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November 19, 2009
Dear Amy: I have been living with my paramour for almost three years. We are both in our 50s. He is still married, despite a lengthy legal separation. He often says it is "time to do something" about that, but that is as far as it goes. I want more than just a roommate, plus, if something happens to him, I'm stuck financially. I love him dearly, and he says he loves me too. But I find myself wondering -- am I all alone in this relationship? How do I broach this without sounding needy and greedy?
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
How much legwork does pop stardom require? Next weekend Aloe Blacc will appear along with some of music's buzziest acts - OutKast, Haim, Skrillex, Lorde - at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the idyllic annual gathering near Palm Springs that for many artists serves as proof that they've arrived. On a recent afternoon at USC's Galen Center, though, Blacc found himself somewhat deeper in the record industry's promotional trenches. The L.A.-based soul singer was rehearsing for an appearance on Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, and as he conferred onstage with his young collaborators - two dozen excited schoolchildren with whom he was to perform his song "The Man" - crew members installed miniature geysers designed to spew the network's trademark green slime.
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SPORTS
November 1, 2009 | MARK HEISLER
Reality 1, Aura 0. Everywhere else, no matter what happens, the sun comes up the next morning, but not in Cleveland, where the skies wept after the hated Celtics messed up Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James' debut. You remember that preseason consensus that James wasn't going anywhere? Looks like it's time for a new consensus. This just in: NBA sources say James narrows list of teams he'll consider as a free agent if the Cavaliers tank to 15! Actually, I made that up to get a jump on the 12 ESPN pundits.
OPINION
April 5, 2014
Re "Climate change here and now," Editorial, April 1 The reality of global warming isn't disputed: It's clearly for real, and it will get worse if we don't act now. Because all of us are affected, it would seem to be a time for cooperation across the aisle. But global warming has become politicized, just another issue for Republicans and Democrats to take sides on. A slowly rising fee on carbon-based fuels is a good way to cut heat-trapping gases going into the atmosphere.
OPINION
December 26, 2004
Re "Illinois Seeks to Curb Explicit Video Games," Dec. 16: Video game makers glamorize graphic, senseless violence and criminal behavior while simultaneously degrading women. The industry needs regulation and a wake-up call. Gov. Rod Blagojevich is to be applauded for his common-sense proposal. Cheryl Kohr Redondo Beach
OPINION
April 29, 2002
Katherine Rotherham (letter, April 25) thinks that a drift to the right led by Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft of the Republican Party should be a wake-up call for our democracy. I think she's got it backward. The definition of "conservative" is a strict adherence to an original principle or philosophy. The definition of "liberal" is a moving away from an original principle or philosophy. What conservatives in America want is a return to the original principles of our Constitution, which severely limits government's role in our lives.
HEALTH
December 6, 2004
Regarding "Active at Any Age" [Nov. 15]: It's wonderful to hear that weight training has gained more attention in recent years and is actually very beneficial to the young, the elderly and everyone in between. Working out and strength training are not for body builders anymore. Exercise is beneficial to all, from the very young to the old. Take this as a wake-up call, get out there and move! Rebecca Moradzadeh Beverly Hills
MAGAZINE
May 13, 2001
I have to congratulate and thank you for a very touching and inspiring issue about kids in L.A. ("Growing Up in L.A.," April 22). I was moved to laughter and tears after reading the various stories about very promising and bright young people. Who says that our young people don't have potential! Stacey Dolden Via the Internet I was caught off guard. The photos and vignettes [of children] were devoid of childhood joy. So little joy was expressed either visually or vocally.
TRAVEL
February 1, 2004
Judi Dash's article, "Gadgets for When Every Second Counts" [Gear & Gadgets, Jan. 4], omits one of the most cost-effective travel time-telling devices. The battery-operated analog alarm clock available for $15 or less from many manufacturers is compact, reliable and easy to set. I've had too many co-workers miss appointments because of mistakes in wake-up calls and an inability to figure out a hotel clock radio. A cheap little alarm clock would have saved them. Robert Leone San Diego Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Ruth Ozeki opens her third novel, "A Tale for the Time Being," with a small deception - or, more accurately, a sleight of hand. Forgoing context or explanation, she plunges us into the diary of a 16-year-old Japanese girl named Nao. The language is excitable, breathless even: "[I]f you decide to read on," Nao exclaims, "then guess what? You're my kind of time being and together we'll make magic!" Yet just as we start to wonder what we're getting into, Ozeki flips the whole thing around.
