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UCLA ranked top public university in nation for fourth consecutive yearUCLA has been selected the No. 1 public university in the nation for the fourth year in a row in an overall national ranking of institutions of higher education by U.S. News & World Report.Bill Kisliuk, a spokesman for UCLA, said the school’s designation as the top public university reflects the depth and breadth of its academic programs.“UCLA is routinely recognized as having more freshman applicants than any school in the country, greater economic diversity among our student body than our peers, and for providing great va...
Tribune News Service
Texas police chief arrested, accused in the sexual abuse of a child
FORT WORTH, Texas — The police chief in Hamilton was arrested over the weekend and faces a charge of sexually abusing a child, according to an official with the Texas Department of Public Safety.Anthony “Tony” Yocham was taken into custody Saturday by the Texas Rangers, and he was later released out of the Johnson County Jail in Cleburne after posting $500,000 bond. Hamilton is about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth.After his arrest, Yocham is no longer the police chief in Hamilton, Mayor Jim McInnis said in an email to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday.Yocham, who lost the Republican no...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Oakland-set 'Blindspotting' to become a TV series
The cable network Starz on Thursday announced it has green-lit a series inspired by the 2018 Oakland, California-based feature film “Blindspotting.”Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed movie, will be involved with the half-hour dramedy. They’ll both serve as writers and executive producers, and Casal will be the series showrunner, in addition to having a recurring role.The series will be produced for Starz by Lionsgate Television.The movie “Blindspotting,” which had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, explores racism, pol...
The Mercury News