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Joan Didion documentary: Griffin Dunne on telling his aunt's story

latimes.com — Joan Didion is famously press-shy. Now 79 and frail, she rarely grants in-depth interviews, even skipping glamorous events held in her honor. Which is why her nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, was taken aback when the author readily agreed to let him make a documentary about her.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @AmyKinLA: When Griffin Dunne asked his aunt Joan Didion if he could make a doc about her, he was met with an "unreadable pause" latimes.com/entertainment/…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimesbooks: Joan Didion documentary: Griffin Dunne on telling his aunt's story lat.ms/12e2dNT

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimesbooks: Joan Didion documentary: Griffin Dunne on telling his aunt's story lat.ms/12e2dNT

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimesbooks: Joan Didion documentary: Griffin Dunne on telling his aunt's story lat.ms/12e2dNT

Oct 22, 2014

RT @GlennWhipp: Yes! A Joan Didion doc coming soon.Griffin Dunne talks to @AmyKinLA about bringing his aunt's story to the screen. lat.ms/1rhRIPa

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Headshot Truck offers a photo studio for actors on the go

latimes.com — The bright magenta van parked alongside Pan Pacific Park near the Grove could be mistaken for any one of the scores of gourmet food trucks roaming the streets of Los Angeles. But passersby did a double take as they read the sign written in white text across its side: "The Headshot Truck."
Oct 22, 2014

RT @saba_h: Had a lot of fun with this column 1 about the history of headshots + @headshottruck! Great photos by @jabinbotsford. latimes.com/business/great…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @JoeBelBruno: Only In LA: Is that a food truck? Nope. This one does Headshots for Hollywood actors latimes.com/business/great… pic.twitter.com/0t1FEsrePp

Oct 22, 2014

RT @JoeBelBruno: Only In LA: Is that a food truck? Nope. This one does Headshots for Hollywood actors latimes.com/business/great… pic.twitter.com/0t1FEsrePp

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Texas nurse Amber Vinson now free of Ebola virus, family says

latimes.com — Ebola is now undetectable in Texas nurse Amber Vinson's body, and she has been approved to leave isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, her family announced Wednesday. Officials from the hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Vinson to be clear of the deadly virus as of Tuesday evening, but she's still being treated at the hospital, the family said in a statement.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Ebola is now undetectable in Texas nurse Amber Vinson's body lat.ms/1s9J3NU

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Ebola is now undetectable in Texas nurse Amber Vinson's body lat.ms/1s9J3NU

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Ebola is now undetectable in Texas nurse Amber Vinson's body lat.ms/1s9J3NU

Oct 22, 2014

GOOD NEWS! RT @latimes: Ebola is now undetectable in Texas nurse Amber Vinson's body lat.ms/1s9J3NU

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Ebola is now undetectable in Texas nurse Amber Vinson's body lat.ms/1s9J3NU

Seniors in Laguna Woods Village are craving medical marijuana

latimes.com — Inside Laguna Woods Village, retirees with stiff knees and failing eyesight make ready use of wellness centers and medical offices scattered throughout nearby strip malls. Residents such as Peggiann "Benji" Johnson - a breast cancer patient experiencing the side effects of chemotherapy - say one more healthcare service is needed: A marijuana dispensary.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @spfeifer22: Grandma wants her weed! Seniors in Orange County retirement community crave medical marijuana. latimes.com/local/marijuan… #CaliforniaIsBack

Oct 22, 2014

RT @spfeifer22: Grandma wants her weed! Seniors in Orange County retirement community crave medical marijuana. latimes.com/local/marijuan… #CaliforniaIsBack

Oct 22, 2014

Grandma wants her weed! Seniors in Orange County retirement community crave medical marijuana. latimes.com/local/marijuan… #CaliforniaIsBack

Oct 22, 2014

RT @emfoxhall: Be it pot candy bars, cannabis oil or a just a joint, seniors shared many reasons with me for using medical marijuana lat.ms/1x9zrqV

Oct 22, 2014

Be it pot candy bars, cannabis oil or a just a joint, seniors shared many reasons with me for using medical marijuana lat.ms/1x9zrqV

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Neighborhood frustration grows as mansionization continues in L.A.

latimes.com — With mansionization marching on in some Los Angeles neighborhoods and city officials saying stricter regulations are still a year and a half away, some vexed residents are taking matters into their own hands.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Foes of L.A. 'mansionization' growing increasingly frustrated as more oversized homes pop up lat.ms/1nz9Ibw

Oct 22, 2014

Angry about the big house next door blocking your view? One Beverlywood resident soiled her neighbors': latimes.com/local/californ…

Oct 22, 2014

Teardowns and McMansions plaguing West LA aNeighborhood frustration grows as mansionization continues in L.A. latimes.com/local/californ…

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Mr. Incredible, Batgirl brawl in Hollywood; Freddy Krueger keeps peace

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a fight between a costumed Mr. Incredible and Batgirl caught on video Tuesday afternoon on Hollywood Boulevard. The scuffle took place in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre and also outside of the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex.
Oct 22, 2014

