December 5, 2013 |
A little more than 20 years ago, Congress did something that, today, is hard to imagine. Lawmakers from both parties and across the political spectrum found common ground and passed, by a near-unanimous vote, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which firmly commits the federal government to protecting and promoting our "inalienable right" to freely exercise religion. As President Clinton remarked when he signed the legislation into law, "the power of God is such that even in the legislative process, miracles can happen.
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December 3, 2013 |
The stated intent of the action was to increase government accountability. But some open-government advocates are suggesting that the Los Angeles County supervisors ran afoul of the spirit, and perhaps the letter, of the state's open-meetings law last week when they selected a new watchdog to monitor the Sheriff's Department. The board met behind closed doors Nov. 26 and tentatively chose prosecutor Max Huntsman to fill the newly created position of Sheriff's Department inspector general.
November 29, 2013 |
At 6 a.m. on a chilly Thanksgiving, hours before most Americans awoke, let alone began roasting their turkeys, Manny Rios Jr. was rushing into a Kmart store in Burbank. Fueled by free coffee and doughnuts catered by the retailer, the 47-year-old North Hollywood postman, his son Alex, 19, and a few dozen others steered their carts past fully staffed cash registers and a glittering display of Christmas trees. Rios' targets: a $39.99 7-inch Android tablet discounted more than 40%, a $179.99 RCA television that was 25% off and a Proscan DVD player marked down to $14.99 from $29.99.
November 12, 2013 |
Michigan prosecutors were weighing Tuesday whether to charge a homeowner in the killing of a woman on his porch in a case that has raised comparisons to the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last year. Renisha McBride, 19, was killed in Dearborn Heights on Nov. 2 when she sought help after a car accident, her family said. The results of an autopsy, released Monday, showed she died of a shotgun blast to the face. Maria Miller, a prosecutor's spokeswoman, said her office was awaiting material from the Dearborn Heights Police Department before deciding whether to charge the man, whose name has not been released.
October 16, 2013 |
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" opens for business March 7, 2014, with the release of Wes Anderson's much-anticipated new film. Anderson's 2012 effort, "Moonrise Kingdom," made more than $45 million in the U.S. and earned an Oscar nomination for original screenplay. In an interview with The Times last year, Anderson described the new film as being inspired by a "Hollywood Europe" tone, and films such as "To Be or Not to Be," "The Shop Around the Corner" or "Love Me Tonight. " PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Fox Searchlight, which is releasing the film, says it "recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
October 15, 2013 |
In 2011, Scotty McCreery was fresh off a win on "American Idol" and eager to ingratiate himself with the moms and daughters who presumably propelled him to victory. The result, as heard on "Clear as Day," was a comically innocent vision of teenage courtship in America: "We shared a Coca-Cola," he sang, "Sittin' on a log. " Two years later, McCreery, now 20, is a bona-fide country star, which means freedom - or enough of it anyway to choose one constituency or the other. And on "See You Tonight," he aims for the daughters in a big way, putting his sturdy baritone to work in songs that propose hooking up in an impressive variety of settings, from his truck ("Get Gone With You")
October 8, 2013 |
After more than a year of intense lobbying by professional sports leagues, California has slammed the door on most athletes looking to file injury claims in the state, including those with serious brain injuries. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that significantly limits workers' compensation claims by pro players. It's a significant victory for the National Football League, which has been trying to reduce its financial exposure to concussions and other brain injuries that former players allege are the result of repeated blows to the head.
October 3, 2013 |
Lacey Chabert is the latest former teen heartthrob to grace the cover of Maxim. Move over, Danielle Fishel and Mackenzie Rosman . The "Party of Five" alum poses in a simple lingerie set on the November cover of the men's magazine, which declares her "sexier than ever. " "I got the call from Maxim and then immediately put down the cupcake and ran to the gym," the 31-year-old Mississippi girl said. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities And it paid off: The actress is fit and toned as she models gray, pink and white lace bra-and-panty sets inside the magazine.
October 2, 2013 |
GLYNCO, Ga. - Nestled in a corner of southeast Georgia known for marsh-ringed islands, grassy dunes and year-round golf, this picturesque area might seem far from the political impasse in Washington that has shut down most of the federal government. But last year, nearly 70,000 law enforcement officers from across the country took courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center here, a Department of Homeland Security facility so sprawling it has its own ZIP code. They practiced on 18 firearms ranges and ran armed drills inside a mock train station, an airport terminal and a Main Street.
September 29, 2013
This app lifts the veil on airport lounges the world over. Yes, access is available even to the not-so-elite. Name: LoungeBuddy Available for: iPhone and iPad Cost: Free What it does: Details everything there is to know about airport lounges, including day-use costs and amenities, as well as photos and reviews. Includes 600 lounges at the 60 busiest airports in the world. What's hot: This user-friendly app goes way beyond a general list of lounges.