CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
The fate of the co-founder of frozen yogurt giant Pinkberry depends on the answer to one question: Who had the tire iron? Young Lee, 48, is accused of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly beating Donald Bolding with a tire iron in June 2011 while Bolding was panhandling on the side of an east Hollywood street. After becoming upset that Bolding flashed a tattoo to people in Lee's car - including his fiancee - showing a stick-figure couple having sex, Lee drove away - but he returned with another man and beat Bolding, prosecutors say. During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense attorney and prosecutor alike said the outcome of the case depended on whether the jury believed Lee was the one who wielded the tire iron.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2013 |
The L.A. school board made the right move this week, blunting Supt. John Deasy's threat to leave with a contract that keeps him here until 2016. Deasy's not perfect, but he'd be hard to replace. He's become a hero to civic leaders, who credit his vision and passion with moving the school system forward. But he's also collected plenty of detractors in his two years at the helm. They're not likely to be mollified by the school board's deal -- unless it requires the superintendent to earn an "A" in works-and-plays-well-with-others on his report card next year.
October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Brian Dowling was leading his Special Forces team through a steep mountain pass in eastern Afghanistan when insurgents ambushed his patrol, leaving two of his soldiers pinned down with life-threatening wounds. After a furious firefight, the two men were rescued, but that episode in 2006 would change Dowling's life. Now employed by a small defense company, he is part of a crash effort by U.S. Special Operations Command to produce a radically new protective suit for elite soldiers to wear into battle - one with bionic limbs, head-to-toe armor, a built-in power supply and live data feeds projected on a see-through display inside the helmet.
October 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama conceded Monday that technical "kinks" had bedeviled the rollout of the federal healthcare website, but said the administration had launched a "tech surge" to fix it and emphasized that the law would give uninsured Americans access to reasonably priced, quality insurance. "Nobody is madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed," Obama told supporters in the Rose Garden. But he insisted: "The product, the health insurance, is good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 |
Her name graces no labels, but millions wear Ruth Benerito creations daily. A government chemist, Benerito led a team that helped create wrinkle-resistant cotton - an innovation that spared homemakers hours of ironing and breathed new life into an industry smothered in rayon, polyester and other synthetics. Benerito, who was credited with 55 patents and more than 200 professional publications, died Oct. 5 at her home in Metairie, La., family members said. She was 97. Until Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, she had lived in the same house for 56 years, sharing it in her later years with an older sister.
October 7, 2013 |
The year's biggest hit movie has landed in the home entertainment market. "Iron Man 3," the Marvel superhero movie starring Robert Downey Jr. in the titular role, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release. That shouldn't be at all surprising. The mega-grossing sequel is the No. 1 movie of the year so far at the box office, having earned $409 million domestically. "Iron Man 3" unseated the summer smash "World War Z," the apocalyptic zombie movie starring Brad Pitt.