Most talked about LA Times stories

Generous L.A. city policy rewards workers who take long injury leaves

latimes.com — Los Angeles Police Department clerk Demeturius Matthews took a full year off for an on-the-job injury after she banged her elbow into a metal filing cabinet. She didn't break any bones, city records show, but a chiropractor declared her temporarily disabled. She took a second year off after smacking her knee into her desk.
Dec 19, 2014

Quite the deal. RT @emamd: Take a year injury leave, increase your take-home pay. Ahh, L.A. latimes.com/local/cityhall…

Dec 19, 2014

Take a year injury leave, increase your take-home pay. Ahh, L.A. latimes.com/local/cityhall…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Look, I'm not gonna say these kinds of on-the-job injuries are impossible, but good lord. latimes.com/local/cityhall… pic.twitter.com/6w7aQ2vzNO

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Massive Da Vinci fire in downtown L.A. was arson, investigators say

latimes.com — Federal investigators have concluded the fire that consumed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex under construction last week was deliberately set, according to a source close to the investigation. Investigators have been digging through the rubble left behind by last week's blaze, sometimes wading in knee-deep rainwater during the storms that swept through the area, collecting samples from suspected points of origin.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @LANow: BREAKING: Da Vinci apartment fire in #DTLA was arson, source says lat.ms/13iAdbS

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Real-world doctors fact-check Dr. Oz, and the results aren't pretty

latimes.com — What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on "The Dr. Oz Show"? Less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence. If that sounds alarming, consider this: Nearly 4 in 10 of the assertions made on the hit show appear to be made on the basis of no evidence at all.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @latimes: Only one-third of claims made on "The Dr. Oz Show" can be backed by medical evidence, study says: lat.ms/1DTz2k3

Dec 20, 2014

RT @latimes: Only one-third of claims made on "The Dr. Oz Show" can be backed by medical evidence, study says: lat.ms/1DTz2k3

Dec 20, 2014

Real-world doctors fact-check Dr. Oz, and the results aren't pretty - LA Times latimes.com/science/scienc…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @latimesscience: Real-world doctors fact-check Dr. Oz, and the results aren't pretty lat.ms/1CbvmIG

Dec 19, 2014

RT @latimesscience: Real-world doctors fact-check Dr. Oz, and the results aren't pretty lat.ms/1CbvmIG

Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner dies at 104

latimes.com — Longtime Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner, a voting member of the motion picture academy as a centenarian, died Friday of natural causes at Sunrise Beverly Hills Assisted Living, said his son, Steven. He was 104. Gardner joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a half-century ago when he first became a producer.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @latimes: Longtime Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner has died at 104: lat.ms/1w7Wr74 "He wouldn't do anything in life but be in the business."

Dec 20, 2014

Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner dies at 104: lat.ms/1DTw7aX His 1st film role was 1939's "All Quiet on the Western Front"

Decorated Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies in Ventura at 95

latimes.com — Lowell Steward, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew more than 100 missions during World War II, died Wednesday, according to Ron Brewington, former national public relations officer for the Tuskegee Airmen. Steward was 95. Steward died of natural causes at a hospital in Ventura, according to Brewington.
Dec 20, 2014

Decorated Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies in Ventura at 95 lat.ms/1GANn2B @TheRyanParker

Dec 19, 2014

RT @latimes: Lowell Steward, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew more than 100 missions during World War II, has died at 95: lat.ms/1z59o3L

Responses to building and safety complaints vary widely across L.A.

latimes.com — When Angelenos phone the city to complain about illegal construction, trash piling up next door or other building nuisances, some parts of town have gotten a faster reaction from building inspectors than have others, a Times analysis of city data shows.
Dec 19, 2014

Poor areas of L.A. see slower responses to issues like heaps of trash & illegal construction. latimes.com/local/cityhall… pic.twitter.com/dTcewTxvR5

Dec 19, 2014

Getting help from a building inspector takes 3 times longer in East L.A. than in other areas. latimes.com/local/cityhall… pic.twitter.com/aaMPzTsqKW

Dec 19, 2014

RT @skarlamangla: A great story from @LATimesemily: Responses to building and safety complaints vary widely across neighborhoods of LA lat.ms/1zddpbi

Dec 19, 2014

RT @DavidZahniser: Neighborhoods on L.A.'s Eastside had among the slowest responses from building inspectors, say @LATimesemily & @emamd ht…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @shelbygrad: Poor areas of LA get slower response to building code problems. Important data analysis by @LATimesemily @emamd latimes.com/local/cityhall…

