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ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013 | By David Ng
Kent Nagano's tenure at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra appears uncertain following reports that the American conductor will depart the orchestra when his current contract as music director expires in 2016. But the orchestra's management has vigorously denied the reports. A report this month from Montreal's La Presse stated that Nagano's contract with the orchestra won't be renewed beyond 2016. The report, written by Claude Gingras, cites sources saying that Zarin Mehta is helping the orchestra find Nagano's successor.
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SPORTS
March 26, 2013 | T.J. Simers
What an experience it has been. When it came time to recuperate from my mini-stroke or whatever it was, the family went to Las Vegas. They said it had been really tough on them. Don't get the wrong idea. It wasn't as if they weren't thinking of me. They brought me along so they'd have the money to eat, drink and feel better again. The Bagger must have been really affected by what happened; he was getting his beer, six bottles to a bucket as if he might not have anyone buy beer for him again.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Kent Alterman, the director of the Will Ferrell comedy "Semi-Pro" and the former head of original programming and production at Comedy Central, has just been given a new position at the cable channel: president of content development and original programming. Comedy Central apparently wants to make a deeper push into the online comedy territory of websites such Funny or Die and College Humor with this new position, which the channel said will consolidate control over programming across all platforms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Kent Taylor, the administrator in charge of the financially troubled Inglewood school district, resigned Friday after the state Department of Education learned of tentative agreements he made with the teachers union without the authority to do so. Taylor's resignation comes two months after he was appointed by state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to lead the school system - which was taken over by the state in September when Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation granting $55 million in emergency loans to help the 14,000-student district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2012 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
When he was a kid, Kent Taylor bounced from school to school in South Los Angeles until his family landed in Inglewood. In sixth grade, he started classes at an elementary school under the LAX flight path. Thirty-six years later, he's back where he began. "This very classroom set me on my course through life," he told students at Oak Street Elementary on a recent day. As some of them whispered, wondering if the slender African American man before them was President Obama, Taylor spoke of how he struggled to read and do math until one teacher singled him out. "I understand what you are going through because I have been there, sitting right where you are sitting.
SPORTS
November 8, 2012 | T.J. Simers
The shock isn't that Jeff Kent is voted off "Survivor: Philippines" on Wednesday night, but that eight others go before him. "I'll bet I was more entertaining than the crummy articles you write every week," Kent says by way of hello Thursday, and it's like old Dodgers times. Just imagine being stuck on a deserted island with Kent. He's joined by a bunch of bikinis, including a former Miss Utah teen and Miss Delaware USA. There's also a wimpish track coach with a mohawk, an African American cancer survivor with an earring in each ear and an openly lesbian competitor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2012 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Kent Taylor, superintendent of education in southern Kern County, was selected Wednesday to lead the Inglewood school district - the first major move by the state after its takeover of the financially troubled district. Before his Kern County stint, Taylor worked as a teacher, principal, administrator and school board member in several Southern California districts, mostly in the San Bernardino area. He grew up in Inglewood and graduated from Inglewood High in 1982, facts he emphasized repeatedly during a Wednesday news conference.
SPORTS
August 31, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  So it's the first game of the season. You are playing on special teams. While racing downfield to cover a punt, you notice the return man fumble. You scoop up the ball and head for the end zone. You get knocked out of bounds after running the ball for a 58-yard gain. What a great first game! But if your name is Andre Parker and you play for Kent State, you made one little mistake: You ran the ball the wrong way. You can watch it all in the video above. And pay attention to who knocks him out of bounds: two players from Kent State's opponent, Towson.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012 | By David Ng
Conducting titles at the world's top orchestras are often convoluted and mystifying. In the case of Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a newly announced leadership change is baffling even by classical standards. For five years, Gustavo Dudamel has led the Gothenburg Symphony as its principal conductor. With his term set to expire this year, the orchestra said on Thursday that Dudamel is stepping down from that position and is assuming the role of "honorary conductor. " The orchestra said it has named Kent Nagano as principal guest conductor and artistic advisor. Nagano's role as artistic advisor begins immediately, said the orchestra.
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