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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It used to be called "shop. " Then educators started using two-bit labels like "vocational education. " And it got worse. "Career tech," they renamed it when the dot.com era emerged. Now it goes by "linked learning. " Or is it "career pathways?" I'm confused. "Call it shop-plus," says Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the Legislature's leading proponent of whatever it is. I'll roll my eyes and refer to it as "linked learning. " Yuk. Whatever it's called, it seems to work for high schoolers where it exists, which isn't enough places.
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SCIENCE
October 22, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
It was an unlikely encounter in the middle of the desert. Kevin Terris was a high school senior from a boarding school in Claremont, Calif., with dreams of a paleontology career. Joe was a toddler stuck under a rock. For 75 million years. Terris, 22, now can take credit for finding the most complete specimen of a young duck-billed dinosaur, called a Parasaurolophus. The extremely rare fossil of the 1-year-old plant eater could reveal how the extinct hadrosaurid developed its odd horn-like protruberance during its lifetime.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013
Producer-director Marta Cunningham's documentary, "Valentine Road," is a moving and infuriating look at the 2008 murder of openly gay teenager Lawrence "Larry" King by straight classmate Brandon McInerney in Oxnard. The film, which also airs Monday on HBO, should be required viewing for teens, educators and anyone concerned with the potentially devastating effects of intolerance. (The phobic, mortified McInerney shot King the day after King openly flirted with him). Cunningham masterfully weaves a kind of cinematic memorial quilt to King, who, just prior to his death, was living in a group home/treatment center away from his adoptive parents.
SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The demise of quality high school boys' soccer in California is underway, thanks to the U.S. Soccer Federation's insistence on forcing top high school players to choose between its academy program and high school competition. As Sasha van der Most, the youth academy director for Chivas USA, puts it, "The players make the choices. We train four days a week, nine, 10 months a year, play top competition and don't charge the players anything. If you're in the soccer world, you know the best players don't want to play high school anymore.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- With 238 million members, LinkedIn has already established itself as the go-to place for professionals of all ages to find jobs and get career tips and advice. Now the company is looking to get that kind of endorsement from teens. On Monday, LinkedIn is rolling out University Pages to target college-bound high school students. The pages will connect students with schools and alumni, the company said. To begin with, there will be 200 schools, including UC San Diego, but LinkedIn says thousands more schools will soon join up. This is the first time LinkedIn is opening membership to younger teenagers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors last year, a newly released report shows. Last year, only 5% of high school sophomores said they had smoked cigarettes daily in the previous 30 days, compared with 18% of sophomores who were smoking daily at one point in the 1990s. The numbers have also plunged for eighth-graders and high school seniors, hitting their lowest point since the surveys began. The change is just one of the findings in a vast new report on the well-being of American children, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Jason Song
Before Isaiah Aragon, a 17-year-old heading into his senior year, arrived in June at a weeklong camp for Native Americans at UC Riverside, he wasn't sure where he'd apply to college. But after only a day on campus with 30 other Native American high schoolers, Riverside was a possibility. "It has me a little more interested," said Isaiah, a member of the Ohlone tribe who attends school in Claremont. Organizers say the purpose of the camp, known as the Gathering of the Tribes, isn't necessarily to steer students toward UC Riverside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
Bryan Piperno was just 9 years old when he began keeping his secret. The Simi Valley youngster tossed out lunches or claimed he ate elsewhere. As he grew older, he started purging after eating. Even after his vomiting landed him in the emergency room during college, he lied to hide the truth. Piperno, now 25, slowly fended off his eating disorder with time and care, including a stay in a residential treatment facility. But surveys show a rising number of teenage boys in Los Angeles now struggle with similar problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
The 17-year-old high school student who was at the wheel when his car spun out of control in a horrific Memorial Day crash in Newport Beach did not have a valid driver's license, according to DMV records. The crash left five teens dead, all high school students from Irvine. Two sisters were among the casualties. Police said speed was a contributing factor to the wreck. Investigators didn't say how fast the teen's Infiniti was going, but the mayor in the beach city said he was told the car may have been traveling at 100 mph or faster.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Cultivating young audiences is a big deal for arts organizations, and International City Theatre in Long Beach is responding with a pretty big deal of its own: High school students get free admission to its next three productions. The offer applies to the two previews ICT runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays for each show, before the official Friday night opening. Normally student admissions to previews cost $24. First up is Sarah Ruhl's comedy “Dead Man's Cell Phone” (June 5-6)
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