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Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC report claiming poor working conditions

latimes.com — A senior Apple executive said he was "deeply offended" by the BBC's allegations that Apple mistreats its workers in overseas factories. Footage from an undercover BBC investigation, which aired Thursday, shows what the British broadcaster said were child laborers in Indonesia digging through mud pits for the tin used in phones and tablets.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @latimes: Apple executive “deeply offended” by the BBC’s allegations that Apple mistreats workers in overseas factories: lat.ms/1r8usZy

Dec 20, 2014

RT @latimes: Apple executive “deeply offended” by the BBC’s allegations that Apple mistreats workers in overseas factories: lat.ms/1r8usZy

Dodgers' Vin Scully loses one golden ring in holiday loop around Costco

latimes.com — Vin Scully can find his way into our hearts even during the gloomiest winter afternoons, as he proved again Thursday when he unwittingly starred in his own holiday movie. The Ribs That Saved Christmas. "I feel like such a dummy," Scully said with a laugh.
Dec 19, 2014

Love this. Costco seems to eat rings. I had to reshape mine after crushing it in a Costco coffee grinder. latimes.com/sports/dodgers…

Dec 19, 2014

Vin Scully lost his '88 World Series ring in one of his favorite places: Costco. Nice piece by @BillPlaschke: latimes.com/sports/dodgers…

Dec 19, 2014

The great @BillPlaschke has the back story to Vin Scully's (briefly) lost World Series ring. latimes.com/sports/dodgers…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @MarcDuvoisin: 'Merry Christmas to us.' Vin Scully will do Dodgers home and in-state road games next season. @BillPlaschke lat.ms/1wJCyrZ

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'Gang-related': a controversial term with varying definitions

homicide.latimes.com — In a recent training session for gang officers, LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese told a class from across the county that more than half of all killings in the city are gang-related. But that term - "gang-related" - can have varying meanings. And it has long been controversial.

Critic's Notebook: Absurd, this fuss over three Stooges-like 'The Interview'

latimes.com — We live in a time when even frivolous pop-culture touchstones are blown out of proportion, from Grumpy Cat’s pout to Kim Kardashian 's booty. But not in a million years did I imagine the R-rated lunacy of “The Interview” would become the flashpoint for a viral war on free speech, democracy and America itself.
Dec 20, 2014

The Interview: "flashpoint for a viral war on free speech, democracy and America itself...is a nonsensical film" latimes.com/entertainment/…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @latimes: Critic's Notebook: I saw 'The Interview' and it's... nonsensical lat.ms/1zGcxd2

Dec 19, 2014

"We have a long tradition of protecting the rights of our rogues and renegades. Our Rogens too." latimes.com/entertainment/…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @latimesent: Absurd, this fuss over Three Stooges-like 'The Interview' lat.ms/1CadYEb

Bell Gardens mayor dragged wife by hair, autopsy report says

latimes.com — An autopsy report conducted on Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo provided new details Friday about allegations that he abused his wife who shot him three times in the chest at close range during a confrontation earlier this year. Crespo's adult daughter, Crystal, told investigators that the mayor was "verbally and physically abusive to her mother over 20 years," the coroner's report said.
Dec 20, 2014

Bell Gardens mayor dragged wife by hair, autopsy report says lat.ms/1z4GSze

Dec 20, 2014

RT @anblanx: RT @katemather: Autopsy on slain Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo includes new abuse allegations, @LAcrimes reports. lat.ms/1v9snJ0

Dec 19, 2014

RT @katemather: Autopsy on slain Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo includes new abuse allegations, @LAcrimes reports. lat.ms/1v9snJ0

Dec 19, 2014

Bell Gardens mayor fatally shot by wife allegedly dragged her by the hair to sleep in the same room, autopsy says. lat.ms/1v9snJ0

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Complaints left unaddressed for at least 90 days

graphics.latimes.com — L.A. Department of Building and Safety inspectors took longer to respond to code enforcement complaints in the eastern part of the city and parts of the Valley than in other parts of town, according to a Times analysis of city data spanning January 2011 to July 2014.
Dec 19, 2014

Take a look at a map of L.A. Building and Safety complaints that went more than 90 days without a response - graphics.latimes.com/building-and-s…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @frankshyong: Rare, detailed look at geographic disparity in how LA city services are provided ow.ly/GbEwN Great stuff, @emilyalpert @emamd

Dec 19, 2014

RT @frankshyong: Rare, detailed look at geographic disparity in how LA city services are provided ow.ly/GbEwN Great stuff, @emilyalpert @emamd

Dec 19, 2014

Rare, detailed look at geographic disparity in how LA city services are provided ow.ly/GbEwN Great stuff, @emilyalpert @emamd

