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May 14, 2008
Re "Teachers wanted -- elsewhere," May 10 It's unfortunate that good teachers are leaving California. What's also unfortunate is the state's refusal to admit what a drain on school budgets the cost of educating illegal immigrants has been. In the Southern California school I work for, we stand to have $40,000 allotted for our general fund in the 2008-2009 school year. Contrast that with the budget for the English learners program -- about $90,000. Until the root problem is addressed, California's schools will continue their downward slide.
July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Franz West, the Austrian artist known for his innovative sculptures and installations, has died at 65. West died in Vienna on Wednesday following a long illness, according to reports. West's sculptural creations were both playful and serious, accessible and yet intellectually challenging. During his career, West mounted shows at major museums around the world. A retrospective exhibition of his work organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009.
November 13, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct a new -- and drastically different -- version of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra. " McCraney's adaptation explores colonialism and racial politics set against the Haitian Revolution in the 1700s. The production is a collaboration among the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Miami's GableStage and New York's Public Theater. It will premiere November 2013 at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon home, before playing Stateside at GableStage in January 2014 and then the Public Theater in late January 2014.
November 16, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Martin Johnson , the lead singer and songwriter for Boys Like Girls, bought a home in Studio City for $737,000 earlier this year and recently finished remodeling it. The contemporary house, built in 1978, features canyon views, a bonus/entertainment room and a spa. There are two bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms and nearly 2,700 square feet of living space. The band released the album bearing its name in 2006 and released Love Drunk in 2009. This year Johnson debuted some of the solo material he has written while the band is on hiatus.
December 11, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Time
Yolanda Holder walked off this week with a world marathon record. Now the 52-year-old Corona homemaker who power-walked her way through 101 races this year is eyeing a second world title. Holder crossed the finish line at Sunday's 26.2-mile Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Las Vegas to earn a spot in Guinness World Records as the most persistent female foot-racer anywhere. The previous women's record was set by an Italian who competed in 100 marathons in 2002. Holder's achievement was no stroll in the park, she concedes.
November 19, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council approved major changes Tuesday to a harbor construction project whose has cost doubled in four years, with lawmakers criticizing port executives for failing to consult the council sooner. Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the port, said he was "blindsided" by the rising cost of the TraPac container terminal project in Wilmington, which has soared to $510 million from $245 million in 2009. Councilman Mike Bonin said he and his colleagues should have been included in the port's decision to convert the terminal to an automated crane system, a move that triggered a major portion of the cost overruns.
January 13, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Preliminary figures show that 2013 may have been the biggest year ever for charitable donations, according to a Dallas-based group that mines economic data to come up with its numbers. More Americans donated money for human needs and disaster relief services both here and abroad in 2013, making it the fastest growing category of generosity. The Atlas of Giving said that charitable donations from the U.S. reached $416.5 billion. PHOTOS: The ten biggest California companies That would be up 12.9% from $368.8 billion in 2012, according to Rob Mitchell, the group's chief executive.
January 24, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
The nation's largest public pension fund, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, posted a 1.1% return on its investment portfolio in 2011, Chief Investment Officer Joseph Dear told his board. The 2011 performance was well below the estimated average annual return of 7.75% that the fund's actuaries say is needed to meet current and future obligations to its members. The $229.5-billion CalPERS provides retirement and other benefits for 1.6 million state and local government employees and their families.
October 30, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
James E. "Jimmy" Wall, who played Captain Kangaroo's teacher neighbor, Mr. Baxter, on the classic CBS children's television show during the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 92. Wall, who also worked for nearly 50 years as a stage manager for CBS, died in his sleep Wednesday night in Manhattan after a short illness, the network reported. An actor who once performed a dance act in clubs and theaters, Wall worked as a stage manager on Broadway before joining CBS as stage manager on the "Captain Kangaroo" show in 1962.
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