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SCIENCE
February 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
The logic seems simple enough: the consumption of healthy foods is low, and obesity is high, in neighborhoods where supermarkets are notably absent; so, opening supermarkets in those neighborhoods should boost consumption of healthier foods and drive down obesity. Right? Not so fast, says the first American study gauging the success of a popular initiative aimed at combatting obesity: improving access to fresh produce and healthy food in the nation's "food deserts. " Six months after the grand opening of a new supermarket in Philadelphia, the study found, residents of the surrounding low-income neighborhood were not eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, nor were they less likely to be obese than were low-income Philadelphians across town whose neighborhood continued to be a food desert.
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SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A highlight of the Super Bowl celebration, on a large platform amid a cheering crowd and a rain of confetti, was a past Trojan hero bringing the championship trophy to another past Trojan hero. Presumably, at that moment, there was an outbreak of goose bumps in Trojan Nation. After all, if you live and breathe the Cardinal and Gold, how could it get much better than having Marcus Allen deliver the Lombardi Trophy to Pete Carroll? There is no question about goose bumps for Allen.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The great Mexican writer José Emilio Pacheco died on Sunday of a heart attack at the age of 74. This week he was remembered in his native Mexico City with funeral services worthy of a head of state. Pacheco, born in 1939, burst on to the Mexican literary scene in the 1960s and '70s with several poetry and short-story collections. His 1981 novella “Las batallas en el desierto” ("The Battles in the Desert"), based largely on his own middle-class Mexico City upbringing, was a love poem to a smaller, more innocent metropolis that was later wiped out by explosive growth.
SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LA JOLLA - Like many on the PGA Tour's traveling road show, Scott Stallings is mostly a name in the small print. That should change now, at least for a while. When he won the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines, it gave his career both a tangible and intangible boost. The tangibles are easy. First place was worth $1.098 million. Also a spot in the Masters. That means he can return to Augusta National, to the spot on No. 18 where he can revisit an incredible Tiger Woods drive.
SPORTS
January 17, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
  For pro golfer Patrick Reed, Friday was Groundhog Day in the Southern California desert. He woke up to blue skies, warm temperatures, minimal wind and greens as smooth as a puppy's tummy. Again. So he went out and shot 63. Again. Reed, a 23-year-old Texan, leads the Humana Challenge by two shots. In most stops on the PGA tour, a 63-63 start that is 18 under par would have sent the rest of the guys off to call the airlines for early departure. After all, what's the use?
OPINION
January 17, 2014
Re “Solar power's outlook not as sunny,” Jan. 12 The article shows that the desert may not be the best place after all to generate solar power. As The Times points out, the move is away from large, industrial-scale desert plants and toward urban-based, mid-sized ones and rooftop solar: so-called distributed generation. Urban solar built over parking lots and on rooftops eliminates the environmental damage of desert solar - along with the need for environment impact statements, new transmission lines to bring the power to the cities and the costly lawsuits brought against desert plants.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Thursday at the Humana Challenge was just another lousy day in paradise. The sun glistened against the mountains, temperatures hovered around 80, the wind took the day off and 112 pro golfers in a field of 155 shot under par. It was a day when there were more birdies than you'd see in an aviary at the three perfectly manicured golf courses in the desert city of La Quinta, After all the scoring carnage, the leader, at nine-under-par 63, was...
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you're hungry for some good food and meeting foodie luminaries, head east. Kogi food truck chef Roy Choi, Beekman Boys' Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, and Manhattan Beach restaurateur David LeFevre are among the chefs who will be cooking at the Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert. The festival , now in its fourth year, is March 21-23 and will feature two Grand Tasting events: --"California Dreamin'," with samples from more than 50 Coachella Valley restaurants and 70 wineries, brewers and spirit makers, and 10 demonstrations (11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Two mothers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they vandalized a classroom at a Mojave Desert school after losing a battle to keep it from being transformed into a charter campus under the controversial parent trigger law. Lori Yuan and Chrissy Guzman were leaders against the effort to convert the low-performing Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto to a charter last fall in the state's first successful use of the 2010 parent trigger law....
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
European firm Pure Adventures is rolling into the Western U.S. with both guided and self-guided bicycle tours. Among the first is a six-day, six-night self-guided bike tour of the Sonoran Desert, north of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Sedona and the surrounding red rock landscape. Bikers first meet in Scottsdale for orientation and a review of their planned rides and to fit their cars with bike racks. Rides on days two and three take place in the Sonoran Desert, where there is a wide variety of trails.  Lodging for three nights is at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center . Day 4 begins with an out-and-back ride on Black Canyon Trail, followed by a 90-minute drive to Sedona, home to some of the best mountain biking in the country.
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