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February 5, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
For an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, Shmuley Boteach has a deeply unorthodox streak. The bestselling author and TV host has written books on "Kosher Sex," "Dating Secrets of the 10 Commandments" and his relationship with the late pop star Michael Jackson. But nothing he has done in a career as one of America's best-known rabbis has caused quite the stir of his latest book. Even before its publication this month, Boteach came under withering attack in his own Orthodox community, with critics accusing him of exploiting controversy to boost sales and some going so far as to accuse him of heresy.
February 2, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The long-debunked idea that abortions can contribute to breast cancer is reappearing amid the outpouring of comments this week on Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood breast-health programs. Here's one comment on Komen's Facebook page: "Also! Breast cancer is linked to abortions!!! More and more studied are pointing to abortions for a huge risk factor for BC, why should SGK support something that raises the chances of what they wasn't destroyed?
January 24, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
Despite entrenched opposition in Congress to immigration reform, President Obama in the State of the Union speech asked both chambers to resurrect the Dream Act, a bill that would create a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who are college students and military service members. He also encouraged lawmakers to increase the number of visas for highly skilled immigrants, many of whom complete graduate degrees in the U.S. but are not authorized to work here. The U.S. currently awards about 140,000 highly skilled visas per year.
January 9, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Auto Critic
After watching fellow U.S. automakers GM and Ford quickly learn to make world-class compact cars recently, Dodge and parent company Chrysler have joined in on the fun. The result is the 2013 Dodge Dart. It's based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a sharp-looking, four-door hatchback sold elsewhere on the planet. This partnership comes to us by way of Fiat, which owns Alfa Romeo and a majority stake in Chrysler. The joys of synergy. But this isn't a hatchback, and in fact it bears no resemblance to its European cousin.
November 28, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Like other improvements at Los Angeles International Airport, plans to develop 358 acres on its northern boundary have proceeded at a glacial pace. That is, until now. Sparked by new pressures from the community, City Hall and the federal government, airport officials have resurrected a dormant proposal for the scrubby strip of property that runs along Westchester Parkway, from Pershing Drive in Playa del Rey to Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester. Their plan calls for putting playing fields, parks, educational centers, shopping areas and low-rise office buildings on land that was once a residential neighborhood.
November 12, 2011 | Matt Stevens
After nearly two years of planning, prodding and debate, a group of Pasadena residents finally got its big wish: The city let them permanently stick their 18-foot fork in the road. "It's not going anywhere," said a triumphant Phil Coombes, who has been part of the so-called Fork in the Road Gang since its inception. Last month, about 10 dedicated friends resurrected the enormous wooden utensil on the median that splits Saint John and Pasadena avenues. With a handful of enthusiastic locals cheering them on, the developers cemented the guerrilla art into "fork plaza" more than a year after the California Transportation Authority forced them to carry it away.
October 26, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Los Abandoned always had a flair for the theatrical. So when the L.A. bilingual band decided to stage a one-night-only reunion show at the Echoplex this Friday, four years after breaking up in memorably dramatic style, it named the event the "Resurrection" concert and timed it to celebrate Day of the Dead. The set-opening number? Band members are joking about covering Peaches & Herb's "Reunited. " "It's basically a big-ass thank-you to our fans, to our community," said bass player Moises Baqueiro, also known as Vira Lata, explaining what prompted Los Abandoned to come together for a projected 30-song show that will trace its entire creative arc and empty out its catalog.
October 15, 2011 | Chris Erskine
For me, exasperation is a form of exercise. You should've seen me at the soccer game Saturday, big gasping breaths as if drowning. I recommend it to anyone looking to lose a few pounds while tiptoeing the fine line between sanity and suburbia. "You look like you've lost weight," our friend Barbara said after the game. "I'm mostly wasting away," I explained. "You look good," she said. Thanks. The team performed well, except that in the second quarter I realized that my players seemed unable to run sideways.
September 30, 2011 | By Mark Olsen
In 1994, a young Philadelphia man named Justin Duerr began to notice the series of tile mosaics appliqu├ęd to the pavement all over town. The tiles contained a message that seemed to draw a line from historian Arnold Toynbee to Stanley Kubrick's "2001," while expressing the notion that humans could be resurrected. And something about Jupiter. Duerr began researching and investigating the origins of the strange tiles, meeting other curious folks who wanted to know who or what was behind these odd pieces and whether they were some sort of naive art project, the work of a troubled mind or a genuine message from the cosmos.
August 18, 2011
MOVIES Rhino Records in Westwood was a church for wax fanatics from the time it opened in 1973 until its sad shutter in 2005. During that time it expanded to become a label that catered to the offbeat tastes of audiophiles, much like its flagship record shop. Now, a new documentary is out about the shop's rise and fall and is aptly titled, "Rhino Resurrected: The Incredibly Strange Story of the World's Most Famous Record Store. " The film will celebrate its world premiere at the Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 2:30 p.m. Sat. $12. (323)
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