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January 29, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Angry about a lack of government aid amid plummeting beef prices, cattle breeder Moon Dong-yeon reportedly took a drastic measure that animal rights activists insist is tantamount to murder: He let 40 cows, half his herd, die of starvation. South Korean beef farmers are enduring tough times this winter as a glut of homebred cows has caused beef prices here to plunge while prices for feed, grain and even sawdust have soared. Agriculture officials are investigating Moon in the cattle deaths, which activists say violate South Korea's animal protection law. Moon says he didn't have the money to feed the animals.
November 19, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the first openly gay man to lead a major American city, is no stranger to street protest - he's been in the middle of more than he can count. He's battled for bike lanes, railed against social services funding cuts and led the charge for green buildings. Now, he's the progressive mayor of one of the nation's most progressive cities - and his police force recently stormed in riot gear through a camp full of true believers. "It turned into a brawl over Porta Pottis and crime," Adams said glumly last week at City Hall, not far from where the abandoned parks of Occupy Portland stood empty and forlorn, surrounded by makeshift chain-link fences.
November 9, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
There were hordes of Penn State students gathered outside beleaguered Joe Paterno's home, standing up for his welfare, cheering for him to stay strong. If only Paterno had shown this same compassionate concern for a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly sexually assaulted in his football team's showers. There were scads of Penn State students marching on the school's administration building, outraged at the assault on Paterno's integrity, chanting for justice. If only Paterno had used this same indignant voice to stop an alleged child molester from wandering free on his campus.
October 20, 2011 | By Christina Rosales
Greeting card companies have taken a cue from the nation's 9% unemployment rate. In a 6-by-4-inch envelope, someone can send a friend who lost a job a pre-printed message of encouragement and sympathy. Although not available at every corner store, layoff greeting cards are being produced by Hallmark and sold at its stores and online — and selling well, said Frank Fernandez, owner of two Hallmark stores in North Texas. "We're in the emotional business," Fernandez said.
October 15, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
As anti-Wall Street protests crop up around the nation, many of the bankers and traders at the center of the storm are focused on a more immediate concern: keeping their jobs. The financial industry shed 8,000 jobs in September, and 10,000 more are expected to be cut by the end of 2012. JPMorgan Chase posted a 13% drop in revenue this week, and next week mighty Goldman Sachs Group is widely expected to say it lost money for the first time since the financial crisis. The woes the industry is facing now are in contrast to the success it experienced after the financial crisis — a success that helped stir up the current protests.
October 8, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
More than six months after mass protests began spreading through the streets of Syria, activists say they remain committed to a peaceful rebellion against the government of President Bashar Assad, despite a rising death toll, a wave of assassinations and the reported emergence of soldiers switching sides and battling security forces. "Our revolution remains a nonviolent one," Omar Edelbi, spokesman for a grass-roots opposition network, the Local Coordination Committees, said in an interview Saturday in Beirut.
August 26, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It's natural to feel sympathy for youthful murder defendant Brandon McInerney, who grew up in a home so violent and dysfunctional that he wasn't even allowed to cry after his father punched him in the face. But the law does not allow for sympathy, prosecutor Maeve Fox told jurors Thursday during closing arguments in the teenager's much-watched trial. Emotionally, the case is a "tragedy on all levels," Fox told the packed Chatsworth courtroom, but factually McInerney's fatal shooting of a gay classmate in a junior high school computer lab is first-degree murder.
July 31, 2011 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I own three apartments and allowed a young woman to move in without giving me a security deposit or the first month's rent. I felt sorry for her because she told me that she had just left an abusive relationship. For the first couple of months she was late with the rent but she eventually caught up. In the last several months she has not paid at all. Every time I ask her for the rent, she promises to pay but doesn't. Lately she just ducks me altogether. What can I do? Answer: You need to apply a business model approach to your decision to rent to new tenants.
June 17, 2011
It's not often we can witness two NBA championship celebrations for the same season: the Mavericks in June 2011 and the Heat in July 2010. Alan Sworski Thousand Oaks :: The NBA Finals decision: The Dallas Mavericks took their talents to South Beach and beat the Miami Heat. Ron Tom Pasadena :: After a series of fourth-quarter disappearing acts, can we finally put the Kobe/LeBron and Jordan/LeBron debates to rest? The only stat that matters is that between the three of them, they have won 11 NBA championships.
June 17, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Pop star Cheryl Cole lasted only a few days as a judge on Fox's new talent-spotting program "The X Factor. " But she was dumped from the job so unceremoniously that, in the eyes of many Brits, she might as well have been on "The Apprentice," with snarky "X Factor" impresario Simon Cowell bellowing, "You're fired!" at her before an audience of millions. Cole's public humiliation set Britain's tabloids and society pages abuzz, mostly with sympathy toward her and contempt for Cowell.
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