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News - February 21, 2014

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Tickets are now on sale for the Ragin' Cajun Mardi Gras cancer fundraiser, set for March 7 from 6-11 p.m.

This annual fundraiser for the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation will be held at Casa Real at the Ruby Hill Winery, 410 Vineyard Ave. in Pleasanton. It will feature music, dancing, a gourmet dinner, beads, live and silent auctions, and more.

The foundation provides cancer patients in the Tri-Valley area with financial assistance for complementary healing services during the course of their chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy that are not covered by insurance.

Tickets are available online at or by calling (866) 862-7270.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) introduced a bill last week that would allow medical professionals to notify rape-crisis centers when sexual-assault victims are at the hospital for an evidentiary medical exam, after receiving the victim's consent.

Current law only allows law enforcement to contact counseling centers for victims.

"Sexual assault victims have already suffered physical and emotional trauma. (Senate Bill 978) will make it easier for them to get the counseling services they need," said DeSaulnier, who represents Pleasanton.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said the bill would establish "a more seamless process for victims of sexual assault many of whom are already suffering from trauma, fear, and a loss of privacy and dignity."

Las Positas College and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will team up for a presentation on fusion energy by Frederico Fiuza, Ph.D., on March 3.

Fiuza will discuss how fusion is a possible long-term energy solution for humanity and how it is capable of providing the power needed to drive economic growth and social development. The event is part of the groups' series on putting scientific theory to practice.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It is set to begin at 6 p.m. in the college's Multi-Disciplinary Building Lecture Hall, Room 2420, in Livermore. For more information, contact biology professor Nan Ho at 424-1344 or


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