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January 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- California schools, starting Tuesday, may apply for grants from the state's new $250-million Career Pathways Trust aimed at preparing high school and community college students for well-paying jobs. “This kind of career pathways education works,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “It's truly an investment in the students and the state's economic development.” Applicants competing for grants of up to $15 million each will propose programs designed to provide a clear path from school to specific kinds of jobs in demand in high growth industries, tailoring instruction to the skills needed for those positions.
January 14, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
California's bullet train project is facing a potential funding shortfall in April when funding agreements require the state to come up with $180 million to match federal grants, said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), the chairman of the House of Representatives' rail subcommittee. Denham, who is scheduled to hold a hearing on the project Wednesday, said he believes the state's funding plans violate federal law. "They have gotten too far over their skis on this," Denham said, referring to a position that can lead to a fall.
January 11, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
It might be a little early in the year to hear the phrase “…and the winners are…” But those words rung throughout BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood on Saturday -- a happy day for a handful of fimmakers. Film Independent, which produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, held a brunch at which it announced the three winners of its Spirit Awards filmmaker grants. For “creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films” amid challenging circumstances with limited resources, Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston received a $25,000 unrestricted grant for the Piaget Producers Award.
January 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers took to the airwaves Sunday to argue about extending long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans who were cut off last month, a politically sensitive issue in an election year. Democrats urged their Republican counterparts to join in granting emergency unemployment benefits. Republicans countered that they want to explore other options, including new job training initiatives. Both sides intend to highlight the dispute during this year's midterm election campaigns.
January 2, 2014
Wilbur 'Moose' Thompson USC athlete won gold medal in shot put at 1948 Olympics Wilbur "Moose" Thompson, 92, a USC athlete who won the shot put gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, died Christmas Day, the university announced. No cause of death was given, but Thompson, a longtime Long Beach-area resident, had a heart ailment in recent years. At the London Games, Thompson won the shot put with a career-best mark of 56 feet, 2 inches, breaking the Olympic record by more than 3 feet.
January 2, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A Mexican immigrant without a green card on Thursday won the right to practice law in California, an unprecedented ruling that will permit others in similar circumstances to become lawyers. The state Supreme Court agreed unanimously that Sergio C. Garcia - who passed the bar examination four years ago - should receive a law license while awaiting federal approval of his green card application. The court, which has the final word on licensing lawyers, said it was able to approve Garcia's admission to the State Bar because the Legislature had passed a law last year that cleared the way. "The fact that an undocumented immigrant's presence in this country violates federal statutes is not itself a sufficient or persuasive basis for denying undocumented immigrants, as a class, admission to the State Bar," Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote for the court.
December 31, 2013 | By David G. Savage and Maeve Reston
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary exemption late Tuesday to a small group of Catholic nuns that shields it from having to comply with a part of President Obama's healthcare law that requires it to provide contraceptive coverage in its insurance plans. She acted on an emergency appeal from lawyers for the group who said the nuns faced "draconian fines" beginning on New Year's Day if they failed to comply with the law widely known as Obamacare. Sotomayor gave the government until Friday to file a response in the case.
December 24, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Nearly 60 years after his death, Alan Turing, the British scientist whose code-breaking work helped the Allies beat Hitler and whom many consider the father of artificial intelligence, received a royal pardon Tuesday for the crime of having had sex with another man. Turing was convicted in 1952 of “gross indecency,” the charge used against gay men in an age when homosexual relations were illegal in Britain. He underwent chemical castration and had his government security clearance confiscated, then took his own life in 1954 at age 41, prematurely ending a distinguished career that pioneered today's computer era. In recent years, a campaign to have Turing's name cleared has built momentum, resulting in an official apology in 2009 and culminating in the announcement Tuesday that Queen Elizabeth II, exercising her royal “prerogative of mercy,” had pardoned Turing at the request of the government.
December 24, 2013 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons for 127 convicted felons Tuesday, keeping with a Christmas Eve tradition he has followed since retaking the governor's office in 2011. All of those pardoned by Brown have long since completed their sentences and have a record of at least a decade without any further criminal activity, according to a statement from the governor's office. Most were convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. "Pardons are not granted unless they are earned," the statement said.
December 24, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A California firefighter who was severely burned when her crew was trapped during a 2007 wildfire received a pardon from the governor Tuesday for crimes she committed in her youth. Gov. Jerry Brown's order, citing Brooke Linman's bravery and heroism, was one of 127 grants of clemency that followed a tradition of Christmas Eve pardons he began in 2011. Though most of those who were pardoned committed minor, nonviolent drug crimes decades ago, the list also includes robbers, spouse abusers, people who fired guns during their crimes, a chop-shop operator and a man who stole frozen food.
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