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October 7, 2009 | Chris Kraul, Kraul is a special correspondent.
Craving adventure and escape from his broken home, Jerson enlisted with leftist guerrillas when he was in his early teens. He saw it as a way to emulate Che Guevara and bring social justice to this impoverished region of Colombia. Plus the rebels offered him new clothes and a cellphone. So three years ago the indigenous youth found himself in the Sixth Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which patrols the mountains of Cauca state. Two months later, chafing under strict rules and horrified by the killing of a childhood friend and fellow recruit by Colombian soldiers, he fled the rebel ranks.
April 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Shortstop Nick Rodriguez, a four-year varsity player at Granada Hills Kennedy and one of the best unsigned players in the City Section, will take a recruiting visit to UNLV this weekend.  
April 9, 1994
"Facing Hard Sell in High School" (March 30) needs a second part. My daughter has a 145 IQ and a 4.2 GPA because she takes college-level courses in high school which are accredited above 4.0. She scored 1180 on the SAT with no preparation and while trying to cram the test in between her job and 12-hour practices for her instructor/performer role with the 1994 Young Americans Nation Music Outreach Tour. In addition to her scholastic gifts, she is a talented dancer and songstress and is just back from two months on the road with the Young Americans in a tour that brought music and dance instruction to youth across much of the nation.
April 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
When it comes to best senior receiver in Southern California this fall, the college football recruiters are saying that Equanimeous St. Brown of Anaheim Servite is No. 1. UCLA is the latest to offer the 6-foot-5 St. Brown, joining USC, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Colorado, Stanford and Tennessee, among others. St. Brown caught 42 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.  
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
As letter of intent day approaches on Wednesday and committing and decommitting picks up steam, it's a good time to remember the tale of Jordan Payton, who two years ago was in the national spotlight as a receiver at Westlake Village Oaks Christian. During his recruiting year, he made commitments to USC, California and Washington, twice going on national TV to make his announcement. On signing day, he changed again and signed with UCLA. "It's crazy, but the people have to understand this process is crazy," Payton said in 2012.
August 12, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
An Orange County woman was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for recruiting people for unnecessary surgeries as part of a multi-state, $154-million medical insurance fraud scheme. Lilia Toscano, 41, pleaded guilty to 98 counts that included conspiracy, grand theft, tax evasion, insurance fraud and so-called capping, or recruiting patients for a fee, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Toscano enlisted more than 245 people, most of them from California, to take part in the bogus surgeries in exchange for money or low-cost cosmetic surgeries.
August 21, 1991
Question: Are the gay officers in uniform recruiting for the gay community or for the police force of Los Angeles? FRANCES R. SCHACHT Pacific Palisades
February 3, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Steve Sarkisian became USC's coach in December and he did not complete his staff until two weeks ago. But Sarkisian is confident that on Wednesday, the first day that high school football players can sign national letters of intent, the Trojans staff will close a short recruiting season with a flourish. "It's always great to make a statement there at the very end," Sarkisian said. Sarkisian's first USC class will be the final one recruited and signed under NCAA sanctions.
February 3, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Adrian Klemm knows how the other half lives. The UCLA offensive line coach returned from a recruiting trip in December, only to find he was the one being wooed. USC Coach Steve Sarkisian had called to make Klemm an offer few could refuse, one that all but included the deed to the McKay Center. But UCLA Coach Jim Mora was on his way to the airport to greet Klemm carrying his own offer, one unprecedented for a Bruins assistant coach. Klemm, selected the Pac-12 Conference's recruiter of the year in 2012 by the recruiting websites Sports 24/7 and, stayed with UCLA, accepting an offer believed to be about $700,000 annually.
