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November 17, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Some people are pretty good at being stuck in traffic. They gab on the phone, listen to music, chalk up the inconvenience as inevitable. Not I. Generally speaking, I sweat, curse and think miserable thoughts. And I'm on the road a lot, which has been known to sour my disposition. Once, I hired a day laborer to travel with me so I could use the carpool lanes and ease my burden. I still think there ought to be day laborer stations along the highway, because everybody wins, but for some reason the idea hasn't caught on. Last week, I went with a different option.
November 8, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Sales of electric vehicles won't take off until automakers lower prices and demonstrate the economic benefits to consumers, according to a J.D. Power and Associates study of electric vehicle ownership. Almost two years after automakers started selling battery-powered rechargeable cars in the U.S., the segment is an almost immeasurable portion of auto sales.  Nissan has sold less than 6,800 Leaf electric cars this year through October, and that's down 16% from the same period last year.  Honda has leased just 48 of the electric version of the Fit this year.
May 6, 2012 | By David Pagel
With nearly 400 works, “Carroll Dunham: A Drawing Survey” stands out as one of the year's largest shows. It's also one of the best. Arranged chronologically at Blum & Poe, the 30-year survey's intimate pictures give visitors a good long glimpse into the New York painter's consciousness as it struggles to find its footing, hits its stride, improvises freely, gets stuck in its comfort zone and then breaks free, spitting out works whose ugly...
November 17, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Now that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed Oscar's best picture nomination process for the second time in three years, voters will be looking at a shorter ballot and a greater premium on the order in which they rank their favorite movies. When the academy announced the rule change in June, it signaled the end of a brief, two-year flirtation with a best picture field of 10 nominees, which produced an inclusiveness that earned nods for populist pictures such as "District 9" and "Inception.
October 18, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan would probably be seen as just another cockamamie tax scheme were it not for his surprising ascendance to front-runner ranks in the Republican Party primary. Yet one of the more interesting questions raised by the plan hasn't gotten much attention: What accounts for the enduring popularity of such tax nostrums, when they never pencil out? Cain's proposal, which purportedly would replace today's federal tax code with a flat 9% personal income tax, a flat 9% corporate tax and a flat 9% national sales tax, has the surface appeal of an advertising slogan.
March 18, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Kathie Gant knew the relationship with her new boss was bad, but she didn't know how bad until the woman, a Maryland attorney, hurled a bundle of pencils at Gant, her administrative assistant. "You just don't sharpen my pencils for me!" the boss raged, punctuating each word with exaggerated enunciation and the zing of a pencil across the office toward Gant. Months later, Gant was in a storage closet in the courthouse where she worked when the lights were shut off. "I turned toward the door and she was standing there," Gant said of the supervisor.
December 18, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
It's not unusual to hear about someone figuratively jumping into their work with both feet. Dr. Peter Lommer Kristensen did it literally. Kristensen, of the Hillerod Hospital in Hillerod, Denmark, and two of his colleagues investigated an old Danish myth that it is possible to get drunk by immersing your feet in alcohol. To do so, they soaked their feet in a washtub containing three bottles of vodka for three hours. They measured blood concentrations of alcohol every half-hour and rated themselves on a scale of 0 to 10 on self-confidence, urge to speak and the number of times they desired spontaneous hugs.
October 29, 2010 | By Austin Knoblauch
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty spoke about his concussion publicly for the first time Friday, saying his recovery process was going well and that he hopes to be back in the lineup soon. Doughty, who hasn't played since Oct. 20 when he and Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole collided, will not be in the lineup Saturday when the Kings host the New Jersey Devils. He skirted the question as to whether he is still experiencing symptoms during on-ice workouts but was upbeat. "I feel good," said Doughty, who skated Thursday but not Friday.
June 13, 2010
After Tuesday's primary, nobody had sharp eyes, ears, fangs and pencils at the ready like California cartoonists. Steve Greenberg zeroed in on spotty voter turnout — no, not the electorate but the candidates. Lisa Benson's stoked-up elephantine beach baby successfully surfed the big-money pipeline. But, as Rex Babin showed, those cash undercurrents can be tricky. His money-grubbing PG&E superhero wiped out, despite being amped up on a $50-million jolt of advertising. Bitchin'!
November 16, 2009 | SAM FARMER, ON THE NFL
Do not adjust your picture. But you might want to adjust your Super Bowl picks. The Dallas Cowboys, who had won four in a row, were nearly shut out Sunday . . . by a Green Bay team that lost to winless Tampa Bay a week earlier. The Denver Broncos, who looked indestructible as they rolled to a 6-0 start . . . now seem to be imploding just like they did at the end of last season. The Tennessee Titans lost their first six games and appeared to be playing for the No. 1 draft pick in 2010 . . . then reversed their field with three consecutive wins behind Vince Young, Version 2.0. And the Cincinnati Bengals, fresh off a 4-12 season . . . have successfully swept the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time since 1998.
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