'Ida,' 'Leviathan,' 'Force Majeure' on Oscar foreign-language shortlist

latimes.com — Poland's "Ida," Russia's "Leviathan," Sweden's "Force Majeure" and Estonia's "Tangerines" were among the films selected for the shortlist for the Oscar foreign-language film category on Friday. The other films on the shortlist were Argentina's "Wild Tales," Georgia's "Corn Island," Mauritania's "Timbuktu," the Netherlands' "Accused" and Venezuela's "The Liberator."
Dec 19, 2014

RT @hannahdreier: Wow, Venezuela's (kind of over-the-top?) Bolivar biopic "The Liberator" makes Oscar shortlist latimes.com/entertainment/… pic.twitter.com/irdkUAAINc

Dec 19, 2014

Wow, Venezuela's (kind of over-the-top?) Bolivar biopic "The Liberator" makes Oscar shortlist latimes.com/entertainment/… pic.twitter.com/irdkUAAINc

Dec 19, 2014

RT @latimesent: 'Ida,' 'Leviathan,' 'Force Majeure' on Oscar foreign-language shortlist lat.ms/1C9TbAA

Dec 19, 2014

IDA, LEVIATHAN, FORCE MAJEURE on Oscar foreign shortlist. (But no MOMMY, TWO DAYS, WINTER SLEEP or SAINT LAURENT.) lat.ms/1C9TWJM

Clippers lose to the Nuggets in Denver, 109-106

latimes.com — The good news: the Clippers can defend -- so long as they feel like it. The bad news -- they didn't feel like it for long enough in their 109-106 loss to the Nuggets on Friday night in Denver.

Federal judge puts gray wolf back on endangered species list

latimes.com — A judge restored federal protections to gray wolves in the the western Great Lakes region on Friday, reversing an earlier decision by the federal government to remove the animals from the endangered species list. In a sharply worded 111-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell said the 2012 decision by the U.S.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @latimes: Judge restores federal Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the the western Great Lakes region: lat.ms/1CfXWWt

Dec 20, 2014

RT @LATunleashed: Judge restores federal Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the the western Great Lakes region: lat.ms/1CfXWWt

California drought weakens, forecasters have 'cautious optimism' for future

latimes.com — For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday. About 32% of California, however - most of it in the Central Valley - remains under the exceptional drought category.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @latimes: For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought lat.ms/1wJ240w

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JosephSerna: RT @LANow: For the first time in 5 months, most of California is not considered to be in "exceptional drought" lat.ms/1C4Wzg7

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JosephSerna: RT @LANow: For the first time in 5 months, most of California is not considered to be in "exceptional drought" lat.ms/1C4Wzg7

Dec 18, 2014

RT @LANow: For the first time in 5 months, most of California is not considered to be in "exceptional drought" lat.ms/1C4Wzg7

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JosephSerna: RT @LANow: For the first time in 5 months, most of California is not considered to be in "exceptional drought" lat.ms/1C4Wzg7

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Minecraft creator buys Beverly Hills home for $70 million

latimes.com — Swedish billionaire Markus Persson has bought the Beverly Hills spec mansion built by handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky for $70 million. The purchase included all the bells and whistles used to stage the home, including the furnishings and electronics - even cases of Dom Perignon in the 2,500-bottle wine room.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @latimes: The creator of Minecraft bought a custom home in Beverly Hills for $70 million lat.ms/1w46qKS

Dec 18, 2014

RT @LATrealestate: Minecraft creator buys Beverly Hills home for $70 million lat.ms/1C7GTpn

Dec 18, 2014

RT @NJLeitereg: Swedish billionaire Markus Persson beats out Jay-Z and Beyonce for L.A.'s most extreme home lat.ms/1C7GRhl pic.twitter.com/S4fOsWoSTG

Dec 18, 2014

RT @LATHotProperty: Tough luck for Jay-Z and Beyoncé: Minecraft creator buys Beverly Hills home for $70 million lat.ms/1C7GRhl

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Amtrak train hits person near Commerce; delays expected

latimes.com — An Amtrak train en route to San Diego hit a person on the train tracks Friday evening, halting rail service for several hundred Southern California commuters. Amtrak's 784 train struck the person near the Montebello/Commerce Metrolink station, said Metrolink's spokesman Jeff Lustgarten. The condition of the person hit is unknown.
Dec 19, 2014

San Diego bound Amtrak train hits person in Commerce, Calif.; delays expected - @LANow lat.ms/1zeJ10g

The Times ‘Santa Claus Expeditions’

framework.latimes.com — In the 1920s and '30s, the Times sponsored several Santa arrival promotions. The 1938 and 1939 "Santa Claus Expeditions" were classics. Each year the Times 'dispatched' a correspondent and photographer to travel on a United Airlines aircraft to the North Pole.