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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Two hungry children were wandering the streets of South Los Angeles alone last week when they walked into a liquor store, searching for a loaf of bread. At one point, they nearly headed across busy Manchester Boulevard until a passerby intervened. The children's ages: 2 and 3. Both wore soiled diapers when authorities picked them up. This week, officials acknowledged that the children and their mother had been under the direct supervision of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency.
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TRAVEL
March 9, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If you're a farm-to-table foodie or just a fan of farms and farmers, this website and app are for you. Name: farmstarliving.com and iOS app. The app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. What it does: Offers a directory of restaurants around the United States that serve food from local farmers. You can also search state by state for farms that are open to the public and offer hayrides, mazes, petting zoos, bed-and-breakfasts, you-pick-it orchards and much more.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Justin George
They're known as Arabbers and their profession as Arabbing - words that are supposed to evoke the nomadic life of a street merchant. Arabbers sell fruit and vegetables from horse-drawn carts, much as the first Arabbers did when the profession took root in Baltimore after the Civil War as a way to provide blacks with work. Once a thriving niche with more than 40 stables across the city, the trade has declined to just three stables. The job of guiding a horse and a day's worth of inventory through city streets has always been hazardous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The first day you fast, says Eliseo Medina, your stomach begs you to reconsider. The second day is worse. "Your body starts asking for food," the 68-year-old local activist told me about his fast for immigration reform. "It becomes more difficult and you wonder if it's worth doing this. " But Medina's commitment is an extension of the work he began almost half a century ago, shoulder to shoulder with Cesar Chavez. So there was no letting up last fall, as he made his appeal outside the halls of power in Washington, D.C. When his stomach growled, he drew strength from fellow fasters as they joined hands and prayed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
Not surprisingly, there is a big gulf between the haves and have-nots in Beverly Hills, according to  U.S. Census Bureau  data. While the richest fifth of Beverly Hills households make an average of nearly $661,000 a year, the poorest bring in less than $14,500. That means the wealthiest fifth make more than 45 times as much as the poorest fifth, the biggest gap between rich and poor among California cities of similar size or larger, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of Census Bureau estimates spanning 2010 to 2012.  Times reporters Emily Alpert Reyes and Martha Groves explored the unlikely place in Beverly Hills where some of the city's poor citizens live: And nowhere is that more obvious than at the apartments above the Whole Foods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Public health officials Wednesday called a new survey that found 70% of stores in Los Angeles County market tobacco, alcohol and junk food to consumers troubling, especially given that many neighborhoods lack alternatives to make healthier choices. Meanwhile, just 12% of stores have exterior advertising for healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, researchers found. The statewide survey looked at the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol and food in retail environments of more than 7,300 California stores.
SCIENCE
March 3, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
In the last 50 years, what's on dinner plates has grown more similar the world over - with major consequences for human nutrition and global food security, researchers said Monday. “Diversity enhances the health and function of complex biological systems,” the researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But, they said, the world of food has become homogeneous, to the point of suggesting a global standard food supply. In the last half a century, “national per capita food supplies expanded in total quantities of food calories, protein, fat and weight,” they said.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
A food fight is breaking out in the airline industry. Airline seats and fares are so indistinguishable among the nation's major airlines that carriers often try to promote other services - such as onboard entertainment, food or airport lounges - to win over new passengers. “It's always been a fight for airlines to decommoditize what is largely a commodity,” said Seth Kaplan, a managing partner of the trade magazine Airline Weekly. Take for example, Virgin America, the California-based airline that recently announced a posh new menu for first-class fliers.
TRAVEL
March 2, 2014
Thank you, Andrew Bender, for a wonderful article highlighting the vibrant community of Oklahoma City ["A Hip Second Life as Restaurants," Feb. 23]. I'm from there and really enjoyed the mention of places I've been and restaurants I've tried. I'm excited to have new places to visit when I head back later in the year. OKC is a wonderful city with wonderful people. I grow tired of the attitude I routinely run into of a place with no redeeming value. Yes, I live in L.A. now, but I miss my old city.
OPINION
March 2, 2014
Re "U.S. to revamp nutrition labels," Business, Feb. 27 Thanks for spotlighting Michelle Obama's campaign to change food labels. I am a registered nurse, and I frequently educate my patients on nutrition. It is indisputable that diet has an impact on health. Still, I have found that the majority of the patients I educate have some deficiency in their knowledge of nutrition. Several patients have expressed to me that they have difficulty navigating through the grocery store attempting to figure out which foods are healthful.
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