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Cal Poly Pomona students warned about possible tuberculosis case

Students at Cal Poly Pomona are being notified about possible exposure to tuberculosis after a student might have become infected with the disease, school officials said.

Public health officials advised the university that a student "might have become infected with tuberculosis," Cal Poly Pomona said in a statement Thursday.

University officials are notifying about 400 students, faculty and staff who might have had "repeated contact" with the student and have offered free testing to any students concerned about exposure.

"While it has not been confirmed that the student has an active case, the university recommends that those who have had close contact with the student get a TB skin test," the statement said.

The student, whose name has not been released because of privacy concerns, did not live on campus, the university said. He took classes in physics, engineering, computer science, and ethnic and women's studies during the fall and winter quarters.

The student has withdrawn from classes for treatment and "his prognosis is good at this time," the university said.

Tuberculosis is easily transmitted by inhaling droplets from infected patients when they sneeze, cough or laugh. When left untreated, the disease can be deadly.

Public health officials are also investigating a persistent strain of the disease on downtown L.A.'s skid row. Officials believe the strain — which has killed 11 people since 2007 — is unique to Los Angeles, with only a few isolated cases reported elsewhere.

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Cal Poly Pomona student dies after vehicle hits him on campus

A 21-year-student riding a bicycle on the Cal Poly Pomona campus died Thursday afternoon after he was struck by a vehicle.

The accident was reported about 1 p.m. on Kellogg Drive. The student was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, university spokesman Tim Lynch said.

The student's name was not released.

"The campus community is mourning the loss," Lynch told The Times.

Kellogg Drive was closed Thursday afternoon between South Campus Drive and Red Gum Lane. Traffic was being diverted to University Drive, which circles part of the campus.

Investigators were at the scene gathering evidence. No other details were immediately available.

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O.C. shooting: Phone records of gunman, one victim studied

Ali Syed. Orange County authorities are investigating a possible connection between the gunman and the female victim of his shooting rampage.
Authorities are investigating a possible connection between the gunman in a shooting rampage in Orange County last week and one of the three people he killed.

Ali Syed, a 20-year-old college student, killed a woman in his parents’ Ladera Ranch home, fled and committed a series of violent carjackings in Tustin and Santa Ana that took two men's lives before turning a gun on himself.

Among the three victims was a 26-year-old plumber named Jeremy Lewis.

A judge granted a search warrant for Lewis’ and Syed’s phone records over the weekend, said Tustin Police Lt. Paul Garaven.

“We’re just looking for any relationship between the two that might lead to a motive or any other clues,” Garaven said.

Authorities said Syed was an obsessive video gamer who spent long periods of time holed up in his bedroom.

Syed’s home and computer have also been searched for clues.

Police have not released information on why the first victim, Courtney Aoki, 20, was at Syed’s home in the early morning hours of Feb. 19.

Syed’s mother called 911 at 4:45 a.m. after hearing gunshots.

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Photo: Tustin police officials mounts photo of suspect Ali Syed before press conference. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

Man found shot to death on 10 Freeway in Pomona

Interstate 10 near Pomona was closed for more than eight hours Wednesday after the California Highway Patrol found a 32-year-old man shot to death beside his car.

Authorities told KTLA-TV that about 12:30 a.m., officers noticed a white car on the shoulder of the eastbound White Avenue offramp.

The backside window on the driver’s side was shattered and it remains unclear when the car was targeted, police told KTLA-TV. The man was shot in the upper body and pronounced dead at the scene.

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Two charged in crash that killed 90-year-old woman in wheelchair

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Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged two men with murder after a car slammed into a van while street racing in West Covina on Christmas, killing a 90-year-old woman in a wheelchair and injuring her son.

Vincent Lopez, 30, and Victor Hugo Sanchez, 34, were also charged with one count of driving under the influence causing injury, the district attorney's office said in a statement. They are scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Pomona. If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors said Lopez and Sanchez had spent part of Christmas with friends at a West Covina tavern. When they left, Lopez was driving a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse and Sanchez a red Ford Escort. The cars were seen speeding and weaving through traffic, authorities said.

Just before 9 p.m., Lopez ran a stop sign and collided with a van near Lark Ellen and Merced avenues, police said. Celia La Torre was thrown out of the van and pronounced dead at the scene. Her son, Jaime Ochoa, 72, and the van's driver, suffered head trauma and had to be extracted from the vehicle, police said.

Lopez was injured and remains in the hospital. Sanchez, prosecutors said, fled the scene and was not arrested until several hours after the crash.

Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $1 million.

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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.

Gunman fires at off-duty sheriff's deputy's car in Altadena

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

Authorities said they are investigating a car-to-car shooting in Altadena early Saturday in which a gunman fired at the car of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.

