March 18, 2013 |
California consumers don't have easy access to prices for medical care, according to a national report card that gave the state a letter grade of D for its dismal showing. Overall, 36 states received grades of D or F in the report issued Monday by two nonprofit healthcare groups that analyzed government efforts to make pricing information widely available to consumers. This issue has taken on added importance in recent years as patients shoulder a growing share of healthcare costs from higher deductibles and other insurance changes.
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March 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- A national study on government transparency has given the California Legislature a D grade for failing to shine adequate sunlight on its operations. The Sunlight Foundation issued the Transparency Report Card to show how well state legislative information is made available to the public online, judging states on factors including timeliness of information, searchability and permanence. California was downgraded, in part, for the lack of detail provided on committee actions that would help the public understand who voted for and against bills.
March 2, 2013 |
Bob Baffert's big money horse, Game On Dude, carries the high expectations of both his trainer and the betting public Saturday in the 77th running of the Santa Anita Handicap. One of the two top races in Santa Anita's annual winter season — the other is the Santa Anita Derby on April 6 — the Big 'Cap is a Grade I stakes that carries a purse of $750,000, with 60% to the winner. Game On Dude, a 6-year-old gelding, has already won $3,252,158 and is the 6-5 morning-line favorite.
February 18, 2013 |
If anything was learned at Santa Anita this weekend, it's that the $15,000 stud fee for Eclipse Award winner Midnight Lute needs to be raised. There were three horses from the first crop of foals by Midnight Lute that won Saturday and Sunday, all trained by Bob Baffert, who was the trainer when Midnight Lute won the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2007 and 2008. Shakin It Up, under jockey David Flores, was the biggest winner of the weekend, taking Sunday's Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes by one length over Treasury Bill in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds.
February 13, 2013 |
Though Sundance may be receding in the rearview, that doesn't mean those films that did not get an immediate splashy pickup at the festival have fallen off the face of the Earth. It was announced today that “A Teacher,” which premiered in Sundance's adventuresome NEXT section, has been acquired by distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film had already been scheduled to play the upcoming South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, and Oscilloscope plans to release it in a combination of theatrical, video-on-demand and digital platforms later this year.
February 9, 2013
The rider was the bigger story than the horse Saturday at Santa Anita. Veteran Gary Stevens, a Hall of Fame jockey making the second comeback of his career, bolted from the gate to the lead aboard Slim Shadey in the featured $150,000 Grade II San Marcos Stakes. And stayed right there. It was only Slim Shadey's fourth victory in 24 starts and Stevens said that trainer Simon Callaghan had the 5-year-old perfectly prepared. It was the first stakes victory for Stevens, 49, since he announced his comeback Jan. 3 and got on his first horse Jan. 6. He had won two other races, but not a major race.
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January 18, 2013 |
In a move to address the slumping academic performance of incoming ninth-grade students, charter school operator Green Dot Public School is proposing to reorganize Locke High School in Watts. The Locke campus is split into five small schools. Rather than dividing the ninth-grade students among the five, most new freshmen will be placed in a single academy on the campus. One of the schools, Animo Watts, will continue to serve ninth through 12th grade. There will be three 10th-through-12th-grade academies and the charter group wants to open a new middle school in the area to better prepare incoming students, Green Dot announced.
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January 10, 2013 |
Richard McWilliam, hailed for revolutionizing the trading card and sports memorabilia industry as a co-founder and chief executive officer of Carlsbad-based Upper Deck Co., has died. He was 59. McWilliam died Saturday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe. While no cause of death has been announced, the company noted that McWilliam had a history of heart disease and had undergone heart surgery in 2008. McWilliam co-founded Upper Deck in 1989 and immediately set about challenging the leaders of an industry whose origins date to the late 19th century, when cards with pictures of baseball players were sold in packs of chewing tobacco.
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January 8, 2013 |
California is sorely lacking when it comes to school reform, failing to adopt policies to limit teacher tenure and use student test scores in teacher evaluations, according to a rating of states issued Monday by a high-profile education advocacy group. California received an overall grade of F, ranking 41st nationally, from StudentsFirst, a Sacramento-based group run by Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington, D.C., whose outspoken views have polarized those who share her focus on improving the nation's schools.
December 18, 2012 |
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" stars a 6-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy and is set near New Orleans, in a fictional island region in constant danger of being washed away. The denizens' ingenuity comes as a constant surprise to viewers, who can almost feel the humidity and smell the swamp. But how did a crew of feature-film novices with a budget of just $1.5 million so persuasively create this idiosyncratic world? "The film jelled really well with people who were amateurs or who didn't have experience," says first-time feature director and co-writer Benh Zeitlin.