Kwis Elementary kids crazy about kiwi fruit in Hacienda Heights

Students are “vegging out” at Kwis Elementary School, but you won’t find any
couch potatoes on the Hacienda Heights campus.

That’s because the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District has started a
new fresh fruits and vegetables program. This year, the local district received
a grant of $286,000 to provide fresh fruits from the U.S. Department of

The USDA says the investment is part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to
improve children’s health by providing access to nutritious meals in schools.
The assistance will provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to children
throughout the school day.

Read more in Rich Irwin’s story FRUIT.

Mt. SAC coach being sued for sexual harassment says accusers out for revenge, money

A former assistant Mt. San Antonio College track coach accused of sexually
harassing seven female students denied the allegations on Tuesday, saying his
accusers are out for revenge and money.

A lawsuit filed by the women on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court claims
that former assistant track coach Carlos Moore sexually harassed them for more
than a year, touched them inappropriately, held them against their will and
retaliated against them for refusing his advances.

Detectives from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Walnut station investigated
the allegations, but they were “never substantiated,” Sgt. Mario Estrada said

The suit also faults Mt. SAC, its athletic director, the two head coaches of
the track team and an assistant coach for not preventing the alleged behavior.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Read more in J.D. Velasco’s story LAWSUIT.

Members of Mt. SAC women’s track team sue college, officials for alleged sexual harassment

Seven members of the Mt. San Antonio College women’s track team are suing the
school and several members of its athletics department, alleging they were
sexually harassed by an assistant coach for more than a year.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the women accuse
assistant coach Carlos Moore of inappropriately touching them, holding them
against their will and then retaliating against them for refusing his advances.
To preserve their confidentiality, the women are identified only by their
initials in the suit.

The complaint says that the women began attending Mt. SAC as freshmen in
August 2010. The harassment began in September 2010 and continued for 18 months
through March of this year, the suit says.

The harassment allegedly occurred on and off campus, in person and by phone
and text message.

Read more in Justin Velasco’s story LAWSUIT.