January 21, 1996 |
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 |
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.
June 27, 2010 |
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)
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November 5, 2011 |
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.
April 7, 2009 |
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.
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September 16, 2010 |
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.
March 27, 2012 |
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.
February 12, 2012 |
Elizabeth McGovern, 50, and her English director-producer husband, Simon Curtis, 51, recently hit the awards nominee circuit in tandem, he as the director of the film "My Week With Marilyn" and McGovern as Cora Crawley, the American-born Countess of Grantham, in "Downton Abbey. " McGovern's recent noms cap a career largely spent out of the limelight after her high-profile start 30 years ago in "Ordinary People" and "Ragtime. " Season 2 of the PBS "Masterpiece Classic" hit concludes Feb. 19. You've been living in London for about 20 years, raising your family and mainly working in British entertainment.
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September 28, 2010 |
As a teacher in an impoverished, gang-ridden area of South Los Angeles, Rigoberto Ruelas always reached out to the toughest kids. He would tutor them on weekends and after school, visit their homes, encourage them to aim high and go to college. The fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School was so passionate about his mission that, school authorities say, he had near perfect attendance in 14 years on the job. So when Ruelas, 39, failed to show up for work last week, his colleagues instantly began to worry.
December 2, 2010 |
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.