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Alhambra High School bomb scare ends

Today's bomb threat at Alhambra High School ended with no bomb being found.

This morning at 11:40 a.m., someone called in a bomb threat. School officials notified the school police officer, who notified the Alhambra police dispatch, said Sgt. Jerry Johnson, a spokesman with the Alhambra Police Department.

A thorough search was conducted, which included three canine teams, but they found no explosive device on campus, Johnson said.

The campus was declared safe at 2:30 p.m., Johnson said, which was close to the regular end of the school day. The students, who were waiting on the track field, were allowed to leave at that point.

It’s a crime to call in a bomb threat whether or not a bomb is actually found, so a criminal investigation is underway, Johnson said.

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Shhh! OC is one of the quietest counties in the U.S.

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When you can't hear the train, that's when the train is coming. And that's exactly how Orange County wants it.

On Jan. 18, the Orange County Transportation Authority will be celebrating its victory over railroad noise pollution with the establishment of "quiet zones" throughout the county. In your face, horns!

Additionally, OCTA has just completed a comprehensive rail safety program with $85 million of enhanced safety measures implemented at more than 50 crossings. The upgrades allowed OC cities to apply for "quiet zone" status, said the Orange County Transportation Authority in a statement.

Currently, more than 72 commuter and freight trains travel through the OC every day. By 2030 that number is expected to grow to 108. Multiply that by the law requiring engineers to sound the horn up to four times per crossing, and the answer is: loud.

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Coachella 2012 has completely sold out... of tickets

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Coachella 2012 has sold out of tickets for both weekends.

Passes for both weekends of this year's deja vu fest, April 13-April 15 and April 20-April 22, are gone like the wind that comes sweepin' down the plain. And by plain we mean polo field. 

The festival's promoter Goldenvoice issued a caps-happy statement on Friday that read, "THE COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL SELLS OUT IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS."

Well, sort of true. It's more like one week and three hours. Passes went on "advance sale" last summer from June 3-10.

 

Were you able to purchase tickets? Which weekend are you going? Tell us in the comments.

 

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Bomb threat called into Alhambra High School

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A bomb threat was called into Alhambra High School around 11:40 a.m., police report.

Hundreds of students have poured onto the track field as the school is placed on lockdown pending an investigation. Alhambra police officers are going door to door with a canine unit, checking rooms throughout the campus for the reported "suspicious package."

Sgt. Jerry Johnson, a spokesman with the Alhambra Police Department, has confirmed that there was a call about a possible mysterious package on campus. KTLA reports that the call was placed by a "young person" and possible student, but Johnson could not confirm.

No devices have been found as of 2:00 p.m. 

It's unknown how long the lockdown will last.

This story has been updated.

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Public Enemy to headline Skid Row Music Festival on Sunday

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Chuck D by Shepard Fairey via ObeyGiant.com

Chuck D and Public Enemy, The Real McCoy, and reggae artist Arise Roots, will put on a free concert for the residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row district on Sunday, January 15.

This event, dubbed as both the "Operation Skid Row Music Festival" and the "Occupy Skid Row Music Festival", is a call to action for "the Hip Hop community to get actively engaged in social organizations and social movements," according to a statement issued by the organizer, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN).

Pete White of LA CAN told KPCC that even though there will be famous rappers present, "it's not a show," explaining that in addition to music there will be speakers, poetry, conversation about social movements, and a "re-imagining" of some of the bleakest areas of our city. 

Originally publicized as a music festival starring a dozen or so classic LA rap acts agreeing to play for free (names like Cypress Hill, Kurupt from the Dogg Pound, Mellow Man Ace and Zzyzzx, King T, Rapper’s Rapp Group, Sir Jinx and General Population, OG Kid Frost, L.A. Posse, and the Egyptian Lover were bandied about), the sponsor-less, grassroots effort took a somewhat different musical shape as the play date approached. Chuck D and Public Enemy's involvement remained, despite a less robust supporting line-up.

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