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August 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A blogger has put together a map that shows Google's auto-complete suggestions for each state when you search "Why is X so," and most of the results aren't pretty. The map shows you Google's auto-complete suggestions for each state when you hover over it, revealing the kinds of things we're all searching about each other. Some of the suggestions are nice, such as for California, which gets "Why is California so awesome" among its results, but most of the results reveal how judgmental we can be about each other.
April 25, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
With spring arrives a fresh blossoming of seasonal metaphors to suggest new birth. A sprouting of unheard music arriving after months of cultivation. Proverbial butterflies crawling out of their cocoons. Bears stretching after deep sleep. In the immortal words of Peter Sellers' character Chauncey Gardiner in “Being There”: “In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.”  So it goes in late April, with the arrival of young music throughout the marketplace, the best of which is gunning for song-of-the-summer punch, making early moves toward July ubiquity.
September 20, 2009
To whoever writes "Underrated" and "Overrated": I love bluesy-type jazz, so I checked out the recommendation of Allen Toussaint's "The Bright Mississippi" ["Underrrated," Aug. 30]. They were correct; it is an amazing and brilliant CD. You can't help but think of New Orleans when you listen to it, which I do almost daily since I purchased it. Thanks so much for the recommendation. Please continue more blues suggestions. Also, tell your editor that a fan would appreciate you getting credit by letting readers know your name.
April 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Lots of parents have viewed lacrosse as a safe alternative to playing football, but it remains a contact sport. In fact, Max Schneider, a lacrosse player from Santa Ana Mater Dei, broke his collarbone and was unconscious for a brief period after a late hit last month. That experience has caused his father, Greg, to question the rules and whether athletes are being adequately protected from late hits because the only penalty assessed was a three-minute penalty. There was no ejection.
November 25, 2012 | By Jen Leo
The family-travel website that moms and dads didn't even know they wanted - let alone needed. Name: What it does: Introduces kid-friendly destinations - along with kid-friendly hotels - in the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico. What's hot: What slingshots this new family travel website to the head of the line is that its travel suggestions are based on the age of your kids. Just punch in the ages (up to three should cover the range) and check out its destination and hotel suggestions, accompanied by photos from real families.
January 10, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
In 2014, I am going to read "War and Peace" again, cut out added sugar and recommit to meditating at least 20 minutes every day. In truth, by June, I am likely to have only started Tolstoy's tome, consumed less sugar - and paid attention when I do - and meditated … some. I hope to be nice to myself about that meager progress, for such is the way with resolutions. Still, there are plenty of reasons to assess the past and think toward the future, and doing better is better than not. Tom Rath, a writer and expert in making change, says it's important to find "simpler wins" with an immediate payoff rather than aiming for overwhelming goals, such as avoiding heart disease.
January 28, 2010 | By Doyle McManus
President Obama's State of the Union address was an unusually candid attempt to recapture the magic of his first months in office -- an effort to remind Americans why they admired him in January 2009, and to persuade them to feel that way again. "I campaigned on the promise of change," Obama said. "And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren't sure that they still believe we can change -- or that I can deliver it. [But] I never suggested that change would be easy." In a speech that lasted more than an hour, the president offered a long list of federal initiatives, many of which he has proposed before, aimed at creating new jobs or saving old ones.
February 10, 1995
Any suggestions about how we can change Newt Gingrich into Mute Gingrich? JOHN F. HARRINGTON Pacific Palisades
February 3, 1992
Clinton is asking how to defend himself against slanderous rumors about his private life. Clarence Thomas may have some suggestions. KIM FRANKLIN, Downey
December 24, 2003
'If I'm going to overdose, I'm going to go for it.' Johnny Tapia, five-time boxing champion, on suggestions that he overdosed on drugs after a one-night stay in a hospital
April 19, 2014
1. Choose a warm-season turfgrass. 2. Water efficiently and adjust watering seasonally. 3. Use and maintain sprinklers properly. 4. Invest in a smart watering system. 5. Cut grass higher; mow less in winter. 6. Use a mulching mower; leave clippings behind.
April 17, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Sifting through observations from more than 100,000 distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form - a necessary condition for life as we know it. Scientists don't know whether the planet has water or a protective atmosphere. They don't even know its mass. But they said the landmark discovery gives astronomers great hope that a bumper crop of Earth-like planets is waiting to be found much closer to home, including around temperamental stars that until recently were considered inhospitable to life.
April 16, 2014 | By Noam Levey
WASHINGTON - President Obama's health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggests that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since last fall. That is millions more than Gallup found in March and suggests that as many as 4 million people have signed up for some kind of insurance in the last several weeks as the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act drew to a close.
April 14, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
A historic slowdown in U.S. healthcare spending in recent years may be drawing to a close. An industry report published Tuesday and healthcare experts point to a steady rise in medical care being sought by consumers seeing specialists, getting more prescriptions filled and visiting the hospital. Other factors such as millions of newly insured Americans seeking treatment for the first time and higher prices from healthcare consolidation could also help drive up costs. Experts aren't predicting an immediate return to double-digit increases in medical spending.
April 9, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - An account of the Federal Reserve's last meeting suggests that policymakers aren't as eager to take away the punch bowl as the market thought. The minutes of the March 18-19 meeting state that Fed officials worried that their individual projections for when the central bank would start raising interest rates "could be misconstrued" as indicating a shift by the Fed committee to tighter monetary policy. The average projections released after the March meeting showed a slight move forward in the anticipated timing of a Fed rate increase, and Fed Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen herself gave the impression in a news conference that day that a rate hike could be made by mid-2015, earlier than what the market had been expecting.
April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Mexican federal authorities have detained the interior minister of Michoacan state after determining that he has "possible contacts with criminal organizations," according to a statement released by prosecutors Saturday night. The aggressive action against Interior Minister Jesus Reyna, is a sign that the federal government, which has struggled for months to control the drug-plagued state, is considering the possibility that the influence of narcotics trafficking has spread nearly to the pinnacle of state government.
December 27, 1998
I just want you to know how much I appreciate the suggestions for each week's gardening jobs. Very informative and helpful. ERNEST SCARCELLI Via Internet
April 1, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Tiny microbes on the bottom of the ocean floor may have been responsible for the largest extinction event our planet has ever seen, according to a new study. These microbes of death were so small, that 1 billion of them could fit in a thimble-full of ocean sediment, and yet, they were almost responsible for killing off all the life on our planet, the scientists suggest. The end-Permian extinction was the most catastrophic mass extinction the Earth has ever seen. It started roughly 252 million years ago --long before the dinosaurs-- and it continued for 20,000 years.
March 30, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
As often happens when the financial demands on government social programs rise, there's been a lot of talk lately about the need to return to the traditional American system of community and faith-based help for the needy: charity, not government handouts. One hears this most often from fiscal conservatives such as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who spoke on the radio not long ago about how suburbanites shouldn't drive past blighted neighborhoods and say, "I'm paying my taxes, government's going to fix that.
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