniel Romero, Anette Buttner, Vincent Cuevas, Ben Horton Sr, Simon Lopez, Erik Ortega, Simon Lopez, and Orlando Espino.

Most of the applicants already ran for office November of last year having Cuevas, Horton, and Buttner running unsuccessfully for school board.  Romero will try to come back to the political spotlight after being defeated from office last year. Erik Ortega also failed to get elected to City Council last year but currently serves as 1st Vice-President of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce this year and also serves on the Calexico Economic Development Commission.

There are two new faces that are entering politics and they are Simon Lopez and Orlando Espino. Espino is a former teacher and currently works as a Calexico Police Officer.

Trustees Letty Zuno and Ciro Calderon were appointed to the advisory committee within to ensure that applicants are eligible for Board membership and announce the names of eligible candidates. The candidates will also be given the questions to be asked at the interview, subject to the Board members’ right to ask follow-up questions during the interview.

The interviews will occur before the Board, in open public session at a regular or special meeting. The tentative day for this will be at the August 1st school board meeting. Each applicant will receive an interview of approximately 15 total minutes, commencing with the candidate’s statement of no more than three minutes by being asked to respond to the questions provided.

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