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SPORTS
May 16, 2001 | Alan Abrahamson
Highlights of the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission report on the five cities vying for the 2008 Summer Games: BEIJING The Chinese aim to spend $14.3 billion in development costs related to the Games. As in Sydney, much of the sports action would be concentrated in a single site--what the Beijing bid calls an "Olympic Green" to be developed north of the city center.
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NEWS
February 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Two California towns have earned a place on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of top heritage destinations for 2011. The nonprofit organization each year selects a Dozen Distinctive Destinations that "boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place," according to a statement released Tuesday. The coastal town of Eureka on Humboldt Bay was singled out for its Victorian homes and nearby old-growth redwood forests. Sonoma too was recognized for the town's wine-country roots that reach into the early 19th century.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Coastal flooding could cost big cities more than $60 billion a year by mid-century, with losses jumping even more dramatically if nothing is done to counter rising sea levels and subsiding land, a new study has found. A team of researchers analyzed data on flood exposure in 136 of the world's largest coastal cities to project steep increases in economic losses, from an estimated $6 billion a year in 2005 to $52 billion by 2050 based on changes in population, economic growth and urbanization.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Fresno County draws travelers to its amazing Blossom Trail each spring when fruit trees erupt with color, but the area claims a dubious distinction too: vehicle theft capital of the United States. California cities claimed seven of the top 10 spots where cars, trucks and vans were most often stolen nationwide in 2011, according to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau . Fresno, Modesto and the Bakersfield-Delano area claimed the three top spots for vehicle thefts last year for the second year in a row, according to the organization's Hot Spots 2011 report released last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2009 | John Hoeffel
As hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries have opened this year in a startling rollout across California, unnerved local officials have started to push back aggressively. Many cities and a few counties have banned them. Others have imposed emergency moratoriums. And some have started to sue dispensaries to force them to close. So far, the state's courts have sided with local officials. For marijuana advocates, who have seen over-the-counter sales become commonplace and watched the steady drift of California's vibrant weed counterculture into the mainstream, these setbacks are a discordant development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Eight years ago, a Los Angeles County government oversight panel examined the string of small working-class cities along the 710 Freeway and gave them a relatively clean bill of health. Then a series of corruption scandals in southeast L.A. County roiled the region and made national headlines. Prosecutors filed public-corruption charges in Bell, Vernon, Commerce, Cudahy and Lynwood. Investigations are ongoing in Maywood and in at least one water district. Now the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission is taking another look.
TRAVEL
December 15, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This app provides a quick visual take on popular destinations - it's like having a concierge in the palm of your hand. Name: Jetpac City Guides Available for : iPhone, iPad What it does: Analyzes public Instagram photos and turns their research into fun, bite-sized, list-driven guides to 5,000 cities around the globe. Cost: Free What's hot: It's a wild, refreshing destination guide using Instagram photos - whether you're looking for Hipster Hangouts, Bars That Women Love, Top Outdoor Places, Top Urban Spaces, Top Places to Stay or more.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2012 | Salvador Rodriguez
Do you have a friend in Long Beach who doesn't pick up your calls? Well, don't be too upset. Chances are your friend lost the phone. Long Beach ranked fourth in the U.S. last year among the top cities for wayward mobile phones, according to a new report by San Francisco start-up Lookout Mobile Security. Topping the list were Philadelphia, Seattle and Oakland. They couldn't explain why Long Beach ranked so high but some of the cities in the Top 10 also had some of the highest crime rates in the nation -- though Long Beach wasn't one of them.  The report, which is based on an analysis of Lookout's 15 million users, shows lost cellphones may have cost Long Beach residents nearly $48 million in replacement costs in 2011.
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