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May 19, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Three years ago, the Obama administration brought criminal charges under the Espionage Act against Thomas Drake, an Air Force veteran and intelligence expert at the National Security Agency in Maryland. He was not accused of aiding the enemy or of revealing national secrets. He had, however, helped a Baltimore Sun reporter reveal a billion-dollar boondoggle at the NSA - a computerized data-scanning system that never worked as planned. The case against Drake collapsed on the eve of his trial when it was revealed that the information was not classified.
May 6, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe in Orange County will close it doors at the end of May. Owner Alexandra Uhl promises that the children's bookstore will reopen elsewhere in Irvine in the coming months -- but in a smaller location, with fewer hours. In an email to customers Monday, Uhl wrote, "I'm ready to pass on the bittersweet announcement that the store will be closing at the current location at the end of May, and re-opening on a reduced schedule in a new Irvine location during the summer.
April 27, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
Photographer Jeffrey Milstein has been fascinated with aviation and flying since he was a young boy building toy models. At 15 he would sweep hangar floors at the Santa Monica Airport on Sunday mornings in exchange for flying lessons. He passed his pilot's exam at 17. He remembers his father taking him to the end of the runway at Los Angeles International Airport to watch the planes land. "In those days it was DC3s and DC6s. There were no jets yet," said Milstein from his home in Woodstock, N.Y. "I loved standing right under them as they flew over my head.
April 19, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The numbers game is tilting against UCLA during spring football practice. The Bruins can count the number of healthy defensive linemen on one hand. The number of defensive backs - those on scholarship - is even less. As for offensive linemen, seven is usually only a lucky number in Las Vegas. "We had more guys riding the [stationary] bike on the side than we had on the field today," Coach Jim Mora said Thursday. The reduced numbers because of injuries had Mora scaling back practice.
April 9, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Malibu Barbie never had it so good. A Paul Smith rug, curtains sewn from Missoni fabric, LED sconces strung with Swarovski crystals, even a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed cluttered with Rodeo Drive shopping bags - all small enough to fit in your pocket. These are but a few of the over-the-top luxuries decorating 10 couture play pads created for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase. The Los Angeles firm Richard Manion Architecture has constructed scale-model dream houses - Italianate, brownstone, beach house contemporary and other styles - that will be auctioned April 17 to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute , part of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
April 2, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Over in one corner is a replica of the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer, the world's first piloted powered aircraft. Elsewhere in the former Santa Monica Airport hangar are a 1929 Lockheed Vega and a 1939 Howard DGA-15. But the newest feature at Santa Monica's Museum of Flying takes aim at the future of airline service - what is coming in the next few months to nearby Los Angeles International Airport, and also what airports everywhere could look like 150 years from now. A detailed, 24-foot scale model of the $1.5-billion makeover of LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal will be displayed at the museum through Aug. 25 as part of an exhibition called Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight.
March 14, 2013 | By David Pagel
At a time when all sorts of artists are abandoning painting to make works that spill onto the floor and fill the room with all manner of stuff, it's exciting to see Laura Owens pack everything she's got onto a flat canvas. She's got a lot. At 356 S. Mission Road, “12 Paintings by Laura Owens” is exactly that: 12 gigantic canvases lined up on two long walls in a massive industrial space whose raw beauty has not been obliterated by overeager renovation. The first hometown solo show of paintings since Owens' survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2003, her straightforward setup plays with space so effectively that every cubic foot of the gargantuan gallery matters.
March 12, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - Last month, as millions of Greeks walked off their jobs to protest prolonged fiscal austerity measures, red-alert telephones jangled in the windowless inner sanctums of the country's navy headquarters in Athens. Green and orange blobs blinked boldly on radar screens; officers scrambled to the situation room, unsure how to respond. A 1,325-ton Turkish warship had strayed twice into Greek territorial waters, according to naval officials in Athens. In the past, officials said, it would have been met by an equal if not larger response.
March 9, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - As Democratic lawmakers speed to implement President Obama's healthcare overhaul in California, they are finding themselves at odds with the leader of their own party: Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor and legislators disagree over how the state should expand Medicaid to more than 1 million low-income Californians, a critical component of the federal Affordable Care Act. Under proposals passed by both houses of the Legislature last week on mostly party-line votes, individuals earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level - or $15,415 a year - would be newly eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's version of Medicaid.
March 5, 2013 | By Jill Cowan, Los Angeles Times
Plans to build a 71-foot faux lighthouse overlooking Newport Bay are coming up short with state coastal officials who believe the structure would be too tall and overshadow the charm of the surrounding waterfront community. The tower, which would not actually function as a lighthouse, is seen by city officials as the visual centerpiece for new community buildings and a public marina on a piece of city-owned land that is presently home to an aging mobile home park. The plan for the fake lighthouse comes before state coastal commissioners on Wednesday, but the panel's staff has recommended that it be rejected unless it is scaled back to 55 feet.
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