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Kenneth Goldberg: Homework hang-ups: Why consensus is so hard to find
By Kenneth Goldberg AS the Los Angeles Unified School District engages in a heated homework debate, the rest of the world is also reconsidering this standard feature of public education. A group of French parents and teachers is calling for a two-week ...

“The Last Romanov” Debuts at Fairfax and Third
For fans of Dora Levy Mossanen, author of the provocative historical novels “Harem” and “Courtesan,” a much-anticipated day has finally arrived — the official publication date of “The Last Romanov” (Sourcebooks, $14.99), yet another example of her ...

Lakers vs. Warriors Pre-Game Report: Lakers Look for Back-to-Back Wins
The Lakers look to end the weekend with back-to-back victories after a close win against the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday. Tonight the Lakers face the Golden State Warriors, who are on a four game losing streak, at Staples Center in downtown Los ...

High surf, wind expected at LA beaches, deserts
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- High surf and high wind advisories were in place for local beaches and deserts Sunday after light rain soaked the Southland on Saturday night. Dangerous surf and rip currents were expected to hit LA, Orange and Ventura county ...

Shoah Foundation to archive testimonies from Armenian Genocide survivors
By Susan Abram Staff Writer Steven Smith and Jerry Papazian work with SHOAH Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California, which is archiving eyewitness accounts of survivors of the Armenian Genocide. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer) ...

All in for the 99%: Concert Review
Tenacious D, Fitz and The Tantrums and Moby rock a Los Angeles art crowd for the 99%. Jack Black's Tenacious D performed for a packed audience in a mid-Los Angeles warehouse, alongside Fitz and the Tantrums and Moby. Jack Black basically summed up the ...

Bring on the Bibliophilia: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Is Back!
Literary evangelists of Los Angeles, let the countdown begin. April has officially arrived, which means our city's most cherished annual literary extravaganza, The 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, is only a few weeks away (April 21-22, ...

Young, Hudson lead Diamondbacks past Dodgers 6-2
AP Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Young celebrates his solo home run in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, April 1, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. GLENDALE, Ariz.—Chris Young hit his fourth homer of the ...

Pio Pico park boosters make desperate attempts to stop closure
With California budget cuts threatening to close Pio Pico State Historic Park in Whittier, supporters are collecting recyclables among other efforts to raise money to keep the adobe open. Roger Rueter of Bellflower explores Pio Pico State Historic Park ...

State officials ask energy firms to disclose 'fracking' sites
The Brown administration is planning a statewide tour to hear residents complaints about the controversial oil extraction method. Oil pumps seen from California 33 in Kern County. Regulators have yet to develop rules or reporting requirements for ...

Sheriff's Dept. reverses stance, reveals data on county car use
In an about-face, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department releases information about two reserve deputies who are donors to Sheriff Lee Baca and were assigned county cars. Sheriff Lee Baca made an about-face, presenting a report that detailed the ...

Preservationists look to LA to save West Hollywood studio
Protesters opposed to the demolition of part of the historic facility demonstrate Sunday. Because the lot straddles the LA-West Hollywood border, those hoping to save it may turn to LA officials for help. Protesters stand outside the Mary Pickford ...

Fresh outlook has Dodgers pumped for 2012
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com | 04/02/12 12:00 AM ET LOS ANGELES -- Adam Kennedy has lived through a baseball ownership transfer, and based on the way the last one played out, he can't wait for this one to play out. "The one thing that I can say is similar ...

No Accountability at UCLA: How Chianti Dan's Failed Leadership Compares to ...
No Accountability at UCLA: How Chianti Dan's Failed Leadership Compares to ...

Live Review: Tyga — Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Watching him command the stage from the very first rhyme until the last certainly felt like seeing a new ruler rightfully flex his hand over hip hop. The Young Money Entertainment Cash Money Records rapper has been a king in the wings for quite some ...

