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January 19, 2014
Re “A sturdier ladder to success,” Opinion, Jan. 17 Leave it to an ideology-blind liberal to discuss “ladders of success” for the young and the poor without mentioning the minimum wage. The minimum-wage law has long been characterized by legions of economists, not just Milton Friedman, as removing the figurative bottom rung from the ladder of success for the marginally unskilled by removing that all-important first job that leads to better-paying subsequent jobs. So why does columnist Ronald Brownstein ignore it?
April 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
You're the mayor. A guy walks into City Hall and offers to spend half a billion bucks to revitalize property owned by the city, at no cost to the city. What do you say? If you're Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, you call it a taxpayer giveaway. This is not a knock at Tait. This is a tip of the cap toward a mayor who has been so incredibly successful in framing the debate surrounding the Angels' stadium lease negotiations that the process has ground to a dead halt. It has been six months since the Anaheim City Council voted to approve the framework of a deal designed to keep the Angels in town for the long term, and to determine how to cover the estimated $150 million needed to keep Angel Stadium up and running for the long term.
May 10, 2013
The financial crisis fueled anger with the world's "takers" - those people who "like to get more than they give," in author Adam Grant's pithy definition. Everyone is searching for a sustainable formula for recovery that not only curbs damaging self-interest but also promotes a meaningful alternative. Here it is. Grant's new book, "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success," published by Viking, is perfectly timed and beautifully weighted. An organizational psychologist, Grant crushes the assumption that me-first takers always reach the top of the ladder.
April 25, 2014 | S. Irene Virbila
The drive through the Spanish Basque country to the acclaimed grill restaurant Asador Etxebarri swings through hillsides clad in infinite shades of green, up a narrow road to the village of Axpe and its minuscule square framed by a church, a school - and Etxebarri's stone-and-timber building. Kids chase balls. Old ladies share a bench. And on the far side, muscular bicyclists catch their breath after the ride up the mountain. For Americans, grilling is practically synonymous with char.
March 13, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PEORIA, Ariz. -- It wasn't the debut Sean Burnett had been hoping for: giving up two runs and four hits in a third of an inning during the Angels' 8-6 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. But for Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, simply seeing Burnett on the mound marked a big step forward for the left-hander. "Just getting out there and getting the wraps off is important," Scioscia said of Burnett, who was pitching in a game for the first time this spring after being slowed by back problems.
August 2, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
Why does a typical bus driver in the U.S. earn a monthly disposable income (after taxes) of $1,594, while a typical bus driver in Peru earns $325? Why does an airline pilot here bring home $4,206 a month, while a pilot in Lithuania doing what we hope is pretty much the same job with the same training makes only $1,674? (These figures, from , use 2005 dollars, adjusted for the actual purchasing power of various currencies.) Well, the explanation is obvious, isn't it?
October 7, 2010
Two years ago, the National Bureau of Economic Research looked at what makes for successful CEOs, specifically those at companies involved in buyout and venture capital deals. "Success and performance are more strongly correlated with execution-type skills than with interpersonal and team-related skills," the report concluded in part. In other words, being able to get things done trumped being a good team player or a nice guy or gal. OK, so does that translate to maintaining physical fitness?
April 25, 2012 | By David Lazarus
It's Apple's world. We just live in it. The tech giant has reported another blowout quarter , with its profit almost doubling. Strong demand for the new and improved iPad, plus gotta-have-it iPhone sales in China and other overseas ports of call, keep putting the cha-ching in Apple's bling. It's no secret how the company does it. Apple makes innovative products, it makes them well, and it constantly improves those products. This allows the company to charge a hefty price for its wares -- a price that consumers everywhere have been willing to pay. So here's the question: Why don't more businesses follow Apple's example?
August 14, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Three and a half years ago, Rick Nahmias found a use for the untended citrus trees he saw in his Valley neighborhood. He organized volunteers and began harvesting the food for people in need, giving birth to Food Forward with one 85-pound harvest. His idea blossomed, and Food Forward announced that it had picked a million pounds of fruit. This week,  it begins “harvesting” at a new location: farmers markets. The Farmers Market Recovery Program begins Wednesday in Santa Monica.
September 27, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
If, as seems possible, Mitt Romney is not elected U.S. president on Nov. 6, he will not be the first presidential candidate to run on the issue of competence and then lose because he ran an incompetent campaign. He will not even be the first governor of Massachusetts to do so. In 1988, Michael Dukakis, who was ahead in the polls just after the Democratic convention, declared in his acceptance speech: "This election isn't about ideology. It's about competence. " Then he proceeded to blow his large lead and lose to George H.W. Bush, who turned out to be a tougher old bird than anyone suspected.
