CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown wants to tie some state funding for California's public universities to a host of new requirements, including 10% increases in the number of transfer students from community colleges and the percentage of freshmen graduating within four years. Brown, who has repeatedly said the universities should be leaner and serve more students, is asking for equivalent increases in several other areas as well, according to a copy of his plan obtained by The Times.
March 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Fired up as once-unimaginable spending cuts start to slice the federal budget, Republicans are launching a new phase in their austerity campaign - resurrecting the party's cost-cutting plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like system for future seniors. Despite public uncertainty Saturday about the $85 billion in so-called sequester cuts, Republicans now believe they have momentum to ask Americans to make tough choices on Medicare, as rising healthcare costs combine with an aging population to form a growing part of future deficits.
December 23, 2012 |
"Not so long ago," writes Beck Hansen in the introduction to his new collection of tunes, "Song Reader," "a song was only a piece of paper until it was played by someone. " Indeed, as far back as "Pride and Prejudice," all card-carrying members of the middle class had a piano in the parlor and a daughter or five with skills to play it. (Poor Mary. She did try.) It's been generations since gathering around the piano to sing the latest hits was a popular way to pass an evening, so why then are Beck's latest available only as sheet music?
October 30, 2012 |
DETROIT - The modern sports world is too easily punctuated by exclamation points. Spend the money! Make the trade! Fire the guy! In baseball, never is this more apparent than at the July trade deadline. Fans and columnists scream that a team must do something big - they must! - in order to win. The Dodgers spent those final days of July in intense negotiations with the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers already had acquired Hanley Ramirez, and they would have grabbed Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford right then too, had the Red Sox not wanted to surrender their season so soon.
October 27, 2012 |
Based on an obscure novel and featuring the shopworn premise of a thirtysomething who moves in with his parents, the new movie “Silver Linings Playbook” wouldn't seem to have the earmarks of a breakout hit or award-season contender. Yet a month ahead of its release, the modestly-budgeted picture--about $21 million-- from “The Fighter” director David O. Russell is emerging as an unlikely force this holiday season. A world premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival earned a rapturous response, and buzz has recently grown as the dramatic comedy, about a bipolar man trying to rebuild his life after a broken marriage, has screened for Hollywood tastemakers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Officials at City College of San Francisco will unveil a tough blueprint for survival Thursday that will include an increased focus on moving students through the two-year school, a more centralized approach to finances and closing campuses. The state's largest community college prepared the detailed report in response to scathing findings by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges earlier this summer that placed its future in jeopardy. To emerge from the crisis, by next spring the college must justify its right to exist - an uncommon status known as "show cause" that falls one step shy of losing accreditation.