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On ebay you'll find over 100 categories covering the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through Georgian, Regency and Victorian, to Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Antique Dealers in California

Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

California must produce more college graduates to remain competitive, report says - Daily Californian

California must produce more college graduates to remain competitive, report says - Daily Californian

California will need to produce more college graduates if it wants to secure a competitive economic future, according to a report released last week.

By equipping more citizens with college credentials, including associate and community college degrees, the 13-page report by California Competes states California can ensure that its job market will consist of intelligent and educated minds and remain a competitive economic state.

Currently, the state has a total GDP of $1.9 trillion, representing 13 percent of the national GDP. According to the report, California will need to produce 2.3 million post-secondary degrees and certificates by 2025 in order to maintain a strong economy.

In order to get there, the California Competes Council, made up of 13 civic and business leaders, outlines a series of recommendations for the state, which focus heavily on system and financial management. By holding both local- and state-level leaders more accountable for system management, the report states that financial woes can be alleviated.

In the report, the authors clearly state that they aimed their findings at policy makers and organizations like the Public Policy Institute of California in hopes of instigating changes within the state education system.

Hans Johnson, Bren policy fellow at the institute, said the institute has been looking at this problem for quite a while, especially because California is currently not creating pathways for more educated workers.

“There is not a shortage of knowledge about how to get more students into college and through college,” Johnson said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t improve, but there is a shortage of goal setting and planning. The problem as a state isn’t that we don’t know what works; it is that we haven’t set goals.”

In order provide more consistent and effective higher education for California residents, California Competes outlines a series of issues and recommendations for the state including ensuring that each degree received is meaningful and that a college degree becomes more meaningful rather than just symbolic to employers.

However, due to the recent budget cuts in California, Johnson said it is becoming difficult to ensure that meaningful degrees are issued because as funding is slashed, public institutions must cut enrollment in order to ensure that degrees remain of the same caliber.

“In order to preserve quality for the remaining students, we limit the number of students that we bring in,” Johnson said. “This is antithetical to our mission but it is what we do to ensure that the degree still means something.”

The UC and CSU have been faced with the problem of choosing between qualities of degrees versus quantity of degrees, which has been put to the test throughout California’s public institutions.

“We would love to educate more students, but unfortunately we don’t have the funding to do so because of the severe cuts the state has made to UC,” said UC spokesperson Shelly Meron in an email.

Despite the challenging financial environment that the university is in, four out of five incoming UC students will graduate within six years, and four years later more than one-fourth will participate in further schooling, according to the 2011 UC Accountability Report.

While the university has been able to survive during these economic times and still produce a fair number of graduates, the CSU and California Community Colleges have been immensely challenged by budget cuts.

According to the report, much of the current problem lies with the community colleges, who currently rank 49th in terms of credential completion compared with other states.

CSU spokesperson Erik Fallis said the financial problems that the state is facing are a result of the priorities of the state, which sometimes puts higher education on the back burner. In recent years, California prisons have received additional funding where public universities could face a 37 percent budget decrease if further cuts are made this year, Fallis said.

Brittany Jahn covers higher education.


California town shocked by Indian family murder-suicide - Hindustan Times
Neighbours of an Indian family killed in a murder-suicide grappled with allegations on Sunday that the man accused in the shooting in a small California agricultural town was a former Indian army officer wanted for years for murder in his homeland.

News of Saturday's shooting boomeranged through the area's close-knit Indian community, which numbers 15,500 in Fresno County, including about 750 in Selma, a small town surrounded by vineyards and peach orchards and known as the "Raisin Capital of the World." The majority of Indians in the area are Punjabi Sikhs, like the family.

Authorities have said the former officer, Avtar Singh, shot his wife and two children and gravely wounded a third child early Saturday before turning the gun on himself. Investigators were still trying to determine a motive.

"Our community is completely shocked," said Rajbir Singh Pannu, president of the town's Sikh temple. "It's a really bad misfortune, especially for the children who died. Anybody who takes somebody's life, in our religion that's cowardice."

It was just more than a year ago that Singh was arrested after his wife said he had choked her.

That set off a process that prompted the Indian government to seek his extradition days later in the 1996 death of a prominent lawyer and human rights activist in Kashmir, a disputed region in the Himalayas.

