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April Marks Alcohol Awareness Month
April Marks Alcohol Awareness Month
By: Leanna Larinto | Apr. 19, 2024

Alcohol awareness isn't just about knowing the effects of drinking, it's about understanding the many potential dangers of unsafe alcohol use. Chase Larinto, an Emergency Medical Technician, responds to nine-one-one calls in Los Angeles and he has witnessed the ramifications of excessive alcohol consumption first hand. So a couple emergencies that I've personally seen relating to alcohol mis-use mostly end up being due to withdrawals from alcoholism. People that are recovering alcoholics do go through withdrawal symptoms similar to drug users- and it can be particularly deadly because those withdrawal symptoms-unlike other withdrawal symptoms- can actually be lethal in some cases. Larinto says other emergencies include assault, traffic collisions and illnesses as a result of alcohol consumption. Although this is the grim reality, there are precautions one can take if someone wants to allow themselves a few drinks. Some precautions people can take when dealing with alcohol is of course you know, limiting the amount of that you're taking in- and also making sure you have a responsible way home or a way of sleeping it off. I can't tell you how many times I've seen car accidents that involve alcohol and there being a fatality involved. He also urges the importance of not just raising awareness about the dangers of alcohol, but to foster a culture of making responsible choices in order to promote a safer environment for everyone.

Coachella Weekend 2
Coachella Weekend 2
By: Ally Najera | Apr. 18, 2024

With Coachella gearing up for its second weekend ... The SoCal festival announced a few adds and drops from the first weekend to the next. While Vampire Weekend took the stage for weekend 1, they will not be returning. Headliners Tyler The Creator and Lana Del Rey are set to make THEIR return for the second weekend. (clip) For Saturday night, 90s band No Doubt and Gwen Stefani will reunite once again, to take the stage. (clip) Last weekend, the band was one of many artists bringing back 90s nostalgia. No Doubt also brought up special guest Olivia Rodrigo for a new rendition of 'Bathwater.' (clip) Apart from many guests making a return, some artists that were added include music producer Skream and techno/house D-J Val Fleury (FLURRY)!  Special guests invited to headlined artists are also expected on stage! 

 

 

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Second Day of Trump Hush Money Trial
Second Day of Trump Hush Money Trial
By: Eliza Portillo | Apr. 16, 2024

Twelve potential jurors in New York and six alternates are being assessed through questions that could signal political views. Once they make it through the first round of questions, the lawyers on both sides will have 30 minutes to question them. Ahead of the 20-24 election, Trump is upset the trial is happening and says it isn't getting a fair perspective.

Trump continues to argue that the trial is only happening because President Biden's administration orchestrated it.

Potential jurors with personal feelings and politics are being dismissed. So far today, seven people have already been excused. Prosecutors needs 18 jurors who can render a verdict fairly and if convicted, Trump could face jail time.

Mating Season at CSUN's Orange Grove Pond
Mating Season at CSUN's Orange Grove Pond
By: Jess Brumana | Apr. 12, 2024

If you see any turtles running around campus, don't worry, its totally normal. They're just trying to have some babies! Pond Expert and lead caretaker John Dorusenic, otherwise known as John Pond, says not to disturb them.  Along side the turtles, the duck are also laying their eggs. But, you're not likely to see many birds in the upcoming months. The turtles are facing a severe overpopulation crisis. The pond, originally built with a 20 turtle capacity, is now home to nearly 400. John Pond says it's largely due to people dumping their pets. He says around this time, the pond sees many new animals from people abandoning their Easter pets.

In-N-Out President Says She Worked Hard to Keep Prices Down Amid Fast Food Worker Minimum Wage Increase
In-N-Out President Says She Worked Hard to Keep Prices Down Amid Fast Food Worker Minimum Wage Increase
By: Diego Castro | Apr. 12, 2024

In light of the minimum wage hike law for fast-food workers, the president of In-N-Out Burger Lynsi Snyder worked hard to keep the prices of their food as low as possible. Despite the law coming into effect on April 1st, In-N-Out Burger did not rush to increase their prices unlike their competitors. Snyder says that it was their responsibility to keep the prices low for their customers and that it was not about following a system.

April Marks Diversity Month - International Student Athletes Share Why It's Important
April Marks Diversity Month - International Student Athletes Share Why It's Important
By: Jose Tello | Apr. 12, 2024

International student-athletes are more than just athletes in the context of American collegiate sports. Students come to The United States of America for a chance to get a college degree and taking part in high level competitions, with some turning professional. While many get home sick and have doubts of whether or not they will be successful, the international students know they have a whole support system behind them. Through their dedication and resilience, the diversity of student-athletes shows the ability to unite people across cultural barriers and mold them into future leaders. International student-athletes make a lasting impression on American college sports and international relations as they pursue their academic and athletic goals

UFC 300 Weekend
UFC 300 Weekend
By: Spencer Ferreira | Apr. 12, 2024

U-F-C-300 is taking place tomorrow night in Las Vegas and the fight card is arguably one of the deepest ever. The main event will be Alex Pereira defending his title against Jamahal Hill. In the co-main event, Zhang (Jang)  Weili will defend her title against Yan Xiaonon. Justin Gaethje will also be taking on Max Holloway in a highly anticipated lightweight matchup.

 

 

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Scientists Work to Change Pancreatic Cancer Detection
Scientists Work to Change Pancreatic Cancer Detection
By: Laura Gonzalez | Apr. 11, 2024

Studies investigating the potential of liquid biopsy tests are still in the early phases, however researchers detected 93 percent of pancreatic cancer in their study. Definitively diagnosing someone with pancreatic cancer can involve a series of scans and blood tests which are usually done when someone already shows symptoms. Scientists say the importance for the blood-based research to be successful so they can intercept and remove the cancer before it is too late. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths and is projected to become the second leading by the end of the decade.

NPR Faces Outrage From Right-Wing Media After Editor Claims Left-Wing Bias
NPR Faces Outrage From Right-Wing Media After Editor Claims Left-Wing Bias
By: Francisco Rosas | Apr. 11, 2024

The National Public Radio faces retaliation from the right wing media after its own senior business editor Uri Berliner publishes a story criticizing the organization. In his story, Berliner calls out the N-P-R for having left-wing bias. After the story was published, many right wings were outrage and demanded the outlet to be removed of its government funding. Former President Donald Trump says the N-P-R is a dishonesty institution that does not deserve any more funding. However, Berliner says defunding the outlet is not the answer but does agree that media is becoming less trustworthy. So far, the N-P-R has not released a statement but its editor in chief Edith Chapin denies Berliner's story. 

What Happens to Unsold Girl Scout Cookies?
What Happens to Unsold Girl Scout Cookies?
By: Gabriel Duarte | Apr. 10, 2024

When it's spring, it's Girl Scout cookie season. The cookies are so popular that they sell about 2-hundred-million boxes of them in any given year according to the Girl Scouts of the USA. But what happens after to the remaining boxes? It depends according to which chapter you ask. The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles says they donate all unused cookie packages to local non-profits, but were not specific about any numbers. Meanwhile, other big chapters across the nation like the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, who sold one-point-four million boxes of cookies, have around 10-thousand cases that remain unsold in a warehouse. Another California chapter, the Girl Scouts of Northern California, says they donated over one-hundred-70-thousand boxes across a 19-county region to support local non-profits. Despite the vague numbers, the Girl Scouts have been working to implement new systems to ensure all cookies find a home.

Photo credits: Parade

Gen Z Angst
Gen Z Angst
By: Sebastian Gontes | Apr. 10, 2024

According to the senior director for economic policy at the Center for American Progress, this is the best economy for younger workers. Gen Z has seen their wages increase quicker than inflation and also experience the lowest unemployment rate for 16-to-24 year old's. Gen Z entered adulthood with multiple social media platforms which has made it easy for them to voice how upset they are not being able to keep up with the cost of living. Last week a TikTok video went viral where the user ranted on making three times the federal minimum wage and still couldn't afford to live. Gen Z-er's are experiencing higher rates of distress, anxiety, and depression than any other age group. Gen Z can at least feel some comfort compared to the Millennial experience. Multiple Millennials couldn't get jobs out of college and inherited a giant debt.  

 

 

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Bone Conducting Headphones
Bone Conducting Headphones
By: Francisco Rosas | Apr. 10, 2024

A new brand of headphones from Mojawa (moh-JAH-wah) called HapitFit (hap-TUH-fit)  lets users experience music like never before and also keeps track of their movements. The company Mojawa released it last month for 300 hundred dollars .Instead of the headphones being plugged in your eardrums, the headphones use bone conduction audio through the user's jawbone vibrations. The headphones are connected to blue tooth on phones where users can access its AI training. Users can use the headphones while running and swimming. Although the headphones have a storage of 32 gigabytes, it does not have noise cancellation. 

 

 

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Suicides Double In College Athletes
Suicides Double In College Athletes
By: Jose Tello | Apr. 10, 2024

In collegiate sports, suicide is currently the second most common cause of death, following accidents. The rates have doubled from 7-point-six-percent to 15-point-three over the past 20 years. Many specialists have mentioned that there is pressure to reconcile the obligations of athletics and academics, which can result in anxiety and depression. The psychological effect of injuries, fear of losing scholarships, and opportunities to get playing time also adds feelings of hopelessness. Specialists are encouraging student-athletes to reach out and say there are many people that are there to help. Experts say taking time for self-care is important, and for students to knw they are not alone. 

 

 

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South Korean President Yoon Suk Yuel to Invest 7 Billion Dollars on AI for Semiconductor Chips
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yuel to Invest 7 Billion Dollars on AI for Semiconductor Chips
By: Anthony Tedesco | Apr. 9, 2024

Yuel says that South Korea would invest seven billion dollars into A-I for the next generation processing chips. This is part of Yuel's plan to keep South Korea at the top of the semiconductor chip market. He also announced a separate one billion dollar fund for semiconductor firms to keep ahead of China and the U-S. Yuel told a high profile gathering of tech executives that semiconductor competition between nations is all-out war. Yuel says he wants to write a new era of success in the global tech market. 

University of Connecticut Huskies Wins Men's NCAA Tournament
University of Connecticut Huskies Wins Men's NCAA Tournament
By: Robert Garcia | Apr. 9, 2024

Not since the Florida Gators back in the 0-6, 0-7 season has a school won back to back N-C-double-A tournaments and now the U-Conn Huskies have ended the drought. Becoming just the 8th team in men's college basketball - number one seed U-Conn and head coach Dan Hurley defeated one seeded Purdue and star center Zach Edey 75 to 60 in what was another dominant run for his program. Edey spoke of his defeat. Donovon Clingen also expressed sentiments of making his mother proud following the team's second consecutive championship win.

In a tournament last year where the Huskies average margin of victory was 20 points per game, they did even better this tournament - averaging wins by 23-point-3 points. Hurley says this back-to-back is more impressive than some of the others because of the players he lost from last year to this - citing specifically Duke and Florida - who retained most of their team following the first championship. Although U-Conn seemingly cemented it's "blue blood" status with last year's championship, they now look to be the first team since legendary coach John Wooden's Bruins' to win three tournaments in a row. 

Wrestlemania to Take Place on April 6th Weekend
Wrestlemania to Take Place on April 6th Weekend
By: Spencer Ferreira | Apr. 5, 2024

The two night extravaganza known as Wrestlemania will be taking place starting tomorrow and ending on Sunday night. The W-W-E is promoting this as the biggest Wrestlemania of all time. The first night will be headlined by The Rock teaming up with Roman Reigns to take on the team of Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. The outcome of this match will have implications that will affect the night 2 main event.  Rhea Ripley will also be defending her Women's World Championship against Becky Lynch. On night two, the main event will see Roman Reigns defending his W-W-E Championship against Cody Rhodes. Other notable matches include Seth Rollins defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Drew McIntyre and Logan Paul will be defending his United States Championship against Randy Orton and Kevin Owens. It's set to be a star studded weekend that you don't want to miss. 

