Daily Archives: December 10, 2013

California schools fear losing millions for low-income students

California schools fear losing millions for low-income students

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school-moneyLOS ANGELES – Major California school districts fear they will be shortchanged millions of dollars in funding for their low-income students under new state rules requiring them to verify family incomes every year.

Officials in Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and elsewhere are scrambling to collect verification forms but said that hundreds of families have not yet turned them in — potentially jeopardizing funding that school districts are counting on this year. At stake, for instance, is $200 million in L.A. Unified and $6 million in San Diego.

The districts are urging the state to guarantee them all funding due this year, based on last year’s count of low-income students, whether the new forms are turned in or not.

Under a new law this year, districts are receiving extra money for students who are low income, learning English or in foster care — a boost that amounts to about $2,800…

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Marine awarded Silver Star for leading counterattack

Marine awarded Silver Star for leading counterattack

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[trib_ndn vid=25429955]SAN DIEGO – Marine Major Robb McDonald received the Silver Star at Camp Pendleton Monday for his role in repulsing a Taliban surprise attack at a Marine base in Afghanistan.

The secretary of the Navy awarded the nation’s third highest honor to 37-year-old McDonald for his extraordinary leadership during the attack at Camp Bastion, a Marine Corps air base, in September 2012.

After McDonald’s commanding officer Lt. Col. Christopher Raible was killed by Taliban insurgents on base, he killed one Taliban fighter and organized a counter attack.

Military investigators said at least 15 Taliban fighters dressed in US military style uniforms cut through the fence and blew up six fighter jets.

McDonald led several groups of Marines away from attack area and directed two helicopter strikes that killed several insurgents, according to his award citation.

Two United States service members were killed while 14 other British and U.S. troops…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for December 10, 2013

Marines from the 1st Marine Division are landing on the beach today beginning at 8:30 AM. It’s all part of a large scale training exercise called Exercise Steel Knight 2014.
Marines from multiple Marine Corps bases from Yuma to Twentynine Palms to Camp Pendleton are participating in the live-fire exercise. It includes an amphibious landing on the beach west of Camp Pendleton. So if you’re driving along the 5 freeway between zero eight thirty and thirteen hundred don’t be afraid it’s just training.

At 10:45 officials are going to show how dangerous fire can be over the holiday season. This is the annual demo where they show us how quickly the flames can engulf a Christmas tree and children’s pajamas.

At 10:30 U.S. and Mexican officials are breaking ground on a new leg of freeway expand the 905 freeway and the border. This segment is part of a larger project that hopes to ease border crossings. This part will cost about $112 million dollars.

San Diego City Council is talking about two law suit settlements this morning at 10:00 AM. One of them is from a victim of disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, and the other is from a victim of former San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos. Also on the council’s agenda is a referendum to overturn the new Barrio Logan zoning regulation.

This afternoon at 1:00 The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is talking with the public about a climate action plan and putting a pier on Shelter Island.

San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is meeting at 5:00 tonight about Lincoln High School.

And finally … San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive starts its 23rd year with a breakfast on the USS Midway Museum at 6:00 AM. Escondido Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department are hosting the drive

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