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August 14, 2011 | By Ken Van Vechten, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. " To that, lyricist Noel Coward could have added bargain-seeking golfers. If you thought Las Vegas hotel prices dropped when the mercury climbs skyward, wait until you see the green fees at nearby courses. So save a bundle, avoid the nasty wind and cold in what the tourism bureau calls "high season" and work on that tan. But before discussing where, let's remember a few important hows of desert golf: 1. "Swing oil" is not your friend; water is. Drink lots.
April 27, 2014 | James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's 10 Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest -- the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Eight of the schools chose to participate and here is what we found: -- USC's top-ranked women's golf team is trying for a repeat of last year, which in this case means more than defending its national championship.
April 15, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
San Jose State University's experiment in offering low-cost, entry-level online classes for credit will expand this summer with two new courses and increased enrollment, officials announced Monday.  The university partnered earlier this year with the Silicon Valley online education provider Udacity to offer three popular “gateway” courses -- remedial math, college-level algebra and elementary statistics -- that are in high demand for students...
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A raft of bills to set tougher ethics rules for California politicians cleared their first legislative hurdle Tuesday as the state Senate prepared for a daylong refresher course on standards of conduct. Lawmakers say better adherence to existing rules and tougher restrictions in the future are needed to win back the public's trust after three state senators were charged with crimes. Eleven proposals approved by a Senate committee included a ban on fundraising during the end of legislative sessions, when decisions on many key issues are made; a reduction in the value of gifts that officials may accept; and a prohibition on such items as spa treatments, golf games, concert and professional sports tickets, theme park admissions and gift cards.
November 29, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
It's no surprise that Spain, the United States and the British Isles are favorites among  golfers. But Asia , particularly Thailand, is a new contender. By year's end, more than 600,000 golfers will have visited the Thai kingdom in 2012, spending an estimated $2 billion on ground arrangements alone, according to industry statistics. The double-digit growth comes despite a worldwide recessionary drop-off in travel. Asia is benefiting because golfers have a never-say-die attitude, said Mark Siegel, the president of Golfasian , one of the largest golf tourism companies in the region.  "It's counterintuitive," he said.
October 25, 1999
Sigrid Bathen (Opinion, Oct. 17) omits the major plausible explanation for the importance of Advanced Placement courses. Because of high school grade inflation, the grade point average does not validly represent ability, as it previously did; hence colleges use AP courses and SATs as more valid measures of academic ability. The central problem is not the shortage of AP classes but poor graduation rates, low grades and SATs and failure to meet the qualifying course requirements for college admission.
November 6, 1990
Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi's support of uninterrupted play on the three Sepulveda golf courses is applauded by members of the Sepulveda Men's Golf Club. Our 800-member club has for a long time urged the use of Tillman reclaimed water to irrigate these courses in an effort to alleviate a four-year drought. Tearing up the courses to lay water mains to carry Tillman water can be self-defeating. Reduced fees for shortened courses could cost the city about as much as routing those pipes around them.
August 15, 2010 | By Ken Van Vechten, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Forget the Scots. Golf was invented in America. There's a petroglyph at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico showing Kokopelli, a mystical Anasazi figure, holding a 9-iron. The descendants of the ancestral Puebloans now have run amok with the sport, and tribal golf is about as good as it gets in California. Here's a look at some favorite courses. Barona Creek Golf Club The green you play: Several years ago a wildfire threatened the Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, burning the margins of the golf course.
May 13, 2000
Re "AP Program--a Big Step Up If You Can Get It," Commentary, May 5: As one who had the pleasure of teaching both Advanced Placement biology and AP European history and is married to a teacher of AP literature and composition, I would really like to see the magic wand state Sen. Martha Escutia (D-Whittier), Harry Pachon and David Tokofsky are going to wave, and at whom, to create this necessary legion of qualified teachers of AP courses, should Escutia's bill become law. The answers to the myriad problems created by this commendable effort can only come from teachers of AP courses.
July 19, 1995
As five of the UCLA faculty members who taught in an innovative undergraduate course on the history and politics of affirmative action, we were disturbed by comments made by University of California's Regent Ward Connerly criticizing the course (July 6). "The History and Politics of Affirmative Action" brought depth, thoughtful analysis and reasoned debate to a significant and timely social issue on which there are fundamental differences. The course addressed the historical and legal roots of affirmative action, as well as economic, social and educational issues.
