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Only 31 percent of public school students in California who took the 2011 statewide Physical Fitness Test received healthy scores on all six different measurements of fitness the test scores. Sounds pretty bad, doesn't it? 

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The Los Angeles Times examines the apparent failure of the city's much-touted healthier school lunch program, which appears to be a "flop" with students. Journalist Lisa Aliferis says the program may be more successful than anyone realizes.

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A journal editor responds to criticisms about controversial research that linked infant deaths to fallout from Japan's earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

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Is it really worth it for doctors and nurses to learn to write well? Some medical schools say yes — but their reasons might surprise you.

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Sometimes, knowing what's on a person's death certificate can lead to a public benefit. So why do some states make death certificates private and others consider them public documents?

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Stress has always been a part of college life – moving away from home, living with roommates and cramming for tests. But college counselors are worried as new and serious stressors, many financial are hurting students' health and hindering their academic success.

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My new book, "Lockdown High," explores the myths and reality of school violence and zero tolerance policies. Here's what I learned while reporting it. 

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Should student journalists try to specialize in health? This week in Career GPS, we ask journalism professors what they tell their students about journalism, specialization and the job market ahead.

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An estimated 20 percent of all field crops grown on California’s Central Coast are left in the field or thrown out at the packing shed. Volunteers for a farmer-run non-profit in Santa Cruz salvage the surplus and send them to local food banks.

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Oakland's superintendent doesn't just want to close schools. He wants to radically alter how the school district and the city educate kids.

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