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February 6, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Above the Fold," the title of former New York Times reporter Bernard Weinraub's stacked new morality play about 21st century journalism now at the Pasadena Playhouse, reveals the author's background as an ink-stained dinosaur. For tablet-reading news junkies under 40, the expression refers to the placement on the front page of a broadsheet newspaper that attracts the most eyeballs and therefore wields the most influence. The very appealing Taraji P. Henson, best known for her role in the CBS crime drama "Person of Interest," stars as Jane, an ambitious reporter at a prestige New York newspaper who's tired of writing lifestyle pieces about trendy Harlem restaurants.
February 5, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
The human hand is a wonder of strength, sensitivity and discrimination - not only because of those four fingers and the opposable thumb, but also because of the human brain that controls it. No wonder, then, that for those who design hand prostheses, re-creating the natural dexterity of the brain-powered hand is a daunting challenge. But a new study demonstrates that, with the aid of some artificial sensors and electrodes sunk into a user's arm, a prosthetic hand can be made to detect the need for a firm grasp or a light touch, to make fine distinctions between an object's texture, weight and size, and to respond accordingly with no detectable delay.
February 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl have a considerable fundraising jump over their rivals for two open seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, new campaign reports show. Solis raised $518,000 and reported $433,000 cash on hand at the end of December in a filing covering the second half of 2013. She announced last year that she was running to replace outgoing Supervisor Gloria Molina in the 1st District, which covers downtown, East Los Angeles and portions of eastern L.A. County.
February 2, 2014 | By Betty Hallock
For decades, Toshiaki Toyoshima has followed the same ritual each morning at his downtown restaurant: He ties on his indigo happi - a short-sleeved Japanese chef's jacket - and dons a white cap before he begins cutting fish for nearly 500 customers who dine at Sushi Gen daily. But in January, Toyoshima's tradition-bound routine was upset. He had to add a step: A new law now forces him to snap on a pair of thin vinyl gloves before he can touch the fish. His gloved hands seem to move no less deftly as he stands behind mounds of tuna fillets glistening on his counter and slices the raw fish with a long knife.
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Calabasas pulled into a first-place tie with Westlake in the Marmonte League on Friday night after a 59-52 home victory over the Warriors. Former Westlake player Larry Bush had 19 points, Austin Smith 12 and Jeremy Lieberman 11. Marcos Soto had 22 points for Westlake. Both schools are 9-1 in league. Thousand Oaks defeated Royal, 62-42. Tyler Cartaino had 19 points in Newbury Park's 57-51 win over Agoura. In the Nike Extravaganza, Mater Dei defeated Village Christian, 79-60.
January 29, 2014 | Patt Morrison
The month that a TV game show called "Wheel of Fortune" made its debut, a 29-year-old Californian named George Miller was taking his new seat in Congress. Both the show and the congressman are still around, but Miller has decided that he's taken his final spin in electoral politics and will be retiring this year from his seat in the 11th Congressional District in Northern California. He is among Congress' remaining handful of "Watergate babies," Democrats elected in the wake of the Nixon political scandal.
January 29, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz is passing off day-to-day duties at the world's largest coffee chain to his chief financial officer. Schultz will focus on blending the company's bricks-and-mortar, e-commerce, digital, card and mobile businesses - what he called “next generation retailing” in a statement Wednesday. He will also direct his energy toward advancing the Seattle business' loyalty program and beverage innovation. As he tries to pin down the company's broad-strokes strategy, CFO Troy Alstead will take over the daily grind.
January 25, 2014 | Sam Farmer
SEATTLE - The Seattle Seahawks are headed to the second Super Bowl in their history. They have an inexhaustibly dynamic coach in Pete Carroll, an instant-superstar quarterback in Russell Wilson, the NFL's richest and most reclusive owner in Paul Allen, and a fan base so passionate that twice this season it set Guinness Book records for the loudest crowd at a sporting event. A lot of people don't remember the club's darkest - and, as it happened, sunniest - days. For one week 18 years ago, the Seahawks moved to Southern California.
January 24, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Michigan State forward Branden Dawson will be out at least four weeks after he broke a bone in his right hand, the school announced Thursday. A broken hand isn't that unusual of an injury for a basketball player, but the way it was broken was quite odd: It happened while he was watching game film. "We were also watching some TV clippings from videos from the Indiana game of [ESPN analyst] Dan Dakich saying that the key to our winning the national championship is going to come up to me and my intensity," Dawson told
January 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Dustin Penner and the Ducks didn't want to take to the Dodger Stadium ice Saturday night for the Stadium Series not knowing if they could beat the Kings. After losing to the Kings last month and shrinking through a flat, scoreless first period, Penner fought through traffic to force in a second-period power-play goal followed four minutes later by teammate Patrick Maroon's wraparound, and the Ducks won, 2-1, Thursday night at Honda Center. "This is the type of game you put up on the bulletin board and say, 'This is what playoff hockey is all about,'" Penner said.
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