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June 25, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Federal prosecutors appear to be clearing the legal way to speed up the trial of two former top state pension fund officials on fraud, conspiracy and obstruction charges. A grand jury in March indicted Federico Buenrostro Jr. of Sacramento, the former chief executive of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, and Alfred J.R. Villalobos of Reno, a former CalPERS board member and onetime deputy mayor of Los Angeles. Recent legal filings in state and federal courts in Los Angeles County, San Francisco and Reno asked judges to grant stays, halting lawsuits involving the two federal defendants.
June 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
While patrons were concentrating on the fast-paced basketball game on television screens Thursday night, the outdoor deck of a popular Florida sports bar gave way, sending fans into the waters of Biscayne Bay. Officials said about 100 people were on the deck of Shucker's Bar & Grill in North Bay Village, north of Miami Beach, when it gave way. The deck was about 8 to 10 feet above the shallow water's surface, roughly the same height of a basketball hoop...
June 7, 2013
This modern-style home in Los Feliz takes advantage of surrounding hillside and canyon views. In addition to glass pocket doors and open air plazas, dual decks off the master bedroom create a 360-degree panorama. Location: 4625 Dundee Drive, Los Angeles 90027 Asking price: $5.2 million Year built: 2004 House size: Five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 4,796 square feet Lot size: 31,751 square feet Features: Three fireplaces, breakfast bar, craft room, saline swimming pool, spa, outdoor shower, three-car garage About the area: In the first quarter, 44 single-family homes sold in the 90027 ZIP Code at a median price of $943,000, according to DataQuick.
May 18, 2013 | By Larry Gordon and Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The courtship that has riveted the neuroscience world blossomed at a Saturday night dinner in a tony Brentwood restaurant. USC provost Elizabeth Garrett and executive vice provost Michael Quick kept the conversation light. Over chicken with braised leeks, onions, mustard bread crumbs and white wine at Tavern, they talked to UCLA neuroscientist Arthur Toga about his life. Not the brain imaging research for which his lab is renowned but about "the things that get you excited in the morning," Toga recalled.
May 14, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
For the first time in naval aviation history, a drone was catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier and soared into flight. The U.S. Navy conducted the test Tuesday from aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush off the Virginia coast with its X-47B experimental drone. It's a key milestone in the progression of drone technology and the program, which has been eight years in the making. PHOTOS: A new breed of drones “Today we saw a small, but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex war-fighting environment that exists today: the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,” Vice Adm. David Buss, commander of Naval Air Forces and known as the Navy's “Air Boss,” said in a statement . The bat-winged X-47B launched from the deck at 11:18 a.m. EDT. It executed several maneuvers designed to simulate tasks that the aircraft would have to perform when it lands on a ship.
April 29, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The Stanley Cup playoffs will have a different look this season and not only because the Kings, for the first time in franchise history, are the defending champions. This condensed season produced a lot of injuries and a lot of dramatic playoff races. There was also a shift in power in both conferences, highlighted by the Detroit Red Wings' struggle to squeeze into the top eight in the West. Hampered by injuries and the retirements of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and feisty forward Tomas Holmstrom, the Red Wings didn't clinch their 22nd straight postseason berth until their season finale.
February 28, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
So lionized in Europe that France put him on a postage stamp but almost unknown in this country except to left- and right-wing zealots who either esteem or excoriate him, Mumia Abu-Jamal would be the perfect subject for an investigative documentary that explored his life and thought with a calm and even hand. "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary" is not that film. Instead, filmmaker Stephen Vittoria has presented Abu-Jamal as a revered revolutionary who is in it for the long haul, someone whose extraordinary qualities are so much a given that he becomes an object of awe and wonder.
January 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Richard McWilliam, hailed for revolutionizing the trading card and sports memorabilia industry as a co-founder and chief executive officer of Carlsbad-based Upper Deck Co., has died. He was 59. McWilliam died Saturday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe. While no cause of death has been announced, the company noted that McWilliam had a history of heart disease and had undergone heart surgery in 2008. McWilliam co-founded Upper Deck in 1989 and immediately set about challenging the leaders of an industry whose origins date to the late 19th century, when cards with pictures of baseball players were sold in packs of chewing tobacco.
December 15, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
When I was a diehard vegetarian a number of years ago, packaged meat alternatives were slim pickings at best. Sure, you could find the occasional veggie "burger" or "hot dog," but there was no comparison to the real thing. Burned enough times, I grew wary of anything masquerading as meat. Especially a tofu "roast" during the holidays. Meat fanatic that I am nowadays, unless a tofu roast was studded with bacon, I probably wouldn't give it a second glance. But when I saw the Holiday Hazelnut Cranberry Roast en Croute from Field Roast, I was curious . I decided to give a few of their products a try: the holiday roast (hazelnut-infused grain "meat" stuffed with Field Roast sausage, ginger, cranberries and apples, then wrapped in puff pastry)
December 14, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
Eleven salty dogs are sailing the waters of the Hawaiian Islands through Wednesday, making a splash aboard the Golden Princess cruise ship. They're strolling the Promenade deck, hanging out in the Donatello dining room and playing chase in the kids' park on Deck 15.  What's more, most of these lucky canines are experienced sailors with several cruises under their belts, er, collars. Most of them have something else in common. They're graduates of the Guide Dogs for the Blind program.
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