Television crew security shoots would-be robber
Two men have been arrested in connection with an attempted robbery of a KRON4 news crew Friday night which led to a shooting, according to police.
Armani McFarland, 19, of San Francisco was arrested on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and possession of a firearm. His accomplice, John Woods, 19, also of San Francisco, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy, said Danielle Newman with the San Francisco Police Department.
Both men are in custody.
The crew for KRON4 News was at Third Street and La Salle Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview district when the robbery was reported around 7:58 p.m. A short time later, one of the suspects arrived at San Francisco General Hospital with a non-lethal gunshot wound, police said.
KRON4 anchor Pam Moore read a statement on the station's 11 p.m. newscast saying that journalist Jeff Bush was the target of the robbery and the two armed men demanded his computer and photographic equipment.
Bush immediately surrendered the equipment and took cover; the security guard fired on the robbers, striking one in the leg, Moore said. No one else was injured.
The incident is the latest in a series of robberies targeting media professionals in the Bay Area, most taking place in Oakland.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Reading tutors, language translators wanted
School officials are seeking volunteer reading tutors and language translators to assist the school district this year.
Tutors will be asked to help students in grades K-2 struggling to develop their literacy skills. Volunteers are needed at each of the district's nine elementary schools, officials said.
Tutors will receive training and all reading and writing materials will be provided. For more information, contact Heidi Burton at 925-271-0853 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers also are needed to help the school district communicate with students and families for whom English is their second language. District officials have identified 43 different languages spoken by students at Pleasanton schools.
Volunteer will be asked to translate documents, written correspondence, telephone conversations and face-to-face meetings at campuses.
For more information, contact Rhonda Hempy at 925-426-4326 or at email@example.com
-- Chris De Benedetti, Staff
Vallejo High stripped of API score after academic penalty
Vallejo High School has been stripped of its Academic Performance Index score this year due to a teacher's violation of a standardized test security affidavit, according to documents that surfaced earlier this week.
The API is the state's measure of academic achievement and is based primarily on state standardized tests.
During the science portion of the exam earlier this year at Vallejo High, the teacher administering the test asked students to use a testing strategy in which, on a separate piece of paper, students jotted down the number of the questions into three categories: those they knew, those they might know, and those they did not know, according to the irregularity report.
After finishing the test, the students were taught to go back and check the answers on the second category and try to use elimination to pick the best answer in the third category. This was a standard strategy used by the teacher during classroom tests, the report said.
-- Vallejo Times-Herald