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May 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
What do you do when you've just rung the Nasdaq bell at the opening of trading on the day your stock is listed? If you're Mark Zuckerberg, you update your Facebook page, of course. Who else, really, could post this one: "Mark Zuckerberg just listed a company on NASDAQ. " And he tagged five others with him -- Chris Cox, Cipora Herman, Dave Kling, David Ebersman and Sheryl Sandberg. It hit right as he was marking the open of trading. And he's already received 300 likes and 22 comments on his " recent activity . " PHOTOS: Facebook shares make their stock market debut [ Updated, 8:50 a.m. May 18: Amid the ovations and congratulations, there was also some speculation about what might have been for Zuckerberg if Facebook had never been.
April 14, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Holding red apples, a crowd of more than 100 parents, teachers and students raised their arms high on Sunday in a salute to Mark Black, Santa Monica High School's suspended veteran science teacher and wrestling coach, and to besieged teachers everywhere. The rally in support of Black, who was put on leave 10 days ago after physically tangling with a student carrying drugs in class, was also an implicit rebuke to the school district's superintendent, who appeared to side with an unruly student, rather than a respected educator and coach.
February 19, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- A Facebook page in Mexico has notched tens of thousands of followers for posting detailed but unconfirmed updates on security risks in the drug-war hot zone of Tamaulipas state. Now, purported assassins have declared a bounty on the head of the page's anonymous administrator. In response, the Facebook author said the page would not stop gathering and publishing information on shootouts and highway blockades because the Tamaulipas authorities and local news outlets offer nearly zero updates on so-called "risk situations.
April 3, 2014 | By Anh Do
When she first saw him, cuts covered his beaten body, fear shimmered in his eyes. Whoever owned the starving pit bull had abandoned him near the Coachella desert, possibly for months, before Annie Hart of the Bill Foundation drove from Los Angeles to rescue him in late December. "Truly, he was one of the sickest dogs I've ever seen," Hart says. She named him Gideon, "for warrior - because I felt that he needed everything to help him win this fight" for survival. That story of survival has since become an Internet sensation on YouTube and Facebook, with media outlets and supporters tracking Gideon's transformation.
November 27, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
According to his Facebook page, Kobe Bryant is "under the weather" hours before the Lakers host the Indiana Pacers. "Laid up in bed," reads Bryant's page. "Drinking a lot of fluids. Trying to shake the aches and chills thru rest, medicine and a lil Bob Marley on the speakers. " Apparently Bryant is a Marley fan, which may be new information on the Lakers All-Star guard. The Lakers, despite injuries and a coaching change, are 7-7 -- just one game behind the Pacific Division-leading Golden State Warriors and Clippers.
February 12, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
A Michigan 10-year-old told his mom not to give him a birthday party because he had no friends. So she has created a Facebook page to show him he's not alone. Don't tell him. It's a birthday surprise. Colin, diagnosed with an Asperger-like disorder, knows what it's like to have people avoid him. " Lights and sound and changes will cause him to melt down," his mom told WOOD-TV. He eats lunch alone in the school office because other kids don't want to sit with him. PHOTOS: Amazing images from 2014 so far Asperger syndrome is hard to pin down.
February 6, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Critics of a $1-billion school computer project in Los Angeles have launched an increasingly popular Facebook page asserting that the money should be spent instead on campus repairs. The page, called “Repairs Not IPads,” was started anonymously but has been supplied with ample comments and pictures by school staff. The images include missing ceiling tiles, broken sinks and water fountains, ant invasions, dead roaches and rat droppings. The creators describe the page as, “a place for teachers & the community to document neglected school repairs while construction bond $$ is diverted to purchase iPads.” Overall, many teachers have supported the technology program in the L.A. Unified School District, while many others have expressed concerns.
February 3, 2010 | By David Kelly
A Pinon Hills man suspected of killing his 9-month-old son before committing suicide apparently posted details of the plans on his Facebook page in an emotional, rambling letter beginning with, "So This Is Goodbye." "I led everyone on my side of the family to believe I wouldn't have done this because I did not want them to know. . . . ," reads the post attributed to Stephen Garcia, 25. "I did this out of love for our son, to protect him and myself. I am sorry. . . . Do not dwell on what I did, it's something you could not fix."
November 28, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
When the Orange County Sheriff's Department launched its blog three years ago, the first entry hinted at the department's motivation for venturing into social media. "The Media's Rush to Judgment," penned by then-Sheriff Michael S. Carona, who was in the midst of a corruption scandal, addressed public perceptions surrounding a police shooting and an inmate's death at a county jail. With his blog, Carona had made an end-run around the print and electronic media that he felt had sabotaged his career, overlooked the good things his department had done and overreacted to events such as the beating death of an accused sex offender at Theo Lacy jail.
