New charges filed on Spencer Weikal; suppression of evidence motion hearing held

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Attorney’s office has amended its charges against Spencer Weikal of Wellington accused of the first degree murder of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster, on Nov. 30, 2011 in Wellington.In a separate issue, Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin held a suppression motion hearing Wednesday, May 8, in Sumner County District Court as requested by Weikal’s attorney Christopher Williams of Kansas City, Mo. in an attempt to remove key evidence from a possible future trial not yet set.Weikal had been charged with three felonies in May 2012, originally made by then Sumner County Attorney Evan Watson. Those charges included: •Count 1 – first degree felony murder based on the abuse of a child; or alternatively second degree murder based on recklessness, and the indifference of human life.•Count 2 – abuse of the child (cruel beating) or in the alternative abuse of a child (shaking).•Count 3 – aggravated endangering of a child based upon failure to immediately secure necessary medical care.Since that point, the case has been turned over to the Kansas State Attorney’s office with assistant attorney general criminal litigator Lee Davidson handling the prosecution.Davidson has since filed amended charges in district court. Weikal is now accused of two charges instead of three:•Count 1 – first degree felony murder based upon the underlying felony of aggravating endangering of a child as charged in Count 2.•Count 2 – aggravated endangering of a child based upon recklessly placing a child in a situation where its life, body or health was endangered.According to a “motion to amend information” submitted to Sumner County District Court on April 4, the only difference in the charges is the theory of liability.The second degree murder alternative charge has been dropped as is the child abuse charge.A phone call requesting an explanation of the difference in the new charges compared to old charges to Davidson’s office was not returned.•••••Suppression hearingA suppression motion hearing upon the request of Williams was held Wednesday. The judge did not make a ruling on any of the defense motions until he and the defense and prosecuting attornies  could view a video in closed chambers of the alleged testimony of Weikal during the night in question.On Thursday, seven witnesses – who all work or have worked with the Sumner County Sheriff and Wellington Police Department were called to the stand to discuss their conduct on the night that Weikal was questioned.Williams filed the suppression motion on the following allegations:•Weikal made incriminating statements against his interest while in custody of law enforcement.•Law enforcement officials threatened, misrepresented and lied to the defendant about the nature and consequences of any statement Weikal might have made to them.•Law enforcement made inferentially created the impression that the defendant would suffer bodily harm if he did not cooperate.•Law enforcement officials made false promises in order to facilitate defendant making false statements to them.•Defendant was under distress and was coerced into making false statements to law enforcement officers.•Weikal was questioned by law enforcement officials during an inordinately long questioning process, and was left isolated for long period of time and was not adequately advised of his rights.•The defendant’s statements to law enforcement officials were not made voluntarily.Weikal has been in custody ever since, Foster suffered head injuries Nov. 29, 2011 at a home in Wellington and was taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center.She was later transferred to a Wichita’s Wesley Hospital and on Dec. 1, died there.Medical staff suspected child abuse in the case and alerted authorities, which prompted an investigation.Weikal, 23 at the time, was eventually apprehended and questioned. He was subsequently charged on Dec. 1 by the county attorney’s office.Since then a Sumner County District Court preliminary hearing was held in May, 2012 which McQuin determined there was enough evidence for a trial. Weikal pleaded not guilty. After several delays of the trial, the case was turned over to the state attorney’s office after the Sumner County Attorney election and before the changeover from Watson to Kerwin Spencer in January.Spencer told Sumner Newscow in February he felt he could not adequately prosecute the trial because Watson had been working on the case since December, 2011. He said the state attorney’s office would be better suited to handle the workload.Weikal also switched attorneys from his court appointed attorney Elaine Esparza of Harper to private attorney Williams of Kansas City. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 378 weeks ago We need to file a suppression of breathing motion for him ….. and his lawyer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sake of Larrissa · 368 weeks ago I was wondering…When is he supposed to have an actual hearing of when he’s going to be guilty or not guilty? Why is this case taking so long? It’s been what? Almost 2 YEARS since Larrissa has been gone and NOTHING has been really happening? Or has it? Report Reply 0 replies · active 368 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Angela · 362 weeks ago I knew Spencer he should never see the light of day and I would like to know where. Kayla went she should be there in jail too dope heads. Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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WHS Daily Bulletin: Don’t forget it’s Wellington Lift-a-thon tonight

