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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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UC-Irvine professor, 'Father of black psychology,' dies on plane trip

UC Irvine Professor Emeritus Joseph L. White, known as the “father of black psychology” for his pioneering work in the field, has died.

In his career, White was a faculty member and administrator at Cal State Long Beach, and at his alma matter campus in San Francisco.

White was aboard a plane, traveling from Orange County to Chicago, when he died from a heart attack on Nov. 21, UCI officials said. He was 84.

White is remembered by colleagues and friends as a trailblazer who challenged the way psychologists treat African Americans.

“Traditional psychology is based on the norms and customs and values of European American people,” Thomas Parham, a UCI vice chancellor, said on Friday. “What Dr. White argued is that when you use traditional theories developed by white folks and then apply them to black folks, we come out looking pathological.”

Read more: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/01/uci-professor-father-of-black-psychology-dies-on-plane-trip/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 11:34 PM (0 replies)

$256 million verdict awarded to defunct Newport Beach-based auto group vacated; new trial ordered

A jury verdict that awarded $256 million to a defunct Newport Beach-based auto group has been vacated by a Superior Court judge who cited improper procedures and juror misconduct in his October decision.

Judge Thierry Patrick Colaw granted a motion by Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., a lending division of automaker Nissan Motor Ltd., seeking a new trial.

The lawsuit against NMAC stretched back to the Great Recession in 2009, when Michael Kahn, owner of Superior Automotive Group, lost his businesses and sued, claiming NMAC defaulted on his dealerships after payments for inventory missed guidelines stipulated by the lender.

Kahn operated seven Nissan and Toyota dealerships in Los Angeles and the Bay area.

Colaw noted an irregularity of jury proceedings and juror misconduct, writing “Juror No. 5 was very probably biased against NMAC from the outset of the trial. Such irregularity in the jury proceedings and misconduct by No. 5 deprived NMAC of its ‘constitutional right to trial by a jury consisting of 12 unbiased unprejudiced individuals.’ ”

Read more: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/01/256-million-verdict-awarded-to-defunct-newport-beach-based-auto-group-vacated-new-trial-ordered/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 11:29 PM (1 replies)

A high schooler glorified school shootings on social media. He's now under arrest

A Dinuba High School student who glorified school shootings in a social media post has been arrested.

The 16-year-old student was taken into custody by the Dinuba Police Department on Thursday and placed in the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility, where he remains.

Police Chief Devon Popovich said one of the department’s school resource officers got a tip from a parent about the social media post. Officers questioned the 16-year-old and another student, but only the 16-year-old was arrested.

Dinuba Unified School District officials sent parents a message on Thursday about the incident. It read: “This morning it was brought to the attention of our administration team that there were social media posts by a Dinuba High School student glorifying school shootings and this raised concerns. We are currently investigating the situation and have the student in custody. There was no immediate danger for students or staff. We will continue to work with our local law enforcement during the investigation. As always, please remind your student to report any suspicious activity to a trusted adult or school official. We want to assure you that we take everyone’s safety as our number one priority.”

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article187583643.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 11:02 PM (0 replies)

California's governor race tightens as Antonio Villaraigosa inches closer to Gavin Newsom

SAN JOSE — A new statewide survey shows Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa in a closer than expected race for California governor, with Republicans so far behind that for the first time they may not make the statewide ballot next November.

The survey released Thursday by the Public Policy Institute of California also shows U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein leads a fellow Democrat, state Senate leader Kevin de León, by a 2-1 ratio — a testament to the veteran lawmaker’s name recognition across the state.

“Senator Feinstein is leading in the top-two U.S. Senate primary next June — reflecting the incumbent’s favorability rating — while the challenger is not well known,” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the PPIC, who has directed the statewide survey since 1998.

Newsom, the state’s lieutenant governor, leads the governor’s race with 23 percent of likely voters voicing support for him, according to the poll. But it found former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa is quickly catching up — 18 percent of likely voters are backing him. About a third of likely voters were undecided.

Read more: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/30/survey-californias-governor-race-tightens-as-antonio-villaraigosa-inches-closer-to-gavin-newsom/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 10:44 PM (5 replies)

California sues Ashford University for 'preying' on veterans

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Ashford University, a for-profit chain, and parent company Bridgepoint Education, accusing it of engaging in unlawful marketing, sales and debt collection practices.

“Ashford University preyed on veterans and people of modest means. This for-profit college illegally misled students about their educational prospects and unfairly saddled them with debt,” Becerra said. “College is too pivotal and precious to let a predatory for-profit company swindle our daughters and sons out of the higher education they’ll need to get ahead.”

To enroll prospective students, Ashford employees allegedly misled them about the cost of attending, their eligibility for federal loans and grants and the timing of financial aid and the use of that funding, according to the complaint. Prosecutors say the university pressured its admissions counselors to hit high enrollment goals under the threat of dismissal and fostered a sales culture that resulted in misconduct.

