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Faculty in the News, Dec. 17

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CSUSB professor comments on viral social media images of man making threatening gestures at North Hollywood synagogue
CBS Los Angeles
Dec. 14, 2018
Brian Levin,  a domestic terrorism expert and director of the Center for the Study of Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for a segment on a social media post of a man wearing a head cover and holding a sword making threatening gestures outside of a North Hollywood synagogue.
He says tensions are high among some in the Jewish community after the mass synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. “We just had the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in American history,” Levin said.
“Anytime you see a picture like that, you gotta take it seriously,” he continued. “And there’s also federal laws governing interference and harassment of religious institutions and affiliated buildings.”
Read the complete article and view the online video at “Unsettling North Hollywood synagogue photo provokes fear, disgust on social media
The AM radio affiliate KNX 1070 also broadcast a portion of the interview: http://my.tvey.es/Kx86M

CSUSB report: Region’s manufacturing segment cools slightly; decline was expected
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/The Sun/The Press-Enterprise/Redlands Daily Facts
Dec. 17, 2018
The Purchasing Managers Index, a monthly study by the Institute of Applied Research at Cal State San Bernardino, came in at 54.0 November, a sharp drop from 61.3 measure for the previous month, the newspaper reported.
The study, which measures production, sales and employment levels at about 30 Inland factories, has been above 50 — the level that suggests expansion — for 23 consecutive months.
Two of the three most important categories, new orders and production, fell significantly in November but are still expanding, albeit at a slower pace. The third key segment, employment, declined but the fall-off was marginal.
Barbara Sirotnik, director of the Cal State San Bernardino institute, said in a statement the slower growth was probably because many manufacturers had completed the work that had to be done specifically for the holiday season and now are easing off somewhat.
“The dip this month just means that the growth is slowing somewhat,” Sirotnik wrote. “These declines were not unexpected.”
Read the complete article at “Status Update: Inland manufacturing sector cools but no alarms sounding.”

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