Milton A. Gordon dies at 81; former Cal State Fullerton president oversaw era of increased diversity and growth

Milton A. Gordon, the former Cal State Fullerton president who fought for equitable access to higher education and transformed the campus into one of the state’s most prominent and diverse, has died after a long illness at the age of 81.

When Gordon took the helm in 1990, he was the fourth African…

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Beach, rinse, repeat: Shoreside showers flow again after governor lifts California drought emergency

Sand- and salt-caked beachgoers, rejoice: The California Department of Parks and Recreation is lifting its two-year ban on outdoor shower use at many state beaches.

In the face of a statewide drought, officials ordered that outdoor showers be shut off indefinitely at 38 California beaches — many…

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Man found dead in his car in Westlake is identified

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Wednesday released the name of a man found dead in his car a day earlier in the Westlake neighborhood.

Federico J. Dibartolo, 39, was declared dead at the scene after a police officer discovered the body in the backseat of the black Hyundai, according…

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L.A. agrees to pay $9.5 million in wrongful death case

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $9.5 million to settle a lawsuit from the parents of a teenage girl who was fatally struck by a taxicab near Dockweiler State Beach.

Two years ago, 16-year-old Naomi Larsen had left the fire pits at the beach after midnight and was crossing Vista…

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UC Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter appearance, citing safety concerns after violent protests

UC Berkeley officials have cancled conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s appearance at the campus next week, citing safety concerns following violence on campus between protesters.

Police concerns were also affected by “escalating violence during demonstration-related events on the campus and…

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More California sea lions are dying because of poisonous algae blooms

During an average year, rescue workers at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach may encounter one pregnant sea lion suffering from domoic acid poisoning — a potentially deadly illness that occurs when the animals eat fish that have been feeding on toxic algae.

In the last two weeks however,…

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A giant rabbit with a political committee wants to bug California lawmaker

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), get ready to meet Duncan Thumper, a giant rabbit.

With two cute ears, a pair of beady eyes and a little white tail, Thumper is the anthropomorphic personification of Hunter’s pet rabbit — the one that took a cross-country flight paid for by the congressman’s political…

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Fresno State professor placed on leave after ‘Trump must hang’ tweet

A history professor at Fresno State University has been placed on paid leave after writing on Twitter that President Trump “must hang” to save American democracy.

Fresno State President Joseph Castro announced Monday that Lars Maischak has agreed to go on paid leave for the rest of spring semester….

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Marines, looking to expand Twentynine Palms training grounds, airlift 1,100 desert tortoises

More than 1,000 desert tortoises are taking a trip with the Marine Corps this month.

The military is using helicopters to relocate the tortoises to another part of the Mojave to make way for an expansion of its desert training grounds.

During the two-week-long process, the hubcap-sized tortoises…

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Victims are mourned after racially motivated shootings in Fresno

Details began to emerge Wednesday about the three men who were shot and killed in downtown Fresno in what police say was a racially motivated hate crime.

Although authorities have yet to publicly identify those killed in Tuesday’s rampage, colleagues and family members released statements mourning…

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