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March 28, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Jeff Lipsky is a seminal figure in independent film distribution, having helped bring the work of such now-revered directors as John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh to broader audiences. Though still a distributor - putting out recent films such as "Barbara" and "Sister" - he has over the past few years ramped up his output as a filmmaker himself. Putting aside his business sense, he has set out to write and direct a series of idiosyncratic, slightly perverse and personal films. With the latest, "Molly's Theory of Relativity," Lipsky presents a story with a theatrically heightened sense of reality (it could easily be a play)
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Enormous public resources go to foster families and group homes, and those expenditures are appropriate because the county and state are the virtual guardians for thousands of abused and neglected children. As such, the state and the county are duty-bound to ensure that the children receive proper care and, despite any mistreatment at home and despite the turmoil of being sent to live with strangers, are put on a pathway toward a successful adulthood. But Los Angeles County also places thousands more abused or neglected children not with foster families or group homes but with their own grandparents and other relatives, and that's a good thing; numerous studies over many years show that such children do better in the long run than those in foster care - if those family members have the money to properly clothe and care for the children.
February 27, 2004
In "Science Project of a Lifetime" (Feb. 24) I find that, after "four decades ... and $700 million," Gravity Probe B "arguably has had more delays, cost overruns and cancellations than any other NASA scientific endeavor." Also on Feb. 24 I read that, after "21 years and $6.9 billion," the "Army Cancels Comanche Helicopter." What is the matter with NASA that in twice as much time it has expended on this probe only about 10% of the cost of the Comanche? I suppose that the varying amounts may serve to illustrate a different theory of relativity.
April 13, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I went with my brother to his credit union to refinance his house and found out his wife has about eight medical bills that went to collections and he owes a phone company more than $2,000. Their debt totals about $6,300. I could lend them the money or they could do a debt consolidation or talk to a credit counselor. What's your opinion on these options? Answer: None of these options is likely to work the way you hope. Your brother should be wary of any "debt consolidation" offers he gets, as many will be scams and others will charge outrageous interest.
September 25, 2010 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Among the oft-repeated predictions of Albert Einstein's famous theory of relativity is that if a twin travels through the cosmos on a high-speed rocket, when he returns to Earth he will be noticeably younger than the twin who stayed home. Now physicists have demonstrated that the same is true even if the traveling twin is merely driving in a car about 20 mph. But in that case, when the twin gets home from the grocery store, he is only a tiny fraction of a nanosecond younger, according to a report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
June 14, 1988 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
The Pioneer 10 spacecraft, now farther away from Earth than any other device built by humans, will be asked to prove part of Einstein's theory of relativity later this year. If it does so, it will have succeeded where scores of scientists have failed.
October 6, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Squinting into the dark heart of the Milky Way, astronomers have discovered a star that orbits closer to the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy than any other star yet observed. The relatively dim star, known as S0-102, is so close that it takes just 11.5 years to circle the black hole at speeds as high as 5,000 kilometers per second - or 1.7% as fast as the speed of light. The previous record-holder, S0-2, took 16 years to make its way around. A black hole is a star whose mass has collapsed to a point called a singularity.
Albert Einstein was one of the great minds of all time, but even he didn't know if his General Theory of Relativity was correct. But now Stanford University researchers hope to find out, or at least come reasonably close. Last week they took a big step in the university's quest when they doled out a $100-million subcontract to Lockheed Corp. to build a spacecraft for what they say could be "one of the great physics experiments of the 20th Century."
