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November 21, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
As a drug, marijuana has certain effects and, depending on why you're taking it, some side effects. And not everyone wants the whole package. New research finds that for patients who consider weed's buzz an unwanted side effect, the answer might be as simple as taking an ibuprofen with their tetrahydrocannibinol (or THC). A study published Thursday in the journal Cell both demonstrates and explains why common anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen and the prescription analgesics indomethacin and celecoxib (marketed as Celebrex)
April 24, 2014 | Karolina Waclawiak
Haunted people wander through cul-de-sacs reeling from small-scale catastrophes or pace through Parisienne arrondissements wishing for different lives in Elizabeth McCracken's "Thunderstruck and Other Stories. " Her second fiction story collection is a stunningly beautiful rumination on loss. "You are so unlucky you don't want to brush up against anyone who isn't," a narrator laments in "Something Amazing. " Sadness is an infection, an allergen, a communicable disease, passing from mother to mother as children are lost or die. McCracken's vapor of misfortune threads around her characters and binds them.
March 15, 2010 | By Marilyn Elias, Special to The Times
Gary McMane, 50, of Fontana, is convinced that his own depression has taken a toll on the three children he adores. "They're all good kids, and good in school, but I know it's had a terrible effect on them." His 22-year-old daughter hangs on to her high school boyfriend as a security blanket, he says, and his 17-year-old son seems seriously depressed. Further, he adds, the 13-year-old boy is overly sensitive, feeling compelled to "rescue" anyone who is hurt. Granted, such perceptions are filtered through McMane's own feelings of guilt and responsibility — and his kids might not agree — but he's right to worry.
April 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
The first comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles County's experimental toll lanes indicates the pay-to-drive routes made some rush-hour commutes faster and less painful, both in the toll lanes and in the free lanes, but made little to no difference for many drivers battling morning traffic. According to an independent report prepared for federal transportation officials, the toll lanes along the 110 and 10 freeways didn't significantly change overall traffic speeds during peak periods for drivers using either the tollway or the general lanes.
July 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like Rhythm & Hues is still downsizing.  The El Segundo visual effects company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February , is auctioning off assets, including computers, furniture and film equipment.  Bidding will conclude July 24 at 10:30 a.m., said Tiger Group, the company conducting the auction. Rhythm & Hues is selling hundreds of items that it no longer needs for its operations. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll For example, more than 150 computers are going on the auction block, along with more than 300  Herman Miller Aeron chairs.  Film equipment for sale includes a 2006 Film Light Northlight scanner, an Arri Arrilaser film recorder and two animation cameras.  Founded in 1987, Rhythm & Hues created effects for movies including “The Golden Compass,” “Babe,” “Django Unchained,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Life of Pi,” for which it won an Oscar.
February 13, 1994
Regarding your article on "Babylon 5" in TV Times (Jan. 23-29): In the final paragraph of the story you give the false impression that the series' landmark special effects are created on an Apple Macintosh computer when, in fact, Foundation Imaging's Emmy Award-winning work was only possible thanks to Commodore Amiga computers equipped with NewTek Video Toasters. In large part, "Babylon 5" owes its existence to Ron Thornton and his team proving that high-quality visual effects can be produced by low-cost desktop systems like Amiga.
January 10, 2013
Sentimental and jokey until it rains hell on its high-rise-trapped characters, the Korean action epic "The Tower" recalls the heyday of Irwin Allen's '70s reign as the Master of Disaster. When a pair of luxury skyscrapers is set to open with a lavish Christmas party involving helicopters raining snow on partygoers, signs of schematic drama lurk: a kind-faced building manager/widowed father (Kim Sang-kyung) forced to work the party instead of be with his moppet daughter; faulty architecture that a real estate kingpin would rather ignore; a dedicated firefighter (Kang Young-kee)
June 18, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Documentary filmmaker Robert Lundahl's latest work, "Who Are My People?," explores the effects of large-scale solar energy developments on Native American spiritual and cultural connections to Southern California's scorched outback of creosote and alkaline lake beds. At the heart of the dispute is a contest between Native American traditions and developers and government officials who contend benefits from the projects such as greenhouse gas reductions and renewable energy production outweigh their disturbance of cultural resources in the bleak desert terrain.
