May 24, 2013 |
LONDON -- Residents of Stockholm braced for more violence Friday after five consecutive nights of rioting that have rocked the Swedish capital and shaken the Scandinavian country's self-image as a tolerant, liberal place. Since Sunday, sections of northwestern and southern Stockholm have lighted up with the glow of fires started by rock-throwing rioters apparently protesting a fatal shooting by police last week. Schools, shops, a library and about 150 vehicles have been set ablaze during the nightly rampages, which some commentators say are rooted in feelings of despair and disenfranchisement among the city's poor and its growing immigrant population.
May 16, 2013 |
Grouse all you want about airline baggage fees, but the numbers don't lie: You are slowly learning to accept them as a painful but necessary part of the flying experience. In fact, the overall satisfaction with air travel has increased to the highest level since 2006, according to the J.D. Power & Associates airline satisfaction study for 2013. On a 1,000-point scale, satisfaction with airlines reached 695 points, up 14 points from 2012, according to the survey of more than 11,800 airline passengers.
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May 14, 2013 |
In ground-breaking action, the Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions of defiant students, directing officials to use alternative disciplinary practices instead. The packed board room erupted in cheers after the 5-2 vote to approve the proposal, which made L.A. Unified the first school district in the state to ban defiance as grounds for suspension. The action comes amid mounting national concern that removing students from school is imperiling their academic achievement and disproportionately harming minority students, particularly African Americans.
April 13, 2013
Re "Bill targets gay ban by Boy Scouts," April 11 I am astonished that the physician who testified in front of state lawmakers, citing his experience of being molested by an older Boy Scout, would somehow slide right down the slippery slope to the conclusion that the Boy Scouts is in danger because gay Scouts or Scout leaders are probably child molesters. It leaves me wondering how the Boy Scouts of America could consider itself the arbiter of "morality" when the organization cannot distinguish between homosexuality and pedophilia.
March 20, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - By choosing to deliver his landmark speech to Israel in an auditorium filled with students and young people, President Obama is once again turning to a core audience that has always been responsive to his message of hope and change. But although there's little doubt that the handpicked attendees at the Jerusalem convention center Thursday will cheer what is likely to be his tough-love call for Israel to embrace Palestinian statehood, Obama's political magnetism may prove less effective with the broader masses of Israeli youth.
February 9, 2013 |
In a small Inglewood house near the end of a quiet, dead-end street, Marquisa "Miss Prissy" Gardner and Christopher "Lil' C" Toler are mock arguing about a bag of Martha's burritos he's carrying. "You didn't bring me any?" she taunts. "Chris-TOE-pher!" The longtime friends - launched to fame seven years ago by "Rize," David LaChappelle's 2005 documentary on South L.A.'s clown and krump dancers - wanted to meet in their childhood neighborhood as they discussed their new joint venture, the Underground, the first-ever concert-dance company to use street-born krump as its choreographic base.
December 28, 2012
The owner of a trolley tour company in Annapolis, Md., has decided to close down one portion of his business - old-fashioned trolleys for wedding parties - rather than extend the service to same-sex couples. He has every right to do so, but he should knock off his attempts to persuade lawmakers to sanction his real hope: to discriminate against gay couples in his business. Matt Grubbs owns Discover Annapolis Tours and says his Christian beliefs conflict with providing services to same-sex couples.
December 23, 2012 |
After fuel prices sent airfares skyrocketing last summer, you may have sworn off travel to Europe. We can't predict whether summer 2013 fares will shoot up; looking at a sample now tells us they're not cheap - at least, not in comparison with winter fares. The rule of thumb holds true: If you want to stuff a few extra dollars in your stocking, go in the off-season. Because the weather isn't optimal and there are few school holidays, winter is typically the cheapest time to head to Europe, excluding the holidays.
December 4, 2012 |
TEHRAN - His son is named after the river born where the Tigris and Euphrates meet. His wife once complained that he loved a rare species of yellow deer more than her. His realm runs from sprawling salt deserts to the snowcapped peaks of the Zagros Mountains, from southern marshes along the Persian Gulf to damp northern forests known as the "cloud jungle. " Mohammad Darvish, 47, is Iran's green gladiator, engaged in a quixotic, often lonesome quest to elevate his homeland's environmental IQ. In a nation where security and economic concerns overshadow threats to a varied and fragile ecosystem, he even dares to oppose nuclear power, sacrosanct to Iran's leaders.