MAY DAY MALAISE

In a crowd of almost 8,500 immigrant-rights activists at MacArthur Park Thursday, the police stood out as the proverbial elephant in the room. May 1 last year, the park was the scene of what William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department Chief, referred to in an interview with National Public Radio as an embarrassing scene.

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Lead contamination closes park

What used to be full of laughter from families, the scent of barbecues and the meeting of friends, is now laced with toxic chemicals and causing a disturbing threat to public safety. Part of Chatsworth Park, which may be considered one of the most picturesque areas of the San Fernando Valley, is now being carefully measured for lead contamination and is no longer open for the enjoyment or use of the public.

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DocFestival wraps with ‘Sicko’ and awards

It was the final day of the DocFestival at Pierce College, where students piled into the Student Community Center to watch one of the screenings of the featured movie, “Arlington West.” The three-day DocFestival, during which a panel of professors offered their opinions on documentaries to an open audience, was sponsored by the Pierce Diversity Committee and Associated Students Organization.

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ASO goes to Sacramento

Along with being hit hard by vast budget cuts, the California Community Colleges have not been receiving their full percentage of state funding. For this reason, the Pierce College Associated Students Organization will be sending 10 of their members to Sacramento to meet with legislators and voice their concerns.

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Health insurance: a necessary hassle

The majority of college students with health insurance are receiving it from their employers, which may show that employee benefits are becoming increasingly crucial. Out of 80 percent of college students aged 18 to 23 who receive health insurance, 67 percent are covered through employer-sponsored plans, according to a March study by the U.

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Banquet for teachers today

The red carpet rolls out today for Pierce College teachers attending the Teachers Appreciation Banquet, which will take place in the Student Community Center from noon to 2 p.m. The banquet is being put on by Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), an honor society branching from a statewide organization of community college societies that promotes academic excellence, leadership and service for the student body of Pierce.

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