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UC Berkeley protests over Breitbart editor turn violent


Yiannopoulos spoke Monday night at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he drew a diverse crowd of opponents and supporters. “Chancellor Dirks in his statement said the Constitution does not allow him to restrict free speech, and that’s not true,” said protest organizer Mukund Rathi. Berkeley officials told ABC7 News they have outside police agencies ready if necessary to keep the same sort of scene from forming at Berkeley.”We are confident that we have the plan and the pieces in place,” said Dan Mogulof of UC Berkeley. speech. Yiannopulos had also been scheduled to speak to Republicans at UCLA on Thursday, but that appearance had also been canceled, prior to the Berkeley protests.A Facebook posting last week from the Bruin Republicans said the group’s board decided they will no longer be able to host Yiannopulos.Among the reasons: “We were unable to accommodate the long list of requirements that were set forth by Milo’s team.” The group also noted that safety was a concern given the violent protests at several of his events.But an additional note in the post contradicts some of the initial letter, stating: “To clarify: we are not canceling the event due to the threat of protestors. The sold-out event was sponsored by the Cal Poly chapter of the College Republicans and not by the university itself.He has yet to step foot on campus, but the famous provocateur is stirring debate and prompting protests at Berkeley.The barricades are up for the crowds expected ahead of Yiannopulous’ speech.”We’re doing this because we feel like we want to exercise our free speech,” said President of the Berkeley College Republicans Jose Diaz. Cal State police monitored the crowd closely. Davis was canceled at the last minute due to security concerns.U.C. DAVIS, Calif. between both sides on the Cal campus ahead of Yiannopoulos’ 8 p.m. He’s been called a spokesperson for the so-called “alt-right” movement for his extreme views on Islam, social justice, and political correctness.WATCH LIVE: Violent protests force cancellation of Yiannopulous speechHe’s a self-proclaimed “internet troll” who has been widely criticized for being racist and misogynistic. The event is sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans. Milo canceled on us due to the fact that we could not meet his accommodations.” A similar event at UC Davis was also canceled.The 32-year-old Greek-born British journalist is a senior editor for the conservative news and opinion website. as the event approached, with demonstrators lighting fires and fireworks on the Cal campus. “The law, ample court precedent, and the Supreme Court could not be clearer that this event is fully and completely protected by the first amendment.” Berkeley campus. “We want to bring someone here on campus to help speak on issues that sort of opens the dialogue.”But there are many others who believe Yiannopulous’ rhetoric is hateful, even dangerous, and has no place on a public university campus. — A planned appearance Wednesday by controversial internet figure Milo Yiannopulos, an editor for the conservative website Breitbart was cancelled after protests turned violent on the U.C. “Universities restrict free speech all the time for educational and security reasons.”Last month, Yiannopoulos’ planned appearance at U.C. Video shows fireworks being set off at UC Berkeley amid protest over #MiloYiannopoulos https://t.co/B9c876LkJT pic.twitter.com/RkHUAbU3CP— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 2, 2017 Passions started flaring around 4 p.m. Extra police officers were called to monitor the event.The protests turned violent shortly before 5 p.m.


Crunch Fitness offering bungee cord workout


A trauma surgeon and a doctor in exercise science, he was using it as a rehab tool for his athletes. BURBANK, Calif. Then it’s onto Superman-type flies, jumping jacks, sprints, and all kinds of crazy push ups.”We probably did more than 100 push ups in this class. Everything you’re doing in this class is core focused,” said Hogan.If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, the class launched at both Burbank and West Hollywood locations on Wednesday.If you’re not a member, head to their website and download a class pass to try it for free. At first blush it appears they’re just hanging around, but it’s harder than it looks.”It’s cardio, it’s strength, it’s abs and you get to fly,” said Crunch regional group fitness director Kendell Hogan. A typical class you couldn’t get through that in one block, but with bungee you just knock em out,” Hogan explained.There are many things the bungee makes easier, like running and push ups, but there’s also times when participants have to hold and stabilize their muscles.”What’s great about it is, it’s going to improve your balance, your core stability. He took a swimmer who was not being able to swim to winning a gold medal,” Hogan said.The bungee apparatus is called the “4D Pro.”Hogan said Crunch is the first gym to implement it in a group exercise class in the United States.”I just like the whole flying thing and trying to do a hand stand in it,” student Jenae Patterson said.The 4D Pro helps master a handstand as it assists balance. Hogan emphasizes the format goes well beyond bouncing around. (KABC) — Working hard or hardly working? First students are measured for a perfect fit to ensure they don’t bottom out. There’s actually a science to it.”It’s was created by a doctor in Germany. This warm up for a class called Adrenaline Rush at Crunch Fitness in Burbank certainly looks fun.


