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February 6, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
The housing recovery spread to more markets in February, according to industry data, indicating that more parts of the country are showing signs of improving economic health. A total of 259 metropolitan areas were listed as improving, according to an index produced by the National Assn. of Home Builders. That was an increase from 242 markets listed as improving in January. “Today, the story is about how widespread the recovery has become as conditions steadily improve in markets nationwide,” David Crowe, chief economist for the builders group, said in a news release.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
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NEWS
June 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
College students who are lucky enough to realize they need treatment for substance-use disorders are faced not only with the daunting task of recovery but also with reintegration into college life -- otherwise known as the land of pills and booze. A new program, however, may begin cropping up on U.S. campuses to assist young people who are trying to recover and aid those who wish to achieve sobriety. The Collegiate Recovery Communities emerged from a program at Texas Tech University and now has spin-offs at several U.S. universities.
SCIENCE
April 15, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
In the netherworld that lies between death and full consciousness, some grievously injured or ill patients will remain suspended indefinitely. But others, given time, will eke their way out of the twilight and toward recovery. Accurately predicting which group an apparently vegetative patient falls into could bring comfort, solace and sometimes hope to their families--and also to the patients involved, who may wish to convey they are still "in there," or may feel pain that is not being addressed.
SPORTS
August 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant said he and his doctors have "shattered" the timetable for recovery after his Achilles' surgery. "The surgical procedure was different ... and because of that the recovery has been different," Bryant said while traveling in Shenzhen, China, according to NBA.com . "The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we've shattered that. Three-and-a-half months [and] I can already walk just fine. I'm lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that's different.
BUSINESS
October 21, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
The nation's commercial real estate recovery will advance in 2013 with modest gains in leasing, rents, and sales prices, industry leaders said in a report. Recent job creation should be enough to increase absorption and push down vacancy rates in the office, industrial and retail sectors. Despite being on a slower-than-normal recovery track, U.S. property sectors and markets have “noticeably” better prospects compared with last year, the report said. Developers, architects, brokers, lenders and other commercial real estate professionals were surveyed for the annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate report released by the industry think tank Urban Land Institute and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
NEWS
July 24, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Admitting you have a problem, it's often said, is the first step to recovery. Brenda Wilhelmson reached that point years ago when she realized that alcohol was wrecking her life. Join a live Web chat with Wilhelmson on Monday, July 25, at 11 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. Central and 2 p.m. Eastern time) when she speaks about her book, "Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife," about her struggles with addiction and her ongoing recovery. While some addicts talk about hitting bottom before seeking help, Wilhelmson said that pivotal moment may not be the same for everyone.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Republican candidate Mitt Romney is fond of telling crowds that women have lost more jobs than men have under President Obama's economic watch. Is he correct? Kind of. But it's not like the Obama administration deliberately targeted women. Rather, women took an especially rough economic pounding because they play a disproportionately large role in our public schools. And public schools have suffered mightily in recent years. According to the National Women's Law Center, women lost 396,000 public sector jobs during the recovery, or more than two-thirds of all such jobs cut. The economy may now be on the mend, but it's not like the public sector is rushing to fill all those vacancies.
