CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 |
Last year in South Los Angeles, billboards overlooking Crenshaw Boulevard showed two shirtless black men standing and embracing each other on a beach. "Our Love is Worth Protecting .... We Get Tested," read the sign. The ads, 10 in total, were developed by Jeffrey King, executive director of the Los Angeles advocacy group In the Meantime Men. The message's purpose, King said, was to promote love and HIV testing among black men who have sex with men. After the billboards went up, however, "the immediate reaction of the community was shock," said the Rev. Eric P. Lee, president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
July 22, 2013 |
Four unarmed bombs jettisoned by U.S. fighter jets in an emergency action last week have settled in relatively shallow water 18 miles from Bell Cay in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, reportedly posing no imminent threat to navigation or the 1,200-mile-long reef that is the world's largest organic construction. But the 2,000 pounds of inert explosive devices at the edge of the World Heritage Site have upset environmentalists and guardians of marine resources who see the accident during U.S.-Australian military exercises as the latest indignity to which the reef has been subjected.
July 19, 2013 |
The joyous scene of Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy's return to Phnom Penh from self-imposed exile Friday has stirred expectations - some would say unrealistic ones - of young voters throwing their support behind an alternative to Southeast Asia's longest-reigning leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen. Rainsy isn't likely to be allowed to run in the July 28 election that Hun Sen, already in power for 28 years, is expected to win by a landslide....
July 17, 2013 |
Rolling Stone is drawing criticism for the cover of its upcoming issue, which depicts the alleged Boston Marathon bomber in what some observers are calling a rock 'n' roll glamour shot. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the magazine's Aug. 1 issue next to a headline that reads, "The Bomber: How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster. " In a post on its website Tuesday evening, Rolling Stone said writer Janet Reitman had spent two months interviewing "dozens of sources -- childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case -- to deliver" her story, reportedly due to hit newsstands Friday.
July 12, 2013 |
As Canadian investigators sift through the gruesome wreckage of an oil train derailment and explosion in Lac Megantic, Quebec, the deadly crash has intensified a debate among environmentalists and energy-independence advocates as to whether it is safer to ship oil by rail or by pipeline. The circuitous route the oil involved in the accident was taking to its ultimate destination - U.S. consumers - also illustrates the conundrum faced by North American producers eager to get their crude oil to a far-flung network of specialized refineries within easy onward delivery range of the intended markets.
July 11, 2013 |
Longer than three hours, it's more marathon than sprint, but director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's epic "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" (Run, Milkha, Run) - about India's legendary track-and-field star Milkha Singh, nicknamed "The Flying Sikh" - is often an engrossing example of the sweeping, stirring biography. Played by an ab-chiseled, grimacing and judiciously ebullient Farhan Akhtar, Singh is a man born of tragedy, grit and achievement: Orphaned by religious riots during the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan, he found his athletic calling in the army, eventually setting 400-meter world records and representing India at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
July 10, 2013
Re "Pope laments 'indifference' to migrants," July 9 I am not a Roman Catholic, nor am I a fan of organized religion. But Pope Francis' remarks on his trip to the small Italian island of Lampedusa - the favored European landing spot for immigrants sailing from Africa - were stunning in their heartfelt simplicity. In his plea for compassion toward immigrants, the words Francis spoke seemed to have come straight from Jesus' mouth. Carolyn Dingus Oceanside ALSO: Letters: In the wake of Prop.
July 7, 2013 |
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - As Muslim Brotherhood supporters rained stones and birdshot on demonstrators huddled at the opposite end of a busy street, Hamada Badr raced to the roof of a six-story apartment block to get a better view. Some said 17-year-old Hamada and three teenage friends lobbed rocks at the pro-Brotherhood mob below. His friends denied this. But there is little dispute about what happened next. Several Islamists chased after them, reached the roof and, to the horror of onlookers, threw three of the teens off the building in quick succession.
July 5, 2013 |
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- The photograph is powerful -- compelling in the eyes of some, an insult to others -- showing the body bags containing the remains of the 19 Granite Mountain firefighters lined up on the scorched earth, each draped in an American flag. The photo has sparked a public debate after being published Thursday on a social media page dedicated to the elite firefighting crew, who died Sunday fighting the Yarnell Hill fire 30 miles from their home base in Prescott. The bodies had been removed from the scene where the fire swept over them.
June 28, 2013 |
Anyone who's bitten into a ripe apricot, peach or plum understands the juicy scents of summer. But today's perfumers have created fragrances that make fruity essences available all year long. Fancy an olfactory plate of ripe figs? L'Artisan's Figuier Extreme and Ava Luxe's Figue de Sucre showcase the creamy sweetness of the fruit, while Heeley's Eau de Figuier and L'Artisan's Premier Figuier evoke the entire tree, complete with green leaves, milky white secretions and twiggy branches.