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July 26, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
It began as a fleck of brown on a leaf. Then several leaves curled and died. Soon the sickness spread. The Mother Vine, believed to be the nation's oldest cultivated grapevine, was in distress. Planted about 400 years ago, most likely by Croatan Indians or Sir Walter Raleigh's settlers, the vine has survived hurricanes, nor'easters and suburbanization. Now it had been brought low by that scourge of modernity, chemical weedkiller. A power company contractor removing brush from power poles in late May had accidentally sprayed the most famous planting along North Carolina's Outer Banks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2010 | By Kurt Streeter
As a reminder of how much his life has changed, Rabbi Mark Borovitz wore a starched blue prisoner's shirt. He reveled in the symbolism, stroking his beard, dancing a jig, smiling broadly. Then, from a low stage in a well-lit sanctuary, he looked out at his congregants and turned the tale of Exodus into a parable on fighting addiction. "How," he shouted, "are you going to get out of Egypt this year? What's the inner slavery you are going to leave behind?" For many inside the temple this night, the question cut to the bone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010
Violet Weber Fashion editor Violet Weber, 94, fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times' Home magazine from 1964 to 1975, died Feb. 22 at a Los Angeles nursing home from complications of old age, said her niece, Sue Kirschman. Born in 1915 in Sugar Grove, Pa., Weber moved to California during World War II to work in the burgeoning defense industry. Soon she began working as a publicist for MGM studios. Weber's interest in women's fashion led her to The Times' Home magazine, where she was responsible for the publication's extensive fashion stories and photo layouts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2010 | By Jack Dolan and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
A business owned by California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and his family owes the federal government more than $100,000 in taxes, according to a lien filed against the property by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this year. It is the ninth time since 1992 that federal, state or local tax collectors have resorted to liens against the Santa Maria Republican's family farm in an effort to compel payments totaling more than $240,000, public records show. Federal officials filed the lien April 13, two weeks before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger swore in Maldonado as the state's second highest-ranking public official.
NATIONAL
September 4, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm
No wonder President Obama used only his second Oval Office address to get the Iraq war so publicly off the domestic debate table just nine weeks before his first midterm elections. He even flew Vice President Joe Biden over for another quick tour of duty in Baghdad to underline for the public (media) the occasion of the end of U.S. combat operations — officially, at least, since 50,000 U.S. troops remain there. Wizard Gary Langer, the chief numbers-crunching consultant over at ABC News, has been tracking the effect of unpopular wars on presidential approvals.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2010 | By C. Ron Allen
The hospital waiting room was packed with patients, but not with humans. These were endangered green sea turtles covered with golf-ball-sized growths. At least 40 scientists and veterinarians participated in delicate surgeries at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on Tuesday to remove noncancerous tumors, called fibropapilloma. The tumors, some of them on the turtles' eyes, resembled moldy cauliflower. Once the tumors are removed, some turtles will have a chance to regain lost sight.
WORLD
September 11, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
On the sloping western shores of Lake Tana in central Ethiopia, where villagers gape at new tractors as if they were Ferraris and power lines pass over lean-tos lighted by candles, a poor nation's hopes hum inside a new hydroelectric plant. Lured by the plant's promise of powering villages and irrigating 350,000 acres of farmland, intrepid investors are venturing across misty hills and navigating sprawling savannas. The World Bank has lent the country $45 million to "unleash" the region's growth potential, and Ethiopian leaders have promised that development along the tributaries feeding the Blue Nile will raise crops for the hungry and bring jobs to a rustic swath of Africa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Steven Schulman, the man who made his way from skid row to winning a huge cash verdict after being run over by a semi, was found dead Tuesday. The 55-year-old was discovered in his Van Nuys apartment among several empty bottles of malt liquor. Schulman's bizarre rags-to-riches tale was recently chronicled in The Times . Soon after becoming homeless in 2007, the former plumber's legs were crushed by an 18-wheeler as he slept near the parking lot of an Encino market. The accident hobbled him and left him struggling to recuperate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
With the number of inmates released early from county jails across the state surpassing 2,000, there are growing signs that the controversial program will continue unabated. On Thursday, an Orange County judge rejected a request by the Orange County sheriff's deputies union to immediately halt the early releases from that county's jail, saying that decision should be in the hands of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. Beginning Jan. 25, counties started releasing inmates before their terms expired, responding to a new state law designed to reduce the state prison population.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi
For 90 tense minutes last month, Sheriff Mike Lacy in Utah tried to prevent yet another person connected to the theft of Native American artifacts from committing suicide. Two defendants had already taken their own lives after federal authorities charged 24 people in June with looting Native American sites in the West. Now a despondent relative of a third defendant had called Lacy. The sheriff of San Juan County kept the caller on the phone until deputies could arrive and make sure everything was OK. But there was still another suicide to come.
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