December 16, 2013 |
Setting new lows for accomplishment in its first year, the 113th Congress is on track to wrest the title of Worst Congress Ever from the horrid 112th Congress. House Speaker John A. Boehner bears a great deal of blame for this dismal record, but he can be commended for finally calling out the conservative activist organizations that have been cheering on the congressional drive toward ignominy. Last week, with Congress on the verge of actually doing something - passing a compromise two-year budget that would avoid another disastrous government shutdown - right-wing groups such as the Club for Growth, Heritage Action and the tea party umbrella organization FreedomWorks demanded that Republicans vote against the spending plan and threatened that a "yes" vote could be used against incumbents in the 2014 GOP primaries.
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December 11, 2013 |
Embarrassment is on tap when Maurene Nelson turns on a faucet at her Sierra Madre home. The water that flows out, she says, is often disturbingly yellow. "My bath was full of gold water last night," said Nelson, a speech communications instructor at Pasadena City College and Glendale Community College. Officials in the tiny city at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains say the temporary use of imported water provided by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to blame for the off-putting color.
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December 7, 2013 |
California's winter weather is being blamed for the deaths of four homeless people, the closure of major roads and serious losses for citrus farmer in the middle of a harvest. The cold snap, part of a nationwide chill caused by a cold front from the Arctic, is expected to continue into the middle of next week in most areas. Rain, snow and snow flurries are expected through Saturday night, with sub-zero temperatures predicted overnight up and down the state. "The cold snap is just beginning here in Los Angeles, but it's pretty painful all across California," said Bill Patzert, a climatologist with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.
December 5, 2013
Re "Obama's fumble disappoints," Column, Dec. 3 Sandy Banks' column offers some much-needed perspective on the healthcare issue in America. President Obama's Affordable Care Act might not be perfect, but it is a step in the right direction. If the Republican Party has a better plan to bring the United States up to speed with Canada, France and a host of other countries that have figured out that people should be treated differently than profit-point widgets, I would love to see it. One point I disagree on is her referring to Obama as having "lied to us" about people being able to keep the existing policies they like.
December 4, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has outlined a broad plan to combat salmonella. But some food safety advocates say it doesn't do enough to combat a pathogen responsible for 1.3 million illnesses in the U.S. each year. The push has taken on new urgency this year after a salmonella outbreak tied to Foster Farms poultry from plants in central California sickened at least 389 people nationwide. The outbreak exhibited an especially virulent strain of salmonella that showed signs of resistance to antibiotics.
December 1, 2013 |
Leave it to Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron to put everything in perspective. "Football is just a game," he said after Saturday's last-play loss to Auburn. "It's not life. " Leave it to senior Auburn administrator Jay Jacobs to boil the Southeastern Conference down to the ruthless, political blood sport that it is. Jacobs, the school's athletic director, told USA Today it would be a "disservice to the nation" if the SEC champion is left out of this season's Bowl Championship Series title game.
November 25, 2013 |
Wes Welker was basically a non-factor for most of Sunday night during his first game in Foxboro since leaving the New England Patriots as a free agent and signing with the Denver Broncos. He probably wishes it remained that way. The receiver who made the Pro Bowl six of his seven years with the Patriots had just four catches for 31 yards Sunday night, and he never even touched the ball on the play that ultimately doomed the Broncos in overtime. That play was a muffed punt by Denver teammate Tony Carter, but Welker accepts responsibility for the mishap.
November 22, 2013
Re "Obama's reversal of fortune," Opinion, Nov. 20 Doyle McManus seems to be assuming the worst when he writes that "every individual story of someone dissatisfied with their insurance choices will serve as a renewed reminder that Obama made promises that weren't true. " Ironically, on the same page, as part of his interview with Patt Morrison, Kaiser Foundation head Drew Altman noted: "A lot is going to turn on what the news media do; this law is ripe for death by anecdote....
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November 21, 2013 |
Angela Spaccia's attorney Thursday blamed the massive corruption in Bell on former city manager Robert Rizzo and the city's former finance director and said the district attorney brought the case against his client to gain publicity before the 2010 election. In his closing statement, Harland Braun insisted his client had done no wrong despite receiving a salary that reached $564,000 a year along with benefits that would make her rich in retirement. "Quite frankly, I'm sure all of you are shocked about the amounts of money involved here," Braun told jurors.
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November 15, 2013 |
In the year since Los Angeles County voters passed a measure requiring condoms to be used in all adult films made locally, the region has seen a 95% drop-off in film production permits, according to an industry group. Only 24 permits for adult films have been filed so far in Los Angeles County in 2013, compared with 480 filed in the same period last year, according to the porn industry trade group Free Speech Coalition, citing a report by the film-permitting agency FilmLA. The coalition estimated that the drop-off amounts to $456,000 in lost revenues to local government, and said that those revenues and jobs have gone to other counties and, in some cases, out of state.