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February 8, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to overhaul a much-criticized program that helps provide phone service to rural areas by focusing instead on supplying high-speed Internet. The decades-old Universal Service Fund, funded by phone carrier fees charged to long-distance customers, has spread phone service to residents in hard-to-reach areas that often are unprofitable for companies to serve, Genachowski said in a speech Monday to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
April 22, 2014 | By Laura King
DEYARB BOQTARES, Egypt - By all accounts, Soheir Bataa was a bright and lively girl. At 13, she was diligent in her schoolwork, with her math teacher recalling an eager pupil. On her run-down street in this Nile Delta village, she could often be seen hoisting a neighborhood toddler onto a skinny hip. Until her parents decided that Soheir would be taken to a nearby clinic - really just the upper floor of a house on a dead-end dirt lane - where a doctor who doubled as a mosque preacher was known for performing a procedure called thara . The term, alluding to cleansing or purifying, means the cutting away of a girl's external genitalia.
January 15, 1996 | ERIC WAHLGREN
Ventura County and the California Conservation Corps have together landed a $23,124 state grant to promote recycling in the county's rural and unincorporated areas. Officials say they will use the money to educate residents about recycling. Paul Magie, conservation supervisor with the corps' Camarillo Service District, said the money will also help with collecting information on what people recycle and with building compost bins.
February 21, 2014 | By Phil Willon, Maura Dolan and Scott Gold
ALTURAS, Calif. - The afternoon at City Hall was winding to a close on Thursday when a woman splattered with blood began ringing the bell and screaming for help. She had come around the corner from a tribal meeting where police say a woman shot and killed four people, three of them her relatives. The suspect, Cherie Lash Rhoades, previously had been chairwoman of the small Northern Paiute tribe, but the meeting was being held to evict her and her son from the rancheria. "It's not every day that you see someone covered in blood screaming at the window at City Hall," said Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes.
October 9, 1990 | HARRY ANDERSON
In the rural counties of California, the boom of the 1980s didn't happen. Mining and lumber, the industries that kept many of them going for a century, are in a slump that is now several decades old. Agriculture, the mainstay of others, has been shrinking. The most telling evidence came last month when a last-minute state bailout prevented Butte County from being forced to file for bankruptcy.
September 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
Rural areas have arrest rates for drug- and alcohol-related offenses as high as cities do, according to government researchers, who recommend that rural states pool their resources to deal with the problem. The General Accounting Office, in a report released Thursday by several rural-state senators, found also that most prison inmates in sparsely populated states have abused alcohol or drugs.
July 20, 1988 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
Most of China's 800 million peasants enjoyed a sharp increase in living standards during the past 12 months, while urban families barely kept pace with accelerating inflation, according to official statistics released Tuesday. Consumer prices in June stood 19% higher than they were in June of 1987, Zhang Zhongji, a spokesman for the State Statistical Bureau, said at a news conference. This marks by far the highest level of inflation for a 12-month period since the 1949 Communist revolution.
January 7, 2007 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
The young man told the emergency room doctor at Sutter Coast Hospital that he had come to await the end of the world under the big trees. He realized he needed help. But there are no psychiatric beds here, and not a single psychiatrist practices in Del Norte County. A nurse got on the phone -- to seven facilities as far south as San Francisco, more than 300 miles away. None had room. Stabilized on medication, the young man walked out of the ER alone the next afternoon.
One by one, the businesses that once gave this town its vitality have vanished--the meat market, the farm implement dealer, a grocery store, two car dealerships. But the hardest blow came three years ago, when Lake Preston's little hospital lost a 30-year struggle to stay open and the town's only doctor moved clear across the state. Now a physician makes it through town only once a week, and a nurse practitioner runs the Lake Preston Clinic the rest of the time.
March 16, 1987 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, Times Staff Writer
The war was only a distant murmur to Lorenza Granado until Sandinista soldiers landed at her ranch in Punta Gorda, declared it a combat zone and ordered her family to board a helicopter. Forced to leave behind livestock and personal belongings, she was resettled on a state-run cooperative farm. Her two grown sons were arrested as suspected contra rebels. Several weeks later and 45 miles away, contras burst into Carmen Luques Vasquez' dirt-floor shack in the sleepy town of Rio Rama.
