September 16, 2012 |
Television series may be canceled quickly or run out of steam after several seasons, but the special ones never really die. They live on in our collective memories. And thanks to cable, the Internet and DVD, these vintage series are becoming more than just fond recollections. Clint Walker, the tall, ruggedly handsome former security guard and bouncer who became an overnight sensation 57 years ago as the heroic scout in the first hour-long television western, ABC's "Cheyenne," has his own website at http://www.clintwalker.com to keep up with the worldwide demand for autographs and pictures.
June 18, 2012 |
A.J. Duffy is, at least for the moment, a man without a country. He led United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents teachers in the nation's second-largest school district, for six bruising years, tussling with the mayor and several superintendents and racking up critics. Then he went on to found a charter school, infuriating his old allies in labor who reflexively, and stupidly, reject charters as a threat to their existence. And then the school that Duffy helped create, Apple Academy, announced that it didn't have room in its budget for a chief executive officer.
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.