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January 17, 2010 | By Denise Martin
Aziz Ansari likes to pick fights. As Leslie's (Amy Poehler) undermining lieutenant Tom Haverford on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," his attacks are snide but subtle. Ansari is much more aggressive. The 26-year-old comedian takes down everyone from his younger cousins to the TV competition. (Sample Twitter message: "Watch Parks & Rec tonight at 8:30! Bones is doing its special 'blackface episode,' watch if that's your thing") to journalists who continue to ask him about his already well-documented food obsessions.
April 11, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Nick Offerman, who plays surly, meat-lovin' Ron Swanson on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," was at the helm of Thursday's big reveal episode, directing Amy Poehler as she delivered that squeal-worthy "Well, buddy, ... " line. It's the second episode the man with impeccable upper lip hair has directed. And -- spoiler alert -- it was quite the one to take on, as it sees Leslie Knope faced with another major milestone in her life: motherhood. We spoke with Offerman, who is currently in New York, where he's appearing in the off-Broadway production of "Annapurna" with his wife, Megan Mullaly, and asked about his reaction to the big plot twist, geeking out over guest star Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and his thoughts on former costar Rob Lowe's tough life as a handsome man. BEST TV OF 2013 Lloyd | McNamara ------------------------------------- I'm mad at myself because I come into this interview having not had breakfast this morning.
March 5, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The San Fernando Recreation and Community Service Department has started a fund-raising campaign to provide scholarships for children whose families are unable to pay for them to join recreational programs, city officials announced. "We hope that every group and individual in town will pitch in to help provide for our community's youth," said Ed Montan, director of the Recreation and Community Service Department.
April 5, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Gregory Kelly is a small-scale historian who is out to memorialize big-time Southern California landmarks, one by one. There's the miniature Watts Towers, an elaborate depiction of Newport Beach's Balboa Pavilion and a proportionally correct model of Silver Lake's Music Box Steps - all tucked in Kelly's crowded Tustin hobby shop. Not bad for a man who had never even built a plastic model airplane before deciding at age 20 to open his own shop in a building owned by his father.
February 7, 1987 | Associated Press
The Interior Department reversed itself Friday and decided to distribute the summary of a presidential advisory commission report on outdoor recreation. However, the department said it would still hold back the full report until a lawsuit by critics of the commission is settled. The hold order had applied also to 48,000 copies of the 30-page summary at a mail service firm, which was about to mail them to various groups specified by the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors.
February 7, 1991
In a Marine-issue tent somewhere in the Saudi desert recently, the HOTTEST DANCE on the plywood floor was the "Gas Mask." To the beat of rock music, the dancers pounded their boots and mimicked donning their masks as others spun flashlights over the floor like disco lights. How to do the Gas Mask: Bend over and put your hands to your chin, then stand up straight, put your arms at shoulder level and move your fists toward and away from your head, the universal military signal for gas attack.
July 19, 1994 | BILL BILLITER
Fees for many city-sponsored recreational activities will go up Jan. 1. In a unanimous vote, the City Council last week approved a schedule of higher fees for activities ranging from softball teams to youth arts-and-crafts classes. Marvin C. DeCarlo, director of the recreation and park district, told the council that fees had not been increased for the past two years.
July 27, 2012 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO -- The accounting scandal that forced the ouster of the California state parks director and her chief deputy has highlighted a long-standing rift over off-roading on public land. The culture clash has pitted conservationists against drivers of dirt bikes and dune buggies, who have tangled over how to spend more than $100 million set aside to buy and manage land for off-road vehicles. That fund is where state accountants found more than half of a $54-million hidden surplus, the revelation that sparked the ongoing scandal.
President-elect Bill Clinton spent a cold, dreary Saturday playing a long round of wet golf and chuckling over questions from reporters about his Cabinet selections. "I never discuss appointments until I make them," he said, laughing, when asked about speculation he has chosen Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex.) as Treasury secretary. "Next week, you'll know." Bentsen, a member of Washington's old guard, seems to be the top contender for the post.
A week after the Los Angeles River provided a raging reminder that it is more than a dry concrete drainage ditch, a city task force on Thursday unveiled a series of proposals to transform the 50-mile waterway into a recreational, cultural and--in places--scenic facility.
March 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The partial government shutdown in October was largely to blame for a 3% drop in visitors to America's national parks in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The country's 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas drew 273.6 million visitors in 2013, about 9 million fewer than the previous year, according to the report. The 16-day government shutdown, sparked by a budget dispute in Washington, was responsible for reducing the visitation numbers by about 7.9 million, the report said.
