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January 16, 2014 | Sam Farmer
RENTON, Wash. - For Seattle fullback Derrick Coleman, the Seahawks' home field is the loudest stadium he's never heard. Coleman is legally deaf, and has been since he was 3, so he won't have need for earplugs Sunday when the Seahawks play host to San Francisco in the NFC championship game. "I feel it, I don't exactly hear it," he said of the noise at CenturyLink Field, where twice this season the Seahawks "12th Man" set Guinness Book records for being the world's loudest crowd at a sporting event.
January 3, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
We all know that reading a novel can transport you, delight you and intrigue you while you're reading it. Now, thanks research by scientists at Emory University, we know that immersing yourself in a novel causes measurable physical changes in the brain that can be detected up to five days after the reader closes the book. The Emory researchers, in a paper for the journal Brain Connectivity, compared the effect to “muscle memory.” "The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist," neuroscientist Gregory Berns said, according to a report in the journal Science Codex . "We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else's shoes in a figurative sense.
December 22, 2013 | By Howard Blume
L.A. Unified is improving faster - in some categories much faster - than most other large, urban school systems, according to the latest results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which tests a sample of students nationwide. And while the district's overall scores remained relatively low, its progress elicited praise from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Los Angeles is among the school systems that are "examples for the rest of the country of what can happen when schools embrace innovative reforms," Duncan said.
December 17, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Back in April, as we were wandering the Mid-City neighborhood in which he was raised, Walter Mosley mentioned “Parishioner,” a novel that he had published as an e-book original. If you don't know it, that's not surprising; it was a small book, snuck out (if such a thing is possible) in the months leading up to the release of the Easy Rawlins-resurrecting “Little Green.” When I asked why he'd chosen to do it as an e-book, he gave a little shrug. “Oh, you know,” he said.
December 7, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Here are some of the best reads, long-form journalism and investigative reports you may have missed from the week past. USA Today examines FBI data, police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America and the people, weapons, circumstances and motivations behind the bloodshed. The New York Review of Books offers an inside look at the political history of Donald Rumsfeld from the presidencies of Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush to the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
December 7, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
After each school day, librarian Dinora Arteaga leads a special reading program for a dozen kindergarten and first-grade students, along with their parents. Their goal: learning 10 new words a week. Arteaga works almost exclusively with Spanish-speaking parents whose children are struggling to read, either in Spanish or English. Operating out of a tiny library at Evelyn Thurman Gratts Primary Center, a public charter school near downtown, her group meets on Mondays, with one-on-one sessions later in the week.
December 6, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
The Monterey Park City Council voted unanimously against adopting an ordinance that would have required some "modern Latin lettering" on storefront signs. After the second reading of the ordinance Wednesday night and a four-hour discussion with more than 40 speakers, including representatives from the ACLU and other civil rights groups, the council voted to take no action on the ordinance, effectively killing the proposal unless it is reintroduced. Councilman Hans Liang said it made more sense for the city to avoid regulating language on signs.
December 3, 2013 | By Shan Li
Fifteen-year-old students in the U.S. lag behind many countries around the world when it comes to reading, science and math, according to test results released Tuesday. The scores, which place the U.S. in the middle of the global pack, showed little change from American students who have taken the test over the past decade. At the top of the rankings are Asian countries including South Korea, Japan and Singapore. The Chinese city of Shanghai scored the highest average scores in each subject matter.
November 30, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy, Los Angeles Times
Gracey Peatrowsky was on the verge of being held back in her kindergarten class at Panorama Elementary School in Santa Ana. It was emotionally trying for her parents to decide how best to help their daughter. Gracey struggled with not only her assignments but also her self-confidence, said her mother, Kara. "She was not enjoying school, and we as parents could see that…. We were struggling with this concept, like 'how could our kid be held back?'" she said. "I felt like a helpless parent.
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