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If you drove down the center of Hurstview Avenue heading east, you would be in the city of Monrovia. But your passenger would be in Duarte. Or hop on South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia. As you cross Altern Street, you are under county jurisdiction for about half a mile. Pass Wayland Way and you return to Monrovia, but only for about 350 feet. Then it's back to the county again--for another three-eighths of a mile.
April 8, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials announced a lawsuit settlement Tuesday that will provide $60 million in pay increases, services and staff at about three dozen schools, many hit hard by teacher layoffs. But the pact fails to deal with whether instructors should continue to be dismissed based on seniority. The case of Reed vs. L.A. Unified, filed in 2010, was intended to protect a school from disproportionate layoffs during difficult economic times. Three campuses named in the suit had lost about half their faculty because teachers had less experience than those elsewhere in the system.
March 27, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Call it A-List Los Angeles. L.A. County has plenty of high-end neighborhoods, from Palos Verdes Estates to Pasadena. But when it comes to finding the best mansions in town, there's still nothing quite like the golden corridor from Beverly Hills to Malibu. This Westside area boasts one of the world's great concentrations of premier residential estates. The highest-price home transaction ever in California took place in this territory: the 2000 sale of an 8-acre Bellagio Road estate in Bel-Air by Dole Food Co.'s billionaire owner, David Murdock, to financial executive Gary Winnick in a $95-million deal.
March 19, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
BERKELEY - Sen. Rand Paul, a leading critic of the government's domestic spying program, came to the birthplace of the free-speech movement Wednesday to deliver a searing indictment of the intelligence community and call for a sweeping congressional investigation of its activities. Addressing a mostly student audience just off the UC Berkeley campus, the Kentucky Republican suggested the nation's surveillance agencies - "drunk with power" - were running roughshod over the Constitution by prying into the most intimate details of people's lives.
November 29, 2010
In the film "The King's Speech," Colin Firth plays King George VI of Britain. After his older brother Edward ran off with an American woman, George took over the throne. But in order to address his subjects, the new king had to overcome a major obstacle: his stutter. By portraying the difficulties the king faced in confronting his speech disorder, the film promises to bring awareness to a topic that is often misunderstood by the public, say national leaders in the field. "We are absolutely thrilled to see stuttering portrayed in a way that is going to introduce a whole new generation to how devastating this problem can be," says Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation of America, a national nonprofit organization.
November 21, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jon Bon Jovi has addressed his daughter Stephanie Bongiovi's recent heroin overdose, calling the incident "human" and expressing appreciation for fans' concern. Bongiovi, 19, was arrested a week ago at her Hamilton College dorm after an overdose was reported. She was charged with misdemeanor drug offenses, but the charges were quickly dropped under a New York state law granting immunity to those involved when official help is sought during a life-threatening overdose. "It's human," Bon Jovi told Fox 11 on Tuesday night while promoting the soundtrack to "Stand Up Guys.
March 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The judge in the Jerry Sandusky trial on Tuesday ordered prosecutors to turn over the telephone numbers and addresses of those who say they were sexually abused by the former Penn State football coach, so that the defense can seek them out before the trial. The ruling comes as both sides are fighting through the pretrial stage in the closely watched case, which is scheduled for court in mid-May. Sandusky, 68, is charged with more than 50 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
May 26, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Vice President Joe Biden praised the 972 Army cadets who graduated from West Point on Saturday for their decision to join the military, “knowing full well that you were likely to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.” “Your generation, the9/11generation, is more than worthy of the proud legacy that you will inherit today,” Biden said in his commencement address to the newly commissioned second lieutenants. “Most of you were in elementary school on Sept. 11, 2001, when your nation was attacked; old enough to remember, perhaps, but young enough that that tragic day need not have shaped your lives,” he said.
January 21, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Betsy Andreu might not have collected the affirmation she sought from Lance Armstrong, but she indeed emerged vindicated from the tarnished cyclist's interview with Oprah Winfrey. “It's a relief for myself because he told the truth.… For him to get on TV and say he was a cheat and a fraud for all of his seven Tour wins, that took a hell of a lot of courage,” Andreu said. “He's broken, and that's sad.” Andreu, the wife of Armstrong's former Tour de France teammate and close friend Frankie Andreu, was a determined critic of Armstrong's for years, dating to her insistence that the couple heard Armstrong tell cancer doctors at an Indiana hospital in 1996 that he indeed had been using several performance-enhancing substances.
September 9, 2010
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March 18, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Laura J. Nelson
The emergency response to November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was hampered by poor communications and a lack of coordination between agencies, problems that contributed to a chaotic evacuation and delays reaching victims, officials said Tuesday. A new report on the shooting found that firefighters and paramedics had difficulty determining where to go. There was a delay in setting up a unified emergency command center. Thousands of passengers spilled onto secure airport ramps where planes were parked or fled onto nearby streets, many lugging their bags along Sepulveda, Lincoln and Century boulevards.
