CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 |
Add one more job to the already busy schedule of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- this one at USC. Villaraigosa has been appointed a part-time professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy and will focus on such issues as state government, planning and transportation, USC officials announced Friday. In his new role, Villaraigosa is expected to lecture to undergraduate and graduate students and lead a new think tank called “the USC Villaraigosa Initiative for Restoring the California Dream,” which will sponsor forums and reports on major policy issues, according to the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 |
Ending days of mixed messages, the city of Los Angeles sent a request Thursday formally asking a UC Berkeley engineering professor for a list of concrete buildings that could be at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake. The professor, Jack Moehle, responded quickly , saying that the university was "investigating the legal and ethical constraints" of releasing preliminary research data. He did not agree to release the list. Researchers led by Moehle have compiled a database of about 1,500 concrete structures in Los Angeles built before 1980 that may be at risk of collapse in an earthquake.
October 22, 2013 |
Besides its all-inclusive historical sweep - from the first African to set foot in the New World to the first African American to occupy the White House - what distinguishes Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s new series, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," from many previous documentaries on the black experience is … Henry Louis Gates Jr. Gates, a Harvard professor and academic typhoon the world knows as "Skip," is one of the more familiar faces...
October 13, 2013 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - Even though Kings goalie Ben Scrivens was surrounded by the media in the hallway after recording a shutout, teammate Willie Mitchell managed to penetrate the scrum with a pertinent observation. "The Professor," the defenseman said, slyly, adding Scrivens had given a lesson in perfection. Again. GAME SUMMARY: Kings 3, Panthers 0 Scrivens has a habit of doing this against Florida. Two of his three shutouts in the NHL have come against the Panthers.
September 24, 2013 |
A Columbia University professor who is Sikh was beaten and injured by a pack of men on bicycles near New York City's Central Park over the weekend, raising concerns once again about Sikhs' and Muslims' vulnerability to hate crimes in the United States. Dr. Prabhjot Singh, 31, told reporters Monday that he heard his attackers say, "Get him!" in addition to calling him "Osama" and "terrorist," apparently mistaking him for a Muslim. Sikhism is a separate religion. “I felt somebody grab my beard while on a bike, hit my chin," said Singh, who is an assistant professor of international and public affairs as well as a practicing physician in East Harlem.
September 21, 2013 |
A Kansas professor was put on administrative leave Friday after a tweet he sent earlier in the week that blamed the Navy Yard shooting on the National Rifle Assn. Announcing her decision to put University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth on indefinite leave, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a statement that she sought “to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students.” The controversy over the longtime professor's tweet began Monday after news broke on the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., that left 13 dead, including the gunman, Aaron Alexis.
September 19, 2013 |
Heartbreaking, haunting and unexpectedly heartening, "First Cousin Once Removed" is an uncommonly moving documentary portrait of a mind in disarray. Its unblinking look at a once-formidable intelligence descending into the abyss of Alzheimer's succeeds because of a fusion of subject and filmmaker that is transcendent. That filmmaker would be Alan Berliner, whose decades of intensely personal essay-type films such as "Wide Awake," "Nobody's Business" and "Intimate Strangers" have been the perfect preparation for this artful, poetic piece of work.
September 18, 2013 |
Take a deeper look at Broadway's theater scene during a winter tour that includes tickets to Tony Award winners "Kinky Boots" and the revival of "Pippin" as well as after-show meet-ups with actors and directors. El Camino College New York City Theatre Tour in early January accents live performances as well as sightseeing in the Big Apple. "This tour is a wonderful opportunity to spend the post-holiday season with a group of culturally minded travelers to enjoy one of the world's most exciting cities," Ronald Scarlata, theater professor and tour leader, says in a statement.
September 5, 2013 |
A Michigan State University professor has lost his teaching duties after telling his students in a video lecture that Republicans "raped this country," among other derogatory remarks. William Penn -- a professor in the university's creative writing program -- was featured in a YouTube video (see above) in which he told students "if you go to the Republican convention in Florida, you see all of the old Republicans with the dead skin cells washing off them. " "They are cheap.
August 29, 2013 |
Why is America so intent on killing affirmative action? Randall Kennedy's clear-eyed new book, "For Discrimination," offers many reasons, among them: As a remedy for racial injustice, albeit a modest one, affirmative action invokes slavery and, therefore, rattles the philosophical foundation of democracy and fairness upon which much of America believes the country was built. Another reason is that affirmative action is seen as increasingly incompatible with the aims of the so-called post-racial age in which a first black president would seem to argue against any more need for racial redress.