Two suspects were arrested Wednesday in connection with the assault of a 19-year-old Cal State Long Beach student, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Police arrested the suspects on suspicion of trespassing at the Park Avenue Apartments on Beverly Plaza, where the alleged assault took place. During the course of the investigation, though, detectives found that the suspects had knowledge of the assault, police said in a news release. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged 20-year-old Long Beach resident Jonathan Britton with attempted murder, battery with serious injury, robbery and assault by means of committing great bodily injury on Friday. He is being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on a $50,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department website. A 15-year-old suspect was arrested along with Britton, but he was released to his parents the same night, according to police. Anyone with additional information about the investigation is urged to contact Long Beach Police Robbery Detective Mark Steenhausen at (562) 570-7465. The incident The 19-year-old Cal State Long Beach student was assaulted and beaten by two suspects at her apartment complex on Monday, March 3. Records indicate that March 3 was also Britton’s 20th
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University Police responded to a hit-and-run on the corner of West Campus Drive and Seventh Street at around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, University Police Lt. Richard Goodwin said. According to University Police Officer Rodney Dickerson, the driver damaged a Long Beach Transit bus and fled northbound on West Campus Drive. University Police do not have a description of the suspect’s vehicle, Dickerson said. Police will review cameras to identify the vehicle and driver, he said. Thefts on Halloween Two bicycles and an excavator battery were stolen on Oct. 31, according to Goodwin. According to Goodwin, a Trek bicycle was reported stolen from the College of Business Administration bicycle racks at 3:20 p.m., and another bicycle was stolen from the Kinesiology building bicycle racks at 2:14 p.m. The excavator battery was stolen from Parking Lot 14 at 8:20 a.m., Goodwin said. Police reports were filed for all of the thefts, Goodwin said. “Supergirl” goes to the hospital University Police respond to a report of a woman dressed in a “Supergirl” costume who was pulling fire alarms on Oct. 30, Goodwin said. The woman was not arrested, Goodwin said. She was taken to Long Beach Community Hospital because officers felt that she
Students who visited the “creepy fun house” on campus yesterday expecting to enter a typical Halloween haunted house may have been startled to find something a little different inside. Peta2, a youth program of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ youth program, brought the “creepy fun house” to campus to educate students about the origins of their food and to promote cruelty-free products, said Ryan Huling, associate director of youth outreach for peta2. “It draws attention to the absurd cruelty we inflict on animals for food, clothing, experimentation and other industries,” Huling said. “We are trying to get people to think about their choices a little more.” Spooky music played from the funhouse tent, which displayed graphic images of commercial slaughterhouses and factory farms, while a peta2 representative sporting a chicken costume encouraged students to enter. Displays included a cage that students could step into and experience the confines of factory farming; photos depicting the practices of commercial slaughterhouses; and a coat with doll appendages sewn into it, a piece that peta2’s College Campaign Coordinator Kenneth Montville said was meant to “put into perspective how we treat animals.” “It can take dozens of rabbits to make a fur coat,”
The streets of West Hollywood exploded with rainbow flags, chants and signs reading “Prop. 8. Gone. Finally!” hours after a landmark pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions changed the game for same-sex marriage in California. In a 5-4 vote, legal challenges that sought to overturn a district judge’s ruling, which deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutional, were thrown out of court. Prop. 8 was first passed in 2008 to amend the California constitution and ban gay marriage in the state. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Prop. 8’s proponents, as a private group, did not have the legal authority to defend a state law. "We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend a state statute when state officials have chosen not to," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the Supreme Court’s majority opinion. “Neither the California Supreme Court nor the Ninth Circuit ever described the proponents as agents of the State, and they plainly do not qualify as such.” A section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied the federal benefits of marriage to legally married same-sex couples, was struck down as well. The DOMA ruling will grant federal benefits to all legally married same-sex couples; however,
The Catholic Newman Club prepared themselves with a “boot camp” on Monday evening for next week’s Genocide Awareness Project, where anti-abortion groups will equate abortion to genocide while other groups hold a counter-protest nearby. Also known as Beach Newman, the club will host its annual GAP demonstration along with the help of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform next week. CBR is an anti-abortion group advocating the right to life for the unborn. The boot camp is meant to prepare Newman members and volunteers for the conflict and arguments they might face while hosting the display. Held at the Speaker's Platform in the center of campus, the GAP display will run for from March 15-16. GAP is a anti-abortion display featuring images of dead fetuses, the Holocaust, slavery and the civil rights movement. As described in Monday’s boot camp, it is part of CBR’s campus outreach and a strategic attempt to reach the college demographic. The nature of the images is cause for controversy and conflict on campus. In response to last year’s display, Victoria Villa quickly enacted Safe Space CSU as a counter protest. Villa says that SS CSU will put up signs around the GAP display which will warn
The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company stopped at Cal State Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center as part of it’s 50th anniversary tour, featuring a myriad of dance pieces that changed in tone and style throughout. Students and dance enthusiasts filled the Carpenter Center Saturday evening to help Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (RWDC) celebrate its anniversary. World-renowned RWDC is a Utah-based dance company known for commissioning works by a range of choreographers including Keith Johnson, a former RWDC dancer and modern technique professor for the dance department at CSULB, according to the RDWC website. CSULB alumna Tara McArthur performed in Saturday’s show, as well. Ririe-Woodbury’s performance was characteristically modern, as the movements in their performances told stories. Since the dances aren’t bound by specific types of movement or sound like other dances, each performance seemed drastically different. Three of the dances were freshly choreographed within the last two years and premiered for the first time in Southern California on Saturday night, according to the Carpenter Center website. The dance choreographed by Charlotte Boye-Christensen, “The Finish Line,” was a fast-paced duet featuring two dancers competing and racing around the stage. The dynamic movements, paired with the musical score created intensity and a sense of
Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, will be kicking off black history month at Cal State Long Beach by giving a lecture in the University Student Union Ballroom at 12 p.m. on Thursday. Jealous has been a prominent fixture in the civil rights movement and in the African-American community throughout his career. In addition to his work for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Jealous has served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International and Executive Director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). Jealous graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science, and earned his master's degree from Oxford University in comparative social research. Zella Johnson, NAACP college chapter adviser at CSULB, encouraged all students to come out and support the event. "It's important to come out because [Jealous] is a civil rights activist, and, as students are becoming politically involved, it's a great opportunity to not only meet someone of his status, but to listen to his lecture," Johnson said. The lecture will be an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the NAACP and the civil rights movement. "[Jealous]
Many of you reading this probably don't know who Sean Delonas is and, before last week, I didn't either. But now, Delonas and his employer the New York Post are under fire over a political cartoon that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and others claim is "racist" and is a form of "hate speech." Sound the bell, folks, because the opportunism train is coming to town!On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the New York Post ran a cartoon by artist Delonas that lampooned the recent story of a Connecticut woman who was mauled by a pet chimpanzee. In the cartoon, two officers are seen talking over a chimpanzee that they have just shot dead, saying, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."President Barack Obama signed the economic stimulus bill the day before the cartoon was printed, and several groups and individuals — the NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton included — have claimed that it is "racist" and likens blacks to monkeys.Sharpton, in a statement on his website, wrote, "The cartoon in today's New York Post is troubling at best, given the racist attacks throughout history that have made African-Americans synonymous with monkeys