Los Angeles Police Department officers detain students in 2010 during a sweep for truants in the San Pedro neighborhood.
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Students rally against truancy policies on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles on Feb. 22. The city is relaxing its punitive truancy policies to focus on the reasons students skip class.
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A Los Angeles police officer detains a San Pedro High School student in 2010 for truancy. After years of following a more punitive approach, Los Angeles is reconsidering how it handles students who skip class.
Los Angeles is easing its stance on truancy. For the past decade, a tough city ordinance slapped huge fines on students for even one instance of skipping school or being late, but the Los Angeles City Council is changing that law to focus on helping students get to class because it turns out those harsh fines were backfiring.
Two years ago, Nabil Romero, a young Angeleno with a thin black mustache, was running late to his first period at a public high school on LA's Westside.
In the Michigan Republican primary Tuesday, Mitt Romney had a near-death experience, but he squeaked out a narrow victory over Rick Santorum. That, says veteran Republican strategist Ed Rogers, has calmed some of the anxiety in Republican circles about Romney's strength as a general election candidate.
"Mitt Romney did what he needed to do to give more certainty and more clarity to the race. He dodged a bullet; it was an ugly win," Rogers says. "It's not over. Santorum is still very competitive."
U.S. intelligence officials tracking the situation in Syria have their eye on one group in particular: al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq.
The group has longstanding ties to Syria, and its early members weren't just Iraqis; many of them were Syrians. The former leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, not only established a network of fighters in Syria, but he also folded them into his northern Iraqi faction of al-Qaida.
Molly Ranson plays the title role in the off-Broadway reworking of <em>Carrie</em>, directed by Stafford Arima and written by Lawrence D. Cohen, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore.
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Marin Mazzie plays Carrie's deeply religious mother, Margaret, who fears for her daughter's soul as Carrie encounters boys in school and further develops her telekinetic powers.
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To get around some of the special effects-heavy aspects of <em>Carrie</em>'s supernatural story, the production employs several more theater-specific strategies.
On the show this week, I feature the new album from Canadian songstress Catherine MacLellan, and the new release from the mesmerizing Pieta Brown. I’ll also play songs from new discs by Hat Check Girl, Carol Williams and Mark Minelli, among other talented artists. Join me, this Saturday at 8pm, for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Free college credit for qualifying high school students may be a thing of the past. Concurrent enrollment courses, which are available at most high schools across the state, are seeing large budget cuts, and one lawmaker says the solution is to start charging students who want to receive the credit. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on what critics are saying about the measure.
Thursday on Access Utah, a discussion on Medieval art with renowned scholar Jaroslav Folda, and a conversation with Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of Half The Sky, a book-turned-movement empowering women around the world to fight poverty and extremism.
A bill restricting the use of tanning beds by minors will soon be on Governor Gary Herbert’s desk, after the Utah House of Representatives approved it this morning following a passionate discussion. Jeff Robinson has the story.