Stephen Wall


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  • Social media

    6 months later, Rubidoux High teachers still on leave for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ posts

    When the bell rings to start the school year Tuesday, Aug. 8, the six Rubidoux High educators who were put on paid leave almost six months ago for social media posts that many said disparaged immigrant students won’t be on campus.But the five teachers and one guidance counselor still work for the Jurupa Unified School District and could...

  • Religion & Worship

    Riverside Imam accused of anti-Semitic sermon that called Jews ‘tyrants’

    Local and national Jewish leaders are denouncing comments from a Riverside imam who they say called Jews “unjust tyrants” and prayed to Allah to “destroy them” in a recent sermon.Imam Mahmoud Harmoush made the statements July 21 at the Islamic Center of Riverside, which posted a 31-minute video of the sermon on YouTube three days later. He was set to meet with concerned Riverside Jewish leaders Monday evening, July 31.The remarks came the same day as an...

  • Music

    Norco College musicians seek Grammy nod for new CD

    It was a muggy weekday morning when T.J. Stoneking and his pals cranked up the volume inside a cramped trailer behind a Norco ranch house.The quartet ran through a few songs as it geared up for the biggest gig of its young career: An upcoming show at the House of Blues in Anaheim.“Being super popular and famous would be kind of a trip,” said Stoneking, 22, who sings and plays guitar. “If we played shows where 20 people came, I don’t think we’d...

  • News

    What’s that big picnic in the park? 5 things to know about free summer lunches

    Stop by a park on a weekday this summer and you might catch a whiff of barbecue drifting through the air.You may spot dozens of kids feasting on barbecue chicken, cheeseburgers, pork sandwiches and other tasty entrées.Across the Inland area this summer — in school cafeterias, libraries, parks, community centers and churches — tens of thousands of children are lining up for lunch, and sometimes breakfast, with the federal government picking up the...

  • Housing policy

    Bill AB-45 would help pay for teacher housing

    Inland educators are backing a state bill that offers financial incentives to build housing to help ease teacher shortages.The high cost of housing makes it hard to attract new teachers and keep them from leaving the profession, supporters of Assembly Bill 45 say.The bill would let school districts apply for grants from a $25 million state account set up for school employee and teacher housing. In addition, developers could get loans of up to $10 million to build affordable...

  • Education

    Western University summer program aims to increase medical care diversity

    As a young girl, Telia Zanders wanted to make people feel better.She wrote her name and “kids doctor” on little note cards, which she gave to her relatives whose aches and pains needed a cure.“My parents finally told me it was called a pediatrician when they realized I was serious,” Zanders said.A dozen years later, Zanders, 19, is on her way to entering the health care profession.The Detroit, Mich. resident is among the 80 aspiring...

  • Heat waves

    Heat wave to last through Wednesday, Weather Service says

    A Fathers Day weekend heat wave for the Inland area will get worse, with temperatures expected to climb a few degrees each day before peaking Wednesday, with a forecast high of 103 to 111 degrees, the National Weather Service said.A high-pressure system centered over Arizona will push temperatures 12 to 18 degrees above average for this time of year for the Riverside and San Bernardino valley areas.A heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday for much of the Inland...

  • Spelling bees

    These spelling bee fathers love being D-A-D-S

    Corona’s Happy Randhawa and Yusheng Chen of Chino Hills have at least two things in common.They’re devoted to their kids’ education. And, boy, can their kids spell.Their commitment has helped their children excel in school and taken the dads on trips — sometimes more than once — to the nation’s capitol as their children battle it out...

  • Automotive accidents

    Summer months can be deadly for teen drivers, AAA study says

    With most kids out of school and summer almost here, local law enforcement agencies are stepping up efforts to keep teens safe behind the wheel.Sixteen- and 17-year old drivers are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a fatal crash, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows.The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest of the year for teen drivers, the AAA says. The average number of fatal teen driver crashes climbs 15...

  • Education

    Southern California schools, company team up for free online tutoring

    Thousands of students across Southern California could benefit from free online resources to get them ready for college.Five county offices of education — Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles and Imperial — have joined forces with the Bay Area nonprofit Khan Academy. The Long Beach Unified School District is also taking part.The lessons and materials, which will match...