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January 2, 2002 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sitting on a school bench recently, Dhyan Lal recounted with pride a speech he gave nearly two years ago. He had been principal of Jordan High School in Watts for just two months when he called an assembly for each grade--no parents, teachers or other administrators allowed--to introduce himself to the 2,200 students. He tried to warn the students about perceptions, about how some people considered them "project kids" who would only commit crimes and end up on welfare.
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March 23, 1998 | JOCELYN STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just about everybody in the housing project knows about it. Grandparents 2,000 miles away will be watching. Cousins and aunts will come to see them off, snapping photos like on prom night. "My mother is telling everybody in the project to come out here at 3 p.m. and watch me get in the limo," Cynthia "Queeny" Turner, who lives in the Imperial Courts housing project, said with a laugh. "She is so happy. She can't wait. You know how mothers are."
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February 11, 1998 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years Michele Ohayon was a shadow. With cameras rolling, Ohayon followed six young people from Watts, filming them in school, in their homes and, in one case, in jail. The result is "Colors Straight Up," a moving documentary that tells the story of their lives and dilemmas. Early Tuesday morning, four years after embarking on the project, Ohayon received the call every filmmaker yearns for: The documentary has been nominated for an Academy Award.
SPORTS
November 14, 1996 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mike Ono stays late some days in his office at Long Beach Jordan High enjoying the quiet of a deserted school and an empty locker room. He has always enjoyed that quiet time, but since the night of Oct. 2, it has been disrupted by phone calls from former players and visits from fellow coaches and teachers. On Oct. 2, Derald Givens, 17, a senior on the football team, allegedly shot and killed Earoll Thomas, 18, and seriously wounded 18-year-old Costromas Abercrombie during a game at St.
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October 11, 1996
A 17-year-old Jordan High School football player has been charged with murder and attempted murder for a shooting that took place after an Oct. 4 game in Playa del Rey, the district attorney's office announced Wednesday. The football player, whose name has been withheld because of his age, also was charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm, officials said.
SPORTS
February 12, 1996 | GEORGE DOHRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jordan and Mater Dei were the big winners when the CIF Southern Section boys' basketball playoff pairings were announced Sunday. Jordan's 24-3 record and Moore League title helped it edge Esperanza (23-3) and Victor Valley (23-2) for the I-AA top spot. Mater Dei, the South Coast League champion, was seeded first in the I-A division after compiling a 27-1 record. The Monarchs will face at-large invitee Santa Ana in the opening round on Friday.
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August 3, 1995 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Their grades were only fair. Their SAT scores? Middling at best. And not one of them could afford the price of a college education. But the eight South Los Angeles high schoolers had something, their principals agreed: a glint of untapped potential, a determination to try. At a Wednesday news conference sponsored by the United Negro College Fund, those eight youngsters were transformed from "at-risk" teen-agers into bona fide college material.
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