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April 8, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
It was a surreal scene for some, a traffic headache for others, as demonstrators set up 375 desks in neat rows Tuesday on the street in front of the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The stunt's organizers said desks represented the roughly 375 students who dropped out of L.A. Unified schools each week during the 2011-2012 school year. According to the California Department of Education, 8,748 L.A. Unified students dropped out during that school year. It's a number organizers with the Communities for Los Angeles Student Success say they don't want district officials to gloss over.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Scott Collins
HBO has spent years looking for another hit like "The Sopranos," and it may have found it in "Game of Thrones. " Season 4 of the epic fantasy opened at 9 p.m. Sunday night averaging 6.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. Those are the best numbers for HBO since 2007, when the mob drama "Sopranos" ended with 11.9 million viewers. PREMIERE: Season 4 recap of 'Game of Thrones' It's also a huge bump over the 4.4 million viewers for the season 3 premiere in 2013.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The 49th Academy of Country Music Awards cruised to a ratings victory Sunday night, though the telecast was down from last year, according to early numbers from Nielsen. The ACM Awards on CBS averaged 14.1 million viewers overall, compared with last year's big audience of 15.5 million, for a dip of about 9%. Still, it was safely the most-watched show of the night. This year's gala, at which singer George Strait rode off with the entertainer of the year honor, had the awards show's second-biggest audience in five years.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performance, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that airline performance improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S.
OPINION
April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
WORLD
April 6, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Johan Gerber is a shy, neat man with iron-gray hair, a ready smile and a quiet voice. But on the streets, he has taken to carrying an open pocket knife with a mean 4-inch blade, concealed in an envelope and ready to use. Last month, three men accosted him in broad daylight, one of whom hit him in the stomach and grabbed his cellphone. A few years back, eight men surrounded him, held a knife to his throat and stole his wallet. His car and two trailers also have been stolen.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
CBS was the top network Thursday night as "The Millers" surged week-to-week in the ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  The Will Arnett comedy, which drew 11.4 million viewers overall, earned a rating of 2.9 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, surging 21% from its last original, when it was softened by March Madness preemptions.  "The Big Bang Theory" was again the night's top show, drawing 17.4 million viewers total and...
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy shook off the winter doldrums and added a healthy batch of new jobs last month, a reassuring sign that the labor market recovery remains on track. The gain of 192,000 jobs in March, reported Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicated that the hiring slowdown earlier in the winter was temporary and stemmed from the unusually cold weather across much of the country. All the jobs added last month came in the private sector, lifting total non-government payrolls to a new peak.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
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