July 13, 2012 |
Christian Jaimes has read precisely 363 books. He exclaims the figure with dead-serious fervor, rocking back and forth in a blue child-size library chair at the Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro. At summer day camp, the 9-year-old can flip through "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," his favorite series, as much as he wants — as long as he finishes his math homework first. Today, it's a three-digit multiplication worksheet. "After I'm done with my work I always, always like to read," says Christian, chocolate brown eyes wide.
March 24, 2012 |
You've cruised Valley Boulevard through Alhambra and Monterey Park, hitting all the culinary hot spots: 101 Noodle Express for the Shandong-style beef roll, Savoy Kitchen for Hainanese chicken rice or Taste of Chong Qing for Sichuan baked fish in pickled peppers. A few miles east might lie less-explored territory, Rowland Heights. The neighborhood's a trove of Taiwanese and other delights, including its bakeries, noodle shops and theme restaurants (cave women and elementary school among them)
March 19, 2012
After extensive study, the Los Angeles Unified School District last year unveiled a new draft homework policy that looked like the product of some very badly done homework indeed. Flexible in the wrong ways, inflexible in the wrong ways, self-contradictory and at times simply muddled, it would have mandated that homework count for no more than 10% of a student's grade - meaning that it would make very little difference even if a student blew off half of it. At the same time, it failed to set appropriate amounts of homework based on students' ages and grade levels.
March 14, 2012 |
With daily headlines about online bullying, unsafe apps and Internet addiction, what's a harried parent to do? The last thing they want to do is read a book. But that's just what Scott Steinberg hopes they will do. The technology consultant and founder of TechSavvy Global in Seattle on Wednesday came out with "The Modern Parent's Guide to Kids and Video Games," the first in a series of books. Why read Steinberg's book when there are 712 titles on Amazon under "technology parenting"?
March 6, 2012 |
Consumers are getting better at consuming. Or so the latest numbers from the Better Business Bureau suggest. Consumers checked out the BBB's statistics on millions of companies a record 103 million times last year, up 18% from 2010. Meanwhile, complaints lodged with the bureau fell about 7%, to 927,000. That tells us that more people are doing their homework before making decisions that affect their money. And as a result of such due diligence, they're finding less to gripe about.
November 17, 2011 |
Dressing an actress to play a global icon is tough. However, watching Michelle Williams channel Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn," you're seeing not the sex-kitten public film star but the private woman. It was this public versus private persona that helped costume designer Jill Taylor overcome any trepidation about tackling such a singular figure for this film, which recounts the tumultuous days of a young assistant on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl," which costarred Laurence Olivier.
September 1, 2011 |
J.C. Penney Co. has stopped selling a shirt for girls after shoppers expressed outrage over what they called an inappropriate and sexist message. "I'm too pretty to do homework, so my brother has to do it for me," said the message scrawled across the white, long-sleeve shirt, which was intended for girls ages 7 to 16. The shirt was available only through J.C. Penney's website. Customers immediately criticized J.C. Penney for promoting girls' looks over their brains. "This shirt is insulting and offensive.
July 25, 2011 |
Even though the recession has been officially over for some time, getting a small-business loan hasn't gotten any easier. In fact, fewer loans backed by the federal Small Business Administration were made during the first half of this year than during the same period in 2010. In Southern California, the amount lent in this type of loan declined 7% to $922 million in the period that ended June 30, compared with $988 million a year earlier. That's more than double the 3% decline nationwide.
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July 21, 2011 |
The superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District suspended a new homework policy on Wednesday, saying it went into effect without enough public input. The policy limited homework to 10% of a student's grade; the rest would have been based on such measures as class assignments, tests and essays. The homework rules, which did not have to be approved by the Board of Education, went into effect July 1 by administrative order. The Los Angeles Times wrote about the policy June 27, the first public discussion about it. The policy drew nationwide attention and swift reaction: from praise to denunciation to confusion.
July 3, 2011
Free-trade battles Re "GOP balks over job provision in trade proposals," Business, June 29 The Times' headline insinuates that Republicans are to blame for the trade pact with South Korea not going through. In fact, Republicans have been pushing free-trade agreements for years, especially with South Korea and Colombia, and the Democrats and the union lobby have been stonewalling them. Now that the Democrats have inserted a piece of pork into the bill — a very expensive, ineffective worker retraining rider, which the Republicans rightly oppose — The Times seems to blame the Republicans.