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August 30, 2009 | Denise Martin
If you are still watching "Entourage" maybe it's time to talk louder about: "Rescue Me" With the FX firemen drama, Denis Leary has had the corner on male bravado and bonding -- not to mention comedy -- for just as long as Vince and the gang have been on the air. So cherish your last testosterone fix of the season. (And get ready for Janet and Sheila to go ballistic when they pay Kelly a visit. Equal-opportunity haranguing.) (Tuesday) Probably worth talking about: "Extract" Writer-director Mike Judge gave us a little cartoon named "Beavis and Butthead."
April 6, 2014 | By Julie Cart
SHAFTER, Calif. - A bustling city is sprouting on five acres here, carved out of a vast almond grove. Tanker trucks and heavy equipment come and go, a row of office trailers runs the length of the site and an imposing 150-foot drilling rig illuminated by football-field-like lights rises over the trees. It's all been hustled into service to solve a tantalizing riddle: how to tap into the largest oil shale reservoir in the United States. Across the southern San Joaquin Valley, oil exploration sites have popped up in agricultural fields and on government land, driven by the hope that technological advances in oil extraction - primarily hydraulic fracturing and acidization - can help provide access to deep and lucrative oil reserves.
December 27, 2009 | By Alene Dawson
Thanksgiving, Christmas and almost all of 2009 are but a memory. And when the clinking of glasses welcomes a new year, it's hard not to feel a shiver of hope as you take the first sip of effervescent, sweet but not too sweet, tingly-on-your-tongue champagne. Before you is a clean slate -- 365 chances to get it right. Last year, for better or worse, is over. Welcome, 2010! Champagne isn't just for drinking. Beauty companies have captured its essence in a range of products. So whether you were a houseguest over the holidays and need a way to say thank you or you'd simply love to indulge in champagne beauty products on your own, you'll be happy to learn that many of these bubbly-infused offerings aren't just for the festive fun of it all; they also have clinical merit.
April 4, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
The underhanded way that women's reproductive rights were abridged in Orange County last year after the merger of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach with the Catholic hospital chainĀ  St. Joseph Health System raised important issues for the community. California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who had originally blessed the merger, has addressed those issues, and it looks like she's taken some positive steps to protect women's reproductive services. An agreement between her office and Hoag unveiled Friday fixes some, though not all, the flaws in the merger deal.
December 30, 1989
Many baseball players are scandalously overpaid but not so when compared to the obscene $2-million salary Brent Musburger is able to extract from CBS. ANDY ANDERSON San Bernardino
April 27, 1989 | From Times wire service s
The Food and Drug Administration today approved testing on humans of an experimental AIDS drug derived from the root of a Chinese cucumber plant. The plant extract, which is also used in some Chinese herbal medicines, has shown promise in laboratory tests in attacking human disease-fighting cells infected with the AIDS virus, according to recently published research findings. The chemical name of the plant extract is trichosanthin. The scientific name of the plant from which it is derived is trichosanthes kirilowii.
February 22, 2000
What makes the poisoning of the Tisa and Danube rivers in Yugoslavia and Hungary such a tragedy is that it's the result of silly and frivolous human desires ("A Cyanide Spill Poisons More Than Fish," Feb. 16). What makes it frightening is that the solution is so simple, yet will likely never be reached. Cyanide is used to remove a vein of a certain metallic rock from the other rocks that surround it. Why would we bother to extract this rock? Does it have any useful purposes? No. We do it because it's gold!
April 21, 2003
Re "Painful Moral Questions," Commentary, April 17: Alan Dershowitz again attempts to launch a national debate on the "justified" use of torture, using a recent German kidnapping case as an example. The Frankfurt chief of police formally authorized the torture of the suspect to locate the victim. The threat of pain the kidnapper "had never before experienced" prompted a confession and directions to the victim, who was found dead. Aside from the egregious breach of ethics -- bad methods used to achieve good ends -- the principal flaws in the argument are the fantasies that the authorities will always torture the right person, that mistakes will never be made and that the tortured individual will always be in possession of the desired information that sufficient "persuasion" will extract.
January 26, 2009 | Chris Woolston
Every once in a while, hard science has a cosmetic payoff. We use botulinum toxins to erase wrinkles, and lasers to remove unwanted hair. Now a company called Jane Beauty is promising to apply scientific principles for another purely cosmetic purpose: longer, thicker eyelashes.
Light does not easily penetrate the clouded story of Betty Short, a 22-year-old unemployed cashier and waitress whose body was found cut in half and gruesomely mutilated 50 years ago this month in a vacant lot in Southwest Los Angeles. The unsolved killing remains Los Angeles' premier myth noir, a tale of a tragic beauty clad in black, prowling the night life, a cautionary fable that rings as true today as it did in 1947. The legend insists on a shadowed, epic tone.