CSUN University Library Honors Tataviam Tribe with "Continuum of Time" Mural
CSUN University Library Honors Tataviam Tribe with "Continuum of Time" Mural
By: Elle Laur | Apr. 5, 2024

Artist Lindsay Carron was selected to highlight the history of the Tataviam tribe with the "Continuum of Time" mural after winning the C-sun University Library Tataviam Mural Competition. The competition was organized by the library's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. C-sun Learning Commons Coordinator Tim Bochen says Carron uses a stencil to lay out the painting on the curved wall across from the Creative Maker Studio on the first floor. The mural depicts the history of the Tataviam tribe and their relationship with art and community. University Library Circulation Desk Lead Gabriel Castaneda thinks the mural will remind the C-sun community of how we got here and the history of the land. The mural will be partially completed by mid-April in time for Carron to speak about it alongside Tataviam tribe members on April 16th. 

AI May Shrink Workforces Within Half a Decade, According to Company Execs
AI May Shrink Workforces Within Half a Decade, According to Company Execs
By: Jose Tello | Apr. 5, 2024

The emergence of artificial intelligence, could potentially reduce the number of workers at thousands of companies over the next five years. Executives surveyed 18 different industries, including energy, retail and automotive sectors in the countries of United States, Canada, Germany and Japan. 46-percent of the executives could potentially transfer their employees if their jobs were impacted by A-I. Economists  warned in March of last year that the emergence of A-I might result in the loss of up to 300-million full-time jobs worldwide

Woman's March Madness Final Four Games Preview
Woman's March Madness Final Four Games Preview
By: Cooper Ignatian | Apr. 5, 2024

Women's March Madness continues tonight, as the final four teams look to secure their spot in the National Championship. The first game will tip-off later today at four, when number one seed South Carolina, winners of the tournament in 20-22 goes head to head with number three seed NC-State. After that game number-one seed Iowa will head to battle against number-3 seed UConn, in what has become one of the most anticipated games this March. Caitlin Clark, who is averaging more than 30 points a game, will be facing off against Paige Bueckers, who has led Uconn through the tournament. Iowa will look to get back to the final game and erase the demons from last years loss in the championship, while Uconn will also try to get back to the big game, after losing the championship in 20-22. 

UAW Union Vote
UAW Union Vote
By: Leanna Larinto | Apr. 5, 2024

The United Auto Worker's drive to unionize foreign automotive plants has reached a milestone.  The U-A-W filed for a representation election for a Mercedes plant in Alabama. The German car company announced that it respect its team members' choice to unionize or not, and look forward to participate in the election process. This comes after the U-A-W announced its goal to organize workers at 13 car-makers nationwide- such as Tesla, Lucid, Mercedes, Rivian, B-M-W, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.  The union says it is determined to secure a voice for workers in the automotive industry despite the challenges.

 

 

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FDA Approves First Digital Treatment For Major Depressive Disorder
FDA Approves First Digital Treatment For Major Depressive Disorder
By: Melisa Valenzuela | Apr. 4, 2024

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescribed digital treatment for major depressive disorder. Rejoyn is a smartphone app that's meant to be used along with anti-depressant medications for people 22 and older . App creator Otsuka Pharmaceutical says it involves a six week program that combines cognitive-emotional training with cognitive behavioral therapy lessons. A scientist involved in its development says the app is a tool designed to act like physical therapy for the brain through these personalized brain-training exercises. Otsuka says Rejoyn will require a prescription for download and will become available later this year.

April Marks Jazz Appreciation Month
April Marks Jazz Appreciation Month
By: Alexa Kosten | Apr. 4, 2024

Jazz is a uniquely American music genre, blending African-American and European influences. Jazz emerged in the early 20th century with instrumental elements of saxophones and trumpets. With International Jazz Day coming up on April 30th, People commemorate and celebrate the day as they associate the history of jazz with ideals of peace, freedom, and equality. Shawn Stockman of the iconic R-and-B group Boyz II Men shares how Jazz influences him. Jazz Appreciation Month serves as a reminder of its cultural significance and timeless relevance. 

First Look at Maggie Gyllenhaal's Frankenstein Retelling "The Bride"
First Look at Maggie Gyllenhaal's Frankenstein Retelling "The Bride"
By: Ally Najera | Apr. 4, 2024

Also alive? Maggie Gyllenhaal's "The Bride" which fans are JUST getting their first look at. Set in 1930s Chicago, Christian Bale is seen in newly released camera test stills as the new Frankenstein and will be acting alongside Jessie Buckley, who will be the iconic bride. Gyllenhaal has teamed up with Warner Bros to distribute the period film, in her second directorial project since "The Lost Daughter." The female director took to Instagram, to share how the gothic-classic is going. Also a part of the star-studded cast is Penelope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard and Annette Bening. The "Joker" cinematographer Lawrence Sher is helping to bring this punk-Frankenstein to life. And is set to FULLY come alive in OCTOBER 2025.

Researchers Develop Tool That Converts Light to Music Ahead of the Solar Eclipse
Researchers Develop Tool That Converts Light to Music Ahead of the Solar Eclipse
By: Jess Brumana | Apr. 4, 2024

 The LightSound Project was developed by a team of Astrophysics and Astronomy researchers in 2017 aiming to increase access to experiencing the phenomenon of solar eclipses to those who cant' see. The device uses a technique called Sonification, which converts light into sound.  When there is a lot of light, the LightSound will emit this high, flutey noise. When it dims, it creates this low oboe noise. Listening to the sounds transition allows those who can't view the sky to still enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. The project is fully open-source and you can find all the instructions in three different languages to make your own LightSound at home! If you don't have the supplies though, you can find LightSound devices at the College of the Canyons' viewing party and at the Gloria Molina Grand Park in front of LA City Hall.

Photo credits: The LightSound Project

Poster for 'Joker: Folie a Deux" Revealed Featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga
Poster for 'Joker: Folie a Deux" Revealed Featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga
By: Ally Najera | Apr. 3, 2024

A new poster for the second Joker film titled Joker: Folie a Deux (FOE-lee uh-DOE) shows Joauqin Phoenix reprising his role as the Joker. Also featured on the poster is musician, Lady Gaga who has taken on the role of Harley Quinn. The colors are contrasted to his green hair and their clown make-up, with moonlight shining on them. From the details of their attire to the smeared lipstick on Gaga's face, as well as the dancing pose fans can only assume this is a romantic moment. The film's official accounts on X and Instagram posted the photo for fans with the capiton 'The world is a stage.' The film's first trailer is set to drop later this month. And what is expected to be a musical-thriller will dance into theaters October 4th.

Chester Trio Overturned Conviction
Chester Trio Overturned Conviction
By: Robert Garcia | Apr. 3, 2024

41-year-old Derrick Chappel, 44-year-old Morton Johnson, and 47-year-old Samuel Grasty were each convicted in separate trials of second-degree murder and other related charges. The men were sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 70-year-old Henrietta Nickens. But new D-N-A evidence finds that even after this ruling the alleged suspects were actually innocent. Delaware County Judge Mary Alice Brennan sided with the trio in Thursday's ruling - ultimately granting their request for a new trial. Still - the three men remain behind bars. Prosecutors have up to 30-days to decide whether they will appeal the judge’s ruling, and a bail hearing is set for May 23rd. 

 

 

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Caitlin Clark Visibility to Women's Basketball
Caitlin Clark Visibility to Women's Basketball
By: Daisy Orozco | Apr. 3, 2024

Iowa's star Caitlin Clark is bringing more visibility to women's basketball and is playing in front of sold-out arenas this year in the women's NCAA Tournament. During the beginning of her basketball career, thousand of cardboard cutouts were brought in to fill the empty seats in stadiums during COVID plagued 2021 March Madness. Now, tickets prices have gone through the roof after the Hawkeyes defeated the LSU Tigers to earn a spot in the Final Four. The most expensive ticket for Friday's Final Four game is more than 11-thousand-dollars. Iowa's Elite Eight game drew in a viewership of twelve-point-3 million, setting the all-time T-V ratings record for a women's college basketball game. Clark is the number one pick for this month's W-N-B-A draft but until then fans are waiting to see if Iowa will win its first national championship after falling short against L-S-U in the National Championship last year.

 

 

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Last USS Arizona Survivor Lou Conter Dead at 102
Last USS Arizona Survivor Lou Conter Dead at 102
By: Anthony Tedesco | Apr. 2, 2024

Lou Conter was a quartermaster on the USS Arizona and one of the 3-hundred crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1943, he was shot down over New Guinnea while flying nighttime bombing runs. Conter's track record earned his appointment as the Navy's FIRST survival, evasion, resistance, and escape officer, training pilots and crew. Conter maintained that HE was no hero, and the men who died during the war were the ones WORTHY  of that title. Lou Conter, was one-hundred 2 years old

Ways to Help for World Autism Day 2024
Ways to Help for World Autism Day 2024
By: Eliza Portillo | Apr. 2, 2024

April 2nd is World Autism Day and this is the 17th year it is being celebrated. This day is to spread awareness about Autism and inform people how the challenges affect individuals. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. Autism Speaks is an organization that spreads awareness one the diagnosis and shares personal accounts throughout the month of April. According to the organization, 1in 36 children and 1in 45 adults in the U-S have autism. People can share their support by learning more about autism and wearing blue, which is the color associated with the disorder.

Women's History Month Spotlight: Nellie Bly
Women's History Month Spotlight: Nellie Bly
By: Karen Espinoza | Mar. 29, 2024

Nellie Bly was born in 18-64 as Elizabeth Jane Cochran. Her pen name comes from Stephen Foster's song Nellie Bly. She is widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days. Another thing Bly is known for was her expose titled "Ten Days in a Mad-House", where she went undercover to expose the horrible conditions at the Women's Lunatic Asylum. Her asylum piece led to asylums implementing new reforms for women. She passed away from pneumonia in 19-22 leaving behind an impact on a new era of investigative journalism. Bly was inducted in the National Women's Hall of Fame in 19-98, where she remains as a role model for women. 

 

 

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Jerry Seinfeld Pop Tarts
Jerry Seinfeld Pop Tarts
By: Aja Santos | Mar. 29, 2024

The comedian is directing and starring in a new film that tells the story of the pastry's origin. Set in the 1960's -Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story- features a packed cast with Bill Burr, Melissa McCarthy, Hugh Grant and Amy Schumer to name a few. The comedy film will follow Cereal Corporations Kellog's and Post as they compete to create a revolutionary new pastry. Netflix has released the trailer and you can stream the film on May 3rd.

 

 

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Frida Kahlo
Women's History Month Spotlight: Frida Kahlo
By: Elle Laur | Mar. 29, 2024

With each brush stroke, Frida Kahlo (KAA-low) paved the way for women all around the world to pursue their passion. The Mexican painter was born on July sixth, 1907 and was known for her self-portraits and use of bold colors. Originally fascinated by science, Kahlo (KAA-low) taught herself how to paint by reading books about art. Her love for art was sparked at a young age when she assisted her father in his photography studio. She had a complicated relationship with muralist Diego Rivera who she married twice in her 47 years. Kahlo (KAA-low) played around with themes including self-identity and many knew her as a Surrealist. Kahlo (KAA-low) spent every day until she died on July 13th, 1954, denying this perception others had of her work and turned to her art as a form of self-expression and communication with the world around her. 

