CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 |
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to create an "urban village" of shops, town homes and a park and gardens to replace Jordan Downs, the notorious Watts housing project. The unanimous vote gave final approval to a series of land use and planning laws years in the making. The move clears the way for an up to $1-billion transformation of one of the city's most poverty-stricken and violent areas. The idea is to turn the often-dangerous housing development of 700 derelict units into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 stylish new apartments, along with chain stores and new streetscapes - all designed to attract higher-income people to move into the area and live alongside some of the city's poorest.
August 13, 2013 |
The U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego pays tribute to San Diego International Airport's recent upgrade and Charles Lindbergh's stay at the hotel in 1927 -- all in one tidy little deal. In honor of the aviation events from two different centuries, guests who book a suite at the Grant may stay a second night for $19.27. The deal: The Lindbergh Legacy, as the offer is called, offers the second and fourth nights in a suite for $19.27 a night plus tax. It requires a two-night minimum stay, and reservations may be made online or by phone.
August 9, 2013 |
Amanda Bynes will remain hospitalized for an additional 30 days and her mother has been granted a temporary conservatorship over the former actress' finances and medical care, according to reports out Friday. Bynes has been involuntarily hospitalized since late July 22 after she set a small fire in the driveway of a Thousand Oaks home, lighting her pants on fire in the process. Her initial 72-hour hold was later extended by two weeks, which ended Thursday night. A judge traveled to the Ventura hospital where Bynes is being held to make the ruling about her continued care, TMZ reported.
August 7, 2013 |
International stars in sports such as baseball, hockey and basketball have long been afforded special immigration status to play on U.S. teams. Think David Beckham, the former Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player from Britain, or Dodgers rookie phenom Hyun-Jin Ryu, a pitcher from South Korea. Now add Danny "Shiphtur" Le, of Edmonton, Canada, to the elite list. Le, an online gamer, is one of the world's top players of League of Legends, a virtual capture-the-flag game in which two teams of fantasy characters compete for a glowing orb. Le is so deft at racing down the virtual field and opening up gaps for teammates that he recently became the first so-called eSports player to be granted a type of visa normally awarded to athletes featured daily on ESPN.
August 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama has canceled plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the country's decision to offer temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked secret information, the White House announced Wednesday. “Given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last 12 months, we have informed the Russian government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. “Russia's disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also a factor that we considered in assessing the current state of our bilateral relationship.” Obama still plans to travel to Russia in September for the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg.
August 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Department of Transportation announced steps Monday to combat a recent rise in pedestrian deaths that it said was partially due to what Secretary Anthony Foxx called "distracted walking. " Walking while texting or listening to music, or while on drugs, may have contributed to the increase, Foxx said. "Distracted driving, distracted walking, if that can be a phrase. … Their behaviors as they are driving or walking can impact our ability to keep people safe," Foxx said.
August 1, 2013 |
Talking about your shrink isn't just for Woody Allen characters anymore. Once the kiss of death for a political career, announcing that you're in or about to enter therapy has actually become go-to damage-control strategy for public servants. There's the local example, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, subject of a cascade of sexual harassment allegations, including such debonair comportment as telling an aide she should come to work without underwear. Resisting calls to resign, Filner will seek therapy in "the hope of becoming a better person.
August 1, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden finally managed to break free of his confinement at the transit zone of Moscow's international airport when he was granted Russian travel documents Thursday, after which he hopped in a cab and left for a secret location, his Russian lawyer said. “Edward was granted a one-year asylum and I just saw him to a taxi out of the airport,” Anatoly Kucherena said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It is up to him to choose a residence inside Russia, but his location will remain secret for the duration of his stay.” “For the most wanted man on earth," Kucherena added, "personal safety is his No. 1 priority now.” Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for leaking highly classified documents from his work as a consultant for the National Security Agency, had been effectively trapped at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport since June 23, when he arrived on a flight from Hong Kong.
August 1, 2013 |
Russia's decision Thursday to grant political asylum to Edward J. Snowden for a year frustrates - at least for the foreseeable future - the Obama administration's attempt to return the former National Security Agency contractor to the U.S. to stand trial. Those who regard Snowden as a heroic whistle-blower hope that the administration will now abandon its attempt to prosecute him, but that is neither likely nor desirable. We believe the administration is right to try to bring Snowden to justice, even as we acknowledge that the service he performed in exposing the breathtaking scope of U.S. electronic surveillance may entitle him to leniency.
July 31, 2013 |
O.J. Simpson was granted parole on some of the convictions that have kept him in prison for nearly five years. Even with the order released by the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners on Wednesday, the 66-year-old former football star will remain behind bars for at least four more years on sentences that were ordered to run consecutively. Simpson was convicted in December 2008 for kidnapping, robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges for trying to obtain memorabilia he claims belonged to him from dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.