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Cal State awarded $60 million in federal grants to help diversify biomedical research

Three California State University campuses Wednesday were awarded more than $60 million in federal grants to help train low-income and minority students for biomedical research careers.

The National Institutes of Health grants are for five years and include $22.7 million to Cal State Long Beach, $21.8 million to Cal State Northridge and $17 million to San Francisco State University to develop mentorship programs, engage students' families, improve instruction and develop community-based research projects.

"The opportunities it will bring about for our faculty and students are truly unprecedented for this university," Cal State Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement.

Twelve grants in all were awarded to colleges and universities around the country, part of an initiative to create a national consortium of institutions that will work on the best ways to attract biomedical researchers from diverse backgrounds and define the skills needed to succeed.

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Girl, 9, dies of injuries in Anaheim shooting

A 9-year-old girl who was shot outside an apartment building Wednesday evening has died, Anaheim authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 7:15 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue, said Lt. Bob Dunn, a spokesman with the Anaheim Police Department. Several people called 911 and reported hearing multiple shots fired.

The girl, who was struck at least once, received aid outside the apartment and was taken to a hospital, Dunn said. Detectives on the scene are looking for witnesses.

It’s not known if the shooting was gang-related, Dunn said, but a gang in the neighborhood “claims” the area.

The name of the girl has not been released.


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Ice cream man assaulted, accused of killing child with truck in South L.A.

An ice cream truck driver was assaulted in South L.A. after he allegedly hit and killed a child with his truck Wednesday night.

The incident happened about 7:10 p.m. in the 200 block of East 97th Street, police said.

The unidentified child was riding a bike when struck by the ice cream truck, police said.

The child suffered severe injuries and died at the hospital. 

The ice cream truck driver suffered minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital, police said. 

Although the investigation is ongoing, police are not anticipating any arrests in the case and called the incident an "unfortunate accident." 

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Stabbing attack leaves 1 dead, 2 wounded in Carson

A stabbing attack Wednesday in Carson left one man dead and two other males wounded, authorities said.

The stabbings occurred about 2:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of East 218th street, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Witnesses reported seeing multiple people involved in the stabbings.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found an 18-year-old man with a stab wound to his upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

An 18-year-old and a 15-year-old were taken to a hospital, also with stab wounds to their upper torsos. Their conditions are unknown.

Homicide detectives detained two possible suspects.


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San Gabriel Valley water agency declares supply emergency

The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District declared a water supply emergency Wednesday amid record-low levels.

The agency, which supplies retailers that serve several San Gabriel Valley cities, said levels will continue to drop if this winter doesn’t provide above-average rainfall and if the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California doesn’t provide significant water to replenish groundwater.

The resolution adopting a water supply emergency was approved by the board of directors and called for a number of conservation actions.

It also demands that the Metropolitan Water District deliver water requested by the San Gabriel agency for groundwater replenishment at the same cost as the other member agencies that pay “full service” water rates.

“Today’s action by the board is necessary to continue the reliable and safe operation of the basin’s water supply,” said Anthony Fellow, board president of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. “Groundwater levels...

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Death of Victorville man tasered multiple times ruled accidental

The death of a 36-year-old Victorville man after he was stunned with a taser multiple times during his arrest by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies was accidental, authorities said Wednesday.

The Riverside County coroner's office said Dante Parker died due to acute PCP intoxication with a noted significant condition of hypertensive cardiovascular disease, heart conditions caused by high blood pressure.

It’s department policy for the Riverside County coroner’s office to conduct autopsies for in-house San Bernardino County investigations.

On Aug. 12, Parker was arrested shortly after sheriff's deputies responded to a call about an attempted break-in about 5 p.m. in the 13000 block of Bucknell Court in Victorville.

When a deputy arrived, the person who called 911 identified Parker as he rode away from the house on a bicycle, authorities said.

The deputy tried to arrest Parker, but he became “uncooperative and combative,” the sheriff’s department said. A physical struggle ensued,...

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