 

 

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George Washington DNA
George Washington DNA
By: Cooper Ignatian | Mar. 29, 2024

Just recently, first president of the United States George Washington's brother and his family were identified by skeletal remains. The remains were found in unmarked burials in Harewood West Virginia that were dated back to the 1880's. Samuel Washington, the younger brother of George, died in 1781. The cemetery were Samuel was buried at had numerous bodies, including his children, his two wives, grand-children, and even great-grandchildren. Researchers found the link between the family through a series of testing, which analyzed thousands of SNP's that are the foundations of DNA. Since Washington had no children, this is the first time a DNA map was made for George, improving his family tree.

 

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CA Shark Warning
CA Shark Warning
By: Warren Lopez | Mar. 29, 2024

A high tech alert system that warns swimmers of oncoming sharks could be shut down due to dwindling funds. The Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach has been operating the system for more than half a decade. The process uses buoys, tags and monitors to detect any nearby white sharks. The Shark Lab's director says the system notifies lifeguards and describes to them what kind of sharks are there. The lab needs about four million dollars to stay afloat and hopes to receive more donors.

 

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times 

Missouri Murder
Missouri Murder
By: Leanna Larinto | Mar. 29, 2024

A man has been sentenced to 16-years in prison for a murder he committed 26-years ago in Missouri. Timothy Stephenson confessed to his husband, Joseph Ginejko (Gin-AY-koh), that he shot and killed a man named Randall Oliphant. Stephenson's husband has been secretly working with investigators. Ginejko's cooperation with authorities involved an undercover operation, resulting in Stephenson's confession being captured on audio and video which revealed evidence linking Stephenson to the murder. His arrest brought long awaited justice to the victim's loved ones.

 

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Anne Frank
Women's History Month Spotlight: Anne Frank
By: Melisa Valenzuela | Mar. 29, 2024

Born in 1929, Anne Frank is best known for writing her experiences while hiding from Nazi persecution during the German occupation of the Netherlands. In the two years that she and her family were hiding in the secret annex, Frank wrote about events that happened, along with her thoughts and feelings to help pass the time. She began to rewrite her experiences into one big story, but was discovered and captured before she was able to finish. She was sent to a concentration camp with her sister where they both died from lack of food, exhaustion and disease. Frank's father was the only surviving family member. In 1947, 3-thousand copies of Frank's diary were printed. The book was later translated into more than 70 languages and adapted for both stage and screen.

 

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Russia Journalists Arrests
Russia Journalists Arrests
By: Jess Brumana | Mar. 29, 2024

Journalists from multiple Russian media outlets and reporters without borders were detained under suspicion of espionage, extremism and resisting authority. One of the reporters detained was Antonia Favorskaya (fah- VOR-sky-ah), who was heavily involved with the coverage of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (alex-SAY NAH-val-nee) before and after his death. Reporters without borders commented on the actions of the Russian government, saying they condemn the arbitrary arrests and violence against these journalists. Notably, these arrests take place almost a year to the day after the arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. He has been in Russian custody for 12 months today and was the first American journalist to be detained in Russia on espionage charges since the cold war. 

 

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Puerto Rico Health Emergency
Puerto Rico Health Emergency
By: George Camacho | Mar. 29, 2024

With over 549 registered cases this year alone, health officials are working on expanding prevention. They advise people to use insect repellent and to cover exposed skin. Dengue (Deng-gay) is the most common arbo-virus around the world and is mainly spread through mosquitos. The virus is native to areas that have tropical and subtropical climates, making Puerto Rico a hotbed for Dengue (Deng-gay). While there is a vaccine for children between the ages of 9 and 16- years old, there are none available for adults at this time. 

 

 

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Ada Lovelace
Women's History Month Spotlight: Ada Lovelace
By: Diego Castro | Mar. 29, 2024

Ada Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron in 1815, was a visionary mathematician and writer, the daughter of the famed poet lord Byron, Ada showed an early aptitude for numbers and logics. She was famous for her work in collaboration with Charles Babbages, the first algorithm intended for Babbage's analytical engine. She would later envision machines capable of much more than math she predicted the potential for creating music, art, and much more. she would be the one to pave the way for other inventors to create the first computer. Despite facing societal barriers as a woman in STEM Fields her ground breaking work continues to inspire generations ,shaping the foundation of the technology we use today.

 

 

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Easter Stores Closed
Easter Stores Closed
By: Jose Tello | Mar. 29, 2024

Not only will stores in California be closed but some will also have limited hours of operation. Some of the stores that will be closed on Sunday are Costco, Target, Sam's Club, and Aldi's. The stores that will have limited hours on Sunday are Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market. Californians should still call local retailers to get the most important updated information.

 

 

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Harvard Applications Drop
Harvard Applications Drop
By: Spencer Ferreira | Mar. 29, 2024

Harvard applications for the class of 20-28 have declined in comparison to previous years. Over 54-thousand students applied for the upcoming fall semester. However, that number is down five-percent from last year. This makes it the fewest amount of applications the university has received since the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first look at the admissions since the Supreme Court took away affirmative action. The school as also been accused of antisemitism and Islamophobia. While the application numbers are down, the total is still the school's fourth highest in its history. 

 

 

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Melting Polar Ice Slows Earth's Rotation and May Alter Time
Melting Polar Ice Slows Earth's Rotation and May Alter Time
By: Bea Barros | Mar. 28, 2024

According to a study published in the journal Nature, we will lose one second of our lives by 2026 or the latest 2029. The study from the Time Department at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France says that as the polar ice keeps on melting, Earth's rotation is altered resulting on the change of time itself. Researchers say that over the years a lot of seconds have been added to our time, but now for the first time the opposite will happen. The melting is the first step of this issue since the melted ice goes into the ocean moving from the poles to the equator, which slows the speed of Earth's rotation. Other studies shows the unpredictable activities in the core of the Earth as another factor into changing global timekeepingm since many changes are reported to be happening.

7/11 Releases New Sparkling Water Collection, Including a Hot Dog Flavor
7/11 Releases New Sparkling Water Collection, Including a Hot Dog Flavor
By: Daniel Herrera | Mar. 28, 2024

The 7-Eleven convenience store chain announced a new collection of 7-Select sparkling water flavors, one of which being hot dog flavored. Many customers are questioning the drink's existence due to the announcement saying it'll become available to the public on April Fool's Day. 7-Eleven previously teased Tiny Gulp in 20-22, but the product was never sold in stores. A news release says the days of alternating hot dog bites with drinking beverages are gone, and bubbles now swap the bun. Other 7-Select sparkling water flavors include lemon-lime, green apple and sweet orange. 

WHM Spotlight: Hedy Lamarr
WHM Spotlight: Hedy Lamarr
By: Eliza Portillo | Mar. 28, 2024

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress and inventor, born on November 9th, 19-14. Lamarr pioneered the technology that structured today’s WiFi, G-P-S, and Bluetooth communication systems. Lamarr’s intelligence wasn’t valued or respected because of her physical appearance. She always believed that her "beauty got in the way." She was famously beautiful, starred in dozens of films and was featured on covers of many Hollywood celebrity magazines. An only child and raised in a wealthy Jewish family, she took ballet classes, piano lessons, and equestrian training. She formed intellectual curiosity at an early age when she took apart a music box and reassembled it piece by piece at five years old. Lamarr wanted to become a professional engineer or scientist but girls could not choose this career in the 19-30s. She focused on the movie industry at 16 and landed a role in a racy film called Ecstasy at 18. Throughout her life, she was an actress by day and inventor by night. Lamarr named and recognized the system of "frequency hopping" in the 19-40s. By the 19-90s, it became the technology standard required by the U-S Federal Communications Commission for secure radio communications. She died on January 19th, 2000. 

 

 

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UofT anti-DEI Law
UofT anti-DEI Law
By: Jess Brumana | Mar. 28, 2024

Over 30 bills have been introduced to state legislators aiming to end D-E-I at public universities and colleges. Some states have even passed measures seeking to prevent students from receiving preferential treatment or required training on what is often referred to as divisive subjects like race, sexuality and religion. One state in particular that's being hit hard is Texas, where multiple anti-D-E-I bills have been ratified with more still on the table. The University of Texas has closed cultural engagement centers, defunded cultural graduations and canceled guest speakers. Student leaders on campus say they feel hopeless and unwelcome, and fear they will be unable to continue community functions. Educational advocates say these bills will impact schools across the nation, as students from marginalized communities will be less likely to enroll in state schools where anti-D-E-I measures are passed. 

 

 

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Illinois Stab Rampage
Illinois Stab Rampage
By: Jess Brumana | Mar. 28, 2024

Emergency services responded to multiple addresses with reports of home invasion and assault yesterday. Victims range from teens to elders, and span across both city and county jurisdictions. Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara says this incident has left the community at a loss. Rockford Police say they don't believe there are any other suspects at large, and have yet to identify the motive. 

 

 

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Soccer Boss Jail
Soccer Boss Jail
By: Laura Gonzalez | Mar. 28, 2024

Spanish prosecutors formally charged Luis Rubiales  (Lou-ese Ruby-ales) after he kissed player Jennifer Hermoso (ehr-moh-soh) without her consent. The kiss, along with Rubiales  (Ruby-ales)  slapping her twice on her back, was globally televised. The incident sparked a global outcry over consent and Rubiales  (Ruby-ales) was suspended by the world football's governing body. Prosecutors are asking for a maximum of a two and a half year prison sentence and a restriction on speaking or coming within 6-hundred feet of Hermoso  for four years as well as  compensation of over 5-thousand-dollars. The scandal overshadowed a historic moment for the Spain's women's team first-ever World Cup win. 

 

 

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M-Pox Cases Rise
M-Pox Cases Rise
By: Cindy Chavez | Mar. 28, 2024

A little over 5-hundred cases have been reported and the current vaccination rates are low enough to emphasize the threat. The C-D-C's response is to improve vaccination coverage and monitor a new strain of the virus. Close contact spreads the virus and at-risk groups like queer men and those with H-I-V are reported to be less than a quarter vaccinated. The vaccine is recommended to these groups and in two doses that can be administered a month apart. Medical officials say there's enough vaccine supply in the U-S, but they don't know if the vaccines are accessible enough to these vulnerable groups. 

 

 

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Largest Seagrass Ecosystem
Largest Seagrass Ecosystem
By: Sulor Garretson | Mar. 28, 2024

Seagrass traps and stores large quantities of carbon in the sediment. The C-E-O of Beneath the Waves, an ocean research organization, thinks that tiger sharks along with other marine life can possibly help scientists map ocean ecosystems. This may lead to other important discoveries and create new protections around these ecosystems, which will lessen the amount of blue carbon that ends up in the ocean. A Call for Earth editor says the researchers ultimate goal is to live harmoniously with sharks, protect ecosystems such as seagrass and preserve the ocean for future generations. 

 

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FDA Approves New Drug
FDA Approves New Drug
By: Alexa Kosten | Mar. 28, 2024

The F-D-A has approved a new drug that can change the underlying biology of the disease known as pulmonary arterial hypertension. Without treatment, people who have P-A-H usually live only 2-3 years after their diagnosis. Sotatercept (so-TATER-set), better known as Winrevair, is a new, first-of-its-kind experimental drug that can potentially change the overproduction of the disease. The F-D-A approved the drug based on signs of effectiveness. Side effects of Winrevair include dizziness and nose bleeds. Doctors who have tested the drug believe it to be a big advancement. The drug is expected to be in specialty pharmacies by the end of April. 

 

 

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WHM Spotlight: Katherine G. Johnson
WHM Spotlight: Katherine G. Johnson
By: Jun Sato | Mar. 28, 2024

Katherine G. Johnson was born in West Virginia in 1918 and made her mark in mathematics and space exploration. Despite facing cultural and gender barriers, she became a trailblazer during her 33-year career at NASA. Her calculations were critical to the success of her early space missions. She played a essential role in ensuring the safe return of the Apollo 13 mission. Her achievements went largely unrecognized at the time. However, her story became widely known through her film Hidden Figures, and she was awarded numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Her legacy continues to inspire future generations.

