CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2009 |
Scientists and activists faced off with growers and the chemical industry at a California Assembly Labor Committee hearing about the fumigant methyl iodide, a known carcinogen under consideration for use on California fields. Growers of strawberries, ornamental plants and other crops want the chemical approved as a replacement for methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting chemical banned under an international treaty. But worker advocates are concerned that the fumigant may increase the risk of miscarriage, cancer and thyroid toxicity.
August 11, 2009 |
Pushing around a cart filled with steamed corn, sliced cucumbers and other street food, Omar Castillo is the embodiment of what has become a third rail in the healthcare debate. The 19-year-old, who received a kidney transplant last year, is in the U.S. illegally and has no ready access to long-term medical care. So peddling snacks is how he pays for the expensive drugs he needs to stay healthy. To cover the needs of an estimated 6.8 million uninsured illegal immigrants, some advocates have proposed broadening the healthcare overhaul proposals now before Congress.
January 25, 2004
Regarding "Old Hollywood's Shadow Falls on Palm Desert" [Weekend Escape, Jan. 18]: The Mojave in Palm Desert is not 1940s-esque; it is 1940s for real. The rooms have a 1940s-style heater and air conditioner added to the middle of the wall. If you stay there in the winter, you must suffer being cold until the unit heats the room, which takes two to three hours, then listen to the noisy unit heating the room all night. Although I had the misfortune to stay in the winter, I would imagine it is the same in the summer.
June 21, 2013 |
Chris Bosh is 6-foot-11, 235 pounds, but he got completely obliterated by a piece of confetti. While sitting on the bench after his team won the NBA Finals on Thursday evening, a piece of red confetti trickled down from the ceiling and landed on Bosh's open mouth. Bosh shook his face. He blew. Nothing worked. The paper relentlessly clung to his sweaty face as he grimaced and gagged in disgust. It's pretty hilarious, especially if you watch the video on repeat. Bosh had zero points and seven rebounds in the Heat's 95-88 Game 7 win. ALSO: LeBron James re-Heats title for Miami Photos: NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Plaschke: Clippers are at a crossroads with Doc Rivers decision
October 18, 1997
I am writing to express my delight with Howard Rosenberg's hilarious parody of the "Dr." Laura Schlessinger show ("If It Works for Her . . .," Calendar, Oct. 13). Since her doctorate has nothing to do with psychology or family counseling I find it somewhat dishonest to employ this title while she is dispensing psychological advice. Once again, Rosenberg proves that through the lens of humor the truth is viewed most clearly. To say that Schlessinger is shallow in her advice would be a gross understatement--she has the depth of a sand dab. One pictures this modern-day Puritan sitting behind her microphone wearing black sackcloth and a pilgrim's bonnet while Larry Metzler heats up the branding iron over an open flame to burn a scarlet "A" into the chest of the next caller.
June 21, 2013 |
As night faded into the early morning hours, Miami Heat players celebrating a newly won NBA championship had their choice of South Beach hot spots. Cameo. Club LIV. The Mynt Lounge. Oh, and Denny's. According to his 3:19 a.m. post on Twitter, veteran forward Shane Battier chose a Grand Slam breakfast instead of the hot lights and a pulsating beat. Denny's. a championship tradition. #Grandslam pic.twitter.com/mveVEocxAY - Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) June 21, 2013 Hours earlier, reporters had asked him where he might spend the evening.