CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2012 |
The governing board of the Los Angeles Community College District voted Wednesday to sever ties, at least temporarily, with an Irvine contractor accused of submitting fraudulent claims on construction projects at two campuses and performing substandard work at one of them. FTR International will be barred from doing business with the district for five years after the Board of Trustees agreed with the findings of a hearing committee that the firm misrepresented work on its $48-million contract to build the Allied Health and Science Center at Los Angeles Valley College and the Health and PE Center at Los Angeles Mission College.
June 10, 2012 |
Philip K. Dickwas an incredibly prolific author, publishing 44 novels and more than 120 short stories before his death at age 53. Here are some ways to tackle his body of work: Where to start: "The Man in the High Castle" (1962) is an alternative history in which the Axis powers have won World War II and includes a book, banned in America, that posits an alternative history in which Hitler lost. The novel won a Hugo Award and, like much of Dick's work, plays with perception and competing realities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2012 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday called a police officer's decision to work on a movie about the so-called bling ring "stupid," but refused to dismiss charges against one of three defendants in the case. Judge Larry P. Fidler said LAPD Officer Brett Goodkin's decision to serve as a technical advisor on Sofia Coppola's docudrama "The Bling Ring" while still assigned to the case had harmed the prosecution of the defendants charged with burglarizing the homes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
October 3, 2012 |
In describing the economic hardships under President Obama's stewardship, Mitt Romney asserted that 23 million people are out of work or have stopped looking for work. But that's stretching the truth. To get at that figure, Romney lumped together three groups of people: the unemployed; those working part-time jobs who want full-time work; and people who are out of work and have stopped looking for jobs for various reasons. Here's how the Bureau of Labor Statistics broke down those numbers for August, the most recent month available: There were 12.5 million people officially unemployed, and this is the figure that is used to make up the jobless figure, most recently 8.1%.
July 5, 2013 |
"Material Reflex," a tight introduction to Sonya Clark's work at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, centers on the evocative and provocative power of hair. This isn't new territory. Others have taken on hair as an integral marker of African American identity, especially: Think of Lorna Simpson's attention to hairstyle and wigs; Kori Newkirk's use of beads, synthetic hair and pomade; Alison Saar's casting of hair as roots, branches, vessels, connective currents. Clark, whose heritage is African American, Caribbean and Scottish, shows quite poignantly that even if familiar, the territory is not exhausted.
November 8, 2011
Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy Bill Clinton Alfred A. Knopf: 208 pages, $23.95
July 13, 2009 |
At heart Dean Lombardi is a draft geek, as animated while praising the hands of a seventh-round pick as when he's gushing over the raw skill of a first-round choice. Having reaped the benefits of selecting early in the last half-dozen NHL entry drafts, the Kings' general manager decided to keep those benefits to himself for a few days before unveiling them to the world.
November 24, 2012 |
Mark Dutcher's work is nothing if not lived in. Made with humble materials and straightforward techniques, his paintings and sculptures are messy, fervent and unpretentious. They're covered in fingerprints and other blemishes; any mistakes that he's made are left pointedly intact. They're works that never let you forget they were made by another human being, which is just as Dutcher intends it. "Even if I had lots of money and could fabricate something perfectly," he says, "I don't think I would be obsessed with perfection.
August 21, 2012 |
The study and its findings might seem like the opening of a new front on the perennial skirmishes of the "Mommy Wars": continuous work outside the home after the birth of a first child makes a mother healthier at age 40 than the mom who stayed home to care for her baby, and healthier even than the one who pared her hours back to part-time. But the latest study, presented in Denver on Monday at the American Sociological Assn. 's annual conference, finds that what seem to be our "choices" after the birth of children may be less a matter of choice than an extension of our lives up to that point.
May 27, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- Torii Hunter, on baseball's restricted list since May 14, is scheduled to return to Southern California and work out at Angel Stadium today, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels right fielder will go through another workout Monday afternoon, and there is a good chance he will be activated for Monday night's game against the New York Yankees at Angel Stadium. Hunter has been in Texas the last two weeks dealing with the arrest of his 17-year-old son, Darius McClinton-Hunter, on suspicion of sexual assault.