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April 11, 2013
Irvine's Northwood High School is a California Distinguished School for 2013, State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Thursday. The Irvine Unified School District campus is one of 218 middle and high schools across the state to be awarded with the honor, according to a news release from the California Department of Education. "These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college," Torlakson said in a prepared statement.
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By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan and By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | May 28, 2013
Newport Beach public safety workers on Tuesday grappled with the aftermath of what appeared to be an historic tragedy, trying to understand how a fast-moving luxury sedan veered from a busy thoroughfare and into a tree, where it caught fire and claimed the lives of five high school students. Police and firefighters could not recall a car accident, at least in the last three decades, that ended so many lives. "I've been on duty for almost 30 years, and I've seen some terrible vehicular accidents," Newport Beach Fire Capt.
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From KTLA News | May 29, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. (KTLA) - Students at two local high schools on Wednesday were mourning the death of five teens who were killed in a crash in Newport Beach on Memorial Day. The coroner's office released the names of the victims on Tuesday. Two of the victims were sisters. The driver of the car was 17-year-old Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, a senior at University High School. The passengers, all students at Irvine High School, were identified as Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17, Cecilia D. Zamora, 17, and sisters Aurora C. Cabrera, 16, and Robin A. Cabrera, 17. The crash happened at 5:18 p.m. on Monday near the intersection of Jamboree Road and Island Lagoon Drive.
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By Alicia Lopez, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 14, 2012
The last of the winners of the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition have been named. From Corona del Mar High School, Nicholas Charles Roy won the college-sponsored scholarship for Northwestern University and states his likely career field as engineering, and Cort D. Hastings won for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a likely career choice of business. Sage Hill School student Shannon R. Zhang won a $2,500. Winners are announced April through July and split into three categories.
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By Robert J. Lopez | January 30, 2014
A former teacher and coach at an Irvine high school was sentenced to 10 years in prison for posing as a teenage girl on Facebook to get nude photos and videos from more than 100 underage boys, authorities said Wednesday. Zachary Reeder, 31, created a Facebook account and pretended to be a blonde high school student to "convince and direct the victims to send sexually explicit photos and videos," the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement. Reeder was charged with targeting his victims between June 1, 2010, and Jan. 14, 2013.
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By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | May 30, 2013
All five teens killed in a Memorial Day car wreck died of multiple traumatic injuries, the Orange County coroner said Thursday. Autopsies were performed this week on the remains of the teens, who perished when their car hit a tree on Jamboree Road, according to the coroner's office. Toxicology tests will also be performed as a matter of course, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. However, results from toxicology screens, which look for signs of alcohol and drugs use, can take several weeks.
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By Lauren Williams | June 27, 2013
The driver in a Memorial Day car crash in Newport Beach that claimed the lives of five Irvine teenagers did not have drugs or alcohol in his system, according to the Orange County coroner. Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, of Irvine, did not drink or use drugs in the hours before his 2008 Infiniti sedan slammed into a center divider on Jamboree Road, hit a tree and caught fire, according to the coroner's toxicology report, which the Daily Pilot reviewed Thursday. Results from the screenings were available for two of the car's four passengers as well.
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By Britney Barnes | May 23, 2012
In Newport-Mesa, the Sea Kings are, well, the kings of college-preparedness, according to the Washington Post. The newspaper has ranked Corona del Mar High School the highest in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and placed it nearly 100 spots above the best-ranked Irvine Unified High School. "For the first time any of us can ever remember, Newport-Mesa outranked Irvine this year," Assistant Supt. Charles Hinman said during Tuesday's school board meeting to applause.
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By Jill Cowan and Lauren Williams | May 29, 2013
Students at two Irvine high school campuses returned to classes Wednesday, shaken by news that five classmates perished in a Memorial Day car wreck in Newport Beach. Many students wore white out of respect for the dead. Kevin Morales, 15, who was on his way to Irvine High School, lamented the loss of the two sisters, Aurora "Christine" Cabrera, 16, and Robin A. Cabrera, 17, who died in the crash. Christine sat near him in class. "Christine was really nice and kind to other people," he said, "and Cecilia was the same way. They were always happy.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
A former UC Irvine associate professor who wrote emails saying he planned to kill students and administrators and burn down an Irvine high school was sentenced Thursday to 14 years and four months in state prison. Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, 49, of Irvine, pleaded guilty in July to six felony counts of arson, three felony counts of attempted arson and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. On Tuesday, the first day of his sentencing hearing, Reinscheid apologized and asked for mercy, according to an Orange County Register article.
