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November 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
Smoking among U.S. high school students has declined by nearly one-fifth since 2000 but has not budged among middle-schoolers, according to a study released Thursday. Nearly one out of four high school students, 23%, said they had smoked tobacco in the preceding month -- a drop from 28% the last time the survey was conducted, two years earlier. About 13% of middle school students said they had smoked, about the same as in the previous survey.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2003 | Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writer
With something less than military precision, a small army of volunteers descended Saturday on MacArthur Park to sweep, shovel, rake and paint their way from one end of the 32-acre park to the other. The event was part of National Public Lands Day, now in its 10th year, which encourages people to expend time and sweat for one day to help preserve the nation's public parks. Nearly 500 people gathered in the park's early morning cool, girding themselves with croissants, bear claws and fruit juice.
NEWS
June 12, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israel's first Arab Cabinet minister has called on the Education Ministry to make Arabic studies mandatory for every Jewish high school student, in a letter that has stirred lively debate here. Officially, Israel has two national languages: Hebrew and Arabic. All Arab students study Hebrew from the third grade on and can receive a high school diploma only after demonstrating fluency in the language.
SPORTS
April 9, 2000 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For as long as there has been water polo for girls at Harvard-Westlake High, there's been Jeanine Jackson. The multitalented Jackson is a player a coach can and should build a program around. And that's exactly what Rich Corso has done. With Jackson leading the charge the last four seasons, Harvard-Westlake has been a perennial Southern Section force. This season Jackson led the Wolverines to the Division III championship game against undefeated and defending champion Bell Gardens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a family where no one had ever graduated from high school, the three adults would sit at the table at night and do their homework together--brother, sister and mother. Then two of them sat proudly in the audience, knowing their turn would come, to see the first diploma awarded to a relative. Diana Gallardo, 21, was among the 65 adults to receive a high school equivalency diploma through the Chapman-Hettinga Education Center in Garden Grove.
NEWS
December 6, 1998 | LORI JOHNSTON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In a packed high school auditorium, teenage girls feel for cancerous lumps in soft fake breasts. Students at another school crowd into a bathroom to see a cancer survivor's reconstructed breast. Though the risk of breast cancer is slim for teenagers, high schools are becoming a new arena for health officials who say that getting teenage girls into the habit of doing breast self-exams will help them detect any lumps later in life. "Learning breast self-exams is a skill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1998 | JOHN POPE
The city has a new program to recognize young people for their volunteer efforts. The Mayor's Youth Community Service Awards will be presented to graduating seniors who have made a difference in the community during their high-school years. The program officially began Dec. 1, and all Brea high school students are eligible to participate. Forms and information are available at Brea high schools, the Brea Community Center at 695 E. Madison Way, and City Hall, 1 Civic Center Circle.
NEWS
November 16, 1997 | Associated Press
A high school junior robbed a bank in a cowboy outfit, tipping his hat and yelling "Giddyup!" as he left with a backpack of money, police said. Dustin Marshall, 17, was charged in the Oct. 24 holdup and another bank robbery six days later in which he allegedly wore a Halloween ghost mask. He wore a full-length black duster coat, brown boots and a bandanna mask in the cowboy holdup, threatening the tellers with a "cowboy-type pistol," police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1997 | LESLIE LLOYD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
They can't smoke or chew tobacco, but the leaf is part of daily life and even class work for some teenagers at David Crockett High School. This is tobacco-farming country, and about 200 agriculture-vocational students at the school grow tobacco on school grounds, as do pupils in about 30 other high schools in Tennessee. "We have programs involved in tobacco because the community is involved in it," said Will Lewis, director of secondary vocational programs for the state Education Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A Cal State Northridge program that offers eligible high school juniors and seniors an early taste of college life will accept applications for the fall 1997 semester until April 1, CSUN officials said. Students interested in enrolling in the Step to College program must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and a written recommendation from their school principal or college advisor, said Ellen Small, CSUN admissions advisor.
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