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Mixer: Our Year in Review

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The year is coming to a close and we look at some of the biggest stories of 2014.
There were a couple of high profile shootings underscored security and response at public places across LA.
One tragic day in June turned an idyllic Friday in Santa Monica into a horrible day for people in around the Santa Monica College campus.
That’s when a man who grew up not …

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The value of a community college education

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If you want a job, chances are good that you’ll need to get a college degree. A Georgetown University study found nearly two-thirds of US jobs will require some form of post high school education by 2018. It used to be that if you didn’t get top grades in high school, a community college diploma was your only real fallback plan. But two-year schools …

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Today’s News: Marching for peace in Santa Monica; Brown pores over budget numbers; Bruce Lee tribute

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Peace Walk. Some Santa Monica residents took to the streets last night to call for peace and healing in the wake of a series of shootings in the Westside city. The demonstrators retraced the path taken by John Zawahri, the young gunman who killed five people before being shot to death by police at Santa Monica College.
The Peace Walk was organized by the Pico …

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The Mixer: The Santa Monica shootings, one week later – what have we learned?

Mourners pay tribute to the victims of the June 7 shootings at a vigil at Santa Monica College on Monday, June 10. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

One week has passed since 23-year-old John Zawahri opened fire in Santa Monica, killing five people, starting with his father and brother.
Last night, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks revealed that Zawahri left behind a farewell note. She summarized some new information in the case, such as how Zawahri had been denied the ability to buy a gun two years ago, and how he …

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Today’s News: No motive in gunman’s ‘farewell’ note; On-time budget; California snowfall decline expected

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Killer’s goodbye. The man responsible for last Friday’s deadly shooting rampage in Santa Monica carried a note saying he was sorry for his actions. But investigators still aren’t sure what motivated John Zawahri to kill five people before he was shot to death by police.
Zawahri’s four-page, hand-written note was found on his body after he was killed on the Santa Monica College campus. Police …

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Today’s News:Dodger deal keeps McCourt in the game; High Court ruling favors port truckers; Latino majority

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Dodgers deal. If you thought former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was out of the picture when it comes to professional sports in L.A., think again.
If an NFL team were to come to Chavez Ravine, McCourt could be sole the landlord, according to the L.A. Times.
Newly released documents from the sale of the Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Management indicate that McCourt retains the right to …

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Today’s News: Mix of joy, sadness at SMC graduation; L.A. courts shedding 500 jobs; Foster care agency fired

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Somber graduation. Hundreds of students walked across the stage to accept their diplomas at Santa Monica College yesterday evening, but it was anything but a typical graduation ceremony.
Present behind the joy and sense of accomplishment was a strong undercurrent of sorrow for those who lost their lives Friday when a gunman killed three people on campus during a wild shooting spree. The graduation took …

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SMC graduation to double as memorial; Governor prevails in budget battle; Killer gets ‘death’

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Mourning. College graduation is a joyous event. But today’s ceremony at Santa Monica College will be tinged with sadness as the commencement doubles as a memorial to victims of last Friday’s shooting rampage.
A vigil was held on the campus last night. Shortly before 6 pm, people began assembling outside the college library. That’s where the shooter, John Zawahri, ended his killing spree. A makeshift …

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Was Friday’s tragedy a ‘school shooting?’

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Investigators are still piecing together the details of Friday’s deadly shootings in Santa Monica that killed 5 people. Police shot and killed the gunman in the library of Santa Monica College; he died on campus.
The first incident happened at a house north of the college, but culminated at the school. And that fact has led law enforcement to not label what happened on Friday …

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Santa Monica shooting victim profile: Margarita Gomez

A memorial shrine at Santa Monica College, days after the June 7 shootings. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

The Los Angeles Times this afternoon posted a profile of Margarita Gomez, one of the five victims of Friday’s shooting at Santa Monica College. Gomez, 68, was a familiar face here on campus. She lived across the street and usually visited twice a day to collect recyclables. The Times spoke to Gomez’s son, Rafael Torres:

