LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says one of its officers could face serious charges in the videotaped beating of a woman on the side of a freeway. The LA County district attorney's office is now mulling whether to press charges related to the July 1 beating of 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, which generated outrage after being captured on video. Officer Daniel Andrew said in his report that Pinnock was a danger to herself and had tried to walk into traffic lanes.
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Parents of special education students in Riverside County say they were outraged to learn their children had been sorting trash as a school activity. The Press-Enterprise reports that Jurupa Unified Superintendent Elliot Duchon apologized to humiliated students and suspended the activity. At a school board meeting this week, parents sounded off over the program at Patriot High School that had special-ed students sort through campus trash bins for recyclables.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a panhandling ban at LAX in a lawsuit brought by a Hare Krishna group nearly two decades ago. The ruling yesterday may be the last word in the legal battle between the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California and city officials. Groups can still hand out literature, speak with travelers and ask that they donate in the future.
SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say two teenagers suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a high school in South Pasadena have denied charges that they made criminal threats against a third boy. The 16- and 17-year-old appeared in Pasadena Juvenile Court yesterday. They have been in custody since their arrest Monday.
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