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August 7, 2010 | Sandy Banks
There was applause this week when President Obama signed legislation cutting the federal penalties for possession of crack cocaine. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 is an overdue correction of a 20-year-old legal distinction that tended to punish blacks more severely than whites by mandating longer prison terms for crack cocaine violations than for those involving powder cocaine. African Americans account for more than 80% of federal crack cocaine convictions; whites and Latinos make up the majority — more than 70% — of those convicted in cases involving powder cocaine.
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March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
An Iranian man parks his car in a guest spot behind his apartment. He heads inside the building and comes back out about an hour later to walk the dog. Across the street, parked in a rental car, private investigator Sam Nassrouie tucks away his surveillance gear - a camera pen and a hidden tape recorder that looks like an MP3 player - and retrieves his cellphone. "Your husband doesn't seem to be cheating on you," Nassrouie reassures his client, an Iranian woman, over the phone.
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NEWS
April 12, 2012 | By Michael McGough
Rick Santorum may be out of the GOP presidential race, but Democratic strategist and talking-head Hilary Rosen has given him a consolation prize. Rosen's now-notorious crack that Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life" offers seeming vindication for Santorum's argument that liberals and feminists are engaged in a misogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect. The quote is from Santorum's book, "It Takes a Family," in which he also assails parents (read women)
FOOD
March 21, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Count me lucky to have a neighbor who keeps chickens and who brings me a carton of pretty pale blue or brown eggs with stand-up gold yolks whenever she comes to dinner. There's nothing that beats fresh eggs scrambled, sunny side up or gently coddled. After tasting the difference, it can be hard to go back to the regular eggs. Some restaurants, though, are cooking eggs with the attention and care they deserve and are garnering a fan base for their egg dishes. Migas at HomeState, A Texas Kitchen At the breakfast and lunch spot devoted to Tex-Mex cuisine, Austin native Briana Valdez serves up eggs in breakfast tortillas and in migas - eggs sort scrambled with crispy corn tortilla strips, onions and cheddar cheese.
SPORTS
April 14, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
If you see Kevin Prince crack a smile on the field for no apparent reason, you might have a pretty good idea which teammate is behind it. He's Joseph Fauria, UCLA's 6-foot-7 tight end and resident good humor man. "He's always trying to make somebody laugh," Prince said of the sophomore transfer from Notre Dame. "We've got inside jokes going back to high school." The former Encino Crespi High teammates also have a history of big plays dating to their freshman year in the San Fernando Valley, when Prince would lob passes into the end zone and his towering teammate would grab them over considerably smaller defensive backs.
SPORTS
June 18, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The words “North Carolina State” have to make a UCLA fan cringe. The Bruins met the Wolfpack in the 1974 Final Four. John Wooden had seven consecutive NCAA championships. He didn't win an eighth straight. It could work out better today. The Bruins won't have to face David Thompson today. They will be dealing with pitcher Logan Jernigan in the College World Series at 5 p.m. PDT. Coach Elliott Avent hemmed and hawed before naming a starter. The Wolfpacks' rotation thins out considerably after Carlos Rodon, who threw eight shutout innings against North Carolina Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1992
Only two months ago I walked out of Sherman Oaks Fashion Square into the parking lot to witness a young woman getting her face slapped. It was evident by the clothes, car, etc., that neither she nor the two guys she was with belonged in this area. What were they doing there? Who knows, but I doubt they were shopping. Now I read that a man was held up at gunpoint in that very same parking lot for the purpose of stealing his car. "Teen-Age Gunman Hijacks, Crashes Car" (Times Valley Edition, Nov. 13)
MAGAZINE
March 19, 2000 | Renee Vogel
With airlines cracking down on the size of carry-ons, more passengers are checking their bags. And the rough treatment that luggage receives from baggage handlers and airport carousels has hard-sided suitcases making a comeback. Atlantic's new Hardside Travel Vault is state of the art. It's made of the same scratch-resistant, all-weather material used on the bottoms of downhill skis. Durable in-line skate wheels make it easy to maneuver.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
We knew the courtroom battle between Apple and Samsung would be epic, but who could have guessed it would be so entertaining? On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wondered aloud if one of Apple's lawyers was smoking crack. The judge was not concerned about his health, but rather frustrated over Apple's submission of a 75-page briefing that outlined more than 20 additional witnesses Apple planned to call in the four hours it had left before the jury.  "I mean come on. Seventy-five pages!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013
A series of cracks are veining through the historic Watts Towers, a recurring problem that's forcing engineers to rethink how they repair the sculpture. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the towers and the problems facing it with Times reporter Angel Jennings. The towers have been deteriorating for years, prompting quick patch jobs that did little long-term good. A worker with binoculars would spot a crack, panic and rush to seal it over with cement and other materials. But the cracks always came back.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
The Obama administration is preparing to crack down on some for-profit colleges, requiring them to do a better job of preparing students for work or risk losing access to federal student aid. Newly proposed regulations expected from the Education Department on Friday are designed to stop the flow of federal funds to poor-performing colleges. Students at most for-profit colleges rely heavily on federal loans and grants, and few programs could survive if the flow of federal money were ended.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In their new book, "My Pet Chicken Handbook: Sensible Advice and Savvy Answers for Raising Backyard Chickens" (Rodale, 246 pages, $17.99), chicken experts Lissa Lucas and Traci Torres of the online resource My Pet Chicken have assembled an informative insider's guide to raising chickens at home. "My Pet Chicken Handbook" teaches just about everything you need to know to manage your own flock. We recently asked Lucas and Torres about what people most want to know about chickens. Chickens are popular right now. Why?