Singh, who in recent years operated a small trucking business in Selma, was released on bail after last year's arrest. It remained unclear Sunday why he was never extradited.

In India, the lawyer and brother of Jalil Andrabi — the murdered human rights activist — blamed the Indian government, saying Singh's family would still be alive if officials had tried harder to bring him to justice.

"These lives could have been saved if a trial of Maj. Avtar Singh was conducted on time," said Andrabi's brother, Arshad. "We have lost that chance now. He was a known murderer and we are appalled that he was even shielded in the United States. It's a failure of justice at all levels."

In Selma, community members were also disappointed that police did not send Singh back to India when his warrant came to light, Pannu said.

"They should have taken him then and there, if they had evidence, and not let him kill more people," he said.

Neighbours and Indian community members said they knew little about the husband's military past.

"Not many people knew him. He didn't tell anybody who he is or where he came from," said Harry Gill, president of Punjabi Sahit, a Punjabi organization in the Central Valley. "The family didn't attend any functions. They lived a very low profile life."

News of the murder-suicide reached Gill on Saturday at an Indian wedding attended by about 1,000 people. When Gill asked others about the family, no one knew much about them.

Next door neighbour, Barbara Childers, said the family's three-year-old often rode his bike outside and the wife cooked with her window open. Singh fertilised Childers' lawn a few days ago.

"They were the most wonderful family," she said. "They were helpful neighbours, the sweetest people you have ever met."

On Saturday, Childers said she heard 11 shots. Soon afterward, the neighbourhood was evacuated by police.

Singh called police around 6.15 am. and told them that he had just killed four people, Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Curtice said. A sheriff's SWAT team was called in to assist because of Singh's military background and the Indian charges against him, Curtice said.

The SWAT team found the bodies of Singh, a woman believed to be his wife and two children, ages 3 and 15 in the home. All appeared to have died from gunshot wounds, Curtice said.

The 17-year-old suffered severe head trauma. He remained in critical condition on at a Fresno medical center.

On Sunday morning, two dozen classmates of the two older boys — the 15-year-old was known as Aryan and the 17-year-old was known as Chris — ran 5 miles from Selma High School to the family's house to remember the boys. They said the two were well-liked and members of the school's ROTC.

"Chris was smart, funny and very motivated. He was very easy to get along with," said 15-year-old Alexis Galindo, his classmate and neighbor.

The boys told her that their father kept several weapons in the house, but they never mentioned any problems at home, she said.

Christopher Cano, another classmate, said he last talked to Chris Friday night at the movie theater.

"He was with his mom and brothers. They looked so happy," he said.

Cano said he texted Chris when he heard about the incident. "I'm still hoping he'll text me back," he said.

The only other Indian family that lives on the same street said they also knew little of the Singhs. Abeda Desai said the family had no relatives in California, but the wife's siblings lived in Canada, while the husband's relatives were still in India.

Selma police last had contact with Singh about two months ago when he called to complain that an Indian reporter who was in the area wouldn't leave him alone because of the murder warrant.

The Indian reporter, freelancer Zahid Rafiq, told The Associated Press that Singh also called him and threatened to kill him if he approached Singh for an interview.

The human rights lawyer killed in 1996 disappeared at the height of protests in Kashmir, where nearly a dozen rebel groups have fought security forces for independence or merger with Pakistan since 1989. More than 68,000 people, mostly civilian, have been killed in the uprising and subsequent crackdown.

A police investigation said Andrabi had been picked up from his Srinagar home by troops and killed in their custody. The probe blamed Singh and his soldiers for that killing and also accused Singh of involvement in the killings of six other Kashmiri men.

Singh had been charged in Kashmir only with Andrabi's killing. But Kashmir police had also sought permission from the government of India for Singh's prosecution in the six other killings.

Under India's Armed Forces Special Powers Act, federal permission has to be obtained before police can prosecute any army or paramilitary soldier posted in Kashmir.

At the temple in Selma on Sunday, women in flowing tunics and pants, colorful shawls draped over their heads, kneeled on the right of the hall and men in turbans and scarves on the left while community leaders read prayers for the family during the Sunday service.

Temple leaders said the community would collect money so that those killed could be cremated, — the usual method for disposal of remains in Sikhism.

Neighbours and classmates also planned to hold a vigil for the family on Sunday evening.


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