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A resident watches as the Creek fire burns along a hillside near homes in Shadow Hills.
A resident watches as the Creek fire burns along a hillside near homes in Shadow Hills. (AFP/Getty Images)

All Los Angeles Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley as well as 17 schools on the city’s Westside will be closed for the rest of the week, district officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The decision closes at least 265 schools in neighborhoods affected by the wildfires raging in and near Los Angeles. The district’s number doesn’t include all adult schools and charter schools, some of which are also expected to close.

The district’s website has a list, as well as a reminder that everyone else is still expected to come to school this Thursday and Friday.

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(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Dozens of schools in evacuation zones in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be closed Wednesday as firefighters work to get a handle on the wildfire in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest that has scorched at least 11,000 acres. 

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(Sara Yogi / UC Berkeley)

Masood Jan is stressing out over his five finals next week at UC Berkeley, the hyper-competitive, top-rated public research university.

But some of his anxiety melted away Monday, thanks to close-up time with some unusual therapy animals: llamas.

The freshman from San Ramon, who hopes to major in molecular and cell biology, is spending six hours a day studying for finals in chemistry, math, physiology, psychology and English. He said his 40 minutes with the llamas, petting their soft fur and feeding them carrots and alfalfa pellets, definitely relaxed him. 

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Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Milo Yiannopoulos was supposed to visit eight U.S. college campuses, but the only one he has made it to is Cal State Fullerton — so he’s heading to Australia.
  2. L.A. Unified is hosting a “salute to the Latino spirit” fundraiser.

In California:

  1. Joseph L. White, a pioneer in the field of black psychology and a beloved mentor at UC Irvine, died at 84.
  2. Will Gov. Jerry Brown tackle education funding, or wait for his successor to do it?
  3. UC Berkeley’s student government brought in therapy llamas to ease students into their finals.

Nationwide:

  1. How Atlanta’s historically black colleges are contending with sexual assault allegations.
  2. Teenagers in Maryland are building a museum about their generation and their lives.
  3. An AP analysis found charter schools are becoming more racially isolated.
Malibu High School
Malibu High School (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Malibu’s city council decided to hold off on trying to create its own school district, for now.
  2. You can catch L.A. Unified’s drill team and marching band competition this Saturday in Monterey Park.

In California:

  1. A judge ruled that a Bay Area school district acted properly when it suspended students who “liked” or commented on a student’s racist Instagram images.
  2. Take a look inside STEM Academy L.A., one of over 150 Linked Learning programs statewide.

Nationwide:

  1. Chicago is closing more public schools.
  2. A New York teacher was found dead of an apparent overdose in a school bathroom.
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UCLA tax protest
UCLA tax protest (Spencer Frei)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Advocates are holding a “call-in marathon” Thursday to teach undocumented students about their rights.
  2. Thousands of graduate students protested the House  tax bill — which contains changes that would raise their taxes.

In California:

  1. Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra announced a state lawsuit against for-profit Ashford University, accusing the online school of ripping off students.
  2. California is the first state to use textbooks that explicitly teach the contributions of LGBT individuals, but there’s some controversy about outing historical figures who didn’t publicly state their sexual orientation during their lives.

Nationwide:

  1. Anthony Scaramucci got in a fight with Tuft’s student newspaper.
  2. District of Columbia Public Schools will investigate the school that claimed a 100% graduation rate while many seniors were chronic absentees.
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USC graduate students, from left, Mariel Bello, Nina Christie and Alyssa Morris pose for a selfie to post.
USC graduate students, from left, Mariel Bello, Nina Christie and Alyssa Morris pose for a selfie to post. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of graduate students at USC, UCLA and Caltech joined national protests Wednesday against the House Republican tax bill passed this month, saying it contains changes that would significantly increase their taxes and make it difficult for many to continue their research.

At USC, more than 100 students and professors gathered at the Tommy Trojan statue to urge peers to call their lawmakers and fight the changes. Many held colorful signs describing how their research benefits society: “Graduate students study food safety,” “Graduate students design highways.” 

USC student Hannah Khoddam and a handful of classmates began organizing the walkout this month, then joined forces with students from a group of six East Coast colleges to sponsor a national “day of action” that drew thousands of participants at nearly 60 campuses in 33 states. 

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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Graduate students at USC, UCLA and Caltech plan to join national protests Wednesday against the House Republican tax bill passed this month, which analysts say makes changes that would significantly boost the taxes of many of the nation’s young researchers.

USC student Hannah Khoddam and a handful of classmates began organizing a walkout this month, then joined forces with students from a group of six East Coast colleges to sponsor a national “day of action” expected to draw thousands of participants at about 50 campuses in 32 states. 

The House tax bill slashes $65 billion in tax benefits for higher education over 10 years, according to Steven Bloom, the American Council on Education’s director of government relations. Graduate students would be hit hard by a repeal of a decades-old provision that shields from taxation their tuition — which is waived by universities in exchange for their work as teaching assistants and researchers.

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Caltech campus (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

— Graduate students at UCLA, USC and Caltech join others around the nation in protests against the House Republican tax bill passed earlier this month.

— Students and teachers at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz are celebrating the engagement of their famous alumna Meghan Markle to Prince Harry.

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(Francis Specker / Associated Press)

In and around Los Angeles:

— LAPD will provide part-time jobs and training for high school graduates. 

— The story of a scandal-plagued South L.A. school football team.