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Hermosa Beach, Calif., Voters Give Thumbs Down to Oil Drilling

nytimes.com — LOS ANGELES - Voters of Hermosa Beach, a small community on the Pacific Ocean south of here, ended a highly contentious campaign Tuesday with an overwhelming vote to deny permission for the construction of up to 34 oil wells on a 1.3 acre municipal parking lot in the center of town.

Skid Row shaken as Los Angeles police kill man in confrontation caught on video

twincities.com — By Adam Nagourney and Ashley SouthallNew York Times Posted: 03/02/2015 12:01:00 AM CST Updated: 03/02/2015 09:11:14 PM CST LOS ANGELES -- A line of tents and people huddled in blankets filled the sidewalks of San Pedro Street on Monday morning in the heart of this city's Skid Row.

Skid Row Shaken as Los Angeles Police Kill Man in Confrontation Caught on Video

nytimes.com — LOS ANGELES - A line of tents and people huddled in blankets filled the sidewalks of San Pedro Street on Monday morning in the heart of this city's Skid Row. The occasional police car drove by.

California Beach Community Prepares for High-Stakes Vote on Oil Drilling

nytimes.com — HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. - This quaint and quirky seaside community south of Los Angeles has had a conflicted relationship with the oil industry for close to a century. It has variously approved oil drilling, banned it, approved it and prohibited it again.

Sound Bites Over Jerusalem

nytimes.com — It was a warm and sunny saturday morning, the heart of the Sabbath, and most of Jerusalem was shuttered -- except for a second-floor corner suite in the King David Hotel, looking out over the Jaffa Gate and the rough stone walls guarding the Old City.

Hollywood gets its groove back

buffalonews.com — Hollywood's grande dame the Sunset Tower and the Chateau Marmont, stand like stone sentries on Sunset Boulevard, less than 2 miles from the decidedly less stylish stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that hustles from morning to night with camera-toting tourists and Spider-Man and Batman impersonat... - The Buffalo News

Where to Eat, Stay and Wander in Hollywood

nytimes.com — As the film industry has changed, Hollywood as a tourist destination has as well - less defined and more dispersed, not so much a neat geographical dot on the map as a mind-set. Here's where to find it. Where to Eat Chad Colby is doing some of the best cooking in Los Angeles at Chi Spacca, part of the Mozza restaurant empire.

Hollywood Gets Its Groove Back

nytimes.com — Hollywood's grande dame hotels, the Sunset Tower and the Chateau Marmont, stand like stone sentries on Sunset Boulevard, less than two miles from the decidedly less stylish stretch of Hollywood Boulevard that hustles from morning to night with camera-toting tourists and Spiderman and Batman impersonators.

Obama Formally Enters Presidential Race

nytimes.com — SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 10 - Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, standing before the Old State Capitol where Abraham Lincoln began his political career, announced his candidacy for the White House on Saturday by presenting himself as an agent of generational change who could transform a government hobbled by cynicism, petty corruption and "a smallness of our politics."

Obama Formally Enters Presidential Race

nytimes.com — SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 10 - Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, standing before the Old State Capitol where Abraham Lincoln began his political career, announced his candidacy for the White House on Saturday by presenting himself as an agent of generational change who could transform a government hobbled by cynicism, petty corruption and "a smallness of our politics."
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Mar 04, 2015

.@MichaelMcKeonNY Admit it McKeon. You've always wanted to be Philippe Reines. I mean we all have, right?

Mar 04, 2015

In Georgia, a major anti gay rights figure (Bowers as in Bowers v Hardwick) switches sides, per @richardfausset nyti.ms/1AI8BpE

Mar 04, 2015

Yikes. Turn out in LA elections was 8.6 percent. No dropped digit. Maybe moving election date will improve this? latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Mar 04, 2015

Drill they won't: Hermosa Beach votes overwhelming to ban oil wells even at cost of $17.5 million to energy company. nytimes.com/2015/03/05/us/…

Mar 04, 2015

Should Rahm have seen this coming? @monicadavey1 on why 1 of nation's smartest pols might lose reelection: schools. nytimes.com/2015/03/04/us/…

Mar 03, 2015

The one thing you need to read on Iran, Netanyahu and Obama from the ever wise @sangernyt nytimes.com/2015/03/04/us/…

Mar 03, 2015

.@jeffzeleny is a 1st class writer and one of best political reporters out there. CNN lucky to have nabbed him. We miss him at The Times.

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