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November 22, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After escaping with a first-round win over Orange Lutheran, No. 3-seeded Long Beach Poly is flexing its muscles behind John "Juju" Smith and Iman Marshall to take a 23-0 halftime lead over St. Bonaventure in a Pac-5 Division quarterfinal game at Ventura College. Smith has a nine-yard touchdown reception and a 62-yard TD run. Marshall has been magnificent on defense, shutting down tight end Bryce Dixon and helping the Jackrabbits hold St. Bonaventure to 24 total yards offense. Jeremy Calhoun has a three-yard touchdown reception.
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February 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Steve Sarkisian wanted to finish a short recruiting season with a flourish. He did that Wednesday, landing all three of the top players that were targeted and uncommitted heading into national signing day. Long Beach Poly defensive back/wide receiver John “Juju” Smith announced at 1 p.m. that he would attend USC, giving the Trojans a clean sweep. Smith's announcement came two hours after Gardena Serra cornerback/receiver Adoree' Jackson announced he would sign with USC. Damien Mama, an offensive lineman at Bellflower St. John Bosco, announced Wednesday morning that he would become a Trojan.
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September 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  If any player wants to be considered best in Southern California, pay attention to what Long Beach Poly's John Smith does. He'll be the standard if you expect to be No. 1. In his season opener against Crenshaw, Smith caught five passes for 78 yards. He also ran three times for 37 yards. He had a 32-yard kickoff return. He had punt returns of 22 and 38 yards. He also was a safety on defense. Poly won, 28-15. "Everyone gives Poly their best game, and we knew Crenshaw would be tough," he said.
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November 22, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After escaping with a first-round win over Orange Lutheran, No. 3-seeded Long Beach Poly is flexing its muscles behind John "Juju" Smith and Iman Marshall to take a 23-0 halftime lead over St. Bonaventure in a Pac-5 Division quarterfinal game at Ventura College. Smith has a nine-yard touchdown reception and a 62-yard TD run. Marshall has been magnificent on defense, shutting down tight end Bryce Dixon and helping the Jackrabbits hold St. Bonaventure to 24 total yards offense. Jeremy Calhoun has a three-yard touchdown reception.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1998
John Smith, 87, one of the two former merchant mariners credited with bringing the last American-flagged World War II Victory ship to Los Angeles Harbor as a permanent memorial to the crews who carried crucial wartime cargo across the seas. Smith, a chief mate, and Joe Vernick, another retiree, went to Washington in 1987 and convinced Congress to declare the cargo ship Lane Victory a national historic landmark.
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August 30, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
To his family he is John Smith, but in high school football circles he's known as "Juju" - and the Long Beach Poly senior is every bit as colorful as his nickname. On Friday night, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound five-star recruit showed why Scout.com rates him the No. 1 prep safety in the nation, using all of his skills to play a major role in the Jackrabbits' 28-15 season-opening victory over Crenshaw at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Smith is under the microscope of every school in the Pac-12 as well as other powerhouse programs.
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March 3, 1989 | JULIE CART
John Smith, the assistant UCLA track and field coach who Wednesday was implicated in the Canadian drug hearings, said he is concerned. Testimony by sprint coach Charlie Francis implied that Smith had been a supplier of drugs to athletes. Francis, disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson's coach, said that a former world record-holder at 440 yards had given a bottle of Dianabol, an anabolic steroid, to a prominent female coach who worked with a prominent female sprinter.
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May 13, 1994 | From Associated Press
Opposition leader John Smith died from a heart attack Thursday, creating a crisis for the Labor Party just as it was looking strong enough to regain control of the government after 15 years on the sidelines. Smith's death at age 55 came as Labor was hoping to exploit weaknesses in John Major's Conservative Party, which has governed Britain since the election of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1979. Parliament was stunned.
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July 19, 1992 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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July 19, 1992 | From the Baltimore Sun
Britain's Labor Party has chosen John Smith, the steady Highland Scot from the village of Ardrishaig on the misty edge of Loch Fyne, to be its new leader. Over 90% of the party's electors, assembled Saturday in London's Royal Horticultural Hall, voted for the stocky, owlish man with the perpetually quizzical look. Bryan Gould, his closest competitor, got 9%.
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September 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  If any player wants to be considered best in Southern California, pay attention to what Long Beach Poly's John Smith does. He'll be the standard if you expect to be No. 1. In his season opener against Crenshaw, Smith caught five passes for 78 yards. He also ran three times for 37 yards. He had a 32-yard kickoff return. He had punt returns of 22 and 38 yards. He also was a safety on defense. Poly won, 28-15. "Everyone gives Poly their best game, and we knew Crenshaw would be tough," he said.
