Daniel Pohl Identified as Man Electrocuted at Mission Viejo High School: Update

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See the update at the end of this post with the coroner identifying the man killed at Mission Viejo High School.

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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.

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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)

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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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Stephanie Dellande, Black Professor Denied Tenure, Claims Victory in Suit Against Chapman

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Stephanie Dellande went from Chapman's Argyros School to the University of New Orleans. She is now an associate professor at Silicon Valley's Menlo College.

Chapman University denies race plays a part in tenure decisions, but a federal judge just signed off on a consent decree that has the private institution in Orange paying a former business faculty member $75,000 to resolve a lawsuit that claims she was denied tenure because she is black.

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Robert Pimentel, Ex-Teacher Who Sexually Abused Schoolgirls and Relative, Gets 12 Years

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Robert Pimentel pleaded no contest last month.
A former Los Angeles Unified School District grade school teacher who retired to Newport Beach after he was accused of molesting little girls in his classes was sentenced in Long Beach to 12 years in prison today.

Robert Pimentel, 58, pleaded no contest last month to three felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse involving a female relative.

With time served and good behavior, he should be out in eight years, according to his attorney.

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Michael Jay Granger, High School Teacher, Accused of Sexual Contact with Teen Girl

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Michael Jay Granger
The parents of a sophomore at University High School in Irvine found a series of disturbing texts between their daughter and English teacher Michael Jay Granger, according to Irvine Police.

That led to a police investigation that discovered through social media that Granger's relationship with the girl was stated to be sexual, the department claims.

Thirty-two-year-old Granger was booked into Orange County Jail late Monday night for alleged lewd conduct with a child and held on $100,000 bail.

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Obama's Full Climate Denier Denouncing UCI Commencement Speech (with Reactions)

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A conservative, ahem, thinker found Barack Obama's commencement speech "inappropriate."

Amy Ridenour, chair of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research think tank, obviously is not a fan of President Barack Obama's commencement speech to UC Irvine graduates at Angels Stadium Saturday.

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