A column-one story about middle-school students with this disclaimer:
About This Story: Writer Erika Hayasaki and photographer Bryan Chan spent three months with drama students at John Muir Middle School in Burbank.
Hayasaki witnessed all of the scenes in this story and spent hours observing and interviewing the participants. She heard all of the dialogue between and among the students and their teachers, with the sole exception of the telephone conversation that introduces the story. That conversation was recalled by both students involved.
Translation: DeGrassi episode, scribbled down.
Next week: The Upside of Marrying Daum.
From Tim Rutten’s column on Reuter’s doctored photos:
There is an entire series of photos of children’s stuffed toys poised atop mounds of rubble. All are miraculously pristinely clean and apparently untouched by the devastation they purportedly survived. (Reuters might want to check its freelancers’ expenses for unexplained Toys R Us purchases.)
FBLA wonders if a press pass gets you a discount at Toys ‘R’ Us.