A Colton sixth-grader who collapsed during a school soccer game and died Tuesday suffered from an enlarged heart and early signs of congestive heart failure, according to a preliminary coroner's report. The death of 12-year-old Dominick Gallegos stunned classmates at Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School this week, while the boy's parents claimed that a bully had stomped on their son's chest. On Thursday, however, the San Bernardino County Coroner posted a preliminary autopsy that reported no evidence of trauma in the boy's death. "An autopsy was performed on Dominick today," the report stated. "No evidence of trauma was found.
Eric Garcetti has recruited 32 other mayors across the country to join him in urging college admissions companies to stop asking applicants about their criminal histories. In a letter, the mayors petitioned the Common Application Association and Universal College Application -- two companies whose standard applications are used by many private universities -- "to remove any box that inquires into a person's past criminal history from your admissions applications." Garcetti joins other advocates and the federal government in making the case that the mere inquiry about criminal history can scare an applicant away. "Any box that inquires into criminal history has a strong chilling effect on applications in general," said Kimberley Guillemet, manager of The Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Reentry. "We know that when people see any box asking about their criminal background, a lot of them assume that they won't have a chance to be admitted on their merits and they won't pursue the process."
A 12-year-old who read The Lord Of The Rings aged five has become the youngest Cornell University freshman in the Ivy School's history. Jeremy Shuler was home-schooled by his parents - both aerospace engineers from Grand Prairie, Texas - and started reading books in English and Korean aged two. To help get him into Cornell, Jeremy's parents moved to Ithaca, where his father, Andy Shuler, took up a post at Lockheed Martin Upstate New York. A 12-year-old who started studying calculus aged 6 has become the youngest Cornell University freshman in the Ivy School's history With his bowl-cut hair, cherubic face and frequent happy laughter, Jeremy is clearly still a child despite his advanced intelligence. He swung in his chair while his parents, who he calls Mommy and Daddy, recounted his early years during an interview at the engineering school where his grandfather is a professor, his father got his doctorate and Jeremy is now an undergrad.
A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to prohibit most employers in the city from asking about a job applicant's criminal history until after a conditional offer has been made. State and local governments in California are already prevented from asking whether a person has ever been convicted of a crime until an initial offer of employment has been made. President Obama announced in November that the federal government and its contractors would also stop asking about job applicants' criminal histories in the preliminary stages of the interview process. The City Council's Economic Development Committee voted 4-0 to extend that law to businesses with 10 or more employees, as well as to city contractors and subcontractors. "It's designed to give someone a fair chance," said Councilman Curren Price, the committee chairman.
Any self-respecting stoner knows what to do on 4/20. But few seem to know how the otherwise innocuous date became an international celebration of cannabis culture. The rumors about the origins of 4/20 tend to drift around like so much smoke from a tightly rolled joint: Is 420 the police radio code for smoking marijuana in public? Was it the day Adolf Hitler died? Did it mark the day of death of someone else famous or infamous?