March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Scarlett Johansson defended herself for working with Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, and for promoting SodaStream, an Israeli-owned company that operates a factory in a West Bank settlement, during a recent interview with the Guardian. Johansson, who has starred in three of Allen's films, was criticized along with other actors by Farrow in an open letter published in the New York Times last month. Johansson  told the Guardian , "I think it's irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on. That just feels irresponsible to me. " Regarding the controversy, which ignited a firestorm of debate and prompted Allen to respond with his own New York Times op-ed, Johansson said, "I'm unaware that there's been a backlash.
March 13, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Speaker John A. Boehner has invited Pope Francis to deliver a joint address to Congress, in what would be the first such session by the head of the Catholic Church. The invitation was made on the first anniversary of popular pope's election, and meshes with efforts by Republicans to portray the party as more engaged on the issues of poverty and inequality that have been priorities for Pope Francis. "Pope Francis has inspired millions of Americans with his pastoral manners and servant leadership," wrote Boehner, a Roman Catholic, in the invitation letter, noting "his tireless call for the protection of the most vulnerable among us. " Boehner noted that "these principles are among the fundamentals of the American idea.
March 11, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In their new book, "My Pet Chicken Handbook: Sensible Advice and Savvy Answers for Raising Backyard Chickens" (Rodale, 246 pages, $17.99), chicken experts Lissa Lucas and Traci Torres of the online resource My Pet Chicken have assembled an informative insider's guide to raising chickens at home. "My Pet Chicken Handbook" teaches just about everything you need to know to manage your own flock. We recently asked Lucas and Torres about what people most want to know about chickens. Chickens are popular right now. Why?
March 10, 2014 | By Henry Chu
KIEV, Ukraine -- The United States continues to rule out military action to eject Russian troops from Crimea and acknowledges that a diplomatic settlement needs to address Moscow's interests in the strategically important peninsula, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said Monday. “Crimea is and should remain a part of Ukraine. Discussion over,” said Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the top American diplomat in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. But the Obama administration, which has slapped limited sanctions on Russia for its incursion into Crimea, remains committed to finding “an off-ramp” for Moscow that would take into account its “legitimate interests in Crimea in a way that's in conformance with international law and respects Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Pyatt told reporters at a news conference.
March 8, 2014 | By Seema Mehta and Michael Finnegan
Anti-fracking advocates repeatedly interrupted Gov. Jerry Brown's speech at the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles on Saturday, chanting and waving signs as he gave his first major speech since declaring his intention to run for reelection. Chanting “No fracking!” and waving signs that said “Another Democrat Against  Fracking,” scores of protesters repeatedly drowned out Brown as he tried to deliver a speech arguing that California has prospered while politicians in Washington, D.C., have fiddled.
March 28, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid on Wednesday addressed last week's report in The Times , citing two unnamed sources, that the Eagles were interested in signing Peyton Manning, and that Reid threatened to walk away from his job if he didn't get more personnel control. As he did in a press release Friday, Reid emphasized that "Mike's my guy," in reference to quarterback Michael Vick, and that he has had personnel control "over the years. " "I've got the final say," he said.
November 27, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Rather than launch a follow-up to Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth" live tour, "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones is partially apologizing for his recent comments against the successful CBS sitcom. The 19-year-old actor made headlines Monday after appearing in a testimonial posted by the Forerunner Christian Church, in which he labeled the CBS ratings juggernaut "filth" and urged viewers not to watch the show -- in addition to noting his desire to no longer be part of the series.
March 4, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Looking beyond the deficit battles and financial crises of years past, President Obama put forward a $3.9-trillion budget proposal Tuesday that set out a wish list of programs on education, infrastructure, job training and urban revitalization, adding policy details to his rhetorical promises to bridge the gap between rich and poor. Like any president's annual budget blueprint, Obama's stands no chance of being adopted as is by Congress. This year, the prospects are especially dim since Congress recently approved a two-year spending deal after years of ugly budget fights, and there is little interest in reopening the debate.
February 28, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen
There's a war against Legos. I know what you're thinking: How could anyone have a beef with those colorful, plastic toy bricks with which you can build cities, stage your own Bible stories or reenact the Trojan War, the Civil War or Star Wars? And hasn't "The Lego Movie" been No. 1 at the box office for three straight weeks? But here's Lego's problem: The main market for the $4 billion company's traditional plastic bricks and mini-figures is boys. Certainly some girls enjoy making castles or skyscrapers out of the bricks, just like their brothers, but in 2011, Lego's market research boys found that 90% of Lego users were boys.
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