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March 20, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The family of a 19-year-old student killed by electrocution in an allegedly faulty fountain on the campus of a Georgia technical college reached a record $1.4-million settlement with the state in a wrongful-death lawsuit, an attorney told The Times this week. Adriana Rhine died as her 3-year-old son, Zi'Quan, watched at South Georgia Technical College in Americus. She was a student at the school but had been on campus that day in late September 2012 to donate blood and celebrate the birthday of her sister Jasmine, also a student there.
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SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker had to deal with the speculation in last year's NCAA tournament. It came up in the Salt Lake City sub-regional when the UCLA and USC jobs were open. Amaker was reportedly very interested in USC but the Trojans opted for Andy Enfield. If Amaker was distracted, it didn't show as No. 13 Harvard shocked No. 3 New Mexico, led by the coach UCLA hired (Steve Alford). This year the speculation has moved to Spokane, where Amaker's 12 th -seeded Ivy League champions face No. 4 Cincinnati on Thursday in an East Regional game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
An effort to overturn California's ban on affirmative action in public universities stalled in the Legislature on Monday. The proposed constitutional amendment by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) would have removed references to higher education from Proposition 209, an initiative passed by voters in 1996 that bans consideration by government institutions  of race, ethnicity and sex in hiring, school admissions and contracting. The amendment, SCA 5, passed the Senate in January on a party-line vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Jason Song
The nearly two-minute UC Irvine video looks like an appeal to prospective students, featuring a montage of undergraduates walking around campus, dancing in classrooms and celebrating big basketball victories. But the target audience becomes obvious at the end, when 7-foot-6 freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye looks directly into the camera while towering over a cardboard cutout of Barack Obama and says: "Mr. President, we should play ball together. " The video is the latest and perhaps most visible attempt by a university to attract a high-profile graduation speaker.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The gig: As the head of Sterling Venue Ventures, Lance Sterling runs the recently renovated Saban Theatre concert venue in Beverly Hills and also owns and operates the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Early days: Sterling, 51, studied civil engineering at the University of Arizona. While in school, he worked in bars, nightclubs and concert venues that booked groups such as Grand Funk Railroad. "I was making more money running concerts than I would as an engineer," he said. After college, he briefly worked for a billboard company and then went into the hotel business.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Los Angeles doesn't have an NFL team, but this year's draft set for May 8-10 is going to generate excitement in Southern California, because a lot of former high school standouts could be selected. Anthony Barr of Los Angeles Loyola, Marqise Lee of Gardena Serra, Troy Niklas of Anaheim Servite and De'Anthony Thomas of Crenshaw will have plenty of fans glued to their TVs and computers hoping to unleash a big scream when they are chosen. Then there's Robert Herron, a receiver from Dorsey who earned a college scholarship to Wyoming in the summer of 2010, just days before the start of fall practice.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Washington and Texas will open the 2015-16 basketball season in China, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday. Few details of the game were announced, other than it will be played on Nov. 14. The China market is high on the Pac-12's agenda. A conference all-star team, coached by Oregon State's Craig Robinson, will play games in China this summer, two against professional teams. Coaches will nominate players from their own team for the conference all-star team that will travel to China.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. This spring's National Football League draft will tell us who the most prized college players are. It's thought to be a good year for quarterbacks. College and university talent in the arts gets no such showcase. Perhaps the nearest thing is the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held each spring in Washington. It's a good year for Southern California playwrights. The Kennedy Center announced Thursday that Jeff Augustin of UC San Diego and Brian Polak of USC have won $1,000 first-place awards for full-length plays, with $500 runner-up awards going to Michael Yichao of the California Institute of the Arts and Kristin Idaszak of UC San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
A California lawmaker Thursday questioned whether the federal government is providing enough scrutiny of higher education accrediting agencies, citing the controversial decision by a private panel to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) raised the prospect that the accrediting system and the government's oversight of it is flawed in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Educators and faculty have raised concerns that accreditors are largely self-regulated and seem to act with impunity," Speier wrote.
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