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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
No one should have expected that putting more vegetables in front of elementary school students would instantly turn them into an army of broccoli fans. Plenty of food has been thrown out since new federal rules took effect in 2011 requiring students in the subsidized school lunch program to choose a fruit or vegetable each day. Nevertheless, studies find that continued exposure to produce is resulting in more children eating at least some of it. That's worth a certain amount of wasted food.
September 19, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Michelle found one of those notices outside her home saying her house number would be painted on the curb. A "donation" of $20 was requested. After the work was finished, the painters hassled Michelle for the money. She asks: Is she obliged to pay them? The answer: Nope. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions This racket is all too common. An official-looking notice says house numbers will be painted on the curb, and the wording suggests that homeowners are on the hook for a certain amount of money.
April 6, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most shameful habit of California legislators arguably is their annual summer shakedown of lobbyists. But it finally may be ending, at least in the Senate. Senate leaders - rocked by the corruption scandals of two fellow Democrats - are hoping to quash the unsavory practice of coercing campaign contributions from special interests while high-stakes bills are pending in the Capitol. Outgoing leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and his designated replacement, Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)
Reunions are difficult things. Whatever joy there is to be had in reclaiming the past from the dustbin of history, these monuments to elapsed time inevitably carry the faint, acrid odor of mortality. Which makes Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," with its Greek-tragicomic aura of inescapable fate -- that is usually to say, of failure -- the perfect venue in which to stage a "Seinfeld" reunion. It's the only venue, really, and one that does not infect the occasion -- which is actually kind of thrilling -- with an air of confetti-ed celebration the original had no time for. "These reunion shows, they're so lame, really, they never work," said Larry David -- that is, the Larry David-like character, henceforth called "Larry," that Larry David, henceforth called "David," plays on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- on last Sunday's episode, the third of the series' seventh season and the beginning of the "reunion arc."
June 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor and comedian Jeff Garlin was arrested over the weekend in the alleged smashing of another motorist's windows during a fight over a parking space, LAPD officials said. The 51-year-old actor was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism Saturday afternoon after the parking-space spat allegedly turned violent in Studio City. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records show Garlin is out on $20,000 bail. He has an initial court appearance scheduled for July 11. Garlin plays the manager of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David on the successful HBO show.
August 10, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Larry David, who is on a break from his series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" - permanent or not, he will let you know - returns to HBO on Saturday with a full-on movie-type movie, "Clear History," in which he plays not his usual fictionalized self but an entirely different character, albeit one composed of all the old familiar tics. The obsessions are here, as is the self-obsession. At the beginning of the film, set a decade before the main body of the action, he sports a full head of long hair and a long beard, which make him look, possibly not by coincidence, like "Curb" director and "Seinfeld" writer Larry Charles.
May 15, 1994
Re "When We Loved to Curb Our Appetites" (Around Town, April 29): In addition to the drive-ins mentioned, growing up in West Los Angeles in the 1940s, '50s or '60s meant being able to cruise Delores' Drive-In. Ordering into a speaker box those "Suzi-Qs" (stringy French fries) or a "J.J." (Jumbo-Jim hamburger) with extra "Z" sauce and a cherry Coke and having the carhop bring your order on a tray and affix it to your car window was all a phenomenon never again to be recreated. All gone the way of my 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible, but so cool they will never be forgotten.
June 6, 2010 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Shutter Island Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 The ongoing collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio takes a weird (and weirdly profitable) turn with "Shutter Island," a gothic thriller based on a Dennis Lehane bestseller. DiCaprio plays a lawman in 1954 investigating a disappearance at a mental institution and uncovering a conspiracy involving McCarthy-era hysteria, atomic paranoia, and a secret from his own past. Scorsese goes way over the top with the visuals but never loses track of the dark emotions at the center of the piece.
September 17, 2008
Which show will win the Emmy for comedy series? 1. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" 2. "Entourage" 3. "The Office" 4. "30 Rock" 5. "Two and a Half Men" Log on to to vote.
April 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy and Lisa Girion
Federal officials said Thursday they hoped a new "rescue pen" would help reduce the death toll from overdoses involving prescription painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale, by prescription, of the prefilled auto-injector of the drug naloxone that caregivers or family members can use to reverse the effects of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, and heroin. Available until now only by syringe, naloxone has been a workhorse drug in emergency departments battling the relentless rise in painkiller overdoses over the last decade.
