D.R. Harward

Don “D.R.” Harward officially joined the Los Angeles Valley Star in Fall 2016, but he has been a contributing author since 2014. As a staff reporter he wrote a variety of articles; contributing time-critical breaking news (see here and here), entertainment (see here), movie & series reviews (see here, here, and here), sports (see here, here, here, and here), politics (see here and here), opinion (see here and here) and human interest (see here, here) stories, all on spec and ahead of deadline.

Additionally, Harward served as a copy editor and as the online editor for this website. 

The Stories

 

Election 2017- The Results

Los Angeles voters green light  higher taxes and taller buildings with a less than 11 percent voter turnout at the polls. By D R Harward,

Surprise, it’s Election Time Again

Surprise, it’s Election Time Again

On Tuesday, March 7, Valley Glen voters will choose their next mayor, three new community college trustees and to decide if the sale of marijuana

Campus security adds to student parking problems

Campus security adds to student parking problems

  Campus deputy sheriff-deployed traffic controls, like cordoning off the first available student parking spaces in the campus parking structure, highlight shortcomings for students parking

Cyber attackers hold Valley College hostage

Cyber attackers hold Valley College hostage

Valley College is under a deadline to pay ransom or face the loss of its computer files. By D.R. Harward and Solomon Smith Hackers recently broke into Valley College’s servers seizing file, email and messaging systems and are ransoming them for almost $30,000. The cyber attackers left the college a note on one of its servers’ […]

Kick 'em While They're Down - Homeless in L.A.

Kick 'em While They're Down - Homeless in L.A.

The city of L.A. bans sleeping in a vehicle overnight. By D.R. Harward, The LA Valley Star The Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance aimed at the almost homeless, which will likely cause many to become fully homeless if the new law is fully enforced. Within days of convincing Los Angeles County voters to approve a […]

The Netflix series The Get Down is hip with a whole lotta hop!

The Netflix series The Get Down is hip with a whole lotta hop!

The Get Down, a  NetFlix original drama focused on New York City during the birth of Hip-Hop, joins other binge-worthy network offerings like Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things in excellence. by D R Harward, staff writer The Get Down is a return to the early days of Hip-Hop, during the heyday of […]

TAMPON TAX-Governor Vetos Gender Equality in Favor of Revenues

TAMPON TAX-Governor Vetos Gender Equality in Favor of Revenues

The fight for gender equity in California suffered a setback due to the veto of the Tampon Tax Repeal bill, which passed both houses of the California legislature—unanimously; Governor Jerry Brown cited untimeliness and the loss of tax revenues as his reasons. By D.R. Harward, staff writer Despite the advances over the last 100 years […]

Binge watchers beware: Here comes 'Stranger Things'

Binge watchers beware: Here comes 'Stranger Things'

The highly popular series ‘Stranger Things’ is Netflix next big thing by Don Harward, staff writer The complete first season of the unusually entertaining and wildly successful new drama series “Stranger Things” combines fantastic performances and compelling storytelling so well that Netflix should lead-off each episode with an advisory along the lines of: WARNING: The […]

ELECTORAL COLLEGE-Almost every vote counts

ELECTORAL COLLEGE-Almost every vote counts

Every four years the President of the United States is chosen by the Electoral College, a nondescript group with a single extraordinary responsibility–but who they are, how they are chosen, and what  exactly they do  remains a mystery to many at Valley College, until now. By D.R. Harward, staff writer In less than 30 days, voters will head […]

Film Review: 'I Am Not a Serial Killer'

Film Review: 'I Am Not a Serial Killer'

In a small mid-western town, a teenage social outcast with a penchant for drama tries to find a way to live with unwanted homicidal yearnings as he tracks down a local serial killer that he seeks as a mentor. by D R Harward, staff writer I Am Not a Serial Killer is a story about a teenage social outcast who is struggling […]

