April 19, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Growing up poor and motherless in the slums of Jerusalem's Old City, Amoun Sleem dropped out of school at age 7 after her teacher repeatedly singled her out as a Gypsy, inspecting her hair for lice in front of the class and calling her "Nawar," a derogatory Arabic term that means "dirty. " On the streets, she learned English by selling postcards to tourists, but soon realized that a life of begging was not for her. At 9, she reentered school and stayed until she got a degree in business administration from Ibrahimi College in Jerusalem.
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April 12, 2013 |
Audrie Pott loved art, horses and skiing, and was known to sing as she made her way down the mountain. The 15-year-old played viola and piano. As a soccer player, her family said, she "had a nose for the goal. " The Saratoga High School sophomore's world changed one September night during what was supposed to be a "small little gathering" with friends. Authorities this week alleged that Audrie was sexually assaulted by three teenage boys, one of whom snapped a picture of the alleged attack.
April 4, 2013 |
The progress made by Ducks rookie wing Emerson Etem adds an intriguing dynamic to the team pushing to finish with the Western Conference's best record. "Youthful energy is tremendous in the dog days," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's really meaningful. We have guys getting up there who don't have the same energy. When they see the young guys doing it, it catches on. No team's going to survive without young guys. " Long Beach's Etem, 20, didn't make the Ducks' roster after training camp.
April 3, 2013 |
Sonic Youth came into being more than 30 years ago, when Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore started playing together in New York City. With bandmates Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, they released dissonant, loud, arty records that changed the sound of rock music at the end of the 20th century. And now Gordon is writing a memoir about it. Steve Appleford called their music " the sounds of beauty and noise . " Jonathan Gold, who talked to the band back in 1990, wrote that the "group's strangely tuned guitars rang out like distorted bells or Indian sarods; its deadpan lyrics lay obscurely as punk koans . " For Margaret Wappler, it was a "fusion of high-art experimentation and trashy cool.
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April 2, 2013 |
A 44-year-old youth soccer coach convicted of molesting six boys in 2010 and 2011 was sentenced Tuesday to 225 years to life in prison. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry Hall handed down the sentence to Jose Duarte after hearing four of the coach's victims read statements to the court. Duarte molested the boys, who were ages 11 to 14 at the time of the attacks. A jury on Feb. 14 deliberated less than a day before finding the coach guilty of 20 counts of child molestation and five counts of sending harmful material.
April 1, 2013 |
Wayne Gretzky is long gone from the Kings and long retired from the NHL, but the impact of his presence in Los Angeles is being felt more strongly than ever in the increasing success of youth hockey players who were born and trained in Southern California. The L.A. Junior Kings AAA team, composed of kids born in 1996 and 1997 - Gretzky was dealt by the Kings to the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 27, 1996 - will play for the USA Hockey national championship this week in Pittsburgh. The tournament will start Wednesday and runs through Sunday.