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Jonas Bevacqua Dead: LRG Clothing Founder Dies At 34

Posted June 1, 2011 | 08:10:04 (EST)

LOS ANGELES — Jonas Bevacqua, who co-founded the popular street clothing brand LRG in 1999 and presided over its rapid rise as a major fashion force among young people, was found dead Tuesday. He was 34.

Orange County sheriff's officials said Bevacqua's body was found in his Laguna Beach home.

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IBM Watson Supercomputer A Reminder Of Education Shortcomings

Posted February 22, 2011 | 12:40:48 (EST)

This week, IBM's supercomputer Watson had quite a successful appearance in the man-versus-machine Jeopardy! showdown. Even with a couple flubs, Watson was able to handily beat two of the trivia game show's most prolific winners. Unfortunately, Watson's winnings won't make up for cancellation of IBM's hefty...

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Former Police Chief: 'I Am Looking Forward To...Taking All Of Bell's Money'

Posted February 14, 2011 | 17:30:09 (EST)

LOS ANGELES — The two top officials in the scandal-ridden California city of Bell illegally paid themselves hugely inflated salaries and created a paper trail to hide their actions while joking that they were acting like pigs, according to a document filed in court Monday by the district attorney's office.

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Entitled to the Facts

Posted February 12, 2011 | 14:07:28 (EST)

Six months ago, the Los Angeles Times published a series of articles on teacher effectiveness that relied upon economist Richard Buddin's study of the impact of elementary school teachers on their student test scores. Using seven years of data from the Los Angeles Unified School District,...

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Tree Sitter Protest: Arcadia Standoff Ends With 4 Arrested

Posted January 13, 2011 | 04:15:32 (EST)

ARCADIA, Calif. — A daylong standoff between a handful of tree sitters and public works crews has ended with the removal and arrest of the activists, who were trying to prevent bulldozers from clearing scores of trees as part of a dam improvement project.

Two men, including veteran tree sitter...

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A Year in the News: California Schools, 2010

Posted December 31, 2010 | 12:02:08 (EST)

Less money and diminished resources. Fewer instructional days. Summer school and after-school programs eliminated. Libraries and some school campuses closed. Thousands of teachers and classified employees fired. These are some education news stories that dominated 2010.

Political ironies are much overrated these days; however, we can note that the...

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Do as I say, not as I Vote

Posted November 5, 2010 | 17:20:55 (EST)

Californians went to the polls this week and for the third time in 36 years, elected Democrat Jerry Brown as governor. Much has changed for California schools since the 1970s when Brown followed Ronald Reagan to lead the state. At that time, California schools were considered among the best in...

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Bell Arrests: At Least 8 City Officials Arrested As Prosecutors Are Set To File Criminal Charges

Posted September 21, 2010 | 13:47:00 (EST)

LOS ANGELES (AP); The mayor and ex-city manager of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell were among eight current and former city officials arrested Tuesday in a corruption scandal that authorities said cost the blue-collar city more than $5.5 million in excessive salaries and illegal personal loans.

The district attorney's...

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Value Added is No Magic: Assessing Teacher Effectiveness

Posted August 24, 2010 | 12:05:42 (EST)

That old sorcerer has vanished
And for once has gone away!
Spirits called by him, now banished,
My commands shall soon obey.

In Goethe's classic, the apprentice uses a sorcerer's spell to ease his daily chores. Chanting the master's words, he brings a broomstick to...

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Robert Rizzo, Bell's 800k Man, Resigns From Post

Posted July 23, 2010 | 12:09:35 (EST)

BELL, Calif. — Residents in this modest blue-collar Los Angeles suburb where one in six lives in poverty were angry: Their city manager was getting paid more than President Barack Obama and the police chief more than the commander of the nearly 13,000-member LAPD.

They demanded and got the manager,...

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Electric Daisy Carnival Overdose Takes Life of 15 Year-Old Girl

Posted June 30, 2010 | 13:32:44 (EST)

LOS ANGELES — The operator of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday imposed a temporary ban on raves at the historic venue after a 15-year-old girl died of a suspected drug overdose and scores of people were injured at a weekend party that drew a crowd of 185,000.

Barry...

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Sunderland's Parents DENY Reality Show Deal

Posted June 14, 2010 | 13:17:07 (EST)

LOS ANGELES — The family of a 16-year-old California girl rescued from the Indian Ocean as she tried to sail solo around the world abandoned plans for a reality show before the girl set sail and has no interest in revisiting them now, Abby Sunderland's mother told The Associated Press...

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Four Seasons Robbery: Billionaire In Town For Oscars Robbed In Hotel

Posted March 9, 2010 | 10:14:43 (EST)

LOS ANGELES — A well-dressed man who talked his way into a Florida sugar baron's hotel room and stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry is believed to be the same person who pulled similar scams on a Mexican soccer team, a salsa band and an Israeli basketball...

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