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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.
November 29, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Here are some of the best long reads you may have missed from the week past. A high-value Guantanamo Bay detainee reveals what it's like to be a guinea pig for "enhanced interrogation" and describes the deceptions he used to mislead interrogators in diary entries obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera. Esquire tells the story of a terminal cancer patient, the scientists who challenged her fatal diagnosis and a case that could validate an entirely new way to treat the deadly disease.
November 23, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The Web can feel like an endless onslaught of information. There's never enough time to take it all in. Great stories slip by unread in the constant stream of updates, alerts and notifications. After a long week of info-overload, take a moment to unwind and relax with some of the week's best reads, long-form journalism and investigative reports from newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs -- including a few stories of our own. A three-part Reuters investigation looks into Setad , a powerful organization controlled by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
November 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
By the beard of Zeus! The main cast of the 2004 film “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” took to the stage in Santa Monica on Thursday night for a reading of the screenplay as a benefit to the tutoring and literacy organization 826LA. Presented by Judd Apatow and Adam McKay, respectively producer and director of the original and the upcoming sequel, the evening was hosted by Conan O'Brien. “826 is a great place that's supporting young kids, with free tutoring and it helps kids learn how to write,” said Apatow during a reception before the show.
November 15, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
You may have missed it, but Tina Brown recently went to India and proclaimed the death of magazines, journalism and of reading itself, more or less in that order. Brown, the former editor of Newsweek and the New Yorker, must not do much reading herself anymore. Why else would such an intelligent woman say reading must be dead because “I think you can have more satisfaction from live conversation”? Civilization, Brown added, is “going back to oral culture where the written word will be less relevant.” Brown's words, spoken at a conference in Goa, India, were jotted down by a writer for the Hindustan Times who then reported them in that venerable storytelling form called journalism.
November 8, 2013 | By Scott Martelle
History, as we all know, is framed by events. But it also grows from relationships, both personal and political, and is framed by how the actions of particular players in specific circumstances set the course for the future. In her sweeping new history, "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the relationships among Roosevelt, Taft and those pesky muckraking journalists and how their individual behaviors influenced not only one another but also the nation.
November 6, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
The two biggest elections Tuesday provided an imperfect template for predicting the future. In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie so thoroughly blew away his Democratic opponent that conclusions are skewed. It would be a miracle, for instance, if Christie duplicated his showing and won close to a quarter of black voters in a 2016 run for president. In Virginia, the main candidates were so flawed you could almost hear voters begging for a “none of the above” option before they grudgingly gave the governor's office to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
November 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Unknown masterpieces by artists such as Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, works thought lost to the ravages of war and others deemed "degenerate" or looted by the Nazis form part of the spectacular trove of art discovered by German authorities in the apartment of an elderly recluse in Munich. Two days after news of the find broke, officials in southern Germany revealed Tuesday that the hoard contains 1,406 pieces by masters whose names read like a who's who of Western art of the last 150 years: Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustave Courbet, Oskar Kokoschka, Emil Nolde.
October 28, 2013 | Ben Bolch
An NBA season isn't just a story that writes itself. It's also kind enough to touch on every genre. There's the fantasy of LeBron James and what he might do with the ball, the romance of Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. There's the mystery of what goes on in the head of JaVale McGee. There's the Western (Conference), the league's better half. There's the horror of the Philadelphia 76ers, who might not be able to beat La Salle. The thriller of a draft lottery that will decide who gets Andrew Wiggins and the history of the Lakers and Boston Celtics, who don't have much of a present.
October 25, 2013 | By Bob Drogin
What with taking off our shoes and belts at airports, discovering the feds are hoovering up all our phone records, and watching drone strikes and SEAL raids around the globe, it's sometimes easy to forget that America has escaped the horror of another mass casualty terrorist attack in the dozen years since Sept. 11, 2001. Other than blind luck, it's an open question whether that success is because of aggressive law enforcement at home, muscular intelligence ops overseas, or the inescapable fact that most terrorists, like most criminals, are fairly dimwitted and thus get caught.
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