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November 26, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency updated water quality guidelines for the nation's beaches Monday, moving in response to charges that the federal government has not done enough to protect bathers from polluted water. The new guidelines, which update standards issued in 1986, may not immediately mean safer beaches and coastal waters. States have the authority to set their own water quality standards. But federal environmental officials said they hoped the suggested guidance would prompt state leaders to toughen their own oversight of recreational waters where people swim, surf and go boating.
November 10, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
According to NCAA guidelines, UCLA freshman swingman Shabazz Muhammad could miss about 10 games for the Bruins before he is reinstated. That figure is based on the NCAA's reinstatement guidelines for preferential treatment violations that occurred before an athlete enrolled in a college and information about the violation the NCAA cited when it declared Muhammad ineligible Friday for violations of amateurism rules.  It's important to...
November 8, 2012 | By Mike Johnson
Nearly 100 years ago - decades before electronic record-keeping or FBI criminal background checks - the Boy Scouts of America devised its own system of files to keep out those who might try to harm children. Later, in 1935, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (President Theodore Roosevelt's son), in discussing this system, declared that leadership was a "sacred trust" and noted that Scouting protected children by ensuring that "every applicant is checked with care against this confidential file.
October 20, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
For decades, hits to the head have been as much a part of football as touchdowns and chilled beers. But recently, more and more athletes have spoken out about the long-term damage they've sustained from repeated concussions incurred during games and practice. These types of head injuries are dangerous to adults, but they're even more concerning when they happen over and over again to children. Because of that, parents, teachers and coaches are looking for ways to make the game safer.
October 18, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
David A. Peterson, a pioneer in the field of gerontology education and a longtime professor and director of USC's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, has died. He was 75. Peterson died Oct. 4 of advanced Parkinson's disease at a nursing facility in Alhambra where he had lived in recent years as his illness progressed, said his wife, Ellen. An expert on adult education and learning throughout the life span, Peterson served as director of the gerontology school from 1978 to 2003.
October 17, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
The Department of Homeland Security is reviewing guidelines for use of force by border agencies amid a sharp increase in agent-involved killings along the U.S.-Mexico border. The scrutiny of U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement practices comes in response to a request by 16 members of Congress who expressed concern over the death of a Mexican man who suffered a fatal heart attack after being Tasered by a customs officer in 2010. The review by Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General will determine whether the incident at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego reflected systemic brutality or use of excessive force, and whether the rapid rise in staffing in recent years has affected training.
October 15, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Department of Transportation has launched a new push to get parents and teens to talk more about safe driving as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs through Saturday. Parents also should model safe-driving habits for their teens if they want to make an impression, safety officials said. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,963 drivers between the ages of 15 to 20 died and an additional 187,000 young drivers were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2010.
September 12, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
Knight Capital Group Inc.'s chief executive expects regulators to impose new rules in the wake of his firm's nearly fatal computer-trading glitch, but that the financial system will be stronger. "We paid a big price for a better outcome," Tom Joyce, who is also Knight's chairman, told a Barclays financial services conference in New York. Knight's trading debacle showed how operational risk, not "regulatory risk," is the biggest threat facing firms as stock trading has become faster and more computerized, Joyce said.
September 9, 2012
TRAVEL Presentation Angel Castellanos will discuss travel skills, tips and tricks, airport do's and don'ts and Transportation Security Administration rules and facts. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. BACKPACKING Workshop Backpacker magazine will present its Get Out More tour, with instruction on essential hiking skills as well as the latest equipment. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles Admission, info: Free.
September 7, 2012 | David Lazarus
Like many small-business owners, Los Angeles photographer Aimee Boschet uses Facebook as her virtual storefront. She posts her work there and connects with clients. So it came as a shock to Boschet when Facebook decided recently to remove several photos of her 8-year-old daughter because they were deemed objectionable. She was also blocked from posting new photos on the site. "All they said was that I might be in violation of their guidelines," Boschet, 39, told me. "But these photos aren't pornographic.
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