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El Camino College Compton locked down as gang shooting investigated


Investigators said the incident appeared to be a gang-related drive-by shooting.The suspects, identified as three males, ages 15-19, in a light silver Pontiac Grand Prix, apparently didn’t hit anyone in the shooting, but multiple bullet casings were found at the scene.Their attempt to drive away was hindered by a collision with a dark gray Toyota Camry that was not involved in the shooting.They then fled on foot toward the area of the east side of the campus.Police locked down the campus while they searched for the suspects, but were unable to find them and lifted the lockdown by around 4:20 p.m.Long Beach police say they were unable to locate a victim and it appears no one was injured by the gunfire. at 68th Street and Gale Avenue, in a residential Long Beach neighborhood about two blocks from the campus. The two vehicles involved in the crash were towed from the scene.Long Beach police asked anyone with information to call the Gang Enforcement Section at (562)570-7370. Anonymous tips may be provided to LA Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.lacrimestoppers.org. (KABC) — The campus of El Camino College Compton was placed on lockdown for a short time Wednesday afternoon as police searched for three suspects involved in a nearby drive-by shooting in Long Beach.The shooting occurred around 3:25 p.m. LONG BEACH, Calif.


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Home invasion robbery suspects sought in Hollywood


HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles police were searching for two suspects who fled the scene of a home invasion robbery in Hollywood Wednesday afternoon.A perimeter was set up near Yucca Street and Wilcox Avenue after two men robbed a man at his home in the 1700 block of Wilcox at about 1:30 p.m., according to authorities from the LAPD. Police and K-9 units were surrounding an apartment building in the area in search of the suspects, who are believed to be armed.No injuries were reported in the incident. @LAPD looking for 2 home invasion suspects @Hollywood. Details coming up @ABC7 at 4 pic.twitter.com/eV8xG9NlFv— Sid Garcia (@abc7sid) February 1, 2017 The victim chased the robbers down for about a block but the suspects got away, authorities said.


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VIDEO: San Bernardino County deputy threatens man trying to file report


(KABC) — A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was under investigation Wednesday after being accused of threatening to arrest a man who was trying to file a report at the station in Victorville.Duncan Hicks said he went to the station to file a report but during his visit, he said the deputy was rude and refused to take a proper report. He was about to leave but decided to go back inside – this time with his cellphone recording. I’m getting tired of you and you’re about to go to jail, just so you know,” the deputy is heard saying in the video.The encounter took place on Jan. “Recording me like that — that’s illegal without my knowledge. “You know what, man? 20th. VICTORVILLE, Calif. Hicks said he needed to file a report involving a child custody issue he was having. You’ll go to jail, you understand that?” the deputy is heard saying. Instead, he said the deputy dismissed him and told him he was having “baby mama drama.””I’ll create something, you understand? You want to go to jail for that, too?” The sheriff’s department said it’s investigating and there is no policy in place that prohibits recording of its employees.Hicks said the department did reach out to offer an apology and told him the deputy was having a bad day.Even so, hicks said he wants the deputy fired.


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SWAT surrounds Riverside apartment in search of murder suspect


(KABC) — San Bernardino police and SWAT officers were at an apartment complex in Riverside where a murder suspect was believed to be holed up Wednesday afternoon, Eyewitness News has learned.Authorities surrounded the apartment building in the 600 block of Central Avenue, searching for a man accused of murdering a mother of two in San Bernardino just hours earlier. Police did not have a description of the suspect but said he is the boyfriend of the woman killed.DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available. RIVERSIDE, Calif.


