CALIFORNIA lawmakers have voted to stop middle and high schools from starting before 8:30am to allow snowflake students a longer sleep-in. Supporters point to studies that show later start times make kids healthier by letting them get more sleep, and ultimately help them graduate. Nearly 80 percent of California middle and high schools started earlier than 8:30am in 2012, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. If State Governor Jerry Brown now signs the law, schools will have three years to comply. However, it does not apply to rural schools or to extra periods offered before the start of a school day. Republican Jay Obernolte said: "This is the single most cost-effective thing we can do to improve high school graduation rates." However, opponents say local school boards, not the state, should determine start times, Fox News reports. Democrat Jose Medina said: "When it comes to education, the further away the decisions are made from the classroom, the … [Read more...] about California bans schools starting before 8.30am so snowflake students can have more sleep
GUNFIRE sparked chaos during a horse racing meeting at California's famous Del Mar track. A jockey was thrown from his ride and rap fans cowered in restaurant kitchens as cops took down a suspect who opened fire before an Ice Cube concert. Where is the Del Mar racetrack? The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racetrack is within the Del Mar Fairgrounds in southern California, around 20 miles north of San Diego. The seaside city of Del Mar was a summer playground for Hollywood stars in the 1930s and 40s. Its horse racing track was built by a partnership including the singer Bing Crosby and the actors Gary Cooper, Pat O'Brien and Oliver Hardy. Crosby personally welcomed race-goers at the gates when the track opened in 1937. The following year a big money race between Seabiscuit and Ligarotti - the first to be broadcast on national radio in the US - put the circuit on the map. Today it has a capacity of 44,000 spectators and also hosts concerts and other events. The one-mile oval circuit has … [Read more...] about Where is Del Mar racetrack in California, what happened in the shooting and how many people were injured?
By Annie Sciacca | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: August 31, 2018 at 6:30 pm | UPDATED: September 3, 2018 at 5:02 am Many middle and high schools in the Bay Area eventually will have to change their class schedules to start later in the morning if a bill passed by the California Legislature late Friday night is signed by the governor. Senate Bill 328 would prevent middle and high schools from starting classes until at least 8:30 a.m. Numerous districts start the regular school day some time between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Supporters say the argument for later start times is students’ health. Children who have to wake up really early for class lose valuable sleep, they say. But opponents of the bill, including the California Teachers Association, counter that class schedules should be left to local control and a one-size-fits-all approach is not good. The bill calls for the new start times to be implemented no later than July 1, 2021 or the date … [Read more...] about Sleepy students? Schools could start later under bill approved by California legislators
At least 10 people were shot overnight at a San Bernardino apartment complex in California, police say. Some of the victims are in critical condition. They were transported to three area hospitals. Police say they currently don't have details on the suspect. This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates. … [Read more...] about 10 Shot at California Apartment Complex: Police
SHOTS were fired at Del Mar race course in California during a live televised competition - as crowds gathered for an Ice Cube concert. Shocking footage caught the moment commentators screamed "there's gun fire at the track" and a jockey was flung from his horse. Cops confirmed they shot a man after he fired a gun into the air outside the venue, where people had gathered waiting for the rapper to perform. The gunman has been rushed to hospital in an unknown condition, and there are no other injuries. Rider Drayden Van Dyke, was thrown from his spooked steed during the gunfire. TV pundits could be heard fleeing as the drama unfolded live on TVG. Harrowing footage on social media show cops treating the shot man as people quiz staff on what happened. Another shows terrified punters hiding in the Del Mar restaurant kitchens. Police rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. The TVG staff and Van Dyke were unharmed. Panicked punters took to social media as the drama unfolded around them, … [Read more...] about Del Mar shooting – Jockey flung from horse as shots are fired during televised race in California ahead of Ice Cube concert