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June 18, 2011 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
One Sunday afternoon at the garden adjacent to Venice High School, a dozen or so people filed into a small, plain building, one by one, to get three or four tiny envelopes, each holding a few seeds. That low-key but ambitious event marked the opening of the Seed Library of Los Angeles, an institution its founding members hope will provide free seeds to gardeners and become a preserve of local agricultural diversity. Like-minded people in communities around the country are doing similar work: offering low-cost or free, local, open-pollinated, pesticide-free seeds.
April 27, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
DALLAS -- Lindy Ruff did an outstanding job in coaching the Stars to the playoffs for the first time since 2008, taking a team that's almost evenly split between veterans and kids and molding it into a competitive group that has pushed the top-seeded Ducks hard throughout the teams' first-round playoff series. For Ruff, who spent the previous 14-plus seasons coaching the Buffalo Sabres, the playoffs have provided a continuing education about his own team and his players' abilities and character.
June 7, 2012
'Saving Hope' Where: NBC When: 9 p.m. Thursday Rating: TV-14-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for coarse language and violence)
April 26, 2014 | Martha Groves
The Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, a classic Art Deco venue with a celebrity-studded past, has been sold to Paula Kent Meehan, the philanthropist who also is buying the Beverly Hills Courier. Built on Wilshire Boulevard in 1936 as the Regina, the compact, single-screen theater served for years as a venue for small premieres that drew Hollywood A-listers. In 1948, it was renamed the Fine Arts Theater and showed the premiere of "The Red Shoes. " Among the invited guests were Susan Hayward, Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner and Shirley Temple.
March 7, 2010 | By Joshua Dyer
There once was a young girl who lived in a box. Well, it was more of a shack than a box. Her family had lost their home, their money, their jobs -- everything. She was about to encounter something that would change her life forever. Hope, her parents and her younger brother had just had one of the most difficult holidays that they could remember. Hope was used to getting new dolls, clothes, and candies -- but this year all her parents could give was an old snow globe that her father had found in a nearby dumpster.
December 29, 2009
"Shooting, raping, stealing, breaking into people's houses, robbing stores. . . . I just don't like living in a neighborhood like this," says Tyler Moore, 11. "It feels scary." Prichard, Ala., is so impoverished that it shocks even two former gang members who come from L.A.'s toughest streets. Luis Colocio and Agustin Lizama from Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program in Los Angeles, traveled to Alabama to mentor the children in Prichard and brought with them a sense of hope. NATION, A12-A13
March 30, 2014 | By Robert M. Sapolsky
The defining feature of human brains is the size and complexity of the cortex, which provides the underpinnings of rationality for our actions. But just because we have more developed cortexes doesn't mean we are always rational decision-makers. We humans constantly find ourselves loving the wrong person, buying things we don't have the money for and believing that fad diets consisting of nothing but sundaes will work. To be human is to hope against hope. When it comes to decision-making and risk assessment, we tend to think in an asymmetrical manner that feeds an optimistic outlook and denies discouragement.
January 22, 2010
'Hope for Haiti Now' When: 5 p.m. today Where: CNN, National Geographic When: 8 tonight Where: CBS, NBC, the CW, ABC, Fox, KOCE, BET, Bravo, Country Music Television, Comedy Central, E!, G4, HBO, MTV, Style, TNT, VH1 Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
January 25, 2014
Re "Rookie teen turns pro," Column One, Jan. 21 How refreshing: an article about a talented, well-grounded and genuine young woman instead of one about some twaddle-brained twerker. Kind of restores one's faith in the future. Kate MacMahon Orange ALSO: Mailbag: Living on the street Letters: The poor's new ally -- the GOP Letters: Combating ignorance on climate change
July 12, 2012
COMEDY Beth Lapides' free-form UnCabaret helped forge the voice for the so-called "alternative" comedy scene in Los Angeles during the '90s, and its latest incarnation in the shadow of Disney Hall has proven to be as packed with laughs as ever. This week's lineup looks particularly powerful with scheduled performances by Margaret Cho, Dana Gould, Taylor Negron and up-and-coming talent, Tig Notaro. First and Hope, 710 W. 1st Street, L.A. Sun., 8:15 p.m., $20. .
April 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf returned to practice with his team for the first time since Monday but didn't definitively say if he was playing in Friday night's Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs. The Ducks' first-round series versus the Dallas Stars is tied 2-2. “We'll see tonight. This is part of the process we're going through and we won't know until game time,” said Getzlaf, who led the Ducks in points (31 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season and has two goals and two assists in this series.
