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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Pardon me if I haven't gotten all worked up about Sen. Rod Wright being convicted of lying about where he lives. A politician fudging his residency to make people think he lives in his district? Shock, shock! Happens a lot. But district attorneys seldom prosecute. Most feel there are much worse crimes to chase. Should these politicians get away with it? No, not in an ideal world. But district lines shift. They're redrawn every 10 years to fit population changes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Martha Groves and Dan Weikel
So far, so good. Traffic on the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass was light early Saturday on the first full day of Jamzilla. Most or all lanes of the busy northbound side of the freeway will be closed throughout President's Day weekend for road improvements. During daytime hours two northbound lanes will be open, but all five will be closed at night. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Is it too much to compare Kem Nunn to Raymond Chandler? Both have used the loose frame of genre to write enduringly and resonantly about the dark side of the California dream. For Nunn, this has meant an exploration of boundaries, both actual and metaphorical; his last novel, "Tijuana Straits" (which won a 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize), traces the shifting landscape of the physical borderland. At the same time, there is also a willingness to take risks, to play against expectation, which marks both Nunn's fiction and his TV work on "John from Cincinnati" and now "Sons of Anarchy.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Cam Fowler
Hello, everyone! I want to start by saying what an honor and a thrill to be in Sochi, it's a truly amazing experience. We flew in from Atlanta on Sunday and arrived Monday. The NHL did a great job of setting things up for us and our families. It was a different experience sharing a plane with all different players playing for their respective countries but it was great. When we landed in Sochi we were greeted by some U.S. staff who helped us get organized. After that we took a bus to head over to the Olympic Village.
SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Maxim Lugovoi stands in the town square, dressed in a Lightning McQueen costume and holding a palette of colorful face paints. At 22, his job during these Olympics is to engage spectators, paint their home country's flag on their cheeks and make them feel welcome. "German? Austrian? Swiss?" he asks the rare passerby in English. "Come, come, come. I help you. I make you happy for this big day. " FRAMEWORK: View the best images from the Sochi Olympics Lugovoi pitches his face-painting services as if his very livelihood depends upon it - and in many ways it does.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Photographer Peter Lindbergh and actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson were honored for their contributions to the Foundation for AIDS Research on Wednesday night at amFAR's New York Gala. Grace Jones performed, wearing a fur, a leotard and a series of hats. [WWD] Coach has an edgier look in the collection new creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled on Thursday, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore reports. [Los Angeles Times] Italian police reportedly found rat fur being passed off as cashmere in some Chinese-run factories in Rome.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Although U.S. intelligence officials have indicated since last summer that the National Security Agency was vacuuming up nearly every American telephone record for counter-terrorism investigations, officials acknowledged Friday that the spy agency collects data from less than a third of U.S. calls because it can't keep pace with cellphone usage. In a speech last month, President Obama called the bulk collection of telephone records the most controversial part of the debate over security and privacy sparked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaks of classified material.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Michael McGough
A United Nations committee made headlines this week when it released a report criticizing the Vatican - a nation-state as well as the center of Roman Catholicism - for allowing priests to abuse tens of thousands of children over the years. The report issued by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child also urged a new commission established by Pope Francis to order an independent investigation of all abuse cases and establish clear rules for the mandatory reporting of abuse to police.
OPINION
February 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Two decades ago, Congress overwhelmingly approved and President Clinton enthusiastically signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But now that the 1993 law is being used to challenge the Obama administration's requirement that employer health plans include contraceptive services, some supporters of the law are having second thoughts, and several organizations want the Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional. That would be a mistake. The law was a response to a 1990 Supreme Court decision involving two Oregon men who had been denied unemployment benefits after they were fired for using the hallucinogenic drug peyote during a Native American religious rite.
OPINION
February 2, 2014 | By Gregory Feifer
In the mid-19th century, a Frenchman described the reconstruction of St. Petersburg's monumental Winter Palace after a fire. To meet the czar's deadline during a bitterly cold winter, the "unprecedented efforts" included heating the structure's interior to almost 90 degrees. Of the thousands of laborers who braved the extremes of temperature, "a considerable number died each day," wrote the Marquis de Custine, "but, as the victims were replaced by other champions who filled their places, to perish in their turn in this inglorious gap, the losses were not apparent.
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