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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Jason Felch
Thirty-one current and former UC Berkeley students filed two federal complaints against the university Wednesday alleging a decades-long pattern of mishandling sexual assault investigations by campus administrators. The complaints allege that officials for years have discouraged victims from reporting assaults, failed to inform them of their rights and led a biased judicial process that favored assailants' rights over those of their victims. The reports were filed with the U.S. Department of Education, which investigates violations of Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law, and the Clery Act, a federal law that requires campuses to accurately report incidents of serious crimes, including sexual assault.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Universal Pictures has tapped Eddie Cunningham to be its president of worldwide home entertainment, and company veteran Craig Kornblau, who led the studio's domestic home entertainment operation, is departing after 16 years. With the move, Universal joins other major studios that have aleady transitioned to a management structure that unifies their home entertainment divisions under a global head. Cunningham, who is based in London and will relocate to Los Angeles, has served as president of Universal Pictures International Entertainment for eight years.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
In the opening round of the City Section Division I playoffs No. 7 Washington held off No. 10 University, 56-53, on Friday night. Darnell Bettis had 17 points for University. No. 1 Westchester cruised past South East, 75-13. Myles Stewart and Cameron Young each scored 14 points. No. 2 El Camino Real defeated Arleta, 90-37. Kelton Conway scored 13 points. No. 3 Fairfax defeated Birmingham, 87-58. Donald Gipson scored 29 points and had 13 rebounds. No. 4 Narbonne defeated Crenshaw, 68-43.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The California State University's recent annual report on philanthropy for 2012-13 shows that the system pulled in $338 million in gift commitments, up 14% from the previous year. Charitable gift receipts topped $282 million, which was the most in the system's history, officials said. "This support represents a critical investment in the future," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, "as we prepare the engineers, artists, health care workers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and scientists of tomorrow.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Northwestern doesn't profit from its football team. In fact, the program actually loses money for the university. That's what Steven Green, chief financial officer for the athletics department, said Thursday while on the stand at a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago to determine whether or not Northwestern football players should be allowed to unionize. A day earlier, Southern Utah University sports economist David Berri had testified on behalf of the newly formed College Athletes Players Assn., which is pushing the unionization bid with support from United Steelworkers.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Too much pasta landed three University of Oklahoma athletes on the wrong side of the NCAA rule book. The unusual case, first reported Wednesday by the Oklahoman, came after the trio attended a graduation banquet in 2013. To restore their eligibility, the athletes each had to donate $3.83 to charity to cover the cost of the pasta. The school reported the situation to the NCAA. "This is unusual," said John Infante, a former compliance director at Colorado State and Loyola Marymount who writes the Bylaw Blog.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Randee Dawn
Alexander Payne is a born director. Not just thanks to his six feature film credits (including "Election," "About Schmidt" and the current Oscar nominee "Nebraska") but because even in a brief meeting he finds ways to assert control - over old misquotes, article angles and declining to put certain topics on the record that are off-message. He's probably smarter than you are and speaks with a thoughtful eloquence that doesn't quite hide that he knows it. Yet he wins Oscars for his scripts ("Sideways," "The Descendants")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
As an African American man pursuing a PhD in the sciences, Geoff Lovely has sometimes had to overcome a feeling that he didn't belong in the halls of top research universities where he saw few peers of color.  The Caltech student is intent on becoming a professor "where I think I can definitely make an impact" becoming a role model for other minority students interested in the sciences. A new venture announced Thursday aims to smooth a path for students like Lovely by joining the resources of four of California's top research institutions -- UCLA, Caltech, UC Berkelely and Stanford -- to increase the numbers of minority faculty and researchers in national laboratories and industry.
OPINION
February 11, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
When University of Missouri All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam came out publicly in interviews over the weekend, he put himself in a position to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League - if, as expected, he's chosen by a team in the May draft. Professional team sports are among the last arenas of public life to embrace openly gay people, and the NFL is expected to be a particularly tough culture to challenge. Sam is brave to go public in advance of the NFL draft, when his announcement could potentially harm his standing and drop him down a few notches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Larry Gordon and Jason Song
The recent expulsions of 11 students from an Orange County high school because of a cheating scandal appeared to be a forceful stand against academic dishonesty. But that discipline also has focused attention on the murkier questions about whether, and how, colleges should be informed about applicants' histories of misbehavior. College admissions officials say the expelled students and others in similar situations should come clean quickly to schools they've applied to, and they should be prepared for the consequences, including the possibility of having acceptance letters revoked.
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