Omar J. Gonzalez, White House Intruder, Attended and Played Football at Orange High

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Former Panther Omar J. Gonzalez
The intruder who scaled a White House fence and opened the unlocked door while having a knife on him Friday received a GED from Orange High School and played football for the Panthers, according to published reports.

Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted of illegally entering a restricted area with a dangerous weapon.

Now a resident of Copperas Cove, Texas, former Army soldier Gonzalez was also stopped while walking along the south fence area in front of the White House on Aug. 25 with a hatchet in his rear waistband but was not arrested, according to federal authorities. He was arrested earlier in the summer in Virginia, where he had several weapons in his car and a map with the White House circled, officials said.

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What the Frack is Going on in North Orange County is Subject of Symposium TONIGHT

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Food & Water Watch's Alexandra Nagy speaks at a different fracking forum in July.

County and water leaders may swear fracking ain't nothing but a thing, but there are several concerned North Countians who fear the oil extraction method may endanger their drinking water. Some of them will no doubt be out tonight for a symposium on the subject at Cal State Fullerton.

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Jim Doti, Chapman U Prez, Still Under Fire for Saying Proposed Multicultural Center Would "Ghettoize" Campus

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Pictured: not a multicultural center.

Chapman University students continue to criticize President Jim Doti for controversial remarks surrounding multicultural centers, made during a discrimination lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit, settled in June for $75,000, was filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in September 2010 and alleged that former business faculty member Stephanie Dellande was denied tenure because she is black.

In a 2011 deposition conducted for the lawsuit, Doti discussed his opposition to establishing a multicultural center on campus, a push that goes back to when our Mexican-in-Chief was student head of multicultural affairs way back in 2001. When asked by an EEOC attorney why he opposed the center, Doti said, "I don't feel it's a good idea personally to ghettoize or create areas in the university that are focused on race or ethnicity," according to Chapman's newspaper The Panther.

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College's Chapman Filmed Entertainment Indie Company Makes the First Cut with The Barber

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Director and Chapman alum Basel Owies directs actor Scott Glenn in a scene for The Barber.

The Barber, which is the first movie made by Chapman Filmed Entertainment, the university film school's independent production company, is well on its way to appearing on a screen near you. (I almost wrote big screen near you, but with so many platforms for premieres these days who knows which screen size anymore?)

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces New Use-of-Force Review Process: Update

UPDATE: Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, just today announced that the agency will implement a unified, formal review process for use-of-force incidents. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson also announced a new delegation of criminal misconduct investigative authority to hold CBP personnel accountable. Representatives of the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights, the Southern Border Communities Coalition, Border Action Network of Arizona and the ACLU of Texas welcomed these moves toward greater transparency but also noted there has been no disciplinary action taken for use-of-force incidents that have resulted in at least 29 deaths since 2010.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are on the move.

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) engages in unlawful excessive use of force and lacks accountability and transparency, according to a report to the United Nations by the UC Irvine School of Law's International Justice Clinic.

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Popular Huell Howser Documentary Gets Two More Screenings at Chapman University

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California golden: longtime PBS host Huell Howser

Six consecutive sold-out audiences greeted the world premiere of a Chapman University professor's documentary on the late Huell Howser in March. Now, due to popular demand, A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser, returns to the Orange campus for two screenings Saturday.

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Tamura Elementary School Reopens After Suspicious Pipe Turns Out Not to be a Bomb

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"I have a question, teacher: What are we doing outside?"

Tamura Elementary School in Fountain Valley was evacuated this morning after a janitor found a Ziploc bag with PVC pipe inside.

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Gonzalo Parra Jr., Paroled Drug Offender, Allegedly Holed Up at Preschool with a Knife

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Gonzalo Parra Jr. is being held on various charges.

How'd you like to see the guy above you toting a 12-inch kitchen knife at your preschool? Folks at Garden Grove First Preschool were treated to such a sight this morning, according to police.

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Brian Hughes Benedict, Former UCI Doctoral Student, Gets Life Sans Parole for Slaying Wife

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Brian Hughes Benedict was convicted last month of murdering 30-year-old Rebecca Benedict.

Today, one day shy of five years since former UC Irvine doctoral student Brian Hughes Benedict gunned down his estranged wife near his campus apartment during a child custody exchange, the 40-year-old was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

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Why Does Saddleback College Have an MRAP Armored Vehicle?

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Parking enforcement?

The debate over military equipment hand-me-downs to local police departments went before a U.S. Senate Committee hearing on Tuesday, weeks after clashes in Ferguson between protesters and cops seemingly ready to take on Terminators brought the issue to the forefront. Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann testified at the hearing that it gives law enforcement armored vehicles needed to protect police and civilian lives.

Maybe such an excuse is valid with an urban police force (maybe not), what about Saddleback College's campus police? With just nine full-time officers, the department somehow managed to get an army mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle for...what exactly? Scaring kids who don't put up their parking permit?

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