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February 16, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
  Flip through the radio dial any given afternoon and you might hear an angry-sounding white man railing against the government, Congress and dastardly politicians. No, not Rush Limbaugh. This one criticizes Congress for not giving more help to the poor, the government for cutting off unemployment benefits, and politicians for pledging to dissolve unions. Ed Schultz has, over the last two years, made a niche in radio and on TV by talking about the poor and middle class, solidly gaining in ratings while more and more Americans lost jobs, benefits and middle class status.
February 3, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
This is not a place of farmhouses, mom-and-pop diners, chitchats with voters over apple pie. This is a place of neon signs, abandoned homes, billboards promising quick vasectomies and slot machines shouting: Wheel! Of! Fortune! Nevada is a landscape unlike any the Republican presidential field has seen. A few days of mad-dash campaigning in advance of Saturday's caucuses presented the four candidates with an uncomfortable choice: Do you let the Vegas in? Most tried to keep it out. And failed.
December 13, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to limit commercial selling on Venice Beach's famed Ocean Front Walk. The ordinance is the latest in a series of efforts to tame the popular but unruly attraction, which draws about 16 million visitors annually but has lately seen more than the usual number of transients and violent crimes. The city's earlier attempt to impose a lottery and permitting system for the western side of the boardwalk was blocked in October 2010 by a federal court on the grounds that it violated the 1st Amendment.
September 20, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will step down from his position in the Republican leadership next year, saying he wants to focus his time on making the Senate a “more effective institution.” Alexander, a moderate in his second term, serves as the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, guiding policy and strategy for a team of Republicans that has moved increasingly to the right. In remarks on the floor on Tuesday, he suggested that he said he was stepping down after four years in the post because he was out of sync with the hyper-partisanship and high-intensity media environment that has infiltrated, and some say hobbled, the Senate.
August 11, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
TBS asked comedian George Lopez to move his noisy and hip late-night program again — this time off the network. Last year "Lopez Tonight" became an unwitting player in a late-night domino game when TBS pushed back the talk show an hour later than originally planned to make room for Conan O'Brien — who had been shoved off his late night perch at NBC. On Wednesday, the cable network announced Thursday's show would be the last one. ...
August 9, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the battle for radio ratings, pop station KIIS and talk outlet KFI refused to budge as kings of their respective columns — each claimed exactly the same share of the Los Angeles-Orange County audience in July as they held the previous month, according to figures released Monday. Meanwhile, after a slow start, morning-radio veteran Rick Dees increased his following at urban oldies station KHHT-FM (92.3), where he took over a.m. drive on May 4. With more than 4 million people tuning in for at least five minutes a week, KIIS-FM (102.7)
July 1, 2011 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
When viewers were first introduced to Javier Colon on "The Voice," he was just a guy with a backward baseball cap, crooning an affecting rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time. " Fast-forward nine weeks and Colon — now embracing sleek suits and a hat-free head — is booking appearances on "Today" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" as the first winner of NBC's surprise hit talent competition. "I feel some pressure," Colon said Wednesday after the show's finale. The 34-year-old singer-songwriter from Stratford, Conn., beat runner-up Dia Frampton and fellow finalists Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez.
June 6, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Venerable Oakmont Country Club in Glendale was a field of dreams Monday. Also, a place of nightmares. It was a final qualifying day for next week's U.S. Open golf tournament. There were 11 similar events around the country, with varying numbers of spots available. Oakmont was given five. In essence, this was a conflicting pursuit, one of those be-careful-what-you-wish-for things. Win one of the five spots and you get to play at Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C., where the United States Golf Assn.
April 19, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The University of California's recent decision to boost its enrollment of out-of-state students for the extra tuition they pay was evident in the higher number of non-Californians offered freshman admission for the fall, according to data released Monday. Applicants from other states or countries made up 18.1% of the 72,432 students admitted to at least one of the nine undergraduate UC campuses, up from 14% last year and 11.6% in 2009, the figures show. The trend was most dramatic at UC Berkeley and UCLA, where 31.2% and 29.9% of freshman admission offers went to non-Californians.
March 27, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
A state basketball advisory committee is expected to make a proposal that could deal with the issue of the growing number of private school teams reaching the state finals in almost every division, according to Marie Ishida, executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation. Seventeen of the 20 teams that traveled to Sacramento this weekend were private schools, and for the first time, all 10 state champions were private schools. "I think the committee is going to be coming up with criteria and ideas" in the next few months," Ishida said.
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