Of the two remaining candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, both Democrats, incumbent Tom Torlakson panders to the politically powerful California Teachers Association by defending the status quo, while Marshall Tuck advocates for immediate changes and understands what must be done.  
 
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan filed papers today seeking re-election to a second four-year term, saying, "Our city is rising overall."  
 
Although teens under age 18 can't legally vote in the November election, they can still weigh in on issues and candidates this fall through a statewide 2014 MyVote California Student mock election sponsored by the Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Schools are invited to register in the next three months and report their final schoolwide vote tallies to the Secretary of State's office after the Oct. 28 mock election.  
 
 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
(Hector Casanova/Kansas City Star)
5 things NOT to say to your kids (and why)

What's wrong with 'You're so smart'? Nothing, if you don't mind raising kids who are more likely to be motivated by praise than their own determination. We dissect five common parenting phrases and provide the more appropriate -- and effective -- alternatives.