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Brief bomb scare at Occidental | ELA hit-and-run driver kills grandmother | Reporting on Boyle Heights

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A bomb scare rattles Occidental College, a matron of East Los Angeles is killed by a hit-and-run driver and young Boyle Heights journalists get some props. It’s News & Notes Thursday edition.

Deadly Hit and Run

Investigators are looking for a hit-and-run driver that killed a 74-year old grandmother in East Los Angeles Saturday morning.  KTLA reports  that Matiana “Maty” Jimenez was struck in an unmarked crosswalk on the corner of Whittier Boulevard and Williamson Avenue at about 10:30 a.m.

The longtime resident walked everywhere. She had seven children, 23 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

California Highway Patrol officials believe the vehicle that hit Jimenez was a tan, late 1990s to early 2000s Chevrolet or GMC extended cab pick-up truck with two stickers on it. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to cover funeral costs. 

Oxy Bomb Threat

Several buildings at Occidental College in Eagle Rock were briefly evacuated last week after an employee found a bomb threat note on the bathroom floor of an administrative building.

The threat discovered on the morning of Dec. 6 turned out to be false, the campus paper reported. There were no bombs found in the 11 buildings named in the Oxy note.

Officials at Oxy never even activated their campus-wide alert system because the Los Angeles Police Department determined there was not an immediate threat,  according to The Occidental.

The threat at Oxy came a day after graffiti found at California State University Northridge suggested a threat of a shooting on Dec. 12. Then a handwritten note was found at CSUN Monday whose author threatened to kill as many “motherf***ers as I possibly can.”

No mass shooting transpired.

Spotlight on Boyle Heights Journalists

 NPR profiles Boyle Heights Beat a hyperlocal publication that’s “reported by teenagers, edited by adults, funded by grants, telling stories in Spanish and English that bigger newspapers might ignore.”

The eight-year-old, quarterly publication has become a staple covering everything from local artists to the dearth of park space.

Now it is branching out with a podcasts. A project of USC’s Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and Hoy L.A., about 160 teens have worked for Boyle Heights Beat.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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