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January 13, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
If you have trouble remembering where you parked the car, you might consider making a double shot espresso part of your daily routine. A new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience suggests that the same amount of caffeine you'd find in a grande latte can enhance long-term memory in humans. "We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours," Michael Yassa, a professor of brain science who recently moved his lab from Johns Hopkins University to UC Irvine, said in a statement.  To test how caffeine effects memory in the human brain, researchers at Yassa's lab at Johns Hopkins recruited 60 people who have a relatively low daily caffeine intake.
January 12, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
Thank you, Tom Bentley, for the article on the Pinnacles and the fantastic photos ["High Drama, Pure Wonder," Jan. 5]. My grandmother, who was born in 1866, lived near the village of Tres Piños in San Benito County, and she spoke often of the Pinnacles. I remember my parents taking me there as a child and going into a cavern. I must go back and relive that experience. Jean Koch Los Angeles Ropes and royalty I enjoyed the fascinating article about the dock areas of Chatham, England, which is inspiring me to learn more about rope making ["Learning the Ropes - Reluctantly," by Catharine Hamm, Jan. 5]
January 10, 2014
Twenty years ago, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Northridge, killing about 60 people and causing billions of dollars in damage. The quake shook Los Angeles awake at 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17. Sixteen people were killed in the collapse of the Northridge Meadows apartment complex alone, one of nearly 200 soft-story buildings seriously damaged or destroyed in the quake. Full coverage:  California earthquakes Years later, many structures remained in disrepair, and neighborhoods struggled to recover.
January 9, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
E.L. Doctorow has long operated in the shadow of the Transcendentalists: Emerson, who inspired his 2003 collection of essays, "Reporting the Universe"; Hawthorne, whose story "Wakefield," he updated in 2008. Like them, his great subject is consciousness, what he has called "a mind in the appalled contemplation of itself. " Like them, he is a romantic, a true believer - in the myth of America as a shining city, despite its various and ongoing failures to live up to its better self. His finest efforts embody this tension, between who we are and who we wish we were, between promise and despair.
January 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A memorial service for former Granada Hills Kennedy Coach Dick Whitney will be held on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church of Huntington Beach, 1912 Florida Street. There will be a reception to follow. Whitney died on Nov. 17. He was 78. Whitney was a past president of the Orange County chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.  
January 4, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
At a small memorial service in Orange County on Saturday, loved ones remembered a family that disappeared four years ago and was recently found in shallow desert graves.  At the Vineyard Community Church in Laguna Niguel, about 200 friends and family members celebrated Joseph and Summer McStay and their two young sons. The family  disappeared in 2010 . Their skeletal remains were found in the desert near Victorville  in November, and their deaths remain unsolved.  The service was closed to the media.
January 2, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
ST. LOUIS - Kings defenseman Drew Doughty recalled how he got the news about making Team Canada for the 2010 Olympics and it sounded as if it happened just the other day. Not four years ago. “They told us to keep our phones on,” Doughty said. “So I had to put it on loud before I went to bed and it woke me up with a phone call. We were actually in Calgary. I'll always remember that.” Doughty was talking after Thursday's morning skate here. Canada will name its Olympic squad on Tuesday, and meanwhile, two Kings players, captain Dustin Brown and goalie Jonathan Quick were named to the U.S. team on Wednesday.
January 2, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The most important huddle of the UCLA football season occurred long after a game, far from a field, in the center of a storm far greater than sport. On a Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8, at 2:30 p.m., UCLA's Jim Mora walked through the front door of the San Clemente home of the grieving family of Bruins receiver Nick Pasquale, who had died just hours earlier when hit by a motorist while walking home from a party. Mel Pasquale, Nick's father, remembers the exact time, the exact words, the exact tone of voice.
December 31, 2013 | Sam Farmer
So … we meet again. Three of this weekend's four NFL wild-card games are rematches from the regular season, with New Orleans at Philadelphia being the only first-time matchup. The most recent of these meetings came two weeks ago when Indianapolis won at Kansas City, 23-7. The Colts, who play host to the Chiefs on Saturday, took advantage of four turnovers in that game. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith had a fumble and was picked off twice after tallying just six interceptions in the first 14 games.
December 29, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
We enjoyed the article on Myanmar ("End of an Era?" by Amanda Jones, Dec. 15), and we were glad to see that the traveling was slightly off the beaten path. We recently spent two weeks there and recommend seeing this newly opened culture. I beg to differ on not visiting the very important sights in Yangon and Mandalay. It would be like visiting Louisiana but skipping New Orleans because it is too crowded. The thousands of acres of floating crop fields at Inle Lake deserve particular note.
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