June 13, 2012 |
Showtime's upcoming eighth season of "Weeds" will be the last for the long-running comedy, a network spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Created by Jenji Kohan and starring Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-dealing mom, "Weeds" was one the premium cable channel's eminent series when it made its debut in 2005 and has picked up numerous Emmy nominations during its tenure. The Lionsgate-produced comedy averaged around 720,000 viewers last season, according to Nielsen. News of the series' end comes just days after the network announced it picked up two drama pilots -- Liev Schreiber's "Ray Donovan" and Michael Sheen's "Masters of Sex" -- as series. Some cast and crew members have already lined up work: Justin Kirk (who plays Uncle Andy)
April 26, 2012 |
"This was a hot corner when that liquor store was there," Marqueece Harris-Dawson said Saturday as he toured South Los Angeles. In the 1990s, the intersection of Van Ness and Manchester featured a liquor store that sold drug paraphernalia. Outside, dealers were waiting to help customers put their new purchases to use. The store burned down in the April 1992 violence. It was replaced by El Nido Family Centers , which proivdes family counseling and education. Harris-Dawson is president and CEO of the Community Coalition , which was formed in the months before the violence by Karen Bass (now a member of Congress)
December 21, 2011 |
"By selling the amount of cannabis that I've sold, I am now eligible for more than three federal death penalties. " So says Steve DeAngelo, protagonist of the Discovery Channel miniseries "Weed Wars," at the beginning of each episode, immediately alerting viewers that this is not standard reality TV. As founder and executive director of Oakland-based Harborside Health Center — a medical-marijuana collective that DeAngelo claims is "the largest cannabis...
November 27, 2011
Next week, the Department of Homeland Security will roll out a pilot program intended to speed up the deportation of immigrants with criminal records by weeding out low-priority cases. It's a sensible plan, and one that could restore some sanity to a deportation system that wastes time with harmless immigrants and thereby allows dangerous ones to escape its attention. Under the pilot program, teams of prosecutors in Baltimore and Denver will review all pending immigration cases in those cities and then decide whether to issue temporary reprieves to the elderly, students, children, victims of domestic crimes and those with a close relative who is a U.S. citizen.
October 7, 2011
Here we go again. Every year for the last five, immigration hawks in Congress have sought to require all businesses to use an error-plagued federal system known as E-Verify to ensure that all new hires are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. This year's proposal, known as the Legal Workforce Act, deserves special attention because it's being disingenuously advertised as a jobs plan. Its author, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), says that expanding E-Verify nationally will exorcise illegal immigrants from the workforce and create new opportunities for unemployed Americans.
October 6, 2011
Plant-life lover Re "It's a forest-sized weeding job," Oct. 3 Forest Service botanist Katie VinZant seems enthusiastic about removing exotic plants from the Angeles National Forest. She has begun a campaign to root out one of my favorite plants in the forest, Spanish broom. True, that hardy plant with the beautiful yellow flower is not native to California, but neither are most of us human inhabitants. What's next? Must we eradicate eucalyptus trees and wild mustard?
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October 6, 2011 |
Reporting from San Jose -- The letters were terse and ominous, their warning unmistakable. Your garden, they said, is on rose "probation. " Years of budget cuts and municipal neglect had taken their toll on the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, the horticultural heart of the Silicon Valley, where generations had graduated from high school, exchanged wedding vows or simply found a little bit of sweet-smelling solitude. That was 2007 and weeds had grown as high as the tree roses.
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October 3, 2011 |
On a sweltering morning deep in the San Gabriel Mountains, Katie VinZant donned work gloves and boots, hoisted a pickax and began bashing alien species. The 31-year-old botanist enjoys a Sunday in the Angeles National Forest as much as the next person. But when it comes to weeds that have colonized and multiplied since the 2009 Station fire, she's a terminator. Slender and trim in a T-shirt, grubby pants and tattered straw sombrero, VinZant swiped the sweat stinging her eyes.
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August 20, 2011 |
Consider this the latest installment in the "no good deed goes unpunished" chronicles. Our story began last spring, when fashion designer Ron Finley admitted to himself that, while he's always enjoyed gardening, he didn't really know what the hay he was doing. "I'd just stick something in the ground and see what happened. " So Finley, who lives on Exposition Boulevard just west of the Crenshaw area, took a UC Cooperative Extension gardening class at the Natural History Museum.