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June 13, 2001 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The picture button is steadfastly pinned to Ashley Struhs' purse; it comforts her to finger it absent-mindedly or to gaze down at the snapshot of the young man who died suddenly and far too young. "I love when people ask about it," said the Fountain Valley 17-year-old. "I love thinking about him and telling people, 'That's my best friend; that's Scotty Lang.'
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August 23, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reversing an 11-year ban, officials in the Capistrano Unified School District have decided to allow religious and gay student clubs, as well as other extracurricular clubs, to form on high schools campuses. The move comes even as other school districts are taking drastic steps to keep religious and gay clubs off campus. Supt.
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December 2, 1994 | ALICIA DI RADO and DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At least seven Marina High School students, including five drill team members, were recovering Thursday after they unknowingly chewed LSD-laced bubble gum that had been given to them by other students, parents and authorities said. Several law enforcement officials said it was the first time they had heard of chewing gum used to transmit drugs. But some students on campus said that lacing bubble gum with LSD, or "acid," is a new fad. Police said the episode began Tuesday about 10 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The family of 17-year-old Kenneth Chiu, who was stabbed to death this week outside his Laguna Hills home, said they fear racism may have been behind the attack. Christopher and Minnie Chiu, Kenneth's parents, recalled numerous instances in the 10 years they have lived in the 27000 block of Woodbluff Road, a hilly neighborhood with mountain views. Several times, eggs were thrown at their house, said the Chius, both born in Taiwan. Once blue paint was splashed along the side.
NEWS
December 2, 1994 | ALICIA DI RADO and DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At least seven Marina High School students, including five drill team members, were recovering Thursday after they unknowingly chewed LSD-laced Bazooka bubble gum that had been given to them by other students, parents and authorities said. Several law enforcement officials said this was the first time they have heard of chewing gum used as a way to transmit drugs. But some students on campus said that lacing bubble gum with LSD, or "acid," is a new fad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The family of 17-year-old Kenneth Chiu, who was stabbed to death this week outside his Laguna Hills home, said they fear racism may have been behind the attack. Christopher and Minnie Chiu, Kenneth's parents, recalled numerous instances in the 10 years they have lived in the 27000 block of Woodbluff Road, a hilly neighborhood with mountain views. Several times, eggs were thrown at their house, said the Chius, both born in Taiwan. Once blue paint was splashed along the side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Trabuco Hills High School teacher pleaded guilty Friday to having sex with one of her students, authorities said. Prosecutors alleged that art instructor Jill Neu had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy from January through June of last year, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ed Flores said. In return for her guilty plea to the felony, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge of child molestation and agreed to recommend a sentence of three months in jail and three years of probation.
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November 27, 1994 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunny Hills High is a public school with a zero percent dropout rate and no graffiti on the walls, a place where students brag about pulling all-nighters and compete in honors classes for the highest A-plus. Jackson Browne went there. So did All-Star major league catcher Gary Carter. Its reputation stretches across the Pacific Ocean, luring Korean immigrants in search of the best in American education, and to the elite Eastern colleges where graduates flock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of one of four Orange County youths killed in a drunk-driving accident in the Mojave Desert a year ago has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the teenage driver and his parents. The suit brought by the mother and sister of 17-year-old accident victim Anthony Fuentes Jr. claims that negligence by driver James Virgil Patterson and his parents caused Fuentes' death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1992 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Students at Valencia High School will get a back-to-school surprise when they arrive on campus in September--closed lockers. Adding to a trend that is becoming increasingly common in Orange County schools, school officials announced at Tuesday's meeting of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District board that they have outlawed the familiar storage places.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A California affiliate of Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group, held a protest Wednesday outside the Saddleback Valley Unified School District headquarters, decrying the district's decision to ban service clubs in order to avoid recognizing a Christian group. "It's outrageous," said state Sen. Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside), who called on school board members to reverse the decision or step down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Media company Cox Communications selected five Orange County high school students for college scholarships Friday and named its teacher of the year, officials said. The students, from schools across the county, received $1,000. The winners are Robert Bisson of Laguna Hills High School; Palmer Gibbs of Mission Viejo High School; Stephanie Grodin of University High School, Irvine; Chris Hermanas of Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo; and Lauren Specter of Irvine High School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She's had "major sore throats," head colds, coughs, headaches and dizziness: all legitimate ailments that most students wouldn't think twice about using as an excuse to stay home from school. But not Jean Luu. The 17-year-old senior at La Quinta High School in Westminster is graduating Tuesday with an all-too-rare honor: She's maintained a perfect-attendance record since kindergarten. "It happens very rarely," said Fred Johnson, La Quinta's head counselor. "It's quite an accomplishment."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2001 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The picture button is steadfastly pinned to Ashley Struhs' purse; it comforts her to finger it absent-mindedly or to gaze down at the snapshot of the young man who died suddenly and far too young. "I love when people ask about it," said the 17-year-old from Fountain Valley. "I love thinking about him and telling people, 'That's my best friend, that's Scotty Lang.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The students in Kathy Lewis' classroom at Hope Special Education School in Buena Park get so excited waiting for their visitors to arrive each Thursday that Lewis reminds them not to jump out of their chairs and run to hug their guests. That is not appropriate social behavior. But that doesn't temper the enthusiastic chorus of greetings when the visitors arrive or the flurry of high-fives and hugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2001
A team from Troy High School in Fullerton advanced to the second day of competition Sunday in the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., joining 11 other finalists. The Troy High team will face a team from North Hollywood High today. Two other California teams to make the finals are from Sacramento and the Bay Area. Troy High had reached the finals by winning a regional competition in Pasadena in February, according to a school official.
NEWS
June 10, 1993
One will present her findings in neurobiology to the American Academy of Sciences; another put together her school's first campus TV station. One was the highest scorer in the state in the Academic Decathlon; another works magic through the art of illusion. Many have volunteered to preserve wetlands, to fight AIDS, to help the disabled. The members of the Class of '93 are as varied in their accomplishments as they are in their backgrounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2000 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's all about choices. When a teenage Mona Ruiz witnessed the death of her brother-in-law Oso after a drive-by shooting on New Year's Eve, she made a choice to get away from gang life. Today, the 40-year-old mother of three is a member of the Santa Ana Police Department and the head of its Graffiti Task Force.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT O.C. Moneymakers: Three Orange County high school students won $2,500 each in the Performing Arts Center of L.A. County's 13th annual Spotlight Awards ceremony Tuesday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Rising above more than 800 teenage applicants were Aria Alekzander, 14, of Anaheim (ballet), soprano Andrea Dodson, 17, of La Habra (classical voice) and Patrick James McCollum, 17, of Yorba Linda (jazz modern dance).
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