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October 3, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
Looking through Sunday's Image section, reader Katherine Wertheim of Ventura felt something was missing. "In all the pictures the models have no breasts," she wrote to The Times. "Are breasts out this season? What shall I do with mine?" Wertheim said the problem she saw was not just with the Paris runway coverage , though the model featured on the section's cover is quintessentially long and lean. She listed the examples: "In the article ' Biker Chic for All ' the woman in the 10 Crosby Derek Lam coat has no breasts either.
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OPINION
October 2, 2012
The day Gov. Jerry Brown took office in 2011, the state budget was more than $25 billion in the red - the latest installment in a long-running drama of boom-and-bust budgeting. Since then, lawmakers have slashed billions of dollars from education, health, public safety and community development programs, reducing the general fund to the smallest share of the economy in 40 years. Barring a miraculously speedy turnaround in the economy, however, the budget will remain far out of balance for the next several years unless Sacramento raises revenue or cuts spending by a draconian $6 billion annually.
OPINION
September 30, 2012
After they've finished voting for president and for their representatives in Congress and the Legislature, Los Angeles County voters have to pick their way through 11 complicated state ballot measures that require some study. Three are about taxes, two would amend the state Constitution and several would change criminal laws or sentences. Two conflict with each other, and one is a referendum that forces voters to think twice to be sure they're voting the way they intend to. Then there are still more: There is a county measure dealing with condoms on adult film shoots and a transit measure extending a sales tax, which otherwise would expire in 26 years, for another 30. Voters' plates are full.
OPINION
September 28, 2012
As the June primary for the newly created 44th Congressional District approached, Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) was already fighting for her political life. She was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly pressuring members of her legislative staff to work on her campaign on government time and against their will. That troubling charge - and the resources she was forced to expend rebutting it - were the chief reasons this page declined to endorse her. When the primary was over and Richardson had earned a spot in the runoff, the committee reported that she had indeed violated congressional rules, and she accepted a rare reprimand and a $10,000 fine.
OPINION
September 27, 2012
Voters will confront two competing and high-profile initiatives in November that would raise the state's personal income tax to reverse some of the cuts that have been made to schools and other programs. Further down the ballot is another, less heralded proposal that would remove a tax break that mainly benefits multistate companies based outside of California. That measure, Proposition 39, would raise an estimated $1 billion a year, about half of which would be dedicated temporarily to making public buildings more energy efficient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
Every dog has its day, but "Fido" has had more than his share. Since 1985, he's appeared in 111 headlines in the Los Angeles Times' print edition.  Fido most recently surfaced in the July 29 Travel section: "Is Fido ready to fly?" But he's appeared in nearly every section of the paper, and he even made the front page in 2007, with this Column One feature about Prozac for pets: "Fido's little helper" Sometimes he's paired with a cat friend, such as this 2009 Health article about quitting smoking, "Do it for Fido and Fluffy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
Staff in The Times' downtown Los Angeles office had a prime viewing spot as the space shuttle Endeavour flew over Southern California for the last time. Other staff were around the region to report on the shuttle's final journey . Some of their comments from the historic flyby ... [ View the story "Times staff plays #SpottheShuttle" on Storify ]   readers.representative@latimes.com Follow the Readers' Rep on Twitter and Google+  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
And now for a quick potty break. Sunday's Travel section included a short item about a contest to find America's best restroom. The facilities at the Hollywood Bowl are among this year's contenders . The brief, in the "Need to Know" column, was accompanied by a photo of an opulent marble and brass bathroom with a purple ceiling. However, the photo, like others in the weekly column, did not have a caption, and so the restroom was unidentified. Until now. Joy Grdnic Christensen emailed to say it's from her restaurant, the Fountain on Locust in St. Louis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2012 | By Deirdre Edgar
A recent survey by the Women's Media Center found that about 75% of newspapers' election coverage this year had been written by men. The report on the data was headlined, “Men are telling the stories of Election 2012.” But that's not in the case in the Los Angeles Times. The survey counted bylines in 35 “influential” newspapers, including The Times. It broke the results into two periods: From Jan. 1-April 14, 76% of the total election articles were written by men; and from April 15-Aug.
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