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AM news: the high school edition

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music for a Valley high American Idol top 3 finalist Katharine McPhee visited Notre Dame High School, her alma mater, and got an official welcome from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. She also drove some high school boys to the brink when she sang "God Bless the Child" (check out the guy on the right).

young love The LA Times finds amodern Romeo & Juliet at the racially divided Jefferson High — think African-Americans and Latinos in place of Montagues and Capulets. Let's just hope this story has a happier ending.

exit exams history? Yesterday a Superior Court judge in Northern California granted a preliminary injunction that will suspend the high school exit exam for the class of 2006. That would mean that the thousands of students who haven't passed can graduate after all. The state has said that it will immediately appeal.

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