Go, Pokémon Go

Go, Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go has swept through the western world and continues to rewrite the record books. by Don Harward, Staff Writer Pokémon Go was the shot heard around the world bringing a seek-and-acquire, smart-phone targeted, immersive video game that is free and easy to get; both important factors in its’ phenomenal success. The start-up analysts at TechCrunch reported […]

Proposition 57 an Overview

Prop 57 is aimed at the criminal justice system;  it will provide convicts–who have committed non-violent, non-serious felonies and have completed serving their entire primary sentences–with a higher chance of being paroled and it will also shift the responsibility of making the decision to prosecute a minor as an adult to judges. Prop 57 adds […]

The Kills Slayed the Sold-Out Wiltern Theatre

The Kills Slayed the Sold-Out Wiltern Theatre

It happened on the  first Saturday night of September, at the Wiltern Theatre in Hollywood California the alternative-rock power duo–The Kills–took the sold-out crowd by the throat and never let go. by D R  Harward In what amounted to high-theater for the normally austere rock duo, The Kills, opened their recent LA show by plunging  the venue into total darkness. […]

Election 2016-Update from the Pollls

Election 2016-Update from the Pollls

Many voters bring their children to witness history being made at the polls. By D.R. Harward, staff writer Turnout at local polls has exceeded expectations as local precincts are inundated with voters, both the new and the experienced, many of whom haven’t set foot inside a polling site in many a year. Long lines and […]

Overview of Proposition 58

Overview of Proposition 58

An overview of Proposition 58: English Proficiency. Multiligual. Education. Initiative Statute. by D R Harward, staff writer Proposition 58 repeals the requirement that in all public schools that English  must be taught in English. Proposition 58 seeks to change public education law by repealing the Unz Initiative, also known as Prop 228, which changed the […]

No on Prop 58-What We are Not Being Told

No on Prop 58-What We are Not Being Told

Proposition 58, the Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education initiative will not do as advertised and therefore does not deserve voter support. by Don Harward, staff writer During this final month before our national November elections, the newly-christened Ostentatious October, we have come to expect to be inundated by deceptive ads and half-truths-both for and […]

Cubs Club Cleveland to Win World Series

Cubs Club Cleveland to Win World Series

Chicago Cubs win World Series in game 7, beating the Cleveland Indians 8 – 7 in Cleveland, ending their 108 year absence from the winner’s circle in 10 innings.. By Don Harward, staff writer Game 7 of the 2016 World Series began on a Wednesday, but ended on a Thursday as the game stretched into […]

Monarch Football: 2016 American Pacific League Champions!

Monarch Football: 2016 American Pacific League Champions!

Valley Defeats Santa Barbara, By D.R. Harward, sports writer The undefeated Valley Monarchs football team (10-0) will face the SouthWestern Jaguars (9-1) in the American Division Championship Bowl on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Monarch Stadium. The Monarchs secured their spot as a contender for the American Division title by defeating the Santa Barbara  City […]

Monarch Football: 2016 American Division Champions

Monarch Football: 2016 American Division Champions

The grand champion Monarch football team caps their season with a stunning fourth quarter rally that ended in a victory over the SouthWestern Panthers at Monarch Stadium. By Emil G. Claes and D.R. Harward, Staff  Monarch Pride is an early holiday gift that head football coach Robert Tucker and his team gave Valley College by […]

Movie Review:  Chappie

Movie Review:  Chappie

  By: D.R. Harward, Staff Writer Chappie is a recent release from Sony Pictures that features Die Antwoord—an, until recently, deep-underground, South African techno rap duo. The story seemingly takes the plot line from the movie Short Circuit (one of the biggest hits of the 80’s), overlays the robo-pig concept from RoboCop, throws in a […]

Valley Staff Play Key Role in E.M.S. Failure During Lockdown

Valley Staff Play Key Role in E.M.S. Failure During Lockdown

The failure of the Blackboard Connect campus alert system on November 8, 2016 was the result of Valley College user error. By Courtney Meloche and Don Harward, staff writers During the November lock down of the Valley College campus, not everyone received the emergency messages, and the fault was not with Blackboard Connect, but a […]