 

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WHM Spotlight: The WIC Center
WHM Spotlight: The WIC Center
By: Jess Brumana | Mar. 27, 2024

WIC is an income-based nutrition program that supports kids under the age of 5 and their caregivers. Qualified participants can use a benefit card to get healthy foods based on a personalized plan made by a nutritionist. Other benefits include farmers market vouchers, free recipes, breastfeeding support and more. Outreach coordinator Paula Golden says that the stigma against programs like WIC have lessened, and parents should never be embarrassed about taking advantage of it. Anyone on campus, including students, professors and staff, can go to Sequoia Hall 1-13, Tuesdays through Friday and visit the CSUN WIC outreach office. Hours are available on CSUN’s Marilyn Magram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and dietics website. 

Legoland Announces Dynamic Pricing Plans
Legoland Announces Dynamic Pricing Plans
By: Gabriel Duarte | Mar. 27, 2024

Legoland has announced plans to introduce dynamic pricing to their sales model. Dynamic pricing, or surge pricing changes is when a price shifts based on demand. Their parent company Merlin Entertainments said the changes could come as early as this year. This isn't the first theme park to convert to this ticket sales model. Legoland joins Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios as the theme park industry starts moving towards surge pricing.  Merlin Entertainment CEO Scott O'Neil said the new model would be better for the guests by cutting down overcrowding. Specific details about what the baseline for tickets is and how high tickets could surge have not yet been released.

WHM CSUN Spotlight: Institute of Feminist Studies
WHM CSUN Spotlight: Institute of Feminist Studies
By: Jess Brumana | Mar. 27, 2024

The I-F-S-S-A is a long-standing C-SUN institute that was recently adopted by the department of gender and women's studies from the department of policial science. The goal of the institute is to highlight the research and work of professors and encourage student engagement. Director Doctor Mendoza says she wants to widen the pool of faculty students can connect with and ensure that the perspective of issues on campus is not soley coming from administrators. (Mendoza SOT - Faculty have been loosing their voice) Each semester the insititute hosts a major lecture on a relevant topic in the feminist movement. The biggest event that its working on right now is its annual conference taking place on campus on April 30th. This year the subject is gore capitalism, narcopolitics and femicide in Latin America and the Carribean. Special guests include international scholars and the united nations representative of Columbia. Faculty and students who are interested in getting involved, can connect with the department of gender and women's studies directly. 

WHM Spotlight: Florence Nightingale
WHM Spotlight: Florence Nightingale
By: Gabriel Duarte | Mar. 27, 2024

Born in 1820 into a wealthy British family, Florence Nightingale was named after the city she was born in. Florence, Italy. Nightingale is renowned for establishing the roots of professional nursing. In 1860 she established a nursing school in St. Thomas Hospital in London. It was the firsat secular nursing school ever. Nighingale's birthday is celebrated worldwide as International Nurses Day. She wrote over 200 pieces of literature and was known as a pioneer in statistics. She passed away on August 13 19-10 at the age of 90,

Texas Man Changes Name to "Literally Anybody Else" to Run For President
Texas Man Changes Name to "Literally Anybody Else" to Run For President
By: Daisy Orozco | Mar. 26, 2024

The man formerly known as Dustin Ebey has now legally changed his name to "Literally Anybody Else" is running for president under that name. He says that he would like to be an oultet for people who are fed up with choosing between two parties that have no benefit for the common person. His hope is for Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and then Literally Anybody Else right underneath to be on the ballot. Else is aware that his action will be challenging to gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot. Under Texas law, an independent candidate needs over 1-hundred-thousand signatures, but Else is asking for residents to list his name as a write-in candidate. As of recent polls, very few Americans have been excited about a rematch between Trump and Biden.

'Monkey Man' Film Out Now
'Monkey Man' Film Out Now
By: Ally Najera | Mar. 15, 2024

Actor Dev Patel attended a late night premiere of his directorial debut 'Monkey Man' earlier this week.  Patel co-wrote the film and is also starring in the Hindu-inspired plot, but making the movie did not go without a struggle. The actor and now-director says he lost sleep and maintained a bad diet amid the production of the new film. Making 'Monkey Man' was a long process, a film that almost fell under because of COVID. Issues with his staff, finances and even a broken foot and hand, and a torn shoulder were also against the star. He says he had his hand in a cast for the entirety of the film. After 'Monkey Man' was dropped by Netflix,  director-actor-and comedian Jordan Peele seemingly liked the movie and saved it from falling off once more. Patel described Peele as recreating that in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts' character re-entered the boutique WITH a credit card. He says HE was Roberts, but covered in blood, with a knife. Peele was also in attendance for the film's premiere. Monkey Man is out in theaters April 5th. 

 

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Bee Invasion Indian Wells
Bee Invasion Indian Wells
By: Daniel Herrera | Mar. 15, 2024

Such a buzzkill. A swarm of bees interrupt a quarterfinal tennis match in B-N-P Paribas (puh-ree-bah) Open - commonly referred to as Indian Wells. Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev (zair-of) were level at a score of one to one in the first set when Alcaraz started swinging at the air. Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani was forced to put the game on pause and announced there was a bee invasion when more bees made their way to the court. After one hour and 48 minutes - the game was signaled to be back in play. The game ended with Alcaraz bee-living in himself and winning the match.

 

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Baldwin Files Motion
Baldwin Files Motion
By: Cooper Ignatian | Mar. 15, 2024

Alec Baldwin's attorneys have filed a motion for dismissal of charges against Baldwin for the shooting on the set of Rust. Baldwin pled not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, after he allegedly shot a prop gun with a live round that killed the cinematographer, and injured the director. His lawyers have stated that prosecutors have drug him through a cesspool, and have left him with criminal charges on his mind for two and a half years. The charges had previously been dropped about a year ago, but prosecutors found additional facts that show Baldwin does deserve blame for the shooting. The films armorer was found responsible for the shooting as well, and faces up to 18 months in prison. Baldwin has previously denied even pulling the trigger of the prop gun.

 

 

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Deep Brain Simulation
Deep Brain Simulation
By: Diego Castro | Mar. 15, 2024

Julia Hum - a young girl who is admitted to a mental hospital in Massachusetts has been receiving targeted deep brain stimulation treatments to help control her impulses which can cause her to hurt herself and affect her ability to eat and drink. She and her doctors have researched different ways to target dysfunctional circuits with a device called the deep brain stimulator which acts as a pacemaker for the brain. With the device Dr. Andreas Horn developed a brain map that would allow doctors to see exactly which dysfunctional fibers they need to stimulate in order to help patients get well. Witch would later help adjust Hum's Stimulator helping her to focus. 

 

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Michael B. Jordan Loneliness
Michael B. Jordan Loneliness
By: Spencer Ferreira | Mar. 15, 2024

Finding the right person can be hard for lots of people. Even for those who are at the top of their industry. Actor Michael B. Jordan was on a podcast recently where he discussed the loneliness that he is experiencing. It is hard for him to find someone that understands him and everything that comes with him. He feels lonely because of how difficult it can be to find that special someone. Jordan lasted dated influencer Lori Harvey in 20-22 but broke up after a year and a half. He remains hopeful that he can find that special person to have a family with.

 

 

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'The Crow' Trailer Out
'The Crow' Trailer Out
By: Ally Najera | Mar. 14, 2024

In an all new creative reimagining of the iconic noir-action thriller film, Bill Skarsgård has appraised the dark role of Draven, something he is no stranger to. Skarsgård previously played the killer clown in the "IT" franchise. Draven's character was previously mastered by the late Brandon Lee. The new Draven is covered in tattoos and sporting a mullet, a difference from Lee's rendition with shoulder length wavy hair. This time around, Rupert Sanders, put a modern twist on the film. Much like the original, Skarsgård comes back from the dead to avenge the killers who took his life and his girlfriend's Shelly, who is being played by F-K-A Twigs. Once more, we see Draven as an unconventional hero, invincible from injury and back from the dead looking to get his revenge. This dark romance was re-adapted by Sanders based on James O'Barr's graphic novel. 'The Crow' flies into theaters June 7th.

 

 

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Asian Elephants' Burials
Asian Elephants' Burials
By: Alexa Kosten | Mar. 14, 2024

For the first time, researchers in India have documented how Asian elephants bury their dead calves. While this is common behavior for African elephants, this is the first time it has been documented in Asian elephants. Researchers believe that they bury their dead calves on their backs in drainage ditches of tea gardens in Bengal. This is a common burial site as it is far away from human activity. It is also common for African elephants to visit their calves' burial sites but, Asian elephants tend to avoid the area. Researchers say there is not enough evidence that supports this theory, and there could be a simpler explanation for the apparent burials.

 

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr To Pick VP
Robert F. Kennedy Jr To Pick VP
By: Jose Tello | Mar. 13, 2024

U-S presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, the nephew of John F. Kennedy, has reportedly discussed the possibility of running alongside Aaron Rodgers in November's election. Among his acknowledged top picks were Rodgers and Jesse Ventura, a renowned wrestler and former governor of Minnesota. Kennedy intends to make his choice for Vice Presidential candidate public on March 26th in Oakland, but he has not yet disclosed who it is. Rodgers has previously supported Kennedy and plans to vote for him in 20-24.

 

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George Santos' Possible Return to Congress
George Santos' Possible Return to Congress
By: Daisy Orozco | Mar. 13, 2024

 After a social media announcement of his campaign during President Biden's State of the Union address, former Congressman George Santos sat down with Spectrum News N-Y-1 for his first T-V interview since re-entering politics. He is taking on a Republican rival, making it a challenge against the current congressman for New York's first congressional district, Nick LaLota.  Santos emphasized his fundraising strategy, pledging to distance himself from the financial aspects of his campaign. 

 

Santos added that he will have zero control of any fundraising mechanism. As he shifts his focus to the upcoming primary, political observers question his ability to gather the necessary signatures to appear on the ballot in time. With the prospect of balancing a campaign and a trial, Santos draws a inspiration from former President Trump. 

Santos remains determined and entrusting of his legal team with navigating his federal fraud case, as they are still negotiating a potential plea deal

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Neve Campbell to Return to Seventh Installment in Scream Series
Neve Campbell to Return to Seventh Installment in Scream Series
By: Warren Lopez | Mar. 12, 2024

 Actress Neve Campbell announces she will be returning to the upcoming seventh film in the Scream film series. She posted on Instagram saying she is excited to play character Sidney Prescott again. She is not the only person to come back, as Scream's original creator and writer Kevin Williamson will take the director's chair. Campbell's return follows after she had a salary dispute, along with Melissa Barrera's termination and Jenna Ortega's departure from the cast.

 

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New device announced to help with fast food employee hygiene
New device announced to help with fast food employee hygiene
By: Diego Castro | Mar. 8, 2024

Christine Schindler, a bio medical engineer developed a hand hygiene device that would detect any residual on food employee's hands, and alerts them to wash their hands again promptley. Schindler would describe this device as a lie detector for hand washing. It can help prevent any and all foodborne illness that comes by handling food to the customers. She also says that with more development the company will be able to create a culture of food safety for food-chains and restaurants across the nation.

Woman's History Month Spotlight: Marie Curie
Woman's History Month Spotlight: Marie Curie
By: Spencer Ferreira | Mar. 8, 2024

Born in 1867, Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist known for her research on radioactivity. Her research would lead her to become the first ever woman to win a Nobel Prize. However, her accomplishments wouldn't stop there. Curie would discover two chemical elements, radium and polonium. She would then earn a second Nobel Prize, making her the first women to win a Nobel Prize in two different categories. Her discovery of radium would be extremely beneficial during World War One. The use of the element would lend a hand in alleviating suffering during the war. Curie would sadly pass away in 1934 due to a condition that was caused by her long term exposure to radiation. Her discoveries will forever live on in the world of science.

