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March 23, 2012
Here are some good flower-watching resources: Wildflower Hotline, run by the Theodore Payne Foundation, is the most comprehensive source for Southern California weekly wildflower reports. It updates information through the end of May. You can listen to reports by phone at (818) 768-3533 (let it ring several times) or download them at . Many local, state and national parks file online reports that update where wildflowers are blooming.
April 25, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A day after hearing hours of impassioned testimony from a divided trucking industry, California air quality regulators on Friday postponed deadlines for aging heavy-duty trucks to comply with the nation's toughest diesel air pollution rules. The action by the state Air Resources Board will give small fleets, lightly used trucks and those operating in rural areas more time to upgrade to newer, cleaner models or install filters to remove soot from their exhaust. Officials say the changes will slow pollution cuts for several years but still allow the state to reach its goal of cutting diesel emissions 85% by 2020.
July 18, 2011
Resources Junior Achievement of Southern California : Entrepreneur programs for middle school and high school classrooms. (323) 957-1818 After-School All-Stars : A Los Angeles-based nonprofit that is launching an entrepreneurship program for middle school students. (310) 275-3232 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship : Los Angeles office of the New York nonprofit provides entrepreneurship education programs and runs student business competitions. (213) 241-9011 Source: L.A. Times research
April 21, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The key lines in the final report of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, which was released late Friday and comes before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, may be two sentences that don't use the words "foster care," "child death," "Dependency Court" or "early intervention. " They deal instead with the question of just why a government with vast resources at its disposal can't seem to put them together to protect children from abuse and neglect. "The problem is not that county leaders and workers do not care," the report says.
December 5, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Monday's Los Angeles Times story on pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus -- or PANDAS -- generated a large reader response and many offers from people who want to help families deal with the illness. PANDAS causes obsessive-compulsive disorder and is linked to a recent bout with strep throat. Children who develop OCD symptoms -- such as tics, fear of germs and anxiety -- become ill suddenly but often recover with medications and therapies. Here are some PANDAS resources: International OCD Foundation's therapist database . The International OCD Foundation is a resource about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related illnesses.
September 26, 2012
Re "Pushing back on test scores," Column, Sept. 22 Though I was glad to see Sandy Banks describe some of the constraints teachers face, I sensed her attitude was that, because there are "reams of research" proving teachers should be on the line for success or failure, teachers should stop whining about the myriad uncontrollable factors determining a student's ability to learn and "talk about something else. " Like what? Class size, inadequate supplies, administrative lethargy or lock-step curriculum requirements?
June 18, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
As more attention is being paid to children and their safety online, a new initiative joining State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, Yahoo and the Polaris Project is targeting modern slavery. Essentially, the hope is to use the very tool that is instrumental in perpetuating theĀ $32-billion human trafficking industry to direct users to the national hotline whenever certain related terms are searched through Yahoo. And the goal there is to help identify more victims by connecting survivors and community members to resources and support.
August 23, 2013
Need help with your food or alcohol issues? Here are a few ideas about getting help: Alcoholics Anonymous, Central Office in Los Angeles: (323) 936-4343, Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Hotline in Los Angeles: (323) 653-7499, If you go the counseling route, consider finding a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) or certified addictions treatment counselor (CATC). Both specialize in working with substance abuse, though some may treat people with food addictions.
April 6, 2014
Re "Nutritious but uneaten," April 2 The Los Angeles Unified School District serves 650,000 meals a day, with $100,000 worth of food thrown away each day by students. That adds up to $18 million wasted every year. Our society needs a renaissance of responsibility - and to resolve not to waste food. What better places to start than in homes and schools? For decades, nutritionists and educators have taught that certain foods are junk, rather than focusing on the cardinal principles of variety and moderation.
December 11, 1985
Trico Industries, Los Angeles, named Warren M. Kerseg corporate secretary and human resources manager. The company supplies oil field equipment and services.
