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Malibu High moves students amid environmental contamination scare

When we think of environmental contamination and dangerous chemicals in schools, we generally don't picture upscale areas like Malibu, California. However serious health concerns have recently arisen at Malibu High School that have prompted action by school district officials. Four teachers at the school, which has 1,100 students spanning grades six through 12, have reportedly been diagnosed with cancer this year. Others have complained of migraine headaches and skin rashes. Now, while officials try to...
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New coalition aims to prevent head injuries to young athletes

With concerns around concussions and other types of brain injury at the forefront of discussion in all levels of sports in Orange County and throughout the country, a group of leading youth athletic organizations is banding together to try to make contact sports safer for kids. In so doing, they hope to ease the fears of nervous parents who are increasingly keeping their children out of team sports. The newly-formed National Sports Concussion Coalition includes...
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First Toyota acceleration wrongful death case comes to a close

The first wrongful death case related to Toyota's acceleration issue that garnered much negative publicity for the auto maker several years ago is coming to an end in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Attorneys are making their closing arguments in the two-month-long trial. The lawsuit involves the 2009 death of a woman whose Camry went out of control. Her husband and son are suing the auto maker, asserting that the accelerator malfunctioned. They are asking...
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Laguna Beach police officer killed in collision while on duty

A Laguna Beach police officer was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a pick-up truck on South Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Laguna Beach. This is the first death of an on-duty officer for this police force since 1953. A number of people witnessed the crash, which occurred at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, and raced to help the officer. One witness said that he was already unresponsive and lifeless when he reached...
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Mother of Orange County freeway killer on trial for hit-and-run

The mother of a young man who terrorized Orange County earlier this year is now on trial for causing a car accident that injured three people, and then leaving the scene. The woman's son made news this February when he carjacked a vehicle and went on a freeway shooting spree in the area, killing three people. The rampage ended when he shot himself to death. The accident for which the mother is facing charges occurred...
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