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March 22, 2010
Ill Fares the Land Tony Judt Penguin Press: 238 pp., $25.95
April 12, 2014 | Chris Megerian and Paige St. John and Scott Gold
When they climbed on board the bus, most were strangers. Not friends, nor classmates. They were called together by aspiration: They were headed to Humboldt State University through a program designed for underprivileged students. Most would be the first in their family to go to college. They were called together, too, by fate: They were assigned to this bus because their last names began with the letters A through L. A little after 5:30 on Thursday evening, now 500 miles into the trip, their bus carrying 48 people thundered past the fertile farms that line Interstate 5. A FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a wide median and struck the bus head-on.
March 2, 2010
In the Land of Believers An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey Into the Heart of the Evangelical Church Gina Welch Metropolitan: 334 pp., $25
April 7, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ryan Hansen of “Veronica Mars” fame has bought a home in Studio City for $1.35 million. The seller was animated movie producer Tom Jacomb. The nearly 4,000-square-foot traditional-style house, built in the 1970s and remodeled eight years ago, features vaulted beamed ceilings, wood plank floors, French doors, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The grounds of the two-story home contain a swimming pool, a raised outdoor entertaining area and a stone fireplace. Hansen, 32, played Dick Casablancas on “Veronica Mars” during its 2004-07 run and in the recent film, and he is planning a spin-off series.
July 26, 2011
The Land at the End of the World A Novel António Lobo Antunes Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa W.W. Norton: 222 pp., $26.95
June 22, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
DIDA ADE, Kenya - With its leaf-thatched mud huts, bad roads, chronic unemployment, crushing poverty and vast tracts of "underutilized" land, the Tana River Delta in eastern Kenya seemed the perfect place for a foreign businessman looking to grow crops that could be turned into biofuel. Canadian David McClure believed the project, which involved leasing more than 600 square miles at a minuscule cost, would be both profitable and humanitarian. But McClure underestimated local resistance and deep sensitivity about land in a region where ethnic violence linked to land use has flared repeatedly.
May 2, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER -- Juan Uribe could land on the disabled list with a wrist injury, Manager Don Mattingly said. “We should know a lot by tomorrow,” Mattingly said. The Dodgers have day off on Thursday before they start a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs. Mattingly said he doesn't want to play short-handed for long. Uribe re-injured his left wrist in batting practice on Tuesday. A related injury cost him five games earlier this month. Uribe said his wrist felt worse on Tuesday than it did earlier this month.
July 27, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
The Philadelphia Phillies and 26-year-old Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez have reportedly agreed to a six-year contract worth $60 million, according to the Associated Press. The deal will make Gonzalez, who has a fastball that peaks in the upper 90s, the highest-paid international player. Gonzalez pitched for the Cuban national team during the World Cup of Baseball in 2009 and 2011, but defected and had been working out in Tijuana, Mexico, where scouts from teams across the league -- including the Dodgers -- went to observe the right-hander.
September 13, 1992
Regarding "Liquidating Libkovice" (by R. Dennis Hayes, Aug. 2): Earlier this year, I traveled to Slovakia--to Bratislava and Presov--on a consulting assignment having to do with the privatization of state farms. My suggestion was that the parties abandon plans for the state farms, which had deteriorated after 35 years of little or no upkeep, and instead buy some land and start anew. The state had expressed its willingness to have some of the land sold off but had no idea to whom it belonged.
July 31, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers withdrew from negotiations with the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Ryan Dempster shortly before the 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Dempster instead was sent to the Texas Rangers. Even without landing Dempster, the Dodgers were arguably the team that improved itself the most over the last week. A week ago Tuesday, they landed three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate.
April 7, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy after authorities began to seize his cattle from federal land. Protesters had responded to an alert that promised: "Range war begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We're going to get the job done!" Federal officials say Bundy is illegally running cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise.
March 23, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Two years ago, California's two giant telecom companies and their Silicon Valley allies won passage of a law freeing phone-over-the-Internet calls from government regulation. The 2012 law was essential to the creation of high-tech products and services, the industry argued. Its proposal bowled over opposition from consumer advocates. But this deregulation was never supposed to affect phone customers who didn't want to give up their traditional copper-wire land lines, the bill's author, Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima)
March 21, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Another sign of the Kardash-alypse: Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West are the cover stars of Vogue magazine's April issue. Uh-huh, honey. The well-endowed reality TV starlet, 33, and the outspoken rapper, 36, have  landed the coveted fashion cover  of the so-called fashion bible, which features the polished "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star in a strapless wedding gown with West wrapping his arms around her from behind and resting...
March 12, 2014 | By Martin Miller
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it. Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person - very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful - that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook. And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda - not only in their appreciation of each other, but for the universal role that storytelling and religion play as well.  PHOTOS: Best in theater 2013 | Charles McNulty The Tony-award winning musical is now on national tour at the Pantages Theatre through May 11. Below is an edited transcript of a conversation with Strand, 24, who also performed the role on Broadway.
March 11, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The California Coastal National Monument runs the length of the state and is filled with offshore islands, reefs and rocks -- until now. President Obama on Tuesday will add 1,665 onshore acres near Mendocino to the parkland said to be the most viewed but least recognized of U.S. national monuments. Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands , as the new area is known, will receive added federal protection for a stretch of breathtaking shoreline north of Port Arena. Locals who campaigned to beef up the federal parkland hope to stimulate tourism to the area.
March 9, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Leaders of Ukraine vowed Sunday not to cede any part of their nation's territory, even as Russia defended its virtual takeover of the disputed Crimean peninsula and signaled its willingness to act on the result of an upcoming secession vote there. Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea by laying siege to the last military airfield under Ukrainian control there and trying to seize control of other military installations in the strategically important region, a Ukrainian defense spokesman said.
October 3, 2004
In his Sept. 28 response to a Times editorial, Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) makes an all-too-common omission when he states that the Constitution "was created to be the supreme law of the land." Article VI, Section 2, states: "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land." Gene Barmore Huntington Beach
March 9, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Ask anyone about L.A. tech these days and they'll almost certainly point to Santa Monica and Venice, where hundreds of start-ups have emerged in the last few years. So-called Silicon Beach is home to Snapchat, sizable Google and Microsoft offices, and a growing number of venture capital firms and co-working spaces. Almost every night, tech entrepreneurs flock to networking happy hours and parties. Potential investors flock to demo days that showcase the latest start-ups. When BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt came to town last week, it was for a glitzy tech confab in Santa Monica.
March 8, 2014
A direct drive from politically blue Southern California to blue New York takes you through red Kansas and the curiously named town of Liberal. Don't miss it. Tour Dorothy's House & Land of Oz, a theme village, and the Mid-America Air Museum (including a tiny Air Force One that President Eisenhower piloted between Camp David and Washington, D.C.). Relax at Taste of China, where the $8.95 buffet would impress Angelenos and New Yorkers alike. Liberal Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1 Yellow Brick Road; (800)
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