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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Outkast Academy uses art to help inner-city youth thrive

LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Newton fell in love with dance at the age of 9. As a young woman from an “at-risk background,” who found herself changing schools nine times during her adolescent years, dance became her lifeline.  During her teens, she found a home at Los Angeles High School, where she expanded her dance repertoire. At Read More…

Culver City Edition Education Lead Story West Edition

Former first lady encourages students heading to college

LOS ANGELES — Former first lady Michelle Obama led a raucous pep rally at UCLA May 1 for 10,000 high school seniors and transfer students in celebration of their moves into higher education, telling them to never stop dreaming of reaching loftier goals. “I had someone tell me you shouldn’t reach too high,” Obama — Read More…

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Gardner Elementary to keep Jackson’s name on auditorium

HOLLYWOOD — Gardner Street Elementary School has decided to keep its auditorium named after perhaps the school’s most famous student, even though he attended the school for only a short time. The school announced April 27 it would keep calling the school auditorium the Michael Jackson Auditorium, despite the allegations made about Jackson in the Read More…