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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A South Bay schools superintendent who attracted scrutiny for his $674,559 pay was placed on administrative leave this week, pending an internal investigation. The Centinela Valley Union High School District board voted 5-0 to suspend Supt. Jose Fernandez during an abruptly called, closed-door meeting at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale on Wednesday evening. Fernandez's earnings last year surpassed the compensation of those leading the nation's largest school systems.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Rong-Gong Lin II
A fiery head-on collision Thursday between a FedEx truck and a charter bus carrying Los Angeles-area high school students killed at least nine people and injured dozens. The crash on the 5 Freeway in Northern California had bus passengers en route to visit Humboldt State University fleeing for their lives. Dramatic images from the scene showed burned-out hulls of several vehicles. LAUSD officials said students from Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown and Manual Arts High School in South L.A. were on the trip to Humboldt, though it was unclear whether they were on the bus that crashed.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Sydney Contraguerro saw a friend get stabbed in the hallway of Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday. And then she turned to Twitter to figure out what was happening in the halls of her high school. “I was checking Twitter every 15 minutes,” the high school senior said. Twitter has long been a platform for people to share what they've witnessed during major news events: earthquakes, plane crashes, shootings. But in Murrysville, Twitter appeared to be a prime source of communication about who was OK and who was injured in the immediate aftermath of the stabbings.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, Richard Simon and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - A teenager charged in a high school stabbing rampage "just doesn't fit the mold" of someone who could be harboring such rage, his lawyer said Thursday as the boy's classmates fought to recover from life-threatening wounds and thanked the friends who came to their aid. At a hospital news conference, one of the wounded, Brett Hurt, summed up the actions of his friend Gracey Evans, who was with him Wednesday as the assailant plunged...
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, Richard Simon and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. -- At least two teenagers wounded in a Pennsylvania high school stabbing rampage remained on ventilators and face additional surgery, doctors said Thursday, while another victim thanked a friend for saving his life and expressed hope that some day he could forgive his attacker. Brett Hurt, a Franklin Regional Senior High School student who was among the most severely injured, spoke at a news conference at Forbes Regional Hospital. Seated in a wheelchair with his mother at his side, Hurt credited his friend, Gracey Evans, with coming to his aid by applying direct pressure on his wound after an attacker plunged a knife into him. “Gracey saved my life,” he said.
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The Arcadia Invitational will be filled with terrific athletes. It has become one of the best high school sporting events in Southern California. Hurdlers must have a fearless gene in their body, and junior Torrey Atkins of Menifee Heritage High shows every indication he has one. He attacks each hurdle with a focus and determination that allow him to fly over obstacles as if they weren't in his way. "I feel I'm shooting out like a rocket," he said. Two weeks ago, he ran a personal-best time of 14.17 seconds in the 110 high hurdles at the Mt. Carmel Invitational.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Matt Pearce, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
At first, the other students thought a fight had broken out. The hallway inside the science wing of Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pa., was crowded with students on Wednesday morning, unaware of the chaos that was about to break out. It was no fistfight. For Mia Meixner, the moment of realization -- and shock -- came when she saw a male freshman, who had fallen from the scuffle, stand up, lift his shirt, and reveal the wounds to his stomach. "I saw blood gushing everywhere,” said Meixner, 16. “That's when I knew something was wrong.” A normal school day then turned horrific, students told the Los Angeles Times in a series of interviews.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Shot putter Amir Ali Patterson of Crespi failed on Tuesday to convince a judge to issue an injunction that would have allowed him to compete for the Celts this season, ending his high school career. Patterson had run out of athletic eligibility but sought a hardship waiver from the Southern Section. It was denied. He finished second last season at the state championships and has signed with UCLA. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Guy Hadas, guest blogger
We are experiencing a technology revolution, a new world in which coding is no longer for the anti-social, nerdy white males but for the cool kids. Figures like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg have created a culture that embraces technical innovation and that has popularized the leaders behind the code. The birth of this culture has inspired a movement to teach younger generations to code. While many parents, kids and entrepreneurs have already bought into the movement, the most critical piece of the puzzle has been left untouched: schools.  Without the support of schools, students are simply not receiving enough assistance to learn how to code.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
1. TEMECULA VALLEY (SS-Division 2, 12-1) at Great Oak, Tuesday. 6. 2. LOYOLA (SS-Division 1, 12-1) at Crespi, Tuesday. 3. 3. JSERRA (SS-Division 1, 10-2) vs. Santa Margarita, Monday. 1. 4. HUNTINGTON BEACH (SS-Division 1, 9-2) at Newport Harbor, Tuesday. 7. 5. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (SS-Division 1, 11-3) vs. Dos Pueblos (at USC), Tuesday. 2. 6. CHATSWORTH (City-Division I, 12-2-1) vs. Birmingham, Wednesday. 5. 7. HART (SS-Division 1, 10-1-1) vs. Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity (at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman tournament)
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