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Estate Gift Provides Support for Fresno State Armenian Studies – GV Wire – Explore. Explain. Expose

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When Ralph Shabazian learned about the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State in early 2016, he knew he wanted to be a part of helping students explore their heritage to help share the Armenian story.

Mr. Shabazian never learned the Armenian language. However, he had a keen interest in the history and culture of his people and was proud of his Armenian heritage. He wanted to help make it possible for students of Armenian descent to pursue their education, especially learning about their Armenian heritage, their country’s history, culture, art, music, and language.

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Bullied teen shows up to Turlock school in style

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Dozens of motorcycles escorted a bullied, special needs teenager riding inside an eye-catching car as it rolled up to school drop-off in Turlock on Tuesday morning.

"Seeing his face when he saw all his classmates watching, that was all worth it," said Larry Nydahl, a motorcycle rider with the American Legion Riders of Turlock.

Earlier this month, cellphone video captured Michael Valdez, 14, being beaten and bullied at a park near Turlock Junior High School. The video went viral on social media and led to hundreds of calls to police. The school district is investigating.

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