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February 26, 2002 | GARRETT THEROLF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 16-year-old Pacoima youth stopped breathing on a school bus Monday morning and was pronounced dead an hour later at a hospital, authorities said. Jose Vitela, a sophomore at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, had muscular dystrophy and was in declining health, according to his uncle Enrique Garcia. The bus was en route to the Sun Valley school when the driver noticed that Jose wasn't breathing.
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December 27, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four men were charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Francis Polytechnic High School student earlier this month. Prosecutors allege that Juan Manuel Chavez, 21, of Pacoima shot freshman Santiago Polanco of Sun Valley on Dec. 13 as he walked with friends in the 8300 block of Sharp Avenue in Sun Valley, a few blocks from campus.
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May 22, 1996 | TIM MAY
Five San Fernando Valley high school seniors have advanced to the finals of a citywide high school culinary arts competition. In the contest to be held June 5, the students will battle to prove whose chicken breast is best. They'll also have to make dessert crepes and a chocolate sauce.
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October 30, 1994
As LEARN school teachers, we applaud teacher Adrienne Mack's decision to vote for LEARN at her school and wholeheartedly agree with her conclusion that LEARN "gives a school a chance to re-create itself." (Valley Commentary, Sept. 18). However, in listing the fears expressed by a few teachers who are not participating in LEARN, she mistakenly characterizes our union as not supportive of LEARN, when in fact, the LEARN schools have the full support of our union's leadership. We also enjoy the support of the union's rank-and-file members as demonstrated by UTLA's House of Representatives' vote to support its members' efforts at LEARN schools.
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February 4, 2000
Los Angeles school officials are holding a series of public briefings this month on interim Supt. Ramon C. Cortines' plan to reorganize the district into 11 subdistricts. The meetings began Wednesday at Monroe High School in Sepulveda and at Carson High School. About 60 parents, teachers and other school district employees attended the session at Monroe, posing dozens of written questions that will be given to Cortines for consideration as he develops his concept paper into a more detailed plan.
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June 6, 1996 | TIM MAY
Several of Los Angeles' top chefs got a taste of the San Fernando Valley on Wednesday at the final round of a high school culinary competition featuring five Valley students. The budding Valley chefs competed against each other and five students from other high schools in the event held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Each student was asked to prepare poached chicken breast in chives sauce, vegetables and cream-filled crepes with chocolate sauce.
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October 16, 1990
A 17-year-old gang member was arrested Monday in connection with the fatal drive-by shooting of a rival gang member who was gunned down as he stood on a North Hollywood street, police said. Gerardo Jose Jimenez, 18, of North Hollywood died after he was shot once in the chest while standing with friends in the 6800 block of Gentry Avenue about 9:45 p.m., Lt. Michael Ranshaw said. Ranshaw said the fatal shot was fired from one of three passing cars that carried about 10 members of a rival gang.
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March 16, 1999 | NEDA RAOUF
Six Valley principals, assistant principals and administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School District have been chosen to receive Administrator of the Year Awards, it was announced Monday. The awards, presented by the Assn. of California School Administrators, recognize outstanding contributions to the public education system, said Allan J. Weiner, association president and assistant principal at Cleveland High School. Those honored "have improved their schools or . . .
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June 15, 1993 | ED BOND
As cartoons go, the 30-second anti-smoking spot created by a group of Mt. Gleason Middle School students was one that could take your breath away. "Everyone in the audience just gasped," said Judy Winokur, an anti-smoking program coordinator for the school, in describing parents' reaction to the cartoon during a preview. "It's so hard-hitting."
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April 6, 1985 | JAN KLUNDER, Times Staff Writer
All facilities at Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley are expected to be open Monday after city crews drilled five wells to dissipate explosive methane gas that had been seeping for a week into the boys' gymnasium from a nearby landfill. A check of the school Friday showed no gas leakage into the gym, according to William N. Madson, area facilities director for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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