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July 28, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Here in the land of cars, parking spaces are scarce and sought-after. Nowhere is that more true than in the popular communities along the coast, where tension is common between the visitors drawn to the beach and the residents who live there. Malibu, in particular, is notorious as a place where some locals obscure public accessways to the beach and put up fake "No Parking" signs and orange traffic cones curbside to discourage visitors from parking. And Malibu's latest move is unlikely to dispel the "no trespassers" vibe that sometimes emanates from its shores: Volunteers are being empowered to hand out parking tickets with fines of $50 to $75 attached.
July 24, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - There was no white smoke and little pomp, but a collection of religious and political leaders emerged Wednesday from a much-anticipated private meeting in a Jerusalem hotel to announce the election of Israel's next two chief rabbis, who will take their place among the nation's most influential religious figures. It was a bruising, sometimes ugly campaign in which many of the candidates were tainted by allegations of corruption, nepotism or racism, underscoring why the government-funded rabbinate has fallen so low in public opinion in recent years.
July 22, 2013 | By Celine Wright
Over the course of two hours inside a small dressing room at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Val Kilmer ages 20 years. His hair turns a crazy, curly white, a strong mustache sprouts on his upper lip, and deep bags appear under his eyes. Eventually the actor is nearly unrecognizable - instead, he's Mark Twain and ready for the one-man show "Citizen Twain. " "There's a part of the makeup that starts to become the way I understand Mark Twain," says Kilmer, sitting in the makeup chair.
July 17, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The flowing robes and abayas shrouding the people of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates can't hide the truth of a federation-wide weight problem. So the city of Dubai, famous for its opulent shopping centers and towering skyscrapers in the desert, on Friday will launch a public drive to get UAE residents on a diet, the Emirates24/7 website reports. The “Worth Your Weight in Gold” program will pay those who shed at least 2 kilograms in the next month - 4.4 pounds - the equivalent of $45 per kilo and give the top weight-losers a shot at a $5,000-plus jackpot.
July 12, 2013 | By Susan King
PJ Raval's (“Trinidad”) latest feature documentary “Before You Know It,” screening Sunday at 5 p.m at the Harmony Gold at the 2013 Outfest LGBT Film Festival, explores the lives of three very different gay senior citizens. Dennis is a cross-dressing widower who didn't come out until he was 70 and is looking for love. Ravel chronicles his move from his ramshackle home in a rundown trailer park in Florida to a senior citizen LGBT residence in Portland, Ore., where he feels finally at home.
July 11, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Where would science be without its brilliant amateurs? Not even close to where it is now. The likes of Gregor Mendel, Michael Faraday, Joseph Priestley -- even Benjamin Franklin -- and more put discipline to enthusiasm and taught us about natural selection, electromagnetism, chemistry and electricity. For centuries, the professional scientist -- the trained “natural philosopher” -- barely existed. Leonardo da Vinci had to paint pictures to keep the pot boiling so he could dream and imagine science and engineering far into the future.
July 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Legal residents who are not citizens would be able to serve as volunteer poll workers during California elections under legislation approved Monday by the state Senate. Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) introduced the measure to address a shortage of bilingual poll workers and increase civic engagement by residents who are ineligible to vote because they are not yet citizens. “As our country moves closer towards comprehensive immigration reform, it is important for states to create opportunities for lawful permanent residents to participate in our democratic process and encourage them to continue on the pathway towards citizenship," Bonta said.
July 5, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A prom for gay senior citizens last weekend offered a rite of passage they couldn't have when they were younger. Even now, several of the promgoers were still in the closet and wouldn't give their names. At the dance, they said, they could be free. But not outside. The prom started promptly at 5:30 p.m., but by 5, the line of people - some in tuxedos (both men and women), others in jeans - stretched half a block. VIDEO: The gay senior prom The promgoers walked on a red carpet as they entered the patio where a catered meal awaited.
June 25, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a citizens' blue ribbon commission to propose reforms in the county's troubled child welfare agency. The commission, with two members appointed by each of the five supervisors, will be tasked with reviewing past attempts at reforms and coming to the board with a set of recommendations by the end of 2013. The commission will also have authority to review other agencies that deal with child welfare, including law enforcement and health service providers.
June 23, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - You don't normally see politicians who are firmly planted in their positions suddenly do acrobatic 180-degree turns. But last week was very abnormal in California's Capitol. Odds are what happened won't be repeated for a long while. It showed the power of public pressure - and the dexterity of successful politicians quick to recognize the need to backpedal . Actually, it was entertaining to watch. In sum, first the Assembly speaker, then the Senate leader and governor, reversed course rather than continue to take heavy flak.
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