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The body of Pepperdine University's athletic chaplain, assistant coach, and program director, Maurice Hillard, was found Monday on the beach in Malibu. The campus leader was reportedly out for a walk when he collapsed, reports KTLA.
Hilliard's body was discovered near Corral Canyon in the 2600 block of Pacific Coast Highway around 9 a.m. The exact cause of death was not determined, however the coroner noted no sign of foul play or trauma to the body. An autopsy will be conducted.
Pepperdine's president, Andrew K. Benton, released a statement Monday afternoon:
"We are saddened to learn that Maurice Hilliard, our University Athletic Chaplain and program director at the Boone Center for the Family, died earlier today. Maurice touched the lives of so many of us at Pepperdine, especially our athletes who looked up to Maurice as a friend, counselor, and mentor. He will be greatly missed.
Maurice grew up in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of La Verne and a Master's of Divinity in Apologetics at Biola University. He spent 10 years as a basketball coach at Pepperdine and then became the program director at the Boone Center for the Family.
Maurice recently published a book called The Price of a Pearl where he shared what he learned through teaching, coaching, and mentoring young adults. He said he wrote the book for 'those who will open their hearts and minds to the healing power of God and who are willing to receive help.'
Maurice was frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars about the transformational power of God in the lives of young adults.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.Please offer your prayers for Maurice's family and help each other through this difficult time."
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No one's getting to home base this year. The Lennox Little League has changed its mind about accepting a $1,200 donation from a local strip club that could have saved their 2012 season.
Nearby gentlemen's club, Jet Strip, along with other donations, would have covered the higher price of playing ball after an increase in fees including the school district's double price for diamond usage.
Despite the fallout for around 40 teams — approximately 300 kids — league officials "felt the source of the money was not appropriate," KTLA reports.
League president, Roberto Aguirre, hopes the district will be able to re-negotiate fees so the kids can still play baseball this season.
Unlike, say, the movie-version of this storyline, Jet Strip was not asking for its logo to appear on any team jerseys.
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With bases loaded and two outs, who will go to bat to save little league? Turns out, a local strip club.
The Lennox Little League season was saved, in part, to a big donation from Jet Strip, a nearby gentlemen's club in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles. James Wallace, Jet Strip's general manager and a 15-year member of Lennox's Coordinating Council, said the club does not like to brag about donations.
Their $1,200 gift to the struggling league came after the Lennox School District imposed new regulations and fees to pay for a field security guard position. The school board doubled the per-day fee it previously charged the league for use of the fields, the Daily Breeze explained.
Disputes between the league and the district have impacted player participation and delayed the start of the season by weeks.
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Inspired by the ritual coming-of-age celebration for Latinas, Echo Park's "Quinceañera" mural on Logan Street became the focus of a neighborhood fracas when a new tenant began sandblasting the large-scale piece.
The mural was painted in 1996 by Theresa Powers on of the exterior of Pescado Mojado seafood restaurant, soon to be a Señor Fish location.
Mural removal was halted immediately after the artist, now living in San Antonio, changed her mind about documenting and preserving the piece, the Eastsider LA reported.
The Señor Fish crew, however, got caught in the net of "social networking speculation," notes KCET, prompting response from the offices of District 13, Cultural Affairs, and the Mural Conservancy, despite the operation being in complete accordance with mandates protecting artists rights.
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The "Salone dei Cinquecento", in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.
UC San Diego researchers may be one stroke closer to getting their mitts on a missing Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, they announced Monday.
For decades, researcher and professor, Maurizio Seracini, has been playing hide and seek (mostly seek) with the lost Leonardo fresco, “The Battle For Anghiari.”
Last year, his research team, sponsored by UCSD and The National Geographic Society, discovered a hidden stone wall in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio and caused a controversy by drilling into another painting to access it.
Using laser and radar to survey the hall, Seracini found gaps behind a Giorgio Vasari fresco. He believes Vasari's fresco was built on a wall constructed to protect da Vinci's unfinished piece. "Seracini also discovered a telling clue: Vasari included a soldier in the fresco who holds a flag that reads, 'He who seeks, finds,'" notes ABC News.