 

 

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Akira Toriyama, creator of the popular anime Dragon Ball Z, dies at 68
Akira Toriyama, creator of the popular anime Dragon Ball Z, dies at 68
By: Cooper Ignatian | Mar. 8, 2024

Akira Toriyama die yesterday at only 68 years old on March 1st from a bloodclot in the brain. Toriyama was best known for his creation and best selling Dragon Ball-- which has sold millions of copies around the globe. Toriyama started writing Dragon Ball in 1984-- and from then on it has been made into an  Anime, video games, and even movies. Creator of the manga One piece said that Toriyama was like a big tree to all the younger artists-- and that his death leaves a huge hole. Toriyamas desert adventure story Sand Land was made into a movie in 2023-- and will be released on Disney Plus in the coming months.

CSUN Women's Resource and Research Center: Resources and Upcoming Events
CSUN Women's Resource and Research Center: Resources and Upcoming Events
By: Matthew Bragulla | Mar. 8, 2024

The CSUN Women's Resource and Research Center is the oldest women's center in the Cal State System. KCSN's Matthew Bragulla spoke to Director Shira Brown about the resources they provide.

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Cancer-Causing Acne Products
Cancer-Causing Acne Products
By: Alexa Kosten | Mar. 7, 2024

High-levels of benzene has been found to form in acne-treatment products containing benzoyl peroxide. Benzene is known to be a cancer-causing chemical and can form at unacceptably high levels. Dozens of products containing benzoyl peroxide were tested and when stored at high temperatures, they would generate high levels of benzene. Other products that contain salicylic acid or adapelene did not appear to have this issue. Petitions have been sent to the F-D-A regarding concerns about benzene (ben-ZEEN). 

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Amelia Earhart
Women's History Month Spotlight: Amelia Earhart
By: Alexa Kosten | Mar. 7, 2024

Amelia Earhart was born in 18-97 and was an American aviator known for her independence, persistence, and courage. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean in 19-28. In 19-23, Earhart was only the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license. On the morning of July 2nd, 19-37, Amelia Earhart sought out an adventure to fly around the Earth's equator. She reported her position near the Nukumanu Islands but lost contact shortly after. It was suspected that her plane had crashed. Amelia Earhart was declared legally dead on January 5th,1939, following unsuccessful additional search attempts funded by her husband, George Putnam. Throughout her life, she advocated for women's equality and aimed to prove women's endurance in any profession. Nearly 85 years after her death, her remarkable achievements and accomplishments are still being honored.

 

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Women's History Month: Grace Hopper
Women's History Month: Grace Hopper
By: Leanna Larinto | Mar. 7, 2024

Today we are honoring Grace Hopper, a trailblazing computer scientist and U-S Navy Admiral who was born on December 9th, 19-0-6. Hopper is often referred to as the "Queen of Code", for her pivotal role in the development of computer programming languages. Her dedication to innovation and problem-solving broke gender barriers in the male-dominated field of computing - inspiring countless women to pursue careers in technology. Hopper passed away on January 1st, 19-92, leaving behind a lasting impact on the tech industry. Her legacy is a symbol of resilience, intelligence and empowerment. 

 

 

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Jane Austen
Women's History Month Spotlight: Jane Austen
By: Jess Brumana | Mar. 7, 2024

Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, among many other works of Jane Austen are considered some of the best classic English novels. Austen was born in 1775 and was fascinated with the world of stories since she was young. While her family experienced multiple financial issues during her teens and 20s, she never stopped writing. Her family was able to settle down while in her 30s, when she was able to publish her stories. While Austin received some praise for her novels during her lifetime, she was not widely recognized as an author until after her death. Her final novel, Sandition, was published by her family in an incomplete form, and in the last 200 years, dozens of authors, inspired by her writ and style, have published their own completed versions of the story.

 

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62-Year-Old Man Receives 217 COVID-19 Vaccine Shots.
62-Year-Old Man Receives 217 COVID-19 Vaccine Shots.
By: Cooper Ignatian | Mar. 6, 2024

{A 62 year old from Germany went out of his way to receive 217 COVID-19 Vaccines. He got the shots through a period of 29 months. If you do the math, thats almost one shot every four days. He ultimately became a human test, showing what can happen to the body when it's put through the same vaccine over and over. The man did not suffer any side effects from the extreme amount of vaccines he received, and did not catch COVID at all throughout the pandemic. An assistant professor at Albert Einstein university said that it is an unsual case, and that its not clear if his over vaccination is the reason he didn't get sick. The man is still being studied, giving blood, saliva, and actually was given four more shots. The man will remain not named due to German privacy laws.

Main Takeaways from Super Tuesday Primary Election
Main Takeaways from Super Tuesday Primary Election
By: Jess Brumana | Mar. 6, 2024

President Biden and Former President Trump are picking up delegates across the country-- but neither of them swept all of the U-S territories. Biden lost the American Samoa caucus to a relatively unknown candidate, Jason Palmer. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley won the Vermont republican primary -- but has since announced she's dropping out of the race. Despite the wins so, far political analysts are saying Biden and Trump shouldn't get too comfortable. Biden continues to face backlash from his voter base due to his policies regarding Israel. Election results show over a hundred-thousand Michigan Democrats voted as uncommitted last week, which local grassroot campaigns organized in protest. Thousands of democrats in both Minnesota and North Carolina did the same this week. Across the aisle, Trump may struggle winning North Carolina as more than 80-percent of Haley backers say they will not vote for him. 

Target to Release New Paid Membership Target 360
Target to Release New Paid Membership Target 360
By: Warren Lopez | Mar. 5, 2024

You've heard of Costco memberships and Amazon Prime. Now Target enters the paid subscription game. The retail chain announces Target Circle 3-60, which offers consumers free same-day delivery for orders over 35 dollars. Shipping is free and takes as little as an hour for arrivals. New members pay 49 dollars a year from next month until mid May. The cost will change to 99 dollars a year after the time period. Target Circle credit card holders get a special benefit and can sign up for a cheaper price anytime. The program's new launch aims to help sales and ramp up vistors' traffic.

Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills to Retail for $20
Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills to Retail for $20
By: Eliza Portillo | Mar. 5, 2024

{You will no longer need to break the bank for birth control pills. Over-the-counter pills will be offered at select retail stores such as Walgreens and C-V-S beginning this week. The pills will retail for 20-dollars for a one-month supply and 50-dollars for a three-month supply. The company called Perrigo says Opill has shipped to major retailers and pharmacies. For this pill, you will not need a prescription because the F-D-A approved it for over-the-counter availability. The company says Opill is 98 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. Its cost and insurance coverage can still make it out a reach for some people, but it is possible for Opill to be paid for or reimbursed through flexible spending or health savings accounts.

New start-up company in Dubai selling high-end ice
New start-up company in Dubai selling high-end ice
By: Cooper Ignatian | Mar. 1, 2024

Dubai bars could be serving some high end ice soon. The Start-up company Arctic ice shipped it's first 22 tons of ice to high end bars and restaurants in Dubai. The ice is coming from icebergs in Greenland, giving the ice a new purpose, rather than just melting away in the ocean. The icebergs that Arctic Ice deems usable are then pulled out from the water with a crane and then cut into smaller pieces and shipped out. While critics are saying it's a waste of fuel to ship ice, Arctic ice says they have found a new way to use natural resources

New California city to be voted on in November
New California city to be voted on in November
By: Jess Brumana | Mar. 1, 2024

The proposed eco-friendly city being built by billionaire and former Goldman Sachs trader Jan Sramek is facing some hurdles this voting season. In order to be on the November 5th ballot, so California residents can vote on allowing the city to begin construction, it must gather over 13-thousand signatures. But, because the planning team had to make numerous revisions to the building proposal due to disagreements with Solano county officials and its residents, they will have to start the signature-collection process late. Opponents to the city say the developers are making big promises without sharing details or properly engaging the surrounding community. The campaign says they are confident they'll meet the deadline, but government consultants say losing a month in signature gathering is a huge deal.

Body remains found in Orange County
Body remains found in Orange County
By: Bea Barros | Mar. 1, 2024

The unidentified remains were found back in 20-14 at Caspers Wilderness Park. A description of the victim says she was a petit woman in her 30s. Authorities shared she also had dark wavy hair about shoulder-length and had a distinct gold-colored dental bridge on her lower left jaw. The woman is believed to be of Latin American decent after her genetic information was taken by investigators. The cause of her death is still unsolved but authorities and investigators believe it was a homicide. They are also encouraging people to call the O-C Sheriff Department if anyone recognizes the woman by description. 

Woman's History Month Spotlight: Grace Hopper
Woman's History Month Spotlight: Grace Hopper
By: Leanna Larinto | Mar. 1, 2024

Today we are honoring Grace Hopper, a trailblazing computer scientist and U-S Navy Admiral who was born on December 9th, 19-0-6. Hopper is often refered to as the "Queen of Code", for her pivotal role in the development of computer programming languages. Her dedication to innovation and problem-solving broke gender barriers in the male-dominated field of computing - inspiring countless women to pursue careers in technology. Hopper passed away on January 1st, 19-92, leaving behind a lasting impact on the tech industry. Her legacy is a symbol of resilience, intelligence and empowerment.

A Study Reveals Dinosaurs Influenced Human's Lifespans!
A Study Reveals Dinosaurs Influenced Human's Lifespans!
By: Leanna Larinto | Mar. 1, 2024

A scientist says that humans were meant to live longer but the dinosaurs ruined it. University of Birmingham Microbiologist, Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, suggests that the pressure to survive in the age of dinosaurs may have resulted in the elimination of genes necessary for a longer lifespan, further influencing humans' age today. So, if we really do have the dinosaurs to blame for our rapid aging, at least we got the last laugh! 

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The World Athletics Organization is Attempting to Stay Politically Neutral
The World Athletics Organization is Attempting to Stay Politically Neutral
By: Spencer Ferreira | Mar. 1, 2024

The World Athletics organization is attempting to remain politically neutral when handling the global conflicts taking place. Athletes from Russia and Belarus  have been excluded from events since 2022. The calls have been increasing for sanctions to be placed on Israeli athletes for the ongoing war on Hamas in Gaza. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe sees the two situations to be different. His organization is an international federation for sport, not a political body. Coe's responsibility is to keep the sports global and deal with specific issues when they arise.

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An A.I. App is Being Developed to Help Scouting for Soccer Leagues!
An A.I. App is Being Developed to Help Scouting for Soccer Leagues!
By: Bea Barros | Mar. 1, 2024

Scouting new talent in soccer is getting easier and more technological! An English tech company created an app that helps identifying new talent and scouting new and upcoming professional players. The app is called aiScout and it is available globally and free of charge to download. It allows aspiring soccer stars to submit virtual trials for professional clubs by uploading a self-tape of them completing a series of 75 drills. The players performances are automatically scored by the AI. Clubs are able to enter in the app and scout their new hires. The app has two Premier League teams -- Chelsea and Burnley -- as their partners since clubs can tailor their in-app trials to meet requirements they need for the team.

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Elon Musk is Suing OpenAI and CEO Sam Altman
Elon Musk is Suing OpenAI and CEO Sam Altman
By: Bea Barros | Mar. 1, 2024

Elon Musk is suing OpenAI and its C-E-O Sam Altman alledging the company is not working by its original and non-profit mission since partnering with Microsoft for $13 billion. His complaint was filed with the California State Court saying the partnership is a breach of contract. Musk was one of the co-founders of OpenAI in 2015, but has since left in 2018 and launched his own AI company called XAI. Musk is requesting for a jury trial and for the company, Altman and third co-founder Greg Brockman to pay back the profit they received from the business. Musk's lawsuit also brings up Altman’s temporary ouster from OpenAI due to concerns about the risks of artificial intelligence. Microsoft is not shown as a defendant but it is mentioned 68 times in the complaint.

