Days of wine and cactus


Outside of Palm Springs, Southern California's deserts are best known for low-rent amenities like scrubby plants, failed developments and junked cars. However, within two state parks are three…

Reading is fundamental


One in five Los Angeles-area women can't read this sentence. A Department of Education study also shows the most accurate predictor of a child's academic success is the literacy of the child's mother.

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Focus scoops up Allen pic


Focus Features has acquired Woody Allen's latest pic, "Scoop," in a multiterritory pact. The Universal specialty arm plans an aggressive effort to get the film into theaters domestically this summer…

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