March 1, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has been under much scrutiny lately, following a series of highly publicized child deaths, a disgusting case of child abuse in Palmdale and, more recently, the publication of a scathing internal report, which The Times wrote about in the Feb. 14 article, “ Report excoriates L.A. County agency in child deaths, torture .” Contrary to what some people believe, front-line social...
June 5, 2013 |
"To pour forth benefits for the common good is divine" was the motto for the nation's first subscription library established in 1731. More than 250 years later, libraries of all kinds still provide benefits for the common good. Similarly, television audiences across America can access fantastic cable and satellite TV subscription libraries -- offering something for everyone -- available at just about the price of a daily cup of coffee. Viewers can "surf" hundreds of channels from the comfort of their homes, much like visitors to traditional brick-and-mortar libraries can browse shelves to explore and discover ideas and cultures to which they've never been exposed.
August 9, 2013 |
After reading 27-year-old Max Perry's Op-Ed article " Poor Memory? Forget it " in my old-fashioned print newspaper, I laughed both at his irony and his naivete. He is right that we older folk say, "Shoot me when my memory loss gets too bad. " But, then he says, "Go with the flow. " That it's not "cataclysmic. " Dear Max, let me explain this memory loss we are so willing to be shot over. I see your point, it's just a cocker spaniel whose name we forgot. If we had dementia we would think that dog was one of our kids.
September 20, 2013 |
In the coming weeks, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely sign AB 484, a measure that would put the state at odds with the Obama administration and risk $1.5 billion in federal funding by effectively suspending data collection on K-12 student achievement for the current school year as the state transitions to the Common Core curriculum. What this effort doesn't consider is that there are other crucial changes taking place in California's education system, including different ways to allocate funding to schools.
May 7, 2011
MOCA's can of worms Re "Tagging MOCA," Opinion, May 1 Heather Mac Donald was right on the mark. Like some others, the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles chooses to glorify vandalism instead of condemning the urban and suburban blight it has brought to the L.A. area. Now we are all paying the price for the proliferation of graffiti vandalism. Mac Donald also singled out the parents and their apparent and appalling lack of control as a major contributor to this plague.
September 5, 2010 |
For a guy who has outlaw biker gangs rumbling around in his head, Kurt Sutter is fairly …. well, "nice" doesn't seem the right word, but he's literate and reflective and usually quite reasonable. The times when he gets riled up, though, are what everyone talks about. Then the ponytailed, tattooed, 46-year-old creator and executive producer of FX's hit drama "Sons of Anarchy" — the network's highest-rated series ever, which begins its third season on Sept. 7 — can be as rude and abrasive as they come.
January 6, 2012 |
Sinéad O'Connor and 50 Cent couldn't be more different, but when it comes to over-sharing on Twitter, the 1980s icon and gruff rapper have quite a bit in common. While we've become accustomed to Kanye West's rants and boasts on the social media site (such as crowning himself the new Steve Jobs this week), or Laurieann Gibson's smackdowns with Lady Gaga fans, O'Connor and 50 are the latest in a recent rash of celebrities — namely musicians — whose meltdowns and bouts of TMI (Too Much Information)
March 16, 2011 |
China has become such an important market for U.S. entertainment companies that one studio has taken the extraordinary step of digitally altering a film to excise bad guys from the Communist nation lest the leadership in Beijing be offended. When MGM decided a few years ago to remake "Red Dawn," a 1984 Cold War drama about a bunch of American farm kids repelling a Soviet invasion, the studio needed new villains, since the U.S.S.R. had collapsed in 1991. The producers substituted Chinese aggressors for the Soviets and filmed the movie in Michigan in 2009.