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Edison International Announces 30 High School Seniors Awarded $1.2 Million in Scholarships

ROSEMEAD, Calif., April 13, 2017 — Thirty high school seniors have learned their passion for science, technology, engineering or math — known as STEM — has paid off with each receiving a $40,000 scholarship through Edison International’s $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program.  

This year’s scholars are: Jose A La Torre, Newport Harbor H.S., Newport Beach; Collin Adelseck, Arnold O. Beckman H.S., Irvine; Chidinma “Promise” Agbo, Norwalk H.S.; Armani Aguiar, Garfield H.S., Los Angeles; Ana Alba, Da Vinci Science School, Hawthorne; Arlene Aleman, Paramount H.S.; Mike Bao, Troy H.S., Fullerton; Lisa Bi, Hillcrest H.S., Riverside; Juan Carrillo, Channel Islands H.S., Oxnard; Chun Feng Chen, Arroyo H.S., El Monte; Jesus Contreras Magana, Santa Paula H.S.; Evan Corriere,Marina H.S., Huntington Beach; Dylan Dickerson, Elsinore H.S., Wildomar; Ashley Eckert, Desert Hot Springs H.S.; Mustafa Elmahdi, Quartz Hill H.S.; Keslee Green, Hanford H.S.; Yiwen Jiang, Eleanor Roosevelt H.S., Eastvale; Paiam Moghaddam, Woodbridge H.S., Irvine; Alfred Molina, St. John Bosco H.S., Bellflower; Michael Morrissey Hanson, Ventura H.S.; Alex Nguyen, Bolsa Grande H.S., Garden Grove;Christine Nguyen, El Toro H.S., Lake Forest; Yuanzhi Qin, Ayala H.S., Chino Hills; Ashley Quintana, Rancho Cucamonga H.S.; William Ramos, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Rosemead; Maria Rodelo-Sandoval, Granite Hills H.S., Porterville; Mireille Vargas, Santa Paula H.S.; Gissele Vazquez, Oxnard H.S.; Katherine Woo, Tesoro H.S., Rancho Santa Margarita; and Esol Yoon, Whitney H.S., Cerritos.

“Edison International congratulates this year’s outstanding scholars,” said Pedro Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International. “Through their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math, we believe these students will make important contributions to our communities and society. We are proud to support them.”

The $40,000 scholarships are paid over four years to scholar recipients who plan to pursue studies in STEM fields at an accredited four-year college or university. Eligible students must live in or attend a public or private high school in Southern California Edison’s service territory or attend an eligible high school surrounding SCE’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Edison International’s support of charitable causes such as the Edison Scholars Program is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders. SCE customers’ utility bill payments do not fund company donations. In addition, dependents of Edison International and SCE employees are not eligible for the Edison Scholars Program. For more information on this year’s Edison Scholars, visit on.edison.com/2017EdisonScholars

About Edison International
Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power, as well as a provider of energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.

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Publishers Corner: Fox News Scandal: Ads Pulled from ‘O’Reilly Factor,’ New Lawsuit Against Ailes

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Clifton Harris

Publisher of The San Bernardino AMERICAN News

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As Fox News is reeling from the release of a staggering report revealing numerous sexual harassment lawsuits filed against its star, Bill O’Reilly, two advertisers have pulled ad placements during “The O’Reilly Factor.” Meanwhile, women continue to come forward with claims of a misogynistic culture at the company.

Julie Roginsky, a Democratic political consultant and Fox News contributor, filed a lawsuit in New York state court on Monday against the network; its former chairman, Roger Ailes; and Bill Shine, the network’s co-president. Roginsky accuses them of denying her a permanent hosting job after she refused Ailes’ sexual advances.

“During these meetings, Ailes additionally (and without irony) volunteered the advice that Roginsky should engage in sexual relationships with ‘older, married, conservative men’ because ‘they may stray but they always come back because they’re loyal,’” the claim states.

“Ailes also remarked that he was loyal but that loyalty was a two-way street. These comments and their delivery made it clear that Ailes wanted a sexual relationship with Roginsky.”

Roginsky also claimed in filings that at her meetings with Ailes, he “usually sat in a low armchair.”

“He repeatedly insisted on a kiss ‘hello’ requiring Roginsky to bend down to kiss him. Ailes would consistently position himself in such a way as to look down Roginsky’s dress.”

There are at least two separate lawsuits, against Fox News and Ailes, by women claiming they were sexually harassed. Last year, on behalf of Ailes, Fox News agreed to pay $20 million to settle a harassment suit by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. He denied any wrongdoing but resigned in July.

Also in 2016, former Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros filed a separate sexual harassment lawsuit that was sent to private arbitration.

“Bill, you’re my boss!” a former Fox News producer said in a lawsuit she told Bill O’Reilly when he propositioned her for sex.

Roginsky, 43, claims in the lawsuit that Ailes, 76, in early 2015 told her he was considering her for a full-time slot on highly rated talk show “The Five.” But after she declined his advances, the job never materialized and she lost her spot as a contributor on the show, she said.

She also sued Shine, Fox News co-president, asserting that he failed to investigate her claims. Roginsky also said in her lawsuit that a misogynistic culture at Fox had not changed since Ailes resigned last year.

