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January 10, 2014 |
It may be no surprise to snifflers stuck in doctor's office waiting rooms: The 2013-2014 influenza season appears to be picking up steam earlier than most flu seasons. On Friday, state and Los Angeles County health officials reported "sharp increases" in influenza activity, including illnesses and deaths. "The number of confirmed fatalities is rising rapidly and exceeds what is expected this time of year," said state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez, of the California Department of Public Health in Sacramento.
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January 5, 2014 |
At least a dozen young people will race to retrieve a cross thrown into the waters of Mother's Beach in Long Beach on Sunday in the annual Greek Orthodox celebration commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. The Epiphany celebration for the greater South Bay area will begin at 8:30 a.m. with morning prayers at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Long Beach. Services of the divine liturgy and the blessing of the water will follow at 11 a.m. The story builds throughout the service to the christening by St. John the Baptist and unfolds at the water, where Metropolitan Gerasimos of the San Francisco diocese will throw the wooden cross from a boat and bless the youth who retrieves it. The event will end with a luncheon at the Betty Reckas Cultural Center at the church, located at 5761 E. Colorado St. A later service will be held at the church at 6 p.m. ALSO: O.C. Tet parade won't ban gays, community decides Pedestrian killed by Metro Gold Line train in South Pasadena McStay family mystery: Friends and family gather for memorial Twitter: @Sam_Schaefer Samantha.Schaefer@latimes.com
January 2, 2014 |
Kate DiCamillo will be the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2014 and 2015, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. DiCamillo will take up the duties of the position officially after being sworn in on Jan. 10. The ambassadorship was launched in 2008 to raise awareness about the importance of reading at a young age. Each author is appointed to a two-year term; previous ambassadors have been Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson...
December 27, 2013 |
Guess how many Americans correctly answered this basic financial question: Is the stock of a single company usually safer than a mutual fund? A) 100% B) 80% C) 60% D) None of the above. The right answer is D. Barely 1 in 2 people knew that a single stock is not safer than a mutual fund, which holds many stocks. The question, included in a survey by a pair of college professors, underscores a fundamental problem facing millions of Americans. At a time when the world of personal finance is increasingly complex - and when people are more responsible than ever for their own financial future - Americans' understanding of basic concepts is sorely lacking.
December 10, 2013 |
SOWETO, South Africa -- South Africans cheered rapturously as President Obama paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela at a state memorial service Tuesday, calling him a "great soul" who inspired the U.S. leader and millions of others to be better people. "We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," Obama said. "But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world, you can make his life's work your own. "Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land.
December 6, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- On a street corner in Soweto, David Mohale sat in the warm summer sun Friday, remembering the life of the man who brought him freedom, the hero of the nation's anti-apartheid struggle, Nelson Mandela. He also thought of his youth, and his own mortality. "You see what I am. I'm old too. I can can go any time myself," said Mohale, 86. "He's waiting for me there. "I feel so much sorrow because he was a good man, who learned the people how to live together.