March 30, 2012 |
Some random thoughts about the sale of the Dodgers, wondering just how gaga everyone might have gone had Magic Johnson actually bought the team. And by the way, folks used to make fun of the Parking Lot Attendant and Screaming Meanie for the ridiculous things they would say. So why does Magic catch a break? He releases a statement the night the Dodgers are bought, which means he has time to study what he's going to say. And yet Magic says in this statement: "I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles.
February 7, 2012 |
On the face of it, President Hamid Karzai has every motive to do all he can to bring about talks with the Taliban. Instead, the Afghan leader is emerging as a prime impediment to urgent U.S. efforts to jump-start negotiations with the insurgents. Since the start of his second term in office, Karzai has repeatedly declared that his top priority is finding a political settlement to the bloody Afghan conflict and bringing the "disaffected brothers" back into the social and political fold.
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February 2, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District launched an internal investigation to determine how a teacher accused of bizarre acts of lewd conduct against the students in his classroom escaped suspicion for so long. The investigation comes as detectives said Wednesday that several new potential victims have come forward and parents at Miramonte Elementary School demanded to know why the alleged crimes went undetected for five years. "How do I make sense out of the fact that this took place over a number of years and no one seemed to know about that?"
December 29, 2011 |
I wasn't surprised Andrew Bynum was ticketed for speeding Wednesday. Obviously he had just heard he was the subject on Page 2 and was rushing to buy The Times. Nice to see one young person still reads the paper. I had written about the need for Bynum to report back to work as a grownup after his four-game suspension. Obviously I'm not clairvoyant. PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Knicks I was unaware he had been stopped by the police a day earlier as well and given a "fix-it" ticket for improperly functioning taillights and having no license plates.
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December 5, 2011 |
At the Long Beach Ballet academy on Wardlow Road, pint-sized ballerinas get dressed upstairs in Signal Hill. When they go downstairs for class, the dance floor is in Long Beach. That's because city lines pierce right through the building, making it a two-city hybrid that was created when 100-year-old boundaries got overtaken by development. From time to time, the oddity has created confusion among business owners and residents seeking to get business licenses, pay taxes or obtain police services.
November 17, 2011 |
Drunk any Kool-Aid lately? Or maybe you accused someone else of doing it? If so, congratulations, you're right in step with one of the nation's most popular idiomatic trends. A snappy, fruit-flavored way of referring to someone who unquestioningly embraces a particular leader or ideology, "drinking the Kool-Aid" has become a staple of self-righteous public discourse. Bill O'Reilly is fond of the expression, as is Washington Times columnist Marybeth Hicks, whose new book "Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid" warns that "frightening percentages of our kids" believe that Christianity is "just plain mean.
October 2, 2011 |
As he fought to right his presidential campaign during a weekend trip here, Texas Gov. Rick Perry repeatedly brandished two talismans. One was the black Sharpie pen he said he would use to obliterate President Obama's healthcare law on his first day in the Oval Office. The second was a copy of the Constitution, which Perry frequently retrieved from the breast pocket of his sport coat. The items were intended to reinforce Perry's theme: that he shares the rock-ribbed conservative values of Republican primary voters, despite continued criticism from within the party about his support in Texas for taxpayer-subsidized college tuition for illegal immigrants.
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July 25, 2011 |
In the instant of a job change, Joshua Cook went from being one of the youngest teachers at Crenshaw High , a traditional school in Hyde Park, to nearly the oldest at Animo Justice , a charter school south of downtown Los Angeles. He was 32, with two years of teaching experience. Three years later, he had another distinction: He became one of the astonishingly large numbers of teachers who left a Los Angeles charter school. Around 50% of teachers in charter middle and high schools left their jobs each year over a six-year period studied by UC Berkeley researchers, who released their findings last week.
July 23, 2011 |
News Corp. was hoping that having its chairman, Rupert Murdoch, and his deputy chief operating officer, his son James, apologize to the British Parliament for phone hacking at its News of the World tabloid would mark the beginning of the end of intense scrutiny the media giant has endured for the last two weeks. But it may be only the end of the beginning. New questions have arisen about James Murdoch's statements to Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport on Tuesday with regard to what he knew about the extent of the phone hacking and when he knew it. News of the World operatives have been accused of not only hacking into voicemails of celebrities and members of the royal family, but also victims of crime and terrorism and their families.
July 1, 2011 |
The sexual assault case in New York against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was in trouble Thursday night after questions surfaced about the believability of his alleged victim. Strauss-Kahn's 32-year-old accuser was said to have lied repeatedly and prosecutors have come to question her credibility, even though forensic tests found evidence of a sexual encounter, the New York Times reported, quoting what it said were two well-placed law enforcement officials.