Voters should support independent thinkers Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez for the L.A. Unified school board

Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Unified school board has teetered back and forth during the past decade-and-a-half, from a pro-charter, pro-reform majority aligned with the likes of former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Broad Foundation to one that is leery of charters and more in tune with teachers' unions, which tend to be focused on traditional public schools and oppose many accountability measures. This hasn't always been a bad thing; both sides have their weaknesses and their strengths, and the close split on the board has often, if not always, kept it from going too far off-kilter. The Times has generally tried to endorse independent-thinking candidates who put students' education first and employ sharp analytical skills and common sense in making decisions, rather than putting our support behind one ideology or the other. Monica Ratliff has been a strong example of that kind of board member, and we're sorry to see her leave the board. In the May 16 runoff election, if our recommended candidates prevail, the balance would tilt slightly again, back toward a somewhat more reform-oriented board.

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival


MISSION & OBJECTIVE The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival was founded to enable an environment for its participants to observe and engage the local and international independent film and business community. We are committed to discovering and showcasing a unique cinematic experience unrestrained by conventional boundaries. We seek out new filmmakers. ABOUT THE FESTIVAL Welcome to our 12th year! With the Metropolitan City of Philadelphia as its pallet the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival brings together the innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity of film in a unique filmmaker exhibition ecosystem.

Bahrain Indefinitely Suspends Independent Newspaper

U.S. News

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain on Sunday suspended the country's only independent newspaper indefinitely over a column that insulted a "sisterly Arab country", state news agency BNA reported, the second time the publication has been banned this year.

Choosing Sensors for Medical Applications

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

With the ever growing and aging population, patient auto-monitoring systems are becoming more and more popular. Their popularity stems from being both consistent and repeatable in addition to being low cost. Sensor-studded monitoring instruments in this category are also versatile because they can be used both in hospitals and at home. Selecting a sensor can be simple if the application and the parameters that need to be monitored are clearly understood. The most complicated sensors are implantables, followed by sensors used in catheters (through incision) and sensors used in body cavities, sensors that are external but come in contact with body fluids and sensors for external applications.

Understanding Linear Regression


Abstract: Although Linear Regression is arguably one of the most popular analytical techniques, I believe it isn't understood well. Several fundamental assumptions are violated during application. The objective of this note is to provide an overview of the assumptions and possible fixes. Linear regression is arguably one of the most widely used techniques in the data science world. But, a comprehensive understanding of this technique is not universal and it is at a level that is less than desired.