April 2, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Sounding alarm over an especially sinister new wave of cybercriminals, regulators are warning bankers that hackers have succeeded in changing the controls on automated teller machines to enable thieves to make nearly unlimited withdrawals using fraudulent debit, prepaid and ATM cards. The hackers often schedule the withdrawals for holidays and weekends, when extra cash is loaded into ATMs and monitoring by the banks drops off, an umbrella group for financial regulators said Wednesday.
December 27, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Sports memories can be fleeting and easily dissolvable, sort of like cotton candy. The events of 2013 likely won't be remembered in 100 years, but what if we created a sports time capsule, and put in items representing the year in sports? We could bury it at the 50-yard line of the Coliseum, which will probably be the only existing sports venue still standing in 2113, and have it opened by Vin Scully, whose consciousness will be placed in an android doppelganger in 2022, and who will be starting his 165th year as Dodgers announcer in 2113.
December 16, 2013 | By Phil Willon
San Francisco Bay Area hedge fund manager Tom Steyer on Monday launched a statewide campaign, aimed at prompting action by state lawmakers, to impose a new extraction tax on oil produced in California. Steyer said California imposes only a 14-cent per barrel fee and that, even when property, income and corporate taxes are factored in, the state collects far less per barrel that states such as Texas and Alaska - a claim that oil industry representatives disputed. The extraction tax could produce billions of dollars in much-needed revenue for the state, Steyer said.
December 13, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
CONKLIN, Canada - Can the Keystone XL pipeline be built without significantly worsening greenhouse gas emissions and climate change? For President Obama, that is the main criterion for granting a federal permit to allow the pipeline to cross from southern Alberta into the United States. Canadian authorities and the oil industry say measures already in place or under consideration to cut greenhouse gases ensure that Keystone XL can pass that test. "We absolutely think we can maintain growth in oil and gas, and achieve greenhouse gas reductions," said Nicole Spears, a climate policy expert with Alberta's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
November 21, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - Just 90 companies worldwide produced fuels that generated two-thirds of industrial greenhouse gas emissions from 1854 to 2010, according to a new study. The 90 biggest producers of fuels driving climate change include investor-owned corporations, such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron, and state-owned oil companies, such as Saudi Aramco and Mexico's Pemex. The study attributes 914 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases to the fuels extracted by the companies, which is 63% of the total 1,450 billion metric tons of emissions estimated since the mid-19th century.
October 31, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Videotapes released Thursday by a federal court show mentally ill prisoners in California being forced from their cells by guards who douse them repeatedly with pepper spray. Some of the inmates are being forced to comply with medication orders; others are to be moved to new cells. The six tapes, created by guards abiding by a state policy to record all cell extractions, were shown in court in October as part of a lawsuit by inmates' lawyers seeking a ban on the use of pepper spray against the mentally ill. The tapes were ordered released by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton, who is holding hearings on the issue in Sacramento.
July 3, 1988 | Leonard Klady
You got the idea that James Dearden--Oscar-nominated for best original screenplay--was the sole writer on "Fatal Attraction"? So did we. But we've learned that writer-director Nicholas Meyer ("Star Trek II," ABC's "The Day After") contributed--and filed an arbitration beef with the Writer's Guild for co-writing credit. Meyer said he hasn't seen the completed film and wasn't a part of the now-famous, rewritten ending. But: "I spent about five weeks providing the script with some top spin."
It's around midnight in the basement of the Los Angeles County coroner's office, the grim, blue-gray loading and receiving zone for the region's dead. Sitting at a long white table, the county coroner's assistants are passing around a carton of malted milk balls and joshing while Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place to Go" issues from a small radio near a steel crypt crowded with bodies.
October 30, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- The parents of a 5-year-old Arizona boy are suing the state, seeking to treat their son's seizure disorder with marijuana extracts under the state's medical marijuana law. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit on behalf of Jennifer and Jacob Welton, parents of young Zander. The Weltons, of Mesa, want to force the state to include marijuana extracts, such as oil resins, as legal substances under a law approved three years ago by voters. The boy's severe epilepsy is one symptom of a rare, congenital condition.
September 4, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
The environmental risks of fracking, or fracturing underground rock formations to reach oil reserves, are too great and should be banned, two Los Angeles City Council members said Wednesday. Oil companies in recent years have used fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field between Baldwin Hills and Century City to extract hard-to-reach oil from idled wells. The technique involves injecting water mixed with chemicals into wells to break apart shale formations that cover pockets of oil or natural gas. Opponents contend, however, that it is hazardous to the water supply.
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