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Captain Files Lawsuit Against CHP

SANTA MONICA—California Highway Patrol Captain Gregory Hammond filed a lawsuit on February 27 alleging that he was wrongly punished for resisting pressure to find that an officer acted improperly in an altercation with a woman alongside the Santa Monica I-10 Freeway. A bystander, David Diaz, caught the dramatic altercation on video, which shows CHP officer, Daniel Andrew, tackling a woman,...

UC Refuses To Expand 2015 Enrollment

CALIFORNIA—The University of California has announced that enrollment will not be expanded to in-state applicants and will place a firm limit on the enrollment of out-of-state applicants at the University of California-Berkeley and UCLA. In spite of an increase in total applications, the public university system has stated that it cannot increase enrollment without further state funding. The schools are expected...

National Attention On LA Shooting

LOS ANGELES—The officer-involved shooting on Sunday, March 1 on the 500 block of San Pedro in Los Angeles, has placed national attention upon the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. The conflict took place on Los Angeles' famed skid row, a place where local homeless gather, pitching tents in the public space for shelter. The shooting took place after...

State May Change Legal Smoking Age

CALIFORNIA—State Senator Ed Hernandez who represents the 24th Senate district, introduced a bill on January 29, that would raise the legal smoking age in California from 18 to 21 “Tobacco companies know that people are more likely to become addicted to smoking if they start at a young age” Hernandez said in a statement. “We can no longer afford to...

Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty

WESTWOOD—After pleading not guilty on two counts of a hit-and-run last week that killed Terry Carter, 55, and injured Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51, Suge Knight was hospitalized after complaining about chest pains in court on Tuesday, February 3. Knight’s former attorney, James E. Blatt, he told reporters that Knight was assaulted in a Compton parking lot and accidently ran over...

Suge Knight Arrested For Murder

WESTWOOD—Co-Founder of Death Row Records, Marion “Suge” Knight was involved in a fatal hit-and-run on Thursday, January 29 in Compton. The victim was Terry Carter, 55, who was killed when Knight put his vehicle in reverse and ran over Carter. Also injured during the incident was Cle Sloan, 51. Knight has been taken into custody by authorities and booked on...

State Says E-Cigs Are Dangerous

CALIFORNIA—The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) published a report and issued a health advisory on January 28, warning about the dangers of electronic cigarettes. The CDPH, which also operates California’s controversial medical marijuana program, is the state department responsible for California’s public health. The electronic cigarettes the CDPH is speaking of are often referred to as “e‐cigs” or “vapes,” and...

UCLA Study Will Send Rodents Into Space

WESTWOOD—The government-funded Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced they are funding research headed by UCLA scientists that will study bone growth in space. Dr. Chia Soo, a UCLA professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and orthopedic surgery, will be leading the research, along with Dr. Kang Ting, a professor of dentistry; Dr. Ben Wu, a professor...

Utility Wires A Growing Concern In SF

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SAN FRANCISCO—A network of utility wires large enough to wrap around the planet more than six times has become a problem in the state of California. For the past 50 years, California has made an effort to line utility wires underground. The network, spanning 152,000 miles overhead, has proved difficult to bury. Utility consumers currently pay an estimated price of $1...

Youth Safety Partnership Receives Grant

CALIFORNIA—The California Friday Night Live Partnership, a state-funded program, which was established in 1984, with the principal purpose of “reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs,” received a $400,000 grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the Tulare County Office of Education in an...
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