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(Jeremy Papasso / Associated Press)

UC Berkeley officials said Saturday that organizers of a far-right speakers’ series scheduled for later this month have missed the deadline to reserve two of the largest indoor venues on campus for the event, but that they will continue to work with organizers on planning for the festival.

“The university cannot defend spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide security arrangements for events” based on the press releases of organizers, Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor of the university’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, said in a statement.

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(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

When news broke that Los Angeles school board President Ref Rodriguez was caught up in a criminal case over his campaign contributions, friends and foes alike were baffled.

Rodriguez, who won his school board seat in 2015, legally could have poured as much of his own money as he liked into his upstart campaign. So why would he, as prosecutors claim, have arranged for others to donate and then use his funds to illegally pay them back?

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(Los Angeles Times)

A teacher at the elite Brentwood School was charged Friday with repeatedly having unlawful sex with a 16-year-old male student this summer, prosecutors said.

Aimee Palmitessa, 45, who worked for nine years at the private school, was arrested Aug. 18 after the teen reported the alleged assaults to authorities, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. She was released on bail hours afterward.

  • Higher Education
  • University of California
(Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

A state pharmacy inspector made a surprising discovery last year while conducting a routine records review at a Westside facility that compounded drugs for patients at UCLA medical centers.

More than 1,000 IV bags of sterile medications for heart patients and others with serious health issues had been made with expired and potentially dangerous ingredients, according to state Board of Pharmacy records.

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(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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  • University of California

Hundreds of protesters swarmed UC Berkeley on Thursday evening as conservative writer Ben Shapiro spoke on campus, with law enforcement out in force to prevent a repeat of recent violent clashes between far-left and far-right agitators.

Nine people were arrested, four of them on charges of carrying banned weapons. One was held on suspicion of battery on a police officer. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, many in riot gear, prepared for violence and seized potential weapons, but no major skirmishes were reported. Several shouting matches erupted but ended peacefully.

(Christina House / For The Times)

The California State Board of Education had been focused for hours on how to meet requirements to help its lowest performing schools and districts.

But after long, jargon-laden discussions about “building capacity” and “creating new systems,” board member Feliza Ortiz-Licon took a step back and apologized to civil rights groups.

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  • University of California
(Jeremy Papasso / Associated Press)

More than 200 UC Berkeley instructors and faculty members are calling for a shutdown of classes and activities when right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and other conservative speakers visit campus this month.

In a letter sent to the campus community this week, the faculty members said that a boycott of Yiannopoulos’ “Free Speech Week” would protect their students from potentially deadly violence. The letter cited shootings, stabbings and beatings during confrontations between the right and left in Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Charlottesville, Va.; Maryland and Virginia.

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(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Charter school advocates in Los Angeles had been having a great year. With millions of dollars at their disposal, they had won their first majority on the school board and installed a pro-charter board president, Ref Rodriguez.

They had ambitious plans for the future and they had the leadership of Rodriguez, a figure in the national education reform movement.

Then, on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Rodriguez with three felonies in a 14-page criminal complaint.

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Santee Education Complex will receive some of the settlement funding.
Santee Education Complex will receive some of the settlement funding. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Unified School District will pour $151 million into a group of 50 schools to settle a lawsuit over how the school system spends money intended for some of its neediest students.

The funds, to be distributed over three years, will go to schools in low-income neighborhoods, mostly in South and East Los Angeles, and will pay for such efforts as increased tutoring, mental health support, counseling, parent participation and restorative justice.

The extra help is supposed to benefit three groups of students: those from low-income families, English learners and those in the foster-care system.