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February 4, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
When Lashon Academy opens its doors this fall, its students will be taught to read and write in both English and Hebrew - a first for a public school in Los Angeles. But the approval of the charter school last month has raised concerns that it and others, particularly dual-language charters, blur the line between private and public campuses by accepting public money to cater only to a certain demographic. Lashon Academy, planned for Van Nuys, is modeled after the Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y., which opened in 2009.
January 30, 2013 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has restricted state departments' hiring authority following revelations that hundreds of public employees were receiving pay for second state jobs in addition to their normal salaries. Workers receiving more than one state paycheck, known in official parlance as "additional appointments," were found in a variety of departments and agencies, including the California Public Employees Retirement System and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and in several state hospitals.
December 13, 2012 | By Chris Lee
Nicole Kidman scored a pair of Golden Globe nominations Thursday for two divergent performances that showcase the Oscar winner's versatility and willingness to tackle challenging - even potentially degrading - roles in the name of drama. Drafting on her dual Screen Actors Guild award nominations Wednesday, Kidman scored a Golden Globe nod for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for her turn as a hot-to-trot Southern belle in “The Paperboy” and one for best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television portraying a war correspondent in the HBO biopic “Hemingway & Gellhorn.” In director Lee Daniels' “The Paperboy,” which divided critics when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has grossed less than $700,000 at the box office, Kidman plays a sexed-up Southern Barbie with a beehive bouffant and a penchant for steamy correspondence with prison inmates.
December 9, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Suzuki has a large footprint on the convention floor at the Progressive International Motocycle Show and has been blowing minds with its Hayabusas, its millionth-manufactured GSXR, its bestselling Burgman 650 scooter, its impressive Boulevard C90T cruiser and its entry-level GW250 starter bike. Getting less attention was the brand's reintroduction of the popular DR-Z400 and DR-200SE dual sport bikes. This dual sport segment has been an active area of growth in motorcyling, often in years when sales of street bikes and dirt bikes were flat or descending.
December 8, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Quarterback Johnny Manziel, the frenetic playmaker who led Texas A&M to an upset of then-No. 1 Alabama, became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder from Kerrville, Texas, was honored with the coveted award Saturday night at the Best Buy Theater in New York. The only other Texas A&M player to win the Heisman Trophy was running back John David Crow in 1957. Previously, the closest a freshman came to winning the award was Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson in 2004, when he finished second by USC quarterback Matt Leinart.
December 7, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When Ronald Reagan was asked, as he periodically was, whether his experience as an actor had helped him to be an effective president, he'd genially respond that he didn't know how anybody could do the job without having been an actor. He was, Reagan biographer Lou Cannon believes, kidding on the square, and "Hyde Park on Hudson" amusingly demonstrates how important performance was for another head of state. Though Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln is the presidential presentation of the moment, Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt is well worth paying attention to. His FDR beautifully conveys the notion of the chief executive as seductive star performer, a man who counted on his ever-appealing charm to get his way in matters both personal and professional.
October 29, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Michael Strahan, who has been doing swimmingly on daytime TV since he replaced Regis Philbin as "Live!" co-host, has one less place near the water now. His town house in Hermosa Beach has sold for $1.725 million. The former NFL superstar and Fox football analyst had listed the custom walk-street home in August at $1.849 million. A block from the beach, the 2,560-square-foot two-story house features dual living rooms, an elevator, a rooftop deck, two master bedroom suites, another bedroom and four bathrooms.
October 13, 2012 | Sandy Banks
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so it's fitting that I share a tale that makes me believe that we still - despite decades of tough talk - don't treat domestic violence as the serious crime it is. Megan Shamburg worries every day that she'll become a headline, a statistic, a murder that could have been prevented. The 27-year-old woman has an 8-month-old daughter, a 7-month-old restraining order and a violent ex-boyfriend who'll be out of a jail in a month. Shamburg called 911 last March.
October 11, 2012 | By James Rainey
A new-media company with a plucky name promised to deliver “real time” reaction to the first presidential debate. The techies would tabulate reaction “tapped” into handheld devices, instantly measuring how Mitt Romney and President Obama performed. That all seemed 21st century groovy, until the results came in. Obama had “won” the debate, according to something like 70% of the handheld screen tappers. Scientific polls with some statistical significance showed quite the opposite.
October 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is widely expected to announce the iPad mini this month, and by now we know a lot about its many rumored features. But there's one nifty, alleged feature that's been largely ignored: dual speakers. Several photos published around the Internet seem to indicate Apple plans to put two speakers on the iPad mini, which would be a first for Apple mobile devices. In the image above, courtesy of Sonny Dickson of 9 to 5 Mac , you can see what looks to be the iPad mini on top of a 9.7-inch iPad.
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