Sometimes the headlines write themselves: Mr. Incredible, Batgirl brawl in Hollywood; Freddy Krueger keeps peace: ow.ly/DbYpt

Oct 22, 2014

Epic battle - only in L.A. Mr. Incredible, Batgirl brawl in Hollywood; Freddy Krueger keeps peace latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Oct 22, 2014

Mr. Incredible, Batgirl fight in Hollywood; Freddy Krueger keeps peace. Chewbaca interviewed latimes.com/local/lanow/la… pic.twitter.com/wKwXilPMYG

Oct 22, 2014

Mr. Incredible, Batgirl brawl in Hollywood; Freddy Krueger keeps peace > ow.ly/DbF2M

Leaks in Ferguson, Mo., police shooting spur outcry

latimes.com — With a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., the investigation has sprung a few leaks. New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown's Aug.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Ferguson leaks: "This is supposed to play out in the courts and the justice system, and not the media." latimes.com/la-na-ferguson…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Ferguson leaks: "This is supposed to play out in the courts and the justice system, and not the media." latimes.com/la-na-ferguson…

Oct 22, 2014

Interesting that on Ferguson instead of quasi-myth of reporters netting sources to get scoops, everyone talking leaks latimes.com/nation/la-na-f…

Heartbroken woman spends a week at KFC after a bad breakup

latimes.com — Some people sit down with an entire quart of their favorite ice cream after a bad breakup. Others raid the candy aisle at the grocery store or see how many Fireball shots they can take in one evening. One heartbroken woman in China decided her local KFC was the answer.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @schaeffers: No judgment here. RT @latimes Heartbroken woman spends a week at KFC after a bad breakup lat.ms/1wkDdOX

Oct 22, 2014

I mean... RT @JessicaGalliart: This is incredible. RT @latimes: Heartbroken woman spends a week at KFC after breakup bit.ly/1yYYaCu

Oct 22, 2014

This is incredible. RT @latimes: Heartbroken woman spends a week at KFC after a bad breakup bit.ly/1yYYaCu

Oct 22, 2014

Can you every truly love someone enough that a breakup would make you occupy a KFC for a week? @Jenn_Harris_ latimes.com/food/dailydish…

Oct 22, 2014

My hero: Heartbroken woman spends a week at @kfc after a bad breakup lat.ms/1rqvMAt

Shooting reported at war memorial near Canadian parliament

latimes.com — Police in Canada say a person has been shot at the country's National War Memorial. The Associated Press reported that the person shot is believed to be a member of the Canadian Forces. Ottawa police have confirmed they had a call at 9:52 a.m. with a report of shots fired.
Oct 22, 2014

Need to 'watch' better @latimes: Suspect named in Canadian Parliament shooting reportedly was on watch list lat.ms/1uH9JHN

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Authorities have confirmed one victim dead, one shooter dead in Canada. This story being updated: lat.ms/12bI9vj

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Lockdown extends beyond Canadian parliament as authorities search for at least one gunman lat.ms/12bI9vj

Oct 22, 2014

'Several shooting' incidents after man shot at war memorial near Canadian Parliament latimes.com/world/mexico-a…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Lockdown extends beyond Canadian parliament as authorities search for at least one gunman lat.ms/12bI9vj

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USC's marching band is named the best in college football

latimes.com — The tune is unmistakable. USC fans love it. Opponents loathe it. Regardless of allegiance -- or how one responds to the playing of "Fight On" -- USA Today says there is no doubt that the Spirit of Troy is the best marching band in college football.

UC leaders consider limiting out-of-state enrollment

latimes.com — The University of California is beginning to have second thoughts about its highly successful effort to bring more out-of-state students onto its campuses. In a bid to boost revenue, the system five years ago began to aggressively recruit students from other parts of the country and from around the world.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @beth_shuster: Our new weekly Higher Learning column debuted today! ow.ly/DbAgr @larrygordonlat @TellEWA #CaliforniaisBack

Oct 22, 2014

Our new weekly Higher Learning column debuted today! ow.ly/DbAgr @larrygordonlat @TellEWA #CaliforniaisBack

Oct 22, 2014

RT @CAexplained: University of California is beginning to have second thoughts about admitting so many out-of-state students lat.ms/1teTMf9

Oct 22, 2014

RT @beth_shuster: The 1st of our weekly Higher Learning column: UC may be rethinking numbers of out-of-state students: ow.ly/Dbedz @larrygordonlat

Oct 22, 2014

RT @beth_shuster: The 1st of our weekly Higher Learning column: UC may be rethinking numbers of out-of-state students: ow.ly/Dbedz @larrygordonlat

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Blackwater security guards found guilty in 2007 Baghdad killings

latimes.com — A federal jury Wednesday convicted four former Blackwater security guards who had been charged with killing 14 Iraqis in Baghdad seven years ago in a shooting that became a symbol of U.S. treatment of Iraqi civilians.
Oct 22, 2014

