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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

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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'The Houses October Built' produces credible horrors

Source: LAT Opinion
Nov 5, 2014 10:55 pm

"The Houses October Built" proves one of the more successful attempts at the found-footage horror flick since "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." It has its holes in logic, but at least it grasps the simple premise that footage can be found only …

Flawed 'Camp X-Ray' still exposes truths in war on terror

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 9:00 pm

One thing director Peter Sattler gets right in the new film "Camp X-Ray" is the way life can entrap even without prison walls. Pvt. Cole, a young soldier played by Kristen Stewart, joins the Army to escape small-town Florida and ends up guarding Ali,…

'A Very Grammy Christmas' special set to air Dec. 5

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 1:03 pm

The Recording Academy dives into the ever-expanding universe of Christmas music with a new holiday special “A Very Grammy Christmas,” slated to air Dec. 5 on CBS with performances by Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Tim McGraw and Maroon 5.

France reclaims the title of world's biggest wine producer

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 1:00 pm

France has once again become the biggest wine producer in the world, up 10% from last year, according to the French agency OIV (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin). That means France has surpassed Spain and Italy, both of which saw poo…

House Republicans blast Obama administration's response to Ebola

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:58 pm

As the Obama administration works to calm public anxiety over Ebola, congressional Republicans took fresh aim Friday at its missteps in responding to the disease and its strategy for containing the virus.

TLC cancels 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:37 pm

There goes Honey Boo Boo.

Easy dinner recipes: Three great pasta dishes that come together in 30 minutes or less

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:30 pm

If you're looking for a fast yet filling dish, pasta is always a great option. The noodles act as a blank canvas, ready to work with almost any flavor combinations you wish to add, whether rich sausage and broccoli, fresh herbs or a creamy sauce stud…

Tensions high in Jerusalem in aftermath of infant's death

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:27 pm

Tensions remained high in Jerusalem on Friday with added police security after a Jewish infant died this week when a car driven by a Palestinian man plowed into a group of people at a light-rail stop.

California: Plumas County claims fall color crown this weekend

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:15 pm

If you haven't explored California's Shasta Cascade region, this is a great time to go. Fall colors are reported to be at peak or approaching peak in Plumas, Lassen and Siskiyou counties, areas in the northern part of the state rich in national fores…

Nina Pham, first nurse who contracted Ebola in Texas, is free of virus

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:14 pm

As New York deals with its first case of Ebola, the National Institutes of Health reported that Dallas nurse Nina Pham is now Ebola-free and will be released from the hospital Friday.

N.Y. doctor with Ebola is stable; healthcare protocols under scrutiny

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:08 pm

A doctor who tested positive for Ebola was in stable condition at a New York hospital on Friday, as federal officials face heightening scrutiny over protocols for healthcare workers who have treated Ebola victims. 

Santa Clara Democratic Party disclosure reports donât match union contributors

Source: CalNewsroom.com
Oct 24, 2014 12:06 pm

A Bay Area Democratic campaign committee, which has transferred tens of thousands of dollars to targeted legislative candidates, is facing questions about discrepancies found in its campaign finance disclosure reports. In at least two instances, the …

Home of the Day: Venice Beach bungalow with vintage appeal

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:06 pm

Original hardwood flooring, whitewashed brick and a kitchen with a 1950s O’Keefe & Merritt oven add to the vintage appeal of this updated bungalow abode found in the heart of Abbot Kinney. Through French doors, interiors flow freely onto a patio se…

Does being a veteran help candidates? A Montana politician hopes so

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 12:00 pm

Backstage before a debate between the two main candidates vying for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House, the moderator joked with John Lewis, the Democrat, asking whether he had brought his guitar to perform.

Airfare: $790 round trip from LAX to Bangkok, Thailand, on Delta

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 11:45 am

Thailand has seen its share of turmoil this year — the military took over the government in May — but things are calm for now, which makes this $790 round-trip fare attractive.

Hong Kong chief faces new calls to step down as protests continue

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 11:41 am

A key pro-establishment Hong Kong politician on Friday urged the territory’s chief executive to step down, saying people had lost their trust in the government and a failure to resign would only exacerbate societal divisions.

Suspect arrested in killing of man and his 12-year-old son in Hemet

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 11:39 am

A man has been arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing a man and his 12-year-old son inside their Hemet home, police said.

De Leon: Reliance is the âAmerican Wayâ

Source: FlashReport
Oct 24, 2014 11:36 am

In some California parallel universe, the new Senate President Kevin de Leόn, announced last week during his flagrant swearing-in ceremony, “Reliance is the ‘American Way.’” “Isn’t it time we shatter the great American myth about pulling…

Former figure skaters Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski promoted

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 11:30 am

Former figure skaters and fashion darlings Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski did such a good job as second-string commentators during the Sochi Winter Olympics, they've been promoted to NBC's top figure-skating pundit team for the next go-round. [Page 6]

For Sierra resident, the well runs dry -- along with her options

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 11:28 am

Things were bad enough for Rochelle Landers before her well went dry. No job. No money for eye glasses or dentures. And now, for the last month and a half, no water.

Will payroll shackle Andrew Friedman's impact on 2015 Dodgers?

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 11:25 am

The Dodgers have been having organizational meetings this week in Phoenix and there is certainly plenty to do.

Endorsement video: Vote yes on Prop. 48 and let the North Fork tribe build a casino

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 11:00 am

There's a temptation to view Proposition 48 as a larger statement on Indian gambling in California. But the ballot measure isn't a policy question on off-reservation casinos, it's a referendum on a specific gambling agreement.

'Interstellar' makes some noise at Hollywood coming-out party

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 10:59 am

Taylor Swift shut down Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday night, shaking it off in a brief concert for Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show.

Woman stabbed to death in front of her children over parking space

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 10:38 am

A man and woman from South Los Angeles have been arrested for stabbing a woman to death in front of her children over a parking space at a swap meet, authorities said.

Comedies, drama, even Mafia supplant conflict at Israel Film Festival

Source: LAT Opinion
Oct 24, 2014 10:30 am

It's a change three decades in the making, said the founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival: a real coming of age of Israeli cinema.

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