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A spirited fight breaks out over local alcohol bans in Arkansas

latimes.com — Mary Jackson knows a secret about selling beer and whiskey in this backwoods burg of a few scattered souls: Some customers guzzle booze before breakfast. The hard-core drinkers wait for her 67 Liquor store to open at dawn - men in hunting caps and camouflage pants, their pickups idling outside, cigarettes glowing in the dark.
Oct 24, 2014

My best = Tightwad, Missouri telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews… MT @amyfiscus: POSSUM GRAPE, Ark. — That is some solid datelining lat.ms/1nCpvq6

Oct 24, 2014

RT @amyfiscus: POSSUM GRAPE, Ark. — That is some solid datelining. lat.ms/1nCpvq6

Oct 24, 2014

Dying to know if John Glionna went to Possum Grape, Ark., just for the dateline. Because I would. latimes.com/nation/la-na-a…

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TLC cancels 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

latimes.com — There goes Honey Boo Boo. In the wake of a scandal involving family matriarch "Mama June" Shannon reportedly dating convicted child molester Mark Anthony McDaniel, TLC has immediately canceled the hit reality series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
Oct 24, 2014

RT @JasonBretWells: "There goes Honey Boo Boo" ... (reportedly cuz Mama's been dating child molester who victimized her own relative????) lat.ms/1rsZCV8

Oct 24, 2014

"There goes Honey Boo Boo" ... (reportedly cuz Mama's been dating child molester who victimized her own relative????) lat.ms/1rsZCV8

Comic book giant Stan Lee lists home in Hollywood Hills West

latimes.com — No doubt Marvel Comics' Stan Lee would like to see some action of a different sort. He just listed his house in Hollywood Hills West at $3.75 million. Set off a cul-de-sac, the walled and gated home is being marketed as a build/develop opportunity.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @JohnWaggoner: Excelsior! Marvel Comics wizard Stan Lee lists his home in the Hollywood Hills at $3.75 million.latimes.com/business/reale…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @JohnWaggoner: Excelsior! Marvel Comics wizard Stan Lee lists his home in the Hollywood Hills at $3.75 million.latimes.com/business/reale…

Oct 24, 2014

Excelsior! Marvel Comics wizard Stan Lee lists his home in the Hollywood Hills at $3.75 million.latimes.com/business/reale…

A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts

latimes.com — Beneath this small farm town at the end of what's left of the Kings River, the ground is sinking. Going into the fourth year of drought, farmers have pumped so much water that the water table below Stratford fell 100 feet in two years.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @karihow: The California drought meets "The Last Picture Show." Stratford is sinking -- above + below ground. By @DianaMarcum. latimes.com/local/great-re…

Oct 24, 2014

The California drought meets "The Last Picture Show." Stratford is sinking -- above + below ground. By @DianaMarcum. latimes.com/local/great-re…

Oct 24, 2014

'We're growing dirt.' Heart-wrenching tale of CA farm town ruined by drought, from LAT's peerless @DianaMarcum lat.ms/ZPZd8S

In 1938, L.A. woman went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom

latimes.com — Kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick made Los Angeles court history - and struck a blow for women's fashion - in 1938. Hulick arrived in downtown L.A. court to testify against two burglary suspects. But the courtroom drama immediately shifted to the slacks she was wearing. Judge Arthur S.
Oct 23, 2014

Woman arrested for wearing pants in a courthouse? What is this, 1938? ow.ly/DfAxp

Oct 23, 2014

Can you believe there was a time in America when women were jailed for wearing pants? Cah-razy! ow.ly/Dfjyf

Oct 23, 2014

Women's rights pioneer in 1938 L.A: She went to jail, defying judge's order to wear a dress ow.ly/Df8Rr ow.ly/i/7kjOk

Oct 23, 2014

In 1938 in Los Angeles, a woman went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom lat.ms/1sUdgV1 via @harrysonpics pic.twitter.com/qIc6DXaben

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Democratic candidates worry Obama is helping their rivals

latimes.com — For months, the White House has insisted that President Obama would do all he could to help his party in the midterm election. Now that he's started, some Democrats wonder whether he could help a little bit less.
Oct 24, 2014

Dem sees O "in legacy mode ...30 days b4 an election, it'd be nice if he gave a damn what's going to happen in Colo.” lat.ms/1pGcpUv

