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November 1, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The lack of electricity and severe gasoline shortages are hindering cleanup efforts throughout metropolitan New York and New Jersey as the hard-hit region continues to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's rampage through the Northeast. The U.S. death toll from the storm rose to 75 overnight, including 12 dead in New Jersey and 30 in New York state. Of 22 reported deaths in New York City, 14 are from Staten Island, where surging waters powered by the storm trapped many in basements.
October 29, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The storm-related shutdown of an important New Jersey refinery and cutbacks on production runs at other refineries along the Delaware River may kick up East Coast gasoline prices at the pump later this week, but analysts were predicting that any price jump would probably be short-lived. Phillips 66 said that it has closed its 240,000-barrel-a-day Bayway refinery in Linden, N.J., because of the possibility of storm surges from Hurrican Sandy. Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey, said that buyers were reacting to that news by scrambling for supplies.
October 26, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
When a 17-year-old high school football player says he wants to apply to Caltech and MIT, everyone should take notice. Alejandro Lupercio, a 6-foot-2, 193-pound senior linebacker at Los Angeles Garfield, has his sights set on becoming a mechanical engineer. "It's not going to be easy, but I can do it," he said. With a 4.2 grade-point average, Lupercio is more than just a key player on the field. He's a tutor for teammates in study hall. When Coach Lorenzo Hernandez needs someone to help with a calculus question, it's usually Lupercio.
October 17, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - For the second straight month, a sharp rise in gasoline prices helped push up prices for consumer goods, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, increased a seasonally adjusted 0.6% in September from the previous month. Prices also were up 0.6% in August. Before that, inflation had been flat or down for four consecutive months. Higher gasoline costs were again the main culprit in September. Prices at the pump, which have set records recently in California, were up 7% last month, following a 9% increase in August.
October 17, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Hey, isn't that the frizzy-haired girl who played "Felicity" a decade or so ago? She may be hard to recognize but that's her, all grown up. Actress Keri Russell may best be known for starring in the college-based television drama, but her effortless, classic sense of style has made her a lasting presence on the fashion scene. She's also had plenty of successful films since her Golden Globe-winning run on "Felicity" in 1998-2002, with starring roles in "August Rush," "Leaves of Grass" and the indie flick "Waitress.
October 16, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
With a 7-0 record, a No. 1 ranking in the Northwest Division and the possibility of playing in a CIF state championship Division III regional bowl game, Ojai Nordhoff has its fans excited. Coach Tony Henney has put together a team of neighborhood kids led by a fantastic junior class that includes quarterback Tanner Workman (1,320 yards passing, 17 touchdowns) and running back Tayler Livingston (688 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns). "We're still a home-grown football team," Henney said.
October 14, 2012
Regarding "It's Ripening on the Vine," by Christopher Reynolds, Oct. 7: As a visitor to the Santa Ynez Valley before the days of Indian gambling, before Neverland Ranch and before vineyards and wineries, I always thought of Solvang as the Danish Tijuana. The original Hitching Post in Casmalia is a true gem. But it takes time and effort to get there. Your readers should be warned that just showing up without prior arrangements [especially on weekends] is a recipe for disappointment.
October 9, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Shatarka Nuby just wanted to be pretty. She longed to fill out her jeans, to look curvier in her bikini, so she sought out a man with a syringe who said he could sell her the body she wanted for $1,000. In her bedroom in South Florida, witnesses later told police, Nuby handed Oneal Ron Morris a wad of cash and stretched out on her stomach. Morris plunged a syringe filled with clear liquid into Nuby's hips and buttocks, the onlookers said. Her skin began to rise under the needle.
October 8, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown intervened in the unrelenting climb of gasoline prices by calling for the immediate release of a cheaper, but less environmentally friendly, blend of gasoline. Brown directed the California Air Resources Board on Sunday to permit oil companies to start selling winter-blend gasoline, which evaporates more quickly in warm weather than the summer blend. Normally, winter blend isn't permitted to be released until Oct. 31. The air resources board will follow the governor's direction and tell refineries and importers that they can start selling the cheaper gasoline right away, said Stanley Young, a spokesman for the agency.
October 6, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Eight more Costco gas stations, in Alhambra, Azusa, Culver City, Fontana, La Quinta, Laguna Niguel and Northridge, were back in business Saturday with fresh supplies of gasoline, a company executive confirmed. "They are all open again," said Jeff Cole, vice president for gasoline for Costco in the U.S. The eight were among 15 Costco gas stations between southern Orange County and Bakersfield that shut down on Thursday as wholesale gasoline prices soared to record levels. The wholesale price is the cost of fuel before various federal, state and local taxes are added.
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