February 21, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This is a very pleasant urban oasis in the midst of what is, for many Angelenos, a freeway flyover zone in South El Monte. This section of Whittier Narrows Recreation Area features several lakes, abundant waterfowl, picnic tables, public restrooms and well-tended walking and jogging trails. INTERACTIVE MAP: Whittier Narrows Recreation Area 1. Start at Parking Lot D, off Santa Anita Avenue, and head north in the county park, following the paved path with the lake on your left.
February 5, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
The human hand is a wonder of strength, sensitivity and discrimination - not only because of those four fingers and the opposable thumb, but also because of the human brain that controls it. No wonder, then, that for those who design hand prostheses, re-creating the natural dexterity of the brain-powered hand is a daunting challenge. But a new study demonstrates that, with the aid of some artificial sensors and electrodes sunk into a user's arm, a prosthetic hand can be made to detect the need for a firm grasp or a light touch, to make fine distinctions between an object's texture, weight and size, and to respond accordingly with no detectable delay.
January 26, 2014 | By Claire Zulkey
Even though he's been nominated twice now for Academy Awards, it's still a little hard to stop thinking of Jonah Hill as that roly-poly comedic acolyte of Judd Apatow (specifically, as this guy. ) Perhaps it's time to admit he's a real actor in addition to a comic presence. Both sides of Hill were on display Saturday night when he hosted “SNL” for the third time. Some sketches were as broad and loud and demeaning as could possibly be. In one scene, he played a man forced to admit he clogged a toilet on a game show.
January 8, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 5 - 11, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES The Big Bang Theory Penny (Kaley Cuoco) quits her job and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is forced to take a vacation in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS Community Jeff and Annie (Joel McHale, Alison Brie) try to catch someone who is putting coins down the backs of people's pants.
January 1, 2014 | By Shan Li
Colorado kicked off 2014 with a historic first as legal sales of marijuana for recreational use officially began at stores around the state. Although many states allow medical marijuana, Colorado and Washington in 2012 became the first states in the nation to legalize pot for recreational purposes for adults. Washington is expected to pave the way for recreational pot dispensaries to open later this year. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America Nearly 350 retail marijuana licenses have been issued to Colorado businesses, according to the Marijuana Enforcement Division, the agency under Colorado's Department of Revenue that regulates the industry.
September 2, 1993 | MARTIN MILLER
Because of continuing budget problems, the city soon may start charging higher fees for recreation programs. City officials do not have a breakdown of potential increases yet but say the fee hikes will be designed to help the Recreation Department break even on some city-sponsored activities. The city's recreation activities and athletic programs cost about $850,000 a year to run but take in about $482,000.
May 29, 1988
Voter approval of Proposition 70, the California Wildlife, Coastal and Parkland Conservation Act of 1988, on June 7 will end a serious shortage of public park, coastal, wildlife and recreation funds. The shortfall is due to legislative inaction during the past several years. The initiative is supported by scores of conservation and urban and regional parks organizations throughout the state. Northern redwoods, precious wetlands, coastal beaches and streams are slated for acquisition from landowners who are willing to sell.
January 1, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - At 7:59 a.m. on Wednesday, a harried Jay Griffin shouted to the crowd pressed against the roped-off lines leading to his storefront counter: "One minute until we make history!" Sixty seconds later, he and a handful of other pot shop retailers opened a new and closely watched chapter in the national debate over legalizing marijuana as Colorado became the first state in the country where small amounts of recreational pot can be legally sold in specialty stores. Steve "Heyduke" Judish, a 58-year-old retired federal worker from Denver who prefers weed to booze, was the first customer of the day at Dank Colorado, a tiny shop tucked in a Denver industrial district.
December 27, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated.
The cannabis market in Colorado continues to reach new highs as several store owners in Denver picked up their retail marijuana licenses  Friday. The store owners began lining up outside the Mile High City's Department of Excise and Licenses before the doors opened at 8 a.m., Amber Miller, a city spokeswoman, said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. Denver is among the 26 Colorado municipalities and counties that will allow medical marijuana businesses to begin transitioning into retail marijuana businesses on Jan. 1. Amendment 64 , which voters approved last year, legalized recreational pot use in the state for people over 21. However, retail sales of the drug are not permitted until the new year.
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