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  • From the archive: A mother's heartbreak

    In the front window of a modest brick two-flat on Chicago's West Side hangs a handmade sign with fading pictures of a smiling 15-year-old Yasmin Acree that says "we miss u." The honor student and kind of girl who made her bed every morning and hung out...
  • Susan Fromberg Schaeffer dies at 71; wrote 'Buffalo Afternoon'

    Susan Fromberg Schaeffer dies at 71; wrote 'Buffalo Afternoon'
    Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, a poet and novelist whose well-regarded 1989 novel "Buffalo Afternoon" examined the Vietnam War and its long and complex echo throughout American life, died Friday in Chicago. She was 71. Fromberg Schaeffer, who had been a...
  • 'Value-added' teacher evaluations: L.A. Unified tackles a tough formula

    'Value-added' teacher evaluations: L.A. Unified tackles a tough formula
    In Houston, school district officials introduced a test score-based evaluation system to determine teacher bonuses, then — in the face of massive protests — jettisoned the formula after one year to devise a better one. In New York, teachers...
  • Shifra Goldman dies at 85; champion of modern Mexican art

    Shifra Goldman dies at 85; champion of modern Mexican art
    In the early 1970s, when Shifra Goldman proposed a doctoral dissertation on modern Mexican art, her professors at UCLA sneered. Compared to European art, the art of Latin America was, in their view, imitative, too political, unworthy of serious...
  • Jackson expects to be 'vindicated' in ethics probe

    Jackson expects to be 'vindicated' in ethics probe
    KANKAKEE — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Saturday night he expects to be “vindicated” in a House ethics probe looking at his involvement in trying to secure President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat from then-Gov. Rod...
  • Hal Kanter dies at 92; Emmy-winning comedy writer, director

    Hal Kanter dies at 92; Emmy-winning comedy writer, director
    Hal Kanter, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, and a director and producer whose career included writing for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, directing Elvis Presley and creating a landmark 1960s TV series starring Diahann Carroll, has died. He was 92....
  • Op-ed: Other states need a lesson from Md. on robocalls

    Op-ed: Other states need a lesson from Md. on robocalls
    On Election Day 2010, with the polls still open, computers placed calls to 112,000 voters in predominately African-American precincts in Baltimore City and Prince George's County with an unusual message: "Relax" and stay home. The recorded message did not...
  • Piri Thomas dies at 83; Latino writer

    Piri Thomas dies at 83; Latino writer
    For Piri Thomas, being a dark-hued Latino in 1930s New York was far from the best of worlds. His siblings were fair-skinned, like his Puerto Rican mother, but he took after his black Cuban father, whose unsettled feelings about race scarred both of them....
  • Lillian Mobley dies at 81; South Los Angeles activist

    Lillian Mobley dies at 81; South Los Angeles activist
    Lillian Mobley, a prominent community activist who fought to establish and keep open the doors of Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center and pushed to create a companion medical school, has died. She was 81. Mobley, who had been in failing health for...
  • Nathaniel Ayers plays the Foshay Learning Center

    Nathaniel Ayers plays the Foshay Learning Center
    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." When...
  • Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt dies at 63; former Black Panther whose murder conviction was overturned

    Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt dies at 63; former Black Panther whose murder conviction was overturned
    Elmer G. "Geronimo" Pratt, a former Los Angeles Black Panther Party leader whose 1972 murder conviction was overturned after he spent 27 years in prison for a crime he said he did not commit, has died. He was 63. Pratt, whose case became for many a...