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April 25, 1993 | CONNIE BENESCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wielding a toy flashlight, the white-coated doctor peered into the eyes of her patient. She then gave the boy a shot--on his wrist, of all places--and barked, "Get up!" Another doctor cornered a reporter. "Lie down," she commanded, before administering a blood test, tuberculosis test and a shot smack in the middle of the chest. "Gotta get another one Monday. Check and come back and call me," the doctor ordered. Then she scribbled something illegible and handed the reporter a slip of red paper.
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April 25, 1993 | CONNIE BENESCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wielding a toy flashlight, the white-coated doctor peered into the eyes of her patient. She then gave the boy a shot--on his wrist, of all places--and barked, "Get up!" Another doctor cornered a reporter. "Lie down," she commanded, before administering a blood test, tuberculosis test and a shot smack in the middle of the chest. "Gotta get another one Monday. Check and come back and call me," the doctor ordered. Then she scribbled something illegible and handed the reporter a slip of red paper.
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June 11, 1992 | JESSICA GOODHEART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The children who came to Refugio Contreras' Echo Park market for more than a decade could count on a free ice cream or a generous helping of candy from the owner, known affectionately as "Cuca." But Contreras gave away much more than sweets. For years she turned down lucrative offers for a 5,000-square-foot plot of Echo Park land, leasing it instead to a nonprofit group, which has run a Head Start preschool on the site the past 22 years.
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September 30, 1993 | SCOTT SHIBUYA BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A three-quarter-acre patch of overgrown brush and bougainvillea has sparked a turf war between the Hollywood Rotary Club, which envisions turning the area into a garden park, and a local foundation that wants to use the land for a Head Start program. The 35,000-square-foot corner lot at Franklin and Ivar avenues is a stone's throw from the Hollywood Freeway and is owned by Caltrans, which is mandated by the state to rent land it does not use.
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June 13, 1997 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marjorie Simpson Morris, a kindergarten teacher who became an advocate for quality child care and early childhood education, has died. She was 69. Morris, who lived in Encino, died June 5 in Los Angeles of complications following open heart surgery. She had been serving on the city of Los Angeles' Commission on Children, Youth and Their Families, and was a board member of the Head Start organization called Foundation for Early Childhood Education.
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May 4, 1995 | LISA O'NEILL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Azteca Head Start, a federally funded program that provides free meals, medical exams and other services to about 200 underprivileged preschool children in Alhambra and 490 preschoolers in nearby cities, will close on June 30. Vickie Castro, an Azteca board member, said that the board of directors of the Alhambra-based agency decided not to seek the $3 million in annual funding that the program receives from the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
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June 20, 1993 | IRIS YOKOI
The hollow ring of a school bell interrupted the children's performance of the spirited la raspa dance. But the preschoolers in the Head Start program at Manfred E. Evans Community Adult School continued on with the Mexican dance, accustomed to the sound and to the adults who streamed out of classrooms nearby.
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June 26, 2002 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The director of Los Angeles County's Head Start program, America's largest, will be removed from his position and reassigned against his wishes--a move that has upset parents and employees. Andrew Kennedy, 52, took over Head Start 10 years ago, at a time when the county's management and oversight were so slipshod that the federal government, which provides all the funding, threatened to strip the county of control.
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October 15, 1998 | BRETT ANTHONY COLLINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Cloke, one of the last surviving members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the U.S. element of an international alliance that fought with Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War, has died. He was 82. Cloke died Tuesday morning of a heart attack at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, according to his son Kenneth Cloke of Santa Monica. Born Jan. 23, 1916, in Fort Flagler, Wash., Cloke briefly attended the University of Virginia before transferring to UC Berkeley.
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April 9, 1995 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Parents whose children attend Azteca Head Start schools continue to protest a decision by the agency's board of directors to disband the program and close its 13 sites in June, but they have returned their children to school after holding them out for one week. The board of directors made the decision in February, and several parents and teachers said they have not been given a reason.
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