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February 21, 2014 | By David Ng
The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles will be partnering with the L.A. Dance Project to create a new program designed to train young dancers between the ages of 14 and 19. The newly announced Colburn Dance Academy, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will be a program offering dance instruction and education with an emphasis on ballet technique. Jenifer Ringer, a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet who retired from the company earlier this month, will lead the new academy.
February 20, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - Guard Jeff Baca, a sixth-round pick by Minnesota last season, is the only UCLA offensive lineman drafted since 2000. In that sense, former Bruins lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo could be a trendsetter. He's considered among the top interior linemen in this draft class and is a potential first-round pick. Su'a-Filo said Thursday that the lack of NFL linemen from the school during the past decade attracted him to UCLA. "That was one of the big reasons I went there," he said.
February 16, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - If the menswear collections coming down the runways at the recently wrapped New York Fashion Week are any indication, fall 2014 is going to be filled with laid-back luxe - unconstructed, blanket-like outerwear, chunky novel knitwear and a quilted one of everything. But the biggest trend coming off the runway - and what might really be a game-changing look for the American male of nine months hence - is the upscale take on the lowly sweat pant. Sure, there were plenty of sharp tailored suits to go around, as well as softer versions of traditional menswear suiting in fabrics including Glen plaids, herringbone and houndstooth.
February 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What's expected to be a growing number of Asian air travelers over the next few decades means these up-and-coming fliers will have more say over the future of economy-class travel. What do they want? The most comfortable seats possible with mood lighting and quiet zones so they can sleep and relax. Asia will account for 45% of global air passengers by 2032, and these passengers will be young (18 to 34) and affluent, according to an Airbus study released Thursday. "The voice of the Asian passenger is fast becoming the dominant voice in the aviation industry and will dictate the future of flight," Kevin Keniston, described as Airbus' head of passenger comfort, said in a statement.
February 14, 2014 | By George Hobica
Air travel these days is sometimes likened to the flying version of a Greyhound bus. Here are some strategies to help you keep your costs in hand and perhaps get a little more (comfort, perks) for your money. - Don't fall for the "only premium economy seats are available" ploy. You booked a fare on an airline that has economy and premium economy seating, and when it's time for seat selection, the website says only the more expensive premium economy seats are available. Don't pay more for a premium seat.
February 13, 2014
Re "Deep in student debt," Opinion, Feb. 10 Sarah Amandolare is troubled by "gapping" - colleges' practice of admitting students without awarding enough financial aid to make a school affordable. The vast majority of the nation's colleges have no other option. Out of thousands of U.S. colleges and universities, fewer than 70 claim they will meet a student's full financial need. Many of these schools have hefty endowment funds. Others use less-generous estimates of what the student can pay, which often means a gap between what the college and the family think is affordable.
February 10, 2014 | By Sarah Amandolare
Last October, in between arguments over the debt ceiling, the federal government somehow found time to send me an email. My student loan payment was 70 days past due, the message read, so the government had negatively reported me to each major credit bureau and would continue to report me until my account was brought current. I'm betting the government sent out a lot of those letters to people like me: college graduates from middle-class families who didn't qualify for much in the way of scholarship aid and had parents who couldn't afford to pay for their schooling.
February 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
One might think that after setting nearly every record in NHRA funny car drag racing, 64-year-old John Force would have nothing left to prove. But Force, who won a record 16th funny car title last year, believes he has everything to prove. That's because the four-driver team he owns is losing two major sponsors and their millions of dollars in support after this season. So Force, who's been flying around the country trying to recruit replacement sponsors, made the best sales pitch he knows: keep winning at the dragstrip.
February 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The rich just got richer. Signing players from 15 states, Alabama Coach Nick Saban continues to have the magic touch in college football recruiting. Both Rivals- .com and proclaimed Alabama's recruiting class No. 1 in the nation on Wednesday. "They got a stud at every single position," said Greg Biggins, a national recruiting analyst for "There's not one single area that they didn't fill with an impact type of kid. They can recruit nationally unlike anyone right now. They're on a different level.
February 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 College football recruiters are already starting to focus on the class of 2015, and Mission Hills Alemany has six players who figure to intrigue coaches dropping by in the next few months. Leading the list is 6-foot-3 cornerback Colin Samuel, whose size and speed was on display in the Pac-5 playoffs this fall. Running back Dominic Davis is a 10.71 100-meter runner who should be even faster after track this spring. Defensive end-tight end Kevin Summers, who's 6-5, is a rebounding machine in basketball who loves to take down quarterbacks.
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