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May 15, 2013 |
Geza Vermes was a graduate student in Belgium in the late 1940s when he was captivated by news sweeping the globe about a remarkable discovery in the desert east of Jerusalem. He quickly switched gears, penning his doctoral thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient manuscript fragments that would become a focus of his life's work. FOR THE RECORD: The headline on an earlier version of this article said Vermes had died at the age of 89. He was 88. Also in the earlier version, the first name of Mark Goodacre, an associate professor of religion at Duke University, was incorrectly reported as Martin.
May 15, 2013
Re "A clash over how to address teacher cheating," May 12 As a principal and a superintendent, I had always taken the view that one of the very important roles of a teacher was to model appropriate behavior. It would appear that the state Commission on Professional Competence, which found that a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher improperly helped students on standardized tests but decided that he shouldn't be fired, does not hold such a view. The only conclusion I can draw from its decision is that the commission has taken the position that teacher cheating does not affect the teacher's competence.
May 14, 2013 |
David Beckham's six years with the Galaxy bolstered the fortunes of both the Galaxy and Major League Soccer. But now that the superstar is gone, has it made any difference? It's a mixed bag, but it's still early in the season. Through its first five home games at the 27,000-seat Home Depot Center, the Galaxy's average attendance is down 6% from a year earlier to 21,011. Ticket broker StubHub, which takes over the stadium's naming rights June 1 as part of a marketing partnership with the Galaxy, likewise is "seeing a bit of lag" in the resale market for Galaxy tickets, according to StubHub spokeswoman Alison Salcedo.
May 13, 2013
Even though so many of our traditional farmers market signals of spring have been converted to year-round production, there's one that has resisted all attempts -- the pea. Called English peas to differentiate them from snow peas or sugar snap peas, they are around only in the cool part of the spring. When the weather turns warm, they wilt away to nothing. Here's my favorite way to eat them, learned from my old friend, cookbook writer Sylvia Thompson: Simmer the peas in their pods in a skillet with about 1 inch of water and a nice chunk of butter.
May 12, 2013 |
If Sir Alex Ferguson had stuck with his original plan, today we might be praising his pasta and Chinese noodles rather than his decision to start Robin van Persie over Wayne Rooney. Or if he had chosen to pursue his interest in U.S. history, particularly the Civil War and the JFK assassination, he might have become a master teacher of men rather than a master motivator of them. But then again, if Ferguson hadn't passed on those two options to become the most successful coach in British soccer history, we wouldn't be calling him sir. After all few chefs, and even fewer U.S. history buffs, get knighted by the queen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 |
Nearly half of Los Angeles County's immigrants here illegally lack a high school diploma, and 60% do not speak English well, according to a study. Nonprofits and foundations must work with the public sector to make sure there are enough English classes in the event of a mass legalization, said Maria Blanco, vice president of civic engagement at the California Community Foundation, which partially funded the paper released Tuesday by USC. If newly legalized immigrants do not learn English, their job prospects are likely to remain limited.
May 1, 2013 |
Rider Publishing, a Random House imprint, acquired world rights to "Crossing the Border," the memoirs of former North Korean State Poet Laureate Jang Jin-sung, the Guardian reports . In 2004, unable to reconcile his privileged position with the suffering endured by most North Koreans, Jang traveled to China on a pass and from there he found sympathizers who got him to South Korea. Accounts of North Korea by insiders are rare. North Korean Kang Chol-hwan authored the prison camp memoir "The Aquariums of Pyongyang.
April 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Miss Agatha Trunchbull, headmistress of Crunchem Hall school, hates pigtails. They're good only to serve as handles by which she can toss a rebellious child into the air - a feat this one-time Olympic hammer-throwing champion shows off early in "Matilda," the new Broadway musical. Her motto - " Bambinatum est maggitum" (" Children are maggots") - is no joke. Even so, Miss Trunchbull, as severe as her chignon and as charming as Hannibal Lecter, is one of the funniest comic creations ever to grace a Broadway stage.
April 27, 2013 |
Robin Van Persie had a number in mind when he jumped from Arsenal to Manchester United last summer. And it wasn't the $70 million his new four-year contract was worth. After wearing uniform No. 9 with the Dutch national team and 10 and 11 during his nine years with Arsenal, Van Persie put some thought into his uniform choice before deciding to take his talents to Old Trafford, home of the 19-time English Premier League champions. "I took the No. 20 shirt," he said at his introductory news conference in August, "because I'm here to win a 20th title with United.
April 26, 2013 |
Question: I have lived in my current apartment building for three years with no problems, but recently a new manager took over. I originally came to the U.S. on a work visa; I was born and raised in China and speak Cantonese as my first language. As a result, I speak with a heavy accent. I am also much more comfortable with written English than with speaking English. About a month ago, I got a notice of a rent increase from the new manager, which surprised me because I had just gotten a rent increase a few months earlier.