February 26, 2014
Re "Some libraries too quiet," Feb. 24 Imagine a city where at every school there is a fully staffed library bustling with students throughout the day. Imagine even extending the school library's hours so students, staff and parents can make use of it beyond the school day. Monica Ratliff, a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education, is correct to lead an exploration of what has happened to L.A.'s school libraries....
February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The closing ceremony here was meant to celebrate the new face of Russia. And after a month of intense scrutiny over human rights violations, stray dogs, unfinished hotels and terrorism threats, that face looked largely relieved Sunday and perhaps a bit too exhausted to party. "We did it," Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 organizing committee chief executive, said at the ceremony. "We conquered the Olympic summit. And these Games will be with us forever - Olympics.
February 23, 2014
Stunning photos and report on the Anasazi ruins of Cedar Mesa, Utah ["Rock of Ages" by David Kelly, Feb. 16]. Thank you. I went to Natural Bridges National Monument; now I'll go back and explore more ruins. The drive on Highway 261 south off the edge of Cedar Mesa into Mexican Hat is not for the faint of heart. They're not kidding when they recommend 5 mph. Anne Eggebroten Santa Monica Trust your map, or your spouse? Regarding the Letters column ["Women Can Read Maps Just Fine," Feb. 16]
February 23, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - If you're planning to shop for a home in the next few weeks, here's an early spring buying season come-on that just might save you some money if you qualify. Fannie Mae, the largest mortgage investor in the country, has a bulging portfolio of houses acquired through foreclosures nationwide. About 31,000 of these properties are listed on its HomePath (www.homepath.com) resale marketing site. To move them quickly out of inventory, Fannie temporarily is offering qualified owner-occupant purchasers - but not investors - cash incentives toward closing costs of 3.5% of the purchase price.
February 22, 2014 |
A look at the top events on the final day of the Sochi Olympics: CLOSING CEREMONY The closing ceremony is always more low key than the opening. Although exact details are secret, you can expect a lot of music. The athlete numbers are always down because many of them have already returned home. Part of the ceremony will be South Korea-themed in order to recognize the 2018 host, Pyeongchang. MEN'S HOCKEY If the seedings were only a little different, the U.S.-Canada gold-medal rematch could have been the finale.
February 21, 2014 |
The puck spun and wobbled as it slid slowly toward the vacated Canadian goal. As it crossed between the circles, it angled ever-so-slightly to the left, struck the post and bounced back. That was how close the United States came to sealing the gold medal of the women's hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics on Thursday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Thirty seconds after the near-miss, that same puck was in the Americans' net and what looked like a dream ending for the U.S. was turning into a nightmare.