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August 27, 2009 | Marc Lifsher
State lawmakers moved to clear a roadblock that has stalled several thousand construction projects in the Southland that couldn't get required environmental permits and got caught in a court fight over permitting power plants. A compromise forged Wednesday would let the power plant dispute continue but would clear the way for unrelated projects. Supporters said the agreement would save about 57,000 Southern California jobs at 3,000 businesses and public agencies. At issue are pollution permits issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
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March 16, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
New coach, new freedoms, new fun ... all of it dancing toward the same old crushing chomp. The good news for UCLA fans is that their freshly minted Pac-12 tournament champions will open the NCAA tournament next weekend down the street in San Diego with a winnable bracket against upstart Tulsa, overhyped Virginia Commonwealth, and hot-but-untested Stephen F. Austin. The bad news is that, if they survive to advance to the Sweet 16, waiting for them will be the familiar bite of Florida.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 | Evan Halper
Well-connected lobbyists, political pressure and a good turnout at committee hearings used to be the special interest recipe for protecting turf in the state budget. Now, a potent new ingredient is being increasingly thrown into the mix: top-shelf litigators. Lawyers are being drafted in droves to unravel spending plans passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. The goal of these litigators is to get back money their clients lost in the budget process. They are having considerable success, winning one lawsuit after another, costing the state billions of dollars and throwing California's budget process into further tumult.
WORLD
November 8, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top Western diplomats flew to Geneva on Friday in the hope of completing an accord to freeze Iran's nuclear program, but the high-stakes diplomatic push ran into obstacles that dimmed prospects for a quick resolution after a decade-long stalemate. Instead of the expected signing ceremony Saturday, disappointed diplomats said they expect the talks to spill at least into next week. Diplomats declined to say why the deal has stalled, but the two sides are known to disagree about Iran's construction of a plutonium reactor, a possible route to a nuclear bomb.
SPORTS
October 30, 2009 | Ben Bolch
No. 3 Huntington Beach Edison (7-0, 2-0) vs. No. 17 Los Alamitos (6-1, 1-1) at Huntington Beach High, 7 p.m. -- Off to its best start in 24 years under Coach Dave White, Edison faces a potential stumbling block; Los Alamitos has beaten the Chargers in Sunset League play the last two seasons. Griffins tailback Nick Richardson is averaging 181 yards and has 13 rushing touchdowns. "He's very, very fast and no one's stopped him," White said. The same could be said for Chargers quarterback Matt Viles, who has completed 62.7% of his passes for 1,976 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions.
WORLD
January 17, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo
They built the roadblock across the highway out of whatever they could find -- burning tires, the shell of a refrigerator, a rusty bed frame, a palm tree stump, a beaten-up camper shell and eight bodies, one in a makeshift coffin, another stuffed into a suitcase. The young men of the Carrefour suburb of Port-au-Prince then furiously interrogated drivers Saturday about what they were carrying in their cars. They were sick of people from the earthquake-wrecked capital dumping the dead on their streets in the middle of the night.
WORLD
February 1, 2011 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Los Angeles Times
A 3 a.m. car ride from the airport to downtown Cairo during curfew is a trip between two armed camps fighting for the future of Egypt. Outside the airport Tuesday, the road is immediately blocked by chunks of concrete, and a dozen young men wielding broom handles and a baseball bat approach. When I identify myself as a journalist from the U.S., the well-dressed men smile and say, "Welcome to Egypt," motioning for the driver to pass with me and another passenger. Thirty yards later it is the army that stops us, an officer and several soldiers with an armored personnel carrier as backup.
NEWS
September 3, 1985 | Associated Press
A car bomb exploded prematurely at a roadblock in Israel's security zone in southern Lebanon today. Israeli military sources and Christian radio stations said the blast killed only the driver, but a Muslim-controlled radio station said there were "many casualties that could not be quickly counted." The Muslim station, Beirut's Voice of the Nation radio, did not cite the source of its report, and the differences could not be reconciled immediately.
NEWS
May 8, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A sympathizer of the anti-government "freemen" was charged in federal court in Billings, Mont., with aiding the members holed up on a ranch and preventing their arrest. A federal magistrate ordered Stewart Waterhouse, 37, to be held without bail. Waterhouse is accused of running an FBI roadblock to enter the ranch near Jordan.
NEWS
October 17, 1987 | Associated Press
Israeli news reports said Friday that three Palestinians may have been killed in custody, not shot to death by soldiers at a roadblock as the military reported. Reports carried by three daily newspapers and army radio conflicted with the official version of a shooting Oct. 1 outside a refugee camp in the occupied Gaza Strip.
