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POSTED June 15, 2012 9:13 p.m.

PARENTS FIGHT AT LA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parents were recently caught brawling at a Los Angeles ceremony marking the end of preschool for their children.

Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Monica Carazo says the fight occurred June 7 at Weemes Elementary School during a preschool culmination ceremony for 22 children.

Carazo says one woman suffered a cut to her lip. The school's principal sent a letter home to parents regarding what happened.

Video posted online shows a scrum where women are pushing and shoving. Screaming can be heard in the background.

It's not known what caused the fight.

There have been no arrests or charges. School police are investigating.

 LA WAL-MART LOBBYIST POSED AS REPORTER: LOS ANGELES (AP) — An associate has left a lobbying firm working to bring a Walmart store to Chinatown in Los Angeles after she posed as a student reporter at a news conference held by a labor group opposing the store.

The Los Angeles Times says city records show Stephanie Harnett worked for Mercury Public Affairs, which was hired by Walmart to promote the project.

The project provoked opposition from labor groups. Last week when one of them held a news conference, Harnett attended saying she was a college student journalist, and interviewed a warehouse worker.

Mercury released a statement saying it did not approve of or direct Harnett's actions, and a Wal-Mart spokesman called them "unacceptable, misleading and wrong."

A message left at a listing for Harnett was not immediately returned.

TEACHER SAYS HE WAS FIRED FOR BEING HIV POSITIVE: HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An Irvine man who is HIV-positive has sued his former employer, The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, for wrongful termination and other work-related violations.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/LIHZA1) says the lawsuit filed last month claims 36-year-old Matthew Edmondson was harassed, verbally abused and forced to resign because of his medical status and sexual orientation.

The lawsuit alleges two Pegasus administrators waged a discrimination campaign against Edmondson beginning in February despite nine years of positive teaching evaluations.

School officials told the newspaper they could not comment on pending litigation.

Edmondson seeks unspecified compensatory and general damages for emotional distress and an injunction requiring the school to cease unlawful business practices.

DENAIR TEEN TO STAND TRIAL FOR DAD'S DEATH: MODESTO . (AP) — A Central Valley judge says there is enough evidence to put a teenager on trial for killing her father and injuring her mother during a grisly Mother's Day attack last year.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge John Freeland ruled Thursday that a jury should decide whether Shanna Wills was sane and acted with premeditation when she attacked her parents with a vacuum cleaner, a fan, a statute, a glass shard and knife in their Denair home on May 18, 2011, The Modesto Bee reports (http://bit.ly/KHFw6d).

The 18-year-old's father, Kenneth Wills, died from blood loss from six stab wounds. Her mother, Susan Wills, has since recovered.

Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy Nathan Malone testified during her preliminary hearing that when he found Wills in an overflowing bathtub after the attacks, she told him she had to do it.

'FLESH-EATING BACTERIA' KILLS SACRAMENTO PASTOR: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A Sacramento pastor has died after a six-month battle with so-called "flesh-eating bacteria."

According to her family, Rev. Linda Snyder died Tuesday in Sacramento's Mercy Hospital from complications caused by necrotizing fasciitis (NECK-ro-TIE-zing FA-sigh-tus). The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/NE949b) that she was 62.

The rare disease is caused when a deadly bacteria germ spreads a tissue-killing toxin after invading the body, typically through a minor cut. The Bee reports the affliction developed in an abscess on her back and led to a coma, pneumonia and other complications.

OAKDALE GIRL SAYS SHE WAS ABDUCTED, RAPED: OAKDALE  (AP) — Authorities in Central California are investigating a 16-year-old girl's report that she was forced into a pickup truck at knifepoint while walking home from summer school and raped.

The girl has told police in the Stanislaus County city of Oakdale she was blindfolded and abducted on Wednesday afternoon near Oakdale High School. According to police, she says she was then taken to an unknown location and raped before being dropped back off near the school. The suspect allegedly threatened to kill her if she reported the attack.

Police Chief Lester Jenkins tells the Modesto Bee (http://bit.ly/LqtnCc) investigators have no reason right now to doubt the girl's story.

Police do not have a detailed description of the suspect. They are looking for an older model black pickup truck with paint missing on the hood and damage to the passenger side.

PAPER DECLINES TO ISSUE RETRACTION ON BRIDGE STORY: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The Sacramento Bee has rejected a request from the California Department of Transportation to retract a story that raised concerns about the structural integrity of a foundation of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Bee Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar says after newsroom editors and reporter Charles Piller checked issues raised by Caltrans, the newspaper determined it would not issue a retraction.

The story, published in the paper May 27, reported that a 19-foot section of concrete had not hardened to the required strength before tests were conducted.

In a statement, Terhaar said information in the Bee's story "was vetted by internationally known experts and supported by Caltrans' own documents."

But Caltrans officials say testing had showed the concrete had set.

Caltrans spokeswoman Tamie McGowen said the agency was "done debating structural engineering issues with the Sacramento Bee" and that the "concrete is absolutely sound and the Bay Bridge is safe."

SAN DIEGO DEPUTIES SAY DOG ATTACK KILLS INFANT: LEMON GROVE  (AP) — San Diego County sheriff's deputies say a baby died about an hour after being attacked by at least one of te family’s three pit bulls

Deputies were called to a Lemon Grove home around 5 p.m. Thursday. He says deputies found a woman holding an injured 8-month-old boy. Lemon Grove Fire Department paramedics treated the boy and took him to Rady Children's Hospital, where he died.

Animal control officers removed three pit bulls from the home but investigators say they don't know which one or how many took part in the attack on the boy.

The medical examiner has not yet released the victim's name.

Lemon Grove is eight miles east of San Diego.

 

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