April 25, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine - At the epicenter of the pro-Russia rebellion in eastern Ukraine, masked men on Friday raced around in commandeered police cars, blowing through stop lights and flying over speed bumps. Although it was a warm spring day, the streets were nearly empty. Separatists described taking up sniper positions in an unfinished office building, only to find that two floors down their enemies had the same idea. The Ukrainian government declared Friday that it planned to surround and blockade this town, which is completely controlled by the separatists.
April 24, 2014 | By Scott Collins
When he takes command of CBS' "Late Show" next year, Stephen Colbert will have to battle the two Jimmys, Fallon and Kimmel. But he'll also square off against a robot chicken, a mad scientist and a talking hamburger. From the humblest of beginnings 13 years ago - one early offering was made with microphones purchased at Radio Shack - Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's nighttime block, has a powerful hold on one of the most highly sought-after populations around: young men. Adult Swim's mostly animated shows - among them hits such as "Robot Chicken," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" spinoffs and the new "Rick and Morty" - rely on absurdist, often surreal humor, and they're making it harder than ever for the growing crowd of chat shows featuring celebrities hawking their latest movie.
April 24, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter is certainly an artful emotional manipulator, as evidenced in “Be a Good Little Widow,” now in its Los Angeles premiere at the NoHo Arts Center. Even though you may be keenly aware that your feelings are being slyly exploited, you just might reach for a hankie anyway. A simple premise suffices for Brunstetter's obvious but nonetheless effective comedy-drama. Up-and-coming corporate attorney Craig (Donovan Patton) is juggling the affections of two women -- his free-spirited new wife, Melody (Larisa Oleynik)
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races. First, just as Democrats have been saying, their endangered incumbent in Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor, is doing better than analysts in Washington had believed. By 47% to 38%, registered voters in Arkansas approved of Pryor's work in office, with only 14% unable or unwilling to give an opinion, according to a new poll by the New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation. By 46% to 36%, Pryor led his Republican opponent, Rep. Tom Cotton, a former Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a rising conservative star since winning a seat in the House in 2012.
April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - The captain is hurt, the goalie is shaken, old demons are at the door. The top-seeded Ducks are now in a three-game fight for survival against an energetic, upset-minded Dallas Stars team that roared back Wednesday for a 4-2 victory to tie the Western Conference first-round playoff series at two games apiece. “It's all about us and our execution,” Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. “We're lying if we tell ourselves we've played our best hockey in any one of these four games.
January 28, 2010 | Meghan Daum
Imissed much of the healthcare debate last year. I missed a lot of things, actually, because I was largely preoccupied with my terminally ill mother. She was diagnosed with stage four gallbladder cancer late last January and died at age 67, in her apartment in New York, the day after Christmas. That she lived 11 months is considered a success by her oncologists, less because those months were marked by anything resembling a good quality of life (they weren't) but because the average survival time for someone in her predicament is generally half that.
September 21, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Fox has two comedies premiering Tuesday, "Raising Hope" and "Running Wilde. " Both have terrific casts — Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Cloris Leachman in "Raising Hope," Keri Russell and Will Arnett in "Running Wilde" — and both examine class, though from different ends of the spectrum. There the similarity ceases (well, OK, both begin with the letter R, but presumably that was unintentional.) Because "Raising Hope" is funny, sweet, occasionally provocative, and occasionally over-the-top in a regrettable way — and "Running Wilde" is just regrettable.
April 23, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Albert Pujols joined the 500 home run club Tuesday, hitting two in the Angels' 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. He joined another club, as well. A group of three players who reached career milestones as Angels. Those three players have two things in common: None helped the Angels win a World Series, and all chose to go into the Hall of Fame wearing another team's uniform. Reggie Jackson belted his 500th home run against the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim Stadium on Sept.
April 22, 2014 | By Laura King
DEYARB BOQTARES, Egypt - By all accounts, Soheir Bataa was a bright and lively girl. At 13, she was diligent in her schoolwork, with her math teacher recalling an eager pupil. On her run-down street in this Nile Delta village, she could often be seen hoisting a neighborhood toddler onto a skinny hip. Until her parents decided that Soheir would be taken to a nearby clinic - really just the upper floor of a house on a dead-end dirt lane - where a doctor who doubled as a mosque preacher was known for performing a procedure called thara . The term, alluding to cleansing or purifying, means the cutting away of a girl's external genitalia.
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