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Executions should be by firing squad, federal appeals court judge says

latimes.com — Days before an Arizona murderer gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes and died nearly two hours after his execution began, a conservative federal appeals judge called for replacing lethal injection with firing squads, saying the public must acknowledge that executions are "brutal, savage events."
Jul 24, 2014

Ready, Aim: RT @latimes: 9th Circuit chief judge calls for firing squads to execute death row inmates: is.gd/W8TwYL

Jul 23, 2014

Judge calls for replacing lethal injection with firing squads; executions are "brutal, savage." latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jul 23, 2014

Judge on death pen: "I personally think we should go to the guillotine, but shooting is probably the right way to go" latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @marialaganga: “@latimesnational: Chief judge of U.S. 9th Circuit says executions should be by firing squad. ow.ly/zwlLT” WA state has gallows.

Jul 23, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: "I personally think we should go to the guillotine, but shooting is probably the right way to go." latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Arizona execution has apparently been botched

latimes.com — Officials said an Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour until dying in an apparently botched execution Wednesday that is sure to reinvigorate the national debate over lethal injection in the United States. The death of Joseph Rudolph Wood III was confirmed by the Arizona attorney general to the Associated Press about two hours after the procedure began.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Arizona victim's family member: “Why didn't they give him a bullet, why didn't we give him Drano?” latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @mollyhf: Ace reporters @mattdpearce and @theCindyCarcamo are on this: inmate dies belatedly in apparently botched execution latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Here's our latest on Arizona's botched execution, which now includes some bickering: latimes.com/nation/nationn… pic.twitter.com/mQeaZhknmm

Jul 23, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Arizona victim's family member: “Why didn't they give him a bullet, why didn't we give him Drano?” latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Jul 23, 2014

Arizona inmate took 2 hrs to die today in an apparently botched execution. Oklahoma botched an execution in April lat.ms/Up0e4W

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Major California reservoirs below 50% capacity as drought wears on

latimes.com — Most of California's major reservoirs are now less than half-full -- or at what officials call a "seriously low" level -- but that's still nowhere near the historic lows set in 1977, the state's driest year on record.
Jul 23, 2014

Major California reservoirs below 50% capacity as drought wears on zite.to/UtTse6

Jul 23, 2014

RT @latimes: Major California reservoirs below 50% capacity as drought wears on lat.ms/1kcNo6j pic.twitter.com/MyooBrcrrF

Jul 23, 2014

RT @latimes: Major California reservoirs below 50% capacity as drought wears on lat.ms/1kcNo6j pic.twitter.com/MyooBrcrrF

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Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20-point lead over challenger Kashkari

latimes.com — Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to new poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state's landmark global warming law. The survey, by the Public Policy Institute of California, found that 52% of likely voters back Brown in the November election, while 33% support Kashkari.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @LATpoliticsCA: Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20 point lead over challenger Kashkari lat.ms/1niy8Ed

Jul 24, 2014

RT @ChrisMegerian: Californians want their state to be environmentally friendly. They just don't want it to cost them anything. latimes.com/local/politica…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @ChrisMegerian: Californians want their state to be environmentally friendly. They just don't want it to cost them anything. latimes.com/local/politica…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @LATpoliticsCA: Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20 point lead over challenger Kashkari lat.ms/1niy8Ed

Jul 24, 2014

Californians want their state to be environmentally friendly. They just don't want it to cost them anything. latimes.com/local/politica…

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Like other tech firms, Twitter's workforce is mostly male

latimes.com — Following in the footsteps of tech giants such as Facebook and Google, Twitter released employee diversity data Wednesday revealing that the social media heavyweight mainly employs white men. Overall, Twitter reported a 70% male workforce, with 90% of tech positions filled by men.
Jul 24, 2014

The Times got it too, like other tech firms Twitter is mostly male and white. latimes.com/business/techn… pic.twitter.com/Qz2nB3j2uP

Jul 24, 2014

RT @latimes: Twitter reports a 70% male workforce, with 90% of tech positions filled by men lat.ms/1lxn7dE

Jul 24, 2014

RT @latimes: Twitter reports a 70% male workforce, with 90% of tech positions filled by men lat.ms/1lxn7dE

Comic-Con 2014: Cumberbatch, Radcliffe sightings and more in San Diego

herocomplex.latimes.com — If you're planning to spend any time in downtown San Diego this weekend, keep an eye out for Homer Simpson's head. That iconic bald pate is expected to take up a noticeable portion of the city's shoreline in a clever bit of promotion for "The Simpsons," one of thousands of movies, TV shows, c...
Jul 23, 2014

RT @ginamcLAT: Benedict Cumberbatch, Batman and 'Fight Club'? Should be an interesting #SDCC. lat.ms/1nWbQn9

Jul 23, 2014

RT @ginamcLAT: Benedict Cumberbatch, Batman and 'Fight Club'? Should be an interesting #SDCC. lat.ms/1nWbQn9

Jul 23, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch, Batman and 'Fight Club'? Should be an interesting #SDCC. lat.ms/1nWbQn9

Jul 23, 2014

RT @latimesent: Comic-Con 2014: Cumberbatch, Radcliffe sightings and more in San Diego lat.ms/1ra1kwc

Triple-digit heat bakes L.A. County; records set or tied in desert

latimes.com — Triple-digit heat scorched inland areas of Southern California on Wednesday as forecasters predicted that above-normal temperatures would continue into the weekend. In the desert, Thermal hit 119 degrees, breaking a daily record of 118 degrees that was set in 2006.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @latimes: Palm Springs reached 116 degrees today, tying a daily record set in 2006, according to National Weather Service: lat.ms/1sUVB1n

Jul 23, 2014

RT @latimes: Palm Springs reached 116 degrees today, tying a daily record set in 2006, according to National Weather Service: lat.ms/1sUVB1n

Jul 23, 2014

RT @latimes: Palm Springs reached 116 degrees today, tying a daily record set in 2006, according to National Weather Service: lat.ms/1sUVB1n

L.A. gets snarky about Obama traffic delays: #ThanksObama

latimes.com — President Obama may rake in the money from fawning donors during his two-day fundraising sweep through Los Angeles this week, but he's not winning any fans among commuters who, as they do, take to social media to vent. "Obama is visiting Los Angeles today which means I won't be home till around 7:30pm due to traffic delays.

