| Aug 25, 2013
| 9:00 PM
In the 1980s, student protests against apartheid led universities to sell off stocks in companies doing business in South Africa. More recently, concerns about genocide in Darfur, the health effects of tobacco and handgun violence led to more college...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 7:00 AM
School had always been his safe harbor.
Growing up in one of South Los Angeles' bleakest, most violent neighborhoods, he learned about the world by watching "Jeopardy" and willed himself to become a straight-A student.
His teachers and his...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:34 PM
Scientists have discovered four new species of legless lizards in California, including one species that lives beneath the sand dunes near LAX.
But before we go on, let's get one thing straight: Yes, a snake is a legless lizard, but not all legless...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Never let a crisis go to waste, says an old rule of politics.
For some major players in the economy, the financial crisis that began five years ago this month with Lehman Bros.' collapse turned out to be as much an opportunity as a calamity....
| Sep 13, 2013
| 6:44 PM
OAKLAND — As a City Council member here, Libby Schaaf is notified each time someone is shot. That, it turns out, occurs several times each day.
It is a relentless reminder of Oakland's sweeping public safety crisis: So far this year there have...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Supporters of affirmative action breathed a nervous sigh of relief last week when the Supreme Court essentially punted on a case that some had feared would have led to a gutting of racial preferences in admissions to state universities. But even if the...
| Jul 7, 2013
Re "UC's diverse enrollment lags at its top schools," July 1
As a UCLA alumnus and a former lecturer there, I know that diversity is part of what always made the University of California system excel. Moreover, fairness demands that the university's...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 8:42 AM
When the California Public Employees’ Retirement System told its Anthem Blue Cross members it would pay only up to $30,000 for a knee or hip replacement surgery, some patients shopped around for a cheaper hospital.
What may be more surprising is...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 10:10 AM
With the Supreme Court handing down a tentative decision on affirmative action Monday, many colleges nationwide may look to California, where voters banned racial preferences in 1996.
The 7-1 decision, joined by both conservatives and liberals, tells...
| May 22, 2013
| 5:41 PM
Students and activists joined together Wednesday to file complaints against colleges and universities nationwide alleging that the schools have failed to follow federal laws, including those involving the reporting of sexual assault crimes and...
| May 27, 2013
| 10:58 PM
As a neurological disease robbed Barbara Brenner of her voice, the fiercely outspoken activist still managed to be heard.
She corralled technology, speaking through a text-to-voice application on her iPad and blogging about the concerns —...