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October 28, 2013 | James Rainey
When he arrived at one of Los Angeles' preeminent private high schools seven years ago, baseball coach Matt LaCour knew how to win. He had a CIF championship under his belt. But the self-described "public school kid" was now at Harvard-Westlake School, the destination for many children of L.A.'s business and entertainment elite. In the past, the baseball team didn't win much and routinely let players skip half a double-header. LaCour sought to impose a new ethos: His players' non-class time should be centered on baseball.
October 28, 2013 | By James Rainey
Harvard-Westlake School has plowed relentlessly forward to become one of the top college preparatory schools in the country. But the Studio City academy appears to face formidable opposition in its latest bid to expand and improve its high school campus -- with a 750-space, three-story parking structure and playing field that would replace a tree-covered hillside along Coldwater Canyon. City planners this month released a draft environmental impact report, opening a public comment period of at least 45 days.
October 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Besides its all-inclusive historical sweep - from the first African to set foot in the New World to the first African American to occupy the White House - what distinguishes Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s new series, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," from many previous documentaries on the black experience is … Henry Louis Gates Jr. Gates, a Harvard professor and academic typhoon the world knows as "Skip," is one of the more familiar faces...
October 15, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Johnny Hooper, the junior water polo standout at Studio City Harvard-Westlake High, didn't hide his emotions Tuesday night after the Wolverines came close to ending Santa Ana Mater Dei's unbeaten streak of more than three years. "It really hurts," he said. "It stings to have lost that game. " Harvard-Westlake (13-2), ranked No. 2 in Southern Section Division 1, fell to the Monarchs, 8-6, in a game it led, 6-2, in the third period at Mater Dei. But the inexperience of the youthful Wolverines combined with stellar play from 6-foot-8 Mater Dei goalie McQuinn Baron got the top-ranked Monarchs (14-0)
October 13, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In Southern California, where there are many sports played and so much talent, there's always that rare opportunity to watch an event that you can look back on when the athletes are in college or the Olympics and say, “I was there.” One such event is Tuesday night's boys' water polo showdown between Studio City Harvard-Westlake (13-1) and Santa Ana Mater Dei (13-0) at 6 o'clock at Mater Dei. Mater Dei is ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 1, has a 92-game winning streak and has won three consecutive Division 1 titles.
October 9, 2013 | By Monte Morin
As a chemistry professor at USC, Arieh Warshel says he sometimes finds it difficult to convince his fellow scientists that computers have a place in experimental fields like his own. Many people, he laments, use them to make or watch movies, "but not to understand. " Though Warshel may hold a minority view on a campus with strong ties to Hollywood - visitors to his laboratory's website are informed that his animated computer simulations are not available on Netflix - he got a huge endorsement Wednesday from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the form of a Nobel Prize.
October 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Santa Ana Mater Dei remains No. 1 and Harvard-Westlake No. 2 in this week's Southern Section Division 1 boys' water polo rankings one week before the two schools meet in a 6 p.m. match on Oct. 15 at Mater Dei. Here's the link to complete rankings.  
September 15, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
One is 15, the other 16. Both have been playing quarterback since early in their Pop Warner days. On Friday night, sophomores Clarence Williams of Sylmar and Marshal Cohen of Studio City Harvard-Westlake face off in a matchup of two promising young quarterbacks on the verge of leading their respective teams to breakthrough seasons. The 6-foot-1 Williams, who grew up as everyone's can't-miss prospect playing for the Mid Valley Titans, accounted for eight touchdowns last week when Sylmar (1-1)
September 6, 2013 | By Karin Klein
During the eight-year run of the show “House M.D.” the series mantra was, “Everybody lies.” The corollary to that could well be, “Everybody cheats.” Maybe not everybody, but fairly close. That's why I can't fathom the fuss being made over a Harvard University survey that found 42% of incoming freshmen admitted to having cheated in homework in high school, and 10% admitted to cheating on tests. People, including my colleague Paul Whitefield, conclude they've found the difference between those elite Ivy Leaguers and the rest of us. Aha!
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