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June 10, 1994 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a torrent of criticism, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts on Thursday reinstated a dance teacher who lost his job because he booed a satirical student sketch that was loaded with racial overtones. The case of Don Bondi quickly became a lightning rod in Southern California for the often-competing interests of free speech and so-called political correctness.
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January 8, 2014 | By Jon Healey
There's something admirably old school about the costly and dangerous prank that members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration allegedly pulled on a political opponent last year -- to the detriment of the entire city of Fort Lee, N.J. And in a strange way, I wish Christie had taken responsibility for it rather than denying it as he did Wednesday afternoon. It would put him in LBJ's league as a bare-knuckled power-broker. Granted, deliberating creating a giant traffic jam in a city to spite the mayor ranks as a textbook abuse of power.
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May 30, 1994 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you met Don Bondi, you'd see he is a dancer. At 61, his body twists and turns with nearly the ease of a kid's. His gait is deliberate, toes cocked outward, heels resting on an invisible cushion. His face belongs to an artist: It is lined, passionate, short of patience for those who do not share his vision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2006 | Howard Blume and Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writers
Monroe High School in the San Fernando Valley is hardly the lowest-performing campus in Los Angeles, but Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is thinking about choosing it as a centerpiece of his education reform effort. Crenshaw High, in the historical heart of black South Los Angeles, also sits squarely in Villaraigosa's sights, even though it qualifies far more students for college than nearby schools.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In September 2000, Columbia released in the U.S. "Anatomie," an ingenious sci-fi horror thriller and box-office bonanza in Germany starring "Run Lola Run's" Franka Potente, with scant warning and no press previews. Its even more ambitious sequel, the provocative and scary "Anatomie 2," is faring better, for it opens today at the Fairfax with DVDs made available to critics for preview.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1993 | MIMI KO
People supporting political causes may soon face strict campaign restrictions on school campuses in the Brea-Olinda Unified School District. By a 6-1 vote, school board members last week tentatively adopted a policy that would allow the public to voice political opinions and hand out campaign brochures in campus parking lots--but not when school is in session. The board is expected to formally adopt the policy as soon as next week.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Jon Healey
There's something admirably old school about the costly and dangerous prank that members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration allegedly pulled on a political opponent last year -- to the detriment of the entire city of Fort Lee, N.J. And in a strange way, I wish Christie had taken responsibility for it rather than denying it as he did Wednesday afternoon. It would put him in LBJ's league as a bare-knuckled power-broker. Granted, deliberating creating a giant traffic jam in a city to spite the mayor ranks as a textbook abuse of power.
NEWS
June 29, 1995
Let me preface my remarks by stating that I do not own a gun, never have and probably never will. I was interested to see that some 370 Santa Monica elementary school students signed a petition to ask Sen. Robert Dole to prevent a repeal of the federal government ban on assault weapons (Westside, June 18). Not surprisingly, this was explained as the culmination of a survey by school authorities about what most bothers our children in school today and it is presented as a "lesson in politics" for our children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1995
In classrooms in Van Nuys this past week, about 500 students were learning far more than the traditional three R's. This time, the lessons included respect, reason, receptiveness and reliability. It was the good manners and politeness curriculum developed by Valley Schools instructors Deborah Richmond and Diane Manchen. And if you thought the idea was silly, guess again.
OPINION
April 19, 1987 | Marvin L. Goldberger, Marvin L. Goldberger, president of Caltech, has been appointed director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.
Although science is flourishing in the United States and public support strong, there are worrisome problems on the horizon that could pose long-term threats to the country. One is the pre-college preparation of future scientists and engineers. Three recent studies that compared U.S. mathematics teaching to other countries show we lag far behind most developed nations.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In September 2000, Columbia released in the U.S. "Anatomie," an ingenious sci-fi horror thriller and box-office bonanza in Germany starring "Run Lola Run's" Franka Potente, with scant warning and no press previews. Its even more ambitious sequel, the provocative and scary "Anatomie 2," is faring better, for it opens today at the Fairfax with DVDs made available to critics for preview.
NEWS
March 17, 2002 | VALERIE STRAUSS and EMILY WAX, WASHINGTON POST
Eleventh-graders at the elite Islamic Saudi Academy study energy and matter in physics, and read stories about slavery and the Puritans. Then they file into their Islamic studies class, where textbooks tell them the Day of Judgment can't come until Jesus Christ returns to Earth, breaks the cross and converts everyone to Islam, and until Muslims start attacking Jews. Seventh-graders at Al-Qalam All-Girls School learn about the American Revolution and about respecting other people's beliefs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2001 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as he battles for reelection, Compton Mayor Omar Bradley is campaigning for another job: superintendent of the Compton Unified School District. If he wins the April 17 election and also secures the superintendent's appointment, Bradley could legally hold both positions at once. Mayor is a part-time position in Compton, but the superintendency, when it is filled, is scheduled to be a full-time job paying $155,000 a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2001 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday announced an 11-point plan for improving public schools. The former Assembly speaker said he would help the district build 100 new schools and turn schools into neighborhood centers by linking them with parks, libraries, after-school programs and health clinics. Many of the points addressed broad goals beyond the scope of the mayor's office, which has no direct authority over the Los Angeles Unified School District.
NEWS
November 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
About 20 checks pass across Grace Genovese's desk each day. Some come with cards and notes saying "it's the right thing to do," others with nothing at all. Some are postmarked in the suburbs, others from the poorest of city neighborhoods. Almost all are for $100. Some Pennsylvania residents, convinced that a one-time state tax rebate was an election-year ploy, are giving their $100 rebate checks to schools. Philadelphia schools, where Genovese is a secretary, have received hundreds of the 2.
NEWS
October 30, 2000 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis entered campaign mode Sunday, beginning nine days on the stump for Al Gore, pushing a key education initiative and renewing strained relations with the powerful California Teachers Assn. The Democratic governor, sounding themes that helped him win election in 1998, told a small rally in Westwood that, like him, Gore is a Vietnam veteran who supports abortion rights and gun control, unlike Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
NEWS
October 27, 1991 | SHERRY JOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District has weathered an attempt to change the way board members are elected. Gov. Pete Wilson earlier this month vetoed a bill that would have forced Hacienda La Puente and several other districts to elect board members by geographic area rather than at-large. "I do not believe it is appropriate for the state to mandate the form of election used by a local school district governing board," Wilson said in a written statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1991 | DONELLA H. MEADOWS, Donella H. Meadows is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College
At least 1,400 times last summer, authorities closed ocean beaches or warned swimmers away from them because of pollution. There were 338 beach closings in California, 228 in New Jersey, 218 in Connecticut. The states with the most closings weren't necessarily the ones with the most polluted beaches. States have different beach policies. New York declared 311 closings last year; swimming was forbidden on three of its beaches for the entire summer.
NEWS
September 3, 1999 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, applying his philosophy of "compassionate conservatism" to education, said Thursday that the government can do more to help poor children by stripping federal dollars away from underperforming schools and giving the money to parents. Speaking to a predominantly Latino audience in Los Angeles, Bush said federal education programs must place greater emphasis on basic curricula and demand measurable proof that children are learning.
NEWS
August 28, 1999 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Born in the era of farm worker protests and Chicano high school student walkouts, the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project emerged 25 years ago as a voice of angry Latino outsiders, pushing for political power that had long been denied to their community. They are on the inside now, as they showed recently at the group's Latino Academy leadership program.
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