March 22, 2005
I see that the Army, National Guard and Marines are having trouble meeting recruitment goals (March 17). They need to send more recruiters to the red states. I'm sure that after their vote of confidence in President Bush, the parents in those areas wouldn't mind putting their kids' lives on the line. After all, they wouldn't want to be hypocrites, would they? Alex Magdaleno Camarillo
April 21, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A man who allegedly used Facebook to try to recruit a 17-year-old girl for prostitution has been charged with human trafficking, Orange County prosecutors said. Dwight Lamith Garris, 34, allegedly believed he had befriended a minor, but he was actually communicating with an undercover Anaheim police officer, the Orange County district attorney's office said Monday in a statement. Garris, a Palmdale resident, tried to recruit the girl over a period of about eight days in early April to work as a prostitute and to recruit other sex workers for him, according to the statement.
April 21, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Sichen Hernandez-Martinez is the type of undergraduate who is increasingly in demand at four-year colleges: She had been a community college honors student, a member of campus government and was active in school clubs. After three years at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, she was admitted to USC, UC Riverside and Cal State San Bernardino. She accepted a scholarship to Pomona College, a selective, private school in Claremont, which she entered as a junior this year. The Pomona admissions committee was as impressed with her academics as it was with her community involvement.
April 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
College football recruiters have their GPS devices powered on as they begin visiting high schools to evaluate players over the next month. Let me provide a few suggestions on players who have been overlooked so far. Maybe they don't fit a height-weight requirement. Maybe they were injured last season. Maybe they don't participate in seven-on-seven all-star passing tournaments. Maybe they play multiple sports. Whatever the reason for not receiving early buzz, these players will be standouts in the fall, and it's far more relevant how someone performs in a real game compared with how they look running around a red cone.
April 9, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Northwestern assailed the decision of a National Labor Relations Board regional director that the school's scholarship football players are employees and can unionize in an appeal filed Wednesday with the full board. "In this unprecedented decision, the regional director set out to alter the underlying premise upon which college varsity sports is based," Northwestern lawyers wrote. The 50-page request for review repeatedly jabbed Peter Sung Ohr, the NLRB's regional director in Chicago who ruled in favor of former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and the College Athletes Players Assn.
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  The college offers are starting to pile up for Santa Ana Mater Dei receiver-linebacker Ben Humphreys. Coach Bruce Rollinson said Humphreys has offers from California, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Yale, Northwestern, Miami, Wisconsin, Oregon State and Duke. Humphreys will try to be what Thomas Duarte was for Mater Dei two years ago _ a big-time pass catcher and defensive standout. He also has terrific grades, so as he continues to get faster, stronger and better, the offers figure to increase.
April 2, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and Ramogi Huma, the founder and president of the National College Players Assn., will meet with members of Congress on Wednesday in preparation for an appeal of a ruling that full scholarship athletes at Northwestern can form a union. “The goal is to make athletes have a seat at the table. Health and safety of athletes is the concern, especially to reduce the risk of brain trauma,” Huma told the Associated Press. “We want to make sure they have an opportunity to hear from us directly.” Colter and Huma were expected to meet with California Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez)
May 3, 1997
On Baron Davis' recent commitment to UCLA, Roy Williams must be thinking, "I'll never again underestimate the power of a Chevy." CARLO PACIULLI Arcadia So Steve Lavin claims two academic nonqualifiers were not "special admissions." Wasn't Jim Harrick fired for fibbing? H. MELVIN SWIFT JR. Tarzana One top UCLA recruit holds a news conference on Fox Sports West; the other is academically ineligible. No wonder the coach has to drink Nyquil to sleep. It's a far cry from the John Wooden days.
March 20, 2014 | Robert J. Lopez, Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended the city's firefighter recruitment program Thursday amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism, including new emails that show special recruitment workshops were organized for relatives of department insiders. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," the mayor said in a statement Thursday. The action follows a Times report last month that thousands of candidates who passed a written test were excluded from consideration for a new training class because some of their paperwork wasn't received in the first 60 seconds of a filing period last spring.
March 4, 2014 | Alan Zarembo
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits. More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country. The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said.
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