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October 1, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
  California State University campuses are accepting applications for the fall 2014 term, officials said. Enrollment is expected to increase by about 6,000 students, helped by an infusion of funding from Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's voter-approved measure that temporarily raises certain taxes for education and other purposes. Even with the new funding, however, the system is expected to turn away some 20,000 eligible students because of drastic funding cuts made in previous years.
September 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Decades after that December day in the Guatemalan village, the former soldier could remember the women's screams. Their cries for help, he said, rang out from the church as the soldiers raped them. He recalled the bloodshed and the victims flung into a well, some still alive as they plunged. "At Dos Eres, the people were humble people," the soldier, Cesar Franco Ibanez, said of the 1982 massacre of more than 200 villagers. "They had no weapons. " In a Riverside courtroom this week, Jorge Sosa, a Moreno Valley martial arts instructor, is on trial, accused of lying on his application for U.S. citizenship.
September 23, 2013 | Sandy Banks
The college application essay was the tipoff. It was beautifully written but painfully rendered; a high school student's story of her family's tumble from middle-class stability into homelessness and addiction. It helped Danielle Stone earn a spot at UCLA. But it also drew her family into a yearlong odyssey through Los Angeles County's child welfare system. A teacher who read the essay notified social workers. They visited the family in the San Pedro motel they moved into after a string of evictions.
September 16, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Wander among high school seniors and their families, especially if the teenagers are academically ambitious, and the tension level is as finely honed as a tightrope. Perhaps no one can tell these families that there's no need for so much stress, but we will try with our 4Moms Spreecast conversation with “application whisperer” Lacy Crawford. Crawford has written an often-funny - and sometimes super-sad - fictionalized account of the lengths parents go to mold their teenagers in the image they desire - to get them into the right college, no matter what, to get the right essay written for the college applications - no matter what.
September 13, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - For homeowners who were looking to the federal government's reverse mortgage program to supply lots of cash for their retirement years, here's a heads-up: The pipeline just got narrower. Pressed by Congress to slash losses, the Federal Housing Administration recently outlined a series of steps designed to limit the maximum amounts that seniors can draw down on their homes and to make qualifying for a reverse mortgage tougher. Starting in January, applicants for FHA-backed reverse mortgages for the first time will have to qualify under comprehensive new "financial assessments" - covering credit history, household cash flow and debt levels - to make sure they have the "capacity and willingness" to meet their financial obligations under the terms of the loan.
August 26, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than two dozen bills into law Monday, including one meant to protect pets from accidentally being killed by traps designed to catch small wild animals. The measure limits the size of the "body-crushing traps" used on dry land to 6 by 6 inches and prohibits the drowning of trapped animals. The bill is AB 789, by Assemblyman Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara). Brown also signed legislation intended to combat sticker shock for consumers using their credit or debit cards to make calls on a pay phone.
August 17, 2013 | By David Zucchino
Jason Heap grew up in Texas among Baptists and Lutherans. He earned a master's from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. Now, at age 38, Heap wants to be a U.S. Navy chaplain. But Heap is a humanist who doesn't believe in God, and the U.S. military has never sanctioned a humanist chaplain. Nor has the Navy acted on Heap's application, filed last month, to become its first approved humanist chaplain. Heap says he's not trying to make a point or bring attention to himself.
August 6, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- Most of the “Dream 9” will get the chance to argue their case for asylum before an immigration judge, their attorney says. The five women and four men, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, staged a brazen protest three weeks ago at the U.S.-Mexico border to draw attention to the thousands of people deported under the Obama administration. When the so-called Dreamers - named for the Dream Act, which would provide them with a path to legalization -- attempted to reenter the U.S. at the Nogales, Ariz., port of entry on July 22, they were arrested.
August 2, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
California State University students this fall will be able to enroll in online classes offered at other Cal State campuses, the latest move by the state's public universities to expand online learning. The program will offer 36 fully online classes in high-demand subjects such as biology, physical geography, statistics, astronomy and business finance. University officials hope that offering the hard-to-get classes as an online option will help students obtain degrees and graduate faster.
July 16, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
“What does # YOLO (You Only Live Once) mean to you?” In 200 to 250 words. Go! For my answer, I'll defer to a definition from Urban Dictionary: “ Carpe diem for stupid people.” And for its use in a sentence, I'll again turn to that site: Guy 1: “Hey i heard that you broke ur leg falling off the balcony at that party.” Dumbass 1: “Ya but hey YOLO.” When thousands of high school seniors fill out their applications to...
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