When Chicago officials announced one of the largest school closings in U.S. history last year, they didn`t explain how the district helped bring the crisis on itself through years of borrowing and spending that took little notice of demographic trends.
The Cougars come back from early 13-0 deficit and benefit from three bad punt snaps by Narbonne that lead to safeties.The two powerhouses in the City Section, Crenshaw and Narbonne, engaged in a defensive duel Friday night in the Division I championship game that featured one of the strangest occurrences — three safeties on bad punt snaps.
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Just days after our nation celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and our nation’s solemn commitment to the proposition that all men are created equal, the state of Utah filed a legal brief arguing that it is within the rights of a state to impose laws creating second-class citizenship for LGBT Americans.
The state of Utah’s arguments against marriage equality today are no more virtuous than were John C. Calhoun’s calls for nullificati...
Robinson Cano now gets the money Jay Z and the band promised him, gets $240 million from the Mariners, gets the third-biggest contract in baseball history, gets 10 years from the Mariners at the age of 31, and once again shows you that Jerry Reinsdorf of the White Sox was absolutely right when he once said, and famously, that all it takes is one dumb owner to set the market in baseball.
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Chris Higgins scored at 3:41 of overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes on Friday night.
Vancouver squeaked out the win after squandering a 2-0 lead in the final 10 minutes of regulation
On the rare occasion Bo Graham helps coach Arizona State`s defensive players, the experience, well, scares him.
"They`re crazy," the offensive assistant said. "Crazy. I immediately go back to my running backs and hug them."
Curious about how Copenhagen Suborbitals is building a space capsule? Wired Science blogger Kristian von Bengtson shares the process, in photos.
Robin Thicke, Lorde and Bruno Mars are among the nominees for record of the year
Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War who was arrested by authorities in Pyongyang after a tour of the North, reportedly issued an apology for his "hostile acts."
A former Goldman Sachs vice president and trader, was on Friday sentenced to nine months in prison by a federal judge in Manhattan for trying to cover up an $8.3 billion trade.
A wedding brawl, a stabbing over apple pie and a post-partum selfie that caused a stir are among most viewed Weird Stories in the past week.
Former major-league catcher and Diamondbacks broadcaster Joe Garagiola was named the recipient of the Buck O`Neil Award on Thursday in announcement by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum`s Board of Directors.
The award, which is given out at maximum every three years, was established in 2007 to honor individuals "for extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball`s positive impact on society," according to the announcement.
South African president Jacob Zuma and U.S. president Barack Obama speak on the passing of Nelson Mandela.
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The 2014 Camry features a bold, sophisticated design, a spacious interior, great driving dynamics and a quiet ride. Toyota Camry powertrain choices were enhanced for this seventh-generation model to provide better fuel economy and more responsive performance.
The Camry employs an elegantly simple but modern form, emphasizing a wider, lower stance . The design conveys an "architectural statement" through crisp character lines, while a more strongly curved door cross-section and more defined rocker panel molding give the Camry a more expressive appearance.
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Check out this insanely entertaining wedding video that features a duel between knights, cameo appearances by Batman and Ironman, and a wide array of unexpected wedding crashers. Andrew Dymburt has more.
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A cycling advocacy group Friday tapped Chicago’s Dearborn Street protected bike lane as tops in the country for 2013 -- something city officials called an endorsement of the route’s unique traffic signals for bicyclists. As a result, the city hopes to install more traffic signals for cyclists along future bike lanes, said Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Pete Scales. “We’ll be looking to use it for other projects in the future for sure,” Scales told the Chicago Sun-Times. Cyclists lit up websites Friday with news that People for Bikes had named Dearborn’s 1.2 mile protected bike lane as the No. …
(Reuters) - The Mega Millions jackpot rose to an estimated $344 million for next week`s drawing after no one won the top prize of $297 million on Friday evening, lottery organizers said.
