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January 4, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Corina Knoll and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Southern California began 2011 with a traffic jam for the record books, as a powerful snowstorm stranded and stymied thousands trying to get between Northern and Southern California at the end of a long holiday weekend. Some motorists said drives that normally took four hours lasted 12 hours or longer as they inched through blinding snow, gridlocked roads and slippery black ice as well as a succession of accidents and stalled cars. And they were the lucky ones. Southern California's two key passes ?
April 25, 2012 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
FRESNO - The first confirmed case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 surfaced in California's Central Valley on Tuesday, triggering concerns about food safety. But health officials stressed that the diseased animal never entered the human food chain and that U.S. beef and dairy products are safe. The diseased cow "was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," John Clifford, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinarian, said in a statement.
February 16, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
With the issues concerning Santa Anita's synthetic track finally resolved -- at least for the time being -- the focus heading into Presidents Day weekend is on the racing. On tap today is the Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap, with 7-year-old gelding Greg's Gold heading a field of seven. Greg's Gold will be the sentimental favorite, although Surf Cat is the morning line choice. And by race time, the odds may favor Johnny Eves.
High school health teacher Nina Hammerstein grew up eating pot roasts and steaks. But when the Culver City resident buys groceries for herself and her 6-year-old son, convenience and nutrition reign, and that usually means beef doesn't make the grade. Her grocery cart one recent afternoon held a ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken flavored with garlic and rosemary and some lean ground turkey for making tacos.
April 15, 2005 | Steve Harvey
For your unclear-on-the-concept file, we turn to "The Men Who Stare at Goats," a new book by Jon Ronson about behind-the-scenes government intelligence. During the first Gulf War, Ronson writes, the Iraqis dropped leaflets on U.S. troops that were "designed to be psychologically devastating. They read: 'Your wives are back at home having sex with Bart Simpson and Burt Reynolds.'
Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres) abruptly canceled appearances in three Fourth of July parades in his Central Valley district Wednesday, a day after denying he discouraged an airline flight attendant from cooperating in the search for missing Modesto woman Chandra Levy. Condit's chief of staff, Mike Lynch, said the congressman "was precluded from going to the events by other circumstances," but would not say what they were. They may "possibly" become clear in the next few days, he said.
May 18, 2005 | Charles Perry, Times Staff Writer
Strings of sausages hang from a pole, a dozen kinds. Beef loins are aging the leisurely old-fashioned way -- you can see them through windows. Behind the red marble countertop, a butcher is deftly cutting up chickens: One smooth slice and voila, the leg is free, another and it's neatly split into thigh and drumstick. If you said this scene was taking place in an old-time butcher shop, you'd be wrong: We're at the meat counter at a new Whole Foods supermarket in Thousand Oaks.
August 30, 2011
If all philanthropists were required to be morally upright, hospitals would be low on new wings and colleges would be starved for buildings. We'd also be missing a few beloved institutions outright — Stanford and Carnegie Mellon universities are cases in point. Charity is a virtue that should not be off-limits to scoundrels — if, in fact, they are truly giving to an institution rather than tethering their donations with strings that benefit them. Lowell Milken would probably be counted among the less pristine philanthropists, though not among the most scurrilous.
November 16, 2003 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
Through courtship and marriage, my wife and I have spoken many words but never these: "Honey, there are weights in the bathroom." Then Debora and I checked into the Renaissance ClubSport hotel in Walnut Creek, and they came tumbling out. I entered the spacious, sleek bathroom, and there -- atop the chrome storage bin and above the neatly folded towels, the hair dryer and the coffeemaker -- rested a pair of 2-pound weights. Multi-tasking run amok. "Decorating accents," Debora said.
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