November 21, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Jessica Garrison
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that she was disappointed by the slow progress state, federal and local governments have made in bringing potable drinking water to small towns in the San Joaquin Valley. "We've got rural communities that don't have clean water and there's no plan on how to get it to them," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a meeting with Los Angeles Times editors and reporters. McCarthy's comments follow the federal government's threat this spring to cut off clean drinking water funding because state officials have been sitting on more than $455 million in unspent federal money.
October 24, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Having made a number of films set in the Midwest before venturing further afield -  California, Hawaii, Paris -  director Alexander Payne returns to his roots with "Nebraska," a new drama set in (and named after) his home state. At the Envelope Screening Series , Payne talked about what drew him back to the Midwest for his latest film, which stars Bruce Dern as a cantankerous old man who recruits his adult son, played by Will Forte, to take him on a road trip to collect a supposed sweepstakes prize.
October 3, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
HUGO, Okla. - The nation's healthcare law was written with the residents of rural counties like Choctaw in mind. A quarter of the Oklahomans who live in the ranch country near the southeastern corner of the state are uninsured, one of many reasons their health ranks near the bottom of Oklahoma's 77 counties. But that does not mean people here want Obamacare. The state attorney general is leading one of the last state challenges against the law in federal court. The state insurance commissioner issued a sharply worded warning to federally funded "navigators" who are helping people sign up for insurance.
August 7, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz
A fast-moving brush fire in Riverside County burned through at least 6,000 acres in a matter of hours Wednesday, injured three people and destroyed several homes and other structures. Capt. Lucas Spelman of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said two firefighters and one civilian had been injured. The civilian was airlifted to a hospital for treatment. Five communities were under mandatory evacuation orders. For a brief time the fire trapped some residents and sheriff's deputies, who were forced to shelter in place.
July 24, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Want to keep your family safe? Then raise your kids in the city.  It may sound counterintuitive, but researchers found people living in densely populated urban areas in the United States are 20% less likely to die from a serious injury than people who live in rural parts of the country. So much for fresh air and open spaces. "The findings definitely surprised me," said lead researcher Sage Myers, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and practices emergency room medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
June 22, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California voters would be asked to decide the fate of the state's controversial enterprise zones in November 2014 under a proposal Friday by the head of the state Democratic Party. John Burton, a former state Senate president pro tem, jumped into a legislative battle over the zones by unveiling a proposed ballot measure to outlaw the zones. The 27-year-old enterprise zone program currently provides mainly large corporations but also small businesses with about $700 million a year in credits they can use to reduce the taxes they pay the state.
September 10, 1992 | Associated Press
The United Nations plans to start airdropping food Friday to remote rural areas of Somalia, a new phase in the relief effort to keep starving villagers from flooding the cities. The first beneficiaries of the airdrops will be the southwest villages of Tigieglo and El-Garas, Tom Lecato, an American in charge of the U.N. World Food Program, said Wednesday. Food deliveries have been increasing to Somalia, where 2 million people face starvation.
May 4, 1988 | From Reuters
The world's countryside, not its cities and industrial centers, must play the deciding role in creating millions of new jobs by the 21st Century, the International Labor Organization said Tuesday. In a report that will be the centerpiece of the organization's annual assembly in June, the agency urged developed and developing countries to stimulate their agricultural economies with new technology.
June 11, 2013 | By Cindy Carmcamo
TUCSON -- Children in the Southwest are especially vulnerable to hunger, according to a new study ranking New Mexico as having the highest rates of childhood hunger in the nation. New Mexico is the most food-insecure state for youths in the nation, according to a report by Feeding America, a hunger relief charity and network of more than 200 food banks in the nation. Arizona ranked third for childhood hunger , with Nevada at eighth place, Texas at ninth and California at twelfth.
January 5, 2013 | By Dennis Lim
As a collaborative endeavor, cinema is especially prone to happy accidents. Rarely has a film demonstrated the possibilities of happenstance as vividly as the Portuguese director Miguel Gomes' "Our Beloved Month of August," new to DVD from Cinema Guild. With a handful of shorts and three features to his name, Gomes, 41, is one of the most original and exciting voices in world cinema today. (Three of his shorts are included on the "Beloved Month" DVD.) A defining attribute of Gomes' films is that they defy classification, partly because they refuse to stay for long in any one genre.
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