Turns out, you are not allowed to just shoot people, even in Iraq. That’s probably a good thing. latimes.com/nation/la-na-i…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @DavidLauter: After deliberating nearly a month, jury finds 4 former Blackwater guards guilty in killings of 14 Iraqis 7 years ago, latimes.com/nation/la-na-i…

Oct 22, 2014

After deliberating nearly a month, jury finds 4 former Blackwater guards guilty in killings of 14 Iraqis 7 years ago, latimes.com/nation/la-na-i…

Southland bad air days jump in 2014; Hot, stangant weather blamed

latimes.com — Hot, stagnant weather in Southern California pushed smog levels above federal health standards on 94 days in 2014, up from 88 last year, regional pollution regulators say. This year had been shaping up to be cleaner than 2013, officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District said, keeping with the improving pollution trend of the last several decades.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @tonybarboza: Southern California's bad-air days jump slightly in 2014; hot, stagnant weather blamed lat.ms/1wtLMbh

Oct 22, 2014

RT @laura_nelson: Southern California had more smog days this year, but overall, they're falling dramatically. lat.ms/1wtLMbh pic.twitter.com/mvkn7cXKt7

Oct 22, 2014

Southern California had more smog days this year, but overall, they're falling dramatically. lat.ms/1wtLMbh pic.twitter.com/mvkn7cXKt7

Oct 22, 2014

Southern California's bad-air days jump slightly in 2014; hot, stagnant weather blamed lat.ms/1wtLMbh

Oct 22, 2014

Southland's bad-air days jump in 2014; hot, stagnant weather blamed latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Leaks in Ferguson, Mo., police shooting spur outcry

latimes.com — With a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., the investigation has sprung a few leaks. New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown's Aug.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: My latest on Ferguson: "There's really nothing to investigate. We don't have control over anybody leaking anything." latimes.com/la-na-ferguson…

Oct 22, 2014

Ferguson leaks: "This is supposed to play out in the courts and the justice system, and not the media." latimes.com/la-na-ferguson…

Oct 22, 2014

My latest on Ferguson: "There's really nothing to investigate. We don't have control over anybody leaking anything." latimes.com/la-na-ferguson…

Clippers' Blake Griffin under investigation for alleged assault

latimes.com — Clippers forward Blake Griffin is being investigated by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department for allegedly assaulting a man at a nightclub in Las Vegas in the early-morning hours Sunday. A 39-year-old man listed only as Daniel filed a complaint with LVMPD on Sunday listing Griffin as a suspect, a spokesman for the police department said Wednesday.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimes: Clippers forward Blake Griffin is under investigation by Las Vegas police for an alleged assault lat.ms/1wc3kdn

Oct 22, 2014

RT @latimessports: Clippers' Blake Griffin under investigation for alleged assault lat.ms/1CY108u

Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold!

latimes.com — Have a craving for sushi? Need a recommendation for Persian food? Want to know where to find the best ribs in the city? Need more culinary questions answered? Jonathan Gold is your man. Come back here Wednesday at noon for a live chat with him. Or you can ask questions via Twitter using #AskJGold.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @thejgold: It's nearly World Tripe Day! Stop by Lunchtime With Mr. Gold, live chat at noon. lat.ms/1ylvmAW

Oct 22, 2014

Yipes! Tripe! RT @thejgold: It's nearly World Tripe Day! Stop by Lunchtime With Mr. Gold, live chat at noon. lat.ms/1ylvmAW

Oct 22, 2014

It's nearly World Tripe Day! Stop by Lunchtime With Mr. Gold, live chat at noon. lat.ms/1ylvmAW

BP offers a lesson in how to sugarcoat an environmental disaster

latimes.com — The giant oil company BP doesn't do small-scale. Not only is it responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill--"unprecedented" in its "volume, depth, and spatial scale," in the words of the National Research Council--but the firm has mounted what certainly looks like an unprecedented PR campaign to minimize the damage, along with a years-long effort to dodge the financial consequences of its spill.
Oct 22, 2014

National media pans BP's p.r. piece on how it didn't ruin the Gulf: latimes.com/business/hiltz… @WWLTV at 10:00, I bring you La.'s reaction

Texas nurse's dog, Bentley, tests negative for Ebola

latimes.com — Texas nurse Nina Pham's dog, Bentley, has tested negative for the Ebola virus, Dallas officials announced Wednesday. The 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel was put into quarantine last week after Pham contracted the disease. Pham, 26, was diagnosed with Ebola this month after taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S.

Partial solar eclipse to sweep across U.S. Thursday -- don't miss it

latimes.com — Get out your solar glasses and your pinhole projectors: There's a solar eclipse coming Thursday and you don't want to miss it! Solar eclipses occur when the moon, sun and Earth are aligned in such a way that from a portion of the Earth, the shadow of the moon blocks out the sun.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @DeborahNetburn: Heads up science teachers, parents, science lovers: 7 cool ways to observe tomorrow's solar eclipse ow.ly/Dbutp

Oct 22, 2014

Heads up science teachers, parents, science lovers: 7 cool ways to observe tomorrow's solar eclipse ow.ly/Dbutp