Daily Archive: June 20, 2013

California_Budget_Edu_Broa.jpg

Business

LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order

Emmanuel Angeles, raises his hand to be called on while doing a worksheet in an English Language Learner summer school class at the Cordova Villa Elementary School, June 12, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, California schools will receive an additional $3.6 billion this year, with much of it targeted to the neediest students. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) by Peter SvenssonAP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles’ school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks. The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved the purchase of $30 million worth of iPads as the first part of a multi-year commitment. It found that the iPad was the least expensive option that met its specifications.

Britain_London_Men~s__Broa.jpg

People

Serena sorry after Steubenville rape case comments

Serena Williams arrives for Burberry Prorsum show, during London Men’s spring summer fashion collections 2014, in London, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP) The Associated Press Serena Williams says she’s reaching out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying “she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.” “I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article,” Williams said in a statement released through her agent Wednesday. “What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”

mark-southers.jpg

Entertainment

A decade of ambition… Pittsburgh playwright completes the cycle

FIRST STEPS—Mark Southers in PPTCO’s first venue, the Garfield Theatre, promoting the first play of the Cycle, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Many arts organizations struggle in their first few years; and they survive those first lean years through sheer determination. With Kuntu Repertory Theatre taking its final bow after 34 years of nurturing and showcasing the vast under-appreciated wealth of homegrown Black talent, Pittsburgh now has an even smaller handful of theater venues with a continuous agenda of providing regular opportunities for artists of color to perform.

Bill-Fletcher_3796_Guest-640x360.jpg

Opinion

Environmental crisis is about more than recycling

BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—Forgive me, but I am scared. Any reader of my columns knows that I pay fairly regular attention to the matter of the environmental crisis. But over the last few weeks, the news has become more unsettling. Greenhouse gases continue to spread across this planet. While there appears to have been a slight slow up in the increase over North America, in many other parts of the planet that is not the case. I was at the New York Museum of Natural History the other day and visited an exhibit dealing with climate change. Part of what they showed was the decrease in ice on the North Pole. The visuals were very dramatic. With all due respect to any reader who remains in denial, it is impossible to argue that the climate is not changing. What scares me is the question of whether the situation has gone beyond the point of no return.

Mens_Wearhouse-Execut_Broa.jpg

Business

Men’s Wearhouse ousts founder, pitchman Zimmer

George Zimmer, second from left, gestures to Andy Dolich prior to a meeting, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) by Anne D’InnocenzioAP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Men’s Wearhouse doesn’t like the way its founder looks anymore. The men’s clothier said Wednesday that it fired executive chairman and face of the company George Zimmer, 64, who has appeared in many of its TV commercials with the slogan “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.”

Obit_James_Gandolfini_Broa4.jpg

Entertainment

‘The Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51

This 1999 file photo provided by HBO, shows James Gandolfini as mob boss Tony Soprano, in an episode from the first season of the HBO cable television mob series, “The Sopranos.” HBO and the managers for Gandolfini say the actor died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Italy. He was 51. (AP Photo/HBO, Anthony Neste, File) by Lynn ElebrAP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO’s “The Sopranos” helped create one of TV’s greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51. Gandolfini died while on holiday in Rome, the cable channel and Gandolfini’s managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders said in a joint statement. No cause of death was given.