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February 4, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called “perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen.” And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes hundreds of millions of gallons of potentially potable water out to sea. I'm talking about treated sewage. In 2000, Los Angeles actually completed a sewage reclamation plant capable of providing water to 120,000 homes - the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys.
April 7, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 9, Houston Astros 1 KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two outs in the first inning, and hard-throwing Jarred Cosart on the mound, Howie Kendrick stroked a two-run single to right-center to give the Angels a 3-0 lead, a cushion that allowed left-hander C.J. Wilson to pitch aggressively. AT THE PLATE: Kendrick, who added a run-scoring single to cap a three-run seventh, has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats after going hitless in his first 10 at-bats of the season.
December 15, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Tesla Motors plans to unveil an electric car in early 2015 that could sell in the $40,000 range, a mainstream offering that could be key to the automaker's future growth. Tesla's only current offering is the Model S, a premium sport sedan that starts at $71,070 before any state or federal tax incentives, and can cost far more with options. In late 2014, the Palo Alto automaker plans to release a long-awaited Model X sport-utility, likely to sell in the same price range. The third, lower-priced model could make its official debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tesla confirmed Friday.
April 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers just can't let go of the loss on Oct. 29 to the Lakers, using that season-opening defeat as fuel to wreak havoc whenever they play them. The Lakers remember the embarrassment of their last historical defeat to the Clippers, not wanting to feel that kind of pain again. So when the Clippers and Lakers encountered each other Sunday at Staples Center, both teams were on a course to see where this game would take them. The Clippers took what has become their normal path this season, blowing out the Lakers, 120-97, in their home game.
September 3, 2003 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
After struggling for months with wobbly finances and internal dissension, the director of UCLA Medical Center announced Tuesday that he will leave his job to take a top post at the University of Kentucky's medical center. Dr. Michael Karpf, 58, has been with UCLA since 1995 and oversaw the school's three hospitals and 18 primary-care clinics.
January 26, 2009 | Chris Woolston
Every once in a while, hard science has a cosmetic payoff. We use botulinum toxins to erase wrinkles, and lasers to remove unwanted hair. Now a company called Jane Beauty is promising to apply scientific principles for another purely cosmetic purpose: longer, thicker eyelashes.
November 30, 1986 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS, Times Staff Writer
An exhibit booth--just the booth, not the people--was once taken hostage by a New York trucking company in a dispute with an air freight firm over an unpaid bill. The kidnaping stunt worked. The panicked company that owned the booth scurried to scrape together something--anything--else for the trade show that was about to open in Washington. Meanwhile, it pleaded for a settlement and, barely in time, the deal was made and the booth set free.
January 31, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK
A new welfare office to serve poor and elderly residents in South County will open April 1 near La Paz Road and McIntyre Street. Financing the office became a priority in September after an attempt by county officials to close down the small welfare office in San Juan Capistrano caused a public outcry. Those opposing the closure said it would force the poor to make the long trip to the county welfare office in Costa Mesa. The San Juan Capistrano office was closed for less than a week.
June 29, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
If you're facing years of student loan payments but aren't making much money because you're working in public service, the federal government has some good news for you. A law that takes effect Tuesday could allow you to have some of your college debt forgiven.
April 18, 1989 | JOAN LIBMAN
Dr. Jay Goldstein of Anaheim Hills has spent the last five years researching and treating patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating disease characterized by incapacitating exhaustion and a range of other perplexing symptoms. Explaining his theory of an unknown retrovirus invading the immune system, inducing cells to produce a chemical transmitter affecting the entire body, Goldstein pauses. "You know," the family practitioner says, "some very respected physicians will tell you I am crazy."
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
March 13, 2014 | By Gary Klein
A no-huddle, up-tempo offense is not the only new scheme USC Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff are installing this spring. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is implementing a 3-4 defense with new terminology and multiple variations. On Thursday, after the Trojans' second workout, Wilcox said defensive players were adapting quickly to the concepts and to facing approximately 120 plays each day. "When you start adding those up, it grows pretty fast and it can get a little fuzzy - especially when it's all new," Wilcox said.
