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May 2, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
UC Berkeley student Derek Low has created what might be the most awesomely automated dorm room in America. He calls the room "BRAD," which stands for "Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dormroom" and he's programmed it to do everything from waking him up in the morning to turning out the lights for him at night. That includes an instant party mode -- with laser lights, strobe lights, dance music and even a fog machine -- whenever he hits a wireless emergency party button. When a different mood is required, he can tell the room to go into "romantic mode," and the shades will close, the lights will dim, a disco ball starts to shine and some classic Elton John will automatically start playing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Civil rights leaders want prosecutors to bring more serious charges against three white students accused of repeatedly abusing a black freshman at San Jose State University. The students currently face misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges for allegedly forcing their 17-year-old black roommate to wear a bicycle lock around his neck and taunting him with racial slurs that referred to slavery. On Saturday, the president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called on prosecutors to file felony hate-crime and false imprisonment charges in the case.
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HEALTH
August 23, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
My co-tester went off to college last week, and I'm a little worried about how he'll keep in shape. Ever since I started this fitness gear column for the Los Angeles Times in 2002 - now up to 280 of them - my son, Joey, has helped me test pull-up bars, elliptical machines, pole-driven skateboards, Trikkes, mountain bikes, golf Frisbees, mini-snow sleds, bodysurfing hand-planes, five-toed running shoes and more. At 7, Joey was my stoker on the back of a $600 Raleigh Companion kid-friendly tandem, which I then bought and rode him to school and back on every day until eighth grade, when he told me it wasn't cool anymore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Soon after she settled into her new dorm room at Cal State Northridge, Brittany Brockman figured she should give her new roommate fair warning: She's a bit of a neat freak. Her roommate, Leslie Rosales, 18, didn't make much of the admission. But she didn't know yet just how serious Brockman was. Brockman, 18, folds all of her clothes impeccably and organizes them by color. She doesn't like a dirty shower. And when the trash needs to be taken out, it needs to be taken out now . Inside a freshly decorated (mostly pink)
HOME & GARDEN
August 18, 2005 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
SPENDING an average of $600 per person, the back-to-school set amounts to a $2.6-billion dorm-furnishings goldmine, according to the Container Store. While JCPenney hawks its MTV Cribs furniture collection and Sears has TYU, Ty Pennington's Extreme Makeover: Dorm Edition, the Container Store gives shoppers a chance to define their style through three multiple-choice questions at www.thecontainerstore.com.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2013 | By David Zucchino
Ayaanah Gibson, a pregnant 19-year-old freshman from Sacramento, was alone in her dormitory room at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., over the Labor Day weekend.  At some point, Gibson gave birth, lost consciousness and bled to death, according to the local coroner. Gibson's body was found late Tuesday night, along with the baby, which apparently was stillborn, said Gary Watts, the Richland County coroner. "She died from a loss of blood due to a spontaneous delivery," Watts said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
HOME & GARDEN
August 27, 1994 | BARBARA MAYER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Serious thoughts of a college freshman's first home away from home often get lost in the rush to shop for campus clothes and to crowd in one last summer with childhood pals. Too bad, because you'll have to squeeze a lot of living--and studying--into a dorm room that is at best probably a minuscule single or barely big enough to share with another newcomer. Most dorm rooms are initially Spartan, furnished with bed, bureau, desk and chair and, maybe, a desk lamp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1993 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A black professor at Chapman University has protested he was mistreated last month by campus security officers, university officials confirmed Wednesday. The professor, Francisco Newman, who teaches film and television, has reported to campus officials that he was rudely treated by two security officers who last month burst into the dorm room where he was staying overnight, woke him and questioned him.
HOME & GARDEN
August 26, 2000 | LYNN O'DELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like most college students heading off to the dorms, Chris Eggleton wanted something that would put a personal stamp on his allotted living space. So he went shopping for bedding and came home with blue satin sheets and a yellow tone-on-tone comforter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
UCLA police have arrested a student on suspicion of attempted rape and related crimes after an attack on a female student who was making a predawn cellphone call outside a residence hall on campus. The suspect was identified as Thaddeus Staniforth, 25, a UCLA student from Fullerton. He was being held in lieu of $1-million bail at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, UCLA officials said in a statement. Staniforth was arrested Friday night at his dorm room at the Delta Terrace residence hall, police said.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2013 | By David Zucchino
Ayaanah Gibson, a pregnant 19-year-old freshman from Sacramento, was alone in her dormitory room at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., over the Labor Day weekend.  At some point, Gibson gave birth, lost consciousness and bled to death, according to the local coroner. Gibson's body was found late Tuesday night, along with the baby, which apparently was stillborn, said Gary Watts, the Richland County coroner. "She died from a loss of blood due to a spontaneous delivery," Watts said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
NATIONAL
August 29, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly lying seven times to the FBI about what happened to Tsarnaev's laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks. Robel K. Phillipos of Cambridge, Mass., was charged with two counts of making false and misleading statements about a purported attempt by two other friends to get rid of the incriminating evidence in the April terrorist attack that claimed three lives.
