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December 17, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik
The debate over healthcare reform is focused on such a small number of hot issues -- should there be a public option, Medicare buy-in, government-paid mental health counseling for Sen. Lieberman? -- that dozens of other questions are cruising under the radar. Here's one worth a lot more attention than it has been getting: Is Congress poised to make a big payoff to biotech firms and their venture backers by hindering the entry of a new class of generic drugs into the marketplace?
December 16, 2009 | By Rachel Abramowitz
Is 45 the new 25? Maybe, if you consider the career of Sandra Bullock, who this year pulled in the biggest box office bonanza of her career, powering both the romantic comedy "The Proposal" ($163 million domestically) and the inspirational sports drama "The Blind Side" ($150 million and counting). On Tuesday, the films also earned Bullock, a perennial audience favorite, double Golden Globe nominations -- one each for lead actress in a comedy film and a drama film -- giving her a legitimate shot at her first Oscar nomination.
October 19, 2009 | Scott Collins and Nicholas Riccardi
Reporting from Fort Collins, Colo., and Los Angeles -- The strange case of Falcon Heene took another twist Sunday when a Colorado sheriff said the boy's parents had staged the runaway balloon saga as a publicity stunt to score a reality television show. "There is absolutely no doubt in our minds that this was a hoax," Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said at a news conference in Fort Collins. Richard and Mayumi Heene planned the caper for at least two weeks, he said, and are likely to face felony charges.
October 17, 2009 | Emily Green
Although the urban forests of Southern California lack the autumnal glory of Eastern woodlands, fall happens here. We do have trees that shed. Moreover, the annual drop of their canopies by hackberries, sycamores and pecans (to name only a few) is still a bonanza. From these leaves, and just about any leaf that flutters to the ground, comes leaf mold. What sounds like a disease is nothing more or less than compost made from rotting leaves. Handled right, leaf mold will condition the soil of garden beds and return calcium and other important minerals.
September 19, 2009 | Susan King
For 14 seasons, viewers turned in every week to "Bonanza," the first prime-time network western in color. Fans tapped their toes to the now-classic theme song by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, and the Cartwrights -- Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe -- were as familiar to audiences as their own families. And now the series, which was No. 1 in the ratings from 1964-67, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style. Earlier this week, CBS Home Entertainment released the first season of the NBC show complete with pristine transfers and fun extras such as an alternate ending to the pilot episode, which features the Cartwrights singing the title tune.
August 16, 2009 | Pete Iacobelli, Iacobelli writes for the Associated Press.
Catcher Tim Federowicz was impressed with everything John Smoltz had to offer in his minor league rehab assignment. The All-Star ace brought a lot to the plate: fastball and slider -- steak, ribs and fixin's, too. Federowicz twice was called on this spring by the Class A Greenville Drive as Smoltz worked his way up to the Boston Red Sox. The second-year catcher discovered a patient, friendly and accommodating star, plus a generous, heaping postgame...
August 5, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The Lincoln Continental with leather seats, the shiny gray Mercedes-Benz, the immaculate Lexus ES 300 and the impeccable Cadillac DeVille seem out of place in this San Fernando Valley junkyard, where wrecks of VW bugs and pickup trucks bare their smashed hoods like fangs at the pretentious newcomers. They may be luxury cars in name, but now they're just like the other clunkers surrendered for car-buying cash in the government's Car Allowance Rebate System, or CARS. It might seem like a waste.
June 27, 2009 | Times staff
We aren't sure whether to call them dual shows or dueling shows, but together the annual Dwell on Design and CA Boom exhibitions will give visitors an abundance of contemporary architecture and furniture this weekend. The Dwell event's exhibitors include Hometta, a just-launched service offering architectural plans for what it calls small, sustainable houses designed by more than two dozen firms nationwide.
November 8, 2008 | Geraldine Baum, Baum is a Times staff writer.
Her fingers ran over the smooth red buttons with flecks of gold and the wavy sea-green buttons and the black buttons with ridges that made them look like miniature fans. Yoshini Kondo admired them all -- buttons sewn in lots of 12 on yellowing cards, buttons in every color and size, buttons in Bakelite, casein, ceramic, shell, wood, even silk thread. But did she need old buttons in her life?
September 21, 2008 | Katy Pownall, Associated Press
They speak in accents acquired in locales from Britain to California. They boast degrees and work experience from elite overseas institutions. And now they're coming home. Nigerians who went abroad to seek riches are increasingly returning as Africa's biggest oil producer rides an energy bonanza that is creating unprecedented opportunities. Abiola Lawal, 41, is part of this "brain gain." He was earning a six-figure salary with business software giant SAP in Southern California before he returned to Nigeria in 2005 after 17 years abroad, joining a major Nigerian energy firm, Oando, as chief strategy officer.
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