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Milwaukee has launched a summer-jobs program for youth that will coordinate efforts of the city and county governments, community organizations, and business to provide nearly 5,000 students with work experience.

Program sponsors also will work with city and surburban school districts to include a year-round component beginning next fall.

Unlike other cities' summer-jobs programs, which focus on older high-school students, the proposal will initially focus on students who have just completed the 8th grade, said Leonor Rosas DeLeon, assistant chief of staff for Milwaukee County Executive David F. Schulz.

In the first two summers, students will work in public libraries, community organizations, and other "sheltered environments," where they can gain skills that will enable them to take a private-sector job in the second two years of the program, she explained.

During the school year, the students will participate in an "education for employment" program offered to all students by area districts to meet state career-education requirements.

The county executive's office will work with the local Private Industry Council to oversee the program, with funds coming from the city, county, and federal governments.

The private sector will be asked to provide nearly $1.5 million in the form of summer jobs.

Steroids contributed to the death of a high-school football player in Ashtabula, Ohio, according to the Ashtabula County coroner's office.

Benjamin Ramirez, 17, a senior at Ashtabula High School, collapsed Oct. 31 at a football practice and died soon after.

In an autopsy report released this month, investigators concluded, on the basis of interviews with students who had seen Mr. Ramirez with a syringe, that he used steroids.

"We're saying we feel it contributed to his death," said Brian Hubbard, an investigator. The cause of death was listed as cardiomyopathy, a disease leading to heart failure.

Sponsors of a new health clinic at the Savannah (Ga.) High School have dropped their plans to distribute contraceptives to students.

Officials of the Chatham County Health Department will operate the clinic with a $10-million grant from the Annie Casey Foundation. A state law barring the distribution of birth-control devices on school grounds, they said, forced a choice between offering the service and keeping the clinic at the school.

The clinic, which is scheduled to open its doors in March, will offer general health-care services as well as birth-control counseling.

Vol. 08, Issue 18

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