August 30, 2013 |
When it came out in 2003, David Levithan's young-adult debut, "Boy Meets Boy," had the pinkish glow of wish fulfillment. Its gay-teen hero found love in a small-town utopia where parents embraced children's differences, jocks treated queers as peers, and a cross-dressing high school quarterback could double as head cheerleader. So much peace, love and understanding - at a time when homosexuality was illegal in 14 states, when "Don't ask, don't tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act were the laws of the land, and the murder of Matthew Shepard was fresh in memory.
August 30, 2013
Re "For students, fossil fuels become an issue of conscience," Aug. 26 Congratulations to the students of San Francisco State University who persuaded the trustees of their college to divest from fossil fuel companies. However, this article has an egregious omission: the carbon bubble. This bubble will likely pop and fossil fuel stocks will crash in the next decade or so if we are to preserve the planet for future generations. According to the climate change activist group 350.org, the planet cannot handle more than 565 gigatons of carbon emissions before 2050.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
A sprawling Santa Clarita Valley landscape that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows will be transformed into one of the largest new studio developments in more than a decade under a plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Disney's Golden Oak Ranch will include more than 500,000 square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers' bungalows, a commissary and other developments spread over 58 acres of oak-studded land in Placerita Canyon.
August 23, 2013 |
The number of Syrian children forced to flee their country has reached 1 million, according to United Nations figures, another grim milestone in a war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives. U.N. officials say the conflict, now in its third year, has caused the worst refugee crisis in two decades, with numbers escalating at a pace last seen during the Rwanda genocide. Children make up half of the refugees in the conflict, U.N. officials said Friday. Some 740,000 of them are under the age of 11. “The youth of Syria are losing their homes, their family members and their futures,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement issued in Geneva.
August 22, 2013 |
Drew James guesses he went to a total of five Dodgers games in the last five years. This season, the Hollywood resident has been to six games, bought two Dodgers jerseys and gathered with friends at bars to root for Los Angeles' red-hot baseball team. Struck by Dodgers fever, James and many other Southern Californians are generating extra and unexpected sales business for Southland restaurants, sports bars and apparel shops. "Demand just shot through the roof," said Coby Goodman, owner of Los Feliz sporting goods shop Bling Circus.
August 16, 2013 |
At first glance, Jojo Moyes' third novel, "The Girl You Left Behind," bears a striking resemblance to a popular book for kids: "The Daring Book for Girls" by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz. Their covers are doppelgangers, with retro fonts and metallic splashes, and what's inside of each has a similar effect of mobilizing the reader to take charge of her own life. "The Daring Book for Girls" is a call to arms for the independent women of the future, offering instruction on everything from changing a tire to negotiating a salary.
August 15, 2013 |
At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, when the only two Jewish members of the U.S. men's track team were denied the chance to compete, the decision wasn't Hitler's but that of American officials, among them a USC coach. One of those sprinters is the subject of a lively new tribute documentary, "Glickman," whose unfussy title suits him. Not just an affectionate portrait of a gifted athlete-turned-groundbreaking sportscaster, the film is also a fond remembrance of life in New York City from the 1930s through the '70s.
August 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It has been overshadowed by Josh Hamilton's season-long slump, Albert Pujols' foot injury and the ongoing struggles of the back of the rotation and the entire bullpen, but it's impossible to overlook: Mark Trumbo is in another second-half slide. The Angels slugger was hitless in four at-bats Monday night, including a bases-loaded strikeout with one out in the ninth inning of the team's 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees. He is batting .121 (seven for 58)
August 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Clanging machinery echoes through the shorefront warehouse, mixing with an occasional acrid scent, making this cavernous space seem like a laboratory. Workers in black jackets - many of them designers and boat builders - scurry about the Oracle Team USA headquarters on a weekday afternoon as Russell Coutts surveys the scene. The way he sees it, this place could save the sport of sailing. "Let's set the record straight," Coutts says. "The America's Cup was dying.
August 7, 2013 |
CAMP PENDLETON - To the cheers of Marines, sailors and their family members, President Obama on Wednesday praised the “9/11 generation” for successes in Iraq, Afghanistan and other trouble spots. “Because of you, the 9/11 generation, we are accomplishing what we set out to do” after the terrorist attacks on the U.S., Obama said. Turning to Afghanistan, he said that security responsibility is shifting to the Afghans after more than a decade of war. “What that signals is our war in Afghanistan is winding down,” Obama said to cheers.