Being a bridesmaid is a lot of work. And with the stress (and expense!) of buying shoes to match an awkwardly colored dress, planning showers and booking travel, it’s easy to get bogged down in all the bad and forget about the good. But it`s important to remember that being in a wedding party is not just a privilege -- it’s downright fun! Here are eight reasons why:1. It’s a huge honor. When a close friend decides to make you a major player in the most important day of her life, it’s very flattering. Despite any “burdens” that come with bridesmaid duty (money, travel, time, hair requirements), it’s a privilege to know that your friend values your presence on such a momentous occasion. Return the favor by saying, “Thank you. I’d love to. What do you need?”2. The dress is actually code for VIP. We all love to complain about bridesmaids dresses -- they`re ugly, they don`t fit right and no one ever wears them again, despite what the bride tells you. But it doesn`t matter, because the dress has magical powers. It’s a VIP uniform that says “I’m best friends with the bride” and usually inspires guests to approach you and want to become your best friend too. Read More...
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The All-Star outfielder and the Yankees agreed Friday to a $45 million, three-year contract, two people familiar with the deal said.
Beltran`s agreement came hours after second baseman Robinson Cano decided to leave for Seattle and on the same day pitcher Hiroki Kuroda agreed to return for 2014.
Beltran injured ribs in the World Series opener when he banged into Fenway Park`s right-fight fence while robbing Boston`s David Ortiz of a grand slam.
BYU volleyball held off Arizona State 3-2 Friday night in a NCAA Tournament first-round match in Honolulu.
ASU (19-14) rallied from a 22-18 deficit to win the fourth set 26-24 but dropped the decisive fifth set 15-10. BYU (23-6) advances to a second-round match Saturday against the winner between No. 11 seed Hawaii and Idaho State with the 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 15-10 decision.
Hightstown boys won 99-71 over Hamilton while the girls pulled out a 112-58 win.
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations with nine, but Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took many of the major nominations.
Nothing says Christmas in South Florida like a giant illuminated hibiscus. Or gator wrestling and Polynesian dancers. Or how about a tropical Frosty the Snowman?
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remain beyond reproach (see also here). These young men not only "get away" with gender-transgressive behavior; their transgressions work in ways that prove exactly how heterosexual they are.
Sociologist Pepper Schwartz argues that for heterosexuality to be successful, it needs to be applauded and celebrated by others. The reactions to the Warwick men`s rowing team and Macklemore illustrate a sort of "digital" applause. From Twitter to Facebook to news media, the Internet was alive with celebration of good-looking, talented straight men`s authentic support for LGB rights. Indeed, for the Warwick team`s and Macklemore`s anti-homophobia to be consistent with heterosexual masculine identities, they need to be interpreted in this way by others.
Public proclamations of support on the part of heterosexual men to end homophobia are significant and important in changing opinion about LGB identities. But asking what these men are getting out of the performance complicates such an easy analysis. This sort of "bro-ing" of anti-homophobia stances does not necessarily have the effect of challenging the naturalness and inevitability of sexual and gender categories. Much like the anti-Chick-fil-A video made by two straight, white men to protest the restaurant`s homophobic policies, Macklemore`s and the Warwick rowing team`s gender and sexual practices and proclamations reinscribe their heterosexuality as so powerful and inevitable that even an anti-homophobia stance can`t call them into question.
Though important steps forward, both Macklemore`s "Same Love" and the Warwick men`s rowing team`s fundraiser work to individualize a much more complex issue. They ignore the how their performances of protest are, in some ways, produced by the same heteronormative ideals that help us make sense of their anti-homophobia heterosexual performances of masculinity. In the end, they`re actually strategically relying on the very discourse they claim to oppose.
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SANTA ANA, Calif. - After the orange harvesting and the sun sets, the toughest part of John S. Gless` day is just beginning: a desperate fight to stave off a cold spell threatening to destroy his citrus crop.The vice president and manager of Gless Ranch, which grows oranges, lemons and grapefruit on 5,000 acres 100miles north of Los Angeles, spends his nights shuttling from field to field where costly wind machines are warming up the groves by a few critical degrees that can make all the difference once temperatures dip dangerously low.
The Alpine Springs and High Alpine chairlifts, as well as parts of the Hanging Valley Wall, will open for the season today at Snowmass Ski Area.
Snowmass Ski Patrol members have been “diligently nurturing the bountiful snowpack and all of the runs served by Alpine Springs and most of those on High Alpine will go green,” according to an Aspen Skiing Co. statement.
NPR`s former South Africa correspondent John Matisonn worked for Nelson Mandela, helping the leader improve his media savvy after he was released from prison on Robben Island. Matisonn remembers Mandela`s keen intelligence and resilience. Matisonn tells Robert Siegel the Nobel Peace Prize recipient emphasized that he was an ordinary man, and insisted he was no saint.
