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January 31, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Construction for high-speed rail through the Central Valley is supposed to start in July. But the state of California still hasn't purchased any of the land along the route. How will the train get from one city to the next? Magic.  ALSO: Photos: Unbuilt L.A. Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons The feline killer that stalks the streets Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - High-stakes bargaining is about to begin in California's Capitol. As the weather heats up in Sacramento every year, so does the intensity. There'll be bartering over wonky programs and policies that for most citizens would be snooze-inducing. But for Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders, it's about political positioning, agenda attaining and legacy building. The political leaders have been laying their demands and wish lists on the negotiating table in recent days while most lawmakers were off on spring break.
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WORLD
March 7, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A 22-year-old Palestinian college student died Thursday of wounds suffered when he was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet by Israeli soldiers two weeks ago.   Muhammad Asfour of the village of Aboud, 13 miles northwest of Ramallah, was taking part in a demonstration in his village when he was hit in the face by the bullet, which fractured his skull, news agencies reported. He was first taken to Rafidia Hospital in the northern West Bank city of Nablus and later transferred to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, where he was pronounced dead Thursday morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By David Ng
"Bullets Over Broadway," the new musical by Woody Allen that he adapted from his own 1994 movie, opened Thursday at the St. James Theatre in New York amid lingering media speculation surrounding the writer-director's personal life. Allen appeared on the "Bullets" red carpet and was supposed to attend the after-party held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Oscar-winning filmmaker wrote the script for the musical, but he left the directorial duties to Broadway veteran Susan Stroman, who previously helmed the screen-to-stage hit musical "The Producers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The California bullet train agency on Friday is expected to announce its formal recommendation of a team led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini as the contractor for the first phase of the project, according to an official notice. The action is a key step toward a groundbreaking on the $68-billion rail system. The company was earlier identified as having the “apparent best value” among five consortiums bidding for the job and was widely expected to get the contract. The official award must be approved by the full board of the agency, the California High Speed Rail Authority, which is scheduled to occur in June.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
An upcoming art exhibit at Cincinnati Art Museum is so cutting edge, it had to be vetted by a group of lawyers, insurance companies, curators and registrars. The art project? A highly skilled marksman will shoot a bullet through the museum's Schmidlapp Gallery and into a 36-inch bronze block. The idea is to photograph the bullet itself in motion - something conceptual artist Todd Pavlisko will do with  high-speed cameras and video.   The resulting exhibit, “Crown,” will showcase the bullet images as well as the bronze block itself.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Foster Friess, a wealthy Republican who helped fund Rick Santorum's presidential run but is now supporting Mitt Romney, used gun imagery Wednesday to describe the campaign against President Obama. “There are a lot of things that haven't been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other,” Friess said during an interview on Fox Business Network. “Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bullet-proof.” Friess told ABC News that he regretted the statement immediately after making it. The retired mutual fund manager has spent nearly $2 million on GOP candidates and causes in the 2012 campaign, the vast majority funding a "super PAC" that backed Santorum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A boy and a woman were apparently grazed by a bullet Wednesday evening as they rode a Dash bus through South Los Angeles, police said. The bullet appeared to have been fired from the street as the bus drove along Avalon Boulevard near 42nd Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officer Sara Faden said the boy was about 10 and the woman was in her 30s. Two rescue ambulances were requested.  The incident was reported around 6:40 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Talk about coverage! A Florida gas station clerk's cellphone stopped a bullet fired by a robber early Monday and saved the clerk from serious injury, police said. Police from the Orlando suburb of Winter Garden told the Orlando Sentinel that the stickup began about 4:45 a.m. when the gunman asked for help looking for a drink before pulling a revolver. The gunman wanted the two clerks to get into the safe at the Hess station, but they weren't able to open it. That's when the gunman ran away -- but not before firing a single bullet that struck one of the clerks in the abdomen, police told the Sentinel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
