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After 50 years, closing the book on Pool's-eye view of humanity

latimes.com — In July of 1985, L.A. Times reporter Bob Pool was motoring through Reseda when he spotted a potential story. To be honest, it didn't have a lot going for it. A mail carrier, working her route on foot, appeared to be quite pregnant. That's it. No editor would assign such a story.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @robinabcarian: Breaking: A newspaper reporter retires on his own terms. The great @LATstevelopez on the great @BobsLAtimes latimes.com/local/californ…

Oct 29, 2014

If you love great writing, read about the LA Times' Bob Pool latimes.com/local//la-me-1…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @robinabcarian: Breaking: A newspaper reporter retires on his own terms. The great @LATstevelopez on the great @BobsLAtimes latimes.com/local/californ…

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In India, a new-generation peon at your service

latimes.com — Aditya Giri had awoken at 4 a.m. for his newspaper route, sat through three hours of math and science lectures and hoofed across the city in head-pounding humidity. Now, the 19-year-old was standing in the cramped receiving area behind an upmarket Mumbai department store, getting an earful from a surly clerk.
Oct 30, 2014

First time Giri went to collect … $180 frm deprtmnt store in … #Mumbai … accountnt assumed he was going to steal it | lat.ms/1DB7PNw

Oct 30, 2014

RT @SBengali: What's it like to be a peon in Bombay? I found out by running around for a day with @getmypeon latimes.com/world/great-re…

Oct 30, 2014

What's it like to be a peon in Bombay? I found out by running around for a day with @getmypeon latimes.com/world/great-re…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @AChilkoti: In which 'peon' is a legitimate term - brilliant story on a brilliant service in Bbay: latimes.com/world/great-re…

Powerful L.A. labor boss Maria Elena Durazo leaving county union group

latimes.com — Maria Elena Durazo, a major force in political and worker issues as head the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, is leaving that post for a national union position in which she will focus on national immigration reform.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @skarlamangla: Powerful L.A. labor boss Maria Elena Durazo leaving county union group for national post latimes.com/local/lanow/la… @LANow @LATimesrainey

Oct 29, 2014

RT @LATimesrainey: BIG NEWS!: Powerful head of union movement in LA, Maria Elena Durazo, is stepping down. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Oct 29, 2014

Big news from LA, where labor powerhouse Maria Elena Durazo steps down from county fed to do immig for UNITE HERE latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @ChrisMegerian: Big news in Los Angeles political scene as head of county labor federation departs to work on immigration issues latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Oct 29, 2014

Big news in Los Angeles political scene as head of county labor federation departs to work on immigration issues latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrested; allegedly stole camera

latimes.com — Former rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams were arrested and charged Wednesday after allegedly stealing a camera from a photographer in Beverly Hills last month, officials said. Knight, 49, and Williams, 43, were each charged with one count of robbery in connection with the Sept.
Oct 29, 2014

Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrested; allegedly stole camera w @katather latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Suge Knight and Katt Williams arrested on suspicion of stealing a photographer's camera in Beverly Hills. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Oct 29, 2014

not as amazing as it sounds MT @latimes: Suge Knight and Katt Williams arrested in alleged Beverly Hills robbery lat.ms/1rBlH3E

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: Former rap impresario Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams arrested and charged in an alleged Beverly Hills robbery lat.ms/1rBlH3E

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: Former rap impresario Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams arrested and charged in an alleged Beverly Hills robbery lat.ms/1rBlH3E

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Man shot, fires set and bottles thrown as Giants fans celebrate victory

latimes.com — A man was shot in the arm, fires were set and bottles were thrown at police officers late Wednesday as revelers celebrated the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, authorities said. Shortly after the game a man was shot in the Mission District, at 21st and Valencia streets, said San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy.

