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February 17, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Plastic is anathema to many among the eco-conscious — but what if manufacturers could stop making so much of it from oil and start making more of it from plants? In a study in the journal Science, researchers in the Netherlands say they have developed a class of iron catalysts that help turn plant material — such as fast-growing trees and certain grasses — into the chemical building blocks used to make plastic products, drugs and even cosmetics. Plastic typically is made from a crude oil derivative and therefore depends on Earth's finite oil supplies.
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October 14, 2013 | By Robert Hahn and Peter Passell
The Republicans' obsession with Obamacare has been variously described as a tactical ploy to preserve the semblance of unity in a divided party or as a fundraising magnet to raise money from the sort of folks who think President Obama is a reincarnation of Lenin. It may be either (or both). But the idea of closing down the government, and even threatening to precipitate a global credit crisis, over the healthcare law has been widely written off as myopia on the part of the live-free-or-die crowd.
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November 8, 2012 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
FRESNO - Michael Tubbs, 22, a Stanford grad who began his Stockton City Council campaign while still in school, has won the seat, becoming the youngest council member in the city's history. "In my victory speech I told them thanks to y'all, we beat the odds again. But now don't let me look bad to those people who said, 'How can he have the nerve to think a 22-year-old can change things?' " Tubbs said Wednesday morning. Tubbs, who grew up on the south side of Stockton with a single mother and a father in prison, was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey - the only other candidates she ever endorsed were Barack Obama and Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J. Tubbs won 60% of a citywide vote.
SPORTS
October 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PITTSBURGH  - A.J. Burnett calls Pittsburgh Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen the most humble superstar with whom he has played. "Just as loose as can be all the time," Burnett said. "He wears his pride on his sleeve when he plays. " When McCutchen gets to the plate, though, he fills another role for the Pirates. "He's the catalyst," Burnett said. "And he's been the catalyst. " Never more so than Sunday, when McCutchen had two hits and two walks, started three rallies and scored twice to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of a National League division series, moving Pittsburgh to within a victory of its first League Championship series in 21 years.
SPORTS
December 3, 1988
How many National League batters got on base more than Steve Sax last season? Sadly, the Dodgers let the catalyst out of the bag. SEAMAN JACOBS Beverly Hills
SCIENCE
August 2, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
MIT researchers have developed an inexpensive technique to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, a feat that would allow energy produced by sun-powered photovoltaic cells to be stored for future use. Daniel Nocera and Matthew Kanan reported Friday in the journal Science that they had created an unusual catalyst for the reaction by dissolving cobalt and phosphate in water containing conductive glass electrodes. When a current was applied, the catalyst plated onto the surface of the electrodes, and hydrogen began forming at one and oxygen at the other.
OPINION
November 10, 1991
Our President talks about acting as the catalyst for Middle East negotiations. Catalysts often contain noble elements. To date, Bush and Baker actions have been ignoble, backing the totalitarian governments and stomping on our only friend and democracy in the region. Sad and ignoble. JOE RUDER, Rancho Palos Verdes
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1990
I'm really glad that Norman Lear will be writing for television once again. The theme of spirituality for his series is very timely. Since his material needs are more than met, why doesn't Lear devote the proceeds from "Sunday Dinner" to helping the homeless? He alone could be the catalyst for solving this horrible problem. RAND MOORHEAD Salt Lake City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1991
RTD officials said Monday that plans are moving forward for construction of the bus agency's new headquarters building on the east side of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Negotiations on the project between RTD and Catellus Development Corp., owner of Union Station, are expected to be completed within 60 to 90 days, said Southern California Rapid Transit District board President Nick Patsaouras.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992
Vladimir Pozner's article ("The Fruits of Racism Ripen in Russia as in Los Angeles," Commentary, June 17), which strikes an analogy between the Soviet Union's race situation and that of the United States, was insightful and provocative. I hope many will take heed, but I must say that Pozner's views spring from a mainstream American perception and ignores that America is not black and white. The riot would have been a much smaller event had not all disenfranchised members of our communities participated.
WORLD
June 20, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
SAO PAULO, Brazil - On Thursday night last week, Brazil's left-wing Free Fare Movement held the fourth of its street protests against a 10-cent hike in bus fares. A few thousand people turned out. By Monday night, the movement had exploded. More than a quarter of a million people took to the streets in 12 state capitals to demand a smorgasbord of changes in government, including, but hardly limited to, lower public transit fares. What had happened in between? A brutal police crackdown on the protesters that Thursday night, widely reported in the press and on social media, led many to march in defense of the right to public expression.