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Tom Brady Achieves 40 Yard Dash
Tom Brady Achieves 40 Yard Dash
By: Francisco Rosas | Feb. 29, 2024

Seven time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady never misses a shot to impress us. The 46-year-old ran the 40-yard dash faster now than he did back in 2-thousand. He clocked in at 5.12 seconds, a point 16 seconds faster than when he did it in his first season. Brady says it was a fun moment and will try next year to beat his time once again. Brady was selected in the sixth round of the 2-thousand N-F-L draft to the New England Patriots. There he spent 20-years playing as a quarterback, where he won six super bowls and four M-V-P's. Brady then left in 20-19, to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring in 20-23. In 20-28, Brady will be eligible to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Panera To Add An All New Menu
Panera To Add An All New Menu
By: Alexa Kosten | Feb. 29, 2024

Panera Bread is getting a menu makeover. Starting April 4th, customers can see nine new menu items along with recipe enhancements to existing menu favorites. Some new menu items include a "Chicken Bacon Rancher" as well as a "Ranch Cobb Salad." Panera's long-time menu items such as the "Bravo Club" and Fuji Apple Salad" are getting upgrades as well. The popular restaurant chain is aiming to lure in budget-conscious customers with some new items being priced under ten-dollars.

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Researchers Discover New Species of Pacific Tropical Fish
Researchers Discover New Species of Pacific Tropical Fish
By: Warren Lopez | Feb. 29, 2024

Researchers discover a new species of colorful fish called the tailspot wrasse. They found these creatures living off the islands near Mexico's Pacific coast. Scientists say the species range from one to six inches. Many of them begin as female and later transition to male. Female fish are generally white with red stripes and black patches, while the males are orangy red with a yellow belly. Researchers say the species are unique to Mexico and may be related to other fish like the California sheephead. 

FKA Twigs and Bill Skarsgard to Star in "The Crow" Reboot
FKA Twigs and Bill Skarsgard to Star in "The Crow" Reboot
By: Ally Najera | Feb. 29, 2024

Bill Skarsgard and F-K-A Twigs are the new faces of the noir thriller 'The Crow' which fans just found new details about. The haunting first look shows a new spin on the role that was originally made unique by the late Brandon Lee. Lee's last role was 'The Crow' when he was accidentally killed on set from a jammed prop gun.The new director Rupert Sanders says the late actor would be proud of what the remake will bring. He say's Lee's soul is very much alive in this film. Skarsgard's take on the role shows him with a punk haircut, littered with tattoos and black makeup that gives an eerie resemblance to the orginal Draven chracter. While the original 'The Crow' is now considered a cult classic, this newer version is expected to pay tribute to Lee's memory. The remake hits theaters on June 7th. 

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Jennifer Garner's Dog Becomes a Therapy Animal
Jennifer Garner's Dog Becomes a Therapy Animal
By: Elle Laur | Feb. 29, 2024

Jennifer Garner is sharing her love of her dog Birdie with others! She signed up her golden retriever to become a therapy dog! Garner announced this exciting next stage in an interview on the We Rate Dogs Youtube channel while answering nine things her pet will do before she turns nine -- becoming a therapy dog was high on the list. Birdie's new adventure is taking her to Children's Hospital L-A where she will read books with children, expanding from her social media series "Books with Birdie".  

Madonna Removes Luther Vandross From Tribute Honoring Aids Victims
Madonna Removes Luther Vandross From Tribute Honoring Aids Victims
By: Jess Brumana | Feb. 29, 2024

In her Celebration Tour, Madonna has been honoring AIDs vicitims during her peformance of Live to Tell, showing the images of many influential artists like Freddie Mercury and Keither Harring. This tribute no longer includes the image of Luther Vandross, whose estate informed Madonna  that he was never diagnosed with AIDs or H-I-V. He instead has died due to complications from a stroke. For those still wanting to honor and look into the legacy of Vandross, a documentary about his life, Luther: Never Too Much, began making its way through the Sundance Film Festival as of last month. 

Caitlin Clark Breaks World Record for Most Points Scored
Caitlin Clark Breaks World Record for Most Points Scored
By: Melisa Valenzuela | Feb. 29, 2024

University of Iowa basketball star Caitlin Clark just broke the record for the most points scored in major women's college basketball history. The 22-year-old scored 33 points in the blowout win over the University of Minnesota, surpassing Lynette Woodward's 3-thousand-6-hundred-49 career points with Kansas. Clark needs just 18 more points to break yet another record held by Pete Maravich  for the highest N-C-Double-A scoring record among both men and women. Clark says she would not be able to achieve all her goals without those who came before her. With an average of more than 30 points per game, there is a big possibility she will pass Maravich in her next game.

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The Significance of Leap Day
The Significance of Leap Day
By: Ally Najera | Feb. 29, 2024

Its Leap Day! The extra day on the calendar has been the subject of myths and legends. It's said anyone born on this day -- called a "leap-ling" -- will have a life of untold suffering. Perhaps the day is most difficult for mathematicians, who have to do some extra division to decide which years are actually Leap Years. The year must be divided by both four and 400 for February 29th to be placed on the calendar. That means the next time leap year will be skipped is the year 21-hundred.

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Caitlin Clark Is The New Recorder Holder For Points-Leader In the NCAA
Caitlin Clark Is The New Recorder Holder For Points-Leader In the NCAA
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By: Melisa Valenzuela | Feb. 29, 2024

University of Iowa basketball star Caitlin Clark just broke the record for the most points scored in major women's college basketball history. The 22-year-old scored 33 points in the blowout win over the University of Minnesota, surpassing Lynette Woodward's 3,649 career points with Kansas. Clark needs just 18 more points to break yet another record held by Pete Maravich for the highest NCAA scoring record among both men and women. Clark says she would not be able to achieve all her goals without those who came before her. With an average of more than 30 points per game, there is a big possibility she will pass Maravich  in her next game.

 

 

Panera Bread Has A New Menu
Panera Bread Has A New Menu
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By: Alexa Kosten | Feb. 29, 2024

Panera Bread is getting a menu makeover. Starting April 4th, customers can see nine new menu items along with recipe enhancements to existing menu favorites. Some new menu items include a "Chicken Bacon Rancher" as well as a "Ranch Cobb Salad." Panera's long-time menu items such as the "Bravo Club" and Fuji Apple Salad" are getting upgrades as well. The popular restaurant chain is aiming to lure in budget-conscious customers with some new items being priced under $10.

Leap Day's Significance
Leap Day's Significance
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By: Ally Najera | Feb. 29, 2024

Its Leap Day! The extra day on the calendar has been the subject of myths and legends. It's said anyone born on this day -- called a "leap-ling" -- will have a life of untold suffering. Perhaps the day is most difficult for mathematicians, who have to do some extra division to decide which years are actually Leap Years. The year must be divided by both four and 400 for February 29th to be placed on the calendar. That means the next time leap year will be skipped is the year 2100.

Black History Month Spotlight: Annie Lee Cooper
Black History Month Spotlight: Annie Lee Cooper
By: Daisy Orozco | Feb. 28, 2024

Annie Lee Cooper was a significant figure in the civil rights movement, particularly known for her involvement in the Selma Voting Rights Movement of 1965. She was born on July 16th 19-10, in Selma, Alabama. Cooper became well-known after standing up to Sheriff Jim Clark during a voter registration drive in Selma in 1965. After being denied the right to vote due to discriminatory practices she assaulted the sheriff and drew attention to the systemic barriers faced by African Americans seeking to exercise their constitutional right to vote. She passed away on October 24th, 20-10, at the age of 100. Her story was depicted in the 2014 film "Selma," where she was played by Oprah, further amplifying her role in the struggle for voting rights and racial equality in the United States. 

 

 

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Black History Month Spotlight: Jesse Owens
Black History Month Spotlight: Jesse Owens
By: Gabriel Duarte | Feb. 28, 2024

Jesse Owens, one of the first American superstars in the Olympics, was born on September 12 19-13 in Oakville Alabama. Owens knew from a young age that he was a different athlete than most of his peers. As a high school athlete, Owens tied the world record for fastest 100 yard dash and long jump in the 1933 National High School Track and Field Championships. From there Owens attended The Ohio State University where he battled through racism and segregation en route to breaking four world records in 1935 at the Big Ten Track and Field meet. The following year Owens attained Olympic Immortality as he won four gold medals for the US in the 19-36 Olympics in Berlin. After his running days were over he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976 and was awarded posthumously Congressional Gold Medal in 1990. Owens died from lung cancer on December 31 19-80. He was 66. 

 

 

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Primary Election Report
Primary Election Report
By: Robert Garcia | Feb. 28, 2024

The results are in from the Michigan primary and unsurprisingly President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump both won their respective parties with ease. Election officials say the biggest surprise of the day was the roughly the 13-percent of democratic voters that went "uncommitted" in a sort of protest against President Biden's funding of Israel. This raised concerns for some of the coalition of Democrats that are working towards re-electing President Biden. Looking at the Republican side of things, Trump's only real competitor is Nikki Haley - who garnered just over 26% of the Republican votes. One Michigan had mixed feelings regarding Trumps victory. It's shaping up to be a rematch between Trump and Biden for this year's election, we'll be sure to keep you updated on the races.

 

 

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Black History Month: Antoinette Candia-Bailey and her Battle with Mental Health
Black History Month: Antoinette Candia-Bailey and her Battle with Mental Health
By: Daisy Orozco | Feb. 27, 2024

Antoinette Candia-Bailey graduated from Lincoln University in 19-98 and returned to the Univeristy last May as its Vice President for Student Affairs. After nine months of her position at the school, she was fired and committed suicide five days following that incident. In a final note emailed to staff at the university and friends, Candia-Bailey revealed the harsh realities her position demanded. She stated that she was 'harassed and bullied' by her supervisors and on many occasions was ignored when she expressed concerns over her mental health. Although questions of racism and leadership surround her death, the reason she took her own life will never be known. Her allegations and references to mental health struggles continue to resonate with other Black professionals who say they have faced the same challenges in their workplace.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Jane Bolin
Black History Month Spotlight: Jane Bolin
By: Melisa Valenzuela | Feb. 23, 2024

Jane Bolin was born in New York in 19-08. She was the first Black woman to attend Yale Law School in 1931, and became the first Black female judge in the United States in 1939. She was an advocate for children, serving a majority of her time on Family Court. She also worked with private employers to make sure that they were hiring people based on their skills and not on their race. She served on the boards of the NAACP, Child Welfare League of America, and the Neighborhood Children's Center.

Students are becoming more skeptical about getting a higher education
Students are becoming more skeptical about getting a higher education
By: Sebastian Gontes | Feb. 23, 2024

According to a poll from the Wall Street Journal and NORC at the University of Chicago about 56-percent of Americans now believe a four year degree isn't worth the cost compared to 40-percent a decade ago. The study found that U-S college attendees earn between 32-thousand dollars and 33-thousand dollars compared to a High School graduate with no college earning 32-thousand dollars. Some students are prone to dropping out and the issue turns into inheriting debt and not having the job to pay it off. Having a college degree does provide value as many public Colleges and Universities help graduates get a high salary at an affordable price.

Buzzfeed vice to layoff 16% of staff
Buzzfeed vice to layoff 16% of staff
By: Leanna Larinto | Feb. 23, 2024

The digital news pioneers, Buzzfeed and Vice Media, are struggling to stay afloat and their recent layoffs are an example of their attempt to survive. These large newsrooms- once filled with rows of journalists- are now shutting off the lights and closing their doors. BuzzFeed, already slimmed down after several waves of layoffs, announced this week that it will layoff another 16% of its staff. And Vice Media said yesterday that it will layoff hundreds of staffers as it ceases publishing on its own website and pivots into a business that resembles a studio. As the Vice Media staff received the devastating news, co-founder Shane Smith who made over one-hundred-million-dollars from the outlet was nowhere to be found.

