September 17, 2013 |
It's the second year of a revised CIF state transfer rule that reduced the penalty for transferring without moving from one year to about one month, and there's still debate about whether things are better or worse. CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod, who has been a strong supporter of the rule, met with reporters earlier this month to discuss lots of issues, and one of them was transfers. There were close to 15,000 transfers statewide last school year. Wigod makes it clear the new CIF rule was never designed to deter or reduce transfers but to manage them.
September 17, 2013 |
A little philosophy can be a dangerous thing. A heated conversation between two men about the seminal 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant first came to blows, then one man shot the other. The Kant shooting incident took place in southern Russia in a beer line, Reuters reports, and the bullets were rubber. The 28-year-old victim is expected to recover. The 26-year-old alleged shooter has been apprehended by the police and charged with “intentional infliction of serious harm.” He could serve up to 15 years in prison for not living in accordance with the first, or indeed second, formulation of Kant's categorical imperative: using a gun to win an argument would not work as a universal strategy, and there is no rational end to getting into a fistfight about “The Critique of Pure Reason” or any of Kant's other works.
September 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A United Nations report finding "clear and convincing evidence" of a deadly chemical attack built new momentum Monday for demands by the United States and allies to impose tough penalties on Syria if it fails to honor promises to surrender its arsenal. Although the 38-page report from a U.N. scientific team does not assign blame, Western diplomats and independent experts said it offers undeniable evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces fired sarin-filled rockets with Russian markings into Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21. The United States says more than 1,400 people were killed.
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September 16, 2013 |
Internal emails obtained by The Times show Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission officials trying to come up with a strategy to limit public debate on its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium. Peppered with profanities and name-calling, the emails were the subject of a recent court battle, in which the commission sought their return. A Superior Court judge refused to grant Coliseum officials an emergency order demanding that The Times and others surrender them.
September 15, 2013 |
Servite linebacker Jack Savage is the son of UCLA baseball Coach John Savage, who has several players on his national championship roster who graduated from high schools that don't like losing to Servite in football. The friendly wagers could be quite entertaining this season between coach and players. Sidearm-throwing relief pitcher David Berg (Bishop Amat) could bet Savage that if the Lancers beat Servite, he will get to start one game. And if Servite beats Bishop Amat, Berg would have to throw overhand for one game.
September 14, 2013 |
Is the only good rapist a dead rapist? That certainly appears to be the sentiment of many in India after a judge on Friday sentenced four men to be hanged for their parts in the rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in December. What's the view of the man on the street? Well, as my colleague Mark Magnier reported from New Delhi : Pawan Kumar, a 52-year-old textile shopkeeper, said he would be happy to do the honors. "They deserve capital punishment," the northern Uttar Pradesh state resident said.
September 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said Thursday that Edward Snowden 's disclosures of secret surveillance programs at home and abroad have generated a useful public debate on the trade-offs between privacy and national security. "I think it's clear that some of the conversations this has generated, some of the debate, actually needed to happen," Clapper told a defense and intelligence contractor trade group. "If there's a good side to this, maybe that's it. " Clapper defended the work of the National Security Agency, where Snowden worked on contract as a systems analyst, and took no responsibility for the glaring security lapse that allowed Snowden to download and remove at least 50,000 classified documents from an NSA listening post in Hawaii.
September 12, 2013 |
In all the long history of American presidential addresses, has there been an odder one than this? With the solemn grandeur appropriate to a declaration of war, President Obama informed the American people Tuesday night that a congressional vote on military action had been postponed because Russia was brokering a diplomatic initiative that might - or might not - put Syria's chemical weapons under international control. A Gettysburg Address this wasn't. There will be many more turns on the road to Damascus, but the politics of these weeks since the criminal use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21 already tell us a lot about the United States.
September 10, 2013 |
Cellphone use at movie theaters is a modern etiquette dilemma that inspires heated debates and occasional popcorn throwing. But a blogger's call to 911 during a Toronto International Film Festival screening Monday has kicked the issue up a level. Alex Billington, president and owner of the movie website Firstshowing.net, said he called 911 during a press and industry screening of Ti West's horror movie "The Sacrament" to object to an audience member using his cellphone in one of the front rows.
September 8, 2013 |
AURORA, Colo. - Nic Showalter and Richard Rutledge view the world across a wide gulf. Showalter, a Democrat, sees President Obama blocked at every turn by intransigent Republicans. Rutledge, a Republican, sees a swollen-headed president running roughshod over opponents. For that reason, both are glad Obama has sought congressional approval before attacking Syria. Showalter thinks it will hold Republican lawmakers accountable. Rutledge says it's the way checks and balances ought to work.