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April 22, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Is it R.I.P. for the OED, paper version? The fountainhead for all things about English could come to exist, like Johnny Depp in “Transcendence,” only in an online incarnation. The English language has somewhere between 800,000 and 1 million words, and the Oxford English Dictionary is dedicated to bringing you the lineage and usage of every one of them. The third edition is in the works, but that's not headline news - it has been in development for at least 20 years. When it does appear, it could run to 40 volumes, twice as long as the second edition from only 35 years ago. And that could spell the last of anything but a virtual OED. There's “too big to fail” and, maybe, “too big to print.” The speed at which the language metastasizes has always made it hard for dictionaries to keep up. (Just take a gander at “Ball of Fire,” one of my favorite movies: Barbara Stanwyck plays a nightclub chanteuse, Gary Cooper a slang-deprived lexicographer.)
August 2, 2009 | Lisa See, Lisa See is the author of, most recently, "Shanghai Girls."
A few years ago, I corresponded with a young Chinese American man who complained that his grandparents didn't treat his father and him like the rest of the family. I asked if his father might have been a "paper son" -- someone who had come to this country from China using papers claiming false U.S. citizenship and often false blood ties. My correspondent had never heard the term, but he asked his father, and it turned out I was right. I met the young man a few days later, and he was devastated.
April 1, 2014
Bill Plaschke, a staple of The Times Sports section since joining the paper in 1987, has taken first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest for column writing among papers with circulations of more than 175,000. Plaschke, a columnist since 1996, has now won the prestigious national columnist award five times and has been a frequent top-10 finisher in multiple writing categories. The contest honors the best work in sports journalism both in print and on the web. The final column-writing results were announced Tuesday.
October 11, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Walt Disney Co. is implementing a new policy to use less paper from environmentally threatened areas, a year after it was targeted by environmental protesters. In May of 2011, activists from the Rainforest Action Network hung a banner outside Disney's Burbank headquarters charging the entertainment giant with "destroying Indonesia's rainforests. " At the time, Disney called the protest a "publicity stunt" and said it had already made a commitment to "sustainable paper" in a 2010 corporate citizenship report.
November 29, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Germs that reside on doctors' lab coats, nurses' uniforms and hospital bed curtains are known to contribute to an unacceptably high rate of hospital-acquired infections. And that's just for starters. It turns out that papers passed around hospital offices, labs and patient rooms are potent transmitters of germs too. The fact that paper can carry bacteria is not a surprise. Other studies have demonstrated how filthy paper money is. The new study , however, makes clear that hospitals need to treat paper-transmitted bacteria seriously because the germs transfer from hand to paper so easily.
December 26, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
It's the day after Christmas and all through the house, so much wrapping paper is spilling and suffocating my spouse. Here in Los Angeles, as in much of the rest of the United States, we recycle. Today our blue bins overflow with the paper and cardboard memory of our Christmas of abundance and good cheer. Across our city, and in many other distant cities, the bins of many book buyers overflow with the ubiquitous boxes and plastic cushions with which ships its products.
March 14, 2013 | By David Pagel
It's rare to look at a drawing and think you're looking at a painting. It's even rarer to look at a work on paper and think you're in the presence of a sculpture. That's what happens at L.A. Louver, where British artist Richard Deacon is having his fifth solo show in Los Angeles. Among the most talented sculptors working today, the protean artist uses materials in such unexpected ways that his works make you shed expectations and see the world with fresh eyes. In Deacon's last four exhibitions, he has used clay, titanium and rubber, as well as wood, bronze and aluminum, to make wonderfully puzzling, sensually satisfying and intellectually invigorating sculptures.
September 5, 2012 | By Craig Nakano
We first caught Emily Brown at the Renegade Los Angeles indie craft market a month ago, where the Monterey artist said she was exhibiting her work in Southern California for the first time. Recently we checked back to ask Brown what kind of reaction she got for her picture-box scenes, each crafted of intricately X-actoed paper. Her response? “Amazing,” she said. Working under the studio name Bird Mafia, Brown turns cut-paper trees, waves and wild animals - formerly used only as stencils for screen-printed pillows and clothing - into miniature shadow-box dioramas that sell for $50 to $300 depending on the size and complexity.
August 23, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
Powerful microscopes have allowed researchers to see what exactly holds paper together. Tiny strands of cellulose known as fibril bridges seem to play a crucial role, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports. Austrian researchers wanted to figure out how to make paper stronger by identifying the molecular bonds most important for connecting its dense network of cellulose fibers. Although earlier studies had revealed that many types of bonds are involved, including attractive forces between charged atoms in cellulose and adhesive forces between cellulose and liquids, scientists weren't sure which ones predominated.
