July 5, 2011 |
"That's racist. " It's a comedic catchphrase these days, popularized by an online clip from a 2005 TV show "Wonder Showzen" on MTV2. It's not as iconic as Gary Coleman's "What 'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" or Fonzie's "Ayyyyyy" or even Bart Simpson's "Don't have a cow, man. " But what it lacks in pedigree, it makes up for in ubiquity and social relevance. Across the country, it's a staple of schoolyards, Internet discussion groups, Twitter and sitcoms. For instance, when a character on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" explains to a co-worker how to do laundry, he says, "OK, so you always separate your lights from your darks.
October 7, 1993 |
Since the first electronic spreadsheet, VisiCalc, was introduced for the early Apple computer, all spreadsheets have been designed around the same fundamental grid of rectangular cells formed by the intersections of columns and rows. But not anymore. DS Group Inc. of Greenwich, Conn., ((800) 828-8760) is direct-marketing an Italian-designed spreadsheet that doesn't have the traditional cells housing labels, data and formulas.
March 12, 2008 |
Most Americans' knowledge of the Panama Canal was acquired in a haze of junior high school history -- somewhere alongside "trust busting" and the "bully pulpit" in the unit on Teddy Roosevelt and turn-of-the-century Amer- ican confidence. There was a spasm of interest in the canal 31 years ago, when the United States agreed to turn it -- along with the surrounding territory -- over to Panama, and also a flicker of notice in 1999 when the actual handover occurred. Beyond that, it's been pretty much out of sight, out of mind -- except on the political fringes, where some have tried to argue that Sen. John McCain's birth in the Canal Zone disqualifies him from seeking the presidency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1997
As a nonprofit youth organization, we are always pleased when The Times recognizes the significant contributions of one of our sister organizations. LA's BEST has a well-deserved history of service to youths in the at-risk communities of Los Angeles (editorial, Sept. 30). We should know. It was the Gwen Bolden Youth Foundation after-school tutorial program that then Mayor Tom Bradley used as a model when he created the LA's BEST program in 1987. We were the pioneers of school-based after-school tutorial programs, commencing in 1980.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1998
More than two-thirds of students entering Cal State Northridge needed remedial instruction in math or English to prepare for college-level work, according to Cal State University system officials. Findings released last month for the entire 22-campus system showed a record 54% of entering freshmen needed remedial math and 47% needed remedial English. At CSUN, 62% of entering freshmen needed remedial English and 67% needed remedial math. KARIMA A.
February 25, 2006 |
Sound baserunning begins with a good ear. Listening to Maury Wills helps especially well. The all-time Dodger stolen base leader put on a 45-minute clinic for the players Friday, beginning at home plate and working his way around the bases. Even accomplished runners such as Kenny Lofton, Rafael Furcal and Cesar Izturis were hanging on every word. "When I was playing and the Dodgers did this, I was always the guy in front, absorbing as much as I could," Wills said.