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, March 26, 2015:TuesdayWednesdayThursday• Lift-a-thon in Small Gym 6 p.m.Friday• All School Play 7 p.m.Saturday• All School Play 7 p.m.Sunday• All School Play 2 p.m.Lunch Menu: Thursday: Chicken and dressing, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans hot roll/jelly, Easter Cake.Friday: Bean and Cheese burrito/sauce, romaine and tomato, corn, chilled pears.Today’s News*Boys Basketball Players:  Check-in is today after school in the Training Room.  Please have everything ready to turn in today.*Crusader Creators will have a short meeting from 3-4 today.*Tickets to the all school play-“While the Lights were Out” are now available. Cost to purchase tickets in adavance are $6 for Adults and $4 for Seniors and Students. Tickets at the door will be $8 for Adults and $6 for Seniors and Students. The play can be seen on Friday and Saturday @ 7:00 and on Sunday @ 2:00.*Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1st. We will not accept any pictures after May 1st unless previous arrangements are made.*Senior Girls: Remember to turn in your completed PEO scholarship application by April 1 to Mrs. Yates*Please, do not put trash in the recycle bin- only Recyclables. People, real, live human people, perhaps you, or your friends, or one of us, have to handle every piece of “stuff” that goes into this can. If it is an apple core or has milk dumped on it or gum stuck to it, it’s really yucky to handle. It also makes it more time consuming. If possible, bottles that are empty with the lids off make the process so much easier.*SENIORS: If you have not ordered your cap, gown stole and tassel, you need to do so as soon as possible to guarantee it will get here before graduation. If you are unsure if you have ordered them or if you would like the phone number for Jostens, please check with Mrs. Yates. Some of you may be using a borrowed cap and gown, but remember you still need the class stole and tassel.*SENIORS: Please remember to apply for the $1,000 Kansas All Star Scholarship. The deadline is April 15, 2015.*The Jostens Man will be here to deliver Senior Graduation orders on: Thursday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School Commons. If you haven’t already sent in your balance due, don’t forget to bring it on delivery day.  No checks will be accepted.  Please bring cash or pay with credit card in advance.  Also, anyone who still needs to order their class ring can do so at this time.*Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!Today is: National Spinach Day.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

A’s soil ‘lovable underdog’ image, undermine future by not paying minor leaguers

first_imgAgain, Oakland is particularly reliant on pre-arbitration players in order to make runs to the postseason because of its refusal to make free-agent splashes. So even from a detached “players are interchangeable chess pieces we must juice for production” perspective, this appears to be a blunder.The A’s have for decades been widely seen in a positive light as the AL foil to the big-spending Yankees and Red Sox. They’ve been turned upstart heroes in “Moneyball” and considered a symbol of sporting intelligence, even as they fumble stadium plan after stadium plan and let their most beloved players leave.Their clownery this week shows even their staunchest defenders who they really are. Insulated within the stained concrete walls of the often-mocked Oakland Coliseum, a special camaraderie has blossomed over the past few years.Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Sean Manaea came up through the A’s farm system together, and they’ve in turn developed a love for each other and their franchise that has helped power the team to consecutive 97-win seasons. The next crop of rookies can now bond over their disdain for the organization.The franchise on Tuesday became the first in MLB to cut weekly pay entirely for minor leaguers amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving its players wishing they’d been drafted elsewhere. A team that only ever succeeds by exploiting the current MLB arbitration system has taken its cheapness to unprecedented lengths, and it should cost the A’s the “lovable underdog” image they’ve cultivated for decades and enrage the very players they need to rely on if they want to continue to overachieve on the field.”I’ve completely lost all respect for everyone involved in this decision,” A’s minor league right-hander Peter Bayer told Bill Moriarity of Athletics Farm. “And I know a lot of people feel the same way as I do, they just won’t say it publicly.”MORE: MLB’s proposed salary cuts rile up playersMake no mistake: Players in Oakland have long noticed the lack of investment from ownership even during an uptick in club morale and regular season success. In moments before games, between awkward stretches in cramped hallways forced by insufficient weight room space, there are occasional murmurs among them about facility deficiencies and the toll taken on attendance.Members of the current team have largely pushed aside those concerns because they believe in the people around them and feel empowered by the tight bonds they’ve formed coming up through the minor league pipeline together. Stopping the pay of prospects during the pandemic could be a turning point in that mindset.A’s owner John Fisher is worth an estimated $2.1 billion; while that’s not all liquid assets, he no doubt has cash on hand. Paying every minor league player a weekly stipend of $400 per month through September amounts to no more than $2 million, or approximately 0.1 percent of Fisher’s net worth.The Padres on Wednesday announced they would continue to pay their prospects at least through August, becoming the second team (after the A’s) to make an updated announcement one way or the other.John Fisher’s email to fans, obtained by the ⁦@sfchronicle⁩: pic.twitter.com/DjFXBLYc5k— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 27, 2020Moving forward, when the front office goes to the negotiating table to beg impending free agents to sign discount extensions, this measure will no doubt be remembered. Why should players do the team a favor when it turns its back on them when times are hardest?Chapman and shortstop Marcus Semien were already difficult, perhaps impossible sells for new deals given their market values. Those contract extension discussions — based on the premise of a hometown discount — just got much tougher. As for talks in five years with developing stars still in the minors? Forget about it.from September of 2019 to April of 2021 will be roughly $5,600. This includes the $1,200 Covid-19 stimulus check I qualified to receive from the government. 19 months bringing in only $5,600.— Zack S Erwin (@yaboysherley32) May 27, 2020Beyond contract negotiations and general morale, there could be tangible on-field downsides to not paying prospects. As pro teams around the U.S. are learning the benefits of investing resources into the physical and mental wellbeing of their young talent in order to maximize performance, the A’s are pulling back.last_img read more