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LAPD investigating body found at Echo Park Lake


ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Police are investigating the discovery of a body at Echo Park Lake.A police officer on foot patrol near the park was flagged down around 4 p.m. It was not immediately known if the cause of death was accidental or homicide. on a report of a body in the water.Police and fire officials responded and pulled a male adult body out of the water.


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UC Berkeley protests against Breitbart editor turn violent, triggering lockdown


The 32-year-old Greek-born British journalist is a senior editor for the conservative news and opinion website. He’s been called a spokesperson for the so-called “alt-right” movement for his extreme views on Islam, social justice, and political correctness.WATCH LIVE: Violent protests force cancellation of Yiannopulous speechHe’s a self-proclaimed “internet troll” who has been widely criticized for being racist and misogynistic.Passions started flaring around 4 p.m. “We want to bring someone here on campus to help speak on issues that sort of opens the dialogue.”But there are many others who believe Yiannopulous’ rhetoric is hateful, even dangerous, and has no place on a public university campus. Extra police officers were called to monitor the event.The protests turned violent shortly before 5 p.m. “Chancellor Dirks in his statement said the Constitution does not allow him to restrict free speech, and that’s not true,” said protest organizer Mukund Rathi. as the event approached, with demonstrators lighting fires and fireworks on the Cal campus. DAVIS, Calif. between both sides on the Cal campus ahead of Yiannopoulos’ 8 p.m. The sold-out event was sponsored by the Cal Poly chapter of the College Republicans and not by the university itself.He has yet to step foot on campus, but the famous provocateur is stirring debate and prompting protests at Berkeley.The barricades are up for the crowds expected ahead of Yiannopulous’ speech.”We’re doing this because we feel like we want to exercise our free speech,” said President of the Berkeley College Republicans Jose Diaz. “The law, ample court precedent, and the Supreme Court could not be clearer that this event is fully and completely protected by the first amendment.” Davis was canceled at the last minute due to security concerns.U.C. Berkeley officials told ABC7 News they have outside police agencies ready if necessary to keep the same sort of scene from forming at Berkeley.”We are confident that we have the plan and the pieces in place,” said Dan Mogulof of UC Berkeley. “Universities restrict free speech all the time for educational and security reasons.”Last month, Yiannopoulos’ planned appearance at U.C. — A planned appearance Wednesday by controversial internet figure Milo Yiannopulos, an editor for the conservative website Breitbart was cancelled after protests turned violent on the U.C. Cal State police monitored the crowd closely. speech. Berkeley campus.A similar event at UC Davis was also canceled. The event is sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans. Yiannopoulos spoke Monday night at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he drew a diverse crowd of opponents and supporters.


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Anaheim beauty queen’s image used on fake IDs


“I’m now internationally found on all these ID cards without my permission,” Reagan Poltrock explained. She ended up winning the crown for Miss Canyon Hills Outstanding Teen.”It’s just scary for me,” Reagan Poltrock said. “It’s just scary to know that those were out in the world without my permission, in hands of people I don’t know.”After some research, Reagan Poltrock realized that the fake IDs were made by fashion company Vetements, and were actually sent as personalized invitations to a fashion show in Paris.Reagan Poltrock said letters stated that a person’s invitation for a fall/winter show was enclosed and each letter contained a specialized ID.The picture was a headshot taken for the Miss California organization for a pageant which Reagan Poltrock competed in over the summer. (KABC) — A Miss California Junior contestant from Anaheim was shocked to learn her picture was used for fake IDs without her permission.A friend of 17-year-old Reagan Poltrock showed her pictures popping up on Instagram in the form of fake IDs. “This company should have also requested permission from Miss California, besides contacting us, they did neither,” Bruce Poltrock explained.”You never know what lunatic is lurking out there, and that’s my biggest fear,” Bruce Poltrock continued. ANAHEIM, Calif. “Not only did they invade her privacy, it’s a safety issue because she’s not an adult, and I don’t want any underage girls being used for profit without their permission, especially not my daughter.”Eyewitness news reached out to Vetements for comment, but hasn’t heard back.The Poltrock family said they’re considering legal action against the fashion label.”They committed a wrong, and we’re going to right it,” Bruce Poltrock said.”It just goes to show that nothing that you post is private, and you don’t know where it’s going to end up,” Reagan Poltrock said. “I don’t want to be exposed like that, especially when I didn’t give permission to something like this.”Her father Bruce Poltrock said he was appalled.


