Some can't believe there's no butter at a North Hollywood school, where a lesson involving making butter and eating it on crackers has been nixed.
LAUSD has prohibited blindfolding during a lesson about the senses in a fourth-grade classroom, the L.A. Times reports. One school has also removed butter-making from its curriculum, but not to promote healthier eating habits.
The edicts come after Mark Berndt's January arrest. Berndt pleaded not guilty to 23 charges of lewd acts with children, which include blindfolding and spoon-feeding his semen to students. Since then, a number of cases involving other LAUSD staffers have surfaced, including another at Miramonte.
Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Jaime Aquino cautioned that blindfolding "may be perceived negatively" in a Feb. 23 memo to principals, according to the Times.
Meanwhile, students at a North Hollywood school will no longer make butter with substitute teacher Prentiss Moore. One parent there drew a similarity between kids eating the finished butter on crackers with Berndt's alleged reputation of serving students tainted cookies, the paper continued.
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Carmageddon's attention-starved cousin, let's call her "Schlepgate," will arrive this weekend with a trunkful of 405 closures likely disrupt the city's stop-and-go flow.
The same stretch of 405 freeway that shut down in dramatic fashion in July 2011 will be worked on again, but this time only at night. In total, six nights of Sepulveda Pass closures are planned for the 405 portion between the 101 Freeway and Getty Center Drive.
The first banishment begins Friday with northbound* lanes on lockdown at 10 p.m. On-ramps and off-ramps could stop allowing traffic as early as 7:00 p.m. Lanes will reopen by 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
Saturday night will see northbound* lanes close again, and reopen Sunday, on approximately the same timetable. On Monday and Tuesday night, the southbound* lanes will close in a similar fashion. Southbound lanes will repeat the drill one more time the following week.
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The hostage situation at a Buena Park bank has ended. The bank's doors were blown open and police entered the bank with guns drawn around 3 p.m., NBC LA reported.
KCAL 9 reported that the suspect was shot, but it was unknown what injuries the suspect sustained. The female bank manager was taken to the command post and appeared uninjured, according to reports. Her name has not been released.
Buena Park police Cpl. Andy Luong confirmed that the SWAT team entered the bank and that the suspect was "down." An ambulance was seen leaving the shopping center.
Authorities received a call about a bank robbery just before noon after an armed suspect entered Saehan Bank. The suspect ordered all the employees, except for the manager, to leave the building.
Update 4:20 p.m. The bomb squad is investigating "suspicious devices" left in the bank by the suspect, says KTLA's David Begnaud. Two officers are also reported to have sustained minor injuries during the hostage rescue.
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A San Gabriel Valley doctor has been charged with murder after three of her patients overdosed on prescription drugs she prescribed.
Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng was arrested Thursday, taken into custody by state Medical Board investigators. If convicted of all charges, she faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison.
“Prescription drug overdose deaths have reached epidemic proportions," Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a press release. "Enough is enough. Doctors are not above the law."
Tseng also faces charges for prescribing drugs using fraud, as well as 20 felony counts for prescribing drugs without a legitimate purpose. Two of those counts involve two of the patients who died. They also include prescriptions written for undercover officers, as well as other patients.
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A dangerous situation is unfolding at Buena Park bank where a gunman is holding at least one person hostage, multiple outlets are reporting. The hostage situation might be part of a personal or workplace dispute, according to the L.A. Times.
A suspect with a gun is believed to be holding a manager hostage inside Saehan Bank at 4542 Beach Blvd., police said. The manager is a woman. Authorities received a call about a bank robbery just before noon.
Employees were ordered by the suspect to leave the building, but the manager was reportedly held.
The branch has been surrounded by federal and local authorities and part of Beach Boulevard has been shut down. The area, including neighboring businesses, is being evacuated as officials are attempting to contact the gunman.
A SWAT team is outside the bank, with more on the way, KCAL 9 reports.