CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - With the state Legislature rocked by multiple scandals, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to examine the state's decades-old ethics and campaign laws. The Senate Ethics Working Group was formed by Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). "I asked a few colleagues to get together informally and examine legislative and campaign finance rules in other states, with an intent to discuss and prepare a package of reforms that strengthen California's laws," Steinberg said Tuesday.
February 8, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - It might sound odd to hear one of the most successful ski jumpers in history talk about luck. But, for all his accomplishments, Gregor Schlierenzauer has never been an individual Olympic champion and he knows that winning the men's normal hill event Sunday won't be easy. "Gold medal is my goal," he said. "To win at the Olympic Games, you need not only good form but also luck. " Schlierenzauer figures to be pushed by the likes of Kamil Stoch of Poland, Austrian teammate Thomas Diethart and Simon Ammann of Switzerland.
February 7, 2014 |
Utility workers struggled Friday to continue repairing downed power lines, but hundreds of thousands of people remained without electricity two days after a major storm swept through Pennsylvania and Maryland. More than a foot of snow fell in many areas of the Northeast in the second of two snowstorms this week. On Friday, biting cold moved through the mid-Atlantic region, complicating repair work. Utility companies reported more than 325,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania, along with about 50,000 in Maryland.
February 6, 2014 |
Earnest and well-intentioned but ultimately inert, "The Monuments Men" talks a better game than it can deliver. Inspired by true tales of World War II derring-do, it can't decide what kind of a film it wants to be and so ends up failing across a fairly wide spectrum. This is something of a surprise, and not just because the film is directed and co-written by George Clooney, who is also top dog in a high-powered cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett.
January 17, 2014 |
Annette Bening has taken on what some might consider the most challenging role of any actor's career: persuading Californians to send the tax collector more money. The California Arts Council -- the government agency that oversees the state's arts grant program -- announced Wednesday that Bening will be the spokeswoman for its latest effort to boost its meager budget, with the extra money earmarked for arts education. A bill passed last year places a special checkoff box on state income tax forms, labeled the “Keep Arts in Schools Fund.” Taxpayers can voluntarily check the box and write in how much they'd like to add to their tax payment or subtract from their refund, resulting in a heftier payment or a lighter reimbursement.
January 16, 2014 |
During a recent visit to the White House, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh watched a video of President Obama shooting hoops. In the video, from last year's Easter Egg Roll, Obama made just two of 22 shot attempts while playing with children and players from the Washington Wizards. Bosh, whose team was being honored at the White House on Tuesday for winning their second consecutive NBA championship last summer, went on to defend Obama....