Oct 24, 2014

RT @mikememoli: Blame game is on: Ds see Obama in legacy mode, while WH has qualms w/Ds' message. @khennessey & @cparsons -- http://t.co/OV…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @mikememoli: Blame game is on: Ds see Obama in legacy mode, while WH has qualms w/Ds' message. @khennessey & @cparsons -- http://t.co/OV…

Oct 24, 2014

Blame game is on: Ds see Obama in legacy mode, while WH has qualms w/Ds' message. @khennessey & @cparsons -- latimes.com/nation/politic…

Oct 24, 2014

“30 days before an election, it'd be nice if (Obama) gave a damn what's going to happen in Colorado.” lat.ms/1pGcpUv

Islamic State making millions despite U.S. bid to halt money flow

latimes.com — Islamic State still generates tens of millions of dollars a month in illicit income despite a U.S.-led effort to cut the financing streams that have helped turn the once-obscure militant group into a terrorist organization unlike any previously seen, a senior U.S. counter-terrorism official said Thursday.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @wjhenn: #ISIS generates tens of millions of dollars a month in income despite US effort to halt money flow lat.ms/ZPuUPE - @ByBrianBennett

Oct 24, 2014

RT @wjhenn: #ISIS generates tens of millions of dollars a month in income despite US effort to halt money flow lat.ms/ZPuUPE - @ByBrianBennett

Oct 24, 2014

RT @wjhenn: #ISIS generates tens of millions of dollars a month in income despite US effort to halt money flow lat.ms/ZPuUPE - @ByBrianBennett

Oct 24, 2014

#ISIS generates tens of millions of dollars a month in income despite US effort to halt money flow lat.ms/ZPuUPE - @ByBrianBennett

Lakers' Steve Nash to be sidelined for season because of back problems

latimes.com — Steve Nash's tenure with the Lakers has ended before the third and final year of his contract with them. He will be declared out by the team for the entire season because of recurring nerve damage in his back. The $9.7 million he was slated to make still counts toward the Lakers' salary cap this season.
Oct 24, 2014

Catching up the links- Lakers' Steve Nash to be sidelined for season because of back problems (via @Mike_Bresnahan ) latimes.com/sports/lakers/…

Oct 23, 2014

Lakers' Steve Nash to be sidelined for season because of back problems latimes.com/sports/lakers/…

Oct 23, 2014

Lakers' Steve Nash to be sidelined for season because of back problems: ow.ly/DfQ6c

Oct 23, 2014

This is why rookies (and not old dudes) carry the bags. Lakers' Steve Nash out for season. latimes.com/sports/lakers/… pic.twitter.com/ptbLz6BVYo

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Wendy Davis faces uphill battle in Texas governor's race

latimes.com — In a corner near the bar at a popular taco restaurant, Wendy Davis was holding the floor. One by one, a series of television reporters took turns asking the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful the same questions about her controversial TV ad featuring an empty wheelchair and portraying her handicapped opponent as a hypocrite.
Oct 24, 2014

When that 15 minutes of fame is over: great read from @markzbarabak on the quixotic campaign of Wendy Davis in TX lat.ms/1wwfOeu

Oct 24, 2014

RT @markzbarabak: Short version: winning celebrity support in west LA doesn't win you votes in West Texas. latimes.com/nation/politic… #WendyDavis

Oct 24, 2014

RT @markzbarabak: Short version: winning celebrity support in west LA doesn't win you votes in West Texas. latimes.com/nation/politic… #WendyDavis

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Collapse of Iran talks poses danger, U.S. official warns

latimes.com — A failure of the gridlocked nuclear negotiations with Iran will lead to a dangerous escalation by both Tehran and the West, America's lead negotiator warned Thursday. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said that if the talks end at their Nov. 24 deadline without a deal, "escalation will be the name of the game, on all sides."
Oct 24, 2014

RT @Cirincione: We can't let this historic opportunity slip away: "Collapse of Iran talks poses danger, U.S. official warns." latimes.com/world/middleea…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @Cirincione: We can't let this historic opportunity slip away: "Collapse of Iran talks poses danger, U.S. official warns." latimes.com/world/middleea…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @richtpau: Collapse of Iran nuclear talks would bring dangerous escalation, US official warns. latimes.com/world/middleea…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @richtpau: Collapse of Iran nuclear talks would bring dangerous escalation, US official warns. latimes.com/world/middleea…

Oct 23, 2014

Collapse of Iran nuclear talks would bring dangerous escalation, US official warns. latimes.com/world/middleea…