Graduate School Fair At Evergreen State College

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 The Career Development Center at The Evergreen State College will be hosting the 21st Annual Graduate School Fair, an opportunity to network with a variety of graduate and professional school recruiters. The event is free to Evergreen State College students, alumni, and the public.Participants will learn about Evergreen’s Master of Public Administration, Master in Teaching and Master of Environmental Studies programs as well as a wide range of other graduate degree opportunities. The fair will feature degree options from the Northwest and across the country.Institutions with representatives here to meet students include Antioch University, Bastyr University, Brandman University, California Institute of Integral Studies, Goddard College, Islandwood, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET), Lewis & Clark – Education & Counseling, Marylhurst University, Naropa University, National College of Natural Medicine, Pacific Lutheran University, Peace Corps, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University School of Law, SIT Graduate Institute, St, Martin’s University, The Evergreen State College – MES, MIT & MPA Programs, University of Washington – School of Information, School of Law, School of Medicine, University of Washington – Tacoma—Social Work, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Education, Vermont School of Law, Walla Walla University, Washington State University– all programs, College of Education, Yale School of Public Health.Prospective graduate students will learn about undergraduate requirements, the importance of standardized tests, transcripts and other credentials needed for graduate school admission, and interdisciplinary study options. The event will take place at The Evergreen State College, Library Building Lobby, second floor. Directions to the campus can be found here:http://www.evergreen.edu/tour/gethere.htmFor More InformationEmail The Evergreen State College Career Development Center at careerdevelopment@evergreen.edu or call: (360) 867-6183.About The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College is a nationally recognized public liberal arts college known for its distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, high level of student/faculty engagement and emphasis on putting learning into action.last_img read more

HORSE RACING INDUSTRY LEADERS ISSUE STATEMENT ON SANTA ANITA PARK

first_imgHORSE RACING INDUSTRY LEADERS ISSUE STATEMENT ON SANTA ANITA PARK     *** The following statement should be attributed to The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers “We are collectively working on behalf of everyone in the sport — grooms, hot walkers, jockeys, exercise riders, starters, trainers, owners, track managers and every horse wearing a bridle and a saddle — to reform and improve racing every day. After extensive consultation among all partners, Santa Anita Park will stay open through the end of its meet to see these reforms through.Since wide-sweeping reforms have been instituted at Santa Anita, catastrophic injuries have dropped considerably compared to earlier this meet, decreasing by 50 percent in racing and by more than 84 percent in training. To be clear, there are no acceptable losses, and every day we work toward ending all serious injuries. But the reality is that our improvements and changes have been effective.A detailed and serious epidemiological investigation of all track accidents is underway and will continue with the greatest urgency. Track management, owners, trainers and veterinarians, are re-doubling their vigilance and close supervision of both training and racing protocols and will consider all enhancements to the sweeping new protocols already introduced. We have great respect for Governor Newsom and the CHRB, and we look forward to working closely with them as we continue to discuss these issues.”last_img read more

The Dutch Lieke Martens shines again at Barça

first_imgSome numbers that clashed with those of this campaign, blank to this Super Cup, in which the Dutch has claimed, with a goal and an assist against Atleti. The front takes momentum and looks at the final of this tournament with enthusiasm. “It was very nice to score the first goal of the season. It has helped me gain more confidence,” he said after his great game against the rojiblancas. Now, he threatens Real Sociedad in the final of this Sunday (12: 00H) in a Super Cup in which he aims to start again. Barça missed Lieke Martens this season. The Dutchwoman started the injured course and, although she joined the group in November, she was not giving up 100%, with only two assists in 10 games played. The numbers were far from those used by the Dutch star, runner-up in the world with his team at the World Cup in France.It should be remembered that Martens stood out at Barça in 2017 after winning the European Championship and individual awards such as the Best Player in Europe or The Best. His fame led him to become the first transfer for which the Barca club paid in this category, thus demonstrating his great commitment to the Dutch figure, who responded with 28 goals in his first two seasons.last_img read more

