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February 26, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
This morning, while taking the dog for a walk, I felt a brief flurry of raindrops, like goose bumps, rise along my arm. We are due for a storm, of course -  two of them, one this evening and another beginning tomorrow night - and we all know how badly California needs the water, in the era of the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge . And yet, for me, the drought is just one piece of this equation - and only one reason I am happy for the rain....
February 24, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke first gained prominence writing about the Great Depression. Now he plans a memoir to defend how he and other officials battled the biggest crisis and economic downturn since then. “I'd like to be able to explain that it was the right thing to do and to attest to my loyalty to the United States," Bernanke said with a laugh in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday. Bernanke has been sharply criticized for the unprecedented actions the central bank took in response to the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession.
February 20, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
You're invited to a party. It's going to be fun, because it's being thrown by writer Chad Harbach, an editor of the literary magazine n+1, where he has been lightheartedly provocative. You're excited, because "MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction" - in the form of 18 essays divided into five sections - is debating one of the more contentious issues in literary America: whether getting an a master of fine arts degree in creative writing is a good idea, for the individual writer and book culture at large.
February 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
On Thursday night, Walter Mosley kicks off the Los Angeles edition of Writing from California , a two-part series separated by four months and 400 miles. The Los Angeles event is two-plus days of free literary programs -- panels, readings, discussions, even a bus tour -- about the literature of Southern California. It's taking place at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles , except for the bus tour, which will follow the paths of Raymond Chandler's life and fiction through the city.
February 19, 2014
Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after having tonsil surgery at an Oakland hospital but whose parents refused to take her off a ventilator, is not suffering, her mother wrote Wednesday. The teen was at the center of a patient's rights struggle between her family and the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland after her death. She has since been moved to an unnamed long-term care facility. "I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children's Hospital and I see changes that give me hope," Nailah Winkfield wrote Wednesday in a Facebook message to KTVU-TV . She did not provide any details on Jahi's physical condition.
February 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
Joey Mucha used to seal a business deal with a handshake or an e-mail. Now he whips out his smartphone. The San Francisco entrepreneur runs a side business renting out skee ball machines. With the company growing steadily, Mucha decided last year he needed to use contracts to protect his clients and the business. But he didn't go to a pricey lawyer. Instead, the 27-year-old downloaded a smartphone app called Shake. It guided him through the process of creating easy-to-read contracts, which customers can then sign with a swipe of their fingers on the screen.
February 13, 2014 | By Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Eric Warren Singer William Burroughs once said, "Hustlers of the world, there's one mark you cannot beat: the mark inside. " That quote was taped to my desk while I wrote "American Hustle," and it served as my North Star for these characters. As the lies consume their lives, they throttle toward an inevitable reckoning with the truth and themselves. Though they are on the extreme side of the spectrum, I think this is something everyone can relate to. We all hustle ourselves and other people, even if it's in small ways.
February 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are writing a book on gun control. And while publisher Scribner describes it as a "book on America's gun debate," the title makes it clear that Giffords and Kelly are taking a side. The book will be called "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence. " Giffords was an Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head during a 2011 attack on a public meeting she was holding with constituents at a Tucson mall. Giffords was among 13 injured; six people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl.
February 9, 2014 | By Susan King
"12 Years a Slave" on Saturday evening won the 26th USC Libraries Scripter Award honoring the year's best adapted screenplay as well as the author of the work on which it's based. Screenwriter John Ridley shared the award with relatives of Solomon Northup, who published his memoir in 1853. "12 Years a Slave" was in competition with "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "The Spectacular Now" and "What Maisie Knew. " "12 Years a Slave," which won the Golden Globe for best dramatic film and tied for top prize with "Gravity" at the Producers Guild Awards last month, is nominated for nine Academy Awards including film, director (Steve McQueen)
February 9, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I've lived in my homeowner association nearly 20 years and still can't get the board to change my information for receiving notices of meetings to the proper address. They just keep ignoring me. I've called and left messages to no avail. What can I do to get them to recognize my calls? Answer: Beginning Jan. 1, titleholders were no longer able to orally request certain documents and/or other items from their association's board. The new Civil Code section 4035 details how documents must be delivered to an association for such requests to be effective.
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