July 19, 2013 |
Question: My company owns and manages several large rental communities. After very strong encouragement from our local police department, I agreed to establish a "zero tolerance" policy for criminal activity by any of our residents. If a police call to one of our properties results in a police report naming a resident, or if it results in a resident being arrested, that action constitutes the "one and final strike" against the resident. That resident and anyone else living in the same unit will be immediately evicted.
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May 14, 2013 |
In ground-breaking action, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions of defiant students, directing officials to use alternative disciplinary practices instead. The packed board room erupted in cheers after the 5-2 vote to approve the proposal, which made L.A. Unified the first school district in the state to ban defiance as grounds for suspension. The action comes amid mounting national concern that removing students from school is imperiling their academic achievement and disproportionately harming minority students, particularly African Americans.
October 21, 2012 |
Jack Nicholson wasn't in his courtside seat. Denzel Washington, Magic Johnson and Dyan Cannon weren't there, either. They missed the good, the bad and the Dwight. Dwight Howard was mostly solid in his Lakers debut, dominant at times and sprinkling in just enough mistakes to remind everybody he went 197 days without playing a game. Howard had 19 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and five turnovers in almost 33 minutes as the Lakers lost to Sacramento, 99-92, in an exhibition game Sunday night at Staples Center.
September 5, 2012 |
Still dealing with the aftermath of a hazing scandal involving its prestigious marching band, Florida A&M University has found itself involved in another hazing-related controversy, this time involving the Torque Dance Team. The university received an anonymous report from a parent that the all-female dance group had engaged in off-campus hazing activities over the Labor Day weekend, the school said in a statement. The incident allegedly involved alcohol consumption and running up hills, but the school gave no other details.
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September 3, 2012 |
Josh Garcia got his first police citation in sixth grade for spray-painting graffiti at his middle school. Then came four more tickets for truancy and violating curfew. The worst was at Roosevelt High in Boyle Heights, where he got caught with brass knuckles and was sentenced to weekend detention in Central Juvenile Hall - a scary experience, he said. By senior year, Garcia had had so many run-ins with the law and fallen so far behind in school that he failed to pass the high school exit exam or earn enough credits to graduate.
June 29, 2012 |
The Transportation Security Administration is firing eight federal air marshals for drinking on the job, and suspending six more for failing to report the incident. The 14 marshals, who work out of the New York field office, were notified Friday and asked to turn in their weapons and credentials, TSA officials said. One probationary employee was terminated immediately. The rest can appeal. Federal air marshals are armed, nonuniformed officers who fly on commercial flights to protect travelers.