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In San Francisco's close quarters, political giants are bred

latimes.com — This is a city of 47 square miles, 800,000 people and millions of deeply held, fiercely fought convictions. Spilling down its hillsides to the westernmost edge of the country, San Francisco is the closest thing to an East Coast enclave set along the Pacific, a place, like New York or Boston, where politics is a passion, a sport, something everyday people fuss and fight and scheme over.
Jan 25, 2015

San Francisco, where politics is passion & sport, spawning powerful elected leaders @markzbarabak lat.ms/1JpceIc

Jan 25, 2015

RT @JeffSmithMO: .@markzbarabak can really write. Here he is, on what makes SF pols so dominant statewide: latimes.com/local/politics…

Jan 25, 2015

RT @robinabcarian: Why does relatively teensy SF breed so many Calif politicians? @markzbarabak explains: latimes.com/local/politics…

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Mayor Garcetti seeks to cut civilian injury-leave pay about 25%

latimes.com — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is seeking roughly a 25% cut in the pay that city civilian workers receive while on injury leave, an unusually generous benefit that critics say has contributed to increasing taxpayer costs.
Jan 25, 2015

Sober take @LATstevelopez take minimum wage hike: What happens when numbers don't add up for an admired LA business latimes.com/local/cityhall…

Jan 25, 2015

After Times investigation, a new push to cut back generous injury pay for city workers latimes.com/local/cityhall…

Jan 25, 2015

Mayor Garcetti seeks to cut civilian injury-leave pay about 25% latimes.com/local/cityhall…

Jan 25, 2015

Mayor Garcetti seeks to cut civilian injury-leave pay about 25% lat.ms/1B948gr

Susan Straight on learning to write without a room of one's own

latimes.com — What does it take to be a writer: A room of one’s own? A weakness for words? To celebrate the Festival of Books , we asked five celebrated authors to recall a turning point in their evolution as writers. First up is Susan Straight, recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes' 2013 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @Joypress: The other side of the discussion of writers & money is this great Susan Straight essay about writing w/ no resources http://t…

Jan 25, 2015

The other side of the discussion of writers & money is this great Susan Straight essay about writing w/ no resources lat.ms/1C2sduU

Colorado seeks permission to grow pot at state universities

latimes.com — After years of trying to stamp out marijuana use on college campuses, Colorado officials are now asking the federal government to allow its state universities to grow their own pot. The reason, they say, is that the legalization of the drug here has raised questions about its health effects, questions that can only be answered by studying large amounts and different strains of marijuana.
Jan 25, 2015

Colorado seeks permission to grow pot at state universities. Hopes to fill research void created by federal bans. lat.ms/1Ejdz3p

Jan 25, 2015

Colorado seeks permission to grow pot at state universities lat.ms/1Ejdz3p

Jan 25, 2015

Higher Ed MT @Bookgirl96 Good way to boost admissions! RT @latimes: Colo. seeks permission to grow pot at state U's ow.ly/HTDAf

SkyMall in-flight retailer

Jan 25, 2015

RT @latimesbiz: Photos: Hits and misses from bankrupt SkyMall lat.ms/1wvXmyS Bigfoot Garden Yeti, anyone?

Jan 25, 2015

Photos: Hits and misses from bankrupt SkyMall lat.ms/1wvXmyS Bigfoot Garden Yeti, anyone?

Female terrorists finding their place in Islamic militants' ranks

latimes.com — From bikini-clad beachgoer to veiled jihadist fugitive, the partner of Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly underwent a startling metamorphosis that illuminates the dangerous potential behind militant groups' efforts to increase their recruiting of female terrorists.

Jonathan Gold drops anonymous restaurant critic mask

latimes.com — I have posed for pictures shrouded in gauze, wearing a dinosaur mask and shaded into a Hitchcockian silhouette. My face has been obscured by giant wineglasses, beer steins, menus, stacked dim sum steamers, Wheaties boxes, a Thomas the Tank Engine and a perforated tortilla. My Facebook profile picture is of a Jonagold apple.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @latimes: Why L.A. Times restaurant critic @TheJGold is stepping out from behind the veil of anonymity lat.ms/15oMr3H

Jan 24, 2015

RT @MarinaOLoughlin: So @thejgold has now come out from under his cloak of 'anonymity' latimes.com/food/jonathan-…. So that just leaves, um...

