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The sign over the bar at the Old Town Pump reads, "In the U.S.A. it's--English or adios, amigo." Proprietor Joyce Ostrander takes the sentiment seriously. In November, she asked three Hispanics who were playing pool, drinking beer and conversing in Spanish to start speaking English. The three men say she also kicked them out. For that, they're suing her, charging discrimination. "I'm not discriminating.
July 14, 2010 | By Jeff Shain
From St. Andrews, Scotland Two months ago, St. Andrews appeared liable to remain Justin Rose's "Bogey Open." The English pro has competed on six of the nine venues on the British Open rotation, but never at St. Andrews — where he was unable to qualify in both 2000 and '05. "To me, it's the Open to play," Rose said. Now he's not only in the field, but two wins in his past three starts have moved the affable Rose to a position among the favorites as the 139th Open tees off Thursday on the venerable — and this week, soggy — Old Course.
November 5, 2011 | Sandy Banks
From the outside, Plummer Elementary doesn't look much like a showcase school. The 60-year-old campus has drab green bungalows, a patchy lawn and graffiti scrawled on the "Please, No Honking" sign. The California Distinguished School logo above the front gate, out of reach of taggers, is about the only indication that something special is happening inside. The San Fernando Valley campus, in a working-class pocket of North Hills, was singled out by Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy in a conversation we had last month about whether low-income, Latino students in this district are doomed to mediocrity.
June 27, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
Suddenly, it's 1966 all over again. The Beatles are riding high in the hit parade. Twiggy and her miniskirts are all the rage. And, just to underline the unexpected temporal shift, England and Germany are playing each other in the World Cup. As it was in London 44 years ago, so it was in Bloemfontein on Sunday afternoon. History, it appears, does repeat itself, but always with a twist. Back then, it was Geoff Hurt's shot that thundered against German goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski's crossbar, bounced down onto or over the line (take your pick)
September 16, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Edwin Newman, known to several generations of television viewers as the dry-witted NBC reporter and commentator who covered coronations and assassinations and wrote two bestselling books on Americans' mangling of the English language, has died. He was 91. Newman died Aug. 13 of pneumonia in Oxford, England, where he had lived since 2007, according to family attorney Rupert Mead. He said Newman's wife and daughter delayed the announcement of his death until Wednesday to allow themselves time to mourn privately.
April 7, 2009 | Associated Press
The man who gunned down 13 people in an immigrant center here thought police had harassed him for years, spreading rumors about him and touching him in his sleep, and apparently he was intent on killing people before returning "to the dust of the earth," according to a rambling letter in broken English that was mailed to a TV station the day of the massacre.
March 27, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Three years ago, Louisville sophomore center Gorgui Dieng couldn't speak English. Last year, he didn't know how the NCAA tournament worked. When Morehead State eliminated Louisville in the first round, Dieng said he asked his coaches, "Why can't we play anymore?" He wasn't kidding. "I had no idea," he said. "I didn't know Sweet 16 last year. Honest. " Louisville has come a long way to reach its first Final Four since 2005, after finishing seventh in the Big East Conference.
December 2, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman A Novel Ben H. Winters HarperCollins: 256 pp., $16.99 Teachers occupy a peculiar place in children's minds, especially for elementary and middle school students. Who are these people after they set down their dry-erase markers and lock up their classrooms? Are they as boring as their button-down shirts would indicate? Or might they be leading double lives? That's the comedic idea behind "The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman," a novel for middle school students from Ben H. Winters, who updated Jane Austen's classic in the 2009 literary mash-up "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
February 16, 2002
Americans are routinely criticized around the world for an inability to manage any language but English. A sign outside the Main Media Center in downtown Salt Lake City is sure to give ammunition to such critics. The sign is printed in English and French, the two official languages of the International Olympic Committee. In big letters, in English, it offers directions to an "East Gate" and a "South Gate."
October 17, 2010 | By Andrew Lam
The man who stood at the entrance to my New World was my first English teacher, Ernie Kaeselau. He passed away recently, and though I hadn't seen him in decades, the news of his demise left me unexpectedly bereft. Having fled Saigon and the Vietnam War in the spring of 1975 during finals in sixth grade, I landed in San Francisco a couple of months later and attended summer school down the peninsula at Colma Junior High in Daly City, preparing for seventh grade. Never mind that I didn't speak English, only Vietnamese and passable French.
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