Peninsula: Ostrich killing suspect faces trial

A 20-year-old man will face a jury trial for his alleged role in the Halloween killing of an ostrich on a Half Moon Bay ranch last year.

Timothy McKevitt’s trial will begin July 16. He remains free on $25,000 bond, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Prosecutors claim McKevitt and 20-year-old Jonathan Porter trespassed onto the ranch to drink. After the startled animal attacked them, the pair allegedly returned with a shotgun and a rifle and fatally shot the bird. Porter pleaded guilty in February and received three years probation.

Pacifica

City Council to vote on cuts that could balance budget

The City Council on Monday is scheduled to vote on whether to cut approximately $260,000 worth of lifelines to local programs, in an attempt to balance the 2007-08 budget.

This would be the last set of cuts the city would make in a budget year that has seen a total of nearly $1.5 million in cuts, which include frozen positions, consolidated jobs and an incentive severance package.

S.F. Airport

United Airlines reports dip in last month’s traffic

United Airlines, the largest carrier at San Francisco International Airport, reported this week that its June traffic slipped by 0.3 percent.

The airline said the dip slowed traffic particularly to North America and Latin America, which has offset steady growth in Asia and Europe.

United officials say there are still a number of popular domestic destinations this summer, including San Francisco, and remain optimistic that the rest of the summer will see more passengers.

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