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June 11, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District superintendent confirmed Tuesday the gunman who killed five last week was removed from a continuation high school in 2006 after being identified as at risk of committing violence. Superintendent Sandra Lyon told The Times that a teacher observed “disturbing behaviors” from John Zawahri “around his discussion of weapons and violence.” District officials contacted law enforcement, she said, and Zawahri was eventually removed from the public schools.
June 3, 2013 | From KTLA News
Students at Santa Monica High School are on a mission to get President Obama to come to their graduation.  A group of seniors posted a video on YouTube in hopes that the president would see it. The video highlights the school's accomplishments and features different students pleading with the president to make an appearance. This will be the school's 100th graduating class. The graduation is scheduled for this Sunday at 5 p.m. the school's Memorial Greek Theater. The video had over 1,300 views on YouTube, and the hashtag “#getobamatothegreek” was gaining momentum on Twitter and Instagram.
January 17, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Gussy Moran, who gained both international fame and notoriety by wearing a short skirt and lace panties in the 1949 Wimbledon tennis tournament and who lived a life of celebrity for many years, died Wednesday night in her small Los Angeles apartment in the shadow of Paramount Studios. She was 89. According to a friend, Lovey Jurgens, Moran suffered from colon cancer and had been home about a week after an 11-day stay at Good Samaritan Hospital. Moran was born Sept. 8, 1923, and grew up in a Victorian home on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica that still stands.
February 3, 2011 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Over months of Friday mornings, the teenagers dug holes for kale and eggplant. They staked and tied vines heavy with tomatoes and pulled out the plants when the season was done. Working alongside them on a narrow strip of schoolyard outside Olympic High in Santa Monica was Ray Garcia, the executive chef at the swanky restaurant Fig in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, who came each week to the school to teach and to learn and to try to open the teenagers' eyes and palates. Quietly, he urged them along, talking about the plants and his work.
November 6, 2010 | By Chris Foster
The color scheme in the Katz household has undergone a radical change. Out is powder blue and gold ? what were they thinking? ? and in are orange-and-black patterns. A short drive from the UCLA campus, the home where Ryan Katz was raised has become Corvallis, Ore., South. Katz, Oregon State's quarterback, on Saturday returns to the Rose Bowl, where he and his family used to root for UCLA. Now? You could say they are all eager Beavers. "There are going to be quite a few family members and friends there, maybe 100," said Katz, a redshirt sophomore who graduated from Santa Monica High School.
June 2, 2010
Norm Lacy Championship coach in Santa Monica Norm Lacy, 56, who coached Santa Monica and St. Monica Catholic high schools to Southern Section football championships and was serving as the athletic director at Santa Monica, died Saturday at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio after suffering a heart attack while on vacation. Lacy coached St. Monica to a Southern Section football championship in 1998 and Santa Monica to a championship in 2001. He also coached wrestling and golf but gave up coaching in 2003 and continued as athletic director.
November 20, 2009 | James Rainey
My acquaintance with Ruth Seymour over the years had been fleeting. But inevitably when I saw the KCRW radio general manager, it would provoke reminiscences about the days long ago when I worked with her daughter, Celia, on the newspaper at Santa Monica High School. Maybe that obscure connection gave Seymour license to heap extra incredulity on me a couple of months ago. It was the last time I interviewed her, and I had deigned to ask whether, based on the latest Arbitron ratings, KCRW-FM (89.9)
September 5, 2009 | April Smith, April Smith's latest Ana Grey mystery is "Judas Horse."
When our daughter leaves for college, she will be taking with her 507 people. That is the number of teachers, tutors, coaches, pediatricians, classmates and their parents, teammates and their parents, baby-sitters, camp counselors and neighborhood pals who swept in and out of our house from preschool to that blessed day of high school graduation. I know, because I have compulsively saved all my Filofax calendars back to 1991, the year she was born. I also have diaries dating to our son's birth in 1985.
April 14, 2009 | Lorenza Munoz, Lorenza Munoz is finishing her first novel.
My son is receiving a wonderful education at a Spanish-English immersion public school in Santa Monica called Edison Language Academy. This spring, as an Edison parent, I got my own education: in old-time ethnic activism, outright intimidation and my own naivete. It turns out that the old bugaboo, ethnic humor -- what's funny, in what forum and who decides -- can't be trumped even in the Westside's bastion of free speech, Santa Monica.
July 21, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The body of a popular Santa Monica High School teacher washed ashore Sunday at a Panamanian beach, three days after a wave swept him away while he waded in shallow water, his mother said. A fisherman found Joey Lutz at Playa Wizard, a beach town in the Bocas del Toro islands in northern Panama, where Lutz had been vacationing. The discovery ended the diminishing hopes of family and friends that he had survived Thursday's freak accident.
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