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January 25, 2001 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
Sandra G. Henry was named the Orange County School Nurse of the Year by her peers Wednesday at a dinner celebrating National School Health Week. Henry, an Irvine Unified School District nurse, was selected by the Orange County School Nurses Organization for "being the epitome of our profession," said school nurse Norma Yockel, who nominated Henry.
February 27, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - At Noble Prentis Elementary School, a classroom is crammed with 31 students and all their backpacks and books. Last year, the fifth-grade class had just 17 students, but a teaching position was cut when the school ran short of money. The school nurse, who comes in only twice a week, freezes kitchen sponges to use as ice packs because her budget is too small for her to buy any. Schools have always had to fight for more funding, but Noble Prentis' problems were exacerbated during the recession when state budget cuts left schools, like many other public services, foundering.
August 27, 1991 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
The Simi Valley City Council has approved a request by the school district to use $27,400 in federal grant money to subsidize the salary of a nurse for four elementary schools. The council unanimously approved the request at its meeting Monday night. The school district is pitching in $30,000 more to help pay for the visiting nurse program, which will serve Santa Susana, Berylwood, Katherine and Park View elementary schools, Assistant Supt. Susan Parks said.
December 15, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LOVELOCK, Nev. - For years, school nurse Deborah Pontius came to work with nits to pick. On some days in this isolated central Nevada town, she'd actually sift through the hair of students found with live head lice. But something bigger bugged her: the district's policy of sending children home when they were infested with head lice - grayish-white insects that suck blood from the scalp and cause severe itching. Pontius saw stricken students miss weeks of school. A reentry ticket involved painstaking inspections, with parents required to prove that not a single hitchhiker resided on a child's head.
May 6, 1998
A high school nurse who seduced a 17-year-old student with an attention deficit disorder has been sentenced to three years probation at the West Los Angeles Municipal Court. Janet Mukai, 43, pleaded no contest in February to one count of having unlawful sex with a minor. The parents of the teenager, who attended Alexander Hamilton High School, found out about the affair when the boy left a love letter from the nurse in the pocket of a jacket that he borrowed from his brother.
May 18, 1985 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
The health of children in San Diego city schools could suffer if the district approves a proposal to replace 50% of the professional school nurses with lesser-trained nurses and aides, medical officials have warned. The proposal, to be considered by the district board Tuesday, would save the district up to $900,000 a year by eliminating half the 112 registered nurses and replacing them with lesser-trained nurses and aides.
January 23, 1985 | DAN McLEAN
"One of the most common places you'll find choking victims is in restaurants," said Gloria Stipe. "Now, what's usually the first thing people do at a restaurant?" Her question was greeted with a few blank stares. "They'll have a drink," she said. "That has an effect on the throat, making it more susceptible to choking." Students were gathered in groups of seven or eight in the University City High School choral room, which had been transformed temporarily into a first-aid classroom.
The scrapes, bruises, even the high fevers are easy. It's the tracheotomies, malnutrition, chronic child abuse and post-traumatic stress cases that are tough. Here's a girl whose father beat her last night; here's a little boy whose teeth are falling out; here's a child with shrapnel from a Nicaraguan firefight still embedded in his back. If the last time you looked into the school nurse's office, you saw a nice lady handing out Band-Aids, look again.
Joan Banks recalls that when she left her school nursing job in Virginiaand moved to California three years ago, "I figured I was coming to Mecca. I thought California was probably on the cutting edge of everything." Instead, she found working conditions to be "the pits" at her new job with the Anaheim Union High School District. In Virginia, she was responsible for 345 students at a single school.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering a claim by the parents of a 17-year-old student who allegedly was seduced by a high school nurse treating his attention deficit disorder, officials said Wednesday. The Alexander Hamilton High School nurse, Janet Mukai, 43, is awaiting sentencing after pleading no contest Feb. 27 in West Los Angeles Municipal Court to one count of having unlawful sex with a minor.
November 21, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
In the spring of 1995, a man's body was found dumped alongside a road in Irvine. He had been beaten and hacked with a meat cleaver. His killing went unsolved for years. Now prosecutors say that Norma Patricia Esparza, who at the time was a  sophomore at Pomona College, went to a Santa Ana bar with a group and pointed out a man she said had raped her in her college dormitory -- setting in motion events that left him dead. Esparza, now a respected professor of  psychology  in Geneva,  says she was forced by an aggressive ex-boyfriend to identify her rapist and then conceal his crime for nearly two decades.