April 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - It can take Moscow residents two hours in dense traffic to drive the first 10 miles on the highway to St. Petersburg, in the direction of their country cottages surrounded by lakes and birch groves. Then the road's real limitations become apparent. The potholed two-lane route connecting Russia's two largest cities has never been upgraded into a proper highway. Anyone who cares to drive its entire 440-mile length - mostly truckers - will need at least 12 hours. But 5,600 miles away, the government spent more than $1 billion on less than a mile of bridge connecting Vladivostok with Russky Island, previously inhabited only by a military garrison so isolated that four soldiers starved to death in 1992.
April 6, 2014
Re "Nutritious but uneaten," April 2 The Los Angeles Unified School District serves 650,000 meals a day, with $100,000 worth of food thrown away each day by students. That adds up to $18 million wasted every year. Our society needs a renaissance of responsibility - and to resolve not to waste food. What better places to start than in homes and schools? For decades, nutritionists and educators have taught that certain foods are junk, rather than focusing on the cardinal principles of variety and moderation.
March 18, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The new inspector general for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is recommending that the county cut off its contracts with two longtime civilian monitoring agencies, concluding they had only limited success in helping the troubled department. If the board accepts his recommendations, it would mark the end of relationships with two of the nation's most widely respected police monitors. The inspector general, former L.A. County prosecutor Max Huntsman, said that both Michael Gennaco and Merrick Bobb had their successes and were supported by well-intentioned staffers.
March 14, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Most of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County are failing to adequately protect historically important structures that are in danger of being razed, according to a new study by the Los Angeles Conservancy. The "Preservation Report Card" assigns an F to 51 cities and all of the county's unincorporated communities - some that made no effort to save their historic places since the group's last county-wide assessment was completed six years ago. Conservancy leaders said some newer communities mistakenly believe they have no historic preservation resources while officials of other communities have delayed creating programs because of budget cuts tied to the recession.
March 14, 2014 | By Corey Johnson and Tim Boersma
The European Union and the United States recognize that there are ways they could play constructive roles in resolving the Ukraine crisis. But some of the suggestions revolving around natural gas and oil being floated suggest a profound misunderstanding of the politics, economics and geography of energy in the region. The notion that Europe and Ukraine could somehow become independent of Russian energy resources is utterly unrealistic. Russia is a resource economy, a Saudi Arabia with lots of imperial baggage.
March 9, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers for years have been battling ravenous metal thieves, who pull copper wires out of street lights, grab rebar from construction sites, and steal pumps and other costly equipment from farmers' fields. Now, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert), is trying to put more manpower and money into the fight. Nestande's bill, AB 2313, would create a metal theft task force within the attorney general's office that would provide grants to local police and prosecutors.
August 13, 2012 | By Monte Morin
Stop bullying: It's not just a public service slogan, its an evolutionary rallying cry. As a national campaign urges parents and children to stand up to bullying, a biomathematician at the University of Tennessee says the urge to band together against strong aggressors is a key to humanity's success as a species. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Sergey Gavrilets uses mathematical models to investigate just why humans exhibit strong egalitarian, or socially equal, behaviors.
June 24, 2007
Re "Town built on lead weighs the fallout," June 18 The people of La Oroya, Peru -- forced to breathe toxic substances from the Doe Run Resources Corp. smelter complex -- are the latest victims in a long, shameful history of exploitation often found when indigenous people live in lands flush with resources that make powerful corporations richer. Ever since Columbus extracted valuable materials from the New World, the underdeveloped nations of Asia, Africa and South America have been cursed by the bounty of natural resources.
February 1, 2014 | By Seema Mehta, Richard Simon and Phil Willon
Highly competitive congressional races in California, attracting interest across the nation, were already drawing many millions of dollars in donations even before the election year began, according to new campaign reports. From the Bay Area to San Diego, at least nine candidates for the House of Representatives reported raising more than $1 million in 2013, reflecting the tight nature of the races. That's in stark contrast to statewide contests, where many incumbents face token opposition.
January 29, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union spotlighted many issues, but more than anything it illuminated the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a "dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" in the U.S. as the "the defining challenge of our time," a theme he repeated Tuesday night. "After four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better," he said, "but average wages have barely budged.
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