SPORTS
April 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
NEW YORK - Mark Ellis isn't flashy. While his ability to make difficult defensive plays appear routine has earned him the reputation as a ballplayers' ballplayer, it's often made him an afterthought in the minds of fans. But Ellis forced his way onto center stage Tuesday, blasting two home runs in the Dodgers' 7-2 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field. The first of Ellis' home runs was the 100th in a career spanning 11 seasons. "Fortunately, a fan threw it back on the field," Ellis said of the ball.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | Helene Elliott
When Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf invited his teammates, the club's owners and top executives to his home for a barbecue during training camp, they probably expected burgers and corn on the cob. What they got was insight into Getzlaf's keen desire to rebound after stumbling through a season so awful that those around him feared he was hiding an injury or a loved one's illness. Passionate without raising his voice, Getzlaf said he brought everyone together after the lockout to emphasize the importance of working as a team, according to someone who attended.
SPORTS
January 21, 2013 | T.J. Simers
It would be surprising if the chant in Staples Center isn't loud and persistent by now. And he's going to need it, limping as he was during Monday afternoon's loss at Golden State. But if sports is all about winning and the pursuit of excellence, who has done it better this season? "CP3, CP3, CP3. " "MVP, MVP, MVP. " LeBron James is the most talented player in the NBA. Kevin Durant is the best shooter. And Kobe Bryant's brilliant play defies explanation after so many trips up and down the court.
OPINION
January 9, 2013 | By Lucy Hood
What's the future of L.A.'s economy? That's a question that should be at the center of this year's mayoral campaign. Key to that discussion should be recognition that Los Angeles, despite all its economic problems, is an increasingly prominent home to the next generation of technology companies that will drive the digital revolution in the 21st century. Los Angeles' tech awakening is unfolding in a slice of territory - dubbed "Silicon Beach," which initially referred to Venice and Santa Monica and then expanded to Hollywood and downtown - where established giants such as Google and Apple have opened offices and where some 500 newcomer ventures have taken root.
SPORTS
November 20, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA defensive end Datone Jones remembers attending a show at a comedy club with teammate Eric Kendricks two years ago. It was hard to be inconspicuous. Kendricks and his wild jet-black hair — picture the image of a cartoon character who has stuck a finger in a light socket — became an easy target. "Every comedian picked on him," Jones said. "One guy called him 'High School Musical.' " Coach Jim Mora rolled his eyes at this, saying, "Did the guy know who Eric was? I mean, you might want to be careful doing that.
SPORTS
October 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PITTSBURGH  - A.J. Burnett calls Pittsburgh Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen the most humble superstar with whom he has played. "Just as loose as can be all the time," Burnett said. "He wears his pride on his sleeve when he plays. " When McCutchen gets to the plate, though, he fills another role for the Pirates. "He's the catalyst," Burnett said. "And he's been the catalyst. " Never more so than Sunday, when McCutchen had two hits and two walks, started three rallies and scored twice to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of a National League division series, moving Pittsburgh to within a victory of its first League Championship series in 21 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 1996
With some amusement, I read about all the brouhaha surrounding 4-year-old Victoire Thivisol's best actress award bestowed unanimously upon her by the Venice Film Festival's jury ("Younger Actresses Get the Parts . . . and Now Awards," Sept. 16). The not-so-quiet response and dispute by many questioning the validity of giving this honor to such a "young" actress only points out the widespread misunderstanding of the art of acting itself. Good acting, as defined by the great Russian teacher of the "Method," Konstantine Stanislavsky, is "living truthfully under imaginary circumstances."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2012 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
FRESNO - Michael Tubbs, 22, a Stanford grad who began his Stockton City Council campaign while still in school, has won the seat, becoming the youngest council member in the city's history. "In my victory speech I told them thanks to y'all, we beat the odds again. But now don't let me look bad to those people who said, 'How can he have the nerve to think a 22-year-old can change things?' " Tubbs said Wednesday morning. Tubbs, who grew up on the south side of Stockton with a single mother and a father in prison, was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey - the only other candidates she ever endorsed were Barack Obama and Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J. Tubbs won 60% of a citywide vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2012 | Sandy Banks
I knew I'd be navigating a minefield in my Saturday column, which dealt with two combustible topics: race and politics. I said that the Republican campaign, in the run-up to Tuesday's presidential vote, has resorted to a not-so-subtle nativist appeal that relies on racial animus and fears. All that "It's time to take our country back" rhetoric you hear at GOP rallies makes me wonder just whose country they think this is. I know race-baiting when I hear it. INTERACTIVE: Battleground states map The response to the column on public comment boards tended toward the ugly - as anonymous forums often do. But the hundreds of emails I received revealed a divided but thoughtful populace, harboring fears and resentments as real as my own. My column accused the campaign's rhetoric of creating a haven for prejudice, promoting Barack Obama's other-ness as a socially acceptable proxy for racial prejudice.
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