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Student won't read 'underGod' when leading school in pledge

STOCKTON - A 17-year-old student at West High School in Tracy is one of several from the speech and debate class who read the Pledge of Allegiance to the entire school during morning announcements.

Derek Giardina is now well known at West for his refusal to say the words "under God" while leading the pledge.

"As an American citizen you have the right to pledge allegiance to the country however you're comfortable," Giardina said.


Woman followed home from Stockton market and attacked

Stockton detectives want to identify a man who sexually battered a woman he followed home from a local grocery store.

The attack took place on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The assailant tailed after the 37-year-old woman as she shopped at Food 4 Less at Hammer Lane and Lower Sacramento Road and then went home where the assault was committed, according to the police report.

Police say the accompanying store security camera image shows the man in question. He was described as black, 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds.

Callers with information about this are asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Eibeck tapped for NCAA Division I Committee on Academics

Eibeck tapped for NCAA Division I Committee on Academics

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been appointed to serve on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Committee on Academics. 

The new committee is chaired by Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, and comprises academic and athletics leaders from 18 other institutions of higher education, including Georgetown, Northwestern and Texas A&M. 

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve the NCAA and the student-athletes it represents,” Eibeck said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee to advance the NCAA mission of supporting student-athlete success in the classroom and on the playing field.”

The new committee replaces two previous NCAA bodies: the Committee on Academic Performance and the Academic Cabinet.

University of the Pacific launches Bay Area's first music therapy program

University of the Pacific launches Bay Area's first music therapy program

Until now, becoming a music therapist in California has meant competing for limited seats each year in music therapy programs at University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus or Cal State Northridge, the only two institutions statewide that have been accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

But starting next fall, Pacific will launch the Bay Area’s first music therapy program at the university’s new state-of-the-art San Francisco campus at Fifth and Mission. Applications are being accepted now for the Music Therapy Equivalency Program.

McGeorge students make law – and history

McGeorge students make law – and history

Revenge porn victims can get offensive material taken off the Internet using a pseudonym. Child care centers can consider job applicants' arrest warrants in hiring decisions. Prisoners can seek a new trial if the scientific evidence that convicted them is later discredited. And police will get training to recognize signs of elder abuse.

Californians won these new rights and protections thanks to four bills developed by students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and signed into law by Gov. Brown.  

"It is rewarding to have our students not only studying the law on the books in the nation's most important state capital, but also helping to put those laws on the books," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean and professor of law at McGeorge.  

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been named the new chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, an organization that has represented the state’s 77 private nonprofit colleges and universities since 1955.

Eibeck’s two-year term begins Oct. 24. She succeeds Pepperdine University president Andy Benton.

“California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in making our state a symbol of innovation across the globe,” Eibeck said. “Over the course of nearly 60 years, AICCU has made tremendous strides for higher education, and I look forward to the challenges and rewards of continuing that effort during my tenure.”

Attorney and victim's family speak out on shootout

STOCKTON - An attorney for the family of Misty and Paul Singh said Thursday that standard police practices were not used by Stockton police during a bank robbery, hostage-taking, police chase, and deadly shootout three months ago. Misty Singh was one of three hostages abducted during the robbery. She and two suspects were killed.

"Indiscriminate police gunfire was directed at the vehicle after the pursuit, knowing full well Misty was inside the vehicle. Standard practice dictates when there's a hostage inside, secure the area, hunker down and wait it out," attorney Greg Bentley said.