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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
An Orange County man was convicted Monday of murdering his estranged wife by shooting her nine times in the chest after stalking her as she left work, prosecutors said. John Rand Agosta, 37, was found guilty by a jury on one felony count of murder and faces a minimum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison when he is  sentenced, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. On the afternoon of June 16, 2011, prosecutors said, Agosta -- armed with a gun -- waited outside the preschool in Irvine where his wife, Alejandra Hernandez, worked.
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NATIONAL
April 17, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
Two-year-olds can be touchy about big changes in their lives, and no one knows that better than 29-year-old Erika Brannock. So before the preschool teacher left the Baltimore area to watch her mother run the Boston Marathon, she sent a note to the parents of all her students letting them know she'd be gone for a few days, but would fly back Monday night. Brannock, who was among those critically injured in the bombings at the Boston race, is like that. She will text parents at 11 p.m. to remind them about a permission slip or tool needed for the next day's class.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Jon Healey
The conventional wisdom among lawmakers is that if you're going to propose a new program, you should also propose a way to pay for it. That's more fiscally responsible than simply dipping deeper into the Treasury and worrying about the consequences later. Nevertheless, there's something wrong about President Obama's proposal to make preschool available to more low-income children at the expense of tobacco addicts. If the point of the preschool expansion is to benefit society as a whole, why should only one (admittedly disfavored)
OPINION
March 17, 2013
Re "Over-praising preschool," Editorial, March 13 The Times' editorial board could learn from President Obama's observation in his State of the Union address that "every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than $7 later on - by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. " As director of the HighScope Perry Preschool experiment that found these results, I confirm that he got them exactly right. You question the feasibility of high-quality universal preschool in part because it would be too expensive.
OPINION
February 24, 2013 | By Joseph Tobin
Each morning at Sinan Road Kindergarten in Shanghai, a child stands in front of the class and tells a story. One morning, I watched as 4-year-old Ziyu told a 10-minute story about a group of animals frightened by a strange sound. When he finished, his teacher asked the class: "Shall we make him Storytelling King? Did he do a good job?" Children called out criticisms. "His voice was too soft. " "It was like a story we'd heard before. " Still, when teacher Wong called for a vote, Ziyu was elected Storytelling King by a 16-4 margin.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DECATUR, Ga. - President Obama is due to visit a pre-kindergarten class in the Atlanta area Thursday to push for his proposal to make preschool available to all children, an idea he argues would do more to improve competitiveness of the American workforce than other, more expensive options.   This is Day Two of Obama's tour to promote his second-term agenda, which he unveiled Tuesday in his State of the Union address and is trying to sell in day trips outside Washington.   Aides say Obama believes he can find Republican support for economic proposals like these.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
DECATUR, Ga. - Crouching to sit in a tiny chair and handing out high-fives to 4-year-olds, President Obama toured a public preschool Thursday to promote his plan to expand access to free early childhood education - an initiative he argues would do more to improve the competitiveness of the American workforce than more expensive options. "Before you know it, these kids are going to be moving on to bigger and better things in kindergarten, and they're going to be better prepared to succeed," Obama said after his visit to College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, one of several preschool programs the president pointed to as a model for his plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
After he was done serving himself seconds, Fernando Godenez turned left to his classmate and extended his arms out, holding the bowl of meatballs and marinara in one hand, a serving spoon in the other. " Quieres ?" the 3-year-old asked in Spanish, the physical effort a monument to his improving motor skills, a sign that he's becoming more comfortable with other kids. "In his way, he's communicating, he's coming out of his shell," said Rashmi Kothari, one of Fernando's teachers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Dean R. Gits, who won an acquittal for his client Peggy McMartin Buckey in the infamous child molestation case of the 1980s and early 1990s and represented thousands of other clients during a lengthy career as a public and private defense attorney in Los Angeles, has died. He was 68. The chief deputy of the federal public defender's office for California's central district, Gits died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of complications from cancer, said his wife, Christina Larson Gits.
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