Head Football Coach Tucker Transfers to UC

Head Football Coach Tucker Transfers to UC

Coach of the Year, Robert Tucker is moving to U.C. Davis after only two years as Head Football Coach at #Valley #College. By D.R. Harward, Staff Writer–The Valley Star The goal for many at Valley College is to transfer to a four-year university and Head Football Coach Robert Tucker is no exception. He has accepted […]

Valley College Football: They've Come a Long Way, Baby

Valley College Football: They've Come a Long Way, Baby

Winning teams are not born, they’re built  and the Valley College football team  is a perfect example of how hard work and staunch commitment—for the team and to the community—can result in great achievements. As the 2016 California Community College American League Champions, our Monarch football team has learned a thing or two about success this semester—rule […]

Majestic Monarchs: Tucker and Sewell get Highest Honors

Majestic Monarchs: Tucker and Sewell get Highest Honors

The Star is pleased to report that over 20 members of the Valley College 2016 football program are being honored by the California Community College Athletic Association for their outstanding performance this season. The Monarchs have the best record out of 69 community colleges in California, with 11 wins and 0 losses they ended their season […]

An Immunization Proclaimation

An Immunization Proclaimation

The unvaccinated create a health danger to students and staff alike. By Don Harward, Contributing To be vaccinated, or not to be—vaccinated: that is the question. That has been trending in the late-night under-conscious celluloid psyche of average America, thanks to anti-vaccination activists, like Jenny McCarthy, who have been hitting the talk-show circuits of late. […]

Retro-Review: Juno’s Dad: The Dark Side -a  Review of Whiplash.

Retro-Review: Juno’s Dad: The Dark Side -a Review of Whiplash.

Whiplash is a critically acclaimed movie with an ending which will leave you with what can be best described as case of mental blue-balls. by D R Harward, staff writer This film grabs you by the shirt collar and almost forces you to consider the cost of greatness, not that price paid by the exceptional few […]

Mass shooting leaves 10 dead at Oregon community college

Mass shooting leaves 10 dead at Oregon community college

BREAKING NEWS: Latest school shooting is at a community college. by Don Harward, contributor UPDATE 9:45, OCT 6: The 26-year-old shooter has been confirmed to have been enrolled in the class in which the shootings took place, as well as one other class at the college. He was one of the 10 fatalities in the incident, […]

Retro-Review: Juno’s Dad: The Dark Side -a  Review of Whiplash.

Retro-Review: Juno’s Dad: The Dark Side -a Review of Whiplash.

Whiplash is a critically acclaimed movie with an ending which will leave you with what can be best described as case of mental blue-balls. by D R Harward, staff writer This film grabs you by the shirt collar and almost forces you to consider the cost of greatness, not that price paid by the exceptional few […]

Comedy Warriors -a movie review

Comedy Warriors -a movie review

The Comedy Warriors is a worthwhile investment of about an hour of time for just about anyone who has ever; laughed, been in pain or both. Much more than just a simple documentary about life after a catastrophic loss of limb, this film explores the power of the uniquely human emotion of humor and documents […]

Obama to break his promise

Obama to break his promise

Upon closer look Obama’s grand gesture lacks substance. By Don Harward, Special to the Star   The instantly-popular America’s College Promise proposal made by the President in his State of the Union address will not result in more Americans being able to pursue a college education. America’s College Promise is a proverbial Trojan horse, a […]

California gets strict on shots

California gets strict on shots

California leads the nation with the most comprehensive childhood immunization requirements. by Don Harward, Staff Writer As of July 1, childhood immunization requirements in California became the most comprehensive in the country. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB-277 into law on June 30, 2015, but its implementation was delayed by one full year to allow school officials […]