April 6, 2013 |
ATLANTA -- Florida Gulf Coast was a carnival cruise while it lasted and Wichita State was a hoot, but there will be nothing "mid" about the majors playing for Monday's national title. The final call is strictly blue grass vs. blue blood. Louisville, the top overall No.1 team in the tournament, will play Michigan from the Big Ten, the nation's top overall conference this season. Everyone else - thanks for participating. In Saturday's national semifinal games in front of a football-sized Georgia Dome crowd, Louisville held off interloper Wichita State, 72-68, then Michigan survived the vortex that had been Syracuse's zone defense, 61-56.
April 1, 2013 |
The American Society of Magazine Editors on Monday announced the finalists for its 2013 awards . The National Magazine Awards -- known as the Ellies for the Alexander Calder "Elephant" that winners receive -- will be presented at a luncheon in New York on May 2. Many of the usual suspects appear on the finalists list: GQ and the New Yorker are perennial favorites, and National Geographic, with a total of seven, received the most nominations....
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March 28, 2013 |
The Corona-Norco Unified School District was named as a finalist Thursday for the prestigious Broad Prize, which honors academic excellence by minority and low-income students in urban districts across the nation. The Riverside County district is one of four finalists for the prize to be announced in September. The winning district will receive $550,000 in college scholarships for seniors in the class of 2013. The other three will each receive $150,000 in scholarships. The other finalists are the San Diego Unified School District, Houston Independent School District and Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina.
March 6, 2013 |
One of the literary world's favorite fiction prizes, the PEN/Faulkner award , announced its 2013 finalists Wednesday. In its 33rd year, the contenders come from publishers large and small. The finalists are Amelia Gray for "Threats," published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; "Kind One" by Laird Hunt and T. Geronimo Johnson's "Hold It 'Til It Hurts," both published by Coffee House Press; "Watergate" by Thomas Mallon, published by Pantheon; and Benjamin Alire Sáenz for "Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club," published by Cinco Puntos Press.
February 20, 2013 |
This post has been updated; see below for details. The finalists for the 33rd L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Thursday morning -- the complete list is below. In addition to the 50 books in 10 categories that are in the running for the awards, two authors -- Margaret Atwood and Kevin Starr -- will receive special recognition. For her efforts to push narrative form, Atwood will receive the Times' Innovator's Award. The vanguard feminist, dystopian visionary and award-winning novelist has, in her 70s, embraced new electronic forms of storytelling.
February 15, 2013 |
The Basketball Hall of Fame's finalists for the 2013 class have strong California connections with two-thirds of Golden State's Run TMC -- Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond -- joining Oakland native and former Laker Gary Payton as well as former Long Beach State and Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian among the 12 still under consideration. The announcement of the finalists is a prelude to the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Houston. The inductees will be announced at the Final Four in April.
February 15, 2013 |
Santa could come early to Santa Ana's cultural scene this year: the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Thursday that both the Discovery Science Center and the Santa Public Library are finalists for its 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for community service in the two fields. The Discovery Science Center aims to expand in the near future to a second site in the San Fernando Valley at the northern edge of Los Angeles.
February 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A tiny black affenpinscher named Banana Joe won the coveted Best in Show award at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, beating out more than 2,700 others for a title that guarantees canine fame, great dating and mating opportunities, and a chance to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. In the end, it came to the final seven, each of whom had been judged best in their categories: hound, sporting, working, herding, toy, terrier and nonsporting.
February 6, 2013 |
Nordstrom at the Grove is one of six Nordstrom stores nationwide that are opening pop-up shops to showcase and sell a curated selection of items by finalists in the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, which help talented clothing, jewelry and accessories designers advance their businesses. The Grove's Nordstrom pop-up is slated to open Monday. The top award winner was Greg Chait's Los Angeles-based The Elder Statesman , which makes cashmere clothing, accessories, blankets and quilts.
January 16, 2013 |
I admit, I'm playing catch-up here, but I couldn't let another moment go by without acknowledging the Story Prize finalists, which were announced Tuesday. The three short story collections in the running are Dan Chaon's "Stay Awake," Junot Diaz's "This Is How You Lose Her" and "Battleborn" by Claire Vaye Watkins. The winner will receive a substantial prize -- $20,000. The Story Prize simultaneously announced the debut of a new prize, the Spotlight Award, designed for the Story Prize founders to single out a work due additional attention.