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September 8, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Don Lee and Michael A. Memoli
President Obama urged Congress to end the "political circus" and act to help a nation still facing economic hardship, outlining a $447-billion legislative package that includes tax cuts for working families and small businesses and spending to rebuild infrastructure. The president, in a Thursday evening address to lawmakers in a special joint session, argued that there "is nothing controversial" about his plan - though the price tag was larger than expected, and, perhaps, more than Republicans in Congress will seriously consider.
April 22, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
The Peeps show is in full swing -- there's no way to avoid the high-sugar, pastel-colored marshmallow candies that, in the adorable forms of chicks and bunnies, help make Easter the high-calorie holiday it is. I hate to be the downer here -- but has anyone bothered to check out the nutrition label on those things? Americans will eat at least 600 million Peeps this Easter, NPR says. Each of those Peeps has 32 calories (for 160 in a five-pack). Not bad, considering that there are 210 calories in a Hershey's milk chocolate bar. And apparently, the Peeps have no fat or cholesterol.
March 23, 2011 | By David Wharton
The years rolled past and Speedo Guy got on with his life. He married and started a family. He became a priest. "It seems kind of silly trying to make a connection with what happened back then," he says. But the game of basketball does not forget so easily. Eight years ago, as a graduate student at Duke, Patrick King snagged a ticket to watch his team face rival North Carolina, joining a horde of classmates in a section directly behind one of the baskets at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
December 11, 2010 | Tom Hamburger and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When it comes to money in politics, the new normal is already on vivid display. It could be seen last week in posh restaurants and corporate townhouses on Capitol Hill, where politicians held fundraisers at a record pace. It was evident at Washington's blue-chip law firms, where campaign finance lawyers began work setting up new political committees to collect unlimited donations. It was apparent in the halls of Congress, where lawmakers swapped strategies about how to contend with muscular interest groups looking to take them out. The unusually intense December bustle is the product of this year's elections, where spending surged to $4 billion in sharp-edged campaigns across the country -- a record for a midterm.
November 25, 2010
Just when you thought it was Thanksgiving, surprise, it's Christmas! The Hollywood Christmas Parade is here to remind you that the holidays are in full swing and the new year is right around the corner. A tradition for more than 80 years, the festive spectacle will be hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie and telecast on the Hallmark Channel. The parade begins on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange and sweeps down Vine to Sunset before returning to Orange. 6 p.m. Sun. Free. http://www.
November 17, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Battery-powered vehicles are about to start rolling into U.S. dealerships, and a sprawling industry is springing up to gain a foothold in what many hope will be a lucrative new niche. In four years, the North American market for electric vehicles is expected to more than double to $20 billion as alternative-fuel vehicles make up nearly 10% of all new-car sales in the U.S., according to separate studies by research company SBI Energy and J.D. Power & Associates. "Clearly, we've come a long way," said Jordan Ramer, chief executive of charging infrastructure company EV Connect.
November 14, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
"Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby" ? Because if you don't talk about it, I fear he will try even harder to get attention. Lopez will probably always be known as Albert Clifford Slater, the beefy jock from "Saved by the Bell" (a perm and acid wash parachute pants can do that to a career), but the dimply hunk isn't letting that halt his career. The "Dancing With the Stars" alum and host of "Extra" ? though, we're not about to let him forget about his duties on "The Other Half" ?
November 11, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood's award season battle is suddenly in full swing ? limousines are shuttling filmmakers to and from the Four Seasons, suites are filling up at the Chateau Marmont and actors' entourages are crowding the lobbies of theaters hosting screenings for industry guilds. Amid all the spare-no-expense campaigning, Andy Garcia can be found driving his own car around town, trying to drum up award voters' interest in "City Island," a tiny movie that has proved its doubters wrong at every turn.
October 25, 2009 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Salter Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Normal People Don't Live Like This Dylan Landis Persea: 182 pp., $15 paper The power of a girl -- so large, so threatening that civilizations build their religions and bureaucracies, their rules and regulations, their apples and snakes and burkas around it. Creating a girl on paper, a mere character, could it be anything like raising one? Knowing one? Having once been one? No. No. No. Dylan Landis has a gift for creating characters. Her first book of fiction, "Normal People Don't Live Like This," revolves around Leah Levinson, a teenage girl in 1970s Manhattan, and it is in her character details that the writing comes to life.
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