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December 27, 2013
Re "When charter schools fail," Opinion, Dec. 23 As a longtime elementary school teacher, I know that the single most important factor in a student's success is the involvement of parents. The mere fact that a parent has taken the time to apply to a charter or magnet school means that those schools have students whose parents are at least paying attention to their children's education. Charter and magnet schools in effect skim the cream off the top of public schools. It's unfair to fully attribute any success they might have to teaching methods.
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NEWS
April 12, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Actress Scarlett Johansson topped the box office charts last weekend playing the character of Black Widow in the Marvel superhero flick "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. " That same weekend she was on screen as a man-eater of a different type in the cryptic indie sci-fi film "Under the Skin. " As a space alien in human form who lures male victims into a mysterious black void, Johansson gives a performance at once sinister, sultry and unexpectedly sympathetic. If "Captain America" was the latest product of a studio franchise machine, "Under the Skin" was the handcrafted result of writer-director Jonathan Glazer's 10-year quest to bring a singular experience to the screen.
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OPINION
April 2, 2014
Re "An over-educated nanny's lament," Opinion, March 30 Emily Koss' Op-Ed article lamenting her predicament about being an over-educated nanny demonstrates that she is not taking responsibility for the choices she has made. As a university professor and the father of a college junior and high school junior, I know it is important not just to graduate from college but to graduate with a degree that provides you an employable profession with a decent salary. Koss says that for the first time education is not the answer for improving one's status and expanding opportunities.
OPINION
April 2, 2014
Re "An over-educated nanny's lament," Opinion, March 30 Emily Koss' Op-Ed article lamenting her predicament about being an over-educated nanny demonstrates that she is not taking responsibility for the choices she has made. As a university professor and the father of a college junior and high school junior, I know it is important not just to graduate from college but to graduate with a degree that provides you an employable profession with a decent salary. Koss says that for the first time education is not the answer for improving one's status and expanding opportunities.
OPINION
January 6, 2010
The ultimate objective of terrorism is to sow fear. In that sense, the Christmas Day plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight succeeded, even though the bomb that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab carried in his underwear failed to explode. The near-miss understandably revived American anxieties, which then were whipped into a frenzy by President Obama's opponents. The challenge now, as the administration seeks to address the lapses that allowed Abdulmutallab to board the plane, is to do so without handing Al Qaeda another opportunity to portray the U.S. as an enemy of Islam.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2004
It's odd that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' board of directors would add an Emmy category for reality/competitive programming (Quick Takes, Feb. 21). Recognizing achievement on so-called reality shows is a contradiction in terms. Christopher Joyce Burbank
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2009 | By ROBERT LLOYD, Television Critic
The third edition of MTV's "The Real World" to premiere in 2009 begins tonight. It is set in Washington, D.C., a city not yet featured in any of the show's 23 seasons (over an astonishing 18 years), in spite of its only being the capital of the whole entire United States of America. But this is a show that goes where the buzz is, and Bill Clinton's saxophone notwithstanding, the current president, who was 20 when MTV went on the air and the first chief executive to have conceivably watched it for fun, is a new kind of cool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By Jason Song
Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. Unlike better-known programs in which law students take on longer-term pro bono work that focuses on single cases, students at UCLA and Southwestern law schools will write amicus briefs, often known as "friend of the court" documents. "I have not heard of law schools doing anything quite like this," said Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who will head the university's First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic this fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Joey Kovar, the "Real World: Hollywood" cast member who went to rehab in this middle of the reality show's cycle in 2008, was reportedly found dead Friday morning at a friend's home in the Chicago area. The 29-year-old bodybuilder and aspiring actor was found with blood coming from his nose and ears and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to TMZ , which first reported the news. Family members suspect drugs were involved, the website said. Kovar, who appeared on the third "Celebrity Rehab" season in 2010, discussed his feelings about cocaine in his exit interview withDr.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Sean Sasser, who became an unlikely pioneer of gay marriage during the 1994 telecast of MTV's "Real World: San Francisco," has died. Sasser, who was 44, suffered from a rare form of lung cancer, according to UPI. "We will miss u so much," Judd Winick, one of Sasser's "Real World" costars, tweeted earlier this week. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Sasser gained prominence when he joined boyfriend Pedro Zamora in a commitment ceremony telecast on Nov. 3, 1994. Held at the "Real World" house, the event included the pair exchanging vows and wedding rings.