SPORTS
February 23, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III -- in a development that should shock nobody -- is well ahead of schedule for his recovery from knee surgery, Washington's team doctor told the NFL Network on Friday. Griffin, the league's offensive rookie of the year, underwent a reconstructive operation last month to repair the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee. The typical recovery and rehabilitation time for a professional athlete is nine to 12 months.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- The Eurozone, stuck in its longest-ever recession, is headed for a "very gradual recovery" later this year driven by stimulative monetary policy and increased demand for exports, the head of the European Central Bank said Monday. Central bank President Mario Draghi defended the agency's unprecedented actions to boost economic growth, which have been criticized in Europe in the same way the Federal Reserve's aggressive steps have been in the U.S. "The economic situation in the euro area remains challenging but there are a few signs of a possible stabilization, and our baseline scenario continues to be one of a very gradual recovery starting in the latter part of this year," Draghi said in a speech at the International Monetary Conference in Shanghai.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - It's the season at the California Capitol for flowering dogwoods, blooming azaleas and the state Chamber of Commerce's annual "job killer" list. Never short of targets, the 13,000-member chamber this year is eyeing 26 bills that it contends would harm the job-creation climate and the ongoing economic recovery if passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor. Most of the proposals deal with the workplace, including minimum wage hikes and paid sick days; taxes and legal and regulatory matters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
SCIENCE
April 1, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
In what is being hailed as an environmental victory for the U.S. Navy, the island night lizard has been taken off the list of federally endangered species. An estimated 21.3 million night lizards occupy 21-mile-long San Clemente Island, one of the highest densities of any lizard on earth, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week. The population number is especially significant because the 57-square-mile volcanic isle, about 75 miles northwest of San Diego, hosts the only ship-to-shore bombardment training range in the United States.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OSO, Wash. - One of the first 911 calls after the mudslide in this small town about an hour north of Seattle came from Marla Jupp. Jupp, 63, is a retired teacher's assistant, scion of a large local family that has lived in the Oso Valley along the Stillaguamish River for generations. They're the Skaglunds, and she still lives at the bottom of Skaglund Hill on State Route 530. She was at home a week ago Saturday when she heard what sounded like a big truck rumbling by shortly before 11 a.m., "like the wind was blowing real hard, like we had big gusts.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The gig: Ramona Pierson, 51, is chief executive of Declara, a start-up based in Palo Alto that has developed a way for companies to use sophisticated techniques and advanced Internet search to create workplace tools. In two years, it has grown to 57 employees, and the company has attracted $5 million in funding from such notable investors as Peter Thiel. The journey: As impressive as the company's start has been, it's Pierson's back story that is particularly special.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Mike Schmidt, perhaps the greatest third baseman in baseball history and a harsh critic of players using performance-enhancing drugs, sat down with reporters Saturday to discuss his recovery from skin cancer. "I'm a very lucky man," said the former Philadelphia Phillies slugger and Hall of Famer about his battle with stage 3 melanoma. “I've done just about everything I can to destroy the cancer cells in my body.” The 64-year-old had two operations and went through the usual rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Forget manufacturing employment figures and consumer confidence surveys . The state of American hair could signal how well the economic recovery is progressing. Visits to beauty salons tend to slip during downturns, as customers stretch out the periods between appointments. But once the economic outlook improves, industry experts such as Paul Mitchell hair care company founder John Paul DeJoria say, customers start flooding back into salons for more touch-ups. Beauty salon sales grew at a nearly 5.4% rate last year and in 2010, compared with a 2.3% increase in 2009, according to financial information company Sageworks.
SPORTS
January 14, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell suffered a setback during his recovery from knee surgery during the lockout, pushing too hard too soon, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. But the fact that Mitchell had knee surgery came as a surprise on Monday, the second day of the Kings' training camp. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter mentioned it, almost offhandedly, in the context of rehabilitation timetables. "Now with Mitchell, he had knee surgery," Sutter said. "He's way behind what he should have been.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
POMONA, N.J. - His state wrecked and reeling from Superstorm Sandy, Chris Christie made himself the face of New Jersey's comeback effort with a take-charge tour de force that became a cornerstone of an expected run for president. But the made-for-campaign-ads story of resurrection is now riddled with failures: poor performance by contractors, accusations of insider deals and increasing frustration from homeowners still waiting for recovery funds. In the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Christie and top members of his administration also face questions about whether he and his aides used disaster relief funds to reward friends and punish enemies.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Newport Beach home builder William Lyon Homes has a history almost as interesting as its founder and namesake. William Lyon flew combat missions in the Korean War, commanded the Air Force Reserve and was chief executive and chairman of AirCal in the 1980s before selling the regional airline to American Airlines. Known as "the General," Lyon was a key player in the post-war Southern California housing boom. He got his start in home building in 1954 with Luxury Homes, a company he launched to build homes for military veterans.
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