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SAN DIEGO TEEN IS HOMECOMING KING BY LANDSLIDE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Crawford High School senior Ivan Mendoza became Homecoming King this year by a landslide.

Teacher Alan Reitman tells KNSD-TV in San Diego that everyone loves Mendoza and he has a great personality.

So when classmates found out the 18-year-old special needs student was running for the Homecoming title, they refused to run against him.

He will receive his crown Friday night at the school's homecoming football game and reign over a dance Saturday night.

Mendoza says he's been practicing his dance move and his royal wave.

Mendoza has Down's Syndrome. Older sister Alma Gastelum says she is glad his classmates see him as a fellow student and not someone with a disability.

FLESH EATING DISEASE KILLS MAN: REDDING  (AP) — A 36-year-old Northern California man infected with a rare, flesh-eating bacteria has died.

Shasta Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Hoyt says the man died at the Redding hospital on Sunday. She declined further comment to the Record Searchlight of Redding (, citing patient confidentiality.

The newspaper reports that Shasta County public health officials confirmed the death on Thursday although they did not say how the man became infected with necrotizing fasciitis.

The disease is caused when a deadly bacteria germ spreads a tissue-killing toxin after invading the body, typically through a minor cut.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered a Mojave Desert school district to immediately comply with a previous court order allowing a parents group to convert a failing elementary school into a charter.

Kirkland & Ellis, the law firm representing the Desert Trails Parent Union, says in a statement that Judge John Vander Feer ruled Friday afternoon in Victorville that the Adelanto Elementary School District must allow the parents to select a charter operator to take over Desert Trails Elementary School.

The district has opposed efforts by the parent union to use the so-called "parent trigger" law to force school reform through a petition.

The parent union is scheduled to choose a charter operator for the 2013-14 school year on Thursday.

DOG THAT LOST SNOUT SAVING GIRLS ARRIVES IN CALIF. : DAVIS  (AP) — A dog that lost its snout while saving two girls in the Philippines has been brought to the University of California, Davis, where veterinarians will try to fix its injuries.

Surgeons at UC Davis' veterinary medical teaching hospital looked over the mixed breed dog named Kabang on Thursday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( that Kabang became a star in the Philippines after it got in front of a speeding motorcycle, saving the dog owner's young daughter and niece.

But the crash took off its snout and its upper jaw. Veterinarians in the Philippines were unable to treat the injury.

So Karen Kenngott, a critical care nurse from Buffalo, N.Y., spearheaded an online fundraising campaign for the dog's care.

UC Davis surgeons say Kabang will need multiple surgeries, but they are confident they can improve its condition.

SIERRA RECEIVES 1ST SNOWFALL OF SEASON: TRUCKEE (AP) — The first snowfall of the season in the Sierra Nevada is raising the hopes of skiers and snowboarders after a dry winter.

The National Weather Service says an inch or so of snow was reported Friday on high peaks around Lake Tahoe, while several inches of snow fell around Mammoth Mountain to the south.

Ski resorts are hoping for better skiing and snowboarding conditions this season after last winter produced a subpar Sierra snowpack.

Most resorts usually open for the season sometime after Thanksgiving Day.