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April 22, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim
The World Food Program gives out most of its food aid to Syria in government-held areas, with only a quarter of the distributions occurring in rebel-controlled territory, according to latest figures from the U.N. agency. The findings underscore the obstacles facing the WFP, which is the major distributor of food aid in Syria, in getting help to rebel-held areas. Many of those zones are under frequent bombardment by Syrian forces, making access dangerous for aid workers and their drivers.
April 22, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Los Angeles hotels, you're the best. Conde Nast Traveler editors selected three SoCal sites - the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Palihouse Santa Monica and the Line in Koreatown - for its 2014 Hot List of the 33 best new hotels in the world. Ace Hotel, the reimagined 1927 United Artists building, won accolades for best design as an "unabashed hipsters' playground. " Palihouse Santa Monica , described as a "sun-drenched California dream," was deemed among the best hotels for families.
April 22, 2014 | By Jon Healey
I know I should be happy about AT&T's announcement Monday that it might bring significantly faster broadband service to Los Angeles. After all, gigabit speeds are likely to open the door to whole new cloud-based services and other innovations. And if AT&T pushes its U-verse fiber optics closer to homes , that will raise the pressure on Time Warner Cable (soon to be Comcast?) to offer higher speeds as well. Nevertheless, as a U-verse customer, I'm still steamed about AT&T raising its monthly service charge twice since the beginning of last year, with no appreciable improvement in the quality of the video streams.
April 22, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins and Kevin Baxter
RIO DE JANEIRO - In 50 days the best athletes in the world's most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer's sacred spiritual homes, for the game's most important tournament. It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the "beautiful game" that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners will marvel at shiny new stadiums and glide across the continent-sized country on upgraded infrastructure.
April 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
You'd think giving away books would be an easy thing to do, but Melissa Eggerling tries to put a lot of creativity and a bit of theater into the act. On Wednesday, Eggerling will be one of 800 Southern Californians participating as "givers" in World Book Night, a program designed to distribute free books to people who might not read them otherwise. Last year Eggerling and her two young sons took boxes filled with the novel "Fahrenheit 451" and distributed them from a Los Angeles city fire truck in Eagle Rock.
April 18, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Highways and bus transit ground to a halt in parts of Brazil early Friday, and flights were delayed as Brazilians launched on their long Easter holiday weekend. Brazil's transportation system has been the subject of heated debate recently. Some worry that it will buckle under the pressure of thousands of visitors who will descend on the country in June for soccer's World Cup tournament. The country is struggling to finish transportation facilities and stadiums. Others say its experience hosting major events such as the annual Carnaval or last year's visit by Pope France make it uniquely prepared to handle huge crowds.
April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If "Watermark" does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use. The clear liquid is as essential to human life as it is threatened, yet we don't seem to be able to do what it takes to make sure it stays available enough to keep us alive. As co-directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, "Watermark" is a kind of companion piece to the pair's earlier "Manufactured Landscapes," which looked at how new industrial structures are transforming the face of the planet.
April 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It may be generations before we see another writer reach Gabriel Garcia Marquez's stature; he was so well-known and well-loved. His novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" became an international bestseller of previously unknown proportions. After he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, he rubbed shoulders with world leaders, kept writing, and, in countries all over the globe, celebrated books. Now, with Garcia Marquez gone, his fans -- presidents, writers, and more -- have been sharing their appreciation for the man and his work.
April 17, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Scientists have replicated one of the most significant accomplishments in stem cell research by creating human embryos that were clones of two men. The lab-engineered embryos were harvested within days and used to create lines of infinitely reproducing embryonic stem cells, which are capable of growing into any type of human tissue. The work, reported Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, comes 11 months after researchers in Oregon said they had produced the world's first human embryo clones and used them to make stem cells.
April 15, 2014
Re "Whether it's bikes or bytes, teens are teens," April 13 danah boyd articulates the practical aspects of technology on teenagers' wired brains - although some of her claims can be argued - but she fails to address the more worrisome injurious effect, such as the exclusion of deep thinking and social development. Social development cannot be acquired through the cyber world because body language, facial expressions and the ability to evaluate someone's emotional reactions cannot be assessed without face-to-face interaction.
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