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
United Airlines, the nation's third-largest carrier, is cracking down on passengers who drag oversized bags into the cabin. And the airline is doing this to win points with passengers. After all, the Chicago carrier was recently ranked eighth among the nation's top 10 carriers in a survey of about 24,000 people in the U.S. The survey by Satmetrix, a cloud-based software company, named Southwest Airlines as the top-rated carrier. The crackdown on oversized bags is an effort to address what United says is one of the biggest gripes among its passengers: The overhead bins are so overstuffed with carry-on bags that the boarding process is often bogged down as fliers try to find space for their luggage.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co. has notified airlines that a change in a supplier's manufacturing process may have resulted in hairline cracks on the wings of about 40 of its yet-to-be-delivered 787 Dreamliners. Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. told Boeing there was a problem related to fasteners on the 787's carbon fiber composite wing. Boeing, which has delivered 123 of the planes, said the problem may be present in a limited number of airplanes still in production, but none of its in-service fleet is involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Marisa Gerber
Los Angeles on Tuesday joined a growing list of cities that are treating e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco-based products, banning their use in parks, restaurants and in most workplaces. The decision, which came after an impassioned and at times personal City Council debate, illustrates the difficulties makers of the smokeless cigarettes have in convincing governments their products are safe. E-cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative for heavy smokers, one that can wean them off cancer-causing tobacco cigarettes.
SPORTS
March 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant has played only six games this season, taking away a strong-willed and sometimes critical voice of the Lakers. But Pau Gasol has played more than six years with Bryant, long enough to pick up some of his behavior. Several days after criticizing some of his teammates' selfish play and Coach Mike D'Antoni's small-ball approach, Gasol was no longer angry. It's not as if his words directly led to a victory Friday against the Sacramento Kings. But he felt the need to crack the whip regardless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | John Hoeffel
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Thursday he will prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries for over-the-counter sales, targeting a practice that has become commonplace under an initiative approved by California voters more than a decade ago. "The vast, vast, vast majority, about 100%, of dispensaries in Los Angeles County and the city are operating illegally, they are dealing marijuana illegally, according to our theory," he...
NEWS
September 25, 1986 | Associated Press
Supplies of the potent cocaine derivative crack are plentiful in a dozen major U.S. cities, but use of the drug is not as widespread as is generally believed, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday. In a study based on reports from its offices around the country, the drug agency said crack is "readily available" in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, New York, Newark, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers and Sacramento Kings played each other Friday at Staples Center. No better time to ponder lottery percentages. The Lakers have the worst record in the Western Conference, the Kings are the West's second-worst, and they'll both be in attendance May 20 when the draft order is officially determined. The Lakers (20-39) are tied with Boston for the NBA's fourth-worst record, giving them an 11.9% chance of winning the top pick. Milwaukee (11-46) is the runaway favorite to grab the league's worst record, but the Bucks have only a 25% chance of winning the top pick in the June 26 draft.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
They build things big in Texas, but that doesn't mean they last. In Allen, Texas, home to a $60 million high school football stadium that opened in 2012, school district officials revealed that the stadium will be closed and need repairs because of "extensive cracking" in the concourse. Here's a story link from FoxSports Southwest. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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