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March 29, 2013 | By August Brown
In the airy Venice apartment where Damon Lawner and Natacha Merritt are working to escalate the sexuality of L.A. night life, two slobbery chocolate Labradors ambled about with a tennis ball. A couple of actors and designers huddled over a long table, pencil-sketching some stage-blocking ideas for the duo's upscale fetish party Sanctum . By the stairwell, a vermilion-haired model cheerily tried on lingerie with varying degrees of structural difficulty, and Merritt posed the girl's limbs just-so.
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April 25, 2014 | By David Zucchino
LATTA, S.C. - Police Chief Crystal Moore was born and raised in this tiny farming crossroads and served as a volunteer police dispatcher while she was still in high school. She became the town's first female officer with a sterling 23-year record on the force - until she was ordered into the mayor's office this month and summarily fired. Mayor Earl Bullard handed Moore a list of seven reprimands citing, among other alleged transgressions, questioning authority and failing to maintain order at a council meeting.
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July 4, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Frank Ocean, the acclaimed R&B singer and member of L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future, published a statement on his Tumblr site early Wednesday morning in which he opened up about his sexuality, and revealed that he had fallen in love with a man. The acknowledgment, he wrote, was supposed to be first published in the liner notes to his highly anticipated new album, "Channel Orange," which comes out July 17. The singer, who dropped his first bombshell...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The former  commanding officer of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team may have not only allowed sexually inappropriate conduct in the workplace but also encouraged it, the Navy said Wednesday. The Navy last week announced that Capt. Gregory McWherter had been relieved of duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado because of initial findings of an investigation into misconduct during his tours as commander and flight leader of the Blue Angels.
OPINION
June 9, 1991
Robert Warren Cromey's "Celebrate, and Guide, Sexuality" (Column Left, May 31) contains some very uncomfortable truths. While many religious groups spend their considerable resources and energies trying to stamp out "forbidden sex" (in one form or another), they seem strangely mute on the really crucial issues of the times. That list is very long and very familiar: hunger, war, drugs, homelessness, battered wives and children, white-collar crime, prejudice and, of course, AIDS. Given the fact that sexual abstinence (i.e.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Actor Wentworth Miller, who recently came out publicly as gay in defiance of Russia's new anti-gay laws, revealed Saturday that he attempted suicide more than once as he tried to hide his sexuality. Being in the closet as a youth, "Every day was a test and there were a thousand ways to fail ...," he said, speaking at a Human Rights Commission gala in Seattle, as seen in video posted by TMZ . "And when you failed the test, which was guaranteed, there was a price to pay. Emotional.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Though actress Karen Black never stopped working, news of her passing this week at age 74 sent me back to the 1970s. That era -- a transformative cultural moment for women in general -- had the films I remember the actress in most. It actually starts on the eve of the decade with 1969's “Easy Rider,” the movie that put Black on Hollywood's radar. (She had already made an imprint on stage).  It's hard to forget her portrayal of a leggy prostitute with a long tangle of brown curls taking an LSD-fueled trip with Dennis Hopper during Mardi Gras in that seminal film.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1990
Condoms don't protect anyone, absolutely, from anything. And they don't protect anyone in any way at all from sexual exploitation, rape, promiscuity, adultery, disillusionment and more. Don't get me wrong. Sex is not bad. On the contrary, it's too good to be spread around on TV like cornflakes or beer. Rosenberg said, "TV is no bordello." So why do writers and producers glorify and promote sex for profit, like pimps? KAY BAUR, Hollywood
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Frank Ocean's Def Jam debut, “Channel Orange,” isn't due for two weeks, but the album has had Twitter abuzz for days. As the Odd Future crooner previewed the highly anticipated disc for press, attention shifted to his sexuality after one blogger's brief mention that when he sings about love on a number of tracks he uses “him” as opposed to “her.” It was that quick line that has dominated the blogosphere. PHOTOS: Gay celebrities, who is out? What was fascinating about the rampant speculation about Ocean isn't that it spread so quickly (much of this week's headlines have centered on Anderson Cooper confirming his sexual orientation)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1990
After reading your review of the Erasure concert ("Capering Andy Bell Leads Erasure Through Zesty Evening" by Mike Boehm, Calendar June 18), I was pretty upset. For me and for three good friends of mine, this was our first concert, and we were very excited. Naturally, our hopes were high for this concert, and Erasure proved very quickly to be a very enthusiastic group. The four of us, as well as many others at the concert, knew of the two men's homosexuality. That had absolutely no effect whatsoever on our feelings toward the music or the band.
SCIENCE
April 22, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
It's taken an army of mice (and a group of clever Canadian researchers) to crack open an old sexual chestnut and get at the meat inside: For women, "Not tonight dear, I have a headache" is not a passive-aggressive rebuff to a mate's sexual invitation (not always, at least). It's a biological phenomenon with deep evolutionary roots. Even for females who've never watched a 1950s movie or been schooled in the art of sexual gamesmanship, bodily pain puts a serious damper on sexual desire, new research has revealed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Claremont, police said Monday. The girl was attacked March 21 after the suspect entered her home while she was alone, according to the Claremont Police Department. Police said that evidence recovered at the scene led investigators to Joseph Chandler Davall, who lives in Yucca Valley. Davall was confronted Friday by officers who attempted a traffic stop. But he drove about a mile to his home and was arrested there.
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April 20, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Two boys were sexually assaulted in public bathrooms in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, police said. Both incident occurred last week, and authorities are trying to determine whether they are connected. According to KTLA-Channel 5, a teenage boy reported entering a restroom at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on Friday afternoon. A man forced him into a stall and fondled the boy's genitals, police said. On Wednesday at Hermosa Beach's Valley Park, a teen said a man physically overpowered and sexually assaulted him in the restroom there.
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April 19, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman has announced plans to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley last week, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
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April 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Westlake High School softball coach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student athlete, authorities said. Thousand Oaks police received information about possible “unlawful sexual activities” on Wednesday and arrested Robert Garza, 37, the next afternoon, according to a police statement. Detectives said they believed the alleged incident involving Garza and a female student occurred off school grounds while students were on spring break.
SCIENCE
April 18, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Talk about clingy! A newly discovered cave insect can copulate for up to 70 hours, possibly because the female has a "penis-like" sexual organ that penetrates deeply into her male partner, anchoring him for the duration, scientists say. In a paper published recently in the journal Current Biology, researchers described the exotic sexual characteristics of Neotrogla , a genus of winged insects that inhabit guano-speckled Brazilian caves....
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April 15, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, under pressure from Congress to reexamine the way it handles sexual assault cases, announced Tuesday a comprehensive review of the entire military justice system. "It's been over 30 years since the military code of justice was reviewed. It's simply time," said Lt. Col. J. Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman. "Sexual assault will certainly be part of the compendium of issues that will be looked at, but it's by no means the sole issue. " Members of Congress and women's groups have been strongly critical of how the military handles sexual assault cases, particularly the authority that military officers have to overturn the convictions of those under their command.
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