- Making News: Superman, Stem Cell Research Advocate Christopher Reeve Dies
With the death yesterday of 52 year-old Christopher Reeve, a brave voice has been silenced. The Juilliard-trained actor was a long-time champion of political and social causes, becoming more recently a fervent advocate of stem cell research who never lost hope in "the possibilities of the future." Michael Speier, managing editor of Daily Variety, has more on the comic book hero who became a real life hero.
- Reporter's Notebook: LA Board of Education's Final Vote on Ambassador Hotel
Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was killed at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. The hotel was shut down 21 years later. In 2001, the LA Unified School District bought it, hoping to use the property to house 3800 kids in grades K-12, who have to be bussed out of the neighborhood where they live. Tomorrow, the School Board is scheduled to finally decide how much of the complex to tear down and how much to save. Cara Mia DiMassa is following the story for the LA Times.
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