In late August, composition books fly off the shelves. Kids and parent shuffle through Office Depot, grabbing rulers, graphing calculators, highlighters and fancy mechanical pencils the kids will lose six days into the new school year. It's the opening ceremony of a ritual reintegration of scholar ... More >>
Ted SoquiRichard J. Riordan Central Library in downtown L.A.At the Studio City Branch Library in the San Fernando Valley, acting senior librarian Karen Pickard-Four says teens and senior citizens feel the pain of severe budget cuts at the Los Angeles Public Library system.
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Fast times in 2010Updated after the jump: Both tobacco and marijuana use are on the rise. So why is weed getting all the flack after today's report? The experts weigh in.
Don't you just love watching statisticians get all tussled about the numeric rebellions of today's youth? According to a ... More >>
Lara604/FlickrWhat will our kids be eating next year?LAUSD is currently considering a new menu created by their executive chef Mark Baida for the 2011-2012 school year, and Food for Lunch, the local grassroots organization working to create healthy menu options in our schools, is asking you t ... More >>
Hot off the press. Seattle mega-indie Sub Pop has just announced the signing of Long Beach's Avi Buffalo, which might be our favorite band that still has a member in high school. A 7-inch, "What's In It For" b/w "Jessica," is scheduled for release on December 8 (pre-order here), BUT, as an email fro ... More >>
One of the highlights of last year's Los Angeles Film Festival was the feature-length documentary Pressure Cooker, co-directed by Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker. The movie is about a veteran Culinary Arts teacher, Wilma Stephenson, who has built a reputation over the past 38 years for turning out ... More >>
President Barack Obama's Town Hall meeting with Los Angeles residents came off smoothly today, based on the live feeds I saw, with the president covering familiar ground and showing a lot of verve. One issue that seemed to be an undercurrent leading up to the Town Hall was why he chose Miguel Contre ... More >>
Here is a self-portrait of Mr. Fish at 17. I imagined, at the time, that this was a genius depiction of an artist brilliantly misusing his talents; unusable for high school art class, inappropriate for Grandma's refrigerator, meaningful only after a highly intellectual conversation heavily sto ... More >>