April 21, 2014 | David Lazarus
General Mills, maker of Cheerios and Wheaties, thinks it deserves credit for reversing itself after quietly trying to strip customers of their constitutional right to a day in court. But that's like a homeowner saying he deserves credit for putting out a house fire after deliberately setting his living room ablaze. The reality is that General Mills Inc., one of the nation's largest food companies, tried to pull a fast one on consumers and was caught off-guard by the volume and the scope of the backlash.
April 21, 2014 | By Carla Hall
“Is it really that interesting when a 66-year-old woman becomes a grandmother?” That's the question my colleague and friend Robin Abcarian rhetorically posed in her column Friday as she recounted listening, disbelievingly, to someone in the media actually suggest that Hillary Rodham Clinton's impending grandmotherhood might have an effect on her possible presidential campaign. (The offending media person was New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. His fellow panelists on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” were as aghast as Abcarian.)
April 21, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
[ This story has been corrected. See bottom of post for details .] National Poetry Month is almost over, but we'd be remiss to overlook “Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems” by James Baldwin (Beacon: 94 pp., $16 paper), which collects all 25 poems the essayist and novelist published before his death in 1987 at age 63. If you didn't know Baldwin was a poet, you're not alone - although it makes sense because his prose was always visionary and poetic, built on a torrent, a flow of words.
April 14, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Wine dinners come and go. Some are fabulous. Some are lame. But here's one that seems destined for the fabulous category, a collaboration between the Culver City gastropub Waterloo & City and the French-accented Central Coast winery Tablas Creek Vineyard this Wednesday. Just look at the menu, which involves a Gloucester Old Spot pig raised on the Tablas Creek estate near Templeton. For those who don't follow pigs obsessively, Old Spot is a much-coveted heritage breed. And big -- sows can weigh up to 500 pounds, the boars a good 100 pounds more.
April 12, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
- Say this for Bubba Watson : He has a positive attitude. Despite shooting a two-over-par 74 in Saturday's third round of the Masters, the 2012 champion called it "all in all, a good day. " "The greens were the firmest I'd seen in years," Watson said. "I'm not too worried about what went on … and if I play bad [Sunday], I still have a green jacket. " Watson, who holds a share of the 54-hole lead at five under, left a flurry of putts short Saturday and three-putted two greens - two more than he had Thursday and Friday combined.
April 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers just can't let go of the loss on Oct. 29 to the Lakers, using that season-opening defeat as fuel to wreak havoc whenever they play them. The Lakers remember the embarrassment of their last historical defeat to the Clippers, not wanting to feel that kind of pain again. So when the Clippers and Lakers encountered each other Sunday at Staples Center, both teams were on a course to see where this game would take them. The Clippers took what has become their normal path this season, blowing out the Lakers, 120-97, in their home game.
March 27, 2008 | By Mike James, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Huntsville, Ala. The National Golf Foundation , which tracks trends throughout the industry, considers an avid golfer to be anyone who plays eight rounds a year. I'm not sure what that means my three friends and I are. Fanatic? Obsessive compulsive? Nuts? Four of us recently returned from a trip to Alabama's incomparable Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail , a collection at 11 sites of 26 courses whose beauty can steal your breath and whose difficulty can shred your pride.
March 30, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Russian troops are massing menacingly on Ukraine's eastern border. The civil war in Syria is still raging, and 33,000 American troops fight on in Afghanistan. So where is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel headed this week? To Hawaii - for a meeting with defense ministers from Asia, the region the Obama administration still considers its top foreign policy priority. "Asia is one of the great success stories of the world," Hagel told me in an interview in his Pentagon office last week.
March 27, 2014 | By Marc Weingarten
Call it the Big Swerve: That point in one's adult life where decisions about the future - marriage, career, kids, mortgage payments - have to be reckoned with. It creeps up on us with little warning. Tramping our merry way through the marigolds of our youth, we suddenly encounter a crossroads. Priorities have to be straightened out, in a hurry. We all seem to be intent on not swerving in the wrong direction; one false move might send us down a rabbit hole of disappointment and regret that we will have great difficulty crawling out of. Michelle Huneven, a longtime L.A.-based writer whose prior novels limn the jagged paths of troubled misfits and outsiders, has created a protagonist in her fourth novel, "Off Course," who seems to be stuck in neutral or else unwilling to tread the path so neatly laid out before her. Unwilling, in other words, to swerve in any functional direction.
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