December 18, 2010 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Trouble is brewing in the Bay Area bastion of bicyclists' rights. UC Berkeley students ? already squeezed by steep tuition increases ? are banding together to protest campus citations for bike infractions that run $220 apiece and exceed many vehicle violations. UC Berkeley police say they have issued 103 bike citations from August to November, a 41% increase over the same period last year, nabbing students for riding through designated "dismount zones" and locking their bikes to railings instead of often-overfilled racks.
March 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
When a documentary-turned mockumentary about the late comic great Jonathan Winters debuted in 2011, it didn't go far commercially. So what could "Certifiably Jonathan" producers Richard Marshall and Matt Fortnow do with hundreds of hours of unused footage, thousands of DVDs and multiple boxes of merchandise?  Try to sell everything, rights and all, on (what else?) EBay.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The filmmakers originally set out to chronicle the painting career of Winters, who during his half-century-career hosted his own variety shows, made numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show" and costarred in "Mork & Mindy.
March 17, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Country singer Jason Aldean is reportedly dating Brittany Kerr, the woman he cheated on his wife with in 2012. Well, at least they're trying to make a real go of it, right? Aldean, 37, last April filed for divorce from Jessica Ussery, his wife of almost 12 years, and has been dating Kerr since, Us Weekly reported Monday. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2014 Kerr, a former "American Idol" contestant and NBA cheerleader, was photographed backstage in the wings at one of Aldean's concerts on Friday, TMZ reported . She was also spotted at his Jan. 10 Austin concert, the site said.
March 13, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell got in the Throwback Thursday fun on Facebook with a vintage selfie -- one that was taken long before selfies became a thing. He posted a black and white photo of himself on his Facebook page with the caption: "Throwback Thursday -- I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!" The Ellen reference is, of course, to Ellen DeGeneres, who took a selfie with movie stars at the Oscars that went viral and holds the record for most retweets . He tagged the page for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in his update.
March 12, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
This spring TV viewers were treated to the drama of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Voyage. " This winter they'll get the more whimsical look at the world of science. Late night talk show host Craig Ferguson announced he will executive produce an hourlong series based on the popular Facebook page "I ... Love Science" (IFLS), whose title, like the series', uses an expletive. The series will air on the Science Channel at the end of this year. "If you know anything about me, you know I love science," Ferguson said in a statement.
March 7, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's been a lousy year for water, but recent heavy rains in Southern California have sown a few seeds of hope that golden poppies in the Antelope Valley just might put on a show this year. Not a big show, but a show. The brown fields at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster have greened up since storms last week dropped 3 1/2 inches of rain. The moisture plumped up little poppies that had struggled to sprout during drought conditions with flowers so small you'd have to be standing on top of them to take notice.
March 4, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
We were just settling in the other evening for some utterly inoffensive television viewing (reruns of "The Big Bang Theory," if memory serves) when our living room was invaded by a zombie. Yes, it was Audrey Hepburn, dead these 21 years, digitally dug up from the grave and  reanimated to shill for Dove chocolates . You may already have seen this commercial, which began running on Oscars night and is now moving into wider rotation. (Check it out at the bottom of this post.)  Dove and the commercial producers are inordinately proud of their achievement.
October 30, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers finally get the season started Tuesday night, hosting the Dallas Mavericks. [Updated Oct. 30 5:35: Kobe Bryant announced on his Facebook page that he is "feeling good enough to play" and will be in the Lakers' lineup tonight. Earlier today, Bryant said he was "85%" sure he would play after missing more than a week with a bruised foot. Jodie Meeks was expected to be in the starting lineup had Bryant sat out tonight's game. The Mavericks will be without both Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman.
February 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Los Angeles woman has sued Sprint Corp., saying that one of its workers browsed through her traded-in phone, found two photographs of her engaged in sex and posted them on her Facebook page. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only as J. Johnson, said the Sprint employee used the Facebook application on her old phone to upload the photographs and make them visible to her family, friends and co-workers. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages for invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and identity theft.
March 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In what may be the first social media marketing campaign by Apple, the Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have turned to Tumblr to advertise the iPhone 5c. A recently launched Tumblr blog called isee5c features five 15-second video clips that each advertises a different color version of the iPhone 5c, Apple's $99 smartphone.  Apple hasn't officially taken credit for the colorful Tumblr page, but isee5c is stylized in a way that...
February 27, 2014 | By Howard Blume, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Maintaining Los Angeles Unified campuses will be difficult because of staffing and funding shortages combined with repair backlogs, aging buildings and more than 100 new schools, officials said Thursday. During a meeting of a committee that oversees the spending of school construction bonds, the grim picture was illustrated by two contrasting photos. The first showed the school district plumbing team from the 1990s. Squeezing into the frame are 23 people. That present-day team, photographed in January, numbered 10. In the meantime, district property has increased substantially, from about 53 million square feet in 2001 to about 67 million square feet, according to the facilities division.
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