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March 27, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Soldier, Megan P. Tatu has your back. And just about anything else you might need. The two-star Army Reserve general has just taken charge of the 79th Sustainment Support Command, the modern iteration of an Army logistics branch that is a year older than the Declaration of Independence. The 79th is headquartered in Los Alamitos, not far from Tatu's Laguna Niguel home. Reservists are part-timers who, as Tatu says, give taxpayers 19% of the Army's strength for 4% of its budget. She's the highest-ranking woman commander in the reserves on the West Coast, at a moment when women in the military is a trending topic.
March 26, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - Metta World Peace sustained torn cartilage in his left knee during Monday's game at Golden State, the latest somber injury news for a Lakers team that has had plenty of it this season. World Peace is to fly back to Los Angeles on Wednesday and consult with team doctor Steve Lombardo. A timetable for his return will then be issued. In a tweet that was quickly deleted from his account, World Peace apologized for being injured and said he hoped to be back in a week and a half.
March 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Although California voters didn't back the labeling of products made with genetically modified ingredients, the practice will soon be mandatory at Whole Foods Market Inc. The chain, known for its upscale emporiums of healthful and organic foods, has decreed that all items sold in its American and Canadian stores note the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMO, by 2018. The Austin, Texas, company says it's the first national grocer to set such a deadline. Whole Foods Co-Chief Executive Walter Robb described customer demand for the labeling as "a steady drumbeat.
February 23, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
MUNICH, Germany - Wagner's "The Ring of Nibelung" is no picnic. The epic four-evening mythic drama is the macho challenge with which operas prove themselves. It practically did in Los Angeles Opera when the company finally got around to mounting this monumental if confrontational pillar of Western civilization in 2010. The "Ring" has been no picnic, that is until now. As audience members found their seats at the Bavarian State Opera's historic National Theater here last month for "Das Rheingold," the first opera in the cycle, some 100 exceptionally good-looking young people dressed in summer whites (it was snowing outside)
February 20, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Tesla Motors Inc. reported another good-not-great quarter, renewing concerns about its ability to quickly churn out enough electric vehicles to sustain the company for the long term. The company plans to ramp up the introduction of Tesla Model S cars to consumers worldwide, saying it was "on a journey" this year to expand the line and turn profitable, Chairman Elon Musk and Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja wrote in a letter to shareholders Wednesday. "Our intention is not to make customers wait six months for a car," Musk said in a call with analysts.
February 19, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Indulge your inner chef on a sunny beach in Tulum, Mexico , this spring during a farm-to-table culinary seminar.  The Oh! Food Workshop May 24-29 at Casa de las Olas hotel is aimed at foodies, aspiring chefs and environmentalists. Cooking classes will offer a combination of strategies on sustainable cooking and development alternatives.  Participants will join Tulum chefs Eric Werner of  Hartwood Restaurant  and Claudia Perez of  Cetli Restaurant at a three-day Yucatan-inspired cooking seminar that includes five nights' beachfront accommodation at Casa de las Olas.
February 17, 2013
Los Angeles is an underachieving city led in recent decades by a succession of underachieving mayors - people who came in with big dreams or big talk but soon got bored with the day-to-day task of steering a municipality. Voters don't get to conduct a casting call or sift through hundreds of applicants until they identify the ideal candidate, but must instead choose from a field prescreened by the political and fundraising processes. This year that field fails to include a candidate who stands out as the obviously superior choice.
February 7, 2013 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
MOUNTAIN HOME VILLAGE - Smoke from the warm fire inside Fred Richardson's home hung in the mountain air outside his house Wednesday, masking the heartbreak inside and throughout the tiny creekside town where he lived for seven decades. His son, Steve, grieved silently on the front porch. Along with the wind sifting through the pines and sycamores, the only other sound came from traffic winding down the mountain highway just a few blocks away - the same highway that took his father's life.
January 31, 2013 | By Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Listening to the political shouting match and seeing Washington lurch from one fiscal crisis to another, one might think the federal budget deficit is the economic equivalent of a giant meteor hurtling toward America, about to hit any day. The reality is quite different. In fact, the debt is probably not even the country's biggest economic challenge, most experts say, and certainly not the most urgent. The evidence shows that the country is on a course of spending and debt accumulation that could lead to serious trouble not today or tomorrow but probably 10 to 20 years down the road.
January 24, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Interested in a vegan pop-up dinner with a four-course soy-, nut- and gluten-free menu? Clean Dinners, from health coach Stasha Washburn , pops up at Sustain Juicery downtown every Saturday. "The pop-up was inspired mostly by the fact that if I wanted to go out to eat, there were very few options," Washburn says. "If I wanted to have a nice evening out, I knew that I would pay for it the following morning. " So she decided to throw a weekly dinner party with food that fit her lifestyle, and she collaborated with Brian Lee, owner of Sustain Juicery.
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