Memorial vigil to honor slain student
Lawrence King, the Oxnard teen slain last year by a classmate, will be honored by the gay and lesbian community next week at an outdoor vigil for the one-year anniversary of the student’s death.

The event takes place 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 at 856 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura, and proceeds to the Ventura pier. According to an announcement, guest speakers are encouraged to share stories, conversation, experiences and memories. It’s being sponsored in part by the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance.
King’s death has been believed to be a hate crime against the youth because of his homosexuality. Court proceedings have been ongoing against Brandon McInerney, who is accused of the Feb. 12, 2008 shooting.

Ocean pollution solution sought at library event
Environmental group Heal the Bay will host an event later this month in an effort to raise awareness towards curbing pollution in the Pacific Ocean.

Sources and Solutions for Ocean Pollution is the name of a Feb. 17 presentation at 7 p.m., to be held at the Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, by Heal the Bay’s Saira Gandhi. She will discuss why the ocean is important for people and marine life, sources of ocean pollution, and how rivers and oceans can be protected.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. To find out more about the event, call 498-9401 or email

Amgen donates $30K to CSU science program
Biotechnology firm Amgen has donated $30,000 to California State University Channel Islands’ scholarship programs for science students.

The Thousand Oaks company has forwarded the money specifically to students enrolled in both of the Camarillo school’s MS Biotechnology, and MS Biotechnology and MBA dual degree programs.

According to the announcement, since inception of the academic programs, CSU has admitted 183 students, many of whom are scientists from the local biotechnology industry, including Amgen.