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OPINION
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Christopher Hubbart has had a hard time trying to find a place to live, and no wonder. He's a serial rapist who assaulted women in the 1970s and '80s, was convicted and released, only to rape again. He was committed indefinitely to a mental facility until such time as he was determined by authorities to no longer be a threat. There was such a determination last summer, and it was upheld by a California court, but Hubbart waited while officials hunted for a place in Los Angeles County where he could live.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By David Zahniser and James Rainey
Three months after it painted L.A. as a metropolis stumbling into decline, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission offered 13 recommendations Wednesday that it said would attract jobs and "put the city on a path to fiscal stability. " The group of prominent business, labor and civic leaders called on elected officials to enact a wide-ranging series of policy initiatives: increasing the minimum wage, combining giant twin harbors into a single port, altering oversight of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and bolstering efforts to promote regional tourism.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Three gay men who contracted meningitis have died from the disease, officials said Thursday, heightening calls in West Hollywood and beyond that people get vaccinated. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health began providing free vaccinations for patients without health insurance Thursday. It recommended that gay and bisexual men get the medicine. The department announced earlier this week that there have been eight cases of invasive meningococcal disease in the county so far this year.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Monday is the last day to begin the process of signing up for insurance under the Covered California statewide health exchange. But even for many of those already enrolled, the challenges are just beginning. Consider, for instance, the work to be done in figuring out your new health plan's coverage for prescription drugs. For people who take medications on an ongoing basis, it's especially important to closely evaluate details of a health plan's drug coverage. For Tina Petrakis, selecting a new health plan through Covered California meant paying close attention to the medications each policy covered.
TRAVEL
March 29, 2014
Harvinder Singh is a friendly, kind, protective and generally delightful man who will drive you anywhere and also treat you to special places and experiences in Delhi, India. Harvinder Singh, Harvinder Tours & Travels; 011-9199-1089-9032 (24-hour help line), 011-9192-1309-6061. Alexandra Harrison Cambridge, Mass.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety. Online services crave good recommendation engines. Back in 2006, Netflix launched a contest with a $1-million prize to the team that could improve its algorithm by at least 10%. It gave programmers up to five years to reach the goal, and awarded the prize after just three, in 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Consider this hypothetical situation. You're Joe Blow, an off-duty cop, and you've had too much to drink. Things begin getting out of hand just short of 2 a.m., at a saloon. Some guy's dancing with your wife and you don't like it. You give him a shove. A bouncer takes you outside. But you get into it with the guy you shoved as he's leaving the bar. You pull a .45 out of your pocket. You begin to drive away, but you're stopped by a sheriff's deputy. Then you use a slur to describe the black man with whom you scuffled, tell the deputy you're drunk and refuse a sobriety test.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | Joel Rubin
Shaun Hillmann's career as a Los Angeles police officer appeared to be over after he was caught on tape outside a bar uttering a racial slur, and later denied it to his superiors. High-ranking police officials recommended that Hillmann be fired, according to internal LAPD records. A disciplinary board agreed, voting unanimously in January that he should be kicked off the force. Police Chief Charlie Beck decided otherwise, sparing the career of an officer whose father and uncle worked for the department.
TRAVEL
March 22, 2014
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is the best place I've stayed in Central America. There are 15 exquisite bungalows set in a 4,000-acre jungle. We had the entire beach to ourselves, where we rode horses. The kids also toured the farm where they milked cows and took the eggs from the hen and made a wonderful breakfast (hands-on cooking, where they learned to make tortillas from scratch). We went on beautiful rain-forest hikes and dined at its wonderful restaurant - really had it all in one spot.
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