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Unterman raved about the Caesar salad with warm anchovy toasts, salads of winter greens with new potatoes and soft-cooked eggs, and fresh-ground hamburgers served on freshly baked focaccia that "reach new culinary heights."
The kicker was Unterman`s conclusion: "I`d like to see this menu, so reasonably priced by New York standards, installed on a busy corner of San Francisco where people could drop in day and night."
Tentatively dubbed the Salon, the bar will be an eclectic room with a small bar and several seating areas, surrounded by the books you`d need to start civilization over again.
Perhaps most alluring for her is that Fort Mason sits on federal property, meaning that the bar is not subject to state liquor laws.
The different styles of burgers can be topped with ingredients ranging from sliced apples to cotija cheese, but Pizzica is adamant that he wants to create a fun and casual atmosphere.
[...] burgers will be $6 to $7.
SEVERANCE - Brinkman Construction has completed construction on the newest events center in Northern Colorado, Windsong Estate, located at the intersection of Highways 14 and 257 in Severance.Windsong Estate includes both indoor and outdoor event space and can be used for a range of events, from corporate gatherings to...
Sage grouse numbers have declined slowly in recent years, prompting conservation groups to have the federal government consider the bird for the endangered species list. If that happens, it could have negative economic impacts on Colorado and Moffat County.
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Colorado Springs police arrested two men Thursday in connection with a Nov. 26 shooting at the Memorial Park skate park.
Jeritt Tardiff, 20, and Joaquin Soto, 23, were taken to the El Paso County jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, said police spokesman Larry Herbert. Read more on Colorado Springs Gazette
Egyptian tech pioneer and activist Ali Shaath died of a heart attack Wednesday. He was 45.
Shaath, a computer engineer, was the co-founder of the Arab Digital Expression Foundation, a non-profit that runs summer camps for Arab youths ages 12 to 15. The camps focus on “adding Arabic digital content, enabling more varied voices in the Arab World and promoting active and artistic expression.” He spoke of the changes that came from these youth camps at TEDxCairo in 2012
In addition to summer camps, the ADEF strongly advocated for more Arabic-language and open-source software. Shaath also co-founded the Egyptian Association for Free and Open Software, which criticized the Egyptian government for spending $44 million on Microsoft licenses rather than using locally adapted open-source software Read more...More about Egypt, Us World, and World
Archie Goodwin was a Kentucky point guard who the Suns pegged for being an NBA shooting guard.
But why not both? On a team that essentially starts two combo guards, the Suns are giving Goodwin some small doses of initiating offense because he and the league are heading toward more dual-guard roles anyway.
Remember when Fresno State and Northern Illinois were going to battle to become the BCS buster? Both of those stories have ended and thanks to Bowling Green`s blowout win over the Huskies in the MAC Championship, UCF fans may feel the biggest sting.
A man suspected of killing two cats by ripping their carrier away from their owner and throwing it into San Francisco Bay was arrested Friday afternoon, authorities said. Eric Leroy Patterson, 33, tried to run from authorities as soon as he heard they were Animal Care and Control officers, said animal control Capt. Vicky Guldbech. Officers spotted him near Sacramento and Drumm streets on Friday afternoon after days of patrolling the Embarcadero area for him, Guldbech said. They had been searching for him since the Nov. 25 attack when witnesses said he approached a homeless woman and grabbed all her belongings – including the carrier that held her two cats. Without provocation, Read More
The Warriors had so much fun during their remarkable 27-point comeback victory Tuesday that they decided to try to one-up the feat Friday night in Houston.
Sure, the Warriors continue to play without Toney Douglas (stress reaction leg), Festus Ezeli (knee) and Andre Iguodala (left hamstring), but Houston was also without its share of rotation players (Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin and Greg Smith) because injuries.
The Warriors have lost 18 of their past 21 games against Houston, including the Feb. 5 meeting when the Rockets tied an NBA record with 23 three-pointers.
Fresh out of the ice tub, Iguodala took pregame jump shots, progressing from the stationary free throws he had been taking earlier in the week.
Golden State hasn`t won in Memphis since April 4, 2008, when Andris Biedrins had 21 points on 5-of-6 free-throw shooting and 17 rebounds in a 117-86 victory. ...
