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April 29, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
A majority of L.A. Unified School Board members said they will vote to continue a classroom breakfast program that feeds nearly 200,000 children but was in danger of being axed after sharp criticism by the teachers union. The program's fate was thrown into question last week when L.A. Supt. John Deasy said he would eliminate it without explicit board direction to retain it. He said United Teachers Los Angeles had complained that serving breakfast in the classroom, rather than before school in the cafeteria, took up too much instructional time and created messes.
April 29, 2013 | By Karin Klein
The Los Angeles Unified School District is in a period of tremendous upheaval that, it's hoped, will result in better education for its students. With so much changing and so much at stake, of course there are more than a few daggers drawn. But when the teachers union and district administration can't even get together over feeding hungry kids, something sick is going on, and I don't mean that adjective the way high school students use it. The district is using federal funds - and small outside contributions from a private organization - for its breakfast-in-the-classroom program.
April 27, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - "I'm too tired to be anxious," said playwright Richard Greenberg, looking worn out with anxiety as he settled into a booth at a Chelsea diner. This neighborhood canteen, dubbed his "office" by the late theatrical agent Helen Merrill, is where he conducts "business," broadly defined as any professional obligation requiring him to leave his nearby apartment and temporarily abandon his real work, the writing of deliciously urbane, hyper-articulate plays. If Greenberg seems a little strung-out these days, it's with good reason.
April 26, 2013
Re "Breakfast program criticized," April 19 Hungry children do not learn well. Young brains are highly dependent on glucose for optimal functioning. That's why 99% of children get fed on campus when they attend school in Japan. The Los Angeles Unified School District's breakfast-in-the-classroom program makes both economic and pedagogical sense, bringing in more federal revenue for the district's food services and the nutritional prerequisites to learning. Teacher opposition to this program is shortsighted.
April 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The city of Los Angeles will consider offering a $50,000 reward to help find the driver who hit and killed an 18-year-old bicyclist. David Granados was killed March 24 after he was hit by a car as he rode his bicycle on Bellaire Avenue at Oxnard Street in Valley Glen. Police say the vehicle was likely a 2000 or 2004 Mercedes Benz M-Class SUV. The vehicle is seen in a video running a red light as it heads westbound on Oxnard Street. The driver hit Granados as he crossed Oxnard, then drove off without stopping to help.
April 26, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Unified will eliminate a classroom breakfast program serving nearly 200,000 children, reject more school police, cut administrators and scale back new construction projects unless the school board votes to approve them, according to Supt. John Deasy. Heading into a fierce battle over funding priorities, Deasy said this week that he would give "maximum responsibility" to the board to decide between those programs and demands by United Teachers Los Angeles to restore jobs and increase pay. In an April 12 memo obtained by the Times on Friday, Deasy outlined eight items the district would not fund without explicit board approval, including a request for an additional $1.4 million for KLCS-TV public television, small schools that are underenrolled and other unspecified programs.
April 26, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
An L.A. Unified classroom breakfast program feeding nearly 200,000 children but sharply criticized by the teachers union will be eliminated next year unless school board members vote to reinstate it, Supt. John Deasy said Thursday. Deasy said he had removed the program from next year's proposed budget to give the board “maximum responsibility” to respond to criticism about it from United Teachers Los Angeles. The union last week gave the program a “failing grade” as it unveiled a video and survey findings that more than half of 729 respondents said the classroom meals had increased pests, created messes and eaten up instructional time.
April 23, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A manuscript of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is being auctioned online by R.R. Auctions this week. The manuscript includes Capote's handwritten edits, including one of the most significant: He changes the main character's name to Holly Golightly. Indeed, who would find Connie Gustafson appealing? Holly Golightly is far more attractive. R.R. Auctions describes the manuscript as the "final working draft manuscript for its 1958 Random House publication, 8.5 x 11, consisting of its entire 84 pages, mainly on high-quality goldenrod yellow paper, and copiously annotated throughout by author Truman Capote.
April 15, 2013 | By David Ng
In the wake of largely negative reviews and falling box-office receipts, the current Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's," starring "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke, will close on Sunday after opening on March 20 at New York's Cort Theatre. The early closure comes after much publicity hype surrounding Clarke's Broadway debut. The actress has seen her television career soar thanks to HBO's "Game of Thrones. " In a bit of showbiz synergy, "Thrones" debuted its third season shortly after "Breakfast" opened on Broadway.
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