Bust of John Denver stolen from Colorado arena; family wants it back

latimes.com — A life-sized bust of the late singer John Denver was swiped from an arena in Colorado, and his family and officials want it back. The bronze sculpture was stolen from the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield on Tuesday night during the annual Saints and Sinners Halloween Ball, according to officials.
Oct 30, 2014

Rocky Mountain low - bust of John Denver stolen from Colorado arena, family wants it back. lat.ms/10Ajctd

Iraqi TV comedy throws a cream pie at Islamic State

latimes.com — So Satan marries a Jewish woman in Iraq. She lays an egg, which hatches and pops out a wild-eyed, bearded madman the proud couple names the "ISIS-ling." Their son becomes known as "Beheader." He lops off heads with a bloody sword, shoots people dead and blows up everything in his path with homemade bombs.
Oct 29, 2014

Hey have you heard the one about ISIS? The bit about The Beheader? How Iraq learned to laugh at its scariest killers. lat.ms/1nPYlMD

Oct 29, 2014

Walking the razor's edge between comedy and death in Iraq, by @davidzucchino #LATgreat reads ow.ly/Dx9Ho

Oct 29, 2014

"Making a comedy about Islamic State is like trying to defuse a bomb," said Thair Chiad. "One mistake and you die." latimes.com/world/great-re…

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Mexico president, missing students' relatives at odds after meeting

latimes.com — More than a month after 43 college students were led away by police and never seen again, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday met with relatives of the missing men in a bid to shore up flagging public faith in the search.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @latimes: Mexican president meets with missing students' families; they refuse to leave his headquarters for more than 6 hours lat.ms/1tR6BOv

L.A. County fire chief vows to overhaul hiring procedures

latimes.com — The Los Angeles County fire chief Wednesday said he will overhaul the agency's hiring procedures in response to a Times investigation that found that a large percentage of firefighters given jobs have family ties to the department. Chief Daryl Osby said the reforms were needed to protect the agency's "core values" and guard against nepotism and cheating in hiring.
Oct 30, 2014

'Everyone will get a fair shake.' LA County fire chief overhauls hiring after @PringleLATimes blows lid on nepotism. lat.ms/1wgk1my

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: L.A. County fire chief says the agency will revamp hiring procedures to guard against nepotism and cheating lat.ms/104ahiw

Oct 29, 2014

L.A. County fire chief vows to overhaul hiring procedures AFTER @latimes investigation latimes.com/local/countygo…

UC Berkeley chancellor upholds Bill Maher speech despite protests

latimes.com — UC Berkeley's administration is insisting that a campus speech by Bill Maher will proceed as scheduled in December despite opposition from students who say the offer should be rescinded to protest what they allege were anti-Muslim statements by the political satirist. Citing Maher's right to free speech, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B.

Does milk do a body good? Maybe not, a new study suggests

latimes.com — Got milk? If you're drinking it to prevent bone fractures or to boost your overall health, you might want to go back to the fridge and opt for a yogurt or a slice of cheese instead. A new study in the journal BMJ casts doubt on the widely held view that milk can help adults ward off hip fractures and broken bones.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @latimes: Study: Drinking lots of milk did not protect against bone fractures and was linked with early death lat.ms/1nQryaa

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: Does milk do a body good? Maybe not, a new study suggests lat.ms/1nQryaa

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: Does milk do a body good? Maybe not, a new study suggests lat.ms/1nQryaa

Oct 29, 2014

"Annie Hall," right again: "Everything our parents said was good is bad. Sun, MILK, red meat, college ...." lat.ms/1zfBe27

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Outlook for states' pot legalization measures goes from solid to shaky

latimes.com — With pot sold openly to any adult who wants it in Colorado and Washington state, marijuana advocates were hoping restrictions in other states would fall like dominoes this election season, opening the way for a push in Congress to change federal drug laws. They were not anticipating a multimillion-dollar wager against them by a casino mogul.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimesnational: Pot legalization measures wobbling in 3 states, where not long ago advocates were sure of victory ow.ly/Dy2Yk

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimesnational: Outlook for states' pot legalization measures goes from solid to shaky lat.ms/13fCANd

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimesnational: Outlook for states' pot legalization measures goes from solid to shaky lat.ms/13fCANd

Path of the Kilauea volcano lava

latimes.com — Kilauea has been erupting for 31 years on the Big Island of Hawaii. The current event, which began at the end of June, threatens more than 950 people living in an area about 20 miles southwest of Hilo.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: Path of the lava coming from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, which threatens more than 950 people lat.ms/1wFeXWS pic.twitter.com/fQW8iH5CV8

