Irvine Police Screw the Pooch with Active Shooter Drill at Elementary School

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Photo by flickr user Bruce Irschick
Which way to Mrs. Harmer's room?
The Irvine Police Department reportedly flubbed an active shooter drill at an elementary school recently because surrounding neighbors who had not been informed of the training made alarmed 9-1-1 calls, and responding Irvine cops had also not been informed of the exercise.

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Hurricane-vergence: Katrina's 10th Birthday, New Tropical Storm, UCI-NASA Link Fires

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Tropical Storm Danny could become the first hurricane of the season.
As if on cue, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is coming as weather forecasters reveal a tropical storm may become the first hurricane of the 2015 North Atlantic season while UC Irvine and NASA unveil research showing a strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines.

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Transparent California Claims to See Through Anaheim School District's High Teacher Salaries

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Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association
Anaheim Union High School District teachers participate in a teacher association-based training session that is presumably NOT on what to do with all the money they make.
Despite its teachers earning more on average than their colleagues at every California school district but one, Anaheim Union High School District falls short on student performance, according to new data released by a Tustin-based think tank.

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Michelle Yeh Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Sex with Two Boy Students: Update

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LAPD
Michelle Yeh faces nearly 10 years in prison.
UPDATE, AUG. 12, 5 P.M.: Michelle Yeh, who taught in San Pedro High School's science department and previously held a number of temporary teaching assignments in the area and provided online tutoring, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment today. She is due back in a Long Beach courtroom Sept. 10.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 12, 11:57 A.M.: A former San Pedro High School teacher who specialized in working with special needs students was to be arraigned in Long Beach today for allegations she had sex with two underage students, one of whom was taken to Disneyland and another to a hotel.

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Timothy Lance Lai Gets Year in Jail for Massive Corona del Mar High School Cheating Scandal

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Courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department
Timothy Lance Lai copped to 21 felonies.
Over the objections of prosecutors, the tutor at the center of the 2012-2013 Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal only received a year in jail Tuesday.

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Cars, Mucho Cerveza, Mariachi Flash Mob Help Santa Ana College Celebrate 100 Years

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Santa Ana College
In the 1960s, or a decade after this was shot, Santa Ana College cheerleaders got legs.
Santa Ana College opened its doors for the first time one fall morning in 1915. Actually, the doors of what was then Santa Ana Junior College had been opened before, as they were Santa Ana High School doors. But that's not important right now. What is important and historical and oh so glorious is SAC is now 100 years old ... and fixin' for a big ol' blowout ... yo.

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Touraj Daryaee, UCI Professor from Iran, Says Nuclear Pact Could Thaw Relations with U.S.

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Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama walk down the Cross Hall after the Iran nuclear agreement was announced in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday.
"My parents still live there so I know exactly how it is. I wouldn't think if Iran is bombed it would make things better for anybody--for Iran, the region or the world. We already have Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. We don't want this other, bigger country to fall apart.''
-Touraj Daryaee, a UC Irvine history professor who specializes in Iran and spent his formative years there before emigrating to the United States, who believes the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal is war.


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Huntington Beach City Attorney Michael Gates Responds to Censure Campaign: UPDATE

Categories: School Daze

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OVSD's Facebook page
The calm before the storms

UPDATE #2, 1:57 P.M.: Centralia School District Board of Trustees President Steve Harris provides this comment to Huntington Beach City Attorney Michael Gates' comment about Harris and his crew censuring him:

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Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area CEO Under Internal Investigation

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Lou Yantorn Branch

Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area (BGCHA) employees allege CEO Tammy Walz created a "hostile work environment" while letting the nonprofit's Westside Costa Mesa branch fall into disrepair, according to internal emails and letters from several of the nonprofit's employees obtained by the Weekly.

The emails and letters, addressed to the nonprofit's 13-member board, paint BGCHA's administrative office as a funhouse complete with tissue box throwing and insensitive racial comments. Meanwhile, the Westside Costa Mesa branch, one of four total branches throughout Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach, was allegedly left without furniture and flooring after a renovation project.


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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Buena Park Teacher Rebecca Friedrichs' Union-Dues Challenge

Categories: Court, School Daze

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Rebecca Friedrichs is the teacher at the center of it all.
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will hear a major challenge to California's public unions--and public unions all over, really--brought by a Buena Park teacher-turned-Fox News heroine.

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