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Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools

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CHICAGO — Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests.
 
Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, compared with peers who went to mostly worse schools. The teens were otherwise similar, all from low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods who applied to top public charter schools that admit students based on a lottery system.

Wayne A.I. Frederick appointed Howard U. president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne A.I. Frederick has been appointed as the 17th president of Howard University.
 
Frederick is a Howard-trained surgeon who had been serving as interim president of the private, historically black university since October.

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

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NEW YORK – Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.
 
 
In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent over the same period, the survey found.

Tenn. gets high marks in child welfare report

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam lauded the state on Tuesday for improvements made in the well-being of children, saying gains particularly in the area of education justify reforms that have been implemented in recent years.
 
The Kids Count Data Book, an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranked Tennessee among five states that have made the biggest improvement in the last year. The other states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Utah.

LA Clippers CEO: If Donald Sterling stays, Doc Rivers quits

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Donald Sterling is toxic, or at least that is the sentiment from current Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers and interim CEO of the organization, Richard Parsons, who testified Tuesday that Rivers would quit if Sterling were still the owner of the team.
 
“Doc is troubled by this maybe moreso than anybody else,” Parsons stated during a trial to decide if Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, could sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. “If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.”