| Jun 25, 2011
It's as if he has a superhero secret identity: On the Caltech campus, Ahmed Zewail is a mild-mannered Egyptian American professor of chemistry and physics who won the Nobel Prize for cracking the secrets of molecules with femtosecond spectroscopy (a...
| Jul 28, 2011
Something strange is happening: a California state agency is developing an innovative, user-friendly idea that can be implemented easily and quickly.
It's creative and, so far, non-controversial.
And it can become a reality without the governor or...
| Jan 15, 2011
Mark Yudof became president of the University of California in 2008. Some timing. Since then, the university has seen its state funding, which accounts for about 13% of its operating budget, cut again and again.
Now Gov. Jerry Brown wants another $500...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 5:01 PM
Head west on 19th Street in Costa Mesa. First, you hit the monumentalist architecture of the 24-Hour Fitness club and Road Runner Sports. Then comes the more modest cash-for-gold outlet and a pawnshop. Finally, half-hidden behind a clutch of palm trees...
| Jan 27, 2008
He's how old?
Twenty, was the answer.
And he's a violinist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic?
Yes. He nailed his audition last spring at the age of 19, beating out hundreds of applicants who had far more experience.
So went my conversation with the...
| Sep 24, 2012
Four straight rows of four palm trees each stand on the northeast corner of 2nd and Spring streets downtown — a block from Los Angeles City Hall, right alongside LAPD headquarters.
They're directly across from the newsroom. I stare out at them from...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 4:39 PM
It's not exactly where you might expect to find an example of public school success:
The campus is in a former flower mart, across the street from the Greyhound station and a short walk from skid row in an industrial area of downtown Los Angeles....
| Jun 15, 2011
I picked him up at 10:30 Monday morning. He was waiting on the sidewalk outside his apartment with a cello, a violin, a guitar, a trumpet, a walking stick and a backpack full of music.
"Good morning, Mr. Ayers."
"Good morning, Mr. Lopez."
| Nov 24, 2012
| 3:41 PM
Rodney and Renee Brooks live near 101st and Central Avenue in Watts, and it was in that house — a modest two-story, brown stucco cube — that they raised six extraordinary children.
Jason is at Harvard, working on a PhD in education....
| Apr 27, 2013
| 5:15 PM
At Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, every student has an iPad.
That's 1,200 iPads, and if L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy can figure out how to pay for 660,000 more of them, every student in the district will have a tablet in the next...
| Apr 4, 2013
Maybe it's spring fever or maybe it's the centrifugal force from all that Sheryl Sandberg-led "leaning in," but it's been a big week for outrage about women and their place.
On Friday, Princeton alumna and parent Susan A. Patton published a letter in...