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March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
"Mozart in the Jungle" -- a satirical look at the classical-music world that stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a thinly veiled parody of conductor Gustavo Dudamel -- has been picked up by Amazon, the online retailer announced this week. The pilot episode of the racy comedy was released online earlier this year. In addition to "Mozart," Amazon Studios has picked up "The After," from "X-Files" veteran Chris Carter; "Transparent," a domestic comedy; and "Bosch," based on the novels by Michael Connelly.
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March 14, 2014 | By Evan Halper and Cindy Carcamo
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug. For years, scientists who have wanted to study how marijuana might be used to treat illness say they have been stymied by resistance from federal drug officials. The Arizona study had long ago been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration, but under federal rules, such experiments can use marijuana only from a single, government-run farm in Mississippi.
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OPINION
August 15, 2012
Re "Feds deal a blow to would-be attorney," Aug. 13 The more I learn about Sergio C. Garcia, the more I believe that his application for a green card should have been approved many years ago. There are those who say that granting him a license to practice law as an illegal immigrant is amnesty. Justice isn't always codified as law. Garcia isn't asking for a handout. He represents the American dream, and he wants to be a productive member of our society. In this day and age when we have Americans renouncing their citizenship so they can avoid paying taxes, Garcia is a breath of fresh air. There's something fundamentally wrong when Garcia is denied a chance to make this nation greater.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
"Mozart in the Jungle" -- a satirical look at the classical-music world that stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a thinly veiled parody of conductor Gustavo Dudamel -- has been picked up by Amazon, the online retailer announced this week. The pilot episode of the racy comedy was released online earlier this year. In addition to "Mozart," Amazon Studios has picked up "The After," from "X-Files" veteran Chris Carter; "Transparent," a domestic comedy; and "Bosch," based on the novels by Michael Connelly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
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.
OPINION
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
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | By Chris Lee
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”)
NEWS
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.
NATIONAL
August 16, 2009 | Kim Murphy
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.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Matt Kemp is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Friday, the results of which could determine the next step in his rehabilitation. Kemp hasn't run outdoors since he underwent surgery on his left ankle four months ago. Even if Kemp's ankle is determined to be healed, Mattingly expects the former All-Star to take his time coming back. “I'm not quite sure what it's going to allow us to do,” Mattingly said. “I'm assuming once we get the green light to go forward, it's still going to be a progression to get him ready.” For the sake of the player, Mattingly is hoping Kemp can take a step forward.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Drew Doughty took a pass from Jeff Carter and was gone, dashing up the left side to score a spectacular goal that ended a tight, defense-dominated game. But not for the Kings. Given the green light by Team Canada Coach Mike Babcock to jump up and join the rush - or sometimes lead it - Doughty has been the sensation of the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament. He scored both goals in Canada's 2-1 overtime victory over Finland on Sunday and has four goals in three games, tops among defensemen.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
A crackdown on jaywalking In Los Angeles has stirred up a fierce debate over how to protect pedestrians without unfairly targeting them. A Downtown News story this week reports the Los Angeles police officers have been ticketing jaywalkers in the Historic Core and the Financial District. Penalties range from $190 to $250. “We're heavily enforcing pedestrian violations because they're impeding traffic and causing too many accidents and deaths,” Lt. Lydia Leos told the newspaper.
OPINION
November 9, 2013
Re "A bigger Santa Monica," Nov. 6 I was glad Santa Monica's struggle with development forces made your front page. People don't come here from around the world to see tall buildings and dense development. They come to experience the miles of beach and a city that still has a very human scale, where you can look up and see the sky. If the city allows too much development, the sense of openness and walkability that brings a feeling of well-being will disappear. We do not yet know the impact of the new Expo Line, but it will likely bring thousands more people every day to shop, eat and play.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After making 109 three-pointers as a sophomore and averaging 21.2 points, Cesar Reyes of Sun Valley Poly figures to have the green light to keep firing away beginning next month. Poy returns four starters from a 19-9 team and will be moving from City Section Division III to Division II. Besides Reyes, guards Sal Gonzalez and Brian Sanchez return, along with 6-foot-3 Mario Castaneda. Francisco Mariscal, a 6-2 transfer from Sylmar, will add to the Parrots' depth. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
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.
SPORTS
December 8, 1999 | MIKE TERRY
Usually, a vote of confidence is the last thing someone in sports wants when things are not going well. But the vote of confidence he got from Coach Henry Bibby was probably something Brandon Granville needed going into tonight's game against Hawaii. The Trojan sophomore point guard is struggling, having made only 30.4% of his shots in USC's seven games. He is the only USC starter not scoring in double figures, averaging 8.6 points a game.
SPORTS
September 13, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Whatever passing records still exist in the San Fernando High record book will surely be erased by season's end, because senior quarterback Cristian Solano has been given the green light to pick apart defenses. He has 12 touchdown passes in his last two games, including six touchdowns on Friday night in a 47-19 victory over Sun Valley Poly. He completed 23 of 33 passes for 435 yards. He also ran for 118 yards and one touchdown. San Fernando is 3-0. Valley Mission League rival Sylmar defeated Verdugo Hills, 83-42.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Maura Dolan and David G. Savage
Despite calls from state officials for same-sex marriages in California to resume immediately, federal court procedures mean it could be nearly a month before gay couples in the state can say “I do" and be recognized as married. Just before noon Wednesday, California Atty. Gen.  Kamala Harris  urged the federal appeals court at a news conference to lift its stay on a 2010 lower court ruling declaring Proposition 8  to be unconstitutional.  The court's normal process is "to wait to be notified of the judgment by the clerk of the Supreme Court.
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