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September 19, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Which burger chain is tops? We ran down one market researcher's list on today's KTLA-TV Consumer Confidential segment. It was a great showing for Five Guys. Not so much for Mickey D's. We also looked at calls for federal regulators to set standards for arsenic in rice, and the latest rankings of rich guys on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans.  
April 19, 2014 | By Gary Klein
For at least a few fans, USC's spring-ending scrimmage at the Coliseum was an overwhelming success. One youngster from the crowd passed for a touchdown on a promotional play with the Trojans and an adult caught a pass and sprinted to the end zone on another. However, those were the only touchdowns scored Saturday as USC completed 15 workouts under new Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff. Before getting too alarmed, it is worth noting that dating to the Pete Carroll era, USC's spring finale has not served as a reliable indicator of fall performance.
December 2, 2009 | By Noelle Carter
Dear SOS: Last week I had the epicurean adventure of a lifetime at the Yard House at L.A. Live. The ribs and creamed corn were excellent, but the barbecued beans were heavenly. Could you please provide the recipe for these fabulous beans? Betsy Stoeven Angelino Heights Dear Betsy: These beans are a great side dish to have on hand as the weather cools. The recipe is relatively simple but rich with flavor, with the beans neither too sweet nor too spicy. Enjoy! Yard House BBQ beans Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 as a side dish Note: Adapted from the Yard House.
April 2, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than 450   medical marijuana shops have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year - more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open under Proposition D. The new numbers won't settle the debate over how many medical marijuana businesses are now operating in Los Angeles. Additional pot shops may be open but have fallen delinquent on their taxes. Some may have never registered to pay taxes at all. But the numbers provide the latest hint at what has happened since Los Angeles voters passed new rules attempting to restrict medical marijuana shops.
April 11, 1995
Why were CLAS test scores so low? Hint: Test the teachers. ALL of them. MARTIN E. TABNIK Redondo Beach
August 29, 1988
How ridiculous! If anything, the welcoming symbol of Los Angeles should be a statue in honor of the person for whom this city is named. (Hint: Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles; another hint: Otherwise known as Mary, the Mother of God) SHAUN DI ANDRE-STRONG Los Angeles
July 16, 1991
It's sad when the chief of police doesn't see the writing on the wall. Hell, even Nixon could take a hint. MIKE KAPOWICH, Corona del Mar
February 26, 1998
It hasn't quite been 40 days and nights yet, but I can take a hint. Whatever I did, I'm sorry, and it won't happen again. Promise. RONALD P. WOLFF Claremont
September 13, 1986
If Dr. Buss is stupid enough not to re-sign Michael Cooper, I hope he gets what he deserves: Michael Cooper in a Houston Rockets uniform in June. Hint. CHRIS SAMSELL Toluca Lake
December 5, 2002
Re "Women's Sports Still Looking for an Audience," Dec. 3: Good for the women. The purpose of sports is to participate, not to watch. Men should take a hint and get off the couches and onto the playing fields. Hank Garretson Lancaster
March 26, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Planet-hunters scouring the heavens have found thousands of distant worlds around other stars, but astronomers may have overlooked one lurking much closer to home. Scientists searching for glimmers of light beyond Pluto say they've discovered a new dwarf planet - and that its movements hint that an invisible giant planet far larger than Earth may inhabit the solar system's mysterious frontier. The new dwarf planet, dubbed 2012 VP113 and described in a study published in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature, helps confirm the existence of an "inner Oort cloud" in an interplanetary no man's land that was once thought to be barren but could be teeming with rocky objects.
March 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky welcomed their twin babies last Tuesday, and on Monday the comely couple revealed the names of their wee ones. The Aussie "Thor" star, 30, and his wife, 37, a Spanish actress, shared the boys' monikers -- Tristan and Sasha -- via an Instagram photo posted by Pataky indicating the boys were already home. "Tristan and Sasha came to this world on March 18, just after a full moon. Complete happiness!" the "Fast and Furious 6" actress wrote in Spanish.
March 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
At first blush, “300: Rise of an Empire” managed a nice success this weekend. It took in $45 million, enough for the top spot at the box office and a plethora of “conquering” puns that inevitably followed. The Noam Murro movie, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green, is also conforming to the Hollywood formula of built-for-international product of tallying two-thirds of its sales overseas (pretty much exactly at 66%-34%). But things may not be nearly as rosy for the swords-and-sandals sequel or the genre it represents.
March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan
In a young, nearby solar system, scientists have discovered giant clouds of poison gas -- the smoking gun from a violent encounter, astronomers say. Based on massive amounts of carbon monoxide gas around the star Beta Pictoris, either two Mars-sized planets slammed into each other with catastrophic results, or hordes of comets are crashing into one another at an astounding rate. The findings, published by the journal Science, could help provide an up-close look at how stars and their planetary systems form and evolve.
March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
At least it's not called the Bindo. Maserati used Tuesday's Geneva Motor Show to debut a new concept sports car called the Alfieri. The sleek, two-door coupe is named after one of the Maserati brothers who founded the company a century ago. Bindo was his older brother. Naming issues aside, the Alfieri is a compelling concept, for two reasons. PHOTOS: Maserati Alfieri concept First, it's a look at a new model that could very well reach production in the near future.
March 3, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to a German proposal for international observers to review the tense standoff in Ukraine's Crimea area, a Kremlin news service dispatch indicated Monday. The proposal for a “contact group” of mediating foreign diplomats and an observer delegation to assess Moscow's claims that ethnic Russians are threatened with violence under Ukraine's new leadership was made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a late Sunday phone call to Putin, her spokesman told journalists in Berlin on Monday.
September 27, 2000
Let me see if I get this right. Teachers and the PTA want to make it easier (Prop. 39) to pass school bond measures by lowering the percentage from two-thirds to 55%. Some of these same teachers think that a 20% pay hike over three years is insulting (Sept. 22). Even with having graduated from a California high school, I think I can do the math. I don't think I want to let these people make it easier to raise my taxes. They've convinced me whose interests they have at heart (and, hint hint, it's not the students')
April 5, 1991
I read with great inspiration Patricia Biederman's article "Professor's Comments on Multiculturalism Cause Furor at College" (Part B, March 21). Thank God that there are still individuals in this hypocritical society who have the guts to question the intellectual value of "ethnic studies." Our community appears to be inundated with self-appointed cultural leaders who overreact to any hint, real or imaginary, of racial criticism. Minorities have cried "racism" every time any hint of criticism arises to the point of lunacy.
February 27, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
It was not exactly a globe-girdling excursion. But for about an hour Wednesday night, seated on a stage at a university in Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton offered some of her world view and a glimpse of what might constitute a 2016 run for president. She encouraged her young, and supportive, audience to engage in the campaign process, to press their would-be leaders for specificity and to avoid the slough of political cynicism. “No one can or should sit on the sidelines,” Clinton said.
February 24, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - As President Obama hosted the nation's governors at the White House twice in 24 hours, he couldn't help but tease some of the more ambitious state leaders about their plans. Toasting the governors at an annual formal dinner in the State Dining Room on Sunday, he said he wanted his guests "to make sure that all of you make yourselves at home. " "To which I'm sure some of you are thinking: That's been the plan all along," he said. The early - well, it's never too early - presidential posturing turned what was traditionally a bipartisan visit into a platform for partisan warfare.
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