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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1991
Did someone forget to pay the light bill for President Bush's 1,000 points of light? VIC FAILLE Hemet
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HEALTH
April 4, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Picture potato chips or chocolate - or any food you feel you can't resist. Chances are, your brain associates this food with a promise of happiness, says Kelly McGonigal, psychology instructor at Stanford University. But foods we have little control around act like the elusive carrot on a stick: The more we eat, the more we want. We never feel we have enough because the promise of reward is always in front of us - if only we eat one more, then another, and soon we're left with crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Yet the longing remains.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1989
As a Native American (a.k.a. Indian), I would like to address the issue of the Catholic Church's plan to build a social hall on the graves of my ancestors at Mission San Diego de Alcala. My dear Catholic brethren: You seem to have forgotten your own history, as well as your promises to us natives. Do you not remember when you first came to this country, carrying your sword and cross? How gentle we were with you. Have you forgotten we welcomed you as guests? How naive and trusting we were.
SPORTS
March 30, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Now that a seemingly never-ending high school basketball season is over, the next season can begin. That would be travel ball. And let the transfer season begin too. If you think one-and-done is popular in college, then get ready for one-and-done in high school basketball. Those are the players who spend one year at a high school, then move on to the next best deal. The CIF doesn't seem to mind. Its approach is, we'll send you to the Open Division to compete against the other schools who want to win badly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2009 | David Zahniser and Maeve Reston
Four and a half years ago, a Los Angeles city councilman looking to become mayor promised to take the bureaucracy into uncharted territory by helping residents get better access to cheaper prescription drugs. The LA-Rx program, unveiled in the heat of Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign, was ambitious. It was innovative. And it took a back seat to other initiatives once he won office. When Villaraigosa finally unveiled the start of LA-Rx last week, it was one of several signs that the mayor -- now in his second term -- is trying to shed a reputation for being long on promises and short on follow-through.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2010 | James Rainey
Bill Lobdell made quite a name for himself in this newsroom writing about faith gone wrong. He called out crooked ministers, fraudulent faith healers and abusive priests. Now Lobdell has launched a new journalism website with a partner who once was convicted and sent to prison for a multimillion-dollar swindle. The veteran religion writer hopes to do to crooked businesses what he did to ministers who did not live up to their calling. What has many traditional journalists agog is not just that Lobdell threw in with onetime ZZZZ Best con man Barry Minkow, but what the duo, operating as iBusinessreporting.
NATIONAL
August 16, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Continuing his campaign for an overhaul of the nation's healthcare system, President Obama promised his audience here in western Colorado on Saturday that his effort would create a "common-sense set of consumer protections" for Americans with health insurance. In an effort to soothe concerns amid the contentious healthcare debate, the president pledged that new legislation would ease the burdens of average consumers by capping the amount insurance companies can charge annually for out-of-pocket costs like co-pays and deductibles.
OPINION
January 4, 2008
Re "A promise of unpredictability," Opinion, Jan. 2 Joseph Ellis offers Ronald Reagan as an example of a president reversing a position he took during a campaign, stating that Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and then negotiated an arms agreement with it. However, Reagan's "evil empire" speech was given in 1983 and can hardly be considered a campaign position. In his 1980 campaign, Reagan promised to increase military expenditures, end the grain embargo against the Soviet Union and enact tax reductions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1998
Re "Residents Keep Lobbying for Park," Nov. 3. Good luck. When we purchased our home on Richardson, just north of a very large vacant piece of land in 1989, we were assured by our real estate broker that the lot could never be used for anything other than a park or a new school. Wrong! Today the entire horizon of the lot at Bennett and Sinaloa has been blocked off, all the trees removed and a five-foot wall is being readied for 25 or so homes. So much for promises. GEORGE PEGG, Simi Valley
OPINION
May 5, 2004
As someone who attended two years of community college, transferred to a University of California campus and is currently pursuing graduate studies, I was offended by the tone of "Cuts at UC Force Many to Consider Their 'Option,' " (May 2). These students should be grateful they have the opportunity to pursue an education at all. If that is their true goal, then being required to spend some time at a community college should not bother them, and should only increase the wealth and variety of their educational experience.
