Chinese Products Harm Environment More Than Anyone Else's: Study Co-Authored by UCI

Ancient Chinese secret, huh?
Products made in China are associated with significantly higher carbon dioxide emissions than the same products made elsewhere, according to a study by scientists at three universities, including UC Irvine.

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Homeless Student Attends Cal State Fullerton with Help of GoFundMe

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Giving Children Hope

During Ashley Aquino's senior year of college, she and her siblings would walk for an hour and a half to school. Their family was facing financial trouble. Forced to leave their home in Buena Park, the kids spent their day at school, did their homework at West Anaheim Youth Center and McDonald's, and at night the family would couch-surf at relatives' homes--all while Aquino's parents scrambled to find affordable housing. The next day, another hour-and-a-half walk awaited Aquino and her siblings.

Through the tough times, the Aquinos remained committed to education, and non-profit organization Giving Children Hope--who had provided the family with food--heard about Ashley's story and wanted to contribute. Their solution: they set up a GoFundMe page to fund Ashley's first year at Cal State Fullerton with a goal of $7,000 to cover the school's $6,436 yearly tuition. They've just surpassed this goal, and now Aquino is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice there. Today, the family is sharing a two-bedroom apartment with another family in Buena Park, and Ashley and her mother are looking for jobs.

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Huntington Beach High School District Now Confirms Student "Hero" Was Not Suspended

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A student identified as Cody Pines tells a classmate to never pick on a disabled boy again.
UPDATE NO. 4, SEPT. 25, 2:21 P.M.: Cody Pines was not suspended from school after stopping a 16-year-old boy from beating a visually impaired classmate, according to Alyssa Griffiths, Huntington Beach Union High School District's public information coordinator.

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UCI Law School Summit Addresses Problems of "Women and Mass Incarceration" TODAY

A case can be made that orange truly is the new black.
When it's noted that the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the world, we tend to picture male inmates. But it's also true of females, and its presenting a whole different set of social problems, according to experts who will participate in a UC Irvine School of Law summit today.

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Kristen Michelle Roush Cleared of Molesting 14-Year-Old Male Student, Resigns as Teacher

Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Kristen Michelle Roush vehemently denied wrongdoing all along.
"I'm completely innocent of all the charges," Mission Viejo junior high school teacher Kristen Michelle Roush said outside the courthouse last November, after she pleaded not guilty to committing lewd acts with a 14-year-old male student.

"I put students first all the time, and I live my life in a way that shows I could not have done any of these things that are alleged against me," the 34-year-old Aliso Viejo resident told reporters at the time.

Sure enough, on Friday, the District Attorney's office dismissed the child molestation charges.

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Mark Falkowski Goes From Classroom to Courtroom for Alleged Sexting with Girl

Orange County Sheriff's Department
Mark Falkowski allegedly began the relationship when the girl resided in South County.
A Long Beach man is due in Orange County Superior Court this morning for arraignment on charges of engaging in sexual, inappropriate electronic communication with a female juvenile, and due to the 28-year-old's roles--teacher and girls sports coach--authorities fear there may be other victims.

A couple weeks ago, the Orange County Sheriff's Department was made aware of inappropriate e-mails and Skype conversations between the man and the girl that began in early 2014, according to the agency.

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James Franco Is Visiting UCI--and You Can't Go

He's coming

Hey you, reader. Are you a James Franco fan? Or maybe you abhor him or just want to know what all the fuss is all about? Well, Franco is going to be at UCI in October as part of a series of events called UCI Illuminations, an arts and culture initiative from the chancellor. The only thing is, you probably won't be able to go because everyone else wants to too.

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David Bruce Allegedly Molested at Least Two Students While an Anaheim Teacher: Police

Courtesy of Anaheim Police Department
David Bruce, first ballot inductee in Ugly Police Mugshot Hall of Fame
Anaheim Police are putting out the word for more alleged victims as a retired middle school drama teacher was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of molesting two students and possessing child pornography.

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

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

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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