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‘Hard work’ pays off: LAUSD announces Academic Decathlon winners

LOS ANGELES – Highland Park’s Benjamin Franklin High School has won this year’s Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon, topping Grant High School, and will go on to compete in the statewide competition in March. It was a first-time win for Franklin’s eight-member team. The remaining top spots went to Grant, which took second place; Garfield High School, third; Bell High School, fourth; and North Hollywood High School, fifth. Franklin High and nine other top-scoring LAUSD schools ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Grant High School, Grant, Marshall, Garcia, Torrance, Franklin, Van Nuys, Garfield High School


Hear Mary Oliver (RIP) Read Five of Her Poems: “The Summer Day,” “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night,” “Many Miles” and “Night and the River”

Poets get to have strong opinions about what poetry should be and do, especially poets as well-loved as Mary Oliver, who passed away yesterday at the age of 83. “Poetry, to be understood, must be clear,” she told NPR in an interview, “It mustn’t be fancy…. I always feel that whatever isn’t necessary should not be in the poem.” Oliver’s Zen approach to her art was to cut right to the heart of things, to honor natural, unpretentious expression. “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is,” she ...
Tags: Google, College, Poetry, New York Times, Ohio, Npr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oliver, Sylvia Plath, Garner, Facebook Twitter, Emerson, Maria Shriver, Franklin, Josh Jones, Ostriker


How Aretha Franklin Turned Otis Redding’s “Respect” Into a Civil Rights and Feminist Anthem

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T…” You know the rest. When R&B legend Otis Redding, who wrote and first recorded “Respect,” heard Aretha Franklin’s version of the song, he reportedly said, “well, I guess it’s that girl’s song now.” Aretha didn’t just cover Redding’s song, she “flipped the script,” notes The Washington Post video above, turning his call for entitlement into a demand for empowerment and creating a feminist and civil rights anthem. She changed the lyrics to suit her, spelled it out in the ch...
Tags: Google, Post, Music, Supreme Court, College, Aretha Franklin, New York Times, David Ritz, Redding, Facebook Twitter, Otis Redding, Erma, Franklin, Carolyn, Josh Jones, Aretha


Aretha’s Franklin’s Pitch-Perfect Performance in The Blues Brothers, the Film That Reinvigorated Her Career (1980)

There are many films of the 70s and 80s that could never get made today. This is not your grumpy uncle’s rant about political correctness gone wild. In many cases, it’s very much for the best. (And did we ever need “movies” like Porky’s or Hardbodies in the first place? I’m going to say no.) Styles and social mores change. Actors and directors who alone could have pulled off what they did, when they did, pass away. And so too do musicians whose equal we will never see again. When these i...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Aretha Franklin, Chicago, James Brown, Atlantic, Tennessee, Jesus, Cia, Richard, John Candy, Vanity Fair, Matt Murphy, Universal Studios


Aretha Franklin’s Pitch-Perfect Performance in The Blues Brothers, the Film That Reinvigorated Her Career (1980)

There are many films of the 70s and 80s that could never get made today. This is not your grumpy uncle’s rant about political correctness gone wild. In many cases, it’s very much for the best. (And did we ever need “movies” like Porky’s or Hardbodies in the first place? I’m going to say no.) Styles and social mores change. Actors and directors who alone could have pulled off what they did, when they did, pass away. And so too do musicians whose equal we will never see again. When these i...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Aretha Franklin, Chicago, James Brown, Atlantic, Tennessee, Jesus, Cia, Richard, John Candy, Vanity Fair, Matt Murphy, Universal Studios


Aretha Franklin’s Most Powerful Early Performances: “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Say a Little Prayer” & More

Surely you’ve heard, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is gravely ill with terminal cancer and has been moved to hospice care. The news has brought tearful tributes from celebrities and fans; lengthy retrospectives of her almost sixty-year career will follow. In a life as rich, troubled, and glamorous as hers, with so many intense highs and lows, it’s almost impossible to know where to begin, though a number of biographers have already told her story—or stories. She kept many of the de...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Aretha Franklin, Time, Paul Simon, America, Bob Dylan, David Ritz, Marvin Gaye, Martin Luther King Jr, Facebook Twitter, Ritz, Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Franklin, Josh Jones