Although she had worked at a ceramics company for almost …

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Today’s News: Shaken students, faculty return to SMC; Vigil tonight for shooting victims; Looking for a motive

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Aftermath. It’s a somber day at Santa Monica College. Students and faculty are returning to campus for finals week – just three days after a heavily armed gunman went on a shooting spree that fatally wounded five people before he was shot dead.
Authorities today are expected to interview the mother of the shooter – John Zawahri – as they try to decipher of a …

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Remembering one of the victims of Friday’s shootings

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The Los Angeles Times has a remembrance of Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who died after being shot Friday in a rampage that left five people dead and culminated in a shootout in the Santa Monica College campus library. From the Times:
For 22 years, Carlos Navarro Franco tended the grounds of Santa Monica College. An immigrant from Mexico, he was proud that his hard work …

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Counseling available to SMC students, staff after Friday’s shooting

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Following the deadly shooting that culminated at Santa Monica College, the school is providing counseling services at the Bundy campus 9 a.m. to 6 p.m Sunday; and at the main campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Additionally, SMC faculty, staff and students are invited to gather today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bundy campus, at 3171 S. Bundy Ave., to …

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More information emerges about Santa Monica shootings

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The overall death toll from yesterday’s violence in Santa Monica stands at five, including the suspected gunman. But a sixth person, a woman, is in grave condition at a hospital.
The Los Angeles Times has identified the gunman as John Zawahri, citing five law enforcement sources in Washington and Los Angeles.
The Times reports the gunman was apparently angry over his parents’ divorce and had some …

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Today’s News: Suspect detained in college threats; Battle brewing over school funding; Targeting Prop. 13

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Campus threat. A 19-year-old student has been detained as a “person of interest” in connection with threats to Santa Monica College and East L.A. College and lockdowns have been lifted at the schools. 

Police got a call around 8 o’clock this morning from a man identifying himself as a student, saying he was going to bring an assault weapon to the schools and shoot up …

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Today’s News: Inauguration; MLK events; Teacher evaluation concession; Pepper spray judgment

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Obama and MLK. An accident of the calendar means a double celebration for many civic groups and organizations around the Southland today: they’re marking the second inauguration of the country’s first African-American president while honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The African American Museum in Exposition Park is holding events throughout the day, including a screening of the documentary “King: …

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No appointment necessary: Star stylists at the Santa Monica College Salon

The winning entry

Santa Monica College cosmetology student Inga Jargalsaikhan says she didn’t enter the Junior Style Stars hair competition to win.  She just wanted to see what she could do.  Each of the 315 entrants in the national contest received a mannequin and then had to dye, cut, and style the hair, as well as accessorize, along a bridal theme.  A panel of 17 judges handed …

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Tensions with law enforcement in Santa Monica, Pasadena

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Tuesday night at Santa Monica College — where KCRW is located — about 100 protesters crowded a hallway outside a meeting of the Board of Trustees. Video of the incident has been posted on YouTube by the Corsair, Santa Monica College’s newspaper. College President Chui Tsang says that when bystanders overran the door “there was one discharge of pepper spray by a [college] police …

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Fallout from pepper spray use at Santa Monica College

April 3, 2012. A student pours milk in the eyes of a co-protester who was sprayed by pepper spray.

Officers used pepper spray to break up a crowd of about 100 students who had showed up at a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting yesterday afternoon to protest a new two-tiered payment structure. The payment plan allows the college to offer courses outside of the regular schedule at a higher cost.  Students say this gives an unfair advantage to those who can …

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More big cuts to be made at Los Angeles Unified Schools

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Budget cuts at LA Unified aren’t quite as deep as expected, but almost 12,000 pink slips have gone out, and adult classes and other programs are scheduled for cancellation. After four years of concessions, the teachers’ union is being asked to give up still more. We talk with the President of the UTLA and the Superintendent of Schools. Also, besieged by state budget cuts …

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