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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1998
Apparently Kenneth Starr's definition of "independent" is as varied as Bill Clinton's definition of "sex." DANA BAILEY Thousand Oaks
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OPINION
March 18, 2014 | By Michael A. Helfand
Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate - the requirement that employers provide employee health insurance that covers contraception - impermissibly infringes on the religious liberty of religiously motivated corporations. The legal battles over the mandate have been legion; more than 300 plaintiffs have filed more than 90 cases across the country, all contending that providing health coverage for contraception would require them to violate their faith.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2012 | By Meg James
Advertisers are making the switch to shooting commercials in high-definition, with adoption rates increasing by 150% in the last two years, according to a recent report on ad trends. In the second quarter of 2010, about 10% of all commercials were delivered in HD, according to Extreme Reach Research Group.  Extreme Reach Inc. distributes advertising spots to television stations and television networks through cloud-based technologies. During the second quarter of this year, about 25% of ads were shot in HD. The purpose of Extreme Reach's report was to provide benchmark information to advertisers, television stations and other media outlets.
SCIENCE
March 12, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
More than two decades since the first U.S. invasion of Iraq, medical authorities can't agree on a definition of Gulf War illness, the mysterious array of ailments afflicting many veterans of the conflict. In the latest attempt to settle the debate, the Department of Veterans Affairs commissioned the prestigious Institute of Medicine to develop a definition. But in a report released Wednesday, its experts said the symptoms - including joint pain, fatigue, headaches, rashes, digestive problems and cognitive impairment - vary so widely that there was no way to reach a scientific consensus.
OPINION
December 22, 2011
When the FBI reports statistics on rape in its annual crime report, it includes only incidents that involve "carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will. " But that's too narrow a definition. Most local and state police jurisdictions these days use much broader language. In fact, the FBI definition, which is more than 80 years old, is so outdated that many of the cases that local law enforcement authorities categorize as rape never get listed in the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Reports.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1996
Sylvia Bursztyn and I appreciate Kate Reeves' distinction between opalescence and chatoyancy in regard to our cluing "cat's-eye" as "opalescent gem" in our Dec. 8 Puzzler (Letters, Dec. 15). But not being mineralogists, we relied on the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition) definition of "cat's-eye": "Any of various gems (as a chrysoberyl or a chalcedony) exhibiting opalescent reflections from within." BARRY TUNICK Culver City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Seeking to close an archaic loophole in state law, the Assembly unanimously voted Monday to expand the state's definition of rape to include instances when a perpetrator pretends to be somebody else in order to have sexual intercourse, regardless of the victim's marital status. The loophole most recently sparked an uproar last January when a state appeals court overturned the rape conviction of a man who impersonated the boyfriend of a sleeping Los Angeles County woman and had sex with her. A state law dating to the 1870s says that a perpetrator who has intercourse with a married woman by pretending to be her husband can be prosecuted for felony rape.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Americans have been eating hot dogs since at least 1870, when a Coney Island restaurateur started selling sausages on long buns. In California's capital, hot-dog carts keep the tradition going with cheap, quick, lunches for state workers and tourists. But cart owners around the state are threatened with closure by health inspectors, unless lawmakers come to their rescue. That's why the Assembly Health Committee had to come up with a legal definition for "hot dog. " The proposed change to state health laws spells it out: "'Hot dog' means a whole, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing that may be known as a frankfurter, frank, furter, wiener, red hot, Vienna, bologna, garlic bologna or knockwurst and that may be served in a bun or roll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1995
There seems to be some confusion as to just what derivatives are, since many knowledgeable people have lost a lot of money on them. I wish to offer an off-beat definition that should help clear up any misunderstanding about what they are. Derivatives are securities that have been cut up, marked up and sold to customers who have been set up and held up by brokers who have been cleaning up while covering up their trading tracks. ARTHUT HUNEVEN Ojai
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds
ITS future is far from certain, but Chicano Art Magazine (www.chicanoartmagazine.com) has reached a milepost many fledgling art magazines never make -- a second issue, which will be out in about two weeks. The magazine, founded and edited by Laura Molina, a painter who lives in the Antelope Valley, premiered in July, priced at $6, aiming to provide a forum for makers and admirers of Mexican Americana art. Three-thousand copies were printed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Hateful Eight" is bold work by an artist pushing himself to the creative edge as he devises a Rubik's Cube of contradictions for his audience. I'm not supposed to know this yet. That I have an opinion about an unmade movie is because of the leak of a script that angered its writer-director enough to file a lawsuit and pledge to shelve the project. But it would be a crime if Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" became a victim of the Internet's fondness for disseminating all things illicit from sex tapes to now, apparently, scripts.
NATIONAL
February 16, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The legal campaign for marriage equality is picking up speed, moving at a pace that has surprised even longtime advocates and increasing the likelihood of a definitive Supreme Court test as early as next year. Efforts by some lawyers to plan a careful strategy for which cases to push forward to the high court have largely been put aside amid a rush of lower-court rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage. The most recent came Thursday in Virginia, the first such ruling in the South.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 I will not be helping the Southern Section select its teams (12 to 16) for the Open Division playoffs, but here's my "definite" boys' teams that are in based on performance this season: From 1AA, Mater Dei, Loyola, Etiwanda, Corona Centennial, Chino Hills, Long Beach Poly and Rancho Cucamonga. They've been considered top teams all season. From 1A, Riverside North and El Toro. From 2AA, Redondo and St. John Bosco. St. John Bosco has eight losses but also has played one of the toughest schedules.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles watching the Super Bowl in standard definition lost a big chunk of the game and halftime show due to technical issues. The analog signal of Fox's KTTV-TV Channel 11 Los Angeles went dark toward the end of the second quarter and was not repaired until about midway through the third quarter. However, the feed of Time Warner Cable's high-definition channel carrying Fox's coverage of the game was not interrupted. The majority of the region's subscribers have digital boxes and thus were not affected by the blackout.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Allen Barra
In July 2009, a year before his death at age 99, John Wooden was named by the Sporting News as the top coach in the history of American sports. Not many argued with the selection. Over his 29-year career he won 664 of 826 games for a winning percentage of .804. From 1964 through 1975 his UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA championships, and UCLA's games drew higher TV ratings than most NBA games. Surprising as it seems, Wooden, arguably the most influential coach in basketball history, has never had a definitive biography until now. In "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and studio analyst for CBS Sports, has written a virtual cutaway view of the history and evolution of basketball in the form of a biography.
SPORTS
January 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
J.J. Redick eased his way onto the Clippers' court Thursday wearing his practice gear, his right hand wrapped lightly in a black brace. Redick took part in some shooting drills with teammates, another strong indication that the Clippers' starting shooting guard would be available to play Friday night when they host the Lakers at Staples Center. He has been out for almost seven weeks recovering from a broken right wrist and torn ligaments on the side of his right wrist. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers didn't give a definitive answer on whether Redick would play against the Lakers, saying before practice Thursday, "J.J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to tighten the rules for who can vote in neighborhood council elections after complaints that an overly broad definition of community stakeholder had allowed outsiders to manipulate results. The new rules mark an ongoing attempt to refine the neighborhood governance system, struck in the late 1990s after the San Fernando Valley secession movement to give residents a stronger voice in city politics. Previously, anyone could vote in a neighborhood council race just by displaying a receipt for a latte from around the corner, as proof of having a vested interest in a community - a "Starbucks stakeholder.
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