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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...

Measles Outbreak Spreads In California

CALIFORNIA—Officials said there has been evidence that the outbreak of measles has been linked to people that visited Disneyland between December 17 and December 20, 2014. Since then, 51 cases of the illness has doubled, infecting people in larger communities. The kindergarten measles vaccination rates have been falling almost every year since 2002 in the state, but the virus now...

Bad Apples Lead To Seven Deaths

CALIFORNIA—The Center for Disease Control, in collaboration with state health officials and the US Food and Drug Administration, is investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis), which has sickened 32 people, hospitalized 31 and killed seven. The disease is determined to have been spread by Granny Smith apples produced by Bidart Brothers of Bakersfield, who have recalled all of their...

Tribute To SF Philanthropist Helen Diller

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Philanthropist Helen Diller, 85, died on January 7. Diller’s supporters including San Francisco Mayor Edward M. Lee are paying their respects to her. Diller was undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. This is same place where she met her husband Sanford. Helen is a community leader and a philanthropist. She also served on the American Friends...
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