March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
With a lineup built around Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers might have more offensive firepower than any team in the National League. But catcher A.J. Ellis said that if they win the World Series this year, the primary reason will be the same as it was for any of the franchise's previous titles. "Like all the great Dodger teams of the past, it's going to be the pitching that carries us," Ellis said. The franchise's fundamental philosophy remains the same, which is reflected in the Dodgers committing about half of their record $250-million payroll to pitching.
March 21, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
It's a fair criticism of what's written about life as a wage slave -- from journalists and economists alike -- that it's delivered by people who don't have firsthand experience of what that life is like. As a result, a great deal of reporting about worker "behavior" and "choice" has the bloodless quality of laboratory theory, devoid of any hint of the real world. Joseph Williams has done a service to the field by reporting directly from the front -- and not by his own "choice. " His report, which appears in the Atlantic as " My Life as a Retail Worker : Nasty, Brutish, and Poor," is as scary as a monster movie.
March 5, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Sue is troubled, and not just by all the troublesome things in the world. She says it's come to her attention that the cardboard tube within toilet paper rolls is becoming narrower. Sue isn't saying that toilet paper rolls are becoming smaller. Just the cardboard tube, which she says no longer reaches the edges of the roll. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions And I know what you're saying: "Thank goodness someone has finally had the courage to speak up!"
February 28, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey, David Lauter and Maeve Reston
WASHINGTON - As Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to reshape the nation's healthcare system in her husband's first term as president, she got all the right advice from senior aides: Consult closely with members of Congress, build bridges with business leaders, communicate clearly to nervous voters, move swiftly. The first lady and her husband ultimately failed in nearly all those efforts, nearly sinking Bill Clinton's presidency. Thousands of documents released Friday, which detail that failure as well as other policy disputes of the Clinton White House, provide new details on what remains one of the defining chapters in Hillary Clinton's career.
February 27, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
Over the next two weeks, the Clinton Library and the National Archives will release as many as 33,000 pages of presidential records from Bill Clinton's years in the White House - creating a trove of new documents for Hillary Clinton's friends and foes to sift through as she weighs a 2016 presidential run.    The National Archives and Records Administration announced Thursday afternoon that the first 4,000 to 5,000 pages of the previously confidential...
February 23, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
William F. Thomas, an editor who led The Times during an extraordinary period of expansion in the 1970s and 1980s, when the paper widened its reach nationally and abroad and became a showcase for literary journalism, has died. He was 89. Thomas, who helped the paper reap 11 Pulitzer Prizes during his three-decade career at The Times, died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Sherman Oaks, said his son, Pete. "He was perhaps the least well-known of any editor of any major newspaper," said former Times Publisher and CNN President Tom Johnson . "He never sought the spotlight for himself.
November 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A new Kickstarter project called PowerUp 3.0 turns paper airplanes into smartphone-controlled flying machines. PowerUp 3.0 is a small electronic module that works by attaching onto a paper airplane that users fold themselves. A small box at the front of the module stores the gadget's battery and also keeps in contact with users' smartphones. Meanwhile, at the back of the toy there is a propeller and rudder that make the device go in whatever direction a user wants. "PowerUp 3.0 turns your embarrassing paper plane into a lean, mean flying machine," says a video for the project, claims to be the world's first ever smartphone controlled paper airplane.
December 19, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
If you're doing any last-minute holiday shopping on Melrose this weekend, be sure to stop into Decades and check out the extraordinary wearable paper-art creations of Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld . With intricately folded and cut shapes, they are a treat for the eyes, especially the starry-looking "Snow Twins" cocoon coat for two, and the fantastic, fur-free "Lion Stola. "  Cameron Silver, fashion tastemaker, author and co-owner of the Decades vintage boutique, discovered Szenfeld's work earlier this year while he was on his book tour in Stockholm.
February 22, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
NEW YORK - What is a photograph? From photography's very beginning, there has always been more than one answer to that question. On the medium's official launch in 1839, a photograph was both a precise, one-of-a-kind image permanently fixed on a mirror-like metal plate (the Daguerreotype) and a replicable print on paper, made from a paper negative (the calotype, or photogenic drawing). Ever since, what photographs look and feel like has continued to evolve with changing technology and aesthetic intent.
February 15, 2014 | Anne Colby and Lisa Boone
That trip to Paris. A memorable meal. Her first swim lesson. The reunion of far-flung family members that may never happen again. Thanks to the ease and ubiquity of digital and smartphone cameras, we are capturing precious memories and others more ordinary at an increasing rate. The question becomes how best to preserve, organize and enjoy these pictures -- along with those taken before the dawn of the Digital Age (not so long ago, really). Here are a few ideas. -- (BEGIN TEXT OF INFOBOX)
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