Russian athletes banned from the Olympics due to war
Russian athletes banned from the Olympics due to war
By: Cooper Ignatian | Feb. 23, 2024

The Russian Olympic Committee lost it's appeal to revoke the suspension of it's athletes from the games.  The teams are not going to be allowed to compete as a result of Russia's invasion. The International Olympic Committee dismissed the appeal that it imposed on Russia back in October. The suspension prevents the ROC from getting any funding from the Olympic Commietee. Russian athletes can compete as neutral athletes, they just can't represent Russia in the games. The Russian committee could challenge the suspension again by taking it to the Swiss supreme court, though according to the Court of Arbitration of Sport, the IOC has not breached any principles with their ruling.

8-year-old chess prodigy beats Grandmaster
8-year-old chess prodigy beats Grandmaster
By: Jess Brumana | Feb. 23, 2024

Checkmate! The world of chess has it's eyes on 8-year-old prodigy Ashwath Kumar after he came ahead of a Polish Grandmaster in the most recent International Chess Federation Tournament. But it's no blunder. Kumar first made a name for himself after becoming a world champion at the under eight youth level. His parents say they introduced him to chess online to keep him sharp during screen time. They credit the quarantine as what really accelerated his interest in the game, and Kumar now practices nearly 8 hours each day. Kumar says his ultimate gambit is to one day become a world champion chess player.

William S. Hart District to layoff nearly a hundred teachers and staff
William S. Hart District to layoff nearly a hundred teachers and staff
By: Marc Monroy | Feb. 23, 2024

The William S. Hart School District in Santa Clarita voted to layoff around 80 teachers and staff members. This comes after a budget shortfall and decreasing enrollment numbers. An independent shared at a Wedensday meeting shows the need to cut cost because of a decrease in state funding. The board previously approved a stabiltiy plan to save roughly $46 million over the next three and a half years. The funding is based on daily attendance and from 2020 to 2024 schools saw a nearly two-thousand student attendance being there. The district says that number is expected to drop for the next two years at about 500 students a year. Layoff notices will be sent out next week.

Medical Officials Warn Overhydration Can Lead to Water Intoxication
Medical Officials Warn Overhydration Can Lead to Water Intoxication
By: Gabriel Duarte | Feb. 22, 2024

It's hard to go outside without seeing someone with a reusable Stanley Cup or a Hydroflask. However medical officials are warning the public to watch their water consumption as the attachment to the bottle could lead to a fixation of hydration. Water intoxication, comes from drinking too much water. The amount of water can vary but around ten through 15 liters of water can overload your organ system. Some symptoms of water intoxication include excess urination, nausea, and vomiting. The Mayo Clinic recommends around 64 ounces of water to keep the average person hydrated throughout the day. 

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Metro Board of Directors Discusses Gondola Project
Metro Board of Directors Discusses Gondola Project
By: Melisa Valenzuela | Feb. 22, 2024

The Metro Board of Directors are met this morning to discuss the environmental impact report for the gondola project and the concerns of the impacted communities. The private aerial project would connect Union Station and Dodger Stadium along a one-point-two mile track that would run above various cities within Los Angeles. The EIR noted major construction noise and vibration, concerns over privacy, and significant and unavoidable traffic delays. Community members opposing the project say there is no guarantee taxpayers won't be stuck with both the five-hundred-million dollar construction bill and the annual ten-million dollar maintenance bill. Supporters say the gondola could remove as many as three-thousand cars from the streets and the Harbor Freeway before and after sold-out Dodgers games

A.I. Helps Kids
A.I. Helps Kids
By: | Feb. 22, 2024

Students at Baldwin Academy in La Puente took part in a new pilot program called Microsoft Reading Coach. The program provides a free to use tool that allow kids to become more engaged in storytelling. The program will ask students to pick main characters, settings, and reading levels. Then built in AI will create stories on the spot for students to read out loud. Once students are finished they are graded on proficiency while highlighting mistakes and words they had trouble with. The AI tool also uses these results to help create new stories to work on past mistakes. Microsoft Reading Coach is free and available to anyone anywhere all you need is a Microsoft account.

 

 

 

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Black History Month Spotlight: Claudette Colvin
Black History Month Spotlight: Claudette Colvin
By: Robert Garcia | Feb. 20, 2024

Many people hear the story of Rosa Parks and can't help but admire her bravery - and rightfully so. However, the story of Claudette Colvin is often an overlooked one. Many don't realize that 9 months prior to Parks defying segregation laws, a 15-year-old Colvin refused to give up her seat to a white passenger which resulted in her being forcibly removed from the bus and arrested on the spot. Colvin later commented that her mother told her to be quiet about the situation once Parks' was made public - saying that white people wouldn't bother Parks. Following the incident, Colvin was one of five plaintiffs in the court case Browder v Gayle - which would eventually lead to the end of bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama. After her life of activism, Colvin moved to New York City in 1958 - as it was extremely difficult for her to find any work due to her involvement in the federal court case. She began working at a nursing home in Manhattan in 1969 and would stay until her retirement in 2004.

Jenny Cavnar Becomes New Oakland A's Play-By-Play Announcer!
Jenny Cavnar Becomes New Oakland A's Play-By-Play Announcer!
By: Bea Barros | Feb. 16, 2024

History has just been made in the world of sports...Five-time Emmy winning sportscaster, Jenny Cavnar, is the new play-by-play announcer for the Oakland A's. Cavnar is the first female permanent play-by-play announcer in Major League Baseball history. She previously worked with the Colorado Rockies' as host for the team's pre-game and post-game shows. Cavnar already made her mark in sports history when she filled in doing play-by-play for the Rockies in 2018, being the first female to do so in a major league game since 1993.

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McDonald's is Offering Free Food to Californians!
McDonald's is Offering Free Food to Californians!
By: Leanna Larinto | Feb. 16, 2024

McDonald's is treating California residents to free food and customers are Lovin’ it! This promotion is taking place every Thursday now and throughout all of March for app users. Customers can enjoy complimentary items with a minimum one dollar purchase. Items include a variety of treats like a Sausage McMuffin, Big Mac, and 6pc. Chicken McNuggets. If you want to redeem a free item, make sure you have the McDonald’s app downloaded.

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LAX Receives a $31 Million Grant from the Federal Government
LAX Receives a $31 Million Grant from the Federal Government
By: Matthew Bragulla | Feb. 16, 2024

LAX is receiving a $31million grant by the federal government. The Federal Aviation Administration announced that the money will be used to improve, extend, and widen the roadways surrounding the airport, specifically the Auxiliary Curbs at ITF West and East. The funds will also be used to enhance storm water containment systems at the airport. LAX is one of more than a hundred airports across the nation to receive federal grants as part of President Biden's Bipartisan Investing the America Agenda. About $970 million was given to airports to rebuild infrastructure and lower costs for American families. 

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Black History Month Spotlight: Minnie Riperton
Black History Month Spotlight: Minnie Riperton
By: Spencer Ferreira | Feb. 16, 2024

Born in 1947, Minnie Riperton was a soul singer best known for her hit song "Lovin You." Her voice was special. She was gifted with a five-octave vocal range and had the ability to hit many notes.  This puts her in the same category as Mariah Carey in terms of the ability to sing. Riperton loved music growing up and would perform for anybody that gave her the opportunity. It was the thing she connected with most. Her dedication paid off as she released an album titled "Perfect Angel" that would be certified gold. Unfortunately, Riperton would be diagnosed with breast cancer two years after her album release. This would sadly be the reason she can’t make music for us anymore. Minnie Riperton passed away in 1979. However, she will continue to live on through her music for generations to come. 

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Black History Month Spotlight: Marsha P. Johnson
Black History Month Spotlight: Marsha P. Johnson
By: Leanna Larinto | Feb. 16, 2024

Today, our focus is on Marsha P. Johnson, born on August 24, 1945, and passing away on July 6, 1992.  Marsha P. Johnson, a transgender activist, was a catalyst in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Co-founding the Gay Liberation Front, her bravery during the Stonewall uprising in 1969 sparked a movement that reshaped society. Johnson embraced the arts, contributing to the influential drag performance group, Hot Peaches. Her vibrant spirit and resilience left an indelible mark on the intersection of identity and creativity. Her legacy reminds us to celebrate the voices in history that have shaped our world. In honoring her, we recognize the often-unseen heroes of Black history.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Alice Coachman
Black History Month Spotlight: Alice Coachman
By: Diego Castro | Feb. 16, 2024

Alice Coachman was the first Black woman from any country to win an Olympic gold medal. Growing up in the segregated South, she overcame discrimination and unequal access to inspire generations of other black athletes to reach for their athletic goals. She was well know for her competitive spirt of Track-and-field during high school in Albany - leading her into competing into the 1948 Olympics games. She was later inducted into the hall of fame and started the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation to aid young athletes and former competitors in financial need.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Maria Williams
Black History Month Spotlight: Maria Williams
By: Elle Laur | Feb. 15, 2024

{Maria Williams, born in Missouri on January first 1866, was named the first woman of color producer. Started her working career as a school teacher in Kansas City, Williams found her way to the writing community as editor-in-chief for a weekly newspaper. She is most known for her involvement as writer, producer and actress in her film The Flames of Wrath which was released in 1923 and played a large role in the distribution of the film. Working in film ran in the family as she assisted her husband who was the president of The Western Film Producing Company and Booking Exchange. Social activism and writing opened the door for Williams to explore lecturing and sharing her wisdom with her community around her. Williams died in 1932, but her dedication to the film industry paved the way for other women of color to blossom and find their voice through film.

Target Cheaper Brand
Target Cheaper Brand
By: Bea Barros | Feb. 15, 2024

Target has a new value brand for everyday basics starting at  less than one dollar. The in-house newest addition in called -- Dealworthy -- and it contains 4-hundred items in stores and online. The majority of the items are listed costing less than 10 dollars. Dealworthy comes as a substitute for soon-to-be former in-house brand -- Smartly -- which was highly focused on household essentials. According to retail analyst and managing director at GlobalData Retail -- Neil Saunders -- the reason for this substitution is due to its lack of strong assortment and positioning and being a brand that was not getting attention from customers.  Another Target-original brand -- Up-and-Up -- will be redesigned and its pricing will be slightly higher than Dealworthy. Its items will be priced under 15 dollars.

 

 

 

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Black History Month Spotlight: Gwendolyn Brooks
Black History Month Spotlight: Gwendolyn Brooks
By: Jess Brumana | Feb. 15, 2024

We Real Cool is one of the most well-known poems of Gwendolyn Brooks, one of the most prized poets of the 20th century. Born in 1917 Chicago, she was the first black author to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry -- which was awarded in 1950 to her second collection -- Annie Allen. Her poetic accolades don't end there. Brooks served as a poetry consultant for the library of congress. She was also the poet laurate -- an official government position to compose poetry -- for the state of Illinois. Many of her poems reflected the culture and politics of the 60s -- including civil rights -- but most often dealt with struggles of ordinary people and personal celebrations.

 

 

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DOH Announces First Severe Case of Alaskapox Infection
DOH Announces First Severe Case of Alaskapox Infection
By: Francisco Rosas | Feb. 14, 2024

The virus called Alaskapox has recently re-emerged. An eldery man had a weakened immune system due to cancer treatment-which probably also contributed to the Alaskapox illness. The Department of Health has reported seven Alaska infections since 20-15, the most recent being last month. The D-O-H say this was the first severe case of Alaskapox infection that resulted in hospitalization and death. Infections are often mild and infection rates remain low in humans. Symptoms include muscle pain-fever-swollen lymph and skin lesions.

