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October 22, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A man driving a stolen pickup smashed into the rear of a school bus carrying high school students in Mead Valley on Thursday morning, leaving 16 students hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries. The driver of the 1999 Ford pickup ran from the scene and was not apprehended, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Jim Whitney. Officers found at least five rifles inside the truck, which had been reported stolen from Orange County this week, Whitney said.
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April 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Perris middle school teacher arrested for allegedly trying to seduce a minor is free on bail, Riverside County jail records show. Jeffrey Rightmire, 41, of Murrieta, was arrested Tuesday by police after he allegedly sent harmful material by text and the Internet with the intent to seduce a minor, a Riverside County Sheriff's Department statement said. A spokesman for the Val Verde Unified School District said two students alerted school officials Monday that a girl was allegedly involved with a teacher on campus, according to a report in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
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November 23, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reaffirming their belief that their schoolchildren lack a moral compass, trustees of the Val Verde Unified School District nonetheless voted Monday night to rescind their earlier decision to post the Ten Commandments at school offices. The district, said school board President Robert Givens, could not afford the legal fees to fight the issue in court, where the matter was headed after a lawsuit was filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999
The current flap over public prayer at high school football games in Texas is merely a new twist on the politicization of religion seen this year in demands to post the Ten Commandments in schools, most recently in Riverside County's Val Verde Unified School District. In the Texas dispute, the student-led public football prayers at a school near Galveston go beyond accommodating the religious rights of students.
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January 23, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Authorities are investigating sexual abuse allegations against a former Alhambra vice principal made by a former student who secretly recorded what she presented as a telephone confrontation with the educator and posted the video on YouTube. The case has generated wide attention because the video went viral, racking up more than 1 million views since last Friday. Andrea Cardosa, 40, resigned from her post at Alhambra High School last Friday, a few hours after the video went live and someone forwarded it to school administrators.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1995
I am writing with regard to "The Long, Tortured Tale of Hughes' Project 776" (Dec. 10) on Hughes Aircraft Co.'s dealings in Egypt. My letter will not attempt to address all of the many allegations in the article, but rather to make three points. First, the article implies that former Hughes Chairman Albert Wheelon was "ousted" because he "pressed the issue" of Egypt before the GM board. As I informed your reporter during his preparation of this story, Mr. Wheelon's departure from Hughes involved matters having nothing to do with affairs in Egypt.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1995
As the author of "Every Family's Guide to Computers," I've had the opportunity to review over 300 software-based educational products, and I must take great exception to the attempt by Michael A. Hiltzik ("Lesson No. 1 on Educational Software: It Does Not Work," Dec. 13) to disparage all learning software out of hand. For starters, no one I've met is techno-crazed enough to conclude that children's educational software should replace books. The written word is still No. 1, and the goal of every parent ought to be to raise children who are comfortable spending an afternoon reading a favorite novel or perusing a genuine hard-bound reference book or encyclopedia.
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May 16, 2004 | Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writer
This was not the fitting coda Chuck Wackerman had imagined. In the Los Alamitos Unified School District, Wackerman is revered as a jazz education legend, having led his middle and high school band programs to critical acclaim for nearly half a century. But in March, district officials told him that his contract would not be renewed. Wackerman, 73, teaches two jazz classes on a part-time basis, and school officials wanted one director to oversee the instrumental music department.
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