Mia Turel was in first grade when she asked her father to teach her how to chart the probability of losing her baby teeth over time. By second grade, she was reading high school-level books on Martin Luther King Jr. Then she became fascinated by TED Talks on global warming and marine biology. So when her sixth-grade teacher assigned the class to color a map of Mesopotamia, Mia wasn't exactly thrilled. “I’m sorry, I’m not interested in coloring a map,” she told her mother. “Coloring is pointless.” With that, Mia left Crescent Elementary in Anaheim. She studied at home for the rest of the year — and then, at age 12, jumped six grade levels to enter Cal State Los Angeles as a freshman last fall. While the admissions scandal has transfixed the nation’s attention on elite universities such as UCLA and USC, the school of choice for many whiz kids like Mia is Cal State L.A. For nearly four decades, the campus has provided a haven where children … [Read more...] about A sixth-grader was sick of coloring. So she skipped six grades to attend Cal State L.A.
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Something changed in 2018. It has been coming for some time, but now it's clear, at least for those of us here in the provinces, that there's no bright line border between movies we see in the theater and movies we can watch on our devices. Because most of you did not really have an opportunity to see the year's best movie in a theater. Because it is streaming on Netflix. Sure, there was a token theatrical release, but it didn't play in Arkansas because the distributor had no real interest in making it available. Even if it had, it's difficult to imagine a local exhibitor picking up a movie that anyone with a Netflix password could watch at home. Even if the film in question is one that benefits from being shown in the most immersive environment possible. This created a problem for me, as someone who covers movies for this general interest newspaper. In retrospect, I made a mistake. We did not review Alfonso Cuaron's autobiographical masterpiece Roma in the newspaper this year because … [Read more...] about The year in film — from movie theaters to streaming services
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 24, 2018 EAST LANSING — Asked about what he felt his future at Michigan State football might hold, Kenny Willekes could not give a definitive answer. “I really don’t know. I’m just gonna keep working every day hopefully get a shot next year,” he said. “Just keep working wherever the team needs me, wherever I can help out.” That was almost three years ago, on the field at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, just before the Spartans faced Alabama in the College Football Playoff. Willekes faced similar questions after practice Thursday, only this time they were not about what position he might play. They were about if the Redbox Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 31 would be his last collegiate game and if he planned to leave MSU to enter the NFL draft. A long way from fighting to get noticed by any major college program. Rising stock The fourth-year junior used that work ethic he mentioned … [Read more...] about Michigan State’s Kenny Willekes: From 0-star to NFL prospect
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 5:50 PM EST Dec 19, 2018 EAST LANSING — Mark Dantonio looked to build Michigan State football’s 2019 recruiting class with a strong foundation. That meant loading up the trenches. Eight of the 18 players the Spartans signed Wednesday are either offensive and defensive linemen, a concerted effort by Dantonio and his staff to get stronger at the point of attack on both sides of the ball. “We believe really the game of football starts up front,” Dantonio said during his signing day news conference at Spartan Stadium. “I thought we signed a great, very impressive group of what I call power football players.” That includes what Dantonio deemed maybe “the best class we've ever signed in my 12 years here” along the offensive line. It is highlighted by his first 5-star blocker in Belleville’s Devontae Dobbs, and includes 3-star recruits Spencer Brown of Walled Lake Western, Damon Kaylor of … [Read more...] about Michigan State builds 2019 recruiting class in trenches
David Goricki The Detroit News Published 2:08 PM EST Dec 16, 2018 Dan Fife was the King of Clarkston Friday night. With his wife Jan and dozens of his former players looking on – including sons Dugan, Jeremy and Dane – Fife learned the Clarkston gymnasium would be named in his honor: Dan Fife Fieldhouse. Fife guided the Clarkston program for the past 36 years and he became the third coach in state history to top the 700-win mark (703-170), capping off his career with consecutive Class A state championships. Fife had a night to remember Friday, just like he did on a couple of Saturday afternoons in East Lansing the previous two winters while hoisting state championship trophies. During the pregame ceremony, Fife described the family atmosphere that has developed with Clarkston basketball over the years. “We always used to say ‘Run it!’ when we broke the huddles from Jeremy’s class in ’95,” Fife said. “We were going to run the … [Read more...] about Clarkston gives basketball patriarch Dan Fife a night to remember