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March 7, 2012 | By George Bisharat
Palestinian baker and activist Khader Adnan captured headlines recently for a 66-day hunger strike that led him to the brink of death. His ordeal began in the dead of night on Dec. 17, 2011, when Israeli soldiers broke down the door of his West Bank home. Adnan was arrested before his terrified wife and daughters, and was reportedly abused verbally and physically upon detention and later in interrogation. Adnan was never tried but instead faced administrative detention. Israeli prosecutors presented secret evidence to a military judge, who then ordered a four-month detention.
February 9, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
E! News correspondent Jason Kennedy has leased a house in the vicinity of Beverly Hills for $7,900 a month. The contemporary, built in 2008, includes three stories and an elevator. The first level contains three guest bedrooms, an office/bonus room and a home theater. On the second are the main living areas and a deck with an infinity pool. The master bedroom suite sits on the third floor for a total of four bedrooms and four bathrooms. It has a separate entrance and stairs leading to a rooftop deck.
January 21, 2012 | By Michael Hiltzik
  What are the chances that the prestigious Institute of Medicine will get an objective and balanced view of California's stem-cell program when it takes public testimony about the program at a hearing Tuesday in San Francisco? About 418 million to one. That's the estimation of the California Stem Cell Report. The report's proprietor, David Jensen, toted up the value of the grants received from the program by Tuesday's witnesses or their employers. Total: $418 million.
January 7, 2012 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
A section of Long Beach's popular Retro Row soon will be giving customers a different kind of curbside treatment. Three businesses have won city approval to convert a few highly valued parking spaces along the 4th Street corridor into green space, joining a national trend led by San Francisco, where the number of so-called parklets jumped from six in 2010 to more than 20 now. Construction of Long Beach's parklets — the first in Southern California,...
January 6, 2012 | Sam Farmer
Keep a close eye on this weekend's NFL games, because there's probably a Super Bowl participant in this round - even though the Packers, 49ers, Patriots and Ravens are not involved. At least one of the Super Bowl teams in five of the past six years played in a wild-card game. This year, there are plenty of questions in the first round. Can anyone stop Drew Brees and that New Orleans offense? Has the clock run out on Tebow Time? Can Ben Roethlisberger walk, let alone run?
December 5, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Record producer Ralph Sall has listed his Sunset Strip-area house at $2.95 million. The remodeled Spanish-style house, built in 1926, features iron work, interior archways, French doors, balconies and an updated kitchen. The close to 3,300 square feet of living space includes five bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms in the main house and an attached guesthouse. Extensive decks and patios, a loggia and a saltwater swimming pool complete the grounds. Sall is president of Bulletproof Entertainment.
December 2, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
We would not ordinarily send you to Hollywood & Highland — except on a dare — but Komida is doing interesting things with its Japanese spin on L.A. taco fare. The bustling outpost (in the unlamented former H.Wood space) of the popular Farmers Market staple Yamashiro Grill has a daily 5-7 p.m. deal for $3 short rib tacos, $2 chicken satay tacos and $15 buckets of either four Singha beers, a carafe of jamaica-champagne cocktails or white lychee sangria. You might need some new pants after indulging, and we hear you can take care of that at the complex as well.
November 23, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Of all the presidential candidates who have cycled to the top of the shifting Republican heap, the most improbable may be Newt Gingrich. Since leading the GOP's 1994 takeover of the House, Gingrich has weathered a series of flip-flops, inflammatory statements and assorted missteps that would have sunk many lesser politicians. Gingrich's run is "going to end with Newt and a can of gasoline and a Bic lighter," predicted Paul Begala, who first sparred with the former House speaker as an advisor to President Clinton.
November 17, 2011
EVENTS According to the "Star Wars" films, technologies such as intelligent androids and nimble starfighters existed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The new exhibition "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" explores whether such creations could (once again?) become a reality based on modern science. Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. and Sat., and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Through April 15. $25. (714) 542-2823.
November 17, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor and writer Brian Bloom has bought a house in the Encino area for about $1.2 million. The gated, Zen-inspired property is on a knoll with grounds developed over a 30-year period that feature mature trees, a waterfall, a fountain, a deck and black-bottom pool. The one-story house, built in the early 1960s, contains nearly 2,400 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a breakfast room and a den. The kitchen and bathrooms have been remodeled.
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