CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 |
Hundreds of students paraded into a gymnasium on Saturday afternoon at USC's Galen Center, their friends and families cheering from the bleachers as ragtime music played. The Super Quiz, the final event in the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, was about to start. The game show-style competition requires teams of nine high school students to answer three dozen multiple-choice questions on subjects including art, economics and science. Questions were read by Fox 11 news reporter Gigi Graciette, and students had just seven seconds to punch in their answers on hand-held electronic devices.
January 22, 2014 |
Letterman jackets are considered so retro that some high school athletes are hesitant to be seen wearing one. But don't tell that to L.A. Cathedral soccer standout Axel Mendez, who proudly walks around campus wearing his jacket filled with patches testifying to accomplishments, from being All-Southern Section to being a scholar-athlete. It's part of a high school sports experience that he refuses to abandon at a time when other elite players in the Southern California soccer world are choosing a different path.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014
Robert A. Pastor, an influential scholar and policymaker who spent decades working for better inter-American relations and democracy and free elections in the Western Hemisphere, died Wednesday at his home in Washington, D.C., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 66. His death was announced by American University, where Pastor was a professor in the School of International Service. Pastor had been President Carter's national security adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean.
January 13, 2014 |
The Inner City Youth Foundation will present its Unsung Heroes Awards to a group of top academic and athletic high school honorees on Saturday at the Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The awards spotlight African-American scholars excelling in the classroom, in sports and volunteerism. The honorees: Ajene Harris, Crenshaw; Denzel Fisher, Compton Centennial; David Williams, Dorsey; Branden Akinyele, Bellflower; Jalen Greene, Adoree' Jackson, Gardena Serra; Jaleel Wadood, St. John Boscol; Jamardre Cobb, Marquis Ware and Rodney Carr, Salesian; Jonathan Lockett, Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei; Kwesi Marshack and Greg Hoyd, Vista Murrieta; Anthony Wright, Calabasas; Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Loyola; Brad Kaaya, Chaminade; Brandon Dawkins, Oaks Christian; Josh Stanton, Valencia; Shau'He Hardy, Huntington Park; Zaire Andre, Mister Jackson, Dejon Cash, Inglewood; Donyae Brown, Michael Wood III, Otis Ricks, James Griffin, Fredrick French, Locke.
January 7, 2014 |
Over cappuccino at a crowded conference on real estate in one of the world's last frontier markets, one investor turned to another and said breezily, "I'm here to get rich. " They had paid more than $2,000 each to attend panels with titles like "Futurescape in Myanmar" and "Opportunities in Hotels and Resorts. " The seminar's sponsors, which included a prominent local construction firm, handed out business cards and glossy brochures highlighting the shining new condos and shopping malls they hope to build.
December 30, 2013 |
Reza Aslan began 2013 as an academic teaching creative writing at UC Riverside. In the summer, he published the book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" and everything changed. Now Aslan is ending his wild year with a movie deal for "Zealot" as well as writing a pilot for cable TV network FX, running the "transmedia" company Boomgen Studios, working on a novel -- and trying to craft the next episode in his unorthodox life as an Internet-era public intellectual. "Zealot," which portrayed Jesus not as a divine being but as an angry rebel, had already hit bestseller lists before an interview Aslan did with Fox News made him a viral video star.