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March 16, 2014
Nicaragua has long been a travel spot for those who love Central America, for the good reasons Rosemary McClure pointed out ["Revved and Ready," March 9]. But she should not have had to disparage Costa Rica in order to do it. That is really tacky, and an editor should have spotted it. To say that Costa Rica has no history is an outrage my Tico friends would gag on. Evidently she never visited the anthropology museum or the Gold Museum in San Jose. A shame. James J. Horn Cuernavaca, Mexico Keep stories in the rotation Crying foul from the letter writer [March 9]
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
NEW YORK - In "Banquet of Vultures," veteran Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Trusnovec, dressed in a crisp black suit with a red power tie, yanks his bent knee toward his ear, conjuring up a bird of prey as he steps shrewdly through a mass of bodies. As he unfolds his talon-like hands, he evokes both a predator and a profiteer. Hands on hips, elbows splayed wide, he thrusts his leg back and swivels around a woman holding a candle, then tosses her overhead and onto the floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A race-against-time thriller set in a crowded concert hall, director Eugenio Mira's "Grand Piano" may never match the silky suspense of Hitchcock's classic of sinister decorum, "The Man Who Knew Too Much," but it has a certain virtuosic joie de vivre. Elijah Wood stars as a celebrated pianist who, five years after a notorious fiasco of a performance, is making a nervous, much-hyped return to the stage. As he begins to play for the eager audience, however, his score reveals a scrawled note from a hidden sniper (a mostly unseen John Cusack)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck Inyo County on Wednesday evening. The quake was recorded at 7:11 p.m. and was centered about 39 miles north of Ridgecrest.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, people reported feeling the temblor over a wide area including Mojave, Lompoc, Ridgecrest, Mammoth Lakes and Porterville. There were no immediate reports of damage. ALSO: High lead levels have Eastside family living in fear Navy ship nearly crosses paths with migrating gray whales Manson family killer Davis gets parole grant, but is not free yet
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to create a "strike team" that will target facilities that emit toxic pollutants - the first being the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon. The team of public health officials, prosecutors, fire department officials and others will look for ways to close the plant, which has been accused of endangering the health of more than 100,000 people with lead and arsenic emissions. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control and the South Coast Air Quality Management District regulate the plant, but Supervisor Gloria Molina said she has grown frustrated with what she views as a lack of swift action to protect public health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to create a county "strike team" that will target facilities that emit toxic pollutants - the first being the Exide Technologies battery-recycling plant in Vernon. The team of county public-health officials, prosecutors, fire department officials and others will look for ways to close the plant. The facility is operating on a temporary permit.  The county staff members will also use state data to identify which communities have the greatest health risk because of toxic chemicals and which facilities are emitting toxic pollutants in those communities.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
About 330 detainees were on a hunger strike for better conditions at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., as of Sunday afternoon, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center began Friday, and at one point more than half of the facility's 1,300 detainees - 750 - were refusing meals, an ICE official told the Los Angeles Times. The facility is privately owned and operated by the GEO Group Inc., a government contractor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Shelby Grad, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred off the coast of Eureka in Northern California on Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The temblor hit at 10:18 p.m. 50 miles west of Eureka in Humboldt County. According to the USGS, the earthquake was felt over a large swath of the North Coast as well as other parts of Northern California. There were no immediate reports of injuries or tsunami warnings. [Updated, 10:49 p.m. PST March 9: According to the USGS, the quake was felt over a large swath of the North Coast as well as other parts of Northern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
Decrying the slow response of state agencies to the public health threat posed by a Vernon battery recycler and other polluting facilities, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina on Wednesday called for the creation of a county “toxic threat strike team” that could take action when the state fails to do so. The plan calls for county public health officials, prosecutors, fire department officials and others to identify the most dangerous...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times
A shallow magnitude 4.6 earthquake was reported Tuesday evening 152 miles from Avalon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor off Santa Catalina Island occurred at 6:24 p.m. Pacific time. The depth was recorded at 8.1 miles. ALSO: Disney 'very forthright' on cutting Boy Scouts funding over gay policy O.C. gets more than 1,000 concealed gun applications in just weeks Jimmy Kimmel pits Toronto Mayor Rob Ford against L.A.'s Eric Garcetti  
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