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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
Candidates hoping to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky addressed a range of chronic challenges facing the county board Thursday evening and offered different prescriptions for reforming the governing panel. Meeting in their third debate, the candidates agreed that the county needs to build more supportive housing for the homeless to reduce the number of people living on the street. They also voiced support for initiatives to break up bureaucratic "silos" separating agencies and making it harder to deliver healthcare to the needy and help for families in the troubled foster care system.
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NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - As the Senate prepares to take up an aid package for Ukraine this week, congressional Republicans on Sunday called for stronger sanctions against Moscow amid heightened concerns about a Russian troop movements. “It's deeply concerning to see the Russian troop buildup along the border,” White House deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken told CNN's “State of the Union.”' “It creates the potential for incidents, for instability," he continued. “It's likely that what they're trying to do is intimidate the Ukrainians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl won the endorsement of a key activist group Saturday after a wide-ranging debate among five candidates vying to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The two-hour forum at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club allowed the candidates to share their views on mass transit, Proposition 13, arts funding, term limits and cleaning polluted storm water. In the end, the board of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club voted to endorse Kuehl in the June 3 primary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Four of the candidates vying to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will face off this evening in the first major debate of the campaign. Scheduled to participate are former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver, former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl, West Hollywood Councilman John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich. Yaroslavsky, who is leaving office after two decades, represents neighborhoods with some of the county's highest voter participation rates -- a district stretching from Santa Monica and Beverly Hills into the San Fernando Valley.  The event, starting at 7:30 at UCLA, is jointly sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and radio station KCRW-FM (89.9)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Laura Nelson
Contrasting approaches to paying for their campaigns emerged as an issue Thursday as four candidates to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky faced off in their first major debate. The debate offered an opportunity for key contenders to begin shaping their messages and distinguishing themselves from rivals before an audience at UCLA. The candidates said the election offered an opportunity to forge a cooperative relationship with a new county sheriff and fix a range of problems facing the scandal-plagued county jail system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
In the first major debate of the campaign, four of the candidates vying to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors faced off Thursday in a debate that focused mostly on fundraising. It was an opportunity for key contenders to begin shaping their messages and distinguishing themselves from rivals before an audience on the UCLA campus. And they didn't hold back. The candidates discussed how best to work with a new sheriff to fix the county's crowded jails and how they plan to appeal to voters in the San Fernando Valley, where half the votes lie. But the most heated exchange came as they discussed the effect of money in the campaign, and how dollars are being raised.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate. Assistant Sheriff Jim Hellmold, one of two candidates tapped to run by former Sheriff Lee Baca, called out former Cmdr. Bob Olmsted more than once. Before retiring, Olmsted oversaw the department's most troubled jails. He has described himself as a whistle-blower who tried to alert top brass about inmate abuse and aggressive deputy "gangs" but was ignored.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood and August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - A drum kit stood assembled and cans of beer were piled in a bucket. But otherwise, the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie's was empty Thursday afternoon, an unusual sight for the ordinarily bustling South by Southwest music festival. Earlier that day, a suspected drunk driver had plowed through a crowd gathered in front of the downtown venue, killing two people and injuring 23 others, police said. An annual conference that also includes portions dedicated to film and technology, SXSW brings thousands of people to downtown Austin every March - an estimated 325,000 came in 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate. Unlike the debate last month, this time the candidates directed multiple barbs at the men sitting beside them, some veiled and some not. Assistant Sheriff Jim Hellmold, one of two candidates former Sheriff Lee Baca tapped to run, called out former Cmdr. Bob Olmsted more than once.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
The College Board's decision to make the essay portion of its influential SAT exam optional is setting off a national debate among colleges and universities about whether to require applicants to take it. Beyond the potential effect on students, the March 5 announcement about the upcoming test change is stirring soul-searching about the importance of writing in higher education and how best to evaluate that ability. The new College Board policy also has raised concerns about setting up a possible barrier to college entrance, especially if the separate essay writing exam requires an additional fee. Many colleges will face a serious problem in considering whether to keep mandating the essay test after the change goes into effect in 2016, said Jerome Lucido, executive director of the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, a national think tank on college admissions issues.
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