CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
Mall developer and political mover Rick Caruso pledged $5 million Wednesday to expand an "ecosystem" of social and educational programs in Watts, with the goal of helping 200 young people break out of poverty and violence in South Los Angeles. The donation from the Caruso Family Foundation will support the programs for a decade. It will pay for about a seven-fold increase in students benefiting from tutors, weekend mentors and college scholarships via Operation Progress, an umbrella service organization founded in 1999 by Los Angeles police officers.
November 6, 2013 |
A wide-ranging multibillion-dollar package of incentives comes before Washington state lawmakers Thursday as the state scrambles to ensure that aerospace giant Boeing Co. will build its next major jetliner in the Seattle area. The company's Long Beach plant, which is now set for closure in 2015, had been rumored as a long-shot site for the work. But Tuesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature into a special session that begins Thursday to pass a package of bills that includes more than $8 billion in tax savings for Boeing to build the next-generation version of the 777 wide-body jet in Puget Sound.
November 5, 2013 |
After winning reelection by an overwhelming margin, Gov. Chris Christie took the stage Tuesday night to give a victory speech not just to supporters in New Jersey, but also to the rest of the United States, who might be asked to vote for him in 2016. Appearing before supporters in Asbury Park with his wife and four children, Christie frequently reminded listeners of his role helping the state recover from Superstorm Sandy, as well as his history of bipartisanship. “We stand here tonight showing it is possible to put doing your job first, to put working together first, to fight for what you believe in, yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you,” he said, to cheers.
October 24, 2013 |
In 2007, Congress created the Special Immigrant Visa program to help Iraqis and Afghans who had risked their lives to work for the American government during the wars in their countries. Thousands of former interpreters, drivers and other contractors applied, many of them worried about reprisals from fellow citizens and confident that the United States would help them begin a new life in America. More than five years after the program began, however, less than half of the visas set aside for the program - 5,000 annually for the last five years, plus more for family members - have been issued.
October 18, 2013 |
Foster Farms said it was working hard to repair its tarnished image after a salmonella outbreak linked to its chickens sickened more than 300 people nationwide. In one of the first interviews since the outbreak was announced earlier this month, Foster Farms President Ron Foster told The Times the company had implemented a series of new safety measures to reduce the instances of salmonella on its poultry parts to significantly below the industry standard. The announcement comes two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shutter three of the company's facilities that are tied to the outbreak.
September 20, 2013 |
Orvis, the Vermont-based upscale outfitters of the outdoorsy set, has rolled out a Theodore Roosevelt-themed roundup of apparel and accessories that will send 5% of sales to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. It consists of just 10 pieces (one of which is Douglas Brinkley's book "The Wilderness Warrior") including a pair of vintage twill miner's pants ($139), a leather vest (with buffalo-nickel snaps, $350), a poplin shirt (tailored, according to the company's website, in the style of those worn by TR's Rough Riders, $98)