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President Obama said Monday that the graduating seniors of a Missouri town devastated by deadly tornadoes are a “source of inspiration” to him and the nation.

Mr. Obama said the story of Joplin, Mo., is one of a community coming together in response to tragedy.

The president was speaking on the eve of the first anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people. Joplin High School was destroyed and the students spent their senior year taking classes in a converted department store.

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4 arrested after man’s beating at stadium

LOS ANGELES — A driver was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after a weekend game and four people were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police said Monday.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was in stable condition with scrapes and cuts to his face and his injuries are not life-threatening.

The man was involved in a minor collision with another driver as he was leaving the stadium parking lot, and three men from another car also got involved, police said.

The violence comes after a Giants fan was severely injured in a beating during last year’s opening game. Bryan Stow was left brain damaged during a confrontation in the parking lot, and stadium officials had promised to increase security after the attack.

Former county appraiser charged with corruption

LOS ANGELES — Corruption charges were filed Monday against a former Los Angeles County appraiser as part of an investigation into influence-peddling claims involving the assessor’s office.

Scott Schenter, 49, was arrested in Beaverton, Ore., and charged with 60 counts, including falsifying accounts and records. If convicted, he could face up to 33 years in prison. He was being held on $1.5 million bail.

A phone listing could not be immediately found for Mr. Schenter, and it could not be determined if he had a lawyer.

Mr. Schenter is accused of unlawfully lowering property values by more than $170 million while he worked for the assessor’s office from 1988 to 2011.

He secured campaign contributions from the owners of homes and businesses for Assessor John Noguez, authorities said.

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