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April 10, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Parents at 24th Street Elementary School have overwhelmingly chosen a partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and a charter operator to run the persistently low-performing Jefferson Park campus. Among those eligible to cast ballots, 80% chose a district collaboration with Crown Preparatory Academy, which already runs a middle school out of surplus classrooms on the campus. Next fall, the district will manage kindergarten through fourth grade and the charter will handle students in grades five through eight.
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SPORTS
April 7, 2013
Looking ahead LAKERS AT CLIPPERS: Sunday, 12:30 p.m.. TV: Channel 7. The Clippers have their first 50-win season in franchise history, but why stop there? They could sweep the Lakers in a four-game season series for the first time since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, having done it only once previously, as the Buffalo Braves in 1974-75. A Lakers victory would do more than save the city's historically dominant franchise some embarrassment; it would help stabilize the team's shaky playoff standing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Rather than do battle over a controversial parent-empowerment law, Los Angeles school officials earlier this year opted for collaboration. This week, that move started to pay dividends. A plan devised by the L.A. Unified School District and a charter school to improve 24th Street Elementary - a persistently low-performing school south of downtown - has been endorsed by leaders of a parents group. Under California's so-called parent-trigger law, parents could evict L.A. Unified from its own campus.
SPORTS
March 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
PHOENIX -- Despite complaints that they are fundamentally changing the game, NFL owners voted almost unanimously Wednesday to ban players from ducking their heads to initiate contact in the open field. The rules change, which capped the league's annual meeting, passed by a 31-1 margin, with the only vote against it coming from the Cincinnati Bengals. The rule imposes a 15-yard penalty if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the crown (top) of his helmet when both players are clearly outside the tackle box. The tackle box is defined as an area extending from offensive tackle to tackle and from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage back to the end zone behind the line of scrimmage.
SPORTS
March 20, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NFL owners voted Wednesday to approve all proposed rules changes, including the controversial crown-of-the-helmet rule, which seeks to eliminate the use of a helmet as a weapon. That rule passed, 31-1. The rule, which applies mainly to running backs, imposes a 15-yard penalty if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top of his helmet when both players are clearly outside the tackle box. The tackle box is defined as an area extending from tackle to tackle and from three yards behind the line of scrimmage to the offensive team's end line.
SPORTS
March 19, 2013 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
PHOENIX - In the name of player safety, the NFL is weighing a ban on running backs initiating contact in the open field by lowering their heads and using the crown of their helmet to strike defenders. But the proposed rule is jarring to many, including some prominent former ballcarriers who are concerned the potential change fundamentally alters the game and could leave running backs even more vulnerable. "This is a joke," Hall of Fame back Marshall Faulk said Tuesday on NFL Network, for whom he's an analyst.
SPORTS
March 18, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The Kings announced Monday that they will retire what they call their crown/black jerseys after wearing the official alternate sweaters in their next two games, Monday and Tuesday against Phoenix at Staples Center. The jerseys were the team's primary home jersey from 2002 to 2011. The silver and black jerseys that are now their primary jerseys were introduced in November 2008. Here's a look at the Kings' jerseys through the years. The Forum Blue and Gold still rank as the best, and the despised “Burger King” jerseys as the worst.
SPORTS
March 2, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There were 10 lead changes in the second half of a hard-fought City Section Division I championship boys' basketball game Saturday night, just what was expected in the long-anticipated duel between Westchester and Woodland Hills El Camino Real at Cal State Dominguez Hills. But when the going got tough, the Comets turned to senior guard Matthew Grant. He contributed a three-pointer with 2 minutes 44 seconds left, then another basket with 2:03 remaining, and Westchester finally pulled away for a 65-59 victory to win a 12th City championship for Coach Ed Azzam.
SPORTS
February 20, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - With their first Cactus League game not scheduled until Saturday, the Dodgers are finding different ways to amuse themselves. A double-elimination doubles ping-pong tournament started on Wednesday, with the team of nonroster relievers Peter Moylan and Mark Lowe defeating Carl Crawford and Tony Gwynn Jr. in straight sets. Later, tournament organizer Clayton Kershaw and Shawn Tolleson beat A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis. Earlier in the day, Andre Ethier overtook Hyun-Jin Ryu as the chopsticks competition leader.
SPORTS
February 15, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Antron Brown was in constant motion before qualifying Friday, what with fans wanting his autograph, crew members wanting his ear and no less than drag-racing legend John Force wanting a bit of his guidance. But Brown wasn't complaining because it comes with having won the top-fuel championship in the National Hot Rod Assn. last year, when Brown became the first African American driver to win a major U.S. motor-racing title. Now Brown is starting his quest to win back-to-back championships at this weekend's season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona.
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