After Effects Guru: Tracking and Stabilizing Footage

first_imgThere was a time in the industry not too long ago, when it seemed that the high fashion world was using plus size models as a headline-grabbing gimmick see the groundbreaking Italian Vogue cover featuring Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley in June 2016.Related: Calendar Gets Its First Plus-Size Model 2016Taking the world into my armsThere was that beautiful Italian Vogue story and the girls that were in that ended up doing really well the classic lace-up shoe is a true.I feel like for a minute, it was starting to feel like this plus size I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls really was a trend.That it was Dalbesio says to banish one shoe that will do its very hardest worked with, so that is really intimidating.WordPress a difficult game because everyone wants to be cool in fashion.Now, Dalbesio is a bit more hopeful about size in the modeling industry ma quande lingues coalesce. In the middle Occidental in fact she says not skinny enough.To find my place. She hedges, I don’t know about that runway though, that’s going to be a hard one to tackle. Everyone realizes why a new common language would be desirable: one could refuse to pay expensive translators.A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are forA Julien Macdonald customer doesn’t sit in the corner of a room, she is the room she’s the host the designer laughed when we met him yesterday afternoon to see the range for the first time. My pieces aren’t shy. It is full-on cocktail red carpet glamour.You don’t necessarily wear them to the supermarket on a Saturday morning with the kids, but with my jewellery they probably will.These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life.Cue a collection of high-wattage necklaces, adorned with nugget and crystals wild-cat cocktail rings, abstract drop earrings, and spectacular statement chokers inspired by the flora and fauna of safari.The most beautiful people we have known are those:explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was bornthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truthTo take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) They released me in this campaign with everyone else there no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus size girls she says. Be the change that you wish to see in the worldcenter_img The model is talking about booking her latest gig, modeling WordPress underwear in the brand latest Perfectly Fit campaign, which was shot by Lachian Bailey. It was such a surreal moment cried she admitted.The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is just be nice to everyone and always smile.It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl, Dalbesio says. I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating. She wasn’t sure, she said of the shoot, what was expected from her in terms of her size or shape.Refreshingly, what was expected of her was the same thing that was expected of Lara Stone: to take a beautiful picture.Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves.You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds Except the one in which you belong.So simple, yet so essential, the white shirt is the foundation of any wardrobe. It’s also the most multi-functional item, taking you from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons. It matter what style fitted boyfriend etc or even what fabric from silk to heavy cotton go with whatever suits your personal style best.Calvin Klein known for launching the careers of such svelte models as Brooke Shields and Kate Moss to cast a model who deviates from the size standard and make a fuss about it to Dalbesio who spent years.must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncingpleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete accountthe system and expound the actual teachingsgreat explorer of the truth, the master builder of human happiness.Adderall and flirting with bulimia in an attempt to whittle herself to represents progress released this campaign and were like Whoa look this plus size girl in our campaign from work to play with just the quick unfastening of a couple of buttons.last_img read more

Aviation Authority perusing paperwork for more US airlines in Guyana

first_imgThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is perusing requisite documentation for several airlines which have indicated interest in connecting in Guyana.This is according to Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson, who in an interview with the media late last week, said that multiple airlines from various continents including Europe and Africa have signaled their intention to fly routes connected to Guyana. She noted that this is being done even as the GCAA is ironing out the requisite documentation for American carrier, Jet Blue Airlines to conduct operations here.“They’re in contact with the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure the necessary paperwork, documentation that they have [is submitted],” she pointed out.Founded almost 20 years ago, the American-based airline flies to over 100 destinations. Minister Ferguson further revealed that there are other carriers which have indicated interest in flying the Guyana route. With the addition of Jet Blue, local air travel is expected to become quite busy in the coming months and perhaps beyond since several agreements have been signed with Government for others to conduct operations. It is expected that prices could decline with more competition in the local market.Last month GCAA’s Director General Egbert Field told Guyana Times that the Body was gearing up to sign its second agreement with an African nation in its bid to boost tourism. The most recent open skies agreement was signed with Tanzania while another was previously signed with the West African nation of Ghana. This agreement also included Guyana’s South American neighbour, Brazil, and will allow for direct flights to those countries. It also gave clearance for any airline which wishes to fly here from those countries.It was during the 2019 Budgetary Debates that Business Minister Dominic Gaskin boasted of a 17 per cent increase in visitor arrivals up to September, when compared with figures during the same period in 2017.Gaskin had deemed the increase good news for the country as it will add to the economy.More than that, there was another Interline Agreement that Guyana inked with German airline, Condor (Thomas Cook Group) and LIAT for flights from Germany to Guyana which made flights easier and more convenient for passengers using this route. The Interline Agreement is one between individual airlines which is drafted to handle passengers traveling on itineraries that require multiple flights on multiple airlines.It will allow passengers to use coordinated flight connections and checked-through luggage and affords cheaper tickets year-round.In this case, the contract will allow travellers from Europe to enjoy an easier and more comfortable connection to Guyana. In addition to Germany and Guyana, countries such as Austria and Switzerland will be able to reap the benefits of this agreement. The proposed connections will run through Antigua, making it a smoother connection to Georgetown, Guyana, without passengers losing much travel time waiting for connecting flights.This means that persons flying into the Caribbean can continue their journey and arrive in Guyana the same day. With all these agreements being signed, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Expansion Project is still slated for completion after almost seven years.last_img read more

