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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2000
Judging by the premature election night "projections" and prognostications, America has gone from a democracy to a media-ocracy. DAVID C. NICHOLS Los Angeles
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | Lee Romney
This city likes to consider itself a trendsetter. And the excited response to the furtive tipping of four diminutive Smart cars early Monday morning just may have succeeded in sparking a trend. Police believe a single group of six to eight "individuals" in black hoodies was responsible for placing all four of the tiny eco-friendly cars on their sides, roofs or back ends beginning at 1 a.m. Three of the incidents occurred in the increasingly costly -- in keeping with other San Francisco trends -- neighborhood of Bernal Heights.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2010 | James Rainey
It's hard not to get irritated with a company that urges you to share all sorts of things but makes it hard for you to say who's part of the party. It's creepier, still, when that company starts feeling less like a social network than like a relentless marketing machine. Facebook blow-back reached a crescendo in recent weeks. Consumer advocates lined up to complain over too much private information being made public. European governments weighed in — demanding users get more control of their profiles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
OPINION
July 24, 2013
Re "The prince of wails has arrived," July 23 The extraordinary amount of vapid media attention lavished on the so-called royal baby has been nothing short of a royal waste of time. It is baffling to me that anyone would give the slightest hoot about the progeny of anyone they are not related to, much less when it involves people as breathtakingly anachronistic as the British monarchy. Unless the future king is to be named Kong, I fail to see any news value whatsoever.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
Earlier this month, the sports website Grantland  ignited controversy  over a story on Essay Anne Vanderbilt, also known as Dr. V, the inventor of a “scientifically superior” golf club dubbed “The Oracle.” In writing  the article , titled “Dr. V's Magical Putter,” reporter Caleb Hannan discovered something he didn't expect about his subject: She was a transgender woman. In October, Hannan writes, Dr. V killed herself before his article was even finished. Responding to her suicide within his piece, Hannan wrote:  “Writing a eulogy for a person who by all accounts despised you is an odd experience....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Oh my God! Parents, quick, lock up your black sons! There's a roving gang of Hasidim in Brooklyn randomly beating up blacks ! It's happened at least once, and it could definitely happen again. And it seemed like it might have been a game, or part of a possible trend. Or … whatever. It's proof for sure of white hatred and resentment against black people. I could go on here, but you get my overheated point. The “knockout game,” a faux trend promulgated by media outlets who have deliberately or unthinkingly bought into racial stereotypes about black teenagers has kind of jumped the shark.
OPINION
May 19, 2012
Re "Romney's media handicap," Opinion, March 15 Jonah Goldberg wants "the media" to be nicer to Mitt Romney, and yet he calls 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry "a pompous human toothache. " Surely this is the pot calling the kettle black. Romney is properly on the hot seat for his selective memory and his evasive semi-apologies. You might not remember the name of the kid who sat behind you in calculus, or the name of the teacher, but you really ought to remember the kid who you held down while cutting his hair.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
If you followed #SOTU on Twitter while watching the State of the Union address on Tuesday, you may have been surprised by how many smart pundits -- conservative and liberal -- spent more time obsessing over President Obama's and House Speaker John A. Boehner's tie selection rather than the message delivered. Perhaps I'm in no position to judge. Half of the reason I tune in to award shows is for the celebrity fashion. But the State of the Union was not a red carpet event and Boehner did not, in fact, look like he was wearing a salmon around his neck.
OPINION
February 5, 2014 | Patt Morrison
When you've been working since you were 8, as Alyssa Milano has, it takes a special kind of role to get you really excited. Using your birthday to raise money for clean water in Ethiopia, for instance. Or hunkering down with the beleaguered in Kosovo and Angola, as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. Or getting help for African women and children with AIDS. Or her latest - creating "Hacktivist," a four-issue graphic novel/comic book whose heroes run a world-beating social media company by day and practice world-beating social activism by night.
TRAVEL
April 7, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: A reader writes that she and her husband are retired, older than 70 and want to travel. They can leave at a moment's notice, so they want to know whether they can take advantage of last-minute deals and, if so, where. (For security reasons, we are not using their names, which are unusual and could make them a target of thieves.) Answer: Travel industry providers have trained us to expect to pay a premium for last-minute travel, except when it's to their benefit, such as moving unsold inventory that will otherwise go unused.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
Risks and warnings The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to tensions in the region. The U.S. believes that Russia is likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim of annexation. The State Department also warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Mali, given terrorist activity there.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Profit at Tribune Co., the parent of the Los Angeles Times and other newspaper, radio and television properties, fell sharply last year amid a further decline in newspaper advertising and a significant drop in earnings at its broadcast division. The Chicago media company reported net income of $241.6 million for the year, down 43% from $422.5 million in 2012. Total operating revenue fell 8% to $2.9 billion, with a 6% decline in publishing and an 11% drop in broadcasting. For the fourth quarter, revenue dropped $97 million, or 11%, to $773 million, partly because the quarter included one fewer week than the previous year's final three months.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
If there were fairness in this world, Rita Rizzo would be a media star. Rizzo, 60, owns a management consulting firm for nonprofit groups and government offices in Akron, Ohio, with her husband, Lou Vincent, 64. Vincent, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, has gone without health insurance for 10 years. "We got 30 denial letters," Rizzo told me last week. Three years ago, Rizzo got a hip replacement. Her own insurance premiums were going to rise by $500 a month, to about $800, so she chose instead to triple her deductible to $6,000 to keep the increase to a mere $150 a month.
OPINION
March 22, 2014
Re "Lottery tickets and long shots," Opinion, March 16 With regard to why people ignore odds, I believe David J. Hand has missed one explanation. The media constantly report the unusual. If we were instead barraged with stories similar to what we experience firsthand, our grasp of the odds would be closer to reality. Steve Wood Laguna Beach Did anyone else feel queasy reading Hand's improbability principle - that unlikely events keep happening regularly - just pages after being reminded that we face a massive earthquake or a nationwide, yearlong blackout?
OPINION
March 22, 2014
Re "Lottery tickets and long shots," Opinion, March 16 With regard to why people ignore odds, I believe David J. Hand has missed one explanation. The media constantly report the unusual. If we were instead barraged with stories similar to what we experience firsthand, our grasp of the odds would be closer to reality. Steve Wood Laguna Beach Did anyone else feel queasy reading Hand's improbability principle - that unlikely events keep happening regularly - just pages after being reminded that we face a massive earthquake or a nationwide, yearlong blackout?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Media General is acquiring LIN Media for $1.6 billion in stock and cash, the companies said Friday. The combination of Media General and LIN will create a local broadcasting giant that will own and operate 74 television stations in 46 mostly midsized and smaller markets. Overall, Media General and LIN will have a nationwide reach of about 23%. Only Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns and operates almost 170 outlets, will be bigger than the new Media General in terms of television stations.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres about the selfie she took at the Oscars and confessed to leaving his socks and shoes lying around while the first lady is out of town, but before the end of his Thursday appearance on her talk show, he got DeGeneres to put in a plug for the Affordable Care Act. That's Obama's deal with popular media these days as the president enlists help to boost healthcare sign-up numbers before the March 31...
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