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April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Shot putter Amir Ali Patterson of Crespi failed on Tuesday to convince a judge to issue an injunction that would have allowed him to compete for the Celts this season, ending his high school career. Patterson had run out of athletic eligibility but sought a hardship waiver from the Southern Section. It was denied. He finished second last season at the state championships and has signed with UCLA. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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OPINION
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
No one should have expected that putting more vegetables in front of elementary school students would instantly turn them into an army of broccoli fans. Plenty of food has been thrown out since new federal rules took effect in 2011 requiring students in the subsidized school lunch program to choose a fruit or vegetable each day. Nevertheless, studies find that continued exposure to produce is resulting in more children eating at least some of it. That's worth a certain amount of wasted food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A citywide coalition of community groups and civil rights leaders unveiled a comprehensive new measure Monday ranking L.A. Unified's neediest schools and urged more targeted spending on students there. The "student need index," which analyzed test scores, dropout rates, gun violence, asthma and eight other factors that affect learning, found that the neediest schools were concentrated in southern and eastern Los Angeles, along with the Pacoima area in the San Fernando Valley. The schools included Fremont and Jordan high schools, Bethune and Drew middle schools and Griffith Joyner and Woodcrest elementary schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Bryan Mejia has some advice for the Los Angeles Board of Education. He isn't a gadfly or political consultant. He isn't running for office - he can't even vote. Mejia is a high school student. And he wants to help fix what he and other students see as the board's fundamental flaw: It is missing a voice it purports to represent. "We should have representation where the decisions affecting our education are made," the 17-year-old said. "The school board. " The board is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to allow a student advisory member on the board.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
It's with great trepidation that I announce news that's going to create more nightmares for the defensive coordinators who must figure out how to stop Bellflower St. John Bosco on the football field this fall: Sean McGrew is getting faster, stronger and even better. Yes, he's the same running back who rushed for 367 yards in 17 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the CIF Open Division regional bowl game against Corona Centennial last season. Last month, he ran the 100 meters in 10.67 seconds, setting a school record.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
1. TEMECULA VALLEY (SS-Division 2, 12-1) at Great Oak, Tuesday. 6. 2. LOYOLA (SS-Division 1, 12-1) at Crespi, Tuesday. 3. 3. JSERRA (SS-Division 1, 10-2) vs. Santa Margarita, Monday. 1. 4. HUNTINGTON BEACH (SS-Division 1, 9-2) at Newport Harbor, Tuesday. 7. 5. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (SS-Division 1, 11-3) vs. Dos Pueblos (at USC), Tuesday. 2. 6. CHATSWORTH (City-Division I, 12-2-1) vs. Birmingham, Wednesday. 5. 7. HART (SS-Division 1, 10-1-1) vs. Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity (at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman tournament)
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Without a returning starter, Oak Park (22-11) was barely a blip on the radar screen as a possible Southern Section champion when the season started. By season's end, the Eagles were the Division 3A champion, winners of the first basketball title in the school's history. For being able to rebuild and reload without relying on transfer students, Aaron Shaw has been selected the coach of the year by The Times. "We struggled early in the season, and it took us a little bit of time to figure out our roles," Shaw said.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ted Mullen, who was a successful high school football coach for 18 years at Villa Park, Irvine University, Santa Ana Foothill and Anaheim, died on Friday morning. He was 81. He won two Southern Section titles and was inducted into the Southern Section Hall of Fame in 2013. Mullen is survived by his daughter, Jodi. Funeral arrangements are pending. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Edgar Thompson
ARLINGTON, Texas  - Tipoff at Mississippi was set for 11 a.m. It was not early enough for Florida shooting guard Michael Frazier II. While his teammates were sleeping before the Southeastern Conference game in February, Frazier was on the court at 6:45 a.m. Shot after shot, he searched for his rhythm. It is a never-ending pursuit for Frazier, and one reason he is the best three-point shooter in the Final Four. Florida plays Connecticut on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. "We have to get back and locate and identify where Michael Frazier is at all times," Connecticut Coach Kevin Ollie said Thursday.
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