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August 1, 2013 |
One of the recall movements to oust San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will begin fundraising in hopes of hiring enough signature-gatherers to force an election, recall leaders announced Thursday. Also on Thursday, the city's Business Leadership Alliance, a group of chambers of commerce officials, business owners, and officials from economic development agencies, voted to call for the 70-year-old Democrat to resign. Earlier, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, now president of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, said Filner should leave office because he is hurting business and embarassing San Diego.
July 22, 2013 |
Flipper probably already had a name long before his human family named him. Researchers have discovered that bottlenose dolphins address each other using “signature whistles” -- indicating that other species came up with names for individuals before humans did, new research shows. Scientists already knew that dolphins that were closely related would copy each other's whistles. But it wasn't clear whether the sounds were signature whistles or other whistle types. For the new study , published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, marine biologists from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland applied a technique they published in January to identify signature whistles using several criteria, such as their tendency to be repetitive and remain constant over time.
July 17, 2013 |
A new device that analyzes the smoke that arises when an electrosurgical tool slices through or cauterizes flesh may help physicians determine, during a surgery, whether tissues they're removing are cancerous or not. Using mass spectrometry to determine the components of the aerosolized tissue, chemist Zoltan Takats and colleagues at the medical school at Imperial College London and other institutions found that they could tell if tissues were...
July 4, 2013 |
A White House petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell straight to consumers throughout the U.S. surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold it needed this week to prompt response from the administration. “States should not be allowed to prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to customers,” the petition created June 5 by a user in Stow, Mass., read. The system available on the White House's website lets users to create petitions for their causes, and requires petitioners to collect 100,000 signatures within 30 days before the administration will officially acknowledge them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 |
Feeling backed against a wall by petitioners from an AIDS activist group, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Wednesday to place a measure on next year's ballot asking if voters want the city to create an independent health agency. But then they agreed to also file a lawsuit challenging the validity of such a measure. Council members said they were forced to place the initiative before voters because petition gatherers had successfully qualified it for the ballot. Their only other option was to adopt it immediately, ending five decades of contracted health services provided by county-run clinics, a step the majority said they were reluctant to take.
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has improved his penmanship, unveiling a less loopy version of his unusual signature that will be printed on U.S. paper currency. Lew's official signature, which is somewhat more legible than the one he used on memos as director of the Office of Management and Budget, will appear on new 2013 series bills, the Treasury Department said. The signature will appear first on $5 bills to be printed this fall by the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
June 14, 2013 |
Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are celebrating 10 years in business by reissuing their first runway collection from fall 2003 at Barneys New York, their first retailer. The looks, available now at Barneys in New York and Beverly Hills, are as relevant today as they were back then, and many of the signatures Jack and Lazaro established in that first collection (bustier tops, strong outerwear, etc.) are still present in their work. Pieces in the Proenza Schouler First Collection include a $350 black, long-sleeve tissue T-shirt, a $1,385 satin bustier, a $3,850 belted camel-colored suede coat and a $4,850 white crackled leather jacket with fur collar.
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June 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers on Monday voted to allow the public to be excluded from certain gatherings that include the governor and county officials. The state Senate sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk a measure created in reaction to a legal opinion by a county prosecutor. The official said a private 2011 meeting between Brown and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors violated the public's right to see government business being conducted. At that closed-door meeting, Brown and the supervisors discussed his controversial plan, dubbed "realignment," to begin holding nonviolent felons and certain other low-level offenders in county jails rather than send them to state lockups.
May 30, 2013 |
TUCSON -- Despite a recent court ruling that the department run by Maricopa County's top cop used racial profiling in his quest to crack down on illegal immigration, a recall effort against Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed. On Thursday, members of Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona -- who launched the recall effort against Arpaio -- failed to gather the necessary 335,000 valid voter signatures by the 5 p.m. deadline. The aim was to force a recall election. Activists behind the recall effort would not say how many signatures they were short.
May 23, 2013 |
Over the last year, LeBron James sold significantly more shoes in the United States than Kobe Bryant. James sold $300 million worth of his Nike signature shoes domestically, according to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.com . Bryant was second on the list at $50 million for his Nike signature shoes, followed by Carmelo Anthony's Jordan brand ($40 million) and Kevin Durant's Nike ($35 million). Dwight Howard's Adidas brand shoes brought in $5 million, on par with John Wall's Reebok shoe. Derrick Rose, with Adidas, sold $25 million in the United States.