Family Says Danielle and Devin Scelsi Were Forced to Drink Booze, Request Privacy: Update

See the update at the end of this post with a statement from the Scelsi family.

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University of New Mexico (left); SoCal Developmental Soccer League
Danielle and Devin Scelsi played at Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 21, 8:46 A.M.: Fraternal twins from Trabuco Canyon have withdrawn from the University of New Mexico after a women's soccer initiation ritual involving alcohol sent one of the freshmen to the hospital. Campus police were sent to a dormitory Sunday night after Danielle Scelsi reported her 18-year-old sister Devin was having trouble breathing and appeared to be vomiting.

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Cerritos College Police Chief Richard "Buk'' Bukowiecki Takes Own Life in Local Motel

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Cerritos College
Honoring Cerritos College Police Chief Richard "Buk" Bukowiecki in 2012 are (from left) Lucinda Aborn, Marilyn Brock and Rachel Mason.
The three women shown from left above--Cerritos College's dean of Disabled Student Programs & Services, interim vice president of Academic Affairs (now at Long Beach City College) and instructional dean, Business Education respectively--helped bestow the Outstanding Classified Manager of 2012 award to campus Police Chief Richard "Buk" Bukowiecki.

Early Monday, the Huntington Beach resident was found dead from a gunshot wound in a Westminster motel room in what the county coroner has deemed a suicide.

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UC Irvine Study Finds Children of Incarcerated Parents Suffer More Health, Behavioral Woes

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Photo by flickr user The Buried Life
Are you there, dad? It's me, Junior ...

The children of parents who are incarcerated in the U.S. suffer significant health and behavioral problems, and in some cases these problems are worse than those experienced by kids dealing with divorce or a parent's death, according to a new UC Irvine study.

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FBI: Orange County Teenager Victimized In Wild Sextortion Plot Involving Michigan Man

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A Michigan man who posed in an online chatroom as a teenage girl to entice a 16-year-old Santa Ana boy to email nude photographs of himself as well as a video of him masturbating is facing five federal, sex-crime charges in a sextortion plot.

A Southern California grand jury this week indicted 25-year-old Nicholas Glenn Wilcox of Detroit for allegedly using pictures of a real girl and female breasts in July to induce the minor, we'll call John Doe, to create child pornography and for threatening to publicly ruin Doe's reputation if he didn't film himself and his brother engaging in sex acts.

Michigan law enforcement authorities list the 5-foot-9 inch and 250-pound Wilcox--who used monikers that include "rapegod666," "Kypkilla12," "that1kid014," "Flame" and "Heretik"--as a sex offender with a 2009 felony conviction for possession of "child sexually abusive material."

Doe reported the plot to a high school official, who notified the Santa Ana Police Department, moves that ultimately led to involvement of an FBI child exploitation unit.

The victim told an agent the defendant contacted him on www.ChatHour.com by sending explicit messages that praised the boy's looks and suggested future sex acts.

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UC Irvine Ranked No. 1 "Coolest School" ... Not by the Cool Kids But Sierra Club's Magazine

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UCI students, including Bryant Phung (right), install water-saving plants near Middle Earth housing.

UC Irvine has been named the "Coolest School" in the country by Sierra, which also means that for the fifth straight year UCI has been recognized by the Sierra Club's magazine as among the top 10 "greenest" campuses nationwide.

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Brian Hughes Benedict Guilty of First-Degree Murder of His Ex-Wife Outside UCI Apartment

See Update No. 2 at the bottom of Page 2 on a jury today finding Brian Hughes Benedict guilty of special circumstances murder of his ex-wife. Update No. 1 detailed the trial's opening statements.

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Brian Benedict allegedly put his son in his car after fatally shooting the then-4-year-old's mother.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 5, 7:08 A.M.: Opening statements are expected this morning in the murder trial of a graduate student accused of gunning down his ex-wife outside of his UC Irvine apartment.

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Chapman University's Dodge College Ranked 7th Best Film School in U.S.

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Chapman University
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange stands tall.

Finishing ahead of the likes of Stanford, Loyola Marymount, Cal State Northridge and San Francisco State, the film school at plucky independent Chapman University in Orange has been named the fifth best in California and seventh best in the nation.

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Carlos Sanchez Hernandez Busted for Jerking It While Staring at Santa Ana School Girls: Police

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All photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Cops say the van was twice near Godinez Fundamental High School and Carr Intermediate School.

The Santa Ana Police Department and Orange County District Attorney's Office are distributing photos of a suspect and the van above in case there are other victims of a man who was allegedly masturbating inside the vehicle while staring at and making eye contact with two high-school aged female students.

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Mark LeVine, Provocative UC Irvine Professor, Proposes "Parallel" Israeli-Palestinian States

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University of California Press

Longtime readers will remember Mark LeVine from stories he wrote and stories written about him in OC Weekly, on topics ranging from spring breaking in Falluja and tracking underground rock music in the Middle East to surviving The O-Reilly Factor and being named one of the 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.

Now the UC Irvine history professor may have embarked on his most ambitious project yet: a solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Orange County's Response to Sandy Hook Plays Out at School Safety Conference TODAY

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Photo by flickr user Arturo Sotillo
School should be a place to learn and play, not duck from gunfire.

Orange County school and law enforcement officials want the public to know they have been working on strategies to combat school shootings, and they will further get the word out this afternoon by recognizing a cop and school administrator who have been doing something about this sick element of modern life.

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