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OPINION
February 28, 2013 | By Howard P. “Buck” McKeon
Mindful of the repeated rounds of cuts the military has already endured, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, recently delivered a grim warning: "If you want [the military] to be doing what it's doing today, then we can't give you another dollar. " His worries reflect reductions that started in 2009 and have reached crippling levels, even in President Obama's proposals to avert sequestration. I take the general at his word, but I am concerned that the president does not. Sequester hurts national security, not just because 50% of the cuts fall on the military's 18% share of the overall budget but because the Pentagon has been the only place the president is willing to cut. For four years he has mismanaged our nation's most vital resource, our uniformed military, fomenting the sequester-inspired readiness crisis it faces today.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Give Me Everything You Have On Being Stalked James Lasdun Farrar, Straus and Giroux : 224 pp., $25 When someone crawls over Madonna's garden wall or breaks into Brad Pitt's house, it's unpleasant but not unexpected: the price of fame, if also prosecutable. Imagine, though, if in the course of your everyday, nonfamous life someone emerged with a similar obsession. First they seemed affectionate, then convinced of a deep connection, then became furious and set upon destroying your life.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
More than a century after she went blind, a new study casts doubt on how bright, blue-eyed “Little House on the Prairie” older sister Mary Ingalls lost her vision. Using medical papers from the 19 th century, unpublished family journals and old newspaper clippings, medical historians claim it was viral meningoencephalitis that destroyed Ingalls' vision in 1879, not the scarlet fever that  wreaked havoc on families across the American frontier. They make their case for the new diagnosis in a study published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics.
SPORTS
February 1, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
NEW ORLEANS — He's a real person. He's not some cartoon giant being dragged out of a cold fog by Sandra Bullock in a scene that made America cry. He's a real football player. He's not just some lost soul in oversized pads requiring an on-field pep talk from Bullock before blocking someone in a scene that made America cheer. When Michael Oher sat down at a ballroom table Thursday with bright eyes, firm handshake and thoughtful answers, one could immediately understand his dislike for the incessant rewinding of a scarred and distant childhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Weeks of genteel discourse between two leading contenders for mayor of Los Angeles dissolved Thursday as City Councilman Eric Garcetti accused Controller Wendy Greuel of using "fake projections" and "flim-flam" to inflate how much her audits could benefit the city treasury. Greuel shot back that Garcetti was "clowning around with the numbers" while he "turned a blind eye to waste, fraud and abuse" at City Hall. The attacks came days before mail-in voting begins in the March 5 primary election, as both candidates continued to focus more on their past records in city government than how they would make the tough decisions the next mayor is likely to face on employee pay, pensions and health benefits.
SPORTS
January 30, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
If you happen to see Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher in the next few weeks, do him a favor. Don't mention how much you enjoyed "The Blind Side. " “I'm tired of the movie. I'm here to play football,” Oher said Wednesday in New Orleans, where he is preparing for the Super Bowl. "Football is what got me here and the movie, it wasn't me. I always knew how to play football growing up. It was different personalities, stuff like that. Playing football is what got me to this point.” "The Blind Side" is the movie that dramatized Oher's life growing up and won a best actress Academy Award for Sandra Bullock.
SPORTS
January 11, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
E.J. Scott makes his way through life with a swagger and a white cane. He is not an athlete in the traditional sense of those whose exploits appear on these pages. But what he achieved recently is Blake Griffin-esque. He rose above the rest and completed the ultimate slam dunk. Scott has lost all but 15% of his sight to a disease called choroideremia. His peripheral vision is all but gone. Normal sunlight is extremely painful. He was diagnosed when he was 27; he is 37 now, and his vision continues to erode.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013
The Blind Donkey Where: 53 E. Union St., Pasadena When: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily Price: Whiskey, $5 to $48; burgers, sandwiches, snacks, $3 to $10 Info: (626) 792-1833; http://www.theblinddonkey.com
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Enabler has been fixating on love. What is it? How to find it? What feeds it? The answer to this last question, she is quite certain, is whiskey. Which is why on a recent evening she found herself contemplatively sipping a glass of 127-proof Four Roses cask strength single barrel bourbon at Pasadena's new whiskey bar, the Blind Donkey. The Blind Donkey is the work of the beer-minded men behind Verdugo Bar, the Surly Goat and the Little Bear, and as such it exudes a pleasing masculinity.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Enabler has been fixating on love. What is it? How to find it? What feeds it? The answer to this last question, she is quite certain, is whiskey. Which is why on a recent evening she found herself contemplatively sipping a glass of 127-proof Four Roses cask strength single barrel bourbon at Pasadena's new whiskey bar, the Blind Donkey. The Blind Donkey is the work of the beer-minded men behind Verdugo Bar, the Surly Goat and the Little Bear, and as such it exudes a pleasing masculinity.
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