CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 |
News broke last week that federal agents are investigating state Sen. Ron Calderon, searching his office and questioning city officials in Los Angeles County. But there's no shortage of shady activity that is perfectly legal, says George Skelton in his Monday column . "Using a broad definition of corruption, there's plenty of it going on legally today," he writes. "There may be little if any bribery or graft, but there are subtler influences of moneyed special interests that corrupt decision-making.
February 13, 2013 |
Sure, Kate Upton suffered through antarctic cold to deliver this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover - but she's not the only model in the mag who knows what it's like to freeze your bikini off. Palmdale native Alyssa Miller, who appears in the swimsuit issue this year in shots from Australia's Whitsunday Beach, learned that lesson in Iceland a while back, on what she said was the craziest shoot she's ever been asked to do. ...
January 29, 2013
Re "Panel urges more control of Vicodin," Jan. 26 Reclassifying hydrocodone as a Schedule II narcotic may be of some value in controlling the number of Vicodin prescriptions given out, but this would be of minor benefit. In my experience, most Vicodin prescriptions are for small doses and are written after minor medical procedures or injuries. The real problem is the deaths caused by the few physicians who don't actually practice medicine but merely prescribe drugs to anyone who asks for them.
December 13, 2012 |
As part of a new study of future water shortages in the Colorado River Basin, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation solicited ideas on how to solve the looming gap between supply and demand. They received about 160 suggestions, ranging from the common-sense (use less water) to the ideological (control the population) to the far-fetched (tow icebergs to Southern California) and the high-tech (reduce evaporation from reservoirs by covering them with solar panels). Although U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made it clear when he released the lengthy study Wednesday that the more fanciful schemes were dead in the water so to speak, the analysis included at least a cursory examination of them.
November 19, 2012 |
Who knew the bleached-blond bomber could attract this much attention? Guy Fieri probably hasn't seen his name in print this often since, well, forever. But Pete Wells' much-discussed takedown of Fieri's new Times Square restaurant has generated a ton of comment. One of the best things to come out of it has been journalism guru Jim Romenesko's roundup of restaurant critics across the country recounting their bad reviews and the reactions to them. Our own Jonathan Gold leads off, remembering his review of Olive Garden (written for the LA Weekly)
September 14, 2012 |
TORONTO--If the Toronto International Film Festival is known for works of grand cinematic scope like "The Master" and "Cloud Atlas," it also has another filmic side: the one where true stories are told about colorful personalities. Perhaps none comes more colorful than Iceberg Slim, the late pimp-turned-bestselling-author who helped create the genre known as street lit and had a profound effect on hip-hop and its artists. One of those artists is the musician and actor Ice-T, who credits his career and his life to the street scribe.