Kent and Jill Easter's School Mom Victim Kelli Peters Finally Gets to Speak Her Mind: Update

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"I actually started to fear for my life and the life of my daughter," Kelli Peters said of the harassment Jill and Kent Easter put her through.

UPDATE, OCT. 20, 10 A.M.: The victim of Jill and Kent Easter finally got her chance to speak out about the nightmare the vindictive Irvine lawyer couple put the school volunteer through, something she remained silent about until both had been prosecuted.

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UC Irvine Puts Experts and Professors in the Field in Santa Ana to Abate Family Violence
Ellen Olshansky, a professor of nursing science at UCI, is one of three leaders of the Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence.

A new center dedicated to family violence that unites community partners with faculty from 20 UC Irvine departments launches this afternoon at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana.

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Shooting That Injured One Closes Santa Ana Neighborhood and Locks Down School: Update

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UPDATE, OCT. 16, 5:36 P.M.: A 20-year-man was shot several times in the upper body in the 1600 block of West Orchard Avenue in what is believed to be a gang-related crime, according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, the Santa Ana Police spokesman. Despite being shot, the victim ran east on Orchard, then north on Doreen Way and finally into a home in the 1400 block of South Doreen Way, where he asked for help, said Bertagna, who added the fellow later went into surgery. Police sought two gunmen on bikes, one of whom ran onto the campus of Jose A. Sepulveda Elementary School at 1801 S. Poplar St., prompting authorities to temporarily hold students in classrooms before later releasing them to their parents.

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Eradicating Disease-Carrying Mosquitos is UCI Talk Subject as Yellow Fever Mosquitos Arrive

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Views of an adult yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti)

How is this for a coincidence? The same day vector control officials announced the discovery of yellow fever mosquitoes in Los Angeles County, UC Irvine promoted a lecture on a strategy to eradicate disease-spreading mosquitoes worldwide.

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Andrew C. Jones Faced Racism as Coast College District Chancellor: Rancho Santiago Chancellor

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Raul Rodriquez wrote in email to Andrew C. Jones that he was "disgusted" with the "dysfunctional" Coast Community College District board "and their passive aggressive racism."

The Rancho Santiago Community College District chancellor, who is Hispanic, told the recently departed Coast Community College District chancellor, who is African American, that the latter was essentially the victim of racism.

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Is That a Smartphone in Your Pocket or a Cosmic Ray Detector? UCI Says It's Both

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It even looks like a spaceship.

Physicists Daniel Whiteson of UC Irvine and Michael Mulhearn of UC Davis swear they are not--in the words of the late, great Frank Zappa--jiving us with their cosmik debris, claiming to have designed an app to turn the global network of smartphones into a planet-sized cosmic ray detector.

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Dr. Carl Schultz of UCI Med Center Downplays Terrorist Spread of Ebola. As for Smallpox ...

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Where does it hurt?

"While in theory it looks like biological weapons would be great ... [it's a] lot harder to implement than you would think."

-Dr. Carl Schultz, a professor of emergency medicine (with emphasis on disaster medicine and terrorism) at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, when asked recently about the possibility of terrorists spreading the Ebola virus in the United States.

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Timothy Lance Lai, Tutor Accused of Helping 3 Students Cheat, May Have Aided Hundreds

Timothy Lance Lai was arrested Monday at LAX.
You'd think a 29-year-old tutor accused of helping three Corona del Mar High School students cheat last year was facing the crime of the century, given the lengths Irvine's Timothy Lance Lai went to to avoid prosecution.

Then again, it has now been revealed the cheating scandal may have extended beyond CdM to Santa Ana and other points beyond.

"There's probably hundreds of kids affected by this individual," says one school official.

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Esther Castillo Vows to Be the Voice of Ignored Parents if Elected to Anaheim City School Board

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Dr. Esther Castillo knows what it feels like to be shunned by the board of the Anaheim City School District (ACSD). She quietly lent her signature last year to a last-ditch petition effort to keep Principal Roberto Baeza at Juarez Elementary instead of getting booted. The effort proved to be real-life lessons in the sociology professor's education classes at Chapman University and Fullerton College. Soon, her students and Anaheim parents suggested she run for one of three school board seats up for grabs this November. On the last day to file, Castillo declared her candidacy.

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UCI Public Lecture on Fighting Diseases Like Ebola Can't Come Soon Enough

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With the first reported case of Ebola in the United States now a cause for alarm (at least among the teevee news anchors), the only thing one wishes about the first presentation of UC Irvine Physical Sciences' annual Breakfast Lecture Series is that it was sooner. Dr. Aaron Esser-Kahn is scheduled to discuss innovative vaccine approaches to combat diseases like Ebola on Tuesday.

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