March 4, 2014 | By Anh Do
Nearly 120,000 letters and bills went up in flames early Tuesday when a pair of big rigs collided along the 57 Freeway in Brea. One was from a U.S. Postal Service facility in Santa Ana, where workers process about 1 million pieces of mail daily, according to officials. The letters that were burned had originated from Orange County and parts of the San Gabriel Valley and were being trucked to Ontario Airport at the time of the crash. The mail that caught fire had been marked first class, but because it was not certified, officials say they cannot track whose mail burned.
February 26, 2014 | By Roger Vincent and Richard Verrier
Renowned big-screen cinema purveyor Imax Corp. is set to break ground Thursday on a new West Coast headquarters that will house two large screening rooms, offices and production facilities for moviemakers. The $45-million complex is being built in the commercial district of Playa Vista, a planned community south of Marina del Rey. Imax's property will rise at the corner of Westlawn Avenue and Millennium Drive, next to the massive hangar where aerospace mogul Howard Hughes built his infamous wooden transport plane known as the Spruce Goose.
February 25, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
HONOLULU - When the federal government began parceling out billions of dollars for the new health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's home state was in an enviable position. Hawaii already had one of the highest insured rates in the nation as the result of a 40-year-old state law requiring employers to provide coverage. The state received more than $205 million in federal money to build a health insurance exchange to serve those still uninsured.
February 15, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA assistant coach Duane Broussard calls it an "Etch A Sketch" mindset. Jordan Adams shakes blank all memories from previous games. Asked Saturday about shooting 39% in Pac-12 Conference play, Adams shrugged and said, "I just put it behind me. " He might want to keep the tape this time. BOX SCORE: UCLA 80, Utah 66 Adams, the team's leading scorer, had 24 points in the Bruins' 80-66 victory over Utah in Pauley Pavilion. He made 10 of 14 shots, as the Bruins (20-5 overall, 9-3 in Pac-12 play)
March 19, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
You don't want Michael P. Ghiglieri writing about your next vacation. Ghiglieri, an Arizona river guide, Vietnam vet, ecology Ph.D. and seasoned emergency medical technician, is also the co-author of “Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon,” an epic collection of cautionary tales from perhaps America's most iconic national park. In the 10 years since the book's publication, it has sold more than 250,000 copies. Now Ghiglieri and co-author Thomas M. Myers are back with a second edition , thicker than the first.
November 3, 1988 | MAYERENE BARKER, Times Staff Writer
The last target-shooting area open free to the public in the Saugus district of Angeles National Forest closed Wednesday, a victim of high maintenance costs brought about by the illegal acts of some of its users. Jim McGauley, a U.S. Forest Service district assistant recreation officer, said the Dry Gulch shooting range in recent years had been turned into a dumping ground by shooters who brought everything from mannequins to television sets to the area to use for target practice.
January 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Cleveland Cavaliers 120 - Lakers 118 (end of regulation) Nick Young's three-point attempt with 9.9 seconds left in the game wouldn't fall, extinguishing a late Lakers' rally against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Instead, the Cavaliers hold on for a 120-118 victory, sending the Lakers to their 11th loss in 12 tries. BOX SCORE: Cleveland 120, Lakers 118 With star point guard Kyrie Irving on the bench with five fouls, the Cavaliers went on a 12-0 run in the fourth, pulling ahead by eight.
January 14, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was almost too bad someone had to win it. A pair of struggling teams barely played defense and produced plenty of unremarkable moments Tuesday night at Staples Center, the Lakers coming up with a few more of them during a 120-118 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. No real shock there. Lakers forward Pau Gasol was the master of misfortune in the fourth quarter, throwing the ball directly to Cleveland's Dion Waiters underneath the basket for a layup and later missing a pair of free throws.
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