April 21, 2014
Kevin Sharp Country singer scored a handful of hits after overcoming cancer Kevin Sharp , 43, a Northern California-reared country singer whose gentle tenor voice helped him score a handful of country hits in the late 1990s after winning a battle with cancer as a teenager, died Saturday at his mother's home in Fair Oaks, a Sacramento suburb. It wasn't the cancer that took his life but complications from a digestive system illness he developed in recent years and for which he underwent surgery about five years ago, his sister, Mary Huston, said.
April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung proves that less can be more. A year ago, Samsung tried to blow away consumers -- along with its chief rival, the Apple iPhone -- by packing seemingly every feature known to man into one device. The Galaxy S4 was a success, but consumers struggled to grasp the full capabilities of the device. To improve user experience, Samsung has gone the opposite way with the GS5. It consolidated many features into more understandable groups and eliminated other features altogether.
April 12, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Randall Wallace didn't expect a rock-star reception when he went on the road to promote his faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" ahead of its Easter-weekend release. Yet at the First Assembly of God Church in Phoenix, 9,000 congregants greeted the filmmaker with a standing ovation. A few days later, 11,000 boisterous students packed a convocation in the sports arena at Liberty University, a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., where Wallace, best known for writing the 1995 battle biopic "Braveheart" and directing the equestrian drama "Secretariat," spoke about "Heaven Is for Real.
April 12, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
"How you doin', baby?" Marlon Wayans said, leaning down to kiss a doll on the lips. The toy, a prop from Wayans' latest movie, "A Haunted House 2," was propped up in a chair across the table from the actor at a stuffy Beverly Hills restaurant. The doll, named Abigail, was meant to resemble a creepy figurine from 2013's "The Conjuring": Both shared the same dead green eyes, sooty peasant dress and pigtail braids. Wayans, 41, has long been known for his outrageous comic taste. He dressed as a Caucasian female FBI agent in "White Chicks" and has been poking fun at the horror genre for years, launching the hit "Scary Movie" parody franchise in 2000.
April 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Preaching to the choir may not impress movie critics, but it seems to work at the box office, if the success of the micro-budget Christian movie "God's Not Dead" is any indication. The indie film about a college student who debates his atheist professor about the existence of God has grossed about $35 million in ticket sales so far, making it one of the biggest surprises of the year, with little sign of stopping as it enters its fourth weekend in theaters.  In a landscape dominated by dystopian teen sci-fi and Marvel superheroes, that may not seem like a lot of money, but in terms of religious films, it's big -- especially considering "God's Not Dead" cost less than $3 million to make.
April 10, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Craig and Kevin Stadler ("Walrus" and "Smallrus") became the first father-son combo to play in the same Masters, but perhaps they're not the first family of this week's festivities. Check out the Haas household. Bill Haas overcome a first-hole bogey Thursday to shoot a four-under-par 68, good for the first-round lead. Father Jay Haas played in 22 Masters, making 19 cuts. Uncle Jerry Haas participated in 1985. An uncle from his mother's side, Dillard Pruitt, teed it up here in 1992 and '93. Oh, and great-uncle Bob Goalby won the 1968 event, avoiding a playoff after Argentina's Roberto De Vicenzo signed for the wrong Sunday score.
What a pleasure it was to speak with Irv Cross this week. Cross, 70, is the recipient of this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award. He will be honored Aug. 7 at the enshrinees dinner in Canton, Ohio, with the other Class of 2009 enshrinees -- Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson Jr. and Rod Woodson. In 1971, Cross became the first African American sports analyst on national television.
July 21, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's decision to split just days ago shocked fans and music pundits alike. With similar backgrounds and levels of success, theirs seemed like a Hollywood marriage that would last. But reports edging their way out in the aftermath have indicated that the Lopez-Anthony union was not as blissful as it may have seemed -- and that the success that the singer-actress has seen recently may have played a role in the separation. Did J.Lo's marriage fall victim to a variant of the "Oscar curse"?
April 10, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA receiver Kenneth Walker cut across the field, leaving cornerback Adarius Pickett in his wake Thursday. He snagged a pass and cruised into the end zone. This was good medicine. Walker was concerned at times last fall, worrying about his future. He spent the season on the sideline after back surgery in June. “For a while, I was depressed,” he said. “I thought I was going to get lost in the shuffle. We only had one receiver leave. Everyone else was back and played.
April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS late night sometime in 2015. The news was met with cheers by many, jeers by a few, but most important, it apparently has the blessing of Dave himself. In a statement released Thursday morning, shortly after the network confirmed Colbert's appointment, Letterman said: "Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I'm very excited for him, and I'm flattered that CBS chose him.  I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.
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