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By Robert J. Lopez | January 30, 2014
A former teacher and coach at an Irvine high school was sentenced to 10 years in prison for posing as a teenage girl on Facebook to get nude photos and videos from more than 100 underage boys, authorities said Wednesday. Zachary Reeder, 31, created a Facebook account and pretended to be a blonde high school student to "convince and direct the victims to send sexually explicit photos and videos," the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement. Reeder was charged with targeting his victims between June 1, 2010, and Jan. 14, 2013.
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August 22, 2013
A former UC Irvine associate professor who wrote emails saying he planned to kill students and administrators and burn down an Irvine high school was sentenced Thursday to 14 years and four months in state prison. Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, 49, of Irvine, pleaded guilty in July to six felony counts of arson, three felony counts of attempted arson and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. On Tuesday, the first day of his sentencing hearing, Reinscheid apologized and asked for mercy, according to an Orange County Register article.
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By Lauren Williams | June 27, 2013
The driver in a Memorial Day car crash in Newport Beach that claimed the lives of five Irvine teenagers did not have drugs or alcohol in his system, according to the Orange County coroner. Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, of Irvine, did not drink or use drugs in the hours before his 2008 Infiniti sedan slammed into a center divider on Jamboree Road, hit a tree and caught fire, according to the coroner's toxicology report, which the Daily Pilot reviewed Thursday. Results from the screenings were available for two of the car's four passengers as well.
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By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | May 30, 2013
All five teens killed in a Memorial Day car wreck died of multiple traumatic injuries, the Orange County coroner said Thursday. Autopsies were performed this week on the remains of the teens, who perished when their car hit a tree on Jamboree Road, according to the coroner's office. Toxicology tests will also be performed as a matter of course, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. However, results from toxicology screens, which look for signs of alcohol and drugs use, can take several weeks.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan and Lauren Williams | May 29, 2013
Students at two Irvine high school campuses returned to classes Wednesday, shaken by news that five classmates perished in a Memorial Day car wreck in Newport Beach. Many students wore white out of respect for the dead. Kevin Morales, 15, who was on his way to Irvine High School, lamented the loss of the two sisters, Aurora "Christine" Cabrera, 16, and Robin A. Cabrera, 17, who died in the crash. Christine sat near him in class. "Christine was really nice and kind to other people," he said, "and Cecilia was the same way. They were always happy.
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From KTLA News | May 29, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. (KTLA) - Students at two local high schools on Wednesday were mourning the death of five teens who were killed in a crash in Newport Beach on Memorial Day. The coroner's office released the names of the victims on Tuesday. Two of the victims were sisters. The driver of the car was 17-year-old Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, a senior at University High School. The passengers, all students at Irvine High School, were identified as Nozad Al Hamawendi, 17, Cecilia D. Zamora, 17, and sisters Aurora C. Cabrera, 16, and Robin A. Cabrera, 17. The crash happened at 5:18 p.m. on Monday near the intersection of Jamboree Road and Island Lagoon Drive.
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By Lauren Williams | May 29, 2013
The teenager behind the wheel in the Memorial Day crash that claimed five lives in Newport Beach did not have a valid driver's license or learner's permit, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, received a citation at 4 p.m. April 20 for violating the rules of a provisional license, among other offenses, Orange County Superior Court records show. Irvine police, who issued the citations last month, would not comment on the apparent discrepancy, including what provisions he may have violated, because of the Newport Beach Police Department's ongoing investigation into Monday's crash.
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By Jill Cowan, Lauren Williams and Annie Kim | May 28, 2013
The five teenagers killed in one of the deadliest car crashes in Newport Beach history left behind a sense of "unimaginable loss" in the Irvine Unified School District, where they were all students. Two of the dead were sisters. And some of the five also had siblings in the district, officials said. "There are simply no words to convey the sorrow felt by our staff and our students and our community, and nor are there sufficient answers to explain the loss of these vibrant young teenagers," Irvine Supt.
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By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan and By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | May 28, 2013
Newport Beach public safety workers on Tuesday grappled with the aftermath of what appeared to be an historic tragedy, trying to understand how a fast-moving luxury sedan veered from a busy thoroughfare and into a tree, where it caught fire and claimed the lives of five high school students. Police and firefighters could not recall a car accident, at least in the last three decades, that ended so many lives. "I've been on duty for almost 30 years, and I've seen some terrible vehicular accidents," Newport Beach Fire Capt.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
Irvine's Northwood High School is a California Distinguished School for 2013, State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Thursday. The Irvine Unified School District campus is one of 218 middle and high schools across the state to be awarded with the honor, according to a news release from the California Department of Education. "These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college," Torlakson said in a prepared statement.
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