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July 13, 2013 | By Tina Susman
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gunfire echoed through the building as office workers pushed a heavy table across the doorway and turned out the lights. They flattened themselves against the wall. One woman hoisted a chair high over her head. Another stood ready to hurl a juice bottle. All eyes were on the door, the only thing separating them from a man with a gun. When he pushed his way into the room, they pounced. One woman used her hand to force the gun's muzzle downward. A colleague kicked the back of the assailant's knees, knocking him to the ground.
July 5, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
For more than 20 years at UC Irvine, Dudley Knight devised innovative and sometimes controversial ways of teaching acting students to speak clearly while lending their characters authentic, unforced accents and dialects. He believed that actors in a multicultural society should keep their own voices and fought the orthodox practice of teaching them to use upper-class white speech patterns as the favored norm. Knight, who had retired 10 years ago to Pennsylvania, returned to the campus last month to begin rehearsing his role as King Lear in an outdoor summer festival production of the Shakespeare tragedy.
July 3, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
A boy squints a little as he walks around the gym that's full of workout equipment. He jumps onto a treadmill and runs for a short time, only to switch to an exercise bike. Then it's on to the various weight machines. Aaron Calderon, 11, has congenital glaucoma and can only read large type. His father is completely blind, and his five siblings all have beginning stages of congenital glaucoma, a disease that can take a person's eyesight completely. Aaron doesn't let his disability stop him from being active.
July 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
If you're in the downward dog position, don't move: A San Diego County judge's decision is expected Monday on a lawsuit filed by parents against the practice of yoga in Encinitas elementary schools. Judge John Meyer, who heard the case without a jury, has indicated he will issue his ruling Monday on whether yoga is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination or just an exercise program. Having the program in the school district "represents a serious breach of the public trust" and is a violation of state law that prohibits religious instruction in public schools, said Dean Broyles, attorney for the Escondido-based National Center for Law and Policy.
July 1, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
USC is not revealing how much it is paying David H. Petraeus, the former four-star U.S. Army general and Central Intelligence Agency chief, for the part-time position he is starting this fall as a lecturer and as a mentor to students who are veterans. As a private institution, USC is not required to publicly list such salaries. But the situation is different at the City University of New York, a public school that also is hiring Petraeus for part-time teaching duties over the same period.
July 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego Superior Court judge rejected a claim Monday by parents in the Encinitas elementary school system that teaching yoga in the schools is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination. The ruling by Judge John Meyer, who heard the case without a jury, means that the Encinitas Union School District can continue to teach yoga as part of a health and exercise curriculum. Dean Broyles, president and attorney for the Escondido-based National Center for Law and Policy, had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple with two children in the school system.
June 26, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
A child's impulse to instantly spend a monetary windfall from grandma is understandable. But is it healthy? Even if he or she is just a kid?    Youth financial literacy expert John Lanza says it's important for parents to create good habits now so children don't have to break bad habits later. "Kids get the spend message as early as 2," Lanza said in an email. "Therefore, it's really important that they are exposed to equally powerful messages about sharing [charitable giving]
June 21, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and Raja Abdulrahim, Tribune newspapers
WASHINGTON - White House officials refused to comment Friday on a Los Angeles Times report that CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have been secretly training Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons since late last year, saying only that the U.S. had increased its assistance to the rebellion. The covert U.S. training at bases in Jordan and Turkey began months before President Obama approved plans to begin directly arming the opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to U.S. officials and rebel commanders.
June 14, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Roger Federer cruised past Mischa Zverev, 6-0, 6-0, to reach the Gerry Weber Open semifinals on Friday at Halle, Germany, recording his second career double bagel and teaching a painful lesson to a player trying to serve and volley on grass. Richard Gasquet also made the last four, defeating Florian Mayer, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Gasquet will play Mikhail Youzhny, who upset 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-2. The third-ranked Federer needed only 39 minutes to defeat the 156th-ranked Zverev.
June 13, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
At 32, Sima (Palmer Davis) is ready to grow up. In "Stepping High," that doesn't mean moving out of her conservative Iranian American parents' house, or even introducing them to her white boyfriend. It just means finally pausing her dreams of being a professional hoofer to take her first real job as a high school dance instructor. Sima's in over her head, but luckily her eight students fall into neat teen movie stereotypes - the princess, the nerd, the Christian - who on Day One do their new teacher the favor of laying out all of their interpersonal tensions.
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