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April 7, 2013 | By Susan Silk and Barry Goldman
When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan's colleagues. She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn't feel like having visitors, and she said so. Her colleague's response? "This isn't just about you. " "It's not?" Susan wondered. "My breast cancer is not about me? It's about you?" The same theme came up again when our friend Katie had a brain aneurysm. She was in intensive care for a long time and finally got out and into a step-down unit.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
In Los Angeles, patrol officers are caught disabling recording equipment that was in place to keep them honest. In Santa Monica, a high school student demonstrates why the wrestling coach is the last faculty member to mess with. And in Glendale, a young woman challenges the definition of "hands-free" driving after getting a ticket for talking on a phone tucked into her head scarf. These three police blotter tales have little in common, except that I've assembled them in a nice spring bouquet, along with a prickly observation or two. First the LAPD.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2009 | By Jack Leonard
A former security guard accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old college student in a Palmdale parking lot nearly a decade ago was convicted of murder Friday, authorities said. The verdict caps a lengthy legal saga that began when Raymond Lee Jennings first reported finding Michelle O'Keefe's body during a routine patrol of the park-and-ride lot. Investigators found the victim, a student at Antelope Valley College, slumped in the front seat of her Ford Mustang. She had been shot four times in the chest and face.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama used his executive power and a hot-button issue to try to stoke support from a key election-year constituency Tuesday, as he issued two directives aimed at ensuring federal contractors pay women as much as men for equal work. Surrounding himself with female supporters at the White House, Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk about how much money they make. Advocates say secrecy about salaries is a major contributor to the gap in average pay between male and female workers in the United States, which the White House says means women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The president also ordered contractors to report data to the government showing the compensation paid to employees by gender and race.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2011 | By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times
Mickey Rooney's stepson was ordered Thursday to turn over all of the 90-year-old actor's identification cards ? including his passport, state ID card, various insurance cards and his Screen Actor's Guild membership ? and to continue to abide by a temporary restraining order that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued 10 days ago. Rooney has alleged in court papers that his stepson, Christopher Aber, 52, of Westlake Village and Aber's wife, Christina Aber, 42, have been physically and emotionally abusing him for several years by depriving him of food and medications, prohibiting him from leaving his house and taking control over his finances.
NEWS
March 13, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
About midday on Tuesday, Mike Carpenter, an owner of the Culver City wine shop " the Redd Collection ," got a call from a gentleman with a slight Italian accent. It sounded like it was coming from overseas. The caller asked if the shop had any 2008 Papale Primitivo di Manduria from the producer Varvaglione. Carpenter said, "'Sure, we've got it.' He asked how much we had. And I told him we have access to quite a bit, but probably only two or three cases on the floor. " Then he asked if the shop could supply him with 115 bottles.
OPINION
July 5, 2013
Re "At one Army base, a new shade of green," July 1 Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard's efforts to bring Ft. Bliss into the 21st century by reducing the Army base's need for oil is commendable. By adopting common-sense recycling programs, dropping the use of drinking water on the base's golf course and bringing more solar projects online, he's a great model for how to bring personal values to an organization. But what was jaw-dropping was the statement by Richard G. Kidd IV, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability.
SPORTS
June 19, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
One night after he accounted for eight outs, with three double-play grounders and two strikeouts in a 3-2 loss to Seattle, Josh Hamilton was dropped from the second spot in the order to seventh for Wednesday night's game against the Mariners. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia had moved the struggling right fielder from the fifth spot to the second spot, between Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, on June 8 in an attempt to spark Hamilton, but it hasn't worked. Hamilton, the former Texas Rangers star who signed a five-year, $125-million contract with the Angels in December, is batting .213 with 10 home runs, 24 runs batted in and 73 strikeouts.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
With conflict brewing over Shell's plans to begin exploratory drilling in the U.S. Arctic this summer, a federal judge in Anchorage has issued a temporary restraining order banning Greenpeace activists from launching operations against the company's two drilling rigs. U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason on Thursday granted the oil company's request for an order preventing activists from repeating their recent stunt off New Zealand , in which Greenpeace drilling opponents mounted the Noble Discoverer drilling rig and impeded its departure for North America.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
A judge on Tuesday ordered the state of Wisconsin to reopen the Capitol building ? which has been in a virtual lockdown since Monday morning ? but union supporters have not yet been able to reenter the building to resume their protests against plans to severely curtail their bargaining rights. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Moeser issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday morning requiring the building to be opened to the public. But state officials have continued to allow only a limited number of people into the building.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Jessica Wohl
CHICAGO — Investors filled up on shares of GrubHub in the company's first day of trading. GrubHub shares rose as high as $40.80 on Friday and ended up 31%, at $34. The Chicago company's gains came even as the overall stock market fell, with the Dow Jones industrial average, the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Nasdaq composite all posting declines. At $34 a share, the online food ordering service is worth about $2.67 billion, or roughly half as much as Groupon Inc., the Chicago daily deals company.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres, 5-1, at Petco Park on Wednesday night to improve to 4-1 on the season. Here's a recap of the game. AT THE PLATE: Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier entered the game a combined four for 43. But the Dodgers' 3-4-5 hitters discovered their collective rhythm, as they combined for four hits and four runs batted in. Ramirez, who was one for 15 in the first four games, drove in the Dodgers' first...
