October 9, 2013 |
A middle school in Port Washington, N.Y., has banned footballs, soccer balls, baseballs and lacrosse balls on its playgrounds. The students at Weber Middle School on Long Island also cannot roughhouse -- no jarring games of tag or cartwheels, unless supervised by a coach, reports the local CBS outlet. School officials said there'd been a rash of playground injuries. Nerf balls are OK. Woo-hoo. Those of us who grew up careening around without bike helmets, clambering over metal monkey bars with only concrete to break our falls and taking numerous dodgeballs to the kidneys may scoff.
October 4, 2013 |
Wealthy Californians have bounced back from the Great Recession, according to one report. About two-thirds of Californians with assets of $1 million or more actually feel better off now than before the 2008 financial crisis, a report from BMO Private Bank said. And roughly the same portion say they expect the economy to continue its recovery in the next year. "We are seeing increased confidence in the overall California economy, and the momentum is led by high-net worth individuals and families," said Ron Gong, managing director of CTC Consulting/Harris myCFO, a part of BMO Financial Group.
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October 1, 2013 |
Hours after their labor contract expired, thousands of Los Angeles County workers took to the streets of downtown Tuesday morning, rallying for higher wages and accusing county leaders of failing to recognize the sacrifices they made during the recession. Linda Dent, vice president of a union that represents 55,000 county employees, said the workers did without raises during the recession to help the county stay afloat. "We sacrificed for the last four years for L.A. County," Dent told the crowd of SEIU Local 721 members gathered in front of the Hall of Administration and spilling into Grand Park.
September 23, 2013 |
The exodus of immigrants who were in the United States illegally and left the country during the recession has halted--and the tide may actually be turning, a new report says. An analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that the number of immigrants living illegally in the U.S.--mostly people who arrived without valid documents or overstayed their visas- - has held steady and may even have grown slightly beginning in 2009. Earlier Pew research found that the numbers plunged by nearly a million during the downturn.
September 18, 2013 |
First came the movie “Silver Linings Playbook.” Now comes the sort-of sequel: “Silver Linings Divorce.” Just check out this headline from Wednesday's L.A. Times website: “Divorces Increase as Improving Economy Makes Split-ups Affordable.” (And you thought there weren't any good-news stories anymore.) Apparently, what's at work here is a corollary of the old “staying together for the sake of the children.” Call this one “staying together for the sake of the nice house and the BMW and the box at the Hollywood Bowl.” Let my colleague Stuart Pfeifer explain: It's not that money necessarily leads to unhappiness.
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September 18, 2013 |
For three years, Triana Williams has searched for a job. Between caring for her elderly grandmother and raising her young sister, the 24-year-old has filled out application after application at Ralphs, Rite Aid, Whole Foods, Ross, Payless and Starbucks. She calls to follow up, but they wave her off, Williams said. "They tell me I need experience to get the job," Williams said in her Venice apartment. "But you have to get a job to get experience. " Teenagers and young adults are still mired in dire levels of unemployment in Los Angeles County, years after the recession officially ended.
September 8, 2013 |
Sitting at the intersection of Hollywood and high fashion, it's no wonder Rodeo Drive is one of the most fabled shopping streets in the world. It's been immortalized in movies, books, song lyrics and on reality TV. The thoroughfare played a supporting role in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman," when Julia Roberts went on a Cinderella-like shopping spree. Eddie Murphy flirted with a blond in a Mercedes on the same street in 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop. " Late last month, Rodeo Drive was shut down for the elegant global pop-up dinner party "Diner en Blanc," where 1,200 partygoers, fashionably dressed in white, mingled among the storefronts, further cementing the street's reputation as L.A.'s luxury living room.
September 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With an immigration overhaul stalled in the Republican-controlled House, advocates fanned out across the states during the August recess to appeal to wavering lawmakers, easily overwhelming opponents who mustered few supporters at town halls and other events. In California, overhaul advocates in caravans from around the state descended on the Bakersfield office of the No. 3 Republican in the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy. In Colorado, they marched in the streets. Religious leaders told GOP lawmakers stories of families torn apart by deportation.
September 5, 2013 |
More than a fifth of American households faced continued hardships in the aftermath of the recession, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report released Thursday. Such hardships included being unable to cover their rent or mortgage, leaving bills unpaid, losing phone service, skipping needed visits to the doctor or coming up short on food for their families, among other financial struggles. As of two years ago, nearly 22% of households surveyed said they had experienced at least one of those problems in the previous year.
September 3, 2013 |
SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. - Engineers think that three of the bridges closest to Dave Wisler's home are about ready to collapse. One, a picturesque one-lane structure built in 1893, became so perilous it was closed last summer, and the county doesn't have the money to fix it. Another bridge, just down the road, is well-known for the concrete that chips off the bottom as children play in the creek below - it's currently under repair. Traffic was diverted to a third bridge nearby, but some drivers noticed a worrying humming noise as they drove over it, and their windows rattled.