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Ruling reached in suit targeting teacher evaluations, as LAUSD and UTLA agree to layoff deal

Ruling reached in suit targeting teacher evaluations, as LAUSD and UTLA agree to layoff deal

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles, California Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images A tentative decision has been reached in the landmark Doe v Deasy case, the lawsuit aimed to force Los Angeles Unified School District to include student test scores in teacher evaluations. [...]

What does it take to win and hold the White House?

What does it take to win and hold the White House?

“The Candidate: What it Takes to Win – And Hold – The White House” by Samuel L. Popkin Credit: Oxford University Press “There are two winners in every campaign” according to Author, Samuel L. Popkin, “The inevitable winner when it begins– such as Rudy Guiliani or Hillary Clinton in 2008– and the inevitable winner after [...]

The fight for Gabrielle Giffords’ seat in the House

The fight for Gabrielle Giffords’ seat in the House

Ron Barber (center), who is running in the special election for Gabrielle Giffords’ Congressional seat, exits after attending an interfaith memorial service held at St. Augustine Cathedral January 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. Credit: Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images Ever since Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords resigned from her 8th district post in January, the fate of the [...]

Film Week

Film Week

English Director Sir Ridley Scott arrives on the red carpet to attend the world premiere of the film ‘Prometheus’ in London on May 31, 2012. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Claudia Puig and Charles Solomon to discuss this week’s new films, including Prometheus, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, [...]

Do parenting skills give female execs a leg up in the workplace?

Do parenting skills give female execs a leg up in the workplace?

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi smiles during a session untitled “Technology for Society” on the third day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 29, 2010 in Davos. Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images A new study shows that 95 % of female professionals think raising children has provided them with “unique skills [...]

Will “I’ll Have Another” have another win at Belmont?

Will “I’ll Have Another” have another win at Belmont?

Will there finally be a new Triple Crown winner? Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images There hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner in over three decades. Since the 1970’s, when Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) eleven other champions have tried, but fallen short of taking racing’s greatest prize. But “I’ll Have Another” is [...]

Augusten Burroughs’ new book gives advice on how to survive your past

Augusten Burroughs’  new book gives advice on how to survive your past

“This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike” by Augusten Burroughs Credit: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan If you’ve read any of Augusten Burroughs’ books – especially “Running with Scissors,” his debut – you know that the author did not have a pleasant [...]

Examining the words we use to define America

Examining the words we use to define America

“The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, And Define A Nation” Credit: By Stephen Prothero In “The American Bible: How our Words Unite, Divide and Define a Nation,” author Stephen Prothero looks to recover our tradition of political discourse and civility. From the point of view that our two-party system and largely our political [...]

Gay civil rights bills race to the Supreme Court, but which has the best shot?

Gay civil rights bills race to the Supreme Court, but which has the best shot?

Opponent of Proposition 8, California’s anti-gay marriage bill, Eddie Reynoso celebrates at Los Angeles City Hall on February 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the voter-approved Proposition 8 measure violates the civil rights of gay men and lesbians. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images [...]

The sweet sounds of obsolescence

The sweet sounds of obsolescence

“Beep, beep, beep,” says the Touch-Tone phone. “Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine….[or] the textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR.” It’s that fear of audio extinction that led Chatanooga State Community College [...]