December 27, 2011 |
Shift work is becoming increasingly common in this 24/7 world, but it may come at a price: worse health for workers. An editorial published today in the journal PLoS Medicine draws attention to the health risks of shift workers, including a greater chance of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes from bad eating habits and sleep disorders because of disrupted circadian rhythms. The authors (PLoS Medicine editors) cite a study published in the journal this month in which 69,269 women were followed for 18 to 20 years.
December 3, 2011
The Los Angeles Police Department and city leadership have received well-deserved praise for their successful eviction of the Occupy L.A. protesters from the grounds outside City Hall last week. Smooth communication, a smart policing approach and a disciplined, restrained force combined to defuse a situation that had confounded police from New York to UC Davis. Now that the occupation is gone, this is a moment to reflect on a lesson from the encounter that should guide city leaders going forward.
November 18, 2011 |
Hybrid cars are safer — or more dangerous — depending on whether you are behind the wheel or walking across a street, according to a study released Thursday. Occupants in hybrid vehicles suffer fewer injuries in crashes than those who are involved in accidents in conventional cars, said the Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But the same study also found that hybrids, which tend to be quieter — cause more pedestrian accidents than their nonhybrid counterparts.
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November 15, 2011 |
With Occupy protesters cleared out of camps in Oakland, Portland and New York in recent days, the encampment of tents surrounding Los Angeles City Hall is among the biggest and last such protests still standing. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said it cannot stand indefinitely. Beck said police were working with protesters on a timeline to shut down or move the camp while avoiding the sort of confrontations seen in other cities. But several protesters said they knew of no negotiations or timeline to end the demonstration.
October 28, 2011
Right about now, we suspect City Council President Eric Garcetti is regretting telling protesters with the Occupy Los Angeles movement camping outside City Hall that they were welcome to "stay as long as you need to. " And Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa might be rethinking his decision to hand out ponchos when the weather turned wet. It's even possible (though unlikely) that Councilman Richard Alarcon is thinking twice about pandering to the movement by using it as an excuse to resurrect his misguided proposal to shift L.A. funds to community-oriented financial institutions, a move that could cost the city at least $58 million.
October 23, 2011 |
Occupations such as those underway in cities across the country pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept reasonably warm and dry. Trash has to be removed; medical care and rudimentary security provided. But for the individual occupier, one problem often overshadows everything else: Where am I going to pee? Some of the Occupy Wall Street encampments spreading across the U.S. have access to portable toilets (such as those on the City Hall lawn in Los Angeles)
October 16, 2011 |
It was another stale quarter for most Southern California office landlords as rents and occupancy remained stalled at low levels, except in neighborhoods favored by technology and digital media companies. The soft market was a boon for tenants willing to sign leases. But few companies are finding the need to expand their quarters with the economy tepid and hiring at a standstill. Business bosses "have gone on a personnel diet," said Jim Kruse of CBRE Group Inc., the real estate brokerage formerly known as CB Richard Ellis.
August 18, 2011 |
Terranea, a Tuscan-themed luxury resort on the bluffs of Rancho Palos Verdes, couldn't have opened at a worse time. The sprawling seaside resort had 582 rooms to rent, a fancy spa, eight restaurants and bars, plus one of the largest ballrooms in the region — and, at its debut two years ago, faced the coldest hospitality market in decades. The owners hired 50% fewer employees than they had planned, launched generous discount promotions and prepared for the worst. In 2009, the hotel industry was in the roughest shape since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
July 17, 2011 |
Suddenly, all the major pro-Israel organizations are anguishing about "delegitimization. " Those who criticize Israeli policies are accused of trying to delegitimize Israel, which supposedly means denying Israel's right to exist. The concept of delegitimization has been used as a weapon against Israel's critics at least as far back as 1975, when then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Patrick Moynihan accused the international body of delegitimizing Israel by passing a "Zionism is racism " resolution.
July 5, 2011
Exorcising Hitler The Occupation and Denazification of Germany Frederick Taylor Bloomsbury: 464 pp., $30