November 12, 2013 |
At a New York release party for her new album "Matangi," M.I.A. brought a special guest onstage - WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. He Skyped an introduction to the show from his longtime temporary home inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. The gesture was meant to shore up her radical bona-fides and continue her work at the edges of politics, technology, performance art and music. The move might have made a little more sense for her last album, the frantic and Internet-paranoia-laced "Maya.
November 5, 2013
'The Black Suits' Where: Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. (Call for exceptions.) Ends: Nov. 24 Price: $20 to $55 Contact: (213) 628-2772 or http://www.centertheatregroup.org Running time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 |
A woman accusing two Los Angeles police officers of coercing her into sex said she was working as an informant for the pair when they threatened her with arrest. Although department officials have remained tight-lipped, the allegations against the officers are detailed in a search warrant affidavit filed by an investigator involved in an ongoing criminal investigation into the officers' conduct. Sources told The Times that LAPD officials are seeking to fire the two officers after an internal investigation determined that they pressured women to engage in sex acts with them in their car while on duty.
November 4, 2013 |
A major California hospital chain, Sutter Health, agreed to pay $46 million and disclose more pricing information to consumers to resolve a whistle-blower complaint alleging false and misleading charges for anesthesia. Sutter Health, which runs 24 acute-care hospitals in Northern California, said it reached the settlement Monday just prior to a trial starting this month over the allegations that it added thousands of dollars for "Code 37x" anesthesia charges that were already covered by other billing for the hospital operating room.
October 31, 2013
Re "Program for UPS customers delivers unnerving surprise," Column, Oct. 29 David Lazarus' column on UPS having so much personal information from certain customers didn't report anything new to me. I have researched and found that information in my life could come from a state contractor's license that expired in 1984. A recent property refinancing is the source for some other similar information used by those checking my credit. A document recorded by a government agency is another source for information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
In a bid to cut down on fake 911 calls, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to offer rewards for tipsters providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction those who engage in "swatting. " Swatting is a malicious prank in which someone reports that a violent crime, usually involving a celebrity, is underway. The calls prompt a SWAT-team-style response to a location where no crime is occurring. The false alarms tie up Los Angeles Police Department resources and some responding officers have been injured responding to fake calls, officials said.
October 28, 2013 |
When advocates for the president's healthcare law strategized about how to reach the uninsured, they knew exactly whom to tap: mothers who could spread the word about the law's benefits, sign up their younger children and nudge their twentysomethings to take part. But beyond the widely publicized problems with the federal website, low-tech challenges also are complicating that part of the drive to sell the program - even in California, where the state website is running more smoothly and officials are fully behind the push.
October 24, 2013 |
ALEPPO, Syria - Rebel Col. Abduljabbar Aqidi was at his desk in a repurposed school when an assistant came in and slipped him a piece of paper about his plans for the evening. "Should we go to this operations room, or this one?" the assistant asked cryptically. Aqidi, who heads the Aleppo Military Council, was planning a dinner with a group of Syrian rebels on the front lines that night. But even here, in the heart of opposition territory, he and his aides were wary of discussing their movements aloud.
October 23, 2013 |
Former KPMG auditing partner Scott London should spend three years in prison on his insider-trading conviction for selling secret information about the accounting firm's clients to a stock-trading friend, the federal probation office in Los Angeles recommended. The tips to Encino jeweler Bryan Shaw resulted in nearly $1.3 million in profitable trades, prosecutors alleged. The probation office, in a confidential report, recommended the prison term, and the information was disclosed in court papers filed recently by London's attorney, Harland Braun.
October 22, 2013
No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 53 minutes Playing at UA Los Cerritos Galaxy Stadium 11