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January 17, 2014 | By Chris Foster
It's back to Salt Lake City for UCLA Coach Steve Alford, as his Bruins play Utah on Saturday afternoon. This was the scene of a red-faced moment for Alford … or, a Crimson-faced one. His last game as New Mexico's coach was seeing the third-seeded Lobos upset by Harvard in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Salt Lake City last spring. Within weeks, Alford was at UCLA. Alford has had success in the city as well, with intense games against Utah when the Utes were in the Mountain West Conference with New Mexico.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Jason Song
More than 100 colleges and universities, including several in California, promised Thursday to try to attract more low-income students by strengthening relationships with high schools and community colleges, increasing access to advisors and offering more remedial programs. The pledges came after President Obama made increased college accessibility one of his top goals. On Thursday, the president invited to the White House participants who have made commitments to further that effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
For Americans who haven't been to college, alternative credentials such as professional licenses or educational certificates offer an edge in earnings, a new U.S. Census Bureau report shows. But Latinos lag behind other Americans in getting such licenses and certificates, a worrisome sign for educators and advocates who see the training as a ladder to better jobs with better wages. In its first report ever made on alternative educational credentials, the census bureau found that 1 out of 4 Americans holds some kind of educational credential or professional license other than an academic degree, including about 11.2 million people with no college education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
State education officials pushed forward sweeping changes to public school funding Thursday, approving rules to give more money to needy students and more power to local educators to decide how to use the dollars. At a daylong state Board of Education meeting, more than 300 speakers underscored tensions over the need to balance newfound flexible spending authority with assurances that the money will be used to improve services for students who are from low-income homes, learning English or in foster care.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | David Lazarus
Should the Internet be considered a public utility? How you answer that question will define what role you think federal regulators should play in ensuring that all content, from Netflix programs to Rush Limbaugh podcasts, receives equal treatment by the likes of Comcast and Verizon. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled this week that the Federal Communications Commission overreached when it laid down rules preventing network operators from assigning fast and slow lanes to content providers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Maura Dolan
SACRAMENTO - California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, flanked by legislative leaders and judges, warned Tuesday that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year would probably trigger more courthouse closures and layoffs in the state's beleaguered judicial branch. "We are rationing justice, and it has become more than a fiscal problem," Cantil-Sakauye said, standing in front of more than 30 judges, court administrators, union officials, business representatives and key state lawmakers at a news conference in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Claude Steele, a social psychology expert who is the dean of Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, will become the provost of UC Berkeley, it was announced Monday. UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks on Monday announced his appointment of Steele, with whom he worked at Columbia University in the past. Steele's nomination and salary as provost and executive vice chancellor -- the No. 2 job at the UC campus -- will be reviewed by the UC regents at their meeting next week.
OPINION
January 12, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
California's fortunes have improved so dramatically in the last two years, it was hard for even Gov. Jerry "Era of Limits" Brown to sound dour about the government's finances when he rolled out his $155-billion budget proposal last week. The tax increases that Brown persuaded voters to approve in November 2012 have not only averted the need to slash more from education and other state programs, they've helped generate a multibillion-dollar surplus. Yet Brown has stuck with the cautious practices that led the state safely to this point, proposing to pay down debt and focus new spending on education rather than trying to undo all the cuts the Legislature made during the downturn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Federal officials kicked up their campaign against discriminatory school discipline policies last week, issuing first-ever guidelines for school districts on how to avoid racial disparities in student punishment. In a 23-page letter, officials with the U.S. departments of justice and education said they recognized that schools must use discipline to promote a "safe and orderly" environment but that federal data and investigations showed that African Americans were punished more harshly and frequently than whites in similar situations.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Decades before Dos Equis introduced the most interesting man in the world via a beer commercial, that title might have belonged to a dog - a debonair, bow tie-wearing, Harvard-educated cartoon beagle named Mr. Peabody. The star of "Peabody's Improbable History," a series of six-minute animated segments that appeared alongside producer Jay Ward's "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoons starting in 1959, Mr. Peabody spoke eight languages, worked on government science projects and bore the moniker "The Woof of Wall Street" for his knack with stocks.
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