HEALTH
August 23, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
My co-tester went off to college last week, and I'm a little worried about how he'll keep in shape. Ever since I started this fitness gear column for the Los Angeles Times in 2002 - now up to 280 of them - my son, Joey, has helped me test pull-up bars, elliptical machines, pole-driven skateboards, Trikkes, mountain bikes, golf Frisbees, mini-snow sleds, bodysurfing hand-planes, five-toed running shoes and more. At 7, Joey was my stoker on the back of a $600 Raleigh Companion kid-friendly tandem, which I then bought and rode him to school and back on every day until eighth grade, when he told me it wasn't cool anymore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Here is a piece of concrete advice for parents who will be bringing their sons or daughters to college this fall: Let them set up their own dorm rooms. That came from college junior Sam Landsberg, who talked Wednesday in a Spreecast chat with Times reporter Mary MacVean (also his mother) and John Harshbarger, the head of counseling at Oberlin College in Ohio. The weekly 4Moms talk this week was about letting go. Letting them put their own things away might seem a small gesture, Harshbarger agreed, but it sends the message they can set up their own lives at school too. Harshbarger said it's important for parents to give their children a chance to fail, to learn from those failures and move on. Parents generally have good intentions, he said, but they need to consider the right amount of contact during college.
NATIONAL
May 6, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
A federal magistrate released a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from jail Monday on strict pretrial conditions that include 24-hour home confinement and $100,000 bail. The friend, Robel Phillipos, a 19-year-old Boston native, is charged with making false statements to the FBI related to the April 15 explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. After a hearing before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler, Phillipos quickly left the courthouse in street clothes and a baseball cap, surrounded by family and friends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Mark Kellam
Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to file charges against a UCLA water polo player arrested on suspicion of raping another student, but they said that may change. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, a redshirt freshman, was suspended from UCLA after his arrest earlier this month.  "All we can say is the matter is under review for filing consideration," said Shiara Davila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Kaplanyan, who is at home in Glendale and out of jail on $200,000 bail, said the future of the case is uncertain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Soon after she settled into her new dorm room at Cal State Northridge, Brittany Brockman figured she should give her new roommate fair warning: She's a bit of a neat freak. Her roommate, Leslie Rosales, 18, didn't make much of the admission. But she didn't know yet just how serious Brockman was. Brockman, 18, folds all of her clothes impeccably and organizes them by color. She doesn't like a dirty shower. And when the trash needs to be taken out, it needs to be taken out now . Inside a freshly decorated (mostly pink)
SPORTS
December 17, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Steroids were found in the room of Garrett Reid the day he died of a fatal heroin dose at Philadelphia Eagles training camp this summer, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday. Reid, the son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid, was helping the team's strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death, prompting speculation that the anabolic steroids could have been meant for players. Northampton County Dist. Atty. John Morganelli said there was no evidence that Reid was providing players with the steroids and that investigators could not determine if the drugs were for Reid's personal use or distribution, according to the Associated Press.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A University of Central Florida student who was plotting an apparent massacre at his dorm managed to amass guns, explosives and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, with his roommates oblivious to his plans, police said Tuesday. James Oliver Seevakumaran's body was found in his dorm room early Monday morning with a .45-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber tactical rifle that had a 110-round drum magazine attached to it, police said. He also had a checklist of plotted actions leading up to a massacre that he never completed, police said.
SPORTS
December 17, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Steroids were found in the room of Garrett Reid the day he died of a fatal heroin dose at Philadelphia Eagles training camp this summer, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday. Reid, the son of Eagles Coach Andy Reid, was helping the team's strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death, prompting speculation that the anabolic steroids could have been meant for players. Northampton County Dist. Atty. John Morganelli said there was no evidence that Reid was providing players with the steroids and that investigators could not determine if the drugs were for Reid's personal use or distribution, according to the Associated Press.
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