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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1990
With apologies to William Shakespeare's "As You Like It": The three ages of man: junk food, junk mail, junk bonds. HARRY CIMRING Los Angeles
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SCIENCE
April 7, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
You know an unhealthy diet can make you fat, but new research suggests it can sap your motivation too. In a study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, researchers at UCLA found that rats fed a diet low in fat but high in simple sugars and refined flour were not only more obese than rats that had a better diet, but also less willing to work for a reward.  MORE: Medicines and machines, inspired by nature "The obese rats...
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Barbara Sinatra has replied to the bombshell comment by Mia Farrow that Frank Sinatra could "possibly" be the father of Ronan Farrow, heretofore known as Mia's one biological child with Woody Allen. Her take on the situation? "It's just a bunch of junk," Barbara Sinatra told the Desert Sun on Thursday. "There's always junk written - lies that aren't true. " Farrow, in a new interview with Vanity Fair , said she and Frank Sinatra "never really split up" after their two-year marriage, which ended in 1968.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
After an international bidding war, a Westside mansion often described as a French palace has changed hands for $102 million, making it the most expensive residential sale ever recorded in Southern California. As is often the case with high-end properties, the identity of the trophy home's unnamed buyer has been obscured behind layers of lawyers, agents and a limited liability company. But the real estate equivalent of a bread crumb trail suggests that the purchaser of the opulent estate is onetime junk bond king Michael Milken, who has spent more than two decades devoted to philanthropic efforts since he pleaded guilty in 1990 to securities fraud.
NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Mike Wolfe will tell you he's been a "picker" for just about forever. "When I was 5, I had my first big score when I found a pile of old bicycles in my neighborhood on trash day," Wolfe of "American Pickers" TV show fame writes on his website . "And I was always bringing home old bottles and other random stuff. I never thought of it as junk: to me, it was beautiful. " Now the former competitive cyclist wants to encourage children to get into the act. "Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk Into Treasure," written by Wolfe and Lily Spengelmeyer, will hit bookstores in April.
NATIONAL
September 9, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Talk about tag-sale treasure. About a year and a half ago, a Shenandoah Valley, Va., woman bought a $7 box lot at a flea market. The box included a small oil painting, a Paul Bunyan doll and a plastic cow.  The woman told the Huffington Post she wasn't really interested in the  5.5-by-9-inch  painting with a frame bearing the name RENOIR. No, she wanted the doll and the toy cow. (She has requested anonymity, but gave her name to the Huffington Post as “Renoir Girl.”)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Some filmmakers want to show you their heart, while others are content to train their cameras on their navels. Director-writer-star Kevin Hamedani opts for the latter category with his quasi-autobiographical buddy comedy "Junk," an insular, fitfully amusing look at the film festival world from the perspective of two novice screenwriters. Hamedani and his co-writer and costar Ramon Isao made the political B-movie "Zombies of Mass Destruction. " In "Junk," they play fictionalized versions of themselves - Kaveh and Raul, feuding writing partners who collaborated on the political B-movie "Islama-Rama 2: Mustafa Lives" and need to produce another screenplay on the quick to impress a powerful Japanese genre producer Yukio Tai (James Hong)
MAGAZINE
May 31, 1992
Mike McNeilly says he hopes his art will make people "aware of the individual's power to change things" ("Urban Art," Palm Latitudes, by Kathleen Moloney, April 19). The only thing his art has made me aware of is how incredibly ugly it is. He also claims: "We don't need to junk this city up more than it is." If you ask me, he is doing just that. The city would look better without his artwork plastered on every bus bench. NANCY A. CHIANG Rancho Palos Verdes
MAGAZINE
October 3, 1999
I enjoyed Marvin J. Wolf's article on his father, "Living from Junk" (Sept. 5), until I neared its end. Even though it's probably none of my business, I was shocked at Wolf's admission that his father died "broke and trapped in a nursing home." My God, Marvin Wolf is one of six children. Why wasn't his father in one of the children's homes, with plenty of money to make him feel secure? I don't understand what appears to be such cruelty, especially since the father obviously spent his entire life taking care of his son. This family illustrates the truth of the old saying: "One parent can take care of 12 children, but 12 children can't take care of one parent."
