CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 |
Pastor Rick Warren and his wife have launched a petition about mental illness after their son's suicide. “Join Kay and I, and the Saddleback Family, in our effort to urge educators, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and church congregations to raise the awareness and lower the stigma of mental illness … and support the families that deal with mental illness on a daily basis,” the petition reads. Matthew Warren, 27, shot himself April 5 at his home in Mission Viejo.
April 11, 2013 |
The "parent trigger" movement underwent a maturation process in its latest campaign, a petition to restructure 24th Street Elementary in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Unlike in previous campaigns, there were no lawsuits against the district, no claims by parents that they had been duped into signing the petition. (Under the law, if half or more of the parents sign, they can force either a restructuring of the school or a switch to charter.) The process was deliberative, with the parents taking applications to run their school and voting on which ones to accept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 |
A parent committee is recommending that a charter school and the L.A. Unified School District should collaborate to run 24th Street Elementary, which was the subject of a successful petition under the controversial parent-trigger law. The recommendation, which will be formally released Thursday, is for L.A. Unified to partner with Crown Preparatory Academy. The district would run the kindergarten-through-fourth grade program and Crown Prep would manage grades five through eight, said David Phelps, a spokesman for Parent Revolution, a locally founded group that is advocating for parent-trigger laws nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 |
A top DEA official is calling on federal regulators to impose tougher rules on the way pharmaceutical companies market narcotic painkillers to physicians, noting that such drugs are involved in more than twice as many deaths as heroin and cocaine combined. Joseph T. Rannazzisi, who heads the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control, urged the Food and Drug Administration in a letter to adopt stricter limits on OxyContin, Vicodin and similar medications to "safeguard the American public.
March 14, 2013 |
As part of its annual spring cleaning, Google on Wednesday announced it will shut down its popular Google Reader feature on July 1. The news was a surprise for many of the feature's loyal users, but Google said a decline in usage led to the decision. Google Reader is an RSS platform that can be used to aggregate feeds from multiple news sites and blogs into one single stream. "We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go," said Alan Green, a Google software engineer, in a post on the Google Reader blog.
March 5, 2013 |
Carly Rae Jepsen has a message for the Boy Scouts: Don't call me. Four days after an Eagle Scout filed a petition on change.org , Jepsen has called off her scheduled appearance at this summer's National Scout Jamboree, which is to be held July 15-24 in West Virginia. Derek Nance's petition asked the "Call Me Maybe" singer to "denounce the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay youth and parents. " Last month, the organization put off a decision on whether to lift that restriction, saying it needed more time to examine the "complexity of this issue.
March 4, 2013 |
The White House said Monday that consumers should be able to unlock their smartphones, and that it would support legislation to make such adjustments legal. The Obama administration said consumers deserve the flexibility to unlock their smartphones as well as their tablets, allowing consumers to use a device with a carrier other than the one they bought it from. "It's common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers' needs," the White House said in response to a petition.
February 13, 2013 |
A nutrition advocacy group joined with scientists and health agencies Wednesday to ask the federal government to decide just how much sugar is “safe” in sodas, raising the bar in its crusade to curb the “dangerously high” amounts Americans consume. Drinks are the single largest source of added sugar in the diet, and the request to the FDA is one way to fight back against the “ubiquitous marketing and heavy consumption” of sugar-sweetened beverages, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael Jacobson, said at a news conference in Washington.
February 4, 2013 |
Lobbying efforts stepped up on Monday as the leadership of the Boy Scouts prepared to consider an end to the national ban on gay membership. Members of the Scouts' board began their three-day meeting Monday in Irving, Texas, where those seeking to end the ban presented petitions they said had 1.4 million signatures. Save Our Scouts planned a prayer vigil in support of the ban for Wednesday, the day the board is expected to vote. Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mother from Ohio who was ousted as a Scout den leader, was among those delivering the signatures gathered online.
January 24, 2013 |
A petition was presented Thursday to the Ohio attorney general's office, calling for a continuing investigation of the Steubenville rape case that shocked the nation . The online petition, with 70,000 signatures, calls on Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine's office to continue investigating the incident to ensure all of the people who were involved, either directly or as onlookers, are prosecuted, Kate Londen, communications manager for Choice USA, told the Los Angeles Times. Two high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, have been accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl at an alcohol-fueled party Aug. 11. Other partygoers, including athletes, used social media to propagate the alleged attack, especially through Twitter and by posting pictures on Instagram.