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports, This post has been updated.
Foot Hood officials said they have received an initial report that a shooter at the base is dead, but the information is unconfirmed, the statement said.  Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services also said that injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene. The number of injured are not confirmed at this time, the statement said. No further details were released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | Jessica Garrison and Jill Cowan
A metal-finishing facility in Newport Beach poses an "unacceptably high" cancer risk to its neighbors and should curtail its emissions as soon as possible, state air quality officials said Tuesday. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said it would ask its independent hearing board to order Hixson Metal Finishing to reduce its emissions of chromium 6 "on an expedited schedule. " The plant is next to an apartment building in a neighborhood with a mix of homes and businesses near the border with Costa Mesa.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
After years of delays, U.S. safety regulators have announced that backup cameras will be required in new U.S. vehicles by May 2018. The move comes just a day before a court of appeals was to hear arguments in a lawsuit brought against the government by safety groups and families of children injured and killed in back-over accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Monday that "rear-visibility technology" must be standard equipment in all vehicles under 10,000 pounds.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By David Wharton
The big man talks to himself. Cuss words. Which can be a problem in the team huddle. "I always put the towel over my mouth in timeouts," he says. If Frank Kaminsky has an unusual method of self-motivation during games, count that as one of his many uncommon qualities. The Wisconsin forward has led his team into the Final Four with a combination of inside and outside skills that make for a special kind of 7-footer. Strong moves equal tough baskets in the paint. A shooter's touch translates into points from the perimeter.
NATIONAL
January 18, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
People recognized St. Jeanne Jugan by the begging basket she carried while walking down the roads of Brittany, in northwest France, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Going from door to door, Jugan would ask people for money, gifts - whatever they could spare for the elderly poor. Nearly 175 years later, nuns from the religious order Jugan founded, the Little Sisters of the Poor, can still be seen in public, collecting donations to support their work. Unlike some nuns who wear casual clothing these days, the Little Sisters dress in traditional garb, in all white or black habits with gray veils.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Score one for BlackBerry. Or 1 million to be exact. Days ahead of its U.S. launch, the Canadian phone maker said it received an order for 1 million of its new Z10 smartphone -- making it the largest single order in its history. According to the Associated Press, BlackBerry, formerly known as Research in Motion, did not disclose who placed the order. The company did say, however, that it came from an established partner and that shipments would begin immediately. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 BlackBerry has two new devices, the touchscreen-only Z10 and the Q10, which has a physical keyboard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
A Vernon battery recycler under fire for contaminating nearby homes with lead and threatening the health of more than 100,000 people with its arsenic emissions is in trouble once again for emitting more than the permitted level of lead, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. As a result, the agency will order Exide to curtail its operations by 15%. On March 22 and 23, an air monitor on the northeast side of the Exide Technologies plant, near the Los Angeles River, picked up lead levels that were high enough to cause the outdoor air concentration to exceed 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter based on a 30-day average - a violation of rules designed to protect public health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Jack Dolan
A Los Angeles judge signaled Tuesday that he intends to order Department of Water and Power union chief Brian D'Arcy to turn over financial information showing how two nonprofit trusts he co-directs used $40 million in ratepayer money. D'Arcy, who oversees the nonprofits with the utility's general manager, has been fighting city officials' efforts to account for the money since September, after The Times reported that DWP managers had only scant information about how the money has been spent.
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