Jan 24, 2015

RT @LAPressClub: Restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has had enough with this whole "anonymous" thing latimes.com/food/jonathan-…

Jan 24, 2015

@LAPressClub: Restaurant critic Jonathan Gold has had enough with this whole "anonymous" thing latimes.com/food/jonathan-…

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NFL's modern-day gladiators pay the price as the crowd roars

latimes.com — On a cloudless, gentle Sunday afternoon in America's newest football palace, fans gathered on a patio behind the San Francisco 49ers bench to compare jewelry and sip margaritas. Ten yards away, helmets collided with a sickening thwack and a giant body groaned in agony as it was flattened into the grass.
Jan 25, 2015

The message about (American) football is getting through. Slowly. lat.ms/1z8KC8S

Jan 25, 2015

This @BillPlaschke column on the NFL and violence (on the field) just smacks you right in the face, as it should latimes.com/sports/nfl/la-…

Teen arrested in East L.A. after allegedly pointing gun at deputies

latimes.com — A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody Saturday night after allegedly pointing a handgun at sheriff's deputies, prompting the officers to shoot at the teen, grazing him, authorities said. Deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon about 9 p.m.
Jan 25, 2015

Teen arrested in East L.A. after allegedly pointing gun at sheriff's deputies latimes.com/local/lanow/la… via @LANow

Only 1 in 3 Killings in L.A. County Led to Any Punishment

articles.latimes.com — An overwhelmed justice system failed to keep pace with homicides, study finds. The sheer number of slayings from 1990-94 created weaknesses in investigations, prosecutions. Getting away with murder is not the exception in Los Angeles County. It is the rule.
Jan 25, 2015

....perhaps saddest part is that 20 years ago, even fewer homicides in L.A. resulted in punishment (only 1/3!) articles.latimes.com/1996-12-01/new…

Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns preview

latimes.com — The Clippers will play at Phoenix against the Suns on Sunday in the first leg of a back-to-back, before returning to Staples Center to host the Denver Nuggets on Monday. The Clippers (29-14) are in sixth place in the Western Conference, four games ahead of the eighth-place Suns (26-19).

The affirmative action debate

articles.latimes.com — Does affirmative action violate the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause? That depends on whether one believes that the clause is "color-blind." Responding to The Times' Aug. 16 editorial " Affirming affirmative action," reader E.G. Rice wrote: "The 14th Amendment requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all citizens.
Jan 25, 2015

@PatBlanchfield That aspect of the decision has been used by ChiefJustice Roberts to call for color-blindness. articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/25/op…

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Sundance 2015: Melissa Rauch goes from 'Big Bang Theory' to angry gymnast

latimes.com — On the surface, Melissa Rauch, a New Jersey-raised ‎actress who in recent years has found success as a pint-sized scientist on "The Big Bang Theory," would have little in common with a washed-up Olympic gymnast intent on milking every last drop of her receding fame.

'Birdman' wins the Producers Guild's top film prize

latimes.com — In a suprise, the producers of "Birdman" won the top prize Saturday night at the 26th Producers Guild of America Awards -- and in doing so, made the upcoming Oscar race much more interesting. Alejandro G. Inarritu, who also wrote and directed the film, John Lesher and James W.

Sundance Film Festival: L.A. Times photo booth

latimes.com — Actors visit the L.A. Times photo and video studio at the Sundance Film Festival. The festival takes place annually in Utah and is one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on Pluto

latimes.com — Pluto, get ready for your close-up. After traveling nine years across more than 3 billion miles of space, a spacecraft the size of a grand piano is about to give humanity its first high-resolution view of the dwarf planet that's about two-thirds the size of our moon.

Workshop will help you stay warm and safe while winter camping

latimes.com — A workshop at the REI store in Northridge will focus on gear, nutrition and clothing for enjoying the outdoors in the cold.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @latimesfirehose: Workshop will help you stay warm and safe while winter camping lat.ms/1JGrVcr

The pleasure of Debbie Reynolds' company

latimes.com — During her near-seven decade film career, Debbie Reynolds not only got to sing and dance opposite Gene Kelly in the beloved 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain" but also partnered with Fred Astaire in the 1961 romantic comedy "The Pleasure of His Company."