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November 29, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Former Vice President Dick Cheney dropped in for a visit to the weekly Senate GOP luncheon, recalling a time when the then-veep was a regular fixture at the Tuesday noon-hour event. In those days, Cheney's presence was seen by critics as an example of the President George W. Bush administration's influence over the legislative branch, even though Cheney usually sat quietly at the lunch. The weekly policy gatherings are a mainstay in the Capitol, a chance for senators to sound off, privately and within their own party, on issues of the day. It is also a chance for leaders to assess mood and set strategy.
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
No one should have expected that putting more vegetables in front of elementary school students would instantly turn them into an army of broccoli fans. Plenty of food has been thrown out since new federal rules took effect in 2011 requiring students in the subsidized school lunch program to choose a fruit or vegetable each day. Nevertheless, studies find that continued exposure to produce is resulting in more children eating at least some of it. That's worth a certain amount of wasted food.
August 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Think that turkey sandwich you packed for your kid's lunch will be at a safe temperature -- safe and sound from food-borne illness --when they sit down to eat it? Maybe not--a study finds that few sack lunches might be kept at proper temperatures until lunch time. The study, released Monday in the journal Pediatrics , looked at temperatures of 705 lunches containing at least one perishable item belonging to 3- to 5-year-olds. Food was removed from containers and temperatures were measured by a temperature gun about an hour and a half before the lunches were served.
April 5, 2014 | By Karin Klein
Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture should have consulted some everyday, health-conscious moms and dads before they drew up their amazingly byzantine rules for school lunches. I'm all in favor of the new policy's aim to put more fruits and vegetables in front of school kids, especially those who are poor enough to qualify for subsidized school meals. Even if that means a few veggies get tossed in the trash. Most parents know that children, especially those more used to Pringles than parsnips, do a lot of refusing before they develop a taste for vegetables.
October 20, 2009 | Mary MacVean
Children would get fewer French fries and more dark green vegetables in school cafeterias under recommendations being issued Tuesday by an Institute of Medicine panel. In addition, for the first time in the National School Lunch Program, the committee called for calorie limits on meals in an effort to curb obesity. The lunch recommendations allot 650 calories for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, 700 calories in sixth to eighth grade, and 850 calories in high school.
March 22, 2011 | Jim Newton
For the past dozen or so years, I had lunch every few months with Warren M. Christopher, Los Angeles' most enduring and consequential civic counselor. Our lunches were, in one sense, predictable. He would choose a top-notch restaurant ? Lucques was a particular favorite. He was always prompt, always impeccably dressed in British suits and silk ties set off by a neatly folded pocket square. He drank one glass ? never two ? of white wine, and finished his meal with espresso. He never had dessert.
March 6, 1992
There are usually two sides to every story and nothing exemplifies this more than the recent article regarding school lunch in the Pleasant Valley School District ("State Sends Students Back to the Sack--Lunch, That Is," Feb. 17). In order for the Pleasant Valley School District to claim reimbursable meals under the federal program, each meal must contain specific meal components. They are: 2 ounces protein, 1 ounce bread, 3/4 cup fruit and/or vegetable and eight ounces milk. The lunches provided by Ventura Unified School District to Pleasant Valley conform to this format.
March 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
On a cruise Don't eat lunch the day you board a cruise. A lengthy lunch usually is available as a buffet on the first day. Also, check out your dinner seating arrangements early on the first day as you tour the ship. If you are not happy with the assigned table location or time, change it immediately for the best chance of getting what you want. Donna Mollan Anderson Island, Wash. When packing for the return flight, keep in mind any objects that might attract the attention of security screeners.
November 19, 2012 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
On the menu at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex cafeteria on a recent Friday was petite beef patties on whole wheat buns, a cup of roasted potato wedges, an apple and a carton of 1% milk. Together, the carefully portioned and paired foods amounted to about 730 calories - safely below a recently implemented 850-calorie cap for high school lunches. But walk out of the cafeteria, through the circle of giggling cheerleaders and the huddle of boys eyeing them, to the long line of students snaking around a corner and you'll find another option: the student store.
May 4, 1989
The city Recreation and Parks Department provides lunches at the La Cienega Community Center, 8400 Gregory Way, on Mondays, and at Roxbury Recreation Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Reservations must be made one day in advance by calling 550-4761 before 1 p.m. The recommended meal donation is $1. For further information, call 550-4761. The department is also offering a free blood pressure check on the second Wednesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Roxbury Recreation Center.