Oct 29, 2014

@latimes: Lava path from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, which threatens more than 950 people lat.ms/1wFeXWS pic.twitter.com/WxCS3U1WP6

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: Path of the lava coming from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, which threatens more than 950 people lat.ms/1wFeXWS pic.twitter.com/fQW8iH5CV8

Oct 29, 2014

RT @ranoa: As of Tues., #lava from #kilauea 480 yards from Pahoa Village Rd. and moving 16 yds/hr. lat.ms/1tfJHim pic.twitter.com/tDGXUJz92I

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Pilot dead after military plane crashes near Port Hueneme in Ventura County

latimes.com — Ventura County fire officials are responding to the scene of a plane crash just east of Pacific Coast Highway in Port Hueneme. A spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department confirmed that firefighters were called to the scene at 5:13 p.m. "We are on scene, we're attempting to make access to the fire," the representative said.
Oct 30, 2014

Pilot dead after military plane crashes near Port Hueneme in Ventura County latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: Pilot of a military aircraft died today after his plane crashed just east of the PCH in Port Hueneme, officials say lat.ms/1u9cJCo

Oct 29, 2014

RT @latimes: Pilot of a military aircraft died today after his plane crashed just east of the PCH in Port Hueneme, officials say lat.ms/1u9cJCo

Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox pledges to challenge Maine quarantine rules

latimes.com — Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was isolated in a hospital tent for three days in New Jersey after her return from West Africa, vowed on Wednesday to defy a Maine order that she remain in quarantine while she is monitored for symptoms of Ebola.
Oct 29, 2014

Ebola nurse: 'I am thankful to be out of the tent in Newark but I find myself in yet another prison' lat.ms/1zgeqPy

Oct 29, 2014

Obama appears with #Ebola survivor Kent Brantly as showdown over state quarantines shows no sign of ending. latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Kaci Hickox's attorney tells me she'll fight her Ebola quarantine. “This is unfair and illegal.” latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Kaci Hickox's attorney tells me she'll fight her Ebola quarantine. “This is unfair and illegal.” latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Oct 29, 2014

Kaci Hickox's attorney tells me she'll fight her Ebola quarantine. “This is unfair and illegal.” latimes.com/nation/nationn…

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Daniel Radcliffe shows rap muscle with 'Alphabet Aerobics'

latimes.com — Daniel Radcliffe just cast another spell on audiences, but this time he did it with his mad rap skills. The "Harry Potter" alum, goaded by host Jimmy Fallon, performed Blackalicious' complex "Alphabet Aerobics" on "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @latimesent: VIDEO: Daniel Radcliffe, star of @HORNS_film, raps through the alphabet on #FallonTonight and he does it well: lat.ms/1yIuQgE

The high art of ‘The Shining': A guest essay by ‘Horns’ director Alexandre Aja

herocomplex.latimes.com — In the spirit of Halloween, Hero Complex reached out to select filmmakers to solicit their fondest memories of classic horror. Below, Alexandre Aja, whose new Joe Hill adaptation "Horns" starring Daniel Radcliffe opens Friday, fondly recalls the influence that Stanley Kubrick's iconic take on Stephen King's "The Shining" has exerted over his own work.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @latimesent: The high art of 'The Shining': A guest essay by 'Horns' director Alexandre Aja lat.ms/13jDLuW

'Warsaw Uprising' commemorates ill-fated 1944 rebellion against Nazis

latimes.com — Filmmaker Jan Komasa described the Warsaw Uprising - the ill-fated 63-day struggle led by the Polish resistance Home Army to liberate the city from Nazi occupation - as "a massacre." "Everybody thought it would only take three days to beat the Germans," said Komasa, director of the Polish film "Warsaw Uprising," which opens Friday.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @latimesent: 'Warsaw Uprising' commemorates ill-fated 1944 rebellion against Nazis lat.ms/13jDNmC

DreamWorks Animation profit of $11.9 million in quarter tops estimates

latimes.com — DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. reported a stronger-than-expected profit in the third quarter, fueled by the box-office success of "How to Train Your Dragon 2." The Glendale animation studio earned $11.9 million, or 14 cents a share, on revenue of $180.9 million in the quarter.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @latimesent: DreamWorks Animation profit of $11.9 million in quarter tops estimates lat.ms/1DBGo6e