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MMA fighter Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller acquitted of domestic violence charges


Miller said he had paid an attorney to help keep Stabile from losing a custody battle for her son and was “shocked” when she accused him of beating her, after which he tried to take his case to prosecutors.He said he was stonewalled by the District Attorney’s Office in Harbor Court, and the staff there “just looked at me funny.” Miller admitted the reaction could have been due to a feather boa he was wearing at the time.Orange County Superior Court Judge Steven Bromberg last week granted a motion from Miller’s attorney Cameron Talley to drop a stalking charge against Miller.City News Service contributed to this report. @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/34FxMe5GWM— Greg Lee (@abc7greg) February 1, 2017 The charges stem from alleged domestic violence incidents involving his girlfriend, Anna Stabile.Miller, 36, testified in court that he trained Stabile, who he said attacked him on several occasions.MORE: Jason “Mayhem” Miller arrested for vandalizing Lake Forest tattoo shopHe described one incident in which he claimed Stabile hurled a bottle at him. Jury finds #MMA fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller NOT GUILTY of all charges in domestic violence case. (KABC) — Former mixed martial arts fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller on Wednesday was acquitted of felony domestic violence charges.An Orange County jury acquitted Miller of two felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury and a misdemeanor charge of violating a protection order. When he was asked how a much-smaller woman could attack a professional fighter, Miller said he did not want to fight her and tried not to get into a “physical thing” with her.”I taught her how to do that choke,” he said, but Stabile “got sloppy with her legs” as she tried to take him down and “slipped off,” bumping her head on concrete, he testified.MORE: Jason “Mayhem” Miller live-tweets standoffMiller said he asked Stabile if she wanted to go to the hospital, but she declined.In another instance, Miller said he “said something snarky” and walked away from Stabile, prompting her to “hit me in the back of the head,” he testified. SANTA ANA, Calif. He claimed Stabile threatened to take her own life but then lunged at him with a knife.”She chased me out the back door, ripped off my shirt and jumped on my back and choked me,” Miller testified. Miller said the bottle missed him and damaged the wall.In another incident, Miller said a dispute led Stabile to jump on his back.


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Orange County judge told to impose longer sentence on man who sodomized toddler


Moments later, her mother found out what happened when her daughter complained of pain.The judge said while looking over the facts of Rojano-Nieto’s case there were no indications that the attack was intentional. He added that the defendant “almost immediately” stopped and “realized the wrongfulness of his act.” The judge also cited a doctor’s report that stated Rojano-Nieto had a difficult and abusive childhood that made him an “insecure, socially withdrawn, timid and extremely immature young man.”MORE: OCDA appeals sentence for man who sodomized 3-year-old girlKelly’s ruling angered a lot of people, with some calling for his resignation.”The Orange County District Attorney’s Office applauds the decision by the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, which recognizes that the legislature’s mandated punishment of 25 years to life for committing sodomy on a toddler is a constitutionally valid sentence designed to protect the most vulnerable victims in our community,” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas stated. “This was a good day for child victims of brutal sex assaults and the people of Orange County.”City News Service and the Associated Press contributed to this report. The mother then searched for her daughter in a neighbor’s home. SANTA ANA, Calif. Rojano-Nieto is said to have put his hand over the girl’s mouth to keep her from crying for her mother. He then made the toddler touch his penis.Rojano-Nieto then unlocked the garage door and let her into the home where her mother found her. Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto, 20, is shown in this undated photo. At some point, he became sexually aroused by the toddler, pulled her pants down and assaulted her, according to officials at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. A formal resentencing date was not yet set.MORE: Outraged citizens call for Orange County judge’s resignation after controversial decisionOn June 4, 2014, a then 19-year-old Rojano-Nieto was playing video games in the garage of his Santa Ana home when the little girl he is related to wandered into the area. (KABC) — An Orange County judge who imposed less than half the mandatory sentence on a man convicted of sodomizing a 3-year-old girl was ordered to re-sentence him.In 2015, Judge Michael Marc Kelly sentenced 21-year-old Kevin Rojano-Nieto to 10 years in prison, rather than the mandatory punishment of 25 years to life. During the assault, the girl’s mother was looking for her and attempted to get into the garage, but it was locked. On Tuesday, an appellate panel handed down an order for Rojano-Nieto to be re-sentenced to the mandated term. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl and received a 10 year prison sentence on April 3, 2015.