Ashford administrators were allegedly aware of counselors making false promises to prospective students, but failed to address the systemic problem or discipline offenders. Its own internal reports identified hundreds of misrepresentations a month based on audits of fewer than 5 percent of each counselor’s calls. One admissions counselor was flagged for 25 violations over eight months, including repeatedly misleading people about financial aid and costs of attending,but received only a written warning, according to the complaint.

Read more: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/30/california-ag-becerra-sues-for-profit-university-chain/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 10:36 PM (0 replies)

California congressional delegation requests $4.4 billion in fire relief

SACRAMENTO — The 53 U.S. House members from California have joined together to request $4.4 billion in federal aid to recover from October’s destructive wildfires.

It’s a rare bipartisan call for action following the deadliest fires in state history, which killed 44 people and destroyed 8,800 structures. The delegation sent its letter Friday to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee.

The state’s new $4.4 billion request is down from the $7.4 billion sought by Gov. Jerry Brown and California Democrats last month. California Republicans had asked President Donald Trump to provide aid without specifying an amount.

The state lowered its request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture by $3 billion.

Read more: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/12/01/california-congressional-delegation-requests-4-4-billion-in-fire-relief/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 10:23 PM (0 replies)

Stanford's elite business school caught cheating by one of its own MBA students

STANFORD — Half the students at Stanford University’s elite, $70,000-per-year business school receive fellowship grants. For years, the school has made it clear that the money goes to those who might otherwise be unable to attend, or who might be forced — against school recommendations — to work part-time during the Master of Business Administration program.

”All fellowships are need-based,” says promotional material from the Graduate School of Business. “It’s important to understand that we do not negotiate fellowship amounts or eligibility.”

But now, thanks to a huge breach of students’ personal financial data, the school has been caught cheating — by one of its own.

In February, MBA student Adam Allcock discovered 14 terabytes of confidential student data from financial aid applications, according to a new report. Later that month, Allcock reported the breach to the school’s financial aid director, and the records were removed within an hour, the report said.

However, Allcock had dug deeply into the data, spending 1,500 hours analyzing the information and putting together an 88-page report, according to Poets&Quants, a website covering business school news.

Read more: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/12/01/stanfords-elite-business-school-caught-cheating-by-one-of-its-own-mba-students/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 10:18 PM (1 replies)

Democrats' campaign chair says Nevada lawmaker should resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Democrats' campaign committee called on a first-term congressman from Nevada to step down after a report Friday that he allegedly sexually harassed his campaign's finance director.

BuzzFeed News reported that Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen is alleged to have repeatedly made sexual advances toward the aide during his 2016 congressional campaign. BuzzFeed withheld her last name at her request.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said House members and candidates should be held to the highest standard, and anyone guilty of sexual harassment or assault should not hold elected office. He added in a statement Friday, "Congressman Kihuen should resign."

Kihuen's said in a statement that the aide was a valued member of his team. "I sincerely apologize for anything that I may have said or done that made her feel uncomfortable. I take this matter seriously as it is not indicative of who I am," Kihuen said. "But I want to make it clear that I don't recall any of the circumstances she described."

Read more: http://napavalleyregister.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/democrats-campaign-chair-says-nevada-lawmaker-should-resign/article_7cfbe41c-c8e1-56bb-b1b0-5791b0c0cf1a.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 10:01 PM (5 replies)

Democrats slam tax break for conservative college

Democrats have taken to the Senate floor to attack a planned amendment to the tax bill that would give a break to a conservative college in Michigan.

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey acknowledged he'd sponsored the language and said Hillsdale College would benefit from it.

Toomey defended Hillsdale as "a wonderful institution" and said other schools might qualify for the tax break, too. His provision would shield schools that receive no federal aid from language in the bill that taxes the investment income of some colleges and universities.

Democrats say Toomey's provision was written in a way that only Hillsdale would qualify for the reduction. They complain that some well-known conservatives have connections to the school, including Trump administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Read more: http://napavalleyregister.com/business/the-latest-dems-slam-tax-break-for-conservative-college/article_04a6f709-2f12-55eb-9a59-bbba1e952f32.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 09:56 PM (7 replies)

One Year Later, What's Followed Ghost Ship?

On Dec. 2, 2016, a chorus of half-joking wishes for the tumultuous year to be over transformed into a somber plea when a blaze erupted in an Oakland warehouse, claiming 36 lives.

A year later, survivors are still recuperating and the art community — to which many of the victims belonged — continues to mourn lost friends. But the owner of the warehouse, Chor Ng, is set to collect at least $3.1 million in insurance — money that may run out civil claims against her by victims go to trial, East Bay Times reports.

No criminal charges have been brought against Ng, but warehouse master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in June. They pleaded “not guilty” in September.

Oakland could be liable for these deaths as well. Firefighters, building inspectors, and police visited the warehouse before the fire, some even entering the maze of extension cords and other fire hazards, according to records dug up by East Bay Times.

Read more: http://www.sfweekly.com/news/one-year-later-whats-followed-ghost-ship/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 09:32 PM (0 replies)
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