A cellphone charger saved a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy from further injury early Tuesday after a parolee opened fire during a midnight struggle in Inglewood and the bullet glanced off the pocketed cord. It was a chance hit authorities called “miraculous.” The suspect - described only as a parolee in his 40s - was shot and killed, but not before he fired again, officials said, grazing the deputy's partner in the hand. Both officers were treated at area hospitals and released later in the day. Sheriff Lee Baca said the deputy would have likely been seriously injured had the cellphone charger not blocked the bullet, sending it down her pant leg. It grazed her leg and exited out her pants.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - "Don't speak! Don't speak!" Dianne Wiest immortalized these words in her Oscar-winning portrayal of aging Broadway diva Helen Sinclair in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway," and I kept murmuring them to myself for a different reason while writing this review of the new musical adaptation. There's certainly much to savor in this gin fizz cocktail of a show, tossed back in the Art Deco glory of Prohibition-era New York. But the ostentatious flaws of this much-anticipated production, which opened at Broadway's St. James Theatre, make it difficult for me to hold my tongue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Regularly scheduled service on California's bullet train system will not meet anticipated trip times of two hours and 40 minutes between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and are likely to take nearly a half-hour longer, a state Senate committee was told Thursday. The faster trips were held out to voters in 2008 when they approved $9 billion in borrowing to help pay for the project. Since then, a series of political compromises and planning changes designed to keep the $68-billion line moving ahead have created slower track zones in urban areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A boy and a woman were apparently grazed by a bullet Wednesday evening as they rode a Dash bus through South Los Angeles, police said. The bullet appeared to have been fired from the street as the bus drove along Avalon Boulevard near 42nd Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officer Sara Faden said the boy was about 10 and the woman was in her 30s. Two rescue ambulances were requested.  The incident was reported around 6:40 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The final, horrific moments in Reeva Steenkamp's life came into focus Wednesday at the murder trial of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, as a ballistics expert offered graphic testimony on how she died. Ballistics expert Chris Mangena told the court that Steenkamp, Pistorius' girlfriend, was standing, facing the door, when he shot her for the first time. The bullet, a Black Talon-style projectile designed to open up and cause maximum tissue damage - with six sharp talons blossoming in a star shape upon impact with flesh - struck her in the hip, shattering the bone and breaking up inside her. She immediately collapsed backwards into a sitting position on a magazine rack behind her in the toilet off the bathroom, he said.
OPINION
March 11, 2014
Re "Railing against a train," March 8 Passenger: "How come this bullet train went only 10 feet?" Conductor: "Misfired. " Carleton H. Ralston Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Rainbows in West Hollywood Letters: Rereading the 2nd Amendment Letters: Making pet adoption permanent
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Athlete Oscar Pistorius used expanding bullets that mushroom on impact and cause maximum tissue damage when he shot his girlfriend to death, a pathologist testified Monday in a South African court. One of those bullets penetrated Reeva Steenkamp's head and broke up in her brain, causing a catastrophic injury, and another hit her right hip, shattered a hip bone and broke into small pieces in her body, said pathologist Gert Saayman, who conducted the autopsy.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities have ended their legal fight to retrieve a bullet lodged in a teenager's forehead, saying they don't think they will need it to convict him of shooting at a used-car dealer who shot back. Prosecutors and Port Arthur police had wanted doctors to extract the slug from 17-year-old Joshua Bush's forehead, saying it would prove his involvement in a shooting that followed a burglary.
SPORTS
December 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
A bullet was found in an armpit of Colorado forward Chris Copeland more than 24 hours after shots were fired at a party he attended, the Rocky Mountain News reported Tuesday. Copeland was hit by a ricochet when gunmen fired about 15 shots at a party early Sunday, Coach Ricardo Patton told the newspaper. Doctors missed the bullet when they first examined Copeland. * Junior guard Ellis Kidd Jr. has been dismissed by Baylor for violating an unspecified team rule, Coach Scott Drew said.
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius bent over in his seat and retched violently at his murder trial Monday as a pathologist graphically detailed the wounds that killed the double-amputee Olympic runner's girlfriend. It was by all appearances a harrowing day for Pistorius, who is accused of the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. Earlier, during a court break, he was hunched over and deeply upset, with his sister, Aimee, and brother, Carl, hugging him. Steenkamp was staying at the athlete's house on the night of the killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
After a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California, Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Knight said Monday the region "dodged a bullet. " "We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet," Knight said. "This easily could have been a catastrophe that could have caused a lot of damage," he told the Times-Standard . The earthquake is the largest to hit the West Coast since the magnitude 7.2 Baja California quake in 2010. FULL COVERAGE: California earthquake safety The temblor, which struck less than 55 miles from McKinleyville, Fortuna, Eureka and Ferndale, was followed by at least 13 aftershocks as large as magnitude 4.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey . Sgt. Brian Stephens of the Eureka Police Department said as of about 6:15 a.m. Monday that "we have not had one report of damage anywhere in the city.
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