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474 arrested in California human trafficking stings, LA County sheriff says


Investigators say as part of the sting, undercover officers posed as prostitutes on street corners and also posted advertisements online.Officials say three dozen people were arrested on suspicion of being pimps.They say officers also rescued 28 children who were being sexually exploited and offered services to 27 adults they said were victims of sex trafficking. McDonnell says the arrests represent a “very sad commentary on the condition we’re dealing with.”District Attorney Jackie Lacey says authorities won’t tolerate children being sexually exploited. LOS ANGELES — Authorities say 474 people have been arrested in a multiday sting operation focused on human trafficking in California.Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Tuesday the arrests came after a three-day operation conducted by 30 law enforcement agencies across the state last week.


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High-end boutiques vandalized along Melrose in Beverly Grove


Arriving detectives found shattered glass, as well as front doors and display windows smashed. Three different stores were hit. in the 8400 block of the popular street on Wednesday. Merchants in the area said they have seen a spike of vandalism and crime in the area. Some are increasing their security and residents said they will be cautious, too. BEVERLY GROVE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles police were investigating a series of break-ins at high-end boutiques along Melrose Place in Beverly Grove.A burglary alarm went off at 2:30 a.m. Next door, Frame also had a window knocked out, and across the street, Zimmermann was also hit. Police later confirmed they do not think anything was taken.Authorities did not immediately released a suspect description but said they believe the person responsible may be a transient acting alone. The glass door of Vince was shattered.


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Rex Tillerson confirmed by Senate as secretary of state


Ben Cardin, the Foreign Relations Committee’s top Democrat, says he feared Tillerson would be a “yes man” and would not be able to prevent Trump from pursuing a misguided foreign policy that leads the country “on a march of folly.” But Republicans had the numbers to push Tillerson’s nomination through. Most Senate Democrats opposed Tillerson’s nomination, angering Republicans who considered the former Exxon Mobil CEO to be highly qualified for the post.Sen. WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state.Senators voted 56-43 largely along party lines to approve Tillerson’s nomination to be the nation’s chief diplomat. They got help from several Democrats who crossed party lines.Tillerson’s ties to Russia and his stand on sanctioning Moscow have been a point of contention.


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Bat-wielding robber forces teen to withdraw $500 from Torrance ATM


Torrance police said the man, armed with a bat, forced the teen to withdraw $500 from the ATM, telling her that he needed the money to feed his family.Authorities released surveillance images showing the suspect holding the victim by the head, as she covered her face with her hands.Another image shows the suspect wielding a bat and taking a swinging stance. in front of a Chase Bank at 2121 Torrance Boulevard. Torrance police released this sketch of the robbery suspect. (KABC) — A search is underway for a bat-wielding robber who forced a teenage girl to withdraw $500 from an ATM in Torrance.The incident occurred Nov. Investigators are asking for the public’s help to track down the culprit. If you have any information about this case, you’re urged to contact the Torrance Police Department’s Special Investigations Division at (310) 618-5709. Police also released a sketch of the suspect as well as a photo of a car possibly linked to him. 9, 2016 at around 10 p.m. Torrance police released this image of a car possibly linked to the robbery suspect. TORRANCE, Calif.


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Guards held hostage by inmates at Delaware prison in Smyrna


Geoffrey Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, reportedly told the Associated Press he had been told by the Department of Correction commissioner that prison guards had been taken hostage.Spokeswoman Jayme Gravell provided few details, the AP reports, but described the situation as an isolated incident, adding that there was no threat to the public. — Guards have been taken hostage by inmates at a maximum security prison in Delaware, according to state officials.The guards were being held at the James T. SMYRNA, Del. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. All of Delaware’s state prisons have been placed on lockdown.The lockdown also covers the Howard Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington, the Baylor Women’s Facility in New Castle and the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Authorities were called to the complex on Paddock Road just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.The original call was for a smoke condition in the building. No further details about the situation were made available by authorities.