November 21, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. A European professor was taken into custody Thursday in an 18-year-old cold case in which she is accused of helping set up the murder of a man she claimed raped her while she was a college sophomore. Patricia Esparza, 39, was handcuffed and taken into custody immediately following a brief hearing in Orange County Superior Court. Prosecutor Scott Simmons said he offered Esparza a plea deal that would require her to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and be sentenced to three years in prison.
November 19, 2013 | By Alicia Banks,
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. An illness that caused flu-like symptoms among roughly 20 students at an elementary school in Watts last week has spread to another school, sickening about 10 others, Los Angeles Unified officials said. At least eight students Monday at Dolores Huerta Elementary School in South Los Angeles reported symptoms that included upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea around 12:50 p.m. That episode came after about 20 students at Ritter Elementary School in Watts also fell ill with flu-like symptoms on Friday.
October 28, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
After Krista Rickards' daughter Sarah suffered a severe concussion on a high school volleyball court in September 2010, the teenager returned to school in a matter of days. Sarah looked just fine. But she quickly became a regular at the school nurse's office, complaining of dizziness and severe headaches triggered by the noise and chaos of the halls and lunchroom, by overhead projections used in classrooms, and by long days and nights of books and homework. The nurse in her New Jersey high school would let her lie down for a while but eventually dispatched Sarah back to classes.
October 2, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Three people were taken to the hospital Tuesday after a pack of German shepherds attacked pedestrians in South Los Angeles. “They were wandering the streets,” LAPD Lt. Julie Patton, who was on duty Tuesday during the attacks, said of the dogs. Four women were attacked at or near Manhattan Place Elementary School, 1850 W. 96 th St. in Gramercy Park, Patton added. The dogs were attacking people as they exited the school, KABC-TV reported. Firefighters received a first call on the attacks about 12:50 p.m., said Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main.
April 18, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
L.A. Unified teachers and administrators this week expressed wildly differing views of a classroom breakfast program intended to ensure that students don't start the day hungry. United Teachers Los Angeles gave the program a "failing grade" Monday as it released results from an online survey that said the effort had increased pests, created messes and cut down on instructional time. But David Binkle, the district's food services director, on Tuesday said that the program - which serves 193,000 students in 280 schools - was a "smashing success.
Virginia Hayes sits in a sparsely decorated office, applying equal amounts of Band-Aids and TLC to the knee-scraped children who come through her door. On a busy day, one or two feverish children may rest on a cot until their parents arrive to take them home. A typical picture of today's school nurse? Not exactly. "People have the stereotyped image about school nurses being like a Band-Aid queen.
March 14, 1990 | BETSY BATES, Bates is a Los Angeles free-lance writer
It's 9:30 a.m. on a sunny Wednesday at Wilson Middle School, and the folding chairs and Naugahyde-covered cots that crowd Sue MacLaughlin's health office are full. LeShay has a fever, DeJuan was hit on the head by a door, Jorge doesn't feel like going to second-period class and Princess has a cat scratch that's started to swell. But MacLaughlin must deal first with the problem faced by a 12-year-old sixth-grader newly arrived from Mexico who's been avoiding gym.
March 2, 2013 | T.J. Simers
Sounds strange, I know. But I hope you never have reason to meet Dr. Noah Federman, who makes his living saving children's lives. Extraordinary guy. Take all the athletes I've met in more than 40 years and this is my hero, even though he has to admit, "Some see me coming and it's a visceral reaction; they put their heads in a trash can and throw up. "I'm not that ugly," he protests, and we argue for the next 10 minutes. I wear a hat with the name of the place where he works to every game as a reminder to athletes how lucky they have it. Most just look at it as a hat. It might be five years since I last saw Federman.
December 20, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
As the funeral processions unfolded this week across  Newtown, Conn., laying to rest the 26 victims of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the massacre's often-uncounted 27th victim was quietly memorialized Thursday: Nancy Lanza, the killer's mother. An official source in New Hampshire confirmed that a private funeral had been held for Lanza, 52,  at an undisclosed location, attended only by her family. "It was private, family only. About 25 family members attended," said Donald W. Briggs Jr., police chief in Kingston, N.H.    PHOTOS:  Mourning after the massacre The service probably occurred near Kingston, where Lanza grew up, married her high school boyfriend and bore the couple's two sons before moving to Connecticut in 1998.
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