December 28, 2004
Regarding "Bitter Truths" [Dec. 21]: An indoors California girl allergic to nearly every animal, tree, blossom and blade of grass on Earth, having seen snow fall only three times in my life (the second time being in January 1962, the day Richard Nixon, campaigning for governor, paraded down Foothill Boulevard), I want to tell you how much I enjoyed the essays describing vividly frigid sea, winter sky and relativity of cold. Brrrr. Joan Jobe Smith Long Beach
January 19, 2010
Estimated sales in the U.S. and Canada: Movie (studio) 4-day gross (millions) Percentage change from last weekend (three-day basis) Total (millions) Days in release 1 Avatar (Fox/Dune/Ingenious) $54.6 -15% $505.1 32 2 The Book of Eli (Warner Bros./Alcon) $38 NA $38 4 3 The Lovely Bones (Paramount)
April 10, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Craig and Kevin Stadler ("Walrus" and "Smallrus") became the first father-son combo to play in the same Masters, but perhaps they're not the first family of this week's festivities. Check out the Haas household. Bill Haas overcome a first-hole bogey Thursday to shoot a four-under-par 68, good for the first-round lead. Father Jay Haas played in 22 Masters, making 19 cuts. Uncle Jerry Haas participated in 1985. An uncle from his mother's side, Dillard Pruitt, teed it up here in 1992 and '93. Oh, and great-uncle Bob Goalby won the 1968 event, avoiding a playoff after Argentina's Roberto De Vicenzo signed for the wrong Sunday score.
April 7, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - As soon as Suzy Sanders got word of the shooting at Ft. Hood on Wednesday, she began frantically texting her 21-year-old stepson, a soldier stationed at the Army post. His first chilling reply landed more than an hour later, at 5:22 p.m. "It happened right in front of me Suz," Pvt. Jacob "Jake" Sanders texted. "I watched my sergeant die. I tried to revive him. I'm fine. I love you. " Jake Sanders, a former varsity basketball player from a small town in Indiana, has a brown crew cut, square jaw and wide smile.
March 27, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Electricity customers in Southern California would receive $1.4 billion in refunds on their bills over the next eight years as part of an agreement between two utilities and ratepayer organizations over the closing of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The proposed settlement, announced Thursday, still needs approval from the California Public Utilities Commission. Both ratepayer advocates and executives at Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said they were satisfied with the deal.
March 26, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - The head of the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that it would take years to turn over all the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee in its investigation of the IRS' alleged targeting of conservative groups. During a confrontational hearing, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said he needed more time to comply with the committee's request for the email correspondence of Lois Lerner, a former IRS official in charge of the agency's nonprofit division.
March 25, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Hundreds of relatives of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers marched on the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday, rejecting the government's conclusion that the flight crashed into the Indian Ocean with no survivors. The public protest, rare in China, appeared to have the support of the Chinese government, which provided buses to transport family members, according to one relative. PHOTOS: Malaysia Airlines saga At the same time, Beijing took pains to keep the protest under control, girding the embassy with military police, city cops and undercover security who scuffled with relatives trying to break through the security cordon to speak to the press.
March 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 36-year-old man was shot to death in Downey early Tuesday, authorities said.   Downey police received a call around 1:32 a.m. about shots fired in the 11600 block of Bellflower Boulevard, officials said in a news release. Responding officers discovered Wayne Patrick Cooper with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle, they added. Cooper was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. Authorities said Cooper is a known gang member, and the homicide is believed to be gang-related.
March 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan, Ralph Vartabedian and Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Calm seas returned Wednesday to aid the search for the missing Flight 370, but public protests and the first legal filing on behalf of a passenger hinted at a stormy forecast for Malaysia and its state-supported airline. Executives of Malaysia Airlines said Tuesday that they would pay at least $5,000 to each of the families of the 227 passengers aboard the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8, but the gesture appeared to provide little comfort to distraught relatives, about 100 of whom marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, where some clashed with police.
March 23, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will undergo outpatient surgery to treat a benign enlarged prostate and will be sidelined for about a week, a department spokeswoman said Sunday. Lew, 58, will have the procedure Tuesday in New York and expects to remain at his home there the rest of the week, said Treasury spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth Earnest. "His physician expects that he will be able to return to his full schedule next week," Earnest said. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years Lew has been Treasury secretary since February 2013, moving to the job after serving as White House chief of staff.
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