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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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Tommy Lasorda, 86, is still going strong at Dodger Stadium

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 8:42 pm

Every once in a while, we need to revisit the soul of Dodger Blue Heaven. It should be made mandatory.

Auburn faces challenge in keeping SEC crown

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 8:32 pm

Acknowledging that college football's new four-team playoff could someday inch toward a larger basketball-style tournament, we continue our Super 16 countdown, with No. 6, Auburn.

UCLA will be in a rush to get sacks

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 8:27 pm

Linebacker Myles Jack, addressing the media early during training camp, was shocked to learn that he was actually credited with a quarterback sack last season.

Hallmark Channel creates Feline Football League for Kitten Bowl II

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 8:13 pm

These are dark days for professional football. There's the NFL's concussion crisis, the rising popularity of soccer (the other football) after the World Cup and now the ascendancy of a new kind of American football that's a lot more cuddly, much more…

Contraception, abstinence push U.S. teen birthrates to historic lows

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 8:12 pm

The birthrate for American teens hit an all-time low in 2013, and government statisticians attribute the decline to a reduction in teenage sexual activity and more widespread use of birth control among those who are having sex.

Officer who pointed rifle at Ferguson protester suspended indefinitely

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 8:04 pm

A police officer who pointed his assault rifle at a demonstrator in Ferguson, Mo., has been suspended indefinitely, authorities said Wednesday.

Holder visits Ferguson as grand jury hearings begin

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 7:42 pm

U.S. Atty. General Eric H. Holder Jr. visited Ferguson on Wednesday, meeting with students, community leaders and federal investigators as the St. Louis County prosecutor opened grand jury hearings in the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old …

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' gets premiere date

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 7:02 pm

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, FX has set the premiere date for "American Horror Story: Freak Show."

Efforts to stop the spread of Ebola in Africa will take 'many months'

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 6:55 pm

International efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa will take many more months as crushing poverty, dysfunctional health systems and widespread fear continue to fuel the epidemic, according to world health officials.

Tony Stewart to sit out NASCAR race at Bristol on Saturday night

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 6:44 pm

Tony Stewart will not race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Saturday night, the third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race that Stewart will have missed since his involvement in a fatal accident.

Spiders get bigger when they live in the city, study finds

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 6:35 pm

City living can really have its perks – if you’re a spider. Golden orb-weaving spiders that lived in urban areas were bigger and more successful than their country-dwelling counterparts, according to a team of Australian scientists.

Ex-NFL referee refused to work Redskins games because of team name

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 6:11 pm

Earlier Wednesday Mike Ditka made the news with his brash comments in favor of the Washington Redskins keeping their controversial nickname.

Supreme Court blocks gay marriages from starting in Virginia

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 5:48 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a court order that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia to begin Thursday, adding to the likelihood the justices will decide the issue themselves in the coming term.

Vine makes a play for brands by adding video-import feature

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 5:25 pm

Hoping to lure brands onto its platform, the social app Vine on Wednesday added an import feature to its app that should make it easier for users to create videos.

International soccer stars take Ice Bucket Challenge

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 5:21 pm

International soccer jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon in a big way this week with dozens of standouts -- including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard, Vincent Kompany, Neymar, Mario Balotelli, David Beckham and Galaxy star Ro…

Research firm Screen Engine acquires ASI Entertainment

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 5:16 pm

With the goal of bringing together industry leaders in film and television research, consulting firm Screen Engine announced on Wednesday that is acquiring ASI Entertainment.

Air Force grounds 82 F-16 fighter jets after cracks found near cockpit

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 5:07 pm

The Air Force has temporarily grounded 82 of its aging F-16 fighter jets after structural cracks were found near the cockpits.

Billy Crystal will remember Robin Williams at Emmys

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 4:40 pm

Robin Williams will receive a special tribute at the Emmy Awards on Monday, to be delivered by his old Comic Relief cohost Billy Crystal.

Supreme Court blocks ruling that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 4:34 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday blocked a court order that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia to begin Thursday, adding to the likelihood the justices will decide the issue themselves in the coming term.

Toronto International Film Festival to feature Bill Murray Day

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 4:21 pm

Bill Murray aficionados, mark Sept. 5 on your calendars. The Toronto International Film Festival has declared the date Bill Murray Day in honor of the "charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius," organizers announced Wednesday.

Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 4:18 pm

In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have managed to survive without ever seeing the light of the sun.

Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett join Warner's 'Jungle Book: Origins'

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 4:11 pm

Talk about a rumble in the jungle: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch are among the big-name actors to join the cast of Warner Bros.' "Jungle Book: Origins," setting up a star-studded showdown with Disney's rival Rudyard Kipling …

Kashkari offers $25k scholarship in ad contest

Source: CCTimes/OakTrib Politics Blog
Aug 20, 2014 3:49 pm

Gubernatorial candidates often talk about the affordability of higher education, but not quite like this. Republican Neel Kashkari is offering a $25,000 scholarship to the California college student who can create the best 30-second ad for his campai…

Al Jazeera America rejects allegations in Al Gore's lawsuit over sale

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 3:36 pm

The Al Jazeera America television network is rejecting claims it owes former Vice President Al Gore and his business partner $65 million.

Should performers have to pay NFL to play Super Bowl halftime show?

Source: LAT Opinion
Aug 20, 2014 3:21 pm

Roger Goodell has stated that he wants the NFL to more than double its yearly revenue by 2027, and apparently he's not above asking for handouts in order to do so.

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