Man tore off woman's hijab in Long Beach hate crime; suspect sought

latimes.com — The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the man who committed a hate crime against a Muslim woman in the Bixby Knolls area. Authorities said the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. July 2 in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue.
Jul 23, 2014

Here's a sketch of bearded man who police say tore off #Muslim woman's #hijab in hate crime in #LongBeach: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jul 23, 2014

Man tore off woman's hijab in Long Beach hate crime; police seeking suspect. lat.ms/Up31v4 pic.twitter.com/o0h1GcIlCc

Jul 23, 2014

RT @latimes: Police seek the public's help in IDing a man who pulled off a woman's hijab during a hate crime attack in Long Beach: lat.ms/1nsQ1Q4

Jul 23, 2014

RT @latimes: Police seek the public's help in IDing a man who pulled off a woman's hijab during a hate crime attack in Long Beach: lat.ms/1nsQ1Q4

First Look: Petit Trois, from Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, opens Thursday

latimes.com — After weeks of test dinners, Petit Trois will be opening Thursday next to L.A. hot spot Trois Mec, the 24-seat restaurant run by Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook. The three chefs garnered media attention by offering no traditional reservations at Trois Mec; instead, hopeful diners log on to a ticketing system to pre-purchase seats that quickly sell out.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @thejgold: An omelette and a glass of wine: Petit Trois opens tomorrow, and @MyLastBite has the skinny. lat.ms/1sU47h5

Jul 23, 2014

An omelette and a glass of wine: Petit Trois opens tomorrow, and @MyLastBite has the skinny. lat.ms/1sU47h5

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Study finds record-low midterm turnout amid widespread discontent

latimes.com — There may be no more self-abasing profession than politics. Consider: You visit the grocery store. When you cross the parking lot, you won't run a gauntlet of critics from a rival supermarket bad-mouthing the produce section, demeaning the selection of dog food and questioning the sell-by date on the ground chuck.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @ron_fournier: Great lede. Important story on causes and affects of voters discontent latimes.com/nation/politic… @markzbarabak

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Mark Ruffalo touts 'decency in people' after wallet is returned

latimes.com — Mark Ruffalo got a pleasant surprise from one unselfish individual, even if said individual had no idea who the actor was when he did a good deed. Ruffalo, 46, who plays the rage-fueled Hulk in Marvel's "The Avengers" and has lately been the subject of "Hulk" movie buzz, reportedly forgot his wallet Friday in a Chicago taxi.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @latimes: Man finds @MarkRuffalo's wallet and uses Twitter to help get it back to him lat.ms/1oe4OyE

Jul 24, 2014

RT @latimes: Man finds @MarkRuffalo's wallet and uses Twitter to help get it back to him lat.ms/1oe4OyE

Jul 23, 2014

RT @lauraelizdavis: Guy finds @MarkRuffalo's wallet. Doesn't know who he is, Googles him, then tweets him to get it back to him: lat.ms/UoSwYD

Jul 23, 2014

Guy finds @MarkRuffalo's wallet. Doesn't know who he is, Googles him, then tweets him to get it back to him: lat.ms/UoSwYD

Woman in labor prevented from crossing street to hospital over Obama's motorcade

latimes.com — A pregnant woman in labor Wednesday afternoon was not allowed to cross the street to get to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by Los Angeles police because President Barack Obama's motorcade was going to come through the area.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @LANow: Woman in labor prevented from crossing street to hospital over Obama's motorcade lat.ms/1rbkEt2

Jul 24, 2014

Woman in labor prevented from crossing L.A. street to hospital due to Obama's motorcade: lat.ms/1x4TjdL

Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance

latimes.com — The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday. In denying a request for disclosure by The Times, a three-judge state appellate court panel found that keeping the names confidential served a stronger public interest than releasing them.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @caitlinzemma: Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance: latimes.com/local/educatio…

Jul 24, 2014

Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance: latimes.com/local/educatio…

FBI kept L.A. County jail probe secret from Baca and aides, files show

latimes.com — The FBI kept its investigation into alleged brutality in the Los Angeles County jails a secret from then-Sheriff Lee Baca and his top commanders because agents thought they might try to obstruct the probe, according to internal FBI emails and confidential memos reviewed by The Times.
Jul 23, 2014

FBI kept L.A. County jail probe secret from Baca and aides, files show @thisamerlife @awinston latimes.com/local/la-me-fb…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @shelbygrad: Fascinating inside look at the very bad blood between LA Sheriff & FBI Important scoop by @jackfleonard @cindychangLA http:…

Jul 23, 2014

Fascinating inside look at the very bad blood between LA Sheriff & FBI Important scoop by @jackfleonard @cindychangLA latimes.com/local/la-me-fb…

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