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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2002 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
The man who authorities believe is the so-called Belmont Shore serial rapist responsible for attacking 31 women pleaded guilty 13 years ago to a bizarre crime at a Long Beach woman's home that eerily foreshadows the cases for which he is expected to be charged today. Mark Wayne Rathbun, 32, of Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of rape and burglary Sunday in connection with 31 sexual assaults on women in Seattle, Long Beach, Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach since 1996.
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November 6, 2002 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
A Woodrow Wilson High School teacher who was charged Tuesday with the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, a Wilson graduate, was convicted of misdemeanor spousal abuse seven years before the Long Beach Unified School District hired him. The district is investigating how it hired Pedro Tepoz-Leon, 34, who pleaded guilty to spousal violence and battery Aug. 9, 1990, and served three years' informal probation, said spokesman Dick Van Der Laan. The U.S.
SPORTS
August 2, 2002 | Ben Bolch, From staff reports
A Long Beach Poly High football player who has been accused of raping a female student on campus will not return to the school, according to Poly co-principal Shawn Ashley. Brian Banks, a senior arrested July 8 on suspicion of having raped a sophomore earlier in the day during summer school classes, "will not be returning to Poly regardless of the outcome of any judicial procedures," Ashley said Thursday.
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June 1, 2002 | JOSE CARDENAS and SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The grim story of the calm, bald gunman who killed a checker and a little girl at a Long Beach supermarket grew more bizarre Friday as police revealed a startling discovery: The remains of two people found in the man's condo a block from the store had been there more than a year. The bodies of the unidentified pair--so decomposed that even gender identification was daunting--were lying on a bed in a back bedroom where a window overlooks the Top Valu Market, the scene of the gunfire Thursday.
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May 22, 2002 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Long Beach Unified School District on Tuesday elevated Christopher Steinhauser, its second in command, to become the next superintendent of the 97,000-student system. Steinhauser, 43, will replace Carl Cohn, who served as superintendent for 10 years and earned national recognition for leading improvements in the district, which is the third largest in the state, after Los Angeles and San Diego.
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January 29, 2002 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Two California educators known for promoting opportunities for minorities are among the winners of the 2001 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in education, one of the most prestigious honors in the field. One of the winners is Carl W. Cohn, 56, chief of the 96,000-student Long Beach Unified School District, who is the longest-serving head of an urban district in the nation. After 10 years at that post, he plans to leave this summer for a teaching position at USC.
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October 3, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a three-week evacuation that tested the special flavor of life on Santa Catalina Island, Avalon's only public school is scheduled to reopen today with the approval of state toxicologists who determined that lead contamination in the schoolyard poses no danger.
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May 18, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Some of California's largest school districts are plagued by persistent racial inequities that hurt minority youths' chances of going to college and force many students to attend substandard facilities, according to a recently released study by Californians for Justice.
NEWS
July 7, 1999 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Even as a school testing contractor scrambles to correct a scoring error on statewide achievement tests, an additional problem in Long Beach has resulted in a warning for districts throughout the state to check their results. San Antonio-based Harcourt Educational Measurement acknowledged the problem but said it could not be corrected before next week, when statewide data are expected to be posted on the Internet.
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April 1, 1999 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a windfall $295 million heading for their coffers, Long Beach school officials will begin prioritizing the repairs and construction to be funded by the bond measure passed Tuesday. Final poll results show that 71% of the voters in the Long Beach Unified School District approved the bond measure, which required a two-thirds majority for passage. In all, 34,778 voters in Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and on Catalina Island voted.
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