CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COURTOIS, IVANOVIC, ZOUMA, CAHILL, AZPILICUETA,FABREGAS, MATIC,PEDRO, WILLIAN, HAZARD, COSTAPALACE (4-1-3-2)MURRAY, ZAHA,SAKO, PUNCHEON, CABAYE, McARTHUR,SOURE, DELANEY, DANN, WARD,McCARTHYChelsea finally got their first win of the season, winning 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but the victory came at a cost with John Terry red-carded for the fifth time in his career.The three points takes the Blues to 10th in the Barclays Premier League and their four points is eight points fewer than at this stage last season and their lowest return after three games sine 2000 – when they went on to finish in sixth place.By contrast, south London rivals Crystal Palace are in fifth place after winning two of their first three – and five points more than they had after the first three a year ago. It is, indeed, the Eagles’ best start to a Premier League campaign since 1997.Palace are causing problems from dead-ball situations; since the arrival of Alan Pardew as manager Palace have scored 16 set-piece goals, more than any other Premier League side during that period.And the Eagles, who did not score a single own goal in the Premier League last season, have already scored two this campaign.Palace’s record at Stamford Bridge is poor. In six Premier League visits they have lost five, drawn one (in March 1995), scored just five goals and conceded 16.
THE $50 million gift from Richard and Melanie Lundquist to Mayor school reform effort could do a lot to jump-start his plans to improve education at two clusters of L.A. schools. Villaraigosa’s plan to take two clusters of failing Los Angeles Unified School District schools will need money. And like many a political effort before this, the donations will come from the men and women of means who care about education, and perhaps some who care about making the Antonio Villaraigosa’s possible future governor happy. In promising $50 million to the school reform over 10 years, the Lundquists, who are South Bay real estate developers, have shown themselves to be enormously generous. And like any act that involves the exchange of such a fortune, it opens a vein of suspicion in many. After all, they don’t have kids at LAUSD schools; they don’t even live in Los Angeles. There’s no question that creating a support foundation for the mayor’s political campaign will open doors at City Hall – literally, in this case. Indeed, Melanie Lundquist, who will head the foundation, will spend a great deal of time in City Hall with the mayor’s education team, figuring out how to best use the funds. Those of us who don’t have $50, let alone $50 million, to give wouldn’t even be allowed through the door. That’s just the way of the world. The Lundquists, who are both LAUSD graduates, appear to have nothing to gain except the sense of fulfillment that comes from helping to make a difference in the lives of others. The size of this donation puts the mayor and his team under pressure to achieve major improvements in the schools they will supervise to prove once and for all that adequate funding and strong leadership can give the children of Los Angeles the quality education they deserve. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LaChanze performs Feb. 13 at the Kennedy Center. (Courtesy Photo)LaChanze, a Tony Award winner and Broadway star of “If/Then” and “The Color Purple,” makes her debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, on Feb. 13. For 90-minutes, the singer will entertain audiences with monologues and reflections on her rise to stardom as a part of The Kennedy Center’s Barbara Cook’s Spotlight series. Tickets are $45.For more information, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/TPTS.