Live Review: The All-American Rejects — The Troubadour, Los Angeles
"This is kind of like coitus," jested The All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter midway through his band's sold out show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on Friday. Ritter's sense of humor permeated the entire performance, adding a sense of fun ...

Live Review: Hyro Da Hero — Club Nokia, Los Angeles
"We some mad motherfuckers," smiled Hyro Da Hero on stage supporting Mindless Self Indulgence at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles Saturday. Hyro and his band mates are mad in a good way though. On his Ross Robinson-produced debut, Birth, School, ...

North Hollywood Fitness Trainer Suspected of Abusing Women: Cops
By Jason Kandel Dejon Alan Miller is accused of abusing women whom he lured into a fitness boot camp via Craigslist ads and his personal websites, police said. NBC4's Patrick Healy reports from a press conference at which Lt. Alan Hamilton and ...

UCLA Football: 2012 Spring Preview Of Bruin Recievers
by Patroclus on Apr 2, 2012 1:00 PM PDT in Football Today, we are looking at the receivers, a group that will look different from what we saw last fall in scheme as well as in personnel. The Wide Receivers are being coached by Eric Yarber, ...

Coliseum Defendants Seek Reduction of $1.2 Million Bail
By Phoebe Unterman Three defendants in the Coliseum corruption scandal sought a bail reduction at a hearing Monday at Los Angeles Superior Court, but the judge has not yet made a ruling. Former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano and rave producers ...

'The Voice': Behind the Scenes at L.A. Food Bank (Video)
Just days before the first live show, the aspiring singers spent the day giving back to the community and talked to THR about their plans for performing in the coming weeks. The contestants of The Voice have been busy preparing for their first week of ...

Say adios to Pio Pico park
The last governor of Mexican California was the quintessential Californian, but his story will get further buried with the impending closure of the southeast LA County homestead where he once lived. Carolyn Schoff, president of Friends of Pio Pico, ...

LA leaders back revised bullet-train business plan
The new plan cuts $30 billion off the cost by using existing regional passenger line tracks in some areas rather than building new tracks. By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times Several Los Angeles leaders backed a revised business plan released Monday ...

Assessor's office is slow to update value of donor's $21.5-million home
Jordan Kaplan, the owner of the Pacific Palisades mansion, has saved an estimated $198000 since buying it in 2010. Kaplan, family members and co-workers contributed $30000 to LA County Assessor John Noguez's campaign. This Pacific Palisades home was ...

On immigration operation, success and frustration
Agents taking part in a weeklong roundup search for people who have criminal records or have been previously deported. One suspect, convicted on drug charges, is detained but three others avoid arrest. Deputy Field Office Director David Marin says “The ...

Figure in Coliseum corruption case is in 'jungles of Brazil'
Tony Estrada, a former Coliseum janitorial contractor who portrays himself as a whistle-blower done wrong, says he will not return to face charges of embezzlement and conspiracy in an alleged kickback scheme. A fugitive in the Los Angeles Memorial ...

US Rep. Janice Hahn tours landslide area
By Donna Littlejohn, Staff Writer Engineer Lawrence Cuaresma, right, points out aspects of the landslide to Rep. Janice Hahn, center; Col. R. Mark Toy, Army Corps of Engineers; and Councilman Joe Buscaino on a tour of the landslide area on Monday, ...

Billionaire willing to buy NFL team to make LA stadium work
Developer Philip Anschutz is ready to write a check for a downtown stadium and a team if he can get a good deal with the NFL, his top executive says. AEG's Tim Leiweke said that his company is now considering how to revamp the exhibition center even if ...

LA employee union lashes out at Villaraigosa
An email sent by SEIU Local 721 questions the mayor's proposal for City Hall layoffs and a higher retirement age for new workers. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participate ...

LAPD chief's controversial impound policy to start in 3 weeks
By Susan Abram, Staff Writer Police Chief Charlie Beck says the new car impound policy going into effect soon will help everyone because it will lead to the city having more responsible drivers. (Dean Musgrove/Staff Photographer) Despite some ...


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