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Alexander Ke left, Eugene Woo and other members of the North Hollywood High School cyber defense team are feted by cheerleaders during a pep rally Thursday.
Alexander Ke left, Eugene Woo and other members of the North Hollywood High School cyber defense team are feted by cheerleaders during a pep rally Thursday. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Schools from the Los Angeles Unified School District long have dominated the national Academic Decathlon. Now they're trying to do the same in the National Cyber Security Championship.

In this more recently launched competition, teams detect and disarm simulated cyber threats. L.A. Unified is the only district to have teams advance to the nationals for the last eight years. 

North Hollywood High on Thursday staged a send-off for its three teams that will compete next week in Baltimore. The students got the football-star treatment, entering the celebration through a tunnel of cheerleaders. The school's band gave them a musical salvo. Principal Ricardo Rosales talked them up.

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Plaintiffs' attorney Jason Forge speaks alongside attorney Rachel Jensen.
Plaintiffs' attorney Jason Forge speaks alongside attorney Rachel Jensen. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press)

A San Diego federal judge on Friday morning finalized the $25-million settlement in the Trump University litigation, dismissing the objection of a Florida woman and finding in favor of the 3,700 others who stand to recoup the vast majority of what they spent on the real estate baron’s investment program.

The ruling ends six years of litigation that got nasty from the start — including an early countersuit by Donald Trump that failed — and became political fodder in his race for the White House.

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UC President Janet Napolitano
UC President Janet Napolitano (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Mexican officials have announced $10 million in new funding to support binational research projects on energy efficiency with the University of California.  

The money, announced in Mexico City on Thursday after Mexican energy officials met with UC President Janet Napolitano, will go to projects led by Mexican research institutions in collaboration with UC researchers.

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Students at Stanford University protest sexual assault.
Students at Stanford University protest sexual assault. (Associated Press)

Students and faculty members at Columbia University in New York have launched a national campaign to nudge the Trump administration to enforce Title IX, the law that bans gender discrimination in educational programs receiving federal assistance. 

The campaign, #CantTrumpOurTitleIX, kicks off with campus actions on Friday. The coalition also sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.

"No student should experience gender-based violence, nor should schools ignore threats to a student’s safety or ability to learn," the letter states. "We will not rest until the rights and protections of all students, especially survivors of gender-based violence, are guaranteed."

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Amanda Jimenez and Michael Chidbachian reported on their school’s efforts to curtail drug use. “Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Principal Deb Smith walks into school in the morning, mapping out which bathrooms will be closed during break due to the increase of drug use on campus … This year, there’s an increase in recorded incidents on campus.”

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John Garcia (East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy) explored how Belvedere park in East Los Angeles illustrates California’s skateboarding culture. He writes: “Many people like going to this park because when you’re skating there, it’s like surfing a wave.”

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George Mason University freshman Carmine Gothard, 18, turned anger into art as a coping mechanism for her generalized anxiety, bipolar, and post-traumatic stress disorders. She never expected to inspire so many people with her story.

Gothard was sexually assaulted when she was 7 years old.

Repressed emotion bubbled to the surface during her freshman year at Briar Woods High School, causing destructive behavior that her family could not understand. She formed connections through mental health blogs and was inspired by mental illness-themed poetry videos to document her own journey in a private blog.

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Author Luis Rodriguez signs books for the Mendez High School Reading Club, the kind of activity that the school hopes will attract new students.
Author Luis Rodriguez signs books for the Mendez High School Reading Club, the kind of activity that the school hopes will attract new students. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Several organizations officially joined forces Thursday to press the Los Angeles Unified School District toward a common enrollment system for all students.

The idea is that students and families would have one place, one form and one process for managing the myriad educational options available in the nation’s second-largest school system.

Relatively sophisticated middle-class families have spent years learning the nuances of the different enrollment timelines and strategies, giving them a huge advantage over, say, immigrant families learning English, parents with limited education or working-class families in which parents juggle multiple low-wage jobs.

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Sherri Simpson is objecting to a $25-million settlement that would end the Trump University litigation.
Sherri Simpson is objecting to a $25-million settlement that would end the Trump University litigation.

On Thursday afternoon, some 3,700 claimants, scores of attorneys and perhaps even the president himself will be awaiting the ruling from a San Diego courtroom in what could be the final chapter in the Trump University legal saga.

Days after winning the presidency in November, Donald Trump settled three class-action lawsuits over his real estate seminar program. Since then, attorneys for the plaintiffs and others have been working to make sure as many class members as possible have the opportunity to get a slice of the $25-million deal.

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A new principal and two new assistant principals took over at Rincon Middle School in Escondido this week, after this video circulated on social media showing two students fighting in front of an administrator who doesn’t intervene.

A new principal and two new assistant principals took over at Rincon Middle School in Escondido this week, after a video circulated on social media Friday showing two students fighting in front of an administrator who doesn’t intervene.

Escondido Union School District Superintendent Luis Rankins-Ibarra announced the changes in a letter to district parents Monday night.