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October 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A former San Clemente middle school math teacher was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting an eighth-grade student on campus and committing lewd acts against two other female students. Richard John Rack had been a teacher at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente since 2002 when a victim reported his conduct to the school principal last year. Upon Rack's release from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. During Friday's sentencing, the mothers of two of his victims submitted statements to the court, saying the sexual assaults had a devastating impact on their daughters, and asked the judge to sentence Rack to the maximum sentence of 10 years.
October 16, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The San Onofre nuclear plant may be permanently retired, but on Wednesday, the sirens were scheduled to sound as they have every year for an annual test. The test -- a regulatory requirement that hasn't been suspended despite the nuclear plant's shutdown -- will involve 50 sirens and include the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, as well as other areas of southern Orange County, nearby state parks and the Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton, officials announced.
October 13, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - State energy officials are scrambling to fill a large hole in California electricity supplies now that the San Onofre nuclear plant has been permanently closed by Southern California Edison Co. It's not just an energy problem; it could also become a political hot potato. Power blackouts helped fuel the recall of Gov. Gray Davis a decade ago, and Gov. Jerry Brown may be paying close attention as a result. California Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller recalled that Brown cornered him in August and bluntly warned him to "make sure the lights don't go out down there" in Southern California.
October 2, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
Southern California Edison fired another salvo at its former contractor, demanding that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries pay it $140 million for the cost of investigating the failure of steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Edison on Tuesday released a Sept. 27 letter that accused Mitsubishi of "stonewalling" by continuing to seek more documentation about the cost of the utility's probes. "Your letter makes clear that Mitsubishi has no intention of meeting its contractual obligations to reimburse expenses incurred as a result of the defective replacement steam generators," Edison wrote.
September 23, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Federal regulators have issued proposed safety violation citations to Southern California Edison Co. and its contractor for alleged design flaws in steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday released the results of an inspection into the failures that led to Edison's decision in June to shutter two units at the electricity generating station near San Clemente. In January of 2012, steam tubes in one of the units began to leak and the complex was shut down.
September 18, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
File this under “Things that make you go 'Huh?,' California section”: The city of San Juan Capistrano has banned flip-flops at two city parks. And better yet: City officials apparently didn't know they'd done it. And even better yet: It's a rule, but no one is enforcing it. OK, insert your “crazy Californians” joke here. But really, what's next: banning bikinis at the beach, or Ray Bans, or fire pits ? (Oh, wait, scratch that last one.) Now, to most of the country, San Juan Capistrano is the place the swallows return to. To generations of Southern California schoolchildren, it's where you go to see a Spanish mission; and then you coerce mom or dad into making a model of it for you for your school mission project, part of a time-honored tradition.
September 15, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former San Clemente quarterback Travis Wilson is showing he is one of the best quarterbacks in the Pac-12 playing for Utah. In a 51-48 loss to Oregon State, Wilson rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 279 yards and two touchdowns. One of his TD passes was to former Crespi, Taft and Agoura standout Lucky Radley. Former Thousand Oaks standout Richard Mullaney caught seven passes for 142 yards and one touchdown for Oregon State.  
September 15, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA players joined more than 1,000 friends and family members at a memorial service for receiver Nick Pasquale on Sunday. The overflow crowd at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church cried and laughed in remembering Pasquale, a UCLA receiver who died after being struck by a car a week before. "It was a great tribute to him," said Coach Jim Mora. "There was a lot of emotion. " UCLA linemen Carl Hulick and Colby Cyburt, Pasquale's roommates, were among the speakers. Other Pac-12 teams reached out, to the Bruins and to the Pasquales.
September 15, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Tre Madden is making a habit of rushing for more than 100 yards. The sophomore tailback ran for 102 yards and a touchdown in 16 carries in USC's 35-7 victory over Boston College on Saturday at the Coliseum. It was the third consecutive 100-yard effort for Madden, who ran for a 30-yard touchdown and also caught a five-yard touchdown pass. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Madden is the first USC player to rush for more than 100 yards in the first three games since Marcus Allen achieved the feat in 1981, the year he won the Heisman Trophy.
September 11, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Nebraska fans continue to step up in support of UCLA's football team, which lost receiver Nick Pasquale this week. The Californians for Nebraska , a Cornhusker support group, voted Wednesday morning to donate proceeds from its opportunity drawings to the Nick Pasquale Foundation. The group holds watch parties at various locations in Southern California when Nebraska plays. UCLA plays at Nebraska on Saturday. Pasquale, 20, died early Sunday monring when he was struck by a car. Services are being held Sunday in San Clemente.
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