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January 16, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
We all know you can't tell a book by its cover, but can you tell a film by its release date? Where "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," is concerned, that becomes a bit of a trick question. A glance at the calendar reminds us that this tale of espionage and derring-do starring Chris Pine as CIA analyst Jack Ryan is coming to theaters in January, the traditional elephant burial ground for major studio releases. But before "The Wolf of Wall Street" dislodged it into 2014, "Jack Ryan" possessed a coveted Christmas slot all its own. So is this film a holiday gem slumming in the low-rent district, or a tawdry impostor stripped of ideas above its station?
January 7, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
The highest-ranking woman in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department has announced her retirement, leaving no female officers among the agency's top command staff of deputy and assistant chiefs. The departure of Deputy Chief Roxanne V. Bercik comes as the department is struggling to hire and promote more women after a string of large city payouts for alleged sexual discrimination in the ranks. Bercik, 55, had been a leading advocate for recruiting and promoting more female firefighters.
January 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledged Monday that Los Angeles was continuing to have trouble diversifying its ranks of firefighters, saying he did not expect much progress with the first class of recruits on his watch. “I haven't seen all of the stats, but what I've heard initially, I'm not satisfied with,” Garcetti said. “I think we need to have greater diversity in the recruit classes.” Later this month, Garcetti plans to welcome the city's first class of new Fire Department recruits in years.
January 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
The first new Los Angeles Fire Department recruit class in five years is nearly all male and mostly white despite repeated promises by the agency to diversify its ranks, according to figures released Monday evening by Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. The class of 70 firefighters, which is scheduled to begin training Monday, has just one woman and is 60% white. Twenty-three percent of the recruits are Latino, 11% are Asian American and 6% are African American, according to the figures.
January 2, 2014
Re "Colleges' cold shoulder," Dec. 28 My middle-class high school of 3,000 students had no college recruiters ever solicit on campus. At the time, in the late 1970s, only star athletes were ever recruited by colleges. But education then was not the big business that it is now. Today, most colleges that actively recruit are private institutions or smaller state schools trying to boost enrollment (read: income). Private colleges and universities need students who can pay their tuition.
January 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 College basketball coaches, get ready to be a little excited. Khaili Bedart-Ghani, the 6-foot-3 senior guard from unbeaten Los Angeles Loyola, is now available after previously being committed to Yale. Bedart-Ghani has been one of the most exciting players, showing superb athletic ability with his dunking, defense and improved outside shooting. He has helped Loyola to a 12-0 start. We'll see which schools decide to start recruiting him.  
December 31, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of making prank calls to several well-known sports coaches and then illegally recording them pleaded not guilty Monday to one felony count of eavesdropping. Prosecutors have said that Kenneth Edward Tarr, 32, posed as a recruiter for pro teams and universities during calls in October and November to at least six college and professional coaches. Court documents name victims including NBC broadcaster and Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, who was duped about a football coaching job at USC, and recently fired Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who was contacted about a fake Dallas Cowboys job. Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro was told he was talking to Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, according to investigators.
December 30, 2013 | By Gary Klein
New Washington football Coach Chris Petersen announced his coaching staff Monday and Tosh Lupoi wasn't on it. Lupoi, Washington's defensive line coach under Steve Sarkisian the last two seasons, "has been reassigned to other duties within the athletic department," the school said in a news release The NCAA is investigating allegations, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, that Lupoi paid for tutoring and online classes for Andrew Basham, a...
December 27, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The Webb Schools, a private high school in Claremont, is a magnet for college recruiters from around the country and the world. This fall, 113 Ivy League and other schools sent representatives to the campus - more than the 106 students in the senior class. At Jefferson High School, a low-income public school with 280 seniors in South Los Angeles, eight recruiters from local universities showed up. Recruiters' visits often are an important first contact for students to discover campuses far beyond their hometowns and for the colleges to discover talented applicants.
December 19, 2013 | By Gary Klein
LAS VEGAS - New USC Coach Steve Sarkisian could face penalties, including suspension, if allegations that an assistant on his Washington staff paid for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit are found to be true. The allegations, first reported in The Times, surround the recruitment of Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman at Lynnwood High in Washington, who signed a letter of intent with the Huskies in February but did not qualify academically to enroll. Compliance officials from USC and Washington and possibly the NCAA are scheduled to meet Friday in Seattle with Mike Davis, who alleged that Tosh Lupoi, Washington's defensive line coach, gave him $3,000 to cover private tutoring for Basham through a test preparation company.
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