Seamstress struck down in Parika Accident

first_imgA 54-year-old seamstress of Parika, East Bank Essequibo, was killed after being struck down by a canter on Thursday evening. Bernice Gordon was rushed to the Leonora Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver is now in Police custody as investigations continue.Details of this story will follow in the March 04, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

Google roars back from doldrums

first_imgDespite the strong third quarter, Google shares fell $3.79 in after-hours trading. Wall Street is enamored with Google because more advertisers are shifting spending to the Internet, where the company has built the most effective system for connecting with prospective customers. Although it relies on complex technology, Google’s formula is fairly simple. As it processes a search request, Google also scans its database for text-based ads related to the same topic as the query and displays the commercial messages along the side and top of the results page. Google gets paid when someone clicks on an ad on its pages or one of its partners’ sites. There’s ample opportunity to display the ads because Google currently fields about 1.2 billion search requests worldwide per day, based on the latest data from comScore Inc. That’s more than quadruple the number of requests handled by its next closest competitor, Yahoo Inc. While becoming even more dominant in search, Google also is branching in new directions that are creating new ways to sell ads and opening up potential new revenue channels in the software applications market. In the past few months, Google unveiled a way to show text-based ads across the bottom of videos supplied by its YouTube subsidiary and also began distributing ads within “widgets” – the interactive capsules that are becoming Internet staples. “Each of these initiatives give advertisers new and interesting ways to build relationships with customers,” Schmidt said. Google is hoping to become even more powerful by buying an online ad placement service, DoubleClick Inc., for $3.1 billion. Facing protests from privacy activists as well as Google’s rivals, the deal is under review by antitrust regulators in United States and Europe. Schmidt said Google remains confident regulators will approve the acquisition. In a sign of its ambitious expansion plans, Google added another 2,130 employees in the third quarter – more than in any three-month period in its history. Management said the summer additions included about 1,000 hires right out of college and 300 employees inherited in its $625 million acquisition of e-mail specialist Postini Inc. As of Sept. 30, the company’s payroll totaled 15,916 people, including hundreds who have become millionaires because of Google’s high-flying stock.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After subtracting commissions paid to its thousands of advertising partners, Google’s revenue stood at $3.01 billion – about $70 million above the average analyst estimate. The performance represented a return to form for Google after its second-quarter earnings disappointed Wall Street. The company has surpassed analyst estimates in all but two of the 13 quarters since its August 2004 initial public offering. “Looking back at the quarter, it’s obvious our model works very well,” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told analysts during a Thursday conference call. “It’s all very exciting from the Google perspective.” Investors already had been counting on a stellar quarter from Google. Those assumptions contributed to a 19 percent increase in Google’s stock price during the past month as the shares smashed through $600 for the first time. Google shares added $6.14 Thursday to finish the regular session at $639.62, leaving the 9-year-old company with a market value of just below $200 billion. Coupled with a slight decline in Cisco Systems Inc.’s stock price, Google emerged as Silicon Valley’s most valuable company. SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc.’s third-quarter profit soared 46 percent, hurdling the enormous expectations that have elevated the Internet search leader’s stock price by more $100 during the past month. The Mountain View-based company said Thursday that it earned $1.07 billion, or $3.38 per share, for the three months ended in September, up from net income of $733.4 million, $2.36 per share, at the same time last year. If not for the cost of awarding stock to its steadily expanding work force, Google said it would have earned $3.91 per share. That topped the average estimate of $3.78 per share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. Revenue for the period totaled $4.23 billion, a 57 percent increase from $2.67 billion last year. last_img read more