March 30, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - It's becoming a familiar scene in everybody's favorite city - luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and plush seats barreling past sluggish, dilapidated city buses crammed with local residents standing elbow to elbow. The nerd convoy, ferrying workers to technology companies in Silicon Valley, has raised the ire of civic activists who see it as a symbol of a divide between the haves and have nots as the region's tech boom has sent housing costs and evictions soaring. But as heated as that backlash has become at times, it has obscured a much broader story that these buses have to tell about changes sweeping across not just San Francisco but also the entire Bay Area.
March 29, 2014 | By Tim Logan
This time last year, investment firms raced to buy dozens of single-family homes in neighborhoods from Fontana to South Los Angeles to lease them out, transforming the mom-and-pop rental business into a Wall Street juggernaut. The flood of cash helped spark a steep rise in prices, drawing criticism for pushing families out of the market. But now the firms themselves have all but stopped buying in Southern California, the latest evidence that home prices have hit a ceiling. The professional investors no longer see bargains here.
March 25, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -   Lawmakers opposed to White House-run surveillance programs welcomed the administration's announcement Tuesday that it would seek legislation to prevent the National Security Agency from storing bulk phone records of Americans. At the same time the senators pressed the administration to go further. "This is the start of the end of dragnet surveillance in America," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, told reporters. The unusual bipartisan alliance of Wyden, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
March 22, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
In a Louisiana swamp several miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, about 3,000 construction workers are building a massive industrial facility to liquefy natural gas, preparing for a new era when the U.S. will begin exporting energy around the globe. The $12-billion project is one of the largest single industrial investments in the nation, part of a massive transformation of the energy sector that has led to a boom in drilling, transportation and refining from coast to coast. Five years ago, the idea of exporting U.S. gas and oil was not only unheard of, but, in the case of most U.S. crude oil, illegal.
March 20, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
One year after the South Coast Air Quality Management District found that arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery plant posed a cancer risk to more than 100,000 people, the agency has approved Exide Technologies Inc.'s plan to reduce health risks. Exide issued a statement saying it had "worked diligently" with regulators and intends to invest more than $5 million in the facility as a result of the new plan, on top of $15 million the company has already spent or pledged for other environmental and public health-related improvements since 2010.
April 19, 1989
A Los Angeles federal judge Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against a record company belonging to former Lt. Gov. Mike Curb, stopping it from releasing a "comeback" single recorded by singer Donny Osmond. Curb Records had said that it had exclusive rights to distribute Osmond's single and album, while Capitol Records asserted that it had the sole distribution rights. Both firms asked U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi to issue a temporary restraining order.
May 1, 1989
A 4-year-old Sylmar boy was killed when he tumbled from the front seat of a driverless, runaway car when the vehicle struck a curb, Los Angeles police said Sunday. Police said the boy, whose name was not released, was sitting in his father's 1972 Ford Maverick in the 13300 block of Pasha Place at about 4 p.m. Saturday when the vehicle slipped into gear and began traveling in reverse. His father was attempting to close the hood of the car when it began moving, authorities said. When the car hit the curb the front door opened and the boy fell from the seat, hitting his head on the curb.
March 12, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker and Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she would not seek a third term, forgoing a campaign that would have required her to challenge the state's term limits measure. The Republican had left open the option of running this year, despite the overwhelming weight of legal opinion against it. She became governor in 2009 when Democrat Janet Napolitano left office to join President Obama's Cabinet, and Brewer won reelection the following year. The state limits governors to two terms, and most legal experts said her first partial term counted toward the limit.
March 7, 2014
Re "After heated debate, L.A. restricts e-cigarette use," March 5 Regardless of speculation and hand-wringing by some, there is absolutely no scientific proof that e-cigarettes lead to smoking real cigarettes. The testimony to the Los Angeles City Council that supported treating e-cigarettes as regular cigarettes is based on suspicion and speculation, not fact - and astonishingly, everyone knows that. However, there exists among our elected leaders a fear that has no foundation, a fear of "what might happen"; this should not guide policymaking.
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