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August 30, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
To his family he is John Smith, but in high school football circles he's known as "Juju" - and the Long Beach Poly senior is every bit as colorful as his nickname. On Friday night, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound five-star recruit showed why Scout.com rates him the No. 1 prep safety in the nation, using all of his skills to play a major role in the Jackrabbits' 28-15 season-opening victory over Crenshaw at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Smith is under the microscope of every school in the Pac-12 as well as other powerhouse programs.
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August 11, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 When it comes to receivers in the Southern Section, few are better than John "Juju" Smith of Long Beach Poly. He doesn't just look good on video. He has become a national recruit, and the Jackrabbits will rely on him in many different ways this fall. Shay Fields of St. John Bosco, a Boise State commit, had a huge summer showing what he can do. Trent Irwin of Hart, only a junior, runs routes and makes catches better than many seniors. Rashead Johnson of Long Beach Cabrillo and Jordan Lasley of Gardena Serra are committed to Washington and UCLA, respectively.
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July 13, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  The cup runneth over when it comes to football talent at Bellflower St. John Bosco, which won the 16-team Edison passing tournament on Saturday, defeating Santa Ana Mater Dei in the final. It was probably the best field in the 15-year history of the Edison tournament, which is another indication of how much talent St. John Bosco has entering the 2013 season. The Braves' strength should be their offensive and defensive lines, and yet it was the skill-position players putting on a show, from quarterback Josh Rosen to receiver Shay Fields to defensive backs Jaleel Wadood and Naijiel Hale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2012 | By Joel Rubin and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department will examine the work of two homicide detectives following a judge's decision to vacate the murder conviction of a man they helped put behind bars. On Monday, John Edward Smith, 37, walked out of prison a free man after spending 19 years of a life sentence incarcerated for a fatal drive-by shooting. Smith, a former gang member, always maintained his innocence, but his claims were ignored until three years ago when an advocacy group for the wrongly convicted took up his case.
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September 24, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles man serving a life sentence for murder was released Monday after prosecutors conceded that their star witness had perjured himself. During 19 years behind bars, John Edward Smith, a 37-year-old former gang member, adamantly maintained his innocence in the drive-by shooting, insisting that he was miles away at his grandmother's house at the time of the crime. His claims went unheard until three years ago, when a fledgling wrongful convictions group, Innocence Matters, took his case and identified problems with the testimony of the lone witness to identify him as the killer.
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March 16, 1989 | STEVEN FLEISCHMAN, Times Staff Writer
If anyone knows of unexpected barriers one needs to conquer in life, it is John Smith. An outstanding quarter-miler, Smith attended UCLA during the turbulent late '60s and early '70s and became active in the anti-Vietnam war and black nationalist movements. But Smith kept aim at his goal, to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States, and as the 1972 Munich games rolled around he was favored to finish first in 400 meters.
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September 25, 2012 | By Joel Rubin and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department will examine the work of two homicide detectives following a judge's decision to vacate the murder conviction of a man they helped put behind bars. On Monday, John Edward Smith, 37, walked out of prison a free man after spending 19 years of a life sentence incarcerated for a fatal drive-by shooting. Smith, a former gang member, always maintained his innocence, but his claims were ignored until three years ago when an advocacy group for the wrongly convicted took up his case.
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September 19, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Why all the sad faces? That's what Arkansas Coach John L. Smith wanted to know at the beginning of his first news conference this week after Saturday's 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama. That loss followed a shocking upset defeat by Louisiana Monroe. Smith announced in a video now making the Internet rounds he wouldn't start his news conference until everyone smiled. Was this the rantings of a coach losing his grip? The video has sort of a "Caine Mutiny" feel. You know, the film where Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg talks about strawberries as he loses control of his faculties and his ship.
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April 23, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Eager to move on from the Bobby Petrino scandal, Arkansas announced Monday that popular former assistant John L. Smith will return as head coach of the Razorbacks next season. Smith, who left the Razorbacks after last season to become the head coach at Weber State, will be formally introduced Tuesday. The school said Smith signed a one-year, $850,000 contract and will also be eligible for other incentives. Smith's return caps a whirlwind three weeks for an Arkansas program reeling from revelations of an affair by Petrino with a woman, Jessica Dorrell , he later hired as his assistant.
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