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AM news: Oakwood, Glendale, teachers and students

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death in venice - The shooting death of 17-year-old Agustin Contreras on the grounds of Venice High prompts the LA Times to look closely at the Oakwood neighborhood in Venice. What does the paper find but rich and poor, gangs and million-dollar homes, crammed together with an understandable dose of anger. Could this be a window into the future of Los Angeles?

a new Americana - Or maybe the future of LA looks a lot like The Grove? The new Americana Mall at Brand broke ground in Glendale yesterday — it's being developed by the same people who brought us The Grove. Where in Glendale can you fit a 15.5 acre outdoor mall, you ask? Across the street from the Galleria, of course.

no apple for teacher? - Manhattan Beach Unified School District is not making nice with its teachers, who have been working without a contract for a year. A negotiator is being brough in to try to bring the two sides together. The sticking point: salaries.

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not funny - A senior prank at Corona High School didn't turn out as planned when administrators got pissed about glued locks and damage to campus. 7 seniors won't be able to participate in graduation activities and may face criminal charges. Next time, guys, try stealing a cannon.

Venice Canal photo by BlueAlgae via Flickr