March 14, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- In a nod to bipartisan tradition and St. Patrick, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) donned emerald ties to hear (and sing) a bit of Irish folk music during a Capitol Hill luncheon with Ireland's prime minister. It's customary for Ireland's leader to visit the United States ahead of St. Patrick's Day and present the president with a bowl of shamrocks, a tradition dating back to President Truman. Obama met with Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office on Friday morning, where he applauded Ireland for its support during the current crisis in Ukraine.
March 14, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Hillary Clinton's ambitious endeavor to reform the healthcare system in 1993 required some bare-knuckled politics, and aides to the former first lady were blunt about the political stagecraft required to get things done as they guided her through the early months of the effort. “The primary goal” of a two-day healthcare hearing in March of 1993 would be “to inoculate ourselves from charges that we are refusing to listen to all those groups out there that want input,” aides Alexis Herman and Mike Lux told Clinton  in a memo.
March 7, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Here's how a heartwarming nonpolitical story about the relationship between a harried executive and a homeless child gets transformed into a frosty political attack on anti-poverty school lunches for children. Your host: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc. Ryan has just issued a report on America's War on Poverty programs , arguing that they're too "duplicative and complex. " He doesn't explicitly call for cutting them, but he implies they're wasteful, and the way he plays fast and loose with the details of many of these programs--as we reported here and here --certainly suggests that he'd be happy if they were smaller.
March 7, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- What happened to Paul Ryan at CPAC should stand as a warning to all politicians who decide to humanize their policy positions with anecdotes: Make sure the story you are telling is real. You will be truth-squadded. You will be flyspecked. And if it turns out you failed to verify a “true” story that seemed too good to be true, or tortured a story to make it fit your larger point, your credibility will take a hit. On Thursday, Ryan stepped into a small mess at Conservative Political Action Conference when he repeated a story about a little boy who preferred a brown-bag lunch from home to a free school lunch.
February 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
When an all-girls Christian private school in Northern California this week announced over the public address system that a lunch menu in honor of Black History Month would include watermelon and fried chicken, classrooms erupted in nervous laughter "because they knew it wasn't right," one student said. The lunch menu at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, which made headlines nationwide, sparked widespread criticism after it was announced Monday. Sophomore Dom Carpenello said that as the announcement came, "most people were laughing, but they were laughing nervously because they knew it wasn't right,"  according to KTVU-TV . The school's communications director, Christina Ditzel, said school officials were "absolutely very upset that this happened.
February 5, 2014 | By Jim Ruland
William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch" stands with Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" and Allen Ginsburg's "Howl" as the seminal texts of the Beat Generation. With its harrowing scenes of junkie depravity, its view of postwar America was the most extreme of all the Beats. Yet few American literary figures have enjoyed more second acts than Burroughs. He was spokesman for the countercultural movement in the '70s, begrudgingly bore the label Godfather of Punk in the '80s, and was a spoken-word performer and visual artist until his death in 1997.
November 11, 2011 | By James Rainey and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A British documentary film producer provided Conrad Murray and his defense team with free lunches, rides to court and even accompanied the doctor on a shopping trip to upgrade his wardrobe, according to the man who drove the doctor during his six-week trial for manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. The unusual arrangement gave a London-based production company a close-up view unobtainable by any of the news outlets that swarmed around the high-publicity trial, which ended this week with Murray's conviction.
August 24, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Call it astute politicking or a career-damaging blunder, a case of bad acting and brinkmanship rarely seen even in a nation known for its emotional roundhouse-punch politics. Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon wants to limit free school lunches to poor children and take students from wealthy families out of the gratis cafeteria line. And he warns that if voters don't back his agenda in a Wednesday referendum, he's going to quit his post. Or, as critics put it, collect his marbles in a huff and stalk off the playground.
January 31, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Have you ever had dinner guests ring the doorbell early and catch you frantically vacuuming the living room or furiously deboning anchovies at the sink? Or what about when half the party calls from the freeway, stuck in traffic, to confess that they're going to be very, very late? For the last couple of months, I've pretty much scratched the dinner party (except for near neighbors) in favor of the relaxed Sunday lunch. With traffic the way it is in L.A., I don't have to worry that people are spending an hour and a half or even two driving across town on a Friday or Saturday night.
January 17, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
LA RIOJA, Spain  - "I'll only be a minute," says Juan Muga of Bodegas Muga as he heads off to a whitewashed building next to a vineyard. I walk along the vineyard, taking in the idyllic view of Tempranillo vines stretching across the Ebro river valley, framed by the Sierra Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges in Spain. Just days before the harvest in October, blue skies, big vistas and bees, dive-bombing wildflowers between the vines. Smelling smoke, I turn to see that Muga, U.S. marketing director for his family's estate, has rolled out a grill and set grapevine cuttings alight.
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