Mayor Garcetti can't get enough D.C.; Gov. Brown has had his fill

latimes.com — Many Californians may be happy to never set foot in Washington, with its humid weather, over-abundance of careerists and lack of decent produce, but one of the state's biggest enthusiasts can't stay away.
Oct 23, 2014

I'm biting my tongue. RT @brfreed At least @evanhalper didn’t write about the [DC] restaurants. latimes.com/nation/politic…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @latimespolitics: Mayor Garcetti can't get enough D.C.; Gov. Brown has had his fill lat.ms/1D2Xdqk

Oct 23, 2014

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti can't get enough of Washington, D.C.; California Gov. Jerry Brown has had his fill latimes.com/nation/politic…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @mzinshteyn: This Lede: Avoiding D.C. due to the "over-abundance of careerists and lack of decent produce" latimes.com/nation/politic… pic.twitter.com/rtSNK6P01D

Oct 23, 2014

RT @latimespolitics: Mayor Garcetti can't get enough D.C.; Gov. Brown has had his fill lat.ms/1D2Xdqk

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Red state Democrats parrot Republicans at their peril

latimes.com — How’s this for a profile in courage? The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, Michelle Nunn, has boldly confessed that she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. What an amazing thing - a Democrat admitting she voted for the Democratic presidential candidate.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @latimes: Republicans dominate the political storyline, & endangered Democrats play along- lat.ms/1rsZchf @davidhorsey http://t.…

Edward Carey discusses his gothic adventure 'Heap House'

latimes.com — It's 1875, and all of London's trash is banished to a wasteland known as "the heaps." The Iremonger family presides over this grim realm from Heap House, a mansion itself made up of parts of other buildings. Cut off and inter-marrying for generations, they have developed their own versions of English names: Moorcus, Pinalippy, Timfy.
Oct 24, 2014

Great Q&A with @EdwardCarey70 about his gothic not-just-for-kids book 'Heap House,' set in mansion made of trash lat.ms/1yunn4C

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

latimes.com — 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. Pham, 26, was the first of two nurses diagnosed with Ebola this month after taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @latimes: Nina Pham, first nurse who contracted Ebola in Texas, is free of virus lat.ms/1vZ9L28

Bainbridge Island: Where Seattle goes to calm down

latimes.com — Bainbridge Island, 35 minutes by ferry from the Seattle waterfront, is an escape from city grit. For locals, the island (population 23,196) is a haven for affluent commuters. For visitors, it's an easy day trip with 30 miles of trails, seven wineries and -- as this "A Minute Away" video below shows -- plenty of boats and boat folk.
Oct 24, 2014

And now, to set that crucial Friday tone, a lazy video minute on Bainbridge Island. lat.ms/1wlccxr pic.twitter.com/E7fEHmuQOS

Keanu Reeves is on fire in 'John Wick,' reviews say

latimes.com — Don't go messing with a man's dog -- especially when the man in question is a hyper-lethal ex-assassin trying to enjoy a quiet retirement. Such is the moral of "John Wick," the new revenge thriller starring Keanu Reeves and directed by Chad Stahelski, a veteran stuntman making his directing debut.
Oct 24, 2014

Good to see Keanu back in top action form. Critics loving "John Wick" latimes.com/entertainment/…

California company imported Indian workers, paid them $1.21 an hour

latimes.com — Eight workers from India were paid as little as $1.21 an hour by a tech company in Fremont, Calif., over several months in late 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, as reported by the Associated Press. As a result the company, Electronics for Imaging, which specializes in printing technology, agreed to pay $43,000 in back wages and government penalties.
Oct 24, 2014

Classy. California tech company imported Indian workers, paid them $1.21 an hour latimes.com/business/techn…

No progress on LAFD 911 response times, new data show

latimes.com — Waits for 911 medical help in Los Angeles have increased slightly this year, signaling no measurable progress toward Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign pledge to speed up Fire Department responses to emergencies, according to city statistics released Thursday.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @latimes: No progress yet speeding up 911 responses in L.A. under Mayor Eric Garcetti lat.ms/1yrn0YH pic.twitter.com/iY8W0sI5MM

Oct 23, 2014

LAFD 911 response times must have improved in the last year, right? wrong: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Oct 23, 2014

Moments ago, Mayor @ericgarcetti rolled out @LAFD's newfangled stats system. No progress yet but he says it's coming. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Vaccine ignorance -- deadly and contagious

latimes.com — In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral. We've seen this happen around the world with a wide range of illnesses, from swine flu to SARS to Ebola.