OPINION
March 5, 2014
Re "Putin plays with fire in Ukraine," Editorial, March 3 Given our usual state of unpreparedness, the best thing the U.S. can do to address the developing situation in Ukraine is to prevail upon the International Olympic Committee to move the 2016 Summer Olympics to Sochi or somewhere else in Russia. That way, President Vladimir Putin can grossly overspend building new local facilities for the Games and pretend to be civilized until the Olympics end. Meanwhile, the West will have a few more years to prepare for Putin's next invasion.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By Jevon Phillips
Two and a half weeks remain until the March 9 mid-season premiere of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" (entitled "New York Serenade"), and a lot of new info has come out in the interim that hints towards a magical smackdown in the Enchanted Forest. To recap the winter finale: Storybrooke is gone (supposedly) as the curse that brought the storybook characters into this world was reversed by the evil Peter Pan, played ably and creepily by Robbie Kay. Peter Pan was stopped by Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
One of the rich elements of "The Lego Movie" is its sense of place. For a fictional land, it has plenty of echoes of the real world. With a populace kept numb by plastic pop music, contrived reality TV and fast-food giveaways -- and a general sense that business interests trump nearly everything else -- the world dear Emmet and his friends occupy in the Phil Lord-Chris Miller picture has more than a little in common with modern-day America....
SCIENCE
January 4, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Researchers in Japan are fighting gravity with sound. In the video above, you can watch as a series of small, lightweight objects float and dance in thin air -- manipulated by invisible ultrasound waves. The sound waves are not just invisible, but also silent to our human ears.  "The human ear can detect up to 20 kHz frequency, but we use 40 kHz transducers that are out of the range that humans can detect," said Yoichi Ochiai, a PhD student at the University of Tokyo who put the video together.
OPINION
December 27, 2013
Re "The umpteenth fix," Editorial, Dec. 24 The Times writes, "We only wish Congress was more engaged in making the law work rather than battling endlessly to make it go away. " Lawmakers and their concerted efforts to drag down the Obama administration have tainted the merits of the monumental achievement of healthcare reform from its birth. It would have been extraordinary if the transition had gone smoothly. There are delays, fixes and tweaks, but instead of spinning the negativity, the end result is what we must be focusing on: a country that finally can say most of its citizens are protected by medical coverage.
OPINION
December 27, 2013
Re "When charter schools fail," Opinion, Dec. 23 As a longtime elementary school teacher, I know that the single most important factor in a student's success is the involvement of parents. The mere fact that a parent has taken the time to apply to a charter or magnet school means that those schools have students whose parents are at least paying attention to their children's education. Charter and magnet schools in effect skim the cream off the top of public schools. It's unfair to fully attribute any success they might have to teaching methods.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | Meredith Blake
Hey, remember when "The Real World" was an earnest show about diverse but well-meaning people from different walks of life sharing a house for a few months, a series that forced millions of teen and twentysomething viewers to think about issues of race, religion and sexuality? Well, MTV is doing its best to make us forget all that. For the upcoming 29th season of the long-running reality series, premiering Jan. 15, the network has cast the usual assortment of young and attractive people.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
The Jennifer Lawrence-Joan Rivers feud is heating up, with the "Fashion Police" host taking the latest jab at the Oscar-winning actress.  The outspoken "Hunger Games" star's crusade against unhealthy body image has frequently made headlines and, in November, the slightly curvy Lawrence spoke out against Rivers' E! snark fest "Fashion Police" for perpetuating a warped ideal of body image.  "The world has a certain idea -- we see this airbrushed perfect model image," the 23-year-old said during a Yahoo chat event.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | Meredith Blake
Hey, remember when "The Real World" was an earnest show about diverse but well-meaning people from different walks of life sharing a house for a few months, a series that forced millions of teen and twentysomething viewers to think about issues of race, religion and sexuality? Well, MTV is doing its best to make us forget all that. For the upcoming 29th season of the long-running reality series, premiering Jan. 15, the network has cast the usual assortment of young and attractive people.
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