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April 8, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
Although the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has not yet been stabilized, there is no evidence that overheating during the last month has resulted in any melting of the reactor vessels or their containment structures, Obama administration officials said Thursday. If that assessment is correct, then significant additional releases of radioactivity into the environment will be limited, and emergency crews should have a far better chance of preventing further damage to the plant's reactors.
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NEWS
September 8, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- President Obama appeared in Florida with former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, whose presence he cited as evidence that his plans aren't partisan but just plain sensible. Crist shows that his values “are not Democratic values or Republican values,” Obama said. “They are American values.” Introducing the president to the crowd in his state, Crist said he is no longer in the GOP because “they left me.” The break-up occurred in 2010 after Crist left the Republican party and ran for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully as an independent.
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NEWS
March 28, 2012
Cal State trustees vote to hire two new presidents at $324,550 and $303,660, respectively, 10% more than their predecessors. Meanwhile, students face tuition hikes, shrinking services and canceled classes. What will become of these Cal State students? Cartoonist Ted Rall takes an educated guess. ALSO: Cal State's closed-door plan Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Santa Monica College: Lost opportunity costs Photo: Ted Rall cartoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
Welcome to the new online home of the Los Angeles Times readers' representative. Many of The Times' blogs have already moved to this new platform, so it was time for me to make the leap, too. In addition to a new look, I'm going to try a new approach to the blog. As the title line says above, this will be the place for reader questions and comments. I'll also share news from and about the newsroom. Our social media team will be contributing as well. In the menu to the right, readers will find links to frequently sought information from the newsroom and the company.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The Supreme Court is tackling two aspects of the healthcare reform law Wednesday. One is the subject of an editorial by The Times -- whether expanding Medicaid coerces states to do something Congress doesn't have the power to order them directly to do. Not surprisingly, given its general position on the law , The Times' editorial board argues that the expansion is legal. The other issue is whether the entire law should be struck down if the individual mandate to buy coverage were held unconstitutional.
NEWS
February 1, 2011 | By Jimmy Orr, Los Angeles Times
The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight. It all began on Jan. 10 . One benefit of my move from Boston to Los Angeles this year has been the avoidance of snow.  Not that I mind it.  I like the winter.  But even a veteran of ‘real winter’ can tire of the constant Arctic pummelings.  Like the humongous storm beginning to wreak havoc on a significant part of the country today.  Headlines around the Web are screaming: Monster winter storm takes aim at one-third of US; Life-threatening blizzard is on its way; Snowstorm to bury New England!
NEWS
January 24, 2011 | Jimmy Orr, Los Angeles Times
The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight (even on an NFL playoffs weekend).  It all began on Jan. 10 . My trainer, Mike, weighed me in at 205 pounds on Jan. 8.  Two weeks later on the same scale, I scored a 195.  That’s a 3 ½-pounds drop in the last week after the initial 6 ½-pounds decrease the first week.  Now I’m on the highway to the danger zone.   Just like Tom Cruise in "Top Gun," I’m doing battle this Monday in the sky.  No, not with Iceman or some Russian MiGs.
NEWS
February 1, 2011 | By Tony Pierce, Los Angeles Times
NOTE: This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period.  They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Jan. 10 . A commenter named dpnowell is upset. "Are you serious? You weigh 165 pounds and write an article about your 'beer belly'?" he complained after my blog post Monday. "Two guys lose weight? what!?" he wrote. "I feel cheated. " Poor dpnowell, and poor America. Because this is part of the problem. A guy says he wants to lose some weight before the end of the year, maybe change the way he does things -- and instead of getting a little support from his friend, the Internet, the Web proves, once again, to be an unreliable amigo.
NEWS
January 26, 2011 | By Tony Pierce, Los Angeles Times
One of the nice parts of my job is I get to interact with a large number of people in the building. And although I have written hundreds of items for The Times, this series has gotten the best reaction among my co-workers and friends than anything else I've done. People who hadn't any reason to do more than say hi are now passing by saying, "Lookin' good, Slim" or "I love what you're writing. " It's hilarious and very supportive, and you can see that they're genuinely rooting for Jimmy and me. RELATED: Temptation lurks at every corner None of which would have happened if I didn't have a big mouth and announced my plans, which I recommend to you. Add a little pressure to your goal.
WORLD
March 27, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Megumi Sasaki was looking for the white bicycle helmet. Working patiently, a flock of seabirds nagging incessantly overhead, the 36-year-old mother of two sifted through the rubble of the only home she had ever known, taken from her by the devastating wave that swallowed this seaside community on March 11. She had bought the helmet for her daughter Sara's seventh birthday. But she had hidden it in a family car swept away by the tsunami that rolled across northeast Japan on the heels of a killer magnitude 9 quake.
