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

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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

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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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Assholes Alert! Orange County NeoFreethinkers Hear UCI Professor's Asshole Theory SUNDAY

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Peter Montoya says his Church for Thinkers is catching fire with believers and non-believers alike. With that in mind (and spirit), let us think about the topic of this weekend's "Re-Think Sunday" presentation by Aaron James, a UC Irvine professor of philosophy: "Assholes: a Theory."

Oh, I think it's more than a theory, brothers and sistahs! (Ask anyone who reads me!)

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Minority Children are Unrepresented in Special Education: UC Irvine-Penn State Study

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An intern checks out a basketball to a student with Marfanoid Hypermobility Syndrome.
Contrary to popular belief, minority children are not overrepresented in special education classrooms but are actually underrepresented, according to the findings of a UC Irvine-Penn State study.

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Raymond William Henry II Allegedly Had Images of Naked Girls Ages 11-13 on His iPad

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An iPad left in a car rental led to the arrest of Raymond William Henry II.
A Trabuco Hills High School track coach is scheduled to be arraigned this morning for allegedly keeping on his iPad numerous photos of minor girls wearing Mustangs uniforms while engaged in track and field activities as well as images of naked females ranging in age from 11-13, according to deputies. Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) members and Orange County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigators arrested Raymond Williams Henry II, 57, of Laguna Niguel, on suspicion of child pornography possession Friday.

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Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation Takes Up Saudi Arabia Deal TODAY

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Hello, we'll be your guidance counselors.
The Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation's board is scheduled today to discuss its controversial $105 million consulting contract with Saudi Arabia that has been chastised by faculty, a student trustee and the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States.

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Why is the Ocean Off Orange County So Freaky Lately? Let Us Count the Ways

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Remember the movie The Blob? Actually, this is a Newport Beach tar ball.
Dozens of sharks off Seal Beach. Red crabs all over Orange Coast shores. Tar balls from Long Beach to Newport Beach. Gamefish off Dana Point that you don't normally see until you're 200 miles farther south (and, hopefully, in a boat). Dogfish and catfish living together ... MASS HYSTERIA!

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Those Perceived as Black Arrested Three Times More Often: UC Irvine-Stanford Study

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Mr. Simon, can I be perceived as non-black next season?
The odds of arrest are three times higher for people viewed as black, while those who self-identify as black but are not perceived to be by others are arrested no more often than those who are seen as non-black, according to a new UC Irvine-Stanford study. There must be a Rachel Dolezal joke in all this.

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