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Lassen Elementary School in North Hills is the latest local institution to remove a teacher for "inappropriate behavior," NBC LA is reporting.
Parents were notified in a letter dated March 1 that a kindergarten teacher was "removed from the school" after allegations of inappropriate contact with a student, LAUSD officials confirmed Tuesday morning.
"This letter is to inform you that an allegation has been made of inappropriate behavior involving a staff member," Principal Dana Carter said in the letter. "Upon receiving the information, the proper authorities were notified. As part of the investigation, the employee has been temporarily removed from the school."
LAUSD officials said the male teacher was moved to a non-teaching facility during the investigation. It was not immediately known how long the man had been teaching within the district.
Derrick, a member of Occupy San Francisco, sits in front of California Highway Patrol officers dressed in riot gear during a demonstration against cuts to higher education held at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, March 5, 2012. Thousands of students, teachers and supporters marched to the Capitol as part of a daylong protest over state budget cuts to higher education.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Demonstrating against the rising costs of higher education, protesters descended on the state Capitol on Monday for a rally that resulted in 72 arrests. Four people were pinched by police early on, notes the L.A. Times, but the bulk of arrestees were taken in after they refused to leave the premises. Outrage was reserved for business hours only, and the Capitol closed at 6 p.m.
At one point during the day, protesters outside began chanting "let them eat" and "pizza now!" when protesters inside the building were reportedly having difficulty accessing bathrooms and were not permitted food or water once the area was sealed off by authorities.
Gov. Jerry Brown did not make an appearance at the hours-long "Occupy the Capitol" tumult, however he commented, via a spokesperson, that students today "are reflecting the frustrations of millions of Californians who have seen their public schools and universities eroded year after year." Referencing a proposed initiative to raise taxes, he continued, "that's why it's imperative that we get more tax revenue this November."
This May 31, 2011, file frame grab of the PBS website shows what their site looked like after being hacked by LulzSec.
Top members of the computer hacking group LulzSec have been arrested and will face charges in New York, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.
Five people with the group were either under arrest or being sought, the official said. The details of the allegations weren't immediately available, but were expected in court documents that were being unsealed Tuesday morning.
The group also goes by the full name Lulz Security. Hackers associated with the group have claimed to be responsible for a variety of cyber attacks on big companies, law enforcement and government agencies.
LulzSec is a spin-off of the loosely organized hacking collective Anonymous, other spin-offs of which have recently claimed responsibility for exposing the personal information of LAPD brass. Its members attained notoriety last May by attacking the website of the public broadcaster PBS and posting a story claiming that the slain rapper Tupac Shakur was alive and living in New Zealand.
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Though it reads like a thin, improbable premise on which to build an adult film, a new law has just gone into effect requiring porn actors in Los Angeles to wear condoms -- now all they need is a team of enforcers. Cue the Hot Cops?
An estimated 90 percent of the country's porn films are made in Los Angeles, and ensuring safer sex on set has fallen into the laps of city officials and industry leaders.
"Today really is a milestone in the advance of health and safety for these adult filmmakers," said Ged Kenslea, spokesman for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which lobbied for years for the measure.
When the law was passed in January, City Council gave police, the city attorney, the porn industry and others, a six month period to come up with an enforcement strategy.
The status of enforcement during the four months that remain is unknown. City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said he it was unclear whether police or health officials will begin showing up at shoots.
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If you can't see the ground, you can't see serpents. Keep this piece of advice in your long pants.
While it's unusual to see so many fangs so early in the year, unseasonably warm temperatures have signaled the end of hibernation for a number of slitherers, resulting in an increase in rattlesnake sightings across Southern California, say experts.
Canyon dwellers are advised to wear pants long that enough to cover the tops of shoes, and to avoid walking in tall brush or grass, or anywhere else you can't see below. Additionally, hikers are urged not trek alone and to bring a phone (even though cell service varies on trails), in case of an emergency, notes KTLA.
During last year's snake awakening, we spoke with park ranger Jackeline Velasquez who explained that rattlesnakes tend to sun themselves on trails and roads during the day, and then move around in early evening as they prepare to hunt.