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August 11, 2011 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Beneath an old diving helmet straight out of Jules Verne, a couple seated at a corner of the raw bar feed each other oysters, clams, bites of lobster. They eat slowly, luxuriously, between sips of wine. He whispers in her ear. She laughs and pops a shrimp in her mouth. Behind the bar, a cook deftly shucks oysters, tucks a little more ice around a lipstick-red lobster and slides a plate of peel 'n' eat shrimp over to a guy at the other end of the bar. This is Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon, the third iteration of David Lentz's wildly popular Hollywood seafood restaurant (the second is in Santa Barbara)
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OPINION
July 23, 2012 | Jim Newton
There is no more consistent refrain among elected officials and candidates these days than that they will do everything they can to create jobs. It's a worthy goal given the sluggish state of the economy, and it's particularly crucial in California, which has the third-highest unemployment rate in the nation (behind Nevada and Rhode Island). But putting people to work is a lot easier to talk about than it is to do. Government budgets at all levels are tight, so any thought of launching large-scale public works projects runs up against depleted revenue; there are no Hoover Dams in the works.
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NEWS
November 7, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
It's not the first time Israel has hinted it might strike Iran's nuclear facilities. Whisper campaigns about a possible surprise attack have leaked out before and sometimes appear timed to help U.S. efforts to rally international support for sanctions against Tehran. But the current round of speculation about an airstrike - fueled by recent statements by anonymous Israeli officials and some high-profile missile and military flight tests last week - sparked an unusually public debate here about whether Israel should take such a step at this time.
NATIONAL
June 2, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
CHICAGO - President Obama zipped around his hometown Friday - hitting a string of fundraisers, visiting friends and checking his long-unoccupied house. But he did not stop by his campaign headquarters. He doesn't have to. As he juggles foreign visitors, ceremonial duties and the usual tasks of sitting in the Oval Office, Obama remains in close contact with his reelection effort. He spends many Sunday nights huddled with a small circle of advisors at the White House, going over strategy, ads and polling.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian
Rep. Steve King, an influential religious conservative in Iowa, said Sunday that one of the reasons that Tim Pawlenty didn't receive more support from voters in his state is because he's part of an establishment wing of the party that is struggling in the wake of widespread discontent with Washington. “I feel bad for [Pawlenty]. It has to be a kick in the stomach,”  said King, who thought Michele Bachmann got the better of Pawlenty at Thursday's debate. “He put in a good effort and had a good organization, but he just didn't connect.” Many of Pawlenty's supporters backed Mitt Romney four years ago, and this year both men have seemed to have trouble exciting the Iowa Republican base, King said.
NEWS
August 14, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, will end his bid for the GOP nomination after a disapppointing third place finish in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll. In a conference call with supporters, Pawlenty explained how his campaign needed a boost in the Ames poll, which it had failed to get. Pawlenty finished a distant third, behind Reps. Michele Bachman and Ron Paul of Texas. Pawlenty had pitched his canidacy as the one which could unite the GOP's different conservative streams.
NEWS
June 22, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
It was the ancient Athenian philosopher Plato who argued that the world of ideas had greater value than the physical world known through sensation, but it took Newt Gingrich to try to make that argument in 21st century America. Gingrich, whose campaign for the GOP nomination for president has been hit by staff resignations, funding problems and, most recently, a Washington Post report that he had two lines of credit at a glitzy jewelry emporium, took on the press Wednesday, sort of a Daniel in the lion’s den moment, to insist his campaign was still alive.
NEWS
August 3, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Jon Huntsman toured Manchester's Elm Street with Mayor Ted Gatsas -- trying some old-fashioned retail politicking in his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee. After seeing drums in the window of a music store, Huntsman popped in and tried his hand on the keyboard. There were only a handful of voters but nearly a dozen reporters. He took over from a man who was trying out a keyboard toward the front of the store. "How are you? I'm Jon Huntsman. I'm running for president," Huntsman said.
OPINION
October 27, 2011 | By Timothy Garton Ash
Untangle this knot if you can. In the next days and months, the future of the Eurozone will be decided by the verdict of financial markets on complex measures that are all the various European countries will allow their governments to agree on. Country after country, parliament after parliament is raising its voice and saying thus far and no further. But Germany's "must" is Greece's "can't"; Nicolas Sarkozy's "essential" is Angela Merkel's "impossible"; Slovakia's red line is Spain's indispensable minimum.
WORLD
March 30, 2011 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
The chairman of the utility that runs the crippled Fukushima power plant on Wednesday said the facility's four tsunami-battered reactors would have to be scrapped, and he apologized to the Japanese public for the nuclear disaster. Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., expressed his deep remorse for the accident at Fukushima in northern Japan, including explosions, the release of radiation and contamination of crops and tap water. Although Katsumata referred only to scrapping reactors No. 1 through 4, government officials and other experts have been saying for more than a week that the entire complex, including the less problematic reactors 5 and 6, eventually would have to be decommissioned.
