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Students from 16 L.A. schools on bus in deadly crash


A 10th person has died this morning from injuries suffered in a horrific crash in Northern California involving a bus carrying L.A. high school students. The CHP says a Fed-Ex truck crossed the median on Interstate 5 north of the town of Orland, hitting the bus head on and igniting a huge explosion and fire. The dead include five students, three adult chaperones and …

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Family feud leaves Mickey Rooney’s remains in limbo


It appears Mickey Rooney’s tumultuous personal life has carried over to his death. Two factions of the Rooney’s family are fighting over the entertainer’s remains. A judge says won’t allow the body to be released from county custody until they settle the feud. The dispute centers over where the entertainer wished to be buried. Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reports that Rooney was broke when …

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Mixer: Sheriff’s union dust-up and school money comes-up

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Cindy Chang from the LA Times and Vanessa Romo from joined us to mix it up today.
There’s a strange battle going on within the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and now a judge has gotten involved.
Last month, newly elected president Armando Macias was kicked out and a different president installed.
But Macias refused to give up his seat, bringing at least two union board members with …

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Governor’s drought plan emphasizes conservation


Gov. Brown says California can immediately improve its water picture through recycling and conservation programs. Brown says his nearly $700 million drought relief plan would bring emergency drinking water to communities in need, as well making long-term fixes that would allow the state to capture more water and use it more efficiently. The plan also contains money for emergency food and housing for people …

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Deasy: Firing bad teachers costs up $450,000


Opening volleys have been fired in a lawsuit that aims to change the rules for teacher tenure in California and make it easier to fire ineffective instructors. The lawsuit – Vergara vs. the state of California – was filed by an education reform group on behalf of nine public school students. L.A. Schools Superintendent John Deasy was the first witness called by the students’ …

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L.A. marks two decades since Northridge Earthquake


 The Northridge Earthquake hit 20 years ago today. The temblor struck at 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994 – leaving 57 people dead, flattening the 10 Freeway and causing more than $20 billion in property damage, at the time the costliest U.S. disaster ever. Are we better prepared for major quake now then we were then? Most scientists say yes, but with a big …

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Kelly Thomas’ father vows to sue acquitted officers


They lost the criminal case, but the family of Kelly Thomas says it will pursue a civil lawsuit against two former Fullerton police officers acquitted of beating the mentally ill homeless man to death. Kelly Thomas’s father, Ron Thomas, says he looks at the case like a prize fight, with several rounds still to go. He’s hoping an ongoing FBI investigation will lead to …

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Investors or customers? Who will pay for San Onofre?


The operators of the dormant San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant should refund ratepayers $94 million for costs that were neither reasonable nor necessary. That’s the recommendation from two administrative law judges with the California Public Utilities Commission. The entire PUC will consider the recommendation before voting on the issue. The nuclear plant between Los Angeles  and San Diego has been idle since January 2012, …

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Perks of office: Lawmakers head for Hawaiian Islands


California legislators will begin arriving on Maui tomorrow for the lawmakers’ annual fall conference retreat in the Hawaiian Islands – a trip paid for by big businesses and unions. It’s a tradition that worries good government advocates. While in Hawaii, legislators are supposed to participate in panels involving healthcare, energy, economic development and public safety. But in between panel discussions lawmakers can play golf, …

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California students scoring better, but still way behind


California students’ test scores are climbing at the highest rate in the nation. But the improvement underscores just how far students in this state have to go. The latest numbers show that only 33 percent of fourth graders scored at or above the proficient level in math. Just 27 percent ranked that well in reading. For eighth graders, less than 30 percent scored proficient …

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Police check on accused LAX shooter came too late


The LAPD received a warning from the family of suspected LAX shooter Paul Ciancia that apparently came just moments too late. CNN reports Ciancia sent text messages to relatives before the shooting – saying that something bad was going to happen. One family member called local police, who contacted the LAPD. Officers reportedly apparently went to Ciancia’s apartment to check on him about 45 …

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Courts faulted for not keeping guns from mentally ill


Many courts in California fail to report the mentally ill to justice officials, undermining efforts to take guns away from potentially dangerous owners. State law requires that courts tell the Justice Department when they make certain mental health determinations. That can put people on a list prohibiting them from buying firearms .But a new state audit finds that many courts are not aware of …

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Supt. Deasy to reveal if he’ll ditch school district


Today’s the day we’re expected to learn if L.A. School Superintendent John Deasy will stay or go. Deasy is due to meet with the Board of Education to discuss his job performance and his future with LAUSD. In response to a report that he planned to walk away, Deasy said he would reveal more about his plans after his review. He’s sparred frequently with …

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Mixer: LAUSD Sup. Deasy looking for the exit

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As the week draws to a close, Howard Blume and Dave Zanhiser — both from the LA Times — help us tie a ribbon on it.
The bell reportedly may be ringing for John Deasy.
The LAUSD superintendent may be about to resign. That story reported by Howard and the LA Times, who say Deasy could be leaving in the next few months.
Deasy has neither confirmed nor denied the …

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Deasy may walk away from LAUSD early next year


Will he stay or will he go? L.A. School Superintendent won’t confirm an L.A. Times report that he plans to leave his job in February – but he’s not denying it either. Deasy promises he’ll have more to say after his job evaluation, which is scheduled for Tuesday. Deasy was hired to head the nation’s second largest school district in 2011. He had threatened …

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L.A. County can’t find thousands of probationers


County probation officials say they’ve lost track of almost 2,000 people on probation. The L.A. Daily News reports that the unaccounted offenders have warrants out for their arrests and make up more than 20 percent of those in the county taking part in Governor Jerry Brown’s prison realignment plan. The probation department says law enforcement teams are searching for the missing probationers…Meanwhile, California is …

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Why LA’s kids should learn to hack iPads

Photo via Flickr by Sean MacEntee / Creative Commons

Last year, 40 tablet computers were delivered to the children of two remote Ethiopian villages. The villagers were 100-percent illiterate—the kids had never seen road signs, product labels, or printed material of any kind. Technicians from the One Laptop Per Child program dropped off a stack of boxes, showed a couple of adults how to use the solar chargers, and then walked away. Within …

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Anger builds over state deal with Vernon recycler


State regulators came under fire from an angry crowd in East L.A. over a deal to let a controversial battery recycling plant in Vernon stay open. The Exide Technologies plant has been sending toxic emissions into the surrounding neighborhood for years. But now company officials are promising to clean up their act. Earlier this week, state regulators reached a deal with Exide. It allows …

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LAUSD President Vladovic denies harassment claims


L.A. School Board President Richard Vladovic is denying charges that he sexually harassed a district employee a decade ago. That accusation and others were revealed in documents obtained by the L.A. Times through a public records request. One accuser says Vladovic made off-color jokes, used slurs about an employees’ sexual orientation and once handed her a swingers magazine to look at. Through an aide, …

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Californians still debating ouster of Gov. Gray Davis


It’s been exactly one decade since California voters tossed Gray Davis out of office and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor. It was the first time a sitting governor was recalled in California and only the second time in U.S. history. Schwarzenegger disappointed many supporters and failed to accomplish much of what he set out do to. But his victory did usher in some political …

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