An Archive of 8,000 Benjamin Franklin Papers Now Digitized & Put Online

Let me quickly pass along some good news from the Library of Congress: "The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time.... The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that the First Continental Congress sent to Franklin, then a colonial diplomat in London, to deliver to King George III; letterbooks Franklin kept as he neg...
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LA-area Academic Decathlon teams converge on Sacramento for state championship

Students from Valley Glen’s Ulysses S. Grant High School are seen studying Friday, March 23, 2018, for the California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento. The school is one of 24 from the Los Angeles area competing in the state championship for a shot at the U.S. Academic Decathlon. (Photo by Pamela Damonte, principal of Grant High School, via Twitter) Students from 22 Los Angeles high schools will vie to become the best in the state this weekend at the California Academic Decathlon in Sacramento...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Chatsworth, Local News, Glen, Franklin, Woodland Hills, LA County, San Fernando Valley


Hear the 150 Greatest Albums by Women: NPR Creates a New Canon of Albums That Puts Women at the Center of Music History

What is it with all the trendpieces on great women artists, writers, directors, singers, etc.? What, indeed. To ask the question is to acknowledge the premise of such pieces. Why should they need to be written at all if women in these fields received fair representation elsewhere? That lists and articles can be written in the hundreds puts the lie to phony claims that "great" women do not exist in every field in numbers. This is especially true in the 20th century, when hard-won politica...
Tags: Google, Gender, Music, Hollywood, Beyonce, College, Aretha Franklin, America, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Npr, Patti Smith, Lincoln Center, Joni Mitchell, Ava Duvernay, Nina Simone


Student Voices: I wanted a high-quality education, and I found it at a South Seattle public school

Rhea Panela transferred to her South Seattle neighborhood's public high school, Franklin, after years of private schooling. Looking back, this University of Washington senior says she's all the better for it.
Tags: News, Education, Local News, Education Lab, University of Washington, Franklin, South Seattle, Rhea Panela


Video Game Fashion: Grand Theft Auto V

Bet you never thought you'd want to steal the style from this game... Screenshot Four years ago, Grand Theft Auto V took the gaming world by storm. Released in September 2013, this action-adventure game soon rose to popularity and sold over 75 million copies, also winning Game of the Year from multiple publications in the process.If you're familiar with the GTA franchise, you know that these games are gritty, violent, and highly controversial. However, they also have depth: This game follows t...
Tags: Boots, Video Games, College, Inspiration, Trevor, Michael, Bomber Jacket, Franklin, Cardigan, Michael Townley, Franklin Clinton, Shoes Nordstrom Rack Crew Neck Gap Tank Tilly


Clinical Faculty Position available to teach in two criminal justice clinics at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

It is my honor and pleasure to be able to use this space to post about a newly available position in my own law school. Here is the official announcement (which is also available at this link): The Moritz College of Law invites applications for an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law to teach its two criminal justice clinics beginning in academic year 2017-2018. To allow adequate preparation, the position will start no later than July 1, 2017. Our College offers both a prosecution clinic (taught...
Tags: Law, College, Ohio, Delaware, Aba, Ohio State University, Delaware County, Franklin County, Franklin, Moritz, Douglas A Berman, The College


The Instrument Benjamin Franklin Invented, the Glass Armonica, Plays Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”

Must we ever see another portly, bespectacled re-enactor dragging a kite with key to represent the ingenuity of rakish founding father and avatar of cash wealth, Benjamin Franklin? Why, when he invented so many wondrous things—including those bifocal specs—should we only memorialize him for this silly (but very scientific) stunt? Though it may be a true story, unlike Washington and his cherry tree, the familiarity of the image breeds a certain indifference to the man behind it. I’m n...
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Hear the Instrument Benjamin Franklin Invented, the Glass Armonica, Play Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”

Must we ever see another portly, bespectacled re-enactor dragging a kite with key attached to represent the ingenuity of rakish founding father and avatar of cash wealth, Benjamin Franklin? Why, when he invented so many wondrous things—including those bifocal spectacles—should we only memorialize him for this silly (but very scientific) stunt? Though it may be a true story, unlike Washington and his cherry tree, the familiarity of the image breeds a certain indifference to the man behind...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Washington, Germany, History, Ben Franklin, Beethoven, Cia, Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Facebook Twitter, Tchaikovsky, Franklin, Josh Jones



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