OPINION
May 30, 2012 | By Nicole Gelinas
This month, Bank of America said it would start reducing mortgage balances by $150,000 on average for up to 200,000 underwater homeowners behind on their payments. The biggest news was the dog that didn't bark. Few pundits or Internet commenters criticized the program as unfair to people who didn't take on more than they could afford. The apparent evolution of public opinion is healthy. It's just too bad that it took so long. In the early years of the housing and credit crisis, a few academics suggested that the way to fix a crisis caused by too much housing debt was to reduce some of that debt.
WORLD
May 15, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
AGA, Egypt - After an unfriendly journalist was tossed off, Amr Moussa's campaign bus headed north to the Nile Delta, where barefoot boys and peasants greeted him with horns, drums and two dancing horses. Moussa arrived as both novelty and sensation, a front-runner in Egypt's first freely contested presidential election. The former diplomat who once negotiated with world leaders walked roads strewn with hay and spotted with manure, giving speeches on dignity and chatting with elders near herds of sheep and sheds full of broken farm equipment.
SCIENCE
May 11, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
In August, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will reach the Red Planet and begin its search for habitats that could have supported life. The next-generation rover, better known by the nickname Curiosity, will pick its way up a mound in the middle of Gale crater and look for evidence that water once flowed on the Martian surface - a condition that is considered a prerequisite for hosting microbial beings. On an expedition to the California desert this month to demonstrate some of the challenges Curiosity will face on Mars, scientists chatted about the upcoming mission.
WORLD
March 31, 2012 | From a Times staff writer
BEIRUT -- Clashes and shelling were reported across Syria on Friday, even as the former secretary-general of the United Nations said he expected an immediate cease-fire by President Bashar Assad's forces. At least 45 people were killed nationwide in the violence, according to the Local Coordination Committees, a coalition of opposition activist groups. The killings, including 14 in the northeast city of Dair Alzour and 12 in the central city of Homs, took place amid large protests across the country by activists demanding action in the Arab world in support of their cause.
SPORTS
January 31, 2012 | Sam Farmer
From Indianapolis - The most-discussed NFL quarterback at the Super Bowl week is the one who isn't here. And might never be again. Even as Tom Brady and Eli Manning prepare for Sunday's showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, the specter of Peyton Manning looms over this city, as do the questions about his future both with the Indianapolis Colts and in the NFL. Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable...
NEWS
January 31, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
A small group of Newt Gingrich supporters was silent and grim-faced Tuesday night as the networks called the Florida primary for rival Mitt Romney moments after the polls closed. "I expected him to win," said Marilyn Butler, 65, of Orlando. "And we'll keep working till he's the nominee. " The retired Navy woman said Gingrich was felled by the multimillion-dollar attack ads aired against the former House speaker by Romney and his supporters. "It was all those lies from Romney," she fumed.
NEWS
August 2, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Even as the Senate began debate Tuesday morning on the debt-ceiling compromise, expected to easily pass by midday, the economic and political fallout of the weeks of partisan bickering are expected to continue for months. “Finally, Washington is taking responsibility for spending money it doesn't have,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander ( R-Tenn.), kicking off the Senate debate on the measure that contains something that almost everyone dislikes. Conservatives are unhappy about the relatively small spending cuts while liberals are unhappy that it does not contain anyone new revenue or add taxes on the rich.
SPORTS
September 9, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Michigan plays its first night game when it hosts Notre Dame in Saturday's prime-time slot. Unfortunately, for the Irish, the lights will be turned on and everyone will be watching. By everyone we mean fans, critics, the FCC and mothers ready to wash Coach Brian Kelly's mouth out with soap. Notre Dame is one of a select group of schools already in early-season crisis mode. Georgia faces a crucial home test against South Carolina; Oregon, a week after a poll-jarring loss to Louisiana State, needs to hold court in Eugene against Nevada; Auburn, which had to score twice in the final 2 minutes 8 seconds to beat Utah State, hosts dangerous Mississippi State; Texas Christian, undefeated last year, already has one loss heading to Air Force; and UCLA is possibly one San Jose State upset removed from eventually seeing Rick Neuheisel removed.
OPINION
January 28, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Brewster Kahle has the gleeful air of a man who has just found something wonderful and wants to tell his friends all about it. And his friends are the 2 billion people, and counting, who are on the Internet every day. What he has found -- or more accurately, crafted -- are the means and the mechanisms to preserve the human record, the whole human record, in its many media, so other humans can get to it with a tap or a mouse click, on www.internetarchive.org ...
SPORTS
January 24, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Pau Gasol said Tuesday the Clippers must be taken "very seriously. " He wasn't joking. A month ago, there would have been a few chuckles. A year ago, people would have doubled over with laughter. Not any longer. The teams meet again Wednesday in a designated Lakers home game, with the Clippers atop the Pacific Division and the Lakers 10th in the Western Conference. It's far too premature to call this a rivalry. Or is it? "I think it was always a rivalry but now that they have opportunities to win games against us, it's, like, something else," Lakers center Andrew Bynum said.
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