NEWS
March 28, 2012
Cal State trustees vote to hire two new presidents at $324,550 and $303,660, respectively, 10% more than their predecessors. Meanwhile, students face tuition hikes, shrinking services and canceled classes. What will become of these Cal State students? Cartoonist Ted Rall takes an educated guess. ALSO: Cal State's closed-door plan Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Santa Monica College: Lost opportunity costs Photo: Ted Rall cartoon.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The Supreme Court is tackling two aspects of the healthcare reform law Wednesday. One is the subject of an editorial by The Times -- whether expanding Medicaid coerces states to do something Congress doesn't have the power to order them directly to do. Not surprisingly, given its general position on the law , The Times' editorial board argues that the expansion is legal. The other issue is whether the entire law should be struck down if the individual mandate to buy coverage were held unconstitutional.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Sara Lessley
The Times banner headline Wednesday morning shouted “It's Showt im e for Dodgers.” As staff writers Bill Shaikin and David Wharton wrote : “A group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson emerged Tuesday night as the new owners of the Dodgers, ending months of uncertainty for the storied but troubled baseball franchise.”     Letter writers to The Times quickly pitched their thoughts, some celebratory --...
WORLD
April 12, 2011 | By Kenji Hall and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Japanese nuclear regulatory officials Tuesday raised the severity rating at the earthquake- and tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant to the highest level by international standards, equaling the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in the former Soviet Union. The country's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announced that because of the amount of radioactive material released from the plant after the magnitude 9 earthquake a month ago, the rating would be changed to level 7, a "major accident" on the International Atomic Energy Agency's scale, up from a level 5, an "accident with wider consequences.
WORLD
April 8, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
Although the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has not yet been stabilized, there is no evidence that overheating during the last month has resulted in any melting of the reactor vessels or their containment structures, Obama administration officials said Thursday. If that assessment is correct, then significant additional releases of radioactivity into the environment will be limited, and emergency crews should have a far better chance of preventing further damage to the plant's reactors.
WORLD
April 2, 2011 | By Julie Makinen and Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
After declaring he would convene a national council on rebuilding within 10 days, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited the devastated city of Rikuzentakata on Saturday as well as the site serving as the emergency staging headquarters for the Fukushima nuclear crisis. At the same time, U.S. and Japanese forces launched a massive effort to locate the bodies of more than 16,000 people still listed as missing three weeks after the giant March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Kan said resolving the crisis at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex would take a while, but he pledged to do "whatever it takes to win the battle" there and brushed off talk that Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the facility, would be nationalized.
OPINION
March 10, 2011
A crooked clock tower. A science building with defect-riddled labs. A running track that cracked and athletic field turf that wrinkled. The list of construction errors ? from goofy blunders to serious mistakes ? across the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District is stunning. A recent series in The Times looked at the district's much-needed construction overhaul, financed by $5.7 billion in voter-approved bond money, and estimated that it has lost tens of millions of dollars due to bad workmanship, repairs of mistakes and poor planning.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2011
DETROIT — The effect of the Japanese crisis on the U.S. economy is far greater than realized, a top trade group said. American companies and industries rely heavily on Japanese-made automotive products and high-tech electronics, but the U.S. Business and Industry Council said in a report released Wednesday that there was an even greater dependence on less well-known Japanese products. These include industrial equipment like machine tools and energy-generating turbines. In 2009, Japan accounted for about 15% of the turbines for generating energy sold in the U.S., up more than 2,000% from 1997, according to the council.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2011
DETROIT — The effect of the Japanese crisis on the U.S. economy is far greater than realized, a top trade group said. American companies and industries rely heavily on Japanese-made automotive products and high-tech electronics, but the U.S. Business and Industry Council said in a report released Wednesday that there was an even greater dependence on less well-known Japanese products. These include industrial equipment like machine tools and energy-generating turbines. In 2009, Japan accounted for about 15% of the turbines for generating energy sold in the U.S., up more than 2,000% from 1997, according to the council.
WORLD
March 27, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Megumi Sasaki was looking for the white bicycle helmet. Working patiently, a flock of seabirds nagging incessantly overhead, the 36-year-old mother of two sifted through the rubble of the only home she had ever known, taken from her by the devastating wave that swallowed this seaside community on March 11. She had bought the helmet for her daughter Sara's seventh birthday. But she had hidden it in a family car swept away by the tsunami that rolled across northeast Japan on the heels of a killer magnitude 9 quake.
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