December 24, 2012 |
Got those New Year's resolutions ready? After a month or more of indulging at holiday parties and splurging on gifts, the time has come to get back on track. Lace up your sneakers and lock up your credit card or face constant reminders from bossy lifestyle publications, which will most certainly devote the start of 2013 to demanding we get back to our “better” selves. Or so they'd have us believe. Of course, there's nothing wrong with taking it easy after the holidays. The problem with the type of New Year's resolutions people typically make is that they're often rooted in guilt or self-loathing.
December 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama brushed off the latest Republican gambit to gain leverage in averting the so-called fiscal cliff, bluntly telling business chief executives in a speech Wednesday, "I'm not going to play that game. " That flash of swagger reflects growing White House confidence about its position in the year-end showdown over scheduled spending cuts and tax increases. With less than a month to act and the wind of an electoral victory at their back, White House officials think they are boxing in Republicans.
December 4, 2012 |
Standing with a picket sign in hand, clerical worker Manny Garcia gestured his thanks to motorists honking in support as they drove past a Port of Los Angeles cargo terminal. Garcia has manned the picket lines at the L.A. and Long Beach ports in shifts since last week, when the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit went on strike. The issue pitting the clerical workers union against their shipping line employers is concern over outsourcing jobs, a charge the Harbor Employers Assn.
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December 2, 2012 |
Two Orange County cities want to send a message to Communist delegations from Vietnam contemplating a visit: You are not welcome. Garden Grove adopted a resolution last week requiring a 14-day notice of such a visit, which officials say can provoke protests and create safety risks. Santa Ana officials have directed city staff to draft a similar policy. In addition, Garden Grove's resolution warns that a visiting delegation would be required to pay for any necessary police services if it fails to comply with the policy.
November 15, 2012 |
GAZA CITY - The rapidly escalating conflict between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was defined on its second day by images of its most helpless victims. In Israel, a bloodied infant in a pink jumpsuit was gingerly rescued from the rubble of an apartment building where three other residents were killed by a rocket fired from Gaza. The three deaths in Kiryat Malachi were the first on the Israeli side. At about the same time, bereaved young parents to the south in Gaza City buried their cheerful 11-month-old boy, who had just learned to say "Mama.
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November 14, 2012 |
The Los Angeles school board swiftly voted Tuesday to restore a full academic year - and full pay for employees - a week after California voters approved a revenue measure that protects schools and universities from further budget cuts this year. More controversial were two resolutions before the Board of Education with potential effects for charter schools - one sought more oversight and the other to charge fees when charters claim more space on traditional campuses than they need.
October 30, 2012 |
A strange feeling came over Randy Blythe of the heavy metal band Lamb of God just moments before stepping onstage last August: He got nervous. The occasion was opening night of the Knotfest hard rock festival in Council Bluff, Iowa, another in a series of high-profile gigs for the singer. But it wasn't the crowd or the spotlight that had him anxious. Just days earlier, Blythe was imprisoned in the Czech Republic, facing manslaughter charges and uncertain as to when or how he would be released.
October 18, 2012 |
ATTARI, India - Real estate prices have jumped sharply in recent months in this area where India meets Pakistan, as resorts and roadside restaurants sprout up, eating into the lush wheat fields of northern Punjab state. Driving the increase is a bet that relations between the longtime adversaries will continue to improve as memories of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, blamed on Pakistani insurgents, fade and long-suppressed trade between the nuclear-armed neighbors grows. In the wake of a July 2011 agreement to resume peace talks, the two sides last month pledged to ease visa requirements for businesspeople, pilgrims, tourist groups and senior citizens.
October 4, 2012 |
"Detropia" comes at you with the economically ravaged Motor City of Detroit clinging to its perch like a canary in a coal mine, gasping for breath. The new documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady examines the detritus of a major American city that has been imploding for years. It is a striking and moving study of "what was" versus "what it has become" as the filmmakers try to get at the whys. That the title suggests something other than utopia is made clear from the first frame.
September 17, 2012 |
NEW YORK - With no labor negotiations Monday and no imminent resolution to the dispute that led the NHL to lock players out late Saturday, teams began tightening their economic belts by laying off some employees and reducing the hours and wages of others. The Ottawa Senators let go more than 10 people, the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks instituted a four-day work week and 20% pay cut, and the Minnesota Wild - which committed $196 million to free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on each player's 13-year contract - will cut some executives' pay. Players continued to look overseas for the duration of the lockout, led by Ilya Kovalchuk arranging to play in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Joe Thornton and Rick Nash heading to Davos, Switzerland.