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December 16, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
In New York, it isn't just about a wandering knee, it's about a lost soul. In Berkeley, it isn't about fake injuries, it's about fraudulent leadership. In Denver, the spy didn't only reveal an opponent's schemes, but his own team's integrity. Remember the good old days when the cheaters were the players? Poor desperate jocks trying to gain an advantage in the heat of the moment? Blatantly wrong, but easily understandable because it was so darn human? Crimes have changed.
June 23, 2010 | Steve Lopez
Last Wednesday, Alhambra High School library technician Terry Cannon rose to a standing ovation from his peers as he was named the school's employee of the year. Two days later, the employee of the year got laid off. And so it goes in California, home of the never-ending school budget cuts. Happy summer to all. Cannon's work was outstanding, said Alhambra Valley Unified Supt. Donna Perez, who called budget-driven layoffs "heart wrenching." He taught kids research skills, introduced them to great literature, catalogued books — anything that was needed.
June 20, 2010 | Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A group of children manned a lemonade stand on a Santa Monica street corner Saturday morning, waving posters urging passersby to buy a beverage and a cookie and help "Save Our Teachers." A woman pulled up in an SUV, ordered five cookies and handed over a $100 bill. She told the youngsters to give her only $50 in change. The gesture, met with cheers and applause, gave a generous boost to Project Lemon-Aid — a fundraising initiative inspired by students and aimed at helping offset budget cuts to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
June 17, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles city officials moved ahead Wednesday with plans for laying off up to 278 employees, despite a last-ditch effort by union leaders to persuade Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council members to change course. The city's employee negotiating committee, which is made up of the mayor and four council members, emerged from a closed-door meeting to announce that pink slips would go out as planned for the new fiscal year budget that starts July 1. Budget officials had argued that job cuts could be avoided if employee unions agreed to some form of concessions, such as wage cuts or increased contributions to healthcare.
March 27, 2010
Rules of the house Re "TLI: Too Little Info," Opinion, March 22 I don't understand Gregory Rodriguez's analogy comparing the head-in-the-sand attitude of so many in suburbia with Michelle Obama's declaration that her domain in the White House was a "news-free zone." The first family is not your average suburban family. Michelle Obama is married to the most powerful man in the world. If she finds a way of making life more peaceful, then she is entitled to her news-free zone.
November 11, 2009 | Blair Tindall
Chemistry textbooks, calculators and instrument cases littered the stage at Caltech's Ramo Auditorium early one warm autumn evening. Squawks and blats from the assembled musicians filled the air, and as Bill Bing raised his baton to start the music, a stray trumpeter rushed onstage. "Sorry I'm late," said Les Deutsch. "If you name an asteroid after me, you can be late," said Bing. It might seem an odd dialogue between musicians, but the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band is filled with uncommon musicians.
October 3, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
This week, unemployment among American workers climbed to its highest level in a quarter of a century. In parts of Los Angeles, joblessness has reached levels unmatched since the Depression. In many predominantly African American and Latino neighborhoods, nearly one in four people is out of work. Yet the Obama administration has chosen this moment to deprive more than 1,800 Angelenos, nearly all Latino immigrants, of jobs that not only pay a living wage but provide health insurance and other benefits.
August 2, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
It's on my calendar for Tuesday: Lunch with A.J. Duffy, head of United Teachers Los Angeles. Before we meet, my assignment for Mr. Duffy is simple: Read this column, take notes and we'll discuss. The subject is Susan Requa, 24, who packed up her Toyota Corolla exactly one year ago in Chicago and headed west to begin her teaching career. Her father, a school district superintendent in Illinois, was along for the ride. So was Spunky, Requa's cat.
April 10, 2009 | Alana Semuels
As the old saying goes, nothing in life is free. Unless, apparently, you're unemployed. Virgin Mobile on Thursday announced a Pink Slip Protection plan that waives as many as three months of wireless phone charges if a customer is laid off. It follows similar protection plans from Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. "The economy affects everybody, and it certainly affects our customers," said Jayne Wallace, spokeswoman for Virgin Mobile USA.
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