Memphis played without all-league defender Tony Allen (sore right hip) in Thursday`s 101-81 loss to the Clippers and has been without Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol (left MCL sprain) for five consecutive games.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to side-step the overwhelming commercialism that passes for holiday cheer, consider catching Joe Johnson tonight at Swirl, where the talented local singer-songwriter will be performing his album, A Cold Christmas Moon, in its entirety.
“I never even performed the whole thing last year,” says Johnson of the Christmas Eve 2012 release, “and don`t plan on doing it in its entirety again after this one.”
There’s really just one catch: A Cold Christmas Moon isn’t actually a Christmas album; the title is taken from Woody Guthrie`s "1913 Massacre," which he covers on it.
Johnson also does renditions of songs by other local musicians, including the Haunted Windchimes` "Swimming Through a Dream," Jason Miller`s "O`Lyda" and Chauncy Crandall`s "Justified Sins."…
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On Feb. 11, 1990, upon his release from prison, Nelson Mandela stood on the steps of City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa. He told the gather crowd of more than 100,000 people to seize what he called "a decisive moment." In the audio above, you can listen to a segment of that speech.
For 27 years, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for his fight against South Africa`s apartheid regime. Saki Macozoma served time on Robben Island alongside Mandela in the 1970s, and he joins Robert Siegel to remember Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.
Here we go again, yet another modern dance work that promises nothing less than immersion.
There is nothing even mildly immersive about the Stacey Printz Project`s "Soul + Mates," an often genial and just as often overwrought and overlong work that bowed Wednesday evening at Z Space.
[...] one of the principal problems with "Soul + Mates" is that it`s not even immersive in a philosophical sense.
The combinations into which Printz hurls her 12 dancers only rarely seem forged from some inner compulsion or conviction; they smack instead of too many hours in the studio.
Yet Printz underutilizes some of them, assembling the entire complement for either a frozen, accusatory stare at the audience (which always looks pretentious) or still another group unison.
[...] near the end, Tom Ontiveros` lighting brightens to show us women draped over a three-tiered metal construction, which is then shifted to center stage.
This isn`t the first time oil has gushed from Texas wells at a record rate and sent towns around state the state into an economic boom. See how life in Texas changed in towns like Kilgore, Freer and elsewhere after the Texas oil explosion:
Art lovers and travelers alike are bound to argue over some of the choices in “Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas” (Phaidon 2013, $79.95), a mammoth new coffee-table tome that offers photos and details on 500-plus of ”the most spectacular, uplifting and outstanding examples” of works designed for their locales. But that’s what bucket-list travel guides are all about: inspiring debate as much as your next itinerary. San Francisco contributes four of the 14 California must-see art sites, compared with five in Los Angeles and environs; Geyserville, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Joshua Tree National Park and the Coso Mountain Range are home to the rest. The S.F. destinations: Andy Read More
The execution is as good or better than when the restaurant opened, whether it`s classics such as Faith`s Warm Ham and Cheese Toast ($14) topped with a poached egg nearly floating in a pool of jalapeno cream and garnished with four fried okra spears; or the chocolate and butterscotch pot de creme ($10), a rich chocolate pudding capped with butterscotch and topped with generous shards of chocolate butter crunch.
There are copious amounts of butter and fat, and the large portions are typical of the South.
The homey menu, which includes oysters, 11 other starters and nine main courses, is touched by the season but anchored in classics with year-round appeal, such as buttermilk fried chicken ($25) with corn bread stuffing and house-smoked St. Louis ribs ($26) with corn muffin and coleslaw.
Pairing cornmeal fried green tomatoes with precisely diced tuna ($16) accented with Tabasco, green onion vinaigrette and a sprinkling of garlic chips is a great melding of old and new.
[...] is the chefs` take on gumbo ($26), with coins of stuffed and rolled rabbit loin placed on components of what might go into the stew - stuffed peppers, chunks of andouille sausage and charred okra.
American red snapper ($27) sits atop dirty rice with plantains, shishito pepper and pepper pot stew.
Some dishes have become a tradition, including cornmeal fried oysters ($15) on Herbsaint spinach puree, bacon and preserved lemon; and roasted veal meatballs ($15) with potato puree, doused in green peppercorn sauce.
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