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One Legislative Story on the Budget
6-1-2011 4:03 pm
Ray Haynes
State Capitol
 

The Legislature is getting to the point where it must pass a budget.  The good news is that the Democrats don't need a single Republican vote to pass that...


Another Ammo Bill Passes Out Of Senate
6-1-2011 11:37 am
Doug LaMalfa
North California
 

SB 124, a bill to further regulate and limit ammunition purchases passes the State Senate.  It is a followup to AB 962 of last year that was found...


Jerry Brown - & His emerging crime wave
5-25-2011 10:56 am
Shawn Steel
Statewide
 

With the appropriately named Brown vs. Plata up to 46,000 felons will be prematurely released from California state prisons. The vast majority of these...

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30 babies under isolation as measles outbreak hits Bay Area

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 9:36 pm

Thirty babies have been placed under home isolation in Alameda County after possible exposure to measles linked to a holiday outbreak at Disneyland last month.

6 lessons from 'Selma' for Black Lives Matter and other political movements

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 9:28 pm

Amid the controversies over Academy Award nominations and presidential portrayals, it can be easy to forget what Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” is at its core: a distinguished piece of allegorical art. It stands in a long tradition of historical dramat…

Dallas teen intentionally drowned baby girl, police say

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 9:23 pm

A Dallas teenager intentionally drowned a 2-month-old girl while the teen's mother was at work Monday morning, police allege.

Sundance 2015: Scientology, Cruise, Travolta and a hot premiere

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 9:22 pm

Alex Gibney's new Scientology documentary stirred speculation that protesters might attend the film's Sundance premiere Sunday night, especially after full-page Scientology ads appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times asking: "Is Alex…

Ducks look like an NHL playoff lock, Kings are nearly there

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 9:18 pm

Kings Coach Darryl Sutter painted a vivid picture when asked last week about his players' struggles to defend their championship.

Church of England consecrates Libby Lane as its first female bishop

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 9:14 pm

The Church of England took a historic leap toward modernity Monday by consecrating its first female bishop.

Rain moves into Los Angeles area; first of two storms

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 9:11 pm

The first of two small rainstorms moved into the Los Angeles area Monday afternoon.

An after-school special

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 9:00 pm

The streets were still wet from a light drizzle when Luci Bird's daughter came home from school two months ago. "It was the first rain of the season, I believe, so I was pretty excited," the photographer said. "I love taking and exploring reflection …

NHL pluses and minuses: Ducks, Red Wings and Jets try to resume win streaks

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:55 pm

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week:

California measles outbreak is up to 87 cases in 7 states, Mexico

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:52 pm

Officials have now confirmed at least 87 cases of measles in seven states and Mexico, as the outbreak centered in California continues to spread.

San Diego County Prepares Rule to Force Campaign Money Underground

Source: FlashReport
Jan 26, 2015 8:50 pm

San Diego voters have a right to know who is trying to influence our local elections. Y et a proposal going before the County Board of Supervisors will mean more dark money and less transparency in our local politics. Our local political parties are …

SkyMall's bankruptcy had less to do with its absurd catalog than you think

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:48 pm

On the surface, the bankruptcy of SkyMall seems to be easily explained and none too surprising.

Fixing Syria and Iraq is a job for the next president

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:47 pm

To the editor: President Obama's Syria policy is an unfortunate example of his now-characteristic indecisiveness. He's half in and half out. Air support, yes; ground troops, no. ("A conspicuous failure of U.S. foreign policy in Syria," Op-Ed, Jan. 24…

The facts and the anti-foie gras fanatics

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:46 pm

To the editor: Thanks to Robin Abcarian for her open-minded approach to the recent un-banning of foie gras in California. ("The return of foie gras to California menus offers food for thought," Jan. 23)

Democrats block Keystone bill in setback for Senate Republicans

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:34 pm

Swift Senate passage of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline ran into trouble Monday after Democrats temporarily blocked the measure from advancing.

Councilman cancels wake for man killed in police shootout

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:27 pm

A councilman in Orange County has canceled his plans for hosting a wake for a wanted man who died in a shootout with police officers.

Boy Scout 'perversion files' could be used in Santa Barbara trial

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:17 pm

Details from Boy Scout documents known as the "perversion files" could be used in a trial underway this week for a 20-year-old man molested by a troop leader in 2007.

New Economic Policy Institute Report Details Economic Challenges Facing UC Workers

Source: Calitics
Jan 26, 2015 8:10 pm

By Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 2010 More than 80 percent of University of California (UC) support staff employees are paid wages too low to provide the basic necessities of life in the areas where they live and work, accord…

Parents of Sarah Jones unveil new PSA at Sundance

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:07 pm

A year after a 27-year-old camera assistant was killed by a freight train in Georgia, the parents of Sarah Jones launched a new effort to keep their daughter's memory alive.

How 'Saturday Night Live' got country wrong with Blake Shelton

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 8:02 pm

Have the people at "Saturday Night Live" ever seen an episode of "The Voice"?

Philanthropist Ladd latest Bill Cosby accuser; Bakersfield show canceled

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 7:58 pm

A philanthropist and former entertainment exec has become the latest in a string of  alleged victims to accuse entertainer Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

Nick Young admits to frustration, sprains ankle in practice

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 7:54 pm

Nick Young didn't play a single minute in the second half of the Lakers' 99-87 loss Sunday to the Houston Rockets, finishing the game without a point.

Paramount to release 'Mission: Impossible 5' in July, not on Christmas

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 7:50 pm

Christmas is coming early for "Mission: Impossible" fans this year. Paramount Pictures has moved the release date for "Mission: Impossible 5" up to July 31, five months ahead of its previous Dec. 25 date.

U.S. drone kills suspected Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 7:49 pm

An American drone targeted and killed several suspected Al Qaeda fighters in western Yemen on Monday, the first U.S. airstrike after weeks of civil unrest that appeared to disrupt counter-terrorism operations in the Arab nation.

Artificial insemination produces 2 baby sharks debuting at aquarium

Source: LAT Opinion
Jan 26, 2015 7:45 pm

The two new zebra shark pups at the Aquarium of the Pacific won’t be on display until Tuesday, but the reason they hatched is already causing quite a stir at the facility.

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