Mark Muckenfuss


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Recent articles

  • Higher education

    More high school students are taking advanced placement classes, but are they ready for college?

    Two studies released in recent days are worth looking at.One study shows that the number of students taking advantage of high school advanced placement courses has doubled over the past 15 years. The other reports that nearly half of college freshmen worry they won’t be able to complete a bachelor’s degree.The College Board and the Education Commission of the States produced the first of these studies. Researchers looked at data between 2001 and 2015 and found...

  • Ovarian cancer

    UCR researchers find way to thwart ovarian cancer, plan to work with City of Hope

    A pair of UC Riverside researchers say they have found a mechanism for blocking the spread of ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers for women.Recent University of Notre Dame transplants Mark Alber and Oleg Kim, along with a team of researchers, published a study in Oncology Times in July that detailed how they used a monoclonal antibody named GC-4 to block a protein responsible for allowing ovarian cancer cells to latch onto and penetrate other cells. That’s how the...

  • Higher education

    Hoping to improve graduation rates, Cal State University makes abrupt shift in remedial programs

    The California State University system is ditching its remedial programs.Recent data have shown that requiring students with weak English and/or math skills to take noncredit remedial classes before being allowed to enroll in regular courses may not be very effective.On Wednesday, Aug. 2, CSU Chancellor Timothy White issued an executive order that essentially restructures the way the system’s 23 universities will work on bringing lower-skilled students up to speed. The...

  • Biological pest control

    Citrus greening disease devastated Florida’s oranges. Ground zero for California’s battle is in Riverside

    Workers with the California Department of Food and Agriculture are methodically checking what are likely hundreds of citrus trees in a mostly residential area north of the 60/91/215 freeway interchange in Riverside for signs of a deadly disease.Huanglongbing, the bacteria responsible for citrus greening, a disease that wiped out much of Florida’s citrus industry in the past decade, was positively identified in a grapefruit tree near Chicago Avenue and Marlborough Street last...

  • Plane crashes

    Couple’s engagement came just before deadly Big Bear plane crash

    Brian White was excited about asking Rebecca Raymond to marry him. He had the diamond he wanted to slip onto her finger.“He got that ring custom made,” said White’s friend and fellow soldier Tyler Eisenhower. “It was a big deal. He was showing everybody for weeks. He was trying to decide when to (propose).”The moment came on Saturday, July 29, at the Big Bear Airport. The couple had flown in for the afternoon, which reportedly included lunch...

  • Plane crashes

    2 killed, including sheriff’s deputy, in small plane crash near Big Bear

    Two people — including a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy — were found dead Sunday in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Saturday in the San Bernardino Mountains.Rebecca Joan Raymond, 28, had been with the sheriff’s department since September and was assigned to the Barstow station, officials said. The name of the other victim, an adult male, has not been released, but the San Bernardino County sheriff’s employee union said he was...

  • Higher education

    Veterans could regain education benefits through legislation by Riverside Rep. Mark Takano

    New legislation crafted by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, would reinstate GI Bill benefits for veterans who were students at either ITT Technical Institute or Corinthian Colleges — which operated three Everest Colleges in the Inland Empire — before those schools abruptly closed their doors.In April 2015, thousands of students were left stranded when Orange County-based Corinthian closed all of its campuses, including 28 in California. ITT Tech, which had schools in San...

  • Aircraft parts manufacturing

    Here’s how Boeing helps March Air Reserve Base keep its C-17 cargo planes in the air

    There aren’t a lot of places to turn to when you’ve got a 10,000-pound airplane door that needs to be rebuilt.That was the task given to a group of workers at March Air Reserve Base two years ago, after a C-17 Globemaster III plane was damaged in a hard landing in Afghanistan. The cargo plane’s massive rear ramp was missing whole sections when it arrived at the base where one of 15 domestic Boeing field repair offices for C-17s is stationed.On Monday, July...

  • Education

    Inland officials hope the American Aerospace Technical Academy will attract high-tech jobs

    Officials with the March Joint Powers Authority believe a new training program they are supporting eventually will attract more high-tech industry to the Riverside area.Last week, March Field Air Museum became host for the American Aerospace Technical Academy, a nonprofit school that teaches nondestructive testing. A class of 16 students began learning different methods of assessing the quality of mechanical and machined metal parts used in shipbuilding and automobile...

  • Fires

    Wildfire in San Bernardino National Forest near Highway 330

    Firefighters gained the upper hand Saturday evening on a wildfire that erupted off Highway 330 near the San Bernardino Mountains town of Running Springs, with the Dollar fire 40 percent contained after burning 85 acres of chaparral-covered terrain.Christine Hill, a district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, said there was a concerted aerial attack against the Dollar fire, which was first reported at about 1:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Highway 333 and Old City Creek Road, southwest of...