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September 15, 2013 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
Since her son Joey fatally overdosed in late 2009, April Rovero has warned schoolchildren, coeds, cops and congressmen that it was too easy for the 21-year-old college student to get the prescription drugs that killed him. In speeches from Sacramento to Washington, she complained bitterly that authorities had suspected a Rowland Heights doctor of reckless prescribing for years but did little to stop her. Rovero's son was one of at least eight...
September 12, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A top women's surfer wants Orange County surf clothing company Roxy to stop using sexy images of its sponsored female surfers and instead focus on their athleticism. Three-time world champion surfer Cori Schumacher hoped to send a message by delivering to the Huntington Beach company more than 20,000 signatures from people upset about what they said is the ads' focus on women's bodies instead of their graceful skills in the water. Schumacher said she was upset by what she described as a recent "all sex, no surf" Roxy ad that showed Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore partially clothed in bed, then showering, as a promotion for a Roxy-sponsored surf contest.
August 30, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a proposal that would allow nurse practitioners and some other non-physicians to perform first-trimester abortions. The measure was one of dozens to receive final legislative approval. Among them was a bill to require Facebook, Tumblr and other social networking sites to abide by new rules intended to protect minors who use the Internet. The abortion bill, by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), is aimed at expanding access to abortion in rural areas where a shortage of doctors makes it difficult to find someone to perform the procedure.
August 18, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The campaign to recall Mayor Bob Filner amid accusations of sexual harassment begins gathering signatures Sunday. Under city law, the recall group has 39 days to gather more than 101,000 signatures of registered voters to force a recall election. If the group falls short, it will be allowed an additional 30 days. Recall movement activists plan to be gathering signatures in several locations Sunday. Also, a "Freedom From Filner" march is set for 2 p.m. downtown to call on Filner, 70, to resign or face recall.
August 10, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Hal Russell of Corona del Mar wrote to Culinary SOS looking for a recipe for the crispy flattened chicken chef Mark Peel used to cook at Campanile. Dear Hal: Campanile, which opened in 1989, helped to shape the culinary landscape of Los Angeles, influencing so many of today's chefs (many of whom passed through its kitchen). The landmark restaurant closed last fall, but Mark Peel was happy to share his recipe for this signature Campanile dish, originally published in "The Food of Campanile" in 1997.
August 9, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
It took an entire summer of wrangling, but students heading to college this fall won't see dramatic student loan interest rate hikes once President Obama signs a deal on the matter, a move expected Friday. About 11 million college students are expected to benefit from the legislation, which brings interest rates near what they were before a temporary extension expired in June. Undergraduates will now be able to borrow at a 3.9% rate for subsidized and unsubsidized loans, according to legislation that was negotiated in July.
August 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
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 | By Melissa Pandika
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 | By Eryn Brown
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 | By Catherine Green
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.
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