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December 29, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Mat Taylor, who was the girls' basketball coach at Los Angeles Fremont from 1987 through 1995 and was a highly regarded English teacher, died on Dec. 28 of lung cancer, family friend Phil Chase said. He was 60. Taylor later coached at West Los Angeles College and taught at Elizabeth Learning Center. "He was one dependable force in many students' lives," Chase said. eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Vaccination against human papilloma virus was recommended for U.S. girls almost five years ago. In October, a government advisory committee also recommended routine vaccination for boys ages 11 and 12.   But vaccinating girls only makes the most sense, researchers said Tuesday. Using mathematical models, researchers in the Netherlands found vaccinating girls is the best way to reduce heterosexual transmission because girls have the highest prevalence of the virus. Immunizing the group with the highest prevalence achieves the largest population-wide reduction of the virus.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Get ready for more “Girls.” The controversial but critically lauded, Golden Globe-winning show will return for a third season. While HBO has not officially confirmed the renewal, the cast and crew of “Girls” have made it abundantly clear the show will be back. This weekend, Lena Dunham spoke with Alec Baldwin for his podcast, “Here's the Thing,” and inadvertently confirmed the show's pick-up.  “We're starting season three at the end of March. I'm so excited,” she said.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
San Diego State-bound Cheyenne Greenhouse scored 27 points to spark Moreno Valley Canyon Springs to a 66-51 win over Mission Hills Alemany in the Southern California Regional Division I girls' final. Canyon Springs (24-6) led in rebounds, 41-28. Charnea Johnson Chapman had 12 points and 15 rebounds. “They did a great job today,” said Canyon Springs Coach Gail Hale, whose team lost to Long Beach Poly in last year's regional final. “I'm so proud of my kids.” Breanna Calhoun finished with 13 points and Genessa Bedoya had 12 points for Alemany (26-8)
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
It came down to free throws and Sierra Canyon made them when it counted to upset Gardena Serra, 59-52, in the Southern California Regional Division IV final at Colony High. Alexis Griggsby and Kennedy Burke each scored 15 points as the second-seeded Trailblazers (27-4) pulled away in the final eight minutes of a game that was tied 38-38 after three quarters. Sierra Canyon made 22 of 26 foul shots, including 15 of 18 in the fourth quarter. "Every practice we shoot free throws because it's kind of our weakness," said Burke, who was 7-of-8 from the foul line.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
As "Girls" heads into its season 2 finale Sunday night, water coolers everywhere are bracing for dull conversations devoid of tips on cotton swab usage and talk of bodily fluids. The modestly rated HBO show, which follows a group of twentysomething friends navigating career and relationship troubles, has been a generator of critical reaction since its debut last spring.  That talk hasn't muffled in its sophomore season -- including in this newsroom: Exhibit A and Exhibit B . And Lena Dunham, the wunderkind behind the show, is sure to keep the conversation going with whatever she has in store for the season 2 swan song.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 13 - 19, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SUNDAY If you were hoping for a Ricky Gervais four-peat, you are out of luck, my friend. This year, it'll be gal pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler manning - make that "womaning" - the podium at "The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. " (NBC, 5 and 8 p.m.) Remember how Sarah Jessica Parker would get splashed by that bus with her picture on it in the opening credits of "Sex and the City"?
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Amber Melgoza has been Santa Barbara's leading scorer and rebounder all season and she was once again Saturday night as the Dons held off Santa Margarita, 58-48, to win the Southern California Regional Division III championship at Colony High. Melgoza, a sophomore forward, had 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals, Desirea Coleman added 15 points and Jada Howard had nine for the top-seeded Dons (30-5), who outscored Santa Margarita 19-5 in the second quarter to take a 30-16 halftime lead.  Zaire Williams had 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, Tori Anderson had 13 points and Sheldon Cornwell added 11 points for the third-seeded Eagles (21-14)
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jordin Canada of L.A. Windward has been named the state player of the year in girls' basketball by CalHiSports.com. Here's the link to story. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
September 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Santa Ana Mater Dei holds the No. 1 spot in this week's Southern Section Division 1AA girls' volleyball rankings. Here's the link to complete rankings.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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