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September 23, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District has exited litigation that seeks to limit the seniority rights of California teachers by voiding several provisions of state law. The lawsuit, filed by the group Students Matter, originally targeted the nation's second-largest school district and two other school systems, as well as state officials and state government. But the organization decided to focus instead on the state, dropping L.A. Unified as a defendant. L.A. Unified and the other districts "are hindered by rigid and outdated state laws that harm students," according to a statement from Students Matter, which is based in Silicon Valley.
September 20, 2013 |
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee. "Honestly, I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side," Foster says in the EPIX documentary. "I really didn't have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling, like, 'Man, be careful,' but there's nothing wrong with it. You're not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it. " Sports Illustrated first reported Foster's comments in the documentary, "Schooled: The Price of College Sports.
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September 18, 2013 |
When the thought of running for homecoming queen first swept through Cassidy Campbell's mind last year, she pushed the impulse aside. It would just be a joke, she told herself. Now the high school senior sees it as a chance to make a statement. "This year," she said, stroking her long black hair at the kitchen table in her home in Huntington Beach, "I'm a girl every day. " Photos: Being a girl every day Cassidy has revved up a social media campaign in an effort to win the homecoming crown at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, joining a growing but still-thin group of transgender teens across the country who see an opportunity to shake up gender norms by competing in what's long been a tradition-bound, sex-segregated American staple.
September 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For homeowners who were looking to the federal government's reverse mortgage program to supply lots of cash for their retirement years, here's a heads-up: The pipeline just got narrower. Pressed by Congress to slash losses, the Federal Housing Administration recently outlined a series of steps designed to limit the maximum amounts that seniors can draw down on their homes and to make qualifying for a reverse mortgage tougher. Starting in January, applicants for FHA-backed reverse mortgages for the first time will have to qualify under comprehensive new "financial assessments" - covering credit history, household cash flow and debt levels - to make sure they have the "capacity and willingness" to meet their financial obligations under the terms of the loan.
September 11, 2013 |
UCLA's drought in attracting top-rated talent at point guard continues. Jordan McLaughlin, a senior from Etiwanda High, announced Wednesday he has committed to accepting a scholarship from USC, choosing the Trojans over the Bruins. McLaughlin is 6 feet with quickness and superior athleticism. He comes from the same high school basketball program that produced Darren Collison (UCLA, Clippers) and is known for getting its players to play tough defense. McLaughlin was a key contributor as Etiwanda won the Southern Section Division 1AA championship last season.
September 7, 2013 |
After sitting out the opener because of injury, USC linebacker Morgan Breslin made his season debut Saturday night against Washington State. And the senior made his presence felt in a game that was tied, 7-7, at halftime. Breslin, who had a team-best 13 sacks last season, sacked Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter. On the next play, lineman George Uko sacked Halliday and forced a fumble that helped set up a touchdown for a 7-0 lead.
September 6, 2013 |
Amid plenty of fanfare, Las Vegas's half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower welcomed its 10-millionth visitor Thursday. Five-thousand red, white and blue balloons floated skyward as the special guest, Martin Layton, a tourist from Britain, arrived with his fiancée, Sarah Connell, at the half-scale lookalike at Paris Las Vegas . They were greeted by colorfully dressed showgirls from " Jubilee!" along with other entertainers. David Hoenemeyer, president of the resort (which opened 14 years ago this month)
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September 4, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The chief deputy director of the California Department of State Hospitals has been cleared of wrongdoing in a sexual harassment and discrimination investigation but has decided to retire, state officials have confirmed. Kathy Gaither was placed on paid administrative leave on July 15 -- within a week of her belated state Senate confirmation -- while allegations by at least two subordinates were probed by an outside law firm. The firm's investigation was focused complaints of alleged sexual harassment and discrimination.
August 30, 2013 |
Who can turn down a free day to mingle with penguins and a new harbor seal pup? Seniors Day at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach offers free entrance Sept. 6 for the 50-and-older crowd. The deal: A valid ID is all that's needed for seniors to receive free admission to the museum that houses 11,000 ocean animals from nearly 500 species. Fish, sea creatures, the Shark Lagoon, the Magellanic penguins and other displays highlight what dwells in the southern and northern Pacific Ocean.
August 26, 2013 |
One of the most frightening experiences for a football player this fall will come when it dawns on a tiny defensive back or not-so-fast linebacker that he has been assigned to cover 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end Bryce Dixon of Ventura St. Bonaventure. "It's mismatch everywhere," a giddy Dixon says. Taller, bigger and faster than most of those trying to contain him, Dixon is an offensive weapon waiting to be unleashed. "Athletically, he's a freak," former St. Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien said during the summer.