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Death by defunding: Academic Decathlon competes for its life against the LAUSD deficit


Photo by Dave Shea via Flickr Creative Commons

In a battle against the $557 million budget deficit, LAUSD is preparing to vote on a bloodbath of possible program cuts this week. 

Facing death by defunding are art classes in elementary schools, tutoring assistance, recreation programs, adult and early education, All-District Honor Marching Band, and the award-winning Academic Decathlon program.

LAUSD, the second-largest school district in the U.S., allotted $400,000 in the current fiscal year to pay for Academic Decathlon regional competitions and coach stipends. 

El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, one of the district's top competitors, will be showing its smarts in Sacramento this weekend for the state Academic Decathlon championship. No fewer than 13 schools within the district are qualified for the state competition, reports the Daily Breeze


'KISS' robber rolls all nite, hides out every day

KISS robber juggalo

Screenshot via Fox 40

KISS robber was made for robbin' you, baby.

Masked and menacing, a tribute bandit has taken center stage in the Sacramento area as the so-called KISS robber, despite looking quite a bit like an Insane Clown Posse devotee "juggalo." 

Thought to be responsible in a string of convenience store and other robberies, the suspect met face to face with retired, 80-year-old Indian policeman Baldev Singh earlier this week, who was not a fan.  

Singh told Fox 40 Sacramento he had been an officer in Punjubi, India, and was not scared when the man fired off a shot. Instead, he ripped the mask off the poseur. No one was injured in the incident.

The mask is now in the hands of authorities, and police are hoping to retrieve DNA and find a match.

Goodnight Sacramento!!!!!!!!!!!!!