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December 5, 2012 | By James Rainey
From its formation in 2004, it always seemed more than a bit incongruous that the tea party political group FreedomWorks chose as its chairman one of the erstwhile top power players from the halls of Congress. Nothing Dick Armey did in eight years changed that perception, including the way he exited Washington-based FreedomWorks -- with an $8-million payout, according to the Associated Press, the kind of platinum parachute available only to the canniest and coziest of the capital's inside players.
November 23, 2012 | By Georgina Gustin
Jeremy Parker is a rancher who raises his cattle the old-fashioned way. His herd feeds on grass. "There's definitely growing demand" for grass-fed beef, he said. "There's more demand than there is availability. " Although still only about 3% of the beef consumed in the U.S., grass-fed beef will keep rising in popularity, advocates, consumers and producers predict. One study put demand growth at 20% a year. "It's expanded dramatically," said Alan Williams, a grass-fed beef producer and member of the Pasture Project, an effort to get more conventional producers in the Midwest switching to pasture-based systems.
October 20, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
A small group of opponents to a three-decade transportation sales tax extension on next month's ballot huddled this week for their first news conference, a thinly attended event in a Hyde Park parking lot. Only two television stations showed up - one from USC - signaling the kind of David versus Goliath battle they face. The Coalition to Defeat Measure J included a smattering of groups with accumulated grievances against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
October 11, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama may be playing humble these days , but his campaign isn't afraid of puffing its chest a bit. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina on Thursday declared the campaign's operation the “largest and most innovative grass-roots campaign in American political history.” The fact check on that statement will come on Nov. 6. But as the Obama campaign tries to recover from the president's ugly debate performance against Mitt Romney,...
October 7, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Michael Henry Heim, a literary translator and humble philanthropist whose teaching, activism and widely admired translations of works by such writers as Günter Grass and Milan Kundera helped bring the voices of contemporary world literature into the mainstream of English-speaking cultures, has died. He was 69. Heim, a professor and former chairman of the department of Slavic languages and literature at UCLA, died of cancer Sept. 29 at his home in Westwood, said his wife, Priscilla.
September 11, 2012
Broken sidewalks may not be quite as dangerous as rutted streets, but they too can be treacherous. An estimated 42% of the 10,750 miles of sidewalks in the city of Los Angeles are crumbling or buckling, lifted by tree roots in some places to scarily high inclines. The city gets about 2,500 "trip and fall" claims each year, and wheelchair users have sued the city, contending that the sidewalks are an obstacle course that violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. That they need to be fixed is a no-brainer.
August 17, 2012 | By David Karp
LOMPOC, Calif. - A new beef vendor at the Santa Monica farmers market, Rancho San Julian is very likely the oldest continuously operated family farm in California, dating to 1816, when José de la Guerra began to raise meat for the presidio at Santa Barbara. In 1837, the governor of Alta California granted him title to the ranch, which has remained in his family for nine generations. It currently extends over 13,000 acres of grasslands and oak forest, roamed by cougars, bears and hawks, and home to 500 Angus cows and their calves.
July 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
After a jet engine sparked a grass fire at a South Carolina airport, Boeing Co. is again investigating its problem-plagued 787 Dreamliner passenger aircraft. The fuel-efficient Dreamliner, which debuted last year, has been beset by delays and production glitches in recent years. But investigators and analysts said it was too early to blame the latest incident on the jet engines, made by General Electric Co. and dubbed GEnx engines. The National Transportation Safety Board sent an investigator to determine whether the incident was serious enough to warrant a formal inquiry, said spokesman Terry Williams.
July 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Federal regulators are investigating Boeing Co.'s 787 jets after one of the Dreamliner planes sparked a grass fire in South Carolina during preflight testing. Boeing said one of the commercial planes "experienced an engine issue" Saturday on the runway in North Charleston, S.C. Debris from the jet fell onto the grass and started a fire, which temporarily shut down the airport, according to local reports. There were no injuries, the company said. The National Transportation Safety Board is now "in its early stages" of investigating, Boeing said.
July 9, 2012 | Chris Erskine
We're circling the sidewalks around Chicago's Wrigley Field on a recent summer night, the Cubs out of town (perhaps banished, perhaps disowned), and I'm explaining to my 9-year-old how the very best ballparks have their own recognizable sets of acoustics. The murmur of Wrigley is different from the strumming of Fenway, I tell him, which are both different from baseball's other vintage opera house, Dodger Stadium. "They are as different," I tell him, "as root beer and wine.
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