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December 12, 2012 | By Anna Gorman
California has launched a mass media campaign to raise awareness about suicide prevention, officials announced Wednesday. The bilingual campaign , called Know the Signs , will include television, print, online and radio ads on how to recognize warning signs and how to help those at risk. The media outreach is part of a broader, $30-million suicide prevention effort in California that began last year and will continue through June 2014. Friends and relatives play an important role in preventing suicide by noticing changes and providing reassurance that help is available, according to mental health officials.
December 9, 2012 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
As one model powdered her face with some last-minute blush and another frantically tried to perfect her catwalk strut, a thin girl donning a tight, black trash bag started to panic backstage. Mariah Reyes, one of the student designers, rushed over to comfort her jittery classmate. "Four-second inhale, four-second exhale," Reyes said. "Remember, you look fabulous. " The Franklin High School sophomore had started counting the days until her school's Eco-Friendly Fashion Show weeks before it happened.
November 19, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Some are slim and Zorro-like. Others are bushy, but well-kept. And still others, like Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino's, look like they belong on the mug of a biker dude named Bubba. Buscaino's handlebar mustache, one of a handful that have recently sprouted on City Hall faces, was grown in support of "Movember," a monthlong charity event geared toward raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. The sight of mustachioed staffers has become common along the corridors of City Hall in recent days - Tom Selleck look-alikes grabbing coffee or whispering asides to their bosses.
November 15, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Selig says he is examining Marlins trade Bud Selig was on hand when the Miami Marlins played their first regular-season game in their swanky new ballpark in April. The commissioner provided a glowing review of the $634-million project and boldly declared that opposition to the facility would fade away within five years. So far, it's not looking so good for that last prediction. Selig said Thursday he is examining the pending blockbuster trade that sends at least three of Miami's best players to Toronto for a package of prospects only seven months after the Marlins moved into their new home, which was financed primarily with tax money.
November 2, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
It's November, and this month the focus of cancer awareness shifts toward the men, who are encouraged to grow a mustache for what's been renamed "Movember. " While October is a month shaded in pink to raise breast cancer awareness for women, the Movember movement is an effort that began in Australia to raise men's awareness about prostate and testicular cancer. So, men, you're encouraged to grow your "mo" and help raise cancer awareness as well as funds. If you get involved, be ready to utter clever phrases such as "ready, set, mo" and "changing the face of men's health.
October 28, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Philosopher Paul Kurtz was called many unflattering names during his long career, including "Satanic free-thinker" and "dangerous corrupter of young minds. " But the name some of his critics considered most damning was the one he most prized. They called him a secular humanist. "You can call me a skeptic, a non-theist, an atheist, an agnostic, a skeptical, agnostic atheist, but the best term," Kurtz, a champion of science and debunker of religions and the supernatural, told the Associated Press years ago, "is secular humanist.
October 27, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
The critique was a general one, but it gradually got more specific. Frankly speaking, the coach needed to improve his time management during practice, he should consider using different techniques in pushing the right buttons of his players, and, on top of it, improve those crucial in-game decisions, on both ends of the court. But this assessment of an NBA coach wasn't coming from a newspaper columnist, an ex-player turned TV talking head, anyone with a hidden agenda or some goofy slide show on a blog.
October 11, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and restaurants around town are offering food and drink specials to help spread the word and raise funds for the cause. Here are some of the specials. If you know of something we've missed, please let us know in the comments section below: The California Pizza Kitchen in Pasadena has teamed up with the city's Fire Department for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For every guest who visits the restaurant on Oct. 11 and brings in a special Fire Department flier (available for download in the photo section at )
October 5, 2012 | By Eryn Brown
If you've been to the grocery store lately, you're probably aware that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - that time of year when pink-ribboned products start popping up here and there, promising to send a portion of whatever you pay for them to organizations promoting breast cancer awareness.  This year, in addition to shopping for the familiar yogurts , sparkling water , golf balls and office tchotchkes ...
September 29, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Every Thursday at lunchtime at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, several dozen people turn off their cellphones and take seats in the bright pink chairs of the Billy Wilder Theater. They come to spend half an hour with Diana Winston, a former Buddhist nun and one of the nation's best-known teachers of mindfulness meditation. The lights go down, and Winston takes a seat in an office chair and speaks quietly into a microphone. Occasionally she is accompanied by Michael Perricone playing about 20 Tibetan bells, the haunting, wave-like sounds enhancing her voice, which is so soothing it's as if she were born to the work.
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