WORLD
October 26, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Some dared to drive. Others stayed home, but promised to take to the roads another day. Calls for a nationwide “drive-in” to protest Saudi Arabia's de facto ban on women driving were softened at the eleventh hour by organizers, who said Saudi Arabian authorities threatened them with serious consequences if they drove on Saturday. Activists urged female would-be motorists to instead make it an ongoing campaign, and to get behind the wheel whenever they could. They said about 60 women altogether reported they had driven in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, with more than a dozen uploading videos of themselves doing so. Even on a smaller scale than originally envisioned, it was the year's biggest action against the restriction.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Here's what a bike lane in Highland Park looks like on Tuesdays, trash pickup day. Is something wrong here? City Hall stripes the street with bike lanes. City Hall requires garbage cans, the black, the blue and the green, to be put on the street by 6 a.m. for pickup. City Hall bans people from putting their garbage cans in the middle of traffic, for good reason. But bikes are traffic, and a bike lane is a traffic lane. So City Hall is violating rules set by City Hall, or at least is making it impossible for others to follow the law safely.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2013 | Catherine Green
Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator behind Tesla Motors, SpaceX and PayPal, revealed his alpha design for the buzzworthy Hyperloop on Monday, a proposed high-speed alternative that would carry passenger pods on airflow from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just over 30 minutes. It seemed like a blue-sky proposal: great in theory - especially with California's high-speed rail project hitting roadblock after roadblock before even breaking ground - but perhaps impossible in practice.
OPINION
July 9, 2013 | By Ajit Pai
It's a common experience in cities like Los Angeles. You raise your hand to hail a cab. One goes by. Then another. You contemplate giving up and heading to the closest bus stop or Metro subway station. And you're left frustrated, thinking that there's got to be a better way. Enter Uber. Uber's mobile app lets consumers arrange for a ride in a Town Car-like vehicle from their phone. Ride-sharing services Lyft and Sidecar operate in similar fashion but use privately owned cars. One plus is that the app allows you to see whether any available cars are nearby and how long it'll take before one can pick you up. Another is the payment system: Funds are deducted automatically from your pre-linked credit card, so there's no need to carry a wallet (a receipt is emailed to the customer)
SPORTS
June 15, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers' coaching carousel took many turns this week, as the team interviewed three candidates for their opening, while a fourth coach — Doc Rivers — popped up high on their wish list, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers began by interviewing Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw on Monday. On Tuesday, the Clippers' front office interviewed former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, followed by former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, who was in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A flurry of letters that went back and forth between Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries late last year reveal the serious hurdles that stand in the way of the San Onofre nuclear power plant's long-term future. The plant had been offline at that point for nearly a year because of unusual wear on tubes that carry radioactive water in the plant's newly replaced steam generators, which were designed and manufactured by Mitsubishi. Edison asked federal regulators in October for permission to restart one of the plant's two units and run it at 70% power for a few months to see if that would alleviate the conditions that led to the wear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1998
Re "College Park's Future Discussed by Officials," Feb. 12. Fifteen years ago Ventura County had a model of a proposed park it was going to build on vacant land at the corner of Highway 1 and Channel Islands Boulevard in southeast Oxnard. It was to be called College Park. The model sat in the lobby of the Government Center. Since I was a county employee, I would walk by and admire the model of College Park. My park. I live within a block of the land. Over the years the county proposed several plans for the park on this land but they encountered roadblock after roadblock.
OPINION
May 3, 2012
Re "Subway extension runs into Westside roadblock," April 27 When I lived in Mexico City during the 1985 magnitude 8.0 earthquake, I witnessed epic destruction. Despite the severity of the damage inflicted by the temblor, the subway system was virtually unaffected. The trains resumed normal operations shortly after inspection. Beverly Hills leaders need to be fully informed by geological experts and transportation engineers as to any actual risks to the school buildings before taking a hard-line stand.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2013 | David Lazarus
Barbara Butkus bought an airline ticket in November to fly from Palm Springs to Washington, D.C., a month later for a family reunion. Just to be on the safe side, Butkus, 80, also bought travel insurance while booking her flight through Orbitz, the online travel agency. The coverage was from Allianz, a leading provider of travel insurance. As it happened, Butkus had to cancel her trip for health reasons. She began experiencing shortness of breath in early December, and her doctor advised her not to travel.
WORLD
March 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
REYHANLI, Turkey - The Syrian opposition fighter arrived unexpectedly at Dr. Mazen Kewara's office at the Syrian American Medical Assn., desperately seeking help. Humanitarian aid was not reaching enough armed rebels and civilians in Syria's Idlib province, an exasperated Abdullatif "Abu Salah" Halaq told the doctor in this Turkish border town. The association could not wait for the needy to ask for assistance, Halaq said; it must try harder to locate those needing medical aid. "Your work here is good, but there are shortages," he said recently, looking at Kewara through bloodshot eyes.
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