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California Family Celebrates Healthy Holidays After 3 Heart Transplants

By the time she received her own transplant in July, her heart was so weak she fainted while walking down the hall, collapsed mid-sentence and passed out in the middle of dinner at a friend's house. Her decline was terrifying for her sons, who were just beginning to embrace their lives with donor hearts and now saw their worst memories reflected in their mother's struggle. All three have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic condition that causes the heart muscle to thicken until it can't pump properly. Kremis' mother and brother also have it, as did her grandmother. "We just didn't like seeing her go through the pain and stuff," said Trevin, now 13. "We knew what it felt like." The 44-year-old stay-at-home mom for this family resource of five now finds herself in the unusual position of getting advice on post-transplant life from her sons while coordinating a never-ending regimen of pills and doctor's appointments that has become her fulltime job.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/12/25/california-family-celebrates-healthy-holidays-after-3-heart-transplants/

Judge: California teen is brain dead after tonsil surgery

But when it comes to how California is educating students of color, many say the state serves better as a model of what not to do. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Associated Press Next Slide Previous Slide PAJARO, Calif. As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes tape a potential model for the rest of the country, which is going through a slower but similar demographic shift. But when it comes to how California is educating students of color, many say the state serves as a model of what not to do. In California, 52 percent of the state's 6 million school children are Hispanic, just 26 percent are white. And Hispanic students in general are getting worse educations than their white peers. Their class sizes are larger, course offerings are fewer and funding is lower.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/22/california-latinos-now-majority-lagging-in-academic-achievement/

California's Latinos now a http://www.nexopia.com/users/fidelvoll/blog/21-what-rehab-cheerful-farrah-abraham-hits-the-beach-in-a-bikini-and-goes-jogging-during-break-from-alcohol-abuse-treatmen majority, lagging in academic achievement

Jerry Brown announced pardons on Tuesday for 127 people. Everyone getting their names cleared finished serving their time more than a decade ago and have stayed out of trouble since, according to Brown's office. The clemency messages also testified that the people in question had become upstanding citizens who "exhibited good moral character" and "lived an honest and upright life." Most of the individuals receiving full and unconditional pardons had been convicted of drug-related offenses. Of the 127, 93 had been convicted of possessing, transporting or selling marijuana and other controlled substances. Robberies, burglaries and thefts accounted for most of the rest. In one eyebrow-raising instance, a man drunkenly "stole his neighbor's lawn mower and some frozen food items," according to the pardon message. A California woman burglarized a home "and http://daniellhrl.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/farrah-abraham-responds-to-jenelle-evans-shock-pregnancy-i-hope-she-is-taking-this-more-seriously-say-goodbye-to-unproductive-actions/ took food to feed her children," another message states.
Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2013/12/california-governor-jerry-brown-pardons-127.html

California governor Jerry Brown pardons 127, mostly for drugs

Fisher testified Tuesday that Jahi meets the criteria for brain death. Alameda Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo previously ruled that the hospital must hold off on any tapes decisions regarding discontinuing life support until December 30 and encouraged both sides to work together. "This is a very, very charged case. The stakes are very high. There is a young girl involved, and I think it would suit both parties well if you would speak with each other about how we are going to get through the next few days," Grillo said. Attorney: Family needs to process judge's ruling Attorney Christopher Dolan said family members need to evaluate what the judge said on Tuesday before they decide on their next move.
Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/24/health/jahi-mcmath-girl-brain-dead/index.html

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