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New Burbank Ikea: Take a sneak peek at largest Ikea in America


Crews broke ground for the new location in September 2015. Wednesday Feb. BURBANK, Calif. The new store will require 150 additional staff members and will have 1,700 parking spaces available.Though the décor will remain consistent with other Ikea locations, the new store will have 50 room settings, compared to 17 room settings in the old store, according to store manager Jeff O’Shaughnessy.Hungry? 8.O’Shaughnessy said the first 26 in line will receive a free leather sofa, the next 100 in line will receive a free chair and children will receive a free cushion.The new store is located about a mile south of the current Ikea in Burbank, which will close for good on Saturday. (KABC) — The biggest Ikea in the United States is opening next week. It is set to be converted into an apartment complex. The new store officially opens its doors 9 a.m. Take a sneak peek at the brand new store in Burbank.The new Ikea takes up 456,000 square feet, which is nearly twice the size of the old location. The restaurant at the new Ikea will have 600 seats, O’Shaughnessy said.


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Watts orchestra program offers free classes to young musicians


The twice-a-week lessons are clearly making a difference for many students. WATTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A free music program in Watts is teaching young people character, self-esteem and discipline.Parents in the area said they’re grateful their children in the Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory and Youth Symphony are benefitting in many ways from the classes, which are also open to the public. At the end, there will be individual class recitals for family and friends. “I started off with the violin but as soon as I saw my teacher with the cello, I knew I had to have it.”The session goes through March 15. “Our community doesn’t have very many choices for children. “People say that when you’re playing music, you discover new parts of your brain and, also, you can make new friends,” said young musician Gisela Barajas. It doesn’t have very many positive things going on, and it’s just imperative that the kids have something to do and something the parents can afford,” shared Mari Paul, a parent of five children in the orchestra course.The program was established in 2010, in part to help students get music scholarships.


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California assemblyman, immigrant from Iran, speaks out against ‘cruel’ travel ban


I don’t want my grandchildren to ever move. “It symbolized freedom,” Adrin Nazarian said.Now, he is a husband and father of two, who won a seat in Sacramento representing his fellow Americans.When questions arise regarding whether refugees have value, his message is clear: “Look at me.”MORE: Trump travel ban triggers worry, protests at LAXHe said Trump’s recent decision to ban travel from Iran and six other countries is deeply disturbing. I don’t want my kids to ever move. He and his mother Nora, who lives in Winnetka, took time on Wednesday to look at photos of a young Adrin, growing up in Iran as war began taking over his life.The assemblyman recalled having to hide in the basement when the city was under siege.”I said to my husband, I have to go and I have to take him out from here,” Nora Nazarian said.MORE: Protests held in Riverside, Irvine against Trump travel orderAt age 8, Adrin Nazarian left the country. from Iran. This is our home,” Adrin Nazarian said.Trump insists that his travel ban is absolutely necessary for national security. WINNETKA, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Adrin Nazarian is a Democratic California assemblyman who immigrated to the U.S. Now, he represents the 46th District, which covers the San Fernando Valley.”Going through what’s been happening the last few days just has made us relive a lot of the past challenges,” Nazarian said. However, opponents point out the fact that not a single refugee from any of the banned countries have ever been convicted of committing a terrorist act in the United States. The Nazarians say everyday, they express gratitude to live in this country.”My plan is to never move again. It’s not really based on any founded evidence,” he said.He understands and supports the national protests. After several months of traveling, he finally reached America as a refugee. “It’s just a very cruel step.


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Jeff Sessions’ attorney general nomination advances to full Senate


They also expressed concerns about whether Sessions would be committed to civil rights, a chief priority of the Obama administration. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general after angry exchanges between Republicans and Democrats.The 11-9 vote was along party lines. Republicans have been strongly supportive of their colleague, arguing that he will follow the law and maintain traditional independence from President Donald Trump, if needed.Democrats have expressed doubts that he would be able to say no to the president since he was one of his earliest and strongest defenders in the presidential campaign. The Alabama Republican is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate. All the panel’s Democrats voted against the nomination. WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Sen.


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