October 12, 2013
Re "As access to AP classes rises, so do headaches," Oct. 10 It is terrible for a qualified student to be shut out of a high school Advanced Placement course because of some misguided egalitarian ideal that every student should be allowed to take an AP class, prepared or not. My son, currently a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, took a full slate of AP classes in his public high school. To even be considered for a top college, a student needs to take the most rigorous courses possible in high school, which means AP. When I'm asked what I think about public versus private schools, I reply that top public school students enter a small world called "honors and AP," where they are grouped with other high-achieving, motivated kids and get just as good an education as the private schools (if not better)
October 11, 2013 |
Much like the captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, who was rescued by the U.S. Navy after his ship was set upon by Somali pirates in April 2009, "Captain Phillips" appears to have been in good hands. With Tom Hanks in front of the camera and Paul Greengrass behind it, the drama based on the notorious hijacking is earning excellent reviews. The Times' Kenneth Turan writes , "this film does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws. The result is so propulsive that you may find yourself looking at your watch not out of boredom but because you're not sure how much more tension you can stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Californians will be asked to make $600 million available to help struggling military veterans find housing under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday. The governor also signed measures to allow community colleges to charge more for high-demand classes and permit job applicants to omit criminal histories when applying for positions at state and local government agencies. He vetoed a proposal to change the process for firing teachers. Brown, a Democrat, signed the veterans housing bill - and several other measures intended to support the military - in this traditionally Republican city with a large military presence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 |
California community colleges will now be able to charge more for high-demand classes during summer and winter terms under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. The new law creates a voluntary pilot program that allows some colleges to charge non-resident tuition -- up to $200 per unit - -for hard-to-obtain classes such as college algebra, history and English that students need to graduate and transfer. The plan is controversial and was opposed by students, faculty and community colleges Chancellor Brice Harris, who argued that it would create something like a fast-track pass for students who can pay. It is similar in many respects to the two-tier plan attempted by Santa Monica College last year to offer high-priced classes during a summer extension program alongside state-funded courses, which are set by the Legislature at $46 per unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 |
Alex Wong, a junior at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, is working hard for admission to an elite college. His resume boasts nearly straight A's in rigorous classes, a summer program experience at Stanford University, an Eagle Scout project, club soccer, school choir. But his steady progress hit an unexpected roadblock this year. Aiming to open access to college-level Advanced Placement courses, the school switched to a computer-based lottery to distribute spaces. Alex initially got shut out of all three courses he requested.
October 8, 2013 |
An Arizona plan to tighten voter registration would create a two-tiered voting system in time for next year's elections but affect only several thousand people, some of whom could be denied participation in state and local elections, state officials said Tuesday. Voting rights activists, however, said that many more eligible voters probably would choose not to participate because of confusion over the new plan, which is expected to be challenged in court. The new system will essentially have separate voter rolls.
October 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday by hearing arguments on who can be sued for a massive Ponzi scheme and by saying "no" to more than 1,900 litigants who had hoped the justices would hear their appeals. The court ignored the partial government shutdown and said it would continue with "normal operations," at least this week. Because the Constitution forbids reducing pay for federal judges while they hold office, the justices will continue to receive their salaries.
October 6, 2013
BOLIVIA Presentation Author Isabel Suppé will read from "Starry Night," based on her real-life experience involving an 1,100-foot fall while ice-climbing in the Bolivian Andes. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. BACKPACKING Seminar Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Tour will cover tips on backpacking essentials, equipment, survival skills and more. When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
October 3, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- As Twitter made public its stealth filing for an initial public offering, it parted with some of its Silicon Valley brethren by saying it would only issue one class of shares, meaning it plans to give all shareholders a vote. Unlike Facebook, Groupon and LinkedIn, Twitter will not have two classes of stock. (Or three classes of stock, like Google and Zynga). Shareholder activists and corporate governance experts have heaped scorn on the practice that they say disenfranchises investors.
October 2, 2013 |
DENVER - Patrick Roy's Hall of Fame goaltending career was built on athleticism and unceasing passion. He appears to have carried that fire over to his coaching career, which began Wednesday with a 6-1 rout of the Ducks and a confrontation with Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau at the glass that separated their benches at the Pepsi Center following the season-opening game for both teams. Roy claimed he was angry over a hit Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy had leveled against Nathan MacKinnon, the skillful forward the Avalanche chose first overall in June's entry draft.