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September 27, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Two San Fernando Valley men wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting that left three Taft High School students seriously wounded surrendered to authorities Friday. They are members of a small Panorama City street gang who were "out driving around and looking for the enemy" Sept. 9 when they fired into a crowd at a Ventura Boulevard bus stop, hitting innocent bystanders, said LAPD homicide Det. Rick Swanston.
June 2, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
A plastic drink dispenser filled with a brilliant green liquid sat on the classroom counter, but no one dared take a sip. The murky water contained goldfish, and a small hose carried its waste into a container full of leafy greens. "It's a self-sustaining aquaponic garden," said Jordan Keligond, a sophomore at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet High School, as if it were as common as a toaster. The waste gives off nitrogen for the lettuce to grow, and in turn, the plants provide filtered water back to the fish.
September 12, 2003 | Michael Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
As the condition of three students shot outside Taft High School improved and police searched for the attackers, more than 150 parents met with school officials Thursday evening at the Woodland Hills campus. "I'm very concerned, and I need reassurances about the security here," said Michelle Jenkins of Reseda, whose son was at the bus stop where the Tuesday shooting occurred. "I picked this school because I was told it was one of the safest in the city. But this has certainly set us back."
July 9, 1995
Your articles on truancy, specifically at Taft High in the San Fernando Valley, do a great disservice to our community and our society. In what I guess was an attempt at fairness, you show both sides of the issue. You use clever catch phrases like "the lure of freedom" and by publishing truants' remarks such as "We call it leaving . . . . Ditching makes it sound like junior high school." It almost seems as though your reporter is trying to make it acceptable to ditch high school.
September 14, 2003
Re "3 Students Critically Hurt in Shooting Near School," Sept. 10: The shooting near Taft High School in Woodland Hills is but another example of the growing and indiscriminate violence that terrorizes families across Los Angeles. The Times' attention in covering this tragic event as a lead story, however, is part of the story itself. On Aug. 13, I was at an elementary school in Boyle Heights when six shots rang out, resulting in a three-hour lockdown on campus. We learned that a young boy from Roosevelt High School had been killed, not even one block away from the school and one block away from the Hollenbeck police division.
April 29, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Taft High School students celebrated what they hoped would not be their sole victory here Friday after they won the "Super Quiz" portion of the U.S. Academic Decathlon championships. Although the win makes up just 4% of the total team scores, it was nevertheless a psychological victory for the Taft seniors as they wrapped up the last of 10 grueling tests and presentations in the rigorous two-day competition. The winner of the national title will be announced Saturday night.
June 21, 1996 | DAVID E. BRADY
Now that she has her high school diploma, Sadaf Sehati has her sights set on UCLA, and beyond that to a career in teaching. She already has a head start. For nearly a year, the studious 17-year-old volunteered her time tutoring younger children at the West Valley Boys & Girls Club in Woodland Hills. She enjoyed it so much that she persuaded 50 members of Taft High School's honors society--and two nonmembers--to do the same. "We thought it would be a really good experience," she said.
June 26, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
Little did Payam Emrani realize that his C-SPAN watching would get him so far. This week, he's watching Congress from seats much closer than his living room couch as one of 120 participants nationwide in the Washington Workshops Foundation Congressional Seminar. Emrani, 18, a 1997 graduate of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, was sponsored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
May 11, 1994
Prosecutors filed murder charges Tuesday against two reputed gang members in the slaying of a Taft High School student nearly two years ago by a group of youths who apparently mistook him for a rival gang member. Oscar Andres Lopez, 18, has been charged with the Aug. 5, 1992, stabbing of Lamoun Thames, a 15-year-old South Central Los Angeles boy who was attacked while waiting at a bus stop after attending a preseason football practice, authorities said.
Although some students at Taft High School will graduate before bond-funded air conditioning is installed in Los Angeles Unified School District buildings, they wanted to do something to encourage younger students to stay cool and in school. On Wednesday, 40 seniors from Nancy Schroeder's Mass Media class visited several fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Calvert Street Elementary School.
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