HEALTH
March 28, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Migraine disorder is an elephant in the room of medicine, says Dr. Andrew Charles, professor of neurology and director of the Headache Research and Treatment Program at UCLA. "All physicians - anybody in any kind of medical practice - knows how common headache and migraine are as a presenting complaint, and yet we don't really talk about it that much," he explains. Though migraine disorder affects 36 million Americans each year and is listed by the World Health Organization as the third most common disorder on the planet, it isn't well represented in medical school curricula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Regularly scheduled service on California's bullet train system will not meet anticipated trip times of two hours and 40 minutes between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and are likely to take nearly a half-hour longer, a state Senate committee was told Thursday. The faster trips were held out to voters in 2008 when they approved $9 billion in borrowing to help pay for the project. Since then, a series of political compromises and planning changes designed to keep the $68-billion line moving ahead have created slower track zones in urban areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Crews worked Tuesday to fix a fingertip-sized hole in an underground pipe that allowed about 1,200 gallons of crude oil to seep onto a quiet residential street in Wilmington. Phillips 66, which earlier in the day said it was almost positive that it was not to blame for the leak, later took responsibility and put the blame on one of its out-of-service pipes. Don Ellis, a hazardous-materials specialist with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said that when an underground oil pipeline is withdrawn from use, it is supposed to be capped and the material inside vacuumed out. Janet Grothe, a spokeswoman for Phillips 66, said the company would investigate why oil remained in the pipe, which she said was taken out of service before Phillips 66 acquired it. Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, who was touring the area, said the pipe had been withdrawn from service in 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Laura J. Nelson
The emergency response to November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was hampered by poor communications and a lack of coordination between agencies, problems that contributed to a chaotic evacuation and delays reaching victims, officials said Tuesday. A new report on the shooting found that firefighters and paramedics had difficulty determining where to go. There was a delay in setting up a unified emergency command center. Thousands of passengers spilled onto secure airport ramps where planes were parked or fled onto nearby streets, many lugging their bags along Sepulveda, Lincoln and Century boulevards.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC's "Crisis," which premieres Sunday, seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages" - create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is both familiar (newbie FBI agent up against emotionally charged odds) and unexpected (the point of the abduction is not clear). Our story opens with something Very Bad happening. In the middle of a field a sweaty and distraught man seems to be disarming security satellites as an FBI agent ("666 Park Avenue's" Rachael Taylor)
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
FARMINGTON, N.M. - In World War II he served as a Navajo code talker, one of the Marines who became legendary by using their native tongue to transmit messages the enemy could not decipher. Years later, to express its appreciation, the Navajo Nation built Tom Jones Jr. a house. These days the 89-year-old Jones struggles to keep warm during winter because the only heat inside his house emanates from an antique wood stove in the living room. The electricity doesn't work in his bathroom and the floor has worn away, exposing plywood beneath his feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently revealed that he cuts off the water when his children take extremely long showers, may have entered a new realm of domestic drama Tuesday involving a more formidable member of his household: his wife. Schwarzenegger promised "swift action" after TMZ.com posted two pictures of Maria Shriver driving while apparently violating the hands-free cellphone requirement he signed into law. The pictures show Shriver with her right hand on the wheel and her left holding a cellphone to her ear. One is dated July 12, 2009, and the other was taken Sunday, according to TMZ. The pictures appear with an article that begins, "Maria Maria, cell phone cheatah!"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2009 | David Ng
Confirming rumors that have been circulating on Broadway during the last two weeks, producers said Monday that Emmy winners Kristin Chenoweth ("Pushing Daisies") and Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace) would star in a revival of "Promises, Promises," set to open April 25. The musical, which is based on the Billy Wilder film "The Apartment," will open at the Broadway Theatre, according to Playbill. Chenoweth will play the role of Fran Kubelik, which was originated by Shirley MacLaine in the 1960 film.
SCIENCE
March 5, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
For the first time in more than four decades, the drug lysergic acid diethylamide -- better known as LSD -- has been the experimental adjunct to psychotherapy in a controlled clinical trial approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And a newly published study on that trial reports that the medication's anti-anxiety effects on patients facing life-threatening illnesses were sizable, sustained -- and free of worrisome side effects. In short, everything was groovy. In a pilot study conducted in Switzerland, 12 patients suffering deep anxiety due to serious illnesses participated in several drug-free psychotherapy sessions, and then joined a pair of therapists for two full-day psychotherapy sessions, separated by two to three weeks, under the influence of LSD. After tapering off any anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications and avoiding alcohol for at least a day, subjects in the trial were given either a 200-microgram dose of LSD or an "active placebo" of 20 micrograms of the drug.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Something's missing from Khloe Kardashian's life: about a quarter-million bucks of jewelry. The theft was discovered Monday and reported the same night to police, who are now investigating, according to L.A. Now . Law enforcement sources said there was no sign of forced entry at the Tarzana home, which is in a gated community and was once shared by Kardashian and Lamar Odom. The reality-TV diva, who killed it as a judge on "RuPaul's Drag Race" in an episode that aired Monday night, filed for divorce in December.
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