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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By David Karp
On a recent Saturday morning, Ed Williams stood off to the side at Santa Monica's downtown farmers market, scrutinizing a bright red mango like a detective trying to solve a mystery. "It looks damaged by hot water treatment, which is only used on imported mangoes," Williams said to market supervisor Laura Avery. Pointing to tiny white specks on the fruit, he added, "I think these are dead scale insects. " Williams is deputy director of the Los Angeles County agricultural commissioner's office.
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SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
It's time to look into my crystal ball and see what the new year has in store for Southern California high school athletes and teams: Khalil Bedart-Ghani of Los Angeles Loyola and Stanley Johnson of Santa Ana Mater Dei will engage in an epic dunk-a-thon, with the winner getting a new shoe from Nike named Air Ghani or Air Stanley. The comeback players of the year in football will be running back Malik Roberson of Gardena Serra, coming back from a torn ACL, and running back Leo Lambert III of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, coming back from jaw surgery.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The suspension of A&E "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson this week, for comments he made condemning homosexuality in a new GQ magazine profile, has managed to open another breach in the long-simmering American culture wars. This time, the controversy involves one of the few bona-fide conservative stars on television, part of the hottest reality show on cable TV, lending the brouhaha a "Casablanca" feel: Liberals are shocked, shocked that a star from a show about life in rural America has expressed opinions still common in much of rural America.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Travelers who want to complete their applications for expedited airport security screening may do so beginning Wednesday in Glendale, Carson and Signal Hill, the Transportation Security Administration has announced. For $85, the TSA is offering travelers a chance to apply for its PreCheck program , which excuses fliers from having to remove their shoes, belt and jacket and allows them to keep their laptop and their liquids in their hand luggage. It does not exempt them from regulations regarding prohibited items.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Her mother had lied to her most of her life, until a few months ago. That's when Carmen Figueroa, a veteran detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, became a foreigner in her own land - or what she thought was her own land. The 42-year-old got her driver's license in California, married in Texas and moved to Arizona, where she worked her way up the law enforcement ranks. Then it unraveled. On Monday, she resigned from her job to avoid being fired; she had suddenly found herself trapped between U.S. immigration policy and the freedom she had known when she thought she was a U.S. citizen.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In terms of mythology, it was Bonnie Parker who turned a small band of murderous thugs led by Clyde Barrow into the stuff of legend. Even as the Depression-era gang went on its murderous two-year crime spree, the idea of a female outlaw titillated a nation already prone to romanticizing criminals amid a failing economic system. When she and her lover died in a hail of gunfire, and photos of her posing with firearms and a getaway car were discovered, Bonnie became the pin-up girl for the hyper-sexualized archetype of the gun moll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Last week, a neat little nugget was tucked into the bottom of a story about USC's new head football coach, Steve Sarkisian. The piece by Eric Sondheimer - the local treasure who covers prep sports for The Times - noted that Sarkisian had dropped by Narbonne High School in Harbor City last month to check on a star football player. Sarkisian got as far as the athlete's classroom door, but in the equivalent of a great goal-line stand, the teacher turned him away. The young man was a student first, and he happened to be studying U.S. government with the rest of his honors class, the teacher informed the coach.
SCIENCE
December 6, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
As we wait to find out what if anything survived Comet ISON's brush with the sun, check out this gorgeous image of Comet Lovejoy taken with the Hawaii-based telescope Subaru. The image above was taken on Tuesday, and shows a clear view of the ionized plasma filaments in the comet's tail. This particular Comet Lovejoy (there have been others found and named by the same Australian astronomer), was discovered in September 2013. Lovejoy is currently making its way away from Earth and toward the sun. But there will be no dramatic do-or-die moment for Lovejoy like there was for ISON.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California's health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn't ask to be contacted. The Covered California exchange said it started handing out this consumer information this week as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1. State officials said they are only trying to help potential customers find insurance and sign up in time.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Burbank's Bob Hope Airport has begun offering PreCheck, the airport screening program that lets pre-approved travelers get through security faster. The Transportation Security Administration program is now in place at 103 airports across the U.S.; there are more than 450 commercial airports. In the Los Angeles area, LAX , Ontario , Long Beach , John Wayne/Orange County already have the program. That means travelers at those airports, if they are members of PreCheck, do not have to remove shoes, belts or jackets and can keep their liquids (still no more than 3 ounces)
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