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Researches Find Teasing is Common Among Some Species of Apes
Researches Find Teasing is Common Among Some Species of Apes
By: Daisy Orozco | Feb. 14, 2024

Great apes have a new similarity to us humans, they tease each other. A new study has documented playful teasing in orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. The study also revealed that ape teasing is provocative, persistent,and includes elements of surprise and play. Scientists took video footage to analyze social interactions between apes at zoos in  Germany and San Diego. They pay attention to actions, body movements, facial expressions and the response of target. They found that the teasing behaviors are used to receive a response or attract another ape's attention. Scientist are looking forward to continue investigating the evolution of humor by researching other primates and large brained animals to see if it strengthens bonds and forms social relationships. 

The US Plans to Release Thousands of Migrants in Midst of Severe Budget Crunch
The US Plans to Release Thousands of Migrants in Midst of Severe Budget Crunch
By: | Feb. 14, 2024

The U-S is planning on releasing thousands of migrants. A senior immigration official said authorities plan to release immigrants amid a severe budget crunch. Officials say up to four and 6000 immigrants could be released. More than 6.3 million illegals have entered since 2021 but has been gradually decreasing. Experts credit the Mexican government for the drop in migrant encounters. A bipartisan deal which collapsed last week would have funded the detention center. The bills collapse prompted ICE to reduce the capacity of centers from 38,000 to 22,000.

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Coca-Cola to Release New Spiced Flavor
Coca-Cola to Release New Spiced Flavor
By: Cooper Ignatian | Feb. 14, 2024

Coca-Cola Spiced is set to go on sale next Monday. It marks the company's first new permanent flavor in three years.  Depsite the name, the new flavor not all about spices. It's described as a "burst of refreshing raspberry flavors with spiced notes."  Coca-Cola is also launching a flavor called "Happy Tears" that will be available exclusively on TikTok this Saturday to mark Random Acts of Kindness Day.  That flavor is described as the taste of Coca-Cola paired with a splash of salty minerals. 

Disney Announces Sequel to Moana
Disney Announces Sequel to Moana
By: Alexa Kosten | Feb. 13, 2024

You're Welcome! Disney has announced an upcoming sequel to the 20-16 box-office hit "Moana." The new animated film "Moana 2" is an epic musical, taking viewers on a new voyage with beloved characters, Moana and Maui -- along with some brand-new sea-friends. The new film will be hitting theaters on November 27th. 

Penn University Buries Remains of Black Philadelphians
Penn University Buries Remains of Black Philadelphians
By: Matthew Bragulla | Feb. 9, 2024

Philadelphia's Penn Museum held a memorial service honoring 19 unidentified Black Americans on February 3. Their remains -specifically, their skulls - were part of the Samuel G. Morton Cranial Collection, which started in the 19th century and contains over 1,300 from around the world. However - the skulls were initially collected to advance the belief that White Europeans were superior. Penn Museum apologized for the possession of these remains and says that the institution rejects scientific racism. Local residents and academics have been critical of this decision, some which have said that the museum didn't do enough to actually identify the remains, instead deciding to quickly bury them. Some have even accused the museum of continuing to elevate the legacy of Dr. Morton. Penn University still stands by their decision as the ethically correct thing to do.

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KCSN's Guide For Buying Flowers on Valentines Day!
KCSN's Guide For Buying Flowers on Valentines Day!
By: Bea Barros | Feb. 9, 2024

For all lovebirds out there wanting to get a flower or a bouquet for their valentines -- listen up! Here is all you need to know to select the best flowers for the occasion. For all classic lovers, the red rose is the right move. The average life is of seven to ten days and its price per stem is $2. For those wanting color in their bouquets, the right flowers are Anemone, Carnations, Hydrangeas, Lilies, Ranunculus and Tulips. These flowers range from one to two weeks of life and its pricing goes from $1.50 to $6 per stem. Lastly, if you are classic but want something different from roses, your bet should be on Sunflowers, Daisies, Stocks and Orchids. All of them have a life spam of one to at least two weeks. The prince range goes from $1 to $7 per stem. Which flower are you choosing? If it was me, I would love to receive some daisies!

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Credit Card Balances are at an All-Time High
Credit Card Balances are at an All-Time High
By: Cooper Ignatian | Feb. 9, 2024

The average credit card balance is now more than $6,300, an all-time high. Total credit card debt has reached a record $1.3 trillion in the latest quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Balances have jumped 10% from a year ago, according to TransUnion. Credit card delinquencies surged more than 50% in 2023, while "serious delinquencies," 90 days or more past due, are at their highest level since 2009. Meanwhile, an additional 20-million new credit accounts were opened in the fourth quarter of 2023.  The majority of which came from subprime borrowers, those with credit scores below 600, looking for additional liquidity.

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Black History Month Spotlight: Ethel Waters
Black History Month Spotlight: Ethel Waters
By: Jun Sato | Feb. 9, 2024

Ethel Waters first entered the entertainment industry in the 1920s. She appeared in several Broadway musicals and films.  As a result of her performances on stage, she was one of the first African American women to achieve mainstream success. Waters was the first African American to star in her own TV show, and be nominated for an Emmy Award in 1962. She received the honor for her performance in a Route 66 episode, Good Night, Sweet Blues. Her nomination paved the way for many actresses.

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Black History Month Spotlight - Gordon Parks
Black History Month Spotlight - Gordon Parks
By: Alexa Kosten | Feb. 9, 2024

Gordon Parks was the first African American photographer on the staff of Life Magazine and eventually founded Essence Magazine. Parks was born November 30th, 1912 and created a legacy for African American's in Hollywood. He was the first black writer and director of a studio film, while also co-creating the blackploitation genres in the 70's. Being born into poverty, Parks found a deep commitment to social justice. He documented American life and culture through photography from the early 1940's until the 2000's. Parks went on to more creative practices and directed his second feature film, "Shaft." It was a box office success. Throughout his life, Parks published books, poetry, memoirs, and novels. Parks died on March 7th, 2006 at the age of 94 from cancer.

Photo Credit: The Hollywood Reporter

A Third of US Companies to Opt For Four Day Work Weeks, KPMG Survey Reports
A Third of US Companies to Opt For Four Day Work Weeks, KPMG Survey Reports
By: Cindy Chavez |

The idea for the 4-day work week is not without some doubts. A KPMG survey revealed around a third of U-S companies are opting in for schedules of a four day or four day and a half work week. Chair and CEO of KPMG says this is in hopes of figuring out solutions to the problem. But says its too early to follow through with these plans. Despite the hesitation from executives, one poll showed U-S employees approved of a four day week system. At least 46-percent of them say a four day work would have a positive effect on their productivity and well-being. Some CEOs are still on the fence about this, aiming to better understand the four day work week’s impact that would help companies drive down costs and create a better workplace environment. 

Higher Education Learning
Higher Education Learning
By: Sebastian Gontes |

According to a poll from the Wall Street Journal and NORC at the University of Chicago about 56-percent of Americans now believe a four year degree isn't worth the cost compared to 40-percent a decade ago. The study found that U-S college attendees earn between 32-thousand dollars and 33-thousand dollars compared to a High School graduate with no college earning 32-thousand dollars. Some students are prone to dropping out and the issue turns into inheriting debt and not having the job to pay it off. Having a college degree does provide value as many public Colleges and Universities help graduates get a high salary at an affordable price.

 

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KCSN Editorial Assistants

Tashi Rios
Tashi Rios

Tashi Rios is a broadcast journalism student minoring in entertainment media management. She is currently a senior and has been at CSUN since her freshman year enjoying anchoring, producing, and writing. She works at KCSN as an Editorial Assistant and as the Executive Producer for Valley View News. One day she hopes to work at KIIS FM or ESPN.

Warren Lopez
Warren Lopez

Warren is a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in entertainment media management. He discovered his love for telling stories when he joined his high school’s TV production program. Prior to working for KCSN, he worked for the Daily Sundial and has bylines for both print and online formats. His career goals are to cover stories related to diverse communities, social justice and entertainment. Outside of journalism, Warren enjoys hikes, traveling, books, and all things cinema-related. 

Cooper Ignatian
Cooper Ignatian

 I'm Cooper Ignatian, I am 22 years old. I am from Montana. I'm a senior at CSUN, getting my BA in Broadcast Journalism. I'm pursuing broadcast journalism to be a sports broadcaster in the future. 

Matthew Bragulla
Matthew Bragulla

Hello, my name is Matthew Bragulla, and I am a Mass Communications graduate student here at CSUN. I am passionate about movies and music and I hope to make a living talking about both in the future. I hope to eventually be employed by a television news station or a music radio station here in California (I also wouldn't mind Seattle). I especially love talking about anything that has to do with rock and metal music. I also love horror movies!  

Ally Najera
Ally Najera

I am currently studying broadcast journalism and minoring in marketing. I read religiously and love watching films. I am very passionate about words. I live and breathe pop culture – and love to share my thoughts.

Daniel Herrera
Daniel Herrera
Bea Barros
Bea Barros
KCSN Senior Editorial Assistant

Beatriz is an international journalist from Brazil who graduated in 2022 at CSUN in her journalism B.A. She is now getting her Masters in Mass Communication at CSUN.

She is a multilingual person who speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

She also has her own podcast called Journalists Talk. 

Her experience goes from podcast and radio to tv broadcast, newspaper writing, photography and magazine writing and designing.

She hopes to work with entertainment and world culture when she gets a job offer in the industry. 



Newsroom Management

Tammy Bio


Tammy
Trujillo


Tammy Trujillo has worked as a morning co-host, sportscaster, news anchor and traffic reporter on many of Southern California’s largest stations including KNX, KFI, KEZY, Power 106, The Beat, Channel 4 News, KFWB, KPCC and is currently an anchor for NBC News Radio while also hosting the public affairs show Community Cares on AM830 KLAA. She has been honored with numerous RTNA Golden Mike Awards, one of the broadcasting industry’s highest honors. She also has been involved with creating and hosting several award-winning podcasts including Talks with John, Nothing Happens Until You Dream and the United States of Animals. She earned her Associate's Degree at Long Beach City College where she is member of the Hall of Fame. Tammy completed her BA in Communications at Cal State Fullerton and Master’s Degree in New Media and Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University. Tammy has authored two textbooks: Intern Insider – Getting the Most Out of your Internship in the Entertainment Field and Writing and Reporting News You Can Use. She has taught all aspects of broadcasting for more than 30 years at various colleges in Southern California before joining the CSUN faculty in Fall of 2019. She is also a certified animal behaviorist and is an outspoken proponent on responsible pet guardianship.

Linda Nunez Bio


Linda
Nuñez


Linda Nuñez is an award-winning broadcast journalist who spent nearly three decades at KNX Newsradio in Los Angeles. Linda was the first woman in KNX history to be named Morning Drive Anchor and was the lead anchor for KNX's first Edward R. Murrow National Award for Breaking News in 2017 for the station's coverage of the shooting rampage at UCLA. Linda was on the air for the most significant national and international events in recent history, including 9/11, the Gulf War, school shootings at Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech, the Oklahoma City Bombing and the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Her local live coverage included the San Bernardino Terror Shootings, the OJ Simpson Trial, the Northridge Earthquake, numerous fires, floods, natural disasters, high-speed chases and bears in backyards. She has interviewed U.S. presidents, senators, governors, mayors, Hollywood actors and prominent sports figures. Linda is the recipient of more than two dozen awards for anchoring, breaking news coverage and feature reporting. She's a Southern California native and earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley. Linda joined CSUN as an Adjunct Professor in Fall 2022.



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