Friday, December 27, 2013
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TRANSGENDER STUDENT LAW
SAN FRANCISCO — With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes. But administrators, counselors, teachers and school board members also are watching and waiting. The law, the nation's first requiring public schools to let children use sex-segregated facilities and participate in the gender-specific activities of their choice, could end up suspended within days of its Jan. 1 launch if a referendum to repeal it qualifies for the November ballot. By Lisa Leff And Julie Watson. SENT: 960 words.
TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL
OAKLAND, Calif. — The family of a girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy wants to transfer her to a nursing home that is willing to keep caring for her even though doctors have said she is beyond recovery, a lawyer said. Before the nursing home can accept the 13-year-old as a patient, however, doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland need to surgically insert breathing and feeding tubes into Jahi McMath that would allow the new facility to keep her body functioning, the lawyer, Christopher Dolan, told The Associated Press. SENT: 430 words, photos.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New figures that factor in long-term financing costs have more than doubled the estimated $25 billion price tag for a plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a newspaper reported. At the heart of the plan unveiled last summer by Gov. Jerry Brown are two underground tunnels that would replace the delta's current pumping system, which has proven deadly to salmon and other fish and therefore led the federal government to limit its operation. State officials have pegged the cost of building the tunnel and restoring nearby wetlands at $25 billion, making it one of the costliest public works projects in state history. SENT: 475 words.
— RIM FIRE-ECOSYSTEM — A new report estimates that the damage to the ecosystem caused by this year's Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park may have cost the local economy $800 million.
— FRESNO PLANE CRASH — A single-engine aircraft crashed in the front yard of a home in Central California, killing two people on board.
— BIZARRE CHRISTMAS EVE ATTACK — A Northern California man has been arrested on suspicion of attacking his roommate on Christmas Eve and threatening to eat her before killing her dog.
— CHILD ORGAN DONOR — Amid the unspeakable grief of losing a child on Christmas Eve, a Central California couple has made the decision to donate their daughter's organs so other parents can avoid the kind of pain they are experiencing.
WIND ENERGY LAWSUIT
BILLINGS, Mont. — A California utility that wants to back out of a northwest Montana wind power project is asking a federal judge to decide if the wind farm's developers did enough to protect a nearby cluster of golden eagles. San Diego Gas & Electric claims in court documents that a U.S. subsidiary of Spanish wind power company NaturEner misrepresented the risk of the birds being harmed by the Rim Rock wind farm near Cut Bank. SENT: 550 words, photo.
TORRANCE, Calif. — Police fatally shot a 19-year-old man Thursday after he allegedly set fire to his ex-girlfriend's Los Angeles-area apartment with their 2-year-old son inside, torched his mother's house and made threats to kill officers. Asa Dolak was killed after police found him in the girls' bathroom at Madrona Middle School armed with a knife, Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said. School was not in session. SENT: 375 words.
— INMATE DEATH — Authorities say an inmate was declared dead after being found with a serious cut Christmas morning in his cell at a Riverside County jail, but it was later found he had suffered a medical problem and cut himself as he collapsed.
— SEWAGE SPILL — Ventura County health officials say more than 2,000 gallons of sewage spilled onto the ground and into a storm water drain in Thousand Oaks.
LOS ANGELES — From Christian Bale's burgundy velour blazer to Amy Adams' plunging sequin halter dress, "American Hustle" is a cinematic romp through over-the-top styles of the late 1970s. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 560 words, photos.
— OBIT-JEFFREY POLLACK — A producer of TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and writer-director of "Above the Rim" has died.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Considering the career season he produced a year ago, Michael Crabtree hesitates to say he is completely back to his former playmaking self only seven months after Achilles tendon surgery. "I'm headed that direction," Crabtree said Thursday. "I don't really think about it, I just count my blessings and keep it going." There's no arguing he has made big gains in his contributions each week in what has been a remarkable comeback the past four games with San Francisco. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Pat Sims' future with the Oakland Raiders is unclear. He should have plenty of options for next season. The veteran defensive tackle is one of at least a dozen players on the Raiders roster who are set to become free agents in 2014. Seven of them are starters on defense, including all four on the line. Sims and defensive end Lamarr Houston appear in the best shape to cash in on the open market. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 600 words, photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio declined to give any details about the suspension of starting linebacker Max Bullough when the Spartans joined Stanford at Disneyland on Thursday to kick off their week of Rose Bowl preparations. The school announced Bullough's suspension late Wednesday. In Orange County several hours later, Dantonio only confirmed that Bullough violated a team rule. SENT: 600 words, photos.
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