May 7, 1995
If radio talk shows have no effect on the public's behavior, as many talk show hosts and politicians argue, then why do those same people often condemn the amount of violence and sex on television? STEVE MARTARANO Sacramento
July 7, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
First came 3-D. Now comes 4-D. A South Korean company called CJ Group, which operates Asia's largest theater chain, has set up a laboratory near Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to demonstrate and market what it calls 4DX. The system uses a variety of physical and sensory effects -- including vibrating seats, wind blasts, scents, strobe lights and water sprays -- to bring more physical reality to moviegoing. The 4-D experience already is a hit with moviegoers in South Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil and China, where CJ Group has 29 specialty theaters that regularly screen big Hollywood titles like "Avatar" and "The Avengers.
April 21, 2014 | By George Miller, Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter
Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal - in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids - can at last be concluded. But this view obscures the many seemingly intractable problems TPP negotiators are grappling with.
April 16, 2014 | By Noam Levey
WASHINGTON - President Obama's health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggests that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since last fall. That is millions more than Gallup found in March and suggests that as many as 4 million people have signed up for some kind of insurance in the last several weeks as the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act drew to a close.
April 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's nice to know that tens of millions of extra dollars will go to 37 low-income schools after the Los Angeles Unified School District settled a class-action suit on behalf of students. But the lawsuit, undertaken by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups, was never about money; it was about policies that require teachers with the least seniority to be laid off first when there are staff reductions. So although the added funding will help attract and retain teachers for a few years, the lawsuit fell short of its original aim of doing away with the "last-in-first-out" policy.
April 13, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The winner didn't raise his fists to the sky, he dropped his head to his knees. The winner didn't shout to the heavens, he wept into the shoulder of his wife. The winner didn't play precision golf or careful golf or even anything that can be remotely described as textbook golf. Run a lint brush over those green jackets, put some storm windows on Butler Cabin, the Masters has once again been won with Bubba Golf. Or, in the joyous, Southern-twanged tones of thousands who lined the 18th fairway at Augusta National early Sunday evening, Bub-baaaa!
April 3, 2014 | By Robert Abele
As the found-footage horror genre reaches the please-lose-it-again point, "Alien Abduction" arrives to remind us how tedious the camping trip set-up has become as well. Taking the notorious "ghost lights" above North Carolina's Brown Mountain as its inspiration, the movie purports to be Air Force-leaked footage from an 11-year-old autistic boy's camcorder of how things went horribly wrong for his family on a weekend nature outing. (Considering some of the eye-level shots, he must be a very tall 11-year-old.)
April 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy and Lisa Girion
Federal officials said Thursday they hoped a new "rescue pen" would help reduce the death toll from overdoses involving prescription painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale, by prescription, of the prefilled auto-injector of the drug naloxone that caregivers or family members can use to reverse the effects of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, and heroin. Available until now only by syringe, naloxone has been a workhorse drug in emergency departments battling the relentless rise in painkiller overdoses over the last decade.
January 30, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun
Marine mammal "hot spots" in areas including Southern California's coastal waters may become off limits to testing of a type of Navy sonar linked to the deaths of whales under a plan announced this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA also called for creating a system for estimating the "comprehensive sound budget for the oceans," which could help reduce human sources of noise -- vessel traffic, sonar and construction activities -- that degrade the environment in which sound-sensitive species communicate.
July 15, 2010 | Doyle McManus
The economic effects of the Great Recession have been easy to see: a stock market crash, a sickening drop in home values and household wealth, and the throbbing pain of persistent unemployment. But a deep recession does more than economic damage. When short-term unemployment turns into long-term unemployment, as it has in this recession to a level unseen since the 1930s, rates of depression (the psychiatric kind) increase, anxiety rises and behavior changes in ways both expected and unexpected.
April 1, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw might be out for at least a month, but a San Diego Padres pitcher who had a similar injury said he did not return to full strength for seven months. Kershaw is on the disabled list with what the Dodgers say is inflammation in a back muscle. Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner, who spent two months on the disabled list, said his injury also involved a strained lat muscle. "I think mine was more serious than his," Cashner said. Still, Cashner's experience could indicate Kershaw might not regain his Cy Young Award form for some time after he is activated.
April 1, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Restrictions on some types of abortions in Arizona went into effect Tuesday morning after a federal judge upheld state changes limiting a woman's access to an abortion-inducing drug.  U.S. District Judge David Bury issued an order Monday afternoon rejecting a bid to block the new abortion restrictions while the state's 2012 law is litigated. The law allowed the state to issue new rules banning the use of the most common abortion - inducing drug, RU-486, after the seventh week of pregnancy, compared with the current restriction of nine weeks.
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