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World Watches in Shock as Salahis Emerge From Mine

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Mr. and Mrs. Salahi, who are perhaps best known for crashing a state dinner at the White House last year, waved to cameras as they emerged from a Chilean, Mrs. Salahi attired in her trademark floor-length red dress.

Palin's Evolution Into O'Donnell Proves Darwin Was Wrong, Scientists Say

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Leading evolutionary biologists still believe that evolution is more than a theory and is, in fact, a very real thing. However, in the case of Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell, it seems to be moving in a reverse direction.

Melrose Avenue Is Not Dead

Lindsay Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Lindsay Kennedy

The Times' cursory glance-over and ominous forecast for Melrose Avenue suggests that suddenly and inexplicably that our star has fallen from the sky.

Rigoberto Ruelas and The Valued-Added Double Double with Cheese

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

Rigoberto Ruelas was a man who made a difference, a man who gave his way too short a life to his community and to his students.

Neal Boulton's 'Heroin Life'

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

There are a lot of words that could describe today's guest -- edgy, controversial, showman, maybe even genius. But one thing is undeniable, he's damn...

LA Metro's Misguided Critics: The Local Party of No

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

No self-respecting American of any political persuasion can look at China's success with high-speed rail and rail travel generally without crying over how far we are from what the Chinese have achieved.

Democrats to Employ Man Who Played Obama During 2008 Campaign

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - With just a month remaining until the crucial midterm elections, worried Democrats have decided to reach out to the...

U.S.'s Largest Book Festival Moves Across Town

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last year, more than 140,000 attended the Festival of Books, the nation's largest public literary festival, along with 400 authors, hundreds of bookse...

Tribune Creditors Want To Sue Sam Zell

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

NEW YORK — Tribune Co.'s junior creditors are asking a bankruptcy judge for the right to sue Sam Zell and others involved in his 2007 buyout tha...

Meg Whitman's Record Spending and Why It Takes Two to Copulate

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

All the faux expressions of horror from the media about Meg Whitman's spending are simply not to be believed.

Have You Admired a Tortoise Lately?

Terry Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Terry Gardner

Tony Perry's excellent article in the Los Angeles Times on the Galapagos tortoise digs at the San Diego Zoo, "...

Eat, Pray, Eat Some More - Sunday in LA (And Help Two Kids' Charities)

Terry Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Terry Gardner

More than 100 local, national and international food and beverage exhibitors will be offering delectable samples of their finest edibles and thirst quenchables at the LA Times Inaugural Celebration of Food & Wine.

The Dangers of Gossip

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dora Levy Mossanen

I attended services at Sinai Temple last Saturday, as always, looking forward to Rabbi David Wolpe's sermon and making a silent pact with myself to ap...

Why the Controversy Over High-Stakes Testing and Teacher Evals Matters

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Arne Duncan tied California's failure to secure $700 million in federal Race to the Top funding in part to the fact that LAUSD does not use standardized test scores as a factor in teacher review and evaluation.

Partnership and Trust Are the Most Important Values We Can Add

Steve Zimmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Zimmer

We must evaluate teachers, but we cannot separate that evaluation from teacher training, teacher professional development and teacher support.

Value Added is No Magic: Assessing Teacher Effectiveness

John Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Rogers

I worry about a flood of unintended consequences if the Los Angeles Times moves forward with its plans to publish the teacher effectiveness rankings of 6,000 elementary school teachers.

Discovering Pluto, Finding Happiness, Dealing With Suffering

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In case you missed them, here are this weekend's book review highlights: "Percival's Planet" by Michael Byers "'Watch out for oddballs,' one charact...

The Real-Life Values Behind the LA Times Value-Added Teacher Controversy

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Unfortunately, the data available to the LA Times reflects only teacher performance as it relates to standardized test scores and not to the development of social and emotional competencies. Founder And Print Heir Says Reviews And Bookstores Dying | ByJames Rainey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Book reviews in newspapers, well, those are gone," the young Web entrepreneur told me in the most matter-of-fact way. "Independent bookstores are alm...

The Press to Michelle Obama -- Be More Like Laura Bush!

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

You see, it was really all about "optics." The whole controversy about Michelle Obama's recent private vacation in Spain with her daughter was really...

Animal Crush Videos: Disgusting and Illegal

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

The House passed legislation to reinstate a federal prohibition on gruesome animal crush videos that have made a comeback since the courts overturned the 1999 law to ban their production and sale.

A True Populist Revolt in Bell: And It's Not the Tea Partiers

Mona Gable | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mona Gable

Compared to the inane rantings of the Tea Partiers we've been hearing, the citizens of Bell actually had legitimate complaints. Bell's top officials were paying themselves like bankers.

Snooki: I Don't Know Who Obama Is Either

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

One day after President Obama revealed that he had no idea who Snooki was, the cast member of Jersey Shore said that the lack of awareness was mutual.

GM Sets Volt Price While Toyota Delays US-Built Prius

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

As the world gets greener, but the recession hangs on, even the building of the world's most popular low emissions/high mileage car has been put on hold in its largest market.

BP Replaces Tony Hayward with Startled Deer

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"Clearly he's a little rough around the edges," said BP board chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg. "But he still did better than Tony."