August 23, 2013 |
Formula One returns this weekend after a break of nearly a month, with three former champions trying to stop Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel from capturing a fourth consecutive world title. Vettel holds a 38-point lead over second-place Kimi Raikkonen of the Lotus team in the championship standings heading into Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in eastern Belgium. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari is right behind in third, 39 points behind Vettel.
August 7, 2013 |
The Chinese government Wednesday issued what it said were record-high fines totaling $108 million in connection with the scandal-ridden baby formula industry. The government fined five foreign companies - Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. and Abbott Laboratories, both in Illinois; the Dumex unit of France's Groupe Danone; Royal FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands; and Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand - as well as Biostime International Holdings in Guangzhou, China. The government accused the manufacturers of artificially inflating the price of formula, taking advantage of the panic among Chinese parents over tainted milk products.
August 4, 2013
It has been less than six weeks since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark law that for five decades has protected this country's most basic democratic right. But it is already clear that the decision was a disaster. Freed of the obligation to seek federal approval before making changes in their election practices, some states have moved to introduce or restore policies that will make it harder for racial minorities to vote or will dilute their political influence.
July 17, 2013 |
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone was indicted by German prosecutors on bribery charges, raising questions about his continued leadership of the international racing series, according to media reports Wednesday. The indictment was not unexpected. For months there have been reports that German authorities were investigating Ecclestone for alleged bribery in the case. The probe was in connection with $44 million Ecclestone paid in 2006-07 to a banker who was helping with the sale of an ownership stake in Formula One. The banker later was sentenced to prison in connection with the events.
July 6, 2013 |
Musician and producer Sam Spiegel lives in a wooden A-frame house in the Hollywood Hills. It's a beautiful place, but its best feature is an apropos (if possibly apocryphal) history of weird musical collaboration. "The guy who sold it to me says he has a picture of Jimi Hendrix in a dashiki jamming in here with David Crosby," he said. "Allegedly, though. He's never shown it to me. " If it's true, the story fits him. Spiegel is a contemporary kind of artist - a musician, record producer and general-idea-guy whose work exists almost only in tandem with someone else's.
June 26, 2013 |
Sebastian Vettel's march toward a fourth consecutive world title resumes this weekend at one of Formula One's most celebrated tracks, Silverstone in Great Britain. Vettel heads to the British Grand Prix fresh from winning in Canada two weeks ago, which gave the Red Bull Racing driver a series-high three victories in the season's first seven races. The German driver, who turns 26 on July 3, also again sits atop the Formula One championship standings. Vettel has a 36-point lead over second-place Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, a two-time winner so far this year, and a 44-point lead over Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen, who won the season opener in Australia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2013 |
Ah Ram Kim is a 17-year-old high school student learning to read English at a first-grade level with the book "The Little Red Hen. " Newly arrived from South Korea, she is one of 170 students, who are from Mexico, Vietnam, Egypt, Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, at Torrance's North High who are struggling to catch up. Although Kim has the same academic needs as limited-English speakers in a nearby school district in Lawndale, North...
June 16, 2013 |
UCLA is in Omaha for the College World Series and, yes, the Bruins took bats with them to use. Maybe the Bruins' batters are not just in it for the ride. But do the math. Their .251 regular-season team batting average was the lowest among the 64 teams that made the NCAA tournament. The Bruins' 293 runs are the fewest among the eight teams that reached the College World Series. Their average of 4.8 runs per game is a full run behind the next lowest (Oregon State averages 5.8)
June 12, 2013 |
Many factors are relevant in determining how much the state should spend to provide a child with an "adequate" public education, but this is not one of them: whether the child lives in an area that was largely agricultural during the early 1970s. Yet agricultural zoning is, to this day, a significant component in the stupefyingly complicated formula that determines California's per-pupil funding. Everyone knows the formula is a mess, but for decades the Legislature did nothing to change it. Now, taking advantage of an unusual moment in state budget history, Gov. Jerry Brown has sliced through the paralysis and reached a compromise with legislators to create an immeasurably more sensible, comprehensible and fair formula for funding schools.