“They need to sweep that place out with a shovel,” Jeff Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for executive programs at the Yale School of Management, said in an interview.

Sonnenfeld thinks that amid the continued revelations, 21st Century Fox should consider more changes to the executive team that worked with Ailes.

Roginsky, who has appeared on Fox News programs since 2011 and writes a column for the network’s website, is seeking unspecified damages under a New York City law that prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

According to CNN, more women employees at Fox want to speak out against Ailes but do not come forward in fear of losing their jobs.

Susan Estrich, a lawyer for Ailes, refuted Roginsky’s sexual harassment claims, calling them “total hogwash.”

“This is about someone who wants to pile-on in a massive character assassination in order to achieve what she did not accomplish on the merits,” Estrich said in a statement.

Then it would be “a massive character assassination” taking place for more than a decade. That’s how long women employees at Fox have claimed that Ailes and O’Reilly have sexually harassed them, according to reports from The New York Times this past weekend.

In addition to the millions paid in support of Ailes, Fox, its parent company 21st Century Fox and O’Reilly have paid approximately $13 million in five settlements. There is an ongoing federal investigation centered on whether 21st Century Fox misled investors by hiding payments to Ailes’ and O’Reilly’s accusers.

But the more than $30 million paid out is just a portion of the nearly half a billion dollars in advertising revenues between 2014 and 2016 that O’Reilly created for the news channel during “The O’Reilly Factor.”

The network will no longer be receiving an estimated $1.9 million in ads from Mercedes-Benz during O’Reilly’s timeslot.

“The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now,” Donna Boland, the manager of corporate communications at Mercedes-Benz, said in a statement.

The company’s ads during O’Reilly’s program “[have] been reassigned in the midst of this controversy.”

Hyundai said it would reallocate upcoming ads due to “the recent and disturbing allegations.”

“We had upcoming advertising spots on the show, but are reallocating them,” Hyundai said in an emailed statement to The Times.

“As a company, we seek to partner with companies and programming that share our values of inclusion and diversity,” the statement said. “We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as we plan future advertising decisions.”

Will other companies follow their lead?

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African-Americans in Congress Say Trump Lying About Wiretaps

WASHINGTON - An African-American member of the House Intelligence Committee said the White House’s failure this week to present her committee with evidence supporting President Trump’s claim Barack Obama wiretapped him during the election confirms the prevailing view that his assertion is groundless.

House Intelligence Committee member Alabama CongresswomanTerri Sewell said the White House’s failure to present her committee with evidence supporting President Trump’s claim Barack Obama wiretapped him confirms the prevailing view that his assertion is groundless.

“I don’t know why the White House keeps doubling down on Trump’s baseless claims,” said Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala. “We heard directly from the committee chairman as well as our ranking member that we’ve not heard of any evidence that suggest that claim is anything but baseless.”

House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, and the committee’s top Democrat, Adam Schiff, told reporters Wednesday they had seen no evidence that Trump Tower was tapped. They said they would ask FBI Director James Comey about the issue Monday during a public hearing.

Additionally, leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan statement on Thursday rejecting President Donald Trump's assertion that the Obama administration tapped his phones

On March 4, six weeks after he took over from Obama, Trump made the wiretap accusations in a 6:30 a.m. Twitter post.

"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!," Trump wrote.

The Intelligence Committee extended the White House’s deadline for providing evidence about the alleged wiretap to March 20. Nunes warned the Trump administration of the consequence of failing to meet the new deadline.

“If the committee does not receive a response by then, the committee will ask for this information during the March 20 hearing and may resort to a compulsory process if our questions continue to go unanswered,” he said.

Sewell and other African-American members of Congress said Trump’s tweet about wiretapping is merely a distraction from more important issues.

“I think it’s important that we understand what U.S. persons may have been involved in the Russian hacking,” she said. “It’s indisputable that there was Russian hacking and interference in our elections.”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, agreed.

“The American public and press must not be distracted by yet another sideshow stunt orchestrated by a president who is unraveling at the seams,” Waters said. “Donald Trump is a compulsive liar who will say and do anything to distract from the very serious questions about his associates' and campaign's ties to Russia.”

Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, who met with Trump earlier in the week to discuss the high prices prescription drugs and also talked about black voter suppression, said the president should “do less tweeting and do more leading.”

“When you come out and make allegations, as the president has, which cannot be proven, and then you find out the things are not true, you have now created a new sense of normalcy,” Cummings said. “And that normalcy is one where, as Adam Schiff said, you question almost anything that comes out of the president's mouth.”

Key leaders in the Trump administration have come under fire for unreported meetings with Russian officials. Mike Flynn was fired from his position as Trump’s National Security Advisor after he withheld his discussions and meetings with the Russian ambassador about reducing sanctions imposed by the Obama administration for interfering with the presidential election.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied meeting with Russian officials while working with the Trump campaign during his Senate Confirmation Hearing, but later admitted he did meet with an ambassador in his office while he was a senator.

Additionally, President Trump has denied reports on Russian interference in the presidential election and insulted federal agents who conducted the investigation.

“In my estimation,” Waters said, “[these actions are] because Donald Trump has something to hide and doesn't want the American people to know the truth.”

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