OPINION
March 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
There's no clearer sign that state environmental regulators have failed to protect public health than the warning issued this month to parents living in the shadow of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: Don't let children play in the dirt in your backyard. Tests of 39 homes and one preschool within two miles of the plant revealed that all had levels of lead in the soil that should trigger health evaluations. Lead is a neurotoxin that can cause children to develop learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Matt Stevens
They are not as familiar as the freeways, but Southern California's major faults -- such as the San Andreas, Newport-Inglewood and San Fernando -- have become familiar markers on the local landscape. But Monday's 4.4 earthquake in Encino is a reminder that the seismic danger extends well beyond those fault lines. The quake, which caused no damage but was the largest in the Los Angeles area in four years, erupted on a little-noticed fault deep under the Santa Monica Mountains. The temblor surprised seismologists because it was the strongest to hit directly under the Santa Monica Mountains in the 80 years "since we started recording earthquakes in Southern California," Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck near Westwood early Monday was a "rude awakening" for Angelenos who remain vulnerable to being caught unprepared by a major temblor, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The earthquake that struck in Sherman Oaks at 6:25 a.m. was the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5-earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008. It  was followed up by seven smaller temblors, with two registering as magnitude 2.5 or greater, according to the  U.S. Geological Survey . RELATED: Where exactly was the L.A. earthquake?
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SALT LAKE CITY -- Defense. Defense. Defense. Once the Clippers decided to play defense, they overwhelmed the Utah Jazz in pulling out a 96-87 victory Friday night at Energy Solutions Arena to extend Los Angeles' winning streak to 10 games. The Clippers were indifferent about playing defense in the first half, allowing the Jazz to score 51 points, shoot 50% from the field, 55.6% (five for nine) from three-point range and outrebound them, 24-14. But the Clippers clamped down on the Jazz in the second half, holding Utah to just 36 points and 40.5% shooting.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood and August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - A drum kit stood assembled and cans of beer were piled in a bucket. But otherwise, the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie's was empty Thursday afternoon, an unusual sight for the ordinarily bustling South by Southwest music festival. Earlier that day, a suspected drunk driver had plowed through a crowd gathered in front of the downtown venue, killing two people and injuring 23 others, police said. An annual conference that also includes portions dedicated to film and technology, SXSW brings thousands of people to downtown Austin every March - an estimated 325,000 came in 2013.
HEALTH
March 7, 2014 | By Karen Ravn
March 14 has been declared World Sleep Day , a time to recognize and celebrate the value of sleep. Many sleep experts hope it will be a wake-up call. According to a 2013 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 4 in 5 Americans don't get as much sleep as they should during the workweek. On average, adults are thought to need at least eight hours of sleep a night, although some can get by with less and some won't do well without more. But the survey found that, on workdays, only 21% of Americans actually get a full eight hours of sleep, and another 21% get less than six. To many of us, the thought of spending more time sleeping is, well, a big yawn.
NEWS
November 15, 1997 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She was a popular teacher, known for working past midnight on school projects and being a compassionate ally to her students. He was one of the special ones: a sixth-grader with whom she had recognized a kindred spirit when he entered her class, talented and intense.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Oscar Mayer has created an iPhone dongle that functions as an alarm clock by producing the smell of bacon in the morning. But to get one, users will have to enter a contest. The meat company this week began promoting its Wake Up & Smell the Bacon iPhone app. On its own, the alarm clock app works by making sizzling sounds like the ones you hear when cooking bacon.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy But users who win one of the bacon-smell inducing iPhone dongles will be able to use the app to wake up to both the sound and smell of bacon.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Somehow, Friday became a real “Day of the Dead” day: First with the story about the gentleman in Mississippi who refused to shuffle off his mortal coil, and then with a story from Finland about a blood test that could tell you when death is near. Combined with the rain in California, it's enough to make you want to pull the covers back over your head until Monday! In Lexington, Miss., the coroner had pronounced 78-year-old Walter Williams dead Wednesday; he was zipped into a body bag and transported to a local funeral home.
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