July 13, 2013 |
On Feb. 22, 1999, 4-year-old Luke Burgie hopped up from the couch and announced: "My tummy doesn't hurt anymore, Mommy. " The terrible sickness that had ravaged his body for six months had vanished. His doctors were as baffled by the sudden and complete recovery as they had been about what had caused his illness in the first place. His mother, Jan Burgie, called it a miracle. Sister Margaret Mary Preister, one of two nuns at a local convent who had been praying for Luke's recovery, was less sure.
July 9, 2013 |
Small-business optimism fell in June, a turnaround from a slight increase in May, according to a survey from the National Federation of Independent Business. The group's economic index fell to 93.5, from 94.4 in May, which was its second-highest reading since the recession started. Job-creation plans increased slightly in June, the group reported, but expectations for improved business conditions remained negative. “The economy remains 'bifurcated,' with the big firms producing most of the GDP growth with little help from small business,” Bill Dunkelberg, the group's chief economist, said in a statement.
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July 8, 2013 |
The sudden toppling of a black oak tree at a summer camp outside Yosemite National Park last week was a "freak accident," said Jamie Simon, director of Camp Tawonga. The giant tree fell near a building, killing 21-year-old camp counselor Annais Rittenberg and injuring others. A private arborist checks the trees at the camp every 12 to 18 months, Simon said. The same arborist returned after the accident and, after inspecting the fallen tree, "deemed the tree healthy," she said.
June 14, 2013 |
Long Beach's Pine Avenue has had its ups and downs over the last few decades. After a determined rebirth in the 1990s, a tide of prosperity rolled into the time-worn neighborhood with a bustling night life scene. That tide receded with newer developments elsewhere around town, and Pine Avenue fell into an awkward state of transition as it struggled to compete with amenities such as a Ferris wheel and a world class aquarium. However, the newly opened Federal Bar aims to bring revelers back to Pine Avenue by offering a restaurant and a music venue in the cavernous yet elegant Security Pacific National Bank building.
June 8, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG - Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized in serious condition with a lung infection, according to government officials here, the latest in a worrisome series of medical ailments plaguing the nation's venerated first post-apartheid black leader. South African presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement that Mandela, 94, fell ill several days ago, but his condition deteriorated overnight and he was transferred to Pretoria early Saturday.
May 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Americans cut back on their purchases in April for the first time in nearly a year as their income remained flat, a potentially bad sign for an economy that depends heavily on consumer spending. Consumer spending dropped 0.2% last month, and March's initially reported increase was cut in half to a revised 0.1%, the Commerce Department said Friday. Personal income failed to grow for the first time since falling 4.4% in January. Analysts had expected consumer spending to be unchanged last month and that personal income would rise 0.1%.
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May 31, 2013 |
A 26-year-old woman was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison after a drunk-driving crash in which she ran into a man and caused him to topple over a freeway guardrail to his death. Ashley Selina Bryan, 26, pleaded guilty this month to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and was also found guilty in December of one felony count of driving under the influence, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said that shortly before midnight on April 2, 2011, Bryan, a resident of the San Bernardino County city of Highland, was driving north in her Honda Civic on the 57 Freeway in Orange.
May 29, 2013 |
The public's window into nonprofit arts groups' financial condition is a time-lapse look. The numbers typically don't become available until many months after an organization has closed the books on a fiscal year. They're now in for most groups' 2011-12 fiscal year, and for most of the biggest arts and cultural organizations in L.A. it was no bonanza. But better things could be ahead for the current 2012-13 fiscal year because of financial markets that have boomed since the last one. Charity Navigator, a New Jersey-based nonprofit group that tracks other nonprofits' financial performance to help donors decide where to funnel their money effectively, said that the median result nationally for 105 arts groups in its database for the year ending June 30, 2012 was a 2.3 percent decline in net assets.
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May 8, 2013 |
More details emerged about the 73-year-old hiker who fell to his death at a popular Yosemite waterfall, officials said. Kenneth Stensby's body was spotted by searchers at the base of Vernal Fall at about 6 p.m. Monday and was extricated about 1 p.m. Tuesday, park officials said in a statement. The statement said the Minnesota man, described as an avid hiker, was fatally injured when he fell from a cliff near the top of the 317-foot waterfall. His death marked the first accidental fatality at the park this year, spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.
May 3, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - When Don Mattingly asked Adrian Gonzalez how he was doing, the Dodgers' manager just meant the question as a pleasantry. But, for a team that has used the disabled list 10 times in the first five weeks of the season, Mattingly should not have been surprised when the answer was "sore" rather than "fine. " The Dodgers scratched Gonzalez from their lineup Friday because of neck stiffness. Mattingly traced the injury to an incident in Wednesday's game, when Gonzalez collided with an umpire while chasing a foul ball.