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November 27, 2012 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
When he was a kid, Kent Taylor bounced from school to school in South Los Angeles until his family landed in Inglewood. In sixth grade, he started classes at an elementary school under the LAX flight path. Thirty-six years later, he's back where he began. "This very classroom set me on my course through life," he told students at Oak Street Elementary on a recent day. As some of them whispered, wondering if the slender African American man before them was President Obama, Taylor spoke of how he struggled to read and do math until one teacher singled him out. "I understand what you are going through because I have been there, sitting right where you are sitting.
November 8, 2012 | T.J. Simers
The shock isn't that Jeff Kent is voted off "Survivor: Philippines" on Wednesday night, but that eight others go before him. "I'll bet I was more entertaining than the crummy articles you write every week," Kent says by way of hello Thursday, and it's like old Dodgers times. Just imagine being stuck on a deserted island with Kent. He's joined by a bunch of bikinis, including a former Miss Utah teen and Miss Delaware USA. There's also a wimpish track coach with a mohawk, an African American cancer survivor with an earring in each ear and an openly lesbian competitor.
October 4, 2012 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Kent Taylor, superintendent of education in southern Kern County, was selected Wednesday to lead the Inglewood school district - the first major move by the state after its takeover of the financially troubled district. Before his Kern County stint, Taylor worked as a teacher, principal, administrator and school board member in several Southern California districts, mostly in the San Bernardino area. He grew up in Inglewood and graduated from Inglewood High in 1982, facts he emphasized repeatedly during a Wednesday news conference.
August 31, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  So it's the first game of the season. You are playing on special teams. While racing downfield to cover a punt, you notice the return man fumble. You scoop up the ball and head for the end zone. You get knocked out of bounds after running the ball for a 58-yard gain. What a great first game! But if your name is Andre Parker and you play for Kent State, you made one little mistake: You ran the ball the wrong way. You can watch it all in the video above. And pay attention to who knocks him out of bounds: two players from Kent State's opponent, Towson.
August 30, 2012 | By David Ng
Conducting titles at the world's top orchestras are often convoluted and mystifying. In the case of Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a newly announced leadership change is baffling even by classical standards. For five years, Gustavo Dudamel has led the Gothenburg Symphony as its principal conductor. With his term set to expire this year, the orchestra said on Thursday that Dudamel is stepping down from that position and is assuming the role of "honorary conductor. " The orchestra said it has named Kent Nagano as principal guest conductor and artistic advisor. Nagano's role as artistic advisor begins immediately, said the orchestra.
August 16, 2012
Phyllis Thaxter Veteran actress played Clark Kent's mother Phyllis Thaxter, 92, an actress who had an active film career in the 1940s and '50s and capped it with her portrayal of Clark Kent's mother in the 1978 version of "Superman," died Tuesday at her home in Orlando, Fla., said her daughter, actress Skye Aubrey. She hadAlzheimer's disease. After watching her screen test, MGM executives chose Thaxter, a stage actress, to play opposite Van Johnson in the World War II drama "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944)
July 30, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A Kent State University student has been arrested after he allegedly tweeted about plans to "shoot up" the campus. William Koberna, 19, of Brunswick, Ohio, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of inducing panic and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing, university spokesman Eric Mansfield told the Los Angeles Times. The alleged threat comes as the nation is already on edge in the wake of the July 20 shooting in which a gunman opened fire during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 and injuring 58. Moreover, Kent State is a campus with a unique history: Four students were killed and nine others injured on May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students and others protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia.
July 22, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Barbara Jean Carnegie Berwald, 94, the first wife of media and sports mogul Jack Kent Cooke whose record divorce settlement precipitated his sale of the Lakers, the Kings and the Forum to Jerry Buss, died of heart failure Friday at her home in Purchase, N.Y., her grandson John Kent Cooke Jr. said. She was born in 1917 in Port Perry, Canada, and soon after moved with her family to St. Catharines, also in the province of Ontario. She married Cooke in 1934, when she was 17 and he was a 21-year-old encyclopedia salesman bent on success.
June 22, 2012 | Wire reports
South Carolina wins two in Omaha Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter Thursday night, lifting two-time defending national champion South Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Arkansas in the College World Series at Omaha. Michael Roth of the Gamecocks threw a two-hitter against Kent State earlier in the day. South Carolina and Arkansas will play again Friday night to decide which team goes to the best-of-three finals. The winner will play Arizona, which converted three errors into a six-run first inning and advanced with a 10-3 victory over Florida State.
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