May 10, 2012 |
For the mad month of May, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has embarked on a wildly ambitious, slightly mad operatic mission. It includes a Walt Disney Concert Hall staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" next week and the world premiere of John Adams' large-scale opera-oratorio, "The Gospel According to the Other Mary," at month's end. The adventure began Tuesday night with a rare and important performance of Luciano Berio's elaborately operatic study...
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January 18, 2012 |
Los Angeles teachers who became whistle-blowers during a cheating scandal won the right Tuesday to open their own charter school. The new enterprise, called Apple Academy, won unanimous approval from the Los Angeles Board of Education. The school's chief executive, former L.A. teachers union president A.J. Duffy, had been a longtime critic of charter schools. The cheating, which came to public attention last year, ultimately led to the shutdown last summer of all six Crescendo charter schools.
December 14, 2011 |
Ringing like a Salvation Army bell, more Christmas-themed outrage is in the air. This time, it's a kerfuffle over some holiday carolers being ejected from a post office in a Maryland suburb outside Washington. It seems that the carolers, dressed like something out of Dickens, ran afoul of a federal law that prohibits organized groups from assembling on post office property. It's likely no one would have heard about it, except that J.P. Duffy, a spokesman for the influential conservative advocacy group the Family Research Council, was among the dozens of patrons at the post office in Aspen Hill, Md, on Saturday.
December 4, 2011 |
Marshall Duffield is the first to admit that the Mojave Desert is a strange place to build boats. At a factory near Adelanto, Calif., his Duffy Electric Boat Co. turns out its buoyant products even though the only water for miles around -- the California Aqueduct -- isn't navigable. "If you had said that it would have ever come to this, that I would be building boats in the middle of a desert, I never would have believed it," said Duffield, the affable boat company owner known as Duffy.
September 7, 2011
Duffy's latest vision Re "A.J. Duffy, reformer?," Editorial, Sept. 4 Your comment on United Teachers Los Angeles — "it's not their job to put the interests of children first" — is not the way that teachers unions explain their behavior. They often embellish their stances with the claim that they are supporting the interests of their students. It now appears that former UTLA President A.J. Duffy has always had the interests of students at heart. Were those views in plain view when attempts were made to dismiss teachers, to argue for excellence over seniority or to expand charter schools?
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September 7, 2011 |
I was waiting for A.J. Duffy at the Farmer's Market Tuesday afternoon when I spotted someone who looked somewhat like him. But if this was the ex-president of United Teachers Los Angeles, he was out of uniform. Instead of the nice threads and two-tone Guys 'n' Dolls shoes he wore as a union boss, he was dressed like a tourist. Blue shorts past his knees. White T-shirt. Sneakers. And a Yankees cap. Then again, Duffy recently switched teams, so why not uniforms? In fact, he pulled off a flip so incredible, he could have joined Cirque du Soleil.