No one was injured in the shooting,which occurred about 3:40 a.m. near Harriet Street and Lincoln Avenue, according to Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez of the sheriff’s Altadena station. She declined to identify the deputy or the other person in his car, his brother.

A passenger in a dark-colored Lexus fired at the deputy’s personal car with a handgun three times and struck it once, authorities said. The Lexus then sped off and has not been located.

Gonzaelz said she did not know whether the deputy had faced any work-related threats of retaliation and said that the department would investigate the matter.

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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A. 

Claremont McKenna names legal scholar as next president

Hiram E  Chodosh Photo  (2)
Claremont McKenna College announced its new president Thursday: Hiram E. Chodosh, the dean of the University of Utah’s law school and an expert on legal affairs and anti-corruption measures in the Middle East and Asia.

Chodosh will succeed Pamela B. Gann to head the 1,300-student liberal arts school in Claremont. He takes over July 1. She has led the highly ranked college since 1999.

Chodosh, 50, has been a judicial reform advisor to United Nations development efforts, the World Bank and the State Department, with special emphasis in Iraq and India. Born in New Jersey, he attended Wesleyan University and Yale law school and taught law at Case Western University before moving to the Utah campus in 2006.

Harry T. McMahon‚ chairman of Claremont McKenna’s trustees, described Chodosh as a talented professor and administrator whose career “exemplifies the unique mission of CMC: combining the liberal arts with real world and public policy experience.”

In an interview Thursday, Chodosh said he wanted the school -- well known for its economics and political science departments -- to strengthen offerings in pure sciences, computer science and technology studies.

He also said he hoped to expand internships and academic partnerships with industry, government, research institutes and humanitarian organizations so the college continues to attract students “who not only want to study a problem but also want to solve a problem.”

Gann led the school to successes in fundraising and faculty expansion. But she also faced controversy earlier this year after disclosures that an admissions official had inflated SAT scores and other data of incoming freshmen. In April, an investigation found that the admissions official had acted alone. The exaggerations turned out to be so small that the college did not lose its ranking as the nation’s ninth best liberal arts college in U.S. News & World Report’s listings.

Chodosh said he thought that Gann and the college had handled the incident very well. All colleges, he said, must “make sure they have the highest levels of transparency and of accountability in every aspect of what they do.”

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Photo: Incoming Claremont McKenna College President Hiram E. Chodosh. Credit: Claremont McKenna College

Billionaire alumnus gives $50 million to Claremont McKenna College

An artist's rendering of the fitness and athletics center. Credit: Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College announced Wednesday that alumnus and billionaire financier George Roberts has given $50 million to the liberal arts college.

The donation puts the school’s capital campaign above $600 million, officials said.

Roberts, a 1966 graduate who is also a campus trustee, put no restrictions on the donation’s use. But in his honor, the college is naming its new fitness and athletic facility the Roberts Pavilion. Construction is scheduled to start in 2014 on that building, which will more than double the size of the current gym.

Roberts and his cousin Henry Kravis, who is also a generous alumnus of Claremont McKenna, were among the original co-founders of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), a financial firm that was noted for its leveraged buyouts of companies.

In a statement, Roberts said he was honored that the new athletic facility would be named after him.

“Our student-athletes have the right attitude for both work and play," he said. "They deserve a fitness and athletic facility that mirrors the quality of their educational and residential experiences.”

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Scripps College reports theft of students' personal information

A Scripps College roster with personal information for about 940 students was stolen from a staffer’s car, and campus officials warned students Wednesday to monitor their credit card accounts for possible suspicious activity.

The listing included student names, cellphone numbers, email addresses, birth dates and home addresses in case of a health crisis or other problems. The roster was in a tote bag stolen Sunday night in Anaheim from the parked car of the student life staffer who was on-call in case of any emergency, according to officials at the women’s college in Claremont.

Social Security numbers and financial and credit card information were not on the list, and no student has reported trouble linked to the theft, said Marylou Ferry, Scripps’ vice president for communication and marketing.

“It’s very unfortunate and we feel bad about this,” Ferry said.  

The paper list is maintained in case of power failures that would make it difficult to access data stored online, she said.

Administrators now are reviewing procedures for storing and carrying the information.

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National Weather Service issues red flag warnings

The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning encompassing a vast area of mountainous Southern California.

Gusting Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions will contribute to an increased fire danger from Sunday night to Monday afternoon in the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, according to weather service meteorologist Todd Hall.

“This is the time of year when our [conditions] are driest, and we get the most abundant Santa Ana winds,” said Hall, based in Oxnard. “I hope people would have their properties ready for a fire season, and have their brush cleared.”

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