CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2001
Re "Students Boycott Standardized Test," May 4: What do the rich kids of Scarsdale, N.Y., know? You state that 195 of 290 eighth-graders, with their parents' blessings, refused to take standardized exams to protest the increasing amount of class time being spent on preparing for them and the interference of those exams with a broader, in-depth curriculum. Do those kids know something that our kids and parents don't? Steve Bell Culver City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2010 |
California boasts one of the nation's highest percentages of public school students passing AP tests, but educators are concerned about a dramatic slowdown in the rate of students taking those college-level courses, according to an annual report released Wednesday. In 2009, about 21% of California's senior class earned a score of 3 or higher on one or more Advanced Placement exams. The national rate was 16%. The tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with scores of 3 and above accepted for college credit at many colleges and universities.
October 9, 2003 |
Don Morrow had heard rumors that some of the players on his football team at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa were experimenting with drugs. Mira Costa is no different from any other high school in that regard, but Morrow and Tana Hausch, president of the school's football booster club, decided to take action. Earlier this summer, Mira Costa unveiled a voluntary drug testing program for the football team. Players and parents were given a choice to sign agreements that would allow random testing.
June 10, 2007 |
Coca-Cola Co. will urge research firms and organizations it supports to avoid testing on animals after pressure from an animal rights group. PepsiCo Inc. established similar guidelines last month. Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, had funded taste tests on rats at Virginia Commonwealth University, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Coca-Cola spokeswoman Kari Bjorhus said the company had discontinued funding the tests.
July 20, 2002 |
The White House is warning that anthrax field tests, widely used since last fall's terrorist attacks, give fast but often incorrect results, prompting authorities to shut down buildings prematurely and hand out unneeded antibiotics. In a memo being sent Monday to more than 250 federal agencies and to firefighters, police officers and local officials across the country, authorities say none of the commercially available field tests are reliable.
May 11, 2011
Water won't wait Re "Messing with Devil's Gate," Editorial, May 6 I lived in La Crescenta during the great flood of 1938. I remember listening to radio reports that Devil's Gate Dam was in imminent danger of collapsing. Fortunately it didn't, and the Arroyo Seco and the communities below were saved from a deluge of mud and water. The fact that the dam's basin has been allowed to fill with sediment over the years is a sign of ignorance and mismanagement. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors should make clearing out the basin a top priority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1995 |
Sound technicians from the Orange County Fairgrounds' Pacific Amphitheatre conducted a sound test this month to determine whether concerts at the county fair in July might pose a noise problem for nearby neighbors. "We did different tests in different neighborhoods and we had our switchboard open for calls," said Jill Lloyd, a spokeswoman for the fairgrounds.
December 30, 2009 |
Millions of Americans receive implanted cardiovascular devices such as pacemakers and stents, but many of the devices are not subjected to rigorous safety and effectiveness research before being approved for use, according to a study released Tuesday. It's common for such devices to receive Food and Drug Administration approval based on information from only a single study, which "raises questions about the quality of data on which some cardiovascular device approvals are based," said the authors, from UC San Francisco.
August 1, 2001 |
Six of seven mid-size sport-utility vehicles suffered significant damage to their bumpers in low-speed crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Tuesday. The 5-miles-per-hour tests conducted by the institute are designed to imitate the impact that often occurs in commuter traffic and parking lots. Six of the 2001 and 2002 SUVs tested in four crashes earned marginal or poor marks. The Acura MDX got the highest mark of any mid-size SUV the institute has tested.