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OPINION
August 3, 2013 | By Arjun Sethi
It's been a year since Wade Michael Page opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Since then, some basic facts about Page have come to light. We now know that he was involved with white supremacy groups and that he was the founding member and vocalist for a neo-Nazi band. A former soldier, he had been heard to disparage Muslims, calling them "towel heads. " Even Page's body served as a temple for his racist beliefs, bearing a tattoo of the number "14. " Among white supremacists, this stands for a 14-word credo coined by one of their heroes, David Lane: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Endurance is a staple of performance art. In 1971, Chris Burden locked himself inside a small school locker at UC Irvine for five days. Three years later, Linda Mary Montano performed "Three Day Blindfold," groping her way around San Francisco with her eyes shrouded by a blindfold. That same year, for eight hours a day over three days, German artist Joseph Beuys was locked inside a New York gallery with a wild coyote. Marina Abramovic and Ulay Laysiepen spent 90 days in 1988 walking the length of the Great Wall of China from opposite ends until, finally meeting in the middle, they said their goodbyes and ended their 12-year collaboration.
NATIONAL
July 12, 2013 | By David Horsey
Here is the so-called mystery: Americans are exercising more, but the national obesity rate keeps rising. How can that be? The answer is pretty obvious. As my personal trainer (the only person standing between me and a gut hanging over my belt) has told me many times, “It's all math -- the number of calories burned and the number of calories consumed.” According to data just published in the online journal Population Health Metrics, during the last 10 years Americans have gotten more active in two-thirds of the nation's counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey and Anna Gorman
Americans are exercising more, but that has not done much to slim their waistlines, underscoring the immense challenge confronting doctors and health advocates fighting the nation's obesity crisis. In more than two-thirds of the nation's counties - including some of the unhealthiest - men and women became more physically active over the last decade, according to data published Wednesday in the online journal Population Health Metrics. Three-quarters of California's counties saw gains in physical fitness for both men and women.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Americans are exercising more, but that has not done much to slim their waistlines, underscoring the immense challenge confronting health advocates fighting the nation's obesity crisis. In more than two-thirds of the nation's counties - including some of the most unhealthy - men and women became more physically active over the last decade, according to data published Wednesday. Women made notable progress nationwide, with the percentage who got sufficient weekly exercise jumping from 46.7% to 51.3%.
HEALTH
July 6, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Tracy Anderson added to her fitness empire of studios, workout DVDs and other products when she and her business partner, Gwyneth Paltrow, opened the serene, members-only Tracy Anderson Studio in Brentwood in April. Anderson, one of the best-known fitness instructors, grew up dancing and hoped to become a professional. But she gained 35 pounds when she moved to New York to study and turned to fitness -- which became her career. Tell me what people should consider when they're deciding where to work out. They need to make sure that it is attainable in their lifestyle, not for a short period of time, so I always tell people they need an at-home option and a destination option.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego Superior Court judge rejected a claim Monday by parents in the Encinitas elementary school system that teaching yoga in the schools is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination. The ruling by Judge John Meyer, who heard the case without a jury, means that the Encinitas Union School District can continue to teach yoga as part of a health and exercise curriculum. Dean Broyles, president and attorney for the Escondido-based National Center for Law and Policy, had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple with two children in the school system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
I have little sympathy for folks like Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock, devout Christians who sued the Encinitas Union School District, claiming that teaching yoga to their kids twice a week amounted to unconstitutional religious indoctrination. Despite the quasi-spiritual trappings, yoga, as it's widely practiced by millions of Americans of all faiths, is no instrument of religious indoctrination. It's exercise. In Encinitas, it's being taught to kids in an effort to reduce bullying, obesity and overcompetitiveness.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
They're starting to work on parade floats on Japan's Kyushu Island , where the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival is just around the corner. The summer event , which is expected to draw about 1 million spectators during its July 1-15 run, isn't just a parade. It's an exercise in silliness. Parade participants race through the streets of the lively harbor town of Hakata, carrying elaborately decorated 1-ton floats on their shoulders. The object is to reach the finish line before teams from other neighborhoods.
WORLD
June 5, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping nibbled on empanadas at the home of a Costa Rican coffee farmer. His wife played the steel drums in Trinidad and Tobago. With smiles and, of course, money, China is on an unusual charm offensive to win the love it thinks should accompany the country's economic rise. The trip that will culminate with a summit in Rancho Mirage with President Obama is part of a concerted effort by the new Chinese government to enhance its world power status. "The Chinese are well aware that they have an image problem abroad so they've taken this diplomatic offense to enhance their 'soft' power," said Mario Esteban, an expert in China's activities in Latin America at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
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