January 12, 2014 |
The day before a 16-year-old friend of mine was murdered, she kissed the window of her white sedan, a birthday gift, leaving cranberry-colored stains on the glass. Then she gave me a hug goodbye. Her name was Sangeeta Lal, and the next morning, her ex-boyfriend shot her. It was April 19, 1995, the same day as the Oklahoma City bombings, and while the world media tuned in to the images of bloody babies and building carcasses left behind by the attack in Oklahoma, I found myself, 16 and a high school newspaper reporter, reporting on my community's own domestic terror.
January 10, 2014 |
If you're a quarterback from the class of 2015, Josh Rosen of St. John Bosco is the standard to beat. Above is video from his junior season, when he passed for 3,200 yards and 39 touchdowns in leading the Braves to a 16-0 record. Eric.email@example.com
January 8, 2014 |
The Kings knew Hall of Fame talent when they saw it - even if it was talent for another sport. In 1984 they used their fourth-round pick and 69 th overall in the entry draft to select a Massachusetts high school hockey player of some note - a center named Tom Glavine. He chose baseball instead and on Wednesday was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. That same year, General Manager Rogie Vachon waited until the ninth round - 171 st overall - to select a high-scoring but raw left wing named Luc Robitaille.
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January 6, 2014 |
The first new Los Angeles Fire Department recruit class in five years is nearly all male and mostly white despite repeated promises by the agency to diversify its ranks, according to figures released Monday evening by Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. The class of 70 firefighters, which is scheduled to begin training Monday, has just one woman and is 60% white. Twenty-three percent of the recruits are Latino, 11% are Asian American and 6% are African American, according to the figures.
January 5, 2014
Re "The gap in medical education," Opinion, Jan. 3 I would like to commend Rahul Rekhi's advocacy for incorporating health policy in medical education. In addition to focusing on healthcare systems and health economics, there is a critical need to focus on the impact of health policy on the underlying causes of disease. For example, medical care alone cannot address the obesity epidemic underlying the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Policies such as how we plan our communities, how much physical activity is provided in schools and how we promote nutritious food consumption have a great impact on the health of our communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 |
For Maricela Ruiz, a trip to the store to pick up a few groceries or to her daughter's school felt nearly impossible. “I'd go home crying,” said Ruiz, 37. She couldn't speak English, and after a few failed attempts at communication, began to wait for her husband to come home to help her run errands. For Ruiz, who moved from Mexico to Pasadena two years ago, the language barrier proved isolating. But a year ago Ruiz joined Mother's Club Family Learning Center, a nonprofit in Pasadena that provides English classes to mothers and their children.
December 26, 2013 |
Federal regulators are taking a closer look at those restrictive contract provisions that force consumers to arbitrate disputes - barring them from suing a company individually or joining a class-action lawsuit. And it doesn't look as if officials are buying into the business world's claim that such provisions are in consumers' best interest. "If you were to look in your wallet right now, the chances are high that one or more of your credit cards, debit cards or prepaid cards would be subject to a pre-dispute arbitration clause," Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said during a recent appearance in Dallas.
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December 21, 2013 |
Liza Bercovici suspected something was up when a student at Gabriella Charter School approached her last week and said, "Happy birthday tomorrow, Miss Liza. " So it was not a surprise the next day when the school's 400-plus students sang "Happy Birthday" to her at morning assembly. Bercovici sighed in appreciation, and when urged to make a speech, she stood humbly before the small sea of students gathered on the playground of the Echo Park school she'd founded. "I think everybody here knows that this school was started out of my love for my daughter, whose name was Gabriella," Bercovici said.
December 20, 2013
Re “One tiny step for budget reform,” Opinion, Dec. 17 Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson represent today's bipartisanship. They represent the political donor class, the only constituency that both parties rush to serve. Sure, they may talk about closing tax loopholes for the wealthy in the abstract, but they speak in specifics when it comes to cutting benefits for you and me. The top marginal tax rates were more than 50% when we did not have huge deficits. They were cut to the mid-30% in the 1980s, when the deficits ballooned.
December 19, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - New USC Coach Steve Sarkisian could face penalties, including suspension, if allegations that an assistant on his Washington staff paid for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit are found to be true. The allegations, first reported in The Times, surround the recruitment of Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman at Lynnwood High in Washington, who signed a letter of intent with the Huskies in February but did not qualify academically to enroll. Compliance officials from USC and Washington and possibly the NCAA are scheduled to meet Friday in Seattle with Mike Davis, who alleged that Tosh Lupoi, Washington's defensive line coach, gave him $3,000 to cover private tutoring for Basham through a test preparation company.