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POSTED February 11, 2014 9:05 p.m.

• RACIST, SEXIST FLIERS FOUND AT USC, UCLA CAMPUSES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Campus police are investigating fliers with profane, racist and sexist language that have been distributed at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that the leaflets were mailed anonymously to both schools and contain language about Asian women dating white men.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block asked campus police to investigate Monday after a flier was received at the Asian American Studies Center on the Westwood campus.

One was also sent to Asian Pacific American Student Services at USC.

The director of UCLA’s Asian Pacific Coalition says a sign with similar language was posted in 2012 outside the Vietnamese Student Union office.

The Times says about 50 students participated in a protest rally at UCLA on Monday that was triggered by the flier.



• EX-TEACHER GETS 10 YEARS FOR CHILD PORN CHARGES: SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — A former Southern California middle school teacher has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for obtaining nude photos from teens he met online.

The San Bernardino Sun says Eugene Ballentyne pleaded guilty in 2012 to attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecutors say Ballentyne used an alias while talking to a 13-year-old New Jersey girl online and convinced her to send him nude photos.

New Jersey detectives tracked a photo the 30-year-old Ballentyne sent of himself sitting behind a desk in his classroom. The photo came with a Google Maps link that matched the address to Arrowview Middle School in San Bernardino.

FBI agents searched his computer and found photos from other teens, including a 15-year-old.

The San Bernardino Unified School District placed Ballentyne on leave in February 2012.



• DOG OWNER CHARGED IN ATTACK ON CHILD: MURIETTA  (AP) — A Southern California man arrested after his Akita attacked a toddler at a home improvement store has been charged with felony negligence.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports 62-year-old Robert Kahn of Murrieta was charged Monday. He is scheduled for arraignment Feb. 27 and remains free on $5,000 bail.

Police said the 3-year-old boy was bitten on the face and neck by the leashed dog at a Lowe’s store on Dec. 28. The boy needed about 50 stitches to fix his wounds.

Investigators found the dog had injured two other children, ages 3 and 5, in separate unreported incidents in October and November.

Kahn’s lawyer, Nic Cocis, said it’s unusual for a dog owner to be charged with a crime in a case involving an accidental bite.

The Akita named Chester has been taken in by a rescue facility.



• A MAN WHO THREW CHAIR IN COURT SENTENCED TO LIFE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A defendant who threw a chair and injured a police detective during his Los Angeles murder trial has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Jesus Mendez was convicted Feb. 4 of first-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of a man during a robbery.

Five days earlier he was ordered to be restrained in the courtroom after hurling a chair, hitting the detective in the head. Jurors were not present. The detective was treated at a hospital and released.

After the incident, defense lawyers requested mental competency tests for the 23-year-old. The judge rejected that, and also refused to declare a mistrial.

City News Service says in addition to the life sentence, Mendez was also sentenced Tuesday to an additional 25 years to life behind bars.

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