CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2010 |
Citing extensive safety improvements, state regulators Thursday cleared the way for completion of the first leg of the Expo light rail project by approving a controversial street-level crossing next to Dorsey High School. In its decision, the California Public Utilities Commission adopted recommendations made in June by one of the agency's hearing officers, who supported a revised plan that called for two station platforms, speed restrictions for trains, motor vehicle gates and other safety improvements for a proposed rail crossing at Farmdale Avenue and Exposition Boulevard.
October 2, 2013 |
Comic John Mulaney is having a very good day. On Wednesday Fox announced that it has given a series order to the 30-year-old stand-up vet and "Saturday Night Live" writer's show "Mulaney. " The multi-camera ensemble comedy was created, written by and stars Mulaney. It's based on his life and experiences as a comedian coming of age in New York City. The show is being produced by Universal Television and executive produced by "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels. It also costars Martin Short as Mulaney's boss.
May 18, 2007
Re "At least 18 die in Gaza factional fighting," May 16 I know that as an American this will not carry much weight, but I want the leaders of Hamas and Fatah to know that I wholeheartedly support their causes. I wish both sides victory in this escalating civil war. RICH SIEGEL Los Angeles
August 16, 2009 |
The controversial Kensington gold mine in southeast Alaska has won an important go-ahead from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which approved an amended permit that will allow the mine to dump millions of tons of waste into a nearby lake. The project has been the subject of a national environmental fight over whether navigable lakes and rivers can be used as repositories for toxic mine tailings. The Corps last week announced it was extending Coeur Alaska's permit until 2014 and reiterated that the company could construct a tailings storage facility in Lower Slate Lake, below the mine.
January 21, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - Since the '90s, bestselling humorist David Sedaris has given Hollywood the Heisman. Anyone endeavoring to adapt his wryly observed personal essays into feature films was greeted with an automatic no, a byproduct of Sedaris' enduring apathy toward mounting movies. All that changed, however, when director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 29, slipped a copy of his 2009 indie phone sex drama “Easier With Practice” to the author at an Irvine book reading along with a note laying out his hopes to adapt Sedaris' autobiographical essay “C.O.G.” (from the 1997 essay collection “Naked”)
February 22, 2012
An advisory committee's hearty 20-to-2 vote to recommend approval of the obesity drug Qnexa on Wednesday means it's highly likely the FDA will allow the medication to be marketed when the agency issues its final report later this year. If approved, Qnexa will be the first new prescription weight-loss medication in 13 years. But people looking for a quick way to lose five or 10 pounds may find Qnexa too troublesome to bother with. According to the manufacturer of the medication, Vivus Inc., and FDA officials, Qnexa should be carefully prescribed and patients should be closely monitored while on the drug.