CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2014 |
After an extended period of layoffs and hiring freezes, the Los Angeles Unified School District has resumed bringing on new teachers, while also being more selective about their quality than in the past. The nation's second-largest school system forecasts hiring 1,333 instructors for next year; it hired 718 for the current year. The total teaching force numbers about 26,000. The turnaround represents the first significant positive change in the employment climate since 2007; each year since, the district had faced significant budget cuts - from an economic recession, a drop in federal funding and declining enrollment.
August 23, 2001 |
TV's latest reality series features 23 strangers from every walk of life who spend a year together learning about the world and discovering new challenges. No, not "The Real World." It's "Kindergarten." Geared for children ages 3 to 7, "Kindergarten," premiering Sunday on HBO Family, is set at the Upper Nyack Elementary School--about an hour north of New York City.
July 1, 2011 |
Cavities are more complex than we thought. Sugar is still the leading culprit — and genetics, diet, immunity, susceptibility, oral hygiene and fluoride exposure play roles — but a large and growing body of research suggests that oral decay is also an infectious disease. Numerous studies have found that cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from primary caregivers to infants and toddlers during a period in which the children's immune systems are not fully developed — putting young children at a higher risk of cavities.
July 7, 1988 |
Q: My old female Afghan has occasional spells of dry coughing, as though she's trying to clear her throat. Also, she seems thirstier than in the past. I am fearful that it may be a heart cough or that the need for water could indicate diabetes. We got the dog when she was 6 or 7 and were told then that she has always been sedentary. She is 11 or 12 now and is still lying around. She is very shy except with me, and I hate subjecting her to the strain of visiting a vet.
March 2, 1998
Even though they do not have any teeth yet, premature babies can expect to have dental complications as they grow older. About 6% of babies are born before their due date and below 7.2 pounds; of these, up to 70% will have enamel hypoplasia when their teeth erupt, according to a recent dental study. Enamel hypoplasia will cause teeth to look brownish, be softer, less smooth, or more prone to decay or chipping.
July 14, 1991 |
For many moms and dads, playing the tooth fairy is a snap: Retrieve the loot and leave a coin. But Tom and Kathy Swantko wanted to make the most of their daughters' make-believe years. So, the Reseda couple created a package of 12 different messages--written in calligraphy on fairy-dusted paper--to tuck under sleepyheads. That's right, Letters From the Tooth Fairy.
April 7, 1996 |
The Chinese toss the tiny teeth onto roofs. Mexicans offer them to el raton, a gray mouse, and Swedes sweep them under the rug. If these rituals sound strange, how about the American custom: bartering with a nocturnal fairy? The Tooth Fairy made her debut in the United States around the turn of the century, rooted in the belief in fairies imported by immigrants from Great Britain. But while unique, our custom is no fly-by-night.
October 4, 1997 |
In the TV movie "Toothless," Kirstie Alley plays a deceased dentist doing penance for her misspent life by serving time as the tooth fairy. The real question is: What did Alley do to deserve such a gummy mess? Not even the free-spirited, comedic appeal of the "Veronica's Closet" star can save this hollow tale of redemption--the first original production in ABC's new "Wonderful World of Disney" series (it opened last week with "Toy Story"). Alley portrays Dr.
July 19, 1999 |
I just got back from the dentist. (No cavities, you'll be glad to know, though a tad more flossing wouldn't hurt.) While I was there, my dentist, Dr. Anthony Abdalla of Pasadena, took a trip down memory lane. When he was a kid, he told me, his dad had a fearsome set of electrician's pliers for removing loose baby teeth. Young Anthony worried about the size of those pliers, so he took matters into his own hands. He used candy. "I'd chew up some Sugar Daddies, bite into them, then go yank!
April 7, 1989 |
Most people can't remember when they lost their two front teeth. Terri Lyne Carrington can never forget. Scores of newspaper and magazine profiles written about the 24-year-old drummer remind her that at age 7--because of the natural and, for most kids, insignificant, loss of two baby teeth--she gave up the saxophone and took up the drums. One year later, 8-year-old Terri Lyne was going to jazz clubs and sitting in on jam sessions--on her bio, it's called her time of "paying dues."