Mark LeVine, Provocative UC Irvine Professor, Proposes "Parallel" Israeli-Palestinian States

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Longtime readers will remember Mark LeVine from stories he wrote and stories written about him in OC Weekly, on topics ranging from spring breaking in Falluja and tracking underground rock music in the Middle East to surviving The O-Reilly Factor and being named one of the 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.

Now the UC Irvine history professor may have embarked on his most ambitious project yet: a solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Orange County's Response to Sandy Hook Plays Out at School Safety Conference TODAY

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School should be a place to learn and play, not duck from gunfire.

Orange County school and law enforcement officials want the public to know they have been working on strategies to combat school shootings, and they will further get the word out this afternoon by recognizing a cop and school administrator who have been doing something about this sick element of modern life.

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Drought Even Worse Than Feared Claims New NASA/UC Irvine Study of Groundwater

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Jay Famiglietti, who is at the JPL and on leave from UC Irvine, was a senior writer of the study.

A new study by NASA and UC Irvine scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources, meaning our parched state and region is even worse off than previously feared.

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Pound Sand Canyon, Irvine: Los Alamitos Ranked Ninth Best City in America for Families

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Courtesy of the City of Los Alamitos
Bring the kids!
When I saw that an Orange County city had been named among the 10 best places in the country for families, I figured it must be Irvine. It's constantly ranked America's safest city after all.

When I discovered the rankings were based on public-school districts, I KNEW it had to be Irvine.

Just shows I've got some edumacating to do on meeself as Irvine--safe and smart and stucco-infused Irvine--did not draw iron.

Los Alamitos was the chosen one, according to the number crunchers over at Zip Realty.

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Daniel Pohl Was Electrocuted While Working for Mission Viejo High School Football Booster

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post about who the late Daniel Pohl was working for at Mission Viejo High School. Update No. 1 identified Pohl as the deceased.

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A responder travels by bucket to investigate electrocution at Mission Viejo High School

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 9:44 A.M.: A man in his early 20s was electrocuted and a second was badly shocked during a construction accident at Mission Viejo High School Thursday afternoon.

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Sunshine Cavalluzzi, El Dorado High Teacher: Being Honored by First Lady "Awesometastic"

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post where Sunshine Cavalluzzi describes her "awesometastic" day. Update No. 1 has what Michelle Obama said about her.

El Dorado High School
Sunshine Cavalluzzi, teacher to "rock stars"
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 16, 7:01 A.M.: During the second day of a two-day swing through Los Angeles, first lady Michelle Obama will attend a luncheon where an Orange County teacher will be honored.

Obama is scheduled to speak at the Grammy Museum's inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which was established by the family of the late public school teacher who recognized the critical importance of music in the education of students at all levels.

This year's award for the teacher from a public or private school, from kindergarten through high school, who successfully incorporates music into their classroom lessons is Sunshine Cavalluzzi of El Dorado High in Placentia.

The social sciences teacher is being recognized for what the museum calls her "innovative economics lesson plans."

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Jeffrey Fisher and Bert Rein, Lawyers Who Won Recent Supreme Court Cases, on UCI Law Panel

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Immigration and constitutional law: so hot right now. UCI Law Professor Jennifer Chacon brings expertise in both to Thursday's Supreme Court review panel.

Two lawyers who argued recent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court are among the panelists at Thursday's annual review of the nation's highest court presented by the UC Irvine School of Law.

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Real Costs of College and University Are Costing California Students Now and Later: Reports

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"Christ. Seven years of college down the drain."

It not only takes longer for California students to attain community college degrees in the traditional two years and state university degrees in the normal four years, the system has created "a raft of expensive consequences for students and the state," according to two recent reports.

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Bryan Zavala Wins $3.8 Million Jury Award for Hand Injury in Newport-Mesa Shop Class

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Careful with those fingers, kids.

A 2013 Estancia High School graduate whose right hand was severely injured in a metal shop class when he was 16 received a $3.8 million jury award in his lawsuit against the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, according to his attorney.

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Corinthian Colleges Avoid Shutdown (For Now)

Corinthian Colleges Inc.
If they had a million for each pillar ...

Corinthian Colleges, one of the nation's largest for-profit college corporations, was poised to shut down after acknowledging its lifeblood (funds from student loans and grants) was being delayed by the U.S. Department of Education. But now the trouble-plagued, Santa Ana-based company says it has reached a deal with the feds to stay open--while it pursues a possible sale.

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