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Last Valley singer gets boot on season’s ‘Idol’

first_imgBrandon Rogers, who forgot the words to his song in competition this week on “American Idol,” got the boot Wednesday – and with him went any chance that a San Fernando Valley singer would remain in the race this season. Rogers, 28, a former backup singer who lives in North Hollywood, was the last of four Los Angeles residents to be eliminated. There won’t be a repeat of last year’s McPheever phenomenon that carried Sherman Oaks’ Katharine McPhee to the final round. Rogers, the first of the final dozen to be voted off the top-rated Fox network talent contest, said he had no hard feelings, especially after stumbling through lyrics to the Motown classic “You Can’t Hurry Love” on Tuesday. “I kind of expected it,” he said. Sanjaya Malakar and Phil Stacey had the next-lowest vote tallies in the phone balloting, which drew about 28 million calls and text messages. The winner will be crowned in May. – Fred Shuster 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Nursing schools get a boost

first_imgWHITTIER – Popular nursing programs at Rio Hondo and Cerritos community colleges will be able to serve more students and provide better equipment, thanks to a new infusion of nearly $800,000 in state grants.The colleges will receive three-year Nursing Capacity Building grants from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The grants are designed to help address the state’s nursing shortage by expanding enrollment in nursing programs. Rio Hondo will receive a $446,127 grant while Cerritos will get $346,137 in grant funds, officials said. “We’re thrilled,” said Jenine Nolan, dean of Cerritos College’s Health Occupations Division. “The increased funding will enable us to enroll additional students into the program and to develop strategies \ improve student success.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventKathleen Mitzen, Rio Hondo’s director of health sciences, said the nursing shortage is expected to continue until at least 2020. That’s because it takes time to graduate the nursing students – about two years – and with the average age of nurses being about 48 or 49 years old, Mitzen said many are expected to retire in the next 10 to 20 years. “I don’t think we’re going to see a great increase in the numbers (of nurses) for a while,” she added. “We do what we can every year to increase that, but it’s going to be a continuing problem for many years.” At Cerritos College, officials say the money will go toward expanding enrollment in the nursing program and students’ use of human simulators – or mannequin-like devices in the classroom that create a realistic patient-care experience for students. Mitzen said Rio Hondo will also use its grant to increase the numbers of students in its nursing program from the current 84 to 96, as well as for a minor remodeling of its Skills Center and a new computer lab for research and computer-assisted learning. The Skills Center is a simulated hospital setting at the college, Mitzen said. “The Chancellor’s Office is responding to a need and they’ve really made a lot of money available now for schools,” Mitzen said. “So we’re very proud and very happy to expand our programs.” For more information, call the nursing progarms at Rio Hondo College at (562) 692-0921 or Cerritos College at (562) 860-2451. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Hilarious tweet captures picture of unusually hairy driver…

first_imgSince the announcement of Donald Trump as the USA’s new President-elect, tempers have flared as people debate about whether or not he is competent enough to take the reigns from Obama.In the midst of this world-wide Trump vs. everyone else division, Máire Bhreathnach shared this hilarious tweet that is sure to give you a giggle.Seriously chilled out drivers in Donegal today 😂 ‘Is teann gach madra ag a dhoras féin’ pic.twitter.com/KTYXoUSV7c— Máire Bhreathnach (@MBhreathnach) November 10, 2016 The Donegal presenter tweeted the image of this driving doggie with the caption; “Seriously chilled out drivers in Donegal today! ‘Is teann gach madra ag a dhoras féin’.”The Fast and Furryous?We’re sure this will cheer you up if you’re feeling a little melan-collie about global politics at the moment!Hilarious tweet captures picture of unusually hairy driver… was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COLLIEDOGdog drivingFunnymaire bhreathnachlast_img read more