June 13, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - - Mohammad Aziz Ayob adjusts his Boy Scout scarf, leans over and settles a sapling into the dry Kabul soil as two NATO helicopters pass overhead, the clack-clack of their blades echoing off the neighboring mountains. Bobbing green shirts and matching caps may seem a bit incongruous in a war zone, but organizers of Afghanistan's nascent Scouting program say its emphasis on community service and self-reliance is sorely needed in a society scarred by decades of violence.
June 12, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The mental state of accused theater gunman James E. Holmes continues to take center stage as he heads toward trial, with his attorneys and a mental health expert wrangling over a key question: Should Holmes' attorneys be present when he undergoes an examination at a state psychiatric hospital? William May, superintendent at Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, wrote in a letter to the judge that the presence of Holmes' lawyers could “compromise the validity of test results obtained during the course of an examination, and by extension, may compromise the reliability or validity of the results of an overall sanity examination.
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June 11, 2013 |
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, who was recently elected the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's first openly gay bishop, will attend a White House reception Thursday marking LGBT Pride Month, church officials said. Bishop-elect Erwin, a theology and religious history professor who lives in Woodland Hills, was elected last month to a six-year term in the ELCA's Southwest California Synod, which includes the greater Los Angeles area. Ordained two years ago after the church opened the ministry to gay and lesbian pastors and other professional workers living in committed relationships, Erwin will take office Sept.
June 11, 2013 |
Linebacker Matthew Thomas, who signed with Florida State in February, wants a release from his national letter of intent and wants to attend USC, Thomas' father told ESPN.com. Billy Thomas, the player's father, told ESPN.com's Joe Schad, "He made a decision for himself. It's USC. " Matthew, who is from Miami, reportedly signed the letter of intent with Florida State because his mother would not sign paperwork for him to attend USC. If Thomas enrolled at USC without a full release from Florida State, he would have to sit out the 2013 season.
June 9, 2013
Re "Flight attendant fatigue is an issue," Business, June 6 Just because the plane lands safely doesn't mean there's no longer any danger posed by a fatigued flight attendant. I commuted from Orange County to LAX for 35 years. I was often awake for 18 to 24 hours before beginning my drive home on the 405 Freeway. I was pulled over once for a suspected DUI because I couldn't stay within my lane. After one flight from Australia, I went north on the 405 instead of south, passing two exits before getting off. Fatigue does strange things to your mind.
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June 5, 2013 |
Supporters of Exposition Park museums were successful Wednesday in stopping a plan that they said would cripple the institutions by giving USC control of public parking as part of the school's pending takeover of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. "We're going back to the drawing board," said Fabian Wesson, chair of the California Science Center board, which had been poised to approve the proposal granting USC parking spaces and revenues from them during Coliseum events. A scheduled vote on the plan was put off until June 25 while the terms of the parking deal are reworked.
May 31, 2013 |
Talk about tapping into the zeitgeist. With most polls now showing a majority in favor of marriage equality, 12 states legally recognizing gay marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the timing would seem ideal for "I Do," the romantic drama that opened May 31 in Los Angeles and more than a dozen other cities that involves gay rights, same-sex marriage and the definition of...
May 30, 2013 |
In "From the Head," Shoes (writer/director/star George Griffith) is a bathroom attendant in the strangest restroom in Manhattan. It's not just that it's in a strip club - it's that every guy who enters strikes up a conversation, and most of them even tip. Shoes, so named for his classy wingtips, is a therapist, sage and comedian. What he isn't - or at least he won't admit it - is a New York fixture, but after three years of eight-hour shifts passing out mints, wiping lipstick off married men and assuring the spendthrifts that Ruby really does think they're "different," it's time to either start looking for a real job or stop clinging to his ironic detachment.
May 28, 2013 |
Superstorm Sandy was a force behind Broadway's 6.2% dip in audience attendance -- its lowest level in several years, according to end-of-season statistics reported Tuesday by the Broadway League. Box-office grosses were virtually the same: Shows took in $1.14 billion during Broadway's 2012-13 season, a fraction less than the previous season. Attendance was 11.6 million, according to the data, down from last season's 12.33 million. “This is the first year in many that we have seen such a decline,” said Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin, adding that shows closed for several days following Sandy's landfall.
May 24, 2013 |
A gruesome photo gallery of men and women impaled by arrows, augers and pipes is gone from the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Hollywood. And don't expect to see any displays of medieval chastity belts or tongs used to torture victims of the Spanish Inquisition. These and other macabre oddities have been replaced by such exhibits as a painting of Marilyn Monroe made entirely of candy, a mounted two-headed calf and the world's smallest drivable car. It's all part of a new family-friendly look at 33 Ripley's Believe It or Not museums around the world.