WORLD
October 18, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - It may soon cost more to get fat in Mexico. New taxes on high-calorie foods and sugary drinks were approved by Mexico's lower house of Congress in a marathon 18-hour session that ended Friday, and are likely to become law. They are part of a broader package of taxes and other fiscal changes proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto aimed at generating nearly $20 billion for the national treasury. Mexico has one of the world's highest rates of obesity, recently surpassing the United States, and health experts applauded higher prices for chips, candy and other chatarra , or junk food.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Some filmmakers want to show you their heart, while others are content to train their cameras on their navels. Director-writer-star Kevin Hamedani opts for the latter category with his quasi-autobiographical buddy comedy "Junk," an insular, fitfully amusing look at the film festival world from the perspective of two novice screenwriters. Hamedani and his co-writer and costar Ramon Isao made the political B-movie "Zombies of Mass Destruction. " In "Junk," they play fictionalized versions of themselves - Kaveh and Raul, feuding writing partners who collaborated on the political B-movie "Islama-Rama 2: Mustafa Lives" and need to produce another screenplay on the quick to impress a powerful Japanese genre producer Yukio Tai (James Hong)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," is a 21st-century reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. " The original, hosted by renowned astronomer Carl Sagan, was a top-rated phenomenon that has been viewed by some 750 million people around the world. Executive producer Seth MacFarlane hopes the new version will prove just as popular, and help remedy what he sees as a growing problem of scientific illiteracy. We talked to the "Family Guy" creator about the series, his interest in science, and what he thinks we need to do to get back on track.  How did you get involved in "Cosmos"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Public health officials Wednesday called a new survey that found 70% of stores in Los Angeles County market tobacco, alcohol and junk food to consumers troubling, especially given that many neighborhoods lack alternatives to make healthier choices. Meanwhile, just 12% of stores have exterior advertising for healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, researchers found. The statewide survey looked at the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol and food in retail environments of more than 7,300 California stores.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACARAMENTO - Californians, who already pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, could soon be asked to pay more. Pump prices are likely to climb more than 12 cents per gallon starting Jan. 1, both the oil industry and environmental experts agree. That's when the state's complex cap-and-trade system for pollution credits expands to cover vehicle fuels and their emissions. As a result, gasoline producers would need to buy pollution credits, and they are expected to pass the cost along at the pump.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
There's junk mail, and then there's nasty mail: San Francisco writer Lisa McIntire says Bank of America sent her a credit card offer addressed to "Lisa Is A Slut McIntire," and she posted photos of it on Twitter on Thursday. BofA tweeted her an apology and pledged to investigate. [Updated, 5:45 p.m. Feb. 6: But the problem apparently originated with an academic society that was jointly marketing with the bank. ]  McIntire, 32, told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview that she first learned about the mail in a text exchange with her mother, which she posted on Twitter.
WORLD
November 1, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Hardly had the ink dried on President Enrique Peña Nieto's contentious $14-billion tax plan when big business - especially the powerful maquiladora industry on Mexico's border with the U.S. - raised a loud voice of protest, vowing to fight a package that opponents say will cripple industry. Major business groups, after weeks of unsuccessful lobbying, said Friday they would mount legal challenges to block the plan, which won final congressional approval Thursday and would raise taxes on border enterprises including the thriving maquiladoras, as the export-centered assembly plants near the border are known.
BUSINESS
March 10, 1996
As a Los Angeles mailer of long standing and a representative of the mailing industry, I resent the constant inference of use of the name "junk mail" to describe direct mail or advertising mail ("Cut Proposed in Postal Rates Used by Junk Mailers," Jan. 27). If you use "junk mail" to describe a billion-dollar industry, why don't you call newspapers by their correct name, "junk news"? After all, the ads that fill your paper are unsolicited and of no value to most of your readers. The same goes for many of your articles and commentaries.
NEWS
April 28, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Manufacturers of foods pitched most heavily to kids -- breakfast cereals, snacks, carbonated beverages and restaurant fare -- should develop and reformulate their offerings to cut salt, added sugars and saturated fat and ensure they contribute meaningfully to a child's healthy diet, a federal working group recommended on Thursday. The food manufacturers should make those changes soon, with a target date just five years away, in 2016; they should revamp their advertising pitches and marketing messages to stress the nutritional values of their fare and shift their ad campaigns away from less healthy options; and they should do all this voluntarily (please)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service Inc. said Friday that it is reviewing Sony Corp.'s credit rating and could downgrade it to junk status. The news comes one day after Tokyo-based  Sony, which reports its earnings in yen but provides some conversions into U.S. dollars,  posted  a net loss of $197 million for its fiscal second quarter,  an increase of 25% from the same quarter a year earlier. Moody's is reviewing Sony's long-term senior unsecured bond rating, which currently stands at "Baa3," the lowest on the credit ratings agency's scale for investment-grade debt.
WORLD
October 18, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - It may soon cost more to get fat in Mexico. New taxes on high-calorie junk food and sugary drinks were approved by Mexico's lower house of Congress in a marathon 18-hour session that ended Friday morning. They are part of a broader package of taxes and other fiscal changes proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto aimed at generating nearly $20 billion for the national treasury. Mexico has one of the world's highest rates of obesity, recently surpassing the United States, and bigger price tags on chips, candy and other chatarra - or junk food - are being applauded by health experts.
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