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June 10, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
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.
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SCIENCE
April 17, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Sifting through observations from more than 100,000 distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form - a necessary condition for life as we know it. Scientists don't know whether the planet has water or a protective atmosphere. They don't even know its mass. But they said the landmark discovery gives astronomers great hope that a bumper crop of Earth-like planets is waiting to be found much closer to home, including around temperamental stars that until recently were considered inhospitable to life.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers
The Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, but it probably didn't hit one the size of Manhattan. As oceans warm and global ambient temperatures rise, glaciers in Greenland and ice sheets in the Antarctic are calving bigger and more numerous icebergs. One the size of Manhattan floated free from Greenland in 2010, as seen in this video . April 15 marks the 100 th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013
According to the rich narrative laid out by the documentary "Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp," it's hard out there for a pimp, not to mention the life that leads to it, and after it. One of black literature's most venerated chroniclers of street life and crime, the author of seven popular autobiographical books (most famously "Pimp: The Story of My Life"), Slim comes in for a vivid, warts-and-all biography as told by fellow writers (Emory Holmes, Odie Hawkins), admiring entertainers (the doc's executive producer Ice-T, Chris Rock)
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1991
Robbins is the tip of the iceberg. JOHN C. MARTIN, Palmdale
OPINION
April 5, 2005
Re "LAPD Settling Abuse Scandal," March 31: The Rampart Division police scandal was just the tip of the iceberg. By submerging the iceberg (no trial and payouts to victims), the iceberg still persists. All that's been done is to push it underwater. Pretending won't make it go away. Dan Factor Venice
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1999
If President Clinton had been on the Titanic, the iceberg would have sunk. STAN BOSS Arcadia
SPORTS
October 20, 1990
Regarding John Robinson's quote after Sunday's 38-9 loss to the Bears: "You have to keep the ship from sinking before you can think about moving it." Something tells me the ship is the Titanic and it's already hit the iceberg. JIM BARTON Van Nuys
OPINION
August 27, 2005
Re "Bill to Allow Regulation of Dog Breeds Advances," Aug. 23 This bill ties up time, money and other resources that could be appropriately spent on education, transportation, social programs and state employee retirements. And this may be the tip of the iceberg in costs when compared to other bills, propositions and laws that are created because we lack self-responsibility. I would like to make the decision to own a dog without being mandated to have it spayed or neutered if I so choose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
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. ...
OPINION
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.
SCIENCE
December 13, 2012 | Bettina Boxall
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.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
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.
SPORTS
July 1, 2006
Mitch Kupchak recently commented: "We would not do anything different today than we did two years ago regarding the Shaquille O'Neal trade." Hmm, and I suppose had the captain of the Titanic been interviewed just before his ship sank, he would have commented: "Regarding that iceberg thing, it was a good move at the time and I'd most certainly take the same course today." DAN ROSENFELD Arcadia Mitch Kupchak's quote is either made by a buffoon shilling for Jim and Jerry Buss or else Mr. Kupchak has completely lost contact with reality.
NEWS
January 6, 1994
The Santa Monica City Council and RAND Corp.'s Civic Center "Titanic" have just collided with the iceberg of public opinion. The excuses and rationalization have just begun. It will be interesting to see who survives. After 4 1/2 years of repeated warnings, the council's fifth consecutive major development defeat calls into question the very legitimacy of the city's at-large election process. How can a City Council be so misguided and isolated? On the 2,500th anniversary of the establishment of democracy as a form of government, 8,500 voters of Santa Monica (not such a small minority)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers
The Titanic hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, but it probably didn't hit one the size of Manhattan. As oceans warm and global ambient temperatures rise, glaciers in Greenland and ice sheets in the Antarctic are calving bigger and more numerous icebergs. One the size of Manhattan floated free from Greenland in 2010, as seen in this video . April 15 marks the 100 th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912.
OPINION
March 22, 2012 | By Jo Becker
Last week in The Hague, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, found the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers in the armed conflict in that country, sealing his fate as the court's first convicted war criminal. At the same time, the viral video "Kony 2012"has seemingly achieved its goal of making Joseph Kony, another rebel commander facing an ICC arrest warrant, notorious for his alleged crimes, including the abduction of an estimated 30,000 children for hisLord's Resistance Army.
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