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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By James Rainey
The debate on whether Los Angeles hotel workers should be paid at least $15.37 an hour opened last week with some less-than-expected allies for a "living wage" and some questions from City Council members about whether the proposal goes too far, or not far enough. Two of the city's business titans, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and mall developer Rick Caruso, broke from the standard business-versus-labor divide when they said in interviews they support a higher minimum wage.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Dixie Chicks made a rare U.S. concert appearance Thursday night as the headlining act at a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation. Held in a ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the evening doubled as a salute to the record producer Rick Rubin, who oversaw the Dixie Chicks' Grammy-winning 2006 album “Taking the Long Way” and Thursday received the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the foundation that promotes Transcendental Meditation....
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Rick Owens sounded another call for female empowerment at Paris Fashion Week with his show Thursday, channeling the aggressive team spirit from last season's runway step dancing performance into a collection of street-tough urban uniforms modeled by every woman. The show was a performance of its own kind, with models of every age and size (shaved heads, graying locks, wrinkles and all), ready to rumble in their Rick Owens power uniforms. Curve-disguising smock dresses, coats and all-in-one jumpsuits brought to mind sports pinnies or jerseys.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Last week's episode of "The Walking Dead" focused exclusively on Rick, Carl and Michonne, so it makes total sense that this week's episode, "Inmates," brings us up to speed with the rest of the surviving members of the cast. This episode wasn't full of compelling plot twists (well, maybe a couple) and it didn't do a deep dive into the psyches of the main characters. Instead, it was more of a housekeeping episode, doing the necessary taking stock of the large cast in the aftermath of the chaos of the prison's destruction.
SPORTS
January 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Watching from afar Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov , on his visibility after attending only his second game of the season when his team played the Atlanta Hawks in London: "Frankly speaking, there's a lot of criticism that I am not in Brooklyn. But, I just have a question for you: Do you really think you need to be sitting in the arena to see a game? My friends, we are living in the 21st Century. And, in spite of the fact that I have no computer, I still have a subscription for the NBA games, and for me, it's like enough to even have a look on the stats so you can understand what is going on. " Internal conflict Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace , on his diminished role: "This season is a slap in the face, having to change my game and fine-tune it. First of all, it has to come mentally.
SPORTS
January 17, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
  So what is Peyton Manning signaling when he yells "Omaha! Omaha!" at the line of scrimmage? He joked about it this week when a reporter asked him to explain, saying it was a run call … or a pass call … or sometimes a play-action fake call, depending on which direction the wind is blowing, which way Denver's offense is heading and the jerseys the Broncos are wearing. But, really, what is he doing with that call? He sure barks it out enough, at least 40 times in the divisional playoff game against San Diego.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Pamela Anderson and her ex-husband Rick Salomon are married - again! The news emerged Saturday on the red carpet for Sean Penn's Help Haiti Gala in L.A., where Anderson was flashing a big ol' sparkler on her left hand. When asked by E! News if that meant the two had wed, the "Baywatch" alum answered, "Yes. " "Our families are very happy and that's all that matters," Anderson told E!, noting that she and film producer Salomon were pleased as well. No wedding date was revealed.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Indoor malls may have a limited lifespan, according to Rick Caruso, owner of Southland centers including the Grove in the Fairfax district and the Americana at Brand in Glendale. In a Sunday keynote speech to some 4,000 people at the National Retail Federation's convention, Caruso said the industry is “on the verge of the rebirth of brick and mortar retail.” “I've come to the conclusion that within 10 to 15 years, the typical U.S. mall, unless completely reinvented, will be seen as a historical anachronism, a 60-year or so aberration that no longer meets the public's, the consumer's or the retailer's needs,” Caruso said at the New York City event.
SPORTS
December 20, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Veteran Coach Rick Curtis from Irvine Northwood is leaving the public school to become head coach at Santa Margarita. He has been the coach and athletic director at Northwood for 13 years. He's a Mission Viejo graduate.  Here's the link to news release put out by the school. He replaces Harry Welch, who retired at the end of this past season. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | By Roger Simmons and Aaron Deslatte
Jameis Winston's sexual assault investigation is not going to be reopened, despite a plea from the accuser's attorney on Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement through a spokeswoman Friday afternoon saying there are no plans to look into the case again. "The state attorney's office and FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] did a thorough investigation of this case and they concluded that no further action on this matter is required," spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in an email to the media.
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