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At the first summit of all 192 Los Angeles Unified School District campuses immersed in reform, top education officials began Friday to detail their strongest defense strategy against the campaign to break up the district. It can be summed up in one word: LEARN, the reform program started by business, political and educational leaders three years ago.
April 27, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
DALLAS -- Lindy Ruff did an outstanding job in coaching the Stars to the playoffs for the first time since 2008, taking a team that's almost evenly split between veterans and kids and molding it into a competitive group that has pushed the top-seeded Ducks hard throughout the teams' first-round playoff series. For Ruff, who spent the previous 14-plus seasons coaching the Buffalo Sabres, the playoffs have provided a continuing education about his own team and his players' abilities and character.
June 20, 1987
Where did he learn English, Tom Heinsohn? JERRY ESTEN Northridge
April 26, 2014 | Helene Elliott
DALLAS - The Ducks have been here before, and not just in the physical sense. Of course they've been to American Airlines Center, where they lost the third and fourth games of their playoff series against the Dallas Stars and surrendered the edge they'd earned by winning the first two games at home. But by overpowering Dallas, 6-2, at Honda Center on Friday, the Ducks took a 3-2 series lead and moved into position to close out the series Sunday. They've been there, too, needing a road win to wrap up a playoff series, but didn't do it. It was just last season.
May 9, 2009
I think it's time Angels fans come to the conclusion (if they haven't already) that management for the team has decided that 2009 is going to be a "learning" season. They will learn if they have any young arms in their system, they will learn if Brian Fuentes was money well spent as a closer, they will learn that a singles-hitting third baseman isn't the answer, they will learn that Maicer Izturis batting third is not the answer and hopefully they will finally learn that little ball doesn't work in the American League.
December 14, 1998
Reading: To learn what is and what was helps us to benefit from what will be. ERIC LINDMUIR Los Angeles
January 19, 1992
If Groothuis wants to learn some new words, how about flatulent verbosity ? CARLO PANNO, BURBANK
April 14, 1991
On April 15th we will all learn the real cost of war. HOWARD B. SCHIFFER Santa Barbara
August 26, 1991
Well, at least we won't have to learn how to pronounce Gennady Yanayev. JONATHAN FOBER, San Diego
September 25, 1986
This is in reference to the letter (Sept. 3) regarding the lack of air conditioning in schools. Thousands of us in the 1960s and 1950s attended summer schools in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys before air conditioning for schools was even considered. The phrase we are looking for today is "want to." We wanted to learn, graduate early, etc. Do today's kids want to learn in school or are they going because their parents say they have to? If they want to learn, they will, air conditioning or none.
April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
April 16, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
As the premiere date of "True Tori" draws closer, Tori Spelling's public humiliation surrounding her marital problems continues to come out in dribs and drabs courtesy of Lifetime television.  "I got a call from my publicist and she said, 'I just want to tell you something,'" Spelling, 40, says in a new clip out Wednesday (via E! News). "'It's a girl, and she's claiming that she had an affair with Dean in Toronto when he was there. The girl has come forward. She's put her name to the story.
April 16, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - This Tony season, an unprecedented number of movie and Hollywood stars under 40 are hitting Broadway for the first time. "Scrubs'" Zach Braff just made his debut in Susan Stroman's staging of Woody Allen's comedy-musical "Bullets Over Broadway. " Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams is trying out her singing talents - and a British accent - as Sally Bowles in the Roundabout's sort-of revival of "Cabaret. " But nothing epitomizes this influx more than the trio of Broadway rookies bringing a burst of star power - and their fan followings on social media - to Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro's staging of the John Steinbeck classic "Of Mice and Men" about Depression-era migrant workers in California.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The show, which hasn't been seen on Broadway in four decades, opens Wednesday at the Longacre Theatre with James Franco (1.9 million Twitter followers)
April 15, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Maybe a man who has steered his teams to six regular-season division titles but never gotten one past a second-round playoff series is supposed to keep quiet about his longing to hold the Stanley Cup. That'll never be Bruce Boudreau. The Ducks coach, who will lead his Western Conference top-seeded team into the postseason Wednesday night against the wild-card Dallas Stars, unabashedly has obsessed about the best-known trophy in sports. “Think about it every single day of my life,” Boudreau told The Times on Monday.
April 15, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Change or end up in a culvert: NHL style. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was talking recently about the challenges of his profession, the changing nature of hockey, and put as fine a point on it as possible. He has coached 1,039 regular-season games, been in the playoffs 13 times and won the Stanley Cup two years ago with the Kings. From the start - coaching in Chicago to San Jose to Calgary and finally, Los Angeles - Sutter has evolved with the times and the players. "Anybody that has had success over a long time, it's not just the game that's changed," Sutter said.
April 15, 2014 | Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Ken Burns' new documentary, "The Address," which premieres Tuesday on PBS, is not at all what we have come to think of as a Ken Burns film. There are no celebrity voices reading documents of the dead; no narrator reading the words of Geoffrey C. Ward; no team of experts to elucidate the American past or an American pastime; no Buck O'Neil to bring back a world lost, but remembered. No "Ken Burns Effect," for that matter, the signature, all-but-patented, slow, close caress of old photographs that has taken his name.
July 16, 2005
You should hire whoever wrote the T.J. Simers Sunday column to be a full-time columnist. Simers could learn a lot from him. Andrew E. Rubin Los Angeles
July 3, 1999
No sooner than he's hired back by NBC, Marv Albert claims, "There will be plenty of national exposures." Didn't he learn the first time? BARRY P. RESNICK Orange
April 13, 2014 | By David Pierson
The gig: Drinking beer. More precisely, Jeremy Raub runs Eagle Rock Brewery, an artisanal beer maker he co-founded with his wife, Ting Su, in 2009 that helped spark L.A.'s craft suds scene. The company runs a popular taproom at its brewery in Glassell Park where it also offers tours. Raub is opening a second brewery in Eagle Rock that will feature a 50-seat restaurant. It's in the genes: Raub, 39, grew up in Rochester, N.Y., where his father regularly made beer in the family kitchen.
April 12, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa had some time on his hands last fall. So defensive line coach Angus McClure put him to work. Odighizuwa sat out the 2013 season after having two hip surgeries. McClure gave the 6-foot 3, 270-pounder other responsibilities to keep him engaged while he rehabilitated. “I made it a point to have him work with our younger players,” McClure said. “It was easy for him to do. He is an intrinsically motivated person.” Kyle Fitts, a freshman defensive end last fall, said that Odighizuwa was an effective teacher.
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