March 31, 2014 |
Against all odds and expectations, enrollments in health plans qualified under the Affordable Care Act are surging Monday toward -- and maybe beyond -- the 7-million figure projected by the Congressional Budget Office before Oct. 1, when the open-enrollment period began. The deadline for starting enrollment applications for 2014 plans is midnight Monday. The surge is creating a big problem for the "train wreck" narrative of Republican opponents of the ACA, who have been holding out hope for Obamacare's utter failure.
March 14, 2014 |
CERRETO, Italy - Think of an Italian summer and you think of azure seas, sun-splashed beaches, cool mountains cupping dark lakes and overheated crowds of tourists investigating every museum and ancient church. Things are different in Tuscany as well as in Umbria, where I live, for part of the year. Every local community, no matter how small, puts on its own summer festa, or festival. Some are based on religion: Each village has its own patron saint to celebrate with a day of services and parades followed by a night of feasting, dancing and, of course, fireworks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 |
From the beginning, the five-month standoff between city officials and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's largest public employees union has been all about politics. And the op-ed in today's Times , by IBEW Local 18 boss Brian D'Arcy, is more political play than explanation as to what he and his henchmen have done with $40 million handed over to two nonprofits he oversees. Seventy-five percent of the money has gone to training and safety programs and 25% to administration, D'Arcy said in “clearing the air.” INVESTIGATION: DWP controversy OK, but what kind of training and safety?
February 6, 2014 |
It's been a year since Christopher Dorner went on a killing spree to avenge his firing from the Los Angeles Police Department. Over nine days, he killed two civilians and two law enforcement officers and led authorities on a manhunt that crossed Southern California before he died in a burned-out cabin in Big Bear following a shootout. Communities were nervous, and police feared Dorner might target anyone in a uniform. All of that makes it understandable that police officers were on edge in the early hours of Feb. 7 last year as they took up positions to guard the home of a potential Dorner target in Torrance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 |
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant stared in disbelief Tuesday at a list of hundreds of Department of Water and Power employees who have asked that their names and salaries be withheld from the public, citing safety concerns. On the list were mechanics, typists and meter readers. "This is frivolous on its face; I mean, these are DWP employees," Chalfant said, noting that the names of government employees are public and even undercover police officers have a hard time demonstrating they would be in danger if their names appeared on a list of department employees.
December 13, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni had a suggestion for Pau Gasol and any other Lakers who didn't like their role in his offense. "Everybody, to a man, we've just got to play harder and worry about things less," he said Friday before the Lakers played Oklahoma City. "That's one thing, if they just don't want to do it that way. Then you have to accept it or not. But there's no reason to not play hard. " Most players like D'Antoni's high-scoring scheme, but Gasol told The Times on Thursday that he felt less aggressive because D'Antoni kept him too far from the basket.